Monday May 23, 2016

Hyperion and BI Demonstration Systems hosted for Partners

If you need to get access to a demonstration environment, hosted by Oracle, then the current versions of the Hyperion EPM Applications, BI, and Cloud are available for partners to book and use to show to their clients.  These demonstrations cover all the modules including HFM, Planning and Tax provisioning: and there is a demo image which is the same as the PBCS Planning in the Cloud version, as well as OBI, BICS and BI-Apps and Data Visualisation.

These Oracle Demonstration Services are run by the Oracle Global Sales Engineering team (“GSE”).

GSE provides a platform to demo Oracle products in an enterprise setting in the way Oracle is meant to be used. We provide demos that are easily accessible and fast performing, consistent with product strategy and sales needs.

Tuesday Jan 26, 2016

Support of BI-Apps with OBI 12c

Note there are new My Oracle Support Knowledge Articles for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) to provide information for those of you who are planning a technical OBI 12c upgrade for your customers of BI-Apps (using OBIA 7.9.6.4 or OBIA 11.1.1.9.2 /11.1.1.10.1) with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 12.2.1.0.

The notes discuss how to perform the 'Out of Place Upgrade' of OBIEE to ensure compatibility:

New Knowledge Articles: Support of BIApps with OBIEE 12c

  • OBIA 7.9.6.4: Support of BI Applications 7.9.6.4 with OBIEE 12.2.1(12C)  Doc ID 2087632.1
  • OBIA 11g: Support of BI Applications 11g[11.1.1.9.2 & 11.1.1.10.1] with OBIEE 12.2.1(12C) Doc ID 2084688.1

Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

Test Drives for BDD and BICS

We have updated the Test Drive kits for partners to run their own marketing events for their clients covering either BI Cloud Service and Visual Analyzer, or Big Data Discovery.

If the “Test Drive” idea is new to you, we have created for our specialised partners, the ability to run Test Drive Workshops for your customers. For example, a challenge you may be facing is how to easily show the business value of analytics to a set of customers.  We find the key to achieve this is to show best in class business analytic examples specific to a business person's role and needs - e.g. "HR analytics" for HR professionals, "Self-service Visual Analysis” for any business person, or “Big Data Discovery” for business analysts and data scientists.

These Test Drive Workshops are carefully scripted to allow a customer business person (usually not IT) to navigate for themselves around a series of dashboards and analysis targeted to show how analytics can help their business and drive ROI.

Oracle hosts the demo system for test drives, except for those that use BICS (where a partner needs to use their own BICS pod subscription). To access these, you need to gain access to the Emea Analytics Partner shared folder. If you do not already have access granted (e.g. the links below do not work), then send to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com your Oracle.com logon-ID, and I will add you.

Partners can download these kits and guides for test drives such as:

We ourselves at Oracle are running these test drives for our customers, and you may wish to invite your clients to attend these too, for example we have these in the near future in the UK:

Big Data Discovery Hands-on Workshop

19 November 2015 - London

Big Data is at the heart of today’s digital economy. Rapidly understanding and harnessing this Data Capital is key to remaining competitive. Join us for a hands-on workshop to experience how Oracle Big Data Discovery unlocks your Data Capital.

Unleashing the Business User

BI Cloud Service Hands-on Workshop

11 November 2015 - London

Join us for a hands-on workshop looking at Oracle BI Cloud Service. Discover how your organisation can simplify operations with a comprehensive solution that decreases the number of analytics tools in use, deliver more value faster with a 100% cloud based platform and also reduce risk with a secure solution.

Financial Analytics & Procurement Analytics Hands-on Workshop

17 November 2015 - London

Experience Oracle’s Financial Analytics and Procurement & Spend Analytics hands-on, explore their prebuilt business metrics and reports, and see how they can help you to get the insight your organization needs to make better, informed decisions. Now also including information on the road to Fusion.

HR Analytics Workshop

Driving Return on Human Capital Investment

18 November 2015 - London

This hands-on event will introduce you to the power of Oracle’s Human Resources Analytics. Hear how HR Analytics can drive return on human capital investment through real time reporting on your organisation’s most valuable asset – its people. See for yourself how HR Analytics (available on premise or on cloud) can deliver dashboards, KPI’s and alerts for the business and HR. Find out how multiple HR data sources can be consolidated and reported upon.

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

Oracle BI Applications Version 11.1.1.10.1 is Available

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11.1.1.10.1 (BI-Apps) is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page.

What is New:

Oracle Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications introduces the following cloud application sources:

· Service Analytics: Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow)

· HR Analytics: Oracle Talent Cloud (Taleo Recruit)

Content Enhancements for existing Oracle BI Applications

· Oracle Project Analytics delivers out of the box support for PeopleSoft Grants Management. The Grants Management Accounting module helps plan, manage, and track an institution’s grant activities, with support for Award Analysis and Award Funding subject areas.

· Oracle Student Information Analytics now provides class enrollment and term enrollment snapshots to fulfill internal and external reporting requirements.

· Integration with Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) enables the creation and management of custom hierarchies for the Business Unit dimension in Oracle E-Business Suite

Certifications and ETL Health Check improve productivity

· BI-Apps 11.1.1.10.1 is Certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.9. Refer to the new features and product documentation for more details on this release.

· BI-Apps 11.1.1.10.1 is Certified with ODI 11.1.1.9 (11gR1 PS7). Refer to these new features and product documentation for more details on this.

· A Diagnostic Health Check phase is now included as part of the BI Applications ETL. Any reported issues are collected in Configuration Manager along with suggested actions to help resolve the health check issues.

For more information:

Thursday Jul 09, 2015

Training for Oracle BI-Applications 11g with ODI 2-Day Master-class

On Jul 29 - Jul 30, 2015: in London, UK. Free of charge to OPN member partners from any country.

For details and to Register for Event click here

You can attend this 2-day Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Master-class for existing BI-Apps 7.9.6 consultant specialists, covering the latest 11g version of BI-Apps which offers ODI for the ETL component.

Objectives

This training will provide attendees with an in-depth working understanding of the new BI-Apps 11g architecture, the technical and the functional content of the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, whilst also providing an understanding of best practice for installation, configuration and extension.

Audience

This Master-class is only for existing BI-Apps 7.9.6 consultants (with Informatica), with priority places for those with OPN Specialisation in BI-Apps. 

For details and to Register for Event click here

Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

Updated BI Applications v11 Test Drive Scripts

We have hosted the BI-Apps v11 Test Drive onto an Exalytics box, and have updated the Test Drive workshop manuals for the Finance, HR & Procurement Modules.

If the “Test Drive” idea is new to you, we have created for our specialised partners, the ability to run Test Drive Workshops for your customers. For example, a challenge you may be facing is how to easily show the business value of BI to a set of customers.  We find the key to achieve this is to show best in class business analytic examples specific to a business person's role and needs - e.g. "HR analytics" for HR professionals, "Spend Analytics" for procurement professionals, and so on.

These Test Drive Workshops are carefully scripted to allow a customer business person (usually not IT) to navigate for themselves around a series of dashboards and analysis targeted to show how BI can help their business and drive ROI.

Oracle hosts the demo system for this, and partners can book this facility and download the whole kit. We have different types of Test Drive such as:

    For the latest BI-Apps 11g scripts, and the Endeca test drive, you need to gain access to the Emea Analytics Partner shared folder. If you do not already have access granted (e.g. the link above does not work), then send to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com your Oracle.com logon-ID, and I will add you.

    Monday Mar 16, 2015

    Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.9.1 with Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics

    Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications 11.1.1.9.1, for installation ‘on-premise’, is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page. This release is certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.7

    New Oracle Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics

    • With the continued move to the Cloud, Oracle BI Applications has introduced support for the following Oracle Application Cloud sources: Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Financial Cloud, Oracle Procurement Cloud, and Oracle Project Cloud, to download cloud data to BI-Applications ‘on-premise’.

    New Content Enhancements: Additional content improves existing Oracle BI Applications including:

    • Oracle Financial Analytics provides a new Essbase GL Balances model for improved EBS Financial Service Generator (FSG) Reporting and Hierarchy navigation, including support of ragged hierarchies for GL segment dimensions.
    • Oracle Project Analytics expands project-based insight with new Construction in Process (CIP) support, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into in-progress costs, expensed costs since project inception and across organizations.
    • Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics delivers new capabilities for Fusion Procurement, including Supply Chain Financial orchestration, negotiation and award approvals, and Buyer assignment controls.
    • Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces new Inventory module support for PeopleSoft, including visibility into inventory balances, aging, transactions and valuation.
    • Oracle Student Information Analytics provides new subject area coverage for Student Financials Billing Summary and Transactions, with visibility to billing and transaction information by student or external organization.
    • Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance for Fusion HCM with support of Talent Management Analysis.
    • Oracle Sales Analytics introduces new subject areas for Activity Analytics, with support for Activity contact, resource and sales subject areas from Fusion Sales.

     

    Thursday Oct 30, 2014

    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.

    Friday May 09, 2014

    Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.8.1 Now Available

    Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications 11.1.1.8.1 is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery), and on the Oracle BI Applications OTN page. This is the second major release on the BI-Apps 11g code line leveraging the power of ODI, and certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.7.

    What’s New

    Significant expansion of content improves existing Oracle BI Applications including:

    · Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with the introduction of Talent Management Analysis, to help HR and business managers assess talent strengths and build potential leaders by delivering greater insight into job profiles. Improvements to Absence Management, new support for Workforce Frozen Snapshots and Workforce Flex Fields are also available.

    · Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with the new Sub-ledger Accounting Module, providing complete account balance analysis, including supporting reference balances and drill down to accounting transactions. Aging Snapshot restoration for Receivables and Payables, drilldown from Payables to Purchase Orders, and Fixed Assets support for GL Posting Status are features also included in the release.

    · Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Earned Value Management Analysis, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into Planned Value, Earned Value, and Actual Cost. Analysis of variances and indices, derived from Cost and Schedule Variance, CPI, TCPI, SPI and TSPI, is also available.

    · Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces Costing and Inventory Turn support for Oracle JDE EnterpriseOne. In addition, the ability to save and restore the Inventory Snapshot when executing a full load is now supported.  There is also a new adapter that provides out-of-box integration between Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.

    · Oracle Student Information Analytics introduces new Financial Aid Analysis, containing term-based detail information associated with a student award such as amount, status, disbursement, and aid type.

    · Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Enterprise Asset Management Analytics have been re-introduced into the BI Applications data model. Although new with ODI, both modules provide now the same broad functionality available with BI Applications 7.9.6.4

    · Unstructured Data for Information Discovery – The BI Applications Data Model has been extended to include unstructured CRM and ERP text fields. Sample Information Discovery templates – including ODI interfaces and runtime security definitions –provide the ability to quickly create sample Information Discovery Applications from combined structured and unstructured data. See the Supporting Files for Endeca Sample Applications for BI Applications 11.1.1.8.1 on OTN page.

    New Utilities and Enhancements to increase productivity and drive down TCO

    · New Data Lineage Tool allows customers and implementers to track lineage from source to target – improving information transparency across their enterprise

    · Configuration Management expands System Setup and Load Plan definition capabilities, including the registration of multiple instances for the same Product Line Version, UI enhancements to support DW connection configuration and Load Plan definition, and Load Plan definition migration.

    · Fact Partitioning IKMs and Parallel Index Builds are key performance Innovations introduced with this release. The former enables a feature that tags partitions so that only the indexes that need to be re-built during incremental loads are executed. The latter uses ODI parallel process so that Indexes can be built using multiple session (faster than and in addition to DB parallel).

    Where can I find more information?

    Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

    UPDATED Demonstration VM for BI Partners (BIC2g 2014-03 Download)

    Most of this Demo VM is now very similar to the OTN SampleApp V309, but BIC2g has BI-Apps (with ODI) with all the extra Vision-demo data, plus it has Endeca v3.1 (the SampleApp is still v3.0 Endeca), and it includes the standard Test-Drive kits.

    Compared to the prior version, the new BIC2g 2014-03 has:

    Ø Updates to the Executive Vision Demo (EVD).

    Ø Merged SampleApp content with both EVD and BI Apps 11g rpd/webcats.

    Ø Test-drive customer workshops:

    o BI Apps

    o BI Foundation

    o Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

    Ø Updates to BI Apps 11g Demos

    o New OM and Projects Mobile demo scripts

    o New 11g DW for future demo script development

    Ø Updated demo process control features

    The OBIEE installed is 11.1.1.7.1. with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.

    The “BIC2g” demo VM is downloadable from our BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners.

    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 Essbase sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities.  If you do not need BI-Apps, or everything combined, then there is a smaller VM OBI Sample-App you can get from OTN: see @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.

    • Join this live WEBCAST to learn more about the BIC2G 2014-03 Partner Edition – on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 5.0 pm UK / 6.0 pm CET @ WebConference URL    ( Meeting Number: 597 781 081 / Passcode: Oracle123 ).

    For Endeca 3.1 only, you can also get this @ Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download

    While for a “Big Data” demo setup including Hadoop, see @ Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN

    If you are new to them, the Test-drive customer workshops use a ‘seeing is believing’ approach with real world data that everyone can related to, and provide an opportunity for partners to invite their customers to interact with the solutions and with you, the BI experts. See here for more on Test Drives.


    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.

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