ASUG/SAPPHIRE 2011 is here already. It's one of the highlights of my year, because I get to talk to so many customers about their business cases, data problems, use cases, and the successes they've had with technology. That's a pretty good way to spend a few days!

Because the agenda is massive, I'm outlining a few key events/sessions to attend. The event kicks off a day early. C'mon, all the cool kids are there on Sunday! Pre-conference deep-dives abound, but I love the Business Analytics and Technology Customer Council. We discuss roadmaps and future priorities. We hear from key customers on key data challenges in their business. 

On Monday, we begin the march of the keynotes. You can not only hear from scientist Dr. Michio Kaku, but you get to finish up the day with Michael Eisner. More details on all of the keynotes 

Also on Monday, I'm co-hosting a micro-forum with Johnson & Johnson: "A Day in the Life - Data Management Scenario with Johnson & Johnson" at the EIM Campus on the SAPPHIRE show floor. I highly recommend this one, because you get to meet Terry from J&J. He is a ball of energy (and smart, too)'ll certainly leave this session invigorated! That's 10:30 - 11:15. From 3 - 4 you can catch John Fiske talking about "Embedding Content Management in SAP Business Processes"--a key part of information governance! We finish up Monday with an SAP EIM and Utopia reception at the Rosen Centre. Oh, and you can win a Kindle. You do need to RSVP, so contact if you are interested. Who wouldn't be interested, seriously?

Tuesday is jam-packed. I have another micro-forum session in the EIM Campus from 11-11:45 Tuesday that answers a super-popular question: "Data Governance: Where Do I Start?". After that roundtable, dash right over to the Data Governance Community Lounge, where we talk about all things Data Governance with our 12,000+ member-strong ASUG Special Interest Group.

You'll have time to grab some lunch before heading over to "Information Governance and the Role of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Information Management Solutions" with Michael Briles and me at 1:45. Then we have another 2 hours of direct customer conversation and influence with first the EIM Influence Council (3-4), and then the MDM Influence Council (4:15 - 5).

StingI know your focus on Wednesday is just making it to the Sting concert. But there's lots of good EIM and Information Governance content on Wednesday, too. At 11:30, two smart ladies from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and I will talk about "Information Governance in Insurance: How to Establish Your Organization, and How to Grow in Smart Ways".  Also, at 2:45 the mastermind, Angel Sasso from The Campbell Soup Company and I, will talk about "Information Governance: Nurturing Your Business in an Ever-Changing Environment". Finish off the day with another micro-forum session in the EIM Campus from Newell Rubbermaid called "Analytics That Drive Real-Time Business at Newell Rubbermaid".

Join us! I'd love to meet you in person and hear your thoughts on EIM and Information Governance!

Werner Daehn, SAP BusinessObjects Data Services guru (seriously, "guru" isn't strong enough) has just published an excellent chapter in the Data Services Tips and Tricks wiki regarding performance. Highlights include:


The idea of the performance testing was to implement a realistic scenario, execute it on different environments and keep track of the resource utilization. As an realistic source we were looking for a transactional system and decided to use the TPC-C benchmark data model as this is an official and well adopted example of an OLTP system. Using DataServices we read that data, apply typical transformations and load it into a Star Schema data model which is common for Data Warehouses.

It is a wiki. That means you can participate! Run one Data Services job and tell us the benchmark result. Details on the specific job to be run and compared are in this BusinessObjects Board posting, also from Werner.


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