Posts in BI & OLAP Tools
Drill to Detail Ep.56 'Essbase Cloud, Analytics Cloud and Cloud Analytics Consulting' with Special Guest Matt Yorke

In this specially-extended episode just before ODTUG KScope'18, Mark Rittman is joined by Matt Yorke from Qubix to talk about Oracle Essbase Cloud, Oracle Analytics Cloud and the business of Oracle Cloud analytics consulting

Drill to Detail Ep.54 'DataRobot & Machine Learning Automation' with Special Guest Greg Michaelson

Mark Rittman is joined in this episode by Greg Michaelson from DataRobot, talking about the benefits of automating the discovery and automation of analytics and machine learning in financial services and other industries.

Drill to Detail Ep.53 'ThoughtSpot, Search and AI-Powered BI' With Special Guest Doug Bordonaro

Mark Rittman is joined by ThoughtSpot's Chief Data Evangelist Doug Bordonaro to talk about the value of data, issues around trust and consent raised by the EU's new GDPR regulations, and how ThoughtSpot are applying ideas from search engines combined with artificial intelligence smarts to surface insights and drive real value for business users from their analytics investment

Drill to Detail Ep.50 'Agile BI, Karl Marx and Our Man from Moscow' With Special Guests Stewart Bryson and Alex Gorbachev

Mark Rittman is joined in this 50th Episode Special by our original guest on the first episode of Drill to Detail, Stewart Bryson, to talk about developing agile BI applications using FiveTran, SnowflakeDB and Looker and his recent work developing a BI solution for Google Play Marketing using Google Data Studio and Google Cloud Platform. We're also joined later in the show by Alex Gorbachev from Pythian, our mystery guest who Stewart then interviews flawlessly armed only with a set of questions given to him as the guest was unveiled ... though be sure to listen past the final closing music for the bonus out-takes.

Drill to Detail Ep.48 'Mondrian OLAP, Apache Calcite and Database Dis-Aggregation' With Special Guest Julian Hyde

Drill to Detail returns after the New Year break with Special Guest Julian Hyde from Hortonworks to talk about bitmap indexes and CASE tools, Mondrian and open-source OLAP analysis, and Apache Calcite's mission to bring sanity, cost-based optimisers and support for OLAP workloads to today's dis-aggregated, distributed new-world database engines.

 

Drill to Detail Ep.47 'Business Analytics 2018 Predictive and Best-Practice Christmas & New Year Special' With Special Guest Christian Berg

Mark is joined by long-term industry veteran and friend Christian Berg to talk about surviving fifteen years as a contractor in analytics industry, changes he's seen in the market and in how project are approached, the value in getting involved in the community, and in a specially extended Christmas and New Year edition we look back at what was topical in 2017 and what are Christian's predictions for 2018 ... and appoint Christian as Head of our Best Practices Found on the Internet.

Drill to Detail Ep.46 'Market Trends and Findings from the BI Survey 17' With Special Guest Dr. Carsten Bange

Mark Rittman is joined in this episode of Drill to Detail by Dr. Carsten Bange from BARC to talk about findings from the recently completed BI Survey 17 including the continuing move to modern BI platforms and self-service desktop tools, analytics adoption trends and the increasing incorporation of BI functionality within business applications, the surprising topicality of master data management and data governance ... and whatever happened to Nigel Pendse and his legendary OLAP Report?

Drill to Detail Ep.43 'Oracle Analytics, Data Visualization Desktop 4.0 and The Art of Product Management' with Special Guest Mike Durran

Mark is joined by Mike Durran from the Oracle Analytics Product Management team in this UKOUG Tech’17 special to talk about his route into product management via the Oracle Discoverer BI tool, Oracle’s latest product in this space Oracle Data Visualization Desktop 4 and its new features, and Mike’s upcoming sessions at the UK Oracle User Group’s Tech’17 event next week in Birmingham, UK.

Drill to Detail Ep.37 'How Essbase Won the OLAP Wars' With Special Guest Cameron Lackpour

Mark Rittman is joined in this Summer Special episode by none other than Cameron Lackpour, Essbase expert and Oracle ACE Director, to talk about why and how Essbase won the OLAP wars, how Essbase Server works and the role it now plays in Oracle Analytics Cloud and his involvement with user groups over the years. In this specially extended edition he also gives us his reading recommendations for while you're at the pool or, as he will be, out camping, and he also shares his predictions for what we'll hear from Oracle and the analytics industry when he, and Drill to Detail, returns in the autumn after a well-deserved summer break. 

 

Drill to Detail Ep.34 'Qlik, MSAS and the Strategy of Data Analytics' with Special Guest Donald Farmer

Mark Rittman is joined by Donald Farmer to talk about his work at Microsoft on SQL Server Analysis Services and Integration Services, why he moved to Qlik and the challenges of evolving a BI product strategy from focusing on desktops to focusing on the enterprise, and some advice for customers, software vendors and partners working with data and analytics tools.

 

Drill to Detail Ep.26 'Airflow, Superset & The Rise of the Data Engineer' with Special Guest Maxime Beauchemin

Mark Rittman is joined by Maxime Beauchemin to talk about analytics and data integration at Airbnb, the Apache Airflow and Superset open-source projects he helped launch and now works with day-to-day at Airbnb , and his recent Medium article on "The Rise of the Data Engineer".

Drill to Detail Ep.25 'SAP BusinessObjects Analytics, AI and Digital Transformation' With Special Guest Timo Elliott

Mark Rittman is joined by Timo Elliott, originally of Business Objects and now Innovation Evangelist for SAP, to talk about the origins of self-service BI with Business Objects' innovative "Universe" and the role analytics now plays within SAP; why analytics is the most important function within your organization and why the vast majority of analytics is still reporting (which isn't so bad); and the role AI and other innovations will play in analytics going in the future.

Drill to Detail Ep.18 'Oracle's Cloud Analytics and Data Visualization Strategy' With Special Guest Vasu Murthy

Mark Rittman is joined by Vasu Murthy, Oracle's Senior Director for Product Management of Oracle Business Analytics to talk about what's new with OBIEE and Oracle Data Visualization and the recently released Oracle Analytics Cloud, a dive into the technical architecture of these new additions to Oracle's BI platform, and Oracle's vision for hybrid on-prem/cloud analytics.

Drill to Detail Ep.17 ‘Mode 1 Analytics and the Future of Cloud DWs’ With Special Guest Rick Greenwald

Mark Rittman is joined by Gartner analyst and ex-Oracle Database Cloud Service PM Rick Greenwald to talk about IT’s continuing (and essential!) role in corporate BI&DW deployments and the debate around Mode1 vs. Mode2 Analytics, how we got here, and the future of data warehousing database platforms as we move into the cloud.

Drill to Detail Ep.15 ‘Modern BI and the Gartner BI Magic Quadrant 2016’ With Special Guest Cindi Howson

Mark Rittman is joined in this episode by Cindi Howson to talk about Modern BI and last year's Gartner BI & Analytics Magic Quadrant, the rise of self-service BI and IT's new role as enabler rather than owner, CIO priorities around BI & Analytics ... and, is the BICC dead?

Drill to Detail Ep.14 ‘Cloudy Big Data Paradigm-Shifting Christmas & New Year Special’ With Special Guest Robin Moffatt

Mark Rittman is joined in this Christmas & New Year special episode by none-other than Robin Moffatt, head of R&D at Rittman Mead and an old colleague from my consulting days, to talk about his experiences with Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) for BI + Analytics and how "the devil's in the detail", and to hear his take on what happened in the BI and analytics world in 2016 and what to look out for in 2017.

ETL & Analytics Offload from Oracle to Amazon Web Services using Apache Spark, Redshift, and Presto

Source Control and Automated Code Deployment Options for OBIEE

All You Ever Wanted to Know About OBIEE Performance…but were too afraid to ask

Apache Kafka's Role in Implementing Oracle's Big Data Reference Architecture on the Big Data Appliance

Analysing the Panama Papers with Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph

Drill to Detail Ep.11 'OLAP, Consulting & BI Past Present + Future' with Special Guest Graham Spicer

Mark Rittman is joined by Graham Spicer in this UKOUG Tech'16 Special to talk about BI past, present and future including the history of Oracle OLAP, running and owning a consulting business over 30 years of changes in the industry, what's hot on the market today, and what skills and techniques are still relevant even as we adopt big data products and look to new methods of analysis.

Drill to Detail Ep.8 'Self-Service BI, Data Prep & Big Data Vendor Strategy' with Special Guest Jen Underwood

Mark Rittman is joined by Jen Underwood to discuss the aftermath of the Gartner BI&A Magic Quadrant 2016 and the rise of self-service, Mode-2 analytics; innovation in predictive analytics and data preparation tools, and how the big data cloud vendors are differentiating themselves (or not).