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KScope 17 Abstract submission deadline is approaching fast!!!!

Posted in ACE, Kscope, Kscope 17 with tags , on October 3, 2016 by RZGiampaoli

Hello guys how are you doing?

This will be a quick post, in fact it’ll be a question and a reminder. Let’s start with the question:

What do you guys think about adding a little bit of excitement in your lives and a lot of knowledge and friendship as a side effect? How? This will be your life if you decide to share a little bit of your knowledge with your fellow developers at KScope 17.

Looks scary but it isn’t at all (at least after the first time 🙂 or second… heheh). Everybody in KScope is so receptive and friendly, basically everybody is having a great time and learning a lot doing so.

And don’t even think something like “ahhh but everybody there are ACEs… and knows a lot” or “I need to be well-known so my abstract pass the cut” or even “I’m not good enough” and other things like this because we are the proof that anybody can make it.

Think about it…. 2 guys from Brazil (that means, English is an issue 🙂 and we know that), nobody never ever know even that we were alive, we had, at that time, just created our blog and we never went to any international conference before (than we didn’t know what expect)….

If this is not scary I don’t know what it is….

But even so we submit an abstract (and reading it today I can’t realize how Cameron figured out what in hell we were talking about there…..) but the important thing is that they give us a chance and since then, we are presenting at KScope, learning how to and trying to improve every time.

Ok but you can think “What I’ll gain with that! It’s a lot of work!!!”

Well, it’s a lot of work, but, and this is true for a blog too, after you start to share your knowledge you start to think way ahead you normally do, mainly because you cannot think in a local solution anymore, you need to think in how to make it useful for everybody. And this improves a lot your horizons and the capability to design and create solutions.

Also, you’ll be always trying to do something new because you need material for the next year 🙂 and the next year arrives very fast 🙂 it’s almost a nonstop process. You submit your abstract, wait for the results, prepare your material, get ready to present, go to KScope and present you session, fly back and start to think about what you’ll present next year, prepare the new abstract and so on…

And if you are a manager and is thinking how to improve your team performance….. motivate them to submit sessions to KScope or write a blog. I can guarantee the results for both, the team and the career development.

Now for the reminder 🙂 deadline for submit abstracts to KScope is getting near. You have until Oct-14 to submit your summary and abstract. Don’t need to be huge or anything like this. It just needs to be interesting and I’m sure you’ll change your life :).

Thanks guys and see you at KScope 17, the lair of knowledge and fellowship 🙂

Why should you apply for ODTUG Leadership Program

Posted in Career, Kscope, ODTUG, Oracle on July 13, 2016 by radk00

Hi all! Everybody that reads our blogs knows that we are passionate about ODTUG. We already wrote about how it changed our lives, we have a lot of great friends there, we are frequent speakers at sessions/webinars and Kscope already became the “must to go” event of the year for us. But since last year, it got even more special because I was selected to participate in the ODTUG Leadership Program, which I graduated during Kscope16. It was an AMAZING experience and since the “2017 ODTUG Leadership Class Application” is now open, I highly encourage all of you to also apply! Let me talk a little bit about my experience there.

The leadership program is a nine-month program where the participants have the opportunity to join monthly webinars that talks about a range of leadership topics like leading a user group, being an effective mentor/mentee, work-life balance, to name a few. The participants also join a “project”, that is different for each leadership class. Our project’s class was about the creation of a new ODTUG community, aimed to attract young professionals to the Oracle career. The result of our project was the brand new community called “Career Track”, which I wrote a post about it here.

But this description is just about the “technical” side of the program: you participate over nine months, have webinars to attend, one project to build. But this, in my opinion, is not the most important feature of this program. The most important one is the people that you will meet there. You will have contact with such an extraordinary/talented group of people that you will be extremely amazed and honored to be part of such a great team. The networking experience is one of the most powerful ones that I ever experienced. Over nine months I’ve meet great leaders in the Technology field, the entire ODTUG board, Oracle folks and some great new friend from around the globe (yes, the Leadership program is international!).

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Another great thing about the program is “exposure”. There are many opportunities within ODTUG to show you work, like webinars, meetups, technical papers and even Kscope sessions. The leadership program will put you in touch with the people that run those opportunities, so you will understand how they work and how you may participate on those as well. The program makes you feel like you “belong” to something greater than your normal jobs, so you get inspired to also to do greater things and exposure your work to other people.

This is just a much resumed description of what I’ve lived during those nine months but I really hope that this may somehow encourage you to also apply for the next class. I totally guarantee that this is worth it and your live will never be the same again!

I’m grateful for all those people that I meet during the program (all of you are amazing!!!) but I must write here a special THANK YOU to Sarah Zumbrum that was our class’ leader that guided us through the entire period. Few times in my life I’ve seen such a dedicated and passionate person about what she was doing. Her actions and words were always of a true leader and I’ll always take her teachings with me in both my personal and professional lives. Thank you again Sarah!

Applications are now being accepted and the deadline to apply is 8/14/16. Apply here: ODTUG 2016-2017 Leadership Program Application

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See ya!

DEVEPM will be at KScope 16!!!

Posted in ACE, EPM, Kscope, Kscope 16, ODI, ODI Architecture, ODTUG, Tips and Tricks with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by radk00

Hi all, how are you doing? We are very happy to announce that, not one, but TWO presentations were approved for KScope 16! Here they are:

1) Incredible ODI tips to work with Hyperion tools that you ever wanted to know
“ODI is an incredible and flexible development tool that goes beyond simple data integration. But most of its development power comes from outside the box ideas.
Did you ever wanted to dynamically run any number of “OS” commands using a single ODI component?
Did you ever wanted to have only one datastore and loop different sources without the need of different ODI contexts?
Did you ever wanted to have only one interface and loop any number of ODI Objects with a lot of control?
Did you ever need to have a “Third Command Tab” in your procedures or KMs to improve ODI powers?
Did you still use an old version of ODI and miss a way to know the values of the Variables in a scenario execution?
Did you know that ODI has 4 “Substitution Tags”? And do you know how useful they are?
Do you use “Dynamic Variables” and know how powerful they can be?
Do you know how to have control over you ODI priority jobs automatically? (Stop, Start and Restart scenarios)
If you want to know the answer of all this questions please join us in this session to learn the special secrets of ODI that will take your development skills to the next level.”

The idea behind this presentation is to show the main secrets we use daily basis to improve code quality and re-use, as well explain why and what more we could do with each of the tips we will present. It’ll be a extreme helpful presentation with a lot of cools stuff and real life example.

2) Take a peek at a smart EPM global environment
“In a fast-moving business environment, finance leaders are successfully leveraging technology advancements to transform their finance organizations and generate value for the business.
Oracle’s enterprise performance management (EPM) applications are an integrated, modular suite that supports a broad range of strategic and financial performance management tools that helps business to unlock their potential.
A global financial environment contains over 10000 users around the world and rely on a range of EPM tools like Hyperion Planning, Essbase, SmartView, DRM and ODI to meet its needs.
This session shows all the complexity of this environment, describing all the relationship between those tools, the technics used to maintain such a large environment in sync, and meeting the most varied needs from the different business and laws around the world to create a complete and powerful business decision engine that takes a global company to the next level.”

The idea in this presentation is to show the design we uses in one big client and why we use it, the gains and how it works. In fact for the ones that follow our blog and our presentations, this will be the tie point of everything we talk about. It’ll be a excellent presentation for people looking for ideas of integrated environments.

We are very excited about it since we’ll be talking about how to improve EPM tools potential using ODI and also how EPM tools connects with each other in a global financial environment. We’ll be very pleased if you guys show up in our presentation. It’ll be great to meet everyone there and talk about EPM and other cool stuff!

Kscope is the largest EPM conference in the world and it will be held on Chicago, Illinois on June 2016. It will feature more than 300 technical sessions, five symposiums, deep dive sessions, and hands on labs over the course of five days.

Got interested? If you sign up by March 25th you’ll take advantage of the Kscope early bird rates, then don’t waste more time and let’s be part of the greatest EPM event in the world. If you are still unsure about it, read our post about how Kscope/ODTUG changed our lives! Kscope is indeed a life changer event!

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Thank you very much everybody and we’ll be waiting for you at Kscope 16!

How Kscope/ODTUG changed my life

Posted in ACE, EPM, Kscope, ODTUG with tags , , on February 26, 2015 by radk00

Hi all, today’s post is not a technical one, but rather a “Thank you” post to Kscope/ODTUG for being responsible on changing my life (for the better, of course!!!) in ways that I could not even dream before. I (Rodrigo) am doing the writing here but I’m certain that Ricardo thinks the same as me about it.

It all began when we were selected to present at Kscope13. I still remember how great was to see all those people that we would daily read their blog posts like Cameron, Glenn, Edward Roske and Tim Tow to name a few. They were standing right there and we could actually go and talk to them! The atmosphere around the event is so fantastic that you feel like home, everybody is there willing to talk about the best of the word’s technology. The conference stimulates this kind of networking and it is just priceless.

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I must say that our DEVEPM blog mainly exists because of Kscope. Being selected to participate as presenters in the event kind of “pushed” us to this blog’s creation and participating in the event showed us how important is to be active in the community. It may sound very cliché but Kscope made us realize how good is to actually help others when they need and also showed us that every help (no matter how small) can bring benefits to everybody. Sometimes you may think that you don’t have enough knowledge to share with others, but in fact you always have something that can benefit someone.

Then we were selected again for Kscope14 and even before this event started, we have felt its benefits. Kscope stimulates networking, networking produces opportunities and in our case we were invited to be panelists of the second “ODTUG ODI Experts Panel” webinar. I was in the audience of the “first” ODI Expert webinar panel and one year later I was there presenting as an ODI Expert! Again, it was only possible because Kscope gave us the unique chance to network and show our work to the community.

Kscope14 was just fantastic! People say that each Kscope gets better and better and it is completely true. Each conference expands your network, you get to know some very good friends and the fun and knowledge is always present there. Another benefit that I got from there (you may initially find it silly) was the Twitter usage. Surprisingly Kscope taught me how to be more “social” and that Twitter could be an amazing tool to participate in the community and interact with other EPM folks. Everybody uses Twitter and there is a huge knowledge sharing that goes on every day. It may sound a small thing, but the benefits for my personal career are being huge.

Ricardo presenting at Kscope 14

Ricardo presenting at Kscope 14

And as I said, it always gets better. After Kscope14 we got a publication accepted for OTNArchBeat blog and we even did a 2MTT with them! I would never imagine myself doing that before my involvement with Kscope and it was very fun and fantastic! The last but definitely not the least benefit of being part of this community was the nomination that we received for the Oracle ACE program! Becoming an Oracle ACE Associate was something that was a very far (very, very, very far) dream that I had but I didn’t even knew where to start to look for it. Kscope once again was a mind opener, showed us that everything that we do, we do for the benefit of the community and that when we least expect, the rewards starts to come as a recognition for the value that you bring to other people.

This is just some highlights of how my life changed after Kscope entered in my life. If you want a life change opportunity do not hesitate and start participating. You do not need to be a presenter, you just need to be there and enjoy all the great opportunities that it has to offer. I don’t know if you all are aware of it, but we are from Brazil and for us it is very expensive to fly there, book a hotel, expend an entire week but it does worth every cent invested. It is more than a professional investment, it is a life changer.

I would like to thank again ODTUG for organizing this amazing event every year and a very special thanks to Cameron Lackpour. Cameron is one of ODTUG’s directors and has been our “mentor” and a very good friend. He has believed in our work (sometimes much more than ourselves) and he always incentive us to do our best. ODTUG and the EPM community are lucky to have Cameron among them. Thank you my friend!

We hope to see all of you there! Don’t miss this opportunity! See ya!

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