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on April 13, 2017 / in News

Newest Oracle ACEs are Opal Alapat and Robert Gideon


Arlington, Texas, April 13, 2017 – The Oracle ACE Program has promoted Opal Alapat and Robert Gideon from Oracle ACE Associates to full Oracle ACEs. Oracle ACEs are established Oracle advocates who are well known in the community. They must have a history of demonstrated community activism in certain qualified areas, book authorship, and an established social media profile. In addition to Alapat and Gideon, interRel is home to Oracle ACE Directors Tracy McMullen, Edward Roske, and Glenn Schwartzberg, as well as Oracle ACE Associate Wayne Van Sluys.
The Oracle ACE Program was founded in 2003 as a way to recognize and reward members of the Oracle technology and application communities for their contributions, as well as help Oracle make its products more efficient and effective. Members of the program are technologically adept and eager to share their knowledge and experience. 
“This is a tremendous honor for Opal and Robert,” said Edward Roske, interRel CEO and Oracle ACE Director. “They are educators to the entire Oracle EPM community. As a company, we thank them for embodying our value of ‘learning things and passing them on.’”
Opal Alapat, EPM Cloud Specialist at interRel and a Cloud Oracle ACE, has over 15 years of experience in the EPM industry. As an Oracle Cloud Specialist, she is co-author of Look Smarter Than You Are with Oracle Enterprise Planning Cloud, the first-ever printed book on any Oracle EPM Cloud product, and sole author of the first-ever book on EPRCS, Look Smarter Than You Are with Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud. Alapat has also been published in the RMOUG SQL>UPDATE magazine. In addition to her publications, Alapat currently serves with ODTUG as a Board Director, the Marketing Chair, and the Assistant Kscope17 Conference Chair. She was formerly EPM/BI Content Chair and Marketing Chair for Kscope, and was named ODTUG Volunteer of the Year in 2015. Furthermore, Alapat has presented at major EPM/BI conferences such as Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG Kscope, IOUG COLLABORATE, and RMOUG Training Days. She is co-founder of the North Texas Hyperion User Group (NTxHUG), an active member of the EPM community on Twitter (@opal_EPM), and author of a popular EPM blog (
Robert Gideon is a principal consultant at interRel and has over 17 years of information technology experience with the last 10 years focused on Oracle EPM and BI products. Gideon, an Oracle Essbase Certified Implementation Specialist, co-authored the first-ever book on any Hyperion product, Look Smarter Than You Are with Essbase 11.1.2. He is also certified in Hyperion Planning and Exalytics and is specialized in Oracle Cloud. Additionally, Gideon has presented at ODTUG Kscope, IOUG COLLABORATE, and user groups across the United States. He is Co-coordinator of the OAUG EPM/Hyperion SIG, an active member of the BI/EPM community on Twitter (@rjgideon), and authors a prevalent BI/EPM blog ( 
Both Alapat and Gideon regularly create educational Play it Forward videos, host webcasts, and speak at EPM/BI roadshows.
About interRel Consulting
Founded in 1997, interRel Consulting is the longest-standing Hyperion partner dedicated solely to implementing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud and Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, and is the only winner of Oracle’s Global Cloud Partner of the Year for EPM and the only four-time winner of Oracle’s North America Partner of the Year for EPM and BI. The company is a nine-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, the free-access video education platform, Play it Forward, on YouTube, and multi-track Oracle EPM/BI Road Shows across North America. Home to three Oracle ACE Directors, two Oracle ACEs, and one Oracle ACE Associate, interRel frequently participates in Oracle Technology Network international tours in developing markets. To learn more about interRel Consulting, please visit 
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