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Vlamis is now offering Oracle's new Big Data test drive and the Oracle Advanced Analytics test drive on AWS's new platform, Orbitera. It makes for a more user friendly experience, and we think you'll enjoy it. 

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***Coming Soon***

The newly released SampleApp 406 will be coming soon as we migrate our OBIEE and Map Viewer test drives to the new platform.

Papers and Presentations | 2014

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BIWA Summit

January 14 - 16, 2014 • Redwood City, CA • Website

Hands On With Oracle Business Intelligence

Presented by Cathye Pendley

This hands on lab will present a quick overview of the changes in OBIEE 11g (11.1.1.7) and allow users to create reports using these new features. The new features of BI Publisher will also be covered and the new web based layout editor will be used to create pixel perfect reports.

Hands On Lab for Oracle R Enterprise

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Mark Hornick

Oracle R Enterprise (ORE), a component of the Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, provides a comprehensive, database-centric environment for end-to-end analytical processes in R, with immediate deployment to production environments. Entire R scripts can be operationalized in production applications - eliminating the need to port R code. Using ORE with Oracle Database enables R users to transparently analyze and manipulate data in Oracle Database thereby eliminating memory constraints imposed by client R engines. In this hands-on lab, attendees will work with the latest Oracle R Enterprise software, getting experience with the ORE transparency layer, embedded R execution, and the statistics engine. Working with the instructors through scripted scenarios, users will understand how R is used in combination with Oracle Database to analyze large volume data.

Data Visualization for Oracle Business Analytics

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Packed with tips from real-world implementations, this session features two data visualization gurus who will break down the visualization options available in Oracle Business Analytics and detail when and how to use each. You’ll learn the appropriate use of specific graphs and charts, how to effectively design dashboard templates, how to maximize the impact of pivot tables, and how maps convey more information than other visualization techniques. You’ll also learn how to leverage the latest “dense” visualization options from the latest OBIEE release (11.1.1.7) and reveal patterns and trends in a minimum amount of screen real estate. We will cover best practices in data visualization across multiple platforms, including smart phones, tablets and desktop. Advanced visualizations will also be demonstrated using R, D3 and other languages. You will want to be at this high energy session!

Blazing Business Analytics: Analytic Options to the Oracle Database

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Moving an ever growing mountain of data in and out of databases for analysis takes huge resources when today’s firms must find new ways to more with less. The answer? Bring the algorithm to the data and leverage the power of Oracle’s in-database analytical options, OLAP, Spatial, Data Mining, and Oracle R Enterprise. This session will review the cutting edge of analytics and explain how and why business intelligence performance is exponentially faster when you crunch your numbers inside the Oracle database.

Making Your Data Warehouse FASTER

Presented by Jonathon Clark, Dan Vlamis

As Business Intelligence systems gets more integrated in today’s businesses many businesses find that they need more data analyzes and results faster traditional relational warehouses cannot perform. Integrating an OLAP engine into the warehouse can provide significant performance and analytical improvements. Many companies have not considered this because it was either “too hard” or not compatible with their existing BI Solutions. This presentation will address these concerns and provide actual use case examples how Oracle OLAP can be used in small to large implementations to speed up the Data Warehouse reporting and provide advanced analytics. There are many new technologies to day that can be used to accelerate the BI reporting solutions. Many of these solutions involve replacing existing hardware infrastructures. Most of these approaches entail installing expensive hardware solutions to provide only solutions for slow performance on the most common queries. The Oracle OLAP solutions presented represent comprehensive performance increases across all queries. Additionally complex analytic calculations can be done which were hard or next to impossible to provide in previous solutions, even in the aforementioned “new wave” solutions.

Using Maps and Geo Spatial Analytics in OBI 11g

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Maps communicate data faster and more intuitively than any other data visualization method. Map views are built-in in OBI 11g, but aren’t often used because some additional configuration work is needed. You’ll see how to leverage OBI’s native map views in BI dashboards, add geo spatial calculations to OBI analyses and queries, and determine which analytical layers to add to your map presentations. The experts at Vlamis have been working with Nokia and Oracle for the past four years to acquire the tips, insights, best practices you need.

Collaborate 14 IOUG

April 7 - 11, 2014 • Las Vegas, NV • Website

Data Visualization for Mobile Devices for OBI 11g

Presented by Chris Claterbos and Tim Vlamis

In today’s fast-paced world, executives and managers demand access to their business intelligence systems at all times and particularly through their smart phones and tablets. However, small screens require a different approach to the presentation of analyses results. Join the authors of the forthcoming Oracle Press book on Data Visualization for OBI 11g as they review best practices, dash board translations, graphs, and interactive elements. You’ll learn which graphs and charts to feature and which to avoid, you’ll see how to use visual cues to orient users, and how to balance the drive for “self-service” business intelligence by making smart development choices.

Making Your Data Warehouse FASTER

Presented by Chris Claterbos and Dan Vlamis

As Business Intelligence systems gets more integrated in today’s businesses many businesses find that they need more data analyzes and results faster traditional relational warehouses cannot perform. Integrating an OLAP engine into the warehouse can provide significant performance and analytical improvements. Many companies have not considered this because it was either “too hard” or not compatible with their existing BI Solutions. This presentation will address these concerns and provide actual use case examples how Oracle OLAP can be used in small to large implementations to speed up the Data Warehouse reporting and provide advanced analytics. There are many new technologies to day that can be used to accelerate the BI reporting solutions. Many of these solutions involve replacing existing hardware infrastructures. Most of these approaches entail installing expensive hardware solutions to provide only solutions for slow performance on the most common queries. The Oracle OLAP solutions presented represent comprehensive performance increases across all queries. Additionally complex analytic calculations can be done which were hard or next to impossible to provide in previous solutions, even in the aforementioned “new wave” solutions.

Managing the Social Responsibility Challenges of Analytics in 21st Century Organizations

Presented by Tim Vlamis

Join Business Intelligence guru Tim Vlamis to walk through some of the challenges organizations are wrestling with implementing powerful new data mining and advanced analytics tools in today’s dynamic business environment. Not only do organizations face the need to hire or to train personnel who understand the complexities of algorithms and analytical methodologies, but they also need to address serious ethical concerns regarding questions of customers’ privacy rights and other “social stakeholders”.

Collaborate 14 OAUG

April 7 - 11, 2014 • Las Vegas, NV • Website

Dashboard and Visualization Best Practices for OBI Applications

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

The vast majority of organizations who implement one or more of Oracle’s Business Intelligence applications end up designing their own dashboards, analyses, and visualizations. During this informative session, we will evaluate several prepackaged dashboards and offer suggestions for extensions and improvements, review dashboard design best practices, and demonstrate cutting edge visualizations. Oracle BI 11g is perhaps the most complete and comprehensive Business Intelligence platform technology, but because it is so powerful and flexible, careful consideration must be given to the visual interface design in order to maximize investment returns. You’ll learn best practices in dashboard design along with specific dos and don’ts. You’ll see how to customize dashboards using skins, style sheets, and HTML. You’ll understand how to extend OBI’s native visualizations with Java script and advanced visualizations. You’ll see how to adapt and modify your current dashboards, visualizations, and analyses for use with mobile devices such smart phones and tablets.

Heartland OUG Spring Conference

April 24, 2014 • Omaha, NE • Website

Analyzing Big Data

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Moving an ever growing mountain of data in and out of databases for analysis takes huge resources when today’s firms must find new ways to do more with less. The answer? Bring the algorithm to the data and leverage the power of Oracle’s new In-Memory option, as well as the existing in-database analytical options, OLAP, Spatial, Data Mining, and Oracle R Enterprise. This session will review the cutting edge of analytics and explain how and why business intelligence performance is exponentially faster when you crunch your numbers inside the Oracle database.

Dashboard and Visualization Best Practices for Oracle BI Applications

Presented by Dan Vlamis

The vast majority of organizations who implement one or more of Oracle’s Business Intelligence applications end up designing their own dashboards, analyses, and visualizations. During this informative session, we will evaluate several prepackaged dashboards and offer suggestions for extensions and improvements, review dashboard design best practices, and demonstrate cutting edge visualizations. Oracle BI 11g is perhaps the most complete and comprehensive Business Intelligence platform technology, but because it is so powerful and flexible, careful consideration must be given to the visual interface design in order to maximize investment returns. You’ll learn best practices in dashboard design along with specific dos and don’ts. You’ll see how to customize dashboards using skins, style sheets, and HTML. You’ll understand how to extend OBI’s native visualizations with Java script and advanced visualizations. You’ll see how to adapt and modify your current dashboards, visualizations, and analyses for use with mobile devices such smart phones and tablets.

Rittman Mead BI Forum

May 14 - 16, 2014 • Atlanta, GA • Website

Capitalizing on Analytics in the Oracle Database in BI Applications

Presented by Dan Vlamis

If your BI application only reports the past, you’re missing out on a major goal of BI systems. BI systems should be forward-looking, so they can inform decisions. In order to do this, you need some sort of analytics, whether they be simple questions like “where are we against plan” or “how does this compare to last year”. Or they can be more complex, as in “which customer segments provide the greatest possibility for our promotions” or “what would happen if we realign our territories in a different way?"

If you are looking at these sort of analytics, you have a choice to make when you design Oracle BI systems that run against the Oracle database. BI is great at presenting data, but where should your calculation and aggregation logic be? How can you capitalize on Oracle database capabilities such as Oracle Data Mining, Oracle R Enterprise, or Oracle OLAP cubes? For that matter, how does Oracle In Memory change the game? Now we can compute aggregates directly in the database very quickly in memory. These all raise the question: “What should be done where?”

Kscope 14

June 22 - 26, 2014 • Seattle, WA • Website

Starting Smart with Oracle Advanced Analytics

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Everyone knows they should be integrating data mining and predictive analytics, but it can be challenging to discuss the merits of a project before team members share a common understanding of data mining and predictive analytics. We will share a detailed outline of the best practice methodology for getting clients started with Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise, how we develop that common understanding using “live” software, and how to facilitate brainstorming sessions to identify projects with the highest ROIs. We’ll share excerpts from our 3-day start up process to create a common set of skills and knowledge through hands-on learning with live software and complemented by expert guidance for placing tools and algorithms within a broader analytics context.

Dashboard and Visualization Best Practices for Oracle BI Applications

Presented by Dan Vlamis

The vast majority of organizations who implement one or more of Oracle’s Business Intelligence applications end up designing their own dashboards, analyses, and visualizations. During this informative session, we will evaluate several prepackaged dashboards and offer suggestions for extensions and improvements, review dashboard design best practices, and demonstrate cutting edge visualizations. Oracle BI 11g is perhaps the most complete and comprehensive Business Intelligence platform technology, but because it is so powerful and flexible, careful consideration must be given to the visual interface design in order to maximize investment returns. You’ll learn best practices in dashboard design along with specific dos and don’ts. You’ll see how to customize dashboards using skins, style sheets, and HTML. You’ll understand how to extend OBI’s native visualizations with Java script and advanced visualizations. You’ll see how to adapt and modify your current dashboards, visualizations, and analyses for use with mobile devices such smart phones and tablets.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014

September 28 - October 2, 2014 • San Francisco, CA • Website

Dashboard Visualization for Oracle Business Inteligence 11g

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Oracle Business Intelligence 11g is perhaps the most complete and comprehensive BI platform technology, but because it’s so powerful and flexible, careful consideration must be given to the visual interface design to maximize investment returns. This session breaks down the visualization options available in Oracle Business Analytics. You’ll learn the appropriate use of specific graphs and charts, how to effectively design dashboard templates, how to maximize the impact of pivot tables, and how maps convey more information than other visualization techniques. Learn best practices in data visualization across platforms, including smartphones, tablets, Oracle Intelligence Mobile App Designer, and the desktop. The presentation uses R, D3, and other languages.