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Guest Blogger: Glenn Schwartzberg

With Kscope12 coming soon, I’m excited about a new track being offered this year. It is the Essbase Beginner’s track. This track offers a full 18 sessions of content designed for new and newer Essbase developers/designers/users. The track has some of the best, most experienced presenters of the conference giving you the things they had to learn the hard way. (Six are Oracle ACE/ACE Directors, five have written Essbase books, and one is an Oracle development manager). The track is laid out logically from introduction to more detailed topics. Even if you have some experience, this is a great track as it helps you to consider things you had not thought of before.  I encourage you to tell your co-workers about this great way to increase their knowledge about Essbase.

You want me to lay out the schedule for you? No problem, this way you can easily schedule yourself without having to figure out what to attend.  (Note: some sessions are shared with other tracks).

If you want detailed information on these sessions look at the schedule at a glance

Day/time Presentation Speaker Room
Monday 8:30 Hyperion 101: An Introduction to the Oracle EPM/BI Suite Andrew Jorgensen Cibolo Canyon 9
Monday 10:00 Why Can’t I Look at an Essbase Cube? Angie Wilcox Cibolo Canyon 9
Monday 11:30 Essbase Application Design Considerations for Beginners Edward Roske Cibolo Canyon 9
Monday 2:45 Dimension and Data Loading Alice Lawrence Cibolo Canyon 9
Monday 4:15 BSO Calculation Basics Alice Lawrence Cibolo Canyon 9


Tues 8:30 Managing an EPM Project Successfully – A Client’s Perspective Panel led by Natalie Delemar Peony*
Tues 11:30 Don’t Do This! Effective Strategies to Avoid Building Ineffective ASO Cubes Martin Slack Cibolo Canyon 10/11*
Or Essbase Experts Panel Panel hosted by Edward Roske Cibolo Canyon 9*
Tues 2:15 Oracle Essbase Worst Practices – Lessons from a Moron Edward Roske Cibolo Canyon 10/11*
Tues 3:45 Automation: MaxL and Scripting Cameron Lackpour Cibolo Canyon 9
Tues 5:00 Intro to MDX and ASO Gary Crisci Cibolo Canyon 9


Wed 8:30 Getting the Most from EPM Product Support Oracle Support Cibolo Canyon 9
Wed 9:45 Getting the Most from EPM Product Support Part 2 Panel hosted by Robb Salzmann Cibolo Canyon 9
Wed 11:15 Intro to Essbase Studio Glenn Schwartzberg Cibolo Canyon 9
Wed 1:45 So Many Tools Which Do I Use Glenn Schwartzberg Cibolo Canyon 9
Wed 3:00 Essbase New Features Gabby Rubin Cibolo Canyon 9


Thurs 8:30 Beginning Calc Manager Jeff Richardson Cibolo Canyon 9
Thurs 10:30 Intro to Analysis Kevin Cox Cibolo Canyon 9
Thurs 11:45 Beginner’s Guide to Financial Reporting Mehmet Sevinc Cibolo Canyon 9

* Shared session with another track

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Today’s entry is an interview with Cameron Lackpour, one of the newest ODTUG Board Members, passionate blogger, presenter, and also one of the newest Oracle ACEs. Cameron also won the Best New Speaker Award for presenting at Kaleidoscope 2009. Cameron’s expertise lies in the EPM technology stack.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this talk with Cameron. Cameron was also interviewed back in 2010 for this blog (see that post here).

Cameron Lackpour

Early Bird Registration deadline is March 25. Register now for the lowest possible cost for attending a conference that will inspire you (like it has inspired countless others, including Cameron).

On to the interview…

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

CL: “Wow, that’s a tough one because there are so many parts of the conference that I enjoy, so I’ll cheat and give you a three point answer.

The quality – Excellence breeds excellence. What do I mean by that? I was involved in helping sort through the abstracts for this year’s BI and EPM sessions. Many worthy abstracts were rejected, not because they weren’t good on their own, but because the quality of other abstracts was so high. That was undoubtedly frustrating to those who submitted and were rejected, and I hope they try again next year, but attendees will benefit from some truly outstanding sessions.

The passion – If you’re a primary presenter, your conference fee (not your lodging or transport) is waived. That’s a lot of money, and very welcome, but if you take that amount and divide it by the hours put into the presentation, it works out to U.S. minimum wage or less. That’s been my experience, and unless I’m atypically slow in presentation creation, I suspect it’s true for everyone. My point is, the presenters aren’t in it for the money or adulation (I am patiently waiting for the Cameron groupies but they have yet to materialize), but put in all a lot of hard work because they feel they have valuable information to share with the rest of the world; ODTUG Kscope is their platform.

The people – As you might guess from the passion part of this answer, the types of people you meet at Kscope are inspiring. I’ve never met so many people so willing to share their knowledge. It’s more than inspiring, it’s humbling. I try to act in the same spirit.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

CL: “What, no easy questions? Okay, in general, I am against human cloning of humans because who knows, maybe I’m the clone in a The Island scenario, and then where would I be? Putting aside wild fantasy, I wish there were two or three or more of me, because then I could attend all of the BI & EPM sessions I want to see. There are the general favorites of course: Gary Crisci, Ron Moore, Steve Liebermensch, Tracy McMullen, Edward Roske, Glenn Schwartzberg, Tim Tow, and Rudy Zucca. There are also some new (or maybe not so well known) presenters that have intriguing sessions: Joe Aultman, John Booth, Justin D’Onofiro, Tim German, Michael Heukels, Eldon Liu, Josie Manzano-Stettler, Kelli Stein, Jake Turrell, and Heather Wine. I think you see my point about too much great content and only one me.”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

CL: “Finally, an easy one. Where else are you going to get the fantastic content married up to nice people who are wildly passionate about sharing knowledge? Nowhere else is where.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

CL: “You can’t imagine my disappointment when I found out that the Queen Mary is not the ship sunk in Victoria Harbour (that would be RMS Queen Elizabeth and even that isn’t there anymore) and that consequently my name is probably not actually Bond, James Bond. No cleverly disguised secret headquarters of MI6? Sigh, I will just have to walk through corridors that aren’t crazily askew and party with my fellow geeks. We probably have a longer shelf life than the double O section anyway.

You can take from the above insane ramblings, that no, I’ve never been to Long Beach. But I look forward to it. :)”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

CL: “I’m not sure “favorite” is the right term, unless you can describe a horrible sinking feeling in my stomach during the first Hyperion Kaleidoscope conference in New Orleans as a favorite moment. I went into that conference thinking I knew what I was doing and left after the four days knowing I desperately needed to raise the technical level of my game. It’s been a race ever since and one I wouldn’t be in if it weren’t for Kscope.

Perhaps the realization of professional complacency isn’t a typical happy Kscope moment, but one I wouldn’t trade for anything else. That kind of reality check on what I was doing professionally was and is incredibly valuable. The Oracle EPM world is fast paced and changing all the time. I rely on Kscope to get me up to speed on the latest product developments, learn better ways to implement the products I know or want to know, and decide which products to focus on for the next few years. I can’t get that anywhere else.”

Thanks Cameron!

Cameron’s blog can be found here: http://camerons-blog-for-essbase-hackers.blogspot.com/

To meet Cameron, come to ODTUG Kscope in Long Beach, CA June 26-30 – Where the Cool Kids Are!

I welcome your thoughts and comments. Feel free to contact me at mriley@odtug.com at any time. If you have anything you’d like to share about your Kscope experience, you can post a comment to this blog, or send me an e-mail at the above address.

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Next up for my blog was a chance to talk with Glenn Schwartzberg, fellow Oracle ACE and member of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG. Glenn has attended the past three ODTUG Kaleidoscope events (and is looking forward to this year’s Kscope just as much if not more).

Glenn Schwartzberg

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

GS: “The indepth knowledge of the presentations. They are not fluff and marketing but are packed full of information, tips, tricks, and useful ideas.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

GS: “This is a tough question. There are so many good presenters attending. Three stand outs are Edward Roske, Tracy McMullen and Cameron Lackpour. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable, Edward is extremely entertaining to watch. Tracy has such a vast knowledge of multiple products. Cameron always has great information to share.”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

GS: “This is the one conference where I have been able to learn the most in the least amount of time. The brain store behind the sessions is amazing. In addition, there is so much packed into the conference activities. I enjoy having a lot of fun as well.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

GS: “I live in Southern California and have been to Long Beach on several occasions. I’ve seen weddings, bag pipe competitions, and other events occurring aboard the Queen Mary. Long Beach is a great city. There are a lot of things to do and for those out-of-towners, it is close enough to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm that they could have the family join them at the end of the conference and make a mini vacation out of it. Me, I’ll just be going home to mow the lawn.”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment was…

GS: “…the first Kscope that invited the Hyperion folks in.  150+ people in one room for 4 days with so much awesome material that my head was spinning by the end of each day. From other years, the extras like the Hyperion Midnight Madness, Ask the Oracle ACE, and Hyperion Jeopardy. I understand the Hyperion event is planned to be another great gathering.”

Thanks Glenn!

Glenn has his own blog located at http://glennschwartzbergs-essbase-blog.blogspot.com.

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