Monday Mar 25, 2013

Endeca Information Discovery Version Release 3.0

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.0 and Oracle Endeca Server 7.5 are now available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery @ ).

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) includes Endeca Information Discovery Studio, for end-user discovery and creation of discovery applications, and Endeca Information Discovery Integrator, for ingesting data into Endeca Server and discovery applications.

What’s New?

Enhanced End-User Discovery Experience 

  • Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) Studio 3.0 comes with a completely refreshed look and feel. Discovery applications are cleaner looking and more powerful than ever to maximize the discovery experience.

Improved Business Self-Service Capabilities

  • Without IT assistance, business users can upload Excel files to create personal discovery applications. Also build discovery applications on curated data sets already provisioned by IT.
  • Encourage collaboration by allowing discovery applications built both by business users and IT to be viewed and shared with appropriate security rights.
  • Improved information management capabilities, including an enhanced View Manager to make it easier for business users to create applications based on centrally defined data and metadata definitions.


  • OEID Studio 3.0 is translated and localized for 10 languages. Oracle Endeca Server 7.5 now supports data in 22 languages.

A Robust Data Discovery Platform for the Enterprise

  • OEID 3.0 is more tightly integrated with Oracle BI for more confidence in your data.  Use OEID Integrator 3.0 to connect to Oracle BI Server as a data source and spin up a new discovery application in minutes. Use the new wizard to select subject areas, tables and metadata from Oracle BI Server allowing complete alignment between Oracle BI and OEID discovery applications.
  • OEID Integrator 3.0 enhances social media and unstructured data capabilities, with a native JSON reader, new HTTP connector with OAuth support (for accessing common web service based APIs), and better Text Enrichment and Sentiment accuracy on short form text (e.g., Twitter).
  • Deploy on WebLogic 11gR1.
  • Even more powerful analytics due to many new EQL enhancements including 17 new functions and improvements to many existing functions.

Pricing note

Endeca Information Discovery pricing and packaging changes were also announced recently: for more details, see the Oracle Technology Commercial Price List, and product information at

Monday Mar 18, 2013

E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca

Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) has incorporated Endeca technology to extend the ERP’s value to make stronger and more profitable decisions. Endeca Information Discovery is a comprehensive technology platform to store, manage and process data for searching and analyzing structured and unstructured information together.

EBS users now have access to millions of records of information in real time so they can see more and act faster to business challenges through:

  • Transactional/operational KPIs that provide a complete picture across organizations
  • More productive and interactive user experience:
    • Complete data view across modules and organizations
    • Visualization of KPIs and exceptions
    • Google-like search results across organizations and company-specific data items
    • Guided navigation for faster answers
    • Integrated out of box with E-Business Suite modules, fast to deploy, lowering cost of ownership

Join us for a FREE to OPN Partners Hands-on-Training event that will help you:

  • Understand the value proposition of Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Learn about the EBS-Endeca integration, data synchronization, security setup
  • Learn about EBS-Endeca setup and configuration
  • Learn how to design and customize the EBS-Endeca UI using Endeca design tools
  • (Click Here for Full Agenda)

Who Should Attend?
This is a must for anyone who is involved in implementing, configuring, installing and customizing Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca.

Register today as places are very limited, using the links below appropriately:

1. Oracle Partner Registration Link: Click HERE

Class location : Oracle Romania Office

Calea Floreasca 169A,  1st Floor, Room CVC5

Floreasca Business Park, District 1

Bucharest, RO 020112
Phone:+40 21 367 8700

Dates: 16 - 17 April 2013 Time: 08:00 - 17:00

EPM Release Partner Training Webcast

Here is the webcast replay (originally on March 6TH ) from the Oracle EPM Product Development team on the latest EPM release.

Join this 2.5 hour, in-depth session to learn about key new features and important product positioning for the Hyperion EPM release.

For our EPM Partners, we also have the “Solutions Factory” micro-site to keep you updated on our EPM Product offerings. You will find here the latest products presentations (for example on Hyperion EPM, sales positioning slide decks, training materials and links to demo content.

· So stay tuned and check this page on a regular basis for new content.

· To get the logon password to the EPM Solutions Factory, or for more information, please contact:

Olivier Bernard
EPM Sales Development Director


Thursday Mar 14, 2013

Analytics Driving Customer Experience

“Customer Experience” is the other (hype) term I keep hearing everywhere these days, so here are just a few pointers to some of the interesting stuff Oracle is doing in this area and how it relates to our world of analytics.

It seems as if everyone is talking about the critical nature of measuring the effectiveness and return-on-investment of social media. Brands need to know exactly which specific data is available from Facebook, and all the other the other “social” media out there on the internet, how it can be used, and what it can deliver. So here is a short but sweet article on How Brands Can Optimize Social Strategies with Analytics.

“If you have 100,000 fans but all you know about them is that they appear to like your brand, you might be in trouble. Extracting data out of your social media efforts and analyzing it helps you pin down who cares about your brand, how they are interacting with your brand through Facebook, and how to get fans to not just like but love your brand. Analytics is the way to understand what drives your fans so they can move from passive likes to active engagement.”

Oracle acquired Vitrue in 2012 and this has injected a strong component into our overall CX (Customer Experience) story, e.g. see for example:

And then we have Endeca Discovery, which also plays in this world, and adds even more value by letting you combine this “Social” data and text from external sources (such as from DataSift), with any information internally sourced from within an organisation (e.g. from ERP, CRM and other systems). This combining of both internal and external data is where Endeca’s unique model-free analytics and text linking capabilities work their magic to deliver such powerful insights to Marketing, Sales, and Service professionals.

BI&EPM in Focus March 2013

EPM/BI Oracle News

Reminder: For your diary - 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).


Enterprise Performance Management

  • Oracle is Leader in the recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Corporate Performance Management Suites 2013

  • EPM Channel Magazine: EPM View Interviews John O'Rourke on the Future of EPM (link)

  • Support Webcast - Mar 21, 27: EPM Log Hide and Seek (with generic Oracle tools) (link)

  • Mar 26: Best Practices for Your Oracle EPM Road Map: Building Your 3 Year Plan (interrel) (link)

  • New Video: Transforming a day in the life of a CFO (link)

  • Whitepaper: Oracle Hyperion Project Financial Planning: Aligning Financial and Project Plans (link)

  • EPM blog: Bridging the Gap between Project Mgmt and the CFO Office (link)

  • Support Patching & Maintenance Advisor: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) 11.1.2.x (link)

Business  Intelligence

  • Mar 20: Solve the Mystery of Employee Sentiment (link)

  • UK Oracle User Group Attends Oracle Business Analytics Summit

  • Webcast Replay: “Unlock the Value of ERP Data and Report with Confidence” featuring special guest speakers from B/E Aerospace and Perficient (link)

  • Whitepaper: Getting Real About Big Data: Build Versus Buy (link)

  • Do you want to learn how you can manage your business smarter and faster with the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine?  Read the Oracle Exalytics - Analytics without Limits? interactive eBook now (link)

Monday Mar 11, 2013

TimesTen for Exalytics 2-day Deep Dive Training

This is a 2-day technical hands-on workshop that will cover a range of TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics Advanced Topics, offer hands-on experience and provide valuable insights gained from the field globally. These sessions will be conducted with the help of HQ development resources who will share the most up to date details on these solutions and provide a global perspective.

  • Apr 17, 2013 – Apr 18, 2013 in UK

The 2-day TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics Workshop will focus on the core TimesTen functionalities that are relevant to using TimesTen for Exalytics with the Oracle BI Server on the Exalytics engineered system. The primary objective of the training is to enable Partner Sales Consultants and Specialists to have a better understanding of how TimesTen In-Memory Database works, best practices to follow, and how to tune the physical SQL queries to get better performance with TimesTen. In addition, the workshop will also cover the more advanced topics including troubleshooting and most frequently encountered issues on Exalytics.

Target Audience:

  • This is only for OPN Partner members (and is free of charge).
  • Pre-Sales / Architects / OBI Experts
  • Ideally you should already have had some experience with Exalytics.

For more information, see Agenda and Workstation Requirements, to learn more about this class and register.

Friday Mar 08, 2013

Sucaba Exalytics Center of Excellence in Nordics

Sucaba’s Center of Excellence is dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of Oracle Exalytics and performing Proof of Concepts.

Sucaba, a leading certified provider of professional services in Oracle Business Intelligence and Hyperion, recently unveiled its new Nordic Center of Excellence (CoE) for Oracle Exalytics, an Engineered System for Extreme Analytics. Oracle Exalytics is the industry's first in-memory BI machine that delivers the fastest performance for business intelligence and planning applications.

The Center of Excellence is dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of Oracle Exalytics and performing Exalytics Proof of Concepts, Exalytics Test Drives, Exalytics Installation/Configuration/Setup for customers.

Stefan Toth, CEO at Sucaba, said: “With our Center of Excellence for Oracle Exalytics, we are unveiling a valuable resource for our customers who want to see first-hand the impact that Oracle Exalytics can have on their business, today and in the future.”

To find out more, visit

Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Joint Partner and Oracle Marketing For Analytics Events

If you are running your own to-customer marketing events, and would like to make sure the Oracle BI sales team knows about this and can invite their customers to your event, then tell us about it.

In each country we have our business development manager ready to work with you on joint Partner+Oracle marketing. If you need to make contact with the right person, just let me know ( ) and I can set this up for you. For instance, in the UK, please alert our for any analytics events you are scheduling.

Monday Mar 04, 2013

New Exalytics OBI11g Test Drive Marketing Event Kit for Partners

“Seeing is believing”. Just as you would always test-drive the car you want to buy, then so too, our prospects for Oracle Analytics can get to appreciate the ease of use and productivity of Oracle BI by experiencing the tools hands-on, all hosted on an Oracle Exalytics.

This hosted Test Drive system is available at no cost to OPN specialist partners to run their own marketing events to excite their clients about the great usability and advanced visualisations from in-memory OBI11g on Exalytics.

We are keen to help you to build your pipeline, to find new sales opportunities by running your own lead generation and marketing campaigns - for some ideas and how to apply for joint funding from Oracle - look here - and below are two Event Kits with presentation material and hosted demonstration environments to accelerate your business development.

  1. Exalytics OBI11g Test Drive Workshop Marketing Event Kit to help you set up a Customer-facing OBI 11g Test Drive event to generate new business for your firm. This Partner event kit is downloadable from OPN, Click here to access the kit,
  2. And, there is a version of the test drive for a series of the BI-Applications: BI Applications Test Drive: Joint Partner+Oracle Go To Market Initiatives.

Upgrade Your Skills and Customers from OBI v10 to OBI11g

To keep your partner services competitive, you need to prove to our customers that you have the skills and capability to work with the latest version of Oracle OBI11g. Many partners have already upgraded their OPN Certificates from OBI v10 to the new OBI11g Specialisation. If you have not yet done so, then now is the perfect time to get this done over the next few months in preparation for increased demand from clients for partner services to upgrade them from their old v10 systems.

Because standard Oracle support for v10 expires in July 2013, all customers will have even more incentive to upgrade to OBI11g: make sure you are ready to service this demand. For more information see -

There is also a step-by-step hands-on tutorial on the procedures for using Oracle Fusion Middleware Upgrade Assistant to upgrade an existing Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Enterprise Edition 10g Release 3 ( or later) environment to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g in a Windows environment on a single machine. Access this here @ Upgrading Oracle Business Intelligence from 10g to 11g.

Remember ! ... Oracle does not charge any licence fee to upgrade from OBI 10 to OBI 11g. The OBI 11g version has many improvements over the OBI 10 version, which the customer gets for no additional cost (as long as they have a current Oracle Support agreement). There are additional new modules (such as the Mobile BI add-on), which a customer may choose to licence after they have done the upgrade: this is entirely optional.



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