Monday Mar 31, 2014

Live Virtual Class for Implementation of OBI Applications 11g using ODI

If you have a near-term project for your clients to implement OBI Applications version 11g using ODI (the current version), then this 3-day Live Virtual Class should help to fill any skills gaps. It is scheduled to run from the 09-Apr-2014, 28-May-2014, and 18-Jun-2014 in English from 3:00 PM.

This course will train partners in skills to implement the OBI Applications version 11g using ODI, delivered by Oracle University; providing step-by-step procedures for installing, configuring, managing, and customizing Oracle Business Intelligence Applications and Oracle Business Intelligence Warehouse with Oracle Data Integrator and perform post-installation set up. Students will need to pay for this course, but OPN member partners can claim their normal OU discount.

For more information see the Course Description, View the Schedule, and Register at this Link.

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus March 2014


  • AT&T, Red Robin, and Accenture share insights on how Modern Finance can become a true business partner and value creator using digital technologies (link to Video)
  • Elizabeth Arden Generates Financial, Sales, and Marketing Reports up to 10x Faster by Using Software and Hardware That Are Engineered Together  (link
  • Avea Telecommunication Services Accelerates Reporting to Improve Campaign Analysis and New Service Delivery  (link)
  • McKesson Improves Workforce Analysis of 1.4 Million Employees Across 500 National Health Service Organizations (link)
  • Network Appliance Improves Reporting with Oracle Hyperion DRM and OBIEE (link) video 
  • An Post Saves up to US$3 million and Improves Customer Service Through Business Intelligence (link)
  • Barco Consolidates More Financial Data in Less Time   (link

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Find help with using Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, guides, videos, and tutorials (link)
  • Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service videos and tutorials at Oracle Learning Library (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud White Paper (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud Infographic (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud Video (link)
  • CFO.COM Webcast: Cloud-Based Forecasting (link) Replay
  • HPCM & Shared Services Costing: A Day in the Life Webinar Replay (Link) by Edgewater Ranzal
  • Blog: Using Technology to Ease the Pressure Cooker Environment of the Modern CFO (link)
  • Blog & Podcast: Are 90% of Companies Still Failing to Execute on Strategy? (link)
  • Blog & Podcast: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service -- What's All the Buzz About? (link)
  • Technical Blog: Hyperion Product Support in Virtual Environments (link)
  • Oracle Disclosure Management Financial Reporting Data Source Tagging Statement of Direction  [Support Doc ID 1609059.1]
  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service [Support Doc ID 1632463.1]
  • Hyperion Product Name Changes for Hyperion Profitability, Hyperion Financial Close Analytics Dashboard, Hyperion Business Performance Management, and Hyperion FDM Essbase Adaptor [Support Doc ID 1636212.1]
  • Hyperion Financial Close Management Performance Tuning Guide, February 2014 Edition [Support Doc ID 1575381.1]
  • EPM Documentation Portal, links to Cumulative Feature Overview Tool, Defects Fixed Finder, videos, social media sites and more  (link)

Business Intelligence

  • Blog: BI Mobile: What's the Deal with Android? (link)
  • Upcoming UK Oracle Business Analytics Events (link)
  • Download Presentations from the Oracle Business Analytics Summit in London February 2014
  • Free to Customers, Partner workshop offer from Zanett - Best practices for implementing, upgrading and utilizing BI and Analytics technology, identify how to enhance productivity, optimize the cost and improve the return on investment (link)
  • Top Down Consulting Partner Video: Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management Data Governance – What Is It, and Why Is It Important? (link)
  • Oracle University Blog: What Does it Take to be a Great Data Scientist? (link)
  • Oracle University Blog: Some OBI EE Tricks and Tips in the Admin Tool (link)
  • Oracle University Training-On-Demand - Oracle BI Publisher 11g R1: 3-day Fundamentals Course (link)
  • OBIEE 11g Bundle Patch is Available for OBIEE and Exalytics [Support Doc ID 1626928.1]
  • BIAPPS ODI CUMULATIVE PATCH 1 [Support Patch 17546336]
  • Oracle Business Analytics Support News Current Edition - Volume 11 : March 2014 [Support Doc ID 1347131.1]
  • Technical Blog: Proactive Support - Business Analytics Monthly Index - February 2014 (link)
  • Oracle BI Discoverer Statement of Direction - March 2014 Support Doc ID 1634827.1

Selected Oracle & BI & EPM Partner Blogs

Big Data Analytics and EPM Top Trends for 2014

Which information management priorities are at the top of the corporate IT agenda? What are the most compelling developments in big data, analytics, EPM, mobile computing, data warehousing, and cloud computing that motivate IT leaders to undertake new technology initiatives?

Oracle surveyed hundreds of IT decision makers to learn about their big data and analytics plans for 2014—both within the Oracle customer base and the industry at large. Respondents provided specific feedback on mobile BI, cloud, Hadoop, data discovery, predictive analytics, and decision optimization technologies and practices. From this extensive data set we compiled the following trends:

  • Trend 1: Business Users Get Hooked on Mobile Analytics
  • Trend 2: Analytics Take to the Cloud
  • Trend 3: Hadoop-Based Data Reservoirs Unite with Data Warehouses
  • Trend 4: New Skills Bolster Big Data Investments
  • Trend 5: Big Data Discovery is the Secret to Workforce Success for HCM
  • Trend 6: Predictive Analytics Lend Fresh Insight into Big Data Strategies
  • Trend 7: Predictive Analytics Bring New Insight to Old Business Processes
  • Trend 8: Decision Optimization Technologies Enhance Human Intuition
  • Trend 9: Business Leaders Embrace Packaged Analytics
  • Trend 10: New Skills Launch New Horizons of Analysis

Download the full Big Data and Analytic Report to learn about the trends, problems, and breakthroughs in big data and analytics in more detail, and also for a bit of advice to get the most from your investments.

Similarly download the Enterprise Performance Management Top Trends for 2014 Report for more detail on:

  • Trend 1: EPM Cloud Strategies Gain Altitude
  • Trend 2: Don’t Leave Mobile Behind
  • Trend 3: Big Data is the New Signal for Finance
  • Trend 4: Detailed Costing Practices Here to Stay
  • Trend 5: Squeeze Financial Close Cycles Even Tighter, with an Eye to the Virtual Close
  • Trend 6: Financial Disclosure Complexity Continues to Rise
  • Trend 7: Enterprise Data Governance Booms in 2014
  • Trend 8: Sustainability Reporting Becomes the Norm

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Qubix are World’s first Certified Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS) Specialist

Qubix International announced that they are the world’s first Oracle Partner to achieve OPN-Specialization for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS).

Qubix, an Oracle Platinum Partner, are making this new Cloud product available in a packaged offering that includes Software-as-a-Service, implementation services, training and support, all for one low monthly fee.

“We’re excited to be the first to offer customers this service that combines the power of Oracle’s enterprise planning in the Cloud solution with all the services customers need included for one low monthly fee,” said Paul Johnston, General Manager of Qubix. “Yes, there are other cloud offerings, but these typically don't include the implementation services, the training, ongoing support and consulting customers need, so we’ve re-imagined how service should be delivered in the Cloud world and simplified everything.” he went on to add that the new Qubix service includes:

A subscription to the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services

A choice of Express, Professional or Enterprise implementation packages

Training to maximize user engagement and productivity

On-going Support and managed services

Qubix packaged subscriptions start at £12 per user per day for an entry-level budgeting, planning and forecasting solution, increasing to £29 per user per day for an enterprise-grade solution.

Using this cloud based service; companies can reduce costs and complexity while accelerating the speed of delivery without compromising any features or capabilities.

Neil Sellers, Director of Qubix, added, “We want to make planning, budgeting and forecasting simple and affordable for all businesses, no matter what their size or complexity.”

By tapping into the benefits of the Cloud, businesses no longer need to purchase and set up hardware and software, which greatly accelerates the deployment time and significantly reduces costs. Qubix estimates that the total cost of ownership savings for a typical customer will be between 30% - 40% over a three year period.

The new service means businesses can take advantage of all the benefits of Cloud SaaS, providing an enterprise-wide, multidimensional planning, reporting and analysis solution, without compromise. This has been proven, in some instances, to reduce planning and budgeting cycle times by up to 90%, thus promoting faster & better business decisions.

For more details, including pricing please visit:

For Oracle partners also wishing to take advantage of this new Cloud service see New Guided Learning Paths for Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Specialists, and an introductory webinar at Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting.

Monday Mar 10, 2014

Partner Business Analytics Webinar Series on BI-Modernisation, CFO-Analytics and CX

We invite you to download the presentations and replay this series of Webinars for Oracle BI Partners so you can better advise your existing clients on how and why they should modernize, upgrade and expand what they can achieve with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation, and discuss the benefits of combining analytics integrated with ERP, EPM and finance systems to provide a complete view of forecasts, plans and actuals accessible by Finance and all lines of business managers. We will also look at the full spectrum of analytics that clients can deploy to better service and sell to their customers; providing a 360 customer view, predictive analytics, social sentiment analysis, and pro-active real-time decisioning for an optimized multi-channel customer experience.


Date & Time



Replay from MARCH 19 2014

Replay Webinar


Replay from MARCH 26 2014

Replay Webinar


Replay from APRIL 02 2014

Replay Webinar

BI Modernization (March 19)

Help Your Customers Stay Competitive with the Latest Business Analytics

Join us to learn how you can help your customers outmanoeuvre their competition by embracing modern business intelligence to gain alignment, understand their data, and more accurately forecast outcomes.

· Drastically improve your client’s ability to make data-driven decisions

· Keep decision-makers informed even on the go with rich visualizations and mobile BI

· Learn how Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g and Oracle Exalytics can modernize your company’s business intelligence

Business Analytics for Customer Experience Insight (CX) (March 26)

As Oracle Partners you need to talk with our Customers about solutions and not single products, so you need a consistent and comprehensive story about the Role of Business Analytics in Customer Experience (CX).

We want to share with you our partners, our current market and product positioning and presentation material that you can re-use whenever you go to meet your Customers:

· who are interested in Business Analytics, but also want to have an integrated view of all Oracle’s CX product portfolio and architecture,

· and to present Business Analytics as a key component of any CX opportunity.

Oracle Business Analytics for the office of Finance and the CFO (April 2)

The Oracle Hyperion installed customer base represents a major opportunity to sell complementary Oracle Business Analytics solutions. We explain the customer the benefits of an integrated BA+EPM platform and how to engage them in transformational projects.

This webcast will introduce a customer facing presentation, to help you deliver the messages to your clients with confidence.

For existing Oracle Hyperion Customers the benefits can be summarized as:

· The Connected Enterprise - Performance Management support, wall to wall

· In-Memory / Engineered Systems - More Agility and Speed at Lower TCO

· BI Mobile - Critical information at your fingertips wherever you are

· Real-Time Finance - Find hidden Insights to complement your Financial view

· Cloud - Flexible, cost-controlled Planning deployments

Friday Mar 07, 2014

Download Business Analytics Practitioner Guides for Enterprise Architecture

As we survey the marketplace storms - Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Self-service Analytics, In-Memory – we see that Architecture and Governance are more important than ever.

To help our partners and customers weather this evolution, we have provided an in-depth library of guidelines and reference architectures containing pragmatic advice and approaches that will help you better plan, execute, and manage IT Strategies to achieve agility, economy, performance and sound governance.

Login here to Download Business Analytics Practitioner Guides for Enterprise Architecture

For example you will find in this library:

Business Analytics Practitioner Guides

· Creating a BA Roadmap (PDF, 44 pages, published: July 2013)
Business analytics can be a complex undertaking requiring business alignment, communication, and planning. This document describes the process used to create an effective BA Roadmap. It takes into account several business factors and an evaluation of the current state in order to prioritize efforts that will best serve both the business and IT communities.

Business Analytics Reference Architectures

· BA Foundation (PDF, 70 pages, published: June 2013)
This document presents a view of business analytics designed to offer companies the desired advantages while minimizing the time and expense often associated with BA endeavours. This document defines the core concepts of modern business analytics, provides a conceptual view of the architecture depicting the key capabilities, and identifies applicable technology standards.

· BA Infrastructure (PDF, 100 pages, published: June 2013)
At most organizations, business analytics systems have been deployed piecemeal over time resulting in data inconsistencies, complexity, and inflexibility. This document describes desirable and practical architecture principles and a reference architecture from which an organization can tailor their own architecture blueprint to tame the chaos.

Business Analytics White Papers

· Oracle's Approach to Business Analytics (PDF, 18 pages, published Sept 2013)
The advent of Big Data has ushered in a new wave of interest in business analytics. Organizations are challenged with moving ahead with new technologies while managing existing environments and integrating it all into a cohesive solution. This document describes Oracle's pragmatic approach to business analytics - one that focuses on a strategic vision, yet tactically delivers value and improves proficiency over time.

Enterprise Solution Designs

· Big Data and Analytics Reference Architecture (PDF, 39 pages, published: September 2013)
Big Data is being used in ingenious ways to predict customer buying habits, detect fraud and waste, analyze product sentiment, identify new business opportunities, etc. Rather than approach Big Data as a new technology silo, an organization should strive to create a unified information architecture that incorporates Big Date with all other types of data. This paper defines and describes a reference architecture that promotes a unified vision for information management and analytics.

Oracle Reference Architecture

· Information Management (PDF, 208 pages, published: July 2013)
Information is key to enabling competitive advantage and must be must be delivered pervasively within the business as well as to the wider community and customer base. This document offers a framework for an information management architecture that supports an overall information management strategy including the capabilities to ensure accuracy, integrity, security, and consistency of the information as well as integration capabilities.

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