Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM) Partner Summit

In UK, but free to all EMEA OPN member partners, you are invited to attend this Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM) Partner Summit:

May 8th, 2014, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

At the Montcalm Hotel, The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SA

This event will give partners the opportunity to understand how HPCM can expand EPM implementations, hear case studies from Oracle customers, and make new contacts in the partner community. See here the agenda for more details, and goto this link to Register.

Topics covered will include:

  • Sales strategy
  • Latest product capabilities
  • Product roadmap
  • Customer speakers presenting case studies of their use of HPCM

This summit will provide those new to HPCM with information required to identify HPCM opportunities, and those with HPCM knowledge, the information to drive new valuable opportunities, especially in existing Hyperion clients. The intended audience for this event is partner Sales Consulting.

Oracle’s Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management is an application pre-built on Essbase to help customers improve their business performance by discovering the drivers of costs and profitability and empowering users to improve resource alignment.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

UPDATED Demonstration VM for BI Partners (BIC2g 2014-03 Download)

Most of this Demo VM is now very similar to the OTN SampleApp V309, but BIC2g has BI-Apps (with ODI) with all the extra Vision-demo data, plus it has Endeca v3.1 (the SampleApp is still v3.0 Endeca), and it includes the standard Test-Drive kits.

Compared to the prior version, the new BIC2g 2014-03 has:

Ø Updates to the Executive Vision Demo (EVD).

Ø Merged SampleApp content with both EVD and BI Apps 11g rpd/webcats.

Ø Test-drive customer workshops:

o BI Apps

o BI Foundation

o Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

Ø Updates to BI Apps 11g Demos

o New OM and Projects Mobile demo scripts

o New 11g DW for future demo script development

Ø Updated demo process control features

The OBIEE installed is 11.1.1.7.1. with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.

The “BIC2g” demo VM is downloadable from our BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners.

The access details, for OPN member partners only, to get added to the BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

This Oracle Business Intelligence Linux VM virtual appliance (“BIC2g”) was developed to support Oracle OBI, BI-Apps and Essbase sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities.  If you do not need BI-Apps, or everything combined, then there is a smaller VM OBI Sample-App you can get from OTN: see @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.

For Endeca 3.1 only, you can also get this @ Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download

While for a “Big Data” demo setup including Hadoop, see @ Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN

If you are new to them, the Test-drive customer workshops use a ‘seeing is believing’ approach with real world data that everyone can related to, and provide an opportunity for partners to invite their customers to interact with the solutions and with you, the BI experts. See here for more on Test Drives.


 

PBCS How-to Videos

Here is a series of short videos to learn more about Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS), how to enter and analyze data, and how to turn your spreadsheets into powerful applications. PBCS also implements several layers to ensure security, including password protected single sign-on, role based access to features, and access control on forms and other artifacts. The Identity Domain Administrator creates users and assigns roles to them. These videos show you how to create users and assign roles.

This linked series makes it easier for viewers to find exactly the information they need.  (The series replaces the “Create Users and Assign Roles” video previously available, due to UI changes in My Services Dashboard.)

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service helps organizations overcome the challenges of planning in unpredictable operating conditions and enables them to rapidly adopt a world-class planning solution with the simplicity of cloud. Videos include:

Vision Corporation: Demonstration of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

10:10

Enter and Work With Data in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

7:42

Migrate an On-premises Planning Application to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

5:22

Build a Planning Model with Excel in less than 7 Minutes

5:10

Analyze Oracle Hyperion Planning Data Using Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office

6:19

Use Task Lists in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

2:48

Loading Data into Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

7:01

Managing Users in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

1:19

Predefined Roles in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

2:29

Create Users and Assign Roles in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

2:02

Import a Batch of Users into Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

1:59

Friday Apr 11, 2014

IDC Big Data in the Enterprise: When Worlds Collide

IDC has published new research on the growing benefits of big data analytics in the enterprise.  You can also watch a webcast of Dan Vesset, IDC's VP of Business Analytics Programs, discuss the research of when the relational and non-relational worlds collide on big data to achieve higher performance.

To unlock the value of big data, organizations need to extend the existing IT architecture from the tried and tested relational technology to integrate with non-relational technologies. Only this combination of both, with the analytic techniques they enable, can propel organizations toward fact-based decisions.

The research suggests evidence that in 68% of all organizations who combine both technologies to the fullest extent, achieve higher performance: twice as many high-achievers as low-achievers have supplemented relational technology with non-relational technology to the fullest extent needed.

“Today, there is mounting evidence of the end of irrational exuberance in big data. 2014 is ushering in a long-term trend of pragmatic purchasing and deployment of a range of big data and analytics technologies and services. This pragmatism has already resulted in a realization of not only the need for coexistence of relational and non-relational big data and analytics technologies but also the fact that together these technologies can enable completely new ways of conducting business, serving and protecting citizens, caring for patients, teaching students, and managing natural resources.”

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Get OPN Specialized in Business Intelligence & Hyperion EPM

Get yourself and your company recognised and branded as an “Oracle BI / EPM Specialized Partner”. This will bring more business to you, because being OPN Specialised means your prospective clients can find you at Oracle.com by searching for a Specialized Partner. You can also enhance your profile here by Managing your Partner profile in the Solutions Catalog.

Consultants from Oracle partners can become Certified Implementation Specialists by passing the proctored (supervised) exams for OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion and BI-Apps. These exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centres and some Oracle University training locations, which are located in most EMEA major cities: see the links below for more details.

We also have on-line tests for “Sales” and “Pre-sales” knowledge, which also provide these levels of specialisation certificate.

To get certified as Specialised, check the Business and Competency Criteria linked below for each specialisation area and take the Assessment Tests:

BI&EPM in Focus April 2014

  • Longitude CFO Research Report (link)
  • Why CFOs are becoming technology evangelists - article (link)
  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link)
  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)
  • Support Blog: My Oracle Support Community - Subspaces (link)
  • 2014 awards Call for Nominations - Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2014 (September 28-October 2) in San Francisco – especially see the “Big Data and Business Analytics” category.

Customers

  • The University of Virginia Selects Oracle to Support Financial Transformation (link)
  • Aditya Birla Nuvo Reduces Consolidation Cycle Time by 25%, Enhances Financial Data Transparency, and Standardizes Reporting Process  (link)
  • CSC Enables Next-Generation Access Management and Flexible Reporting for Large Public Sector Health Agency (link)
  • AW Rostamani Stays Ahead Of The Automotive Competition with Oracle in Dubai  (link) video

Enterprise Performance Management  

  • Blog: Lifetime Value - Viewing Customers as an Investment (link
  • Oracle Hyperion EPM System Release 11.1.2.3.500 is Generally Available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud; including EPM Mobile Application - new Smart Phone based access (link)
  • Technical Blog: EPM Patch Set Updates for 11.1.2.3.500 and prior versions - March 2014 (link)

Business  Intelligence

Introducing Mobile App for Oracle EPM

Play this short video ~ 3 minutes ~ to get an Introduction to Mobile for Oracle EPM.

This video gives you a quick introduction to Oracle's EPM Mobile App using sample data. EPM Mobile enables on-the-go approvals and workflow across Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, and Hyperion Tax Provision.

To check out the App, you can download EPM Mobile on your phone with these links:

- Android at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=oracle.epm.mobile.OracleEPM
- Apple app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oracle-enterprise-performance/id845082117

After downloading the App, you can view the video, the overview tour and the sample application.

For more information see:

  • Oracle.Com Product Page: Oracle EPM Mobile App (link)
  • Oracle EPM Mobile Solution Brief (link)
  • Oracle EPM Mobile Data Sheets for Oracle Hyperion Planning, Oracle Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle Hyperion Tax Provisioning (link)

Friday Apr 04, 2014

OBI11g and BI-Apps Partner Training Bootcamps

In UK, but open to all EMEA OPN member partners, OBIEE 11g and BI Apps OPN bootcamps will take place in May, in Reading, UK. These are run by Oracle OPN, through our VAD Avnet, and are chargeable at £750 per student. These provide skills to pass the OPN Specialisation exams, and to implement projects for your clients.

For more information and to register:

Plus - Oracle Exalytics Hands-on Workshop - June 18-20, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK

This 3-day training is only available to EMEA OPN member partners, and is free of charge. To find out more about the Exalytics training, and to Register for this, click here.

Plus - Oracle ENDECA 3.1 Hands-on Workshop - June 24-26, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK

This 3-day training is only available to EMEA OPN member partners, and is free of charge. To find out more about the ENDECA training, and to Register for this, click here.

Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

Simply, Optimize and Innovate with Oracle Business Analytics

Our customers tell us they want to do three things. They want to use data and analytics to optimize their business to be more effective, simplify their business to be more efficient, and nurture innovation.

Find out how to do this from these short ( ~ 3 minutes each ) presentations:

Simplify your Business, (Video)

Optimize your Business, (Video)

and Nurture Innovation, (Video)

with Oracle Business Analytics.

Oracle is #1 in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites

Leading on both Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute axes, Oracle Hyperion is again #1 in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites.

Cited strengths included:

  • “During 2013, Oracle's suite received a number of significant additions, including embedded OBIEE and mobile delivery capabilities in Hyperion Planning, improved visual rule capability in HFM, support for Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, a new module for tax provisioning and new account reconciliation functions.
  • Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service {PBCS now available} will provide a viable hybrid cloud and on-premises planning option intended for use with Hyperion Planning or stand-alone. Oracle announced a collaborative reporting cloud service to be available in late 2014. Oracle's on-premises solution can be hosted on Oracle Managed Cloud Services.”

Download copy of Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites report

Real-Time Decision (RTD) Management Solutions

There is increasing value for organizations who can respond with situational awareness in real time with event-based Decision Management Systems, especially for:
  1. Real-time marketing – to give personalised offers most likely to increase revenue
  2. Proactive customer support – to deliver that superior customer experience
  3. Fraud detection – to stop and counter risk and loss
  4. Internet of Things – responding effectively to Sensor feeds

Find out more how Oracle Partners can help their Clients with RTD, eCommerce & Insight:

Monday Mar 31, 2014

Live Virtual Class for Implementation of OBI Applications 11g using ODI

If you have a near-term project for your clients to implement OBI Applications version 11g using ODI (the current version), then this 3-day Live Virtual Class should help to fill any skills gaps. It is scheduled to run from the 09-Apr-2014, 28-May-2014, and 18-Jun-2014 in English from 3:00 PM.

This course will train partners in skills to implement the OBI Applications version 11g using ODI, delivered by Oracle University; providing step-by-step procedures for installing, configuring, managing, and customizing Oracle Business Intelligence Applications and Oracle Business Intelligence Warehouse with Oracle Data Integrator and perform post-installation set up. Students will need to pay for this course, but OPN member partners can claim their normal OU discount.

For more information see the Course Description, View the Schedule, and Register at this Link.

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus March 2014

Customers

  • AT&T, Red Robin, and Accenture share insights on how Modern Finance can become a true business partner and value creator using digital technologies (link to Video)
  • Elizabeth Arden Generates Financial, Sales, and Marketing Reports up to 10x Faster by Using Software and Hardware That Are Engineered Together  (link
  • Avea Telecommunication Services Accelerates Reporting to Improve Campaign Analysis and New Service Delivery  (link)
  • McKesson Improves Workforce Analysis of 1.4 Million Employees Across 500 National Health Service Organizations (link)
  • Network Appliance Improves Reporting with Oracle Hyperion DRM and OBIEE (link) video 
  • An Post Saves up to US$3 million and Improves Customer Service Through Business Intelligence (link)
  • Barco Consolidates More Financial Data in Less Time   (link

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Find help with using Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, guides, videos, and tutorials (link)
  • Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service videos and tutorials at Oracle Learning Library (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud White Paper (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud Infographic (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud Video (link)
  • CFO.COM Webcast: Cloud-Based Forecasting (link) Replay
  • HPCM & Shared Services Costing: A Day in the Life Webinar Replay (Link) by Edgewater Ranzal
  • Blog: Using Technology to Ease the Pressure Cooker Environment of the Modern CFO (link)
  • Blog & Podcast: Are 90% of Companies Still Failing to Execute on Strategy? (link)
  • Blog & Podcast: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service -- What's All the Buzz About? (link)
  • Technical Blog: Hyperion Product Support in Virtual Environments (link)
  • Oracle Disclosure Management Financial Reporting Data Source Tagging Statement of Direction  [Support Doc ID 1609059.1]
  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service [Support Doc ID 1632463.1]
  • Hyperion Product Name Changes for Hyperion Profitability, Hyperion Financial Close Analytics Dashboard, Hyperion Business Performance Management, and Hyperion FDM Essbase Adaptor [Support Doc ID 1636212.1]
  • Hyperion Financial Close Management Performance Tuning Guide, February 2014 Edition [Support Doc ID 1575381.1]
  • EPM Documentation Portal, links to Cumulative Feature Overview Tool, Defects Fixed Finder, videos, social media sites and more  (link)

Business Intelligence

  • Blog: BI Mobile: What's the Deal with Android? (link)
  • Upcoming UK Oracle Business Analytics Events (link)
  • Download Presentations from the Oracle Business Analytics Summit in London February 2014
  • Free to Customers, Partner workshop offer from Zanett - Best practices for implementing, upgrading and utilizing BI and Analytics technology, identify how to enhance productivity, optimize the cost and improve the return on investment (link)
  • Top Down Consulting Partner Video: Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management Data Governance – What Is It, and Why Is It Important? (link)
  • Oracle University Blog: What Does it Take to be a Great Data Scientist? (link)
  • Oracle University Blog: Some OBI EE Tricks and Tips in the Admin Tool (link)
  • Oracle University Training-On-Demand - Oracle BI Publisher 11g R1: 3-day Fundamentals Course (link)
  • OBIEE 11g 11.1.1.7.140225 Bundle Patch is Available for OBIEE and Exalytics [Support Doc ID 1626928.1]
  • BIAPPS 11.1.1.7.1 ODI CUMULATIVE PATCH 1 [Support Patch 17546336]
  • Oracle Business Analytics Support News Current Edition - Volume 11 : March 2014 [Support Doc ID 1347131.1]
  • Technical Blog: Proactive Support - Business Analytics Monthly Index - February 2014 (link)
  • Oracle BI Discoverer Statement of Direction - March 2014 Support Doc ID 1634827.1

Selected Oracle & BI & EPM Partner Blogs


Big Data Analytics and EPM Top Trends for 2014

Which information management priorities are at the top of the corporate IT agenda? What are the most compelling developments in big data, analytics, EPM, mobile computing, data warehousing, and cloud computing that motivate IT leaders to undertake new technology initiatives?

Oracle surveyed hundreds of IT decision makers to learn about their big data and analytics plans for 2014—both within the Oracle customer base and the industry at large. Respondents provided specific feedback on mobile BI, cloud, Hadoop, data discovery, predictive analytics, and decision optimization technologies and practices. From this extensive data set we compiled the following trends:

  • Trend 1: Business Users Get Hooked on Mobile Analytics
  • Trend 2: Analytics Take to the Cloud
  • Trend 3: Hadoop-Based Data Reservoirs Unite with Data Warehouses
  • Trend 4: New Skills Bolster Big Data Investments
  • Trend 5: Big Data Discovery is the Secret to Workforce Success for HCM
  • Trend 6: Predictive Analytics Lend Fresh Insight into Big Data Strategies
  • Trend 7: Predictive Analytics Bring New Insight to Old Business Processes
  • Trend 8: Decision Optimization Technologies Enhance Human Intuition
  • Trend 9: Business Leaders Embrace Packaged Analytics
  • Trend 10: New Skills Launch New Horizons of Analysis

Download the full Big Data and Analytic Report to learn about the trends, problems, and breakthroughs in big data and analytics in more detail, and also for a bit of advice to get the most from your investments.

Similarly download the Enterprise Performance Management Top Trends for 2014 Report for more detail on:

  • Trend 1: EPM Cloud Strategies Gain Altitude
  • Trend 2: Don’t Leave Mobile Behind
  • Trend 3: Big Data is the New Signal for Finance
  • Trend 4: Detailed Costing Practices Here to Stay
  • Trend 5: Squeeze Financial Close Cycles Even Tighter, with an Eye to the Virtual Close
  • Trend 6: Financial Disclosure Complexity Continues to Rise
  • Trend 7: Enterprise Data Governance Booms in 2014
  • Trend 8: Sustainability Reporting Becomes the Norm

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Qubix are World’s first Certified Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS) Specialist

Qubix International announced that they are the world’s first Oracle Partner to achieve OPN-Specialization for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS).

Qubix, an Oracle Platinum Partner, are making this new Cloud product available in a packaged offering that includes Software-as-a-Service, implementation services, training and support, all for one low monthly fee.

“We’re excited to be the first to offer customers this service that combines the power of Oracle’s enterprise planning in the Cloud solution with all the services customers need included for one low monthly fee,” said Paul Johnston, General Manager of Qubix. “Yes, there are other cloud offerings, but these typically don't include the implementation services, the training, ongoing support and consulting customers need, so we’ve re-imagined how service should be delivered in the Cloud world and simplified everything.” he went on to add that the new Qubix service includes:

A subscription to the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services

A choice of Express, Professional or Enterprise implementation packages

Training to maximize user engagement and productivity

On-going Support and managed services

Qubix packaged subscriptions start at £12 per user per day for an entry-level budgeting, planning and forecasting solution, increasing to £29 per user per day for an enterprise-grade solution.

Using this cloud based service; companies can reduce costs and complexity while accelerating the speed of delivery without compromising any features or capabilities.

Neil Sellers, Director of Qubix, added, “We want to make planning, budgeting and forecasting simple and affordable for all businesses, no matter what their size or complexity.”

By tapping into the benefits of the Cloud, businesses no longer need to purchase and set up hardware and software, which greatly accelerates the deployment time and significantly reduces costs. Qubix estimates that the total cost of ownership savings for a typical customer will be between 30% - 40% over a three year period.

The new service means businesses can take advantage of all the benefits of Cloud SaaS, providing an enterprise-wide, multidimensional planning, reporting and analysis solution, without compromise. This has been proven, in some instances, to reduce planning and budgeting cycle times by up to 90%, thus promoting faster & better business decisions.

For more details, including pricing please visit: http://www.qubix.com/qubix-enterprise-cloud-planning

For Oracle partners also wishing to take advantage of this new Cloud service see New Guided Learning Paths for Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Specialists, and an introductory webinar at Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting.

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