Tuesday Jun 16, 2015

Big Data Spatial and Graph Analytics for Hadoop

We have just added Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph support for Hadoop and NoSQL database technologies.  For over a decade, Oracle has offered leading spatial and graph analytic technology for the Oracle Database: we have now applied this expertise to work with social network data and to exploit Big Data architectures.  

Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph includes two main components:

  1. A distributed property graph database with 35 built-in graph analytics to discover graph patterns in big data, such as communities and influencers within a social graph
  2. A wide range of spatial analysis functions and services to evaluate data based on how near or far something is to one another, or whether something falls within a boundary or region

Property Graph Data Management and Analysis

Property graphs are commonly used to model and analyze relationships, such as communities, influencers and recommendations, and other patterns found in social networks, cyber security, utilities and telecommunications, life sciences and clinical data, and knowledge networks.  

Property graphs model the real-world as networks of linked data comprising vertices (entities), edges (relationships), and properties (attributes) for both. Property graphs are flexible and easy to evolve; metadata is stored as part of the graph and new relationships are added by simply adding an edge.

Oracle Big Data Graph provides an industry leading property graph capability on Apache HBase and Oracle NoSQL Database with a Groovy-based console; parallel bulk load from common graph file formats; text indexing and search; querying graphs in database and in memory; ease of development with open source Java APIs and popular scripting languages; and an in-memory, parallel, multi-user, graph analytics engine with 35 standard graph analytics.

Spatial Analysis and Services – Enrich and Categorize Your Big Data with Location

With the spatial capabilities, users can take data with any location information, enrich it, and use it to harmonize their data.  For example, Oracle Big Data Spatial can look at datasets like Twitter feeds that include a zip code or street address, and add or update city, state, and country information. These results can be visualized on a map with the included HTML5-based web mapping tool.  Location can be used as a universal key across disparate data commonly found in Hadoop-based analytic solutions. 

“Big Data systems are increasingly being used to process large volumes of data from a wide variety of sources. With the introduction of Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph, Hadoop users will be able to enrich data based on location and use this to harmonize data for further correlation, categorization and analysis. For traditional geospatial workloads, it will provide value-added spatial processing and allow us to support customers with large vector and raster data sets on Hadoop systems.” - Steve Pierce, CEO, Think Huddle

Your Spatial & Graph specialist contact in EMEA is Hans Viehmann (hans.viehmann@oracle.com).

You can attend a live web-conference on Spatial & Graph on Tuesday, July 21st at 6:00 PM UK / 7:00 PM CET

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus June 2015


Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Partner Web-conference Update on What is New for BICS

You can REPLAY this Conference by clicking on Replay Webcast (originally on 22/June, audio will play over your computer speakers or headset, but you have to login to Oracle first).

This Partner Web-conference update was on what is new for BICS, where we showed some of the latest features such as Visual Analyzer and discussed some of the use-case study stories for the many customers who have already bought into the Oracle BI Cloud Service. We also confirm the partner resell and referral processes for you to earn your partner margin.

If you need to catch up on the past announcements, try the links below:

Friday May 29, 2015

Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Tutorials

Following last month’s announcement (New Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service), here is a great set of video tutorials for EPRCS.

2 minute Summary Video: Streamline your internal and external reporting processes, bringing together data plus narrative, in a single, secure, collaborative environment with Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud.

Find all these tutorials here:

  1. Creating Users and Assigning Roles for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  2. Importing Users and Roles for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  3. Application Overview for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  4. Authoring and Approving Doclets in Smart View
  5. Creating Advanced Ad Hoc Reports using Smart View
  6. Creating Basic Ad Hoc Reports using Smart View
  7. Creating Data Grants in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  8. Creating a Custom Application in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  9. Creating the Report Package Structure in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  10. Granting Access to Artifacts in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  11. Integrating Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Data with Microsoft Office Using Smart View
  12. Loading and Extracting Dimension Members in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  13. Managing Content in Report Packages in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  14. Managing Data in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  15. Managing Dimensions in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  16. Migrating Applications in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  17. Overview: Report Package Part 1 in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  18. Overview: Report Package Part 2 in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  19. Overview: Understanding Security in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  20. Overview: Understanding Style Samples in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  21. Overview: Using Smart View in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  22. Overview: Welcome to Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud
  23. Reviewing Report Package Content in Smart View
  24. Setting Up Smart View for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  25. Signing off on Report Packages in Smart View

BICS Partner Training 2-day Workshops

These “PaaS to Extend SaaS - BI Cloud Service” BICS workshops consists of presentations, live demos, and hands-on laboratory exercises with the objective to help BI consultants learn how to implement Oracle BI Cloud Services for their clients.

Start Dates

Week days


Country Contact



IT, Milan.




NL, Utrecht.




CE, Prague.




SE, Stockholm.




ES, Madrid.


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.

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

Thursday May 28, 2015

Understanding the Partner Opportunity in Oracle Cloud PaaS plus SaaS Combinations

Please take advantage of these upcoming Oracle Cloud PaaS (Platforms as a Service) webcasts available for Oracle partners to learn about Oracle Cloud PaaS offerings such as BICS, and our strategy and roadmap. Oracle partners can take the opportunity to skill up in the latest Oracle PaaS technology and ask questions directly of Oracle PaaS specialists.




Why should Oracle partners care about Oracle PaaS

Wed 20 May @16:00 UK / 17:00


Digital Mobile Cloud Business Opportunities for Partners

Wed 3 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET


Hybrid Cloud Integration Business Opportunities for Partners

Thur 18 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET


Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) Technical Overview

Thur 4 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET


Oracle Document Cloud Service (DOCS) Technical Overview

Wed 10 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET


Process Cloud Service (PCS) Technical Overview

Wed 24 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET


Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) Technical Overview

Wed 1 July @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET


Tuesday May 26, 2015

Publish Your Apps and Services to Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Partners can Advertise their Apps and services from Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Oracle Cloud Marketplace is an online store for our customers, dedicated to marketing cloud business apps and professional services offered by Oracle Cloud partners.

Are you an independent software vendor or integrator ?

Do you develop apps that work on, with or extend an existing Oracle Cloud solution (Paas or SaaS) ?

Do you provide consulting, training, or integration services for Oracle Cloud ?

You can take the next step and join us today to get access to the Partner Portal so you can showcase your apps or services on Oracle Cloud Marketplace (e.g. to work with BICS, PBCS or EPRCS).

For example on our Business Intelligence Cloud, partner KPI has published their App, “KPI Cloud Analytics: Procurement and Spend Analytics for Oracle EBS”, so our clients can easily analyze their EBS procurement data using their app installed and running on the PaaS Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS).

  • eBook: Customers - Discover Oracle Cloud Marketplace

  • eBook: Partners - Market Your Cloud Apps and Services

Tuesday May 19, 2015

OBI 11g Release Now Available

This new release of Oracle Business Intelligence v., includes a number of new features and a focus on overall quality improvement. Significant new features and enhancements include:

Expanded Data Source Support, including support for Cloudera Impala and Hive2.  Users can also access information directly from their Hyperion Planning applications to build and deliver analytical content with OBI. Integration with the Oracle 12c database has been enhanced with support for compression, Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (EHCC), and in-memory Oracle database features.

Improved User Experience, including a new Tree Map visualization. Subject area search makes it easier to locate elements to add to an analysis. Users can now save and re-use custom column definitions.  More options are available to users when exporting content.  Customers can now take advantage of HTML5 for rendering charts.

New Capabilities for Exalytics, including support for count distinct aggregations.  Aggregations for levels with non-unique level keys, ragged and skip level hierarchies, and time levels with no chronological keys are also supported.  A new Summary Advisor command line utility is available to assist with scripting maintenance tasks.

New Capabilities for Administration, including Mobile App Designer installed by default.  A database policy store is available for security administration.

BI Publisher Integration with WebCenter Content: This integration will enable customers to deliver BI Publisher output directly to WebCenter Content.

More information:

Monday May 18, 2015

Cloudera is Hadoop Market Leader

Have you connected with Cloudera ? – are you one of their partners yet, because this is a win-win for us all.

Join us for a live Oracle & Cloudera webcast on Friday, May 29 – 10.0 am UK / 11.0 am CET - Rapidly Unlock the Value of Big Data for your Organisation

Oracle has a close partnership with Cloudera in that we resell their Hadoop version on our engineered platform, the Big Data Appliance. Additionally we obviously therefore target our big data software stack (e.g. Big Data Discovery, Big Data SQL, Connectors, ODI, ...) to run on Cloudera, as well as on Apache Hadoop and some of the other vendors.

If you had not noticed yet, Hadoop is growing really fast, and Cloudera has the lion’s share of this market: e.g. read this analyst report, saying:

“According to Cloudera’s CEO, Tom Reilly, Cloudera’s strategic decision to provide proprietary solutions in an open-source market paid off when Cloudera earned more than $100 million in revenues in 2014, which is more than double the revenues of Hortonworks and MapR.”

You may also have noticed that Intel announced a substantial equity investment in Cloudera ($740 million): and Intel works closely with Oracle on our engineered platforms, including the Big Data Appliance.

Training your people in Hadoop is critical to our combined success in this market, and Cloudera leads the market in high quality Hadoop courses, plus see the Cloudera Product Webinars tutorials and Training Webinars. Oracle will of course invest in training our partners on our specific product offerings for Big Data, but for a generic understanding of the base platform, I suggest you plug into Cloudera’s education programmes. They also have a certification programme so you can Become a Cloudera Certified Big Data Professional.

If you need an introduction, please contact me (Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com ) or Cloudera’s EMEA Partner Director, Jonathan Cooper @ jcooper@cloudera.com.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Information Management & Big Data Architecture Masterclass

Jun 17 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in London UK.

Get more information and to Register here: FREE of charge to OPN member Partners from any country.

Join our Information Management & Big Data Architecture Masterclass on 17th June 2015 where you'll learn how Oracle's information management approach can address business and IT issues in a timely, pragmatic and reliable way. Following great success of previous Master Classes on this subject, your presenters will follow a "free format" agenda using Whiteboards rather than formal presentations to allow as much interaction with you as possible.

Learn about the Big picture of information management, Staging and techniques for loading data, OLAP and Data Mining, Approaches to data modelling, Build vs buy, BI delivery, Operationalising BI, Security, ELT, ETL and data flows, Big Data, Performance, and Migrating to the reference architecture (customer examples).

Tuesday May 12, 2015

BI&EPM in Focus May 2015


Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

New Big Data Discovery OPN Knowledge Zone

For Partners there is now a New Big Data Discovery OPN Knowledge Zone: and this updates my Feb. 2015 post Oracle Big Data Discovery Now Available - The Visual Face of Hadoop.

You might also like to catch up on:

Friday May 08, 2015

New Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS)

Introducing the new Oracle Hyperion EPM cloud approach for secure, collaborative, and process driven reporting. On the Oracle public cloud customers can now buy the new Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS).

  • You can listen to an explanation of this new service on our live EPRCS Webcast on Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:00 pm UK / 7:00 pm CET.

Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud is a purpose-built solution in the Cloud for management and narrative reporting. It provides a secure, collaborative, process-driven approach for defining, authoring, reviewing, and publishing financial and management report packages for internal and external stakeholders.

Corporate and management reporting is experiencing significant change in today’s digital age. As reported earnings become more volatile, corporate guidance—and the ability of management to clearly explain the quality and sustainability of corporate performance—is more important than ever.

The current integration of narrative into performance-reporting processes is often manual, ad hoc, and highly prone to error. New cloud-based solutions, such as Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud, enable organizations to streamline internal and external reporting processes, combining data plus narrative in a single, secure, collaborative environment.

Read more @ the EPM blog on Enterprise Performance Clearly Explained With a Collaborative, Intuitive, Reporting Solution.



What is New in Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS)

Anyone who subscribes to Oracle BI Cloud Service receives automatic upgrades as soon as new features become available. You don't need to request an upgrade or take any actions yourself. Go here to keep up to date with an overview of new features and enhancements added recently, for example in April 2015:

Explore data using Visual Analyzer

Visual Analyzer provides self-service analysis, seamlessly transitioning you between all phases of the analysis lifecycle: data staging, analysis, composition, and consumption. See Getting Started with Visual Analyzer, and Oracle Visual Analyzer is now Available with Demonstrations for Partners .

Manage access to Visual Analyzer through a new application role called BIDiscoveryContentAuthor. See Application Roles Predefined in Oracle BI Cloud Service.

Integrate with Oracle Database Cloud Service (Database as a Service)

Connect Oracle BI Cloud Service to any Oracle Database Cloud Service (Database as a Service) instance. See Changing the Database Connection.

Upload data models from a file

If you’ve modelled your data with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, then you don't need to start from scratch in Oracle BI Cloud Service. Simply upload your on-premises data model file (.rpd) to Oracle BI Cloud Service and start exploring your data through visualizations, reports, and dashboards. See Uploading Data Models from a File (.rpd).

Add your own data to analyses

You can add data from an external source to an analysis in Oracle BI Cloud Service. Adding your own data is sometimes referred to as “mash-up.” See Adding Data from External Sources to Analyses.

Oracle BICS Data Sync version 1

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Data Sync supports the load of on-premises data residing in one or more relational or comma-separated value file sources into the schema provisioned on Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service:

Oracle Visual Analyzer is now Available with Demonstrations for Partners

For a 3 minute introduction, see Getting Started with Visual Analyzer video.

Visual Analyzer is a web-based tool provided within the Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) that enables you to explore data visually:

  • Creating visualizations is easy in Visual Analyzer with analysis becoming an individual experience in exploration and discovery.
  • Visual Analyzer enables you to experiment with a wealth of different options for how to view your data, and in this experimentation process, you find correlations, discover patterns, and see trends in your content.
  • In Oracle BI Cloud Service, you can create detailed analyses and carefully curated dashboards, and now with Visual Analyzer, end-users have faster, simpler assembly of detailed reports.
  • Visual Analyzer goes even further to give you dynamic views for focused, exploratory interaction with your data.
  • In addition, with Visual Analyzer’s capability to load external data sources, you get self-service mash-ups of data blending of governed enterprise data combined with your own files.

Partners who have their own copy of BICS have access to Visual Analyzer now, while others can request access to our demonstration services (see BICS Demonstration Environments).

Additionally, there is a set of you-tube videos of demonstration storyboards, while OPN Specialised partners can download the content, data and scripts for these demonstrations as well as a “Test Drive” script for you to use with your clients from the BI-partner-community shared portal (for access to this portal, email Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com with your company email id and OPN membership status).

Current offerings: HR, Service, Marketing and Sales demos, and Test Drive @ shared portal:

  • Marketing Demo: Identify the best Spring time promotions for an example Internet Service Provider (“Advanced Communications”), and analyse root causes for regional issues: Video with narrative (Tip: select full screen, and HD).
  • Service Demo: Identify service requests from customers that are highly likely to churn: Video with narration (Tip: select full screen, and HD)
  • HR Demo: The HR Director puts together Payroll and Performance data to investigate attrition for work-life balance: Video with narrative (Tip: select full screen, and HD)
  • Sales Demo: Pipeline analysis to identify sales reps at risk of missing forecast, and identify customers and products to focus on what can best improve sales performance: Video with narrative (Tip: select full screen, and HD)

    And see the help @ Exploring Data using Oracle BI Cloud Service Visual Analyzer



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