Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Get OPN Specialized in Business Intelligence & Hyperion EPM

Get yourself and your company recognised and branded as an “Oracle BI / EPM Specialized Partner”. This will bring more business to you, because being OPN Specialised means your prospective clients can find you at Oracle.com by searching for a Specialized Partner. You can also enhance your profile here by Managing your Partner profile in the Solutions Catalog.

Consultants from Oracle partners can become Certified Implementation Specialists by passing the proctored (supervised) exams for OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion and BI-Apps. These exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centres and some Oracle University training locations, which are located in most EMEA major cities: see the links below for more details.

We also have on-line tests for “Sales” and “Pre-sales” knowledge, which also provide these levels of specialisation certificate.

To get certified as Specialised, check the Business and Competency Criteria linked below for each specialisation area and take the Assessment Tests:

Friday Apr 04, 2014

OBI11g and BI-Apps Partner Training Bootcamps

In UK, but open to all EMEA OPN member partners, OBIEE 11g and BI Apps OPN bootcamps will take place in May, in Reading, UK. These are run by Oracle OPN, through our VAD Avnet, and are chargeable at £750 per student. These provide skills to pass the OPN Specialisation exams, and to implement projects for your clients.

For more information and to register:

Plus - Oracle Exalytics Hands-on Workshop - June 18-20, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK

This 3-day training is only available to EMEA OPN member partners, and is free of charge. To find out more about the Exalytics training, and to Register for this, click here.

Plus - Oracle ENDECA 3.1 Hands-on Workshop - June 24-26, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK

This 3-day training is only available to EMEA OPN member partners, and is free of charge. To find out more about the ENDECA training, and to Register for this, click here.

Monday Mar 31, 2014

Live Virtual Class for Implementation of OBI Applications 11g using ODI

If you have a near-term project for your clients to implement OBI Applications version 11g using ODI (the current version), then this 3-day Live Virtual Class should help to fill any skills gaps. It is scheduled to run from the 09-Apr-2014, 28-May-2014, and 18-Jun-2014 in English from 3:00 PM.

This course will train partners in skills to implement the OBI Applications version 11g using ODI, delivered by Oracle University; providing step-by-step procedures for installing, configuring, managing, and customizing Oracle Business Intelligence Applications and Oracle Business Intelligence Warehouse with Oracle Data Integrator and perform post-installation set up. Students will need to pay for this course, but OPN member partners can claim their normal OU discount.

For more information see the Course Description, View the Schedule, and Register at this Link.

Tuesday Dec 03, 2013

Oracle BIEE and BI-Apps Bootcamps

Kick off your New Year by attending one or both of the forthcoming Oracle BI Boot-camps taking place in February 2014 in Oracle TVP, Reading, UK: open to all EMEA OPN member partners.

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g Boot-camp: 11th to 14th February 2014

Business Intelligence Applications offer out-of-the-box integration to provide pre-built operational BI with Fusion Applications, Siebel CRM and Oracle eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, and SAP. This training will provide attendees with an in-depth working understanding of the architecture, the technical and the functional content of the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, whilst also providing an understanding of their installation, configuration and extension. Find out more details about this Boot-camp including the agenda and how to register here+

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 11g Boot-camp: 24th to 28th February 2014

This 5-day boot-camp highlights the strengths of OBIEE11g by providing attendees a hands-on experience with the product and is for Oracle Partner consultants to gain familiarity and be able to implement OBIEE11g projects for their clients. This Boot-camp provides opportunities to practice with an environment in hands on activities, and participants will gain in-depth understanding of the architecture of OBIEE11g, security modes, installation, configuration as well as reporting aspects like new ROLAP/MOLAP style hierarchical browsing, new chart types, Action Framework and Visualization. Find out more details about this Boot-camp including the agenda and how to register here+

Each of these in-depth 4 to 5 day Technical Boot-camps are available to our partners at a special OPN member price of £750 per person excluding VAT. They are arranged with our VAD Avnet.

Monday Oct 28, 2013

Demonstration VM BIC2g 2013-10 Partner Edition for Download

UPDATED ! The “BIC2g” demo VM (now version 2013-10) is downloadable from our BIC2g Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners. Compared to the prior version, Bic2g 2013-04, the new Bic2g 2013-10 has:

  • OBIEE was upgraded from 11.1.1.7.0 to 11.1.1.7.1. with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.
  • TimesTen was upgraded from 11.2.2.3.0 to 11.2.2.5.0
  • ODI Client 11.1.1.7.0 was installed, including a Standalone agent and empty repositories, and the BI Applications 11g ODI Repositories were included (BIAPPS_11g)
  • Informatica and DAC were removed from image
  • There are additional demos for BI-Apps and for Endeca.
  • The compact deployment of EPM is installed and configured, including: Hyperion Foundation, Essbase, Essbase Studio, Essbase Administration Services, Provider Services, Calculation Manager, Planning, Reporting and Analysis, Financial Reporting, Web Analysis, and Workspace.

The access details, for OPN member partners only, to get added to the BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

This Oracle Business Intelligence Linux VM virtual appliance (“BIC2g”) was developed to support Oracle OBI, BI-Apps and EPM Hyperion sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities.  If you do not need BI-Apps, then there is a slightly smaller VM OBI Sample-App you can get from OTN: see @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.

Friday Aug 02, 2013

Demonstration VM BIC2g 2013-04 Partner Edition

UPDATED !  The “BIC2g” demo VM (version 2013-04) is now available through our BIC2g Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners.

This updates the June 2013 article "New Version Demonstration VM BIC2g 2013-04 Partner Edition".

The access details are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

Oracle OBI11g, BI Apps and Hyperion Planning Bootcamps

Kick off FY14 with a fantastic hat-trick of training events by attending one, two or all three of the forthcoming Oracle Bootcamps. Each of these hands-on 4 to 5 day technical Bootcamps are available to partners at a special price to OPN members of only £750 per person ex VAT.

These are open to partner from any country, but will take place in the UK at Oracle Corporation, Thames Valley Park, Building 510, Customer Briefing Centre, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1RA
For directions please see the location map

Oracle Hyperion Planning Implementation Bootcamp: 9th to 13th September 2013
The Oracle Hyperion Planning Implementation Boot Camp will provide implementation instruction on Oracle Hyperion's System products Planning functionality. This 5 day bootcamp will be a fast-paced, five-day class, teaching students what they need to know in order to implement and manage Oracle Hyperion Planning applications.

· Find out more details about this Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 11g Bootcamp: 16th to 20th September 2013
This 5 day hands-on bootcamp highlights the strengths of OBIEE 11g by providing attendees a hands-on experience with the BI 11g product and is for Oracle Partner consultants to gain familiarity and be able to implement OBI11g projects for their clients. After taking this course, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Foundation, you will gain insight into OBIEE11g technology, reporting solutions and new features. This Bootcamp provides opportunities to practice with OBIEE11g environment as hands on activities and participants will gain in-depth understanding of new architecture of OBIEE 11g, security mode, installation/configuration as well as reporting aspects like new ROLAP/MOLAP style hierarchical browsing, new chart types, Action Framework and Visualization.

· Find out more details about this Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g Bootcamp: 1st to 4th October 2013
The Oracle Business Intelligence Applications offer out-of-the-box integration with Siebel CRM and Oracle eBusiness Suite and provide pre-built Operational BI solutions for eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, Siebel, and SAP. This training will provide attendees with an in-depth working understanding of the architecture, the technical and the functional content of the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, whilst also providing an understanding of their installation, configuration and extension.

· Find out more details about this Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+


Upon registration you will then receive a link to an external booking site where you can confirm your place and pay the £750.00 course fee by credit card. Please note the places are very limited on these Bootcamps and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis in terms of confirmed booking through payment.

These training bootcamps are OPN certified, and are designed to prepare you for OPN Specialisation exams, and are being managed for Oracle by Avnet Technology Solutions, UK.

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Hyperion EPM 11.1.2.3 Webcast Tutorials

These LIVE presentation Webcast Tutorials for Partners will be delivered in August 2013:

  1. Oracle Hyperion Planning on Exalytics In-Memory Machine - August 6, 2013
  2. Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision - August 8, 2013
  3. Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - August 13, 2013

Go here for more details and to register for these.

There are also new updated Webcast Tutorials for Oracle Partners in our EPM 11.1.2.3 Update Series:

Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.3 (PS3)

Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager 11.1.2.2 Refresher and 11.1.2.3 (PS3)

NEW Oracle Data Relationship Management 11.1.2.3 (PS3)

NEW Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management 11.1.2.3 (PS3)

NEW Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite 11.1.2.3 (PS3)

NEW Oracle Hyperion Profitability & Cost Management 11.1.2.3 (PS3)

Introducing Oracle Data Relationship Governance (DRG)

Also note new content for Oracle BI Applications 11g with ODI:

NEW Overview and Architecture of Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 for ODI

NEW Configuring Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 for ODI

These are all part of the compilation of Oracle BI/EPM online tutorials and webinars for Partners, where you can find many topics are covered.

Oracle BI Applications for Industry Sectors

Oracle BI Applications already provide pre-built line-of-business analytic applications to over 4,000 customers: these expose the data otherwise locked inside ERP and CRM applications, giving the business user the analytics they need, and a greater ability to self-service ad-hoc queries.

Now you can also take advantage of the pre-built Oracle BI Applications approach for industry sector specific analytics to streamline your client’s operations, offer better services, and increase profit margins.

Find out more at http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/business-analytics/analytic-applications/industry/overview/index.html.

Retail

Education

Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics

Oracle Student Information Analytics

Oracle Retail Customer Analytics

Public Sector

Financial Services

Oracle Tax Analytics

Oracle Financial Analytics

Manufacturing

Health Care

Oracle Manufacturing Analytics

Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics

Asset Intensive

Oracle Clinical Development Analytics

Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics

Oracle Operating Room Analytics

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Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine "The adoption of Oracle Financial Services Analytic Applications is of great significance to the bank's transition to more rigorous and risk-averse management practices."Yang Changxue, Project Manager

Oracle Communications Data Model

Wednesday Jun 26, 2013

New Version Demonstration VM BIC2g 2013-04 Partner Edition

This Oracle Business Intelligence Linux VM virtual appliance (“BIC2g”) was developed to support Oracle OBI & BI-Apps sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities. It is now available through our BIC2g Beehive Online Workspace portal (see the deployment guide and “BIC2g 2013-04 Partner Edition Readme” pdf from the link below) and is available for OPN member partners.

This BIC2g image is based on OBIEE v. 11.1.1.7. with Essbase and Essbase Studio Server started when starting BI. It also contains:

  • Updated BI-Apps Cross Functional Demo (date advanced from 2011 to 2013), including DAC 11.1.1.6.4, Informatica 9.0.1 and is configured for a load against EBS R12. Both the 7.9.6.3 rpd/catalog and the 7.9.6.4 rpd/catalog versions of BI-Apps are provided.
  • Updated integrated Essbase - BI Apps - EBS Demo (date advanced from 2009 to 2013.
  • Re-configured BI Apps Data Sets to remove VPD (simplification) and greatly improved performance.
  • Hyperion EPM 11.1.2.2.0
  • Endeca 3.0

The access details are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

Monday May 13, 2013

Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 With ODI now Available

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications 11.1.1.7.1 (also known as 11g PS1) is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery) and on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) along with OBI v 11.1.1.7.0.

This is the first major release on the 11g code line leveraging the power of ODI, and certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.7.

This major new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g adds:

1. New in-memory analytic applications

2. Significantly expands functional content across existing CRM and ERP Oracle BI Applications

3. Re-designed to leverage the power of Oracle Data Integrator and, optionally, GoldenGate; providing near-real-time reporting

4. New out-of-the-box utilities to increase productivity and further drive down Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

New Oracle BI Applications Modules:

· Oracle Student Information Analytics enables academic institutions to improve recruitment, lower dropout rate by tracking student attendance in real-time, monitor graduation rate, manage student financial transactions, and match up school resources with student needs more effectively.

· Oracle Indirect Spend Planning – a prebuilt planning application that teams with Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics to enable businesses to optimize spend through what-if modeling

New Content Enhancements: Significant expansion of content improves existing front and back-office Oracle BI Applications including:

· Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with new Time and Labor Analysis, global Payroll Analysis and Headcount Gain and Loss.

· Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with new Fixed Assets Analysis, providing complete lifecycle of assets from acquisitions, capitalization to retirements. Budgetary Control Analysis, ideal for public sector, delivers insight into expense & revenue budgets including analysis of budgeted amounts, encumbrances, expenditures, funds available, overspending, and recognized revenues.

· Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Resource Management Analysis, providing visibility into project requirements, trending, utilization, competencies and alignment. Reconciliation of project sub-ledger and General Ledger assist project accountants in reconciling differences between the two ledgers for cost and revenue transactions. Perspective based dashboards provide an optimized Project Analytics user interface that orients the content around specific user perspectives.

· Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces new Enhanced Inventory Analysis, providing deep insight into Inventory Cycle Count, Inventory Aging, Inventory Expiration/Obsolescence tracking and Inventory balances and transaction details at lot level. Item Cost History Analysis allows insight into historical cost of Supply Chain related items.

· Oracle Procurement & Spend Analytics introduces new Sourcing Analysis, providing a new comprehensive Sourcing Business Process that includes negotiations, awards, savings and performance. Award decisions will help identify trends and check if there is a margin for any savings opportunity.

· Oracle CRM Analytics expands insight into front office Analytics with Indirect Forecasting and Service Contracts support. Forecasting Analysis is now possible when submissions are made up a forecast hierarchy that is outside of the reporting hierarchy. Oracle Price Analytics has added E-Business Suite to the list of supported sources. Customers now have a ready means to assess pricing performance and arrest revenue and margin leakage.  Robust price waterfall analysis possible with the new Waterfall view.

Using New Oracle BI Foundation Suite 11.1.1.7 Features:

· Visualization Enhancements, and User Interaction Improvements

· BI Mobile HD Enhancements: BI Applications available on mobile without additional development

New Oracle Data Integration: BI Apps are completely re-architected to leverage Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate. 

· BI Applications is now available with next-generation Data Integration. Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) delivers unique next-generation, Extract Load and Transform (E-LT) technology that improves performance and reduces data integration costs, even across heterogeneous systems, and improves productivity.

· Functional Setup Manager provides a Web based Administrative User Interface to track and manage implementation projects and their required functional setup steps

· Configuration Manager provides a centralized Web based administrative user interface to simplify the setup and maintenance of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications.

· A new optional pre-packaged solution, that leverages GoldenGate, eliminates the need for an ETL batch window and minimizes the impact on OLTP systems, while providing near real-time reporting and enabling more reliable change data capture and delete support.

You can find more information on this download on OTN.

Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum 2013

11th June - 14th June, 2013 in Milan, Italy  -  Partners from all countries are welcome to attend.

Let’s get ready for the up-turn. The market buzz is around “Big Data”, “Cloud & SaaS”, “in-memory” and “Customer Experience”. So, who has the priority budget in 2013? We need to “sell” to the CFO and to the Marketing, Sales and Service Directors....

At this year’s EMEA Partner Forum we have sessions from our global product development team (Rich Clayton will do the keynote), and many partners presenting their experiences, including Accenture, Deloitte, Tech Edge, iConsulting, RealDecoy, Rittman-Mead, and Aorta.

We are going through a busy time for new version releases, so come along to learn the latest news about Hyperion (v 11.1.2.3) and Hyperion on the cloud in the detailed second day Hyperion breakout, and the follow-on 2-day technical session.

Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) v 11.1.1.7, and Endeca v3 have also just been released and the new Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) based BI-Applications v11 is due soon: more on these in the second day Business Intelligence breakout.

We also have three specialist deep-dive technical workshops covering, Exalytics (3-days), Endeca (3-days and Times-Ten for Exalytics (2-days) as optional parts of this Forum.

For details on the agenda and multi-day breakout sessions see the REGISTER NOW link and download here the Agenda.pdf

This event should appeal to BI or 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. The follow-on breakout sessions on the 12th, 13th and 14th June provide deeper dives and technical training for those of you who wish to stay for intensive sales, pre-sales and hands-on workshops.

Keynote: Rich Clayton, VP Business Analytics Strategy

Hot agenda items will include:

  • · 21st Century Business Analytics
  • · The 21st Century CFO
  • · Driving Profitability through Customer Experience
  • · Exalytics Case Studies


Place: Cosmo Hotel Palace Via De Sanctis, 5 - 20092 Cinisello Balsamo (MI)

Dates: 11th June - 14th June, 2013

You can find out more information about the conference hotel venue at Cosmo Hotel PalaceMilan.

During this event you can learn about partner success stories, participate in an array of break-out sessions, exchange information with other partners and enjoy a vibrant discussion.

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


Note: 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.


We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Mike Hallett
Alliances & Channels Director - Business Analytics, Oracle EMEA

Olivier Bernard
EPM Business Solutions Director, Oracle EMEA

Alexandra von Sondern
Partner Events Manager
Oracle EMEA

Friday Feb 22, 2013

Customer Case Study Presentations from London Business Analytics Summit February 2013

Please take a look at this rich set of Customer Case Studies that were presented at the Oracle Business Analytics Summit on 12th February 2013 in London: click here to see all of the customer presentations from the day that we are able to share with you:

Track I: Don’t let Regulation Stifle Innovation

WorldPay

Chris Tabb, Data Management and Reporting Technical Architect, WorldPay


RBS

Liaquat Khan, Head of Business Intelligence Services
RBS Markets and International Banking, Finance Technology


Man Investments (Case Study)

David Marriage, Ex Head of Group Performance Management, Man Investments



Track II: Balancing Cost Management with Business Efficiency

London Borough of Havering

Andrew Blake-Herbert, Group Director Finance and Commerce
London Borough of Havering


John Lewis Partnership

Amy Balmain, Application Architect, John Lewis Partnership


Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Steve Marshall, Assistant Director of Finance
Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust


Canadian Department of National Defence (Case Study)

Mike Kampman, Former Director General Defence Force Structure Review, Canadian Department of National Defence



Track III: Driving Competitive Advantage

Network Rail

Anthony Brown, Head of Finance Systems, Network Rail


Motability Operations

Jon Secker, MI Manager, Motability Operations


JD Williams

Colin Kelly, Supplier Integration Commercial Manager, JD Williams


Tuesday Jan 22, 2013

BI-Apps 7.9.6.4 released with Manufacturing & EAM Analytics

This version features two new BI-Applications:

  • Oracle Manufacturing Analytics, part of the Oracle BI Applications product family, helps discrete and process manufacturing organizations optimize their supply networks by integrating data from across the enterprise value chain, thereby enabling executives, operations managers, cost accountants and production supervisors to make informed and actionable decisions related to manufacturing execution.  The application includes 21 analytical subject areas that are leveraged to deliver 32 dashboard pages that consist of more than 200 pre-built reports.
  • Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics, part of the Oracle BI Applications product family, offers complete and enhanced visibility to enterprise-wide maintenance information. Pre-built reports covering Maintenance History, Maintenance Cost Analysis and Maintenance Work Orders, provide Maintenance Managers information to maximize performance, identify potential issues much in advance, and address them before they escalate into serious problems. The application includes 11 analytical subject areas that are leveraged to deliver 26 dashboard pages that consist of more than 200 pre-built reports.

Highlights of the Oracle BI Applications 7.9.6.4 Release:

  • New Application - Oracle Manufacturing Analytics with pre-built adapters for EBS Process Manufacturing R12.x and EBS Discrete Manufacturing R12.x and 11.5.10
  • New Application - Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics with pre-built adapters for EBS R12.x, EBS 11.5.10 and IBM Maximo 7.5
  • Universal Adapter to extend the capability to other source systems
  • Certified for OBIEE 11g
  • Certified for Exalytics
  • Certified for DAC 11g including support for Exalytics / Times Ten, Patching Framework, Dual ETL Support and many other performance enhancements
  • Native support for mobile and tablet devices
  • Localized in 28 languages
  • Supported on Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 and Teradata DB

More information can be found on:
download:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-enterprise-edition/downloads/bi-downloads-1525270.html

Documentation:
Part Number: E35287-01
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-foundation/documentation/bi-apps-098545.html

Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Demonstration Image BIC2G for Partners (OBI, Exalytics, BI-Apps, and EPM)

There is now available the new version of the VirtualBox Demonstration Image, "BIC2g 2012-10" for Partners; including support for OBI, Exalytics, BI Applications, and EPM Hyperion applications.

This is a demonstration, training and POV image that contains BI/Exalytics, BI Applications, and EPM product (software). It was originally developed to support internal Oracle Exalytics training, and has been expanded to include BI Applications. It is an OVA virtual appliance that can be imported into VirtualBox.

Details can be found in the BIC2g Partner Edition Exalytics Readme and BIC2g Partner Edition Deployment Guide, and it can be downloaded from the Partner FTP site at /static/BIC2G (see BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal for connection information and further detail on Demonstration Images for Partners).

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