The second day of ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference (SBOUC) in Florida, USA came to the end. Two more days ahead.
I am trying to get full advantage of what’s most important on such events: education and networking. It’s ok to “network” on LinkedIn, Xing, SCN or whatever “platform” you are using, but still nothing replaces face to face discussions.
When it comes to education, the face-to-face approach is preferable too, but online and offline possibilities are rich as well. If you are attending SBOUC this year, I obviously would love to see you tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1:30pm EST in N. Hemisphere A4 “Impact of In-Memory Technology and SAP HANA on Your Business, IT, and Career“. But even if you have something else already scheduled, or you are not in Orlando this week, ASUG did fantastic job this year again to have all session materials available online. You do not need to be conference participant, or even ASUG member to access and download materials. Enjoy! You will find the whole palette of sessions: from traditional (like BI strategy, Dashboards and Universe Migrations) to new and trending (like using BI4 with HANA, Sybase IQ, Hadoop Hive, or Advanced Data Visualization and Predictive Analytics). Lots to learn? That’s just a beginning, because to get a bit more structure into what you are learning, you can not go to “Learn BI” collection at http://www.sap.com/LearnBI to check official products tutorials for BusinessObjects BI 4.x, but as well for new products like SAP Visual Intelligence.
I think new Visual Intelligence application (aka “VisI”) is the one getting most of the interest here at the conference:
The good news is that besides reading Visual Intelligence tutorial, you can as well get 90-days trial from http://www.sap.com/tryvisualintelligence. Even more – you can join “Data Geek competition” and use data sets already prepared for you by SAP, or to connect to cloud-hosted SAP HANA instance: http://www.sap.com/datageek. Try it!
I personally used Visual Intelligence to do analysis of the survey results about our SAP HANA Developer Center, to see (what we already expected :-)):
The Developer Wars was a good end of the day: healthy mix of technology and fun, competition and community feeling. Here are teams presenting:
The war is over. I am looking forward to the next year.
Why did I miss to mention conference keynotes in my post? Luckily I do not need to redo, what has been perfectly done already by Timo Elliott on his blog here.