Posts Tagged ‘Business Objects’

Apr
16

Saying Goodbye to EverythingXcelsius

Saying Good bye Ryan Goodman

I remember 7 years ago, getting a call from Mico with a vision to create a community around Xcelsius. From that one discussion EverythingXcelsius.com was born and we quickly learned one lesson.

“People make a Community, Not Technology.”

 

A group of passionate and highly intelligent professionals gravitated toward Xcelsius in 2004-2010 and the community that formed was something very special. Needless to say, riding the Xcelsius wave has been amazing. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many of you at various events around the world.

What I’m most excited about now is Mico’s vision for BI Brainz and the soon to be released new ‘Analytics on Fire‘ community.  Having once again and personally discussed with her over the last two years, it’s something that we feel will be very exciting.  As the market continues to rapidly evolve, the timing is perfect to take the existing Xcelsius community who are older, wiser and more diversified in technology knowledge into the next 7 years!

See you on the other side…. but first, since this my last EverythingXcelsius post, I put together my “Ultimate Top 3″ lists. Let’s go down memory lane!

My Top 3 EverythingXcelsius Posts

  1. My Take on Flash vs Few - The controversy around this post was just amazing
  2. Dashboards don’t kill Dashboard Projects, People Do!  - Ouch! Still holds true today.
  3. The Slow Death of a Gauge - This may be getting up there with pie charts.

 

My Top 3 Xcelsius Memories

  1. The look on customer’s faces when I could drag and drop a gauge or chart on a screen, wire it up to a simple slider and stick it in a power point within a couple minutes.
  2. Traveling the world in 2006-2007 evangelizing the possibilities of dashboard with Xcelsius and meeting hundreds of colleagues.
  3. The Xcelsius party that took over GBN conference in 2008 after SAP Acquired BusinessObjects

 

My Top 3 Areas of Focus Moving Forward

  1. Maps for Everyone - Through CMaps Analytics, I am focusing all of my energies to make geo-visualization and analytics available to everyone, everywhere in the enterprise.
  2. Indoor Analytics - With internet of things on the horizon, Indoor tracking is one of the next big data generators, so someone needs to figure out how to funnel this location data into useful information!
  3. Keeping up with the community - Though EverythingXcelsius as we know it is winding down, I am not going anywhere as BI Brainz picks up where EverythingXcelsius left off.

 

My Top 3 Dashboard/Visualization Tools for the Future

  1. Antivia DecisionPoint- I am seeing lots of Xcelsius users gravitate to DecisionPoint for Excel. These guys helped make Xcelsius enterprise ready with XWIS, and from my perspective built the successor to Xcelsius that SAP should have created.
  2. Tableau - In 2013 Tableau’s maturity as a visualization powerhouse took the BI industry by storm. It is not really a dashboard tool, but is best of breed for data exploration and what I use for my data exploration.
  3. D3 - This is more geeky and more about coding visualizations than rapid design, but D3JS.org is a visualization framework is very slick; it is also the foundation for several large software vendor visualization packages (including SAP).

Don’t forget to join us at the new Analytics on Fire community!

Ryan Goodman is the Founder of Centigon Solutions, an SAP® software solution partner that is strategically focused on developing add-on products for use with Xcelsius®. To learn more about him, please visit our new Gurus page.

May
22

Join Mico Yuk at #IBIS2014 in Carlsbad, CA on June 15 – 18!

Join Mico Yuk at IBIS 2014: Limitless BI 2.0 in Carlsbad, California, June 15-18, 2014. This premier SAP BusinessObjects conference offers 3 days of hands-on boot camps, seminars, workshops, and case studies on BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Xcelsius/Dashboards 4.x, Data Services, Crystal Reports, Migration, and much more.

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This year Mico is heading a half-day, interactive hands-on workshop, described as ‘eye-opening’, at the pre-seminar on Sunday afternoon focused on ‘intelligent’ BI dashboard design. This non-technical, three hour hands-on workshop will provide attendees with the foundation needed to make their analytics more impactful! Whether you are a beginner or a dashboard veteran, this fun filled workshop will take you through the fundamentals of dashboard design and then all the way into real world applications.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Fundamentals of Dashboard Design – Review of basic and advanced design principles
  • Data Viz Do’s and Don’ts – A clear look at the do’s and don’ts of dashboard design
  • Real World Applications – How to apply the principles of design to real world dashboards
  • Add Intelligence to your Dashboards – Tips and tricks to make your data visualizations more intelligence and impactful
  • Team Exercise: Do you see it? – Each team will be assigned a set of dashboards and asked to identify areas where improvements can be made to make it more intelligent and impactful.
  • Team Exercise: Can you apply it? – Each team is asked to then take their recommendations and apply it to one of the dashboards presented.
  • Open Q&A

Who should attend:

Attendees should have been exposed to, hosted, or participated in at least one full BI project before attending course. Newbies are welcome, but are warned to keep their seat belts on.

Important Information:

With less than 3 weeks left and limited space, don’t wait to register for this compelling learning experience in designing effective BI dashboards and data visualizations.

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

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.

Sep
23

Webinar Alert: Collaborative design is the key to great interactive end-user BI

Webinar- Collaborative Design

Interactive Business Intelligence is all about delivering information in a way that end-users can actually use. This means getting BI to speak the users’ language rather than following the failed ad-hoc BI mantra of trying to get end-users to adapt to generic BI tools.

The old phrase “users don’t know what they want until they see it” all too often becomes “users don’t know what they want until they use it”.

This is why involving end-users in the design process for interactive BI is essential. This is a key learning point from Mico Yuk’s BI Dashboard Formula (BIDF) and has been baked into Antivia’s new, next-generation BI design tool – XWIS DecisionPoint.

Mico and Donald

Join us on October 3rd to hear from Mico and Antivia’s Chief Product Officer, Donald MacCormick, two of the BI industries leading thinkers on how to make your BI projects more successful through collaborative design.

Webinar Information:

  • When: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
  • Time: 11am EDT / 8am PDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/185n9aC

Don’t miss out! This fun ‘eye opening’ webinar is guaranteed to give you a different perspective on how to make your BI projects more successful.

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

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.

Feb
13

Webinar Recording: Learn One Shocking New Way to Increase BI User Adoption

Big thanks to Everyone that registered for the webinar last week, ‘Learn One Shocking New Way to Increase BI User Adoption’.

During the webinar, Mico revealed for the first time, one of her secret weapons to increase BI User Adoption. After the webinar, the attendees were raving about it, see some of their comments below:

  • “My only comment is that is ridiculously simple, but effective.”
  • “Can’t wait to try this, sending out invite right now to power users!”

To find out what these attendees were raving about, just sign up for Free access to our BIDF Members Portal (no cc requ), or if you already have access to the portal, just signin with your username and password, then click on “2013 Free Webinars” on the main Dashboard.

  BIDF Free Trial Access Signup Form

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Based on the attendees’ reaction, I promise, this is a webinar you don’t want to miss!

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