Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG)’s annual Kscope14 conference is coming up soon, and you’re probably just now looking at the schedule and >250 opportunities to network and learn and saying, “How in the heck do I prioritize all of this great stuff?” Since I’ve been in your shoes several times before, I wanted to provide my recommendations on the “must do” agenda items at Kscope14.
Keep in mind that Performance Architects’ focus is the business analytics arena, which we define as the intersection of business intelligence (BI), data discovery, and enterprise performance management (EPM)…and in Oracle product speak, that means Oracle Business Intelligence, Endeca Information Discovery (OEID), and Hyperion, as well as supporting/enabling technologies such as data integration, data warehousing, etc…so if you’re focused on other areas, this blog post may not provide a comprehensive guide for you!
If you’re lucky enough to be able to attend the weekend activities, I recommend kicking off your conference experience with the Kscope Community Service event on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to get to know Seattle, and also to network and connect with your fellow conference attendees in an informal, low-pressure setting! In addition, the project this year is with the Nature Consortium, a local Seattle charity that connects people, arts and nature, a wonderful cause and a fun way to spend a Saturday in a new place!
Sunday is where you can really start to dig in and to get the benefit of the conference experience. The first “must do” of the conference is the BI and/or EPM Symposiums. These are all day, really substantive learning opportunities that provide a forum to interact with Oracle product management and other experts in these solution areas that you won’t experience during other times at the conference.
In terms of the conference sessions that kick off Monday, there are simply too many to list in this post. For those of you who don’t get to attend more than one Oracle conference in a year, I strongly recommend that you try to fit in Oracle’s product and technology roadmap sessions in whatever product areas interest you. Since this conference falls fairly close to Oracle OpenWorld, you may be lucky enough to get some preview information on Oracle product announcements. I (of course) also have to promote Performance Architects’ session; if you’re interested in BI, make sure to include Performance Architects’ “The Joys and Griefs of Oracle Business Intelligence Data Modeling” session on your schedule (Tuesday June 24th, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Session 5). If you have other specific interests and want my unvarnished opinion on what sessions look good, feel free to shoot me a note and I’ll send you more details!
Monday night events are also a “must do” because they provide another good opportunity to mix and mingle with the folks in your functional/technical focus area in a fun, low-pressure environment.
As an exhibitor, I have to put in a plug to attend the happy hours in, and to take the time to walk through, the Exhibit Hall (Performance Architects booth is #611). This conference does a particularly good job of making sure most of the top consultants and software vendors are available to talk about the latest and greatest in this field in the exhibit area.
Finally, Performance Architects is hosting a very special, invite-only event during ODTUG Kscope14. We are also happy to schedule some 1:1 time with you at the show if you have any particular questions. For either item, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you details.
Enjoy the show! – and we hope to see you there.
Author: Kirby Lunger, Performance Architects