There is a further distinction above and beyond just the Oracle ACE level, and that's an Oracle ACE Director. While an Oracle ACE is a recognition of past achievements, you have to commit to future preaching of the Oracle gospel to become an ACE Director. Fewer than one in three Oracle ACEs becomes an Oracle ACE Director (there's a separate nomination you have to go through to get to this level).
At the time of this writing, there are ~175 Oracle ACEs in the world of which ~50 are ACE Directors. Of those, 6 are in the BI/EPM field and of those six, 4 are in the Hyperion space:
- Gary Crisci from Morgan Stanley. Gary doesn't have a blog yet, because he's waiting to see if this whole "internet thing" takes off or it's just a fad.
- Glenn Schwartzberg from Narratus. Glenn has a relatively new Hyperion blog focusing specifically on Essbase that holds promise for great technical detail. His most recent 2 entries on the ever exciting topic of Essbase Report Scripting are not actually fun in any way but are something that every Essbase administrator should know how to do.
- Edward Roske from interRel Consulting. Edward has an intriguing Hyperion blog but sometimes he's a bit too self-referential for my tastes.
- Tim Tow from Applied OLAP. Tim has a Hyperion blog that's definitely worth bookmarking. As the only Oracle ACE Directors in the Hyperion space, Tim and I tend to intersect a lot. We're the chairs of the ODTUG Kaleidoscope Hyperion track and we're the Essbase domain leads for the OAUG Hyperion SIG.
Oh, I guess while I'm on the subject of Kaleidoscope, I should point out that as of today, there are only spots left for 18 more attendees in the Hyperion track. If you've been meaning to sign up for the best Essbase training you'll see in 2008, I'd hurry and click here (or forward the link on to the Essbase admin or developer at your company):