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Are you a BusinessObjects Universe developer?  
Power User? 
Technologically Curious? 
Yes?  Good.

Are you coming to SAP TechEd Las Vegas?
Even Better.

Then I would suggest adding BI150 to your TechEd agenda!  Join me as I host ASUG Influence: Semantic Layer Influence Council on Tuesday, from 11:30 to 12:30 in Lido 3005.  What will I be covering at this session?  Yet another good question!!  

 

On the agenda, so far:

1- An update of the Semantic Layer Influence Council.  Come and listen to some of the progress that we've made over the past few months.  For those who aren't sure what an Influence Council is, I'll cover those details, too.
2- Information on BI4's new semantic layer.  Sadly, my SAP Influence Council point of contact (or as I call him my 'partner in crime'), Pierpaolo Vezzosi is unable to make TechEd Las Vegas.  But he was generous enough to provide some slides and information for me to share on BI4 and even a couple of slides on what we may see in BI4.1.  
3- Last but not least- an open forum for YOUR comments about the universe!

 

We'll document all of your ideas and comments about the universe and bring them back to the Influence Council.  The best part of these Influence sessions is hearing your input.  Although sometimes your question may not really even be a feature or product enhancement.  Perhaps another attendee in the room has solved the thing that's been perplexing you and will be able to answer your question.  This will get you back in business faster than waiting for your idea to make it's way through the council!

 

Here's what I'm thinking will happen- we'll have a chance to put together a really good dialog between the folks in the room.  I really don't like sitting at the front and just lecturing people for 45 minutes- and I'm sure you don't like be lectured at either.  You've come to TechEd to LEARN!  And learning isn't just passive listening and watching PowerPoint slideshows.  If you're in the audience and have the answer to someone's question- then raise your hand and answer it.  Become part 'teacher' yourself!  You will be surprised how much you learn by teaching someone else.  I might not have all the answers, but with the skill sets of the people at TechEd (and maybe even in BI150) an answer can't be too far away.

 

All of the ideas/comments/issues/bugs that are documented in this session will be brought back to the full ASUG Semantic Layer Influence Council at the next meeting after the SAP BusinessObjects User Conference next month.  The council will tally the ideas aloungside the ideas that are already in play and will rank all of them with SAP.  Who knows, the creative idea you bring to this session may appear in the next version of the universe!  At the least we'll have a good time talking about how we use the universe and maybe make it a bit better.

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