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OBI 12c Major Release is Available

Mike Hallett
Partner Development for Business Analytics

BI 12c is the strategic foundation of Oracle’s
analytics platform, delivering significant new value and lower total cost of
ownership to the many existing Oracle BI customers, as well as being a
compelling analytics platform for new customers.  BI 12c is critical to
Oracle’s hybrid strategy, complementing BI Cloud capabilities by making fast,
friendly data visualization and managed, scalable enterprise-class analytics
available on-premises.

The new Data Visualization
offering appeals to a large set of existing Oracle BI users, as well as opening
up expansion opportunities with new users.

What’s New

BI 12c delivers a major
update to the Oracle BI platform, with enhancements across the entire platform,
as well as new Data Visualization capabilities.  Highlights and benefits
include:

Easy to upgrade:  BI
12c offers a radically simple and robust upgrade from 11g, saving customers
time and effort in moving to the new version.  BI 12c includes a free
utility to automate regression testing, the Baseline Validation Tool, which
verifies data, visuals, catalog object metadata, and system-generated SQL
across 11g and 12c releases.

More Visual: 
A consistent set of Data Visualization capabilities are now available across
Oracle BI Cloud Service and Oracle BI 12c, as well as the upcoming Oracle Data
Visualization Cloud Service, offering customers a continuity of visual
experience unmatched by our competitors.  Business users can point and
click to upload personal data and blend it with IT-managed data in BI 12c,
which automatically infers connections between data sets.  Visualizing
data is as easy as dragging attributes onto the screen, with optimal
visualizations automatically displayed – no modeling or upfront configuration
required.  Related data is automatically connected, so highlighting data
in one visual, highlights correlated data in every other visual, immediately
showing patterns and revealing new insights.  These insights, along with
narrative comments, can be shared as interactive visual stories, enabling
seamless collaboration that drives fact-based decisions.

More Advanced Analytics: 
Predictive analysis is more tightly integrated, enabling customers to more
easily forecast future conditions based on existing data points, group elements
that are statistically similar, and expose outliers.  BI 12c includes the
ability to run the free Oracle R distribution on BI Server, and extend existing
analytics with custom R scripts, which can point to any engine (R, Oracle
Database, Spark, etc.) without needing to change the BI RPD to deliver results.

More Mobile: 
Keyword search (“BI Ask”) empowers users to literally talk to their data,
asking questions and having visualizations automatically created as responses,
opening up an easy entry point for authoring.  Additionally, the interface
for iOS has been completely redesigned; and Mobile BI for Android offers
sharing and following for nearby devices, as well as the ability to project any
dashboard or story to GoogleCast-enabled devices.

Faster: 
Sophisticated in-memory processing includes BI Server optimizations and support
for multiple in-memory data stores, while in-memory Essbase on Exalytics offers
enhanced concurrency and scalability, as well as significant performance gains.

Friendlier: 
Usability updates throughout BI 12c demonstrate Oracle’s continued commitment
to making analytics as fast, flexible, and friendly as they are powerful and
robust.  A new user interface simplifies the layout for the homepage,
Answers, and Dashboards, making it easier for users to quickly see what’s
important; HTML-5 graphics improve view rendering; and it’s easier for users to
create new groups, calculations, and measures, for simpler, more direct
interaction with results.

Bigger Data: 
BI 12c enables customers to use new data, from local, Oracle, and Big Data
sources, including personal files uploaded by users; direct access to data in
Hyperion Financial Management and Hyperion Planning applications; and ODBC
access to Cloudera Impala.

Higher ROI, Lower TCO: 
Streamlined administration and life cycle management reduce the time and
resources required to manage BI 12c, decreasing costs and increasing value for
this and future releases.  Enhancements include separating metadata from
configuration; simpler, more robust security; easier backup, restore, and
disaster recovery; hot patching of metadata; and many more.

Oracle BI 12c is
available for download from OTN

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