ASUG SBOUC Must Attend Xcelsius Sessions

Hi Folks,

Quick blog post, live from Orlando, while we’re getting ready for the ASUG BusinessObjects conference, which starts tomorrow!

I finally got the chance to put my agenda together and below are a list of sessions (sorted by day) that are must attend for all fellow Xcelsius gazelles.  (NOTE: Items highlighted in BLUE are extra sessions that I think every Xcelsius fan should attend.)

Tuesday, Oct 5th, 2010

  1. 9:15 AM-10:15 AM: Getting Smart with Xcelsius (Mark Hudson from Antivia.com)
  2. 10:30 AM-11:30 AM: Xcelsius + Google Maps + 15 Minutes: A Coding Must-See (Ryan Goodman from Centigon Solutions)
  3. 10:30 AM-11:30 AM: Dashboarding: Modular vs. Composite vs. Custom (Matt Hawkins from Kingfisher)
  4. 1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Ten Key Xcelsius Dashboard Design Patterns (Loren Abdulezer author Xcelsius 2008)
  5. 2:45 PM-3:45 PM: Best Xcelsius Business Dashboards – Case Studies (Paul Grill from Infosol)
  6. 4:00 PM-5:00 PM: Influence Council – Dashboarding and Visualization (Scott Leaver from SAP|Bruce Novell chair of Influence Council)
  7. 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Xcelsius Reception (RSVP Required)

Wednesday, Oct 6th, 2010

  1. 10:30 AM-11:30 AM Taking BI Mobile (Emily Mui from SAP Xcelsius Team)
  2. 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Best Practices for BI Success (Cindi Howson, reknownd BI Author)
  3. 2:45 PM-3:45 PM Visualization for Experts (Donald MacCormick from Antivia)
  4. 2:45 PM-3:45 PM Introducing SAP Crystal Solutions (Blair Wheadon SAP Crystal Team)
  5. 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Jason Rose and George Mathew present “The Future of SAP BusinessObjects Analytics”
  6. 5:45 PM-6:00 PM Are Dashboards the right choice for your organization? – Dashboarding SIG Members

Thursday, Oct 7th, 2010

  1. 8:00 AM-9:00 AM True Confessions of an Xcelsius Guru (Scott Strool from Everything Xcelsius / Benchmarkers Business Intelligence)
  2. 9:15 AM-10:15 AM Tour of SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise XI 4.0 (Coy Yonce, Crystal Report Product Manager)
  3. 11:45 AM-12:45 PM Dashboard Design 2011 (Xcelsius) Release New Features (David Dalley |Donna Dong)

There are a ton of other exciting sessions not mentioned here, but at least this will give the Xcelsius folks a head start. See you there!

Mico Yuk is a 2010 SAP Mentor and the founder of the Xcelsius Guru Network and the Everything Xcelsius blog. To learn more about her, please visit our About Us page.

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4 Responses to “ASUG SBOUC Must Attend Xcelsius Sessions”

  1. Chris says:

    I attened a lot of these sessons and was really disapointed. Not really a lot of ‘new’ or ‘unique’ offerings. And there were serious time managment issues with some of the speakers. I attended a class on dealing with the performance demons of Xcelsius. It was an hour class, and over half was spent on the definition of a dashboard. I get that’s important to someone new to the product, but there was a sesson on that the day before. This sesson ran over and did not really teach anything. Sadly, this is how I felt about most of the sessons I attened. Epic fail will not attend again.

  2. Mico Yuk says:


    Thanks for the honest feedback on the Xcelsius sessions. Sorry that your experience was below par. I am not a part of the ASUG team who works on the sessions but I know the folks who are and will forward this to them.

    I think they rated the sessions as B=Beginner A=Advanced etc to try to avoid this. Did you see the same thing in many of the ‘Advanced’ and ‘Expert’ sessions as well?


  3. Chris says:

    My team split up our classes and we did take all levels. We’ve only been using Xcelsius for about 3 months now, so we though even beginner sessons might be helpful. But for me I took the following:
    1) Getting Smart with Xcelsius…. AKA cool stuff you can do with our expensive add in. We thought this was useful, but at $38k outside our budget … besides when BO 4.0 rolls out we won’t need the add it.
    2)Getting In Context with formulas and Functions. I learned something here, but it could have been an email that said “Hey, if you didn’t know about ‘in’ and ‘for each’ you can use them. Good info, just not an hrs worth
    3)Live Office 2.0 to 3.1…..I can sum this up as “Hey remember this problem you had in 2.0? You shouldn’t have it in 3.1″ I was hoping for a little more substance then SAP Doccumentation.
    4) Linking Xcelsius to Web Intlligence and Crystal Reports. “Do you know how to use OpenDocc?” I hope so, becuase during this limited hands on opertunity (10 minutes at the end of an hr sesson) the syntax will not be fully explained, and no one in the session will get it done. (Thankfully, I do know how to write an OpenDocc call)
    5) Web Intelligence Filters Functions and Variables. Maybe it’s because I’ve had a past life as a programmer, but this was way to remedial
    6) Dashboard Usability and Best Pratices. Good session. Great examples and insight…. It’s just I already have built some of Few’s ideas into my design.
    7) Taking BI Mobile… I did enjoy this offering and learned something new.

    8)Visualization for Experts. BUY MY STUFF!!!! Um, no thank you. This was a bias Stephen Few bashing. An Ipod is not a dashboard. That would be like comparing Highlight’s for Kids to David Coperfield because they both have words printed on paper. He did show some really cool things you can do with Xcelsius, for example your coffee visualization. (Cool look, GREAT topic!) But I would not consider it a Dashboard, but a visual represnetation of data. Please do not take that the wrong way I really like what you were capiable of doing with Xcelsius, it’s just not the noun I would use.

    9-10) I took some Unverse building hands on. I previously had no universe building experience, we jsut wanted to have a second person on our team with the skill set and I chose the short straw. I would have like to have gotten more out of these, but the instructor moved at the pace of the whole class.

    11) Value Despite Imperfections: Conquering the Xcelsius Performance Demons. I’;ve expressed my feelings on this one.

    12) Dashboard Design 2011. I wish they showed more new and less repeat of the Tuesday Key Note Speaker. I am happy it will be Flash Builder 4 (no longer called Flex) based. But I want to know, will Graph Legends wrap to a second line? Or will they still fall off the sides of my graphic? And the good thing is, it justified us not buying Xwis.

  4. Mico Yuk says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the great feedback. I actually forwarded these comments to the folks who review and choose the sessions and they should be in touch with you. They are always seeking feedback on how to make things better. Sorry again this was a bum for you. Hopefully you at least got to the Xcelsius Reception and had some fun. :-)


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