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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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Trending Up

Trending Up Using the Trend Line Function in OBIEE 12c One of the new features in OBIEE 12c is the availability of an “internal” R instance. This instance will allow the execution of R scripts, and the folks at Oracle have been kind enough to include some functions out of the box with the OBIEE 12c […]

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Got Technology, Need Data? Here’s Where to Get It…For Free

The Data Challenge Have you ever wanted to assess or explore a new BI, analytics, data visualization, data science, etc. technology, but struggled to find a data set to use for your assessment and exploration activities? Have you grown tired of analyzing the “typical” datasets–think census, stock market, and employment and inflation rate data–known to be publicly available? […]

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Too Old to Begin the Training?

Yoda’s skepticism of Luke Skywalker’s readiness to begin training as a Jedi Knight was probably appropriate. I mean, if some guy wearing Marty McFly’s life preserver vest crash landed into my backyard with his robot sidekick in tow and brought a bad attitude too, I might feel the same way. Thankfully, Obi-Wan talked Yoda off […]

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How To Break Into the Conference Speaking Circuit

If you read my Oracle Open World: A Newbie’s Retrospective post, I’ve hopefully convinced you that conferences are must-attend events. The knowledge-gain and networking opportunities offered across a few days simply can’t be matched elsewhere. To maximize your conference experiences, you should not only attend, but also speak. How does one get started on the conference speaking circuit? […]

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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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