Creating Plug-in Visualizations for Oracle Data Visualization

Last week I had the privilege to present at the nlOUG Tech Experience 2018. I decided to discuss the Challenges and Pitfalls of Data Visualization.


In one of the slides I showed how we apply some of Stephen Few’s rules to our dashboards. Because we were not completely able to achieve this with out-of-the-box functionality, we decided to use jQuery. In the Oracle (OBIEE) Virtual Box Sample App, we found the inspiration.

One of the attendees asked whether it is a lot of work to add these kind of customizations. After the usual; “It depends”, we discussed a possibility to add custom visualizations to Oracle Data Visualization. If you check the ‘The Oracle Analytics Library’, you see a library of different customised data visualization examples. Besides Oracle, several companies like Peak Indicators and Vlamis.

I have not tried it myself, but here are a few links to get you started.

Oracle DVD V4 available for download

Oracle DVD V4 is available for download. There is both a Windows as well as an Mac version available. Downloading the latter only makes sense when you haven’t installed Mac High Sierra, yet. If do try to install it (like I did), you will end up with the following error.


Like Adam Bloom from Oracle states in the following thread; “Please refer to the System Requirements on the OTN download page.  Does not include High Sierra yet.”

Indeed the download page mentions the following:

System requirements:

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 7 SP1+, 8.1, or 10; Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2; Mac OS Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11), Sierra (10.12)

If you install on Windows, this would be your new start screen:


Check here for what’s new in this release. Have a look at this video to see things in action:

Update – Current version ( of Oracle DVD is supported on Mac High Sierra as well.

Oracle DVD4 System Requirements

Have fun with it and thanks for reading.

Oracle OOW17 Data Visualization Hands-on Lab @Home

Check out the following on the Twitter account of Mike Durran.

For those too lazy to type over the urls, find the links below.

Download / Cloud Trial:

Impact of Social Media –>
Creating Data Flows –>
Data –>

Analytics Library:

Have fun!

Oracle Mobile Analytcis options for the Oracle Analytics Cloud

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about Oracle Mobile Analytics. Now a few weeks later I would like to add to this post with some things and findings I ran into over the last couple of weeks. I have been looking at the new Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) offering. This post is based on how Oracle Mobile Analytics relates to OAC.

In OAC there are various options for Mobile Analytics. First you can go to the mobile devices browser. Just startup the url in the browser. No need to download a mobile app. Using a mobile browser does come with some  issues / challenges. There are differences between the different browsers. Not all content on all browsers is rendered (the same). Also you cannot make use of mobile touch gestures like; touch, tap, double-tap, drag, pinch, swipe, zoom.

Two other options are Oracle Mobile HD (Consume the dashboards and reports via an app) and Synopsis (Free – offline – Data Analysis on the go).  The latter; Synopsis is not necessarily related to OAC. One would use Synopsis to analyse offline datasources. These might be OAC extracts, but there is no direct connection.

Oracle Synopsis 2.0 now available on Android devices. Picture yourself using your eyes as a data-set. Check out the Lens feature for free.

Last but not least Oracle Day by Day (BI Ask) – “This time it’s personal”.

With Oracle Day By Day, Oracle has made a fresh start on mobile, focusing on users’ information needs rather than on simple BI delivery. – The Forrester Wave™

The idea behind Oracle Day by Day (DxD) is to deliver personalised content (what) to the user when and where he/she wants it. It will know who a user communicates with. Eventually DxD will understand why a user is interested in certain content. Based on an users interactions with the app, DxD will learn how to integrate Analytics into the users (professional) live instead of the other way around. Oracle Day by Day is all about providing a platform where the user is not having to actively request information (i.e. issue queries), but instead receive delivered, personalised reports on their mobile or tablet as and when they need it.

It will be nice to further explore the capabilities of Oracle Day by Day. I will try to cover that in another post.

So there are three different applications in the Oracle Mobile Analytics Landscape when it comes to Oracle OAC. What are the major differences between these three?

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

Thanks for reading.


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.