Wednesday Aug 19, 2015

Oracle Big Data Discovery Version 1.1

August 29th at 10 a.m. Pacific USA time – Partners and customers can join our webcast with Cloudera, Unlock Your Analytic Talent with the Visual Face of Hadoop

Oracle Big Data Discovery version 1.1 is now available. This release extends Oracle’s innovation in Big Data Analytics by bringing together the best open-source and Oracle technologies, enabling you to reach more of the market and address more of your clients’ analytics challenges.

  • Big Data Discovery now runs on Hortonworks HDP 2.2.4+, in addition to Cloudera CDH 5.3+.  That makes BDD the first Spark-based big data analytics product to run on the top two Hadoop distributions, significantly expanding your market opportunity.
  • Customers can now access enterprise data sources via JDBC, making it easy to mash up trusted corporate data with big data in Hadoop.  BDD 1.1 elegantly handles changes across all this data, enabling full refreshes, incremental updates, and easy sample expansions.  All data is live, which means changes are reflected automatically in visualizations, transformations, enrichments, and joins.
  • Dynamic visualizations fuel discovery – but no product can include every visualization out-of-the-box.  This release includes a custom visualization framework that allows customers and partners to create and publish any visual and have it behave like it is native to BDD.  Combined with new visualizations and simpler configuration, this streamlines the creation of discovery dashboards and rich, reusable discovery applications.
  • Big Data Discovery is unique in allowing partners and customers to find, explore, transform, and analyze big data all within a single product.  This release significantly extends BDD Transform, making it both easier and more powerful.  New UIs make it easy to derive structure from messy Hadoop sources, guiding users through common functions, like extracting entities and locations, without writing code.  Transformation scripts can be shared and published, driving collaboration, and scripts can be scheduled, automating enrichment.  Transform also includes a redesigned custom transformation experience and the ability to call external functions (such as R scripts), providing increased support for sophisticated users. 
  • BDD 1.1 supports Kerberos for authentication (both MIT and Microsoft versions); enabling authorization via Studio (including integration with LDAP) to support Single Sign-on (SSO); and providing security at both project and dataset levels.   These options allow customers to leverage their existing security and extend fine-grained control to big data analytics, ensuring people see exactly what they should.

Also see “Big Data Discovery” Hosted Demonstration Instances for Partners.

And if you wish to deep dive into Spark (although to use BDD, this is not needed), I suggest you check out the Cloudera Developer Training for Apache Spark.

Monday Jul 20, 2015

“Big Data Discovery” Hosted Demonstration Instances for Partners

Partners can now access Oracle Big Data Lite with Big Data Discovery on the Oracle hosted “GSE” system (Global Sales Engineering) @ https://demo.oracle.com

If you are familiar with the Big Data Lite 4.2 virtual machine, we have taken that and hosted it in GSE, and added Big Data Discovery 1.0 as well. Therefore this demo platform provides an integrated environment to help you get started with the Oracle Big Data platform components – including Oracle Big Data Discovery, Cloudera, Oracle NoSQL, Oracle Big Data Connectors, Oracle Data Integrator, and many more. The demo is hosted and with internet facing access allows you to easily customize your demo: although you can only make bookings for this demo instance on a temporary basis.

However, prior to making a request, a partner must register with GSE for access to the demo systems as previously explained here at 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” Big Data, OBI and BICS cloud demos @ https://demo.oracle.com.

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:

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

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Oracle ENDECA Discovery 3.1 Partner Training 3-Day Workshops

Partners from all EMEA countries welcome: for more information about this ENDECA training click here.

FREE of charge to OPN member Partners, this Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) 3-day bootcamp is designed to give partners an understanding of OEID’s features, and how it complements the existing Oracle Business Intelligence suite.

This 3-day workshop will provide hands-on experience with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery v3.1. Topics covered will include Data Exploration with Endeca Information Discovery, Data Ingest, Project Lifecycle, Building an Endeca Server data model, advanced modelling techniques, and Working wi th Endeca Studio. You will also learn about working with ETL components for content acquisitions and other aspects of the project such as security. After taking this course, you will be well prepared to architect, build, demo, and implement an end-to-end Endeca Information Discovery solution.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Big Data Discovery News from Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s executive vice president of product development, began his keynote speech at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 by discussing three major trends in business and culture—big data, mobility, and the cloud. He then detailed and demoed new products and services from Oracle that enhance customers’ ability to make use of all three.

Kurian introduced a new set of tools called Oracle Big Data Discovery, which allows database managers and engineers to work more effectively with Hadoop, as “the visual face of Hadoop”. Oracle Big Data Discovery lets users profile, explore, and analyze Hadoop data, and do prediction and correlation. “With Oracle Big Data Discovery, you will be able to explore and find patterns and problems with your data,” Kurian said. Find out what Information Week reported about this Hadoop Data Exploration Tool.

Oracle Big Data Discovery combined with Oracle Big Data SQL, a recently introduced toolset for working with data across relational and big data systems using Structured Query Language, represent a powerful combination of technologies for supporting a truly effective big data strategy.

Kurian also referenced several other technology developments by Oracle:

If you did not manage to visit Oracle OpenWorld 2014, then you can still find out about all of this news, in discussion with our Analytics development and strategy team here in Europe at the Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum on 21st October to 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Endeca Fundamentals 3-day Partner Training Bootcamp

Nov 4 - Nov 6, 2014 at Oracle Office Reading, UK : Partners from all countries welcome.

The Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) Bootcamp is a three-day class which will start with the introduction of Endeca within the Oracle Business Analytics proposition. The underlying architecture and technology are also covered in detail. The explanation of Endeca is combined with a workshop which consists of several well prepared exercises which will give the attendees a good hands-on experience they can use in a customer environment. Participants will learn how to develop & implement solutions using a Data Discovery method. This training will be given by Aorta Business Intelligence who is an Oracle Approved Education Center partner for OBIEE and OEID in EMEA.

Learn to:

  • Position the OEID architecture (Integration Suite, Endeca Server, Endeca Studio).
  • Install OEID.
  • Work with social media sources.
  • Extract data from different kind of sources by building ETL graphs.
  • Crawl data from external sources by using the Content Acquisition System (CAS).
  • Work with Text Enrichment.
  • Develop and design Endeca Dashboard with (custom) Endeca Studio Components.

For the Agenda and Prerequisite Training visit the link here.

This event is offered FREE of charge to Oracle OPN member Partners.

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Rules of the Road for Enterprise Data Discovery

The challenge many companies face today is that insights remain elusive, even though data and the tools to handle it have proliferated. In response, as discussed in the Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms (Publication: February 2014), data discovery capabilities are dominating new purchasing requirements, even for larger deployments, as alternatives to traditional BI tools. But "governed data discovery" - the ability to meet the dual demands of enterprise IT and business users – “remains a challenge unmet by any one vendor” {as seen at the time of the report}.

Some customers have been tempted to go with more departmental solutions (as opposed to a more “Enterprise-class” product) to meet business demands for greater self-service analytics, but are often still frustrated by continuing needs to get access to the right data sources: ultimately finding they have selected a limited product solution which does not deliver on the promised business value.

However, partners familiar with Endeca Information Discovery, especially with version 3.1+, will appreciate that its integration to OBI Foundation, coupled with ease of use and the ability to mash-up disparate data and text sources, give Oracle a pretty good response to this client need for governed enterprise data discovery.

To help you navigate this discussion with your key clients, can I suggest you use this white paper (@ The 5 Rules of the Road for Enterprise Data Discovery) to help clarify the agenda, and to help you to guide them towards a sound strategy which will deliver to them real value.

We do not see this as diminishing the need for a solid BI foundation: indeed this is the pre-requisite for sound data discovery. Enterprise data discovery is a natural complement to existing business intelligence practices and platforms, offering analytic agility without compromising quality. Our suggested rules are:

Tuesday Jul 01, 2014

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Learning Library

Back in May 2014 I introduced you to how to Get Started and Learn More about Endeca Information Discovery 3.1. We have created a learning library page dedicated to Endeca Information Discovery training assets on the Oracle Learning Library @: A portal of training offerings for Endeca v3.1.

We have continued to add to this, as more content is developed, and some more titles you may like to learn about include:

Title

Release Date

Duration

Configuring Studio to Use a Production Quality Database

This helps you to store Endeca Studio metadata such as configurations, user permissions and system settings in a “production database”, such as my.sql or an Oracle db.

17-Jun-14

20 mins

Choosing Text Enrichment Options in Integrator ETL

24-Apr-14

5 mins

Displaying and refining by date/time subsets in Studio

10-Apr-14

6 mins

Creating a Studio chart using data from multiple views

27-Feb-14

9 mins

Introduction to 'Create your own Discovery Application using Endeca Information Discovery' course

28-Feb-14

3 mins

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Oracle ENDECA Discovery 3.1 Partner Training 3-Day Workshop

To find out more about the ENDECA training, and to Register for this, click here.

  • June 24-26, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK – Free to partners in EMEA.

FREE of charge to OPN member Partners, this Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) 3-day bootcamp is designed to give partners an understanding of OEID’s features, and how it complements the existing Oracle Business Intelligence suite.

This workshop will provide hands-on experience with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. Topics covered will include Data Exploration with Endeca Information Discovery, Data Ingest, Project Lifecycle, Building an Endeca Server data model and advanced modeling techniques, and Working with Studio. You will also learn about working with ETL components for content acquisitions and other aspects of the project such as security. After taking this course, you will be well prepared to architect, build, demo, and implement an end-to-end Endeca Information Discovery solution.

If you are a Bigdata Analytics Architect or Developer, BI or Data Warehouse Architect, developer or consultant, you don’t want to miss this 3-day workshop.

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Endeca Self-Service Test Drive for Partners’ Clients

Partners can use Endeca Information Discovery as an innovative, potentially disruptive, offer to set a new agenda with their c-level client contacts. Endeca can quickly reveal previously hidden patterns in a client’s business that will help them drive better customer experience and revenues, better product and service quality, reduce fraud, and increase profits.

Seeing is believing”: just as you would always test-drive the car you want to buy, then so too, your prospects for Endeca can experience the tools hands-on to appreciate the ease of use and productivity of Enterprise Self-Service Data Discovery; empowering business users to mash up data (e.g. directly from OBI) and text sources and innovate from their own analytics journey, in balance with IT governance and control.

This Oracle-hosted Test Drive system is available at no cost to OPN specialist partners to run their own marketing events to excite their clients about the great usability and visualisations. We are keen to help you to build your pipeline, to find new sales opportunities by running your own lead generation and marketing campaigns and so we have provided a complete Event Kit with presentation material and hosted demonstration environments to accelerate your business development.

Partner Dowloadable Test Drive Endeca Kit - Invite your clients to your Endeca “Test Drive” event with this kit which explains how partners can run this, and book our hosted Test Drive server for a low cost, high impact marketing event.

This kit is in the BI&EPM Partner folder of “beehiveonline.oracle.com” – if you do not yet have access to this, email your access request to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com providing me with your corporate email id and Oracle.com logon-id).

If you need to learn more try Get Started and Learn More about Endeca Information Discovery 3.1.

And if you want to download a VM to host the Test Drive on your own servers, then you can get the “Bic2g VM” here at UPDATED Demonstration VM for BI Partners (BIC2g 2014-03 Download).

We also have OBI Test Drives such as:

Thursday May 08, 2014

Get Started and Learn More about Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

We have created a new product library page dedicated to Endeca Information Discovery training assets on the Oracle Learning Library.  We will continue to add to this as more content is developed @:

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Learning Library

A portal of training offerings for Endeca v3.1

And you can access the You-Tube material directly via these playlists:

This screencast series will teach you the basics of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery by demonstrating how to install Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, build an application from scratch, and explore data. By the end of the screencast series, you will be ready to build your own application.

Free self-study course

Create Your Own Discovery Application

Endeca Best Practices & Design Patterns


Thursday Jan 23, 2014

Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download

The current version 3.1 of Endeca Information Discovery can now be downloaded from OTN as a self-contained VM appliance providing a VM (virtual machine) image containing a full installation of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, including:

  • Endeca Server
  • Studio
  • Provisioning Service

The primary objective of this image is to demonstrate the Endeca Information Discovery self-service use case, allowing end users to immediately log in, upload an Excel file, and customize the resulting application within minutes.

While this image can also be used in conjunction with Endeca Information Discovery Integrator, note that Integrator does not come installed by default on the image. Connecting to this image via Integrator from an outside source (host machine or 3rd party machine) also requires some modifications to the image's default network configuration. See the "Loading Data via Integrator" section in this README doc for details.

PLEASE NOTE that this appliance is for testing purposes only. As such, it is unsupported, and should not be used in a production environment.

You can also “Test Drive” Endeca 3.1 on our hosted system @ http://slc02okj.oracle.com:8001/eid/web. Note that this is shared across different public users, and self-provisioning is disabled. Use Logon ID:  prodney@oracle.com / Admin123.

Monday Nov 25, 2013

Try out Latest Version of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID)

You can get a quick introduction to the new 3.1 version of Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) from these videos which run from 3 to 10 minutes each: and then try out this latest version on our hosted system (details below), where you can test and build your own applications.

New Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) 3.1 Videos on YouTube

OEID for Voice of the Consumer

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery for Voice of the Consumer provides deeper analytics by combining new insights found in diverse and unstructured data sources.

OEID 3.1 Voice of the Consumer Self-Service Build Demo

Start with an IT-controlled data warehouse, then add social media JSON. Use EID's self-service, in-app data enrichment to derive structured data from Tweet text--which you can then use to mash up the two data sets and figure out how social media comments are causing sales to decline.

OEID 3.1 Workforce End-User Demo

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery for workforce provides deeper analytics by combining new insights found in diverse and unstructured data sources.

OEID for Crime Incidents

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery on crime incident data obtained from the City of Chicago public data download site (https://data.cityofchicago.org/).

OEID 3.1 Warranty Self-Service Demo

Using Endeca Information Discovery 3.1, we turn a spreadsheet on our desktop into a full-featured enterprise discovery application in just a few minutes, then share our findings with the rest of our organization.

For you to try out Endeca 3.1 as a user and self-service dashboard builder, there is a publicly accessible oracle-hosted demonstration URL available with Endeca 3.1, here at:

You can use this URL to directly demo EID 3.1 on your browser. But please be aware that the system and content may be refreshed without notice, and we may change the URL: if we do, I will re-post the new access URL to this blog.

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