Thursday May 29, 2014

PBCS Hyperion Planning in the Cloud PartnerLab 2-Day Training

Objective of the PartnerLab:  To help partners engage the interest and commitment of their clients for Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service projects. This is your unique opportunity to learn how to expand your business with the PBCS Application.

This 2-day PartnerLab workshop will enable your team to understand the fundamental concepts of the PBCS Application, the implications of Oracle Public Cloud deployment, and to effectively present and demonstrate PBCS to prospective clients. Participants must already be competent with the on-premise Hyperion Planning application: this training will build on existing expertise to cover SaaS Cloud specific deployment implications and how best to demonstrate this to clients and win services led PBCS implementation engagements.

Register here now and see full Agenda for 07-08 July 2014 in Oracle Paris – Colombes

15, bd Charles de Gaulle, 92715 Colombes Cedex France

Register here now and see full Agenda for 15-16 July 2014 in Oracle Italy

via Fulvio Testi 136, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, Italy

This training is free of charge to OPN Member Partners

This PartnerLab is a 2 day in-class workshop event led by Oracle Pre-Sales subject matter experts. These 2 days consist of discussions, presentations, demonstration and hands-on exercises. Note: the hands-on exercises are in an already installed environment that you can have access to after the event (see more @ Hyperion Demonstration Systems for Partners). The PartnerLab will be delivered in English or local language.

Mandatory prerequisites for a participant: Please view material available and complete the assessments before you attend the PartnerLab event. Material and assessments cover foundational information about Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

View material prior to live PartnerLab:

Take and pass these on-line assessments prior to the live PartnerLab training:

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Oracle ENDECA Discovery 3.1 Partner Training 3-Day Workshop

To find out more about the ENDECA training, and to Register for this, click here.

  • June 24-26, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK – Free to partners in EMEA.

FREE of charge to OPN member Partners, this Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) 3-day bootcamp is designed to give partners an understanding of OEID’s features, and how it complements the existing Oracle Business Intelligence suite.

This workshop will provide hands-on experience with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. Topics covered will include Data Exploration with Endeca Information Discovery, Data Ingest, Project Lifecycle, Building an Endeca Server data model and advanced modeling techniques, and Working with Studio. You will also learn about working with ETL components for content acquisitions and other aspects of the project such as security. After taking this course, you will be well prepared to architect, build, demo, and implement an end-to-end Endeca Information Discovery solution.

If you are a Bigdata Analytics Architect or Developer, BI or Data Warehouse Architect, developer or consultant, you don’t want to miss this 3-day workshop.

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Endeca Self-Service Test Drive for Partners’ Clients

Partners can use Endeca Information Discovery as an innovative, potentially disruptive, offer to set a new agenda with their c-level client contacts. Endeca can quickly reveal previously hidden patterns in a client’s business that will help them drive better customer experience and revenues, better product and service quality, reduce fraud, and increase profits.

Seeing is believing”: just as you would always test-drive the car you want to buy, then so too, your prospects for Endeca can experience the tools hands-on to appreciate the ease of use and productivity of Enterprise Self-Service Data Discovery; empowering business users to mash up data (e.g. directly from OBI) and text sources and innovate from their own analytics journey, in balance with IT governance and control.

This Oracle-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 visualisations. We are keen to help you to build your pipeline, to find new sales opportunities by running your own lead generation and marketing campaigns and so we have provided a complete Event Kit with presentation material and hosted demonstration environments to accelerate your business development.

Partner Dowloadable Test Drive Endeca Kit - Invite your clients to your Endeca “Test Drive” event with this kit which explains how partners can run this, and book our hosted Test Drive server for a low cost, high impact marketing event.

This kit is in the BI&EPM Partner folder of “” – if you do not yet have access to this, email your access request to providing me with your corporate email id and logon-id).

If you need to learn more try Get Started and Learn More about Endeca Information Discovery 3.1.

And if you want to download a VM to host the Test Drive on your own servers, then you can get the “Bic2g VM” here at UPDATED Demonstration VM for BI Partners (BIC2g 2014-03 Download).

We also have OBI Test Drives such as:

Friday May 09, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus May 2014

  • Tech scrum in the C-suite (link)
  • CFOs could be technology evangelists, if they took the plunge (link)
  • CFOs Are the New Technology Evangelists (link)
  • CFOs could and should be IT's top advocates (link)


  • Edgewater Technology, Inc. Leverages Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service to Improve Forecasting Agility  (link)
  • Natus Medical Plans up to 3x Faster with More Precision While Growing Revenue 33% Without Increased Inventory   (link)
  • Valdosta State University Improves Student Retention, Progression and Graduation Rates with Oracle Solutions (link)
  • Ministério da Educação e Ciência de Portugal Improves Educational System in Less Than a Year and Reduces Expenses by US$800 Million  (link)
  • Darden Uses Oracle Advanced Analytics To Understand Restaurant Customers (link)
  • Garmin International Consolidates 24 Databases onto a Single Footprint, Improves Performance up to 50%  (link
  • Videos from Collaborate 2014:
    • Mehmet Sevinc, U of CA Berkeley talks about Public Sector Planning & Budgeting (link)
    • Brooks Loomis from Acadia Healthcare talks about Oracle Hyperion Planning (link)
    • The City of Atlanta on Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting (link)
    • Performance Architects talks about key BI and Mobile trends, including Endeca (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

  • May 29, Finance Webcast: Are you struggling with multiple data sources? Is a 360°view of your customer still a dream? (link)
  • June 19, Finance Webcast: Cut cost and deliver insight with ERP efficiency in the Cloud. (link)
  • Blog: Interactive, Visual Financial Close Analytics for Compelling Investor Relations (link)
  • Improve Retail Performance with Enhanced Insight into Profitability and Costs using Oracle Hyperion Profitability & Cost Management (link)
  • HPCM and Shared Services Costing: A Day in the Life (link)
  • Transfer Pricing: Using Oracle Hyperion Planning and HPCM to Overcome its Challenges, Webcast Replay (link)
  • Technical Blog:
    • Enterprise Performance Management Mobile (link)
    • Hyperion Planning JVM OutOfMemory (link)
    • Hyperion Planning Data Forms (link)
    • Monitoring Hyperion Planning JVM in EPM Environment (link)
    • Oracle Support Community - QMR (Solvency II)  (link)
  • Patch Set Update:
    • Hyperion BI+ Financial Reporting (Patch 18412401) [Doc ID 1644455.1]
    • Hyperion BI+ Financial Reporting Patch Set Exception (PSE): (Patch 18467894)
    • Hyperion Calculation Manager (Patch 18345915)
    • Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) Patch Bundle 18403853 [Doc ID 1645354.1]
    • Hyperion Strategic Finance (Patch 18340642)
    • Hyperion Strategic Finance (Patch 18355715)

Business  Intelligence

  • Oracle BI Mobile For Android Now Available Via Google Play Store (link)
  • May 22, Oracle BI-Foundation Suite Test Drive with Essbase, Stuttgart (link)
  • May 27, Oracle BI-Foundation Suite Test Drive with Essbase, Dusseldorf (link)
  • May 22nd, 2014 - Live Webcast: Oracle Mobile Security Suite @ 10am UK / 11am CET Duration: 1 hour - Register here
  • May 29th, 2014 - Live Webcast: Oracle Mobile Suite @ 10am UK / 11am CET Duration: 1 hour - Register now
  • Master Data Management: How to Avoid Big Mistakes in Big Data (link)
  • Leveraging Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management for Everyday BI Needs (link)
  • Blog: The TOFU (Top of Funnel Users) Approach to Business Intelligence (link)
  • Blog: Big Data @ Work Turning Customer Interactions into Opportunities with Endeca (link)
  • Blog: Holland America Enhances Online Guest Experience with RTD (link)
  • Blog: Big Data at Work in Consumer Goods and retail with Oracle Data Warehousing (link)
  • Technical Blog:
    • Oracle BI Mobile HD Now Available (link)
    • OBIEE Version Now Released (link)
    • OBIEE - End of Error Correction Support (link)

Oracle BI Applications Now Available

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery), and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page. This is the second major release on the BI-Apps 11g code line leveraging the power of ODI, and certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation

What’s New

Significant expansion of content improves existing Oracle BI Applications including:

· Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with the introduction of Talent Management Analysis, to help HR and business managers assess talent strengths and build potential leaders by delivering greater insight into job profiles. Improvements to Absence Management, new support for Workforce Frozen Snapshots and Workforce Flex Fields are also available.

· Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with the new Sub-ledger Accounting Module, providing complete account balance analysis, including supporting reference balances and drill down to accounting transactions. Aging Snapshot restoration for Receivables and Payables, drilldown from Payables to Purchase Orders, and Fixed Assets support for GL Posting Status are features also included in the release.

· Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Earned Value Management Analysis, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into Planned Value, Earned Value, and Actual Cost. Analysis of variances and indices, derived from Cost and Schedule Variance, CPI, TCPI, SPI and TSPI, is also available.

· Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces Costing and Inventory Turn support for Oracle JDE EnterpriseOne. In addition, the ability to save and restore the Inventory Snapshot when executing a full load is now supported.  There is also a new adapter that provides out-of-box integration between Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.

· Oracle Student Information Analytics introduces new Financial Aid Analysis, containing term-based detail information associated with a student award such as amount, status, disbursement, and aid type.

· Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Enterprise Asset Management Analytics have been re-introduced into the BI Applications data model. Although new with ODI, both modules provide now the same broad functionality available with BI Applications

· Unstructured Data for Information Discovery – The BI Applications Data Model has been extended to include unstructured CRM and ERP text fields. Sample Information Discovery templates – including ODI interfaces and runtime security definitions –provide the ability to quickly create sample Information Discovery Applications from combined structured and unstructured data. See the Supporting Files for Endeca Sample Applications for BI Applications on OTN page.

New Utilities and Enhancements to increase productivity and drive down TCO

· New Data Lineage Tool allows customers and implementers to track lineage from source to target – improving information transparency across their enterprise

· Configuration Management expands System Setup and Load Plan definition capabilities, including the registration of multiple instances for the same Product Line Version, UI enhancements to support DW connection configuration and Load Plan definition, and Load Plan definition migration.

· Fact Partitioning IKMs and Parallel Index Builds are key performance Innovations introduced with this release. The former enables a feature that tags partitions so that only the indexes that need to be re-built during incremental loads are executed. The latter uses ODI parallel process so that Indexes can be built using multiple session (faster than and in addition to DB parallel).

Where can I find more information?

Thursday May 08, 2014

Get Started and Learn More about Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

We have created a new product library page dedicated to Endeca Information Discovery training assets on the Oracle Learning Library.  We will continue to add to this as more content is developed @:

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Learning Library

A portal of training offerings for Endeca v3.1

And you can access the You-Tube material directly via these playlists:

This screencast series will teach you the basics of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery by demonstrating how to install Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, build an application from scratch, and explore data. By the end of the screencast series, you will be ready to build your own application.

Free self-study course

Create Your Own Discovery Application

Endeca Best Practices & Design Patterns

Tuesday May 06, 2014

Resell Rights and Specialisation for PBCS (Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service)

Oracle Partners can now apply for PBCS Resell Rights. The Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services now has a dedicated Resell Knowledge Zone where you can Apply to Resell.

To qualify you will need to meet the applicable PBCS Resell criteria.

Note that the “OPN Specialisation” for Hyperion Planning can be separately found in the Hyperion Knowledge Zone, where you can apply to Get Specialized, and this also includes PBCS. The Specialisation criteria can still be found here at Hyperion Planning and now requires partners to take the PBCS examination in addition to the prior criteria.



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