January 13, 2012

Hyperion Solutions Roadshow to Denver

Hyperion Solutions Roadshow to Denver - Agenda
I just finished booking my travel to Denver for the big Hyperion event on the 24th at the Hyatt Regency (downtown by the convention center).  It's the closest Denver has come to a HUG (Hyperion User Group) meeting since Hyperion got acquired 5 years ago (wow, it's hard to believe Hyperion was acquired in 2007).  Oracle and interRel are putting on a 5+ hour event split across two educational tracks.

The first track is an introductory track that introduces some products and also covers what's new in Oracle EPM/BI 11.1.2:
  • What’s New in Oracle EPM and OBIEE 11g: A Customer Story with Catholic Health Initiatives
  • Taking Control of Your Hierarchies with Data Relationship Management 
  • Quick Start to Hyperion Financial Close Solutions
The second track is for people that have more intermediate to advanced experience with Hyperion:
  • Hyperion Financial Reporting: Top 10 Tips & Tricks
  • Thinking Outside the Cube: Non-Financial Applications of Oracle Essbase
  • 10 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to ‘Code’ or ‘Customize’ Hyperion Planning
I will be giving some of the sessions, Essbase expert and fellow Oracle ACE Director, Glenn Schwartzberg, will be delivering some others, and Oracle and Catholic Health will be splitting the rest.  I'm most excited that Toufic Wakim (one of the greatest Product Development guys in the EPM/BI business unit at Oracle) will be delivering the keynote to start off the day.  He'll be talking about the future of Hyperion in an interactive discussion.  Among other things, Toufic is responsible for development of Smart View and the classic Essbase Excel Add-In, and you've seen how much those products have evolved recently under Toufic's tutelage.  For anyone that's had a chance to hear Toufic speak, his sessions are always hugely attended, hilarious, and full of information.  I will actually be attending his keynote and taking notes (and hopefully, blogging whatever we're allowed to publicly restate).  

Throughout the day, we'll be having networking time and at the end of the day we're going to have a group dinner and then go to the Colorado Avalanche game after.  I think the Avs play hockey (it's a Canadian ice sport played with sticks, I think), but I'm primarily going to the game to meet the local rocky mountain Hyperion users.  It's time that the users get back together and form a community.  If you're an Oracle client and can fly in on January 24th, send an e-mail to Danielle White and she'll send you more information on registering.  Flights in and out of Denver are cheap and the event is free, so I hope to see you there.

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