Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

Updated BI Applications v11 Test Drive Scripts

We have hosted the BI-Apps v11 Test Drive onto an Exalytics box, and have updated the Test Drive workshop manuals for the Finance, HR & Procurement Modules.

If the “Test Drive” idea is new to you, we have created for our specialised partners, the ability to run Test Drive Workshops for your customers. For example, a challenge you may be facing is how to easily show the business value of BI to a set of customers.  We find the key to achieve this is to show best in class business analytic examples specific to a business person's role and needs - e.g. "HR analytics" for HR professionals, "Spend Analytics" for procurement professionals, and so on.

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

Oracle hosts the demo system for this, and partners can book this facility and download the whole kit. We have different types of Test Drive such as:

    For the latest BI-Apps 11g scripts, and the Endeca test drive, you need to gain access to the Emea Analytics Partner shared folder. If you do not already have access granted (e.g. the link above does not work), then send to your logon-ID, and I will add you.

    Thursday Apr 02, 2015

    BICS Demonstration Environments

    Partners can now access BICS (OBI Business Intelligence Cloud Service) demo environments on the Oracle hosted “GSE” (Global Sales Engineering)

    However, prior to making a request, a partner must register with GSE for access to the demo systems as previously explained here at OBI Foundation Demonstration Systems for Partners.

    In summary, OPN Member Partners can Learn more and Apply for Access to GSE ( ... and follow the link CLICK HERE for On Premise Demonstration Environments ), and once approved, can access the link to book and run “On Premise” OBI and BICS demos @

    As your partner business with BICS grows, I would recommend you will need to rent your own BICS “pod” on the Oracle Cloud, which you can then persist any demonstration, trial and POC materials you need for working with your clients, and to ensure you always have access to the very latest version of OBI on BICS. For OPN Member Partners, we are currently offering an attractive promotional rate for partners to purchase their own BICS pod for Demo purposes: for more information, contact me at

    Data Integration Platforms for Big Data

    Download, and share with your clients, this recent 2015 DAO Research Paper: Data Integration Platforms for Big Data and the Enterprise which offers customer perspectives on IBM, Informatica, and Oracle solutions.

    As it points out, “As an ODI developer, I am a Big Data developer without having to understand the underpinnings of Big Data. That is a pretty powerful capability.” And “some differences in the offerings of IBM and Informatica as compared to those of Oracle are fundamental.” For example, “Customers cited 30% to 60% greater developer productivity using Oracle versus traditional Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) tools from Informatica and IBM, based on key architectural differences...”

    And if you deploy ODI (Oracle Data Integrator) on the Oracle BDA (Big Data Appliance) with the Oracle Big Data Connectors, this is likely to be a far lower cost software plus hardware solution for high volume, high speed ETL as compared to these other solutions.

    Also check out this new ability to use Oracle GoldenGate on Hadoop for Big Data for real-time transactional data streaming into big data systems from most common RDBS and other data sources.

    Cumulative Feature Tool for Oracle EPM Versions

    Please try out this new web-based Cumulative Feature Overview Tool for Oracle EPM products. 

    This web based Tool provides concise descriptions of new and enhanced features and functionality available between a user-selected starting and target releases.  You can also download the report output to various formats such as PDF and Excel, and it includes links to video feature overviews.  Feel free to pass this on to your customers.

    Friday Mar 20, 2015

    Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) Partner Training 2-day Workshop

    OPN Gold+ member partners can attend this 2-day hands-on in-class technical workshop on Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) at No-Fee to partners.

    This workshop consists of presentations, live demos, and hands-on laboratory exercises with the objective to help BI consultants learn how to implement Oracle BI Cloud Service for their clients.

    IMPORTANT: These workshops are available to selected Oracle Partners with a current OPN Gold Level or higher membership. A fully executed Oracle Cloud Services Training Addendum is required before attendance. If your company has not previously accepted this addendum, please click here to review and accept the terms and conditions. You should be authorized by your company to accept the legal addendum.

    Workshop training dates and locations:

    • 6th - 7th April, 2015. Location: United Arab Emirates, Dubai.
    • 9th - 10th April, 2015. Location: Germany, Frankfurt.


    This workshop requires attendees to provide their own laptop. Audience is expected to know the following before attending the training:


    Please send the list of participants from your company who wish to attend, to your Oracle A&C contact (or else send to or for the Frankfurt workshop, or to for Dubai): please provide the following information: Workshop, Workshop date, Partner Company, Participant's name, Participant's Corporate Email. A confirmation email will be sent in reply to registrants upon approval.

    Participation instructions will be provided together with the confirmation email.

    Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

    Enterprise Performance Management Top Trends for 2015

    To get the results of the “Enterprise Performance Management Top Trends for 2015” survey, click here. You will also see there, another excellent Report, “Plan and Predict Best Practices”.

    After surveying hundreds of customers, we have put together what we see as the top Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) trends for the remainder of 2015. Please download the paper, read it and forward it on to your customers.

    Modern CFOs are successfully leveraging digital technologies in their Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) processes to transform their finance organizations and generate value for the business. So, which EPM priorities are at the top of the Finance agenda? What are the most compelling developments in big data, analytics, mobile technology, and cloud computing that motivate Finance leaders to undertake new technology initiatives? - click here.

    • Trend 1: EPM Embraces the Cloud, Speed is Key
    • Trend 2: Mobile Goes Beyond Convenience to Strategic
    • Trend 3: Big Data is Creating a New Signal for Finance
    • Trend 4: Modern Planning Practices are Becoming a Reality
    • Trend 5: Detailed Costing Practices are Needed to Stay in the Game or Get Ahead
    • Trend 6: Finance Departments need Literacy as well as Numeracy
    • Trend 7: Organizations are not Realizing the Wider Benefits of Enterprise Data Governance

    Monday Mar 16, 2015

    BI&EPM in Focus March 2015


    Enterprise Performance Management

    Big Data and Business Intelligence

    Oracle BI Applications with Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics

    Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications, for installation ‘on-premise’, is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page. This release is certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation

    New Oracle Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics

    • With the continued move to the Cloud, Oracle BI Applications has introduced support for the following Oracle Application Cloud sources: Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Financial Cloud, Oracle Procurement Cloud, and Oracle Project Cloud, to download cloud data to BI-Applications ‘on-premise’.

    New Content Enhancements: Additional content improves existing Oracle BI Applications including:

    • Oracle Financial Analytics provides a new Essbase GL Balances model for improved EBS Financial Service Generator (FSG) Reporting and Hierarchy navigation, including support of ragged hierarchies for GL segment dimensions.
    • Oracle Project Analytics expands project-based insight with new Construction in Process (CIP) support, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into in-progress costs, expensed costs since project inception and across organizations.
    • Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics delivers new capabilities for Fusion Procurement, including Supply Chain Financial orchestration, negotiation and award approvals, and Buyer assignment controls.
    • Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces new Inventory module support for PeopleSoft, including visibility into inventory balances, aging, transactions and valuation.
    • Oracle Student Information Analytics provides new subject area coverage for Student Financials Billing Summary and Transactions, with visibility to billing and transaction information by student or external organization.
    • Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance for Fusion HCM with support of Talent Management Analysis.
    • Oracle Sales Analytics introduces new subject areas for Activity Analytics, with support for Activity contact, resource and sales subject areas from Fusion Sales.


    Thursday Mar 12, 2015

    Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos

    A series of seven new short video tutorials have been released for PBCS: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

    These tutorials have been made available via YouTube videos, and provide overviews that demonstrate specific features and how-to scenarios. For more info see Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos.

    1. Importing and Exporting Data (Simplified Interface) - Duration: 4:29 minutes
    2. Integrating Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud - Duration: 6:46 minutes
    3. Writing Budget Data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Back to Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service - Duration: 9:00 minutes
    4. Extracting Data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud using Data Management - Duration: 6:55 minutes
    5. Overview: Getting Started with EPM Automate in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud - Duration: 2:19 minutes
    6. Overview: Using a Tablet to Go Through the Approvals Process - Duration: 3:18 minutes
    7. Reviewing Scripts - Duration: 2:40 minutes

    Access to these videos has also been provided via the following Channels:

    Oracle Real Time Decisions hands-on Technical 2-Day Training Workshop

    Apr 16 - Apr 17, 2015 in London, UK - Partners from all countries welcome.

    This Oracle Real Time Decisions (RTD) hands-on technical 2-Day training course is designed for Partner individuals on the implementation team responsible for RTD installation and administration, to enable participants to perform tasks required to successfully configure and deploy RTD with their operational applications. Participants learn about various aspects of integration between RTD and target applications, including Siebel Call Center and E-Commerce, and are prepared to engage on RTD deployment projects at all levels of the project lifecycle, from gathering requirements to production rollout and monitoring.

    The course introduces the RTD platform, describing its features, function, and capabilities. It also covers the RTD architecture, platform, and pre-built Base and Specialized solutions, including RTD for Intelligent Offer Generation and RTD for E-Commerce. The lesson topics are reinforced with structured hands-on practices during which participants create and deploy a fully functional inline service project from scratch.  This training is free of charge to OPN member partners.

    Partner Resell Right for BICS Business Intelligence Cloud Service

    There is a new “Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Knowledge Zone” where you can Apply to Resell BICS, and see the specific Business Intelligence Cloud Service Resell Criteria.

    Note that the Get Specialized with OBI11g and BICS is still on the “Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Knowledge Zone” page, and you can follow the Guided Learning Paths for OBI & BICS @ Get Trained, e.g. for an Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Specialist.

    Also download this new White Paper - Agile Analytics in the Cloud with BICS, and check for some more hints and tips below:

    Thursday Feb 26, 2015

    EMEA Oracle Big Data Analytics Partner Forum 29th to 30th April 2015

    For Partners in BI, Data Integration and Big Data - Partners from all countries welcome.

    Big Data Analytics is gathering momentum and we would like to share with you the many Oracle Customer case studies that demonstrate why and how they are achieving great value for their organisations with Oracle Big Data Analytics.

    Also get Hands-on experience with the game-changing new Big Data Discovery product.

    29th -30th April, 2015 at the Hilton Madrid Airport, Spain - Register Now

    This is your key annual event here in Europe to get the latest from Oracle to propel your business growth in Big Data Analytics. This event should appeal to Analytics, Big Data, Data Warehouse and Data Integration specialised Partners, Executives, Sales, Pre-sales and Solution consultants: with a choice of participation in the plenary day-1 and then two optional deep-dive sessions on day-2:

    1. Big Data Discovery - Hands-on Technical Training

    2. Big Data & Analytics Architecture Masterclass

    Partners can attend to discover Oracle Big Data and Analytics from an initial client engagement perspective. See what is new in the latest version of Oracle Analytics 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.

    There is no registration fee for OPN member partners for the conference which includes the plenary day, gala dinner, as well as any of the deeper dives and technical training, but you will be responsible for your own travel and hotel expenses.

    Click here to Register Now and for more information. And check out these links:-

    Session Guide:

    29th April 2015: Day 1

    Main Plenary Session
    Full day - Registration 9.0 am, Dinner in the Evening

    30th April 2015: Day 2

    Big Data Discovery - Hands-on Technical Training
    All day - starting 9.00 am

    Big Data & Analytics Architecture Masterclass
    All day - starting 9.00 am

    Monday Feb 23, 2015

    Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Partner Hands-on Training

    Register here now for Oracle Paris Office, Colombes, on 12-13 March 2015

    The Objective of this “PartnerLab” hands-on training is to help partners engage the interest and commitment of their clients for Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service projects.

    This 2-day PartnerLab workshop in Paris will enable your team to understand the fundamental concepts of the PBCS Application, the implications of Oracle Public Cloud deployment, and to effectively present and demonstrate PBCS to prospective clients. Participants must already be competent with the on-premise Hyperion Planning application: this training will build on existing expertise to cover SaaS Cloud specific deployment implications and how best to demonstrate this to clients and win services led PBCS implementation engagements.

    These 2 days consist of discussions, presentations, demonstration and hands-on exercises. Note: the hands-on exercises are in an already installed environment that you can have access to after the event (see more @ Hyperion Demonstration Systems for Partners). The PartnerLab will be delivered in English.

    Preferred profile of a participant: This PartnerLab is designed for your lead Hyperion Planning Implementation architects, presales and implementation consultants. The individual who is attending the PartnerLab must have prior experience implementing a Hyperion Planning solution. We expect your participant to leverage lessons learned onwards in your organization (i.e. a Train the Trainer approach).

    Mandatory prerequisites for a participant: Please view material available and complete the assessments before you attend the PartnerLab event. Material and assessments cover foundation information about Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

    View material prior to live PartnerLab:

    Take and pass these on-line assessments prior to the live PartnerLab training:

    The topics covered during the PartnerLab will build on this online material, so it is very important that you complete this pre-work prior to the first day of the PartnerLab. For some online access you will have to have your Oracle account updated with your OPN pin code, read more here, or for more help please contact the Partner Business Center.

    • REGISTRATION: Register here now for Oracle Paris Office, Colombes, on 12 - 13 March 2015

    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.



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