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The Inside Scoop from COLLABORATE 19
Posted on April 15, 2019
Author: Andy Tauro, Performance Architects

The Performance Architects team had a blast at COLLABORATE 19 last week – and what a week it was!

First, we’re very excited that two of our team members won top awards for their contributions to the Oracle community.  Oracle Applications and Technology Users Group (OATUG) named Performance Architects Partner and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Kirby Lunger “Member of the Year” for her significant contributions to the organization’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and governance through her participation in several committees.  Consultant Astha Patni was selected as the “Women in Technology Recognition Program Honoree” for her passion for spreading awareness by helping other women excel in technology-related professions or fields of study.  Details on both awards and awardees’ contributions are provided in an OATUG blog entry here.

Our team members accepting their awards, along with the rest of the award recipients from the OATUG awards ceremony:

We also presented the following sessions; these are available on the Performance Architects Learning Center™, a free community and forum that provides on-demand business education related to the analytics/business intelligence and enterprise performance management arenas.  You have to sign up but membership is free.  Note we list SIG sessions here because we have Performance Architects team members who participate in these groups:

  • Bet the House: Using Oracle DV Machine Learning to Predict Sports Events for Fun (and Profit?)
  • Better Financial Planning in EPBCS with Groovy: Business Rules & REST API ETL Make a Difference
  • Charting an Effective Reporting and Analytics Program: A Biotech Case Study
  • Dual Paths to The Cloud: Oracle PBCS and Analytics Cloud at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Hands-On Oracle Analytics Cloud Service!
  • How to Implement Oracle Analytics, BI and Big Data: Customer Case Study Panel
  • How to Execute a Multi-Solution Oracle EPM (Hyperion) Cloud Initiative (ARCS, FCCS, PCMCS, EPBCS, EPRCS)
  • Implementing Next-Generation Financial Planning & Analysis and Analytics using Oracle EPBCS & OAC
  • OAUG Analytics, BI and Big Data SIG: Oracle Strategy Update & Case Studies
  • OAUG EPM/Hyperion SIG: Special Update 2019
  • You Made it to the EPM Cloud (PBCS/EPBCS)…Now What?!

Our team preparing to present with University of Pittsburgh about the institution’s move from on-premises Oracle solutions to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) and Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC):

Presentations aside, the conversations we had at COLLABORATE 19 with people focused on the Analytics/BI and EPM (Hyperion) arenas gave us insights into the following themes:

  • Now that EPM Cloud (Hyperion) has been live for some time, we’re seeing implementations across various pillars of the EPM suite that rival any of the major on-premises implementations (e.g., planning, consolidation and close, data management, tax, account reconciliation, and profitability and cost management)
  • People seemed to have heightened interest in the migration of on-premises Oracle BI (OBIEE) solutions to the Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), especially from customers who are using Oracle Discoverer and Hyperion Intelligence as their primary, legacy reporting tools; improvements made to OAC as part of the March 2019 update have improved stability and capabilities, and Oracle-managed cloud is the way to go as the Generation 2 (Autonomous) platform is better administered and is more stable
  • There was increased awareness and interest in machine learning (ML) across the board, but people generally do not know where to start. It is hard to find a real-world use case that they can use it for this in the short-term (and if you’re one of these people, get in touch, because we can help!)

We also had a great time with those of you who were able to make it to the Analytics, BI, Big Data and EPM (Hyperion) party we sponsored at the Hyatt Poolside Roof Deck.  We’re awaiting the “official” party pics from OATUG, but I’ve attached a few snapshots so that you can see the fun that was had by the ~200 attendees!  If you have other photos you can share, please email them to us at communications@performancearchitects.com and we’ll update this post with them.

The Analytics, BI and Big Data SIG stuffing gift bags before the party:

Finishing up the gift bags:

The Analytics, BI and Big Data and EPM/Hyperion SIGs welcome guests to the party:

The gorgeous sunset from the party:

Enjoying each other’s company (and a few adult beverages too!):

The Analytics, BI and Big Data and EPM/Hyperion SIG teams celebrate a job well-done post-party:

We would also be remiss if we didn’t mention the other big news of the conference.  Proving that the only constant in life is change, all three of the associations that “collaborate” on COLLABORATE all made major changes to their brands and operating structures.  Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) rebranded to Oracle Applications and Technology Users Group (OATUG) to “convey more accurately its ongoing commitment to serve members working in both functional and technology roles.”  Quest Oracle Community and Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) announced a friendly merger right before COLLABORATE as well.  We look forward to seeing what these transformations bring to the Oracle user community!

We’ve already marked our calendars for COLLABORATE 20, to be held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV from April 19-23, 2020.  We hope you’ll join us there!

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