Thursday Apr 25, 2013

How much faster is the Oracle R implementation compared to “Normal” R ?

For those of you just getting interested in “Advanced Analytics”, you may still be wondering “What is R ?”… R is an open-source language and environment for statistical computing and data visualization: and it works with OBI to enrich the graphics and predictive capabilities: see here a quick preview on YouTube.

It is being taught in colleges and universities in courses on statistics and advanced analytics – often in preference to more traditional statistical software tools – and so skills in R are readily available among younger graduates.

For you experts in the field who use R anyway, the key question is why use “Oracle’s version” ?

The tight integration between R, Oracle Database 11g, and Hadoop enables R users to write one R script that can run in three different environments: a laptop running open source R, Hadoop running with Oracle Big Data Connectors, and Oracle Database 11g.

For large analyses on large Oracle data-sets, it is much faster and easier to do this “inside” the database, than exporting the data into another specialised external data format.  Some of the benchmarks below, show 4x ~ 20x + faster for various operations, and even 100x + for some data scoring algorithms.

For Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, Oracle R Enterprise in-DB functionality, the performance gains come through the R-to-SQL transparency layer for native SQL performance and the OAA/ORE “mapping” to the OAA/Oracle Data Mining SQL based hi-performance data mining algorithms and statistical functions that are native in-DB parallelized implementations of the algorithms. 

Also, besides the simpler and more scalable architecture, the majority of the performance gains stem from eliminating the extract, mine, apply models, import outer loop which can take weeks to months, largely due to “human time” sinks to manually translate the data transformations and model logic to native SQL for in-DB deployment.  That conversion process is tedious, time consuming and error prone.  The OAA in-DB performance therefore cuts that latency time down to secs / mins / hours.

Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum 2013

11th June - 14th June, 2013 in Milan, Italy  -  Partners from all countries are welcome to attend.

Let’s get ready for the up-turn. The market buzz is around “Big Data”, “Cloud & SaaS”, “in-memory” and “Customer Experience”. So, who has the priority budget in 2013? We need to “sell” to the CFO and to the Marketing, Sales and Service Directors....

At this year’s EMEA Partner Forum we have sessions from our global product development team (Rich Clayton will do the keynote), and many partners presenting their experiences, including Accenture, Deloitte, Tech Edge, iConsulting, RealDecoy, Rittman-Mead, and Aorta.

We are going through a busy time for new version releases, so come along to learn the latest news about Hyperion (v and Hyperion on the cloud in the detailed second day Hyperion breakout, and the follow-on 2-day technical session.

Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) v, and Endeca v3 have also just been released and the new Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) based BI-Applications v11 is due soon: more on these in the second day Business Intelligence breakout.

We also have three specialist deep-dive technical workshops covering, Exalytics (3-days), Endeca (3-days and Times-Ten for Exalytics (2-days) as optional parts of this Forum.

For details on the agenda and multi-day breakout sessions see the REGISTER NOW link and download here the Agenda.pdf

This event should appeal to BI or EPM specialised Partners, Executives, Sales, Pre-sales and Solution consultants: with a choice of participation in the plenary day and then a set of special interest sessions. The follow-on breakout sessions on the 12th, 13th and 14th June provide deeper dives and technical training for those of you who wish to stay for intensive sales, pre-sales and hands-on workshops.

Keynote: Rich Clayton, VP Business Analytics Strategy

Hot agenda items will include:

  • · 21st Century Business Analytics
  • · The 21st Century CFO
  • · Driving Profitability through Customer Experience
  • · Exalytics Case Studies

Place: Cosmo Hotel Palace Via De Sanctis, 5 - 20092 Cinisello Balsamo (MI)

Dates: 11th June - 14th June, 2013

You can find out more information about the conference hotel venue at Cosmo Hotel PalaceMilan.

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 discussion.

Places are limited, so for more information on agenda and hotel logistics, please REGISTER NOW

Note: There is no registration fee for OPN member partners for the conference which includes the plenary day, gala dinner, as well as any of the deeper dives and technical training, but you will be responsible for your own travel and hotel expenses.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Mike Hallett
Alliances & Channels Director - Business Analytics, Oracle EMEA

Olivier Bernard
EPM Business Solutions Director, Oracle EMEA

Alexandra von Sondern
Partner Events Manager
Oracle EMEA

Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Register to Participate in Oracle Data Integrator ODI Specialisation OPN Beta Testing

Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) is Oracle’s strategic product for high performance, flexible, heterogeneous data integration. ODI is our strategic ELT product within the BI-Apps solution, and is the ideal tool for any data warehouse or big data projects.

Download the latest (March 2013) Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Warehouse Builder statement of direction document.

OPN is preparing the launch of the ODI specialization to match the existing one for Golden Gate. You can participate in this ODI specialization exam beta testing to be in the first group of partners to gain this strategic certificate.

To register please go to this page and click the “Register Now” button.

After we approve your registration (a couple of days) you will get access to the ODI Partner Community Workspace, and we will invite you to participate in the specialization exam beta testing programme.

If you have any questions, please contact directly Milomir Vojvodic, Data Integration, Senior Business Development Manager ( +42 0608 28 32 65 ).

BI&EPM in Focus April 2013

EPM/BI Oracle News


Enterprise Performance Management

  • Replay: Oracle's Hyperion Tax Provisioning, featuring Deloitte (link)
  • Blog - Optimizing the Business as a Whole: The Case for Enterprise-Wide Planning (link)
  • Blog - Best Practices in Profitability and Cost Management (link)
  • Blog - Shared Service Costs: Are They Adding or Destroying Company Value? (link)

Business Intelligence

Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Oracle CloudWorld Event in London May 14th and Munich May 15th

Mark Hurd, President and Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development are the keynote speakers at Oracle CloudWorld London (14th May 2013) and on the 15th May 2013 in Munich.

For example, Oracle’s public cloud offering of Fusion Applications embeds (OBI) business analytics, and you can hear how you can Drive Predictable Performance with our (Hyperion) Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

Discover your next steps at Oracle CloudWorld, a premier executive event series hosted by Oracle. . Experience insightful keynotes, real-world case studies, hands-on demos, face-to-face networking, and in-depth tracks on how mobile, social, and cloud are redefining how business gets done for:

  • Sales – Customer Experience – Empowering People, Powering Brands
  • Customer Service and Support – Customer Experience: Empowering People, Powering Brands
  • Human Resources – Power HR's Business Contribution
  • Finance and Operations
  • – Run a Back Office that Puts You in Front
  • Application Developers – Transform Developer Experience with a Powerful and Flexible Platform
  • Applications IT - Sessions for Security and Integration

London : Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 08:15 – 18:30, ExCel Center, agenda and registration
Munich : Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 9:00 – 19:00, The Westin Grand München, agenda and registration

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Preview OBIEE on YouTube

You may be interested to get a brief preview of what is coming in the new release of OBIEE version by watching some short (4 to 6 minutes) videos on YouTube:

  • SampleApp V303 - What's New in OBIEE Overview on YouTube
  • SmartView Interacting with OBIEE in “SampleApp V303” on YouTube
  • OBIEE + ORE "R" Advanced Statistical Analytics Integration & Interaction in “SampleApp V303” on YouTube

Note that the Oracle BI SampleApp that you can download at OTN, is not yet posted for this “V303: so, sorry, but you will have to wait a while before you can get your hands on it. I will post an update here as soon as I hear it is available.

However, you can download the install image on OTN, as well as the current version of BI-Apps:

Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) Hosted Demonstrations

Are you interested in accessing the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) hosted demo system? Now available for partners who are specialized or who are on track for OEID specialization, this demo system allows you to easily demonstrate Endeca Discovery. The system includes five different demos with scripts. Partners who have completed the sales and presales Guided Learning Paths and the corresponding assessment exams may qualify for access. Because space may become limited for this system, partners who have completed all exams, including the OEID implementation exam and have applied for OIED specialization will be given first access.

To submit a request for access to the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery hosted demo system or to request more information, please email providing:

  • Subject line: Oracle Endeca Information Discovery hosted demo system request
  • Your complete contact information: Name, Company Name, Email and Partner Number
  • Your Region (i.e., North America, Europe/Middle East, Asia Pac, Latin America, Japan):
  • Your Company’s OPN Program Level (i.e., Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver):
  • Your Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Specialization status (which specialization, sales or presales that have been achieved or current status towards specialization)

Partners can also download some of the demo datasets from our ftp site:

 Also check out these new assets:



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