Why I created a blog

Its been four years since I first created this blog. It has remained true to Essbase and related information over those years. Hopefully it has answered questions and given you insight over those years. I will continue to provide my observations and comments on the ever changing world of EPM. Don't be surprised if the scope of the blog changes and brings in other Hyperion topics.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Oracle Open world Day 0

I made it to Open World 2010 and promised to let you know what is going on. You may ask why I say Day zero. Well, Sunday is typically sessions sponsored by different user groups. I started out early with the Hyperion Customer Advisory Board (CAB)  meeting starting at 9:00. Since I’m too cheap to spend a lot of money on a hotel, I stayed by the airport. I was going to take the BART into the city, but surprise. It’s Sunday and they don’t start early. So I had to cab it in. (Is still save money!). The CAB meeting was interesting, but I don’t know that I’m allowed to talk about what was said. So I’ll not say anything except, I was impressed. The number of development team members at some points outnumbered the participants. They were not just sitting there either, they were actively asking questions and probing every comment and recommendation we had. I truly believe they cared about what we have to say.

I left the meeting just a little early as I had a presentation to do. My first presentation was “An introduction to Essbase Studio”  MY biggest problem is trying to fit hours worth of content into 1 hour. I think I did pretty well. I  started with about 125 people in the room and while there was some attrition, I would guess at the end there were about 100 left. I guess they were being nice or they were the ones still asleep. Well maybe not as there were a number of good questions. Since most of you have not heard this presentation, I will ask Danielle to get it on the list of interRel webcasts.

After my session, I walked from the Moscone Center to the Hilton to visit my Develop and Java World friends for some adult beverages  (Ok you got me, you know I don’t have friends and I don’t drink much) but The appetizers were good and I stood watching one of the Keynotes.  It was supposed to be Larry Ellison, but most of what I saw was a dog and pony shoe from HP. (can you tell I was not interested?) I do find it interesting that HP participated in an Oracle conference now that Oracle bought Sun and competes with them on Hardware.  They talked about their Cloud Computing offerings.

Larry’s presentation started with a video of the Americas cup race. Larry started out talking about Cloud computing and what it is.  Many companies are rebranding their old technology Cloud computing. He want through a list of things it might be. He touted Amazon’s Elastic Cloud as the most accurate description. A virtual environment.

Why is he talking about clouds. Because he just announced the Exalogic Elastic Cloud computer from Oracle of course. 30 Servers , 360 cores, VMs, Storage , 40 gigabit and all of the middleware all in the box the size of a refrigerator. To patch the system you download a single file. This box has no single points of failure.  If I were HP I would be really mad. They spend a half hour talking about all of there great cloud offerings then Larry comes in

Well I’m off to an Oracle Ace event so so much for day 0

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