First of all, if you were at the recent UKOUG BIRT SIG or the
Scottish Conference, our papers are now available for download:
Both days went really well, and it was particularly good to chat to
a few people who read this site and Orablogs. If ever you're at an
event and you see me there, come over and say hello as it's always
interesting to get a bit of feedback.
I've also updated the
pages with links to articles and presentations I've mentioned
recently. If you've not seen them recently, be sure to check out these
Also, if you're looking for new books, be sure
to check out
Oracle Insights: Tales From The OakTable and
Joel On Software : Selected Essays which I highly recommend.
It's almost time for the
UKOUG Conference & Exhibition, and one of the things I do each
year is volunteer to chair a number of presentations. If you agree to
chair a set number, you get given a free conference pass (although I
get one anyway as a SIG chair, and through doing one presentation
myself) but it's a good chance to sit in on some interesting
presentations, help out a bit, and get to meet some interesting
This year, I speculatively put my name down to chair some of the
bigger-name presentations, and surprisingly enough I actually got most
of them. So this year, if you're going to Jonathan Lewis'
"Statistics - how often and how precise ?", Niall Litchfield's
"You Probably Don't Need Dataguard", Tim Gorman's
"Scaling to Infinity – Partitioning Data Warehouses in Oracle" or
"Keeping the Database Open 24 Hrs with Oracle Online Redefinition"
then look out for the bloke making the introductions, looking at his
watch and hoping that the speaker finishes up in time for a few
On the product front, things are going to get a bit busy over the
next couple of months, with all the new versions of Discoverer, AWM,
OWB and the rest of the Oracle BI&W tools due for release soon. The
latest I've heard is that Discoverer 'Drake', together with the Excel
Add-in and the new version of BI Beans will be released in the first
week of November, and will be collectively known as 'Oracle Business
Intelligence 10g'. Analytic Workspace Manager 2, together with the
10.1.0.3B database patch, should be out around the same time (if not
earlier), with Oracle Warehouse Builder "Paris" due out either at the
end of 2004, or in early February 2005, depending on who you speak to.
Enterprise Planning & Budgeting, as you probably know, was
released in its
initial version earlier this week.
I'm obviously a bit limited in what I can say (beta program
restrictions) but what I've seen of the new tools is very, very
exciting. Analytic Workspace Manager 2 in particular is a huge
improvement over the first version, and makes it extremely
straightforward for a departmental 'power-user' to put together Oracle
OLAP cubes without worrying about OLAP DML and how AW objects are
defined and built.
I mentioned the other week that I'm giving a presentation at Open
World in San Francisco in December. I'd had a
paper on 10g Business Intelligence accepted for the UKOUG, and
thought I'd submit it as one of the ODTUG papers for Open World. To be
honest, I'd forgotten all about it, but a couple of weeks ago I had an
email through saying that it'd been accepted, so now when I go over
there I'll actually have some work to do :-) I've presented in Munich
before but never over in the USA, and for this paper I've said I'll
actually build a demo during the presentation using AWM2 and
Discoverer 'Drake', so if you've over at OOW and can
make it to the presentation, make sure to pop along as it should
hopefully be quite an entertaining sixty minutes...
Lastly, If you're wondering why there haven't been many in-depth
technical articles recently, it's because I've been getting to grips
with the various 10g BI&W product betas, and whilst the beta program
is going on, we're not allowed to publish details about the tools.
However, once the products are released, check back for a number of
articles, tutorials and "how-to's" on building 10g business
intelligence application, as I'll have quite a bit ready to publish.