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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
All three of Vlamis's Oracle test drives have migrated to the new AWS Orbitera platform. We have free test drives for:
- OBIEE (2 labs),
- Oracle Advanced Analytics (2 labs), and
- Oracle Big Data (5 labs)
The OBIEE 11g Test Drive incorporates the newest version of SampleApp. With this new interface, you only need to register once for all of our test drives.
In each case, we make Oracle content more accessible, allowing you to immediately use Oracle software with a dedicated virtual machine, alleviating the need to download a VM. There is a lot there, so you'll want to devote somewhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours to the test drive. We even have videos to watch that detail the process while you wait for your own private virtual machine to start up. You connect to your VM via a browser (BI), Windows Remote Desktop (OAA) or VNC (Big Data).
You can get more information and spin up your own test drive at www.vlamis.com/td.
We have seen an uptick in test drives since Charlie Berger blogged about our Oracle Advanced Analytics Test Drive. Thanks, Charlie! We have three major test drives now:
- Oracle BI - feature OBIEE in general, and creating maps with OBIEE (based on SampleApp 406)
- Oracle Advanced Analytics (with Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise)
- Big Data (featuring five separate hands-on labs based on Oracle Big Data Lite VM)
By the way, these test drives have the full functionality of the virtual machines upon which they are built. So if you want to experiment with SampleApp, simply spin up a test drive. We do not limit what you do to a defined script. Go ahead and go off-road. Just don't expect us to send a tow truck to get you out of a ditch! If that happens, simply abandon the test drive and we'll recycle the bits for use by you or someone else next time. If you want more persistent or permanent access to a Test Drive environment let us know and we can arrange that too.