Summit 2016: Development Techniques

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An Updated How-to Guide on Styling Active Technology Reports

Maryann Federico, Information Builders
Carlotta Cunningham, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate
Thursday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Custom styling of Active Technologies has been improved in WebFOCUS 8.1 and higher. This session will cover how to create an Active Technologies Report using InfoAssist, how to control the styling elements using WebFOCUS style sheets, and how to control styling using the new method of using JSON.

Hidden Gems in the World of Reporting: Part 6

Walter Blood, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate
Thursday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
WebFOCUS is a very deep product, with powerful functionality gems that need to be unearthed. This session continues the search for those hidden gems in the areas of visualization, data description, expression building, producing unique output formats, and mixing the WebFOCUS language with other languages, especially JavaScript. Are you maximizing the functionality that is available from the data description? How can you create variable output dependent on the data you are working with? What are some of the most useful user-created functions we have seen, and can you use them? These and other questions will be explored in demonstration and detail.

How Are You Functioning With Inline Visualization?

Anthony Alsford, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate | Prerequisite: Knowledge of WF Functions and HTML/JavaScript.
Thursday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
Many reporting requirements can call for inline visualization to be applied on a row but out-of-the-box visualization solutions may not suit the purpose. In this session, you'll find out how to harness Functions and JavaScript to meet that requirement now that HTML standards have progressed.

How to Train Your Elephant 2: More Ways to Access Data Managed by Hadoop

Clif Kranish, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate
Thursday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Hadoop has become almost synonymous with big data as more organizations use it for their big data initiatives. In this presentation, we will look at the many changes in the Hadoop ecosystem and WebFOCUS Hadoop support in the past year. Two new adapters were introduced in Release 8.2 for Apache Drill and Apache Phoenix. We will compare these with the original adapter for Apache Hive and Cloudera Impala. We also look at HBase, the NoSQL database for Hadoop, and how the three adapters compare. Finally, we will show you how to connect WebFOCUS Reporting Server to a Hadoop cluster secured with Kerberos.

In-Database Predictive Model Deployment Using RStat and Teradata

Bruce Kolodziej, Information Builders
Eric Greisdorf, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate
Thursday 8:30AM - 9:30AM
With the volumes of data organizations are collecting and analyzing today, a scalable platform is required to enable pattern discovery, and to also deploy predictive models to score large data volumes in the database. This approach minimizes data movement, leverages the power of the database, improves scalability, and improves data security. Join us for a demonstration of building a predictive model with WebFOCUS RStat and the multiple ways models can be deployed to the Teradata database as user-defined functions, including an extract, transform, and load (ETL) process and scoring records for business decisions.

Introduction to Tracing and Logs in WebFOCUS

Maryann Federico, Information Builders
Carlotta Cunningham, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Thursday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
This session covers all the tracing and log options that can be enabled on the WebFOCUS Client Administration Console. This includes information regarding the best instances to use each as well as examples.

Off to See the Wizard: Techniques and FOCWizard Tips for All

Art Greenhaus, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Advanced
Thursday 8:30AM - 9:30AM
In this session, the FOCWizard will show date handling techniques developed based on support calls, and demonstrate how FOCUS can do whatever you need, simply and easily. New features in FOCUS and WebFOCUS will be covered, as well as, where applicable, solutions that will work in older releases. Special attention will be placed on code, whether entered via a text editor or generated by GUI tools, with an emphasis on producing reports with the right data in the most efficient way possible. We will also show tips and techniques posted by Focal Point wizards, who often have a different perspective.

Omni-Gen Techniques

Louis Deturris, Information Builders
Inessa Gerber, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Thursday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This session covers best practices for successful Omni-Gen implementation in your data mastering projects. You'll hear about data modeling concepts, data integrity best practices, artifact management, your Omni-Gen ecosystem, and integration for onboarding your data. You'll see how to streamline implementation as this session also offers a checklist of things to do and to know about Omni-Gen

Reporting From the WebFOCUS Repository: Utilities You Can Use Now

Barry Austin, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate | Prerequisite: Knowledge of WebFOCUS 8 structure.
Thursday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Each WebFOCUS 8 site has a repository, with an underlying database (SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, etc), where all of your Domain Content and ReportCaster content is stored, along with your users, groups and security rules. I have created a set of utilities that queries this repository and delivers very commonly needed information. This is not easy to do, since this information is now stored in the relational database. In WebFOCUS 7.7 and earlier, one could use external text crawling tools to obtain this information, but now these older approaches cannot be used. The new utilities will help WebFOCUS administrators and developers gain better insight into their repository and beyond the standard offerings in the product. In this session, you'll learn what these utilities offer and how to easily implement them in your WebFOCUS 8 environment.

Turning Real-Time Data Into Real-Time Insight

Hans Heerooms, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Advanced | Prerequisite: Some knowledge on modern software architecture.
Thursday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
As business operations get more automated and the enterprise gets more connected with partners and customers, the need for fast response increases. Fortunately, all this interconnectivity is supported by a huge volume of data containing lots of information. The challenge is to capture this data and transform it into actionable information, by preference as soon as the data flows in. In this session we will explain how you can use Information Builders' software to build such a real-time analytics platform. The use case for this session will be the real-time monitoring of the Tweets of a couple of marketing campaigns.

Under the Hood: What Happens When You Run a Report?

Walter Blood, Information Builders
Walter Brengel, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate
Thursday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
What actually happens when you run a WebFOCUS report? Should you be using DEFINEs or COMPUTEs for your virtual fields? At what point should you be filtering - at input or output? Should you be using JOIN or MATCH or MORE? Join the two Walters for a session that dives into the internals of the WebFOCUS reporting engine - helping you find the best answers to questions like these and more as you design with WebFOCUS.

WebFOCUS and Microsoft Office: Working Together

Kathy Kendall, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Thursday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
WebFOCUS provides extensive interaction with Microsoft Office as both a consumer and a producer. The enhanced WebFOCUS Excel Upload Wizard can be used to incorporate local spreadsheet data into your analysis and reporting environment, while the Quick Data Excel Add-In makes it easy to extract data from your corporate databases and combine it with other information in your local workbooks. WebFOCUS can also produce sophisticated Excel workbooks and PowerPoint slide decks containing styled information. Come see how these touch points between WebFOCUS and Microsoft Office will ease the path for turning data into accessible information for your users.