BI apps 11.1.1.8.1 is available now

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications 11.1.1.8.1 is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery), and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page. This is the second major release on the 11g code line leveraging the power of ODI, and certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.7

 Highlights from the announcement.

What’s New

This new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g adds:

1. Prebuilt Connector for Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics with Oracle JD Edwards

2. Expanded functional content coverage across existing Oracle BI Applications

3. New utilities and enhancements to increase productivity and further drive down Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

New Prebuilt Connector for BI Applications

· Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics introduces a new adapter that provides out-of-box integration between Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, enabling purchasing and sourcing organizations quickly identify savings opportunities and improve operational performance through decision-ready, best practice analytics.

New Content Enhancements: Significant expansion of content improves existing Oracle BI Applications including:

· Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with the introduction of Talent Management Analysis, to help HR and business managers assess talent strengths and build potential leaders by delivering greater insight into job profiles. Improvements to Absence Management, new support for Workforce Frozen Snapshots and Workforce Flex Fields are also available.

· Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with the new Subledger Accounting Module, providing complete account balance analysis, including supporting reference balances and drill down to accounting transactions. Aging Snapshot restoration for Receivables and Payables, drilldown from Payables to Purchase Orders, and Fixed Assets support for GL Posting Status are features also included in the release.

· Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Earned Value Management Analysis, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into Planned Value, Earned Value, and Actual Cost. Analysis of variances and indices, derived from Cost and Schedule Variance, CPI, TCPI, SPI and TSPI, is also available.

· Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces Costing and Inventory Turn support for Oracle JDE EnterpriseOne. In addition, the ability to save and restore the Inventory Snapshot when executing a full load is now supported.

· Oracle Student Information Analytics introduces new Financial Aid Analysis, containing term-based detail information associated with a student award such as amount, status, disbursement, and aid type.

· Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Enterprise Asset Management Analytics have been re-introduced into the BI Applications data model. Although new with ODI, both modules provide now the same broad functionality available with BI Applications 7.9.6.4

· Unstructured Data for Information Discovery – The BI Applications Data Model has been extended to include unstructured CRM and ERP text fields. Sample Information Discovery templates – including ODI interfaces and runtime security definitions –provide the ability to quickly create sample Information Discovery Applications from combined structured and unstructured data.

New Utilities and Enhancements to increase productivity and drive down TCO

· New Data Lineage Tool allows customers and implementers to track lineage from source to target – improving information transparency across their enterprise

· Configuration Management expands System Setup and Load Plan definition capabilities, including the registration of multiple instances for the same Product Line Version, UI enhancements to support DW connection configuration and Load Plan definition, and Load Plan definition migration.

Fact Partitioning IKMs and Parallel Index Builds are key performance Innovations introduced with this release. The former enables a feature that tags partitions so that only the indexes that need to be re-built during incremental loads are executed. The latter uses ODI parallel process so that Indexes can be built using multiple session (faster than and in addition to DB parallel).


 

Comments:

What about the Informatica Release of BI Apps which was said to be available within a year of OBIA 11.1.1.7.1 release?

Posted by Naeem Akhtar on May 08, 2014 at 10:31 PM PDT #

Hello Saurabh,
Thanks for the update. Are there any plans to certify ODI 12C with OBIA 11.1.1.8.1? I could see that ODI 12C has changed considerably with INFA style mappings and many more new features

Thanks
Venkat Gali

Posted by Venkat Gali on May 09, 2014 at 07:19 AM PDT #

Venkat

We are working on it, apps will typically move to 12c stack with all other components together due to compatibility reasons.

Saurabh

Posted by guest on May 09, 2014 at 02:18 PM PDT #

Hi Saurabh,

Will there be other planned release with ODI 11g or the next releases will be using ODI 12C only ?

Thanks
Krishna

Posted by guest on May 09, 2014 at 02:35 PM PDT #

Rel9 will use 11g for sure. We will go to 12 for entire stack together (obiee, odi, wls etc)

Posted by guest on May 09, 2014 at 02:37 PM PDT #

Hello

Is there an upgrade path from Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 installed on Oracle BI Foundation Suite 11.1.1.7.140415 to Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.8.1

Regards
Shivanand

Posted by Shivanand on May 11, 2014 at 12:57 AM PDT #

I saw the note on the Data Lineage tool. Previously Oracle had a Data Lineage Document. It was good when starting a project because you could get a good understanding of the data, data conversions, and data flows. Will Oracle have a Data Lineage doucment for the OBIA versions going forward. The tool is good,but the document is excellent for the Project Requirements and Design Phases.

Ed Martin

Posted by Ed Martin on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM PDT #

Hi Ed

The data lineage documents for various subject areas are available on the portal http://content.oracle.com/site/pd/fmw/products/bi/BIApps/index.html. You can refer to these for your analyses.

Venkataraman

Posted by guest on May 16, 2014 at 01:37 AM PDT #

I second the questions from Shivanand and Naeem,

Is there an upgrade path from OBIA 11.1.1.7.1 to 11.1.1.8.1? The documentation on OTN only covers new installations.

Also, when will any of the new OBIA 11g content be ported to the Informatica release (7.x)? The original message from Oracle was that Informatica releases would be ~12 months behind ODI releases, but we have not seen anything for 7.x yet. I'm sure that with the lack of any new 7.x developments, customers are starting to get nervous in terms of long term support for this branch.

Many thanks,
Andy.

Posted by guest on May 20, 2014 at 05:57 AM PDT #

Hi Andy, Shivanand, Naeem

To your query on upgrade, pls refer to Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.8.1 Upgrade Guide (Doc ID 1673221.1) on My Oracle Support. This document gives detailed info on steps to upgrade 11.1.1.7.1 installations to 11.1.1.8.1.

Thanks
Venkataraman

Posted by guest on May 21, 2014 at 02:20 AM PDT #

Hi Ed

Pls refer to My Oracle Support "OBIA 11g: Data Lineage Documentation for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11.1.1.8.1 (Doc ID 1673715.1)" for all the data lineage documents. You should be able to access these documents directly.

thanks
Venkataraman

Posted by guest on May 21, 2014 at 02:38 AM PDT #

This link does not work for the data lineage:

http://content.oracle.com/site/pd/fmw/products/bi/BIApps/index.html.

Posted by Doug Ross on May 21, 2014 at 07:57 AM PDT #

Can BI Apps 11.1.1.8.1 be used with Informatica PowerCenter? Can BI Apps 7.9.6.3 user upgrade to this version?

Posted by guest on May 24, 2014 at 09:14 AM PDT #

Can BI Apps 11.1.1.8.1 be used with Informatica PowerCenter?

No

Can BI Apps 7.9.6.3 user upgrade to this version?

No

Posted by guest on June 09, 2014 at 09:52 PM PDT #

Saurabh,

Is there a Demo or Sample Data in form of scripts or the database itself available for OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 on ODI, if so where can I find it? By Demo Data I mean a Made up data for all Pre-built OOTB OBIA Dashboards and Reports in various modules like HR, Campus solution, Finance etc. (Not SampleApp)

Regards
Amol

Posted by Amol on June 10, 2014 at 02:56 PM PDT #

I am also interested to know if BI Apps 11.1.1.8.1 can be used with Informatica. What is the status of future releases for Informatica?

Thanks,

William

Posted by guest on June 12, 2014 at 07:52 AM PDT #

I was wondering if anyone has done the upgrade from 11.1.1.7.1 to 11.1.1.8.1? If so, was it successful and what's the time-frame we are looking at?

Thanks,
Srini

Posted by guest on July 01, 2014 at 12:21 AM PDT #

What is the typical time frame for configuring a single module of BI Apps?

Thanks,
KK

Posted by guest on July 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM PDT #

KK,

Depending on BI apps module and level of customization it may take 3 to 4 months. If you are planning to configure OOTB then 4 to 6 weeks would be max.

Thanks,
Girish Kapur

Posted by guest on August 20, 2014 at 07:06 AM PDT #

Where can i find a certification matrix for OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 please?

Posted by guest on October 06, 2014 at 11:33 PM PDT #

Where can I find information on customizing BI Apps 11.1.8.1 ? I have the http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E51479_01/doc.111181/e51483/customizing.htm#i1027294 document but I'm trying to create a new dimension but I'm getting errors in the new SDE mapping ODI BI APPS ODI-15519 THE TARGET CANNOT BE CHANGED. I cannot change the target table... Not much documentation on how to do this.

Eric

Posted by Eric Tremblay on November 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM PST #

where can you find the information related to multiple instances connection for the same product line??

Posted by guest on December 12, 2014 at 02:22 AM PST #

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