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ODTUG Kscope19 Conference Preview
Posted on June 11, 2019
Author: Kirby Lunger, Performance Architects

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”  This is one of French journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s most famous sayings, which loosely translates to, “The more things change, the more they stay the same!”

It’s that time of year again, when the technical leaders of the Oracle enterprise performance management (EPM) and Analytics/BI communities meet up at ODTUG’s KScope19 conference.  This year, the event will be held in Seattle from June 23th – June 27th.  The format and “rhythm” of the event is almost identical to many past years, with one notable exception.  Concurrent with this conference, Oracle’s Analytics product leadership team is hosting the first annual Oracle Analytics Summit at Skywalker Ranch June 24th – June 25th.  This means that many of us will be splitting time between the two events, and we’re hopeful that in future years, we won’t have to make this choice!  That said, Oracle is live-streaming part of the Summit for Kscope attendees, and you’ll need to register here to attend.

Other than that, if you remember my blog post about the conference from last year, you’ll see an almost identical lineup of my top five Analytics and EPM highlights (plus one bonus highlight) of the show.  The event should be comfortingly familiar to anyone who’s attended before, and is also very approachable for you “newbies” out there.

The Bonus Event: Community Service Day

So, first, the “bonus” event…on Saturday, the Kscope conference team hosts a community service day project.

This year, ODTUG partnered with Pike Market Food Bank, which as the conference site mentions, “alleviates hunger in downtown Seattle by providing families with free healthy groceries weekly. The food bank distributes more than 800,000 pounds of food annually with more than 40,000 visits and home deliveries. In operation since 1979, the Pike Market Food Bank is a fixture of Market life and part of a community approach to ensure that all residents in downtown Seattle have access to quality and nutritious food.”

So, what would you do if you attend?  According to the Kscope conference website, “ODTUG Kscope attendees will assemble 1,000 sack lunches of nutritious, ready-to-eat, non-perishable meals. These “no-cook” bags meet the nutritional needs of Seattleites facing homelessness and other emergency situations. Based on increased need for food that doesn’t depend on kitchen or housing for preparation, Pike Market Food Bank aims to provide this service in addition to their regular food bank hours. This activity will serve the community’s growing emergency food needs for over a month.”

I unfortunately can’t attend this year, but as a long-time board participant and individual/corporate volunteer with The Greater Boston Food Bank in my hometown of Boston, I can weigh in on how rewarding it is to help meet such a basic and important need in the community.  It’s also a wonderful way to meet conference attendees who you might not otherwise rub shoulders with during the event!

#1: Sunday Symposia and Performance Architects Event

Kscope provides free symposia all day on Sunday from Oracle product leadership on four topics: Apex, Database, EPM and Analytics (BI and Essbase), which include “deep dive” sessions on product strategy and direction and features/functionality.  It’s a useful time of year to hear from Oracle’s team on these items, because it’s right after their fiscal year end (May 31st) and provides great insight on FY 2020 plans!

Also, if you’re in town Sunday night, Performance Architects’ team is hosting a very special, invite-only event. Please send an email to communications@performancearchitects.com and we’ll send you details.

#2: Conference Sessions

There’s tons of content in both the Analytics and EPM arenas, since these are two of the four focus areas for the event.  I obviously must plug Performance Architects’ sessions here (or, you can visit us at Booth #240 if these don’t fit in your schedule):

  • Implementing Next Generation Financial Planning and Analysis using EPBCS and OAC: Torani Case Study, Monday, June 24, 2019, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM, Room 307/308, Level 3
  • How to Implement Oracle Analytics, BI, and Big Data: A Customer Case Study Panel, Monday, June 24, 2019, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM, Room 3B, Level 3
  • The Changing Landscape of EPM/BI, Tuesday, June 25th, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM, Room 3A, Level 3
  • Stepping Up to the Cloud with Oracle Analytics at University of Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 3B, Level 3
  • You Made It to The Cloud with Oracle PBCS/EPBCS…Now What?, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Room 6A, Level 6
  • Groovy-ETL: Building Better PBCS & OAC Integrations Using REST API, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM), Room 604, Level 6
  • How Rutgers Transformed Finance with Oracle EPM (Hyperion) Cloud (ARCS, FCCS, PCMCS, EPBCS, EPRCS), Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Room 211, Level 2
  • Deep Dive: Visualization Showcase, Thursday, June 27, 2019, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Room 612, Level 6

#3: Monday Community Night Events

Community Night Events are a long-standing tradition. The EPM community is holding an engineering challenges contest, while the Analytics/BI group is hosting its annual trivia contest.

#4: Lunch and Learn Events

Oracle ACE Directors, Oracle ACEs, and Oracle ACE Associates are featured on panels right after lunch on Tuesday, June 25th, and will be holding “open mics” to answer whatever Analytics and EPM questions you may have.  A full schedule is available here

#5: Thursday Deep Dive Sessions

These were added to the Kscope agenda last year and were so popular they’re repeated this year.  Analytics and EPM topic areas include: Analytics; EPM Data Integration; Essbase; Financial Close; and Planning.  Due to the overlapping events this week (meaning that we don’t have as many attendees as usual at Kscope, unfortunately) Performance Architects team members are participating in the Analytics track.  A full list of sessions is available here.

Still need help and advice on what to do at the conference?  Interested in meeting with Performance Architects’ team 1:1 at the event?  Contact us at communications@performancearchitects.com and we’d be happy to help!

If you still need to register, you can use Performance Architects’ code PAR19 to get a $100 discount on the conference registration.

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