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Tomorrow's CFO Succeeds Today with Analytics

Being a financial planning and analysis professional in today's world always means being one step ahead. Finance professionals know this as the speed of data...

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Analytics Cloud

Hidden Gems in Your Data: 2018 USGA U.S. Open

This week is the start of the 2018 U.S. Open Championship golf tournament. As with all four majors, I create a data visualization blog and have historically...

Analytics Cloud

The World Cup: What Does Visualizing the Past Tell Us?

Eyes around the globe are soon to be drawn to the biggest sporting event of the calendar. Kicking off on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia, the 21st...

Data Visualization

2018 World Cup: Analyzing Team Win Percentages

It's here again. The largest single-sport spectator event in the world. Every four years, we futbol (soccer) fans get to enjoy an entire month of thrilling...

Analytics Cloud

How Cloud-Based Analytics Transforms Finance

(and just maybe the Stanley Cup) By Viktor Sahakian, Hitachi Consulting As an avid hockey fan—and an amateur weekend player—I love to follow NHL teams and...

Analytics Cloud

Extreme Finance: Powering Finance with Richer Analytics

Individually, a ceramic tile can have a unique color and shape. But when matched with other tiles in a specific pattern, an artist creates a beautiful mosaic...

Analytics Cloud

Extreme Finance: Powering Finance to Work Faster

In Part 1 of this blog series, I described how FP&A could work smarter by leveraging modern analytics.  In this piece I'll describe how FP&A can work faster...

Analytics Cloud

See What Your Guests Think with Data Visualization

As thoughts drift towards summer and the vacation season, often that means considering the various hotel options at your chosen destination. In this blog, we’ve...

Analytics Cloud

Extreme Finance: Powering Finance to Work Smarter

Finance Planning and Analysis (FP&A) is always looking for greater insight and do more with fewer resources.  But, how can this be achieved with limited...

Analytics Cloud

Get Faster Insight With Autonomous Analytics

Running a small business is hard. In fact, most small companies never make it past year five. It takes a scrappy group of individuals to make it last. Long...

Analytics Cloud

Experience Oracle Autonomous Analytics Cloud

Autonomous systems are here creating opportunities for business transformation, but they are also adding analytics to become more personal and proactive—more...

Analytics Cloud

Eurovision 2018: Visualizing Winners, Losers and Voting

Continuing our series taking data sets from ‘less typical’ sources and analyzing with Oracle Data Visualization, we focus on 63rd annual Eurovision Song...

Analytics Cloud

How Analytics Shapes a New Role for Finance

Did you ever stand in a store check-out line, thinking that it would move quickly, only to find that it’s moving slower than the line you chose not to stand in? ...

Analytics Cloud

Test Drive Oracle Analytics Cloud Near You

Recently, I attended an Oracle 'Test Drive' workshop session that offered customers a hands-on experience using Oracle Analytics Cloud. This event was held in...

Analytics Cloud

To See or Not to See: Business Lessons From the Bard

In this blog of taking data sets from ‘less typical’ sources and analyzing with Oracle Data Visualization to unearth powerful insights, the focus is the highest...

Analytics Cloud

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Oracle Analytics Cloud

By Lucie Trepanier and Mitch Campbell Are you a list type of person? If you're reading this, I bet you probably are.  Perhaps you remember The Dave Letterman...

Data Visualization

2018 NBA Playoffs as Seen Through Oracle Analytics Cloud

The 2018 NBA playoffs have arrived. Did your favorite team make the cut? If not, maybe you can still enjoy the action by picking a couple of other teams to root...

Analytics Cloud

The Anatomy of a Superhero

With the imminent release of Avengers: Infinity War, all eyes are on the world of comic heroes. To show how powerful Oracle Data Visualization can be, we...

Essbase Cloud

What Is Agile Scenario Modeling and Why Does It Matter?

What does the future world look like? How will our value change over time? What's the risk to our organization? If you're a finance leader, these are a small...

Data Visualization

Masters Perspectives: More Angles Equals Better Analysis

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a Masters Tournament practice round at Augusta National Golf Club. As soon as I stepped on those sacred grounds, I...

Analytics Cloud

Analytics' Role in Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud

Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud is now available. This is the first official service launched by Oracle under the "Autonomous" category that we announced...

Analytics Cloud

Ireland's Postal Service Delivers with Oracle Analytics

Mail delivery has come a long way since the couriers of ancient Persia, the riders of the Pony Express, or even FedEx drones. The romantic ideal that "neither...

Analytics Cloud

Finding Human Insights with Autonomous Analytics

What if you wanted to transform data into actionable insights that impact people's lives in new and extraordinary ways? Would you do this with a business...

Analytics Cloud

Oracle Cloud Partner Vertice Helps Others Master Analytics

The journey to Oracle Cloud often begins with a single step, to paraphrase a common saying. And while Oracle has many avenues for businesses to deliver a...

Analytics Cloud

When Management Reporting is Your Navigation

Everyone has a different definition of what "reporting" means to their organization.  What content matters is determined by the audience and their expectations. ...

Using Data Visualization to Handle the Madness

Much has been written about data visualization (DV) and how it aids in the understanding of numbers. It’s true that we can gain deeper insights when data is in...

Analytics Cloud

Why Cloud is a Disruptive Force for Innovation and Change with Analytics

Oracle's Point of View on Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2018 Every day, I talk with customers and prospects about...

Success Stories

Anthem Prescribes Oracle Analytics for Talent Lifecycle

Analyzing patient data seems so normal these days that it would be hard to imagine a doctor that would ignore a person's vital signs and make life decisions...

Machine Learning

Machine Learning Alleviates 'Blank Canvas' Syndrome

For an artist or a writer, a completely blank canvas might inspire the next Rembrandt masterpiece or Pulitzer Prize winner. For a business manager performing...

Success Stories

Western Digital Drives its Future with Oracle Analytics

Data storage and the cloud are two technologies that complement each other. How else can it be so simple and appealing to upload data and then access it...

Analytics Cloud

How Autonomous Analytics Accelerates Business Insight

Even with the best intentions, people can't possibly analyze all of the data at their disposal. Those that have a plan, however, will see a great reward over...

Success Stories

Exelon Powers Up with Oracle Analytics

For an energy company, Exelon's data output outpaces the tens of thousands of megawatts of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric it can generate at...

Success Stories

iCabbi Connects its Many Customers Using Oracle Analytics

Even if you don't live in New York City, chances are you know the proper way to hail a taxicab these days does not involve whistling through your fingers....

Essbase Cloud

Ignore Robots - Or Better Yet, Count Them Separately

It is quite common to have web sessions that are undesirable from the point of view of analytics. For example, when there are either internal or external robots...

Analytics Cloud

When Boardrooms Meet Natural Language Processing

We've all been in meetings where a strategy question is asked and the data geek pulls out their smartphone and does some 'back of the envelope' calculations. ...

Data Visualization

Predict Heart Disease with Oracle Data Visualization

How strong are our hearts? Can we use data to help prevent heart disease that could lead to heart attacks or strokes? It turns out a simple tool like Oracle...

Data Visualization

Make the World Your Data Visualization

As the saying goes, the world is your oyster. We at Oracle suggest an addendum to this phrase. We think the world can also be the source of your successful data...

Data Lab

7 Best Practices for a Successful Data Lake

Or, how to avoid building a Data Swamp So, you’re thinking about a data lake for your organization. You might even have the green light to start the planning...

Data Visualization

Map Your Data Visualization Using a GeoJSON Oracle Database Theme

Using maps in data visualizations is extremely effective. You can instantly communicate location and spatial information in colorful and easy to understand...

Analytics Cloud

A Recipe for Tasty Marketing Analytics

In my first couple of years out of college, while safely past my starving-student, ramen noodle-eating days, I wasn't making much money. I must admit, I didn't...

Data Visualization

Visualize Key Economic Indicators

It's 2018! Time to get back to the gym, eat better, review your budget, analyze your investments, and all the other "better you" tasks that we neglect most of...

Data Visualization

A Room with a Data Visualization

What does your dream home look like on the inside? Does it have a large kitchen? How about an open floor plan? How would you analyze a space to understand its...

Analytics Cloud

Pixel Perfect Reporting Comes to Oracle Analytics Cloud

For all you BI Publisher fans, here is the good news - BI Publisher is now available with Oracle Analytics Cloud. Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) is a scalable and...

4 Machine Learning Techniques You Should Know

Previously, we discussed what machine learning is and how it can be used. But within machine learning, there are several techniques you can use to analyze your...

Data Visualization

Which Machine Learning Model Is the Right One for Me?

Machine learning has taken the data analytics world by storm. From empowering supply chain automation to presenting customized offers to detecting fraud, ML has...

Data Visualization

Add Machine Learning For an Effective Marketing Campaign

What do most effective marketing campaigns have in common? A clear purpose? A unique angle? What about machine learning? Let us suppose that a company wants to...

Analytics Cloud

Master Your QBR Using Oracle Analytics Cloud

How would you like to master your next quarterly business review? Salespeople all have to go through this innocuous-sounding thing called a quarterly business...

Data Visualization

Predict Bike-Sharing Needs Using Oracle Data Visualization

Bicycles are quickly becoming popular for commuters in some metro areas for those who want to ditch their cars or support a green lifestyle. More than 50 cities...

Data Visualization

Predict Attrition Using Machine Learning

Look around the office. Chances are half of your coworkers are looking for a new job, according to the latest Gallup report. High attrition numbers could be...

Data Lab

Data and a Dog Called Molly

Molly is a golden retriever belonging to Paul Sonderegger, Oracle's Big Data Strategist. In a series of short 3-5 minute webcasts, Paul uses Molly as a neat way...

Machine Learning

3 Ways Machine Learning Will Transform Finance

Machine learning is everywhere. At home, it helps power personalized shopping apps, suggests personalized entertainment experiences, manages and monitors...

Analytics Cloud

You Might Be a Finance Leader If... Analytics Edition

US-based comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, has this whole shtick where he lists a bunch of humorous "If" statements based on a certain demographic followed by the...

Analytics Cloud

Oracle Analytics Cloud Tops Forrester Wave

An essential part of any business is to be able to easily access its data analytics in the cloud so that it can gather business intelligence quickly. Whether it...

Data Visualization

Machine Learning and Data Visualization: It's All Related

Machine learning may seem like a bit more sizzle than steak to the average person, but data scientists and visualization programmers are agog over the notion...

Analytics Cloud

The Future of the Decision Graph is Analytics

Long gone are the days when a banner ad on a website was the leading edge for targeted merchandising programs. Over the course of the last few years, we...

Analytics Cloud

Data Analytics Helps Fight the War on Fraud

By: Wiljo van Beek | Director, Big Data Banking & Insurance, Oracle EMEA Fraud is on the rise. And it costs us. Global credit card fraud reached $21.84 billion...

Analytics Cloud

Achieving Real-Time Responses with Big Data

By: Peter Schutt | Senior Director Organizations are moving to real-time responses and making optimal, real-time business decisions by detecting rapidly...

Data Visualization

Gain Deeper Insight with Oracle Data Visualization Version 4.0

Today’s businesses have access to a vast amount of data generated from both inside and outside the organization. Data visualization helps you make sense of it...

Data Visualization

Leverage the 'Attribute' Function to Boost Data Insights

Sometimes you have to change the parameters of what you are looking at to gain a better perspective of what you want to see. Take the story of the invention of...

Data Visualization

Data Blending Made Easy with Oracle Data Visualization

You might have an analytics project where you need to add two data sources. But unlike combining strawberries and yogurt so that the ingredients mix smoothly,...

Analytics Cloud

Unlock the Value of Oracle Essbase Cloud

I was presenting an introduction to Oracle Essbase Cloud the other day and I was asked the following question: "What does Oracle Essbase actually DO?"  My quick...

Data Visualization

Build Better Infographics Using Oracle Data Visualization

We often see infographics as a modern invention. But if you think about it, visual depictions of data that support decision making have been around since people...

Analytics Cloud

Manage HR Data Like a Boss with Cloud Analytics

Pop quiz—if I told you that tomorrow you're going to have 50 times more data with which to do your job—are you elated or terrified? If you're like me, the...

Analytics Cloud

Why Modernize on Oracle Cloud?

Most organizations do not have the luxury of starting again from scratch in order to start innovating. They have IT systems in place—typically on premises—which...

Data Visualization

How La Liga Futbol Can Help Improve Your Data Visualizations

The 2017-2018 La Liga season is now seven matches into the season. Málaga CF is winless. Deportivo Alavés broke their losing streak with a win in their last...

Analytics Cloud

Oracle Analytics Cloud Adds Data Lake to its Capabilities

At Oracle OpenWorld this week, Oracle unveiled Oracle Analytics Cloud, Data Lake Edition, a critical part of Oracle's enterprise cloud platform. The new...

Analytics Cloud

Smart Investments in a Cloud Data Strategy

Data has been at the core of what Oracle does for 40 years. It's in our products and in our promise to our customers. More than 420,000 customers worldwide rely...

Data Visualization

How the English Premier League Will Help You Tell Better Business Stories

The 2017 English Premier League (EPL) season is six matches in. Crystal Palace FC is struggling. Manchester City FC has won five straight, with Manchester...

Analytics Cloud

3 Modern Ways to Innovate in the Cloud

In the cloud, developers are much more efficient in delivering new functionality—in monthly cycles using short, sharp sprints instead of over years. It's...

Data Visualization

4 Steps to Oracle Data Visualization Diagnostics Support

Oracle Data Visualization lets you discover the insights hidden in your data, with rich, interactive visuals. The software is easy to use, yet powerful enough...

Analytics Cloud

How the Cloud Changes the Economics of Innovation

The cloud is a transformative technology—it really does change everything. The cloud, like the Internet before it, is in the process of affecting every industry...

Essbase Cloud

Oracle Essbase Cloud Service: Your 3-D Printer for Business Modeling

Building a model has long been a proven method for expressing the possibility of something greater. Models are used in automotive engineering, architecture,...

Data Visualization

Data Visualization Settles 'Greatest Sports Town' Debate

It's an age-old argument. Boston, Pittsburgh, and Green Bay all claim to be "Title Town." The Dallas Cowboys say they are "America's Team." Chicago and New York...

Data Visualization

Overcome the BYO-Data Problem in Business Analytics

The development of self-service IT enables more business decision makers to reduce their dependencies on technical experts and instead access, analyze, and act...

Data Visualization

Business Forecasts and Fantasy Football Projections

In business, we use data to make predictions. Financial forecasts, quarterly pipeline reports, and market outlooks are a few examples of using data to project...

Analytics Cloud

Cloud Innovation is Core to Digital Business Transformation

This is the first of a series on Oracle Cloud as a platform for innovation.  How would these abilities affect your business? What if you could streamline,...

Data Visualization

Overcome the Freemium Problem in Business Analytics

When developing data visualizations, you will find it's often important to pull in information from multiple sources. But what happens when that data is out of...

Data Visualization

How College Football Rankings Can Help You Win at Business

In business, it's necessary to rank products and services in order to identify and prioritize the company's strengths and create a strategic advantage. But how...

Data Visualization

How to Explore Data Sets Simultaneously with Oracle Data Visualization

Businesses always need a faster and more efficient way to extract and analyze data. Recently, Oracle Data Visualization introduced a data source connector to...

Data Visualization

Oracle Data Visualization: Connect to Dropbox Directly

Want to analyze the sales performance data present in spreadsheet and .csv files in your Dropbox account? With Oracle Data Visualization, you don't even have to...

Essbase Cloud

Unleash Your Inner Model with Oracle Essbase

"Do you model?" People ask me that all the time. Actually, no they don't.  Let me be clear: I do model... but I model with analytics. I model different...

Data Visualization

Get a Bird's Eye View of Your Data

One of the marvels of modern technology is the ability to view data in layers. And when data is added on top of a map, you can get a 30,000-foot view of your...

Data Visualization

Drill Up or Drill Down with Oracle Data Visualization

Flexibility in business is essential. One day you need to expand capabilities quickly, while the next may find you contracting the same resources. The same can...

Thought Leadership

Spot Trends and Gain Insight: Visualize Your Business

Before we begin, let’s give a virtual round of applause to Scotsman William Playfair for inventing the line chart in 1785. He also came up with the go-to...

Analytics Cloud

Adapting to the Digital Workplace with Analytics

Attracting, nurturing, and retaining top talent has never been more critical and more complex for the modern organization. Human resources executives are...

Data Visualization

Map a Different Data Story with Oracle Data Visualization

A typical head of sales operations depends on maps to optimize the company's sales force. But sadly, most digital maps don't supply deep business analytics...

Analytics Cloud

Drive Deeper Insight with an Oracle Data Visualization Plugin

Dig deep beneath the surface and you may find amazing things. "All we have to do is to peel the shrines like an onion, and we will be with the king himself,"...

Insights from Streaming Data Using Oracle Data Visualization

Have you ever wanted to analyze changing or streaming data? How about performing analytics on sliding windows of increasing time series data? An auto-refresh...

Data Visualization

Make Your Oracle Data Visualizations Move

Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words—so data visualizations must be worth millions. But to really get the business analytics insight you crave, let's get...

Business Analytics Gets an Upgrade with Oracle Data Visualization v3.0

Today’s businesses have access to a vast amount of data generated from inside and outside the organization. Data visualization helps you make sense of it all....

Let's 'Agree to Disagree' Using Oracle Data Visualization

In business analytics, companies often will look for connections between seemingly different attributes. For example, consider a survey that asks if you...

Analytics Cloud

University Partnerships Are Key to Drafting Analytics Talent

Although the need for business analysts and data scientists has skyrocketed over the past 10 years, the number of people capable of performing great feats of...

Pinpoint Your Customers Using Oracle Data Visualization

Finding your customers should be easier than finding a needle in a haystack. For starters, your customers likely carry around smartphones and other networked...

Analytics Cloud

The Center of Excellence in the Era of Self-Service Analytics

Once, the responsibility of the IT department was to provide business analysis tools, models, and reports. But this was back when mainframe computers and...

Analytics Cloud

Analyzing the Distance Between Us Using Oracle Data Visualization

Ask your phone what restaurants are nearby and you may get step-by-step instructions from your exact location. How do apps calculate these distances, and how...

Machine Learning

Q&A: James Taylor on Machine Learning for Today's Enterprise

Increasingly, organizations are turning to machine learning to augment their analytics strategies and drive decision-making. But are business leaders using the...

Data Visualization

Customize Oracle Data Visualization Using Plugins

The look and feel of a data visualization is almost as important as the insights you can derive from it. What good is a bar graph or pie chart if the overall...

Analytics Cloud

4 Factors Driving a $27 Billion Business Analytics Market

It’s no surprise that organizations are adopting modern analytics tools to solve business problems. An increasing number of companies report they are moving...

Data Visualization

Reverse Your Geocode Data with Oracle Data Visualization

In the last blogpost, I showed how to use Oracle Data Visualization to geocode address data to extract latitude and longitude information using a custom...

Mobile Analytics

Analytics Gets Personal with Oracle Day by Day

Today, we're proud to announce the availability of a product that will change the way you work--and maybe even the way you think. Oracle is taking the bold leap...