Update: The Rittman Mead BI Forum 2013 is now over, but you can download the presentations slides from both events, and take a look at photos we took over the two weeks, on our blog: “Photos and Presentation Downloads from the Rittman Mead BI Forum 2013, Brighton & Atlanta”. Thanks to everyone who came along to either Brighton or Atlanta!

Returning for its fifth successful year, the Rittman Mead BI Forum 2013 is the premier Oracle Business Intelligence, Analytics, Data Warehousing and Big Data conference aimed at intermediate-to-advanced level developers and end-users. Running in Brighton, UK and Atlanta, GA in May 2013 and with strictly-limited attendance numbers, this is the idea opportunity to learn, network and socialise with your colleagues and partners in the Oracle Business Analytics industry.

The BI Forum is a different type of Oracle conference in that we have a single stream, small numbers and an audience that already knows the basics and is looking for advanced-level information. Run by the community but with strong Oracle Product Development participation, this is a great opportunity to meet your peers in the industry, discuss product direction with Oracle, learn something new and – of course – have some fun. This year we’re also joined by special guests Cary Millsap (Method R Corporation), Alex Gorbachev (Pythian) and Toby Potter (Datasift), as well as various Oracle product managers who’ll be providing keynotes and running in-depth technical sessions.

Each year we also run a masterclass on the day before the main conference starts, and this year our own Stewart Bryson, Mark Rittman and Michael Rainey are tackling Oracle Data Integration, covering such topics as Oracle Data Integrator 11g, Oracle GoldenGate, Big Data Integration and how it all supports Oracle BI, data warehousing and analytic applications.

As in previous years, the BI Forum will run on two consecutive weeks, starting in Brighton and then moving over to Atlanta for the following week. Here’s the dates and venue locations:

The main conference runs on the Thursday and Friday of each week, with a gala meal and Oracle keynote on the Wednesday evening before the event opens, the optional one-day masterclass by Stewart, Mark and Michael earlier on the day on Wednesday, and then another meal outside of the hotels on the Thursday evening. Delegates at each event get all of the slides and materials from both events, and we publish all of the slides for anyone to download once the events all close.

Who will be Presenting?

Each event has its own agenda, but both will focus on the technology and implementation aspects of Oracle BI, DW, Big Data and Analytics. Most of the sessions run for an hour, but on the first day we’ll also feature a number of shorter, 10-minute TED-style sessions, whilst on the second, we’ll be holding a debate. Here’s the current line-up for the two venues:

Brighton, Hotel Seattle, May 9th and 10th 2013

  • Philippe Lions, Oracle, “OBIEE SampleApp functional highlights”
  • Adam Bloom, Oracle, “New Developments in BI Multi-tenancy and Cloud”
  • Antony Heljula, Peak Indicators Ltd,  “OBI Performance Tuning – Real Customer Success Stories”
  • Adam Seed, Rittman Mead,  “Endeca – Looking beyond the general demos”
  • Alan Lee, Oracle, “Update on BI Metadata Modeler and Metadata Architecture”
  • Uli Bethke/Maciek Kocon, Independent, “Oracle Data Integrator 11g Best Practices. Busting your performance, deployment, and scheduling headaches.”
  • Tom Walker, Rittman Mead, “Big Data: From Hadoop to OBIEE”
  • Edelweiss Kammermann, Awen Consulting, “Integrating Oracle BI, BPM and BAM 11g: The complete cycle of information”
  • Michael Wilcke, sumIT AG, “The magic of aggregates”
  • Mike Durran, Oracle, “Virtualizing Exalytics”
  • Antony Heljula, Peak Indicators Ltd, “Incrementally loading Exalytics using Notepad”
  • Jon Mead, Rittman Mead, “Why I want to be working with Business Intelligence in 5 years time”
  • Mike Durran, Oracle, “HA, DR, CFC, WTF?

Atlanta, Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, May 16th and 17th 2013

  • Jeff McQuigg, KPI Partners Inc, “Performance Tuning the BI Apps with a Performance Layer”
  • Venkatakrishnan J, Rittman Mead, “In Memory Analytics – Times Ten, Essbase – Analysis – A Comparison”
  • Rene Kuipers, VX Company, “It’s all in the genes – The power of Oracle Exadata and the Oracle Database”
  • Adam Seed, Rittman Mead, “Endeca – Looking beyond the general demos”
  • Christian Screen, Capgemini, “How to Create a Plug-In for Oracle BI 11g”
  • Florian Schouten, Oracle and Kevin McGinley, Accenture – BI Apps and ODI11g
  • Marty Gubar and Alan Lee, Oracle – OBIEE and Hadoop/Big Data
  • Jack Berkowitz, Oracle, “OBI Presentation, Interaction & Mobility”
  • Tim Vlamis, Vlamis Software Solutions Inc,”Forecasting and Time Series Analysis in Oracle BI”
  • Alan Lee, Oracle, “Update on BI Metadata Modeler and Metadata Architecture”
  • Jon Mead, Rittman Mead, “Why I want to be working with Business Intelligence in 5 years time”
  • Kevin McGinley, Accenture – “OBIEE and OEID: What if…?”
  • Jeremy Harms, CD Group – “A BI Publisher Beginner’s MacGyver-Hack for Financial Reporting with OBIEE: A Quickie!”

As always, all topics will be at intermediate-to-advanced level, and with an audience limited to 70 (UK) and 60 (US), there will be lots of opportunities for discussion, audience participation and talking with the presenters.

Special Guest Speakers

cary2We’re also very pleased to be joined by some excellent guest speakers at the two events. For the Atlanta event, Cary Milsap (who’ll you’ll no doubt know through his Method-R company, and his book “Optimizing Oracle Performance”) will join us to talk about performance optimization in the context of BI&DW, whilst Alex Gorbachev from Pythian will share his thoughts on big data and how it will impact the world of Oracle BI, DW and analytics.

Over in Brighton, we’re delighted to joined by Toby Potter from Datasift, fresh from the O’Reilly Strata Conference and with a presentation about how social media and unstructured data can add value for Oracle Endeca, OBIEE and other Oracle BI projects.

Optional 1-Day Oracle Data Integration Masterclass with Stewart Bryson, Mark Rittman and Michael Rainey, Rittman Mead

This year we’re delighted to have our own Stewart Bryson, Mark Rittman and Michael Rainey deliver the BI Forum Masterclass, on the topic of Oracle Data Integration. In this masterclass, Stewart Mark and Michael will describe the updated Oracle Reference Architecture for BI and analytics, and show how tools such as Oracle Data Integrator 11g, Oracle GoldenGate 11g, Oracle’s Big Data Adapters and products such as Oracle NoSQL Database, Hadoop & MapReduce and of course the Oracle Database can be used to create the underlying analytics data platform for OBIEE projects. Aimed at OBIEE developers who want to have a deeper understanding of the underlying data architecture for Oracle BI deployments, and experienced ODI, OWB and Informatica developers who want to pick up some techniques, and tips and tricks from three very experienced Oracle DI developers, this masterclass will cover the following topics over the course of the day:

  • Introduction to Oracle’s Data Integration toolset
  • Oracle’s Reference Architecture for Information Management and Big Data
  • Overview of the latest release of Oracle Data Integrator
  • Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Data Integrator – Better Together
  • Oracle Data Integrator and Big Data – Leveraging Hadoop, NoSQL and HDFS
  • The Three ‘R’s of ODI and DW Fault Tolerance – And Agent High-Availability
  • Using DevOps and Continuous Integration to Automate your ODI Build and Testing

Focusing on demos and development techniques rather than slides and marketing content, this session will aim to share some experiences and innovations from the field, and outline how data integration can make use of new developments such as Hadoop/MapReduce, and new products such as GoldenGate, to deliver a real-time, big-data capable data infrastructure for enterprise BI projects

Opportunities to Network

It won’t all be presentations and technical talk though. The UK event is set in the Hotel Seattle, Brighton Marina, with lots of bars, restaurants, casinos and cinemas on your doorstep. Just down the road is the seaside city of Brighton, with its famous pebble beach and Brighton Pier. The US event is in midtown Atlanta, right in the center of the university district, features many bars and restaurants and has a MARTA stop just nearby, if you’d like to venture further afield into downtown Atlanta

On the evening before both events (Wednesday night, from 6pm) we’ll be hosting a drinks reception and meal, with an opening keynote by the Oracle Product Development team. We’ll also host a group meal on the Thursday night, where we’ll take out out from the main conference venue and go to a local restaurant in either Brighton or Atlanta.

Who Should Attend?

The BI Forum is aimed at experienced developers using Oracle’s next-generation BI tools, specifically OBIEE, ODI EE, Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware. Sessions will be at intermediate and advanced level, and will have a strong technical focus. If you’re the expert in your company at OBIEE or any of these technologies, and you’re interested in hearing how other experts are getting the most from these tools, this will be the event for you.

What Does It Cost?

  • A 2-day Full Conference Pass at costs £800 + VAT (UK) or $1200 (US), which is waived or discounted for speakers.
  • Optional two nights (Tuesday, Wednesday) accommodation at the event venue costs £180 + VAT (UK) or $350 (US), and you can also stay overnight before the masterclass for £100 + VAT (UK) or $175 (US)
  • The optional one-day Oracle Data Integration masterclass with Stewart Bryson, Mark Rittman & Michael Rainey costs £250 + VAT (UK) or $450 (US), again which is waived or discounted for speakers

How to Book

Booking can be completed online, using the booking forms below, where you can choose whether to also attend the Oracle Data Integration Masterclass, indicate whether you are staying with us at the hotel, pay by either by credit card or via a company purchase order. Note that any purchase order payments will need to be settled by your organization prior to attendance. Be sure to book at the correct venue!

100% refunds will be given for cancellations up end of April 2013. No refunds possible after that date (although transfers of registration will still be permitted).

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