If you can't make it to ODTUG Kscope17, you can still participate from home. Check out the list of sessions we're bringing you live from San Antonio, Texas!

Using R for Data Profiling - Michelle Kolbe, Red Pill Analytics 
When: Monday, June 26, 2017 - Session 3
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM CDT
Topic: BI and Reporting
Post your questions on the Livestream and the presenter will try to answer them during the Q&A.

Alexa! How Do You Work with Oracle REST Data Services? - Jonathan Dixon, JMJ Cloud
When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - Session 7
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM CDT
Topic: Database
Post your questions on the Livestream and the presenter will try to answer them during the Q&A.

Advanced Calculation Techniques: Going Beyond the Calc Dim - George Cooper, Gap
When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Session 12
Time: 9:45 - 10:45 AM CDT
Topic: Essbase, Subtopic: Essbase Calculation
Post your questions on the Livestream and the presenter will try to answer them during the Q&A.

#LetsWreckThisTogether APEX Talks - Thursday Deep Dive
When: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM CDT
Topic: APEX
Post your questions on the Livestream and the presenter will try to answer them during the Q&A.

At ODTUG Kscope17 we are using wearable beacon technology to make the event better. The technology will also help us understand what works and what does not. From recent surveys we learned that attendees want a more personalized experience, and the only way for our events team to gain the knowledge required to achieve this is through sophisticated event technology. We have partnered with TurnoutNow to employ their wearable beacon technology and data analytics to provide us with this level of detail.

TurnoutNow has deployed their beacon technology at more than 150 events globally, including technology, healthcare, financial, real estate, food, construction, retail, sporting, and entertainment events. They even deployed at Super Bowl 50. There is no other partner who has more experience with this technology, and the data captured is wholly-owned by ODTUG. TurnoutNow does not copy, store, or release any of our data. They are the trusted beacon solution for today's innovative events.

Each attendee badge will have a small beacon on the back of the badge. The TurnoutNow wearable beacon is a small wireless device that broadcasts a unique signal using Bluetooth Smart technology. To capture the unique signal, TurnoutNow deploys small receivers that listen for the beacon signals and transmit them to their cloud for processing. To aid us in a deep learning exercise about this year's event, the data we capture will be used for the following purposes:

- Aid the events team in making decisions in real time to affect the experience
- Determine traffic patterns throughout the event venue only
- Track certifications, room capacities, and speaker engagement

Thank you for helping us enhance your conference experience. If you have any questions about beacon technology, please ask at the registration desk. 

With ODTUG Kscope17 less than one month away, here is a highlight of the Kscope17 EPM Data Integration sessions that Tony Scalese is most excited to attend and why he thinks you should attend them:  

Introduction to the EPM Rest APIs – Jake Turrell, Turrell Consulting

There are two sessions this year in the integration track covering the REST APIs. One is with Jason Jones and is sure to be a deep dive.  I’m sure people will learn a lot from this. Oracle ACE Associate, Jake Turrell’s session however caught my eye because it takes a broader look than just PBCS. I think this is a great starting point for those new to REST. 

How to Best Manage Your Relationships…With Data: Building a Strong Foundation for PAREXEL Using Oracle Data Relationship Management Best Practices – Julia Radovani, Peloton Group

This session caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, DRM always has been an important but optional component in the EPM suite. With the introduction of the Cloud services, master data management is becoming increasingly important and less optional. While this session is not Cloud focused, it will be interesting to hear how a multi-billion dollar company is approaching master data management. Secondly, my wife is a VP of Quality at Parexel, so I have a vested interest in the company. 

Black Belt Techniques for FDMEE Admins and Developers – Francisco Amores, Infratects

I’m excited to hear about what Oracle ACE Francisco has been cooking up over there in Spain. I hold Francisco in high regard and really appreciate all of the work he does to drive forward the FDMEE narrative. It will be great for attendees to get a sense of the power of FDMEE especially with some creative thinking. 

Best Practices of the Design and Delivery of Master Data from DRM to Downstream Applications for Large Implementations – Kate Helmer, Huron Consulting Group

Anyone that’s been in the space recently has likely heard Kate’s name when DRM is being discussed. While I haven’t seen Kate present yet, I am excited to hear her thoughts and perspective. The audience can expect to learn a number of industry accepted leading practices for master data management and how to optimize a DRM deployment. 

Ask the Experts – An Informal Panel for FDMEE Integrations – Anthony Scalese, Edgewater Ranzal

Is it bad to highlight one of your own sessions?  Continuing a tradition that started three years ago, I am partnering with Francisco Amores to deliver a joint session on FDMEE. This year’s format will be a bit different from other years where instead of a presentation, we are holding a panel where the audience is invited to ask FDMEE specific questions to two of the industry’s FDMEE experts. The team is working on having a special guest moderator. If you have FDMEE questions, this is the session to attend.

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Natalie Delemar, ODTUG president, shares her top six Essbase track sessions with reasons why they are her “don’t miss sessions” at ODTUG Kscope17:

Essbase and Crystal Ball: Adding Risk-Related Data to a Financial Model – Philip Hulsebosch, Trexco b.v.

Although this could be considered a niche interest, I think the predictive analytics content in this session is vitally important and merits a large audience. There is an uptick in demand for leveraging statistical modeling and machine learning within EPM.

Surprise to no one, I am recommending a few of the Essbase Cloud sessions. Tim German and Cameron Lackpour are offering a two-part presentation on the Cloud.

Essbase Cloud is Here. Now What? – Cameron Lackpour, ARC EPM and Tim German, Qubix

Essbase Cloud – How You Do It (Live Demos) and Expanded Q&A – Tim German, Qubix and Cameron Lackpour, ARC EPM

Hands-On with Essbase Cloud – Rudy Zucca, 123OLAP

I would also recommend Rudy Zucca’s Hands-on Lab on Essbase Cloud. Go ahead – get your hands dirty in the Cloud. You just might like it.

Tableau on Essbase – Dave Collins, The Hackett Group
A number of my larger clients have standardized their visualization tool on Tableau but I have also heard about challenges with it reading multidimensional models. As the leading visualization tool in the market, I’m excited that Dave has taken the challenge and will present on how to use Tableau on Essbase. This is definitely a session I will not miss!

Break the Shackles of Planning with Hybrid Essbase – Peter Nitschke, Mpower Solutions
Last but not least, Peter Nitschke’s presentation will show how to supercharge your planning applications by leveraging Hybrid Essbase while working around its limitations. This allows for instant aggregations, faster retrieves, less plan types, and less maintenance. Sign me up!

Natalie commented, “As I look forward to attending my 10th consecutive Kscope, I am attending Kscope17 for the same reason I first attended Kaleidoscope back in 2008 – the promise of outstanding content and the opportunity to discuss my favorite technology with others who love it just as much as I do. I’m excited to learn new and innovative ways others are using Essbase, understand how to extend it beyond an average implementation, and simplify its maintenance.”

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The Kscope Ambassador Program is back!  You’re already attending the sessions, so why not take an opportunity to assist with the conference and make a difference?

The duties are simple:

  1. Arrive a few minutes early, meet/introduce yourself to the speaker, hand out evaluation forms to everyone attending, and encourage them to complete and return them to you at the end of the session.
  2. After the session, put the completed forms in the session envelope, write your name on the Ambassador line, and return the envelope to the Registration Desk to pick up your Kscope swag and earn an entry into the drawing for a free pass to Kscope18. (Each Ambassador session completion equals one entry into the drawing. The drawing will be held on the last day of the conference, but you do not have to be present to win.)

We will have a special (and quick) Ambassador Welcome Session on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the Larkspur meeting room, where we will answer all your questions about how the program works. Be sure to look for more information about this meeting onsite at Kscope17. If you can’t attend the Ambassador Welcome Session, don’t worry, you can pick up the information you need at the Registration Desk in the Exhibit Hall Foyer.

Interested in being an Ambassador? Please click here to sign up. You’ll also be able to sign up for the individual sessions onsite near the Registration Desk; look for the big session posters and put your name below any untaken session that you’d like!

The Ambassador Program is a wonderful way for attendees to help with the conference and meet some of the best speakers in the world. If you have any questions, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you at the Ambassador Welcome Session.


Henry Robin
Kscope17 Member Volunteer