Visualization - Santa Style

I have worked for years on data visualization with organizations making sure that key metrics stood out for executives and decision makers.  This is something I thought I perfected through education and training.

In reality, I learned the importance of visualization from a blue-collar worker over 50 years ago.  Every Christmas Eve Santa would wrap all our presents and put them neatly under the tree.  As I grew up, Daddy took over this role and he would wrap presents, in the evenings, and put them under the tree.  The next morning, I would wake up to beautifully wrapped presents.

Fast forward to 2018, I find myself wrapping and strategically placing the presents under the tree so that the key people in my family’s eyes are drawn to their presents.  My husband asked how many times I was going to rearrange the presents, because each time I added a present it required me to rearrange them all.

I put key visualizations on the most important presents and placed them in the front of all the others.  Now what key visualizations can you use to attract attention?

  • For babies, put shiny bells on the presents

  • 3 – 8 years put a toy on the present (Barbies were my choice this year)

  • 8 – 12 years old, wrap in glitter (glitter fights are so fun)

So now how do I decide which presents should stay out above all others? For my house it is easy:  Any presents that are signed -  Love Grams and Grandpa.

Happy Holidays to all!

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Join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2018!

We are excited to announce that Dan Vlamis will be presenting at Oracle OpenWorld 2018! This year Oracle OpenWorld takes place from October 22-25 and is the premiere conference for all things Oracle. Dan’s Presentation “Autonomous Data Warehousing in the Real World: A Case Study” focuses on DX Marketing’s use of the Autonomous Data Warehouse, and will be co-presented with Ray Owens and Jerry Gearding of DX Marketing Thursday, October 25 at 10:00am in Moscone West room 3005.

We would also like to invite you to attend a reception sponsored by Vlamis Software Solutions and the BIWA User Community! This year we are teaming up with other partners and the BIWA Community to make this event THE place to meet others at OOW interested in all forms of Analytics. Interested in joining us for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres and networking? Since we are working with others on the event, tickets are at a premium and you'll need to register and to be approved to attend. Once approved, you will receive a ticket via email that you will need to attend. For more information see our full invitation!

Are you attending Oracle OpenWorld 2018? Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis would love to meet with you during the conference! Contact us to schedule a meeting.

What's New in Oracle Analytics Cloud

Dan Vlamis will be hosting a webinar on September 27, 2018 focusing on new features in Oracle Analytics Cloud. This webinar will take place at 12:00pm Central and cover as many new features in OAC as time allows.


Oracle Analytics Cloud version 18.3.3 includes improvements and enhancements over the previous version. These enhancements are in areas such as data preparation, data visualization, data flows & data sources, and more.

Join Dan Vlamis, Oracle ACE Director, and President of Vlamis Software Solutions, as he walks through exciting new features. Just like our previous presentations (see for a list), this webinar will include a fast-paced presentation with a live demo of OAC including as many of the new features as time allows.

New features we plan to cover (subject to change):

  • Data Preparation Enhancements

    • Recommendations – Transformations and Enrichments

    • Data Preparation scripts

  • Data Flows and Data Sources

    • Incremental Processing

    • Parameterized Sources & Output

    • Connect to multiple Autonomous Data Warehouses

  • Data Sets

    • Data Set Replace (for development purposes)

    • Data Set Storage Management

  • New Data Visualizations

  • Maps

    • Multiple Data Layers

    • Dynamic Heatmap

    • Google and Baidu base maps

  • Machine Learning - Explain a measure

  • Administrative - Console Menu reorganized

Dates and content of webinar are subject to change.

Registration is now open for this webinar.
September 27, 2018 - 12:00pm Central

Dates and content of webinar are subject to change.

What’s New in OBIEE On-Prem

Join us on June 19, 2018 at 12:00pm Central for a webinar on new features in OBIEE On-Prem! Registration for this webinar is now open.

While much of the news on Oracle Analytics has been about capabilities in the Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) service, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) has gained many new features in version, released in the past month or so. In this release are many features in the Data Visualization interface that have made their way into various releases of OAC, but are new to the on-premise release of OBIEE.

Join Dan Vlamis, Oracle ACE Director, as he shows these features in a live webcast and contrasts the differences between OAC and OBIEE. Expect a fast-paced presentation with live demos of OBIEE (and OAC!) on a new SampleApp image, on as many of the new features as time allows including:

  • Connect to More Databases
  • Data Flow Enhancements
  • Improved Narration and Storytelling Features
  • Include Links to Related Content in Your Project
  • Numeric Values in File-Based Data Sources Uploaded as Measures
  • More Display Formatting Options for Numbers and Dates
  • New Properties Area in the Data Panel
  • Improved Sharing
  • More Options to Copy, Paste, and Duplicate
  • Add Unrelated Data Sets to the Same Project
  • Date and Time Intelligence
  • Data Warning Indicator
  • Background Maps
  • Coloring Maps Using Attribute Column Values

Just like our previous demonstrations of new BI releases (see for a list), we will give a live demonstration of as many of these features as we have time for.

Join us at Kscope 18!

Join Arthur Dayton and Tim Vlamis in Orlando this June for the ODTUG Kscope 18 conference. Together they are sharing four presentations:

In addition, Tim Vlamis will present with Mike Durran of Oracle:

Let us know if you are also attending Kscope this year as we would love to set aside some time to speak with you!

For more information on these presentations, visit our Presentations Page.