Presentations | 2017

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BIWA Summit

January 31 - February 2, 2017 • Redwood City, CA • Website

Data Visualization for Oracle BI 12c and Visual Analyzer

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Dan Vlamis

Oracle's Visual Analyzer tool is especially designed for data exploration, whereas traditional OBIEE dashboards tend to be designed for data explanation. How do you provide best practices for how to explore data, since this tends to be more ad hoc in nature? What training and guidance beyond the built-in suggestion engine should you employ? How do and when should you include Visual Analyzer insights on existing OBIEE dashboards? How does Visual Analyzer change the way we visualize data and develop analyses and dashboards? Join the conversation as we explore these topics in an engaging presentation.
This presentation updates the popular presentation on Data Visualization for Oracle BI 11g, updating the topic for the 12c release.

Business Analytics in the Oracle 12.2 Database: Analytic Views

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Cathye Pendley

Analytic Views (a new feature included in Oracle Database 12.2) change the way you build analytical applications. Analytic Views are created in a similar way to regular relational views, but allow you to add multiple levels of data and calculations that insulate your application from complex SQL necessary to calculate even simple concepts such as time series, share calculations and aggregations.
Analytic Views can be defined against a variety of data sources, including In-Memory column stores, regular tables, external tables, even Big Data SQL.
Analytic Views move concepts typically associated with Business Intelligence applications into the database. Come see how a sample Application Express (APEX) application provided by Oracle can expose calculations and hierarchies created with Analytic Views to users without a middle tier.

Data Visualization at SoundExchange - A Case Study

Presented by Cathye Pendley and Olly Wray

SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit organization that collects over $3 billion in digital performance royalties from Pandora, SiriusXM and most every American music streaming service and then distributes the money to over 110,000 artists and copyright holders. SoundExchange embarked on a mission to improve the quality of its Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) reports and dashboards. Come learn about the development of best practices and establishment of a standards manual that helped lead the effort. Hear about how executives are gleaning new insights from improved visualizations and dashboards in a live OBIEE system.

Hands on Lab: Learn Predictive Analytics in 2 hours!! Oracle Data Miner

Presented by Charlie Berger, Tim Vlamis, Brendan Tierney, and Karl Rexer

Come learn how predictive analytics can be. Oracle Advanced Analytics provide a range of powerful data mining algorithms in the Oracle Database for problems such as predicting customer behavior, anticipating churn, identifying up-sell and cross-sell, detecting anomalies and potential fraud, market basket analysis, customer profiling, text mining and retail market basket analysis. Oracle Data Miner’s “drag & drop” workflow GUI makes it easy and generates SQL scripts to accelerate enterprise deployment. Experts will be on hand to help guide you through the basics of predictive analytics and answer your questions about how to best apply predictive analytics.

From Zero to Oracle BI Cloud Administrator Hero

Presented by Jonathan Clark and Arthur Dayton

This will be an end-to-end walkthrough of the administration functions of Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS). Attendees will have an understanding of the methods and vocabulary to manage and administrate the Oracle BI Cloud Service and will have the basic knowledge to create and deploy BICS.

Topics will include:

Service Management
  • Allocating services
  • Database connections
  • RPD imports
  • Catalog management
  • Backups
  • Development to production migration
  • User session management
  • Caching and indexing
Data Management
  • Data snapshot management
  • Importing and exporting data
  • Uploaded data management
  • Archive creation
  • Map data management
Security
  • User management for each level of user from account and service administrators to end users
  • Security policy roles and application
  • Data model access security policies and their application
  • Firewall management

Moving Virtual Machines to the Cloud (and Back) Painlessly?

Presented by Arthur Dayton and Dan Vlamis

In this presentation we will discuss the current options available for moving various types of virtual machines to the cloud and the challenges inherent in doing so. We will discuss how Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service compares to other major players such as AWS and how products such as Ravello may actually make a true dev / test / prod hybrid cloud practical. Vlamis will share insights from the experience of deploying their own business applications in the cloud and engage attendees on their own experiences.

Clustering Data with Oracle Data Mining and Oracle Business Intelligence

Presented by Tim Vlamis

Data clustering models are among the most common and most useful predictive analytic techniques and are fundamental to understanding complex and highly dimensioned datasets. They're perfect for segmenting customers and markets, identifying hidden patterns when businesses have hundreds of locations, and organizing products in new ways. We’ll review OBI 12c and Oracle Data Visualization’s new automatic *Cluster* function and show demonstrate the concepts behind clustering. Learn the differences between Oracle Data Mining three clustering algorithms, K-Means, O-Cluster, and Expectation Maximization and when to use each. You'll hear how to interpret the hierarchical structure of Oracle's clustering algorithms and explain the results of clustering models to executives and other lay audiences. This session will be a combination of lecture and live demo of Oracle Data Mining using SQL Developer's Data Miner extension and BICS. Because clustering algorithms are an unsupervised data mining technique, their analytic workflows are some of the simplest to build and the results are some of the easiest to explain. Many analysts want to use predictive analytics but are unsure where or how to start. This session offers an easy first step that has great application for nearly every business. If you've always wanted to do predictive analytics but weren't sure where to start, come learn how to leverage Oracle's Advanced Analytics option and get going.

Forecasting and Time Series Analysis in Oracle Business Intelligence

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Dan Vlamis

Forecasting is one of the most universally required (and reviled) business functions in analytics. OBIEE and Data Visualization now have the ability to automatically generate sophisticated forecasts with the click of a mouse. We’ll explain how OBI uses R to construct both exponential smoothing and ARIMA models. We’ll contrast the model choices and review when to use each and go into both how the automated models work as well as more configurable scripts. We’ll also cover some of the most common *gotchas* that we’ve encountered in generating forecasts in real world implementations.

Oracle BI at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Cathye Pendley

How do a bunch of rocket scientists use Oracle BI to manage their business? Join this case study to see how JPL keeps track of how they track their projects, whether it be internal projects, or projects to send spacecraft to Mars. Included are assessments of various BI tools, data warehouse schemas, methods to manage metadata, and data visualization. We will also cover benefits of moving to Oracle BI version 12, including Data Visualization and the implications this has for data exploration and how this changes how JPL provides ad-hoc access to their data.

Hands on Lab: Deploy Custom Maps in OBIEE for Free

Presented by Arthur Dayton and Dan Vlamis

For many there is a misperception that deploying map views is hard or requires additional licensing on their database or purchasing 3rd party map content. In truth, everything you need to deploy map views is either freely available or included in your OBIEE license and you can have map views up in running in almost no-time. If you haven’t deployed maps in your OBIEE environment but have always wanted to come to this session to learn about how you can get them up a running all by yourself without having to buy anything. This hands on lab will focus on showing users how to deploy a map in OBIEE 12c from start to finish. We will show attendees how to utilize Map Builder to import a shapefile into the database and create a dynamic theme for use inside of OBIEE on top of eLocation background maps. We will also cover how to use new free functionality in the Oracle 12c database and Map Editor to easily create custom territories and other custom geometries that can be exposed in Answers, Visual Analyzer and Data Visualization Desktop.

RMOUG Training Days 2017

February 7 - 9, 2017 • Denver, CO • Website

Data Visualization for Oracle BI 12c and Visual Analyzer

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Data Visualization is THE hot topic in business intelligence. Join analytics experts and authors of the Oracle Press book: Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence to learn all about Oracle BI’s latest capabilities including Visual Analyzer for data discovery, Day-by-Day (new “situationally aware” feature), and how to get the best business value from OBI. 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. We will also discuss how and when should you include Visual Analyzer insights on existing OBIEE dashboards and cover techniques tips from real-world scenarios and implementations.

SROAUG Conference and Training Day 2017

February 24, 2017 • Los Angeles, CA • Website

Getting Started with Advanced Analytics in Finance, Marketing, and Operations

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Everyone wants to integrate data mining and predictive analytics into their finance and business processes, but where do you start when your team members aren’t data scientist PHDs and you’re loathe to send your data to an outside firm? We’ll compare the predictive analytics capabilities in Oracle Business Intelligence with in-database tools like Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise. We’ll review the central importance of visual analytics and give examples of data visualization best practices. We’ll cover how to identify projects with the highest ROIs and how to properly scope projects according to where you are on the analytics maturity curve. You’ll learn about standing up sand box instances versus leveraging the cloud. Bring your questions and concerns, your best ideas for potential projects, and be ready for a highly interactive, informative session.

Data Visualization Best Practices for Oracle BI

Presented by Dan Vlamis

Data Visualization is THE hot topic in business intelligence. Join analytics experts and authors of the Oracle Press book: Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence to learn all about Oracle BI’s latest capabilities including Visual Analyzer for data discovery, Data Visualization Desktop’s data flow and prep features, and how to get the best business value from OBI. 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 Oracle Business Intelligence. We will also discuss how and when should you include Visual Analyzer insights on existing OBIEE dashboards and cover techniques tips from real-world scenarios and implementations.

Collaborate 17 - IOUG

April 2 - 6, 2017 • Las Vegas, NV • Website

Oracle Big Data Science

Presented by Dan Vlamis and Tim Vlamis

Oracle offers data scientists and those with an Oracle background who are interested in learning data science the opportunity to perform highly sophisticated analytics on humongous data sets without requiring years of specialized study and arcane knowledge acquisition. Using Oracle Big Data Discovery, Oracle Big Data SQL, and Oracle R Advanced Analytics for Hadoop complement each other exceptionally well and provide an extraordinary capability unmatched by patchwork systems cobbled together. You’ll see how to conceptualize and approach analytics common to most every organization and understand which tools to use in what order. Like other scientific disciplines, data science requires a thorough and well-grounded approach to the analysis and understanding of data. You’ll see how to use Oracle’s most powerful tools for processing massive data sets in Hadoop.

Collaborate 17 - OAUG

April 2 - 6, 2017 • Las Vegas, NV • Website

Developing a Strategic Connection with Business: Oracle Business Analytics at Beckman Coulter

Presented by Erik Lavin and Tim Vlamis

With 90 years of history and one of the most diverse foundations in the technologically competitive medical lab equipment industry, Beckman Coulter has a large and demanding user base. From a high energy sales force to a data loving team of service engineers and from a unit of high-powered data scientist researchers to a kaizen loving group of plant controllers and finance professionals, the Business Intelligence and Analytics team at Beckman Coulter must bring together rock solid data models while enabling creative and flexible ad hoc analytic development. Hear how Beckman is looking to the future with OBI 12c and Data Visualization while developing and their depth in predictive analytics.

Great Lakes Oracle Conference

May 17 - 18, 2017 • Cleveland, OH • Website

Data Visualization for Oracle BI 12c and Visual Analyzer

Presented by Tim Vlamis

Oracle's Visual Analyzer tool is especially designed for data exploration, whereas traditional OBIEE dashboards tend to be designed for data explanation. How do you provide best practices for how to explore data, since this tends to be more ad hoc in nature? What training and guidance beyond the built-in suggestion engine should you employ? How do and when should you include Visual Analyzer insights on existing OBIEE dashboards? How does Visual Analyzer change the way we visualize data and develop analyses and dashboards? Join the conversation as we explore these topics in an engaging presentation. This presentation updates the popular presentation on Data Visualization for Oracle BI 11g, updating the topic for the 12c release.

Forecasting and Time Series Analysis in Oracle Business Intelligence

Presented by Tim Vlamis

Forecasting is one of the most universally required (and reviled) business functions in analytics. OBIEE and Data Visualization now have the ability to automatically generate sophisticated forecasts with the click of a mouse. We’ll explain how OBI uses R to construct both exponential smoothing and ARIMA models. We’ll contrast the model choices and review when to use each and go into both how the automated models work as well as more configurable scripts. We’ll also cover some of the most common *gotchas* that we’ve encountered in generating forecasts in real world implementations.

ODTUG KScope 17

June 25-29, 2017 • San Antonio, TX • Website

Starting with Oracle Data Science in the Cloud

Presented by Tim Vlamis and Cathye Pendley

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 science 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. We’ll help you stand up instances in in the cloud, do data science projects on your data, show you how to use Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R, and help you pick the right starting point for your organization.