Friday Aug 31, 2012

BI Applications and EBS 12.1.3 Vision: Integrated Demo Environments

If you need a combined BI-Applications + eBusiness Suite Applications demonstration environment, or for proof of concept work for your customers, then these versions of images on Oracle Virtual Box are now available for partners to download and use.  To get access to these images, Partners must be OPN members, specialised in OBI or BI-Apps.


This is an integrated Demo/Test Drive/POC/Self Enablement environment including two separate images (in English) representing the entire Oracle Stack – Applications, Middleware, Database, Operating System and Virtual Machine.

  • Minimum Hardware requirements for each image to run separately 4GB RAM
  • Minimum Hardware requirements for both images to run concurrently 8GB RAM Dual CPU 64 bit OS


BI Applications Linux based and running on Oracle Virtual Box and compatible with OVM

Image Content:

  • BI Application Analytics demo data extracted from EBS 12.1.3 Vision for Financials and HR using EBS 12.1.3 Vision (image supplied)
  • Built Integration to EBS 12.1.3 Vision image (provided).
  • Fully functional BI Applications software install and configuration
  • Image can be connected to load any data from any other compatible source system.
  • BI Apps Demo data is based on OOTB EBS Vision 12.1.3
  • Configured to run BI Apps data load for all other modules of EBS 12.1.3 Vision.
  • Includes OBIEE Sample demonstration content
  • Documented scripts for running presentations, demonstrations and Test Drives

Image Size: 34GB zip, 84GB unzip.  Min Hardware 4GB RAM


      EBS Vision 12.1.3 Linux based and running on Oracle Virtual Box and compatible with OVM

Image Content:

  • eBusiness Suite (EBS) Applications Vision 12.1.3
  • Standard Vision instance with all given setups, configurations and data
  • Source system for BI Apps

Image Size: 76GB zip, 300GB unzip.  Min Hardware 4GB RAM


The Virtual Box images are posted on an external FTP server @

BI Applications



To download, Partners need to request the current password to access the images.  To request the current password and the password required to unzip the images, please email Marek Winiarski


Support Contact =  Marek Winiarski: Oracle Partner Solution Consultant

Wednesday Aug 29, 2012

R Statistical Analytics with Faster Performance for Enterprise Database Access and Big Data

Further demonstrating commitment to the open source community, Oracle has just released enhanced support of the R statistical programming language for Oracle Solaris and AIX in addition to Linux and Windows, connectivity to Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database in addition to Oracle Database, and integration of hardware-specific Math libraries for faster performance.  Oracle’s Open Source distribution of R is available with the Oracle Big Data Appliance and available for download now.

Oracle also offers Oracle R Enterprise, a component of Oracle Advanced Analytics that enables R processing on Oracle Database servers.   This all goes to make big data analytics more accessible in the enterprise and improving data scientist productivity with faster performance

Since its introduction in 1995, R has attracted more than two million users and is widely used today for developing statistical applications that analyze big data.

Analyst Report: Oracle Advances its Advanced Analytics Strategy


Friday Aug 24, 2012

Quick-Pick list of Business Analytics Sessions at OpenWorld 2012 now Available

If you want to sort out your diary for Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco, and prioritise the BI & EPM sessions – here is a quick reference list of all the Business Analytics Sessions at OpenWorld; including BI-applications, Hyperion applications, data warehousing and Big Data topics.  This is also available in spreadsheet format zipped.

You might also want to register into the parallel sessions dedicated for partners under the banner of “Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld”:

  • Branded as “THE” partner event at Oracle OpenWorld
  • Provide partners with tools to differentiate themselves, be recognized by Oracle, and preferred by customers
  • Provide Certification Testing – allowing Specialization onsite.

And if you missed this before, see if you can join us at the Oracle BI/EPM Partner Advisory Council in San Francisco, on 28th September 2012.



Wednesday Aug 08, 2012

Oracle Retail Customer Analytics Fuels Insight for Customer Experience Management

Customer experience management (“CX”) is the latest and greatest new must-have solution for most organisations (even Public Sector wants “citizen experience management”): and within this,customer insights, through robust analytics is probably the most important component.

To provide this, Oracle has just released Oracle Retail Customer Analytics.  At first glance focusing on just the retail sector may seem limited, but in reality, everyone’s trying to sell something, so in a sense everything is retail.

Oracle Senior VP for Oracle CRM, Anthony Lye says Oracle’s CX strategy is a combination of both organic development and acquisitions to put together a CX solution footprint beyond any other single vendor.  He said we are now in a process of moving beyond CRM and that today, many customer experiences systems are built, maintained and managed outside of classical “CRM”.  To manage this, customers need a vendor that can:

  • Abstract data away from the CRM system and master data,
  • Offer experienced based apps that are multi-channel and cross channel,
  • Combine this with Social Apps,
  • And a range of platform services, most notably Business Intelligence (BI).

To find out more see the Video: Anthony Lye, SVP, Product Development, Oracle (17:33)  and other resources, such as Your Experience Platform (PDF) and the Data sheet: Oracle Retail Customer Analytics (PDF).


BI&EPM in Focus August 2012

General News

  • IDC says Oracle is #1 in Business Analytics ( | Information Mgmt Mag)
  • June 2012 Business Analytics Customer Newsletter, featuring new Analytic Applications, and DRM in the financial services industry (link
  • Online Resource: Enterprise Dimension Management with Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management (link)
  • Support Resources: Get Proactive with Business Analytics (link)
  • Support Resources: Information Center - Business Analytics Index (link)
  • Support Resources: Information Center - Statement of Directions Index (link)
  • Register your customers for Oracle Days 2012 (link  | video)


Enterprise Performance Management

  • Blog: Progress Towards Integrated Financial and Sustainability Reporting (link)
  • Blog: Account Reconcilations - Making this Less of a Headache (link)
  • ITWeb South Africa: over-reliance on Spreadsheets adds costs to business (link)
  • Webcast Replay: Is Hope and Email The Core of Your Reconciliation Process? (link)
  • Webcast Replay: Leggett & Platt improves customer and product profitability with HPCM (link)
  • Updated Whitepaper: Outgrowing Hyperion Enterprise: What Are the Options? (link)
  • Blog: What CFOs Need to Know About the Cloud (link)

Business Intelligence

  • Endeca Partnercast video (4minutes): RealDecoy (Canada) talks about where Endeca is succeeding in Information Discovery, adding analysis to Big Data.
  • Webcast Replay: "Data Discovery Meets Search and Social” featuring BI Scorecard analyst Cindi Howson (link)
  • Whitepaper: Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Technical Overview (link)
  • Top 10 Tips to Improve Your OBIEE Performance (Apps Associates) (link)
  • Live Webcast on Sept 2: Beyond the Import Metadata Wizard: The Top Five Things You Must Know About Using Essbase as a Data Source for OBIEE (performance architects) (link)
  • OBIEE SampleApp V207 Virtual Machine is available on Oracle Technology Network  for immediate download (link)
  • Webcast Replay: How to Expand the Usage of Analytics in your Organization while Driving Down IT Spend (link)





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