Wednesday Nov 27, 2013

Exalytics and OBI 3-Day Technical Partner Training

This hands-on partner workshop highlights 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 with enhanced visualization capabilities and performance optimizations.

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 OBI, Essbase and Hyperion Planning implementations to take advantage of the compute capacity and in-memory capabilities of Oracle Exalytics.

Prerequisites - Experience and understanding of OBI11g is required, and priority will be given to those with OPN Specialisation in OBI11g. This training is only available to OPN member partners in EMEA and is free of charge.

Oracle Exalytics and Business Intelligence (OBIEE) Workshop

January 21-23, 2014 at Oracle Partner hub - Linkplus Bilgisayar A.S. - Istanbul, TURKEY

Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Small Steps to Big Data BI&EPM Partner Community Forum January 2014

Open to all OPN partners in EMEA, we are running the Business Analytics Partner Community Forum over two days in London, on 16th and 17th January 2014 - Register Now Here.

This forum entitled “Small Steps to Big Data” will focus on discussing with Partners, how best to exploit the tremendous interest in “Big Data Analytics” and to clarify under what circumstances “R” and “Hadoop” are best deployed, and how these co-exist, integrate with, and extend the capabilities of tools you are already familiar with such as Oracle BI, ODI, Endeca and the Oracle Database. We will consider guidelines to hardware deployments, but the main focus of the forum will be how the software inter-operates: with guest speakers from Cloudera, and other partners who have experience in this field.

On the one hand, I do not think “Big Data=Hadoop”. While on the other, Oracle whole-heartedly embraces useful Open Source innovations such as “R” and “Hadoop”: we are, after all, a big player in Open Source with for example JAVA, NoSql and MySql.

You can download the agenda here.  We will seek to answer questions such as:

· How Big is “Big” ? ... at what size is Hadoop’s MPP approach beneficial ?

· What about “Variety” ? ... how do we digest “Any Data” ?

· Who uses this analytics ? ... a few “Data Scientists” or 100s of “Business Users” ?

· How do you spot a “Big Data Analytics” opportunity ?

· If someone is already using Hadoop, do they want to talk to Oracle ?

· What is NEW, and what is Business-as-Usual ?

Audience: This forum will appeal to CTOs, Solution architects and consultants in Oracle Partners familiar with Oracle’s Business Analytics solutions. We will examine the economics and business cases driving “Big Data Analytics” projects, and dive into the pros-and-cons of technology options available to your customers.

· Day 1 – Thursday 16th Jan. 2014: Starts 11.0 am – Sales and Executive briefing.

o Networking Dinner in Evening

· Day 2 – Friday 17th Jan. 2014: Ends 4.0 pm – Deeper dive technical discussions.

Register Now Here

Monday Nov 25, 2013

Try out Latest Version of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID)

You can get a quick introduction to the new 3.1 version of Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) from these videos which run from 3 to 10 minutes each: and then try out this latest version on our hosted system (details below), where you can test and build your own applications.

New Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) 3.1 Videos on YouTube

OEID for Voice of the Consumer

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery for Voice of the Consumer provides deeper analytics by combining new insights found in diverse and unstructured data sources.

OEID 3.1 Voice of the Consumer Self-Service Build Demo

Start with an IT-controlled data warehouse, then add social media JSON. Use EID's self-service, in-app data enrichment to derive structured data from Tweet text--which you can then use to mash up the two data sets and figure out how social media comments are causing sales to decline.

OEID 3.1 Workforce End-User Demo

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery for workforce provides deeper analytics by combining new insights found in diverse and unstructured data sources.

OEID for Crime Incidents

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery on crime incident data obtained from the City of Chicago public data download site (https://data.cityofchicago.org/).

OEID 3.1 Warranty Self-Service Demo

Using Endeca Information Discovery 3.1, we turn a spreadsheet on our desktop into a full-featured enterprise discovery application in just a few minutes, then share our findings with the rest of our organization.

For you to try out Endeca 3.1 as a user and self-service dashboard builder, there is a publicly accessible oracle-hosted demonstration URL available with Endeca 3.1, here at:

You can use this URL to directly demo EID 3.1 on your browser. But please be aware that the system and content may be refreshed without notice, and we may change the URL: if we do, I will re-post the new access URL to this blog.

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Hyperion Tax Provision Partner Webinar

WATCH AND LISTEN to the Hyperion Tax Provision Partner Webcast: Access Replay.

Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision is a first-of-its-kind tax provisioning solution that integrates directly with the broader financial reporting process and Oracle HFM.

One of the key components for building an effective, efficient, and transparent tax function is proper access to financial data and processes. In fact, financial data is at the root of all major tax functions - tax reporting, tax planning, compliance, & audit management. Therefore, a tax provision solution that is closely aligned with the broader financial reporting process can make a powerful difference in a tax function’s ability to meet its deliverables.

To get a direct update from Oracle Product Management, please listen to this 90 minute webcast on “Tax Provision” presented by Marc Seewald, Senior Director Product Managementthat took place on November 8th 2013: Access Replay.

Monday Nov 18, 2013

Marketing Campaign to Partner Clients for Smarter Decisions with Mobile Business Intelligence

We are launching a marketing campaign to OBI customers to target the growing demand across every business for access to critical information, anytime and anywhere. Research shows that the average number of users for mobile BI applications will more than double to 34% in the next 18 months.

As an Oracle Partner, we invite you to join this campaign by sending this template invitation to your clients, inviting them to try the demonstration sites, and to call you to implement Oracle Mobile BI for them. Just add your logo and contact details to this template invitation.

Monday Nov 11, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus November 2013

  • IBM is Embracing Oracle Exalytics: The Velocity of Thought and Action (link)

Customers

  • Ambulance Victoria, Australia, uses analytics and modelling to serve the expanding needs of a growing population (link)
  • Cablemás Selects Oracle to Speed Customer Data Insights (link)
  • National Instruments Introduces New Business Intelligence Solutions—Runs Reports up to 30x Faster, and Expands Customer Insight (link)
  • FLSmidth Ensures Precise, Transparent Financial Reporting at All Business Levels, Reduces Financial Consolidation Time by up to 40% (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

Business  Intelligence

  • BI-Apps Whitepaper: Packaged Analytic Applications: Accelerating Time and Value By Wayne Eckerson (link)
  • BI Apps Blog: A Closer Look at Oracle Price Analytics (link)
  • Blog: Taking Your Business Scorecard Golfing (link)
  • Blog: Practical Uses of Business Scorecards, from Company-Wide to Process Specific (link)
  • Nov 19, Big Data at Work Series: How Delphi Harnesses Big Data to Improve Warranty Response & Customer Satisfaction (link)
  • Rittman Mead Blog: Oracle BI Apps 11.1.1.7.1 – GoldenGate Integration
  • Support:
    • OBIEE Suite Bundle Patches (understand OBIEE naming convention) [Doc ID 1591422.1]
    • Support Blog: Java update alert: Essbase Administration Services (EAS) 11.1.2.3 (link)
    • Support Blog: OBIEE 11.1.1.7.131017 now available (link)

Friday Nov 08, 2013

New Version 3.1 Endeca Information Discovery Now Available

Business User Self-Service Data Mash-up Analysis and Discovery

integrated with OBI11g and Hadoop

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 (OEID) is a major release that incorporates significant new self-service discovery capabilities for business users, including agile data mashup, extended support for unstructured analytics, and an even tighter integration with Oracle BI.

· Self-Service Data Mashup and Discovery Dashboards: business users can combine information from multiple sources, including their own up-loaded spreadsheets, to conduct analysis on the complete set. Creating discovery dashboards has been made even easier by intuitive drag-and drop layouts and wizard-based configuration.  Business users can now build new discovery applications in minutes, without depending on IT.

· Enhanced Integration with Oracle BI: OEID 3.1 enhances its’ native integration with Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation. Business users can now incorporate information from trusted BI warehouses, leveraging dimensions and attributes defined in Oracle’s Common Enterprise Information Model, but evolve them based on the varying day-to-day demands and requirements that they personally manage.

· Deep Unstructured Analysis: business users can gain new insights from a wide variety of enterprise and public sources, helping companies to build an actionable Big Data strategy. With OEID’s long-standing differentiation in correlating unstructured information with structured data, business users can now perform their own text mining to identify hidden concepts, without having to request support from IT. They can augment these insights with best in class keyword search and pattern matching, all in the context of rich, interactive visualizations and analytic summaries.

· Enterprise-Class Self-Service Discovery: OEID 3.1 enables IT to provide a powerful self-service platform to the business as part of a broader Business Analytics strategy, preserving the value of existing investments in data quality, governance, and security. Business users can take advantage of IT-curated information to drive discovery across high volumes and varieties of data, and share insights with colleagues at a moment’s notice.

· Harvest Content from the Web with the Endeca Web Acquisition Toolkit: Oracle now provides best-of-breed data access to website content through the Oracle Endeca Web Acquisition Toolkit. This provides an agile, graphical interface for developers to rapidly access and integrate any information exposed through a web front-end. Organizations can now cost-effectively include content from consumer sites, industry forums, government or supplier portals, cloud applications, and myriad other web sources as part of their overall strategy for data discovery and unstructured analytics.

For more information:


Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Partner Webcast

Please find here the Replay is now available of the 90 minutes Partner Webcast overview of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS, recorded on 26th November, 2013).

Topics include:

  • Latest news from Product Management; live demo; overview of assets and collaterals; Q&A session
  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) offers organizations the market-leading Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting solution delivered via Oracle’s public cloud service.

For more information download this Whitepaper: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (link).

And see this 2-minute Video: World-Class Planning with Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud (link).

 

Friday Nov 01, 2013

EPM and Business Analytics Talking-head Videos from Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Here is a selection of 2 to 3 minute video interviews at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld:

1. George Somogyi, Solutions Architect, New Edge Group, talks about the importance of having their integrated Oracle Hyperion Platform consisting of Oracle Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and Oracle Business Intelligence Extended Edition plus their use of Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Speaker: George Somogyi @ http://youtu.be/kWn0dQxCUy8

2. Gregg Thompson, Director of Financial Systems for ADT, talks about using Oracle Data Relationship Management prior to implementing an Enterprise Performance Management solution. Gregg confirmed that there are big benefits to bringing the full Oracle Hyperion Financial Close suite online with Oracle DRM as the metadata source. Reduced maintenance time and use of external consultants translates into significant time and cost savings and faster implementation times. Speaker: Gregg Thompson @ http://youtu.be/XnFrR9Uk4xk

3. Jeff Spangler, Director Financial Planning and Analysis for Speedy Cash Holdings Corp, talked to us about the benefits achieved through implementing Oracle Hyperion Planning and financial reporting solutions. He also describes how the use of Data Relationship Management will keep the process running smoothly now and in the future. Speaker: Jeff Spangler @ http://youtu.be/kkkuMkgJ22U

4. Marc Seewald, Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision at Oracle, talks about Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision, how it is an integral part of the financial close process and that it provides better internal controls and automation of this task. Marc talks about Oracle Partners and customers alike who are seeing great value. Speaker: Marc Seewald @ http://youtu.be/lM_nfvACGuA

5. Matt Bradley, SVP of Product Development for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Applications at Oracle, talked to us about different deployment options for Oracle EPM. Cloud services (SaaS), managed services, on-premise, off-premise all have their merits, and organizations need flexibility to easily move between them as their companies evolve. Speaker: Matt Bradley @ http://youtu.be/ATO7Z9dbE-o

6. Neil Sellers, Partner, Qubix International talks about their experience with previewing Oracle’s new Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. He describes the benefits of the step-by-step task lists, the speed of getting the application up and running, and the huge benefits of not having to manage the software and hardware side of the planning process. Speaker: Neil Sellers @ http://youtu.be/xmosO28e4_I

7. Praveen Pasupuleti, Senior Business Intelligence Development Manager of Citrix Systems Inc., talks about their Oracle Hyperion Planning upgrade and the huge performance improvement now experienced in forecasting. He also talked about the benefits of Oracle Hyperion Workforce Planning achieved by Citrix. Speaker: Praveen Pasupuleti @ http://youtu.be/d1e_4hLqw8c

8. CheckPoint Consulting, talked to us about how Enterprise Performance Management should be viewed as an entire solution, rather than as a bunch of applications in silos, to provide significant benefits; and how Data Relationship Management can tie it all together effectively. Speaker: Ron Dimon @ http://youtu.be/sRwbdbbXvUE

9. Sonal Kulkarni, Enterprise Performance Management Leader, Cummins Inc., talks about their use of Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management (Account Reconciliation Manager), Oracle Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management and how this is providing efficiency, visibility and compliance benefits. Speaker: Sonal Kulkarni @ http://youtu.be/OEgup5dKyVc

10. Todd Renard, Manager Financial Planning and Business Analytics for B/E Aerospace Inc., talks about the huge benefits that B/E Aerospace is experiencing from Oracle Financial Close Suite. He was extremely excited about Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management and how this helps them integrate a new business in as little as three weeks. Speaker: Todd Renard @ http://youtu.be/nIfqK46uVI8

11. Peter Smolianski, Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia Courts, talked to us about how D.C. Courts is using Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management to push their 5 year plan forward, to report results to their constituents, and take accountability for process changes to become more efficient. Speaker: Peter Smolianski @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-DtB5pl-uk

12. Rich Wilkie, Senior Director of Product Management for Financial Close Suite at Oracle, talked to us about Oracle Financial Management Analytics. He told us how the prebuilt dashboards on top of Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite make it easy for everyone to see the numbers and understand where they are in the close process, and if there is an issue, they can see where it is. Executives are excited to get this information on mobile devices too. Speaker: Rich Wilkie @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UHuHgx74Yg

13. Dinesh Balebail, Senior Director of Software Development for Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, talked to us about the power and speed of Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management and how it is being used to do deep costing for Telecoms, Hospitals, Banks and other high transaction volume organizations effectively. Speaker: Dinesh Balebail @ http://youtu.be/ivx5AZCXAfs

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