BIP User Sessions?

Yesterday I provided an update on available training fro BIP in its various flavors. I tacked on to the end of the post the fact that we had little, if any, more advanced training available. I mentioned the 'Advanced Techniques for BI Publisher ' session I had proposed on OracleMix and we needed votes or at least an idea of how popular such a session at OOW08 might be. Overnight we have rocketed up the charts from ~50th to joint 16th place - it only took 10 extra votes but they count we are officially a mover and shaker. I was impressed with you dear readers!


Why?


1. I now know I have at least 10 readers - assuming you all read and acted on yesterdays post :0)
2. I was more impressed by the fact that several of you posted comments about the possible session. So it was not just a click fest but you felt strongly enough to want to comment
3. There is obviously a hunger out there for more advanced information and we need to satisfy the need.
4.  The power of the blog - a simple article spurred you into action.


So, I know we have at least one session in place for BIP at OOW - its a more apps oriented session and we plan to talk about all the apps that use BIP plus how you might setup the standalone application as the central reporting server across your applications. Im now talking to Mike in the product management team about providing a more advanced techniques session. We have discussed this in recent months but were not sure how much demand there might be for it. Now, 16 votes is not bad, the top session currently has 31 votes - neither are going to fill a room thou or provide enough 'clout' to say the demand is there - we need more votes people!


That said, not everyone can get to OOW and looking at a powerpoint slide deck, even with notes is not the most useful thing in the world. To satisfy the non-OOWers, I have, in the past raised the idea of doing monthly/bi-weekly 'public' BIP sessions where we can discuss techniques, go through some worked examples, have a template clinic, etc I'd like to do it but dont want to be talking into the ether for an hour - is this something else you might want to join? I want it to be a two way street thou, I'll kick off the first few but after that I need folks to step up and maybe walk through some of their stuff, templates, architecture and such like. Drop me a mail or comment, let me know what you want to see - if I see enough interest I'll get it organized and we can see how it goes.

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