They’re doing it again

Another year, and another set of interviews, for another project, but still the same poor candidates.
If you want a job on an OBIEE project, as an OBIEE developer then you should be able to answer simple questions about the BI Server, The repository and using Answers.

AM I asking TOO much?

Several recent interviewees, who claimed to be experts in OBIEE could not answer the following questions:

– How do you write a report based on two Subject Areas?
– How do you implement row level security?
– How do you put a report Chart on a page, and the same reports pivot table on another page.

If you cannot do the above, then please do not pretend you know OBIEE


2 thoughts on “They’re doing it again

  1. Jitendra

    Dear Adrian,

    Absolutly true, that you are asking (candidates should know basics).

    Even though I have spent close to year and half (which is too small; I guess it’s only 1/10 as compared with your stint) with OBIEE development; I still consider myself as a novice in the vast sea of features that OBIEE has to offer.

    And am not afraid to accept that through your blog I got to know about “Row level security” (never thought of such situation) and am working to know about the rest 2 questions that you posted.

    I will keep an open mind and explore the OBIEE.

    Thank you.

  2. Robin Moffatt

    I had an argument with someone recently who swore blind that BI Server only ran on MS Windows. Even after I’d pointed to our *nix stack, he still said, you need a Windows server (and he didn’t just mean to run the admin tool).

    One of my favourite quotations is from last year’s BI Forum – someone described BI as sometimes being “a refuge of charlatans”. Sounds like it’s still true 🙁

    BTW you should have a “rant” category on your blog, they’re fun to read 🙂

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