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Business Analytics Survey Launches with Focus on EPM/BI Cloud

Nov 28, 2018
Arlington, Texas, November 28, 2018 – interRel Consulting today launched the 2019 version of its State of Business Analytics (SoBA) survey. The SoBA19 survey is the middle year of a five-year study of analytics in the information age. The survey polls companies on the current state of their Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) platforms including planning, reporting, consolidation, and cloud adoption. The survey is open to all companies at epm.bi/survey.
 
By taking the survey each year, companies are able to see the changes in their own EPM/BI platform and watch trends over these next few critical years in technology disruption. Over the last two years, the industry has seen an increased move to the cloud resulting in over 50% of companies have some form of EPM & BI applications in the Cloud. interRel will publish the survey results in January 2019 and continue to conduct the survey through 2021.
 
Our inaugural survey in 2017 identified five key disruptors that defined the world of financial close, planning, and reporting. And our 2018 survey showed how over 250 companies were doing in the world of reporting, analysis, planning, and consolidation. These two years of data allowed us to see the current EPM/BI space and exactly what changed over the course of a year. The 2019 survey will give us three years of data so we can start seeing a trend of where the world of business analytics is headed. The January 2019 webcast will reveal changes in your own platforms as well as trends in technology disruption.
 
“2017, our first year, was about getting an initial data point: where were companies with their reporting, consolidation, planning, and analytics. Year two was about getting a line: were companies improving and in which areas? Year three is about establishing a trend: are we curving up or down over time,” said Edward Roske, CEO of interRel. “We are not only documenting the curve this year, we are trying to find out ‘why’ these changes are occurring. We know we’re evolving in FP&A and other areas, but what’s driving the change? We’re digging deeper in this year’s survey to try to find out.”
 
The overwhelming amount of available data in today’s uncertain market creates numerous challenges for businesses. Predicting and understanding change by recognizing trends and the impact they have is crucial to remaining strategic and competitive. Immense value can be gained by garnering insights from data and then feeding it back into strategy.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. interRel is an Oracle Platinum Partner, Cloud Select Partner, and Cloud Excellence Implementer. The company is a winner of Oracle’s Global Cloud Partner of the Year for EPM and the only four-time winner of North America Partner of the Year for EPM and BI. The company is a nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series, “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free weekly webcasts, and the free-access video education platform on YouTube, Play it Forward. Home to four Oracle ACE Directors and two ACEs, interRel frequently participates in international tours with Oracle Groundbreakers. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit interRel.com.
 
Contact
Rachel Holle
(972) 735-8716
rholle@interrel.com

Edward Roske Tours South Korea to Educate on Advanced Analytics

Nov 07, 2018
Arlington, Texas, November 7, 2018 – Edward Roske, interRel CEO and Oracle ACE Director, joins the Oracle Groundbreakers APAC Tour to evangelize Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) and how computer-driven analytics is changing the world of business. 
 
The Asia Pacific Oracle Users Group Community (APACOUC) was formed to bring together all Oracle user groups in the Asia Pacific region with the goal of promoting knowledge exchange and growing user groups in the region. The 2018 tour takes place from November 8 to 23 across five countries and eight cities in the Asia Pacific region. Roske will be presenting on November 8 in Seoul, South Korea, delivering a session on The Future of Reporting & Analysis: The Emergence of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
 
“South Korea has become an economic engine for Asia and they want to become an analytics powerhouse as well,” said Roske. “The quantity of data being generated around the world is doubling every two years. Seoul knows that the future is computer-driven analytics – artificial intelligence and machine learning – and they want to be at the forefront. I’m excited to be here helping share how reporting and analysis will drive their long term prosperity.”
 
Roske is an Oracle ACE Director and has spoken in 47 countries on six continents, including Oracle Groundbreakers tours throughout Latin America, Asia Pacific, India, and the Middle East & North Africa. He has also presented with various Oracle user groups in South Africa, Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and Asia, as well as major Oracle conferences such as Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG Kscope, and OAUG Collaborate. He is a co-author of 10+ books in the Look Smarter Than You Are with Oracle EPM series, creator of 60+ YouTube videos on EPM & BI, and is an active member of the EPM/BI community on Twitter (@ERoske).
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. interRel is an Oracle Platinum Partner, Cloud Select Partner, and Cloud Excellence Implementer. The company is a winner of Oracle’s Global Cloud Partner of the Year for EPM and the only four-time winner of North America Partner of the Year for EPM and BI. The company is a nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series, “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free weekly webcasts, and the free-access video education platform on YouTube, Play it Forward. Home to four Oracle ACE Directors and two ACEs, interRel frequently participates in international tours with Oracle Groundbreakers. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit interRel.com.
 
Contact
Rachel Holle
(972) 735-8716
rholle@interrel.com

interRel to Host Multiple Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Oct 22, 2018
San Francisco, California, October 22, 2018 – For the 11th consecutive year, interRel will host multiple Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) & Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) sessions at Oracle OpenWorld, the largest educational and networking event for Oracle technologists, customers, and partners. Taking place October 22-25, 2018 in San Francisco, California, this conference features education and insight into Oracle’s strategy and roadmap. 
 
At prior OpenWorld conferences, interRel has been recognized with the Oracle Global Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year in BI & EPM and the Oracle North America Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year in EPM Cloud Solution. interRel has won the North America award four times, including back-to-back wins in 2008-09 and 2015-16.
 
At this year’s conference, Oracle ACE Director Tracy McMullen will be presenting Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud Service: The Master Data Solution with Matthew Sevard from Adventist Health on Monday, October 22. Jim Kubik will present Leading Practices Out-of-the-Box: Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service with Manuel Luz from New Flyer on Thursday, October 25.
 
In addition to speaking at conferences, interRel offers numerous resources to educate the EPM & BI community on Oracle Cloud products, including the first-ever books published on Oracle Cloud as well as free educational webcasts and videos. interRel recently entered into a strategic partnership with OneCloud whose groundbreaking tool integrates and automates Oracle EPM and Oracle Analytics (on-premise and Cloud) for endless possibilities. Learn more about the partnership at epm.bi/OneCloud.
 
About Oracle OpenWorld
Oracle OpenWorld is the most important educational and networking event of the year for Oracle technologists, customers, and partners. This information technology conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming technology breakthroughs. The conference, which is expected to draw more than 60,000 attendees from 145 countries, offers more than 2,500 educational sessions, 400 product demos, exhibitions from 500 partners and customers showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, and infrastructure – all engineered for innovation. For more information, to register, or to watch live keynotes and sessions, visit Oracle.com/OpenWorld.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. interRel is an Oracle Platinum Partner, Cloud Select Partner, and Cloud Excellence Implementer. The company is a winner of Oracle’s Global Cloud Partner of the Year for EPM and the only four-time winner of North America Partner of the Year for EPM and BI. The company is a nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series, “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free weekly webcasts, and the free-access video education platform on YouTube, Play it Forward. Home to four Oracle ACE Directors and two ACEs, interRel frequently participates in international tours with Oracle Groundbreakers. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit interRel.com.
 
Contact
Danielle White, Events Coordinator
(972) 735-8716
dwhite@interrel.com

interRel Enters Strategic Partnership with OneCloud

Aug 27, 2018
interRel OneCloudPartnerArlington, Texas, August 27, 2018 – interRel has entered into a strategic partnership with OneCloud whose groundbreaking tool integrates and automates Oracle EPM and Oracle Analytics (on-premise and Cloud) for endless possibilities. The tool connects old and new applications, automates business functions, and allows business users to build and run their own processes, securely and at any time. OneCloud developers and interRel Cloud experts worked together to build out OneCloud’s integrations with Oracle PBCS, EPBCS, OAC, and FCCS. 
 
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with interRel. The firm is a clear leader to help customers move their operational planning and consolidation from on-prem environments to the Cloud,” said Quin Eddy, OneCloud cofounder and CEO. “Partnering with OneCloud will enable interRel to deliver implementations that connect and automate EPM applications across environments that are maintainable, flexible, accessible, and auditable, while ensuring customer self-sufficiency and increasing implementation and license ROI.” 
 
By providing OneCloud with domain expertise and access to co-development solutions, interRel is able to offer an answer to customers’ problems. With over 80 points of integration across 18 applications, the tool connects old and new enterprise applications eliminating the agony of custom code and interfaces. Out-of-the-box solutions easily build automation chains and securely run them on-demand. Security provides access to specific workspaces, environments, and chains, and is enhanced by tying into corporate single sign-on platforms ensuring controlled access to the environment.
 
“With OneCloud, our customers now have an out-of-the-box solution to integrate and automate all their Oracle EPM & BI Cloud systems,” said interRel CEO Edward Roske. “Without having to write a single line of code, OneCloud puts the power to connect products like Oracle Analytics Cloud and Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud Services into the hands of business users. This is a groundbreaking solution for our customers looking for a single solution to connect all their EPM & BI Cloud products.”
 
OneCloud is comprised of centralized management and control of scheduled and automated integrations. The tool provides native integration with numerous BI & EPM applications including Oracle, Anaplan, Salesforce, Workday, relational systems, and Google Drive. CloudRunners and GroundRunners are deployed on Cloud or on-premise servers for task execution. Self-service ability allows users to control, view, and run automated processes via web and mobile interfaces.
 
Learn more about the partnership at epm.bi/OneCloud.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. interRel is an Oracle Platinum Partner, Cloud Select Partner, and Cloud Excellence Implementer. The company is a winner of Oracle’s Global Cloud Partner of the Year for EPM and the only four-time winner of North America Partner of the Year for EPM and BI. The company is a nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series, “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free weekly webcasts, and the free-access video education platform on YouTube, Play it Forward. Home to four Oracle ACE Directors and two ACEs, interRel frequently participates in international tours with Oracle Developer Community (formerly Oracle Technology Network). To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interRel.com.
 
Contact
Rachel Holle, Communications Coordinator
972-735-8716
rholle@interrel.com

Essbase Speaker of the Year at Kscope18 is Edward Roske

Jun 14, 2018
Orlando, Florida, June 14, 2018 – Edward Roske was named Top Essbase Speaker at ODTUG Kscope18, the largest conference in the world for Oracle EPM & BI professionals. ODTUG recognizes the top speakers at the conference by evaluating responses from attendees during individual sessions. Roske presented several sessions but ultimately won for “Everything a PBCS or FCCS Developer Needs to Know About Essbase Calc Scripts.” He has been presented with top speaker honors at prior Kscope conferences, along with interRel’s Glenn Schwartzberg and Joe Aultman. 
 
Roske is an Oracle ACE Director and has spoken in 47 countries on six continents, including Oracle Developer Community (formerly Oracle Technology Network) tours throughout Latin America, Asia Pacific, India, and the Middle East & North Africa. He has also presented with various Oracle user groups in South Africa, Germany, England, Scotland, Australia, and Asia, as well as major Oracle conferences such as Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG Kscope, and OAUG Collaborate. He is a co-author of 10+ books in the Look Smarter Than You Are with Oracle EPM series, creator of 50+ YouTube videos on EPM & BI, and is an active member of the EPM/BI community on Twitter (@ERoske).  
 
Kscope18 took place June 10-14 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Resort. This marks the fourth consecutive year with interRel as the Titanium Sponsor and the tenth consecutive year with interRel at the top of the conference’s partnership level. The company had 10 speakers participate in over 20 sessions. In addition to Roske, speakers included ACE Directors Tracy McMullen, Glenn Schwartzberg, and Opal Alapat (who was promoted to Director during the conference), ACEs Robert Gideon and Wayne Van Sluys, as well as Joe Aultman, Ronnie Tafoya, Terrance Walker, and Kevin Whalen. In between sessions, attendees enjoyed themselves at interRel’s booth which featured Rock Band VR and Oculus Go (an all-in-one virtual reality headset). And last but not least, interRel took (a close) second place in ODTUG’s first-ever lip sync battle. 
 
Roske and the rest of the interRel team look forward to attending Kscope19 in Seattle, Washington from June 23-27, 2019. 
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. interRel is an Oracle Platinum Partner, Cloud Select Partner, and Cloud Excellence Implementer. The company is a winner of Oracle’s Global Cloud Partner of the Year for EPM and the only four-time winner of North America Partner of the Year for EPM and BI. The company is a nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series, “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free weekly webcasts, and the free-access video education platform on YouTube, Play it Forward. Home to four Oracle ACE Directors and two ACEs, interRel frequently participates in international tours with Oracle Developer Community (formerly Oracle Technology Network). To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interRel.com.
 
Contact
Rachel Holle, Communications Coordinator
972-735-8716
rholle@interrel.com

Opal Alapat Named Oracle ACE Director at Kscope18

Jun 11, 2018
Orlando, Florida, June 11, 2018 – The Oracle ACE Program has promoted Opal Alapat from Oracle ACE to ACE Director. Oracle ACE Directors are top-tier community members who engage more closely with Oracle and they have a track record of major contributions to the Oracle community. The announcement was made at the ODTUG Kscope18 Conference at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
 
The Oracle ACE Program was founded in 2003 as a way to recognize and reward members of the Oracle technology and application communities for their contributions, as well as help Oracle make its products more efficient and effective. Members of the program are technologically adept and eager to share their knowledge and experience. In addition to Opal Alapat, interRel is home to Oracle ACE Directors Tracy McMullen, Edward Roske, and Glenn Schwartzberg, as well as Oracle ACEs Robert Gideon and Wayne Van Sluys.
  
"At the start of 2016, interRel set a goal: to become the #1 Oracle EPM Partner in the world. One of our first steps was hiring Opal Alapat," said interRel CEO Edward Roske. "Opal's goal was to become the first Oracle ACE Director focused on EPM Cloud and with today's announcement, she achieved her goal. I'm extremely proud of her. This recognition is well-deserved."
 
As interRel’s Vision Team Practice Lead, Opal Alapat has over 15 years of experience in the EPM industry. She is an Oracle Certified Implementation Specialist in EPBCS and EPRCS and has (co)authored interRel’s three Oracle EPM Cloud books on PBCS, EPRCS, and OAC. Alapat currently serves with ODTUG as the Kscope18 Conference Chair and was formerly a Board Director, the Marketing Chair, the Assistant Kscope17 Conference Chair, EPM/BI Kscope Content Chair, Kscope Marketing Chair, and was named ODTUG Volunteer of the Year in 2015. Furthermore, she Alapat has presented at major EPM/BI conferences such as Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG Kscope, IOUG COLLABORATE, and RMOUG Training Days. She is cofounder of the North Texas Hyperion User Group (NTxHUG), an active member of the EPM community on Twitter (@opal_EPM), and author of a popular EPM blog (WomanInEPM.com). Alapat holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. interRel is an Oracle Platinum Partner, Cloud Select Partner, and Cloud Excellence Implementer. The company is the 2016 winner of Oracle’s Global Cloud Partner of the Year for EPM and the only four-time winner of North America Partner of the Year for EPM and BI. The company is a nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series, “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free weekly webcasts, and the free-access video education platform on YouTube, Play it Forward. Home to four Oracle ACE Directors and two ACEs, interRel frequently participates in international tours with Oracle Developers (formerly Oracle Technology Network). To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interRel.com.
 
Contact
Rachel Holle, Communications Coordinator
972-735-8716
rholle@interrel.com

interRel is the Titanium Sponsor at Kscope18

Jun 10, 2018
Orlando, Florida, June 10, 2018 – interRel Consulting is the exclusive Titanium Sponsor at ODTUG Kscope18, the largest conference in the world for Oracle EPM & BI professionals. The event takes place June 10-14 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Resort. 2018 marks the fourth consecutive year with interRel as the Titanium Sponsor and the tenth consecutive year with interRel at the top of the conference’s partnership level.  
 
interRel has 10 speakers participating in over 20 sessions including a top-recommended track from the Kscope18 track leads, “7 Essbase Calc Scripts Secrets” by Oracle ACE Directors Edward Roske and Glenn Schwartzberg. Additional interRel speakers include ACE Director Tracy McMullen, ACEs Opal Alapat, Robert Gideon, & Wayne Van Sluys, as well as Ronnie Tafoya, Kevin Whalen, Joe Aultman, and Terrance Walker. For a full list of interRel’s sessions and a guide to the conference, click here.
  
interRel’s vendor session on Tuesday, June 12 will show you how to enter the world of advanced analytics using only the power of Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). You don’t want to miss Edward Roske and Glenn Schwartzberg as they present “The Future of Reporting and Analysis: The Emergence of AI and Machine Learning (AKA Skynet).” Along with an excellent educational session, you may even receive a free Run OAC t-shirt.
 
"Companies have been focused on the Cloud for the last couple of years, but the Cloud is just a means to an ends. It's a technology that helps us get to the next stage of our analytics evolution," said Edward Roske, CEO of interRel. "The Cloud helps us quickly adopt Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. What's already available in Oracle Analytics Cloud, for instance, is stunning. We'll be showcasing in our booth and at our vendor session the rapidly coming world of computer-driven analytics and how it's not years away but rather it's already here." 
 
Visit interRel's booth (401) in the Exhibit Hall where you can play Rock Band VR and put Oculus Go (an all-in-one virtual reality headset) to the test. Daily giveaways will include one of these VR headsets and Amazon's Echo Spot. In addition, all three "Look Smarter Than You Are" Cloud books (OAC, PBCS, EPRCS) will be available for purchase and you can get your copies signed by the authors. Before the conference wraps up, have a chat with interRel's EPM & BI gurus and pick up information on training, support, or assessments.
 
About Kscope18
ODTUG Kscope18 covers the Oracle EPM & BI world like no other with its unparalleled technical presentations, strategic product direction from Oracle’s product management team, hands-on training, business user tracks, deep-dive product labs, and the opportunity to interact with the best practitioners in the Business Analytics realm. You do not want to miss the preeminent Oracle Developer conference of the year with nearly 200 sessions dedicated to EPM & BI.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. interRel is an Oracle Platinum Partner, Cloud Select Partner, and Cloud Excellence Implementer. The company is the 2016 winner of Oracle’s Global Cloud Partner of the Year for EPM and the only four-time winner of North America Partner of the Year for EPM and BI. The company is a nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series, “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free weekly webcasts, and the free-access video education platform on YouTube, Play it Forward. Home to three Oracle ACE Directors and three ACEs, interRel frequently participates in international tours with Oracle Developers (formerly Oracle Technology Network). To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interRel.com.
 
Contact
Danielle White, Events Coordinator
972-735-8716
dwhite@interrel.com
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