Introducing Rittman Mead’s New User Engagement Service

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Although you’ve been hearing a lot on the blog recently about extending Oracle BI&DW with Hadoop and big data technologies, another initiative Rittman Mead have been working on over the past couple of months is user engagement. All-too often developers create BI systems that meet all an organisation’s technical goals, but then fail to get adopted by users for reasons we can’t understand; all we know is that our brilliantly-architected system just doesn’t seem to (more...)

Next Generation Outline Extractor 2.0.4.887 Released

We recently released an updated version of the Next Generation Outline Extractor. This new version, 2.0.4.887, addresses three issues:


  • Fixed an issue where the username and password passed via the command line were improperly logged
  • Fixed an issue reading MaxL XML data sources when the alias or UDA contained xml encoded characters such as the ampersand (&) character.
  • Updated labels on the Input Source tab of the user interface to clarify their (more...)

Using Internet Explorer to customize OBIEE 11g UI

We recently had a requirement that the button sizes in OBIEE had to be increased. The reasoning was that the users of some of these reports are old and they hate smaller sized buttons. Now we know the properties of buttons such as the size are set in the css files which together form (more...)

Blogger vs WordPress Evaluation

I have my blog (come website) on the go for a few years now. It all started out as a notebook really for myself and a way of recording certain things so that I could find them easily later.

Over time it has developed into some more that that and it now covers a number of technical how-to type of articles and some of my Oracle User Group (and ACE Director) activities.

It all started (more...)

Creepy Dolls – A Technology and Privacy Nightmare!

This post was first published on LinkedIn on 20th May, 2015.

"Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?"[1]  Fans of the horror film genre will surely recall these lines - innocent-sounding on their own, yet bone-chilling in the context of the scene in the movie - that Chucky, the possessed demonic doll, utters in the cult classic, "Child's Play". Called a "cheerfully energetic horror film" by Roger Ebert [2], the movie was released to more than (more...)

OBIEE Hack: Putting prompts in file names

Users often have the requirement to have the selected prompt values suffixed to the name of the exported file.
This blog talks about a hack to achieve this in OBIEE. 
Note that I am on OBIEE version 11.1.1.7.140527. I haven't tested it on higher or lower versions. I also wish (more...)

Flipkart and Focus 4 – Beware the Whispering Death

The fourth part of my series on Flipkart and its apparent loss of Focus and its battle with Amazon appeared in DNA on April 20th, 2015.

Part 4 – Beware the Whispering Death
Monopolies may have the luxury of getting distracted. If you were a Microsoft in the 1990s, you could force computer manufacturers to pay you a MS-DOS royalty for every computer they sold, irrespective of whether the computer had a Microsoft operating system (more...)

PMML in Oracle Data Mining

PMML (Predictive Model Markup Langauge) is an XML formatted output that defines the core elements and settings for your Predictive Models. This XML formatted output can be used to migrate your models from one data mining or predictive modelling tool to another data mining or predictive modelling tool, such as Oracle.

Using PMML to migrate your models from one tool to another allows for you to use the most appropriate tools for developing your models (more...)

Perform Big Data Analytics with Cloudera Impala and InfoCaptor

InfoCaptor now officially works with Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution and specifically with Hive and Impala.

Once you get connected to either Impala or Hive you can perform drag and drop visualization just like with any other data source.

InfoCaptor adds native Impala and Hive functionality within the Visualizer so you can leverage Date/time functions for date hierarchy visualizations.

Read the details about InfoCaptor does big data with Impala and Hive

R (ROracle) and Oracle DATE formats

 When you comes to working with R to access and process your data there are a number of little features and behaviours you need to look out for.

One of these is the DATE datatype.

The main issue that you have to look for is the TIMEZONE conversion that happens then you extract the data from the database into your R environment.

There is a datatype conversions from the Oracle DATE into the POSIXct format. (more...)

Understanding OBIEE RPD – Chapter 1

The most skilled task in the world of Oracle Business Intelligence is to design and code the RPD. While we are all aware of the general concepts of Business models, logical tables, joins and hierarchies, the RPD is essentially a query generating tool. The query generated by the tool depends on a sound understanding (more...)

Flipkart and Focus 3 – There’s Something (Profitable) About Your Privacy

The third in my series on Flipkart and focus appeared in DNA on April 18th, 2015.



Part III – There’s Something (Profitable) About Your Privacy
Why do so many companies hanker after apps? Smartphone apps, tablet apps, iOS apps, Android apps, app-this, app-that….
Leave aside for a moment the techno-pubescent excitement that accompanies the launch of every new technology (if you are not old enough to remember words like “client-server[1]”, then “soa[2] (more...)

Extracting Oracle data & Generating JSON data file using ROracle

In a previous blog post I showed you how to take a JSON data file and to load it into your Oracle Schema using R. To do this I used ROracle to connect to the database and jsonlite to do the JSON processing of the data.
Alternatives to using ROracle would be RODBC, RJDBC and DBI. So you could use one of these to connect to the database.
In this post I want to show (more...)

OBIEE 11.1.1.9 released – link library

OBIEE 11.1.1.9 went GA yesterday and is available for download on OTN here.

Oracle Documentation for 11.1.1.9 is here.

And most importantly the 3 "New Features Guides" in detail:
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/11119/biee/BIEMG/whatsnew.htm#BIEMG4571
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/11119/biee/BIESG/whatsnew.htm#BIESG9158
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/11119/biee/BIEMG/whatsnew.htm#BIEMG4571

Enjoy!

Flipkart and Focus – 2 – Mobile Advertising Numbers Can Be Misleading

The second part of my series of articles on why I believed Flipkart was at losing focus, at the wrong time, when faced with its most serious competition to date. This one focused on why a fascination with mobile advertising numbers could be very misleading.
It was published in DNA on April 14, 2015.

The Numbers Game Can be Very Misleading
According to the Internet Trends report of 2014, mobile internet advertising spend grew 47% (more...)

Loading JSON data into Oracle using ROracle and jsonlite

In this post I want to show you one way of taking a JSON file of data and loading it into your Oracle schema using ROracle. The JSON data will then be used to create a table in your schema. Yes you could use other methods to connect to the database and to create the table. But ROracle is by far the fastest method of connecting, selecting and processing data.

1. Necessary R Packages

You (more...)

New OlapUnderground Utility – The Essbase Outline Viewer

Have you ever wanted your users to see an Essbase database outline structure, but had trouble giving them access to Essbase Administrative Services ("EAS") for fear that they may have access to change things they shouldn't change?  Maybe you didn't want to give them EAS and have to deal with the version of Java installed on their machine?  We have the solution to your problems.  After a bit of fits and starts, we have finally (more...)

Oracle Data Miner (ODM 4.1) New Features

With the release of SQL Developer 4.1 we also get a number of new features with Oracle Data Miner (ODMr). These include:

  • Data Source node can now include data sources that contain JSON data, generating JSON schema and has a JSON viewer
  • Create Table can now create data in JSON
  • JSON Query Node allows you to view, query and process JSON data, combine it with relational data, generate sub-group by, and nested columns to (more...)

SQL Developer 4.1 : ODM Repository upgrade

Earlier today (4th May) SQL Developer 4.1 was released :-)

For those of you who use the Oracle Data Miner tool (that is part of SQL Developer) you will need to upgrade your repository. The following steps will walk you through the process.

1. Download SQL Developer  (you do need to have Java 8 installed) This download does not come with the JRE built into it. This usually comes a few days after the (more...)

Making OBIEE 11g Evaluate function dynamic

We know that we can use the evaluate function to call any function stored on the database and pass arguments to it. What if we have a requirement to use different database functions for the same column based on different selections made by the user.
This article talks about a method to handle this (more...)