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SAP and ASUG Volunteers invite your input at these ASUG Influence Sessions at SAP TechEd Las Vegas at BI/BusinessObjects/Enterprise Information Management/Business Warehouse Influence sessions.  SAP’s Ingo Hilgefort spoke about the power of one voice, something that Influence Councils provide, in this blog.


The ASUG Influence sessions are planned to be interactive and discussion-oriented, and some will include presentations from SAP about future product and roadmap direction. This is a unique opportunity for you to give feedback to SAP about current product development and help SAP shape a strategy for the future. SAP welcomes input from all users at these sessions, so make your voice heard and attend.

Business Intelligence/Enterprise Information Management/Business Warehouse Influence Sessions Planned Are:

AP114 ASUG Influence: SAP BusinessObjects BI Integration with SAP NetWeaver BW

This ASUG Influence Council represents the collective customer voice regarding the direction of future enhancements for integrating the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform and BI clients with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) and SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC). Focus topics include data connectivity, metadata leverage, user authentication and authorization, and selected service pack enhancements.

SAP’s Ingo Hilgefort will lead this session.

AP111 ASUG Influence: SAP Business Objects BI 4.0 Platform and Solutions

This Influence Council is focused on the administration of the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (SAP BusinessObjects BI) 4 platform. We will briefly share the history of the council, plus activities completed so far. We will also have an SAP expert share development tips such as: Do you need the ability to customize and adapt the platform to your specific deployment needs? You will also learn about the new SAP BusinessObjects BI platform release 4.0 feature pack 3 customization tools. Acquire the knowledge needed to customize the logos, product name, and colors of the launch pad and make it look like your own brand as well as learn about the new install customization tool that will enable you to customize the install package by removing features and customize the installer branding and graphics.  Meet SAP BI Platform Product Manager Christina Obry

AP151 ASUG Influence Council – Business Intelligence with SAP BusinessObjects Mobile

Has your organization already deployed the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile business intelligence (BI) solution? Are your users asking for reporting and analytics (WebI, SAP Crystal Reports, and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer content) on their mobile devices? This session will review the current mobile BI product offerings, as well as provide a road map update. This is an “open” session, where SAP and ASUG council members will be present to discuss your ideas for enhancements and features for future releases of the tool. If you are looking for the opportunity to have SAP hear your voice on the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile BI offerings, then this is the session to attend.


SAP Customer Brian Marier of Kimberly-Clark will lead this session.


AP250  ASUG Influence Council – SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence


Do you currently use SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence for BI 4.0 in your company? Do you want to learn about the direction that WebI is going, or even have an opportunity to influence it? This session will review the enhancements that were delivered in the latest release and provide a road map update. This is an “open” session, whereby SAP and ASUG council members will be present to discuss your ideas for enhancements and features for future releases of the tool. If you are looking for the opportunity to have SAP hear your voice on SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence software, then this is the session to attend.

SAP Customer Joyce Butler of Cameron International and SAP’s Karsten RUF will lead this session.

EIM251 ASUG Influence Council – Enterprise Information Management

This active Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Influence Council focuses on how you can build a data strategy, finding and assessing your existing data sources, finding relationships and overlaps within your data, creating a “golden record”, and ensuring that the information is actionable for your business across various initiatives. Enabling technologies and solutions include: SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward, SAP Data Migration services, SAP BusinessObjects Data Quality Management, SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator, SAP BusinessObjects Metadata Management, and SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Mart solutions. In this working session, the council will gather upcoming product priorities and use scenarios. 

Join Ina Felsheim for this session. 

AP150  ASUG Influence Council – SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Update

Come and learn about the happenings of ASUG’s SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Influence Council, covering SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office, SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP, and SAP Design Studio, AKA Zen. These are the premium successors to SAP Business Explorer analyzer and Web application designer. Learn about the SAP BusinessObjects Analysis road map.


SAP Customer Joyce Butler of Cameron International and SAP’s Alexander Peter will lead this session.

AP210 ASUG Influence Council – Casual Users of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer (includes SAP’s Visual Intelligence)

Please join your colleagues for an introduction and working session of the ASUG SAP BusinessObjects Casual User and Explorer Influence Council. As the products for the casual user are always being enhanced, so is our Influence Council. Are you interested in having input on product direction for SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, SAP Visual Intelligence or launchpad, or one of the many other tools used by our casual users? Then this council is for you. As a member of the council, you will receive advance knowledge of upcoming product releases and an opportunity to provide input as they become a reality. Come and see if you wish to join us on this journey with SAP.

Cathy Kennedy of Deloitte will lead this session.

EIM250 ASUG Influence Council – Enterprise Data Warehousing

This session will deliver the latest updates for the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) Customer Influence Council. The Influence Council meets monthly and works directly with SAP on EDW initiatives including SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator (SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator), and SAP HANA. In this session, we will review the findings from the past year’s initiatives, hear from SAP on development updates important to the council members, and solicit new ideas and members for the EDW Influence Council.

As you are completing your SAP TechEd conference filled with the many great educational and hands on sessions, consider including one or more of the above ASUG Influence Council sessions for business intelligence (BI), Business Warehouse and enterprise information management (EIM) in your schedule. Not to be missed!


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  1. Derek Loranca

    Awesome blog, Tammy!  I will also be holding an Expert Networking Lounge (EXP126) on Thursday, 10/18 at 1pm- and it’s ALL about BI Influence.  So excited to see your blog on these sessions, too!

    I am looking forward to being Christina Obry’s co-presenter at the BI Platform Influence Council Session…this council is a great example of how SAP and ASUG are working together to make some tangible differences in the products!  See you in a few days!!

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