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Opening Remarks - 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Babar Jan-Haleem, Oracle Corporation

Keynote - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
What's New in Hyperion and OBIEE 11g

Session 1 - 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Secrets to How Oracle Essbase Thinks
Edward Roske, interRel Consulting AceD

Would you like to know some of what the Essbase developers know about the underlying Essbase storage, calculation, and retrieval engines? Join Edward Roske, Oracle ACE Director for Essbase, for an informative session designed to give you a thorough understanding of what actually happens when you are creating BSO & ASO cubes. Go beyond “laboratory theory” and learn what Edward has gathered from fifteen years of experience with Essbase customers around the world. The session will cover topics including how data is compressed, cached into memory, calculated, and accessed. For a true “insider’s view,” don’t miss this session!

Selection Steps in Oracle Business Intelligence 11g
Ashley Beauman, Rittman Mead

OBIEE 11g burst onto the scene just over two years ago, and for those familiar with the product no doubt applauded the change and have met the challenge and progressed with the juggernaut. For those new to OBIEE 11g it’s been quite a learning curve; there hasn’t been the same basic level of blogs that was once found with OBIEE 10g.
This presentation heads to the front end of OBIEE 11g and looks at the construction of reports, and in particular, the use of Selection Steps. Selection Steps are one of the new features introduced with the 11g release of Oracle Business Intelligence that are very powerful but not that well understood. Using a scenario to demonstrate this feature, users will see that OBIEE Answers has more features hidden away aside from report building.

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Session 2 - 1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Hyperion Planning Suite
Charles Pinda, Oracle Corporation

This session will highlight new features available in Planning 11.1.2.x (including released in April 2012). Planning and introduced a number of enhancements like approvals (a replacement for Workflow), full Smart View functionality, adhoc analysis over the web in a data form, built-in data syncing to an ASO database, and Public Sector Planning. goes even farther by introducing a new module to do project planning, integrating Crystal Ball for predictive planning, and impressively, adding charts and graphs to composite forms to make Planning into more of a dashboard experience. If you want to get your users out of planning grids of data and get them into planning based on trends, variances, or exceptions, then Planning is the version you absolutely must see.

Slay the Evil of Bad Data in Essbase with ODI
Cameron Lackpour, CL Solve AceD

Everyone knows that bad data kills Essbase applications. But did you know that bad data can also kill careers, consulting engagements, and company-wide labor agreements? No one purposely builds a bad system, yet dodgy Essbase applications happen frequently. Why is the rule of high-quality data in Essbase honored more in the breach than the observance? This session explains the consequences of bad data, categories of data quality, and tools and strategies for ensuring that your Essbase database has the right data. A complete solution in ODI will show one path to salvation in the never-ending quest for quality data.

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Session 3 - 3:20 - 5:00 p.m.

Hyperion Financial Management and the Financial Close Suite
Kay Galbraith, Oracle Corporation

You may already know of HFM (Hyperion Financial Management) as the market-leading product in the financial consolidation arena, but it’s about to go through the most major revolution in its history. In, HFM takes a major leap forward in just about every aspect. The feature you’ve probably heard about is the unlimited custom dimensionality (say “bye” to the 4 custom dimension limit). This session will review how this new dimensionality changes around how you fundamentally architect your HFM applications. The session will also be covering feature improvements such as the new pre-built dashboards for HFM (Financial Management Analytics), data form designer with custom graphing capabilities, improved workflow, and improved scalability. If you have HFM and want to see what you’ll be getting in or you’ve wanted to wait until the limits of HFM were removed, you cannot miss this session. We’re serious. Don’t miss it.

Leveraging EPM Showing BI on Mobile Devices
Richard Philipson, James & Monroe

So I have EPM, where can I go from here? This presentation focuses on leveraging your existing investment in EPM and utilizing it to provide insightful and immediate information using mobile solutions. Effectively we no longer only provide self-service reporting and analysis but are also engaged in information delivery, challenging our solutions to be smarter and more versatile to deliver quality not quantity. This demonstration also includes some hands-on work with iPads to show the look and feel of the application.

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Opening Remarks - 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Edward Roske, interRel Consulting AceD

Keynote - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
What's Coming in Oracle BI and EPM

Session 4 - 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Scripts or Die!
Cameron Lackpour, CL Solve AceD

Danger awaits the Essbase geek who does not script. Danger in the form of errors. Danger in the form of boredom. Danger in the form of complacency. Scripting is the cure for those dangers. Good scripting practices and techniques convert Essbase administration tasks from potential career-killers to robust exercises of your geeky Essbase awesomeness. This session illustrates the techniques to master Essbase, get danger out of your job description, and free you up to do the really cool stuff.

How To: Tuning Recommendations for EPM 11x
Richard Philipson, James & Monroe

This presentation takes you step by step though the techniques used to monitor performance and optimize EPM components, from the Operating System level up, through to WebLogic (J2EE) and web servers. The session will move easily through common recommendations which will allow you to maximize your existing EPM implementation, with minimal effort, and outline a framework to enable further potential tuning insight.

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Session 5 - 1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Upgrading Oracle EPM to V11.1.2 – A Real Life Experience (Auckland)
Erica Harris, Waikato Regional Council 

V11.1.2 introduces some significant changes to the Oracle EPM environment; not the least is the use of WebLogic as the default application server. This session is designed for those lucky souls who get to install, configure, backup, and maintain Oracle EPM V11.1.2! The session will discuss the steps taken to upgrade Hyperion Planning and Interactive Reporting, provide you with tips to make your upgrade successful, and highlight traps to avoid. The session will also demonstrate some of the tools you should be familiar with to successfully manage an Oracle EPM environment and highlight some useful online resources.

Oracle Essbase Worst Practices: Lessons from a Moron (Melbourne)
Edward Roske, interRel Consulting AceD

Edward Roske, co-author of the best-selling Essbase books ever written, has built over 500 Essbase cubes in his life. While the vast majority of those were wildly successful, this is not their story. In this session, you'll be hearing about the disasters, the mistakes, the things you should never do in Essbase that have made for some obscenely large, impractical, unworkable, and unusable applications. While your average session would cover all the tips, tricks, and best practices you should do, no one ever shows you what happens if you don't follow those optimizations. From making all your dimensions sparse to trying to create a 100 percent dynamically calculated BSO cube, give us an hour and we'll make sure you never look like a total Edward.

Extending Your Knowledge of OBIEE to the BI Applications
Ashley Beauman, Rittman Mead

The Oracle BI Applications have been an excellent choice for businesses wishing for a ready-built data model and a quick start to the world of BI Reporting. This session looks at the current Oracle BI Applications, the new additions to the OBIA product line, the OTBI product, and the roadmap moving forward.

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Session 6 - 3:20 - 5:00 p.m.

Breaking Away from the Excel Add-In: Welcome to Hyperion Smart View
Edward Roske, interRel Consulting AceD

This presentation will take you on a journey to the new features in Smart View 11.1.2 including all the new features in the recently released "Essbase Excel Add-In Replacement" patch. Whether it’s completing your entire budget process in Excel and Outlook or creating formatted reports and charts with Report Designer, you are guaranteed to learn something new and useful to help you manage performance. If you are a die-hard Excel Add-In user and want to know why everyone is so excited about the new version of Smart View or if you are brand new to Smart View and want to get a great introduction to what the future holds, you will not want to miss this session.

Advanced Visualization in OBIEE: The Future of Analysis
Speaker TBD

Abstract coming soon…

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