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October 2013

Business Intelligence News

Strategies for creating an information-driven culture

  1. Featured Content
  2. Customer Stories
  3. Upcoming Events & Webinars

Welcome to the October issue of Business Intelligence News!

One of the main goals we have for this newsletter is to help you create an information-driven culture. One of the core business challenges is that many people don’t know how to leverage data to make better decisions. So join us for a new series on applying the art of critical thinking to information. In addition, you will find a variety of content, from new analytics messaging, to SAP Sybase IQ, predictive analytics, and Data for Good. And coming up in next month’s issue, we’ll dispel some common myths about BI and SAP.

Saskia Battersby, GM BI Solution Management


Applying the Art of Critical Thinking to Information

At the heart of Business Intelligence and creating a data-driven culture is an ability to understand and trust information. Central to making well-informed and sound decisions, in business and in life, is the ability to think critically. In this first blog, in a series, learn about the Five Step Approach to Critical Thinking.

Learn this five-step approach to making informed decisions »

Are You Ready to Unleash the Power of Collective Insight?

How do you use analytics today? And how can you ensure that future generations use analytics in a way that makes sense? James Fisher, VP, Analytics Product Marketing shares his thoughts on ways to use enterprise business intelligence solutions to bring people together and have them collectively engage with data - and each other.

Big Data and tools such as SAP Lumira aren’t just for big corporations to make big profits. They can also be used for good when in the hands of some smart and talented Data Scientist.

Find out more about the successful SAP-sponsored Data for Good Event »

SAP talks a lot about SAP HANA, but did you know that we have other great technology to support a Big Data story for those on a budget? This blog from a member of the SAP Sybase IQ team explains how SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions and SAP Sybase IQ are delivering real value.

Learn more about SAP Sybase IQ & BI today »

A Bucket of Wings: A Case Study of Better-Informed Decisions

We all run into situations in our everyday life where we have to make “better informed” decisions. The concept of “better-informed” decisions is distinctly different than the concept of “better” decisions— the former is generally a choice, whereas the latter often results from an action. Kaan Turnali from SAP discusses his real-life experience of visiting his favorite Organic deli on a Friday evening that led to better informed decisions.


Titanium Metals has been with SAP for over a decade, utilizing our BW and ECC solutions. When they decided to invest in business intelligence software, picking SAP was a no-brainer.

Listen to Paul Fernandez explain how they visualized a global set of KPI’s in one dashboard to ‘change the way they managed their orders’ in this SAP Customer Testimonial Video.


October 27-29, 2013: Midmarket CIO Forum – Tucson, Arizona

November 11, 2013: BI Innovation & Implementation – Free Online Training

November 20 - 22, 2013: Reporting and Analytics 2013 – Orlando, Florida

November 21: Guide to the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 DCP (Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Pack) - Migration Webinar

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Read Previous Issues:

September: BOUC Summary

August 2013: Visualizations

July 2013: Creating an Analytics Culture

June 2013: 4.1

May 2013: Sapphire Recap

April 2013: Spring Cleaning

March 2013: Spring Forward - Innovation

February 2013: Hot Topics

January 2013: New Years Resolution

December 2012: Year End - Dashboards

November 2012: Upgrade to BI 4

October 2012: Budgeting

September 2012: Kick-off

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