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About the Author

Christian Screen

Christian Screen is a Business Intelligence evangelist with over 15 years of experience in technology ranging from low-level programming, e-commerce, Data Warehousing, Enterprise Performance Management, and of course, Business Intelligence. In his day job he is a Senior Manager for Capgemini North America's Oracle Analytics Practice. In his spare time he enjoys writing technical articles, learning new technologies, inventing, writing software, spending time with his family, trying to change the world, and running his blog and podcast at

Haroun Khan

Haroun Khan is one of Europe's leading OBIEE consultants. A Comp Sci graduate of Imperial College, London, he has been involved with OBIEE from its early days as an acquisition from nQuire by Siebel, and subsequently as part of the Oracle family. Haroun has worked as a consultant on projects worldwide for Siebel and as a Principal Consultant for Oracle over a period of 10 years. He has specialized in BI and data warehousing over a longer period including time working at MicroStrategy. Haroun now free-lances in leading and designing projects in the BI and data warehousing space, combining this with entrepreneurial activities such as his own e-commerce business In his downtime, Haroun likes to spend as much time as possible in the mountains, away from a computer screen and avoiding numerous requests to write a blog or get on another plane!

Adrian Ward

Adrian Ward started working in Siebel Analytics back in 2001 and quickly realized the potential in the technology. He formed the UK’s first independent consultancy focusing purely on OBIEE (nee Siebel Analytics) and Oracle BI Applications. He has led many large successful OBIEE implementations in a wide range of sectors, from Investment Banking to Military operations. His deep technical OBIEE and BI Applications knowledge has been used on dozens of projects throughout the globe including HR, Sales, Service, Pharma and Custom Analytics. He was also one of the first bloggers on Oracle BIEE and today runs the Addidici OBIEE consultancy which has operations in the UK, Europe and South Africa. Adrian runs one of the largest Oracle BI networking groups on LinkedIn – "Oracle Business Intelligence", and helps others to network and learn about the product and its application, including organizing networking social events in London. In his spare time he loves sailing, skiing, enjoying life with his family, and learning new technology.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849685665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849685665
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gwynne on August 28, 2012
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[edited] I initially found this book to be confusing in the handoff between the 6 chapters of setup - about 5 chapters more than I wanted to know - and the actual BI development. The available DDL and database dump appear to be for an Oracle database, which I would expect, as you probably don't have OBIEE without it anyway. The book indicates that we will be using MySQL for the database. That has me confused about the topology and whether I'll get stuck in a later chapter. However, after spending a day attempting to get the BI Admin tool to connect with an Oracle DB, I'm happy to take the easier MySQL option.

The first 6 chapters have me wondering who the target audience is. Setting up IIS, LDAP, etc is not typically the job of a developer. Devoting a chapter to upgrading from 10 to 11g, considering that the book audience is a new user who just installed 11g via the instructions, is just odd. Perhaps worth an appendix entry at the most.

Since i haven't finished the book, I'll reserve final judgement till then.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 11, 2012
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Helpfully, the book starts by telling that you need no previous experience with Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. It descends from BI 10g and Siebel Analytics. But much of the GUI was rewritten compared to 10g, so the authors suggest that BI 11g will feel quite different to those acquainted with 10g.

The book also tries to plug together packages from many acquisitions made by Oracle in recent years. The term Fusion Middleware is a means to group many of those packages into a systematic overall offering, that is easier for users to understand. Interestingly, Oracle currently only supports its WebLogic server as the application server for all this. It has not made a move to using IBM's WebSphere as an alternative server. Though in time this may change.

The text provides a concise summation of the numerous packages with the BI Domain. And readers who are programmers may be interested to know that Oracle has effectively standardised on 2 languages - C++ and Java. (It of course owns Java, after its purchase of Sun.)

The installation is complex enough that several chapters are devoted to it. Which gives you a good idea of how involved the rest of the text will be. Typically these days, a book about a software product just has a short chapter near the start about installation, and the chapter is often a trivial read since the install will be mostly by defaults. In the current book, there is much more to understand and tweak, if you are so inclined.

The intricacy of the install can be extended to the observation that another chapter is just about upgrading from 10g of the Web Catalog (and of another product) to 11g.

Of the remainder of the text, you have a choice of topics. Perhaps not all will be needed by each reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Gardner on October 30, 2012
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I have been reading the book (about 25% so far) and find it quite informative, easy to read, and well laid out so far. Being thrust into the Oracle stack and thusly Oracle BI, this book has helped me sort out the components, get up and running more smoothly, and start exploring Oracle BI with purpose and direction. There are many other BI offerings from PackT, great ones that I have on my virtual bookshelf, but I wish this one had come out first. A must for newbies, and hopefully a great asset as I gain experience.
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Our company just installed OBIEE and I am new to the product. I bought this book to help me learn OBIEE and it has been very useful. I have gone through most of the sections after the installation chapters and I feel that this book gave me a solid foundation of OBIEE knowledge to help me develop the repository and create reports. I feel confident that I can begin applying my knowledge to real-world applications.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Hansal on August 8, 2012
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Over the last few days I enjoyed the privilege of reading the first book of Haroun Khan, Christian Screen and Adrian Ward on OBIEE 11g, titled "Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g: A Hands-On Tutorial".

For those working in the OBIEE 11g realm with little time to read lengthy book reviews: Get this book!

For those who love lengthy book reviews, please read on.

Overall, the book is a very good read. The authors use a concise yet casual and entertaining language. The title holds true: the book is really hands-on, valuable information is found in abundance in each and every chapter along with pointers to the documentation and supporting web sites. Here is a quick summary chapter by chapter:

Chapter 1, Architecture, introduces the role of the WebLogic server and provides good explanations of all related system components and Java components that make up OBIEE 11g.

Chapter 2, Metadata Repository is a great overview of the metadata repository and describes in detail the process of installing the same using the Repository Creation Utility (RCU).

Chapter 3 is a precise, no-nonsense walkthrough of the installation process on Microsoft Windows.

Chapter 4 discusses installation options. It includes much appreciated information on creating high-availability and failover secure environments as well as web tier (HTTP server) installation and configuration. The chapter also covers start-up and shutdown scripts which every admin loves.

Chapter 5, System Management Tools deals with the WLS Console, going into great detail on the intricacies of the WL domain, security realms and EM, focusing of course on the coreapplication application.
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