Spring 2015 Newsletter
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BIWA TechCast on OBIEE June 4 with live demo

Oracle BI is now released! The new release is available for download on OTN. Join us on June 4, 2015 at noon Central US time for a special BIWA TechCast titled “What’s New in OBIEE”.

Join Dan Vlamis, Oracle ACE Director, as he breaks down the new (terminal 11g) release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. 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:

  • Sessions tracking in usage tracking
  • New Aggregation features including count distinct, chronological key, skip and ragged hierarchies
  • Hadoop Impala as a data source for faster integration with Hadoop
  • New OOTB Visuals
  • New Custom Style Feature
  • Saved calculations in Webcat
  • Session variables for hierarchical
  • HTML 5 charts – configurable
  • Subject area search
  • New tree map visualization
  • Pivot table – vertical view
  • Export to Excel – multi-sheet, status

This live demonstration has been developed in collaboration with the Oracle BI SampleApp team and will include some upcoming features of Oracle BI SampleApp virtual machine image, including:

  • 12c DB Count Distinct
  • OBIEE + Big Data SQL
  • OBIEE + Impala
  • New visualizations
  • New BI Mobile App Developer apps
  • (many more that we will not have time to show)

Register at and join this session early at 12:00pm June 4, 2015 Central US time as attendance is limited. This TechCast is brought to you from the IOUG BIWA SIG (Independent Oracle Users Group Business Intelligence Data Warehouse and Analytics Special Interest Group).

BI Cloud Services comes to Vlamis 

Vlamis has Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) live and available for demonstrations! 
Contact us for:
  • A live demonstration of the new features, like Data Mashups and Visual Analyzer, available in BICS that aren’t available in on premise OBI today.  We can even do it with your data.
  • An honest discussion of the pros and cons of using BICS including the future roadmap and integration with on premise OBI.
  • An informed discussion on the real costs and timing involved in deploying BICS.

Visual Analyzer

Oracle’s next generation Self Service Business Intelligence tool, Visual Analyzer (VA), is now available for you to use on Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) and Vlamis has it! 
Visual Analyzer represents  a major leap forward in visualization, usability and user independence.  Although VA will be released with OBIEE 12c later this year we have it now available for you to try.
Talk to us about how Visual Analyzer:
  • Will change your OBI environment and drive BI usage inside your organization.
  • Can be used today to stop user defection to other BI stacks.
  • Fits into your organizations future roadmap.

Conference Update

Collaborate 2015 April 12-16, 2015

Three representatives of Vlamis Software Solutions went to Las Vegas to the Collaborate 2015 conference. Here are some things we learned:
  1. Cloud continues to be a dominant topic at Oracle conferences both in sessions, key note presentations, and on the floor in booths and demonstration grounds.
  2. The word analytics is everywhere, but it’s used differently by different people and in various situations. Vlamis is among the few that straddle the worlds of business intelligence, statistical and predictive analytics (the “Advanced Analytics” option to Oracle database that is comprised of Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise), and data warehousing strategy.
  3. Data Visualization, the accurate and useful presentation of data in graphs and charts, is very hot. Oracle has exciting new products in this area. Expect a major focus on data visualization over the next year as Oracle focuses on this topic.

In addition to all this learning, We also had five presentations.

Heartland OUG  May 21, 2015

Vlamis was once again thrilled to be represented at the spring Heartland OUG meeting on May 21 at the lovely Gallup Campus in Omaha, Nebraska. This time we had three presentations:

Kscope 15  June 21-25, 2015

ODTUG's Kscope 15 conference will be held in Hollywood, Florida. Vlamis is pleased to be participating in four presentations.

Data Visualization for OBIEE 11g

Dan and Tim’s new book Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g continues to sell well and garner praise from several different channels. If you have OBIEE or OBIA and know that you need to improve the effectiveness of your dashboards and visualizations, pick up a copy of the book or better yet, call us and schedule a private data visualization workshop for your power users and developers.

Oracle University’s Advanced Analytics Training Classes Fully Subscribed!

Tim spent last week teaching OU’s Oracle Data Mining Techniques class on Tuesday/Wednesday and Oracle R Enterprise Essentials class on Thursday/Friday via Oracle University’s Live Virtual Teach system. While it was challenging to talk to a computer screen rather than a live classroom, Tim had a great time delving into the details of Oracle Advanced Analytics with a great group of attendees. Call us to schedule your own private class. Vlamis is also an Oracle University Partner, so whenever you need guidance on training, give us a shout.

Vlamis Recognized by the ACE Program

We are pleased to announce that Dan Vlamis is now and Oracle ACE Director and Tim Vlamis was recently recognized as an Oracle ACE.

The Oracle ACE program highlights excellence within the global Oracle community by recognizing individuals who have demonstrated both technical proficiency and strong credentials as community enthusiasts and advocates.

Vlamis Hiring

We need to grow to meet the demand that we see in the marketplace. If you are interested in working with us send us a cover letter and resume to Please highlight specific experience working with the Oracle database including the analytic options, Oracle Business Intelligence, and related technologies. We have unparalleled opportunities for exposure to multiple new technologies and personal growth. We work on the leading edge. Our staff is involved in all phases of the business and has a great deal of autonomy. We invest in our people and have a great team atmosphere.  
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