Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Partner Web-conference Update on What is New for BICS

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

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

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

Tuesday May 19, 2015

OBI 11g Release Now Available

This new release of Oracle Business Intelligence v., includes a number of new features and a focus on overall quality improvement. Significant new features and enhancements include:

Expanded Data Source Support, including support for Cloudera Impala and Hive2.  Users can also access information directly from their Hyperion Planning applications to build and deliver analytical content with OBI. Integration with the Oracle 12c database has been enhanced with support for compression, Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (EHCC), and in-memory Oracle database features.

Improved User Experience, including a new Tree Map visualization. Subject area search makes it easier to locate elements to add to an analysis. Users can now save and re-use custom column definitions.  More options are available to users when exporting content.  Customers can now take advantage of HTML5 for rendering charts.

New Capabilities for Exalytics, including support for count distinct aggregations.  Aggregations for levels with non-unique level keys, ragged and skip level hierarchies, and time levels with no chronological keys are also supported.  A new Summary Advisor command line utility is available to assist with scripting maintenance tasks.

New Capabilities for Administration, including Mobile App Designer installed by default.  A database policy store is available for security administration.

BI Publisher Integration with WebCenter Content: This integration will enable customers to deliver BI Publisher output directly to WebCenter Content.

More information:

Friday May 08, 2015

What is New in Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS)

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

Explore data using Visual Analyzer

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

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

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

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

Upload data models from a file

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

Add your own data to analyses

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

Oracle BICS Data Sync version 1

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

Oracle Visual Analyzer is now Available with Demonstrations for Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

BICS Demonstration Environments

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

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

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

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

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Download Presentations From Analytics Partner Forum And Openworld

We had 100+ partners attending our Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and EPM Partner Forum in October 2014. If you missed it, OPN member Partners can still download much of the presentation materials from the BI&EPM-partner-community shared portal (for access to this portal, email with your company email id, Oracle logon-id and OPN membership status).

You can also download some copies of the presentations from this year’s OpenWorld such as:

Business Analytics Live Virtual Training Sessions Nov-Dec 2014

Below are a series of in depth technical Business Analytics live virtual training sessions run by our Platform Technology Solutions team, free of charge exclusively for OPN member Partners.

1) Virtualization on Exalytics - 45 Minutes - REPLAY (originally on 7th November, 2014)

by Marcel Meijn, Senior Technologist Product Management - PTS

Click here to REPLAY

2) BI Mobile App Designer - 60 Minutes - REPLAY (originally on 10th November, 2014)

by Ng Chan Leong, Principal Technologist – Product Management - PTS

Click here to REPLAY

3) Oracle Database 12c In-Memory option for Exalytics - REPLAY (originally on 25th November, 2014)

by Marcel Meijn, Senior Technologist Product Management - PTS

Click here to REPLAY

As well as these live eSeminars:

3) Oracle Mobile App Designer for Analytics - REPLAY (originally November 7, 2014)

This technical presentation will help architects and solution providers learn about special purpose mobile analytics using Mobile App Designer.

4) Essbase and EPM with Exalytics - REPLAY (originally November 14, 2014)

This presentation provides technical details for configuring and tuning Essbase for taking advantage of Exalytics Machine.

5) OBIEE Security with Oracle Identity Management - REPLAY (originally November 21, 2014)

With in-depth technical detail and demo, this session will help you learn how to integrate OBI EE with Oracle Access Manager allowing for advanced setup using Oracle Identity Framework. 

6) OWB to ODI Migration Overview Registration Link

December 5, 2014 @ 8:30 AM PST to 9:30 AM PST / 17:30 CET / 16:30 UK

This presentation provides technical detail with demo for migrating Oracle Warehouse Builder artifacts to Oracle Data Integrator 12c platform.

7) Discovery on Unstructured Data with Endeca EID Registration Link

December 12, 2014 @ 8:30 AM PST to 9:30 AM PST / 17:30 CET / 16:30 UK

This technical session, along with demonstration provides information on various features and tool set to acquire unstructured data for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1, organize them and efficiently creates discovery applications using EID.

8) ODI for Oracle BI Applications Registration Link

January 9, 2015 @ 8:30 AM PST to 9:30 AM PST / 17:30 CET / 16:30 UK

This session demonstrate ODI capabilities and use with Oracle Business Analytic Applications 11.

9) Overview on Virtualization, OVM for Exalytics Registration Link

January 16, 2015 @ 8:30 AM PST to 9:30 AM PST / 17:30 CET / 16:30 UK

This presentation provides technical detail and use cases for oracle virtualization technology, OVM, for Exalytics Environment.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

New Model Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4

Oracle announced at OpenWorld, the availability of the new model Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 to dramatically increase performance and capacity; leveraging the Oracle Database In-Memory option for faster data driven insights.

The latest refresh of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine includes Intel Xeon processors customized for Oracle business analytics workloads, supporting 50 percent faster clock speed, 50 percent more processing cores and 50 percent more memory compared to the previous generation. The X4-4 model still sells at the same list price as the prior X4-2 of $175,000 for the 2Tb model: additional RAM can be added.

Oracle also announced certification of Oracle Database In-Memory for the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, expanding the scope of in-memory analytics to include the full capabilities of the Oracle Database, as well as continueing support for Times Ten.

Oracle continues to invest in Exalytics In-Memory Software, including several Oracle Essbase in-memory features, such as patented lockless algorithms, Oracle Exalytics-specific thread pool and resource management, and background multiuser write that help to improve dramatically overall Oracle Essbase performance and scalability.

The Exalytics X4-4 is engineered to support the widest range of reporting and analytics capabilities, out of the box, with support for new releases of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, Oracle Real-Time Decisions, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database and Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management, speeding time-to-value.

For more information see:

Thursday Oct 23, 2014

Skanska - Oracle BI Cloud Service - Customer Video

Skanska discusses how the Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) gives their users self-service capabilities with a secure, reliable platform. Watch the 3-minute video on YouTube @ Skanska Explores Oracle BI Cloud Service.

See here, to find out more about how partners can work with Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Big Data Discovery News from Oracle OpenWorld 2014

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

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

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

Kurian also referenced several other technology developments by Oracle:

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

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Available

As part of our overall strategy for Comprehensive Analytics in the Cloud, the Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) is now available: read the essentials in this BICS eBook and view this 3-minute video introducing BICS key concepts, features, and benefits. And here is the Press Release.

  • The price of this service to your clients starts at $3,500 per month for 10 users (including the necessary Database service, and before any discounts).  Additional BICS users are $250 per month each.

Also see this great library of online “How to use” Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Videos and Tutorials. And you may like to see what Mark Rittman has to say in his blog @ Introduction to Oracle BI Cloud Service.

Partners may find that some of their client Business users, faced with overwhelming amounts of data and shorter decision cycles, have taken BI into their own hands. These Business users are using cloud technologies with user oriented tools and less reliance on IT to create their own “shadow” BI projects.

Oracle BICS will help LOB Business users remain agile while adhering to corporate strategy and help IT in maintaining security and compliance. Cloud technology will redefine the role of Partners and IT; with BICS strengthening the LOB/IT partnership. Partners can download our summary sales guide, plus two self-playing BICS “demo viewletsfrom the BI-partner-community shared portal (for access to this portal, email with your company email id and OPN membership status).

To exploit your partnering opportunity, start at the Oracle Cloud Marketplace Partner Portal, and also review the Oracle Cloud Computing Programs & Specializations FAQ for Partners. In the OPN Knowledge Zone there’s a video in the “What’s New” section: Cloud Resell and Referral program which you can review as well to become familiar with how these programs work.

To resell BICS you must:

a)     Be BICS Specialized

b)     Develop and obtain approval for your BICS Fixed Scope Implementation template

c)     Sign the Partner Contract agreements:

  • OCSA (ORACLE CLOUD SERVICES AGREEMENT: between Oracle and each customer).

Until you achieve your Business Intelligence Cloud Service specialization, we encourage you to refer sales leads to Oracle and receive compensation, as explained in the FAQ

The material to prepare for and take the partner specialization exam will be posted soon at the OPN BI Specialization page. For partners that are already specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (on-premises software) you will need to have a minimum of two individuals meet the new “BICS specialist” role:

For partners that aren’t yet specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (on-premises software), you need to complete the OBI specialization set plus the new BICS criteria.

If you have a client to whom you want to propose BICS, please contact either or for any help you may need.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and EPM Partner Training Forum October 2014

21st October - 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands : Partners from all countries welcome.

Partners will not want to miss this set of free in-depth Partner Training sessions for Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and Hyperion EPM:

For more details click the links above and to REGISTER CLICK HERE

This training is part of the Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum on 21st October to 24th October, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

This is your key annual event here in Europe to get the latest from Oracle to propel your business growth in Business Intelligence and Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management. This event should appeal to Analytics, Big Data, Data Integration and EPM specialised Partners, Executives, Sales, Pre-sales and Solution consultants: with a choice of participation in the plenary day and then a set of special interest sessions and training.

Keynote: Rich Clayton, VP, Business Analytics Strategy, Oracle. Hot agenda items will include:

  • The eye of the storm: Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Self-service, In-Memory
  • Simplify - Making it Easy is hard work: a good job for Partners
  • Optimise - Architecture and Governance: more important than ever
  • Innovate - Modernising and Transforming: reduce the pain for your clients, and find more value
  • Going beyond Big Data confusion

During this event you can learn about success stories, participate in an array of break-out sessions, exchange information with other partners and enjoy a vibrant discussion. The break-out sessions and training have limited capacity: confirmation to selected sessions will be subject to availability and pre-requisites.

Note: There is no registration fee for OPN partner members for the conference which includes the plenary day, gala dinner, as well as any of the deeper dives and technical training, but you will be responsible for your own travel and hotel expenses. For further information or assistance on hotel booking and event logistics, please contact Alexandra von Sondern or Mike Hallett.

Places are limited, so for more information on agenda and hotel logistics, please

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Big Data Analytics is Big News

From our BI partner Forum last week in London focusing on Big Data Analytics, I think the messages coming through from the discussions with partners and clients can be distilled into a few points:

1. Find Value = Organisations are more successful in finding value from potential Big Data Analytics projects when they combine data from “Hadoopable” sources with their traditional Oracle databases: for example merging social sentiment information with existing customer loyalty and product revenue data. Hadoop projects in isolation are struggling to complete the business case.

2. Oracle+Hadoop = Open source Hadoop and “R”-analytics are very complimentary to the Oracle stack, and indeed are greatly strengthened by Oracle’s software distribution and connectivity options – notably with OBI, Endeca, ODI, SQL, and the Oracle Big-data-Connectors for Hadoop.

3. Interconnect = Any Oracle partner can get going with this by downloading the software onto a relatively modest server, where they can interconnect the complete platform, and quickly get to grips with it: see below.

a. You can directly access data from Hadoop to analyse, visualise, and assess its’ value, and join it to Oracle DB data within OBI and Endeca and R.

b. If and as needed, data in Hadoop can be economically selected, processed, and enriched with familiar tools like ODI, and then moved with the Connectors into an Oracle database at very high speed transfer rates, within your data governance model (e.g. see the Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials).

4. Start Smaller = Of course, an Oracle Big Data Appliance plus the Exalytics and Exadata engineered systems are the ultimate solution for this, but all of the software platform from Oracle runs very well with Hadoop on smaller commodity servers. The choice of scale depends on your client’s needs – this is not a constraint on getting value from the integrated software stack. Projects can start relatively “small”; with one commentator suggesting the median deployment is around 10 Tb, and only very few are in the Petabyte range).

5. Enterprise-grade = For the successful Enterprise-grade projects, the Oracle tooling that connects with Hadoop and R provide the security, speed and reliability needed to de-risk the project and surface the value. These familiar tools (OBI, ODI, SQL, Big-data-Connectors) also minimise the skills gap and cost otherwise needed for extensive Java and MapReduce programming.

6. Hadoop is not Big Data = The key to value is using the right set of tools for the job: this may or may not include Hadoop.

This is a recent customer story where the full architecture is being put to broad use:

CaixaBank deploys new big data infrastructure on Oracle - Enables the Spanish Bank to Develop Better Customer Services, Integrating Data Created Across All Its Channels.

Interconnect the complete platform

Partners can assemble a complete platform from these VMs. These pull together a large set of tools, and so I recommend you put this on a server with 32Gb RAM.  You can also get some hints @ Oracle BI Partners Get to Grips with Big Data Analytics

Find out more @ Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials

and White-paper @ Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture

Oracle BI Partners Get to Grips with Big Data Analytics

Quite a few Oracle BI Partners are investing in a better understanding of the complete set of tooling and rich architecture options that have been integrated by Oracle for Big Data Analytics. For example, you can get some great hints and tips from other partners’ experiences such as:

@ Rittman Mead -

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



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