Lessons learned from BI 2011 in Amsterdam last week

by Kristin Bent

June 14, 2011

After sifting through the hundreds of conference evaluations received from last week’s BI 2011 attendees, one theme has become more clear than ever: When it comes to the latest and greatest BI offerings, we just can’t get enough.

The most popular sessions on-site, and the most raved about content on the evaluation forms, by far, were those focusing on the SAP BI roadmap and planned product enhancements.

Sessions focusing on the SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 release, mobility, SAP HANA, and SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 were all well-attended and created a lot of buzz both inside and outside of the session rooms. If my experience on-site taught me one thing, it’s that the BI world evolves quickly – and its users are never far behind.

These topics, while some of the most anticipated, certainly weren’t the only ones capturing our attention. Sessions focused on more strategic topics – such as formulating an overall BI strategy or how to avoid the top 10 pitfalls faced by BI project teams – were also of great interest in Amsterdam, along with sessions from the data management and warehousing track.

Afterall, we can't forget that even the most advanced SAP and SAP BusinessObjects tools are only as good as the strategies and teams that support them.


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