Real Time BI with Kevin and Stewart on BIWA Summit 2015

My thanks go to Kevin McGinley and Stewart Bryson for having a dedicated Real Time BI show on BIWA Summit 2015, joining the rest of their Real Time BI series.  The funny thing is that something happened to my connection right when I got going around time index 10:00.  Thanks, Matt Vranicar, for filling in for me!  This was all live, so you can see how the three of them tried to fill in and my reaction at 18:30 when I rejoined the webcast.  Even with the loss of my fantastic presentation that nobody can now see, the recording gives you a sense of what's going to happen at BIWA Summit 2015.


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This year, BIWA Summit is joining forces with Oracle Spatial Summit 2015 and the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG)


Learn                             Come learn what others in your industry are doing.  Hear presentations from customers like you who have implemented Oracle technologies and learn from their success and the challenges they faced. 

·         5 Featured Talks by Industry Leaders

·         8 two hour Hands on Labs taught by product experts

·         56 Technical Sessions delivered by experienced Customers, skilled Partners, and Oracle Development experts

Access                          Enjoy unmatched access to Oracle Development Senior Management, technical professionals and leaders from every facet of Oracle Big Data, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Spatial, and Data Warehousing.  Come hear from

·         Doug Cutting, Chief Architect, Cloudera and founder of numerous successful open source projects

·         Matthew Bradley, Oracle SVP, Product Development, EPM Applications

·         Ken Inman,  Vice President of Analytics, Neustar

·         Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle Executive Vice President, Database Server Technologies

·         Neil Mendelson, Oracle Vice President, Product Management, Big Data and Advanced Analytics

·         …and Many More!

Experts                       Benefit from the expertise of some of the world’s leading authorities in Oracle Big Data, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Spatial, and Data Warehousing technologies.

·         Tom Kyte, Oracle Architect and author of the extremely popular “Ask Tom” resource

·         Steve Feuerstein, Oracle Architect and author of Oracle PL/SQL Programming and other books

·         10 Oracle ACEs and ACE Directors including Mark Rittman, Stewart Bryson, Dan Vlamis, Brendan Tierney and many more authors and popular bloggers

·         …and Many More!

Networking         Expand your peer network and meet people you can turn to for technical guidance, ideas and strategic insights for years to come.

Value                 Managed by the BIWA SIG of IOUG, the BIWA Summit is run as a non-profit by customers and other users like you who want to learn technical skills and tips rather than hear marketing and sales pitches.  Draw from a 5-track BIWA Summit’15 Agenda with nearly 70 total sessions including 2-hour Hands on Labs with Oracle software running on the Cloud and discussions with Oracle experts—to gain more value than any other industry event.

Best Practices  Discover innovations and learn best practices from novel and interesting Oracle “BIWA” technology use cases and solutions that can make an impact on your programs today.


BIWA Summit’15

This year the summit will join forces with Oracle Spatial Summit 2015 and the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG), one of the oldest Oracle user groups in the world, bringing everyone together under one roof.  Sponsored by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and Advanced Analytics (BIWA) special interest group (SIG) and the IOUG Spatial SIG, the event includes featured sessions hosted by industry leaders, case studies, education sessions, hands-on labs, and networking events. 

"The summit offers an unparalleled chance for like-minded users, developers, and product experts to really focus on current trends, share novel and interesting use cases, and come away with a stronger professional network as well as valuable, hands-on skills"  

- Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Database Server Technologies. 


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Save on Registration for BIWA Summit 2015 through Dec 1

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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



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  In case they move it off the Oracle Home page, you can find the content at