Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

Exalytics OBI11g Partner Training 3-day hands-on Workshops

These FREE to OPN Partners hands-on workshops highlight both the hardware and software components that are engineered to work together to deliver Oracle Exalytics - an optimized version of the industry-leading Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database with analytic extensions, a highly scalable Oracle server designed specifically for in-memory business intelligence, and Oracle's proven Business Intelligence Foundation (OBI 11g v 11.1.1.6 and Essbase) with enhanced visualization capabilities and performance optimizations.

Priority will be given to Partner individuals who have passed or scheduled to take the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Essentials (1Z1-591) exam, and to Partners who have purchased an Exalytics for their own data centres to demonstrate it to their clients.

Topics covered will include:

  • Exalytics Architectural Overview
  • Upgrade and Lifecycle Management
  • Times Ten for Exalytics
  • Summary Advisor Utility
  • Essbase and EPM System on Exalytics
  • Dashboard and Analysis Interactions
  • OBIEE 11.1.1.6 Features and Advanced Topics

After taking this course, you will be well prepared to architect, build, demo, and implement an end-to-end Exalytics solution.You will also be able to extend your current analytical and enterprise performance management application implementations with numerous Oracle technologies specifically enhanced to take advantage of the compute capacity and in-memory capabilities of Oracle Exalytics.

Prerequisites

  • Experience and understanding of OBIEE 11g is required

·       Previous attendance of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite Workshop or BIEE 11g Introduction Workshop is highly recommended, and priority will be given to Partner individuals who have passed or scheduled to take the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Essentials (1Z1-591) exam.

  • Good understanding of data warehousing and data modelling for reporting and analysis purpose.  Strong experience with database technologies preferred


Attendee to provide their own laptops which must meet the following minimum hardware/software requirements:

Hardware

  • Minimum 8GB RAM
  • 60 GB free disk space (includes staging)
  • USB 2.0 port (at least one available)
  • It is strongly recommended that you bring a mouse. You will be working in a development environment and using the mouse heavily.

Software

  • One of the following operating systems:
    • 64-bit Windows host/laptop OS
    • 64-bit host/laptop OS with a Windows VM (XP, Server, or Win 7, BIC2g, etc.)
  • Internet Explorer 7.x/8.x or Firefox 3.5.x
  • WINRAR or 7ziputility to unzip workshop files:
  • Oracle VirtualBox 4.0.2 or higher
    • Downloadable from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
    • CPU virtualization mode needs to be enabled. We will provide guidance on the day of the workshop.  Attendees will be given a VirtualBox image containing a pre-installed Oracle Exalytics environment.

Register Here for 3-day Workshops:

11-Dec-12

Birmingham

UK

29-Jan-13

Utrecht

NL

12-Feb-13

Frankfurt

Germany

12-Mar-13

Moscow

Russia

Tuesday Oct 09, 2012

BI&EPM in Focus Oct 2012

Customers

 

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Oct 10: Navistar Leverages DRM (Rolta Solutions) (link)
  • Replay: Integrated Business Planning, Featuring Leggett & Platt (link)

 

Business Intelligence

  • Report: From Overload to Impact: An Industry Scorecard on Big Data Business Challenges (link | press release)
  • Oct 10: The Top Five Things You Should Know When Migrating from an Old BI Technology to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (perfomance architects) (link)

Clock is Ticking for OBI 10g Supported Customers to move to OBI 11g

Now is a perfect time for Partners to approach existing OBI 10g customers, to encourage and help them to upgrade to all the great new features in the current OBI v 11g; including the ability to go Mobile, to be in-memory on Exalytics, and to get tighter integration with Hyperion applications, Strategic Scorecards and Essbase.

Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle BI Suite, version 10gR3, will end ‘normal’ support in July 2013.

The final point release of Oracle Business Intelligence EE & Publisher 10gR3 was 10.1.3.4.x, which was generally available from July 2008 and will end “Premier Support” in July 2013.  From this time, customers may purchase “Extended Support” until July 2015, and from then “Sustaining Support”  indefinitely.

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Price Drop for Processor based License on Exalytics

·       33% reduction in the list `per processor` license pricing for the Oracle BI Foundation Suite

·       New capacity-based licensing which allows customers to think big & start small, significantly lowering the entry price point for an Exalytics.

Oracle BI Software List Price changes

In response to new powerful platforms like the in-memory Oracle Exalytics with 40 cpu cores (counted under Oracle pricing policy as 20 “processors”), the list price of “Oracle BI Foundation Suite” (BIFS) is reduced by 33% from $450K per processor to $300K per processor.

Capacity-based licensing on Exalytics (Trusted Partitions)

“Capacity-based pricing” for the BIFS, Endeca, Essbase and Times Ten for Exalytics software is now available for Exalytics systems.

This is delivered using “Oracle VM” (OVM).  We still ship a full Exalytics machine to all customers, but they may choose to only use and license a subset of the processors installed in the machine.   Customers can license Exalytics software in units of 5 “processors”: 5, 10, 15 or the full capacity 20.   As the customer’s implementation and workload increases, it is a simple matter to license additional processors and, using OVM, make them available to the BI or EPM application.

Endeca Information Discovery now available on Exalytics

Oracle has also announced the certification of “Oracle Endeca Information Discovery” (EID) on the Exalytics machine.    EID can be licensed alone or in combination with the BIFS & Times Ten for an Exalytics stack, and also participates in the capacity based pricing outlined above.   The Exalytics hardware is the perfect platform for EID, and provides superb power and performance for this in-memory hybrid text-search-analytics.

 

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