Tuesday May 19, 2015

OBI 11g Release 11.1.1.9 Now Available

This new release of Oracle Business Intelligence v.11.1.1.9, includes a number of new features and a focus on overall quality improvement. Significant new features and enhancements include:

Expanded Data Source Support, including support for Cloudera Impala and Hive2.  Users can also access information directly from their Hyperion Planning applications to build and deliver analytical content with OBI. Integration with the Oracle 12c database has been enhanced with support for compression, Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (EHCC), and in-memory Oracle database features.

Improved User Experience, including a new Tree Map visualization. Subject area search makes it easier to locate elements to add to an analysis. Users can now save and re-use custom column definitions.  More options are available to users when exporting content.  Customers can now take advantage of HTML5 for rendering charts.

New Capabilities for Exalytics, including support for count distinct aggregations.  Aggregations for levels with non-unique level keys, ragged and skip level hierarchies, and time levels with no chronological keys are also supported.  A new Summary Advisor command line utility is available to assist with scripting maintenance tasks.

New Capabilities for Administration, including Mobile App Designer installed by default.  A database policy store is available for security administration.

BI Publisher Integration with WebCenter Content: This integration will enable customers to deliver BI Publisher output directly to WebCenter Content.

More information:

Friday May 08, 2015

New Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS)

Introducing the new Oracle Hyperion EPM cloud approach for secure, collaborative, and process driven reporting. On the Oracle public cloud customers can now buy the new Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS).

  • You can listen to an explanation of this new service on our live EPRCS Webcast on Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:00 pm UK / 7:00 pm CET.

Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud is a purpose-built solution in the Cloud for management and narrative reporting. It provides a secure, collaborative, process-driven approach for defining, authoring, reviewing, and publishing financial and management report packages for internal and external stakeholders.

Corporate and management reporting is experiencing significant change in today’s digital age. As reported earnings become more volatile, corporate guidance—and the ability of management to clearly explain the quality and sustainability of corporate performance—is more important than ever.

The current integration of narrative into performance-reporting processes is often manual, ad hoc, and highly prone to error. New cloud-based solutions, such as Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud, enable organizations to streamline internal and external reporting processes, combining data plus narrative in a single, secure, collaborative environment.

Read more @ the EPM blog on Enterprise Performance Clearly Explained With a Collaborative, Intuitive, Reporting Solution.

Resources:

 

What is New in Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS)

Anyone who subscribes to Oracle BI Cloud Service receives automatic upgrades as soon as new features become available. You don't need to request an upgrade or take any actions yourself. Go here to keep up to date with an overview of new features and enhancements added recently, for example in April 2015:

Explore data using Visual Analyzer

Visual Analyzer provides self-service analysis, seamlessly transitioning you between all phases of the analysis lifecycle: data staging, analysis, composition, and consumption. See Getting Started with Visual Analyzer, and Oracle Visual Analyzer is now Available with Demonstrations for Partners .

Manage access to Visual Analyzer through a new application role called BIDiscoveryContentAuthor. See Application Roles Predefined in Oracle BI Cloud Service.

Integrate with Oracle Database Cloud Service (Database as a Service)

Connect Oracle BI Cloud Service to any Oracle Database Cloud Service (Database as a Service) instance. See Changing the Database Connection.

Upload data models from a file

If you’ve modelled your data with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, then you don't need to start from scratch in Oracle BI Cloud Service. Simply upload your on-premises data model file (.rpd) to Oracle BI Cloud Service and start exploring your data through visualizations, reports, and dashboards. See Uploading Data Models from a File (.rpd).

Add your own data to analyses

You can add data from an external source to an analysis in Oracle BI Cloud Service. Adding your own data is sometimes referred to as “mash-up.” See Adding Data from External Sources to Analyses.

Oracle BICS Data Sync version 1

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Data Sync supports the load of on-premises data residing in one or more relational or comma-separated value file sources into the schema provisioned on Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service:

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

Cumulative Feature Tool for Oracle EPM Versions

Please try out this new web-based Cumulative Feature Overview Tool for Oracle EPM products. 

This web based Tool provides concise descriptions of new and enhanced features and functionality available between a user-selected starting and target releases.  You can also download the report output to various formats such as PDF and Excel, and it includes links to video feature overviews.  Feel free to pass this on to your customers.



Monday Mar 16, 2015

Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.9.1 with Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications 11.1.1.9.1, for installation ‘on-premise’, is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page. This release is certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.7

New Oracle Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics

  • With the continued move to the Cloud, Oracle BI Applications has introduced support for the following Oracle Application Cloud sources: Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Financial Cloud, Oracle Procurement Cloud, and Oracle Project Cloud, to download cloud data to BI-Applications ‘on-premise’.

New Content Enhancements: Additional content improves existing Oracle BI Applications including:

  • Oracle Financial Analytics provides a new Essbase GL Balances model for improved EBS Financial Service Generator (FSG) Reporting and Hierarchy navigation, including support of ragged hierarchies for GL segment dimensions.
  • Oracle Project Analytics expands project-based insight with new Construction in Process (CIP) support, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into in-progress costs, expensed costs since project inception and across organizations.
  • Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics delivers new capabilities for Fusion Procurement, including Supply Chain Financial orchestration, negotiation and award approvals, and Buyer assignment controls.
  • Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces new Inventory module support for PeopleSoft, including visibility into inventory balances, aging, transactions and valuation.
  • Oracle Student Information Analytics provides new subject area coverage for Student Financials Billing Summary and Transactions, with visibility to billing and transaction information by student or external organization.
  • Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance for Fusion HCM with support of Talent Management Analysis.
  • Oracle Sales Analytics introduces new subject areas for Activity Analytics, with support for Activity contact, resource and sales subject areas from Fusion Sales.

 

Friday Feb 20, 2015

Oracle Big Data Discovery Now Available - The Visual Face of Hadoop


There has been a lot of excitement about Oracle Big Data Discovery, and it is now generally available to customers and partners and can be sold and installed now.

This is a stunningly visual, intuitive tool that enables you to leverage the power of Hadoop and turn raw data into business insight in minutes — without learning complex products or relying only on specialists.

From a partner perspective it is perfect for proof of concept work with your clients to reveal the value they can find in their large information reservoirs combining a variety of data and text sources; potentially leading to much more and deeper analysis as part of an overall big data information architecture.

To find out more see these videos:

Check out the Capabilities of Big Data Discovery to

  1. Easily find relevant data by browsing a rich, interactive catalog of all data in hadoop using familiar keyword search and guided navigation.
  2. Explore data to understand its’ potential by visualizing the shape and quality of unfamiliar data and combining attributes to uncover interesting relationships.
  3. Transform and enrich to make data better with intuitive, user-driven data wrangling.
  4. See rich, interactive visualizations that reveal new patterns by blending diverse data sets for deeper perspectives.

More Resources:

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle EPM system New Version 11.1.2.4

A great service opportunity to partners offering upgrades and modernisation to their Hyperion clients, Oracle has just announced the new Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release v 11.1.2.4. This new release incorporates key updates to the entire portfolio of EPM applications that enable organizations to engineer predictable performance, connect the enterprise, and further improve decision-making. See the press release here.

Oracle EPM System Release 11.1.2.4 includes a major update to Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) that delivers significant performance improvements as well as simplicity of administration with an all-unix-based deployment capability. HFM is now also available on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. With this addition, the entire Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite and Oracle Hyperion Planning is available on Oracle Exalytics (along with OBI Foundation, Endeca and In-Memory DB), offering simplified deployment, reduced total cost of ownership, and improved performance.

“With Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2.4 we saw dramatic improvements in financial consolidation times. Executing a consolidation on our main organizational structure went from three hours to 15 minutes,” said Diane Ferry, administrator at Emerson for Oracle Hyperion Financial Management. “As we have many alternate organizational structures, the savings in consolidation times will allow us to have the application ready for our users more quickly. It will also allow our users to more quickly analyze their results.”

For more information:

Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

Real-Time Decisions on Big Data

By continuously learning in real time, an adaptive solution can predict and optimize the outcome of each transaction, thereby improving the customer experience and maximising revenues. With increasing amounts and speeds of data acquisition, the solution needed for this must make many decisions automatically and very quickly (for example in less than a Tenth of a second for an effective eCommerce application) based on large amounts of data.

Many of our recent Big Data customer projects are driven by this need for high value real time decisions. As a Partners you can offer excellent ROI to you clients by deploying Oracle RTD (Real Time Decisions) to combine both rules and predictive analytics; instilling real-time intelligence into business processes or customer interactions as they happens.

Oracle Real-Time Decisions allows business users to adjust rules and predictive based decisions to optimize competing business goals, such as increasing revenue while decreasing servicing costs. Technically, RTD is based on an Open Service-Oriented J2EE Architecture - built on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) using industry-standard J2EE application servers (such as Oracle Application Server, BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere), and can be readily incorporated into many existing or new applications.

The Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application is a library of pre-configured components representing best practices for Decision Management implementations using Oracle Real-Time Decisions. The library contains two types of component: pre-configured Decision Services that can be used to implement specific decision patterns and Application Components that can be used by business users to support their decision management needs. The pre-configured Decision Services provide best practice patterns for E-Commerce and Customer Service interactions optimization, and contain hundreds of pre-built elements such as performance goals, data attributes, predictive models and reports. The pre-configured Application Components address the needs of business users in terms of content authoring, access and version control, search, collaboration and workflow integration.

These Application Components are then assembled together into a pre-configured Decision Management application for Marketing Optimization, a turn-key deployable solution for real-time inbound marketing optimization and collaborative decision management, now available as a component of the Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application.

For example, in the context of E-Commerce, the Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application provides a generalized Inline Service for the purpose of optimizing E-Commerce interactions for Oracle or non-Oracle E-Commerce systems, while Oracle Real-Time Decisions for Siebel E-Commerce is a pre-packaged version of the above mentioned Inline Service that has been tailored for the Siebel E-Commerce Application. Similarly, the Siebel Intelligent Offer Generation product (IOG) extends Siebel Marketing and Siebel Contact Center with RTD capabilities for Contact Call Centres.

For more information see RTD on OTN, and at Oracle.com.

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management 12c for Big Data and Analytics

One of the best reasons for introducing Hadoop into your clients is as a lower cost ETL and staging platform for any data warehouse... the so called “Data Lake” Concept. But as discussed by Gartner “Beware of the Data Lake Fallacy”... this still needs governance: “Without descriptive metadata and a mechanism to maintain it, the data lake risks turning into a data swamp.”

So, as a follow on to my last blog ( Partners’ Get-Started-Kit with Oracle Big Data and Analytics ), let’s now explore how you can help your clients to better govern and manage a cost effective data lake that delivers additional value to their data warehouse.

Oracle has expanded its Oracle Data Integration portfolio with the addition of Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management 12c, a comprehensive platform that helps reduce compliance risks and ensure the success of governance programs within organizations by providing much-needed business and data transparency (read the Press Release). Together with Oracle Enterprise Data Quality, Oracle Big Data SQL, and Oracle Database security you can manage and control all aspects of big data stewardship, lifecycle management, data protection, auditing, security, and compliance.

To find out more, start with these two webcasts:

Data Quality and Metadata Management for Big Data Governance webcast:
  • Understand how data governance can be applied to big data
  • Explore new Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management technology
  • Learn how data quality is integral to any data governance initiative

Big Data Integration for the Big Data Reservoir webcast:

  • Keep big data reservoirs accurate and real-time using Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate
  • Leverage Hadoop and Data Integration technologies across heterogeneous environments
  • Implement best practices using big data reservoirs to unlock the most value from your enterprise big data

Then try the Tutorial @ Tame Big Data with Oracle Data Integration

And Download a full version of Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management 12c software and documentation.

Thursday Nov 20, 2014

Real-time Big Data with Oracle GoldenGate 12c

Oracle recently announced the enhanced version of Oracle GoldenGate 12c with expanded support for heterogeneous databases and big data solutions, improved manageability, and support for hybrid cloud environments.

Oracle GoldenGate 12c provides best-of-breed, real-time data integration and heterogeneous database replication. Among many new features, is better support for Big Data with Oracle GoldenGate Adapter for Java enabling integration with Oracle NoSQL, Apache Hadoop, Apache HDFS, Apache HBase, Apache Storm, Apache Flume, Apache Kafka, and others which allows real-time, noninvasive data streaming into big data targets to give customers new insights into business and improve the customer experience.

Oracle GoldenGate is part of the industry-leading Oracle Data Integration portfolio, which includes real-time and bulk data movement, transformations, data governance, data virtualization, data quality and meta-data management. Oracle Data Integration has also gained notable industry recognition, with Gartner, Inc. naming Oracle a Leader in its July 24, 2014 Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools and Database Trends and Applications naming Oracle GoldenGate 12c a winner in the “Best Data Replication Solution” category of its 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards.

“Before embarking on a big data or cloud journey, enterprises need to ensure that they are not creating any more data silos – disjointed analytics leads to partial insights,” said Surya Mukherjee, senior analyst, Information Management at Ovum. “Oracle GoldenGate 12c is a step in the right direction; its new features allow real-time data integration across their diverse data platforms, so that enterprises can build strategies for their data and application universe, whether it be in the cloud, on-premises,  structured, or semi-structured.

For more information, see:

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:

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.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

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.


Wednesday Aug 06, 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:

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