Hit the Packt’s Oracle Packtpot

I have been doing some reviewing in the past for Packt Publishing. They have informed me about the fact that Packt is running a campaign for Oracle books in March.

Check out Packt’s Oracle Packtpot: Exciting discounts on Oracle books/e-books throughout March2012!

There is also a a Press Release that highlights this campaign.

If you want to win a year’s free access to the Oracle PacktLib library, simply answer the following question.

In which US city is the annual Oracle OpenWorld Conference held each year?

  1. A) Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. B) San Francisco, California
  3. C) Atlanta, Georgia

Tweet your answers to @Packt_OracleFMW using the hash tag #PacktPot, all correct answers will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will be announced on Twitter at the end of the month.

Follow Packt on Twitter for Packt news and content on all things Oracle Fusion Middleware @Packt_Oracle FMW

Good Luck!!


Oracle Business Analytics Summit 2011

It has been a while since I last posted on ‘Oracle BI Bakboord’. A lot has happened since.  Oracle OpenWorld 2011 eg. If you have a look at the number of Oracle BI subjects, you can see that Oracle BI is still ‘Hot’ at Oracle. This week I was able to visit the Oracle Business Analytics Summit in Nieuwegein, Holland. I had the opportunity to meet with clients, partners and Oracle employees. Oracle had managed to create an agenda with one common subject; ‘Information’ and what Oracle offers to manage and deliver this information to the end user.

A few different subjects where covered.

  • The Oracle Exa….-story

    A (lot) of things have been covered. Information, speed, end user experience where the main subjects. Oracle has a lot to offer. That makes our work interesting!

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Oracle eDelivery has become the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. The url is still the same.

    After you pressed the sign-in / register button you are presented with a (familiar) Oracle.com loginscreen.

    You still have to agree with the Terms and Restrictions, but after that it’s the good old eDelivery again.

    Now you are good to go…….

    Oracle BI 11g ready to explore

    On the third of may this year, Oracle announced the new release of Oracle BI 11g ( This new release includes;

    • Oracle BI EE
    • Oracle BI Applications
    • Oracle Real Time Decisions Release 3.1

    Highlights of this release:

    Oracle BI 11g is ready for download on OTN. Check the documentation for more details. At least the version number has been updated.

    I would advice you to watch the Oracle BI blogosphere  the coming for more juicy details.

    Installing Oracle XE 11gR2

    Last week Oracle XE 11gR2 has become available for download.Lucas Jellema must be among the first ones to write about the installation. This installation seems to be very straight forward. Unfortunately I was presented with an error message about my Physical Memory. A search on Google showed that I was not the only one. On OTN there were a few people with similar ‘problems’.

    After going through the documentation I found out that the installations requires a free Disk Space of 1.5 GB minimum. When I freed up to 1,5 GB of Disk Space (it was less than 750 MB) on my C-drive (Windows), I was able to continue the installation. If necessary you can even install the software on another drive if you want to.

    Oracle Magazine – March/April 2011

    The new Oracle Magazine is out. Check the online version below by clicking the picture.

    Nice reads;

    ‘The What, Why, and When of Oracle Exadata’
    By Tom Haunert

    ‘Take the Next Step – Use Action Framework to start business processes from report information.
    By Mark Rittman 

    ‘Preprocess External Tables’
    By Arup Nanda 

    Look inside >
    BC Cover
    March/April 2011

    Oracle Magazine – January/February 2011

    The new Oracle Magazine is out. Check the online version below by clicking the picture.

    Nice reads;

    ‘What’s New at Oracle’ — pg 13
    ‘Quickly Define KPIs and Scorecards That Use Them’ — pg 56
    ‘Simulation Demonstrates Performance’ — pg 61
    ‘Build Better Data Warehouses’ — pg 70

    Look inside >
    BC Cover
    January/February 2011