May 28 2010

I Did Mine, Did You Do Yours?

Categories: 2010 SBOUC Dave Rathbun @ 1:48 am

I initially had some difficulty coming up with ideas to submit for the fall BusinessObjects conference, but I did eventually come up with a few. I was really hoping to get a pre-release copy of XI 4.0 to play with so I could talk about some of the really cool new universe stuff, but that didn’t happen. Once I got over that disappointment I decided there were still some interesting things to say about our current technology. Besides, I imagine that quite a few companies will not upgrade to XI 4.0 for quite a few years anyway.

I submitted to the Universe track as well as the Webi/Deski track this year. Those are my primary areas of interest and therefore the subjects I most enjoy speaking about.

If you haven’t submitted any ideas yet, there are still a few days left! Take an hour out of your weekend and see what you can come up with. If you get accepted to speak you don’t have to pay to attend the conference. As Jamie said:

Did you know that speakers at #SBOUC get free admission. That’s like making $1,000/hr. Go submit an abstract. #ASUG #BOBJ
10:40 AM May 19th

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May 15 2010

We Want You to Speak at Our Fall Conference

Categories: 2010 SBOUC, Conferences, General Dave Rathbun @ 8:15 pm

I know, I know… everybody is getting ready to fly out to Annual Conference / SAPPHIRE which starts tomorrow. But don’t forget that the call for papers for the fall Business Objects conference is open through the end of this month (May). What I would really like is to get my hands on XI 4.0 before submitting my abstracts this year. Unfortunately, I don’t think that is going to happen before the call for papers closes (on May 30th). SAP folks are going to have most of the fun this year since they’ll be able to present new stuff. :)

The tracks this year include:

  • Business Intelligence Strategy
  • BusinessObjects Data Management
  • Crystal Reports
  • Dashboarding
  • Enterprise Performance Management
  • Explorer
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance
  • Infrastructure
  • Universe
  • Xcelsius
  • WebI/DeskI

There are fewer tracks this year; last year there were two Xcelsius tracks which resulted in a lot of Xcelsius content. I think some folks thought there was too much, as it was not really possible to see everything. Hopefully this year will be more focused.

I have had the opportunity (and good fortune) to present at quite a few conferences over the years. It’s a little known fact that my very first presentation back in the 90’s was an unmitigated disaster. :lol: Despite that terrible beginning I have been allowed to inflict my horrible sense of humor and hopefully some bits of knowledge on conference attendees for over a decade. Because of the recent successes (certainly not for my first effort) I am often asked a couple of questions.

How do I get selected?
What if I don’t have anything to say, why should I consider presenting?
Any tips for a successful presentation?

In this post I would like to share a couple of tips for getting your abstract selected without resorting to slipping a $20 bill to everyone on the selection committee. ;) Continue reading “We Want You to Speak at Our Fall Conference”

Apr 03 2010

Call For Papers For Fall Conference Opens Next Week

Categories: 2010 SBOUC Dave Rathbun @ 7:19 am

On April 5 we can start submitting ideas (abstracts) for the fall conference. This year we’re not going to Dallas! :-D The conference this year is October 4th through 7th and is located in Orlando, Florida. The host hotel is the Dolphin Hotel which is very near Walt Disney World. I have stayed at other hotels nearby, but never at the Dolphin (or the sister hotel the Swan). I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go.

The tracks topics this year are probably fairly predictable… there will once again be a track on Xcelsius, on Explorer, as well as old standards like Universe Design, Crystal, and Web Intelligence.

I hope to see a lot more about XI 4.0 too. 8-)

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