Oct 09 2009

News Post – October 2009

Categories: 2009 SAP TechEd, General Dave Rathbun @ 12:13 pm

The last few weeks have been busy. Oh, I know it doesn’t look like that with the lack of new posts coming out on my blog. But trust me, things have become quite hectic. :) I am getting ready to head off to SAP TechEd 2009 in Phoenix next week. I get to follow that up by attending the GBN Annual Conference for 2009 right here in Dallas. I was able to almost (but didn’t quite yet) make my goal of documenting all of the slides from my GBN presentation last year as blog posts. I have one more post to finish that will complete the extended version of the Designer presentation from 2008. (Maybe I will get the post done one evening at TechEd.)

I hope to put out some daily blog posts from both conferences. My focus this year for TechEd is going to be to try to learn as much as I can about BW and BEx and how they integrate with Business Objects tools. I haven’t done much in that area yet, and I am starting to see more questions on BOB related to these concepts and I would like to know what’s going on.

Another task that has occupied time over the past few weeks was moving to a new laptop. My older laptop had done a great job over the years of supporting my demonstrations, but it was getting “tired” and not able to keep up with the larger virtual machines required to run the latest software. My new laptop should do a real nice job running VMware: I am running the 64bit version of Vista with 8GB of RAM (half of which I can dedicate to the virtual machine). It has a dual-core CPU (3GHz clock speed and 6MB of cache and 1066MHz front-side bus) as well as a 7200 RPM hard drive and… and well, you probably don’t care about the rest of the hardware specifications. :) Suffice it to say, it runs XI 3 in a virtual image along with Oracle and all of my other goodies quite nicely.

I have several draft posts queued up to finish, including the already mentioned completion of the Time Sliced Measures implementation, part II of the rebate post that a couple of folks have mentioned, and I have a head start on some posts related to my 2009 GBN presentation ready to come out. All of this means there should be more than just filler “news” posts in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. 8-)

5 Responses to “News Post – October 2009”

  1. Comment by Velu

    Probably I am curious onthe machine!. Could you please share the BRAND of your new one.

  2. Comment by twentyfive

    Dave, i am under the impression that BusinessObjects professionals should steer clear of Vista. I guess if you’re running VMWare then it doesn’t matter what your core OS is. (1) BTW, what OS are you running on the VM machine to support BOE?

  3. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Vista in my case is just the host operating system. The “guest” operating system running in the virtual machine is Windows Server 2003 if my memory is correct.

    I didn’t intend to promote the brand of my new laptop so I left that out. I want to wait and see how it works over the coming months before giving any sort of “endorsement” so to speak. :)

  4. Comment by Andreas

    @Dave is your guest OS on VM 64-bit? Why not use Windows Server 2008 64-bit? :)

  5. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Host operating system is Vista 64 bit, yes. But I am running Windows 2003 because I have a proper license for it. :) Also want to change as few things as possible since we’re so close to the conference.

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