Saturday, May 16, 2009

Brighton 2009

Daddy spoke at Brighton's biggest BI event 2009, and all he got.....


Besides lovely T-shirts an awfully lot of good presentations, new info and real indept discussions!

Presentations on Thursday may 14th:

Craig Stewart:

Craig showed us how to tune / customize the Oracle Data Integrator to your own needs.

Edward Roske:

Edward is the godfather of Essbase. He gave us some got workings on the Essbase internals, Sparse en Dense Blocks. Wen to use block storage and wen to use aggregate storage's. Check out his blog at:

Mark Rittman:

Leave it up to Mark to educate us how on some basic concepts on the database like compression, partioning and materialized views can save us storage space and processing time!

John Minkjan:

My own story on OBIEE cache management, my basic conclusion is still don't use it, try to bring it to the DB!

Venkat Janakiraman:

Writer of on the most influential OBIEE blogs, this guy eats and breaths OBI and Essbase. He gave a good presentation how with simple means the security between OBIEE and Essbase can be kept in sync.

Adam Bloom:

Some good info on how setting the loglevel to 5 can help identifying which processes run amok in the BI-server.

Andreas Nobbmann:

UDML is getting more and more important as an exchange mechanism between the BI-server and the outside world. Andreas showed us how to use the different tools for manipulating UDML

A very good meal at Due South:

This place is really on it's way to earn a Michelin star. If your in Brighton give it a try:

Presentations on Friday May 15th:

Mike Durran:

Mike give us a live glance at the new stuff in OBIEE 11G. The new graphs look very impressive. (Stephen Few would turn in his grave if he was dead......). We tried to pressure him on a release date, but he wouldn't give in :-(

Emiel van Bockel:

Emiel gave us the story from the architect point. He proved that you don't always need a star schema. Especially with OBIEE it's possible to use other modelling technique. Emiel showed us also that storing history doesn't always have to be SCD2.

Maarten-Jan Kampen:

Filling in for Daan Bakboord Maarten-Jan showed us how you can use Oracle mapviewer integrated with OBIEE

Adrian Ward:

Adrian gave us some good tips on how to set up OBIEE in an international environment.

Antony Heljula:

He is the guy you should speak to if you want to integrate SOA with OBIEE. Antony showed us that SOA is as hard as we think and can be made operational within the hour.

Peter Brink:

Cube Organized views in the Oracle DB are relatively new and therefore unknown. Still you should check them out if your not ready to go to Essbase (yet).

All in all a successful event and certainly one I will go to next time. Lot's of indept discussions with some of the Oracle BI frontrunner's.

Till Next Time


Christian Berg said...

Hi John,

First of all, it was great meeting you in Brighton!

And secondly: LOL! I didn't think you'd do the "lousy t-shirt" you mentioned over coffee ;-) Awesome.

Cheers mate!

Andriy Yakushyn said...


Great summary! It sounds like you guys had fun. Hopefully, you don't have a headache over all new knowledge that you've acquired over the course of the event.

Where're videos?

Best of luck!