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25 May 2012

KScope12 session highlight No. 5

Let’s get exclusive

Over the last four days I’ve highlighted: what I think will be a really important infrastructure session and whitepaper, 10 important ODI presentations, some out of the norm sessions that cover a whole bunch of technologies (and some of which aren’t even particularly technical), and a track for those who are new to the awesomeness that is Essbase.  These are (mostly) all presented by Orcale’s customers and partners.  But what about Oracle employees as presenters?

Kscope12 has an awful lot of people from Oracle at it.  Hardly surprising given that the first letter in ODTUG is “Oracle”.  Don’t let that name lead you to believe that Oracle dictates what is at the conference – I was elbows deep (now there’s an interesting visual metaphor that I leave to you to fill in) in the EPM selection process and ODTUG’s volunteers decide it all.  We figure out what we’d like to have Oracle present and then ask them (politely, mind, we are not dictators) to participate.  Sometimes they say yes, sometimes no, but usually yes.  It’s a collaborative process and it still fascinates and surprises me how open they are.  I imagine I sound like an Oracle cheerleader sometimes, but red really isn’t my color and it is amazing to see how well Oracle’s product development staff works with ODTUG.  How often would the likes of me get to talk to product development senior management?  Never is the answer, except for ODTUG.  Yes, ODTUG is that awesome.

So what’s the Oracle agenda?

Sunday symposium

The Sunday EPM symposium (there are other symposiums as well for Apex, BI, EPM Business Content, Db and Developer’s Toolbox, and Fusion) is one of my favorite parts of the conference.  Lest you think (and really, why would you?) I have some sort of inside track on what Oracle is up to for its next releases let me disabuse you of that notion – the symposium is where I find out what the next release (and beyond) of EPM will be.  Here’s what the symposium will preview with demos, slides, and Q&A sessions:
  • EPM Foundation and common services
  • Oracle Essbase
  • Oracle Hyperion Planning
  • Oracle Hyperion Financial Management
  • Oracle Business Intelligence
  • Data Management & Integration tools
  • Other projects in development

It’s very, very, very exciting stuff and is unparalleled access to what’s coming down the pike in our little EPM world.  If there is one session you should attend at the conference, this is it.

Sessions

If the symposiums are the ghost of EPM future, then the sessions are the ghost of EPM present.  This is where Oracle shows we lucky few how the (usually) new products work.  It is pretty cool stuff.

Disclosure Management
Karin Cheung, Oracle Corporation
When: Thursday June 28, Session 18, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM Business Content

Implementing Financial Close Management & Custom Integrations
Janette Kosior, Oracle Corporation
When: Tuesday June 26, Session 11, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Topic: Hyperion Applications - Subtopic: Reporting and Other Hyperion Apps

Customizing Planning interfaces via ADF
Prasad Kulkarni, Oracle Corporation
When: Monday June 25, Session 4, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Topic: Hyperion Applications - Subtopic: Planning

Exalytics and Planning
Prasad Kulkarni, Oracle Corporation
When: Wednesday June 27, Session 13, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Topic: Hyperion Applications - Subtopic: Planning

Oracle EPM/BI Development Panel
Al Marciante, Oracle Corporation
When: Monday June 25, Session 1, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase

Oracle Exadata Technical Features Overview
Dan Norris, Oracle Corporation
When: Monday June 25, Session 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Topic: Database - Subtopic: Infrastructure/Management/Security

Exalytics and Essbase
Gabby Rubin, Oracle Corporation
When: Tuesday June 26, Session 6, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Topic: Business Intelligence - Subtopic: BI Applications

Essbase 11.1.2.2 New Features
Gabby Rubin, Oracle Corporation
When: Wednesday June 27, Session 14, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase

A Forward Look at Essbase
Gabby Rubin, Oracle Corporation
When: Wednesday June 27, Session 16, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase

Enterprise Projects Financial Planning - An Integrated Approach
Shankar Viswanathan, Oracle Corporation
When: Tuesday June 26, Session 9, 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM Business Content

Deep Dive into the New Features in Planning 11.1.2.2
Shankar Viswanathan, Oracle Corporation
When: Wednesday June 27, Session 13, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Topic: Hyperion Applications - Subtopic: Planning

Intro to HFM 11.1.2.2: Working with Almost Unlimited Custom Dimensions, and Intro to an Entirely New User Interface
Rich Wilkie, Oracle Corporation
When: Thursday June 28, Session 18, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Topic: Hyperion Applications - Subtopic: HFM

Intro to Oracle Financial Management Analytics (HFM pre-built dashboard for OBIEE)
Rich Wilkie, Oracle Corporation
When: Thursday June 28, Session 17, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Topic: Hyperion Applications - Subtopic: HFM

Customer Panel (Aramark, Experian and General Dynamics): Better Together - Oracle EPM and ERP Solutions
Neela Chaudhari, Product Development
When: Monday June 25, Session 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: Case Studies/Panels

That is a lot of direct-from-Oracle goodness.  Where else are you going to find this scope and breadth and geekiness?  Nowhere else is where.  Are you coming to San Antonio?

And so we are done

I’m not entirely sure why I thought writing a blog post every day this week was a good idea.  I tend to have these great (ahem) ideas that then proceed to eat up my free time – this week’s blitz is yet another example.

The thing is, I really haven’t covered all of the cool things at Kscope12:  the volunteer day, EPM Midnight Madness, the Special Event, the networking, the lunch n learns, the labs, etc.  I’ve had multiple people tell me that they wish they could split in two (mad scientists working on cloning, here is your target market) so they could attend simultaneous sessions.  It really is that good.  I hope that this series gave you a taste of what to expect but really the only way to know is to go.  See you in San Antonio!

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