The UK folks have the OUG EPM & Hyperion conference this week, with a full packed agenda covering a range of Hyperion topics as well as OBIEE for those wondering where the future lies. This will be my first year since 2006, when I’ll miss the conference, now that I’m based in the US.
So me highlights for me include AMOSCA’s session on “Unravelling the EPM spaghetti” and Edward Roske – always a great speaker with lot of tips and tricks to share crammed into his sessions.
But there’s plenty of action stateside happening too, thanks to the OAUG:
OAUG Connection Point – R12.1, July 12-13, Chicago.
OAUG Connection Point – EPM/BI, July 20-21, Seattle.
OAUG Connection Point – EPM/BI Nov 15-16, Atlanta.
For me the Seattle conference, presented by OAUG, Northwest Oracle User Group, OAUG Hyperion SIG and OAUG BI SIG, has added significance since it’ll be my first presentation in the US:
- “Why Data Visualization is Important in Delivering Actionable Insight”
Helping business users gain insight and enabling them to do their jobs better has always been a key component in my work ethic, I look forward to sharing and learning from the other participant and speakers.
So take advantage of these great opportunities and I hope to see some of you soon.
It’s not often that users have the chance to provide direct feedback and suggestions to product managers and designers.
The UK Oracle User Group are providing a format for that in their annual Hyperion survey. They then feed the results directly to Oracle, so that they can act on the feedback they receive.
What would you say to a senior member of Oracle staff if you were given the chance? Take the opportunity to submit your views today: www.oug.org/epmsurvey
Please note that the survey close date is July 28th, so get cracking!
Customer presentation from Tesco, which reviewed their recent 18 month project to refresh their reporting processes and systems from being UK centric to being global: very interesting to see the implementation issues and significant benefits from the go live since March 2010.
I then chaired a session which reviewed the insurance industry and approaches to Solvency II present by Symon Dawson from PWC. While this is a new area for me, it was interesting to understand the trade offs and project timelines managing the impending go live in Oct 2012 and the various uncertainties involved. It seems while most Hyperion implementations have involved finance and management reporting, very little has expanded to the risk and insurance sectors of business.
My two sessions on Financial Reporting Studio and Reporting Visualisation were well received and I had some good feedback for both. What came out of the sessions was that most customers were on system 9 or 9.3.1 and wanting to understand the benefits and key features of new releases.
I really enjoyed the visualisation presentation as many attendees were able to understand the key concepts and ways that users interpret and process visual information. Hopefully I’ve given the folks that attended an appreciation for simplicity and for focusing on the value add that reporting designers and architects can have for analysts – so they spend time analysing and not creating or understanding data.
The last session of the day was also very interesting – an essbase round table discussion where users were able to talk about key issues for them and share ideas and learn from each other. I think this is a key feature we can use more in future events as people engage more with the content and learn and share.
Thanks to my fellow Hyperion SIG committee members for their time effort and dedication over that past 3 months in helping plan and select content for the event.
Another thanks to the UK OUG staff for organising everything, Twickenham Stadium is really a great place to be and the service and food were fantastic.
And finally thanks to all the sponsors, attendees, presenters, contributors and everyone who participated by asking questions and sharing knowledge. You all helped create a great event. Thanks and see you all next time.
For all those folks who want to learn more and get involved in the wider community Edward Roske has set up a Linkedin group for Oracle Essbase and there are the wonderful Oracle Forums, which provides a worldwide forum for questions and answers provided by a wide user base.
Here are a few highlights from Day 1 of the UK OUG Hyperion conference, more to follow:
Frank Buytendijk from Oracle: Gave the first keynote address reviewing his business thinking over the past 20 years – which has gone from a focus on IT looking at the architecture as a key business driver to being pulled into the business, focusing on EPM, then realising that IT architecture is key to EPM.
Frank then gave the audience an overview on Hegel’s thesis/synthesis model and comparing this to the changing business environment, where one idea/thesis seems prevalent, which then gets rejected (antithesis) only for a combination of the two ideas to become the new norm or thesis . . . and so on and so on.
Frank continued on the teaching theme to inform the audience that the current focus on ROI and NPV focus on risks as costs or reductions to the calculations, whereas the options based approach can see the management of risk as an investment.
He showed that a simplistic reliance on NPV and ROI ignored future change and development to the IT lifecycle which runs at around 8 years.
He was probably preaching to the converted as the audience was a split of IT and Finance folks, maybe there should have been more execs present to learn the new truth.
Other highlights for me from the day were Edward Roske, Oracle ACE and inteRel CEO on the features and functionality of Smart Space and Len Vitello from greenEPM (along with Edward again) who gave an overview into sustainability and green EPM/reporting and how rather than a cost can be a differentiator for organisations and a much larger value add.
Rich Clayton also gave a useful overview on Oracle perception on EPM and what the future looked like.
I’m looking forward to tomorrows sessions 😉
As a previous member of the UK Oracle User Group before the Sun acquisition, I know the value, information and networking opportunities that it provides. I have no doubt that it will increase with the London OpenSolaris group becoming part of UKOUG.
The UKOUG have launched their annual membership survey. This survey gathers members feedback that the UKOUG use to help them develop and shape the organisation to ensure the membership is being served in the right way.
Just incase that’s not enough incentive, there is also the chance for one of our members to win either a one-day Conference Series pass or a £200 Amazon voucher – so it is definitely worth the 10-15 minutes to complete. The membership survey will close at 5pm Friday 11th June. www.oug.org/survey
The deadline submission for the next magazine (Nov 2010) is 31 August 2010. So if you have an idea of an article and are unsure as to whether it is the kind of content to be included, you can get feedback from the editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members can review old editions online at www.oug.org/oraclescene.
Both Rich Clayton and Frank Buytendjik from Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management group will be presenting keynote sessions.
There are plenty of customer presentations the Hyperion suite as well as Oracle specialists highlighting the latest version 11.1.2.
I’m presenting 2 sessions:
- Financial Reporting Studio – tips and tricks
- Data Visualisation and Reporting Design
Here are some notes from the recent Essbase and Reporting Special Interest Group event held in London recently:
The Essbase SIG was held in conjunction with the Planning SIG as there’s quite a bit of overlap between products and uses. It’s always difficult to plan these events to cater for all and manage to avoid the "Ugh, I want to go to both sessions at 2pm" comments. We did combine two sessions on:
Application and Infrastructure benefits of upgrading to version 11.1.1
This was presented by Peter Hill, Jane Story and Adrian Weston from Oracle and covered a wide range of items and was very well received by attendees. The format also allowed for several questions from the audience and added to the understanding.
This was presented by Jake Smillie from Altius Consulting, who was filling in at the last minute. Again this was a very informative session covering many aspects of security, groups and authentication.
The remaining sessions covered a wide range of topics:
- Tips and Tricks for Reporting and Essbase
- Canon UK customer presentation on essbase implementation/migration
- Product enhancement requests – the SIGs at as focal points for users to present issues and product enhancements to members who attend the Oracle Customer Advisory Board meetings.
A special thanks to the presenters and to everyone who took part and participated. The events reflect the diverse user community and enthusiastic members we have.
All presentations are available to download for UKOUG members only from the website.
Anyone interested in joining the Oracle User Group or having a say in the future direction of the SIGs can find more information on the main website: http://www.ukoug.org
The call for papers for the UK Oracle User Group Hyperion Conference is now open.
If you are working in the Hyperion space and have knowledgeable contributions on any of the following please apply:
- Analytics and Reporting
- Architecture, Infrastructure and System Administration
- Budgeting, Forecasting and Financial Planning
- Customer case studies
- Financial Consolidation
So you think you have an idea? You need to prepare a detailed extract (50-200 words) and a marketing extract (400 words). Be quick the deadline is Wednesday 17th March 2010.
So what can help your submission get chosen?
- Have real life customers, presenting what they have done, the issues they encountered and how they would do things differently – as seeing what others have done increases our experiences.
- Have tips and tricks topics – as we all love to learn more and increase our knowledge.
- In your submissions, be concise, show participant value and have some personality! I like robots but not as presenters 😉
There’s much more info and useful tips on the Oracle User Group website, check it out.
Now it’s the UKs turn with the following UK Oracle User Group events:
- Hyperion Planning & Essbase SIG meeting March 16, 2010.
- Hyperion Enterprise SIG meeting March 17, 2010.
- Hyperion HFM SIG meeting March 17 2010.
The agendas have been posted on the above links and there is a great offer for non-members:
One-time only offer, UKOUG is offering Hyperion customers the following promotion* till 31st March 2010.
* One free place at a Hyperion SIG meeting
* No administration fee on joining.
- Annual Conference 16/17 June, 2010.
Planning is well underway and the dates have been confirmed, with the call for papers to be opened shortly.
If you are interested in sharing your experiences of Hyperion/Oracle EPM please look out for details on how to apply shortly, but start thinking of an extract outline of what you’d present – this makes it easier when the time comes 😉
Come join the Hyperion community, there’s never a better time to learn and share from BI/EPM professionals.
Firstly thanks to all who helped with this event, from the OUG folks, through to the presenters and various committee members. It was a great event, with lots of good content and interesting discussions.
From a personal perspective, thanks to all who attended my slot and gave me such good feedback. I’ll be adding some blogs shortly covering "Best Practices for Data Visualisation" to those who missed it.
With the next event appearing shortly on the horizon, please let me know if there’s anything essbase or Hyperion reporting related you’d like to see covered in October. No schedule yet, but check out the OUG Hyperion site for details shortly.