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OTN Developer Day Virtual Conference - Tues Feb 4

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Make sure you are free on Tuesday February 4 because the OTN team are hosting another of their virtual developer day events. Most importantly it is FREE. Even more importantly is the fact that I will be running a 12c pattern matching workshop at 11:45am Pacific Time. Of course there are lots other sessions that you can attend relating to big data and Oracle Database 12c and the OTN team has created two streams to help you learn about this two important areas:
Oracle Database application development — Learn expert tips and tricks on how to develop applications for Oracle Database 12c and Big Data environments more effectively.Oracle Database platform deployment processes — From integration, to data migration, experts showcase new capabilities in Oracle 12c and Big Data environments that will allow you to deliver greater database performance and integration. You can sign-up for the event and pick your tracks and sessions via this link: https://oracle.6connex.com/portal/database2014/logi…

How to create more sophisticated reports with SQL….

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This is a continuation of a series of posts that cover Oracle's SQL extensions for reporting and analysis. As reviewed in earlier blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2), We have extended SQL's analytical processing capabilities by introducing a family of aggregate and analytic SQL functions. Over the last couple of days I have been exploring how to use some of these SQL features to create tabular-style reports/views. In the past when I worked as a BI Beans product manager I would typically build these types of reports using OLAP cubes and/or Java code. It is been very interesting to work through some of my old report scenarios and transfer my Java aggregation processing back into the database by using SQL to do all the heavy lifting without having to resort to low-level coding.In my quest to learn about SQL Analytics I started with the idea of creating a simple two dimension cross tabular report as shown below (I am using the SH sample schema if you want to take my code and run it you…

StubHub's Data Scientists reap benefits of integrated approach….

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We have released yet another great video customer video, this time with StubHub.StubHub provides the world's largest fan-to-fan ticket marketplace. The company was formed in 2000 and now dominates the market by making sure fans have a truly open marketplace where they can buy or sell tickets without restrictions or limitations. For more information about SubHub and its services visit their website: http://www.stubhub.comStubHub's is now getting real business benefit from moving their data analytics inside their data warehouse. This seems like an obvious way to build your data warehouse but many customers are still pulling data out of their data warehouse and shipping it to specialised processing engines so they can mine their data, run spatial analytics and/or built multi-dimensional cubes. The problem with this approach, as the team at StubHub points out, is that typically when you move the data to these specialised engines you have to work with a subset of the data that is s…

CaixaBank deploys new big data infrastructure on Oracle

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CaixaBank is Spain’s largest domestic bank by market share with a customer base of 13.7 It is also Spain’s leading bank in terms of innovation and technology, and one of the most prominent innovators worldwide. CaixaBank has been recently awarded the title of the World’s Most Innovative Bank at the 2013 Global Banking Innovation Awards (November 2013).Like most financial services companies CaixaBank wants to get closer to its customers by collecting data about their activities across all the different channels (offices, internet, phone banking, ATMs, etc.). In the old days we used to call this CRM and then this morphed into "360-degree view" etc etc. While many companies have delivered these types of projects and customers feel much more connected and in control of their relationship with their bank the capture of streams of big data has the potential to create another revolution in the way we interact with our bank. What banks like CaixaBank want to do is to capture data in…