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Last year I had a fantastic time attending SAPinsider’s BI2012 conference in Milan, Italy.  The event was held over three days in June 2012, and topics ranged from Netweaver BW 7.3, BusinessObjects BI4.0 (which was still quite new!) and HANA (also quite new).

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Some of the aspects that I really enjoyed at BI2012 were:

  • Ask-the-Experts – I was asked to be one of the experts, and these one-on-one sessions allowed conference attendees to seek out experts in their field and get detailed answers to their questions.  I was able to meet some great people this way, and hopefully point them in the right direction!
  • Customer Case Studies – there were many presentations from customers on how they are using the SAP technologies in their companies, such as McKesson (both Gabe Orthous and Ross Wilson were presenters), or local organisations such as City of Hamburg and Allianz
  • SAP Product Management – there were also specific areas set aside where you could schedule meetings with SAP’s Product Management teams.  I was able to meet Karsten Ruf, who manages the SAP Mobile BI portfolio, and give Karsten some direct feedback from the customers I was working with. Karsten also gave me a demonstration of what features were coming in the next version
  • Community – as part of the DSLayered crew, I interviewed lots of local and international attendees to the conference, and got to meet some new friends at the conference and also out to dinner.

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This year I’m looking forward to once again presenting at BI2013, but this time in Amsterdam.

I will be presenting on the following three subjects:

  1. Introduction to SAP’s Enterprise Information Management Portfolio – this presentation will be an introduction to Data Services and Information Steward, and how the two products integrate with SAP BusinessObjects
  2. Best Practices for Universe Design – focusing on the Information Design Tool new features, as well as best practices for universe design including the old debated topic of aliases vs contexts (hint: use both where required!), and
  3. Advanced Crystal Reports Design Techniques – lots of demonstrations of Crystal Report functionality in the new Crystal Reports for Enterprise

If you are thinking of attending, I hope to see you there – I’m looking forward to meeting lots more people in our broad community 🙂

For more details, you can check out the agenda for BI2013 here http://sapbi2013.com/Amsterdam/.

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