Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting at the Rittman Mead BI Forum in Brighton on May 14th and 15th this year.

Take a look at the agenda and I think you'll agree it has an excellentline up of OBIEE talent:

There are only limited numbers, so it's like always: the early bird catches the worm.

So long and hope to see you there,


Friday, February 20, 2009

More Big Tips Please

Reply from Phil as follows:

Of course Adrian, I've got loads.

How about this one:

When you do a combined request you can't change the column headings in the Edit Column Formula window as any changes you make there aren't saved. However, you can change the column name in the Column Properties \ Column Format window just fine.
(I have better tips than this but I'm just warming up).

Surely someone out there can challenge Phil to tip showdown?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Big Phils Tip - Page Moving

Imagine the scenario. You have a dashboard with 35 pages on and you have to add a new page, at the TOP!

Normally you add your page, and it goes to the bottom of the list, so you would click 35 times on the up arrow.

On this button the HTML is exposed so you can edit what it is doing (Other pages use Javascript to move items).
The format is:
http://majendiserver/analytics/saw.dll?PortalModify&Action=SetPosition&ItemPath=/users/ADMINISTRATOR/_Portal/My Dashboard&Position=35&Done=PortalProperties%26PortalPath%3D/users/ADMINISTRATOR/_Portal%26Done%3DEditDashboard%2526PortalPath%253D/users/ADMINISTRATOR/_Portal%2526Done%253DDashboard%2526Page%253DIntro

Which has the vital &Position=35 command. Just change this to the number in th elist you want.

Thanks Phil. Got any more?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Siebel Analytics Tip of the Day

I know I don't normally do these, but here is one for today:

When you work in MUD mode, and merge your rpd, the 7.8. Admin tool will not update the variables you set offline. It will also have trouble dealing with presentation column name changes - you will find #1 added to many columns and will have to clean this up prior to publishing merged rpd.

Tomorrow I will have a top tip from Phil Henson, legend of the Siebel Analytics world !

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Tonsils Out

Not only has it been very busy on the client work front, busy on the sailing front, busy on the consultancy, and trying to dig out of the snow drifts, but I had my tonsils out. Will be back to shouting again soon I hope.

It went pretty well apart from two days after the OP I had a trip in an ambulance when blood started gushing from my throat. Never dialled 999 before, or been in an ambulance with the lights flashing and the siren going, all very excting.

Whilst I was at home recovering I managed to carry on working due to the wonders of modern technology - Broadband, VPN and Laptop. In fact I do much more when working from my home office, and get to save three hours per day travel.

Anyway, apart from the credit crunch there is still some work to do. I hear of one project that needs someone tomorrow for BI Publisher and someone else is after CTI skills.

If you are looking for a new project, drop me a line as I always hear about new projects alll the time.


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