Isn’t it amazing how most super heroes never seem to grow old? In fact, they just seem to get better with age as new special effects and enhancements to their capabilities by the movie industry make them even more super!
I see BusinessObjects in a very similar way. It is the Iron Man, Wonder Woman and X-Men of Business Intelligence tool suites combined and it just seems to keep getting better with each new update.
Look at the latest BI 4.2 SP03 release with a ton of enhancements and new functionality in Web Intelligence with even more coming in SP04 in a few months (watch this space). Features like integrated geo maps, shared elements, linked elements, cascading input prompts, commentary and a very functional Restful SDK has changed Web Intelligence from a very useful reporting and analysis tool to a BI tool with super powers!
Then there’s all the enhancements to the platform, the IDT universe design tool, Crystal Reports, SAP BO Dashboards (Xcelsius), Live Office and more. It’s no wonder most BO Users are looking to upgrade to BI 4.2 this year if they have not done so already.
So, what’s the best way to learn how to harness these BusinessObjects super tools and maximize your investment in the world’s number one BI suite?
The answer is simple: just sign up for the one and only event completely dedicated to the BusinessObjects core products – IBIS 2017. This will be a unique and amazing gathering of BusinessObjects super heroes like the universe has never seen before!
The main IBIS conference is 3 full days with 9 tracks to choose from, three of which are hands-on training boot camps broken up into self-contained 2-hour modules allowing you to pick and choose just the topics you want. The other 6 tracks are 1-hour seminar sessions packed with best practices, customer case studies, cool features and how to get the most out of BusinessObjects. That makes a total of 27 hands-on training sessions and 108 seminar sessions in just 3 days.
In addition to many opportunities to interact with your BusinessObjects peers, there is also a BI clinic where you can bring your real-world BO technical problems, issues or challenges and sit down with an expert who will either solve them or put a treatment plan together for you!
There are so many great sessions and presenters scheduled for IBIS 2017 that it is shaping up to be an epic event. Customer case studies from ARI, Santa Clara County, Albertsons/Safeway, USPI, Freeport MacMoRan, Dana, CEI and many more promise to be both educational and enlightening.
Gregory Botticchio from the SAP Web Intelligence Product Group has several presentations on what is new and what is coming in the next releases of the product as well as a session where you can provide your feedback as to what you would like to see in future versions. Top BusinessObjects instructors like Roxanne Pittman, Amy O’Neel, Michael Ward, Adam Lange, Allan Williams and many more will all be teaching. Be sure to check out the lineup as well as the cool video from IBIS 2016.
All in all, it will be a gathering of BusinessObjects super heroes and an event not to be missed. I am told capes are optional but I plan to bring mine and hope to see you there with yours.