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Monday Jan 26, 2015
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Tuesday Jan 20, 2015
By Takin Babaei-Oracle on Jan 20, 2015
2014 was a busy year for Oracle Business Analytics. Here is a look at Oracle Business Analytics top 10 moments in 2014 (in no particular order):
10. Oracle Lays out the Top 10 Big Data and Analytics Trends in 2014: Oracle surveyed hundreds of IT decision makers to learn about their big data and analytics plans for 2014—both within the Oracle customer base and the industry at large. Respondents provided specific feedback on mobile BI, cloud, Hadoop, data discovery, predictive analytics, and decision optimization technologies and practices. From this extensive data set we compiled the following trends: click here.
9. Why 2015 Will Be Year of Big Data: Oracle's Seven Predictions: Neil Mendelson, Oracle's vice president of Big Data and Advanced Analytics, is immersed in this sector each day at his office in Redwood Shores, Calif. In a conversation with eWEEK, he offered readers some insight into what the company is thinking—and how big data trends will be evolving—as we all move into 2015. click here
8. The Intelligence Guy Video Series Makes its Debut: In this series we explore important business issues that can be addressed using Big Data and Analytics. click here
7. Customers Talk About the Benefits of Oracle BI Solutions at Collaborate 2014: Hear InterRel, Ameren, Hess Corp, Acadia Healthcare, University of California Berkeley, The City of Atlanta, ADP, and others talk about how they have achieved real business results with Oracle Business Analytics solutions. click here
6. Oracle BI Applications Deliver Greater Insight Into Talent and Procurement: To empower organizations to achieve greater visibility into their business performance and to execute with greater agility, Oracle has announced the latest release of Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications. With new ways to seamlessly analyze procurement data and a new module for analyzing talent, Oracle continues to extend the opportunity for organizations to gain insight from a range of data sources and applications. click here
5. Oracle Extends Big Data Portfolio with Oracle Big Data SQL: To address organizations' need for comprehensive big data solutions, Oracle introduced Oracle Big Data SQL, an essential part of a big data management system. Breaking down data silos to simplify information access and discovery, the offering allows customers to run one SQL query across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database, minimizing data movement while increasing performance and virtually eliminating data silos. click here
4. Oracle Announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4: The latest refresh of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, an engineered system for business analytics, includes Intel Xeon processors customized for Oracle business analytics workloads, supporting 50 percent faster clock speed, 50 percent more processing cores and 50 percent more memory compared to the previous generation. click here
3. Oracle Repeats as BI and Analytics Leader in Gartner MQ: For the 8th consecutive year, Oracle is a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platform. Gartner declares that “the BI and analytics platform market is in the middle of an accelerated transformation from Business Intelligence (BI) systems used primarily for measurement and reporting to those that also support analysis, prediction, forecasting and optimization.” click here
2. Oracle Introduces Oracle Analytics Cloud: Oracle announced Oracle Analytics Cloud, a comprehensive portfolio of analytics offerings built for the cloud; deployed in the cloud; and enabling data analysis for cloud, on-premises, traditional, and big data sources. click here
1. Oracle Delivers Big Data Analytics in the Cloud: Oracle has introduced Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (Oracle BI Cloud Service), a part of Oracle Analytics Cloud, which offers the most comprehensive analytics cloud suite on the planet. With built-in mobile capabilities. click here
Thursday Mar 13, 2014
By tobyehatch-Oracle on Mar 13, 2014
Apparently, tap-to-share has a great use case for Business Intelligence. Just think - you’re in a meeting discussing some numbers, a report, or a specific KPI, and everyone wants to look at them more carefully. Typically this might be done manually (sharing a URL or report name) or by email, or everyone sending each other a link. According to Matt, “now you literally can just tap someone’s Android device and ‘POW’ the same content opens, and of course it opens with the correct security context for that new user.” Matt mentioned that they have more great ideas around sharing and getting on the same page with colleagues, and to stay tuned.
Matt emphasized that with Android’s world market share now at 80% in a BYOD world, you just cannot ignore this operating system. Oracle wants to be the mobile leader, therefore they have to offer world-class Android and iOS apps, no exceptions! So expect more cool features and innovations to follow for both Android and iOS.
Friday Jan 31, 2014
By tobyehatch-Oracle on Jan 31, 2014
Business intelligence is no longer a luxury; it’s a crucial component of business today. But what’s changed so much that we need to modernize now? Nigel Youell, Senior Product Marketing Director for Oracle Performance Management Applications, interviewed Barry Mostert, a Director in the Global Business Analytics Product Group for Oracle, about Business Intelligence modernization, what it’s all about, and why it needs to be addressed now.
Nigel got right to the heart of the interview by asking Barry why there was even a need to modernize BI, and what exactly that means. Barry told our listeners that Business Intelligence is continually evolving and, like any technology, it’s driven by current industry trends. Organizations are now looking to analyze valuable information sourced across vast stores of distributed and varying data types – commonly called Big Data – to extract important business information to be competitive, and to keep costs low. Using mobile analytics (consuming analytics on mobile personal smart devices) is gaining more and more momentum as our culture begins to see these personal smart devices as part of our everyday lives.
Barry told our listeners that a recent study demonstrated that about 80% of business users are already using their smart devices for work. The dropping price of random access memory (RAM) chip has widely enabled the use of in-memory analytics. There is also a strong push for user self-service that Gartner is calling the “consumerisation of IT,” which means users can’t wait for legacy tools and traditional processes to deliver their information. Users need to be empowered to take action for themselves. This includes the use of predictive analytics (using historic information to help foretell the future) to enable business people to make the best decisions possible. Just like in life, it’s a case of learning from your past to do better in your future.
In fact, every business is already affected or will be affected shortly by these trends - hence the need to move to a modern analytic platform that is capable of addressing these new data types and analytic methods. In fact, most older BI platforms were built and implemented before these trends even existed.
Nigel recapped Barry’s full explanation for the listeners this way. The benefits of modernizing your BI system are:
• High performance analytics with no limits – more granular data for more accurate decisions without sacrificing performance
• Robust and reliable backend architecture – to ensure availability on what is a critical business system
• Employees that are empowered to quickly discover insight and then take action – and have less reliance on IT
• Business activity that matches the corporate strategy to maintain organizational focus and direction
• Improved user productivity and efficiency – enabling business users to work smarter
Nigel and Barry discussed the fact that modernizing a platform appears to be a big undertaking. Nigel asked Barry to break it down for the listeners and outline the main components of a modern BI platform.
Barry explained that it could be broken down to the 5 pillars of value, or potential gains where users stand to get significant and tangible benefits:
• Mobility. A hot new analytic trend affecting users at all levels in the modern enterprise. Oracle has made significant investments in this area.
• Advanced User Experience. How users interact with the analytic platform. New analytic techniques, not previously possible.
• The Connected Enterprise. Connecting business strategy with operational execution. Better navigate the business using all relevant data available and modeling the future to reduce risk.
• Engineered Systems. Promise of hardware and software working better together. Blinding fast performance with in-memory analytics and scalability without the bottlenecks.
• Ironclad Architecture. A reliable, robust backend to support business critical systems, while reducing Total Cost of Ownership. Components are completely integrated allowing administrators to do more in less time.
As always, it’s the bottom line of moving to a Modern BI System that will excite executives to pursue the move. Barry explained to our listeners that it’s all about being able to do more with less. Empowering business users to satisfy their own analytic needs will lead to a more agile business. At the same time, this ability will free up IT resources. By optimizing and simplifying your business analytic platform, not only do you gain better Total Cost of Ownership, but you can begin to innovate. Innovation leads to doing business in new and better ways than your competition; being more competitive in this economy ultimately leads to a more successful business; and successful businesses are generally better off financially.
To listen to the entire podcast click here
To learn more about Business Intelligence at Oracle, click here
Friday Nov 08, 2013
By tobyehatch-Oracle on Nov 08, 2013
Now that many organizations are moving to the BYOD philosophy (bring your own devices), security for phones and tablets accessing company sensitive information is of paramount importance. I had the pleasure to interview Brian MacDonald, Principal Product Manager for Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Mobile Products, about this subject, and he shared some wonderful insight about how the Oracle Mobile Security Tool Kit is addressing mobile security and doing some pretty cool things.
With the rapid proliferation of phones and tablets, there is a perception that mobile devices are a security threat to corporate IT, that mobile operating systems are not secure, and that there are simply too many ways to inadvertently provide access to critical analytic data outside the firewall. Every day, I see employees working on mobile devices at the airport, while waiting for their airplanes, and using public WIFI connections at coffee houses and in restaurants. These methods are not typically secure ways to access confidential company data. I asked Brian to explain why.
“The native controls for mobile devices and applications are indeed insufficiently secure for corporate deployments of Business Intelligence and most certainly for businesses where data is extremely critical - such as financial services or defense - although it really applies across the board. The traditional approach for accessing data from outside a firewall is using a VPN connection which is not a viable solution for mobile. The problem is that once you open up a VPN connection on your phone or tablet, you are creating an opening for the whole device, for all the software and installed applications. Often the VPN connection by itself provides insufficient encryption – if any – which means that data can be potentially intercepted.”
For this reason, most organizations that deploy Business Intelligence data via mobile devices will only do so with some additional level of control. So, how has the industry responded? What are companies doing to address this very real threat? Brian explained that “Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) software vendors have rapidly created solutions for mobile devices that provide a vast array of services for controlling, managing and establishing enterprise mobile usage policies. On the device front, vendors now support full levels of encryption behind the firewall, encrypted local data storage, credential management such as federated single-sign-on as well as remote wipe, geo-fencing and other risk reducing features (should a device be lost or stolen). More importantly, these software vendors have created methods for providing these capabilities on a per application basis, allowing for complete isolation of the application from the mobile operating system.
Finally, there are tools which allow the applications themselves to be distributed through enterprise application stores allowing IT organizations to manage who has access to the apps, when updates to the applications will happen, and revoke access after an employee leaves. So even though an employee may be using a personal device, access to company data can be controlled while on or near the company premises.
So do the Oracle BI mobile products integrate with the MDM and MAM vendors? Brian explained that our customers use a wide variety of mobile security vendors and may even have more than one in-house. Therefore, Oracle is ensuring that users have a choice and a mechanism for linking together Oracle’s BI offering with their chosen vendor’s secure technology.
The Oracle BI Mobile Security Toolkit, which is a version of the Oracle BI Mobile HD application, delivered through the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) in its component parts, helps Oracle users to build their own version of the Mobile HD application, sign it with their own enterprise development certificates, link with their security vendor of choice, then deploy the combined application through whichever means they feel most appropriate, including enterprise application stores.
Brian further explained that Oracle currently supports most of the major mobile security vendors, has close relationships with each, and maintains strong partnerships enabling both Oracle and the vendors to test, update and release a cooperating solution in lock-step. Oracle also ensures that as new versions of the Oracle HD application are made available on the Apple iTunes store, the same version is also immediately made available through the Security Toolkit on OTN.
Rest assured that as our workforce continues down the mobile path, company sensitive information can be secured.
To listen to the entire podcast, click here.
To learn more about the Oracle BI Mobile HD, click here
To learn more about the BI Mobile Security Toolkit, click here
Tuesday Oct 08, 2013
By tobyehatch-Oracle on Oct 08, 2013
The mobile market is changing user expectations for consuming data, and those expectations are out-pacing available desktop and laptop software. Matt Milella, Director of Product Development for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile Apps, joined me in an Oracle AppCast to discuss this phenomenon.
Instant access to critical business data on mobile devices is changing how and where people are making business decisions. I see people all the time waiting for planes, shopping for groceries, sitting in a cab or walking down the street (dangerous, don’t do this) using their mobile devices. In terms of business, what is going on here? It can’t all be email and YouTube! Matt told us, “Users no longer distinguish between mobile and desktop, they want to start something while they are riding on the train and pick up where they left off on the desktop at work. Apps like “Evernote” do a great job at this. We need to move towards that and are [Oracle] thinking about this deeply…. For example, a sales rep on the road might be working on a deal on their tablet in a taxi or on a plane – and may want to complete the work on a desktop when they arrive at their office or home. Executives on the road may start some analysis on plane and perhaps make annotations – and when they arrive at the office want to continue their train of thought.”
Oracle has released two exciting mobile Business Intelligence (BI) products, one called “Oracle BI Mobile App Designer” (launched recently), and “Oracle BI Mobile HD.” Matt provided some guidance as to the purpose and use for each. “BI Mobile HD is our iPhone and iPad app that allows customers to leverage their investment in BI. It allows users to consume existing BI content that was largely built for the desktop. The BI Mobile App Designer allows business users (not IT) to create mobile experiences, designed for devices. The apps are all responsive, which means the features are all accessible, so regardless of your phone or tablet size, the app will just work. The BI Mobile App Designer opens up the types of purposeful apps that can be delivered to the end user in an organization. It goes beyond traditional Business Intelligence; -- think dashboards focused on mobile with a specific flow. And these apps are developed in minutes with zero code.” I found that amazing.
It was also interesting to hear that mobile apps are not just the reincarnation of the desktop application in miniature for mobile phones or tablets, but rather apps designed with the purpose of the device in mind. Matt told us, “Let’s be realistic, you would not write a novel on a phone, or take your tablet camping. You could, but likely won’t. When building an app you really need to think about the user and which device is truly their mobile device. You may have noticed that our HD app is now a universal app (iPhone and iPad). We have a new focus on the phone, and we think this form factor is just as important as the tablet because they are typically always on and with the user. In fact I always have my phone, when I am out for a bike ride, or even out camping. The office walls have been blown up.” Matt talked about mobile functionality being dependent upon what the user would likely want to do with a particular device, and then building the app to suit the device. For example, receiving a status message on a watch, or being able to select from a short list of options to perform on a phone.
Matt further explained that one of the reasons that Oracle can keep up with the mobile market is that they changed the way they approach the mobile world. “We are an enterprise software company and we traditionally thought of release cycles as being long. For mobile, we are changing that cadence to one that is in line with the mobile market. Just this week I got an update for my BI Mobile HD client on my phone, and we will continue to release both features and patches at a much faster pace. In fact, over the last 2 months we have released two Mobile HD updates with a major leap in experience and functionality. We also just released Mobile App Designer, and I really think it is going to be a game changer.”
To listen to the entire podcast, click here.
To learn more about Oracle BI Mobile products, click here.
Friday May 18, 2012
By Manan Goel on May 18, 2012
Wednesday May 02, 2012
By Bob Zurek on May 02, 2012
The Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Product Management team has been busy building a new YouTube Channel to showcase the capabilities of the Endeca Information Discovery product. The team has started to release a new screencast series for "Getting Started With Endeca Information Discovery. This series will help showcase the strong capabilities of the product. It will also give you a sense of what the business user experience is like and also show you how innovative this solution is for building highly interactive, search driven analytics applications on a variety of data including structured, multi-structured and unstructured data, especially on Big Data.
We encourage you to check it out at http://www.youtube.com/user/OracleEID/
Monday Apr 09, 2012
By Bob Zurek on Apr 09, 2012
Friday Apr 06, 2012
By Manan Goel on Apr 06, 2012
Friday Mar 30, 2012
By Bob Zurek on Mar 30, 2012
Normally we use this blog space for discussing our business intelligence and analytic efforts along with our views and perspective on this very fast growing marketplace. However, I can't resist mentioning that we are having a great webcast coming up next week, so please do join Oracle's Mark Hurd and Balaji Yelamanchili as they unveil the latest advances in Oracle's strategy for placing analytics into the hands of every one of your decision makers-so that they can see more, think smarter, and act faster. Register now at http://bit.ly/HpAOJk for the Webcast and Live Chat: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 9 a.m. PT, 12 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. GMT. You don't want to miss this event and thank you very much.
Monday Feb 13, 2012
By Bob Zurek on Feb 13, 2012
My goals with my blog posts are to share with you observations, perspectives and insight on the Data Discovery market and technology as well as our product and its capabilities. My style is to have a dialogue, tell a story, dig down into technical topics, use cases and bring you additional insight on the importance of Data Discovery. I hope you will enjoy reading these blog posts as well as others who are contributing to this blog.
If this is your first exposure to Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, you will find the various features and benefits of our product at this landing page on oracle.com You will also find a data sheet that will walk you thru some of the core elements of our platform. This is a good starting point for getting oriented to our product line.
For my next post, I'll discuss some of the core use cases for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. In the meantime, thanks again for visiting the blog.
Tuesday Feb 07, 2012
By Manan Goel on Feb 07, 2012
Big Data Defined
Enterprise systems have long been designed around capturing, managing and analyzing business transactions e.g. marketing, sales, support activities etc. However, lately with the evolution of automation and Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, status updates, tweets etc. there has been an explosive growth in the arena of machine and consumer generated data. Defined as “Big Data”, this data is characterized by attributes like volume, variety, velocity and complexity and essentially represents machine and consumer interactions.
Case for Big Data Analysis
Machine and consumer interaction data is forward looking in nature. This data available from sensors, web logs, chats, status updates, tweets etc. is a leading indicator of system and consumer behavior. Therefore this data is the best indicator of consumer’s decision process, intent, sentiments and system performance. Transactions on the other hand are lagging indicators of system or consumer behavior. By definition leading indicators are more speculative and less reliable compared to lagging indicators; however, to predict the future with any confidence a combination of both leading and lagging indicators is required. That’s where the value of big data analysis comes in, by combining system and consumer interactions and transactions, organizations can better predict the consumer decision process, intent sentiments and future system performance leading to revenue growth, lower costs, better profitability and better designed systems.
So, which business areas will benefit via big data analysis? Think of areas where decision-making under uncertainty is required. Areas like new product introduction, risk assessment, fraud detection, advertising and promotional campaigns, demand forecasting, inventory management and capital investments will particularly benefit by having a better read on the future.
Big Data Analytics Lifecycle
The big data analytics lifecycle includes steps like acquire, organize and analyze. Big data or machine/consumer interaction data is characterized by attributes like volume, velocity and variety and common sources of such data include sensors, web logs, status updates and tweets etc. The analytics process starts with data acquisition. The structure and content of big data can’t be known upfront and is subject to change in-flight so the data acquisition systems have to be designed for flexibility and variability; no predefined data structures, dynamic structures are a norm. The organization step entails moving the data in well defined structures so relationships can be established and the data across sources can be combined to get a complete picture. Finally the analysis step completes the lifecycle by providing rich business insights for revenue growth, lower costs and better profitability. Flexibility being the norm, the analysis systems should be discovery-oriented and explorative as opposed to prescriptive.
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Thursday Nov 17, 2011
By Manan Goel on Nov 17, 2011
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and Wharton provides empirical evidence that “firms that adopt data-driven
decision making have output and productivity that is 5-6% higher than the
competition”. The potential payoff for firms can range from higher shareholder
value to a market leadership position.
However, the vision
of delivering fast, interactive, insightful analytics has remained elusive for
most organizations. Most enterprise IT organizations continue to struggle to
deliver actionable analytics due to time-sensitive, sprawling requirements and
ever tightening budgets. The issue is further exasperated by the fact that most
enterprise analytics solutions require dealing with a number of hardware,
software, storage and networking vendors and precious resources are wasted
integrating the hardware and software components to deliver a complete
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