What Does Flying Look Like?

I have always been fascinated by butterflies. I used to catch them as a kid with my little butterfly net and put them in jars where I could watch them. I quickly noticed they would not open their wings very much and could not fly so I would let them go and I stopped catching them and just enjoyed watching them.

In Biology class we learned about the amazing process of metamorphosis that caterpillars go through in order to transform into butterflies. It’s still hard to believe that those ugly looking chubby grubs can change into a stunningly beautiful, elegant and graceful butterfly.

So a few years ago when a very wise woman asked me the question “How does one become a butterfly?”, I naturally thought the answer was that I needed to go through a metamorphosis and transform. But then she challenged me with “And how do you do that?”

This I was not so sure about and she could see I was struggling to figure this out so she gave me an answer that has both stayed with me ever since and inspires me daily.

How Does one Become a Butterfly?

You have to want to fly so badly that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.

So now I had to figure out what flying looked like for me. Being someone who is passionate about Business Intelligence, I realized that passion is driven by inspiring, learning about and sharing Business Intelligence solutions that make a positive difference in people’s lives. I love hearing the stories, I love telling the stories and I love making the stories happen. When I’m doing this, I’m flying.

At this year’s IBIS event there will be a boat load of amazing Business Intelligence solutions being shared and I will be in my element attending as many of the sessions as possible. My favorites are the customer case studies in the 5 seminar tracks:

You can download the full IBIS 2019 .pdf agenda with hyperlinks to the different sessions here.

Jose Ferrero will be showing how Freeport MacMoRan are using the new features in Web Intelligence 4.2 along with input controls to build dynamic visualizations and dashboards.

Barbara Hoover will discuss how the University of New Hampshire is using Web Intelligence and Tableau together.

Michael Puckett will present on how the University of California Santa Cruz moved their BusinessObjects into the Amazon Cloud.

Cooper McCauslen will talk about how United Surgical Partners are delivering the right BI solutions and tools to different departments depending on their needs.

Tony Candeloro and Harvey Smith will be showing some amazing next generation visualizations as they demonstrate how Holman Enterprises are helping to improve the Vehicle Dealership business.

There are 90 seminar sessions to choose from in the 3 days of IBIS in addition to another 4 hands-on tracks consisting of 36 standalone 2-hour training modules providing maximum flexibility for attendees to move between a selection of different seminar and hands-on sessions to meet their needs.

There are also some very special not-to-be-missed sessions. These include two hands-on sneak preview sessions where you can try out the next major release of BusinessObjects – BI 4.3 – and get a feel for the brand-new user experience and functionality. In addition, sessions on the BusinessObjects roadmap and an opportunity to influence the future of Web Intelligence will be conducted by SAP Product Managers. Top InfoSol User Interface designers will share their secrets on improving the user experience of dashboards in two eye-opening sessions and then they will hold two dashboard design surgery sessions where you can bring your own dashboards to the experts to help improve them (Part 2).

Proctored BusinessObjects Certification exams will be held throughout the event for the opportunity to become certified in various BusinessObjects products.

The sharing and learning at IBIS go way beyond the sessions themselves as you will be amongst BusinnessObjects masters and your peers with plenty of time allowed to have both one-on-one and group discussions.

So this is what flying looks like for me. I look forward to connecting with you at IBIS and you can let me know what does flying look like for you.

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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