Oracle BI New Features Webinar Replay Available Now

We would like to thank everyone who attended Dan’s webinar Oracle BI 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

Join Tim Vlamis August 15-18, 2016 in Belmont, CA

Join Tim at Oracle Headquarters this August as he will be teaching classes on Predictive Analytics with Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise Essentials for Oracle University. These courses will be taught at OU’s Training Center in Belmont/Redwood Shores, CA. “Predictive Analytics using Oracle Data Mining” is designed to introduce attendees to the fundamentals of Oracle data mining and predictive analytics from a business use case and algorithmic-based perspective. “Oracle R Enterprise Essentials” gives those in attendance a deep dive into Oracle R Enterprise and shows how to integrate R, the most popular statistical and predictive analytic language, with the processing power of Oracle database. Both courses include a combination of lecture and hands-on learning and are designed to be taken back-to-back in the same week. Vlamis is a named contributor to both courses.


“Predictive Analytics using Oracle Data Mining” August 15-16.
“Oracle R Enterprise Essentials” August 17-18.


For more information or to register, visit our training page.

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 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