OBIEE Content at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010

As well as organizing our own BI Forum in the UK, another event I've had a hand in is ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010, which is due to run from June 27th - July 1st in Washington D.C. I've been the content lead for the BI, DW and Hyperion Reporting Tools stream, and if you were thinking of coming to the BI Forum but couldn't make it over to the UK, this event has a similar level of OBIEE content and might be of interest to you.


Like the BI Forum, we wanted to focus on the technical aspects of OBIEE, and as the event is running Stateside we were able to get some of the key product managers from Oracle to come and present, who don't usually make it to general user group events like this but were keen to contribute to our OBIEE focus. Here's a taster for what's on the agenda:

OBIEE 11g Integration with Oracle ADF Business Components
Palaniappan Chidambaram, Oracle Corporation

With Oracle Middleware getting smarter and robust, it’s time to update the data source of OBIEE from relational database to Fusion ADF Business Model Components (light-weight Java View Objects). This is an efficient way to add pervasive BI to the enterprise applications built using Fusion ADF. Learn the new OBIEE 11g and Fusion ADF integration with added metadata on security, UI hints, and much more.

I met Palanippan back at last year's Open World, and he's responsible for some of the OBIEE/ADF integration that's coming with the new Fusion Release of Oracle Applications. Palanippan will be talking about something that will be of interest to both OBIEE, and ADF developers, and will be speaking about it from the perspective of someone responsible for its features and usage.

Best Practices for Performance, Scalability, and Reliability with Oracle BI Enterprise Edition
Mike Durran, Oracle Corporation, and
Oracle OBIEE Metadata Modeling Best Practices and Tips for Concurrent Development
Alan Fuller, Oracle Corporation

The initial setup and configuration of an Oracle BI system can reap benefits in terms of ongoing performance and reliability. Mike's session describes the creation of a system that can scale to your enterprise from the initial install, configuration for optimum performance, ongoing monitoring, and troubleshooting tips.

In Alan's session, a senior member of the OBIEE product management team will cover best practices for metadata modeling in OBIEE including: using the power of the enterprise semantic layer for performance tuning and query optimization, rapid development processes, managing frequently encountered stumbling blocks, and making it easy for end users. Also covered will be tips for concurrent development of metadata across multiple developers.

From speaking with past attendees of Kaleidoscope, a regular bit of feedback is that people want to hear "best practice" sessions on their technology area of interest. Mike and Alan are therefore going to give Oracle's view on best practices for OBIEE performance, and RPD modeling, which will also give the audience the change to discuss their best practices and comment on the ones put forward by Oracle.

Web Services and Application Integration with Oracle Business Intelligence EE Suite
David Granholm, Oracle Corporation

A variety of techniques can be used to build novel applications which extend the core capabilities of the OBIEE Suite. Approaches include URL-based integration, Web services leveraging SOAP methods, portal and WebCenter integration, and custom applications built in Oracle’s Application Development Framework (ADF) using Oracle JDeveloper - Oracle's main development tool for Java-based SOA applications. Each of these approaches and a few real-world examples will be discussed.

David is a really good speaker, and this session will complement Palanippan's and extend the discussion to SOAP and web services. Again, something of interest for general application developers as well as OBIEE developers.

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Essbase Integrator
Alaric Thomas, Oracle Corporation

Oracle has a number of powerful business intelligence technologies in its portfolio, and we are rapidly integrating these technologies to provide more value and lower TCO for customers. In this session, Alaric Thomas will discuss how the Oracle BI Applications – Essbase Integrator will bring together the capabilities of the Oracle BI Applications and Oracle Essbase to further leverage a common applications information model delivering value to both IT and end users.

I blogged on this presentation a while ago, and this will be an excellent opportunity to see how the integration of Essbase and Oracle BI Apps is taking place, using technology available now rather than being based on the Fusion BI Apps.

Oracle® Hyperion Smart View for Office, Fusion Edition
Toufic Wakim, Oracle Corporation

For those working with a financial application, Oracle Essbase or Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus, Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office brings access to data and report templates and the ability to author reports in the Microsoft Office framework. This session gives an overview of this product and demonstrates new features. It also shows how to use it with Oracle Hyperion Planning, Oracle Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus, and Oracle Essbase.

SmartView is supposed to replace the BI Office add-in for OBIEE, but in its current incarnation doesn't work too well. Apparently a new version that is more suited to OBIEE will be released shortly, and Toufic hopefully will discuss and demonstrate this version at Kaleidoscope. If you're interested in the future of MS Office integration with OBIEE, this will be a must-see session.

Apart from these sessions, there's a couple from myself on OBIEE 11g new features (assuming I can get sign-off to present, as 11g is doubtful for release by the time of Kaleidoscope), and a whole bunch of OWB, DW and ODI sessions as well as content aimed at Hyperion users upgrading to OBIEE. Outside of the sessions we'll be organizing a social event specifically for the BI community, and there'll of course be other great Essbase, Hyperion, Oracle and development sessions running concurrently.

Registration is open now, and if you're serious about OBIEE and based Stateside (or even outside the USA, and fancy a trip to DC), this is definitely the event to attend in 2010.