Check out the 2017 UKOUG Conference agendas.

Last week I announced that I will be speaking at the UKOUG Tech17. Today I can announce that the 2017 UKOUG Conference Agendas are now live! Check out the agendas for the co-located UKOUG conferences for Apps17JDE17 and Tech17.

I will be part of the Business Analytics track. For me personally it is a great honour to be part of this track.

I will be presenting on Monday 4 December at 09:00-09:50 and Wednesday 6 December at 12:25-13:15.

Check out the complete line up here.

Also special attention for other Quistor activities at the UKOUG 2017 Conference. Quistor is one of the sponsors of the UKOUG JD Edwards Conference & Exhibition 2017. My colleague Jack van den Brink will be hosting three sessions:

It will be a challenge to pick and choose. See you all next December 2017.

Originally written for LinkedIn.

I am speaking at UKOUG Tech17

Last Friday I received confirmation that my papers for next UKOUG Tech17 in December are accepted. I will be talking about Oracle (Big) Data (Warehousing). The presentations will cover different aspects of the Oracle Data Management ecosystem.

Presenting at the UKOUG Tech17 will be a challenge, but I am really looking forward to it. It will give the opportunity put myself and my employer Quistor on the map. Quistor is always present at the UKOUG JD Edwards Conference & Exhibition. Next to our JD Edwards activities, Quistor is also active in the Business Analytics and Big Data market. Therefor it is great that we are offered the opportunity to be part of the UKOUG Tech17.

I am expecting a great lineup in the Business Analytics track. It will be great to meet ‘old’ and new friends. There will also be an offline presence of the #obihackers IRC channel. Finally a chance to meet people in real-life instead of from behind the keyboard.

See you all next December 2017.

Originally written for LinkedIn.

Oracle Data Visualization Desktop for Mac is now available for download

Last week Oracle Data Visualization Desktop for Mac became available for download on OTN.

Unfortunately this version has not (yet) the same capabilities as the Windows version. According to a comment in the following thread on the Oracle OTN forum there are some issues with ‘R’ in the Mac version. Therefor the Advanced Analytics functionality is not available. Also because of driver availability DVD for Mac cannot connect to as many datasources as DVD for Windows.

Still for the Mac users amongst us, this is a first step in the ‘right’ direction.

 

 

Recharged and back in business

After 3 weeks of quality time with family and friends my batteries are completely recharged and I am back in business. I have been almost completely offline. At least from a professional perspective. So after 3 weeks there is a lot to catch up with. This catching up includes things like email, Twitter and LinkedIn. Richard van der Blom has some interesting tips and tricks to make this process somewhat easier.

Back in business, what does that mean for me. First it is good to know that my employer Quistor has an Oracle Business Analytics & Big Data practice. Our Spanish practice is an well respected and recognised partner from Oracle. We would like to achieve the same here in the Netherlands. This is an interesting challenge and I will need my charged battery for that. I would really like to get into contact with people (especially experienced Business Analytics & Big Data Sales consultants) who are interested in building this ‘new’ entity within Quistor.

Next to my Quistor activities I am also part of the Dutch Oracle User Group. As a BIWA SIG lead I am interested in all kinds of (customer) stories related to Oracle in combination with Business Analytics, (Big) Data, Data Integration, etc. If you have something interesting to tell, please let me know.

Do you want to practice your presentation for #Oracle Open World? Please let me know! On the 21st of September, @nl_OUG organises an #OOW preview night.

Just before I went off to charge my batteries, I started a blogpost, because there is so much interesting out there that I need to record it to keep track. It’s my intention to continue this. I hope you will find my findings interesting. Please share your comments.

All in all I am ready and open for business again. If there is ‘anything’ I can do for you please get in touch. Let’s see how we can help each other.

 

Originally written for LinkedIn.

Thanks for reading.

Trying out the Oracle Cloud Platform

One of the great things of working with Oracle is the possibility to try things out………., for free. Yes, some things at Oracle are indeed free 😃!! There are various places where you can download Oracle (related) software / scripts / examples / etc., so you can try things out.

You should create an account on OTN (Oracle Technology Network) and download the software you want to try out. Also on OTN, you can find pre-built Virtual Box Appliances, so you can start trying out software without the hassle of installing it yourself. Check out various examples and scripts for Oracle in general here or for Oracle Analytics in specific in the Oracle Analytics Store. This is just a brief example of all Oracle related info you could find online.

There is a large Oracle Community (both online on e.g. Twitter, the Oracle Forums or good old IRC as well as offline e.g. at the various User Conferences) where you can exchange your knowledge on all different topics in the Oracle Red Stack.

The last few years Oracle is making the move to the Cloud. Although the platform in the Cloud is the same as On-Premise, people still want to try things out. Fortunately Oracle offers the opportunity to try things out in the Cloud. Navigate to the Oracle Cloud Trial Page.

Experience Oracle Cloud with $300 in free credit

Oracle sends various announcements out into the public to try out their Oracle Cloud Platform.

“Try our Platform. You can get $300 in free credit to make the most of all the features. See how:

This is great or at least it sounds great. As part of my Gathering new Knowledge experience, I tried out the Data Lake Self Guided Tutorial. Therefor I signed up for an Oracle Cloud Trial, where I created an Object Storage Instance, and a Big Data Cloud Service – Compute Edition (BDCS-CE) Instance. It was nice to see some of the possibilities and tried things out.

Unfortunately after 30 days my trial (not my credits!) was over. I received several mails that my trial period was extended and therefor my services have been terminated. The only option was to convert my Free Oracle Cloud subscription.

I also tried to setup a new environment. With no succes unfortunately. It looks like I need a new account and probably a new credit card to make this work.

I hope Oracle will come up with another solution to keep the Oracle (Cloud) Community as active and alive as the Oracle On-Premise Community.

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Data Architecture in a digital world; empowering the Data Driven Enterprise

Data is playing an increasing important role in organisations today. If you want to stay ahead of the competition you need to do things differently and preferably better than they do. This means you have to start initiatives. Initiatives which most likely involve an IT component. IT initiatives which are fed by reliable information / insights. These reliable information / insights com from various kinds of data.

Being Data Driven as an organisation is not something you can just turn on. There is more to data than just IT. To be able to be a really Data Driven, an organisation performs a Data Management discussion throughout the whole organisation.

Daan Rijsenbrij, assited by Ronald Damhof and Martijn Evers, is researching data architecture as it manifests itself in organisations. The purpose of this research is to investigate the maturity in the thinking about & working with data in modern enterprises. Check more details here.

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Oracle Mobile Analytics

Imagine yourself without a mobile device. There was a time we used our mobile phone to make calls only. Ok, we did some text sending via sms. But that was it. Nowadays (if I look at myself) I do not use my phone to make phone calls. Yes, when I am in the car the phone comes in handy to speak to others and to kill time. The main reason I use my phone is to lookup information or to interact with other people. This is not by speech but by sending messages.

In lot’s of situations the smartphone or the tablet have taken over the role of the desktop computer. The same goes for Analytical Applications. People use their mobile devices to run analytics where the used to do that via their pc connected to the local network.

Also Oracle has a strategy for mobile analytics. Oracle currently offers three different mobile apps for analytics:

  • Oracle BI HD
  • Synopsis
  • Day By Day

 

Although it looks a little bit confusing, there just is a separate app for a different purpose.

Oracle BI HD is Oracle’s first mobile application for analytics. It’s basically another platform to run your desktop reports. Oracle BI HD can be licensed on top of on-premise OBIEE and is integrated with the Cloud license.

If you download the application from the app-store (Apple in my case) you can just connect to any Oracle BI Server you have available. I chose to connect to our Quistor BI Cloud environment. Of course you can add any other Oracle BI Server URL you want to connect to.

 

 

 

 

You have to enter a host. In the case of the Quistor BI Cloud environment you will enter the Service Instance URL which you can find in the BICS Service Details.

After the server is added and you connect to it, you have to enter the login details. This is similar to logging into the BICS environment.

 

 

 

 

Now you enter into the Analytics Environment where you have access to the same dashboards as you have available in the Cloud. Check here the General Ledger Dashboard of our Quistor BINGO environment.

The same dashboard on the left as it shows on my smartphone. Of course you do not have the same experience as on the desktop or even the tablet. But it is nice that you can bring your dashboards with you and analyse data while being on the road.

 

 

 

Synopsis allows a user to analyse files (received on) a mobile device without the need to access a Oracle BI Server.

Imagine you have an Excel spreadsheet available in a Box Cloud environment. In this case it is the Pipeline.xlsx.

After you download the application from the app-store (Apple in my case) you can import this spreadsheet directly into the Oracle Synopsis mobile application.

 

 

After the data is imported into the application, you have a project with the imported spreadsheet.

 

 

You can immediately analyse the Pipeline data. The application already prepared some analysis for you based on the data it finds.

Check out Youtube to see Oracle Synopsis in Action.

 

 

 

 

Day By Day is Oracle’s latest addition to the Oracle Mobile Application offering. This application is different from the Oracle BI HD application. You will use search technology, either by voice or by typing, to create your analysis.

You can download the application from the app-store (Apple in my case).

Starting up the application allows you to enter. One of the prerequisites of this application is an Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) environment with BI Author and DV Consumer roles. At this moment I do not have an OAC environment at my disposal. There is a demo included in the app. Select ‘Try a Demo’ and after you are welcomed to the application you can start analysing data.

 

 

Via a typed or spoken search string (in this case; ‘revenue per customer segment’ you can create an analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This search leads to the graph on the right. Of course this is only an easy example. For more details and examples, please have a look here.

 

 

 

 

Interesting applications to check out. They might not all be evenly useful, but it’s good to have a choice of functionality to satisfy your mobile analytical needs. What I don’t get is that all the applications start with a blue screen. Not the bsod, but why Oracle did not choose an Oracle Red startup screen is a mystery for me.

This post is written as part of my Exploring Oracle Business Analytics series.

Thanks for reading.