Presentations | 2013

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BIWA Summit

January 9-10, 2013 • Redwood City, CA • Website

Hands On With Oracle Business Intelligence 11g – A Quick Start

Presented by Cathye Pendley and Dan Vlamis

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.

Visualizing Data Cubes With Multiple Products

Presented by Dan Vlamis

When business people want to perform analysis, they need data that is aggregated and broken down by some sort of dimensions. While relational databases can aggregate this data on the fly, they often are not fast enough. The common approach to solving this problem is to store data in some sort of multi-dimensional cube structure. The Oracle database can store this data inside the Oracle database using a natural structure called a cube. Cubes are natural ways for data to be stored, especially when users want to visualize data using dimensions such as TIME, GEOGRAPHY, or PRODUCT, or any other dimensions that users want to perform analyses on. In this presentation, we will briefly describe cube data in Oracle OLAP and then focus on ways that cube data can be visualized. We will show multiple products including Oracle BI, as well as other products that can access OLAP data via Simba's MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP, such as Microsoft Excel, arcplan, DeltaMaster, and many others. Come see Oracle OLAP in action using several different visualization tools.

Hands-on Lab Using Map Views and Spatial Analytics in OBI 11g

Presented by Tim Vlamis

This hands on lab led by data visualization guru Tim Vlamis will show you how to use OBIEE’s new map views to reveal location based patterns in business intelligence data sets. You’ll see how to create new map views, add chloropleth layers, add variable shapes, and display different measures at different zoom layers. You’ll learn how OBIEE can incorporate spatial analytics and integrate large geo spatial data sets for location based analysis.

Hands-on Lab Oracle Data-Mining

Presented by Karl Rexer and Tim Vlamis

Oracle Data Mining is part of the Oracle Advanced Analytics Option to the Oracle Database. If you learn by doing, come get your hands on Oracle Data Mining and build your own workflows in a step-by-step exercise led by Oracle University instructor for ODM, Tim Vlamis. You’ll use the SQL Developer 3.1 Data Miner extension to evaluate data and build data mining workflows in an intuitive GUI interface.

Presentation to Oracle Corporation

January 22, 2013

Delivering Cloud-based Business Intelligence with Oracle BI

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Abstract not available at this time.

Simba and Vlamis Webcast

February 5, 2013

Store once, read anywhere - using Oracle OLAP data in multiple BI clients

RMOUG Training Days 2013

February 11-13, 2013 • Denver, CO • Website

Using Maps and Geo Spatial Analytics in Oracle Business Intelligence 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.

OBIEE 11.1.1.7 TechCast

April 5, 2013

What's New in OBIEE 11.1.1.7 IOUG BIWA TechCast

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Join Dan as he breaks down the new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11.1.1.7. Expect a fast-paced presentation with a live demo full of both “what” and “why” on as many of the most compelling new features as time allows including:

  • New best data visualization wizard
  • New view types/data visualizations including Performance Tiles, Waterfall Charts, and more
  • New Trellis Chart enhancements and Actions
  • Freeze headers/scroll bars for tables and pivot tables
  • New dashboard layout options for multiple resolutions and mobile
  • New dashboard and analyses templating, printing, and saving capabilities
  • New Navigation Trail capabilities (bread crumbs)
  • Integration with Endeca search engine
  • New BI Mobile capabilities and features
  • New hierarchical column and group display choices
  • New BI Publisher layout enhancements, integration with dashboards, and data model features
  • View and manipulate BI content in SmartView in Excel
  • Enhanced export capabilities to MS Office and Excel
  • New Hadoop integration with Native HiveQL
  • Extended Essbase capabilities with OBI
  • New Oracle R Enterprise (ORE) integration and capabilities
  • Exalytics enhancements

Collaborate 13

April 7 - 11, 2013 • Denver, CO • OAUG WebsiteIOUG Website

Advanced Dashboard Design in OBI 11g

Presented by Tim Vlamis

BI dashboards’ design is often more a result of haphazard placement and chance than conscious strategy. Because OBI is so comprehensive, powerful and flexible, careful consideration must be given to the visual interface design in order to maximize ROI. We’ll cover using skins, style sheets, and HTML. You’ll understand how to extend OBI’s native visualizations with Java script. You’ll leave knowing how to evaluate your organization’s current dashboards, establish design guidelines and standards, and implement dashboard templates.

Advanced OLAP: Making the Hard Stuff Easy

Presented by Chris Claterbos

As Business Intelligence systems gets more integrated in today’s businesses many businesses find that they need more complex questions answered. The simple questions such as sales by customer within a region over time are now easy to answer. But now companies want to ask questions about how many unique purchasers do they have on their webstore each month. Did a promotion bring in any new purchasers and did they buy anything after the promotion. While many of today’s BI systems can allow for such questions but getting the answers in seconds rather than minutes our hours is a big problem. Throwing more hardware and cache memory is not always the best option. Using Oracle OLAP to solve some of the advanced analytic problems is easy and straightforward if you know how. This presentation, using examples and actual cases, will show how to solve many of these problems. Four specific problems will be discussed and using a “Cook Book” approach the solution will be presented. These problems include: Unique Counts, Complex Time Series, Measure Hierarchies and Custom Aggregates. Using the solutions presented BI analysts and developers will be able to go back to their companies and apply them to their complex analytic questions easily and improve their BI Solutions with less effort and improved performance.

Blazing BI: The Analytic Options to the Oracle Database

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 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.

Map Views and Geospatial Analytics in OBI 11g

Presented by Dan 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.

Vlamis Process and Maturity Model: BI Project Best Practices

Presented by Cathye Pendley and Brian Terry

The Vlamis Method is a disciplined methodology and is derived from the Department of Commerce Architecture Capability Maturity Model (CMM). It is adapted to serve three contexts of business intelligence and analytics, Executive, Business Line and Technical. The Vlamis Method is about the specificiation and development of software solutions specific to cross-functional Business Intelligence (BI). With CMM, BI can be considered a process instead of a project which will yield higher value to the business.

Data Visualization Best Practices in Oracle Business Intelligence 11g

Presented by Tim Vlamis

Packed with tips from real-world implementations, this session features two data visualization gurus who will break down the visualization options in Oracle Business Intelligence 11g 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 can convey more information than other visualization techniques. The presentation shows how to leverage the latest “dense” visualization options from the recent Oracle Business Intelligence 11.1.6 release and reveals patterns and trends in a minimum amount of screen real estate. From data mashups to movement and maps, this session will help you optimize your Oracle Business Intelligence dashboards.

Mobile BI: Using When and Where You Need It

Presented by Chris Claterbos

With the introduction of handheld tablets and smartphones many Business Intelligence (BI) software companies have begun introducing applications that enable workers to perform BI reporting wherever and whenever they like. They no longer have to be chained to their desks, have to carry a laptop or a box of paper around to analyze the performance of their business. BI Companies old and new are leading this charge into the age of Mobile Business Intelligence. This presentation will present an overview of several offerings from Oracle, MicroStrategy, Logixml, SurfBI and others. A comparison along with demonstrations will help aid the business looking at moving their BI into this new world get started with their journey.

Encore Presentation of OBIEE 11.1.1.7 TechCast

April 18, 2013

What's New in OBIEE 11.1.1.7 IOUG BIWA TechCast

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Join Dan as he breaks down the new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11.1.1.7. Expect a fast-paced presentation with a live demo full of both “what” and “why” on as many of the most compelling new features as time allows including:

  • New best data visualization wizard
  • New view types/data visualizations including Performance Tiles, Waterfall Charts, and more
  • New Trellis Chart enhancements and Actions
  • Freeze headers/scroll bars for tables and pivot tables
  • New dashboard layout options for multiple resolutions and mobile
  • New dashboard and analyses templating, printing, and saving capabilities
  • New Navigation Trail capabilities (bread crumbs)
  • Integration with Endeca search engine
  • New BI Mobile capabilities and features
  • New hierarchical column and group display choices
  • New BI Publisher layout enhancements, integration with dashboards, and data model features
  • View and manipulate BI content in SmartView in Excel
  • Enhanced export capabilities to MS Office and Excel
  • New Hadoop integration with Native HiveQL
  • Extended Essbase capabilities with OBI
  • New Oracle R Enterprise (ORE) integration and capabilities
  • Exalytics enhancements

Central States OAUG Spring 2013 Executive Summit

April 30, 2013 • St. Louis, MO • Website

Oracle Data Mining Hands On Lab

Presented by Tim Vlamis

Oracle Data Mining is part of the Oracle Advanced Analytics Option to the Oracle Database. If you learn by doing, come get your hands on Oracle Data Mining and build your own workflows in a step-by-step exercise led by Oracle University instructor for ODM, Tim Vlamis. You’ll use the SQL Developer 3.1 Data Miner extension to evaluate data and build data mining workflows in an intuitive GUI interface.

Rittman Mead BI Forum2013

May 15 - 17, 2013 • Atlanta, GA • Website

Forecasting, Prediction Models, and Times Series Analysis with Oracle Business Intelligence and Analytics

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.

Location Intelligence and Oracle Spatial and Graph User Conference

May 21 - 22, 2013 • Washington, D.C. • Website

Using Maps for BI Analysis at the USDA

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Unisys works with some of the largest government organization in the US. Vlamis has been using maps in BI applications since the 11g release of Oracle Busines! s Intelligence. Unisys and Vlamis are using maps as a key portion of the interface for a project for the US Department of Agriculture. In this application, the USDA displays loan data across the country using maps. These maps convey dense information intuitively. We will cover some of the challenges encountered during this implementation, including:

  • Selecting a spatial data provider
  • Selecting the right size for conveying maps
  • Determining how much detail to show for each zoom level
  • Determining what measures to display on maps and how to display those measures

Heartland OUG Conference and Training Days

May 31, 2013 • Omaha, NE • Website

What's New in OBIEE 11.1.1.7

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Join Dan as he breaks down the new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11.1.1.7. Expect a fast-paced presentation with a live demo full of both “what” and “why” on as many of the most compelling new features as time allows including:

  • New best data visualization wizard
  • New view types/data visualizations including Performance Tiles, Waterfall Charts, and more
  • New Trellis Chart enhancements and Actions
  • Freeze headers/scroll bars for tables and pivot tables
  • New dashboard layout options for multiple resolutions and mobile
  • New dashboard and analyses templating, printing, and saving capabilities
  • New Navigation Trail capabilities (bread crumbs)
  • Integration with Endeca search engine
  • New BI Mobile capabilities and features
  • New hierarchical column and group display choices
  • New BI Publisher layout enhancements, integration with dashboards, and data model features
  • View and manipulate BI content in SmartView in Excel
  • Enhanced export capabilities to MS Office and Excel
  • New Hadoop integration with Native HiveQL
  • Extended Essbase capabilities with OBI
  • New Oracle R Enterprise (ORE) integration and capabilities
  • Exalytics enhancements

Forecasting, Prediction Models, and Times Series Analysis with Oracle Business Intelligence and Analytics

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.

OBI Hands On Lab and Deep Dive

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Join the experts from Vlamis Software Solutions for a deep dive Hands on Lab with OBIEE 11g and Map Views and Geospatial Analytics. You’ll be assigned your own Oracle Instance in the Amazon cloud. You can follow a step-by-step workbook that will walk you through exercises designed to showcase some of OBI 11g’s most unique and powerful features, or you can use your time to experiment, explore, and examine OBI 11g and not worry about breaking anything. The step-by-step exercises will cover such features as selection steps (advanced grouping, sorting, and filtering capabilities), hierarchical columns, prompts, dashboard design, and an extended lab on creating map views and leveraging the power of Geospatial analytics. The experts from Vlamis Software Solutions will be there to guide, assist, and pack as much technical information as possible into the allotted time.

ODTUG KScope 13

June 23 - 27, 2013 • New Orleans, LA • Website

Making Sense of Oracle’s Business Intelligence and Analytics Offerings

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

There is no best way to build BI systems and significant tradeoffs exist. The BI gurus at Vlamis will compare and contrast alternative strategies for integrating different data sources into OBI systems and use scenarios to outline best practices and to evaluate the costs and ROI. We’ll talk about BI Apps and Fusion Apps and analytics, OBIEE and Endeca, Essbase and OLAP, Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise, and Exalytics, Exadata, and Exalogic and contrast the Oracle Database Appliance with the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

Blazing BI with Oracle DB Analytical Options: Oracle OLAP, Oracle Data Mining, Oracle R Enterprise

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 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.

Iowa Oracle Users Group Conference

September 5, 2013 • Ankeny, IA • Website

Blazing BI with Oracle DB Analytical Options: Oracle OLAP, Oracle Data Mining, Oracle R Enterprise and Spatial

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 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.

Oracle OpenWorld 2013

September 22 - 26, 2013 • San Francisco, CA • Website

Big Data, Bigger Insights with Oracle Advanced Analytics and Oracle SQL Developer

Presented by Charlie Berger, Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Lean how to use Oracle SQL Developer to perform data mining in your Oracle data warehouse. During this hands-on lab, you will solve data mining business problems by using the Oracle Data Miner workflow-based GUI. You will learn how to use Oracle Data Miner to visualize customer data, build predictive models for customers that are most likely to buy a product, identify customer segments, detect fraud, and perform text mining and data mining operations against star schema data. Oracle Data Miner generates the SQL script code to speed enterprisewide deployment. Learn more in this session.

IOUG Webcast

October 10, 2013 • Website

Third Annual OpenWorld 2013 Unauthorized BI and Analytics Scoop Session

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Join Dan and Tim as they kibitz on what they saw, heard, (and didn’t hear) at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Just like last year, this session will feature Dan and Tim’s light-hearted take on Larry’s big announcements and what it all means for the real world of Oracle BI, big data, and analytics. We’ll welcome questions, speculations, and alternative interpretations from other attendees.

KCOUG Kickoff Meeting

October 23, 2013 • Kansas City, MO • Website

Oracle BI Overview, Demonstration and Experiences

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Oracle's Business Intelligence products offer a flexible platform for building BI dashboards and analyses. In this quick overview, we will give a brief synopsis of the core capabilities of Oracle's BI offerings and show you in a live demo how you can build your own dashboards and analyses with your own data. From a discussion of Vlamis's experience in client implementations, you will gain an appreciation for the sorts of screens you can build with Oracle Business Intelligence. We will also cover how you can try out the software yourself (no download or installation required) any time you want using Vlamis's Oracle Test Drive facility.

Real Time BI with Kevin and Stewart: Part 1

October 25, 2013 • Website

Real Time BI with Kevin and Stewart: Episode 015

This episode's guests feature Dan Vlamis from Vlamis Software and Tony Helluja from Peak Indicators. This is part 1 of 2.

Data Warehouse Global Leaders Winter 2013

December 13, 2013 • Las Vegas, NV

Oracle Advanced Analytics - Option to Oracle Database: Oracle R Enterprise and Oracle Data Mining

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim 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.