We maximize the value we offer to our clients through high level of expertise and our team approach. We guide our clients to the best solutions for their business intelligence needs regardless of the pressures from outside groups. We outfit you with the best BI offerings, teach you how to use them, and set you on the path so you can explore on your own.
Dan Vlamis has been working with Oracle BI technology (and its predecessors) for over two decades and has led hundreds of BI projects with many of America's leading corporations.
Dan started his career working for Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) after graduating with a BA in Computer Science from Brown University in 1986. He worked on Express applications at IRI for six years and led development team for the back end portion of what would later be named Oracle Sales Analyzer after Oracle purchased the Express product line from IRI in 1995.
Dan moved from the Boston area to Kansas City to be closer to family in 1992 and founded Vlamis Software Solutions. Dan oversees all of Vlamis Software's projects and takes a personal interest in every project. Dan has been recognized as an "Oracle ACE" is currently working on co-authoring a book on Oracle's OLAP Solutions. Dan was featured in the March/April 2009 issue of Oracle Magazine and was recently the subject of Oracle's Up Close Video Podcast.
A passionate and dynamic speaker, Dan is in demand as a speaker at major Oracle conferences and events. He serves on the BIWA SIG board and was Conference Chair for BIWA Summit 2008 held at Oracle headquarters. Dan is a regular beta tester and customer advisory board member for Oracle BI and OLAP-related products and consults with Oracle product management regularly.
On the personal side, Dan is very environmentally conscious, and has led an effort to encourage kids to walk to his daughter's school and is on the board of directors for Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.
Chris has 27 years experience working with Oracle technologies with the past 13 in the Business Intelligence area. Chris has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the following areas:
- Project Management
- Establishment of client BI competency centers
- Database design, implementation and support going back to Oracle 5
- Analysis, design, development and implementation of BI using the Oracle database and Oracle BI
- Instruction and mentoring
- Using Oracle and other technology to develop BI dashboards and reporting systems
- Develop and support custom BI application development
Chris brings a strong systems approach developed from his training as an engineer to all of his projects. He strives to find the most effective and efficient solution for all the problems that are brought to him. He enjoys working to provide solutions that meet or exceed the requirements of the project. His motto is "Work Smarter Not Harder" and brings this philosophy with him wherever he goes.
Chris co-author of the 2009 Oracle Press book, "Oracle Essbase & Oracle OLAP: The Guide to Oracle's Multidimensional Solutions".
Chris has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. He spent 6 years as an officer in the Naval Civil Engineer Corps (a fighting Seabee!); he was the assistant public works officer at Camp Pendleton and one of the officers in charge of constructing Naval Submarine Base in Bangor, Washington. He is proud to be a Kansas Jayhawk and is an avid KU basketball and football fan. He has been living in the house he designed and built in Lawrence, Kansas for 24 years.
Joyce, his wife of 33 years, has been an instructor at the University of Kansas School of Business for 12 years, teaching general marketing, global marketing and business strategy. Their daughter, Jill, is a designer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City.
Cathye has 17 years of experience working with Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) technologies. Prior to entering the Oracle BI world, Cathye owned her own insurance agency, where business intelligence and customer service were a must for her agency to succeed. Cathye offers a well rounded mix of technical and non-technical skills combined with her Dallas charm:
- Project management of Oracle business intelligence projects
- Analysis, design, development and implementation of Oracle BI solutions
- Tool evaluations and selection for business intelligence tools
- Implemented sales and financial applications using Oracle BI
- Experienced with Essbase, Crystal Reports, and other BI tools
- Developed large and small BI applications/systems
- Conversion of older BI technology into more current web-based applications
Most recently Cathye successfully completed a long-term engagement migrating an Express PCX 5.0 application to Oracle OLAP for one of the largest oil and gas refining corporations in America. With her broad foundation in BI technology, Cathye is leading the charge for Vlamis in reaching out to new clients to help them develop their BI and Analytics capabilities.
Cathye is passionate about designing and implementing systems that meet and exceed our clients' expectation. She is always aware of the time and money spent on projects and strives to deliver projects on time and under budget. Cathye's Texas upbringing taught her to "treat others as you would like to be treated" and realizes it works just as well in corporate America as is does in small-town USA. Personally, Cathye is all about family. Cathye's volunteering centers on her children, coaching and serving on boards for academic, band, football, baseball, cheerleading, and PTA. She does manage one night a week for a date night with her husband of 15 years.
Tim relocated to Kansas City and joined Vlamis in 2008 bringing executive experience and broad skills in the science of management. Tim combines a strong background in the application of business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data mining with extensive experience in business modeling and valuation analysis, forecasting, and business development processes and scenario analyses. Tim has assisted several high tech start ups, led partnership formations and dissolutions in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Canada, and negotiated acquisitions in Mexico and Canada.
Tim is an active member of the Northwestern Institute on Complex System (NICO) and works closely with CANet (Complexity in Action Network) on the application of complexity theory to business. He earned his Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) designation from the American Marketing Association and is an active speaker on BI and data visualization topics as well as marketing and business development. In addition to a lifelong study of business processes, systems, and theories, Tim is a passionate student of complexity theory, the history of mathematics, and the principles of design. Tim earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics from Yale University. Tim currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Business in Benedictine College’s Full-time and Executive MBA programs.