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VSS Newsletter October/November 2004

In this newsletter we inform you about recent and upcoming events in Vlamis Software and the Oracle business intelligence and data warehousing communities. We hope you find this information helpful.

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Vlamis Software Solutions is a consulting company specializing in Oracle-related business intelligence and data warehouse solutions. Learn more about us at our web site at www.vlamis.com. Contact us at sales@vlamis.com or (816)781-2880.

Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Released

EPB is now officially released. EPB requires Oracle Applications version 11.5.9 or higher, and Oracle OLAP 9.2.05 or higher. You can find more information at http://www.oracle.com/applications/epb.html.

Excel Add-in, OWB Paris in Oracle Magazine

Articles in the November/December issue of Oracle Magazine feature news on "Paris: Next Stop for Oracle Business Intelligence Warehouse Builder" (second article) and "New Excel Add-in for Oracle Database" (fifth article). See http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/04-nov/o64briefs.html for the details. According to the article, "The Oracle Business Intelligence Spreadsheet Add-In will be packaged with the OLAP option of Oracle Database 10g," and confirms that the Spreadsheet Add-in will not cost extra. With these announcements, surely the big BI release including Discoverer "Drake" and BI Beans is not far away. Indeed, other sources point to these products being released around the end of November, 2004, just in time for Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle OLAP Released

Version 10g adds significant capabilities to Oracle OLAP. Some of these become more apparent with the upcoming releases of Oracle Warehouse Builder and AW Manager 10g (AWM2). In version 10g, users no longer need to manually enable Analytic Workspaces for use with BI Beans. In any case, if you are using 10g, you need to ensure you are using OLAP This fixes several significant bugs.

Install Patch #3761843 on both the client and server. Be sure to use the matched version of AWM to avoid metadata problems. Then install OLAP Patch #3769360 for Windows or Patch #3865532 for other platforms. Be sure to follow instructions in the readme. If you are using dbms_odm packages, install Patch #3738631. These patches are available at http://metalink.oracle.com (registration required).

VSS Welcomes Cathye Pendley, Still Expanding

VSS would like to welcome Cathye Pendley to the role of Senior Consultant. Cathye brings with her many years of experience.

Cathye Pendley, Senior Consultant with Vlamis Software Solutions, has been developing OLAP applications since 1992. She began her career at IRI, the company that originally developed Express, and then for Oracle once they purchased the technology. She as been active in the business intelligence community, and has spoken at major Oracle conferences. Her strength is in the Oracle OLAP tools, but she has broader industry experience as well. She can be reached at (816) 781-2880 or cpendley@vlamis.com.

VSS will continue to expand with continued demand for Oracle BI projects. If you are interested in working with one of the premier Oracle Business Intelligence consulting companies, send a cover letter and resume to Dan Vlamis at dvlamis@vlamis.com.

Next Month

The front-end tools we have all been waiting for should be released by the time you receive your next VSS Newsletter. Oracle is clearly targeting having these new tools shipping by OpenWorld.

We will have more on these products and other announcements from Oracle OpenWorld in our next newsletter.

Oracle OpenWorld Focusing on BI

Business Intelligence and Oracle OLAP will be a major topic of Oracle OpenWorld this year. Oracle has a great story to tell, with the release of their new BI tools Stack and Oracle OLAP 10g. It is not too late to sign up for Oracle OpenWorld. You still receive a $300 discount if you register before December 3.

Meet with VSS!

If you are attending Oracle OpenWorld, we would like to schedule a time when we can meet up. With over 20,000 people there, we may not "run into each other". Please contact us so we can work out how to meet for a free consultation or just a "hello".

VSS will be well represented at Oracle OpenWorld 2004. We are presenting the following topics:

Visit our website at http://www.vlamis.com/papers for abstracts and downloads.

Dan's OLAP Tip: OOW BI Sessions - Check These Out!

For this issue's OLAP tip, we are sharing our list of OLAP-related OracleWorld sessions with you. Consider this your "cheat sheet" of sessions to see. If you are not planning to attend, you may want to reconsider after seeing this list! The Hands-on Labs are especially useful for getting to know the software and Oracle experts are there to answer any questions. All of the installation and configuration stuff is already done so you can concentrate on learning new techniques.

The session links below require a login which attendees receive when they register. If you are not registered, you can view the links after visiting http://www.openworld2004.com/sf/scheduler/public.jsp. Even if you cannot attend the conference in person, keynotes and some sessions will be available at Oracle OpenWorld Online.


Sun8:30 am30111661OAUG Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse SIGSIG Meeting
Sun9:45 am20201702ODTUG Data Warehousing SIGSIG Meeting
Mon11:30 am20041452Introducing Oracle Warehouse Builder 10gR2 "Paris"Paul Narth / Ali El Kortobi, Oracle
Mon1:30 pm1021622Business Intelligence: The Whole Story of Oracle Technology and ApplicationsKurt Robson / Ray Roccaforte, Oracle
Mon2:45 pm3001446Mini-Keynote: Oracle and Gartner unveil the new Oracle Business Intelligence 10gRay Roccaforte, Oracle
Mon2:45 pm20041450OLAP and the Oracle 10g Business Intelligence PlatformWilliam Endress, Oracle
Mon2:45 pm30041231The Analysis Capstone: Applying Oracle Data MiningScott Rappoport, SAR Consulting
Tue10:30 am20201447Oracle 10g for Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing: Real-World Success StoriesGeorge Lumpkin, Oracle
Tue10:45 amGuru Lounge1682OTN Guru Chat - Business IntelligenceRay Roccaforte, Oracle
Tue12:30 pm20221049Introducing Daily Business IntelligenceKevin Mims, Oracle
Tue12:30 pm20031442The New Face of Oracle Discoverer "Drake": A Comprehensive Update Christina Kolotouros, Oracle
Tue2:00 pm20041434A Total Warehouse Solution Using OWB, OLAP, and BI BeansKeith Laker, Oracle
Tue2:00 pm20091227Discoverer 10g or BI Beans:- Which Is Right for You?Dan Vlamis, Vlamis Software
Tue3:30 pm20201441Using Discoverer for Life Sciences DataChon Chua, Oracle
Wed11:30 am20031440Introducing the Discoverer "Drake" Release: Personalized Dashboards Supporting OLAP and Relational AccessKeith Laker / Chon Chua, Oracle
Wed3:00 pm20221230Developing Advanced Thin-Client Applications with BI BeansChris Claterbos, Vlamis Software
Wed3:00 pm20031445Empowering OLAP Across Your Enterprise, Using Oracle Discoverer and ExcelSteve Illingworth, Oracle
Wed3:00 pm20041454Oracle Warehouse Builder 10gR2 "Paris": Enabling Oracle Business IntelligenceJean-Pierre Dijcks / John Leigh, Oracle
Wed4:30 pm20081229Using Oracle Business Intelligence Tools to Analyze Data WarehousesCathye Pendley, Vlamis Software
Thu8:30 am30011170Business Intelligence and E-Business Suite: How Do They Fit Together?David Fuston, Michael Taylor Group
Thu8:30 am20031114Enabling OLAP Analysis with 10g and Discoverer (Drake)Mark Rittman, SolStonePlus
Thu11:00 am20041443Get the Bigger Picture with OLAP-Enabled Oracle BI 10g: Unified, Strategic, and ExtensibleAydin Gencler, Oracle
Thu2:30 pm20241451Analytic Workspace Manager and Oracle OLAP 10g in ActionAnthony Waite, Oracle
Thu2:30 pm20041453Oracle Warehouse Builder 10gR2 "Paris": Transforming Data into Quality InformationNikolai Rochnik, Oracle
Thu4:00 pm20041435Advanced Analytic Applications with Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle BI BeansKatarina Obradovic-Sarkic, Oracle

Demonstrations and Hands-on Labs

H4Developing Custom BI Applications Demo
M19Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Demo
F30Oracle Business Intelligence: Query Reporting and Analysis Demo
H3Oracle Integrated Business Intelligence Demo
H1Oracle OLAP Demo
H2Query Reporting and Analysis Demo
Hands-on LabOracle Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing Lab Demo

Look for other tips in upcoming VSS Newsletters or contact me at dvlamis@vlamis.com for more information.


Prior Newsletter Articles

We feature breaking news in the "Headline" section of our home page at www.vlamis.com. More news items can be found on our news page at www.vlamis.com/news. An archive of our newsletters going back through 2002 can be found at http://www.vlamis.com/newsletters.

Our September 2004 newsletter featured the following articles:

Our Summer 2004 newsletter featured the following articles: