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



2-Minute Tech Tip on Data Visualization for OBIEE 11g Posted

Thanks, Bob Rhubart, for posting the 2-minute tech tip on Data Visualization for Oracle BI 11g. This is a preview of Tim and my Oracle Press book with the same title.  You can see more of Bob's 2-minute tech tips on his YouTube channel.


Here is the link to the video in case embedding doesn't work for you:


Your Ideas on OOW BI and Analytics Scoop Session


I'm headed back home from a packed week at Oracle OpenWorld.  Tim and I saw many sessions and met with many people.  I apologize if we didn't connect - very busy conference.

Anyway, we have scheduled our Fourth Annual BI and Analytics Unauthorized Scoop Session for October 16, 2014 at noon Central and I'd like to ask for your help.  Tim and I have lots of ideas (we'll be discussing this more next week), but I'd like to ask for your help, in effect crowd-sourcing the ideas for the webcast.

For those that attended:

  • What did you find interesting?
  • Any funny stories to share?
  • What was different from what you expected?

For those that didn't attend:

  • What would you want to know?
  • Are you more interested in the "behind the scenes" or the "major announcements"?

For any of you, please invite others to the webcast.  We have the recordings of the last 3 years on our web site so you can see the sort of things that we cover.  We draw one of the largest crowds for an IOUG webcast. I expect some of you may want to email me separately - that's fine.  we'll gather the input and give credit to the source (or hide that if you'd prefer!).  In any case, I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!


Fourth Annual OpenWorld 2014 Unauthorized BI and Analytics Scoop Session

Join Dan and Tim as they kibitz on what they saw, heard, (and didn’t hear) at Oracle OpenWorld 2014. Just like last year, this session will feature Dan and Tim’s light-hearted take on Larry’s (is he going to still do the Sunday session since he’s not CEO?) big announcements and what it all means for the real world of Oracle BI, big data, and analytics. We’ll welcome questions, speculations, and alternative interpretations from other attendees.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

12:00 noon Central time

Space is limited. Reserve your spot.

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