Thanksgiving holiday, pre-Christmas routine, and a general lethargic state due to the weather. They don’t help us to write more about OBIEE. Also, I have a feeling that everyone has a feeling that all OBIEE topics have been covered. So everyone is just waiting for 11g – and then there’ll be a race.
RNM1978 posted a very good visual representation of OBIEE documentation – http://rnm1978.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/i-think-this-summarises-everything/
From one side, bad documentation has opened a niche for experts to blog and discover new things. On the other hand – if it’s not in the docs – it’s probably not covered by Oracle’s support – so some companies might be wary of installing new things.
As far as a new forum – I’m still working on identifying an open-source forum platform that would have all features that OTN has and more. There’re some candidates – but I’m still in the process of search.
I will be honest – I still check OTN – however, I give it a quick glance and then just leave. I still give respect to everyone who’s answering questions, however silly lazy ones. I’m wondering if the influx of new OBIEE will contribute to rates pushed down in the future. For one thing I’m sure now that there’re 2 different kind of “freshers” – one making a transition from another BI tool (Cognos, MS Analysis Services, Discoverer) or a closely-related area (Oracle data warehousing, OLAP) and those who have taken “$600 courses”. It’s very conflicting – since everyone has to start somewhere. However, starting by spamming OTN isn’t the right way to do it.
This is why I was actually against point system when it was implemented – it incentives seasoned consultants reply to silly questions – the ones they would have left without attention before.
Anyway, I hope everyone had a nice break! Back to work! And please stay healthy and well.
I don’t think that all obiee topics have been covered. Still are many ways to show people some advanced data modelling and reports techniques, etc. You can always think some problem and resolve it as the way as you (blogger) see it. About the OTN obiee forum I agree that there should be a little change, so maybe a new moderated forum is not such a bad idea. I reduced my activities there.
First of all, thank you for a thoughtful comment.
Second, I’ve not deleted your comment. Because of prevalent comment spam – I’ve a pre-approval comment process. Once your first comment is approved – your following comments should appear without issues.
I thought it will be immediately visible. Sorry about that.
Just a slight correction – I specifically meant OBIA with that picture, not OBIEE.
I think the OBIEE documentation is not at all bad. It’s maybe not structured as logically as it could be, but the information is generally there if you look hard enough.
On the otherhand OBIA documentation is unhelpful, ambiguous, lacking, incorrect, and generally poor. IMHO
You’re right about the points system on OTN. I like the idea from oracle-l where people have to lurk and seek permission to post, that way the quality of questions will hopefully be better and then the points will be more meaningful.
Let me know if I can help at all.