One of the highlights of the year for the Oracle enterprise performance management (EPM) and Analytics/BI communities, ODTUG’s Kscope18 conference, is taking place in Orlando in from June 10-14. There are literally hundreds of opportunities to learn, network and have fun…which I know as a several-time attendee can be completely overwhelming! The intent of this blog post is to help you separate the “wheat from the chaff” to invest your time wisely at the event.
Before I get into the EPM and Analytics/BI community “top five” list, I have to give a plug for something completely non-technical. On the day before the conference kicks off (Saturday), Kscope hosts a community service day project which is a wonderful way to give back to the community and to meet and network with other conference attendees.
This year, ODTUG partnered with UP Orlando, which provides, “crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and placement, personal empowerment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers to all people living in poverty and seeking to improve their situation. UP Orlando uses all these tools to provide a hand UP to the 180,000 people dealing with hunger in Orange County, Florida.” Volunteers will work in the Member Grocery Center, “unpacking in the warehouse, breaking down boxes, stocking and cleaning shelves, and possibly helping them with computer updates.”
#1: Sunday Symposia
Kscope provides symposia all day on Sunday from Oracle product leadership on four topics: Apex, Database, EPM and Analytics (BI and Essbase) free of charge. These are wonderful “deep dive” sessions on product strategy and direction, new product features, and the state of the market, right after Oracle’s new fiscal year starts.
Also, if you happen to be around Sunday night, Performance Architects is hosting a very special, invite-only friends and family dinner Please send an email to email@example.com and we’ll send you details.
#2: Conference Sessions
You obviously need to focus a bit here on what you’re specifically trying to learn within the EPM and Analytics/BI areas. I’d be remiss if I didn’t put a plug in for Performance Architects’ sessions here (or, you can visit us at Booth #214 if these don’t fit in your schedule):
- Oracle PBCS: Crawling, Walking, and Now Running in the Cloud at VCU, Monday, June 11, Session 1, 10:45 AM (Northern E3)
- How to Build a Business Analytics Business Case When the Future Is Cloudy, Monday, June 11, Session 2, 1:15 PM (Northern A1)
- Myth Busters: Migrating to Oracle EPBCS, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Session 6, 11:45 AM (Southern II)
- “Adequate” Planning Doesn’t Cut It at San Francisco State University! – Oracle PBCS Case Study, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Session 8, 3:45 PM (Southern II)
- Rock your EPBCS Financial Reports using OAC, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Session 9, 9:00 AM (Northern A3)
- Using Oracle Data Visualization? STOP!, Wednesday, June 13, Session 13, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (Northern A3)
#3: Monday Community Night Events
Community Night Events are a fun, somewhat goofy, networking opportunity in your community of interest. This year, the EPM community is hosting a lip-synch event, while the Analytics/BI group is holding a trivia contest.
#4: Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheon
Join all genders in constructive conversation around WIT issues as they pertain to these solution areas at Kscope’s annual Women in Technology Luncheon! We are particularly excited this year to attend as Performance Architects’ own Linda Stewart will be awarded Kscope’s 2018 “Women in Technology (WIT) Scholarship Award” at the luncheon.
#5: Thursday Deep Dive Sessions
These are a new addition to the Kscope agenda, and promise to be a very productive and interesting series of talks, with “deep dives” on Apex; Big Data and Data Warehousing; Database; EPM Reporting, BI Analytics, and Data Visualization; Essbase and OAC; Financial Close; and Planning. These “TED Talk” style discussions promise detailed content from experts in these fields. Performance Architects team members are participating in the EPM Reporting, BI Analytics, and Data Visualization and Planning tracks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to help!