I just returned to arcplan’s headquarters in Germany after spending the last week in San Antonio, TX for KScope, the Oracle Developer Tools User Group Conference. This was our second year in a row at the show and another fantastic experience. It's 5 days of knowledge sharing for Oracle customers, very applicable to real-life challenges and professionally delivered by industry experts with hand-on experience. And it's an event very different from typical vendor-driven user conferences, which tend to deliver more "marketing driven" material. Again this year, KScope felt more like "by Oracle users, for Oracle users."
The conference is an absolute must for Hyperion customers as it provides high quality content on a wide variety of topics of interest to them, from MDX to Essbase scripting to ASO cubes. While sometimes it was awkward for the conference to straddle the varied interests of attendees – especially between Apex developers and Hyperion/EPM attendees – the various tracks helped people find their niche. While my colleagues represented arcplan at our booth, I attended many sessions and heard first-hand how attendees were benefitting significantly from the knowledge shared and planning to apply it to their own projects. The Sunday symposiums provided a compact and good overview on some key aspects of Oracle database technologies and the future of Oracle planning, data integration, financial reporting and more. Our SVP Dwight deVera was on the agenda this year, presenting his infamous hour on Calculating ROI for Business Intelligence Projects. His session was as well-received as it was at Collaborate earlier this year.
At KScope, the conference atmosphere is very open and communicative. As an attendee, it provides a great opportunity to network and engage with organizations and individuals that share your same interests. As a vendor, it's a terrific event for arcplan. We help customers enhance their existing Oracle investments, which is exactly what attendees are there to figure out how to do.
At our booth, we had conversations with dozens of attendees, but 2 main themes emerged; mobile BI was the first. We discussed with nearly every person the options for delivering KPIs, dashboards and other analytic content from their Hyperion systems to executives and mobile workers. It's a challenge for Oracle customers, but arcplan Mobile makes it easy. I'm known for walking around conference with my iPad ready to show off our mobile solution and this event was no exception.
The second conversation that came up over and over again was how to extend the BI user community to a broader audience beyond the financial and data analysts using SmartView. Oracle customers expressed their desire for intuitive point-and-click access to data on any device, while leveraging their existing Essbase infrastructure and without being required to add another layer of complexity. We had a lot of fruitful discussions around this topic.
And, of course, the social events at KScope are top-notch. Our team especially enjoyed the Ranch & Rodeo at Knibbe Ranch – lots of pictures of are up now on Facebook.
On a personal note, I appreciated the international character as I met people from various countries, e.g. Finland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Turkey, and my native Germany. It speaks volumes that so many people travel a long way to participate.
We look forward to KScope13 in New Orleans!