Did you come last year? You should have.
I don't know what you did on 2 October 2012 (the date of the inaugural Essbase/EPM meetup) at Open World, but I sat at a table surrounded by (and I am not kidding -- the head of EPM product management across from me, the head of Essbase development to my right -- stupid me, I sat at the end of the table so there wasn't anyone to my left) Oracle's senior Essbase and EPM staff. Maybe you get to rub elbows with these guys on a regular basis but I sure don't. In a word, it was awesome.
And you can experience this as well -- just come to the meetup. There's drinks (coffee, even), food, etc. It's pay your own way but this is not a super pricey place. I thought the food was great and the company better.
Last year's meetup was relaxed, low key, and a great opportunity to meet people you (or at least I) would never meet in a social setting. It was my high point of OOW 2012 and I hope that it will be the same for 2013.
Join us, won't you?
Cameron Lackpour & Tim Tow