TheITSide: Upcoming Webinars and Events

•January 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Don’t miss the following events coming this year.



OAUG Hyperion SIG Webinar: Introduction to the EPM On-Prem/Cloud Hybrid Deployment

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Recent cloud offerings have introduced many options companies have to deploy, maintain, and integrate EPM systems. With so many options from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and traditional on-premise systems, customers are striving to understand the most cost-conscious solution without sacrificing security, stability, and performance. The truth is that there is no one-size fits-all and for the foreseeable future, companies will be opting for a best-of-breed mixed hybrid solution that makes the best sense. Join Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer as he walks through each model, the pros and cons, and real world case studies of how it can all work together in this in-depth unbiased evaluation of the new hybrid cloud phenomenon.
Register here



Collaborate 2017 Conference: The Great Reveal: The Real Cost and Effort of Maintaining and Administering Hyperion and BI

April 2nd, Las Vegas, NV

How much time do companies spend maintaining Hyperion? How much money are is spent on day-to-day maintenance and administration activities? Wouldn’t it be great if we could analyze the man-hours and quantify the costs associated with the required care-and-feeding? Join Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer as he candidly discusses the real-world activities of administrators, tips on how to automate, and options businesses have to reduce these expensive tasks.

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Georgia Oracle User Group Tech Days 2017:  Maintaining, Monitoring, Administering, and Patching Oracle EPM Systems

May 9-10, Atlanta, GA

We all have to do it, right? But what actually needs to be done? Who needs to do it? How long does it take? To understand the true value of our Oracle EPM system, we must quantify and understand the level of effort needed to maintain and administer the system. Total cost of ownership not only includes licensing and hardware, but we must also factor in the human resources needed for care and feeding. Join Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer as he outlines what companies generally require to administer Hyperion environments and how to make those activities as efficient as possible.

– Learn what it takes to maintain a Hyperion system day to day
– Understand the overall human resources needed
– Learn options organizations have to reduce the costs and efforts

Register here


Kscope 17:  Unbiased Comparison: Evaluating All Deployment Options for Hyperion EPM – SaaS vs. IaaS vs. On-Prem

June 25-29, San Antonio, TX

Today, the word “cloud” is everywhere, and it’s causing a lot of confusion. Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are completely different solutions but are all considered “cloud.”

This session will compare and contrast the different available options Oracle customers have to deploy Oracle EPM. It will break down all Oracle’s cloud offerings, IaaS, third-party hosting, traditional on-premise deployments including Exalytics, and hybrid approaches.

This session will read between all marketing lines and discuss what’s possible and what’s a bit overstated. It will cover differences in functionality, data integration, security, flexibility, and scalability. Finally, we will evaluate the differences in costs, including hardware, software licensing, and ongoing maintenance.

If you are looking to make a decision on how best to deploy, upgrade, or outsource Oracle EPM this is a don’t miss session.

Register here


A deep dive and demo of the coming Essbase Cloud Service

•December 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment


In case you missed it….

Yesterday, there was a Webinar hosted by Kumar Ramaiyer VP of product development to go over the new Essbase Cloud service. Included was a demo of a few use cases, which I will showcase below.

First and foremost it seems that Essbase will be included in a cloud service called Oracle Analytic Cloud – which will be a Platform-as-a-Service offing that combines Essbase and Data Visualization.

There will be two versions available: The Standard edition which will be Data Visualization and Essbase. The Enterprise edition will also include BICS.

Historically Essbase was created to model spreadsheet use cases that empower business users… a self proclaimed “Excel on Steroids.”  Of course, over time Oracle enhanced Essbase with tighter security, in-memory capabilities, Hybrid ASO/BSO, etc. But make no mistake, the Essbase cloud service certainly gets back to the roots of seamlessly extending and integrating Excel.

But as Kumar pointed out, Essbase in a cloud model is not new, as it is actually the back-end of many other cloud offerings available today such as Enterprise Planning Cloud, Planning and Budgeting Cloud, Financial Consolidation and Close, and even Financials Cloud and Project Management Cloud.

The general themes of the offering are:

  • Flexibility: Bring your own data, or start from scratch model
  • Ease of use: Users don’t need a lot of knowledge of Essbase
  • Collaborative: Workflow and change tracking built in
  • Relevant: Hybrid ASO/BSO is the default cube type
  • Fast: Real time benefits. Load data at the leaf level and data is automatically calced and aggregated on the fly.


So who is the intended customer for this?

Case 1: Move to the Cloud

For existing Essbase users, Oracle says that people have the ability to move their applications from on-prem to their cloud using LCM exports. For those that do not want to move existing models, the Essbase cloud service could be used in conjunction with on-prem by leaving existing apps on-prem and develop new models using an on-prem/cloud hybrid approach. This approach allows customers to test out applications in using the latest versions deployed in the cloud.


Case 2: Combination and Consolidation 

Of course, one of the biggest limitations of the Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) is that you can only have one Planning application. This forces users to purchase multiple separate PBCS instances for each application they need. Oracle sees the Essbase Aloud  as an opportunity to consolidate data from multiple separate PBCS instances into one large Essbase Cloud application for a single enterprise wide reporting source.


Case 3: Extend Excel

Let’s face it Excel is great but there are many limitations:

  • Size limitations
  • No collaboration or versioning
  • Data is segregated with no integrity
  • No real data visualization

So for new Essbase customers that want to extend the capabilities of Excel, this is a good option. Of course proponents of an Excel-only environment like Excel because of the isolation and protection of data – if someone makes a mistake it only affects their spreadsheet and not the enterprise data. However, Oracle included Sandboxing in this offering to address those concerns. Sandboxing allows users to create a private copy of the data to try things out before pushing them into the system.


The Analytic Cloud:  It’s not just Essbase

Perhaps the most compelling part of the Analytic Cloud is the included data visualization capabilities that transforms Essbase from a multidimensional data store to a full fledged analytic platform.

Data visualization allows users to discover and research Essbase data in a new refreshing way. It provides insights with rich color that can easily track and monitor progress in a collaborative fashion.


Data can be visualized in the Data Visualization web interface or in Excel just as easily. Through the interfaces, it’s easy to identify things like dimensions, hierarchies, measures and attributes. You can quickly and easily change graph types or look at the data in a table format.




As with many Oracle products that has moved into a cloud offering, Essbase was completely redesigned for the platform. They replaced the Essbase agent with a java based agent and created a unified middleware layer for all services that conforms to modern standards. REST, Java API, Scripting, R, and Groovy are all supported.


They eliminated familiar tools such as Essbase Administration Services and Essbase Studio with other web based tools. These changes allow Oracle to expose ways to administer Essbase and run scripts without needing to give customers access to the servers. With these tools you can still view database statistics, edit the outline, manage connections and locks, and administer security.


The new java based architecture gives way to a bring-your-own-browser environment as well as full smartivew connectivity and integration with BICS. It also creates a platform that is designed for higher concurrency, more secure, and scalable.

While you can have unlimited number of dimensions, you do have to chose your “shape.” You can choose from 1,2,4,8, or 16 CPUs with 7.5-15GB of memory per CPU. A CPU in this instance is a OCPU which is equivalent to a core. The service can be metered or non-metered.

They also simplified security. There are only two basic user role types

  • System level roles – to provision administrators and power users
  • application roles – app mangers, DB manager, update, read-only, etc.

Security provisioning is performed though a simple interface.




Loading data and creating cubes

There are many ways to interface with and load into the Essbase cloud service

  • Life Cycle Management import/export
  • The new EssCS command line tool
  • Upload from free form excel
  • Design new in Excel
  • Java and REST APIs
  • Using a gallery template
  • The cloud UI itself.


You can use LCM to move cube artifacts from on-prem to the cloud. They can come from or deployments. Cross cube references such as XREF and partitions are not copied over, and will need to be recreated manually.

LCM imports can be done with the new EssCS command line tool:


The EssCS command line tool can do a lot more. You can use this tool to execute jobs like calcs, clears, and data loads. You can even check status of jobs. Some commands out of the box:

  • login
  • Logout
  • Calc (execute a calc)
  • Dataload
  • Dimbuild
  • Download (download a file from a cloud instance)
  • Listfiles (ie – list all rul files)
  • Maxl (execute a MAXL script)
  • Upload (upload a file)
  • Version

Again, these new tools are for one reason: to give users the ability to interact with the cloud instance without giving the ability to get on the server. Remember this is a platform as a service… you will not have any access past the UI and these provided tools.

For a new Essbase applications, users can use the Cube Designer, which is a UI full of templates and excel modeling tools that help you create cubes. You can use Excel templates as a modeling tool that describes the structure that will be used to create the outline. There are pre-built templates for specific business use cases such as price analytics, margin analytics, cash flow, etc




Summary of the Demo

Demo 1 – loading/editing data from Excel into a cube.

Case: I am looking at my staff of managers that all have staff and a budget to hire. I want to see them all on one place to see how the overall budget is going.

Log in:



Look at the headcount


Drill to detail:


Add another manager called Imram who has a candidate Michal Jordon. I’m going to use an excel sheet to do it.



Upload to the cloud:




See the new data:



Demo 2:  Import a spreadsheet and create a new cube from it.


Choose Transform data:


Choose application name:


It automatically shows what it thinks the hierarchies are.


Build the cube. You can watch the job in the job manager


When complete, we can see the new app in the web UI and in Smartview:


Demo 3: Creating a cube using a template:

Open up the Gallery and select a pre-built application workbook.


Fill out the workbook






Note: Screen shots taken from public Oracle webinar. A copy of the recorded webinar can be found on Oracle’s web site and blogs.

OTN Appreciation Day : The Log Analysis Tool #ThanksOTN

•October 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

In the spirit of OTN Appreciation day (Thanks Tim, you are not a kiss-ass), I am posting about my favorite feature in Oracle EPM specifically on today October 11th in appreciation for all the great work that Oracle Technology Network does.  For more information on the gesture that is involving many Oracle bloggers from across the globe, look to #ThanksOTN on twitter.

My Favorite?  It would have to be the Log Analysis Utility. It came in It’s a nice little tool that will simplify looking at Oracle EPM logs.  We no longer have to hunt and scour the filesystem to locate logs.  This tool list errors from the entire EPM node in time order. You can filter by product modules, error level, time span, etc.  You can also trace the activities of a user session across all EPM system component by tracing a Execution Context ID (ECID) which is a unique identifier for transactions. The Log analysis tool creates an HTML format based report with a time stamped filename.

Using the Log Analysis Utility you can:

  • List EPM System errors that occurred within a time period
    • Errors related to:
      • Services
      • Inter-component communication
      • User directory communication
    • List functional issues that occurred within a time period
      • For example, failure during the forms load process in Hyperion Financial Management
    • Trace an Execution Context ID (ECID) through log files to trace user sessions across EPM System components
      • ECID is a unique identifier that is used to correlate events that are part of the same request execution flow


To run the Log Analysis Utility, do the following:

  • Log into one of the Windows servers with an administrator ID
  • Open a Command Line window and navigate to Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\<EOH>\bin directory
  • Run the command bat


You can give arguments to the command to filter your results. The options available are:

  • time in minutes (-tmin 45 )
  • a string (-s ”  ” )
  • a message series across servers (-ecid “0000JpPDIjn9h^FpN0S4ye1HFRt100000J” )
  • output limited to size in megabytes (-maxsize 5 )
  • optional HTML output name (-o ”    ” )


The resulting HTML file is saved for you in : /Oracle/Middleware/user_projects/epmsystem1/diagnostics/reports

So here is a use case. Say a user us having getting a specific error. You can run the following command to list all the logs for the last day:

loganalysis –system –tdays 1

Search these results and look for the corresponding ECID. Then you can run the utility again, with the –ecid argument. That will return all logs across the whole node associated with that transaction in time-order. A great way to dissect the anatomy of a transaction and the path it went on in a fraction of the time it would take to do manual inspection of logs on the filesystem.




Pro tip:

Oracle delivers this utility on My Oracle Support as a patch. Sign in click the Patches & Updates tab, enter the patch number 17425397.

Find more information on the Log Analysis Utility here:



Eric Runs for ODTUG Board of Directors

•October 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Dallas, TX News today from the ITSide in a momentous announcement that Eric Helmer is running for the ODTUG Board of Directors.

Mr. Helmer was met with hundreds of reporters this afternoon outside his lavish mansion in Dallas, TX where he officially announced his intent to serve the user community on the ODTUG board of directors.

Scores of reporters and photographers amidst high security officials filled the streets as Eric made his announcement about 11am Tuesday morning.

Eric Proclaims:  “It would be an honor and a privilege to serve this user community.”  He also suggests that the position is for an organization that should be called the “Board of Representatives rather than the Board of Directors” which was met with an unprecedented cheering and applause from the reporter audience.

He also announced the launching of his campaign site,, which articulates his goals and platform.  He also hinted at a possible smear campaign that will target the 15 other nominees jockeying for one of coveted slots on the board, saying that frequent updates will be made throughout the campaign that will uncover the hidden agendas of his competition.

Eric’s platform is one of making progress, unifying the user community, increasing available content for the members, and modernizing the organization.


Newest Trend: Best of Breed Approach to Managed #OraclEPM Hosted Solutions

•October 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment


During the Oracle ACE Director pre-OpenWorld briefing , Deepak Patil gave us an update on Oracle’s advances in their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings.

Formally with Microsoft on the Azure team, Mr. Patil has extensive experience in providing IaaS solutions. During the session, he shared with us some research he’s conducted on how the hardware industry has changed in the last year.


Some if his interesting statistics:

  • Across all hardware vendors, there have been 60M servers shipped in the last 5 years.
  • 5 years is the optimal life span of a server
  • 6-7% of the servers shipped went to cloud vendor companies
  • In general, server shipments increase 9-10% year over year.
  • Server shipments to cloud providers increased 35-42% last year.
  • In the next 5 years, it is estimated that the majority of servers shipped will be to cloud vendors.


Obviously, more and more companies are moving to managed cloud platforms. Already, 7% of the world’s workloads are in cloud vendors.

In a recent survey, it was found that 87% of organizations are using some sort of SaaS or hosted solution. In that survey, many are or intend to use 1-3 different providers.

This is true. We continuously see companies move away from standardizing on one single vendor to host their entire enterprise. Additionally, companies are realizing that their on-premise datacenters and personnel are not optimal to service all solutions.

The old argument of a “single throat to choke” has lost its value in modern days. The advent of solid VPN encryption technology, faster networks, easier data integration methodologies, and the explosion of different products have moved the industry into a specialized best-of-breed hybrid approach for managed solutions rather than standardizing on a single monolithic hosted platform.

The catalyst for this has been the adoption of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). PaaS takes IaaS to the next level by being application specific and application aware.

Today, hardware and software are viewed cooperatively together as two equally pieces as an overall solution. As a result, hardware is becoming more software aware, and visa versa. Oracle has developed specific hardware and software designed to work together. It is now widely understood that hardware, as the key enabler for software, should be specifically configured for a particular solution and requires specific resources and skillsets to run, administer, monitor, backup, troubleshoot, etc.

In short, software simply runs better on different kinds of hardware, data centers, and administrative staff. I would not use the same servers/disk/network/team for my Microsoft Exchange system as I would for my Hyperion or BI system. Same thing with transactional systems vs. reporting solutions, ERP vs. CRM, Web servers vs. database servers, and so on.

This gives way to newest trend in managed cloud concepts – Solution-as-a-Service. Companies are realizing that hardware enables software, which, in turn, enables a solution.

Hyperion and BI are no longer department side projects – they are global mission critical sensitive systems. Today’s customers need more than simple hosting solutions. They need managed cloud providers to understand their applications deeper and provide deeper support with rapid response. So when companies consider a third party hosting platform, they choose vendors that outsource the entire solution, not just the infrastructure.




Application agnostic vendors that host everything have no choice to be a mile wide and an inch deep, unable to offer complete solution services, making them little more than providers of electricity and servers. In this case, customers are on the hook for application administration and managing meaningful application level skillsets.




Similarly, the small number of companies left that have strict all on-prem, no-hosting policies either struggle with performance, stability, efficiency, quality of administration/support, and incur massive costs staffing competent resources.   These organizations commonly have a pool of IT resources that are foolishly expected to maintain/monitor and support a wide range of very different technologies and products with little success.

Hyperion/BI is a great example. IT admins, in general, are more focused on larger ERPs, data warehouses, customer facing systems, etc and are not versed on the intricacies of financial systems. Which makes sense, as it’s not a full time job…. But that’s a problem when organizations are in the middle of a close and need high-speed rapid support response with knowledgeable experts focused on solving time-sensitive issues.

The solution is to use multiple specialized vendors for hosting solutions.   Lets face it, if you are hosting 100 servers, does it really matter if they are divided up between multiple vendors and on-prem? Not anymore. Companies experience many advantages hosting-by-function, hosting-by-skill set, and hosting-by-solution.




High speed secure interconnects today eliminate the latency and security concerns. VPN tunneling make distributed server locations look as one topology, making the location transparent and seamless to the user. Multiple vendors keep prices down by keeping competition high. Many companies pay LESS by using multiple vendors than using one.

For example, a company might choose hosting cloud vendor that specializes in SAP to outsource SAP/Hana as a solution. They may choose an IBM specialized partner for DB2 and Cognos. Each have their own architecture, requirements, and unique skill sets to maintain and administer.


Considerations for a hosted solution provider:


  • 24-hour staffed monitoring operations service center
  • Level-2 and level-3 application DBAs on staff, awake, working, in the office 24-hours.
  • No Level 1 support. Service desk starts with knowledgeable application DBAs and IT technicians immediately looking at issues.
  • Clear SLAs on uptime and issue response time
  • Compliant in SSAE16 and SOC
  • Strong change control methodology, approval process, and auditing.
  • Application-aware IT services – backups, log rotation, file system cleanups.
  • Application code migration
  • On demand unlimited environment cloning, data refreshing
  • Application software patching and upgrading
  • Assistance with data loading jobs, job monitoring, data integration
  • Database Administration
  • Artifact, application, and data level backups (not just server backups)
  • Long time experience working with all consulting firms and implementers. Familiar and clear working relationships, roles, responsibilities.


  • High speed Infrastructure, fast network
  • Latest state of the art servers
  • All solid state storage
  • Data center disaster recovery real-time replication
  • Strong security and intrusion detection with frequent 3rd party intrusion and denial of service testing and audit
  • Biometric physical security in secured fortified buildings.

Mercury Technology Group meets all of these requirements and then some.  For Oracle Application hosting, MTG is the clear choice for full outsourced IT hosting solution as a service.




Mercury Technology Group (MTG) provides managed private hosted cloud solutions specializing in Oracle EPM, BI, EBS and associated products.  Better performance, exceptional 24-hour rapid response support, and proprietary capabilities,  all for a lower cost of on-prem or leading hosting providers.



#OOW16 News: Oracle selling on-prem software licenses on-line. Is cloud really cheaper?

•September 19, 2016 • 1 Comment

Oracle selling on-prem software on-line.

In a surprise announcement this week at OOW, Oracle announces that it has developed a new on-line shopping experience for easily purchasing software…. Not only cloud solutions but a marketplace for on-premise licenses as well.

On Premise Software includes:


  • Database Server
  • Database enterprise products (RAC, Partitioning, Dataguard)
  • Database Security
  • Database Management: Tuning pack, Diagnostic Pack, Lifecycle Management Pack)
  • TimesTen
  • Berkeley DB
  • MySQL
  • NoSQL


  • Application Server (Weblogic, Coherence, Glassfish)
  • WebCenter:
  • Data Integration (Data Integrator, GoldenGate)
  • Business Intelligence (OBI standard, OBIEE, Publisher)
  • Development tools (Forms and Reports, Internet Developer Suite)
  • Enterprise portal
  • Hyperion BI (Financial Reporting, Interactive Reporting, SQR, Essbase Plus)
  • Identity Management
  • Java
  • Middleware management
  • Real-Time Decisions (Crystal Ball)
  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA Server, Oracle Service Bus)
  • Transactions Processing (Tuxedo, MessageQ, SALT)


  • Applications Management packs for BI, EBS, PSFT)
  • Application Quality Management (Load and Functional testing)
  • AutoVue
  • Primavera


  • Linux
  • Solaris
  • Oracle VM


  • Sparc Servers
  • Networking
  • Desktops
  • Storage devices
  • Engineered systems including Exadata, Exalytics, Exalogic
  • Spare parts (can search by SKU)


They even are selling components for the MICROS point of sale system and some consulting services.

Of course you can also purchase a lot of their cloud offerings as well like the database, middleware, java, GoldenGate, and BI Cloud Services.


So lets look at the Hyperion Software:


The ONLY Hyperion products that are currently offered is Oracle Essbase Plus, Financial Reporting, Interactive Reporting, and SQR. Not sure where the other products are or if they intend to add them or not – I’ll try to find out.

You might ask if this going to upset the Hyperion Sales Reps or take away from their commission/structure.  Nope. Why? In a recent change within Oracle, many Oracle sales reps are now only getting compensated for CLOUD purchases and receiving nothing for on-premise.

Lets take a look at the pricing model. I’ll use Essbase plus as an example

You have the ability to purchase an on-prem license by processor or Named user. You can also purchase the license for a term limit or perpetual.


Checking out is really simple. You simply add what you want to your cart and checkout with a similar and easy interface. When it comes to payment, you can upload a Purchase Order.


So let’s compare a full use Essbase license vs what it would cost for the SaaS Essbase Cloud Service when it comes available.  We will a full use on-premise Essbase license would be $580/year per user – which is about half the cost of the rumored $100/month for the Essbase cloud service, however, there is the licenses and support fee of $638.  So for one year, 20 licenses – the total would be about $24,000. cart

Unfortunately we do not have pricing information on Essbase cloud service for comparison.  The rumor is that it will be a tired system depending on the configuration,size, environments, etc.  But for the purpose of the exercise, lets assume the average would be $200/user.  So for the year the total would be $48,000, twice the amount of the on-prem license.

Of course, the Oracle’s Cloud Services, you get the Hardware infrastructure as well, and that certainly needs to be taken into consideration.

At MTG, we could host a small 20 user system for roughly $3,000/month, or $36,000.

Updating the comparison:

Owned Licenses (20, 1 year) :  $24k license + 36,000 hardware:  60,000

Rented SaaS (estimated):  $48,000

So the difference from renting to owning is $12,000/year, or $1,000/month, or roughly 20% higher.

So it’s possible that you could outsource the Infrastructure to a third party as a managed cloud, AND have a full use, unlimited transferable software asset all for relatively small incremental cost increase.  Would it be worth it?  Some would say absolutely! There are significant advantages to owning a licenses rather than simply renting the use of web site.

Advantages of owning the software

  • Completely transferable to any hosting vendor or on-prem, or combo.
  • Full access to servers, logs, utilities
  • Hosting providers create a dedicated highly secured VPN tunnels to your corporate network that gives seamless integration, drill-back, and ETL to source systems without the need to upload flat files.
  • You can schedule patches/upgrades when you want and are not forced to suffer downtime. (MTG does all patching complimentary for all our customers, on-demand and scheduled)
  • Can easily add resources and scale at will. Tweak and tune performance as needed.
  • Get full transparent insight and visibility into server, network performance and utilization
  • Can use any hardware, software, operating system, or database you choose
  • Can install additional products or components that are not available as a SaaS cloud.
  • You get access to the full Oracle product support system, not just the cloud support desk.
  • Can create you own customizations, automation, scripts, utilities, etc.
  • Can choose a hosting provider that meets specific regulatory requirements, compliances, change control, uptime, security standards.

Of course, this is a HUGE swag made with simple assumptions.  The point is to just go through the exercise.

The moral of the story? There are many considerations when looking at deploying EPM and BI and there are many different kinds of “Cloud”. Due to current Oracle sales incentives you undoubtedly will be strongly pushed into the cloud from Hyperion reps. A lot of reps will be very resistant in selling you on-premise licenses as it’s not worth the time for the paperwork for them. It will be 100% up to you do your due diligence to fully compare all options in a holistic and unbiased fashion.

Beyond simply surface level costs, it important to evaluate the results of making decisions.  For example, If you convert on-premise licenses to Cloud, are you making a one-way trip? Are you, in essence, selling your license asset back for pennies on the dollar and loosing your entitlement to come back on-premise?  If you decide to leave the SaaS cloud, will you have to re-buy the software licenses?   Important questions to ask.

Of course SaaS is a no-brainer choice for some customers.  However, It’s important to evaluate EVERYTHING when choosing a deployment platform and understand peoples motivations an biases when you are being advised. Smart companies look at more than just cost-per-user and learning lessons from some early adopters that are now seeing the affect on burden of maintenance, integration, performance, security, flexibility, and functionality that could potentially cost them more in the long run.

Take a look!  When you are ready to shop… check out the new site:

Mercury Technology Group (MTG) provides managed private hosted cloud solutions specializing in Oracle EPM, BI, EBS and associated products.  Better performance, exceptional 24-hour rapid response support, and proprietary capabilities,  all for a lower cost of on-prem or leading hosting providers.

The Hyperion Guide to Open World. Schedule and Session Suggestions

•August 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment


It’s that time of year again when the city of San Francisco is completely overrun with 40,000-50,000 people from all over the world that come together to meet, socialize, and educate around the Oracle solutions….and it’s right around the corner.

Of course, Mercury Technology Group will be at Oracle Open World in full force. Be sure to stop by space Moscone South space 501 to say hi, learn about Mercury’s managed cloud solutions, and register for your chance to win one of three Apple TVs. We also will be having an appreciation event on Tuesday night. Please let me know or stop by the booth to get your invitation.

Sessions start at 11:00am on Monday, however many people forget that OOW starts on SUNDAY. There are a lot of events that happen that day, including a lot of OAUG, ODTUG, and GEO User Group meetings and meet-ups.

At 1:00pm the OAUG Young Professionals Forum Moscone West—2000

I’ll be presenting at the OAUG Hyperion Special Interest Group Meeting 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 Moscone West—2001. Be sure to stop by this one.

The ODTUG BI Meetup is at 4:15.

And the official Welcome reception is later at the Oracle Cloud Plaza @ Howard Street


Throughout the conference, I suggest taking time to stop by OTN Lounge at Moscone South Upper Lobby. There are frequent community meetups, IoT workshop, and CommunityCasts. There is even food/beer/wine and you can make Your Own T-shirt with cool designs.


If you are a Java nut, be sure to check out Java Hub, Hilton. Meet the Java team for IoT coffee demo, Nighthacker live video recording, Cloud Art Experience, and much more.


I also suggest stopping by the Oracle Support Stars bar. Support staff encompassing most all of the major Oralce Products are there. Come armed with some tough questions or stop by to say hi and meet some of the staff in person.


Of course there are demo grounds as well, where you can see demos of products and future releases.


Exhibition Halls open each morning at 10:15 AM. And of course, the appreciation event with Billy Joel is Wednesday night. (Be sure to bring a jacket, it can get cold on that island!)


Finally, check social media a lot. There will be a lot of news and happenings on things like Twitter. I will be live tweeting relevant EPM and BI news as it happens.. Follow me @erichelmer


Here are some sessions I recommend people attend. One of the best things you can get out OpenWorld is product strategy and roadmap direction which can help anyone in planning there next steps in the coming year or so.



General Session: Executive Briefing on Oracle’s EPM Strategy and Roadmap [GEN6336]

Hari Sankar, Group VP, Product Mgmt., Oracle

Matthew Bradley, Senior Vice President, Oracle

Scheduled Monday, Sep 19, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3008


Oracle Enterprise Performance Management On Premises and in the Cloud: Taking a Hybrid Approach [CON7505]

Kumaresh Sankarasubbaiyan, Senior Director, EPM Product Development, Oracle

Marc Seewald, Senior Director, Oracle

Scheduled Monday, Sep 19, 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Moscone West—3018




Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Applications: Strategy and Roadmap [CON6337]

Hari Sankar, Group VP, Product Mgmt., Oracle

Matthew Bradley, Senior Vice President, Oracle

Craig Barrow, Vice President, EPM Global Go To Market, Oracle

Scheduled Tuesday, Sep 20, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Moscone West—3020



Product Development Panel Q&A: Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Applications [CON7538]

Matthew Bradley, Senior Vice President, Oracle

Rajesh Bhatia, VP of Product Development, Oracle

Doug Cosby, Software Development VP, Oracle

Toufic Wakim, VP Software Development , Oracle

Scheduled Wednesday, Sep 21, 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3018




Application Integration: EPM, ERP, Cloud, and On Premises—All the Options Explained [CON7497]

Rich Wilkie, Oracle

Kumaresh Sankarasubbaiyan, Senior Director, EPM Product Development, Oracle

Scheduled Thursday, Sep 22, 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Moscone West—3018