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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849685487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849685481
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,171,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Heaton

John Heaton graduated top of his class with a Diploma in Information Technology from Technikon Witwatersrand in South Africa (equivalent to Bachelors in computer science). He has 10+ years with Oracle Corporation, including as a Practice Manager. John has been co-managing the North Business Intelligence and Warehouse Consulting practice delivering business intelligence solutions to Fortune 500 clients. During this time he has steadily added business skills and business training to his technical background. This experience gives John a great background and insight into the requirements of differing businesses and how to design and develop technical solutions enabling clients to realize their requirements.

John's strengths include the ability to communicate the benefits of introducing a business intelligence solution into a client's architecture. He has consistently become a trusted advisor to our clients. John's philosophy is based on responsibility and mutual respect. He relies on the unique abilities of individuals to ensure success in different areas and strives to foster a team environment of creativity and achievement.

Today, John specializes as a Solution Architect assisting customers in designing large complex data warehouses. Through his years John has worked in numerous industries with differing technologies. This broad experience base allows John to bring a unique perspective and understanding when designing and developing a data warehouse. The strong business background, coupled with technical expertise and his professional certification in Project Management makes John a valued asset to any project or organization.

John frequently presents at Business Intelligence conferences on a variety of subjects.

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This book does a great job of introducing the various phases of a Business Intelligence project and provides practical and concrete examples of how to perform each of them successfully. Nothing is missing from 'Business Intelligence Cookbook: A Project Lifecycle Approach Using Oracle Technology', it covers all aspects of a BI initiative from setting up the project to designing the ETL processes as well as analyzing the data and creating the data models.

I don't necessarily fully agree with a few recipes in this cookbook but all in all this is an excellent book to get started on a BI project using Oracle technology.
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The sheer complexity of Oracle's database products necessitates a book like this. Heaton offers this to someone perhaps trying to avoid wading through the voluminous official Oracle documentation on its vast product stack. Instead, it might be fruitful for you to invest some time in skimming through the 80 or so recipes given here, to see if any are germane to your current problems.

The arrangement of the book is decidely top down. The first few chapters describe how to define a program, starting a project and controlling it. Most of these chapters do not directly use any Oracle product. Instead, the design can be recorded in any means convenient to your group. The recipes here are really indistinguishable from general guidelines in another book.

You are advised to invest time early on, and not skip over the introductory chapters because they seem trivial. Bad high level decisions can ruin the implementation later on. You should also take care to flesh out the blueprint, as per chapter 5. As much detail as you can devise, perhaps, should be put into the blueprint. Write out a decomposition of the overall project into processes, where these can be manual or automated. If at all possible, define metrics for each process. These will be pertinant later in reporting analysis that provides a vital feedback loop for you to monitor the entire project.

Later chapters are where, finally, you get down to using Oracle products. Like when analysing requirements. Oracle offers a SQL Developer data modelling tool to capture descriptions. The book even goes into giving an entire chapter on studying the sources of information that will be input to the project. Here the importance is in finding reliable sources. In part, this lets you validate your top data model.
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By Paul van Rixel on September 2, 2012
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This book helps you in detail through the process of setting up a datawarehouse database. The book describes the several stages like the start of a project(team) until the creating of physical tables in the database and from a blueprint to detailed information about the code in the datawarehouse. Business events, matrixes, hierarchies, ETL, security are also covered in this book. You need to know APEX because a lot of the screenshots describes the working and combination with other tooling like SQL Developer and Modeler, Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB), Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) and setting up repositories. Also version control with other tooling is mentioned and are great add-ins.
Furthermore the setup in APEX to audit tables (journaling) is covered in this book. Finally the presentation of the data is very well described with the OBIEE tool. It gives you an impression of formatting the data in a for the end-user readable way. And if an end-user is not allowed to see all the information the setup of a datawarehouse as a Virtual Private Database is the final stage. Almost forgot to mention a figure on page 142/3 where the several stages of a datawarehouse (sources, staging area, Datawarehouse) are linked to the tools needed (OWB, ODI, APEX, OBIEE). This will give a clear overview in which stage you need the right tooling.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Delacroix on July 31, 2012
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This a great book and I really enjoyed it. It contains everything you need to start from scratch your project and it is very useful if you have never conducted an OBIEE project. So if you want to succeed in your Business Intelligence project, get John's book !
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