I attended the Aug. 10th SAP Inside Track Newtown Square, even though I’m a BusinessObjects newbie, and I had a very enlightening and fun time!
I became interested in Analytics while taking a graduate Management Information System class as part of my MBA studies. Last summer, I was a virtual participant at SAP Inside Track Newtown Square, and I jumped at the chance to attend this year’s event in person. I felt quite honored to receive the invitation from Rich Heilman, Senior Product Manager of SAP HANA, though I was a little nervous that I’d be in over my head!
Everyone I met that day was very welcoming, and excited to share his/her knowledge. In the Keynote, I learned about the SAP Community Network, and signed up instantly on my iPad. Chip Rodgers, VP/COO of SAP Community Network, mentioned that we had a Twitter hash tag for the event (#sapitnsq), and I was off tweeting the pearls of wisdom from the day’s presentations shortly thereafter.
The first breakout session I attended was on Mobile BI with SAP Business Objects. I was especially interested in this topic because in my graduate class, I learned that portability is one of the future trends in Analytics, enabling decision makers on-the-go (exciting stuff!). Presenter Sampath Chaparala, Senior Manager at Pfizer, spoke of how PCs are now no longer the only mechanism for delivering BI content, and mobile devices bring much flexibility to delivering relevant and actionable BI. He spoke of designing for the end user, device, and form factor in mind, because you have either 10 or 4 inches of real estate. “Your finger is your mouse!” Chaparala says.
Then I attended Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) using RM10. Presenter William D. Newman of Newport Consulting Group, LLC, spoke of the methods and processes used by organizations to manage risks and seize opportunities through ERM. I’m a PMP (certified project management professional), so his points definitely registered with me, such as identifying specific risk drivers and impacts that are meaningful to organizations, and taking a proactive path to ERM.
I also attended Process Visibility with SAP’s Peter McNulty, who talked about making smart decisions in real-time and reducing the time to react to data events (latency). This topic also appealed to my PMP sensibilities! McNulty not only talked of business process optimization, but also gave us a graphical representation of the architecture behind the scenes! It sounds a little scary, I know, but his presentation style made it understandable even to a BusinessObjects novice, such as myself.