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 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:

  • 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 or for any help you may need.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

Oracle Database In-Memory Is Officially Released

Oracle Database, 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 including this technical whitepaper.

There is also the Blog dedicated to Oracle Database 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


  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 @

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:

Thursday Jun 12, 2014

Oracle Database In-Memory

Larry Ellison unveiled the next major milestone in database technology, Oracle Database In-Memory, on June 10, 2014.

Oracle Database In-Memory will be generally available in July 2014 and can be used with all hardware platforms on which Oracle Database 12c is supported.

  • This option will accelerate database performance by orders of magnitude for analytics, data warehousing, and reporting while also speeding up online transaction processing (OLTP).
  • It allows any existing Oracle Database-compatible application to automatically and transparently take advantage of columnar in-memory processing, without additional programming or application changes.


  • Fast ad-hoc analytics without the need to pre-create indexes
  • Completely transparent to existing applications
  • Faster mixed workload OLTP
  • No database size limit
  • Industrial strength availability and security
  • Robustness and maturity of Oracle Database 12c

To find out more see

 ... and I will let you know how this unfolds in regards to advantages for OBI11g and Exalytics and Big Data over the coming months.

Friday May 09, 2014

Oracle BI Applications Now Available

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery), and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page. This is the second major release on the BI-Apps 11g code line leveraging the power of ODI, and certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation

What’s New

Significant expansion of content improves existing Oracle BI Applications including:

· Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with the introduction of Talent Management Analysis, to help HR and business managers assess talent strengths and build potential leaders by delivering greater insight into job profiles. Improvements to Absence Management, new support for Workforce Frozen Snapshots and Workforce Flex Fields are also available.

· Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with the new Sub-ledger Accounting Module, providing complete account balance analysis, including supporting reference balances and drill down to accounting transactions. Aging Snapshot restoration for Receivables and Payables, drilldown from Payables to Purchase Orders, and Fixed Assets support for GL Posting Status are features also included in the release.

· Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Earned Value Management Analysis, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into Planned Value, Earned Value, and Actual Cost. Analysis of variances and indices, derived from Cost and Schedule Variance, CPI, TCPI, SPI and TSPI, is also available.

· Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces Costing and Inventory Turn support for Oracle JDE EnterpriseOne. In addition, the ability to save and restore the Inventory Snapshot when executing a full load is now supported.  There is also a new adapter that provides out-of-box integration between Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.

· Oracle Student Information Analytics introduces new Financial Aid Analysis, containing term-based detail information associated with a student award such as amount, status, disbursement, and aid type.

· Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Enterprise Asset Management Analytics have been re-introduced into the BI Applications data model. Although new with ODI, both modules provide now the same broad functionality available with BI Applications

· Unstructured Data for Information Discovery – The BI Applications Data Model has been extended to include unstructured CRM and ERP text fields. Sample Information Discovery templates – including ODI interfaces and runtime security definitions –provide the ability to quickly create sample Information Discovery Applications from combined structured and unstructured data. See the Supporting Files for Endeca Sample Applications for BI Applications on OTN page.

New Utilities and Enhancements to increase productivity and drive down TCO

· New Data Lineage Tool allows customers and implementers to track lineage from source to target – improving information transparency across their enterprise

· Configuration Management expands System Setup and Load Plan definition capabilities, including the registration of multiple instances for the same Product Line Version, UI enhancements to support DW connection configuration and Load Plan definition, and Load Plan definition migration.

· Fact Partitioning IKMs and Parallel Index Builds are key performance Innovations introduced with this release. The former enables a feature that tags partitions so that only the indexes that need to be re-built during incremental loads are executed. The latter uses ODI parallel process so that Indexes can be built using multiple session (faster than and in addition to DB parallel).

Where can I find more information?

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

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 @

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.


· 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



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