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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/



Cumulative Feature Overview Tool for Business Intelligence and Big Data Discovery

While bouncing around the web in search of knowledge the other day I came across a blog post by Paul Anderson about a very useful tool I was unaware of called the Cumulative Feature Overview Tool for Business Intelligence and Big Data Discovery.

The tool will produce a report showing the feature add-ons between successive generations of Oracle's EPM, Business Intelligence or Big Data Discovery software by allowing you to select a current release and a target release.

Very handy!  

Now if they would only create a tool showing us the differences between the different product lines I'd be really impressed. :)


Present at BIWA Summit 2016!

Abstracts are now being accepted for BIWA Summit 2016, to be held at Oracle Headquarters January 26-28, 2016.  While the true deadline is not for a couple of months, you will want to get the abstract in early because we are accepting the presentations on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit the abstract, the more likely you are to get an early acceptance.  Also, with an early acceptance you can plan your travel and be included in the marketing efforts for the conference.  So submit your abstract today at www.biwasummit.org!


The Four Realms of Analytics

The four realms of analytics: descriptive analytics, predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, and diagnostic analytics can be organized along a dimension from rules-based to probability-based and the dimension of time (past and future). This simple two-by-two matrix offers a powerful framework for organizing and describing the differences between analytical processes. While the four realms are often cited, they seldom appear without there being considerable confusion in understanding the distinctions between them. Rather than relying on dictionary definitions and unspecified connotations, this simple framework is offered as a way to communicate different types of analytics to lay audiences.

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BIWA TechCast on OBIEE June 4

Oracle BI is now released!  I am going to be giving a BIWA Techcast about the new features in OBIEE, just like I did for OBIEE,,, and  The new release is available for download on OTN.  Join us on June 4, 2015 at noon Central US time as we run down the new features of OBIEE  Full abstract is below:

Join Dan Vlamis, Oracle ACE Director, as he breaks down the new (terminal 11g) release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. Expect a fast-paced presentation with a live demo full of both “what” and “why” on as many of the most compelling new features as time allows including:

  • Sessions tracking in usage tracking
  • New Aggregation features including count distinct, chronological key, skip and ragged hierarchies
  • Hadoop Impala as a data source for faster integration with Hadoop
  • New OOB Visuals
  • New Custom Style Feature
  • Saved calculations in Webcat
  • Session variables for hierarchical
  • HTML 5 charts – configurable
  • Subject area search
  • New tree map visualization
  • Pivot table – vertical view
  • Export to Excel – multi-sheet, status

This live demonstration has been developed in collaboration with the Oracle BI SampleApp team and will include some upcoming features of Oracle BI SampleApp virtual machine image, including:

  • 12c DB Count Distinct
  • OBIEE + Big Data SQL
  • OBIEE + Impala
  • New visualizations
  • New BI Mobile App Developer apps
  • (many more that we will not have time to show

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5248599386170499074and join this session early at 12:00pm June 4, 2015 Central US time as attendance is limited. This TechCast is brought to you from the IOUG BIWA SIG (Independent Oracle Users Group Business Intelligence Data Warehouse and Analytics Special Interest Group)

If you like this sort of content, join us at BIWA Summit 2016, January 26-28, 2016 at Oracle headquarters!

For those of you that can't wait for the webcast, Robin Moffat has an excellent blog entry on Rittman's blog about the new features.


Data Visualization book is now on Kindle MatchBook!

Hey everyone! Do you like the convenience of having resource books on your tablet and also in hardback? Now you can get the best of both worlds! Check this out:

If you buy a new print edition of Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 91%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon.
So go to the Amazon website and pick up both versions of the book today!