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Wednesday
Jul202016

Embedding Data Visualizations from VA in OBIEE Dashboards

As previously mentioned, we had a huge turnout for my presentation on What's New in OBIEE 12.2.1.1.

Two questions that came up are:

  1. How do I integrate VA content into an OBIEE dashboard?
  2. Can I specify in a URL that I want VA content in presentation mode?

Philippe Lions from Oracle answered both questions in a video he made and posted in his blog entry.

Thanks, Philippe!

Tuesday
Jul192016

Oracle BI 12.2.1.1 New Features Webinar Replay Available Now

We would like to thank everyone who attended Dan’s webinar Oracle BI 12.2.1.1 New Features. We had an overwhelming interest in this webinar as one attendee wrote: “What to say great presentation! I will be looking out for more!” Unfortunately, demand for this webinar exceeded the available resources. If you were not able to attend or are interested in viewing the webinar again, the replay is available now.

Topics that were covered in this webinar:
  • Feature parity with BI Cloud Service (BICS) and Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS)
  • New Visualizations in VA
    • Donut
    • Combo (with dual axis)
    • Stacked Scatter
    • Images
  • Dashboard subpages
  • Insights, Storytelling and Presentation mode
  • Color management (change the palette)
  • Improved filtering and drill down
  • Data Wrangling
    • Wrangling interface available on the Stage (VA has Canvas and Stage)
    • Matching RPD to XSA and XSA to XSA
  • Detailed Upgrade Guide
  • BVT enhancements (for upgrading from OBIEE 11 or 12.2.1)
  • BI Publisher Enhancements
Monday
Jul182016

Oracle BI SampleApp v607 and Resources Webinar, August 16, 2016, Noon Central

Join Dan Vlamis, Oracle ACE Director, as he demonstrates Oracle Business Intelligence using the latest release V607 from the Oracle BI SampleApp team. SampleApp is known in the Oracle BI consulting community as THE go to platform for showcasing what Oracle BI is capable of. Release V607 of SampleApp runs on version 12.2.1.1 (first 12c patch release) of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. Expect a fast-paced presentation with a live demo using a brand new SampleApp image. 

The webcast will also include other demonstration and learning platforms Oracle is rolling out to users. This platform is geared towards Oracle BI (and Data Visualization Desktop) users, allowing them to learn new techniques, and even to download additional visualizations into the Oracle BI platform.

Register now for this popular webinar! Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at noon Central

Friday
Jul152016

Oracle BI 12.2.1.1 New Features Webinar July 19 12PM Central

Join Dan Vlamis, Oracle ACE Director, as he breaks down the new 12.2.1.1 (first 12c patch release) release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, available starting July, 2016 from Oracle. Expect a fast-paced presentation with a live demo using a brand new SampleApp image, on as many of the new features as time allows including:
  • Feature parity with BI Cloud Service (BICS) and Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS)
  • New Visualizations in VA
    • Donut
    • Combo (with dual axis)
    • Stacked Scatter
    • Images
  • Dashboard subpages
  • Insights, Storytelling and Presentation mode
  • Color management (change the palette)
  • Improved filtering and drill down
  • Data Wrangling
    • Wrangling interface available on the Stage (VA has Canvas and Stage)
    • Matching RPD to XSA and XSA to XSA
  • Detailed Upgrade Guide
  • BVT enhancements (for upgrading from OBIEE 11 or 12.2.1)
  • BI Publisher Enhancements
This live demonstration has been developed in collaboration with the Oracle BI SampleApp team and will include some upcoming features of Oracle BI SampleApp version 606 virtual machine image, soon to be available from the SampleApp team. Just like our previous demonstrations of new BI releases, we will give a live demonstration of as many of these features as we have time for. Registration is now open.
Monday
Jul112016

How Does Pokemon Go Influence Marketing and Analytics?

I am fascinated by the Pokemon Go phenomenon and am amazed by the success of a release of a game 5 days ago or so. According to Forbes, Pokemon Go is on pace to surpass Twitter in daily active users. That's huge!


When I was out running errands this weekend, shopkeepers told me they have seen more people out and about this weekend than ever. And as I made my way around various PokeStops around Liberty, Missouri, I noticed adults sheepishly using their phones in obvious "Pokebehavior".

And last night, when walking my dog with my wife around the neighborhood we saw many zombie people "walking their phones", staring at their screens intently. Normally we see maybe 4 people on a walk (with their dogs). Tonight, I think we saw 20 people or so (plus the 4 with dogs). We're talking about huge changes in personal behavior. Very interesting.

So did the Tasty Thai restaurant in Liberty see a surge in sales this weekend since they are a PokeStop? There were certainly more people stopping by.  As mentioned in a Forbes article, will businesses attempt to lure customers in by attracting Pokemon?

I am intrigued by the opportuity to influence social behavior.  Just because a business is a PokeStop or a PokeGym, it will receive more walk-by traffic.  How much is that walk-by traffic worth?  I think it depends on the location.  For the local Capitol Federal Drive thru bank, I don't see it helping much.  But for a frozen yoghurt shop, I think it could be huge.  Have a cool treat while you fill up on Pokemon supplies.  

From my limited googling, I found that according to a Stackexchange article,

"Pokémon, GO's database is based on Niantic's portal database for Ingress, which is currently not receiving new requests for more locations....People might wonder how that database was created so as an addition to the answer: Portals for Ingress were created by the players themselves. They were asked to submit portals at locations that are significant landmarks, mostly cultural or artistic things. Niantic then reviewed these submissions and if they agreed that it was significant enough it became a portal."

So how long until Niantic, The Pokemon Company, or whomever, starts selling the ability to be a PokeStop or PokeGym?  If the the ability to influence consumer behavior in this way seems icky to you, consider the role of coupons in American society.  Or for that matter advertisements on TV.  They all arean attempt to influence consumer behavior.  I'm not saying it's right; it's just not unprecedented.

From a business perspective I would be interested in how we measure the impact of Pokemon Go and the geospatial consequences.  This gets into mapping, and business intelligence, a particular interest of mine and my business.  This opens up the possibilities of gameification of business processes to more than just "silly awards for sales success".  Now we are influencing behavior in a fun, engaging way.

If others have ideas, please comment and let me know.  Thanks for reading.