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Your Guide to Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG) Kscope17
Posted on June 7, 2017
Author : Melanie Mathews, Performance Architects

Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG)’s annual Kscope17 conference is coming up soon, and you’re probably starting to try to build your schedule! Since there are a bunch of networking opportunities and special events at Kscope, we thought we should share some of the ‘must attend’ happenings!

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!

This year Kscope17 is hosted in sunny San Antonio and if you are lucky enough to get in a couple of days early, take advantage of the absolutely gorgeous resort that is hosting this year. Perhaps some cocktails while you float in the JW Marriott’s lazy river?! We also recommend kicking off your conference experience with the Community Service event on Saturday.  This year, ODTUG has partnered with Haven for Hope in its mission of radical compassion, driven by hope, to move people from a feeling of worthlessness to the pursuit of excellence.  Haven for Hope provides drug treatment, job training, education, medical services, and so much more all on one campus. They strive to provide participants with the opportunity to better their own lives by moving from homelessness to full employment and stability in their lives. You will have several options to help at Haven for Hope: activities such as meal prep, campus beautification, helping in the free store, serving coffee, and playing bingo with residents.

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, 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, we strongly recommend that you try to fit in Oracle’s product and technology roadmap sessions in whatever product areas interest you.  Below is a list of our sessions:

  • Monday, Jun 26, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:30 am (Grand Oaks I): Cloudy with a Chance of PBCS: Tips and Tricks for Migrating On-Premise Oracle Hyperion Planning to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)
  • Monday, Jun 26, 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Wisteria/Sunflower): It’s All About The Data: Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) Data Sync and Remote Data Connector
  • Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017, 8:30 am – 9:30 am (Magnolia): Advanced Data Visualization Techniques Using Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS): A Cal State Pilot Case Study
  • Wednesday: Jun 28, 2017, 8:30 am – 9:30 am (Grand Oaks I): Moving The University of Pennsylvania Hyperion Planning On-Prem to the PBCS Cloud: A Journey of Consolidation, Migration, and Enhancements
  • Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017, 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm (Grand Oaks A/B): Diagnosis Close: How Vertex Pharma Uses Planning, Essbase, and OBIEE to Close the Books

We also want to invite you to play a fun game with us this year: KScope Session Quest! Simply stop by our Booth (#217) on Sunday or our first session on Monday and get your Performance Architects Session Quest card.  If you get stamped at each one of our five sessions at Kscope (or as many as you possibly can given your travel schedule), we will enter you into our drawing to win a $200 Amazon gift card! Simply email us a pic of your completed card to enter the drawing. We encourage you to take time to walk the exhibitor hall during breakfast/happy hours. 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.

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. You will likely see us at the BI Texas-Style Trivia in Grand Oaks H and at the EPM Cloud Lounge in Grand Oaks G.

Lastly, Tuesday’s Lunch and Learn sessions are information-packed Q&A panels from 12:45 – 1:45 PM led by Oracle ACE Directors, ACEs, and ACE Associates.

Finally, Performance Architects is hosting a very special, invite-only friends and family dinner during ODTUG Kscope17. 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 communications@performancearchitects.com and we’ll send you details.

Enjoy the show! – and we hope to see you there.


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