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:

Monday Jul 14, 2014

Managing Hierarchies in Financial Applications with DRM

Hierarchies and related links are fundamental to using financial, and indeed many other applications, for example:

  • When a new Chart of accounts is designed, linking an account to its parent is key for future aggregation of data.
  • When legal entities have to be sorted, hierarchies can be built according to dimensions such as geography or organizations.
  • In a General Ledger, every accounting flexible field is a potential analytical dimension.
  • Respecting relationships is also very important when reorganizing sales territories taking into account geography dimension, human resources, client or product information.

That’s why partners have a great opportunity to help their clients to better manage these hierarchies and relationships which are often used in EPM (Enterprise performance management) and Business intelligence. Financial Applications share entire or partial hierarchies with different levels of detail, different points of view. So, “Financial MDM” helps companies to be more efficient because hierarchies and their relationships are managed in a single place. Every modification impacts all applications at the same time. This increases consistency and data quality among all hierarchies.

Financial MDM has got the same DNA as other MDM domains and is a key tool to help partners implement new systems, upgrades and migrations for their clients because it accelerates deployment based on these coordinated and validated hierarchies. Financial MDM manages specific types of master data, such as:

  • Charts of accounts: consolidated, corporate or local. They can be different depending on application type. For instance, granularity is not the same for actual accounting or forecasting. They can be designed to meet different regulatory requirements: local, IFRS, GRI sustainability reporting or Solvency II in the insurance industry
  • Legal entities including different dimensions: geography, activities
  • Organizational dimensions : departments, business units, cost and profit centers
  • Analysis dimensions: using general ledger accounting flexible fields such as sales channels or projects
  • Reference data: time, currencies, taxes.

Financial master data needs to be quickly and easily adapted to business changes at the fast pace of business. Financial MDM is essential not only for minor modifications in day to day business, when creating a new cost centre or modifying an existing attribute for a legal entity, but also when making major changes such as mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations or regulatory changes.

Flexibility is the key to allow business users to easily make their own updates, plus these changes have to be part of a data governance process. A workflow is required to define roles and responsibilities.

Five reasons to invest in a Financial MDM

  1. Empower financial business users
  2. Ensure consistency in business hierarchies and related links
  3. Link local needs to corporate standards and consolidate all lines of business
  4. Accelerate Mergers & Acquisitions
  5. Analyze your master data across heterogeneous environments

See more at:

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

What If You Could Use SQL For All Your Big Data?

See a short introduction to this on YouTube @ link, and then view the discussion and product launch of “Oracle Big Data SQL” from the 12 minute webcast-replay (originally 15th July 2014).

Then read more about Oracle Big Data SQL, which can now:

  • Provides a single, optimized SQL query for distributed data
  • Supports multiple data sources, including Hadoop, NoSQL and Oracle Database
  • Includes automatic, extensible Oracle Database external table generation
  • Provides Smart Scan on Hadoop to minimize data movement and maximize performance
  • Ensures advanced security for Hadoop and NoSQL data

Benefits

  1. Use the SQL skills you already have to query any data source
  2. Access Hadoop and NoSQL using existing applications with SQL
  3. Extend Oracle Database security to Hadoop and NoSQL

Goto @ www.oracle.com/goto/bigdatasql

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Oracle BI Mobile App Designer v2 is Now Available

Oracle BI Mobile App Designer (BIMAD) v2 is a major release that incorporates significant new capabilities, including new map visualization and better navigation and contextual awareness:

· New Map Visualization

It is designed from the ground up for business users to easily visualize their data with Maps and to interact on mobile devices to zoom, filter, and drill down.

· New Custom Map

On top of the pre-seeded map types for countries, states, & counties, etc, it allows customers to add their own regions and maps by simply uploading their own geoJSON files for polygon boundaries. Flexible custom keyword matching is also included as well as support for native interaction and filtering.

· Completely Redesigned Authoring UI

Redesigned, modern and easy to use property pane, simplified toolbar, consistency across various components and support for multiple component selection to set and update configuration all at once.

· Application Level Calculated Fields and Filters

Filters and Calculated Fields can now be created and managed centrally at App level. Users can drag and drop to assign Calculated Fields to any component and assign Filers from the newly re-designed Property.

And much more....

For more information:

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