The ODTUG Kscope21 Virtual Event is unique in its offering of  Oracle Symposiums—included with conference registration. Start off week one of your education with this year’s Symposium for your track! 

Analytics | APEX | Database | Emerging Technologies | EPM | Essbase | Modern Application Development

Oracle Symposium agendas will be posted as content is available.


Oracle Analytics has seen tremendous innovation and growth since its introduction, and Oracle continues to enhance every aspect of the product and introduce new capabilities. In the Symposium, the Oracle Analytics Product Management team will provide deeper insight into the Oracle Analytics portfolio strategy and roadmap by exploring recent achievements in enterprise, self-service, and augmented analytics; discussing new and upcoming features; and uncovering its strategy for cloud, on-premises, and mobile.


The ODTUG Kscope21 Virtual Event kicks off on Monday with the APEX Symposium, and all presentations are done by the APEX Development Team itself. Learn about exciting new features like the new Cards and Map regions, Automations, REST Data Synchronization, charts in Faceted Search, native PDF printing and Excel export, Redwood Light Theme Style, an exceptional new code editor, and support for the Oracle Multilingual Engine (MLE). You’ll also get a preview of what’s on the roadmap for APEX 21.2 and beyond.


The Database—the Heart of Application Development

All development of applications deals with data in one form or another. Data can be saved in many different forms and shapes in many different databases or other storage types. Often different types of data are needed within a single application, which can lead to difficult choices.

You can utilize different storage or database types to work optimally with each type of data—at the cost of having to constantly pull the data out of their normal place into some place in the middle and join them together there. Or you can try to "bend" the data to fit into a single type of database—at the cost of not working optimally with all your data.

The Oracle database is a converged database that can work optimally with many different types of data—straight relational data, JSON, XML, Graph, Spatial, Blockchain, and a lot more.

Join the people of Oracle who develop and work with these features to know more about the future roadmap, cool new JSON features, enhanced and advanced SQL, and how this database showed its strength when COVID-19 pushed application development to unprecedented speeds.

Emerging Technologies

Database Multilingual Engine: The Vision and the Why
Gerald Venzl, Senior Principal Product Manager

Starting with Oracle Database 21c, Oracle introduced the Multilingual Engine, a new engine to execute JavaScript code inside the database, besides the already existing PL/SQL and Java engines. Why is executing JavaScript inside the database interesting, what does that mean for PL/SQL, and why is it called Multilingual Engine when it can only do JavaScript? The potential of the Multilingual Engine, based on Oracle's GraalVM technology, and how it could revolutionize the way we apply code to data, are manifold. Gerald Venzl will share the vision behind the Multilingual Engine, the why, and how the future may look like very soon.


Oracle Cloud EPM momentum continues to be adopted at a rapid pace by both existing on-premises Hyperion customers and new customers alike. If you were at the Virtual EPM Symposium last year, you heard from our development leaders on the state of EPM and were among the first to see some really cool works in progress. Whether you have existing EPM deployments on-premises, cloud, or a little of both, this symposium is one you definitely don’t want to miss this year. We will cover the strategy and roadmap for all your deployment investments and continue our tradition of treating attendees to first looks at the latest innovations under development.  

Presented by Oracle EPM Product Management and development leaders, you will get unfiltered insight into our key R&D initiatives. Our goal at the EPM Symposium is to expose attendees to the latest and greatest from Oracle EPM development in these areas and offer you the opportunity to learn more in the detailed conference sessions. In keeping with our goal, the EPM Symposium's agenda reflects the late-breaking R&D efforts in the cloud which are not covered by sessions, while also relaying key efforts for on-premises EPM. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer, and we look forward to your attendance at this year's symposium.


Essbase has seen major changes over the past few years from the introduction of Essbase 19c as a standalone product deployed via the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to the most recent release of Essbase 21c for both Cloud and on-premises customers bringing enhancements to interfaces, engine and supporting tools such as Cube Designer. In the Essbase Symposium, we will hear from the Product Management team on the exciting roadmap for the product. Learn about the new upcoming features such as integration with Autonomous Database in the cloud, UI improvements, and have an opportunity to put questions to the team.

Modern Application Development

Hey Google, What Are the Core Concepts of Chatbots and Digital Assistants?
O-Ace-Director-Icon-rgb.png Luc Bors, eProssed

Chatbot technology has been around for quite a few years. On many websites and in many apps, there is a chatbot that offers to help you. Unfortunately, not all of these are helpful, and some are even awful. It all comes down to one question: “What makes a good chatbot, and what makes a good digital assistant?”

There are many vendors that provide technology to allow you to build great solutions. They all try to implement the same core concepts. Do you know these concepts, and do you know how to properly use these? It might sound simple, but when not applied properly, these core concepts can work against you.

Based on some real examples of good and bad solutions, you will learn how to apply the concepts of chatbots and digital assistants. In this session I will show several vendors of chatbot technology and explain how these compare to Oracle Digital Assistant. You will get a good understanding of chatbot technology, and I will provide you an on-ramp for the deep dive session later in the week.

Extending in the New UI, Tailoring Digital Assistants for Cloud SaaS
O-Ace-Director-Icon-rgb.png Gustavo Gonzalez, IT Convergence

There was a lot of hype around chatbots, and they were expected to replace apps. Chatbot technology fell short in many ways, including algorithms that relied on customers asking the right questions. The lack of a proper AI also forced the developers to rely on input buttons, almost entirely removing the conversational element.

Digital assistants (DA) for enterprise applications is the evolution of the original chatbots and is now reaching places nobody has ever imagined. During this session, we will analyze and share how DA can be used in "Oracle Cloud SaaS" to access multiple ERP/HCM/SCM/CX SaaS services through a digital assistant pre-provisioned and an out-of-the-box digital assistant (FADigitalAssistant) with numerous skills. Also, we will cover aspects of how you will extend the existing digital assistants or specific skills.

We'll share what the process and implications of building custom components look like from a technical and subscription's perspective.