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Nicholas Padgett

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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 commentary 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,   |   Tableau,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud,   |   UnifyBI

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 connector for Oracle BI and Tableau, 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 performance 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 you 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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