Friday, 12 December 2014

Easy method to create BIP 11g reports on top of OBIEE dashboards

This blog talks about a quick way to create BIP reports on top of OBIEE dashboards.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Active directory configuration in OBIEE

We will learn about configuring Active Directory (AD) for OBIEE today.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Non Standard SQL in BIP 11g - Dynamic query implementation

SQL query is often used as a data source in BIP and often we have a requirement in which we have to use one table when the user selects a certain value in a parameter and select a totally different table when the user selects another value in the parameter. While we have discussed a method to do this using pipelined functions in, this blog post talks about a BIP 11g method of achieving the same result.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Increasing width of Multiselect in OBIEE 10g

I was recently involved in a project implementation on OBIEE 10g. The dashboard had a multiselect and the values in the prompt were huge. The standard width of the multiselect was making the user uncomfortable since a large part of the value was hidden due to the small size of the multiselect. This blog talks about a method to fix this problem.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Privilege to see hidden objects in OBIEE 11g

My client wanted to hide some of the reports from the users and release them at a later date. The however wanted a set of users to have the privilege to see hidden objects. Let us see the process to achieve this objective.

Smart Tables in OBIEE 11g

This article introduces the concept of Smart Tables in OBIEE. I call them 'Smart' because these tables have the ability to produce different data on the fly. These can morph themselves according to the user requirement. Smart Tables also make the data model dynamic in nature as a Smart Table can change characteristics on the fly. Let me now explain the procedure of implementing Smart Tables.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Skipping schedule in BI Publisher 11g

This is an awesome feature in BI Publisher 11g but I do not hear a lot of noise about it so let me create some.
I'm talking about Event triggers in BI Publisher 11g. Using event triggers, we can conditionally stop the delivery of a report. We will see the process of skipping schedules in this article.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Drill-able hierarchical charts in OBIEE 11g

This is a discovery more than a solution. OBIEE 11g lets us use Hierarchical column as dimensional attributes for charts.

Formatting levels of a hierarchical column in OBIEE 11g

I had a requirement to indent the levels in a hierarchical column. The solution isn't really innovative but I thought of sharing this because finding the option can become a treasure hunt.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Capturing Environment Variables in Oracle APEX

 This post focuses on the Environment variables as they are vital in coding conditional statements.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

String aggregation in OBIEE

In the BI world, we talk about measures and aggregation but we don't talk a lot about string aggregation. String aggregation is about concatenating strings for a certain dimensional value. Let me give an example. Let us say that we have a purchase order (Lets call it PO1) raised for a set of items (Lets say I1,I2 and I3). Lets say that the supplier does not have I1 in stock and wants a larger order quantity for I2 to make the shipping viable and the supplier feels that I3 can be shipped. The store manager might want to see "I1 out of stock, Order quantity of I2 is too less" against PO1. Question is, how do we do it? This blog talks about the process.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Using DB Link in OBIEE

This blog talks about the process to use DB Links on OBIEE.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Using BIP parameters in OBIEE dashboards without creating prompts

This is a simple trick that presents the process to have a parametrized BIP report in OBIEE without the need to create new prompts in OBIEE.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Ways to create Matrix report in Oracle APEX

This is another one of those articles where I pick a topic from the sample chapter of my book and share with you. Some of the other discussions in this blog from the sample chapter of my book are on dynamic breadcrumbsdata densification and ReForms. In this post, we will see 3 different ways of creating a Matrix report a.k.a Crosstab report a.k.a Pivoted report.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Consuming OBIEE 11g Web Services using Java

We will talk about consuming OBIEE 11g webservices using Java in this article. My previous articles have been about consuming webservices using JavaScript and consuming webservices using PL/SQL. This is my first on consuming webservices using Java. 
My book also has a number of recipes about consuming and creating web services. Check out a brief description of the book and the table of contents. You may also check out the online application build on top of the discussions in the sample chapter of my book.