Posts Tagged ‘Xcelsius Training’


Webinar Rewind: Free Dashboard Design & Requirements Gathering workshop w/ Mico Yuk

About a month ago, Mico hosted her highly rated KPI gathering and scoping techniques webinar, where she demoed the BIDF Blueprint and shared never seen before techniques.

After the webinar, positive feedback just kept pouring in… seriously, we were pleasantly overwhelmed! In all that feedback, we also received emails from folks who just couldn’t make the webinar for various reasons…

Feeling bad that so many folks missed out on the ‘time saving’, ‘wow your users’ type techniques, we decided to do it once again!

Yes! You read correctly, Mico will be hosting the webinar again! This time however, it will only last for an hour, but Mico will cover 3 key points that you will not want to miss!

BIDF Blueprint

What will be covered during the webinar:

  • The 3 most important tweaks you should be making to your BI Dashboards in 2014.
  • Why gathering these three types of requirements in the order we teach you can reduce scope by over 50%, while still increasing user adoption rates
  • How to easily create a dashboard wireframe that will WOW users and gain sign off 80% faster. We’ll show you the free tools to use to make this process painless.

Webinar Information:

  • When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  • Time: 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5pm CET
  • Registration:

BI Dashboard Mastery 1.0


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


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.


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.


Live Dashboard Training with Mico Yuk in Zurich at BOAK 2012

I’m sure many of you have heard about Mico’s online training series, the BI Dashboard Formula, that starts on the 6th of September. Well Mico is now taking this training on the road to Zurich, Switzerland, for our ONLY live event on September 19th, as part of the BOAK 2012 Conference.

Mico will be teaching the entire 7-steps of the BI Dashboard Formula live for the first time! See below for details:

  • Step 1. Planning – The Most Important but Overlooked Step
  • Step 2. Scoping – The Art of Gathering Requirements
  • Step 3. Prototyping – Developing the ‘Perfect’ Dashboard
  • Step 4. Validating the Data – Before making False Promises
  • Step 5. Connecting the Data – The Moment of Truth!
  • Step 6. UAT (aka User Attack Testing) – How to get Thru Quickly
  • Step 7. Go Live – Living Through Dashboard Armageddon
  • Step 8. Knowledge Transfer – The key to Job Security
  • Click here to read the full details of each training module on the BIDF homepage!

Registration closes on September 17th, and we have 6 spots left as of this blog post!

  • Where: Zurich, Switzerland
  • When: September 19th, 2012
  • What time: 9am – 4:30pm CEST
  • How to Register:
  • What to expect: We’ve been told that being stuck with Mico in a room all day discussing BI is career changing literally. Lots of fun and lots of learning!

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


Recording, Slides & Blueprint Template available for Mico’s Dashboard Scoping webinar

Last week Tuesday, Mico gave a sneak peek webinar of the BI Dashboard Formula -Module 2: Scoping. Although the webinar only lasted 30 minutes, it was a power session packed with lots of good content.

During the webinar, Mico discussed 3 key elements of requirements:

  1. DATA requirements – Capture all the details about the KPI’s and metrics such as the definition, how to calculate, the data sourc(s), any business rules and much more
  2. FUNCTIONAL requirements – Learn how your business user expects to ‘use’ the dashboard
  3. DESIGN requirements – Define the look and feel of the dashboard

To gain access to the webinar recording, please click here to visit the BusinessObjects Experts website, which includes the slides and Blueprint Template or copy and paste this link into your browser:

**Note: The BI Dashboard Formula officially CLOSES on Friday, August, 31st, to get ready for classes on Sept 6th! To get instant access to the Members Area for a limited time, please visit the home page, then click on the **FREE TRIAL** link in the top menu!**

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


New Video: Mico’s Dashboard Planning Webcast Recording

Last week Tuesday, Mico and our friends at BusinessObjects Expert co-hosted a webinar on Planning and why it’s the most overlooked step in dashboard development. This webinar served as a preview to Module 1 of Mico’s live online training series, BI Dashboard Formula.

To gain access to the webinar recording follow these 2 simple steps:

  1. Download the Free Planning Guide to follow along
  2. Click here to see why 500+ people registered (hear the LIVE  FAQ’s and download the slides)
  3. Reminder: We ONLY have 9 playbooks left and the $500 discounted registration ends July 31st. 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 about me page.


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 -
  • 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.


Xcelsius Bootcamp Tour Special!

I know I have not blogged in a while on EX (this will change in 2012), but I wanted to share some exciting news.  The Xcelsius Gurus have joined forces with SAP Wispubs to do a 4-city Xcelsius Bootcamp tour (Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Copenhagen).  We had a sold-out crowd in Chicago last week, and boy was it intense and fun!  I seldom sell anything (including the fact that our consultants build the best Xcelsius dashboards in the industry), but after being a part of the first bootcamp I am encouraging all customers, who can get to 1 out of the 3 last bootcamps, to attend before we sell out again, as I’ve honestly not seen so much solid content in one 3-day Xcelsius boot camp.  Best of all, if you read to the end we have a special gift just for those who sign up now from our community.

Here are 3 reasons why you should attend (IMO):

  • Mico’s Part – In case you have never heard me speak, I love to rock the crowd.  This is no different.  I get to open the event by introducing all of the other speakers and also laying the foundation down on how to scope and plan one’s dashboards.  The feedback I got form the first hour from a few attendees was simple: “This was worth the entire cost Mico”.
  • Two Hands-On Sessions: It also features 2-hard core hands on sessions that include building a dashboard and using other exciting features in BI4.0 with SAP’s very own Matt Lloyd and Decision First Technologies, Chris Hickman
  • World Class Speakers – fellow Xcelsius Gurus, Chris Hickman of Decision First Technologies (who is an SAP BusinessObjects ace and provides deep insight on all BOE related topics), Dr. Bjarne Berg of Comerit (who is an SAP BW and Xcelsius specialist), Matt Lloyd of SAP (not sure there is anyone who knows the Xcelsius platform better, we go back many years), Emily Mui of SAP (another old friend who handles the marketing of the product and has deep insight and answers for customers regarding the roadmap), then myself Mico Yuk (just the biggest Xcelsius groupie that ever lived)
  • I must add the 100% Money-back Guarantee though I can assure you, NO ONE will use it. We had a 97% referral rate from the Chicago event!
  • Much more – Panel discussions, Governance and Performance Tips

Here is a pic from the Chicago event, just so you can see how packed and intense these sessions were.  Energy was amazing.  Even I learned a few things!

Philadelphia is coming up in just 7-days and we are almost sold out. Same goes for Vegas as far as I know.  As you know we always want to ensure our community is well taken care of.  So for those of you who sign up from reading this blog by 9/30 to ANY of the locations, you will get a complimentary free 6-month membership to the new BusinessObjects Expert website (high quality content) as a THANK YOU from  We created this deal especially for you and it is NOT available elsewhere, not even on the actual registration website. Sign up now!

Complimentary FREE 6 month Subscription to the BusinessObjects Expert Website (using our URL)

Note you MUST USE the specific URL in this blog to get the FREE membership.  Cut and paste into your browser if it is not working: (Please note, upon completion of  registration to the bootcamp, you will receive a notification within 24-48 hours with instructions on how to signup for the free 6-month subscription.)

I look forward to seeing all of you, so drop me a line if you plan to attend. I have another huge announcement this week for the ASUG SAPBusinessObjects User Conference attendees about our exclusive BI4 Release Party and how to RSVP. Stay tuned!


Mico Yuk

Mico Yuk is a 2010 SAP Mentor and the founder of the Xcelsius Guru Network, the Everything Xcelsius blog, and co-founder of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence. To learn more about her, please visit her about page.


Free Webinar Alert: How to Effectively Price a Dashboard (Xcelsius) Project

Join Mike Alexander (Author, Crystal Xcelsius for Dummies & Microsoft Excel MVP) and Mico Yuk (SAP Mentor & Co-Founder, Benchmarkers Business Intelligence) on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 1pm EST, for a one hour webinar, titled: “How to Effectively Price a Dashboard Project“.

Anyone in the business of dashboard consulting knows the complexities of pricing out a dashboard project. Between growing scope, increasing complexity, and interactive development, a dashboard project can quickly become a black hole that sucks up your time and resources.

Mike and Mico will show you how to put your arms around the actual scope of the project, breaking up the project into separate fundamental sub-tasks. Then the duo will dive into the most effective ways to layer in pricing. At the end of this webinar, you’ll move away from that generic hourly rate, moving toward a more surgical strike method for building a quote for your potential dashboard clients.

Webinar details:

Also, don’t forget to register for the upcoming Xcelsius Advanced Developer Workshop in Miami, FL on April 19-20, 2011. Register before 04/01 and save $100 during the early bird special. Seats are filling up fast and last year we had a waiting list, so please don’t delay!

Soo Tang Yuk is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more about her, please visit the About Us page.


Will you be at our Xcelsius Training? (April 19-20, 2011)

Hey Folks,

We’re doing it again in April!  I’d like to formally announce open registration for our highly successful Xcelsius Advanced Developer Workshop (aka Training) that will take place in Miami, FL on April 19-20, 2011. Conducted by Mike Alexander (author, Crystal Xcelsius for Dummies) and myself, this 2-day event is jammed packed with content and always sold out within a few weeks of announcing.

Last year (see pics below) the training sold out (we even had a waiting list, see how packed it was by viewing our album here!), so we encourage everyone to Register before March 31st , to secure your seat and receive the early bird special SAVINGS OF $200.

On the 1st day, the training will cover Basic Data Connectivity Techniques, including, Advanced Dashboarding Techniques. On the 2nd day, we will cover Advanced Data Connectivity Techniques and much more! We will be also be covering SAP Crystal Dashboard Design. To view the entire agenda go to

Follow us on Twitter or FaceBook for special announcements, as we will be giving away a free seat again this year. Don’t forget the early bird special ends on March 31st, so register today and save $200.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!!  Email us at gurus at with any questions.

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


Free! Xcelsius Recorded Webinars

Hi folks,

I’ve been getting tons of emails asking when and where our webinar recordings will be posted.  I have finally been able to edit and post the last two recorded Xcelsius webinars at the links below:

Xcelsius 101 (for Beginners)

Xcelsius Advanced XML Connectivity (not XML Maps)

Note that each recorded webinar is FREE to view.  The embeded video will automatically start as soon as the video buffers..

If you are not able to see the video, you are probably missing the Windows Media Player ActiveX plug-in.  Just email me and I’ll help you get set up.


Mike Alexander is the author of several books on advanced business analysis, including Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies. You can find Mike at Datapig Technologies, where he serves as principle contributor and shares free video tutorials with the Microsoft Office and Xcelsius communities.