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Now Available! New book from Oracle Press: Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g


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/



Analytic Views Preview

We got the first insight on Analytic Views at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.  Bud Endress presented and described how Analytic Views in a future release of the Oracle Database will make it MUCH easier to create SQL for analytic queries.  We then got our second introduction to Analytic View at the BIWA Summit 2016 where Vlamis presented with George Lumpkin.  It was great to hear and work with George on the upcoming Analytic View option in a future release of the Oracle database.  Some of the highlights are the new database objects allowing for construction of business modeling and calculation within an Analytic view.  Once an Analytic View is built, the power of easy reporting with simple SQL queries is a real plus.  No need for joins, aggregation (group by) and calculation.  The Analytic Views technology takes care of this, insuring the end user data quality while traversing across different levels of the data set.

While it’s a bit touchy in the AV setup today, the end results are well worth the time.  Good modeling and understanding of the end goal is a key factor in the build out of your Analytic Views model.  Check out our presentation at http://www.vlamis.com/papers2016/#jan26   


Month of BIWA Techcasts

We have so much to share with you from news after Oracle OpenWorld that we are scheduling a BIWA Techcast every week. Here is our TechCast schedule (all times are US Central time zone): 
• Nov 19 12pm Oracle BI 12.2.1 New Features 
• Nov 23 12pm Fifth Annual OpenWorld 2015 Unauthorized BI and Analytics Scoop Session 
• Dec 2 12pm Upgrading from Oracle BI 11g to Oracle BI 12.2.1
• Dec 9 12pm Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service Live Demo 
• Dec 16 12pm Oracle BI 12.2.1 New Features (repeat)

Please join us for as many of these Techcasts as you can.  Click each link for more information on each Techcast.


Ellison Announces Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service

We’re so thrilled that Larry Ellison himself announced and demoed Oracle’s Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) in his keynote address today.  This seems to be a validation of the title that Tim and I chose for our Oracle Press book Data Visualization for Business Intelligence 11g.  It is obvious that Data Visualization is an important new area of emphasis for Oracle.  Look for more details here soon as we have a chance to share what has been under NDA until this week.  There will be more information forthcoming as the week unfolds.

You can find a video of Larry's address at https://www.oracle.com/openworld/on-demand/index.html - Larry's demo of DVCS is towards the end, close to time index 1:13:45. 

DVCS is Oracle’s cloud delivery of Visual Analyzer (VA), a new option to Oracle Business intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 12c, released last Friday.  VA is a central part of Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS).  BICS delivers much (but not all) of the OBIEE functionality, with the standard Answers and Dashboard front end, but also the VA front end.

DVCS delivers just the VA front end, leaving behind the rest of OBIEE.  For customers that don’t want to have to deal with the intricacies (and don’t have a need for the benefits) of the OBIEE RPD mapping process, this could make a lot of sense.  Just upload your Excel spreadsheets to DVCS and start visualizing the data yourself.  Sure, if you have a couple spreadsheets, you’ll have to map how the columns relate (join) to each other.  But this mapping exercise is designed to be done by end users, not IT professionals.  

So what does a DVCS workflow look like?

  1. Sign into DVCS
  2. Upload an Excel spreadsheet with your data (max I heard is 50MB per file
  3. Visualize the data using VA

We will update you as more information is officially released.  You can also find the press release on Oracle's web site.


Session Abstracts Visible for BIWA Summit 2016

For all of those that want a peek at what's in store for BIWA Summit 2016, check out the new "Sessions page" page at www.biwasummit.org.  On the page we list the sessions that have been accepted to the conference.  There are certainly more sessions coming to be announced, but you can at least start to get a feel for some of the great sessions that we have accepted to the conference.  There's even a capability to search through the sessions based on company or keywords.  Expect some of this to change over time.  All of the time slots and rooms are dummy entries for now, since we are still accepting sessions until around November 2, 2015.  Come check it out and more importantly, register for the conference!


Register for BIWA Summit 2016 and Save $100

"Super Early Bird" registration for BIWA Summit 2016 (Jan 26-28, 2016 at Oracle headquarters) is $249 today and tomorrow! Book today and save $100. This special rate will end tomorrow, September 15th at midnight PST.

Why choose BIWA Summit 2016?

  • Hands-on-Labs
  • Customer stories, told by the customers
  • Educational sessions by Practitioners and Direct from Developers
  • Oracle Keynote presentations
  • Presentations covering:  Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Cloud, Data Warehousing and Integration, Spatial and Graph, SQL
  • Networking with product management and development professionals

You can get more information at www.biwasummit.org, including a link to all of the details about BIWA Summit 2015 where you can see the full list of presentations last year.

The Call for Speakers is on-going through November 2, 2015. Submit your abstract(s) for BIWA Summit 2016 and share your stories.