I returned from KScope, the Oracle Developer Tools User Group Conference, in Long Beach, CA late last week, along with my colleagues Dwight deVera & Pete Flagella. arcplan exhibited at the show – our first time there – and already can't wait to do it again next year in San Antonio. We hoped to meet a number of Hyperion and Oracle Essbase users and found that at least 50% of the 1,000 attendees seemed to be up our alley. We had wonderful conversations with attendees who stopped by to see a brief demonstration of arcplan Enterprise and arcplan Mobile on top of Essbase and we exchanged thoughts on Smart Views. The attendees were a great group, along with the organizers who created a very well coordinated event with a positive and encouraging atmosphere. We overheard that this was the best attended KScope ever.
I personally attended a number of the educational sessions and found them to be extremely valuable. And as a vendor, it's encouraging that the attendees don't just think of the exhibit hall as a grab-and-go fest. Many people took time to converse with us and give us their feedback on our products, even testing out arcplan Mobile on an iPad before entering to win one for themselves.
I think everyone's favorite thing about KScope this year was the Wednesday evening event on the Queen Mary. Food, open bar, dueling pianos, poker, and fireworks! How will they top it next year? I have no idea, but I'll be there to find out.