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OBIEE Tutorial: Preventing Write Back When Using Act As

Posted by Matthew Walding   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE

Recently, I was presented with a unique client requirement. They needed to prevent write back functionality when acting as users who have write back capabilities. They also wanted to be able to turn it on or off depending on the situation, since there are some scenarios where using Write Back in conjunction with Act As is needed. This created a few challenges because of how Act As and Write Back are configured in OBI.

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Is Your Data Strategy Defensive or Offensive?

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   OBIEE,   |   Process & Advisory,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud

Organizations have more data to manage than ever before, and it’s critical to the success of your business to manage that data strategically. But even with data management tools and new roles created to manage that data — most companies have fallen behind, according to a recent article published in the Harvard Business Review.

The numbers to support that claim are even more shocking. Various studies have found that 70 percent of employees can access data that they shouldn’t have access to, and 80 percent of analysts’ time is spent finding and preparing data.

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The Value of Adding Commentary to OBIEE

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Oracle Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE,   |   CollaborateBI

As you probably already know, OBIEE does not have a commentary function built in.

So, you and your team are probably using manual workarounds — taking screenshots, adding text descriptions, referencing documents in email attachments — to discuss insights.

But what if you could add comments and documents directly to OBIEE dashboards and reports? How much time and effort would that feature save you?

In this blog post, we’ll share how you can implement that functionality with one simple tool and — more importantly — how it will help your team.

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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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Why You Should Connect EBS to OBIEE

The Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) of applications include a variety of capabilities across your enterprise, including customer relationship management, financial management, supply chain management, and more.

Though the applications give you a view of these processes, EBS isn’t organized in a way that makes it easy to evaluate the data and identify trends. Organizations that previously relied on Discoverer for this type of data analysis now need a new solution after the loss of support for the tool. This is where OBIEE comes in. In this blog post, we’ll look at why OBIEE should become a part of your experience with EBS.

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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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5 Tips and Tricks for OBIEE Power Users

Needless to say, you won’t become an OBIEE power user overnight. If you’re new to the tool, you have a lot to learn. If you’ve been using the tool for a few years, you still have a lot to learn. With OBIEE, the learning never stops.

The great news is there are a lot of cool tricks out there that can help you become a better OBIEE user. In this blog post, we’ll cover 5 tips and tricks — and then show you where you can find even more.

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How Do I Increase BI User Adoption? 5 Ways to Ensure Successful BI Training

So, you have this great business intelligence tool that came with many promises. The promise to give you valuable insight to grow your organization. The promise to ease and automate your processes. The promise to improve visibility into your operations. The list goes on. But none of that means anything without user adoption.

People get set in their ways and tend to dislike change — making user adoption a tricky situation. The solution to this problem is training, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. There are several steps you must take to ensure your BI training is effective and enacts user adoption throughout your organization.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about how you can ensure successful training that will, in turn, increase user adoption.

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FAQ: Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC)

If you’ve been shopping around for a BI solution or, if you’ve been looking for a BI solution in the cloud, you’ve probably heard about the Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC).

If you’re wanting to learn more about OAC or you stumbled upon this page while searching for business analytics solutions, then this is the blog post for you.

We’ll cover the most frequently asked questions about OAC to give you a better understanding of what this tool can do for you.

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Optimizing OBIEE Performance: How the Experts Do It

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE

When you clicked on this blog, you might’ve thought, “…another tutorial about performance tuning.” Well, if you’re looking for an OBIEE tuning guide, this isn’t it.

The word “tuning” gets thrown around as a catchall phrase to describe correcting a tool’s performance. We use that same approach when we talk about tuning a car — an action that can refer to a simple oil change or a complete engine overhaul. But, as you can see by that example, tuning doesn’t account for the scope of the task.

In our world, it’s important to differentiate tuning from redesigning. Tuning refers to fixing performance issues while the overall design of your tool remains the same. If you must redevelop something in your system that’s going to take a lot of time, you’re definitely not tuning.

Why should you make this distinction? It ensures that your team or project manager understands the scope of the project you’re working on. If you make something sound less significant than it is, you’re doing a disservice to yourself and your team.

Now that we have the semantics out of the way, we can move on to the meatier stuff — showing you how to optimize (not tune) the design of OBIEE for the best performance.

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