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Let’s Speak BO and Save Tigers – IBIS 2015 Highlights

Every year at IBIS, we hear attendees tell us that this is the “best BI event” they have attended and from those who have attended a prior IBIS, we hear that this one is “the best IBIS ever!”

This year was no exception as “Limitless BI : Let’s Speak BO” delivered top quality training , customer case studies and invaluable knowledge transfer around the core SAP BusinessObjects products.

I delivered the Monday morning opening  keynote  along with Geoff Scott, ASUG CEO.  The focus was to clearly explain both the causes and the significance of the current BusinessObjects resurgence. There was no shortage of limitless BI solutions using Xcelsius Dashboards, Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, Mobile BI and Explorer being shown throughout the three days. The 2015  Dashboard awards were all won by solutions using Xcelsius.

One of the real highlights for me was the Tuesday morning keynote entitled “Counting What Counts”,  jointly delivered by Yolande Grill, InfoSol COO and Carrie Stengel from the World Wildlife Foundation . Yolande gave some great examples of measuring the right metrics and Carrie explained some of the key metrics they are monitoring in their “T x 2” campaign to double the global population of tigers. InfoSol is donating its InfoBurst Apps software and dashboard development expertise to help visualize some of the most important metrics monitoring of the campaign.  Taylor Packwood of InfoSol demoed the first version of an interactive dashboard that he created for WWF.  At the end of the presentation, Yolande announced an exciting new competition that will be launching soon called the “XI Prize” which is a new annual prize for individuals and organizations to create a business intelligence solution that make a difference  for a cause or charity that they are passionate about. The top solutions created will be featured at IBIS 2016.

There were also new BI solutions announced and shown at IBIS 2016 including dCode from the InfoSol UK Labs which provides some amazing enhancements to Xcelsius in HTML5. dCode enables HTML5 created Xcelsius dashboards to be deployed easily on mobile and desktop as well as the ability to use iBooks and create mobile publications with embedded Xcelsius HTML5 dashboards in them.

Update: dCode is now available for purchase!

A major new enhancement to the InfoBurst XDC was also on display allowing Xcelsius, IB Apps and AnuBIs dashboards to access large amounts of data offline using its very fast data cache. There was a lot of interest in AnuBIS , the new HTML5 mobile dashboard prototyping tool.

This year’s IBIS featured more customer led presentations than any previous year. Not only were these sessions candid and honest (we heard the good, the bad and the ugly) but they often led to open and fascinating discussions between the attendees. I sat in on several such sessions, like Tammy Datri of Grane Healthcare sharing the challenges of migrating from BO XI 3.1 to BI 4.1 in her “Three times a Charm” session and Evan Davies of Safeway discussing their remarkable Crystal 9 transition story.  It is this type of knowledge and experience exchange that has always made IBIS so unique. Many of these sessions will be featured in up and coming “Let’s Speak BO” Webinars so these stories can be shared with an even wider audience.

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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