Friday Apr 25, 2014

Hyperion Demonstration Systems for Partners

If you need to get access to a demonstration environment, hosted by Oracle, then the current version of the Hyperion EPM Applications v11.1.2.3 are available for partners to book and use to show to their clients. This demonstration covers all the modules including HFM, Planning and Tax provisioning: and there is a demo image which is the same as the PBCS Planning in the Cloud version.

These Oracle Demonstration Services are run by the Oracle Global Sales Engineering team (“GSE”).

In summary, OPN Member Partners can Learn more and Apply for Access to GSE ( ... and follow the link CLICK HERE for On Premise Demonstration Environments and CLICK HERE for Cloud Services - PBCS - Demonstration Environments), and once approved, can access the link to book and run “On Premise” EPM and PBCS demos @

GSE provides a platform to demo Oracle products in an enterprise setting in the way Oracle is meant to be used. We provide demos that are easily accessible and fast performing, consistent with product strategy and sales needs.  See specifically the notes for PBCS @ How to Access and Use Planning & Budgeting Cloud Services Environments.

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM) Partner Summit

In UK, but free to all EMEA OPN member partners, you are invited to attend this Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM) Partner Summit:

May 8th, 2014, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

At the Montcalm Hotel, The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SA

This event will give partners the opportunity to understand how HPCM can expand EPM implementations, hear case studies from Oracle customers, and make new contacts in the partner community. See here the agenda for more details, and goto this link to Register.

Topics covered will include:

  • Sales strategy
  • Latest product capabilities
  • Product roadmap
  • Customer speakers presenting case studies of their use of HPCM

This summit will provide those new to HPCM with information required to identify HPCM opportunities, and those with HPCM knowledge, the information to drive new valuable opportunities, especially in existing Hyperion clients. The intended audience for this event is partner Sales Consulting.

Oracle’s Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management is an application pre-built on Essbase to help customers improve their business performance by discovering the drivers of costs and profitability and empowering users to improve resource alignment.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

UPDATED Demonstration VM for BI Partners (BIC2g 2014-03 Download)

Most of this Demo VM is now very similar to the OTN SampleApp V309, but BIC2g has BI-Apps (with ODI) with all the extra Vision-demo data, plus it has Endeca v3.1 (the SampleApp is still v3.0 Endeca), and it includes the standard Test-Drive kits.

Compared to the prior version, the new BIC2g 2014-03 has:

Ø Updates to the Executive Vision Demo (EVD).

Ø Merged SampleApp content with both EVD and BI Apps 11g rpd/webcats.

Ø Test-drive customer workshops:

o BI Apps

o BI Foundation

o Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

Ø Updates to BI Apps 11g Demos

o New OM and Projects Mobile demo scripts

o New 11g DW for future demo script development

Ø Updated demo process control features

The OBIEE installed is with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.

The “BIC2g” demo VM is downloadable from our BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners.

The access details, for OPN member partners only, to get added to the BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

This Oracle Business Intelligence Linux VM virtual appliance (“BIC2g”) was developed to support Oracle OBI, BI-Apps and Essbase sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities.  If you do not need BI-Apps, or everything combined, then there is a smaller VM OBI Sample-App you can get from OTN: see @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.

  • Join this live WEBCAST to learn more about the BIC2G 2014-03 Partner Edition – on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 5.0 pm UK / 6.0 pm CET @ WebConference URL    ( Meeting Number: 597 781 081 / Passcode: Oracle123 ).

For Endeca 3.1 only, you can also get this @ Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download

While for a “Big Data” demo setup including Hadoop, see @ Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN

If you are new to them, the Test-drive customer workshops use a ‘seeing is believing’ approach with real world data that everyone can related to, and provide an opportunity for partners to invite their customers to interact with the solutions and with you, the BI experts. See here for more on Test Drives.

PBCS How-to Videos

Here is a series of short videos to learn more about Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS), how to enter and analyze data, and how to turn your spreadsheets into powerful applications. PBCS also implements several layers to ensure security, including password protected single sign-on, role based access to features, and access control on forms and other artifacts. The Identity Domain Administrator creates users and assigns roles to them. These videos show you how to create users and assign roles.

This linked series makes it easier for viewers to find exactly the information they need.  (The series replaces the “Create Users and Assign Roles” video previously available, due to UI changes in My Services Dashboard.)

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service helps organizations overcome the challenges of planning in unpredictable operating conditions and enables them to rapidly adopt a world-class planning solution with the simplicity of cloud. Videos include:

Vision Corporation: Demonstration of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Enter and Work With Data in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Migrate an On-premises Planning Application to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Build a Planning Model with Excel in less than 7 Minutes


Analyze Oracle Hyperion Planning Data Using Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office


Use Task Lists in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Loading Data into Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Managing Users in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Predefined Roles in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Create Users and Assign Roles in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Import a Batch of Users into Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service


Friday Apr 11, 2014

IDC Big Data in the Enterprise: When Worlds Collide

IDC has published new research on the growing benefits of big data analytics in the enterprise.  You can also watch a webcast of Dan Vesset, IDC's VP of Business Analytics Programs, discuss the research of when the relational and non-relational worlds collide on big data to achieve higher performance.

To unlock the value of big data, organizations need to extend the existing IT architecture from the tried and tested relational technology to integrate with non-relational technologies. Only this combination of both, with the analytic techniques they enable, can propel organizations toward fact-based decisions.

The research suggests evidence that in 68% of all organizations who combine both technologies to the fullest extent, achieve higher performance: twice as many high-achievers as low-achievers have supplemented relational technology with non-relational technology to the fullest extent needed.

“Today, there is mounting evidence of the end of irrational exuberance in big data. 2014 is ushering in a long-term trend of pragmatic purchasing and deployment of a range of big data and analytics technologies and services. This pragmatism has already resulted in a realization of not only the need for coexistence of relational and non-relational big data and analytics technologies but also the fact that together these technologies can enable completely new ways of conducting business, serving and protecting citizens, caring for patients, teaching students, and managing natural resources.”

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Get OPN Specialized in Business Intelligence & Hyperion EPM

Get yourself and your company recognised and branded as an “Oracle BI / EPM Specialized Partner”. This will bring more business to you, because being OPN Specialised means your prospective clients can find you at by searching for a Specialized Partner. You can also enhance your profile here by Managing your Partner profile in the Solutions Catalog.

Consultants from Oracle partners can become Certified Implementation Specialists by passing the proctored (supervised) exams for OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion and BI-Apps. These exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centres and some Oracle University training locations, which are located in most EMEA major cities: see the links below for more details.

We also have on-line tests for “Sales” and “Pre-sales” knowledge, which also provide these levels of specialisation certificate.

To get certified as Specialised, check the Business and Competency Criteria linked below for each specialisation area and take the Assessment Tests:

BI&EPM in Focus April 2014

  • Longitude CFO Research Report (link)
  • Why CFOs are becoming technology evangelists - article (link)
  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link)
  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)
  • Support Blog: My Oracle Support Community - Subspaces (link)
  • 2014 awards Call for Nominations - Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2014 (September 28-October 2) in San Francisco – especially see the “Big Data and Business Analytics” category.


  • The University of Virginia Selects Oracle to Support Financial Transformation (link)
  • Aditya Birla Nuvo Reduces Consolidation Cycle Time by 25%, Enhances Financial Data Transparency, and Standardizes Reporting Process  (link)
  • CSC Enables Next-Generation Access Management and Flexible Reporting for Large Public Sector Health Agency (link)
  • AW Rostamani Stays Ahead Of The Automotive Competition with Oracle in Dubai  (link) video

Enterprise Performance Management  

  • Blog: Lifetime Value - Viewing Customers as an Investment (link
  • Oracle Hyperion EPM System Release is Generally Available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud; including EPM Mobile Application - new Smart Phone based access (link)
  • Technical Blog: EPM Patch Set Updates for and prior versions - March 2014 (link)

Business  Intelligence

Introducing Mobile App for Oracle EPM

Play this short video ~ 3 minutes ~ to get an Introduction to Mobile for Oracle EPM.

This video gives you a quick introduction to Oracle's EPM Mobile App using sample data. EPM Mobile enables on-the-go approvals and workflow across Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, and Hyperion Tax Provision.

To check out the App, you can download EPM Mobile on your phone with these links:

- Android at Google Play:
- Apple app store:

After downloading the App, you can view the video, the overview tour and the sample application.

For more information see:

  • Oracle.Com Product Page: Oracle EPM Mobile App (link)
  • Oracle EPM Mobile Solution Brief (link)
  • Oracle EPM Mobile Data Sheets for Oracle Hyperion Planning, Oracle Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle Hyperion Tax Provisioning (link)

Friday Apr 04, 2014

OBI11g and BI-Apps Partner Training Bootcamps

In UK, but open to all EMEA OPN member partners, OBIEE 11g and BI Apps OPN bootcamps will take place in May, in Reading, UK. These are run by Oracle OPN, through our VAD Avnet, and are chargeable at £750 per student. These provide skills to pass the OPN Specialisation exams, and to implement projects for your clients.

For more information and to register:

Plus - Oracle Exalytics Hands-on Workshop - June 18-20, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK

This 3-day training is only available to EMEA OPN member partners, and is free of charge. To find out more about the Exalytics training, and to Register for this, click here.

Plus - Oracle ENDECA 3.1 Hands-on Workshop - June 24-26, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK

This 3-day training is only available to EMEA OPN member partners, and is free of charge. To find out more about the ENDECA training, and to Register for this, click here.

Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

Simply, Optimize and Innovate with Oracle Business Analytics

Our customers tell us they want to do three things. They want to use data and analytics to optimize their business to be more effective, simplify their business to be more efficient, and nurture innovation.

Find out how to do this from these short ( ~ 3 minutes each ) presentations:

Simplify your Business, (Video)

Optimize your Business, (Video)

and Nurture Innovation, (Video)

with Oracle Business Analytics.

Real-Time Decision (RTD) Management Solutions

There is increasing value for organizations who can respond with situational awareness in real time with event-based Decision Management Systems, especially for:
  1. Real-time marketing – to give personalised offers most likely to increase revenue
  2. Proactive customer support – to deliver that superior customer experience
  3. Fraud detection – to stop and counter risk and loss
  4. Internet of Things – responding effectively to Sensor feeds

Find out more how Oracle Partners can help their Clients with RTD, eCommerce & Insight:



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