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Jun
25

Learn ‘Big Data Visualization Storyboarding and Wireframing Techniques’ like never before!

As you all know, we live in an era where ‘Big Data’ has indeed become an important core component in every industry. When data is used to its full potential, companies can maximize their marketability, generate more revenue, and even create disruptive innovation. However, to be effective, it is critical that the data be presented in a manner that users can easily analyze and interpret. Data visualization storyboarding and wireframing techniques are just some of the key strategies needed to start building effective visuals for your organization.

Join me this Thursday, June 26th at 12 pm EST, for BI Dashboard Mastery 2.0 and learn how to jumpstart that process, as I will teach the following key techniques:

  • The 2 most important steps you need to take to start your visual storytelling journey today. I’ll share two things that you can start doing immediately to jumpstart your data viz journey! It’s easier than you think :-)
  • The 4 most critical sections that all successful BI Storyboards must have, but 80% of users don’t even know exist! Yes that is correct! You will learn about the 4 key areas that we include on all 400+ dashboards that we have built, and how to start using them!
  • Which free tool you should be using to build your dashboard wireframe to make the process painless! There are over 40 in the market… we will show you our top 3. Remove the guesswork!
  • How to easily create dashboard wireframes that will WOW your users and gain sign off 80% faster. No more struggling through design discussions. No need for a designer. This one tip alone we’re told is worth the entire course!

PLUS!

You get the chance to instantly download some BIDF wireframe templates to use immediately!

Webinar information:

  • When: Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • Time: 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm CET
  • Register now: http://bit.ly/QbQh3R

Our last two BI Dashboard Mastery workshops had well over 1200 registrants, so don’t wait last minute to claim your spot!

BIDF Webinar #2 Click here now

Mico Yuk, Founder, BIDashboardFormula.com | Author, Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley, 2013) | BI Coach | Global Keynote Speaker| Top Analytics Blogger (2012) | Co-Founder, ‘Xcelsius Gurus’ Network & EverythingXcelsius.com. To find out more about Mico, visit http://micoyuk.com

Apr
16

[Free Workshop] How many of these 5 common mistakes are you making with your Dashboards?

Here’s the reality guys, 8 years, 500+ dashboards and 5K+ students later, I’ve finally been able to put my fingers on which mistakes 98% of people make when working with users to create their dashboards. About 3 weeks ago, I taught my highly rated session: Mastering the Art of Dashboard Requirements Gathering and Prototyping, at BI2014. As usual, the time allotted for the session wasn’t enough and I had to skip revealing these 5 common mistakes. However, on April 30th, during a Free 2-hour live online event: BI Dashboard Mastery 1.0 I will complete my BI2014 session by revealing this 5 common mistakes.

 

BI Dashboard Mastery Webinar

 

What will be covered during the workshop:

1) The 3 most important tweaks you should be making to your BI Dashboards in 2014.
2) Why focusing only on these four key aspects of your KPI’s will determine whether or not your project is successful.
3) The 7 most important questions to ask your users to derive ‘intelligent’ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
4) Why gathering these three types of requirements in the order we teach how you can reduce your scope by over 50% while still increasing our user adoption rates
5) How to easily create a dashboard wireframe that will WOW your users and gain sign off 80% faster. We’ll show you the free tools to use to make this process painless.

Reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/QbQh3R. (Recording available for those who register)

I will also be demoing one of my ‘Cheat Sheets’ and making a long awaited announcement! See you there!

Mico Yuk, Founder, BIDashboardFormula.com | Author, Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley, 2013) | BI Coach | Global Keynote Speaker| Top Analytics Blogger (2012) | Co-Founder, ‘Xcelsius Gurus’ Network & EverythingXcelsius.com. To find out more about Mico, visit http://micoyuk.com.

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.

Mar
4

Vlog: Join me at BI2013 in Las Vegas, March 19-22

I’m so excited to be attending BI2013 in Las Vegas, March 19-22.  I’ll be presenting 3 sessions, two of which are new (watch video to find out!).

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If you are having trouble viewing the video, please click the direct link: http://goo.gl/Jnp5y.

To view more details about my sessions, please click here: http://bit.ly/ZhCNan. If you can’t attend, I will also be tweeting & taking many pics, on twitter and instagram using #BI2013 hashtag! Hope to see all of you there!

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

Dec
31

Recording: #AllAccessSAP Xcelsius SOD Update & 2013 SAP BI Roadmap & Stats!

Happy New Years!

We first want to say thanks for attending our final #AllAccessSAP webinar of 2012. Unlike our past webinars, we did something a bit different this time.  We issued a survey to our audience asking them ‘What’ they wanted to hear about and from ‘Who’.  We were astonished to receive over 2,200+ votes (see details below).

SURVEY: Pre-Webinar Results (2,200+ Votes) revealed…

  1. WHAT – 49% of you wanted to hear about the Xcelsius SOD Future,  SAP Tool Choices and Dashboard Mobility
  2. WHO – 78% of you wanted to hear it from Mico Yuk (myself), Ryan Goomdan, SAP Analytics Product Team


STATS: 4 Amazing Webinar Facts

  1. Registration soared to almost 500+ registrants! (20+ countries)
  2. 3 Superstar SAP Analytics Product Managers as panelist, namely Mani Srinivasan, Charles Gadalla and Ian Mayor who all did an AMAZING job answering questions!  Big thanks to them for participating and making this a success. :-) (special thanks to Mani and James Fisher for organizing)
  3. Great Blog ResponseRead an exciting recap from SAP Mentor Zimkitha Buwa
  4. In less than 2 hours  - 529 tweets on our twitter hashtag #AllAccessSAP  from over 71 contributors (special thanks to everyone that participated in making this webinar go viral!)


RECORDING: Xcelsius SOD Update + Clarity on Visual Intelligence & Predictive Analysis (60 mins of No BS)

NOTE: This webinar was 120 minutes long but due to issues with gotowebinar we only were able to post the first 60 minutes. This unfortunately chopped off the ending where we had BI Community members check in from over 5 different countries including the Middle East, South America, USA, Canada, and Australia.  What a great way to end the year! Sit back, relax and listen….

If you are having trouble viewing the video, please click the direct link: http://bit.ly/Uhalm2

What’s Next?

As we enter 2013 we are planning to do these webinars on a quarterly basis, and also rebrand it to be part of our new BI Community by Jan 31st 2013.  So stay tuned! We look forward to bringing you more good info!

Mico Yuk is a SAP Mentor Alumni and SAP 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.

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.

Jun
21

Mico’s 2012 Conference Dates.. Hope to see you!

Hi Everyone,

I know, I know, I am officially horrible at blogging! Hey, hopefully the #AllAcessSAP Xcelsius webinar made up for that. Thanks for showing up BTW. The attendance numbers and feedback was out the roof!

I somehow managed to stay home for most of this year, minus SAPPHIRENOW (in May) and then last week in Milan for BI2012, but that has ended.

So, it’s time for me to post my 2012 global conference schedule in hopes that I will meet some of you again, as that is truly the highlight of these conferences for me.

Me with my BI Buddy from Israel, Shlomi Weiss

My 90% confirmed calendar below:

Tentative

Yes, so clearly I WON’T be home for the fall again.

Again, let me know if I’ll be seeing you.

P.S. – I did start a new Youtube Channel recently so I could keep in touch another way. Slow start… but check it out, give me your feedback and subscribe!! You can also follow me on Instagram: MicoYuk

Cheers,

Mico

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.

Apr
23

Recording and Book Giveaway: Most Important Xcelsius Webinar of 2012

Hi Everyone,

We first want to say thanks for attending the Most Important Xcelsius Webinar of 2012! Consider  this to be one of three upcoming blog posts discussing the details of the webinar. Please be sure to read it all the way through before previewing the video to view some great outcomes from the webinar.  Enjoy!

10 Amazing Webinar Facts

  1. Registration soared to a record 1086! (30+ countries)
  2. 64% show up rate with over 700+ attendees
  3. 400+ Questions received
  4. 96% Attendee approval rate from feedback survey!
  5. 500+ tweets on our twitter hashtags #AllAccessSAP and #XcelsiusSOD reflected the traffic of a mini conference (and still going BTW)!
  6. 48% of the customers on the call had both SAP BW and Business Objects when polled
  7. 82% of the attendees had no idea what SAP Zen was (though Zen reflected 30% of the questions asked and is the next most requested AllAccessSAP Webinar)
  8. #SAPZen twitter hashtag has been bred into life!
  9. SAP BI Commnity Response was historical and overwhelming! To date we have 7 blog posts, 1 podcast and 1 semantic analysis and counting…
  10. 6 Amazing SAP BI panelist, namely Mani Gill, Ty Miller, Jason Rose, Ian Mayor, Scott Leaver and Mani Srinivasan did an AMAZING job answering questions!  Big thanks to them for participating and making this a success. :-)

Anticipated Xcelsius Book Giveaways!

You couldn’t possibly think that we forgot the BOOK GIVEAWAY from our friends at SAP Press?!  CONGRATS to our winners (check your emails for more details).

  • Winner #1 – Marc Teixido Ibarz (SP)
  • Winner #2 – Ruby Norley (US)
  • Winner #3 – Bala Seetharaman (IN)

I wrote the foreword for this book and can personally recommend that you buy it now, especially if BI4 is on your plate.  Electronic versions available for non US folks too!

AllAccess SAP Xcelsius Webinar Recording (60 mins of No BS)

Sit back and turn up the volume…

If you are having trouble viewing the video, please click the direct link: http://youtu.be/vMVnBnr0PHY

Useful Links & SAP BI Community Webinar Responses

Additional Responses from the Community post this blog:

Our Fav Tweets – Share the Community Passion!

What’s Next?

I will follow up with 2 more blog posts in the next week. One that seeks to get even deeper answers from SAP on the most pressing questions not covered in the webinar. My 2nd blog post will focus on my thoughts on the Xcelsius SOD and what it means for SAP customers and their existing and future dashboards.

Your Feedback is Required

We want to hear from you! Do post your comments below or on twitter using our hashtags #AllAccessSAP and #XcelsiusSOD to keep the conversation going. Remember big brother is reading. :)

Mico Yuk is a SAP Mentor and SAP 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.

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.