Monitoring OBIEE with the ELK stack

Monitoring the health of an OBIEE system and diagnosing problems that may occur is a vital task for the system’s administrator and support staff. It’s one that at Rittman Mead we help customers with implementing themselves, and also provide as a managed service. In this article I am going to discuss the ELK stack, which fills a specific gap between the high-level monitoring and configuration functionality of Enterprise Manager 11g Fusion Middleware Control, and (more...)

Y Combinator companies has more funding than the sum total of all remaining accelerators

After finishing our call with Bed Bugs , we decided to check out what the startup scene looks like. We used the data from seed-db to let our analytical juices flowing.

First we asked what is the top most program (duh!!) but by how much and who are next in the list and so on.

Like most Data scientists who believe in the power of simple bar graphs we used our first “chart (more...)

Bed bugs in Boston – Analysis of Boston 311 public dataset

Digging into the Boston public Dataset can reveal interesting and juicy facts.

Even though there is nothing juicy about Bed bugs but the data about Boston open cases for Bed bugs is quite interesting and worth looking at.

We uploaded the entire 50 mb data dump which is around 500K rows into the Data Visualizer and filtered the category for Bed Bugs. Splitting the date into its date hierarchy components we then plotted the month (more...)

Using rlwrap with Apache Hive beeline for improved readline functionality

rlwrap is a nice little wrapper in which you can invoke commandline utilities and get them to behave with full readline functionality just like you’d get at the bash prompt. For example, up/down arrow keys to move between commands, but also home/end to go to the start/finish of a line, and even ctrl-R to search through command history to rapidly find a command. It’s one of the standard config changes I’ll make to any system (more...)

Are you ready for Windows 10? Dodeca Is Ready!

Microsoft recently released it first preview version of their next desktop operating system, Windows 10. In our business, we have seen many large companies just migrate to Windows 7 and the general consensus seems to be that Windows 8 is a 'consumer' operating system. In other words, it will be a while before you have to think about Windows 10, but it is our business to be thinking about this now. We have the Windows (more...)

Don’t forget the Logical Layer

I often see OBIEE RPD’s which are developed via “Drag ‘n Drop”. If you know what you are doing this hasn’t necessarily have to be a problem. It becomes a problem if you do not know what you are doing. Especially dragging and dropping multiple tables together can give you additional ‘functionality’, which you do…Read more Don’t forget the Logical Layer

Color Analysis of Flags – Patterns and symbols – Visualizations and Dashboards

Recently, here at InfoCaptor we started a small research on the subject of flags. We wanted to answer certain questions like what are the most frequently used colors across all country flags, what are the different patterns etc.

Read more Color and Pattern analysis on Flags of Countries – Simple visualization but interesting data

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Kscope15 Abstract deadline is Wednesday, October 15!

Kscope15 abstract submission will close in just a few days and the ODTUG content teams want you!

I am sure there are many of you who have never done a presentation at a conference and may not feel comfortable speaking in public. Well, I have a secret for you, despite the fact that I won the Best Speaker Award at Kscope14, I share your discomfort with speaking. What works for me, however, is that I (more...)

Installing Oracle 12.1.0.2 on Windows 64bit

The following steps are what I did for installing 12.1.0.2 on Windows.

1. Download the Oracle installation ZIP files from the Oracle Downloads page.

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2. Unzip the two 12c downloads files into the same directory.

3. Go to the newly created directory (it is probably called 'database') and you will find a file called setup.exe. Double click on this file.

DB Install 1

After a couple of seconds you will see the Oracle Database (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is over – What’s next?

Last week Oracle OpenWorld 2014 took place in San Francisco. I did not have the pleasure to attend this event. thanks to the Social Media and the World Wide Web you could be able to follow the highlights. If we check out the Keynote of Thomas Kurian, we can learn that there are three Major Trends; Big…Read more Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is over – What’s next?

Data Visualization and Self Service Big Data Analytics

The innovation engine in the field of Business Intelligence and Data visualization tools , is certainly cranked up. Qlikview, Tableau and Tibco Spotfire introduced new category of Data Visualization term in the field of Business Intelligence.

Now every vendor offers some form of Data Discovery. Oracle is also working on something similar adding to their confusing mix of OBIEE stack.

With the launch of new InfoCaptor, you can perform ad-hoc data visualizations and build dashboards (more...)

OOW14 Days 1 through 4 and wrap-up

Leaving some time between the trip home from OOW14 and finishing up the blog post on the 4 official days of the event has had an interesting effect: excellent write-ups of the news and announcements have already popped up, so it's a pleasure to simply link to Mark Rittman's "News and Updates" post for all your needs in that regard.

Session or rather content-wise over these four days there are a couple of things to (more...)

First-timer tips for Oracle Open World

Last week I had the great pleasure to attend Oracle Open World (OOW) for the first time, presenting No Silver Bullets – OBIEE Performance in the Real World at one of the ODTUG user group sessions on the Sunday. It was a blast, as the saying goes, but the week before OOW I was more nervous about the event itself than my presentation. Despite having been to smaller conferences before, OOW is vast in its (more...)

Adding Oracle Big Data SQL to ODI12c to Enhance Hive Data Transformations

An updated version of the Oracle BigDataLite VM came out a couple of weeks ago, and as well as updating the core Cloudera CDH software to the latest release it also included Oracle Big Data SQL, the SQL access layer over Hadoop that I covered on the blog a few months ago (here and here). Big Data SQL takes the SmartScan technology from Exadata and extends it to Hadoop, presenting Hive tables (more...)

News and Updates from Oracle Openworld 2014

It’s the Saturday after Oracle Openworld 2014, and I’m now home from San Francisco and back in the UK. It’s been a great week as usual, with lots of product announcements and updates to the BI, DW and Big Data products we use on current projects. Here’s my take on what was announced this last week.

New Products Announced

From a BI and DW perspective, the most significant product announcements were around Hadoop and (more...)

OOW14 day 0

w00t! One compound word? Mind-boggling!



As a first time OOW participant, when I arrived at Moscone this morning, the sheer size, grandeur and general over-the-top-ness hit me like a brick. Seeing it in pics and on youtube is one thing but experiencing first hand...wow. KScope back in June was a family party in comparison! Which isn't a bad thing by the way

For me, Sunday was all about getting my bearings and participating - (more...)

Oracle Big Data Information Management Reference Architecture

A few months ago I wrote a blogpost about the Oracle Reference Architecture for Information Management. There is a new Oracle Big Data Information Management Reference Architecture online now. If you want to find out more about Oracle’s Big Data Information Management Reference Architecture please check the below links: Big Data Information Management Reference Architecture Oracle Information Management Architecture…Read more Oracle Big Data Information Management Reference Architecture

Oracle OpenWorld 14 Day -1

Saturday was a rather quiet day. After having spent 2 hours on Friday night, trying to get the connectivity working in my hotel room, Friday started out with another almost 2 hours which culminated on a recabling of the room and replacement modem to finally get things working. After that I was able to put the finishing touches to my presentation.

Lunch was...american. Very american. Think 50s-type diner. Think chili-chedder-hot-dog. Think fries. LOVE IT! (more...)

EPM and BI Meetup at Next Week’s Openworld (and details of our Oracle DI Speakeasy)

Just a short note to help publicise the Oracle Openworld 2014 EPM and BI Meetup that’s running next week, organised by Cameron Lackpour and Tim Tow from the ODTUG board.

This is an excellent opportunity for EPM and BI developers and customers to get together and network over drinks and food, and chat with members of the ODTUG board and maybe some of the EPM and BI product management team. It’s running at Piattini, located at (more...)

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

For those of you who are using or are interested in the OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 – Sample Application (V406), the following might be of interest to you. As you can see in this Comments Section, an issue was raised regarding the expiry of some Oracle Database Users. Development has updated the FAQ Section.    Filed under: OBIBB - General…Read more Update to the FAQ-section of the OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 – Sample Application (V406)