Ancient Egypt and BusinessObjects – Both Light Years Ahead

One of the reasons I am so fascinated by the Ancient Egyptian culture is that it was so far ahead of its time. Not only did it thrive for almost three millennia, but the Ancient Egyptians were advanced in mathematics, architecture, construction, agriculture, astronomy, medicine, legal systems, writing, art and so many other areas. Unfortunately, much of this has been lost but when you consider just the Great Pyramid of Giza alone, the only ancient wonder of the world still standing after more than 4,000 years, you realize this was an advanced civilization.

I am also fascinated by Business Intelligence and love seeing new ways it is being applied every day. I visit organizations all around the world and since the majority of BusinessObjects customers now use Tableau or PowerBI in conjunction with BusinessObjects, I am constantly asked questions about which tool to use. My standard response is to use the best tool for the solution required. However, there are many caveats to that response.

BusinessObjects has been around for more than three decades and has evolved into a very comprehensive BI suite rich in features, functions, and capabilities. Tableau and PowerBI are still youngsters in comparison and so are still catching up in many areas. This is particularly true when you look at the BusinessObjects semantic layer, the paginated reporting capabilities, the security model, the scheduling and publishing capabilities and the completeness of the API’s – just to name a few. Unfortunately, it is only when some organizations try to replace BusinessObjects with Tableau, PowerBI or something else that they realize how advanced it is.

So, the theme of this year’s IBIS conference is “Light Years Ahead” as we highlight and celebrate everything BusinessObjects and share how you can best leverage the vast array of BusinessObjects functionality both standalone and in conjunction with PowerBI or Tableau.

In addition to killer keynotes each day there will be three main tracks with 5 sessions a day each, totaling 45 information-packed seminars:

  • Best of BusinessObjects
  • Customer Case Studies
  • BI Strategy and Future Direction

The Best of BusinessObjects track will be heavily focused on both the new BI 4.3 release and, in particular, the all-new Web Intelligence user interface and the amazing new Data Mode and Data Profiling features. It will also include sessions on IDT universes and upgrading.

The Customer Case Study track will have a wide variety of customer stories and real-world solutions ranging from using AI in healthcare and the auto retail industries to performing BusinessObjects upgrades to converting Web Intelligence reports to paginated PowerBI reports.

The BI Strategy and Future Direction track will showcase both BI strategies that have led to innovative BI solutions and new technologies and tools that are having a positive impact in the Business Intelligence space. This will include several sessions on the hot new InfoBurst Squirrel low code/no code application development solution as well as other strategies and new BI technology that is making a difference to BusinessObjects customers and organizations everywhere.

Be sure to check out the full agenda which this year is an actual Squirrel application.

IBIS has always been well-known for its quality content as well as the numerous networking opportunities for both small group discussions and one-on-one sessions with BI experts. Combined with its breath-taking location at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain resort in Arizona, it is an event that is truly light years ahead focused on a BI solution that remains light years ahead.

About pgrill

Paul Grill started his career in Information Technology in the U.K. in 1978, as an Executive Data Processing Trainee for Honeywell. More than thirty years later, he still has a voracious appetite for learning as Information Technology continues to advance at an ever accelerating pace. He was first introduced to the world of Business Intelligence in 1991, in France, when he saw a demonstration of an early version of BusinessObjects on Windows 2.1. He returned to the U.S. to rave about this phenomenal product, but it was many years before BusinessObjects made it into the mainstream. Paul founded InfoSol in 1997, and made Business Intelligence one of the key solutions offered by the company. Today, InfoSol is a leading SAP BusinessObjects solutions partner, known for its expert consulting, education and innovative add-on solutions. Paul is well known within the SAP BusinessObjects community for his extensive knowledge of Business Intelligence, and he has lectured and written many articles on the subject. Paul enjoys writing, running and coaching kids soccer, and is passionate about Ancient Egyptology.

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