COLLABORATE 17, the largest meeting of Oracle user groups representing the full family of Oracle business applications and database software, is taking place Sunday, April 2nd through Thursday, April 6th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The event is co-hosted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), and Quest International Users Group (Quest), which means this is the biggest meeting of Oracle users outside of Oracle OpenWorld! As a result, the event can be somewhat difficult to navigate, so the Performance Architects team wanted to share our thoughts on important happenings at the conference for the BI and EPM (Hyperion) communities.
The OAUG holds pre-conference workshops on Sunday that provide “deep dives” into specific topics; these are a great way to get detailed instruction (and sometimes continuing professional education credits!) and to network with like-minded people. Most of these cost an additional fee to attend. The Performance Architects is hosting one workshop:
Special Interest Group Sessions and Events
There are four key special interest group (SIG) sessions and events that you should add to your calendar for BI/EPM-related topics:
- Monday, April 3rd, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM: OAUG Hyperion SIG Session (Session ID: 10178 – Breakers E). Register here: https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/317668
- Tuesday, April 4th, 4:15 PM–5:15 PM: OAUG Endeca SIG Session (Session ID: 10010 – Breakers L). Register here: https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/317501
- Wednesday, April 5th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: OAUG Oracle Business Intelligence – Big Data SIG Session (Session ID: 10214 – Breakers E). Register here: https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/317704
- Hyperion Connect Reception! Join us on Tuesday, April 4, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and network with your fellow Oracle EPM users at a special reception just for this community within COLLABORATE. Share ideas, make connections and meet Oracle executives and product developers. The reception will start at 7 p.m. in the Palm Foyer of the North Convention Center and preregistration is not required!
There are 1200+ sessions organized into 17 tracks, so it’s essential to figure out a schedule during the conference (just getting to sessions during the breaks can be tricky!).
We strongly recommend attending the Oracle roadmap sessions, as these are probably the only public roadmap sessions you’ll get to see until Kscope this June or OpenWorld in the fall. For EPM, we recommend:
For BI, there aren’t any “official” roadmap sessions, so we recommend the BI-Big Data and Endeca SIG meetings mentioned above, as we know Oracle product management leaders will be attending both SIGs and presenting on product strategy and roadmap details at those sessions.
We would also be remiss if we didn’t mention that the Performance Architects team has several presentations scheduled during the conference:
Fun and Networking
The conference hosts some really fun events so that you can meet your peers and enjoy their company! The Welcome Reception is held on Sunday night at the House of Blues and is a “don’t miss” way to see who’s attending the show this year. The Monday Welcome Reception in the Vendor Showcase is also a fun kickoff event (with free drinks and food) and is a helpful way to see who’s exhibiting and what’s new in the vendor world (Performance Architects will be hosting a fun game at Booth 847). If you’re lucky enough to get to stay for the end of the conference, the Attendee Appreciation Party on Wednesday night should also be on your schedule.
Performance Architects is also hosting a special, invite-only event during the conference. If you’re interested in learning more, please email us here and we’ll let you know if there’s still space to participate.
We look forward to seeing you soon!