Vlamis's Test Drive Program on New AWS Platform!

The Big Data, Oracle Advanced Analytics and OBIEE test drives all now reside on AWS's version 3.0 platform, which makes for a more user friendly experience.  Enjoy the drive!

Check it out at: http://www.vlamis.com/td/


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Coming Soon! New book from Oracle Press: Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g


Save on Registration for BIWA Summit 2015 through Dec 1

In case some of you missed the deadline for Early Bird Registration for BIWA Summit 2015, you can take advantage of the THANKS "Black Friday" $50 discount through December 1 that effectively gives you the Early Bird price of $249 for BIWA Summit 2015.  Enter discount code THANKS when checking out to get the discount.

See the BIWA Summit 2015 web site for more about the conference that takes place January 27-29, 2015 at Oracle Headquarters, including a draft agenda, and details on many of the sessions that will be presented, including Hands-On Labs that are mini training classes.  BIWA Summit will focus on themes that the BIWA SIG focuses on, including Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Analytics, and Big Data.  I am co-conference chair, along with Shyam Nath, so I know it's going to be a great conference!  Come join us!


Heartland OUG Fall 2014 Meeting

We just returned from Omaha last night after our 8th time presenting at the Heartland Oracle User Group. This year we had an added bonus of attending a reception hosted by our good friends at Tallgrass Technologies. Not only did we partake in some great food and drink, we got to mingle with friends old and new while we watched Game 7 of the World Series. Unfortunately, the Royals did not come out victorious, but the evening was an overall success. Thank you, Tallgrass!Dan and Tim Vlamis presenting at Heartland OUG

The next day, Dan and Tim had the opportunity to deliver two presentations. (You can see them in action to the left.) In the morning, Tim presented "Starting Smart with Oracle Advanced Analytics". After a tasty lunch, Dan and Tim led a session called "Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g".  Both sessions were well attended. 

If you live in or near Omaha, and you haven't had the chance to attend the Heartland OUG meetings, then you should check them out. It is a well-run group, and their meetings are informative and a great way to network with other Oracle users in the area. Generally they have meetings twice yearly, in the spring and the fall. They are always interested in speakers and sponsors for the meetings. For more information on speaking, sponsoring or attending this great event, take a look at their website, or send an email to ron@heartlandoug.org



Starbucks Oracle OLAP Case Study on Oracle Home Page

Who knows for how long this will be the case, but as I write this blog entry, the Starbucks Case Study involving Oracle OLAP is on the home page of Oracle.com.  In case they move it off the Oracle Home page, you can find the content at http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/customers/customersearch/starbucks-coffee-co-1-exadata-ss-1907993.html



2-Minute Tech Tip on Data Visualization for OBIEE 11g Posted

Thanks, Bob Rhubart, for posting the 2-minute tech tip on Data Visualization for Oracle BI 11g. This is a preview of Tim and my Oracle Press book with the same title.  You can see more of Bob's 2-minute tech tips on his YouTube channel.


Here is the link to the video in case embedding doesn't work for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LU2imSXj5I


Your Ideas on OOW BI and Analytics Scoop Session


I'm headed back home from a packed week at Oracle OpenWorld.  Tim and I saw many sessions and met with many people.  I apologize if we didn't connect - very busy conference.

Anyway, we have scheduled our Fourth Annual BI and Analytics Unauthorized Scoop Session for October 16, 2014 at noon Central and I'd like to ask for your help.  Tim and I have lots of ideas (we'll be discussing this more next week), but I'd like to ask for your help, in effect crowd-sourcing the ideas for the webcast.

For those that attended:

  • What did you find interesting?
  • Any funny stories to share?
  • What was different from what you expected?

For those that didn't attend:

  • What would you want to know?
  • Are you more interested in the "behind the scenes" or the "major announcements"?

For any of you, please invite others to the webcast.  We have the recordings of the last 3 years on our web site so you can see the sort of things that we cover.  We draw one of the largest crowds for an IOUG webcast. I expect some of you may want to email me separately - that's fine.  we'll gather the input and give credit to the source (or hide that if you'd prefer!).  In any case, I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!