Agenda and Details for the Atlanta RM BI Forum 2013

Well, Brighton is now a wrap and we're all now over in Atlanta, getting ready for the second leg of the 2013 Rittman Mead BI Forum, running from this Wednesday, 15th May 2013 through to Friday, 17th May. Photos from the Brighton event are up on Flickr now, but for anyone who's coming down to the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center for later this week, this posting contains the detailed agenda for the event, along with a preview of what's coming in terms of social events, guest speakers and the masterclass.


Wednesday starts with the optional one-day masterclass, this year on Oracle Data Integration and led by myself, Stewart Bryson and Michael Rainey. I previewed the data integration masterclass previously on the blog, and the planned timetable for the masterclass looks like this:

Day 1 : Optional Oracle Data Integration Masterclass, followed by Registration, Drinks and Keynote/Meal

10.00 – 11.00 : Welcome, and Introduction to Oracle Data Integrator 11g (Stewart Bryson)
11.00 – 11.15 : Morning Coffee
11.15 – 11.45 : ODI and the Oracle Reference Architecture for Information Management (Stewart Bryson)
11.45 – 12.45 : ODI and GoldenGate – A Perfect Match… (Michael Rainey)
12.45 – 13.30 : Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 : ODI and Hadoop, MapReduce and Big Data Sources (Mark Rittman)
14.30 – 15.30 : The Three R’s of ODI Fault Tolerance : Resuming, Restarting and Restoring (Stewart Bryson)
15.30 – 16.30 : Scripting and Automating ODI using Groovy and the ODI SDK (Michael Rainey)

The event itself officially opens at 4pm on Wednesday, May 15th 2013 with registration taking place then, and a drinks reception in the hotel bar from 5pm to 6pm. At 6pm we have the Oracle keynote led by Jack Berkowitz and Philippe Lions, and then an informal meal in the hotel restaurant from 7pm - 10pm.


The main conference then opens at 8am on the Thursday morning, with registration open from 8am - 8.45am, opening remarks from myself at 8.45am and the first session starting at 9am. Here's the timetable as planned for Thursday:

Day 2 : Main Conference Sessions, Guest Speaker and Gala Meal

8.45am – 9.00am : Opening Remarks Mark Rittman, Rittman Mead
9.00am - : Rene Kuipers, VX Company, "It's all in the genes - The power of Oracle Exadata and the Oracle Database"
10.00am - 10.30am : Morning coffee
10.30am - 11.30am : Jack Berkowitz, Oracle : "OBI Presentation, Interaction and Mobility"
11.30am - 12.30am : Venkatakrishnan J, Rittman Mead, "In Memory Analytics - Times Ten, Essbase - Analysis - A Comparison"
12.30pm - 1.15pm : Lunch
1.15pm - 1.30pm : TED Session 1 : Kevin McGinley - "OBIEE and OEID: What if…?"
1.30pm - 1.45pm : TED Session 2 : Jon Mead, Rittman Mead, "Why I want to be working with Business Intelligence in 5 years time"
1.45pm - 2.00pm : TED Session 3 : Jeremy Harms - "A BI Publisher Beginner's MacGyver-Hack for Financial Reporting with OBIEE: A Quickie!"
2.15pm - 3.15pm : Alan Lee, Oracle, "Update on BI Metadata Architecture and Design Tool"
3.15pm - 3.45pm : Afternoon coffee and beers
3.45pm - 4.45pm : Jeff McQuigg, KPI Partners Inc, "Performance Tuning the BI Apps with a Performance Layer"

After the first day’s presentations we’ll take a short break, and then convene again back in the conference room at 5pm for our special guest speaker session, this year being provided by Method R's Cary Millsap, who many of you will know from his Optimizing Oracle Performance book and his "response time" approach to performance tuning. Just after Cary's session at around 6.30pm we'll then be taken by coach to "4th and Swift", the venue for the gala meal, where we'll be from around 7pm through to around 10pm.


5.00pm – 6.00pm : Guest Keynote: Cary Millsap– "Thinking Clearly about Performance"
6.30pm – 7.00pm : Depart for Restaurant
7.00pm – 10.00pm : Gala Meal - 4th and Swift, Atlanta

Day 3 : Main Conference Sessions, and Close

The final day of the BI Forum is all about big data, and the BI Apps, with a special session from Pythian's Alex Gorbachev on Hadoop and Oracle Data Warehousing, sessions by Oracle on Big Data and OBIEE, a big data debate, an an extended session by Oracle's Florian Schouten and Accenture's Kevin McGinley on the BI Apps

We also have sessions on Endeca, OBIEE time-series analysis and extending OBIEE using plug-ins, so hopefully everyone will be able to stay until 5pm when the event will close.

8.30am - 9.30am : Tim Vlamis, Vlamis Software Solutions Inc,"Forecasting and Time Series Analysis in Oracle BI"
9.30am - 10.30am : Special Guest: Alex Gorbachev, Pythian - “Hadoop versus the Relational Data Warehouse.”
10.30am - 11.00am : Morning Coffee
11.00am - 12.00pm : Christian Screen, Capgemini, "How to Create a Plug-In for Oracle BI 11g"
12.00pm - 1pm : Marty Gubar and Alan Lee - OBIEE and Hadoop/Big Data
1.00pm - 1.45pm : Lunch
1.45pm - 2.45pm : Debate - "Big Data - Hype, or the Future or Oracle BI/DW?"
2.45pm - 4.15pm : Florian Schouten (Oracle) and Kevin McGinley (Accenture) - Oracle BI Apps 11g and ODI
4.15pm - 5.00pm : Adam Seed, Rittman Mead - "Endeca - Looking beyond the general demos"

You’ll notice we’ve brought back the popular “debate” section this year, with this year’s topic being “Big Data – Hype, or the Future of BI/DW?”. I’ll be looking for volunteers to argue the case for either of the two sides in the debate, so if you’ve got a view on whether big data is going to be the salvation of BI, whether it’ll turn us in to the COBOL programmers of the future, or whether its just a load of hot air (or you just like having an argument), let me know when you arrive and we’ll pull the debating teams together.

Other than that – have a safe journey over, and see at least some of you in Atlanta later in the week!