Attend one of the hottest gatherings of the year – the ODTUG Kscope17 Women in Technology Event. Join men and women on Wednesday, June 28, at 12:15 PM for lunch, networking, and conversations surrounding workplace gender equality, workplace perception, work/life balance, and more.

Have a personal workplace gender equality story? Chances are, you’re not alone. Email Minie Parikh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to weave your anonymous experience into the event.

Space for this event is very limited, so pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

Introducing the 2017 Women in Technology Scholar

ODTUG would like to give a special congratulations to the 2017 ODTUG Kscope17 Women in Technology Scholar, Ghaida Khadar. Ghaida is a Principal Hyperion Consultant at Azdan Business Analytics in Dubai.

Ghaida’s colleagues describe her as a woman who doesn’t like to do things the traditional way.  Ghaida’s advice to women is to, “Follow your passion even if it means being the only woman in the room.” Ghaida looks forwarding to meeting everyone at Kscope17 and having discussions about how the ODTUG community can help increase women employment in the IT industry.

Be sure to congratulate Ghaida Khadar on this outstanding honor when you see her at the WIT event.

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Join us on Tuesday, June 27, 2020 for the Kscope17 Lunch & Learn Panel. Gather with Oracle ACE Directors, Oracle ACEs, and Oracle ACE Associates from your track for an information-packed panel discussion and Q&A. Click here to browse the full list of Lunch and Learn Panelists and ACE Network Attendees at Kscope17.

New Oracle Professional Tracks
If you’re new to Oracle, the Kscope17 New Oracle Professional Tracks the place to be! Kscope17 has a full schedule of APEX, Database, and EPM / BI & Reporting introductory sessions to help you get “in the know” while at Kscope17.

In the Cloud Sessions
All week long at Kscope17, fly high in the Cloud with these informational sessions that discuss getting to the Cloud and maintaining your data once it’s there. Use the #OracleCloud hashtag to share your thoughts and takeaways on your favorite sessions that you attend. 

On-Prem Sessions
Instead of floating in the Cloud, keep your feet firmly planted on the ground with the Kscope17 On-Prem sessions. These sessions cover all the needs of On-Prem data, including best practices, tips, tricks, case studies, and more. Browse the full list of sessions here.

Schedule at a Glance
Plan your entire week at Kscope17 with our digital Schedule at a Glance. This schedule highlights all the Kscope17 sessions organized by track. The schedule is subject to change at any time, so check back often for updates.


Here is an overview of Big Data and Data Warehousing sessions Track Lead Michael Rainey is most looking forward to at Kscope17 with reasons why he thinks you should attend them:  

Architecture Live: Designing an Analytics Platform for the Big Data Era – Jean-Pierre Dijcks, Oracle Corporation and Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics

This session will be particularly interesting because it will be a live, interactive session, which is a different style of presentation that we think will work very well with the Kscope audience. With Jean-Pierre and co-presenter, Oracle ACE Director Stewart Bryson, this session includes two great speakers who are knowledgeable about the topic.

Things Every Oracle DBA Needs to Know About the Hadoop Ecosystem – Zohar Elkayam, Brillix-DBAces

We think there are a lot of folks in the Oracle Database space that still don't know much about Hadoop or Big Data. Oracle ACE Associate Zohar looks to fill that void and give attendees a good introduction and path toward more learning.

Making Smart Devices Even Smarter (Including iKettles) with Oracle Cloud and Oracle Big Data Discovery – Mark Rittman, Rittman Mead Consulting

I think anyone who is on Twitter would want to know about the iKettle story! Mark Rittman, Oracle ACE Director, will teach you about the data and real story behind iKettle. We know Mark will be very entertaining in describing what happened as well!

The Hybrid World – RDBMS + Hadoop – Kerry Osborne, Accenture Enkitec Group

Along the same lines as the "Things Every Oracle DBA Needs to Know About the Hadoop Ecosystem" session, this session will show an actual use case of how Hadoop is implemented in a hybrid fashion with an Oracle Database. In this session, Oracle ACE Director, Kerry Osborne, will show attendees that there is a new world available that can take advantage of open source software and open data formats, while continuing to use your Oracle Database and applications with very little change.


About Michael Rainey – The Big Data and Data Warehousing Kscope17 Track Lead

As a Technical Advisor at Gluent Inc, Oracle ACE Director Michael Rainey spends his time sharing the good word about Gluent Inc products with the world. In his spare time, Michael enjoys sharing his data integration knowledge on his blog, speaking at Oracle OpenWorld and various other conferences, and via webinars and podcasts. Michael loves the outdoors and enjoys riding his bike along the Columbia River, running, hiking, and spending time with his wife and son.

Kscope17 will be Michael’s fifth straight year attending the conference. His favorite Kscope in the past was in Seattle, Washington in 2014. Michael lives in Washington state, so he was thought of as the “local” at the conference, providing all sorts of recommendations to everyone he met. Michael said, “By the end of the week, I had around 10 people drinking my favorite local craft brew!”

Michael returns to Kscope year after year partly because of the content provided, but mostly because of the people. He enjoys catching up with old friends and meeting new ones every year. At Kscope17, Michael is excited that the 5K is back and he cannot wait for the special event ODTUG 20th Birthday Celebration on Wednesday night! He said, “The Kscope party is always perfect for letting your collar down after several long days of excellent technical sessions!”

This year in the BI and Reporting track, you’ll find many sessions highlighting the new Cloud offerings. Even if you aren’t migrating to the Cloud now or any time soon, it’s important to educate yourself on what is going on with these solutions so you can plan for the future. And of course, Kscope17 also offers many great sessions dedicated to On-Premise solutions.

Tracy McMullen, BI and Reporting Track Lead for ODTUG Kscope17, shares her top five BI and Reporting Track Sessions with reasons why they are her "don't miss sessions" at Kscope17:

Tracy said, “It was really tough to pick just five sessions because there are so many good sessions in the Reporting and BI Track!”

Build Once, Run Anywhere with Oracle Analytics Cloud – Alan Lee, Oracle Corporation

With the recent release of Essbase in the Cloud, Oracle Ace Director Alan Lee’s sessions is a session that you don’t want to miss.

Data Train: ALL ABOARD! Essbase Drill, OBI, and Big Data – Gary Adashek, General Electric

Gary Adashek is one of the top speakers at Kscope17. He does an excellent job sharing all the really cool and innovative things that General Electric is doing. Gary will be speaking at two separate sessions this year, but this session of his is a must-attend.

Fun with Financial Reporting – Michael Reed, Textron

Fun with Financial Reporting 2.0 is the sequel to one of the top presentations at Kscope16. Mike shares his lessons learned and helpful tips and tricks for Financial Reporting. Not only will you learn something, but you are sure to laugh with Mike’s humorous presentation style.

Transitioning from OBIEE On-Premise to BI Cloud Services – Peter Koutroubis and Jai Gangwani, ERP Analysts

Peter Koutroubis will share the steps to transition from On-Premise OBIEE to the sister Cloud offering, BICS. Even if you aren’t considering migrating to the Cloud just yet, this is still an important session to attend to help educate you and prepare you to make decisions for your future with Oracle BI.

What a Successful OBIEE 12c Upgrade Project Looks Like: Liberty Global - Customer Case Study – Francesco Tisiot, Rittman Mead Consulting

Many folks are in the midst or about to embark on the upgrade to OBIEE 12c. Francesco Tisiot’s session will highlight new features of 12c and discuss the steps to achieve a successful upgrade.

Here is an overview of a few sessions Track Lead Tiffany Briseno is most looking forward to at ODTUG Kscope17 and why she will be attending them:

Hybrid Cloud: A Solution for a Business Problem – Paul Hoch and Steve Davis, TopDown Consulting
Paul’s session about Hybrid Cloud is very relevant since many companies find themselves needing to sort out Cloud technologies and how they will play a role in their infrastructure in the coming years.

Did You Know Your Local Grocer Uses Essbase? – Elizabeth Ferrell, Kroger
This presentation will show the power of EPM in business operations. We believe this will be interesting and relevant to users from the business side of the house.

Trends and Hot Topics in Finance for the EPM Professional – Natalie Delemar, Ernst & Young
Natalie’s session will prove to be a very interesting presentation for employees throughout the different levels of an organization. Since most attendees are directly or indirectly closely tied to the CFO organization, the topics covered in this session will provide important take-aways that many can apply in their current job role.


About Tiffany Briseno – The EPM Business Content Track Lead for Kscope17

Tiffany Briseno is a Hyperion Systems Administrator at Summit Materials, specializing in EPM Applications and the EPM Platform. Tiffany has been in the EPM space for a little over a decade. She started her career as an accountant but soon moved to a financial systems team and never looked back! When not at work, Tiffany keeps herself busy spending time with her husband and three children, volunteering in the community as well as participating in as many running, triathlon, and training events that she can fit into her schedule.

Kscope17 will be Tiffany’s fifth ODTUG Kscope. Her favorite Kscope in the past was Kscope13 in New Orleans. Tiffany commented, “It was my first Kscope and I was able to fully appreciate this amazing learning and networking event.” Tiffany had always heard praises about Kscope and she was finally able to experience it firsthand at Kscope13.

Year after year, Tiffany returns to Kscope because of the great sessions and ideas that are presented and discussed, as well as the great networking with all the amazing people in the community. Tiffany is very excited about the Community Service Day with Haven for Hope at Kscope17. She is excited that she has been able to participate in the Community Service Day every year she has attended!


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