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:

Introducing Mobile App for Oracle EPM

Play this short video ~ 3 minutes ~ to get an Introduction to Mobile for Oracle EPM.

This video gives you a quick introduction to Oracle's EPM Mobile App using sample data. EPM Mobile enables on-the-go approvals and workflow across Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, and Hyperion Tax Provision.

To check out the App, you can download EPM Mobile on your phone with these links:

- Android at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=oracle.epm.mobile.OracleEPM
- Apple app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oracle-enterprise-performance/id845082117

After downloading the App, you can view the video, the overview tour and the sample application.

Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

Oracle is #1 in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites

Leading on both Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute axes, Oracle Hyperion is again #1 in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites.

Cited strengths included:

  • “During 2013, Oracle's suite received a number of significant additions, including embedded OBIEE and mobile delivery capabilities in Hyperion Planning, improved visual rule capability in HFM, support for Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, a new module for tax provisioning and new account reconciliation functions.
  • Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service {PBCS now available} will provide a viable hybrid cloud and on-premises planning option intended for use with Hyperion Planning or stand-alone. Oracle announced a collaborative reporting cloud service to be available in late 2014. Oracle's on-premises solution can be hosted on Oracle Managed Cloud Services.”

Download copy of Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites report

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

Big Data Analytics and EPM Top Trends for 2014

Which information management priorities are at the top of the corporate IT agenda? What are the most compelling developments in big data, analytics, EPM, mobile computing, data warehousing, and cloud computing that motivate IT leaders to undertake new technology initiatives?

Oracle surveyed hundreds of IT decision makers to learn about their big data and analytics plans for 2014—both within the Oracle customer base and the industry at large. Respondents provided specific feedback on mobile BI, cloud, Hadoop, data discovery, predictive analytics, and decision optimization technologies and practices. From this extensive data set we compiled the following trends:

  • Trend 1: Business Users Get Hooked on Mobile Analytics
  • Trend 2: Analytics Take to the Cloud
  • Trend 3: Hadoop-Based Data Reservoirs Unite with Data Warehouses
  • Trend 4: New Skills Bolster Big Data Investments
  • Trend 5: Big Data Discovery is the Secret to Workforce Success for HCM
  • Trend 6: Predictive Analytics Lend Fresh Insight into Big Data Strategies
  • Trend 7: Predictive Analytics Bring New Insight to Old Business Processes
  • Trend 8: Decision Optimization Technologies Enhance Human Intuition
  • Trend 9: Business Leaders Embrace Packaged Analytics
  • Trend 10: New Skills Launch New Horizons of Analysis

Download the full Big Data and Analytic Report to learn about the trends, problems, and breakthroughs in big data and analytics in more detail, and also for a bit of advice to get the most from your investments.

Similarly download the Enterprise Performance Management Top Trends for 2014 Report for more detail on:

  • Trend 1: EPM Cloud Strategies Gain Altitude
  • Trend 2: Don’t Leave Mobile Behind
  • Trend 3: Big Data is the New Signal for Finance
  • Trend 4: Detailed Costing Practices Here to Stay
  • Trend 5: Squeeze Financial Close Cycles Even Tighter, with an Eye to the Virtual Close
  • Trend 6: Financial Disclosure Complexity Continues to Rise
  • Trend 7: Enterprise Data Governance Booms in 2014
  • Trend 8: Sustainability Reporting Becomes the Norm

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Qubix are World’s first Certified Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS) Specialist

Qubix International announced that they are the world’s first Oracle Partner to achieve OPN-Specialization for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS).

Qubix, an Oracle Platinum Partner, are making this new Cloud product available in a packaged offering that includes Software-as-a-Service, implementation services, training and support, all for one low monthly fee.

“We’re excited to be the first to offer customers this service that combines the power of Oracle’s enterprise planning in the Cloud solution with all the services customers need included for one low monthly fee,” said Paul Johnston, General Manager of Qubix. “Yes, there are other cloud offerings, but these typically don't include the implementation services, the training, ongoing support and consulting customers need, so we’ve re-imagined how service should be delivered in the Cloud world and simplified everything.” he went on to add that the new Qubix service includes:

A subscription to the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services

A choice of Express, Professional or Enterprise implementation packages

Training to maximize user engagement and productivity

On-going Support and managed services

Qubix packaged subscriptions start at £12 per user per day for an entry-level budgeting, planning and forecasting solution, increasing to £29 per user per day for an enterprise-grade solution.

Using this cloud based service; companies can reduce costs and complexity while accelerating the speed of delivery without compromising any features or capabilities.

Neil Sellers, Director of Qubix, added, “We want to make planning, budgeting and forecasting simple and affordable for all businesses, no matter what their size or complexity.”

By tapping into the benefits of the Cloud, businesses no longer need to purchase and set up hardware and software, which greatly accelerates the deployment time and significantly reduces costs. Qubix estimates that the total cost of ownership savings for a typical customer will be between 30% - 40% over a three year period.

The new service means businesses can take advantage of all the benefits of Cloud SaaS, providing an enterprise-wide, multidimensional planning, reporting and analysis solution, without compromise. This has been proven, in some instances, to reduce planning and budgeting cycle times by up to 90%, thus promoting faster & better business decisions.

For more details, including pricing please visit: http://www.qubix.com/qubix-enterprise-cloud-planning

For Oracle partners also wishing to take advantage of this new Cloud service see New Guided Learning Paths for Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Specialists, and an introductory webinar at Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting.

Monday Mar 10, 2014

Partner Business Analytics Webinar Series on BI-Modernisation, CFO-Analytics and CX

We invite you to download the presentations and replay this series of Webinars for Oracle BI Partners so you can better advise your existing clients on how and why they should modernize, upgrade and expand what they can achieve with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation, and discuss the benefits of combining analytics integrated with ERP, EPM and finance systems to provide a complete view of forecasts, plans and actuals accessible by Finance and all lines of business managers. We will also look at the full spectrum of analytics that clients can deploy to better service and sell to their customers; providing a 360 customer view, predictive analytics, social sentiment analysis, and pro-active real-time decisioning for an optimized multi-channel customer experience.

Webinar

Date & Time

Links

BI MODERNIZATION

Replay from MARCH 19 2014

Replay Webinar

BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE INSIGHT (CX)

Replay from MARCH 26 2014

Replay Webinar

BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOR THE OFFICE OF FINANCE (CFO)

Replay from APRIL 02 2014

Replay Webinar



BI Modernization (March 19)

Help Your Customers Stay Competitive with the Latest Business Analytics

Join us to learn how you can help your customers outmanoeuvre their competition by embracing modern business intelligence to gain alignment, understand their data, and more accurately forecast outcomes.

· Drastically improve your client’s ability to make data-driven decisions

· Keep decision-makers informed even on the go with rich visualizations and mobile BI

· Learn how Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g and Oracle Exalytics can modernize your company’s business intelligence


Business Analytics for Customer Experience Insight (CX) (March 26)

As Oracle Partners you need to talk with our Customers about solutions and not single products, so you need a consistent and comprehensive story about the Role of Business Analytics in Customer Experience (CX).

We want to share with you our partners, our current market and product positioning and presentation material that you can re-use whenever you go to meet your Customers:

· who are interested in Business Analytics, but also want to have an integrated view of all Oracle’s CX product portfolio and architecture,

· and to present Business Analytics as a key component of any CX opportunity.


Oracle Business Analytics for the office of Finance and the CFO (April 2)

The Oracle Hyperion installed customer base represents a major opportunity to sell complementary Oracle Business Analytics solutions. We explain the customer the benefits of an integrated BA+EPM platform and how to engage them in transformational projects.

This webcast will introduce a customer facing presentation, to help you deliver the messages to your clients with confidence.

For existing Oracle Hyperion Customers the benefits can be summarized as:

· The Connected Enterprise - Performance Management support, wall to wall

· In-Memory / Engineered Systems - More Agility and Speed at Lower TCO

· BI Mobile - Critical information at your fingertips wherever you are

· Real-Time Finance - Find hidden Insights to complement your Financial view

· Cloud - Flexible, cost-controlled Planning deployments


Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting

World-Class Planning with the Simplicity of the Cloud

Partners can now resell and implement the live, and generally available, first enterprise performance management (EPM Hyperion) solution offered in the cloud, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

As the most robust financial planning application in the cloud, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service opens up opportunities for organizations of all sizes to quickly adopt a world-class planning and budgeting solution with no CAPEX infrastructure investments, driving alignment beyond finance across the enterprise, with flexible deployment options and virtually no learning curve.

See the Press Release: Hyperion Planning and Budgeting on Oracle Cloud Service (link)

And for help to get started, see the Support Blog: Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service books, videos and tutorials (link), as well as the EPM Blog: Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link).

You can also REPLAY THE WEBCAST of the Partner Deep-Dive on Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. This 105 minutes webinar provides a technical and functional deep-dive into the live PBCS offering. Topics include:

  • Changing the game: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
    • Introduction and latest news
    • Guided live demo tour with focus on
    • How to create an application in minutes
    • Access the Cloud via familiar Excel Interface? Yes, please!
    • Application Life-Cycle Management
    • Data Management options
    • Rock-solid Security and reliability
  • Resources for Partners
  • Live Q&A

REPLAY or DOWNLOAD THE WEBCAST

Supporting Resources

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Demos

For Finance executives who are drowning in spreadsheets or strapped to legacy applications, a cloud-based performance management solution offers an easy on-ramp, lower IT resource requirements and accelerated time to value.

You can now see this set of Enterprise Planning Demos and Videos on cloud.oracle.com

On 30 January 2014, at 14:00 h GMT/ 15:00 h CET we will also be starting a series of webcasts on “Profitable Growth with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service – for this you can Register Now.

Otherwise, right now you can see the Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Partner Webcast Replay.

For more information see on Oracle.com @

Monday Jan 13, 2014

Finance Webcast Series for Spring 2014

Partners are invited to attend this live Finance Webcast Series focused on EPM solutions. This is a new Q3 integrated campaign to create awareness, educate existing customers and prospects, drive demand generation and build pipeline: so please invite your clients to attend these too.

The series will cover these topics to be introduced one per week:

CALENDAR

Event Date

Event Time

Event Name

More information

16 January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Oracle’s EPM innovation hub

More information

23  January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Finance in the Cloud, ‘where’ is the risk?

More information

30 January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Plan for Profitable Growth with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

More information

6 February

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Financial Close and Tax Provisioning – a common DNA

More information

Monday Dec 30, 2013

BI and EPM Partner Training and 2014 Events Update

Please see below for a quick update on some of the planned 2014 training and events for BI and EPM Partners in EMEA:

Date

Agenda Topics

To Register

January 14, 2014
9am UK / 10am CET
Duration: 90 minutes

New data integration product releases, Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c, in a live Partner Webcast: Increase Productivity and Innovate with Extreme Performance Data Integration - The Partner View.

Register Here

January 15, 2014 - 16:00-17:00 CET, Duration: 60 minutes

Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2.3 Refresher

Register Now!

February 12, 2014 - 16:00-17:00 CET, Duration: 60 minutes

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Overview Internet Seminar

Register Now!

March 11-13, 2014: Oracle Partner HUB, 129626, Moscow, Grafskiy pereulok, 14, building 1, floor 2

Oracle Exalytics and Business Intelligence (OBIEE) Workshop. 3-day hands-on, partner technical workshop: attendees to provide their own laptops for this class with, Minimum 8GB RAM, 60 GB free space & 64-bit Windows.

Register Here

26.02.2014 Munich & 26.03.2014 Frankfurt-Dreieich @ 10:00-17:00 h

Oracle Business Intelligence “SampleApp” Day – Best Practice Hands-On Workshop for Implementers

More Information

27.02.2014 Munich & 27.03.2014 Frankfurt-Dreieich @ 10:00-17:00 h

Oracle Exalytics Backend @Work

Hands-On Workshop for Implementers

More Information

06.02.2014 Düsseldorf @

10:00-17:00 h

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

Seminar for Presales and Implementers

More Information

09.-10.4.2014

Lysaker – NO @

10:00-17:00 h

Exalytics Training by PTS
– Best Practice Hands-On 2-day Workshop for Implementers

More Information

10.-14.3.2014 Ballerup - DK
12.-16.05.2014 Espoo- FI @

10:00-17:00 h

OBI 11g Bootcamp: 5-day Hands-On Workshop for Implementers

More Information

April 8-10, 2014: Oracle Vienna, Austria

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3-day Workshop: hands-on, partner technical workshop: attendees to provide their own laptops for this class with, Minimum 8GB RAM, 30 GB free space & 64-bit Windows.

Register Now!

11.-14.2.2014

Oracle TVP, Reading, UK

09:00-17:00

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Bootcamp - NB: There is a £750 charge payable in advance for attending this 4-day course.

Oracle BIEE and BI-Apps Bootcamps

24.-28.2.2014

Oracle TVP, Reading, UK

09.00-17:00

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 11g Bootcamp - NB: There is a £750 charge payable in advance for attending this 5-day course.

Oracle BIEE and BI-Apps Bootcamps

10/Feb/2014

Colombes - FR

Business Intelligence Applications Bootcamp – 4-day

More Information

25.-27.03.2014 Madrid - ES

Oracle Endeca Implementation Bootcamp 3-days

More Information


 

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Hyperion Tax Provision Partner Webinar

WATCH AND LISTEN to the Hyperion Tax Provision Partner Webcast: Access Replay.

Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision is a first-of-its-kind tax provisioning solution that integrates directly with the broader financial reporting process and Oracle HFM.

One of the key components for building an effective, efficient, and transparent tax function is proper access to financial data and processes. In fact, financial data is at the root of all major tax functions - tax reporting, tax planning, compliance, & audit management. Therefore, a tax provision solution that is closely aligned with the broader financial reporting process can make a powerful difference in a tax function’s ability to meet its deliverables.

To get a direct update from Oracle Product Management, please listen to this 90 minute webcast on “Tax Provision” presented by Marc Seewald, Senior Director Product Managementthat took place on November 8th 2013: Access Replay.

Friday Nov 08, 2013

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Partner Webcast

Please find here the Replay is now available of the 90 minutes Partner Webcast overview of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS, recorded on 26th November, 2013).

Topics include:

  • Latest news from Product Management; live demo; overview of assets and collaterals; Q&A session
  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) offers organizations the market-leading Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting solution delivered via Oracle’s public cloud service.

For more information download this Whitepaper: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (link).

And see this 2-minute Video: World-Class Planning with Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud (link).

 

Friday Nov 01, 2013

EPM and Business Analytics Talking-head Videos from Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Here is a selection of 2 to 3 minute video interviews at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld:

1. George Somogyi, Solutions Architect, New Edge Group, talks about the importance of having their integrated Oracle Hyperion Platform consisting of Oracle Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and Oracle Business Intelligence Extended Edition plus their use of Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Speaker: George Somogyi @ http://youtu.be/kWn0dQxCUy8

2. Gregg Thompson, Director of Financial Systems for ADT, talks about using Oracle Data Relationship Management prior to implementing an Enterprise Performance Management solution. Gregg confirmed that there are big benefits to bringing the full Oracle Hyperion Financial Close suite online with Oracle DRM as the metadata source. Reduced maintenance time and use of external consultants translates into significant time and cost savings and faster implementation times. Speaker: Gregg Thompson @ http://youtu.be/XnFrR9Uk4xk

3. Jeff Spangler, Director Financial Planning and Analysis for Speedy Cash Holdings Corp, talked to us about the benefits achieved through implementing Oracle Hyperion Planning and financial reporting solutions. He also describes how the use of Data Relationship Management will keep the process running smoothly now and in the future. Speaker: Jeff Spangler @ http://youtu.be/kkkuMkgJ22U

4. Marc Seewald, Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision at Oracle, talks about Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision, how it is an integral part of the financial close process and that it provides better internal controls and automation of this task. Marc talks about Oracle Partners and customers alike who are seeing great value. Speaker: Marc Seewald @ http://youtu.be/lM_nfvACGuA

5. Matt Bradley, SVP of Product Development for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Applications at Oracle, talked to us about different deployment options for Oracle EPM. Cloud services (SaaS), managed services, on-premise, off-premise all have their merits, and organizations need flexibility to easily move between them as their companies evolve. Speaker: Matt Bradley @ http://youtu.be/ATO7Z9dbE-o

6. Neil Sellers, Partner, Qubix International talks about their experience with previewing Oracle’s new Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. He describes the benefits of the step-by-step task lists, the speed of getting the application up and running, and the huge benefits of not having to manage the software and hardware side of the planning process. Speaker: Neil Sellers @ http://youtu.be/xmosO28e4_I

7. Praveen Pasupuleti, Senior Business Intelligence Development Manager of Citrix Systems Inc., talks about their Oracle Hyperion Planning upgrade and the huge performance improvement now experienced in forecasting. He also talked about the benefits of Oracle Hyperion Workforce Planning achieved by Citrix. Speaker: Praveen Pasupuleti @ http://youtu.be/d1e_4hLqw8c

8. CheckPoint Consulting, talked to us about how Enterprise Performance Management should be viewed as an entire solution, rather than as a bunch of applications in silos, to provide significant benefits; and how Data Relationship Management can tie it all together effectively. Speaker: Ron Dimon @ http://youtu.be/sRwbdbbXvUE

9. Sonal Kulkarni, Enterprise Performance Management Leader, Cummins Inc., talks about their use of Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management (Account Reconciliation Manager), Oracle Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management and how this is providing efficiency, visibility and compliance benefits. Speaker: Sonal Kulkarni @ http://youtu.be/OEgup5dKyVc

10. Todd Renard, Manager Financial Planning and Business Analytics for B/E Aerospace Inc., talks about the huge benefits that B/E Aerospace is experiencing from Oracle Financial Close Suite. He was extremely excited about Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management and how this helps them integrate a new business in as little as three weeks. Speaker: Todd Renard @ http://youtu.be/nIfqK46uVI8

11. Peter Smolianski, Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia Courts, talked to us about how D.C. Courts is using Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management to push their 5 year plan forward, to report results to their constituents, and take accountability for process changes to become more efficient. Speaker: Peter Smolianski @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-DtB5pl-uk

12. Rich Wilkie, Senior Director of Product Management for Financial Close Suite at Oracle, talked to us about Oracle Financial Management Analytics. He told us how the prebuilt dashboards on top of Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite make it easy for everyone to see the numbers and understand where they are in the close process, and if there is an issue, they can see where it is. Executives are excited to get this information on mobile devices too. Speaker: Rich Wilkie @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UHuHgx74Yg

13. Dinesh Balebail, Senior Director of Software Development for Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, talked to us about the power and speed of Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management and how it is being used to do deep costing for Telecoms, Hospitals, Banks and other high transaction volume organizations effectively. Speaker: Dinesh Balebail @ http://youtu.be/ivx5AZCXAfs

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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