Vlamis's Test Drive Program on New AWS Platform!

The Big Data, Oracle Advanced Analytics and OBIEE test drives all now reside on AWS's version 3.0 platform, which makes for a more user friendly experience.  Enjoy the drive!

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Papers and Presentations | 2015

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BIWA Summit

January 27 - 29, 2015 • Redwood City, CA • Website

Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g

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 dont's. 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.

Integrating Oracle Advanced Analytics into OBIEE dashboards

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Dan Vlamis

This hands on lab will show how you can easily integrate results obtained using Oracle Advanced Analytics into OBIEE. Bring your computer along so you can work through the exercises with us in this Hands-On Lab. 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?" In this hands-on lab you will be able to see how you can use Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise to do the “heavy lifting” and then expose these results to the wider Oracle BI community using OBIEE, including using advanced visualizations powered by R.

Vlamis Lightning Round Presentation

BIWA Techcast

February 17, 2015

Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g

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 dashboards and offer suggestions for extensions and improvements, review dashboard design best practices, and demonstrate cutting edge visualizations.

  • 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.
Some content will be taken from the 2015 Oracle Press book “Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g” – see www.vlamis.com/DVforOBI for details.

Collaborate 15 IOUG

April 12 - 16, 2015 • Las Vegas, NV • Website

Forecasting, Prediction Models, and Time Series Analysis with Database Analytics and OBIEE

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Most BI and analytical systems deliver decision making value to their organizations when they are used to look forward into the future, not back into the past. Join us as we break down the dos and don’ts of forecasting, prediction models, and time series analysis. We’ll cover in-database calculations and models using the analytical options to the Oracle database including the “Geneva” forecasting model, best practices on configuring time/date dimensions in OBI, and data visualization tips that best reveal insights.

Using Cloud technology for Oracle Database and Oracle BI Sandboxes and Training Environments

Presented by Jonathan Clark

The perils of maintaining training and development sandbox environments are wide and varied. Those pains are experienced by almost all businesses. How do you provide hands-on technical training? How do you support a group of IT professionals developing inside an enterprise-class server environment? Providing only one training server or a limited development server is fraught with the danger of one student or one command bringing down the system for everyone. Providing dedicated servers for everyone can be very complicated and expensive. In this presentation we will show and compare several cloud and virtualization technologies, explaining the benefits of each. We will explain the basic concepts of “the cloud” and demystify how you can make use of cloud technologies to minimize risks, increase uptimes, and provide robust and resilient development environments. When you leave our session, you will be empowered with knowledge that will allow your students to explore and allow your developers that one ill-fated command, all without the purchase of expensive hardware and software, and all done in house.

The Oracle Data Mining Machine Bundle: Zero to Predictive Analytics in Two Weeks

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Dan Vlamis

All organizations know they need to do predictive analytics to get ahead of the competition, but they want to know where to start, how to get returns quickly, and how to implement a scalable solution. The Oracle Data Mining Machine starts with an Oracle Database Appliance and adds a prebuilt advanced analytics platform solution including Oracle Database 12c with the Advanced Analytics option (Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise), Oracle University’s Data Mining Techniques Course, installation, configuration, and consulting services. All of this is delivered in less than two weeks. Hear how Vlamis Software has used this solution to demonstrate the power of Oracle Advanced Analytics to its customers.

Collaborate 15 OAUG

April 12 - 16, 2015 • Las Vegas, NV • Website

Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Dan Vlamis

Oracle BI 11g is perhaps the most comprehensive Business Intelligence platform, but because it is so powerful and flexible, careful consideration must be given to the visual interface design in order to maximize organizational returns. We will evaluate several dashboards from a data visualization perspective showing you how to edit and improve your own dashboards and demonstrate cutting edge visualizations you can do in OBIEE. You’ll learn dashboard design best practices along with specific dos and don’ts from real-world implementers. You’ll see how to extend OBI’s native visualizations with Java script and advanced tools and see how to adapt and modify your current dashboards, visualizations, and analyses for use with mobile devices. Updated with the latest content from their upcoming book. Reference www.vlamis.com/DVforOBI for more details.

Designing an Analytics Strategy for the 21st Century

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Dan Vlamis

Analytics have become a key component of business strategy. Determining how your organization will assess evidence, measure performance, and achieve coherent decisions all rely on the analytic tools and systems you employ. We’ll walk through the options for developing your organization’s analytics capabilities along with their advantages and tradeoffs with a special focus on Oracle's hardware and software offerings and roadmap. You’ll see where and where not to invest and how to measure returns from analytics.

Heartland OUG Spring Conference

May 21, 2015 • Omaha, NE • Website

BI Cloud Services (BICS)

Presented by Arthur Dayton

Have you been wondering -

  • What the BICS environment looks like?
  • What the business cases for using BICS are?
  • How it fits into Oracle’s future direction with BI and you’re existing on premise OBI environment?
Come see a live demonstration of BICS by Vlamis Software Solutions and hear the answers to these questions and more.

OBI Visual Analyzer (Just Released!)

Presented by Arthur Dayton

The new visualization interface for OBI is a game changing new tool designed to give end users the ability to intuitively explore organizational data and combine it with other sources. Come see a live demonstration of Visual Analyzer by Vlamis Software Solutions to learn about the exciting new features it provides and find out how you can get your hands on it.

Building an Analytics Competency Center

Presented by Tim Vlamis

As data and analysis becomes central to business success, how to educate, promote and increase the effectiveness of analytics across your organization is becoming mission critical. How do you transition from the old way of doing business to becoming an evidence based decision making organization without breaking the bank or having to hire an army of data scientists? Come discuss with Vlamis Software Solutions how many of the country’s leading corporations are building these teams and how you can get started leveraging new tools and methods.

Kscope 15

June 21 - 25, 2015 • Hollywood, FL • Website

Forecasting, Prediction Models, and Time Series Analysis with Database Analytics and OBIEE

Presented by Tim and Dan Vlamis

Most BI and analytical systems deliver decision making value to their organizations when they are used to look forward into the future, not back into the past. Join us as we break down the dos and don’ts of forecasting, prediction models, and time series analysis. We’ll cover in-database calculations and models using the analytical options to the Oracle database including the “Geneva” forecasting model, best practices on configuring time/date dimensions in OBI, and data visualization tips that best reveal insights.

Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g

Presented by Dan and Tim Vlamis

Oracle BI 11g is perhaps the most comprehensive Business Intelligence platform, but because it is so powerful and flexible, careful consideration must be given to the visual interface design in order to maximize organizational returns. We will evaluate several dashboards from a data visualization perspective showing you how to edit and improve your own dashboards and demonstrate cutting edge visualizations you can do in OBIEE. You’ll learn dashboard design best practices along with specific dos and don’ts from real-world implementers. You’ll see how to extend OBI’s native visualizations with Java script and advanced tools and see how to adapt and modify your current dashboards, visualizations, and analyses for use with mobile devices. Updated with the latest content from their upcoming book. Reference www.vlamis.com/DVforOBI for more details.

Hands-on Training: Integrating Oracle Advanced Analytics into OBIEE dashboards

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Mike Caskey

This hands on lab will show how you can easily integrate results obtained using Oracle Advanced Analytics into OBIEE. Bring your computer along so you can work through the exercises with us in this Hands-On Lab. 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?" In this hands-on lab you will be able to see how you can use Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise to do the “heavy lifting” and then expose these results to the wider Oracle BI community using OBIEE, including using advanced visualizations powered by R.

Starting Smart in Oracle Advanced Analytics

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Mike Caskey

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.