Seminar Session Presentations - MOUS 2018
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Track Title Abstract Start/Stop Room
EPM Imagine That! Explore HFM
Design Concepts

(KScope 2018 Financial Close and Overall Top Speaker Award) Christopher Barbieri, Finit Solutions
Come to this session to expand your imagination and explore a variety of HFM application design concepts. We will cover strategies of translating every entity into one or more reporting currencies regardless of the entity hierarchy. We will explore different ways to handle flow dimensions, data sources, and currency translation adjustments. Do you want to make Parent Currency adjustments without the drawbacks of the value dimension? What about loading local currency and USD? Examine inventive ways to use custom dimensions and find out why more is sometimes better. Oracle ACE Chris Barbieri will share knowledge from his nearly two decades of experience with HFM application design, helping you find practical ways to reduce your maintenance, improve performance, and make better use of HFM.
EPM Building a World Class EPM Platform as a Service
(KScope 2018 EPM Infrastructure Top Speaker) Joseph Nasal, GE Digital
Over the last two years, GE has built out a large shared services team to handle all aspects of Oracle EPM Hyperion. This session will focus on the PaaS organization within the shared services, which was built to handle the day-to-day operations and new architecture of the Exalytics and Exadata environments.

In this session, Joseph Nasal, will discuss how, as a service team, GE built a state of the art platform to handle the day-to-day management of a world class EPM platform. Joseph will focus on the team organizational structure, automation tools, how to size out your team, and how to keep the environments humming through patch releases and performance testing and tuning.
EPM EPBCS / PBCS / Hyperion Planning 101: The Freshman Level Intro Class
(KScope 2018 Planning Top Speaker) Cindy Eichner, Finit Solutions
Considering PBCS or EPBCS for your budgeting and forecasting solution? Need to make a case to management to get away from all the spreadsheets? Don’t want the sales hype but just real-life examples? This session will show some solutions; learn what works well and what might need some tweaks in the product. For example, learn about features which can be used to guide the user through the planning cycle or how the product can be used to implement rolling forecasts. Beyond the technical, learn about the project phases necessary to implement, both the planning processes and the product, to ensure the end state goal. Questions encouraged! Leave this session with a beginner’s knowledge of the product and how it could be used for your planning cycles.
EPM A Critical Comparison of the Oracle EPM On-Premises vs. Cloud Solutions
Jim Kubik, interRel Consulting
Oracle EPM in various incarnations has been around for over 25 years. Some of those older products lead their respective spaces: the top consolidation product in the world is still HFM, the top budgeting solution is Hyperion Planning, & the top cube technology is Oracle Essbase. Is there a rush to throw out the tried & true Oracle EPM solutions? We'll compare the traditional on-prem products to their new Cloud replacements. What are the pros and cons of each and to the point, what should we be implementing today?
EPM Taking Health Care Planning to the Cloud: A Migration Success Story
Natalie Underhill, University of Michigan Health System
This presentation will give all attendees of MOUS 2018 who have considered cloud hosted applications, hope! If you currently manage your organization’s Hyperion Planning application on premise and are considering a cloud migration to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS), this is the presentation to attend.
It is a real life example of a large health care organization who struggled with the costs of managing the complex infrastructures of on-premise applications and was looking to define a vision for future application administration that would facilitate faster and higher quality financial management and analytics. The presentation will illustrate some of the real world challenges organizations face today and how painless it can be to take your planning application to the cloud.
The ideal target audience for this presentation will be the decision makers, hands-on front-line systems administrators and power users. The folks who understand the frustrations of managing on-premise applications and are seeking to take control of their hosted application strategy. They know their users and understand the fear of change but are poised to move their Organization forward and maximize their resources and improve decision making.
The presentation will set the stage by describing the old application and budgeting process at the University of Michigan Health System. It will highlight the pain points faced and will describe the process used to develop a cloud hosted strategy and why moving the Hyperion Planning application to the cloud was the right decision.
Next the audience will be introduced to the strategy and migration that was employed. The decisions made to undertake the project, the consulting model used, the timeline that we defined for implementation and how we managed the organizational change management. This section will include the technical migration plan employed as well as the testing and validation. It will briefly discuss the rationale of the implementation plan timing and adjustments that were made along the way. It will cover how to manage applications in the cloud including backups and managing the monthly maintenance cycles. We will share how our team adjusted and adapted our application administration processes for a cloud environment and how our work cycles have changed. We will also share our rollout plan and training approach and the strategies used to increase user engagement throughout the process.
Finally, we will share with the audience our overall experience. We will show you how easy and painless the process can be and leave you wondering why you haven’t made the move to the cloud.
It is our hope the audience will be able to relate to our experiences. That they will be able to draw similarities with their own situations and at a minimum take comfort in knowing they are not alone. Ideally, audience members will be able to take elements of our strategy and implementation plan and build a business case for migrating to the cloud and return to MOUS next year with success stories of their own.
EPM Create your own Oracle Data Visualization custom PLUGIN
Gary Adashek, GE DigitaL
This presentation will teach you how to build your own Oracle Data Visualization custom PLUGIN
EPM Asurion’s Quest to "Insure" Profitability with Oracle PCMCS
Brian Deegan, Peloton Group
Do you remember the last time you shattered your phone screen? Asurion sure does! Although they are the superheroes of smart devices for many people, even they can use a little help sometimes.
Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Services (PCMCS) provides a robust, enterprise-grade allocation solution that is significantly more cost effective and easier to manage than previous on-premise solutions. Asurion implemented PCMCS to establish clear connections between the consumption of resources within the business and how those resources are used to drive customer and product profitability. Asurion started their journey to the cloud by migrating allocations from an existing on-premise custom Oracle Planning solution to PCMCS. The end result is a high-performing allocation solution, which provides improved result transparency and costs less.
In this session, we will review how Asurion’s hybrid EPM deployment (existing on-prem DRM, Planning, HFM, etc.) accelerated their ability to take advantage of the PCMCS benefits and established a foundation for their cloud presence. We will also share best practices that the team developed, the superhero-like features, performance optimization, and reporting benefits, which contributed to the success of the Asurion PCMCS implementation.
EPM Oracle's FCCS: Lessons Learned in Implementation
Gary Popielarczyk, Tier1
Is implementing Oracle's Financial Close and Consolidation Services (FCCS) on your IT roadmap? FCCS in the Cloud was created to be an out-of-the-box solution, but there are still various factors that can impact your implementation. With numerous on-premise and cloud EPM implementations under their belts, our experts at Tier1 have some best practices and lessons learned to share with you.
Key takeaways from this webinar:
-The importance of dimensionality
-What can be used from your existing HFM application
-Pitfalls to avoid
Join us for this engaging session to learn from our experience and expertise with Oracle Financial Close and Consolidation Service implementations. We will discuss the common obstacles and considerations that need to be taken into account when planning an FCCS implementation.
EPM PBCS & Oracle Analytics Cloud Together: Why, When, & How
Jim Kubik, Interrel
Oracle has powerful planning and forecasting solutions in the Cloud with PBCS along with easy to use data visualizations and dashboarding in the Cloud with OAC. While PBCS has its own dashboarding capabilities, there is still a compelling use case for combining PBCS and OAC into a best practice solution. Join us for this session where we will share with you the “Why” on use cases for PBCS and OAC, the “When” of when it makes sense to combine and what stage of the implementation process, and the “How” of how to actually integrate data between the two solutions. We’ll demo examples of the integrations start to finish and show you the power of OAC on top of PBCS and other data sets from an end user perspective.    
EPM Best Practices for Moving HFM to FCCS
Jay Henson, Peloton Group
The legacy of HFM as the leading close, consolidation, and reporting tool set a very high bar for measuring the success of Oracle's cloud offering—Financial Close and Consolidation Cloud Service (FCCS). Oracle has invested significantly in FCCS to incorporate customer feedback as well as the recommendations of leading implementers to provide a world-class cloud solution. Peloton was among the first partners to deploy FCCS and has continued to be a leader in successful FCCS implementations. This session will share knowledge and best practices derived from our portfolio of client successes.
EPM Planning & Budgeting Cloud- Integrations with Internal/External Systems
John Taylor, Vertical Edge
E-PBC and PBC provide for flexible and extensive Planning solutions. Getting data in, out and every in between your application can be challenging. In this session we will explore the options for integrations and provide firsthand example of how to meet several unique needs for integrating with E-PBC/PBC and non-Oracle systems. This will cover how to receive source data as well as provide data to downstream processes. Join this session we share our insights and examples on creating integration processes within E-PBC/PBC.    
Tech/Tools Leveraging Partitioned External Tables: Primer and Practical Examples
James Czuprynski, ViON Corporation
Oracle Database 12c is the first release to offer the capability to access a file in HDFS or HIVE format as an EXTERNAL table. Through live and recorded demonstrations, this session will explain how an Oracle DBA can leverage these new features to gather data in tabular format from these file formats while leveraging the best tool ever designed to filter, sort, aggregate, and report information: Structured Query Language.
Session Outline:
Through presentations and online demonstrations, this session will:
- Review the growing need to access Big Data in different file formats stored in NoSQL databases and data lakes
- Illustrate how to leverage Oracle Big Data SQL to access and process data in other formats
- Provide practical boundaries for leveraging these techniques accessing
Tech/Tools Caveat Nuba Emptor: Matching Your Organization’s 12cR2 Needs To the Best OPC Database
James Czuprynski, ViON Corporation
You’re an Oracle DBA whose CIO has at last agreed to embrace the Oracle Public Cloud (OPC) and now you’re ready to begin your journey. But now you face another difficult task: choosing from an almost dizzying array of options as you start your trek to building your first 12cR2 database in the OPC.
This session will give you some much-needed practical advice using an actual example of implementing an application performance evaluation environment using Swingbench’s TPCDS model to compare the original Oracle Database as a Service (DBAAS) – aka the Database Schema Service – versus its latest and greatest incarnation, Exadata Express and even the newest “bare metal” OPC options so that you can choose wisely, begin your OPC trek, and never regret your decision.
Session Outline:
Through presentations and online demonstrations, this session illustrates how to:
- Choose between the various Oracle Public Cloud (OPC) options for your application environment
- Compare the benefits, advantages, and drawbacks of DBAAS vs. Exadata Express
- Leverage a simple checklist for deciding which option is best for what you’re attempting to accomplish
Tech/Tools Innovation, the Oracle Cloud, Big Data, IOT, and Robotics Future
Rich Niemiec, Viscosity NA
Innovation, the Oracle Cloud, Big Data, IOT, and Robotics Future   Auditorium
Tech/Tools Autonomous Oracle Cloud
Michael Clark, Oracle
Autonomous Oracle Cloud    
Tech/Tools Journey to the Cloud: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started
Doug Hahn, Datavail
Moving to the cloud can raise more questions than answers. Do I move and improve to Infrastructure as a service, or redesign my business processes on Software as a Service. We will cover several cloud migrations to OAC, EBS/Cloud (HCM/Financials) and Hyperion, and outline what went well and what could have gone better.    
Tech/Tools Upgrading to 12c database: Performance and New Features
This session will provide useful tips on minimizing the downtime for the 12c database upgrade as well as techniques to ensure a smooth upgrade. The session will also detail the new features introduced in 12c (release 1 and release 2) including performance enhancements. The session will also provide techniques on how to deal with post upgrade issues such as execution plan changes, regressions, etc..    
Tech/Tools What's New in Oracle Analytics Cloud?
Jim Kubik, Interrel
OAC was released in March 2017. One year later and what does it look like? Is it now the time for you to use it? In this session, we'll discuss the rapid rate of enhancements, limitations (if any), and what factors you should consider for migration. We will cover Essbase, Business Intelligence, and Data Visualization for a complete platform analysis.    
Apps Why Data Exploration is Important and How OAC Will Help You Get There
Jim Kubik, Interrel
Data Visualization is the newest member of the Oracle BI family! Whether you are using OBIEE or in the clouds with Oracle Analytic Cloud, or on the Desktop; Data Viz allows people to rapidly dig into their data and create visualizations off of many sources. This freedom of self-service often presents new challenges. People who are new to Data Visualization are often confused by all the possible visualization options or they do not know which to use for their data story or they pick the wrong visualization. We will discuss the various visualization types; showing where and how they are best used to help tell the data story and drive deeper data discovery.    
BI / Big Data/ Cloud Clustering, Sentiment and Trend-lines, Oh My!
Catherine Summers, Vertical Edge Consulting Group
Not a data scientist or a statistics wonk? No problem. We’ll do a tour around OAC including how to create meaningful trend lines and clustering. Next we’ll dive into data flows to accomplish things that have been challenging in the past like Time Series Forecast and finally we’ll take a look at the machine learning available right out of the box in ODV that anyone can do. This session will use a live demo to explore the usage of data flow and data visualization to organize and integrate data sources to produce trained data models you can use again and again.
BI / Big Data/ Cloud Discover How Managing your Data is a Snap in OAC
Azfar Siddiqui and Catherine Summers, Vertical Edge Consulting Group
Basic Summary for Attendees: A tour around OAC data flows and data visualizations.

Gone are the days when business users had to wait weeks or even months for the ETL and reporting teams to get their data turn into presentable report analysis. With Oracle Analytics cloud (OAC), users can leverage simple tools such as data flow and data visualization to achieve a powerful self-service BI model to quickly turn raw data into actionable insights. This session will explore the usage of data flow and data visualization to organize and integrate data sources to produce curated data and visualize it. Come join us.
Technologies or Products Used: OAC, data flow and data visualization
Target Audience: Anyone who wants to learn more about OAC, data flow and data visualization.
BI / Big Data/ Cloud First things first - Save money on your BI project with proper planning
Jay Canupp, AXIA Consulting
Avoid a failed a failed or troubled BI project. Many OBIEE projects spend too little time planning before execution. This results in missed opportunities for impactful improvements to the reporting process at a predictable cost. Proper planning also mitigates the risk of cost overruns and reduces the likelihood of project challenges. This presentation shares best practices in preparing for a new BI tool to reduce costs and increase results. Cloud, On-Prem, or shared tenant.    
BI / Big Data/ Cloud Getting Into the Business Intelligence Game: Migrating OBIA to the Cloud
Christian Screen, Datavail
Cloud solutions continue to expand into the mainstream with obvious material value for businesses that have historically focused on their on-premise solutions. With all major concerns for security in the cloud addressed by bank grade encryption, integration by REST APIs and other supported interfaces, and a growing base of supported production customers, the concerns are turning to action. But there are still lingering questions on architectural best practices and the general approach to move from on premise to the cloud especially for multi-tiered solutions such as Oracle BI Applications. Questions are now less about concern and more about how to move forward. How much of the on-premise software architecture can be migrated to the cloud? And, how can it be done with best practices with the least risk and exposure? And, while getting it right the first time? This session discusses best practice architecture for migrating the Oracle BI Applications to the cloud. It focuses on the Oracle cloud platform and database services, with a nod to infrastructure services, to lay out the idea of the hybrid cloud, and variations of the new age cloud BI/DW architecture for your analytics environment to succeed while operating at the same reliability or better all the while benefiting from what the cloud offers best.    
BI / Big Data/ Cloud Journey to the Cloud: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started
Doug Hahn, Datavail
Moving to the cloud can raise more questions than answers. Do I move and improve to Infrastructure as a service, or redesign my business processes on Software as a Service. We will cover several cloud migrations to OAC, EBS/Cloud (HCM/Financials) and Hyperion, and outline what went well and what could have gone better.    
BI / Big Data/ Cloud The Next Generation of Essbase and Oracle BI: Oracle Analytics Cloud
Jim Kubik, Interrel
If you’ve been waiting for Essbase to come to the Cloud, the wait is over. Essbase is the key technology in the new Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) that merges all of Oracle’s Business Intelligence products into one unified solution that’s now so simple, anyone can use it. Many of you will be wondering: “is this solution ready now?” and while the short answer “it is,” we’ll demonstrate a real Essbase Cloud application to show you just how ready it is. Join us at we explain how Essbase and Analytics are joining forces in the new Oracle Analytics Cloud... and which flavors of OAC are right for you.