Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus October 2013

  • Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Replay Videos On Demand (link)
  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)

Customers

  • Home Office Improves Management and Reduces Costs by US$12.4 Million with Self-Service Business Intelligence (link)
  • Kuwait Gulf Oil Company Aggregates Ledgers, Enhances Financial Reporting, and Completes Payroll 10x Faster with Standardized, Integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (link)
  • Pinellas County Improves Financial Reporting and Transparency with Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine (link)
  • Etisalat Nigeria Secures Revenue Growth and New Subscribers with Real-Time Data Analysis (link)
  • Marel Cuts Time for Report Compilation from Six Days to Three Hours, Reports Quarterly Results 3x Faster, and Achieves ROI in One Year (link)
  • Liquigas Distribuidora Consolidates Budget Infrastructure and Eliminates 400 Types of Spreadsheets by Using a Planning Solution (link)
  • Engineers Australia Streamlines eChartered Process - Video (link)
  • Customer and Partner Search Engine (link)
Enterprise Performance Management

  • 30th October 4.00 GMT: Advanced Variance Analysis in Planning and Essbase - Edgewater Ranzal Webinar Series
  • 5th November 5.00 GMT: Fast Start Planning Implementation for Healthcare Providers - Edgewater Ranzal Webinar Series
  • Lifetime Support dates for EPM System release 11.1.2.x have been extended (link)
  • Blog: Mastering the Cost of Higher Education (link)
  • Support:
    • Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) September patch set released (link)
    • My Oracle Support - HPCM Community update (link)
    • EPM “Standalone” Log Analysis Utility (link)
    • OBIEE and EPM search helpers are online (link)

Business Intelligence

  • Maximize Cost Savings through Procurement Analytics (link)
  • Oct 16, Big Data at Work Webcast featuring Cloudera: Your Data Warehouse and Hadoop (link)
  • Oct 17 Endeca for Oil & Gas with Baker Tilly (link)
  • New Book: Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations, by Simon Miller and William Hutchinson (link)
  • Blog:Practical Uses of Business Scorecards, from Company-Wide to Process Specific (link)
  • Blog: Creating your first app with the BI Mobile App Designer (link)
  • Partner Blog: How Business Analytics is Pivotal to Oracle’s Red Stack (link)
  • Blog: RDA 8.1 Now Available (link)
  • Blog: OBIEE 11.1.1.6.12 is the Final Regular Bundle Patch (link)
  • Support:

Training Calendar

Course Title

Start Date

Duration

Location

Price

Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for ENDECA

17-Oct-13

2 Days

Reading, UK

FREE

Business Analytics Architecture Masterclass

22-Oct-13

1 Day

London, UK

FREE

Oracle Hyperion Essbase Workshop

22-Oct-13

3 Days

Reading, UK

FREE

Endeca Fundamentals Bootcamp

13-Nov-13

3 Days

Reading, UK

FREE

OBI 10g to 11g Upgrade Bootcamp

26-Nov-13

3 Days

Reading, UK

£750

Test Drive the New BI Mobile Application Designer

Build your own new BI Mobile App, and try it on your smart-phone, or tablet, or desk-top, and the apps others have put into the test Apps-library. BIMAD is pretty simple to use to build apps that analyse data from an up-loadable spread-sheet, or directly from the existing (e.g. here the sample) centralised OBI presentation data model: and just to help you along, here is a step-by-step guide to how you can test drive a specific BIMAD example from the hosted server.

Oracle’s BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) allows you to quickly create great looking interactive reports and dashboard-apps to view across multiple mobile and PC devices. There are three ways you as Partners and your customers can try these out:

  1. Connect to the Oracle-hosted OBI-server, and use it now, both to build and to run these

    BI Mobile Apps. Use your PC-browser to navigate to http://slc02okx.oracle.com:7780/analytics to build the app, and then either scan the QR code it generates into your mobile device to run it, or put the app into the library on the BI-Server, and access them all @ http://slc02okx.oracle.com:7780/mobile/appstore


  2. Get the latest OBI EE sample install including BIMAD within a downloadable VM, and run the entire environment on your own laptop or server. See this @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.


  3. Download the BIMAD install as an add-on to your existing 11.1.1.7.1 OBI installation.

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN

The latest new version “SampleApp” V309R2 BI and EPM VM is now available for download by partners from OTN here. This includes a wealth of examples and how-to demonstrations, as well as examples for the new BI Mobile Application Designer, 19 “Apps” and more local data-models.

This server image is based on the standard OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 install within a VirtualBox image, including the new Mobile App Designer and Oracle Database 12c; and will run on a 64 bit pc/laptop with => 8Gb Ram, and ~ 90 Gb disk. There is also an optional download for users who require a full standalone EPM deployment.

See also the Oracle BI Tech Demos YouTube Channel & Video: How to download all image files at once and:-

File

Description

Download Deployment Guide

Step-by-step instructions for download and deployment

Download User Guide

User Guide for SampleApp and related contents

Download What's New in V309R2

New content highlights in SampleAppV309 R2

The SampleApp V309 R2 image includes following preconfigured and integrated software:

  • Oracle Linux 5.9 (el5PAE )
  • OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 (including Mobile App Designer, OBIEE-EPM Suite)
  • Oracle Loader for Hadoop 2.2.0, Oracle SQL Connector for HDFS 2.2.0
  • Essbase 11.1.2.3
  • Oracle Database 12c
  • Oracle TimesTen 11.2.2.5.1
  • Endeca Server 7.5.1, Endeca Studio 3.0, Endeca Integrator 3.0
  • Oracle Application Express 4.2, APEX Listener 2.0.1
  • R-2.15.1, Oracle R-Enterprise 1.3
  • Java SE Development Kit 7u17, JROCKIT 1.6.0.37
  • Oracle SQL Developer 3.2.20
  • EPM 11.1.2.2 Standalone (Offered as a separate add-on download)

 The SampleApp does not include BI-Apps: for these see the Demonstration VM BIC2g Partner Edition.

Monday Oct 07, 2013

New Bigger Model Exalytics T5-8 Introduced

You can read here the full Press Release for the new Oracle Exalytics T5-8.

We now have two Exalytics models on the price list, the X3-4 and the T5-8, which in summary offer:

  • Exalytics X3-4 – 40 cores, 2Tb Ram and 2.4 Tb of flash storage, running Linux
  • Exalytics T5-8 – 128 cores, 4Tb Ram and 3.2 Tb of flash storage, running Solaris

Also check out the other New Exalytics In-Memory Software License Changes on the price list. And some external to Oracle comments:

With this enhanced storage and processing power, the ExalyticsT5-8 supports massive server and application consolidation to run combinations of OBI Foundation, BI-Apps, Essbase, Endeca and Hyperion applications together, while scaling to many thousands of users with overall lower total cost of ownership.

· Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine

· Oracle Exalytics T5-8 Data Sheet

· Oracle Business Analytics

· Oracle and Big Data

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Oracle Hyperion Essbase 3-day Training Workshop

This 3-day hands-on bootcamp will help you towards the Essbase implementation Specialisation exam. It is free of charge to OPN member partners only, and is available to partners in any EMEA country who can travel to the UK.

  • Design, customize and configure Oracle’s Hyperion Essbase by employing recommended methodology and leading practices for successful implementations
  • Understand the process of building an Essbase BSO cube using Essbase Studio
  • Simplify cube construction by delivering a single environment for performing tasks related to data modelling, cube designing, and analytic application construction
  • Understand the process of building an Essbase ASO cube using Essbase Administration Services (EAS) and Load Rules

Click here to read more about this training.


Event Details:
Oct 22 - Oct 24, 2013
09:00 AM – 05:30 PM

Oracle Office in Reading
Building 510, Oracle Parkway Thames Valley Park,
Reading, RG6 1RA
United Kingdom

Register Here Now


Thursday Sep 12, 2013

HTML5 Oracle BI Mobile App Designer

I did report this last month, but it is too good to miss, and if you did, then please check it out with latest hints and tips @ Oracle BI Mobile App Designer.


Apps generated by Mobile App Designer are in HTML5 format. That means you can open the apps with any modern browser on any type of mobile device without installing anything. Not only can you always access the latest version of the apps but also now you don't need to worry about what mobile device to support for your audience. You can even open the apps from your laptops and desktops.

And see more at New Self-Service Mobile Analytical Application Design Tool

BI&EPM in Focus September 2013

  • New CFO Benchmarking Tool now available. Click here to begin assessment. Oracle commissioned Longitude Research to survey 930 CFOs on their evolving role as a corporate catalyst. Click here for research results.
  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link) - great resource!

Customers

  • Firmly rooted in a JD Edwards foundation, Treasury Wine Estates mixes industry expertise with next-generation functionality (link)
  • National Australia Bank deflects global risk with consolidated transactional data and a powerful analytics platform (link)
  • Abu Dhabi Department of Finance Optimizes Performance and Economies of Scale Across Government Agencies (link)
  • Poltrona Frau Group Consolidates Financial Statements and Reports for Better Decision-Making, Shortens Financial Closings by 50% (link)
  • Oct 28-30, Oracle Customer Showcase: Land O'Lakes, Arden Hills MN. Big data analytics, core business process innovations, and mobile, cloud, and engineered systems technologies will all be featured (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Oct 3, Retailers - Have You Mastered Your Data Yet (DRM) (link)
  • Oct 10, Enterprise DRM Health Care Webinar (link)
  • Oct 15, HFM Task Automation - Tricks & Treats (link)
  • Oct 17, EPMA is not a Monster! (link)
  • Oct 24, DRM & Enterprise Data Governance Trick AND Treat (link)
  • Oct 30, Optimizing Hyperion Planning & Oracle Essbase Outlines (link)
  • EPM Blog: Align Cost with Revenue for Profitable Growth in Diversified Industries (link)
  • Partner Blog: What to Consider When Buying an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Solution (link)
  • Partner Blog: What to Consider When Implementing an EPM Solution (link)
  • OU Training:Oracle Hyperion Smart View 11.1.2 for Planning (11.1.2.3) (link)
  • OU Training: Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management 11.1.2 Administration (link)
  • OU Training: Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2 for Interactive Users (11.1.2.3) (link)
  • Support: EPM Documentation Portal, links to Cumulative Feature Overview Tool, Defects Fixed Finder, videos, social media sites and more (link)
  • Support: Cumulative Feature Overview Tool provides concise descriptions of new and enhanced solutions and functionality that have become available between starting and target releases of the products you own (link)
  • Support: Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) 11.1.2.3 Patch Set Update 1 (PSU1 – 11.1.2.3.100) with scripting! (link)  (Search for patch 16681929)
  • Support: Hyperion Smart View 11.1.2.5.000 Patch Set Update  (link)

Business  Intelligence

  • Oct 29, BIFS really is the best thing since sliced data (link
  • Forbes.com Blog Post: Andrew McAfee on the Decline of the HiPPO (link)
  • OU Training: Oracle Essbase 11.1.2: Calculate Block Storage Databases (11.1.2.3) (link)
  • OU Training: Oracle BI 11g R1: Create Analyses and Dashboards (link)
  • Blog: DIY Mobile Analytic Apps with Oracle BI Mobile App Designer (link)
  • Blog: BI Mobile HD Universal App Released (link)
  • Support Blog: OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 Common Issues (link)
  • Blog: OBIEE 11.1.1.6.12 Bundle Patch Now Available (link)
  • Partner Blog: What is Endeca, Anyway? (link)  
  • Partner Blog: What to Like in the New Oracle Exalytics X3-4 (link)
  • Partner Article: Ideas Economy: Finding Value in Big Data (link)
  • Partner Blog: Using Oracle Essbase for Aggregate Persistence within Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) (link)
  • Support: Business Analytics News - September 2013 (link)
  • Support: Installation and Configuration Assistant for OBIEE (link)

Endeca Information Discovery Bootcamp in Sweden Oct 2013

Event Details: October 22-24, 2013: Oracle Kista, Sweden

Register Now here

FREE of charge to OPN member Partners, this Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) 3-day bootcamp is designed to give partners an understanding of OEID’s features, and how it complements the existing Oracle Business Intelligence suite.

We will walk you through four key components of the product: Oracle Endeca Server—A highly scalable, search-analytical database that derives the data model based on the data presented to it, thereby reducing data modeling requirements. Studio—A highly interactive, component-based user interface for configuring advanced, yet intuitive, analytical applications. Integration Suite—Provides rapid unification and enrichment of diverse sources of information into a single integrated view. Extensible Value-Added Modules—Add-on modules that provide value quickly through configuration instead of custom coding.

This workshop will provide hands-on experience with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. Topics covered will include Data Exploration with Endeca Information Discovery, Data Ingest, Project Lifecycle, Building an Endeca Server data model and advanced modeling techniques, and Working with Studio. You will also learn about working with ETL components for content acquisitions and other aspects of the project such as security.

Prerequisites

  • This bootcamp is intended only for OPN member Partners as prospective implementers of OEID or those in a pre-sales role looking to gain insight into the technical benefits of this new software.
  • You must bring a 64-bit laptop with you for the Hands-on labs, with 64-bit Windows OS (Windows 7 or Windows Server 2000
  • Attendees should have experience and familiarity with the basic concepts of business intelligence.

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

Endeca Information Discovery Bootcamp in UK Oct 2013

Event Details: Oct 02 - Oct 04, 2013 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Oracle Office in Reading
Building 510, Oracle Parkway Thames Valley Park,
Reading, RG6 1RA, United Kingdom

Register Here Now

FREE of charge to OPN member Partners, this Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) 3-day bootcamp is designed to give partners an understanding of OEID’s features, and how it complements the existing Oracle Business Intelligence suite. Participants will learn how to develop & implement solutions using a Data Discovery method.

Prerequisites

· This bootcamp is intended only for OPN member Partners as prospective implementers of OEID or those in a pre-sales role looking to gain insight into the technical benefits of this new software.

· You must bring a 64-bit laptop with you for the Hands-on labs.

· Attendees should have experience and familiarity with the basic concepts of business intelligence.

Tuesday Sep 03, 2013

New Version of Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management

We are pleased to announce the immediate general availability of Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) 11.1.2.3 Patch Set Update 1 (PSU1 – 11.1.2.3.100)  available on “My Oracle Support” for partners and customers at http://support.oracle.com (Search for patch 16681929).

This is a significant release for the product because it now provides scripting that allows you to extend and customize the product for implementation specific business rules related to the processing of source data.  A high level description of the new features is provided below, with a detailed description provided in the user documentation.

Scripting

  • Jython based import, mapping and event scripting
  • Visual Basic event scripting

Financial Management

  • Support for journal loading via excel templates
  • Additional application options
  • New intersection check reports

Custom Target Applications

  • Provides the ability to export data from FDMEE into a user defined flat file format
  • Replaces the data mart and tax adapter features from the legacy FDM product

Additional Features

  • File append and replace methods
  • Load data and mapping rules from an excel formatted file.  Prior releases only supported files in csv formats.
  • Execution of custom calculation scripts for Planning or Essbase
  • Open Batches
  • Batch report execution

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus August 2013

  • August Business Analytics CUSTOMER Newsletter (link)
  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)

Customers

  • Exadata at Southwestern Energy video (link)
  • Companhia Imobiliária de Brasília Produces Performance Reports 50% Faster, Improves Access to Management Information  (link)
  • Companhia Imobiliária de Brasília (Terracap) Improves Sustainable Project Management and Identification of Protected Areas (link)
  • Morrisons Cuts Operational Reporting Time from Hours to Minutes, Extends Analytical Capabilities, Improves Decision-Making and Control (link)
  • Felsineo Increases Food Production and Distribution Speeds by 30% (link)
  • Link to Complete Archive

Enterprise Performance Management

  • CFO Central: Information for Executives - Great Resource (link)
  • Video: Cummins - Innovative techniques to automate reconciliation processes (link)
  • Solution Brief: Mastering the Cost of Higher Education (link)
  • Blog: Forward Looking DC Courts Improves Processes and Sets the Bar in Managing Strategy and KPIs (link
  • Blog: Beware of Competitive EPM Migration Offers (link)
  • Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Documentation Portal (link)

Business  Intelligence

New Self-Service Mobile Analytical Application Design Tool

Empowers Business Users with Easy to Create and Delightful to Use Custom Built Analytical Applications Available on any Mobile Device

Read the full press release about the new Oracle BI Mobile Analytical Application Design Tool, and get the collateral and details at Oracle BI Mobile App Designer.

This is a new design tool with which business users can easily create stunning and interactive analytical applications for use on any major mobile device. With this release, Oracle adds major innovations to Oracle Business Intelligence (BI), extending the capabilities of the Oracle BI Mobile solution, and reinforcing Oracle’s commitment to empowering organizations to stay connected to their businesses with real-time insights while on the go.

The apps created using Oracle BI Mobile App Designer run using HTML5 on iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile smartphones and tablets. Automatic rendering for differing screen sizes ensures visualizations display optimally with a write once, run anywhere model. Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is an integral component of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, and also is available with the Oracle BI Mobile option to Oracle BI Enterprise Edition.

Partners can start using this now by downloading the software and follow the tutorials on OTN.

Supporting Resources

Oracle Business Analytics Partner Sales Workshop

Tuesday, September 10th , 2013 at Oracle Office in Reading, UK

This workshop is to help attendees discover Oracle Business Analytics from a sales perspective. The intended audience is Executives, Sales and presales people from Oracle OPN member Partners only: existing partners selling applications or technology or hardware will all benefit by becoming able to cross-sell Analytics to existing and new clients.

It will help you to find out what is new and what has been enhanced, and understand how this works for an existing Oracle applications or technology customer.

Attendees will understand how Analytics is positioned for the market opportunities from Big Data, Customer Experience, and Cloud and can walk away ready to talk confidently about Oracle BI Foundation 11g, BI-Apps, Endeca, Exalytics and Business Analytics solutions to their clients.

Register here

Oracle OpenWorld Focus on Business Analytics

To help you to plan your schedule at this year’s OOW, below are a few suggestions with a focus on Business Analytics (EPM, BI, Analytics, Big Data, Exalytics):-

Friday 20/Sept/2013

· Business Analytics Oracle Partner Advisory Councils 2013, for BI and for EPM. Register here, and see the note for more information at Business Analytics Oracle Partner Advisory Council 2013.

Wednesday 25/Sept/2013

· BI&EPM Partner Networking Lunch – this is an informal gathering of EMEA OPN member partners and Oracle Execs to meet and discuss business opportunities over lunch. If you wish to attend, just let me know by emailing Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com, and I will confirm place and time with you.

Monday 23/Sept/2013 to Thursday 26/Sept/2013

· See the details of Business Analytics (EPM, BI, Analytics, Big Data, Exalytics) sessions and keynotes at this link.

Monday Aug 05, 2013

New Exalytics In-Memory Software License Change

In the latest Oracle Engineered Systems Price List, there are some changes to the licenses for Oracle software products running on the Exalytics in-Memory system.

· There is a new “Exalytics In-Memory Software” product which is now mandatory for all valid configurations of OBI and EPM software running on Exalytics (but not for Endeca only configurations). This Exalytics In-Memory Software includes the software-specific enhancements created and enabled on Exalytics including Summary Advisor, hardware accelerations for OBI Server and Essbase and enhanced BI-Publisher bursting.

· If licensing by Named User Plus (NUP), the minimum is now 20 NUP licenses per Customer. The licensing prerequisites for Exalytics In-Memory Software are Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, or Business Intelligence Foundation Suite for Oracle Applications, or Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus or Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus for Oracle Applications and / or Essbase Plus and / or Hyperion Planning Plus.

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