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Lady Gaga and IBIS 2014 – It’s all about Community

I went to see Lady Gaga in concert last week and it was quite a show. Non-stop energy, entertainment, excitement and some pretty amazing costumes. Gaga also likes to talk between songs and she spoke a lot about community. She shared how her community had helped her through some hard times and encouraged everyone to always stick together as a community and help each other out.

It got me thinking about this year’s InfoSol Business Intelligence Seminar (IBIS) which was also non-stop excitement for fans of BusinessObjects (costumes were not too spectacular although we did have some awesome Dashboard Doctors!). Everyone attending had BusinessObjects in common and openly shared their experiences, knowledge, best practices and challenges. They were a true community.

The keynote presentation on Limitless Business Intelligence 2.0 – Big Imagination highlighted some remarkable applications created with BusinessObjects that are really making a difference in people’s lives. Examples ranging  from identifying the location, water output and maintenance history of fire hydrants to reducing doctor appointment wait times showed the limitless possibilities of what can be achieved when BusinessObjects and Big Imaginations are brought together.

Over the years, I have noticed how little of the functionality of the BusinessObjects suite most organizations use. BI vendors like it that way, so they can sell their new offerings which are often just shiny object versions of the products they are replacing without half the capability.

BusinessObjects is still the most widely used BI suite in use today and it is in its prime. There is a wealth of talented individuals who use the different tools and their numbers grow exponentially every day. New BusinessObjects user groups are appearing everywhere and events like IBIS and ASUG 2014 SABOC provide a forum to bring this community together to share ideas and learn from each other.

Communities thrive when everyone gets involved and contributes to the best of their abilities. Likewise they start to break down when they are exploited and there is more take than give – it’s like being “caught in a bad romance” as Lady Gaga reminded me during her final song.

The good news is that today the BusinessObjects community is thriving and I encourage those who are not involved to join in.  Attending SABOC in September would be a good start or attending IBIS 2015 in Carlsbad, California next June would be even better.

About Paul

Paul Grill started his career in Information Technology in the U.K. in 1978, as an Executive Data Processing Trainee for Honeywell. More than thirty years later, he still has a voracious appetite for learning as Information Technology continues to advance at an ever accelerating pace. He was first introduced to the world of Business Intelligence in 1991, in France, when he saw a demonstration of an early version of BusinessObjects on Windows 2.1. He returned to the U.S. to rave about this phenomenal product, but it was many years before BusinessObjects made it into the mainstream. Paul founded InfoSol in 1997, and made Business Intelligence one of the key solutions offered by the company. Today, InfoSol is a leading SAP BusinessObjects solutions partner, known for its expert consulting, education and innovative add-on solutions. Paul is well known within the SAP BusinessObjects community for his extensive knowledge of Business Intelligence, and he has lectured and written many articles on the subject. Paul enjoys writing, running and coaching kids soccer, and is passionate about Ancient Egyptology.

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