Increasing width of Multiselect in OBIEE 10g

I was recently involved in a project implementation on OBIEE 10g. The dashboard had a multiselect and the values in the prompt were huge. The standard width of the multiselect was making the user uncomfortable since a large part of the value was hidden due to the small size of the multiselect. This blog talks about a method to fix this problem.

Let me first show you how the multiselect looked.

I added a text (more...)

Ice Bucket Challenge

Yes I was nominated by Ronald Vargas in Costa Rica to take up the challenge.

Here is the video.

My nominees are Mark Rittman, Heli Helskyaho and Chet Justice (aka Oracle Nerd)

You have 24 hours to take up the challenge and to post a video for all to see :-)

Book Review: Predictive Analytics Using Oracle Data Miner

My friend and colleague, ACE Director Brendan Tierney, has recently published the reference book Predictive Analytics Using Oracle Data Miner. It is the first comprehensive book on the subject matter. The book is primarily aimed at the Oracle Data Scientist/Data Miner. The other target audience are Oracle developers who implement the data mining models created by the Data Scientists in their applications, e.g. OBIEE. Some of the areas covered are also relevant for Oracle (more...)

OUG Mexico

We (Gorcan, Glen, Debra and I) arrived into Mexico around 10pm and had a few minutes wait for our local user group contact to meet us. They had arranged transportation to our hotel.

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The next morning (Friday) was the day of the OUG Mexico conference. We were collected from the hotel and taken to the conference venue. Our transport had to made a number of trips to/from the conference venue to cater for all the (more...)

Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) Architecture Review Service.

There are various tell-tale signs that something is not quite right with your Oracle Data Integrator implementation. Does your ODI architecture suffer from the following symptoms?

  • The ETL seems to take forever
  • Some data flows take more than 30 minutes
  • Your developers take ages to implement new data flows or change existing mappings
  • The ETL breaks at least once a week
  • No meaningful and consistent set of naming standards and coding conventions has been implemented.
  • (more...)

OUG Costa Rica

After the OUG Panama conference we arrived later that night in San Jose the capitol of Costa Rica. The whole emigration, luggage pick up and customs was the smoothest experiences I have ever experienced at an airport. All was done in a matter of minutes. All the booths for emigration and customs was open and staffed. When was the last time you have ever seen this before. It was a very positive start to our (more...)

OUG Panama

The OTN Tour of Latin America has come to an end and I was very lucky to have been a part of Northern part of the tour.

My OTN Tour consisted of visiting 3 countries in one week and giving 8 hours of presentations. This blog post looks back at the OUG Panama conference and I'll have separate blog posts for each of the other countries.

My travels stared the Saturday before the OUG Panama (more...)

Big Data 2.0 and Agile BI all at Irish BI OUG (24 September).

I will give a presentation on 24 September at the Jury’s Inn in Dublin on the next generation of Big Data 2.0 tools and architecture.

Over the last two years there have been significant changes and improvements in the various Big Data frameworks. With the release of Yarn (Hadoop 2.0) the most popular of these platforms now allows you to run mixed workloads. Gone are the days when Hadoop was only good for (more...)

Privilege to see hidden objects in OBIEE 11g

My client wanted to hide some of the reports from the users and release them at a later date. The however wanted a set of users to have the privilege to see hidden objects. Let us see the process to achieve this objective.

While we can directly assign the privilege to the users, it is far better to do the following.

1. Create a power user group
2. Create a new role
3. Assign the (more...)

Smart Tables in OBIEE 11g

This article introduces the concept of Smart Tables in OBIEE. I call them 'Smart' because these tables have the ability to produce different data on the fly. These can morph themselves according to the user requirement. Smart Tables also make the data model dynamic in nature as a Smart Table can change characteristics on the fly. Let me now explain the procedure of implementing Smart Tables.
Objective: We will create 2 tables in the database. (more...)

Skipping schedule in BI Publisher 11g

This is an awesome feature in BI Publisher 11g but I do not hear a lot of noise about it so let me create some.
I'm talking about Event triggers in BI Publisher 11g. Using event triggers, we can conditionally stop the delivery of a report. We will see the process of skipping schedules in this article.

  1.   Create a data model for a BIP report.
    • a. Define a dataset
    • b. Define a Event (more...)

my Oracle Data Miner Book

Some of you may be aware that I have been writing a on Oracle Data Miner. Actually the book covers the Oracle Data Miner GUI that is part of SQL Developer, the SQL and PL/SQL functions, procedures and packages that form the Oracle Data Mining option in the database and lots of other topics for the DBA, Developer and BI/DW people.
Today is a bit day for this book as it is officially released and (more...)

Oracle Magazine-November/December 2000

The headline articles of Oracle Magazine for November/December 2000 were on how application service providers are changing the way that business operate, everything from project management collaboration, professional services, online marking and how to go about becoming one.

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Other articles included:

  • Tom Kyte has an article on how working with Java is simpliernow that it is a native part of the Oracle database. He gives some examples of how to get some of the typical (more...)

Drill-able charts in OBIEE 11g

This is a discovery more than a solution. OBIEE 11g lets us use Hierarchical column as dimensional attributes for charts.

Using hierarchical columns in chart enables us to create drill-able charts. The default view can be the top level view and the user can then drill to a more granular view in the chart on the fly.

Consider the following Analysis. I have dragged hierarchical time dimension column and a measure column. I have created (more...)

Formatting levels of a hierarchical column in OBIEE 11g

I had a requirement to indent the levels in a hierarchical column. The solution isn't really innovative but I thought of sharing this because finding the option can become a treasure hunt.

The objective is to attain the following.

Note that the values in every consecutive level is indented compared to the previous level.


1. Drag a hierarchical column, expand its levels and select Hierarchy Level Properties as shown below.

2. You will land (more...)

Tokenizing a String : Using Regular Expressions

In my previous blog post I gave some PL/SQL that performed the tokenising of a string. Check out this blog post here.

Thanks also to the people who sent me links examples of how to tokenise a string using the MODEL clause. Yes there are lots of examples of this out there on the interest.

While performing the various searches on the internet I did come across some examples of using Regular Expressions to extract (more...)

THINK and UNDERSTAND before you give "advice"

One tag. Rant.

Every now and then when I'm on the OTN forums, I run into gems like this:

The problem isn't the question - it's the "answer" which is both mind-blowingly wrong on so many levels and ends with the usual childish "Gimme points, I crave attention!" footer. I'm not going to go into details on the technical solution since that's covered in my response to the thread itself, but (more...)

BUCKET_WIDTH: Calculating the size of the bucket

Some time ago I had some blog posts introducing some of the basic Statistical function available in Oracle. Here are the links to these.

Oracle Data Integrator and Hadoop. Is ODI the only ETL tool for Big Data that works?

Both ODI and the Hadoop ecosystem share a common design philosophy. Bring the processing to the data rather than the other way around. Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Why move Terabytes of data around your network if you can process it all in the one place. Why invest millions in additional servers and hardware just to transform and process your data?

In the ODI world this approach is known as ELT. ELT is a marketing concept (more...)

Capturing Environment Variables in Oracle APEX

 This post focuses on the Environment variables as they are vital in coding conditional statements.

Check to have a look at the possible variables in a typical APEX environment.

Let me share a screenshot of the page

The page shown above has the following 2 regions.

1. Using USERENV
2. CGI Variables

Let us talk about these one by one.

Using USERENV region: This region displays information captured using the (more...)