Oracle OpenWorld 2009 was quite busy for me. We jointly with Oracle launched our MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP and there was great interest. I will write more about that later.
Larry Ellison's keynote was interesting as always. This year, his major rant was against IBM. Larry is offering a $10,000,000 reward to anyone that can make a Oracle database run at least half as fast on an IBM computer as it does on Sun's fastest computer. Larry did also show off the Fusion apps which looked very nice. These are expected to be available in early 2010.
We launched our MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP on Monday, October 12th. We put out a joint press release with Oracle: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/036550. We also had a session at the end of the day to show off the MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP and Excel connecting to Oracle OLAP. It was a fun session to do because people were quite excited to see what we had. Attendance was quite good – we had over 70 people – considering we were at the end of the day and competing with the OTN party. In the session, people found it interesting that we were not using a spreadsheet add-in because that is how everyone else connects to Excel. People were quite impressed with the BI and charting features of Excel as well as how easily you could pull PivotCharts into PowerPoint and have them dynamically update.
We also demoed the MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP at the Oracle DEMOgrounds. Thanks to Bud Endress, Marty Gubar, and Jameson White who did a great job showing everyone what you can now do with Excel and OLAP Option. We were demoing in 2 pods and we had good traffic all throughout the show. One person who came by explained that up till now, their users pull the data from OLAP into Microsoft Access and from there into Excel. This, of course, loses all the dimensional characteristics of the data but it shows you how much people want to get data into Excel. I also had people asking me if this works with other dimensionally aware BI products and the answer is "we are working on that". In fact, we are making good progress on that front. We even demoed SAP BusinessObjects Voyager to an Oracle OLAP customer this summer even before we had released version 1 of the product. The SAP guys involved couldn't believe how easily we connected to Oracle OLAP.
Now I can finally say that the MDX Query Language is a widely used standard that is supported by every major OLAP cube product!