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August 15-18, 2021
The Diplomat Beach Resort
Hollywood, FL, USA

These sessions are available prior to the conference, are offered via streaming only and are available to all registered conference attendees, both virtual and in-person.

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Tuesday, August 10

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
EBS 12.2 Upgrade – Soup to Nuts

Oracle EBS suite upgrade is not a trivial task, but if you understand the process and have done the upgrade a couple of times, you realize it is not that complex. In this high-level session, we’ll go over the tasks and responsibilities of the teams involved in the upgrade process as well as the functional and development changes that are typically associated with an EBS 12.2 upgrade. We will review a typical upgrade timeline, where the upgrade can be fast-tracked, and opportunities to reduce the upgrade window. It is important to also upgrade the database to 19c, if not already done, so we will share best practices for the 19c upgrade and EBS 12.2 upgrade.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
How to Fast Track Your Oracle EBS Upgrade

You cannot stop time. Oracle EBS R12.1 end of life is just 5 months away. BUT, what you can do is speed up your project and go live in a couple of months. Whether getting assessments done, getting accurate project scoping, or even getting your UAT signoff, fast-tracking your project was never easier. What are the most significant time robbers preventing you from fast-tracking your project? How to kick off a project in 48 hours. How to reduce 80% of your scope.

Wednesday, August 11

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Automating and Standardizing Your Disparate Intercompany Processes is an Audit Masterstroke and Might Just Save Your Sanity

Does your intercompany accounting process cause you headaches? Struggling with it taking too long at period close? Are you facing awkward audit questions about holes in intercompany? Join us to find out how automating key processes at the transaction level can lead to reducing the burden that intercompany accounting places on your team and leads to a smoother period close. Understand the benefits of using automation in intercompany accounting processes. Understand how to standardize and centralize business processes.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
3 Trailblazing Concepts for Highly Effective Enterprise Performance Management Bosses

When it comes to enterprise performance management, smart business leaders know how important it is to find better and more innovative ways to improve outcomes. Huron has identified 3 trail blazing modernizations for you get more value from your Oracle Enterprise Performance Management investment. First, focus on enterprise data management and quality, as the outcome is always access to better, more reliable data; second, advance the ease and governance of your journal entries by centralizing the process with Oracle’s new Enterprise Journals, and third, is to make sure you are utilizing the latest intelligent automation best practices with Oracle Digital Assistant to get more from your enterprise systems and perform valuable actions on behalf of your end-users. Should you choose to apply these advanced principals to the management of your EPM applications, they are sure to yield greater operational excellence.

Thursday, August 12

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Gain Real - Time Insights from Your Cloud ERP

Cloud adoption is on the rise and is showing no sign of slowing down. Today, more than half of enterprise software and infrastructure is delivered as a cloud service, and your ERP system should be no exception to this trend. Modernizing your financial or supply chain process can lead to optimizations in several key areas, and it’s more important than ever to process your cloud data in a way that optimizes your investment and delivers value in a modern architecture to meet your business objectives.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
A New Era: Transform Your Oracle Databases Across Private & Hybrid Clouds

Imagine managing your Oracle environment with a secure and unified database operating model while delivering simplicity, performance, and availability, across private and public clouds. Imagine an operating model that drastically reduces late-night outage fire drills, long hours troubleshooting performance issues, or nights and weekends catching up on patching and struggling to meet SLAs. We will show steps which eliminates database management complexity by up to 90% so that organizations can accelerate time to market by as much as 8X. Learn how to keep your Oracle databases running with near-zero downtime and still reduce DBA off-hour workload by as much as 50%. Join this session to learn how we can save you time and transform you into a business enabler.

Friday, August 13

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Not Upgrading to EBS 12.2.x this Year? Implications for Oracle Support with Cliff Godwin

Oracle EBS 12.1.3 moves off Premier Support at year end, at which time customers will have the option to purchase the Market Driven Support (MDS) model to continue run a stable operation until upgrading to 12.2.x. Cliff Godwin (SVP Oracle E-Business Suite) and Don Masterson (Principal Sales Consultant ACS NA) will present a brief overview of MDS before opening the mic to your questions in this interactive, online Q&A.