Wednesday Apr 27, 2016

Call for Proposals for Oracle Open World 2016

The open period to submit your proposals for the upcoming Oracle Open World 2016 is here. 

The open period ends on Monday, May 9, 11:59 p.m. PDT.

If you have a great story about how you use Oracle's Data Integration products this is the best time to highlight your innovation to fellow practitioners, industry leaders and Oracle experts.

This site provides all the details around submissions.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Thursday Feb 04, 2016

Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

In case you missed the recent executive webcast on Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, do not worry you can watch the replay here.

Senior Vice President of Development, Amit Zavery outlines the importance of cloud based data integration technologies and the emphasis that Oracle is placing on enabling not just the IT but also the business analysts with cutting edge requirements. He lays out the importance of streamlining the data preparation and data wrangling  process to not just be a necessary step towards analytics, but an enriching and empowering step towards self service data preparation.

Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

The webcast also featured Jeff Pollock, Vice President of Product Management, moderating the discussion and Vinay Kumar, Co-founder and CEO of Blue Cloud Innovations. Both of them also stressed the importance of a cloud based technology to bridge the IT-Business gap and how self service data wrangling when done right imparts great value, brings up rich recommendations and helps streamline and automate the data preparation pipeline.

About Big Data Preparation Cloud Service (BDP)

BDP is not just built for Big Data. It is built for business data of any size, from small departmental data to large enterprise data to massive internet data. The technology is based on Apache Spark ML and Natural Language Processing with semantic knowledge graphs on the Oracle Cloud. This means that it is more efficient in mapping relationships and recommendations, it offers a higher quality of of automation and better data enrichment.

To learn more about Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, visit us at our websites here and here.

 Meanwhile here is a selection of questions that were answered live during the webcast.

Questions

Answers

Please describe the scalability of this Big Data Preparation and Cloud Service.

Big Data Preparation runs native on Hadoop and Spark - it is able to handle large datasets leveraging the distributed processing the provisioned hadoop cluster. For more information about our service please follow these links: http://cloud.oracle.com/bigdatapreparation

https://www.oracle.com/middleware/data-integration/big-data-preparation-cloud-service/index.html

How does does the customer wait for their 'wrangled data" to be returned to them?

Depending on the use case, the customer may use the provided download results wizard or may leverage RESTful API's to automate the downloading of the prepared data from the Oracle Storage Cloud.

Can we use it with Data visualization service/BICS?

Yes. BDP produces a tab delimited output file that can be uploaded into either BICS or DVCS for analysis in Visual Analyzer. In the upcoming quarterly update, BDP will support direct integration with BICS - where BDP will be able to publish directly to BICS data store using the Datasync API.

I know you touched on this a few minutes ago, but I need a little more clarification on something. Did you state that the developer can possibly be eliminated in processing this data, or will it still be mandatory to have coding involved to acquire data?

The intent is not to eliminate IT entirely from the process but rather to empower business users and domain experts to be able to review and prepare potentially valuable datasets without getting IT involved too early in the process. Once a dataset has been validated by the business as being valuable and the process needs to be automated and operationalized, then IT would be involved and could leveraged the provided set of RESTful API's to process similar datasets as part of an automated process.

Could you compare it with Amazon AWS QuickSight Spice, Machine Learning tools?

They are two entirely different tools. AWS QuickSight is a Cloud Based BI tool that allows users to build data visualizations - BDP is purely a data preparation tool that prepares data for visualization and analytics.


Monday Jan 25, 2016

Oracle Metadata Management (OMM) 12.2.1 is now available!

Metadata Management is essential to solving a wide variety of critical business and technical challenges which include how report figures are calculated, understanding the impact of changes to data upstream, providing reports in a business friendly way in the browser and providing reporting capabilities on the entire metadata of an enterprise for analysis and improvement. Oracle Metadata Management is built to solve all these pressing needs for customers in a lightweight browser-based interface.

With Oracle Metadata Management 12.2.1, you will find many new features and enhancements. To list just a few:

Oracle Metadata Management is now based upon 100% Java delivery and installation allowing support for Windows as well as variation Linux/Unix deployments. This provides all UI features and any bridges which are executable in a Java and Linux/Unix based environment, specifically 100% java based bridges including JDBC database bridges (Oracle, Teradata, DB2, SQL Server, etc.), big data bridges (Hadoop Hive, HCatalog), and other popular bridges such as CA ERwin xml, Informatica PowerCenter xml, Tableau BI, etc.

Oracle Metadata Management configuration architecture visualization is now based upon an HTML 5 based implementation which includes better scalability, performance and overall layout quality, and supports iPad and other tablets.

Oracle Metadata Management provides two primary user interfaces for access, analysis, management and administration. The Metadata Manager UI provides a more technical interface for those who are managers of the metadata or administrators of the repository. The Metadata Explorer UI is designed for optimized search, analysis and reporting, as well as more control over the context (configuration version) presented to given users.

Oracle Metadata Management is now offering detailed DI data flow lineage analysis on demand only (in real time), instead of pre-calculating. This enhancement means that harvesting times are reduced by about 80%!

Oracle Metadata Management has a great number of new or enhanced bridges covering RDBMS, Big Data, Data Modeling, Data Integration, and Business Intelligence.

More details on the bridges and all the New Features for this release can be found here.

You can download Oracle Metadata Management 12.2. 1 here!

Friday Nov 13, 2015

2015 Oracle Excellence Awards… and the Winners for the Big Data, Business Analytics and Data Integration Category are…

Every year at OpenWorld, Oracle announces the winners to its most prestigious awards, the Oracle Excellence Awards. This year, as we have in previous years, we celebrated in style! In an Oscars-like ceremony on Tuesday, October 27th, customers were highlighted for their innovative solutions. Congratulations to all winners!

Let me introduce this year’s 2015 Big Data, Business Analytics and Data Integration category winners:

Amazon.com, an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company, is the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States.

During its growth over the years, Amazon never invested in back office systems and processes believing that they could scale without impact to their business. After almost 15 years of exponential growth into a multi-national and diverse business, Amazon recognized that they needed to address improve their ability to manage financial reporting.

Together with The Hackett Group, they built an EPM and BI solution to ensure they could deliver automated financial reporting and analytics to over 1,000 stakeholders across the company. Using Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition, Application Adaptors for Data Integration, Oracle BI Enterprise Edition, Oracle Essbase, and various Hyperion products – the solution yields huge benefits:

· 100% Positive Feedback from user community, leadership claiming First Successful Financial Systems Implementation

50% + Reduction in Time to Complete Close Process from 10+ days to 5 days

1,000s of Hours Saved per Month across 1,000 users in data analysis & mining

The automation of reporting that the reports and analytic capabilities are correct has truly provided the confidence Amazon.com desired in moving forward and providing modernization and agility in future business decisions.


CaixaBank is a leading Spanish retail bank and insurer. Centering on delivering customer service through innovation and technology, CaixaBank is regarded as a leading financial institution in global innovation and has pioneered the development of new means of payment.

They set out to become a data-driven company using Big Data architecture using Business Analytics tools by: Democratizing use of data for Reporting, Dashboarding and Analysis, Empowering end-user by allowing combine data for discovering Business patterns and niches and Blending Structured and Non-Structured information. Built on top of Exadata and Exalytics, and leveraging Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Big Data Analytics, and Oracle Data Integration tools, CaixaBank’s solution:

Enabled 360°Understanding of Customers to offer tailored, on-demand banking and insurance solutions

50,000+ hours saved/year on Big Data Project Development versus previous methods

75 Big Data projects - 16% drives increased economic margin, 14% addresses cost reduction, 27% improves process and saves time – generating 5 Million+ Euros

Their initial success is driving CaixaBank to transition towards a real time driven organization, enabling the monetization of their data relative to business targets.


Serta is the #1 mattress manufacturer in the United States and one of the most recognized home furnishing brands in the marketplace. In an effort to modernize the antiquated and inefficient ERP system to service financial reporting, and provide IPO readiness, they quickly implemented a scalable solution across the enterprise leveraging Oracle BI Foundation Suite, Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, various Hyperion products, Essbase Analytics Link for Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Data Relationship Management, and Oracle Data Relationship Governance.

Together with Grant Thornton, the solution took 7 months, and yields:

Scalable, integrated platform delivered improved system stability thanks to consolidated, standardized, data acquisition and better quality data

Which in turn, improved the reliability and confidence in self service analytics

90% faster to produce Standardized Reporting - 9 business days saved per month

275% improvement in availability of data, allowing users to access and provide timely analysis of the data

This solution has provided Serta Simmons some truly amazing results, where the overhead cost reduction is in the millions due to higher quality speedier information, providing a strong foundation for future expansion of this solution.


Skanska AB, founded in 1887, is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups, with expertise in commercial and residential projects and public-private partnerships. Skanska creates sustainable solutions and aims to be a leader in quality, green construction, work safety, and business ethics

Skanska needed to optimize its monthly management reporting – including shipping data to a 3rd party for augmenting. They wanted to simplify development and testing of new information solutions and reports, and ensure that users could quickly and easily adapt the collection and analysis of information to meet new requirements.

In a centralized, single cloud environment for management reporting worldwide, Skanska is using Oracle BI Cloud Service. The solution benefits include:

Full data load to “ready to analyze” in < 5 minutes

17 days to implement

Oracle BI Cloud Service is proving reliable, being constantly accessible to 60K users via mobile devices in this global organization.


Scottish and Southern Energy, SSE is involved in producing, distributing and supplying electricity and gas and other energy related services. Within the UK, the focus on energy companies and power generation industry is in the spotlight, with growing regulation and joint assessment of competition in the energy market. To ensure that Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) and subsequently, the SSE Generation directorate, can continue to operate in this ever changing environment, whilst developing and retaining a competitive edge over its market rivals, data on its entire business, and the way it manages and uses that data will need to be a key focus.

SSE was looking for an agile and rapid delivery of mobile accessible BI dashboards which otherwise would have taken their internal IT teams a considerable amount of on premise infrastructure design and provisioning. The Oracle BI Cloud enabled functionality to be surfaced in an extremely short amount of time using real Generation business data to present to senior executives.

SEE found:

Cloud Infrastructure is more Cost and Time effective; 6 weeks of work compared to 6 months

Increased confidence within internal SSE business community for delivering right solution

Management Dashboard key enabler for more effective and quicker decisions by leadership team

The advantages that are available to SSE in utilizing ‘Cloud’ based solutions in regards to speed, flexibility and agility in conjunction with the on premises solutions. SSE finds it is able to integrate data from multiple sources into “Single Source of Truth” and in turn make long term informed decisions vital for the future sustainability of SSE.


Tampa International Airport is one of the region's most significant economic engines, with a total economic output of more than $7 billion. The airport and its tenants employ more than 7,500 people on the airport campus and support more than 81,000 jobs in the community.

Tampa International Airport set out to modernize their infrastructure and data acquisition strategy knowing better data integration and business analytics would strengthen their business and customer loyalty. Sitting on top of Exadata, Exalogic, and Exalytics, Tampa International Airport combined Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate with Oracle BI Foundation Suite for better analytics around passengers, parking, concessions, baggage claim, etc. In 6 months, the completed project yields major benefits:

With better analysis helping them add new routes, they have seen a 6.7% Yearly Passenger Increase, the largest in year-over-year growth in a decade, with international traffic increasing by more than 14%

4.6% increase in revenues driven by greater analysis of the Authority’s parking, concessions and rental car businesses resulting in greater spend per passenger

150% reduction in Time to Complete Planning & Forecasting Process via more efficient resource and people management

The success has provided Tampa International Airport sets a shift in paradigm – for a more proactive, strategic and operational excellence – all in an effort to better serve their customers.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Big Data, Business Analytics and Data Integration category winners!

Monday Oct 12, 2015

Featuring Big Data Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Oracle OpenWorld is only a few days away now and Big Data will be front and center again this year! Many of our Oracle Data Integration sessions will speak to your Big Data needs, we hope you will come and meet us to hear how Oracle Data Integration helps everyone by simplifying access to Big Data and introducing real time capabilities to Big Data.

I would recommend attending the following 2 key sessions on Oracle Data Integration with Big Data:

  • Enabling Real-Time Data Integration with Big Data [CON9724]
    In this session Chai Pydimukkala from the Oracle Data Integration Product Management team will discuss GoldenGate's offering for big data environments. With Chai, Janardh Bantupalli from LinkedIn, will present their solution that uses Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data to optimize the data warehousing environment and achieve operational insights with lower costs.
  • Oracle Data Integration Product Family: a Cornerstone for Big Data [CON9609]
    In this session Alex Kotopoulis from the Oracle Data Integration Product Management team and Mark Rittman Chief Technical Officer at Rittman Mead will describe how our Data Integration platform uses a metadata-based approach to hide the complexity of the various big data technologies such as Hive, Pig, and Spark, and delivers a simplified and future-proofed investment in big data technologies.

There are many more Big Data related sessions I’d also recommend to attend:

In addition we will be running several Hands on Labs covering Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate. Space is limited and they usually fill up quickly so make sure to register!

Please also come to visit us at our various demo pods in Moscone South:

  • Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service: Get Your Big Data Ready to Use
    Workstation ID: SBD-022 / Venue: Moscone South, Upper Right, Big Data Showcase
  • Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service
    Workstation ID: SPI-023 / Venue: Moscone South, Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Showcase
  • Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition and Big Data Option: High-Performance Data Integration
    Workstation ID: SLM-022 / Venue: Moscone South, Lower Left, Middleware
  • Oracle GoldenGate: Real-Time Data Integration for Heterogeneous and Big Data Environments
    Workstation ID: SLM-035 / Venue: Moscone South, Lower Left, Middleware
  • Tame Big Data with Oracle Data Integration
    Workstation ID: SBD-023 / Venue: Moscone South, Upper Right, Big Data Showcase

We hope you will join a few! Don’t forget to view the Focus on Data Integration – for a full review of Data Integration Sessions during OpenWorld. See you there!

Thursday Oct 08, 2015

Featuring Big Data Preparation Cloud Service and other Cloud Data Integration Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Oracle OpenWorld is almost upon us! We are excited to be sharing with you some previews of what will be seen and discussed in just a few weeks in San Francisco!

One of the highlights is Oracle’s new Cloud Based Data Preparation Solution, Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, also known as BDP.  This new service will revolutionize the process of importing, preparing and publishing your complex business data and getting it ready for use allowing you to spend more time analyzing data rather than preparing data for analysis. Users are guided through the process with intuitive recommendation driven interfaces. The system also provides various ways to automate and operationalize the entire data preparation pipeline via the built in scheduler or via a rich set of RESTful API’s.

During OpenWorld, Oracle’s Luis Rivas, alongside Blue Cloud Innovations’ Vinay Kumar and Pythian’s Alex Gorbachev will discuss and demonstrate how big data promises many game-changing capabilities if tackled efficiently! You will discover how Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service takes “noisy” data from a broad variety of sources in many different formats, both structured and unstructured, and uses sophisticated and unique blend of machine learning and Natural Language Processing based on a vast set of linked open reference data that provide a powerful way to ingest, prepare, enrich, and publish it into useful data streams, ready for further discovery, analysis, and reporting. Don’t miss it:

CON9615 Solving the “Dirty Secret” of Big Data with Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Moscone South—310

Curious to find out more about BDP before the conference? Take a look here and view a short video: Chalk Talk: Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service!

Since we are on the topic of Data Integration and the Cloud – I will also take a quick moment to remind everyone about Oracle Data Integrator’s (ODI) integration relative to the Oracle Storage Cloud Service as well for example. But that’s not all – here is a view into the Data Integration sessions that relate to the Cloud – in chronological order:

CON3506 Into the Cloud and Back with Oracle Data Integrator 12c

Monday, Oct 26, 5:15 p.m. | Moscone West—2022

*****

CON9614 Oracle Data Integration Solutions: the Foundation for Cloud Integration

Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone South—274

*****

CON9717 Accelerate Cloud Onboarding Using Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service

Wednesday, Oct 28, 3:00 p.m. | Moscone West—2022

*****

CON9595 Cloud Data Quality: Lessons Learned from Oracle’s Journey to the Sales Cloud

Thursday, Oct 29, 12:00 p.m. | Moscone West—2022

*****

CON9612 Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management and the Cloud

Thursday, Oct 29, 1:15 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 4/5/6


We hope you will join a few! Don’t forget to view the Focus on Data Integration – for a full review of Data Integration Sessions during OpenWorld. See you there!

Sunday Oct 04, 2015

Oracle Open World 2015 with Oracle Data Integration Solutions.

This year’s Oracle Open World, OOW15 is right around the corner. Less than 4 weeks away and counting. We at Oracle Data Integration Solutions are extremely excited to meet you and showcase our solutions to you. Oracle Open World provides the opportunity for our Data Integration customers to explore cutting edge technologies around our Data Integration solutions, latest releases and to catch sneak previews of upcoming products.

Important Tips to make the most of this year’s Open World.

       1. Focus on Data Integration : If you have been to Open Worlds before you will realize that planning your open world is crucial to making the most of the experience. Between trying to catch exciting sessions, meeting with Product Experts, signing up for Hands on Labs and catching up with product teams, fellow customers and partners it is easy to miss a lot without a schedule. So make sure you build your own using our Focus On Document (this lists all Data Integration related happenings at OOW15) and then use the Schedule Builder to build your itinerary.

2. Catch Jeff Pollock’s General Session: Oracle Data Integration Solutions—Platform Overview and Roadmap [CON9737] – Before heading to deep dive sessions focusing on Data integration products at OOW15, make sure you catch this session by Jeff Pollock, Vice President of Product Management for Data Integration. This session sets the overview and roadmap vision for all products within the Data Integration Family. So if you are interested in Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management, Oracle Enterprise Data Quality or Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service (a brand new offering!), Jeff will help orient how they all fit together to manage your data through the entire lifecycle through these products.

        3. Ongoing Coverage for Attendees and those who cannot make it to San Francisco: We understand that not all of us can make it to the event physically. That is not to say that you cannot be equally up-to-date on what is happening. Leading up to the event, and throughout OOW15, we shall have blogs and write-ups focusing on each product and have recap blogs to ensure you miss nothing. For more real time updates, follow us on twitter at @OracleDI and @ORACLEBigData using the hashtags #ODI12c,#OGG12c, #OEMM, #OEDQ and #OBDPCS to join the conversation.

       4. Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards: Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators [CON10374] - Come see how your peers are innovating and winning with Oracle Middleware. The Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation honors organizations from around the globe. If you have ever wanted to combine technology innovation with red carpets, this is the event.

       5. And finally, have a good time.

For more information on Oracle Data Integration, visit us our home page and keep your eyes out here for more followup blog posts in the coming days.

Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

Chalk Talk Video: Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

We continue our Oracle Data Integration chalk talk video series, with an overview of Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service (BDP). BDP allows users to unlock the potential of their data with a non-technical, web-based tool that minimizes data preparation time. BDP provides an interactive set of services that automate, streamline, and guide the process of data ingestion, preparation, enrichment, and governance without costly manual intervention.

View this video to learn more: Chalk Talk: Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

For additional information – visit the Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service page.


Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Chalk Talk Video: Kick-Start Big Data Integration with Oracle

Next in the series for Oracle Data Integration chalk talk videos, we speak to Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) for big data. ODI allows you to become a big data developer without learning to code Java and Map Reduce! ODI generates the code and optimizes it with support for Hive, Spark, Oozie, and Pig.

View this video to learn more: Chalk Talk: Kick-Start Big Data Integration with Oracle.

For additional information on Oracle Data Integrator, visit the ODI homepage and the ODI for Big Data page. This blog can be very handy also: Announcing Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data.

Thursday Jul 02, 2015

Chalk Talk Video: How to Raise Trust and Transparency in Big Data with Oracle Metadata Management

Some fun new videos are available; we call the series ‘Chalk Talk’!

The first in the series that we will share with you around Oracle Data Integration speaks to raising trust and transparency within big data. It is known that crucial big data projects often fail due to a lack in the overall trust of the data. Data is not always transparent, and governing it can become a costly overhead. Oracle Metadata Management assists in the governance and trust across all data with the enterprise, Oracle and 3rd party.