Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Training for Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) and Governance (DRG)

Partner Hands-On 2-Day DRM & DRG Technical Training Event : Partners from all countries welcome.

October 20th – 21st 2014 at the Oracle Utrecht Office

Join Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management Team to learn about selling and implementing the latest Oracle DRM & DRG release, from our Product Management experts Rahul Kamath and Matt Lonchar.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This training is for Partners and Oracle SC staff who are familiar with Oracle Products or Oracle Master Data Management offerings and need to improve their skills based on hands-on training in Oracle Data Relationship Management. This Training is product and implementation-oriented and attendees should have a project or consulting background with a working knowledge of Oracle DRM. This training is a TECHNICAL Hands-On Training which is NOT geared towards pure sales people but rather Lead Consultants and Architects.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS: after the training you will be able to position Oracle DRM, articulate its value proposition in multiple business contexts, and translate business requirements into key configuration and implementation steps – essential to drive proof of concepts and, ultimately, DRM consulting engagements. Based on the implementation considerations discussed here, you will be able to build high-level project and resource plans and deliver tangible DRM working models effectively.

October 20th and 21st 2014

Oracle Nederland, Hertogswetering 163-167, Utrecht 3543, Netherlands

To register, please Send Email including Partner, Attendee Name, Title, Email, Phone to marianne.jelgerhuis@oracle.com.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and EPM Partner Training Forum October 2014

21st October - 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands : Partners from all countries welcome.

Partners will not want to miss this set of free in-depth Partner Training sessions for Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and Hyperion EPM:

For more details click the links above and to REGISTER CLICK HERE

This training is part of the Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum on 21st October to 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

This is your key annual event here in Europe to get the latest from Oracle to propel your business growth in Business Intelligence and Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management. This event should appeal to Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and EPM specialised Partners, Executives, Sales, Pre-sales and Solution consultants: with a choice of participation in the plenary day and then a set of special interest sessions and training.

Keynote: Rich Clayton, VP, Business Analytics Strategy, Oracle. Hot agenda items will include:

  • The eye of the storm: Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Self-service, In-Memory
  • Simplify - Making it Easy is hard work: a good job for Partners
  • Optimise - Architecture and Governance: more important than ever
  • Innovate - Modernising and Transforming: reduce the pain for your clients, and find more value
  • Going beyond Big Data confusion

During this event you can learn about success stories, participate in an array of break-out sessions, exchange information with other partners and enjoy a vibrant discussion. The break-out sessions and training have limited capacity: confirmation to selected sessions will be subject to availability and pre-requisites.

Note: There is no registration fee for OPN partner members 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. For further information or assistance on hotel booking and event logistics, please contact Alexandra von Sondern or Mike Hallett.

Places are limited, so for more information on agenda and hotel logistics, please
REGISTER NOW.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus August 2014

Customers

  • Angel Trains Optimizes Rail Operations for Purchasing, Sourcing, and Project Management to Meet Challenges of Evolving Rail Industry (link)
  • SITA Improves Control Over Air-Transportation Projects, Saves 20% in Cost of Global Financial Operations (link)
  • Atrium European Real Estate Reconciles Financial Close Data from Seven Countries Faster and Maximizes Revenue and Profitability (link)  
  • Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi Improves Governmental Compliance and Secures Foreign-Trade Data by Using Business Intelligence (link)
  • YouTube Video: interRel talks about Oracle Exalytics Engineered Solutions at Wellpoint and Carnival Cruise Lines (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Aug 14, Oracle Webcast: New EPM ROI Research by Ovum (link) Webcast
  • Solution Brief – Sustainability Reporting using Oracle Solutions (link)
  • YouTube Playlist for Collaborate 2014 (link) - 18 Videos now available
  • ERP Integrator & FDMEE White Paper - Understanding the Account Reconciliation Manager (ARM) Data Loading Process (link)
  • Using FCM/ARM? Find out about managing "Completeness" of ARM Data Loads (link)
  • Upcoming Webinars from Edgewater Ranzal:
  • Support Blog:
    • Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting - Statement of Direction (link)
    • Hyperion Performance Scorecard – Statement of Direction (link)
    • Patch Release: EPM 11.1.2.2.500  (link)
    • QMR for Solvency II - PSU 2.2.0.0.100  (link)
    • Oracle University courses for EPM 11.1.2.3 (link)
    • Advisor Webcast Recording: New Features for Calculation Manager 11.1.2.3.x for Essbase [Doc ID 1676701.1]
    • EPM Patch Set Updates - July 2014 (link)

Business Intelligence

  • YouTube Video: Oracle BI Mobile App Designer V2 - What's New? (13 minutes) (link)
  • Aug 27, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service  - Demo (link) Live Webcast
  • Sept 12, Oracle Business Analytics Visualization Workshop, Dreieich, Germany (link
  • Sept 15, Oracle Business Analytics Visualization Workshop, Munich, Germany (link)
  • Sept 16, Oracle Business Analytics Visualization Workshop, Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland (link)
  • Sept 17, Oracle Business Analytics Visualization Workshop, Meyrin, Switzerland (link)
  • Blog: Oracle's Key SI Partners on Big Data SQL (link)
  • Forbes Voice Post: Big Data's Constant Gardener, by Paul Sonderegger (link)
  • See latest info about Oracle Big Data SQL
  • YouTube Video: What if Smart Scans Could Accelerate SQL on Hadoop? (link)
  • BI Blog: HR and Finance Agree? – Has The World Come To An End? (link)
  • OU Blog: What You Need to Know about OBIEE 11.1.1.7 (link)
  • Support Blog:
    • OBIEE Version 11.1.1.7.140715 is Available (link)
    • OBIEE 11.1.1.7.140715 Bugs Fixed List (link)
    • OBIEE Sample App V406 – Try It Live (link)   Learn More (link)
    • Business Analytics Monthly Index – July 2014 (link)

Oracle Day Marketing Events In 2014

Please join us, and encourage your clients to come for an Oracle Day event near you to get expert advice, discuss problems and opportunities with peers, and see how Oracle can help you take control of your clients' Enterprise IT future.

These big Oracle Day marketing events will push the agenda that digital disruption is transforming the modern business environment, with technologies like cloud and Big Data presenting a fresh set of challenges—but also providing new opportunities.

Part of the day includes a Big Data & Business Analytics Track -
As organizations embark on digital transformation, cloud, social, mobile and big data are changing how business gets done. Discovering and predicting insights about people, places and things allows companies to compete in new and innovative ways. Learn how Oracle can help IT to be the true business partner for this transformation by creating an Information Management and Analytic capability for Big Data which allows the business to take advantage of ALL available data, blending traditional technology with new innovations, to make every decision in every part of the organization the best it can be at the moment that matters.

Find out more plus details of an event near you – this is the current schedule:

Austria- Vienna

11-Nov-2014

Norway - Oslo

29-Oct-2014

Belgium - Bruxell

06-Nov-2014

Poland - Warsaw

05-Nov-2014

Czech Republic- Prague

05-Nov-2014

Portugal - Lisbon

04-Nov-2014

Denmark - Copenhagen

06-Nov-2014

Romania- Bucharest

11-Nov-2014

Finland - Helsinki

19-Nov-2014

Russia - Moscow

30-Oct-2014

France - Paris

06-Nov-2014

Spain - Madrid

06-Nov-2014

Germany - Frankfurt

11-Nov-2014

Sweden - Stockholm

03-Dec-2014

Greece - Athens

06-Nov-2014

Switzerland - Geneva

28-Oct-2014

Hungary- Budapest

28-Oct-2014

Switzerland - Baden

04-Nov-2014

Ireland - Dublin

18-Nov-2014

Turkey- Istanbul

11-Nov-2014

Kazakhstan - Almaty

15-Oct-2014

UK - London

06-Nov-2014

Netherlands - Bussum

05-Nov-2014

UK - Manchester

12-Nov-2014

Oracle Database In-Memory Is Officially Released

Oracle Database 12.1.0.2, which includes the Oracle Database In-Memory option, is officially released and is now available for download. Collateral that explains in detail how all of the new Oracle Database In-Memory functionality works is on The In-Memory page on Oracle.com including this technical whitepaper.

There is also the Blog dedicated to Oracle Database In-Memory @ https://blogs.oracle.com/In-Memory/ , with articles such as:

Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

OBI Foundation Demonstration Systems for Partners

If you need to get access to a demonstration environment, hosted by Oracle, then the current version of OBI Foundation is available for partners to book and use to show to your clients. This demonstration covers all the modules in the OBIEE Sample Application v406 which provides a comprehensive out-of-the-box collection of examples and integrations designed to demonstrate Oracle BI capabilities, product integrations, and design best practice. 

Highlights of SampleApp v406 include:

  • Showcases mapviewer HTML 5 Integration examples
  • Showcases latest Mobile Application Designer (MAD) v2
  • Internet Accessible – VPN is NOT required to demonstrate SampleApp functionality (although VPN is required for the native Mobile HD client).
  • Showcases ADF visualization & dense visualization examples
  • Essbase integration
  • Advanced Analytics (R and Data mining) integration
  • Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 with integration to OBI11g

OPN Member Partners can Learn more and Apply for Access to GSE, and once approved can access the link to book and run demos @ Access Demonstration Systems. These Oracle Demonstration Services are run by the Oracle Global Sales Engineering team (“GSE”). GSE provides a platform to demo Oracle products in an enterprise setting in the way Oracle is meant to be used. We provide demos that are easily accessible and fast performing, consistent with product strategy and sales needs. 

Monday Aug 04, 2014

Hyperion EPM Training Videos in Learning Library and YouTube

We have these new Oracle-EPM-Webcasts videos on the EPM-YouTube Channel...

For Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS):

And for on-premise EPM, a four-part series on deploying EPM System Products:

  1. Part 1 Overview - demonstrates the standard deployment methodology. It contains links to parts 2, 3 and 4.
  2. Part 2 Preparing for Deployment - demonstrates preparing for standard deployment.
  3. Part 3 Installing and Configuring an Initial Instance - demonstrates installing and configuring an initial instance.
  4. Part 4 Scaling Out and Installing EPM System Clients - demonstrates scaling EPM System components and installing EPM System client software.

In addition to accessing videos from our YouTube channel, you can also access our videos from these Oracle Learning Libraries (OLL):

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Rules of the Road for Enterprise Data Discovery

The challenge many companies face today is that insights remain elusive, even though data and the tools to handle it have proliferated. In response, as discussed in the Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms (Publication: February 2014), data discovery capabilities are dominating new purchasing requirements, even for larger deployments, as alternatives to traditional BI tools. But "governed data discovery" - the ability to meet the dual demands of enterprise IT and business users – “remains a challenge unmet by any one vendor” {as seen at the time of the report}.

Some customers have been tempted to go with more departmental solutions (as opposed to a more “Enterprise-class” product) to meet business demands for greater self-service analytics, but are often still frustrated by continuing needs to get access to the right data sources: ultimately finding they have selected a limited product solution which does not deliver on the promised business value.

However, partners familiar with Endeca Information Discovery, especially with version 3.1+, will appreciate that its integration to OBI Foundation, coupled with ease of use and the ability to mash-up disparate data and text sources, give Oracle a pretty good response to this client need for governed enterprise data discovery.

To help you navigate this discussion with your key clients, can I suggest you use this white paper (@ The 5 Rules of the Road for Enterprise Data Discovery) to help clarify the agenda, and to help you to guide them towards a sound strategy which will deliver to them real value.

We do not see this as diminishing the need for a solid BI foundation: indeed this is the pre-requisite for sound data discovery. Enterprise data discovery is a natural complement to existing business intelligence practices and platforms, offering analytic agility without compromising quality. Our suggested rules are:

Monday Jul 21, 2014

Automated OBI Testing Improves Client Satisfaction

A challenge for BI partners and their clients stems from normal business change over time.  BI requirements are continually flexing to maintain relevance with changing business conditions, and so data models that support BI undergo continual revisions as the systems that create and modify data are upgraded and customised.

These revisions can sometimes “break” existing reports and dashboards, and so you need to check that these are all still working after any changes.  Oracle partner Acrotrend (www.acrotrend.com) has developed a utility “Xpress Validator” which automates this scanning, and helps you to foresee and fix disruptions to OBI before production roll-outs and thus enhances the user experience, without the need for a lot of costly, time-consuming manual testing.

For an Oracle Partner this means more cost effective delivery, improved margins, and improved client satisfaction.  Xpress Validator can be licensed from Acrotrend for use at your clients: for more information, please contact michelle.pallis@acrotrend.com, and you can register here for a webinar and demo onWednesday 6th August at 13.00 UK time / 14.00 CET.

See here for:

· Information on Xpress Validator for OBIEE

· When a great BI infrastructure becomes a victim of its own success…

· Register here for webinar and demo

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus July 2014

  • Five Reasons Why CEOs Should Love the Cloud by Mark Hurd (link)
  • Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Session Abstracts Now Available ( Business Analytics | EPM )
  • Oracle University curriculum of Business Analytics training (link)
  • Support Blog: My Oracle Support Community - Subspaces (link)
  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link)
  • Everything Analytics in Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)

Customers

  • Edgewater Ranzal Completes Internal Implementation of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (link)
  • The New School Gains Cost-of-Education Modelling and Ensures Educational-Program Effectiveness by Using Performance Management Technology (link)
  • The Ledcor Group of Companies Consolidates Systems for Eight Diverse Construction Businesses and Provides 24/7 Access for Efficiency and Collaboration (link)
  • Deutsche Telekom Experiences Tremendous Speed Improvement in Generating Critical Business Intelligence Reports with Engineered Systems (link)
  • Dialog Axiata Slashes Reporting Time—Delivers Daily Rather Than Monthly Reports for Faster Decision-Making (link)
  • Tervita Consolidates Nine Legacy Systems—Supports Continued Growth with Flexible, Scalable Enterprise Resource Planning Solution (link)
  • Drake & Scull Triples Transaction Speed, Cuts Procurement Time from 45 to 5 Days, and Shortens Payroll from Six Days to One Hour (link)
  • Indaver’s Customer-Care Portal Gives Industrial Customers Visibility into Costs and Benefits of Waste-Management Efforts (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Oracle EPM Goes Mobile (link)
  • Solution Brief: Profit Improvement in Retail: Increase the bottom line with the Profit-Focused Enterprise Framework TM (link)
  • Partner Blog: Understanding the Value of Care – It’s Not a Guessing Game (link)
  • Blog: Bring Efficiency and Sanity Back to the Operational Transfer Pricing Process (link)
  • Blog:Highly Visible Cost Allocations at a Global, Multi-Disciplined Bank (link)
  • Support Blogs:
    • RDA 8.04 has been Released (link)
    • Recording of Advisor Webcast: Monitoring the Planning JVM in EPM system (link)
    • Hyperion Performance Scorecard - Statement of Direction (link)
    • Ask Maurice – Hyperion Diagnostics (link)
    • EPM Patch Set Updates – June 2014 (link)

Business Intelligence

Try It Live Oracle BI Demonstration SampleApp V406

Further to the previous Blog post Oracle BI Demonstration with BIMAD2 SampleApp V406 on OTN which provides information for downloading the Sample App, you can now access this software hosted on an Oracle server via the "TRY IT LIVE" option.

This is a great resource if you just need quick and easy access across the internet to OBI11g and all the great examples in the SampleApp.

To access the OBIEE Sample App V406, visit Oracle Technology Network (OTN) @ OBIEE Samples and select the "Try It Live" icon.... then enter the User ID and Password as detailed on the OBI log-In screen. Note that the SampleApp contents, its code and the Try It Live are distributed free for demonstration purposes only: it is neither maintained nor supported by Oracle as a licensed product or service.

Monday Jul 14, 2014

Managing Hierarchies in Financial Applications with DRM

Hierarchies and related links are fundamental to using financial, and indeed many other applications, for example:

  • When a new Chart of accounts is designed, linking an account to its parent is key for future aggregation of data.
  • When legal entities have to be sorted, hierarchies can be built according to dimensions such as geography or organizations.
  • In a General Ledger, every accounting flexible field is a potential analytical dimension.
  • Respecting relationships is also very important when reorganizing sales territories taking into account geography dimension, human resources, client or product information.

That’s why partners have a great opportunity to help their clients to better manage these hierarchies and relationships which are often used in EPM (Enterprise performance management) and Business intelligence. Financial Applications share entire or partial hierarchies with different levels of detail, different points of view. So, “Financial MDM” helps companies to be more efficient because hierarchies and their relationships are managed in a single place. Every modification impacts all applications at the same time. This increases consistency and data quality among all hierarchies.

Financial MDM has got the same DNA as other MDM domains and is a key tool to help partners implement new systems, upgrades and migrations for their clients because it accelerates deployment based on these coordinated and validated hierarchies. Financial MDM manages specific types of master data, such as:

  • Charts of accounts: consolidated, corporate or local. They can be different depending on application type. For instance, granularity is not the same for actual accounting or forecasting. They can be designed to meet different regulatory requirements: local, IFRS, GRI sustainability reporting or Solvency II in the insurance industry
  • Legal entities including different dimensions: geography, activities
  • Organizational dimensions : departments, business units, cost and profit centers
  • Analysis dimensions: using general ledger accounting flexible fields such as sales channels or projects
  • Reference data: time, currencies, taxes.

Financial master data needs to be quickly and easily adapted to business changes at the fast pace of business. Financial MDM is essential not only for minor modifications in day to day business, when creating a new cost centre or modifying an existing attribute for a legal entity, but also when making major changes such as mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations or regulatory changes.

Flexibility is the key to allow business users to easily make their own updates, plus these changes have to be part of a data governance process. A workflow is required to define roles and responsibilities.

Five reasons to invest in a Financial MDM

  1. Empower financial business users
  2. Ensure consistency in business hierarchies and related links
  3. Link local needs to corporate standards and consolidate all lines of business
  4. Accelerate Mergers & Acquisitions
  5. Analyze your master data across heterogeneous environments

See more at:

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

FY15 BI Modernisation Sales Campaign

Oracle partners have a great opportunity to help their customers to modernise their reporting systems. We propose you work with your clients and engage to help them on this journey to migrate or re-implement their analytic reporting and dashboard needs using our modern strategic BI Foundation Suite tools such as OBI, Essbase, BI-Publisher, Mobile-BI and Scorecards.

Some customers still use older Oracle reporting software tools, such as Discoverer, Oracle-Reports, and Hyperion-Interactive-Reporting (as was BRIO), as well as legacy products from other suppliers. These customers are missing out on the value of the Oracle R&D investment of recent years in Oracle’s strategic BI products. Also, with the rise of Big Data, In-memory Analytics, Cloud and Mobile, the world has changed since customers purchased these older solutions: they need a modern BI technology that can help them meet the challenges of this new world.

If customers retire the older systems, then they can save on higher administration and maintenance costs and support fees, which can be invested in a modern solution delivering much more value to the business.

Tools and Resources for Partners

See on Oracle.com the materials for Better Decisions and Better Productivity.

Being more specific, you can download a guide on why and how to Migrate Reports to BI Publisher, and here is a 3-minute video-demo on the advantages of BIP.

The following conversion tools are available:

  • Oracle Report to BI Publisher Conversion Assistant
  • Actuate Report to BI Publisher Conversion Assistant
  • And the following white paper describes a step by step approach on how to convert a Crystal Report to BIP

Please find the documentation on downloading and using the above tools @ the BI Publisher OTN page.

For the full Oracle BI Foundation Suite, you can download this excellent in-depth Technical White Paper.

You might like to see, as an example, how Oracle Consulting positions its services at:

You might also like to check our current Oracle Lifetime Support Policies, and specifically the Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Fusion Middleware Products (PDF).

For some specific areas of modernisation see for example these short explanations @

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

What If You Could Use SQL For All Your Big Data?

See a short introduction to this on YouTube @ link, and then view the discussion and product launch of “Oracle Big Data SQL” from the 12 minute webcast-replay (originally 15th July 2014).

Then read more about Oracle Big Data SQL, which can now:

  • Provides a single, optimized SQL query for distributed data
  • Supports multiple data sources, including Hadoop, NoSQL and Oracle Database
  • Includes automatic, extensible Oracle Database external table generation
  • Provides Smart Scan on Hadoop to minimize data movement and maximize performance
  • Ensures advanced security for Hadoop and NoSQL data

Benefits

  1. Use the SQL skills you already have to query any data source
  2. Access Hadoop and NoSQL using existing applications with SQL
  3. Extend Oracle Database security to Hadoop and NoSQL

Goto @ www.oracle.com/goto/bigdatasql

Tuesday Jul 01, 2014

ODI12c ETL on Hadoop and Oracle Big Data Appliance

One of the best reasons to start using Hadoop, is to off-load ETL processing away from a potentially higher cost “Data Warehouse staging system” and deploy it onto a platform with a better performance-to-cost ratio for this ETL load.

If you do this, you will likely still want high productivity ETL tools such as Oracle Data Integrator (ODI12c), and if you are handling large volumes of data in a limited batch window, you need fast processing and most importantly high speed loading into the Data Warehouse.

ODI12c on Hadoop gives you this, when combined with the Oracle Big Data Connectors. This works especially well on our engineered systems (Big Data Appliance to Exadata), but is still also the best solution for any ETL work from Hadoop to an Oracle database, even on so called “commodity hardware”.

Mark installed all the software elements directly, but if you need to get going quickly, you may be able to use our downloadable VM ( Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN ... although this is now updated to version 3.0) which works on non-BDA hardware.

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