Giddy Up — Red Pill is Headed to Texas

The countdown is on for ODTUG’s Kscope17 in San Antonio, Texas and there is a packed lineup of impressive content, fun events, and a focus on emerging technologies.

We know it will be tough to decide which sessions to attend but make sure you save some time to check out Red Pill Analytic’s sessions, listed below.

Analyze This

Red Pill Analytics’ reach will also extend outside of the classroom this year. As Kscope17’s Analytics Sponsor, we will be using live polling, IOT technologies, and beacon data to paint a picture of the conference in real-time. We will answer questions like: Which sessions are best attended? Which location is the busiest? How many sessions are people attending? Analytics will be on display throughout the conference venue. Visit us near registration and at displays near session rooms in the Grand Oaks Foyer and Wildflower Hallway as we dial you into the fun with live polling. All we’re offering is the truth. Nothing more.

We will also host a special session about the data gathering process on Tuesday: A Lambda Architecture in the Cloud: A Kscope17 Case Study. We look forward to sharing more with you about the analytics we gather throughout the weeks and the unique and innovative ways we are using that data to tell a story.

Don’t be bound by conference tracks

In addition to our sponsorship, Red Pill Analytics has three speakers delivering sessions at Kscope17. Why should you attend a Red Pill Analytics Business Intelligence/Big Data session at Kscope17? Especially if these sessions do not fall in the track you are planning on attending? The ability to communicate with data in a visual way is a skill that is critical in any professional’s toolbelt. Are you interested in learning more about Oracle Data Visualization? Or are you in a pattern of connecting to an Essbase cube, pulling down information in Excel and mashing different spreadsheets together? Then it is imperative that you attend one of our Data Visualization sessions at Kscope17 and to learn to combine these processes in one place using Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC).

Where can you Find us?

Check out these Red Pill Analytics sessions at Kscope and swing by our Analytics Stations. (Please note as with any conference schedule, times may change. Make sure to check out the Kscope17 app for the most up-to-date information.)

Will you be at Kscope17 and want to meet up? Contact us and let’s talk analytics.

We are looking forward to this event and all of the other great opportunities to speak. Make sure to keep an eye on our events page for what Red Pill Analytics is up to this year.

8:30 AM — 4:30 PM
Sunday Symposium
8:30–9:00 PM Geek Game Night

8:00–10:00 PM:
Community Night Event: BI Texas-Style Trivia

12:45–1:45 PM:
Lunch and Learn Panels

  • BI & REPORTING, Michelle Kolbe

Must See Sessions


Architecture Live: Designing an Analytics Platform for the Big Data Era
Jean-Pierre Dijcks, Oracle Corporation
Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics
When: June 26 — Monday: Session 1 , 10:30-11:30 am
Topic: Data Warehousing & Big Data — Subtopic: Data Architecture

Don’t miss the Architecture Live experience! In this interactive session, you’ll witness two industry experts digitally illustrating data-driven architectures live, with input and feedback from the audience.

Kafka, Lambda, and Streaming Analytics will be all covered. We’ll tell you what these words mean and more importantly how they affect the choices we make building an enterprise architecture. With the Oracle Information Management Reference Architecture as the backdrop, we’ll clarify and delineate the different components involved in delivering big data, fast data, and all the gray area in between. The Architecture Live experience will be fun and different, and we’ll all learn something along the way.

Kafka, Data Streaming and Analytic Microservices
Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics
June 26 — Monday: Session 2 , 11:45 am — 12:45 pm
Topic: Data Warehousing & Big Data — Subtopic: Data Architecture

While traditional data warehouses excel at sourcing data from enterprise applications, they usually fail at handling the volume, velocity, and variety of data for modern analytics applications relying on big and fast data. Instead of modeling these data sources into a system that doesn’t fit, let’s apply a new software design pattern to analytics: microservices. Microservices are small, independent applications — building blocks that provide only a distinct subset of functionality — that can be stacked together to build an end-to-end platform.

In this presentation, we’ll explore using Apache Kafka and the Confluent Platform 3.0 as the data streaming hub for ingesting data bound for downstream analytic applications: an enterprise data warehouse, a Hadoop cluster for batch processing, and lightweight, purpose-built microservices in the cloud or on-premises. Experience the next generation of analytic platforms.

Oracle Data Visualization for the Finance Analyst
Kevin McGinley, Red Pill Analytics
Tim German, Qubix
When: June 26 — Monday: Session 3 , 2:00–3:00 pm
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics — Subtopic: Oracle Data Visualization

Many analysts within Finance are used to manipulating spreadsheets and waiting for enhancements to Essbase cubes to produce reports that need to be shared with their management or peers. This session will demonstrate how all analysts within Finance can get immediate value from Oracle Data Visualization (DV) and decrease their reliance on overly complex spreadsheets. From its ability to connect to many different kinds of data sources, wrangle multiple data sources into a usable format, and visualize insights that would be otherwise hard to see in a table, Oracle DV provides analysts an extra layer of functionality they can easily learn and use without IT intervention.

Using R for Data Profiling
Michelle Kolbe, Red Pill Analytics
June 26 — Monday: Session 3 , 2:00-3:00 pm
Topic: BI & Reporting — Subtopic: Other BI and Reporting

The benefits of knowing your data before embarking on a BI project are endless. Sure, you can buy a tool to help with this, or you could use R, an open-source tool. This session will dig into methods for using R to connect to your data source to see visual and tabular analyses of your data set. You’ll learn how to find missing data, outliers, and unexpected values. If you don’t know R or you are wanting to learn more functions within R, you’ll benefit from this session.


A Lambda Architecture in the Cloud: A Kscope17 Case Study
Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics and Kevin McGinley, Red Pill Analytics
When: Jun 27, 2017, Tuesday: Session 8, 2:00–3:00 pm
Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics Subtopic: Other

A Lambda Architecture enables data-driven organizations by simultaneously providing batch and speed processing layers to satisfy the overall appetite for analytics and reporting. But building a Lambda architecture is not easy, usually requiring all of the following: a universal ingestion layer, an immutable data store as a system of record, one or more data processing layers that can satisfy batch and speed requirements, and a serving layer that enables data-driven decision making.

In this session, we’ll demonstrate how Cloud platforms can supercharge the delivery of a capable Lambda architecture. Our case study will be the IoT data generated by Kscope17 attendees including the beacon from their badges, as well as other devices capturing the results of live polling.

Expanding Your Data-Driven Story: The Next Chapter
Mike Durran, Oracle Corporation
Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics
When: June 27 — Tuesday: Session 9, 3:30-4:30 pm
Topic: Data Visualization & Advanced Analytics — Subtopic: Oracle Data Visualization

Oracle Data Visualization (DV) makes it easy to get insight from your data. This stunningly visual and intuitive product enables you to access, blend, and wrangle a variety of sources — including spreadsheets, databases, and applications — and tell the story of your data. In this session, learn about the power of data storytelling and the latest capabilities of Oracle DV (including details of product roadmap) to create compelling analytic narratives, including how you can rapidly apply advanced analytic techniques to gain insights previously only accessible to advanced users. Learn about how Oracle DV has been used in real-life scenarios to gain insight and improve business performance.


Hands-on Training: Oracle DV for the Finance Analyst
Kevin McGinley, Red Pill Analytics and Tim German, Qubix
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 9:45-11:15 AM
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 1:45-3:15 PM

This hands-on-lab will build upon the session given by Kevin McGinley and Tim German by allowing attendees to perform some of the demonstrations shown in the session given earlier in the week. Attendees will get to use Oracle Data Visualization against Essbase cubes, Excel spreadsheets, and even learn how to create their own mashups of data to be used for their own analytical purposes. They’ll also learn how building certain types of visualizations and using features like narrative mode can help deepen their analysis and make the communication of their findings easier. Prior attendance of the session is not required to attend the hands-on-lab.

Trends in the World of Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Performance Management Panel Session Moderated by Edward Roske , interRel Consulting
Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics
When: Jun 28, 2017, Wednesday Session 14 , 1:45 pm — 2:45 pm
Topic: BI & Reporting — Subtopic: Other BI and Reporting

There has never been a panel assembled with as many luminaries in the world of BI, EPM, and business analytics as you’ll see on this stage. Each one of these people has over 20 years of experience and collectively, they’ve been involved in more than 1,000 implementations. But they won’t be talking technical tips: with their wealth of experience, they’ll be discussing trends in the bigger world of analytics. Which products are rising up, where are companies investing their money, what new areas are emerging, and much, much more will be discussed as these gurus descend from their metaphorical mountains to discuss and debate for your amusement and education. If you want to know what the reporting, analysis, planning, and consolidation fields are up to, come with plenty of questions and an open mind.


Deep Dive Session: Navigating the Oracle Business Analytics Frontier
Kevin McGinley, Red Pill Analytics
Tracy McMullen, interRel Consulting
When: June 29 — Deep-Dive Session, 9:00-11:00 am
Topic: BI & Reporting — Subtopic: Other BI and Reporting

Saddle up and dig in your spurs as we trail blaze through Oracle’s Reporting, Business Intelligence, and Data Visualization solutions. Through a rotating panel of experts from Oracle, partners, and customers and interactive discussions with attendees, we’ll navigate Reporting and BI challenges and how Oracle Business Analytics addresses those requirements. Led by moderators Kevin McGinley and Tracy McMullen, the panel will discuss questions such as, “Should I use Smart View or Data Visualization or Oracle Analytics Cloud?”, “How do these solutions work together, and when should I use what?” and, “What are the considerations for moving to the Cloud?” Our panel will share thoughts and perspectives on today’s reporting, BI, and DV questions, climate, and trends. We reckon you won’t want to miss this EPM and BI reporting rodeo in Thursday’s Deep Dive Session.

The Great Debate: Where Should My Data Warehouse Live?
Michael Rainey, Moderator, Gluent
When: June 29 — Deep-Dive Session, 9:00–11:00 am
Topic: Data Warehousing & Big Data — Subtopic: Data Architecture
Panelists include:
Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics
Holger Friedrich, sumIT AG
Antony Heljula, Peak Indicators Ltd
Kent Graziano, Snowflake Computing

The long standing debate of running your data warehouse on premises versus in the cloud continues at the KScope17 Big Data and Data Warehousing Thursday Deep Dive session. Whether built in a traditional, relational database or constructed from “schema on read” data in Hadoop, the recent rise of cloud services over the past few years has led data architects, IT directors, and CIO’s to ask the question: “Where should my data warehouse live?” Several experts in the Oracle data warehousing field will provide arguments for their preferred approach, while attempting to refute evidence presented for the alternative solution. Along with what should be a lively and engaging debate, the experts will join together to answer any questions you may have around big data, data warehousing, and data integration in general. Don’t miss this great debate and Q&A session!

Will you be at Kscope17 and want to meet up? Contact us and let’s get a drink!

We are looking forward to this event and all of the other great opportunies to speak. Make sure to keep an eye on our events page for what Red Pill Analytics is up to this year.

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