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.”

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:

Simply 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:

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

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

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.

Webinar

Date & Time

Links

BI MODERNIZATION

Replay from MARCH 19 2014

Replay Webinar

BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE INSIGHT (CX)

Replay from MARCH 26 2014

Replay Webinar

BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOR THE OFFICE OF FINANCE (CFO)

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.

Login here to Download Business Analytics Practitioner Guides for Enterprise Architecture

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Business Analytics Architecture Masterclass for Partners

This one-day workshop is FREE of charge to OPN member Partners in EMEA.

March 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM, in the Oracle Office Dublin, Ireland

Transformational Change Services Opportunity for Partners

Business Intelligence & Analytics projects are consistently top priority for your clients, and are seen by many organisations as the key driver of transformational change. Business users challenge IT with issues on trust, access to critical data and understanding of information, while IT may struggle to align with business goals and truly engage with business users.

These issues must be solved before an organisation can begin to make BI more pervasive, self-service, and embedded into the business process.

Join our Masterclass for Partners on 20th March 2014, where you'll learn how Oracle's Information Management and Business Analytics reference architecture can address these issues in a timely, pragmatic and reliable way.

Due to the great success of previous Master Classes on this subject, your presenters will follow a "free format" agenda using Whiteboards rather than formal presentations to allow as much interaction with you as possible.

 For more information, and to Register, see here.

Monday Feb 03, 2014

Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN

The Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” is now available for download from OTN.  Now, customers and partners can have easy access to many of our big data software products - all configured in an integrated VirtualBox environment.

“BigDataLite” is an Oracle VM VirtualBox that contains many key components of Oracle's big data platform, including:

  • Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop
  • Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle Advanced Analytics and "R"
  • Oracle Data Integrator 12c, Oracle Big Data Connectors
  • Oracle NoSQL Database, and more....

It's been configured to run on at least two cores and about +5Gb memory (so this means that your computer should have at least 8Gb total memory). With BigDataLite, you can develop your big data applications and then deploy them to any compatible hardware including the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

To expand this demonstration platform to include OBI and Endeca, you then also download these VMs and inter-connect them. For this you will likely need +16Gb of RAM and at least 4 cores to get them all running. This is targeted at “BIG data analytics”, so giving this integrated platform set +32Gb of RAM and more cores will help you to show it in its’ best light.

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Big Data Analytics is Big News

From our BI partner Forum last week in London focusing on Big Data Analytics, I think the messages coming through from the discussions with partners and clients can be distilled into a few points:

1. Find Value = Organisations are more successful in finding value from potential Big Data Analytics projects when they combine data from “Hadoopable” sources with their traditional Oracle databases: for example merging social sentiment information with existing customer loyalty and product revenue data. Hadoop projects in isolation are struggling to complete the business case.

2. Oracle+Hadoop = Open source Hadoop and “R”-analytics are very complimentary to the Oracle stack, and indeed are greatly strengthened by Oracle’s software distribution and connectivity options – notably with OBI, Endeca, ODI, SQL, and the Oracle Big-data-Connectors for Hadoop.

3. Interconnect = Any Oracle partner can get going with this by downloading the software onto a relatively modest server, where they can interconnect the complete platform, and quickly get to grips with it: see below.

a. You can directly access data from Hadoop to analyse, visualise, and assess its’ value, and join it to Oracle DB data within OBI and Endeca and R.

b. If and as needed, data in Hadoop can be economically selected, processed, and enriched with familiar tools like ODI, and then moved with the Connectors into an Oracle database at very high speed transfer rates, within your data governance model (e.g. see the Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials).

4. Start Smaller = Of course, an Oracle Big Data Appliance plus the Exalytics and Exadata engineered systems are the ultimate solution for this, but all of the software platform from Oracle runs very well with Hadoop on smaller commodity servers. The choice of scale depends on your client’s needs – this is not a constraint on getting value from the integrated software stack. Projects can start relatively “small”; with one commentator suggesting the median deployment is around 10 Tb, and only very few are in the Petabyte range).

5. Enterprise-grade = For the successful Enterprise-grade projects, the Oracle tooling that connects with Hadoop and R provide the security, speed and reliability needed to de-risk the project and surface the value. These familiar tools (OBI, ODI, SQL, Big-data-Connectors) also minimise the skills gap and cost otherwise needed for extensive Java and MapReduce programming.

6. Hadoop is not Big Data = The key to value is using the right set of tools for the job: this may or may not include Hadoop.

This is a recent customer story where the full architecture is being put to broad use:

CaixaBank deploys new big data infrastructure on Oracle - Enables the Spanish Bank to Develop Better Customer Services, Integrating Data Created Across All Its Channels.

Interconnect the complete platform

Partners can assemble a complete platform from these VMs. These pull together a large set of tools, and so I recommend you put this on a server with 32Gb RAM.  You can also get some hints @ Oracle BI Partners Get to Grips with Big Data Analytics

Find out more @ Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials

and White-paper @ Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture

Oracle BI Partners Get to Grips with Big Data Analytics

Quite a few Oracle BI Partners are investing in a better understanding of the complete set of tooling and rich architecture options that have been integrated by Oracle for Big Data Analytics. For example, you can get some great hints and tips from other partners’ experiences such as:

@ Rittman Mead - http://www.rittmanmead.com/category/big-data/

Monday Jan 20, 2014

Tutorials Introducing Big Data

Here are some direct links to access a good set of ~ 5 to 10 minute tutorials about “Big Data”, to introduce some of the software stack and to help you identify which is the right tool for a job:

Related Links:

Video Lecture Series Data Science Boot-Camp Tutorials

To introduce you to some topics in “Data Science”, below are some direct links to access a good set of ~ 30 minute Boot-Camp Tutorials by our Dan McClary, Ph.D., Oracle Principal Product Manager Big Data

Lessons: @ Video Lecture Series: Data Science Boot Camp

This lecture series utilizes data sets and example code: to access @ Data Science Bootcamp Data Sets and Example Code

You might also like to view the Oracle R Enterprise Tutorial Series.

Oracle R Enterprise Tutorial Series

Below are some direct links to access a good set of ~ 30 minute tutorials to introduce you to “R”, Oracle R Enterprise and R for Hadoop By Brian Pottle, Senior Principal. You can also see from this link How much faster is the Oracle R implementation compared to “Normal” R ?.

Lessons: @ Oracle R Enterprise Tutorial Series on Oracle Learning Library

You might also like to view the Video Lecture Series: Data Science Boot-Camp Tutorials.

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

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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