Business Intelligence Cloud Service

While numerous benefits of cloud computing with Business Intelligence Cloud Service exist, three stand out.

  1. Dynamic tools promote fast deployment that deliver immediate organizational value. At the same time, our BICS QuickStart packages are designed to deliver a living system that grows over time. We design for scalability, adaptation, and growth.
  2. User engagement is extremely high compared to traditional BI systems. There are three driving reasons for this:
    • Visual Analyzer is a powerful data exploration tool that dramatically expands the capabilities of OBI into a personal analyst workbench. Its new paradigm interface facilitates discovery and engagement.
    • The new data mashup capability and data modeling toolset allows users to build their environment quickly without reliance on IT.
    • BI Mobile means that every part of BICS is available on a full variety of mobile devices including smart phones and tablets. The full power of OBI is available at any time on any device.
  3. Oracle's full support for BICS and market position means that investments in BICS are long-term, strategic investments. BICS will receive new features and capabilities first before on-premise versions of OBIEE. BICS implementations will be living, breathing systems that expand in power and capabilities over time.


Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service Live Demo

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | Presented by Dan Vlamis

Oracle featured their new Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) in multiple keynotes during Oracle OpenWorld, including a live demo by Larry Ellison. This seems to be a validation of the title that we chose for our Oracle Press book Data Visualization for Business Intelligence 11g. It is obvious that Data Visualization is an important new area of emphasis for Oracle. DVCS is Oracle's cloud delivery of Visual Analyzer (VA), a new option to Oracle Business intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 12c. VA is a central part of Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS). BICS delivers much (but not all) of the OBIEE functionality, with the standard Answers and Dashboard front end, but also the VA front end. DVCS delivers just the VA front end, leaving behind the rest of OBIEE. For customers that don't want to have to deal with the intricacies (and don't have a need for the benefits) of the OBIEE RPD mapping process, this could make a lot of sense. Just upload your Excel spreadsheets to DVCS and start visualizing the data yourself. Sure, if you have a couple spreadsheets, you'll have to map how the columns relate (join) to each other. But this mapping exercise is designed to be done by end users, not IT professionals. Join Oracle ACE Director Dan Vlamis during an IOUG BIWA Techcast to see a live demonstration of this new cloud service by Oracle and see for yourself why you should be at least signing up for a trial account so you can see how data visualization cloud service can enable your end users to create visualizations of their data with minimal or no involvement of IT.

New Release of BI Cloud Services (BICS)

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Did you notice that Oracle released their March 2016 version of BI Cloud Services? If "About BI Cloud Service…" in the drop-down next to your userid in the upper right corner says version, you've been upgraded! Join our webcast on April 5, 2016 at 12pm Central time to see what's new in our continuing line of webcasts on Oracle BI releases. Just as a preview, here are some of the new features:

  • New Visualizations in VA:
    • Donut
    • Combo (with dual axis)
    • Stacked Scatter
    • Images
  • Enhancements in VA:
    • Color management (change the palette)
    • Improved filtering and drill down
  • BICS and DVCS VA Feature Parity
    • Insights
    • Storytelling and Presentation mode
  • Answers and Dashboards
    • Legend view
    • Ticker view
    • Save column as
  • Webcat Lift and Shift from on-premise to Cloud
  • Multiple DB Connections and Subject Areas
  • BICS Remote Data Connector
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. Join us for this popular webcast!

Transforming Business Intelligence with Oracle BI Cloud Services

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Easily try out Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS), all for free! In this informative session, we will show you how you can explore Oracle Business Intelligence data and your own data in minutes, without having to wait for the activation of an Oracle trial account. We will also incorporate a demonstration of the data visualization capabilities of BICS in this session. Included in the BICS presentation will be demonstrations of:

  • Creating, saving and sharing a new Visual Analyzer Project
  • Drag-and-drop interactions, including chart rotation, marquee selection, and brushing
  • Multiple graph types, performance tiles, maps, and treemaps
  • Sorting and interactive filtering
  • Creating new calculations with your own expressions
  • Mashing up your own data from Excel or other data sources
After the session, United States participants will be invited to try this out for themselves. The Oracle Cloud makes it easy for you to try for yourself! At you can request access to a pre-provisioned environment for 24 hours. We just email you a userid and temporary password. All you need is an internet connection and a browser. Not sure what to click on? No problem; we supply a PDF file that takes you click-by-click through the basic features of the software. Want to explore on your own? No problem; go off-road and explore the many capabilities of BICS on your own. After the 24 hours, we call you to see how it went and then recycle the bits on the cloud. You can also talk to us (or your own Oracle sales rep) about getting a temporary or permanent BICS account for yourself or your organization.