Andreas Nobbmann

writing about Oracle Business Intelligence (not OBIEE only), Oracle Essbase, IBM DB2, IBM Data Warehouse Edition and hopefully more
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    So many great events

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    My blog post today is "just" a pure news post.I hope that there is something in it for you anyhow and that one or the other among you will come around to join one of the described events. After the OBIEE 11g Hands on Workshops happened in cooperation...
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    Bar graph or pie chart - when to use which chart type ?

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    In my company it’s a good habit to send some funny jokes around on friday so that everybody can have a laugh to start into the weekend. So, here for you a very simple and methodological (but not serious) approach to decide which chart type to use for...
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    OBIEE 11g: The Section Indent Incident

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    If you play around in the dashboards and requests (now analysis) you surely have found the indents you can assign in the advanced tab of the various objects. A customer of mine claimed that although he removed the indents there still is some space between...
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    OBIEE 11g – Client Only installation package available now

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    Just a couple of days ago Oracle announced that the Oracle BI Client Only installation is now available. You can download it from the following link: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-enterprise-edition/downloads/bus-intelligence-11g-165436...
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    OBIEE 11g - ODBC Driver Installation only

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    After the Admin Client Only installation blog a lot of people asked me how to install the ODBC drivers on the same machine. Here it is: What you first need is the nqsodbc.dll file which is located under <Oracle_FMWHome>/bifoundation/server/bin or...
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    OBIEE 11g - you need Admin Tool only ? Then go for it….

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    After quite a while of being a solution architect in a DWH project with obviously not much time to write blog posts I am back again and hopefully you like what I am writing. Just two questions: are you also “upset” about having to install all the OBIEE...
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    Finally OBIEE11g is out for download.....

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    Dear OBIEE-community, after quite a while of waiting for the major release of OBIEE version 11g is now out for download. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-enterprise-edition/downloads/bus-intelligence-11g-165436.html So, have fun...
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    Inventing a new language in OBIEE

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    Excel in different language versions when having one language in OBIEE needs a passionate implementer to handle with. Problem with this situation is that in the english version Excel has the , (=comma) as thousand separator and the . (=point) as decimal...
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    Date comparison with 1 dashboard prompt

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    It’s been quite a while since I last blogged. A lot of things occurred in professional and private life as well, so there have been other “priorities” during this time. But I used my break and collected some topics to blog around. Today is a good day...
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    SA System subject area

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    Once upon a time I implemented the SA system subject area ....... I have to admit for the first time I followed one post from Venkat . And then I can remember discussing this in Brighton with Benjamin and John. Next in my memory is a mail and then .....
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    ABC-Analysis in OBIEE

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    When I am at customer site the most interesting questions come up. Sometimes really challenging ones. Lucky this time I just had to ask around in my highly skilled Trivadis-network for the one after "How to implement ABC-Analysis in OBIEE"....
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    External strings in OBIEE - not only useful for localization...

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    One thing I am quite frequently asked by my customers is how to display the name of a measure and its corresponding base unit of measure (e.g. TCHF for Thousand CHF) in one column of my report. For those of you familiar with the external names there is...
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    Get your stuff printed

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    Not a big deal for the HTML-guys among you, but for me something new. Here is a little feature to be included in a text section of your dashboard, which helps to make printing one click less. And sometimes can be the more appropriate way of printing....
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    Vertical Text in OBIEE

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    Great thing I found out this week. As so often a customer requested something, he wanted a text in a normal Pivot-table to have displayed vertical. While going through the different possibilities in OBIEE it did not come out to be makeable out-of-the...
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    Fix report headings and variable body

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    I just had a customer requirement who wants for reports with a lot of rows that the headings stay fix while the real report can be scrolled user-friendly as you like it. As far as I know (and I double checked with @lex and Christian ) there is no out...
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    Bright-eyed from Brighton

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    "Sorry, I'm late". After a real long time I finally have a little time to blog again. Missed it ! And want to restart with an happening which made my eyes look bright. Oh what a event... I can only follow my fellow-blogger Christian when...
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    Ports used in OBIEE

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    Just a couple of weeks ago I ran into a situation at a customer-site. They have Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) already installed, but wanted to use both the softwares separately, but on the same server. Therefore I had to change some of the ports...
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    Reports uneditable because name of presentation catalog changed

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    I am sitting in the train on my way back home from Munich. Just completed the survey for Mark Rittman's BI Forum when my thought came back to that one topic I wanted to blog about. So, here we go ! Have you also faced this screen in the left pane...
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    Trivadis at the Rittman Mead BI Forum in Brighton

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    I am pleased to announce that I will represent Trivadis at the Rittman Mead BI Forum being one of the speakers in Brighton on may 14th and 15th this year. Take a look at the agenda and decide yourself, I think it has quite interesting sessions: http:...
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    ADAPT your little multidimensional world

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    Recently I went to the highly recommendable (sorry for this little ad !) Trivadis training "Data Warehousing with Oracle" . As not other expected the coach had some really interesting informations for me. Amongst other things one subject made...
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    Finding everything in your OBIEE repository - parsing your UDML

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    You want to get the real insight to your repository ? Some columns have been changed and therefore not translated anymore ? But which of the hundreds ? Then parsing your UDML could probably help you... Not the first time that networking brought really...
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    Half PDF half blank

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    A couple of weeks ago a OBIEE colleague of mine just had a case with a customer installation where whatever PDF you create from the BI publisher was half empty or half full, depending on how optimistic you are. We decided together to blog what we found...
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    Making a Dashboard-menu in OBIEE

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    Something I searched for a longer time within OBIEE is kind of a Dashboard-menu for the case you have so many dashboards, that it confuses the user more than it helps. You know some people say there is a golden number for the normal brain: the 8. So 8...
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    Multilanguage-Support in use - Variables over variables

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    Just a couple of weeks ago I implemented support for multiple languages at customer-site and to be honest it is not the big easy to do so with OBIEE. Hence I decided to blog around some circumstances which occurred during the last weeks and not to go...
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    Guided Navigation between Dashboard pages

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    Despite I assume most of you know that there is a little special thing you have to take care for in order to achieve proper inter-dashboard-navigation I wanted to post this shortly. One of the most powerful features of OBIEE is the navigation between...
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