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Nicholas Padgett

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OBIEE Development: Merging the RPD with Git (Free Open-Source Tool)

US-Analytics RPD Merge Script: see on Github

Git is a cornerstone technology for anyone looking to improve the efficiency of their development team. It can help improve code quality, expedite release schedules, and reduce development costs. Without a Source Code Management (SCM) tool such as Git, developers are handicapped while the competition continues to innovate.

Even monolithic technologies such as Oracle BI (OBIEE, OAC, BI Apps) can benefit from an SCM tool. Many articles have been written on how this can be accomplished, and many tools exists which facilitate the use of Git for OBIEE developers. However, Git brings some of its own problems to the table, especially in the case of Oracle BI. The chief of which is how to manage the RPD.

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Discoverer Migration to OBIEE: 3 Methods You Can Use

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   Business Intelligence,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud,   |   OBIEE,   |   AccelerateBI

Is your organization still using Oracle Discoverer? By now, you’re probably aware of the end of extended support for Discoverer, and that we are well outside the extended support window. You could still be using Discoverer for several reasons, but the fact remains, having your business rely on a tool which is no longer supported is expensive, risky, and dangerous.

The Discoverer migration paths aren’t exactly clear, though. Luckily, there’s an upgrade path to Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE) or Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) that is simple, fast, and affordable. If this sounds like exactly what you need, then feel free to skip down to the bottom. For those of you not convinced of the importance of migration, read on...

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How to Connect Power BI to OBIEE

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   Business Intelligence,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud,   |   OBIEE,   |   UnifyBI,   |   Power BI

Microsoft’s Power BI is a powerful and popular self-service BI application. It allows reports to be developed at an incredible pace without compromising visualization flexibility or design, in addition to being many times more affordable than traditional Enterprise BI applications.

However, as great as Power BI is, it suffers from some of the same problems that all self-service BI applications do. Chief among them is the accuracy and security of the reporting data. Lucky for us, we still use our Enterprise BI application, which guarantees accuracy and security through a governed data warehouse. Leveraging our Enterprise BI application as a data source, while developing reports with Power BI, we can create a secure, accurate, and reliable workflow.

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Oracle BI Commentary Tools: Open Source or Enterprise?

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   OBIEE,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud,   |   CollaborateBI

Commentary support in Oracle BI tools has been a commonly requested feature for many years. As with many absent features in our beloved tools, the community has come together to develop methods to implement this functionality themselves. Some of these approaches, such as leveraging Writeback, implement out-of-the-box Oracle BI features.

More commonly you’ll find custom-built software extensions or free “open source” applications that provide OBIEE comments as extensions.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the difference between custom-built extensions and open-source applications. We’ll also consider two different tools — one open source, another a custom-built extension.

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UnifyBI Community Edition: Free OBIEE Tableau Connector

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   OBIEE,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud,   |   UnifyBI,   |   Tableau

Typically, issues that arise with your enterprise software require costly solutions, but occasionally you’ll find something that’s both helpful and affordable.

UnifyBI, the Tableau to OBIEE connector, is now available in a community edition and free to download. That’s right, free. So, what’s the catch? It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistle of the paid versions, but it will still help the community of Tableau and Oracle BI users solve their biggest problems.

This blog post will cover the issues the Community Edition helps solve, installation, as well as how its features stack up to the UnifyBI Professional Edition and Server Edition.

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Fixing Oracle BI Performance Issues: A Non-Technical Guide

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE

Nearly all Oracle BI customers we speak with have noticeable performance issues. Business users complain about having to wait too long for their reports, and developers are at a loss as to what their options are. And, no one wants to spend time tuning an environment instead of implementing direct business requirements. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts or quick-fixes to improving the performance of an Oracle BI environment. Normal approaches involve either outsourcing the efforts to a consultancy or attempting to wade through the difficult process on your own. While both options initially seem fine, they’re not maintainable.

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12 OBIEE Performance Tips You Need to Know

If your users are complaining about performance issues, you know you have problems. But, what are they? How do you solve them?

As the administrator, you want to be on top of these performance issues, solving them before they affect your users. These 12 OBIEE performance tuning tips can help you become a more proactive administrator.

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4 Factors Affecting Your OBIEE Performance

Poor performance tends to come up a lot when people talk about OBIEE. It’s a definite source of frustration, especially when finding the root cause of performance issues is no simple task. But things can get better — you just have to know where to start.

This blog post can act as a starting point to solving your performance issues. In it, we’ll tell you about several factors that might be affecting your OBIEE performance and we’ll even offer you several solutions.

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How to Connect Oracle BI and Tableau [Free Tool]

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE,   |   Tableau,   |   Unify

If you have Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), you’ve  spent a lot of time honing either of these solutions. Whichever tool you currently use, we can probably agree that they're two of the most powerful BI tools for large enterprises.

After all the time and work spent optimizing your Oracle BI solution, it’s frustrating when end users in various departments start using Tableau to build your reports. Tableau is a great, user-friendly tool, but OBIEE has something Tableau doesn’t (we’ll get to that a little further down).

The feuding between Oracle BI and Tableau doesn’t need to go on — you can use these tools in harmony. In this blog post, we’ll explain the differences between these tools, why you should connect them, and how UnifyBI, the Tableau to OBIEE connector, can connect them with relative ease.

Psst, want to skip the explanation and download the free OBIEE-Tableau connector? Go ahead:

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