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Days 3 and 4 of ASUG SBOUC’12: More Education, Predictive Analysis and … see you next year

I am back home in Wrocław after ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference (SBOUC) in Orlando, USA. Three and a half intensive days, yet I still feel like there was not enough time to discuss everything with everyone. But the first SAP InnoJam is just around the corner, so the time to pack and see folks again will come soon.

For the moment, let me go back to SBOUC to share highlights of the last two days.

More about Networking

Spammers attack at #SBOUC

In my previous post, I mentioned about the importance of face to face interactions. Social networking tools – no matter if we like them or not – play their important role too.  When during his Thursday’s keynote Don Tapscott asked how many in the audience are using Twitter, about one third raised their hands.

I am not an addicted fan of Twitter, but it became a handy tool for me. I don’t like the one player dominance on the market, I wish App.netPath and alike good luck. Just remember “A fool with a tool is still a fool”.

And remember there are different kinds of “smarts” too. There was a moment, when spammers found that #SBOUC is trending on Twitter, and started their attack. First time I saw something like this (see picture). New tweets and handlers were coming faster than you were able to get what’s going on.

My session on SAP HANA

My session was obviously on the topic of SAP HANA. It was an updated version of the last year’s session, but now with the focus on where and how you can learn more about in-memory data management and where you can practice to gain hands-on experience.

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Surprising that so many people want to learn SAP HANA and are asking for access to the software, yet so few are familiar with two SAP HANA Developer Center offers:

  1. 30-days Test&Evaluation access to pre-configured virtual desktop hosted by CloudShare. The benefit of that option is that the desktop has as well popular and new SAP BusinessObjects BI tools: Explorer, Analysis for MS Office, Visual Intelligence.
  2. Free developer edition of SAP HANA database hosted in the cloud. For the moment the only choice is Amazon WebServices.

Our Developer Experience team as SAP is responsible for Developer Center. One of our new projects is to add BusinessObjects to the family of DevCenters. If you have any suggestions or comments on BObj, HANA, Sybase or any other SAP technology on the Developer Center – please let me know in comments, via twitter @Sygyzmundovych, or just by sending old good e-mail to my SAP address.

SAP Analytics and Hadoop

It became usual to hear (mostly from the same people) that SAP’s innovations focused only on SAP HANA. Well, there were very good sessions during SBOUC showing integration of SAP Analytics products with Hadoop too. Below are some captures with session numbers, so you can download full sessions from ASUG Online yourself.

Reporting on top of a universe sourcing from Hadoop (session 1210 “SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 FP3 on Apache Hadoop Hive”)

SAP DataServices and Hadoop (session 202 “Another Buzz Word – Hadoop! Or is That Something a Regular Person Can Use?”)

Text Processing by SAP HANA and Hadoop (session 211 “Unstructured Data: Taming the Textual Tsunami with SAP HANA & Hadoop”)

New SAP BusinessObjects BI tools

In my previous post I mentioned new SAP BusinessObjects BI product called Visual Intelligence. Sessions around two other new products got no less interest:

SAP Predictive Analytics:

SAP Predictive Analysis positioned in the context (session 805 “Demonstration of SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis 1.0 and Its Consumption from SAP BI Clients”)

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio (aka SAP Zen):

Building BI app with SAP BO Design Studio (session 109 “SAP ZEN – BI Applications and Dashboard Designer”)

Custom Development with SAP BusinessObjects

Another topic interesting for me was the custom development with SAP BusinessObjects. Unfortunately not many people are aware of SAP BO SDKs and APIs, and even at SBOUC there were only two sessions on this topic. I hope to promote and to see more next year.

Use of SAP BusinessObjects SDK in BP (Session 501 “Free SDK Utilities to Help Manage Your Business Objects”)

Best Practices (Session 1307 “Introduction to the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 RESTful and Crystal Reports JavaScript Viewer SDKs”)

SAP Analytics Forum

Unfortunately, because of my flight schedule I attended only one session during the SAP Analytics Forum at the day 4 of the conference. The session was Deloitte’s internal implementation of reporting using Crystal Reports and SAP HANA. Nothing speaks better than an example.

Deloitte presentation of using Crystal Reports with SAP HANA (click to enlarge)

See you next year…

… at ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference 2013 in Anaheim, California.

In the meantime…

… if you feel that my posts haven’t covered the conference enough, please have a look at other blogs:

Still not enough? Then you need to experience and describe it yourself 🙂

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Days 1 and 2 of ASUG SBOUC’12: Education, Visualization and … Wars

The second day of ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference (SBOUC) in Florida, USA came to the end. Two more days ahead.

Networking

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.

Education

My session at SBOUC 2012

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.

Visualization

I think new Visual Intelligence application (aka “VisI”) is the one getting most of the interest here at the conference:

SAP Visual Intelligence presentation during SBOUC’12

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 :-)):

Analyzing HANA DevCenter Survey using SAP Visual Intelligence (click to see bigger picture)

Developer Wars

The Developer Wars was a good end of the day: healthy mix of technology and fun, competition and community feeling. Here are teams presenting:

Team “Decision First” presents first

Guys from the second team ASTG(?) had lots of fun and used VisI too 🙂

The winner of this year’s Developer Wars was the team Optimal Optimizers

Team PieRates had many of the “SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide” authors

The war is over. I am looking forward to the next year.

Keynote

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.

Closing remark

You can find live stream of fresh news from the conference on my Twitter: twitter.com/Sygyzmundovych, or you can search for #SBOUC hash tag.

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