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My Mastering BusinessObjects 2012 Agenda

Posted by James Oswald in Events on Jul 26, 2012 9:12:09 PM

If you didn't know, I've been accepted to speak at Mastering SAP BusinessObjects in Melbourne next month. This will be my second go 'round at this particular conference so I thought it would help if I shared the agenda I've built for myself relying on that experience. Feel free to lift portions of this agenda if it meets your needs, or simply follow around this guy (hopefully you won't be seeing double at the event).


Sunday, August 5th


After leaving my home something like 2 weeks earlier I'll arrive in Melbourne and immediately commit to being jet-lagged throughout the course of the Aussie Rules Football game we'll be taking in. Because this looks civilized.

After a few hours of pounding pints and pies, I'll ditch the missus and head in for some pre-conference sessions, then more pints. I have to admit I haven't decided yet exactly when I'll lie down in order to start not sleeping because my internal clock is still off and I'm no longer a young man.


Monday, August 6th


After bolting upright in bed at 4 in the morning and unable to go back to sleep, I'll slowly wander down for something called "Arrival Tea and Coffee" starting at 7 (don't worry, we have SEVERAL more tea breaks through out the day. I hope they have scones). From there... and be ready for the first keynote from Kurt Bilafer the head of Analytics for SAP in Asia, the Pacific, and Japan.


For the second keynote I'm going to watch  present on 5 Proven Steps to Successfully Deploy your Dashboards, mostly because I've never been in a room with that many accents before.


After yet more tea I'll sit in on Eric Vallo


8:30Art of the PossibleKurt Bilafer

I'm counting on a heavy dose of HANA talk, so I'll be bringing along my bag of kittens.

9:35Putting it All Together - Integrating BPC in an SAP EnvironmentBrian Mazdra & Chris GreerI'm actually going to hit these guys up to present the same info at our local user group!
11:15Going Live With HANA: It's More Than Just a DatabaseDimitri ZarganakisNormally, I'd attend Eric Vallo's session, but I didn't come half-way around the world to see someone who lives 30 minutes from me.
12:10Throwing Your Arms Around the Organisation: BI Engagement at Arch CoalJamie OswaldBelieve me, not the presentation I want to be at, but the schedule says what the schedule says.
14:00How to Use SAP BusinessObjects BI 4, EIM 4 Data Services and Sybase IQJosh FletcherFirst met Josh on my last Trip Down Under. I mostly want to know if he's still bald.
14:55Spend a little time working outHotel GymHonestly, I'm probably taking a nap. But we can all dream.
16:15Connect, Communicate, Collaborate - Creating a Business Intelligence Culture at DisneyDiana CabezasStarting a rumor here that Diana will be presenting dressed as Brave.
5:20Bounce ForwardSam CawthornThe Eventful team always get knock out special speakers, no reason to expect this one to be any different.


Dinner, drinks, and miscellaneous revelry to ensue.


Tuesday, August 7th


7:30Start From Scratch and Make it Sexy!Paul Sullivan & Sanjiv BansalNothing says sexy like a "breakfast session."
8:30Organisational Transformation and Business Intelligence: Lessons From the Contrast Between Theory and PracticePeter O'DonnellThis reminded me to go and switch all of the "z"s in my presentations to "s"s.
9:35How Do I Get My SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards on iPad?Mico YukMostly because I've never been in a room with that many accents before.
11:15Upgrading to BI 4 Whilst Keeping Business FluidCorey AdamsThis hits too close to home to miss, but if I were going to miss it, it'd be for Ryan Goodman's session.
12:10How Arch Coal is Using SAP BusinessObjects Explorer to Solve Self-Service BIJamie Oswald

If I get done early I may hit the hotel spa for a little waxing. Spending some time in Noosa next week.

14:00Changing the Game in Mobile BI - An Industry Showcase of Roambi ApplicationsMustafa BensanLove seeing the beautiful things people can do in Roambi.
14:55Migrating From Deski to Webi: The Human FactorNick BrunsgardHopefully this will bring us several steps closer to a Deski-free world.
16:15Universe Design Techniques Proven to Boost Front-End PerformanceDave RathbunLast time I was in Oz, Dave helped me remove a wet suit. Attending this session is literally the least I can do.
17:20Does My Organisation Really Need a Dashboard?Gabe OrthousI would hate to miss this Chileans triumphant return to the Southern Hemisphere.


More dinner, WAY more drinking, and whatever revelry we left over from the night before.


After all that I'm spending a little extra time down there, bumming around in Melbourne, Sydney, and a few points north before heading home. Please do look me up if you'll be down there.



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