Mark Rittman and Tony Heljula OBIEE 11g Masterclass @ BI Forum 2011

Just a quick update on the joint OBIEE 11g Masterclass that Tony Heljula and I are running before the BI Forum 2011, in Brighton and Atlanta May 2011. Tony and I have been out on the road the past six months providing OBIEE 11g training and seminars for our respective companies, and this is the first time that we've come together to jointly run a masterclass together.

The areas we are covering are as follows:

1. OBIEE 11g Architecture and Product Components/Internals

Including topics such as the role of WebLogic Server & Fusion Middleware in 11g; changes in component architecture; what happens when EM activates and propagates changes; clustering changes & multi-tenancy; security changes; diagnostics and logging framework.

2. OBIEE 11g RPD Modeling and BI Server / Presentation Server Changes since 10g

Including topics such as new hierarchy types (and impact on SQL); lookup functions and lookup tables; double-columns; ADF and TimesTen as a data sources; changes in pivot table aggregation in 11g; LTS priority ordering; RPD patching and versioning.

3. OBIEE 11g Spatial and Mapping Analysis

Including topics such as Mapviewer integration; calling spatial functions within Answers 11g; obtaining background maps from external Web Map Service (WMS) providers; using spatial aggregate functions

4. OBIEE 11g SOA, Web Services and Action Framework

Including topics such as invoking a Google Search and Google Maps using Action Links (includes “Invoking a Browser Script” action type; creating a PL/SQL web service; creating a BPEL web service (using session based OBIEE web services); OBIEE Web Services for SOA; securing Web Services (in OBIEE and SOA Suite) with message protection and SAML policies (generating a key store with public/private keys, digital certificates).

The topics were based on what we observed to be the main areas of interest from our respective seminars and events, and also our own take on what had changed most in the 11g release, and had the most significance technically and architecturally. Running the sessions as a masterclass allows us to take a bit more time on each topic, going into more detail and sharing more of the undocumented and less obvious capabilities and implications of the technologies.

Although Tony and I will take the lead on each of our respective sessions, we're also "peer reviewing" each of each others sessions and contributing additional materials, so that they are in the end "joint sessions" with both of us joining in. I'm certainly looking forward to it, and it'll probably be the "premier OBIEE 11g masterclass" of the year in my opinion.

Attendance is just £250+VAT (UK) or $450 (USA), on top of the regular BI Forum attendance fee of £650+VAT (UK) or $1000 (USA). Coupled with the range of fantastic speakers who are presenting on the main two days of the event, if you're serious about OBIEE this is a "must attend" event, running as a one-off for just this year.

More details can be found on the event website, but hurry if you want to sign up - about 35% 50% of the tickets for both events have already gone, and we sold out weeks in advance last year.