Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Demos

For Finance executives who are drowning in spreadsheets or strapped to legacy applications, a cloud-based performance management solution offers an easy on-ramp, lower IT resource requirements and accelerated time to value.

You can now see this set of Enterprise Planning Demos and Videos on cloud.oracle.com

On 30 January 2014, at 14:00 h GMT/ 15:00 h CET we will also be starting a series of webcasts on “Profitable Growth with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service – for this you can Register Now.

Otherwise, right now you can see the Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Partner Webcast Replay.

For more information see on Oracle.com @

Tuesday Dec 31, 2013

New Version Oracle Data Integrator and GoldenGate 12c

Oracle recently announced Major Updates to its Data Integration Portfolio. Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c were both released, plus the availability of the Oracle Warehouse Builder to Oracle Data Integrator Migration Utility, all tightly integrated with Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Applications.

See here this interview with Mark Rittman commenting on these updates in a video: Rittman Mead Evaluates Oracle Data Integrator 12c

We are also delighted to invite EMEA OPN partners to the first Oracle Data Integration (“DIS”) EMEA Partner Community Forum on 11th - 12th February 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Oracle DIS is easy to position, learn and implement. Existing and new partners have experienced quick returns very soon after investing into our products and solutions. Within DIS projects, there is traditionally a high ratio of services revenue vs. license revenue.

REGISTER here NOW

· Hear about the latest news on Oracle DIS v 12c and benefit from gaining insight into Oracle’s business and technology strategy.

· Meet and interact with the Oracle EMEA DIS field operations and corporate product management executives and explore more on a strategic partnership for joint go-to-market. This event also provides dedicated time for one-to-one meetings.

Friday Nov 08, 2013

New Version 3.1 Endeca Information Discovery Now Available

Business User Self-Service Data Mash-up Analysis and Discovery

integrated with OBI11g and Hadoop

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 (OEID) is a major release that incorporates significant new self-service discovery capabilities for business users, including agile data mashup, extended support for unstructured analytics, and an even tighter integration with Oracle BI.

· Self-Service Data Mashup and Discovery Dashboards: business users can combine information from multiple sources, including their own up-loaded spreadsheets, to conduct analysis on the complete set. Creating discovery dashboards has been made even easier by intuitive drag-and drop layouts and wizard-based configuration.  Business users can now build new discovery applications in minutes, without depending on IT.

· Enhanced Integration with Oracle BI: OEID 3.1 enhances its’ native integration with Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation. Business users can now incorporate information from trusted BI warehouses, leveraging dimensions and attributes defined in Oracle’s Common Enterprise Information Model, but evolve them based on the varying day-to-day demands and requirements that they personally manage.

· Deep Unstructured Analysis: business users can gain new insights from a wide variety of enterprise and public sources, helping companies to build an actionable Big Data strategy. With OEID’s long-standing differentiation in correlating unstructured information with structured data, business users can now perform their own text mining to identify hidden concepts, without having to request support from IT. They can augment these insights with best in class keyword search and pattern matching, all in the context of rich, interactive visualizations and analytic summaries.

· Enterprise-Class Self-Service Discovery: OEID 3.1 enables IT to provide a powerful self-service platform to the business as part of a broader Business Analytics strategy, preserving the value of existing investments in data quality, governance, and security. Business users can take advantage of IT-curated information to drive discovery across high volumes and varieties of data, and share insights with colleagues at a moment’s notice.

· Harvest Content from the Web with the Endeca Web Acquisition Toolkit: Oracle now provides best-of-breed data access to website content through the Oracle Endeca Web Acquisition Toolkit. This provides an agile, graphical interface for developers to rapidly access and integrate any information exposed through a web front-end. Organizations can now cost-effectively include content from consumer sites, industry forums, government or supplier portals, cloud applications, and myriad other web sources as part of their overall strategy for data discovery and unstructured analytics.

For more information:


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

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

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

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

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.

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

New Exalytics X3-4 System and Patchset 3 Released

Just announced, we have the news of Oracle Exalytics X3-4 Powers Real-Time Analytical Insights (July 15, 2013). This launches a new release of the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, called the “X3-4” model. The new system features significant software enhancements and hardware updates, dramatically expanding the capabilities of this high-speed engineered system for business analytics.

The new Exalytics X3-4 system features 2 TB of main memory, 2.4 TB of flash storage, and 5.4 TB of hard disk. Oracle also released system upgrades to increase memory capacity for existing Exalytics X2-4 customers, and updated software for all Exalytics customers.

Oracle Exalytics Patchset 3 Software is Now Available

The fourth major release of Exalytics software and associated certifications is  now available for use with Exalytics X2-4 and X3-4 engineered systems. 

What’s New

The new patchset includes a full software version stripe for Exalytics that has been tested together and is delivered as one Engineered System.  Exalytics customers can now access significant enhancements across the whole complement of Exalytics software.  

· New Software improvements of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11.1.1.7. This release has more than 200 enhancements across the suite and many features targeted exclusively for Exalytics, such as extremely fast ‘hot-data’ recommendations from the database cardinality estimate feature, and BI Publisher high-volume bursting that can enable the generation of an extremely large number of personalized reports and documents for business users in time periods that were previously not achievable. In addition, Essbase, a component of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, benefits from Flash memory and expanded main memory available with Exalytics X3-4 or with hardware upgrades for Exalytics X2-4. Multiple cubes can run concurrently with up to 25X improvement in load times and 9X improvement in calculation times when compared to the previous release running on Exalytics X2-4 without Flash storage.

· New release of TimesTen In-Memory Database 11.2.2.5 enhancements and new functionality for Exalytics, including a new TimesTen import utility for analyzing data in the Oracle Database and importing to TimesTen in Exalytics with recommendations for optimal data types, columnar compression, and indexes, enhanced parallel inserts for compressed tables and data loading time reduction. These capabilities speed up data load times. In-memory join optimizations in TimesTen result in up to 3x improvement over regular workloads in BI Applications, for instance.

· New Software Certification of EID 3.0.  Exalytics now supports the new, major release of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, which enables rapid insights into structured and unstructured data including social media, websites, content management systems, raw text from documents, email, and more. By correlating this data to the structured data in data warehouses and enterprise applications, users will be able to more accurately manage data and meaning form unstructured sources, ultimately driving better business decisions and innovations.

· New release of BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1.  This major release features new content across all the BI Applications, two new analytic applications—Student Information Analytics and Indirect Spend Planning—and new use of Oracle Data Integrator and GoldenGate. 

· New Software Certification of EPM 11.1.2.3 Exalytics now supports the latest version of Oracle Hyperion EPM.  In addition to taking advantage of all of the new user experience, integrations and functional enhancements Exalytics now supports 11.1.2.3 versions of Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management and connections to Hyperion Financial Management.

· Support for Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.1: Hyperion Planning customers with EPM 11.1.2.1 deployments can now take advantage of Exalytics without needing to upgrade to EPM release 11.1.2.2 or 11.1.2.3. With an existing deployment of Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.1, customers can now leverage the performance and scalability of Essbase deployed on Exalytics. 

· NEW Exalytics In-Memory Software.  Software optimizations specific to Exalytics, and not available on generic hardware or other Engineered Systems, are now packaged as part of a new priced item, “Exalytics In-Memory Analytics”.  This new line item provides rights to use Summary Advisor, Essbase Flash optimizations, BI Publisher enhanced bursting for Exalytics, TimesTen for Exalytics unique features, and other capabilities unique to Exalytics In-Memory Machine.

For more information:

· Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine

· Oracle Exalytics X3-4 Data Sheet

· Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine White Paper

· Webcast: Lowering Your Total Cost of Ownership with Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine

Friday Jul 05, 2013

Updated Processor sub-capacity License Policy for Exalytics

Until now the policy for Oracle Processor sub-capacity licensing on trusted partitions (Oracle Virtual Machine with Oracle Enterprise Manager) for Exalytics was “socket bound”. The prior policy was that sub-licencing could only be in multiples of 5 “processors”: this has now changed.

Oracle Processor licenses for Exalytics can now be procured as increments of two physical cores (one physical core is counted as the equivalent of two virtual CPUs in OVM). As the Exalytics comes with Intel processors and our current “core factor” for Intel Processors is 0.5, the customer can now buy in increments of one “Oracle Processor license”. Note: this change has no impact on named user “NUP” licensing.

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Oracle BI Applications for Industry Sectors

Oracle BI Applications already provide pre-built line-of-business analytic applications to over 4,000 customers: these expose the data otherwise locked inside ERP and CRM applications, giving the business user the analytics they need, and a greater ability to self-service ad-hoc queries.

Now you can also take advantage of the pre-built Oracle BI Applications approach for industry sector specific analytics to streamline your client’s operations, offer better services, and increase profit margins.

Find out more at http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/business-analytics/analytic-applications/industry/overview/index.html.

Retail

Education

Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics

Oracle Student Information Analytics

Oracle Retail Customer Analytics

Public Sector

Financial Services

Oracle Tax Analytics

Oracle Financial Analytics

Manufacturing

Health Care

Oracle Manufacturing Analytics

Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics

Asset Intensive

Oracle Clinical Development Analytics

Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics

Oracle Operating Room Analytics

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Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine "The adoption of Oracle Financial Services Analytic Applications is of great significance to the bank's transition to more rigorous and risk-averse management practices."Yang Changxue, Project Manager

Oracle Communications Data Model

Monday May 13, 2013

Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 With ODI now Available

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications 11.1.1.7.1 (also known as 11g PS1) is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery) and on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) along with OBI v 11.1.1.7.0.

This is the first major release on the 11g code line leveraging the power of ODI, and certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.7.

This major new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g adds:

1. New in-memory analytic applications

2. Significantly expands functional content across existing CRM and ERP Oracle BI Applications

3. Re-designed to leverage the power of Oracle Data Integrator and, optionally, GoldenGate; providing near-real-time reporting

4. New out-of-the-box utilities to increase productivity and further drive down Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

New Oracle BI Applications Modules:

· Oracle Student Information Analytics enables academic institutions to improve recruitment, lower dropout rate by tracking student attendance in real-time, monitor graduation rate, manage student financial transactions, and match up school resources with student needs more effectively.

· Oracle Indirect Spend Planning – a prebuilt planning application that teams with Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics to enable businesses to optimize spend through what-if modeling

New Content Enhancements: Significant expansion of content improves existing front and back-office Oracle BI Applications including:

· Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with new Time and Labor Analysis, global Payroll Analysis and Headcount Gain and Loss.

· Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with new Fixed Assets Analysis, providing complete lifecycle of assets from acquisitions, capitalization to retirements. Budgetary Control Analysis, ideal for public sector, delivers insight into expense & revenue budgets including analysis of budgeted amounts, encumbrances, expenditures, funds available, overspending, and recognized revenues.

· Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Resource Management Analysis, providing visibility into project requirements, trending, utilization, competencies and alignment. Reconciliation of project sub-ledger and General Ledger assist project accountants in reconciling differences between the two ledgers for cost and revenue transactions. Perspective based dashboards provide an optimized Project Analytics user interface that orients the content around specific user perspectives.

· Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces new Enhanced Inventory Analysis, providing deep insight into Inventory Cycle Count, Inventory Aging, Inventory Expiration/Obsolescence tracking and Inventory balances and transaction details at lot level. Item Cost History Analysis allows insight into historical cost of Supply Chain related items.

· Oracle Procurement & Spend Analytics introduces new Sourcing Analysis, providing a new comprehensive Sourcing Business Process that includes negotiations, awards, savings and performance. Award decisions will help identify trends and check if there is a margin for any savings opportunity.

· Oracle CRM Analytics expands insight into front office Analytics with Indirect Forecasting and Service Contracts support. Forecasting Analysis is now possible when submissions are made up a forecast hierarchy that is outside of the reporting hierarchy. Oracle Price Analytics has added E-Business Suite to the list of supported sources. Customers now have a ready means to assess pricing performance and arrest revenue and margin leakage.  Robust price waterfall analysis possible with the new Waterfall view.

Using New Oracle BI Foundation Suite 11.1.1.7 Features:

· Visualization Enhancements, and User Interaction Improvements

· BI Mobile HD Enhancements: BI Applications available on mobile without additional development

New Oracle Data Integration: BI Apps are completely re-architected to leverage Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate. 

· BI Applications is now available with next-generation Data Integration. Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) delivers unique next-generation, Extract Load and Transform (E-LT) technology that improves performance and reduces data integration costs, even across heterogeneous systems, and improves productivity.

· Functional Setup Manager provides a Web based Administrative User Interface to track and manage implementation projects and their required functional setup steps

· Configuration Manager provides a centralized Web based administrative user interface to simplify the setup and maintenance of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications.

· A new optional pre-packaged solution, that leverages GoldenGate, eliminates the need for an ETL batch window and minimizes the impact on OLTP systems, while providing near real-time reporting and enabling more reliable change data capture and delete support.

You can find more information on this download on OTN.

Thursday Apr 25, 2013

How much faster is the Oracle R implementation compared to “Normal” R ?

For those of you just getting interested in “Advanced Analytics”, you may still be wondering “What is R ?”… R is an open-source language and environment for statistical computing and data visualization: and it works with OBI to enrich the graphics and predictive capabilities: see here a quick preview on YouTube.

It is being taught in colleges and universities in courses on statistics and advanced analytics – often in preference to more traditional statistical software tools – and so skills in R are readily available among younger graduates.

For you experts in the field who use R anyway, the key question is why use “Oracle’s version” ?

The tight integration between R, Oracle Database 11g, and Hadoop enables R users to write one R script that can run in three different environments: a laptop running open source R, Hadoop running with Oracle Big Data Connectors, and Oracle Database 11g.

For large analyses on large Oracle data-sets, it is much faster and easier to do this “inside” the database, than exporting the data into another specialised external data format.  Some of the benchmarks below, show 4x ~ 20x + faster for various operations, and even 100x + for some data scoring algorithms.

For Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, Oracle R Enterprise in-DB functionality, the performance gains come through the R-to-SQL transparency layer for native SQL performance and the OAA/ORE “mapping” to the OAA/Oracle Data Mining SQL based hi-performance data mining algorithms and statistical functions that are native in-DB parallelized implementations of the algorithms. 

Also, besides the simpler and more scalable architecture, the majority of the performance gains stem from eliminating the extract, mine, apply models, import outer loop which can take weeks to months, largely due to “human time” sinks to manually translate the data transformations and model logic to native SQL for in-DB deployment.  That conversion process is tedious, time consuming and error prone.  The OAA in-DB performance therefore cuts that latency time down to secs / mins / hours.

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Preview OBIEE 11.1.1.7 on YouTube

You may be interested to get a brief preview of what is coming in the new release of OBIEE version 11.1.1.7 by watching some short (4 to 6 minutes) videos on YouTube:

  • SampleApp V303 - What's New in OBIEE 11.1.1.7 Overview on YouTube
  • SmartView Interacting with OBIEE 11.1.1.7 in “SampleApp V303” on YouTube
  • OBIEE 11.1.1.7 + ORE "R" Advanced Statistical Analytics Integration & Interaction in “SampleApp V303” on YouTube

Note that the Oracle BI SampleApp that you can download at OTN, is not yet posted for this “V303: so, sorry, but you will have to wait a while before you can get your hands on it. I will post an update here as soon as I hear it is available.

However, you can download the install image on OTN, as well as the current version of BI-Apps:

Monday Mar 25, 2013

Endeca Information Discovery Version Release 3.0

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.0 and Oracle Endeca Server 7.5 are now available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery @ https://edelivery.oracle.com/ ).

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) includes Endeca Information Discovery Studio, for end-user discovery and creation of discovery applications, and Endeca Information Discovery Integrator, for ingesting data into Endeca Server and discovery applications.

What’s New?

Enhanced End-User Discovery Experience 

  • Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) Studio 3.0 comes with a completely refreshed look and feel. Discovery applications are cleaner looking and more powerful than ever to maximize the discovery experience.

Improved Business Self-Service Capabilities

  • Without IT assistance, business users can upload Excel files to create personal discovery applications. Also build discovery applications on curated data sets already provisioned by IT.
  • Encourage collaboration by allowing discovery applications built both by business users and IT to be viewed and shared with appropriate security rights.
  • Improved information management capabilities, including an enhanced View Manager to make it easier for business users to create applications based on centrally defined data and metadata definitions.

Global-Ready

  • OEID Studio 3.0 is translated and localized for 10 languages. Oracle Endeca Server 7.5 now supports data in 22 languages.

A Robust Data Discovery Platform for the Enterprise

  • OEID 3.0 is more tightly integrated with Oracle BI for more confidence in your data.  Use OEID Integrator 3.0 to connect to Oracle BI Server as a data source and spin up a new discovery application in minutes. Use the new wizard to select subject areas, tables and metadata from Oracle BI Server allowing complete alignment between Oracle BI and OEID discovery applications.
  • OEID Integrator 3.0 enhances social media and unstructured data capabilities, with a native JSON reader, new HTTP connector with OAuth support (for accessing common web service based APIs), and better Text Enrichment and Sentiment accuracy on short form text (e.g., Twitter).
  • Deploy on WebLogic 11gR1.
  • Even more powerful analytics due to many new EQL enhancements including 17 new functions and improvements to many existing functions.

Pricing note

Endeca Information Discovery pricing and packaging changes were also announced recently: for more details, see the Oracle Technology Commercial Price List, and product information at oracle.com.

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