Friday Jan 02, 2015

Proven Business Value from Big Data Case Studies

The single most frequent question I am asked about Big Data, is “Where is the Business Value?” : and of course there is no single answer.

So, to help address this question, below I highlight a few Big Data Case Studies that have caught my eye, which hopefully give you some ammunition for lighting up some ideas and innovation with your clients by showing by example that there is much value to be had in many applications of Big Data and Analytics techniques across many industries.

Retailers Turn Big Data into Big Advantage

We are seeing many successes with Big Data for the CPG and Retail Industries.

For example, you can replay this webcast (recorded in November 2014) featuring two customer presenters, from dunnhumby and DunkinBrands (click here), discussing their programmes.  Also see these links to dunnhumby Delivers for Its Clients with Big Data (3 minute video), and Procter & Gamble Gains Insights for Quicker, Smarter Business Decisions (article).

By way of a summary overview, click here for an infographic on Big Data for Retail.

Also, Deloitte has designed a complete solution to address Big Data challenges focusing on the CPG and Retail Industries. This solution can be previewed at a Deloitte Centre of Excellence, having been built on a full stack of Oracle Big Data and Analytics products including, Oracle R, Endeca, OBIEE, Mobile BI App, Exalytics, Exadata and the Big Data Appliance.  For more information on this see the videos and webcasts below:

Tuesday Dec 23, 2014

Big Data Analytics Sales and Solution Architecture 1-Day Workshop

February 17, 2015 – at the Oracle London Office, UK - Register for Event

OPN member partners from all EMEA countries are welcome to attend free of charge.

At this Big Data and Analytics Sales and Solution Architecture for Partners Workshop, partners can discover Oracle Big Data and Analytics from an initial client engagement perspective.

Walk away ready to talk confidently about Oracle Big Data, Real Time Decisioning, In-memory Analytics, OBI Foundation, Endeca and Private and Public Cloud solutions to your clients.

What we will cover

The agenda is aimed to deliver project-winning messages and high level demonstrations to everyone in the audience; recommending a process to engage with a client, to show business value and carry the client through a journey from discovering possibilities to completing a comprehensive information management and analytics architecture.

  • Winning new Big Data and Analytics projects with Oracle in 2015
  • Understand the Rise of the Data-Scientist and what has made Maths Cool
  • Solution Visualisation and prototyping techniques for Business Users and Data Scientists
  • Oracle on Oracle – Scale-able Servers for BI, In-Memory Analytics and Big Data
  • Oracle Big-Data and Analytics in the Cloud Services (PaaS)
  • A Transformational Architecture - Game changers for Big-Data Analytics and: the Opportunity for Oracle Partners
  • A Partners’ Get-Started-Kit for Oracle Big Data and Analytics and help for oracle partners to work with oracle sales.
  • Customer Value achieved in Case Studies of Big Data and Analytics Solutions

See what is new in the latest version of Oracle Analytics products and Big Data products and see how this translates into a cohesive solution architecture to support your projects and business transformation programmes. Understand how Analytics is positioned for the market opportunities from Big Data and greater business user demand for Self-service Visualisation and prototyping, as well as going deeper to support information discovery by Data Scientists. 

We will also introduce you to our “Hands-on Self-service Analytics Test Drives”. You as a partner, can then re-use our kits to run your own customer-facing Test Drive events to get their interest and build your sales pipeline – you do not need to be “technical” for this. 

Target Audience

Client executives, sales and solution architects from Oracle Partners will benefit from this event. Existing partners selling applications or technology or hardware will all benefit by being able to cross-sell Analytics and Big Data solutions to existing and new clients.

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management 12c for Big Data and Analytics

One of the best reasons for introducing Hadoop into your clients is as a lower cost ETL and staging platform for any data warehouse... the so called “Data Lake” Concept. But as discussed by Gartner “Beware of the Data Lake Fallacy”... this still needs governance: “Without descriptive metadata and a mechanism to maintain it, the data lake risks turning into a data swamp.”

So, as a follow on to my last blog ( Partners’ Get-Started-Kit with Oracle Big Data and Analytics ), let’s now explore how you can help your clients to better govern and manage a cost effective data lake that delivers additional value to their data warehouse.

Oracle has expanded its Oracle Data Integration portfolio with the addition of Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management 12c, a comprehensive platform that helps reduce compliance risks and ensure the success of governance programs within organizations by providing much-needed business and data transparency (read the Press Release). Together with Oracle Enterprise Data Quality, Oracle Big Data SQL, and Oracle Database security you can manage and control all aspects of big data stewardship, lifecycle management, data protection, auditing, security, and compliance.

To find out more, start with these two webcasts:

Data Quality and Metadata Management for Big Data Governance webcast:
  • Understand how data governance can be applied to big data
  • Explore new Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management technology
  • Learn how data quality is integral to any data governance initiative

Big Data Integration for the Big Data Reservoir webcast:

  • Keep big data reservoirs accurate and real-time using Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate
  • Leverage Hadoop and Data Integration technologies across heterogeneous environments
  • Implement best practices using big data reservoirs to unlock the most value from your enterprise big data

Then try the Tutorial @ Tame Big Data with Oracle Data Integration

And Download a full version of Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management 12c software and documentation.

Thursday Nov 20, 2014

Partners’ Get-Started-Kit with Oracle Big Data and Analytics

If you are struggling with how (and why) to get started with “Big Data” and Hadoop based tools with Oracle and your Analytics practice, then see below for some resources and I will post some additional topics and hints on this theme in the next month. Especially start by trying the ETL tools (ODI & GoldenGate) on Hadoop as a lower cost ETL and staging platform for any data warehouse, and try out the new Oracle Big Data Discovery, Now Available - The Visual Face of Hadoop.

Hands-on Labs - Big Data and Analytics

There are several hands-on-labs available to help you get started with the platform which you can practice by downloading the pre-configured VM (Oracle Big Data Lite Virtual Machine):

Oracle Big Data Learning Library

Numerous hands on labs and videos for capabilities that span the Oracle Big Data platform.

Analyze All Your Data with Oracle Big Data SQL

Learn how to securely analyze all your data - across both Hadoop and Oracle Database 12c - using Oracle Big Data SQL

Access Data in Oracle NoSQL Database from Oracle Database

Access data in Oracle NoSQL Database from Oracle Database 12c using external tables.

Tame Big Data with Oracle Data Integration

Learn about how to design Hadoop data integration using Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate.

Integrate Hadoop Data with Oracle Database using Oracle Big Data Connectors

Use Oracle Loader for Hadoop to efficiently load data into the Oracle Database using MapReduce jobs. Access data in HDFS directly from the Oracle Database using Oracle SQL Connector for Hadoop.

Using SQL Pattern Matching

This series features both OBEs and recorded webcasts. Learn how to use SQL for Pattern Matching. Row pattern matching in native SQL improves application and development productivity and query efficiency for row-sequence analysis.

Oracle Data Mining 12c Tutorial Series

The OBE's in this series provide you with instructions on how to perform data mining with Oracle Database 12c, by using Oracle Data Miner 4.0. Oracle Data Miner 4.0 is included as an extension of Oracle SQL Developer, version 4.0.

Oracle R Enterprise v 1.4 - Tutorial Series

Oracle R Enterprise (ORE), a component of the Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, makes the open source R statistical programming language and environment ready for the enterprise and big data.

Introduction to Oracle NoSQL Database

Use Oracle NoSQL Database in the context of the Oracle MoviePlex application. Create schemas, load data and then utilize that data in the online movie application.

Oracle NoSQL Database - Installation/cluster topology deployment (pdf | scripts)

Learn how simple and intuitive it is to deploy a highly available (production ready) Oracle NoSQL Database cluster.

Data Manipulation with Hive and Pig (pdf  | script)

A Quick introduction to HDFS, Pig and Hive.

Oracle Big Data Lite Virtual Machine: Free Download (for testing, demo and educational purposes only)

This (version 4.0.1) provides an integrated environment to help you get started with Big Data. Many Oracle Big Data platform components have been installed and configured - allowing you to begin using the system right away, including:

  • Oracle Database 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition (12.1.0.2)
  • Oracle Big Data SQL-enabled external tables
  • Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH5.1.2)
  • Oracle Big Data Connectors 4.0
  • Oracle NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition 12cR1 (3.0.14)
  • Oracle JDeveloper 12c (12.1.3)
  • Oracle SQL Developer and Data Modeler 4.0.3
  • Oracle Data Integrator 12c R1 (12.1.3)
  • Oracle GoldenGate 12c
  • Oracle R Distribution 3.1.1

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Download Presentations From Analytics Partner Forum And Openworld

We had 100+ partners attending our Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and EPM Partner Forum in October 2014. If you missed it, OPN member Partners can still download much of the presentation materials from the BI&EPM-partner-community shared portal (for access to this portal, email Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com with your company email id, Oracle logon-id and OPN membership status).

You can also download some copies of the presentations from this year’s OpenWorld such as:

Business Analytics Live Virtual Training Sessions Nov-Dec 2014

Below are a series of in depth technical Business Analytics live virtual training sessions run by our Platform Technology Solutions team, free of charge exclusively for OPN member Partners.

1) Virtualization on Exalytics - 45 Minutes - REPLAY (originally on 7th November, 2014)

by Marcel Meijn, Senior Technologist Product Management - PTS

Click here to REPLAY

2) BI Mobile App Designer - 60 Minutes - REPLAY (originally on 10th November, 2014)

by Ng Chan Leong, Principal Technologist – Product Management - PTS

Click here to REPLAY

3) Oracle Database 12c In-Memory option for Exalytics - REPLAY (originally on 25th November, 2014)

by Marcel Meijn, Senior Technologist Product Management - PTS

Click here to REPLAY

As well as these live eSeminars:

3) Oracle Mobile App Designer for Analytics - REPLAY (originally November 7, 2014)

This technical presentation will help architects and solution providers learn about special purpose mobile analytics using Mobile App Designer.

4) Essbase and EPM with Exalytics - REPLAY (originally November 14, 2014)

This presentation provides technical details for configuring and tuning Essbase for taking advantage of Exalytics Machine.

5) OBIEE Security with Oracle Identity Management - REPLAY (originally November 21, 2014)

With in-depth technical detail and demo, this session will help you learn how to integrate OBI EE with Oracle Access Manager allowing for advanced setup using Oracle Identity Framework. 

6) OWB to ODI Migration Overview Registration Link

December 5, 2014 @ 8:30 AM PST to 9:30 AM PST / 17:30 CET / 16:30 UK

This presentation provides technical detail with demo for migrating Oracle Warehouse Builder artifacts to Oracle Data Integrator 12c platform.

7) Discovery on Unstructured Data with Endeca EID Registration Link

December 12, 2014 @ 8:30 AM PST to 9:30 AM PST / 17:30 CET / 16:30 UK

This technical session, along with demonstration provides information on various features and tool set to acquire unstructured data for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1, organize them and efficiently creates discovery applications using EID.

8) ODI for Oracle BI Applications Registration Link

January 9, 2015 @ 8:30 AM PST to 9:30 AM PST / 17:30 CET / 16:30 UK

This session demonstrate ODI capabilities and use with Oracle Business Analytic Applications 11.

9) Overview on Virtualization, OVM for Exalytics Registration Link

January 16, 2015 @ 8:30 AM PST to 9:30 AM PST / 17:30 CET / 16:30 UK

This presentation provides technical detail and use cases for oracle virtualization technology, OVM, for Exalytics Environment.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Big Data Discovery News from Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s executive vice president of product development, began his keynote speech at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 by discussing three major trends in business and culture—big data, mobility, and the cloud. He then detailed and demoed new products and services from Oracle that enhance customers’ ability to make use of all three.

Kurian introduced a new set of tools called Oracle Big Data Discovery, which allows database managers and engineers to work more effectively with Hadoop, as “the visual face of Hadoop”. Oracle Big Data Discovery lets users profile, explore, and analyze Hadoop data, and do prediction and correlation. “With Oracle Big Data Discovery, you will be able to explore and find patterns and problems with your data,” Kurian said. Find out what Information Week reported about this Hadoop Data Exploration Tool.

Oracle Big Data Discovery combined with Oracle Big Data SQL, a recently introduced toolset for working with data across relational and big data systems using Structured Query Language, represent a powerful combination of technologies for supporting a truly effective big data strategy.

Kurian also referenced several other technology developments by Oracle:

If you did not manage to visit Oracle OpenWorld 2014, then you can still find out about all of this news, in discussion with our Analytics development and strategy team here in Europe at the Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum on 21st October to 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Available

As part of our overall strategy for Comprehensive Analytics in the Cloud, the Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) is now available: read the essentials in this BICS eBook and view this 3-minute video introducing BICS key concepts, features, and benefits. And here is the Press Release.

  • The price of this service to your clients starts at $3,500 per month for 10 users (including the necessary Database service, and before any discounts).  Additional BICS users are $250 per month each.

Also see this great library of online “How to use” Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Videos and Tutorials. And you may like to see what Mark Rittman has to say in his blog @ Introduction to Oracle BI Cloud Service.

Partners may find that some of their client Business users, faced with overwhelming amounts of data and shorter decision cycles, have taken BI into their own hands. These Business users are using cloud technologies with user oriented tools and less reliance on IT to create their own “shadow” BI projects.

Oracle BICS will help LOB Business users remain agile while adhering to corporate strategy and help IT in maintaining security and compliance. Cloud technology will redefine the role of Partners and IT; with BICS strengthening the LOB/IT partnership. Partners can download our summary sales guide, plus two self-playing BICS “demo viewletsfrom the BI-partner-community shared portal (for access to this portal, email Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com with your company email id and OPN membership status).

To exploit your partnering opportunity, start at the Oracle Cloud Marketplace Partner Portal, and also review the Oracle Cloud Computing Programs & Specializations FAQ for Partners. In the OPN Knowledge Zone there’s a video in the “What’s New” section: Cloud Resell and Referral program which you can review as well to become familiar with how these programs work.

To resell BICS you must:

a)     Be BICS Specialized

b)     Develop and obtain approval for your BICS Fixed Scope Implementation template

c)     Sign the Partner Contract agreements:

  • FUDA (ORACLE PARTNERNETWORK FULL USE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT), once,
  • CSDA (CLOUD SERVICES DISTRIBUTION ADDENDUM ), once,
  • OCSA (ORACLE CLOUD SERVICES AGREEMENT: between Oracle and each customer).

Until you achieve your Business Intelligence Cloud Service specialization, we encourage you to refer sales leads to Oracle and receive compensation, as explained in the FAQ

The material to prepare for and take the partner specialization exam will be posted soon at the OPN BI Specialization page. For partners that are already specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (on-premises software) you will need to have a minimum of two individuals meet the new “BICS specialist” role:

For partners that aren’t yet specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (on-premises software), you need to complete the OBI specialization set plus the new BICS criteria.

If you have a client to whom you want to propose BICS, please contact either Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com or Gherardo.Infunti@oracle.com for any help you may need.


Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and EPM Partner Training Forum October 2014

21st October - 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands : Partners from all countries welcome.

Partners will not want to miss this set of free in-depth Partner Training sessions for Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and Hyperion EPM:

For more details click the links above and to REGISTER CLICK HERE

This training is part of the Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum on 21st October to 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

This is your key annual event here in Europe to get the latest from Oracle to propel your business growth in Business Intelligence and Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management. This event should appeal to Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and EPM specialised Partners, Executives, Sales, Pre-sales and Solution consultants: with a choice of participation in the plenary day and then a set of special interest sessions and training.

Keynote: Rich Clayton, VP, Business Analytics Strategy, Oracle. Hot agenda items will include:

  • The eye of the storm: Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Self-service, In-Memory
  • Simplify - Making it Easy is hard work: a good job for Partners
  • Optimise - Architecture and Governance: more important than ever
  • Innovate - Modernising and Transforming: reduce the pain for your clients, and find more value
  • Going beyond Big Data confusion

During this event you can learn about success stories, participate in an array of break-out sessions, exchange information with other partners and enjoy a vibrant discussion. The break-out sessions and training have limited capacity: confirmation to selected sessions will be subject to availability and pre-requisites.

Note: There is no registration fee for OPN partner members for the conference which includes the plenary day, gala dinner, as well as any of the deeper dives and technical training, but you will be responsible for your own travel and hotel expenses. For further information or assistance on hotel booking and event logistics, please contact Alexandra von Sondern or Mike Hallett.

Places are limited, so for more information on agenda and hotel logistics, please
REGISTER NOW.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

Oracle Day Marketing Events In 2014

Please join us, and encourage your clients to come for an Oracle Day event near you to get expert advice, discuss problems and opportunities with peers, and see how Oracle can help you take control of your clients' Enterprise IT future.

These big Oracle Day marketing events will push the agenda that digital disruption is transforming the modern business environment, with technologies like cloud and Big Data presenting a fresh set of challenges—but also providing new opportunities.

Part of the day includes a Big Data & Business Analytics Track -
As organizations embark on digital transformation, cloud, social, mobile and big data are changing how business gets done. Discovering and predicting insights about people, places and things allows companies to compete in new and innovative ways. Learn how Oracle can help IT to be the true business partner for this transformation by creating an Information Management and Analytic capability for Big Data which allows the business to take advantage of ALL available data, blending traditional technology with new innovations, to make every decision in every part of the organization the best it can be at the moment that matters.

Find out more plus details of an event near you – this is the current schedule:

Austria- Vienna

11-Nov-2014

Norway - Oslo

29-Oct-2014

Belgium - Bruxell

06-Nov-2014

Poland - Warsaw

05-Nov-2014

Czech Republic- Prague

05-Nov-2014

Portugal - Lisbon

04-Nov-2014

Denmark - Copenhagen

06-Nov-2014

Romania- Bucharest

11-Nov-2014

Finland - Helsinki

19-Nov-2014

Russia - Moscow

30-Oct-2014

France - Paris

06-Nov-2014

Spain - Madrid

06-Nov-2014

Germany - Frankfurt

11-Nov-2014

Sweden - Stockholm

03-Dec-2014

Greece - Athens

06-Nov-2014

Switzerland - Geneva

28-Oct-2014

Hungary- Budapest

28-Oct-2014

Switzerland - Baden

04-Nov-2014

Ireland - Dublin

18-Nov-2014

Turkey- Istanbul

11-Nov-2014

Kazakhstan - Almaty

15-Oct-2014

UK - London

06-Nov-2014

Netherlands - Bussum

05-Nov-2014

UK - Manchester

12-Nov-2014

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:

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:

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
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