Thursday Jun 05, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus June 2014

Applications Webcast Centre – A Library of Discussion and Research for Best Practice:

Customers

  • Josephine Niemiec from ADP talks about Oracle Hyperion Workforce Planning at Collaborate 2014 (link) Video
  • Chris Nelms from Ameren talks about Oracle BI Spend and Procurement Analytics at Collaborate 2014 (link) Video
  • Leggett & Platt Leverages Oracle Hyperion EPM and Demantra (link) Video
  • Pella Corporation Accelerates Close Cycle by Cutting Time for Financial Consolidation from Three Days to Less Than One Day (link)
  • Secretaría General de Administración de Justicia en España Enhances Citizen Services with Near-Real-Time Business Intelligence Gleaned from 500 Databases  (link)
  • Bellco Credit Union Speeds Budget Development by 30%—Gains Insight into Specific Branch and Financial Product Profitability  (link)  Video
  • QDQ media Speeds up Financial Reporting by 24x, Gains Business Agility, and Integrates Seamlessly into Corporate Accounting System  (link)
  • Westfield Group Maximizes Shopping Mall Revenue, Shortens Year-End Financial Consolidation by 75%  (link
  • IL&FS Transportation Networks Shortens Financial Consolidation and Reporting Cycle by Eight Days, Gains In-Depth Insight into Business Performance   (link)
  • Angel Trains Optimizes Rail Operations for Purchasing, Sourcing, and Project Management to Meet Challenges of Evolving Rail Industry  (link)
Enterprise Performance Management
  • June 11, at Oracle Utrecht, NL: Morning session: Explore Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link)
  • June 12, London: PureApps Presents: Best Practice Financial Consolidation and Reporting Workshop (link)
  • July 3, Koln: Oracle Hyperion Business Analytics Roundtable (link)
  • Blog: What's Your Tax Strategy? Automate the Operational Transfer Pricing Process (link)
  • YouTube Video: Automate Tax Reporting with Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision (link)
  • YouTube Video: Introducing Oracle Hyperion Planning’s Tablet Optimized Interface (link)
  • OracleEPMWebcasts @ YouTube (link)
  • Partner webcasts:
  • Wednesday, 4 June, 5.00 GMT - Case Study:  Lessons Learned from Edgewater Ranzal's Internal Implementation of Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) - Learn more and register here!
  • Thursday, 5 June, 4.00 GMT - Achieving Accountable Care Using Oracle Technology - Learn more and register here!
  • Tuesday, 17 June, 4.00 GMT - Optimizing Performance for Oracle EPM Systems - Learn more and register here!
  • Oracle University Blog: The Coolest Features Available with Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.3 – Training from OU to help you to best use them (link)
  • Support:
    • Proactive Support: EPM Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.3.500 Using RMI Service [Blog]
    • Proactive Support: Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos (link)
    • Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) 11.1.2.3.410 Patch Bundle [Doc ID 1670981.1]
    • Hyperion Analytic Provider Services 11.1.2.2.106 Patch Set Update [Doc ID 1667350.1]
    • Hyperion Essbase 11.1.2.2.106 Patch Set Update [Doc ID 1667346.1]
    • Hyperion Essbase Administration Services 11.1.2.2.106 Patch Set Update [Doc ID 1667348.1]
    • Hyperion Essbase Studio 11.1.2.2.106 Patch Set Update [Doc ID 1667329.1]
    • Hyperion Smart View 11.1.2.5.210 Patch Set Update [Doc ID 1669427.1]
    • Using HPCM, HSF or DRM Communities (link)

Business Intelligence

  • June 12, Birmingham, UK: Oracle Big Data at Work - Use Cases and Architecture (link)
  • June 17, London: Oracle at Cloud & Big Data World Forums (link)
  • June 17, Partner Webcast: Transform your Planning Capabilities with Peloton's CloudAccelerator for Oracle PBCS (link)
  • June 19, London: Oracle at the Whitehall Media Big Data Analytics Conference and Exhibition (link)
  • June 19, London: Partner Event - Agile BI Conference by Peak Indicators [link]
  • June 25, Munich: Oracle Special Day auf der TDWI 2014 Konferenz (link)
  • July 15, London: Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Workshop (link)
  • July 16, London: BI Applications Workshop – Financial Analytics & Procurement Analytics (link)
  • July 17, London: BI Applications Workshop – HR Analytics (link)
  • Milan, Italy: L’Osservatorio Big Data Analytics & Business Intelligence with Politecnico di Milano (link)
  • OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 - Now Available [Blog]
  • What’s New in OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 [Blog]
  • BI Blog: A closer look at Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.8.1 release (link)
  • Press Release: BI Applications Deliver Greater Insight into Talent and Procurement (link)
  • Support Blog: OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Upgrade Guide & Documentation (link)
  • YouTube Video: Glenn Hoormann of Ludus talks to us about Oracle Business Intelligence and ERP at Collaborate 2014 (Link)
  • YouTube Video: Performance Architects talks about key BI and Mobile trends, including Endeca at Collaborate 2014 (link)
  • Big Data Blog: 3 Keys for Using Big Data Effectively for Enhanced Customer Experience (link)
  • Big Data Lite Demo VM 3.0 Now Available on OTN
  • BI Blog: Data Relationship Governance - Workflow in a Bottle (link)
  • MDM Blog: Register for Product Data Management Weekly Cloudcasts (link)
  • MDM Blog: Improve your Customer Experience with High Quality Information (link)
  • MDM Blog: Big Data Challenges & Considerations (link)
  • Oracle University: Oracle BI Applications 11g: Implementation using ODI (link)
  • Proactive Support: Monthly Index [Blog]
  • My Oracle Support: Partner Accreditation for Business Analytics Support [Blog]
  • OBIEE 11g Test-to-Production (T2P) / Clone Procedures Guide [Blog]

Friday May 09, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus May 2014

  • Tech scrum in the C-suite (link)
  • CFOs could be technology evangelists, if they took the plunge (link)
  • CFOs Are the New Technology Evangelists (link)
  • CFOs could and should be IT's top advocates (link)

Customers

  • Edgewater Technology, Inc. Leverages Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service to Improve Forecasting Agility  (link)
  • Natus Medical Plans up to 3x Faster with More Precision While Growing Revenue 33% Without Increased Inventory   (link)
  • Valdosta State University Improves Student Retention, Progression and Graduation Rates with Oracle Solutions (link)
  • Ministério da Educação e Ciência de Portugal Improves Educational System in Less Than a Year and Reduces Expenses by US$800 Million  (link)
  • Darden Uses Oracle Advanced Analytics To Understand Restaurant Customers (link)
  • Garmin International Consolidates 24 Databases onto a Single Footprint, Improves Performance up to 50%  (link
  • Videos from Collaborate 2014:
    • Mehmet Sevinc, U of CA Berkeley talks about Public Sector Planning & Budgeting (link)
    • Brooks Loomis from Acadia Healthcare talks about Oracle Hyperion Planning (link)
    • The City of Atlanta on Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting (link)
    • Performance Architects talks about key BI and Mobile trends, including Endeca (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

  • May 29, Finance Webcast: Are you struggling with multiple data sources? Is a 360°view of your customer still a dream? (link)
  • June 19, Finance Webcast: Cut cost and deliver insight with ERP efficiency in the Cloud. (link)
  • Blog: Interactive, Visual Financial Close Analytics for Compelling Investor Relations (link)
  • Improve Retail Performance with Enhanced Insight into Profitability and Costs using Oracle Hyperion Profitability & Cost Management (link)
  • HPCM and Shared Services Costing: A Day in the Life (link)
  • Transfer Pricing: Using Oracle Hyperion Planning and HPCM to Overcome its Challenges, Webcast Replay (link)
  • Technical Blog:
    • Enterprise Performance Management Mobile 11.1.2.3.500 (link)
    • Hyperion Planning JVM OutOfMemory (link)
    • Hyperion Planning Data Forms (link)
    • Monitoring Hyperion Planning JVM in EPM Environment (link)
    • Oracle Support Community - QMR (Solvency II)  (link)
  • Patch Set Update:
    • Hyperion BI+ Financial Reporting 11.1.2.2.314 (Patch 18412401) [Doc ID 1644455.1]
    • Hyperion BI+ Financial Reporting 11.1.2.3.500 Patch Set Exception (PSE): (Patch 18467894)
    • Hyperion Calculation Manager 11.1.2.3.001 (Patch 18345915)
    • Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) 11.1.2.3.409 Patch Bundle 18403853 [Doc ID 1645354.1]
    • Hyperion Strategic Finance 11.1.2.1.104 (Patch 18340642)
    • Hyperion Strategic Finance 11.1.2.2.305 (Patch 18355715)

Business  Intelligence

  • Oracle BI Mobile For Android Now Available Via Google Play Store (link)
  • May 22, Oracle BI-Foundation Suite Test Drive with Essbase, Stuttgart (link)
  • May 27, Oracle BI-Foundation Suite Test Drive with Essbase, Dusseldorf (link)
  • May 22nd, 2014 - Live Webcast: Oracle Mobile Security Suite @ 10am UK / 11am CET Duration: 1 hour - Register here
  • May 29th, 2014 - Live Webcast: Oracle Mobile Suite @ 10am UK / 11am CET Duration: 1 hour - Register now
  • Master Data Management: How to Avoid Big Mistakes in Big Data (link)
  • Leveraging Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management for Everyday BI Needs (link)
  • Blog: The TOFU (Top of Funnel Users) Approach to Business Intelligence (link)
  • Blog: Big Data @ Work Turning Customer Interactions into Opportunities with Endeca (link)
  • Blog: Holland America Enhances Online Guest Experience with RTD (link)
  • Blog: Big Data at Work in Consumer Goods and retail with Oracle Data Warehousing (link)
  • Technical Blog:
    • Oracle BI Mobile HD 11.1.1.7.0.2397 Now Available (link)
    • OBIEE Version 11.1.1.7.140415 Now Released (link)
    • OBIEE 11.1.1.6.x - End of Error Correction Support (link)

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus April 2014

  • Longitude CFO Research Report (link)
  • Why CFOs are becoming technology evangelists - article (link)
  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link)
  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)
  • Support Blog: My Oracle Support Community - Subspaces (link)
  • 2014 awards Call for Nominations - Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2014 (September 28-October 2) in San Francisco – especially see the “Big Data and Business Analytics” category.

Customers

  • The University of Virginia Selects Oracle to Support Financial Transformation (link)
  • Aditya Birla Nuvo Reduces Consolidation Cycle Time by 25%, Enhances Financial Data Transparency, and Standardizes Reporting Process  (link)
  • CSC Enables Next-Generation Access Management and Flexible Reporting for Large Public Sector Health Agency (link)
  • AW Rostamani Stays Ahead Of The Automotive Competition with Oracle in Dubai  (link) video

Enterprise Performance Management  

  • Blog: Lifetime Value - Viewing Customers as an Investment (link
  • Oracle Hyperion EPM System Release 11.1.2.3.500 is Generally Available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud; including EPM Mobile Application - new Smart Phone based access (link)
  • Technical Blog: EPM Patch Set Updates for 11.1.2.3.500 and prior versions - March 2014 (link)

Business  Intelligence

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus March 2014

Customers

  • AT&T, Red Robin, and Accenture share insights on how Modern Finance can become a true business partner and value creator using digital technologies (link to Video)
  • Elizabeth Arden Generates Financial, Sales, and Marketing Reports up to 10x Faster by Using Software and Hardware That Are Engineered Together  (link
  • Avea Telecommunication Services Accelerates Reporting to Improve Campaign Analysis and New Service Delivery  (link)
  • McKesson Improves Workforce Analysis of 1.4 Million Employees Across 500 National Health Service Organizations (link)
  • Network Appliance Improves Reporting with Oracle Hyperion DRM and OBIEE (link) video 
  • An Post Saves up to US$3 million and Improves Customer Service Through Business Intelligence (link)
  • Barco Consolidates More Financial Data in Less Time   (link

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Find help with using Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, guides, videos, and tutorials (link)
  • Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service videos and tutorials at Oracle Learning Library (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud White Paper (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud Infographic (link)
  • World-Class Planning in the Cloud Video (link)
  • CFO.COM Webcast: Cloud-Based Forecasting (link) Replay
  • HPCM & Shared Services Costing: A Day in the Life Webinar Replay (Link) by Edgewater Ranzal
  • Blog: Using Technology to Ease the Pressure Cooker Environment of the Modern CFO (link)
  • Blog & Podcast: Are 90% of Companies Still Failing to Execute on Strategy? (link)
  • Blog & Podcast: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service -- What's All the Buzz About? (link)
  • Technical Blog: Hyperion Product Support in Virtual Environments (link)
  • Oracle Disclosure Management Financial Reporting Data Source Tagging Statement of Direction  [Support Doc ID 1609059.1]
  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service [Support Doc ID 1632463.1]
  • Hyperion Product Name Changes for Hyperion Profitability, Hyperion Financial Close Analytics Dashboard, Hyperion Business Performance Management, and Hyperion FDM Essbase Adaptor [Support Doc ID 1636212.1]
  • Hyperion Financial Close Management Performance Tuning Guide, February 2014 Edition [Support Doc ID 1575381.1]
  • EPM Documentation Portal, links to Cumulative Feature Overview Tool, Defects Fixed Finder, videos, social media sites and more  (link)

Business Intelligence

  • Blog: BI Mobile: What's the Deal with Android? (link)
  • Upcoming UK Oracle Business Analytics Events (link)
  • Download Presentations from the Oracle Business Analytics Summit in London February 2014
  • Free to Customers, Partner workshop offer from Zanett - Best practices for implementing, upgrading and utilizing BI and Analytics technology, identify how to enhance productivity, optimize the cost and improve the return on investment (link)
  • Top Down Consulting Partner Video: Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management Data Governance – What Is It, and Why Is It Important? (link)
  • Oracle University Blog: What Does it Take to be a Great Data Scientist? (link)
  • Oracle University Blog: Some OBI EE Tricks and Tips in the Admin Tool (link)
  • Oracle University Training-On-Demand - Oracle BI Publisher 11g R1: 3-day Fundamentals Course (link)
  • OBIEE 11g 11.1.1.7.140225 Bundle Patch is Available for OBIEE and Exalytics [Support Doc ID 1626928.1]
  • BIAPPS 11.1.1.7.1 ODI CUMULATIVE PATCH 1 [Support Patch 17546336]
  • Oracle Business Analytics Support News Current Edition - Volume 11 : March 2014 [Support Doc ID 1347131.1]
  • Technical Blog: Proactive Support - Business Analytics Monthly Index - February 2014 (link)
  • Oracle BI Discoverer Statement of Direction - March 2014 Support Doc ID 1634827.1

Selected Oracle & BI & EPM Partner Blogs


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

Monday Feb 24, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus February 2014

  • Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues for 2014 - Forbes (link)

  • Eight Top Issues for CFOs in 2014 (link)

  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link)

  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)

Customers

  • YouTube Video: Dunnhumby Increases Customer Loyalty with Oracle Big Data Analytics (link)

  • Barco Consolidates More Financial Data in Less Time (link)

  • CHU de Rennes Improves Hospital Service and Treatment Valuation and Budget Tracking to Better Meet the National Health Agency’s Financial Goals (link

  • Financial Conduct Authority Improves UK’s Financial Market Monitoring with Near-Real-Time Market Intelligence (link) video

  • Tukaş Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret Monitors Value Creation Chain with Business Intelligence Platform, Shortens Sales Reporting by 20 Calendar Days Each Month  (link)

  • An Post Saves up to US$3 million and Improves Customer Service Through Business Intelligence (link)

  • Boiron Italia Improves Logistics, Sales, Project Management, and Control Processes (link)

  • Polícia Civil do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Accelerates Data Sharing across the State and Improves Police Operations, Criminal Intelligence, and Investigations with Upgraded IT Infrastructure (link)

 Enterprise Performance Management

  • Five Minutes on Modern Finance: New Thinking on Ways to Create Value and Measure Finance Effectiveness (link)

  • Whitepaper Top Enterprise Performance Management Trends in 2014 (link)

  • Strategic P&L Statements and Opportunities for Improvement in Retail (link)

  • New Infographic: Explore Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link)

  • March 6, Webinar: Oracle DRM + Salesforce = LIKE (link)

  • Webcasts to learn the most effective strategies to help you win Cloud EPM customers (March 05 link, March 12 link, March 19 link)

  • March 19, Understanding Costs and Revenues in Higher Education (link) Webinar

  • March 26, Exalytics: Adding Value to the Harvard University Budget System (link) Webinar

  • Blog and Podcast: Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link)

  • Blog and Podcast: Scorecards in the Wild West (link)

  • Blog and Podcast: Why are my numbers different from yours? (link)

  • Blog and Podcast: The Deeper Realities of Implementing Shared Service Costing with Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (link)

  • Hyperion BI+ Financial Reporting 11.1.2.1.134 Patchset [PSE 17980570]

  • Partner Blog: Four Ways to Bridge the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Gap between IT and Finance (link)

  • Partner Blog: How to Apply Lean Practices to the Planning Process (link)

  • Partner Blog: HPCM: A Hidden Gem in the Oracle EPM (Hyperion) Product Suite (link)

  • Support Blog; MOS Communities – Business Analytics (EPM/BI) Subspaces (link)

  • Support Blog; EPM Patch Set Updates - January 2014 (link)

Business Intelligence

  • Top 10 Big Data and Analytics Trends in 2014 (link)

  • Big Data Gives Us More to Argue About (link)

  • Blog: Modernizing Business Intelligence (link)

  • Blog: Where Next for Big Data? A look at the ways in which big data analysis might shape the future (link)

  • Blog: Create Analytical Mobile Apps in Minutes With no Coding (link)

  • Free Trial for your customers: Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile App Designer (link

  • SmartView with OBI EE - Six "how to" YouTube Videos (link)

  • Whitepaper: Data Discovery and the Transformation of Business Analytics (link)

  • Dave Watson, VP Product Strategy Oracle Health Sciences, discusses the impact of big data and analytics in healthcare (link)

  • BIC2g 2013-12 Demo Image Available Now for Download - See Deployment guide for details in Workspace (link) - for access details, for OPN member partners only, see @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

  • YouTube Video: Manufacturing Analytics: A Day in the Life of Mike (link)

  • YouTube Video: Supply Chain and Order Management Analytics: A Day in the Life of Sam (link)

  • YouTube Video: Customer Service Analytics: A Day in the Life of James (link)

  • YouTube Video: An introduction to Oracle BI Applications (link)

  • YouTube Video: Putting End-to-End Analytics into Everyday Use (link)

  • Partner Blog: The Benefits of Using Oracle Fusion Middleware MapViewer versus Google Maps Analysis in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g (link)

  • Partner Blog: Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) BI Analysis & Reporting versus BI Published Reporting (link)

  • Support Blog: Oracle BI Mobile HD 11.1.1.7.0.2365 Now Available (link)

  • Support Blog: How To Videos: using Smart View to access data in OBIEE (link)

  • Support Blog: Tutorial: Integrating OBIEE with Hyperion Smart View for Office (link)

  • Support Blog: Remote Diagnostic Agent 8.02 is now available (link)

  • Support Blog: Business Analytics Monthly Index (link)

  • Support Blog; Tutorial: Integrating Essbase with OBIEE (link)

  • Advisor Webcast: OBIEE Embedding OBIEE Content in Web-Center Portal (19 Mar 2014) - [Doc ID 1613815.1]

  • Advisor Webcast Replay: OBIEE 11g Diagnostics Tools and How to Use Them [Doc ID 1599274.1]

  • OBIEE 11g 11.1.1.7.140114 Bundle Patch is Available for OBIEE and Exalytics [Doc ID 1614076.1]

  • Whitepaper: Oracle BI Applications: Upgrading to Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2 [Doc ID 1610752.1]

  • Whitepaper: OBIEE 11g: Load Testing OBIEE Using Oracle Load Testing (OLT) 12.x  [Doc ID 1611188.1]

  • Port Numbers Used in an OBIEE 11g Installation and Configuration [Doc ID 1619572.1]

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

BI&EPM in Focus January 2014

Customers

  • CaixaBank deploys new big data infrastructure on Oracle
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making at Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (link)
  • YouTube Video: Sonal Kulkarni of Cummins Inc. talks about Oracle Account Reconciliation Manager (link
  • YouTube Video: Peter Smolianski of the DC Courts, talks about their use of Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management (link
  • Champion Building Materials Group Customizes Reports in 10 Minutes, Enables Mobile Analytics, and Increases Sales and Profitability (link)
  • Smurfit Kappa Group Improves Management Control with Centralized Financial Reporting (link)
  • Grasim Industries Cuts Statutory Reporting Time by 50% with Faster Financial Consolidation, Gains Deeper Insight into Business Performance  (link)
  • McGregor Fashion Group Shortens Period Closes by 30% and Gains 13-Week, Cash-Flow Forecasting (link)
  • Grupo Fármacos Especializados Consolidates Enterprise Data for Optimal Reporting, and Decision-Making (link)
  • Zagrebačka Banka gains competitive advantage using Exalytics (link) Video
  • IAC Scales for International Growth While Supporting More Than 150 Media and Internet Properties Using Oracle Financials, Hyperion and Essbase via Oracle Managed Cloud (link)
  • Link to Complete Archive

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Feb 6, Financial Close and Tax Provisioning – A Common DNA (link)
  • Video: CFO Insights: An Interview with Accenture's David Axson (link)
  • Empowering Modern Finance - Video Dec, 2013: AT&T, Red Robin, and Accenture share insights on how Modern Finance can become a true business partner and value creator using digital technologies (link)
  • Video White Paper:  What's the Key to Unlocking Your Company's Business Potential? (link)
  • EPM Documentation Portal, links to Cumulative Feature Overview Tool, Defects Fixed Finder, videos, social media sites and more (link)
  • Blog: December EPM "Patch Set Updates" released (updated) (link)

Business  Intelligence

  • Feb 11, Business Analytics Summit - London (link)
  • Blog: Year in Review – Oracle Business Analytics in 2013 (link)
  • Some OBI EE Tricks and Tips in the Admin Tool (link)
  • MS-Office (Excel, Power Point) uses SmartView with OBI EE - Six "how to" YouTube Video Tutorials (link)
    • This is a nice series of "How to" videos showing how to use Oracle Smart-View to access data in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBI EE) and display it in MS-Office (Excel, Power Point). Smart-View has been used for many years for this job in the Hyperion EPM world, and now we broaden and integrate this tool with OBI. These Examples are built using the Sample App v309.
  • Oracle's Big Data Project (link) - The “Bold Data Project”…is a web show that will explore the impact of big data. This includes to date, “Nanosatisfi, a satellite start-up...”, “Big Data Is the Electricity of the 21st Century”, “The US spends $3 trillion on healthcare every year....”, “...how data helped fuel the most dramatic victory in the history of the America's Cup”.
  • Video, Nov. 2013: Paul Sonderegger – Concise summary in 5 minutes on effectively using Big Data at Work (link)

Friday Dec 13, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus December 2013

  • Forbes: Pokerbots Bet On Big Data Strategy (link)
  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link) - great resource.
  • EPM Documentation Portal for links to social media sites, tools and YouTube Channel (link)
  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)

Customers

  • Pinellas County Improves Financial Reporting and Transparency with Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine; running Budget Reports 7x Faster, Accelerates Backup Data Transfer by 40x, and Expands Budget Transparency (link)
  • Oracle Story: Ministry of Education and Science: Portugal - Video (link)
  • Banque Cantonale Vaudoise Extends Data-Driven Decision-Making to Entire Organization, Improves Business Performance (link)
  • Brasilcap Improves Portfolio Management for 2.3 Million Clients with Greater Insight into Customer Contacts (link)
  • China CITIC Bank International Strengthens Risk Management, Risk Analysis, and Strategic Decision-Making  (link)
  • SuperVia Determines Fares 5x Faster, Increases Data Reliability, and Accelerates Financial Forecasting and Reporting   (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Article: Streamline EPM Deployment with Planning in the Cloud (link)
  • Oracle.com: Streamline your financial planning, reporting, and analysis processes with best-in-class enterprise performance management applications in the Oracle Cloud (link)
  • Whitepaper: Accelerating EPM Deployment with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (link)
  • White paper: Rx Cost Management For Healthcare Providers (link)
  • Dec 18, PureApps Presents: Free EPM Hands-On Workshop: Oracle Hyperion Financial Management - Utrecht (link)
  • Jan 23, 2014 Oracle and The Performance Institute Present 3rd Dimension of Performance Management (link)
  • Support: Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) 11.1.2.3 Patch Set Update 2 (PSU2 – 11.1.2.3.200)  available on “My Oracle Support” for customers click here (Search for patch 17294882)

Business  Intelligence

  • Jan 14-16, 2014, Transform Big Data to Actionable Insights- Oracle BIWA Summit 2014 (link)
  • Jan 28, 2014, Oracle CloudWorld 2014 - Paris (link)
  • Jan 29, 2014, Oracle CloudWorld 2014 - San Francisco (link)
  • Feb 11, 2014, Business Analytics Summit - London (link)
  • Feb 26, 2014, Business Analytics Architecture Masterclass - London (link)
  • March 13, 2014, Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Test Drive - London (link)
  • March 18, 2014, Financial Analytics & Procurement Analytics Test Drive - London (link)
  • Slideshare: How Analytics and Big Data are Changing the World (link)
  • Partner Blog: Big Data: What's the Big Deal? (link)
  • New BI Mobile App Designer Demo (link)
  • New BI-Mobile-HD Demo (link)
  • Blog: Never Forget the Phone (link)
  • Blog: Security and the Mobile Workforce (link)
  • SampleApp V309(R2): Endeca-ID 3.1 public url available (link)
  • Blog Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Deliver Value through Rapid Implementations by Will Hutchinson (link)
  • Support: OBIEE 11g: Required and Recommended Patches and Patch Sets [Doc ID 1488475.1]

Monday Nov 11, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus November 2013

  • IBM is Embracing Oracle Exalytics: The Velocity of Thought and Action (link)

Customers

  • Ambulance Victoria, Australia, uses analytics and modelling to serve the expanding needs of a growing population (link)
  • Cablemás Selects Oracle to Speed Customer Data Insights (link)
  • National Instruments Introduces New Business Intelligence Solutions—Runs Reports up to 30x Faster, and Expands Customer Insight (link)
  • FLSmidth Ensures Precise, Transparent Financial Reporting at All Business Levels, Reduces Financial Consolidation Time by up to 40% (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

Business  Intelligence

  • BI-Apps Whitepaper: Packaged Analytic Applications: Accelerating Time and Value By Wayne Eckerson (link)
  • BI Apps Blog: A Closer Look at Oracle Price Analytics (link)
  • Blog: Taking Your Business Scorecard Golfing (link)
  • Blog: Practical Uses of Business Scorecards, from Company-Wide to Process Specific (link)
  • Nov 19, Big Data at Work Series: How Delphi Harnesses Big Data to Improve Warranty Response & Customer Satisfaction (link)
  • Rittman Mead Blog: Oracle BI Apps 11.1.1.7.1 – GoldenGate Integration
  • Support:
    • OBIEE Suite Bundle Patches (understand OBIEE naming convention) [Doc ID 1591422.1]
    • Support Blog: Java update alert: Essbase Administration Services (EAS) 11.1.2.3 (link)
    • Support Blog: OBIEE 11.1.1.7.131017 now available (link)

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus October 2013

  • Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Replay Videos On Demand (link)
  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)

Customers

  • Home Office Improves Management and Reduces Costs by US$12.4 Million with Self-Service Business Intelligence (link)
  • Kuwait Gulf Oil Company Aggregates Ledgers, Enhances Financial Reporting, and Completes Payroll 10x Faster with Standardized, Integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (link)
  • Pinellas County Improves Financial Reporting and Transparency with Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine (link)
  • Etisalat Nigeria Secures Revenue Growth and New Subscribers with Real-Time Data Analysis (link)
  • Marel Cuts Time for Report Compilation from Six Days to Three Hours, Reports Quarterly Results 3x Faster, and Achieves ROI in One Year (link)
  • Liquigas Distribuidora Consolidates Budget Infrastructure and Eliminates 400 Types of Spreadsheets by Using a Planning Solution (link)
  • Engineers Australia Streamlines eChartered Process - Video (link)
  • Customer and Partner Search Engine (link)
Enterprise Performance Management

  • 30th October 4.00 GMT: Advanced Variance Analysis in Planning and Essbase - Edgewater Ranzal Webinar Series
  • 5th November 5.00 GMT: Fast Start Planning Implementation for Healthcare Providers - Edgewater Ranzal Webinar Series
  • Lifetime Support dates for EPM System release 11.1.2.x have been extended (link)
  • Blog: Mastering the Cost of Higher Education (link)
  • Support:
    • Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) September patch set released (link)
    • My Oracle Support - HPCM Community update (link)
    • EPM “Standalone” Log Analysis Utility (link)
    • OBIEE and EPM search helpers are online (link)

Business Intelligence

  • Maximize Cost Savings through Procurement Analytics (link)
  • Oct 16, Big Data at Work Webcast featuring Cloudera: Your Data Warehouse and Hadoop (link)
  • Oct 17 Endeca for Oil & Gas with Baker Tilly (link)
  • New Book: Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations, by Simon Miller and William Hutchinson (link)
  • Blog:Practical Uses of Business Scorecards, from Company-Wide to Process Specific (link)
  • Blog: Creating your first app with the BI Mobile App Designer (link)
  • Partner Blog: How Business Analytics is Pivotal to Oracle’s Red Stack (link)
  • Blog: RDA 8.1 Now Available (link)
  • Blog: OBIEE 11.1.1.6.12 is the Final Regular Bundle Patch (link)
  • Support:

Training Calendar

Course Title

Start Date

Duration

Location

Price

Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for ENDECA

17-Oct-13

2 Days

Reading, UK

FREE

Business Analytics Architecture Masterclass

22-Oct-13

1 Day

London, UK

FREE

Oracle Hyperion Essbase Workshop

22-Oct-13

3 Days

Reading, UK

FREE

Endeca Fundamentals Bootcamp

13-Nov-13

3 Days

Reading, UK

FREE

OBI 10g to 11g Upgrade Bootcamp

26-Nov-13

3 Days

Reading, UK

£750

Thursday Sep 12, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus September 2013

  • New CFO Benchmarking Tool now available. Click here to begin assessment. Oracle commissioned Longitude Research to survey 930 CFOs on their evolving role as a corporate catalyst. Click here for research results.
  • C-Central, Information for Executives (link) - great resource!

Customers

  • Firmly rooted in a JD Edwards foundation, Treasury Wine Estates mixes industry expertise with next-generation functionality (link)
  • National Australia Bank deflects global risk with consolidated transactional data and a powerful analytics platform (link)
  • Abu Dhabi Department of Finance Optimizes Performance and Economies of Scale Across Government Agencies (link)
  • Poltrona Frau Group Consolidates Financial Statements and Reports for Better Decision-Making, Shortens Financial Closings by 50% (link)
  • Oct 28-30, Oracle Customer Showcase: Land O'Lakes, Arden Hills MN. Big data analytics, core business process innovations, and mobile, cloud, and engineered systems technologies will all be featured (link)

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Oct 3, Retailers - Have You Mastered Your Data Yet (DRM) (link)
  • Oct 10, Enterprise DRM Health Care Webinar (link)
  • Oct 15, HFM Task Automation - Tricks & Treats (link)
  • Oct 17, EPMA is not a Monster! (link)
  • Oct 24, DRM & Enterprise Data Governance Trick AND Treat (link)
  • Oct 30, Optimizing Hyperion Planning & Oracle Essbase Outlines (link)
  • EPM Blog: Align Cost with Revenue for Profitable Growth in Diversified Industries (link)
  • Partner Blog: What to Consider When Buying an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Solution (link)
  • Partner Blog: What to Consider When Implementing an EPM Solution (link)
  • OU Training:Oracle Hyperion Smart View 11.1.2 for Planning (11.1.2.3) (link)
  • OU Training: Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management 11.1.2 Administration (link)
  • OU Training: Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2 for Interactive Users (11.1.2.3) (link)
  • Support: EPM Documentation Portal, links to Cumulative Feature Overview Tool, Defects Fixed Finder, videos, social media sites and more (link)
  • Support: Cumulative Feature Overview Tool provides concise descriptions of new and enhanced solutions and functionality that have become available between starting and target releases of the products you own (link)
  • Support: Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) 11.1.2.3 Patch Set Update 1 (PSU1 – 11.1.2.3.100) with scripting! (link)  (Search for patch 16681929)
  • Support: Hyperion Smart View 11.1.2.5.000 Patch Set Update  (link)

Business  Intelligence

  • Oct 29, BIFS really is the best thing since sliced data (link
  • Forbes.com Blog Post: Andrew McAfee on the Decline of the HiPPO (link)
  • OU Training: Oracle Essbase 11.1.2: Calculate Block Storage Databases (11.1.2.3) (link)
  • OU Training: Oracle BI 11g R1: Create Analyses and Dashboards (link)
  • Blog: DIY Mobile Analytic Apps with Oracle BI Mobile App Designer (link)
  • Blog: BI Mobile HD Universal App Released (link)
  • Support Blog: OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 Common Issues (link)
  • Blog: OBIEE 11.1.1.6.12 Bundle Patch Now Available (link)
  • Partner Blog: What is Endeca, Anyway? (link)  
  • Partner Blog: What to Like in the New Oracle Exalytics X3-4 (link)
  • Partner Article: Ideas Economy: Finding Value in Big Data (link)
  • Partner Blog: Using Oracle Essbase for Aggregate Persistence within Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) (link)
  • Support: Business Analytics News - September 2013 (link)
  • Support: Installation and Configuration Assistant for OBIEE (link)

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus August 2013

  • August Business Analytics CUSTOMER Newsletter (link)
  • Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)

Customers

  • Exadata at Southwestern Energy video (link)
  • Companhia Imobiliária de Brasília Produces Performance Reports 50% Faster, Improves Access to Management Information  (link)
  • Companhia Imobiliária de Brasília (Terracap) Improves Sustainable Project Management and Identification of Protected Areas (link)
  • Morrisons Cuts Operational Reporting Time from Hours to Minutes, Extends Analytical Capabilities, Improves Decision-Making and Control (link)
  • Felsineo Increases Food Production and Distribution Speeds by 30% (link)
  • Link to Complete Archive

Enterprise Performance Management

  • CFO Central: Information for Executives - Great Resource (link)
  • Video: Cummins - Innovative techniques to automate reconciliation processes (link)
  • Solution Brief: Mastering the Cost of Higher Education (link)
  • Blog: Forward Looking DC Courts Improves Processes and Sets the Bar in Managing Strategy and KPIs (link
  • Blog: Beware of Competitive EPM Migration Offers (link)
  • Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Documentation Portal (link)

Business  Intelligence

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 Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com, 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 Jul 26, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus July 2013

  • New Social Media Resource: Everything Analytics Social Media Weekly Roundup (link)
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit Report—CFO Perspectives: How HR Can Take On A Bigger Role In Driving Growth (link)
  • Oracle Exalytics in-memory machine updated to analyze larger data sets ( ZDNET link
  • Oracle Revs up Exalytics to Boost Both Speed and Simplicity (Forbes link
  • BI and EPM Keep Projects on Track and Profitable Baseline John Monczewski, Edward J. Cody and Ajay Yelne July 2, 2013 (Baseline link)
  • Great Resource: C-Central Newsletter: Information for Executives (link

Customers

  • BI&EPM Customer Reference Flash -  (link)
  • Press: Land O' Lakes Improves Its Data Analysis and Sales With Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, Wins Gartner BI and Analytics Excellence Award (link)
  • Felsineo Increases Food Production and Distribution Speeds by 30%  (link)
  • Castello Banfi Streamlines Wine Production Lifecycle Management with Enterprise Resource Planning Upgrade Management  (link)
  • Indorama Ventures Integrates 41 Heterogeneous Sites on a Single Enterprise Data Platform and Accelerates Corporate Decision-Making  (link)  
  • Capital Power Corporation Deploys Enterprise Resource Planning System  (link)
  • Dubai Customs Assesses 20,000 Customs Declarations per Day, Reduces Average Time for Processing a Declaration from Four Hours to Less Than Ten Minutes (link)
  • Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée Enables Economic Development with Optimized Fiscal, Monetary, and Trade Policy Decision Making  (link
  • JD Sports Fashion Gains Near Real-Time SKU-Level Analysis, Runs Reports 18 Times Faster, Leverages Fact-Driven Merchandising to Outperform Competitors  (link)
  • Oracle Helps UL Grow and Transform by Standardizing IT  Video (link)
  • Oracle Real-Time Decisions Review by James Taylor  Video  (link)
  • Qi Rong Pu Hui (Beijing) Technology Cuts Customers’ IT Costs by 30% and Increases System Availability Fourfold  (link)
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health Optimizes National Healthcare Infrastructure with Unified Business Intelligence Platform  (link)
  • QLogic Eliminates 77% of Custom Objects, Cuts Cloning Time with Upgraded Applications and Data Infrastructure  (link)
  • Imperial College London Improves Visibility, Decision-Making, and Control with Cross-Functional Analysis and Reporting   (link)
  • Carolina Biological Supply Doubles Customer Loyalty Scores in Six Years with Integrated ERP, Business Intelligence, and Web Commerce System   (link)
  • ReachLocal Provides Global View of Financial Data, Accelerates Monthly and Yearly Financial Closes with Enterprise Resource Planning System  (link

Enterprise Performance Management

  • Aug 14: Performance Architects: Best Practices in Implementing Oracle EPM (Hyperion) Planning: Customer Case Study (link)
  • Blog: The CFO as Catalyst for Change - Part 3 (link)
  • Blog: Oracle’s Business Analytics Customer Value Index Program – Part 1 (link)
  • Hyperion Planning Automation & Position Control at College of DuPage Conference Slides (link)

Business  Intelligence

  • Aug 14: Big Data at Work Webcast Series - How Dell Improves Customer Interaction (link)
  • Blog: A Closer Look at Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Release 11.1.1.7.1 (link
  • Blog: OBIEE 11g 11.1.1.7.1 patch set is available (link)
  • Blog: OBIEE SampleApp V305 (11.1.1.7) Now Available (link)
  • Business Analytics Advisor Webcast Schedule & Archives (link)
  • Migrating an Old BI Technology to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) Conference Slides (link)
  • Staying Ahead of the OBIEE Upgrade Wave: Versions, Support and Integration - Webinar Recording and Slides (link)
  • Video: Using Big Data to Improve the Customer Experience (link)
  • Video: Using Big Data to Deliver a Personalized Service (link)
  • Endeca Resources, all in one place (link)

Friday Jun 28, 2013

BI&EPM in Focus June 2013

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