Junk Viz – When More is Less

There are examples of junk visualizations, and then there are examples of junk charts that just take your breath away.

The Indian news portal, FirstPost.in, which describes itself as a "trusted guide to the crush of news and ideas around you", published a story titled Shivraj (more...)

OBIEE 11.1.1.7.131017 Bundle Patch Now Available

A new bundle patch for Oracle Business Intelligence became available last week. This is OBIEE Bundle Patch 11.1.1.7.131017, and is available on the following platforms:
  • HP-UX  Itanium
  • IBM AIX on POWER Systems (64-bit)
  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows (64-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris on (more...)

HBR and Junk Charts

Even the best can get it wrong. Only sometimes though, one hopes.
The venerable Harvard Business Review gets data visualizations horribly wrong. They have a post on Facebook where they contrast the costs of cancer treatment in the US and India.

The cost in the US is $22,000 on average, (more...)

BI Mobile HD App 11.1.1.7

Finally got around to writing my long overdue post on the new BI Mobile HD app. To get on with it, without much ado, not to loiter, and all that... here goes.

The new BI Mobile HD app, version 11.1.1.7.0.2094, can be downloaded from (more...)

Creating your first app with the BI Mobile App Designer

While creating sophisticated mobile apps that provide a rich feature set takes time, expectedly, what is wonderful about the recently launched Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile App Designer is the fact that you can be up and running without requiring a week-long training and a Master's degree in Computer Engineering.

Here's (more...)

Introduction to the BI Mobile App Designer

Oracle launched a brand new addition to its Business Intelligence Mobile solution - BI Mobile App Designer, which lets you create stunning, interactive mobile apps, literally within minutes. Apps created run on mobile devices running a reasonably modern mobile browser - that can handle HTML5 and jQuery - and are (more...)

White spaces and Map Views

When working with Map Views, you can choose to collapse the map formats panel on the left.

When you do that, the panel is hidden, but white space is displayed on either side of the map view, where the panel used to be.

Currently there is no option to remove (more...)

OBIEE 11.1.1.6.12 Bundle Patch Now Available


Over the weekend, and this does happen to be a long weekend in the US, on account of Labor Day in the US, Bundle Patch 11.1.1.6.12 for Oracle Business Intelligence was released, and is now available for download from the My Oracle Support portal.

This bundle (more...)

Oracle Business Intelligence Blog 2013-08-08 22:09:00


Using R to Unlock the Value of Big Data, by Tom Plunkett, Mark Hornick

This is a brief (approximately 80 pages) introduction targeted at users with an intermediate-level exposure of R and who want to get a quick look at working with R with Oracle's products. Strictly speaking, this is (more...)

Lying with Charts – Global Warming Graph

Global warming is a serious yet controversial enough topic without bringing in bad data visualizations practices into it. The Wonkblog on the Washington Post has an article titled, "You can’t deny global warming after seeing this graph". The post reproduces a chart prepared by the World Meteorological Association that (more...)

Smart View Version to use with OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1

Users who have downloaded the latest version of Oracle Business Intelligence 11g - 11.1.1.7.1, and wish to use the Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office add-in to connect to Oracle BI, need to use the latest version of Smart View - 11.1.2.3 (more...)

BI Mobile HD Universal App Released

A new version (11.1.1.7.0.1879) of the Oracle BI Mobile HD App was released to the Apple iTunes App Store on Wednesday. This release has several new features of note. This updated version also fixes some issues that were reported in the update that went out (more...)

OBIEE 11.1.1.6.11 Bundle Patch Now Available

Last week saw the release of the OBIEE Bundle Patch 11.1.1.7.1 and on Friday bundle patch 11.1.1.6.11 for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition became available on the Oracle My Support Portal.

The tracking ids for the respective bundle patch components are:

OBIEE Bundle Patch 11.1.1.7.1 Now Available

Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Bundle Patch 11.1.1.7.1 is now available for download. The bundle patch id is 16556157 and can be downloaded from the My Oracle Support portal for Microsoft Windows x64 and Linux x86-64 platforms.

The ReadMe states "This Suite Bundle Patch is available (more...)

OBIEE 11.1.1.7.0 Certified with Database 12c

Couple of updates in the world of Oracle, both related. The first is that the Oracle Database 12c is now generally available and can be downloaded from the Oracle Technology Network here (subject to the OTN Developer License Terms). Three platforms are supported - Linux x86-64, Solaris Sparc64, and (more...)

Oracle BI Apps 11.1.1.7.1 Available

The latest version of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, version 11.1.1.7.1, became available for download on the Oracle Technology Network.

You can download the software here.
The documentation library can be accessed here.

Some of the highlights of this release of Oracle BI Apps are:

BI Mobile Security Toolkit for 11.1.1.7.0

The Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile Security Toolkit 11.1.1.7 for Apple iPad (iOS 5 & 6) is now available for download at http://goo.gl/Mq6rI


The Oracle BI Mobile Security Toolkit "provides the ability to generate a signed version of the Oracle BI Mobile HD application. The toolkit (more...)

11.1.1.6.10 Bundle Patch for OBIEE Now Available

Earlier in the week the latest bundle patch for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition - 11.1.1.6.10 - became available to Oracle customers on the My Oracle Support portal. "This patchset is available for all customers who are using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11.1. (more...)

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 (more...)

Oracle BI 11.1.1.7.0 and Endeca Certification

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

The recently released Oracle BI EE 11.1.1.7.0 release features integration with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, both for use as a search engine and as a data source in BI Publisher.

However, (more...)