Friday Dec 04, 2015


 The OWB to ODI Migration now supports migration from OWB version to ODI 12.2.1
 It is available as "Patch 21977765 : OWB-TO-ODI MIGRATION PATCH (MP3) FOR OWB TO ODI 12.2.1" and can be downloaded from the support website.

 This patch(21977765) only supports migration from Linux 64-bit and Windows 64-bit standalone OWB to ODI 12.2.1.
 For Migrating to ODI 12.1.2 and ODI 12.1.3 please use patch no 18537208

 More information about the migration utility is here

Thursday Sep 25, 2014

ODI 12c - Migrating from OWB to ODI - PLSQL Procedures


Check the blog post below for supporting PLSQL procedures within ODI and how you can get 100s of percentage fold improvements;


Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

OWB to ODI 12c Migration in action

The OWB to ODI 12c migration utility provides an easy to use on-ramp to Oracle's strategic data integration tool. The utility was designed and built by the same development group that produced OWB and ODI. 

Here's a screenshot from the recording below showing a project in OWB and what it looks like in ODI 12c;

There is a useful webcast that you can play and watch the migration utility in action. It takes an OWB implementation and uses the migration utility to move into ODI 12c.

It's worth having a read of the following OTN article from Stewart Bryson which gives an overview of the capabilities and options OWB customers have moving forward.

Check it out and see what you think!

Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

OWB to ODI Migration Utility now available for OWB +CP3 Linux and Windows 64-bit standalone installation.

The OWB to ODI Migration now supports migration from OWB version to ODI 12c.

It is available as "Patch 17224695: OWB-ODI MIGRATION PATCH FOR 64BIT STANDALONE INSTALL" and can be downloaded from the support website.

This patch(17224695) supports migration from Linux 64-bit and Windows 64-bit standalone OWB + CP3( Patch 16568042) to ODI + Patch 17053768.

More information about the migration utility is here

Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

OWB to ODI Migration Utility released for Windows 64 bit.

The OWB to ODI Migration Utility is now available for Windows 64-bit platforms. It can be downloaded from the Oracle support site. It is available as Patch number17830453. It needs to be applied on top of  a OWB standalone install.

More information about the Migration Utility is available here.

OWB to ODI Migration Utility Webcast - Thu 12th December

On Thursday 12th December there is a webcast on the OWB to ODI 12c migration utility, there will be a demo and drill down into the utility. Check the meeting URL here - its at 10am PST on 12th December. Check out the blog post here on getting the utility. Good chance to get the inside scoop on the utility and ask questions to the PM and development team.

Monday Dec 02, 2013

Planning the journey from Oracle Warehouse Builder to Oracle Data Integrator

Check out the blog post here on the OWB integration and migration capabilities in ODI 12c. Julien and myself give an overview of what you can see and expect in the recent release. This is an overview which will give you some insights and pointers to the documentation. 

Wednesday Nov 06, 2013

OWB - Windows standalone client released

The release of OWB containing the 32 bit and 64 bit standalone Windows client is released today, I had previously blogged about the Linux standalone client here. Big thanks to Anil for spearheading that, another milestone on the Data Integration roadmap.

Below are the patch numbers;

  • 17743124 - OWB STANDALONE CLIENT FOR Windows 64 BIT
  • 17743119 - OWB STANDALONE CLIENT FOR Windows 32 BIT

This is the terminal release of OWB and customer bugs will be resolved on top of this release. We are excited to share information on the Oracle Data Integration 12c release in our upcoming launch video webcast on November 12th.

Thursday Oct 17, 2013

ODI 12c is GA

Great news today, ODI 12c is GA! See the Welcome Oracle Data Integration 12c posting from Irem. Great to see the hard work from our development teams come to light. Looking forward to MUCH MUCH MORE TOO!

Happy Birthday ODI 12c!

Thursday Sep 26, 2013

OWB - Making the Move to ODI

Yesterday's session on Making the Move to Oracle Data Integrator at OOW13 after the America's Cup finale was a great way to round off the day (the garlic at the Stinking Rose was even better but we will stick with the technology here), the session was hosted by Julien Testut from product management and was under the Oracle safe harbor statement below. There was an overview by Jyotin Gautam the ODI development director and then some demonstrations from Oracle partners Stewart Bryson and Holger Friedrich.

The session lay down the options for OWB customers moving forward; 

  • execute and monitor OWB jobs within ODI
  • migrate all or parts of OWB mappings with the migration utility
  • develop new ETL in ODI

...or a mixture of all of these. Stewart demonstrated the execution of OWB jobs from within ODI and highlighted the immediate value-add of doing this. ODI load plans provide a restartability capability that is a key part of an ETL infrastructure (this had to be manually constructed in OWB). Its great hearing the genuine excitement and enthusiasm Stewart presents with and using words like 'beautiful' are icing on the cake (I can still hear his comments a few years ago of 'all I want is a mapper' ringing in my ears). Holger demonstrated the migration utility that migrates the OWB design metadata into ODI, migrating a complex mapping with many operators and multiple targets into a ODI 12c mapping and like many was surprised with the simplicity of the solution and the maintainability of the new design in ODI.

There was a bunch of tweeting going on in the session and Mark Rittman quick succinctly summarized the session below;

It was a well attended session with a mix of OWB and ODI customers and customers looking to move to ODI in general. The guys in development were happy to see this finally getting their. Sure and steadfast ;-)

The session was under Oracle's safe harbor statement...'The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.'

Friday Aug 30, 2013

OWB - standalone client released

The release of OWB containing the 32 bit and 64 bit clients is released today. Big thanks to Anil for spearheading that, another milestone on the Data Integration roadmap.

Below are the patch numbers;


The windows releases will come in due course. This is the terminal release of OWB and customer bugs will be resolved on top of this release.

Sure and Stedfast has been a steady motto through my life, it came from way back in my old Boys Brigade days back in Scotland. Working in Oracle I have always reflected back on that over the years, can still hear 'Will your anchor hold in the storms of life' ringing in my ear. The ride through different development organizations from Oracle Tools, through Oracle Database and Oracle Middleware groups, from buildings 200, to 400 to 100, 7th floor, 9th floor, 5th floor, countless acquisitions and integrations. Constant change in some aspects, but zeroes and ones remain zeroes and ones, for our group the direction and goals were well understood. Whilst its been quiet on the OWB blogging front, the data integration development organization has been busy, very busy releasing versions of OWB and ODI over the past few years and building the 12c release.

So to 12c... our data integration product roadmap has been a strong focal point in our development over the past few years and that's what we have been using to focus our energy and and our direction. Like personal life we need a goal, a vision and a roadmap for getting there. There have been plenty of challenges along the way; technical, political and personal - its been a tough and challenging few years on all of those fronts, its when you are faced with momentous personal challenges that the technical ones look trivial. The most gratifying aspect is when you see light at the end of the tunnel. It's that light at the end of the tunnel that gives you added strength to finish the job at hand. Onwards and upwards!

Monday Jul 15, 2013


The OWB Cumulative Patch 3 has just been released, the bug/patch number is 16568042. This cumulative patch wraps a number of bugs from customers using the OWB 11gr2 release. See the patch readme for details. 

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

OWB – How to update OWB after Database Cloning

One of the most commonly asked questions led to one of the most commonly accessed support documents (strange that) for OWB is the document describing how to update the OWB repository details after cloning the Oracle database. The document in the Oracle support site has id 434272.1, and is titled 'How To Update Warehouse Builder After A Database Cloning (Doc ID 434272.1)'. This post is really for me to remember the document id;-)

Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

OWB 11gR2 – Windows and Linux 64-bit clients on OTN

The OWB clients for Windows and Linux 64-bit clients are now on OTN for download at the link below;

You should now see a line for the Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g Release 2 ( Standalone Software and links for Linux and Windows 64-bit downloads.

The software can also be downloaded from Oracle Support as described in this post.

Tuesday Oct 11, 2011

Generating XML with Experts

The leveraging XDB post (here) from a few years ago is one of the most actively read posts, since that was done there have been a few more updates on the expert posted within it. One of the updated areas was in the generation of XML using the Oracle Database using the expert., the areas include supporting generated a single document vs multiple documents and the ability to include/exclude attributes from the content, plus whether to create the attributes as XML properties or XML elements.

A recent query was regarding how the ‘Create XML from objects’ menu option gets created. This is added just by enabling the expert on the ‘Tables’ node in the tree, here we see the sequence of actions to do this in OWB 11gR2, you must first import the expert’s MDL, then add the expert to the tree as follows.

First right click on Tables node and select ‘Maintain Creation Experts Here' (you can add any of your own custom experts to parts of the tree also);


Then in the XML_ETL folder within public experts, enable the CREATE_XML_FROM_OBJECTS expert;


That’s it! Now you can run the expert from the tree. For example now click on the Tables node, you will see the ‘Create XML from objects’ option.


This then runs the expert, the dialog was enhanced to include a ‘Generate Root’ option – this was added so that all generated XML fragments are wrapped in a single element rather than created as XML documents. Using this lets you generate one document like;

<Department name=’ACCOUNTING’/>
<Department name=’RESEARCH’/>

rather than multiple documents like (where Department is the route node);

<Department name=’ACCOUNTING’/>
<Department name=’RESEARCH’/>

So let’s select ‘Generate Root’ and see how it works….


As before we get to enter the name of the pluggable map that gets generated.


We then choose the tables for or document, and order the master to the detail, we will have departments and the employees nested inside the department;


We then can define the element name for the root (because we selected generate root), and the dept and emp tables.


For each table we can then define the XML element/attribute names for the columns also, we can also define whether to exclude attributes, or define an element name for the attribute rather than a property name.


For the EMP XML element details we will exclude the foreign key column DEPTNO, and provide nice business names for the properties.


After this, the pluggable mapping is generated. We can use the table function from the earlier post and the pluggable mapping to write the XML to file, for example we generate the following from the SCOTT schema.


Fairly simple example of leveraging the database along with experts to generate based on some basic inputs from the guided expert.


ETL, CDC, Real-Time DI and Data Quality for the Oracle Database from the inside.


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