Check out the presenters listed below.
Patrick Abram is a Director of Technology focusing on Oracle Business Intelligence and Siebel CRM. He has deep technical architecture expertise ranging from application infrastructure, operating systems, and databases to CRM application integration and reporting. Patrick is a thought leader in clinical trial and consumer sector analytics as well as best practices in data warehouse design for flexibility and performance. He focuses heavily on infrastructure planning, installation, and automation of ongoing maintenance. In 2012, he began teaching Oracle University classes at Perficient's education center in Houston, Texas.
Presentations:Accelerating Oracle BI Apps with Essbase 12c
Gary Adashek works for General Electric Company (GE). In his current role with GE Digital, Gary is a Senior Manager of Data Integration for ERP, EPM, and BI solutions. Prior to this role, he was at GE Healthcare as a member of the initial global implementation team with a concentration focus in Hyperion Planning. Gary has the breadth and depth of work experience throughout his 15+-year career in various IT/finance roles coupled with industries from financial institutions, consumer packaged goods, and global conglomerates.
Presentations:Data Train: ALL ABOARD! Essbase Drill, OBI, and Big Data
Liron Amitzi is an Oracle ACE and a senior Oracle DBA with over 18 years of experience. During these years, Liron worked as a senior consultant with a large number of companies in various fields and managed an Oracle Professional Services Team. He is currently in Vancouver, BC, founding the Canadian branch of his Israeli Company, Brillix-DBAces.
He mainly specializes in high-availability solutions, performance, backup and recovery, and other infrastructure and application database areas. He is also a well-known senior instructor and lectures in Oracle courses, events, and forums. Liron holds a BSc in computer science and is a BCOUG Executive Committee member.
Presentations:Look Inside the Locking Mechanism
Francisco Amores is the EPM Integration Lead for Infratects and brings over eight years of experience as an EPM Integration Specialist with a total of nine years in consulting services. Prior to Infratects, Francisco's responsibilities included EPM Integration Architect consulting, leading and implementing integration projects, facilitating project quality assurance, and delivering training for EPM integration tools (ODI, FDM, FDMEE) for companies such as Oracle, ING Insurance, Pirelli, and Sanofi Aventis. Francisco holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Malaga and University of Bedfordshire as well as a degree in project management from the University of Malaga.
Francisco joined the ACE community in October 2015.
Presentations:Black Belt Techniques for FDMEE Admins and Developers
Bernard Ash’s EPM technology specialties include the implementation of and delivering of training for Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Integration (FDMEE, ODI, DRM, HAL, etc.), and custom API work; however, he has also worked extensively with web and relational database programming.
Bernard has presented at conferences and customers to audiences of all sizes and levels within Fortune 100 companies – from executives to programmers and from the advanced to the novice – even including some who try to use their mouse as a remote control.
He has presented at Hyperion conferences such as the Top Gun and has worked on all aspects of the following :
- Planning and Essbase
- Project management
- Requirements gathering and business analysis
- Troubleshooting and optimization
- Product escalations
As an experienced systems designer and implementer, Bernard understands the challenges of satisfying demanding customers with limited resources and how to leverage technology and best practices to maximize existing investments.
Presentations:Exalytics-Compatible: Automate Your Linux Backups
Joe Aultman first went to Essbase Bootcamp in the year 2000 and found out that Essbase is the coolest tech there is. Since then, he has grown as an Essbase developer, Planning administrator, Hyperion installer/upgrader/patcher, and designer at a major retailer, a major government services provider, and a major online advertising company. Having been lured by the siren song of consultancy in 2013, Joe now travels the country assessing EPM/BI implementations and telling big companies what they ought to do.
Presentations:Is Your EPM Implementation Falling Behind? The Top 11 Signs
Don't Worry, You Can Still Get Geeky with Planning Cloud
Dietmar Aust is working as a Freelance Consultant in Germany, focusing on Oracle Application Express and Oracle XE. Starting in 1997, he worked for three years as a consultant for Oracle in Germany. Since then, he has helped numerous leading companies in Germany to successfully deliver web-based applications based on the Oracle product stack, especially the Internet application server – Oracle Portal and Reports. He is a regular presenter at various Oracle conferences (ODTUG, OOW, DOAG), conducts training classes on APEX, and co-authored a book on APEX best practices in German (Oracle APEX und Oracle XE in der Praxis), as well as Expert Oracle Application Express in English. He was awarded Oracle ACE status in 2012. Find out more about him at http://www.opal-consulting.de or http://daust.blogspot.com.
Justin Baker is a Senior Analytics Solution Consultant with Oracle Corporation out of the Midwest, designing analytics solutions for the cloud. He has been working with OBIEE since the Siebel Analytics 7.5 days and has been designing analytics solutions since 2003 across multiple industries and BI platforms. Justin spends his free time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking with the family.
Presentations:Integrating Raspberry Pi Sensors with Data Visualization
Galo Balda is an Oracle Database Development Engineer currently working for the State of Texas where he specializes in the design and performance of the Social Services Applications that support several state programs such as Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, and CHIP. Galo is an Oracle ACE and a frequent speaker at Oracle and user groups conferences, including Oracle OpenWorld, RMOUG Training Days, and ODTUG Kscope. He blogs at http://galobalda.wordpress.com and tweets at @GaloBalda.
Back to Top
Catherine Baldasty is a highly skilled Solution Architect who brings over 25 years of accounting, consolidations, FP&A, PM, and Enterprise Performance Management application development and deployment to her engagements. She has been implementing HFM since 2003, and the predecessor products, Hyperion Enterprise and Micro Control, since 1990. Catherine has also provided clients with an integrated solution for the extended financial close and reporting processes by implementing Close Manager and Account Reconciliation Manager.
Catherine's representative accomplishments include managing the build of all metadata, rules, security, data integrations, and reporting solutions, including development of a reporting process to validate Cash Flow utilizing HFM. She has worked with clients on their Chart of Accounts rationalization and development, multiple currency reporting requirements, translation considerations, intercompany reporting, and other consolidation solutions such as equity eliminations in a dual SEC filing capacity. Catherine has developed integrations using Financial Data Quality Management (FDMEE) to streamline the flow of data from various source systems. She has also been responsible for the development and delivery of several multinational training efforts.
Prior to joining GBI, Catherine ran her own consulting practice for 12 years and served as a manager in the KPMG (BearingPoint) World Class Finance Practice for three years. During that time, she partnered with clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, life sciences, financial and business services, and other service organizations. Her clients have included Unilever/Bestfoods, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats, Pactiv, Sara Lee, H.B Fuller, J.M. Huber, Celanese AG, Breed Technologies, Armstrong World Industries, Dade Behring, Sterigenics, IDEX, Realogy, Digital River, ADP, Triarc/Deerfield Capital Management, Westlandis Bank, Cendant, Regis, Avis Budget Group, Wyndham Worldwide, WDN (formerly Group RCI), Eaton Vance, Targa Resources, and Alcoa.
Catherine is an alumnus of the University of Illinois, where she holds a BS in Accounting, and an alumnus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she received an MBA with a specialization in information systems.
Presentations:Close Manager: Your Interactive Project Manager
After joining Hyperion Consulting in 1999, Chris Barbieri helped launch Hyperion's Financial Management (HFM) product and has become a global expert on HFM application design and performance tuning. He served as Senior Product Issues Manager for HFM, Smart View, DRM, and Shared Services for over four years before returning to consulting in 2007. Now with Finit Solutions, Chris continues to be a thought leader in HFM application design and is an Oracle ACE.
Presentations:Campfire Stories: Tips for Making Life Easier for the Financial Close Administrator
Backstage Pass: Lesser-Known Features for Easier HFM Management
What Would Happen If I Did ... in HFM? Greatest Hits and Disasters
Greg Beaton is an Oracle Hyperion Planning/Essbase Certified Implementation Specialist with over 10 years of Hyperion Planning/Essbase experience and 13+ years of accounting, finance, and budgeting and forecasting (FP&A) experience. He is educated in both accounting/finance and computer science/systems development and has a passion for technology. He considers himself a people person and enjoys teaching others how Hyperion Planning/Essbase can make their lives simpler. He brings Hyperion Planning/Essbase functional/technical expertise and a strong FP&A background to any project. Greg has continuously proven to have the ability to work directly with clients in order to meet their business objectives and transform their requirements into sound and user-friendly Hyperion Planning and Reporting solutions. He has a diverse background, with experience in oil and gas, banking, manufacturing, information technology, public sector, telecommunications, trading, and retail.
Presentations:Hybrid Essbase in the Real World: A Production Example with Maintenance-Free Currency Conversion
Philip Benz has several years of experience working to deliver and enhance applications for finance working in partnership with information technology groups across numerous companies. Philip is an experienced consultant adept at driving requirements for financial, budgeting, planning, workforce, and profitability solutions. He has significant knowledge and experience leading projects that leverage Hyperion Planning, Oracle PBCS, Essbase, Essbase Studio, and MS SQL.
Work experience includes serving in the technical lead role at a high-profile mutual fund firm focused on enhancing, modifying, and development of Essbase applications and optimizing and enhancing performance cross planning, profitability, and reporting applications to leverage Essbase Studio to automate build and load processes.
Philip has worked with other clients coordinating stakeholders internationally for application design leveraging Hyperion Planning for allocation and currency translation solutions between 35 different countries. He participated in creation of security model design and development to update security access for Hyperion Workforce Planning solutions. Philip has also trained business users to support the corporate budget process worldwide locally and internationally.
He has degrees in business administration, accounting, and information systems from Loyola University Maryland.Back to Top
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Working with OBI since the day of nQuire's acquisition by Siebel Systems in 2001, Christian Berg has 14 years of business analytics project work in all industries. His architect work spans the value chain of business analytics from source systems through ETL, logical modeling, and graphical representation as well as infrastructure/environment work and dev-ops. Areas of predilection include physical and logical modeling. Christian also teaches OBI for Oracle University and other integrators and end clients.
Presentations:When Good Queries Go Bad: OBIEE Performance Deep Dive
Keith Berry is a Senior Director in the EPM Consolidations practice of The Hackett Group. He has over 13 years of experience as a consultant designing and implementing the Oracle Hyperion EPM Suite with a focus on financial close and consolidation.Back to Top
Thomas Blakeley is currently a Senior Consultant at Performance Architects, a leading technology firm that specializes in business consulting focused on Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence. He graduated from Babson College in 2011 with a concentration in both strategic management and legal studies. His specialties include consulting, IT, corporate finance, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Performance Management, financial management, and financial planning.
Presentations:Diagnosis Close: How Vertex Pharma Uses Planning, Essbase, and OBIEE to Close the Books
Nicholas Blazosky is a Manager at TopDown Consulting. He is an Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Certified Implementation Specialist who also focuses on Essbase and Planning, with more than six years of EPM, consulting, and project management experience, including work at multi-national pharmaceutical and oil services companies. Nicholas presented a session focused on Planning at Kscope14 and Kscope15, followed by a well-attended webinar on the same topic.
Presentations:Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
John Booth brings with him over 20 years of experience with information technology and a unique focus on both Hyperion and BI infrastructure and applications. He is very active across a large, integrated network throughout the consulting and technical industry. His long history of multi-product implementations and technical research and his relevant Fortune 500 experience continue to distinguish achievements and demonstrate success for clients. John made the leap into consulting in 2008 and embraced the Hyperion community online through the Oracle Technical Network forums as well as the Network54 Essbase forum. In 2009, he began blogging and has posted many technical articles from making IE 8 work with earlier versions of Hyperion to focusing on the Amazon cloud. John is also actively involved in ODTUG, from the Kscope conference to experts panels.
Presentations:Shootout at the Public Cloud Corral: Oracle vs. Amazon vs. Google vs. Microsoft
Essbase Dashboard Smackdown!
William Bradstreet has 20+ years with Hyperion Essbase and 13+ years with Hyperion Planning. He designs and builds corporate budget and forecast systems as well as management reporting solutions, and he works with advanced Hyperion functionality including complex calculations, Hybrid BSO, ASO, Partitioning, DRM, OLU, and lights-out automation. Bill spends most of his time consulting east of the Mississippi but is willing to travel for interesting projects.
Presentations:Programming (Flexible) Automation to Use Processing Cubes (and Other Automation Tricks)
Greg Briscoe has been working with Oracle products since 2004, primarily on Oracle Data Relationship Management (previously with Razza Solutions and Hyperion). He has more than 27 years of experience in finance and technology. Greg is also experienced in project, program, and quality management for implementation delivery and software development. He has successfully managed multiple projects with budgets in excess of $70 million and has been involved in all aspects of consulting, including Oracle consulting delivery manager for five years and engagement management, solution design, project management, and services sales. Greg is also skilled in business process engineering/re-engineering; master data management, process, and data governance; technologies/architecture and solutions; and industries, including manufacturing, financial services, retail, telecom, media, and health care.
Presentations:Why IoT and Big Data Need Data Relationship Management
Paul Broughton is a Senior APEX Developer who has specialized in Oracle APEX for over seven years. He has spent this time thriving at APEX Evangelists; during this time, he has worked on a vast range of different APEX projects, allowing him to develop extensive APEX skills.
He has worked with a number of high-profile clients as both Senior Developer and Project Lead. Paul is also a regular attendee and presenter at both Kscope and UKOUG.
He also set up and is chair of the ORCLAPEX_UK meetup group. He also contributes to the APEX forums and has his own blog.
Paul first learned APEX and Oracle at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he achieved a first-class honors degree.
Presentations:Have You Sampled the Packaged Apps?
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Stewart Bryson is the Owner and Co-Founder of Red Pill Analytics, and he has been designing and implementing BI systems since 1996. He is an Oracle ACE Director, an internationally recognized writer and speaker in the Oracle community, and co-host for the video podcast "Real Time BI with Kevin & Stewart."
Stewart founded Transcendent Data in 2004 to build a consulting practice around his considerable knowledge of best practices and Oracle BI and DW products. In 2008, he joined Rittman Mead Consulting as the US CEO and later as the global Chief Innovation Officer. In 2014, along with Kevin McGinley, Stewart founded Red Pill Analytics with the desire to affect a paradigm shift in Oracle BI and DI delivery.
Presentations:Data Streaming and Analytic Microservices
Ryan Burghauser is a Senior Consultant in SC&H Group’s BPM practice and a Certified Public Accountant. Ryan specializes in Hyperion Planning implementations through PBCS. He has extensive experience assisting Fortune 500 companies with improving budgeting and forecasting accuracy, optimizing financial close processes, and reporting. Ryan has deep technical experience with PBCS, Essbase, Smart View, and Financial Reporting Studio. Ryan is also involved with SC&H’s internal training program.
Presentations:From Bogeys to Birdies: All You Need Is Drivers
Kris Calabro is currently a Business Relationship Manager for Johnson Controls with the responsibility of working with finance to define, justify, and deliver IT services and investments that enable achievement of short- and long-term business objectives. Prior to his current role, Kris served in engineering, finance, FP&A, and more recently Hyperion roles. His experience with the Hyperion platform began as an end user over 10 years ago and progressed into systems development and project leadership roles. He is active in the ODTUG community and has helped bring awareness of the organization through local Meetup/networking events in South Florida.
Presentations:A DRM Journey: A N00b's Perspective
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Karen Cannell is president of TH Technology, a consulting firm providing Oracle technology services. A mechanical engineer by degree (one of them), she has analyzed, designed, developed, converted, upgraded, enhanced, and otherwise implemented legacy and commercial database applications for over 25 years, concentrating on Oracle technologies. She has worked with Application Express since its Web DB beginnings and continues to leverage the Oracle suite of tools to build quality web applications for clients in government, medical, and engineering industries. Karen is an Oracle ACE Associate, Editor Emeritus of the ODTUG Technical Journal, an Oracle Developer's Choice Finalist, an ODTUG Volunteer of the Year, and co-author of Expert Oracle Application Express, Agile Oracle Application Express, and Beginning Oracle Application Express 4.2. Karen is an active member of ODTUG, IOUG, RMOUG, and NOUG. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentations:Going to the Grid: What the APEX 5.1 Interactive Grid Means for You and Your End Users
Blaine Carter started programming in 1995. For most of his career, he has used Oracle tools to build applications. Blaine has worked with Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports and even created a framework to generate web applications using PL/SQL similar to Oracle Applcation Express. He has done a little Java, both inside and outside the database, and of course a whole bunch of SQL and PL/SQL.
His combined experience with Oracle Database and open source led him to a brand-new position at Oracle Corporation: Oracle Developer Advocate for Open Source. Blaine helps users figure out how to take full advantage of Oracle Database technologies from open-source tools and promotes the use of open source inside and outside of Oracle.
He is a firm believer in learning by doing, failing, and then sharing at www.learncodeshare.net.Back to Top
Michael Casey is a Director in the EPM Product Management group at Oracle Corporation and has worked within the CPM/EPM division for his entire time at Oracle. He is currently responsible for the Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management product from a product management standpoint. Michael has over 28 years in the software/IT industry, including 17 years at Oracle and 12 years in consulting/software engineering. He has worked on projects for global clients in health care, transportation, retail, and apparel manufacturing, to name a few. Michael has a degree in computer science with a second major in economics from Duke University.
Back to Top
Nathan Catlow has worked exclusively within the computer security arena for the past decade in various technical roles within both government and UK commercial organizations. For the 10 years prior to this, Nathan was a developer involved with the production of commercial-grade applications. He has performed incident response, computer forensics, and countless penetration tests for a wide range of top UK and US businesses. Throughout his career, he has gained significant experience in a diverse range of technologies. This experience has led to the development of applications and training to provide rapid assessment of networks and systems. His current role focuses on Oracle APEX and the development of ApexSec, the industry-leading Oracle APEX security tool.
Presentations:Securing Oracle APEX: Cross-Site Scripting
John Ceynar is currently a Hyperion Architect/Admin for Halliburton. He has worked with the company's Hyperion applications since the original implementation over eight years ago. Halliburton has over 30 Essbase and Planning applications and uses DRM, HFM, FDM, and ODI extensively. It has over 5,000 global users in a 7x24 environment on 184.108.40.206-500 enviroment with Exalytics and 20 production servers. John has over 20 years of experience with 10+ years as an IT employee in project management, development, and support roles and 10+ years consulting in EPM and Business Intelligence. Crossing that time, John has over 10 years of experience with designing, implementing, and supporting Hyperion applications. John has presented on Hyperion topics at various conferences: Oracle Collaboration 2008, 2015 NTxHUG (North Texas Hyperion User Group), Infratect's 2015 Top Gun, and Kscope16Back to Top
Mohan Chanila is a Senior Consultant at Performance Architects with over nine years of experience in consulting and development in the business intelligence and performance management arenas. He has used his extensive knowledge of the Oracle EPM (Hyperion) suite of products to design, develop, and implement enterprise-wide IT solutions across several industries. In the past three years, Mohan has worked extensively in the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) tool set and seen firsthand how the product has evolved to provide extensive planning, budgeting, and forecasting capabilities in a brand-new interface. He has previously worked for Ernst & Young, NYSE, L'Oreal, and GE, where he participated in several large finance and IT transformations, and has worked extensively with the Oracle EPM (Hyperion) product suite. Mohan holds BS and MS degrees from Florida State University in electrical and software engineering.
Presentations:Cloudy with a Chance of PBCS: Tips and Tricks for Migrating On-Premise Oracle Hyperion Planning to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)
Jay Chapman is a Hyperion Consultant with Vertical Edge Consulting Group, with over 15 years of experience in accounting, finance, project management, system implementation, planning, and financial analysis in higher education in both the public and private setting. Jay specializes in Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services, and reporting.
Jay has both technical and functional expertise that allows him to better align business requirements with the right fit solution. Before Vertical Edge, Jay was a senior budget analyst, where his primary responsibilities were developing and monitoring of the annual operating budget and serving as system administrator for Hyperion’s Public Sector Planning and Budgeting. Specifically, he handled position management, legislative reporting, account reconciliation approvals, budgeting, forecasting, and revenue and expense projections.
In his spare time, Jay enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs, cooking, and cheering on the USC Trojans.
Presentations:Public Sector Financial Reporting Is a Breeze as a Government Agency Takes a Walk in the Cloud with PBCS and EPRCS
Ray Chontos, a Consultant with Finit, has 19 years of Hyperion product experience and four years of Hyperion consulting experience. With a strong working knowledge of finance and accounting, he was Manager of a Fortune 100 company's HFM Center of Excellence. He's taken that experience to provide solutions for other companies to achieve their reporting requirements to successfully manage their company.
Back to Top
Maria Colgan is a Master Product Manager at Oracle Corporation and has been with the company since version 7.3 was released in 1996. Maria is responsible for evangelizing the new database functionality and getting the feedback from customers and partners incorporated into future releases of the product. Prior to this role, she was the Product Manager for Oracle Database In-Memory and the query optimizer. Based on Maria’s extensive experience with the Oracle Database and SQL tuning, she creates material and lectures on the Oracle Database the best practices for incorporating it into your environments. She is also a contributing author to the Oracle Optimizer blog http://blogs.oracle.com/optimizer and the Oracle Database Developer blog http://blogs.oracle.com/developer.
Presentations:Explaining the Explain Plan: Interpreting Execution Plans for SQL Statements
The Future of Database
With more than 20 years of advisory and operational experience, Dave Collins has helped enable organizations to deliver business benefits through IT strategy, Business Intelligence (BI), and Applied Performance Management (EPM/BPM). Dave’s portfolio of software and technology competencies include Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE+), Oracle Hyperion Performance Management Applications, Tableau Software’s data visualization suite, and Microsoft Office. Beginning with his promotion to global domain specialist at Hyperion Solutions and expanding his role at Oracle, Dave became a recognized leader in the EPM and BI industries.
Clients of both Hyperion and Oracle, crossing multiple industries, continue to rely on Dave for guidance. Dave has created and facilitated worldwide field readiness programs for Hyperion and Oracle while serving as liaison between clients, the field sales organization, and the software development team. Most importantly, Dave has developed best practices for implementing BI and analytics products.
Dave has spoken at Solutions (former Hyperion conference), Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Collaborate, ODTUG Kscope, and a number of local user groups. Additionally, Dave was a lead author of Oracle Essbase & OLAP: The Guide to Oracle’s Multidimensional Solution.
Presentations:Empowering Management Reporting via Oracle Essbase
George Cooper has had an extensive career in developing and managing management information systems. He is currently working for Gap as the primary Essbase architect. Prior to Gap, he worked for The Hackett Group as a Business Intelligence Consultant and Project Manager. George has been working with Essbase since 1998 and managing MIS systems since the mid-80s.
Presentations:Advanced Calculation Techniques: Going Beyond the Calc Dim
Doug Correa enjoys being part of the former Hyperion world that's now become Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Oracle Business Intelligence (BI). He's most passionate about Oracle EPM data integrations, specifically Financial Data Quality Management (FDM). FDM is the de facto data transformation tool for Oracle EPM applications, and the latest release FDM Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) takes Oracle EPM data integrations to a whole new level.
Doug has worked with Oracle EPM and BI applications for over 10 years and in various data analysis and reporting roles for more than 15 years. He is a huge fan of technology that makes our lives easier. EPM and BI do that just. Using these technologies, he helps companies monitor and report on key information so they can more effectively manage their business.Back to Top
Julien Coudrette is a Manager and Senior Architect with Grant Thornton's Business Advisory Services – Technology Solutions practice in San Francisco. He leads Enterprise Performance Management projects, including consolidation, reporting, tax provisioning, planning and budgeting, and cost analysis. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Julien worked with Nell'Armonia in France and MarketSphere in the US, both-award winning consulting firms.
He has over 10 years of consulting experience with Oracle | Hyperion solutions, designing and implementing HFM, Essbase, Planning, HTP, FDM (Classic and EE), DRM, and ODI applications for large and small companies. He specializes in large projects with multiple applications that need to share a common model and communicate between each other and/or with the outside information system. Julien is an HFM, Planning, Essbase, and DRM certified expert. He has also delivered several "bootcamp" trainings, mostly on FDM (Classic and EE), DRM, and Essbase.
His global experience, in Europe and North and South America, gives him the necessary experience and ability to deliver projects with a global footprint.Back to Top
Gary Crisci is an Oracle ACE with 20 years of finance experience, specializing in Oracle Hyperion Solutions software. Gary is a noted expert in the Oracle Essbase field. He has spoken at Oracle OpenWorld and numerous Kscope conferences; he is also a co-author of Developing Essbase Applications. During his career, Gary has held various positions as a consultant and industry professional working for top-tier companies such as Siemens, Morgan Stanley, and General Electric. He is the former president of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG, and he was on the conference committee for Kscope12 and Kscope13. Gary has an MBA in information systems. His current role is Principal Data & Information Architect for General Electric Corporation in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Presentations:I've Got an MDX Script for That
Cloud2Cloud – IoT and EPM: Connecting GE’s Predix Industrial Internet Cloud Platform to Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Martin D'Souza is the Director of Innovation at Insum. He is also a Volunteer Director for ODTUG and Founder of OraOpenSource. Martin’s career has spanned a range of positions within award-winning companies. His experience in the technology industry has been focused on developing database-centric web applications using the Oracle technology stack. Martin is the author of the popular blog talkapex.com and a designated Oracle ACE Director. He has co-authored and authored various APEX books and is an active participant in various open-source projects, such as Logger. Martin has also presented at numerous international conferences such as APEX Connect, Oracle OpenWorld, and ODTUG Kscope.Back to Top
Manish Daga is Senior Director of Product Development, Oracle Enterprise Performance Management. In his current role, Manish is responsible for development of Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS). Manish brings over 20 years of enterprise application development experience to Oracle Corporation. He led development of multiple software products over his long career at IBM Software Labs and other companies before joining Hyperion/Oracle in 2005. Over the past 10+ years, he has contributed significantly to the development of the Oracle EPM suite of products.
Presentations:Configuring EPBCS for Operational Planning Requirements
Steven Davis, TopDown Consulting Solutions Architect, has over a decade of experience in all phases of design, development, and implementation of computer applications. His work with DRM includes integration with HFM, FDM, Planning, Essbase, EBS, PeopleSoft, SAP, OBIEE, and Data Warehouse. Steven has developed and delivered end-user training and designed MDM solutions around specific company requirements, leading the upgrade of multiple technical infrastructure projects. Steven frequently presents on data governance, most recently at ODTUG Kscope, OAUG Collaborate, and the Altamont Group Business Forecasting Summit.
Presentations:DRG: Creating Workflows in DRM
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Niels de Bruijn works for MT AG, a mid-size vendor-independent IT-consultancy company based in Germany. He is responsible for a group of APEX experts and is mainly involved in the acquirement process of all kinds of APEX projects. Niels shares his extensive knowledge through the website apex.mt-ag.com and by speaking at events such as DOAG Conference (Germany) and ODTUG Kscope.Back to Top
Ludovic De Paz has been involved with multiple full lifecycle projects in the EPM space over the past 15 years and multiple upgrades and enhancements to existing projects or implementations. He graduated in engineering and finance and is able to play the role of the bridge between IT and FP&A. He is a dedicated and results-oriented professional.
Presentations:Extreme Calc Manager
Rodrigo Radtke de Souza is a computer engineer experienced in software development, especially in BI for Finance space. He has been a co-speaker at Kscope13, Kscope14, Kscope15, and Kscope16 sessions about ODI and Hyperion Planning usage. He is certified in Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle SQL Expert, and Java (SCJP and SCWCD). Rodrigo is an Oracle ACE who is always creating different and innovative ways to use ODI in EPM space to maximize its potential. He is a blogger at devepm.com, where he shares tips and tricks about EPM tools. Rodrigo works as a Software Development Senior Consultant at Dell and in several other personal projects, all of them involving ODI and EPM tools.
Back to Top
Brian Deegan is an expert technologist with significant design, development, and delivery management experience across many Oracle | Hyperion technologies in the Enterprise Performance Management product suite. With over 10 years of experience leading projects, Brian has implemented solutions broadly leveraging analytical tools including Essbase, Planning, HPCM, PBCS, FDMEE, ASO, and ODI. In support of these solutions, Brian has established himself as a full solution architect by successfully partnering with clients to deliver high-quality solutions related to on-premise architecture, highly complex allocations, data integration, cloud solutions, performance tuning, migration, and testing. At Peloton, Brian is one of the leaders of the Integrated Planning Practice, where he has a specialized focus on profitability and cost management. His industry experience includes retail, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and financial services.
Presentations:Discover a Brave New World of Key Metric Analytics: Unlocking the Power of Planning and Reporting Through ASO
Natalie Delemar is a Consultant with Ernst & Young and has been working with Essbase since 1999 and Planning since 2007. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2010, she was an Essbase Developer for AT&T (formerly BellSouth) and has held roles as Hyperion Administrator and Hyperion Systems Manager at various companies. She has been a volunteer with ODTUG since 2008 and held various roles such as Hyperion SIG Secretary, EPM/BI Content Chair, and Conference Chair. She currently serves as President of ODTUG.
Presentations:Trends and Hot Topics in Finance for the EPM Professional
Jean-Pierre Dijcks has a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Data is the leading tenet in Jean-Pierre’s 15+ years in information technology. After a start in data integration and data warehouse consulting, he took on product management roles at Oracle for Oracle Warehouse Builder and Oracle Database Parallel Execution. Currently he is Team Lead and Senior Principal Product Manager for Oracle Big Data and Oracle Big Data Appliance, and plays a leading role in Oracle’s Big Data platform strategy.
Back to Top
Jonathan Dixon has been working with Oracle technologies for the past 20 years. As an employee of Oracle Consulting for 18 years, he was focused on delivering applications technology services for Oracle E-Business Suite and Fusion ERP Cloud Applications. He has held positions from developer to architect and development manager. Over the past five years, Jonathan has focused his attention on ERP Cloud integration technologies as well as web development technologies such as APEX.
Presentations:Alexa! How Do You Work with Oracle REST Data Services?
Presentations:Managing Node.js Instances with Oracle APEX
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Julian Dontcheff is the Global Database Lead of Accenture and has more than 25 years of database experience. He is the first Oracle Certified Master in Europe (back in 2002), and he is also an Oracle ACE Director.
Back to Top
Geordan Drummond has over 20 years of experience with Hyperion products, starting as an Enterprise administrator and continuing with HFM, FCM, ARM, SDM, and EPRCS. He has been at Edgewater Ranzal for over nine years and is focused on the close and consolidation product lineup.
Presentations:Supplementing the Close Process at UHS
Mike Durran joined Oracle Corporation in 1996 after receiving a Ph.D. in computational chemistry. He worked in Business Intelligence consulting for four years and then joined product development in 2000 on the Product Management Team for Discoverer until 2006, when he took on product management for Delivers, the component of Oracle BI responsible for proactive alerting and distribution. More recently, Mike has worked on the infrastructure and lifecycle aspects of Oracle BI. Mike is a Technical Editor of the Oracle Press book Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Developers Guide.
Presentations:Expanding Your Data-Driven Story: The Next Chapter
Cindy Eichner leads the Planning, Essbase, and BI practice at Finit Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in the Hyperion Suite of products. She is a seasoned professional who has been delivering performance management solutions for over 30 years, using the Hyperion Suite for the past 18 years, SQL databases, and Nomad. Cindy is a Certified Implementation Specialist for Essbase, Planning, HFM, and DRM. Prior to joining Finit, she had her own consulting practice and also spent some time at a large global financial services organization leading the Hyperion Center of Excellence. Not only does she architect solutions while leading large projects and teams, but Cindy continues to be technically hands-on with all of the software she has encountered over the years. She very successfully bridges the functional with the technical. Cindy has presented multiple years at Kscope, presented at Oracle OpenWorld, delivered many webinars, written articles, mentored clients and consultants, and delivered training on four continents.
Presentations:Fluctuating Exchange Rates Causing Heartburn in the Planning Process?
Minimizing Hyperion Planning and PBCS Administration Tasks by Design
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Zohar Elkayam, Brillix-DBAces CTO, is an Oracle ACE Associate. He is an Oracle Database Administrator since 1998 (Oracle 7 to 12c) and a Senior Database Consultant since 2007. With developing background in a variety of programming languages, Zohar has been supporting developers and DBAs with database processes for many years.
Since 2010, Zohar has been a technology instructor for Oracle University. He is also a public speaker who discusses databases, big data, and NoSQL topics around the world at Oracle events, user group conferences, and others. Zohar is also a blogger, writer, problem solver, technology evangelist, data platforms expert, and full-scale Oracle geek.
Presentations:Things Every Oracle DBA Needs to Know About the Hadoop Ecosystem
Exploring Advanced SQL Techniques Using Analytic Functions
William (Bud) Endress is Director in the Data Warehouse Product Management team, responsible for analytic views, In-Memory aggregation (a feature of Database In-Memory), and the OLAP Option to the Oracle Database. In this role, he is a member of the management team responsible for product planning, positioning, and delivery.
Prior to this, he was Director of Product Management for Oracle Express Server and has held senior product management positions for analytic applications at Oracle Corporation. William has been a member of management teams for Business Intelligence applications and database technology at Oracle for over 20 years.
Prior to joining Oracle Corporation, William has held product management and development management positions related to a variety products in the software industry, including CAD-CAM applications, electronic forms processing systems, and electronic printing systems.
He has degrees in marketing and business administration.Back to Top
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Eric Erikson, Oracle ACE Associate, is the curriculum writer and lead instructor for HFM classes at 123OLAP and an independent consultant through his firm PQR Company. Eric started working with HFM while at Hyperion when the product was in beta. Having worked at Hyperion for several years and as a practice lead for a large consulting firm, he has assisted companies and other Oracle partners on six continents with their HFM implementations. He is Oracle Product Certified (was asked by Oracle to review the certification examination during its development) and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Presentations:Back to the Future: EPMA to Classic Migration with HFM
Presentations:Performant Faceted Search Navigation in APEX with Oracle JET and PL/SQL Table Pipelines
Eugene Fedorenko has over 15 years of progressive experience in information technology with software design and development, testing, and deployment of enterprise banking software. Eugene graduated from Kharkiv Aviation Institute (Ukraine) in 1999 with a master's degree in computer science. He previously worked for Ukrainian software company CS Integra, focusing on building banking software with Oracle ADF. Recently, he joined eProseed NL and holds the position of Master Principal R&D Architect, focusing on ADF. Eugene has been recognized as an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and is considered to be an expert in Oracle Fusion Middleware. He has been a speaker at various local and international IT conferences such as Oracle Day, Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG Kscope, and RMOUG Training Days. He is an author at the ADF practice blog adfpractice-fedor.blogspot.com and a member of ADF Enterprise Methodology Group.
Presentations:Life on a Loop: Close Look at Oracle ADF Page Lifecycle
Run a Successful Development Project in the Cloud with Oracle Developer Cloud Services
Elizabeth Ferrell has been working with Hyperion products for the past 14 years and is an accountant by training, but she has been serving in IT functions since discovering Hyperion. Elizabeth is the financial services manager for The Kroger Co., managing the Analytics Technology COE teams in Cincinnati, Ohio; Hutchinson, Kansas; and Portland, Oregon. Her current focus centers on Essbase and Dodeca, but she has worked in Hyperion Planning, HFM, FDM, and HFR, and completed over five implementations and upgrades. Elizabeth also serves as a Hyperion SIG Director for 2014-2015.
Presentations:Did You Know Your Local Grocer Uses Essbase?
Steven Feuerstein is an expert on the Oracle PL/SQL language, having written 10 books on PL/SQL, including Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices (all published by O'Reilly Media). Steven is an Architect for Oracle Corporation, leading a team of evangelists (aka advocates) with a mission of helping users leverage Oracle Database as a powerful application development platform. Steven has been developing software since 1980, originally spent five years with Oracle (1987-1992), and was PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software (and then Dell) from January 2001 to February 2014, at which point he returned joyfully to Oracle Corporation. He was one of the original Oracle ACE Directors and writes regularly for Oracle Magazine, which named him the PL/SQL Developer of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. He is also the first recipient of ODTUG's Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). Read Steven's commentary on PL/SQL and other Oracle technologies at stevenfeuersteinonplsql.blogspot.com.
Presentations:Change Impact Analysis with 12.2 PL/Scope
Optimizing PL/SQL for Performance and Maintainabiliity
John Flack is a Software Architect whose clients are mostly agencies of the US federal government, especially the Department of Health and Human Services. John acts as a database administrator, designer, and developer. He is lead developer on several projects with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. John has been writing technical papers and giving presentations on Oracle-related topics since 1989. He has presented at Collaborate, MAOP, and Kscope. On June 3, 2010, he was named an Oracle ACE. John was the ADF and MAF Content Chair for Kscope15, and he is the Lead Moderator of the ADF Enterprise Methodology Group (ADF EMG): https://sites.google.com/site/oracleemg/adf.
Courtney Foster specializes in Hyperion Essbase and Strategic Finance development and administration. Courtney has 10 years of combined professional experience in the financial services and land development industry. Areas of expertise include leveraging strong core knowledge of financial analysis into the effective design, development, and administration of Hyperion Essbase, and Strategic Finance systems. Courtney is a current member of the Hyperion SIG, being voted to the board for a passion for all things Essbase.
Presentations:Jumpstarting Your Cost Allocations with Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service (PCMCS)
Bill Fox began his career as a software engineer and followed a customer-focused career path that led him to product management. His technical background prepared him well for his current position at Oracle Corporation, Consulting Product Manager for deployment, infrastructure, and security. Bill's expertise applies to both EPM on-premises and cloud solutions. He joined Hyperion Solutions in 2000 and brings with him a wealth of information and knowledge accumulated through his years of EPM infra experience.
Presentations:Understanding EPM Cloud Infrastructure: What's New?
Jérôme Françoisse is a Business Intelligence Consultant at Rittman Mead and an ODI enthusiast. Analyst, architect, and developer, he built expertise with Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle Warehouse Builder, and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. He also delivers Oracle Data Integrator trainings for Rittman Mead. Jérôme is involved in the ODI community by providing support on Oracle Technology Network forums, writing on the Rittman Mead blog, speaking at conferences – including Oracle OpenWorld – and being part of the beta program for the 12c release.
Presentations:Reduce European Flight Delay: Real-Time ODI, OBIEE, and D3
Holger Friedrich serves as CTO of sumIT AG. sumIT is a Swiss-based consulting company focused on Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence, employing Oracle technology. After obtaining a computer science diploma and a doctoral degree in robotics, machine learning, and data mining, Holger worked for several years in industrial research before co-founding sumIT AG. He has more than a decade of experience in Oracle DWH and BI projects, and he has used the database and Oracle's BI and DI products in numerous projects since 1997. Holger is a regular speaker at Oracle conferences such as OpenWorld and Kscope. He has long-term working relationships with Oracle development and product management in data integration and data warehousing. Furthermore, he is an Oracle ACE for BI and DWH and received Oracle's award for DBA of the year 2016 EMEA.
Presentations:Oracle R Enterprise and Data Visualization: Combining Their Power Leads to New Possibilities
Michael Fuori has dedicated the past 21 years of his career to providing world-class applications using the Hyperion Consolidation suite of products. In 1995, Michael started his Hyperion career at IMRS as a consultant on MicroControl. Michael then spent three years as Director of Financial Systems for Time Warner. Michael was the founding principal of Lindin Consulting and Pinnacle Group, where he twice landed his companies on the Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies. As a Senior Solution Architect, he has led over 75 implementations and for the past three years is the Senior Solution Architect for General Electric.
Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hofstra University in 1984, is a published author and is certified in Hyperion Enterprise, System 9, and Hyperion Financial Management. He was a systems programmer for the first 11 years of his career, programming in COBOL, ADABAS Natural, IDMS, and Visual Basic. Other technologies include Essbase v4 and v5, FR, FDM, FCM, and custom Smart View solutions leveraging the Hyperion API.
Michael has presented many times at the renowned Hyperion Solutions, OpenWorld and Kscope conferences. He was also one of the founding members of the Hyperion Solution Partner Advisory Council.
Michael lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, where he enjoys spending endless hours working on his yard.
Presentations:HFM Performance Optimization: 10 Things That Can Save Your Application
HFM Rules Automation: UDs and Triggers Gone Wild
Daniel Gagnon is an Oracle EPM Consultant with experience working with various components of the Oracle EPM landscape, including Hyperion Planning and Essbase, Hyperion Financial Management, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM), Oracle Smart View, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), DRM, Crystal Ball, and Hyperion Financial Reporting. Dan is an active member of the Oracle support community and participates in various Oracle events throughout the year. He has a passion for the Oracle EPM landscape and loves to share with the community in the hopes that in at least some small way, he is able to help evolve and expand the community knowledge base and inspire others to do the same.
Presentations:Using VBA to Enhance the Smart View Expereince
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Robert Gideon is an Oracle ACE Associate with 17+ years of information technology experience. The past 10 years have been specialized in Business Intelligence applications. Robert blogs regularly and has presented at user conferences around the US. His areas of expertise include software installation/configuration and task automation using tools such as MaxL, Visual Basic, and Java. Robert's technical background and application experience are complemented by his ability to communicate effectively to both business users and information technology departments.
Presentations:Essbase CDFs Demystified: Pulling Back the Curtain and Opening a World of Possibilities
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Dimitri Gielis is a Director of APEX R&D, a company specializing in Oracle Application Express. Dimitri is a frequent presenter at all the major Oracle conferences and an Oracle ACE Director, and he was named Oracle APEX Developer of the Year in 2009.Back to Top
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Tim Gorman works for Delphix as a Technical Field Consultant. Tim is President of the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) and Past Secretary of the Board of Directors for ODTUG. He has co-authored six books, performed technical review on eight more books, has been an Oracle ACE since 2007 and an Oracle ACE Director since 2012, is a member of the OakTable Network since 2002, and has presented at Kscope, Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, RMOUG, Hotsos, and local Oracle user groups in lots of wonderful places around the world.
Presentations:Accelerating Testing Using Data Virtualization
Barriers to Oracle Database In IaaS Cloud
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Kent Graziano is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Snowflake Computing. He is also the owner of Data Warrior in The Woodlands, Texas. He is a Certified Data Vault Master and Data Vault 2.0 Architect, Oracle ACE Director, award-winning author, speaker, and expert data modeler and data warehouse architect with over 30 years of experience in multiple IT roles, including over 25 years using Oracle (since version 5) and Oracle tools, and doing data warehousing. Kent has written numerous articles and delivered hundreds of presentations (both nationally and internationally). He is a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) and ODTUG and member of the Houston and Austin Oracle users groups. He is a former board member of the International Oracle Users Group and was the first Dean of IOUG University. He was also a co-instructor for data vault classes in the MSBI program for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Kent is also a former member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT).
Kent was the recipient of the 1999 Chris Wooldridge Award (from IOUG) for outstanding contributions to the Oracle user community. In 2003, he was presented with the Doug Faughnan Award for his dedicated service and outstanding contributions to RMOUG. In 2007, he was the recipient of the ODTUG Volunteer Award. In 2005, he was named one of the first Oracle ACEs by Oracle Corporation. Kent is a co-author of The Data Model Resource Book, Oracle Designer: A Template for Developing an Enterprise Standards Document, and The Business of Data Vault Modeling. He is also the co-editor of the data vault technical book Super Charge Your Data Warehouse. More recently, Kent has released several ebooks on Amazon.com.
Presentations:Top Five Cool Features in Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler
Jennifer Guzik has 13 years of experience working with Essbase and Planning. She started her career working in financial reporting and FP&A, maintaining an Excel- and Access-based budgeting and forecasting process. She completely revamped this process with a Hyperion Planning application and used it and Hyperion Financial Reports to help create and automate monthly management reporting. In 2008, she moved into an IS department role and now is responsible for Essbase development, maintenance, and support for about 30 production applications and 125 users.
Jennifer has a BBA in finance, international business, and economics from Baylor University, an MBA in finance and financial consulting from Southern Methodist University, an MS in accounting, and an MS in information technology management from The University of Texas at Dallas.
Presentations:Report Automation Techniques from Essbase and Hyperion Financial Reports with VBA and Smart View
Jennifer Hanks is a finance/accounting and IT professional of 15 years. She has spent the past 10 years working with financial systems, including Essbase, Financial Reporting Studio, Web Analysis, Hyperion Planning, PBCS, and an ERP system. She has worked on the functional side, partnering with the finance and accounting teams on requirements as well as the technical side on the execution. She has been an integral part of implementations as well as upgrades.
In her previous roles as an administrator, she has supported approximately 20 active production cubes with a population of about 225 users. In her tenure, she has developed 15+ cubes and 40+ reports that are used on a weekly and monthly basis. She has focused on automation and elimination of manual and repetitive tasks.
Jennifer brings a unique perspective of understanding the business side of requirements, the technical data sources, and flows, and an understanding of how to bring all the pieces together to provide an efficient, targeted solution. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business and an MBA.
Presentations:Mastering MDX for Analytics and Reporting
Kim Berg Hansen is a Senior Developer at Trivadis Denmark A/S, using Oracle SQL and PL/SQL since 2000. He specializes in doing it all in a single SQL statement wherever possible, utilizing the database to the max, and authoring SQL quizzes on PL/SQL Challenge. Kim has presented at ODTUG Kscope, UKOUG, DOAG, and OUGN conferences. Kim is Oracle ACE and Oracle OCE in SQL.
Presentations:Analytic Views in Oracle Database 12.2: The Virtual Cube
Michael Hansen has over 18 years of experience in implementing, enhancing, and supporting Hyperion/Oracle EPM Solutions. This comprehensive experience covers all facets required for successful implementations and deployment of the EPM solution. This includes all phases of the project lifecycle from resource planning through development and successful knowledge transfer. Michael has performed over a dozen Hyperion/Oracle implementations that include HFM, Planning, and Essbase.
Michael is currently an EPM Architect for a Fortune 500 government service corporation. Prior work experience includes four years in big-five consulting and 12 years successfully running a small consulting corporation that specialized in implementing Oracle EPM applications.
Presentations:ASO Plan Type: To Seek Out New Integrations with ODI
ASO Plan Type: The Final Frontier
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Roel Hartman is a very experienced Oracle Software Architect. He started about 20 years ago using Oracle RDBMS 5, Oracle Forms 2.3, RPT/RPF, and Oracle*Case 4.5. Since a few years ago, he focuses mainly on Oracle Application Express.
Roel has been a speaker at UKOUG, OOW, Collaborate, Kscope, and a number of local Oracle user groups. He is an active participant in the Oracle APEX Forum and keeps an (APEX-related) blog at roelhartman.blogspot.com. In June 2009, Roel received an Oracle ACE award, and in August 2010 he was appointed as Oracle ACE Director. Roel is a co-writer of Expert Oracle Application Express and the main author of Oracle Application Express for Mobile Web Applications. He is Director at APEX Consulting in the Netherlands and a member of the SMART4apex guild.
Back to Top
Jon Harvey serves as an EPM Practice Lead at eCapital Advisors, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm specializing in EPM/BI solutions and managed services. Jon is both a functional and technical expert holding a BS in management information systems from Iowa State and an MBA in finance from Carlson School of Management. He has been working with Hyperion and Oracle Database products for 12 years and is an Oracle Certified Expert in both Hyperion Planning and Essbase. He has successfully delivered several Hyperion implementation and development projects for a variety of industries, including health care, consumer products, retail, and gaming. In addition to project delivery, Jon is also passionate about educating and teaching clients and team members about how to apply technology to drive business value within organizations.Back to Top
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Sabine Heimsath studied information science in Münster, Germany, where she discovered her love for spreadsheets, relational databases, and data modelling. After her diploma in 1999, she started her professional career with Oracle Consulting in Frankfurt. Working for several customers, she developed her skills in PL/SQL, Java, and WebDB. After another year doing product development, she decided she wanted to be in consulting again and became a freelancer with its-people GmbH. Since then, Sabine has done many projects in different industries, which are all centered around the Oracle Database, be it reporting, migrations, application development with APEX, or pure PL/SQL. SQL Developer has become one of her favorite tools.
She is a blogger, trainer, and speaker at different conferences such as DOAG, APEX Connect, and UKOUG, and she organizes the APEX Frankfurt Meetup. She is also a member of the DOAG Development Community and happens to be Germany's first female ACE Associate.
Sabine loves Lego and fantasy literature.
Presentations:Know What Your Code Is Doing; Know What It's Done: How to Instrument Your Code Easily and Effectively
Six Reasons Why You Will Get Addicted to SQLcl Scripting
Antony Heljula is an Oracle ACE for Business Intelligence and is one of Europe's leading BI architects, with a focus on Oracle BI and related Database and Middleware products, including BI Foundation, Data Visualization, Exalytics, BI Applications, Spatial, Real-Time Decisions (RTD), Big Data Discovery, Data Mining, Endeca, SOA Suite, and Oracle VM.
Presentations:Build Your Own Infographics Using the Data Visualization SDK
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer has extensive experience managing large and complex corporate Hyperion/Oracle EPM IT implementations and projects. In the past 12 years, Eric has specialized in delivering successful corporate integrated Oracle EPM and Business Intelligence IT projects throughout the US, England, Ireland, India, UAE, Singapore, and Thailand.
Currently, Eric is the Vice President of Application Services, Cloud Hosting, and Managed Services at Mercury Technology Group, which specializes in managed cloud and server hosting specifically for Oracle products such as Hyperion, OBIEE, SOA, EBS, Database, etc.
Eric has provided technical consulting services for many of the Fortune 500 in every aspect of Oracle EPM implementations, including global architecture/design, installation/configuration, backup/recovery, high availability, and customized IT educational services. He has been involved in leading most of Oracle’s largest EPM implementations in its history.
Eric leads an extensive global managed services group specializing in EPM cloud hosting, administration, maintenance, and rapid response, on-demand HelpDesk services.
Oracle Corporation awarded Eric the title of Oracle ACE Director in 2009, and he has been spotlighted in Oracle Magazine, Oracle Profit Magazine, and Oracle Technology Network. He is a long-standing champion and volunteer for Oracle user groups and has served on boards for the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) Hyperion Special Interest Group and the ODTUG Hyperion SIG.
Eric is the creator of the popular EPM IT blog The I.T. Side at http://erichelmer.wordpress.com.
Presentations:Unbiased Comparison: Evaluating All Deployment Options for Hyperion EPM – SaaS vs. IaaS vs. On-Prem
Kate Helmer is an EPM Advisory Consultant with experience in Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management (DRM), Data Relationship Governance (DRG), Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Management - Enterprise Edition (FDMEE), Hyperion Planning and PBCS, and Essbase applications.
She is currently certified in Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), and is an Oracle PBCS Specialist.
Kate has a BS in finance, marketing, and computer science from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University Nebraska in Lincoln.
Presentations:Best Practices of the Design and Delivery of Master Data from DRM to Downstream Applications for Large Implementations
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Heli Helskyaho is the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy and an Ambassador for EOUC (EMEA Oracle Users Group Community). Heli has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Helsinki, and she specializes in databases. At the moment, she is working on her doctoral studies in schema discovery, big data, and semi-structured data. She has been working in IT since 1990 and with Oracle products since 1993. She has been in several positions, but every role has always included database design.
Heli is an Oracle ACE Director and a frequent speaker at many conferences. She is the author of Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler for Database Design Mastery (Oracle Press 2015), co-author of Real World SQL and PL/SQL: Advice from the Experts (Oracle Press 2016), and one of the winners of Oracle Database Developer Choice Award, Devvy, in the Database Design category in 2015.
In 2015 and 2016, Heli was listed as one of the top 100 influencers in the IT sector in Finland. Heli believes good database design and good documentation reduce performance problems and make solving them easier.
Presentations:Design Your Databases Using Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler
How to Design a Database? Let's Start with the Logical Model
Viet Hoang has over 25 years in the Business Intelligence arena. He has worked as a BI developer/system architect since 2005, specifically in higher education, and prior to that, he spent 10 years in health care/pharmaceuticals. Viet worked in the private sector before that. He has a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a master's degree in computer science/Business Intelligence. He has received training in multiple Business Intelligence industry solutions (i.e. Oracle, Cognos, MicroStrategy, IBM, TM1, Informatica, DataStage, etc.).
Presentations:Advanced Data Visualization Techniques Using Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS): A Cal State Pilot Case Study
Paul Hoch, a Principal Architect with TopDown Consulting, has over 14 years of EPM and Hyperion experience, specializing in Essbase and Planning. He has successfully completed large-scale EPM implementations for clients in industries ranging from retail to government and financial services to health care. Paul has served as Solution Architect and Team Lead for implementations and developed and delivered advanced team training. He is a frequent speaker at industry events such as Kscope and regularly presents various webinars and webcasts, including one of the most highly attended webinars for ODTUG in 2014.
Presentations:Hybrid Cloud: A Solution for a Business Problem
D.J. Hoelscher has been working with Hyperion products since 2006. With a comprehensive understanding of the full Oracle Hyperion Product Suite, he has been a trusted advisor to thousands of Oracle Hyperion customers for their training, consulting, and software needs. His experience is in education planning; project team, IT, and end user training; custom training solutions and development; education delivery; product implementations; custom development; project management; and solution architecting. As an Oracle University Enterprise Learning Strategist, he is an advisor for training solutions to ensure full enterprise excellence in using Oracle's applications. D.J. has delivered many training sessions and assisted Hyperion teams to implement education best practices, leveraging multiple learning formats and providing an ongoing education roadmap for success.
Presentations:Current Trends and Best Practices for Improving User Adoption and Productivity for EPM and BI
Joy Hsu has extensive experience in the fields of financial reporting and consolidation, budgeting and forecasting, and external auditing/tax. With over 14 years of progressive experience through consulting and industry, she has successfully implemented multiple global financial close management, consolidation, and reporting solutions. Joy specializes in financial close process optimization, logical data flows, advanced consolidations, tax integration, and multi-GAAP reporting (IFRS, US GAAP). Joy has a degree in computer science and a master's degree in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant with four years of public accounting experiences across numerous industries.
Joy has spoken at OAUG Collaborate for both FCM (ARM) and FDMEE with her clients.Back to Top
Philip Hulsebosch has worked for more than 15 years as an Oracle Essbase and Oracle Planning specialist in Europe. As Principal Consultant, he has done many implementations and improvement work on existing applications, provided admin training sessions, and done application audits and tuning. He also advised and guided customers in the field of scenario analysis with Oracle Crystal Ball.
His work experience includes Consultant in Hyperion Solutions, 1997-2000; Principal Consultant of Hyperion Solutions, 2000-2006; and Contract Consultant with Trexco b.v., 2006-present. In addition to his role as Consultant, Philip lectured BI at an international MSc course and was active in the Dutch Hyperion User Group.Back to Top
In 2002, Simon Hunt spotted APEX as an emerging technology that could have great utility in the public sector and then worked with senior consultants from Oracle to establish it as a development stream. Simon has now been developing Oracle APEX applications in UK Defence for over 12 years on various projects and also held two roles as a lead developer. During that time, Simon has been responsible for the development and support of over 30 production APEX applications ranging from small work group user bases to full enterprise systems with user communities in excess of 10,000 registered users. Defence has generally been slow to adopt Agile, and Simon has been at the forefront of implementing working practices that succeed both in a public sector organization and with a 4GL framework such as APEX.
Perhaps Simon’s greatest achievement was in submitting an idea to the Defence Chief Information Officer (DCIO) Symposium 15 Hackathon. The entry was a working prototype of a data visualization system that paid tribute to fallen soldiers from WWI to present day. For his efforts, the team received the overall winner and subsequently awarded an Army commendation for his outstanding achievement.
Simon is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and in the final year of a part-time MSc in information capability management at Cranfield University. For his final-year dissertation, Simon is writing a thesis that examines the role of End User Computing (EUC) in Defence and how organizations can support EUC through the use of innovation environments based on web technologies such as APEX.
Simon has been a member of the UK Reserve Forces for over 20 years and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in a Specialist IT Unit where he’s developed several APEX applications and trained other members of the unit in APEX.
Presentations:How to Use APEX to Build and Manage Automated Browser Tests
Paul Husak is an EPM Professional with over 18 years of experience. After graduating from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with BBA and a specialization in information services, Paul joined EDS and was part of its SED (systems engineered development program), which he graduated from and worked on projects in the automotive industry. Paul eventually left for a consultant opportunity in 1997 to work with Essbase, the beloved Excel Add-In and Wired for OLAP. From there, Paul continued to work as a consultant developing and architecting Hyperion projects across many industries. Then in 2006, Paul transitioned to an in-house consultant role for a large auto supplier in Michigan. There he worked as their lone Hyperion resource with many hats from developer, infrastructure architect, and project leader. Then in 2010, Paul moved to a large multinational company, where he worked up the ranks as an application architect to manager and now Director of Architecture for a large EPM Shared Services team. Paul's experience has crossed much of the traditional EPM stack but also on running the stack on Oracle's engineered systems (Exalytics and Exadata) and building a highly talented team of architects and operational playbook around it.
Presentations:GE’s EPM Shared Service Cattle Drive
Adrian Istani was previously employed at Ingersoll Rand European HQ in Brussels, Belgium. Adrian is currently in Singapore and was previously an Oracle EPM/BI Consultant with four years in Singapore and Jakarta, handling Global customers.
Adrian has an MSc degree in the master information management program at KU Leuven, Belgium and is tech geek by day who's always hungry for new development in the field and a stargazer by night,who looks for new inspirations and out-of-the-box ideas.
Adrian is an aspiring world traveler who enjoys encountering new culture and people, and off-the-beaten-path destinations: four continents, 34 countries, and still counting.
Skill sets include:
Business Intelligence/Enterprise Performance Management technical and functional
i) Oracle Hyperion EPM Planning
ii) Oracle Hyperion EPM Essbase
iii) Oracle Hyperion FDM
UNIX and Hyperion EPM System Implementation
Jeff Jacobs is an Oracle ACE and has over 20 years of experience working with Oracle. He is Founder of Jeffrey Jacobs & Associates and a member of the IOUG Oracle Exadata SIG Board of Directors. He served on the ODTUG Board for 15 years, including stints as President and Conference Chair. He has provided consulting services to numerous Fortune 500 companies and trained over 3,000 students in various aspects of Oracle products, database design, modeling, and methodology, both as an independent consultant and Oracle instructor. He has presented at Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, ODTUG Kscope, NoCOUG, and other regional user group meetings and webinars.
Back to Top
Mike Janik has been with New Flyer Industries Canada ULC for 11 years in various roles within the finance department. As the Business Systems Manager in the corporate finance department, he is responsible for implementing systems and processes that will drive improvements in financial and operational reporting. Mike's experience and education in finance along with his understanding of business systems position him to successfully implement solutions to complex business problems. Mike is currently completing the final courses required for his CPA, CGA designation. He also is a Certified Lean Greenbelt through Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
Presentations:A Real-World Implementation of FCCS: Lessons Learned and Mistakes You Do Not Want to Repeat
Reconciliations Made Easy in the Cloud at New Flyer
Dennis Jensen is a Finance System Manager with FLSmidth, running HFM, FDMEE, and CXO-Cockpit. FLSmidth is a global engineering and manufacturing company, specializing in the cement and mining industries. He was previously Manager of the HFM and Business Intelligence Competence Centre with Dako, responsible for HFM. Dennis has also held various Controller and Finance Manager positions, and he was a speaker at Kscope16.Back to Top
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Jason Jones has extensive experience in developing, tuning, and enhancing Essbase, Hyperion Planning, and Oracle Data Integrator solutions. This experience is complemented with deep programming expertise that includes developing software in Java, mobile solutions for the iOS platform, relational databases, and familiarity with many scripting and related tools that add value to EPM solutions. He is passionate about performance tuning, optimization, programming solutions for the EPM Community, and sharing his knowledge with others.
Jason is the creator of the popular and free Drillbridge product for easily implementing drillthrough to relational databases from Smart View, Planning, and Financial Reporting.
Presentations:The PBCS REST API Demystified
Tyson Jouglet is a Developer and Instructor for SkillBuilders. He specializes in web development, in particular Oracle Application Express. Tyson has built a few plugins:
He has spent countless hours mentoring and building applications alongside students and clients. The best part of his job is helping students better understand the tools they use and become more effective at what they do.
Presentations:Event-Driven Applications Using Custom JS Events
Pritpal Kalsi is an Oracle Hyperion Certified Professional who has more than eight years of experience working with Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management and Oracle Business Intelligence solutions. Prior to joining SC&H Group, he worked at a Big Four consulting firm where he led the design and implementation of Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management solutions for Fortune 100 clients.
Pritpal has a strong accounting and finance background as well as extensive experience with the implementation of Hyperion Planning, Oracle Essbase, and Hyperion Financial Management. His focus is developing innovative EPM and BI solutions that help his clients transform their financial systems and processes while aligning SC&H’s implementation approach with industry best practices. Pritpal’s breadth of experience includes designing solutions for clients in the following industries: large-scale manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, financial services, hospitality, and government contracting.
Pritpal is also currently pursuing an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Presentations:Hacking FCCS to Create a Custom Consolidation Engine
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Celvin Kattookaran has over 12 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management. Celvin is known for developing creative and effective business solutions to address his clients’ challenges. He is a frequent contributor to Oracle Forums as well as the Network54 Essbase forum. His blog provides solutions to various riddles of EPM. During his lesiure time, he develops utilities for EPM products, which make a consultant’s life easier.
Presentations:King/Queen of CDFs Has Arrived
Justin Kern is a Principal Architect with Vertical Edge Consulting Group, specializing in Enterprise Performance Management as well as Data Warehousing. Justin has delivered several successful Budgeting and Planning and Financial Consolidations designs and implementations along with custom Planning applications as well as custom Business Intelligence reporting applications. Justin has performed these various projects across numerous industries. He has extensive experience in both the strategic design and technical implementation of EPM solutions.
Presentations:Ready, Aim, Fire: The Lowdown on Smart View's Features for Reporting
Web Reporting Studio Will Have Your Saddles Blazin’: Learn the Usage of This Tool Across Several Cloud Products
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
John King is a Partner at King Training Resources, a US-based firm providing instructor-led training since 1988 for application and database developers. John has worked with Oracle products and the Database since version 4. John develops and presents customized courses in a variety of topics, including Oracle, MAF, ADF, Web Services, SOA, SQL, PL/SQL, Java, XML, .NET, user experience, and several other topics. John presents frequently at industry conferences, including UKOUG, ODTUG, IOUG, Oracle OpenWorld, AUSOUG, and RMOUG Training Days. John currently serves on the AZORA Board of Directors.
Presentations:Give MAF a REST: Using REST/JSON Services in MAF
The THINGS Are Here! Using Oracle IoT Cloud Service
Moritz Klein has been working with Oracle technology since early 2001. He started using Oracle Application Express with its first public release, which was called HTML DB in 2004. Moritz shares his knowledge through his blog, on Twitter, and by speaking at national and international conferences such as the DOAG annual conference, APEX Connect, and APEX World.
Presentations:APEX Generator: The Clone Wars
Michelle Kolbe works as a Consultant at Red Pill Analytics. Red Pill is not your typical consulting company with a goal to challenge everything. We do not do BI the old, slow, black-box way. With over 12 years of experience in Business Intelligence, Michelle previously managed the Data & Analytics team at Backcountry.com, an online retailer, and worked as a Data Architect and BI Developer for Intermountain Healthcare.
Michelle is also an Associate Professor at the University of Utah and Utah State University, teaching database and analytics courses at the undergraduate and master's level.
Michelle has a BS in computer science from Winona State University and an MBA from Utah State University. She served as President of the Utah Oracle Users Group for four years and is currently on the Board of the Independent Oracle Users Group. She previously held a Board position on the Healthcare Data Warehousing Association.
Michelle is recognized as an Oracle ACE and is a frequent speaker at conferences.
Presentations:Using R for Data Profiling
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Peter Koletzke is a Technical Director and Principal Instructor for Quovera in Palo Alto, California. He has worked for over 30 years in the industry and has presented at various Oracle users group conferences more than 340 times. Additionally, he has won awards such as Pinnacle Publishing's Technical Achievement, ODTUG's Editor's Choice (four times), ODTUG Best Speaker, NY Oracle Users Group Editor's Choice (three times), East Coast Oracle/Southeastern Oracle Users Conference Oracle Designer Award, and the ODTUG Volunteer of the Year. Peter is an Oracle ACE Director, an Oracle Certified Master, and co-author – variously with Duncan Mills, Avrom Roy-Faderman, and Dr. Paul Dorsey – of the Oracle Press (McGraw-Hill Professional) books Oracle JDeveloper 11g Handbook, Oracle JDeveloper 10g for Forms & PL/SQL Developers, Oracle JDeveloper 10g Handbook, Oracle9i JDeveloper Handbook, Oracle JDeveloper 3 Handbook, Oracle Developer Advanced Forms and Reports, Oracle Designer Handbook, 2nd Edition, and The Oracle Designer/2000 Handbook.
Presentations:I've Looked at Cloud from Both Sides Now: Developer Cloud Service or Not?
Thick Database is Alive: Leveraging the Oracle Database SQL and PL/SQL to Simplify Any User Interface Application Development
Toon has been part of the Oracle eco-system since 1987. He is currently a member of Oracle's Real World Performance team. The RWP-team troubleshoots application performance issues in and around the DBMS. The way applications currently use (or rather, abuse) the DBMS, is often at the root of these performance issues. Prior to joining the RWP team, Toon has been mainly involved in database application development. His special interests are: architecting applications for performance and scalability, database design, and business rules / constraints modelling. He is a long-time champion of the Thick Database paradigm.Back to Top
Peter Koutroubis is the senior vice president of operations for ERP Analysts, an Oracle Platinum Partner and Oracle system integration company specializing in PeopleSoft applications and Oracle Business Intelligence. Peter has eighteen-plus years of experience delivering IT consulting services. In addition to his executive leadership role at ERP Analysts, he has completed four full-solution cycle implementations as data team leader, functional lead, project manager and program manager.
Presentations:FIU-180 Day Rapid Path Implementation of OBIA 220.127.116.11 -HR Analytics On-A-Budget
Transitioning from OBIEE On-Premise to BI Cloud Services
Teresa Kress graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration. She has 20+ years experience with Hyperion at various, global Fortune 500 companies, as an independent consultant, and currently manages a world-class Hyperion Team at Summit Materials
Developed, implemented and administered:
Presentations:If You Build It, They Will Come: Transforming Our Close Process with Dashboard Reporting
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Cameron Lackpour first worked with OLAP technology in the dinosaur days of Comshare’s System W and saw the Essbase light in 1993. Since that life-altering event, Cameron has:
- Introduced what was then Arbor Software’s Essbase to Johnson & Johnson
- Independently consulted since 1996, with a brief foray into working for consulting companies
- Created solutions for customers using Oracle’s Essbase, Planning, and anything else that ties to those two products
- Actively posted on OTN’s and Network54’s Essbase board; sharing knowledge makes his day interesting
- Presented at multiple conferences, including Hyperion Solutions and, of course, Kscope
- Been an Oracle ACE since November 2010 and an ACE Director as of August 2012
- Taught multiple formal classes and webinars
- Served on the ODTUG Hyperion SIG
- Authored and acted as editor in chief of the Developing Essbase Applications book series
Presentations:Essbase Cloud is Here. Now What?
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Oliver Lemm has worked since 2007 at MT AG in Germany with Oracle products, especially Oracle Application Express. Since 2012, he has been the Competence Leader of the Oracle Application Express Team. Oliver has made presenations at the DOAG conference since 2008, and in 2013 he joined his first Kscope.
Presentations:Mastering Universal Theme with Corporate Design from Union Investment
Uncover the Truth
Steve Liebermensch has worked with Essbase since the early 90's. Over the course of that tenure, he has worked as a Consultant building, "architect-ing," and managing complex deployments; developing and delivering training and rapid deployments/POC; until recently serving as a Product Manager for Essbase at Oracle Corporation; and has now ventured out on his own as an architect and implement-or again. His experiences have spanned numerous industries, including retail, financial services, and utilities, as well as handling requirements that span the spectrum from pure BI to pure EPM deployments. Steve has presented at several conferences over the years, including OpenWorld, Solutions, and Kscope, and many other regional events.
Presentations:Analyst Seeks Analysis Tool: An Introduction
Steve Light has 18 years of experience in the related fields of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), OLAP database design, data modeling, custom application development, documentation, and project management. Steve is currently the Senior Manager in charge of the Global Hyperion Solutions Group at TransUnion. He has a proven track record of success with large-scale, mission-critical integrated system implementations. Steve acted as an integral team member at many Fortune 500 companies and at a number of small to mid-size businesses as a Consultant, Systems Architect, Project Manager, Subject Matter Expert (SEM), and Manager.
Steve’s focus over the past 15 years has been the design and implementation of comprehensive EPM OLAP solutions for major retail, banking, service, consumer product, and manufacturing companies across the United States and Canada. These applications often combine complex financial calculations and allocation logic with driver based planning, chargebacks, and rolling forecasts. Steve excels at both creating complex multidimensional calculations and optimization of Oracle Essbase and Hyperion Planning, and is certified on Essbase versions 4, 5, 6, 7, 9.0, 9.3, and 11 and on Hyperion Planning 11.
Steve is also an active trainer and mentor for both internal employees and clients. He has conducted numerous end user, developer, system administration training classes. Steve is a frequent speaker on forecasting and OLAP related topics. He has giving presentations at Oracle OpenWorld, Hyperion Solutions, Connection Point, MOUS, NCOAUG, a number of regional user groups, and presented live webinars. In addition to speaking; Steve has written a number of white papers on forecasting, allocations, and centers of excellence.
Presentations:Taking Your Hyperion Culture from Good to Great!
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Debra Lilley, Vice President of Certus Cloud Services at Certus Solutions, is an Oracle ACE Director and Fusion Applications UX Advocate. She is a Director and Past President of UKOUG and led the Product Development Committee of the IOUC: the user group team working with Oracle during the development of Fusion Applications. She has worked with Oracle applications and technology since 1996, specializing in financials, Business Intelligence, and training end users.
As well as her own blog, Debra is a monthly guest author for the Oracle AppAdvantage blog, where Oracle talks about the business challenges that can be addressed by its technology. She has also written articles for publication in Oracle Scene, Oracle, Oracle Profit, and Oracle One magazines, and shares her insight through presentations at user events worldwide.
Presentations:How to Get the Most out of User Groups
Lily Liu has 4+ years of experience with financial systems and has been in industry for over six years. She started her career as an accountant/analyst and power user of Hyperion Planning. Her interests in understanding Hyperion Planning have catapulted her passion in Hyperion products. While in industry, she administered Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Financial Reporting, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, and Oracle Data Integrator for a large packaging distributor. During her tenure, she led multiple systems projects, which included a Hyperion Planning enhancements and patch update from 18.104.22.168.000 to 22.214.171.124.5XX, an Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g implementation, and a conversion of month-end financial statements created in nVision to using Hyperion Financial Reporting. She also created several administrative and end user training manuals and led multiple training sessions for power users and end users. In early 2015, she received her Certified Public Accountant Certification from the Illinois State Board Accountancy. Lily’s financial background and application experience is complemented by an ability to communicate, which makes her a valuable resource as an interpreter between finance and information technology departments.
Presentations:PBCS & BICS Better Together: Why, When & How
Bryn has worked in the software field for more than 35 years. He joined Oracle UK in 1990 at the European Development Center to work on the Oracle Designer team. He transferred to the Oracle Text team and then into Consulting as the Text specialist for Europe. He relocated to Oracle HQ in 1996 to join the Oracle Text Technical Marketing Group. He has been the product manager for PL/SQL since 2001. In 2005, he became responsible, additionally, for edition-based redefinition (EBR for short). This is the Oracle Database capability that supports online application upgrade.
It's hard for Bryn to remember his life before Oracle. He started off doing image analysis and pattern recognition at Oxford University (programming in FORTRAN) and then worked in Oslo, first at the Norwegian Computing Center and then in a startup. In Norway, Bryn programmed in Simula (its inventors were his close colleagues). This language is recognized as the first object-oriented programming language and was the inspiration for Smalltalk and C++.Back to Top
Robert Lockard is a professional DBA, Designer, Developer, and Project Manager working in the world of financial intelligence. In 1987, Robert's boss called him into his office and told him he is now the Oracle wizard and then handed him a stack of Oracle tapes and told him to load it on the VAX. Since then, Robert has worked exclusively as an Oracle Database Designer, Developer, and Database Administrator, and Project Manager. He enjoys flying vintage aircraft, racing sailboats, photography, and technical diving. He owns and flies the Spirit of Baltimore Hon, a restored 1948 Ryan Navion, and lives in Glen Burnie, Maryland, on Marley Creek.
Presentations:A Holistic Approach to Database Security
An enthusiastic and experienced Hyperion Infrastructure Consultant and Hyperion Infrastructure Manager with over 7 years of experience in architecting, implementing, and managing infrastructure for Hyperion Consolidation & Planning systems. Holds a strong record in designing and deploying infrastructure for a wide range of industries including finance, insurance, retail, and government. Specialized infrastructure skills rely in the areas of Oracle Middleware Products (specifically Oracle Hyperion, Business Intelligence and Data Integrator).
Possess and models strong leadership skills whilst promoting a positive working atmosphere. Strong experience of managing teams and key stakeholders in the business, both in the professional services and within retail. This is supported by strong communication skills, both within a team and externally, at all levels. Ensures timely completion of tasks by delegating assignments according to skills while ensuring knowledge is managed by good documentation and cross training. My experience includes:
A) Accenture: Having worked on my first implementation of one of the first v9.3.1 implementations for a Top 5-Tier bank, I headed up the support team there to take the implementation through cut-over and go-live working with Oracle Support / Consulting to deliver stability on a strategic platform that is being used today to undertake key financial reporting tasks (management reporting, statutory reporting and regulatory reporting).
B) Deloitte Consulting: Going forward from being a support analyst, I joined Deloitte Consulting for 3 years as a Senior Hyperion Infrastructure Consultant, Architect and Lead working on multiple client sites to design/implement strategic Hyperion EPM platforms for clients- normally as part of a wider Finance Transformation Program and in parallel support key tests phases to resolve system issues in the client’s current Financial Reporting System.
C) Barclays Bank PLC: RTB (Run the Bank Lead): I lead a team of 25 support resources, both permanent & SI partner resources, globally spread over 3 locations (USA, UK, and India) to create a “Follow the Sun” support model. I implemented the use of strategic tools and defined processes within the support team to establish a sustainable and resilient support ITIL operating model which was used as a model within other Run Teams within Finance Technology. I managed/coordinated an in-sourcing program within the team that saw 25 SI partner resource roles being transferred to permanent headcount. This included forecasting the number of resources, writing job specifications and engaging in interview process to establish key cost savings.
D) Barclays Bank PLC: Hyperion Infrastructure Lead / Architect: Hyperion Infrastructure Architect / Build Lead leading the Infrastructure Design/Implementation across a number of new programs within the bank implementing Hyperion Solutions.
- Lead a team of 10 build/support resources across multiple project deliveries on new programs to deliver quality/innovative solutions that can be rubber stamped as “Gold Standard” for upcoming projects. This included managing team’s career progression and overall performance through setting strong, measurable objectives.
- Defined/Developed a 3-year road map for Hyperion Infrastructure platforms and lead/drive the team in ensuring all solutions architected/platforms delivered conformed to the road map to ensure all platforms were future proofed.
- Established a strong engagement process with all of the Development Project Leads and Business Units to maintain strong communication and be able to set/manage expectations.
E) Infratects: Working at Infratects Consulting as the UK Practice Manager. Responsibilities include Account Management with current clients and following up on new leads to increase the book of work, drawing up Statement of Works/Commercials, ensuring consultants remain chargable, acting as a point of escalation and defining/building the strategic vision of the practice.
Presentations:Rehosting Your On-Premises Hyperion EPM Solution on Amazon Web Services: The Compass Group Story
After two decades of hosting, supporting, troubleshooting, testing, tuning, implementing, and architecting the technical infrastructure for the best of the best in Oracle EPM/Hyperion System implementations, Joe Malewicki launched his firm, iArch Solutions, with the single objective of offering the “premier EPM infrastructure solutions” to Oracle clients and partners. Prior to founding iArch Solutions, Joe was the lead EPM infrastructure consultant for a leading-edge Gold Partner and the senior member of Oracle’s own Advanced Customer Services team. He has 20 years of direct technical experience and holds various administrator certificates, along with attending and teaching many Oracle EPM/Hyperion technical product training sessions.
Joe has exceptional communication, problem-solving and technical skills with a very experienced background architecting and designing infrastructure solutions across almost all industry verticals. He specializes in Oracle/Hyperion EPM system infrastructure architecting, installations, upgrades, migrations, and tuning with the full suite of Oracle/Hyperion EPM product line. His deep involvement with Oracle/Hyperion applications from the initial 1.x version to the most recent 126.96.36.199.x release enables Joe to architect and design best-in-case system environments, with the highest client satisfaction that has resulted in every project being a success delivered on or before scheduled and often below budget.
Through his tenure with the information technology, Joe has led cutting-edge initiatives to leverage new and developing technologies, such as the Exalytics platform, virtualization and automated migration, and deployment of the Oracle/Hyperion EPM system and applications. He is one of the very few Infrastructure resources who is certified in both Oracle’s WebLogic as well as IBM WebSphere application servers. Joe’s work across almost all markets and industries has provided him the foundation and skill set to troubleshoot, design, and deploy the Oracle/Hyperion EPM system on any and all of the platforms (AIX, Solaris, Linux, Windows) supported by Oracle today. Joe has been sought out for the largest and most complex implementations time and again. He always brings to the table the most efficient and cost effective methods for completing any size engagement with which he is tasked. His expertise in communicating to both IT and business resources along with his ability to provide effective knowledge transfer with his clients have made him a constantly requested and highly sought-after Oracle/Hyperion implementation resource.
While employed at Oracle Corporation, Joe was the senior member of the Advanced Customer Services (ACS) team, where he architected, designed, and implemented solutions for Oracle’s EPM system of software applications. Joe was also the lead engineer for providing infrastructure performance tuning and infrastructure technical reviews, working directly with Oracle’s strategic clients to assure effective and successful environment setup.
Presentations:The EPM Clouds are Rolling in Fast! Is It Really Worth Upgrading My On-Prem System Now?
John L. Maloney, a Solution Director at TopDown Consulting, has over 20 years of EPM and Hyperion experience, specializing in Essbase and Planning. He has successfully completed large-scale EPM implementations for clients in industries ranging from retail to government and financial services to health care. John is a recognized industry leader in the design, development, test, and implementation of Oracle Hyperion EPM implementations. He participated in authoring Hyperion Essbase certifications while working at Hyperion. He is a frequent speaker at Oracle events, and he regularly presents various webinars and webcasts.
Presentations:How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud
Al Marciante began his career as a financial information technology professional for a leading electronics and communication company. He implemented applications focused on accounting and finance. In 1994, he spearheaded a project to produce consolidation financials, fully burdened profit and loss analysis, and budget reporting that was based on Oracle Financials, custom Oracle development, and Arbor Essbase. In 1997, Al moved to a solution consultant role with Arbor, where he helped many customers in the southern US achieve significant value purchasing and implementing OLAP and Analytic Applications. He also performed a domain leadership role to drive effective demos and field training. In 2000, after Arbor and Hyperion software merged to become Hyperion Solutions, Al moved to a product management role with Essbase. He quickly moved to a leadership role in the product management organization, and throughout the decade participated in driving new solutions in the Enterprise Performance Management space. Al has since led PM teams not only in the Essbase organization but also in Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, Smart View, Financial Reports, Crystal Ball, and Disclosure Management. He is now leading new initiatives for EPM in the Oracle Cloud.
Enrique Marron is a 20 year experienced IT Professional and has a very strong skill set in deploying and leading Java EE-based applications, as well as a breadth of knowledge in Oracle PL/SQL, web protocols, and the Spring framework.
Enrique started as Software Developer and gradually moved to Technical Leader, Project Leader & Project Management roles. He is currently on GE Corporate team-leading Dev&Ops operations for critical applications for the Data Finance IT team.
Presentations:Wrangle & Lasso EPM Data Using Java API
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Brian Marshall is a Vice President of EPM Delivery with over 15 years of expertise providing information technology solutions to drive business and revenue inside a variety of organizations. Brian has extensive knowledge of the Enterprise Performance Management suite of products. He specializes in Hyperion Essbase (ASO and BSO), Hyperion Planning (Classic and EPMA), and Hyperion Financial Management. Brian has presented every year at Kscope since 2010.
Presentations:IT Made Me Virtualize Essbase and Performance Sucks: Making Essbase Fast In Any Environment
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Kevin McGinley has been designing and implementing data and Business Intelligence systems since 1997. Kevin is an Oracle ACE Director and internationally recognized writer and speaker in the Oracle Community. He co-hosts the video podcast, Real Time BI with Kevin & Stewart, and produces the video podcast, DataViz Daily.
Presentations:Oracle Data Visualization for the Finance Analyst
Ryan Meester is a Director for the Strategic Planning (HSF) Practice at Edgewater Ranzal with a wealth of experience (12+ years) in the strategic planning space that spans across a variety of industries and finance areas. Ryan’s Hyperion career began as an HSF implementation consultant at Hyperion. He then co-founded Meridian Consulting International in 2007, which focused exclusively on HSF service offerings, and joined Edgewater Ranzal in 2010 as part of the Meridian acquisition. In his current role, Ryan leads the business development efforts for the practice, while also providing sales transition and design assistance to strategic accounts within the organization.
Back to Top
Matt Milella's career has roots in finance and financial systems, and he has been working with or using Business Intelligence and data for almost 20 years. During this time, he has worn many hats, including: consultant, channel sales, development, and, most relevant, end user. As one of the co-inventors of many products, including Smart View and Smart Space, he is passionate about how BI and EPM can truly be delivered to the end users, regardless of channel.
Presentations:A Story about Data: Anything, everywhere with everyone
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Cary Millsap has been a member of the Oracle community since 1989. He is an Entrepreneur, Software Technology Advisor, Software Developer, Oracle Software Performance Specialist, and Oracle ACE Director. His technical papers are quoted in many Oracle books, Wikipedia, blogs all over the world, and dozens of conference presentations each month. Cary's blog is read by thousands of people each month. He has presented at hundreds of public and private events around the world. Cary wrote the book Optimizing Oracle Performance, for which he and co-author Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine's 2004 Authors of the Year, and more recently The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data, 2nd Edition. He is the Vice President of User Experience Solutions at Cintra Software and Services, and the President of Method R Corporation.
Presentations:Thinking Clearly about Testing Performance
Robin Moffatt is Head of R&D at Rittman Mead, and an Oracle ACE. He specializes in OBIEE and Linux as well as ODI, and more recently delving into the worlds of Hadoop and Elasticsearch. Robin's particular interests are data and analytics, systems architecture, performance testing, and optimization. He blogs at http://ritt.md/rmoff and http://rmoff.net/ and can be found tweeting grumpy geek thoughts as @rmoff.
Presentations:OBIEE System Administrator's Troubleshooting Toolkit - Deep Dive
Analyzing the Panama Papers with Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph
Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting Solutions Architect, has more than 19 years of experience with Essbase, versions 3x through 11x, with an extensive background in finance and economics. Ron is certified in Essbase, Planning and PBCS. He was one of the first Essbase Certified Consultants in the world. He founded Marketing Technologies Group, which specialized in Essbase and Planning training, consulting, and collaborative development. He has led many full-cycle projects, from requirements gathering and design through implementation, training, and roll-out. He also received 19 Oracle University Quality Awards.
Presentations:Extreme Essbase Calculations: New Frontiers in What-if, Goal-seeking and Sensitivity Analysis
Case Study: How Suez Slashed Cycle Times and Improved Service Levels with Hybrid Aggregation
Vincent Morneau is a blogger, speaker and the lead front-end developer at the world's largest APEX development team: Insum.
Vincent is also a big fan of open-source coding, and he systematically shares any piece of code that he finds valuable on his GitHub account at https://github.com/vincentmorneau.
Presentations:Creating an APEX Theme for Non-Designers
Jamie Morrison has been working as a Business Intelligence Consultant at Peak Indicators, Europe’s Largest Oracle BI Consultancy for three years. Jamie joined Peak Indicators as a graduate after completing an BA and MSc in Electronic Business. While at Peak Indicators, he has worked on multiple client projects across business sectors such as finance, telecommunications and aviation. Being exposed to the full Oracle product stack, Jamie has experience in OBIEE, data warehousing, ODI, Informatica, RTD as well as the Oracle Database.
Presentations:Introduction to ADF: Building an Application in 60 Minutes.
Bill Mowle is the Director of Finance Management Systems at Children's Hospital Colorado and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for nine years. Bill has implemented Hyperion applications since 1999 in both the large consumer-packaged goods industry and in health care. He has expertise in leading transformational projects related to financial analytics using both Hyperion Planning and Essbase solutions.
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Francisco Munoz Alvarez has over two decades of experience in consulting, analysis, support, implementation, and migration of Oracle products. Francisco is also an expert in most phases of a database life cycle, for example, development, stabilization, security, backup and recovery, tuning, installations, and data warehouse (ETL) with excellent implementation and support methodologies.
He is an author and popular speaker at many Oracle conferences around the world. He is also the President of CLOUG (Chilean Oracle Users Group), APACOUC (APAC Oracle Users Group Community, which is the umbrella organization for all of APAC), IAOUG (Independent Australia Oracle Users Group) and NZOUG (New Zealand Oracle Users Group). He worked as an Associate Technologist for Oracle in Brazil and Chile. He was an Oracle instructor for the New Horizons Centre (Chile) and for Oracle Education (Brazil and Chile). In 2010, he had the privilege to receive a prestigious Oracle Magazine Editor's Choice Award as the Oracle Evangelist of the Year. Currently, Francisco works for Pythian, which is a global leader in data management consulting and services, as the Vice President for Asia Pacific. He also maintains an Oracle blog (http://www.oraclenz.org) and you can always contact him through this or Twitter (@fcomunoz) regarding any questions about Oracle.Back to Top
Mike Nader has 20 years of advisory, operational, and sales experience in Business Intelligence and Business Performance Management. Mike is currently the Business Intelligence Principal for Huron Consulting Group, based out of Chicago. In addition to work at Huron, Mike has also worked in various roles in the EPM and BI marketplace, including:
- Director, Blue Stone Consulting – Business Intelligence (2013-acquired by Huron Consulting)
- Senior Manager, Ernst & Young – Business Intelligence (2010-2013)
- Global Domain Lead, Business Intelligence (OBIEE) and Analytics (Essbase) – Hyperion Solutions and Oracle Corporation (2006-2010)
- Principal Product Manager (Software Development) – Essbase and Business Intelligence
- Hyperion Solutions and Oracle Corporation (2003-2006)
- Senior Manager, Curriculum Development – Hyperion Solutions (2001-2003)
- Lead Technical Instructor and Course Developer – Hyperion Solutions (1999-2001)
- Reporting and Operations Manager, RWC – 1996-1999
During his career, Mike has worked across a variety of client industries: Media and entertainment, CPG, Utilities, Health care, Manufacturing, and Telecommunications
Mike has a deep knowledge base around Oracle EPM and BI technologies. He is a frequent speaker at Kscope, Hyperion Solutions, Collaborate, Connection Point, Oracle OpenWorld, and other industry events. Mike is also a co-author of three books on Oracle technologies:Oracle Essbase & Oracle OLAP: The Guide to Oracle’s Multidimensional Solution – Oracle Press; Developing Essbase Applications: Advanced Techniques for Finance and IT Professionals – CRC Press; Developing Essbase Applications: Hybrid Techniques and Practices - CRC Press.
Presentations:Finding the Forest Among the Trees - Designing and Implementing an Analytic System
Solving the Labyrinth – Advanced Essbase Reporting with OBIEE
NOAH R. NEAL
Noah is an Associate at Key Performance Ideas specializing in Oracle Hyperion Planning (“Planning”) solutions. He is certified in Planning and PBCS and has completed Oracle courses in Planning Applications, Financial Reporting, FDMEE, and Calculations. Noah has created several multi-dimensional applications and is developing additional Oracle Hyperion product skillsets. He is a graduate of Yale University with a BA in Economics and BS in Biomedical Engineering. Noah’s past experience includes work on a variety of business projects, including financial modeling efforts, corporate development activities, sales and marketing tasks, client deliverables, investment research, and business writing and presentations. He has experience using both on-premise and cloud-based Planning environments, and has worked on both traditional EPM project and Cloud-based project rollouts. Noah has great interests in business and technology, a strong desire to learn, and a commitment to working with others to achieve mutual goals.
- Experienced with Financial Analysis and Modeling
- Certified, trained, and experienced using EPM software: Hyperion Planning, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)
- Additional EPM Technology Skillsets In: Hyperion Essbase, Financial Reporting Studio, FDMEE (Data Management), Web Analysis, Smart View, EPM Automate
- Worked in a wide variety of business contexts and on different types of deliverables
- Developed training modules for Oracle Hyperion EPM technologies for internal use and for use by clients
- Trained new administrators on PBCS and related tools ( including Smart View, web interface navigation, Financial Reporting Studio, and Data Management) – as part of “train the trainer” approach
- Worked with both Finance and IT sides in Hyperion data integration efforts
- Ability to solve problems in business and technology domains
- Capable of providing unique and quality contributions in independent or team contexts
- Delivered as a consultant on simultaneous projects
- Demonstrated persistence in analysis and troubleshooting to solve problems
- Committed to building robust applications and delivering optimal solutions
Martin Neuliep, co-author of the recently published book Developing Essbase Applications: Hybrid Techniques and Practices, has designed and built multidimensional database systems since 1988, focusing on Essbase since 1994. He learned Essbase from inventor Bob Earle and has worked on applications in a wide variety of application areas ranging from epidemiologic surveillance to international banking activity to fashion supply chain optimization, in addition to financial planning and analysis. He also focuses on related metadata and data integration solutions and specializes in system performance optimization. Besides crafting systems, Martin also concentrates on training. He was a co-author of the original Essbase Bootcamp curriculum and has delivered courses to enthusiastic audiences worldwide. He founded General Analytics in 2001.
Presentations:Eliminating the Eliminations Problem in Essbase
Cuong Nguyen Tien is a Business Intelligence professional who has worked on many EPM implementations. Cuong has five years of experience with EPM software products and seven years with business modelling solutions. He is responsible for identifying and resolving financial reporting issues, as well as generating innovative methods to improve the processes.
Cuong has worked in the global technology, insurance, oil, pharmaceuticals, banking, financial and automotive markets. He holds a M.A in Economics from New York University, Hunter College, New York, NY; A BB in Economic Theory from Charles University in Prague and a BS in Business Finance from University of Helsinki, Helsinki Finland. He currently serves as a Consultant for Mindstream Analytics.
Presentations:Using Oracle R and OBIEE to Help Doctors Predict Areas with the Most Severe Health Problems
Anton Nielsen is President of C2 Consulting, a technology solutions firm specializing in Oracle technologies. Anton was one of the initial Oracle Fusion Middleware ACE Directors and has presented at ODTUG Kscope (winning the Top Speaker award in 2015), Oracle OpenWorld, and APEXposed! Prior to founding C2 Consulting, he was a Technical Director at Oracle USA and an officer and scientist in the US Air Force. Anton has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a master's from Northeastern University, where he concentrated in combinatorics, encryption, and error correction codes. He has worked with Oracle Application Express since its inception and with various aspects of software security since 1982.
Presentations:APEX and the Thick Database Paradigm
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Rich Niemiec is a world renowned Oracle Tuning Expert. Rich is an Oracle Ace Director and was the CEO and a co-founder of TUSC, a Chicago-based systems integrator of Oracle-based business solutions started in 1988. Rich has served as an Executive Advisor to Rolta International Board of Directors, as President of Rolta TUSC, and President of Rolta EICT. TUSC was the Oracle Partner of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 (Rolta TUSC), & 2011 (Rolta).
Rich is a past President of the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and the current President of the Midwest Oracle Users Group (MOUG). Rich is one of six originally honored worldwide Oracle Certified Masters. In 2015, he authored Quick Start Guide to Oracle Query Tuning for DBAs & Developers. In 2012, he authored the #1 Oracle bestseller Oracle11g Release 2 Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques, an update of his previous 3 Oracle best sellers on Oracle8i, Oracle9i, and Oracle10g Performance Tuning. Oracle 12c R2 Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques comes out in March 2017. Rich was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 1998. He is a graduate of Purdue University.
Presentations:Creating Your First Database to Access with Oracle's DBaaS (DataBase as a Service)
The Best 12c R1 & R2 Query Tuning New Features
An EPM Consultant with 10 years experience, Peter Nitschke leads the Victoria practice of M-Power Solutions. Mixing business know-how with a technical curiosity allows him to build elegant solutions meeting business challenges. In his spare time, Peter writes at essbasedownunder, adding brevity and wit (and hopefully useful technical content!) to the wider EPM community.
Presentations:Break the Shackles of Planning with Hybrid Essbase
Matt Noaln is the co-founder of FOEX GmbH and leads the development of the FOEX Plugin Framework for Oracle APEX. Matt has a broad range of Oracle expertise dating back to 2001 and has over 10 years of consulting experience developing commercial APEX applications for government and commerical organizations in the US, Europe, and Australia.
Presentations:Unlocking the Power of the APEX Plugin Architecture
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Alex Nuijten is an independent consultant (allAPEX) specializing in Oracle database development with PL/SQL and Oracle Application Express (APEX).
Besides his consultancy work, Alex conducts training classes, mainly in APEX, SQL, and PL/SQL. Alex has been a speaker at numerous international conferences, such as ODTUG, Oracle Open World, UKOUG, IOUG, OUGF, BGOUG, OGH APEX World, and OBUG. For his presentations, Alex has received several Best Speaker awards.
He has written many articles in Oracle related magazines and at regular intervals he writes about Oracle Application Express and Oracle database development on his blog "Notes on Oracle" (nuijten.blogspot.com). Alex is co-author of the book “Oracle APEX Best Practices” (published by Packt Publishers).
Alex is also co-author of “Real World SQL and PL/SQL” (published by Oracle Press).
Because of his contributions to the Oracle community, Alex was awarded the Oracle ACE Director membership in August 2010.
Back to Top
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Kerry Osborne is a Managing Director for the Accenture Enkitec Group, formed when Accenture acquired Enkitec in 2014. Kerry co-founded Enkitec in 2004 and helped build the company into a worldwide leader of Oracle Exadata implementations.
He began working with the first public release of Oracle (version 2) in 1982. He has worked as both a developer and a DBA. For the past several years, he has been focused on understanding Oracle internals and solving performance problems and working with big data solutions.
Presentations:The Hybrid World – RDBMS + Hadoop
Bartosz Ostrowski is an APEX Developer and UI expert at Pretius with 7 years of commercial experience in Frontend, Oracle DB, and Oracle APEX development. Active plugins contributor appreciated by the community at apex-plugin.com (3 plugins in TOP 5) and apex.world (plugins in TOP 10). Bartosz is also an APEX connect conference participant.
Presentations:APEX Plugins That I Use in Every Project
Mauro Pagano is a Database Performance Engineer with special interest in SQL tuning and wrong results. He is an active member of the Oracle community, always willing to help or mentor other peers, and he enjoys giving back developing tools and presenting at Oracle user groups conferences. Mauro is the author of SQLd360 tool and the previous maintainer of other legacy tools such as SQLTXPLAIN and SQLHC. Mauro has over a decade of experience in the Oracle world, from database tuning to applications development. Mauro currently works as a consultant for Accenture Enkitec Group, as a member of the Oracle Database Health-Check Team.Back to Top
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Simon Pane has worked as a DBA for many years, covering the Oracle Database from versions 6 through 12c.
Certified as an OCP, OCE, and ACE Associate, his focus has been on High Availability, Monitoring, Backup & Recovery, Migration & Consolidation, and Security, and he has experience with literally thousands of database environments at hundreds of client sites.
Simon enjoys sharing technical knowledge and has presented at many user groups and at almost every major conference in Canada and the United States including Oracle OpenWorld. Simon currently works as an Oracle Database Principal Consultant in the Pythian Consulting Group.
Presentations:Modernizing Your DBA Scripts with the Oracle Scheduler
Oracle Database Automation: From Snowflake Instances to DBaaS
Tom Petrus has been working with Oracle technology since 2007, when he started as a Forms developer. It was there that he picked up the ropes on SQL and PL/SQL over the course of about four years. He then had the opportunity to set his first steps in Application Express. A large project followed, which for the major part involved migrating Forms to Oracle Apex applications and further supporting different users and departments with new development or replacing other old applications.
Presentations:jQuery Widgets in APEX
Adrian Png is a Senior APEX Developer at Insum. He has spent the last decade designing and implementing software solutions using a wide variety of programming languages. More recently, he developed a deep passion for APEX and using this tool, and has helped many clients succeed in research data management. "Designing for the User" is his motto, and he continually seeks to optimize processes and adopt new ways and technologies to improve how data is captured, integrated, and used effectively.
Back to Top
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman is a member of the Oak Table Network and an Oracle ACE Director. She is the new Technical Intelligence Manager for Product and Market at Delphix, a company recognized for it's impressive virtualization and data masking environment capabilities. Kellyn is known for her extensive work with Enterprise Manager 12c, its command line interface, environment optimization tuning, automation and architecture design. Her blog, http://dbakevlar.com and social media activity under her handle, DBAKevlar is well respected for her insight and content. She is the lead author on a number of technical books, hosts webinars for numerous technical groups, including All Things Oracle and has presented at Oracle Open World, HotSos, Collaborate, KSCOPE, SQLPass, along with other US and European conferences. Kellyn is a strong advocate for Women in Technology (WIT) and technical education for the next generation, (STEAM/STEM) working with the Raspberry Pi and code to instruct kids of all ages to embrace a passion for the technology that runs our world!
Presentations:Virtualization- To Infinity and Beyond!
Dan Pressman has been an independent consultant specializing in Hyperion/Essbase for the past 17 years. Dan is both a technical and functional expert, supported by a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance, both from Columbia University. A recognized specialist in both ASO and BSO tuning, he has worked on numerous full-system implementations of Planning, Essbase, Financial Reporting, and the full gamut of the EPM Suite.
Recently, Dan’s work has focused on ASO tuning, and he is the author of the chapter "Designing ASO for Performance" in the book Developing Essbase Applications: Advanced Techniques for Finance and IT Professionals. This chapter, along with his other writings and presentations, includes unpublished information on the inner workings of the ASO engine. The work is based on original empirical research and has resulted in techniques and information not available publicly anywhere else. Additionally, he has written tuning techniques involving memory-mapped IO, compound attributes, operating system compression, and the use of surrogate keys.
Back to Top
Julia Radovani has experience implementing Data Governance and Enterprise Performance Management solutions across a variety of industries including Life Sciences, Retail, Manufacturing, Communications, Real Estate, and Construction . Julia has a track record of delivering on high quality client engagements spanning various project lifecycle phases, from requirements gathering and solution design to technical build and production support. Julia’s passion is to help clients adopt enabling technology to improve their financial and operational performance management processes.
Julia has a broad range of technical skills in areas including: Data Relationship Management, Data Governance, Financial Data Quality Management, Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Essbase Studio, Enterprise Performance Management Architect, SQL, Financial Reporting, and Scripting.
As a member of the Peloton EPM Practice, Julia leads technical specialization initiatives on the Data Relationship Management product.
Julia is a University of Rochester graduate and an Oracle Certified Professional in Data Relationship Manager, Hyperion Planning and Essbase.
Presentations:How to Best Manage Your Relationships…With Data: Building a Strong Foundation for PAREXEL Using Oracle Data Relationship Management Best Practices
David Rae has 26 years industry experience, specializing in the Data Warehouse and Oracle BI/EPM solution. He is the founder of Ambient Business Systems Ltd. (1992-2000), an Arbor/Hyperion Partner (1995-2000, Co-founder of Iconomics Inc. (2000 - Present), and a Hyperion/Oracle Gold Partner (2000-Present.
As the Solution Architect, David won an Oracle Global BI/EPM award in 2009
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Peter Raganitsch is the co-CEO & co-Founder of FOEX GmbH, an Austrian IT company focused on developing the FOEX Plugin Framework - a Rapid Application Development tool meant to extend the current capabilities of the Oracle Application Express and simplify the way enterprise-grade web applications are being built.
Having more than 20 year of experience in using Oracle technologies, Peter is an Oracle ACE Director sharing his knowledge through articles, trainings and webinars.
He’s an active member on the Oracle APEX community, speaking at various conferences such as Kscope, DOAG, UKOUG, APEX Connect, APEX World, SIOUG and HrOUG and frequently writes about Oracle APEX on Twitter or his blog: www.oracle-and-apex.com.
Peter’s technical knowledge and expertise extends to areas such as: Oracle APEX, PL/SQL, jQuery, ExtJS, AJAX, Oracle Forms, legacy systems migration and mobile applications.
Back to Top
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
As Technical Advisor, Michael Rainey spends his time developing the training program at Gluent and sharing the good word about Gluent products with the world. Michael's expertise in data integration technologies enable him to provide a unique perspective to customers. In his spare time, Michael, an Oracle ACE Director, enjoys sharing his data integration knowledge along the way on his blog, as a speaker at Oracle OpenWorld and various user group conferences, and via webinars and podcasts. Michael loves the outdoors and enjoys riding his bike along the Columbia River, running, hiking, and spending time with his lovely wife and son.
Presentations:Streaming #Election2016 with Oracle Data Integration
Kumar Ramaiyer is currently a Vice President at Oracle, and he heads the development of the Essbase product. He is also responsible for engineering Essbase for Exalytics and integration of Essbase with all the Oracle products that consume Essbase technology – EPM suite of products, OBIEE, and Fusion GL and CRM. Kumar came to Oracle through an acquisition of a startup company, Interlace Systems, where he was one of the key members and helped to build a multidimensional engine called IOP, which is used in operational planning use cases. He also worked at Ariba and Informix and has almost twenty years of industry experience, mostly in solving data management and analytics problems. He got his Ph.D. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and master's in computer science from University of Louisiana.
Presentations:Essbase Cloud Service: Architectural Evolution
Greg Ramirez earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 2003. In the same year, he commenced in a fairly unique career path by signing with the New York Mets as a professional baseball player. In 2006, Greg began his career in finance at Pepperdine University in the Office of Financial Planning. He earned his M.B.A. in Finance from Auburn University in 2011, where he was also selected for membership in the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society. In 2014, he resumed the role of Director of Financial Planning at Pepperdine University.
Presentations:How to Win Friends and Influence People … with an Integrated Planning-Based Forecast Process
Kris Rice joined Oracle Corporation in 1998 in consulting, working on ecommerce and database replication. He now leads Oracle's database tooling. SQL Developer was started in 2005 with three people, with Kris leading the product. Now it is the go-to tool for Oracle Database development. He believes in building software people want and listens to the user community to help steer the products. Data modeling was quickly added to SQL Developer based on user feedback. Kris is responsible for the APEX Listener and is modernizing database access by making REST access to the data easier than ever before. Also, he leads migrations to Oracle and the new database cloud.Back to Top
Jorge Rimblas has been implementing solutions with Oracle products since 1995. He started using APEX when it was known as HTML DB since version 1.6. Since 2008, APEX is all he does. His areas of expertise include Oracle Application Express (APEX), Web Technologies, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Databases and products. He has deep industry knowledge in the automotive, pharmaceutical, food, logistics providers, financial services, and retail sectors, among others. As an instructor, he has taught APEX to dozens of people. In addition to his UI and theme work experience, Jorge is an Oracle ACE and an avid problem solver who thrives in finding elegant and efficient solutions. He's a regular speaker at conferences such as OOW, RMOUG Training Days, and ODTUG Kscope.You can follow Jorge on Twitter @rimblas and via his blog rimblas.com/blog.
Presentations:Deliver a Knockout with Your APEX Applications
Mark Rinaldi is a current Product Management Director for Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager. He sets and manages strategy for product enhancements, optimization, and ease of use. Mark is a Certified Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Application Suite Professional with 17 years of experience implementing numerous successful financial reporting and Business Intelligence solutions, streamlining processes, and reducing cycle times. He designed or directed several Oracle Hyperion Centers of Excellence.
Presentations:EPBCS Workforce and Strategic Workforce Planning In Action
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Mark Rittman is an Independent Analyst working with big data, advanced analytics, IoT and cloud technologies primarily on an Oracle platform. Mark writes regularly for Oracle Magazine and his own personal blog, is an Oracle ACE Director and author of two Oracle Press books on Oracle Business Analytics.
Presentations:Understanding How a Tweet Goes Viral Using Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph
Making Smart Devices Even Smarter (Including iKettles) with Oracle Cloud and Oracle Big Data Discovery
Christian Rokitta is an Independent Oracle Consultant with more than two decades of experience in Oracle Database development and web development. Since 1998, he has used the Oracle Web Toolkit and mod_plsql to develop data-centric web applications in Oracle environments. Using the APEX development framework was the logical next step.
Christian is German, but for the past 15 years he has lived and worked in the Netherlands. From 1996 to 1999, he worked as a Custom Development Consultant for Oracle Netherlands. In the 10 years that followed, he acted as Consultant and Product Development Manager for Scamander Solutions. In April 2010, Christian became an Independent Oracle Consultant and founded themes4apex, a service that offers custom APEX theme design.
Presentations:Browser Developer Tool Essentials for APEX Developers
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universal Theme
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Edward Roske is the CEO and Co-Founder of interRel Consulting, one of the five largest Oracle EPM consulting firms in the world. As an Oracle ACE Director and author of seven books, Edward has spoken on four continents evangelizing everything Oracle Business Intelligence, Enterprise Performance Management, and Hyperion. Edward is continually recruited to host various Hyperion presentations at users groups around the world as he uses his 15-plus years of expertise on over 500 implementations in the Hyperion arena to provide insight on the future of Hyperion within Oracle.
Edward also offers an Oracle EPM blog, Looksmarter.blogspot.com, which offers a unique perspective inside the world of Oracle EPM, including information on upcoming releases, colorful commentary on his ideas on hot topics in the industry, and much more. Recently, Edward was just made a Certified Oracle Fusion Applications Advocate, a title Oracle has only bestowed upon seven people. He spends his free time evolving into pure energy and saving busloads of nuns and orphans; he has no free time.
Presentations:Essbase Optimization from the Experts Panel Session
Doug Ross is a Manager and Architect in the consulting practice at Performance Architects, with over 20 years of experience in consulting and software development in the business intelligence (BI) arena at organizations including the University of Pittsburg, Allegheny Technology, Hilton Worldwide, and Nationwide Life Insurance Company. Doug holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Purdue University.
Presentations:It's All About The Data: Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) Data Sync and Remote Data Connector
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Björn Rost is an Oracle ACE Director, and one of Pythian’s top Oracle experts. A popular presenter, Björn travels the world attending technology conferences, sharing insights, and learning with his wide network of peers. Björn also volunteers for user groups and organizes the OTN EMEA tour. He is always challenging himself, personally through physical activities including triathlons, and professionally through his ongoing quest to increase his knowledge of Oracle and other leading technologies.Back to Top
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Christoph Ruepprich has worked as an Oracle DBA and developer since 1999. As a developer, he has worked with Oracle Forms and Reports and has extensive experience with Oracle Application Express. In his current role as Senior Techincal Consultant at Enkitec, he works on various Application Express projects.
In past roles, Christophe has developed a workload characterization application for Oracle E-Business and worked with warehouse control systems and MRP systems. He has also taught Oracle DBA certification courses and is an active presenter on Oracle topics. His blog Christoph’s 2 Oracle Cents contains a wide variety on Oracle-related articles and can be accessed at http://ruepprich.wordpress.com.
Presentations:Natural Language Voice Interface to the Oracle Database
Beatrice Sagroun is a Senior Solution Architect at Grant Thornton.
Beatrice’s experience includes implementation of Enterprise Performance Management solutions with a focus on Oracle | Hyperion products, including Financial Reporting and Financial Management (Oracle Certified Implementation Specialist).
She carried out several international engagements and realized that, wherever you are, the key responsibility of any consultant is to communicate the solution to the business leaders, technical leaders, and all other parties in a language they can understand.
Specialities: HFM certified expert. Thorough knowledge of FCCS, EPMA, HFR, SmartView. Good knowledge of FDMEE. End user knowledge of DRM.
Competencies: strong problem solving skills, ability to build long-term relationship based on trust, explorer mentality.
Presentations:Leverage HFM APIs to Automate Part of Your HFM End of Month Process Without Scripting
Amit is an BI/EPM professional with extensive experience in implementing enterprise performance management solutions primarily based on Hyperion Planning and Essbase. He has been involved in numerous EPM projects in US, UK and India. Prior to entering the exciting Enterprise Performance Management field, Amit worked on data warehousing projects where he obtained a solid experience in RDBMS and ETL systems. More recently, Amit has succesfully implemented Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud solutions.
Amit currently works as a Manager in Huron Consulting Group's EPM practice where he is involved in managing projects and architecting EPM solutions. Amit brings to the board a unique blend of project management plus system design & development experience. He has been involved in projects with a pure onshore as well as onshore-offshore models. Prior to ADI, Amit led the the Hyperion Centre of Excellence in Tata Consultancy Services and was responsible for delivery assurance, pre-sales support apart from EPM implementations.
Amit has also been instrumental in setting up managed services framework for a number of his customers thus ensuring that the Customer's EPM solution is maintained and helped the customer realize it's full potential
Amit is a Oracle Certified Planning Consultant and regularly contributes to his personal blog (epminsight.com)
Amit also works as a volunteer at a foreign language school run by a non-profit organization and takes up numerous roles like teaching, managing a small library and other administrative tasks at the school.
Presentations:End to End Automation for Oracle PBCS Using EPM Automate
Chris Saxon has 10+ years of experience designing, implementing, and optimizing Oracle Database applications. He loves sharing what he's learned and helping people improve their SQL skills. This passion lead him to join Steven Feuerstein's Oracle Developer Advocate team. His mission in this team is to help you get the best out of the Oracle Database and make your life better via SQL.Back to Top
Tony Scalese is one of the world's foremost experts in Oracle/Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management (FDM) and ERPi. He is an Oracle Certified Implementation Specialist for HFM. Tony has implemented FDM and ERPi in a variety of industries to address myraid requirements.
Tony regularly contributes to the EPM community by presenting at conferences and local HUG meetings, delivering webinars, writing for his blog, and posting on OTN. Prior to his consulting life, he was a Hyperion Administrator for Enterprise, UpStream WebLink, Pillar, and Hyperion Planning at a Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer.
Presentations:Ask the Experts - An Informal Panel for FDMEE Integrations
FDMEE Scripting - Cloud and On-Premises - It Ain't Groovy, But It's My Bread and Butter
Fagner Scheibel is a particpant in the Kscope17 Leadership Class. He is a IT technician, holds a BS in Information Systems, has studied at Vancouver Georgia College, and Stanford University. He has been awarded the Dell Champion Award for three years running for being a top performer. He holds SO/IEC 27002 - Information Security Foundation, ITIL Foundation and ITIL OSA. In his spare time, Fagner enjoys hiking, skating, running, camping, and traveling.
Presentations:OBIEE Going Global! Getting Ready for More Than +140k Users
Although he started out as a chemist, Dave Schleis has been working in IT for over 30 years and has been using Oracle for the majority of that time. After a long and successful career with the University of Wisconsin, Dave is now an Analyst with Insum Solutions, North America's largest Oracle APEX consluting firm.
Dave has been a member of ODTUG since 1999 and has served on the ODTUG Board of Directors. Dave was the Content Co-Chair of the unbelievably successful Kscope12 conference and has been a regular presenter at ODTUG conferences through the years. He has had articles in the ODTUG Technical Journal as well as other publications and is a two-time winner of the prestigious ODTUG Editor’s Choice Award. Dave has also presented at Collaborate and Oracle OpenWorld to rave reviews.
Presentations:America’s Next Top Model-er Feature
Chris Schulze is a Hyperion Planning Architect. Chris has over twenty years of experience in the design, development, implementation, and support of information technology architectures and systems in a variety of hardware environments. He has spent the last fifteen years designing, implementing, and managing Hyperion environments for medium to Fortune 500 companies. His experience spans several industries including Banking, Defense, Insurance, Internet, Manufacturing, Real Estate, and Retail.
- Project Lead/Planning Architect/Developer for a Hyperion Planning reboot for a large military and civilian satellite communications company. The application involved multiple plan-types and served reporting and income statement and balance sheet planning.
- Planning Architect/Developer for a leading global audio communications company. The project centered on a complete redesign of the chart of accounts. Rebuilt applications and converted data for Hyperion. Also built a relational database to convert all GL data, helping to reduce slip in the accounting system overhaul with same day turnaround in each iteration of the automated conversion of data.
- Project Lead/Essbase Architect/Developer for a new financial planning and reporting system for the largest private dairy in California. The technological transformation reduced system load time from days to hours.
- Project Lead/Planning Architect/Developer for business-to-business rental of modular buildings and equipment. Project included Workforce and Capex Planning.
- Project Lead/Essbase Architect for the second largest mortgage broker. Project Planning and Essbase implementation replaced a cumbersome spreadsheet-based model, improving turnaround time and creating consistency in reported results.
- A large real estate investment trust (REIT) - Mr. Schulze was the Manager, Business Intelligence responsible for all systems development, database administration, and customer support activities. His responsibilities included technology strategy and implementation. He had one direct report.
- Premier internet search provider - Mr. Schulze built and led the Hyperion team for IT. He had up to 14 direct reports at any one time. He grew the environment from 150 users to 300+, and broadened the customer base from Financial Planning & Analysis to include General Accounting, data warehouse, Marketing Finance and Human Resources. He also led the software selection process for Treasury systems and led the internal corporate infrastructure team.
- Master of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge.
- Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Finance/Business from UCLA
- Mr. Schulze has considerable experience in a wide range of computing technology environments, including IBM mainframe, HP, Sun, and Linux.
- Hyperion Solutions 2004: Real-World Optimization: Hyperion Essbase at Kinko's
- Dallas BPM Showcase, 2004: Real-World Optimization: Hyperion Essbase at Kinko's
- Hyperion Solutions 2007: Leveraging Hyperion Essbase Analytics in Google's Fast-Growing Environment
Presentations:Tips and Tricks: Debugging a Broken Calc
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Glenn Schwartzberg has been an IT professional for over 30 years. Glenn started his career in IT (then MIS) working on IBM mainframes writing COBOL and CICS programs. He quickly worked his way up the food chain and as a manager had 15 people working for him. At this pivotal juncture, he decided he would rather be a technical resource than spend his time telling other people what to do and justify his life through paperwork. He entered the world of consulting, where he was a DBA on Teradata DBC1012 computers, programming, and maintaining databases. This was his introduction to SQL.
During his stint working on data warehouses, Glenn ran into a little program from Arbor software called Essbase. It was a cool little program and Glenn immediately saw the value in allowing users to get their own data, so he started learning all he could about it. This was on version 3.11. As time and versions progressed, he learned more and more and the versions became more feature-rich and complicated. While Glenn did not like being a manager, he did feel it was important to assist others as they tried to figure out the issues they were having with the application. He joined bulletin boards and forums and was an ardent contributor, answering others’ questions, and gaining more knowledge. In 2008, due to his continued efforts to assist others and evangelize Essbase, he was honored with the title of Oracle ACE in Business Intelligence. In 2010, he was privileged to be named an Oracle ACE Director. He continues to share his knowledge of Essbase and its associated products though the Oracle EPM discussion forums, presentations at conferences, user group meetings, webcasts, and his blog. He was one of the founding members of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG Board.
Presentations:EssCS: The New Old Essbase
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
John Edward Scott has been using Oracle since version 7 (about 1993) and has used basically every release since then. He has had the good fortune to work on a wide range of projects for a varied group of clients. He was lucky enough to start working with Oracle Application Express when it was first publicly released and has worked with it nearly every day since (and loves it).
John is an Oracle ACE Director, was named Application Express Developer of the Year in 2006 by Oracle Magazine, and is the author of the best-selling book Pro Oracle Application Express. He is also the Co-Founder of APEX Evangelists (www.apex-evangelists.com), which specializes in providing training, development, and consulting specifically for the Oracle Application Express product.
Presentations:High Performance APEX (Or Don't Keep the Users Waiting)
Oracle APEX - NLP, AI, and Bot Integration
Christian Screen is a Business Intelligence and Oracle EPM Evangelist with a range of experience in technology and most well-known for his Data Warehousing, Enterprise Performance Management, and Business Intelligence skill sets. In his spare time, he enjoys writing technical articles, learning new technologies, developing products, writing software, spending time with his family, trying to change the world, and running his blog and podcast at Datavail.com (previously artofbi.com) He is an Oracle ACE and Oracle Deputy CTO, and holds several technology and project management certifications. The first book on Oracle BI 11g was published in 2012, and he just happened to co-author it. He co-founded Art of BI Software in 2013 and merged the company with Datavail Corporation in 2016 forming a formidable Analytics and Data Warehouse practice supported by Datavail's well known managed services and professional services framework. Currently, he is the Oracle Analytics Practice Director at Datavail (datavail.com), an Oracle Gold Partner located in Broomfield, Colorado, focused making it the most reliable North American system integrator for data and analytics consulting services and software solutions.
Presentations:Data, Data Everywhere But Not a Metadata Dictionary to Read
I Know Why the On-Premise Oracle BI Applications Sings: Migrating OBIA to the Cloud
Marc Seewald is a Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle Corporation and has over 18 years of experience in Enterprise Performance Management. He has in-depth experience across both the Financial Close and Planning domains, and he has worked with numerous Global 2000 companies. Marc joined Oracle in 2011 and leads Hyperion’s tax-related products and the Planning cloud modules. Prior to joining Oracle, he was Vice President of Product Management at Longview Solutions, a North American-based EPM software company.
Presentations:Introducing the Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud
World-Class Marketing Planning with Oracle Cloud
Teal Sexton has been passionately involved in the Business Intelligence field for over 7 years. Her experience began as a functional user and quickly became technical, working as a BI Author in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). After completing a Masters in Information Technology in 2014, Teal moved to U.C. Berkeley to leverage their very mature data warehouse environment to deliver the best possible OBIEE dashboards across subject areas. The Oracle stack at UC Berkeley that Teal's team supports includes Oracle database, PeopleSoft (Finance, Campus Solutions and Human Capital Management), OBIEE, Hyperion Planning, Essbase and now Application Express.
Presentations:A two-pronged approach to flexible and scalable BI security.
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Craig Shallahamer is a longtime Oracle DBA (1989) who specializes in Oracle Database performance. He is also an Oracle ACE Director, performance researcher and blogger, consultant, author of two books (Oracle Performance Firefighting and Forecasting Oracle Performance), an enthusiastic conference speaker, and a passionate teacher to thousands of Oracle professionals. He is the Founder and President of OraPub and creator of the performance analysis tool, Stori, and clearly pushes the teaching envelope with his online seminars and webinars. His blog, A Wider View, is where to find his most recent public performance research.Back to Top
Shay Shmeltzer is a Director of Product Management for Oracle Development Tools and Frameworks. Shay has been working with Oracle's development tools for over 25 years. His focus is on helping developers leverage Oracle's tools to simplify application development. Shay is a frequent presenter at industry events, publishes multiple articles, blogs at http://blogs.oracle.com/shay, and is @JDevShay on twitter.
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Carlos Sierra is a regular speaker at Oracle users groups on topics related to performance and SQL Tuning. He is the author of some legacy tools such as SQLTXPLAIN and SQLHC and some modern ones such as eDB360 and eSP. Carlos has over 20 years of experience in Oracle Databases, and many more on legacy UNISYS and IBM mainframes. Carlos currently works as a consultant for Accenture Enkitec Group, where he leads the Oracle Database Health-Check team. His home is Seattle now, after 20 years in sunny Florida. Together with his wife Kelly, they have raised four responsible young adults and now they enjoy the peace of an empty nest. Carlos likes helping and mentoring others, and contributes to the Oracle community as much as his free time permits.Back to Top
Luke Sinnen is a Director in SC&H Group’s Oracle-Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) consulting practice. Luke serves SC&H’s clients across all industries, including Fortune 1000 enterprises. His superior problem-solving and top-notch communication skills ensure clients get the best value out of their investments. Luke oversees Oracle Hyperion software implementation projects managing the overall financial transformation – creating company-wide budget and forecast models. Luke communicates directly with clients’ executive management to control the quality of work throughout a project lifecycle, as well as reviews and adjusts the SC&H Hyperion implementation methodology to reflect updated guidance and best practices. Luke began his career with SC&H Group over fourteen years ago, and has been instrumental in growing the Oracle-Hyperion consulting practice. His background covers the design, implementation, and maintenance of Hyperion applications, with particular specialization in budgeting and planning solutions. Luke is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a strong accounting and finance background. He led the implementation of the largest deployment of an Oracle EPM Cloud Solution in Oracle’s History.
Presentations:Going Beyond Finance into Operations with Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) at the Largest Oracle EPM Cloud Deployment to Date for Nearly 3,000 Users Worldwide
Stephen Smith is an experienced Oracle Application Express developer. He began creating Oracle Web based applications with Oracle Web DB and has followed the APEX journey from HTML DB to today’s APEX 5. He has 22 years of Oracle DB and technology experience beginning with Oracle 7 and 30 years in the technology industry with experience in software development, sales and marketing.
In 2012, Stephen took a volunteer application he had developed in the past and updated it with APEX to support a friend running for a local school board election. The application proved successful and gave Stephen a new hobby in helping candidates win their elections with his APEX based volunteer and campaign application. He has continued to keep the system updated with new APEX functionality including email and VoIP integration, contact management, and mobile capabilities including recent publication in the Apple App Store as an iOS mobile application.
Stephen is also an Alliance Director for Product Lifecycle Management application sales with Oracle’s North America Alliances & Channels. Oracle provided Stephen with a release of invention agreement in 2012 and he has brought his volunteer campaign application set to market as CampaignShortCuts. Stephen has joined ODTUG in his capacity as a small business software vendor with the CampaignShortCuts application. In the past at Oracle, Stephen has also worked as a Technology Sales Consulting Manager, Director, and Application Sales Rep. Prior to Oracle, Stephen worked at Data General and Ingres.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.Back to Top
Jeff Smith is a Senior Principal Product Manager in the Database Tools group at Oracle Corporation. He works on the team that brings you SQL Developer, SQL Developer Data Modeler, Oracle REST Data Services, Database Public Cloud offerings, and 11gR2 XE. Jeff has presented online and in-person at many of the top user group events around the world for the past decade, including ODTUG.
Presentations:SQL Developer: Three Features You're Not Using But Should Be
SQLcl & SQL Developer Tips & Tricks
Michael Smith is a Solutions Architect at TopDown Consulting. He has over 20 years of experience with BI/DW and the Performance Management space as well as deep, cross-industry experience in the areas of Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Enterprise Performance Management, Technical Architecture, and custom enterprise solutions development. His recent focus is on implementing enterprise-wide Master Data Management and data integration systems, enabling complete Enterprise Performance Management solutions.Back to Top
With over 8 years of financial reporting and EPM experience, I now provide HFM and FDMEE consulting services through Finit Solutions, and EPM consulting firm based out of Cincinnati, OH.
Prior to joining Finit, I worked for the Cessna Aircraft Company from 2008 to 2012 in roles that were primarily focused on FP&A, and providing financial guidance for product line operations. The EPM systems utilized in these roles were mainly Essbase and Planning, with some use of an HFM application to submit data to our corporate parent.
In 2013, I went to work for Koch Industries in a more accounting-focused role, in the company’s global consolidations team. In this role I was also the co-admin of the group's global HFM application, and led the rebuild of Koch's Corporate Accounting application.
Although I spent 29 of my first 31 years of life in Kansas, I currently reside in Satellite Beach, FL. In my free time I enjoy surfing, cycling, running, and spending time with my wife and two sons.
Presentations:Cash Flow 2D vs. 3D – How to Make Your Data Stand Out
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Scott Spendolini is a Principal at Sumner Technologies, a world-class Oracle services, education, and solutions firm. Throughout his professional career, he has assisted a number of clients from various verticals with their Oracle APEX development and training needs. Scott is a longtime and regular presenter at many Oracle-related conferences, including Oracle OpenWorld, Kscope, and RMOUG Training Days. His presentation at Kscope14, APEX Security Primer, was selected as one of the top presentations at the conference.
He is a recipient of the Oracle ACE Director designation, author of Expert Oracle Application Express Security, and co-author of Pro Oracle Application Express. Scott is also an Oracle Certified Oracle Application Express Developer. Prior to reigniting Sumner Technologies in 2015, Scott was an APEX Practice Director at Accenture and Enkitec from June 2012 through April 2015. Before joining Enkitec as part of an acquisition, he co-founded and ran Sumneva and Sumner Technologies from 2005 through 2012, which focused on Oracle APEX services, education, and solutions.
Scott started his professional career at Oracle Corporation, where he worked with Oracle E-Business Suite for almost seven years and was a Senior Product Manager for Oracle APEX for just over three years. He holds a dual bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in management information systems and telecommunications management, and currently resides in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife and two children.
Presentations:GET POST ORDS JSON: Web Services for APEX Decoded
Secure Your APEX Applications with APEX-SERT
Team Leader of APEX Department at Pretius (Poland) with over 9 years of experience as Oracle Application Express developer, PL/SQL developer and database architect.
Founder and project manager of Translate APEX (www.translate-apex.com) - international project created to collect translations of Oracle Application Express.
Participant of many APEX and DB conferences, speaker at APEX World in Rotterdam, APEX Day in Prague, Warsaw IT Days and ODTUG Webinars.
Ronnie Tafoya is a Certified Oracle Essbase and Hyperion Planning Expert with over 20 years of experience in both consulting and industry. From her first job as a computer operator on a VAX to her current position as a Lead Consultant of Oracle and Hyperion products, the part of her job that she enjoys most is learning and understanding the way things work and solving problems. She was introduced to the world of Essbase in 1999. Since then, she has grown into an expert developer and become an Oracle Certified Essbase and Hyperion Planning Implementation Specialist. She also discovered that she had a knack for creating calc scripts. She admits that she is not artistic, and providing solutions to problems is how she expresses her creativity.
Ronnie also loves to teach and share her passion for her craft. To help someone “get it” is a great feeling. Whether it be mentoring an individual, teaching in a virtual classroom or onsite, or presenting at user conferences or through webcasts, Ronnie is honored to represent interRel Consulting.
Presentations:Migrating to Essbase Cloud: Why, When, and How
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Biju Thomas is Oracle ACE Director, Oracle Certified Professional, and Certified Oracle Database SQL Expert. He is Principal Solutions Architect at OneNeck IT Solutions. Biju has been developing and administering Oracle Databases since 1993 and Oracle EBS since 2006. He spends time mentoring DBAs, performance tuning, and architecting Oracle solutions. He is a frequent presenter at Oracle conferences and writes articles for Oracle technical journals. He has authored Oracle certification books published by Sybex since Oracle8i, including Oracle Database 12c OCA. Biju blogs at www.bijoos.com/oraclenotes and you can follow him on Twitter (@biju_thomas) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/oraclenotes) for daily Oracle tidbits (#oratidbit).
Presentations:Do more with Data Pump: Tips and Techniques
During the past 22 years my professional life has drifted from Mechanical Engineer (3D CAD, Visualization and Animation) over IT Operations and into the core of Financial Consolidations with HFM, FDMEE and CXO-Cockpit. Had my own business together with a good friend for 2 years. After that I’ve been with FLSmidth in different positions. My EPM history short:
- My first EPM experience was to implement Hyperion Enterprise on Citrix (which was also a first in our company) in 1999.
- As Project Manager I led a large IT project in 2000 were Essbase was implemented on a completely new environment together with Hyperion Enterprise – This was our first high availability environment with a SAN backbone, Essbase and Enterprise in Active-Passive-Passive-Active MS Cluster configuration and an entire stack of IT services ranging from File servers and Exchange servers to Checkpoint Firewall all on new hardware, Operating System and Active Directory.
- In 2003 I moved into Hyperion Enterprise application development and did manage all parts of Enterprise being Entity structures, Accounts, Security, Schedules and Books.
- As technical lead I implemented the first HFM environment in FLSmidth in 2006 with Go-Live in 2007 on release 188.8.131.52. Subsequent I’ve been technical lead on upgrading EPM to release 184.108.40.206 and latest 220.127.116.11 including the EPM products HFM, FDMEE and FR.
- My main responsibility is Operation and Maintenance of our EPM environment with occasional application support and development. Besides of this I’m working on different projects related to SharePoint and IT in general to support Group Finance.
- Troubleshooting is my middle name.
- Skills and knowledge (in random order): HFM application items (Metadata, Member Lists, Rules, Security, Data Forms, Task lists, Grids), FR Reports, FDMEE (Mapping, configuration, ODI), EPMMaestro and WebSymphony, CXO-Cockpit Captain, Smart View, SharePoint, VBA, SQL, IT in general.
- President of the Nordic HFM User Group, member of Danish Oracle User Group (DOUG)
In my spare time I collect large model trains and work on a model train layout in a Model Train Club, http://www.togklubben1til32.dk
My dreams: Send my daughter well off into the future (Currently studying Neuroscience at UA Tucson), a hairdressers car (Mazda MX5 ND or BMW Z3M Roadster), make my hobby become my job
Presentations:HFM Admin’s Life Made Easier with EPM Maestro, WebSymphony, Admin Switches and Some Copying!
Francesco Tisiot is a DW/BI Principal Consultant at Rittman Mead and an OBIEE enthusiast. Analyst, architect and developer, Francesco built expertise with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and DW processes during several years and clients. He also delivers Oracle Business Intelligence training sessions for Rittman Mead.
Francesco is involved in the OBIEE community by providing support on Oracle Technology Network forums, blogging on the Rittman Mead website, and speaking at conferences including BIWA, OUG Scotland and Ireland and every Kscope since 2012.
Presentations:What a Successful OBIEE 12c Upgrade Project Looks Like: Liberty Global - Customer Case Study
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Tim Tow is the Founder and President of Applied OLAP and the visionary for the innovative Dodeca product. He has been working exclusively with Oracle Essbase since 1995, specializing in the Essbase Java API. An Oracle ACE Director, Tim blogs on Essbase topics, leads the development team that supports the popular OlapUnderground Essbase utilities, and has served ODTUG in a variety of positions, including two terms on the ODTUG Board of Directors.
Presentations:Introduction to Java and the Essbase Java API
ORACLE ACE ASSOCIATE
Jake Turrell is a Hyperion Solution Architect and Oracle ACE Associate with over 20 years of experience implementing Enterprise Performance Management solutions. Jake’s technology career began in the early 90s as a financial systems intern at Dell in Austin, Texas, administering IMRS Micro Control (the DOS-based predecessor to Hyperion Enterprise). After working at Dell, Jake joined Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting practice, where he worked with a variety of technologies. He later returned to the Hyperion world and joined a boutique Hyperion consulting firm in Dallas, Texas.
Jake has spent the past 18 years implementing Hyperion Planning and Essbase solutions for a variety of clients across multiple industries. Certified in both Hyperion Planning and Essbase, Jake holds a BBA in management information systems from the University of Texas at Austin.
Presentations:Introduction to the EPM REST APIs
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Mia Urman is an Oracle ACE and a world-class expert in Oracle Forms and ADF with over 14 years of experience presenting, supporting, training, and consulting Oracle products. In her seven years at Oracle Israel, Mia was both a Senior Support Analyst and Product Manager of Oracle Developer Suite, JDeveloper, and IAS technologies, as well as the lead trainer and presale consultant for Oracle on the topics of Oracle Forms and ADF. She is the Founder of Qesem Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that boasts an elite list of enterprise clients in the telecom, government, defense, and finance industries. Her high-profile client list includes MasterCard, Bank of Israel, Ministry of Agriculture, IBM, Israeli Ports Authority, Discount Bank, Nice, and Motorola.
While providing support, architecture design, and project development services to Qesem Consulting customers, Mia became intimately familiar with some of the leading challenges facing Oracle Forms/ERP clients and co-founded AuraPlayer (formerly OraPlayer), a development house providing solutions in the mobile, SOA, integration, auditing, and monitoring fields. AuraPlayer creates web services from Oracle Forms business logic that can be exposed and run from mobile, cloud computing, or SOA systems. She currently serves as AuraPlayer's CEO.
Mia is a seasoned presenter on Oracle technologies and has presented at various conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, Kscope, UKOUG, and IOUG Collaborate. She has been a keynote speaker at many local Oracle Technology Network Developer Day events as well as full-day training sessions for IOUG and Oracle Week. She is also the chair of the Israeli OUG for Oracle Forms and Reports.Back to Top
After starting his career as a software developer, Henri Vilminko has been working in different technical IT roles for over 17 years. In 2007, just after Hyperion Solutions was acquired by Oracle, he decided to take the position of a technical consultant that was offered to him. During the past nine years, and after more than 100 full-scale Hyperion installations later, he has built an extensive knowledge of the Oracle EPM product suite. Henri is always willing to help and believes in sharing his knowledge, and he actively collaborates with the EPM Community via blogs, forums, and social media.
Presentations:Take Control of Your HFM Environment
Shankar Viswanathan is an accomplished product manager with 15+ years of combined experience in corporate finance, B2B, mobile and cloud software. Shankar has a strong customer focused product strategy/management experience in finance, sales and operational planning. He is an inbound and outbound Product Manager for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS), Hyperion Planning, Predictive Planning/CB; Hyperion Strategic Finance. Shankar has the overall responsibility for Platform features (Web and Smart View) as applicable for EPM Cloud products.Back to Top
An Oracle ACE and expert in the visualization of data and the design of Business Intelligence dashboards, Tim Vlamis combines a strong background in the application of Oracle-based BI, analytics, and data mining with extensive experience in business modeling and valuation analysis. Tim co-authored Oracle Press’ book titled Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. Tim leads the Oracle Advanced Analytics practice at Vlamis in the development of statistical and predictive analytics workflows and processes. He is an acknowledged contributor to Oracle University’s Oracle Data Mining Techniques and Oracle R Enterprise Essentials courses and often serves as an expert instructor for both. Tim’s international business experiences include leading partnership formations and dissolutions in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Canada, negotiating acquisitions in Mexico and Canada, and leading the establishment of a new business entity in India. He earned his Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) designation from the American Marketing Association and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business in Benedictine College’s Traditional and Executive MBA programs. Tim earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics from Yale University.
Presentations:Starting with Oracle Data Science in the Cloud
Jerry Ward is a co-founder and managing partner at Viscosity North America, a leading software consulting company based in Texas and focused on Cloud Applications, Solution Architecture and Development. He has served as a Consulting Architect for Novation, VHA, UHC, Aptitude, Vizient, Zynx, Kellogg Brown and Root, Invesco, Fidelity National Financial, Dresser Rand, Fresenius Medical Care, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, and the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Jerry lives in Austin, Texas and speaks regularly on technology, business and all things Oracle. He has a BSE in Computer Engineering from SMU, a Data Science Specialty from Johns Hopkins University, and has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Venice Magazine, 002 Houston, KXAN Austin, Tyler Morning News, Gulfscapes Magazine, and other publications.
Presentations:Visualizing Air Traffic Data with the FAA’s Satellite-based Surveillance System, a Pizza Box, a Raspberry PI, Apex, JET, and the Oracle IOT Cloud
Data Stories: Predicting Asset Prices with Oracle Data Visualization Desktop, Data Collection, and R
Matt Ward is a Manager, Specialized Services at Peloton and has been involved in various Enterprise Performance Management implementations, designing, creating, and managing DRM, FDMEE, Essbase, Planning, Modules (PFP, Workforce, CapEx), PBCS, and Exalytics implementations. Matt is a hands-on leader with a well-rounded functional and technical skill set that allows him to work directly with finance and technology executives to build integrated business and technology solutions.
Matt currently is the Module Specialist for Peloton, where he has presented at multiple conferences, including Kscope16, Kscope15, KScope14, KScope13, NEOAUG, Oracle NYC Essbase Day, Oracle EPM Showcase, and Oracle PFP Enablement Series, as well as developed multiple articles and case studies on EPM Suite Upgrades, PFP Implementation, Analysis of new EPM Versions, and Exalytics.
Presentations:Enterprise PBCS Enables Integrated Planning for the Merger of Citrix’s GoTo and LogMeIn
David William Wells is a Hyperion FP&A systems manager at Williams Companies, a Fortune 500 diversified energy company with assets across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Williams, David worked nine years as a banking analyst for FDIC. He joined Williams in 1998 as a reporting analyst responsible for internal management reporting and SEC reporting. At that time, David used Arbor Essbase and Hyperion Enterprise. Since then, David have participated and overseen multiple implementations of various Hyperion products as a result of system upgrades, reorganizations, and acquisitions. In David's current position, he manages a seven member team that reports to the VP of Planning and Investor Relations. His team manages five planning applications, four Essbase applications, and HFM. We also utilize OBIEE, Dodeca, and HFR reporting products. We support the accounting close and forecasting cycles as well as SEC reporting processes.
Back to Top
Stuart Yasukochi is a manager for the Enterprise Financial Systems (EFS) team at St. Jude Medical. This group provides global support for: Dodeca Planning system, Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Data Relationship Management (DRM), and Financial Data Quality Management (FDM) applications. Stuart’s group is primarily responsible for the development and enhancements for Essbase and Dodeca as they relate to the planning system. Stuart was introduced to Essbase in 2001 at Nestlé USA and helped redesign their forecasting applications. In 2006 he joined St. Jude Medical and became a FP&A Manager. In 2010 the EFS team implemented a worldwide planning solution for 700+ users using: Hyperion Planning, Essbase, EPMA, and Financial Reporting. Stuart earned a BA degree in Economics from the California State University of Northridge.
Presentations:Essbase Does it, but Dodeca Makes It Easy! (The Sequel)
Tim Young is a United States Marine Corps veteran, graduated magna cum laude from St. Louis University with an honors degree in accounting in 1992, passed the CPA exam in 1995, and earned an MBA from Maryville University in 1999.
Tim started working with Arbor Essbase in 1997 as part of the Agribrands Int’l spinoff from Ralston Purina International. In 2001, he relocated to St. Petersburg, FL, to build and develop HSN’s Essbase and Planning models, using PeopleSoft as the primary financial and workforce data source. Tim also served as the backup HFM administrator for parent IAC prior to the HSN spinoff.
Since 2013, Tim is a Senior Manager at Walmart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, AR, supporting domestic retail operations, developing new Essbase and Planning solutions, and sharing his knowledge to help develop his teammates.
Presentations:How To Succeed in Planning Without Really Trying: Practical Application of Past KScope Sessions
ORACLE ACE DIRECTOR
Kai Yu is a senior principal architect in Dell EMC Oracle Solutions Engineering. In the last two decades Kai has worked on architecting and implementing various Oracle solutions by specializing in Oracle database, Oracle VM, Oracle Cloud solutions, Oracle E-Business Suite/Oracle BI. In last ten years, he has given more 130 technical presentations at IEEE conference, Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborates, UKOUG, DOAG, OUG Scotland, OUG EMEA Harmony, and others in more than 20 countries. He also authored 30 technical article and whitepapers and co-authored Apress book “Expert Oracle RAC12c." He was awarded Oracle ACE Director title by Oracle ACE program in 2010 and was featured as Oracle ACE Spotlight by Oracle Technology network in 2011. He also received the 2011 OAUG Innovator of Year award the 2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Technologist of the Year: Cloud Architect by Oracle Magazine. Recently he has been featured as the March 2016 IOUG Member Spotlight by IOUG. Kai has shared all his technical articles and conference presentations on his Oracle blog: https://kyuoracleblog.wordpress.com/.Back to Top