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Performance Architects: Looking Forward to Higher Education Data Warehousing (HEDW) Forum 2017
Posted on April 21, 2017
Author: Kirby Lunger, Performance Architects

The Higher Education Data Warehousing (HEDW) Forum 2017, an event that focuses on learning and networking for technical developers and administrators of data access and reporting systems, data custodians, institutional researchers, and consumers of data representing a variety of university audiences, is coming up this Sunday, April 23rd – Wednesday, April 26th at The University of Arizona (in Tucson, AZ).  Since the Performance Architects team has attended this event for several years, we wanted to highlight some of the key items that we think are most interesting about the conference for those of you who are attending.

Pre-Conference Workshops

HEDW holds pre-conference workshops on Sunday that provide “deep dives” into specific topics; we are particularly interested this year in the Kimball (data warehousing) fundamentals workshops.


This is a smaller conference, so most of the presentations are given by actual solution customers, as opposed to vendors…which means it’s a rich learning environment.

That said, I have to put in a shameless plug for Performance Architects’ presentation during the conference.  We are presenting Monday morning April 24th at 9:15 AM in the Santa Rita Room. The topic is “Introduction to the (New!) Oracle Analytics Cloud Service (OAC): A Higher Education QuickStart.” Oracle just introduced Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), combining the best of Oracle’s BI, data discovery and big data solutions into a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution.  The Performance Architects team will discuss the components of the OAC solution (including Essbase, BI Cloud Service or BICS, and Data Visualization or DV); how to integrate with Oracle EPM (Hyperion) and related EPM and BI technologies; use cases; and a fast and easy way to get started.

Fun and Networking

The conference hosts some fun events so that you can meet your peers and enjoy their company!  The Welcome Reception is held on Sunday and is a “don’t miss” way to see who’s attending the show this year.  The Monday Networking Dinners are a great way to connect with other attendees in an informal setting.  And, finally, Performance Architects is also hosting a special, invite-only event on Tuesday evening 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!


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