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Cost-Effective Business Intelligence for Mid-Market Companies

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

by Jeremiah Johnson

Having the right information at the right time can be the advantage that means the difference between success and failure. 

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Tags: Microsoft, Mid-Market, Qlikview, SAP, Tableau, Jeremiah Johnson, Oracle BI

Top 12 BI Articles of 2013

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 05:10 AM

The results are in... here are KPI's Top 12 Business Intelligence Articles of 2013*


The Primary Differences Between OBIEE 10g & 11g Security Models

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Tags: OBIEE, Mobile BI, Awards, White Paper, Security, Shiva Molabanti, Ashok Das, Ashwin Pujari, Oracle BI Mobile App Designer, Rushendra Prasad, Imtiyaz Basha, EBook, Business Intelligence, Sridhar Kasthuri, Interactive Reporting, infographic, Jeremiah Johnson, HR Analytics, Oracle BI, Oracle BI Applications, Book, Jaime Seagraves, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), Hyperion, Blog

Implementing Complex Real-Time Analysis by Leveraging Oracle BI Applications

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 @ 01:45 PM

by Puneet Aggarwal

Many customers have real-time reporting requirements that are analytic in nature. Essentially, they have a real-time report as a starting point for a more detailed real-time analysis which can go a few levels deep. Shown below is a generic example of one such requirement for Account Analysis.

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Tags: Data Warehousing, Oracle E-Business Suite, Real-Time BI, Training, Real-Time Supply Chain and Inventory Analytics, Oracle, Business Intelligence, Tutorial, Puneet Aggarwal, Oracle BI, Oracle BI Applications, Real-Time Financial Analytics, Blog

Upgrading OBIEE & Oracle BI Mobile App Designer Installation

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 03:32 AM

by Imtiyaz Basha

Step-by-Step Upgrade to OBIEE

Step 1
Download each of patch file for 16556157, 16569379, 17004920, 17220944

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Tags: OBIEE, Mobile BI, Oracle BI Mobile App Designer, Imtiyaz Basha, Oracle, Business Intelligence, Tutorial, Oracle BI, Blog

OBIEE Mobile Application Designer: Features, Issues, Limitations

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 06:09 PM

by Imtiyaz Basha

Generic Features of the Oracle BI Mobile Application Designer (MAD)

  • Drag and Drop
    The easiest way to create UI is to drag and drop. MAD has beautifully incorporated this feature where one can build the entire BI Mobile Application just by dragging and dropping components and data fields as required.


  • Interactive 
    MAD is based on the “gestures” principal of touch and swipe. As most mobile apps use this technology for interaction, MAD has followed suit to adapt gesture interactivity for all the components in its libraries.
  • App Library
    Users can share their new mobile apps across organizations using the publish feature. They can subscribe to these apps and receive updates when changes are being propagated to their subscribed apps.
  • Security
    As MAD is integrated with Oracle BI Foundation Suite, the BI content has proven enterprise level security and performance capabilities.
  • It's HTML5
    The complete BI Mobile Application Designer output is generated in HTML5 including the data visualization charts. It can run on any platform device or operating system without any glitches. MAD follows the philosophy of "Build once, distribute anywhere."

Known Issues With The Oracle BI Mobile Application Designer (MAD)

  • When Updating App in Apps Library, Cover Image Is Not Updated
    When a new version of a preexisting app in the Apps Library is published and a new cover image for the app is added, the cover image does not get updated. To update, delete the original app from the Apps Library and publish it as a new app.
  • Count & Count Distinct Not Supported for Non-Numeric Fields When Applying Stoplight Formatting 
    When stoplight formatting is applied to a component and a measure field is selected that is non-numeric, and Count or Count Distinct Formula is applied to it, you will receive the error "Invalid parameter data type, please contact the system admin." There are no solutions at this time.
  • Canceling Apps Creation? Incomplete Draft Apps Remain in the My Folders/Drafts Folder 
    When you cancel the App Creation process from within the Mobile App Creation wizard, a draft app remains in your "My Folders/Drafts" folder. These drafts appear in the recent list on the BI Home page. To address this, manually delete the drafts in the "Drafts" folder.
  • Apps Library Published Date Reflects Server Time Zone Setting Instead of User Preference Time Zone Setting
    When you view an app in the Apps Library, the published date reflects the server time zone setting and locale rather than the user’s preference setting for time zone and locale. This may cause inconsistencies with the time stamps shown in the catalog for the app. There are no solutions at this time.
  • Parameter Type Check Box Does Not Allow Select All
    Parameters that display as checkboxes do not allow the "Select All" option. To fix this, manually check all boxes when you want to "Select All."
  • Cascading Parameters Not Supported for BI Subject Area Data Sources
    When you define parameters for apps that use a BI Subject Area as a data source, the parameter dialog includes an option to "Refresh other parameters on change.”  This feature is not supported in this release.

More MAD Features

  • Supports drill down charts.
  • MAD comes with a separate filter component.
  • Multiple types of data visualization supported such as; Line, Bar, Area, Bubble, Pie, 3D graphs, Circular and Funnel.
  • Simple tables as well as complex pivot tables can be built.
  • Images can be added by uploading them, using the URL link, or inserting them from a database field.
  • MAD’s greatest strength is its repeater components! (ex: Tile and Accordion.)
  • Complex frame sets can be created by including frames for laying out the components to make them aesthetically appealing.
  • Choice of many Black and White themes.
  • MAD applications can be built using three types of data sources: subject area, data sources, and external excel files.
  • Drag and drop feature of the data fields from data source into the visual components.
  • Clean layout, perfectly aligned component sets and toolbars help in building complex dashboards using few clicks.

Limitations Of The Oracle BI Mobile Application Designer (MAD)

  • Have to build support dashboards for Mobile and Tablet devices.
  • Theme change effect is not being applied to all the properties of components (you can see the black text on chart labels in the black theme). These kinds of glitches can also be seen on the tables.
  • Backspace does not work. Oracle is trying to appease Apple users!
  • Deleting a column from a table is not user friendly.
  • Cannot add columns if there is no space. 


Imtiyaz Basha is a Business Intelligence Consultant at KPI Partners and works with the expert team within the KPI Partners Offshore Technology Center. He is an Oracle Certified Professional whose areas of professional focus also include Hadoop, Java, and Data Science. Check out Imtiyaz's blog at

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Tags: OBIEE, Mobile BI, Oracle BI Mobile App Designer, Imtiyaz Basha, Oracle, Business Intelligence, Tutorial, Oracle BI

Installing The Oracle BI Mobile App Designer

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

by Shiva Molabanti


  • OBIEE (If your version of Oracle BI EE is not, download Patch 16556157: OBIEE BUNDLE PATCH from My Oracle Support).
  • To support Oracle BI Mobile App Designer with Oracle BI Web Catalog, Apply OBIEE MLR Patch 17004920.
  • Download Oracle BI Mobile App Designer Patch 17220944 from My Oracle Support.

Installation Steps:

  1. Stop All OBIEE 11G services (Weblogic Admin Server, Managed Server and OPMN services).
  2. Apply OBIEE MLR Patch 17004920 using OPatch Utility.
  3. Apply Oracle BI Mobile App designer Patch 17220944 using OPatch Utility.
  4. Deploy the Oracle BI Mobile App Designer (MAD) manually using Weblogic Configuration Assistant as shown below.
  5. Open Command prompt window and Navigate to: <MW_HOME>\Oracle_BI1\common\bin
  6. Run "config.bat" to start the WebLogic Configuration Assistant Tool.

On welcome screen, select ‘"Extend an existing WebLogic domain" and click "Next."

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Tags: OBIEE, Mobile BI, Shiva Molabanti, Oracle BI Mobile App Designer, Oracle, Business Intelligence, Tutorial, Oracle BI, Oracle BI Applications, Blog

[Recording] Hutchinson & Miller Share How To Deliver Value With Oracle BI Apps

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 @ 02:11 PM

Providing actionable business intelligence across the enterprise to enable informed decision-making and streamlined business processes is an obtainable goal. Often the challenge is determining where to start, how to select trusted advisors, how to form your team, and how to set user expectations.

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Tags: Data Warehousing, Webinar, Sid Goel, Financial Analytics, Oracle, Business Intelligence, Oracle BI, Oracle BI Applications, Examining OBIA 11g, Book, Simon Miller, William Hutchinson, Human Resource Analytics, Blog

Oracle BI Mobile App Designer For Any Platform, Device or Screen Size

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

by Shiva Molabanti

Oracle introduced another great application called “Oracle BI Mobile App Designer (MAD)” in Release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (Oracle BI EE). 

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Tags: OBIEE, Mobile BI, Shiva Molabanti, Oracle, Business Intelligence, Tutorial, Oracle BI, Blog

OBIEE 11G Configuration: Maximum Limits

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 @ 01:13 PM

by Shiva Molabanti

In OBIEE 11G, The instanceconfig.xml file stores the Oracle Business Intelligence Presentation Services configuration settings. Many configuration settings are available in EM and those should be controlled within EM only unless if we disabled centralConfigurationEnabled option. If any particular setting is not available in EM then we should make changes directly in instanceconfig.xml file. There are many situations where we need to change the default OBI configuration settings to a new value.

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Tags: OBIEE, Shiva Molabanti, Oracle, Oracle BI, Blog

What's New In Oracle Manufacturing Analytics? [Examining OBIA 11g: The Series]

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

by Pavan Nanjundaiah & by Jeremiah Johnson

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Tags: Webinar, Business Intelligence, Video, Jeremiah Johnson, Oracle BI, Oracle BI Applications, Manufacturing Analytics, Examining OBIA 11g, Pavan Nanjundaiah, Blog