Saturday, August 29, 2009

OBIEE Analytics/Reporting Solutions for E-Business Suite

Here is my personal invitation to come and attend the next Oracle BIWA SIG Techcast called:

I plan to discuss the following high level topics:

1) Oracle BI Applications for supported Oracle E-Business Suite Modules and other Oracle Applications. It will include real world experiences for implementing BI Apps Version 7.9.6 {yes I have brought a 7.9.6 implementation to production recently!}

2) Custom OBIEE Development against E-Business Suite (when no BI apps are available)
3) Migration of Discoverer EUL to OBIEE RPD using Migration Utility

While OBIEE and BI Apps are clearly the strategic analytics reporting direction from Oracle, only certain Analytics applications are available. Sometimes all customer needs for BI reporting may not be met by these pre-built analytics. For instance, JD Edwards has pre-built ETL connectors only for Financial Analytics. While more BI Apps and ETL connectors are in the pipeline, how can users meet their reporting needs today as they go live in near future? In this session, we will look at several short and medium term solutions without deviating from the long term strategic goal of using pre-built BI applications to reduce the overall risk.

Several real life situations will be evaluated with demonstration of the steps involved such as how to Migrate Discoverer reports to OBIEE with the highest degree of automation. Likewise, we will cover how DBI views be used for custom OBIEE reporting.


While the above is my suggested outline, I am open to requests and suggestions so that it best serves your needs. Please feel free to comment or email what you would like to hear about in this webcast or its follow up.

Friday, August 28, 2009

SPSS Announcement - IBM on the Horizon!

SPSS Inc. Announcement - August 2009

Dear Shyam Varan

These are exciting times for SPSS and for you, our customer. By now you have probably heard the news that SPSS Inc. has entered into an agreement to be acquired by IBM Corporation.

First, I want to personally thank you for your patronage over the years and for enabling us to reach this pinnacle event. Second, I want to assure you that, as we go through the process of finalizing the acquisition, our level of support and dedication to academia will remain as strong as ever. During this time, account management and support infrastructure will be at the forefront of our focus and, of course, we will continue to honor our outstanding commitments and contracts. In short, our action plan for the immediate future is business as usual.

This agreement is a momentous step, as becoming part of IBM will provide us with the scale and resources to better meet academia’s need for the most advanced data analysis and decision-making tools. We are firmly committed to:

  • Providing academia the power of Predictive Analytics and the combined technologies and expertise of both companies. By partnering with you, we will be able to advance the use of data in decision making throughout the student lifecycle, across the campus and into the research lab.
  • Continuing our long standing relationship with academia and the universities, professors, students and researchers who rely on our technology to help create a better future.
  • Making the best technology tools and resources available to the academic community. To learn more about IBM’s strong academic presence, visit

We expect a smooth transition and will continue to communicate with you as new information becomes available. We encourage you to visit for updates and FAQs or contact your account representative to discuss any concerns you may have.

We hope you share our excitement in the positive prospects this announcement brings. Together, we will be even better positioned to lead an industry we helped create. We place a high value on our academic relationships and know that our success comes from helping you succeed. We appreciate your business and, as we enter this new chapter, look forward to continuing our relationship with you and your institution.


Jack Noonan
Chairman, CEO and President

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Business Case for Social Networks

It has been a while since I blogged, BIWA hosted a webcast on Data Mining by Charlie Berger and is ready for another one tomorrow on Oracle database 11g optimizer by Maria Colgan. Her talks are generally "sold out." In my opinion her topic is not mainstream BI, yet something that all BIDW professionals need to know to drive performance out of the Oracle DB based data warehouses. We have a few more talks lined up such as Oracle OLAP at Gallup: A Scalable Unified Approach to BI Reporting by the Gallup folks and then mine on OBIEE Analytics/Reporting Solutions for E-Business Suite

Now that my Blogger status for Oracle Openworld 2009, registration is approved, I am "licensed to blog." :)

You might have observed that the title of this section is "The Business Case for Social Networks" yet I start talking about BIWA Techcasts. Well, I want to build the business case implicitly and not explicitly. You can note that today almost all the BI experts quoted here are using social media to get their ideas across. Apart from being a blogger, this year at Open World I am a panelist in a Web 2.0 session on a topic related to My Oracle Support. From the conventional TAR based support, Oracle is looking to a 360 Social Strategy of Support. We will discuss more about it in the Oracle Panel.

Well, so far I have used sentiments to build the business case for social networks. As an "analytics" person, I am suposed to justify based on hard numbers and real business cases and trends and not on emotions. So here are some solid cases:

New airfare deals pop up on Twitter - but act fast Jetblue posted a "Cheep" Cheaps+ Tweet for $9 one way trip from JFK to Nantucket. United posted "twares" or Twitter only fares that are usually available for next 1-2 hours.

USATODAY also quoted there are 35 million Twitter users already and 45% of 1015 advertisers surveyed by Linkedin said Twitter will continue to grow. Facebook has 250 million members and MySpace has 130 million members. Another article by USAToday shows how people are texting / tweeting several hundred messages a day, to their social circles. Thus, eletronic social media is here to stay both at the social and business level.

Few of the Twitters that I have been following are ERoske, Valueselling, EtiquetteExpert, OracleAce, IOUG and Markrittman and not forget another Oracle Ace Mohan Dutt. I responded to his Tweet and got my Oracle openworld Panelist registration, isn't that enough of a cause for me to be a "social junky?"

Before I close, I want to mention Linkedin, another of my favorite, where I have over 1200 connections. I have started a few successful Linkedin groups like Oracle BIWA SIG, Exadata SIG and IOUG. The collective membership of these groups is in 4 figures.