Past the Worst of It


Whats the best way to communicate with a fish?
Drop them a line!
(or Give them a wave)

Apparently, last week we had the most depressing Monday of the year. Post xmas blues, no money, yuck weather.
So I’m glad thats over and we can all get back to being positive about the year ahead: A year full of OBIEE challenges, with a sprinkle of APex, Exalytics, and R.

To help me, I’m reading these blogs…

1. Happy New Year & Best Posts of 2017

Jason Jones shares the best and most popular posts of 2017. These include Hacking the Essbase Java API to Run Application Calcs and Improvements to the Next Generation Outline Extractor

2. EPM Blogs

This list links to 45 active blogs – check it out!

3. New mentalities, new revenue streams and the return of SMS: BICS’ 2018 predictions

BICS predictions include:

  • Operators will embrace new approaches, collaborate with OTT players and adopt a ‘connected world’ mind-set
  • Mergers and acquisitions will continue next year, boosted by the IoT
  • Communications-as-a-Service will drive application-to-person communications and the return of SMS

4. BICS – A Cloud Offering from Oracle

This blog describes BICS as Oracle BI Cloud Services, an eminent cloud offering from Oracle, a platform for creating powerful business intelligence applications, thereby enabling users from the workgroup to the enterprise.”

It then explores the features of BICS, asks ‘Why choose BICS?’, lists the advantages of BICS over on premise OBIEE.

5. Oracle Analytics Cloud Service is Now Live!

Edgar Haren shares a guest blog from Tim Vlamis. In this blog, Tim discusses Oracle’s new Oracle Analytics Cloud, and the benefits this cloud service can offer their customers.

6. Predict Bike-Sharing Needs Using Oracle Data Visualization

Joseph Kuttikat shares this video:

A demonstration of how to use machine learning algorithms in Oracle Data Visualization to predict expected bike rentals for a bike renting company which wants to prepare itself for the upcoming demand. Download Data Visualization Desktop here.

7. Unlock the Value of Oracle Essbase Cloud

Mitch Campbell was asked, “What does Oracle Essbase actually DO?” He endeavours to answer that question! For more information about Oracle Essbase in the Cloud, visit here.

8. Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC): Comprehensive Analytics platform on cloud with more control

Infosys writes that it is worth it to recap what has happened in the last year. They finish by saying, “I would like to conclude this article by stating that OAC would be a comprehensive cloud analytics platform to meet end to end BI and Analytics needs of an organization. It strikes right balance by providing advantages of cloud with on premises like control.”

9. GDPR ‘Murica!

There are specific rights to every EU citizen as part of GDPR:

  • The right to be informed
  • The right to access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to be forgotten
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • The right to not be part of automated profiling or decisions based on data

They advise: If you haven’t started working on your GDPR initiative, start.  You’re behind and there’s a lot to cover in a short 4 months to gain compliance. The deadline is May 25th, 2018…


This week on Twitter

Atul Kumar tweeted Oracle Goldengate 12c

Gokhan Atil shared Build a social media dashboard using machine learning and BI services

Jeff Smith posted POST Up a BLOB to an Oracle Table via REST

Stories from and

Videos such as:

Oracle DV – Leverage Incremental Data Replication from Oracle Cloud Sources

Tableau Analytics for OBIEE using BI Connector