Friday Oct 26, 2012

Big Data & Business Analytics Webcast on Halloween

 This is going to be a great webcast with Andrew McAfee.  Register here.

Monday Oct 15, 2012

Exalytics Webcast - Extreme Analytics Without Limits

Event Date: October 18, 2012
Event Time: 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET

If your organization is like most, you grapple with an ongoing struggle to obtain timely and relevant information from your enterprise systems. So, while you may have the data needed to answer key questions, the volume, complexity, and dispersal of that data makes getting those answers tough.

Attend this Webcast to learn how the combination of Oracle Exalytics In- Memory Machine and Oracle’s market leading analytic applications enables you to go beyond the traditional boundaries of data analysis and get the insight you need from massive volumes of data – all at the speed of thought.

See how you can benefit from running your analytic applications on Oracle Exalytics to:

  • Lower TCO
  • Improve Operational Decision Making and Enhance Competitive Advantage
  • Deliver Speed-of-thought Analysis – Anytime, Anywhere
Register today. Learn how Oracle Business Analytics can move your business ahead.

Register Here

Monday Oct 01, 2012

OOW Mobile Analytics Session Follow-up

Had a great turn out for our session on Mobile Analytics yesterday.  Thanks to all that came and were so engaged and interactive.  Below are a few of the links from the presentation.  The full presentation will be available for download via the Content Catalog for OOW attendees shortly after the conference.

Oracle Web Resources:

Dashboard Design Resources (Books)

Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data, by Stephen Few.

Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten, by Stephen Few

Stephen Few's website.

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte's website.

Friday Sep 21, 2012

Analytics Consulting at Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 just around the corner.  Going to be a great conference this year and the Analytics Consulting practice will be there in full force.

This year I will be presenting on Mobile Analytics.  My session is Monday afternoon at 3:15 at the Palace Hotel.

Session: CON9500 - Delivering Your Mobile Analytics Strategy with Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile Solutions

Time/Location:  3:15-4:15 PST, Palace Hotel, Telegraph Room

Abstract:  In this session, learn how Oracle Consulting can enable you to develop a mobile analytics strategy. Your users will be able to view, analyze, and act on Oracle Business Intelligence content while on the go. Hear how Oracle Consulting customers are leveraging the power of Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile to turn insight into action directly from a mobile device.

Oracle Consulting Solution Center

As always, the Oracle Consulting Solution Center will be open in Moscone West (Lobby Level 3).  You can stop by and to schedule one-on-one's with Oracle Consultants and Architects to discuss any variety of topics. Please stop by and schedule an appointment if you would like to discuss specific BI or EPM topic with me or one of our other EPM/BI architects.

Consulting Center Hours
Mon, 9/20, 9:45 am - 5:30 pm
Tues, 9/21, 9:45 am - 5:30 pm
Wed, 9/22, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Additionally, we Oracle Consulting will have 2 demo pods on the exhibit floors.

 Demo Pods:

Helping You Successfully Migrate to the Cloud (Moscone West, W-022)

Oracle Consulting: Optimizing Your Engineered Systems Environment (Moscone South, S-170)

Hope everyone has a great time in San Francisco next week and please stop by the Oracle Consulting Solution Center, even just to say "hello!"  And if you can't make the conference, be sure to follow the live twitter coverage of key Analytics events.

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Endeca Webcast - Unlock insights from every source

Most organizations have implemented business intelligence to enable decision makers to monitor, understand and improve business performance.

Yet over 80% of enterprise information exists as unstructured data beyond the reach of traditional BI environments - in websites, social media, content management systems, emails, documents, sensor data, external databases, and more - and this diverse and changing data is growing exponentially. Organizations that cannot understand the insights buried within this data are at a critical competitive disadvantage.

Join our Free Live Webcast on Wednesday, September 26 to find out how Oracle Endeca Information Discovery solutions unite the worlds of unstructured and structured data to provide business users with complete visibility into their business processes, creating new insights and enabling better business decisions. Only Oracle provides a complete, integrated solution for superior structured and unstructured data analysis, all delivered on engineered systems optimized for performance and low total cost of ownership.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
9 a.m. PT /noon ET

Wednesday Sep 05, 2012

Oracle's Business Analytics Strategy Webcast

Join Mark Hurd and Balaji Yelamanchili as they 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.

Register today for this on demand event.

New Business Analytics Newsletter Available

Check out the August edition of the Oracle Business Analytics Newsletter.

 One of my favorites in this edition is the link to the Land O' Lakes video with Barry Lebenson, CIO, where he describes their use case for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery.  Its about half way down the page, or just click here.

Thursday Aug 23, 2012

Introduction to Big Data: Turning Data into Insight

We just published the first in series of resources on Oracle expanding capabilities in Big Data.

Learn how to start turning your data into insight by reading the Introduction to Big Data Guide. This quick read by big data experts covers how to:

  • Acquire, organize, and analyze big data
  • Uncover hidden relationships that lead to new perspectives
  • Turn analytics into better decision-making

Read the guide today. And stay tuned for more resources in our three-part big data series that will help you keep your treasure trove of data from simply turning into digital exhaust.

Wednesday Aug 08, 2012

Webcast: Analytics at the Speed of Thought

Event Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Event Time: 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET

Join this Webcast and learn how you can manage your business smarter and faster with the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine – an industry first. In this briefing, you’ll hear how organizations like yours are embracing Oracle Exalytics to plan, monitor and make decisions at unprecedented speed.

You’ll gain valuable information and practical tips on how to:

  • Support exponentially growing data volumes and user populations
  • Run business intelligence and analytic applications faster than ever before
  • Enable business users to interact with data, visualize it, and discover new insights
  • Forecast and plan more frequently, and at greater levels of detail
  • Enable mobile intelligence across your organization

Balaji Yelamanchili – Senior Vice President of Analytics and Performance Management, Oracle
Paul Rodwick – Vice President, Product Management, Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle

 Click here to register.

Friday Jul 27, 2012

New OBIEE Sample App Available (

A new version of the OBIEE Sample Application is now available on the Oracle Technology Network. The Sample Application (SampleApp) for Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus (EE) is a comprehensive collection of examples designed to demonstrate Oracle BI capabilities and design best practices.

As with the previous version, this release is available as a Virtual Box image, providing a turnkey environment for testing and exploring OBIEE. 

Key new features of the sample app include:

  1. Exalytics Features - Exalytics configurations, aggregate navigation, Summary Advisor, & advanced visualizations are enabled in this stand-alone VM environment.  This allows you to test and evaluate the advanced features available in Exalytics.
  2. Lifecycle & Administration Examples - Enhanced examples for Webcat monitoring and maintenance, enhance user testing, query analysis & database monitoring examples.
  3. New Content & Visualization Examples - New visualization examples, a new BIP example application, and a new example dataset and application for analyzing US Flight Delay information.

You can see the scale of the changes and new content in following graphic shows the Index of the new Sample app, with all the new content highlighted in Red.  A full list of changes is available on the OTN site link below.

You can download the new sample app from

The SampleApp contents and its code are distributed free for demonstrative purposes only. It is neither maintained nor supported by Oracle as a licensed product.


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