I always enjoyed the Hyperion Solutions Conference. One of the things I enjoyed at Solutions was R&D Central. This was an opportunity to meet the Hyperion engineers and see what they were working on. After Oracle acquired Hyperion, I was wondering what they would do to replace Solutions. I attended Oracle OpenWorld in November, but this was such a huge conference it was hard to really see much. The upcoming ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2008 Conference looks to have some interesting sessions on the Hyperion Products and especially Essbase. (http://www.odtugkaleidoscope.com/hyperion.html) Essbase is a strong product, backed by a strong engineering team. The Hyperion Essbase track at the Kaleidoscope Conference looks very good. There are keynotes from people like Robert Gersten and John Kopcke, where they will talk about the Future of Essbase and Where Essbase Fits within Oracle respectively. Sessions on the Aggregate Storage Options (ASO) and MDX also look good. I keep prodding the folks at Microsoft and Hyperion/Oracle about the XMLA Council. When Bill Baker at Microsoft and Robert Gersten at Oracle made the effort to work together on XMLA and MDX as an open standard, that was a huge step forward. It would be a shame if the new Hyperion/Oracle and Microsoft did not continue that effort. From the agenda of the Kaleidoscope Conference, MDX is mentioned, so it looks like Hyperion/Oracle is still supporting the MDX Language. I am curious to know what more Hyperion/Oracle plans…