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.
Thanks

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 www.biwasummit.org. 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:

Linkedin
Intel
Deloitte
Waters.com
Comcast
WellsFargo
McGrath RentCorp
Prologis
ESRI
Alberta Health Services
Naval Post Graduate
Bechtel
Bloomberg
Deloitte
GE
IBM
Harvard
Here.com
Oracle
Symantec
Rittman Mead
Red Pill Analytics
Vlamis
Rexer Analytics
AGSI
Cloudera
Troype
1Spatial
NITAI Partners
Tek Systems
Datagaps
Dynasoft
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.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Why Attend Oracle BIWA Summit Jan 27-29, 2015 at Redwood City, CA?

Six Great Reasons for
Oracle Big Data, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Spatial and Data Warehousing Professionals to
Attend the Oracle BIWA Summit Jan 27-29, 2015 at Oracle HQ
This year, BIWA Summit is joining forces with Oracle Spatial Summit 2015 and the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG)

Learn                             Come learn what others in your industry are doing.  Hear presentations from customers like you who have implemented Oracle technologies and learn from their success and the challenges they faced. 
·         5 Featured Talks by Industry Leaders
·         8 two hour Hands on Labs taught by product experts
·         56 Technical Sessions delivered by experienced Customers, skilled Partners and Oracle Development experts
Access                          Enjoy unmatched access to Oracle Development Senior Management, technical professionals and leaders from every facet of Oracle Big Data, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Spatial and Data Warehousing.  Come hear from
·         Doug Cutting, Chief Architect, Cloudera and founder of numerous successful open source projects
·         Matthew Bradley, Oracle SVP, Product Development, EPM Applications
·         Ken Inman,  Vice President of Analytics, Neustar
·         Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle Executive Vice President, Database Server Technologies
·         Neil Mendelson, Oracle Vice President, Product Management, Big Data and Advanced Analytics
·         …and Many More!
Experts                       Benefit from the expertise of some of the world’s leading authorities in Oracle Big Data, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Spatial and Data Warehousing technologies.
·         Tom Kyte, Oracle Architect and author of the extremely popular “Ask Tom” resource
·         Steve Feuerstein, Oracle Architect and author of Oracle PL/SQL Programming and other books
·         Mark Rittman, President, Rittman Mead & Jon Mead, EMEA Managing Director
·         …and Many More!
Networking         Expand your peer network and meet people you can turn to for technical guidance, ideas and strategic insights for years to come.
Value                 Managed by the BIWA SIG of IOUG, the BIWA Summit is run as a non-profit by customers and other users like you who want to learn technical skills and tips rather than hear marketing and sales pitches.  Draw from a 5-track BIWA Summit’15 Agenda with nearly 70 total sessions including 2-hour Hands on Labs with Oracle software running on the Cloud and discussions with Oracle experts—to gain more value than any other industry event.
Best Practices  Discover innovations and learn best practices from novel and interesting Oracle “BIWA” technology use cases and solutions that can make an impact on your programs today.

BIWA Summit’15
This year the summit will join forces with Oracle Spatial Summit 2015 and the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG), one of the oldest Oracle user groups in the world, bringing everyone together under one roof.  Sponsored by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and Advanced Analytics (BIWA) special interest group (SIG) and the IOUG Spatial SIG, the event includes featured sessions hosted by industry leaders, case studies, education sessions, hands-on labs, and networking events. 

"The summit offers an unparalleled chance for like-minded users, developers, and product experts to really focus on current trends, share novel and interesting use cases, and come away with a stronger professional network as well as valuable, hands-on skills"
- Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Database Server Technologies. 

Transform Big Data to Actionable Insights!  Learn more and register at Oracle BIWA Summit 2015.




       Oracle Spatial Summit 2015             

Friday, December 12, 2014

BIWA Summit 2015 --Registration is open!

Registration is open, and we have a ton of great sessions for the 2015 summit, the event is taking place, Jan 27-29, 2015, we already have a great crowd coming out to the event!

See the Session list:
http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844


BIWA Summits have been organized and managed by the Oracle BI, DW and Analytics SIG user community of IOUG (Independent Oracle User Group) and attract the top Oracle BI, DW and Advanced Analytics and Big Data experts. The 2.5-day BIWA Summit'15 event involves Keynotes by Industry experts, Educational sessions, Hands-on Labs and networking events. We have a great line up so far w/ Tom Kyte Senior Technical Architect in Oracles Server Technology, Doug Cutting (Chief Architect, Cloudera), Oracle BI Senior Management, Neil Mendelson, VP of Product Management Big Data and Advanced Analytics, Matt Bradley, SVP, Oracle Product Development, EPM Applications, other features speakers, and many customers/tech experts

 (see web site http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844 search % Sessions).

Our BIWA Summit offers a broad, multi-track user driven conference that has built up a growing reputation over the years. We emphasize technical content and networking with like minded customers, users, developers, product managers (Database, Big Data Appliance, Oracle Advanced Analytics, Spatial, OBIEE, Endeca, Big Data Discovery, In-Memory, SQL Patterns, etc.), etc. who all share an interest in “novel and interesting use cases” of Oracle BI, DW, Advanced Analytics and Spatial technologies, applications and solutions. We’re off to a great start this year with a great agenda and hope to pack the HQ CC this Jan 27-29, 2015 with 300+ attendees.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What's in the air @Oracle Openworld 2014

Just came out of the keynote of day 2, the first speaker Dr. Didier Bonnet, SVP and Global Practice Leader at Capgemini  focused on Digital transformation of business. He used examples of Starbucks, Asian Paints, Vail and so on... ""Digital technology will remain the endless agitator of the business world."   It was good to hear GE's Industrial Internet as a transformative concept.

Thomas Kurien spoke at the later half and had several invited folks to show the live demo of many new offerings on the Cloud, Big Data and Analytics front. It was interesting to see the demo using SQL Developer to show the speed-up due to use of in-memory computing. I posted a lot of images from the keynote from my Twitter account    It was interesting to see that Thomas covered mainly Technology topics topics today as against "Applications" topics.

More to come...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Oracle User Group Summit Sep 2014

This year the Oracle User Group Leaders are meeting just before Oracle Openworld world for two days - Sep 25-26, 2014. Selected Oracle User Group Leaders immerse themselves into activities and sessions that help to manage the User Groups, Special Interest Groups (SIG's) and Regional Groups throughout the year. This is a good meeting point of the Leaders from different parts of the world.

Check out the pictures of the activities these such as the Customer Journey map:
https://twitter.com/MeKolbe/status/515272230997983232/photo/1  OR here
https://twitter.com/hashtag/IOUC?src=hash

I am doing a pitch on Internet on Things (Embrace IoT) later today. More to come...