Mike RileyBlogger: Mike Riley

For a quick break from some of the content based posts that we have been doing today, I thought I’d tell you a bit about the resort’s golf facilities. I got the opportunity to play a round of golf on the site visit that I did with Kathleen McCasland and Crystal Walton back in January of 2011. Being the middle of winter, it wasn’t the warmest round of golf I had ever played, but compared to St. Louis winter weather, San Antonio is downright balmy.

I got to play on the course with a couple of the resident golf pros, and while I certainly wasn’t the quality of playing partner that these two gentlemen were used to, they seemed to enjoy the day with me as we were able to take our time and enjoy the course. They were able to tell me a little information about the course (as it had only been open a little over a year at that point).

From http://www.tpcsanantonio.com, “TPC San Antonio is a model of environmentally sound methods and practices, beginning with two of the most well-planned, eco-friendly layouts ever conceived. The highlight of these layouts is a closed-loop irrigation system, which ensures the protection of the Edwards Aquifer and supports the TPC Network’s vision of all courses designated as Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Systems. TPC San Antonio was designed to take full advantage of the abundant natural resources, majestic trees and indigenous flora and fauna found throughout the property, including the adjacent 750-acre nature preserve and sanctuary for the protection of the Golden-Cheek Warbler.”  (http://www.edwardsaquifer.org/) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwards_Aquifer).

You may ask, what is an aquifer? Well, thanks to WikiPedia, here is a link that tells you quite a bit about this – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquifer.

Back to the golf course. This is a beautiful golf course, difficult, but fair for even us high handicappers (although not official, I’d put my handicap around 18-22). I had a great time playing it. Here is a picture of the course from the hotel:

In the vein of one of those fish stories (“it was this big”), I had one memorable hole on the course. It was a par 4, #13 on the Oaks course. Playing up to my handicap, I hit a really poor tee shot that left me short of a bunker. Once again, playing very consistently, I chopped my next shot into the greenside bunker. Because I did not want to go back to the cart to get a sand wedge, I decided to play a pitching wedge out of the trap. This was ultimately a bad decision, as I was unable to get the ball out of the bunker. At this point, one of the pros asked me what club I was using. Of course he knew what club I had, but politely was hinting that maybe I’d be better off with a sand wedge. I told him I was using my pitching wedge, he asked if he could get my sand wedge for me, I said no and took my stance. The golfing gods must have been smiling, because I got the ball out of the trap and lo and behold, the ball went in the cup! Of course, a bogey, but nonetheless, it was the moment that I always look for in every sport that I have played: at least one moment that makes you want to come back again another time! Perhaps the funniest thing about that moment was what the pro who asked if I wanted him to get my sand wedge said “Well, I guess you don’t want me to caddy for you anymore!”  🙂

Why do I tell you all of this? Well, the PGA holds the Texas Valero Open at the TPC San Antonio every year, and in 2012, that is this upcoming weekend, April 19-22. TV coverage is on the Golf Channel (http://www.golfchannel.com/) on the 19th and 20th exclusively, and then on the 21st and 22nd, coverage will be on CBS (http://www.cbs.com) on Saturday and Sunday (there may be golf coverage on the Golf Channel early on the weekend as well).

Look for amazing views of the golf course itself, and the facilities at the resort. I remember last year watching the coverage during our monthly ODTUG Board conference calls and wanting to tell everyone to watch and see where KScope12 was going to be held. Of course, we had not announced the location of KScope12 yet, so that was not possible.

You can find several videos and coverage of last year’s action on the Texas Valero Open website here – (http://valerotexasopen.org/).

Also, as an add-on to your KScope12 conference experience, may I suggest that a perfect opportunity to play some golf at the TPC San Antonio is during our first EVER KScope scramble golf event. The registration is not free, but when else can you say that you got the chance to play on a course that the PGA professionals play on? For more information, and to register – (http://kscope12.com/events/golf-tournament).

OH, by the way, if you haven’t registered for the conference, here’s where you need to go – (http://kscope12.com/registration).

Are you interested in playing some golf at KScope12? Answer the poll below, or leave us a comment!

Kellyn Pot’VinGuest Blogger: Kellyn Pot’Vin

Short Introduction:

I’m Kellyn Pot’Vin, pronounced Poet-vaughn, and I’m a senior technical consultant with Enkitec, an Oracle-centric consulting partner, (www.Enkitec.com).  I have a technical blog, dbakevlar.com, am part of the board of directors for RMOUG, and thanks to Chet Justice, (ORACLENERD.com) also part of the database track for Kscope12. I live in Westminster, CO with my partner, Tim, along with my three children, Sam, Cait, and Josh.

You can reach me via gmail at dbakevlar or I can be followed on Twitter @DBAKevlar and Facebook or LinkedIn as Kellyn Pot’Vin.

Now for the post:

All DBAs have experienced this. We come in after a weekend or a couple days have simply gone by when suddenly, a user or your manager approaches you and says, “You know, we had a performance problem on XYZ at 00 o’clock. I’d like to know what happened and why the database performed so poorly…”

The database is always guilty until proven innocent and the DBA must be the one to represent it. The more you know about how to find historical information that can justify the database is innocent; the better off your database environment is from becoming the source of blame every time something goes awry. The additional benefit of having the users and managers coming to you to find out what *REALLY* happened when performance challenges occur vs. having assumptions rule the day.

The example below has occurred just recently for a client. The manager wants to know why he continues to have blocked sessions in his APEX application. Even though this example is from an APEX issue, I felt it was a good one to use for this example.

As the DBA, we start by viewing Top Activity from Enterprise Manager and it’s easy enough to capture the issue in the grid historical view (click on the image to see in full size):

I know they say “Girls love pink,” but no matter what gender DBA you are, you don’t like anything in the pink, red, orange, or brown family on our grid. As the red section is easy enough to pinpoint the area of concern and the complaint, you can direct all of your attention to this point in time.

As the Active Session History is aggregated, the specifics seen in the left side is obscured. We clearly see the two sessions on the right that are also in red and can drill down, making the easy assumption that they are related:

Having the same SQL_ID substantiates the assumption and we can move forward.

You could drill down and come up with your own data, but today, my preference is to have a report that will clearly link all data and leave less to assumption. You have the time of the impact by the issue, running an ASH report is an easy way to see what occurred.

An ASH report is a simple task to run from the Enterprise manager, but we’re going to run this from the command line for the example.

Log into the database server, set your environment and change directories to the one you would like to write the report to. Log into the database with SQL Plus, as a user who has the privileges to execute an ASH report and execute the following:

You will only need the snapshot in time you want the report for:

Yes, the format for the snapshot is not the same as for an ADDM or AWR report but not difficult and Oracle ensures to even remind you of the format to use. My snapshot is from 9:09 AM and the duration I chose is thirty minutes. I then simply name the report and that’s all there is to the command line version to generating an ASH report.

The report is then deposited in the current directory you have run the report from and you can view/vi the report from a Linux/unix prompt.

The top wait event is something we would expect to see and the second not so much- CPU and Waits for CPU.

The second wait event line is less common and a serious concern for any DBA- transaction row lock contention.

The TCP socket (KGAS) is the network waits we could see at the top and are part of a separate export process, (can be seen as a light brown section in the Grid of the first graphic). It should not be considered as part of the scenario at and justifies why having a second view, such as EM, is handy when looking into an issue. It often quickly helps you rule out what is NOT part of the problem.

The next section of the ASH report shows us a bit more info:

Again, we see the transaction row lock contention. This section also shows us what is seen as the cause of the wait. Top service/modules show the problem from APEX and which “page” is the heaviest percent of the activity.

We can see what applications are experiencing the contention and which area of the application, in this case APEX, is the heaviest percentage of the action. This can be very valuable for the developer who may be assisting you on resolving the issue. I strongly believe that to come to the right solution, you should involve all the right skilled individuals. I’m the DBA- yes, I can and have been in the development role, but I would be wise to include the developer who knows this code, this application best. To not include him would be arrogant and ask for assumptions to be made.

We have now approached the section of our report that lists out the sid/serial# for the top sessions.  This offers us a clear view, which happens to include our two SIDs that we saw on the first grid panel in red, of the wait TX, (transaction) row lock contention. Note that there is one sid that is shown above it for top sessions. This is something you definitely want to take note of. We can then see in the next section why there is the wait and why sid 412 is listed first:

Well, no wonder SIDs 423 and 458 aren’t happy-  412 is blocking them! Now we need to know why 412 is blocking.

It is easy to see the matched % Event on the XXX_RPTS table and the 412 blocking session above.

We also know that the TX Row Lock Contention is showing on a sequence. A sequence should not be holding up a transaction, unless odd circumstances-

Check the sequence…

Hmmm…not as good as I would prefer…  This we can fix up, but THERE has to be something more…

So what is the sequence being used for?  Check for triggers-

Now I’m really curious and want to see all of this trigger’s code, so let’s take a look:

Now I’ve experienced triggers with more complex logic coded into them and this is packaged code from Oracle, too, but this is a “hidden” wait that often is difficult to find for most DBAs and Developers. What started out as a simple update to a table becomes much more when a trigger has a bit of complexity added into it, just a bit of logic that might be better put elsewhere.

Triggers are powerful, but they must be gauged wisely and understand the performance risk that can arise when too much complexity occurs either in the trigger or in the application logic or due to database growth, (or all three.)

The questions to ask the developer or application support person could be similar to the following:

  • Why can’t these columns have default values when null?
  • What is the business reason for the insert/update to the secondary table, (many times the trigger may have outlived its use, ask them to justify it.)
  • Note the indices- are indexes present that may help the process and/or are their indices impacting it that are not used, (need to monitor a few indexes)?
  • Could the complex logic be moved to a procedure or package that can be called from the application?
  • If the trigger is used for auditing or reporting tables, would a materialized view or other option be a better choice at this stage in the database’s life?
  • Can the logic in the trigger be simplified?

This is a lot of data for any developer to take in and the developer may get frustrated when they fully understand what is occurring inside the database each time this trigger fires vs. what they may have assumed was a simple transaction. Your job as a DBA is to support him/her and if the design/code can be changed to improve performance to stop the blocking session issue, then proceed forward to do so.

I will be speaking/attending the following conferences the next couple of months:

Miracle World 2012, Denmark, http://mow2012.dk/

April 19th: ASH Analytics- Top Activity, the Next Generation

April 20th: EM12c, Making it work for you!

OUG Harmony, Finland, http://www.ougf.fi/

May 30st: EM12c, Making it work for you!

OUG Harmony, Latvia, http://www.ougf.fi/

June 1st: EM12c, Making it work for you!

Kscope12, San Antonio, TX, http://kscope12.com/

June 27th: EM12c, Making it work for you!

E4, Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo, Los Colinas, TX, www.enkitec.com

August 13-14, New Date and More Details to Come!

Here is round 2 of ODTUG President Mike Riley’s list of quotes of about Kscope.

David Peake

“ODTUG Kaleidoscope continues to be THE premier conference for APEX developers. Once again this year there are over 40 APEX sessions and the best social networking opportunities. Whenever you get that many people together in one place, passionate about the same things as you, it is sure to be worthwhile.” – David Peake – Principal Product Manager – Oracle Application Express (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/oracle-application-express-and-david-peake/)

“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.” – Glenn Schwartzberg – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/where-to-learn-the-most-in-the-least-amount-of-time/)

John Flack

“Great developers helping developers – how could you help learning something worth the price of admission?” – John Flack – Oracle ACE (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/odtug-conversation-with-washington-dc-native-john-flack/)

“The best thing about the Kscope conference is the focus on tools and techniques, and the chance to network within a friendly environment.” – Mark Rittman – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/the-queen-mary-a-great-british-piece-of-workmanship/)

Patrick Cimolini

“Kscope tells it like it is from the developer’s perspective.  You find out what technology works and what doesn’t work.” – Patrick Cimolini (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/odtug-kscope-an-idea-meet-market/)

“I don’t even think there’s a comparable event. This is the only event I know of (from the APEX viewpoint) that has most of the Oracle APEX team along with some of the best APEX developers in the world presenting at.” – Martin Giffy D’Souza – Oracle ACE Director – ODTUG Board Member (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/03022011/)

Alex Nuijten

“Kscope is a real developer’s conference. The presenters tell from personal experience and that’s what makes it so great. It’s not some marketing story, but real useful material.” – Alex Nuijten – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/kscope20110223/)

“Some conferences are too big, others are too small. Kscope seems to have that perfect balance where you feel you’re a part of something big but not so big it inhibits one of the main reasons for attending – knowledge transfer.” – Dan McGhan – Oracle ACE (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/kscope-seems-to-have-the-perfect-balance/)

Cameron Lackpour

“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.” – Cameron Lackpour – Oracle ACE – ODTUG Board Member (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/quality-passion-and-the-people-excellence-breeds-excellence/)

“The (still relative) small size of the conference makes it easy to speak to whoever you like.” – Roel Hartman – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/easy-to-speak-to-whoever-you-like/)

Dimitri Gielis

“…KScope became *the* conference to meet the developers around the world. Next to that a big portion of the APEX Development team is present too. I always love to talk to these nice people who are working so hard to give us the best product possible.” – Dimitri Gielis – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/the-conference-to-meet-the-developers-around-the-world/)

“So: why KScope? The ODTUG conferences are the best places I can go in the Oracle market where I can be with people who think and talk about these things. …Or for that matter, who understand that these ideas even exist and deserve to be studied. KScope is just the right place for me to be.” – Cary Millsap – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/carymillsap-kscope-is-just-the-right-place-for-me-to-be/)

With all of these great reasons to attend Kscope why are you waiting? REGISTER TODAY!

Dave Schleis Guest Blogger: David Schleis

For the last dozen years, springtime has always meant one thing: cleaning up all the surprises exposed by the melting snow (you northern-tier dog-owners know what I’m talking about). But aside from that, this time of year always meant that it was crunch-time for writing the paper for my upcoming presentation at Kscope. I enjoy writing these papers, but I’d be lying if I said that it was all fun. There are pressures of the deadlines, making sure I get things right, that I don’t use “then” when I mean “than,” and generally that I read smarter than I actually am.

This year, however, is different in several ways; first of all, there was not much snow over the winter, so the back yard is surprise-free. Also, I am not presenting at Kscope. “Why?” you may ask. As I am not a meteorologist, I will not get into the reasons for the former, but as to the latter, the primary reason is that this year I have the honor and awesome responsibility of being the Content Co-Chair for Kscope12.

So, while this time of year is typically punctuated with brief bursts of excitement, anticipation, and fear regarding my own presentation, this year those feelings have expanded to encompass everybody’s presentations (no pressure). Fortunately, I know that the speakers at Kscope are the best there are. I know that the abstract review process used was designed to select the best of the well-known presenters, as well as ensuring that new speakers will get a chance to share their knowledge with the welcoming audiences of Kscope. I know that the content selection teams did a remarkable job with a difficult task. I know that I have nothing to worry about, right?

This year I can enjoy these weeks of spring, free from any of the trials or tribulations that are a part of my creative process for developing a Kscope presentation. This year I can focus on why I’m looking forward to Kscope. There are, of course, all of the standard reasons:

  • Reconnecting with my ODTUG friends, and making new ones.
  • The chance to interact with so many people so much smarter than me.
  • Learning from old hats and young guns; from the basics to the bleeding edge.
  • That reenergized feeling you take back to work.

But this year is different in another way. This year, I have a new focus. My place of employment has recently purchased an Oracle Forms-based COTS system to replace a large portion of the code-base I have created over the years. Those portions that are not being replaced will need interfaces, and these interfaces need to be written in PL/SQL. While I have been a thick-database proponent for years, I have not been much of a practitioner. The reasons for this are many, both institutional and personal. The Designer Table API packages, VB, PHP, and Groovy seemed like the most expeditious means to get the apps out of my head and into the hands of the users. (You might say that this just means that I was lazy, but “expeditious” sounds so much better). Anyway, regardless of the reasons, I have not done any serious PL/SQL coding for a number of years. To say that my skills are rusty would imply more of an existing, solid foundation than, I am afraid, actually exists.

In light of the new opportunities placed before me, this year I will be focusing like a shotgun on SQL and PL/SQL coding like I never have before. Just a few of the sessions that I am looking forward to are:

This year is different for me in many ways, but one thing that remains the same is my anticipation of the best conference for developers using all things Oracle: Kscope12. So I hope you’ll join me and hundreds of fellow developers from across the Oracle family, at the incredible learning and networking experience that is Kscope12.

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

Register for Kscope!

In honor of Flashback Friday, ODTUG President Mike Riley compiled a list of quotes of Kscope past, present, and we hope future speakers and attendees.  We want you to go to Kscope for all of the reasons listed below.

Monty Latiolais

“It’s at Kaleidoscope you realize we all have so much in common” – Monty

– ODTUG Vice President (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/remembering-kaleidoscope%e2%80%99s-past/)

“My best memories of previous conferences are the friends and contacts that I have made. There are plenty of fun activities and the day of service is a great opportunity to give back if you get to the conference early.” – Lewis Cunningham – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/countdown-to-kaleidoscope-2010-begins/)

John Scott

“If I could only go to one conference, it would be Kaleidoscope… hands down, every time.” – John Scott – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/odtug-kaleidoscope-interview-with-john-scott/)

“This is a great conference for sharing experience and learning from the community.” – Sue Harper – Former Senior Principal Product Manager for Database Development Tools – Oracle

“I remember thinking to myself how awesome it was to have that much talent and experience in one room and knowing that you could not find that anywhere else.” Gary Crisci – Oracle ACE (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/gary-crisci-interview-on-kaleidoscope-2010/)

Scott Spendolini

“For Oracle APEX developers, there is no place that even comes close to the depth & breadth of content & presenters that will be at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010″ – Scott Spendolini – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/scott-spendolini-odtug-kaleidoscope-and-washington-dc/)

“There is no doubt in my mind that if you’re a developer working with Oracle technologies, of any sort, you need to be at Kaleidoscope!” – Duncan Mills – Oracle Development Tools Division (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/duncan-mills-laptop-throwing-and-condensed-soup/)

Steven Feuerstein

“Kaleidoscope is one of my favorite conferences. It has a focus and intimacy that are both lost in the bigger conferences. I don’t mind talking to people who haven’t a clue about PL/SQL, but I would much rather hang out with other development geeks – and Kaleidoscope is the place to do it.” – Steven Feuerstein – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/interview-with-steven-feuerstein/)

“I’ve been to several large Oracle conferences around the world including Open World, where I met and spoke to many people. My visit to Kaleidoscope, New Orleans and last year Monterey was where I solidified strong friendships with people who are “super-keen” about what they do. This is an incredibly refreshing attitude which on return to work keeps me going with a buzz for many weeks… at least until the next pay check.” – Chris Muir – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/countdown-to-kaleidoscope-90-days-to-go-chris-muir-interview/)

This is just part 1 of our quote compilation.  We’ll have more for you next week.  If you would like to be quoted next year Register for Kscope12!

Recently we were fortunate enough to be  able to sit down with David Peake, the Product Manager for Oracle Application Express (APEX).   Peake will be presenting at Kscope12 and was kind enough to create a video  telling everyone in the Applications Express community why they (meaning you :)) should attend Kscope! Watch his video to learn why you should go to Kscope12.  Here’s a teaser quote:

If you can’t find sessions that interest you, then you mustn’t be very interested in Application Express.

Floyd Teter, Fusion Middleware Content Team LeadGuest Blogger: Floyd Teter

A few weeks ago, I spent my weekend in Nashville hosting Oracle workshops. The audience was composed mostly of end users. The hot topics (services-based integration, standardized UI look and feel, mobile apps) are related to Fusion Middleware. Luckily, ODTUG has an answer for that: the Fusion Middleware track at Kscope12.

We have some pretty hot topics on the agenda for the Fusion Middleware track:

  • Combining ADF and report development has always been a challenge (for me, at least). We’ll have a great session on using open source tools to close that gap.
  • UI design patterns have been grabbing a ton of attention lately. The Fusion Middleware track includes several sessions on bringing UI design patterns to ADF.
  • Mobile: in recognition that the post-PC age is upon us, we’ve incorporated several sessions on mobile development.
  • Oracle guru Jake Kuramoto (of AppsLab fame) will be showing us how to extend WebCenter.

So, you’ve likely been happily plugging along with your PL/SQL tools or your LAMP stack for years. They’ve grown near and dear to your heart. So why should you care about Fusion Middleware? Think back to that Nashville experience I just mentioned. Fusion Middleware gives you tools to provide what your customers want: services-based integration, that Fusion look-and-feel, and a great emerging platform for Oracle-related mobile apps development.

Join us in the Fusion Middleware track at Kscope12. See what your customers want.

*Floyd will also be presenting at Kscope12 Design Time, Design Time @ Run Time, Personalization…What The Huh?


Today’s Flashback Friday post comes to us from #Kscope11 interview with Oracle Ace Stewart Bryson.  Stewart talks about transitioning and upgrading Rittman Mead’s clients to OBIEE 11g  and Exadata’s part in that upgrade.

Here’s a snippet of his thoughts about Kscope as a conference:

“…more than any other conference… this is the one where the technology rises above and is more important than marketing… and you see that flair in the presentations…”


Stewart will be presenting at Kscope12.  Check out his presentations: Reporting Against Transactional Schemas with OBIEE 11g and Aggregation: the BI Server Versus the Oracle Optimizer at Kscope12.

Robb SalzmannDo you want the inside scoop on all that Essbase and Essbase applications have to offer? Are you interested in honing your Essbase and EPM skills to a razor sharp edge? Kscope12 is now taking registrations for the conference in San Antonio. This conference promises to be the most content packed featuring deep business and technical presentations from many of the world’s most recognized Oracle professionals. You can easily spend twice the conference fee on one training class lead by one person. At Kscope, with its Hands-On Labs and rich presentation schedule, you not only get a huge learning opportunity, but you’ll also have a ton of fun with other professionals in your field at a world-class resort!

This year I had the privilege of leading the Essbase track content selection committee. Working with the other content committees, we had a tough time deciding which presentations to squeeze into the conference schedule. The submission quantity was overwhelming, coming from a broad range of highly qualified presenters. The content schedule represents the best of the best—the only improvement would have been having a long enough schedule to use all the submissions. But face it, you can’t lavish yourself in luxury and good company at a resort and earn a living at the same time. (If you can do this, please give me a call!)

The content my group has selected for the Essbase track at Kscope spans the range of business-based case studies to advanced administration to deep technical discussions and hands-on labs. If you’re new to Essbase, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a track of presentations just for you: the Essbase beginner track. I must still be a beginner in some respects; there are presentations in this track that I know I can learn something in. For you seasoned Essbase pros, there’s no better place to sharpen your skills and get the latest information, tips, and techniques.

My name is Robb Salzmann. I’m the developer of the Essbase functionality in Accelatis’ Ascension Suite http://www.accelatis.com. I’ve been working with Oracle Hyperion products for the last fourteen years as a developer and consultant. I love to lend a hand and meet new people. Please contact me through my LinkedIn page: http://www.linkedin.com/robbsalzmann or through my blog at http://codingwithhyperion.blogspot.com. I’ve been attending and presenting at various conferences around the world for a few years. For deep technical information, Kscope is far and above all the others. Beyond that, what I really love about this conference are the people. People like me who embrace technology and love this business. Some attend to focus on the content, others to expand their network, and many for a bit of both. Whatever your interest at Kscope, I hope you will stop me between sessions and say “hi.”