Kscope17 is Almost Here

The year has really flown by and Kscope17 is less than 2 weeks away.  I thought I would take a moment to highlight the top 9 sessions I’d like to attend this year.  But, before I do that, let’s start with a shameless plug of the sessions that I have to attend…my sessions.

IT Made Me Virtualize Essbase and Performance Sucks: Making Essbase Fast in Any Environment

When:  Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:45 am

Where:  Grand Oaks G

What:  We can’t all have an Exalytics box for our Essbase environment. In fact, if you haven’t made it to the cloud, then you are most likely already on a virtualized environment or being “encouraged” heavily to go to a virtualized environment. This presentation will focus on making sure that your transition is as smooth as possible. We’ll discuss specific settings in the virtual environment, the operating system, and Essbase to get the most out of your server. We’ll also compare specific benchmarks around different hardware configurations related to CPU, memory, and storage. Attendees will receive the new EssBench application for standardized benchmarks to see how your system stacks up. This application is deployable to any planning server to test various aspects of your server’s performance to identify areas for improvement.

Essbase Lunch and Learn

When:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 12:45 pm

Where:  Grand Oaks G

What:  Eat a quick lunch from 12:15 – 12:40 PM in Grand Oaks K-S/Cibolo Canyon 6/7 and at 12:45 PM join one of the information-packed sessions led by a panel of Oracle ACE Directors, ACEs, and ACE Associates. Bring your questions; these are the people who have the answers!

Introduction to Planning

When:  Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

Where:  Grand Oaks I

What:  As part of an introduction to EPM series, this presentation will focus on Hyperion Planning and Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS).  If you are totally new to the EPM space and would like to see what Oracle’s solutions have to offer, this session is for you.  Rather than PowerPoint everyone to death, a live demo will be provided and guided by the audience.

Now on to the fun stuff…the presentations that someone else has to build.

What’s New and Coming in Planning

Who:  Prasad Kulkarni

When:  Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Where:  Grand Oaks I

What:  This is specific to On-Prem Planning…so I’m taking bets on it being a single slide that said “PBCS.”  Any takers? Kidding…

Mother/King/Queen of All CDFs Has Arrived

Who:  Celvin Kattookaran

When:  Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Where:  Grand Oaks G

What:  Groovy can do basically anything, so I expect amazing things from Celvin in this session.  Don’t let me down!

The Future of On-Prem EPM

Who:  Matt Bradley

When:  Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

Where:  Peony

What:  For all of you still holding out hope that On-Prem isn’t dead, this should be of interest.  Is it bad that a part of me expects this session to somehow get cancelled? 😉

Introduction to the EPM REST APIs

Who:  Jake Turrell

When:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 11:15 am

Where:  Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4

What:  While Jason and Jon focus specifically on the PBCS REST API, Jake is casting a broader net.  Knowing Jake, I bet we can expect some time of spectacular demo and/or document.  Also, something 3D printed for free (I know you read my blog, so I expect free things).

Understanding HFM System Tables

Who:  Keith Berry

When:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 11:15 am

Where:  Grand Oaks E/F

What:  The HFM system tables are a lot of fun.  Granted, I say that as a guy who has done this same presentation on the Planning side a few times, so I may be bias.  Either way, Keith always does a phenomenal presentation.  Whether you need to understand these tables for your project or you just want a better understanding of the back-end of HFM, this should be a great session.

Trends and Hot Topics in Finance for the EPM Professional

Who:  Natalie Delemar

When:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Where:  Peony

What:  I may be a giant nerd, but I also enjoy the functional side of the EPM world.  That’s why Natalie’s presentation should be very interesting.  Kscope is not just about the technology, but the functional needs and trends that drive that technology.

The PBCS REST API Demystified

Who:  Jason Jones

When:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Where:  Cibolo Canyon 2/3/4

What:  I love coding…sometimes.  The REST API for PBCS is a fun way to do that…sometimes.  Jason and Jon should give us a great overview of the technology and how to use it.

Report Automation Techniques from Essbase and Hyperion Financial Reports with VBA and Smart View

Who:  Jennifer Guzik

When:  Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:15 am

Where:  Grand Oaks E/F

What:  I have more than a few clients that love to do everything in Excel.  Jennifer will be showing of a process that keeps us using Excel, but also leverages Financial Reports.  Add in a side of VBA coding, and you have my attention.  Plus, I love sessions entirely by customers and not just consultants.

Essbase Cloud – How You Do It (Live Demos) and Expanded Q&A

Who:  Tim German and Cameron Lackpour

When:  Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am

Where:  Grand Oaks H

What:  I’m sure Tim and Cameron will show us everything we ever wanted to know about OAC.  More importantly, I’m a sucker for a live demo.  And if the title is to be believed…we’ll get more than one demo!


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