Friday, April 15, 2011

Collaborate 2011 Tue to Wrap!

I micro-blogged this year more than I blogged... along the event...
Now that Collaborate is over I get some time to look back...

Monday I had my talk at 2:30 PM titled "Competing on Appliances..."  Monday the Expo hall opened and I had my first encounter with Watson and play Jeopardy at the IBM booth... the expos hall had good finger food and drinks... good way to drive the crowd.

Tuesday was a very busy day for me... We had the BIWA  keynote by Mark Townsend on Exadata and BI at 10:30 AM... Right after was our Throwdown - The Iron Applications closing event at 11:45..the videos of our presentation are on the YouTube... you can test drive the Team Shefu at user id teamshefu pwd demo  It is the full working application done as POC for the design contest we did in last 30 days under leadership of Tony Jedlinski and Coleman Levitar and myself (Shyam Varan Nath)...

Next I had moderated the BI and EPM Panel... I am thank for the big lineup I had Ed Roske (EPM Ace Director), Rich Solari from Deloitte (BI expert), Tobin Gilman from Oracle (BI/EPM), Swapan Golla from Gallup (Analytics expert) and Abhinav Banerjee (BI implmentor)... I plan to blog about this session a few days later... to recap the discussions. My last session was of the day  was on OBIEE and BI Application at 4:30 PM...  The IBM Reception was the same evening at 7:30 at Cuba Libre. I had invited my customers and some of my other friends like Arup and Vinod Haval were there as well.

On Wedesday I had one formal presentation and that was my Quick Tip on OBIEE 11g upgrade experiences.. It was also part of IOUG Plugged i.e. it could be viewed by those remote audience who registered only for plugged in... the web session was facilitated by the goto meeting.  Though I have done it before, it is still unique experience to present to both in-room audience and remote audience and I missed explicitly welcoming the remote audience or saying good bye to them!

The Wed night was the best part of the event! well the private party with free fod and (soft) drinks and unlimited access to rides. I did the new Harry Potter ride which is somewhat like an indoor roller coaster. The wait was about 15 mins.. but was mainly a walking wait i.e. you walk thru the winding queue to get to the ride.

Thursday was the first day we as part of IOUG Conference Committee I did not have to wake up early for the 7 am meetings... but I did have to attend the BI Publisher presentation that Chris Gay did on our customer OBIEE and BIP implementation.  Next was the Deloitte's OBIEE presentation by Rich Solari and team.  At 12:15 was the IOUG Closing session and the final "Throwdown"  with a quick recap of the Iron Application competition.  There were man interesting questions from the judges and audience.  Judge Maria Anderson said the other team's design was like a light healthy lunch and our entre was the filling sumptious dinner!  No doubth we won but congrats to our worthy competitior Sheeri and Brad on the Silver Medal!

To sum up, the next year event Collaborate will be in Vegas next year! in April 2011.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Collaborate 2011 Monday Wrap up

I had my first encounter with Watson, see here in the IBM booth at Collaborate. The Exhibition hall started today, and was fun to walk around and meet many familiar faces. Attendees could stop by at IBM booth and interact with Watson and play jeopardy!

This year Netezza and IBM booths are separate, it was the same situation the first year after IBM bought Cognos, the exhibit hall deals are signed way in advance, probably like close to a year.

The day started with the "energetic" keynote and ended with the Exhibition Hall reception... done with my presentation titled Competing on Analytics... 2 more sessions and a Quick tip left and then the Iron Throwdown (closing session event)....still a lot to go!

Collaborate 2011 Monday keynote - Dan Thurmon

I started blogging here and will continue to blog thru the keynote of Dan Thurman who will be talking about his new book Off Balance for a Purpose!    Dan is telling how he planned to start his key note that he will come running to the stage!

Is the the vision enough to do something, it is not just ideas it is the actions that determine the success in life!
He is energizing the audience, see here.  He can sure do some acrobatics...

He is too engaging so I am going to stop blogging or at least slow down and rather pay attention to him!
His stage antics continues as he jumps around radiating his energy as he talks.  He is talking about the experiences that one can create at Collaborate by immersing oneself into the event over the next few days.

Can you speak and juggle at the same time to create the visual aid! Well Dan can!

Dan is setting the bar really high for the speakers at Collaborate:

 Shyam Varan Nath 
  can you learn a new pattern? Talk juggle and balance!

Great analogy of Cloud Computing with the cloth in air to learn juggling!

Collaborate 2011 Monday April 11, 2011

It's Collaborate Monday morning and the first key note is about to begin!
The speaker is Dan Thurmon who is a motivational speaker. Always good to listen to get a different perspective to kick-off the formal conference.  A lot of attendees and organizers actually  come to the event on Saturday or Sunday to take care of behind the scenes events.  I got here on Saturday, being just 2.5 hrs drive door-to-door, it was fun that to stand in TSA lines!

The BIWA Bootcamp (two days on BI) and the BI centric hands on labs start today... First lab is by Joe Leva and is related installing the OBIEE 11g sample apps...get in early to get your seats as it is first come first serve with 40 seats.

A lot of conferences have the concept of a Network Catalyst who help to energize the attendees and motivate them to network with each other and make the best of the conference. Here are my personal tips:

1) Do not hide behind your your blackberries... instead to talk to real people and exchange business cards and share your interests
2) Do follow up during and after the event
3) Make use of the birds of a feather lunch table to meet like minded people!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

BIWA Summit at Collaborate - Hands on Labs

------------ BIWA Hands on Lab Schedule -------------------
Date                   Time                                            Session Title

Mon, April 11 9:15 am - 11:15 am Hands-on Lab: Installing and configuring OBIEE 11g and the Full Sample Application

Mon, April 11 11:45 am - 1:45 pm Hands-on Lab: Essbase lab - Introduction to Oracle Essbase 

Mon, April 11 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Hands-on Lab: Creating OLAP Cubes in Oracle Database 11g 

Tues, April 12 8:00 am - 10:00 am Hands-On Lab: Oracle Data Mining IOUG

Tues, April 12 10:30 am - 11:30 am BIWA Bootcamp: Visualizing Data Using Maps in OBI 11g 

Tues, April 12 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Hands-on Lab: Learn Excel PivotTables for BI Direct to Oracle OLAP 

Tues, April 12 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm Hands-on Lab: BI Publisher Hands On Lab 

Wed, April 13 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Hands-on Lab: Tutorial Building Map-Based Dashboards with Oracle BIEE Suite

Friday, April 8, 2011

My Schedule at Collaborate 2011

Collaborate Conference tends to become the busiest week for me each year, so I decided to organize my events and sessions here (think of it as my BI related session recommendations!):

April 9 Sat 4:00 PM, Conference Committee Meeting at Room 106A
April 10 Sunday Speaker Orientation at 3:15,
Conf Committee at 4:30PM and IOUG Reception at 5:30
April 11 - Monday
Conference Committee Meeting at 7:00-7:30am AM
1:15 304 A BIWA Bootcamp: OBIEE Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards
My Talk at 2:30 PM at 308D "Competing on Appliances: Exadata Exalogic and More..."

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm BIWA Bootcamp: Reporting on Essbase and Oracle OLAP using OBIEE
April 12 - Tue
7:00-7:30am Conference Committee at 106A
Mark Townsend Keynote at 10:30 AM - Better Together: Exadata with Analytics and Business Intelligence
11:45 is the Throwdown Contest
BI EPM Panel at 3:15 PM - Moderator
OBIEE and BI Applications talk at 4:30 PM - Speaker

April 13 - Wed
Conference Committee at 7:00-7:30 AM at 106A
Balaji's Keynote - Oracle BI and EPM: Overview of Strategic Direction
11:45 to 12:15 QT OBIEE 11g Migration Experiences - Custom and BI Applications

April 14 - Thurs
Closing Session Throwdown
Conference Committee after closing at 106A

Countdown to Collaborate 2011

Dear BIWA SIG Members,

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Check out the BIWA Summit at Collaborate details:

A static listing of BIWA Sessions can be found here (check Conference Schedule for latest list):

You can still be a part of IOUG Collaborate as remote attend, Plug-in to Orlando:
Register using code BIWA2011 for your BI-nefits!

Mark the BIWA SIG meeting on-site at your calendars:
Wednesday, April 13 10:30 am - 11:30 am at Room: 307C

Attend BI and EPM Panel : The Foundation for Success
Time: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Room 306A
Listen to the Industry Experts

Shyam V Nath