Webinar Anyone?

We are well into the conference season, January saw a gathering in San Francisco, Next week Ireland, May in Brighton and Atlanta, then the BIG one in Miami, and of course another San Francisco trip in September, before wrapping up the year in the UKOIG. Phew, thats a lot of airmiles.
Not everyone can get to conference, time and costs can be a barrier, unless you are lucky enough to get a speaking part, even then you have to take time off work and pay your travel and hotel.

So, if you can’t get to a conference (btw you should go to at least one!), then why not try a Webinar.

Webinar
 noun
 noun: webinar; plural noun: webinars
 a seminar conducted over the Internet.
 Origin
 UK
 1990s: a blend of web and seminar.

There are a large selection of ODTUG webinars which cover in depth knowledge, and the one

Even if you are a professional conference attendee, you should catch the webinars.

ODTUG Webinars

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Anyway, on with this weeks highlights for me…

blogBlogs of the week

1. EPM 11.1.2.4 Maintenance Release

John Goodwin writes, “I have finally got round to putting a post together around the 11.1.2.4 maintenance release, I would first like to stress this is not going to be a step by step process guide and to be honest the maintenance release is no different than applying in previous releases which I have already covered here and here.”

Read on for more.

2. The New ODTUG BI Community

Kevin McGinley blogs about the new ODTUG BI Community that himself, Mike Riley, Wayne Van Sluys, Jeremy Harms, and Stewart Bryson will be driving forward.

They will be looking to increase the Webinar presence, focus on meetups and the BI Community page.

He concludes by saying, “I look forward to leading the ODTUG BI Community and hope you’ll join me on this journey. I promise great friends, great content, and great fun if you do, and those are things we all could use in our day-to-day lives. This is a great time to be in BI and an even greater time to engage in the ODTUG BI Community!”

3. RMOUG15 Wrap-Up – Art of BI Software was There

Christian Screen sums up the Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group (RMOUG) event.  He writes of how it was the first time they had sponsored the RMOUG event. Christian said that there was a fantastic turnout with experts in all areas of Oracle technology.

4. Oracle Java Download Add Ons, My non technical rant

Debra shares this article about Oracle Java download Add Ons.

5. Finding size of database tables in Oracle

Michelle Kolbe writes, “Today I wanted to find our top 5 tables in terms of size and row count. This turned out to be more difficult than I thought it would be. I was able to use data dictionary tables in Oracle to pull this.”

6. Timely Thoughts

Pete blogs, “One of the cornerstones of BI (and much of IT as well) is that things happen at points in time. We have a need to know when something happens, and also the order of events occurring (a series of points in time). Sometimes we are happy to know roughly when, other times we need to know to a precise moment (seconds, milli seconds, nano seconds, whatever). I know my birthday to the day, it doesn’t really matter if I was born at 00:01 in the morning or 15:42 in the afternoon, greater precision does not give me any useful insight into my age. For a lot of things, though, we need to know more. In Oracle we have two datatypes that give us a date-time value; DATE which gives a point in time to the nearest second and the TIMESTAMP which additionally gives us decimal fractions of a second.”

Read on for more.

7. Stupid Programming Tricks No. 22 – Making Applied OLAP’s Outline Extractor fast, fast, fast

Cameron Lackpour continues with his programming tricks – this time on how to Make Applied OLAP’s Outline Extractor fast!

8. Why SQL Part 3 – Simple optimization makes life simpler

Keith Laker says, “Now that we have examined the basics of the relational model let’s move on to how the language actually determines the best way to answer a question through the use of simplified and transparent optimizations. To understand why simplified and transparent optimization is so important it is useful to consider two of the most common programming paradigms, procedural and declarative, since they approach the issue of optimization in completely different ways.”

Read on for more.

twitterThis week on Twitter

UKOUG tweeted A Day of Real World Performance 

ODTUG shared their Upcoming Events

Andreas Nobbman posted Oracle BI Cloud Services Samples

LinkedinThis week on LinkedIn

Monica Hasebi shared Oracle 11.1.2.4

Ian Bristow posted Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy – Document Update

Parveen Malhotra shared Oracle Industry Connect 2015

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Stories from thatjeffsmith.comcamerons-blog-for-essbase-hackers.blogspot.com and kpipartners.com

Videos such as What is Hard Coding? (HC-1)

and Making Analyses Interactive Using Oracle BI Cloud Service