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The conference is June 23-27 in New Orleans though my favorite day is always the opening Sunday, so make sure you fly in Saturday night. On Sunday, they turn the sessions over to the Oracle Development team to talk about everything they have planned for the next 1-3 years. It's the one time each year that you can hear right from the people who are building it what you're going to be seeing in the future. There's generally an hour on each major product line (an hour on Essbase, an hour on Hyperion Planning, an hour on mobile BI, etc.). The keynote this year is Balaji Yelamanchili, the head of Oracle BI and EPM development for Oracle. My only semi-complaint about this year's BI/EPM Symposium is that there's so much content that they're splitting it into three concurrent symposiums: Business Intelligence, EPM, and a special symposium for the EPM business users.
This year will be somewhat bittersweet for me since I am no longer actively involved with the chairing of the conference. This means that I get to focus on going to sessions, learning things, playing/leading Werewolf games, and of course, presenting a few sessions. Here are the ones I'm personally teaching:
- Using OBIEE to Retrieve Essbase Data: The 7 Steps You Won’t Find Written Down. This is in the BI track and it's basically all the quirks about connecting OBIEE to Essbase in a way that uses the strengths of each product.
- What’s New in OBIEE 188.8.131.52: Oracle on Your iPhone & Other Cool Things. This is also in the BI track and it's an overview of all the things that people will like in 184.108.40.206 (for both Hyperion and relational audiences).
- Everything You Know About Essbase Optimization is Incomplete, Outdated, Or Just Plain Wrong. This is in the Essbase track and it's the one I'm most looking forward to delivering, because I get to break all of the optimization rules we all have been accepting as gospel for close to 20 years.
- Learn From Common Mistakes: Pitfalls to Avoid In Your Hyperion Planning Implementation. This is a vendor presentation hosted by interRel. I get to sit on the panel and answer Planning questions from the audience while talking about blunders I've seen during Planning implementations. It should be fun/rousing. Since it's all interRel, I wouldn't be surprised if a few punches were thrown or at minimum, a few HR violations were issued.
- Lunch and Learn: Oracle Essbase Panel. This is an Oracle Technology Network panel during lunch on Tuesday. I am chairing the panel and asking probing questions of a bunch of Oracle ACE Directors in the Essbase field.
- Innovations in BI: Oracle Business Intelligence against Essbase & Relational (parts 1 and 2). This is also in the BI track (somehow I became a BI speaker???) and I'm co-presenting this session with Stewart Bryson from Rittman Mead. We'll be going over OBIEE on Essbase on relational and compare it to OBIEE on relational directly. Stewart is a long-time friend and Oracle ACE for OBIEE, so it should let us each showcase our respective experiences with Essbase and OBIEE in a completely non-marketing way.
- CRUX (CRUD meets UX): Oracle Fusion Applications Functional UI Design Patterns in Oracle ADF. This is in the Fusion track and I'll be talking about how to make a good user interface as part of the user experience of ADF. No, this doesn't have a thing to do with Hyperion.