Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Partner Technical Training for In-Memory Database and Cloud PaaS

Please see below for local Technical Training for OPN member Partners only:

Oracle In-Memory Technical Workshop (2 days)

Oracle Database Cloud Service Technical Workshop (1 day)

Oracle Database Cloud Service Technical Workshop (extra content, 2 days)

Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Partner Web-conference Update on What is New for BICS

You can REPLAY this Conference by clicking on Replay Webcast (originally on 22/June, audio will play over your computer speakers or headset, but you have to login to Oracle first).

This Partner Web-conference update was on what is new for BICS, where we showed some of the latest features such as Visual Analyzer and discussed some of the use-case study stories for the many customers who have already bought into the Oracle BI Cloud Service. We also confirm the partner resell and referral processes for you to earn your partner margin.

If you need to catch up on the past announcements, try the links below:

Friday May 29, 2015

Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Tutorials

Following last month’s announcement (New Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service), here is a great set of video tutorials for EPRCS.

2 minute Summary Video: Streamline your internal and external reporting processes, bringing together data plus narrative, in a single, secure, collaborative environment with Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud.

Find all these tutorials here:

  1. Creating Users and Assigning Roles for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  2. Importing Users and Roles for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  3. Application Overview for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  4. Authoring and Approving Doclets in Smart View
  5. Creating Advanced Ad Hoc Reports using Smart View
  6. Creating Basic Ad Hoc Reports using Smart View
  7. Creating Data Grants in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  8. Creating a Custom Application in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  9. Creating the Report Package Structure in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  10. Granting Access to Artifacts in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  11. Integrating Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Data with Microsoft Office Using Smart View
  12. Loading and Extracting Dimension Members in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  13. Managing Content in Report Packages in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  14. Managing Data in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  15. Managing Dimensions in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  16. Migrating Applications in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  17. Overview: Report Package Part 1 in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  18. Overview: Report Package Part 2 in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  19. Overview: Understanding Security in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  20. Overview: Understanding Style Samples in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  21. Overview: Using Smart View in Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  22. Overview: Welcome to Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud
  23. Reviewing Report Package Content in Smart View
  24. Setting Up Smart View for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service
  25. Signing off on Report Packages in Smart View

BICS Partner Training 2-day Workshops

These “PaaS to Extend SaaS - BI Cloud Service” BICS workshops consists of presentations, live demos, and hands-on laboratory exercises with the objective to help BI consultants learn how to implement Oracle BI Cloud Services for their clients.

Start Dates

Week days

Location

Country Contact

29-June-15

Mon-Tue

IT, Milan.

luca.maghernino@oracle.com

2-July-15

Thu-Fri

NL, Utrecht.

charles.billar@oracle.com

27-Aug-15

Thu-Fri

CE, Prague.

adam.krynski@oracle.com

7-Oct-15

Wed-Fri

UK, Reading

kate.lynskey@oracle.com

5-Nov-15

Thu-Fri

ES, Madrid.

anamaria.gallego@oracle.com

7-Dec-15

Mon-Tue

Remote Web-LVC

Details

To register, please provide the following information for all people from your company wishing to attend, to your local Oracle A&C channel manager contact: Workshop, Workshop date, Partner Company, Participant's name, Participant's Corporate Email. Participation instructions will be provided together with the confirmation email. If you do not know your local contact, then please address your registration request to the above country contact.

Prerequisites - This workshop requires attendees to provide their own laptop. Students are expected to know the following before attending the training:

Thursday May 28, 2015

Understanding the Partner Opportunity in Oracle Cloud PaaS plus SaaS Combinations

Please take advantage of these upcoming Oracle Cloud PaaS (Platforms as a Service) webcasts available for Oracle partners to learn about Oracle Cloud PaaS offerings such as BICS, and our strategy and roadmap. Oracle partners can take the opportunity to skill up in the latest Oracle PaaS technology and ask questions directly of Oracle PaaS specialists.

Title

Date/Time

Link

Why should Oracle partners care about Oracle PaaS

Wed 20 May @16:00 UK / 17:00

Replay

Digital Mobile Cloud Business Opportunities for Partners

Wed 3 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET

Register

Hybrid Cloud Integration Business Opportunities for Partners

Thur 18 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET

Register

Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) Technical Overview

Thur 4 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET

Register

Oracle Document Cloud Service (DOCS) Technical Overview

Wed 10 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET

Register

Process Cloud Service (PCS) Technical Overview

Wed 24 June @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET

Register

Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) Technical Overview

Wed 1 July @16:00 UK / 17:00 CET

Register

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Publish Your Apps and Services to Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Partners can Advertise their Apps and services from Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Oracle Cloud Marketplace is an online store for our customers, dedicated to marketing cloud business apps and professional services offered by Oracle Cloud partners.

Are you an independent software vendor or integrator ?

Do you develop apps that work on, with or extend an existing Oracle Cloud solution (Paas or SaaS) ?

Do you provide consulting, training, or integration services for Oracle Cloud ?

You can take the next step and join us today to get access to the Partner Portal so you can showcase your apps or services on Oracle Cloud Marketplace (e.g. to work with BICS, PBCS or EPRCS).

For example on our Business Intelligence Cloud, partner KPI has published their App, “KPI Cloud Analytics: Procurement and Spend Analytics for Oracle EBS”, so our clients can easily analyze their EBS procurement data using their app installed and running on the PaaS Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS).

  • eBook: Customers - Discover Oracle Cloud Marketplace

  • eBook: Partners - Market Your Cloud Apps and Services

Friday May 08, 2015

New Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS)

Introducing the new Oracle Hyperion EPM cloud approach for secure, collaborative, and process driven reporting. On the Oracle public cloud customers can now buy the new Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS).

  • You can listen to an explanation of this new service on our live EPRCS Webcast on Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:00 pm UK / 7:00 pm CET.

Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud is a purpose-built solution in the Cloud for management and narrative reporting. It provides a secure, collaborative, process-driven approach for defining, authoring, reviewing, and publishing financial and management report packages for internal and external stakeholders.

Corporate and management reporting is experiencing significant change in today’s digital age. As reported earnings become more volatile, corporate guidance—and the ability of management to clearly explain the quality and sustainability of corporate performance—is more important than ever.

The current integration of narrative into performance-reporting processes is often manual, ad hoc, and highly prone to error. New cloud-based solutions, such as Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud, enable organizations to streamline internal and external reporting processes, combining data plus narrative in a single, secure, collaborative environment.

Read more @ the EPM blog on Enterprise Performance Clearly Explained With a Collaborative, Intuitive, Reporting Solution.

Resources:

 

What is New in Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS)

Anyone who subscribes to Oracle BI Cloud Service receives automatic upgrades as soon as new features become available. You don't need to request an upgrade or take any actions yourself. Go here to keep up to date with an overview of new features and enhancements added recently, for example in April 2015:

Explore data using Visual Analyzer

Visual Analyzer provides self-service analysis, seamlessly transitioning you between all phases of the analysis lifecycle: data staging, analysis, composition, and consumption. See Getting Started with Visual Analyzer, and Oracle Visual Analyzer is now Available with Demonstrations for Partners .

Manage access to Visual Analyzer through a new application role called BIDiscoveryContentAuthor. See Application Roles Predefined in Oracle BI Cloud Service.

Integrate with Oracle Database Cloud Service (Database as a Service)

Connect Oracle BI Cloud Service to any Oracle Database Cloud Service (Database as a Service) instance. See Changing the Database Connection.

Upload data models from a file

If you’ve modelled your data with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, then you don't need to start from scratch in Oracle BI Cloud Service. Simply upload your on-premises data model file (.rpd) to Oracle BI Cloud Service and start exploring your data through visualizations, reports, and dashboards. See Uploading Data Models from a File (.rpd).

Add your own data to analyses

You can add data from an external source to an analysis in Oracle BI Cloud Service. Adding your own data is sometimes referred to as “mash-up.” See Adding Data from External Sources to Analyses.

Oracle BICS Data Sync version 1

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Data Sync supports the load of on-premises data residing in one or more relational or comma-separated value file sources into the schema provisioned on Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service:

Oracle Visual Analyzer is now Available with Demonstrations for Partners

For a 3 minute introduction, see Getting Started with Visual Analyzer video.

Visual Analyzer is a web-based tool provided within the Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) that enables you to explore data visually:

  • Creating visualizations is easy in Visual Analyzer with analysis becoming an individual experience in exploration and discovery.
  • Visual Analyzer enables you to experiment with a wealth of different options for how to view your data, and in this experimentation process, you find correlations, discover patterns, and see trends in your content.
  • In Oracle BI Cloud Service, you can create detailed analyses and carefully curated dashboards, and now with Visual Analyzer, end-users have faster, simpler assembly of detailed reports.
  • Visual Analyzer goes even further to give you dynamic views for focused, exploratory interaction with your data.
  • In addition, with Visual Analyzer’s capability to load external data sources, you get self-service mash-ups of data blending of governed enterprise data combined with your own files.

Partners who have their own copy of BICS have access to Visual Analyzer now, while others can request access to our demonstration services (see BICS Demonstration Environments).

Additionally, there is a set of you-tube videos of demonstration storyboards, while OPN Specialised partners can download the content, data and scripts for these demonstrations as well as a “Test Drive” script for you to use with your clients from the BI-partner-community shared portal (for access to this portal, email Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com with your company email id and OPN membership status).

Current offerings: HR, Service, Marketing and Sales demos, and Test Drive @ shared portal:

  • Marketing Demo: Identify the best Spring time promotions for an example Internet Service Provider (“Advanced Communications”), and analyse root causes for regional issues: Video with narrative (Tip: select full screen, and HD).
  • Service Demo: Identify service requests from customers that are highly likely to churn: Video with narration (Tip: select full screen, and HD)
  • HR Demo: The HR Director puts together Payroll and Performance data to investigate attrition for work-life balance: Video with narrative (Tip: select full screen, and HD)
  • Sales Demo: Pipeline analysis to identify sales reps at risk of missing forecast, and identify customers and products to focus on what can best improve sales performance: Video with narrative (Tip: select full screen, and HD)

    And see the help @ Exploring Data using Oracle BI Cloud Service Visual Analyzer

Thursday Apr 09, 2015

PaaS for Oracle Partners Special Interest Community

The Oracle Platform as a Service partner community has just launched and you can join, or simply check out the PaaS-Blog from time to time. In addition, I will continue to post news specific to analytics here at emeapartnerbiepm, for BICS and for the new Big Data PaaS services when they become available.

The new EMEA Partner Community for PaaS (Platform as a Service) is a place where thought leading partners from Europe, Middle East and Africa can share experiences and best practices around selling and implementing Oracle Platform as a Service  solutions.

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

BICS Demonstration Environments

Partners can now access BICS (OBI Business Intelligence Cloud Service) demo environments on the Oracle hosted “GSE” (Global Sales Engineering) https://demo.oracle.com.

However, prior to making a request, a partner must register with GSE for access to the demo systems as previously explained here at OBI Foundation Demonstration Systems for Partners.

In summary, OPN Member Partners can Learn more and Apply for Access to GSE ( ... and follow the link CLICK HERE for On Premise Demonstration Environments ), and once approved, can access the link to book and run “On Premise” OBI and BICS demos @ https://demo.oracle.com.

As your partner business with BICS grows, I would recommend you will need to rent your own BICS “pod” on the Oracle Cloud, which you can then persist any demonstration, trial and POC materials you need for working with your clients, and to ensure you always have access to the very latest version of OBI on BICS. For OPN Member Partners, we are currently offering an attractive promotional rate for partners to purchase their own BICS pod for Demo purposes: for more information, contact me at Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.

Friday Mar 20, 2015

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) Partner Training 2-day Workshop

OPN Gold+ member partners can attend this 2-day hands-on in-class technical workshop on Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) at No-Fee to partners.

This workshop consists of presentations, live demos, and hands-on laboratory exercises with the objective to help BI consultants learn how to implement Oracle BI Cloud Service for their clients.

IMPORTANT: These workshops are available to selected Oracle Partners with a current OPN Gold Level or higher membership. A fully executed Oracle Cloud Services Training Addendum is required before attendance. If your company has not previously accepted this addendum, please click here to review and accept the terms and conditions. You should be authorized by your company to accept the legal addendum.

Workshop training dates and locations:

  • 6th - 7th April, 2015. Location: United Arab Emirates, Dubai.
  • 9th - 10th April, 2015. Location: Germany, Frankfurt.

Prerequisite

This workshop requires attendees to provide their own laptop. Audience is expected to know the following before attending the training:

Registration:

Please send the list of participants from your company who wish to attend, to your Oracle A&C contact (or else send to corry.weick@oracle.com or alan.blakely@oracle.com for the Frankfurt workshop, or to ahmed.zaky@oracle.com for Dubai): please provide the following information: Workshop, Workshop date, Partner Company, Participant's name, Participant's Corporate Email. A confirmation email will be sent in reply to registrants upon approval.

Participation instructions will be provided together with the confirmation email.

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 Mar 12, 2015

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos

A series of seven new short video tutorials have been released for PBCS: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

These tutorials have been made available via YouTube videos, and provide overviews that demonstrate specific features and how-to scenarios. For more info see Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos.

  1. Importing and Exporting Data (Simplified Interface) - Duration: 4:29 minutes
  2. Integrating Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud - Duration: 6:46 minutes
  3. Writing Budget Data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Back to Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service - Duration: 9:00 minutes
  4. Extracting Data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud using Data Management - Duration: 6:55 minutes
  5. Overview: Getting Started with EPM Automate in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud - Duration: 2:19 minutes
  6. Overview: Using a Tablet to Go Through the Approvals Process - Duration: 3:18 minutes
  7. Reviewing Scripts - Duration: 2:40 minutes

Access to these videos has also been provided via the following Channels:

Partner Resell Right for BICS Business Intelligence Cloud Service

There is a new “Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Knowledge Zone” where you can Apply to Resell BICS, and see the specific Business Intelligence Cloud Service Resell Criteria.

Note that the Get Specialized with OBI11g and BICS is still on the “Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Knowledge Zone” page, and you can follow the Guided Learning Paths for OBI & BICS @ Get Trained, e.g. for an Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Specialist.

Also download this new White Paper - Agile Analytics in the Cloud with BICS, and check for some more hints and tips below:

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