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Can you believe? It’s already time to start planning your trip to another ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference. This year, Kscope18 will be held at Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort, which includes five pools, a white sand beach, three golf courses, 17 restaurants, and much more.

Kscope18 will host a variety of Oracle experts delivering more than 300 presentations, including hands-on training and lunch-and-learn sessions. You won’t want to miss Oracle ACE Associate Brian Marshall’s sessions — one of which was named a “don’t-miss session” by Kscope18’s Planning track lead.

In this blog post, we’ll help you make the most of your time at Kscope:

  • Swing by our EPM & BI happy hour
  • Vote on what giveaways and swag you want to pick up at our booth
  • Add notable EPM sessions to your agenda
  • Revisit past Kscope presentations

Don’t forget to use the promo code USA to get $100 off Kscope registration.

Why This Year We’re “Better Together”

This year, it all seems to be about what’s better in pairs — we won’t just be in sunny Florida, but Disney World; and we won’t just be at one amazing resort, we’ll be at two.

This is also the first Kscope where we’re not just US-Analytics, we’re also Rittman Mead America (RMA). Late last year, US-Analytics acquired Rittman Mead America to expand our BI offerings and expertise. Which inspired our theme for Kscope this year — Better Together: EPM & BI.

At Kscope18, we’ll be focused on bringing together the expertise of EPM and BI, as well as our powerful new BI products.

Kicking off Kscope18 with Surf & Turf

In the spirit of our theme, we’re kicking Kscope18 off with another great pairing — surf and turf. We’ll be at Shula’s Steakhouse inside the Disney Swan Hotel sharing steak, seafood, and adult beverages.

The party starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10 — be sure to save your seat.

Kscope18 Surf & Turf Party

What to Expect at the US-Analytics Booth

Just like last year, we want you to tell us what you want to see at our booth. Fill out the survey below to let us know what swag you want to pick up and what prizes you’d like to win in our raffle.

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Expand Your Knowledge of Planning & Essbase

This year you won’t want to miss US-Analytics’ featured EPM sessions:

Teaching On-Premise Planning Some PBCS Tricks with Brian Marshall

When: Wednesday, June 13, Session 10, 10:15 – 11:15 am

Topic: Planning

This year, ODTUG’s Planning track lead Leo Gonzalez named this session in his top five highlights. This session will surely interest many planning attendees who know all the cool features of PBCS, but “might not be quite ready to make the jump to the cloud,” Leo says in his blog post.

In his session, Brian will show you how to add some of the new features of PBCS to Hyperion Planning. If you attend, you can look forward to…

  • Learning how to harness the power of Smart Push
  • Learning how to create and use Smart Lists dynamically connected to dimensions
  • Seeing various demos
  • Getting the sample code needed to make these PBCS tricks a reality for Hyperion Planning

ASO and BSO and Hybrid! Oh My! with Brian Marshall

When: Tuesday, June 12, Session 8, 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Topic: Essbase

In this session, Brian will discuss ASO, BSO, the Hybrid mode, and your most pressing question — which technology is best? Because “it depends,” this session will cover the strength and weakness of each, while covering…

  • Tuning Hybrid applications using non-traditional block sizes
  • Why ASO can’t always be replaced by Hybrid application
  • A live demo to show the differences between many storage technologies
  • And more!

Other Notable Sessions & Events

Careers & the Changing Landscape Panel for EPM/BI

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2:15 - 3:45 pm

Topic: EPM Reporting, BI Analytics and Data Visualization

In these panel discussions, industry and consulting experts — including our own data integration lead Becky Wagner — will explore EPM/BI product and employment trends, automation and other factors affecting the future of technology and resource demands.

Women in Technology Event

When: Wednesday, June 13, 12:45 am - 2 pm

During this event women (and men) will gather to discuss some of the issues faced by women working in this male-dominated field. Attendants will discuss these issues in a scenario-base format on issues voted on and (anonymously) submitted by women in technology members. You'll also be able to meet with our own Becky Wagner and one of our senior consultants Wendy Wilson.

Lunch is provided and space is limited, so be sure to sign up now

Revisiting Past Kscope Presentations

Wondering what kind of sessions are in store? Check out our Kscope presentation library to see what you’ve missed in the past and what’s in store for Kscope18.

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