greg suk boils down blog

It All Boils Down To Starting Temperature

We have seen recently how easily false narratives get picked up and repeated so many times that eventually it is believed as true. Perhaps this is an idea that was borrowed from cooking. Cooking has long been rife with traditions and ideas that have been passed down from generation to generation that while the original […]

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Date Spread

Recently I had a couple of interesting situations pop up in OBIEE 11g regarding dates. No not the edible kind, but the calendar kind. Specifically where it involves fact measures that are valid for a period of time beyond what the date id(s) on the rows in the table allow. The first scenario I will […]

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Is Oracle BICS For You?

In this series I have been exploring various cloud Buisness Intelligence product offerings from companies like Domo and Tableau. Now it is time to review Oracle’s newish offering Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS). First of all, if you are going to combine data sources for your analysis, versus having, say, a single spreadsheet to load, the easiest […]

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How to get BI with Excel

I know it sounds like I am writing about 1980s technology, and I am, but the fact remains that Excel is still a widely used tool in the business world. Besides, what else would you put your data dumps into? Often Excel reports get used for management reporting, which comes with a number of issues. […]

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Preparing Excel Data For Analysis

Whether you are using Excel as a data source for your Business Intelligence (BI) platform, or you are doing the actual analysis within Excel, your data will need to be in a format that is queryable. Often though, the data is formatted to be read visually, whether an export from a system, or manually entered. […]

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