Tuesday May 19, 2015

OBI 11g Release 11.1.1.9 Now Available

This new release of Oracle Business Intelligence v.11.1.1.9, includes a number of new features and a focus on overall quality improvement. Significant new features and enhancements include:

Expanded Data Source Support, including support for Cloudera Impala and Hive2.  Users can also access information directly from their Hyperion Planning applications to build and deliver analytical content with OBI. Integration with the Oracle 12c database has been enhanced with support for compression, Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (EHCC), and in-memory Oracle database features.

Improved User Experience, including a new Tree Map visualization. Subject area search makes it easier to locate elements to add to an analysis. Users can now save and re-use custom column definitions.  More options are available to users when exporting content.  Customers can now take advantage of HTML5 for rendering charts.

New Capabilities for Exalytics, including support for count distinct aggregations.  Aggregations for levels with non-unique level keys, ragged and skip level hierarchies, and time levels with no chronological keys are also supported.  A new Summary Advisor command line utility is available to assist with scripting maintenance tasks.

New Capabilities for Administration, including Mobile App Designer installed by default.  A database policy store is available for security administration.

BI Publisher Integration with WebCenter Content: This integration will enable customers to deliver BI Publisher output directly to WebCenter Content.

More information:

Monday May 18, 2015

Cloudera is Hadoop Market Leader

Have you connected with Cloudera ? – are you one of their partners yet, because this is a win-win for us all.

Join us for a live Oracle & Cloudera webcast on Friday, May 29 – 10.0 am UK / 11.0 am CET - Rapidly Unlock the Value of Big Data for your Organisation

Oracle has a close partnership with Cloudera in that we resell their Hadoop version on our engineered platform, the Big Data Appliance. Additionally we obviously therefore target our big data software stack (e.g. Big Data Discovery, Big Data SQL, Connectors, ODI, ...) to run on Cloudera, as well as on Apache Hadoop and some of the other vendors.

If you had not noticed yet, Hadoop is growing really fast, and Cloudera has the lion’s share of this market: e.g. read this analyst report, saying:

“According to Cloudera’s CEO, Tom Reilly, Cloudera’s strategic decision to provide proprietary solutions in an open-source market paid off when Cloudera earned more than $100 million in revenues in 2014, which is more than double the revenues of Hortonworks and MapR.”

You may also have noticed that Intel announced a substantial equity investment in Cloudera ($740 million): and Intel works closely with Oracle on our engineered platforms, including the Big Data Appliance.

Training your people in Hadoop is critical to our combined success in this market, and Cloudera leads the market in high quality Hadoop courses, plus see the Cloudera Product Webinars tutorials and Training Webinars. Oracle will of course invest in training our partners on our specific product offerings for Big Data, but for a generic understanding of the base platform, I suggest you plug into Cloudera’s education programmes. They also have a certification programme so you can Become a Cloudera Certified Big Data Professional.

If you need an introduction, please contact me (Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com ) or Cloudera’s EMEA Partner Director, Jonathan Cooper @ jcooper@cloudera.com.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Information Management & Big Data Architecture Masterclass

Jun 17 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in London UK.

Get more information and to Register here: FREE of charge to OPN member Partners from any country.

Join our Information Management & Big Data Architecture Masterclass on 17th June 2015 where you'll learn how Oracle's information management approach can address business and IT issues in a timely, pragmatic and reliable way. Following 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.

Learn about the Big picture of information management, Staging and techniques for loading data, OLAP and Data Mining, Approaches to data modelling, Build vs buy, BI delivery, Operationalising BI, Security, ELT, ETL and data flows, Big Data, Performance, and Migrating to the reference architecture (customer examples).

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

Data Integration Platforms for Big Data

Download, and share with your clients, this recent 2015 DAO Research Paper: Data Integration Platforms for Big Data and the Enterprise which offers customer perspectives on IBM, Informatica, and Oracle solutions.

As it points out, “As an ODI developer, I am a Big Data developer without having to understand the underpinnings of Big Data. That is a pretty powerful capability.” And “some differences in the offerings of IBM and Informatica as compared to those of Oracle are fundamental.” For example, “Customers cited 30% to 60% greater developer productivity using Oracle versus traditional Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) tools from Informatica and IBM, based on key architectural differences...”

And if you deploy ODI (Oracle Data Integrator) on the Oracle BDA (Big Data Appliance) with the Oracle Big Data Connectors, this is likely to be a far lower cost software plus hardware solution for high volume, high speed ETL as compared to these other solutions.

Also check out this new ability to use Oracle GoldenGate on Hadoop for Big Data for real-time transactional data streaming into big data systems from most common RDBS and other data sources.

Thursday Mar 12, 2015

Oracle Real Time Decisions hands-on Technical 2-Day Training Workshop

Apr 16 - Apr 17, 2015 in London, UK - Partners from all countries welcome.

This Oracle Real Time Decisions (RTD) hands-on technical 2-Day training course is designed for Partner individuals on the implementation team responsible for RTD installation and administration, to enable participants to perform tasks required to successfully configure and deploy RTD with their operational applications. Participants learn about various aspects of integration between RTD and target applications, including Siebel Call Center and E-Commerce, and are prepared to engage on RTD deployment projects at all levels of the project lifecycle, from gathering requirements to production rollout and monitoring.

The course introduces the RTD platform, describing its features, function, and capabilities. It also covers the RTD architecture, platform, and pre-built Base and Specialized solutions, including RTD for Intelligent Offer Generation and RTD for E-Commerce. The lesson topics are reinforced with structured hands-on practices during which participants create and deploy a fully functional inline service project from scratch.  This training is free of charge to OPN member partners.


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


Friday Feb 20, 2015

Oracle Big Data Discovery Now Available - The Visual Face of Hadoop


There has been a lot of excitement about Oracle Big Data Discovery, and it is now generally available to customers and partners and can be sold and installed now.

This is a stunningly visual, intuitive tool that enables you to leverage the power of Hadoop and turn raw data into business insight in minutes — without learning complex products or relying only on specialists.

From a partner perspective it is perfect for proof of concept work with your clients to reveal the value they can find in their large information reservoirs combining a variety of data and text sources; potentially leading to much more and deeper analysis as part of an overall big data information architecture.

To find out more see these videos:

Check out the Capabilities of Big Data Discovery to

  1. Easily find relevant data by browsing a rich, interactive catalog of all data in hadoop using familiar keyword search and guided navigation.
  2. Explore data to understand its’ potential by visualizing the shape and quality of unfamiliar data and combining attributes to uncover interesting relationships.
  3. Transform and enrich to make data better with intuitive, user-driven data wrangling.
  4. See rich, interactive visualizations that reveal new patterns by blending diverse data sets for deeper perspectives.

More Resources:

Friday Feb 13, 2015

How Big Data in Business Will Evolve in 2015

Where should you focus your attention in 2015? According to Oracle’s data experts, there are seven key areas that offer a wealth of opportunity this year. These are the strategies, capabilities, and approaches that will put the benefits of big data more in reach for enterprises that are prepared to take the advantage.

1. Corporate boardrooms will talk about data capital, not big data.

2. Big data management will grow up.

3. Companies will demand an SQL for all seasons.

4. Just-in-time transformation will transform extract, transform, and load (ETL).

5. Self-service discovery and visualization tools will come to big data.

6. Security and governance will increase big data innovation.

7. Production workloads will blend cloud and on-premise capabilities.

For a look at Proven Business Value from Big Data Case Studies and how companies are using big data to improve operations and enhance customer experience, check out these stories.

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Extracting Useful Information From Human Language Text

Digital Reasoning announced that its cognitive computing platform, Synthesys, has achieved Oracle Big Data Appliance Optimized status through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Digital Reasoning was also a sponsor of the Business Analytics Summit in London (11 Feb 2015). Read the Press Release here.

In the field of big data and natural language, extracting useful information from any piece of human language is a challenging problem. Sentences must be parsed, entities identified, and relationships must be modeled. Digital Reasoning Synthesys semantic analysis software on Oracle Big Data Appliance can extract and resolve billions of entities, facts and relationships from millions of pieces of human language text. This enriched semantic analysis can then be visualised and further analysed and combined with enterprise and other data sources with Oracle tools such as Big Data Discovery and Endeca Discovery.

“With the X5 generation of Oracle’s Big Data Appliance, we now believe Oracle and Digital Reasoning deliver the most cost-effective cognitive computing platform on the market for customers who demand that sensitive electronic communications data gets analyzed....”

Synthesys on the Oracle Big Data Appliance

Take Mathematics to the Data with SAS High Performance Analytics on Oracle

Many Oracle partners have “Data Science” practices using SAS, who are one of our key ISV Partners in the statistical analytics space. Thousands of customers across every industry and public sector entrust their SAS deployments to Oracle databases, middleware, and systems infrastructure: and you and your clients can combine the power of SAS and Oracle as efficiently as possible by taking the mathematics to the data with SAS High Performance Analytics on Oracle Big Data Appliance and Exadata.


For example, see this 4 minute video discussion with Paul Kent, SAS VP - SAS Big Data Analytics on Oracle Engineered Systems.

Also download these papers and presentations:

Friday Jan 02, 2015

Proven Business Value from Big Data Case Studies

The single most frequent question I am asked about Big Data, is “Where is the Business Value?” : and of course there is no single answer.

So, to help address this question, below I highlight a few Big Data Case Studies that have caught my eye, which hopefully give you some ammunition for lighting up some ideas and innovation with your clients by showing by example that there is much value to be had in many applications of Big Data and Analytics techniques across many industries.

Retailers Turn Big Data into Big Advantage

We are seeing many successes with Big Data for the CPG and Retail Industries.

For example, you can replay this webcast (recorded in November 2014) featuring two customer presenters, from dunnhumby and DunkinBrands (click here), discussing their programmes.  Also see these links to dunnhumby Delivers for Its Clients with Big Data (3 minute video), and Procter & Gamble Gains Insights for Quicker, Smarter Business Decisions (article).

By way of a summary overview, click here for an infographic on Big Data for Retail.

Also, Deloitte has designed a complete solution to address Big Data challenges focusing on the CPG and Retail Industries. This solution can be previewed at a Deloitte Centre of Excellence, having been built on a full stack of Oracle Big Data and Analytics products including, Oracle R, Endeca, OBIEE, Mobile BI App, Exalytics, Exadata and the Big Data Appliance.  For more information on this see the videos and webcasts below:

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.

Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

Real-Time Decisions on Big Data

By continuously learning in real time, an adaptive solution can predict and optimize the outcome of each transaction, thereby improving the customer experience and maximising revenues. With increasing amounts and speeds of data acquisition, the solution needed for this must make many decisions automatically and very quickly (for example in less than a Tenth of a second for an effective eCommerce application) based on large amounts of data.

Many of our recent Big Data customer projects are driven by this need for high value real time decisions. As a Partners you can offer excellent ROI to you clients by deploying Oracle RTD (Real Time Decisions) to combine both rules and predictive analytics; instilling real-time intelligence into business processes or customer interactions as they happens.

Oracle Real-Time Decisions allows business users to adjust rules and predictive based decisions to optimize competing business goals, such as increasing revenue while decreasing servicing costs. Technically, RTD is based on an Open Service-Oriented J2EE Architecture - built on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) using industry-standard J2EE application servers (such as Oracle Application Server, BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere), and can be readily incorporated into many existing or new applications.

The Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application is a library of pre-configured components representing best practices for Decision Management implementations using Oracle Real-Time Decisions. The library contains two types of component: pre-configured Decision Services that can be used to implement specific decision patterns and Application Components that can be used by business users to support their decision management needs. The pre-configured Decision Services provide best practice patterns for E-Commerce and Customer Service interactions optimization, and contain hundreds of pre-built elements such as performance goals, data attributes, predictive models and reports. The pre-configured Application Components address the needs of business users in terms of content authoring, access and version control, search, collaboration and workflow integration.

These Application Components are then assembled together into a pre-configured Decision Management application for Marketing Optimization, a turn-key deployable solution for real-time inbound marketing optimization and collaborative decision management, now available as a component of the Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application.

For example, in the context of E-Commerce, the Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application provides a generalized Inline Service for the purpose of optimizing E-Commerce interactions for Oracle or non-Oracle E-Commerce systems, while Oracle Real-Time Decisions for Siebel E-Commerce is a pre-packaged version of the above mentioned Inline Service that has been tailored for the Siebel E-Commerce Application. Similarly, the Siebel Intelligent Offer Generation product (IOG) extends Siebel Marketing and Siebel Contact Center with RTD capabilities for Contact Call Centres.

For more information see RTD on OTN, and at Oracle.com.

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