Thursday Jan 31, 2013

Live Virtual Bootcamps for BI Partners Feb 2013

Below are some of the Live Virtual Bootcamps for BI Partners scheduled in Feb 2013. The cost to attend includes the voucher to cover the cost of the associated OPN Implementation Specialist Exam: to be taken within 6 weeks of completing the training.


Exam Guide





Oracle Essbase

Please Read

Feb. 18th - 22nd 2013

9 - 5 EST



OBI 11g Foundation

Please Read

Feb. 18th - 22nd 2013

9 - 5 IST



Endeca Info Discover


Feb. 11th -13th 2013

9 - 5 CET



Oracle Golden Gate

Please Read

Feb. 18th - 21st 2013

9 - 5 EST



Friday Jan 25, 2013

Oracle Business Analytics Sales Briefings für German Partners

Seminar für vertriebliche Mitarbeiter, Referent: Björn Ständer

Oracle Business Analytics Sales Briefing in GERMAN language for Sales people within Oracle Partners,

speaker : Björn Ständer – Oracle BI Business Development Manager.

05.02.2013, 13:30-16:30 Uhr – Hamburg – For more information and to register click here.

06.02.2013, 13:30-16:30 Uhr – München – For more information and to register click here.

07.02.2013, 13:30-16:30 Uhr – Düsseldorf – For more information and to register click here.

Die Teilnahme ist ausschließlich Oracle Partnern mit einer gültigen Oracle PartnerNetwork Mitgliedschaft vorbehalten, und unter Beachtung der aktuellen Teilnahmebedingungen, kostenlos.

Die Schwerpunkte des Trainings sind die Positionierung von Oracle BI und BI-Applications, Update zu Oracle BI Foundation Suite for Exalytics In-Memory BI und Endeca Information Discovery.

Folgende Themen stehen dabei im Mittelpunkt:

  • Diskussion von Business Cases für
    • Exalytics In-Memory Business Intelligence
    • BI-Applications
    • Endeca Information Discovery
  • Wettbewerbsvorteile Oracle Business Intelligence

Nutzen Sie die Chance sich aus erster Hand über die Oracle BI Strategie zu informieren und Ihre Fragen mit unseren Experten zu diskutieren. Melden Sie sich jetzt zu dieser kostenfreien Veranstaltung an.

Tuesday Jan 22, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus January 2013

  • Save the Date : the 2013 EMEA BI&EPM Partner Forum is scheduled to take place in Milan from Tuesday 11/06/2013 through to Friday 14/06/2013 (4 days).
  • Razzmatazz... you may like to use this up-beat video to introduce any events you are running: “Oracle Analytics and Big Data: Changing the world for the Better” (link)
  • December Customer Newsletter: Planning & Budgeting in the Cloud, and more! (link)
  • Oracle Selected as Best BI Vendor at V3 Technology Awards, 2012! (link)
  • Business Analytics Support News Vol 6 (link)


Enterprise Performance Management

  • Jan 30: Make 'Reducing Spreadsheets' Your New Year's Resolution & Streamline Your Account Reconciliation Process in 2013! (linium) (link)
  • Jan 31: Manage your Project Budgets - Intro to New Hyperion Planning Project Module (interrel) (link)
  • Feb 12: Why Implement Oracle’s OFMA with HFM? (Clear Line Group) (link)
  • Introduction to the EPM Suite 3-Part Series (Advanced EPM) (link)
  • Feb 19: Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting 11.1.2 for Financial Management by OU : (link)
  • Feb 5: Hyperion Profitability & Cost Management 11.1.2: Detailed Modelling Live Virtual Training by OU : (link)
  • Premier Support for Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System 11.1.1.x Ends July 2013 (link)
  • NEW Executive Brief - Twenty-First Century Finance: Maximize Potential – Deliver Results (link)
  • NEW Whitepaper - Reducing the Pain of Account Reconciliations (link)
  • New Deloitte CFO Signals survey on evolving role of CFO (link)
  • Business Analytics Instrumentation Index – including Video  (link)
  • NEW Support Community: Hyperion Financial Close Management (FCM) (link)
  • The Benefits of Combining Oracle's EPM & OBIEE - YouTube Webinar from ClearLineGroup
  • Best Practices for Upgrading to Oracle EPM Webinar from Linium
  • Patching & Maintenance Advisor for EPM

Business Intelligence

BI-Apps released with Manufacturing & EAM Analytics

This version features two new BI-Applications:

  • Oracle Manufacturing Analytics, part of the Oracle BI Applications product family, helps discrete and process manufacturing organizations optimize their supply networks by integrating data from across the enterprise value chain, thereby enabling executives, operations managers, cost accountants and production supervisors to make informed and actionable decisions related to manufacturing execution.  The application includes 21 analytical subject areas that are leveraged to deliver 32 dashboard pages that consist of more than 200 pre-built reports.
  • Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics, part of the Oracle BI Applications product family, offers complete and enhanced visibility to enterprise-wide maintenance information. Pre-built reports covering Maintenance History, Maintenance Cost Analysis and Maintenance Work Orders, provide Maintenance Managers information to maximize performance, identify potential issues much in advance, and address them before they escalate into serious problems. The application includes 11 analytical subject areas that are leveraged to deliver 26 dashboard pages that consist of more than 200 pre-built reports.

Highlights of the Oracle BI Applications Release:

  • New Application - Oracle Manufacturing Analytics with pre-built adapters for EBS Process Manufacturing R12.x and EBS Discrete Manufacturing R12.x and 11.5.10
  • New Application - Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics with pre-built adapters for EBS R12.x, EBS 11.5.10 and IBM Maximo 7.5
  • Universal Adapter to extend the capability to other source systems
  • Certified for OBIEE 11g
  • Certified for Exalytics
  • Certified for DAC 11g including support for Exalytics / Times Ten, Patching Framework, Dual ETL Support and many other performance enhancements
  • Native support for mobile and tablet devices
  • Localized in 28 languages
  • Supported on Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 and Teradata DB

More information can be found on:

Part Number: E35287-01

Friday Jan 11, 2013

New OPN Specialisation Exam for Endeca Information Discovery

We have just launched the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Essentials Exam (1Z1-461) and we invite you to be our first candidates!

This exam is primarily intended for professionals who possess a strong foundation and expertise in selling and implementing Oracle Endeca Information Discovery solutions. This certification covers topics such as: installation, data design, data ingest, UI design, EID analytics, and search & navigation.

• Company Specialization:

Contribute to your company Specialization path! Your certification will count towards the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Specialization.

• Beta Voucher: Take this exam at NO COST !

Contact us at and get your free beta exam voucher!

Please note the number of free vouchers is limited!

Register Now at Pearson VUE

Also ... Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Sales & Pre-Sales Assessments

We have also launched the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Sales Assessment and the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 PreSales Assessment.

The Sales candidates should have the ability to describe Oracle Endeca Information Discovery to customers at a high-level. They should also understand Oracle’s key sales plays, solution positioning, defined market, potential target customers, methods of handling competitor objections, and pricing & packaging.

The Pre-sales candidates should have the ability to demonstrate Oracle Endeca Information Discovery v2.3 to customers at a functional level. They should be able to describe new technical features, provide a high-level system architecture design. In addition, they should understand Oracle’s solution positioning, defined market, potential target customers, and methods of handling competitor objections.

Wednesday Jan 09, 2013

Comparing Oracle Exalytics and SAP HANA ?

There is a great deal of hype in the market, and sorting the wheat from the chaff is not easy: nor do I promise a resolution of this, since my view is obviously biased. As many might comment, this is maybe apples and oranges, with Hana being more comparable to Exadata rather than Exalytics: but to point you to a few sources on this debate, below are some links -

Compare Oracle Exalytics and SAP HANA

Considering SAP HANA in-memory technology for analytics? ...

Oracle Exalytics

Oracle Exalytics is significantly better than SAP HANA ...

Some Thoughts on Potential Exalytics Use-Cases

By Rittman Mead


Thursday Jan 03, 2013

OBE Oracle-by-Example BI & EPM tutorials in the Learning Library

Try this excellent library of OBE (Oracle-by-Example) tutorials from the OTN Learning Library.

There are + 160 titles for Hyperion and financial management (Click Here for the full EPM library).

And, there are more than 90 different Tutorials for BI (Click Here for the full BI library) such as :




Creating Analyses and Building Dashboards in Oracle BI EE 11g (


120 mins

Creating a Repository Using Oracle BI 11g Administration Tool


360 mins

Oracle Advanced Analytics and Oracle Data Mining Demonstration


70 mins

Building Maps for Oracle Business Intelligence Analyses and Dashboard


90 mins

Setting Up Usage Tracking in Oracle BI 11g


30 mins

Getting Started with Oracle BI Publisher


60 mins

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Install and Integrate BI Publisher


4 mins

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Implement the BI Publisher Security Model


6 mins

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Create a BI Publisher Report


13 mins

Sending Alerts in Oracle BI EE 11g by Using Oracle BI Delivers


60 mins

Upgrading Oracle Business Intelligence from 10g to 11g


45 mins

Integrating Oracle Essbase with Oracle Business Intelligence 11g


45 mins

Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

Update on BI & EPM Specializations and Knowledge Zones

There are a number of OPN specializations and “Knowledge Zones” (KZ) you may be interested in within the field of BI, EPM and Data Warehousing. Below there is an update on the current set, and some notes on versions and specialisation exams availability.  Remember to click the "Specialize" tab () to drill into the detailed product exams and criteria information e.g.

Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence

This links through to the BI and Hyperion KZs below.

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications

Essential for any BI or applications partner to implement the pre-built Oracle analytics solutions for JDE, Peoplesoft, Siebel, eBusiness suite, Fusion Apps or SAP.

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

Note this is now for the latest release OBI v 11g.

This Knowledge Zone also includes the Essbase specialisation exams.

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

The specialisation exams for this are now available (OEID v2.3), for sales and pre-sales, and in beta for the implementation exam (you can take this at a discount or contact me for a free voucher).

Hyperion (Performance Management Applications)

For HFM and Planning.

Oracle Crystal Ball

There are no specialisation exams for Crystal Ball, but this KZ links you through to useful assets and collateral.

Master Data Management

This KZ now also includes DRM (Hyperion Data Relationship Management) specialisation exams, as well as for Customer Hub.

Data Integration

This covers Oracle Data Integrator, GoldenGate and Oracle Enterprise Data Quality: but OPN specialisation is only currently available for GoldenGate.

Exalytics In-Memory Machine

The specialisation exams for this are coming soon: until then, for resell rights, you need a one-off approval.

Data Warehousing

BI & EPM Training from Oracle University

Here is an updated set of links to quickly look up the set of BI & EPM Training from Oracle University: available at a discount for Oracle Partners.

· Hyperion

· Business Intelligence

Crystal Ball


Data Integration Management

BI Enterprise Edition (OBI EE)

Data Relationship Management


Disclosure Management

Interactive Reporting {BRIO}

Financial Close Management

Endeca Information Discovery

Financial Data Quality Management

BI Publisher

Hyperion Financial Management

BI Applications

Integrated Operational Planning

Business Modeling

Integration Services


Performance Scorecard

Real-Time Decisions


Hyperion Financial Reporting

Profitability Management

Web Analysis {Essbase}

Public Sector Planning and Budgeting

· Data Warehousing

Smart View

Data Mining

Strategic Finance

Data Warehousing

OLAP {DB Option}

Oracle Express/OLAP

Oracle9i Warehouse Builder

Data Integrator (ODI)

Golden Gate

Enterprise Data Quality



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