Jorge Rimblas, APEX track lead for ODTUG Kscope17, shares his recommended “don’t miss sessions” at ODTUG Kscope17:

Let APEX Access Your Computer  Peter Raganitsch, Oracle ACE Director, FOEX GmbH

How to Use APEX to Build and Manage Automated Browser Tests – Simon Hunt, MOD

OMG! JavaScript Straight from the Oracle Database – Dimitri Gielis, Oracle ACE Director, APEX R&D

Performant Faceted Search Navigation in APEX with Oracle JET and PL/SQL Table Pipelines – Erik Espinoza and Jason Canada, Viscosity North America

Unlocking the Power of the APEX Plugin Architecture – Matt Nolan, FOEX GmbH


About Jorge Rimblas – Application Express Kscope17 Track Lead

Jorge Rimblas works at Insum Solutions as a senior APEX consultant. Jorge is also an Oracle ACE and has been lucky enough to present at various conferences throughout the year, including Oracle OpenWorld, RMOUG Training Days, and ODTUG Kscope.

Jorge first started using APEX when it was known as HTMLDB in 2005. However, he has been working with the Oracle database since 1995. Jorge is excited to serve as the ODTUG Kscope17 APEX Content Track Lead for the second year in a row. Aside from being the track lead, Jorge has also served as part of the APEX Content Selection Committee for a few years.

Jorge is looking forward to ODTUG Kscope17 in San Antonio because it brings back memories from his very first Kscope, Kscope12, which was also in San Antonio. Year after year, Jorge returns to Kscope because of the people and the high-caliber technical content. Jorge commented, “The friendships and connections I’ve made at Kscope every year have been life changing.”

At ODTUG Kscope17, Jorge is most looking forward to the ODTUG Community Night. He said, “The APEX Track holds the now famous Open Mic Night, during which anyone gets a chance to show off something they have been working on recently. This consists of lightning demo presentations, with no slides, in which people often inspire and wow the attendees.”

Connect with Jorge Rimblas on Twitter or his blog.


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Here is an overview of Kscope17 sessions Kevin McGinley is most looking forward to and his thoughts on why you should attend them, too:

Oracle R Enterprise and Data Visualization: Combining Their Power Leads to New Possibilities – Holger Friedrich, sumIT AG
Oracle ACE, Holder Friedrich, will combine both technical details and functional use cases for how to combine these two products together which results in maximum value for attendees.

Build Your Own Infographics Using the Data Visualization SDK – Antony Heljula, Peak Indicators Ltd

Infographics are still all the rage and seeing how this can be accomplished using Data Visualization will have you wanting more. Plus, Oracle ACE Antony Heljula is a brilliant presenter.

Advanced Data Visualization Techniques Using Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS): A Cal State Pilot Case Study – Viet Hoang, California State University, Los Angeles and Kirby Lunger, Performance Architects
Kscope attendees are always looking to see how other users are getting value from Oracle Database products and this session will cover both cloud and data visualization from a user perspective.

Using Oracle R and OBIEE to Help Doctors Predict Areas with the Most Severe Health Problems – Cuong Nguyen Tien, Mindstream Analytics
We’re always looking for sessions that show how Oracle Database tools solve real-world problems and this session will take that to the next level and show how effective use of analytics and visualizations can save lives.

Starting with Oracle Data Science in the Cloud –  Tim Vlamis and Cathye Pendley, Vlamis Software Solutions
Data Science often involves a lot of tools and techniques to get started and be effective, but this session can jump-start that process for you by providing a framework for attendees to build upon, and you get to hear it from Oracle ACE Tim Vlamis.

Data Stories: Predicting Asset Prices with Oracle Data Visualization Desktop, Data Collection, and R –Jerry Ward, Viscosity North America and Kevin McNelis, Nutrabolt Life Sciences
We love that the Data Visualization track gets to showcase fantastic real-world use cases for how to tell stories with data. Jerry’s session tackles the monster task of how to both scrape data from non-traditional places and then use it to predict future activity.

Integrating Raspberry Pi Sensors with Data Visualization – Justin Baker, Oracle Corporation
Justin has the first in our series of IoT + data sessions for you to geek out on and we can’t wait to see how he combines Raspberry Pi, IFTTT, and Data Visualization for a whole lot of acronym geeky-goodness.

Understanding How a Tweet Goes Viral Using Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph – Mark Rittman, Rittman Mead Consulting
In the second of our IoT+data sessions, Oracle ACE Director, Mark Rittman tells the hilarious story of how an IoT exercise generated unintended consequences that allowed for some unique data analysis opportunities.

Oracle Data Visualization for the Finance Analyst – Kevin McGinley, Red Pill Analytics and Tim German, Qubix
Kevin is looking forward to co-presenting this session with Oracle ACE, Tim German to show all those demanding finance analysts at Kscope17 how Oracle Data Visualization can make their jobs easier.

Expanding Your Data-Driven Story: The Next Chapter – Mike Durran, Oracle Corporation and Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics
Mike Durran and Oracle ACE Director, Stewart Bryson will be building on their popular session from last year and I’m excited to see how they plan to take data-driven storytelling to the next level.


About Kevin McGinley - The Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics Track Lead

Kevin has been working with data for the last 20 years – moving it, structuring it, and presenting it. He is an Oracle ACE Director for Business Intelligence and owns a services firm that helps companies work with their data.

Kevin has been attending ODTUG Kscope since Kscope11 in Long Beach, California. His favorite Kscope so far was Kscope12. Kevin said, “Kscope12 was my favorite because I was the Business Intelligence Track Lead for the first time and that began my heavy volunteering with ODTUG.” Kevin is very excited to be going back to San Antonio!

Year after year, Kevin returns to Kscope because of the people. “The network of people I interact with at Kscope is fantastic and it grows every year,” Kevin said. Because Kevin is on the Conference Committee, he is most looking forward to the big ODTUG 20th Birthday Bash that is planned for ODTUG during the Wednesday Night Special Event.

Galo Balda, Database Track Lead for ODTUG Kscope17, shares his top 5 Database Track Sessions with reasons why they are his "don't miss sessions" at Kscope17: 

SQL Tuning Workshop – Carlos Sierra and Mauro Pagano, Accenture Enkitec Group

For the past two years, Oracle ACE Director, Carlos Sierra, and Oracle ACE, Mauro Pagano, have delivered this workshop at User Group Conferences and every time I ask about it, the feedback from organizers and participants is the same. It is awesome!

I really like their approach using Case Studies where techniques, tips, tricks, and tools are applied to guide participants towards possible solutions.

12 Things Developers Will Love About Oracle Database 12c Release 2 – Chris Saxon, Oracle Corporation

In this session, Chris gives you an overview of the changes to SQL and PL/SQL that will help you build faster, more robust database applications. I’m really interested on understanding how the new external table parameter override, validation conversion, and cast default on error features work.

Alexa! How Do You Work with Oracle REST Data Services? – Jonathan Dixon, Cloud Nueva

In this session, I really want to see how Jonathan can use Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) as the gateway to and the Oracle Database as the engine behind Alexa skills to lookup information.

Track-a-Watt: Modify a Power Usage Tracker to Log Your Power Usage in a Database – Blaine Carter, Oracle Corporation

This should be a great example of how to get started with a small IOT project. Blaine will cover how to simplify the data ingestion by taking advantage of a REST interface to a cloud database. Then a walk through creating a table for the data and enabling a RESTful service on it, followed by how to post data to the new service.

A Real-World Comparison of the NoPlsql and Thick Database Paradigms – Bryn Llewellyn and Toon Koppelaars, Oracle Corporation

Bryn and Toon will describe the problems brought by the NoPlsql paradigm. They will discuss its performance implications and debunk the myth that moving business logic out of the data tier and into the middle tier improves performance and scalability.

Galo says “These sessions are a must see for Developers, Architects and IT Managers!”


About Galo Balda – The Database Track Lead at Kscope17

Galo Balda is an Oracle Database Development Engineer currently working for Texas Health & Human Services. He specializes in the design and performance of the Social Services Applications that support several state programs such as Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, and CHIP. Galo is an Oracle ACE and a frequent speaker at Oracle and user group conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, RMOUG Training Days and ODTUG Kscope. Galo is an ODTUG volunteer and he has served as Kscope16 and Kscope17 Database Track Lead, Kscope abstract reviewer since 2013, and as part of the team that coordinates activities for the Database Community.

Galo’s first Kscope was in San Antonio in 2012. He has attended every year since, and he hopes to continue for years to come. Galo commented, “My favorite Kscope so far has been Kscope15 in Hollywood, FL. It’s hard to beat a setup where you have the beach next to the conference venue. I remember having a tough time deciding between getting into the ocean or attending sessions!”

Each year, Galo comes back to Kscope because of the great content and being able to connect with people who share the same interests. At Kscope17, Galo is excited to see how the Conference Committee surprises everyone on Wednesday night during the ODTUG 20th Birthday Celebration. He said, “Things keep getting better every year!”


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Edina Chmielarski-White has been leading the Planning Track for three years. Edina said, “This year was very difficult in selecting the presentations because we had over 170 submittals!  This year’s team was amazing to get all the work completed on time. I am looking forward to all the Planning track presentations!” But, here are the ones she doesn’t want to miss:

What’s New, What’s Next: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service – Shankar Viswanathan and Prasad Kulkarni, Oracle Corporation

World-Class Marketing Planning with Oracle Cloud – Marc Seewald, Oracle Corporation

Diagnosis Close: How Vertex Pharma Uses Planning, Essbase, and OBIEE to Close the Books – Thomas Blakeley, Performance Architects and Michael Bender, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Cloudy with a Chance of PBCS: Tips and Tricks for Migrating On-Premise Oracle Hyperion Planning to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) – Mohan Chanila and Chuck Persky, Performance Architects

Don't Worry, You Can Still Get Geeky with Planning Cloud – Joe Aultman, InterRel Consulting


About Edina Chmielarski-White - The Planning Track Lead at Kscope17

Edina has been attending ODTUG Kscope for four years: her favorite is Kscope15 in Hollywood, Florida. “The location was amazing! I learned a ton about how the conference was organized and that conference set the stage for the Cloud Transition,” she explained.

Edina recommends Kscope to all her clients because it’s such a great experience, not only for learning about what is coming next, but also for collaborating with other colleagues and how they leverage their Oracle investment. At Kscope17, Edina is most looking forward to the ODTUG Birthday Celebration on Wednesday night!

Edina commented, “Kscope17 is a pivotal conference for Oracle existing clients or even future investors to understand the next steps in their cloud initiatives. This year’s Planning-focused presentations look to best practices in the cloud and future enhancements.  With the future roadmap in mind, conference goers can attend presentations focused on how current clients leverage their investment as well.”


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Chris Barbieri, Financial Close Track Lead for ODTUG Kscope17, shares his recommended Financial Close Track Sessions with reasons why they are his “don’t miss sessions” at Kscope17:

A Real-World Implementation of FCCS: Lessons Learned and Mistakes You Do Not Want to Repeat - Mike Janik, New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and Edward Roske, interRel Consulting

Since the release of FCCS last year, the big buzz this year will be on lessons learned from real customer implementations. These pioneers will be sought out for their opinion on the products and the implementation process as others decide whether to follow the same path. We’re also very excited to hear from co-presenter and Oracle ACE Director, Edward Roske, at interRel Consulting.

HFM Rules Automation: UDs and Triggers Gone Wild – Michael Thomas Fuori, General Electric

Mike Fuori leverages his extensive experience as a consolidation consultant in his current position with General Electric where he plays a key role in one of the world’s largest HFM implementations. The session shows an advanced look at an easy way to maintain rules. Also, check out Mike’s other session “HFM Performance Optimization: 10 Things That Can Save Your Application” to learn more about General Electric’s novel approaches.

Take Control of Your HFM Environment – Henri Vilminko, Infratects

Henri’s popular blog “The Finnish Hyperion Guy” is a showcase of not only Henri’s depth of knowledge in HFM and infrastructure, but also his sense of humor and honesty. Henri did a great job with his Kscope16 sessions “Upgrading to the Latest HFM Version? Set Your Expectations Right!” and “Unravel the Secrets of the New HFM API,” and we’re excited to learn more from him at Kscope17!

HFM Admin’s Life Made Easier with EPM Maestro, WebSymphony, Admin Switches and Some Copying! – Paulo José da Graca Thrige, FLSmidth A/S

We’re looking forward to Paulo’s experiences working with several indispensable non-Oracle products that make his life easier at FLSmidth A/S.

Backstage Pass: Lesser Known Features for Easier HFM Management – Christopher Barbieri, Finit Solutions

The Financial Close Review Team is looking forward to Chris’ session, which focuses on making the most of the latest out of the box admin features. This session underscores this year’s theme of “how admins can make their lives easier” offering great ideas that attendees can immediately use. The week will be capped off with a special two-hour session along the same theme called “Campfire Stories: Tips for Making Life Easier for the Financial Close Administrator.”


About Chris Barbieri - The Financial Close Track Lead at Kscope17

Oracle ACE, Chris Barbieri, is an EPM System Architect at Finit Solutions, specializing in EPM Applications, EPM Platforms, and EPM Business Content. Chris has been working with Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) since it was released in 2000. During his eight-year tenure with Hyperion, Chris worked as an implementation consultant, applying product features to solve business problems. He also worked very closely with the development team on product design, and worked as part of the global support organization to support escalated cases and product issues. Since 2007, Chris has been working as an Oracle partner, continuing to design and implement Financial Close solutions. In 2010, Chris was recognized by Oracle for the ACE program for his contributions to the community.

Kscope17 will be Chris’s eighth year attending Kscope. He said, “The content has been consistently great at all of the KScopes, but I’d have to say Kscope13 in New Orleans was my favorite venue so far because the city itself is so amazing. I loved the music, the history, the local food, and the ‘anything goes’ vibe. I also enjoyed my first airboat boat tour which was very cool!”

Chris continues to come Kscope each year because of the combination of camaraderie and the valuable technical content. Chris said, “ODTUG has done a consistently outstanding job all these years, not to mention the significant work done by the team of people who manage the conference itself. Each year feels like a family reunion, though I do meet lots of new people too.” Chris has been reading The Onion for years and is looking forward to hearing from Scott Dikkers during the General Session at Kscope17.


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