ODTUG Kscope offers you the opportunity to start off a week of learning by spending an entire day dedicated to your area of interest. 

Unlike some other conferences, Kscope offers you a choice of six symposiums at no additional cost.


APEX Sunday Symposium - Oracle APEX Development Team

As with previous years, Sunday is dedicated to presentations from the Oracle Application Express Development team. Learn first-hand about many of the exciting new capabilities as various members of the development team present their ideas. This is a rare opportunity for APEX developers to get a whole day of sessions where you can listen to those building the next release of your development tool. The first session will be a combined keynote address for the APEX and Database tracks presented by Mike Hichwa.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Oracle Database Tools
Mike Hichwa, Oracle Corporation

Mike Hichwa, vice president of Database Tools, will provide an insight into the latest development of database tools and the Oracle Database Cloud Service. Everybody who is currently utilizing Oracle database tools should attend this session.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Technology for the Database Cloud
Rick Greenwald, Oracle Corporation

The Oracle Database Cloud is built on the well-known technology of Application Express, but there are ways in which the Database Cloud is different fromthe APEX you know and love. This session will cover areas of technology created for the Database Cloud, such as the data loading capabilities of SQL Developer, as well as the differences between running APEX in your own Oracle Database and the Database Cloud

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Developing Great User Interfaces with Application Express
Shakeeb Rahman, Oracle Corporation

Learn how you can create modern, crisp and beautiful applications using the built-in themes in Application Express, and how to customize them to fit your company. In this session, you will learn the best practices on how to control the look and feel of your application. As design becomes more and more important in today's enterprise applications, keep your Application Express apps one step ahead by utilizing the tips and techniques from this session.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM How Do We Build the APEX Builder?
Vlad Uvarov, Oracle Corporation

The APEX Builder is a collection of complex APEX applications and thousands of lines of PL/SQL. We also have a geographically dispersed development team, with multiple people working on the same application concurrently. Learn how the APEX Development Team manages its build process and how you can manage the deployment of your applications.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM How to Fully Utilize RESTful Web Services with Application Express
John Snyders, Oracle Corporation

Declarative RESTful Web Services was introduced in Oracle Application Express 4.2. Most examples focus on retrieving data. This session will demonstrate how to implement the CRUD database operations with the GET, PUT, POST, and DELETE methods. Data manipulation implies the need for authentication and this, too, will be covered. This session will also demonstrate how to test your RESTful Web Services.

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Update from APEX Development
Joel Kallman, Oracle Corporation

Learn about the latest initiatives from the APEX Development Team directly from Joel Kallman, director of software development for Oracle Application Express.

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Business Intelligence Symposium

Oracle's BI Symposium at Kscope13 will give attendees a unique opportunity to interact with Oracle BI product management in ways not available during the rest of the Kscope13 conference. Three main sessions will focus on: 1) Oracle BI Strategy and Roadmap, Exalytics, and Mobile, 2) The incorporation of unstructured data as well as self service and departmental use cases for BI analysis, and 3) The convergence of EPM and BI and implications for BI in the Cloud. A highlight of the symposium will be a panel for each of the three sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and partake in a collaborative discussion with Oracle BI product management.

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM BI Presenter Panel
We will start the symposium with Oracle's BI product strategy, including a sneak peek at upcoming features planned for future releases. This survey will provide context for BI Foundation, BI Applications, Exalytics, Predictive Analytics, and Mobile BI. Enterprise infrastructure enhancements as well as efforts consolidating new acquisitions and older assets will be covered.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Oracle Introductions

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM BI Strategy/New Features Keynote

10:30 AM – 11:15 PM Exalytics and Mobile

Specific plans for BI Mobile and Exalytics will be discussed here as well as the intersection of Mobile BI and Exalytics; and how this combination allows mobile analytics to become speed-of-thought BI for the masses.

11:15 PM – 12:00 PM Customer Panel #1 - Mobile Workforce

Share your thoughts with Oracle BI product management in the areas of mobile strategy, trends, and the evolving mobile workforce.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Unstructured Information, Self-Service, and Departmental BI

With the Endeca acquisition, Oracle plans to create a comprehensive platform to analyze both structured and unstructured information. This session will discuss progress here and the kinds of decisions afforded by including unstructured information. We’ll also discuss the emerging trend of self-service and departmentally-based reporting in Enterprise BI.

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Customer Panel #2 - Growth of Departmental BI

Share your thoughts with Oracle BI product management in the areas of growth and influence of self-service reporting and Departmental BI.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Essbase and Planning for EPM and BI

The session will discuss the convergence of Business Intelligence & Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) specifically as delivered via Oracle Essbase. Existing options with BI Foundation as well as planned capabilities for supporting BI and Essbase use cases will be featured.

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM Customer Panel #3 - Cloud BI

Following a brief presentation, share your thoughts and comments with Oracle BI product management on topics associated with BI in the Cloud.

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 The Database and Developer's Toolbox Symposium

For the second year in a row, Kris Rice, senior director at Oracle Corporation, has put together a fantastic line-up of speakers for those interested in the database. Mike Hichwa, Jeff Smith, Maria Colgan, Tom Kyte, and Kris Rice will all discuss the future of the Oracle Database. This day alone is worth the price of admission.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Oracle Database Tools
Mike Hichwa, Oracle Corporation
Mike Hichwa, vice president of Database Tools, will provide an insight into the latest development of database tools and the Oracle Database Cloud Service. Everybody who is currently utilizing Oracle database tools should attend this session.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Database 12c - Pluggable Databases
Tom Kyte, Oracle Corporation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SQL Developer 4.0
 Jeff Smith, Oracle Corporation

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

What's new in Database 12c for SQL and PL/SQL
Tom Kyte, Oracle Corporation

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

12c Optimizer
Maria Colgan, Oracle Corporation

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Database Public and Private Cloud
Rick Greenwald, Oracle Corporation


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EPM Business Content Symposium

The EPM Business Content Symposium will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the hot topics in Enterprise Performance Management. Come hear from Oracle Product Marketing, Product Management, and Development on the hottest topics in Financial Reporting, Budgeting & Forecasting, Profitability & Cost Management, and Predictive Modeling—all from a business perspective.

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Kickoff Session /Intro

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Transforming Finance - Unleashing Business Potential with Enterprise Performance Management
Hari Sankar, Oracle Corporation

Achieving profitable growth and consistent performance in today’s economy is a challenging task.  Uncertainty and volatility in the economic environment makes it difficult to plan and forecast accurately.  Increasing expectations of stakeholders is stretching the limits of many organizations, and IT complexity is driving up costs and limiting the ability to invest in business innovation.  Attend this session to learn how an integrated EPM platform can help organizations overcome these challenges and unlock their business potential.  Gain insights into the best practices organizations are adopting to achieve aligned objectives, accurate forecasts, a confident financial close and an accountable enterprise.  Find out how Oracle is investing in to deliver an integrated EPM platform that helps organizations extent their ERP investments and unlock their true business potential.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Evolving to World Class Analytics
Al Marciante, Oracle Corporation

BI has evolved from IT-developed static reporting to highly interactive and self service analytics. How are companies coping with the data assets available and the powerful tools and infrastructure that deliver to the end user over the internet, desktop and mobile devices?  Attend this session to see how a strategy for delivering world class analytics can unlock the value in your organization. 

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Are you ready for the Cloud?
Matt Bradley, Oracle Corporation
This interactive session will highlight key considerations for customers considering cloud vs. on-premise software solutions.  Learn what the trade offs are, discuss user and data security, and learn how Oracle is leading the charge to provide EPM and BI solutions in the cloud.

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Interactive Q&A and Wrap-up


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EPM Symposium

Oracle's Sunday Symposium at the Kscope13 conference will give attendees a unique preview to upcoming development work in Oracle's Enterprise Performance Management applications and Business Intelligence Platform. The session will include demos, prototypes, and slide content, as well as interactive Q&A for attendees to provide feedback to help validate and shape the features under development. The all-day session is planned to include previews in the following areas:

  • EPM Foundation and common services
  • Oracle Essbase
  • Oracle Hyperion Planning
  • Oracle Hyperion Financial Management
  • Oracle Business Intelligence
  • Data Management & Integration tools
  • Other projects in development
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EPM Strategy and Interactive Keynote Address
Balaji Yelamanchili, Oracle Corporation

Keynote kickoff from Sr. EPM Development Management.  The session will inform the attendee of current trends and what Analysts are saying about EPM, where Oracle is focusing it's strategy, and the benefits that our customers achieve.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Financial Close Solutions Suite
Rich Wilkie and Janette Kosior, Oracle Corporation

This session will highlight key strategic initiatives within Oracle Hyperion's Financial Close suite.  Including areas of focus for Hyperion Financial Management, Financial Close Management, Account Reconciliations, Tax Provisioning and Disclosure Management, attendees will be encouraged to provide feedback on topics presented.

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Essbase
Gabby Rubin and Steve Leibermensch, Oracle Corporation

Essbase has enjoyed a tremendous amount of innovations over the last several years.  This session will highlight what is on the horizon for Essbase.

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Smart View Discussion
Matt Milella, Oracle Corporation

This interactive session will focus on Smart View's status and powerful features within the EPM, Essbase, and OBIEE communities. 

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Planning Suite
Shankar Viswanathan, Oracle Corporation

This session will highlight key strategic initiatives within Oracle Hyperion's Planning Suite.  Including areas of focus for Hyperion Planning, Planning Modules (Project Financial Planning, Public Sector Budgeting, Workforce, Cap Ex), Strategic Finance, Planning on Exalytics and exciting insight into cloud-based Planning and Budgeting service, attendees will be encouraged to provide feedback.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Data Integration and Metadata Management
Rich Wilkie, Oracle Corporation

This sessions will cover Oracle's strategy and roadmap for EPMA,FDM, and DRM.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM EPM Reporting and integration with OBIEE
Barry Mostert, Oracle Corporation

This session will focus on OBIEE and what it means for Oracle EPM and Hyperion BI tools customers including new features, Complete Office integration, and an update to workspace integration with OBIEE.

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Interactive Q&A and Wrap-up
Al Marciante, Oracle Corporation

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ADF and Fusion Development Symposium

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Oracle Development Tools – Where are We and What’s Next
 Bill Patakay, Oracle Corporation

Bill Pataky, vice president of product management at the Oracle Development Tools organization will discuss the role of Oracle’s Java development tools and framework at Oracle. Understand the strategic importance of the development platform for the bigger Oracle ecosystem and get a glimpse into where we are heading next.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM How to Get Started with Oracle ADF – What Resources are Out There?
Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle Corporation
Lynn Munsinger, Oracle Corporation

In this session we’ll review the plethora of resources available for developers looking to get started or advance their knowledge of Oracle ADF. From online resources, to training, books and community generated content. Learn where to find the information you need and what path to take.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Cloud and What it Means to Oracle ADF and Java Developers
Dana Singleterry, Oracle Corporation

Cloud is one of the hottest buzzwords in the computer industry today, but what does it mean for you as a developer? What can the Oracle Cloud offer to make development and deployment simpler? Come to this session to learn about Oracle’s cloud offering for Java developers including hosting your applications, and simplifying your development process with developer services in the cloud.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Going Mobile – What to Consider Before Starting a Mobile Project
Joe Huang, Oracle Corporation

With the explosion in popularity of mobile devices, IT shops are facing increasing demands for mobile access to applications and data. In this session we’ll review the things you need to think about before embarking on a new mobile development effort. Understand the different types of mobile applications you can build, and learn about the different ways you can build mobile applications in the Oracle world.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Understanding Fusion Middleware and ADF Integration
Frederic Desbiens, Oracle Corporation
Lynn Munsinger, Oracle Corporation
Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle Corporation

Oracle ADF gives you simple application development, but when combined with the other parts of Oracle Fusion Middleware you go beyond a framework and into a complete platform. Learn about the intersection points between Oracle ADF and Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BI solution—and how together they enable you to create a cutting edge development platform.

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Open Q&A with the ADF Product Management

Come to an open discussion with the Oracle Java Development Tools product managers to discuss any topic. Asks questions and discuss with your peers. We’ll cover everything from the latest trends, favorite features and helpful tips, to good places to hang out during the conference.

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