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September 27, 2011

(See also, ourSAP Inside Track Vancouver 2010 event page.)
Join us at SAP Labs Canada, Vancouver, for our 2nd local SAP Inside Track! Together we'll learn, network, and share with others. Inside Track is a community grass root event that takes place all over the world including: Chicago, Milan , Istanbul , Sao Paolo, and Newtown Square.


  • Where: SAP Labs Canada, 910 Mainland Street, Vancouver BC 
  • When: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
  • Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Check-in starts at 8:00am)
  • How/What: Community provided sessions by passionate SCN members (unconference style)
  • Cost:  Free (registration required due to limited space) 
  • Participation: Maximum 100 participants locally
  • Theme:  Business Analytics! (What does business analytics look like now? What will it look like in the future?)

Registration is now closed. 

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Updates from SAP Inside Track Vancouver 2011

Agenda (with links to session recordings)


Track 1 - Vancouver Room

Track 2 - Victoria Room

08:00 am - 09:00 am

Check - in (Main reception) & Continental Breakfast


09:00 am - 09:15 am

Welcome (Kirsten & Jason)


09:15 am - 09:30 am

Ice Breaker - "Getting To Know You Bingo"


09:30 am - 10:20 am

Session 1 - (R)evolution in data. (R)evolution in BI. (R)evolution in consumption. (T y Miller)


10:30 am - 11:20 am

Session 2 - Gathering Insight into The City of Vancouver’s Open Data Cataloguewith SAP Business Object’s Analysis tools (Philip Coldrey & Darrin Fast)

Session 3 - SAP Runs SAP (Eric and team)

11:30 am - 12:20 pm

Session 4 – SAP and You – Let’s Get Closer SAP (Michael Dar, Susan Andrews,CJ Harmer, Kuhan Milroy)

Session 5 - Innovations in Learning for SAP BusinessObjectsBI 4.0 (Megan Mittler)

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Tweet break / Networking / Demo


1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

Session 6 -  BusinessObjects BI 4 and HANA 1.0 (Patrice Le Bihan)

Session 7 - SAP StreamWork – SAP’s Collaboration Network (Pete Scholtens & Jeff Gan)

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Session 8 - Leveraging the Power of BI Web Services to help youbuild better dashboards (David Lai)


3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Session 9 Run Better Anywhere with Mobile Analytics (Nic Smith)


4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

Door Prizes/Wrap-up/Farewell



Session Abstracts (with links to presentation slides)



Patrice Le Bihan (SAP)

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 with HANA 1.0
In this session you will learn how to best integrate SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 with SAP HANA 1.0. We will cover the capabilities and implementation options for not only reporting but also data modeling, security and other deployment considerations.

Pete Scholtens & Jeff Gan (SAP)

SAP Streamwork - SAP's Collaboration Network
SAP StreamWork is the collaboration hub for all SAP applications. Learn how and why the Business Intelligence Platform 4.1, SAP CRM, and other SAP applications leverage SAP StreamWork to engage employees and other stakeholders.

Eric Laroche (SAP)

SAP's lines-of-business (LoBs) leverage the IT applications and IT technology infrastructure that helps them to quickly adapt to market requirements and drive opportunities. Our SAP Global IT team understands best how SAP solutions can help SAP employees achieve their goals while reducing the organization's operating costs and optimizing its daily performance.

  • Sybase Afaria – Managing the Device Lifecycle: How SAP leverages Sybase Afaria to Provision, Productize and Decommission
  • Exploration Views – Pipeline and bookings for SAP Consulting Services Organization
  • HANA: Sales Pipeline – High performance real-time reporting
  • BI Mobile: Data Quality BI solutions at the tip of your fingers

Nic Smith (SAP)

Run Better Anywhere with Mobile Analytics
In today’s highly mobilized workforce, the need for timely business intelligence does not end when your people leave the office. Your managers need to make time-critical decisions on the road and require real-time visibility into project schedules, available resources, key performance indicators (KPIs), and more. Your sales reps need to answer customers’ critical questions in order to close a deal or stay competitive, answers that should not have to wait until they return to the office. Your service personnel need up-to-date maintenance information to resolve problems without having to make additional on-site visits or contact staffing resources.

With SAP Mobile BI you can get analysis and critical alerts on the go, make more informed decisions faster and take action on decisions from anywhere. 

In this session you will learn:

  • What’s new for Mobile Analytics at SAP
  • SAPs direction for Mobile BI and future technology plans
  • How to get started with Mobile BI today

Megan Mittler (SAP)

Innovations in Learning for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0
User adoption is a relevant topic in any organization implementing cutting edge technologies. SAP has invested in this topic by examining how to reduce the barriers to user adoption as it relates to learning our BI products. This goes beyond an education strategy - this is a product strategy. As such, in this session we'll discuss the barriers to learning as well as the learning solutions that now come alongside our Business Analytics products. We'll talk about how you can get involved in a learning community with access to hundreds of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 tutorials that will get you and your users engaged within minutes.

Michael Dar

SAP and You – Let’s get Closer
Come find out about all the different ways to engage with SAP and keep up to date on what’s happening. Customer Interact is a an opportunity to meet face to face with the entire development organization.  Have roundtable open discussions in smaller groups to facilitate an interactive workshop and have deep dive sessions on topics and strategies most valuable to you. Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI) is offered 3 times per year which provides feedback directly to SAP product teams within joint feedback sessions on business case level or on the concrete functional development from the entire SAP product offering. SCN community is a social network for SAP professionals where you can learn, connect and share information through forums and blogs while building your reputation. Learn how to leverage SCN’s discussion forums to get expert advice for your questions. Idea Place is a step change in the way SAP solicits feedback from their customers. It is an open, crowd based, collaborative way to embrace ideas and feedback from customers, partners, and the greater ecosystem to help improve SAP’s products and solutions.

Customer Interact: Michael Dar
CEI: Susan Andrews
SCN forums: CJ Harmer 
Idea Place: Kuhan Milroy

Darrin Fast (City of Vancouver), Philip Coldrey (SAP)

Gathering Insight into The City of Vancouver’s Open Data Catalogue with SAP Business Object’s Analysis tools
Since 2009, various levels of government both, nationally and internationally have been sharing their data collections via open data initiatives. In this session you’ll learn about the City of Vancouver’s motivations, projects and data released through their open data initiative.

These data-sets also, provide an interesting opportunity to gather insight into various aspects of our city. Using SAP Business Objects Analysis, Edition for OLAP we’ll analyze traffic patterns on the Burrard Bridge and gain insight into how weather, the Olympics and other events impacted vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

David Lai (Xinfinity Solutions)

Leveraging the power of BI Web Services to help you build better dashboards
A common issue that arises during Dashboard architecture and development stems from "What type of data connections should I use?"
The 2 most common Business Objects data connectivity types are Query as a Web Service and Live Office. However each technique has it's strengths and weaknesses.
What if we could somehow marry both of them so that we could benefit from the strengths that both QaaWS and Live Office have to offer?
In this presentation you'll learn about (in my opinion, revolutionary) BI Services and how it provides a hybrid of QaaWS and Live Office.  As well as some new powerful features that were not available before. We'll also discuss some limitations and work arounds to prepare you for the road ahead.

Ty Miller (SAP)

(R)evolution in data.  (R)evolution in BI.  (R)evolution in consumption.
Some of the biggest megatrends we see in business today involve globalization, mobilization of consumers and the workforce, social media’s effects on consumers and the work place, and the virtualization of applications becoming available in the Cloud.  At the epicenter of these megatrends is information and, therefore, business analytics. SAP BusinessObjects BI, SAP BusinessObjects EIM and SAP HANA are the biggest release(s) in their respective categories in SAP’s history. I look forward to sharing with you many of the new capabilities that SAP enables and how it will help you transform your organization and ultimately help you run it smarter.











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