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BI4 Elite Enablement – Summary of a great event

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The BI4 Elite Enablement Nov 5-9, 2012 for our BI customers and partners is in the books, I moved into Product Management for the SAP Mobile Platform, but yet, I still get a lot of questions about BI4 Elite. So, here is my report from the event.

Scores and Results

I think it’s fair to say we had an AMAZING event. The participants gave us a score of

4.85 out of 5

Check out the BI4 Elite video for some sound-bites from our participatns:

We set out with 1 goal for the BI4 Elite Enablement:

Create BI black-belts to enable our BI4 customers to go-live

97.6% stated that BI4 Elite equipped them better to achieve their go-live:


with a dramatic shift in “belt color” towards “BI black-belt”:

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Participants’ Quotes

Here are some more quotes from our participants:

  • The BEST SAP training ever (Content, instructors, systems, logistics…) must happen in other locations.
  • What an event!
  • Experience felt like driving a Nascar, ride of a lifetime through advanced BI tools and the energy in the room was amazing
  • A unique way to learn, network and have some fun.
  • Excellent.. surpassed my high expectations on the training. Best training experience ever!
  • Earn your BI black belt in one week.
  • Awesome!!!!
  • Elite Trainning, from an Elite company, for Elite Business Solution
  • BI Elite Enablement Rocks!
  • BI4 Elite Enablement was simultaneously the best training and the best conference I have ever attended in over 10 years of BI events.
  • Empowerment gleemed from SAP BO experts
  • Hard-core SAP BusinessObjects knowledge and interaction.
  • I was able to acquire very rich and practical content delivered in well thought pace
  • Very professional deep dive training
  • enlightening!!!!!

The BI4 Elite Stats

  • 44 participants from 8 countries (Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, USA, Canada)


  • representing 16 customers


  • and 7 partners and SAP internals


  • 87 registrations
  • 5018 blog views
  • Over 500 tweets for #BI4Elite
  • 11 SAP BI black-belt trainers
  • 10 BI software developers participated
  • 3 customer presentations (Department of Interior, HP, MolsonCoors)
  • 2 networking events: evening reception in the Executive Briefing Center on Tuescday and a full dinner and open bar at Glowbal in the Afterglow launch on Thrusday

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BI4 Elite Hands-on Content

We had our 44 participants hands-on with:

  • BI4 SP4 across all tools (including Webi, Explorer, Analysis for OLAP and Office, Dashboards, Crystal Reports, Visual Intelligence)
  • Mobile BI
  • SAP BW
  • Non-SAP back-ends 



BI4 Elite Blogs

Special thanks to

all the trainers

And of course a special thanks to the support staff:                                                                                                                              

  • Victoria Harrison – KCI, Logistics
  • Bruno Ranchy – SAP, Infrastructure and Cloud
  • Rachel Floyd – SAP, Executive Briefing Center
  • Salina Siu – SAP Marketing shooting the customer videos
  • Brett Philpott – Exercise content management

Lastly, thanks to our great guest speakers:


  • Kirsten Sutton – Vice President and Managing Director of SAP Labs Canada
  • Don Wakefield – Vice President of SAP Technology and Business Intelligence

And finally, a very, very special thanks to Tammy Powlas from Fairfax Water for her blogs, tweets, postive attitude and mentorship! What a great customer to have!

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Jens Koerner

      Thank you for mentioning me and thank you so much for having me.

      It was such a great event and I am still working on applying what I have learned.

      I still talk to the people I met at the event - I spoke with three of them as recently as yesterday.

      I hope others get the opportunity to enjoy such a great event.  Special thanks to you and Ingo Hilgefort for all you did.

      I want to thank Jake Barnard too for his daily blogs on the event.

      Well done by all.


      Author's profile photo Sathish Rajagopal
      Sathish Rajagopal

      Thank you, Jens & Ty.

      It was a great opportunity.

      Sathish Rajagopal.

      Solution Management.