Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

BI&EPM Partner Training and Specialisation Update

1.     Just a reminder for you to take the New Version OBI11g Exams to update your OPN Specialisation @ OPN Exam for OBI Suite 11g is Now LIVE

2.     Check for places on free / subsidised Partner specific Bootcamps which are being run in several countries (and you can always fly there... it is still lower cost than alternatives !) :

a.     Exalytics OBI11g Partner Training 3-day hands-on Workshops

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

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

3.     Other Partner Events

a.     Frankfurt, Dreieich, November 15: Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

b.     Utrecht, November 14: Oracle Bi Test Drives

c.     Vilvoorde, November 16: Oracle Bi Test Drives

d.     London, November 20: Delivering Insight Across Your Business - Oracle Business Intelligence Workshop

e.     Milano, November 13: Oracle Drive Better Business Outcomes with Big Data and Analytics

You can also selectively filter search for courses via the Partner Events Calendar @ http://events.oracle.com/search/search?group=Events&keyword=OPN+Only

Otherwise, it is worth checking the Oracle Partner Enablement BLOG for any BI / EPM news, especially the sub-Blogs on the right for each country.  And there are many Self-Paced Tutorials for BI&EPM Partners available on demand at any time

There is also a monthly Partner Enablement Update (PDF) to find out the latest partner training on Oracle's new products and new releases.

BI&EPM in Focus November 2012


·       San Diego Unified School District Harnesses Attendance, Procurement, and Operational Data with Oracle Exalytics, Generating $4.4 Million in Savings

·       NilsonGroup chooses Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine as their solution to access critical data to keep its stores competitive with real-time Mobile BI:  Video

·       Nykredit, in the Danish Financial Sector, describes their experiences from testing the Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine: Video 

·       Sodexo chose Oracle Exalytics as their business analytics platform:  Video

·       AstraZeneca (US, Canada, MedImmune) Improves Insight, Analytics, and Reporting, Enterprisewide with Unified Planning on a Single Platform

·       Experian Consolidates Reporting Systems for One, Global View of Financial Data and Improves Planning for Continued Growth

·       Munchkin Gives its Line of Children’s Products Plenty of Room to Grow in an Upgraded Enterprise Application Environment

·       Top 20 EPM Customer Snapshots, in One Handy Booklet (link)

·       Customer and Partner Successes: Link to Complete Archive

Enterprise Performance Management

·       Nov 15: Is Hope and Email the Core of your Reconciliation Process? (link)

·       Replay: Integrated Business Planning, Featuring Leggett & Platt (link)

·       Whitepaper: The New Competitive Advantage - Strategic CIO's Embrace the Cloud (link)

·       Press: Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Driving Significant Improvements in Budget Management and Reporting for Public Sector Organizations (link)

·       Enterprise Performance Management Video Feature Overviews, Now Available on YouTube (link)

·       NEW Solution Brief - Oracle Hyperion Planning on the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine (link)

·       For Insurance sector: Datasheet for new release V2.0 - Oracle Quantitative Management and Reporting for Solvency II (link)

·       Whitepaper FSN 2012: Managing Risk and Uncertainty, an Executive's Guide to Integrated Business Planning (link)

·       NEW Datasheet for Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (link)

·       Blog: Planning in the Cloud - For Real

Business Intelligence

·       Press: Latest Release of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine Software Enables Customers to View and Analyze Data at the Speed of Business (link)

·       Press: New Release ( of Oracle Business Intelligence Enables Users to Quickly Access and Analyze Key Business Information, Anytime, Anywhere (link)

·       Mark Hurd Interviewed on USA Today about Big Data & Analytics (link)

·       Whitepaper: Mastering Big Data - CFO Strategies to Transform Insight into Opportunity (link)

·       Nov 15: Improve Asset Utilization. Achieve Greater Profitability: Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics (link)

·       Replay: Oracle Enterprise Asset Mgmt Analytics and Oracle Manufacturing Analytics (link)

·       Overload to Impact: An Industry Scorecard on Big Data Business Challenges (link)

·       Webcast Replay: Overview of Oracle Endeca Informational Discovery (link)

·       OBIEE 11g: Required and Recommended Patches and Patch Sets (link)

Why Do Spreadsheets Not Work in an Enterprise Planning Environment ?

“Around 93% of managers gather or analyze information in spreadsheets and 54% spend more time gathering information than analyzing it....”  Find answers in this Whitepaper: some extracts below:

“Traditional budgeting and planning is a straight jacketed and hierarchical exercise.... how many businesses have planning and reporting processes that are smart, agile and aligned? The networked economy challenges the fundamentals of business organization, for example, where does the front-office stop and does the back-office start?  Is it still meaningful to plan for customer, channel, or product profitability, or is transaction profitability the only measure that counts?

“Although conceptually, the idea of enterprise business planning is relatively straightforward it has proven to be illusive, because of over reliance on spreadsheet-bound processes, a lack of control over data quality/management, limited use of advanced planning tools and the cultural impediments that afflict many planning processes.

“In the absence of specialist tools, businesses tend to opt for ‘broad brush’ assumptions in financial plans which merely approximate the more granular assumptions used in operational plans.

“Most businesses are familiar with the relationship between risk and reward but in assessing potential opportunities and developing business plans rarely acknowledge risks and probability in a formal way.

Get your customer to see how they do against the “Enterprise Business Planning Checklist”: get them to read the Whitepaper.



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