Meet the Speakers

Rajeev Kapur

Chief Data Officer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Next-Gen Finance Platform: Unlock Business Value Using Integrated and Intelligent Analytics

At Kimberly-Clark, an agile product team is driving the build of a digitally enabled modern…

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Jonathan Mortlock

Chief Information Officer, Borchers

Improving Insights into Customer and Product Profitability at Borchers

As a global specialty coatings and additives business, Borchers needed greater insights to improve customer…

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SAP Analytics Cloud: Enabling Business and its Users in a Matter of Weeks

In 2017, Borchers, a leading specialty chemical additives business, was acquired by a private equity…

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Shelly Rahe Gordon

Manager, BI/BW, Crocs Inc.

How Crocs Is Rockin’ BI Releases: A Journey to Scrum and Kanban

By late 2015, Crocs had successfully implemented a new SAP Apparel and Footwear Solution system…

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Will Gagne

BI Specialist, American Hotel Register

Tactical Tips and Tricks for Effective Story Design Using SAP Analytics Cloud

If you’re into dashboard design, this is going to be your favorite session of the…

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Joe Burton

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Whil Concepts Inc.

Performing in a Stressed-Out World

Coping in today’s world of increasing expectations and technology-led disruption is one thing. Embracing all…

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Ivo Bauermann

Global VP, Head of Business Development, Analytics, SAP

The Intelligent Enterprise and the Future of Decision-Making

Intelligent Enterprises empower business users at all levels and across all lines of business to…

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Kate Wright

Head of Development for Predictive in SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP

The Intelligent Enterprise and the Future of Decision-Making

Intelligent Enterprises empower business users at all levels and across all lines of business to…

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Balaji Sundaram

Reporting Analyst, Benjamin Moore

Journey from Descriptive Analytics to Predictive Analytics

With the flood of data available, businesses today are more interested in knowing what could…

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Tammy Powlas

Senior Business Analyst, Fairfax Water and SAP Mentor

Application Design with SAP Analytics Cloud: Overview and Roadmap

Application Design is an important analytical capability integrated into SAP Analytics Cloud that enables professional…

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SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office Beta Testing: A Customer’s Experience

Learn how to use the new and changed features in SAP Analysis Office, such as…

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Andy Bitterer

Chief Analytics Evangelist EMEA, SAP

Digital Business: Tomorrow Is Already Here

Digital business is about intelligently connecting people, things, and companies. It’s an infinite world of…

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Ajay Sugumaran

Senior SAP BI Developer, Callaway Golf

How Callaway Golf Innovates Production Performance Through Plant Maintenance Reporting in SAP BI

Callaway Golf is the world’s largest producer of golf clubs and is heavily reliant on…

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Jonathan Andrews

Jonathan Andrews, Service Canada

Panel Discussion: The Future of Business Intelligence

In this session, we will discuss the future of business intelligence with an open Q&A. Learn…

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If You’re Happy and We Know It: Measuring Citizen Satisfaction with SAP Analytics Cloud

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of…

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Jacob Stark

Director of Product Management, SAP

One Simple Cloud: SAP Analytics Cloud Strategy and Recent Innovations for End-to-End Analytics

Take a deep dive into SAP’s “One Simple Cloud” strategy, where all analytics roads are…

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Tactical Tips and Tricks for Effective Story Design Using SAP Analytics Cloud

If you’re into dashboard design, this is going to be your favorite session of the…

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Clay Townsend

Enterprise Data Architect, Parkland Health & Hospital

Delivering Real-Time Consolidated Views of Critical Operations, Financial Performance, and Patient Data at Parkland Hospital

Parkland Health and Hospital System has undertaken a major focus to shift their business intelligence…

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Ingo Hilgefort

Chief Product Expert, SAP

Hands-On Session: SAP Analytics Cloud for Beginners

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s new flagship product for the creation of dashboards and data…

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Effective Data Visualization

Learn best practices of dashboard design and data visualization in a detailed, practical, step-by-step, and…

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Pre-Conference Session: Data Visualization and Dashboards with SAP Analytics Cloud and Application Design

This half-day, hands-on workshop will provide customers with an overview on SAP Analytics Cloud and…

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Adam Knollmeyer

SAP Analytical Reporting Analyst, Nortek Global HVAC

Nortek HVAC’s Journey to SAP Analytics Cloud and Lessons Learned from Hybrid Analytics Strategy

In this session, we will give an overview and demonstration of Analytics Hub and how…

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Elizabeth Tenney

Manager, Sales Systems, Kellogg’s

Analyzing Product and Customer Data Using SAP Lumira, Designer Edition, at Kellogg’s

Attend this session to learn how SAP Lumira®, designer edition, helped to resolve the interface…

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Renfeng Ma

Principal Data Architect, Sedgwick County Government

Panel Discussion: The Future of Business Intelligence

In this session, we will discuss the future of business intelligence with an open Q&A. Learn…

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SAP BusinessObjects Live Office: Creating a Real-Time Project Cost Accounting System

Sedgwick County is a county in the state of Kansas serving a population of 511,995.…

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Frikkie Koen

Solution Architect, KMG Chemicals

Spreading the Love: Cloud-Based Self-Service Analytics on the Fly

Learn how KMG Chemicals democratized real-time ordering, shipping, and inventory information across the organization utilizing…

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Mishall Khalid

BI Analyst, University of Florida Shands Hospital

UF Health’s Successful Adoption of Interactive Drillable Dashboards

The University of Florida Shands Hospital (UF Health) began its analytical journey developing reports sent…

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Gregory Botticchio

Product Manager, SAP

Pre-Conference Session: Design Reports Like a Professional: The New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this workshop, discover how to professionally design high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence®…

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Hands-On Session: Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this hands-on session, discover how to transform your flat list table into a professionally…

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SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Road Map

Attend this session to explore the road map and future direction of SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web…

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Anil Bavaraju

Managing Partner/SAP Data Analytics Lead, Optimum Consulting

Nortek HVAC’s Journey to SAP Analytics Cloud and Lessons Learned from Hybrid Analytics Strategy

In this session, we will give an overview and demonstration of Analytics Hub and how…

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Pascal Gaulin

Product Expert, SAP

Pre-Conference Session: Design Reports Like a Professional: The New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this workshop, discover how to professionally design high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence®…

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Hands-On Session: Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this hands-on session, discover how to transform your flat list table into a professionally…

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SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Road Map

Attend this session to explore the road map and future direction of SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web…

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Sylvain Riboud

Director, Global BI Adoption Lead, SAP

Hands-On Session: Build Your Hybrid Analytics Portal with the New SAP Analytics Hub

Need to foster adoption of analytics in your company? Need to give business users a…

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Abhishek Jain

Senior Managing Consultant and Data Visualization Practice Lead, Teklink International

Analyzing Product and Customer Data Using SAP Lumira, Designer Edition, at Kellogg’s

Attend this session to learn how SAP Lumira®, designer edition, helped to resolve the interface…

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Adrian Westmoreland

Product Manager, SAP

Hybrid Analytics Strategy and SAP Analytics Hub Overview

Explore the benefits of hybrid analytics and consider the use cases for bringing existing on-premise…

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Genevieve Zletni

E City Management Consultant, City Manager's Office, City of Toronto

How the City of Toronto Pioneered a Transformational HR Dashboard that Executives are Embracing

When you consider that payroll consumes roughly 50 percent of operating budgets, the need for…

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Ty Miller

Vice President of SAP Analytics Product Management, SAP

One Simple Cloud: SAP Analytics Cloud Strategy and Recent Innovations for End-to-End Analytics

Take a deep dive into SAP’s “One Simple Cloud” strategy, where all analytics roads are…

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JS Irick

Principal Consultant, TruQua

Pre-Conference Session: Predicting Future Financial Performance Using Machine Learning

The best way for one to learn about machine learning is through experiencing the technology…

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Gino Terrigno

SAP BI Solution Architect, City of Toronto

How the City of Toronto Pioneered a Transformational HR Dashboard that Executives are Embracing

When you consider that payroll consumes roughly 50 percent of operating budgets, the need for…

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Jie Deng

Product Manager, SAP

Application Design with SAP Analytics Cloud: Overview and Roadmap

Application Design is an important analytical capability integrated into SAP Analytics Cloud that enables professional…

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Pete Graham

Director of Finance Solutions and Mobility, SAP

Pre-Conference Session: Driving Your Digital Finance Transformation

This workshop will provide a framework for a digital transformation leveraging SAP S/4HANA® using the…

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Pravin Datar

Senior Director, SAP

A Beginner’s Guide to SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Planning

At the end of this session, participants will be able to understand the basic planning…

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Hands-On Session: Advanced Financial Planning Features in SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud provides one simple cloud experience in which users can optimize core financial…

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Tom Anderson

SAP Real Estate Management Lifecycle Solution Owner, SAP

Pre-Conference Session: Driving Your Digital Finance Transformation

This workshop will provide a framework for a digital transformation leveraging SAP S/4HANA® using the…

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Jason Shearer

Project Lead, Corporate Innovation and Strategy, L3 Technologies

Panel Discussion: The Future of Business Intelligence

In this session, we will discuss the future of business intelligence with an open Q&A. Learn…

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Pack Your Bag (but Your Data Stays Home): Driving Hybrid Innovation GovCloud

L3 Technologies won a 2018 SAP Innovation Award for migrating analytics to a hybrid, secure…

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John Froelich

VP of Strategy, Bramasol

Pre-Conference Session: Driving Your Digital Finance Transformation

This workshop will provide a framework for a digital transformation leveraging SAP S/4HANA® using the…

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Wendy Krause

Lead, Analytics Center of Excellence, Salt River Project

A Budget Makeover Story: Improving the Business User Experience

Salt River Project’s (SRP) initial SAP budget solution needed a makeover in order to meet…

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Scott Godfree

Product Manager, SAP

Hands-On Session: Advanced Financial Planning Features in SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud provides one simple cloud experience in which users can optimize core financial…

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Intelligent FP&A: Leveraging SMART Features within SAP Analytics Cloud to Improve Decision-Making and Results

We are in the midst of a transformative period in analytics: an era where augmented…

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Jeff Stout

Senior Manager Business Intelligence, C Spire

How are LEGOs and a BI Self-Service Program Related?

Just as LEGOs come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. Some with plans. Some without. A self-service business…

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John Clapper

Business Intelligence Analyst, Mobile Mini

The Road to HANA: A Story of Twists and Turns to a Beautiful Real-Time Platform

Learn about Mobile Mini’s (MMI) journey from a legacy SQL server enterprise data warehouse to…

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Eric Yew

Product Manager, SAP

Connecting Live to Your Enterprise Data with SAP Analytics Cloud

Learn how SAP Analytics Cloud can get the most out of your existing SAP and non-SAP enterprise…

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Noe Garcia

Manager, Business Intelligence, USPI

USPI’s Self-Service “Enterprise BI” Portal

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) was looking to move away from a “push” reporting model…

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David Behr

Business Intelligence, USPI

USPI’s Self-Service “Enterprise BI” Portal

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) was looking to move away from a “push” reporting model…

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Richard Mooney

Head of Product Management - Predictive in Analytics Cloud, SAP

How SAP Analytics Cloud Makes You Smarter

More than four years ago, SAP decided to reinvent the way that businesses used machine…

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Andrew Mayes

Head of Business Intelligence and Data Science, Pick n Pay Retailers

Evolving Business Analytics to Be Digitally Relevant

Pick n Pay is the second-largest supermarket chain store in South Africa, established in 1967.…

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Mustafa Mustafa

Senior Director - IT, Ferrara Candy Company

Win Over Your Organization Through the Harmonization of People, Process, and BI Technology

Ferrara Candy Company’s business intelligence journey began by interviewing senior leadership team to understanding their…

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Jérôme Ivain

Solution Manager, SAP

Leveraging Your Investment in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise with SAP Analytics Cloud

Find out how the SAP Analytics Cloud solution can help you leverage your existing investments…

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Tom Chelednik

Global Solution Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP

Leveraging SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP BPC for Extended Planning, Reporting and Analysis

As an SAP BPC customer, SAP Analytics Cloud enables you to extend the corporate planning…

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Mark Teller

Associate Director, IT Applications, Leprino Foods

How Leprino Foods is Creating Cost-Effective, Near-Real-Time Reporting Dashboards within SAP

In 2016, Leprino Foods, (a traditionally B2B company) planned to launch its first e-commerce site,…

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Dan Auber

Enterprise Capability Manager - Auckland Transport, Auckland Council

Empowering Managers with Self-Service, Real-Time Financial Reports

The merger of seven councils within Auckland led to the formation of the largest council…

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Matthias Kraemer

Head of SAP Analytics Cloud Planning, SAP

SAP Analytics Cloud Planning for an Integrated Enterprise

In today’s economy, finance organizations are facing unprecedented challenges due to highly scattered, complex, and…

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J.J. McClelland

Director of Finance, Classic Hotels & Resorts

IT: Ally, Adversary, or Something Entirely Different

Finance is no longer a world where we get to sit in our offices and…

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Scott Livingston

Director of IT, Connectrac

Making the Right Connections with SAP Analytics Cloud

When beginning the journey into SAP Analytics Cloud, it is critical to know what data…

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Eric McGee

Director, Data and Analytics Delivery, Andeavor

Implementing SAP Analytics Cloud at Andeavor: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s next-generation cloud-based planning product. Because new features are being released…

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Stephen Sydow

IS Development Leader, Milliken & Company

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on Planning for an SAP Analytics Cloud Deployment

Milliken Corporation has selected SAP Analytics Cloud as its business intelligence enterprise platform to replace…

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Abe Iruegas

SAP Practice Leader, Microexcel

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on Planning for an SAP Analytics Cloud Deployment

Milliken Corporation has selected SAP Analytics Cloud as its business intelligence enterprise platform to replace…

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Kristen Kehrer

Senior Data Scientist, Constant Contact

Killer Presentations: Bringing Model Output to Life with Data Storytelling

Whether you’re working with data from the IT or a business perspective, it’s essential to…

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Rajesh Sripada

Director, Business Intelligence and Data Management, FDA

How the FDA Reduced the Cost and Enhanced the Performance of SAP BusinessObjects

The FDA is constantly improving the efficiency of their IT, using analytics leveraging SAP® BusinessObjects™…

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Matvey Shkiler

Technical Lead, Business Intelligence, FDA

How the FDA Reduced the Cost and Enhanced the Performance of SAP BusinessObjects

The FDA is constantly improving the efficiency of their IT, using analytics leveraging SAP® BusinessObjects™…

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Bruno Masek

Vice President of Sales, GB&SMITH

How the FDA Reduced the Cost and Enhanced the Performance of SAP BusinessObjects

The FDA is constantly improving the efficiency of their IT, using analytics leveraging SAP® BusinessObjects™…

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Alonso Arteaga King

Director, IT Information Services, Chamberlain Group

Self-Service Analytics Using an App Developer with Lumira Designer

Our users were complaining about not having easy access to data, not understanding what metrics…

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Heather Sinkwitz

Business Intelligence Manager, Mobile Mini

Panel Discussion: The Future of Business Intelligence

In this session, we will discuss the future of business intelligence with an open Q&A. Learn…

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Lothar Henkes

Vice President Product Management, SAP

SAP BW/4HANA: Overview and Roadmap

A central data warehouse, as the "single point of truth," will continue to be the…

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Kevan Adlard

Developer - Information Management, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Seamless User Experience via Integrated Application Reporting Using RESTful

Wondering how to service easy analytics delivery of SAP® BusinessObjects™ content to thousands of users…

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Vino Kingston

Data and Analytics Manager, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

How Lockheed Martin Reduced Cost, Increased Automation, and Improved Visibility for Self-Service Reporting

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (MFC) have been working through many large-scale challenges over…

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Nathan Crook

Sales Director, GB&SMITH

How Lockheed Martin Reduced Cost, Increased Automation, and Improved Visibility for Self-Service Reporting

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (MFC) have been working through many large-scale challenges over…

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Graham Jordan

Director of Planning, Method360

Implementing SAP Analytics Cloud at Andeavor: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s next-generation cloud-based planning product. Because new features are being released…

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Josh Djupstrom

Product Management Expert, SAP

SAP BW/4HANA: Overview and Roadmap

A central data warehouse, as the "single point of truth," will continue to be the…

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Alan Golding

Solution Consultant, APOS System

Making the Right Connections with SAP Analytics Cloud

When beginning the journey into SAP Analytics Cloud, it is critical to know what data…

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Next-Gen Finance Platform: Unlock Business Value Using Integrated and Intelligent Analytics

At Kimberly-Clark, an agile product team is driving the build of a digitally enabled modern Finance platform using SAP HANA® to drive standardization, simplification, automation, and advanced analytical capabilities for improved agile decision-making and frictionless process. In this session, you’ll learn how Kimberly-Clark transforms the Finance platform to achieve the vision of a single version of the truth, end-user collaboration, democratization of the data through self-service reports, and integrated business processes by modernizing its legacy finance systems. The digitally enabled platform uses in-memory columnar database technology, cloud-based planning applications, self-service reporting, and an application programming interface-based application integration to provide fast, reliable, and scalable finance applications.

By merging business analytics and finance teams on the program, Kimberly-Clark can leverage the capabilities of the platform to transform and simplify business processes and achieve significant organizational efficiencies.

Improving Insights into Customer and Product Profitability at Borchers

As a global specialty coatings and additives business, Borchers needed greater insights to improve customer service. With SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform, the organization has integrated its reporting applications. In this session, you’ll hear how Borchers migrated to a new business intelligence, business planning and consolidation, and app landscape in a very short timeframe and how it established self-service reporting and visualizations with business users. As a result, sales teams have an improved dialogue with customers, and the business has greater insights into customer and product profitability.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn how Borchers migrated to a new business intelligence, business planning and consolidation, and app landscape in a very short timeframe.

  • Borchers established self-service reporting and visualizations with business users.

  • Hear about various use cases such as sales invoicing, financial, accounts payable and accounts receivable aging, and cost center reporting.

SAP Analytics Cloud: Enabling Business and its Users in a Matter of Weeks

In 2017, Borchers, a leading specialty chemical additives business, was acquired by a private equity firm and was presented with a real challenge: find a new application landscape and business intelligence/analytics platform—fast. They had less than six months to move off the previous owner’s legacy applications and BI/analytics landscape to the new one, as well as have it deliver critical BI reporting and business user self-service capabilities.

Learn how Borchers made their platform choice and successfully transitioned ahead of their tight schedule. Experience how they are using SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA and other applications to provide use cases for sales invoicing, financial, accounts payable and accounts receivable aging, sales opportunity analysis and cost center reporting across the organization. Hear how business users are leveraging the easy to use self-service capabilities of SAP Analytics Cloud to create their own stories and reporting.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Consistency and accuracy of data are better than previously experienced on the legacy applications landscape and are pushed closer to the business user

  • Business users are learning the application quickly and easily, increasing user adoption and report ownership with SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • IT burden and total cost of ownership of an expensive oversized and over-engineered legacy environment is significantly reduced, allowing for scalability and easy integration of data from new acquisitions

  • Easy integration of data from multiple sources into consistent data models that are used across the business

How Crocs Is Rockin’ BI Releases: A Journey to Scrum and Kanban

By late 2015, Crocs had successfully implemented a new SAP Apparel and Footwear Solution system globally, hyper-care was wrapped up and the requests for BI reports and data were growing. What started as a trickle during the transitional reporting phase rapidly grew into a flood from all directions. Something had to be done and the direction was simple: make it happen now. We began the search by trial for a BI release methodology to fit the young and fast changing Crocs culture.

For the past two years, we have used a blend of Scrum and Kanban methods to deliver short BI releases, resulting in continuous delivery of working solutions and visibility of work in process. The methodology has enabled enough structure for compliance and enough flexibility to embrace change. The journey is still a work in progress—as any Agile endeavor should be—but there are lessons to learn in Crocs’ journey so far and the unique path taken to get here.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Continuous predictable delivery

  • Ability to embrace change without harm to the budget or team

  • Improved visibility of work

Tactical Tips and Tricks for Effective Story Design Using SAP Analytics Cloud

If you’re into dashboard design, this is going to be your favorite session of the conference. Join us as American Hotel Register shares tactical tips learned as they transformed their static reports into interactive stories using SAP Analytics Cloud. See which hidden features had the most business impact, and how they incorporated the latest design principles into their dashboards.

SAP’s Data Visualization product manager will also provide a live demo of the latest innovations and walk through how to change a truly awful report into a well-designed, mobile-friendly, interactive story.

Plenty of time will be available for Q&A, so come with questions!

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn tactical tips and tricks for effective dashboard design using SAP Analytics Cloud

  • Gain a deep understanding of the latest dashboard design innovations

  • Avoid pitfalls by learning directly from an existing customer's experience

Performing in a Stressed-Out World

Coping in today’s world of increasing expectations and technology-led disruption is one thing. Embracing all of this change to optimize your own performance as a professional in charge of finance and transformation is another. Join Joe Burton, author of the bestselling book “Creating Mindful Leaders” and founder and CEO of Whil Concepts, for a fun, inspiring, and interactive session on managing stress, disruption, and change. Learn how to overcome the natural deficiencies of the brain and take away easy, repeatable mindfulness and emotional intelligence techniques to reduce stress and build resilience for your own well-being and performance. Attendees will receive a copy of Joe’s new book with an autograph session during the following cocktail reception.

The Intelligent Enterprise and the Future of Decision-Making

Intelligent Enterprises empower business users at all levels and across all lines of business to get intelligence from their applications by leveraging analytics and planning within their business process. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are helping business users automate their business process, gain immediate insights so they can make faster decisions.

Learn how SAP can transform your business into an Intelligent Enterprise to help you run and grow your business.

 

The Intelligent Enterprise and the Future of Decision-Making

Intelligent Enterprises empower business users at all levels and across all lines of business to get intelligence from their applications by leveraging analytics and planning within their business process. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are helping business users automate their business process, gain immediate insights so they can make faster decisions.

Learn how SAP can transform your business into an Intelligent Enterprise to help you run and grow your business.

 

Journey from Descriptive Analytics to Predictive Analytics

With the flood of data available, businesses today are more interested in knowing what could happen. Companies with huge data sets can prepare analytics, but they sometimes have trouble answering questions about how and where to start. How can you identify what types of analytics are appropriate for your organization?

For solving this puzzle, Benjamin Moore has been using tools like SAP BusinessObjects 4.2 and SAP BW 7.4 to extract meanings from the huge amount of data that has helped in improving the decision-making at the company level. The analytics effort within the company just didn’t stop with descriptive analytics—steps are now being taken to drive the predictive analytics initiative for insight into the future.

Benjamin Moore was able to increase self-service BI capabilities, empower business users to be able to find information on their own, and establish a proof of concept for predictive analytics.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Transferred from descriptive analytics to predictive analytics

  • Real-time analytics

  • Data visualization

Application Design with SAP Analytics Cloud: Overview and Roadmap

Application Design is an important analytical capability integrated into SAP Analytics Cloud that enables professional designers to create centrally governable analytic content ranging from dashboards via guided analytics to sophisticated planning and Smart Predict applications. This session will allow attendees to:


  • Understand the overall concept Application Design.

  • Learn the new capabilities of Application Design.

  • Find out the planned functionalities for the future releases.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Understand the use case and benefit of Application Design.

  • Take home a check list for doing application design.

  • Get to know the future development direction of Application Design.

SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office Beta Testing: A Customer’s Experience

Learn how to use the new and changed features in SAP Analysis Office, such as flexible and dynamic grid, new display panels, customizable user interface and more. Gain best practices from firsthand experience.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office by role: IT developer, business analyst, and report consumer

  • Optimize functionality for in-depth reporting

  • Hybrid use cases of SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office with SAP Analytics Cloud

Digital Business: Tomorrow Is Already Here

Digital business is about intelligently connecting people, things, and companies. It’s an infinite world of new possibilities for companies to reimagine their business models, the way they work, and how they compete. New technologies like machine learning, the Internet of Things, blockchain, cloud, and the big data platform will transform value chains to enable completely new ways of doing business. Hear how you can deliver an innovative customer experience at scale, with fully-integrated front- and back-end operations based a solid digital core.

How Callaway Golf Innovates Production Performance Through Plant Maintenance Reporting in SAP BI

Callaway Golf is the world’s largest producer of golf clubs and is heavily reliant on manufacturing quality products. This session will focus on how Callaway used Business Intelligence (BI) tools such as real-time SAP HANA, SAP BusinessObjects BI reporting, and dashboards to identify and prevent critical defects on the production floor. With different SAP time zones, SAP BusinessObjects session time-out issues, and factory calendar days, it was challenging to discover a robust and simple-to-use solution. The SAP HANA calculation views tracked the data in real-time, which was most critical for business requirements. SAP BusinessObjects BI reporting provided previously unheard insightful details such as the notifications completed and delegated per day, top five reasons for equipment failure, etc. A dashboard running 24/7—based on Lumira designer edition—displays the pending notifications requiring attention.

Our innovative approach of real-time reporting combined with self-service BI presented the best of both worlds to the business, achieving outstanding sales growth while simultaneously significantly reducing production scrap.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Increase in production quantities resulting in better sales

  • Minimized wastage so most of products are better utilized

  • Self-service BI provided supervisors the ability to track work load of their employees

Panel Discussion: The Future of Business Intelligence

In this session, we will discuss the future of business intelligence with an open Q&A. Learn about the hybrid landscape, integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and creating the strategy of the future for your organization, including how to develop the right team and prepare your career for what’s next. Key learning points include:


  • New hybrid landscape of on-premise and cloud-based business intelligence tools (SAP® BusinessObjects™, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira®, SAP BW, etc.)

  • Integration of machine learning/artificial intelligence

  • Data science as a core business intelligence practice

  • Future of business intelligence teams

  • Preparing your career for the future


Key Business Benefits:

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

  • Build the right business intelligence team for the future.

  • Participate in a Q&A and learn about the new hybrid landscape.

If You’re Happy and We Know It: Measuring Citizen Satisfaction with SAP Analytics Cloud

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits, including pensions, passports, and employment insurance.

Learn about a SAP Analytics Cloud project that used mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to measure citizen satisfaction with their experience at Service Canada locations in Western Canada, many of which are outreach and mobile offices designed to deliver programs and services into remote areas. Experience how Service Canada used SAP Analytics Cloud solution to gain better insights into what citizens wanted from an in-person experience by combining improved client-feedback capture with data analysis of wait times, request volumes, and seasonal trends.

See examples of analytics being used to predict training results so that Service Canada managers can better prepare their front-line staff to consistently deliver high citizen satisfaction even when high volumes of in-person requests are forecast.

Key Business Benefits: 


  • Greater customer knowledge, which allowed us to find out what where the key items affecting citizen satisfaction with our services

  • The ability to determine the difference between when a client was upset with our service or when they were upset with the outcome of their visit

  • Determining which services where the most complicated and frustrating for citizens to use

One Simple Cloud: SAP Analytics Cloud Strategy and Recent Innovations for End-to-End Analytics

Take a deep dive into SAP’s “One Simple Cloud” strategy, where all analytics roads are converging on SAP Analytics Cloud as the single SaaS-based analytics platform from SAP for business intelligence, planning and predictive that is intelligent, embedded and hybrid.

See hands-on demonstrations of recent innovations in natural language, predictive scenarios, and advanced planning. Take a detailed look at our roadmap for the future, including a preview of our Intelligent Enterprise plans.

Learn how any organization, regardless of is their data needs to remain on-premise or in the cloud, can immediately begin leveraging these advanced capabilities today.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand how to apply the latest and greatest planning, predictive, and business intelligence innovations to your business

  • Plan for the future by understanding SAP’s strategic direction and areas of investment

  • Engage directly with product management in sharing feedback and asking questions

Tactical Tips and Tricks for Effective Story Design Using SAP Analytics Cloud

If you’re into dashboard design, this is going to be your favorite session of the conference. Join us as American Hotel Register shares tactical tips learned as they transformed their static reports into interactive stories using SAP Analytics Cloud. See which hidden features had the most business impact, and how they incorporated the latest design principles into their dashboards.

SAP’s Data Visualization product manager will also provide a live demo of the latest innovations and walk through how to change a truly awful report into a well-designed, mobile-friendly, interactive story.

Plenty of time will be available for Q&A, so come with questions!

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn tactical tips and tricks for effective dashboard design using SAP Analytics Cloud

  • Gain a deep understanding of the latest dashboard design innovations

  • Avoid pitfalls by learning directly from an existing customer's experience

Delivering Real-Time Consolidated Views of Critical Operations, Financial Performance, and Patient Data at Parkland Hospital

Parkland Health and Hospital System has undertaken a major focus to shift their business intelligence platform from IT-led reporting to business-driven analytics. Parkland experienced limitations due to disparate clinical data sources, lack of infrastructure to support its growth, and a delay in data delivery that prevented data-driven decisions. Learn how Parkland centralized key clinical, costing, and financial information from different siloed sources (on-premise and in the cloud) on a centralized SAP HANA® system to form a logical data warehouse.

Utilizing a delivery platform of SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® and SAP Digital Boardroom, they are now able to deliver consolidated views of critical operational and clinical data to uncover deep insights. Experience content samples that include clinical operations, performance, and cost.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Getting the right data to the right people at the right time in the right visual experience so that they can make the best-informed decisions possible

  • Dramatically simplified integrating, consuming, and analyzing disparate, complex data sets with a centralized way to get access to the data to deliver business user self-service capabilities

  • Leveraging existing reports by making information more accessible and providing more insights for the business user


 

Hands-On Session: SAP Analytics Cloud for Beginners

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s new flagship product for the creation of dashboards and data visualizations. This hands-on workshop is a series of activities focused on SAP Analytics Cloud. In this beginner session, you will learn to use the different components in SAP Analytics Cloud 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.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Attendees will learn how to get started in SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Attendees will learn how to use the most important components, such as charts, maps, and tables.

  • Attendees will get a glimpse at some advanced features such as linked analysis.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets

Effective Data Visualization

Learn best practices of dashboard design and data visualization in a detailed, practical, step-by-step, and ready-to-use way. Focus is placed on a common set of dashboard design rules, such as the usage of different visualization, colors, and text as part of an overall dashboard design process. These best practices are contrasted with less successful design examples.

The session is product independent.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Attendees will receive a very practical overview and receive detailed, step-by-step material which can be applied right away as part of their next dashboarding project.

  • Attendees will receive an overview on dashboarding best practices for building easy-to-consume dashboards.

  • Attendees will receive detailed material that can right away be applied to their next dashboarding project

Pre-Conference Session: Data Visualization and Dashboards with SAP Analytics Cloud and Application Design

This half-day, hands-on workshop will provide customers with an overview on SAP Analytics Cloud and its app-building capabilities. Attendees will learn which role SAP Analytics Cloud 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 Cloud Analytics and SAP Cloud Analytics App Building in combination with SAP BW and SAP HANA ® and create live a variety of dashboards.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Attendees will learn how to integrate SAP Cloud Analytics into their existing SAP landscape.

  • Attendees will learn how to leverage on-premise and cloud-based data sources.

  • Attendees will learn how to use SAP Cloud Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud App Building to create compelling visual stories both on-premise and in the cloud.


Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

Nortek HVAC’s Journey to SAP Analytics Cloud and Lessons Learned from Hybrid Analytics Strategy

In this session, we will give an overview and demonstration of Analytics Hub and how it forms part of an overall hybrid analytics strategy at Nortek, as well as how Nortek’s digital transformation became a reality. Find out how the SAP Analytics Cloud solution helped leverage Nortek’s existing investments in SAP® BusinessObjects™ Enterprise by connecting to Universes stored in SAP® BusinessObjects™ Enterprise to create stories in SAP Analytics Cloud. During this session, you will gain a solid understanding around Nortek’s hybrid strategy and the implementation of SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Hub.

Key Business Benefits:


  • How to use your existing investments in SAP® BusinessObjects™ Enterprise solutions

  • Understand the overall hybrid analytics strategy

  • Use existing Universes from SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x platform and create stories in SAP Analytics Cloud

Analyzing Product and Customer Data Using SAP Lumira, Designer Edition, at Kellogg’s

Attend this session to learn how SAP Lumira®, designer edition, helped to resolve the interface issues and real-time planning for Kellogg’s. In this session, you will learn how SAP Lumira® became an integral part of a trade promotion management by providing on-the-fly calculations and custom features specific to their usage. You will learn that how Lumira® helped in analyzing their data across their products and customer dimensions. Lumira® leverages capabilities such as cell lock and native connectivity to SAP BW to enable event-driven planning features such as data slice and planning functions. You will come to know key reasons why this solution was accepted by 2,000-plus users.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn how mass rollout of this application was achieved to the users.

  • Understand how SAP Lumira®, designer edition, SDK was utilized to deliver custom enhanced planning framework.

  • Learn how providing insightful and real-time analytics enabled effective planning.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Business Intelligence

In this session, we will discuss the future of business intelligence with an open Q&A. Learn about the hybrid landscape, integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and creating the strategy of the future for your organization, including how to develop the right team and prepare your career for what’s next. Key learning points include:


  • New hybrid landscape of on-premise and cloud-based business intelligence tools (SAP® BusinessObjects™, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira®, SAP BW, etc.)

  • Integration of machine learning/artificial intelligence

  • Data science as a core business intelligence practice

  • Future of business intelligence teams

  • Preparing your career for the future


Key Business Benefits:

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

  • Build the right business intelligence team for the future.

  • Participate in a Q&A and learn about the new hybrid landscape.

SAP BusinessObjects Live Office: Creating a Real-Time Project Cost Accounting System

Sedgwick County is a county in the state of Kansas serving a population of 511,995. The county’s Public Works department maintains roads and bridges with a $31 million operating budget and a $91 million five-year capital budget. The department spends most of its resources on projects, making precise and granular cost accounting of project activities crucial. The old system for Public Works was labor intensive, untimely, and prone to error. The department identified an off-the-shelf project cost accounting system and initiated the purchasing process. The Sedgwick County IT department proposed a solution using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Live Office, and Public Works has successfully used the new system for over a year.

Session attendees will learn the steps taken to transform database records into accounting metrics that meet the auditing requirements of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOC).

Attendees will also learn how to create information sets in SAP ERP and connect them to two additional databases for a full cost accounting of labor, equipment, and material via a multi-source universe and how to perform critical financial calculations to preserve data lineage and maximize transparency in the data flow.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Leveraged existing investment on SAP® BusinessObjects™ Live Office

  • Fulfilled a critical business need without purchasing additional software

  • Demonstrated to customers that SAP® BusinessObjects™ can do a lot more than basic reporting

Spreading the Love: Cloud-Based Self-Service Analytics on the Fly

Learn how KMG Chemicals democratized real-time ordering, shipping, and inventory information across the organization utilizing SAP Analytics Cloud, allowing team members to make decisions that directly correlated to lower costs and higher utilization.

See how this was done using a blend of design thinking, agile methodology, and close-to-real-time user feedback to build a solution fully embraced by the user community.

Learn how SAP Cloud Platform is the glue bringing it all together from SAP S/4HANA®, application program interface (API) data feeds, and mobile apps. We will share timelines, resources, lessons learned, and secrets for success.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Lower shipping cost per pound

  • Quicker access to information to make real-time decisions

  • User-inspired solutions that are used daily

UF Health’s Successful Adoption of Interactive Drillable Dashboards

The University of Florida Shands Hospital (UF Health) began its analytical journey developing reports sent via email, but with the growing demand of customized reports, they decided to begin developing highly interactive dashboards in SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® that not only enhanced data delivery but improved hospital rankings. In early 2016, UF Health began an initiative that focused on evaluating quality of care provided by UF Health in meeting its mission to provide the highest quality of clinical care.

Foreseeing an increase in data requests, UF Health began developing an all-encompassing self-service dashboard in Web Intelligence® that would satisfy requirements of 12 teams. Each team defined the scope of their specific focus area, identified measurable objectives necessary to achieve the desired outcome, and listed the required metric data necessary to benchmark and monitor progress. The result was an interactive dashboard containing KPIs addressing the metrics in the form of tiles, charts, and graphs with the ability to slice and dice data on numerous dimensions (e.g., department, division, doctor, patient type, payer, etc.) The dashboard is refreshed daily and presents the past two years of monthly trending data.

With a 50,000-foot view of the hospital’s performance, users can easily monitor the overall direction of the most important KPIs and quickly drill down to the encounter level. The dashboard has been very successful with its ability to be incorporated in EPIC Hyperspace and supports integration with Web Intelligence® documents. This integration enabled users to view, interact, and take action on Web Intelligence® documents without needing to access a stand-alone web browser or sign-on separately.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness: reduction in length of stay, mortality, and re-admissions

  • Improved patient safety

  • Increased patient satisfaction rates

Pre-Conference Session: Design Reports Like a Professional: The New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this workshop, discover how to professionally design high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software. Take advantage of the latest features we provided in BI4.2 SP07 to build both a one-page interactive report and a collaborative report using:


  • Gauges, tiles, geomaps, and other tools with a pixel-perfect rendering

  • Techniques to simplify the maintenance of your reports thanks to the shared elements

  • Tips and tricks to build visualizations

  • Recent innovations delivered in semantic and universes such as time dimension and view time security


Don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hands-on; learn as you play!

  • Get yourself familiar with the design of Web Intelligence® reports

  • Get a chance to talk to SAP Web Intelligence® experts.


Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

Hands-On Session: Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this hands-on session, discover how to transform your flat list table into a professionally designed, high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software.

Take advantage of the top five tips and tricks to build both a one-page interactive report and a collaborative report using gauges, tiles, geomaps, and other tools with a pixel-perfect rendering.

And don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hands-on session means you learn as you play.

  • Get yourself familiar with the design of Web Intelligence reports.

  • Get a chance to talk to SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® experts.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Road Map

Attend this session to explore the road map and future direction of SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® and learn about what’s coming up in the next release, including timeline and priorities for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3. You will also learn how the user experience will change to facilitate end-user adoption and self-service data analysis and how the enhancements to report authoring can make designers more productive.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Get insights into SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence®’s next features and improvements.

  • Keep yourself informed about the product’s release agenda.

  • Get a chance to ask questions on the product’s future.

Nortek HVAC’s Journey to SAP Analytics Cloud and Lessons Learned from Hybrid Analytics Strategy

In this session, we will give an overview and demonstration of Analytics Hub and how it forms part of an overall hybrid analytics strategy at Nortek, as well as how Nortek’s digital transformation became a reality. Find out how the SAP Analytics Cloud solution helped leverage Nortek’s existing investments in SAP® BusinessObjects™ Enterprise by connecting to Universes stored in SAP® BusinessObjects™ Enterprise to create stories in SAP Analytics Cloud. During this session, you will gain a solid understanding around Nortek’s hybrid strategy and the implementation of SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Hub.

Key Business Benefits:


  • How to use your existing investments in SAP® BusinessObjects™ Enterprise solutions

  • Understand the overall hybrid analytics strategy

  • Use existing Universes from SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x platform and create stories in SAP Analytics Cloud

Pre-Conference Session: Design Reports Like a Professional: The New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this workshop, discover how to professionally design high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software. Take advantage of the latest features we provided in BI4.2 SP07 to build both a one-page interactive report and a collaborative report using:


  • Gauges, tiles, geomaps, and other tools with a pixel-perfect rendering

  • Techniques to simplify the maintenance of your reports thanks to the shared elements

  • Tips and tricks to build visualizations

  • Recent innovations delivered in semantic and universes such as time dimension and view time security


Don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hands-on; learn as you play!

  • Get yourself familiar with the design of Web Intelligence® reports

  • Get a chance to talk to SAP Web Intelligence® experts.


Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

Hands-On Session: Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

During this hands-on session, discover how to transform your flat list table into a professionally designed, high-quality report using SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software.

Take advantage of the top five tips and tricks to build both a one-page interactive report and a collaborative report using gauges, tiles, geomaps, and other tools with a pixel-perfect rendering.

And don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Key Business Benefits:


  • Hands-on session means you learn as you play.

  • Get yourself familiar with the design of Web Intelligence reports.

  • Get a chance to talk to SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® experts.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Road Map

Attend this session to explore the road map and future direction of SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® and learn about what’s coming up in the next release, including timeline and priorities for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3. You will also learn how the user experience will change to facilitate end-user adoption and self-service data analysis and how the enhancements to report authoring can make designers more productive.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Get insights into SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence®’s next features and improvements.

  • Keep yourself informed about the product’s release agenda.

  • Get a chance to ask questions on the product’s future.

Hands-On Session: Build Your Hybrid Analytics Portal with the New SAP Analytics Hub

Need to foster adoption of analytics in your company? Need to give business users a unique view of your analytics residing in cloud and on-premise solutions? Learn about the SAP Analytics Hub solution and build your first catalog that suits your needs. Learn how to set up and configure your system to access cloud and on-premise reports. For example, set up stories from the SAP Analytics Cloud solution and reports from SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® software or any other analytic documents.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Know and understand SAP Analytics Hub

  • Be able to set up an SAP Analytics Hub

  • Short presentation and complete exercises


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets

Analyzing Product and Customer Data Using SAP Lumira, Designer Edition, at Kellogg’s

Attend this session to learn how SAP Lumira®, designer edition, helped to resolve the interface issues and real-time planning for Kellogg’s. In this session, you will learn how SAP Lumira® became an integral part of a trade promotion management by providing on-the-fly calculations and custom features specific to their usage. You will learn that how Lumira® helped in analyzing their data across their products and customer dimensions. Lumira® leverages capabilities such as cell lock and native connectivity to SAP BW to enable event-driven planning features such as data slice and planning functions. You will come to know key reasons why this solution was accepted by 2,000-plus users.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn how mass rollout of this application was achieved to the users.

  • Understand how SAP Lumira®, designer edition, SDK was utilized to deliver custom enhanced planning framework.

  • Learn how providing insightful and real-time analytics enabled effective planning.

Hybrid Analytics Strategy and SAP Analytics Hub Overview

Explore the benefits of hybrid analytics and consider the use cases for bringing existing on-premise investments together with cloud data and content. Understand the latest developments in SAP’s hybrid analytic strategy, including SAP Analytics Hub, the latest on live universe connectivity, and other hybrid landscape topics.

The SAP Analytics Hub solution provides a central entry point into your reporting landscape and solves the challenge of how to have a clean and intuitively searchable structure. Join this session to learn more about recent innovations and planned updates, and get insights on how SAP Analytics Hub can help you create the big picture in your reports. Gather and manage all your corporate analytics in one place, whether using SAP or nonSAP software either on-premise or in the cloud.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Combine on-premise and cloud analytics.

  • Understand SAP hybrid analytic strategy.

  • Learn the latest information on technology for hybrid.

  • Find the analytics you need.

How the City of Toronto Pioneered a Transformational HR Dashboard that Executives are Embracing

When you consider that payroll consumes roughly 50 percent of operating budgets, the need for timely, reliable HR data (that supports fact-based, strategic decisions) takes on key significance. Toronto’s new Workforce INformation Dashboard (WIN) transforms the delivery of workforce data (for 35,000 employees) direct to leaders’ desktops.

This pairing of high-touch (creative vision) and high-tech (SAP technical excellence) has produced a remarkably friendly tool, based on SAP Lumira® and SAP BW/4HANA technology, that appeals to both savvy and novice data users. It’s truly unbreakable and delivers meaningful, harmonized, presentation-ready workforce data.

That leaders have embraced WIN is a testament to its appealing design, rich content and the city’s commitment to organizational change management. This leading-edge dashboard now serves as a best-practice model for other BI initiatives at the city. In the first three months of its launch (and before user training had been completed), the WIN Dashboard had received 5,000 views and a utilization rate of 58 percent.

Building on the success of phase one, the WIN team is currently preparing for the next generation of the WIN Dashboard, which will effectively double its offering of workforce statistics, deliver new (user-requested) functionality, and expand the leader user base by a factor of 10.

Key Business Benefits:


  • User Benefits: There is efficiency in offering a "one-stop shop" or single point of access to multiple reports of division-specific workforce data.

  • Data Benefits: The dashboard offers presentation-ready data that supports workforce management and planning and contrasts division data with corporate targets and averages; the second release of WIN aims to add industry best-practice benchmarks where possible.

  • Business Benefits: Rather than knocking on multiple doors to gather and collate required reports—a process that might take days or weeks—WIN vastly simplifies the process of accessing timely, up-to-date workforce data. It is literally at users' fingertips.

One Simple Cloud: SAP Analytics Cloud Strategy and Recent Innovations for End-to-End Analytics

Take a deep dive into SAP’s “One Simple Cloud” strategy, where all analytics roads are converging on SAP Analytics Cloud as the single SaaS-based analytics platform from SAP for business intelligence, planning and predictive that is intelligent, embedded and hybrid.

See hands-on demonstrations of recent innovations in natural language, predictive scenarios, and advanced planning. Take a detailed look at our roadmap for the future, including a preview of our Intelligent Enterprise plans.

Learn how any organization, regardless of is their data needs to remain on-premise or in the cloud, can immediately begin leveraging these advanced capabilities today.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand how to apply the latest and greatest planning, predictive, and business intelligence innovations to your business

  • Plan for the future by understanding SAP’s strategic direction and areas of investment

  • Engage directly with product management in sharing feedback and asking questions

Pre-Conference Session: Predicting Future Financial Performance Using Machine Learning

The best way for one to learn about machine learning is through experiencing the technology firsthand. In this pre-conference workshop, attendees will get a chance to build their own machine learning models using current, real-world financial data from SAP HANA®. Using macroeconomic factors, looking at machine learning algorithms, as well as published quarterly financials, attendees will be able to build machine learning models to predict future financial performance.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Gain insights and use of two of the hottest technologies right now: embedded analytics and machine learning.

  • Hear about real-world use cases and implementation knowledge critical for you to create a success road map.

  • Understand how these tools can be used so you have a better scope and perceive of the effort levels needed to succeed.


* Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

 

How the City of Toronto Pioneered a Transformational HR Dashboard that Executives are Embracing

When you consider that payroll consumes roughly 50 percent of operating budgets, the need for timely, reliable HR data (that supports fact-based, strategic decisions) takes on key significance. Toronto’s new Workforce INformation Dashboard (WIN) transforms the delivery of workforce data (for 35,000 employees) direct to leaders’ desktops.

This pairing of high-touch (creative vision) and high-tech (SAP technical excellence) has produced a remarkably friendly tool, based on SAP Lumira® and SAP BW/4HANA technology, that appeals to both savvy and novice data users. It’s truly unbreakable and delivers meaningful, harmonized, presentation-ready workforce data.

That leaders have embraced WIN is a testament to its appealing design, rich content and the city’s commitment to organizational change management. This leading-edge dashboard now serves as a best-practice model for other BI initiatives at the city. In the first three months of its launch (and before user training had been completed), the WIN Dashboard had received 5,000 views and a utilization rate of 58 percent.

Building on the success of phase one, the WIN team is currently preparing for the next generation of the WIN Dashboard, which will effectively double its offering of workforce statistics, deliver new (user-requested) functionality, and expand the leader user base by a factor of 10.

Key Business Benefits:


  • User Benefits: There is efficiency in offering a "one-stop shop" or single point of access to multiple reports of division-specific workforce data.

  • Data Benefits: The dashboard offers presentation-ready data that supports workforce management and planning and contrasts division data with corporate targets and averages; the second release of WIN aims to add industry best-practice benchmarks where possible.

  • Business Benefits: Rather than knocking on multiple doors to gather and collate required reports—a process that might take days or weeks—WIN vastly simplifies the process of accessing timely, up-to-date workforce data. It is literally at users' fingertips.

Application Design with SAP Analytics Cloud: Overview and Roadmap

Application Design is an important analytical capability integrated into SAP Analytics Cloud that enables professional designers to create centrally governable analytic content ranging from dashboards via guided analytics to sophisticated planning and Smart Predict applications. This session will allow attendees to:


  • Understand the overall concept Application Design.

  • Learn the new capabilities of Application Design.

  • Find out the planned functionalities for the future releases.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Understand the use case and benefit of Application Design.

  • Take home a check list for doing application design.

  • Get to know the future development direction of Application Design.

Pre-Conference Session: Driving Your Digital Finance Transformation

This workshop will provide a framework for a digital transformation leveraging SAP S/4HANA® using the “comply, optimize, transform” framework. Using customer stories, partner insights, and guided discussions, this workshop will cover what you will need to consider to transform to a digital enterprise:


  1. Comply/Standardize – We will discuss International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS) compliance, disclosure reporting (with validation), data management, and process standardization as a foundation.

  2. Optimize – How to use analytics, dashboards, and tools like RAR and CLM to benchmark and optimize your procure-to-pay, record-to-report, and order-to-cash processes to improve revenue, profitability, and cash flow.

  3. Transform – Explore how a data-driven approach—including predictive analytics and accounting combined with machine learning—can transform you to a digital enterprise. Join us to hear leading experts from SAP, Bramasol, customers, and others and get started on your finance transformation.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Understand what is a digital enterprise and key considerations

  • How the “comply, optimize, transform” framework can get you there

  • Insights from other customers on their thoughts on digital transformation

  • Actionable next steps


Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

A Beginner’s Guide to SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Planning

At the end of this session, participants will be able to understand the basic planning functionality of SAP Analytics Cloud. This session assumes no background knowledge of Business Planning. This is ideally suited for business analysts primarily working on data analysis rather than planning. This session will focus on how to use the planning features in SAP Analytics Cloud to realize the potential of one simple cloud that combines analysis, planning, and predictive analytics.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand the use cases when SAP Analytics Cloud can be used for planning.

  • Understand the salient planning features and functionality of SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • Understand how to leverage the delivered planning content of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Hands-On Session: Advanced Financial Planning Features in SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud provides one simple cloud experience in which users can optimize core financial and operational planning. They can also design better, more dynamic business models with integrated workflows and which are supported by rich, unbiased insights and predictive simulations. This hands-on session will focus on advanced modeling topics and formulas to simplify the planning process for the end user of SAP Analytics Cloud for planning.

We ask for participants to bring their own laptop with the latest version of Google Chrome and Adobe Reader installed, and we’ll connect to the live environment in SAP Analytics Cloud during the session.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Attendees will learn how to use SAP Analytics Cloud for financial and operational planning.

  • Attendees will learn how to use integrated workflows and predictive simulations.

  • Attendees will get a glimpse at the advanced modeling topics and formulas.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets

Pre-Conference Session: Driving Your Digital Finance Transformation

This workshop will provide a framework for a digital transformation leveraging SAP S/4HANA® using the “comply, optimize, transform” framework. Using customer stories, partner insights, and guided discussions, this workshop will cover what you will need to consider to transform to a digital enterprise:


  1. Comply/Standardize – We will discuss International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS) compliance, disclosure reporting (with validation), data management, and process standardization as a foundation.

  2. Optimize – How to use analytics, dashboards, and tools like RAR and CLM to benchmark and optimize your procure-to-pay, record-to-report, and order-to-cash processes to improve revenue, profitability, and cash flow.

  3. Transform – Explore how a data-driven approach—including predictive analytics and accounting combined with machine learning—can transform you to a digital enterprise. Join us to hear leading experts from SAP, Bramasol, customers, and others and get started on your finance transformation.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Understand what is a digital enterprise and key considerations

  • How the “comply, optimize, transform” framework can get you there

  • Insights from other customers on their thoughts on digital transformation

  • Actionable next steps


Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Business Intelligence

In this session, we will discuss the future of business intelligence with an open Q&A. Learn about the hybrid landscape, integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and creating the strategy of the future for your organization, including how to develop the right team and prepare your career for what’s next. Key learning points include:


  • New hybrid landscape of on-premise and cloud-based business intelligence tools (SAP® BusinessObjects™, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira®, SAP BW, etc.)

  • Integration of machine learning/artificial intelligence

  • Data science as a core business intelligence practice

  • Future of business intelligence teams

  • Preparing your career for the future


Key Business Benefits:

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

  • Build the right business intelligence team for the future.

  • Participate in a Q&A and learn about the new hybrid landscape.

Pack Your Bag (but Your Data Stays Home): Driving Hybrid Innovation GovCloud

L3 Technologies won a 2018 SAP Innovation Award for migrating analytics to a hybrid, secure GovCloud strategy in a partnership with SAP NS2, as well as co-innovating the new SAP Inscribe product with SAP Labs (a natural language analytics notebook for iPad/Apple Pencil, currently in beta release).

Join Jason Shearer, project lead for Inscribe, SAP Analytics Cloud, and Digital Boardroom, as he discusses L3’s journey to build an IT shared service, connecting dozens of global facilities into a hybrid, cloud analytics environment, and helping L3 along its journey to double in size to the world’s sixth-largest defense and government tech company.

Discussion will include commentary on SAP’s GovCloud road map, problems and solutions when blending data from dozens of different ERPs, migrating to mobile with SAP Analytics Hub, and leveraging SAP’s Customer Engagement Initiative program to drive innovation.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Digital transformation

  • Innovation

  • Strategic planning

Pre-Conference Session: Driving Your Digital Finance Transformation

This workshop will provide a framework for a digital transformation leveraging SAP S/4HANA® using the “comply, optimize, transform” framework. Using customer stories, partner insights, and guided discussions, this workshop will cover what you will need to consider to transform to a digital enterprise:


  1. Comply/Standardize – We will discuss International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS) compliance, disclosure reporting (with validation), data management, and process standardization as a foundation.

  2. Optimize – How to use analytics, dashboards, and tools like RAR and CLM to benchmark and optimize your procure-to-pay, record-to-report, and order-to-cash processes to improve revenue, profitability, and cash flow.

  3. Transform – Explore how a data-driven approach—including predictive analytics and accounting combined with machine learning—can transform you to a digital enterprise. Join us to hear leading experts from SAP, Bramasol, customers, and others and get started on your finance transformation.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Understand what is a digital enterprise and key considerations

  • How the “comply, optimize, transform” framework can get you there

  • Insights from other customers on their thoughts on digital transformation

  • Actionable next steps


Pre-Conference Sessions are $399 optional, interactive sessions with subject matter experts taking place on Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Buy Tickets.

A Budget Makeover Story: Improving the Business User Experience

Salt River Project’s (SRP) initial SAP budget solution needed a makeover in order to meet three major challenges. First, the business was requesting improvements and cycle time reductions. Second, both the business teams and IT wanted to reduce support resource requirements. Last, SRP had a version upgrade and HANA® migration scheduled right in the middle of the annual budget cycle.

SRP will share how it implemented a makeover to address these challenges and future-proof its SAP budgeting solution. SAP topics include SAP BW, SAP BW Integrated Planning, SAP BPC, and SAP® BusinessObjects™.

Key Business Benefits:


  • First-year ROI on the new solution

  • Improved business user experience

  • Flexible design that will adapt with future SAP and SRP road map

Hands-On Session: Advanced Financial Planning Features in SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud provides one simple cloud experience in which users can optimize core financial and operational planning. They can also design better, more dynamic business models with integrated workflows and which are supported by rich, unbiased insights and predictive simulations. This hands-on session will focus on advanced modeling topics and formulas to simplify the planning process for the end user of SAP Analytics Cloud for planning.

We ask for participants to bring their own laptop with the latest version of Google Chrome and Adobe Reader installed, and we’ll connect to the live environment in SAP Analytics Cloud during the session.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Attendees will learn how to use SAP Analytics Cloud for financial and operational planning.

  • Attendees will learn how to use integrated workflows and predictive simulations.

  • Attendees will get a glimpse at the advanced modeling topics and formulas.


* Held within the regular conference schedule, $100 optional hands-on sessions are usually 90 minutes and offer conference participants a chance to experience the newest SAP technologies first-hand. Led by SAP product experts, hands-on sessions will offer participants a chance to navigate the tools and learn new features of the products featured. Participants should bring their own laptop to the hands-on sessions. Buy Tickets

Intelligent FP&A: Leveraging SMART Features within SAP Analytics Cloud to Improve Decision-Making and Results

We are in the midst of a transformative period in analytics: an era where augmented and automated insights can help to surface data relationships and drivers that were previously unknown or misunderstood. In this session, we will cover how you can utilize the built-in SMART capabilities within SAP Analytics Cloud to better understand the real drivers of your business, and the power of a fully integrated financial planning and analysis platform to take advantages of those insights. Gain new and unique insights, simulate scenarios, and help facilitate a more considered and accurate planning process.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Better decision-making

  • Planning and analysis process improvement

  • Automated business insights

How are LEGOs and a BI Self-Service Program Related?

Just as LEGOs come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. Some with plans. Some without. A self-service business intelligence program is built one piece at a time. There is the foundation. The structure. The design. The appearance. How well it works with unrelated or conventional components. The desire is the same: to have people engage the tools. In the case of the LEGOs, to have fun and be creative. In the case of business intelligence, to explore new ideas and present data in new and different ways. Learn how C Spire built and grows its self-service program and learn about the importance of the data model design, tool selection, and training.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand the key characteristics of the C Spire self-service program.

  • Understand how C Spire's self-service program cultivates, nurtures, and supports the user community.

  • Understand how C Spire uses self-service to expand and grow its analyst team.

The Road to HANA: A Story of Twists and Turns to a Beautiful Real-Time Platform

Learn about Mobile Mini’s (MMI) journey from a legacy SQL server enterprise data warehouse to use the SAP HANA® platform for real-time reporting for the business users. MMI implemented a new BI platform on native HANA, furthering their investment in their SAP ECC on SAP HANA® stack. MMI will share their use case, lessons learned, and next steps.

Twists and Turns:


  • No guard rails when defining metrics causing multiple definitions for the same metric

  • No clearly paved roads for business users to create ad-hoc reporting

  • Lack of business speed to respond quickly to business needs


MMI Map:

  • Transition from legacy enterprise data warehouse to the SAP HANA® platform to speed up reporting from SAP, Salesforce, and other systems for timely availability of data business needs

  • Supply business with user friendly self-service platform through the release of new SAP® Business Objects™ Universes and Web Intelligence® reporting on the foundation of SAP HANA®


The Destination:

After the release of the new SAP HANA® reporting platform, MMI was able to:

  • Define and deploy consistent metrics across all business intelligence reporting solutions.

  • Allow the business to have access to real-time data, leading to quicker solutions to business problems.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Define and deploy consistent metrics across all business intelligence reporting solutions

  • Allow the business to have access to real-time data

  • User friendly self-service platform

Connecting Live to Your Enterprise Data with SAP Analytics Cloud

Learn how SAP Analytics Cloud can get the most out of your existing SAP and non-SAP enterprise data investments through live connectivity. We will showcase how a hybrid deployment with live connections can ensure your enterprise data is leveraged securely, with modern analytics, and nearly in real time.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn how SAP Analytics Cloud works in a hybrid deployment.

  • Learn how SAP Analytics Cloud can leverage your existing SAP and nonSAP data investments.

  • Learn SAP Analytic Cloud's security model works with live data connections.

USPI’s Self-Service “Enterprise BI” Portal

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) was looking to move away from a “push” reporting model to building out a custom enterprise business intelligence portal where all end users can log in to see their reports and interactive dashboards that they need to run their business. Utilizing SAP® BusinessObjects™ BI Launch Pad was the “out-of-the-box” solution, but it would require each end user to consume a BusinessObjects™ license to access their reports and dashboards. USPI decided to build an enterprise reporting portal that did not require every user to log into BusinessObjects™ and that leverages Active Directory to allow for a secure single sign-on into this home-grown portal. However, this portal also needed to provide end users the capability to create ad-hoc queries and utilize dashboards that could write back inputted data to a database. Attend this session to find out how USPI made this vision a reality.

Key Business Benefits:


  • USPI saved on software licensing by sending our end users to a home-grown portal.

  • USPI is in full control of the layout and any enhancements or modifications needed to the enterprise reporting portal.

  • Can have an unlimited number of users access this portal, no restrictions. It is a very lightweight application.

USPI’s Self-Service “Enterprise BI” Portal

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) was looking to move away from a “push” reporting model to building out a custom enterprise business intelligence portal where all end users can log in to see their reports and interactive dashboards that they need to run their business. Utilizing SAP® BusinessObjects™ BI Launch Pad was the “out-of-the-box” solution, but it would require each end user to consume a BusinessObjects™ license to access their reports and dashboards. USPI decided to build an enterprise reporting portal that did not require every user to log into BusinessObjects™ and that leverages Active Directory to allow for a secure single sign-on into this home-grown portal. However, this portal also needed to provide end users the capability to create ad-hoc queries and utilize dashboards that could write back inputted data to a database. Attend this session to find out how USPI made this vision a reality.

Key Business Benefits:


  • USPI saved on software licensing by sending our end users to a home-grown portal.

  • USPI is in full control of the layout and any enhancements or modifications needed to the enterprise reporting portal.

  • Can have an unlimited number of users access this portal, no restrictions. It is a very lightweight application.

How SAP Analytics Cloud Makes You Smarter

More than four years ago, SAP decided to reinvent the way that businesses used machine learning algorithms to interpret data, giving business analysts the power and capabilities normally reserved for data scientists. We did this by rethinking data science use cases from the ground up, focusing on how we could deliver the same value while rapidly simplifying the overall experience. The results are the smart features of SAP Analytics Cloud. From Smart Assist features such as insights, discovery, and search, to insights which are designed to speed up data discovery, to Smart Predict which enables users to run full blown operational predictive analytics directly from Analytics Cloud with a simple, easy-to-understand experience. As the lead product manager for machine learning in Analytics Cloud and SAP Predictive Analytics, Richard Mooney will be sharing SAP’s journey and reveal what is coming next.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Much faster time to insight

  • Extract knowledge and new insight from data

  • Faster learning curve

Evolving Business Analytics to Be Digitally Relevant

Pick n Pay is the second-largest supermarket chain store in South Africa, established in 1967. This session will give attendees an all-encompassing view of what Pick n Pay is doing to make business analytics digitally relevant and ready for the future. The session will touch on the latest technologies from SAP (SAP BW/4HANA and SAP® BusinessObjects™ 4.2), cloud infrastructure, simplifying our solutions, end-user experience, skills development, and initial ventures into analytics, AI, and machine learning all with real stories and scenarios. In this session, you’ll see real-life examples of what Pick n Pay has done and is doing to be more relevant and accessible to our end users and while keeping the solution economical.

Win Over Your Organization Through the Harmonization of People, Process, and BI Technology

Ferrara Candy Company’s business intelligence journey began by interviewing senior leadership team to understanding their strategic goals and their current state. Next was an effort to prioritize requests according to the impact to company goals and ease of implementation to create a road map and set expectations. Then the fun began by transforming the organization by retooling internal resources, establishing a corporate culture, synergizing the user and developer communities, simplifying the BI governance, creating smart partnerships with outsourcers, and executing end-to-end solutions effectively. Here is the story of “Team Awesome” and how it impacted so many with such a sweet experience.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Empower people by providing the right information at the right time and through the right tools

  • Real-time decisions made at the strategic, tactical, and operational level

  • Shattering preconceived notions of technology limitations that no longer exist

Leveraging Your Investment in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise with SAP Analytics Cloud

Find out how the SAP Analytics Cloud solution can help you leverage your existing investments in SAP® BusinessObjects™ enterprise solutions. In SAP Analytics Cloud, we have introduced and extended the live universe connector (LUC), an online hybrid technology. It allows you to connect to your relational universes stored in SAP® BusinessObjects™ enterprise to create stories in SAP Analytics Cloud. If you want to hear more about the features involved, how to enable them, and what the road is ahead, this session is for you! Also, to make things more practical, we will demonstrate the live universe connector during the session.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Enable Agile business intelligence and new scenarios on top of SAP® BusinessObjects™ Universes with SAP Analytics Cloud. Go beyond Universe’s data.

  • SAP® BusinessObjects™ enterprise synergies: SAP Analytics Cloud enabling end-to-end workflows with the query builder for universes

  • Re-use your existing SAP® BusinessObjects™ Universes with SAP Analytics Cloud through online access to on-premise data.

Leveraging SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP BPC for Extended Planning, Reporting and Analysis

As an SAP BPC customer, SAP Analytics Cloud enables you to extend the corporate planning and consolidation capabilities in BPC with agile LoB planning to:


  • Plan and simulate the impact of potential decisions across the enterprise.

  • Collaborate with your team and take action on your data.

  • Sense and respond to markets disruptions, competition, and actual performance.


Key Business Benefits:

  • Integration between corporate planning solution and agile LoB planning platform

  • Reduced planning cycle times by driving efficiency with automation and standardization

  • Reliable and timely data for decision-makers on the true profitability of products and customers

How Leprino Foods is Creating Cost-Effective, Near-Real-Time Reporting Dashboards within SAP

In 2016, Leprino Foods, (a traditionally B2B company) planned to launch its first e-commerce site, ascentprotein.com. Understandably, management desired real-time reporting, which was met with some challenges. As a startup, reporting requirements would change frequently and reporting needed to be easy to read and understand. With SAP as the system of record and resources limited, Leprino leadership decided to consider custom-purchased solutions. In this session, you will hear how the company created a very visible, easy-to-read company dashboard reporting tool which required little time, resources, and programming and with little ongoing maintenance—a simple, business-driven, cost-effective, and supportable solution.

Empowering Managers with Self-Service, Real-Time Financial Reports

The merger of seven councils within Auckland led to the formation of the largest council in the Southern Hemisphere, serving a population of 1.5 million. A major challenge for this new council was delivering reporting to around 1,000 managers working in very diverse areas—from park rangers to IT project managers, engineers, and building inspectors.

Initially, reporting was delivered via static paper reports monthly which had several issues, including no real-time view, no ability to drill down and analyze data, inability to import data into other systems, and there was no way to prevent overspending prior to or as it occurred.

In this presentation, Dan will walk attendees through how Auckland Council advanced and achieved real-time reporting and dashboards with drill-down analysis using SAP® BusinessObjects™.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Financial information nearly in real time delivered to managers' desktops

  • More detailed information than available before, allowing better analysis and decision-making

  • Reduction in need for financial advisors to provide the information

SAP Analytics Cloud Planning for an Integrated Enterprise

In today’s economy, finance organizations are facing unprecedented challenges due to highly scattered, complex, and customized landscapes. Because of this complexity, organizations are lacking flexibility to be agile and the ability to adopt innovations. In addition, they are facing significant costs for keeping these landscapes up to date. This presentation we will cover how SAP’s latest technologies help to transform a finance organization to plan across the business with one simple planning platform for everyone. You will also learn how to take advantage of advanced visualization, built-in collaboration, and embedded intelligence for better data-driven decisions.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand benefits of SAP Analytics Cloud planning

  • Collaborative planning scenarios for finance, sales, HR, and others

  • Connect on-premise and Cloud planning solutions

IT: Ally, Adversary, or Something Entirely Different

Finance is no longer a world where we get to sit in our offices and define black-and-white rules and expectations, where the dictatorship of our financial realm is followed, and the support of other departments are not needed. Strong finance teams now need to be supported by equally strong operating, HR, and—even more importantly—IT teams. Aligning visions and needs with an IT team in creating the exact technology environment needed is by far one of the most beneficial relationships that can be forged.

In this session, we will discuss how truJsting and respecting the expertise of one another is not always an easy feat, but once it has been accomplished both teams lead to extraordinary results and efficiencies.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Technology that is within budget and increases efficiency

  • Successful implementation

  • Collaborative approach increases understanding

Making the Right Connections with SAP Analytics Cloud

When beginning the journey into SAP Analytics Cloud, it is critical to know what data connection options are available. SAP Analytics Cloud provides live data connections natively to several SAP data sources, as well as import connections to a variety of on-premise data sources, but will these connections provide access to all the data you need to build your SAP Analytics Cloud stories?

In this session, we will explore the differences between the acquired data and live data connectivity options included with the cloud, look at the APOS Live Data Gateway for expanded data connectivity options, and consider factors for defining which data connection approach will work best for your organization’s deployment scenario. Connectrac will share their experiences of implementing SAP Analytics Cloud and how they use the APOS Live Data Gateway solution to meet their data connectivity needs. We will demonstrate how the APOS Live Data Gateway provides a unified semantic layer for SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira®, and SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office, and how this solution can be used to provide expanded data connectivity options.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand the data connectivity options available to you.

  • Assess the types of data connections available and decision factors for your organization's needs.

  • Learn how to simplify and streamline your adoption of SAP Analytics Cloud by leveraging your existing data sources.

Implementing SAP Analytics Cloud at Andeavor: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s next-generation cloud-based planning product. Because new features are being released bi-weekly, the past year has been incredible in terms of adding functionalities around planning, visualizations, and data integrations.

Business planners from all business functions are starting to investigate SAP Analytics Cloud as a solution for planning and analytics, and we’re here to discuss what it’s like to implement the solution.

We’ll talk about the history of Andeavor’s implementation, discussing licensing, data connections, and how to get dashboards built within the first week of having your SAP Analytics Cloud environment.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn about SAP Analytics Cloud implementations.

  • Learn about SAP Analytics Cloud business benefits.

  • Hear the history of a real-world implementation.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on Planning for an SAP Analytics Cloud Deployment

Milliken Corporation has selected SAP Analytics Cloud as its business intelligence enterprise platform to replace its former Microsoft-based business intelligence solution. Though it knew that SAP Analytics Cloud was undergoing rapid changes, it selected the product given SAP’s focus and investment into innovating the product. Milliken made the decision to execute a phase zero initiative to strategically plan how the tool can shift the business intelligence paradigm but to also identify key capabilities or lack thereof to lay out its implementation road map. This exercise provided insight to many undocumented considerations, discovered opportunities to innovation, and discovered challenges that would either have to be accounted for in its implementation or as feedback to SAP in its road map. This session will highlight many of these learnings that can help a company avoid surprises as it rolls out SAP Analytics Cloud.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Modernization of its approach to business intelligence

  • Better-informed feedback to SAP on the product

  • Ability to use design thinking as an enabler for the business to define its insight to action needs

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on Planning for an SAP Analytics Cloud Deployment

Milliken Corporation has selected SAP Analytics Cloud as its business intelligence enterprise platform to replace its former Microsoft-based business intelligence solution. Though it knew that SAP Analytics Cloud was undergoing rapid changes, it selected the product given SAP’s focus and investment into innovating the product. Milliken made the decision to execute a phase zero initiative to strategically plan how the tool can shift the business intelligence paradigm but to also identify key capabilities or lack thereof to lay out its implementation road map. This exercise provided insight to many undocumented considerations, discovered opportunities to innovation, and discovered challenges that would either have to be accounted for in its implementation or as feedback to SAP in its road map. This session will highlight many of these learnings that can help a company avoid surprises as it rolls out SAP Analytics Cloud.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Modernization of its approach to business intelligence

  • Better-informed feedback to SAP on the product

  • Ability to use design thinking as an enabler for the business to define its insight to action needs

Killer Presentations: Bringing Model Output to Life with Data Storytelling

Whether you’re working with data from the IT or a business perspective, it’s essential to explore anything that might give interesting insight and help to tell the story. Although it requires extra work, painting the picture using intuitive graphics or actual customers or inputs to your model can turn a dry presentation of coefficients and statistics into an engaging presentation that makes an impact on your audience. In this session, Kristen will explore real examples from models she’s built previously to demonstrate how you can turn confused stakeholders into advocates of your work.

This session is product independent.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Differentiate yourself as a data expert.

  • Position yourself as a thought partner for future projects.

  • Build trust in the solutions you're providing.

How the FDA Reduced the Cost and Enhanced the Performance of SAP BusinessObjects

The FDA is constantly improving the efficiency of their IT, using analytics leveraging SAP® BusinessObjects™ and SAP HANA®.

In the past year, the FDA has put in place a process to migrate FDA centers and offices to HANA and the new business intelligence suite. The FDA also implemented a robust monitoring and auditing tool to help in the impact analysis, establish a chargeback model, and have an overall control of the business intelligence landscape. The migration to HANA also improved performance, metadata monitoring, and accessing data from multiple data sources with one user interface. HANA also enabled the FDA to gain efficiency by automating workflows, eradicating many hours of manual work.

The FDA established an enterprise model that charges various centers based on their application usage, document usage, memory usage, and based on development resources used to create and maintain reports.

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is currently piloting SAP’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) and text analytics tools to help reviewers analyze laboratory results and narratives from thousands of clinical trials in the pre-market stage. Once in production, this solution is expected to not only help the FDA approve drugs much faster, thus saving lives, but also help the health care industry save a lot of money.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Automated workflows

  • Access to data from multiple data sources

  • Streamlining business operations through the organization of data and reports

How the FDA Reduced the Cost and Enhanced the Performance of SAP BusinessObjects

The FDA is constantly improving the efficiency of their IT, using analytics leveraging SAP® BusinessObjects™ and SAP HANA®.

In the past year, the FDA has put in place a process to migrate FDA centers and offices to HANA and the new business intelligence suite. The FDA also implemented a robust monitoring and auditing tool to help in the impact analysis, establish a chargeback model, and have an overall control of the business intelligence landscape. The migration to HANA also improved performance, metadata monitoring, and accessing data from multiple data sources with one user interface. HANA also enabled the FDA to gain efficiency by automating workflows, eradicating many hours of manual work.

The FDA established an enterprise model that charges various centers based on their application usage, document usage, memory usage, and based on development resources used to create and maintain reports.

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is currently piloting SAP’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) and text analytics tools to help reviewers analyze laboratory results and narratives from thousands of clinical trials in the pre-market stage. Once in production, this solution is expected to not only help the FDA approve drugs much faster, thus saving lives, but also help the health care industry save a lot of money.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Automated workflows

  • Access to data from multiple data sources

  • Streamlining business operations through the organization of data and reports

How the FDA Reduced the Cost and Enhanced the Performance of SAP BusinessObjects

The FDA is constantly improving the efficiency of their IT, using analytics leveraging SAP® BusinessObjects™ and SAP HANA®.

In the past year, the FDA has put in place a process to migrate FDA centers and offices to HANA and the new business intelligence suite. The FDA also implemented a robust monitoring and auditing tool to help in the impact analysis, establish a chargeback model, and have an overall control of the business intelligence landscape. The migration to HANA also improved performance, metadata monitoring, and accessing data from multiple data sources with one user interface. HANA also enabled the FDA to gain efficiency by automating workflows, eradicating many hours of manual work.

The FDA established an enterprise model that charges various centers based on their application usage, document usage, memory usage, and based on development resources used to create and maintain reports.

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is currently piloting SAP’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) and text analytics tools to help reviewers analyze laboratory results and narratives from thousands of clinical trials in the pre-market stage. Once in production, this solution is expected to not only help the FDA approve drugs much faster, thus saving lives, but also help the health care industry save a lot of money.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Automated workflows

  • Access to data from multiple data sources

  • Streamlining business operations through the organization of data and reports

Self-Service Analytics Using an App Developer with Lumira Designer

Our users were complaining about not having easy access to data, not understanding what metrics to use, and people were showing up at meetings with two sets of numbers even when coming out of the same data sources, resulting in frustration, low usage, and lots of Excel reporting from data downloaded from SAP BW/4HANA.

In an effort to enable users to have easier access to data and empower them to analyze data in order to make better decisions, we created an SAP Lumira® designer application that leverages existing BW COPA data model and provides guided analysis but also user-detailed reporting.

This project was co-developed by IT and business users and focused on ease of use, standardized-metrics definitions, support, and change management. We would like to show you what problems we were facing, how we went about solving, what was the product we developed, how did we deploy and managed change, and the feedback after almost a year of usage.

Key Business Benefits: 


  • Easier access to data

  • Standardized metrics with definitions and owners

  • Faster turnaround time to answer business questions with data

Panel Discussion: The Future of Business Intelligence

In this session, we will discuss the future of business intelligence with an open Q&A. Learn about the hybrid landscape, integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and creating the strategy of the future for your organization, including how to develop the right team and prepare your career for what’s next. Key learning points include:


  • New hybrid landscape of on-premise and cloud-based business intelligence tools (SAP® BusinessObjects™, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira®, SAP BW, etc.)

  • Integration of machine learning/artificial intelligence

  • Data science as a core business intelligence practice

  • Future of business intelligence teams

  • Preparing your career for the future


Key Business Benefits:

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

  • Build the right business intelligence team for the future.

  • Participate in a Q&A and learn about the new hybrid landscape.

SAP BW/4HANA: Overview and Roadmap

A central data warehouse, as the "single point of truth," will continue to be the trusted source for any kind of analysis for our customers. Join this session to get the latest information on SAP BW/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation data warehouse, including:


  • Further simplification

  • Flexible integration with data lakes via the SAP Data Hub

  • A new concept of data aging via data transfer object

  • New, modern user interfaces for modeling and administration


In addition, the SAP BW/4HANA future road map will be provided, including plans for a data warehousing as a service (DWaaS) offering.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Simplify the provisioning of timely business insights.

  • Capitalize on the full value of all your data.

  • Innovate with one trusted source for all insights.

Seamless User Experience via Integrated Application Reporting Using RESTful

Wondering how to service easy analytics delivery of SAP® BusinessObjects™ content to thousands of users in a highly secure and standardized application environment?

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) has developed a common RESTful service for reporting, which provides a modern, secure, and seamless user experience embedded within an approved, standardized, and accessible “look and feel” for the Canadian government.

TBS uses custom single sign-on (SSO) authentication and a common RESTful framework to manage a diverse set of line-of-business .net applications that serve upwards of 200,000 users across various federal departments and which integrate with an SAP® BusinessObjects™ platform for centralized reporting.

Explore this framework for extending your SAP® BusinessObjects™ platform and get a code-level walk-through of how to use the SAP-supported RESTful services to connect to SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence content and execute SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® and SAP® Crystal Reports® content within your custom in-house and OEM applications.

This session is aimed at an intermediate user who has knowledge of the SAP Analytics platforms and a general understanding of custom application development.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Improved user experience through embedded report in application

  • Securing report access through nonSAP authentication services

  • Reusable RESTful API to easily integrate the reports with the application

How Lockheed Martin Reduced Cost, Increased Automation, and Improved Visibility for Self-Service Reporting

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (MFC) have been working through many large-scale challenges over the past year:


  • How to improve self-service reporting when we couldn’t tell how the content built today was being utilized, who were primary users, or how scheduling was affecting the system, etc.?

  • How can we automate some of the complex scheduling or bursting needs of our manufacturing users?

  • How can we leverage automation to do more with less and reduce the overall cost of managing SAP® BusinessObjects™?


We will discuss these and more around how we are successfully improving our ability to gain user adoption and scale the use of SAP® BusinessObjects™ in our company.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Improve automation to improve work balance for administrators and power users

  • Improved visibility over our business intelligence landscape to help shepherd many projects to quick completion and executive reporting

  • Improved our environment and management of self-service business intelligence

How Lockheed Martin Reduced Cost, Increased Automation, and Improved Visibility for Self-Service Reporting

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (MFC) have been working through many large-scale challenges over the past year:


  • How to improve self-service reporting when we couldn’t tell how the content built today was being utilized, who were primary users, or how scheduling was affecting the system, etc.?

  • How can we automate some of the complex scheduling or bursting needs of our manufacturing users?

  • How can we leverage automation to do more with less and reduce the overall cost of managing SAP® BusinessObjects™?


We will discuss these and more around how we are successfully improving our ability to gain user adoption and scale the use of SAP® BusinessObjects™ in our company.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Improve automation to improve work balance for administrators and power users

  • Improved visibility over our business intelligence landscape to help shepherd many projects to quick completion and executive reporting

  • Improved our environment and management of self-service business intelligence

Implementing SAP Analytics Cloud at Andeavor: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s next-generation cloud-based planning product. Because new features are being released bi-weekly, the past year has been incredible in terms of adding functionalities around planning, visualizations, and data integrations.

Business planners from all business functions are starting to investigate SAP Analytics Cloud as a solution for planning and analytics, and we’re here to discuss what it’s like to implement the solution.

We’ll talk about the history of Andeavor’s implementation, discussing licensing, data connections, and how to get dashboards built within the first week of having your SAP Analytics Cloud environment.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Learn about SAP Analytics Cloud implementations.

  • Learn about SAP Analytics Cloud business benefits.

  • Hear the history of a real-world implementation.

SAP BW/4HANA: Overview and Roadmap

A central data warehouse, as the "single point of truth," will continue to be the trusted source for any kind of analysis for our customers. Join this session to get the latest information on SAP BW/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation data warehouse, including:


  • Further simplification

  • Flexible integration with data lakes via the SAP Data Hub

  • A new concept of data aging via data transfer object

  • New, modern user interfaces for modeling and administration


In addition, the SAP BW/4HANA future road map will be provided, including plans for a data warehousing as a service (DWaaS) offering.

Key Business Benefits:

  • Simplify the provisioning of timely business insights.

  • Capitalize on the full value of all your data.

  • Innovate with one trusted source for all insights.

Making the Right Connections with SAP Analytics Cloud

When beginning the journey into SAP Analytics Cloud, it is critical to know what data connection options are available. SAP Analytics Cloud provides live data connections natively to several SAP data sources, as well as import connections to a variety of on-premise data sources, but will these connections provide access to all the data you need to build your SAP Analytics Cloud stories?

In this session, we will explore the differences between the acquired data and live data connectivity options included with the cloud, look at the APOS Live Data Gateway for expanded data connectivity options, and consider factors for defining which data connection approach will work best for your organization’s deployment scenario. Connectrac will share their experiences of implementing SAP Analytics Cloud and how they use the APOS Live Data Gateway solution to meet their data connectivity needs. We will demonstrate how the APOS Live Data Gateway provides a unified semantic layer for SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira®, and SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office, and how this solution can be used to provide expanded data connectivity options.

Key Business Benefits:


  • Understand the data connectivity options available to you.

  • Assess the types of data connections available and decision factors for your organization's needs.

  • Learn how to simplify and streamline your adoption of SAP Analytics Cloud by leveraging your existing data sources.