In a post BusinessObjects hosted user conference, this is by far the best one since SAP acquired BusinessObjects. I was fortunate to see many of my friends, colleagues, customers, and partners over the last few days and though three days is long enough for the conference, there never seemed to be enough time to meet with everyone…
On my first day, I had a primetime speaking slot where I presented “Xcelsius + GMaps – Coding + 15min = Must See”. My formula title backfired as they mis-printed it in the agenda but the turnout was amazing. I demoed GMaps Plugin 2.1 for the first time and took the time to explain why maps are so important to business intelligence and justified how Google Maps is the right tool for the job. All of the feedback was very positive and I hope to give this presentation again shortly. If you want to see some of the demos and GMaps 2.1 functionality, I have a webinar scheduled this Wed. at 10:00 am PST. Click here for more details
Xcelsius Gurus Party Sponsored by SAP
The highlight of the conference for me was the party, which was a little over-crowded but extremely valuable for networking. More so than ever, I spoke with existing SAP customers who have started using BusinessObjects tools like Xcelsius. Learning some of the customer pains and needs was very insightful and I am very interested to hear from the newer Xcelsius developers who pick up the technology and start learning through the community.
Over the weekend I was fortunate to meet some of the ASUG leadership and I must say that I now understand where this recent post, “How ASUG Won me Over , came from . These guys are passionate about engaging the BusinessObjects community and I think they are onto something. I look forward to working closer with ASUG and the events they hold into 2011.
The biggest problem I had was making all of my colleagues and friend’s sessions though I did see some very cool stuff with the new BOBJ 4.0 release and other vendor solutions that I look forward to sharing here on my blog.
I look forward to next year’s conference where we will absolutely be a sponsor so I can plant myself in one place if anything to ensure I catch as many people as possible face to face.