Happy New Year everyone. I wish you a prosperous 2015!
Time is passing by too fast. I had a dynamic 2014 with a couple of interesting projects. It’s not time to recap now but it is definitely time to refresh my blog.
For me with the new year comes the new beginning too. I switched from contracting to permanent job because I’ve always wanted to work for an Oracle partner in the UK with big (more...)
Normally end users would like to have a simple URL access for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g like http://webhost:7777 and than to be automatically redirected to their Dashboard, instead of typing endless complex URL's.
Assuming you have following standard implementation of an OBIEE environment which contains an Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) configured with mod_wl_ohs to be proxied to point to your WebLogic Server hosting OBIEE and an OBIEE Server, you can simply use (more...)
Sometimes it can happen that user profiles within a web catalog become corrupted for any number of reasons. In order for these user profiles to be correctly re-initialized, there's more to be done than just drop /users/JohnDoe from the web catalog.
All in all there are three distinct places which need to be cleaned:
This is really important since especially the third place contains the translation between the userid and the effective (more...)
I recently ran into the situation where the primary mount for a Linux tech account running an OBI install was just way too small to get OBIEE 220.127.116.11.140114 through.
Prerequisite check "CheckSystemSpace" failed.
The details are:
Required amount of space(17499.766MB) is not available.
So with a bit of hacking I got around it by displacing the ./patch_storage directory and forcing opatch to stop doing a file system check (basically no (more...)
Among the questions I receive and that frequently come up on OTN, treated in blog posts etc. are questions pertaining to: How do I change a part of the GUI of OBIEE? Now in this post you'll find the answer to that specific question, but the point here today isn't simply to say "do X in Y", but rather "how do you get to know that you need to change X in Y?".
by Victor Fagundo
The argument over why Businesses should abandon Excel in favor of more structured tools has been raging for as long as I have had more than a casual exposure to Oracle products. From the standpoint of an IT user Excel appears to be a simplistic, flat-file-based, error-prone (more...)
Not too long ago Oracle released Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE – 18.104.22.168.0) and Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA – 22.214.171.124.1) on version 11g. As you might know, OBIA is basicly an addition to the OBIEE where you get
This MOS Note will help consultants to find the exact Version and Patch level for installed components. This is very useful when you are logging an Oracle Service Request.
OBIA: How to Find Software Versions and Patches in an Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Environment? [ID 1519745.1]
(First off, sorry Mike, I'm hoping this will break my writer's block...)
On Friday I was asked to look at a report that wasn't returning all of the data. Sample:
Year/Month Total Sales Total Sales (YAGO)
01/31/2013 $1,000,000 $900,000
For reference, YAGO is "Year Ago."
Notice anything funny there?
Yeah, February is missing. The (OBIEE) report has a filter on Jan, Feb and Mar of 2013. But it wasn't showing up. I confirmed via manual SQL (hah!) that there was (YAGO) data in there for February. Any ideas?
I immediately suspected one of two (more...)
Since a few months, a new book has appeared in the Oracle Business Intelligence landscape. This is good news for the Oracle BI community because it gives us a new middle of communication and discovery. The book provides a more comprehensive approach that articles or blogs and gives a privileged and direct access with the [...]
People love charts and graphs. They are intuitive, less intimidating (compare with big fat spreadsheet) and more informative. However, every now and then, I've seen people force data into unsuitable charts, not for revealing business insight purpose but for just having some color and graph on their BI reports. In those cases charts provide no value add but duplication or confusion, in terms of analysis. In this post, I will examine a few OBIEE chart types which I believe are important but sometime not used in the most appropriate way by end users.
Lines work better than any other means to make (more...)
If you are not going to use RTD (Real Time Decisions) uncheck the box during installation:
This avoids extremely difficult discussions with Oracle over the license fee.
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We had to do a POC on some MS-SQL data. Instead of bringing an extra Oracle DB we used an existing MS-SQL instance.
1. Create a repository database:
We called ours “Repositories”
2. Enable case-sensitive collation
ALTER DATABASE Repositories COLLATE Latin1_General_CS_AS
3. Enable Row versioning
ALTER DATABASE Repositories SET READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT ON
4. Allow TCP/IP access to the database:
(Bounce the service if you changed it!)
4b. If you have a firewall running check if the ms-sql port is open (1433 for a default instance)
5. Create a user (fi: REP_OWN)
6. make the default database repositories:
7. Set (more...)
If you have missed it:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-enterprise-edition/downloads/bus-intelligence-11g-165436.html ==> 126.96.36.199.0 is out
See the nice new features:
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Boris has set up an OBIEE blog in hebrew: http://obiee.co.il/.
Translatesd : http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=iw&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http://iloug.org.il/BI/
For those of you who also have a non english OBIEE blog feel free to sent me a link and I will gladly advertise it here.
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For those of you having problems with the new FireFox 10 client. Michal Novy posted a solution on Christians Blog:
Hi, I found the way how to do a workaround:
1. type "about:config" into an address bar
2. right click anywhere and choose New / String
3. name it "general.useragent.override"
4. put the value "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; Windows NT 6.1; rv:10.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/9.0"
5. refresh OBIEE login screen
Then it works without any problems!
Seems that Oracle is already working on some patches: see patch # 13564003 released by Oracle Support which repairs this limitation.
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Ranking is a very usual requirement of BI reporting. People tends to sort things in order and focus on the top performers. Which sales region is generating the most of revenue? What are my most popular products? Who are my best performing employees? All these type of queries can be easily answered via invoking the Rank() function on relevant fact measure.
What about "the other 80%" (Pareto Principle
)? We normally are not interested in the details of "insignificant" individual contributors. But the overall collective contribution of "the others" can be very valuable business information. One example can be (more...)
A few days ago, I was reviewing my prior post and something unusual caught my attention.
How come those densely populated suburbs in Sydney are not covered by the thematic view for postal areas??? In order to further confirm the issue, I moved the map around to another state and I found some thematic views are put on Tasman sea (see below)!!! I've got an alignment issue.
This is a critical issue for a BI Mapview as Business Intelligence are not accurately aligned with the real location on map. A few centimeters shifting of map theme (geometries that represents regions) (more...)