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Last week was the BI + Analytics Conference in Huntington Beach, CA

With lovely palm trees and a very nice beach, I can say it is one of the nicest venues I have seen for a conference.

 

I tried to prepare myself with this BI+Analytics Track Chair Highlights #BIAConf  before arriving.

I was worried before I left as we experienced some heavy ice the night before where I live (see the left picture) but when I arrived it was hot and humid on the right – extremes of the weather, all in the same day!

Speaker Briefing

First up we had a speaker briefing, and to break the ice, we had to tell an interesting story.

Ty Miller, SAP

Ty Miller’s parents were married, divorced, married others, divorced, and then re-married each other 23 years later.  His story was the most interesting one at our table.  Lower right is Anna Roser, Eventful Conferences speaker care (and a wonderful person too)

 

Afterwards we ate some wonderful snacks (S’mores popcorn) and then prepared for the next day.

Day 1

Day 1 weather was colder and much windier, but it didn’t stop me from taking a walk on the beach before the conference started.

Han from Cisco kicked off the keynote, explaining that “Data blitz will accelerate – see data from Olympics” and explained how they have seen analytics grow 18X over the past few years

Source: Eventful Conferences

Our next keynote speaker was David Roberts of Under Armour.  He “fired us” up.  He also covered do you battle disruption, create disruption, create market share, as innovation drives growth.

Source: Eventful Conferences

What is expected of your organization? Digital universe, intelligent products, speed, user expectations – NASA brings back TB of data in seconds, using Artificial Intelligence for efficiency  and leverages machine learning

Source: Eventful Conferences

This slide also caught my eye “complacency creates a false narrative”.

Next keynote was from SAP’s Timo Elliott

Source: SAP

“Analytics is at the heart of business”, showing a real digital heart with predictive maintenance for people

Source: SAP

“Automation is a big opportunity”

Source: SAP

“Self-optimizing AI powered processes ”

Source: SAP

Analytics has had the same goal for the past 25 years

Source: SAP

Cloud applications need embedded analytics; examples are shown above

Source: SAP

“On premise is still thriving” as shown by the Web Intelligence roadmap above

Source: SAP

Data is an enterprise super power, hybrid BI is the way forward

Source: SAP

Conversational analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud – note, my notes are weak, but interesting slide

 

Lecture

Source: SAP – standard disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change

Hybrid Analytics Use Cases

Source: SAP

In this session, SAP said there was “massive transformation in the market” due to cloud

Above shows the core pieces of the hybrid strategy going forward

Source: SAP

Hybrid analytics is the “fast track to cloud” at a high level as shown above

Source: SAP

Above shows the planned, forward looking plan to simplify license for SAP Hybrid BI

Pricing to run on-premise and cloud products with a subscription license

Source: SAP

Above shows customers with mixed landscapes

Source: SAP

“IT and business need to change their relationship for hybrid BI” and includes agile exploratory analytics

Source: SAP

“Hybrid is not just about the tools” says SAP

Source: SAP

Hybrid strategy and vision – the plan is to use Web Intelligence documents as a data source.

Source: SAP

Why SAP BusinessObjects BI and SAP Analytics Cloud?  Covered above

Source: SAP

The SAP Analytics Cloud platform is shown above

Source: SAP

Data sources supported for the SAP Analytics Cloud is shown above, with planned features (subject to change)

Source: SAP

A new admin console is planned

Source: SAP

My notes are weak on this one, but I thought it was an interesting slide

Source: SAP

Key points to take home are shown above

 

More to come.  In case you missed the conference, ASUG has several upcoming webcasts and also ASUG Annual Conference is coming up.  I want to take this opportunity to thank the Eventful Conferences team, including Lindsay Wickham, Kyle Tate, Anna Roser, Jonathan Toomey

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    1. Tammy Powlas
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      Hello Koen – yes, I haven’t had a chance to finish; Fiori was part of a presentation I co-presented.  I am not sure I should blog about my own session… 🙂

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