Update on my OBIEE / Exalytics Books

November 13, 2012 Oracle BI Suite EE, Uncategorized

Just a quick update on my two recently published books, “Oracle Business Intelligence Developers Guide” and “Oracle Exalytics Revealed”, both of which are now published and available to purchase around the world in printed and electronic format. Here are some links to the two books on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Google Play and the Apple iTunes Store.


The main Oracle Business Intelligence 11g book has had some great, five-star reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, with comments such as:

  • “To put it straight: Many years will pass before we will witness another masterpiece like this. This book is epic and a total MUST for anyone who works with OBIEE 11g” (5-star review on Amazon.co.uk)
  • “It has has taken a long time for a good OBIEE 11 book to come out, but well worth the wait. This is not just a “warmed over” documentation book, this book has “Meat” and is a must buy for all OBIEE 11g developers. This is one book that covers it all” (5-Star Review on Amazon.com)
  • “Although it is applicable to all developers, the people who would benefit most from this book are 1) developers who new or relatively new to Oracle BI 2) developers who are are experienced with 10g and are looking to upgrade to 11g and 3) developers experienced in one or two areas (such as dashboards) and are now looking to expand their knowledge. It would also be useful to team members such as Tech Team Leads, Solution Architects and Operations staff who are not full-time Oracle BI developers but who still need to understand the concepts and “lingo”” (5-Star Review on Amazon.com)
  • “If you’ve followed OBIEE during it’s evolution from Siebel to Oracle, then you have indubitably heard of Mark, and have likely read something he’s written: a blog, a magazine article, etc. Therefore, you know there is no better source in the world for a book on this subject.” (5-Star Review on Amazon.com)

I’ve also recorded a podcast about the book with Oracle’s VP in charge of Oracle Business Intelligence product management, Paul Rodwick, which can be accessed in MP3 format from here. In the podcast we talk about how I ended up writing the book, my favourite chapters and why I chose Oracle Business Intelligence 11g to write about – it’s about 10 minutes in length and available for download now.

I’d encourage you particularly to take a look at the standalone “Oracle Exalytics Revealed” ebook in Kindle and Apple iBooks format – this was an experiment by McGraw Hill (Oracle Press) and myself to see if shorter, focused ebooks might be popular – we’ve taken the existing Exalytics chapter from the main book (which was based on the initial release) and then extended it, covering BP1 and adding additional content around testing approaches, management using Integrated Lights-Out Management, and the new Presentation Server features aimed at Exalytics that became available with the BP1 patchset (trellis charts etc). The Exalytics book is only $9.99 and  is a great complement to the main book, or just something you’d buy if you’re contemplating buying an Exalytics server. Here’s a couple of review comments also from Amazon.


  • “Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive look at Oracle Exalytics from start to finish than in this book … extremely thorough and easy to follow … and I find this narrative incredibly useful to explore the product.”(5-Star Review on Amazon.com)
  • “The book … delivers what it promises on its title, a thorough review on the most important aspects of this engineered system created by Oracle. Either if you are working with Exalytics or if you are going to do an implementation in the near future, you should have this book around as it’s packed with valuable information in a much easy way to digest than the official Exalytics Documentation” (5-Star Review on Amazon.co.uk)

The sample data for the main book is also now available from the Oracle Press / McGraw Hill website along with a sample chapter, whilst Amazon and Apple also offer sample pages from the book if you want to try it out electronically.

Finally, a bit more news about out training courses – going forward, we’ll be giving away a copy of the book to every attendee of our OBIEE 11g courses in the UK, USA and India, and to clients who hire us to deliver training for their team on-site in their offices. Full details of our training courses can be found on our Training page, with the key benefit to trainees being that the examples in the book are based around the same ones we used for our OBIEE 11g hands-on labs, so you’ll be able to read-up on areas you’re particularly interested in after the course finishes, and practice the examples using the downloadable sample data that comes with the book.