Handouts – Introducing Oracle’s Information Management Reference Architecture

One of the great things of working in the Oracle Business Analytics industry is the fact that there is a very active community. Both online as well as offline. Oracle supports these activities where possible. Last week I attended an offline session at Oracle HQ in the Netherlands. This session was a event organized by the oGH and the OBUG (the SIG BIWA). Marti Koppelmans provided an Introduction into Oracle’s Information Management Reference Architecture. As promised he has posted some of his material on the oGH side. If you are interested, have a look at the following;

Although the titles are in Dutch, the contents are in English.

I will try to leave my notes here whit in a few days

Expert Status on OTN

Kranthi K has been kind enough to create a special OTN Forum item because of the fact I have reached the ‘Expert’-level status. Thanks Kranthi for doing this. It’s nice to see when people are appreciating the things you do.

Unfortunately I had to change my email-address lately. I thought that wouldn’t be a problem. Wrong!! When you change your email-address, Oracle creates a new profile for you. So my old ‘Expert’-profile looks like this:

I used to be a person, but I am a number now………….

As from now on I have a second profile. I am a name again…….but a ‘Newbie’.

Hopefully those two profiles can be merged. Otherwise I will have a long way to go, to reach the ‘Expert’-level status again. I might be the first one reaching this level twice.

Oracle BI Forum

Last weekend I was surprised to see someone’s comment on the Oracle BI Forum on OTN. The fact that someone posted the question in the first place had surprised  me already. But the response to one of the top contributors of this forum is definitely a sign of disrespect. On top top of that, it was his / her first post and he / she did it anonymously.

Asking for interview questions is, in my opinion, not what an Oracle Discussion Forum is all about. As you can see in the thread , I am not te only one who’s at least surprised about the question. I think it is a sign of lazyness. Don’t get me wrong, I love being lazy. Just laying laying on the couch and watching a Blue-Ray movie is one of  my favourite pastimes. The difference is that I don’t ask anyone money for that

It’s true what Christian B. states in his comment; “If you want to learn interview questions by heart just to win a position…that’s not the way to go. Basically you’re cheating both your client and yourself.”. Your employer or your client wants to pay you because you have a certain level of knowledge and not because you can remember the answer to a few questions.

Also the contribution of Christian T. is very valuable; “I could also add to all the above that instead of posting a question, why don’t you try to answer 30 or so unanswered forum questions and take them as your interview training. If you know the answer you will be helping someone else. If you don’t know the answer you can research the subject and be better prepared for your interview. There is no cheat sheet for learning OBIEE, it’s a hard and slow process.”

Last but not least Alistair’s suggestion to just Fuckin’ Google It isn’t so bad after all.

Since Oracle aquired Siebel and I got in contact with Siebel Analytics, I have spend a lot of time exchanging knowledge.  Still I am using the internet; Google, My Oracle Support and the OTN Forums on a daily basis.

If I go back to the list of top contributors on the Oracle Forum I can tell for a fact, that it takes a lot of time to answer questions. The number 10 the rank has at least answered around 130 questions (10 points for a correct answer). He probably has answered lots more 

 Answering questions force you to think about what you are writing down, because you have to make your point in a few words.

 It’s easy to just ask, but why not doing some research yourself. Why does someone else has to do the ‘dirty’ work.

That’s also one of te good things about the OBIEE Enterprise Methodology Group. This is not a ‘How To’-forum, but a place to exchange knowledge about architecture and design; The ‘big picture’ .

The succes of a forum is determined by the willingness to share ones knowledge. Do not keep all the knowledge to yourself. It is a matter of give and take. If you are willing to share your knowledge, then it’s easier to ask for help. An easy thank you or in the case of the Oracle BI Forums; awarding points, keeps the spirit high enough to answer questions.

Amen

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

 I am a frequent visitor of the  Oracle BI EE Forum. Either to share or to gain knowledge. Sometimes I am supprised by the way people ask questions. It is a misconception to think people can read one and others minds.

An excellent example of one of those questions has been posted last week.

I will not be pointing fingers. John gave his reaction in a very decent way. What I do want to make clear is that proper asked questions as well as correct and clear answers will add value to a forum. It takes some time to answer questions. Some people take the effort to write blog posts about the subjects. I think we could make each other’s lives a lot easier if we take the time to give enough input at front and some feedback afterwards.

Please take note of the following and try to keep the forum valuable as it is most of the times.

Thank you all.