Patrick Abram is a director of technology focusing on Oracle Business Intelligence and Siebel CRM. He has deep technical architecture expertise ranging from application infrastructure, operating systems, and databases to CRM application integration and reporting. Patrick is a thought leader in clinical trial and consumer sector analytics as well as best practices in data warehouse design for flexibility and performance. He focuses heavily on infrastructure planning, installation, and automation of ongoing maintenance. In 2012, he began teaching Oracle University classes at Perficient's education center in Houston, Texas.
Gary Adashek works for General Electric Company (GE). In his current role with GE Corporate, Gary is the lead architect for Essbase and Planning solutions. Prior to this role, he was at GE Healthcare as a member of the initial global implementation team with a concentration focus in Hyperion Planning. Gary has the breadth and depth of work experience throughout his career in various IT/finance roles coupled with industries from financial institutions, consumer packaged goods, and global conglomerates.
Joe first went to Essbase Bootcamp in the year 2000 and found out that Essbase is the coolest tech there is. Since then he has grown as an Essbase developer, Planning administrator, Hyperion installer/upgrader/patcher, and designer at a major retailer, a major government services provider, and a major online advertising company. Having been lured by the siren song of consultancy in 2013, Joe is now taking a crash course in the products he never encountered in industry.
Dietmar Aust is working as a freelance consultant in Germany, focusing on Oracle Application Express and Oracle XE. Starting in 1997, he worked for three years as a consultant for Oracle in Germany. Since then, he has helped numerous leading companies in Germany to successfully deliver web-based applications based on the Oracle product stack, especially the Internet application server -- Oracle Portal and Reports. He is a regular presenter at various Oracle conferences (ODTUG, OOW, DOAG), conducts training classes on APEX, and co-authored a book on APEX best practices in German ("Oracle APEX und Oracle XE in der Praxis") as well as "Expert Oracle Application Express" in English. He was awarded Oracle ACE status in 2012. Find out more about him at http://www.opal-consulting.de or http://daust.blogspot.com.
After graduating from Edinburgh University in 2000 with a joint honors degree in artificial intelligence and computer science, Tim Austwick conducted advanced research in tandem with the penetration testing team at DERA. By monitoring the developments of the growing computer security community while validating and advancing research, he enhanced the wider team capability through education and development of attack tools and techniques. Subsequently, Tim has worked in research or consulting roles for QinetiQ, DSTL, and Logica.
He is actively involved in the following key areas:
Application source code review
Software design and implementation
While consulting with a UK defense customer, Tim worked with the APEX development teams performing security reviews for about fifty applications. As a founding member of Recx, Tim has been involved in the design and development of the ApexSec static analysis security assessment engine for Oracle APEX applications. Tim consults with a range of customers on security topics, including Oracle APEX deployments and commercial APEX applications.
Galo Balda, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Galo Balda is a talented Oracle database engineer and software developer working for the State of Texas, where he specializes in the design and performance of Medicaid applications. Galo possesses multiple Oracle certifications and has previously presented at RMOUG Training Days and ODTUG Kscope.
After joining Hyperion Consulting in 1999, Chris Barbieri helped launch Hyperion's Financial Management (HFM) product and has become a global expert on HFM application design and performance tuning. He served as senior product issues manager for HFM, Smart View, DRM, and Shared Services for over four years before joining Ranzal & Associates in 2007. Chris currently manages one of the largest HFM/FDM consulting practices, remains an active member of the product review team, and is an Oracle ACE for HFM.
Jonathan Berry is CEO and founder of Accelatis. He is the former engineering director for the HFM and FDM development teams. An original member of the HFM development team, Jonathan spent eleven years intimately involved in the product creation and direction. He founded Accelatis to focus on Hyperion infrastructure management, system monitoring, and performance optimization to directly target the challenges faced by Oracle Hyperion administrators.
Keith Berry is a solution architect for US-Analytics Solutions Group in Dallas, Texas. He has over a decade of experience as a consultant designing and implementing the Oracle Hyperion EPM Suite with a focus on financial close and consolidation.
Nicholas Blazosky is a senior consultant at TopDown Consulting, a Hyperion implementation provider and Oracle partner based in San Francisco. Nick is an Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Certified Implementation Specialist who also specializes in Essbase and Planning, with more than five years of EPM, consulting, and project management experience, including work at multinational pharmaceutical and oil services companies.
John Booth, Blue Stone -- a Huron Consulting Group solution
John Booth is the practice leader of infrastructure and integrations at Huron Consulting Group and has over twenty years of experience with information technology. He is somewhat unique by his focus on both Hyperion infrastructure and Hyperion applications. John started his technical career as a support analyst for vinyl-sign-cutting systems in 1992. He moved through a variety of increasingly complex technical support and senior software development roles. Between 1998 and 2007, John spent his time in the corporate world at Capital One Financial, where in the last several years he managed the first five Capital One Hyperion Planning applications. John made the leap into consulting in 2008 and really embraced the Hyperion community online through the Oracle Technical Network forums as well as the Network 54 Essbase forum. In 2009, he brought his blog Metavero.com online and has posted many technical articles, from making IE 8 work with earlier versions of Hyperion to focusing on the Amazon cloud. John is also actively involved in ODTUG, from the Kscope conference to experts' panels.
Wouter Born is the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of CXO-Cockpit. Based in the Netherlands, Wouter has over fifteen years of consulting and software experience in Hyperion EPM. His technical expertise includes deep product knowledge of Hyperion Essbase, HFM, Planning, and Enterprise. Most recently, Wouter has focused his efforts on managing the software operations for CXO and delivering quality solutions for customers around the globe.
Luc Bors is an Oracle ACE and ADF expertise lead at AMIS. He has years of experience as a senior ADF developer and architect and writes regular articles for international magazines, websites, and the AMIS technology blog. Luc is a frequent presenter at international conferences such as Kscope and Oracle OpenWorld. In 2011, he was the best speaker at Kscope in the Fusion Middleware track.
Stephen Bowden is a vice president at Peloton with over ten years experience leading a variety of business intelligence, enterprise performance management, and data warehouse projects. He has applied his business analysis acumen and broad technical expertise in the successful execution of large-scale initiatives in the financial services, manufacturing, aerospace & defense, and life sciences industries. A proven solution architect and problem solver, Steve has coordinated cross-functional teams towards the goals of delivery excellence and high-user adoption in the areas of financial and operational reporting & analytics, budgeting, planning, and financial consolidation. Steve is a graduate of Babson College and recently received his MBA from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Tiffany Briseño is a Hyperion analyst at Summit Materials. She has participated in several Hyperion implementations for Essbase and Planning. In her current role, Tiffany provides technical support for the Hyperion HFM, Planning and Essbase environment Summit Materials. She lives in Colorado and works at the Summit Materials corporate office in downtown Denver.
In 1980, Mike Brunstedt started out as a mainframe operator with the Danish railways, moved up to the systems department, and in 1985 was challenged (did not take a lot of convincing) to take a position as a contractor working for NATO on a project in Geilenkirchen, Germany. That project was thought to last for a year or two but seemed to not really end. In 1993, Mike accepted a position as an analyst/developer with NATO and has since worked on a multitude of projects, all in support of the NATO Airborne Warning and Control System, or AWACS. Since 1998, work has concentrated around the operational mission, and Mike is now the product manager for applications that directly interface with the AWACS onboard mission system.
Pablo brings over 13 years of experience developing and delivering Oracle/Hyperion EPM & BI solutions for customers across many industries and is considered a leading Hyperion Infrastructure expert in architecting best in class Oracle|Hyperion solutions. Pablo is currently responsible for Infratects, North America operations and providing Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management infrastructure consulting and associated services. Prior to joining Infratects, Pablo was a partner in FlameBridge Consulting and prior to that held senior technical roles at Kerdock Consulting, US Oncology, and Enron.
Danny Bryant received his BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently the Oracle ERP technical manager for the City of Atlanta. Danny's team supports the City's entire Oracle Footprint: E-Business Suite, Hyperion, OBIEE, and Siebel. He is a hands-on technical IT manager with a wide range of skills across the IT landscape. Danny has served on the Board of Directors for Atlanta FreeNet, a nonprofit organization working to provide free wireless Internet access to the City of Atlanta. He has also served as an adjunct instructor with the Oracle Academy, specializing in the areas of SQL and Data Modeling, delivering this curriculum in classrooms throughout the US and Europe. Prior to his public sector work with Atlanta, Danny was a senior engineer with Andersen, LLP, where he focused on business process re-engineering for the hospitality, telecom, and call-center industries. In his free time, he SCUBA dives, teaches the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, and blogs at http://blog.dbaontap.com.
Stewart is the Owner and Co-founder of Red Pill Analytics, and has been designing and implementing BI systems since 1996. He is an Oracle ACE Director, is an internationally recognized writer and speaker in the Oracle Community, and co-host for the video podcast Real Time BI with Kevin & Stewart.
Melanie Caffrey is a senior development manager for Oracle Corporation, providing front-end and back-end Oracle solutions for the business needs of various clients. She is co-author of several technical publications, including Expert PL/SQL Practices for Oracle Developers and DBAs and Expert Oracle Practices: Oracle Database Administration from the Oak Table, as well as Oracle Web Application Programming for PL/SQL Developers and The Oracle DBA Interactive Workbook. She also writes the SQL 101 series of articles for Oracle Magazine. Melanie has instructed students in Columbia University's Computer Technology and Applications program in New York City, teaching advanced Oracle database administration and PL/SQL development, and she is a frequent Oracle conference speaker and member of the OakTable Network.
Patrick Callahan is the senior practice director of Business Intelligence/EPM at AST Corporation (www.astcorporation.com), as well as product manager of AST's Grants Analytics and ASTRA BI Solutions for Airports and Transits. With pragmatic advice, ultimate client service, and superior delivery, AST offers industry experts in Oracle EBS, BI, EPM, SOA, and related technologies. Patrick's experience centers in BI, data warehousing, program management, Oracle Applications, and core technologies, and he has previously presented at Oracle Tech Days, ODTUG, North Central Oracle Apps User Group (NCOAUG), Midwest Oracle User Group (MOUG), Detroit Oracle User Group (DOUG), Oracle OpenWorld, and International Oracle User Group (IOUG-A) conferences.
Mitch is a director in the Business Analytics Product Group at Oracle and has been working with Analytics and Business Intelligence for over fifteen years, between Oracle and Hyperion. His main areas of focus are the BI Foundation Suite, Oracle Mobility, Exalytics, Essbase, and Endeca. Mitch came to Oracle in 2007 from Hyperion, where he first served as a solution consultant as well as a global domain lead for BI over the course of eight years. Since coming to Oracle, Mitch has been focused on the complete suite of Oracle Reporting tools that has grown and evolved from just OBIEE to the complete BI Foundation Suite for both EPM and BI, Big Data, and Discovery capabilities.
Karen Cannell is president of TH Technology, a small consulting firm providing Oracle technology services, lately focused on Application Express. A mechanical engineer by degree (one of them), she has analyzed, designed, developed, converted, upgraded, enhanced, and otherwise worked on legacy and commercial database applications for over twenty-five years, concentrating on Oracle technologies since 1994. She has worked with Application Express since its Web DB and HTMLDB beginnings and continues to leverage the Oracle suite of tools to build quality web applications for clients in government, medical, and engineering industries. Karen is editor of the ODTUG Technical Journal and co-author of Agile Oracle Application Express and Beginning Oracle Application Express 4. Karen may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Robert has over ten years of professional technology experience specifically focused on the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) domains. He is a hands-on leader with a well-rounded functional and technical skill set that allows him to work directly with business and technology executives to build integrated business and technology solutions.At Peloton, Robert is responsible for delivering business-focused technology solutions to clients, with a focus on Oracle's Enterprise Performance Management System (formerly Hyperion) and Oracle Business Intelligence. He has delivered EPM and BI solutions in a wide range of industries including aerospace and defense, consumer products, life sciences, media and entertainment, retail, process and industrial products, and others. Robert earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University.
Michael Casey is a director in the EPM Product Management group at Oracle and has worked within the CPM/EPM division for hisentire time at Oracle. He is currently responsible for the Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management and EPMA products from a product management standpoint. Michael has over twenty-seven years in the software/IT industry, including fifteen years at Oracle and twelve years in consulting/software engineering. He has worked on projects for global clients in health care, transportation, retail, and apparel manufacturing customers, to name a few. Michael has a degree in computer science with a second major in economics from Duke University.
Nathan Catlow has worked exclusively within the computer security arena for the last decade in various technical roles within both government and UK commercial organizations. For the ten years prior to this, Nathan was a developer involved with the production of commercial grade applications. He has performed incident response, computer forensics, and countless penetration tests for a wide range of top UK and US businesses. Throughout his career, he has gained significant experience in a diverse range of technologies. This experience has led to the development of applications and training to provide rapid assessment of networks and systems.
As an Oracle product manager specializing in database development tools, Ashley enjoys helping users learn how to employ development tools to help them be more productive. When not working with the development team or traveling to speak at conferences, she is with her family in Seattle, Washington. Even with all the rain, she manages to do a lot of running, cycling, climbing, tennis, and some urban farming.
Conrad Chuang is senior product marketing manager for Orchestra Networks, a leading, independent software vendor with the first truly multi-domain master data management software solution.
Responsible for positioning Orchestra Networks' products in the market, Conrad is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and webinars and brings significant insight from his working relationships with finance organizations in some of the largest companies in North America and his understanding of the key challenges organizations are facing in the management of their finance reference data.
Patrick Cimolini is a contractor/consultant who provides development, project management, and training services for Oracle Application Express (APEX) projects. Patrick has been working with APEX since 2005. He has a long career in engineering, project management, and computer programming, and reaches project goals by understanding and leveraging the relationship between people, procedures, and technology. Patrick's formal training in engineering, business administration, and project management is complemented by over thirty years of experience in a number of industries.
Doug Clarke has a background in enterprise software with a focus on practical solutions that help developers address productivity, performance, and scalability. With an engineering career spanning consulting, training, and product development, he has delivered Java EE infrastructure including leading open-source innitiatives. Taking all of this experience, Doug now focuses on simplifying the development of mobile applications and the enterprise services that support them.
Donald Clarke is a systems developer for Zeus Industrial Products in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He has over ten years of experience in designing, implementing, supporting, and maintaining web-based applications. A self-described "late bloomer," Donald takes great pride in having finally finished his Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of South Carolina.
Edward Cody, General Dynamics Information Technology
Edward J. Cody is a senior manager with General Dynamics Information Technology, and he is an accomplished Oracle EPM, BI, and data warehouse consultant. He is author of The Business Analyst's Guide to Oracle Hyperion Interactive Reporting 11 and Hyperion Interactive Reporting Expert Guide. He has spoken at Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, and multiple local user groups. His experience with Oracle software started with Brio and has continued across the EPM software suite, Oracle BI software products, and integration tools.
David Collins, Blue Stone, a Huron Consulting Group solution
With more than twenty years of advisory and operational experience, Dave Collins has helped enable organizations to deliver business benefits through IT strategy, Business Intelligence (BI), and Applied Performance Management (EPM/BPM). Dave's portfolio of software and technology competencies include: Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE+), Oracle Hyperion Performance Management Applications, Tableau Software's data visualization suite, and Microsoft Office. Beginning with his promotion to global domain specialist at Hyperion Solutions and expanding his role at Oracle, Dave became a recognized leader in the EPM and BI industries.
Clients of both Hyperion and Oracle, crossing multiple industries, continue to rely on Dave for guidance. Dave has created and facilitated worldwide field readiness programs for Hyperion and Oracle while serving as liaison between clients, the field sales organization, and the software development team. Most importantly, Dave has developed best practices for implementing BI and analytics products. Prior to joining MarketSphere, Dave was a senior manager in advisory services at Ernst & Young and director of Business Intelligence and Analytics at Oracle Corporation. MarketSphere was acquired by Grant Thornton, LLP in fall 2013.
John Conlee is the founder and president of Vertical Edge Consulting Group. With over fifteen years of experience in Oracle Hyperion technology, John is widely recognized for his expertise on both the technical as well as the functional side of Performance Management Solutions and Business Intelligence. His passion for quality of delivery and approach to addressing the complex needs of a business is the backbone of the company. In addition, John has also built close relationships with Oracle Sales and Product Development that enable him to provide valuable insight into the EPM market as well as provide to Oracle key needs from customers for upcoming releases. He has served as a panel expert and speaker for several Oracle Hyperion user conferences. He is an Oracle Hyperion Certified Consultant and holds a BS degree in Management Information Systems from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Prior to starting VECG, John held numerous executive, sales, and delivery management roles in which he delivered EPM solutions across a multitude of industries.
Gary Crisci is an Oracle ACE with over fifteen years of finance experience specializing in Oracle Hyperion Solutions software. Gary is a noted expert in the Oracle Essbase field. He has spoken at numerous Kscope conferences and is a co-author of Developing Essbase Applications. During his career, Gary has held various positions as a consultant and as an industry professional working for top-tier companies such as Siemens, Morgan Stanley, and General Electric. He is the former president of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG, and he was on the conference committee for Kscope12 and Kscope13. Gary has an MBA in Information Systems. His current role is senior Hyperion architect -- data relationship management for General Electric Corporation in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Iain is a senior consultant in Hyperion: Planning, Essbase and Reporting at Ranzal. He implemented a global reporting solution at Sun Microsystems, using financial reports, web analysis, and interactive reporting against Essbase ASO/BSO cubes. Iain also implemented several short-range and long-range planning applications, working with business users to deploy planning forms through planning web and Smart View, including reporting. An Oracle Essbase user since 2000 and Hyperion Reporting user for over ten years, he has experience with financial reports, web analysis, interactive reporting, planning and OBIEE. Iain has presented at Kscope12, OAUG Connection Points, and UK Oracle User Group events.
Carsten Czarski has worked for Oracle in Germany since 2001. His job in the presales organization is to consult customers and partners in adopting Oracle database technology such as APEX, SQL, PLSQL, Oracle Text, and Spatial within applications. He is a frequent speaker at German and international conferences, maintains the blog sql-plsql-de.blogspot.com, and is the editor of the German APEX community webpage.
Steven Davis, TopDown Consulting aolutions architect, has over ten years of experience in all phases of design, development, and implementation of computer applications. His work with DRM includes integration with HFM, FDM, Planning, Essbase, EBS, PeopleSoft, SAP, OBIEE, and Data Warehouse. Steven has developed and delivered end-user training and designed MDM solutions around specific company requirements, leading the upgrade of multiple technical infrastructure projects.
Niels de Bruijn works for MT AG, a midsize vendor-independent IT-consultancy company based in Germany. He is responsible for a group of APEX experts and is mainly involved in the acquirement process of all kinds of APEX projects. Niels shares his extensive knowledge through the website apex.mt-ag.com and by speaking at events such as DOAG Conference (Germany) and ODTUG Kscope.
Ludovic De Paz has more than fifteen years of experience acquired as a consultant as well as in the industry. He started his career as an Oracle SQL and PL/SQL developer to build Data Warehouses, then he built Essbase applications for Reporting and Planning, and ever since has never stopped designing and implementing innovative solutions for Finance users. He has been working with Essbase since version 4 on both the technical and business aspects. Ludovic holds an engineering degree in computer science and a BA in finance.
Amy is a Hyperion Planning/Essbase consulting specialist with over 16 years of experience in the areas of accounting, finance, and information technology. She has provided both internal and external Hyperion support to companies for the last eleven-plus years and spends her time preaching the Hyperion gospel to pretty much anyone who will listen.
Dominic Delmolino has been using Oracle since 1990. He spent ten years working as part of the Oracle System Performance Group and five years as the senior director of database engineering at Network Solutions. Currently, Dominic is the vice president of data architecture and engineering at Agilex Technologies.
Sumit Deo has worked on EPM implementations for a range of clients from diverse industries. His areas of specialization include ODI, EPMA, Essbase, Hyperion Planning, Essbase Studio, ERPI, FDM, LCM, and HFR. He has led the design, build, and deployment of ODI routines for migration of existing HAL routines with enhancements. Sumit has worked on metadata and data integration for EPMA, Classic Planning, and Essbase applications using ODI. He has implemented projects involving data load from EBS to Essbase cubes using ERPI/ODI and FDM. He has also worked on Essbase Studio projects to utilize drill-through functionality for flux variance analysis utilizing both Generational and Parent-Child builds. In his free time, Sumit reads Hyperion blogs and follows sports.
Frédéric Desbiens is a product manager in the Oracle Application Development Tools group at Oracle Corporation, specializing in Oracle JDeveloper and the Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF). In 2009, he co-authored the WebCenter 11g Handbook: Build Rich, Customizable Enterprise 2.0 Applications. He is currently part of the enablement team, headed by Grant Ronald.
Frédéric has sixteen years of experience in the IT industry, both in the private and public sector. He possesses solid knowledge of Business Analysis, Java Enterprise Edition, Portals, SOA architectural principles, and technologies, as well as UML modeling techniques.
His current role is simply to help Oracle's customers have success with Oracle ADF and other Oracle products, such as Oracle ADF Mobile, Oracle WebCenter, and Oracle SOA Suite.
For over thirty years, Ron Dimon has been involved in Finance Systems and Processes, from his first job at Deloitte Haskins & Sells as a 19-year-old programmer writing the Journal Entry subsystem for a trial balance program, through custom-developed systems for the US Navy and Citibank, to nine years at Hyperion Solutions (later acquired by Oracle) where he helped raise the toddler now called Enterprise Performance Management. At CheckPoint Consulting, Ron helps organizations understand and realize the business benefits of EPM processes and technologies. He is the author of Enterprise Performance Management Done Right.
Martin Disterheft brings nearly two decades of information technology and global leadership to his role as president of PITSS America. Drawn to PITSS' dynamic, entrepreneurial environment and its reputation as a leader in Oracle Technology-related solutions, Martin spearheads PITSS' expansion to North America and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Americas' division. He is committed to increasing awareness among US-based companies that PITSS' superior Oracle Forms solutions significantly improve the ROI of both past and present investments in Oracle development technologies.
Previously to PITSS America, Martin worked for Robert Bosch Corporation for almost ten years as project manager/director for Engineering Services and provided leadership as project manager for global IT projects with fiscal budget responsibility up to $20 million. He holds a bachelor's degree in management information systems.
Rob Donahue is the director of the EPM Infrastructure Practice at Rolta and specializes in infrastructure and architecture with an emphasis on Oracle EPM systems. Rob has over seventeen years of experience delivering enterprise solutions utilizing his expertise in systems architecture, performance testing, and capacity planning. He has been applying this experience to leading the successful implementation of large and complex enterprise systems including Hyperion/Oracle EPM environments. These implementations have spanned across industries and have included Fortune 250 retailers and financial services companies.
Mark Doran is currently the Dean of Business, Technology and Allied Health at Dyersburg State Community College. He has over twenty years experience using Oracle in many industries including education, health care, aerospace, national security, petrochemical, and banking. Before moving to education, Mark was the vice president of information architecture for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco and a former senior product manager for Oracle Developer.
Mark Drake has over twenty years of experience in the information technology industry, working as programmer, analyst, and database administrator before moving into consulting and product management. He has been at Oracle Corporation for the last seventeen years working in the areas of application development tools and content management before taking on responsibility for the XML Infrastructure products in Oracle's Server Technology division, including the XML DB feature of Oracle Database 10g Release 2. Mark currently manages the product management team that owns Oracle's core XML technology. He is also responsible for helping organizations understand how Oracle's XML capabilities can be applied to emerging business trends such as XBRL. Mark is a member of the British Computer Society and holds a BSc in Applied Computing.
Mike Durran joined Oracle in 1996 after receiving a Ph.D. in computational chemistry. He worked in Business Intelligence consulting for four years and then joined product development in 2000 on the product management team for Discoverer until 2006, when he took on product management for Delivers, the component of Oracle BI responsible for proactive alerting and distribution. More recently, Mike has been responsible for the infrastructure and lifecycle aspects of the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. Mike is a technical editor of the Oracle Press book Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Developers Guide.
John Dyer is a Principal at C2 Consulting, a technology solutions firm specializing in Oracle technologies. He has industry experience in quantitative finance, banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals and health care. In his free time, he rows.
Jonathon Eastman serves as a director of EPM for Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. He has over ten years of experience using Oracle Enterprise Performance Management and BI applications. Jonathon is a huge Essbase fan and an expert in process automation.
Cindy leads the Planning, Essbase, and BI practice at Finit Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in the Hyperion suite of products. She is a seasoned professional who has been delivering performance management solutions for over thirty years, using the Hyperion suite for the last sixteen years, SQL databases, and Nomad. Cindy is a Certified Implementation Specialist for Essbase, Planning, HFM, and DRM. Prior to joining Finit, she had her own consulting practice and also spent some time at a large, global financial services organization leading the Hyperion Center of Excellence. Not only does she architect solutions while leading large projects and teams, but Cindy continues to be technically hands-on with all of the software she has encountered over the years. She very successfully bridges the functional with the technical. Cindy has presented at Kscope, delivered several webinars, written articles, mentored clients and consultants, and delivered training on four continents.
Jeff Erickson has been the Senior Editor for tech content at Oracle Publishing for the past seven years. He loves to research, interview, and write about Oracle technology and the technologists who use it. He has attended ODTUG KScope most of the past six years and one night after several beers he placed third in the PLSQL Challange. This year Jeff will deliver an overview of Oracle's strategy for building private cloud. The presentation is called, Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest, and is based on a movie by the same name, for which Jeff wrote the screenplay.
Eric Erikson is an Oracle Certified Specialist in Hyperion Financial Management. With experience working with Oracle Hyperion Financial Management since 2000 - while the product was in beta - and its predecessor Hyperion Enterprise since 1993, he has worked with and improved hundreds of consolidation and reporting applications for a wide variety of industries. He has presented HFM and FDM topics at multiple Kscope conferences and other conferences. His full bio is available at www.linkedin.com/in/ericerikson.
Eugene Fedorenko is a senior analyst with extensive experience and management skills, and works for Ukrainian software company CS Integra. The company focuses on banking software and is a leader on the local market. It has been an Oracle Platinum partner since 2010 was awarded the Best Independent Software Vendor in the Eastern Europe region. Eugene graduated from Kharkiv Aviation Institute in 1999 with a M.Sc. in Computer Science. He began his carrier with the company in 2000 as a developer. Currently, he is a head of the largest department and runs projects connected to Oracle Application Development Framework. He is an author of the ADF practice blog http://adfpractice-fedor.blogspot.com/ and member of ADF Enterprise Methodology Group.
Iggy Fernandez is the editor of the NoCOUG Journal and has more experience with Oracle Database than he cares to admit. His specialties are SQL tuning and database tuning, but he has immersed himself in NoSQL and Big Data with the goal of demystifying and explaining it. Iggy still believes in the superiority of relational technology but maintains that the relational camp needs to correct its missteps if it wants to beat the NoSQL camp in performance, scalability, and availability.
Elizabeth has been working with Hyperion products for the last fourteen years and is an accountant by training, but she has been serving in IT functions since discovering Hyperion. Elizabeth is the financial services manager for The Kroger Co. managing the Analytics Technology COE teams in Cincinnati, Ohio; Hutchinson, Kansas; and Portland, Oregon. Her current focus centers on Essbase and Dodeca, but she has worked in Hyperion Planning, HFM, FDM, and HFR, and completed over five implementations and upgrades. Elizabeth also serves as a Hyperion SIG Director for 2014/15.
Steven Feuerstein is considered one of the world's leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language, having written ten books on PL/SQL, including Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices. Steven has been developing software since 1980, spent five years with Oracle (1987-1992), and has served as PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software (acquired by Dell in September 2012) since January 2001.
He is an Oracle ACE Director and writes regularly for Oracle Magazine, which named him the PL/SQL Developer of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. He is also the first recipient of ODTUG's Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). In 2010, Steven started the PL/SQL Challenge (www.PLSQLChallenge.com), an online, daily PL/SQL quiz. In 2011, he launched PL/SQL Channel (www.plsqlchannel.com), a library of over twenty-seven hours of detailed training on Oracle PL/SQL. In 2012, Steven won the Best Speaker award at the Kscope12 conference. Find out more about Steven at http://www.StevenFeuerstein.com.
Doug Fiedler is a Principal Infrastructure Architect at Edgewater Ranzal. Edgewater Ranzal is of the largest Oracle Platinum Partners with offices in the USA & Europe. He has over 15 years of experience in the technology arena specializing in the infrastructure of all products on both windows & unix/linux. Doug has overseen hundreds of multi product implementations during his 8 years at Ranzal. Mr. Fiedler is especially well versed in High Availability Architecture of the Oracle EPM stack, designing systems using clustering (MSCS & OCS), load balancing (both software and appliance based), SSL (IIS, Weblogic, Apache), SSO, Disaster Recovery (with real time data replication over the WAN from data center to data center). Doug has also done many global rollouts with user bases in the US, Caribbean, ASIA-PAC, & EMEA, these type of deployments are especially challenging due to the network latency, language and time zone differences.
John Flack is an information engineer for Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. Synectics clients are mostly agencies of the US Federal Government, especially the Department of Health and Human Services. John acts as a database administrator, designer, and developer. He is the technical solutions team leader on a project with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is the primary developer of http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/. John has been writing technical papers and giving presentations on Oracle-related topics since 1989. He has presented at Collaborate, MAOP, and Kaleidoscope. On June 3, 2010, he was named an Oracle ACE.
Based in Canberra, Australia, Richard has been working in the IT industry for over twenty-seven years, seventeen-plus years with Oracle database technologies. In late 1996, Richard joined Oracle Corporation as a DBA specialist and technical trainer. He was regarded as one of the top DBA specialists and instructors in the Australasia region and won many internal awards and accolades.
In 2002, Richard left Oracle Corporation to become an independent consultant. He worked at various Oracle sites in the Canberra region helping to diagnose and resolve numerous performance issues. During this time, he served as president of the ACT Oracle User Group (ACTOUG), where he also presented regularly. In 2002, he became a member of the well-respected Oracle OakTable Network. In 2005, Richard was permanently employed by the Australian government as a DBA specialist, supporting mission-critical, large-scale Oracle databases.
Richard is a very popular speaker and regularly presents at conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, Hotsos Symposium, InSync, and at the E4 Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo. Richard became an Oracle ACE Director in 2008 and hosts a very well-respected blog on Oracle Index Internals (richardfoote.wordpress.com). He also presents a highly successful in-depth seminar on Index Internals for Oracle University, which he has presented in over a dozen countries.
In late 2011, Richard rejoined Oracle Corporation as a Technical Pre-Sales Consultant and is an Oracle ACE employee.
Courtney Foster specializes in Hyperion Essbase and Strategic Finance development and administration. Courtney has ten years of combined professional experience in the financial services and land development industry. Areas of expertise include leveraging strong core knowledge of financial analysis into the effective design, development, and administration of Hyperion Essbase, and Strategic Finance systems. Courtney is a current member of the Hyperion SIG, being voted to the board for a passion for all things Essbase.
Jérôme is a Business Intelligence consultant at Rittman Mead and an ODI enthusiast. Analyst, architect, and developer, he built expertise with Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle Warehouse Builder, and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. He also delivers Oracle Data Integrator trainings for Rittman Mead.
Jérôme is involved in the ODI community by providing support on Oracle Technology Network forums, writing on Rittman Mead blog, speaking at conferences - including Oracle OpenWorld - and being part of the beta program for the 12c release.
Holger Friedrich serves as CTO of sumIT AG. sumIT is a Swiss-based consulting company, focused on data warehousing and Business Intelligence, employing Oracle technology. After obtaining a computer science diploma and a doctoral degree in robotics, machine learning, and data mining, Holger worked for several years in industrial research before co-founding sumIT AG. He has more than a decade of experience in Oracle DWH and BI projects and has used the database and Oracle's BI and DI products in numerous projects since 1997. Holger is a regular speaker at Oracle conferences such as OpenWorld and Kscope. He has long-term working relationships with Oracle development and product management in data integration and data warehousing, and is an Oracle ACE for BI and DWH.
Troy Frys has over 20 years of information technology experience with particular depth in the government and financial sectors. He has developed strategic plans, technical architectures, knowledge management systems, SaS70 audits, and business solutions utilizing a wide array of technology. With extensive experience in system design and development, data center management, and project and organization management, Troy brings an exceptional balance of business and technical expertise to every endeavor. He has successfully managed a multimillion-dollar contract, directed the SaS70 certification from beginning to end of a new data center, created a SharePoint Knowledge System from the ground up, and supervised the design, implementation and growth of a distributive processing system for financial applications. While in the Marines, Troy was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, creating briefings for the Secretary of Defense and Congress. His last position was Chief of Staff, Headquarters Marine Corps to the National Security Agency.
I am an engagement manager and solutions architect with extensive experience in providing clients and
corporate stakeholders products and services to facilitate business process optimization and corporate
I have worked for Sense Corp, a Texas/Missouri-based IT strategy group, for six years. I live in Austin, Texas, with my red-hot-smoking wife and a dual set of weenie dogs that make life better.
I'm an endurance junky with my eye on the price of a 2014 Boston Qualifier. Hook 'em!
Doug Gault is the APEX Practice Director at EnkitecTM, a world-class Oracle® consulting, training, and solutions firm. He has been working with Oracle since 1988, starting with version 5.1B, SQL*Forms 2.0, and RPT/RPF. Since then, he has focused his career on Oracle's development technologies, spending the last decade on web-based technologies and the last several years specifically on APEX.Prior to joining Enkitec, Doug co-founded Sumneva, which focused on Oracle APEX consulting, training, and solutions, and was the product development director for Hotsos Enterprises, focusing on commercial products developed in APEX. His twenty-plus years of Oracle experience has taken him all over the world and involved him in some truly ground-breaking projects.Doug has presented and participated in roundtable discussions at a number of conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, UKOUG, and ODTUG's APEXposed! and Kaleidoscope conferences. He holds an associate's degree in computer science and an honorary master's degree from The School of Hard Knocks, believing there is no replacement for hard-earned experience.
Tim German is a senior consultant and director of Qubix USA, having almost fifteen years of experience with Oracle Essbase and the EPM suite. He contributes regularly to the OTN and Network54 discussion forums, and is a regular speaker, content reviewer, and panelist at Kscope.
Spent the last 18+ years engaging in EIS, BI, EPM projects in Brazil working for the last 4 years to a fortune 500 client. Highly adaptable in reverencing local cultures and business environment with an easy going consultative style.
* Design and implementation of management models & systems, deep expertise of key components to the EPM function in the Financial Services industry.
* Business architecture design, end-to-end integrated processes, implementation, business solution testing and enhancement of key technologies.
* Driver-based financial models linking corporate objectives and strategies to actionable insights.
* Models for financial institution in Hyperion Planning for net interest margin, risk adjusted returns, spreads from transfer rates, and allocated costs and capital.
Responsible for overall architecture and strategy for the deployment of Oracle Hyperion technologies.
Key abilities: Leadership, Dynamism, Initiative, Pro-Activity, Responsibility and team relationship.
Specialties: Hyperion Planning and Essbase (versions from system 9 to 22.214.171.124), BIEE 10g and 11g, ODI 10g,11g and 12c and OWB 10g and 11g, PL/SQL.
Certifications: Oracle Essbase 11g, Obiee 11g, ODI 11g.
Dimitri Gielis is a director of APEX R&D, a company specializing in Oracle Application Express. Dimitri is a frequent presenter at all the major Oracle conferences and an Oracle ACE Director, and he was named Oracle APEX Developer of the Year in 2009.
Few DBAs are as well-equipped as Alex Gorbachev to handle any kind of database scenario. Alex has architected and designed numerous successful database solutions that address challenging business requirements. Alex is a respected figure in the Oracle world and a sought-after leader and speaker at Oracle conferences around the globe. He regularly publishes articles on the Pythian blog and runs online webinars. Alex is a member of the OakTable Network and an Oracle ACE Director. Today, Alex is working at The Pythian Group as chief technology officer, continuing to bridge the gap between business and technology. The search for the perfect fit between technology, engineering talents, and business processes is what keeps him up at night.
Tim Gorman has worked in IT with relational databases since 1984, as an Oracle PRO*C and PL/SQL application developer since 1990, as an Oracle DBA since 1993, and managing/designing very large data warehouses on Oracle since 1994. He works for Delphix as a technical field consultant. Tim is past president of the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) and is secretary of the board of directors for ODTUG, has co-authored five books, performed technical review on eight more books, has been an Oracle ACE since 2007 and an Oracle ACE Director since 2012, a member of the OakTable Network since 2002, and has presented at Oracle OpenWorld, Kscope, Hotsos, RMOUG, Collaborate, and local Oracle users groups in lots of wonderful places around the world.
Kent Graziano is the owner of Data Warrior LLC in The Woodlands, Texas. He is a certified Data Vault Master and Data Vault 2.0 Architect, Oracle ACE Director, and expert data modeler and data warehouse architect with over thirty years of experience in multiple IT roles, including over twenty-five years using Oracle (since version 5), Oracle tools, and doing data warehousing. Kent has written numerous articles and delivered over fifty presentations (both nationally and internationally). He is a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) and the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) and member of the Houston and Austin Oracle Users Groups. He is a former board member of the International Oracle Users Group and was the first dean of the IOUG University. He was also a co-instructor for Data Vault classes in the MSBI program for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Kent is also a member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust.
Kent was the recipient of the 1999 Chris Wooldridge Award (from IOUG) for outstanding contributions to the Oracle user community. In 2003, he was presented with the Doug Faughnan Award for his dedicated service and outstanding contributions to RMOUG. In 2007, he was the recipient of the ODTUG Volunteer Award. In 2005, he was named one of the first Oracle ACEs by Oracle Corporation. Kent is a co-author of The Data Model Resource Book, Oracle Designer: A Template for Developing an Enterprise Standards Document, and The Business of Data Vault Modeling. He is also the co-editor of the new Data Vault technical book Super Charge Your Data Warehouse.
Kyle Hailey is a principal designer for the Oracle Enterprise Manager performance pages. He is a member of Oracle Oak Table, the co-author of Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table, and was a technical editor of Oracle Wait Interface. He holds a patent in the area of database performance diagnosis and has been a speaker at Hotsos, NOCOUG, RMOUG, NYCOUG, and Oracle OpenWorld. Kyle also organizes Oaktable World and teaches classes around the world on Oracle performance tuning. He currently works as a performance architect at Delphix along with industry-leading software, kernel, and filesystem designers to take corporate data management to a new level of agility.
Jennifer Hanks is a finance and accounting professional of thirteen years. She has spent the last nine years working in financial systems with Essbase, Financial Reporting Studio, Web Analysis, Hyperion Planning, and an ERP system. She has worked primarily on the functional side, partnering with the finance and accounting teams on requirements as well as the technical side on the execution. She has been an integral part of implementations as well as upgrades.
Jennifer brings a unique perspective of understanding the business side of requirements, the technical data sources and flows, and an understanding of how to bring all the pieces together to provide an efficient, targeted solution. She has supported an active base of at least 300 users. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business and her MBA.
Kim Berg Hansen is a developer/architect at T. Hansen Gruppen A/S in Denmark, using Oracle SQL and PL/SQL since 2000. He specializes in doing it all in a single SQL statement wherever possible, utilizing the database to the max, and authoring SQL quizzes on PL/SQL Challenge. Kim has presented on analytic functions at both Kscope12 and UKOUG 2012.
Jeremy Harms is an experienced Oracle Business Intelligence consultant and director of Business Intelligence with EmeraldCube Solutions with six years of experience with OBIEE. His work with the Oracle BI suite has primarily focused on architecture, metadata design, and development. Additionally, he's worked extensively with dashboard, analysis, and BI Publisher report creation.
In addition to his consulting role, he's a principal BI trainer, demonstrator, and conference speaker. An Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Business Intelligence Foundation Certified Implementation Specialist (and no, he didn't make that up), he hasn't yet decided to put an "OFM11gBIFCIS" acronym behind his name on his business card.
Jeremy is a husband, dad, and avid Crimson Tider. If you think there's a better college football conference in the nation than the SEC, he might fight you. The other single most important aspects about Jeremy are: He can grow a mean beard and loves riding motorcycles.
Roel Hartman is a very experienced Oracle Software Architect. He started about twenty years ago using Oracle RDBMS 5, Oracle Forms 2.3, RPT/RP,F and Oracle*Case 4.5. Since a few years ago, he focuses mainly on Oracle Application Express.
Roel has been a speaker on UKOUG, OOW, Collaborate, Kscope, and a number of local Oracle users groups. He is an active participant of the Oracle APEX Forum and keeps an (APEX-related) blog at http://roelhartman.blogspot.com. In June 2009, Roel received an Oracle ACE award, and in August 2010 he was appointed as Oracle ACE Director. Roel is a co-writer of Expert Oracle Application Expres and the main author of Oracle Application Express for Mobile Web Applications. He is director at APEX Consulting in the Netherlands and member of the APEX Evangelists Network.
Jon Harvey serves as an EPM Practice Lead at eCapital Advisors, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm specializing in EPM/BI solutions and managed services. Jon is both a functional and technical expert holding a BS in Management of Information Systems from Iowa State and an MBA in Finance from Carlson School of Management. He has been working with Hyperion and Oracle database products for nine years and is an Oracle Certified Expert in both Hyperion Planning and Essbase. He has successfully delivered several Hyperion implementation and development projects for a variety of industries including health care, consumer products, retail, and gaming. In addition to project delivery, Jon is also passionate about educating and teaching clients and team members about how to apply the technology to drive business value within organizations.
Jim Heflin has over twenty-five years of management, accounting, financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation and reporting experience, including extensive experience working with customers to design and implement successful Hyperion/Oracle-based consolidation and reporting solutions. He has been involved with the implementation of over seventy-four Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) and Hyperion Enterprise applications as a consultant/employee over the last sixteen years. Jim was instrumental in designing and writing the HFM certification exam while working for Hyperion. His ongoing relationship with Oracle/Hyperion product development team as a subject matter expert is focused on aligning future product design direction and features with client needs. He is recognized as a leader in the consulting community for development of best practices in HFM business rule development. Jim has made presentations and led training at Hyperion Solutions conferences, Hyperion Client Services Top Gun in North America and EMEA, and users group meetings. He has deep consolidations product knowledge from product inception through latest product features.
Eric Helmer has extensive experience managing large complex corporate Hyperion/Oracle EPM IT implementations and projects. In the past nine years, he has specialized in delivering successful corporate integrated Oracle EPM and Business Intelligence IT projects throughout the US, England, Ireland, India, Singapore, and Thailand.
Eric has provided technical consulting services for many of the Fortune 500 in every aspect of Oracle EPM implementations, including global architecture/design, installation/configuration, backup/recovery, high availability, and customized IT educational services. He has been involved in leading most of Oracle's largest EPM implementations in its history. Eric has trained world-class IT support groups to be completely autonomous by offering a suite of knowledge transfer classes on Oracle design, installation, methodology, automation, backup/recovery, high availability, and troubleshooting
Eric also specilizes in server hosting and helpdesk managed services around the Hyperion and OBIEE solutions.
The Oracle Corporation has awarded Eric the title of Oracle ACE Director in 2009, and he has been spotlighted in Oracle Magazine and Oracle Profit Magazine. He also is a current board member and domain lead on the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG), Hyperion Special Interest Group, and the ODTUG Hyperion SIG. Eric is the creator of the popular EPM IT blog The I.T. Side, http://erichelmer.wordpress.com.
Heli Helskyaho holds a master's degree in computer science from Helsinki University, and she specializes in databases. Heli is also an Oracle ACE Director and a frequent speaker at many conferences. She has been working on IT since 1990 and with Oracle products since 1993. She has been in several positions, but any role has always included database design. Heli has been an Oracle Designer user since 1996 and a Data Modeler user since 2010. Heli has been a board member and/or president of Oracle User Group Finland since 2001 and spokesperson/ambassador for EMEA Oracle user groups community (EOUC) since 2007. She is also the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy. Heli believes good database design and documentation reduce performance problems and make solving them easier.
Paul Hoch, a principal architect with TopDown Consulting, has over twelve years of EPM and Hyperion experience, specializing in Essbase and Planning. He has successfully completed large-scale EPM implementations for clients in industries ranging from retail to government and financial services to health care. Paul has served as solution architect and team lead for implementations and developed and delivered advanced team training.
Toward the tenth year of a stable career in academia, specializing in decision support technologies, William Hodges accepted an invitation to step into the trenches to participate directly in the implementation of the type of management-support applications he could only talk about in an academic environment. He has spent the last fifteen years pursuing this line of work in various capacities, including as a certified Essbase boot camp instructor, an independent consultant, a co-proprietor of a successful mid-size consulting firm, and more recently on the consulting staff of one of today's largest international Oracle EPM implementers.
This career evolution gives him a unique alternate perspective on the challenges and opportunities EPM technologies offer to designers, implementers, and consumers of management and decision support. He enjoys sharing his perspective on both nuts-and-bolts matters and theoretical guiding principles, the combination of which has served him well in his own effort to deliver value to his clients and employers. Earlier presentations include an invitation to data analysts to explore the power of MDX (see A Path to MDX Mastery, Kscope13, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2013).
Richard Hoeschele is a senior level system architect and implementer of Data Mart and Hyperion Planning and Essbase
solutions. He is responsible for the development and implementation of world-class architectures incorporating
Relational and Hyperion Essbase technologies in support of large-scale business process redesign, re-engineering, rightsizing, and related projects. He has over eighteen years of experience in the design, development, implementation, and support
of information technology architectures and systems in a variety of hardware environments. Richard has extensive experience in planning, technology assessment, implementation, architecture design, and deployment. He is particularly skilled in the translation of business requirements into technical solutions using an iterative design and development approach. Richard believes that extensive client interaction is the hallmark of a successful implementation.
He is experienced in a wide variety of industries and businesses and highly skilled in the following technologies: RDMS to include SQL Server, Oracle, DB2; and OLAP technologies including Essbase, EIS, and Analysis Services. Other programming tools to include Access, VBA, VB, ETL tools, SQL Server DTS, ODI, and OBIEE,
Richard received a bachelor's degree in psychology, with senior honors, from the University of Tampa. In 2010, he received his master's in computer science from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He has been an Oracle certified Essbase developer since version 6.x. He presented twice at Solutions and has given numerous presentations at various ODTUG conferences and webinars.
Frank Houweling is an Oracle ADF and Java specialist with AMIS in the Netherlands. He focuses mainly on Oracle Fusion ADF, Java Enterprise development, and performance management. During the past years he has been requested several times as a troubleshooter of ADF projects with bad performance. As such, he has been performing performance analysis and bottleneck detection, and developing mitigating solutions based on these analyses. He is also the creator of the AMIS ADF Performance Monitor, an advanced monitor that can identify, report, and help solve performance bottlenecks in ADF Fusion applications.
Joe Huang is responsible for outbound product management of Oracle's Mobile Application Development Framework, which is part of Oracle's Mobile Platform. He has more than twenty years of experience in the high technology field and has been in the enterprise mobile application field for the last ten years. Joe joined Oracle through the Siebel acquisition in 2006, where he was part of Siebel's platform product management team. Prior to Siebel, Joe was with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), leading various development teams in creating innovative solutions for leading companies of the world. Joe received an MS and BS degree in industrial engineering from University of California, Berkeley in the early 1990s and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bex Huff is the founder and chief software architect of Bezzotech, which specializes in Oracle WebCenter and related technologies. He is an Oracle ACE Director and author of two books on Oracle software.
Ebony Hypolite is a manager at SC&H Group and a licensed Certified Public Accountant with over six years of experience implementing Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Essbase. Ebony's comprehensive background covers the design, implementation, and maintenance of Hyperion Planning and Essbase applications, with particular specialization in budgeting and forecasting solutions. Ebony also specializes in performance tuning Essbase environments and applications. Ebony has successfully applied her strong accounting and system analysis background in developing and implementing Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management solutions that transform our clients' data collection, financial reporting, and analysis capabilities. Ebony is an Oracle Hyperion Certified Professional and leads the firm's largest Hyperion Planning and Essbase engagements.
Jerry has over thirty years of experience in consulting. His first Oracle project was in 1981. He has been recognized as a leading architect and developer of high-performance Oracle applications. Jerry has served on the board of directors of Oracle Development Tools (formerly OCSIG) from its infancy. He has chaired several ODTUG conferences. He is also a recipient of the ODTUG Volunteer of the Year award. Jerry has taken this year off from being a board member in order to dedicate his time to some business opportunities. He is remaining active by serving as ODTUG's liaison to the IOUC with the hope of bringing about greater communication and cooperation between user groups around the world. Jerry has also been a member of OAUG since it started. He is a regular speaker and panel member at ODTUG, OAUG, and OOW conferences. Jerry has been appointed as an Oracle ACE in Database App Development.
Jason Jones, an Oracle Essbase Certified Developer, has extensive experience in developing, tuning, and enhancing Essbase, Hyperion Planning, and Oracle Data Integrator solutions. This experience is complemented with deep programming expertise that includes developing software in Java, mobile solutions for the iOS platform, relational databases (SQL Server, Oracle), and familiarity with many scripting and related tools that add value to EPM solutions. He is passionate about performance tuning, optimization, and the intersection of business intelligence and mobile solutions.
Joel Kallman is director of software development for Oracle's Server Technologies division at Oracle America, Inc. He is responsible for the development and product management of Oracle Application Express. Joel has been at Oracle since 1996 and has been working on Oracle Application Express since its creation in 1999. He is a contributing author of several books on Oracle technology, including Expert One on One Oracle, Beginning Oracle Programming, and Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions. Joel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from the College of Engineering, Ohio State University.
Celvin Kattookaran has over eight years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management. Celvin is known for developing creative and effective business solutions to address his clients' challenges. He is a frequent contributor to Oracle Forums as well as the Network 54 Essbase forum. His blog provides solutions to various riddles of EPM. During his lesiure time he develops utilities for EPM products, which make a consultant's life easier.
Maxym Kharchenko is a database kernel developer turned DBA, which gives him one of the biggest advantages out there: He sees Oracle as a C application and set his expectations accordingly. Maxym currently works as a senior persistence engineer at Amazon.com and enjoys exploring database technology and occasionally blogging about it at intermediatesql.com. He is also an OCM and a proud former vice president of Suncoast Oracle Users Group.
Mike Killeen, Oracle ACE, is vice president of Planning & Analytics, Technology at Edgewater Ranzal. Since joining Ranzal in 1997, Mike has scoped, designed, and implemented Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for over 200 clients across a variety of industries and regions with a focus on the Planning, Essbase, HPCM, and DRM tool sets.
John King is a partner in King Training Resources, a US-based firm providing instructor-led training since 1988 for application developers on a variety of platforms. John has worked with Oracle products and the database since Oracle Database version 4, and is an Oracle ACE Director and member of the OakTable Network. John develops and presents customized courses in a variety of topics including Oracle, ADF, Web Services, SOA, Java, User Experience, .NET, and several other topics. John presents frequently at industry conferences including UKOUG, ODTUG, Collaborate (IOUG), Oracle OpenWorld, AUSOUG, and RMOUG Training Days.
Peter Koletzke is a technical director and principal instructor for Quovera in Palo Alto, California. He has over thirty years of industry experience and has presented at various Oracle users group conferences more than 310 times. Additionally, he has won awards such as Pinnacle Publishing's Technical Achievement, ODTUG's Editor's Choice (three times), ODTUG Best Speaker, NY Oracle Users Group Editor's Choice (three times), East Coast Oracle/Southeastern Oracle Users Conference Oracle Designer Award, and the ODTUG Volunteer of the Year. Peter is an Oracle ACE Director, an Oracle Certified Master, and co-author - variously with Duncan Mills, Avrom Roy-Faderman, and Dr. Paul Dorsey - of the Oracle Press (McGraw-Hill Professional) books Oracle JDeveloper 11g Handbook, Oracle JDeveloper 10g for Forms & PL/SQL Developers, Oracle JDeveloper 10g Handbook, Oracle9i JDeveloper Handbook, Oracle JDeveloper 3 Handbook, Oracle Developer Advanced Forms and Reports, Oracle Designer Handbook, 2nd Edition, and The Oracle Designer/2000 Handbook.
Peter Koutroubis is the senior vice president of operations for ERP Analysts, an Oracle Platinum Partner and Oracle system integration company specializing in PeopleSoft applications and Oracle Business Intelligence. Peter has sixteen-plus years of experience delivering IT consulting services. In addition to his executive leadership role at ERP Analysts, he has completed four full-solution cycle implementations as data team leader, functional lead, and project manager. He currently serves as the project executive for ERP Analysts' implementation of a consolidated human resources data warehouse across California State University system's twenty-three universities using Oracle Business Intelligence HR Analytics 126.96.36.199.1 as the solution.
John Kozar strives to make the web more user-friendly and beautiful. He has a passion for design and has the honor of working with PL/SQL developers who consistently raise the bar for him. By day he works for a company called ACGI that boasts clients such as The PGA, Peace Corps, Materials Research Society, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, to name a few. By night, he develops apps on the side and does web design and CMS reskinning,
He is currently about to launch a piece of software he hopes will make CrossFit more fun, engaging, and social. He is an avid CrossFitter and hopes to help bring out the sport in CrossFit with his app. John is also about to launch a blog concentrating on APEX design issues and their solutions. But he sayd his most important and demanding role is as a father and husband.
Tom Kyte is a senior technical architect in Oracle's Server Technology Division. He is the Tom behind the AskTom column in Oracle Magazine, answering people's questions about the Oracle database and its tools (http://asktom.oracle.com/). He is also the author of Expert Oracle Database Architecture, Expert One on One Oracle, Beginning Oracle Programming, and Effective Oracle by Design. These are books about the general use of the database and how to develop successful Oracle applications.
Michael LaBarge, Textron Aviation (formerly Cessna Aircraft)
Michael LaBarge has over fourteen years of experience with Hyperion Essbase application development and administration. He has been the IT technical lead and administrator for all Hyperion applications at Textron Aviation (formerly Cessna Aircraft Company) for the past fourteen years, primarily supporting the finance organizations. In addition to Essbase, he also has several years of experience with Hyperion Planning and Hyperion Web Analysis.
Having developed dozens of Essbase applications, Michael has a broad range of experience with complex cube design, complex calculation scripts, and partitioning. In addition to the application development and administration, he also performs server sizing and configuration tasks, all EPM software installations, upgrades and performance tuning. He recently completed a solo upgrade of all Cessna EPM environments from 9.3.3 to 188.8.131.52. Michael is currently on the ODTUG Hyperion SIG Board of Directors.
Business management professional with a strong focus in EPM/Web consulting and project management. Personally managed and/or implemented dozens of Financial Consolidation, Planning, and Reporting solutions. Managed successful Software Selection engagements with a focus on EPM/BI solutions. Seth is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance. He has also received an MBA in Finance from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. Seth is the Executive Vice President of Consulting Services for MindStream Analytics. Seth has over 18 years experience in consulting, application design and project management in financial software systems. Prior to joining MindStream, Seth was the EPM Practice Lead at Pinnacle Group Worldwide, a Senior Manager for IBM Global Business Services, and a Senior Consulting and Design Lead for Hyperion Solutions Corporation. In addition to his other areas of expertise, Seth is also a Certified Treasury Professional.
Alice Lawrence works for Walmart as a manager in the International Finance department. She has worked with Essbase for over twelve years and has developed many applications. She works closely with the business community and has developed excellent working relationships with her colleagues. She is the current lead of the Financial Close track. Alice works hard to promote ODTUG, further the education of the EPM users, and create networking opportunities. She is proud to be a part of this wonderful organization and is looking forward to a great Kscope14.
Scott LeBeau is a senior Hyperion consultant for AST Corporation. His current engagement is at Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation implementing Hyperion Budgeting Public Sector, where his role is solution architect. Areas of specialization include:
Hyperion Financial Reporting
Hyperion Smart View
Data Integration Management
Scott's background includes extensive solutions experience in financial and operational modeling, reporting, and ETLs.
Terry Ledet is a highly motivated, skilled Financial Systems professional with expertise in the development of complex Business Intelligence solutions, as well as experience in accounting, financial reporting, planning, and analysis applications. He has over sixteen successful years in project and resource management and is a Microsoft and Oracle Hyperion Certified professional. He is proficient in full lifecycle project implementation and has a proven history of being a fervent leader with the ability to deliver exemplary outcomes. Terry possesses the ability to identify and translate a client's needs into an actionable technical solution.
Bob Lem is the director of global financial systems at Weight Watchers International Inc., where for the last nine years he has managed enterprise-wide management reporting systems. Prior to that, Bob has had stints at McKinsey & Company, CS First Boston, and Time Warner in roles where he has managed, developed, and implemented various financial systems.
Jonathan Lewis is a well-known figure in the Oracle world, with more than twenty-five years of experience using the software. He has published three books about Oracle - the most recent being Oracle Core - and contributed to three others. He posts blog items related to Oracle on a regular basis and contributes to newsgroups, forums, and users group magazines and events around the world. Jonathan has been self-employed for most of his time in the IT industry. For the past twenty years, he has specialized in short-term assignments, typically of a design, review, or troubleshooting nature, often spending no more than two or three days on a client site to address problems. He runs seminars about using Oracle all over the world and has visited more than fifty countries (and more than a dozen US states) to talk about, or troubleshoot, Oracle systems.
Steve Liebermensch has worked with Essbase since the early 90s. Over the course of that tenure, he has worked as a consultant building architecting and managing complex deployments, developing and delivering training and rapid deployments/POC, and most recently working as a product manager for Essbase at Oracle Corporation. His experiences have spanned numerous industries, including retail, financial services, and utilities, as well as handling requirements that span the spectrum from pure BI to pure EPM deployments. Steve has presented at several conferences over the years, including OpenWorld, Solutions, and Kaleidescope, as well as at many other regional events.
Bryn Llewellyn has worked in the software field for more than thirty years. He joined Oracle UK in 1990, at the European Development Center, to work in the Oracle Designer team. He transferred to the Oracle Text team and then into Consulting as the text specialist for Europe. He relocated to Redwood Shores in 1996 to join the Oracle Text Technical Marketing Group. He has been the product manager for PL/SQL since 2001. In 2005, he took on the additional product management responsibility for the Oracle Database capabilities that support online application upgrade. (The main one of these is called edition-based redefinition -- EBR for short.)
It's hard for Bryn to remember his life before Oracle. He started off doing image analysis and pattern recognition at Oxford University (programming in FORTRAN) and then worked in Oslo, first at the Norwegian Computing Center and then in a startup. In Norway, Bryn programmed in Simula (its inventors were his close colleagues). This language is recognized the first object-oriented programming language and was the inspiration for Smalltalk and C++.
Jeff Lovett, vice president of Teradata's Finance and Performance Management (FPM) practice and its global Teradata-Oracle alliance, brings over twenty years of diversified sales, marketing, finance, and technology consulting experience to his expert understanding of data warehousing, analytics, and business intelligence. In his role as FPM VP, he oversees offerings for Teradata customers who store and manage finance data in their EDW. Jeff draws on years spent leading consulting and technology initiatives across multiple organizations in nearly every major industry. He is a CPA, holds a BS and BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona, and has studied International Business and Information Technology at Loyola Marymount University.
As a senior director of product management and strategy at Oracle Corporation, Chris Lynskey performs a mix of management and individual contributor responsibilities. He oversees an inbound PM team that works closely with development to define product requirements/backlog and deal with customer escalations, as well as an outbound team responsible for all product marketing collateral and field enablement. Chris is ultimately responsible for the global product revenue through design and execution of sales plays.
A Certified Hyperion Implementation Specialist, Michael Malandra, Lead Consultant for Edgewater Ranzal, has almost 20 years of experience in Accounting and Finance which includes Financial Consolidations and Reporting, Variance Analysis, Planning and Forecasting, and Cost Benefit Analysis. Since 2008, he has worked extensively in designing and implementing Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) consolidation/reporting applications, utilizing EPMA and FDM. Most recently, Mike was a part of the first ever Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision (HTP) implementation.
Michelle Malcher is an Oracle ACE Director with more than fifteen years of experience in database development, security, design, and administration. Malcher is the co-author of Oracle Database 12c: Install, Configure & Maintain Like a Professional and Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer. She is president of IOUG and has given many presentations on database topics to Oracle users group communities.
David Mann has been a developer and DBA for fifteen years. He currently works in the Information Connection and Design group of a biotech company. He enjoys developing database-centric applications and finding new ways to understand and relate the data contained within them.
Nicholas Mann is a seasoned BI developer and architect at Peloton. He has extensive experience with modeling complex Oracle Business Intelligence solutions integrated with Oracle Essbase and Relational data sources. Specifically, he has experience with:
Integrating Oracle Essbase with OBIEE
Variance commentary capture in OBIEE
Custom BI Applications solutions
BI Publisher and OBIEE integration
Conforming multiple data sources in OBIEE
He is a certified OBIEE, BI Apps, and Essbase implementation specialist and also has significant experience in data warehousing and ETL processes. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in information systems and finance.
Al Marciante began his career in as a financial information technology professional for a leading electronics and communication company. He implemented applications focused on the accounting and finance organizations. In 1994, he spearheaded a project to produce consolidation financials, fully burdened profit and loss analysis, and budget reporting that was based on Oracle Financials, custom Oracle development, and Arbor Essbase. In 1997, Al moved to a solution consultant role with Arbor, where he helped many customers in the southern US achieve significant value purchasing and implementing OLAP and Analytic Applications. He also performed a domain leadership role to drive effective demos and field training. In 2000, after Arbor and Hyperion software merged to become Hyperion Solutions, Al moved to a product management role with Essbase. He quickly moved to a leadership role in the product management organization, and throughout the decade participated in driving new solutions in the Enterprise Performance Management space. Al has since led PM teams not only in the Essbase organization but also in Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, Smart View, Financial Reports, Crystal Ball, and Disclosure Management. He is now leading new initiatives for EPM in the Oracle Cloud.
Brian Marshall is a practice manager with over ten years of expertise providing information technology solutions to drive business and revenue inside a variety of organizations. He has extensive knowledge of the Enterprise Performance Management suite of products. He specializes in Hyperion Essbase (ASO and BSO), Hyperion Planning (Classic and EPMA), and Hyperion Financial Management. Brian has presented every year at the ODTUG conference since 2010.
Sergei Martens has been working with Oracle since 1998. He started as developer in Oracle Forms and Designer and became chief technical officer at Stadsbeheer B.V. in 2005.
Since 2008, he has worked as an independent contractor and specialized in Oracle Application Express. Sergei has a special interest in user interface design, trends (what is hot and what is not), and how to make a modern and user-friendly web application.
In 2013 and 2014, he was speaker at the Dutch APEX Congress. In 2013, he spoke about how to build Ext JS applications in APEX. In 2014, he spoke about how to build a mobile (tablet) application in APEX and used the application he built for the Dutch government as an example.
Scot Martin graduated from Rice University in 1995 with a degree in computer science and managerial studies. He started work at RadioShack doing C programming and SQL until 2002, when he moved into Essbase. He switched to Cash America in 2007, where he worked his way briefly into management before settling back in as the technical lead for the Hyperion Development team. He specializes in cube development including load/retrieval optimization and automation. He has been a presenter at Kscope on four occassions, helping attendees with optimization, ODI, and ASO cube conversion.
Raj Mattamal is co-president of Niantic Systems, LLC (www.nianticsystems.com). He started developing web applications at Oracle in 1995 with the very same people who came to create Oracle Application Express. In his more than ten years with the company, he helped customers in a wide range of industries deliver web-based solutions on the Oracle Database. In addition to helping customers with their applications, Raj developed numerous web applications for use internally at Oracle as well. Outside of database application development, Raj spent much remaining time with Oracle evangelizing Oracle Application Express. This entailed teaching Oracle Software Development and APEX classes globally, writing articles for Oracle Magazine, Technotes for the Oracle Technology Network, and assisting with the development of training material and workshops.
Having earned bachelor's degrees in decision and information studies as well as marketing from the University of Maryland, Raj continues to apply his knowledge of and passion for technology and business to real-world issues to this day. Since leaving Oracle in 2006, Raj offers his services and training to customers in a wide range of business lines to help business get the most out of their Oracle environments. In recent years, Raj has been recognized by his Oracle professional colleagues as an Oracle ACE Director - an honor, indeed, to be earned amongst so many knowledgeable colleagues.
John McGale is an architect and manager in the consulting practice at Performance Architects, with over ten years of development and leadership experience in transactional systems development and six years of experience in BI/EPM solutions development at organizations including Brown University, Covansys, and APC. John holds a BA in psychology from University of Rhode Island. He is a frequent presenter at industry events such as Oracle OpenWorld and local Oracle users group events such as the New England Oracle Application Users Group (NEOAUG).
Dan McGhan is the senior technical consultant at Enkitec. He suffers from Compulsive Programing Disorder, which is believed to be linked to his balding. Having started his development career in the land of MySQL and PHP, he was only too happy to have stumbled upon APEX. Since then, he's dedicated his programming efforts to learning more about Oracle and web-based technologies in general.
Dan is an Oracle Application Express Certified Expert, an Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate, and an Oracle ACE. In addition to his day job, he is one of the top contributors to the APEX forum, maintains his own Oracle and APEX blog, and is a regular presenter at various events including Oracle OpenWorld, Kscope, APEXposed!, and a variety of Oracle user groups.
When not working, Dan may be found studying languages other than those used for development, notably Spanish. He's also been sighted at various venues dancing Salsa with his wife, Sonia, and even enjoying an occasional cigar.
Kevin McGinley has been working in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence since 1997, starting in 2005 with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE, previously Siebel Analytics and nQuire). He is an Oracle ACE Director, has written publications, performed many public presentations on Oracle BI, and co-hosts "Real-Time BI with Kevin and Stewart." He currently serves as the owner and co-founder of Red Pill Analytics.
Tracy McMullen, co-author of the bestselling book series Look Smarter Than You Are, is the director of product strategy for interRel Consulting. She is certified in Oracle Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Essbase, and Data Relationship Management, and is also a Project Management Professional (PMP). She serves as an Oracle ACE Director and is the Hyperion SIG Planning Domain Lead. Tracy has been leading implementations of EPM/BI and Data Warehousing systems for over fifteen years.
Kuassi Mensah is director of product management at Oracle Corporation, in charge of JDBC, Java in the database, connection pools, and In-Database MapReduce. Kuassi holds a MS and post-graduate degree in computer sciences from the Programming Institute of University of Paris VI. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has published several articles and a book (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1555583296). He blogs at http://db360.blogspot.com/ and tweets @kmensah.
Francis Mignault has over twenty-five years of experience in IT and Oracle databases. He started as a developer on version 5 of Oracle using Forms 2.3. He then quickly specialized as a database administrator. In 2002, he co-founded Insum Solutions, where he currently holds the role of chief technology officer. His first-rate PL/SQL and APEX expertise led to his becoming the first APEX instructor in Quebec. He has presented at several seminars and conferences in the US and Canada, including Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG Collaborate, ODTUG APEXposed!, Kscope, and Ora*Gec. Francis is an Oracle ACE and co-author of Expert Oracle Application Express.
Cary Millsap has been a member of the Oracle community since 1989. He is an entrepreneur, software technology advisor, software developer, Oracle software performance specialist, and Oracle ACE Director. His technical papers are quoted in many Oracle books, Wikipedia, blogs all over the world, and dozens of conference presentations each month. Cary's blog is read by thousands of people each month. He has presented at hundreds of public and private events around the world. Cary wrote the book Optimizing Oracle Performance, for which he and co-author Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine's 2004 Authors of the Year, and more recently, The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data. He is currently a performance specialist at Accenture Enkitec Group and president of Method R Corporation.
Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting Solutions architect, has more than nineteen years of experience with Essbase, versions 3x through 11x, with an extensive background in finance and economics. He was one of the first Essbase Certified Consultants in the world and founded Marketing Technologies Group, which specialized in Essbase training, consulting, and collaborative development. He has spearheaded many full-cycle projects, from requirements gathering and design through implementation, training, and rollout.
Russell Morton is the Data Relationship Manager Enterprise Workstream Lead at Baker Hughes, managing overall design and project development. The company engages Infosys as a business partner to provide day-to-day production support activities and offshore secondary support. His background covers implementations and support for Enterprise and FDQM and HFM applications supporting DRM. He has a number of years of in-depth experience with DRM in refining and defining standards for master data as well as design leadership, development, and deployment of the master data components for a number of large projects.
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Mike Nader has more than seventeen years of advisory, operational, and sales experience in Business Intelligence and Business Performance Management. Mike is currently the Business Intelligence practice lead for Blue Stone International, based out of Chicago. In addition to work at Blue Stone, Mike has also worked in various roles in the EPM and BI marketplace, including:
Senior Manager, Ernst & Young -- Business Intelligence (2010-2013)
Global Domain Lead, Business Intelligence (OBIEE) & Analytics (Essbase) -- Hyperion Solutions and Oracle Corporation (2006-2010)
Principal Product Manager (software development) -- Essbase & Business Intelligence
Leighton Nelson is an Oracle Certified DBA and Oracle ACE, with over ten years of solid DBA experience. He manages multiterabyte OLTP and Data Warehouse databases running Oracle 10g/11g on AIX and Linux, and focuses on high-availability solutions involving Oracle RAC, Data Guard, and Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c. Leighton is also a co-author of Expert Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c.
Leighton is the lead Oracle DBA at Mercy in Saint Louis, Missouir. He shares his enthusiasm and experiences through his blog (griddba.com), tweets @leight0nn, and his presentations at Oracle events including Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG Collaborate, and Kscope.
Anton Nielsen is president of C2 Consulting, a technology solutions firm specializing in Oracle technologies. Anton was one of the initial Oracle Fusion Middleware ACE Directors and has presented at ODTUG Kaleidoscope, Oracle OpenWorld, and APEXposed!. Prior to founding C2 Consulting, he was a technical director at Oracle USA and an officer and scientist in the US Air Force. Anton has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a master's from Northeastern University, where he concentrated in combinatorics, encryption, and error correction codes. He has worked with Oracle Application Express since its inception and with various aspects of software security since 1982.
Alex Nuijten works as a key consultant for Ordina Oracle Solutions in the Netherlands. Besides his consultancy work, he conducts training classes, mainly in SQL and PL/SQL. Alex has been a speaker at numerous international conferences, such as ODTUG, Oracle OpenWorld, UKOUG, IOUG, OUGF, OGH, and OBUG. He was part of the Nordic ACE Directors Tour in 2012. He is also a frequent contributor at the Oracle Technology Network forum for SQL and PL/SQL. He wrote many articles in Oracle-related magazines, and at regular intervals he writes about Oracle Application Express and Oracle database development on his blog "Notes on Oracle" (nuijten.blogspot.com). Alex is co-author of the book Oracle APEX Best Practices. In August 2010, Alex was awarded Oracle ACE Director membership.
Chris Ostrowski is an Oracle solution architect director for Avout in Colorado. He has worked with Oracle technologies for over twenty years as a developer, DBA, project manager, and enterprise architect. Recently, Chris has focused his efforts on Service Oriented Architecture technologies including Oracle JDeveloper, the Oracle SOA Suite, and Enterprise Technologies including Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle's Application Integration Architecture. He is the author of three books from Oracle Press: Oracle Application Server 10g Web Development, The Oracle Application Server Portal Handbook and the upcoming Migrating to Fusion Applications. Chris is also a certified Oracle SOA Implementation Champion and is a proud member of the Oracle ACE Program.
Praveen Pasupuleti has been leading the development of BI/EPM applications for over eleven years, including ten years of Hyperion-specific experience. His core expertise is in the design, development, and optimization of the Hyperion product suite. In his current role as lead architect of Hyperion Planning Systems at Citrix, he oversees the Hyperion Planning landscape. Before that, he worked as lead consultant with leading Hyperion consulting firms such as WhittmanHart (Rolta) and Palladium. He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.
David Peake joined Oracle in 1993. He spent the first thirteen years within Oracle Consulting in Australia, New Zealand, and the US. In 2006, he joined the Product Development team as the Oracle Application Express (APEX) product manager. He presents at many conferences around the world, including Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Develop(s), Kscope, and UKOUG.
Robin Peel is a Principal Sales Consultant supporting Oracle's sales teams. His expertise is targeted upon the governance of the critical hierarchies and dimensions that drive performance management, business planning and business intelligence, with deep experience in the design and deployment of Oracle Data Relationship Management across a broad range of industries.
Robin joined Oracle in 2007 as part of the acquisition of Hyperion Solutions. In turn, Robin joined Hyperion as part of the 2005 acquisition of Razza Solutions, a company he joined in 1997. As one of Razza's first employees, Robin was instrumental in the development, testing, and implementation of Razza's Enterprise Dimension Management solution, now marketed as "Oracle Data Relationship Management" (DRM). He recently published a "Dimension Management Maturity Model" that helps IT departments and business experts agree upon how to prioritize efforts to enhance the alignment of critical enterprise hierarchies across their technology platforms and business functions.
Previously, Robin spent twelve years working in business and resource planning roles in the British railway industry, designing new systems and business processes for strategic business planning and capital expenditure planning. A meteorology graduate of the University of Reading, England, Robin relocated to the United States in 1993 in search of better weather. Today, Robin makes his home in Seattle and is still seeking better weather. Robin is an instrument-rated private pilot, and also enjoys astronomy and exploring Washington vineyards.
John is an OCP DBA, OCP Apps DBA, and ORACLENERD with just enough developer roots to know that if he's writing too much code these days, he's probably doomed. :) He's works for the Pythian Group as an Oracle Applications DBA, where he gets to turn information infrastructure problems of all sizes into manageable solutions on a daily basis for a wide variety of 11i and R12 customers. He hails from Vancouver, BC, which is a lot like Seattle except with fewer freeways, and more hockey. When not coaxing pieces of Oracle software to play nice together (or at least talk civilly) and blogging about strange corners of Oracle Applications, he enjoys bicycling, beer snobbery, and consistently losing a battle of wits with his 8-year-old daughter.
John Pocknell is a senior manager of product management at Dell based out of the European HQ in Maidenhead UK and is responsible for Toad for Oracle and Toad for IBM DB2 and its various editions which include other products from within the Toad family. He has been with Dell (previously Quest Software) since 2000, working in the database design, development and deployment product areas and continues to evangelise Toad to customers throughout Europe, the U.S. and AsiaPac. John writes many blogs and papers which are published on the Toad user community, Toad World.
John has worked in I.T. for over 30 years, most of that time being based in Oracle application design and development. He is a qualified aeronautical engineer, with over 10 years as a Business Development manager provisioning I.T. consultancy services and implementation of Quality Assurance systems to ISO 9001.
Stuart Porad is a 123OLAP instructor and course developer, and the owner of Consilium Technology, an Oracle Certified Implementation Partner. He is an Oracle Certified Specialist in Hyperion Data Relationship Management (DRM) with experience implementing and teaching DRM since 2002, along with over twenty years of technology consulting experience. Beyond the MDM field, Stuart has leading implementation expertise within the Oracle BI realm including project design, management, and implementation using OBI, HFM, Essbase, and Planning. His full bio is available at www.linkedin.com/in/stuartporad/.
Juan Porter, president of TopDown Consulting, founded the company in 2000. He has over twenty years of combined customer, vendor, and consultant experience with Hyperion, which enables him to bring unmatched insight into the strategic impact of performance management solutions as well as in-depth understanding of the day-to-day realities of managing global applications while supporting users' needs. Prior to founding TopDown, Juan managed all aspects of Hyperion applications, on a global basis, for ABB, Novell, and SGI. Considered a visionary with an exceptional, proven ability to effectively address complex global business problems through EPM solutions, he is a member of the Oracle Hyperion Partner Advisory Council. Juan has presented annually at Oracle Hyperion user groups. He has served as chair of Hyperion's national steering committee as well as leading many Hyperion enhancement committees. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Taylor University.
Kellyn Pot'Vinis a former Oracle ACE Director, current OakTable Network member, and the consulting member for the Strategic Customer Program, a specialized group of Enterprise Manager specialists at Oracle. She specializes in environment optimization tuning, automation, and creating systems that are robust and enterprise-level. Kellyn works almost exclusively on mult-TB size databases, including Exadata and solid-state disk solutions, and is known for her extensive work with both the Enterprise Manager 12c and its command-line interface. Her blog, http://dbakevlar.com, and social media activity under @DBAKevlar is well-respected for her insight and content. She is the co-author on a number of technical books, hosts webinars for ODTUG, OTN and All Things Oracle, and has presented at Oracle OpenWorld, Hotsos, Collaborate, and Kscope, along with numerous other US and European conferences. Kellyn is a strong advocate for Women in Technology, citing education on topics regarding stereotypes and presenting opportunities early as the path to overcoming challenges.
Dan Pressman has been an independent consultant specializing in Hyperion/Essbase for the past seventeen years. Dan is both a technical and functional expert, supported by a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance, both from Columbia University. A recognized specialist in both ASO and BSO tuning, he has worked on numerous full-system implementations of Planning, Essbase, Financial Reporting, and the full gamut of the EPM suite.
Recently, Dan's work has focused on ASO tuning, and he is the author of the chapter "Designing ASO for Performance" in the book Developing Essbase Applications: Advanced Techniques for Finance and IT Professionals. This chapter, along with his other writings and presentations, includes unpublished information on the inner workings of the ASO engine. The work is based on original empirical research and has resulted in techniques and information not available publically anywhere else. Additionally, he has written tuning techniques involving memory-mapped IO, compound attributes, operating system compression, and the use of surrogate keys.
Peter Raganitsch, founder and director of click-click IT Solutions in Vienna and co-founder of FOEX GmbH in Austria, has more than fifteen years of experience in Oracle DB, Forms, and APEX. Always looking for ways to make things better and develop new solutions, he shares his knowledge and solutions with the community in form of the ApexLib Framework, several tools, blogs, webinars, and cutting-edge things such as the first mobile theme for APEX. Peter is an Oracle ACE Director and currently spends most of his time creating the best APEX plugins in the world (FOEX).
Michael Rainey is a Principal Consultant with Rittman Mead, a leading consultancy focused on delivering Oracle Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence technology solutions. Specializing in Oracle Data Integrator (11g / 12c) and Oracle GoldenGate (11g / 12c), Michael, an Oracle Ace and ODI 11g Certified Implementation Specialist, provides expert services, training, and project delivery for clients worldwide. In his work, Michael has completed various ODI and Oracle GoldenGate implementation projects, sharing his data integration knowledge along the way on the Rittman Mead blog. He also is the lead instructor for the Rittman Mead Oracle Data Integrator "Bootcamp" in America.
Lynn Rampoldi-Hnilo, Director of the Oracle Mobile User Experience team, currently drives the strategic direction of user research and design for the next generation mobile applications at Oracle. She works closely with executives, customers, and product families to bring cutting edge enterprise solutions to the mobile workforce. Lynn completed her PhD at Michigan State University with an emphasis on technology and cognition. She has taught at Stanford, Michigan State University, and St. Mary's College.
Anju Rao is a director of enterprise solutions and responsible for delivering systems integration solutions with Cervello, Inc. Cervello is a dynamic technology company specializing in Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Enterprise Performance Management solutions using both cloud and on-premise technologies.
Anju has a wealth of professional experience in the Corporate Performance Management (CPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) domains. At Cervello, Anju's focus is on Oracle's Enterprise Performance Management suite, and he is certified in both Oracle Essbase and Oracle Planning. Anju has delivered CPM and BI solutions in a wide range of industries, including life sciences (DJO), retail (Walmart, The Children's Place, Polo, CVS), financial services (GE Commercial Finance), media (Showtime), nonprofit,and education. At these engagements, Anju has performed in both technical roles (architecture, design, development) and functional roles (project management, business analysis, user training).
In addition to project work, Anju has presented at conferences across the country, been told on numerous occasions that he has a voice made for radio, and delivered his daughter with his own two hands.
Brad Resner is a practice director with Vertical Edge Consulting Group, specializing in Enterprise Performance Management. Brad has over eighteen years of IT delivery and consulting experience, and has delivered several successful Hyperion Planning projects using the following software solutions: Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Financial Data Quality Manager, and Financial Reporting. Brad has implemented projects across various industries and has extensive experience in technical implementation of EPM solutions.
Kris Rice joined Oracle in 1998 in consulting, working on ecommerce and database replication. He now leads Oracle's database tooling. SQL Developer was started in 2005 with three people, with Kris leading the product. Now it is the go-to tool for Oracle database development. He believes in building software people want and listens to the user community to help steer the products. Data modeling was quickly added to SQL Developer based on listening to what people wanted. Kris is responsible for the APEX Listener and is modernizing database access by making REST access to the data easier than ever before. Also, he leads migrations to Oracle and the new database cloud.
Jorge Rimblas has been implementing solutions with Oracle products since 1995. He started using APEX when it was known as HTMLDB since version 1.6. Since 2008, APEX is all he does. His areas of expertise include: Oracle Application Express (APEX), Web Technologies, Oracle e-Business Suite, Oracle databases and products. He has deep industry knowledge in the automotive, pharmaceutical, food, logistics providers, financial services and retail sectors among others. As an instructor, he has taught APEX to dozens of people. In addition to his UI and theme work experience, Jorge is an Oracle ACE and an avid problem solver who thrives in finding elegant and efficient solutions.
Mark Rittman is an Oracle ACE Director as well as a technical director for Rittman Mead, an Oracle Gold Partner specializing in BI, DW, and EPM solutions. Mark has worked with Oracle's BI and DW technologies for ten-plus years, writes regularly for Oracle Magazine, the ODTUG Technical Journal, and the Rittman Mead Blog (http://www.rittmanmead.com/blog). Mark is also the author of the Oracle Business Intelligence Developers Guide and in the past has been an executive director on the ODTUG Board.
Henry is a senior reporting systems analyst at ConocoPhillips with over twenty years of experience supporting Reporting, Budgeting, and Planning. He has worked with Essbase for thirteen years and is responsible for developing and maintaining applications for his business unit. He also provides training for new users and consults with other business units in the company when requested.
Christian Rokitta is an independent Oracle consultant with more than eighteen years of experience in Oracle database development and web development. Since 1998, he used the Oracle Web Toolkit and mod_plsql to develop data-centric web applications in Oracle environments. Using the APEX development framework was the logical next step.
Christian is German, but for the past fifteen years he has lived and worked in the Netherlands. From 1996 to 1999, he worked as a custom development consultant for Oracle Netherlands. In the ten years that followed, he acted as consultant and product development manager for Scamander Solutions. In April 2010, Christian became an independent Oracle consultant and founded themes4apex, a service that offers custom APEX theme design.
Len Romano has twenty-plus years of experience in using, presenting, and managing projects for Oracle Hyperion EPM-related applications. He is currently a senior EPM specialist and project manager. Len previously worked for Hyperion and Oracle as a solutions consultant and EPM channel manager. Prior to working for Hyperion, Len worked for a Fortune 500 company in various roles and responsibilities in the accounting and finance areas. During this time, he implemented and used Hyperion products. Len brings a wealth of real-world experience including end user, system administrator, software solution consultant, Hyperion Partner management, design and implementation, and project management
Edward Roske is the CEO and co-founder of interRel Consulting, one of the five largest Oracle EPM consulting firms in the world. As an Oracle ACE Director and author of seven books, Edward has spoken on four continents evangelizing everything Oracle Business Intelligence, Enterprise Performance Management, and Hyperion. Edward is continuously recruited to host various Hyperion presentations at users groups around the world as he uses his fifteen-plus years of expertise on over 500 implementations in the Hyperion arena to provide insight on the future of Hyperion within Oracle.
Edward also offers an Oracle EPM blog, Looksmarter.blogspot.com, which offers a unique perspective inside the world of Oracle EPM, including information on upcoming releases, colorful commentary on his ideas on hot topics in the industry, and much more. Recently, Edward was just made a Certified Oracle Fusion Applications Advocate, a title Oracle has only bestowed on seven people. He spends his free time evolving into pure energy and saving busloads of nuns and orphans. He has no free time.
In his role in Oracle as a senior director in BI product managment leading the Essbase product management team, Gabby Rubin is involved in shaping and executing Oracle's strategic vision in BI and EPM server technolegies. Bringing an extensive background in relational and multidimensional databases, data warehousing, and analytics, Gabby was one of the founders and senior executives of two startup companies focused on product and technologies for Business Intelligence. As such, he participated in multiple large-scale Business Intelligence initiatives at Fortune 500 companies in the retail, consumer goods, and financial services industries. Gabby is fluent in English and Hebrew, and resides in California.
Christoph Ruepprich has worked as an Oracle DBA and developer since 1999. As a developer, he has worked with Oracle Forms and Reports and has extensive experience with Oracle Application Express. In his current role as senior techincal consultant at Enkitec, he works on various Application Express projects.
In past roles, he has developed a workload characterization application for Oracle E-Business and worked with warehouse control systems and MRP systems. He has also taught Oracle DBA certification courses and is an active presenter on Oracle topics. His blog Christoph's 2 Oracle Cents contains a wide variety on Oracle-related articles and can be accessed at http://ruepprich.wordpress.com.
Tony Scalese is one of the world's foremost experts in Oracle/Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management (FDM) & ERPi. He is an Oracle Certified Implementation Specialist for HFM. Tony has implemented FDM and ERPi in a variety of industries to address myraid requirements.
Tony regularly contributes to the EPM community by presenting at conferences and local HUG meetings, delivering webinars, writing for his blog, and posting on OTN. Prior to his consulting life, he was a Hyperion administrator for Enterprise, Upstream Weblink, Pillar, and Hyperion Planning at a Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer.
Rich Schoustra has been working with Hyperion technologies since 1995. With his strong financial background and expertise in Hyperion products, he has successfully led implementations at numerous Fortune 1000 companies as well as smaller organizations, helping leverage the technology to its fullest. In addition to his project work, Rich has developed and taught many Hyperion bootcamp classes, from end-user courses to advanced architecture design and technology curricula. He was a co-founder of 123OLAP with Rudy Zucca and co-wrote the Essbase and advanced Essbase curricula. Currently, Rich leads the Managed Services Practice for ADI Strategies, Inc. In this role, he coordinates and manages resources for clients as well as acts in an advisory capacity for implemented Hyperion Solutions.
Glenn Schwartzberg has been an IT professional for over thirty years. He started his career in IT (then MIS) working on IBM mainframes writing COBOL and CICS programs. He quickly worked his way up the food chain and as a manager had fifteen people working for him. At this pivotal juncture, he decided he would rather be a technical resource than spend his time telling other people what to do and justify his life through paperwork. He entered the world of consulting, where he was a DBA on Teradata DBC1012 computers, programming, and maintaining databases. This was his introduction to SQL.
During his stint working on data warehouses, he ran into a little program from Arbor software called Essbase. It was a cool little program and Glenn immediately saw the value in allowing users to get their own data, so he started learning all he could about it. This was on version 3.11. As time and versions progressed, he learned more and more and the versions got more feature-rich and complicated. While Glenn did not like being a manager, he did feel it was important to assist others as they tried to figure out the issues they were having with the application. He joined bulletin boards and forums and was an ardent contributor, answering others' questions and gaining more knowledge. In 2008, due to his continued efforts to assist others and evangelize Essbase, he was honored with the title of Oracle ACE in Business Intelligence. In 2010, he was privileged to be named an Oracle ACE Director. He continues to share his knowledge of Essbase and its associated products though the Oracle EPM discussion forums, presentations at conferences, user group meetings, webcasts, and his blog. He was one of the founding members of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG Board.
John Edward Scott has been using Oracle since version 7 (about 1993) and has used basically every release since then. He has had the good fortune to work on a wide range of projects for a varied group of clients. He was lucky enough to start working with Oracle Application Express when it was first publicly released and has worked with it nearly every day since (and loves it).
John is an Oracle ACE Director, was named Application Express Developer of the Year 2006 by Oracle Magazine, and is the author of the best-selling book Pro Oracle Application Express. He is also the co-founder of APEX Evangelists (www.apex-evangelists.com), which specializes in providing training, development, and consulting specifically for the Oracle Application Express product. You can contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Screen is a Business Intelligence evangelist with over thirteen years of experience in technology ranging from low-level programming, e-commerce, Data Warehousing, Enterprise Performance Management, and of course, Business Intelligence. In his spare time, he enjoys writing technical articles, learning new technologies, developing products, writing software, spending time with his family, trying to change the world, and running his blog and podcast at ArtOfBi.com. He is an Oracle ACE, an Oracle Deputy CTO, and holds several technology and project management certifications. The first book on Oracle BI 11g was published in 2012, and he just happened to co-author it. Currently, he is the Oracle BI practice lead for Analytic Vision, an Oracle Platinum Partner headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
David Segleau is the Director Product Management for the Oracle NoSQL Database, Oracle Berkeley DB and Oracle Database Mobile Server. He joined Oracle as the VP of Engineering for Sleepycat Software (makers of Berkeley DB). He has over 30 years of industry experience, leading and managing technical product teams. He has worked extensively with database technology as both a customer and a vendor. David has held management positions at many technology companies, including Britton-Lee, ShareBase, Teradata, Illustra, Informix, ANTs Software, Sleepycat Software and now Oracle. David has spent most of his career working with leading and innovative technologies. What he enjoys most is merging customer and business requirements with product development expertise, thereby generating products and technology that solves real-world problems.
Carie Self is the executive director of financial systems at Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. Her team of Hyperion specialists works within the finance division to support Oracle Hyperion technologies. This includes Hyperion Planning, HPCM, and Essbase. Carie's career at Waddell & Reed began in 2000 as the manager of sales reporting. Over the span of fourteen years, she has held several positions managing the data and processes supporting both internal and external corporate reporting. This experience has provided Carie the business knowledge to manage the integration of the Oracle Hyperion technologies into financial reporting and analysis functions.
Mehmet Sevinc has been in the Hyperion field since April 2007. In the past seven years, he has been a part of Hyperion implementations teams that completed Hyperion Workforce, CAPEX, Public Sector Planning and Budget, Essbase ASO and BSO, Hyperion Financial Reports, and Hyperion Web Analysis projects. He also managed a seven-person multinational team that supported Hyperion applications of one of the biggest retailers in the world. In addition to the above products, he also got to learn tools such as Hyperion Smart View, Calculation Manager, Outline Load Utility, and Data Quality Management, and attended hands-on lab sessions on OBIEE during Kscope13.
Christian Shay is a product manager in the .NET technologies group at Oracle Corporation. As a .NET and Oracle evangelist, he speaks to user groups, at Microsoft events, and at Oracle OpenWorld events worldwide. Prior to this role, he was a software engineer at Oracle. Read his article on the Oracle data provider for .NET, Managed Driver, in the April issue of Oracle Magazine.
Shay Shmeltzer is a senior group manager for the Outbound Product Management team for the Oracle development tools organization. Shay has been working with Oracle's development tools for over twenty years. Shay is a frequent presenter at industry events, publishes multiple articles, and frequently blogs at http://blogs.oracle.com/shay.
Carlos Sierra is the author of some popular tools for Oracle SQL Tuning: SQLTXPLAIN (SQLT), SQL Health Check (SQLHC), and Trace Analyzer (TRCANLZR), among others. He has been a speaker at several conferences related to Oracle performance, including Hotsos, OOW, UKOUG, RMOUG, and IOUG. Carlos currently works for Enkitec. Prior to Enkitec, he worked for Oracle for seventeen years. Carlos is a frequent SQL Tuning practitioner constantly helping peers and other professionals to diagnose SQL statements performing poorly.
Jeff Smith is a senior principal product manager in the Database Tools group at Oracle. He works on the team that brings you SQL Developer, SQL Developer Data Modeler, APEX Listener, the Public Cloud database offering, and 11gR2 XE. Jeff has presented online and in-person at many of the top users groups around the world for the past decade, including ODTUG.
Scott Spendolini is executive director at Enkitec, a world-class Oracle services, education, and solutions firm founded in 2004. He has assisted a number of clients from various verticals with their Oracle APEX development and training needs. Scott has presented at a number of Oracle-related conferences, including Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG, and IOUG, and is a regular contributor to the Oracle APEX Forums on OTN. He is a recipient of the Oracle ACE Director designation, author of Expert Oracle Application Express Security, and co-author of Pro Oracle Application Express. In 2009, Scott along with ODTUG was presented with the Oracle Innovation Award for his work on ODTUG's website, odtug.com. Scott is also a Certified Oracle Application Express Developer.
Prior to joining Enkitec, Scott co-founded and ran Sumneva and Sumner Technologies from 2005 through 2012, which focused on Oracle APEX services, education, and solutions. Before that, he was employed by Oracle Corporation for almost ten years, the last three of which he was a senior product manager for Oracle APEX. He holds a dual bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in management information systems and telecommunications management, and currently resides in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife and two children.
Michel St-Amour, President, and Co-founder of Insum Solutions in 2002, founded the Oracle Users Group of Eastern Canada (ORA*GEC) in 1988. In 1993, Michel St Amour and Francis Mignault, Insum Solutions' partners, also founded The Quebec Association of IT Freelancers (AQIII). Michel earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the Université de Montréal in 1981 and has worked with Oracle technologies for more than 25 years. He has held various positions related to information solutions management and development for several businesses. He has also worked for more than 15 years as an independent consultant on projects related to Oracle technologies for multiple clients.
Tim St. Hilaire has been working with Oracle as a developer, integrator, and architect for over ten years. His most recent focus is on the APEX tool set and integration opportunities available both internally and externally. Leading a team of developers, APEX has been integrated as a strategic tool within his current business. Sharing those experiences with others is both a hobby and a passion.
Joe Stasi is a partner at Platform Specialists focusing on consolidations and EPM systems consulting using Oracle Hyperion. He is a Certified Hyperion Consultant with over twelve years of experience delivering consolidation systems to corporate finance functions. He has extensive background in business and financial systems advisory and design, having managed/developed/architected twenty-five-plus financial consolidations, data integration, and Enterprise Performance Management projects. Joe holds undergraduate degrees in finance and business law from Hofstra University and an MBA from C.W. Post. Platform Specialists is an East Coast-based consulting firm focusing on Oracle Hyperion and EPM systems consulting.
Terrence Sundar started his career at a retail catalog startup. He managed to transition from an accounting position to a self-created finance position. He later joined a Fortune 500 company, where he spent the majority of his time performing a dual role as a financial analyst/project lead working with consultants to provide feedback on the Hyperion implementation as a front-end super user. This was something he enjoyed with a passion, and he ultimately ended up turning the page to become a Certified Hyperion Planning and Essbase Consultant himself for several years, not to mention being a part of the very small yet very first internal Hyperion Planning & Essbase implementation team at 500 Oracle Parkway in Redwood Shores, California, shortly after the acquisition of Hyperion in 2007. This successful implementation paved the way for further Hyperion-related consulting and implementations at various companies across different verticals spanning many industries. Recently, Terrence decided to shelve external consulting and spends much of his time as an internal Hyperion engineer/consultant helping Shutterfly, Inc. by servicing, expanding, and maturing the company's Oracle Hyperion Suite using best practices.
Deanna Sunde is a Director within the EPM Planning and Essbase practice of the Hackett Group and has been implementing Hyperion products for over 14 years. She is a certified implementation specialist for Hyperion Planning and Essbase and has implemented Oracle Financials. Deanna is the lead for the Kscope Planning track this year, was the assistant lead last year and hosted the EPM Symposium at Oracle Open World last year. She is currently serving as the President of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG and has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. She also is a graduate of the inaugural ODTUG Leadership Program and was a member and Secretary of the SROAUG Board of Directors for 5 years. Deanna is a frequent speaker at ODTUG Kscope, OAUG Collaborate, OAUG Connection Point, Oracle Open World, regional user conferences, webcasts and The Hackett Group events. She has held management positions in accounting, finance and IT at Princess Cruises and NBC Universal. Deanna very successfully bridges the functional with the technical and holds an MBA in Finance, a BS in Economics and is a former CPA. Visit her blog at: DeannaSunde.com.
Richard Tomlinson is a director of product management for Oracle Business Analytics at Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for product strategy and go-to market for the Oracle Business Analytics products, including BI tools and BI cloud, Endeca Information Discovery, and Big Data Discovery. Richard has over nineteen years of experience in product marketing and development, presales, and business consulting on analytic solutions. Prior to Oracle, he worked for data warehousing, business intelligence, and search leaders and innovators, including Endeca, SAS, Business Objects, and Informix.
Tim Tow is the founder and president of Applied OLAP and the visionary for the innovative Dodeca product. He has been working exclusively with Oracle Essbase since 1995, specializing in the Essbase Java API. An Oracle ACE Director, Tim blogs on Essbase topics, leads the development team that supports the popular OlapUnderground Essbase utilities, and has served ODTUG in a variety of positions, including two terms on the ODTUG Board of Directors.
Jake Turrell is a senior solution architect and project manager with over eighteen years of experience specializing in the implementation of Hyperion Planning, Essbase, and related technologies. Jake's technology career began in the early 90s as a financial systems intern at Dell in Austin, Texas, administering IMRS Micro Control (the DOS-based predecessor to Hyperion Enterprise). After working at Dell, Jake joined Ernst & Young's Management Consulting practice, where he worked with a variety of technologies before returning to the Hyperion world and joining a boutique Hyperion partner consulting firm in Dallas, Texas.
Tina Tymczak is a consulting manager with over eighteen years of Hyperion product experience, including nearly two years with Hyperion/Oracle providing training in Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, Financial Data Quality Management, Smart View, and Financial Reporting. She has been the lead consultant at a multiphase project at the University of California, Berkeley to provide a common enterprise-wide framework to prepare, analyze, and assess the annual budget, and automate and streamline the budget process using Public Sector Planning. She has also been the lead consultant in several oil and gas Financial Close implementations. Prior to Hyperion, she was a manager in the consumer products and chemical sector developing and administrating Hyperion Enterprise and Essbase applications, and providing expertise on the financial consolidation, reporting, and budgeting process.
Mia Urman is an Oracle ACE and a world-class expert in Oracle Forms and ADF with over fourteen years of experience presenting, supporting, training, and consulting Oracle products. In her seven years at Oracle Israel, Mia was both a senior support analyst and product manager of Oracle Developer Suite, JDeveloper, and IAS technologies, as well as the lead trainer and presale consultant for Oracle on the topics of Oracle Forms and ADF. She is the founder of Qesem Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that boasts an elite list of enterprise clients in the telecom, government, defense, and finance industries. Her high-profile client list includes MasterCard, the Bank of Israel, the Ministry of Agriculture, IBM, the Israeli Ports Authority, Discount Bank, Nice, and Motorola. While providing support, architecture design, and project development services to Qesem Consulting customers, Mia became intimately familiar with some of the leading challenges facing Oracle Forms/ERP clients, and co-founded AuraPlayer (formerly OraPlayer), a development house providing solutions in the mobile, SOA, integration, auditing, and monitoring fields. AuraPlayer creates web services from Oracle Forms business logic that can be exposed and run from mobile, cloud computing, or SOA systems. She currently serves as AuraPlayer's CEO.
Mia is a seasoned presenter on Oracle technologies and has presented at various conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, Kscope, UKOUG, and IOUG Collaborate. She has been a keynote speaker at many local Oracle Technology Network Developer Day events as well as full-day training sessions for IOUG and Oracle Week. She is also the chair of the Israeli OUG for Oracle Forms and Reports.
Erik van Roon is a Senior Oracle Developer who has worked with Oracle technology since 1995.
Since 2009 he is self-employed. His company is called EvROCS. Prior tot hat he has worked for several consulting companies in the Netherlands.
He has worked on major projects for several clients in industries like entertainment, banking and energy, working with the 'classic' Oracle tools Designer, Forms, Reports, and off course SQL and PLSQL..
Erik has been the technical lead of multiple successful datamigration projects moving and transforming large amounts of data.
Wayne Van Sluys has been working with Business Intelligence Analysis and Reporting since 1998 both as a developer and lead architect. His work has primarily centered around the Hyperion Interactive Reporting Suite and now OBIEE and Essbase. Wayne has a master's degree in education and brings a training and development approach to his work with clients. His presentation history dates back to two Brio Software conferences, four Hyperion Solutions conferences, and two Kscope conferences, as well as numerous custom-designed user and developer training classes.
Yury Velikanov is an Oracle ACE Director who enjoys meeting and working with people on challenging projects. He started to work as an Oracle DBA fifteen years ago (1997). Yury is an OCP 7,8,9,10g,11g and 9i,10g,11g OCM (Oracle Certified Master). He is a frequent presenter at Oracle-related conferences such as Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate, Hotsos, UKOUG, AUOUG, and others. Yury is a socially active person. Apart from social media (Twitter, blogging, Facebook), he has contributed a lot to the local Oracle community over the years.
Nikki Verhoff is a finance and technology professional with ten-plus years experience in leading the strategic direction and development of Enterprise BI, EPM, and Governance initiatives. With a strong focus on business process improvement, Nikki has led numereous initiatives with multiple cross-functional teams to identify opportunities for improvement and implementing technology as an enabler to the business.
Shankar Viswanathan has over fifteen years of combined experience in Finance and Performance Management and Analytics. After several years as a finance executive in various industries, he took his experience to consult in EPM and BI for four years before moving into Hyerpion/Oracle Product Management/Strategy roles. He heads product strategy and product management for Hyperion Planning and Strategic Finance at Oracle and currently is leading the Planning on Cloud and Planning on Mobile efforts within the team. Shankar is a non-practicing CPA and holds a Master of Finance and Economics. His specialized knowledge includes Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Strategic Finance, Essbase, PeopleSoft EPM, SAP BPC, and Cognos TM1.
Dan Vlamis started working with OLAP technology in 1986 at Information Resources, Inc., where he was a lead developer on what is now Oracle Sales Analyzer. He founded Vlamis Software in 1992. Dan continues his strong relationships with various Oracle developers and product managers to this day. Dan has worked on over 200 BI/OLAP projects in his career:
Developer for IRI (former owners of Oracle OLAP)
Founded Vlamis Software in 1992
Wrote portions of Oracle Sales Analyzer
Beta tester for Oracle products, including OBIEE 11g
Expert speaker at Oracle conferences
Co-author of Oracle Essbase & Oracle OLAP
BI/DW/EPM track chair for 2010 Collaborate conference
Matt Ward is a consultant at Peloton and has been involved in various Enterprise Performance Management implementations, designing, creating, and managing Essbase, Planning, PFP, and Exalytics implementations. Matt is a hands-on leader with a well-rounded functional and technical skill set that allows him to work directly with finance and technology executives to build integrated business and technology solutions.
Matt has a broad range of technical skills, including Essbase, Hyperion Planning, Financial Reporting Studio, Project Financial Planning (PFP), Enterprise Performance Management Architect (EPMA), ODI, SQL Developer, MaxL, Windows Batch Scripting, and Automation. Matt is an Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Certified Implementation Specialist and an Oracle Essbase 11 Certified Implementation Specialist. He has presented "Moving Essbase and Planning to Exalytics at Biogen Idec" at NEOAUG and Collaborate 14 and "Biogen Idec: Streamlining Budgeting through Project Financial Planning (PFP)" at NEOAUG and the PFP Enablement Summit. Matt has written published articles about "Exalytics (Thinking about Moving Oracle/Hyperion to Exalytics)" and "Project Financial Planning (Project Financial Planning: Closing the Visibility Gap on Projects, Finances, and Assets and Using Project Financial Planning (PFP) to Streamline Budgeting at Biogen Idec)."
Kathryn Watson has devoted her career to architecting user-intuitive Business Intelligence platforms and applications for top-tier companies across the health-care and energy industries. While she has delivered solutions in a variety of vendor platforms, Oracle's product offerings are undoubtedly her tools of choice. Kathryn offers specific expertise in the Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics suite and the OBIEE toolset. She holds fast to the belief that Business Intelligence is truly about
and for the business, and has an unyielding passion for furthering organizational missions and visions through end-user analytic empowerment and widespread access to data-driven insights.
2013 marks Rich Wilkie's 13th year at Oracle, beginning as a Solutions Consultant at Hyperion Solutions and rising through the ranks of Enterprise Performance Management at both Hyperion and Oracle to his current role of senior director of product management. Rich began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen and added a master's degree in information systems to help expand his knowledge and skills into the world of information systems. Rich has helped Oracle increase its lead in the Financial Close domain through continued evolution of its market-leading consolidations product, Hyperion Financial Management, which today is the number one consolidation product with thousands of customers. In addition, he has helped launch new products that have driven clear differentiation into the market, including Hyperion Financial Close Management for close process orchestration, Disclosure Management for XBRL/iXBRL submissions, and Financial Management Analytics for real-time close process dashboards.
Gary Williams is a curriculum developer in the Oracle Application Development Framework team. He is currently working on the customer enablement team. His latest effort was to build customer training on how to customize and extend Fusion Applications. Before that, he was on a team responsible for training Oracle Fusion Developers in ADF development. Gary has been with Oracle for nineteen years and started out with Case Technologies and later was a designer instructor.
Brian Williams is a practice director at Vertical Edge Consulting Group and has worked with Oracle Hyperion implementations for fifteen years, specializing in Hyperion Planning, Essbase, reporting, infrastructure, and system integration solutions. With a background in finance, Brian is able to clearly understand business needs and translate them into technical solutions. Throughout his consulting career, he has architected Enterprise Performance Management solutions for clients in several industries and multiple countries. Brian is certified in Essbase and Planning and has delivered presentations on EPM topics at Kscope, OAUG Collaborate, OAUG Connection Point, and FLOAUG Training Days. His responsibilities at Vertical Edge include ensuring delivery excellence while managing multiple EPM implementation projects and overseeing the infrastructure practice. He has a BS in Finance and Economics as well as an MBA from the University of South Florida.
Jeremiah Wilton has over eighteen years of Oracle database administration and systems architecture experience. As Amazon.com's first database administrator, he helped lead Amazon.com's database group from the pre-IPO period through the company's years of exponential growth. He now works for Pythian, a leader in remote database administration for Oracle, Oracle Applications, SQL Server and MySQL. Jeremiah also teaches the Oracle Certificate Program at the University of Washington. At Oracle OpenWorld in 2001, Oracle Education honored Jeremiah as one of the first eight Oracle Certified Masters in the world. Jeremiah is a member of the OakTable, and co-author of the Oak Table's Oracle Insights. He has presented at numerous conferences and user groups, including Oracle OpenWorld, Collaborate! and UKOUG, and is the author of a variety of technical whitepapers and articles.
Jackie Womble is a senior Oracle developer with NetServices, LLC, a consulting and technology company serving the US Departments of Education and Interior. She is building Application Express and PL/SQL systems for the US Geological Survey. Her depth of experience with client/server and web-based applications has enriched her exploration of Oracle Application Express and PL/SQL in a variety of complex applicatons.
Scott is a director at Microsoft where he is focused on architect and developer marketing for Microsoft's Azure platform.Scott has been at Microsoft for more than 13 years in a variety of roles all centered around enterprise customers from Windows Enterprise to BizTalk Server and has seen the evolution of Microsoft first as a strong enterprise vendor and more recently Microsoft's openness to embrace non-traditional technologies in the cloud.Scott comes from NZ where he obtained 5 degrees including a PhD in organometallic chemistry.
Marie Anne Zaremba-Kmucha is a senior customer support manager at Oracle whose team is responsible for providing support for Hyperion Emerging Products (Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, Hyperion Strategic Finance, Data Relationship Management, Oracle Data Integrator Adaptors for Hyperion Products, and Data Integration Management ), Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Resource Planning Integrator, Financial Data Quality Management Enterprise Edition, and Oracle Financial Management Analytics. Marie worked as a support engineer prior to becoming a manager and has fourteen years of experience with many of the Hyperion products. She has an MBA from Wright State University.
Sarah Zumbrum is a published Oracle ACE Associate and an Oracle Hyperion Certified Implementation Specialist with Finit Solutions, headquartered in Media, PA. She has previously worked in-house as a business intelligence architect and as an EPM consultant, specializing in the Hyperion suite of tools. She has been a speaker at ODTUG's Kscope, OAUG's Connection Point, ECOUG's User Conference and RMOUG's Training Days. She is a member of ODTUG's Hyperion SIG Board of Directors and is a graduate of ODTUG's 2013 Leadership Program. She has served as a Hyperion content reviewer for RMOUG's Training Days 2014 and the Foundations & Data Management Track team for Kscope 2014. She is an avid marathoner and resides with her husband in Raleigh, NC.