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ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference Presentation

As a company we are always trying to further our experiences, give back to the user community and solidify our place in the marketplace as experts throughout the SAP BusinessObjects suite. Having presented at user conferences in the past, we are always looking to continue that trend and submit abstracts for as may as we can. This year at the 2013 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference in Anaheim, Ryan Muldowney and I will be presenting a session on the best practices of when and where to combine multiple data sources.

The idea for the session came out of our experience working with clients. No matter where we go and who we work with, we always get the same requirement of combining multiple sources for reporting within an organization. The session will specifically address best practices for combining data sources at the database, semantic layer and reports. We look forward to this opportunity and definitely can’t wait to meet all of you that will be attending! For more information on the conference, please visit ASUG’s website.

Combining Disparate Data Sources for Reporting: Which Method Should I Use?

Identifying the right place to structure and organize your business data for reporting can be a daunting task where one needs to balance development costs against flexibility in analysis.  Historically, data from multiple sources would either be organized into a Data Warehouse environment or combined at the report level. With the advent of the multi-source semantic layer in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0, we now have a third viable alternative to unify disparate data for reporting. In this session, attendees will see a detailed overview of multi-source universes and learn how they are created, published, and consumed throughout the SAP BusinessObjects suite.  We will also take a look at the pros and cons for each way data can be combined for reporting, and provide guidelines and best practices on when to use which method.  At the conclusion of the session, attendees will have a solid understanding of when to use a multi-source semantic layer, and when to choose one of the alternative methods.

  • Learn best practices for when to combine data at the report, universe, or database
  • See how to create, publish, and consume multi-source universes in SAP BusinessObjects
  • Understand benefits and best practices for using multi-source universes

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:45 – 3:45

Room: Not yet assigned

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