Sunday Jul 26, 2015

Big Data Analytics with Oracle Advanced Analytics: Making Big Data and Analytics Simple white paper

Big Data Analytics with Oracle Advanced Analytics:

Making Big Data and Analytics Simple

Oracle White Paper  |  July 2014 

Executive Summary:  Big Data Analytics with Oracle Advanced Analytics

(Click HERE to read entire Oracle white paper)   (Click HERE to watch YouTube video)

The era of “big data” and the “cloud” are driving companies to change.  Just to keep pace, they must learn new skills and implement new practices that leverage those new data sources and technologies.  Increasing customer expectations from sharing their digital exhaust with corporations in exchange for improved customer interactions and greater perceived value are pushing companies forward.  Big data and analytics offer the promise to satisfy these new requirements.  Cloud, competition, big data analytics and next-generation “predictive” applications are driving companies towards achieving new goals of delivering improved “actionable insights” and better outcomes.  Traditional BI & Analytics approaches don’t deliver these detailed predictive insights and simply can’t satisfy the emerging customer expectations in this new world order created by big data and the cloud.

Unfortunately, with big data, as the data grows and expands in the three V’s; velocity, volume and variety (data types), new problems emerge.  Data volumes grow and data becomes unmanageable and immovable.  Scalability, security, and information latency become new issues.  Dealing with unstructured data, sensor data and spatial data all introduce new data type complexities.  

Traditional advanced analytics has several information technology inherent weak points: data extracts and data movement, data duplication resulting in no single-source of truth, data security exposures, separate and many times, depending on the skills of the data analysts/scientists involved, multiple analytical tools (commercial and open source) and languages (SAS, R, SQL, Python, SPSS, etc.).  Problems become particularly egregious during a deployment phase when the worlds of data analysis and information management collide.   

Traditional data analysis typically starts with a representative sample or subset of the data that is exported to separate analytical servers and tools (SAS, R, Python, SPSS, etc.) that have been especially designed for statisticians and data scientists to analyze data.  The analytics they perform range from simple descriptive statistical analysis to advanced, predictive and prescriptive analytics.  If a data scientist builds a predictive model that is determined to be useful and valuable, then IT needs to be involved to figure out deployment and enterprise deployment and application integration issues become the next big challenge. The predictive model(s)—and all its associated data preparation and transformation steps—have to be somehow translated to SQL and recreated inside the database in order to apply the models and make predictions on the larger datasets maintained inside the data warehouse.  This model translation phase introduces tedious, time consuming and expensive manual coding steps from the original statistical language (SAS, R, and Python) into SQL.  DBAs and IT must somehow “productionize” these separate statistical models inside the database and/or data warehouse for distribution throughout the enterprise.  Some vendors will charge for specialized products and options for just for predictive model deployment.  This is where many advanced analytics projects fail.  Add Hadoop, sensor data, tweets, and expanding big data reservoirs and the entire “data to actionable insights” process becomes more challenging.  

Not with Oracle.  Oracle delivers a big data and analytics platform that eliminates the traditional extract, move, load, analyze, export, move load paradigm.  With Oracle Database 12c and the Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, big data management and big data analytics are designed into the data management platform from the beginning.  Oracle’s multiple decades of R&D investment in developing the industry’s leading data management platform, Oracle SQL, Big Data SQL, Oracle Exadata, Oracle Big Data Appliance and integration with open source R are seamlessly combined and integrated into a single platform—the Oracle Database.  

Oracle’s vision is a big data and analytic platform for the era of big data and cloud to:

  • Make big data and analytics simple (for any data size, on any computer infrastructure and any variety of data, in any combination) and

  • Make big data and analytics deployment simple (as a service, as a platform, as an application)

Oracle Advanced Analytics offers a wide library of powerful in-database algorithms and integration with open source R that together can solve a wide variety of business problems and can be accessed via SQL, R or GUI.  Oracle Advanced Analytics, an option to the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 12c, extends the database into an enterprise-wide analytical platform for data-driven problems such as churn prediction, customer segmentation, fraud and anomaly detection, identifying cross-sell and up-sell opportunities, market basket analysis, and text mining and sentiment analysis.  Oracle Advanced Analytics empowers data analyst, data scientists and business analysts to more extract knowledge, discover new insights and make informed predictions—working directly with large data volumes in the Oracle Database.   

Data analysts/scientists have choice and flexibility in how they interact with Oracle Advanced Analytics.  Oracle Data Miner is an Oracle SQL Developer extension designed for data analysts that provides an easy to use “drag and drop” workflow GUI to the Oracle Advanced Analytics SQL data mining functions (Oracle Data Mining).  Oracle SQL Developer is a free integrated development environment that simplifies the development and management of Oracle Database in both traditional and Cloud deployments. When Oracle Data Miner users are satisfied with their analytical methodologies, they can share their workflows with other analysts and/or generate SQL scripts to hand to their DBAs to accelerate model deployment.  Oracle Data Miner also provides a PL/SQL API for workflow scheduling and automation.  

R programmers and data scientists can use the familiar open source R statistical programming language console, RStudio or any IDE to work directly with data inside the database and leverage Oracle Advanced Analytics’ R integration with the database (Oracle R Enterprise).  Oracle Advanced Analytics’ Oracle R Enterprise provides transparent SQL to R translation to equivalent SQL and Oracle Data Mining functions for in-database performance, parallelism, and scalability—this making R ready for the enterprise.  

Application developers, using the ODM SQL data mining functions and ORE R integration can build completely automated predictive analytic solutions that leverage the strengths of the database and the flexibly of R to integrate Oracle Advanced Analytics analytical solutions into BI dashboards and enterprise applications.

By integrating big data management and big data analytics into the same powerful Oracle Database 12c data management platform, Oracle eliminates data movement, reduces total cost of ownership and delivers the fastest way to deliver enterprise-wide predictive analytics solutions and applications.  

(Click HERE to read entire Oracle white paper)

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

New Book: Predictive Analytics Using Oracle Data Miner


Great New Book Now Available:  Predictive Analytics Using Oracle Data Miner, by Brendan Tierney, Oracle ACE Director

If you have an Oracle Database and want to leverage that data to discover new insights, make predictions and generate actionable insights, this book is a must read for you!  In Predictive Analytics Using Oracle Data Miner: Develop & Use Oracle Data Mining Models in Oracle Data Miner, SQL & PL/SQL, Brendan Tierney, Oracle ACE Director and data mining expert, guides the user through the basic concepts of data mining and offers step by step instructions for solving data-driven problems using SQL Developer’s Oracle Data Mining extension.  Brendan takes it full circle by showing the reader how to deploy advanced analytical methodologies and predictive models immediately into enterprise-wide production environments using the in-database SQL and PL/SQL functionality.  

Definitely a must read for any Oracle data professional!

See Predictive Analytics Using Oracle Data Miner, by Brendan Tierney on Amazon.com  



Tuesday May 06, 2014

Oracle Data Miner 4.0/SQLDEV 4.0 New Features - Watch Demo!

Oracle Data Miner 4.0 New Features 

Oracle Data Miner/SQLDEV 4.0 (for Oracle Database 11g and 12c)

  • New Graph node (box, scatter, bar, histograms)
  • SQL Query node + integration of R scripts
  • Automatic SQL script generation for deployment

Oracle Advanced Analytics 12c New SQL data mining algorithms/enhancements features exposed in Oracle Data Miner 4.0

  • Expectation Maximization Clustering algorithm
  • PCA & Singular Vector Decomposition algorithms
  • Decision Trees can also now mine unstructured data
  • Improved/automated Text Mining, Prediction Details and other algorithm improvements
  • SQL Predictive Queries—automatic build, apply within simple yet powerful SQL query


Friday Mar 23, 2012

NEW 2-Day Instructor Led Course on Oracle Data Mining Now Available!

A NEW 2-Day Instructor Led Course on Oracle Data Mining has been developed for customers and anyone wanting to learn more about data mining, predictive analytics and knowledge discovery inside the Oracle Database.  To register interest in attending the class, click here and submit your preferred format.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain basic data mining concepts and describe the benefits of predictive analysis
  • Understand primary data mining tasks, and describe the key steps of a data mining process
  • Use the Oracle Data Miner to build,evaluate, and apply multiple data mining models
  • Use Oracle Data Mining's predictions and insights to address many kinds of business problems, including: Predict individual behavior, Predict values, Find co-occurring events
  • Learn how to deploy data mining results for real-time access by end-users

Five reasons why you should attend this 2 day Oracle Data Mining Oracle University course. With Oracle Data Mining, a component of the Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, you will learn to gain insight and foresight to:

  • Go beyond simple BI and dashboards about the past. This course will teach you about "data mining" and "predictive analytics", analytical techniques that can provide huge competitive advantage
  • Take advantage of your data and investment in Oracle technology
  • Leverage all the data in your data warehouse, customer data, service data, sales data, customer comments and other unstructured data, point of sale (POS) data, to build and deploy predictive models throughout the enterprise.
  • Learn how to explore and understand your data and find patterns and relationships that were previously hidden
  • Focus on solving strategic challenges to the business, for example, targeting "best customers" with the right offer, identifying product bundles, detecting anomalies and potential fraud, finding natural customer segments and gaining customer insight.

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