You can’t go wrong with a conference in Las Vegas, can you? It’s the entertainment capital of America and provides for plenty after hours relaxation. No need for long commutes from the convention center, either, since you are in the middle of the action at the Venetian. And the weather in October should be perfect!

It has been difficult to put together a session plan, as there are many lectures and workshops that seem relevant, useful and valuable to my organization. I am still mulling it over, in fact. Way too many overlapping sessions…

Here are a few highlights:

EA260 – Build Analytical and Planning Apps with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

We are excited about Design Studio as a replacement for Xcelsius, both for its underlying technology, customizability and flexibility as well as its suitability for mobile use. More and more, simple one-page or one-screen dashboards are being requested by the business both for high-level management

UXP104  – SAP Fiori Launchpad – An Overview

I see SAP Fiori as a revolutionary (and long awaited) change in end user interaction with SAP and front-end presentation. I am sure the numerous SAP Fiori sessions are just a start in what’s to come as it gets widely adopted.

INT263 – Consuming SAP Data in Google Apps by Leveraging SAP Gateway

Cloud based applications are the rage these days. However, such applications are rarely self-contained and their value often lies with being able to source data from multiple systems. Exposing SAP data to the general public has proven to be fairly challenging and plaforms such as Google Apps and Salesforce.com may be able to fill the void. I want to learn more.

I am most looking forward to the hands-on sessions, nothing does the job better to absorb and retain information than getting your hands dirty. In fact, I will be attending the pre-conference day-long hands-on BusinessObjects workshop on Monday. Yes!

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