Friday Feb 20, 2015

Oracle Big Data Discovery Now Available - The Visual Face of Hadoop


There has been a lot of excitement about Oracle Big Data Discovery, and it is now generally available to customers and partners and can be sold and installed now.

This is a stunningly visual, intuitive tool that enables you to leverage the power of Hadoop and turn raw data into business insight in minutes — without learning complex products or relying only on specialists.

From a partner perspective it is perfect for proof of concept work with your clients to reveal the value they can find in their large information reservoirs combining a variety of data and text sources; potentially leading to much more and deeper analysis as part of an overall big data information architecture.

To find out more see these videos:

Check out the Capabilities of Big Data Discovery to

  1. Easily find relevant data by browsing a rich, interactive catalog of all data in hadoop using familiar keyword search and guided navigation.
  2. Explore data to understand its’ potential by visualizing the shape and quality of unfamiliar data and combining attributes to uncover interesting relationships.
  3. Transform and enrich to make data better with intuitive, user-driven data wrangling.
  4. See rich, interactive visualizations that reveal new patterns by blending diverse data sets for deeper perspectives.

More Resources:

Friday Feb 13, 2015

How Big Data in Business Will Evolve in 2015

Where should you focus your attention in 2015? According to Oracle’s data experts, there are seven key areas that offer a wealth of opportunity this year. These are the strategies, capabilities, and approaches that will put the benefits of big data more in reach for enterprises that are prepared to take the advantage.

1. Corporate boardrooms will talk about data capital, not big data.

2. Big data management will grow up.

3. Companies will demand an SQL for all seasons.

4. Just-in-time transformation will transform extract, transform, and load (ETL).

5. Self-service discovery and visualization tools will come to big data.

6. Security and governance will increase big data innovation.

7. Production workloads will blend cloud and on-premise capabilities.

For a look at Proven Business Value from Big Data Case Studies and how companies are using big data to improve operations and enhance customer experience, check out these stories.

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Extracting Useful Information From Human Language Text

Digital Reasoning announced that its cognitive computing platform, Synthesys, has achieved Oracle Big Data Appliance Optimized status through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Digital Reasoning was also a sponsor of the Business Analytics Summit in London (11 Feb 2015). Read the Press Release here.

In the field of big data and natural language, extracting useful information from any piece of human language is a challenging problem. Sentences must be parsed, entities identified, and relationships must be modeled. Digital Reasoning Synthesys semantic analysis software on Oracle Big Data Appliance can extract and resolve billions of entities, facts and relationships from millions of pieces of human language text. This enriched semantic analysis can then be visualised and further analysed and combined with enterprise and other data sources with Oracle tools such as Big Data Discovery and Endeca Discovery.

“With the X5 generation of Oracle’s Big Data Appliance, we now believe Oracle and Digital Reasoning deliver the most cost-effective cognitive computing platform on the market for customers who demand that sensitive electronic communications data gets analyzed....”

Synthesys on the Oracle Big Data Appliance

Take Mathematics to the Data with SAS High Performance Analytics on Oracle

Many Oracle partners have “Data Science” practices using SAS, who are one of our key ISV Partners in the statistical analytics space. Thousands of customers across every industry and public sector entrust their SAS deployments to Oracle databases, middleware, and systems infrastructure: and you and your clients can combine the power of SAS and Oracle as efficiently as possible by taking the mathematics to the data with SAS High Performance Analytics on Oracle Big Data Appliance and Exadata.


For example, see this 4 minute video discussion with Paul Kent, SAS VP - SAS Big Data Analytics on Oracle Engineered Systems.

Also download these papers and presentations:

Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle EPM system New Version 11.1.2.4

A great service opportunity to partners offering upgrades and modernisation to their Hyperion clients, Oracle has just announced the new Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release v 11.1.2.4. This new release incorporates key updates to the entire portfolio of EPM applications that enable organizations to engineer predictable performance, connect the enterprise, and further improve decision-making. See the press release here.

Oracle EPM System Release 11.1.2.4 includes a major update to Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) that delivers significant performance improvements as well as simplicity of administration with an all-unix-based deployment capability. HFM is now also available on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. With this addition, the entire Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite and Oracle Hyperion Planning is available on Oracle Exalytics (along with OBI Foundation, Endeca and In-Memory DB), offering simplified deployment, reduced total cost of ownership, and improved performance.

“With Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2.4 we saw dramatic improvements in financial consolidation times. Executing a consolidation on our main organizational structure went from three hours to 15 minutes,” said Diane Ferry, administrator at Emerson for Oracle Hyperion Financial Management. “As we have many alternate organizational structures, the savings in consolidation times will allow us to have the application ready for our users more quickly. It will also allow our users to more quickly analyze their results.”

For more information:

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

BI&EPM in Focus February 2015

  • The Next Frontier for Enterprise Architecture and Challenges in integrating On-premises Systems with Public Cloud SaaS (click here)

  • Are you gambling with your business data in the public cloud? Securing cloud data is not a game (2-minute video)

Customers

  • February 10, Valdosta State University Webcast: The Case for Analytics in the Cloud (click here

  • Airbus on Using Oracle Big Data Appliance to Analyze Aircraft Sensor Data (click here

  • What Customers Are Saying About Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud (click here)

  • Ameren have gained huge efficiencies using Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) and Oracle Data Relationship Governance (DRG) to consolidate chart of accounts and can manage one set of master data within one tool. (video, click here)

  • Avago Technologies Automates Reporting and Generates Business Intelligence Dashboards up to 10x Faster with Exalytics (click here

  • CTDI automates Accurate Daily Forecasting Across 70 Global Facilities with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (here)

  • Goldwind Science and Technology reduced group financial-consolidation cycle time by using Oracle Hyperion Financial Management to automate data aggregation from all subsidiaries (Click here)

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Mar 18 - Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Training Workshop : 1-day UK – Register Here

  • 250 new Oracle EPM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud customers were added during the last fiscal quarter (press release, click here)

  • Feb 11, Perficient Webcast: Digital Transformation in 2015: Laying the Groundwork for Success. (click here to register)

  • Feb 12, Webcast: The Silver Lining for Forecasting in the Cloud (click here)

  • Feb 19, Webcast: Oracle DRM Makes Managing Salesforce Master Data Easy (click here)

  • Feb 24, Webcast: Become a Profit-Focused Retail Enterprise (click here)

  • Feb 25, Oracle Round Table: Finance Talent in the Digital Age, Antwerpen Belgium (click here)

  • Feb 26, Webcast: Predictability Through Planning Agility (click here)

  • Feb 26, Webcast: The Evolving Role of the CFO. (click here)

  • 26 February - Rx for Healthcare Organisations:  Cloud-Based Planning & Budgeting - Edgewater Ranzal Webinar - Register here: 4.00 GMT

  • CheckPoint discusses using FDMEE to integrate Planning and HFM with ERP Source Systems (Video

  • Did you miss something ? Catch up on the top ten moments in 2014 – Blog Oracle EPM in 2014

Big Data and Business Intelligence

  • Oracle Big Data Discovery - visual analytic face on Hadoop (2-minute video)

  • 14th April in Italy : Big Data and Analytics 1 Day Training Workshop

  • 29th and 30th April : Big Data and Analytics Partner – EMEA Forum – in Madrid, Spain

  • 12 March - Unlocking New Insights with Information Discovery by Combining Structured & Unstructured Information to Create New Perspectives - Edgewater Ranzal Webinar - Register here: 5.00 GMT

  • Mar 17, Governed Data Discovery (Endeca) Hands-On Workshop – London (Click)

  • Infographic of the challenges and promise of HR analytics (OTBI Enterprise for HCM Cloud Service) - View infographic

  • Eight Ways Big Data and Analytics Can Make You a Better Marketer (2-minute video click here)

  • Oracle Partner, Dynasoft, has released software “Dynaflux” that converts reports written in legacy, competitive products to OBIEE (e.g. WEBI to OBIEE / BI Publisher , Crystal reports to OBIEE, Actuate to Cognos, BRIO to OBIEE, BRIO / IR to BI Publisher, Actuate to OBIEE, Discoverer to OBIEE) - Read more

Friday Jan 02, 2015

BI&EPM in Focus January 2015

Customers

  • Big Data for Retail webcast with customers Dunnhumby and DunkinBrands ( click here
  • Terma Meets Challenges of Changing Aerospace-and-Defense Sector Trends with Accurate, Aligned Business Intelligence ( click here)
  • Acorn Paper Products Empowers Sales Team with Immediate Customer Intelligence—Optimizes Productivity with Cloud-based Solution ( click here)
  • Flexera Software Halves Financial Close Cycle, Supports New Business Models, and Improves Forecasting and Reporting Accuracy ( click here
  • LexisNexis Reduces Customer Churn from 20% to 7% in Just Three Months with Timely, Accurate Data ( click here)
  • Norfolk Southern Streamlines Business with Oracle BI ( click here
  • Virgin Media Saves Money—Improves Customer Loyalty, and Boosts Net-Promoter Scores ( click here
  • B&B Hotels Ensures Accurate Reports and Financial Statements While Supporting Its International Growth (click here)
  • Vlaamse Overheid Cuts Duplicate Data Entry by 20%, Completes Financial Reports in Weeks Instead of Months ( click here)
  • NDEVR discusses the Benefits of Environmental Accounting and Reporting at Thiess during Oracle OpenWorld 2014 (click here)
  • OVUM talks about making the business case for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management  (click here)
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service talks about Oracle BI Apps for Supply Chain Analytics and Process Improvement (click here
  • ENEL: One Global Report for Financial and Sustainability Purposes (English click here – Italian click here)
  • IL & FS Transportation Networks Ltd. realize faster access to centralized data, across 50 companies, from anywhere using Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management  (click here)
  • Riverbed Improves Manufacturing with Data Discovery from EID (Video click here)
  • Holland America Utilizes Oracle RTD to Operationalize Big Data (Video click here
  • Accenture & Oracle Help CaixaBank Succeed with Big Data (Video click here
  • WSSC Gains Extreme Results with Oracle Engineered Systems (Video click here)
  • B/E Aerospace Wins Business Analytics Innovation Award

Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

Proven Business Value from Big Data Case Studies

The single most frequent question I am asked about Big Data, is “Where is the Business Value?” : and of course there is no single answer.

So, to help address this question, below I highlight a few Big Data Case Studies that have caught my eye, which hopefully give you some ammunition for lighting up some ideas and innovation with your clients by showing by example that there is much value to be had in many applications of Big Data and Analytics techniques across many industries.

Retailers Turn Big Data into Big Advantage

We are seeing many successes with Big Data for the CPG and Retail Industries.

For example, you can replay this webcast (recorded in November 2014) featuring two customer presenters, from dunnhumby and DunkinBrands (click here), discussing their programmes.  Also see these links to dunnhumby Delivers for Its Clients with Big Data (3 minute video), and Procter & Gamble Gains Insights for Quicker, Smarter Business Decisions (article).

By way of a summary overview, click here for an infographic on Big Data for Retail.

Also, Deloitte has designed a complete solution to address Big Data challenges focusing on the CPG and Retail Industries. This solution can be previewed at a Deloitte Centre of Excellence, having been built on a full stack of Oracle Big Data and Analytics products including, Oracle R, Endeca, OBIEE, Mobile BI App, Exalytics, Exadata and the Big Data Appliance.  For more information on this see the videos and webcasts below:

Tuesday Dec 23, 2014

Big Data Analytics Sales and Solution Architecture 1-Day Workshop

February 17, 2015 – at the Oracle London Office, UK - Register for Event

OPN member partners from all EMEA countries are welcome to attend free of charge.

At this Big Data and Analytics Sales and Solution Architecture for Partners Workshop, partners can discover Oracle Big Data and Analytics from an initial client engagement perspective.

Walk away ready to talk confidently about Oracle Big Data, Real Time Decisioning, In-memory Analytics, OBI Foundation, Endeca and Private and Public Cloud solutions to your clients.

What we will cover

The agenda is aimed to deliver project-winning messages and high level demonstrations to everyone in the audience; recommending a process to engage with a client, to show business value and carry the client through a journey from discovering possibilities to completing a comprehensive information management and analytics architecture.

  • Winning new Big Data and Analytics projects with Oracle in 2015
  • Understand the Rise of the Data-Scientist and what has made Maths Cool
  • Solution Visualisation and prototyping techniques for Business Users and Data Scientists
  • Oracle on Oracle – Scale-able Servers for BI, In-Memory Analytics and Big Data
  • Oracle Big-Data and Analytics in the Cloud Services (PaaS)
  • A Transformational Architecture - Game changers for Big-Data Analytics and: the Opportunity for Oracle Partners
  • A Partners’ Get-Started-Kit for Oracle Big Data and Analytics and help for oracle partners to work with oracle sales.
  • Customer Value achieved in Case Studies of Big Data and Analytics Solutions

See what is new in the latest version of Oracle Analytics products and Big Data products and see how this translates into a cohesive solution architecture to support your projects and business transformation programmes. Understand how Analytics is positioned for the market opportunities from Big Data and greater business user demand for Self-service Visualisation and prototyping, as well as going deeper to support information discovery by Data Scientists. 

We will also introduce you to our “Hands-on Self-service Analytics Test Drives”. You as a partner, can then re-use our kits to run your own customer-facing Test Drive events to get their interest and build your sales pipeline – you do not need to be “technical” for this. 

Target Audience

Client executives, sales and solution architects from Oracle Partners will benefit from this event. Existing partners selling applications or technology or hardware will all benefit by being able to cross-sell Analytics and Big Data solutions to existing and new clients.

Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

Real-Time Decisions on Big Data

By continuously learning in real time, an adaptive solution can predict and optimize the outcome of each transaction, thereby improving the customer experience and maximising revenues. With increasing amounts and speeds of data acquisition, the solution needed for this must make many decisions automatically and very quickly (for example in less than a Tenth of a second for an effective eCommerce application) based on large amounts of data.

Many of our recent Big Data customer projects are driven by this need for high value real time decisions. As a Partners you can offer excellent ROI to you clients by deploying Oracle RTD (Real Time Decisions) to combine both rules and predictive analytics; instilling real-time intelligence into business processes or customer interactions as they happens.

Oracle Real-Time Decisions allows business users to adjust rules and predictive based decisions to optimize competing business goals, such as increasing revenue while decreasing servicing costs. Technically, RTD is based on an Open Service-Oriented J2EE Architecture - built on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) using industry-standard J2EE application servers (such as Oracle Application Server, BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere), and can be readily incorporated into many existing or new applications.

The Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application is a library of pre-configured components representing best practices for Decision Management implementations using Oracle Real-Time Decisions. The library contains two types of component: pre-configured Decision Services that can be used to implement specific decision patterns and Application Components that can be used by business users to support their decision management needs. The pre-configured Decision Services provide best practice patterns for E-Commerce and Customer Service interactions optimization, and contain hundreds of pre-built elements such as performance goals, data attributes, predictive models and reports. The pre-configured Application Components address the needs of business users in terms of content authoring, access and version control, search, collaboration and workflow integration.

These Application Components are then assembled together into a pre-configured Decision Management application for Marketing Optimization, a turn-key deployable solution for real-time inbound marketing optimization and collaborative decision management, now available as a component of the Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application.

For example, in the context of E-Commerce, the Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application provides a generalized Inline Service for the purpose of optimizing E-Commerce interactions for Oracle or non-Oracle E-Commerce systems, while Oracle Real-Time Decisions for Siebel E-Commerce is a pre-packaged version of the above mentioned Inline Service that has been tailored for the Siebel E-Commerce Application. Similarly, the Siebel Intelligent Offer Generation product (IOG) extends Siebel Marketing and Siebel Contact Center with RTD capabilities for Contact Call Centres.

For more information see RTD on OTN, and at Oracle.com.

Monday Dec 01, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus December 2014

Customers

  • CTDI talks about providing daily financial and operational forecasting with PBCS: video
  • Video: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud at Manhattan Beachwear (click here)
  • Snapshot: Nigeria’s Edo State Accelerates Core Business Processes by 60% and Reporting by 90% (click here)
  • Snapshot: Samarco Mineração Accelerates Corporate Budgeting Projects with New Efficiencies That Improve Financial Projections (click here)
  • Article: Regulatory Compliance: Hologic First To Meet New Affordable Care Act Requirement (click here)
  • Video: IL&FS Goes Live on Oracle Hyperion (click here)
  • Video: Daelim Achieves Performance Improvements with Exalytics (click here)
  • Snapshot: Flexera Software Halves Financial Close Cycle, Supports New Business Models, and Improves Forecasting and Reporting Accuracy (click here)
  • B/E Aerospace talks about winning the Oracle Innovation Award for Enterprise Performance Management. Click here to watch the video.
  • IDEX on Using FDMEE with JD Edwards to Attain Significant Process Improvement. Click here to watch the video.
  • TransRe talks about Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision at Oracle OpenWorld 2014.  Click here to watch the video
  • Fiat Chrysler on the Benefits of Oracle Exalytics. Click here to watch the video
  • Fiat Chrysler on Using Oracle EPM to Assist with Company Integration. Click here to watch the video
  • Cisco Systems on Integrated Oracle Hyperion Planning and Forecasting. Click here to watch the video

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Partner Edgewater Ranzal's Webinar Series on BI and EPM
  • Bringing Tax and Finance Together: Best Practices in Operational Transfer Pricing: to watch the Webcast Replay click here
  • Forbes OracleVoice Article  - Modern Finance In The Cloud: Less Integration, More Innovation (click here)
  • Webcast on Modern Finance in the Digital Age, a research report commissioned by Oracle in collaboration with Financial Executives Research Foundation
  • Update on the new PBCS v.601 Simplified Interface:
    • Introducing the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Demo Application (click here)
    • Enter and Work with Data in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (Simplified Interface) (click here)
    • Creating Dashboards in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (Simplified Interface) (click here)
    • Using Task Lists in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (Simplified Interface) (click here)
    • Creating an Application in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (Simplified Interface) (click here)
    • Using Administration Console in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (Simplified Interface) (click here)
    • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud video playlist on YouTube (click here)

Big Data and Business Intelligence

  • Whitepaper: Agile Analytics in the Cloud with BICS - Download now
  • Check out this BICS infographic to find out what makes Oracle BI Could Service unique
  • Oracle and Intel deliver elastic computing with Oracle Exalytics: Watch the Video
  • The Six Laws of Customer Experience: video
  • Forrester: Customer Insights And Big Data Analytics Will Sprawl in 2015
  • Business Analytics Learning Stream on demand (38 lessons) including:
    • Oracle Business Analytics Strategy and Roadmap: Sep2014, Duration : 00:45:15
    • Oracle BI Cloud Service Overview and Roadmap, Duration : 00:45:48
    • Advanced Metadata Modeling for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Duration : 00:45:21
    • Oracle Business Intelligence with Oracle Essbase, Duration : 00:47:15
    • Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine: The Fast Path to In-Memory Analytics, Duration : 00:52:26
    • Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine: Performance Benchmarks and Best Practices, Duration : 00:36:34
    • Self-Service Analytics with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, Duration : 00:47:33
    • Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile: Innovative Analytics, Duration : 00:47:09
    • What's Next for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications? A Sneak Peek at the Roadmap, Duration : 00:47:41
    • Using the Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile App Designer, Duration : 01:00:00
    • The Oracle BIEE Lifecycle: Oracle BI Architecture, Duration : 00:10:57
    • The Oracle BIEE Lifecycle: Installation, Duration : 00:20:45
  • Addressing Advanced Analytic Pain Points - Follow this new series from the Oracle R Technologies blog:

Friday Nov 28, 2014

BI Cloud Service Partner Specialisation (BICS) Now Available

Partners can now complete the training and specialisation exams to be certified as OPN BI Cloud Service Specialist.  This means as a consultant, you can be recognised as a BI Cloud Service Specialist, contributing to your partner company's OBI Foundation Specialisation (of which BICS is now a component).

For those who are already OBI11g specialised, you need only have two of your team take the BI Cloud Service Specialist online exam to complete the set: while those who are not, will need to take the complete BICS-updated OBI11g specialisation.

See the prior posting for other information at Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Available.

Partners Earn Referral Fees for Oracle Cloud Service (PBCS or BICS) Transactions

Similar to license transactions, partners are paid on qualified referral fees for Oracle Cloud Service transactions such as for PBCS or BICS.

In the OMM Global Policies you will find the rules and percentages for partner Referral fees for Oracle Cloud Service transactions applied to the Annual Renewable Revenue.

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

OBIEE Security with Oracle Access Management Webinar: Jan 2015

January 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM CET to 5:00 PM CET - Register Here!

With in-depth technical detail and demos, this live session will help you learn about integrating OBI EE with Oracle Access Manager (OAM).  This integration allows a user to login once and access the various BI components without getting challenged again, allowing the BI dashboards to participate in Single Sign on with other OAM-protected applications. This session will explore the process & steps required to integrate OBI 11.1.1.7 with OAM 11gR2 PS2 (11.1.2.2).  A presentation will explain the technical details along with the demo.

Oracle Identity Management and Access Manager enables organizations to effectively manage the end-to-end life-cycle of user identities across all enterprise resources, both within and beyond the firewall and into the cloud. The Oracle Identity Management platform delivers scalable solutions for identity governance, access management and directory services.

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