In the Cloud

Just because your work may be in the cloud now, doesn’t mean you don’t need to keep your feet on the ground. Be sure to catch these important sessions all week that cover getting to the cloud and maintaining your data once it is there.

 

Check out the cloud presentations listed below.

Data Train: ALL ABOARD! Essbase Drill, OBI, and Big Data
Gary Adashek , General Electric
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 10 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: OBIEE

Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) is a powerful toolkit for users to drive analysis, reporting, dashboards, and more. But what if there is not a native adapter for the data set you are interested in exploring, federating, and stitching together in OBI? And what if you also wanted to enable Essbase Studio drill-through reports to this big data? In this presentation, I will provide a solution that includes, big data (Pivotal Greenplum), OBI, and Essbase Studio drill-through reporting.

This presentation will take a detailed look into the architecture and development that enabled the successful execution of this solution. It will give a step-by-step walk-through of Essbase Studio drill-through reports, both relational and URL types as well as the setup of OBI subject areas used to enable the federation of data to a non-Oracle big data source.

The benefits that users have received from this work are:
• OBI subject areas
• Essbase Studio drill-through report types
• The financial data visibility from general ledger to journals to sub-ledgers
• Data drill-ability plus data threading via OBIEE integrated with Greenplum big data

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Hands-On Lab with Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
Bernard Ash , EPM Clarity
When: Jun 28, 2017, Planning HoL #1, 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Room: Freesia
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

EPBCS extends Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service with prebuilt frameworks for several different Planning application requirements. Come to this lab to explore EPBCS for yourself.

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Hands-On Lab with Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
Bernard Ash , EPM Clarity
When: Jun 28, 2017, Planning HoL #2, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Freesia
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

EPBCS extends Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service with prebuilt frameworks for several different Planning application requirements. Come to this lab to explore EPBCS for yourself.

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Don't Worry, You Can Still Get Geeky with Planning Cloud
Joe Aultman , interRel Consulting
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 5 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

As with all of their cloud products, Oracle wants EPBCS to be friendly to users and administrators in the business community, reducing the level of technical expertise required to implement and maintain the application. Techies everywhere are left to wonder what role is left for them. This session provides the answer. From new techniques for creating custom functions to tweaking the user interface to automating processes and data flows, you'll see there is still plenty for the geeky among us to do.

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Integrating Raspberry Pi Sensors with Data Visualization
Justin Baker , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 12 , 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics - Subtopic: Oracle Data Visualization

The introduction of IoT devices such as the Raspberry Pi and services such as IFTTT have disrupted whole industries overnight and spawned an army of machines gathering sensor data and home automation capabilities to better our lives for a fraction of the cost before. In this session, we will explore how integrating IoT device sensor data with Oracle Data Visualization and IFTTT can help us hold both Mother Nature and our ISPs accountable in this new disruptive landscape.

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Peloton Group: Peloton and Integro USA Inc. On a Journey to the Cloud
Sean Bernhoit , Peloton Group
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Vendor Presentation, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Vendor Presentation - Subtopic: Vendor Presentation

Integro USA Inc. leveraged Oracle Planning Budgeting Cloud (PBCS) and Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud (FCCS) across more than 100 users to transform the manual, spreadsheet driven financial planning, consolidation, and reporting processes to a modern integrated cloud based solution. Discover how cloud integration allowed for a quick implementation, early user adoption, and seamless connectivity between systems. Learn how Peloton’s collaborative implementation approach reinforces best practices to meet your current needs and beyond.

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Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud
Nicholas Blazosky , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Juan Porter, TopDown Consulting
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 5 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Thinking about elevating your organization’s workforce planning solution? Want to see a detailed demo of the capabilities of the latest version of Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) SWP (Strategic Workforce Planning) and Workforce Planning modules? What has changed since the days of deployment in on-premise, and how can you be leveraging the enhanced functionality for your organization? Learn the differences between an on-premise deployment and strategies for getting you to the cloud in no time. The demo will have a unique San Antonio twist to get you in the spirit of being in the heart of South Texas. Join seasoned WFP architects and Kscope speakers Ludovic De Paz and San Antonio native Nicholas Blazosky for this informative deep dive into the newly enhanced world of Workforce. 

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Shootout at the Public Cloud Corral: Oracle vs. Amazon vs. Google vs. Microsoft
John Booth , METAVERO
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 3 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4
Topic: EPM Infrastructure - Subtopic: Cloud and Hybrid Infrastructure

How do these Infrastructure as a Service offerings stack up in terms of features, price, and performance? We will set up an all-in-one Hyperion environment including Planning and HFM on four major public cloud providers and discuss ease of use, management, and how a Hybrid cloud environment integrates with your on-premise systems.

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Hands-On Lab: PBCS Beyond the Basics - New Features, Tips, and Advanced Functionality
Stephen Bowden , Peloton Group
When: Jun 26, 2017, 90 Min HOL Monday, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Room: Indian Paintbrush
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Cloud-based applications carry an expectation of being modern, agile, and dynamic. New features appear on a regular cadence. This session will explore those new and unique capabilities in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud, as well as the latest techniques used by leading organizations to fully realize the value of the cloud. From dashboarding and navigation flows to cloud single sign-on, batch automation, and more - Peloton cloud experts will show you how to get the most from your Planning and Budgeting Cloud investment.
Prerequisites:

· Smart View for Office (requires a free Oracle account) http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/smart-view-for-office/overview/index.html
· Current version of either Chrome or Firefox browser

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Looking After the Pennies: Unlocking the Detail Behind the Data
Stephen Bowden , Peloton Group
Co-presenter(s): Paul Hurley, Cumberland Farms
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 4 , 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Drill-through capabilities unlock endless opportunities for analysis to the lowest grain of detail. Clients have been clamoring for this capability ever since its introduction into PBCS. Come see how Cumberland Farms is able to use drill through capabilities to perform more robust analysis than ever before.

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Ghost in the Cloud: Hacking Kscope
Danny Bryant , Accenture Enkitec Group
Co-presenter(s): Opal Alapat, interRel Consulting
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 12 , 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Azalea
Topic: Bonus Session - Subtopic: Bonus Session

In the 21st century, humans have become interconnected at conferences through a vast electronic network of beacon technology. Come join cyberpunks Danny Bryant (Kscope17 Conference Chair) and Opal Alapat (Kscope17 Assistant Conference Chair) as they welcome you to this super cool IoT technology. They'll also demo how they paired it with Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) to hack Kscope16 attendance metrics and movement, as well as visualize the data. Ever wanted to get a behind-the-scenes view of Kscope? Come plug into this session!

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A Lambda Architecture in the Cloud: A Kscope17 Case Study
Stewart Bryson , Red Pill Analytics
Co-presenter(s): Kevin McGinley, Red Pill Analytics
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 8 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics - Subtopic: Other Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics

A Lambda architecture enables data-driven organizations by simultaneously providing batch and speed processing layers to satisfy the overall appetite for analytics and reporting. But building a Lambda architecture is not easy, usually requiring all of the following: a universal ingestion layer, an immutable data store as a system of record, one or more data processing layers that can satisfy batch and speed requirements, and a serving layer that enables data-driven decision making.

In this session, we’ll demonstrate how cloud platforms can supercharge the delivery of a capable Lambda architecture. Our case study will be the IoT data generated by Kscope17 attendees, including the beacon from their badges, as well as other devices capturing the results of live polling.

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From Bogeys to Birdies: All You Need Is Drivers
Ryan Burghauser , SC&H Group
Co-presenter(s): Nick Scott, SC&H Group
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Planning Optimization

When a Fortune 500 hospitality company wanted improved forecasting and budgeting accuracy, it turned to a customizable driver-based approach. The hard part was coming up with a model that suited a 2,400-person user base. We had to tap into the creativity bank to allow users the ability to update their calculation methods on demand and already have the related drivers populated in the application. The reliance upon drivers shifted users away from focusing on the end revenue and expense dollar figures and turned the attention toward how did we get there.

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On-Prem to EPM Cloud (Hybrid) and Cloud-Only-Based Integration Solutions
Michael Casey , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4
Topic: EPM Data Integration - Subtopic: Data management/integration

This session will explain the integration options for EPM cloud services, when source data resides on-premise or in the cloud. Examples of hybrid integration will be shown where data from on-prem sources, such as an ERP or data warehouse, can be loaded to the cloud, drilled from the cloud back to on-prem, and extracted from the cloud for use in other on-prem applications. In addition, solutions to move data between EPM Cloud services and between the Fusion GL Cloud and EPM services will be explained. Details related to current features and product roadmap will also be provided.

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KPMG: Implementing in a Hybrid Cloud / On-Prem Environment Utilizing KPMG Powered Enterprise
Jon Champion , KPMG
Co-presenter(s): Katherine Ritsema, KPMG
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Vendor Presentation, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Vendor Presentation - Subtopic: Vendor Presentation

KPMG recently delivered a new planning and financial close/consolidation process implementing on-prem HFM, with Cloud ARCS, and EPBCS. Utilizing on-prem FDMEE and DRM, as well as Cloud Data Management, the delivery team successfully implemented and integrated the three applications leveraging a standard data model. KPMG Powered Enterprise tools were leveraged to drive and accelerate time to value from the implementation of EPBCS capabilities.

The presentation will address special considerations in implementing hybrid cloud and on-prem solutions and how the KPMG Powered Enterprise accelerator tools can increase return on your investment.

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Public Sector Financial Reporting Is a Breeze as a Government Agency Takes a Walk in the Cloud with PBCS and EPRCS
Jay Chapman , Vertical Edge Consulting Group
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 16 , 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Wisteria/Sunflower
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: Financial Reporting

By now, we know all about the wonders of Oracle's Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Services and Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services. But have you seen how they are both utilized in the public sector? Join us to learn how Bell County went from Excel spreadsheets to successfully creating their comprehensive annual financial report by using Oracle PBCS and EPRCS. Along with the case study, the session will also include best practices for integrating EPRCS and review the latest features from the most recent update.

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The Future of Database
Maria Colgan , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 6 , 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Begonia
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DBA

Database architectures are fundamentally changing due to new technologies and new requirements. Organizations must understand and embrace these transformations to thrive in the future. This has never been more evident than with Oracle Database 12c, which has been the most rapidly adopted release in over a decade. This session provides a technical introduction to what's new in Oracle Database 12c and explains how you can embrace each transformation while preserving your existing investments.

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Empowering Management Reporting via Oracle Essbase
Dave Collins , The Hackett Group
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 13, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks G
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase Design

Microsoft XL remains the leading business tool for analysis, management reporting, and even ETL! Why? Well, XL is easy and everyone knows how to use it – or do they? In today's ever-changing world, speed-of-thought analytics ensure success. Data modeling via OLAP is certainly one way to empower users. During this session, you will see how easy it is for business users to model, update, and perform analyses with XL and more formalized reporting tools. You will also learn the best-practice approach for enabling both self-service and structured reporting.

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Cloud2Cloud – IoT and EPM: Connecting GE’s Predix Industrial Internet Cloud Platform to Oracle’s Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS)
Gary Crisci , General Electric
Co-presenter(s): Venkat Kailasam, GE
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 15 , 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

The Internet of Things (IoT), also known as the Industrial Internet, is changing the way industries work. By combining machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, industrial big data analytics, technology, cybersecurity, and automation, it’s driving new levels of efficiency and productivity.

What if you could predict events before they happened? By connecting machines, gaining operational visibility, and leveraging analytics, you can drive operations to their fullest potential and predict what will happen before it occurs.

GE’s Predix platform is a cloud-based solution that can capture industrial data. Now that you have this valuable information, how do you get it in the hands of the people who need it and in a tool that allows them to use the information to make better decisions?

In this presentation, Gary Crisci, principal data and information architect, Shyam Nath, partner account director, and Venkat Kailasam, senior data and information architect, will walk you through the Internet of things (IoT). We will illustrate how we capture industrial data from sensors using GE’s Asset Performance Management SaaS cloud solution to determine leading indicators of when large maintenance events are likely to be due and what the nature of the maintenance required will be. Lastly, we will demonstrate how to transfer the data into an Oracle PBCS cloud application for planning and budgeting purposes.

Come learn about the next great frontier in information technology and how we are leveraging EPM and IoT to drive better business decisions. 

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Configuring EPBCS for Operational Planning Requirements
Manish Daga , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

This session will talk about the challenges/requirements for Operational Planning and how you can configure EPBCS to address these challenges/requirements.

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Extreme Calc Manager
Ludovic De Paz , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 3 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Planning Optimization

Calc Manager is at the center of Oracle’s EPM suite. It’s the place to develop logic for Essbase, HFM, and Planning on-premise or in the cloud. It’s chock full of advanced features, and it’s quite a task to master all of them. That’s where we come in. Join Ludovic De Paz, TopDown Consulting senior manager, and Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting solutions architect, for a deep dive into some of the more advanced features of Calc Manager.

We will focus on features that save time and/or allow developers to do things they otherwise couldn’t do and explore:
• how to take advantage of Calc Manager’s modular nature to develop rules and rule sets quickly and benefit from reusability
• all types of variables and some advanced variable tricks
• how to troubleshoot using the debugger, error messages, and logs (especially with the cloud)
• how to use custom-defined templates to adapt your rules to different outlines and applications
• how to use custom-defined functions

This session promises to satisfy the most geeky of you, and with several real-life stories and demos you will be able to take your business rules to the next level.

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Deploying REST Services at Scale
Colm Divilly , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 2 , 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Room: Bluebonnet/Dogwood
Topic: Database - Subtopic: Other Database

REST powers the Oracle Cloud. From how customers build and deploy REST services, to how the cloud itself is built. This session will cover how Oracle REST Data Services is deployed in the Oracle Public Cloud at scale. This includes auto configuration for adding capacity on demand, security, tiered architecture, and lots more.

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Alexa! How Do You Work with Oracle REST Data Services?
Jonathan Dixon , JMJ Cloud
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 7 , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Bluebonnet/Dogwood
Topic: Database - Subtopic: Other Database

At first glance, Artificial Intelligence (AI) may seem beyond the reach of the citizen ORDS developer. With companies such as Amazon, Google, and Apple providing the interface (aka Alexa, OK Google, and Siri), however, this is no longer the case. In this session, I will demonstrate how you can use Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) as the gateway to and the Oracle Database as the engine behind Alexa skills that will impress your customers. Alexa! How many orders were placed in the past hour? Alexa! Are there any stuck transactions in ERP Cloud? Alexa! It's time to make ORDS and the Oracle Database cool!

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Fluctuating Exchange Rates Causing Heartburn in the Planning Process?
Cindy Eichner , Finit Solutions
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 8 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Grand Oaks E/F
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Planning Design

Exchange rates movement can significantly impact budgets and forecasts. Let’s explore currency translation in Hyperion Planning, including out-of-the-box multi-currency applications, custom currency translation options, and different ways to quantify and analyze the impact of exchange rate movement during the budgeting and forecasting processes. We will examine several solutions being used in production environments and examine why and how they were built to provide for a positive user experience while minimizing administration complexity. Leave this session knowing about other design options available for currency translation and quantifying the impact of exchange rates movement in Hyperion Planning applications.

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Minimizing Hyperion Planning and PBCS Administration Tasks by Design
Cindy Eichner , Finit Solutions
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 15 , 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Is your Planning administrator taking an inordinate amount of time to switch from one planning cycle to another? Are there just too many forms in your application? Do users have to wait for a process to be run to complete their tasks? Learn about different ways to reduce the time needed to administer applications, including Valid Intersections, form and business rule design with substitution variables, Smart Push, and other time-saving design options. Leave this session knowing how to implement these options in Hyperion Planning and PBCS applications.

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Hands-On Lab: Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud
Eric Erikson , PQR Company
When: Jun 27, 2017, 90 minute HoL Tuesday AM, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Room: Freesia
Topic: Financial Close - Subtopic: Financial Close in the Cloud

Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service, aka FCCS (yes, there's one C short) is Oracle's cloud consolidation solution. Join Eric Erikson of 123OLAP for a hands-on product tour. Intended for those who are interested in learning some basics about and trying FCCS. Companies and consultants who already have or use FCCS will be bored. You will need to be connected to WiFi and using a supported browser (http://docs.oracle.com/cloud/latest/financial-consol-cloud/GSFCC/supported_browsers.htm#GSFCC-gs_book_298).

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Hands-On Lab: Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud
Eric Erikson , PQR Company
When: Jun 27, 2017, 90 minute HoL Tuesday PM, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Freesia
Topic: Financial Close - Subtopic: Financial Close in the Cloud

Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service, aka FCCS (yes, there's one C short) is Oracle's cloud consolidation solution. Join Eric Erikson of 123OLAP for a hands-on product tour. Intended for those who are interested in learning some basics about and trying FCCS. Companies and consultants who already have or use FCCS will be bored. You will need to be connected to WiFi and using a supported browser (http://docs.oracle.com/cloud/latest/financial-consol-cloud/GSFCC/supported_browsers.htm#GSFCC-gs_book_298).

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Performant Faceted Search Navigation in APEX with Oracle JET and PL/SQL Table Pipelines
Erik Espinoza , Viscosity North America
Co-presenter(s): Jason B Canada, Viscosity North America
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 15 , 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Iris/Lily
Topic: Application Express - Subtopic: APEX Real World

Faceted navigation is arguably the most significant search innovation of the past decade. Leveraged by retail sites including Amazon, Home Depot, and Zappos, faceted search allows users to quickly narrow a massive result set by giving them guides (the facets) of the major groups of their results. In this session, we discuss both thick and thin ways of doing this, from enterprise applications such as Oracle Endeca to simple methods using PL/SQL pipelined functions. We show you a retail use case and PL/SQL faceted database search, APEX application, and Oracle JET extensions.

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Reconciliations Made Easy in the Cloud at New Flyer
Stefan Fisette , New Flyer Industries
Co-presenter(s): Glenn Schwartzberg, interRel Consulting
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 3 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Grand Oaks E/F
Topic: Financial Close - Subtopic: Financial Close in the Cloud

The most significant time-consuming (and boring) step in closing your books is verifying that the data ties: does the total from the AP subledger equal the accounts payable line in the GL; does the journal entry detail match the account balances; and does the general ledger foot to what’s in FCCS or HFM? Oracle EPM's solution to quick reconciliation of data? Account Reconciliation Cloud Services (which also has an on-premise version if you want to kick it old-school). This technology will not only speed up your manual reconciliations by helping you find the discrepancies; in most cases, it will do it automatically. Come learn how New Flyer Industries Canada ULC reduced its close cycle (and got a large dose of sanity back) with Oracle Account Reconciliation Cloud Service.

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Understanding EPM Cloud Infrastructure: What's New?
Bill Fox , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 12 , 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Grand Oaks E/F
Topic: EPM Infrastructure - Subtopic: Cloud and Hybrid Infrastructure

New to EPM Cloud and want to know the ins and outs of managing your service? Then this is the session for you. Topics include service provisioning, backup and restore, security and user management, and service maintenance. This is the one-stop destination to orient you with everything you need to know about the operational aspects of working with EPM Cloud.

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High-Availability Oracle Data Integration Without the Need for J2EE
Holger Friedrich , sumIT AG
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Data Warehousing & Big Data - Subtopic: Data Integration

Internet of Things (IoT), cloud-based products, or real-time data warehousing - almost every state-of-the-art data integration (DI) application requires high-availability (HA) as a mandatory feature, not only in source and target systems, but also in the DI infrastructure. Oracle DI provides different installation alternatives offering different degrees of HA. Moreover, different platforms like e,g. Exadata allow only certain DI installation types. This presentation discusses the different HA and installation types available from Oracle out of the box with a special focus on how to achieve HA without having to pay for J2EE licenses and additional middle-tier hardware. It shows how HA can be achieved easily with little implementation effort on non-J2EE installations. The real-time data warehouse implementation of Switzerland's leading mobile payment provider TWINT serves as a successful example.

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Essbase Cloud – How You Do It (Live Demos) and Expanded Q&A
Tim German , Qubix
Co-presenter(s): Cameron Lackpour, ARC EPM
When: Jun 29, 2017, Deep-Dive Session, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Other Essbase

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Oracle Essbase Cloud Service up close and personal. Cameron Lackpour and Tim German will expand on their Essbase Cloud session, demonstrating how to accomplish a variety of real world tasks and use-cases in Essbase Cloud Service. An Oracle representative will be on hand to weigh in on Q&A discussions.

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Barriers to Oracle Database in IaaS Cloud
Tim Gorman , Delphix
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Begonia
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DevOps/Agile

IaaS cloud vendors, such as AWS, prefer that everyone migrate to the cloud, but what often happens is that non-production migrates for cost reasons but production stays on-premises. This phased path to the cloud can leave IT with a split personality: production on-premises on legacy proprietary UNIX platforms, non-production in the cloud on commodity Linux platforms.

Because the security risk on non-production systems is much higher than production, there is a requirement to mask personally identifiable information or confidential data before it is copied to non-production. Data virtualization employs thin cloning, snapshots, and network-attached data presentation, reducing cloning from hours or days to minutes. But there is more: your legacy UNIX (i.e. AIX, Solaris, HP-UX) databases aren't going anywhere off-premises because the cloud is based on Intel (i.e. Linux, Windows). So what to do?

In this session, learn how data virtualization and data masking make "split-brain IT" not just possible but desirable.

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Build Your Own Infographics Using the Data Visualization SDK
Antony Heljula , Peak Indicators Ltd
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 4 , 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics - Subtopic: Oracle Data Visualization

Oracle Data Visualization has already made a huge impact with its excellent visualization and storyboarding features. This session will demonstrate how to take these capabilities one step further by using the Data Visualization SDK. The SDK provides the tools for developing your own custom visuals within Oracle Data Visualization, enabling you to deliver sophisticated infographics that can tell your stories in new and exciting ways!

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Unbiased Comparison: Evaluating All Deployment Options for Hyperion EPM – SaaS vs. IaaS vs. On-Prem
Eric Helmer , Mercury Technology Group
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 5 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Peony
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

Today, the word "cloud" is everywhere, and it's causing a lot of confusion. Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are completely different solutions but are all considered "cloud."

This session will compare and contrast the different available options Oracle customers have to deploy Oracle EPM. It will break down all Oracle's cloud offerings, IaaS, third-party hosting, traditional on-premise deployments including Exalytics, and hybrid approaches.

This session will read between all marketing lines and discuss what’s possible and what’s a bit overstated. It will cover differences in functionality, data integration, security, flexibility, and scalability. Finally, we will evaluate the differences in costs, including hardware, software licensing, and ongoing maintenance.

If you are looking to make a decision on how best to deploy, upgrade, or outsource Oracle EPM this is a don’t miss session.

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Hybrid Cloud: A Solution for a Business Problem
Paul Hoch , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Steven Davis, TopDown Consulting
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Peony
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

Moving EPM applications to the cloud is the most significant market direction to date. The reality is that finance and IT teams don’t move as fast as the applications, which means companies need a solution that accommodates a mix of on-premise and cloud EPM applications (hybrid cloud). That solution is hybrid cloud.

A hybrid cloud implementation is not without its challenges, and because of this, companies find themselves asking, “What is the right approach, and how do I make sure all my applications are seamlessly integrated?” In this session, Paul Hoch and Steve Davis, TopDown Consulting principal architects, will answer this question. They will discuss:

• How cloud offers compelling value to EPM owners – e.g. beyond the obvious economic benefits
• How to successfully do a Hybrid implementation – i.e. strategy for companies to combine on-premise and cloud-based EPM systems
• Review implementation considerations to ensure a powerful “hybrid” deployment
• Integration and how it is critical to success
• Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
• Common scenarios where there is synergy for a “hybrid” deployment
• Real-world examples of companies that are using a hybrid approach – what’s working and what isn’t
• And more

This session is useful for anyone considering a hybrid approach or those already with a hybrid approach.

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How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud
Paul Hoch , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Ludovic Isaac De Paz, TopDown Consulting
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 16 , 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks G
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies

Essbase in the Cloud has been eagerly anticipated and now that it is finally here we will explore how Essbase in the Cloud can replace, enhance or serve the same role as your current on-premise Essbase environment. This session is a thorough look at Essbase in the Cloud, including a look at the differences between on-premise Essbase and the Cloud offering, what you’re getting and what you’re giving up, best practices for working with Essbase in the Cloud, particularly if you are running a Hybrid EPM Solution, plus tips and tricks for how to make the most of Essbase in the Cloud. This session will also include a review of features like calculations, currency conversions, sandboxes, and other key things you need to know to get started. It will also include real-world examples. You will leave with a solid understanding on how to work with Essbase in the Cloud so that you can start taking advantage of all it has to offer.

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Current Trends and Best Practices for Improving User Adoption and Productivity for EPM and BI
D.J. Hoelscher , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 12 , 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Peony
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

In this session, we will cover the current trends in learning and best practices for user training, including similarities as well as differences between on-premise and cloud users. We will also discuss how to overcome potential challenges and associated risks with user adoption. In addition, the session will explore approaches to accelerating the development and deployment of effective user training by leveraging available development tools or guided learning approaches.
• User training best practices
• Cloud user adoption best practices
• User adoption challenges and risks
• End user training options
• Explore approaches to accelerate development and deployment of training

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The PBCS REST API Demystified
Jason Jones , Applied OLAP, Inc.
Co-presenter(s): Jon Harvey, eCapital Advisors
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 9, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4
Topic: EPM Data Integration - Subtopic: EPM Cloud Integration

Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) offers a REST API, but how does it work and what can it do? This presentation for administrators and developers will give an approachable overview of how the API works, what its capabilities are, and how it can be practically used in automation and data integration scenarios.

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Hacking FCCS to Create a Custom Consolidation Engine
Pritpal Kalsi , SC&H Group
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 5 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks E/F
Topic: Financial Close - Subtopic: Financial Close in the Cloud

We’ve all heard it 1,000 times before: FCCS is NOT HFM in the cloud. But can you hack it to make it HFM in the cloud? Don’t worry, Oracle; we are not hacking your software, but we will show you how to use out-of-the-box tools that are part of FCCS to make it your own unique consolidation engine. In this demonstration, you will learn tips and tricks that we have used with our FCCS clients to make applications more flexible, dynamic, and customizable than you ever thought possible. We will also cover the latest and greatest functionality up to and including the June 2017 FCCS release.

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Web Reporting Studio Will Have Your Saddles Blazin’: Learn the Usage of This Tool Across Several Cloud Products
Justin Kern , Vertical Edge Consulting Group
Co-presenter(s): John Taylor, Vertical Edge Consulting Group
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 13, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Wisteria/Sunflower
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: Financial Reporting

Web Reporting Studio is an online tool for developing and editing financial reports for your EPM applications in place of the traditional Financial Reporting Studio installed client. It works across several of the cloud products and allows for everything to be done in a web browser without having to deal with all of the local computer installation problems. Using Web Reporting Studio has a different look and feel than the traditional Financial Reporting Studio. In this session, we will cover the details on using Web Reporting Studio so you can get ahead with your reporting.

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Hands-On Lab: PDB Me, ASAP! Oracle Database 12cR2 Multitenant Workshop
Charles Kim , Viscosity North America
Co-presenter(s): Jim Czuprynski, ViON Corporation
When: Jun 26, 2017, Hands on Lab Sessions 1-2, 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Room: Goldenrod
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DB Dev

Oracle Database 12cR2 has dramatically revamped the range of multitenant features, including faster PDB cloning with virtually no downtime, tighter resource control at the PDB level, ILM Automatic Data Optimization (ADO) policies for PDBs using Heat Maps, and even FLASHBACK recovery for individual PDBs. This two-hour workshop explores the latest features of 12cR2 multitenant and provides attendees with practical, hands-on experience as well as numerous code examples that they can immediately leverage when deploying, upgrading to, and migrating to CDBs and PDBs.

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I've Looked at Cloud from Both Sides Now: Developer Cloud Service or Not?
Peter Koletzke , (in between)
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 5 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Verbena/Periwinkle
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DevOps/Agile

If, like this presenter, you are a developer or IT professional who has been wary of cloud computing since first hearing about it, your objections to it probably run along the lines of price, complexity, loss of control over your development environment, security, and just good old stubbornness to change. Alternatively or additionally, if you work in an Oracle-oriented shop, the tendency may be to rely on Oracle's products, but your shop is waiting for Oracle's cloud products to mature before jumping in (flying up).

Whatever your opinion about cloud computing in general, and Oracle's competency in cloud products specifically, Oracle Developer Cloud Service is worthy of examination now. Oracle Developer Cloud Service is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) product that provides a complete development environment for creation of applications in any discipline (for example, APEX, ADF, JET, MAX, ABCS, or Forms).

On the "Up" side, this presentation explains this service and how you can use it as an out-of-the-box solution for the full life cycle of an application, or for integrating some of your own components into the service.

On the "Down" side, the presentation discusses why you may not want to use this service, and, if you do decide to use it, what to avoid when configuring and using the product.

The session closes with an example of setting up Oracle Developer Cloud Service to supply a full application life cycle that includes version control, code reviews, build integration, issue tracking, and deployment phases. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you learn about this product.

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Transitioning from OBIEE On-Premise to BI Cloud Services
Peter Koutroubis , ERP Analysts
Co-presenter(s): Jai Gangwani, ERP Analysts
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 7 , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Wisteria/Sunflower
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: OBIEE

Transitioning from OBIEE on-premise to BI Cloud Services.

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Essbase Cloud is Here. Now What?
Cameron Lackpour , ARC EPM
Co-presenter(s): Tim German, Qubix
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 9, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Other Essbase

Essbase Cloud is finally among us. But what does that really mean? How does it fit into our existing EPM environments? What does Essbase Cloud actually do that’s better than before? What paths are not taken? In short, does Essbase Cloud live up to its promise? Join Tim German and Cameron Lackpour as they explore and explain Essbase Cloud’s’: architecture, functionality, use cases, cost, and performance. This comprehensive review of the essence of Essbase in the cloud gives you the answers and direction you need to go forward with Essbase now and in the future.

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Tuning Essbase: A Cloud Perspective
Mike Larimer , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 1 , 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Other Essbase

While many of the same concepts for tuning an Essbase cube are still relevant in the cloud, there are some new capabilities within the Essbase Cloud that a cube developer should be aware of when optimizing both calculation and query performance. The methodology used by Essbase development for a real customer optimization will be presented as well as a discussion of how one might optimize Hybrid BSO queries on the cloud.

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Build Once, Run Anywhere with Oracle Analytics Cloud
Alan Lee , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 4 , 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: Financial Reporting

Oracle Analytics offers a complete choice of deployment. Oracle Analytics can support full cloud, all on-prem, or hybrid architectures that allow customers to quickly shift as needed. In this session, learn the various architectural options for Oracle Analytics and how customers are taking advantage of these options to meet business requirements.

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Oracle Analytics Cloud - A Comprehensive Overview
Alan Lee , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 9, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: Other BI and Reporting

The new Oracle Analytics Cloud provides a comprehensive collection of analytic capabilities to address requirements from the line of business user to the workgroup to the enterprise. Analytics Cloud support use cases such as self-service data analysis, scenario-based analysis, data collaboration, and enterprise business intelligence. Learn how you can benefit from Oracle Analytics Cloud today and our plans for the future.

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PBCS & BICS Better Together: Why, When, and How
Lily Liu , interRel Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Wayne Van Sluys, interRel Consulting
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 13, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: OBIEE

Oracle has powerful planning and forecasting solutions in the cloud with PBCS, along with easy-to-use visualizations and dashboarding in the cloud with BICS. While PBCS has its own dashboarding capabilities, there is still a compelling use case for combining PBCS and BICS into a best practice solution. Join us for this session where we will share with you the “Why” on use cases for PBCS and BICS, the “When” of when it makes sense to combine and what stage of the implementation process, and the “How” of how to actually integrate data between the two solutions. We’ll demo examples of the integrations start to finish and show you the power of BICS on top of PBCS and other data sets from an end user perspective. You’ll leave this session with the tools in your tool belt to implement PBCS & BICS together!

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Database Sunday Symposium Session 1
Bryn Llewellyn , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 25, 2017, Sunday Symposium Database Session 1, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: Database - Subtopic: Other Database

Session 1: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Ten Rules for Doing a Pl/SQL Performance Experiment
Bryn Llewellyn, Oracle Corporation
I've all too often been asked to comment on a speed difference between two tests where each is presented to me as just a SQL*Plus spool file (prompts and all). Sometimes this is copied and pasted into the text of an email. Often, the text of the second spool file differs from the text of the first in just a couple of tiny details. Worst of all, each time is measured for just a single test run using SET TIMING ON. And the times are shown, like "Elapsed: 00:00:12.36", with indefensible precision. Sometimes the times are shorter. This is no way to conduct a performance experiment. This brief talk tells you how to do your experiment properly. I said "PL/SQL" in the title, 'cos that's what I'm known for. Really, I'm talking about any single-user test that runs entirely inside Oracle Database. I said "ten rules" 'cos a talk has to have a catchy title. Of course there's many more....

Why Test Cases Matter
Chris Saxon, Oracle Corporation
On AskTOM Chris and Connor are always asking for test cases. But are they really that necessary? An excellent test case. Drawing on questions from AskTOM Chris shows why they're important and discusses what you need to do to create an excellent test case.

Lifecycle Management and Continuous Integration for Database Code
Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle Corporation
In this session we'll show you how to effectively manage database code changes and how to automate the database development life cycle. We'll cover tracking requirements; versioning and modifying code; conducting code reviews; testing and deploying the changes across systems - all with the help of Oracle Developer Cloud Service, which is included in your Oracle Database Cloud license.

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Rehosting Your On-Premises Hyperion EPM Solution on Amazon Web Services
Jiten Majithia , Infratects
Co-presenter(s): Vinesh Unalkat, Infratects Consulting Ltd
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Grand Oaks E/F
Topic: EPM Infrastructure - Subtopic: Cloud and Hybrid Infrastructure

The customer made a strategic decision to host its internal operational systems on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Through this strategic IT decision, the customer partnered with Infratects Consulting to upgrade their HFM Financial Reporting platform to v11.1.2.4 and re-host from an internal, on-premise solution to Amazon Web Services, delivering a new/improved finance system serving a user-base across 40 countries.

What are some of the conversation and challenges you are facing when thinking of moving your EPM platform to the cloud? Attend this presentation to hear about some of the key decisions, risks, and business/technology challenges we faced on this journey.

Agenda:
• Basics about on-premise vs. cloud implementations for EPM
• History of the customer’s decision to move to the cloud
• Key business & technology drivers for moving their EPM platforms to Amazon Web Services.
• Architecture delivered for the solution
• Challenges faced and lessons learned during Implementation

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The EPM Clouds Are Rolling in Fast! Is It Really Worth Upgrading My On-Prem System Now?
Joe Malewicki , iArch Solutions
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 6 , 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4
Topic: EPM Infrastructure - Subtopic: Installs and Upgrades

So it’s here. The storm has been brewing and it looks like this time, we might actually see some weather. Yes folks, Oracle is full tilt on the cloud! Better late than never right? Well, maybe yes, but don’t put up those hurricane shutters just yet.

The reality is yes; everything is headed to the cloud. At some point we’re all going to be wearing our rain jackets and have our umbrellas open as we “sing in the rain” of cloud-based EPM applications. However, this session isn’t about “tomorrow.” It’s about TODAY.

Today you have a fully baked, production running EPM/Hyperion system. You’ve got Essbase cubes crunching data, financial management consolidations firing off daily, planning web forms being updated every week and finally tons of users with a local version of Excel 2010 on Windows 7 complaining daily “Smart View is too slow!” You’ve got IT and risk management stating Microsoft has cut off the version of SQL Server and Windows 4 years ago yet Hyperion is still lingering along on these unsupported platforms. Why? Because you can’t run your business WITHOUT Hyperion.

In this session we’ll help you address and develop a plan with minimal to NO downtime to get your “on-prem” Hyperion installation up to the latest and greatest available from Oracle. We’ll help you decide what makes the most sense for an upgrade path. On-prem hardware, virtualizing, hosted environments, or shared resources. Discussions on 3rd party hosting providers and yes, discussions on Oracle’s Cloud versions of their EPM software stack and how all relates to an upgrade.

We’ll take the mystery out of the upgrade process for the software itself. Discuss the version paths and how to ensure you can get the latest platform support that your organization is comfortable with while still maintaining full support model from Oracle.

You’ll see a LIVE demonstration of “BEFORE” and “AFTER Upgrade” real-world EPM application performance and system functionality.

Finally we will discuss just how inexpensive an on-prem upgrade can actually be. The cost and time savings alone should make you head back to the office and start planning the project.

So please join us for this educational and informative session and let’s get you up to where you should be today!

And remember – someone’s “cloud” is just someone else’s “computer.”

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What's Cooking with Oracle Smart View for Office?
Al Marciante , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 7 , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: SmartView

It was 15 years ago that the challenge of combining the various Hyperion add-ins for Microsoft Excel into a single common add-in was first showcased at the Hyperion Solutions R&D area. This concept was the beginnings of Oracle Smart View for Office that has since expanded to integrate across the Office Suite and become the single add-in for our cloud and on-premise EPM, OBIEE/BICS, and financials cloud. With each update of Smart View, we deliver powerful new features and functionality to our users, and despite continued innovations in our browser-based interfaces, it remains one of the most used interfaces to our apps. Come to this session to see what new developments are in process, learn new tips and tricks, and network with others in this interactive session.

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Your Data Speaks with Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud
Al Marciante , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 15 , 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: Other BI and Reporting

Looking at grids and charts only tells part of the story, and often times an incorrect one. Increasingly, we are being asked to explain the “who, when, where, how, and why” to “what” the data is. Giving accurate business commentary to your stakeholders, be they internal or external to your organization, is important. Giving inaccurate or misleading narrative can not only negatively impact a company’s stock price and reputation, but also result in missed opportunities and misallocation of resources. Executing successfully on strategy is understanding where you began, where you are currently at and how to get to the end game, and being able to communicate that effectively to all your stakeholders. To do so requires having your subject matter experts/knowledge workers engaged throughout the reporting cycle, rebalancing their time from hunting and reformatting data to producing quality narrative, having powerful collaboration for the report cycle participants, and strong version/auditing controls. This session will show how to revolutionize your reporting capabilities with:
- Cross cloud reporting access and integration to narrative reporting documents
- Flexible report phases that provide authoring, approving, reviewing and sign-off with automated notifications and cycle management
- Reference doclet framework that supports data integration from nearly any source with automatic updates to subscribed content
- Automation of key metric data and explanations via a robust variable framework supporting integrity in reporting via values, directional words, static text, etc.

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Wrangle & Lasso EPM Data Using Java API
Enrique Marron , General Electric
Co-presenter(s): Abed Bokaie, General Electric
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 16 , 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: Other BI and Reporting

Oracle Hyperion EPM modules access data in many different ways, as well as being co-dependent. Some of these dependencies are a Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, a web browser, and various desktop clients. But what we will share is a solution that removes us from that equation completely.
In this presentation, we will take everyone off of the ranch to share a solution that unlocks all users from today’s boundaries of EPM data retrieval and ad hoc analysis.
This unique solution will allow all users alike to still remain true to the core functionality of their EPM data, tools, and utilities that they most likely use today to perform retrievals: a grid-like presentation-style (i.e. row and column format user interface - UI). This presentation will take a glimpse into the developed code that leverages the commonly exposed EPM Java APIs.
The benefits users could receive from this work are:
• Essbase Java API
• Operating system agnostic exposure to EPM data
• Easy ad hoc analytic data retrieval ability
• User interface & user experience in a desired and familiar format
• Common core ad hoc options

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Oracle Data Visualization for the Finance Analyst
Kevin McGinley , Red Pill Analytics
Co-presenter(s): Tim German, Qubix
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 3 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics - Subtopic: Oracle Data Visualization

Many analysts within finance are used to manipulating spreadsheets and waiting for enhancements to Essbase cubes to produce reports that need to be shared with their management or peers. This session will demonstrate how all analysts within finance can get immediate value from Oracle Data Visualization (DV) and decrease their reliance on overly complex spreadsheets. From its ability to connect to many different kinds of data sources, wrangle multiple data sources into a usable format, and visualize insights that would be otherwise hard to see in a table, Oracle DV provides analysts an extra layer of functionality they can easily learn and use without IT intervention.

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Jump-Starting Your Cost Allocations with Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service (PCMCS)
Tracy McMullen , interRel Consulting
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Come learn how Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service gives you a clear and definitive look into your business health. One of Oracle’s newest cloud services takes its sister on-premise product, HPCM (Management Ledger applications), and launches it into the cloud with new and improved features. PCMCS provides a complete graphical interface to simplify the build and execution of complicated allocation rules all in the common EPM Cloud SUI (no scripting required!). Some beloved HPCM features come over, such as the traceability interface and rules balancing report, along with new pre-built dashboards. PCMCS sits entirely on top of Essbase and supports any costing methodology. There is no black box with PCMCS, as this cloud solution allows users to get an inside look at the drivers of costs as they “audit” the profitability of their organization. Learn how PCMCS can help you allocate expenses and get a better understanding of profit and costs at any level in your organization in less than two months.

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Extreme Essbase Calculations: New Frontiers in What-If, Goal-Seeking, and Sensitivity Analysis
Ron Moore , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Ludovic Isaac De Paz, TopDown Consulting
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks G
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase Calculation

Doing what-if isn’t new. As long as I can remember everyone talked about it and the goal-seeking functionality using LOOP has been around for decades. But do most of our calculations use causal drivers or are they “type it in and agg it up” type databases? And how much "what-if-ing" can you really do if the database takes an hour to aggregate?

Today more and more companies are using driver-based designs and recent improvements such as hybrid aggregation, new calculation functions, and bigger hardware mean that there are new possibilities. Profit opportunities don’t usually follow simple linear patterns. Well-designed driver-based models capture complex patterns and help identify risks and opportunities that would otherwise be missed. Goal-seeking can significantly reduce the time it takes to set and distribute targets. Sensitivity analysis can help set priorities by identifying the most important drivers. It can also help compare a range of options to identify sweet spots.

First we will examine the business logic behind some useful what-if calculations that help uncover financial dynamics that make a difference in business results. Then we will examine the outline and business rule considerations and options. Then we will dig into the code.
We will show examples of outlines and business rule code for:
• Pushing down top-side budget adjustments
• Driver based what-if calculations
• Goal-seeking for target setting
• Prioritization and range comparison with sensitivity analysis

Last we will show some examples of using these techniques in real-world applications.

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Tips and Best Practices for DBAs
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 5 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Azalea
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DBA

A vibrant session with “real tips” for real-world daily database problems a DBA could find. Here you will learn how to improve your productivity, how to solve some real DBA problems, and also learn several tips to help you to become a successful DBA. This session is based on some of the most frequent questions I’m asked on my blog and during my presentations. (Version 3 of this presentation.)

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Logging or Nologging: That is the Question!
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 7 , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Begonia
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DBA

The main question about NOLOGGING I hear all the time is: does creating a table with the NOLOGGING option means there is “no generation of redo ever," or just that the initial creation operation has no redo generation, but that DML down the road generates redo? How and when can the NOLOGGING option be employed?
Redo generation is a vital part of the Oracle recovery mechanism. Without it, an instance will not recover when it crashes and will not start in a consistent state. Excessive redo generation is the result of excessive work on the database. This presentation covers the subject of reducing redo generation using LOGGING and NOLOGGING options, the differences between them, how it happens, how to reduce it, and when to use. Also, you will find examples and tips regarding each one of them.

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Enhance Your Cloud Application with EPM Automate and REST APIs
Noah Neal , Key Performance Ideas, Inc.
Co-presenter(s): Steven Wang, Key Performance Ideas, Inc.
When: Jun 29, 2017, Deep-Dive Session, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: EPM Infrastructure - Subtopic: Cloud and Hybrid Infrastructure

Interested in reducing the time spent in your data loading processes? The EPM Automate Utility and REST APIs can help you do just that and much more within the context of Oracle Cloud! Learn how these tools work and can be used for automating processes to save time in day-to-day business activities. These processes include data and metadata import and export, business rule launches, application backup and restore, retrieval of data management process detail logs, and much more. Also learn how EPM Automate and REST APIs can be integrated with scripts to perform a number of different tasks outside of Planning. We’ll be discussing multiple sub-topics to help you get started and optimize automation processes, including:
*EPM Automate vs REST API highlights
*Scripting and syntax
*Email notifications
*Logging & error handling
*Nuances
*Maintenance minimization
*More!
Find out more about how these powerful tools can allow your business to save time and enhance processes!

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Creating Your First Database to Access with Oracle's DBaaS (Database as a Service)
Rich Niemiec , Viscosity North America
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 9, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Begonia
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DBA

This presentation will show the steps to create a database in the Oracle Cloud using Oracle's Database Cloud Service or DBaaS (DataBase as a Service). It will give the brief steps as well as showing how to use the free test service. We'll also see different methods for testing in the cloud as well as the different uses for the cloud initially and eventually.

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HFM to FCCS – A Customer Success Story
Doga Pamir , Perficient
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 4 , 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks C/D
Topic: Financial Close - Subtopic: Financial Close in the Cloud

Finally it is out and ready to play… Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS) is one of the latest cloud solutions offered by Oracle. It is offering several best practices with an out-of-the-box approach to address some of the most required business needs.

CPI Card Group adds FCCS to its Oracle Cloud products family (PBCS, BICS, etc.) and completes the transformation from on-prem to cloud.

In this session we will focus on the migration from HFM to FCCS and how CPI Card Group benefits from FCCS’s best practice out-of-the-box offerings such as pre-built cash flow, equity overrides, and more.

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EPMI: You May Be “Live" but Are You “Living”?
Minie Parikh , EPM Intelligence
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Vendor Presentation, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Wisteria/Sunflower
Topic: Vendor Presentation - Subtopic: Vendor Presentation

The EPM ecosystem is often the habitat of various species and environments. From planning & budgeting, financial close, and reporting to master data management and integrations, there are applications of all shapes and sizes that co-exist. How do you ensure that the streams of information continue to flow, after the army of consultants has left? From cloud, to data lakes, to on-premise co-habitats, learn how to grow your systems civilization with the resources available to you. Join us for a conversation on post go-live strategies and options to make sure the pulse is running in your EPM environment after project fatigue subsides.

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Introducing Dimension Management Cloud Services (DMCS)
Robin Peel , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 16 , 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Peony
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: Other EPM Business Content

Oracle's Dimension Management Cloud Services (DMCS) is due to be released later in 2017. DMCS is a new application that builds upon the rich legacy of Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) for managing dimensions, hierarchies and reference data. This learning session will show you the core capabilities of DMCS, explain its new approach to data stewardship and hierarchy management, and will show you the differences and similarities between DMCS and DRM.
Goals:
· Understand the new capabilities and user interface of DMCS, including request visualization, tailored application views, application adaptors, and the new, flexible versioning model.
· Understand the differences and similarities between DRM and DMCS.

Session outline:
· Short overview of the capabilities and architecture of DMCS.
· Live demo of dimension maintenance in DMCS.
· Compare and contrast DMCS with DRM.

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Cloudy with a Chance of PBCS: Tips and Tricks for Migrating On-Premise Oracle Hyperion Planning to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)
Chuck Persky , Performance Architects
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 1 , 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Many organizations have made the switch from an on-premise Oracle Hyperion Planning solution to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS). This move allows them to take advantage of the benefits that exist in an Oracle SaaS model and some of the newer features available in PBCS. However, many other organizations, while very interested, are hesitant to make this leap, in fear of the unknown and the potential process involved in migrating to this model. In this session, you will learn from industry experts about a variety of considerations, tips, and methodologies utilized in planning and executing this type of change. Specifically, this session will explore the dynamics of this migration through real-life examples, including the steps for assessing the current application(s), decisions surrounding a "lift and shift" versus a "rebuild" approach, the process for executing the migration, and how to acclimate system administrators and users to a PBCS (cloud) methodology and interface. Additionally, this session will explore the facets of data integration and security; how these capabilities may be the same or different than the current on-premise model; and how to build a strategy to successfully create these capabilities in PBCS. Please join us in navigating from the ground to the cloud.

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Moving The University of Pennsylvania Hyperion Planning On-Prem to the PBCS Cloud: A Journey of Consolidation, Migration, and Enhancements
Chuck Persky , Performance Architects
Co-presenter(s): Belen Ortiz, Mindstream Analytics
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

The University of Pennsylvania has been using On-Prem Hyperion Planning and Hyperion Essbase for more than 11 years to manage their financial planning and reporting. The original solution design necessitated multiple Planning and Essbase applications to address performance constraints back in 2005. While the solution has been successful in providing planning and reporting capabilities, the challenges of supporting the complexity of this solution have yielded several pain points to the system users.

This session details how The University of Pennsylvania was able to port their solution from five traditional on-prem applications to a single PBCS application enabling real-time enterprise level reporting. This session shows the steps and the results of a system consolidation & migration, and details how new enhancements in PBCS functionality enabled a more integrated and efficient solution. We will also explore design trade offs that produced more real-time reporting for users during the day against initially longer processing times overnight and other lessons learned during the process.

Attendees of this presentation will learn about:
• Introduction of SmartPush the ’push-on-save’ functionality to instantly apply changes in data in the new planning application
• Detail EPM Automate data integration tool
• Enhanced ability to allow users to enter and report on “commentary”
• Expand the capabilities of the calculated forecast
• Lessons learned with migration of on-prem Hyperion Planning applications to the Oracle PBCS Cloud

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Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase: A Starbucks Case Study
Juan Porter , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Rhonda Abbott Brigham, Starbucks
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 6 , 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Grand Oaks G
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies

Handling text data in a Hyperion Planning application is relatively easy and straightforward. Planning metadata is stored in a relational database. This textual information is accessible via web forms, HFR, and Smart View out-of-the-box. On the other hand, managing and reporting on text data is not quite as simple in the Essbase technology. Essbase handles dates and smart lists but can’t handles freeform text values. The situation is further complicated by the fact that your smart lists need to be synchronized between Planning and Essbase for the data transfer to be accurate. In this session, Jordan Wilcox, TopDown Consulting, and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks, will discuss how they used a creative approach to get text data in three different forms–smart lists, dates and freeform text data–to flow from Planning to Essbase. They will discuss the overall project goals, technologies, POCs, and the reason for choosing the solution they did, including design and results.

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Virtualization – To Infinity and Beyond!
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 8 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Begonia
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DBA

Cloud is everywhere and the database administrator is caught in the middle. How do you know where to start and what to migrate first? How do you perform consolidation planning and ensure data security?

This session builds on the impressive customer experience from Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman with years of architecting virtualized environments to show how to simply and securely migrate to the cloud. A full demonstration, along with tips and tricks to show how the DBA can secure their environment to allow a self-service option so they no longer are the roadblock to projects!

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The Great Debate: Where Should My Data Warehouse Live?
Michael Rainey , Gluent Inc
When: Jun 29, 2017, Deep-Dive Session, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Data Warehousing & Big Data - Subtopic: Data Architecture

The long-standing debate of running your data warehouse on-premise versus in the cloud continues at the Kscope17 Big Data and Data Warehousing Thursday Deep Dive session. Whether built in a traditional, relational database or constructed from “schema on read” data in Hadoop, the recent rise of cloud services over the past few years has led data architects, IT directors, and CIOs to ask the question: “Where should my data warehouse live?”. Several experts in the Oracle data warehousing field will provide arguments for their preferred approach, while attempting to refute evidence presented for the alternative solution. Along with what should be a lively and engaging debate, the experts will join together to answer any questions you may have around big data, data warehousing, and data integration in general. Don’t miss this great debate and Q&A session!

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Essbase Cloud Service: Architectural Evolution
Kumar Ramaiyer , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 7 , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase Design

Essbase Cloud Service:  How did it come about?  What are its architectural foundations?  Why does that matter?

To think that EssCS is an evolution of the Essbase we've known and loved since 1992 is to vastly underestimate its power and importance. Moving to the cloud was an opportunity to completely remake Essbase from the ground up -- design, functionality, management, and hardware have all changed and for the better. Understanding the conceptual, architectural, and technical forces that drove this fundamental shift will enable you to extract the true value of this transformation in your current and new applications. 

Join Kumar Ramaiyer, vice president of development at Oracle, as he explains how the confluence of development innovations and Essbase resulted in a database unlike any you've seen before.

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Oracle Analytics Cloud - Essbase New Capabilities
Kumar Ramaiyer , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 10 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies

Learn about new and upcoming Essbase capabilities with Oracle Analytics Cloud. Explore the new ways to create and manage Essbase applications, new scripting options, and more.

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EPBCS Workforce and Strategic Workforce Planning In Action
Mark Rinaldi , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 13, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Learn how customers are leveraging EPBCS Workforce Planning and Strategic Workforce Planning to complete their Headcount Planning based on Supply and Demand Planning.

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It's All About The Data: Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) Data Sync and Remote Data Connector
Doug Ross , Performance Architects
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 3 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Wisteria/Sunflower
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: OBIEE

As more companies move their BI environments to the cloud, loading and accessing enterprise data will become as important as front-end visualizations. Oracle's BI Cloud Service (BICS) offers two options for those data requirements that go beyond simple data uploads: Data Sync and Remote Data Connector. This session will demonstrate how to use each tool and offer tips on improving data load and data query performance.

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Advanced Data Visualization Techniques Using Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS): A Cal State Pilot Case Study
Doug Ross , Performance Architects
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 6 , 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics - Subtopic: Other Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics

Join California State University (Cal State) to learn about how Cal State developed a pilot Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) solution with multiple subject areas across the institution so its team can use advanced data visualization techniques to better analyze and report on college data. During this session, we will demonstrate several visualization techniques you can employ in your own organization to find that “needle in a haystack” to address your own burning business questions. We will also discuss data integration techniques for both proprietary and third-party data sources as well as how to organize for success, how to get a pilot project funded, and next steps for this initiative.

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Oracle & Apache Kafka: Stories from the Message Bus Stop
Bjoern Rost , Pythian
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 10 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Begonia
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DB Tools

Apache Kafka is a massively scalable message queue that is being used at more and more places connecting more and more data sources. This presentation will introduce Kafka from the perspective of a mere mortal Oracle DBA and share the experience of (and challenges with) getting events from the database to Kafka and possibly even back-using different solutions and connectors.

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DevOpsify DBA Tasks
Bjoern Rost , Pythian
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 12 , 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Verbena/Periwinkle
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DevOps/Agile

Organizations are struggling to manage and standardize an ever-increasing number of database deployments. This presentation shows how scripting and automation tools can be used to provision databases and to manage resources like users, tablespaces, instance parameters, and settings in general. With this setup one can manage a large range of systems from a very small set of descriptive text based configuration files. More so, these configs are easily managed in a revision control system like git enabling agile workflows for database change management.

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Natural Language Voice Interface to the Oracle Database
Christoph Ruepprich , Accenture Enkitec Group
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 5 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Iris/Lily
Topic: Application Express - Subtopic: APEX Real World

Natural language voice interfaces have become quite popular, especially with mobile devices. Apple's Siri and Google's "OK Google" have come quite a long way, and are very good at interpreting the human language. A relatively new player on the market is Amazon's Echo, a standalone speaker that accepts voice commands and questions, searches for answers online, and answers back in a human voice.
The technology behind the Echo is Amazon's Alexa API. This API is available for developers to create their own natural voice interfaces.
We are going to explore how we can use the Alexa API to access an Oracle database to perform spoken inquiries like "How much does Miller earn?", "Who works in the research department?", or "Who earned the highest commission in sales?"
The results will not only be spoken back to the user, but can also be displayed in the Alexa mobile app as well as in APEX.
There will be a live demo of asking questions to an Amazon Echo device, and have it answer with data queried from the database.
A basic understanding of JavaScript and PL/SQL will be beneficial to the participants.

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End-to-End Automation for Oracle PBCS Using EPM Automate
Amit Sahasrabudhe , Huron Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Sumit Deo, Huron Consulting Group
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 10 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

This one-hour session on PBCS automation aims to cover all automation aspects that one would encounter in a PBCS implementation. We will discuss the different options available within PBCS to automate tasks such as data loading, running calculations, and archiving application artifacts. We will start the session with a brief overview of the EPM Automate utility that will be used to perform a majority of the automation tasks. Next, we will shift focus to Data Management (FDMEE) and learn how the EPM Automate utility can be used to automate tasks for data management like uploading a file to Inbox/Outbox folder of Data Management and running a rule to load data from Data Management to PBCS application. In the second half, we will discuss the automation aspects of the PBCS application to cover native data load processes being used and see how metadata can be updated and refreshed. We will also cover automating map reporting application processes. In the end, we will walk through automating the backup process so that your PBCS application can be backed up daily to an archive folder. This one-hour session will cover end to end automation including logging into PBCS, uploading files, running rules, uploading data and metadata files, refreshing metadata and finally automating backups. We will share some code examples with you so it can serve as a quick start for your PBCS automation.

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A Real-World Implementation of FCCS: Lessons Learned and Mistakes You Do Not Want to Repeat
Jerson Santos , New Flyer Industries
Co-presenter(s): Edward Roske, interRel Consulting
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 2 , 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks E/F
Topic: Financial Close - Subtopic: Financial Close in the Cloud

One month after the Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS) product was released, we found ourselves deep in the thick of implementing a solution and there was no roadmap to follow. To begin with, we quickly discovered that HFM and FCCS are as similar as two completely dissimilar things could be, as was implementing FCCS vs HFM. We then found out that while there were many prebuilt things that existed in FCCS that didn't exist in HFM, things we felt surely must exist (specific forms, reports, and calculations) weren't there at all. How did we work around what was missing? How did we take advantage of what was there? How can you learn from our journey of exploration (so you can be a lot smarter in your journey)? While there's far more than an hour's worth of lessons, we'll make sure we cover the big ones before the session is over.

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Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service: Making Sense of Fast Data
Sujay Sarkhel , Oracle Corporation
Co-presenter(s): Noel Portugal, Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 1 , 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Bonus Session - Subtopic: Bonus Session

Build your next solution leveraging fast data from a dispersed network of devices–the "Internet of Things.”

In this session we will look at building the next cool IoT applications using the Oracle IoT Cloud Service. Learn the capabilities of the platform to collect real-time, continuous data, and gaining meaningful insights from a sensor-driven ecosystem. Check out our integration capabilities that allow you to dynamically dispatch critical IoT data and events to other Oracle Cloud applications like supply chain management and process flows.

Get a look at our built-in IoT applications for enterprise assets, production lines, transportation fleets, and mobile workers, and learn about the IoT workshops hosted by OAUX and how you can go hands-on with IoT here at the show.

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Ask the Experts - An Informal Panel for FDMEE Integrations
Anthony Scalese , Edgewater Ranzal
Co-presenter(s): Francisco Amores, Infratects
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 8 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4
Topic: EPM Data Integration - Subtopic: Data management/integration

Tired of trying to get your FDMEE questions answered in other panels that span all the EPM technologies? Perhaps you are considering an upgrade to FDMEE, maybe you have already upgraded and are missing key functionality, maybe you are trying to understand your options for cloud integration with FDMEE, or maybe you just want to learn more about what you can do with FDMEE.

In this session, two of the industry's foremost experts in data integration - Tony Scalese and Francisco Amores Torres - will host an interactive panel with the audience. Tony and Francisco will share their knowledge drawing on their vast experience implementing and upgrading FDMEE. This session is vital to anyone that wants to learn more about FDMEE.

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FDMEE Scripting – Cloud and On-Premises: It Ain't Groovy, but It's My Bread and Butter
Anthony Scalese , Edgewater Ranzal
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 13, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4
Topic: EPM Data Integration - Subtopic: Data management/integration

So you've made the transition to FDMEE and now you want more. FDMEE scripting is what empowers you to do more with the application. In this session, we will explore how to use FDMEE scripting to enhance and streamline your integrations. We'll explore how to use Jython and the various APIs within the EPM stack to take your application to the next level. Have a hybrid FDMEE cloud deployment? That's cool, let's look at Groovy and EPMAutomate and see how FDMEE can function as your automation hub.

This session will be most useful for those with a solid FDMEE foundation and some familiarity with scripting languages.

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EssCS: The New Old Essbase
Glenn Schwartzberg , interRel Consulting
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 4 , 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies

Remember when Essbase could be installed from a floppy disk? You could get a cube up and running in a couple of days. Well, those days are back with the new Essbase Cloud Service (EssCS). Essbase in the cloud takes us back to simpler times where you can build an Essbase database with a simple Excel spreadsheet template. All you need is Excel and Essbase on the Cloud. Join us for the session where we will walk you through Essbase Cloud Service and how to build Essbase applications in the 21st century. Don't miss this chance to get to know (reacquainted with) the new-old Essbase.

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Data, Data Everywhere, but Not a Metadata Dictionary to Read
Christian Screen , Datavail
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 1 , 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: Cibolo Canyon 8/9/10
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: OBIEE

Until recently, the use of a data dictionary or metadata dictionary in most organizations has been an understood value-add need but still an unfulfilled desire. If business users could understand where dashboard data was coming from and what the data columns actually mean, then more confidence, governance, and usage in the reporting system could be achieved. The undertaking of compiling a metadata dictionary across a potential slew of candidate data sources can seem daunting or as fluff for IT, but the business users know the importance of understanding the meaning of their data and data lineage. How can a better, more usable metadata dictionary be created for Oracle BI? How can a data dictionary be controlled or used to its utmost potential? Why do you need a data dictionary? Who will maintain it? This session provides clear innovative answers to these questions and more by taking the audience through creating an ideal metadata dictionary, showing best practices for maintaining it, and how to report accurately from it to support any reference or data governance concepts in your BI program.

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I Know Why the On-Premise Oracle BI Applications Sings: Migrating OBIA to the Cloud
Christian Screen , Datavail
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 5 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Data Warehousing & Big Data - Subtopic: Data Architecture

Cloud solutions continue to expand into the mainstream with obvious material value for businesses that have historically focused on their on-premise solutions. With all major concerns for security in the cloud addressed by bank grade encryption, integration by REST APIs and other supported interfaces, and a growing base of supported production customers, the concerns are turning to action. But there are still lingering questions on architectural best practices and the general approach to move from on-premise to the cloud especially for multi-tiered solutions such as Oracle BI applications. Questions are now less about concern and more about how to move forward. How much of the on-premise software architecture can be migrated to the cloud? And, how can it be done with best practices with the least risk and exposure? And, while getting it right the first time? This session discusses best practice architecture for migrating the Oracle BI applications to the cloud. It focuses on the Oracle Cloud platform and database services, with a nod to infrastructure services, to lay out the idea of the hybrid cloud, and variations of the new age cloud BI/DW architecture for your analytics environment to succeed while operating at the same reliability or better all the while benefiting from what the cloud offers best.

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Introducing the Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud
Marc Seewald , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 4 , 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks E/F
Topic: Financial Close - Subtopic: Financial Close in the Cloud

Corporate taxation continues to receive significant focus from regulators. Because of this there is an increasing need to connect tax reporting with financial and management reporting. The new Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud Service offers a single solution for all tax reporting requirements and keeps you connected with other ERP and EPM reporting processes. The solution automates such processes as the tax provision and Country by Country Reporting (required for the new OECD BEPS - Base Erosion and Profit Shifting initiative). This session will be very relevant for any existing Oracle ERP & EPM customers.

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World-Class Marketing Planning with Oracle Cloud
Marc Seewald , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 12 , 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

In this session, learn how combining Oracle Enterprise Planning Cloud for marketing financial planning with your current customer experience (CX) investment can help align your marketing and finance plans. The solution enables you to plan the financial impact of marketing campaigns, ensure that the actual marketing spend is aligned with the budget, and calculate the return on marketing investment. The solution gives marketing leaders confidence in driving their business forward because it integrates with your current CX system to provide a strategic and seamless marketing platform.

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Developing JavaScript Applications: The Oracle Offering
Shay Shmeltzer , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 1 , 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: Verbena/Periwinkle
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DB Tools

JavaScript might be the most used development language out there today. In this session, we'll review Oracle's tools and framework for developing applications with JavaScript. We'll talk about the complete ecosystem Oracle has built around JavaScript discussing and demo-ing Oracle JET, Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service, Oracle Developer Cloud Service, and more. Learn about the architecture and the relationships between the various products and when they'll be useful for you.

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Developing On-Device Mobile Apps – A Visual Approach
Shay Shmeltzer , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 15 , 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Azalea
Topic: Database - Subtopic: ADF and MAF

Learn how to create device resident applications without writing a single line of code in a visual way. See how Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service enables you to accelerate development of applications with an intuitive browser based development approach. Start from scratch - create your DB objects and build your UI in minutes.

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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
Luke Sinnen , SC&H Group
Co-presenter(s): Brian Hargreaves, Hilton Worldwide
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 7 , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

At the enterprise level, cloud computing is transforming operational effectiveness, creating strategic value, and helping today’s global businesses to gain a true competitive advantage. In this session, you will see how the largest Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) deployment to date changed how the organization manages it budgeting and forecasting capabilities. Specifically, this presentation will focus on how the PBCS application became a budgeting and forecasting tool that is intuitive, easy to use, scalable and fast on a modern technology (PBCS). Ultimately, this case study showcases how any large global organization can benefit from Oracle EPM Cloud solutions in ways that create long-term operational efficiencies and competitive advantage.

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To the Cloud and Beyond!!
Kristi Smith , eCapital Advisors
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Wisteria/Sunflower
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: OBIEE

As the number of companies entering the cloudsphere continues to grow, the need for a step-by-step guide on how to begin your Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) journey becomes increasingly more important. Even if you are contemplating purchasing BICS, this session will give you more details on what you get with BICS and how BICS works. After all, even Buzz Lightyear himself needed a little training before he became a space ranger hero. Before you can begin to capitalize on the benefits of the cloud, there are a series of steps you will need to walk through in order to get started with BICS. This session will outline what you get with your initial purchase, we will discuss the Data Loader and Data Sync Utility, as well as instructions on how to model your data and start building data visualizations. As with most superheroes and BI consultants alike, time is of the essence, so come and learn how to quickly get up and running with BICS, so you can be on your way to saving the galaxy!

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Hands-On Lab: Using the Cloud (or Oracle VirtualBox) to Build a DBA Practice Environment
Richard Soule , C2 Consulting, Inc.
When: Jun 28, 2017, Hands on Lab Sessions 11-12 , 8:30 am - 10:45 am
Room: Goldenrod
Topic: Database - Subtopic: DBA

For those who really want to learn the how and why of building an Oracle Database system from scratch, this is your session! Bring your own laptop, or use one of our hosted servers and we’ll walk through the complete installation and configuration of an Oracle Linux desktop, Oracle Grid Infrastructure with Oracle Restart and ASM including ACFS, Oracle Database 12c Multitenant, Oracle APEX, SQL/Developer and SQLcl, and more. Best practices from building databases for real world deployments as well as from teaching Oracle Database certification classes will be included throughout the session.
(Ideally bring a laptop with a lot of memory and available disk space and download and install VirtualBox to your machine.)

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Migrating to Essbase Cloud: Why, When, and How
Ronnie Tafoya , interRel Consulting
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 7 , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks G
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies

Essbase is finally in the cloud! So should you consider migrating to the cloud? Join us for the session where we will introduce and demo Essbase Cloud services. We will show you all the features and functions available in EssCS, show you what is the same between on prem and the cloud, and what is different. We will review how the steps to migrate your Essbase applications to the cloud and what roadblocks and pitfalls to look out for. We will then show you how to maintain your espace applications in the cloud - dimension builds, data integrations, automations, and more. Essbase in the cloud is not for everyone just yet – come to the session to learn when and why it would make sense for you.

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Introduction to the EPM REST APIs
Jake Turrell , Turrell Consulting
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 7 , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4
Topic: EPM Data Integration - Subtopic: EPM Cloud Integration

Oracle's EPM REST APIs allow developers to automate and integrate their environments using any programming language with an HTTP client library. This session will provide attendees with a tour of the EPM REST API landscape and will give developers concrete examples they can build upon themselves. Users will leave this session with an understanding of basic REST concepts and the confidence to develop their own REST API integrations for planning, migrations and data management.

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Digital Transformation: Strategy for Moving from Legacy to Enterprise Mobility
Mia Urman , AuraPlayer
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 13, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Azalea
Topic: Database - Subtopic: ADF and MAF

As mobile becomes the primary means for accessing information, enterprises must find a way to accelerate mobilization. The Oracle Mobile Cloud is the missing ingredient to create mobile apps at the speed of your business and empower the front lines of your business with back office data. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service provides built-ins for push notifications, object storage, user management, analytics, and an API designer and catalog. But what should you do if your business is stuck with a mountain of Oracle Forms or EBS? How can you leverage your existing business logic while transforming the user experience to the digital world? In this session we will discuss how to begin your mobile journey; Including real life examples of customers who have been successful at it! This session will also include demos of how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service makes it possible for customers to mobile-enable their legacy systems.

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What’s New, What’s Next: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
Shankar Viswanathan , Oracle Corporation
Co-presenter(s): Prasad Kulkarni, Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 9, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Grand Oaks I
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) is one of Oracle’s broad selection of enterprise-grade cloud solutions delivered via software as a service. This session provides an overview of this solution and an update on new and planned functionality.

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Starting with Oracle Data Science in the Cloud
Tim Vlamis , Vlamis Software Solutions
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 8 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics - Subtopic: R and Oracle Data Mining

Everyone knows they should be integrating data mining and predictive analytics, but it can be challenging to discuss the merits of a project before team members share a common understanding of data science and predictive analytics. We will share a detailed outline of the best practice methodology for getting clients started with Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise, how we develop that common understanding using "live" software, and how to facilitate brainstorming sessions to identify projects with the highest ROIs. We'll share excerpts from our three-day start up process to create a common set of skills and knowledge through hands-on learning with live software and complemented by expert guidance for placing tools and algorithms within a broader analytics context. We’ll help you stand up instances in the cloud, do data science projects on your data, show you how to use Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R, and help you pick the right starting point for your organization.

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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
Jerry Ward , Viscosity North America
Co-presenter(s): Paul Hicks, Kaminario
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Larkspur
Topic: Application Express - Subtopic: APEX Integration

In this session we “science the #$%!”* out of a Raspberry Pi 3, APEX and the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud (*ref. The Martian Film). The Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) is a precise satellite-based surveillance system that broadcasts real-time weather and uses GPS technology to determine any aircraft's location, airspeed, other date, and relays that data to air traffic control, aircraft, and to us because we are listening! We log and store this data in the Oracle IoT Cloud, then use APEX to build a simple application to view this data in real-time and report on it over time.

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Data Stories: Predicting Asset Prices with Oracle Data Visualization Desktop, Data Collection, and R
Jerry Ward , Viscosity North America
Co-presenter(s): Kevin McNelis, Nutrabolt Life Sciences
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 10 , 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Magnolia
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics - Subtopic: R and Oracle Data Mining

Data has a story to tell, and if told correctly, data can predict the future. In this session we aim to predict the future value of any asset through storytelling. We illustrate this with an intriguing tale using a technique that you can apply to the purchase or sale of your next car, boat, home, or airplane. We use a popular business aircraft as an example to tell this story. You will learn how you can quickly and easily: scrape the data from a market website, use Oracle Data Visualization desktop to identify the price drivers of this market, and the final result into a simple R statement that will predicts the future!

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Enterprise PBCS Enables Integrated Planning for the Merger of Citrix’s GoTo and LogMeIn
Matt Ward , Peloton Group
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 12 , 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Grand Oaks A/B
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

For many organizations, financial and business planning is a complex process facilitated by time consuming spreadsheet activities including preparation, data input, performing calculations, producing reports, and executing reviews. This process is repeated monthly, quarterly, and annually such that the effort consumed by the disparate offline processes, and ultimately the costs of these tasks, are compounded over time. And for organizations going through a merger these inefficiencies and costs are multiplied further, as planning processes are typically required for the combined entity in addition to the legacy standalone entities. But it does not have to be that way...
Oracle’s Enterprise PBCS solution provides a path for the rapid deployment of integrated planning business processes in the most common functional areas including financials, workforce, capital, and projects. Using the configurable features of these out-of-the-box capabilities, organizations are presented with an opportunity to dramatically reduce the effort and cycle time of planning processes, while doing so at lower overall cost.
The session will share the story of the merger of Citrix’s GoTo division with LogMeIn. Enterprise PBCS was implemented in just 10 weeks to facilitate combined planning and reporting for the new organization, leveraging all four business processes within the product suite. This session will be co-presented with Oracle Product Management.

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Introduction to OBI
John Whitaker , Huron Consulting Group
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 2 , 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Room: Wisteria/Sunflower
Topic: BI & Reporting - Subtopic: OBIEE

In this session you will get an overview of why and how we use OBI. Learn about the business problems the product solves and how, what’s involved in implementing an OBI solution, and how it fits into a typical enterprise architecture.

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Financial Close: What’s New and What’s Coming
Richard Wilkie , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Grand Oaks E/F
Topic: Financial Close - Subtopic: Other Financial Close

Come hear the latest updates on Oracle’s close and consolidation solutions across all platforms. With so much discussion on the cloud and all its happenings, this session will finally set the record straight on what is the future of Hyperion Financial Management (HFM). We will present demos of upcoming features and make the session as interactive as possible.

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Hands-On Lab: Essbase Cloud
Rudy Zucca , 123OLAP
When: Jun 26, 2017, Essbase HoL , 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Room: Freesia
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies

Essbase Cloud (part of the Oracle Analytic Cloud Service) is the very latest iteration of Essbase. This longer-format lab will provide a hands-on walk-through to see what's changed, what new capabilities the cloud version offers, and how to get started with it. Microsoft Excel with Smart View is a prerequisite for some portions of this lab. (Specifically you will want at least version 11.1.2.5.610 of Smart View.)

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Hands-On Lab: Essbase Cloud
Rudy Zucca , 123OLAP
When: Jun 26, 2017, Essbase HoL 2, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Freesia
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies

Essbase Cloud (part of the Oracle Analytic Cloud Service) is the very latest iteration of Essbase. This longer-format lab will provide a hands-on walk-through to see what's changed, what new capabilities the cloud version offers, and how to get started with it. Microsoft Excel with Smart View is a prerequisite for some portions of this lab. (Specifically you will want at least version 11.1.2.5.610 of Smart View.)

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