Forays into Kafka – 01 : Logstash transport / centralisation

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 by

The holy trinity of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana (ELK) are a powerful trio of tools for data discovery and systems diagnostics. In a nutshell, they enable you to easily search through your log files, slice & dice them visually, drill into problem timeframes, and generally be the boss of knowing where your application’s at. Getting […]

Using the BI Server Metadata Web Service for Automated RPD Modifications

Friday, September 25th, 2015 by

A little-known new feature of OBIEE 11g is a web service interface to the BI Server. Called the “BI Server Metadata Web Service” it gives a route into making calls into the BI Server using SOAP-based web services calls. Why is this useful? Because it means you can make any call to the BI Server […]

Managing the OBIEE BI Server Cache from ODI 12c

Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by

I wrote recently about the OBIEE BI Server Cache and how useful it can be, but how important it is to manage it properly, both in the purging of stale data and seeding of new. In this article I want to show how to walk-the-walk and not just talk-the-talk (WAT? But you’re a consultant?!). ODI […]

OBIEE BI Server Cache Management Strategies

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by

The OBIEE BI Server cache can be one of the most effective ways of improving response times of OBIEE dashboards. By using data already in the cache it reduces load on the database, the network, and the BI Server. Should you be using it? I always describe it as the “icing on the cake” – […]

Security patches released for OBIEE, and ODI DQ

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by

Oracle issued their quarterly Critical Patch Update yesterday, and with it notice of several security issues of note: The most serious for OBIEE (CVE-2013-2186) rates 7.5 (out of 10) on the CVSS scale, affecting the OBIEE Security Platform on both and The access vector is by the network, there’s no authentication required, and it […]

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