Business Insights

September 2016
In This Issue
GROW YOUR BUSINESS: Expert Advice and More
50 Business Problems I've Addressed with Predictive Analytics, Data Science and Advanced Analytics
ASUG BI + Analytics Conference
The Role of Predictive in Your Analytics Strategy
De-Risking Your S/4HANA Implementation - Recording Available
ASUG BI Webinars
ASUG Data Governance Summit
Reporting & Analytics 2016
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GROW YOUR BUSINESS: Expert Advice and More
50 Business Problems I've Addressed with Predictive Analytics, Data Science and Advanced Analytics
In Patrick McDonald's new blog post, he goes through a list of business problems that he's addressed throughout his career around data science and advanced analytics.

A few of the problems consist of:
  • Estimating hybrid yields and crop characteristics across multiple geographies, soil types, climates, and ecosystems based on performance of limited field trials. Estimating the same for heretofore uncrossed inbreds.
  • Accurately forecasting the demand for promotional items driving the market basket 18 months into the future in order to accommodate an extended supply chain.
  • Estimating the brand capital associated with consumer brands in the marketplace. E.g. What is the value of a brand in the marketplace in terms of both goodwill on the balance sheet and an organizations ability to leverage the brand capital through marketing to deliver sales.
  • Network optimization for optimizing supply chains. Optimizing supply chain routing in near real-time.
  • Optimal scheduling of ship dates for seasonal goods based upon stochastic analysis of probable events along the chain in order to assure supply without clogging the pipe.
To check out the full list, click below!

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ASUG BI + Analytics Conference
Join us at the upcoming ASUG BI + Analytics Conference, formerly known as the SAP Analytics & BusinessObjects Conference, in New Orleans. ASUG BI + Analytics aligns IT professionals and those in the line of business. This expanded experience is tailored to incorporate the business user and bridge the gap between analytics and outcomes.

Date: Monday, October 17 - Thursday, October 20,2016
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans ~ 601 Loyola Avenue ~ New Orleans, LA 70113

Protiviti Speakers:
  • Pre-Conference: Critical Tips and Tricks for Implementing SAP HANA - Jonathan Haun & Don Loden
  • Using the SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence to Gain Business Insights - Chris Hickman
  • Data Preparation Made Easy: SAP's Solution for Speedy Cleansing and Blending - Beth Barnes & Don Loden
  • Stronger, Better, Faster: Integrate SAP Crystal Reports into Your .NET Application - Dell Stinnett-Christy
  • Data Governance in Practice: Lessons Learned in the Real World - Rich Hauser
  • Commanding SAP Crystal Reports to do it the Right Way! - Dell Stinnett-Christy
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The Role of Predictive in Your Analytics Strategy
Two of the hottest terms in the business world right now are "Predictive Analytics" and "Data Science" - we all know that they are the keys to making better decisions and ultimately improving business performance, but how do they actually do it? And if they are so crucial, why isn't everyone implementing them?

In this article, Ashish Morzaira discusses barriers to predictive analytics, how to add predictive to your analytics strategy and how to make it happen and work for your organization.

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De-Risking Your S/4HANA Implementation - Recording Available
How prepared are you to handle S/4HANA implementation risks?

Don't make the same mistakes you have made in the past with your ECC migration.

In this webinar, we discuss real-life recommendations to identify and mitigate your S/4HANA project risks with practical examples including:
  • Key project risks our clients are encountering with S/4
  • Creating a governance and change management program
  • S/4 Business Processes - How to Manage Deltas & Changes
  • Security & Compliance - What's different in S/4?
  • Data & Analytics - S/4 Strategies for Data and Preparation Layers
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ASUG BI Webinars
Interested in expanding your knowledge in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, SAP HANA, SAP Predictive Analytics, and more? Checkout the ASUG September BI Webinar Series.

Topics Include:

  • Empower Business Users with Predictive Insights Using Expert Analytics
  • DIY-BI: Lumira in Action at Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Everything You Want to know in Visualization Extensions - Lumira, Design Studio & Web Intelligence
  • CA AMP Introscope - What a BI Platform Admin Needs to Know
  • What's New in SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP03?
  • Learn how Your Deployments get Faster and Better with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP03 with a Preview of the Future
  • Leveraging SAP Cloud Infrastructure and Third Party Cloud for SAP BusinessObjects Deployment
Each webinar starts at 12:00 pm ET and are 1 hour in duration.

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ASUG Data Governance Summit
The ASUG Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Community will hold its 12th Annual ASUG Data Governance Summit in Atlanta, GA.

Date: Monday, October 31, 2016 - Wednesday, October 2, 2016
Location: Coca- Cola ~ 1 Coca-Cola Company ~ Atlanta, GA 30313

The ASUG Data Governance Summit 2016 will consist of presentations, demos on various Data Governance-related solutions, and hot topic breakout workshops focusing on the processes and technologies of data-driven organizations. Attendees will be able to talk with experts from SAP and various SAP partners.

Protiviti customer Blue Buffalo will be presenting "Sit, Stay, Heel: Implementing a Well Trained Data Governance Program at Blue Buffalo".

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Reporting & Analytics 2016
Join Protiviti at the Reporting & Analytics Interactive 2016 Conference, co-located with Cloud 2016 and six others, in Orlando, FL. Exploit the full potential of the SAP reporting tools that you already own and solidify the next steps in your SAP reporting and analytics roadmap.

Dates: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Preconference
Conference: Wednesday, November 2 - 4, 2016
Location: Rosen Shingle Creek ~ 9939 Universal Blvd. ~ Orlando, FL 32819

Protiviti is a sponsor and will be speaking on the following topics:
(R&A / Cloud)
  • A Detailed Guide to Navigating the Requirements and Challenges of an Upgrade or Migration to SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 (Preconference)
  • Hands-On Lab: Mastering the Latest Reporting Capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
  • Drive Results with Real-Time KPI Dashboards: How to Develop SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio Dashboards that Provide Powerful and Engaging Information
  • Change Management Strategies to Increase ROI and Align Business Processes with Your Integration Initiatives
  • Key Insights into Integration Governance, Security and Risk Management
  • Tips and Trick to Ensure Optimal Performance of Your Hybrid Environment
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