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!