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23 June 2017

The Dodeca Symposium at Kscope17

Parallel Lines

One way or the other

Tim Tow, president, CEO, and general Applied OLAP grand visionary has wanted a Dodeca symposium for ages – Five years?  Seven?  A long time for sure. – and come this Kscope17 it has finally happened.  

That’s right – this Sunday, 25 June 2017, at Kscope17, you can see the best spreadsheet management tool – aka what Excel and Essbase should be – in its very own track running at the same time as Oracle's symposiums.  This is big news both for Applied OLAP and ODTUG as there has never been a parallel (or any kind of for that matter) non-Oracle symposium at any Kscope.  Congratulations are due to Tim and his team for making this finally happens.

Sunday Geek

Do Symposiums have roadmaps?  New product announcements?  Customer presentations?  Deep dives?  Q&A with product management and development?  Dodeca has that and more.

If you use Essbase and you’re not using Dodeca, you owe it to yourself to attend.

This is all taking place in the Peony room at the JW Marriott San Antonio hotel.

Picture this

Sunday isn’t the end of Dodeca content at Kscope for there are sessions throughout the week.  Note that these are almost exclusively by customers, not consultants aka The Wretched of the Earth.  NB – I am a consultant and I heartily encourage you to come to my sessions but there can be no greater recommendation than that of a satisfied buyer.  Ask the geek who owns one.

Applied OLAP: Dodeca Customer Panel - Dodeca Customers Make Essbase Their Secret Weapon
Tim Tow , Applied OLAP, Inc.
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Vendor Presentation, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Vendor Presentation - Subtopic: Vendor Presentation
Learn how Abbott, The Kroger Company, Wells Fargo, Williams Energy , and LinkedIn combine Dodeca and Essbase to solve their business needs. Like many companies, they have diverse requirements. Join this session to find out how they implemented and build upon their Essbase footprint with the Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System. Participate in the Q&A session and ask questions directly to the panel. Dodeca - not just for planning, reporting, and analysis.

Essbase Does It, but Dodeca Makes It Easy! (The Sequel)
Stuart Yasukochi , Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical, Inc.)
Co-presenter(s): Doug Pearce, Analysis Team
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 8 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Grand Oaks G
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies
St. Jude Medical identified three key technical hurdles to converting their worldwide planning applications to a single ASO database. Learn how Currency Translation, Workforce, and Supporting Details’ complex functionality was achieved using core Essbase functionality with Dodeca’s versatility. Seamless integration between relational input views and Essbase provided for employee-level workforce planning and generalized supporting details inputs. Simple operations in BSO are not so simple in ASO such as currency conversion. Join us to learn how SJM was able to surmount these obstacles with increased efficiency and reduced complexity.

Did You Know Your Local Grocer Uses Essbase?
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday Session 9, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Peony
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies
Kroger is scaling Oracle Hyperion Essbase to 25,000 users and putting timely data in the hands of the tactical resources in thousands of stores. Stores can drill through to invoices, write back their labor estimates, and manage allocation factors that are critical to corporate through the Dodeca interface.

Introduction to Java and the Essbase Java API
Tim Tow , Applied OLAP, Inc.
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 13, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Other Essbase
Many Essbase customers and partners have requirements that extend beyond the 'out-of-the-box' capabilities shipped with the product. Thankfully, Essbase is a platform that features a very robust Java API that provides nearly endless possibilities allowing customers the ability to leverage their Essbase investment. Attend this session to learn the basics of how to get started with the Java programming language and with the Essbase Java API.

We Make Energy Happen: Oracle EPM Client Success Story at Williams
David Wells , Williams
Co-presenter(s): Arijit Chanda, Williams
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 16 , 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Grand Oaks H
Topic: Essbase - Subtopic: Essbase-related technologies
After an enterprise-wide reorganization, the FP&A group was faced with growing business requirements, slow and outdated systems, missed deadlines, and frustrated users. Learn how Williams super-charged its EPM environment using Planning, Essbase ASO, and Dodeca to cut processing times from four hours to 15 minutes and increase data capacity by over 10 times. With the system bottlenecks removed, the finance organization is not only meeting deadlines, but performing more comprehensive analyses and other projects neglected previously due to system restraints.

That’s an unprecedented amount of content for a non-Oracle product and proof, if proof be needed, that Dodeca and Applied OLAP are leaders in the Oracle EPM space.

I know but I don’t know

The story of my life although I’m pretty sure I know that I don’t know.  But do you need to be in this perpetual state of barely self-aware ignorance when it comes to Essbase and spreadsheets?  No.  And how do you solve that?  Attend Kscope17 (natch) and the Dodeca sessions starting with this Sunday’s (just two short days from now) symposium.

Will anything happen?

You will learn how and why Dodeca customers love Dodeca.  

You will learn how you can Make Essbase Great Again.

Geek of Glass

In case it isn’t obvious I am a huge fan of Dodeca (I even wrote a book chapter about it).  Also, if you clicked on the links in this post you’ll have noticed that I am also quite a Blondie fan although even I can’t stretch a connection between the two.

Join me, the Applied OLAP team, and most of all Dodeca’s satisfied customers this Sunday, won’t you?

Be seeing you.

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