ODTUG Learn from Home Series

Like many of you, I was excited to go to Kscope in June! And then Covid-19 happened, and ODTUG took the right decision to cancel it. The Learn from Home Serie is not a complete replacement to the real thing, and we’ll certainly miss the human interaction we can get at this amazing conference. But I am sure it will cover the content aspect of it just as well as the conference. And of course it’s free to attend, and obviously free to travel to , so a great educational bang for your buck!

Just in case you need help deciding  which sessions you want to attend, here is my short list of the sessions I am the most looking forward to. All the hours below are Eastern Time.

Oracle Analytics Data Visualization in an EPM World | EPM Reporting/Essbase track | Tuesday, May 19 | 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | Wayne Van Sluys and Shane Eckert, interRel Consulting

Data visualization is becoming more and more important to all finance users and EPM is no exception, this session will be a good opportunity to see what Oracle has to offer.

Lights-Out EPM Cloud Automation at Thomas Jefferson Using REST API | EPM Integration/Infrastructure track | Tuesday, May 19 | 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. | Vatsal Gaonkar, Alithya

We’ve all heard the REST API buzz word… But how many of us are actually using it? This sessions has the potential to show you how you can use EPM Automate, REST API, and PowerShell scripts to make the most out of your EPM investment.

The entire Emerging Technologies track

Let’s face it: RPA, AI, ML and other of these acronyms are in our future. We all need to get ready. Learning about these technologies is one of my goals for this year. I don’t expect to be an expert after attending these 6 sessions, but I am sure I will be a little but closer to achieving this goal!

Oracle EPM Symposium | EPM Essbase track | Wednesday, May 20 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Whenever I attend Kscope, I make sure to not miss the Oracle EPM Symposium. I plan to do the same when attending this ODTUG Learn from Home Series… I expect to hear some important announcements from the Product Management team regarding the exciting upcoming features of the next 12 months.

Take Groovy to Places You Never Thought Were Possible—Mind-Blowing Functionality | EPM Essbase/Planning track | Thursday, May 21 | 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | Kyle Goodfriend, The Hackett Group

I was recently leading an EPM Cloud project that had me writing some Groovy rules for Planning and Kyle’s blog was an incredibly valuable resource when I was looking for inspiration. I expect this session to deliver the same. If you are an EPM Cloud Enterprise Planning user, you must attend this one!

Replacing HFM Functions and Calcs in FCC | EPM Financial Close track | Thursday, May 21 | 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. | Eric Erikson, PQR Company

As the number of customers upgrading from HFM to FCC keeps going up, this topic is more relevant than ever, and we as a community still have a lot to learn from each other. I think this session will be a significant contribution to our collective knowledge, and I am impatient to hear the ideas Eric came up with on his projects.

A Guide to Agile Development and DevOps in the Oracle Cloud | Modern App Development track |Friday, May 22 | 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. | Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle Corporation

I’m always interested in ways to keep improving how we run projects. The concepts of Agail and DevOps are starting to gain traction with clients. If you have never heard about it, or if you are curious to know more, I suggest you join this session and learn how development teams can do twice the work in half the time.


I hope you will enjoy this remote learning experience! Make sure you register for the tracks you want to attend. You need to register once for each day and each track.

If you have other sessions you are looking forward to, or if you are attending and want to share your thoughts, feel free to use the comments below.

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