By TopDown Team
June 27th, 2013
Goodbye #KScope13 – NOLA was a blast!
After a final day of more interesting and informative presentations, including “Planning a Successful EPM Rollout” by TopDown’s president and founder, Juan Porter, another Kscope is behind us!
This year’s conference numbers increased by 22%, over 50% of the attendees and exhibitors focused on Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)*, and for the first time, an EPM business track in addition to technical. Even with this, two questions remain:
What’s left in Kscope being equal to Solutions, the annual conference held by Hyperion, (before it was acquired by Oracle)?
This week many people compared the two conferences. A number of people took note the increased involvement by Oracle, but also agreed that it’s still nothing close to what it was at Solutions. In sum, they could do more. Outside of this, the only question left is numbers. Are all the EPM partners in attendance? Yes. Is there a business content track separate from technical? Yes. Do clients send Managers, Directors, and individual contributors? Yes. Is deal-making going on around every corner and in restaurants and bars each night? Yes.
Okay, so back to the numbers. The conference now boasts that more than 50% of its 1400 attendees focused on EPM. So the question is: how many will it take until Kscope is the accepted Solutions replacement in everyone’s minds? Why is this important? Because with increased participation brings more in depth expertise, sharing, and diversity of representation from throughout the EPM community.
With respect to the first question, will the long flight to Seattle, WA, the Kscope 2014 location, deter some of the East Coast attendees? If this conference is to grow, can it do so from a coastal location, after growing dramatically in the last few years in San Antonio and New Orleans?
Time will tell.
See you next year in Seattle.