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/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/gartner_bi_2013_gaylord_texan_resort_sap_198959.jpgAs my first experience of business travel, Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit in Grapevine, Texas was a whirlwind of activity for me!

The conference took place at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, a massive resort and entertainment complex in it’s own bio-dome terrarium. Not like any hotel I’ve seen before – all they were missing were some real animals and birds flying around!

NBA Basketball Game with RapidDecision

On Sunday, March 17, 2013, I had the pleasure of attending the Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game, which was hosted by SAP and RapidDecision. We had an amazing view from the box and an endless supply of food, snacks, desserts and drinks!

Jason Rose, Vice President Business Intelligence Marketing at SAP and I took a break from the game to interview Joe Guerra, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect at RapidDecision. See how SAP innovations affect RapidDecision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeDypixhJnE

After the game, I got Jason Rose on camera again. Did you know you can access NBA stats at NBA.com/stats powered by SAP HANA? Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fv30BM7y3I

And if you’re looking to run smarter from anywhere on your iPad – whether you’re at a basketball game or at a customer site – get SAP BusinessObjects Mobile BI for iPad to get instant access to business intelligence reports, metrics and information in real-time.

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SAP Coffee Bar

As a special treat, SAP sponsored a coffee station with baristas brewing up lattes all day on Monday. I was stationed here for most of the day scanning badges and chatting up thirsty attendees. Chai tea latte, delicious!

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SAP Solution Showcase

The Solution Showcase was a chance for attendees to talk directly to solution experts and see the options available in the market. We gave away, SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 3rdEdition and these books went like hotcakes!

Our most popular demo was the SAP HANA: Overview so if you’re interested to try it out yourself, get the free 30-day trial of SAP Visual Intelligence and hook it up to SAP HANA with the server information from our Ultimate Data Geek Challenge.

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Blind Wine Tasting with Cognilytics

SAP and Cognilytics generously hosted a customer dinner and CXO roundtable on Monday night featuring blind wine tasting, three course meals and an opinionated game of Winners or Losers, where people shared their honest opinions on the future direction of well-known companies.

Watch the video interview on how Cognilytics applied predictive and advanced analytics to big data for customers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvSIIBlWllw

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FedEx Customer Session

We had Andy Mills, Business Intelligence Manager at FedEx Services come present as an SAP customer to share how they increased operational effectiveness using SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions in only 6 months for 1,800 store locations.

Find out what Andy’s secret was in this video interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzqobCfbhLo

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#GartnerBI Tweets

And of course, I was tweeting away throughout the conference and was very excited to see all the activity on Twitter. There were almost 2,000 tweets on the first day! The second day declined to a still impressive 1,200 tweets and the last day had just over 500 tweets. 

Want to know the what, when, who, how and words used for the #GartnerBI hashtag? Check out this interactive tweet tracker: http://visual.jugnoo.com/#/%23gartnerbi

And if you want to see 500 tweets documented from everybody, check out this PDF: http://www.tweetdoc.org/View/67383/GartnerBI

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