We just returned from 4 days at the KScope (Kaleidoscope) 2017 conference in San Antonio, Texas, and thought it would be a good idea to share our thoughts on the show, the format and the content.
This was AppVine’s second year attending KScope, and it happened to be the 20th year for ODTUG (Oracle Development Tools User Group) – the group that organizes and hosts KScope.
Unlike events such as Oracle OpenWorld, KScope is a user conference. Oracle does sponsor the event (and they have booths there) but KScope’s focus is clearly on Oracle users and developers, while appeals to us.
KScope is a small conference, and the product focus is primarily on the Oracle EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) portfolio. Essbase, BI and Hyperion Planning are all heavily featured at KScope, with a combination of technical and business tracks – which is what makes it a natural environment to showcase Limelight.
Our booth was very busy this year – many attendees came by to see what Limelight offers, and they like what they saw! There are very few products in the market that allow users to leverage their current Hyperion investment while giving users a modern, fresh, easy to use application. Many other CPM products require a “rip and replace”, while others are cloud-only. Still others are very developer-heavy and require an IT staff to deploy and maintain their solutions.
Over the years, we’ve talked with a lot of Hyperion customers that have Planning, and may have deployed it for a department or line of business, but have other areas where Planning is not a good fit or is cost prohibitive to implement. We have also encountered many long-time Essbase customers that still rely primarily on SmartView (or the classic Essbase add-in) for data input and reporting, and are looking for a more effective solution. Limelight is a natural fit in these situations, and complements the Oracle technology stack.
Next year, we plan to attend KScope 2018 in Orlando, FL. Be sure to register and visit us there – but if you can’t wait that long, sign up for one of our webinars, or register for a demo of Limelight!
AppVine is a leading provider of budgeting, forecasting, reporting, consolidations and external reporting solutions. Our flagship product – Limelight – provides an end-user focused application to deliver integrated, innovative and intelligent solutions to the Office of Finance.