Monday Feb 24, 2014

New Guided Learning Paths for Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Specialists

These Guided Learning Paths (GLPs) are offered through the OPN Competency Center to Oracle PartnerNetwork members to help you get specialized in Hyperion Planning:

Also see:

BI&EPM in Focus February 2014

  • Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues for 2014 - Forbes (link)

  • Eight Top Issues for CFOs in 2014 (link)

  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link)

  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)

Customers

  • YouTube Video: Dunnhumby Increases Customer Loyalty with Oracle Big Data Analytics (link)

  • Barco Consolidates More Financial Data in Less Time (link)

  • CHU de Rennes Improves Hospital Service and Treatment Valuation and Budget Tracking to Better Meet the National Health Agency’s Financial Goals (link

  • Financial Conduct Authority Improves UK’s Financial Market Monitoring with Near-Real-Time Market Intelligence (link) video

  • Tukaş Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret Monitors Value Creation Chain with Business Intelligence Platform, Shortens Sales Reporting by 20 Calendar Days Each Month  (link)

  • An Post Saves up to US$3 million and Improves Customer Service Through Business Intelligence (link)

  • Boiron Italia Improves Logistics, Sales, Project Management, and Control Processes (link)

  • Polícia Civil do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Accelerates Data Sharing across the State and Improves Police Operations, Criminal Intelligence, and Investigations with Upgraded IT Infrastructure (link)

 Enterprise Performance Management

  • Five Minutes on Modern Finance: New Thinking on Ways to Create Value and Measure Finance Effectiveness (link)

  • Whitepaper Top Enterprise Performance Management Trends in 2014 (link)

  • Strategic P&L Statements and Opportunities for Improvement in Retail (link)

  • New Infographic: Explore Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link)

  • March 6, Webinar: Oracle DRM + Salesforce = LIKE (link)

  • Webcasts to learn the most effective strategies to help you win Cloud EPM customers (March 05 link, March 12 link, March 19 link)

  • March 19, Understanding Costs and Revenues in Higher Education (link) Webinar

  • March 26, Exalytics: Adding Value to the Harvard University Budget System (link) Webinar

  • Blog and Podcast: Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link)

  • Blog and Podcast: Scorecards in the Wild West (link)

  • Blog and Podcast: Why are my numbers different from yours? (link)

  • Blog and Podcast: The Deeper Realities of Implementing Shared Service Costing with Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (link)

  • Hyperion BI+ Financial Reporting 11.1.2.1.134 Patchset [PSE 17980570]

  • Partner Blog: Four Ways to Bridge the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Gap between IT and Finance (link)

  • Partner Blog: How to Apply Lean Practices to the Planning Process (link)

  • Partner Blog: HPCM: A Hidden Gem in the Oracle EPM (Hyperion) Product Suite (link)

  • Support Blog; MOS Communities – Business Analytics (EPM/BI) Subspaces (link)

  • Support Blog; EPM Patch Set Updates - January 2014 (link)

Business Intelligence

  • Top 10 Big Data and Analytics Trends in 2014 (link)

  • Big Data Gives Us More to Argue About (link)

  • Blog: Modernizing Business Intelligence (link)

  • Blog: Where Next for Big Data? A look at the ways in which big data analysis might shape the future (link)

  • Blog: Create Analytical Mobile Apps in Minutes With no Coding (link)

  • Free Trial for your customers: Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile App Designer (link

  • SmartView with OBI EE - Six "how to" YouTube Videos (link)

  • Whitepaper: Data Discovery and the Transformation of Business Analytics (link)

  • Dave Watson, VP Product Strategy Oracle Health Sciences, discusses the impact of big data and analytics in healthcare (link)

  • BIC2g 2013-12 Demo Image Available Now for Download - See Deployment guide for details in Workspace (link) - for access details, for OPN member partners only, see @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

  • YouTube Video: Manufacturing Analytics: A Day in the Life of Mike (link)

  • YouTube Video: Supply Chain and Order Management Analytics: A Day in the Life of Sam (link)

  • YouTube Video: Customer Service Analytics: A Day in the Life of James (link)

  • YouTube Video: An introduction to Oracle BI Applications (link)

  • YouTube Video: Putting End-to-End Analytics into Everyday Use (link)

  • Partner Blog: The Benefits of Using Oracle Fusion Middleware MapViewer versus Google Maps Analysis in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g (link)

  • Partner Blog: Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) BI Analysis & Reporting versus BI Published Reporting (link)

  • Support Blog: Oracle BI Mobile HD 11.1.1.7.0.2365 Now Available (link)

  • Support Blog: How To Videos: using Smart View to access data in OBIEE (link)

  • Support Blog: Tutorial: Integrating OBIEE with Hyperion Smart View for Office (link)

  • Support Blog: Remote Diagnostic Agent 8.02 is now available (link)

  • Support Blog: Business Analytics Monthly Index (link)

  • Support Blog; Tutorial: Integrating Essbase with OBIEE (link)

  • Advisor Webcast: OBIEE Embedding OBIEE Content in Web-Center Portal (19 Mar 2014) - [Doc ID 1613815.1]

  • Advisor Webcast Replay: OBIEE 11g Diagnostics Tools and How to Use Them [Doc ID 1599274.1]

  • OBIEE 11g 11.1.1.7.140114 Bundle Patch is Available for OBIEE and Exalytics [Doc ID 1614076.1]

  • Whitepaper: Oracle BI Applications: Upgrading to Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2 [Doc ID 1610752.1]

  • Whitepaper: OBIEE 11g: Load Testing OBIEE Using Oracle Load Testing (OLT) 12.x  [Doc ID 1611188.1]

  • Port Numbers Used in an OBIEE 11g Installation and Configuration [Doc ID 1619572.1]

Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting

World-Class Planning with the Simplicity of the Cloud

Partners can now resell and implement the live, and generally available, first enterprise performance management (EPM Hyperion) solution offered in the cloud, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

As the most robust financial planning application in the cloud, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service opens up opportunities for organizations of all sizes to quickly adopt a world-class planning and budgeting solution with no CAPEX infrastructure investments, driving alignment beyond finance across the enterprise, with flexible deployment options and virtually no learning curve.

See the Press Release: Hyperion Planning and Budgeting on Oracle Cloud Service (link)

And for help to get started, see the Support Blog: Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service books, videos and tutorials (link), as well as the EPM Blog: Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link).

You can also REPLAY THE WEBCAST of the Partner Deep-Dive on Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. This 105 minutes webinar provides a technical and functional deep-dive into the live PBCS offering. Topics include:

  • Changing the game: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
    • Introduction and latest news
    • Guided live demo tour with focus on
    • How to create an application in minutes
    • Access the Cloud via familiar Excel Interface? Yes, please!
    • Application Life-Cycle Management
    • Data Management options
    • Rock-solid Security and reliability
  • Resources for Partners
  • Live Q&A

REPLAY or DOWNLOAD THE WEBCAST

Supporting Resources

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Business Analytics Architecture Masterclass for Partners

This one-day workshop is FREE of charge to OPN member Partners in EMEA.

March 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM, in the Oracle Office Dublin, Ireland

Transformational Change Services Opportunity for Partners

Business Intelligence & Analytics projects are consistently top priority for your clients, and are seen by many organisations as the key driver of transformational change. Business users challenge IT with issues on trust, access to critical data and understanding of information, while IT may struggle to align with business goals and truly engage with business users.

These issues must be solved before an organisation can begin to make BI more pervasive, self-service, and embedded into the business process.

Join our Masterclass for Partners on 20th March 2014, where you'll learn how Oracle's Information Management and Business Analytics reference architecture can address these issues in a timely, pragmatic and reliable way.

Due to the 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.

 For more information, and to Register, see here.

Monday Feb 03, 2014

Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN

The Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” is now available for download from OTN.  Now, customers and partners can have easy access to many of our big data software products - all configured in an integrated VirtualBox environment.

“BigDataLite” is an Oracle VM VirtualBox that contains many key components of Oracle's big data platform, including:

  • Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop
  • Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle Advanced Analytics and "R"
  • Oracle Data Integrator 12c, Oracle Big Data Connectors
  • Oracle NoSQL Database, and more....

It's been configured to run on at least two cores and about +5Gb memory (so this means that your computer should have at least 8Gb total memory). With BigDataLite, you can develop your big data applications and then deploy them to any compatible hardware including the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

To expand this demonstration platform to include OBI and Endeca, you then also download these VMs and inter-connect them. For this you will likely need +16Gb of RAM and at least 4 cores to get them all running. This is targeted at “BIG data analytics”, so giving this integrated platform set +32Gb of RAM and more cores will help you to show it in its’ best light.

Friday Jan 24, 2014

Exalytics In-Memory Machine Specialization for Partners

The Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 Certified Implementation Specialist certification is now available, designed for individuals who possess a strong foundation and expertise in implementing Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine solutions. This certification covers topics such as: Oracle Times Ten for Exalytics, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, Oracle Essbase, Oracle Linux, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Endeca Information Discovery.

Check the Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 Implementation Specialist Study Guide (PDF)

OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists. This certification qualifies as competency criteria for the Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 Specialisation.

Benefits:

  • Free vouchers for OPN members upon request and subject to approval.

  • OPN Specialist Certification offered after passing the exam.

Register Now at Pearson VUE for Exam Number: 1Z1-484

See also:

Thursday Jan 23, 2014

Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download

The current version 3.1 of Endeca Information Discovery can now be downloaded from OTN as a self-contained VM appliance providing a VM (virtual machine) image containing a full installation of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, including:

  • Endeca Server
  • Studio
  • Provisioning Service

The primary objective of this image is to demonstrate the Endeca Information Discovery self-service use case, allowing end users to immediately log in, upload an Excel file, and customize the resulting application within minutes.

While this image can also be used in conjunction with Endeca Information Discovery Integrator, note that Integrator does not come installed by default on the image. Connecting to this image via Integrator from an outside source (host machine or 3rd party machine) also requires some modifications to the image's default network configuration. See the "Loading Data via Integrator" section in this README doc for details.

PLEASE NOTE that this appliance is for testing purposes only. As such, it is unsupported, and should not be used in a production environment.

You can also “Test Drive” Endeca 3.1 on our hosted system @ http://slc02oku.oracle.com:7101/eid/web/home/index. Note that this is shared across different public users, and self-provisioning is disabled. Use Logon ID: publicuser@oracle.com / Admin123.

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus January 2014

Customers

  • CaixaBank deploys new big data infrastructure on Oracle
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making at Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (link)
  • YouTube Video: Sonal Kulkarni of Cummins Inc. talks about Oracle Account Reconciliation Manager (link
  • YouTube Video: Peter Smolianski of the DC Courts, talks about their use of Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management (link
  • Champion Building Materials Group Customizes Reports in 10 Minutes, Enables Mobile Analytics, and Increases Sales and Profitability (link)
  • Smurfit Kappa Group Improves Management Control with Centralized Financial Reporting (link)
  • Grasim Industries Cuts Statutory Reporting Time by 50% with Faster Financial Consolidation, Gains Deeper Insight into Business Performance  (link)
  • McGregor Fashion Group Shortens Period Closes by 30% and Gains 13-Week, Cash-Flow Forecasting (link)
  • Grupo Fármacos Especializados Consolidates Enterprise Data for Optimal Reporting, and Decision-Making (link)
  • Zagrebačka Banka gains competitive advantage using Exalytics (link) Video
  • IAC Scales for International Growth While Supporting More Than 150 Media and Internet Properties Using Oracle Financials, Hyperion and Essbase via Oracle Managed Cloud (link)
  • Link to Complete Archive

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Feb 6, Financial Close and Tax Provisioning – A Common DNA (link)
  • Video: CFO Insights: An Interview with Accenture's David Axson (link)
  • Empowering Modern Finance - Video Dec, 2013: 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)
  • Video White Paper:  What's the Key to Unlocking Your Company's Business Potential? (link)
  • EPM Documentation Portal, links to Cumulative Feature Overview Tool, Defects Fixed Finder, videos, social media sites and more (link)
  • Blog: December EPM "Patch Set Updates" released (updated) (link)

Business  Intelligence

  • Feb 11, Business Analytics Summit - London (link)
  • Blog: Year in Review – Oracle Business Analytics in 2013 (link)
  • Some OBI EE Tricks and Tips in the Admin Tool (link)
  • MS-Office (Excel, Power Point) uses SmartView with OBI EE - Six "how to" YouTube Video Tutorials (link)
    • This is a nice series of "How to" videos showing how to use Oracle Smart-View to access data in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBI EE) and display it in MS-Office (Excel, Power Point). Smart-View has been used for many years for this job in the Hyperion EPM world, and now we broaden and integrate this tool with OBI. These Examples are built using the Sample App v309.
  • Oracle's Big Data Project (link) - The “Bold Data Project”…is a web show that will explore the impact of big data. This includes to date, “Nanosatisfi, a satellite start-up...”, “Big Data Is the Electricity of the 21st Century”, “The US spends $3 trillion on healthcare every year....”, “...how data helped fuel the most dramatic victory in the history of the America's Cup”.
  • Video, Nov. 2013: Paul Sonderegger – Concise summary in 5 minutes on effectively using Big Data at Work (link)

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Demos

For Finance executives who are drowning in spreadsheets or strapped to legacy applications, a cloud-based performance management solution offers an easy on-ramp, lower IT resource requirements and accelerated time to value.

You can now see this set of Enterprise Planning Demos and Videos on cloud.oracle.com

On 30 January 2014, at 14:00 h GMT/ 15:00 h CET we will also be starting a series of webcasts on “Profitable Growth with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service – for this you can Register Now.

Otherwise, right now you can see the Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Partner Webcast Replay.

For more information see on Oracle.com @

Big Data Analytics is Big News

From our BI partner Forum last week in London focusing on Big Data Analytics, I think the messages coming through from the discussions with partners and clients can be distilled into a few points:

1. Find Value = Organisations are more successful in finding value from potential Big Data Analytics projects when they combine data from “Hadoopable” sources with their traditional Oracle databases: for example merging social sentiment information with existing customer loyalty and product revenue data. Hadoop projects in isolation are struggling to complete the business case.

2. Oracle+Hadoop = Open source Hadoop and “R”-analytics are very complimentary to the Oracle stack, and indeed are greatly strengthened by Oracle’s software distribution and connectivity options – notably with OBI, Endeca, ODI, SQL, and the Oracle Big-data-Connectors for Hadoop.

3. Interconnect = Any Oracle partner can get going with this by downloading the software onto a relatively modest server, where they can interconnect the complete platform, and quickly get to grips with it: see below.

a. You can directly access data from Hadoop to analyse, visualise, and assess its’ value, and join it to Oracle DB data within OBI and Endeca and R.

b. If and as needed, data in Hadoop can be economically selected, processed, and enriched with familiar tools like ODI, and then moved with the Connectors into an Oracle database at very high speed transfer rates, within your data governance model (e.g. see the Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials).

4. Start Smaller = Of course, an Oracle Big Data Appliance plus the Exalytics and Exadata engineered systems are the ultimate solution for this, but all of the software platform from Oracle runs very well with Hadoop on smaller commodity servers. The choice of scale depends on your client’s needs – this is not a constraint on getting value from the integrated software stack. Projects can start relatively “small”; with one commentator suggesting the median deployment is around 10 Tb, and only very few are in the Petabyte range).

5. Enterprise-grade = For the successful Enterprise-grade projects, the Oracle tooling that connects with Hadoop and R provide the security, speed and reliability needed to de-risk the project and surface the value. These familiar tools (OBI, ODI, SQL, Big-data-Connectors) also minimise the skills gap and cost otherwise needed for extensive Java and MapReduce programming.

6. Hadoop is not Big Data = The key to value is using the right set of tools for the job: this may or may not include Hadoop.

This is a recent customer story where the full architecture is being put to broad use:

CaixaBank deploys new big data infrastructure on Oracle - Enables the Spanish Bank to Develop Better Customer Services, Integrating Data Created Across All Its Channels.

Interconnect the complete platform

Partners can assemble a complete platform from these VMs. These pull together a large set of tools, and so I recommend you put this on a server with 32Gb RAM.  You can also get some hints @ Oracle BI Partners Get to Grips with Big Data Analytics

Find out more @ Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials

and White-paper @ Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture

Oracle BI Partners Get to Grips with Big Data Analytics

Quite a few Oracle BI Partners are investing in a better understanding of the complete set of tooling and rich architecture options that have been integrated by Oracle for Big Data Analytics. For example, you can get some great hints and tips from other partners’ experiences such as:

@ Rittman Mead - http://www.rittmanmead.com/category/big-data/

Monday Jan 20, 2014

Tutorials Introducing Big Data

Here are some direct links to access a good set of ~ 5 to 10 minute tutorials about “Big Data”, to introduce some of the software stack and to help you identify which is the right tool for a job:

Related Links:

Video Lecture Series Data Science Boot-Camp Tutorials

To introduce you to some topics in “Data Science”, below are some direct links to access a good set of ~ 30 minute Boot-Camp Tutorials by our Dan McClary, Ph.D., Oracle Principal Product Manager Big Data

Lessons: @ Video Lecture Series: Data Science Boot Camp

This lecture series utilizes data sets and example code: to access @ Data Science Bootcamp Data Sets and Example Code

You might also like to view the Oracle R Enterprise Tutorial Series.

Oracle R Enterprise Tutorial Series

Below are some direct links to access a good set of ~ 30 minute tutorials to introduce you to “R”, Oracle R Enterprise and R for Hadoop By Brian Pottle, Senior Principal. You can also see from this link How much faster is the Oracle R implementation compared to “Normal” R ?.

Lessons: @ Oracle R Enterprise Tutorial Series on Oracle Learning Library

You might also like to view the Video Lecture Series: Data Science Boot-Camp Tutorials.

Monday Jan 13, 2014

Finance Webcast Series for Spring 2014

Partners are invited to attend this live Finance Webcast Series focused on EPM solutions. This is a new Q3 integrated campaign to create awareness, educate existing customers and prospects, drive demand generation and build pipeline: so please invite your clients to attend these too.

The series will cover these topics to be introduced one per week:

CALENDAR

Event Date

Event Time

Event Name

More information

16 January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Oracle’s EPM innovation hub

More information

23  January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Finance in the Cloud, ‘where’ is the risk?

More information

30 January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Plan for Profitable Growth with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

More information

6 February

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Financial Close and Tax Provisioning – a common DNA

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