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:, 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 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!

Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

Oracle Data Integrator 12.2.1 and Big Data

Oracle Data Integrator 12.2.1 brings a number of Big Data features such as Spark and Pig language generation support, executing ODI jobs in the Oozie workflow engine, and all new knowledge modules with improved Hive support. 

We provided a first release of most Big Data features as a patch on top of the 12.1.3 release, and have included it now as part of the 12.2.1 release. In addition, we provided further improvements to the initial feature set, such as new Oozie Execution modes. You can now choose between Task and Session execution modes for Oozie workflow generation. The new Session mode allows support for transactions, scripting, and loops in packages and will run a session in a single Oozie action, whereas the Task mode uses a separate Oozie action for each ODI task. ODI will automatically choose the correct mode based on the executed object or the mode can also be manually selected.

ODI provides developer productivity and can future-proof your investment by overcoming the need to manually code Hadoop transformations to a particular language.  You can logically design your mapping and then choose the implementation that best suits your use case. 

Friday Oct 23, 2015

Announcing Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) 12.2.1 – Focus on Big Data and Lifecycle Management Innovations

Oracle Data Integrator 12.2.1 makes its debut today, with new and enhanced functionality in many aspects of its core capabilities. Take a look here for the latest details – and read on for some highlights:

Big Data

Back in April we proudly announced the availability of Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data. The release brought together a series of advanced Big Data updates and features that Oracle Data Integration is rolling out for customers to help take their Hadoop projects to the next level with support for Apache Spark, Apache Pig, and orchestration using Oozie. Today, we continue to enhance this functionality by allowing users to choose between Task and Session execution modes for Oozie workflow generation.

Lifecycle Management

We all realize that the process for managing system software through its lifecycle from the initial development to the implementation is important! In Oracle Data Integrator 12.2.1 release management capabilities are introduced to provide a distinction between those development and deployment environments and artifacts.

ODI Exchange

Ever wanted a more community feel for ODI objects – including Global Knowledge Modules? That is now possible through the ODI Exchange which allows browsing, download, and install of global ODI objects made available by Oracle, or other ODI users through Official of Third-Party Update Centers.

Better Oracle Connectivity

Oracle Data Integrator’s repertoire of Knowledge Modules is continually improved. This release features a Knowledge Module to perform Partition Exchange Loading is available to allow users to swap partitions as needed. For more on that very subject view the A-Team Blog post: Using Oracle Partition Exchange with Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). Improvements have also been made to the Loading Knowledge Modules using External Tables, and the Data Pump Knowledge Modules.

More Data Integration Pillar Integration – Enterprise Data Quality (EDQ)

This release adds a new Oracle Enterprise Data Quality (EDQ) technology – meaning that it is directly available in Topology and allows the creation of data servers, physical schemas, and logical schemas for EDQ. This helps to tightly couple the various tools when in use together in any project. In addition, the OdiEnterpriseDataQuality tool was improved to support EDQ data servers through Contexts and Logical Schemas.

There are many other operational enhancements that have been made, for the entire list of improved functionality, please click here for a detailed list of what is new in Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) 12.2.1 – many are not listed here! Try it out and tell us what you think!

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!

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.

View this video to learn more: Chalk Talk: How to Raise Trust and Transparency in Big Data.

For additional information on Oracle Metadata Management, visit the OEMM homepage.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Looking for Cutting-Edge Data Integration: 2015 Excellence Awards