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SAP Sybase BI Event

Micromail and SAP BI event in Dublin

On Monday the 11th of November, Micromail teamed up with SAP to offer a free BI and Databases Seminar.

As SAP’s main reseller in Ireland, we felt a highly focused seminar would help address some of these recurring customer pain points:

  • Reports are too time consuming to create thereby affecting your workload.
  • Reports are prone to errors.
  • Searching for a solution where your data provides you with true business insight and a single version of truth.
  • Insight into how to perform in-depth analysis without support from IT.
  • Remotely accessing your data to obtain a rapid view of your business and make informed decisions.

Nic Nouvion, SAP’s BusinessObjects, Sybase & Crystal Partner Manager took the floor to address the above points by demoing SAPs BI solutions including SAP Sybase ASE – an RDBMS designed for high-performance transaction-based applications involving massive volumes of data and SAP Sybase IQ – now faster and more efficient for extreme-scale data warehousing and big data analytics.

A good and engaged turnout, with an insightful presentation from our SAP BI ‘know-it-all’ (take a bow, Nic J) resulted in a fruitful morning spent in the very pleasant Morrison hotel.

Thanks again to all who attended, and provided feedback on our survey, which will guide us on our next event. Stay tuned!

Diarmuid – SAP Crystal licensing expert at Micromail.

Over the past few years the student offering for Microsoft Office has undergone numerous modifications. From product configuration to pricing, updates were frequent and hard to keep up with. Now Microsoft have now announced another major change which should hopefully standardise this offering and bring some much needed clarity, becoming available from the 1st December.

The good news? Office for students will be FREE!

The catch? It is available only to students whose academic organisation covers 100% of their organization’s faculty and staff with either Office Professional Plus or Office 365 Pro Plus.

In fairness this isn’t much of a catch, with most sites running Microsoft Office having such an arrangement in place. The product will be an annual subscription to Office 365 Pro Plus.

So what next? The qualifying organisation will need to contact their Microsoft reseller  in order to activate the offering. Once this is complete you will of course need to consider the practical implications of deployment etc. Microsoft will make deployment guides available (to the best of our knowledge) and there should be some level of direct support.

So if you want to get up and running, ask your organisation to contact their reseller/LSP to get the ball rolling! Oh …and did I mention, it is FREE

Seán Deasy – Microsoft education licensing specialist.