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It's also not dominated by the software vendor (unlike Solutions). When the maker of the software speaks (Oracle, in our case), it's because they're asked to speak and on topics we care about. On the subject of Hyperion, for instance, Oracle is hosting an entire day-long symposium on what's going to be released in the future for Hyperion, Essbase, and OBIEE. It's led by product development and not the Oracle product marketing guys.
One of the expansion areas this year is that in the areas of BI and EPM, they're adding more business and introductory content. Here are all the dedicated BI/EPM tracks for Kscope12 amounting to over 150 sessions (click on the name of each to get a page about each track):
- Business Intelligence. This track is led by some of the best OBIEE (and other Oracle BI product areas) people in the business. The track has been expanded this year as the importance of BI has grown tremendously within Oracle.
- Essbase. They have over 50 sessions all on Essbase this year. This is more than any other conference in the world. This track will cover intermediate to advanced Essbase sessions you won't get at conferences like Collaborate, Connection Point, or OpenWorld.
- Essbase Beginner. This is a new track that allows people who are just getting started in the world of Hyperion to get some introductory training from the best in the business.
- Hyperion Applications. Hyperion Planning, HFM (Hyperion Financial Management), Hyperion Strategic Finance, and all the other Hyperion applications finally get a track of their own... and it has over 50 sessions dedicated to the Hyperion applications. Like the Essbase track, this makes it the largest Hyperion application track of any conference in the world.
- Hyperion Business Content. For the first time in 2012, we are adding a track devoted to the business users. If you're a director, manager, VP, controller, power user, or any type of person who primarily uses or manages Hyperion/Essbase instead of implementing it, you finally have a place to turn. Since Solutions ended in 2007, a true Hyperion or EPM business-specific user didn't have dedicated content at any conference. Collaborate tried (and no offense, failed). OpenWorld missed dramatically by assuming most users were either CFO's or users with hard-core IT backgrounds. Business people, welcome to Kscope.
In addition to those 150+ sessions on Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management, there are other tracks serving the non BI/EPM community:
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