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interRel Consulting Becomes Oracle’s First Exalytics Certified Infrastructure Team

Dec 01, 2014
Arlington, Texas, December 1, 2014Infrastructure experts Jason Novikoff and Robert Gideon have completed the Oracle Exalytics X3-4 Certified Implementation Certification. interRel Consulting, an Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized Platinum partner since 2010, is proud to be recognized as the world's first Oracle partner to have two Exalytics specialists.
 
Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine is the industry's first engineered system for in-memory analytics that delivers extreme performance for Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance. Exalytics is an optimized system that delivers answers to all of your business questions with unmatched speed, intelligence, simplicity, and manageability.
 
interRel has completed multiple Exalytics installations in organizations across various industries, including healthcare, travel & hospitality, and retail. WellPoint, the largest health insurer in the world, and interRel, were awarded the 2013 Oracle Excellence Award for Innovation in Business Analytics (EPM, Exalytics, and Business Intelligence) for the implementation of Oracle Essbase 11.1.2.3 on Exalytics at last year's Oracle OpenWorld Conference. WellPoint is the first company in the world to go live on the 11.1.2.3 Exalytics platform.
 
Jonathon Eastman, Director of Oracle EPM at WellPoint, stated, "I feel the WellPoint finance organization has responded very uniquely to the ACA. We have reduced the total cost of ownership of our EPM/BI environment, decreased batch-processing times by 2-4X, increasing system functionality while also meeting all the ACA regulation requirements in a timely manner. Other health care companies handle this with multimillion-dollar budgets: Our switch to Exalytics actually saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars."
 
To learn more about interRel's experience with Oracle Exalytics and how in-memory can help your company improve performance when querying, analyzing, or updating data, read interRel's Exalytics white paper from the OAUG Collaborate 2014.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle EPM/BI solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. The company is a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free-twice-weekly webcasts, multi-track Hyperion/BI Solutions Conferences across the U.S. and Canada, and ACE Director participation in Oracle Technology Network international tours in developing markets. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interRel.com.
 
Contact
Danielle White, Director of Marketing
(214) 864-8586

Robert Gideon Recognized as Oracle ACE Associate

Nov 25, 2014
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Arlington, Texas, November 25, 2014 – Oracle has awarded Robert Gideon, Principal Consultant at interRel Consulting, the title of Oracle ACE Associate. Gideon is the fifth interRel employee to become a member of the Oracle ACE Program. He joins Oracle ACE Associate Sarah Zumbrum and Oracle ACE Directors Tracy McMullen, Edward Roske, and Glenn Schwartzberg.
 
In addition to his Oracle ACE Associate status, Gideon is a Certified Implementation Specialist in Oracle Exalytics In-memory Machine X3-4, Oracle Hyperion Planning 11, and Oracle Essbase 11. He has over 15 years of Information Technology experience with the last eight years focused on Oracle EPM and BI products. During this time, Robert has completed over 130 installations of EPM version 11.1.2.x. He also authors Robert Gideon’s BI/EPM Blog and is an active member of the Hyperion community on Twitter (@rjgideon).
 
interRel CEO and Oracle ACE Director Edward Roske said, “Robert has been active in the Hyperion space for some time. Not only is he constantly learning, he also started presenting at conferences and blogging to help share the information he has learned over the years. Being made an Oracle ACE Associate is a great honor and I can’t think of anyone else more deserving. I’m really proud of Robert and I know the rest of interRel is too.”
 
The Oracle ACE Program was founded in 2003 as a way to recognize and reward members of the Oracle Technology and Applications communities for their contributions. Members of the program are technologically adept and eager to share their knowledge and experiences. To become an Oracle ACE Associate, an individual must be actively building a sound community profile and must have initiated community contributions in at least two areas.
 
To learn more about interRel’s involvement with the Oracle ACE Program, visit http://bit.ly/OracleACEProgram.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle EPM/BI solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. The company is a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series “Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion,” free-twice-weekly webcasts, multi-track Hyperion/BI Solutions Conferences across the U.S. and Canada, and ACE Director participation in Oracle Technology Network international tours in developing markets. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interRel.com.
 
Contact
Danielle White, Director of Marketing
(214) 864-8586

interRel Consulting’s ACE Director Edward Roske Circumnavigates the World Evangelizing Oracle

Nov 10, 2014
SAOUG OTN Tour 2014 LogoArlington, Texas, November 10, 2014 - Oracle ACE Director, Edward Roske, is circling the globe to teach Oracle users about Big Data and Mobile Business Intelligence. Edward kicks off this whirlwind journey at the South African Oracle User Group (SAOUG) CONNECT 2014 Conference on November 10-11, 2014 followed by the second leg of the Oracle Technology Network 2014 Asia-Pacific Tour in Bangkok, Thailand and Auckland, New Zealand on November 17-21, 2014.

CONNECT 2014, based in Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, is the highlight of the SAOUG events calendar and is focused on disseminating essential technical education to enable the user group partners to gain maximum benefit. Partners will meet and network with other user group members and leading technical experts who will share the latest developments and their cutting-edge global expertise on network systems. This content-rich event offers 125 sessions across nine tracks, with Edward Roske hosting two of his top-rated sessions, "Getting Value from Big Data with Analytics", and "Taking Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile."

Edward Roske will join other esteemed Oracle speakers for the second half of the Oracle Technology Network 2014 Asia-Pacific (OTN APAC) Tour. This will be Roske's third time speaking during the OTN APAC Tour. During the Bangkok, Thailand stop on November 17, Edward will present his session, "Getting Value from Big Data with Analytics." OUGTH (Oracle Users Group in Thailand), manages this portion of the tour and is diligent about inviting Oracle experts from around the world to educate the local user community.

The OTN APAC Tour concludes in Auckland, New Zealand at NZOUG 2014 (New Zealand Oracle Users Group) on November 20-21. Edward will host three, content-rich sessions: "What's New in Oracle EPM Hyperion," "Getting Value from Big Data with Analytics," and "Taking Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile," during this two-day, energetic showcase that offers inspiration and brain stimulation, covering everything from the latest on Business Intelligence, Fusion Apps, E-Business Suite and JD Edwards, to heavy tech sessions.

"One of our core values at interRel is to 'learn something and then pass it on," said Edward Roske. "I'm excited to be traveling the world educating both industrialized and developing countries on big data, mobile business intelligence, and Hyperion. I hope that the people I'm teaching will in turn pass the knowledge on to others."
 
About Edward Roske
Oracle ACE Director, Edward Roske is the cofounder/CEO of interRel Consulting and co-author of the bestselling series Look Smarter than You Are with Hyperion. Known for his dry wit and Oracle EPM/BI mastery, Oracle sends Roske around the globe to evangelize Oracle EPM/BI in the Americas, Europe, India and Asia. Though he was the first person ever to get a perfect score on the Essbase Certification exam, he is most proud of winning "Speaker of the Year" at Kscope13. Visit his blog at looksmarter.blogspot.com.

About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle EPM/BI solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. The company is a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion, free twice-weekly webcasts, multi-track Hyperion/BI Solutions Conferences across the U.S. and Canada, and ACE Director participation in Oracle Technology Network international tours in developing markets. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interrel.com.


Contact
Danielle White, Director of Marketing
(214) 864-8586
dwhite@interrel.com

Sarah Zumbrum, Oracle ACE Associate, Elected to ODTUG Board of Directors

Oct 29, 2014
 
Arlington, Texas, October 29, 2014 - Sarah Zumbrum, published Oracle ACE Associate, Oracle Hyperion Certified Implementation Specialist, and Planning Lead at interRel Consulting, has been elected to the ODTUG Board of Directors. This year, there were 22 candidates vying for one of four coveted seats, making the voting selection incredibly difficult for ODTUG members. The other seats were filled by Tim Tow, Applied OLAP; Cameron Lackpour, CL Solve; and Mike Riley, Hortica Insurance.

The ODTUG Board of Directors serves the community at large with the primary responsibilities of guiding the direction of ODTUG and increasing contact with Oracle Corporation's upper management and other experts in the development community. Sarah's Board platform had one key initiative: build communication between the different communities within ODTUG and build an understanding of what each community track does.

"I am extremely honored to be elected to the ODTUG Board of Directors. This is an amazing opportunity to get involved and lead an organization that I respect wholeheartedly. I was a graduate of the ODTUG Leadership Group last year and am anxious to implement lessons learned from my time in that program," said Zumbrum. "I will be working with a fantastic group of people that are dedicated to one thing - ODTUG's success and international leadership as a premier user group focused on Oracle. I cannot wait to get started on January 1, 2015."

ODTUG President, Monty Latiolais, said, "I've known Sarah since she was accepted into the inaugural ODTUG Leadership Program. Early on, it was clear that she had a bright future in the organization. Her enthusiasm for all things ODTUG is contagious. I'm absolutely confident that Sarah will make an excellent board member and well-represent interRel, the greater EPM community and the entire ODTUG membership."

Sarah is an active member of the Oracle EPM community and continually looks for opportunities for involvement to enhance the user community's experiences. Sarah's involvement within the EPM community includes presenting at ODTUG Kscope, OAUG Connection Point, East Coast Oracle Users Conference, and Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group Training Days. She is a Hyperion content reviewer for the ODTUG Kscope 15 conference and RMOUG's Training Days. She has been published in a case study and technical journal, is the author of popular blog www.EPMQueen.com, and is an active member of the Hyperion community on Twitter (@EPM_Queen). Sarah is also the founder of the Raleigh Oracle Users Group.

Sarah was interviewed by Oracle Magazine to talk about her experience in the technology field, why she is committed to being a role model for young women entering the technology workplace and encouraging more women to participate in networking opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences. Visit YouTube to see the complete interview.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle EPM/BI solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. The company is a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion, free twice-weekly webcasts, multi-track Hyperion/BI Solutions Conferences across the U.S. and Canada, and ACE Director participation in Oracle Technology Network international tours in developing markets. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interrel.com.


Contact
Danielle White, Director of Marketing
(214) 864-8586
dwhite@interrel.com

Oracle ACE Associate Sarah Zumbrum Joins interRel as Lead Consultant

Sep 29, 2014
Arlington, Texas, September 29, 2014 – interRel Consulting proudly announces the addition of respected Hyperion expert Sarah Zumbrum to its growing pool of talented consultants and leaders. As the longest-standing Oracle Platinum Partner solelySarah Zumbrum focused on Oracle Business Analytics, interRel's addition of Zumbrum shows the company's continued efforts to provide clients with exceptional solutions.
 
Sarah Zumbrum has over eight years of experience with the Hyperion suite of products. She is an Oracle ACE Associate, an Oracle Hyperion Certified Implementation Specialist, a former member of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG Board of Directors, a graduate of the ODTUG Leadership Program, and founder of the Raleigh Oracle Users Group. Prior to joining the interRel team, Zumbrum was a Hyperion Planning & Essbase Lead at Finit Solutions.
 
Former UKOUG president and current Oracle ACE Director Debra Lilley said, "The Oracle ACE Program is about recognizing those who share their knowledge with the community. The ACE Associate level encourages those new to this world as they are the ACE and ACE Directors of the future. Sarah not only fits this bill perfectly but as the first female ACE Associate she will serve as a role model for other women to take part. I am so pleased to have her on board I look forward to seeing much more of her outreach as she joins interRel, a company who fosters community education."
 
Zumbrum's additional involvement within the EPM community includes presenting at ODTUG Kscope, OAUG Connection Point, East Coast Oracle Users Conference, and Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group Training Days. She was also a Hyperion content reviewer for Kscope and RMOUG's Training Days. She has been published in a case study and technical journal, is the author of popular blog www.EPMQueen.com, and is an active member of the Hyperion community on Twitter (@EPM_Queen).
 
"By joining interRel, I'll have the opportunity to work more with products like Hyperion Planning and Essbase. What I'm looking forward to even more is the amazing company culture," said Zumbrum. "interRel really takes care of their employees and I'll be working on projects with a great team of people (including Courtney Foster who sold me on the company!)."
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle EPM/BI solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. The company is a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series "Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion," free-twice-weekly webcasts, multi-track Hyperion/BI Solutions Conferences across the U.S. and Canada, and ACE Director participation in Oracle Technology Network international tours in developing markets. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interRel.com.
 
Contact
Danielle White, Director of Marketing
(214) 864-8586

interRel Kicks Off Oracle OpenWorld With ODTUG Sunday Symposium Session

Sep 26, 2014
OOW LogoArlington, Texas, September 26, 2014 - For the seventh consecutive year, interRel will host several Oracle EPM/Business Intelligence-focused presentations at the highly anticipated Oracle OpenWorld conference, the largest educational and networking event for Oracle technologists, customers, and partners. interRel’s Oracle ACE Directors, Edward Roske, CEO, and Glenn Schwartzberg, will present a joint session on “OBIEE and Oracle Essbase Together,” at the ODTUG Sunday Symposium. This session will highlight the features of each of these products and how to leverage them to provide fast, seamless reporting. 
 
interRel is proud to have two customer presentations, featuring case studies of Flexera Software and WellPoint that share how they are using Oracle technology to engineer for innovation: "Using OBIEE to Retrieve Oracle Essbase Data at Flexera Software" and "Oracle Exalytics at WellPoint: The Fastest Oracle EPM and Oracle Business Intelligence Performance Possible." Closing out the conference, Glenn will give his wildly popular session, "Which Reporting Tool Should I Use," comparing each Oracle reporting solution, lists the tools strengths and weaknesses, and provides use cases for reporting and analysis.
 
Oracle OpenWorld features education and insight into Oracle's strategy and roadmap, including targeted sessions on Oracle's engineered systems, cloud computing, business analytics, big data and customer experience initiatives. Jonathon Eastman, Director of Oracle EPM/BI at WellPoint said, "I go to OpenWorld to network and see how other companies use their EPM/BI applications. By sharing experiences, we can build better systems, remain current and strategically plan for the future."
 
About Oracle OpenWorld
Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important educational and networking event of the year for Oracle technologists, customers, and partners. This information technology event is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming technology breakthroughs. The conference, which is expected to draw more than 60,000 attendees from 145 countries, offers more than 2,500 educational sessions, 400 product demos, exhibitions from 500 partners and customers showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management and infrastructure – all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is being held September 28 – October 2 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco.

For more information, to register, or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions and more live, please visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter, Facebook and the Oracle OpenWorld Blog.
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle EPM/BI solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. The company is a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree committed to education with a platform that includes 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion, free twice-weekly webcasts, multi-track Hyperion/BI Solutions Conferences across the U.S. and Canada, and ACE Director participation in Oracle Technology Network international tours in developing markets. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit www.interrel.com.
 
Contact
Danielle White, Director of Marketing
(214) 864-8586
dwhite@interrel.com

Inc. Magazine Names interRel Consulting One of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies for Seventh Consecutive Year

Aug 20, 2014

Arlington, Texas, August 20, 2014 - For the seventh consecutive year, Inc. Magazine has named interRel Consulting one of the nation's 5000 fastest-growing private companies on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000. "Only a tiny fraction of the nation's companies have demonstrated such remarkably consistent high growth, particularly in the difficult economic environment of the past few years. This achievement truly puts interRel in rarefied company," says Inc. Magazine President and Editor-in-Chief Eric Schurenberg.

For 33 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club. As an Inc. 5000 honoree, interRel shares a pedigree with notable alumni such as Yelp, Pandora, LinkedIn, Zillow, Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Clif Bar, Pandora, Patagonia, and Oracle.

"We are honored to be named to the Inc. 5000 list for the seventh year in a row," says interRel Consulting CEO Edward Roske. "To make the list again in our 17th year of business is extraordinary. Not only did we achieve outstanding growth in 2013, but we went the entire year without a single resignation. Add to that, in the last 12 months, we hired a Director of Strategic Services, Director of Project Delivery, Account Manager of Support Services, and Talent Acquisition Manager to lead our strategic initiatives. It's been a year without equal in our history."
 
interRel moved up 435 spots from last year's Inc. 5000 ranking on a growth rate of 74 percent, accelerating from last year's growth rate of 52 percent. 
 
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting implements Oracle EPM/BI solutions and provides implementation & infrastructure consulting, public & private training, and technical support services.  The company is a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree and the longest-standing consulting partner in the world dedicated solely to implementing Oracle EPM/BI solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-size companies.  interRel Press has published 10+ books in its best-selling technical reference series Look Smarter Than You Are with Hyperion, including the first ever Advanced Oracle Hyperion Planning book and offers FREE, twice-weekly webcasts, sessions at various local user groups, and multi-track Hyperion/BI Solutions Conferences in various cities across the U.S. and Canada. Find out more about interRel Consulting and sign-up for a free webcast at www.interrel.com.

About Inc.

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

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