Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Use the Latest Guided Learning Paths for BI & EPM Partners

Keep up to date with the current version Guided Learning Paths for BI Partners @ https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/glp_list.cc, for Example:

Business Intelligence




Partner BI Applications 4-Day Hands-on Training Workshop

12th - 15th February 2012, Oracle Reading (UK) - REGISTER NOW

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.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications
  • Oracle BI Applications Fundamentals and Features
  • Configuring BI Applications for Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Understanding BI Applications Architecture
  • Fundamentals of BI Applications Security

Prerequisites - This training is only for OPN member Partners.

  • Good understanding of basic data warehousing concepts
  • Hands on experience in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Hands on experience in Informatica
  • Good understanding of any of the following Oracle EBS modules: General Ledger, Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables
  • Some understanding of  Oracle BI Applications is required (See Sales & Technical Tutorials for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM

Please note that attendees are required to bring a laptop.

Laptop

  • 4GB RAM-Recognized by Windows 64 bits
  • 80GB free space in Hard drive or External Device
  • CPU Core 2 Duo or Higher

Operating System Requirements

  • Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2003
  • NOT ALLOWED with Windows Vista
  • An Administrator User

Thursday Dec 06, 2012

ORACLE PARTNER ARCHITECTS TRAINING

Join the “Oracle Partner Architects Training”. It is aimed at providing Partner experts, architects and consultants with in-depth architectural knowledge about Oracle technology. Here is your chance to learn from the best. Oracle technology beyond the obvious.

There are over 40 live and recorded online training sessions, covering many aspects of systems architecture, including these in the domain of BI, data-warehousing and integration:

    • The Oracle Information Management Reference Architecture
    • 3nf Or Data Vault: Mixed Emotions Or A Clear Choice?
    • The Ins And Outs Of Data Integration
    • Introduction To BI-Applications
    • Customizations In BI-Applications
    • Endeca: Analyzing Unstructured Information

Download the full schedule in your language (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish).

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Partner Training for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 4-Day Bootcamp

Partners 4-Day training from 15th - 18th October 2012, at Oracle Reading (UK)

The Oracle Business Intelligence Applications provide pre-built Operational BI solutions for eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, Siebel, JDE and SAP; offering out-of-the-box integration.

This FREE for Partners 4-Day 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.

The course will cover the following topics:

Overview of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications

Oracle BI Applications Fundamentals and Features

Configuring BI Applications for Oracle E-Business Suite

Understanding BI Applications Architecture

Fundamentals of BI Applications Security

 

REGISTER HERE NOW    (acceptance is subject to availability and your place will be confirmed within two weeks: for help see the Partner Registration Guide)

Location: Bray Room, at Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Oracle Parkway

Thames Valley Park

Reading, Berkshire RG6 1RA

15th - 18th October 2012, 4-Days :  9:30 am – 5:00 pm BST

Audience

The seminar is aimed at BI Consultants and Implementation Consultants within Oracle's Gold and Platinum Partners.

  • Good understanding of basic data warehousing concepts
  • Hands on experience in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Hands on experience in Informatica
  • Some understanding of  Oracle BI Applications is required (See Sales & Technical Tutorials for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM
  • Good understanding of any of the following Oracle EBS modules: General Ledger, Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables

Please note that attendees are required to bring a laptop:

  • 4GB RAM Windows 64 bits
  • 80GB free space in Hard drive or External Device
  • CPU Core 2 Duo or Higher
  • Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2003
  • NOT ALLOWED with Windows Vista
  • An Administrator User

For more information please contact opnbootcamp_ww@oracle.com.

Friday Sep 07, 2012

BI Applications Mobile Demonstration

Partners can now run live interactive Demos of the latest version of OBI Mobile on an iPad, and BI Applications have also been made available via OBI mobile app Demos including; Financials, HR, Marketing, Procurement & Spend, Projects and Supply chain. 

The mobile app is using the same dashboards and data as the BI Applications Test Drives, which partners can access here. These existing demo scripts for these BI Applications can be used with the BI mobile app.  The instructions regarding the interface will be different, but the story line is the same.  If you want the “Mobile Financial Analytics” script ask me @ Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com

Business doesn't stop just because you're on the go. See how Oracle BI Mobile makes consuming BI on the go simple, secure and fast.

 

Thursday Sep 06, 2012

BI-Applications Special Price Promotion for Partners

Partners should keep in mind the “Midsize Market” pricing promotion for BI-Applications solution packages, with reduced minimums applicable to Oracle's Business Intelligence Products, and a pre-approved 50% discount.

·       Partners additionally get their normal e-business reseller discount.

This now makes it most attractive to offer the pre-built BI-Applications such as Manufacturing Analytics, Financial Analytics, Procurement and Spend Analytics, Project Analytics, and Human Resources Analytics, to both customers newly implementing Oracle ERP, and for the many existing Oracle ERP (eBusiness suite, Peoplesoft and JDE) customers.

To answer any questions, and to get the partner document with further details of this offer, or to work with us on our local sales campaigns targeting existing ERP customers, please send your query to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com or jacques.senchet@oracle.com: or discuss it with your local Oracle Sales or Channel representative for Applications to Midsize Enterprises. 

This promotion is ONLY for End Customers whose organisations have an Annual Revenue (or Public Sector Budget) below $500 million, and who are based in Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

For more information see the orginal article, “New fy13 BI-Applications Price Promotion for MIDSIZE CUSTOMERS”  and send your query to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.

Friday Aug 31, 2012

BI Applications 7.9.6.3 and EBS 12.1.3 Vision: Integrated Demo Environments

If you need a combined BI-Applications + eBusiness Suite Applications demonstration environment, or for proof of concept work for your customers, then these versions of images on Oracle Virtual Box are now available for partners to download and use.  To get access to these images, Partners must be OPN members, specialised in OBI or BI-Apps.

 

This is an integrated Demo/Test Drive/POC/Self Enablement environment including two separate images (in English) representing the entire Oracle Stack – Applications, Middleware, Database, Operating System and Virtual Machine.

  • Minimum Hardware requirements for each image to run separately 4GB RAM
  • Minimum Hardware requirements for both images to run concurrently 8GB RAM Dual CPU 64 bit OS

 

BI Applications 7.9.6.3 Linux based and running on Oracle Virtual Box and compatible with OVM

Image Content:

  • BI Application Analytics demo data extracted from EBS 12.1.3 Vision for Financials and HR using EBS 12.1.3 Vision (image supplied)
  • Built Integration to EBS 12.1.3 Vision image (provided).
  • Fully functional BI Applications 7.9.6.3 software install and configuration
  • Image can be connected to load any data from any other compatible source system.
  • BI Apps Demo data is based on OOTB EBS Vision 12.1.3
  • Configured to run BI Apps data load for all other modules of EBS 12.1.3 Vision.
  • Includes OBIEE Sample demonstration content
  • Documented scripts for running presentations, demonstrations and Test Drives

Image Size: 34GB zip, 84GB unzip.  Min Hardware 4GB RAM

 

      EBS Vision 12.1.3 Linux based and running on Oracle Virtual Box and compatible with OVM

Image Content:

  • eBusiness Suite (EBS) Applications Vision 12.1.3
  • Standard Vision instance with all given setups, configurations and data
  • Source system for BI Apps 7.9.6.3

Image Size: 76GB zip, 300GB unzip.  Min Hardware 4GB RAM

Distribution:

The Virtual Box images are posted on an external FTP server @

BI Applications 7.9.6.3

EBS12.1.3

 

To download, Partners need to request the current password to access the images.  To request the current ftp.oracle.com password and the password required to unzip the images, please email Marek Winiarski

 

Support Contact =  Marek Winiarski: Oracle Partner Solution Consultant

Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

Run Live OBI Mobile HD Demos on your iPad

Partners can now run live interactive Demos of the latest version of OBI Mobile on your iPad; including BI Applications.

Business doesn't stop just because you're on the go. See how Oracle BI Mobile makes consuming BI on the go simple, secure and fast. It is the only mobile app that provides a complete immersive experience while providing a full range of analytic functionally from interactive dashboards to location intelligence. It lets you initiate business processes right from your iPad while maintaining complete security on your own servers. Oracle BI Mobile is integrated at the core of Oracle's Business Intelligence Foundation and runs even better on Exalytics.

No separate report development – build your reports once for viewing by browser and iPad

Rapid deployment – all your reports and dashboards are immediately available for mobile

Data security – completely integrated with BIEE's security

Save locally – Save your analyses locally for review, even when you're completely off the grid

Leverage existing data sources – no requirement to move data, access all sources via the BI Server

 

BI Foundation Mobile Demo

Use this LINK to download the PDF document instructions to setup your own iPad to access these live demos.

This can also be shared with and used for customers that you’re already engaged with, and where you will work to resell them the OBI Mobile option.

Demo script: The configuration PDF contains some familiarisation steps, but for a more complete demo guide you can open the app where you will see the content available, and open the folder “3. Analysis and Dashboards”, then choose the dashboard “3.50 Mobility”.  This dashboard is the demo that accompanies the YouTube video found here. You can learn this business script and take your customers through this demo. 

 

BI Applications Mobile Demo

BI Applications have also been made available via an OBI mobile app Demo including; Financials, HR, Marketing, Procurement & Spend, Projects and Supply chain. 

Demo Scripts: The mobile app is using the same dashboards and data as the BI Applications Test Drives, which partners can access here. These existing demo scripts for these BI Applications can be used with the BI mobile app.  The instructions regarding the interface will be different, but the story line is the same. 

Partners can access the BI Applications mobile demos by using the same configuration as for the BI Foundation mobility demo, but use the logon credentials below instead;

User – ipad_apps

Pass – welcome1


Try Oracle BI Mobile HD live for yourself

·       Click here to download the PDF document instructions to setup your own iPad for these Demos.

·       Download the free app from iTunes now.

·       Get the BI Mobile white paper here.

 

Tuesday May 15, 2012

New fy13 BI-Applications Price Promotion for MIDSIZE CUSTOMERS

As of today, we are pleased to announce a Midsize Market pricing promotion for a BI-Applications solution package with reduced minimums applicable to Oracle's Business Intelligence Products, including Oracle Database Enterprise Edition.

·       This allows “midsize” customers to buy a minimum of ten (10) users of the set of products needed for a BI-Applications solution at a pre-approved 50% discount.

·       Partners additionally get their normal e-business reseller discount.

This now makes it most attractive to offer the pre-built BI-Applications such as Manufacturing Analytics, Financial Analytics, Procurement and Spend Analytics, Project Analytics, and Human Resources Analytics, to both customers newly implementing Oracle ERP, and for the many existing Oracle ERP (eBusiness suite, Peoplesoft and JDE) customers.

Offer: Reduced minimums and promotional price for Oracle BI Applications, Oracle's BI Technology and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition when these products are sold together :

  • BI Applications*
  • Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus
  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition**
  • Informatica PowerCenter and PowerConnect Adapters

 (*) Applies to Supply Chain and Order Management Analytics, Financial Analytics, Procurement and Spend Analytics, Project Analytics, Human Resources Analytics, Manufacturing Analytics, Enterprise Assets Management Analytics, Service Analytics.

(**) Restricted use to Business Analytics Warehouse: and no processor minimums required. 

To answer any questions, and to get the partner document with further details of this offer, or to work with us on our local sales campaigns targeting existing ERP customers, please send your query to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com or jacques.senchet@oracle.com: or discuss it with your local Oracle Sales or Channel representative for Applications to Midsize Enterprises.  Please note that to resell and distribute “Oracle Business Intelligence Applications” products, you must join that OPN Knowledge Zone and meet certain criteria on OPN. Click here for more detail.

Many partners are already offering fixed-price + fixed-scope starter service packages to their customers for BI Applications.  If you need help to do this, start by looking at the Oracle Business Accelerator (OBA) kits now available for BI Applications: configured for both E-Business Suite, and JD Edwards E1.  These have resources to help partners to sell and deliver tightly scoped OBI-Application implementation projects with low risk and high margin in a few weeks; with huge potential to up-sell many add on services to your delighted client.  To find out more see Business Accelerators for Oracle BI Applications.

This current Promotion Expires November 30, 2012.

This promotion is ONLY for End Customers whose organisations have an Annual Revenue (or Public Sector Budget) below $500 million, and who are based in Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Ritchie Edwards, Channel Director, WE Applications for Midsize Enterprises

Jacques Senchet, Business Development Director, EMEA Business Analytics

Mike Hallett, A&C Director Business Intelligence & Enterprise Performance Management 

Monday Apr 02, 2012

Business Accelerators for Oracle BI Applications

"Using the Oracle Business Accelerators across projects …, our deliveries are now 50% faster than traditional implementations.”

"Oracle Application Implementation is now within reach for Small to Medium Businesses who want a faster, cheaper & better … implementation.   Oracle Business Accelerators (OBA) has made it possible.”

Find out more @ OBA for BI Applications   {partner single sign-on required}

Oracle Business Accelerator (OBA) kits are now available for BI Applications, configured for both:

·        E-Business Suite, and

·        JD Edwards E1.

This has resources to help partners to sell and deliver tightly scoped OBI-Application implementation projects with low risk and high margin in a few weeks; with huge potential to up-sell many add on services to your delighted client.

For example, select “Oracle BI Applications ” & “E-Business Suite - R12.1.1”, and then the “OBA Project Consultant” gets the following self-guided tutorials and access to a comprehensive delivery kit:

Wednesday Feb 08, 2012

Partner Sales Briefing – OBI-Applications - 23rd March 2012, UK

This briefing will provide an understanding of the OBI-Applications and how such an approach means consultancies can be seen and trusted to deliver success more rapidly, and earn higher margins doing so. Customers are requiring a faster return on their IT investments and the OBI-Applications are able to deliver insightful, pre-built, best-practice, operational BI, quickly.

Audience:   This event will be of interest to Oracle partner individuals in Client Management, Sales, Pre-sales, BI Consultants and Applications Consultants who deal with clients who have Oracle (e-Bus, Peoplesoft, Siebel, JDE, Hyperion) or SAP applications.

Agenda:

  • Why Customers like OBI-Applications, with Reference Case Studies

  • The BI Applications: content areas (Financials, Procurement, HR, Supply Chain, CRM)

  • Live Demonstration

  • High Level Architecture

  • Pricing, Packaging, and Partner Service Opportunity

  • BI Applications and the route to Fusion

Date:  Friday 23rd March 2012.   

Time:  9.00 Registration opens - 9.30 Start - 15.30 Close.

Where: Oracle Office, Level 6, One South Place, London, EC2M 2RB.

Friday Dec 16, 2011

BI-Applications Promotional Pricing: REPLAY Webcast

To help you grow your Partner business in Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Africa, we are offering a ‘Promotional package’ of BI-Applications bundled with the necessary OBI Technology to support the requirements of “mid-market” customers (i.e. with a turnover of less than $500m).  This 45 minute Webcast (recorded on Tuesday 10th JANUARY 2012) for Oracle Partners will give you the information you need to seize this opportunity.

This enables Partners to position an irresistible and highly competitive BI-Applications solution to both the installed base and alongside net new opportunities: to both re-sell, and to provide high margin implementation services.  The BI-Applications Promotional Pricing provides a much lower entry point for the complete bundled package for this solution, to make it cost effective, high value, low risk, and very attractive to Oracle Applications customers (e.g. those with eBusiness suite, Siebel, Peoplesoft or JDE). 

Thursday Nov 17, 2011

Sales & Technical Tutorials: Updated for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM

 

To get the latest updated OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM Sales & Technical Tutorials, goto the Oracle Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management library for Partners, a compilation of pre-recorded Oracle BI & EPM online tutorials and webinars that have been delivered recently from Oracle: that you can replay at any time.

Sales & Technical Tutorials for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM.

Friday Nov 11, 2011

BI Applications Test Drive: Joint Partner+Oracle Go To Market Initiatives

 A challenge you may be facing is how to easily show the business value of BI to a set of customers.  The key we find 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.

We have created for you, our specialised partners, the ability to run Oracle BI Applications Test Drive Workshops for your customers.

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

These Oracle BI Applications Test Drive kits (in English) are now downloadable from our OMS4P/OPN portal . See it by clicking on this link:
http://www.oracle.com/partners/secure/marketing/bi-apps-test-drive-519829.html

This kit translation into Italian, French, Spanish and German will be added to this portal soon.

NOTE: These are not designed for "training" customers: they really address the need for an effective call to action for any customer you talk to who is in the early stages of exploring their options and the business benefits of a BI project, especially if they are already an Oracle applications customer (eBusiness suite, Peoplesoft, Siebel, JDE).

For more demand generation kits see another blog article "Joint Partner+Oracle Go To Market Initiatives: BI Customer Event Kits"

Thursday Oct 13, 2011

OBI-Applications data sources, ETL Data Lineage and KPI variables

Occasionally I am asked about where to find better documentation for the BI-Apps data sources.  If you need this, then this is available via the Metalink note (ID 1274680.1), that provides a link to an Excel spreadsheet documenting the data “lineage” of the information found in the BI Apps data warehouse: it is almost 8 MB, in a zip file online link.

Also you may be interested in the Metalink note (ID 846917.1) that contains a link to the Business Analytics Metric Reference Guide.  This contains information on the KPIs and on how certain variables are calculated. 

Hope this helps you in your BI-Apps engagements.

Short-cuts to the download links, so you don’t have to read the entire Metalink notes:

BI_Apps_7.9.6.2_7.9.6.3_DL.zip (7,991.54 KB)

Metrics Reference guide for 796 (7,754.88 KB)

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications ETL Data Lineage Guide Release 7.9.6.2 and 7.9.6.3 [Article ID 1274680.1]

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Metrics Reference Guide Release 7.9.6,7.9.6.1 [ID 846917.1]

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Content Guide Release 7.9.6.2 [ID 1264878.1]

Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse Data Model Reference Version 7.9.6, 7.9.6.1 and 7.9.6.2 [ID 819373.1]

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