Monday Oct 05, 2015

Business Analytics EPM and Big Data Product Strategy Event for Partners in Europe, Middle East & Africa


November 11, 2015 9:00am – 5:30pm

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel at Heathrow
140 Bath Rd, Hayes
London UB3 5AW
United Kingdom

Register for London Event

November 15, 2015 9:00am – 5:30pm

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road
Business Bay Dubai 121000
United Arab Emirates

Register for Dubai Event

We are doing exclusive briefings in London and Dubai for EMEA Partners, on the latest Product updates for Oracle Business Analytics, EPM, Big Data and Data Integration.

If you missed out on Oracle OpenWorld this year, you have another chance with Matt Bradley (SVP of Development for Business Analytics) and his management team to hear about the latest developments, innovations and enhancements that have been added to the Oracle Business Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Data Integration and Enterprise Performance Management product portfolio.

Detailed sessions will include roadmap updates on the following topics:

Ø Evolving trends in the Analytics space such as cloud and mobile

Ø Self- Service Analytics

Ø OBI 12c, BI Ask & Visual Analyzer

Ø The Value of Big Data and Data Discovery

Ø Data Integration and Governance for Big Data and Business Analytics

Ø Hyperion Financial Planning & Budgeting and Planning & Budgeting in the Cloud

Ø Financial Close

Ø Enterprise Performance Management Reporting Cloud Service

The forum agenda splits into two tracks, one for Analytics and Big Data, and the other for EPM, and you can find more information by clicking the Register for London Event / Register for Dubai Event links.

There will also be a dinner held on the evenings of the 11th & 15th November from 6:30pm, where you will be able to mix with the presenters and a selection of customers who will attend a similar product strategy update on the following day.

Please note that spaces for this event are limited and as such will be allocated with priority to OPN member specialist partners, with a maximum of 2 representatives per company & country (per track) – Please do not book travel until your place has been confirmed.

Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus September 2015

Customers

Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

Download VM Oracle Big Data Lite 4.2.1 Including Big Data Discovery

We just released Oracle Big Data Lite 4.2.1 VM.  This VM provides many of the key big data technologies that are part of Oracle's big data platform.  Along with all the great features of the previous version, Big Data Lite now adds Oracle Big Data Discovery 1.1

Then you can follow the tutorials at Getting Started with Oracle Big Data Discovery and in the Oracle Big Data Learning Library.

All of these products are pre-configured in the Big Data Lite 4.2.1 VM:

· Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.6

· Oracle Database 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition (12.1.0.2) - including Oracle Big Data SQL-enabled external tables, Oracle Multitenant, Oracle Advanced Analytics, Oracle OLAP, Oracle Partitioning, Oracle Spatial and Graph, and more.

· Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH5.4.0)

· Cloudera Manager (5.4.0)

· Oracle Big Data Discovery 1.1

· Oracle Big Data Connectors 4.2

· Oracle SQL Connector for HDFS 3.3.0

· Oracle Loader for Hadoop 3.4.0

· Oracle Data Integrator 12c

· Oracle R Advanced Analytics for Hadoop 2.5.0

· Oracle XQuery for Hadoop 4.2.0

· Oracle NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition 12cR1 (3.3.4)

· Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph 1.0

· Oracle JDeveloper 12c (12.1.3)

· Oracle SQL Developer and Data Modeler 4.1

· Oracle Data Integrator 12cR1 (12.1.3.0.1)

· Oracle GoldenGate 12c

· Oracle R Distribution 3.1.1

· Oracle Perfect Balance 2.4.0

· Oracle CopyToBDA 2.0 

Download it, and check out the tutorials and demos that are available from the Big Data Lite download page.

Monday Sep 14, 2015

BICS 30-Day Trial now Available for Oracle BI Cloud Service

If you go to the BICS entry page @ Cloud.Oracle.com you will now find a “Try it >” button at the top.

So please let your clients know of this, and work with them on a planned 30-day trial evaluation process, within which you can help them prove the business value for them using BICS and Visual Analyser, and so convert the trial into a full project roll-out.

  • When you click the “Try it >” button you will see two next steps:
    1. Overview of Trial Setup Process – This provides an overview of the trial setup process, setting up users and administrators and configuring settings to optimize your experience.
    2. “Start Trial” button to actually fill in the information to get going with BICS.

Otherwise, if you need to catch up on BICS news, then replay this Partner Web-conference Update on What is New for BICS, and follow the provided links there, to more partner resources for demos and training.

Wednesday Aug 19, 2015

Oracle Big Data Discovery Version 1.1

Partners and customers can replay our webcast with Cloudera, Unlock Your Analytic Talent with the Visual Face of Hadoop (originally on August 29).

Oracle Big Data Discovery version 1.1 is now available. This release extends Oracle’s innovation in Big Data Analytics by bringing together the best open-source and Oracle technologies, enabling you to reach more of the market and address more of your clients’ analytics challenges.

  • Big Data Discovery now runs on Hortonworks HDP 2.2.4+, in addition to Cloudera CDH 5.3+.  That makes BDD the first Spark-based big data analytics product to run on the top two Hadoop distributions, significantly expanding your market opportunity.
  • Customers can now access enterprise data sources via JDBC, making it easy to mash up trusted corporate data with big data in Hadoop.  BDD 1.1 elegantly handles changes across all this data, enabling full refreshes, incremental updates, and easy sample expansions.  All data is live, which means changes are reflected automatically in visualizations, transformations, enrichments, and joins.
  • Dynamic visualizations fuel discovery – but no product can include every visualization out-of-the-box.  This release includes a custom visualization framework that allows customers and partners to create and publish any visual and have it behave like it is native to BDD.  Combined with new visualizations and simpler configuration, this streamlines the creation of discovery dashboards and rich, reusable discovery applications.
  • Big Data Discovery is unique in allowing partners and customers to find, explore, transform, and analyze big data all within a single product.  This release significantly extends BDD Transform, making it both easier and more powerful.  New UIs make it easy to derive structure from messy Hadoop sources, guiding users through common functions, like extracting entities and locations, without writing code.  Transformation scripts can be shared and published, driving collaboration, and scripts can be scheduled, automating enrichment.  Transform also includes a redesigned custom transformation experience and the ability to call external functions (such as R scripts), providing increased support for sophisticated users. 
  • BDD 1.1 supports Kerberos for authentication (both MIT and Microsoft versions); enabling authorization via Studio (including integration with LDAP) to support Single Sign-on (SSO); and providing security at both project and dataset levels.   These options allow customers to leverage their existing security and extend fine-grained control to big data analytics, ensuring people see exactly what they should.

Also see “Big Data Discovery” Hosted Demonstration Instances for Partners.

And if you wish to deep dive into Spark (although to use BDD, this is not needed), I suggest you check out the Cloudera Developer Training for Apache Spark.

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus August 2015

Customers

Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

Monday Jul 20, 2015

“Big Data Discovery” Hosted Demonstration Instances for Partners

Partners can now access Oracle Big Data Lite with Big Data Discovery on the Oracle hosted “GSE” system (Global Sales Engineering) @ https://demo.oracle.com

If you are familiar with the Big Data Lite 4.2 virtual machine, we have taken that and hosted it in GSE, and added Big Data Discovery 1.0 as well. Therefore this demo platform provides an integrated environment to help you get started with the Oracle Big Data platform components – including Oracle Big Data Discovery, Cloudera, Oracle NoSQL, Oracle Big Data Connectors, Oracle Data Integrator, and many more. The demo is hosted and with internet facing access allows you to easily customize your demo: although you can only make bookings for this demo instance on a temporary basis.

However, prior to making a request, a partner must register with GSE for access to the demo systems as previously explained here at 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” Big Data, OBI and BICS cloud demos @ https://demo.oracle.com.

Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

OBI11g Analyses Hadoop data directly (without ETL) using Oracle Big Data SQL

You may have noticed that OBI can now analyse Hadoop data directly (without ETL) using Oracle Big Data SQL for Data Access (or Cloudera’s Impala), and can easily join it with other OBI data sources onto one dashboard. To find out more you can review the Big Data documentation below, and try it for yourself by downloading the Demonstration VM for OBI 11g SampleApp v506 including Cloudera and Big Data SQL.

Oracle Big Data Appliance Software User's Guide

1 Introducing Oracle Big Data Appliance

2 Administering Oracle Big Data Appliance

3 Supporting User Access to Oracle Big Data Appliance

4 Configuring Oracle Exadata Database Machine for Use with Oracle Big Data Appliance

5 Optimizing MapReduce Jobs Using Perfect Balance

6 Using Oracle Big Data SQL for Data Access

7 Oracle Big Data SQL Reference

Essentially, Oracle Big Data SQL accesses Hadoop via external tables to:

  • ORACLE_HIVE: Enables you to create Oracle external tables over Apache Hive data sources. Use this access driver when you already have Hive tables defined for your HDFS data sources. ORACLE_HIVE can also access data stored in other locations, such as HBase, that have Hive tables defined for them. The DBMS_HADOOP PL/SQL package contains a function named CREATE_EXTDDL_FOR_HIVE. It returns the data dictionary language (DDL) to create an external table for accessing a Hive table.
  • ORACLE_HDFS: Enables you to create Oracle external tables directly over files stored in HDFS. This access driver uses Hive syntax to describe a data source, assigning default column names of COL_1, COL_2, and so forth. You do not need to create a Hive table manually as a separate step: you can just define the record format of text data, or you can specify a SerDe for a particular data format.

External tables do not have traditional indexes, so that queries against them typically require a full table scan. However, Oracle Big Data SQL extends SmartScan capabilities, such as filter-predicate offloads, to Oracle external tables with the installation of Exadata storage server software onto an Oracle Big Data Appliance. This technology enables the Oracle Big Data Appliance to discard a huge portion of irrelevant data—often up to 99 percent of the total—and return much smaller result sets to the Oracle Exadata Database Machine. Therefore, End users obtain the results of their queries significantly faster, as the direct result of a reduced load on Oracle Database and reduced traffic on the network.

Note that alternatively, and similarly, Oracle SQL Connector for HDFS provides access to Hadoop data for all Oracle Big Data Appliance racks, including those that are not connected to Oracle Exadata Database Machine. However, it does not offer the performance benefits of Oracle Big Data SQL: see Oracle Big Data Connectors User's Guide.

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Partner Technical Training for In-Memory Database and Cloud PaaS

Please see below for local Technical Training for OPN member Partners only:

Oracle In-Memory Technical Workshop (2 days)

Oracle Database Cloud Service Technical Workshop (1 day)

Oracle Database Cloud Service Technical Workshop (extra content, 2 days)

Thursday Jul 09, 2015

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus July 2015

Customers

Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

Download Demonstration VM for OBI 11g SampleApp v506 with Big Data

The OBIEE SampleApp v506 virtual box appliance is now available for public download by customers and partners. The image and deployment documentation can be downloaded from OTN at the OBIEE SampleApp page.

The v506 image content demonstrates capabilities of the v11.1.1.9 OBIEE stack, Oracle DB In-Memory and v12.1.0.2 database and several other OBIEE functional integrations, such as OBI accessing Hadoop data (Cloudera CDH 5.1.2) via both Impala and Big Data SQL.

  • A “What’s-new” pdf is available here for an overview of new content on v506
  • This YouTube playlist here includes a few view-lets about major new content areas
  • NOTE: You need 130 Gb of free disk to install and 16Gb of RAM to use this SampleApp v506 

    Training for Oracle BI-Applications 11g with ODI 2-Day Master-class

    On Jul 29 - Jul 30, 2015: in London, UK. Free of charge to OPN member partners from any country.

    For details and to Register for Event click here

    You can attend this 2-day Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Master-class for existing BI-Apps 7.9.6 consultant specialists, covering the latest 11g version of BI-Apps which offers ODI for the ETL component.

    Objectives

    This training will provide attendees with an in-depth working understanding of the new BI-Apps 11g architecture, the technical and the functional content of the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, whilst also providing an understanding of best practice for installation, configuration and extension.

    Audience

    This Master-class is only for existing BI-Apps 7.9.6 consultants (with Informatica), with priority places for those with OPN Specialisation in BI-Apps. 

    For details and to Register for Event click here

    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

    Customers

    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:

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