Thursday Feb 26, 2015

EMEA Oracle Big Data Analytics Partner Forum 29th to 30th April 2015

For Partners in BI, Data Integration and Big Data - Partners from all countries welcome.

Big Data Analytics is gathering momentum and we would like to share with you the many Oracle Customer case studies that demonstrate why and how they are achieving great value for their organisations with Oracle Big Data Analytics.

Also get Hands-on experience with the game-changing new Big Data Discovery product.

29th -30th April, 2015 at the Hilton Madrid Airport, Spain - Register Now

This is your key annual event here in Europe to get the latest from Oracle to propel your business growth in Big Data Analytics. This event should appeal to Analytics, Big Data, Data Warehouse and Data Integration specialised Partners, Executives, Sales, Pre-sales and Solution consultants: with a choice of participation in the plenary day-1 and then two optional deep-dive sessions on day-2:

1. Big Data Discovery - Hands-on Technical Training

2. Big Data & Analytics Architecture Masterclass

Partners can attend to discover Oracle Big Data and Analytics from an initial client engagement perspective. See what is new in the latest version of Oracle Analytics 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.


There is no registration fee for OPN member partners 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.

Click here to Register Now and for more information. And check out these links:-

Session Guide:

Wednesday
29th April 2015: Day 1

Main Plenary Session
Full day - Registration 9.0 am, Dinner in the Evening

Thursday
30th April 2015: Day 2

Big Data Discovery - Hands-on Technical Training
All day - starting 9.00 am

Big Data & Analytics Architecture Masterclass
All day - starting 9.00 am


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.

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Rules of the Road for Enterprise Data Discovery

The challenge many companies face today is that insights remain elusive, even though data and the tools to handle it have proliferated. In response, as discussed in the Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms (Publication: February 2014), data discovery capabilities are dominating new purchasing requirements, even for larger deployments, as alternatives to traditional BI tools. But "governed data discovery" - the ability to meet the dual demands of enterprise IT and business users – “remains a challenge unmet by any one vendor” {as seen at the time of the report}.

Some customers have been tempted to go with more departmental solutions (as opposed to a more “Enterprise-class” product) to meet business demands for greater self-service analytics, but are often still frustrated by continuing needs to get access to the right data sources: ultimately finding they have selected a limited product solution which does not deliver on the promised business value.

However, partners familiar with Endeca Information Discovery, especially with version 3.1+, will appreciate that its integration to OBI Foundation, coupled with ease of use and the ability to mash-up disparate data and text sources, give Oracle a pretty good response to this client need for governed enterprise data discovery.

To help you navigate this discussion with your key clients, can I suggest you use this white paper (@ The 5 Rules of the Road for Enterprise Data Discovery) to help clarify the agenda, and to help you to guide them towards a sound strategy which will deliver to them real value.

We do not see this as diminishing the need for a solid BI foundation: indeed this is the pre-requisite for sound data discovery. Enterprise data discovery is a natural complement to existing business intelligence practices and platforms, offering analytic agility without compromising quality. Our suggested rules are:

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.

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

Thursday Feb 21, 2013

Business Intelligence Master-class for Partners

Wednesday 6th March 2013, Reading, UK

Business Intelligence projects are consistently top priority and are seen by many organisations as the key driver of transformational change.

Join our Business Intelligence Master-class for Partners on 6th March 2013, where you'll learn how Oracle's reference architecture can address key 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.

Who should attend?

This session is aimed at Oracle partners who are IT Architects and BI & Data Warehouse specialists.
Please note: This workshop is highly interactive, and as such does not involve slide presentations or product feature details, it addresses Architectural issues and considerations for the Architect Community. Please come prepared to take your own notes.

To prepare for the workshop, it will be useful to read the paper on Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture.

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

TVP510 - Room: Henley Suite

Oracle Parkway
Thames Valley Park
Reading
Berkshire RG6 1RA

Registrations: 9:45 am for 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Price: FREE to OPN Partners)

Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture

This is essential reading for all Oracle Analytics partners, and something you can share with your customers. Here is the latest February 2013 version of the “Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture” Oracle White Paper from our Doug Cackett and Andrew Bond.

“In our original white paper on Information Management Reference Architecture we described how information was at the heart of every successful, profitable and transparent business in the world – something that’s as true today as it was then.

What has changed in the last few years is the emergence of “Big Data”, both as a means of managing the vast volumes of unstructured and semi-structured data stored but not exploited in many organizations, as well as the potential to tap into new sources of insight such as social-media web sites to gain a market edge.

There is a pressing need for organizations to align analytical and execution capabilities with ‘Big Data’ in order to fully benefit from the additional insight that can be gained. Received wisdom suggests that more than 80% of current IT budgets is consumed just keeping the lights on rather than enabling business to innovate or differentiate themselves in the market. Economic realities are squeezing budgets still further. For organizations looking to add some element of Big Data to their IT portfolio, they will need to do so in a way that complements existing solutions and does not add to the cost burden in years to come.”

Wednesday May 23, 2012

BI Architecture Master Class for Partners - Oracle Architecture Unplugged

Transformational Change with Business Analytics

Business Intelligence projects are consistently top priority with your customers and are seen by many organisations as the key driver of transformational change. However, often business users challenge IT with issues on trust, access to critical data and understanding of information, while IT sometimes struggles to align with business goals and truly engage with business users.

Join our Master Class for Partners on 21st June 2012, from 9:45 a.m - 3:45 p.m. where you will learn how Oracle's reference architecture can address these issues in a timely, pragmatic and reliable way.  The presenters will follow a "free format" agenda using whiteboards rather than formal presentations to allow as much interaction with you as possible.

Agenda:

  • The Big picture of information management
  • Staging and techniques for loading data, ELT and data flows
  • Atomic data layer
  • Access and performance layer: OLAP and Data Mining
  • Approaches to data modelling: Build vs buy
  • BI delivery: Operationalising BI
  • Financial performance management and Enterprise Performance Management
  • Security & Systems Performance
  • Migrating to the reference architecture (customer examples)

Who should attend?

This workshop will be highly interactive and is aimed at Oracle OPN member partners who are IT Architects and BI+W specialists.  This will be a highly interactive session and does not involve slide presentations or product feature details, it addresses IT-Architectural issues and considerations for the IT-Architect Community. Please come prepared to participate and take your own notes.

Click here to register.

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