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 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:

  • 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 or 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

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


Norway - Oslo


Belgium - Bruxell


Poland - Warsaw


Czech Republic- Prague


Portugal - Lisbon


Denmark - Copenhagen


Romania- Bucharest


Finland - Helsinki


Russia - Moscow


France - Paris


Spain - Madrid


Germany - Frankfurt


Sweden - Stockholm


Greece - Athens


Switzerland - Geneva


Hungary- Budapest


Switzerland - Baden


Ireland - Dublin


Turkey- Istanbul


Kazakhstan - Almaty


UK - London


Netherlands - Bussum


UK - Manchester


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

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.


Date & Time



Replay from MARCH 19 2014

Replay Webinar


Replay from MARCH 26 2014

Replay Webinar


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:

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