Recommended EPM and Essbase Sessions at KScope 2015

Will be at KScope 2015 in just a few days and thought I would share a list of some of the most interesting sessions that I am going to try and attend.

I don’t have many EPM session this year as my role in BI Mobile keeps be pretty busy but here are the ones I will be giving.

EPM Sunday Symposium

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Smart View update and more.  Trust me I always have something fun to show!

Smart View with OBIEE – Great cross over session for EPM and BI

When: Jun 23, 2015, Session 9, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In this session, we will cover how to leverage the content you have created in OBI while using Microsoft Office as the front end. We will cover the creation of a mock “reporting deck” using PowerPoint and will demonstrate how to leverage great features in Excel and Smart View, allowing you to take full advantage of your BI data.

There are a bunch of other session in the EPM track but here are some of the key ones that I am thinking about attending.

Smart View Power Tools: Break New Analytical Ground with Smart Query

Ron Moore , TopDown Consulting
When: Jun 22, 2015, Session 4, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Smart Query doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it’s the key to a number of analytical capabilities that Essbase users never had before. In this step-by-step “how to” demonstration, we will start with the basics and cover all the techniques required to do these analytical tasks.

Introduction to Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service

Dave Roberts , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 22, 2015, Session 2, 9:45 am – 10:45 am

Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service provides a secure, collaborative, process-driven service for defining, authoring, reviewing, and publishing financial and management report packages.

The New Mobile Frontier: Hyperion & Oracle Business Intelligence

Edward Roske , interRel Consulting
When: Jun 24, 2015, Session 13, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Mobile is big. Really big. Huge in fact. In the world of Business Analytics Anywhere, we need to be able to build a solution once and then deploy it to a desktop, cell phone, or tablet. Before your CFO asks to pull up reports on her iPad, your VP of FP&A asks why we can’t put Planning on a tablet, or your users ask for dashboards on a mobile device, make sure you have a solution in mind. Luckily, Oracle has multiple excellent mobile answers: OBIEE Mobile Analytics, BI Mobile Application Designer, mobile Hyperion Financial Reporting, Hyperion Planning tablet, and Oracle EPM Mobile Approvals. In this session, you will be shown all the possible solutions and leave knowing the benefits of each one and the basics of how to implement. If you want to business analytics on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, join us to hear about the best current solutions available.

Put Your Own Ribbon on Smart View

Gary Adashek , General Electric
When: Jun 24, 2015, Session 11, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Oracle Hyperion EPM deploys a toolkit for end users in the form of a primarily Excel-based add-in. This add-in is how the software developer views the world, but what if your world looks a bit different? Make Smart View look the way you want, but let me easily show you how. We will be using the Smart View Toolkit, the Excel API, and freeware from Microsoft. In this presentation, I display and demonstrate a fully customized Excel ribbon designed to group commonly used Smart View menus and controls in an intuitive and easy-to-learn fashion. I will also demonstrate how everyone has the ability to create their own customized ribbon and show them how. 

What’s New and Coming in Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

Shankar Viswanathan , Oracle Corporation
Co-presenter(s): Marc Seewald, Oracle
When: Jun 24, 2015, Session 14, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

This session is an introduction to the Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) and reveals some of the new capabilities in this cloud offering.


Here are some Essbase sessions that I thought sounded interesting.

Essbase CDFs Explained: Pulling Back the Curtain and Opening a World of Possibilities

Robert Gideon , interRel Consulting
When: Jun 22, 2015, Session 1, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Unique challenges often arise during Essbase and Planning projects that require thinking outside of the box, or the calculator engine, as the case may be. Essbase Custom Defined Functions (CDFs) enhance the calculation functions included with Essbase. Essbase CDFs unleash the power of Java and open a world of possibilities. This session will demystify CDFs, show how to deploy them, and demonstrate how they can be used if the need arises.

The Essbase of Things: Essbase on the Cloud, Essbase with OBIEE, and What It All Means

Steve Liebermensch , Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 22, 2015, Session 4, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In addition to increasing its footprint in EPM, Oracle Essbase has a strong presence in many of the cloud offerings across Oracle and plays an integral role in Oracle’s BI Foundation Suite. This session will give you insight into the role of Essbase in the cloud, within BI, and how all of that will impact the way different consumers around the organization will interact with Essbase in the future. If that is not exciting enough, here is a set of completely unrelated buzz words: Hadoop, big data, data lake, social.

ASO, BSO, and Hybrid Calculations: What’s Fastest, How Hard Is It, and Which One Should You Use?

Cameron Lackpour , CL Solve
Co-presenter(s): Tim German, Qubix
When: Jun 23, 2015, Session 9, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Conventional wisdom has been to do complex calculations in BSO, partition the results to ASO, add limited calculation there, and then report. Is that the only model? ASO has a powerful procedural calculation language as well as MDX formulas. Does Hybrid change everything when it comes to BSO? Is there still a place for traditional BSO? Join this session and explore aggregation, FX, and allocation use cases in each engine, and then learn when, where, and how each is best used.


Overall too much great content to pick from and selecting content from BI, EPM and Essbase will make for a busy week!

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