Have you been itching to try out Oracle Business Intelligence or BI Publisher? We have teamed up with Amazon Web Services and Oracle Corporation to provide the first-ever public site that lets you try this software for free at any time. The exercises in each session are designed to specifically highlight the capabilities of each program. You can stick with the program and complete the exercises in an hour, or you can go "off road" and explore the software yourself. No installation is required; only Windows Remote Desktop, which you may already have. Look for further development in the forthcoming OLAP test-drive lab , and be sure to check out our blog entry at vlamis.com
Amazon Web Services runs many internet websites today. They have the capacity to launch thousands of servers at a moment's notice. As a result, we can bring you a full instance of Oracle software to evaluate and run in minutes rather than waiting days or weeks. Take a test drive at www.vlamis.com/testdrive-registration
Vlamis Software Solutions is now a full Oracle University Partner. This gives us the ability to resell all OU courses, in addition to the Vlamis-developed courses in OBIEE and OLAP. The list of OU courses is available at education.oracle.com. We now teach the following courses: Oracle BI (10g and 11g for administrators and end users), Oracle OLAP, ODM and Oracle Spatial.
In addition to being an Oracle Gold Partner, Vlamis Software now has the added distinction of being Specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation. To achieve this distinction, Vlamis had to pass criteria as a company such as reference checks and multiple individuals at Vlamis passed a variety of tests, including in-depth consultant exams and pre-sales exams. We support Oracle's program to differentiate those partners that devote time and resources to specific specializations and look forward to future specializations. We are proud to add this certification to our credentials!
Visit us at Oracle OpenWorld September 30th through October 4th. Oracle expects around 50,000 attendees, making it difficult to connect, so please let us know if you are planning to attend. We'd love to see you at the events we are participating in. We'd love even more to schedule a dedicated meeting with you. There are several ways to meet up with us this year:
- In our session presentation
- At the reception we are co-hosting Tuesday evening
- At Oracle Partner sessions
- In the Amazon Web Services booth (313 Moscone South)
- In the Nokia/NAVTEQ booth (2129 Moscone South)
- At the Oracle Data Warehouse Global Leaders Forum
We are honored to have been selected to present Oracle Busines Intelligence 11g Data Visualization Best Practices on Wednesday, October 3rd, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Moscone South, Room 306. This presentation incorporates both previously presented material and new material, including the new Trellis Chart Views in Oracle BI 18.104.22.168.2.
For the third year in a row we are co-hosting, with Simba Technologies and arcplan, a reception on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 PM Oracle product managers will be in attendance, along with consulting experts from arcplan, Simba and Vlamis. This has become the event at OOW for focusing on Oracle OLAP. And yes, there will again be those delicious burgers and ribs! More information can be found at www.oracle.com/openworld. If you are attending this year, send us an email so we can set up a time to meet you at the conference.
Did you know that Simba Technologies' MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP can access cube data in an Oracle Database using not only Excel, but other BI products as well? We expect this lineup to expand to include many other products, including those that have yet to be tested. In general, if the software can access data using MDX or XML/A, it can access data directly from Oracle OLAP. We are especially pleased to now be an authorized reseller of arcplan and DeltaMaster. We mentioned them in our presentation during the BIWA Virtual Summit. Please contact us for more information or a personalized demonstration on these products. We will happily demonstrate how they can expose the power of OLAP cubes in new ways.
Once again, we will be presenting and exhibiting at
OUG, November 28th and 29th in Omaha. We expect to be giving
several presentations; specific topics are forthcoming. Hosted on the
campus, this user group conference has been growing steadily in the
past few years and has become one of the top regional conferences with
very solid content. Attendance is free. So, if
you're within driving
distance of Omaha, put this conference on your calendar, and we'll see
We understand that many of you are unaware of the diversity of recordings and presentations we have available on our website. We are pleased to make these available to the public at large on the Technical Papers and Presentations page. Links on the left side of the page allow you to page through 12 years of presentations. Here is a sampling of what you will find:
- Oracle BI 22.214.171.124 What's New
- Oracle BI 126.96.36.199 What's New (including video)
- Oracle BI 188.8.131.52.2 What's New (including video)
- West Corporation Case Study: Cutting Edge Analytics the Age of Marketing
- How Executives Visualize Corporate Data with Oracle Business Intelligence 11g
- Fast Complex BI Analysis with Oracle OLAP
- OpenWorld 2012:
Unauthorized BI Scoop Session
- Visualizing OLAP Data with Multiple Tools
- Oracle Essbase and Oracle OLAP: A Guide to Oracle's Multidimensional Solution
- Blazing BI with Oracle DB Analytical Options Oracle OLAP, Oracle Data Mining, and Oracle Spatial
- and, over 140 other
We have seen plenty of BI dashboards during our consulting engagements and have met with plenty of users. While we have many tips in our presentations on visualizing data, we would like to highlight these quick tips for creating effective graphs, reports and dashboards:
- Use bar graphs, line graphs and scatter charts - people see relative heights/positions easier than areas.
- Avoid 3-D effects - they add no value and make graphs harder to read.
- Use pastel colors - they are easier on the eyes.
- Turn off drop shadows - they clutter up the screen.
- Scale numbers appropriately.