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:


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 Refresher

Register Now!

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

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Overview Internet Seminar

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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

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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


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.

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Oracle TVP, Reading, UK


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


Oracle TVP, Reading, UK


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


Colombes - FR

Business Intelligence Applications Bootcamp – 4-day

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25.-27.03.2014 Madrid - ES

Oracle Endeca Implementation Bootcamp 3-days

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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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 @

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 to with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.
  • TimesTen was upgraded from to
  • ODI Client 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.

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN

The latest new version “SampleApp” V309R2 BI and EPM VM is now available for download by partners from OTN here. This includes a wealth of examples and how-to demonstrations, as well as examples for the new BI Mobile Application Designer, 19 “Apps” and more local data-models.

This server image is based on the standard OBIEE install within a VirtualBox image, including the new Mobile App Designer and Oracle Database 12c; and will run on a 64 bit pc/laptop with => 8Gb Ram, and ~ 90 Gb disk. There is also an optional download for users who require a full standalone EPM deployment.

See also the Oracle BI Tech Demos YouTube Channel & Video: How to download all image files at once and:-



Download Deployment Guide

Step-by-step instructions for download and deployment

Download User Guide

User Guide for SampleApp and related contents

Download What's New in V309R2

New content highlights in SampleAppV309 R2

The SampleApp V309 R2 image includes following preconfigured and integrated software:

  • Oracle Linux 5.9 (el5PAE )
  • OBIEE (including Mobile App Designer, OBIEE-EPM Suite)
  • Oracle Loader for Hadoop 2.2.0, Oracle SQL Connector for HDFS 2.2.0
  • Essbase
  • Oracle Database 12c
  • Oracle TimesTen
  • Endeca Server 7.5.1, Endeca Studio 3.0, Endeca Integrator 3.0
  • Oracle Application Express 4.2, APEX Listener 2.0.1
  • R-2.15.1, Oracle R-Enterprise 1.3
  • Java SE Development Kit 7u17, JROCKIT
  • Oracle SQL Developer 3.2.20
  • EPM Standalone (Offered as a separate add-on download)

 The SampleApp does not include BI-Apps: for these see the Demonstration VM BIC2g Partner Edition.

Tuesday Sep 03, 2013

New Version of Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management

We are pleased to announce the immediate general availability of Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) Patch Set Update 1 (PSU1 –  available on “My Oracle Support” for partners and customers at (Search for patch 16681929).

This is a significant release for the product because it now provides scripting that allows you to extend and customize the product for implementation specific business rules related to the processing of source data.  A high level description of the new features is provided below, with a detailed description provided in the user documentation.


  • Jython based import, mapping and event scripting
  • Visual Basic event scripting

Financial Management

  • Support for journal loading via excel templates
  • Additional application options
  • New intersection check reports

Custom Target Applications

  • Provides the ability to export data from FDMEE into a user defined flat file format
  • Replaces the data mart and tax adapter features from the legacy FDM product

Additional Features

  • File append and replace methods
  • Load data and mapping rules from an excel formatted file.  Prior releases only supported files in csv formats.
  • Execution of custom calculation scripts for Planning or Essbase
  • Open Batches
  • Batch report execution

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld Focus on Business Analytics

To help you to plan your schedule at this year’s OOW, below are a few suggestions with a focus on Business Analytics (EPM, BI, Analytics, Big Data, Exalytics):-

Friday 20/Sept/2013

· Business Analytics Oracle Partner Advisory Councils 2013, for BI and for EPM. Register here, and see the note for more information at Business Analytics Oracle Partner Advisory Council 2013.

Wednesday 25/Sept/2013

· BI&EPM Partner Networking Lunch – this is an informal gathering of EMEA OPN member partners and Oracle Execs to meet and discuss business opportunities over lunch. If you wish to attend, just let me know by emailing, and I will confirm place and time with you.

Monday 23/Sept/2013 to Thursday 26/Sept/2013

· See the details of Business Analytics (EPM, BI, Analytics, Big Data, Exalytics) sessions and keynotes at this link.

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Hyperion EPM Webcast Tutorials

These LIVE presentation Webcast Tutorials for Partners will be delivered in August 2013:

  1. Oracle Hyperion Planning on Exalytics In-Memory Machine - August 6, 2013
  2. Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision - August 8, 2013
  3. Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - August 13, 2013

Go here for more details and to register for these.

There are also new updated Webcast Tutorials for Oracle Partners in our EPM Update Series:

Oracle Hyperion Planning (PS3)

Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager Refresher and (PS3)

NEW Oracle Data Relationship Management (PS3)

NEW Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management (PS3)

NEW Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite (PS3)

NEW Oracle Hyperion Profitability & Cost Management (PS3)

Introducing Oracle Data Relationship Governance (DRG)

Also note new content for Oracle BI Applications 11g with ODI:

NEW Overview and Architecture of Oracle BI Applications for ODI

NEW Configuring Oracle BI Applications for ODI

These are all part of the compilation of Oracle BI/EPM online tutorials and webinars for Partners, where you can find many topics are covered.

Business Analytics Oracle Partner Advisory Council 2013

WHEN: Friday the 20th of September 2013 (just before OpenWorld)

Register by: 1st of August 2013

WHERE: Sofitel San Francisco Bay

223 Twin Dolphin Drive, 94065 REDWOOD CITY, CA, USA

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to meet and drive a closer engagement with Oracle’s global Product Management Team:

  • Oracle global Product Management will host this workshop.
  • Target group: ACE Directors, Lead Consultants and key architects from our partners
  • Topics: Product Development Roadmap, Partner project experience, your feedback, Q&A session
  • For any inquiries please contact

As part of registering for the event, please note that you will need to complete the BI / EPM PAC-survey. Thank you for taking the time to provide this, your valuable input.

The PAC (one for BI, and a separate track for Hyperion) is free of charge, but is only for OPN Specialised member partners, and is subject to availability. (Please do not attend unless you have received a confirmation from Oracle to do so.)

Registration Link Coming Soon

We do hope you will be able to join us - and I look forward to welcoming you in San Francisco.

Thursday May 30, 2013

Business Analytics, and Planning on the Cloud Webcasts July 1st 2013

For OPN Partners, you can join these Webcasts with live Q&A on Monday, July 1, 2013 ( TIME: 15:00 BST UK / 16:00 CET ):

Analytics to Drive Customer Experience Success. Business Analytics for Marketing, Sales and Service organisations to help them really Know their Customers and so enable decisions and processes to improve and sustain the best Customer Experience.

Mike Hallett, EMEA A&C Director for Business Analytics

Please click here

Drive Predictable Performance with Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. Get the latest news about Oracle strategy for Enterprise Performance Management in the Cloud and understand how Oracle Partners can leverage this new SaaS-based Planning & Budgeting solution to grow their business and extend their footprint with existing customers or reach new ones that have not yet invested in a Planning & Forecasting solution.

Olivier Bernard, EMEA Solution Director EPM

Please click here

These Webinars are part of our Innovations in Applications program to present new functions and features of Oracle Products including sales positioning. The key objectives of these webcasts are to inspire Partner’s personnel to conduct successful sales, after sales and delivery at their Customer. Moreover, we aim to inspire you to conduct further Product Training and Certifications.

Previous Webinars in this series that you can Replay include:

Oracle BI-Applications for Value Driven Partner Services. Oracle BI Applications are a must-have addition for all Oracle applications customers; giving them business analytics pre-built for rapid implementation on top of their existing eBusiness suite, JDE, Siebel and Peoplesoft systems. For partners who know how to correctly position and implement these unique packages, they provide a competitive win over both less adroit service providers, and products competitive to Oracle BI. Partners gain on-going service and resell revenues from clients who see high value from rapid and low risk deliverables.

Mike Hallett, EMEA A&C Director for Business Analytics

Please click here

Hyperion Project Financial Planning, Measure the full financial impacts of your Projects.

Olivier Bernard, EPM Business Solutions Director, EMEA

Please click here


And for even more on-line tutorial see Sales & Technical Tutorials for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM.

Thursday May 09, 2013

Call for OpenWorld Nominations: Business Analytics Innovation Awards by June 18

Partner may work with their clients to submit a nomination for the “Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards”, in the “Business Analytics (Oracle BI, Oracle EPM, and Oracle Exalytics)” category.

The awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (September 22-September 26) in San Francisco. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture.

Nomination Criteria and Instructions

· Nomination deadline: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5pm Pacific Time

· This solution should be in production or in active development

· To submit a nomination, please send an email (to: attaching the supplied form for Business Analytics (Oracle BI, Oracle EPM, and Oracle Exalytics) with as much detail as possible. Please do not leave any information blank.

Winners will be notified on the week of August 5th 2013.

Benefit to Award Winners

· A complimentary pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco

· An Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation trophy

· Consideration for placement in an Oracle press release

· Consideration for placement in Profit magazine and/or Oracle Magazine

· Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation logo for inclusion on your own Website and/or press release

For more information Click here

Technical Training Workshops in June for Exalytics, Endeca and Hyperion

There are a series of specialised partner only Technical Training Workshops in June:

1. Learn the latest news about Hyperion (v and Hyperion on the cloud in a one-day Hyperion session - 12th June, 2013

2. Follow-on 2-day technical Hyperion (v workshop - 13th through to 14th June, 2013

3. Specialist technical workshop for Exalytics (3-days) - 12th through to 14th June, 2013

4. Specialist deep-dive technical workshop on Times-Ten for Exalytics (2-days) - 13th through to 14th June, 2013

5. Technical training workshop for Endeca Information Discovery (3-days) - 12th through to 14th June, 2013

These technical workshops are within the overall agenda of this year’s Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum 2013 in Milan, Italy: so you can also come along to the June 11th plenary Forum day, and the Business Intelligence breakout session.

To register for any of these workshops, go to this REGISTER NOW link, and when you click the “Register Now!” button, you can fill out the questionnaire to specify which workshops you will attend.

For details on the full agenda and multi-day breakout sessions download here the Agenda.pdf, and see the REGISTER NOW link.

Dates: Forum on 11th June, with Workshops starting on 12th through to 14th June, 2013

Place: Milan Italy - Partners from all countries are welcome to attend.

Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Oracle CloudWorld Event in London May 14th and Munich May 15th

Mark Hurd, President and Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development are the keynote speakers at Oracle CloudWorld London (14th May 2013) and on the 15th May 2013 in Munich.

For example, Oracle’s public cloud offering of Fusion Applications embeds (OBI) business analytics, and you can hear how you can Drive Predictable Performance with our (Hyperion) Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

Discover your next steps at Oracle CloudWorld, a premier executive event series hosted by Oracle. . Experience insightful keynotes, real-world case studies, hands-on demos, face-to-face networking, and in-depth tracks on how mobile, social, and cloud are redefining how business gets done for:

  • Sales – Customer Experience – Empowering People, Powering Brands
  • Customer Service and Support – Customer Experience: Empowering People, Powering Brands
  • Human Resources – Power HR's Business Contribution
  • Finance and Operations
  • – Run a Back Office that Puts You in Front
  • Application Developers – Transform Developer Experience with a Powerful and Flexible Platform
  • Applications IT - Sessions for Security and Integration

London : Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 08:15 – 18:30, ExCel Center, agenda and registration
Munich : Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 9:00 – 19:00, The Westin Grand München, agenda and registration

Monday Mar 18, 2013

EPM Release Partner Training Webcast

Here is the webcast replay (originally on March 6TH ) from the Oracle EPM Product Development team on the latest EPM release.

Join this 2.5 hour, in-depth session to learn about key new features and important product positioning for the Hyperion EPM release.

For our EPM Partners, we also have the “Solutions Factory” micro-site to keep you updated on our EPM Product offerings. You will find here the latest products presentations (for example on Hyperion EPM, sales positioning slide decks, training materials and links to demo content.

· So stay tuned and check this page on a regular basis for new content.

· To get the logon password to the EPM Solutions Factory, or for more information, please contact:

Olivier Bernard
EPM Sales Development Director




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