Check out the presenters listed below.

Gary Adashek, General Electric

Gary Adashek is an Oracle ACE ♠ and works for the General Electric Company (GE). In his current role with GE Digital, Gary is a Sr Manager of Data Solutions (i.e. integrations) for ERP, EPM, and BI technologies. Prior to this role, he was at GE Healthcare as a member of the initial global Hyperion implementation team with a concentration focus in Essbase & Hyperion Planning. Gary has the breadth and depth of work experience throughout his 15+-year career in various IT/finance roles coupled with industries from financial institutions, consumer packaged goods, and global conglomerates.

Twitter: @gadashek  || Instagram: @adashek


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Liron Amitzi, DBAces

Liron Amitzi is an Oracle ACE and a senior Oracle DBA with over 18 years of experience. During these years, Liron worked as a senior consultant with a large number of companies in various fields and managed an Oracle professional services team. He is currently in Vancouver, BC, founding the Canadian branch of his Israeli Company, Brillix-DBAces.

He mainly specializes in high-availability solutions, performance, backup and recovery, and other infrastructure and application database areas. He is also a well-known senior instructor and lectures in Oracle courses, events, and forums. Liron holds a BS in computer science and is a BCOUG Executive Committee Member.

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Francisco Amores, Infratects

Francisco Amores is the EPM integration lead for Infratects and brings over eight years of experience as an EPM integration specialist with a total of nine years in consulting services. Prior to Infratects, Francisco's responsibilities included EPM integration architect consulting, leading and implementing integration projects, facilitating project quality assurance, and delivering training for EPM integration tools (ODI, FDM, FDMEE) for companies such as Oracle, ING Insurance, Pirelli, and Sanofi Aventis. Francisco holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Malaga and University of Bedfordshire as well as a degree in project management from the University of Malaga.

Francisco joined the ACE community in October 2015.

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Manohar Anchan, Nolina Consulting Inc

Manohar Anchan is a talented and accomplished IT professional having over 17 years of experience analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, tuning, and supporting the Oracle Hyperion Suite of tools, including Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Essbase, FDM, HFM, DRM, Hyperion Financial Reporting, etc. He has worked for various consulting firms like Analytic Vision (Now Sierra Cedar) and Hackett before starting his own Hyperion consulting firm, Nolina Consulting Inc. He has worked for various clients across many sectors that include names like Thomson Reuters, GE Aviation, Cisco, BNSF, Hancock Bank, Leopold, Scientific Games, Food Lion, American Red Cross, Norwegian Cruise Line, Angelica, PRA International, to name a few. Manohar is proficient and has vast experience in Hyperion Planning 9/11.x BI+, Hyperion Essbase 11.x,/9.x/7.x/6.x, Hyperion Reports, ESSCMD, MAXL, Essbase Smart View/Excel Add-In, Automation. etc.

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Bernard Ash, EPM Clarity

Bernard Ash’s EPM technology specialties include the implementation of and delivering of training for Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Integration (FDMEE, ODI, DRM, HAL, etc.), and custom API work; however, he has also worked extensively with web and relational database programming. 

Bernard has presented at conferences with audiences of all sizes and levels within Fortune 100 companies – from executives to programmers, and from the advanced to the novice – even including some who try to use their mouse as a remote control.  

He has presented at Hyperion conferences such as the Top Gun and has worked on all aspects of the following :

  • Integration
  • Planning and Essbase
  • Project management
  • Design 
  • Requirements gathering and business analysis
  • Development
  • Testing
  • Training
  • Support 
  • Troubleshooting and optimization
  • Product escalations

As an experienced systems designer and implementer, Bernard understands the challenges of satisfying demanding customers with limited resources and how to leverage technology and best practices to maximize existing investments.  

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Joe Aultman, interRel Consulting

Joe Aultman first went to Essbase Bootcamp in the year 2000 and found out that Essbase is the coolest tech there is. Since then, he has grown as an Essbase developer, planning administrator, Hyperion installer/upgrader/patcher, and designer at a major retailer, a major government services provider, and a major online advertising company. Having been lured by the siren song of consultancy in 2013, Joe now travels the country assessing EPM/BI implementations and telling big companies what they ought to do.

Since 2009, Joe has spoken at multiple Kscopes, Connection Point, Rittman Mead BI Forum, many Hyperion/BI Road Shows, and smaller user group meetings on subjects such as the role of Essbase in the enterprise, automation with Groovy and the Essbase Java API, custom JavaScript for Planning, new features in EPM, best practices, and optimization.

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Dietmar Aust, Opal-Consulting

Dietmar Aust is working as a freelance consultant in Germany, focusing on Oracle Application Express and Oracle XE. Starting in 1997, he worked for three years as a consultant for Oracle in Germany. Since then, he has helped numerous leading companies in Germany to successfully deliver web-based applications based on the Oracle product stack, especially the Internet Application server – Oracle Portal and Reports. He is a regular presenter at various Oracle conferences (ODTUG, OOW, DOAG), conducts training classes on APEX, and co-authored a book on APEX best practices in German (Oracle APEX und Oracle XE in der Praxis), as well as Expert Oracle Application Express in English. He was awarded Oracle ACE status in 2012. Find out more about him at or

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Justin Baker, Oracle Corporation

Justin Baker is a senior analytics solution consultant with Oracle Corporation out of the Midwest, designing analytics solutions for the cloud. He has been working with OBIEE since the Siebel Analytics 7.5 days, and has been designing analytics solutions since 2003 across multiple industries and BI platforms. Justin spends his free time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking with his family.

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Galo Balda, State of Texas

Galo Balda is an Oracle Database development engineer currently working for the State of Texas where he specializes in the design and performance of the Social Services Applications that support several state programs such as Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, and CHIP. Galo is an Oracle ACE and a frequent speaker at Oracle and user groups conferences, including Oracle OpenWorld, RMOUG Training Days, and ODTUG Kscope. He blogs at and tweets at @GaloBalda.

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Catherine Baldasty, Global Business Intelligence

Catherine Baldasty is a highly skilled solution architect who brings over 25 years of accounting, consolidations, FP&A, PM, and enterprise performance management application development and deployment to her engagements. She has been implementing HFM since 2003, and the predecessor products, Hyperion Enterprise and Micro Control, since 1990. Catherine has also provided clients with an integrated solution for the extended financial close and reporting processes by implementing Close Manager and Account Reconciliation Manager.

Catherine's representative accomplishments include managing the build of all metadata, rules, security, data integrations, and reporting solutions, including development of a reporting process to validate cash flow utilizing HFM. She has worked with clients on their chart of accounts rationalization and development, multiple currency reporting requirements, translation considerations, intercompany reporting, and other consolidation solutions such as equity eliminations in a dual SEC filing capacity. Catherine has developed integrations using Financial Data Quality Management (FDMEE) to streamline the flow of data from various source systems. She has also been responsible for the development and delivery of several multinational training efforts.

Prior to joining (Global Business Intelligence, LLC) GBI, Catherine ran her own consulting practice for 12 years and served as a manager in the KPMG (BearingPoint) World Class Finance Practice for three years. During that time, she partnered with clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, life sciences, financial and business services, and other service organizations. Her clients have included Unilever/Bestfoods, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats, Pactiv, Sara Lee, H.B Fuller, J.M. Huber, Celanese AG, Breed Technologies, Armstrong World Industries, Dade Behring, Sterigenics, IDEX, Realogy, Digital River, ADP, Triarc/Deerfield Capital Management, Westlandis Bank, Cendant, Regis, Avis Budget Group, Wyndham Worldwide, WDN (formerly Group RCI), Eaton Vance, Targa Resources, and Alcoa.   

Catherine is an alumnus of the University of Illinois, where she holds a BS in accounting, and an alumnus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she received an MBA with a specialization in information systems.

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Christopher Barbieri, Finit Solutions

After joining Hyperion Consulting in 1999, Chris Barbieri helped launch Hyperion's Financial Management (HFM) product and has become a global expert on HFM application design and performance tuning. He served as senior product issues manager for HFM, Smart View, DRM, and Shared Services for over four years before returning to consulting in 2007. Now with Finit Solutions, Chris continues to be a thought leader in HFM application design and is an Oracle ACE.

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Greg Beaton, TGG

Greg Beaton is an Oracle Hyperion Planning/Essbase certified implementation specialist with over 10 years of Hyperion Planning/Essbase experience and 13+ years of accounting, finance, and budgeting and forecasting (FP&A) experience. He is educated in both accounting/finance and computer science/systems development and has a passion for technology. He considers himself a people person and enjoys teaching others how Hyperion Planning/Essbase can make their lives simpler. He brings Hyperion Planning/Essbase functional/technical expertise and a strong FP&A background to any project. Greg has continuously proven to have the ability to work directly with clients in order to meet their business objectives and transform their requirements into sound and user-friendly Hyperion Planning and reporting solutions. He has a diverse background, with experience in oil and gas, banking, manufacturing, information technology, public sector, telecommunications, trading, and retail.

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Sean Bernhoit, Peloton Group

Sean Bernhoit has been working with Hyperion products for over 15 years, and got his start early in Hyperion Pillar, and Essbase. His claim to fame was being the first Hyperion planning customer in August of 2000. Sean has been in the consulting industry for over 10 years, and has implemented over 100 clients with the EPM and BI Stack. He is a certified consultant, and has a BA and MA in finance. Sean has been speaking at various conferences over the past 10 years from Hyperion Solutions, Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, Hyperion SIG, Kscope, and Connection Point. He also speaks at various industry and finance-related conferences.

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Keith Berry, The Hackett Group

Keith Berry is a senior director in the EPM consolidations practice of The Hackett Group. He has over 13 years of experience as a consultant designing and implementing the Oracle Hyperion EPM Suite with a focus on financial close and consolidation. 

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Jonathan Berry, Accelatis

Jonathan Berry is CEO and founder of Accelatis. He is the former engineering director for the HFM and FDM development teams. An original member of the HFM development team, Jonathan spent 11 years intimately involved in the product creation and direction. He founded Accelatis to focus on Hyperion infrastructure management, system monitoring, and performance optimization to directly target the challenges faced by Oracle Hyperion administrators.


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Thomas Blakeley, Performance Architects

Tom Blakeley is currently a manager at Performance Architects, a leading technology firm that specializes in business consulting focused on enterprise performance management and business intelligence.

Tom has six+ years of experience with business analytics solutions, utilizing Oracle Essbase, Hyperion Planning, and Oracle Business Intelligence to name a few. He has a strong background in finance and accounting. His specialties include consulting, IT, corporate finance, business intelligence, enterprise performance management, financial management, and financial planning. He has presented at a variety of conferences, including Alliance and OAUG Collaborate.

He graduated from Babson College in 2011 with a concentration in both strategic management and legal studies. In his spare time, he enjoys running, his two dogs, and travel.

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Nicholas Blazosky, TopDown Consulting

Nicholas Blazosky is a manager at TopDown Consulting. He is an Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 certified implementation specialist who also focuses on Essbase and Planning, with more than six years of EPM, consulting, and project management experience, including work at multi-national pharmaceutical and oil services companies. Nicholas presented a session focused on Planning at Kscope14 and Kscope15, followed by a well-attended webinar on the same topic.

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John Booth, METAVERO

John Booth brings with him over 20 years of experience with information technology and a unique focus on both Hyperion and BI infrastructure and applications. He is very active across a large, integrated network throughout the consulting and technical industry. His long history of multi-product implementations and technical research and his relevant Fortune 500 experience continue to distinguish achievements and demonstrate success for clients. John made the leap into consulting in 2008 and embraced the Hyperion community online through the Oracle Technical Network forums as well as the Network54 Essbase Foum. In 2009, he began blogging and has posted many technical articles from making IE 8 work with earlier versions of Hyperion to focusing on the Amazon cloud. John is also actively involved in ODTUG, from the Kscope conference to experts panels.

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Stephen Bowden, Peloton Group

Steve Bowden is a seasoned technologist with significant business analysis, design, development, and delivery management capabilities across the EPM, BI, and Data Warehouse domains. He has over 15 years of experience implementing solutions leveraging Essbase, Planning, PBCS, HFM, OBIEE, DRM, FDMEE, Exalytics, HPCM, and ODI. In support of these solutions, he has established himself as a total solution expert with capabilities covering architecture, data integration, performance tuning, migration, and deployment. His industry experience includes life sciences, retail, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, insurance, technology, and financial services.

Steve currently leads the EPM Planning Practice for Peloton. He has a degree in accounting from Babson College and an MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Management.


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William Bradstreet, ARC EPM

William Bradstreet has 23+ years with Hyperion Essbase and 16+ years with Hyperion Planning. He designs and builds corporate budget and forecast systems as well as management reporting solutions, and he works with advanced Hyperion functionality including complex calculations, Hybrid BSO, ASO, Partitioning, DRM, OLU, and lights-out automation. Bill spends most of his time consulting east of the Mississippi but is willing to travel for interesting projects.

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Greg Briscoe, Razza Solutions

Greg Briscoe has been working with Oracle products since 2004, primarily on Oracle Data Relationship Management (previously with Razza Solutions and Hyperion). He has more than 27 years of experience in finance and technology. Greg is also experienced in project, program, and quality management for implementation delivery and software development. He has successfully managed multiple projects with budgets in excess of $70 million and has been involved in all aspects of consulting, including Oracle consulting delivery manager for five years and engagement management, solution design, project management, and services sales. Greg is also skilled in: business process engineering/re-engineering; master data management, process, and data governance; technologies/architecture and solutions; and industries, including manufacturing, financial services, retail, telecom, media, and health care.

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Tiffany Briseno, Summit Materials

Tiffany Briseño is a Hyperion systems administrator at Summit Materials. She has participated in several Hyperion implementations for Essbase and Planning. In her current role, Tiffany provides technical support for the Hyperion HFM, Planning, and Essbase environment, applying patches and upgrades. She also manages backups and server management as it relates to the Hyperion environment. She also is the HFM administrator for the team and manages the 3rd party applications that interact with the Hyperion products in the Summit Materials environment. She lives in Colorado and works at the corporate office in downtown Denver.

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Paul Broughton, APEX Evangelists

Paul Broughton is a senior APEX developer who has specialized in Oracle APEX for over seven years. He has spent this time thriving at APEX Evangelists, where he has worked on a vast range of different APEX projects, allowing him to develop extensive APEX skills.

He has worked with a number of high-profile clients as both senior developer and project lead. Paul is also a regular attendee and presenter at both Kscope and UKOUG.

He also set up and is chair of the ORCLAPEX_UK meetup group. He also contributes to the APEX forums and has his own blog.

Paul first learned APEX and Oracle at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he achieved a first-class honors degree.

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Danny Bryant, Accenture Enkitec Group

Oracle ACE Director, Oracle ACE Director, Danny Bryant, is currently an infrastructure principal at Accenture Enkitec Group. Danny serves as the vice president of ODTUG, the treasurer of the Georgia Oracle Users Group (GAOUG), the conference chair of ODTUG Kscope17, and has been published in RMOUG SQL>Update magazine. Danny was also an adjunct instructor with the Oracle Academy, teaching SQL and data modeling throughout the US and Europe. Prior to his public sector work in Atlanta, Danny was a senior engineer with Andersen, LLP, where he focused on business process re-engineering for the hospitality, telecom, and call-center industries. He received a BS in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In his free time, he scuba dives, enjoys training in various forms of martial arts with his two kids, tweets from @dbaOnTap, and blogs at Danny resides, with his family, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics

Stewart Bryson is the owner and co-founder of Red Pill Analytics, and he has been designing and implementing BI systems since 1996. He is an Oracle ACE Director, an internationally recognized writer and speaker in the Oracle community, and co-host for the video podcast Real Time BI with Kevin & Stewart.

Stewart founded Transcendent Data in 2004 to build a consulting practice around his considerable knowledge of best practices and Oracle BI and DW products. In 2008, he joined Rittman Mead Consulting as the US CEO and later as the global chief innovation officer. In 2014, along with Kevin McGinley, Stewart founded Red Pill Analytics with the desire to affect a paradigm shift in Oracle BI and DI delivery.

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Ryan Burghauser, SC&H Group

Ryan Burghauser is a senior consultant in SC&H Group’s BPM practice and a certified public accountant. Ryan specializes in Hyperion Planning implementations through PBCS. He has extensive experience assisting Fortune 500 companies with improving budgeting and forecasting accuracy, optimizing financial close processes, and reporting. Ryan has deep technical experience with PBCS, Essbase, Smart View, and Financial Reporting Studio. Ryan is also involved with SC&H’s internal training program.

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Karen Cannell, TH Technology

Karen Cannell is president of TH Technology, a consulting firm providing Oracle technology services. A mechanical engineer by degree (one of them), she has analyzed, designed, developed, converted, upgraded, enhanced, and otherwise implemented legacy and commercial database applications for over 25 years, concentrating on Oracle technologies. She has worked with Application Express since its Web DB beginnings and continues to leverage the Oracle suite of tools to build quality web applications for clients in government, medical, and engineering industries. Karen is an Oracle ACE Associate, editor emeritus of the ODTUG Technical Journal, an Oracle Developer's Choice finalist, an ODTUG Volunteer of the Year, and co-author of Expert Oracle Application Express, Agile Oracle Application Express, and Beginning Oracle Application Express 4.2. Karen is an active member of ODTUG, IOUG, RMOUG, and NOUG. She may be contacted at

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Blaine Carter, Oracle Corporation

Blaine Carter started programming in 1995. For most of his career, he has used Oracle tools to build applications. Blaine has worked with Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports and even created a framework to generate web applications using PL/SQL similar to Oracle Application Express. He has done a little Java, both inside and outside the database, and of course a whole bunch of SQL and PL/SQL.

Several years ago, Blaine got hooked on open source and went exploring. He wrote a tiny bit of Perl, explored using Solr and Elastic Search as a database for small projects, wrote even more Java, built a project with Ruby for a small autism center, and most recently got all excited about JavaScript.

His combined experience with Oracle Database and open source led him to a brand-new position at Oracle Corporation: Oracle Developer Advocate for Open Source. Blaine helps users figure out how to take full advantage of Oracle Database technologies from open-source tools and promotes the use of open source inside and outside of Oracle.

He is a firm believer in learning by doing, failing, and then sharing at

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Michael Casey, Oracle Corporation

Michael Casey is a director in the EPM product management group at Oracle Corporation and has worked within the CPM/EPM division for his entire time at Oracle. He is currently responsible for the Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management product from a product management standpoint. Michael has over 28 years in the software/IT industry, including 17 years at Oracle and 12 years in consulting/software engineering. He has worked on projects for global clients in health care, transportation, retail, and apparel manufacturing, to name a few. Michael has a degree in computer science with a second major in economics from Duke University.

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Nathan Catlow, Recx Ltd

Nathan Catlow has worked exclusively within the computer security arena for the past decade in various technical roles within both government and UK commercial organizations. For the 10 years prior to this, Nathan was a developer involved with the production of commercial-grade applications. He has performed incident response, computer forensics, and countless penetration tests for a wide range of top UK and US businesses. Throughout his career, he has gained significant experience in a diverse range of technologies. This experience has led to the development of applications and training to provide rapid assessment of networks and systems. His current role focuses on Oracle APEX and the development of ApexSec, the industry-leading Oracle APEX security tool.

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John Ceynar, Halliburton

John Ceynar is currently a Hyperion architect/admin for Halliburton. He has worked with the company's Hyperion applications since the original implementation over eight years ago. Halliburton has over 30 Essbase and Planning applications and uses DRM, HFM, FDM, and ODI extensively. It has over 5,000 global users in a 7x24 environment on environment with Exalytics and 20 production servers. John has over 20 years of experience with 10+ years as an IT employee in project management, development, and support roles and 10+ years consulting in EPM and business intelligence. Crossing that time, John has over 10 years of experience with designing, implementing, and supporting Hyperion applications. John has presented on Hyperion topics at various conferences: Oracle Collaboration 2008, 2015 NTxHUG (North Texas Hyperion User Group), Infratect's 2015 Top Gun, and Kscope16.

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Jay Chapman, Vertical Edge Consulting Group

Jay Chapman is a Hyperion consultant with Vertical Edge Consulting Group. He has over 15 years of experience in accounting, finance, project management, system implementation, planning, and financial analysis in higher education, in both the public and private setting. Jay specializes in Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services, and reporting. 

Jay has both technical and functional expertise that allows him to better align business requirements with the right-fit solution. Before Vertical Edge, Jay was a senior budget analyst, where his primary responsibilities were developing and monitoring of the annual operating budget and serving as system administrator for Hyperion’s Public Sector Planning and Budgeting. Specifically, he handled position management, legislative reporting, account reconciliation approvals, budgeting, forecasting, and revenue and expense projections.

In his spare time, Jay enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs, cooking, and cheering on the USC Trojans.

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Ashley Chen, Oracle Corporation

As an Oracle product manager specializing in database development tools, Ashley enjoys helping users learn how to employ development tools to help them be more productive. When not working with the development team or traveling to speak at conferences, she is with her family in Seattle, Washington. Even with all the rain, she manages to do a lot of running, cycling, climbing, tennis, and some urban farming.

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Ray Chontos, Finit Solutions

Ray Chontos, a consultant with Finit, has 19 years of Hyperion product experience and four years of Hyperion consulting experience. With a strong working knowledge of finance and accounting, he was manager of a Fortune 100 company's HFM Center of Excellence. He's taken that experience to provide solutions for other companies to achieve their reporting requirements to successfully manage their company.

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Jonathan Cohen, American Partners

Jonathan Cohen is an accomplished Hyperion Planning and Essbase architect, leading teams in hands-on implementations. With more than 20 years of technology and business experience, Jonathan has seen the best and the worst in implementations. Having worked on as many applications and performance tuning projects as he has, Jonathan has extensive experience in a wide variety of industries.

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Maria Colgan, Oracle Corporation

Maria Colgan is a master product manager at Oracle Corporation and has been with the company since version 7.3 was released in 1996. Maria is responsible for evangelizing the new database functionality and getting the feedback from customers and partners incorporated into future releases of the product. Prior to this role, she was the product manager for Oracle Database In-Memory and the query optimizer. Based on Maria’s extensive experience with the Oracle Database and SQL tuning, she creates material and lectures on the Oracle Database, the best practices for incorporating it into your environments. She is also a contributing author to the Oracle Optimizer blog and the Oracle Database Developer blog

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Dave Collins, The Hackett Group

With more than 20 years of advisory and operational experience, Dave Collins has helped enable organizations to deliver business benefits through IT strategy, Business Intelligence (BI), and Applied Performance Management (EPM/BPM). Dave’s portfolio of software and technology competencies include Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE+), Oracle Hyperion Performance Management Applications, Tableau Software’s data visualization suite, and Microsoft Office. Beginning with his promotion to global domain specialist at Hyperion Solutions and expanding his role at Oracle, Dave became a recognized leader in the EPM and BI industries. 

Clients of both Hyperion and Oracle, crossing multiple industries, continue to rely on Dave for guidance. Dave has created and facilitated worldwide field readiness programs for Hyperion and Oracle while serving as liaison between clients, the field sales organization, and the software development team. Most importantly, Dave has developed best practices for implementing BI and analytics products. 

Dave has spoken at Solutions (former Hyperion conference), Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Collaborate, ODTUG Kscope, and a number of local user groups. Additionally, Dave was a lead author of Oracle Essbase & OLAP: The Guide to Oracle’s Multidimensional Solution

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John Conlee, Vertical Edge Consulting Group

With over 18 years of experience with the Oracle Hyperion technology, John Conlee is widely recognized for his expertise on both the technical as well as the functional side of Enterprise Performance Management Solutions and Business Intelligence. While his experience with these solutions span across a wide variety of industries and multiple countries, his knowledge and skill set allow him to help customers with discovery, advisory, design, execution, deployment, and training. His ability to understand the functional business setting and to solution align business requirements to enabling technology has been key to helping customers understand what they have invested in and how they can ensure value and a return from their Oracle investment. John is an Oracle Hyperion Certified Consultant and has served as a panel expert and speaker for several of Oracle Hyperion’s user conferences. He holds a BS degree in management information systems from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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George Cooper, Gap

George Cooper has had an extensive career in developing and managing management information systems. He is currently working for Gap as the primary Essbase architect. Prior to Gap, he worked for The Hackett Group as a business intelligence consultant and project manager. George has been working with Essbase since 1998 and managing MIS systems since the mid-80s.

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Julien Coudrette, Grant Thornton

Julien Coudrette is a manager and senior architect with Grant Thornton's Business Advisory Services – Technology Solutions practice in San Francisco. He leads enterprise performance management projects, including consolidation, reporting, tax provisioning, planning and budgeting, and cost analysis. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Julien worked with Nell'Armonia in France and MarketSphere in the US, both-award winning consulting firms.

He has over 10 years of consulting experience with Oracle Hyperion solutions, designing and implementing HFM, Essbase, Planning, HTP, FDM (Classic and EE), DRM, and ODI applications for large and small companies. He specializes in large projects with multiple applications that need to share a common model and communicate between each other and/or with the outside information system. Julien is an HFM, Planning, Essbase, and DRM certified expert. He has also delivered several "bootcamp" trainings, mostly on FDM (Classic and EE), DRM, and Essbase.

His global experience, in Europe and North and South America, gives him the necessary experience and ability to deliver projects with a global footprint.

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Gary Crisci, General Electric

Gary Crisci is an Oracle ACE with 20 years of finance experience, specializing in Oracle Hyperion Solutions software. Gary is a noted expert in the Oracle Essbase field. He has spoken at Oracle OpenWorld and numerous Kscope conferences; he is also a co-author of Developing Essbase Applications. During his career, Gary has held various positions as a consultant and industry professional working for top-tier companies, such as Siemens, Morgan Stanley, and General Electric. He is the former president of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG, and he was on the conference committee for Kscope12 and Kscope13. Gary has an MBA in information systems. His current role is principal data and information architect for General Electric Corporation in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Martin D'Souza, Insum Solutions

Martin D'Souza is the director of innovation at Insum. He is also a volunteer director for ODTUG and founder of OraOpenSource. Martin’s career has spanned a range of positions within award-winning companies. His experience in the technology industry has been focused on developing database-centric web applications using the Oracle technology stack. Martin is the author of the popular blog and a designated Oracle ACE Director. He has co-authored and authored various APEX books and is an active participant in various open-source projects, such as Logger. Martin has also presented at numerous international conferences such as APEX Connect, Oracle OpenWorld, and ODTUG Kscope. 

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Manish Daga, Oracle Corporation

Manish Daga is senior director of product development, Oracle Enterprise performance management. In his current role, Manish is responsible for development of Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS). Manish brings over 20 years of enterprise application development experience to Oracle Corporation. He led development of multiple software products over his long career at IBM Software Labs and other companies before joining Hyperion/Oracle in 2005. Over the past 10+ years, he has contributed significantly to the development of the Oracle EPM suite of products. 

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Steven Davis, TopDown Consulting

Steven Davis, TopDown Consulting solutions architect, has over a decade of experience in all phases of design, development, and implementation of computer applications. His work with DRM includes integration with HFM, FDM, Planning, Essbase, EBS, PeopleSoft, SAP, OBIEE, and Data Warehouse. Steven has developed and delivered end-user training and designed MDM solutions around specific company requirements, leading the upgrade of multiple technical infrastructure projects. Steven frequently presents on data governance, most recently at ODTUG Kscope, OAUG Collaborate, and the Altamont Group Business Forecasting Summit.

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Niels de Bruijn, MT AG

Niels de Bruijn works for MT AG, a mid-size vendor-independent IT-consultancy company based in Germany. He is responsible for a group of APEX experts and is mainly involved in the acquirement process of all kinds of APEX projects. Niels shares his extensive knowledge through the website and by speaking at events such as DOAG Conference (Germany) and ODTUG Kscope.

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Ludovic De Paz, TopDown Consulting

Ludovic De Paz has been involved with multiple full lifecycle projects in the EPM space over the past 15 years and multiple upgrades and enhancements to existing projects or implementations. He graduated in engineering and finance and is able to play the role of the bridge between IT and FP&A. He is a dedicated and results-oriented professional.

Extreme Calc Manager
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Rodrigo de Souza, Dell

Rodrigo Radtke de Souza is a computer engineer experienced in software development, especially in BI for finance space. He has been a co-speaker at Kscope13, Kscope14, Kscope15, and Kscope16 sessions about ODI and Hyperion Planning usage. He is certified in Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle SQL Expert, and Java (SCJP and SCWCD). Rodrigo is an Oracle ACE who is always creating different and innovative ways to use ODI in EPM space to maximize its potential. He is a blogger at, where he shares tips and tricks about EPM tools. Rodrigo works as a software development senior consultant at Dell and in several other personal projects, all of them involving ODI and EPM tools.

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Brian Deegan, Peloton Group

Brian Deegan is an expert technologist with significant design, development, and delivery management experience across many Oracle Hyperion technologies in the Enterprise Performance Management product suite. With over 10 years of experience leading projects, Brian has implemented solutions broadly leveraging analytical tools including Essbase, Planning, HPCM, PBCS, FDMEE, ASO, and ODI. In support of these solutions, Brian has established himself as a full solution architect by successfully partnering with clients to deliver high-quality solutions related to on-premise architecture, highly complex allocations, data integration, cloud solutions, performance tuning, migration, and testing. At Peloton, Brian is one of the leaders of the Integrated Planning Practice, where he has a specialized focus on profitability and cost management. His industry experience includes retail, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and financial services.

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Natalie Delemar, EY

Natalie Delemar is a consultant with Ernst & Young and has been working with Essbase since 1999 and Planning since 2007. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2010, she was an Essbase developer for AT&T (formerly BellSouth) and has held roles as Hyperion administrator and Hyperion systems manager at various companies. She has been a volunteer with ODTUG since 2008 and held various roles, such as Hyperion SIG secretary, EPM/BI content chair, and conference chair. She currently serves as president of ODTUG.

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Dean DeRenzo, Office Depot, Inc.

Dean DeRenzo is lead consultant of financial systems at Office Depot. He has 20 years of experience as administrator, trainer, and power user of numerous Hyperion EPM products, including HFM, Enterprise, Essbase, Planning, FDM, and DRM. He has acted as a technical lead in numerous ERP and EPM implementations, upgrades, and integrations. Dean is also a CPA and CMA with 30 years of accounting and finance experience.


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Jean-Pierre Dijcks, Oracle Corporation

Jean-Pierre Dijcks has a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Data is the leading tenet in Jean-Pierre’s 15+ years in information technology. After a start in data integration and data warehouse consulting, he took on product management roles at Oracle for Oracle Warehouse Builder and Oracle Database Parallel Execution. Currently he is team lead and senior principal product manager for Oracle Big Data and Oracle Big Data Appliance, and plays a leading role in Oracle’s Big Data platform strategy.

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Colm Divilly, Oracle Corporation

Colm has specialized in the research and development of RESTful web applications over the past 10 years. He is currently a member of the Oracle Database tools team and leads the development of Oracle REST data services. Colm speaks regularly at Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle User Group conferences.

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Jonathan Dixon, JMJ Cloud

Jonathan Dixon has been working with Oracle technologies for the past 20 years. As an employee of Oracle Consulting for 18 years, he was focused on delivering applications technology services for Oracle E-Business Suite and Fusion ERP Cloud Applications. He has held positions from developer to architect and development manager. Over the past five years, Jonathan has focused his attention on ERP Cloud integration technologies as well as web development technologies such as APEX.

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Kai Donato, MT AG

Kai Donato is a senior consultant for Oracle APEX Development at MT AG in Ratingen, Germany. He finished his vocational education as an IT specialist (system integration) in 2013. Since January 2014, he has worked as a consultant for Oracle APEX Development and uses his skills in web development to work on projects with a particular focus on UI and UX as well as PL/SQL. His extensive knowledge about JavaScript has an effect on every project he's working on. Furthermore, he is responsible for JavaScript and HTML5 at the German Oracle User Group (DOAG).

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Julian Dontcheff, Accenture Enkitec Group

Julian Dontcheff is the global database lead of Accenture and has more than 25 years of database experience. He is the first Oracle certified master in Europe (back in 2002), and he is also an Oracle ACE director.

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Geordan Drummond, Edgewater Ranzal

Geordan Drummond has over 20 years of experience with Hyperion products, starting as an Enterprise administrator and continuing with HFM, FCM, ARM, SDM, and EPRCS. He has been at Edgewater Ranzal for over nine years and is focused on the close and consolidation product lineup.

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Mike Durran, Oracle Corporation

Mike Durran joined Oracle Corporation in 1996 after receiving a Ph.D. in computational chemistry. He worked in business intelligence consulting for four years and then joined product development in 2000 on the product management team for Discoverer until 2006, when he took on product management for Delivers, the component of Oracle BI responsible for proactive alerting and distribution. More recently, Mike has worked on the infrastructure and life cycle aspects of Oracle BI. Mike is a technical editor of the Oracle Press book Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Developers Guide.

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Cindy Eichner, Finit Solutions

Cindy Eichner leads the Planning, Essbase, and BI practice at Finit Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in the Hyperion suite of products. She is a seasoned professional who has been delivering performance management solutions for over 35 years, using the Hyperion suite for the past 18 years, SQL databases, and Nomad. Cindy is a certified implementation specialist for Essbase, Planning, HFM, and DRM. Prior to joining Finit, she had her own consulting practice and also spent some time at a large global financial services organization leading the Hyperion Center of Excellence. Not only does she architect solutions while leading large projects and teams, but Cindy continues to be technically hands-on with all of the software she has encountered over the years. She very successfully bridges the functional with the technical. Cindy has presented multiple years at Kscope, presented at Oracle OpenWorld, delivered many webinars, written articles, mentored clients and consultants, and delivered training on four continents.

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Zohar Elkayam, Brillix-DBAces

Zohar Elkayam, Brillix-DBAces CTO, is an Oracle ACE Associate. He is an oracle database administrator since 1998 (Oracle 7 to 12c) and a senior database consultant since 2007. With developing background in a variety of programming languages, Zohar has been supporting developers and DBAs with database processes for many years.

Since 2010, Zohar has been a technology instructor for Oracle University. He is also a public speaker who discusses databases, big data, and NoSQL topics around the world at Oracle events, user group conferences, and others. Zohar is also a blogger, writer, problem solver, technology evangelist, data platforms expert, and full-scale Oracle geek.

Twitter: @realmgic

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William Endress, Oracle Corporation

William (Bud) Endress is director in the data warehouse product management team, responsible for analytic views, In-Memory aggregation (a feature of Database In-Memory), and the OLAP Option to the Oracle Database. In this role, he is a member of the management team responsible for product planning, positioning, and delivery.

Prior to this, he was director of product management for Oracle Express Server and has held senior product management positions for analytic applications at Oracle Corporation. William has been a member of management teams for business intelligence applications and database technology at Oracle for over 20 years.

Prior to joining Oracle Corporation, William has held product management and development management positions related to a variety products in the software industry, including CAD-CAM applications, electronic forms processing systems, and electronic printing systems.

He has degrees in marketing and business administration.

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Eric Erikson, PQR Company

Eric Erikson, Oracle ACE Associate, is the curriculum writer and lead instructor for HFM classes at 123OLAP and an independent consultant through his firm PQR Company. Eric started working with HFM while at Hyperion when the product was in beta. Having worked at Hyperion for several years and as a practice lead for a large consulting firm, he has assisted companies and other Oracle partners on six continents with their HFM implementations. He is Oracle product certified (was asked by Oracle to review the certification examination during its development) and is a certified public accountant.

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Erik Espinoza, Viscosity North America

Erik Espinoza is an APEX, JavaScript, and web technology evangelist. He serves as a consulting architect for Viscosity clients including Williams, Vizient, Novation, Children's Hospitals of America, and Texas de Brazil Steakhouse. Prior to joining Viscosity, Erik served as CTO for Kipo, a mobile application business solution that was one of the first startups in Guatemala City’s now-thriving tech center. He has also worked as architect for Xerox, ACS, Banco Reformador, Carillo Law, and SkillBuilders. When not exploring technology, Erik volunteers as Scout Leader for the National Scout Association of Guatemala. He also works with youth in Guatemala as part of gang outreach services.

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Elizabeth Ferrell, Kroger

Elizabeth Ferrell has been working with Hyperion products for the past 17 years and is an accountant by training, but she has been serving in IT functions since discovering Hyperion. Elizabeth is the financial services manager for The Kroger Co., managing the analytics technology COE teams in Cincinnati, Ohio; Hutchinson, Kansas; and Portland, Oregon. Her current focus centers on Essbase and Dodeca, but she has worked in Hyperion Planning, HFM, FDM, and HFR, and completed over five implementations and upgrades. Elizabeth also served as a Hyperion SIG director for 2014-2015.

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Steven Feuerstein, Oracle Corporation

Steven Feuerstein is an expert on the Oracle PL/SQL language, having written 10 books on PL/SQL, including Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices (all published by O'Reilly Media). Steven is an architect for Oracle Corporation, leading a team of evangelists (aka advocates) with a mission of helping users leverage Oracle Database as a powerful application development platform. Steven has been developing software since 1980, originally spent five years with Oracle (1987-1992), and was PL/SQL evangelist for Quest Software (and then Dell) from January 2001 to February 2014, at which point he returned joyfully to Oracle Corporation. He was one of the original Oracle ACE Directors and writes regularly for Oracle Magazine, which named him the PL/SQL Developer of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. He is also the first recipient of ODTUG's Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). Read Steven's commentary on PL/SQL and other Oracle technologies at

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Stefan Fisette, New Flyer Industries
John Flack, John C. Flack

John Flack is a software architect whose clients are mostly agencies of the US Federal Government, especially the Department of Health and Human Services. John acts as a database administrator, designer, and developer. He is lead developer on several projects with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. John has been writing technical papers and giving presentations on Oracle-related topics since 1989. He has presented at Collaborate, MAOP, and Kscope. On June 3, 2010, he was named an Oracle ACE. John was the ADF and MAF content chair for Kscope15, and he is the lead moderator of the ADF Enterprise Methodology Group (ADF EMG):

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Bill Fox, Oracle Corporation

Bill Fox began his career as a software engineer and followed a customer-focused career path that led him to product management. His technical background prepared him well for his current position at Oracle Corporation, consulting product manager for deployment, infrastructure, and security. Bill's expertise applies to both EPM on-premise and cloud solutions. He joined Hyperion Solutions in 2000 and brings with him a wealth of information and knowledge accumulated through his years of EPM infra experience.  

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Holger Friedrich, sumIT AG

Holger Friedrich serves as CTO of sumIT AG. sumIT is a Swiss-based consulting company focused on data warehousing and business intelligence, employing Oracle technology. After obtaining a computer science diploma and a doctoral degree in robotics, machine learning, and data mining, Holger worked for several years in industrial research before co-founding sumIT AG. He has more than a decade of experience in Oracle DWH and BI projects, and he has used the database and Oracle's BI and DI products in numerous projects since 1997. Holger is a regular speaker at Oracle conferences, such as OpenWorld and Kscope. He has long-term working relationships with Oracle development and product management in data integration and data warehousing. Furthermore, he is an Oracle ACE for BI and DWH and received Oracle's award for DBA of the year 2016 EMEA.

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Michael Fuori, General Electric

Michael Fuori has dedicated the past 21 years of his career to providing world-class applications using the Hyperion Consolidation suite of products. In 1995, Michael started his Hyperion career at IMRS as a consultant on MicroControl. Michael then spent three years as director of financial systems for Time Warner. Michael was the founding principal of Lindin Consulting and Pinnacle Group, where he twice landed his companies on the Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies. As a senior solution architect, he has led over 75 implementations, and for the past three years has been the senior solution architect for General Electric.

Michael received a BS from Hofstra University in 1984, is a published author, and is certified in Hyperion Enterprise, System 9, and Hyperion Financial Management. He was a systems programmer for the first 11 years of his career, programming in COBOL, ADABAS Natural, IDMS, and Visual Basic. Other technologies include Essbase v4 and v5, FR, FDM, FCM, and custom Smart View solutions leveraging the Hyperion API.

Michael has presented many times at the renowned Hyperion Solutions, OpenWorld and Kscope conferences. He was also one of the founding members of the Hyperion Solution Partner Advisory Council.

Michael lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, where he enjoys spending endless hours working on his yard.

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Daniel Gagnon, Huron Consulting Group

Daniel Gagnon is an Oracle EPM consultant with experience working with various components of the Oracle EPM landscape, including Hyperion Planning and Essbase, Hyperion Financial Management, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM), Oracle Smart View, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), DRM, Crystal Ball, and Hyperion Financial Reporting. Dan is an active member of the Oracle support community and participates in various Oracle events throughout the year. He has a passion for the Oracle EPM landscape and loves to share with the community in the hopes that in at least some small way, he is able to help evolve and expand the community knowledge base and inspire others to do the same.

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Tim German, Qubix

Tim German is an Oracle ACE and director at Qubix USA with more than 15 years of experience using Oracle Essbase and the EPM suite. Tim has volunteered for ODTUG in a variety of roles since 2011 and was recognized as an Oracle ACE in 2015. He contributes to the OTN and Network54 discussion forums, is a regular conference speaker, and blogs at

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Ricardo Giampaoli, TeraCorp

A graduate in business administration with system analysis and a master’s degree in business administration with IT management, Mr. Giampaoli has been leading and developing EIS/EPM/BI/DSS applications for over 19 years, including 10+ years of Hyperion-specific experience.

As the first Oracle ACE in BI track in Brazil, his core expertise is on design, development, and optimization of business intelligence systems using ODI to integrate, tuning and managing the entire environment, bringing the best of each EPM tools. He is certified in several EPM tools and is recognized for his expertise throughout the industry. In addition, he has personally executed several optimizations for his EPM clients: reducing the Hyperion cycle time in 95%. He has been involved in over 50 EPM/BI projects including big and complex implementation using multiple technologies like Planning, Essbase, ODI, OBIEE, PBCS, BICS and OWB.

Specialties: Regular EPM/BI instructor at Hyperion’s user conferences since 2013 on topics including optimization, integration, best practices, as well as several unclear technical topics. Strong technical background complimented by comprehensive practical knowledge of financial and accounting applications. Significant experience in all phases of development including ETL, interface design, data analysis, data modeling, optimization, training, and project management.

Known for developing innovative end-to-end solutions due to his deep knowledge of all Oracle EPM/BI tools.


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    Robert Gideon, interRel Consulting

    Robert Gideon is an Oracle ACE Associate with 17+ years of information technology experience. For the past 10 years, he has specialized in business intelligence applications. Robert blogs regularly and has presented at user conferences around the US. His areas of expertise include software installation/configuration and task automation using tools such as MaxL, Visual Basic, and Java. Robert's technical background and application experience are complemented by his ability to communicate effectively to both business users and information technology departments.

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    Dimitri Gielis, APEX R&D

    Dimitri Gielis is a director of APEX R&D, a company specializing in Oracle Application Express and founder of APEX Office Print (AOP). Dimitri is a frequent presenter at all the major Oracle conferences, an Oracle ACE Director, and received several awards among Oracle APEX Developer of the Year.

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    Tim Gorman, Delphix

    Tim Gorman works for Delphix as a technical field consultant. Tim is president of the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) and past secretary of the ODTUG Board of Directors. He has co-authored six books, performed technical reviews on eight more books, has been an Oracle ACE since 2007 and an Oracle ACE director since 2012, is a member of the OakTable Network since 2002, and has presented at Kscope, Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, RMOUG, Hotsos, and local Oracle user groups in lots of wonderful places around the world.

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    Denis Gray, CheckPoint Consulting

    Denis Gray is the Pracice Leader for Data and Governance at CheckPoint Consulting.  Denis is responsbile for leading this practice as well as vision and strategy for Data and Governnce at CheckPoint Consulting.  Prior to CheckPoint Consulting Denis led the Oracle Data Integration Product Management team as a Senior Director of Product Management for Data Integration at Oracle Corporation. Denis has over 17 years of experience in the data integration field and his expert knowledge and vast expirence position him as one of the top contributers to the Oracle Data Integration Community. Denis has a proven track record of delivering successful on time product releases as well as successful customer imnplementations. Denis has worked at many of the largest Fortune 100 companies, building data warehouses and implementing business intelligence solutions.   Denis is the coauthor of two data integration books, Using Oracle Data Integrator a Recipe for Success, and Getting Started with Oracle Data Integrator 11g: A Hands-On Tutorial.

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    Kent Graziano, Snowflake Computing

    Kent Graziano is a senior technical evangelist for Snowflake Computing and the author of The Data Warrior blog ( He is a certified data vault master and data vault 2.0 architect (CDVP2), Oracle ACE director, OakTable member, award-winning author, speaker, and data modeler, and data warehouse architect with over 30 years of experience in multiple IT roles and industries, including over 25 years using Oracle (since version 5) and Oracle tools, and doing data warehousing. Kent is an internationally recognized expert in data modeling and agile data warehousing. Kent has written numerous articles and delivered hundreds of presentations (both nationally and internationally). He is a lifetime member, and past-president, of the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) and ODTUG, and a member of the Houston and Austin Oracle users groups. He is a former board member of the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and was the first dean of IOUG University. He was also a co-instructor for data vault classes in the MSBI program for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Kent is a former member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT).
    Kent was the recipient of the 1999 Chris Wooldridge Award (from IOUG) for outstanding contributions to the Oracle user community. In 2003, he was presented with the Doug Faughnan Award for his dedicated service and outstanding contributions to RMOUG. In 2007, he was the recipient of the ODTUG Volunteer Award. In 2005, he was named one of the first Oracle ACEs by Oracle Corporation. Kent is a co-author of The Data Model Resource Book, Oracle Designer: A Template for Developing an Enterprise Standards Document, and The Business of Data Vault Modeling. He is also the co-editor of the data vault technical book Super Charge Your Data Warehouse. More recently, Kent has released several ebooks on agile data warehousing on

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    Jennifer Guzik, Hudson Advisors

    Jennifer Guzik has 13 years of experience working with Essbase and Planning. She started her career working in financial reporting and FP&A, maintaining an Excel- and Access-based budgeting and forecasting process. She completely revamped this process with a Hyperion Planning application and used it and Hyperion Financial Reports to help create and automate monthly management reporting. In 2008, she moved into an IS department role and now is responsible for Essbase development, maintenance, and support for about 30 production applications and 125 users.

    Jennifer has a BBA in finance, international business, and economics from Baylor University, an MBA in finance and financial consulting from Southern Methodist University, an MS in accounting, and an MS in information technology management from The University of Texas at Dallas.

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    Matthew Halliday, Incorta

    Equal parts engineer and enterprise salesman, Matthew earned his stripes at both Oracle and Microsoft in roles ranging from product development to sales. Matthew began his career as a software engineer at Oracle where he would spend 15 years in numerous roles including that of applications architect. Matthew talks about analytics like many people talk about their favorite sports team, and his 20 years of client-facing experience is critical to Incorta’s customers’ success.

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    Jennifer Hanks, Key Performance Ideas

    Jennifer Hanks is a finance/accounting and IT professional of 15 years. She has spent the past 10 years working with financial systems, including Essbase, Financial Reporting Studio, Web Analysis, Hyperion Planning, PBCS, and an ERP system. She has worked on the functional side, partnering with the finance and accounting teams on requirements as well as the technical side on the execution. She has been an integral part of implementations as well as upgrades.

    In her previous roles as an administrator, she has supported approximately 20 active production cubes with a population of about 225 users. In her tenure, she has developed 15+ cubes and 40+ reports that are used on a weekly and monthly basis. She has focused on automation and elimination of manual and repetitive tasks.

    Jennifer brings a unique perspective of understanding the business side of requirements, the technical data sources, and flows, and an understanding of how to bring all the pieces together to provide an efficient, targeted solution. She has a BS in business and an MBA.

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    Kim Berg Hansen, Trivadis

    Kim Berg Hansen is a senior developer at Trivadis Denmark A/S, using Oracle SQL and PL/SQL since 2000. He specializes in doing it all in a single SQL statement wherever possible, utilizing the database to the max, and authoring SQL quizzes on PL/SQL Challenge. Kim has presented at ODTUG Kscope, UKOUG, DOAG, and OUGN conferences. Kim is Oracle ACE and Oracle OCE in SQL.

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    Michael Hansen, Leidos

    Michael Hansen has over 18 years of experience in implementing, enhancing, and supporting Hyperion/Oracle EPM solutions. This comprehensive experience covers all facets required for successful implementations and deployment of the EPM solution. This includes all phases of the project lifecycle from resource planning through development and successful knowledge transfer. Michael has performed over a dozen Hyperion/Oracle implementations that include HFM, Planning, and Essbase.

    Michael is currently an EPM architect for a Fortune 500 government service corporation. Prior work experience includes four years in big-five consulting and 12 years successfully running a small consulting corporation that specialized in implementing Oracle EPM applications.

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    Roel Hartman, APEX Consulting

    Roel Hartman is a very experienced Oracle software architect. He started about 20 years ago using Oracle RDBMS 5, Oracle Forms 2.3, RPT/RPF, and Oracle*Case 4.5. Since a few years ago, he focuses mainly on Oracle Application Express.

    Roel has been a speaker at UKOUG, OOW, Collaborate, Kscope, and a number of local Oracle user groups. He is an active participant in the Oracle APEX Forum and keeps an (APEX-related) blog at In June 2009, Roel received an Oracle ACE award, and in August 2010 he was appointed as Oracle ACE Director. Roel is a co-writer of Expert Oracle Application Express and the main author of Oracle Application Express for Mobile Web Applications. He is director at APEX Consulting in the Netherlands and a member of the SMART4apex guild.

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    Kevin Hebbel, SC&H Group

    Kevin Hebbel is a senior manager at SC&H Group, with over 12 years of experience working in finance, accounting, and consulting. In his current role at SC&H, Kevin manages financial transformation projects related to close consolidation, financial reporting, budgeting, and forecasting processes. Kevin communicates directly with clients’ executive management and leads the execution of all phases of project implementations, including requirements and design, build, testing, training, roll out, and ongoing support of a wide range of EPM and ERP applications. Kevin has led the implementation and support of business intelligence solutions in a vast array of industries ranging from middle-market to Fortune 500 clients. His experience working in accounting and FP&A at a Fortune 500 company gives him a unique perspective on financial transformation projects and he uses that knowledge to build great applications for his clients. Kevin is a licensed CPA, has earned his MBA, and is a highly motivated and innovative leader in the SC&H Group consulting practice.

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    Sabine Heimsath, its-people GmbH

    Sabine Heimsath studied information science in Münster, Germany, where she discovered her love for spreadsheets, relational databases, and data modelling. After her diploma in 1999, she started her professional career with Oracle Consulting in Frankfurt. Working for several customers, she developed her skills in PL/SQL, Java, and WebDB. After another year doing product development, she decided she wanted to be in consulting again and became a freelancer with its-people GmbH. Since then, Sabine has done many projects in different industries, which are all centered around the Oracle Database, be it reporting, migrations, application development with APEX, or pure PL/SQL. SQL Developer has become one of her favorite tools.

    She is a blogger, trainer, and speaker at different conferences such as DOAG, APEX Connect, and UKOUG, and she organizes the APEX Frankfurt Meetup. She is also a member of the DOAG Development Community and happens to be Germany's first female ACE associate.

    Sabine loves Lego and fantasy literature.

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    Antony Heljula, Peak Indicators Ltd

    Antony Heljula is an Oracle ACE for business intelligence and is one of Europe's leading BI architects, with a focus on Oracle BI and related Database and Middleware products, including BI Foundation, Data Visualization, Exalytics, BI Applications, Spatial, Real-Time Decisions (RTD), Big Data Discovery, Data Mining, Endeca, SOA Suite, and Oracle VM.

    He has over 15 years of experience working with Oracle BI and data warehousing and is the technical director at Peak Indicators Ltd. Find him on Twitter @aheljula or at

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    Eric Helmer, Mercury Technology Group

    Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer has extensive experience managing large and complex corporate Hyperion/Oracle EPM IT implementations and projects. In the past 12 years, Eric has specialized in delivering successful corporate integrated Oracle EPM and business intelligence IT projects throughout the US, England, Ireland, India, UAE, Singapore, and Thailand.

    Currently, Eric is the vice president of application services, cloud hosting, and managed services at Mercury Technology Group, which specializes in managed cloud and server hosting specifically for Oracle products such as Hyperion, OBIEE, SOA, EBS, Database, etc.

    Eric has provided technical consulting services for many of the Fortune 500 in every aspect of Oracle EPM implementations, including global architecture/design, installation/configuration, backup/recovery, high availability, and customized IT educational services. He has been involved in leading most of Oracle’s largest EPM implementations in its history.

    Eric leads an extensive global managed services group specializing in EPM cloud hosting, administration, maintenance, and rapid response, on-demand HelpDesk services.

    Oracle Corporation awarded Eric the title of Oracle ACE Director in 2009, and he has been spotlighted in Oracle Magazine, Oracle Profit Magazine, and Oracle Technology Network. He is a long-standing champion and volunteer for Oracle user groups and has served on boards for the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) Hyperion Special Interest Group and the ODTUG Hyperion SIG.

    Eric is the creator of the popular EPM IT blog The I.T. Side at

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    Kate Helmer, Huron Consulting Group

    Kate Helmer is an EPM Advisory Consultant with experience in Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management (DRM), Data Relationship Governance (DRG), Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Management - Enterprise Edition (FDMEE), Hyperion Planning and PBCS, and Essbase applications.

    She is currently certified in Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), and is an Oracle PBCS Specialist.

    Kate has a BS in finance, marketing, and computer science from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University Nebraska in Lincoln.

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    Heli Helskyaho, Miracle Finland Oy

    Heli Helskyaho is the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy and an ambassador for EOUC (EMEA Oracle Users Group Community). Heli has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Helsinki, and she specializes in databases. At the moment, she is working on her doctoral studies in schema discovery, big data, and semi-structured data. She has been working in IT since 1990 and with Oracle products since 1993. She has been in several positions, but every role has always included database design.

    Heli is an Oracle ACE Director and a frequent speaker at many conferences. She is the author of Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler for Database Design Mastery (Oracle Press 2015), co-author of Real World SQL and PL/SQL: Advice from the Experts (Oracle Press 2016), and one of the winners of Oracle Database Developer Choice Award, Devvy, in the Database Design category in 2015.

    In 2015 and 2016, Heli was listed as one of the top 100 influencers in the IT sector in Finland. Heli believes good database design and good documentation reduce performance problems and make solving them easier.

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    Andrew Helwig, United Technologies Corporation

    Andrew Helwig is manager, financial systems in the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Center of Excellence. Andrew is principally accountable for the Hyperion Center of Excellence where he is responsible for all of the Hyperion Financial Management applications in use across UTC Globally. Over the past 15 years, Andrew has developed expertise in the suite of Oracle Enterprise Performance Management applications with roles at United Technologies Corporation and Hyperion Solutions (now Oracle). Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in business/managerial economics from Ithaca College.

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    Tuur Hendrickx, iAdvise

    Tuur Hendrickx has been working with Oracle Application Express since 2006. During his career, he has worked with different companies and built APEX applications for business processes, commercial applications, and mobile web apps. Tuur is an Oracle APEX certified expert and strives to spread his knowledge through trainings and presentations, and among colleagues.
    His last APEX presentation was at Kscope 2015, where he presented a session, "Bootstrap Your APEX Application Using Grunt.js". During the past few years, he's had growing interest in e-commerce, mobile and responsive web development and how it can be integrated into APEX.

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    Paul Hoch, TopDown Consulting

    Paul Hoch, a principal architect with TopDown Consulting, has over 14 years of EPM and Hyperion experience, specializing in Essbase and Planning. He has successfully completed large-scale EPM implementations for clients in industries ranging from retail to government and financial services to health care. Paul has served as solution architect and team lead for implementations and developed and delivered advanced team training. He is a frequent speaker at industry events such as Kscope and regularly presents various webinars and webcasts, including one of the most highly attended webinars for ODTUG in 2014.

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    D.J. Hoelscher, Oracle Corporation

    D.J. Hoelscher has been working with Hyperion products since 2006. With a comprehensive understanding of the full Oracle Hyperion Product Suite, he has been a trusted advisor to thousands of Oracle Hyperion customers for their training, consulting, and software needs. His experience is in education planning; project team, IT, and end user training; custom training solutions and development; education delivery; product implementations; custom development; project management; and solution architecting. As an Oracle University enterprise learning strategist, he is an advisor for training solutions to ensure full enterprise excellence in using Oracle's applications. D.J. has delivered many training sessions and assisted Hyperion teams to implement education best practices, leveraging multiple learning formats and providing an ongoing education roadmap for success.

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    Menno Hoogendijk, Qualogy

    Menno Hoogendijk has always had a passion for databases and developing applications. He has been working with Application Express since 2008. Menno has been a certified full-time APEX developer for five years now. He has presented at APEX World and Kscope16. Sharing his knowledge with other people excites him. Over the past years, he gained a lot of experience using JavaScript in APEX.

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    Philip Hulsebosch, Trexco b.v.

    Philip Hulsebosch has worked for more than 15 years as an Oracle Essbase and Oracle Planning specialist in Europe. As principal consultant, he has done many implementations and improvement work on existing applications, provided admin training sessions, and done application audits and tuning. He also advised and guided customers in the field of scenario analysis with Oracle Crystal Ball.

    His work experience includes consultant in Hyperion Solutions, 1997-2000, principal consultant of Hyperion Solutions, 2000-2006, and contract consultant with Trexco b.v., 2006-present. In addition to his role as consultant, Philip lectured BI at an international MSc course and was active in the Dutch Hyperion User Group.

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    Simon Hunt, MOD

    In 2002, Simon Hunt spotted APEX as an emerging technology that could have great utility in the public sector and then worked with senior consultants from Oracle to establish it as a development stream. Simon has now been developing Oracle APEX applications in UK Defence for over 12 years on various projects and also held two roles as a lead developer. During that time, Simon has been responsible for the development and support of over 30 production APEX applications ranging from small work group user bases to full enterprise systems with user communities in excess of 10,000 registered users. Defence has generally been slow to adopt Agile, and Simon has been at the forefront of implementing working practices that succeed both in a public sector organization and with a 4GL framework such as APEX.  

    Perhaps Simon’s greatest achievement was in submitting an idea to the Defence Chief Information Officer (DCIO) Symposium 15 Hackathon. The entry was a working prototype of a data visualization system that paid tribute to fallen soldiers from WWI to present day. For his efforts, the team received the overall winner and subsequently awarded an Army commendation for his outstanding achievement.  

    Simon is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and in the final year of a part-time MSc in information capability management at Cranfield University. For his final-year dissertation, Simon is writing a thesis that examines the role of End User Computing (EUC) in Defence and how organizations can support EUC through the use of innovation environments based on web technologies such as APEX. 

    Simon has been a member of the UK Reserve Forces for over 20 years and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in a Specialist IT Unit where he’s developed several APEX applications and trained other members of the unit in APEX.

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    Paul Husak, General Electric

    Paul Husak is an EPM professional with over 18 years of experience. After graduating from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with BBA and a specialization in information services, Paul joined EDS and was part of its SED (systems engineered development program), which he graduated from and worked on projects in the automotive industry. Paul eventually left for a consultant opportunity in 1997 to work with Essbase, the beloved Excel Add-In and Wired for OLAP. From there, Paul continued to work as a consultant developing and architecting Hyperion projects across many industries. Then in 2006, Paul transitioned to an in-house consultant role for a large auto supplier in Michigan. There he worked as their lone Hyperion resource with many hats from developer, infrastructure architect, and project leader. Then in 2010, Paul moved to a large multinational company, where he worked up the ranks as an application architect to manager and now director of architecture for a large EPM Shared Services team. Paul's experience has crossed much of the traditional EPM stack but also on running the stack on Oracle's engineered systems (Exalytics and Exadata) and building a highly talented team of architects and operational playbook around it.  

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    Adrian Istani, Ingersoll Rand

    Adrian Istani was previously employed at Ingersoll Rand European HQ in Brussels, Belgium. Adrian is currently in Singapore and was previously an Oracle EPM/BI consultant with four years in Singapore and Jakarta, handling global customers.

    Adrian has an MSc degree in the master information management program at KU Leuven, Belgium and is tech geek by day who is always hungry for new development in the field, and a stargazer by night, who looks for new inspirations and out-of-the-box ideas.

    Adrian is an aspiring world traveler who enjoys encountering new culture and people, and off-the-beaten-path destinations: four continents, 34 countries, and still counting.

    Skill set includes:
    Business Intelligence/Enterprise Performance Management technical and functional
    i) Oracle Hyperion EPM Planning
    ii) Oracle Hyperion EPM Essbase
    iii) Oracle Hyperion FDM
    UNIX and Hyperion EPM System Implementation

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    Jeff Jacobs, Jeffrey Jacobs & Associates

    Jeff Jacobs is an Oracle ACE and has over 20 years of experience working with Oracle. He is founder of Jeffrey Jacobs & Associates and a member of the IOUG Oracle Exadata SIG Board of Directors. He served on the ODTUG Board for 15 years, including stints as president and conference chair. He has provided consulting services to numerous Fortune 500 companies and trained over 3,000 students in various aspects of Oracle products, database design, modeling, and methodology, both as an independent consultant and Oracle instructor. He has presented at Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, ODTUG Kscope, NoCOUG, and other regional user group meetings and webinars.

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    Dennis Jensen, FLSmidth A/S

    Dennis Jensen is a finance system manager with FLSmidth, running HFM, FDMEE, and CXO-Cockpit. FLSmidth is a global engineering and manufacturing company, specializing in the cement and mining industries. He was previously manager of the HFM and Business Intelligence Competence Centre with Dako, responsible for HFM. Dennis has also held various controller and finance manager positions, and he was a speaker at Kscope16.

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    Jason Jones, Applied OLAP, Inc.

    Jason Jones has extensive experience in developing, tuning, and enhancing Essbase, Hyperion Planning, and Oracle Data Integrator solutions. This experience is complemented with deep programming expertise that includes developing software in Java, mobile solutions for the iOS platform, relational databases, and familiarity with many scripting and related tools that add value to EPM solutions. He is passionate about performance tuning, optimization, programming solutions for the EPM Community, and sharing his knowledge with others.

    Jason is the creator of the popular and free Drillbridge product for easily implementing drill-through to relational databases from Smart View, Planning, and Financial Reporting.

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    Tyson Jouglet, SkillBuilders

    Tyson Jouglet is a developer and instructor for SkillBuilders. He specializes in web development, in particular Oracle Application Express. Tyson has built a few plugins:

    He has spent countless hours mentoring and building applications alongside students and clients. The best part of his job is helping students better understand the tools they use and become more effective at what they do.

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    Venkat Kailasam, GE

    Venkat Kailasam is a software architect with over 30 years of IT experience in a variety of industries. During his career Venkat has held various positions as a consultant and an industry professional working for top-tier companies such as MCI Telecommunications, BEA Systems, and more recently at Oracle Corporation where he worked in Fusion CRM product development. He is currently a Senior Data and Information architect at GE. Venkat has a BE in computer science and an MBA in international business. He lives in Michigan with his wife.

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    Joel Kallman, Oracle Corporation

    Joel Kallman is director of software development for Oracle’s Server Technologies division at Oracle America. He is responsible for the development and product management of Oracle Application Express. Joel has been at Oracle since 1996 and has been working on Oracle Application Express since its creation in 1999. He is a contributing  author of several books on Oracle technology, including Expert One on One Oracle, Beginning Oracle Programming, and Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions. Joel holds a BS in computer and information science from the College of Engineering, Ohio State University.

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    Pritpal Kalsi, SC&H Group

    Pritpal Kalsi is an Oracle Hyperion certified professional who has more than eight years of experience working with Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management and Oracle Business Intelligence solutions. Prior to joining SC&H Group, he worked at a Big Four consulting firm where he led the design and implementation of Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management solutions for Fortune 100 clients. 

    Pritpal has a strong accounting and finance background as well as extensive experience with the implementation of Hyperion Planning, Oracle Essbase, and Hyperion Financial Management. His focus is developing innovative EPM and BI solutions that help his clients transform their financial systems and processes while aligning SC&H’s implementation approach with industry best practices. Pritpal’s breadth of experience includes designing solutions for clients in the following industries: large-scale manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, financial services, hospitality, and government contracting.

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    Celvin Kattookaran, Intekgrate

    Celvin Kattookaran has over 12 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in business intelligence and enterprise performance management. Celvin is known for developing creative and effective business solutions to address his clients’ challenges. He is a frequent contributor to Oracle Forums as well as the Network54 Essbase forum. His blog provides solutions to various riddles of EPM. During his leisure time, he develops utilities for EPM products, which make a consultant’s life easier.

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    Justin Kern, Vertical Edge Consulting Group

    Justin Kern is a principal architect with Vertical Edge Consulting Group, specializing in enterprise performance management as well as data warehousing. Justin has delivered several successful budgeting and planning and financial consolidations designs and implementations along with custom planning applications as well as custom business intelligence reporting applications. Justin has performed these various projects across numerous industries. He has extensive experience in both the strategic design and technical implementation of EPM solutions.

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    Mike Killeen, Edgewater Ranzal

    Mike Killeen is the senior vice president of technology and strategy for Edgewater Ranzal. Mike started with Ranzal in 1997 as an implementation consultant and has held a variety of technical and operational roles within the organization including managing the UK Division. As SVP of technology and strategy, he is responsible for the identification and execution of strategic initiatives that establish service offerings and business solutions which incorporate new technologies, products, and intellectual property. Additionally, he plays an important role in assisting strategic clients with multi-product solution architecture, organizational design, and process definition in order to help maximize the return on their Oracle investments. 

    Mike is a recognized industry thought leader, Oracle ACE, and contributor to presenting at numerous conferences and user groups.  He serves as one of the Ranzal primary liaisons to Oracle product management providing feedback and guidance on product direction, enhancements, and features. 


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    Charles Kim, Viscosity North America

    Charles Kim is an Oracle ACE Director, VMware vExpert, Oracle certified DBA, certified Exadata specialist, and a certified RAC expert. Charles specializes in RAC, virtualization, and ha authored nine books:  
    • Oracle Database 11g New Features for DBA and Developers
    • Linux Recipes for Oracle DBAs
    • Oracle Data Guard 11g Handbook
    • Virtualizing Business Critical Oracle Databases: Database As A Service
    • Oracle ASM 12c Pocket Reference Guide
    • Exadata Expert Handbook
    • Virtualizing Hadoop
    • Solaris and Linux Recipes for Oracle DBAs
    • Oracle Cloud Pocket Solutions Guide
    Charles holds certifications in Oracle, VMware, Red Hat Linux, and Microsoft and has over 25 years of Oracle experience on mission and business-critical databases. Charles presents regularly at local, regional, national and international Oracle conferences including IOUG Collaborate, VMware World, and Oracle OpenWorld on topics of RAC, Exadata, database as a service, database consolidations, private database cloud, ASM, Linux best practices, Data Guard best practices, performance tuning, VMware Virtualization best practices, Oracle Database virtualization, and 7×24 high availability considerations. Charles is the technical editor of the Automatic Storage Management book by Oracle Press and blogs regularly at
    Charles is the current president of the Cloud Computing SIG for the Independent Oracle User Group. Charles. His linkedin profile is:
    His twitter tag is:  @racdba


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    John King, King Training Resources

    John King is a partner at King Training Resources, a US-based firm providing instructor-led training since 1988 for application and database developers. John has worked with Oracle products and the Database since version 4. John develops and presents customized courses in a variety of topics, including Oracle, MAF, ADF, Web Services, SOA, SQL, PL/SQL, Java, XML, .NET, user experience, and several other topics. John presents frequently at industry conferences, including UKOUG, ODTUG, IOUG, Oracle OpenWorld, AUSOUG, and RMOUG Training Days. John currently serves on the AZORA Board of Directors.

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    Moritz Klein, MT AG

    Moritz Klein has been working with Oracle technology since early 2001. He started using Oracle Application Express with its first public release, which was called HTML DB in 2004. Moritz shares his knowledge through his blog, on Twitter, and by speaking at national and international conferences such as the DOAG annual conference, APEX Connect, and APEX World.

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    Michelle Kolbe, Red Pill Analytics

    Michelle Kolbe works as a consultant at Red Pill Analytics. Red Pill is not your typical consulting company with a goal to challenge everything. We do not do BI the old, slow, black-box way. With over 12 years of experience in Business Intelligence, Michelle previously managed the data and analytics team at, an online retailer, and worked as a data architect and BI developer for Intermountain Healthcare.

    Michelle is also an associate professor at the University of Utah and Utah State University, teaching database and analytics courses at the undergraduate and master's level.

    Michelle has a BS in computer science from Winona State University and an MBA from Utah State University. She served as president of the Utah Oracle Users Group for four years and is currently on the board of the Independent Oracle Users Group. She previously held a board position on the Healthcare Data Warehousing Association.

    Michelle is recognized as an Oracle ACE and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

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    Peter Koletzke, (in between)

    Peter Koletzke has worked for over 30 years in the industry and has presented at various Oracle users group conferences more than 340 times. Additionally, he has won awards such as Pinnacle Publishing's Technical Achievement, ODTUG's Editor's Choice (four times), ODTUG Best Speaker, NY Oracle Users Group Editor's Choice (three times), East Coast Oracle/Southeastern Oracle Users Conference Oracle Designer Award, and the ODTUG Volunteer of the Year. Peter is an Oracle ACE Director, an Oracle certified master, and co-author – variously with Duncan Mills, Avrom Roy-Faderman, and Dr. Paul Dorsey – of the Oracle Press (McGraw-Hill Professional) books Oracle JDeveloper 11g Handbook, Oracle JDeveloper 10g for Forms & PL/SQL Developers, Oracle JDeveloper 10g Handbook, Oracle9i JDeveloper Handbook, Oracle JDeveloper 3 Handbook, Oracle Developer Advanced Forms and Reports, Oracle Designer Handbook, 2nd Edition, and The Oracle Designer/2000 Handbook.

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    Toon Koppelaars, Oracle Corporation

    Toon has been part of the Oracle eco-system since 1987. He is currently a member of Oracle's real-world performance team. The RWP-team troubleshoots application performance issues in and around the DBMS. The way applications currently use (or rather, abuse) the DBMS, is often at the root of these performance issues. Prior to joining the RWP team, Toon was mainly involved in database application development. His special interests are: architecting applications for performance and scalability, database design, and business rules / constraints modelling. He is a long-time champion of the Thick Database paradigm.

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    Peter Koutroubis, ERP Analysts

    Peter Koutroubis is the senior vice president of operations for ERP Analysts, an Oracle Platinum Partner and Oracle system integration company specializing in PeopleSoft applications and Oracle Business Intelligence. Peter has 18-plus years of experience delivering IT consulting services. In addition to his executive leadership role at ERP Analysts, he has completed four full-solution cycle implementations as data team leader, functional lead, project manager, and program manager. 

    Peter has fourteen (14) experience data warehousing consulting services experience including eight plus years of functional OBIEE and Oracle BI Applications experience with five (5) plus implementations of OBIA in higher education organizations. He serves as ERPA's over- reaching Business Intelligence, BI and Big Data Program Director and Higher Education Practice Leader.


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    Teresa Kress, Summit Materials

    Teresa Kress graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in business administration. She has 20+ years experience with Hyperion at various, global Fortune 500 companies, as an independent consultant, and currently manages a world-class Hyperion team at Summit Materials.

    Teresa has developed, implemented and administered:

    • Micro Control
    • Hyperion Enterprise
    • HFM
    • FDMEE
    • Financial Reporting
    • EPM Maestro
    • Oracle GL
    • Noetix
    • CXO-Cockpit

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    Prasad Kulkarni, Oracle Corporation
    Cameron Lackpour, ARC EPM

    Cameron Lackpour first worked with OLAP technology in the dinosaur days of Comshare’s System W and saw the Essbase light in 1993. Since that life-altering event, Cameron has:

    • Introduced what was then Arbor Software’s Essbase to Johnson & Johnson
    • Independently consulted since 1996, with a brief foray into working for consulting companies
    • Created solutions for customers using Oracle’s Essbase, Planning, and anything else that ties to those two products
    • Actively posted on OTN’s and Network54’s Essbase board; sharing knowledge makes his day interesting
    • Presented at multiple conferences, including Hyperion Solutions and, of course, Kscope
    • Been an Oracle ACE since November 2010 and an ACE Director as of August 2012
    • Taught multiple formal classes and webinars
    • Served on the ODTUG Hyperion SIG
    • Authored and acted as editor in chief of the Developing Essbase Applications book series

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    Mike Larimer, Oracle Corporation
    Monty Latiolais, Insum Solutions

    Monty Latiolais has 30 years of experience in information technology and more than 15 years of experience in Oracle Database development. Monty served on the ODTUG Board of Directors for six years, holding the position of president from 2012 until January 2016. He is currently serving as a senior consultant with Insum, the largest APEX consultancy in North America. Prior to joining Insum, Monty spent time solving problems in the oil and gas, legal, and health care industries.

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    Oliver Lemm, MT AG

    Oliver Lemm has worked since 2007 at MT AG in Germany with Oracle products, especially Oracle Application Express. Since 2012, he has been the competence leader of the Oracle Application Express team. Oliver has made presentations at the DOAG conference since 2008, and in 2013 he joined his first Kscope.

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    Steve Light, TransUnion

    Steve Light has 18 years of experience in the related fields of enterprise performance management (EPM), OLAP database design, data modeling, custom application development, documentation, and project management. Steve is currently the senior manager in charge of the global Hyperion solutions group at TransUnion. He has a proven track record of success with large-scale, mission-critical integrated system implementations. Steve acted as an integral team member at many Fortune 500 companies and at a number of small to mid-size businesses as a consultant, systems architect, project manager, subject matter expert (SEM), and manager.  

    Steve’s focus over the past 15 years has been the design and implementation of comprehensive EPM OLAP solutions for major retail, banking, service, consumer product, and manufacturing companies across the United States and Canada. These applications often combine complex financial calculations and allocation logic with driver-based planning, chargebacks, and rolling forecasts. Steve excels at both creating complex multidimensional calculations and optimization of Oracle Essbase and Hyperion Planning, and is certified on Essbase versions 4, 5, 6, 7, 9.0, 9.3, and 11 and on Hyperion Planning 11.

    Steve is also an active trainer and mentor for both internal employees and clients. He has conducted numerous end user, developer, system administration training classes. Steve is a frequent speaker on forecasting and OLAP related topics. He has giving presentations at Oracle OpenWorld, Hyperion Solutions, Connection Point, MOUS, NCOAUG, a number of regional user groups, and presented live webinars. In addition to speaking; Steve has written a number of white papers on forecasting, allocations, and centers of excellence.

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    Debra Lilley, Certus Solutions

    Debra Lilley, vice president of Certus Cloud Services at Certus Solutions, is an Oracle ACE Director and Fusion Applications UX advocate. She is a director and past president of UKOUG and led the product development committee of the IOUC: the user group team working with Oracle during the development of Fusion Applications. She has worked with Oracle applications and technology since 1996, specializing in financials, Business Intelligence, and training end users.

    As well as her own blog, Debra is a monthly guest author for the Oracle AppAdvantage blog, where Oracle talks about the business challenges that can be addressed by its technology. She has also written articles for publication in Oracle Scene, Oracle, Oracle Profit, and Oracle One magazines, and shares her insight through presentations at user events worldwide.

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    Philippe Lions, Oracle Corporation

    Philippe has focused on Oracle BI & Analytics product for more than a decade, with product leading roles spanning from the enterprise BI architecture aspects to the modern cloud-based analytics and data viz solutions. With a deep experience of corporate controlling in various global organizations for another decade, his contribution to Oracle Analytics is highly functional driven. Philippe holds an INSEAD MBA ('01) and graduated from HEC French School.

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    Lily Liu, interRel Consulting

    Lily Liu has 4+ years of experience with financial systems and has been in industry for over six years. She started her career as an accountant/analyst and power user of Hyperion Planning. Her interests in understanding Hyperion Planning have catapulted her passion in Hyperion products. While in industry, she administered Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Financial Reporting, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, and Oracle Data Integrator for a large packaging distributor. During her tenure, she led multiple systems projects, which included a Hyperion Planning enhancements and patch update from to, an Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g implementation, and a conversion of month-end financial statements created in nVision to using Hyperion Financial Reporting. She also created several administrative and end user training manuals and led multiple training sessions for power users and end users. In early 2015, she received her certified public accountant certification from the Illinois State Board of Accountancy. Lily’s financial background and application experience is complemented by an ability to communicate, which makes her a valuable resource as an interpreter between finance and information technology departments.

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    Bryn Llewellyn, Oracle Corporation

    Bryn has worked in the software field for more than 35 years. He joined Oracle UK in 1990 at the European Development Center to work on the Oracle Designer team. He transferred to the Oracle Text team and then into consulting as the Text specialist for Europe. He relocated to Oracle HQ in 1996 to join the Oracle Text technical marketing group. He has been the product manager for PL/SQL since 2001. In 2005, he became responsible, additionally, for edition-based redefinition (EBR for short). This is the Oracle Database capability that supports online application upgrade.

    It's hard for Bryn to remember his life before Oracle. He started off doing image analysis and pattern recognition at Oxford University (programming in FORTRAN) and then worked in Oslo, first at the Norwegian Computing Center and then in a startup. In Norway, Bryn programmed in Simula (its inventors were his close colleagues). This language is recognized as the first object-oriented programming language and was the inspiration for Smalltalk and C++.

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    Robert Lockard, Oraclewizard

    Robert Lockard is a professional DBA, designer, developer, and project manager working in the world of financial intelligence. In 1987, Robert's boss called him into his office and told him he is now the Oracle wizard and then handed him a stack of Oracle tapes and told him to load it on the VAX. Since then, Robert has worked exclusively as an Oracle Database Designer, Developer, and Database Administrator, and Project Manager. He enjoys flying vintage aircraft, racing sailboats, photography, and technical diving. He owns and flies the Spirit of Baltimore Hon, a restored 1948 Ryan Navion, and lives in Glen Burnie, Maryland, on Marley Creek.

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    Bill Lowry, Emtec, Incorporated

    Bill Lowry has been working in what is known today as enterprise performance management for over twenty years. He has provided creative solutions in multiple industries, including financial services, manufacturing, retail, and distribution and property management. When not saving the world one Planning application at a time, Bill enjoys problem solving, live music, genealogy, and doughnuts. Especially doughnuts.

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    Jiten Majithia, Infratects

    Jiten Majithia in an enthusiastic and experienced Hyperion infrastructure consultant and Hyperion infrastructure manager with over seven years of experience in architecting, implementing, and managing infrastructure for Hyperion consolidation and planning systems. Jiten holds a strong record in designing and deploying infrastructure for a wide range of industries including finance, insurance, retail, and government. Jiten's specialized infrastructure skills rely in the areas of Oracle Middleware Products (specifically Oracle Hyperion, Business Intelligence and Data Integrator).

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    Joe Malewicki, iArch Solutions

    After two decades of hosting, supporting, troubleshooting, testing, tuning, implementing, and architecting the technical infrastructure for the best of the best in Oracle EPM/Hyperion system implementations, Joe Malewicki launched his firm, iArch Solutions, with the single objective of offering the “premier EPM infrastructure solutions” to Oracle clients and partners. Prior to founding iArch Solutions, Joe was the lead EPM infrastructure consultant for a leading-edge Gold Partner and the senior member of Oracle’s own advanced customer services team. He has 20 years of direct technical experience and holds various administrator certificates, along with attending and teaching many Oracle EPM/Hyperion technical product training sessions.

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    Al Marciante, Oracle Corporation

    Al Marciante began his career as a financial information technology professional for a leading electronics and communication company. He implemented applications focused on accounting and finance. In 1994, he spearheaded a project to produce consolidation financials, fully burdened profit and loss analysis, and budget reporting that was based on Oracle Financials, custom Oracle development, and Arbor Essbase. In 1997, Al moved to a solution consultant role with Arbor, where he helped many customers in the southern US achieve significant value purchasing and implementing OLAP and Analytic Applications. He also performed a domain leadership role to drive effective demos and field training. In 2000, after Arbor and Hyperion software merged to become Hyperion Solutions, Al moved to a product management role with Essbase. He quickly moved to a leadership role in the product management organization, and throughout the decade participated in driving new solutions in the enterprise performance management space. Al has since led PM teams not only in the Essbase organization but also in Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, Smart View, financial reports, Crystal Ball, and Disclosure Management. He is now leading new initiatives for EPM in the Oracle Cloud.

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    Enrique Marron, General Electric

    Enrique Marron is a 20 year experienced IT professional and has a very strong skill set in deploying and leading Java EE-based applications, as well as a breadth of knowledge in Oracle PL/SQL, web protocols, and the Spring framework.  

    Enrique started as software developer and gradually moved to technical leader, project leader and project management roles. He is currently on GE corporate team leading Dev&Ops operations for critical applications for the data finance IT team.

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    Brian Marshall, US-Analytics

    Brian Marshall is a vice president of EPM delivery with over 15 years of expertise providing information technology solutions to drive business and revenue inside a variety of organizations. Brian has extensive knowledge of the enterprise performance management suite of products. He specializes in Hyperion Essbase (ASO and BSO), Hyperion Planning (Classic and EPMA), and Hyperion Financial Management. Brian has presented every year at Kscope since 2010.

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    Kevin McGinley, Red Pill Analytics

    Kevin McGinley has been designing and implementing data and Business Intelligence systems since 1997. Kevin is an Oracle ACE Director and internationally recognized writer and speaker in the Oracle community. He co-hosts the video podcast, Real Time BI with Kevin & Stewart, and produces the video podcast, DataViz Daily.

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    Tracy McMullen, interRel Consulting

    Tracy McMullen, co-author of the bestselling book series Look Smarter Than You Are, is the director of product strategy for interRel Consulting. She is certified in Oracle Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Essbase, and Data Relationship Management, and is also a project management professional (PMP). She serves as an Oracle ACE Director and is the OAUG Hyperion SIG Planning domain lead. Tracy has been leading implementations of EPM/BI and data warehousing systems for over 15 years.

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    Ryan Meester, Edgewater Ranzal

    Ryan Meester is a director for the strategic planning (HSF) practice at Edgewater Ranzal with a wealth of experience (12+ years) in the strategic planning space that spans across a variety of industries and finance areas. Ryan’s Hyperion career began as an HSF implementation consultant at Hyperion. He then co-founded Meridian Consulting International in 2007, which focused exclusively on HSF service offerings, and joined Edgewater Ranzal in 2010 as part of the Meridian acquisition. In his current role, Ryan leads the business development efforts for the practice, while also providing sales transition and design assistance to strategic accounts within the organization.

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    Jordan Meyer, Rittman Mead

    Jordan Meyer is the head of R&D with Rittman Mead, a leading consultancy focused on delivering Oracle data warehousing and Business Intelligence technology solutions. Specializing in advanced analytics, Jordan has over ten years of experience with a wide variety of business intelligence and statistical programming software.

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    Matt Milella, Oracle Corporation

    Matt Milella's career has roots in finance and financial systems, and he has been working with or using Business Intelligence and data for almost 20 years. During this time, he has worn many hats, including: consultant, channel sales, development, and, most relevant, end user. As one of the co-inventors of many products, including Smart View and Smart Space, he is passionate about how BI and EPM can truly be delivered to the end users, regardless of channel.

    Specialties include software design and development, customer escalations, proof of concepts, concept to market, and rapid prototype development. Matt has experience with a vast amount of development technologies, including PhoneGap, Java, HTML, JavaScript, Bootstrap, C#, VB, VBA, and more.

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    Cary Millsap, Cintra Software and Services

    Cary Millsap has been a member of the Oracle community since 1989. He is an Entrepreneur, Software Technology Advisor, Software Developer, Oracle Software Performance Specialist, and Oracle ACE Director. His technical papers are quoted in many Oracle books, Wikipedia, blogs all over the world, and dozens of conference presentations each month. Cary's blog is read by thousands of people each month. He has presented at hundreds of public and private events around the world. Cary wrote the book Optimizing Oracle Performance, for which he and co-author Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine's 2004 Authors of the Year, and more recently The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data, 2nd Edition. He is the Vice President of User Experience Solutions at Cintra Software and Services, and the President of Method R Corporation.

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    Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting

    Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting solutions architect, has more than 19 years of experience with Essbase, versions 3x through 11x, with an extensive background in finance and economics. Ron is certified in Essbase, Planning and PBCS. He was one of the first Essbase certified consultants in the world. He founded Marketing Technologies Group, which specialized in Essbase and Planning training, consulting, and collaborative development. He has led many full-cycle projects, from requirements gathering and design through implementation, training, and roll-out. He also received 19 Oracle University Quality Awards.

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    Vincent Morneau, Insum Solutions

    Vincent Morneau is a blogger, speaker and the lead front-end developer at the world's largest APEX development team: Insum. 

    Vincent is also a big fan of open-source coding, and he systematically shares any piece of code that he finds valuable on his GitHub account at

    He shares his vision throughout Twitter at @vincentmorneau and his blog at

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    Jamie Morrison, Peak Indicators Ltd.

    Jamie Morrison has been working as a Business Intelligence consultant at Peak Indicators, Europe’s Largest Oracle BI consultancy for three years. Jamie joined Peak Indicators as a graduate after completing an BA and MSc in electronic business. While at Peak Indicators, he has worked on multiple client projects across business sectors such as finance, telecommunications and aviation. Being exposed to the full Oracle product stack, Jamie has experience in OBIEE, data warehousing, ODI, Informatica, RTD as well as the Oracle Database. 

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    Francisco Munoz Alvarez, CloudDB

    Francisco Munoz Alvarez has over two decades of experience in consulting, analysis, support, implementation, and migration of Oracle products. Francisco is also an expert in most phases of a database life cycle, for example, development, stabilization, security, backup and recovery, tuning, installations, and data warehouse (ETL), with excellent implementation and support methodologies.

    He is an author and popular speaker at many Oracle conferences around the world. He is also the president of CLOUG (Chilean Oracle Users Group), APACOUC  (APAC Oracle Users Group Community, which is the umbrella organization for all of APAC), IAOUG (Independent Australia Oracle Users Group) and NZOUG (New Zealand Oracle Users Group). He worked as an associate technologist for Oracle in Brazil and Chile. He was an Oracle instructor for the New Horizons Centre (Chile) and for Oracle Education (Brazil and Chile). In 2010, he had the privilege to receive a prestigious Oracle Magazine Editor's Choice Award as the Oracle Evangelist of the Year. Currently, Francisco works for CloudDB, which is a specialized data management consulting and managed services company located at Australia, as the CEO He also maintains an Oracle blog ( and you can always contact him through this or Twitter (@fcomunoz) regarding any questions about Oracle.

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    Michael Nader, Incorta Software

    Mike Nader has 20 years of advisory, operational, and sales experience in business intelligence and business performance management. Mike is currently the head of solutions engineering for Incorta Software, based out of Chicago. In addition to work at Huron, Mike has also worked in various roles in the EPM and BI marketplace, including:

    • Business Intelligence Principal for Huron Consulting Group/Bluestone International 2013-2017
    • Senior Manager, Ernst & Young – Business Intelligence (2010-2013)
    • Global Domain Lead, Business Intelligence (OBIEE) and Analytics (Essbase) – Hyperion Solutions and Oracle Corporation (2006-2010)
    • Principal Product Manager (Software Development) – Essbase and Business Intelligence
    • Hyperion Solutions and Oracle Corporation (2003-2006)
    • Senior Manager, Curriculum Development – Hyperion Solutions (2001-2003)
    • Lead Technical Instructor and Course Developer – Hyperion Solutions (1999-2001)
    • Reporting and Operations Manager, RWC – 1996-1999

    During his career, Mike has worked across a variety of client industries: media and entertainment, CPG, utilities, health care, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

    Mike has a deep knowledge base around Oracle EPM and BI technologies. He is a frequent speaker at Kscope, Hyperion Solutions, Collaborate, Connection Point, Oracle OpenWorld, and other industry events. Mike is also a co-author of three books on Oracle technologies:Oracle Essbase & Oracle OLAP: The Guide to Oracle’s Multidimensional Solution – Oracle Press; Developing Essbase Applications: Advanced Techniques for Finance and IT Professionals – CRC Press; Developing Essbase Applications: Hybrid Techniques and Practices - CRC Press


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    Noah Neal, Key Performance Ideas, Inc.

    Noah is a Consultant at Key Performance Ideas specializing in Oracle Hyperion Planning (“Planning”) solutions. He is certified in Planning and PBCS and has completed Oracle courses in planning applications, financial reporting, FDMEE, and calculations. Noah has created several multi-dimensional applications and is developing additional Oracle Hyperion product skillsets. He is a graduate of Yale University with a BA in economics and BS in biomedical engineering. Noah’s past experience includes work on a variety of business projects, including financial modeling efforts, corporate development activities, sales and marketing tasks, client deliverables, investment research, and business writing and presentations. He has experience using both on-premise and cloud-based Planning environments, and has worked on both traditional EPM project and cloud-based project rollouts. Noah has great interests in business and technology, a strong desire to learn, and a commitment to working with others to achieve mutual goals.

    Experienced with financial analysis and modeling
    Certified, trained, and experienced using EPM software: Hyperion Planning, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)
    Additional EPM technology skillsets in: Hyperion Essbase, Financial Reporting Studio, FDMEE (Data Management), Web Analysis, Smart View, EPM Automate
    Worked in a wide variety of business contexts and on different types of deliverables
    Developed training modules for Oracle Hyperion EPM technologies for internal use and for use by clients
    Trained new administrators on PBCS and related tools ( including Smart View, web interface navigation, Financial Reporting Studio, and Data Management) – as part of “train the trainer” approach
    Worked with both finance and IT sides in Hyperion data integration efforts
    Ability to solve problems in business and technology domains
    Capable of providing unique and quality contributions in independent or team contexts
    Delivered as a consultant on simultaneous projects
    Demonstrated persistence in analysis and troubleshooting to solve problems
    Committed to building robust applications and delivering optimal solutions

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    Martin Neuliep, General Electric

    Martin Neuliep, senior staff architect at General Electric Company, has designed and built multidimensional database systems since 1988, focusing on Essbase since 1994, and is co-author of Developing Essbase Applications: Hybrid Techniques and Practices. He is currently the architect responsible for Oracle Data Relationship Management within GE Digital. Besides crafting systems, Martin also concentrates on training. He was a co-author of the original Essbase Bootcamp curriculum and has delivered courses to enthusiastic audiences worldwide.

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    Cuong Nguyen Tien, Mindstream Analytics

    Cuong Nguyen Tien is a Business Intelligence professional who has worked on many EPM implementations. Cuong has five years of experience with EPM software products and seven years with business modelling solutions. He is responsible for identifying and resolving financial reporting issues, as well as generating innovative methods to improve the processes.
    Cuong has worked in the global technology, insurance, oil, pharmaceuticals, banking, financial and automotive markets. He holds a MA in economics from New York University, Hunter College, New York, NY; a BB in economic theory from Charles University in Prague; and a BS in business finance from University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. He currently serves as a consultant for MindStream Analytics.           

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    Anton Nielsen, C2 Consulting, Inc.

    Anton Nielsen is president of C2 Consulting, a technology solutions firm specializing in Oracle technologies. Anton was one of the initial Oracle Fusion Middleware ACE Directors and has presented at ODTUG Kscope (winning the Top Speaker award in 2015), Oracle OpenWorld, and APEXposed! Prior to founding C2 Consulting, he was a technical director at Oracle USA and an officer and scientist in the US Air Force. Anton has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a master's from Northeastern University, where he concentrated in combinatorics, encryption, and error correction codes. He has worked with Oracle Application Express since its inception and with various aspects of software security since 1982.

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    Rich Niemiec, Viscosity North America

    Rich Niemiec is the Chief Innovation Officer at Viscosity North America ( Rich is a world-renowned Oracle tuning expert. Rich is an Oracle Ace Director and was the CEO and a co-founder of TUSC, a Chicago-based systems integrator of Oracle-based business solutions started in 1988. Rich has served as an executive advisor to Rolta International Board of Directors, as president of Rolta TUSC, and president of Rolta EICT. TUSC was the Oracle Partner of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 (Rolta TUSC), & 2011 (Rolta).

    Rich is a past president of the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and the current president of the Midwest Oracle Users Group (MOUG). Rich is one of six originally honored worldwide Oracle certified masters.  In 2017, he authored Oracle12c Release 2 Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques, an update of his previous four Oracle best sellers on Oracle8i, Oracle9i, Oracle10g, and Oracle11g performance tuning. Oracle 12c R2 Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques came out in March 2017. In 2015, he authored Quick Start Guide to Oracle Query Tuning for DBAs & Developers.  Rich was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 1998. He is a graduate of Purdue University in Electrical Engineering.

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    Peter Nitschke, M-power Solutions

    An EPM consultant with 10 years experience, Peter Nitschke leads the Victoria practice of M-Power Solutions. Mixing business know-how with a technical curiosity allows him to build elegant solutions meeting business challenges. In his spare time, Peter writes at, adding brevity and wit (and hopefully useful technical content!) to the wider EPM community.  

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    Matt Nolan, FOEX GmbH

    Matt Nolan is the co-founder of FOEX GmbH and leads the development of the FOEX Plugin Framework for Oracle APEX. Matt has a broad range of Oracle expertise dating back to 2001 and has over 10 years of consulting experience developing commercial APEX applications for government and commercial organizations in the US, Europe, and Australia.

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    Alex Nuijten, allAPEX

    Alex Nuijten is an independent consultant (allAPEX) specializing in Oracle database development with PL/SQL and Oracle Application Express (APEX).

    Besides his consultancy work, Alex conducts training classes, mainly in APEX, SQL, and PL/SQL. Alex has been a speaker at numerous international conferences, such as ODTUG, Oracle OpenWorld, UKOUG, IOUG, OUGF, BGOUG, OGH APEX World, and OBUG. For his presentations, Alex has received several Best Speaker awards.

    He has written many articles in Oracle-related magazines and at regular intervals he writes about Oracle Application Express and Oracle database development on his blog Notes on Oracle ( Alex is co-author of the book Oracle APEX Best Practices (published by Packt Publishers). Alex is also co-author of Real World SQL and PL/SQL (published by Oracle Press).

    Because of his contributions to the Oracle community, Alex was awarded the Oracle ACE Director membership in August 2010.

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    Kerry Osborne, Accenture Enkitec Group

    Kerry Osborne is a managing director for the Accenture Enkitec Group, formed when Accenture acquired Enkitec in 2014. Kerry co-founded Enkitec in 2004 and helped build the company into a worldwide leader of Oracle Exadata implementations.

    He began working with the first public release of Oracle (version 2) in 1982. He has worked as both a developer and a DBA. For the past several years, he has been focused on understanding Oracle internals and solving performance problems and working with big data solutions.

    Kerry is an Oracle Ace Director and is a member of the OakTable network.
    He has co-authored two books (Pro Oracle SQL and Expert Oracle Exadata).

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    Bartosz Ostrowski, Pretius

    Bartosz Ostrowski is an APEX developer and UI expert at Pretius with seven years of commercial experience in Frontend, Oracle DB, and Oracle APEX development. Active plugins contributor appreciated by the community at (3 plugins in TOP 5) and (plugins in TOP 10). Bartosz is also an APEX Connect conference participant.

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    Mauro Pagano, Accenture Enkitec Group

    Mauro Pagano is a database performance engineer with special interest in SQL tuning and wrong results. He is an active member of the Oracle community, always willing to help or mentor other peers, and he enjoys giving back developing tools and presenting at Oracle user groups conferences. Mauro is the author of SQLd360 tool and the previous maintainer of other legacy tools such as SQLTXPLAIN and SQLHC. Mauro has over a decade of experience in the Oracle world, from database tuning to applications development. Mauro currently works as a consultant for Accenture Enkitec Group, as a member of the Oracle Database health-check team. 

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    Doga Pamir, Perficient

    Doga Pamir is a solutions architect in Perficient’s Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) practice. He has over six years of designing, implementing, and leading various on-prem and cloud Hyperion solutions. He is an Oracle certified HFM consultant and instructor, and a graduate of University of Houston. In addition to his Hyperion skills his background includes credit underwriting and banking.

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    Simon Pane, Pythian

    Simon Pane has worked as a DBA for many years, covering the Oracle Database from versions 6 through 12c.

    Certified as an OCP, OCE, and Oracle ACE, his focus has been on high availability, monitoring, backup and recovery, migration and consolidation, and security, and he has experience with literally thousands of database environments at hundreds of client sites.

    Simon enjoys sharing technical knowledge and has presented at many user groups and at almost every major conference in Canada and the United States, including Oracle OpenWorld. Simon currently works as an Oracle Database principal consultant in the Pythian Consulting Group.

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    Minie Parikh, EPM Intelligence

    Minie is a director at EPM intelligence (EPMI) and began her love affair with financial applications at a notable retailer in Atlanta where she served as an assistant buyer for women’s shoes. While this seemed like a dream come true, she was heartbroken by antiquated systems and methodologies for planning, budgeting, and forecasting the mercurial demands of her markets. When the world of fashion and finance did not impress, she rolled up her sleeves and started implementing EPM solutions for large enterprise customers. Eight years later, she specializes in helping clients achieve their performance goals by leveraging the power of EPM applications across domains, such as financials, workforce, projects, and account reconciliations. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching dance, practicing yoga, and eating.

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    David Peake, Oracle Corporation

    David Peake joined Oracle in 1993. He spent the first 13 years within Oracle Consulting in Australia, New Zealand, and the US. In 2006, he joined the product development team as the Oracle Application Express (APEX) product manager. He presents at many conferences around the world, including Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Develop(s), Kscope, and UKOUG.

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    Robin Peel, DataPeel

    Robin Peel expertise is targeted upon the governance of the critical hierarchies and dimensions that drive performance management, business planning and business intelligence, with deep experience in the design and deployment of Oracle Data Relationship Management across a broad range of industries.

    Robin joined Oracle in 2007 as part of the acquisition of Hyperion Solutions. In turn, Robin joined Hyperion as part of the 2005 acquisition of Razza Solutions, a company he joined in 1997. As one of Razza’s first employees, Robin was instrumental in the development, testing, and implementation of Razza’s Enterprise Dimension Management solution, now marketed as “Oracle Data Relationship Management” (DRM).  He recently published a “Dimension Management Maturity Model” that helps IT departments and business experts agree upon how to prioritize efforts to enhance the alignment of critical enterprise hierarchies across their technology platforms and business functions.  Robin is now an independent advisor.

    Previously, Robin spent 12 years working in business and resource planning roles in the British railway industry, designing new systems and business processes for strategic business planning and capital expenditure planning. A meteorology graduate of the University of Reading, England, Robin relocated to the United States in 1993 in search of better weather. Today, Robin makes his home in Seattle and is still seeking better weather. Robin is an instrument-rated private pilot, and also enjoys astronomy and exploring Washington vineyards.

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    Chuck Persky, Performance Architects

    Chuck Persky is a vice president in the consulting practice at Performance Architects with more than 16 years of experience in architecting and implementing enterprise solutions utilizing the Oracle EPM (Hyperion) toolset across a variety of industries. He possesses the ability to bridge the gap between information technology and finance, and has successfully utilized this ability in designing, building, and managing a number of planning, budgeting, and reporting application solutions.

    Prior to joining Performance Architects, Chuck was a senior manager within the Ernst & Young Enterprise Intelligence group, and served as an engagement manager at ISA Consulting. Chuck is well versed in Oracle Hyperion Planning, Oracle PBCS, Oracle Hyperion Essbase, and has delivered several related presentations at related conferences and events.

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    Tom Petrus, iAdvise

    Tom Petrus has been working with Oracle technology since 2007, when he started as a Forms developer. It was there that he picked up the ropes on SQL and PL/SQL over the course of about four years. He then had the opportunity to set his first steps in Application Express. A large project followed, which for the major part involved migrating Forms to Oracle Apex applications and further supporting different users and departments with new development or replacing other old applications.

    Fast forward almost two years, and Tom's full-time project at Samsonite was at an end. He then joined iAdvise to continue working with Application Express. Since then, he has been able to keep expanding his knowledge in all the technologies associated with APEX: SQL, PL/SQL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It is especially in JavaScript and its frameworks, such as jQuery, where he has taken an increasing interest. Tom shares his expertise on Stack Overflow, the OTN forums, and his blog.

    jQuery Widgets in APEX
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    Adrian Png, Insum Solutions

    Adrian Png is a senior APEX developer at Insum. He has spent the last decade designing and implementing software solutions using a wide variety of programming languages. More recently, he developed a deep passion for APEX and using this tool, and has helped many clients succeed in research data management. "Designing for the User" is his motto, and he continually seeks to optimize processes and adopt new ways and technologies to improve how data is captured, integrated, and used effectively.

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    John Pocknell, Quest

    John Pocknell is a senior product manager at Quest Software. Based at the European headquarters in the U.K., John is responsible for the strategy and roadmap for the Toad portfolio of products worldwide. He has been with Quest Software since 2000, working in the database design, development and deployment product areas, and has run many Toad training courses for customers. John has spent over 16 years successfully evangelising Toad to customers at various events around the world and he writes many blogs and papers on the Toad user community, Toad World as well as technical papers about Toad on the Quest Software website.

    John has worked in IT for more than 30 years, most of that time in Oracle application design and development. He is a qualified aeronautical engineer with more than 10 years of experience in provisioning IT consultancy services and implementing quality assurance systems to ISO 9001.

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    Juan Porter, TopDown Consulting

    Juan Porter, chief solutions officer of TopDown Consulting, founded the company in 2000. He has over 25 years of combined customer, vendor, and consultant experience with Hyperion, which enables him to bring unmatched insight into the strategic impact of performance management solutions as well as in-depth understanding of the day-to-day realities of managing global applications while supporting users’ needs. Prior to founding TopDown, Juan managed all aspects of Hyperion applications on a global basis for ABB, Novell, and SGI. He is considered a visionary with an exceptional, proven ability to effectively address complex global business problems through EPM solutions. He is a member of the Oracle Hyperion Partner Advisory Council. He has served as chair of Hyperion’s national steering committee as well as led many Hyperion enhancement committees. Juan is a sought-after industry expert, frequently speaking at events such as Kscope, Oracle EPMI Day, JPK Business Forecasting Summits, and various webinars sponsored by Oracle and other user groups. He is also a regular blogger and often contributes to



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    Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Delphix

    Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman is a member of the Oak Table Network and an ACE Alumni. She is the new technical intelligence manager for product and market at Delphix, a company recognized for it's impressive virtualization and data masking environment capabilities. Kellyn is known for her extensive work with Enterprise Manager 12c, its command line interface, environment optimization tuning, automation and architecture design. Her blog, and social media activity under her handle, DBAKevlar, is well respected for her insight and content. She is the lead author on a number of technical books, hosts webinars for numerous technical groups, including All Things Oracle and has presented at Oracle OpenWorld, HotSos, Collaborate, Kscope, SQLPass, along with other US and European conferences. Kellyn is a strong advocate for Women in Technology (WIT) and technical education for the next generation, (STEAM/STEM) working with the Raspberry Pi and code to instruct kids of all ages to embrace a passion for the technology that runs our world!

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    Michael Potter, Oracle Corporation

    Michael Potter works for Oracle Corporation as the director, information security systems for Global Information Security. He provides custom tools and applications for the group, with a focus on managing security-related tasks, both within his group and for other security related groups around Oracle. These tools and systems help the security teams do their work more efficiently and effectively. Michael also helps to build a bridge between information security and the wider Oracle corporate community.

    Prior to joining information security, Michael worked in many different parts of Oracle, from pre-sales support, to premium onsite support, remote online support and customer monitoring, building enterprise manager plugins, then moved to internal facing roles managing Oracle's global financial system, rolling out and managing F5 BigIP load balancers Oracle-wide, implementing a central IDS, building an APEX app to manage and help eradicate virus infections world-wide, eventually moving into security and designing a centralised architecture to manage database auditing for Oracle hosted customers, using Audit Vault, Database Vault and TDE.

    Michael was born in Leeds, England. Moved to Australia as a child, managed to lose his accent at 14. Went to University in Wollongong, started working for Oracle in 1994, left in 1995 to start a PhD whilst working at University of Wollongong (UOW). After realising the politics of academia, settled for a more practical life as a DBA. Left UOW early 1998 for a short stint at PriceWaterhouseCoopers before rejoining Oracle in later 1998 (with his original manager), where he has held multiple roles in various organisations ever since!

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    Julia Radovani, Peloton Group

    Julia Radovani has experience implementing data governance and enterprise performance management solutions across a variety of industries including life sciences, retail, manufacturing, communications, real estate, and construction. Julia has a track record of delivering on high quality client engagements spanning various project lifecycle phases, from requirements gathering and solution design to technical build and production support. Julia’s passion is to help clients adopt enabling technology to improve their financial and operational performance management processes.

    Julia has a broad range of technical skills in areas including: data relationship management, data governance, financial data quality management, Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Essbase Studio, Enterprise Performance Management Architect, SQL, Financial Reporting, and scripting.

    As a member of the Peloton EPM Practice, Julia leads technical specialization initiatives on the data relationship management product.

    Julia is a University of Rochester graduate and an Oracle certified professional in Data Relationship Management, Hyperion Planning, and Essbase.

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    Peter Raganitsch, FOEX GmbH

    Peter Raganitsch is the co-CEO & co-founder of FOEX GmbH, an Austrian IT company focused on developing the FOEX plugin framework - a rapid application development tool meant to extend the current capabilities of the Oracle Application Express and simplify the way enterprise-grade web applications are being built.

    Having more than 20 year of experience in using Oracle technologies, Peter is an Oracle ACE Director sharing his knowledge through articles, trainings and webinars. He’s an active member on the Oracle APEX community, speaking at various conferences such as Kscope, DOAG, UKOUG, APEX Connect, APEX World, SIOUG and HrOUG and frequently writes about Oracle APEX on Twitter or his blog: Peter’s technical knowledge and expertise extends to areas such as: Oracle APEX, PL/SQL, jQuery, ExtJS, AJAX, Oracle Forms, legacy systems migration and mobile applications.

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    Shakeeb Rahman, Oracle Corporation

    Shakeeb Rahman is a principal software developer at Oracle and leads user interface design for Oracle Application Express (APEX), packaged apps, and themes. Shakeeb strives to empower APEX developers with the tools they need to build clean, beautiful, responsive applications and regularly presents at industry conferences including Oracle OpenWorld and ODTUG Kscope. You can have insight into what Shakeeb is up to by following @shakeeb on Twitter. 

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    Michael Rainey, Gluent Inc

    As Technical Advisor, Michael Rainey spends his time developing the training program at Gluent and sharing the good word about Gluent products with the world. Michael's expertise in data integration technologies enable him to provide a unique perspective to customers. In his spare time, Michael, an Oracle ACE Director, enjoys sharing his data integration knowledge along the way on his blog, as a speaker at Oracle OpenWorld and various user group conferences, and via webinars and podcasts. Michael loves the outdoors and enjoys riding his bike along the Columbia River, running, hiking, and spending time with his lovely wife and son.

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    Kumar Ramaiyer, Oracle Corporation

    Kumar Ramaiyer is currently a vice president at Oracle, and he heads the development of the Essbase product. He is also responsible for engineering Essbase for Exalytics and integration of Essbase with all the Oracle products that consume Essbase technology – EPM suite of products, OBIEE, and Fusion GL and CRM. Kumar came to Oracle through an acquisition of a startup company, Interlace Systems, where he was one of the key members and helped to build a multidimensional engine called IOP, which is used in operational planning use cases. He also worked at Ariba and Informix and has almost twenty years of industry experience, mostly in solving data management and analytics problems. He got his Ph.D. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and master's in computer science from University of Louisiana. 

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    Greg Ramirez, Pepperdine University

    Greg Ramirez earned a BS in business administration from Pepperdine University in 2003. In the same year, he commenced in a fairly unique career path by signing with the New York Mets as a professional baseball player. In 2006, Greg began his career in finance at Pepperdine University in the Office of Financial Planning. He earned his MBA. in finance from Auburn University in 2011, where he was also selected for membership in the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society. In 2014, he resumed the role of director of financial planning at Pepperdine University.

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    Michael Reed, Textron

    Michael Reed started working with Arbor Essbase in 1994, HFM in 2000, and Planning in 2002.

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    Jorge Rimblas, Insum Solutions

    Jorge Rimblas has been implementing solutions with Oracle products since 1995. He started using APEX when it was known as HTML DB since version 1.6. Since 2008, APEX is all he does. His areas of expertise include Oracle Application Express (APEX), web technologies, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Databases and products. He has deep industry knowledge in the automotive, pharmaceutical, food, logistics providers, financial services, and retail sectors, among others. As an instructor, he has taught APEX to dozens of people. In addition to his UI and theme work experience, Jorge is an Oracle ACE and an avid problem solver who thrives in finding elegant and efficient solutions. He's a regular speaker at conferences such as OOW, RMOUG Training Days, and ODTUG Kscope. You can follow Jorge on Twitter @rimblas and via his blog

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    Mark Rinaldi, Oracle Corporation

    Mark Rinaldi is a current product management director for Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager. He sets and manages strategy for product enhancements, optimization, and ease of use. Mark is a certified Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Application Suite professional with 17 years of experience implementing numerous successful financial reporting and Business Intelligence solutions, streamlining processes, and reducing cycle times. He designed or directed several Oracle Hyperion Centers of Excellence.

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    Christian Rokitta, rokit - themes4apex - APEX SmartPivot

    Christian Rokitta is an independent Oracle consultant with more than two decades of experience in Oracle Database development and web development. Since 1998, he has used the Oracle Web Toolkit and mod_plsql to develop data-centric web applications in Oracle environments. Using the APEX development framework was the logical next step.

    Christian is German, but for the past 15 years he has lived and worked in the Netherlands. From 1996 to 1999, he worked as a custom development consultant for Oracle Netherlands. In the 10 years that followed, he acted as consultant and product development manager for Scamander Solutions. In April 2010, Christian became an independent Oracle consultant and founded themes4apex, a service that offers custom APEX theme design.

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    Edward Roske, interRel Consulting

    Oracle ACE Director, Edward Roske is the co-founder/CEO of interRel Consulting and co-author of the bestselling series Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion. Known for his dry wit and Oracle EPM/BI mastery, Oracle has sent Roske around the globe to evangelize Oracle EPM/BI in over 40 countries across six continents. Though he was the first person ever to get a perfect score on the Essbase certification exam, he is most proud of winning Speaker of the Year at the largest Oracle BI/EPM conference in the world. Follow him on Twitter at @ERoske or check out his free videos at


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    Doug Ross, Performance Architects

    Doug Ross is a manager and architect in the consulting practice at Performance Architects, with over 20 years of experience in consulting and software development in the business intelligence (BI) arena at organizations including the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Technology, Hilton Worldwide, and Nationwide Life Insurance Company. Doug holds a BS in computer science with a concentration in management information systems (MIS) from Purdue University.

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    Bjoern Rost, Pythian

    Björn Rost is an Oracle ACE Director, and one of Pythian’s top Oracle experts. A popular presenter, Björn travels the world attending technology conferences, sharing insights, and learning with his wide network of peers. Björn also volunteers for user groups and organizes the OTN EMEA tour. He is always challenging himself, personally through physical activities including triathlons, and professionally through his ongoing quest to increase his knowledge of Oracle and other leading technologies.

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    Gabby Rubin, Oracle Corporation

    In his role at Oracle Corporation as a senior director in BI product management leading the Essbase product management team, Gabby Rubin is involved in shaping and executing Oracle's strategic vision in BI and EPM server technologies. Bringing an extensive background in relational and multidimensional databases, data warehousing, and analytics, Gabby was one of the founders and senior executives of two startup companies focused on product and technologies for Business Intelligence. As such, he participated in multiple large-scale Business Intelligence initiatives at Fortune 500 companies in the retail, consumer goods, and financial services industries. Gabby is fluent in English and Hebrew, and resides in California.

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    Christoph Ruepprich, Accenture Enkitec Group

    Christoph Ruepprich has worked as an Oracle DBA and developer since 1999. As a developer, he has worked with Oracle Forms and Reports and has extensive experience with Oracle Application Express. In his current role as senior techincal consultant at Enkitec, he works on various Application Express projects.

    In past roles, Christoph has developed a workload characterization application for Oracle E-Business and worked with warehouse control systems and MRP systems. He has also taught Oracle DBA certification courses and is an active presenter on Oracle topics. His blog Christoph’s 2 Oracle Cents contains a wide variety on Oracle-related articles and can be accessed at

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    Amit Sahasrabudhe, Huron Consulting

    Amit is an BI/EPM professional with extensive experience in implementing enterprise performance management solutions primarily based on Hyperion Planning and Essbase. He has been involved in  numerous EPM projects in US, UK and India. Prior to entering the exciting enterprise performance management field, Amit worked on data warehousing projects where he obtained a solid experience in RDBMS and ETL systems. More recently, Amit has successfully implemented Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud solutions.

    Amit currently works as a manager in Huron Consulting Group's EPM practice where he is involved in managing projects and architecting EPM solutions. Amit brings to the board a unique blend of project management plus system design & development experience. He has  been involved in  projects with a pure onshore as well as onshore-offshore models. Prior to ADI, Amit led the the Hyperion Centre of Excellence in Tata Consultancy Services and was responsible for delivery assurance, pre-sales support apart from EPM implementations.

    Amit has also been instrumental in setting up managed services framework for a number of his customers thus ensuring that the customer's EPM solution is maintained and helped the customer realize it's full potential

    Amit is a Oracle certified Planning consultant and regularly contributes to his personal blog (

    Amit also works as a volunteer at a foreign language school run by a non-profit organization and takes up numerous roles like teaching, managing a small library and other administrative tasks at the school.

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    Helen Sanders, Temple University

    Helen Sanders is a seasoned professional with over 19 years of experience in the IT industry. She worked as a database developer first on an IBM mainframe writing COBOL for several years before her employer, Temple University, moved to an ERP system. It was through her support of Ellucian's Banner product that she became exposed to Oracle, SQL, PL/SQL, and the ODTUG community.

    Helen is a graduate of ODTUG's second Leadership Class, and is program coordinator for the 2016-2017 class. She obtained a master's degree in educational leadership in 2013 and was promoted to an assistant director for the Student Collaboration Center in the applications support services area at Temple University during the summer of 2015. In the fall of 2016, she began her second master's program in business analytics.

    Helen is very active in the ODTUG Database community and was on the committee to merge the DBA/development communities into one cohesive unit. She has organized TwitChats for the community, is involved with the community newsletter, and helps manage the community's LinkedIn group. She has served on the Kscope15, 16, and 17 Abstract Review Committees for the database track as well as for RMOUG (2015, 2016) and GAOUG (2015, 2016). She is the Database Track Lead for Kscope18 and 19.

    Helen did her first-ever live presentation at the Pennsylvania Banner Users Group (PABUG) Conference in November 2015, and second at Kscope16 to good reviews. In 2016, she served as Student Track Lead for the PABUG annual conference. In October of 2016 she collaborated with Oracle's Jeff Smith and together they created the first online training session ever offered to PABUG members, after which PABUG created an online learning track and appointed Helen to be the track lead for it. Helen holds board positions with the Network of Women with Careers in Technology (2015-2017), Temple Women’s Network (2014-2017), and Temple University College of Education Alumni Association (2015-2017).

    Follow Helen on Twitter at @helenjsanders and get updates on what's going on in her world at


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    Sujay Sarkhel, Oracle Corporation

    Sujay Sarkhel has been associated with Oracle's Internet of Things (IoT) group since its inception. He is currently leading a team working on IoT's analytics and integration story. Previously, Sujay was associated with the Java SE embedded libraries team where he tinkered with various protocol stacks and embedded devices.

    Sujay holds a master's degree in computer science from NC State University.

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    Chris Saxon, Oracle Corporation

    Chris Saxon has 10+ years of experience designing, implementing, and optimizing Oracle Database applications. He loves sharing what he's learned and helping people improve their SQL skills. This passion lead him to join Steven Feuerstein's Oracle Developer advocate team. His mission in this team is to help you get the best out of the Oracle Database and make your life better via SQL.

    Chris is also the author of the database design quiz on the PL/SQL Challenge, posts videos on The Magic of SQL YouTube channel, and tweets daily SQL tips @SQLDaily.

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    Anthony Scalese, Edgewater Ranzal

    Tony Scalese is one of the world's foremost experts in Oracle/Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management (FDM) and ERPi. He is an Oracle certified implementation specialist for HFM. Tony has implemented FDM and ERPi in a variety of industries to address myriad requirements.

    Tony regularly contributes to the EPM community by presenting at conferences and local HUG meetings, delivering webinars, writing for his blog, and posting on OTN. Prior to his consulting life, he was a Hyperion administrator for Enterprise, UpStream WebLink, Pillar, and Hyperion Planning at a Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer. 

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    Fagner Scheibel, Dell

    Fagner Scheibel is a participant in the Kscope17 Leadership Class. He is an IT technician, going to get a BS in information systems, has studied at Vancouver Georgia College and Stanford University. He has been awarded the Dell Champion Award for three years running for being a top performer. He holds ISO/IEC 27002 - Information Security Foundation, ITIL Foundation, Cloud Computing Foundation, Integrator Secure Cloud Services and Green IT Citizen. In his spare time, Fagner enjoys hiking, running, camping, and traveling.

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    David Schleis, Insum Solutions

    Although he started out as a chemist, Dave Schleis has been working in IT for over 30 years and has been using Oracle for the majority of that time. After a long and successful career with the University of Wisconsin, Dave is now an analyst with Insum Solutions, North America's largest Oracle APEX consluting firm.

    Dave has been a member of ODTUG since 1999 and has served on the ODTUG Board of Directors. Dave was the content co-chair of the unbelievably successful Kscope12 conference and has been a regular presenter at ODTUG conferences through the years. He has had articles in the ODTUG Technical Journal as well as other publications and is a two-time winner of the prestigious ODTUG Editor’s Choice Award. Dave has also presented at Collaborate and Oracle OpenWorld to rave reviews.

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    Chris Schulze, The Hackett Group

    Chris Schulze is a Hyperion Planning architect. Chris has over 20 years of experience in the design, development, implementation, and support of information technology architectures and systems in a variety of hardware environments. He has spent the last 15 years designing, implementing, and managing Hyperion environments for medium to Fortune 500 companies. His experience spans several industries including banking, defense, insurance, internet, manufacturing, real estate, and retail.

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    Glenn Schwartzberg, interRel Consulting

    Glenn Schwartzberg has been an IT professional for over 30 years. Glenn started his career in IT (then MIS) working on IBM mainframes writing COBOL and CICS programs. He quickly worked his way up the food chain and as a manager had 15 people working for him. At this pivotal juncture, he decided he would rather be a technical resource than spend his time telling other people what to do and justify his life through paperwork. He entered the world of consulting, where he was a DBA on Teradata DBC1012 computers, programming, and maintaining databases. This was his introduction to SQL.

    During his stint working on data warehouses, Glenn ran into a little program from Arbor Software called Essbase. It was a cool little program and Glenn immediately saw the value in allowing users to get their own data, so he started learning all he could about it. This was on version 3.11. As time and versions progressed, he learned more and more and the versions became more feature-rich and complicated. While Glenn did not like being a manager, he did feel it was important to assist others as they tried to figure out the issues they were having with the application. He joined bulletin boards and forums and was an ardent contributor, answering others’ questions, and gaining more knowledge. In 2008, due to his continued efforts to assist others and evangelize Essbase, he was honored with the title of Oracle ACE in Business Intelligence. In 2010, he was privileged to be named an Oracle ACE Director. He continues to share his knowledge of Essbase and its associated products though the Oracle EPM discussion forums, presentations at conferences, user group meetings, webcasts, and his blog. He was one of the founding members of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG Board.

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    John Scott, APEX Evangelists

    John Edward Scott has been using Oracle since version 7 (about 1993) and has used basically every release since then. He has had the good fortune to work on a wide range of projects for a varied group of clients. He was lucky enough to start working with Oracle Application Express when it was first publicly released and has worked with it nearly every day since (and loves it).

    John is an Oracle ACE Director, was named Application Express Developer of the Year in 2006 by Oracle Magazine, and is the author of the best-selling book Pro Oracle Application Express. He is also the co-founder of APEX Evangelists (, which specializes in providing training, development, and consulting specifically for the Oracle Application Express product.

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    Christian Screen, Datavail

    One of Kscope's best and most recognized speakers, with typically standing-room-only topics at the conference, Christian Screen is a Business Intelligence and Oracle EPM evangelist with a range of experience in technology and most well-known for his data warehousing, enterprise performance management, and Business Intelligence skill sets. In his spare time, he enjoys writing technical articles, learning new technologies, developing products, writing software, spending time with his family, trying to change the world, and running his blog and podcast at (previously He is an Oracle ACE and Oracle Deputy CTO, and holds several technology and project management certifications. The first book on Oracle BI 11g was published in 2012, and he just happened to co-author it. He co-founded Art of BI Software in 2013 and merged the company with Datavail Corporation in 2016 forming a formidable analytics and data warehouse practice supported by Datavail's well-known managed services and professional services framework. Currently, he is the global analytics practice director at Datavail (, an Oracle Platinum Partner located in Broomfield, Colorado, focused on making it the most value-add system integrator for data and analytics consulting services and software solutions in North America.

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    Marc Seewald, Oracle Corporation

    Marc Seewald is a senior director of product management at Oracle Corporation and has over 18 years of experience in enterprise performance management. He has in-depth experience across both the Financial Close and Planning domains, and he has worked with numerous Global 2000 companies. Marc joined Oracle in 2011 and leads Hyperion’s tax-related products and the Planning cloud modules. Prior to joining Oracle, he was vice president of product management at Longview Solutions, a North American-based EPM software company. 

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    Marc Sewtz, Oracle Corporation

    Marc Sewtz is a senior software development manager for Oracle Application Express (APEX) in the database tools group. Marc has over 20 years of industry experience, including roles in consulting, sales, and product development. Marc joined Oracle Corporation in 1998, works in New York City and manages a global team of APEX developers and product managers. Marc and his team are responsible for product features such as Mobile Development, User Interface Design, Oracle Forms conversion, Reporting, Tabular Forms, PDF printing and the integration with BI Publisher. Marc has a master's degree in computer science from the University of Applied Sciences in Wedel, Germany

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    Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle Corporation

    Shay Shmeltzer is a director of product management for Oracle Development Tools and Frameworks. Shay has been working with Oracle's development tools for over 25 years. His focus is on helping developers leverage Oracle's tools to simplify application development. Shay is a frequent presenter at industry events, publishes multiple articles, blogs at, and is @JDevShay on twitter.

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    Carlos Sierra, Oracle Corporation

    Carlos Sierra is a regular speaker at Oracle users groups on topics related to performance and SQL Tuning. He is the author of some legacy tools such as SQLTXPLAIN and SQLHC and some modern ones such as eDB360 and eSP. Carlos has over 20 years of experience in Oracle Databases, and many more on legacy UNISYS and IBM mainframes. Carlos currently works as a consultant for Accenture Enkitec Group, where he leads the Oracle Database health-check team. His home is Seattle now, after 20 years in sunny Florida. Together with his wife Kelly, they have raised four responsible young adults and now they enjoy the peace of an empty nest. Carlos likes helping and mentoring others, and contributes to the Oracle community as much as his free time permits.

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    Luke Sinnen, SC&H Group

    Luke Sinnen is a director in SC&H Group’s Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) consulting practice. Luke serves SC&H’s clients across all industries, including Fortune 1000 enterprises. His superior problem-solving and top-notch communication skills ensure clients get the best value out of their investments. Luke oversees Oracle Hyperion software implementation projects managing the overall financial transformation – creating company-wide budget and forecast models. Luke communicates directly with clients’ executive management to control the quality of work throughout a project lifecycle, as well as reviews and adjusts the SC&H Hyperion implementation methodology to reflect updated guidance and best practices. Luke began his career with SC&H Group over fourteen years ago, and has been instrumental in growing the Oracle Hyperion consulting practice. His background covers the design, implementation, and maintenance of Hyperion applications, with particular specialization in budgeting and planning solutions. Luke is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) with a strong accounting and finance background. He led the implementation of the largest deployment of an Oracle EPM Cloud solution in Oracle’s history.

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    Stephen Smith, CampaignShortCuts

    Stephen Smith is an experienced Oracle Application Express developer. He began creating Oracle web-based applications with Oracle Web DB and has followed the APEX journey from HTML DB to today’s APEX 5. He has 23 years of Oracle DB and technology experience beginning with Oracle 7 and 30 years in the technology industry with experience in software development, sales and marketing.

    In 2012, Stephen took a volunteer application he had developed in the past and updated it with APEX to support a friend running for a local school board election.  The application proved successful and gave Stephen a new hobby in helping candidates win their elections with his APEX based volunteer and campaign application. He has continued to keep the system updated with new APEX functionality including email and VoIP integration, contact management, and mobile capabilities including recent publication in the Apple App Store as an iOS mobile application.

    Stephen is also an Alliance Director for Product Lifecycle Management application sales with Oracle’s North America Applications Alliances & Channels. Oracle provided Stephen with a release of invention agreement in 2012 and he has brought his volunteer campaign application set to market as CampaignShortCuts. Stephen has joined ODTUG in his capacity as a small business software vendor with the CampaignShortCuts application.  In the past at Oracle, Stephen has also worked as a technology sales consulting manager, director, and application sales rep. Prior to Oracle, Stephen worked at Data General and Ingres.

    Stephen holds a BS in computer science from Texas A&M University.

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    Kristi Smith, eCapital Advisors

    Kristi has been an Oracle Business Intelligence consultant with eCapital Advisors for three years. She studied at the University of Iowa, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2009 and graduating with her master's degree from Winona State University in 2012. In her free time, Kristi enjoys working out, hiking, and eating good food.

    To the Cloud and Beyond!!
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    Jeff Smith, Oracle Corporation

    Jeff Smith is a senior principal product manager in the database tools group at Oracle Corporation. He works on the team that brings you SQL Developer, SQL Developer Data Modeler, Oracle REST Data Services, Database Public Cloud offerings, and 11gR2 XE. Jeff has presented online and in-person at many of the top user group events around the world for the past decade, including ODTUG.

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    Michael Smith, TopDown Consulting

    Michael Smith is a solutions architect at TopDown Consulting. He has over 20 years of experience with BI/DW and the performance management space, as well as deep, cross-industry experience in the areas of Business Intelligence, data warehousing, enterprise performance management, technical architecture, and custom enterprise solutions development. His recent focus is on implementing enterprise-wide master data management and data integration systems, enabling complete enterprise performance management solutions.

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    John Snyders, Oracle Corporation
    Richard Soule, C2 Consulting, Inc.

    Rich Soule is a principal at C2 Consulting and a high technology instructor for Austin Community College, where he teaches Oracle Database Administration certified professional courses. Prior to his current roles, Rich spent 14 years at Oracle Corporation, including more than five years in the development organization. Rich has been recognized as one of the top 10 presenters at Oracle's Customer Visit Center. He has more than 20 years of Oracle experience and fondly remembers Oracle 6 and character mode Oracle Forms.

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    Matt Spencer, Finit Solutions

    With over eight years of financial reporting and EPM experience, I now provide HFM and FDMEE consulting services through Finit Solutions, and EPM consulting firm based out of Cincinnati, OH.

    Prior to joining Finit, I worked for the Cessna Aircraft Company from 2008 to 2012 in roles that were primarily focused on FP&A and providing financial guidance for product line operations. The EPM systems utilized in these roles were mainly Essbase and Planning, with some use of an HFM application to submit data to our corporate parent.

    In 2013, I went to work for Koch Industries in a more accounting-focused role, in the company’s global consolidations team. In this role I was also the co-admin of the group's global HFM application, and led the rebuild of Koch's Corporate Accounting application.

    Although I spent 29 of my first 31 years of life in Kansas, I currently reside in Satellite Beach, FL. In my free time I enjoy surfing, cycling, running, and spending time with my wife and two sons.

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    Scott Spendolini, Sumner Technologies

    Scott Spendolini is a principal at Sumner Technologies, a world-class Oracle services, education, and solutions firm. Throughout his professional career, he has assisted a number of clients from various verticals with their Oracle APEX development and training needs. Scott is a longtime and regular presenter at many Oracle-related conferences, including Oracle OpenWorld, Kscope, and RMOUG Training Days. His presentation at Kscope14, APEX Security Primer, was selected as one of the top presentations at the conference.

    He is a recipient of the Oracle ACE Director designation, author of Expert Oracle Application Express Security, and co-author of Pro Oracle Application Express. Scott is also an Oracle certified Oracle Application Express developer. Prior to reigniting Sumner Technologies in 2015, Scott was an APEX practice director at Accenture and Enkitec from June 2012 through April 2015. Before joining Enkitec as part of an acquisition, he co-founded and ran Sumneva and Sumner Technologies from 2005 through 2012, which focused on Oracle APEX services, education, and solutions.

    Scott started his professional career at Oracle Corporation, where he worked with Oracle E-Business Suite for almost seven years and was a senior product manager for Oracle APEX for just over three years. He holds a dual bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in management information systems and telecommunications management, and currently resides in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife and two children.

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    Przemyslaw Staniszewski, Pretius

    Team Leader of APEX Department at Pretius (Poland) with over nine years of experience as Oracle Application Express developer, PL/SQL developer and database architect.

    Founder and project manager of Translate APEX ( - international project created to collect translations of Oracle Application Express.

    Participant of many APEX and DB conferences, speaker at APEX World in Rotterdam, APEX Day in Prague, Warsaw IT Days and ODTUG webinars.

    APEX Localization
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    Jason Straub, Oracle Corporation

    Jason Straub has been developing Oracle database-driven web applications for over 15 years. In 2000, he joined the development team at Oracle that was working on the product that eventually became Oracle Application Express. Jason continues to work as a developer on the Oracle Application Express development team, most recently focusing on the next version of the Oracle Database Cloud offering.

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    Ronnie Tafoya, interRel Consulting

    Ronnie Tafoya is a certified Oracle Essbase and Hyperion Planning expert with over 20 years of experience in both consulting and industry. From her first job as a computer operator on a VAX to her current position as a lead consultant of Oracle and Hyperion products, the part of her job that she enjoys most is learning and understanding the way things work and solving problems. She was introduced to the world of Essbase in 1999. Since then, she has grown into an expert developer and become an Oracle certified Essbase and Hyperion Planning implementation specialist. She also discovered that she had a knack for creating calc scripts. She admits that she is not artistic, and providing solutions to problems is how she expresses her creativity. 

    Ronnie also loves to teach and share her passion for her craft. To help someone “get it” is a great feeling. Whether it be mentoring an individual, teaching in a virtual classroom or onsite, or presenting at user conferences or through webcasts, Ronnie is honored to represent interRel Consulting.


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    John Taylor, Vertical Edge Consulting Group

    John Taylor has been working with Oracle EPM products since 2010. He spent five years in the Hyperion department at a multi-billion dollar private company. This included roles covering administration, development, and design in Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Hyperion Planning, and Essbase. John has been primarily focused on using Essbase for reporting solutions and has built several different cubes to service different reporting needs. Since 2015, John has been part of the Vertical Edge Consulting Group and continues to work with clients on providing optimal solutions within Oracle EPM.

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    Biju Thomas, OneNeck IT Solutions

    Biju Thomas is Oracle ACE Director, Oracle Certified Professional, and Certified Oracle Database SQL Expert. He is Principal Solutions Architect at OneNeck IT Solutions. Biju has been developing and administering Oracle Databases since 1993 and Oracle EBS since 2006. He spends time mentoring DBAs, performance tuning, and architecting Oracle solutions. He is a frequent presenter at Oracle conferences and writes articles for Oracle technical journals. He has authored Oracle certification books published by Sybex since Oracle8i, including Oracle Database 12c OCA. Biju blogs at and you can follow him on Twitter (@biju_thomas) or Facebook ( for daily Oracle tidbits (#oratidbit).

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    Paulo José Thrige, FLSmidth A/S

    During the past 22 years my professional life has drifted from mechanical engineer (3D CAD, visualization and animation) over IT operations and into the core of financial consolidations with HFM, FDMEE and CXO-Cockpit. Had my own business together with a good friend for two years. After that I’ve been with FLSmidth in different positions. My EPM history short:

    • My first EPM experience was to implement Hyperion Enterprise on Citrix (which was also a first in our company) in 1999.
    • As project manager I led a large IT project in 2000 were Essbase was implemented on a completely new environment together with Hyperion Enterprise – this was our first high-availability environment with a SAN backbone, Essbase and Enterprise in Active-Passive-Passive-Active MS Cluster configuration and an entire stack of IT services ranging from file servers and Exchange servers to Checkpoint Firewall all on new hardware, operating system and active directory.
    • In 2003 I moved into Hyperion Enterprise application development and did manage all parts of Enterprise being entity structures, accounts, security, schedules, and books.
    • As technical lead I implemented the first HFM environment in FLSmidth in 2006 with Go-Live in 2007 on release Subsequent I’ve been technical lead on upgrading EPM to release and latest including the EPM products HFM, FDMEE and FR.
    • My main responsibility is operation and maintenance of our EPM environment with occasional application support and development. Besides this I’m working on different projects related to SharePoint and IT in general to support group finance.
    • Troubleshooting is my middle name.
    • Skills and knowledge (in random order): HFM application items (Metadata, Member Lists, Rules, Security, Data Forms, Task lists, Grids), FR Reports, FDMEE (Mapping, configuration, ODI), EPMMaestro and WebSymphony, CXO-Cockpit Captain, Smart View, SharePoint, VBA, SQL, IT in general.
    • President of the Nordic HFM User Group, member of Danish Oracle User Group (DOUG)

    In my spare time I collect large model trains and work on a model train layout in a Model Train Club,

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    Francesco Tisiot, Rittman Mead

    Francesco Tisiot is a DW/BI principal consultant at Rittman Mead and an OBIEE enthusiast. Analyst, architect and developer, Francesco built expertise with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and DW processes during several years and clients. He also delivers Oracle Business Intelligence training sessions for Rittman Mead.

    Francesco is involved in the OBIEE community by providing support on Oracle Technology Network forums, blogging on the Rittman Mead website, and speaking at conferences including BIWA, OUG Scotland and Ireland and UKOUG and is member of ITOUG BI and analytics board.


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    Tim Tow, Applied OLAP, Inc.

    Tim Tow is the founder and president of Applied OLAP and the visionary for the innovative Dodeca product. He has been working exclusively with Oracle Essbase since 1995, specializing in the Essbase Java API. An Oracle ACE Director, Tim blogs on Essbase topics, leads the development team that supports the popular OlapUnderground Essbase utilities, and has served ODTUG in a variety of positions, including two terms on the ODTUG Board of Directors.

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    Michael Turner, CheckPoint Consulting

    Mike serves as the infrastructure and hosting practice leader for CheckPoint Consulting. Mike has a comprehensive background in infrastructure design, architecture, installation, and troubleshooting. Throughout the last 16 years of working with the Oracle EPM Suite, he has implemented and managed multiple global Oracle EPM implementations for Fortune 500 organizations.

    Mike often provides strategic guidance and planning expertise at all levels of the corporate environment, assisting CIOs in planning their EPM and IT integrations. This includes EPM product visioning to selecting the right technologies for long-term EPM success such as on-premise Exalytics and cloud positioning.

    Mike’s expertise includes all versions Oracle’s Hyperion EPM platform. He is adept at managing implementations, leading architecture sessions, designing client environments, and installing the suite of Oracle EPM products. Mike also brings a broad technical skill set to this role with experience in Oracle EPM supported third-party products and sister Oracle offerings like OBIEE.

    His educational background is in business management and he holds a BS in business administration from the University of Central Florida.


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    Jake Turrell, Turrell Consulting

    Jake Turrell is a Hyperion solution architect and Oracle ACE associate with over 20 years of experience implementing enterprise performance management solutions. Jake’s technology career began in the early 90s as a financial systems intern at Dell in Austin, Texas, administering IMRS Micro Control (the DOS-based predecessor to Hyperion Enterprise). After working at Dell, Jake joined Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting practice, where he worked with a variety of technologies. He later returned to the Hyperion world and joined a boutique Hyperion consulting firm in Dallas, Texas.

    Jake has spent the past 18 years implementing Hyperion Planning and Essbase solutions for a variety of clients across multiple industries. Certified in both Hyperion Planning and Essbase, Jake holds a BBA in management information systems from the University of Texas at Austin.

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    Mia Urman, AuraPlayer

    Mia Urman is an Oracle ACE and a world-class expert in Oracle Forms and ADF with over 14 years of experience presenting, supporting, training, and consulting Oracle products. In her seven years at Oracle Israel, Mia was both a senior support analyst and product manager of Oracle Developer Suite, JDeveloper, and IAS technologies, as well as the lead trainer and pre-sale consultant for Oracle on the topics of Oracle Forms and ADF. She is the founder of Qesem Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that boasts an elite list of enterprise clients in the telecom, government, defense, and finance industries. Her high-profile client list includes MasterCard, Bank of Israel, Ministry of Agriculture, IBM, Israeli Ports Authority, Discount Bank, Nice, and Motorola. 

    While providing support, architecture design, and project development services to Qesem Consulting customers, Mia became intimately familiar with some of the leading challenges facing Oracle Forms/ERP clients and co-founded AuraPlayer (formerly OraPlayer), a development house providing solutions in the mobile, SOA, integration, auditing, and monitoring fields. AuraPlayer creates web services from Oracle Forms business logic that can be exposed and run from mobile, cloud computing, or SOA systems. She currently serves as AuraPlayer's CEO.

    Mia is a seasoned presenter on Oracle technologies and has presented at various conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, Kscope, UKOUG, and IOUG Collaborate. She has been a keynote speaker at many local Oracle Technology Network Developer Day events as well as full-day training sessions for IOUG and Oracle Week. She is also the chair of the Israeli OUG for Oracle Forms and Reports.

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    Henri Vilminko, Infratects

    After starting his career as a software developer, Henri Vilminko has been working in different technical IT roles for over 17 years. In 2007, just after Hyperion Solutions was acquired by Oracle, he decided to take the position of a technical consultant that was offered to him. During the past nine years, and after more than 100 full-scale Hyperion installations later, he has built an extensive knowledge of the Oracle EPM product suite. Henri is always willing to help and believes in sharing his knowledge, and he actively collaborates with the EPM Community via blogs, forums, and social media.

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    Shankar Viswanathan, Oracle Corporation

    Shankar Viswanathan is an accomplished product manager with 15+ years of combined experience in corporate finance, B2B, mobile and cloud software. Shankar has a strong customer-focused product strategy/management experience in finance, sales, and operational planning. He is an inbound and outbound product manager for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS), Hyperion Planning, Predictive Planning/CB, and Hyperion Strategic Finance. Shankar has the overall responsibility for platform features (Web and Smart View) as applicable for EPM Cloud products.

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    Tim Vlamis, Vlamis Software Solutions

    An Oracle ACE and expert in the visualization of data and the design of Business Intelligence dashboards, Tim Vlamis combines a strong background in the application of Oracle-based BI, analytics, and data mining with extensive experience in business modeling and valuation analysis. Tim co-authored Oracle Press’ book titled Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. Tim leads the Oracle Advanced Analytics practice at Vlamis in the development of statistical and predictive analytics workflows and processes. He is an acknowledged contributor to Oracle University’s Oracle Data Mining Techniques and Oracle R Enterprise Essentials courses and often serves as an expert instructor for both. Tim’s international business experiences include leading partnership formations and dissolutions in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Canada, negotiating acquisitions in Mexico and Canada, and leading the establishment of a new business entity in India. He earned his Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) designation from the American Marketing Association and serves as an adjunct professor of business in Benedictine College’s Traditional and Executive MBA programs. Tim earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in economics from Yale University.

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    Jerry Ward, Viscosity North America

    Jerry Ward is a co-founder and managing partner at Viscosity North America, a leading software consulting company based in Texas and focused on cloud applications, solution architecture and development. He has served as a consulting architect for Novation, VHA, UHC, Aptitude, Vizient, Zynx, Kellogg Brown and Root, Invesco, Fidelity National Financial, Dresser Rand, Fresenius Medical Care, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, and the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Jerry lives in Austin, Texas and speaks regularly on technology, business and all things Oracle. He has a BSE in computer engineering from SMU, a data science specialty from Johns Hopkins University, and has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Venice Magazine, 002 Houston, KXAN Austin, Tyler Morning News, Gulfscapes Magazine, and other publications.

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    Matt Ward, Peloton Group

    Matt Ward is a senior manager, specialized services at Peloton and has been involved in various enterprise performance management implementations, designing, creating, and managing DRM, FDMEE, Essbase, Planning, Modules (PFP, Workforce, CapEx), PBCS, and Exalytics implementations. Matt is a hands-on leader with a well-rounded functional and technical skill set that allows him to work directly with finance and technology executives to build integrated business and technology solutions.

    Matt currently is the module specialist for Peloton, where he has presented at multiple conferences, including Kscope16, Kscope15, Kscope14, Kscope13, NEOAUG, Oracle NYC Essbase Day, Oracle EPM Showcase, and Oracle PFP Enablement Series, as well as developed multiple articles and case studies on EPM Suite upgrades, PFP implementation, analysis of new EPM versions, and Exalytics. 

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    David Wells, Williams

    David William Wells is a Hyperion FP&A systems manager at Williams Companies, a Fortune 500 diversified energy company with assets across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Williams, David worked nine years as a banking analyst for FDIC. He joined Williams in 1998 as a reporting analyst responsible for internal management reporting and SEC reporting. At that time, David used Arbor Essbase and Hyperion Enterprise. Since then, David has participated and overseen multiple implementations of various Hyperion products as a result of system upgrades, reorganizations, and acquisitions. In David's current position, he manages a seven-member team that reports to the VP of planning and investor relations. His team manages five planning applications, four Essbase applications, and HFM. We also utilize OBIEE, Dodeca, and HFR reporting products. We support the accounting close and forecasting cycles as well as SEC reporting processes. 

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    John Whitaker, Huron Consulting Group

    John Whitaker is a Business Intelligence project manager and solution architect with 20 years of experience in the design, development and implementation of enterprise software applications including Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Business Application software solutions. He has extensive experience in the Oracle BI platforms including OBIEE 11g/12c, BICS, and BI Apps. John has experience in a wide variety of industries including higher education, retail, hospitality, high-tech, manufacturing, and health care.


    John is a certified Oracle BI Cloud Service specialist, holds a degree in engineering from UC Berkeley, a masters in engineering from University of Texas, Austin, and is currently working toward his MBA in business analytics from UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management.

    Introduction to OBI
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    Richard Wilkie, Oracle Corporation

    2016 marks Rich Wilkie's 16th year at Oracle Corporation. He began as a solutions consultant at Hyperion solutions and rose through the ranks of enterprise performance management at both Hyperion and Oracle to his current role as senior director of product management. Rich began his career as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen and added a master’s degree in information systems to help expand his knowledge and skills into the world of information systems. Rich has helped Oracle increase its lead in the financial close domain through continued evolution of its market-leading consolidations product, Hyperion Financial Management, which today is the number one consolidation product with thousands of customers. In addition, he has helped launch new products that have driven clear differentiation into the market, including Hyperion Financial Close Management for close process orchestration, Disclosure Management for XBRL/iXBRL submissions, and Financial Management Analytics for real-time close process dashboards.  

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    Patrick Wolf, Oracle Corporation

    Patrick Wolf is working in the Application Express development team at Oracle Corporation. As an Oracle ACE employee, he is a frequent contributor to the Oracle APEX forum and is also running the blog Patrick is Oracle Magazine’s 2007 winner of the Oracle APEX Developer of the Year award.

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    Daniel Xiao, Perficient

    Daniel is well versed and a thought leader in Oracle Business Intelligence. He speaks frequently in blog posts sharing his perspectives and thoughts on BI and data warehouse design and best practices.  

    Daniel has solid experience in building and deploying Oracle Business Intelligence products. He has successfully led implementation of over 25+ Oracle Business Intelligence and custom data warehouse projects for a number of Fortune 500 and world-class companies like Target, Ally Financial, Wells Fargo, NBC Universal, and SolidWorks (Dassault Systemes). He has expertise leading global teams, as well as in-depth knowledge across multiple verticals and technologies.

    Prior to 2011, Daniel was a member of Oracle BI application development team and responsible for the design and development of numerous Business Intelligence applications. Therefore, he is intimately familiar with the Oracle BI product stack and possesses a broad understanding (functional and technical) of end-to-end solutions for the Oracle BI applications. He also brings in knowledge and solid understanding of packaged and custom software implementation methodology to address typical issues and questions in the data warehouse and Business Intelligence market-space.

    Moreover, Daniel has 20 years+ of experience in enterprise software and application design and development, and his “can do” attitude allows him able to take up any challenges to manage, lead, and deliver high quality projects on budget and on time. 

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    Stuart Yasukochi, Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical, Inc.)

    Stuart Yasukochi is a manager for the enterprise financial systems (EFS) team at St. Jude Medical. This group provides global support for: Dodeca Planning system, Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Data Relationship Management (DRM), and Financial Data Quality Management (FDM) applications. Stuart’s group is primarily responsible for the development and enhancements for Essbase and Dodeca as they relate to the planning system. Stuart was introduced to Essbase in 2001 at Nestlé USA and helped redesign their forecasting applications. In 2006, he joined St. Jude Medical and became a FP&A manager. In 2010, the EFS team implemented a worldwide planning solution for 700+ users using: Hyperion Planning, Essbase, EPMA, and Financial Reporting. Stuart earned a BA in economics from the California State University of Northridge.    

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    Tim Young, Walmart

    Tim Young is a United States Marine Corps veteran, graduated magna cum laude from St. Louis University with an honors degree in accounting in 1992, passed the CPA exam in 1995, and earned an MBA from Maryville University in 1999.

    Tim started working with Arbor Essbase in 1997 as part of the Agribrands Int’l spinoff from Ralston Purina International. In 2001, he relocated to St. Petersburg, FL, to build and develop HSN’s Essbase and Planning models, using PeopleSoft as the primary financial and workforce data source. Tim also served as the backup HFM administrator for parent IAC prior to the HSN spinoff.

    Since 2013, Tim is a senior manager at Walmart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, AR, supporting domestic retail operations, developing new Essbase and Planning solutions, and sharing his knowledge to help develop his teammates.

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    Kai Yu, Dell EMC

    Kai Yu is a senior principal architect in Dell EMC Oracle Solutions Engineering. In the last two decades Kai has worked on architecting and implementing various Oracle solutions by specializing in Oracle Database, Oracle VM, Oracle Cloud solutions, Oracle E-Business Suite/Oracle BI. In the last 10 years, he has given more than 130 technical presentations at IEEE conference, Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, UKOUG, DOAG, OUG Scotland, OUG EMEA Harmony, and others in more than 20 countries. He also authored 30 technical articles and whitepapers and co-authored Apress book Expert Oracle RAC12c. He was awarded the Oracle ACE Director title by the Oracle ACE program in 2010 and was featured as Oracle ACE Spotlight by Oracle Technology Network in 2011. He also received the 2011 OAUG Innovator of Year award the 2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Technologist of the Year: Cloud Architect by Oracle Magazine. Recently he has been featured as the March 2016 IOUG Member Spotlight by IOUG. Kai has shared all his technical articles and conference presentations on his Oracle blog:

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    Rudy Zucca, 123OLAP

    Rudy Zucca has worked as a consultant and trainer on Essbase and Planning since 1995, he has been exposed to a wide range of analytical applications including planning/forecasting, consolidation, statistical modeling. Rudy’s broad training background includes running a training company FP&A Train (purchased by Hyperion), and then founding 123OLAP in 2003 focused on developing and deploying practical applied training on Hyperion products to customers and partners. He develops and maintains all the Hyperion Planning and Essbase curricula for 123OLAP. Rudy’s technical skills encompass all aspects of implementing Essbase, Planning and some of the peripheral products. In his capacity as a Hyperion consultant, he has developed numerous models including Workforce, Capex, financials, customer P&L’s, and most recently detailed Mine cost-driven applications. In addition to his Hyperion experience he comes from a relational background, having worked with Oracle RDBMS and other products for Oracle. Rudy has a BS in electrical computer engineering from UC Santa Barbara and has completed many of the core MBA courses at Santa Clara University.


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