Friday, October 23, 2015

Oracle Openworld 2015 is almost here

Oracle Openworld (OOW) 2015 is almost here!  My day starts tomorrow where I am volunteering in JavaOne4Kids - Lego Mindstorms Programming 4 Kids and Hands-on IoT workshop using Growbot sensors for kids 10-18 year old.

My speaking sessions start from Sunday when I speak on Intelligent Cities and Communities powered by emerging field of IoT.  On Monday, I talk about Industrial Internet and Brilliant Factories at 11 am. Monday goes late for us to JavaOne Birds of Feature session at 8pm (130 + have pre-registered for it already.  

Look forward to catching with my many old friends as I join my 11th OOW! Will be active on Twiiter at @ShyamVaran and #BIWASummit   

Friday, October 2, 2015

BIWA  2016 Early Bird Registration is open! Book NOW! Cost is $299! Book today and save $50!

Here are some of our early accepted presentations!!
“Big Data and the Internet of Things in 2016: Beyond the Hype”—Robert Stackowiak, Oracle
“Near Real Time Data Refresh Strategy for Enterprise Data Warehouses”—Richard Solari & Prithvi Krishnappa
“Predictive Analytics using SQL & PL/SQL”—Brendan Tierney, Oralytics
“On Metadata, Mashups & the Future of Enterprise BI”—Stewart Bryson, Red Pill Analytics

Call for Speakers
We want to hear your Oracle technology success story. We have some amazing presentations on the agenda. Add yours today! The Call for Speakers is on-going through November 2nd, 2015.  Click HERE to submit your abstract(s) for BIWA Summit 2016.
We would like to give your company great exposure through various sponsorship options such as:
·         Hosting a conference networking event
·         Sponsoring a meal for the attendees
·         Keynotes
·         Premium exhibit space
Sponsorships start as low as $1,000 and some include conference passes! Click HERE to learn more about how to sign-up today!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Seven Habits of Highly Successful Oracle Big Data & Analytics Professionals:

Seven Habits of Highly Successful Oracle Big Data & Analytics Professionals:

  1. They all submit the abstract for BIWA Summit to secure an early speaking slot!
  2. They show their enthusiasm for the summit and technology by blogging about it such as here
  3. They create social media buzz via the  Twitter   to share their analytics knowledge e.g. @brendantierney 
  4. They talk about it and share it publicly 
  5. Friends don't let Spatial friends forget about registration
  6. They influence the webmasters to post it 
  7. They express their journalism skills via the Oracle Magazine!
Become a part of such a clan here.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the BIWA Summit Jan 26-28, 2016

Here is why you'll want to attend the

1.   More than 50 presenters and 10+ exhibits—all related to Big Data, Analytics, BI, Spatial and IoT!
2.   Explore hot, new trends— in the Oracle ecosystem.
3.   Accelerate your Big Data / Analytics transformation—learn how to innovate and differentiate from fellow customers.
4.   Experience the software for yourself— well planned Hands on Labs.
5.   Meet one-to-one with industry experts—ask questions, get answers on what advanced analytics can do for you.
6.   Get on the inside track to what’s next—find out what is on the Product Roadmap from the Oracle Product Managers.
7.   And did we say have a lot of food and fun while doing it all.
8.   Meet some of the Global Data Warehouse and Big data Leaders.
9. Bring back home professional socialization memories and Tips that you can put to use next Monday morning at work!
10.   Enjoy the great Oracle HQ campus, go for a walk along the lake.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Annual Oracle BIWA SIG Virtual Summit July 30-31, 2015

The Annual BIWA SIG (Business Intelligence, Warehousing and Analytics Special Interest Group recently concluded on July 30-31. The event had FREE virtual sessions in topics like Advanced Analytics, Exadata, BI/EPM, IoT, Spatial & Graph related topics. Below are the session titles:

  • Big Data Analytics with Oracle Advanced Analytics 12c and Big Data SQL 
  • Exadata: Elastic Configurations and IaaS – Private Cloud 
  • Why Oracle Database In-Memory? Use Cases and Overview 
  • What’s new in Oracle EPM and BI Infrastructure 
  • The State of Internet of Things (IoT) 
  • Graph Data Management and Analytics for Big Data 
  • Italian Ministry of Labor & Social Policy -- A Journey to Digital Government

This two day virtual event, provides the members of BIWA SIG and IOUG or the Oracle community at large, an easy way to find out what is going on in the industry. The speakers were a mix of Oracle Product Managers and well as industry practitioners. IOUG and it's SIG's help to bring such events year long that you can see here. Such events provide a good continuity to in-person events like the BIWA Summit  and Collaborate Conference.

These event also work in tandem with the Oracle's own event called Oracle Openworld that is held in San Francisco typically in Sep - Oct time frame and attracts over 60,000 attendees.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Collaborate 2015 -- Engineered systems sessions List

Collaborate 2015 --  Engineered systems sessions
(Thanks to Syamal of Exadata SIG)
476 Mon. Apr. 13 Oracle Exadata Technical Deep Dive: Architecture and Internals  Exadata| Oracle Database Engineered Systems Banyan D
2:00 - 3:00 pm 
243 Mon. Apr. 13 Exadata and SuperCluster for SAP  Exadata| Oracle Database Engineered Systems Banyan D
3:15 - 4:15 pm 
291 Mon. Apr. 13 My Exadata X2 Is Ready to Be Retired. A Case Study for the Life Cycle Journey to Newest Engineered System, X5-2  Exadata| Fusion Middleware Engineered Systems Banyan D
3:15 - 4:15 pm 
245 Mon. Apr. 13 Oracle Database Appliance: Case Studies  Oracle Database| Real Application Clusters Engineered Systems Banyan D
4:30 - 5:30 pm 
286 Tue. Apr. 14 Using Exadata IORM to Achieve That Mind-Blowing Performance Consistently  Exadata Engineered Systems Banyan D
9:45 - 10:45 am 
10382 Tue. Apr. 14 Projects Workflows – Tips and Tricks  Oracle E-Business Suite Engineered Systems,Project Portfolio Management South Seas J
9:45 - 10:45 am 
10532 Tue. Apr. 14 Optimize the Largest Oracle E-Business Suite Deployments on Oracle SuperCluster  Oracle E-Business Suite|SPARC SuperCluster Financial Modules,Engineered Systems Jasmine C
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
366 Tue. Apr. 14 Creating a Test/Dev Database in Minutes Using the Oracle Database Appliance  Oracle Database Engineered Systems Banyan D
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Tue. Apr. 14 Creating a Test/Dev Database in Minutes Using the Oracle Database Appliance  Oracle Database Engineered Systems Banyan D
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
451 Tue. Apr. 14 Second Wind for Your Exadata  Exadata Engineered Systems Banyan C
12:15 - 12:45 pm 
10571 Tue. Apr. 14 Oracle Hyperion Financial Management on Exalytics  Exalytics|Hyperion EPM Engineered Systems Islander D
2:00 - 3:00 pm 
465 Tue. Apr. 14 One ZFS Backup Appliance and Two Exadata - Deployment Case Study  Exadata| Oracle Database Engineered Systems Banyan D
2:00 - 3:00 pm 
662 Tue. Apr. 14 IO Resource Management on Exadata  Exadata| Oracle Database Engineered Systems Banyan D
3:15 - 4:15 pm 
360 Tue. Apr. 14 Exalogic: The Application Platform for the Internet of Things (IoT)  Exalogic| Fusion Middleware| Oracle WebLogic Suite Engineered Systems Banyan D
4:30 - 5:30 pm 
569 Wed. Apr. 15 Exadata 101 – What You Need to Know  Applicable to All Engineered Systems Banyan D
8:00 - 9:00 am 
10565 Wed. Apr. 15 Zero Downtime for E-Business Suite on Exalogic/Exadata  Exalogic Application Strategy and Upgrades,Engineered Systems Jasmine C
8:00 - 9:00 am 
101200 Wed. Apr. 15 How to Simplify and Modernize PeopleSoft Environments Through Consolidation  PeopleSoft Engineered Systems Lagoon K
8:00 - 9:00 am 
10712 Wed. Apr. 15 Case Study – Deploy Oracle R12 EBS on Virtualized Oracle Database Appliance X4-2  Oracle E-Business Suite|Oracle VM Application Strategy and Upgrades,Engineered Systems South Seas I
9:15 - 10:15 am 
108800 Wed. Apr. 15 JD Edwards In-Memory Applications: Extreme Performance Transformation  JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Application Strategy and Upgrades,Engineered Systems Surf C
9:15 - 10:15 am 
582 Wed. Apr. 15 Best Practices for Building OVM Templates for Oracle's VCA  Oracle Cloud - DBaaS/PaaS| Oracle Cloud - IaaS Engineered Systems Banyan D
9:15 - 10:15 am 
10525 Wed. Apr. 15 Why Ameren Chose Exadata And The Benefits Realized  Oracle E-Business Suite Engineered Systems Breakers E
9:15 - 10:15 am 
672 Wed. Apr. 15 Maximize Exadata Performance with Parallel Queries  Exadata| Oracle Database| Real Application Clusters Engineered Systems Banyan D
10:45 - 11:45 am 
454 Wed. Apr. 15 Patching Exadata: Pitfalls and Surprises  Exadata Engineered Systems Banyan D
12:00 - 12:30 pm 
730 Wed. Apr. 15 The Oracle Data Mining Machine Bundle: Zero to Predictive Analytics in Two Weeks  Applicable to All Engineered Systems Banyan D
3:15 - 4:15 pm 
108600 Wed. Apr. 15 Transform JD Edwards Applications with the Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Option  JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Database,Engineered Systems Surf C
3:15 - 4:15 pm 
775 Wed. Apr. 15 DBA 3.0 or "How to Become an Real-World Exadata DBA"  Exadata| Oracle Database Engineered Systems Banyan D
4:30 - 5:30 pm 
10407 Thu. Apr. 16 Exalytics Beyond Times Ten And Aggregates  Endeca|Essbase|Exalytics|Fusion Middleware|Oracle Business Intelligence Applications|Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Big Data, Business Intelligence & Master Data Management,Engineered Systems Jasmine A
8:30 - 9:30 am 
407 Thu. Apr. 16 Oracle Applications on Oracle Engineered Systems  Exadata| Exalogic| Oracle E-Business Suite Engineered Systems Banyan D
8:30 - 9:30 am 
660 Thu. Apr. 16 12 Things to Consider for Migrating EBS to Exadata  Applicable to All Engineered Systems Banyan D
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
667 Thu. Apr. 16 Big Data with Exadata  Data Modeling| Exadata| Real Application Clusters Engineered Systems Banyan D
12:15 - 1:15 pm 
10295 Thu. Apr. 16 EBS Adventures in Exa-Land, Oracle Applications on Oracle Engineered Systems  Exalogic Application Strategy and Upgrades,Engineered Systems South Seas I
12:15 - 1:15 pm 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

IOUG Forum - Collaborate 2015 (April 12-16)

This will be my 12th IOUG Forum next week! I have attended IOUG Forum since 2003, which is prior to 2006 when it morphed into Collaborate with IOUG, OAUG and Quest joining hands. So why do I attend Collaborate every year and look forward to it even after a decade?

The IOUG Forum at Collaborate is the meeting ground for all Oracle users and Technologists. It is one of the best Professional Networking event for Oracle Practitioners. Real world customers are vocal about that worked and what did not (and how they overcame it), in an environment what is free from Oracle Marketing pitches. However, a limited number of invited Oracle Product Manager's and Executives, help to have a healthy dialog and look at the product roadmaps.

Apart from educational sessions, Panel discussions, exhibit hall, there is plenty to network with peers and of course have a bit of fun (in the limited free time) at Vegas. There will be several SIG (Special Interest Meetings) that will provide you means to keep learning and networking year long from your work desk. Check out the IOUG Communities here  Most SIG's will have a SIG meeting at Collaborate, just check the details here

This week is your last chance to be part of Collaborate - IOUG Forum 2015, check out the details here for registration.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chief Data Strategy Forum - Mar 30-31 2015 (Boston)

I’m pleased to announce I am the Program Advisor of the Chief Data Strategy Forum taking place later this month, March 30 & 31 at the Hilton Boston Back Bay. I invite you to attend the event, and get 20% off registration with my special promo code “CDSF_SPEAKER”.

Download the event agenda here:

The Forum is designed like an executive roundtable, with intimate-discussion focused master classes, rolling roundtables, keynote presentations, networking sessions and much more. I am especially looking forward to hosting a post-presentation discussion by colleague Chris Larkin, GTO of GE Healthcare, who will host “Advanced Analytics: What They Mean to a CDO”. Other industry experts include Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Architect, Halliburton; Assad Shaik, Chief Data Scientist, PNC Financial; and James Brenza, Chief Data Officer, InXite Health Systems – just to name a few.

If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to the team at IQPC at or 1-800-882-8684. If you’re ready to register with my promo code “CDSF_SPEAKER” visit the website here:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Oracle Data Science / IoT Certificate at BIWA Summit Jan 27-29, 2015

Due to popularity of the Oracle Data Science Certificate Program from the prior 2 years, we will offer the same this year. The BIWA Summit along with Spatial Summit and NoCOUG Winter Conference takes place at Oracle HQ, Jan 27-29, 2015.

In order to earn the Oracle Data Science / IoT Certificate, the registered attendees of the event, can attend 4 of the 8 suggested sessions and then take the online test. The online test will be released in a few days after the Summit. The list of the suggested sessions are:

Be on the lookout for more details at the event and by Twitter. Please remember the hashtag #BIWASummit.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Getting Ready for BIWA / Spatial / NoCOUG Summit Jan 27-29, 2015

See you soon!
Thank to all those who regsitered for BIWA / Spatial / NoCOUG Summit 2015! We look forwarding to seeing you next Tuesday at the Oracle Conference Center at 350 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA.  This post contains some important information that will help you get the most out of the conference.

Bring a Computer to Participate in Hands on Labs 
If you are interested in participating in the Hands On Labs at BIWA Summit 2015, you will need to bring a laptop. The lab sessions will be run with Remote Desktop for most of the labs or VNC. Most Windows operating systems have a remote desktop client pre-installed that will work. The VNC Viewer client is free and open source and we will have it on thumb drives for those classes. If you are using a Macintosh, Linux, or an iPad or other tablet, there are many different clients available for both Remote Desktop and VNC. For those hardy souls that want to try this on a mobile device, depending on the lab, you may be able to do it, but arrive early to try it out before you count on it.  We recommend you have at least a 1024x768 screen.
Hands On Labs are on a first-come-first-serve basis. IP addresses to the Cloud-based VMs will be provided to attendees as they enter the Lab.

Agenda Updated
We have updated the agenda posted on the Agenda tab at Items of note include:
  • Many featured speakers in the auditorium
  • Breakfast each day (meals sponsored by HERE)
  • Tuesday lunch with our popular lightning rounds
  • Tuesday reception sponsored by Oracle
  • Wednesday “birds of a feather” lunch, with topic-specific tables for informal discussions
  • Wednesday social hour sponsored by Deloitte

Tracks Color-coded
The agenda has been color-coded by track. As you register, we will have stickers that match the colors of each track. Place those stickers on your badge to indicate topics of interest to you so you can find people at the conference with similar interests. For example, if you are especially interested in Spatial topics, look for badges with yellow stickers. So you can plan what stickers you place on your badge and what table you sit at Wednesday lunch, here are the tracks:
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Warehousing
  • Big Data
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Spatial
  • Cloud
  • Engineered Systems
  • EPM
  • Internet of Things
  • General (no sticker for this track, but tables will designated General)

Local Transportation Information
For those staying at the Sofitel, there is a free shuttle from SFO that runs every hour from 6am until 11am.  Call the Sofitel at 650-598-9000 to request airport shuttle pickup after collecting your luggage from the baggage claim. You can also take the shuttle to Oracle, with shuttles leaving at 7:458:15, and8:45. You can also take the shuttle back to the Sofitel at the end of the day, but the shuttle leaves at 5:30 and surely you would not want to miss out on our receptions each night!
For those staying at the Hyatt House, there is a shuttle that runs within a 5-mile radius (for example to Oracle) during the hours of 8am to 5pm, but you should reserve this in advance. The shuttle driver can also do personal shopping for you if you book this in advance.
You can generally park in any of the garages on the Oracle campus or the surface lot right by the conference center.

We Look Forward to Seeing You
We look forward to seeing you Tuesday morning at 7:45 for registration and breakfast. The program begins at 8:30. With joining forces with the Spatial SIG and the Northern California Oracle User Group (NoCOUG), we will have several hundred name badges to give out, so please be patient and arrive early.
Dan Vlamis and Shyam Nath, BIWA Summit 2015 Conference co-chairs

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Companies Attending Oracle BIWA SIG Jan 27-29, 2015

The countdown to BIWA Summit 2015 (Jan 27-29) has begun! Only 10 days left. This year BIWA SIG joins hands with Spatial SIG and NoCOUG. Together, we expect over 300 attendees to kick off the Day 1 on Jan 27.  Some of the companies represented by the attendees are as below:

McGrath RentCorp
Alberta Health Services
Naval Post Graduate
Rittman Mead
Red Pill Analytics
Rexer Analytics
NITAI Partners
Tek Systems
L&T Infotech

Apart from these companies, several Oracle Product Managers and others will be in the mix, All this makes BIWA Summit a great place for professional networking.