SAP Insider BI 2017

Join me for deep dives into SAP Lumira and SAP IQ.

Join me this February 27 – March 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for SAP Insider BI 2017, the definitive conference for professionals who use and support SAP BusinessObjects BI, SAP BW, and SAP analytics solutions.

This year I will be presenting two sessions – the full conference agenda is available on the conference web site.

SAP BusinessObjects Lumira integration with the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform: What BI administrators need to know.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm, room Asia 3

Learn how to add SAP BusinessObjects Lumira support to your existing SAP BusinessObjects BI landscape, and deploy to your user community with confidence. By attending, you will:

  • Learn how to install, size, and configure the SAP BusinessObjects Lumira in-memory database engine on your existing SAP BusinessObjects BI landscape
  • See step-by-step how to configure security and govern SAP BusinessObjects Lumira desktops from the BI platform
  • Explore which SAP BusinessObjects Lumira capabilities are supported in mobile BI and which ones are not
  • Best practices for monitoring the SAP BusinessObjects Lumira engine for peak performance

How SAP IQ can accelerate your existing data warehouse with minimal effort

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, room Northern E-4

SAP has amended the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 license to include 1 license of SAP PowerDesigner, 8 cores of SAP Data Integrator, and 8 cores of SAP IQ. Discover how this “data warehouse in a box” solution can accelerate your existing data warehouse with minimal effort, and how to lead a pilot project to determine the feasibility of migrating to the SAP IQ platform. Learn how to:

  • Use SAP PowerDesigner to automatically recreate existing data warehouse schema DDL from the current platform to SAP IQ
  • Use SAP Data Integrator to move a snapshot of the existing data warehouse to SAP IQ
  • Modify an existing universe to use SAP IQ with minimal disruption to downstream SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence content
  • Benchmark the old and new solution to determine ROI

Attendees will be able to take home a project plan to manage their own SAP IQ pilot.

Register by January 27 and SAVE $550! BI 2017 is co-located with Basis & SAP Administration 2017 and HANA 2017. Your registration will allow you access sessions across all 3 events at no additional cost.

Presentation downloads for all sessions are available to conference attendees from the SAP Insider web site.

SAP Analytics Partner Test for Lumira Edge

I had a valuable experience seeing the future of SAP Lumira during a partner test at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the SAP Analytics partner test at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California for SAP Lumira for Teams (see related article, It’s here! SAP Lumira Edge Server) and the forthcoming SAP Lumira add-on for the SAP BI 4.1 platform (see related article, Planned Native Integration of Lumira into BI Platform Details). What I saw was covered by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA- shhh!) and may or may not end up in future releases of the software.

It was professionally gratifying to me to take part in the partner test, as I’m not normally the person on the team who gets to attend such events. The partner test opportunity is free, but be advised that SAP does not pay for travel expenses. If your organization is an SAP partner, these partner tests are a great way for your entire organization to stay ahead of the game. In addition to you and your organization getting an official participation letter (see below), these partner tests are an opportunity to have valuable face-time with the SAP product managers, who you may or may not also get to see at a user conference. Several partners at the event I attended sent multiple employees. Be sure to spend some structured time debriefing your management team on what you learned, plus some brainstorming time about aligning your organization’s sales and marketing efforts to the new information.

There will be more partner test opportunities at multiple SAP locations around the globe- not only for SAP Lumira but also the Analysis client tools and the BI4.1 platform . Check out the SAP Analytics Partner Test schedule for topics, location, dates, and sign-up.

SAP Partner Test 03 Participation Document

I didn’t think of taking a class photo until partners started disappearing. I’m sorry if I missed getting you into the group photo. But it was great making new friends and LinkedIn connections.

SAP Partner Test 05 Attendees

From left to right, our hosts Adrian Westmoreland, Olivier Duvelleroy, me, Thomas Kuruvilla, and Radim Bacinschi. These guys are really passionate about analytics.

SAP Partner Test 06 SAP Crew with Dallas

The State of California wants you to be safe, if not a bit fearful about their pollution. I generally don’t think about “reproductive toxicity” very often. Sadly, this was my first visit to California that I was not given a Ford Mustang upgrade at the rental car counter.

SAP Partner Test 07 Warning

I got to try wireless device charging at a Palo Alto Starbucks. I can’t wait for Starbucks to roll out Duracell wireless charging to the rest of the country.

SAP Partner Test 01 Starbucks Charging

I tasted my first In-n-Out Burger during the trip. Highly recommended.

SAP Partner Test 02 In-n-Out Burger

The SAP Labs cafeteria had free Pinkberry yogurt. I enjoyed some mango and vanilla swirl on SAP’s outdoor patio before returning to the ice and snow of southwestern Ohio.

SAP Partner Test 04 Pinkberry

 Have you attended a SAP analytics partner test? Share your stories below.