Sunday, June 21, 2009

Robert Gersten at Kaleidoscope 2009

The first key note of today, from Robert Gersten, Snr VP (EPM and BI Development), starting now. Tim did a nice intro of the speaker but there audio problems to begin with... Robert, thanked the Hyperion customers for their loyalty to the product. The 5 core processes of EPM are metrics, planning, management reporting, specialized analytics and financial reporting.

Specialized analytics includes what-if, predictive analytics etc. EPM is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware group under Thomas Kurien...The current largest install base of EPM is on 9.x Fusion EPM System 11 will work with OBIEE 11g. This version of OBIEE will support HFM etc. out of box. Oracle EPMS ERP Integration expected in Aug 2009. 11.1.1.x (also called) Kennedy) was a very feature rich release - HFM 64-bit), Essbase (ASO/BSO enhancements) etc.

11.1.2 (Talleyrand) will include features for Public sector, full-featured experience in Excel etc...expected in 4th Quarter. The OBIEE 11g is code named Negril (vacation spots!!!) will have OBI Server + essbase, HFM Planning and other integrations. Robert said that BI apps is the fastest growing segment of the Oracle BI/EPM market segment. The PL/SQL API for MDX sounds cool, you can expose data from cube via PL/SQL calls.

do you have an interesting EPM implementation, check out:
http://www.oracle.com/goto/2009biepmaward/index.html
This is the first time any company has made concerted efforts to bridge the gap between BI and EPM. Though, there are some areas yet that need work such as high availability, failover, cluster etc....

Question about Essbase applicance or EPM appliance like Exadata? Is that in near future?

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