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”