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Grapevine, TX | June 19-June 23, 2022

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Dodeca Symposium

Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The ODTUG Kscope22 Dodeca Symposium is packed with tips and tricks, technical product information, and real-world case studies presented by Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System customers. Dodeca Version 8 introduced EssJet technology as well as other game changing features. The Applied OLAP team will share insider information about recently introduced features, and details of the short and long term Dodeca roadmap. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions and to give us your feedback.

Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System customers are eager to share how they are saving significant time creating innovative spreadsheet solutions. Easily replicated applications reduce cost and risk. Several of our well-known customers will share case studies during the session and will be glad to answer questions about their experiences.

This symposium will benefit you whether you are an existing customer or just wondering why our
customers are so enthusiastic about their successful implementations.

Participation from The Kroger Co., Deckers Brands, and LexisNexis

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Rolling Out Dodeca at Deckers Brands. A View from the Boots on the Ground.

June 20, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM | Room: Dallas 7 | Track: EPM Foundations & Reporting

Presenter: Rich Wallach, Business Systems Analyst – Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Co-presenter:
Tim German, Director, Qubix
Get a first-hand account of a successful Dodeca rollout at Deckers Brands, makers of the footwear Teva, Ugg, and Hoka. The Finance team’s reception of Dodeca was hugely enthusiastic due to the value proposition baked into Dodeca with Essbase: its ease of use, support for secondary navigation, drill-through, and commentary. Together, these elements not only allowed users to quickly retrieve the reports they need, but made those reports interactive and provided a highly efficient way to answer the questions raised by the numbers. Using Dodeca commentary, analysis of financial results could then be immediately shared across the organization. In this session, we will look at examples of each component and detail Deckers’ use of Dodeca as a reporting, budgeting, and forecasting tool for both the GL
and employee-level salary planning.

About the presenter: Rich has ten years experience implementing BI solutions for Finance groups in a number of industries. Most recently he rolled out Dodeca for Deckers Brands, a multi-national footwear company headquartered in Goleta, CA.

About the co-presenter: Tim German is a director at Qubix with twenty years of experience in the Oracle Analytics and EPM space. Tim has volunteered for ODTUG in a variety of roles since 2011and currently serves on the board as president in addition to his conference committee duties. He was recognized as an Oracle ACE in 2015, and as an Oracle ACE Director in 2018. Tim contributes to various discussion forums, is a regular conference speaker, and blogs at CubeCoder.com.


Practical Guide to the Essbase REST API

June 20, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM | Room: Texas 4 | Track: Essbase

Presenter: Jason Jones, Chief Security Officer & VP Engineering – Applied OLAP, Inc.

Oracle’s latest versions of Essbase offer a new and modern REST API that opens up many development, integration, and automation capabilities for any modern programming language. This practical session will introduce the REST API, exploring how it’s similar to and different from traditional APIs. We’ll also cover some real-world examples and how to get started with development.

About the presenter: Jason Jones has extensive experience in developing, tuning, and enhancing Essbase, Hyperion Planning, and Oracle Data Integrator solutions. This experience is complemented by his deep programming expertise, which includes developing software in Java, mobile solutions for the iOS platform, and relational databases, as well as his familiarity with many scripting and related tools that add value to EPM solutions. He is passionate about performance tuning, optimization, programming solutions for the EPM community, and sharing his knowledge with others.

Jason is the creator of the popular and free Drillbridge product, which allows for easy implementation of drill-through to relational databases from Smart View, Planning, and Financial Reporting.


Dodeca Customer Panel – Customers Talk About Saving Time and Money

June 21, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM | Room: Texas 3 | Track: Vendor Presentation

Presenter: Tim Tow, President – Applied OLAP, Inc.
Customer Panel:

Elizabeth Ferrrell, The Kroger Company
Victor Turner, LexisNexis
Richard Wallach, Deckers Brands
Thomas Huelsman – Belcan

Dodeca is used by a wide range of large and small companies where deployment sizes range from ten to more than 25,000 users. Despite this diversity, a theme we consistently hear is how our customers use Dodeca to increase productivity and decrease the effort required to get accurate data from their corporate finance system.

Our customers love to share their experiences with Dodeca. Deckers Brands will present their journey to deploy a new Dodeca planning system. The Kroger Company will explain how they have continued to find new uses for Dodeca during the past decade. LexisNexis will discuss how they save 280 workdays each quarter.

During this interactive session, customers will describe how they standardized Excel spreadsheets and solved their challenging planning, reporting, and analysis issues while reducing their risk of errors using Dodeca.

About the presenter: 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 Alumni, Tim blogs on Essbase topics and leads the development team for the Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System and the Dodeca Excel Add-In for Essbase. Tim was one of the first five Microsoft Excel MVPs in the world, he served on the ODTUG Board of Directors for seven years, and he is a patent holder and a published author on Excel and Essbase topics. He is an avid skier and rock climber and flies his own airplane around the country.


How Kroger Used Essbase to Adapt Retail in Times of COVID

June 21, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM | Room: Texas 3 | Track: Essbase

Presenter: Elizabeth Ferrell, Financial and Reporting Systems Director, The Kroger Co.
In this retrospective of the last two-and-a-half years of reporting and analytics requirements for the retail industry we will discuss the advantages Kroger found by leveraging its extensive Essbase environments for short-term reporting visibility right at the beginning of COVID, then how it changed our reporting and forecasting in the interim, and, lastly, the lasting effects on our reporting left by the achievements we made into greater visibility. Kroger uses Oracle Cloud for the GL and twenty-nine other cloud tools but Essbase and Dodeca for reporting, budgeting, and forecasting. The teams running the EPM environments and reporting led the way in showing the business what was possible even before the business knew what it might need. Consider at the onset how year-over-year-driven projections became useless to a grocer, how supply chain drives availability, and how the responsibility of the grocer shifted from that of convenience to a lifeline in the community for necessary food and pharmaceuticals. The Oracle and Dodeca suite of tools went from a best-in-class analytics and predictive tool set to being the backbone of the lifeline in communities. The associates working in this industry have a whole new level of pride of ownership driven from the valuable and flexible toolset that allows their ingenuity to shine.

About the presenter: Elizabeth Ferrell has been working with Hyperion products for the past twenty-five years and is an accountant by training, but she has been serving in IT functions since discovering Hyperion. Elizabeth is the financial and reporting systems director for The Kroger Co., managing the reporting and analytics technology teams in Cincinnati, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; Hutchinson, Kansas; and Portland, Oregon. Her current focus centers on Oracle Cloud ERP including twenty-nine cloud products, Essbase and Dodeca, but she has worked in Hyperion Planning, HFM, FDM, and HFR, and completed over five implementations and upgrades. Elizabeth also served as a
Hyperion SIG director for 2014-2015.


Run Your Own Essbase 21c Server with Docker

June 22, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Room: Texas 4 | Track: Essbase

Presenter: Jason Jones, Chief Security Officer & VP Engineering – Applied OLAP, Inc.

Docker is a modern technology for rapidly deploying and ‘containerizing’ servers both on-premises and in the cloud. This presentation will introduce the Docker technology in a practical way, focused specifically on how to use it to quickly run an Essbase 21c server on your own machine to use for development, testing, and more.

About the presenter: Jason Jones has extensive experience in developing, tuning, and enhancing Essbase, Hyperion Planning, and Oracle Data Integrator solutions. This experience is complemented by his deep programming expertise, which includes developing software in Java, mobile solutions for the iOS platform, and relational databases, as well as his familiarity with many scripting and related tools that add value to EPM solutions. He is passionate about performance tuning, optimization, programming solutions for the EPM community, and sharing his knowledge with others.

Jason is the creator of the popular and free Drillbridge product, which allows for easy implementation of drill-through to relational databases from Smart View, Planning, and Financial Reporting.


 

Schedule a meeting with one of our Strategic Enterprise Spreadsheet Management Specialists.

We are proud to be the Titanium Sponsor of Kscope22 and look forward to speaking with you!

For 23 years Applied OLAP has been specializing in enterprise spreadsheet management, and is the only company in the Oracle EPM community that focuses exclusively on spreadsheet technology.

We are also committed to supporting the greater Hyperion community. We maintain, distribute, and support the popular Next Generation Outline Extractor, OlapUnderground Essbase Outline Extractor, Advanced Security Manager, and Substitution Variable Manager utilities free of charge as a service to the community.

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