Archive for the ‘SAP BI 4.0’ Category

Aug
25

Alert: New Startup BI Brainz Launches ‘Analytics on Fire’ Community to Replace EverythingXcelsius.com

Atlanta-based startup, BI Brainz, announced today that it has replaced its popular blog, EverythingXcelsius.com and the ‘Xcelsius Gurus’ network with ‘Analytics on Fire’. The new name will reflect the diverse interest of its growing audience, and showcase its new customer interview podcast.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

In 2008, Everything Xcelsius became the main community to learn about data visualization for SAP BusinessObjects customers. Since then, the business intelligence industry has dramatically changed. As such, Analytics on Fire is an evolutionary step for both new and existing members, and will serve as a community for enterprise customers who wish to share their analytics journey.

“The BI Brainz Analytics on Fire community will provide a unique opportunity for customers to get free training and deep insight into challenging enterprise topics such as increasing BI user adoption, creating a more visual culture and KPI utilization. We feel this will also better serve our over 10K followers.” – Mico Yuk, CEO, BI Brainz

 

Analytics on Fire

 

Visit BI Brainz Analytics on Fire Community at http://bibrainz.com/aof.

About BI Brainz

BI Brainz is a fast-growing team of business intelligence professionals with a keen eye for design. The company’s goal is to make big data more useful by developing beautifully designed applications that creates experiences users will love. The company provides innovative business intelligence solutions tailored to meet an organization’s needs, with a focus on increasing user adoption. To find out more about BI Brainz and the way it can help your company gain insight from big data, send an email to info(at)bibrainz(dot)com or visit http://bibrainz.com.

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the Chief Marketing Officer at BI Brainz and the new Analytics on Fire community Co-Founder. To find out more, please visit her about me page. 

Aug
26

Join Mico Yuk at the #MasteringSAP Business Analytics conference in Johannesburg, ZA

 

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Join Mico Yuk at the MasteringSAP Reporting & Analytics conference, September 9-11th, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This unique conference is aimed at business leaders who drive the need for reporting, along with IT executives and their BI teams.

The agenda is perfectly balanced to speak to business users as well as BI teams and is made up of local & international case studies – customers and users sharing stories that will help their peers to fast track initiatives and improve business processes. These are real business examples of people using their data assets to drive good analytics!

Mico MasteringSAP Johannesburg

Mico will share her incredible knowledge through keynote presentations and full-day deep-dive workshops, rated #1 and #2 by attendees:

  • Monday (9th) – Conference Day One
    • (09:00am) Opening Keynote: Top 5 BI Guerrilla Tactics to Overcome User Resistance!
    • (14:15pm) Learn Three Keys to Unlock Your Executive BI Chequebook
  • Wednesday (11th) – Workshops
    • (08:30am) BI Dashboard Formula
  • Registration:MagsteringSAP.co.za/bi

There is only 13 days left to register and places are limited so register online ASAP to reserve your seat, or contact The Eventful Group at +27 21 460 0434 to get registered!

If you can’t attend, Mico will also be tweeting & taking many pics, on twitter and instagram using #MasteringSAP hashtag!

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her about me page.

Aug
9

Update: Recording now available for #AllAccessAnalytics the ‘most important’ SAP Analytics Webinar of 2013

Update: Recording now available: allaccessanalytics.com

To Our Loyal Community:

It’s been a looong time coming folks, but myself and Ryan Goodman are hosting the 1st ever #AllAccessAnalytics webinar of 2013 with Steve Lucas, President of SAP Platforms. Join us as Steve introduces his ‘BOLD’ new SAP Analytics roadmap for the first time this year and provides insight into plans for the agile/visualization category, the upcoming BI4.1 migration website, and much more!

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As an added treat, Steve will also introduce the new faces of the SAP Analytics world! Special guests include:

  • 1. New Global VP of SAP Analytics
  • 2. New Global VP of SAP Big Data
  • 3. New Chief Customer Officer! Yes you read correctly

Webinar Information:

  • Registration Link: http://bit.ly/AAAShows
  • When: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
  • Time: 12pm EST to 1:30pm EST (Can’t attend? No worries, register to receive recording)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Though the name of this series has changed, the format has NOT! This is the only webcast for the community where you are 100% in control! Usual rules apply. SAP is not allowed to market, all questions are in scope = you get pure NO BS content!

Our record attendance numbers allow us to do these webinars for FREE, so please help us by spreading the word using the #AllAccessAnalytics hashtag on twitter, sharing via email, Facebook, LinkedIn or word of mouth!!

Be sure to enter your comments or questions during registration (those will be sent anonymously to SAP) and also be sure to show up early as we have 500 slots and average of 1,200+ registrants. Register here: http://bit.ly/AAAShows.

Mico Yuk is a SAP Mentor Alumni and SAP Analytics Influencer, founder of the Xcelsius Gurus Network, the Everything Xcelsius blog and BI Dashboard Formula. To and also  learn more about her, please visit her about page.

Jul
10

Join Mico Yuk for live Dashboard Training on the BIDF Tour – Europe

Join Mico Yuk as she takes the BI Dashboard Formula Tour to Europe in Zurich, Switzerland, September 19-20th during the BOAK 2013 conference.

This intensive, 100% brains-on workshop is intended to equip BI report and dashboard developers, business analysts and anyone else involved in the planning, scoping and prototyping of BI Dashboards, for the ‘Next Wave’ of BI!

BIDF BOAK 2013

Mico will be teaching the following 3 modules from the BI Dashboard Formula:

  • Module 1- Planning: Learn how to identify gaps in project resource, the business goals and alignment up front, to avoid any pitfalls later on in the process
  • Module 2- Dashboard Scoping: Strop struggling with the business users to generate KPIs. Learn how to use our #1 rated BIDF Blueprint to work with your users, and let it do the work for you!
  • Module 3- Dashboard Storyboarding/Prototyping: Learn how to use our unique BIDF storyboarding method with your business users to create state of the art ‘high end’ analytics for your users. Create the WOW factor every time!

On day 2, get 100% hands-on BI4.0 SAP Dashboards Technical Training by IT Logix BI Guru, Raphael Branger.

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Early Bird registration is ending soon! So don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from one of the Top BI Dashboarding Gurus in the world!

Registration includes exclusive bonuses ($975 value) such as:

  • Hotel Stay + Lunch
  • Exclusive BIDF 3.0 USB with all class materials, templates, exercises + goodies
  • 30-day access to our BIDF 2.0 online Members Portal

 

 Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her about me page.

Jan
31

[FREE Webinar]: Learn One Shocking New Way to Increase BI User Adoption

Join Mico Yuk (@micoyuk) again for another ‘eye opening’ webinar, guaranteed to save you time and money on your BI projects.

REALITY… Regardless of how hard you work on your BI project, the success of the project will be determined by one single KPI?

USER ADOPTION…

Studies have shown that BI user adoption rates for 2013 are at an all time low: 15 – 20% for most organizations. This means that 75% or 3 out 4 of your business users will never use your BI solution, regardless of how great it is, unless of course…

You learn to use her one secret technique!

This new, but effective method of launching your BI project will make all the difference in the world to your business users.

In 60 minutes you can expect to experience:

  1. Fun – guaranteed… it’s far from the typical boring IT stuff
  2. Easy – chances are you’ll enjoy it so much it won’t feel like work
  3. Cheap – approximately 3-5% of the average BI project cost
  4. Results? – your business users won’t be able to wait to try your BI product! Your team will leave feeling appreciated and ready to for the next challenge!

She has never shared this before, so you’ll simply have to attend to see what it is and how it’s done.

Register for another Special FREE Webinar today!
Date & Time: Thursday, Feb 7th, 12:00-1:00 pm EST

(Space is limited to first 500 registrants, on average we get about 1K. Recording available for those who register, but can’t attend.)

Don’t miss out! This fun ‘eye opening’ webinar is guaranteed to give you a different perspective on how to successfully approach your BI projects in 2013.

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her aboutme page.

P.S. – Registration for the BI Dashboard Formula will shut down in 7 days! Don’t wait… Register Today!

 

Jan
24

Webinar Recording: Learn 5 Easy to Implement 2013 BI Dashboarding Strategies

Hi Everyone,

We would like to say thanks to everyone that registered for the webinar last week Thursday with Mico Yuk. As promised the recording and slides are available for  those who couldn’t attend.

To watch the recording and slides, just sign up for FREE access to our BIDF Members Portal (no cc requ).

Signing up for the portal, gives you access to lots of free resources, including: presentations, webinar, templates, and much more!

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There were also many questions asked that Mico could not answer during the webinar, so below the video are her top 5 questions with answers.

Don’t miss out out! Click here to view the recording now!

P.S. - Tomorrow is the last day to use the ‘micobuddy’ coupon to save 10% on your BIDF 2.0 Registration. Class is almost full. Click here to Register now!

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her aboutme page.

Dec
13

ALERT: Must Attend #AllAccessSAP Xcelsius SOD Followup & SAP BI Roadmap

A few weeks ago we asked customers to let us know what they wanted to discuss and who they wanted to hear from as a part of our BI Dashboard Formula product ‘Get your BI Dashboard Project on Track in 2013’ campaign: http://bit.ly/TQYn1V

Receiving an astonishing 2K+ votes, we made this the last AllAccessSAP webinar of 2012! For the first time ever we’ve gathered all three of the SAP BI Product Managers in one place to have a NO BS discussion covering the most voted on topics from the survey.

SUPERSTAR CAST:

  • Webinar Hosts: Mico Yuk, Ryan Goodman
  • SAP BI Product Managers: Ian Mayor (SAP Dashboards, Design Studio), Mani Srinivas (Visual Intelligence, Explorer), and Charles Gadalla (Predictive Analysis)
  • Special Guests: Check in with SAP community members around the world on the state of their BI!

WEBINAR AGENDA (120 minutes):

  • 30 mins – Introductions and SAP BI Product Managers presentation answering your initial registration questions
  • 30 mins – Live questions from chat and twitter #AllAccessSAP hash tag
  • 30 mins – Open discussion led by hosts
  • 30 mins – Check in from special guests and global customers on their state of BI

MOST VOTED TOPICS:

  • Update on Xcelsius Statement of Direction (convergence with Design Studio)
  • Xcelsius HTML5 the right route?
  • Understand the Visual Intelligence/Explorer roadmap
  • Who should use Predictive Analysis

WEBINAR DETAILS:

  • Registration Link: http://bit.ly/TQYn1V
  • When: Friday, December 14, 2012
  • Time: 9am EST to 11am EST

END GOAL: Provide clear unbiased answers on these ‘touchy’ subjects so that you can enter 2013 with a clear roadmap on what is best for your organization.

The #AllAccessSAP webinars are famous for producing breaking news and having quite an engaging audience discussion. Join us!

Not able to attend the live session? No worries… Register to receive the recording!

Mico Yuk is a SAP Mentor Alumni and BI Influencer, co-founder of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence and founder of the Xcelsius Gurus Network, the Everything Xcelsius blog and BI Dashboard Formula. To learn more about her, please visit her about page.

Sep
19

Free XWIS test-drive coming to a city near You!

During my keynote at the recent “Mastering SAP BusinessObjects” conference in Melbourne, Australia I said “in order to make Xcelsius or SAP Dashboards enterprise ready you need XWIS from Antivia.” I said this because Antivia’s XWIS closes five key gaps in Xcelsius / SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards functionality which are fundamental to enterprise dashboard success:

  1. Reduced complexity
  2. Design productivity
  3. Dashboard performance
  4. End-user functionality
  5. Mobile delivery

Just as WebIntelligence makes it easy to manage multi-dimensional data with its micro-cube, so XWIS brings similar in-dashboard OLAP capabilities to Xcelsius development. This reduces dashboard complexity by avoiding the need to create multiple connections to the server for different slices of data and by eliminating the formulas required to knit these slices of data together in the spreadsheet. Less complexity means you’ll achieve a significant increase in design productivity (meaning more dashboards, developed more quickly) and at the same time you’ll see a dramatic improvement in dashboard performance (both initial load and click-to-click). XWIS also enables the out-of-the-box addition of key end-user functionality such as drill-down, drill-across and “slice and dice”. And to top it off, all this is available both off-line and on tablet devices. But, I want you to see this for yourself … so, I’d encourage you to get along to one of the hands-on XWIS test-drives that Antivia is planning, this fall. By taking a test-drive, you will see all of these capabilities in action as you build your own interactive, connected dashboard, from scratch, against a significant dataset, within minutes, using XWIS.

Antivia is running test-drives in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and New York during the first week of October.  My good friend Donald MacCormick (a key-player in the acquisition of Xcelsius by Business Objects and one of the guest speakers I hand-picked for my BI Dashboard Formula) is hosting each test-drive. Given the interactive nature of these events, space is limited, so I would urge you to register for an XWIS test-drive today.

Mico Yuk is a SAP Mentor and BI Influencer, co-founder of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence and founder of the Xcelsius Gurus Network, the Everything Xcelsius blog. To learn more about her, please visit her about page.

Jul
6

7/10 Webinar: Learn Key Tips and Tricks on HOW to PLAN your dashboards!!

On July 10th at 10am PST / 1pm EST, Mico Yuk will be joining forces with the BusinessObjects Experts site to give you a sneak peek into Module 1 of her almost sold out BI Dashboard Formula - a simple and proven 7-step process used to implement 100′s of dashboards successfully worldwide by the Gurus (discounted registration ends July 30th if space is available).

During this 60-minute webinar you will learn to:

  1. Identify the key steps to starting a successful dashboard project using her Planning Guide (FREE Gift to you)
  2. Learn important tips on how to handle key players in the early stage and extract the most important KPI”s, all during the planning process
  3. Understand what exact resources are needed and how to plan up front before starting the dashboard scoping process

Please bring your questions for Mico, as there will be a 15 minute Q&A after the presentation.

Don’t wait… here is how you can sign up:

(space is limited as we are not hosting it ourselves, and the recording will be available ONLY to those who register for the webinar)

  • Where: Click here to Register Now (or cut and past this link into your browser - http://bit.ly/LtwwQP)
  • When: July 10, 2012 at 10am PST / 1pm EST
  • To Preprare: Visit the BI Dashboard Formula website to sign up for your Mico’s FREE planning guide (the one that she will be using during the webinar)

See you there!

Soo Tang Yuk (@sootangyuk) is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more, please visit her about me page.

Apr
17

Alert: Most Important Xcelsius Webinar of 2012

Hi Our Loyal Followers,

If you have used, invested or are curious about the Xcelsius software, this may the be most important email you will read in 2012!  It’s been a LOOONGG, SLOW year in the Xcelsius world, but I’m sure most of you have seen or heard the buzz about the upcoming “All Access Xcelsius” Webinar tomorrow (4/18/12) at 10am PST/ 1p EST that I will be hosting along with the SAP BI Team.

If you recall, SAP promised to give us the long awaited ‘Xcelsius Statement of Direction’ back in Jan of 2012. To date we have seen NULL.  This call is to follow up on that request and get your future of Xcelsius questions answered.

Besides the NO BS or Marketing theme (had to make SAP promise), there are a number of reasons why you need to attend:

  1. UPDATE: The Xcelsius Statement of Direction (SOD) has been delivered! Read it here: http://bit.ly/HUkPqW / or if behind a firewall, try here: http://bit.ly/HUmfli
  2. NEW Call Format - Unlike traditional webinars, where SAP typically whips out a PPT for 45 mins, tells you all the good things they hope to come and then leave 10 mins for questions, we will have 15 mins of PPT and 40 mins of questions. Expect most of the questions entered in the registration form to be answered at this time. We will also be taking questions via Twitter and monitoring the Hashtags #AllAccessSAP or #XcelsiusSOD.
  3. Panel.. the whole  SAP BI team! - This usually exists at conferences, and to be honest as the registration numbers started increasing to alarming heights SAP just kept adding team members. GO COMMUNITY. Let’s keep them on their toes!  Guess no one wants to be the naked emperor.
  4. Live Polls – During the call we want to give SAP as much feedback as possible, so we will be hosting a few live polls on the call and showing the results in real time.
  5. Post Surveys – It is also critical that you fill out the post webinar survey that will feature some questions that SAP needs to gain feedback on to ensure that we continue to gain updates. Snuck into there, we will also ask what you would like to see happen with EverythingXcelsius.com in 2012. :-)
  6. Continuity.. Lets do it again! - Now note, because of the overwhelming response SAP is already considering doing this same kind of No BS webinar for other areas and tools such as WebI etc. Please be sure again to fill out the post survey if you want this repeated.
  7. Three Xcelsius Book Giveaways – As a thank you for your support our friends at SAP Press provided 3 of the NEW Creating Dashboards with SAP BusinessObjects (2nd ed.) books to raffle on the call.  You Must be present to WIN. I personally wrote the foreword for this book and it is the only book that will give you clear guidance on how to use Xcelsius in an Enterprise environment. Don’t miss out!

Registration Link: You can register using this link: http://bit.ly/XcelsiusSOD. Even if you can’t make the actual webinar, we encourage you to sign up to receive the recording afterwards.

Now to the NO BS Clang… Joining us from SAP will be:

  • Mani Gill – VP, Business Intelligence Solution Management, SAP
  • Ty Miller – Senior Director, Solution Management, SAP
  • Jason Rose – VP, BI Solution Marketing (but he is hanging up his marketing hat for this webinar)
  • Ian Mayor – Director, BI Solution Management, SAP
  • Scott Leaver – Director, BI Solution Management, SAP
  • Mani Srinivasan – Solution Manager, BI Solution Management, SAP (Explorer)

We asked the community to come out and support us, and the response is overwhelming! At 100 registrants per day globally, we have over 750+ registrants and counting.  As the global evangelist for this product, I  just want to say your response makes my 2nd (unpaid) job worth the while. THANK YOU! Don’t forget, even if you can’t make the webinar, still sign up to receive the recording afterwards: http://bit.ly/XcelsiusSOD.

PS – Sorry that I have not been blogging as much. It’s very challenging working a day job, dealing with SAP on the back end to keep things moving, being on twitter trying to gain real time responses, and blogging.  I do have lots to say and will work on getting this going soon.  Meanwhile I would appreciate if you could let me know what you want to see on EverythingXcelsius.com in 2012. Thanks!

Mico Yuk is a SAP Mentor and Influencer, founder of the Xcelsius Gurus Network, the Everything Xcelsius blog, and co-founder of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence. To learn more about her, please visit her about page.