Summit 2016: Best Practices

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Beginning a Successful Data Mastering Initiative

Jakub Bartak, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Thursday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Organizations can be faced with many questions when the time comes to roll out a Data Mastering strategy: Where do you start? What needs to be mastered? Who needs to be involved? What needs to be cleansed? How do you select matching attributes? Attend this session to get an idea of what it takes to be successful in your data mastering initiative with the iWay Omni-Gen platform. See these practices in use in the iWay Omni-Gen Integrity Labs.

Build the Sustainable Application

Rob Palmer, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate
Tuesday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
Applications can be built that are great. Applications can be built that deliver value. But are they sustainable? Can they be supported, maintained, and enhanced? Can they be owned? This presentation will show you how to build the app that we all want to build.

Building an EDI Application

Walter Zublionis, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate | Prerequisite: iWay Service Manager knowledge.
Thursday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
Using iWay Service Manager, we'll review the most intelligent way to build electronic data interchange (EDI) applications from the start of a transaction to the end. Topics to be highlighted include pre-parser, channel, and process flow discussions and examples. We'll also talk about storing sensitive partner data securely, and encrypting outbound data files and/or the transport of the data (i.e. SFTP, FTPS, AS2).

Data Wrangling: Preparing Data for Analysis

Clif Kranish, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate
Tuesday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
"Data wrangling" refers to the large amount of time people spend working with data to get it into a usable format for analysis. The WebFOCUS Reporting Server has new and improved capabilities to address these needs, starting with data profiling to help users understand their data. Come to this session to learn how to use the Synonym Editor to create maps between input data sources for a consolidated view, as well as how to enrich data with additional columns that add new information. You'll also see how data from a spreadsheet can be uploaded to a database and transposed for analysis.

Design the Future

Porter Thorndike, Information Builders
Dan Weingart, Information Builders
Jim Thorstad, Information Builders
Kathy Kendall, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical | Prerequisite: Attendees must be Porter Thorndike superfans.
Thursday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Porter Thorndike once lifted a giant boulder straight over his head and authored the 8.2 product default Neutral Portal Theme and Warm style sheet. The research and rationale that went into these defaults are applicable to myriad design topics and strategies. In this session, we will review the research and rationale that covers color, layout, and UI/UX for Reports, Visualizations, InfoApps, and Portals.

How to Build Powerful InfoApps Part 1: Research and Design Principles

Jeff Hendrickson, Information Builders
Vicky Lozovsky, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Part 1 of this two-part presentation explains the absolute necessity of thorough user experience research and documentation to start every project. You'll learn what it is, how to do it, and how to use it for the successful completion of your project. Then, user interface design topics like chart selection and placement, workflow, color theory, and progressive disclosure will be covered. Join this session to see real examples of good and bad in charts, color selection, and application control placement.

How to Build Powerful InfoApps Part 2: InfoApp Design Process and Demonstration

Vicky Lozovsky, Information Builders
Jeff Hendrickson, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate | Prerequisite: How to Build Powerful InfoApps Part 1.
Wednesday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
In the second part of our How to Build Powerful InfoApps sessions, we wrap it all up by discussing and demonstrating how to build an InfoApp using the user experience (UX) research as your guide, and the user interface (UI) design to put it all online for your customers. See first-hand how Information Builders experts create cutting-edge BI applications.

Introduction to WebFOCUS Security

Lori Pieper, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Tuesday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Security in WebFOCUS 8 is very flexible and granular, but can also be confusing. This session will demonstrate how to apply security rules, and then log in as different users to see how the rules manifest. It will also cover private versus public, the nuances of sharing, how one user can have multiple privileges in different folders/portals, and more. This session is perfect for those new to WebFOCUS 8 security, as well as those who need a refresher.

Portal to Paper: Techniques for HTML-to-PDF Styling

Jennifer Lalik, Information Builders
Cheryl Hilton, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate | Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of WebFOCUS reporting and styling.
Thursday 8:30AM - 9:30AM
You know all those highly interactive, jazzy, formatted web pages we so easily create for the web in HTML? Users want to print them, and have them look exactly like they do on the web. In this session, you'll learn step-by-step best practices to satisfying the needs of users who want to print web pages.

Real-World Strategies for Deploying Big Data

Stephen Mooney, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Thursday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Many organizations struggle to effectively put Big Data to work. Why? The reasons cited include limited IT resources and staff, little experience with Big Data infrastructure components, IT overhead for managing Big Data environments, and managing data assets within a Hadoop environment. This session will demonstrate how iWay Data Manager for Apache Hadoop addresses these and other challenges when deploying Big Data to the enterprise.

Relational Efficiencies, Part I: JOINing It All Together

Renee Teatro, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Wednesday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This demonstration on relational efficiencies will review a variety of WebFOCUS relational queries, concentrating on JOINs. Get a better understanding of how JOIN requests are translated into SQL via WebFOCUS tracing, and what can be adjusted in the queries to ensure optimal performance. Examples will use SQL Server, but the information is applicable to all relational data adapters.

Relational Efficiencies, Part II: Top 10 Things You Should Know

Renee Teatro, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Thursday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
This demonstration on relational efficiencies will review a variety of WebFOCUS relational queries, concentrating on the ability to pass SQL snippets and leverage subqueries. Examples will use SQL Server, but the information is applicable to all relational data adapters.

Turning Insight Into Action With PMF

David Cook, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
Self-service information discovery provides business insight. But you need to convert that insight into sustainable business performance. This session will demonstrate how to turn insight into action using goals, metrics, and projects to drive process execution and behavior changes in your business. Come see how Performance Management Framework (PMF) can automate and align your strategy with your operations, and help you easily adjust to business changes. PMF enables information integration among financial, customer, social, partner, and other metric domains in your strategy plan.

Visualize With InfoAssist+

Porter Thorndike, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical | Prerequisite: Attendees must be Porter Thorndike superfans.
Wednesday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Porter Thorndike will lead a fellowship of visualization enthusiasts on a whimsical journey that will leave even Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf in a jealous rage. We will use InfoAssist+, Information Builders' most sophisticated visual analysis offering to date, to analyze in-the-news data sets with state-of-the-art, interactive visualizations. We'll dive into advanced visualizations such as chord, arc, network, and sankey and review all of the interactive features, including brushing, drill-down, and publishing as InfoApps.

Why WebFOCUS Scales: How to Optimize WebFOCUS

Mark Nesson, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
Learn how to tune WebFOCUS for optimal configuration and performance. This includes understanding the Load Simulator and how to use it in your environment. Different platforms will be covered, including LINUX, Windows, and UNIX. Bring your concerns to this presentation so they can be discussed.