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Making the Most of Your Data with Advanced Analytics Webinar Series

Join Protiviti’s John Harris as he presents two dynamic webinars that will help you make the most of your data using advanced analytics. From developing a customer analytics strategy to how to capture the vast amounts of information in your production systems to make prescriptive decisions, John’s sessions will give you insight into what’s happening now in data analytics.

Register for one or both! 

How CX Information Can Accelerate Your Customer Analytics Journey
Wednesday, Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm ET

Often, companies struggle with maximizing the value of the huge amount of customer data they capture and retain, yet some are leveraging customer analytics to begin tapping into the value of that information. In this session, attendees will learn how to align customer experience information with a customer analytics framework to accelerate their journey to meaningful and actionable customer insights.

Key Learning Points: 

  • Review the overall purpose and framework of a customer analytics strategy
  • Learn the difference between a Customer Analytics and Customer Experience program
  • Discover with CX information is critical to a customer analytics strategy


Leveraging Advanced Analytics & ERP Data for Production Optimization, Capacity Analysis and Scenario Production Planning
Wednesday, Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm ET

Consumer packaging and manufacturing companies capture vast amounts of information with their production ERP systems. In most cases, this information is primarily used for reporting and ad hoc queries on things that have already happened. The information is rarely used to make prescriptive decisions on how to optimize production processes and planning decisions.

This customer case study will illustrate how Protiviti demonstrated the value of leveraging advanced analytics to a large manufacturing client, using their ERP data to create optimized daily production schedules, increase plant capacity, and execute scenario planning analysis. This capability was not available from their ERP system or any of their plant-shop floor accessory software packages. Attendees will learn how Protiviti used optimization modeling to accomplish a number of objectives including reduction production coasts, determining the impact of each customer’s order patterns on resource utilization and evaluating the ability to absorb new customer demand.

Key Learning Points: 

  • Discover ways to leverage advanced analytics to maximize the value of ERP data
  • Learn how to identify analytics-based projects of utmost interest to senior management
  • See how to leverage optimization for operation and strategic planning decisions

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Getting to Excellence in Business Intelligence Webinar Series

We invite you to join experts from Protiviti’s Data Management and Advanced Analytics team for this three-part webinar series. Join us on consecutive Wednesdays in September at 2:00 pm eastern to learn how to take your BI programs to the next level.

Register for one or all three! 

A How-To Guide for Creating a Global Analytics Hub
Speaker: Marshall Kelley, Manager
Wednesday, September 12 @ 2:00 pm

Imaging bringing 15 different ERP systems into one unified analytics data mart, using SAP Data Services and SAP HANA®. In this webinar, attendees will learn how to create a global analytics hub using several SAP® solutions in a complex technological environment. This session will also cover proven methodologies for BI success and share tips with attendees on how to gain valuable insight from real-world projects.

Key Learning Points:

  • Identify systematic and repeatable best practices for driving success and increasing user adoption
  • Review real-world projects, discussing the technology, strategy and methodologies
  • Hear tips about staying agile in a global analytic environment


Hybrid Analytics: Bridging the Gap between Cloud and On-Premise
Speaker: Patrick NeSmith, Director
Wednesday, September 19 @ 2:00 pm

It seems everyone has a cloud analytics solution these days and there are many valid use cases for moving analytics to the cloud. But that doesn’t mean abandoning an existing SAP® BusinessObjects™ on-premise solution in favor of the cloud. This webinar will review use cases for both on-premise and SAP Analytics Cloud and discover how a hybrid approach can help organizations quickly and affordably provide information from a greater number of sources to a wider user base – ultimately, driving adoption and empowering users to make better decisions.

Key Learning Points:

  • Learn how to leverage your on-premise investment to get the most out of cloud analytics
  • Discover when to use on-premise, cloud, or hybrid
  • Learn how to add cloud analytics without complicated licensing


Creating a Business Intelligence Center of Excellence – A Step-by-Step Approach for Success
Speaker: Chris Hickman, Associate Director
Wednesday, September 26 @ 2:00 pm

Establishing a Business Intelligence Center of Excellence (COE) is a proven approach to achieving a strategic, cohesive, enterprise-wide BI environment. This session will walk attendees through the process of establishing a COE, an internal group that provides services and oversight to the various development groups within an organization. Attendees will learn how establishing a COE will allow them to guide BI initiatives within their firm (regardless of size or maturity) to achieve common goals. Attendees will also experience the challenges and benefits inherent in this process, along with the bottom-line results that can be expected when a successful COE is in place.

Key Learning Points: 

  • Understand how to evaluate your organization’s business intelligence maturity model
  • Assess the value opportunities of implementing a center of excellence
  • Assess the risks associated within maintaining the status quo
  • Define the typical properties of a business intelligence center of excellence

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2016 Security Webinar Series

End-to-End Security for Your SAP Environment

From designing and configuring your SAP application security to implementing SAP BI and HANA security, our Webinar Series gives you tips, tricks and best practices from our top SAP experts.

Join us on Thursdays @ 2:00 pm Eastern beginning April 21st. This series gives you real life examples on how to properly secure and manage your SAP landscape.

Register for one or all three!

Securing Your SAP Application 
Speaker: Michele Makuch
Thursday, April 21 @ 11:00 Pacific | 1:00 Central | 2:00 pm Eastern

Designing and maintaining a best in class SAP security environment is a challenging endeavor given the complexity of parameters and general IT controls that need to be properly configured and monitored.

Join Michelle Makuch, SAP security expert, to understand the key steps to design and maintain an optimized SAP security environment helping you avoid the need for a redesign later.

Key Learning Points 

  • Improve your SAP role design strategy
  • Learn key general IT controls to implement and monitor
  • See how to establish an adequate SoD management framework
  • Understand how to institute a comprehensive SAP security program, including cyber-security risks



Implementing SAP BI Security Best Practices
Speaker: Bob Zenker
Thursday, April 28 @ 11:00 Pacific | 1:00 Central | 2:00 pm Eastern

BI has become pervasive for decision-making at all levels. With that pervasiveness come risks due to a centralized architecture that houses potentially sensitive data in one place that can be used by many people.

Join Bob Zenker, BI expert, to learn how to properly implement SAP BI security based on practical experiences and real-world use case studies. This session will provide detailed tips and tricks for participants on implementing security for adhoc users and discuss challenges of security data and BI content.

Key Learning Points

  • Learn best practices on implementing 3rd party security applications like SAP, Windows AD and LDAP
  • Gain an overview on data security in Universes, Crystal Reports and SSO to databases
  • Review deploying mobile access to BI content utilizing SSL or VPN
  • Examine mobile application security setup on devices within the BI4.1 architecture



Securing Your SAP HANA Environment
Speaker: Jonathan Haun
Thursday, May 5 @ 11:00 Pacific | 1:00 Central | 2:00 pm Eastern

Although all systems have to deal with authentication, authorization and user provisioning, SAP HANA deviates from typical database platforms in the amount of security configuration that is done inside the database.

Join Jonathan Haun, co-author of “Implementing SAP HANA”, for expert recommendations on configuring SAP HANA and setting up the proper security models for your SAP HANA system.

Key Learning Points

  • Get best practice strategies to properly provision users, manage repository roles, and implement a manageable security model in SAP HANA
  • Gain an overview of the 4 different types of privileges in SAP HANA
  • Explore how third-party authentication can integrate with SAP HANA
  • Find out how to provide selective access to data using analytic privileges in SAP HANA



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Save on SABOC & Score Big on Education, Influence & Networking

We have a sweet deal for you to a hot destination attended by the smartest people in the business, featuring state-of-the-art SAP customer stories that add up to, yes, you got it, the only cool SAP Analytics and BusinessObjects event of the year, SABOC.

Starting Monday (July 27th) morning at 12:01 am CT, and running for three days only, you save:

  • $500 if you register on Day 1
  • $400 if you register on Day 2
  • $300 if you register on Day 3

Plus save an additional $100 off by applying the Decision First promo code P23001!

The SABOC flash sale ends at 12:00 am (midnight) CT Wednesday, July 29.

We are excited about this event taking place in Austin, TX  the music destination (and more) of the South. And we have a lineup of customer stories, SAP roadmaps, hands-on education, influence opportunities, and dashboard entertainment that is just unprecedented. Bottom line? We want everyone in BI and analytics to add to and benefit from the synergy of this unique event in the SAP ecosystem.

Do the analytics and make it happen. Just enter code FLASH15 when prompted.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Reporting & Analytics Interactive 2014

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Join DFT at the Reporting & Analytics 2014 Conference, co-located with Project Management 2014 and Planning and Performance Management for SAP Customers, in Atlanta, GA. Expand your skills and knowledge by learning from top experts at SAP, independent consultants and your industry counterparts.  Attendees will come away with actionable advice, field-tested guidelines, and new techniques for leveraging SAP BI tools to enable better decision-making and uncover critical business insights.

Pre-Conference Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Conference Dates: Monday, October 27 – Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Location: Omni CNN Center ~ 190 Marietta Street ~ Atlanta, GA 30303

Conference Highlights:
  • Interactive workshops with group problem solving and take home resources
  • Hands-on labs with guided exercises, step-by-step direction, and expert instructions
  • Live solution demos delivered by SAP, consultants, AND customers
  • Facilitated small group networking by tool, industry, and topic
  • Ask the Customer and Ask the Experts roundtables: get answers to the questions that matter to you most


Pre- Conference – Sunday, October 26

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Critical Success Factors for Planning and Executing an SAP HANA Implementation Project
Jonathan Haun and Roy Wells

Hands-On Lab
(Seating is limited. Registration is required and begins on the first day of the conference)

Tuesday, October 28

8:30 am – 9:45 am

A Comprehensive, Hands-on Guide to Building Executive-Level Dashboards with SAP BusinessObjects 4.X
Chris Hickman and Patrick Leonard
(This session is repeated on Wed, Oct 29 at 2pm)

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Mastering the Latest Reporting Capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Chris Hickman and David Hudgins
(This session is repeated on Wed, Oct 29 at 10am)

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Unlock and Unleash the Full Potential of Your Universe Using the Latest Capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Information Design Tool
David Hudgins

Interactive Workshop

Tuesday, October 28

10:00 am – 11:15 am

The BI Challenge! Turning Raw Data into Striking Analytics in 60 Minutes Flat: Can it be Done?
Bob Zenker, Don Loden, and Patrick Leonard
(This session is repeated Wed, Oct 29 at 3:30pm)


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ASUG Data Governance Webcast

Data Quality Metrics and KPIs: How to Present Them?
Rich Hauser

In this session, we’ll discuss where metrics should be sourced from across Information Steward and Data Services. We’ll also address what options you have for presenting the metrics. For example, we’ll discuss how to represent these KPIs and metrics with Business Intelligence tools.

Date: March 18, 2014
Time: 12:00pm ET
Location: Online

Our Recipe for Growth: The Evolution of Data Governance at ConAgra Foods
Don Loden

Learn about ConAgra Foods Just-In-Time (JIT) MDM Program and their implementation of a Passive Governance Strategy, Data Rules, and Processes leveraging SAP Information Steward. See what a successful governance program looks like in the real world. Watch a live demonstration of SAP Information Steward business-focused data quality scorecards executing directly against SAP ECC.

Key Points:

  • Business Case: JIT MDM at ConAgra Foods
  • Passive Governance with SAP Information Steward
  • SAP Information Steward – Real Time Connection to ECC, Scorecards, and Data Validations

Date: March 18, 2014
Time: 2:00pm ET
Location: Online

Must be an ASUG member to register for webcast

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Don’t Miss the Most Significant Events of the Year! BI 2014 and HANA 2014!!

Why Should You Attend BI 2014 & HANA 2014?
Two Events for the Price of One!

BI & HANA 2014 are co-located and take place at the Walt Disney World® Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, March 24-27. Plus, Basis & SAP Infrastructure 2014 will also be co-located with BI & HANA 2014, so it is really…THREE EVENTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

BI 2014 delivers unsurpassed education for professionals that support SAP BusinessObjects BI & SAP NetWeaver BW and HANA 2014 provides valuable sessions for organizations evaluating, implementing and optimizing SAP HANA.

Decision First will be sponsoring and speaking at both BI and HANA 2014. Our experts will be leading several sessions and will be on-hand to network with customers throughout the day. Don’t miss this opportunity to get all your questions answered face-to-face!

Our close collaboration with SAPinsider makes it possible to extend a special registration discount, up to $500 off the onsite price, to all our valued clients and colleagues who have not yet registered! To receive your discount, you must enter the conference site through the links below.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend: 

  1. Most focused technology event in 2014 exclusively dedicated to SAP BusinessObjects & SAP HANA
  2. Over 100 education sessions plus pre-conference workshops and networking events
  3. Network with top industry experts and understand what other customers are doing in this space to maximize return investment
  4. Learn from real-world business use cases and determine what tools and processes are best for your needs
  5. Obtain best practices for administering and supporting your BusinessObjects BI & SAP HANA landscape

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Links for Your Discount: 

BI 2014

HANA 2014

Hope to see you in Orlando!

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Data Geek Finalist Announced

The 2013 Data Geek Challenge finalist are in! Data Geeks from all over the world joined this years challenge to fight the Lord of Dark Data. With over 150 submissions, each category was narrowed down to only 3 finalist. Decision First Technologies is proud to announce that Hillary Bliss has been named one of SAP Lumira’s Data Geek Finalist.

You can review each submission and cast your vote by clicking on the link below. You may vote as many times as you would like.

Vote Now

The winners of each category will be announced via SAP Lumira YouTube Channel on Friday, December 13, 2013. The winner in each category with the most votes will receive an exclusive Data Geek badge on the SCN and will be crowned the Ultimate Data Geek for 2013!

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Webinar: Mobile BI Expert Webinar Series

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Take Your BI Mobile with SAP BusinessObjects Solutions

SAP® mobile BI solutions deliver real-time visibility into big data with a secure, mobile experience that features interactive visuals and intuitive search. Empower everyone in your organization to take action and deliver results from anywhere with business intelligence solutions delivered to your mobile device.

By using these new solutions you can:

  • Access your essential business intelligence reports on the go
  • View insights through graphs, charts, and tables on a mobile device
  • Run better with personalized reports, dashboards, analytics, and key metrics

Join us for our four-part Expert Series of webinars to see how you can leverage SAP mobile BI solutions like SAP Crystal Reports®, SAP BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence®, SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer and SAP Lumira™.

Each of the four webinars is one hour-long and with a one-time registration you can sign up for as many of the free webinars as you’d like.

Architecting Your Mobile BI Platform
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Taking Crystal and Webi Reports Mobile
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Building Dashboards for Mobile Consumption
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Shaping Your Mobile Strategy with Explorer and Lumira
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