Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus November 2015


Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

Test Drives for BDD and BICS

We have updated the Test Drive kits for partners to run their own marketing events for their clients covering either BI Cloud Service and Visual Analyzer, or Big Data Discovery.

If the “Test Drive” idea is new to you, we have created for our specialised partners, the ability to run Test Drive Workshops for your customers. For example, a challenge you may be facing is how to easily show the business value of analytics to a set of customers.  We find the key to achieve this is to show best in class business analytic examples specific to a business person's role and needs - e.g. "HR analytics" for HR professionals, "Self-service Visual Analysis” for any business person, or “Big Data Discovery” for business analysts and data scientists.

These Test Drive Workshops are carefully scripted to allow a customer business person (usually not IT) to navigate for themselves around a series of dashboards and analysis targeted to show how analytics can help their business and drive ROI.

Oracle hosts the demo system for test drives, except for those that use BICS (where a partner needs to use their own BICS pod subscription). To access these, you need to gain access to the Emea Analytics Partner shared folder. If you do not already have access granted (e.g. the links below do not work), then send to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com your Oracle.com logon-ID, and I will add you.

Partners can download these kits and guides for test drives such as:

We ourselves at Oracle are running these test drives for our customers, and you may wish to invite your clients to attend these too, for example we have these in the near future in the UK:

Big Data Discovery Hands-on Workshop

19 November 2015 - London

Big Data is at the heart of today’s digital economy. Rapidly understanding and harnessing this Data Capital is key to remaining competitive. Join us for a hands-on workshop to experience how Oracle Big Data Discovery unlocks your Data Capital.

Unleashing the Business User

BI Cloud Service Hands-on Workshop

11 November 2015 - London

Join us for a hands-on workshop looking at Oracle BI Cloud Service. Discover how your organisation can simplify operations with a comprehensive solution that decreases the number of analytics tools in use, deliver more value faster with a 100% cloud based platform and also reduce risk with a secure solution.

Financial Analytics & Procurement Analytics Hands-on Workshop

17 November 2015 - London

Experience Oracle’s Financial Analytics and Procurement & Spend Analytics hands-on, explore their prebuilt business metrics and reports, and see how they can help you to get the insight your organization needs to make better, informed decisions. Now also including information on the road to Fusion.

HR Analytics Workshop

Driving Return on Human Capital Investment

18 November 2015 - London

This hands-on event will introduce you to the power of Oracle’s Human Resources Analytics. Hear how HR Analytics can drive return on human capital investment through real time reporting on your organisation’s most valuable asset – its people. See for yourself how HR Analytics (available on premise or on cloud) can deliver dashboards, KPI’s and alerts for the business and HR. Find out how multiple HR data sources can be consolidated and reported upon.

Monday Nov 02, 2015

BICS Partner Training 2-day Workshops

We are running more “BI Cloud Service” BICS workshops which are 2 or 3 days in-class, or alternatively can be remotely attended as a web-class; consisting of presentations, live demos, and hands-on laboratory exercises with the objective to help BI consultants learn how to implement BICS for their clients.

Start Dates

Week days


Country Contact



ES, Madrid




UAE, Dubai




GE, Munich




SE, Stockholm


To register, please provide the following information for all people from your company wishing to attend, to your local Oracle A&C channel manager contact: Workshop, Workshop date, Partner Company, Participant's name, Participant's Corporate Email. Participation instructions will be provided together with the confirmation email. If you do not know your local contact, then please address your registration request to the above country contact. More information is here @ Details.

Prerequisites - This workshop requires attendees to provide their own laptop. Students are expected to know the following before attending the training:

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

Predictive and Advanced Analytics with Oracle BI

Partners can differentiate their services by adding extra smart predictive and advanced analytics to Oracle BI deployment projects.  Indeed OBI 12c now includes some capabilities integrated into OBI: but there are many additional techniques and tools to provide “data science” integrating Oracle Database, OBI and Hadoop with Advanced Analytics.

The core database Oracle Advanced Analytics product consists of two components, and you can learn more of these from a series of on-demand free of charge tutorials:

And there is a more general introduction @ Video Lecture Series Data Science Boot-Camp Tutorials. To get some practice on getting this all to work together, you can download pre-packaged VMs from OTN all set up ready to work:

Oracle University also offers Data Mining Techniques, available as Training on Demand, which includes access to labs to do the practical - you can see a demo on this course hereThere is also the Oracle R Enterprise Essentials course available as a scheduled Live Virtual Class.

There are many more aspects to “Advanced Analytics” with Oracle, for example you can follow some articles @ advanced and @ https://blogs.oracle.com/R/ and https://blogs.oracle.com/datamining/. Among the other components critical to specific types of analytical problems are the Spatial and the RDF-Graph options which run in the Database and we now have Big Data Spatial and Graph Analytics for Hadoop.

Oracle can even provide Real-Time Decisions using machine learning to make optimal decisions in the circa 100ms timeframe; reacting to events such as fraud detection, machine failure or to increase revenue by improving the probability of click-to-buy on a web-commerce shopping cart.

Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

New Data Visualization Cloud Service

Powerful, Easy-to-Use Visual Analytics Now Accessible to Every Business User

Oracle Data Visualization is now available to your clients in three forms:

  1. As an integrated add-on module to OBI 12c on-premise (OBI 12c Major Release is Available)
  2. Within BICS (BI Cloud Service)
  3. And now in DVCS (Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service)

This makes rich, powerful visual analytics accessible to every business user. People at all levels of an organization can blend and analyze enterprise, personal or big data in just a few clicks, effectively sifting through data clutter to quickly uncover and share hidden patterns and actionable insights. All of this can be done without the need for expert IT resources, resulting in faster time to value and significant increases in ROI.

“Adoption and usage patterns at our 400+ Business Intelligence Cloud Service customers confirm that fast, easy-to-use data visualization is critical to their businesses,” said Hari Sankar, group vice president, Business Analytics, Oracle. “Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service makes data visualization 100 percent self-service, empowering business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes. This new service delivers rich visual analysis, rapid discovery of insights and secure collaboration, enabling fact-based decisions at every level of the organization.”

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service eliminates the complexity typically associated with blending and correlating data sets. Easy, automatic data blending allows users to combine data from a variety of sources—Oracle and other SaaS applications, on-premises systems, external sources and personal files—and immediately gain new insights using visual analysis. They can enrich the analysis with narratives to create stories that can be shared across the organization in a scalable, secure fashion. The creation and sharing of analytic insights is supported on mobile, tablet and desktop devices, enabling complete flexibility and unlimited access.

“Skanska implemented Oracle as a common BI solution for all users around the globe, for easy mobile access, self-service tools, and improved decision-making—and it reduced costs,” said Peter Bjork, vice president of information systems strategies, Skanska AB. Conny Bjorling, the senior business analyst driving the BI project on Bjork’s team, added, “Now with Data Visualization, we have something that is as visually compelling as it is easy to use. The storytelling functionality is a pivot point in terms of being able to explain your insights effectively.”

For more information see:

Monday Oct 26, 2015

OBI 12c Major Release is Available

BI 12c is the strategic foundation of Oracle’s analytics platform, delivering significant new value and lower total cost of ownership to the many existing Oracle BI customers, as well as being a compelling analytics platform for new customers.  BI 12c is critical to Oracle’s hybrid strategy, complementing BI Cloud capabilities by making fast, friendly data visualization and managed, scalable enterprise-class analytics available on-premises.

The new Data Visualization offering appeals to a large set of existing Oracle BI users, as well as opening up expansion opportunities with new users.

What’s New

BI 12c delivers a major update to the Oracle BI platform, with enhancements across the entire platform, as well as new Data Visualization capabilities.  Highlights and benefits include:

Easy to upgrade:  BI 12c offers a radically simple and robust upgrade from 11g, saving customers time and effort in moving to the new version.  BI 12c includes a free utility to automate regression testing, the Baseline Validation Tool, which verifies data, visuals, catalog object metadata, and system-generated SQL across 11g and 12c releases.

More Visual:  A consistent set of Data Visualization capabilities are now available across Oracle BI Cloud Service and Oracle BI 12c, as well as the upcoming Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, offering customers a continuity of visual experience unmatched by our competitors.  Business users can point and click to upload personal data and blend it with IT-managed data in BI 12c, which automatically infers connections between data sets.  Visualizing data is as easy as dragging attributes onto the screen, with optimal visualizations automatically displayed – no modeling or upfront configuration required.  Related data is automatically connected, so highlighting data in one visual, highlights correlated data in every other visual, immediately showing patterns and revealing new insights.  These insights, along with narrative comments, can be shared as interactive visual stories, enabling seamless collaboration that drives fact-based decisions.

More Advanced Analytics:  Predictive analysis is more tightly integrated, enabling customers to more easily forecast future conditions based on existing data points, group elements that are statistically similar, and expose outliers.  BI 12c includes the ability to run the free Oracle R distribution on BI Server, and extend existing analytics with custom R scripts, which can point to any engine (R, Oracle Database, Spark, etc.) without needing to change the BI RPD to deliver results.

More Mobile:  Keyword search (“BI Ask”) empowers users to literally talk to their data, asking questions and having visualizations automatically created as responses, opening up an easy entry point for authoring.  Additionally, the interface for iOS has been completely redesigned; and Mobile BI for Android offers sharing and following for nearby devices, as well as the ability to project any dashboard or story to GoogleCast-enabled devices.

Faster:  Sophisticated in-memory processing includes BI Server optimizations and support for multiple in-memory data stores, while in-memory Essbase on Exalytics offers enhanced concurrency and scalability, as well as significant performance gains.

Friendlier:  Usability updates throughout BI 12c demonstrate Oracle’s continued commitment to making analytics as fast, flexible, and friendly as they are powerful and robust.  A new user interface simplifies the layout for the homepage, Answers, and Dashboards, making it easier for users to quickly see what’s important; HTML-5 graphics improve view rendering; and it’s easier for users to create new groups, calculations, and measures, for simpler, more direct interaction with results.

Bigger Data:  BI 12c enables customers to use new data, from local, Oracle, and Big Data sources, including personal files uploaded by users; direct access to data in Hyperion Financial Management and Hyperion Planning applications; and ODBC access to Cloudera Impala.

Higher ROI, Lower TCO:  Streamlined administration and life cycle management reduce the time and resources required to manage BI 12c, decreasing costs and increasing value for this and future releases.  Enhancements include separating metadata from configuration; simpler, more robust security; easier backup, restore, and disaster recovery; hot patching of metadata; and many more.

Oracle BI 12c is available for download from OTN


Tutorials -

Oracle Big Data Discovery 2-day Training Workshop

Nov 18 - Nov 19, 2015 - Register Now

This 2-days workshop, FREE to OPN member partners in EMEA, provides attendees with hands-on experience using Big Data Discovery version 1.1

In this workshop, you will start with a visual catalog of data in Hadoop to quickly see data sets, then explore it visually to understand its shape, quality and overall potential. You will be able to transform and enrich data in Hadoop, without complicated modeling or programming, simplifying prep and making the data better for future projects. And of course the discovery interface will make it easy for you to combine data sets and search, navigate and visualize new insights, then share results by collaborating within the tool and also publishing results back to Hadoop.

Nov 18 - Nov 19, 2015 – For more information and to Register Click Here

Oracle Office Reading, Oracle Thames Valley Park

Oracle Parkway, Reading RG6 1RA

United Kingdom

Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

Oracle Red Radio Discusses Big Data

Oracle Red Radio is the new weekly show exclusively for partners to hear insights from senior Oracle and Partner executives on what is relevant to you, our Partners.

On Friday 20th November at 17:00 the show will be discussing Big Data in the company of Mike Connaughton, Oracle Big Data Leader for EMEA.

Tune in to hear:

  • The size of the opportunity and how we can jointly work together to maximize revenues in this exciting market place
  • What’s Big Data means, what’s going on in the industry and why customers are adopting Big Data
  • Oracle’s solutions for Big Data and how we’re positioning them to customers


With news, sport and weather updates and our guest quiz it promises to be a compelling and entertaining show.

Join us here, and find prior recordings for replay: http://feeds.feedburner.com/OracleRedRadioShow

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

Oracle BI Applications Version is Available

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (BI-Apps) is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page.

What is New:

Oracle Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications introduces the following cloud application sources:

· Service Analytics: Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow)

· HR Analytics: Oracle Talent Cloud (Taleo Recruit)

Content Enhancements for existing Oracle BI Applications

· Oracle Project Analytics delivers out of the box support for PeopleSoft Grants Management. The Grants Management Accounting module helps plan, manage, and track an institution’s grant activities, with support for Award Analysis and Award Funding subject areas.

· Oracle Student Information Analytics now provides class enrollment and term enrollment snapshots to fulfill internal and external reporting requirements.

· Integration with Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) enables the creation and management of custom hierarchies for the Business Unit dimension in Oracle E-Business Suite

Certifications and ETL Health Check improve productivity

· BI-Apps is Certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation Refer to the new features and product documentation for more details on this release.

· BI-Apps is Certified with ODI (11gR1 PS7). Refer to these new features and product documentation for more details on this.

· A Diagnostic Health Check phase is now included as part of the BI Applications ETL. Any reported issues are collected in Configuration Manager along with suggested actions to help resolve the health check issues.

For more information:

Monday Oct 12, 2015

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus October 2015




Enterprise Performance Management


Big Data and Business Intelligence


Monday Oct 05, 2015

Answer Big Data Questions – Webinar Series from Rittman

Mark Rittman, ACE Director and all things analytics and big data guru, is running a series of live webinars to answer some Big Data Questions you may be wondering about:

  1. How to Extend and enhance your Data Warehouse to address Big Data? - Register for Extend Data Warehouse - Tuesday 3 November
  2. What is Big Data Discovery and how does it complement traditional Business Analytics? - Register for Discovery webinar - Tuesday 10 November
  3. How to Add Big Data to your Organization to create true 360-Degree Customer Insight? - Register for Customer Insight - Tuesday 24 November


Extending and enhancing your Data Warehouse to address Big Data

Organizations with data warehouses are increasingly looking at big data technologies to extend the capacity of their platform, offload simple ETL and data processing tasks and add new capabilities to store and process unstructured data along with their existing relational datasets. In this presentation we'll look at what's involved in adding Hadoop and other big data technologies to your data warehouse platform, see how tools such as Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Business Intelligence can be used to process and analyze new "big data" data sources, and look at what's involved in creating a single query and metadata layer over both sources of data.

Tuesday 3rd November, 15:00 – 16:00 GMT / 16:00 – 17:00 CET – Register for Extend Data Warehouse

What is Big Data Discovery and how does it complement traditional Business Analytics?

Data Discovery is an analysis technique that complements traditional business analytics, and enables users to combine, explore and analyse disparate datasets to spot opportunities and patterns that lie hidden within your data. Oracle Big Data discovery takes this idea and applies it to your unstructured and big data datasets, giving users a way to catalogue, join and then analyse all types of data across your organization. At the same time Oracle Big Data Discovery reduces the dependency on expensive and often difficult to find Data Scientists, opening up many Big Data tasks to “Citizen” Data Scientists.

In this session we'll look at Oracle Big Data Discovery and how it provides a "visual face" to your big data initiatives, and how it complements and extends the work that you currently do using business analytics tools.

Tuesday 10th November, 15:00 – 16:00 GMT / 16:00 – 17:00 CET Register for Discovery webinar

Adding Big Data to your Organization to create true 360-Degree Customer Insight

Organisations are increasingly looking to "big data" to create a true, 360-degree view of their customer and market activity. Big data technologies such as Hadoop, NoSQL databases and predictive modelling make it possible now to bring highly granular data from all customer touch-points into a single repository and use that information to make better offers, create more relevant products and predict customer behaviour more accurately.

In this session we'll look at what's involved in creating a customer 360-degree view using big data technologies on the Oracle platform, see how unstructured and social media sources can be added to more traditional transactional and customer attribute data, and how machine learning and predictive modelling techniques can then be used to classify, cluster and predict customer behaviour.

Tuesday 24th November, 15:00 – 16:00 GMT / 16:00 – 17:00 CET – Register for Customer Insight

For any questions about these webinars please contact Mark Rittman

Business Analytics EPM and Big Data Product Strategy Event for Partners in Europe, Middle East & Africa

November 11, 2015 9:00am – 5:30pm

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel at Heathrow
140 Bath Rd, Hayes
London UB3 5AW
United Kingdom

Register for London Event

November 15, 2015 9:00am – 5:30pm

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road
Business Bay Dubai 121000
United Arab Emirates

Register for Dubai Event

We are doing exclusive briefings in London and Dubai for EMEA Partners, on the latest Product updates for Oracle Business Analytics, EPM, Big Data and Data Integration.

If you missed out on Oracle OpenWorld this year, you have another chance with Matt Bradley (SVP of Development for Business Analytics) and his management team to hear about the latest developments, innovations and enhancements that have been added to the Oracle Business Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Data Integration and Enterprise Performance Management product portfolio.

Detailed sessions will include roadmap updates on the following topics:

Ø Evolving trends in the Analytics space such as cloud and mobile

Ø Self- Service Analytics

Ø OBI 12c, BI Ask & Visual Analyzer

Ø The Value of Big Data and Data Discovery

Ø Data Integration and Governance for Big Data and Business Analytics

Ø Hyperion Financial Planning & Budgeting and Planning & Budgeting in the Cloud

Ø Financial Close

Ø Enterprise Performance Management Reporting Cloud Service

The forum agenda splits into two tracks, one for Analytics and Big Data, and the other for EPM, and you can find more information by clicking the Register for London Event / Register for Dubai Event links.

There will also be a dinner held on the evenings of the 11th & 15th November from 6:30pm, where you will be able to mix with the presenters and a selection of customers who will attend a similar product strategy update on the following day.

Please note that spaces for this event are limited and as such will be allocated with priority to OPN member specialist partners, with a maximum of 2 representatives per company & country (per track) – Please do not book travel until your place has been confirmed.

Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus September 2015


Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

Download VM Oracle Big Data Lite 4.2.1 Including Big Data Discovery

We just released Oracle Big Data Lite 4.2.1 VM.  This VM provides many of the key big data technologies that are part of Oracle's big data platform.  Along with all the great features of the previous version, Big Data Lite now adds Oracle Big Data Discovery 1.1

Then you can follow the tutorials at Getting Started with Oracle Big Data Discovery and in the Oracle Big Data Learning Library.

All of these products are pre-configured in the Big Data Lite 4.2.1 VM:

· Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.6

· Oracle Database 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition ( - including Oracle Big Data SQL-enabled external tables, Oracle Multitenant, Oracle Advanced Analytics, Oracle OLAP, Oracle Partitioning, Oracle Spatial and Graph, and more.

· Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH5.4.0)

· Cloudera Manager (5.4.0)

· Oracle Big Data Discovery 1.1

· Oracle Big Data Connectors 4.2

· Oracle SQL Connector for HDFS 3.3.0

· Oracle Loader for Hadoop 3.4.0

· Oracle Data Integrator 12c

· Oracle R Advanced Analytics for Hadoop 2.5.0

· Oracle XQuery for Hadoop 4.2.0

· Oracle NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition 12cR1 (3.3.4)

· Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph 1.0

· Oracle JDeveloper 12c (12.1.3)

· Oracle SQL Developer and Data Modeler 4.1

· Oracle Data Integrator 12cR1 (

· Oracle GoldenGate 12c

· Oracle R Distribution 3.1.1

· Oracle Perfect Balance 2.4.0

· Oracle CopyToBDA 2.0 

Download it, and check out the tutorials and demos that are available from the Big Data Lite download page.

Monday Sep 14, 2015

BICS 30-Day Trial now Available for Oracle BI Cloud Service

If you go to the BICS entry page @ Cloud.Oracle.com you will now find a “Try it >” button at the top.

So please let your clients know of this, and work with them on a planned 30-day trial evaluation process, within which you can help them prove the business value for them using BICS and Visual Analyser, and so convert the trial into a full project roll-out.

  • When you click the “Try it >” button you will see two next steps:
    1. Overview of Trial Setup Process – This provides an overview of the trial setup process, setting up users and administrators and configuring settings to optimize your experience.
    2. “Start Trial” button to actually fill in the information to get going with BICS.

Otherwise, if you need to catch up on BICS news, then replay this Partner Web-conference Update on What is New for BICS, and follow the provided links there, to more partner resources for demos and training.



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