Oracle BI is in use for years, has gone through many iterations, and is widespread across projects around the globe. Millions of analyses have been created, deployed, and run billions of times. The actual lifecycle of an Oracle BI query from its inception through to the effective delivery of results may therefore be regarded as a given commodity not requiring a closer look. Few people have regarded an OBI query from this point of view: "How does it get constructed? How does it get translated between the different architectural components and the RPD layers? How, through what, and where does its lifecycle get influenced? Where can we as users/developers/administrators actively intervene with its makeup and structure? Why do we genuinely have to have an understanding of the subtleties of the lifecycle to create successful BI solutions?"