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When: May 4, 2015 – 11:30 am ET
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APOS is pleased to present this online live  Q & A session in conjunction with SAP and SAPinsider. During this session,  SAP product experts will explore how SAP BI 4.2 can enrich the experiences of  both users and information consumers.

During planning for this session, the session  title went through a few iterations, including:

  • Will SAP’s  BI Tool Convergence and Interoperability Strategy Make Your BI Team Better?
  • Platform  Progress, Tool Convergence, and Quadrant Qualms….Where are we now??

These titles, and the title  we finally settled on, all describe the session accurately, but the last, which  was deemed a bit controversial, describes a particular quandary that developed when  Gartner published its most recent BI Magic Quadrant for Business  Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.

Back in February – on Super  Bowl Sunday, to be precise — Mark Richardson published a critique of Gartner’s  change in direction. His post was called ‘Moving  the Goalposts’: Why #DataViz Often Fails to Reflect Reality. In his  post, Mark noted:

GARTNER has moved their focus for this document away from “the long-standing  BI requirement for centrally provisioned, highly governed and scalable  system-of-record reporting” – and toward “analytical agility and business user  autonomy”. That’s their call – but I think it is the wrong one.

There is a danger in reliance on ad hoc reporting  and data visualizations to the exclusion of the underlying data, which is why a  “system-of-record” reporting engine is so important.

It’s easy to be deceptive  with visualizations, even to deceive yourself, but the real problem in such  cases is generally inaccurate data, especially when taken cumulatively, in  which case simple, seemingly inconsequential variances can distort the picture  and lead to poor decision-making.

What is required above all, as Mark  Richardson points out, is stability, accuracy, and governance. Can these  qualities be said to be characteristics of a platform?

It has been nearly 2  years since Jayne Landry published Run Simple: Convergence of the SAP  BI Product Portfolio. Now, with the release of SAP BI 4.2, it’s time to review the progress  SAP has made on the platform, and check the convergence and interoperability of  the BI tool portfolio.

From the conceptual to  the technical, this session will let you explore the boundaries and synergies  of the SAP BI 4.2 BI tool set, and discover the potential for Lumira, Design  Studio, Web Intelligence, Analysis for Office and HANA within your deployment of  the SAP BI platform.

Panelists will  include:

  • Jayne Landry – Global VP & GM, Business Intelligence, SAP
  • Ty Miller – Senior Director of Solution Management for Enterprise Business  Intelligence, SAP
  • Olivier Duvelleroy – Senior Director, Solution Management, Business  Intelligence, SAP
  • Alexander Peter – Product Manager, SAP
  • David Stocker – Senior Product Manager, SAP
  • Gregory Botticchio – Product Manager, Web  Intelligence, SAP
  • Adrian Westmoreland – Product Manager, SAP

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