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Review of Oracle BI 11g Visualizations Book

Christian Screen | | September 9, 2015

We were finally able to pass around the Oracle BI 11g Visualizations book around the office a few months back and give it a good read. Dan Vlamis (Oracle ACE Director) and Tim Vlamis have written a fantastic book on using the often overshadowed visual presentation paradigm found in modern analytics. They’ve taken a targeted drill down approach to uncovering core aspects for delivering strong visual presentations of analytical data via Oracle BI 11g (OBIEE). This book is so well organized, it impresses from the first chapter all the way through to the end.

The book can be found here from the publisher.


It’s clear that as you round chapter 3, focused on graphs, that copious diagrams and visualizations of OBIEE graphs and charts riddle the book acting as great company to the detailed reference text. The book acts as a great “here’s what you need to see and know” guide for the type of analytical visualizations you want to build for your users; or, how to correct the ones you’ve already built adding more interactivity and better design. The book is light on step-by-step instructions sets. But as a business analyst in a previous life (some days still), my thoughts are that a heavy instruction set for this type of book would have slowed the book’s pace and weighed it down. One of my favorite things about this book is its size. Weighing in at approximately 300 pages of great content this book is a quick read and an excellent reference for any developer or analyst to have sitting at their desk ready to provide best practices for telling the best story about their data using OBIEE.

Without giving away too much detail away about the book there are three chapters I recommend that make justifying the book purchase: 7-Dashboard Design and Mechanics, 8-Dashboard Interactions, and 11-Other Visualization Topics. These chapters are full of design best practices and tidbits that show functionality with which you are most likely not yet familiar or didn’t know how to properly use. In the end, Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g takes the enterprise analytics tool and its vast graphical capability and organizes that essence into a tactical reference for the masses by using the authors’ real world perspectives, innovative techniques, and general advice for creating highly visual presentations of BI Data. Nicely done Tim and Dan.

This just might be the next interview on the Art of BI Podcast. We’ll see and let you know.

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