Greetings from Melbourne, Australia!
It's Day One here at the SAP BusinessObjects seminar and - even though the agenda has just kicked off - it's amazing to see how lively the BI conversation has already become. After listening to Dan Kearnan's (SAP America) session, "Straight answers on the future of your business intelligence investment" and diving into the always-popular "Map the right tool to the job: Strategies, updates, selection criteria," attendees are already eager to chat with one another about the BI challenges they face - particularly when it comes to tool selection.
With nearly 25% of attendees in the SAP BusinessObjects evaluation phase, you can sense how hot this topic is. During breaks, folks are exchanging lessons learned, the experiences they've had with various BI tools within the suite, and insight into which tool has best met their unique reporting and analytics needs. The three seminar speakers are also engaging in conversation with attendees, as the topic continues to be explored.
I look forward to hearing more buzz over the coming days. As we move into more technical topics - such as SAP BusinessObjects integration with BW, performance optimization, and hierarchies - I'm sure the conversations will continue.
I will keep you posted!
A quick note on Melbourne itself (because how could I possibly post a blog from Australia and not talk about... well, Australia?!): It's a great city, with some of the friendliest people I have ever met. One place to check out is the Queen Victoria Market. It has aisles and aisles of freshly caught seafood, local meats and cheeses, wine, and tons of souvenirs, ranging from rugby shirts to UGGs. You coul
d spend hours rummaging through all the Australian goods... and, of course, sampling a few along the way.
I would also recommend checking out St. Kilda's beach and pier. If you walk out toward the rocks, you can see little Aussie penguins taking quick dips and hiding between the rocks.
All in all, it's a great city with a lively and welcoming culture. Definitely worth checking out if you have the chance :)
Until next time! And g'day, mates! Sorry. I had to. :)