Jun 01 2010

Mastering BusinessObjects 2010 Day 2

Categories: 2010 Mastering ... Melbourne Dave Rathbun @ 6:16 am

Today we closed the Mastering BusinessObjects 2010 conference. I presented my “Return of the Variables” talk, and afterwards I had someone come up to me and saw what I always love to hear: “You just solved one of my problems.”

Tom Nather did a very detailed session on setting up the configuration for single sign-on (SSO). I’ve been away from the server stuff for a while, so it was good to see the process laid out so cleanly.

Fellow SAP Mentor Ingo Hilgefort did a keynote this morning where he outlined current (SP3) and future (XI 4) product features, concepts, and directions. He was (rather predictably I think) asked about Desktop Intelligence, and just like every other time I have heard this question asked, the answer was: “It’s gone.” With folding now in 3.1 and the data manager coming in 4.0 it really seems like it’s time to read the writing on the wall and move on. The only big remaining “gotcha” for Desktop Intelligence users is the lack of scripting support (VBA) in the rich client. In many cases what I have seen scripting used for is now covered by the standard scheduling or other processes.

I had some really good conversations with folks here in Melbourne, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the conference. It’s so much easier (it seems) to connect with people in a smaller setting.

After the conference Tom invited me to go with his family to eat dinner on a train. Who was I to refuse? :) It was a wonderful dinner, served on a trolley car that drove around the city for an hour and a half while we ate. The food was wonderful, the company even more so.

Tomorrow I am delivering a full-day seminar titled, “From Universe Development to Report Generation: The Untold Story.” It should be fun. 8-)

9 Responses to “Mastering BusinessObjects 2010 Day 2”

  1. Comment by Jamie Oswald

    Whose the seminar for? SAUG again, or someone else hit you up?

  2. Comment by rashid

    Dave, i’m glad you got to attend. Many fols have benefited tremendously from your board, blog and presentations and it makes us happy to see you delivering even more.

    Question 1 – Will your presentation be made public? How about Ton Nather’s?
    Question 2 – To date the norm has been to share power point or pdfs of presentations. Do you see people video recording their presentations and sharing that anytime in the future?

  3. Comment by Ainsley

    Hi Dave,

    I saw both your sessions. You were fantastic and very helpful.
    Thanks for coming all the way down to Melbourne and hopefully see you next time!


  4. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Jamie, the seminar was a full-day session that was an extra day for the conference. Think like the pre-conference training that we often see at the US conferences, just after.

    Rashid, my presentations that I did here are simply a redo of the two sessions I did for the GBN conference last fall. As such, both are already posted here on my blog. Tom’s was done as a webinar for ASUG and is therefore available to members of that organization, and he’s also talking about redoing it at the fall conference.

    There are several challenges with doing video presentations. First, it takes a lot of disk space and bandwidth to deliver those. Second, they’re not going to get indexed by Google, and therefore they won’t show up very well in search engines. That being said, I hope to experiment with vlogs (video blogs :) ) at some point in the near future.

    Near future means sometime this year, not next week. ;)

    Ainsley, it was a pleasure to visit, and I hope to come back again next year. Thank you for your comment.

  5. Comment by Sachin

    Hey Dave

    good to hear that you had wonderful time in Australia.
    Also please share the topic “From Universe Development to Report Generation: The Untold Story” with us

    your topics are always informative for us.

    Thank you for all your intelligent ideas on BO.

  6. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Hi, Sachin, thanks for your comment. The “Untold Story” is not currently planned to be posted here because of the volume of material. As a general rule I can post my one-hour presentations but the full day training courses are not posted publicly. I hope you can understand.

  7. Comment by Kuldeep


    when you will be publishing your presentation. I would like to read it.


  8. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Hi, the two presentations that I delivered at the conference are already available for download on my presentations page.

  9. Comment by Nitin

    Hi Dave,

    Gr8 presentations from you..being a newbee in BO(although its been 3 years today) I do follow your posts regularly..and always eagerly wait for new ones..just to enlighten myself :-) .
    I have been concentrating in Reporting and universe designing for a while..but i want to move on to a consulting mode..where in I would be able to provide end to end BI solutions..
    Can you guide me on how to persue my goal?

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