So what happened during the radio silence in OWB land. Well, not that much, it is after all summer vacation in most of the world (or winter if you are on the other hemisphere)...
We did ODTUG, which was my 5th conference in a row, and as always, great fun and a very good conference. I especially liked the new Hyperion track at ODTUG. With the Oracle family growing I think there is a lot of value provided by the conferences in introducing everyone to the new technologies in Oracle's portfolio. I had the privilege to be on a panel and discuss technology together with Mark Rittman (you can read more on his blog) and some other folks. Good fun, quite interesting to discuss end-user vs. IT perspectives.
One of the things I took away from that is that we need to bridge that gap in the near future. We need to enable end users to get their information when they need it, but I think we need to not forget architecture and infrastructure. Yes I know I'm one of the old timers who think that is important.
End users should have access to data, but in a controlled manner. At least that is what I think. The Hyperion tools allow the finance guys to set up their own systems, manage their own hierarchies, which is great. But it does not mean that we can't build this on top of a scalable and secure infrastructure.
So for Warehouse Builder I think we will look more and more into enabling more business users to get to their data. Let's call it end user data integration. That way we can allow for data quality to be embedded in everything that is done, we can centralize metadata without being obnoxious about it, and we can secure the base data.
Anyways these are some of my thoughts around direction for OWB in the long run. In the mean time, ODTUG is done and we are already looking at OpenWorld in September. Bigger, better and more involved as always.
Openworld will showcase at least 5 sessions on OWB, a handson session and of course demo stations for data integration and data quality. We will have product management and development around, so if you are a current user, this is the event to discuss your problems, solutions and ideas with the guys and girls who build the product. And of course, San Francisco in September is a nice place to be... So see you in San Francisco!