The Best of 2014

Well. This is it, the end of another great OBIEE year, and what a year of blogging it was.

I tried to find a top 10 blogs for 2014 but when I got to 22 blogs to choose from I decided to cover them all!

Happy New Year.

What will 2015 bring?

1. How-To: File hunt for OBIEE GUI changes

Christian Berg says that one of the questions that frequently comes up is ‘How do I change a part of the GUI of OBIEE?’

He says the point isn’t simply to say “do X in Y”, but rather “how do you get to know that you need to change X in Y?

He then talks us through the process.

2. RittmanMead BI Forum 2014 – Wrap – up

Daan Bakboord summarises the RittmanMead BI Forum. He says that the program is varied with Oracle BI EE, Oracle Endeca, Aggregation Persistence, Big Data, Oracle Exalytics, Oracle BI Cloud,  Oracle Information Management Reference Architecture etc. It was also a place to network and exchange ideas.

He also praised Robin Moffat for his presentation, ‘No Silver Bullets – OBIEE Performance in the Real World’.

3. Minimalist Design for the Criteria Tab

Jeff McQuigg says, “When it comes to OBI report design, minimalist is the only way to go when it comes to the Criteria Tab. Whereas architecture and design are subjective, when it comes to keeping the criteria tab minimalist there is a strong, demonstrable benefit to this philosophy. It’s so important that this is the very first thing I look for when I am called in for a performance healthcheck review.”

This post takes a quick look into why.

4. 3rd-Party Visualizations in OBIEE

Kevin McGinley writes:

“In Part 1 of this post, I wrote about why you might want to add third-party visualization capabilities for OBIEE and gave a brief explanation how to setup one approach: calling java visualization engines. In Part 2 I walked through a detailed example of how to actually do this using a visualization engine called Flot. In this post I will do the same thing for a visualization engine called D3.”

5. Cloud Services Are Reaching Maturity – Thoughts from OOW 2014

Myles Gilsenan writes of how he attended Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) 2014 recently with a focus on BI, Big Data and ERP.

He then summarises:

Business Intelligence (BI)

  • BI Cloud Services
  • BI Apps 11.1.1.1.8 (ODI version)
  • Golden Gate and Real Time Reporting
  • OBIEE/Essbase Integration

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

  • Budgeting and Planning Cloud Service
  • Big Data  - Big Data Discovery, SQL for Big Data, Big Data Appliance
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Oracle Fusion Apps
  • Fusion Financials & Oracle Transactional BI
  • Oracle Functional Set-Up Manager (FSM)

6. Oracle BI Mobile App Designer – Version 2

Peak Indicators discuss Version 2 with the new features:

  • Map Visualisation
  • Custom Maps
  • Set of new functions with redesigned calculated fields

and improved functionality on:

  • Redesigned authoring UI
  • Exploration template
  • Application level calculated fields
  • Filters

They then go through in detail:

  • User Interface
  • Calculated Field
  • Multiple Filters
  • Exploration Page
  • Sidebar
  • New Map Visualisation
  • New Custom Map
  • Plugins
  • Other Features

7. MS Sharepoint and Oracle APEX integration

Dimitri Gielis says that at Oracle Open World, he gave a presentation about the integration of Microsoft Sharepoint and Oracle Application Express (APEX).

View his slideshow:

8. Oracle ACE Program: Follow Up

Tim Hall shares more thoughts on the Oracle ACE Program including the ‘Access to Information’ and  ‘Access to Support’.  Take a read.

9. APEX 5.0 – Keyboard shortcuts

Dimitri Gielis lists the the keyboard shortcuts in Oracle Application Express (APEX)

10. 6 Desktop BI Tools

  1. Excel
  2. R Project
  3. ES Series
  4. SPSS
  5. STATA
  6. MATLAB

11. My OOW14 Overview

Debra Lilley gives us her OOW14 overview including linking to her video

“2 Minute Tech Tip: Communication Between Technical and Business Stakeholders”

12. Collaborative BI ZigZag – BIWisdom Response

Christian Screen writes, “When I speak to people about the idea of collaboration in Business Intelligence, it usually begins by me explaining that in its simplest form Collaborative BI is the ability to comment or annotate a report or a dashboard in a BI System.”

He then goes on to explain ‘Collaborative BI’ further.

13. Purging corrupted OBIEE web catalog users

Christian Berg says, “NOTE: This is a quick & dirty solution!”

14. Global Currencies in Oracle BIA

Daan Bakboord writes, “If you read the Oracle Documentation for Oracle BIA (7.6.9.3), you could find the following; “Currency conversions are required because your business might have transactions involving multiple currencies. To create a meaningful report, you have to use a common currency.”

15. OBIEE11g: Creating and Developing Custom Styles, Skins & Messages (Part 2)

Andrew Fagence writes, “In my previous article (found here: http://blog.3sixty-analytics.com/?p=971) I explained how to develop and deploy a custom skin within OBIEE. In this part of the article I will explain how to develop and deploy a custom style and message.”

16. Your OBIEE Commentary and Collaboration Issues are a Thing of the Past…

Justin Townsend writes about commentary and collaboration problems being a thing of the past…

17. Oracle BI 11g – Adding a dynamic logo and title to your dashboard page

Leigh Wilson says, “This post is a long overdue upgrade from my 10g Dynamic Banner post.

Most of my stakeholders don’t like the visual noise that dominates a typical Oracle BI project.
I usually take control of the look and feel by hiding away the banner and “branding” my Oracle BI projects using a logo.

This post will help you take control of the look & feel. It also forms the basis for other advanced dashboarding posts in my blog.”

18. How to Use Strategic Planning and KPIs to Achieve Business Success

Steve Yeung summarises:

  • Define the Vision and Core Values of the Company
  • State Your Primary Mission
  • Set Corporate and Departmental Goals
  • Do a Situation Analysis
  • Set Out Your Business Plan
  • Set up Key Performance Indicators
  • Conclusion

19.  Introducing Checkmate - True Development Lifecycle For OBIEE

Kevin McGinley says,

In his opinion, every development environment should have the following:

  • A working area for each developer
  • Source control for everyone developing
  • Branch-based development, with automatic merging of selected features into a fully-functional release
  • Automatic regression testing of each and every new feature as part of the development process, before migration to QA
  • Environment-specific build processes that automatically generate and deploy artifacts to each environment

20. Treemap Visual Now Available on Oracle BI Cloud Edition

Christian Screen writes, “We all like new shiny-spoon features and it looks like the Oracle BI public cloud edition will be brandishing at least one new visual on which we can feast our eyes. Treemap visualizations have long been a staple in analytical visual renderings and many a business user will be happy to explore this new functionality.”

21. Who moved my data?

John Booth writes a homage to ‘Who moved my cheese’!

22. Build Your Own Time Hierarchy

Jeff McQuigg covers:

  • There Are Multiple Hierarchies to be Aware of
  • A Closer Look at a Level
  • Optional Columns
  • Column Naming
  • Putting the Table Design Together
  • OBI Configuration
  • Building Calendar Data
  • Testing
  • Other Notes

And wraps up by saying, “A good time hierarchy should be very robust and flexible for users. We really shouldn’t ever need to build special RPD or report logic to concatenate or do funky things with the calendar dimension – build them into the table. Hopefully you’ve seen how easy it actually is, and adding a new column isn’t that daunting.”

 

 

OBIEE Weekly Roundup

This week I have updated the Blogger database, adding more members and putting links in place  to the ACE Directory and oracle community.

 

Also this week I heard from ODTUG that my submission to talk at next years conference in Miami was not successful, but I think I will go anyway.  I need to figure why they didn’t want to hear about advanced OBIEE techniques.  I am hoping its because my submission was not eye catching enough, and not that OBIEE is not a popular subject any more?  Lets wait see what come out on the agenda at KSCOPE 16

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Blogs of the week

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1. Preparing for TOGAF 9 and ArchiMate 2 Exams

Daan Bakboord shares two presentations that he made to help him study for these exams.

2. What is a data scientist?

Jeremiah Johnson defines data scientists as  ‘master communicators’. He looks at:

  • The Core Skills
  • What they bring to the table
  • What they do
  • Bottom Line

3. Catching Up on Mobile

Carlos Chang helps us to catch up on Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF)

  • There’s a new version of Oracle MAF
  • Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (OEPE)
  • The Mobile Application Framework Challenge
  • Mobile Design Patterns

4.  How do you tell a ‘good’ story based upon data?

Dan Power’s tips include

  • Keep in mind what’s interesting to your audience.
  • Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle.
  • “Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.”

5. File Encoding in the Next Generation Outline Extractor

Tim Tow writes, “We had a couple of issues reported with the output of the Next Generation Outline Extractor where the exported file did not work properly as a load file.” Read the blog to find out the solution

6. Easy method to create BIP 11g reports on top of OBIEE dashboards.

Vishal Pathak talks us through a quick way of producing BIP reports on top of OBIEE dashboards.

linkedin logoThis week on LinkedIn

Join the LinkedIn group for discussions, news and the latest blog posts.

Gerd Aiglstorfer posted Criteria for OBIEE project success

Uday Singh shared What is relational algebra?

 asks How to embed a Google Docs spreadsheet with OBIEE? Read the answers and join in the discussion.

 

twitterThis week on Twitter

Follow Addidici on Twitter

KPI Partners tweeted OBIEE Mobile Application Designer: Features, Issues, Limitations

Robin Moffatt shared No Silver Bullets – OBIEE Performance in the Real World

Boris Dahav posted Simple OMM4OBI use cases with OBIEE

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OBIEE News

Stories from mondaybi.comthatjeffsmith.com and dwhlaureate.blogspot.com

Videos such as

OVUM talks about making the business case for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management

and

Excluding and Including Columns Without Editing a Fusion OTBI Report

OBIEE Up a Mountain

This weeks blog is brought to you from up a mountain in Italy, at a cafe overlooking Lake Garda.
We come here for fantastic sailing competitions and pizza!

Nothing to do with OBIEE except I sometimes get to wear my OracleNerd OBIEE T-Shirt :)

 

Blogs of the week

1. Statement of Direction for Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics (OBIA)

Daan Bakboord says that the message from Oracle to customers is clear – “Move away from OBIA 7.9.6.x and move to OBIA 11g, either in the Cloud or On Premise.”

2. Cloud Services Are Reaching Maturity – Thoughts from OOW 2014

Myles Gilsenan of KPI Partners shares his post OOW14 thoughts.

3. Are Cloud Applications Ready?

Debra asks, is Oracle Cloud ready for these Applications?

4. #2MTT by @OTNArchBeat

Gurcan Orhan shares a “2 Minute Tech Tip” video.  He says, don’t forget that it was 8am in the morning and birds were still sleeping.

5. OBIEE Patch 11.1.1.7.141014 now available

3 Sixty Analytics blogs about the new patch. There are no new features in this patch – it’s just a bug fix patch. The full list of bugs fixed are detailed in the readme for this patch set.

6. Say “Big Data” One More Time (I dare you!)

Kent Graziano shares the following picture:

big data

7. OBIEE with Key / Name / Value table, the Union solution

Boris Dahav blogs, “A customer asked me to create an analysis on top of a Name – Value table. A table where instead of having one row for each key, there are multiple rows with the structure of Key_Value / Attribute_Name/ Attribute_Value. This structure is very nice for developers. They can add any attribute they want, but it’s a nightmare for reporting.” Read the full blog forthe solution.

linkedin logoThis week on LinkedIn

Piyush Dutta shared Capture Adhoc Report/analysis in Usage Tracking

Italia Nowodworska posted Statement of Direction: Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics (OBIA)

Duncan Mercer shared Five Smart Reasons Why You Need a Business Intelligence Tool

twitter logoThis week on Twitter

OracleAnalytics  posted Views from IDC’s Craig Stires on the Cloud and Big Data

Daan Bakboord shared Facts and Dimensions – a perfect couple

BI Futurecom tweeted Correct order by Month date in OBIEE 

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Stories from debrasoracle.blogspot.comsiebel-essentials.com and medium.com

Videos such as Webinar : Best Practices with Oracle BI Financial Analytics

and Fiat Chrysler on the Benefits of Oracle Exalytics

 

 

 

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Insert OBIEE name here

How many  emails do I get each week where it says,

“hi (insert name here) I just wanted to catch up with your current situation, I have an opportunity you may blah blah blah.”

IT enables mass communication at the expensive of the personal touch. 

And when it comes to recruiting, I know I prefer the personal touch.

 

Blogs of the week

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In this blog, Scott Spendolini writes that APEX 5.0 is still going to be a few months off. The good news, however, is there will be an EA3.  Read the full blog for more information.

2. What do I need to know about Data Warehousing/OLAP?

Daniel J Power says, “A data warehouse is a central, integrated repository for historical, enterprise data from multiple business systems. An expanded definition for data warehousing includes business intelligence tools for analyzing the data and OLAP is part of the broader category of business intelligence tools.”

3. Help the Riley Family Beat Cancer

As the title says.  Dig deep please for this cause.

4. OBIEE – GO URL, the old (Px) and the new (COLx) way

Boris Dahav says, “OBIEE had always the ability to run GO URL links and pass parameters. It is documented in many blogs.”  Also see Oracle documentation.

5. Execution Plans Part 10: Guesswork

Jonathan Lewis writes, “In this instalment we’re going to look at an example where some of the numbers are generated by guesswork, and some by estimates that aren’t visible in the plan.”

6. Power of/Capabilities of Oracle BI Administration – Tool Query Repository Tool

Srinivas Malyala blogs, “ I guess many people might be knowing about this but thought of re-sharing as it may help at least someone.”

7. My OOW14 Overview

Debra Lilley puts together her thoughts on OOW14

8. Oracle BICS and Identity Management – A New Security Architecture

Shiva Molabanti blogs, “Oracle BI Cloud Service, a part of PaaS, offers a highly scalable, multi-tenant Oracle BI environment that is integrated with Oracle Cloud store. Oracle BI Cloud Service features Presentation Services to create analyses and dashboards, Oracle Database Cloud Service integration, self-service web-client Data Loader and Data Modeler, simple administration, and integrated Identity Management for Security (Authentication & Authorization) Services.”

9. OBIEE BUNDLE PATCH 11.1.1.7.141014 AKA 11.1.1.7.9 (?) is available

Boris Dahav tells us that OBIEE 11.1.1.7 new general bundle patch (number 9?), 11.1.1.7.141014 is available!

10. Installing Oracle 12.1.0.2 on Windows 64bit

Brendan Tierney goes through the 13 steps then tells us we can now sit back, relax and watch the installation of 12.1.0.2c (with the in-memory option) complete. Then he says, we are not yet finished and gives us step 14!

linkedin logoThis week on LinkedIn

Gerd Aiglstorfer shared OBIEE Monitoring – Rating

Ian Bristow posted Bundle Patch OBIEE 11g 11.1.1.7.141014 is available

Anshu Monga shared OBIEE11g Implementing KPIs, KPI Watchlist

twitter logoThis week on Twitter

OracleBlogs tweeted Automating the OBIEE patching process from EM Cloud Control 12c

Boris Dahav shared OBIEE: NonEmpty MDX for Essbase (and Microsoft) – the secret life of PERF_PREFER_SUPPRESS_EMPTY_TUPLES

Shiva Molabanti posted Reporting Capabilities in Oracle BICS with respect to OBIEE 11g

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Stories from debrasoracle.blogspot.comthatjeffsmith.com and siebel-essentials.com

Videos such as

TransRe attended Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and spoke about Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision

and

2 Minute Tech Tip: Integrate Oracle Essbase with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition

OOW Special

 

In case you didn’t notice, last week was OOW week.

I personally stayed at work and delivered some great dashboards (I thank you), but some people (um hum, Christian) had a whale of a time in sunny/foggy San Francisco (that place where they used to host the Americas Cup!)

Luckily, there are those who went, and who blogged (how did we manage in the pre-Internet era?)

 

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Blogs of the week

1. OOW14 day 0

Christian Berg talks breakfasts, sessions and scheduling issues!

2. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 – Back to the Future

Alex Hansal says, “Having to watch Oracle OpenWorld with several time zones between me and San Francisco has the benefit of getting enough sleep and waking up to interesting news.”

3. Oracle Openworld 2014

Arun Kumar shares lots of photos!

4. Real Time SQL Monitoring Support in Oracle SQL Developer [Video]

Jeff Smith says, “I had a pretty good week of presenting at Open World this week. 3 solo presentations, all well attended. But in one, I had a technical issue – that’s code for I was having problems because I was using the wrong database connection – when trying to show off the Real Time SQL Monitoring support feature in Oracle SQL Developer.”

So he shares this video:

5. Oracle OpenWorld, Day 5

Oracle OpenWorld 2014, day 4

Oracle OpenWorld, Day 3

Oracle OpenWorld, day 2

Oracle OpenWorld, day 1

Cameron Lackpour shares his OOW14 experiences in a series of blogs.

6. Your Ideas on OOW BI and Analytics Scoop Session

Dan Vlamis asks:

For those that attended:

  • What did you find interesting?
  • Any funny stories to share?
  • What was different from what you expected?

For those that didn’t attend:

  • What would you want to know?
  • Are you more interested in the “behind the scenes” or the “major announcements”?

twitterThis week on Twitter

 Daan Bakboord tweeted Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Presentations are available to download from here.

Christian Berg shared his blog ‘OOW14 Days 1 through 4 and wrap-up’. 

Debra Lilley shared the video ‘The Oracle ACE Program – An Overview’

Gokhan Atil posted a presentation on OOW14: Database Patching Best Practices

linkedin logoThis week on LinkedIn

Stewart Bryson posted a link to the Georgia Oracle Users Group

Daisy Ding shared Methods of Grouping and Summarizing in R Language

Anshu Monga shared OBIEE11g Implementing KPIs, KPI Watchlist

paperliPaper.li

Stories from thatjeffsmith.comsiebel-essentials.com and john-goodwin.blogspot.com

Videos such as Mark Hurd: Companies With Billions of Revenue Rely On Oracle

and Connecting to an Oracle Database Cloud Instance

 

Don’t forget that KScope 15 is going to be soo cool (especially for us Nerks ( nerdy geeks )).  I will be buying a new T-Shirt just for the event :)

OBIEE at OOW

blogBlogs of the week

1. Installing BITeamwork on SSL Configured WebLogic Admin Server

Christian Screen writes, “ Although not a very common integration but every now and then an organization will install OBIEE with SSL configured between the components.”

He lets us know of common errors and how to fix them!

2. APS 11.1.2.3.502 diagnostic report failure

John Goodwin says, “If you are running 11.1.2.3 and a Provider Services version before patch 502 then if you run a diagnostics report you should hopefully see a pass for the Essbase web services. If you decide to apply patch 502 or later then there are some changes that have been made to the web services.” Read on for more details.

3. My Oracle Open World Objectives

Debra Lilley explains the many hats she will be wearing this year at OOW!

  • Oracle ACE Director*
  • Oracle Applications UX Advocate
  • Usergroup Leader
  • Speaker
  • Partner - My new job
  • With Analysts
  • Just for fun
  • As a mum

4. OBIEE 11G INTERVIEW QUESTIONS PART 2

This blog goes through interview questions regarding Agregate Tables such as:

  • What is granularity?
  • What is content logical level ?
  • If Two fact tables, due to some reason has same granularity then how to decide the priority?

5. The importance of BI specific skill sets

Lyndsay Wise writes, “BI implementations are becoming more commonplace as organizations realize they cannot overlook the management of and access to their data in order to facilitate better decision-making. What this means for many is the re-evaluation of resources, skill sets, and project planning to ensure that the proper resources exist to support BI and analytics development.”

6. #OOW14 Sessions & Interests & Social

Gurcan Orcan lists his sessions:

Here are my sessions to speak for this year’s Oracle Open World.

and then goes on to list the sessions he himself would like to attend.

7. Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Resources

Pravin Khadakkar says, “Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) is one the most significant product to enter into the Big Data space, this blog is an attempt to give a brief overview of the OEID and list down links for resources for the same.”

8. Building KPIs And Using KPIs Presentations

Boris Dahav says, “At the last ILOUG we presented the “KPIs creation in OBIEE”  and “Using KPIs in OBIEE”.

Download them here.

9. Treemap Visual Now Available on Oracle BI Cloud Edition

Last but certainly not least, Christian Screen blogs, “We all like new shiny-spoon features and it looks like the Oracle BI public cloud edition will be brandishing at least one new visual on which we can feast our eyes. Treemap visualizations have long been a staple in analytical visual renderings and many a business user will be happy to explore this new functionality.”

He links to the following video: 

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service: Convert Data into Insight

linkedin logoThis week on LinkedIn

Marije Nelis asks How are technologies like #Cloud & #BigData transforming business?

Monwabisa C. Sibiya asks the question “Is there anyway of reporting using Google maps in OBIEE other than Oracle Spatial reporting?” Answer him here.

ANAND EKBOTE shared OBIEE Smartview Integration

twitter logoThis week on Twitter

KPI Partners tweeted one from the archives - Complex Row Level Security in Oracle BI (OBIEE)

Gerd Aiglstorfer shared his blog post Oracle BI Mobile HD App

Daan Bakboord posted Update to the FAQ-section of the OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 – Sample Application (V406)

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Edition of 22nd September

Stories from debrasoracle.blogspot.comjohn-goodwin.blogspot.com and kentgraziano.com

Videos such as

No Silver Bullets – OBIEE Performance in the Real World

and Deploying an Application to an Oracle Java Cloud Service Instance