Monday, April 22, 2013

Upcoming Oracle BI Applications Book

Oracle BI Apps book
(Image credit: Mc-Graw Hill)
I cam to know of this book, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations, written by veteran Oracle BI experts, Simon Miller and Will Hutchinson, published by Mc-Graw Hill, and expected to release in July 2013 (as per the publisher's site).

The authors, Simon Miller and Will Hutchinson have between them over 40 years of experience in the area of business intelligence, and are eminently qualified to write this book. I have worked with Simon for over seven years, and can speak to his knowledge in Oracle BI.

I look forward to the release of this book, and hope that practitioners of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications find this book to be a valuable aid in their work.

Table of Contents (from the publisher's web site):
  1. Crash Course in Data Warehouse Survival
  2. Don't Reinvent Any Wheels
  3. Exalytics, Run, Don't Walk
  4. Finance Analytics
  5. Management Analytics
  6. Manufacturing Analytics
  7. Procurement and Spend Analytics
  8. HR Analytics
  9. EAM Analytics
  10. Project Analytics
  11. Sales Analytics
  12. Service Analytics
  13. Making It Your Own Without Ruining the Foundation 
  14. Conclusions

ISBN: 9780071804141
Division: Professional
Pub Date: JUL-13
Pages: 432
Edition: 01
Format: Paperback

Happy prospective reading!
Bangalore, April 22, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Oracle BI and Endeca Certification

This is a very short post, and meant to clarify a point of potential confusion.

The recently released Oracle BI EE release features integration with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, both for use as a search engine and as a data source in BI Publisher.

However, this integration is for version 2.4 of Endeca Information Discovery (doc, download). Support for the recently released version 3.0 (doc, download) is planned and not yet available. 

I will post an update as and when I have more information to share.

Thank you folks,
Bangalore, 16 April 2013

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

BI Mobile HD App for Available

An updated version of the Oracle BI Mobile HD app went live on the Apple iTunes App Store. This is an upgrade over the existing Oracle BI Mobile HD app, so users who have this app installed on their Apple iPad devices should see an update notification in their App Store app.

This update makes the app available for the recently released Oracle BI 11g release - which means you can connect this app to an Oracle BI server running the latest version.

Happy analyzing.
Bangalore, April 9, 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

OBIEE Available

The latest release of Oracle Business Intelligence, 11g ( is now available for download from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). This is a significant release of Oracle BI and has enhancements across the stack.
A few of the more than 200 enhancements are:
  • New visualizations, including the Performance Tile, Waterfall graph, 100 Percent Stacked Bar graph
  • A new Visualizations Suggestion Engine
  • Breadcrumbs for contextual awareness and navigation.
  • Templates support for printing Dashboards
  • Ability to freeze headers when navigating long tables or pivots
  • Hadoop integration in the BI Server, which can now connect to Apache Hadoop data sources, fire off Hive QL queries across federated data sources.
  • Use a new, faceted user interface to search for your web catalog content. Directly launch content with the search criteria passed through as filters/prompts from the search results.
  • A model checker to flag off possible errors or warnings in your model. Can also be invoked via the command line, which makes it easy to automate.
  • Improved document genration performance in BI Publisher
  • A new report wizard in BI Publisher
  • Layout editor enhancements and extensions in BI Publisher
  • Support for local CSV and XML data sources in BI Publisher
  • Create private JDBC connections in BI Publisher
  • A new Smart View add-in with support for the BI Presentation catalog
  • Embed dashboards, with support for dashboard prompts, and analyses using the Smart View add-in
  • Create new analyses using Smart View and save them in your Excel workbook or back to the Presentation Catalog
  • Use BI Publisher to directly report against Presentation Catalog subject areas without having to create data models beforehand
  • Export dashboards to BI Publisher - the data models, layout, (supported) views and formats are carried over.
  • Performance improvements in the Scorecard and Strategy product.
  • Improved dashboard prompt support for Scorecards
  • And much much more...
A few links are in order now.
Over the coming days and weeks there will be a ton of information put out on this release on the site, and disseminated via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other channels.

Happy downloading and thank you.
Bangalore, April 2, 2013