Oracle, I and everything in between

April 23, 2009

Somehow .. This feels so familiar

Filed under: Random — Prakash @ 3:21 pm
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April 20, 2009

oracle hits half century with Sun

Filed under: oracle,Random — Prakash @ 6:59 pm
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Today, Oracle announced that they will be acquiring Sun for $7.4 billion. Undoubtedly, the main reason behind the acquisition was Java (Larry describes it “the single most important software asset we have ever acquired”). Surprisingly, there was no mention of MySQL which came as part of Sun’s acquisition. Wonder what future holds for mysql.

Also, If this WSJ article is accurate, this was Oracle’s half century (50th). Oracle has roughly acquired one company a month since 2005. If history has any indicator of future, we will probably see 9-10 more acquisition before the year is over! 🙂

2005 11
2006 13
2007 12
2008 11
2009 2

April 7, 2009

Dashboard Design Tips

Filed under: OBIEE — Prakash @ 9:20 pm
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This topic has been covered by numerous authors but it still surprises me how many people still do not follow basic dashboard design principles. Here are some of the arguments that I have heard for not designing dashboards properly.

  • Didn’t have enough time
  • I am not a graphic designer
  • As long as the data is there, I don’t care if it’s pretty

Poor dashboard design defeats the purpose of having a dashboard in the first place. Here are few simple rules that I following during any dashboard design/development

  1. Readability: Too much data, vertical/horizontal scrolls,
  2. Context: Reports are meaningless without context
  3. Location, Location, Location: Know where the most important metrics should be presented
  4. Performance: Never put a long running report on the dashboard page

If you are in hurry, you can find some more tips on Panorama’s blog here. But if you are someone who does dashboard/reports/data visualization for living, I highly recommend that that you read works of the two prominent experts in the field.

Avinash Kaushik

Stephen Few

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