ODTUG July E-News

Make Plans Now for Kscope17

Save the date! Kscope17 is heading to San Antonio, Texas, June 25-29 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country. San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the US, and it will get a little bit larger when ODTUGers pay a visit next June. Submit an abstract to be one of our 200+ speakers. If selected, you’ll receive a free registration to the conference.

Register to attend by September 1, 2016, and you’ll lock in the lowest possible rate. That is a savings of $800 off the standard registration fee. 

Why San Antonio? This beautiful city has a multitude of activities to offer outside of the great content at Kscope17 for you and your family. Hang out in the lazy river at JW Marriott Hill Country or venture out and explore the city. Whatever activity you choose, we can’t wait to see you in Texas!

Kscope16: It's a Wrap!


ODTUG would like to congratulate the following award recipients. These two individuals work with ODTUG all year and have stood out for their willingness to help our community grow and prosper. Without the help of volunteers, ODTUG would not be the successful user group that it is today.. We appreciate all who make our organization great, and a special thank you goes out to our Oracle Contributor of the Year Award and ODTUG Volunteer Award recipients.

Oracle Contributor of the Year Award
Steven Feuerstein, Oracle Corporation

ODTUG Volunteer Award
Jennifer Anderson, The Hearst Corporation

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG's supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, and EPM). The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shine through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems. Congratulations to our first recipient of this award!

ODTUG Innovation Award
ACE D.pngMia Urman
Innovation: AuraPlayer

Congratulations to the Kscope16 Top Speakers!

Overall Top Speaker Award
APEX: High-Quality Printing and Exporting for FREE!
ACE D.pngJohn Scott, APEX Evangelists

Best First-Time Speaker Award
Back to Basics: EPMA's Return to Classic Planning
Shannon Burket, MindStream Analytics

Top Speaker Awards (for each track)
ADF and MAFThe Five Ways of Building Oracle Applications (Forms, ADF, APEX, JET, MAF): How to Choose
ACE D.pngSten Vesterli, More Than Code

Application ExpressAPEX: High-Quality Printing and Exporting for FREE!
ACE D.pngJohn Scott, APEX Evangelists

BI and Data WarehousingUsing APEX to Integrate Projections into an OBIEE Financials Dashboard
Teal Sexton, University of California, Berkeley

Big Data and Advanced AnalyticsIntroduction to Apache Kafka and Real-Time ETL
ACE D.pngGwen Shapira, Confluent

DatabaseThe Perils of Describing Performance Improvements
ACE D.pngCary Millsap, Accenture Enkitec Group

EPM ReportingPut Your Own Ribbon on Smart View
Gary Adashek, General Electric

Financial CloseLeave No Stone Unturned: Secrets to a Successful HFM Application Review
ACE.pngChristopher Barbieri, Finit Solutions

PlanningIntroduction to the Hyperion Planning REST API
aceassociate.jpgJake Turrell, Turrell Consulting

EPM Business ContentImplementing the World's Largest Exalytics Program
ACE.pngGary Crisci, General Electric

EPM Foundations and Data IntegrationFDMEE Can Do That?
ACE.pngAnthony Scalese, Edgewater Ranzal

EssbaseTorn Between Two Worlds: Is Essbase a Business or an IT Tool?
Joe Aultman, interRel Consulting

We'd also like to recognize Kscope16 Ambassador Jeffrey Baumert of iRobot, who won a free pass to Kscope17.

Congratulations to all the winners!


All presentations were recorded this year and will be available to Kscope16 attendees soon at www.odtug.com/tech-resources. Members who didn't attend will be able to view recordings and download presentations on October 1, 2016. 

In case you missed it, ODTUG Livestreamed four sessions at Kscope16:

They will be up until the end of the month and will be transferred to our YouTube Channel. We’ll also be posting tons of interviews with your favorite Kscope16 speakers, so stay tuned!

Check out this teaser video of the awesome week that was Kscope16! The full-length video is coming soon.

If you attended Kscope16, don’t forget to share your feedback on the post-conference evaluation. This will allow ODTUG to make Kscope17 even better!

ODTUG Leadership Program Application Now Open

In an effort to enhance the leadership skills of its members, ODTUG is pleased to announce its fourth ODTUG Leadership Program. This nine-month program will cover topics such as leadership styles, effective communication, mentoring, team building, goal setting, and accountability. The application deadline is August 14, so don’t delay!

ODTUG Community News

Do you have a network of ODTUGers who live in your city but you only see them at Kscope? Have you thought about launching a Meetup in your community but don’t know how to get started? Are you ready to #GetInvolved with ODTUG? If you answered yes to these questions, we have you covered! Contact angelina@odtug.com and she’ll help you get things off the ground.

New EMEA User Group Magazine

ORAWORLD Magazine is a product of EOUC, the EMEA Oracle User Group Community. ODTUG members are invited to subscribe and submit articles to www.oraworld.org.

World of Webinars

Career Track.pngTuesday, July 19, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
What Is the Oracle Red Stack?
Sarah Zumbrum, Oracle Corporation
You’ve heard the term “Oracle Red Stack,” and you may have seen the stack. But what is it? Why is it important in the “story” of Oracle? This webinar is geared toward introducing the Red Stack and what the different pieces, storage to applications, mean to Oracle as a whole.

Register Here

Database.pngTuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
How to Do and Choose Your Best Performance Analysis Strategy
Craig Shallahamer, OraPub
The phone rings. It’s performance again, and users are not happy. What is your next move? What is your strategy to identify the issue, develop solutions, and communicate that to others? That’s what this webinar is all about.
As Oracle DBAs, we have two fundamental performance analysis strategies: time-based and sample-based (ASH). Each strategy has strengths and weaknesses. Knowing these differences and how to exploit them gives you the edge in solving the puzzle.
In this webinar, you’ll get a quick introduction of each strategy, highlighting how they work, their differences, and how to use them. This webinar will be 80% “how to” with live demonstrations (typing) and 20% pure knowledge (slides). 

Register Here

EPM.pngWednesday, August 10, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Mechanics of Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service: Can FCCS Work for You?
Jessica Benbow, MindStream Analytics
Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS), just released last month, is the latest cloud-based solution released by Oracle specifically designed to support the financial close and consolidation process. Join MindStream's Jessica Benbow – Director of Consolidations, Reporting, and Financial Close – as she reviews the basic functionality within the tool and performs a comparison between FCCS and Hyperion Financial Management (HFM). This presentation will include demos of various functionalities to help bring this new tool to life.

Throughout the presentation, you will see how FCCS manages:

1. Journal entry process
2. Intercompany matching report
3. Data forms
4. Financial reporting

You will also discover methods to determine whether moving to the cloud (and to Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service) is right for you.

Register Here

BI.pngThursday, August 11, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Leadership Essentials in Successful BI Programs
Kirby Lunger, Performance Architects
This session will cover leadership essentials when setting up or expanding BI programs. All too often, the organizational change impact is underestimated in BI programs and projects. The audience will get an overview of the leadership elements that are critical to conducting assessments, communicating effectively, leveraging influence relationships, and planning and achieving user adoption. In short, leadership is essential to successful change and thus results in much higher success rates in BI programs.

Register Here

BI.pngThursday, August 18, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Data Wrangling, Blending, and Mashups
Wayne Van Sluys, interRel Consulting
With the release of Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) and OBIEE 12c, the ability for users to include External Subject Areas (XSAs) with curated models has introduced many new terms to the lexicon of Business Intelligence and Data Visualization. This session will break down the technical processes going on behind the scenes when using Data Wrangling, Data Blending,  and Data Mashups with External Subject Areas (XSAs) and the functional use of each.

Register Here



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