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02 June 2016

Hybrid Essbase, Oracle, Kscope16, and you

Surveying the Hybrid landscape

If you read this blog, you know that Hybrid is the future of Essbase.  If you don’t agree with that you should read this, and this, and buy this book, and listen to this podcast, and read this white paper, and read this, and this, and this, and then go find the downloads for these two presentations.  Convinced?  You should at least be convinced that I think Hybrid is the future.

But as with so many things in my life, what I think really doesn’t matter.  I need only reflect on my 15 years of life with my cat as proof positive that what I think or want or need is 100% not important except for meal times and when it’s cold and I can act as the human furnace.  This harsh relationship has taught me to focus on what others need, not what I want.  See cat haters, felines are agents of self-actualization.  And hairballs.  

What really matters

What really matters in the world of Essbase is what you want the product to do.  Oracle owns Essbase, invests money in it, brings new features to market, and is literally invested in your adoption, advocacy, and use of the tool but only if you buy and use it.

How does Oracle decide what, when, and how will a feature be supported or not in Essbase?

They set product direction based on what you tell them.

Case in point and the point of this post

Hybrid Essbase – the magical combination of BSO flexibility and ASO power – has been out there for almost two years.   There hasn’t been a lot of real world noise about Hybrid’s glorious success or ignominious failure which is odd given the push many, including Yr. Obt. Svt, have made.

So what’s really going on with Hybrid Essbase?  Has anyone actually for real and for true implemented Hybrid in production?  Is it wonderful?  Awful?  Something in between?  What challenges did you face?  What was amazingly easy and awesome?
You have an opportunity to tell world+dog at Kscope16 and an opportunity to send this feedback right back to Oracle product management via John Booth’s survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GotHybrid

Who knows – you might actually get picked for the panel.  Then you can tell Oracle both to their face (I estimate the chances of someone from Essbase product management being in the room to be quite high) and via the survey whether you actually use Hybrid in production, why, what’s holding you back, and what makes it awesome.  And of course you can share your experience with your fellow Kscope16 attendees.

Noting names

Fellow ACEs John Booth, Tim German, Mike Nader, and Yr. Obt. Svt. have all signed on for this.  We’re True Believers in this open relationship with Oracle.  We hope you will too.

Be seeing you.

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