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Pittsburgh, PA–August 22, 2009 - Multidimensional analysis lies at the heart of modern business intelligence systems. The multidimensional approach to working with data yields user interfaces to slice-and-dice summarized data- and to navigate up and down hierarchies. This translates into the ability to display business performance as a function of key variables and to view results at selectable levels of detail.

The Multidimensional Data Modeling Toolkit: Making your Business Intelligence Applications Smart with Oracle OLAP is the only book that takes the developer under the covers to show exactly what happens inside of Oracle's analytic workspaces where the multidimensional magic occurs.

Business intelligence developers who want in-depth understanding and expert skill levels with OLAP will find that the book takes them significantly beyond product documentation and a wizard-based exposure to the technology. The book puts the reader on a learning path beginning with a definition and explanation of the benefits of OLAP, and ending with a comparison of multidimensional analysis techniques to other the analytical approaches used in business intelligence applications: data mining and statistics. On this path the reader learns the syntax and programming techniques, and discovers the information analysis principles that motivate its use

The reader will gain a detailed knowledge of the Oracle OLAP DML programming language, they will see a plethora of analytical devices specific to the OLAP approach, they will learn the relationship between the tables in a relational data warehouse and the storage devices employed by OLAP cubes. The presentation is couched in terms of practical examples that will benefit any application area, including sales and marketing, finance, customer analysis, and manufacturing.

The content of the book is based on the Oracle 10g database, however, most of the programming statements shown will work with other editions of the database, such as Oracle 9i and 11g, and even earlier editions of the technology found in stand-alone products such as the Express database, Oracle Financial Analyzer, and Oracle Sales Analyzer. So if you are developing business intelligence systems in Oracle or porting from one of these platforms this book gives you helpful information you will use to get the job done.

The analysis principles presented are universal and can be applied to any OLAP system, for example Essbase, Cognos, Business Objects, and Microsoft Analysis Services. So whether you are new to business intelligence or a seasoned practitioner, you should find The Multi-dimensional Data Modeling Toolkit with plenty of valuable insights to offer. e book is available on Amazon directly from the publisher's website at

PSOUG / Free Virtualization Webcast
« on: August 26, 2009, 10:30:25 PM »
Quest Software, a leader in virtualization and application management, and Evelyn Hubbert, our featured guest analyst from Forrester, invite you to attend the Sept. 1 webcast, "Great Virtual IT Management - Learn from the Best!"
This webcast, the second in a series, will highlight best practices for mitigating the risks created by combining virtualization and business-critical applications. As a senior analyst at Forrester who consults with companies like yours every day, Ms. Hubbert will provide real-life examples of how great IT organizations are approaching virtualization management.

PSOUG / DOJ Gives Oracle Approval To Buy Sun
« on: August 23, 2009, 10:49:35 PM »
The BBC is reporting that the US Justice Department has approved Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems.

The acquisition gives Oracle control over (or a leading role in), among other things, Java, MySQL, (Open) Solaris, ZFS, OpenOffice, and the NetBeans IDE.

'The European Commission has still to rule on the deal, a step that will be required before it can close.That body has indicated it will issue an initial opinion on Sept. 3,according to the Wall Street Journal.

It may OK the deal at that time or launch a four-month probe of it. ... The Justice Department ruling came earlier than expected, a possible response to Sun's declining revenues and precarious business position in a steep recession, as the required reviews proceeded.'

The deal was widely discussed back when it was announced in April.

PSOUG / PSOUG October User Group Meeting
« on: August 20, 2009, 09:05:23 AM »
PSOUG's October meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14th, from 5 to 7 pm (venue to be announced). Admission is free to registered PSOUG members and dinner will be served.

We will have a technical presentation on screening out internet security threats to protect your database.

Please register for your free 2010 membership and please let us know if you'll be attending the October meeting so that we can plan the food and seating requirements.

PSOUG / Join the OAUG SIG Community at Oracle OpenWorld 2009
« on: August 20, 2009, 07:38:30 AM »

If you’re headed to Oracle OpenWorld 2009, be sure to set aside some time to join the OAUG Special Interest Group (SIG) User Community on Sunday, October 11, 2009.

The OAUG SIG community serves to facilitate discussion and information sharing among like-minded peers. With more than 50 SIG meetings scheduled, you’re sure to find a group that is discussing a topic of interest to you, such as:

    • Business Intelligence (BI)
    • Middleware
    • Hyperion
    • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
    • General Ledger and Financial Reporting
    • Enterprise Performance Management
    • Payables and Receivables
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Governance, Risk and Compliance
    • Workforce Planning
    • Enterprise Supply Chain Management[/FONT]

    … and much more.
    Check the full OAUG SIG meeting schedule(PDF file) for specific meetings, times and room locations. If you have any questions or require additional information, contact Regina Robuck, OAUG manager, affiliate communities, at +1 404.760.2887 or at

    SIG meetings are free and open to all Oracle OpenWorld attendees.Don't miss this great opportunity to connect with other users who share your interests, challenges and experiences.

    OAUG Fusion Council Explores Oracle Fusion Applications at Oracle OpenWorld 2009

    The OAUG Fusion Council will host a face-to-face meeting on Sunday, October 11, 2009, from 2 - 3 p.m. during Oracle OpenWorld2009. OAUG Fusion Council Chair Floyd Teter will provide information about his recent experience testing Oracle Fusion Applications and the council will facilitate an interactive Q&A session.

    Everyone is welcome. The OAUG Fusion Council meeting at Oracle OpenWorld 2009 will be held in Room 3001 in Moscone West, Moscone Center, San Francisco, Calif.

    Visit the OAUG Web site for regular updates about the OAUG’s activities and events at Oracle OpenWorld 2009.

    PSOUG / Free Download: SQL Developer Data Modeler
    « on: August 14, 2009, 09:58:58 AM »
     Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler

    Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler is the latest product offering from the Oracle Database Tools group. SQL Developer Data Modeler is an independent, standalone product with a full spectrum of data and data base modeling tools and utilities, including modeling for Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD), Relational (database design), Data Type and Multi-dimensional modeling, full forward and reverse engineering and DDL code generation.

    The Data Modeler imports from and exports to a variety of sources and targets, provides a variety of formatting options and validates the models through a predefined set of design rules.

    Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler can connect to any supported Oracle Database and is platform independent. A read-only SQL Developer Data Modeler Viewer is also available for download. The viewer allows users to open models created in the Data Modeler.

    More info:
    Free Download:

    PSOUG / Back to Work: Practice Interviews with WTIA Board Members
    « on: August 14, 2009, 08:06:53 AM »
    Back to Work

    F5 Networks
    September 15, 2009

    Admission to this event is free to all attendees.

    This event is geared towards current job seekers as well as anyone who wants to stay up to date with the most current job search techniques in the market today. Attendees will benefit from this event's rich content matter as well as the collective experience and support of the other workshop participants.

    • 1-on-1 Mock Interviews with WTIA Board Members and HR Professionals.
      Check out the mock interviewers that we have lined up!
    Speakers & Topical Areas:
    • Change is Inevidable - Embrace It: Christie Miller - Career Coach,
    • Job Search 101 - Basics Boot Camp: Debbie Faulker - Vice President People Support, Sound Inpatient Physicians
    • Marketing Yourself Successfully: Matt Youngquist - President & Founder, Career Horizons, LLC
    • Real Life Successes & Failures to Learn From: Kathi Jones - President Prodcuts, Swift HR Solutions
    Check out the agenda and register to attend today!

    PSOUG / Redo log corruption - issue and fixes
    « on: August 12, 2009, 11:46:02 AM »
    If you see these errors, you most likely have a corrupted redo log file:

    ORA-01172: recovery of thread 1 stuck at block xx of file x
    ORA-1151: use media recovery to recover block, restore backup if needed.

    For ORA-01172, the cause may be that  the block was corrupted and then repaired during recovery.

    To attempt to fix this, do a RECOVER DATAFILE for the file containing the block. If this doesn't fix the problem then you may need to restore the file from a backup (and then attempt to recover it).

    If the redo logs are still available, try doing a RECOVER DATAFILE x (where 'x' is the indicated file id in the error message).

    If the database is completely frozen (unresponsive), try these steps:


    You may also as a last resort try RECOVER DATABASE.

    PSOUG / Oracle spells out VM tools plans
    « on: August 12, 2009, 11:32:36 AM »
    Oracle spells out VM tools plans
    Still no word on Sun virtualisation though

    By Timothy Prickett Morgan

    In the wake of its acquisition of Virtual Iron, and its hammering out of a converged roadmap for the Oracle VM Server variant of Xen hypervisor, Oracle's techies are still at work, making tools that wrap around the existing Oracle VMServer hypervisor to make it more useful.

    First up is a gadget called Oracle VM Template Builder. This is a graphical utility that allows software developers or in-house IT departments to create a JEOS skinnied down version of Oracle Enterprise Linux. They can then plunk it and a set of system and application software on top of that streamlined Linux inside of an Oracle VM image.

    JEOS, you will remember is pronounced "juice" and is short for Just Enough Operating System. It is an idea that was started by Canonical and its Ubuntu Linux distribution and quickly adopted by Novell for its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

    With JEOS, you only pick and choose the elements of the Linux stack you need for a particular application set, but you can still get commercial support for the customized software from its corporate sponsor. Only a few weeks ago, Novell launched its online SUSE Studio tool for creating customized appliances from the SUSE repository and storing them inside VMware ESX Server wrappers.

    Eventually, SUSE Studio will be able to create SUSE Linux appliances and spit them out in Amazon EC2 AMI images or on OVF 1.0 virtual machine formats.

    While Oracle VM Template Builder has a graphical front end, if you like scripts and you already know about JEOS, you can build images using the command line as well. The tool can make images based on OEL 4.7 or 5.2 in 32-bit or 64-bit modes, depending on whether you have x86 or x64 iron.

    The Oracle VM Template Builder can kick out virtual machine images in the native Oracle VM format (a variant of the native format used by the Xen hypervisor) or the OVF format, according to Monica Kumar, senior director of product marketing for Linux and open source products at Oracle.

    The company does not have plans to support other Linuxes or other virtual machine formats or hypervisors on x64 iron with the Oracle VM Template Builder. It will almost certainly support the spinning of software appliances for Amazon EC2 images based on the Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM combo, however. Oracle doesn't seem inclined to create appliances based on Unix or Windows platforms, either, but this can, and likely will, change once Oracle has control of the Solaris Unix variant.

    Speaking of which, Kumar was not at liberty to say anything about how Sun's xVM Server hypervisor and xVM OpsCenter management tool would play into its Oracle VM 3.0 roadmap for x64 iron, and was similarly mum about how Solaris containers (a kind of virtual private server, as distinct from a virtual machine) and logical domains (another kind of virtualisation that is available on the Sparc T series of chips) would play in Oracle's virtualisation push.

    Oracle does, of course, support Windows, other Linuxes, Unix, and several proprietary operating systems when it comes to its database, middleware, and application software, but there seems little doubt that Oracle is going to be touting its complete control and integration of the software stack on Unix iron as a benefit, much as it is already doing on x64 iron with its Linux and VM software.

    Oracle VM Template Builder is available now, and is being released through Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and Oracle Technology Network. The tool was written in Python and is being open sourced, which means other Linux projects can appropriate it, much as Oracle has done with Linux and VM code.

    You can get a list of existing templates that Oracle has already created for Oracle VM here, and you might notice that the new one on the list is the Siebel CRM 8.1.1 software from Oracle, which is packed up on Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle 11g database atop Oracle VM.

    In a related announcement, Oracle says that Oracle VM Server is now added to the official validated configurations for Linux listing. The validated configuration seal of approval is not just for Oracle Enterprise Linux, but also for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and includes 145 different combinations of Oracle software mixed with those operating systems and with various hardware to run it all.

    Now, deploying those Oracle applications in an Oracle VM wrapper is certified on specific servers and storage. The idea is to make it easier for customers to put together a solution and know it will work.

    PSOUG / Oracle Technology Network Developer Day
    « on: August 03, 2009, 07:06:12 AM »
    Oracle Technology Network Developer Day

    When:   Thursday, Aug 6, 2009, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
    The Westin Seattle
    1900 Fifth Avenue
    Seattle, WA  98101
    Category:   Oracle Event
    Registration:   Required

    Discover a Faster Way to Develop Ajax -Enabled Application Based on Java and SOA Standards

    Get Hands-on with Oracle Jdeveloper, Oracle Application Developer Framework and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

    You are invited to attend Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Developer Day, a free, hands-on workshop that will give you insight into how to create Ajax-enabled rich Web user interfaces and Java EE-based SOA services with ease.

    We'll introduce you to the development platform Oracle is using for its Fusion enterprise applications, and show you how to get up to speed with it. The workshop will get you started developing with the latest versions of Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF 11g, including the Ajax-enabled ADF Faces rich client components.

    This workshop is designed for developers, project managers, and architects. Whether you are currently using Java, traditional 4GL tools like Oracle Forms, PeopleTools, and Visual Basic, or just looking for a better development platform - this session is for you. Get explanation from Oracle experts, try your hands at actual development, and get a chance to win an Apple iPod Touch and Oracle prizes.

    Come see how Oracle can help you deliver cutting edge UIs and standard -based applications faster with the Oracle Fusion Development software stack. At this event you will:

        * Get to know the Oracle Fusion development architecture and strategy from Oracle's experts.
        * Learn the easy way to extend your existing development skill sets to incorporate new technologies and architectures that include Service-Oriented Architecture, Java EE, and Web 2.0
        * Participate in hands-on labs and experience new technologies in a familiar and productive development environment with Oracle experts guidance.

    Click here to register for this FREE event. Don't miss your exclusive opportunity to network with your peers and discuss today's most vital application development topics with Oracle experts.

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Registration
    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Technical Session 1: The Oracle Fusion Development Platform
    10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Break
    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Technical Session 2: Developing Reusable Business Services
    11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Technical Session 3: Creating Rich Internet Applications
    12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch and Open Q&A Session
    1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.   Install Fest and Hands-on Sessions
    4:45 p.m.   Raffle Drawings and Wrap-Up

    Oracle will be hosting the Fusion Middleware 11g Launch program in both Portland and Seattle in August.

    Portland E-vite Link:
    Event Date:  Thursday, August 20th
    Location: The Nines Hotel
    Time:  8:00 am - 2:30 p.m.

    Seattle E-vite link:
    Event Date:  Thursday, August 27th
    Location:  The Grand Hyatt
    Time:  8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    PSOUG / WTIA July Events Bulletin
    « on: July 21, 2009, 01:29:30 PM »
    WTIA July Events Bulletin
    Join WTIA for the hottest event of the summer! With just a few days to go, register NOW to get online pricing and beat the lines at onsite registration

    Pyramid Alehouse & Restaurant | Beer Garden
    July 30, 2009
    5:00pm to 10:00pm

    WTIA Members: $30 pre-registration
    Non-Members: $35 pre-registration

    Event Supporter Package: 20 tickets for $500
    ($200 SAVINGS + your company featured on our website!)

    Raffle Tickets (all raffle ticket proceeds will go to our Charitable Partners: Technology Access Foundation and Jack Straw Productions)
    $2 per ticket OR $5 for 3 tickets

    Raffle prizes include: a Harbor Cruise from Argosy Cruises, tickets to Ride the Ducks of Seattle, Guitar Hero, Mariner's autographed baseballs and more!
    Check out the list of raffle prizes so far.

    Mark your calendars for the Annual WTIA Summer Celebration! This year we have teamed up with Xconomy to bring you the Battle of the Tech Bands! What's better than enjoying Pyramid's best grub and a cold drink with friends, all while listening to some local bands? Not, don't miss this summer bash!

    Check out the 5 bands who will be rockin' out on the 30th:

    Afraid of Figs
    (representing MorphoTrak, Robert Half Technology)

    Between These Lines
    (representing HP)

    Indigo Soul
    (representing Microsoft, Adobe, Caiman Consulting)

    Juda's Wake
    (representing Microsoft)

    Lions Ambition
    (representing Boeing)

    PSOUG / Oracle Fusion Middleware 11G Forum
    « on: July 18, 2009, 08:11:48 PM »
    Oracle Fusion Middleware 11G Forum        

    When:   Thursday, Aug 20, 2009, 8:00 AM until 2:45 PM
    Where:    The Nines Hotel
              525 SW Morrison
              Portland, OR  97204   
    Additional Info:
    Category:        Oracle Event
    Registration:      Required

    Today, business  factors like increased competition, business expansion, and dynamic market conditions require a continual response to change. Improving  your company's ability to adapt and change quickly can only make your business stronger. That's why Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g offers new ways to reduce complexity as you maximize your IT efficiency and enhance your existing application investment.   
       The latest release of the world's #1 middleware application infrastructure family provides an adaptable, cost-effective foundation for the mission-critical applications, such as CRM, ERP, and others, that drive your business.
       We invite you to attend the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Forum to find out how the latest release can help you:

    • Make your business—and business applications—more agile, intelligent, and responsive
    • Ensure long-term flexibility in heterogeneous IT environments with technologies like SOA, event-driven architectures, Enterprise 2.0portals, and more
    • Take advantage of modern software and hardware architectures—delivering both cost savings and innovation

    Seating is limited; please RSVP by Monday, August 17.
    Register online or call 1.800.820.5592 ext 6427   
    Click here to view Event Agenda.

    OTN Fusion Developer Days - Oracle Fusion Development Experience

    Date: August 6th 8:30am
    Location: Westin Hotel Seattle

    Register here:

    Discover a Faster Way to Develop Ajax -Enabled Application Based on Java and SOA Standards

    Get Hands-on with Oracle Jdeveloper, Oracle Application Developer Framework and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

    Youare invited to attend Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Developer Day, a free, hands-on workshop that will give you insight into how to create Ajax-enabled rich Web user interfaces and Java EE-based SOA services with ease.

    We'll introduce you to the development platform Oracle is using for its Fusion enterprise applications, and show you how to get up to speed with it. The workshop will get you started developing with the latest versions of Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF11g, including the Ajax-enabled ADF Faces rich client components.

    Denver, CO July 14, 2009 -- BI Consulting Group partners with Oracle for a one-day technology briefing on Enterprise Performance Management through Information Insight, featuring an interactive hands-on workshop with the latest on Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition. Workshop will take place at the Oracle Corporation in Denver on Thursday, July 30th and will showcase OBIEE as designed for pervasive use, with new levels of usability and reach to empower the broadest audiences with complete and timely insight. Oracle BI EE is also the technology foundation for business intelligence in Oracle Fusion applications.

    BI Consulting Group, Oracle’s premier consulting partner focused exclusively on Oracle EPM and Business Intelligence.

    BI Consulting Group to host free workshop highlighting BI Apps/Essbase.

    Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition (EE) is a comprehensive and innovative next-generation BI platform that offers the best foundation for building enterprise BI solutions from data spanning heterogeneous data sources, including Oracle and non-Oracle systems.

    Thursday, July 30th, 2009

    Oracle Corporation
    7604 Technology Way, Building 2, Room 1250
    Denver, CO 80237

    To view complete conference details please visit: Free Oracle Hands-on Business Intelligence Workshop

    About Oracle:
    Oracle is the world’s largest business software company, with more than 320,000 customers including 100 of the Fortune 100 representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 145 countries around the globe.

    About Bi Consulting Group:
    BI Consulting Group is Oracle's premier consulting partner focused exclusively on Oracle EPM and Business Intelligence. Service offerings include consulting services, support, and education. The experts at BI Consulting Group have successfully completed some of the most complex implementations of Oracle BI in the world. Along the way, BICG has been honored with Oracle's Most Valuable Partner Award for Business Intelligence and the Oracle Excellence Award for creatively using Oracle Fusion Middleware with Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel, JD Edwards etc) to create innovative and standards-based technology solutions.

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