Monday May 23, 2016

Hyperion and BI Demonstration Systems hosted for Partners

If you need to get access to a demonstration environment, hosted by Oracle, then the current versions of the Hyperion EPM Applications, BI, and Cloud are available for partners to book and use to show to their clients.  These demonstrations cover all the modules including HFM, Planning and Tax provisioning: and there is a demo image which is the same as the PBCS Planning in the Cloud version, as well as OBI, BICS and BI-Apps and Data Visualisation.

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.

Wednesday May 04, 2016

New in May 2016 Data Visualisation Desktop

Oracle’s Data Visualization portfolio expands further with the availability of Data Visualization on the desktop (“DVD”), making it easier and even more convenient for anyone to analyze any data, anytime, anywhere. 

Start now - Download DVD now from OTN (522Mb) and install to start working with your data in as little as 15 minutes.

Get an easy-to-use desktop capability that is part of a complete visual analytics solution to meet all your needs, from individuals to the entire organization, for IT and the business.

Grow as you go by using DV in the cloud (DVCS) or on the desktop (DVD), or both – whatever best suits your needs now, and in the future.

A key element in Oracle’s analytics strategy, Data Visualization Desktop (DVD) is a standalone capability that provides rich, consumer-style analytics, including intelligent data visualization, self-service data discovery, visual storytelling, and predictive analysis, as well as out-of-the-box access to numerous data sources and built-in data preparation.  Highlights and benefits include:

Easy, Engaging Visual Analytics: Oracle Data Visualization (DV) blends drag-and-drop simplicity with powerful analytics, making it fun and easy for anyone to blend, visualize, and gain new insight from their data.  DVD makes visual analytics even more accessible through a quick download and install, allowing anyone to have a local best-in-class visual analytics capability that includes new visualizations, free form layouts, custom coloring and highlighting, and more.  See here the new features video.

Anytime, Anywhere:  DVD complements DVCS, BICS, and BI 12c, making the same rich experience and technology available for personal use on the desktop.  DVD is ideal for organizations that are still sorting out their cloud strategy, offering easy access to visual analytics that creates a natural bridge between premises and cloud.  Equally, it offers cloud customers a simple solution for local analytics, enabling people to work anywhere they need to.    

Push-Button Data Management:  Point-and-click data blending allows users to blend data from a variety of sources – Oracle and other SaaS applications, on-premises systems, external sources and personal files, including:  OTBI/E, Oracle database, Spark, SQL Server, MySQL, DB2, Teradata, Redshift, Hive, Impala, MongoDB, SybaseIQ, and Salesforce.  DVD also offers integrated data preparation capabilities, enabling anyone to quickly clean and enhance data as it is loaded, as well as export to CSV files.

Predictive Analytics:  Analytics has progressed from providing oversight to offering insight, and now to enabling foresight.   Oracle Data Visualization supports that progression, delivering embedded predictive capabilities that enable anyone to see trend lines and other visuals with a click, and extend their analysis using a free R download. 

“Buy 1 Get 1 Free”:  DVD is packaged at no extra cost with DVCS and BICS, so customers who subscribe to those services receive a matching number of DVD licenses at no extra charge.  On premises, customers license Oracle Data Visualisation for $1250 per named user (minimum lowered to 1), and receive both DV for OBI12c and DVD; when OBI12c and DV are licensed by processor, customers get 80 licenses of DVD per processor, again at no extra charge.

Resources to help you include:

 

Wednesday Jan 06, 2016

See and Try Data Visualisation for Big Data

By now you have probably already looked at how you can See and Try Oracle Data Visualisation to Re-Boot your Business, and maybe you are thinking how can you do this for your clients who have complex problems with large amounts of data in many different varieties of formats, probably with lots of text and documents (email, call-centre notes, asset maintenance logs, click streams, twitter, facebook…).

Maybe these clients have already started with Hadoop, but would like to be more productive in their “Data Science” and need to show their business executives some visual stories about the “big data” and how this can create business value.

To start with you can still use Oracle Data Visualisation to access data in Hadoop – for instance see this video demonstration @ OBI 12.2.1 : Visual Analyzer on Big Data. Here the information being used is joining database sets with structured data on Hadoop.

For un-structured, messy data, text information, and where the number of data-sets is large and being acquired so fast that your teams are finding it hard to define structures and prioritise where to start… then you need Oracle Big Data Discovery (BDD) to pre-analyse, mash-up, clean-up, and visualize the many different data sets together – and then to share your evolving insights and analysis with business analysts who can see the value and prioritise further work.

  1. For example I suggest you start with Getting Started with Oracle Big Data Discovery – Module 2: Process Overview (maybe even skip to 2.30 minutes into this video …).
  2. Then review the whole Oracle Big Data Discovery Playlists,
  3. And to download your own VM image with Hadoop, Oracle DB12c and BDD 1.1.1 try Download VM Oracle Big Data Lite 4.2.1 Including Big Data Discovery
  4. And then check back to Partners’ Get-Started-Kit with Oracle Big Data and Analytics and more articles at big and advanced.

 

For partners, we are running a series of 2-day technical training workshops on Big Data Discovery in EMEA (e.g. in UK), so look out to join these in your or nearby countries.

Hopefully this will get you more productive in your Big Data Science practices and help you visualize a greater variety of solutions and business value for your clients: or even just to make Hadoop a lot easier for your consultants to exploit.

Monday Dec 21, 2015

Demo OBI 12c and Visual Analyzer with SampleApp v511 Download

The latest OBI SampleApp v511 prebuilt Virtual Box image includes OBIEE 12c, Visual Analyzer, Advanced Analytics & Oracle Database 12c. It provides numerous examples of OBI 12c capabilities, and includes the new features and capabilities of the OBI 12.2.1 release.

This SampleApp is a complete BI virtualized environment for demonstrating Oracle BI solutions. It provides a fully self-contained and configured environment with a comprehensive out of the box collection of examples to demonstrate Oracle BI capabilities, product integrations, and design best practices, including:

  • Visual Analyzer Projects
    • Numerous Visual Analyzer features and functional examples
  • Mashups & XSA datasets
    • Numerous external Mash-up demo datasets & examples
    • Joining datasets, persisting BI reports as datasets
  • BI 12c Native Advanced Analytics
    • Native Advanced Analytics Function Examples in VA and in Answers
    • R/ORE integration, R visualizations embedding in dashboards
  • For additional information refer to the whats new in SA 511 document via the OTN download page.

INSTALLATION - Download SampleApp v511 from OTN

  • To assist in getting started, installing and starting the services for Sample App v511 refer to the Quick Deployment Guide
  • For further assistance in getting started, visit the Oracle BI TechDemo YouTube video Step by Step demo on how to deploy this release. This 4 minute video demonstrates how to download, deploy, setup and run the Sample App v511.

Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

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 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.

Thursday Jul 09, 2015

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 

    Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

    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.

    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.

    Friday Jun 20, 2014

    Oracle BI Demonstration with BIMAD2 SampleApp V406 on OTN

    The latest new version “SampleApp” V406 BI 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 V2.

    This server image is based on the standard OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 install within a VirtualBox image 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 and BI-Apps deployment.

    The SampleApp V406 R2 image includes following preconfigured and integrated software:

    · Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.5 x64

    · Oracle Business Intelligence EE 11.1.1.7.1401527

    · Mobile Application Designer V2

    · Essbase Server 11.1.2.3, Essbase Studio,FR

    · Sample Application Content

    · Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

    · Endeca Server 7.6.1,Studio 3.1

    · Oracle MapViewer Version 11g ps6 (11.1.1.7.2)

    · Oracle Database 12c 12.1.0.1.0

    · R 3.0 & ORE 1.4

    · Oracle APEX 4.2.0.0.27, Listener 2.0.1

    · SQL Developer 4.0.2

    · TimesTen 11.2.2.6

    · Standalone EPM 11.1.2.3 Suite (plug and play add-on)

    · BIApps 11g (plug and play add-on)

    Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

    UPDATED Demonstration VM for BI Partners (BIC2g 2014-03 Download)

    Most of this Demo VM is now very similar to the OTN SampleApp V309, but BIC2g has BI-Apps (with ODI) with all the extra Vision-demo data, plus it has Endeca v3.1 (the SampleApp is still v3.0 Endeca), and it includes the standard Test-Drive kits.

    Compared to the prior version, the new BIC2g 2014-03 has:

    Ø Updates to the Executive Vision Demo (EVD).

    Ø Merged SampleApp content with both EVD and BI Apps 11g rpd/webcats.

    Ø Test-drive customer workshops:

    o BI Apps

    o BI Foundation

    o Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

    Ø Updates to BI Apps 11g Demos

    o New OM and Projects Mobile demo scripts

    o New 11g DW for future demo script development

    Ø Updated demo process control features

    The OBIEE installed is 11.1.1.7.1. with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.

    The “BIC2g” demo VM is downloadable from our BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners.

    The access details, for OPN member partners only, to get added to the BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

    This Oracle Business Intelligence Linux VM virtual appliance (“BIC2g”) was developed to support Oracle OBI, BI-Apps and Essbase sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities.  If you do not need BI-Apps, or everything combined, then there is a smaller VM OBI Sample-App you can get from OTN: see @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.

    • Join this live WEBCAST to learn more about the BIC2G 2014-03 Partner Edition – on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 5.0 pm UK / 6.0 pm CET @ WebConference URL    ( Meeting Number: 597 781 081 / Passcode: Oracle123 ).

    For Endeca 3.1 only, you can also get this @ Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download

    While for a “Big Data” demo setup including Hadoop, see @ Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN

    If you are new to them, the Test-drive customer workshops use a ‘seeing is believing’ approach with real world data that everyone can related to, and provide an opportunity for partners to invite their customers to interact with the solutions and with you, the BI experts. See here for more on Test Drives.


    Thursday Apr 10, 2014

    Introducing Mobile App for Oracle EPM

    Play this short video ~ 3 minutes ~ to get an Introduction to Mobile for Oracle EPM.

    This video gives you a quick introduction to Oracle's EPM Mobile App using sample data. EPM Mobile enables on-the-go approvals and workflow across Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, and Hyperion Tax Provision.

    To check out the App, you can download EPM Mobile on your phone with these links:

    - Android at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=oracle.epm.mobile.OracleEPM
    - Apple app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oracle-enterprise-performance/id845082117

    After downloading the App, you can view the video, the overview tour and the sample application.

    For more information see:

    • Oracle.Com Product Page: Oracle EPM Mobile App (link)
    • Oracle EPM Mobile Solution Brief (link)
    • Oracle EPM Mobile Data Sheets for Oracle Hyperion Planning, Oracle Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle Hyperion Tax Provisioning (link)

    Monday Feb 03, 2014

    Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN

    The Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” is now available for download from OTN.  Now, customers and partners can have easy access to many of our big data software products - all configured in an integrated VirtualBox environment.

    “BigDataLite” is an Oracle VM VirtualBox that contains many key components of Oracle's big data platform, including:

    • Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop
    • Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition
    • Oracle Advanced Analytics and "R"
    • Oracle Data Integrator 12c, Oracle Big Data Connectors
    • Oracle NoSQL Database, and more....

    It's been configured to run on at least two cores and about +5Gb memory (so this means that your computer should have at least 8Gb total memory). With BigDataLite, you can develop your big data applications and then deploy them to any compatible hardware including the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

    To expand this demonstration platform to include OBI and Endeca, you then also download these VMs and inter-connect them. For this you will likely need +16Gb of RAM and at least 4 cores to get them all running. This is targeted at “BIG data analytics”, so giving this integrated platform set +32Gb of RAM and more cores will help you to show it in its’ best light.

    Thursday Jan 23, 2014

    Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download

    The current version 3.1 of Endeca Information Discovery can now be downloaded from OTN as a self-contained VM appliance providing a VM (virtual machine) image containing a full installation of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, including:

    • Endeca Server
    • Studio
    • Provisioning Service

    The primary objective of this image is to demonstrate the Endeca Information Discovery self-service use case, allowing end users to immediately log in, upload an Excel file, and customize the resulting application within minutes.

    While this image can also be used in conjunction with Endeca Information Discovery Integrator, note that Integrator does not come installed by default on the image. Connecting to this image via Integrator from an outside source (host machine or 3rd party machine) also requires some modifications to the image's default network configuration. See the "Loading Data via Integrator" section in this README doc for details.

    PLEASE NOTE that this appliance is for testing purposes only. As such, it is unsupported, and should not be used in a production environment.

    You can also “Test Drive” Endeca 3.1 on our hosted system @ http://slc02okj.oracle.com:8001/eid/web. Note that this is shared across different public users, and self-provisioning is disabled. Use Logon ID:  prodney@oracle.com / Admin123.

    Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

    Big Data Analytics is Big News

    From our BI partner Forum last week in London focusing on Big Data Analytics, I think the messages coming through from the discussions with partners and clients can be distilled into a few points:

    1. Find Value = Organisations are more successful in finding value from potential Big Data Analytics projects when they combine data from “Hadoopable” sources with their traditional Oracle databases: for example merging social sentiment information with existing customer loyalty and product revenue data. Hadoop projects in isolation are struggling to complete the business case.

    2. Oracle+Hadoop = Open source Hadoop and “R”-analytics are very complimentary to the Oracle stack, and indeed are greatly strengthened by Oracle’s software distribution and connectivity options – notably with OBI, Endeca, ODI, SQL, and the Oracle Big-data-Connectors for Hadoop.

    3. Interconnect = Any Oracle partner can get going with this by downloading the software onto a relatively modest server, where they can interconnect the complete platform, and quickly get to grips with it: see below.

    a. You can directly access data from Hadoop to analyse, visualise, and assess its’ value, and join it to Oracle DB data within OBI and Endeca and R.

    b. If and as needed, data in Hadoop can be economically selected, processed, and enriched with familiar tools like ODI, and then moved with the Connectors into an Oracle database at very high speed transfer rates, within your data governance model (e.g. see the Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials).

    4. Start Smaller = Of course, an Oracle Big Data Appliance plus the Exalytics and Exadata engineered systems are the ultimate solution for this, but all of the software platform from Oracle runs very well with Hadoop on smaller commodity servers. The choice of scale depends on your client’s needs – this is not a constraint on getting value from the integrated software stack. Projects can start relatively “small”; with one commentator suggesting the median deployment is around 10 Tb, and only very few are in the Petabyte range).

    5. Enterprise-grade = For the successful Enterprise-grade projects, the Oracle tooling that connects with Hadoop and R provide the security, speed and reliability needed to de-risk the project and surface the value. These familiar tools (OBI, ODI, SQL, Big-data-Connectors) also minimise the skills gap and cost otherwise needed for extensive Java and MapReduce programming.

    6. Hadoop is not Big Data = The key to value is using the right set of tools for the job: this may or may not include Hadoop.

    This is a recent customer story where the full architecture is being put to broad use:

    CaixaBank deploys new big data infrastructure on Oracle - Enables the Spanish Bank to Develop Better Customer Services, Integrating Data Created Across All Its Channels.

    Interconnect the complete platform

    Partners can assemble a complete platform from these VMs. These pull together a large set of tools, and so I recommend you put this on a server with 32Gb RAM.  You can also get some hints @ Oracle BI Partners Get to Grips with Big Data Analytics

    Find out more @ Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials

    and White-paper @ Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture

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