Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Collaborate 2010 - Tuesday

The major events for Tuesday included the second data of the BI BootCamp that started with my talk "De-Mystifying OBIEE / Oracle BI Applications" at 8:00 AM and ended in the BI Panel at 4:30-5:30 PM slot. My talk was followed by the General keynote where IBM's VP of the Optim group, Al Smith delivered the talk.

The BI keynote at 10:30 AM was delivered by Robert Gersten, SVP of BI and EPM at Oracle, who finally managed to fly back from Europe after being stuck due to Iceland volcano. The room was jam packed in Robert Gersten's talk, my estimate is about 110 people. Gaurav Rewari, VP of Product Strategy spoke with Robert and gave an overview of the current product and Robert gave the overview of the future roadmap. He mentioned that OBIEE 11 g is expected this summer! There were a fair amount of questions and discussions after his talk on BI/EPM topics.

The data mining and the OLAP bootcamps took place and were well attended. Karl Rexer delivered the data mining lab and also demonstrated ODM running off the Amazon cloud via the iPad. Marty Gubar delivered the OLAP lab.

The BIWA SIG meeting took place at 3:15 in Lagoon D and we had very good discussions for an hour, with over 15 people in the room. Some of the topics discussed were the need for more local BI events with perhaps an add-on training offering. IOUG and ODTUG are in talks as well to achieve the same.

The BI Panel was at 4:30 PM and the Panelist were Mart Rittman, Matt Vranicar, Joe Thomas and Jean-Pierre. I moderated the Panel and started with challenges faced by companies to "Get Analytical." The reasons quoted included from departmental nature of organization culture to technical reasons such as how to validate the data in the warehouse from the business perspective.

The next part of the discussion was about how to go about selecting the right tools and business fit of the solution. The importance of the Proof of Concept was emphasized in this part of the talk. A good POC should go into production, if you are doing the right due-diligence upfront. The last part of the talk was about determining the ROI of the BI/EPM implementation.

The last event of the day was the BIWA SIG Reception in Tradewinds D at 6:30 PM. This was an invitation only event and featured Robert Gersten with a 10-15 min talk. Also announced were the winners of the BIWA Haydu Contribution Award for 2010, Karl Rexer and Dan Vlamis. This award is given to those who have shown a high level of commitment to BIWA SIG over the last year.

Amongst the attendees of the BIWA Reception were BIWA SIG Board Members Karl Rexer, Dan Vlamis, Doug Hahn, Ian Abramson, Swapan Golla and Oracle Advisors Mark Hornick and John Haydu. Also present was Lejla Causevic, who is working on the next BIWA newsletter. The IOUG Board members in attendance included (apart from Ian), Todd Sheetz, Andy Flower, Kent, Judy etc... A number of Oracle Product Management members were also in attendance and along with the present users it created a lot of informal networking. That marked the of Tuesday, at this stage the BI Bootcamp and the Hands on Labs are over.

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