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Test Drive the OBIEE - Sample Application (V309 R2)

We're thrilled to announce that SampleApp V309 is now available. While you can download SampleApp V309 for yourself, you can experience it yourself right now by taking Oracle technology for a "Test Drive" with step-by-step instructions on how to use this technology. We use SampleApp V309 as the basis for our test drives.

We have test drives for the following Oracle products:

All you need to do is register with a company email address and in the time that you can receive an email, you can be running the SampleApp application yourself—no diskspace or download required. We do not test all of SampleApp V309 (just our scripts), but the core OBIEE functionality against the Oracle database (including analytical options) should work on our Test Drive image. Please let us know about any issues. For a quick preview of SampleApp, try our OBIEE Test Drive to run this any time you want, download the virtual box machine image and run it yourself on your own hardware. Our thanks go to the SampleApp team for making this great resource available to the Oracle community!

For more information on SampleApp V309 see the SampleApp web page and their excellent YouTube channel.

Vlamis at OOW 2013

We are honored to have been selected to present Big Data, Bigger Insights with Oracle Advanced Analytics and Oracle SQL Developer with Charlie Berger, Oracle Data Mining product manager. The session is taking place Monday, September 23 at 3:15 in the Marriott Marquis Salon 3/4. Check the session catalog for complete course details.

If you are unable to attend the hands-on lab, we'd love to see you at the events we are participating in. Even more, we'd still love to schedule a dedicated meeting with you. There are several ways to meet up with us this year:

  • At the Oracle Data Mining Hands On Lab
  • At the reception we are co-hosting Tuesday evening (see below)
  • By appointment in the Amazon Web Services booth (415 Moscone South)
  • By appointment in the HERE, a Nokia Business booth (2232 Moscone South)
  • At the Oracle Data Warehouse Global Leaders Forum

Reception at Oracle OpenWorldOOW Reception

Tuesday, September 24 at 5:00 PM, we are again co-hosting a reception with Simba Technologies. Oracle product managers will be in attendance, along with consulting experts from Simba and Vlamis. This is the event at OOW for focusing on Oracle OLAP. And yes, there will again be those delicious burgers and ribs! If you are still interested in attending, RSVP to

OBIEE Released

We've been hearing about OBIEE for a while now.  It's finally being released.  This is the first release after, the initial release of OBIEE 11g.  So for those that were waiting for the "first patch release" of 11g, it's now safe to get into the water.

The key items in this release from our standpoint are:

  • Full support for the iPad
  • Full support for OLAP sources including Essbase and Oracle OLAP
  • Reduced memory requirements for Weblogic
  • 64-bit BI Admin Tool

Indeed, on the first item, we were involved in a presentation that showed this in Chicago in March, 2011.  It is very cool.  It's running full OBIEE on your iPad or iPhone.  Hmmm...I seem to recall that it requires at least the iPhone 3GS.  I'll have to get that validated.  It may be time for a new phone!

On the second item, if this does what we have been told, this makes it VERY simple to expose Oracle OLAP cubes to OBIEE.  Simply point to the OLAP cube as a source in BI Admin tool and you can query it.  No more having to use the AWM plugin to look at OLAP data.

On the third item, Weblogic takes a lot of memory.  For all practical purposes, this meant that OBIEE required a 64-bit OS to address more than 4GB of memory.  In this version is supposed to be a reduced memory footprint of Weblogic.  We will be testing to see how skinnied dow this is.

Finally, we have wanted to have a 64-bit admin tool for quite some time.  I have 64-bit Windows 7 on my laptop.  As a result, every time I wanted to even look at the Admin tool, I had to remote desktop or start up a virtual machine.  I'm looking forward to having a 64-bit Admin tool at my disposal.  Hmmm...I seem to recall that there is no separate install planned for that.  How long until someone figures out how to rip the 64-bit Admin tool out of a full installation and make it run standalone?

We'll let you know when we have validated the features and keep you posted on our testing.  Thanks, Abhinav for posting your blog entry!  The software should appear shortly here.



More iPhone BI Apps may be coming?

Not to be outdone, there may be other people in Oracle working on iPhone apps! I just found this over on the BI Publisher Blog regarding a possible BI Publisher application for the iPhone. Thanks to Tim Dexter for keeping us updated! They have also produced a demonstration of BI Publisher on the iPhone:

I understand that several people want to try the Oracle Business Indicators application to see how it looks. I have been able to get the Oracle BI Demos configured so that we can connect to them from the web without having to hack the phone.

We are considering setting up a separate instance to allow people to connect their iPhones to our server and look at some sample data. If anyone is interested send me an email: If there is enough interest I will see what I can do.

Stay tuned!