Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Are You Ready To Change The Game ?

Adopt an integrated view of Oracle Analytics.

As an example, here is a cool two minute YouTube video overview produced by partner Accenture.

They also have a microsite for Oracle OpenWorld customers to schedule an appointment to see their “Day in the Life: Accenture and Oracle Analytics Experience” booth.

Are You Ready To Change The Game ?


EMEA Analytics & Data Integration Oracle Partner Forum


For Oracle Partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa: come to hear the latest news from Oracle OpenWorld about Oracle BI & Data Integration, and propel your business growth as an Oracle partner. This event should appeal to BI or Data Integration specialised partners, Executives, Sales, Pre-sales and Solution architects: with a choice of participation in the plenary day and then a set of special interest (technical) sessions.

The follow on breakout sessions from the 13th November provide deeper dives and technical training for those of you who wish to stay for more detailed and hands-on workshops.

Keynote: Andrew Sutherland, SVP Oracle Technology

  • Hot agenda items will include:
    • The Fusion Middleware Stack: Engineered to work together
    • A complete Analytics and Data Integration Solution Architecture: Big Data and Little Data combined
    • In-Memory Analytics for Extreme Insight
    • Latest Product Development Roadmap for Data Integration and Analytics

Venue:  Oracles London CITY Moorgate Offices

Places are limited, Register from this Link {see Register button at bottom right of page}.

Note: Registration for the conference and the deeper dives and technical training is free of charge to OPN member Partners, but you will be responsible for your own travel and hotel expenses.

Event Schedule

During this event you can learn about partner success stories, participate in an array of break-out sessions, exchange information with other partners and enjoy a vibrant panel discussion.

Nov. 12th  : Day 1

Main Plenary Session : Full day, starting 10.30 am. 

   Oracle Hosted Dinner in the Evening

Nov. 13th  onwards

Architecture Masterclass :

IM Reference Architecture – Big Data and Little Data combined

(1 day)

BI-Apps Bootcamp


Oracle GoldenGate workshop

(1 day)

Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Enterprise Data Quality workshop

(1 day)


For further information and detail download the Agenda (pdf) or contact Michael Hallett at Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.

Friday Sep 21, 2012

Exalytics at Partners in EMEA

Many partners have got Oracle Exalytics systems on their premises where they can help customers with proof-of-solution demonstrations to show how fast this engineered in-memory analytics solution can be, and how this translates into tangible business benefits.  Any customer with Oracle Analytics (OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion Planning, Oracle BI-Applications) who is seeking to upgrade their hardware infrastructure, looking for a quick, low risk and cost effective implementation, should contact one of these to test what an Exalytics can do for them.

Below is a list of some of our specialist Oracle Partners who have an Exalytics:



















Oracle BI and EPM Partner Blogs

Below is a simple list of some of our specialist Oracle BI and EPM Partner Blogs, where there is lots of great material and discussions.















If you are a specialist OPN EMEA BI and EPM Partner with hints and tips to share, and would like your Blog to be added to this list, then just let me know @ Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.

Become an Oracle BI or Hyperion Ace Director

Now you are a specialised Partner, how can you go even further to differentiate yourself as a real expert in the field, and cement closer links with Oracle’s R&D and Strategy teams ?

Become an Oracle BI or Hyperion ACE Director , and you get more air-time to publish your ideas and stories throughout the Oracle network, and thereby promote yourself and your company.  Often ACE Directors get more involvement in product development advisory boards and Beta testing programmes.

What is the Oracle ACE Program?

The Oracle ACE Program is designed to recognize and reward members of the Oracle Technology and Applications communities for their contributions to those communities. These individuals are technically proficient and willingly share their knowledge and experiences.  Read the FAQ for more details.

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

Implementation Specialist OPN Exam for OBI Suite 11g is Now LIVE

The OPN specialisation Exam for implementation consultants of OBI Suite 11g is now live and ready for all partners. You can now update your specialisation certification to the latest product version 11g for OBI: until recently, the accreditation had examined skills for OBI 10g.

For more details see Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Essentials (1Z1-591) where you can apply for this Oracle Implementation Specialist credential.

This exam is primarily intended for consultants that are skilled in implementing solutions based on Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g. The certification covers skills such as: installing OBIEE, building the BI Server metadata repository, building BI dashboards, constructing ad hoc queries, defining security settings and configuring and managing cache files. The exam targets the intermediate-level implementation team member. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended.

Also Note the New OPN on-line Sales & Pre-sales Assessment Tests are available @

For More Information

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Partner Training for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 4-Day Bootcamp

Partners 4-Day training from 15th - 18th October 2012, at Oracle Reading (UK)

The Oracle Business Intelligence Applications provide pre-built Operational BI solutions for eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, Siebel, JDE and SAP; offering out-of-the-box integration.

This FREE for Partners 4-Day training will provide attendees with an in-depth working understanding of the architecture, the technical and the functional content of the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, whilst also providing an understanding of their installation, configuration and extension.

The course will cover the following topics:

Overview of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications

Oracle BI Applications Fundamentals and Features

Configuring BI Applications for Oracle E-Business Suite

Understanding BI Applications Architecture

Fundamentals of BI Applications Security


REGISTER HERE NOW    (acceptance is subject to availability and your place will be confirmed within two weeks: for help see the Partner Registration Guide)

Location: Bray Room, at Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Oracle Parkway

Thames Valley Park

Reading, Berkshire RG6 1RA

15th - 18th October 2012, 4-Days :  9:30 am – 5:00 pm BST


The seminar is aimed at BI Consultants and Implementation Consultants within Oracle's Gold and Platinum Partners.

  • Good understanding of basic data warehousing concepts
  • Hands on experience in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Hands on experience in Informatica
  • Some understanding of  Oracle BI Applications is required (See Sales & Technical Tutorials for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM
  • Good understanding of any of the following Oracle EBS modules: General Ledger, Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables

Please note that attendees are required to bring a laptop:

  • 4GB RAM Windows 64 bits
  • 80GB free space in Hard drive or External Device
  • CPU Core 2 Duo or Higher
  • Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2003
  • NOT ALLOWED with Windows Vista
  • An Administrator User

For more information please contact opnbootcamp_ww@oracle.com.

Friday Sep 14, 2012

EPM Planning (Hyperion) V11.1.2 Implementation Hands-On Boot-camp

  • 5-Day Training for Partners: 29th October - 2nd November 2012, London (UK): REGISTER Here

For more upcoming classes, check back here as the registration links get updated for:

This for Partners 5-day workshop is designed to provide implementation instruction on Oracle Hyperion EPM Planning.  This boot-camp is intended for prospective implementers of the Planning and Budgeting functionality of Oracle EPM or implementers that are currently familiar with the basics of EPM Planning and looking to strengthen their base of knowledge in the product.

The class begins with an overview of Essbase, the foundation of Hyperion Planning. It provides a general overview of Planning and Planning terms, the architecture of all the Planning components, and how they are commonly used. The course goes over all the steps to create an application from scratch. This involves some preparation work outside of Planning and leads to developing the application in both the Planning Windows and Web clients. Participants will modify existing dimensions and build out the hierarchies using the Web client.

Topics Covered

The boot-camp shows developers how to build out dimensions using Classic Planning and by using EPMA. It covers the mechanics and cover strategies for automating the build process such as interface tables. It reviews data loads using Load Rules to load the Planning database. The course focuses on tasks that end-users must perform during the planning cycle. It walks students through creating and modifying forms, working with forms to enter data, adding annotations, and the rest of the form features such as running business rules and managing task lists. It covers how to use the forms in the Smart View client and finishes up the end-user perspective by going through Workflow Management and the process of submitting a plan for review. The final section of the course covers Security and other administration topics such as automation and deployment.


Ideal participants are Oracle partners (SIs and resellers) with a background in business information systems and a clientele of customers with ongoing or prospective EPM initiatives. Alternatively, partners with the background described above and an interest in evolving their practice to a similar profile are suitable participants. Further online OPN guided learning path information and webinars are available at: Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Essentials.

Please note that attendees are required to bring a laptop. View here laptop requirements and detailed agenda.

· REGISTER Here : acceptance is subject to availability and your place will be confirmed within two weeks ( and for help see the Partner Registration Guide ).

Training Location: Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Columbus Room

Customer Visit Center

1 South Place



Training Dates: 29th October - 2nd November 9:30 am – 5:00 pm BST

For more information please contact opnboot-camp_ww@oracle.com.

Thursday Sep 13, 2012

Endeca Information Discovery 3-Day Hands-on Training Boot-Camp

  • For Oracle Partners, on October 15-17, 2012 in Paris, France: Register here.

For more upcoming classes, check back here as the registration links get updated for:

  • UK, 5th to 7th November 2012  : Register here
  • Spain, Madrid, 2-days, 16-17 Oct : Register
  • Portugal, Lisbon, 2-days, 13-14 November : Register

The Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) Boot-Camp is designed to give partners an understanding of OEID’s features, and how it complements the existing Oracle Business Intelligence suite. Participants will learn how to develop & implement solutions using a Data Discovery method.  Training is in English.

What will be covered?
The Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) Boot Camp is a three-day class with a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, tailored to make participants aware of the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery platform, and to gain valuable skills for the implementation of projects.

The trainer for this Bootcamp will be from Canadian Partner RealDecoy, who have a great track record of success in North America with many customer implementations of Endeca. You should also check out their Endeca Community @ https://www.endecacommunity.com/


You must bring a laptop with you for the Hands-on labs: Attendees should have experience and familiarity with the basic concepts of business intelligence and be OPN Partners with Gold or above membership.  This training is free to OPN Partners.

Where and When ?

Monday, October 15th until Wednesday, October 17th included 9:00 - 18:00
Oracle France 15, boulevard Charles de Gaulle 92715 Colombes: Access Venue Map

Register here  : NOTE there is a Limited number of seats, you will get confirmation within 2 weeks.

Monday Sep 10, 2012

Unlock the Value of Big Data

Partners should read this comprehensive new e-book to get advice from Oracle and industry leaders on how you can use big data to generate new business insights and make better decisions for your customers.

“Big data represents an opportunity averaging 14% of current revenue.” —From the Oracle big data e-book, Meeting the Challenge of Big Data

You’ll gain instant access to:

  • Straightforward approaches for acquiring, organizing, and analyzing data
  • Architectures and tools needed to integrate new data with your existing investments
  • Survey data revealing how leading companies are using big data, so you can benchmark your progress
  • Expert resources such as white papers, analyst videos, 3-D demos, and more

If you want to be ready for the data deluge, Meeting the Challenge of Big Data is a must-read.

Register today for the e-book and read it on your computer or Apple iPad.


BI&EPM in Focus Sep 2012


·       Iluka Resources Improves Business Insight into Mining Operations Through Significantly Faster, Customized Analyses

·       Waikato Regional Council Consolidates Financial Reports up to 10 Times Faster 

·       Lojas Renner Shortens Budget Consolidation from Three Days to 15 Minutes; Improves Data Quality, and Supports Aggressive Expansion Plans 

·       Link to Complete Archive

·       Profit Magazine article featuring General Dynamics: RECONnomics: Integrate. Innovate. Grow (link)

·       Video: Goodhope Asia Unifies Financial Data with Oracle Hyperion (link)


Enterprise Performance Management

·       Oracle University Training on Demand:

1.     Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting 11.1.2 for Financial Management (link)

2.     Oracle Essbase Bootcamp: On Demand (link)

3.     Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.1.2: Create & Manage Applications On Demand (link)


Business Intelligence

·       Oracle University Training on Demand:

1.     Learn How to Create Analyses, Dashboards with OBI 11g (link)

2.     Build Repositories with Oracle Business Intelligence 11g (link)

3.     Oracle BI Publisher 11g Fundamentals (link)

4.     Oracle BI Applications Courses now available for 7.9.6  (link)

5.     Oracle BI 11g: New Features and Exalytics

·       Oracle Business Intelligence Release, updated information:

1.     Oracle BI Mobile at the Speed of Thought

2.     What's New in Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile

3.     What's New in Oracle Business Intelligence Visualizations

4.     Oracle Business Intelligence on Oracle.com

5.     Download the New Release

·       Discover How to Turn Data into Insight: Big Data Guide : Whitepaper and set of short Videos.

·       New OPN Specialisation Exam for OBI 11g Certification .

·       Lastest BIC2g and Exalytics Demonstration VMs for Partners .

·       New Version 2.3 Oracle Endeca Information Discovery and Server now available .

·       New Oracle BI Publisher Trial Edition Now Available .

Friday Sep 07, 2012

INNOVATIONS IN PRODUCTS – Partner Briefing PROGRAM - October 1st

Partners are invited to join the Innovations in Products webcast, October 1st: 4:00pm CET /5:00pm UK

BI & EPM Product breakout Webcast sessions available on October 1st:



To Register

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, Product Overview

Emma Palii, BI Sales Consultant

Hyperion Project Financial Planning, Measure the full financial impacts of your Projects

Olivier Bernard, EPM Business Solutions Director

To see the full list of session topics, goto the overall registration page Innovations in Products October 1st.    To access the previously presented Applications, and Public-Sector Value Proposition presentations, please click here.

Delivery Format: 1 Hour Webcast

The Innovations in Products program is a series of Oracle product presentations followed by live Q&A.  It will be delivered over the Web.  Partner Participants have the opportunity to submit questions during the web cast via chat and subject matter experts will provide verbal answers live.

For further information please contact Markku Rouhiainen.


BI Applications Mobile Demonstration

Partners can now run live interactive Demos of the latest version of OBI Mobile on an iPad, and BI Applications have also been made available via OBI mobile app Demos including; Financials, HR, Marketing, Procurement & Spend, Projects and Supply chain. 

The mobile app is using the same dashboards and data as the BI Applications Test Drives, which partners can access here. These existing demo scripts for these BI Applications can be used with the BI mobile app.  The instructions regarding the interface will be different, but the story line is the same.  If you want the “Mobile Financial Analytics” script ask me @ Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com

Business doesn't stop just because you're on the go. See how Oracle BI Mobile makes consuming BI on the go simple, secure and fast.


Thursday Sep 06, 2012

UK Partner Briefing – Business Analytics - 24 Sept 2012

Monday 24th September 2012 - Oracle City Office, London

Register Here for this important, free briefing

Oracle Partners are invited to attend this Business Analytics Partner Briefing on 24th September 2012 in Oracle’s London Moorgate Offices with Particular focus on Exalytics, Endeca and, BI Mobile.

Who should attend?

Oracle Business Analytics is one of our fastest growing product lines, hence this briefing will be of value to any executives looking for new business opportunities or extending their existing Analytics line of business

This half day event will inform you of Oracle's Business Analytics strategy, how your organisation can gain commercial advantage from reselling and deploying Oracle's BI portfolio, and the tools and resources to support your sales engagements.


13:45 – Registration, Coffee, and iPad set up

14:30 – Briefing Commences: Welcome & Introduction to the Business Analytics FY13

Strategy from Mike Pell, VP UK Business Analytics Sales

15:15 – Exalytics: Speed of Thought Analytics

16:00 – Mobile BI & Endeca

16:45 – Event Wrap-up and Q&A

17:00 – Meet the UK BI Sales Team: Networking

Please note – If you have an iPad please bring it with you to the session, as we will be helping to set these up with BI Mobile from 13:45 onwards.

Click here to register now for this briefing for Oracle Partners.

Best regards,

Mike Pell                                  Duncan Fitter                           Mike Thompson

VP UK Analytics Sales             BA Business Development       Alliances & Channels

BI-Applications Special Price Promotion for Partners

Partners should keep in mind the “Midsize Market” pricing promotion for BI-Applications solution packages, with reduced minimums applicable to Oracle's Business Intelligence Products, and a pre-approved 50% discount.

·       Partners additionally get their normal e-business reseller discount.

This now makes it most attractive to offer the pre-built BI-Applications such as Manufacturing Analytics, Financial Analytics, Procurement and Spend Analytics, Project Analytics, and Human Resources Analytics, to both customers newly implementing Oracle ERP, and for the many existing Oracle ERP (eBusiness suite, Peoplesoft and JDE) customers.

To answer any questions, and to get the partner document with further details of this offer, or to work with us on our local sales campaigns targeting existing ERP customers, please send your query to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com or jacques.senchet@oracle.com: or discuss it with your local Oracle Sales or Channel representative for Applications to Midsize Enterprises. 

This promotion is ONLY for End Customers whose organisations have an Annual Revenue (or Public Sector Budget) below $500 million, and who are based in Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

For more information see the orginal article, “New fy13 BI-Applications Price Promotion for MIDSIZE CUSTOMERS”  and send your query to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.



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