Collaborate is fast approaching, and we are involved again this year.  Check out our presentation schedule on our Papers & Presentations page. We'd love to see you in Vegas!


We have partnered with Amazon to provide a free test drive of OBIEE, BI Publisher, Excel Analysis of OLAP data, Data Mining, Oracle R Enterprise and Map Views in OBIEE. Check it out at:


Major Update Releases for Oracle’s R Technologies

March 2014 turned out to be a banner month for the team working on Oracle R Enterprise, Oracle R Distribution, and Oracle R Advanced Analytics for Hadoop. Link to Oracle R Technologies page

Last week Oracle R Enterprise 1.4 was released. This is an important release with key functionality for the analytics community, for Oracle database administrators, and for Enterprise CIOs. Something for everyone!

Data Scientists get ready to geek out

Perhaps the feature that is most interest to the professional R programming community is the support for R 3.01 (both open source R and Oracle’s newest Oracle R distribution). This means a *ton* of additional packages and newer package releases are available for use in embedded R processes on Oracle Database servers. The step up to R 3.01 is a major milestone. New in-data base algorithms include

  • ore.odmNMF (Non-Negative Matrix Factorization algorithm),
  • ore.odmOC (Oracle’s proprietary Orthogonal Partitioning Cluster algorithm),
  • ore.odmAssocRules (apriori algorithm for building market basket analyses and sophisticated recommendation engines).

Additionally, ore.neural (neural nets), ore.glm (generalized linear regression model), ore.esm (exponential smoothing for time series analyses) all saw major extensions and upgraded capabilities along with new support for Principal Component Analysis, ANOVA, and factor analysis on database data sets.

To see the new blazing speeds for analytics, check out the Oracle R Distribution 3.01 Benchmarks.

Oracle DBAs Get to Specify Degree of Parallelism for ORE Functions

Traditional Open Source R was developed with single-threaded processes as the rule, so users just accepted long run times along with limits on data sets imposed by the amount of memory their machines had. Enterprise data sets and enterprise data demand faster processing and far larger dataspaces.

Enterprise CIOs See the Integrated Future of Designed Data Warehouses, NoSQL Big Data, and Multi-Tenant Solutions

Compromise, strategic tradeoffs, lock-in, and local optimizations have dominated the world of CIOs working to develop a coherent vision for their organizations regarding descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. The combination of Oracle’s R technologies with Oracle 12c Database, Oracle NoSQL 3.0, Oracle’s Engineered Systems, and Oracle’s Big Data strategy means that CIOs can confidently set forth a defined analytics path for their organizations without becoming hostage to a proprietary analytics culture and system. Oracle R Enterprise 1.4 enhances Oracle Database’s ability as a world-class high performance computing environment for advanced statistical functions and parallel processing within a secure and managed system.


It's time to register for the next KCOUG Event!

It is time once again for some free food, free networking and an informative presentation! Join fellow Oracle users from around the Kansas City area at the Kansas City Oracle User Group on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. And to top it all off, Gates BBQ will be served! 

Register here 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Burns and McDonnell Auditorium
9300 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO

For a map to this location, click on this link:

Agenda for the meeting:

  •  Networking – 5:30-6:00pm  Gates Barbecue provided!
  •  Presentation – 6:00-7:00pm  Application Performance Management Tools POC:  The State of Measuring the ‘End-User Experience’
  •  Networking 7:00 – 7:30pm

We hope to see you there!


Hope to see you at Collaborate 2014

We at Vlamis are very excited to be presenting at Collaborate 2014 in Las Vegas in April.

What is Collaborate 2014? Collaborate 2014 is a four day conference held at the Venetian and Sands Expo Center in sunny Las Vegas, April 7-11, 2014. Sponsored by IOUG, OAUG, and Quest, this event delivers the full spectrum of Oracle Applications and Technology education that you need to boost results all year long. 

Please join us at the following presentations:

Managing the Social Responsibility Challenges of Analytics in 21st Century Organizations
Tuesday 4:15 - 5:15,  Level 3, Toscana - 3710 (Tim Vlamis)

Dashboard and Visualization Best Practices for Oracle BI Applications
Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30, Level 3, San Polo - 3504 (Tim & Dan Vlamis)

Data Visualization for Mobile Devices with OBI 11g
Wednesday 8:30 - 9:30, Level 3, San Polo - 3405 (Dan Vlamis)

Data Visualization for Mobile Devices with OBI 11g
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00, Level 3, San Polo - 3505 (Tim Vlamis)

Making Your Data Warehouse FASTER
Thursday 3:00 - 4:00, Level 3, San Polo - 3405 (Chris Claterbos)

We are looking forward to seeing many of you there! If you would like to meet with us during the conference, call or email us for more information.


BIWA Summit 2014 in Oracle Database Insider

Adding to Tim's summary of BIWA Summit 2014, Oracle produced its own summary of BIWA Summit 2014 distributed in their Oracle Database Insider Newsletter.  Take a look, as it very nicely summarizes the conference.  By the way, BIWA SIG is already planning BIWA Summit 2015, planned for January 27-29, 2015 at the same Oracle Conference Center.  BIWA will be placing more information on the BIWASUMMIT.COM web site as we have more information to announce.  Let me know if you want to be involved.


BIWA Summit 2014 is a Wrap

The Vlamis team at BIWA SummitLast week saw several of us in Redwood Shores, CA at Oracle’s World Headquarters for the 2014 BIWA Summit.  BIWA (Business Intelligence Warehousing and Analytics) is the special interest group (SIG) of IOUG that focuses specifically on the analytic options to the database such as Oracle Advanced Analytics including Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise, Oracle Spatial and Graph, and Oracle OLAP and also on the various business intelligence offerings from Oracle including OBIEE, Essbase, Endeca, and more.

Vlamis Software Solutions was *very* involved in the conference. Dan served as co-conference chair and hosted many of the general sessions, Cathye Pendley was also on the conference committee and did yeoman’s work on several aspects of the conference including registration and the promotional email marketing campaign (Cathye was recognized by receiving the annual John Haydu Award for Outstanding Contribution to BIWA for all her contributions and effort), Jon Clark organized and managed the computing environment for all of the hands-on labs at BIWA, and I delivered several presentations and hands-on labs.

The keynote presentation from James Taylor (author of Smart (Enough) Systems) was a highlight of the conference. James focused on how decision support and evidence-based analysis formed the foundation of best practices among leading firms and organizations. A clear fan of business rules, predictive analytics, decision support systems, strongly encouraged everyone to “begin with the decision in mind” and to leverage the power of modern systems for operational decision making.

Social HourBalaji Yelamanchili, Senior Vice President of Oracle and the head of the Business Intelligence Product Development, kept everyone in their seats Wednesday evening (and away from the beer) by addressing the future of Oracle BI by showing off several new (yet to be released) versions of the product line in live demos (handled ably by Chris Lynskey). Lots of interesting new data visualization and interaction features are in the offing including BI Ask (a semantic search capability), BI Analyzer (new UI), and Mobile App Designer (already released, but lots of new capabilities). Suffice it say that Oracle is investing heavily in the future of its business intelligence line up.

Philippe Lions gave a fast-paced and engaging view of Sample App V309 and the integration of Oracle Advanced Analytics and in-data base analytics with OBIEE 11g. I followed the demo along on my laptop on our own instance so that I could soak up as much detail as I possibly could. SampleApp remains as a tremendous resource for technical tricks and methodologies for getting the maximum out of OBIEE.

Below is a list of the sessions in which we were involved. We feel very lucky to associated with such a tremendous event. Be sure to mark your calendars for the week of January 26, 2015 for next year’s conference. Thanks to everyone for attending, contributing, participating, and making this year’s conference such a success.

Vlamis's Sessions