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The SAP BI 2013 Conference is a month away and there are several sessions to choose from.  What should you look for?  First BI 2013 is co-located with GRC, Financials, Admin & Infrastructure so you get 4 conferences rolled into one.

There are 15 tracks in BI 2013, many hands-on lab sessions, demo discussion forums, meet-the-expert and more.

Why you should attend BI 2013?  As I’ve said before, you bought the SAP solution; now it’s time to learn how to optimize it. Do you want to learn more about the new upcoming BI4 release, BI 4.1?  Covered here.  Suite on Hana?  Sessions are available here.

Pre-conference sessions on Monday, March 18th, provide an early, closer look at SAP BI topics. I encourage you to consider the Ingo Hilgefort/Ty Miller’s session Lessons for preparing, deploying, and optimizing SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 and a sneak peek at what’s coming with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 with SAP Mentor Ingo Hilgefort and Ty Miller .  Both Ingo and Ty are great speakers, knowledgeable and very good at answering attendees’ questions.

I also recommend considering customer case-study sessions.  Additionally, the conference producers have provided a justification letter for you to submit to your management, to justify why to attending BI 2013 just download this Convince your Boss   template.

Which BI 2013 sessions should you attend?  Of course, I would say all of them but here are a few highlighted:

Sessions by SAP Mentors


This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a few sessions by SAP Mentors sessions that I found.

For hands-on sessions, you cannot have a better person leading than Ingo; he senses when you are in trouble and is “right there”.

Other sessions to consider:

A very popular session from last year was this one by Ty Miller:

What Business Objects customers need to know about choosing the right BI tool for their needs in a non-SAP application environment

A very popular speaker from last year was Ross Wilson of McKesson.  Last year people were standing out in the hall for his session. I liked the way he went around the room before his session started, introducing himself personally and asking attendees what they hoped to get out of his session.  This year his topic is Case study: How McKesson implemented CO-PA on SAP HANA for improved financial reporting

Meet the Experts:

Do not miss Meet the Expert sessions at night.  Last year these proved very popular, so much so they were flickering the lights to get us to leave, as we were having such a good time.


SAP’s John Schweitzer and Adam Binnie are delivering the keynotes this year.  Both proved very popular keynote speakers at last year’s ASUG BusinessObjects User Conference with Back to the BI Future


Jens Koerner is presenting Best practices for leveraging the cloud-based version of SAP Mobile Platform to mobilize your financial processes as part of Financials 2013.  I met Jens in person at last year’s BI 2012 and he was the driving force behind the very popular BI4 Elite training.  He is now with SAP Mobile product management but you don’t want to miss his passion for the products.

So I hope to see you in person in Las Vegas next month.  The event hashtag is #BI2013

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