Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

New Model Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4

Oracle announced at OpenWorld, the availability of the new model Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 to dramatically increase performance and capacity; leveraging the Oracle Database In-Memory option for faster data driven insights.

The latest refresh of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine includes Intel Xeon processors customized for Oracle business analytics workloads, supporting 50 percent faster clock speed, 50 percent more processing cores and 50 percent more memory compared to the previous generation. The X4-4 model still sells at the same list price as the prior X4-2 of $175,000 for the 2Tb model: additional RAM can be added.

Oracle also announced certification of Oracle Database In-Memory for the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, expanding the scope of in-memory analytics to include the full capabilities of the Oracle Database, as well as continueing support for Times Ten.

Oracle continues to invest in Exalytics In-Memory Software, including several Oracle Essbase in-memory features, such as patented lockless algorithms, Oracle Exalytics-specific thread pool and resource management, and background multiuser write that help to improve dramatically overall Oracle Essbase performance and scalability.

The Exalytics X4-4 is engineered to support the widest range of reporting and analytics capabilities, out of the box, with support for new releases of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, Oracle Real-Time Decisions, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database and Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management, speeding time-to-value.

For more information see:

Tuesday Oct 28, 2014

Qubix CloudBridge helps Customers with PBCS and BICS

Qubix CloudBridge helps Oracle Cloud Services customers to more easily integrate, transform and upload data from multiple sources into Oracle Cloud Performance Management and Business Analytics Cloud services, simply, securely and rapidly.

You can also find out why Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition moved away from the pain of planning and budgeting in Excel, to using the best in class planning tool Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) from this short video here.

For more information please direct your enquiries to Paul Johnston, Director of Qubix (Email: paul.johnston@qubix.com).

Thursday Oct 23, 2014

Skanska - Oracle BI Cloud Service - Customer Video

Skanska discusses how the Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) gives their users self-service capabilities with a secure, reliable platform. Watch the 3-minute video on YouTube @ Skanska Explores Oracle BI Cloud Service.

See here, to find out more about how partners can work with Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service.

Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) R13.2 eSeminar

Hyperion Partners can catch up on the latest version of PBCS from the Oracle development PTS team. During this eSeminar we will discuss the proposition for your clients from PBCS, and see how it is sold and implemented; providing flexible deployment and fast adoption. This session will help you to create sales scenarios and identify target customers with example questions for discovery engagements.

We will also talk about how PBCS is “packaged”, with an overview of ordering, activating and provisioning activities for Oracle partners. Other topics will include the partners program, access to PBCS demo environments, and the most common PBCS FAQs will be covered as well as the following:

  • Design best practices
  • Guidelines for "Fixed Scope offering" deliverables
  • "How-to" tips, developed from questions with Oracle user groups
  • Resources for partners
  • eSeminar Schedule - 120 minutes, 29 October 2014 – 16:00 CET / 15:00 UK

Register Here

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus October 2014

Customers

  • GO Outdoors Halves Data-Load Time, Shortens Reporting, and Expands Business Intelligence to All Store (click here)
  • Dubai Customs Completes Post-Clearance Audits Faster Using Innovative, Customer-Centric Solution (click here)
  • Manhattan Beachwear Video: PBCS Customer Reference Video
  • Gregg Thompson of ADT talks about the benefits of using Oracle Data Relationship Management (link)
  • Nikki Verhoff of Verizon Wireless talks about managing data changes and workflow (link)
  • Ed Cody of General Dynamics IT (GDIT) talks about the value of Oracle Data Relationship Management (link)
  • Rahul Kamath of Oracle talks about Oracle DRM and Data Relationship Governance (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

Business Intelligence

Big Data Discovery News from Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s executive vice president of product development, began his keynote speech at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 by discussing three major trends in business and culture—big data, mobility, and the cloud. He then detailed and demoed new products and services from Oracle that enhance customers’ ability to make use of all three.

Kurian introduced a new set of tools called Oracle Big Data Discovery, which allows database managers and engineers to work more effectively with Hadoop, as “the visual face of Hadoop”. Oracle Big Data Discovery lets users profile, explore, and analyze Hadoop data, and do prediction and correlation. “With Oracle Big Data Discovery, you will be able to explore and find patterns and problems with your data,” Kurian said. Find out what Information Week reported about this Hadoop Data Exploration Tool.

Oracle Big Data Discovery combined with Oracle Big Data SQL, a recently introduced toolset for working with data across relational and big data systems using Structured Query Language, represent a powerful combination of technologies for supporting a truly effective big data strategy.

Kurian also referenced several other technology developments by Oracle:

If you did not manage to visit Oracle OpenWorld 2014, then you can still find out about all of this news, in discussion with our Analytics development and strategy team here in Europe at the Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum on 21st October to 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Available

As part of our overall strategy for Comprehensive Analytics in the Cloud, the Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) is now available: read the essentials in this BICS eBook and view this 3-minute video introducing BICS key concepts, features, and benefits. And here is the Press Release.

  • The price of this service to your clients starts at $3,500 per month for 10 users (including the necessary Database service, and before any discounts).  Additional BICS users are $250 per month each.

Also see this great library of online “How to use” Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Videos and Tutorials. And you may like to see what Mark Rittman has to say in his blog @ Introduction to Oracle BI Cloud Service.

Partners may find that some of their client Business users, faced with overwhelming amounts of data and shorter decision cycles, have taken BI into their own hands. These Business users are using cloud technologies with user oriented tools and less reliance on IT to create their own “shadow” BI projects.

Oracle BICS will help LOB Business users remain agile while adhering to corporate strategy and help IT in maintaining security and compliance. Cloud technology will redefine the role of Partners and IT; with BICS strengthening the LOB/IT partnership. Partners can download our summary sales guide, plus two self-playing BICS “demo viewletsfrom the BI-partner-community shared portal (for access to this portal, email Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com with your company email id and OPN membership status).

To exploit your partnering opportunity, start at the Oracle Cloud Marketplace Partner Portal, and also review the Oracle Cloud Computing Programs & Specializations FAQ for Partners. In the OPN Knowledge Zone there’s a video in the “What’s New” section: Cloud Resell and Referral program which you can review as well to become familiar with how these programs work.

To resell BICS you must:

a)     Be BICS Specialized

b)     Develop and obtain approval for your BICS Fixed Scope Implementation template

c)     Sign the Partner Contract agreements:

  • FUDA (ORACLE PARTNERNETWORK FULL USE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT), once,
  • CSDA (CLOUD SERVICES DISTRIBUTION ADDENDUM ), once,
  • OCSA (ORACLE CLOUD SERVICES AGREEMENT: between Oracle and each customer).

Until you achieve your Business Intelligence Cloud Service specialization, we encourage you to refer sales leads to Oracle and receive compensation, as explained in the FAQ

The material to prepare for and take the partner specialization exam will be posted soon at the OPN BI Specialization page. For partners that are already specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (on-premises software) you will need to have a minimum of two individuals meet the new “BICS specialist” role:

For partners that aren’t yet specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (on-premises software), you need to complete the OBI specialization set plus the new BICS criteria.

If you have a client to whom you want to propose BICS, please contact either Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com or Gherardo.Infunti@oracle.com for any help you may need.


Endeca Fundamentals 3-day Partner Training Bootcamp

Nov 4 - Nov 6, 2014 at Oracle Office Reading, UK : Partners from all countries welcome.

The Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) Bootcamp is a three-day class which will start with the introduction of Endeca within the Oracle Business Analytics proposition. The underlying architecture and technology are also covered in detail. The explanation of Endeca is combined with a workshop which consists of several well prepared exercises which will give the attendees a good hands-on experience they can use in a customer environment. Participants will learn how to develop & implement solutions using a Data Discovery method. This training will be given by Aorta Business Intelligence who is an Oracle Approved Education Center partner for OBIEE and OEID in EMEA.

Learn to:

  • Position the OEID architecture (Integration Suite, Endeca Server, Endeca Studio).
  • Install OEID.
  • Work with social media sources.
  • Extract data from different kind of sources by building ETL graphs.
  • Crawl data from external sources by using the Content Acquisition System (CAS).
  • Work with Text Enrichment.
  • Develop and design Endeca Dashboard with (custom) Endeca Studio Components.

For the Agenda and Prerequisite Training visit the link here.

This event is offered FREE of charge to Oracle OPN member Partners.

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):

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