Today I read an article by Jeff McQuigg (a leading Oracle Business Intelligence expert) who wrote about often overlooked topic – prototyping in OBIEE. I think it’s a great way to deliver OBIEE solution fast and effectively. There might be several organizational issues – such as users’ good will and availability, knowledge of the data, and scheduling meetings – but in general – I think it’s great way to proceed. And I think such a meeting would look like this:
OBIEE Enterprise Methodology Group has some interesting discussions going – for instance, “OBIEE partial & progressive upgrade from 10g to 11g”, “DRM applied to BI”, and “Need to display watermark on dashboard”. We now have more than 400 members – but again, we’re looking for quality, not quantity. If you’re interested – feel free to join – Link to the Group. Just want to remind you that it’s pre-moderated and membership must be approved.
Please don’t ask for people with 15 years of OBIEE experience – OBIEE’s 1st version was officially released on Jan 27th 2007 – http://www.oracle.com/corporate/press/2007_jan/012907-OBIEE.html UPD: actually, it was available for download throughout 2006 – and many people used it back then (like beta, except it wasn’t). Just wanted to correct myself.
However, to be honest, the grandfather of OBIEE was a product called nQuire Suite (I believe there were versions 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0) which was initially shipped in 1999. A few years later, the company was purchased by Siebel. The software was re badged as “Siebel Analytics” and became even more successful. Oracle acquired Siebel in the end of 2005, and the product remained largely unchanged (I’m pretty sure someone commented they they have seen code from pre-2000).
I know this has been discussed numerous times, I just wanted to emphasize this one more time.
If you’re in the UK in late May and eager to improve your OBIEE skills, do some networking, and meet top experts in the field – I suggest you attend The Rittman Mead BI Forum. Kurt Wolff will be present (expert on all OBIEE-related topics, who worked on OBIEE’s grandfather product) for a very advanced session , where some of the topics will include:
Data modeling topics will include fact tables with different grains, solving complex security requirements, inputting user choices into formulas (for example, calculating a discounted price) without using variables, ragged hierarchies, using dynamically named physical tables, the use of specialized tables to avoid errors at query time or when setting prompts, preserving dimension values, calculations that require inner and outer joins among multiple tables, modeling a near real-time transaction environment, modeling a multi-tenant architecture.