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Pre-Conference Seminars

Data Visualization and Dashboards with SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud Analytics Designer

Mon · 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Mon, Mar 9, 2020 · 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Data Visualization and Dashboards with SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud Analytics Designer

This hands-on workshop will provide customers with an overview on SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer. Attendees will learn which role the technologies can play as part of their overall SAP landscape and how they can integrate with their existing on-premise and cloud-based data sources. You will have the opportunity to directly work with SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer in combination with SAP BW and SAP HANA and create live a variety of dashboards.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to integrate SAP Cloud Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud app building into their existing SAP landscape

  • How to leverage on-premise and cloud-based data sources

  • How to use SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud app building to create compelling visual stories on-premise and in the cloud

  • How to use advanced options in SAP Analytics Cloud


Key session takeaways:

  • Hear about SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer.

  • Learn how to integrate SAP Analytics Cloud into your existing SAP landscape.

  • Experience the products live with hands-on exercises.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at pre-conference seminars, so please bring your own.
Pre-Conference Seminars

How to Deliver Self-Service Reporting with SAP BI 4.3

Mon · 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gregory Botticchio - Director, Product Management, SAP Pascal Gaulin - Analytics Product Expert, SAP
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Mon, Mar 9, 2020 · 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

How to Deliver Self-Service Reporting with SAP BI 4.3

Learn how you will deliver self-service reporting for your end users by leveraging some of the innovations delivered into the future SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.3. You will manipulate the new “WebI Data Model” concept in order to prepare a clean dataset that you will be able to schedule for your end users. Once received, you will learn how to use the new Web Intelligence interface to build a dashboard on top of this “WebI Data Model.”

Key session takeaways:

  • Discover SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.3.

  • Learn the new Web Intelligence interface.

  • Manipulate the concept of “WebI Data Model.”


Please note: Laptops are not provided at pre-conference seminars, so please bring your own.
Pre-Conference Seminars
  • Gregory Botticchio
    Director, Product Management, SAP
  • Pascal Gaulin
    Analytics Product Expert, SAP
Pre-Conference Seminars

Innovation Through Collaboration: How SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning Enables Better Business Decisions

Mon · 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Leonardo De Biasi - Data Intelligence Director, NIMBL, LLC Will Chen - Lead, EPM Practices, NIMBL, LLC Iris Zhang - Consultant, NIMBL, LLC
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Mon, Mar 9, 2020 · 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Innovation Through Collaboration: How SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning Enables Better Business Decisions

Brought to you by ASUG in partnership with NIMBL.

Planning is an essential aspect of any successful organization. SAP Analytics Cloud provides a simple (and single) solution to build a comprehensive and effective environment for dashboarding, planning, and advanced analytics. Allowing for easy collaboration between different teams and individuals within an organization, SAP Analytics Cloud for planning enables groups to produce different case scenarios and save results in an effortless manner.  

SAP Analytics Cloud also encompasses additional predictive capabilities including regression, classification, clustering, and an integration to help guide future business decisions. 

Join this session to be ready for the new era of enterprise collaborative planning. 

Key session takeaways:  

  • Experience a hands-on demonstration of SAP Analytics Cloud for planning capabilities to drive business insight. 

  • Explore the variety of data sources to which SAP Analytics Cloud can connect. 

  • Discover through visual tools how SAP Analytics Cloud automatically calculates and predicts how a change in the value of one variable leads to changes in other variables. 

  • Witness an example of how SAP Analytics Cloud covers all the essential features necessary to analyze, plan, and predict decisions for any organization. 


Please note: Laptops are not provided at pre-conference seminars, so please bring your own.
Pre-Conference Seminars
  • Leonardo De Biasi
    Data Intelligence Director, NIMBL, LLC
  • Will Chen
    Lead, EPM Practices, NIMBL, LLC
  • Iris Zhang
    Consultant, NIMBL, LLC
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Networking

Business, Banter, and Beer: Networking with Your Peers

Mon · 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
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Mon, Mar 9, 2020 · 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Business, Banter, and Beer: Networking with Your Peers

Expand your network and make meaningful connections with professionals who can help you solve business challenges at our speed networking event. Pre-registration is required ahead of time. When you register, click “Yes” when asked if you are interested in participating in the speed networking event.*

If you have already registered and didn’t sign up for speed networking, visit the registration page and click the “Already Registered?” link. Then fill out your email address and confirmation number to modify your registration.

*Registration spaces for speed networking are limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Networking

Welcome Reception

Mon · 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
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Join us for an informal networking reception to kick off the BI+Analytics Conference.
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Breakfast and Exhibition Viewing
7:45 AM - 9:40 AM
Keynotes
Keynote

Opening Remarks and Executive Fireside Chat on the State of Business Intelligence and Analytics

Tue · 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Geoff Scott - CEO, ASUG Rajeev Kapur - CDO, Kimberly-Clark Corporation Dan Stuart - SVP, ITS, Southwire
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM

Opening Remarks and Executive Fireside Chat on the State of Business Intelligence and Analytics

Join us as we kick off the annual BI+Analytics Conference and explore some of the trends and topics of interest for this network.
Keynote
  • Geoff Scott
    CEO, ASUG
  • Rajeev Kapur
    CDO, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Dan Stuart
    SVP, ITS, Southwire
Keynote

Conference Welcome: Meet the Emcee

Tue · 8:20 AM - 8:30 AM
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 8:20 AM - 8:30 AM

Conference Welcome: Meet the Emcee

Meet our conference emcee Heather (Sinkwitz) Hill, business intelligence manager at Mobile Mini. Heather has been an integral part of the BI+Analytics Conference advisory committee, has been a speaker at various analytics-focused events, and is a leader and influencer in the business intelligence space. She has a track record of leading teams to build innovative business intelligence solutions. She is passionate about creating user adoption, business involvement, and sustainable processes.
Keynote

Steer Executive Decision-Making with Digital Data Insights

Tue · 8:35 AM - 9:05 AM
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 8:35 AM - 9:05 AM

Steer Executive Decision-Making with Digital Data Insights

With Honda Research and Development’s focus on expanding people’s dreams and potential, the need for internal and external data visibility and analysis is paramount. In this keynote, Honda R&D Americas will articulate how it has transformed to achieve the digital-data vision. Honda R&D has focused on data to shift its business culture, resulting in a single version of the truth, companywide transparency, open collaboration up to the executive level, self-service reporting, and integrated business processes. Its agile data science and analytics team is driving the growth of a digitally enabled business through the development of SAP HANA, SAP Analytics Cloud, and the SAP Digital Boardroom. The organization is continuously driving towards total transparency with a real-time view of organizational health by providing instant data-driven insights, with the capability to drill down to line-item data to address ad-hoc questions. Honda R&D is focused on standardization, simplification, automation, and advanced analytical capabilities to improved agile decision-making. By simplifying the boardroom process and providing visibility into a consolidated status summary of corporate metrics, Honda R&D has turned data into actionable insights to achieve significant organizational efficiencies.

Key session takeaways: 

  • Transforming your business to achieve a digital data vision.

  • Shift your business culture while transforming and enhancing your vision.

  • Achieve a simplified boardroom process by providing visibility into consolidated corporate metrics through a platform such as SAP Digital Boardroom.

Keynote

Winning Your End Users with SAP Analytics

Tue · 9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
Iver van de Zand - VP Product Strategy, Augmented BI, SAP
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

Winning Your End Users with SAP Analytics

In his keynote session, Iver will explain how the SAP Analytics strategy is set up and how it aligns to the corporate SAP strategy. He will discuss the key priorities for SAP Analytics, where SAP will invest, and how will users and platform administrators benefit. As part of this, Iver will share upcoming functionalities and features for SAP Analytics.
Keynote
  • Iver van de Zand
    VP Product Strategy, Augmented BI, SAP
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Track Sessions
Track 2: Storytelling with Data Visualization

Using Value Driver Trees for Visual Planning

Tue · 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Using Value Driver Trees for Visual Planning

A value driver tree can help you as part of your overall planning approach to link your key business values to a set of drivers and provide your users with a simple-to-use approach for planning, as well as the ability to see all key business values and dependencies in a single visualization. In addition, a value driver tree can be a great tool for simulation purposes outside of your regular planning process, providing your users an easy option for a what-if scenario. In this session people will learn more about the value driver tree in SAP Analytics Cloud and which option you as a customer have the opportunity to leverage with the value driver tree in your next project.

Key session takeaways: 

  • See an overview on the value driver tree in SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Learn about the ability to use a value driver tree for visual planning scenarios.

  • Gain the option to use a value driver tree for simulation scenarios.

Track 2: Storytelling with Data Visualization
Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change

Becoming Agile at Mobile Mini: A Business Intelligence Team’s Transformation Story

Tue · 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
John Clapper - Business Intelligence Analyst, Mobile Mini
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Becoming Agile at Mobile Mini: A Business Intelligence Team’s Transformation Story

Learn about Mobile Mini’s (MMI) business intelligence team’s story of going from a traditional approach processing requests to an Agile methodology. MMI will share its process, lessons learned, and the next steps.

The Beginning:

  • Volatile process with many requests

  • Siloed work environment: A lot of work on low-value, highly complex tasks

  • Lack of communication between team members and customers

  • Lack of ownership within the team and customers


The Transformation:

  • Started Scrum ceremonies (bi-weekly sprint, planning meeting, customer meeting)

  • Mixed in Kanban for support and bug fixes

  • Identified key stakeholders and included them in the process


The Happy Ever After (with the implementation of Agile):

  • The team is more collaborative and better connected.

  • The process was stabilized and predictable.

  • The team and customers now own their parts of the process.

  • The team has a higher throughput of tasks.


Key session takeaways:

  • Agile is a process not a switch

  • Benefits of adapting Agile

  • Lessons learned going through the process

Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change
  • John Clapper
    Business Intelligence Analyst, Mobile Mini
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

Leverage Your Investment in SAP BusinessObjects with SAP Analytics Cloud

Tue · 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregory Botticchio - Director, Product Management, SAP Pascal Gaulin - Analytics Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Leverage Your Investment in SAP BusinessObjects with SAP Analytics Cloud

Learn how the SAP Analytics Cloud solution leverages SAP concepts by reusing existing on-premise investments. Experience how to foster the adoption of SAP Analytics Cloud in your company with Live Data Connection. Discover how to deploy and configure Live Data Connection to access and query SAP BusinessObjects solutions from SAP Analytics Cloud. The resulting data set can be leveraged and used within SAP Analytics Cloud to create new stories.

Key session takeaways:

  • Leverage SAP BusinessObjects with SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Learn how to enable hybrid scenario.

  • Discover SAP Analytics Cloud Live Data Connect for universes.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
Track 4: Hands-On Learning
  • Gregory Botticchio
    Director, Product Management, SAP
  • Pascal Gaulin
    Analytics Product Expert, SAP
11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Track Sessions
Track 1: BI and Analytics Strategy

Making SAP BusinessObjects (Artificially) Intelligent at UCLA Health

Tue · 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Don Collins - BI Administrator, Enterprise Data Management, UCLA Health
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Making SAP BusinessObjects (Artificially) Intelligent at UCLA Health

 

In the new world of advanced analytics, data is the key to unlocking your organization’s potential—especially data around usage patterns and metrics. But one of the most underutilized data repositories at your disposal is the SAP BusinessObjects platform itself. 

In this presentation, Don Collins of UCLA Health discusses how to leverage usage and metadata captured by SAP BusinessObjects with a dose of artificial intelligence (AI) to promote user education and increase user adoption. Working with native tools of the SAP BusinessObjects platform (BI Workspaces, Web Intelligence, and Program Objects) along with 360Suite’s 360Eyes Metadata Repository and some well-placed scripting, the presentation will walk you through a simple example we can all relate to: providing users Amazon-like “product” recommendations. 

This presentation will discuss the nuts and bolts of implementing such a solution as well as several alternative approaches. But, more importantly, you will come to understand such an approach lays the groundwork for any AI effort, opening your SAP BusinessObjects platform up to unlimited possibilities in the new world of advanced analytics. 

If making the most of your SAP BusinessObjects investment and the data it represents is important to you, and your organization feels implementing current AI and automation practices is crucial to the future of your organization, this session is for you. 

Key session takeaways: 

  • Understand the usage data your SAP BusinessObjects platform contains and how it can be leveraged in an AI scenario. 

  • Understand the process for implementing BI Workspaces along with Web Intelligence to provide real-time feedback to your SAP BusinessObjects users. 

  • Understand the power of SAP BusinessObjects Program Objects as a mechanism for injecting AI into your data analytics strategy. 


 
Track 1: BI and Analytics Strategy
  • Don Collins
    BI Administrator, Enterprise Data Management, UCLA Health
Track 2: Storytelling with Data Visualization

Delivering Actionable Insights Via Delightful Dashboards While Maximizing SAP BI at Medtronic

Tue · 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Chitrang Dave - IT Director, Medtronic Shyam Kompalli - Senior Principal IT Business Systems Analyst, Medtronic
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Delivering Actionable Insights Via Delightful Dashboards While Maximizing SAP BI at Medtronic

This is a case study about an initiative to deliver the right actionable information to the appropriate stakeholders in the organization to enable data-driven actions. Our field sales employees and sales leadership already had access to standard timely reporting of key sales metrics. However, we wanted to deliver actionable insights to the appropriate levels of the organization in a format that was easy to consume instead of one-off dashboards for each business.

We approached the project from an end-user perspective and took a persona-based approach to determining a baseline of metrics that are relevant for each persona and the most likely consumption model for each group of users. At the same time, we focused on identifying those metrics that truly drive action and decisions in the field and for our leaders. We also leveraged standard features in SAP BusinessObjects BI as much as possible. For example, we used the updated charting features, designed for mobile, and created custom OpenDocument calls. This project resulted in increased adoption of analytics by creating targeted metrics and dashboards that focus on driving action and generating value for the business. It is possible to deliver actionable insights by focusing on user behavior and understanding their motivations to determine key metrics and how they consume and act on data. This can ultimately drive increased adoption of analytics in decision-making.

Key session takeaways:

  • Define your actionable insights.

  • Design for use.

  • Leverage all technology features.

Track 2: Storytelling with Data Visualization
  • Chitrang Dave
    IT Director, Medtronic
  • Shyam Kompalli
    Senior Principal IT Business Systems Analyst, Medtronic
Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change

Ferrara’s Sweet Journey to Transition to a Digital Business to Close the Gap Between IT and the Business

Tue · 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Mustafa Mustafa - Senior Director of IT, Ferrara Candy Company
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Ferrara’s Sweet Journey to Transition to a Digital Business to Close the Gap Between IT and the Business

A key challenge in the journey to become one of the largest candy companies in the U.S. is the time to integrate and provide a single view of the customer and product portfolio. Hear Ferrara’s journey to integrate customers and products from a two-year period to the ability to integrate on day one of an acquisition. Learn how leveraging SAP Analytics on SAP HANA Enterprise allows for upmost agility partnered with an IT culture that fosters collaboration.

Key session takeaways:

  • Steps in how to build a culture of collaboration with the business counterparts

  • SAP Analytics on SAP HANA Enterprise capability overview and how it is a paradigm shift moving away from SAP BW

  • A key enabler to collaboration and agility is the right synergy of people, process, and technology

Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change
  • Mustafa Mustafa
    Senior Director of IT, Ferrara Candy Company
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

Leverage Your Investment in SAP BusinessObjects with SAP Analytics Cloud

Tue · 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregory Botticchio - Director, Product Management, SAP Pascal Gaulin - Analytics Product Expert, SAP
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Leverage Your Investment in SAP BusinessObjects with SAP Analytics Cloud

Learn how the SAP Analytics Cloud solution leverages SAP concepts by reusing existing on-premise investments. Experience how to foster the adoption of SAP Analytics Cloud in your company with Live Data Connection. Discover how to deploy and configure Live Data Connection to access and query SAP BusinessObjects solutions from SAP Analytics Cloud. The resulting data set can be leveraged and used within SAP Analytics Cloud to create new stories.

Key session takeaways:

  • Leverage SAP BusinessObjects with SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Learn how to enable hybrid scenario.

  • Discover SAP Analytics Cloud Live Data Connect for universes.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
Track 4: Hands-On Learning
  • Gregory Botticchio
    Director, Product Management, SAP
  • Pascal Gaulin
    Analytics Product Expert, SAP
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch and Exhibition Viewing
1:15 PM - 1:55 PM
Track Sessions
Track 1: BI and Analytics Strategy

SAP BI 4.3: What’s New in the BI Platform

Tue · 1:15 PM - 1:55 PM
Maheshwar Singh - Director, Product Management, SAP
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 1:15 PM - 1:55 PM

SAP BI 4.3: What’s New in the BI Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.3 is expected to be generally available in H1 2020. In this presentation, learn about all the changes, updates, and innovations that you can expect in your favorite platform. Gain insights on the changes that you need to be aware of to effectively plan for the next release.

Key session takeaways:

  • Learn about the latest innovations.

  • Plan for an update.

  • Be aware of the changes.

Track 1: BI and Analytics Strategy
  • Maheshwar Singh
    Director, Product Management, SAP
Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change

Lockheed Martin’s Road to Agile

Tue · 1:15 PM - 1:55 PM
Carla Steppick - Staff Business Analyst, Lockheed Martin Joyce Reese - Software Developer, Lockheed Martin
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 1:15 PM - 1:55 PM

Lockheed Martin’s Road to Agile

Lockheed Martin is currently in a transition period to Agile. While the first step in that process was training, understanding what Agile means and how it differs from the traditional waterfall approach, there are far more steps to achieving it. These steps involve: understanding team roles, understanding team dynamics, managing the team and stakeholder expectations, Agile tools, timing of project transition, and engaging in all Agile concepts (all-in). As we walked down the road, we have both achieved success and experienced failures. Our successes have provided us a stronger awareness of the benefits of Agile, while our roadblocks have lined our toolbelt with many lessons learns for staying on the road to a full Agile transition.

Key session takeaways:

  • Determine if Agile is right for your team.

  • Understand roles and responsibilities.

  • Employ lessons learned.

Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change
  • Carla Steppick
    Staff Business Analyst, Lockheed Martin
  • Joyce Reese
    Software Developer, Lockheed Martin
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

Create Your First Sales Dashboard Using SAP Analytics Cloud

Tue · 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Create Your First Sales Dashboard Using SAP Analytics Cloud

This 90-minute, hands-on seminar will focus on a concrete scenario. In this case, an SAP Sales Management dashboard, starting with outlining the goal of the dashboard and then focusing on the steps for each person to complete, so that attendees will have a working SAP Analytics Cloud story after 90 minutes. During this workshop, attendees will get a chance to experience live SAP Analytics Cloud and learn more about the product capabilities.

Key session takeaways:

  • Receive an overview of SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Learn SAP Analytics Cloud by using a concrete example.

  • Learn some visualization best practices.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
Track Sessions
Track 1: BI and Analytics Strategy

Enabling Actionable Decision-Making with Cloud-Based Analytics Using SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform

Tue · 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
Matt Conklin - Director, Finance Process Solutions, , Heartland Dental LLC Shikher Verma - Director, IoT and Analytics, Dickinson + Associates
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM

Enabling Actionable Decision-Making with Cloud-Based Analytics Using SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform

With rapid cloud transformation of the core enterprise technological landscape, there is a pressing need for driving analytics from cloud-based applications. In this session, attendees will experience the journey of enabling cloud-based analytics solution especially for Heartland Dental LLC. During this session, we will focus on key success factors for deploying an SAP cloud-based analytical ecosystem with SAP HANA as a service (HaaS), SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Cloud Platform, SAP Fiori, and smart data integration (SDI) in a non-SAP ecosystem comprising of traditional data stores.  

Cloud environments bring their own set of challenges in terms of data acquisition from non-SAP sources, data modeling using SAP HANA information models, data security, and cross-application integration between SAP Fiori and SAP Analytics Cloud storyboards.  

This session will cover the challenges and key lessons learned in implementing cloud-based landscape, cloud-based data migration using SDI, cloud-based analytics using SAP Analytics Cloud, cloud-based information models from HaaS within SAP Cloud Platform. From this session, attendees will be able to learn key dos and don’ts for SAP HANA calculation view(s) performance on cloud, lessons learned on cloud-based application integration (SAP Fiori and SAP Analytics Cloud), and architecture challenges for cloud-based applications. 

Key session takeaways:  

  • Key lessons learned from SAP Analytics Cloud and HaaS integration 

  • Architecture considerations for cloud-based SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform ecosystem 

  • How to integrate SAP Fiori tiles with your SAP Analytics Cloud dashboard 

Track 1: BI and Analytics Strategy
  • Matt Conklin
    Director, Finance Process Solutions, , Heartland Dental LLC
  • Shikher Verma
    Director, IoT and Analytics, Dickinson + Associates
Track 2: Storytelling with Data Visualization

BI and Reporting Transformation: Defining the Future of Resource Management and Reporting at the Canada Border Services Agency

Tue · 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
Brandon DeRose - Resource Management Officer, Canada Border Services Agency Shubhadeep Chaudhury - Manager, SAP Master Data, Financial Reporting and Analytics, Canada Border Services Agency
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM

BI and Reporting Transformation: Defining the Future of Resource Management and Reporting at the Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has potentially established a new standard for reporting on financial information within the Canadian federal public service. Participants in the financial/resource management processes were previously limited to using a combination of offline tools and manual processes. Source data for strategic/operational analysis and reporting were contained in multiple systems, and end users were prevented from engaging consistently in “value-added” activities such as data analysis and interpretation. Starting in 2018, the agency’s comptroller embarked on the transformational “One Finance” initiative, with the stated goal of creating a new standard for financial reporting. The reporting and analytics group’s contribution to this initiative was to implement the SAP Business Warehouse (BW) database to the system landscape. SAP BW, chosen for its ability to aggregate data from multiple source (input) systems, has provided a foundation for users to leverage the powerful reporting applications contained in SAP BusinessObjects suite. These reporting applications, operating on SAP BW’s common data repository, now offer users unparalleled insight into how the agency’s financial resources are utilized in service to its mandate. The implementation of consistent reporting across the agency has set the stage for considerable future growth, including a transition to SAP Analytics Cloud and the introduction of predictive analytics.

Key session takeaways:

  • It is possible, even feasible, to implement a common financial reporting platform across an entire government department/agency within a relatively short period of time.

  • Developing a single, common data repository to aggregate source system data is the first and most important step—this is demonstrated by the outsized returns associated with the CBSA’s investment of time and resources in the foundational SAP BW architecture.

  • Establishing proper governance structures that clearly define each stakeholder’s roles and responsibilities (including leveraging project management best practices to subsequently manage those stakeholders) will in turn create a sustainable foundation for this transformation.

Track 2: Storytelling with Data Visualization
  • Brandon DeRose
    Resource Management Officer, Canada Border Services Agency
  • Shubhadeep Chaudhury
    Manager, SAP Master Data, Financial Reporting and Analytics, Canada Border Services Agency
Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change

Commit to the Scary: Leading Teams Through Change

Tue · 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
J.J. McClelland - Founder and CEO, Valkyrim
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM

Commit to the Scary: Leading Teams Through Change

With constant innovation, change is a part of the landscape. Often, teams smile through the change but cannot embrace what it brings, resulting in mismanaged projects and wasted money on technology that is not utilized to its full potential by its end user. By simply aligning the vision of the project and embracing all fear-based reactions, you will have a successful implementation and a product that is utilized to its fullest.

Key session takeaways:

  • Manage the team's anxiety by creating buy-in.

  • Take some simple steps to assist your team in embracing change.

  • Success of the project starts with the attitude of the leaders.

Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change
  • J.J. McClelland
    Founder and CEO, Valkyrim
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

Create Your First Sales Dashboard Using SAP Analytics Cloud

Tue · 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Create Your First Sales Dashboard Using SAP Analytics Cloud

This 90-minute, hands-on seminar will focus on a concrete scenario. In this case, an SAP Sales Management dashboard, starting with outlining the goal of the dashboard and then focusing on the steps for each person to complete, so that attendees will have a working SAP Analytics Cloud story after 90 minutes. During this workshop, attendees will get a chance to experience live SAP Analytics Cloud and learn more about the product capabilities.

Key session takeaways:

  • Receive an overview of SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Learn SAP Analytics Cloud by using a concrete example.

  • Learn some visualization best practices.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
Track Sessions
Track 1: BI and Analytics Strategy

Discover the New SAP BI 4.3

Tue · 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
Gregory Botticchio - Director, Product Management, SAP
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM

Discover the New SAP BI 4.3

Learn about the upcoming release of the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform. See a demo-rich showcase of the latest and greatest capabilities, such as a redesigned launchpad and workspace, a new SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence software designer, new visualizations, updated data sources, and deployment support. Discover the enhancements and key improvements for administrators and content consumers.

Key session takeaways:

  • Discover SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3.

  • Understand the new innovations and use cases.

  • Plan your next on-premise update.

Track 1: BI and Analytics Strategy
  • Gregory Botticchio
    Director, Product Management, SAP
Track 2: Storytelling with Data Visualization

Making Data Actionable: From Concept to Visualization

Tue · 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
Joe Perez - Senior Systems Analyst and Team Lead, NC Department of Health and Human Services
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM

Making Data Actionable: From Concept to Visualization

Anyone can make a pretty bar graph, but can you make sound decisions based on what your development staff currently provides? How do you turn a flashy concept into an actionable visualization? Can you see the end result? Will your ideas become reality? Do you have the vision and drive to figure out how to get from today to tomorrow before it becomes yesterday? American mathematician John Tukey once said, "The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see." What value do you see in your data? And what ideas do you have when you see it?

Learn how you can capitalize on your ideas and turn them into reality by blending the internal with the external, leveraging them into a cohesive strategy for both the short term and the long term. See the five "Stages of the Spectrum" in action (conception, inception, perception, inspection, and direction) while discovering the difference between impact and influence and how that plays into making data actionable.

Key session takeaways:

  • Understand and recognize the five stages of visualization spectrum.

  • Learn how to leverage these steps into a cohesive visualization strategy.

  • Gain knowledge of how the four-step iterative implementation cycle works: deploy, discover, discern, develop.

Track 2: Storytelling with Data Visualization
  • Joe Perez
    Senior Systems Analyst and Team Lead, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change

The Tightrope of Agile BI: The Balance of Innovation and Support

Tue · 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
Dale Thurman - Data Visualization Engineer, Chesapeake Energy
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM

The Tightrope of Agile BI: The Balance of Innovation and Support

Many companies have undergone, are in, or are embarking on a journey through digital transformation, Agile transformation, or both. We’ve worked through the pitfalls common on both fronts and continue to acknowledge, refine, and define towards the finish line. As enterprise-level reporting was centralized in our company, we struggled with the creation of large, cumbersome reports that we felt would answer every question that could be asked. In the end, no solution was good enough. C-suite executives want sensitive information, middle management wants aggregate information, and data analysts and technicians want specific information. The pressure compounded as our BI department was learning how to use new tools and wanted to implement new technology in a company that barely knew it existed. And as old legacy reports continued to break, support items loomed darkly over the entire project backlog. In an industry that is tightening its collective belt, our approach wasn’t to hire more analysts or to increase our budget for consultants—it was simply to start working through our BI/analytics deliverables and processes in an Agile fashion. Cross-functional skill sets, Agile methodology, inviting the business to the collaboration space, and a new support structure are all topics that will be covered in this session, which is aimed at delivering value for anyone working for different parts of your business.

Key session takeaways:

  • The importance of iterative BI development—end-user collaboration is key

  • Ways to handle support in an Agile/team environment

  • Championing Agile innovation with the business—building a rewarding atmosphere

Track 3: Agile Methodology and Managing Change
  • Dale Thurman
    Data Visualization Engineer, Chesapeake Energy
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

Best Practices for SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BW/4HANA Integration

Tue · 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 2:55 PM - 3:35 PM

Best Practices for SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BW/4HANA Integration

In this session attendees will receive an overview on how SAP Analytics Cloud integrates with SAP BW and SAP BW/4HANA and allows customers to leverage their existing investment and create compelling data visualizations. The session will cover the different data connectivity options and provide an update on the latest developments between SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BW.

Key session takeaways:

  • Overview on the integration of SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP BW

  • Latest features between SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BW

  • Best practices for the integration of SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP BW


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
3:35 PM - 4:30 PM
Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Keynote
Keynote

Human Innovation: Creating a Culture of Creativity and Agility

Tue · 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020 · 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Human Innovation: Creating a Culture of Creativity and Agility

Considering that “over 95% of consumers and employees are human,” how could our approach to innovation be more human? From his years helping global megabrands act like entrepreneurial startups, brand humanist Dustin Garis proved that the greatest opportunity for brands is not just innovating on products and marketing, but rather innovating on the full human experience. In this talk, Dustin Garis shares mind-bending principles for reinventing the organization from the inside out, creating a culture of creativity and agility and unconventional approaches to human understanding, so companies can achieve a breakthrough market impact.
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Networking

Cocktail Reception and Networking

Tue · 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
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Following a full day of content and sessions, come together to celebrate and network with your peers in the BI and analytics network.
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Exhibition Viewing
8:30 AM - 9:55 AM
Keynotes
Keynote

Conference Welcome

Wed · 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Conference Welcome

Join us as we kick off the second full day of the annual BI+Analytics Conference and explore some of the trends and topics of interest for the network.
Keynote

No Human Is Limited: How San Francisco 49ers Leveraged the Philosophies of GOATs to Propel Its Vision Forward

Wed · 8:50 AM - 9:20 AM
Moon Javaid - VP of Strategy and Analytics, San Francisco 49ers
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 8:50 AM - 9:20 AM

No Human Is Limited: How San Francisco 49ers Leveraged the Philosophies of GOATs to Propel Its Vision Forward

The San Francisco 49ers business strategy and analytics team firmly believes that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. As one of only 32 member clubs in the NFL, our impact can be profound, affecting millions. And while we are not the team performing on the field in front of millions of people watching on television, the performance of our fan experience and operations teams is just as important for the tens of thousands of individuals attending that game in person. The mindset of our team is that we must perform with the same passion and drive off the field in order to do everything we can to ensure our fans have a great experience and keep coming back. This is the story of our journey to pushing the boundaries of what is expected from a stadium concessions perspective and developing a solution that just might change a paradigm that has been in place for nearly a century.
Keynote
  • Moon Javaid
    VP of Strategy and Analytics, San Francisco 49ers
Keynote

The Future of Analytics

Wed · 9:25 AM - 9:55 AM
Bill Franks - Chief Analytics Officer, International Institute for Analytics
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 9:25 AM - 9:55 AM

The Future of Analytics

With today’s tools and technologies, analytics that could only be dreamed of just a few years ago are now both possible and affordable. As a result, the ability to both create and consume analytics continues to be pushed to broader audiences. This talk will cover themes related to how self-service approaches are evolving, how new analytical roles are being created, and how organizations need to adapt to account for these trends. Drawn from observation of many large organizations, the talk will provide food for thought to attendees to reconsider their approach to analytics.
Keynote
  • Bill Franks
    Chief Analytics Officer, International Institute for Analytics
9:55 AM - 11:00 AM
Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Track Sessions
Track 1: Cloud Analytics

Road Map: SAP Analytics Cloud Strategy and Recent Innovations for End-to-End Analytics and Data Management

Wed · 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Adrian Westmoreland - Product Manager, SAP
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Road Map: SAP Analytics Cloud Strategy and Recent Innovations for End-to-End Analytics and Data Management

Take a deep dive into the SAP “One Simple Cloud” strategy, where all analytics roads are converging on SAP Analytics Cloud as the single SaaS-based analytics platform from SAP for BI, planning, and predictive that is intelligent, embedded, and hybrid. Learn how any organization—regardless of data needs to remain on-premise or in the cloud—can immediately begin leveraging these advanced capabilities.

Key session takeaways: 

  • Understand how to apply the newest planning, predictive, and BI innovations from SAP to your business.

  • Plan for the future by understanding the strategic direction and areas of investment from SAP.

  • Take a detailed look at the SAP road map for the future, including a preview of intelligent enterprise plans.

Track 1: Cloud Analytics
  • Adrian Westmoreland
    Product Manager, SAP
Track 2: Hybrid Analytics

Road Map: SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite

Wed · 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Gregory Botticchio - Director, Product Management, SAP
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Road Map: SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite

Attend this session learn about the exciting new features planned for the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) suite. Available on-premise or in the cloud, the suite helps users eliminate guesswork, monitor key metrics, and gain valuable insights. See how flexible and scalable, self-service BI makes it easy for users to discover and share insights in real time. Watch a demo of key functionalities and understand best practices of these functionalities and the suite’s future direction.

Key session takeaways:

  • SAP BusinessObjects road map

  • Overview of future innovations

  • Plan your next update

Track 2: Hybrid Analytics
  • Gregory Botticchio
    Director, Product Management, SAP
Track 3: Interactive Discussion Groups

Leveraging and Scaling Your BI and Analytics Team to Help Build a Data-Driven Organization

Wed · 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Merri Beckfield - Owner and President, 1091 Data Solutions, LLC Kevin Elder - Associate Professor, Georgia College and State University
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Leveraging and Scaling Your BI and Analytics Team to Help Build a Data-Driven Organization

As organizations struggle to build a data-driven culture, there is an often-underutilized secret weapon available. Who in the organization already “gets data”? Who in the organization knows the data quality secrets? Who in the organization knows where the data is hiding out? Who is privy to meetings that occur in silos across the organization and sees who is not talking to whom about the data?

As data and BI/analytics professionals, we are in a unique position to play a key role in steering a data-driven organization. How can you leverage the talents of the data and BI professionals in your organization? We will discuss these questions and share a personal lesson from a recent project where we quickly went from “data zero” to “data hero.” Come to listen, discuss, and walk away with ideas on how to play a strong role in driving a data-driven culture.

Key session takeaways:

  • In many organizations, the BI team(s) are in a unique position to play a strong role in steering a data-driven culture.

  • Quit waiting for someone to give you permission to “be the change you want to see.”

  • Take home some specific actions so you start making change happen.

Track 3: Interactive Discussion Groups
  • Merri Beckfield
    Owner and President, 1091 Data Solutions, LLC
  • Kevin Elder
    Associate Professor, Georgia College and State University
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

SAP Analytics Cloud, Analytics Designer for Beginners

Wed · 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SAP Analytics Cloud, Analytics Designer for Beginners

SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer is the new flagship product from SAP for the creation of custom dashboards and applications. This hands-on workshop is a series of activities focused on SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer. In this beginner session, you will learn to use the different components in SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer and how to get started building the first dashboard. The session will provide you with hands-on experience in multiple areas of SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer.

Key session takeaways:

  • Receive an overview on SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer.

  • Experience live the new SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer in hands-on exercises.

  • Learn the difference between SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
Track Sessions
Track 1: Cloud Analytics

Customer Use Case for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud with SAP BW and SAP Analytics Cloud

Wed · 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
Tammy Powlas - Senior Business Analyst, Fairfax Water Eric Schemer - VP Product Management, SAP
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Customer Use Case for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud with SAP BW and SAP Analytics Cloud

Explore why SAP Data Warehouse Cloud solution is the optimal enterprise- and business-ready cloud data warehouse solution along with the SAP BW and SAP Analytics Cloud scenarios. Discover how SAP Data Warehouse Cloud fits into existing SAP implementations, how this solution works from an early customer.

Key session takeaways:

  • Advantages of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

  • Architecture of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

  • Hybrid scenarios for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Track 1: Cloud Analytics
  • Tammy Powlas
    Senior Business Analyst, Fairfax Water
  • Eric Schemer
    VP Product Management, SAP
Track 2: Hybrid Analytics

Hybrid BI, Content Distribution, and Precision Drilling’s Digital Transformation

Wed · 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
Chris James - Senior Manager, Application Technology, Precision Drilling Alan Golding - Solution Consulting Manager, APOS Systems Inc
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Hybrid BI, Content Distribution, and Precision Drilling’s Digital Transformation

Precision Drilling has made dramatic transitions in its SAP landscape, including a move to SAP S/4HANA and adoption of SAP Analytics Cloud alongside its existing SAP BusinessObjects deployment. Important in this transition has been the process of identifying the right analytics tools to meet specific needs and planning their effective rollout. During SAP Analytics Cloud deployment, it became clear that the organization's solution objectives extended beyond the capabilities of SAP Analytics Cloud in the area of distributing personalized Analytics Cloud content to targeted information consumers. This session will provide an overview of the Precision Drilling analytics transformation, its hybrid BI strategy, discussion of distribution requirements, and how Precision partnered with APOS to address key requirements.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Precision Drilling’s BI and analytics strategy

  2. Hybrid BI planning considerations

  3. SAP Analytics Cloud report bursting options

Track 2: Hybrid Analytics
  • Chris James
    Senior Manager, Application Technology, Precision Drilling
  • Alan Golding
    Solution Consulting Manager, APOS Systems Inc
Track 3: Interactive Discussion Groups

Creating a Data-Driven Business Culture

Wed · 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
Lena Winfree - Cofounder, CEO, Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting Holly Rachel - Cofounder, CEO, Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting Njeri Watkins - Instructor, University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Creating a Data-Driven Business Culture

Deploying a new big data initiative is a daunting undertaking in its own right, and it can lead many business leaders to forget a crucial piece of the puzzle—changing company culture. What good is new technology if it does not align with the way people in the organization actually make decisions? This session dives into how company leadership can effectively get organization members not just tolerant of but excited about new technology initiatives. Bring your questions and hear from peer organizations on how they’ve developed their internal strategy and overcome roadblocks to become a data-driven culture.

Key session takeaways:

  • Where a data-driven culture really starts

  • Why so many companies fail miserably at obtaining the "data-driven” culture

  • Actionable items to make an organizational culture change virtually painless

Track 3: Interactive Discussion Groups
  • Lena Winfree
    Cofounder, CEO, Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting
  • Holly Rachel
    Cofounder, CEO, Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting
  • Njeri Watkins
    Instructor, University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

SAP Analytics Cloud, Analytics Designer for Beginners

Wed · 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SAP Analytics Cloud, Analytics Designer for Beginners

SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer is the new flagship product from SAP for the creation of custom dashboards and applications. This hands-on workshop is a series of activities focused on SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer. In this beginner session, you will learn to use the different components in SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer and how to get started building the first dashboard. The session will provide you with hands-on experience in multiple areas of SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer.

Key session takeaways:

  • Receive an overview on SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer.

  • Experience live the new SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer in hands-on exercises.

  • Learn the difference between SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Women Connect Luncheon

Wed · 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Christy Wright - VP Commercial Finance, Southwire Company Heather Hill - Business Intelligence Manager, Mobile Mini Kim Kirkconnell - VP IT Global Digital Supply Chain, Kimberly-Clark Corporation J.J. McClelland - Founder and CEO, Valkyrim
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Women Connect Luncheon

Please join us for the inaugural Women Connect luncheon at the BI+Analytics Conference. ASUG Women Connect exists to help women in SAP technology visualize and inspire success. By bringing together a multitude of thought leaders and seasoned professionals, this group will take a deep dive into hot-button issues experienced throughout all organizations. In addition to the digital journey, discussions will also include diversity, navigating complex work environments, and balancing a successful career with personal life.
  • Christy Wright
    VP Commercial Finance, Southwire Company
  • Heather Hill
    Business Intelligence Manager, Mobile Mini
  • Kim Kirkconnell
    VP IT Global Digital Supply Chain, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • J.J. McClelland
    Founder and CEO, Valkyrim
1:45 PM - 2:25 PM
Track Sessions
Track 1: Cloud Analytics

Evolving a Company into Digital Transformation with SAP Analytics Cloud

Wed · 1:45 PM - 2:25 PM
Edgar Garcia - VP of Digital Transformation, Southwire Francisco Lopez - Director, Finance, Southwire
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 1:45 PM - 2:25 PM

Evolving a Company into Digital Transformation with SAP Analytics Cloud

Learn how Southwire was able to adjust its approach to make the organization drive better and faster management information in the future. Southwire has successfully leveraged SAP and improved automation through the use of SAP Analytics Cloud. The organization has seen more financial analysis insights and less non-value-added compiling of data, helping to digitally transform the company.

Key session takeaways: 

  • Reduction of software, hardware, and process costs with cloud solution

  • Native SAP solution increases data accuracy and data integrity and leads to a reduction in data errors

  • Business-user-friendly self-service BI and analytics solution

Track 1: Cloud Analytics
  • Edgar Garcia
    VP of Digital Transformation, Southwire
  • Francisco Lopez
    Director, Finance, Southwire
Track 2: Hybrid Analytics

Designing an SAP Analytics Strategy to Complement Your SAP S/4HANA Move

Wed · 1:45 PM - 2:25 PM
Nitin Fatnani - VP, Microexcel Ramakrishnan Ramanathaiah - VP, Microexcel
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 1:45 PM - 2:25 PM

Designing an SAP Analytics Strategy to Complement Your SAP S/4HANA Move

This interactive session will help the audience evaluate BI and analytics capabilities available in the SAP portfolio in the context of their business requirements, using the same to build a business case for a data warehouse. The presentation will also showcase the embedded analytics feature of SAP S/4HANA and will further explore the data warehousing options alongside SAP S/4HANA. The highlight of this session will be an SAP Analytics Cloud customer success story to prove beyond a doubt why SAP Analytics Cloud is best-of-league go-to analytics tool.

Key session takeaways:

  • Discover the best suited SAP Analytics option for your business case with the help of experts who have done this in real life across multiple projects.

  • Visualize the benefits of moving to SAP Analytics Cloud even before you take your first step in that direction.

  • Learn how a proven SAP Analytics partner can help you realize your SAP Analytics Cloud goals by bringing in global best practices—all while maximizing your ROI.

Track 2: Hybrid Analytics
  • Nitin Fatnani
    VP, Microexcel
  • Ramakrishnan Ramanathaiah
    VP, Microexcel
Track 3: Interactive Discussion Groups

Make Your Voice Heard via ASUG Influence Councils

Wed · 1:45 PM - 2:25 PM
Sylvain Garneau - User Experience, Adoption and IT Innovation Advisor for Data and Analytics, Cascades ULC Tammy Powlas - Senior Business Analyst, Fairfax Water Joyce Butler - IT Business Solutions Manager, Univar Solutions
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 1:45 PM - 2:25 PM

Make Your Voice Heard via ASUG Influence Councils

Learn and be heard: Join this interactive session with SAP Product Management and ASUG volunteers and learn more about your opportunities to influence the SAP product road map by joining ASUG Influence Councils and sharing your feedback. The session will provide an overview on what ASUG Influence Councils are and which Influence Councils are currently active in the business intelligence and data warehouse topic areas.

Key session takeaways:

  • Learn about opportunities to have input on the SAP product road map.

  • Network with peers also interested in Influence opportunities.

  • Gain other methods to make your voice heard with SAP

Track 3: Interactive Discussion Groups
  • Sylvain Garneau
    User Experience, Adoption and IT Innovation Advisor for Data and Analytics, Cascades ULC
  • Tammy Powlas
    Senior Business Analyst, Fairfax Water
  • Joyce Butler
    IT Business Solutions Manager, Univar Solutions
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

Driver-Based Planning and Predictive Analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud

Wed · 1:45 PM - 3:05 PM
JS Irick - Director of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, TruQua
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 1:45 PM - 3:05 PM

Driver-Based Planning and Predictive Analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud

Attend this hands-on workshop for an end-to-end guide that will help simplify driver-based planning and predictive analytics in SAP Analytics Cloud. This session will provide an overview of SAP Analytics Cloud and then explore how SAP Analytics Cloud blends planning, predictive, and analytic capabilities in one comprehensive tool.

Work through real-world examples that some of the latest SAP Analytics Cloud capabilities:

  • Workflow control

  • Planning inputs

  • Analytic applications

  • Predictive algorithms

  • Data mining


Key session takeaways:

  • Learn how to successfully utilize SAP Analytics Cloud for more accurate predictive analytics.

  • Compare and contrast the different use cases for driver-based planning and the value it can bring to your planning process.

  • Get tips for forecast development as well as actionable advice for building out your planning scenarios.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
Track 4: Hands-On Learning
  • JS Irick
    Director of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, TruQua
2:35 PM - 3:05 PM
Track Sessions
Track 2: Hybrid Analytics

Serving the Self-Service Community at Canadian Department of National Defense

Wed · 2:35 PM - 3:05 PM
Nancy DesRoches - BI Manager, Canadian Department of National Defense
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 2:35 PM - 3:05 PM

Serving the Self-Service Community at Canadian Department of National Defense

We ask that our SAP BusinessObjects authors create reports based on our BEx queries, however they are unaware of the many BEx queries that are available and lack the background information on how the values shown in the SAP Business Warehouse (BW) report are derived. To address this issue, we have developed queries built off of the stored SAP metadata that the users can execute in order to provide a list of all of the available queries, as well as to drill down to obtain more granular information on the dataflow of the available fields. We have also created a “Report Catalogue” template that, when completed, it will provide the user with a better understanding of what the report is to be used for, which filters were used, and which calculations were applied for the final set of results. The usage of both tools help to reduce the confusion as to what SAP BW reports are out there and allows the SAP BusinessObjects authors and the SAP BW super users the ability to perform “backwards engineering” on the report in order to obtain a more granular understanding of the report without needing access to SAP HANA Studio/BW workbench or SAP Information Steward data lineage.

Key session takeaways: 

  • Good business decisions and analytics require a thorough understanding of the data source.

  • More awareness of the available reports will help to reduce duplicate reports.

  • Consumers of reports will be able to search through the catalogue in order to find reports that are best able to suit their requirements.

Track 2: Hybrid Analytics
  • Nancy DesRoches
    BI Manager, Canadian Department of National Defense
Track 3: Interactive Discussion Groups

Adopting Agile Transformation

Wed · 2:35 PM - 3:05 PM
John Clapper - Business Intelligence Analyst, Mobile Mini Joyce Reese - Software Developer, Lockheed Martin Carla Steppick - Staff Business Analyst, Lockheed Martin Dale Thurman - Data Visualization Engineer, Chesapeake Energy
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 2:35 PM - 3:05 PM

Adopting Agile Transformation

Ever wonder about what Agile methodology is all about? This panel will be available to talk about their experiences bringing Agile to their organizations, how it streamlined their work environment, and the results achieved. Bring your questions and hear from peer organizations on how they’ve developed and integrated Agile methodology and how your organization or team can benefit from using it.
Track 3: Interactive Discussion Groups
  • John Clapper
    Business Intelligence Analyst, Mobile Mini
  • Joyce Reese
    Software Developer, Lockheed Martin
  • Carla Steppick
    Staff Business Analyst, Lockheed Martin
  • Dale Thurman
    Data Visualization Engineer, Chesapeake Energy
Track 4: Hands-On Learning

Driver-Based Planning and Predictive Analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud

Wed · 1:45 PM - 3:05 PM
JS Irick - Director of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, TruQua
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 1:45 PM - 3:05 PM

Driver-Based Planning and Predictive Analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud

Attend this hands-on workshop for an end-to-end guide that will help simplify driver-based planning and predictive analytics in SAP Analytics Cloud. This session will provide an overview of SAP Analytics Cloud and then explore how SAP Analytics Cloud blends planning, predictive, and analytic capabilities in one comprehensive tool.

Work through real-world examples that some of the latest SAP Analytics Cloud capabilities:

  • Workflow control

  • Planning inputs

  • Analytic applications

  • Predictive algorithms

  • Data mining


Key session takeaways:

  • Learn how to successfully utilize SAP Analytics Cloud for more accurate predictive analytics.

  • Compare and contrast the different use cases for driver-based planning and the value it can bring to your planning process.

  • Get tips for forecast development as well as actionable advice for building out your planning scenarios.


Please note: Laptops are not provided at hands-on sessions, so please bring your own.
Track 4: Hands-On Learning
  • JS Irick
    Director of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, TruQua
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Keynote
Keynote

Open-Chair Closing Keynote Panel: The Future of BI

Wed · 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Mustafa Mustafa - Senior Director of IT, Ferrara Candy Company Njeri Watkins - Instructor, University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business
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Wed, Mar 11, 2020 · 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Open-Chair Closing Keynote Panel: The Future of BI

The Open Chair Closing Keynote Panel is your chance to have your questions addressed by experts on the stage. During this closing session, panelists will talk on various topics central to the future of BI, including the hybrid landscape, integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), creating the strategy of the future for your organization, how to develop the right team, and preparing your career for what’s next.

The twist? There’s one open chair on stage—if you have a great answer to a question that gets asked, that chair is yours! Share your expertise with the audience and become one of the experts.

Key session takeaways:

  • Create the BI strategy road map for short and long term.

  • Build the right BI team for the future.

  • Learn how to prepare your career for the future.

Keynote
  • Mustafa Mustafa
    Senior Director of IT, Ferrara Candy Company
  • Njeri Watkins
    Instructor, University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Networking

Closing Remarks and Networking

Wed · 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
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Wrap up the 2020 BI+Analytics Conference with final thoughts, and be sure to save the date for next year’s event.
  • "The analytics ecosystem is a true community and the value of this event is all about networking and benchmarking yourself with your peers."

    Tammy Powlas - Senior Business Analyst, Fairfax Water & SAP Mentor
     
  • "The best part about this conference is that it’s a one-stop shop for anyone who works with SAP Analytic tools. You’ve got your training, your old & new friends, and all the info you need to get the most out of your current investment and what you may want to invest in next."

    Jamie Oswald - Manager, Data Analytics & Engineering, Mercy
     
  • "BI + Analytics Conference provided me with a deeper understanding of how other companies approach analytics and use BI tools. I took home key nuggets from every session I attended. As someone from the business side (vs. IT), the conference provided me with a chance to network with others from many different types of companies to learn best practices in Business Intelligence."

    Sue Klingaman - Director, Pools Administration & Special Projects, Organic Valley
     
  • "The Eventful Conferences experience is highly personalized and drives value for everyone in attendance."

    Ambrosia Vertesi - Vice President, People, Duo Security
     
 
 

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Venue

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, California
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 698-1234
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