Yesterday morning I gleefully filed a report to my superiors justifying my day out of the office and the expense of me attending the Hyperion Special Interest Group on Tuesday. I came back with no new clients, no new candidates, no interviews booked (as a result of attending, I arranged one whilst changing trains but that’s another story…), and no new roles to work.

But rarely in an industry known for notoriously rigid KPIs is the question asked: Is our recruitment consultant learning?

I attended the Hyperion Special Interest Group with the stated aim of learning as much as I could about the future of Hyperion technology and the current feelings of the Hyperion community in the UK. And learn I did.

It was nice to hear my previous article had been well received (you can read it here), and I appreciated Matt Yorke’s shout out referencing my approval of the term ‘Gotcha’ in the brief for his talk. As Matt presented his list of ‘things to look out for’ with new releases, here is my list of things to look out for and the key lessons I took from yesterday:

  • First up, the message from Andreea Vasiliu (Oracle) was to allay fears surrounding a ‘Cloud at all cost’ philosophy which I have heard raised by many throughout my time in the industry. Andreea spoke about Oracle listening to the community’s concerns and was keen to emphasise a future for Oracle which includes Hybrid and, yes, on-prem options for those who want them. The announcement of ‘smaller releases for easier adoption’ was also met with nods of approval, and personally I’m keenest to learn more about Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud – ‘DRM reimagined for Cloud’ was underlined three times in my notepad and had an asterisk either side of it.

  • Matt Yorke (Qubix International Ltd) then gave a very informative and concise overview of Oracle Analytics Cloud and I’m sure the whole room left feeling thoroughly ‘demystified’ about OAC. For those who weren’t there, OAC is ‘Essbase, 12C, OBIEE, DVCS, Day by Day, and a lot more’ and I know Matt welcomes questions from anybody keen to know more.

  • I found the talk by Chris Summers (DS Smith) on ‘How DS Smith uses Merlin XL to improve the reporting process’ insightful for the first-hand demo of how and why Merlin XL can benefit SmartView and HFM users, and it was great to get a real-world case study of this from the perspective of a multi-territorial end-user.

  • John Brooks' (Hubble) key message in ‘What can the next generation of EPM deliver for your business?’ greatly resonated with me; namely the notion that ‘the best practice when you implemented your current system isn’t best practice now – that doesn’t mean you made the wrong choice, it just means it’s time to make a new one’ and it was easy to sense how impressed the room was with Hubble’s extensive functionality and speed of operation. Once again, I found the live demonstration particularly valuable.

  • The day’s programme was rounded out with Julie Harris (Accenture) joining Andreea to host an open panel session on ‘Oracle Licensing for EPM’ – the key focus being on flexibility for users which, naturally, will be of the utmost importance to consultancies and end-users alike.

If anybody would like to know more about what I learned on Tuesday please feel free to connect with me or leave a comment, and I’ll be only too glad to go over more of my scribblings with you. 

As one of my favourite philosophers John Locke wrote ‘The improvement of the understanding is for two ends: first, for our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver and make out that knowledge to others.’