Friday, December 14, 2012

Countdown to BIWA Summit 2013, Jan 9-10, 2013 near San Francisco, CA

First of all Happy Holidays! Here is how to make your 2013 great!, kick off your year by attending BIWA Summit Jan 9-10, 2013 by registering here.

The BIWA Summit is now less than 4 weeks away! This is an in-person BI /  DW related event organized by IOUG's BIWA SIG. Check out the variety and depth of the topics covered in this event here. There is a broad range of topics from Business Intelligence (OBIEE, BI Publisher), Data Warehousing, Advanced Analytics including the Big Data and the Hyperion EPM including coverage of Essbase. Some uses cases of Engineered systems for BI/DW will be covered as well. My talk is on use of Advanced Analytics within the packaged BI... in other words use of Oracle Data Mining using Spend Classification with Procurement and Spend Analytics ( OBIA stack)...

What else makes BIWA Summit unique?  It's an event that is 100% decided to Business Analytics, i.e. how to gain competitive advantage using data and insights from data. As the speakers who are going to share these in-sights and product / implementation experiences are the top industry wizards... Mark Rittman, Dan Vlamis are just some of the savvy speakers on these topics. A sizable number of speakers will be from overseas...

Watch out the Oracle Data Scientist related education and your chance to earn a BIWA Certificate for Oracle Data Scientist!  We will share more details soon... Meanwhile you can complete the IOUG (DBTA) survey on Big Data to share your thoughts on how is your role likely to change over next 2-5 years as an Oracle Technologist. Let me know if you need the details on how to access this IOUG's Big Data survey.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

BIWA Summit Jan 9-10, 2013 - Sessions Announced

The BIWA Summit speaker line-up has been announced. Check here for the complete list. Here is the list of the four solid keynote speakers:

The sessions are divided in the following Tracks:

  • BI  (OBIEE, Visualization, Mobile BI, BIP etc.)
  • DW (Data Warehousing, Data Integration and Spatial Intelligence
  • Big Data with Analytics (Concepts of Hadoop, Oracle Big Data Appliance)
  • Advanced Analytics (Oracle Data Mining, Oracle R Enterprise, Spend Classification etc.) and
  • Enterprise Performance Management (Essbase, Hyperion Planning/HFM Infrastructure etc.) 
  • Hands-on Labs on topics like OBIEE, Exalytics, BIP, OLAP, ODM, ORE, Essbase etc.
See the detailed list of sessions here
These sessions will be over two days on Jan 9-10. If you have not registered yet, click here to confirm your seat today.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"What to Expect When you are Expecting" to Attend BIWA Summit Jan 9-10, 2013!

This post will give you a sneak peak in to the content that you should expect at BIWA Summit Jan 9-10, 2013 at Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, CA. This place is within walking distance from Oracle Head Quarters and the cylinder (DB) shaped buildings.

The BIWA Summit kicks off with the Welcome reception on Tue night at Hotel Sofitel. Next morning, Tom Kyte will kick-off the event with his keynote. Expect a total of 4 BI and related Keynotes, about 8 Hands-on Labs and several sessions spanning tracks like BI, DW, Big Data, Advanced Analytics and EPM. There is also a sub-track on Spatial Analytics.

Here are the keynotes:

Day 1 Tom Kyte - What's new from Oracle in BI and Data Warehousing
          Balaji Yelamanchili - Fast and Furious : A Sneak Peak into the Future of Oracle BI

Day 2 Vaishnavi Sashikanth - Making Big Data Analytics Accessible
           Ari Kaplan - Sports Analytics in Action

The featured talks include:

Mark Rittman, Rittman Mead - Big Data at the Speed of Thought - OBIEE, Endeca and R on Exalytics
Richard Solari, Deloitte - RIP to the Data Warehouse -  Born is the New Analytic Warehouse
Kevin McGinley Accenture - Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management: The Un-Scorecard Manual
Robert C Stackowiak, Oracle - Is it the Right Time for a Big Data Project?

...and more to come...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Make the Most of BIWA Summit Jan 9-10, 2013

The BIWA Summit Jan 9-10, 2013 registration opened last week. Take a look at the BIWA Summit website here. Registration starts at $299 for IOUG members ($349 for non-members). To make the most of the event, plan to stay at Hotel Sofitel where the event will take place. This will allow you to take full advantage of the off-hour events and networking with Professionals from North America and other countries like UK, Belgium and so on...

Here I would like to quote a few pointers from Tom Singer's article recently published in a magazine. Tom is a "Network Catalyst" who I met in a CIO event a few years ago... His 10 Tips to maximize the Conference-Networking experience go as follows:

1) Create a Plan - Have a game-plan ahead of time about what kind of people you want to meet and get to know. If for e.g. I am working on an OLAP project, I would perhaps like to meet experts like Dan Vlamis, who is one of the top experts. I may look for some customers who recently implemented OLAP. Likewise, meeting OLAP like like Bud Endress, would be high on my list.

2) Bring plenty of Business cards - I am no longer 29 and my memory is no longer that sharp! Exchanging business cards is a an easy way to remember who all we met and how to get back to them. I often take small notes on the back of the card to remind the context of the conversation. Most important, people are sometimes humble and may not tell their designation. Often, I look at the card and  I  am amazed that I may be talking to a VP of a mid-sized company or a Director of Development at Oracle. Likewise, if you are talking to an end user/functional user, you may tailor your level of conversation to business terms.

3) Do not just focus on meeting Celebrities / Keynote speakers - The Keynote speakers / Celebrities may get a lot of people who just shake hand and hand over the card without giving them a chance to really remember the meeting. However, some conferences will allow you to setup one-on-one meetings with the Execs ahead of time or with an on-site sign-up sheet. Focus on meeting others as well, who may spend more time talking informally with you.

4) Talk to People Sitting Next to you -  You might make best friend with the person sitting next to you, during lunch, birds-of-a-feature lunch table, or in the hotel lobby who has the similar conference badge as you. If you came early to a presentation, say hello to the person sitting next to you to strike a conversation.

5) Don't hide behind the Blakberry, iPhone or iPad - As Tom Singer says, when you look at your BB in a public place, you automatically wear a name tag "I am too busy to talk to you!"    If you need to check emails, take break away from the crowd, and do that in privacy not right next to the coffee table.

6) When to Linkin when Not - A two minute conversation or card exchange should not automatically result in Linkedin invite.. unless you explicitly told the person you to follow up such meetings with a casual email after the Summit and then ask if ok to "connect socially."

7) Read their Stuff - You might have met a prolific blogger (aka Mark Rittman), read it and learn about them, after meeting.. simple google may reveal a lot about people these days.

8) Introduce Others - I often find myself introducing people to others that may be of interest to them. For e.g. a person comes to me and tells me they are in process of deciding whether they should move to Exadata X3 from V2 right away or later... I would introduce this person to Abe Tong from Facebook who can narrate his personal experiences in doing the same.

9) Follow-up -  If you take all the cards and throw it in a bag that you will accidentally discovered 2 yrs down the road, that is no good!   Follow up after the event, is important, whether by email, phone call or a hand written note.

10) Do more than others expect from you - I like this tip the most... ask yourself "What do I bring to the table?"    When you make a new friend, try to bring more to the relationship than you expect from the other person and that may create a lasting impression!

If you havn't yet registered for BIWA Summit, waste no time and click here.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

BIWA Summit Jan 9, 10 2013 - Logistics

The BIWA Summit is a no-frills events where the goal is to attract the best minds of the World in the space of Oracle BI, Advanced Analytics, Big Data and related fields. The event will be in Hotel Sofitel. Click here to register for the event.  Registration starts at $249 for IOUG members or $299 for non-members.

We encourage you to stay in the hotel, so that you can maximize you opportunities for professional networking. We will announce more in-formal events around the two-day event on Jan 9-10.  If you stay at Hotel Sofitel, you will be able to get the free shuttle from San Francisco airport, the details are here:

The property overlooks a Lake and is walking distance to the Oracle HQ cylindrical offices that represent the Databases. If you are coming from out of town, we suggest you come by Jan 8, early evening. The parking is free at Hotel Sofitel for local residents to Bay Area. If you can, we suggest you car pool with your colleagues.

The registration for BIWA Summit will open on Nov 1, book mark for more details.  Here are some sample airfares from Expedia if you book early enough, $336 for round trip from New York area and $290 from Chicago to San Francisco airport (SFO):

Tue Jan/8/2013 - DepartureNonstopTotal travel time : 6h 25m
  • New York
  • JFK 2:30pm
  • Terminal 7
  • San Francisco
  • SFO 5:55pm
  • Terminal 3
6h 25m
2,572 mi
  • UNITED 257
  • Economy/Coach (K) Seat Preview
  • Boeing 757 |  Food For Purchase | 70 % on time
Fri Jan/11/2013 - ReturnNonstopTotal travel time : 5h 31m
  • San Francisco
  • SFO 12:49pm
  • Terminal 3
  • New York
  • JFK 9:20pm
  • Terminal 7
5h 31m
2,572 mi


Tue Jan/8/2013 - DepartureNonstopTotal travel time : 4h 35m
  • Chicago
  • ORD 2:55pm
  • Terminal 3
  • San Francisco
  • SFO 5:30pm
  • Terminal 2
4h 35m
1,847 mi
  • American Airlines 1693
  • Economy/Coach (O) Seat Preview
  • Boeing 737-800 |  Food For Purchase | 30 % on time
Fri Jan/11/2013 - ReturnNonstopTotal travel time : 4h 15m
  • San Francisco
  • SFO 9:20am
  • Terminal 2
  • Chicago
  • ORD 3:35pm
  • Terminal 3
4h 15m
1,847 mi

Friday, October 26, 2012

BIWA Summit Jan 9, 10, 2013 - Content Areas


The next Oracle BIWA Summit, organized by the leading Oracle Special Interest Group (SIG) for Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Analytics professionals, will be held on Jan 9,10 2013, at The Oracle HQ Sofitel Hotel, in Redwood City, CA.  The Oracle BIWA Summit brings together Oracle ACE experts, customers who are currently using or planning to use Oracle BI, Warehousing and Analytics products and technologies, partners and Oracle Product Managers, Support Personnel and Development Managers.  Everything and everyone that you will need to be successful in your Oracle “BIWA” implementations will be at the Oracle BIWA Summit, Jan 9-10, 2013. The Call for Speakers is now Open. Please submit your Speaker Proposals at:
BIWA SIG is part of IOUG

The Focus Areas for Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Advanced Analytics -BIWA Summit include:

1)      Advanced Analytics -  Oracle Advanced Analytics Option (Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise components), Oracle Real-Time Decisions, Oracle Crystal Ball and Oracle OLAP
2)      Big Data – Oracle Big Data Appliance, Hadoop, MapReduce
3)      Business Intelligence and Visualization – Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle BI Publisher, Hyperion Reporting Tools
4)      Data Warehousing and Data Integration – Oracle Partitioning, Query Optimization, Oracle Data Integrator
5)      Enterprise Performance Management – Oracle Essbase and Hyperion Applications
6)      Enterprise Search and Knowledge Discovery –Oracle Text, Oracle Enterprise Search
7)      Spatial Technologies – Oracle Spatial and Graph, MapViewer
8)      Use Cases of Engineered Systems  for DW and Analytics – Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalytics
9)      A Variety of Oracle Applications that embed Oracle BI and Analytics technologies e.g. Oracle HCM Predictive Workforce, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Industry Data Models, Oracle CRM Sales Prediction Engine, Oracle Spend Classification

If you have a novel use case or idea for a presentation or know a colleague who does, now is the time to submit your speaker proposal!
Submit your application here . Learn about BIWA SIG at
Check our blog for more information on the BIWA Summit 2013.

If you have questions about the BIWA Summit or call for presentations, please e-mail us at or

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

OOW 2012 - Wed

I decided to sit closer to the front in the morning keynote today to get better pictures than the comfort of the desk and power outlet in the assigned seating for Bloggers. My picture of Big Data slide by Intel, in Diane's keynote, was re-tweeted by @OracleOpenworld. I found the Intel keynote by Diane Bryant really high quality. She was able to bring in the right themes like Business Intelligence ( 5 + 6  =10 where 5 BI professionals in 6 months can create an ROI of $10m !), Big Data, in-memory database (TimesTen) and the convergence of Server processing, networking and storage.

One striking contrast in the Intel keynote was focus on IT and the Business Transformation enabler. I did not see any thrust on traditional IT shops being asked to "outsource" the core IT to Public or Private Cloud. The Oracle keynote on Sunday seemed to focus in that direction.

The Customer Experience Conference starts today as well....

Oracle Openworld 2013 - Mid-week

The focus at Oracle Openworld 2013 is on Cloud model of computing, the shift from CAPEX to OPEX. In other words, Oracle is trying to convey that instead of upfront investments in larger systems and infrastructure, customer now have the choice to "pay as they go" in the Cloud computing. The slide used by Larry in his Tue keynote about the uptake of Fusion Applications,
shows that most of the "Fusion Customers"  which I believe now includes Taleo customs as well, are Public Cloud based. Oracle is talking about Private Cloud, my understanding is that in this model, Oracle would offer to manage the infrastrucutre in the customer premises where customers are not comfortable that data or application should leave their premises.
However, it seems customers will pay based on some degree of usage / computing power or storage, even in the Private Cloud Model.

I have not seem much real new announcements in OBIEE Space except the sharing of the roadmap for the products such a Oracle BI Applications (OBIA).

Wed is also the start of the Customer Experience event at OOW, a first time ever event!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Oracle Openworld 2012 - Sunday Sep 30

The Oracle Openworld 2012 is here... Sunday is dedicated to the User Groups. Moscone W is full of User Group / SIG driven sessions. These help to provide a user perspective to the Oracle stack and is a great place to network with the Oracle User Group Leaders...and of course all the active User Group members.

My session is at 2:15 PM on Sunday at Moscone W L2 (Rm 2020). My focus is Oracle BI Applications - a Deep Dive... I plan to cover about Advanced Analytics as well as BI Apps and Advanced Analytics comes together.

Look forward to the Keynote today evening... let us see what is announced today v/s what is held back for Wed keynotes...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

BIWA Summit Jan 9, 10, 2013 at Redwood City CA

IOUG's Business Intelligence, Warehousing and Analytics (BIWA) SIG will re-introduce the in-person BIWA Summit, on Jan 9, 10 (Wed, Thur) 2013. The location of this event will be Sofitel Hotel, close to Oracle Head Quarters, in Redwood City, CA. This place is nearby to San Francisco (SFO) airport and also  well connected to Oakland (OAK) and San Jose (SJC) airports. Click here to register for the event.  Registration starts at $249 for IOUG members or $299 for non-members.

The 2 to 2 1/2 day event will have in-person session in tracks like BI, DW, Advanced Analytics and Big Data. The Oracle's Engineered systems run across this stack, so look forward to some use cases of engineered systems for BI/DW or Big Data as well. The BIWA Summit, had hand on lab (HoL) as well, free to the registered attendees. To see the content from the last BIWA Summit check here.

If you would like to speak at BIWA Summit 2013 or be a hands on lab facilitator, please submit your proposal here or send your professional colleagues to to submit the abstract before Nov 9, 2012.  Look at the suggest focus areas for Summit Jan 2013 here. More details for attendees registration including the date of the event and exact venue will be posted here soon. Also visit the BIWA Home page at for new information about BIWA SIG.

We will soon share more details of the Keynote line up and some of the pre-selected sessions here. Expect the event registration to open in early Nov, '12. To look at the logistic details of the event, check here.

This event is driven by volunteers under the guidance of BIWA Board of Directors and IOUG. Please send us your suggestions on what kind of content you would like to see.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

IOUG / BI Related Sessions at Oracle Openworld 2012 - Sunday Sep 30

Oracle Openworld 2012 is just a week away! The User Groups take the center stage on Sunday at Moscone West.  Here are a few IOUG / BI related sessions, I would suggest to attend:

1) CON7484, Shyam Varan Nath, IBM / BIWA at 2:15 PM  (Room 2020)
Deep Dive to Oracle Business Intelligence Applications

2) Choose one of these at 3:30 PM
CON2644, Mark Rittman, RM
Oracle Exalytics and TimesTen for Exalytics Best Practices

CON5395, Stewart Bryson, RM
Replacing a Legacy Data Warehouse: A Case Study on OBIEE as a Migration Hub

3) UGF10575,  at 8:00 AM (Room 2020)
3D BI: Building new Flexibility in Enterprise-Wide Decision-Making with Oracle BI

4) Big Data Talks from at 9 AM (Room 2020)

UGF10408, Andy Flower
Big Data – A BIG part of Information Management

5) UGF10407, Ian Abramson, at 10:30 AM (Room 2020)
Big Data: The Future is Now

6) UGF10406, Steve Johnston, 12:30 PM (Room 2020)
Big Data, Integration and Governance - Ask the Experts Panel

Apart from this, there will be Exadata talks in Room 2018, all day long...

Have a great OOW 2012!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Shyam’s Top 10 Reasons to Attend BIWA Virtual Summit 2012

Why you should attend the Free Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) BI, Warehousing and Analytics (BIWA) SIG 2-Day Virtual Summit August 15-16, 2012

10.  Learn from Industry leaders and Oracle experts about best practices, customer examples, “How to” and visions for the future that you can put to work in your company immediately
9.  It’s FREE!!
8.  It’s a Virtual Conference so you don’t have to leave your desk or incur travel expenses
7.  You can pick and choose and dial-in for just the sessions that most interest you.
6.  Lean about OBIEE, Exadata, Big Data, Endeca, Exalytics and more...
5.  Come see how Big Data Analytics and Predictive Analytics can give your company a competitive advantage
4.  You can watch and listen while you are still working (or eating!)!
3.  Ask questions, get answers from experts and other Oracle users
2.  See how you can gain more business value from your investment in Oracle BI, Warehousing and Analytics technology
…and last….
1.  Did we mention that it is FREE?

Register here:  Free Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) BI, Warehousing and Analytics (BIWA) SIG 2-Day Virtual Summit August 15-16, 2012

Register for Each Day  (11 AM to 5 PM ET)
Day 1:
Day 2:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Why Attend BIWA Virtual Summit 2012 - Aug 15-16

BIWA Virtual Summit 2012 is approaching soon!

So why should you attend it?  This two day event packs 10+ Virtual sessions, about an hours each, that covers all aspects of BI and Advanced Analytics. If terms like "Data Scientist" intrigues you, then you will find all that you need to know it in the BIWA Summit.

Day 1 kicks off with a key note by James Taylor. It is followed by a session by Charlie Berger on all about advanced analytics. The day continues with session that feature Oracle VP of BI Robert Stackowiak where he will cover Exadata and Big Data. Marty Gubar will take a deep dive into how to harness Big Data for business use. This is followed by Dan Vlamis who will talk about all kinds of visualization of OLAP data.

Day 2 features a key note by Oracle VI Balaji, Sunil Ranka on OBIEE performance tuning, Jeff on Essbase, Matt from Oracle on newly acquired Endeca and Florian on Oracle BI Applications.

So if you have not registered yet, do it now...

Shyam V Nath
President, BIWA SIG

Saturday, July 28, 2012

BIWA Virtual Summit 2012 - Abstracts and Details

BIWA Virtual Summit 2012 (Aug 15 - 16), 11 AM to 5 PM ET 

From Business Intelligence to Predictive Analytics  (Day 1 Keynote)
James Taylor, CEO, Decision Management Solutions

Abstract: The data you have, the way you analyze it, and the way you act on this analysis drives better business outcomes.  James Taylor, CEO of Decision Management Solutions, Faculty Member at International Institute for Analytics and the leading expert in Decision Management shows that to make the most of your data, you need to do more than just adopt predictive analytics - you need to deeply embed predictive analytics in your day to day operational systems. Companies that use predictive analytics to get more value from their data are outperforming their competitors in areas such as underwriting, origination, marketing, customer retention, fraud detection, collections and more. In this opening keynote, James shows you how to build on your investments in BI - reporting, visualization and dashboards – and achieve success with predictive analytics


Oracle Advanced Analytics, Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Exalytics—What, Where, When? 
Charlie Berger, Snr Director, Oracle

Abstract: This session introduces Oracle Advanced Analytics and its two components:  Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise.  The power of Oracle Advanced Analytics is accessible through both SQL and the R programming language. Oracle Data Mining (ODM) provides data mining algorithms that run as native SQL functions for high performance in-database model building and model deployment. Oracle R Enterprise (ORE) tightly integrates the open source R language for statistical computing and graphics with the database.   Together with Exadata, Exalytics, Oracle BI, Oracle Real-time Decisions and the Big Data Appliance, customers are now offered an wide array of analytical functionality—all from Oracle.  This presentation will help customers better understand the positioning and use cases, or What, Where and When? of Oracle Advanced Analytics, how they relate with other Oracle products and technologies and then provide deeper dive detail specifically on Oracle Data Mining’s SQL based in-Database predictive analytics.

Bio: Charlie Berger | Sr. Director of Product Management, Data Mining and Advanced Analytics.  Charlie Berger has over 25 years of experience in data analysis sofware at Oracle, Thinking Machines, Bolt, Beranek and Newman, and elsewhere.  He is responsible for product management and direction for the Oracle Databases' data mining and predictive analytics technology including Oracle Data Mining, text mining and statistical functions. Previously, he was the VP of Marketing at Thinking Machines prior to its acquisition by Oracle in 1999.  Charlie is an evangelist and frequent speaker in the field of predictive analytics and data mining.  He is a co-founder of the Oracle BIWA SIG and currently serves as BIWA’s Oracle Advisory Council and was the recently the recipient of the IOUG’s “Ken Jacob’s Award” in 2010 for the Oracle Employee who most contributes to the Oracle user community. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University as well as a Bachelor of Sciences in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Oracle in an Integrated Big Data & Analytics Infrastructure 
Robert Stackowiak, VP Oracle

Abstract: While Big Data initiatives often start as R&D experiments, when these experiments show value and are moved into production, business analysts drive demand for access using their existing business intelligence and analytics tools and data warehouse infrastructure.  This presentation describes the common lifecycle in deployment of these solutions that Oracle has observed as organizations move from data silos to integrated solutions.  It frames when and how the various Oracle and Cloudera components come together in forming these solutions.

Robert Stackowiak, Vice President of Data Systems Architecture & Business Intelligence in Oracle’s Enterprise Solutions Group, is recognized worldwide for his expertise in Oracle data warehousing, Big Data strategy, and business intelligence technologies and solutions.  He has spoken at many conferences and events around the world and has authored articles and books on business intelligence and database technology including “Achieving Extreme Performance with Oracle Exadata” (Oracle Press), “Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 11g” (O’Reilly Media), and “Oracle Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Solutions” (Wiley).  Follow him on Twitter @rstackow.

Uncover the Value in Big Data with Oracle's Big Data Platform
Marty Gubar, Oracle Big Data Product Management

Abstract: Weblogs, social media, smart meters, sensors, and other devices generate high volumes of fast-moving data. Hidden within this massive influx of data are important nuggets of information that are critical to the success of your enterprise.  This session will describe how to uncover that information utilizing big data technologies.  You will learn how to collect these massive data volumes, distill that data into meaningful entities and then analyze that information to gain valuable insights.

Bio: Marty has 20 years of experience working Oracle BI and data warehousing technology - and now is focusing on Oracle's Big Data Platform.


Visualizing OLAP Data With Multiple Products 
Dan Vlamis, Vlamis Inc.

Abstract:  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.

Day 2 Aug 16, 2012
Introduction to Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

Matthew L. Brandwein, 
Principal Product Mgr Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

Abstract: This session introduces Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, the latest addition to Oracle's Business Analytics portfolio. Learn how Oracle Endeca Information Discovery helps business users get fast answers to new questions by allowing them to explore and analyze diverse and unstructured data, draw insights and meaningful conclusions, and make more informed decisions.

Bio: Matt is a lead product manager for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. He has been with Endeca, and now Oracle, for over 7 years in a variety of roles. Prior to joining the product management team, he spent several years in Endeca's strategic consulting group helping customers gain the most value from Endeca products. Before that, he developed software to connect physicians and patients at WebMD. He holds degrees in computer science and mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Essbase Predictive Analytics and Budgeting  
Jeff Shauer, JS Business Intelligence

Abstract: This session will show How to use Essbase to perform Predictive Analytics and Budgeting using ASO cubes.  It will also cover how to design to ensure an optimized deployment. Finally, it will walk through how to do forecasting with Essbase and then integrate that within a budget.

Bio:  Jeff has worked in the business intelligence field for over 10 years providing multidimensional OLAP budgeting and analytical solutions.  Jeff is the owner of the Washington DC based JS Business Intelligence consultancy that builds and creates business intelligence solutions.


Performance Tuning OBIEE 11G
Sunil Ranka, FCS

Abstract: During the conversation, we will talk about different avenue and prospect for improvising OBIEE 11G techstack for better performance. We will talk about the approach we need to take. Also take Exalytics into consideration and talk about how to avoid performance bottle necks not from technology standpoint but from requirement/presentation stand point. Also I will touch upon some of the real life experiences.

Bio: Sunil S Ranka has 11+ years of technology experience in management, software architecture, customization, integration and overall SDLC, including enterprise and data warehousing applications. In the recent past his focus has been as BI Data Warehouse Architect in Siebel Analytics and Oracle OBIEE this includes knowledge of installation and configuration of OBIEE (or Siebel Analytics), as well as solution development. He is one of the Board Of Director for BIWA SIG (Special Interest Group). For his contribution to Oracle Technology and Community, he have been confirmed with Prestigious Oracle ACE Award.

All Your Reports Easier and Faster with Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher
Mike Donohue, Oracle

Abstract: Learn how organizations are getting their reports and documents faster and easier using BI Publisher. Over 30 Oracle Applications and Products use BI Publisher for authoring, managing, and delivering all types of reports and documents. End users can easily design report layouts, using a browser or familiar desktop tools, greatly reducing the time and cost of developing and maintaining reports. IT can create data models from many data sources and use web services or Java APIs to build custom applications.

Bio: Mike has been involved with the development, testing, support, design and product management of database tools for over 20 years and enjoys helping customers use those tools to do their jobs better, faster and more easily.


See More. Act Fast ( BI Keynote)
Balaji Yelamanchili , VP Oracle
Join Balaji Yelamanchili as he unveil the latest advances in Oracle’s strategy for placing analytics into the hands of every one of your decision-makers—so that they can see more, think smarter, and act faster.

Learn about the latest developments in business intelligence technology and applications, advanced analytics, performance management applications, and engineered systems. You’ll find out how you can harness the exploding volumes of data being generated inside your organization—and beyond the firewall—to:

  • Deliver real-time intelligence to your mobile workforce globally
  • Forecast and plan at the speed of business
  • Accelerate your financial close and reporting process
  • Discover how Oracle business analytics can change the way you do business


Unlock the Value in Your ERP & CRM Data with Oracle BI Applications
Florian Schouten

Abstract:  The Oracle BI Applications are Oracle’s prebuilt suite of analytic applications and have recently been broadened and expanded to include new applications and significant enhancements. Understand why the Oracle BI Applications are an ideal solution for Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, Siebel CRM, JD Edwards, Oracle Fusion and even SAP applications customers who want to extract more value from their investments and increase visibility into business performance. This session will profile the suite of applications, review the new products and enhancements, and discuss the strategy and roadmap. Learn how the Oracle BI Applications can help you convert insight into action to increase revenue, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction and retention.

Bio: Florian Schouten has over 15 years of experience with ERP, BI, analytics and decision support. Currently Florian is responsible for the product management and strategy for Oracle’s BI Applications, a suite of pre-built analytic solutions across the various front office and back office functions in CRM and ERP systems. Prior to this role, Florian ran the development organization focused on building real-time analytic solutions for Fusion Applications called Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence. He came to Oracle via the PeopleSoft acquisition, where he held various product management and development roles related to analytics and performance management.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Oracle BIWA Virtual Summit 2012 - Aug 15-16

The First ever BIWA Virtual Summit will be held on Aug 15 - 16, 2012. This will be a virtual only event spread over two days.  Each day the event will be between 11 AM ET and 5 PM ET, mostly in 1 hr sessions. (Link to Abstracts)

You need to register for each day separately.

Day 1, Wed Aug 15, 2012
Data  Warehousing and Advanced Analytics Focus
(Register here:

11 AM ET AM   Key Note From Business Intelligence to Predictive Analytics James Taylor, CEO Decision Management Services

Noon ET       Oracle Advanced Analytics, Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Exalytics - What, Where, When? Charlie Berger, Oracle Corporation
1 PM ET.      Oracle in an Integrated Big Data & Analytics Infrastructure by Bob Stakowiak, Oracle
2 PM ET.      Uncover the Value in Big Data with Oracle's Big Data Platform by Marty Gubar
3 PM ET.      Visualizing OLAP Data with Multiple Products, Dan Vlamis, Vlamis4 PM ET.      Exadata Implementation Planning, Shyam V Nath, IBM

Day 2, Thur Aug 16, 2012  
Business Intelligence Focus
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11 AM ET   Introduction to Oracle Endeca Information Discovery by Matt Brandwein, Oracle
Noon ET     Essbase Predictive Analytics and Budgeting, Jeff Shauer, JS Business Intelligence
1 PM ET     Performance Tuning OBIEE 11g, Sunil Ranka, FCS
2 PM ET     All Your Reports Easier & Faster with Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher,  Mike Donohue, Oracle
3 PM ET     Key Note See More. Act Faster Balaji Yelamanchili
4 PM ET     Oracle BI Applications, Florian Schouten

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Oracle Applications in the Cloud - Fusion

One of the news worthy item today was Oracle plans new cloud-based products, first Ellison tweet
Larry Ellison will do his first Tweet in early June to mark the announcement of the new Cloud based offerings from Oracle. Today web based software accounts for $1 billion or so in revenues for Oracle. I noted Tom Kyte (@OracleAskTom) recently started tweeting as well!

There was an article recently in Computerworld Why Oracle Fusion Apps customers overwhelmingly prefer cloud deployment  where Oracle Fusion Applications customers have shown interest in the hosted applications by Oracle. Most of the early Fusion Application customers are on the "Cloud for the initial years. I understand, this frees the customer from the worries of infrastructure for this new technology and worry on the business adoption of the Fusion Applications as it gradually replaces Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, Peoplesoft and Siebel Applications. This is the SaaS or the Sofware as a Service model for delivery of business applications. One of the advantages of SaaS model is to let the vendor worry about the high availability of the application. Personally, however, I have seen issues with the performance when the infrastructure is remote or with Oracle on Demand (OoD) which is being re-branded as Oracle Cloud. My understanding is customers will get a license credit for the application they own today as they move to the Fusion version. So for instance if you have core HR today say in EBS and you move to Fusion apps, then you get the core HR license credit but pay for anything additional you use say Talent Management.

Interestingly, though Larry Ellison said that Oracle aims to dethrone IBM in business hardware  so  I am wondering how the the two trends re-concile?  If SaaS (Software as a Service), is the future direction for the delivery of the business applications (like, then sales of business hardware will be targeted not at the end user companies, rather to the data center providers. In case of Oracle Cloud, it would be a large consumer of hardware itself for the Cloud based user base. Amazon EC2 and IBM SMARTCloud would be other such examples where the business application is not primarily provided by the Cloud provider.

While, it sounds good in principle, we need to see how fast the real world adopts Fusion Applications to replace the EBS/JDE/PSFT/Siebel types of applications and if they do, will customers still prefer Fusion apps running on the premise or put it on the cloud?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Collaborate 2012 - April 22-26

The week of Collaborate conference 2012 is over! It turned out to be a action packed week. It started on Saturday with a full day IOUG board meeting. I have been nominated to the IOUG Board for 2012-213 and will be taking care of Product Integration Portfolio with focus on Exa-systems. On Sunday, we conducted the Deep Dive on Oracle BI Applications (OBIA) along with a friend JV and Oracle Product Management folks. This was intense 5 hr class between 9 am and 3 pm on Sunday and had 20+ attendees. The day ended with IOUG SIG reception were Mark Townsend was recognized for his contributions to IOUG community, posthumously. It was nice meeting Dr DBA or Ken Jacobs in the event, even though he has retied from Oracle. The BIWA SIG board had dinner the same night and discussed possibilities of BIWA SIG and the Quest BI SIG working closer in future.

Monday morning was no rocket science! It was key note with Mark Kelly... I was lucky to obtain his autographed book and here is the picture with him!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Getting Ready for IOUG Collaborate 2012

It is that time of year!   Collaborate 2012 is less than two weeks away. This time it is in Las Vegas, April 22-26. It has been alternating between Orlando, FL and Las Vega, NV, tow cities that are very conference friendly.

The event will be full of exciting content in the BI, DW & EPM (BIWA) Track, starting with the Deep Dive on Oracle Business Intelligence Applications on Sunday. The Mon-Wed will be filled with several sessions from customers, implementer and Oracle Product Managers. Apart from regular sessions and Panel discussions, take advantage of the Hands on Labs, at no extra cost on a variety of topics from OBIEE, Spatial/MapViewer to Advanced Analytics such as Oracle Data Mining, Oracle Enterprise R and OLAP.  In the Hands on Labs (HoL) you actually work on a computer, on a virtual machine and get to carry out the exercises in 1-2 hr session.  Add these to your schedule if you want to join these sessions and come in early.

I have to jump on an IOUG call, so more later...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications - Manufacturing and Enterprise Asset Management Analytics (OBIEE based)

The coverage of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications for Oracle and SAP  ERP continues to extend. The most recent addition from April 4, 2012 is the the new Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics Applications including the connectors for IBM Maximo. This was released through the Extension Pack for branch.  At the same time Oracle extended the coverage for the SAP customers from Finance to Sales & Distribution and Materials Management with the support for Procurement and Supply Chain Performance Applications on the branch.  I have come across companies that are a mix of Oracle and SAP either by choice such as PeopleSoft for HCM and SAP for Finance and Manufacturing or due to acquisitions. With the availability of coverage for back-office applications (ERP) for both Oracle and SAP, now customers have increased choice for packaged applications.

The new applications such as the Manufacturing and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Analytics currently comes with the support for Oracle E-Business Suite. The support for J D Edwards is not available right away, which is little interesting as a lot of manufacturing shops use JDE. So how do these applications differ from the prior release of new functionality?  These applications will come with a new OBIEE repository (rpd) that can be merged with the current release at the customer site such as 7962 or 7963. This is the same concept as the Spend Classification that has its own rpd. The three way merge for RPD comes in handy here. The new applications were developed for companies in the manufacturing, energy production, utilities and other asset-intensive industries. Also the first time IBM Maximo connectors are made available as it very popular for managing fixed assets specially in the public sector.

What does it mean for current, and customers of Oracle EBS?   The good news is the new functionality is available for all these customers. For instance a customer can take the newly released rpd for based on OBIEE 10g and merge it with their current (and  retain any configuration and customization) easily. The same option applies for or (OBIEE 11g based) customers. In the way the Informatica and DAC metadata has to be merged with the existing code.  Please note the new SAP analytics functionality is on its own branch and the above ( extension pack) does not apply to it.

These Extension pack is certified to run on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, as long as you use version of OBIEE. Native support for tablet and mobile devices, such as the Apple iPad and iPhone is provided as well on the OBIEE 11g path. I personally thing the RIM/blackberry support is a gap, but I think most other Mobile Computing enthusiasts will differ from me and say the Blackberry OS has no role in tablet space and hence in enterprise mobility! Well time will tell.

The new Manufacturing Analytics will allow the customers to gain visibility into manufacturing schedules, cost, quality and service levels and correlate work order information with production plans. This can lead to possible reduction in work order cycle time and aging of open work orders. Customers can now perform non-conformance and disposition analysis and improve insight into raw materials and finished goods. To make best use of this Analytics Application, you must be using E-Business Suite Manufacturing Applications, including Discrete Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Flow Manufacturing, Hi-Tech Manufacturing Quality and Inventory modules.  Current SCM Analytic Applications had support for Discrete inventory and it lacked OPM support, so this is a good enhancement release. You can see the piece of the Manufacturing Analytics in the visual below.

The new EAM Analytics will help to provide information to improve the quality of decisions and ultimately optimize asset utilization. Companies can manage plant, machinery, and equipment by asking these questions:
• What does it cost to maintain & operate my assets?
• What is the expected life of our assets?
• How can we get timely asset information and respond more quickly to change?
• Which asset strategies work to our advantage to drive uptime?

These questions can be answered with the help of the following areas of EAM Analytics:

  • Maintenance Cost Analytics
  • Work order Analytics
  • Inventory and Costing Analytics
  • Quality Analytics
  • Resource Analytics
  • Asset Genealogy Analytics
Oracle BIWA SIG ( will organize a Techcast on this topic on april 18, 2012, you can pre-register here: 


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms - Feb 2012

Gartner spends a lot of time reviewing the major Business Intelligence platform vendors and talking to the users of BI to come up with the updates in the Magic Quadrant. Here is the latest one released in Feb 2012. As you can see the notables in the Leaders Quadrant are Oracle taking the top stop in ability to execute with OBIEE and BI Applications (OBIA)  and IBM establishing itself as the visionary with Cognos and related offerings.

Look at my similar posting from Jan 2010 here )  The BI Platform leaders in Jan 2010 were Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAS, Microstrategy, SAP (Business Objects) and Information Builders. Compared to 2010, now QlikTech has entered the leaders quadrant. Gartner quotes "QlikTech is a marketing juggernaut; it has brand recognition many times more prominent than a firm with its current market share would expect." I have heard of QlikView when Oracle talks of visualization at the speed of thought. QlikView product has created a lot of industry expectations in that space by using in-memory data store for enhanced graphic capabilities.

Oracle of OBIEE and BI Applications (OBIA) are closet to my day job, so I cannot help critiquing the positing of Oracle. Gartner notes that OBIEE is popular in Oracle shops i.e those who mainly use Oracle Database and Oracle Applications. It has truly global deployment footprint. Gartner noted that a lower percentage of customers use diverse data with OBIEE - I am interpreting that as mainly relational or multidimensional (like OLAP or Essbase) as source of data rather than unstructured and semi-structured data. Oracle has acquired Endeca for building up capabilities in this space and also Oracle Big Data Appliance will compete in that space. Oracle Exalytics announced in Oracle Openworld 2011, is a major addition to the Oracle OBIEE and Essbase family from the visualization at speed of thought perspective. It is the marriage of BI with hardware. Historically, BI platforms were Hardware Vendor agnostic but it changed with SAP HANA and now with Exalytics. While Oracle provided feedback from a few early Exalytics providers, it is yet to hit the field as a generally available product and it is expected to come with OBIEE version. Anyways as SAP HANA and Exalytics become mainstream, it will interesting to see how industry adopts the BI software + H/W paradigm.

Gartner commented on the Oracle's pre-built BI applications (OBIA) that provides data warehouse, ETL connectors and the BI metadata for Oracle Applications like e-business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel and going forward for Oracle Fusion Applications. In addition, some of the SAP applications (like Financials) are supported as well. Gartner mentioned about the industry data models that are available as additional options to Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and provide data model, 3rd normal data warehouse for specific industry (like retail, communication, travel etc) along with data marts and starter set of OBIEE metadata. Currently, the Oracle BI Applications are not integrated with the industry models that are more "vertical" in nature and applies more to a specific industry.

So what are the limitations of Oracle BI platform according to Gartner?  The complexity of OBIEE platform - OBIEE 11g is relatively new (less than 2 yrs) and remains a skill gap for those using OBIEE 10g.  It is interesting to note that 25% of the surveyed customers are using the current release. The Oracle BI Applications since May 2011, support/certify the OBIEE 11g release, making the adoption easier. However, those customers having OBIEE 10g based applications, still need to invest time and effort to move to OBIEE 11g.

What surprised me most that unlike in-spite of the growing interest around Mobile BI, there was not much comment on the Mobile BI capabilities of OBIEE. I remember in 2011, Gartner had commented on the lack of innovation for Oracle Mobile BI as most of the mobile related features started emerging in mid 2011 time frame.

Let me next look at IBM. It scored top points for the completeness of vision with Cognos, SPSS and Netezza under its arsenal. Besides, being a strong service provider via its Global Business Services - GBS, it has skills to implement any BI needs of the customers. On the lines of OBIEE 10g to 11g upgrade, customers had to deal with Cognos 8 to Cognos 10 migration in the last year or so. SPSS and the Watson platform has given IBM a big boost in the advanced analytics side. The latest addition on Cognos family is Cognos Insight a Desktop BI product.  It seems higher percentage of users are complaining about the performance of Cognos products. Interesting missing is the explicit mention of the Cognos Adaptive Analytics Framework (AAI) which is the pre-built applications for use against ERP sources like Oracle EBS, SAP or other custom OLTP applications.

General Comments:   Gartner uses a few dimensions to compare the BI platforms such as Integration, Information Delivery and Analysis.  It is very interesting to note that Information Delivery includes Microsoft Office Integration. In others words, display of information with Excel as the front end is here to stay. I think the important difference between the dreaded word "spreadmart" and the use of Excel as the front end is that authentic information and metadata should reside in an Enterprise grade system whether it is relational database with metadata such as in OBIEE (repository) or in Essbase. Also happy to see the importance of location awareness in Mobile BI platform. My first exposure to real location awareness was via FourSquare application, which is more like a Social Media tool.