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June's update to Oracle Data Visualization Desktop brings a number of new and enhanced capabilities.


Highlights include:

  • New and improved viz types
  • Usability improvements to the layouts and canvas
  • Ability to source data from a remote OBIEE subject area
  • Generic ODBC/JDBC connectivity
  • Data prep enhancements for date and time analysis
  • Data Flows have been enhanced and can now output data to a remote database
  • Administration UI has been added to help you manage custom visualizations and map layers



Please refer to the attached pdf for more details or just go and download the new version and take a look.

Oracle’s Data Visualization portfolio takes another leap forward with the release of Data Visualization, extending its rich data discovery and visualization experience with new capabilities.


What’s New

DV Desktop offers organizations increased breadth and depth, ranging from smart visualizations that highlight patterns for easier detection to search-driven discovery, embedded data preparation and management, a long list of new data sources, and an extensible framework that allows users to incorporate custom visualizations.  Oracle is unique in combining this comprehensive set of capabilities in a single, easy-to-use product.


New Features


Connect & Prepare: DV Desktop delivers a whole new experience for accessing and managing data.

  • New data connections:  a host of new connections means DV Desktop now supports over 40 sources, covering everything from the most-used personal data to the top big data sources including CSV; Microsoft Access; Google Cloud, Analytics, and Drive; Amazon Aurora and EMR; Hortonworks and MapR Hive; IBM BigInsights; and many more.
  • Powerful self-service data preparation:  simple yet sophisticated new data flow functionality provides a visual interface that makes it easy for users to automatically apply ongoing updates to their information, saving significant time in data preparation and increasing the accuracy of analytics.  See the demo in the PM webcast recording.
  • Easier data management:  a redesigned Data Sources page makes it easier to find and create new connections, and the Create New Data Source page now offers the option to add filters when connecting to database sources. In addition, DV Desktop tracks the location of Excel source files, enabling users to refresh data in their visualizations as they work. Together these offer a more streamlined way for users to get data and make it meaningful for analysis.



See & Detect: smart, intuitive options for seeing and exploring data make it faster and easier for users to understand and analyze their data, using any visualization they need:

  • Smart insights: assessing data visually during upload and preparation drives faster understanding of quality and potential, which in turn streamlines getting value from analytics.  DV Desktop provides a Visual View of data so users can quickly see attributes and identify potential quality issues even before creating visualizations.
  • As easy as search:  BI Ask in DV Desktop means finding insights is as easy as typing into the search box.  Intuitive keyword search uses fuzzy matching and natural language processing to look across the semantic layer, user data, expressions, and the catalog to dynamically generate visualizations as users type.
  • New visualizations and extensible framework:  in addition to new visualizations such as timeline, parallel coordinates, network, and more, DV Desktop includes a Software Developer Kit (SDK) that allows anyone to develop and incorporate custom visuals that function as if they were native.  Now customers can easily incorporate preferred and industry-specific visualizations to quickly meet their needs.



Learn & Share: greater flexibility in displaying data and sharing analytics fosters collaboration, which in turn drives collective intelligence:

  • Multiple canvases: DV projects now feature multiple canvases, or tabs, allowing users to quickly highlight different information and better manage the visual presentation of their data.
  • Print and export:  new output and sharing options include printing all canvases and insight pages, selected pages, or even a single visualization; and exporting all canvases and pages to PDF or PowerPoint, which can then be shared as an email attachment.  Users can also export the data from a visualization and save it locally as a CSV file.

This month’s incremental update delivers improved connectivity to a number of data sources, enhancements for language and region-related functionality, plus numerous stability fixes and enhancements. 


You can download the latest update here.


Improvements have been made to the following:

  • Connectivity has been incrementally improved for Spark, Oracle Applications, Salesforce, Greenplum, Hive, Oracle Database, RightNow, SQL Server, and Teradata.
  • Better support has been added for multi-byte characters found in source data as well as enhancements and fixes for regional formatting of data.
  • Minor incremental improvements have been made to the behavior of visualizations including trendline and radar bar chart.
  • Stability improvements have been made for importing projects, process management and startup.


The next feature update in two months time will bring many new and exciting functional enhancements.  Watch this space.

The end of May brings the first update to Oracle Data Visualization Desktop. You can download the latest update here.


This update is mainly minor bug fixes with a focus on national language support (NLS).


The following data sources have been added or promoted from preview/beta:

Redshift, Hive, Impala, MongoDB, Sybase IQ and Salesforce


The following data sources are currently available on preview/beta:

Greenplum, RightNow