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Thursday, July 26, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Data Integration in the Cloud Era 
Tom Blakeley, Performance Architects

With the drastic rise in cloud offerings from Oracle, developers and users are scrambling to integrate on-premise and cloud solutions. This can range from small file transfers containing financial data into tools like Planning Budgeting Cloud Service, to large datasets containing millions of records into Oracle Analytics Cloud. This presentation focuses on the gears that move the data, and presents an array of options and best practices to manage data integration and data movement specific to EPM and Reporting apps. Attendees will learn about the different data integration methodologies available for on-premise and cloud; best practices, strengths, and weaknesses regarding integration applications; managing an on-premise data warehouse; and integrating warehouse with cloud applications.

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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 The Road to Oracle Analytics Cloud from OBIEE and BI Apps 
 Mazen Manasseh, Perficient, Inc.

If you are already running OBIEE/OBIA on premises and wondering about your options to migrate to Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) and what it takes to get there, you are not alone. In this webinar you will get an up-close look at why considering migrating to cloud is becoming more relevant, when it is recommended to perform this migration, and what things to watch out for as you plan out a Cloud Business Intelligence road map for your organization. The session delves into the best practices and provides in-depth information of the migrations steps of various components of OBIEE and OBIA to OAC.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Virtualizing Oracle Applications on OVM - Architect a Virtualized Environment Built on Oracle VM Using Best Practices 
 Ramakrishnan Ramasubramanian, NTT Data

This webinar explains how to design, install, and test the functionality of an entire implementation of the Oracle product OVM (Oracle Virtual Machine). You'll learn about the four Vs: viability, value, versatility, and vision. These four tenants cover the full spectrum of issues most everyone will face when virtualizing Oracle on OVM. Build upon this foundation and deliver a practical set of technical and business best practices for compute, networking, and storage topics, which are presented in detail. You'll learn from leading technical minds on the subject how to plan for, install, and properly optimize Oracle. Discuss how to plan for properly licensing Oracle to fit your business needs to ensure you get maximum value out of your investment. Most important, you'll learn how to get support for Oracle on your OVM platform, and along the way, you'll see that Oracle on OVM is arguably supported in a way that's even better than what is available when running Oracle on physical infrastructure alone.

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EPM.pngTuesday, August 14, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Case Study: Implementing a One-of-a-Kind Driver-Based Rolling Forecast Model at MD Anderson Cancer Center Using Hyperion Planning
 with ASO 
Nandini Nehru,

In this session, you will learn how the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) transformed a traditional annual operating budget process into a more forward-looking, driver-based rolling forecast process. In this session, we will review details of the MDACC solution design that supports rolling forecast, target setting at higher levels, and bottoms-up annual operating budgets. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of best practices and dimension design (entities, measures, and attributes) to enable flexible user input and efficient calculations.

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BI.pngWednesday, August 15, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Game On! Integrated Analytics: An Inevitability for Survival and Growth
 Mike Killeen and Andy Rocha, Edgewater Ranzal

Information is the biggest asset to an organization’s ability to make informed decisions, but disconnected, isolated, and trapped data disrupts entire business models. The fundamental problem, then, becomes the integration of data. The resolution: an integrated analytics strategy that allows a company to identify opportunities, improve communication, and eliminate gaps in data. But what does a successful integrated analytics strategy look like?

Attend this webinar to gain a better understanding of the need for and benefits of an integrated analytics strategy as we explore use cases to demonstrate how Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) provides autonomous analytics to power every decision to be data driven. See some of OAC’s collaborative, flexible, enterprise class components and features that allow it to connect people, places, data, and systems to fundamentally change how users analyze, understand, and act on information. Additionally, witness how it easily integrates with Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) tools to provide a comprehensive solution.

The presentation concludes with a live demo of Data Visualization, the self-service data exploration portion of OAC that allows users to spot patterns, trends, and correlations that otherwise might go unnoticed in traditional reports, tables, or spreadsheets.

There are big gains to be made from integrated analytics, ranging from improved effectiveness of models and business rules, decreased probability of errors, and a better ability to meet regulatory requirements to realizing money-saving efficiencies more easily and more engaged management as they see the business impact of analytical activities. Get in the integrated analytics game now, understand all your data, and ensure long-term survival and growth!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Smart View Customizable Ribbon: Help Your Users Without Having to Write Code
 Alex Znyk, Ingersoll Rand

A custom Smart View ribbon can help you efficiently address your users’ most frequent needs, from setting up connections, and applying best settings for performance, to providing standard reports, most- frequently used commands, and useful links in a single place.

In this session, Alex Znyk will present the updated version of the Custom Ribbon first shown at ODTUG Kscope18, augmented with new functionalities. This freely available Excel add-in provides the capabilities of a Custom Ribbon, now with an interface to easily configure, without requiring you to write VBA code on your own.

We will walk through the configuration steps and how this tool can help you make your users’ lives easier. For those interested in a look behind the scenes, the presentation will include samples of code if you prefer to pick and choose tricks for your own solution.

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EPM.pngTuesday, August 21, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Happily Ever After: ODTUG and Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Solution (EPBCS)
ACE.png Gary Crisci, General Electric

Have you heard the news that ODTUG has gone live with Oracle’s Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service? ODTUG recently announced that it has adopted Oracle’s EPBCS to manage its financial reporting and budgeting needs. ODTUG has long wanted to utilize Oracle’s innovative finance solutions, but the large investment required in computing assets made it unfeasible. Today, with the availability of Oracle’s cloud solutions, the paradigm has shifted. These solutions provide a way for smaller organizations to adopt enterprise-class software without incurring the overhead typically associated with these advanced applications.

In this session ODTUG Director and Oracle ACE, Gary Crisci will demonstrate the ease of deploying an EPBCS application for ODTUG. Gary will walk through the process of creating an application in PBCS, importing metadata and financial data from ODTUG’s GL, and building feature-rich dashboards and financial reports. He will also lead a demonstration of some of the novel features in EPBCS such as the ability to manage metadata via the Smart View Excel add-in.

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BI.pngWednesday, August 22, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Lifting Your Essbase Cubes to the Cloud And Other Tips and Tricks for OAC
 Azfar Siddiqui and Catherine Summers, Vertical Edge Consulting Group

Watch us lift on premise Essbase Cubes to the Cloud in this webinar focused on how to get the best value from your OAC implementation. We’ll create some quick visualizations from our new Essbase in the cloud and then we’ll move on to a couple of new tips and tricks to help you make your reporting sparkle. Come join us for this tour of OAC.

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EPM.pngThursday, August 23, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Are You Ready To Shoot For the Cloud?
 Joe Malewicki, iArch Solutions

Migrating to cloud may seem like an overwhelming task, but if you want to stay with your current on-premise software, you can still take the first step toward the cloud with an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution. With this option it's like you are getting a new stadium to compete in, but you're keeping the same high-performing team. We will discuss the different cloud offerings and whether upgrading your software in the process can also benefit your team now or in the long run. We will discuss just how cost effective an on-premise upgrade can actually be. The cost and time savings alone might make you head back to the office and start planning the upgrade project today.

If you're ready to fully shoot for the cloud and migrate off of your on-premise software to the latest and newest, then a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution is for you. You can get the cutting-edge products with no hardware costs involved. We'll go over both options during this presentation and also look at a hybrid approach of starting with IaaS and then moving to SaaS as you bring on new technologies or sunset existing legacy systems.

Please join us for this educational and informative session and let’s get you up to where you should be today!

And remember: someone’s “cloud” is just someone else’s “computer.”

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EPM.pngThursday, September 6, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Let Me Share this Whole New World of Agile and DevOps With You
 Neviana Zhgaba, GE Digital

When you hop on the Agile and DevOps magic carpet, there’s no challenge that you can’t overcome, flying over the Agrabah landscape of Oracle Finance applications!

General Electric is one of the biggest users of Oracle technology for Finance systems (HFM, Planning, Essbase, DRM, PBCS, OAC, CM, ARM, FDMEE, ODI, Automic, Accelatis, Exalytics, Exadata) supporting 500+ internal applications. In the past year, we have started a new journey to transform the way we manage our resources and projects using the Agile and DevOps practices.

Our goal is to accomplish the product vision and business objectives at a faster pace by better facilitating communication and collaboration between all product stakeholders, leveraging our resources efficiently throughout the planning, development, and operations phases of every Finance IT product initiative.

As the scrum master of the GE Finance IT team, I will tell you an Arabian Nights Disney-worthy fairy tale of how we put together the process, people, and technology pieces to accomplish our Agile & DevOps transformation journey.

At the end of this session attendees will learn about:

  • What is the role of the Product Owner, Scrum Master and the DevOps team and how do these roles deliver results together.
  • Why we have embraced a hybrid approach towards the Agile methodology specifically tailored to Finance IT applications.
  • How we have adapted the Scrum Sprint events to fit the way we are managing the product lifecycle meetings.
  • A detailed demo of how we are using the Agile ALM tool ‘Rally’ to organize products and daily deliverables using a five-tier hierarchy approach.
  • How we are integrating our Product Management tool with Rally.
  • Best practices, challenges, lessons learned and what remains to be accomplished.

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