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Here’s some background analytics reading to prepare you for all the innovation at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, starting tomorrow with pre-conference trainings. You can watch many sessions online at http://sapphirenow.com

SAP HANA, Big Data, and In-memory


Dan Kearnen covers SAP HANA at SAPPHIRE NOW and at the show, think about tweeting your ah-hana moments. Rick Smolan, author of the Human Face of Big Data will be hosting a session at SAPPHIRE NOW – the iPad version is excellent. If you’d like to know more about what SAP is doing in big data, you can visit this dedicated site. If you’re trying to understand the bigger context of how HANA fits in, there’s a series of posts featuring Garnter’s Donald Feinberg who explains why in-memory changes everything, gives examples of the business impact, and says that wherever you are in the process, you should have an in-memory action plan.

The Network of Truth


The Network of Truth is the SAP Analytics view of the future. You can see an introduction in this short video, see the presentation by Adam Binnie, or read some of the different blogs on the topic:

Analytics for Finance


Read about the Special Finance Forum at SAPPHIRE NOW, which will cover topics including Reducing Fraud and Tracking Risks, and other topics covered on the on the CFO Knowledge Blog

SAP Lumira and new SAP Lumira Cloud:


Read why we changed the name of SAP Visual Intelligence, explained in these two FAQ documents:

And we know change can be disrupted, so here’s a blog that explains why we changed yet another perfectly good BI product name and you can see an example of the technology in action in this short SAP Lumira Cloud demonstration on iPad (HANA Enterprise Cloud) and some background information on SAP cloud analytics.

SAP BusinessObjects 4.1

There will be lots of news around SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 this week. In the meantime, here are some best practices for a smooth migration

Analytics By Industry

No matter what industry you are in, there’s plenty of content for you – check out these blogs for more information

Show Floor Studio Interviews with Analytics Execs

I don’t think these interviews are in the official agenda, so if you’d like to hear show floor interviews with key SAP Analytics executives, here’s a partial list (Full list here)

Tuesday 14 May

Wednesday 15 May

Thursday 16 May

Fun Analytics, For Doctors Without Borders

We’re going to have fun at the show: bring your FitBit or other fitness device and combine it with this community challenge (here’s why you should)

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