Tuesday Jun 07, 2016

Oracle Data Visualisation License Pricing

I guess by now you have already downloaded your own copy of Data Visualisation Desktop (DVD) – having seen my recent post @ New in May 2016 Data Visualisation Desktop.

If you now have some customers who wish to buy it, I just wanted to clarify for you the Oracle Data Visualisation License Pricing:

- On premise, customers can buy ONE (1) Named User License, or more, for Data Visualisation.

- You do not need any other product with DVD – it can access most data and cloud sources (e.g. OBI is not required, nor is Oracle DB – although DVD obviously works well with these).

- The Oracle Data Visualisation License fee is $1250 per named user (minimum lowered to 1), and for this, customers receive both DV for OBI12c and Data Visualisation Desktop (DVD) – the price list can be downloaded @ US Oracle Technology Commercial Price List (PDF)

- When OBI12c and DV are licensed by processor, customers get 80 licenses of DVD per processor, again at no extra charge.

- Data Visualisation is embedded into both of the cloud services, the BI Cloud Service (BICS @ $250 pu/m) and in Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) for $150 / Named User / Month.

- DVD is packaged at no extra cost with DVCS and BICS, so customers who subscribe to those services receive a matching number of DVD licenses at no extra charge. 

So please Tell Your Customers about Data Visualisation, and get all of your clients to Download DVD from OTN (and see the Documentation).

Monday May 23, 2016

Hyperion and BI Demonstration Systems hosted for Partners

If you need to get access to a demonstration environment, hosted by Oracle, then the current versions of the Hyperion EPM Applications, BI, and Cloud are available for partners to book and use to show to their clients.  These demonstrations cover all the modules including HFM, Planning and Tax provisioning: and there is a demo image which is the same as the PBCS Planning in the Cloud version, as well as OBI, BICS and BI-Apps and Data Visualisation.

These Oracle Demonstration Services are run by the Oracle Global Sales Engineering team (“GSE”).

GSE provides a platform to demo Oracle products in an enterprise setting in the way Oracle is meant to be used. We provide demos that are easily accessible and fast performing, consistent with product strategy and sales needs.

Tuesday Mar 08, 2016

Big Data SQL on Cloudera and Hortonworks on all Hardware

Big Data SQL (version 3.0) is now available on any hardware with Cloudera or Hortonworks.

Most Oracle Data Warehouse customers are using Hadoop somewhere in their organization, and what they all want to avoid is information silos where different people and applications can only access a subset of the data.

With Big Data SQL we have a great solution to deliver one fast secure SQL, querying on all data, joining Hadoop, Oracle Databases, and NoSQL databases.

Big Data SQL runs on the Oracle Big Data Appliance and Exadata, but these are not mandatory. It works with any Cloudera or Hortonworks Hadoop cluster, and any Linux-based hardware for Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.2 to be precise).

 

Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

New Exalytics Software Release 2 and Oracle Database In-Memory

This is now a very cost effective entry level for your clients to start to use Database In-Memory.

There is a new Exalytics Software Release 2.0.0.0 for Exalytics X2-4, X3-4, X4-4, and X5-4, and you can now download the documentation.

The Oracle Exalytics Release 2 includes additional certifications and new capabilities for the components that are described in the following sections:

  1. "Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.11 and Linux 6 Operating Systems"
  2. "New Base Images for Release 2, Upgrade Utility, and Hardening Script"
  3. "Virtual Deployments"
  4. "Exalytics Domain Management Utility Supports Oracle Database In-Memory"
  5. "Application Software Components"

There is also a new Database In-Memory for Exalytics SKU in the price list which is to be sold with the Business Intelligence suites on Exalytics.

This product includes limited use Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and limited use Database In-Memory Option. Both are limited to use with Oracle Business Intelligence software and local disk storage only - no attached storage. Additional Oracle Database Options may not be licensed with this product. Business Intelligence Suite Foundation Edition or Business Intelligence Suite Extended Edition is a licensing pre-requisite for this product. All Database In-Memory for Exalytics users must have license entitlement to either Business Intelligence Suite Foundation Edition or Business Intelligence Suite Extended Edition.

The SKU is “Oracle Database In-Memory for Exalytics” (part number L104811) – and is licensed on a Named User Plus Perpetual basis, and is published in the Engineered Systems Price List. A processor metric will be added soon. 

The minimum is 20 Named User Plus licenses per Customer, so this provides a very cost effective entry level for your clients to start to use Database In-Memory.

Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Partner OBI and Big Data Technical Training Workshops

Please check these scheduled, free to OPN Partner, OBI and Big Data Technical Training Workshops, to see if they can help you bridge your skills gaps:

Oracle BI 12c Upgrade Masterclass - in the UK on Apr 20 - Apr 21, 2016 – open to all EMEA OPN Partners

This 2-day Oracle Business Intelligence 12c Upgrade Master-class Technical Workshop is for existing OBI partner consultants: so you can take advantage of our OBI 12c modernisation campaign and the opportunity to upgrade and up-sell to your clients.

Oracle Big Data Implementation LVC April 2016 - from 7 April, 2016

This is a “Live Virtual Class” which you can attend remotely from anywhere in EMEA: and is scheduled to run over three days - 7 April, 2016 plus 14 April, 2016 plus 21 April, 2016 – you should attend all three days for the full course.

Partner Training in BICS Implementation 3-day Workshops – in March, April and June 2016

Tuesday Jan 26, 2016

Support of BI-Apps with OBI 12c

Note there are new My Oracle Support Knowledge Articles for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) to provide information for those of you who are planning a technical OBI 12c upgrade for your customers of BI-Apps (using OBIA 7.9.6.4 or OBIA 11.1.1.9.2 /11.1.1.10.1) with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 12.2.1.0.

The notes discuss how to perform the 'Out of Place Upgrade' of OBIEE to ensure compatibility:

New Knowledge Articles: Support of BIApps with OBIEE 12c

  • OBIA 7.9.6.4: Support of BI Applications 7.9.6.4 with OBIEE 12.2.1(12C)  Doc ID 2087632.1
  • OBIA 11g: Support of BI Applications 11g[11.1.1.9.2 & 11.1.1.10.1] with OBIEE 12.2.1(12C) Doc ID 2084688.1

 

OBI 12C Modernisation Sales Campaign for Partners

Your clients will want to upgrade quickly to OBI 12c to get the enhancements across the entire platform, as well as getting the new add on Data Visualization capabilities for business users – see more at OBI 12c Major Release is Available.

  • Replay Webcast and Download Presentation here – to replay and download the presentation for the webcast for OBI partners (originally on 16 Feb 2016) ) to hear how you can take advantage of our OBI 12c Modernisation Campaign, working with our sales team on the opportunity to upgrade and up-sell to your clients.

You can also See and Try Oracle Data Visualisation to Re-Boot your partner Business and see other resources such as:

You can also download some Sales tools from the BI Modernisation 12c Sales Campaign Partner Folder: to get logon access to this if you do not yet have it, email your Oracle ID to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.

Please also invite your customers to attend one of these BI Modernisation 12c Webcasts for Customers that we are running from Oracle:

Date

Time

Webcast Language

Speaker

Registration Link

19.02.2016

 12:00 CET

Italian

Fabio Lichinchi

Registration Link

23.02.2016

 11:00 CET

Spanish

Juan Diego Ruiz

Registration Link

08.03.2016

11.00 UK

English

John Sherlock

Registration Link

10.03.2016

 10:00 CET

French

David Lefranc

Registration Link

Wednesday Dec 23, 2015

1-Day Sales Workshop for Oracle Partners on Data Visualization and Modern Analytics

9th February 2016 in UK – Click here for more information – Free to all OPN Partners in EMEA

Business users want Self Service data Visualization and analytics where they can quickly mash-up their data with integrated enterprise data from ERP systems and data warehouses and Big Data. Combining this with an explosion in the variety and quantity of data, traditional IT approaches are struggling to keep up with costs and skills.

In this 1-Day Workshop for Oracle Partners we will present and demonstrate how Oracle is successfully selling solutions that rapidly deliver business value, and help our existing customer base to modernise and exploit their current investments in Oracle products and expand into new technologies such as Hadoop.

Partners can seize this great opportunity for self-service Data Visualisation by prototyping and showing visual stories to their clients; convincing them on the agility and depth of analysis the partner can deliver with an integrated Oracle architecture.

Click here for more information – Free to all OPN Partners in EMEA

To prepare yourself you can preview some of the new visualization tools such as:

  1. See and Try Oracle Data Visualisation to Re-Boot your Business
  2. And see Oracle Big Data Discovery Demos
  3. There are also many BICS tutorials @ BI Cloud Service - Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service DocumentationVideos and Tutorials.

Tuesday Dec 22, 2015

See and Try Oracle Data Visualisation to Re-Boot your Business

2016 will re-boot your Oracle analytics business with the new Data Visualisation.  You can captivate your clients by exploiting the revolutionary ease of use and simplicity of deployment in the new Oracle data visualisation software and cloud services. Partners can deliver rich services to help setup and exploit rapid deployments for Data Visualisation, and then expand in many directions to enrich this initial project with the full stack of integrated Oracle analytics solutions.

Demonstrate and Learn about these most recent Oracle BI and Data Visualisation capabilities with more than 30 short videos arranged into playlists at YouTube-BI-Tech-Demos. These include:

  1. Try the software, by downloading the pre-built VM @ Demo OBI 12c and Visual Analyzer with SampleApp v511 Download,
  2. Or you can request a trial on the cloud with BICS and visual analyzer for yourself or your clients with the “Try it >” button @ Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS),
  3. Or subscribe to the Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) for $150 / Named User / Month with a 5 user minimum.

Monday Dec 21, 2015

Demo OBI 12c and Visual Analyzer with SampleApp v511 Download

The latest OBI SampleApp v511 prebuilt Virtual Box image includes OBIEE 12c, Visual Analyzer, Advanced Analytics & Oracle Database 12c. It provides numerous examples of OBI 12c capabilities, and includes the new features and capabilities of the OBI 12.2.1 release.

This SampleApp is a complete BI virtualized environment for demonstrating Oracle BI solutions. It provides a fully self-contained and configured environment with a comprehensive out of the box collection of examples to demonstrate Oracle BI capabilities, product integrations, and design best practices, including:

  • Visual Analyzer Projects
    • Numerous Visual Analyzer features and functional examples
  • Mashups & XSA datasets
    • Numerous external Mash-up demo datasets & examples
    • Joining datasets, persisting BI reports as datasets
  • BI 12c Native Advanced Analytics
    • Native Advanced Analytics Function Examples in VA and in Answers
    • R/ORE integration, R visualizations embedding in dashboards
  • For additional information refer to the whats new in SA 511 document via the OTN download page.

INSTALLATION - Download SampleApp v511 from OTN

  • To assist in getting started, installing and starting the services for Sample App v511 refer to the Quick Deployment Guide
  • For further assistance in getting started, visit the Oracle BI TechDemo YouTube video Step by Step demo on how to deploy this release. This 4 minute video demonstrates how to download, deploy, setup and run the Sample App v511.

Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus November 2015

Customers

Enterprise Performance Management

Big Data and Business Intelligence

Test Drives for BDD and BICS

We have updated the Test Drive kits for partners to run their own marketing events for their clients covering either BI Cloud Service and Visual Analyzer, or Big Data Discovery.

If the “Test Drive” idea is new to you, we have created for our specialised partners, the ability to run Test Drive Workshops for your customers. For example, a challenge you may be facing is how to easily show the business value of analytics to a set of customers.  We find the key to achieve this is to show best in class business analytic examples specific to a business person's role and needs - e.g. "HR analytics" for HR professionals, "Self-service Visual Analysis” for any business person, or “Big Data Discovery” for business analysts and data scientists.

These Test Drive Workshops are carefully scripted to allow a customer business person (usually not IT) to navigate for themselves around a series of dashboards and analysis targeted to show how analytics can help their business and drive ROI.

Oracle hosts the demo system for test drives, except for those that use BICS (where a partner needs to use their own BICS pod subscription). To access these, you need to gain access to the Emea Analytics Partner shared folder. If you do not already have access granted (e.g. the links below do not work), then send to Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com your Oracle.com logon-ID, and I will add you.

Partners can download these kits and guides for test drives such as:

We ourselves at Oracle are running these test drives for our customers, and you may wish to invite your clients to attend these too, for example we have these in the near future in the UK:

Big Data Discovery Hands-on Workshop

19 November 2015 - London

Big Data is at the heart of today’s digital economy. Rapidly understanding and harnessing this Data Capital is key to remaining competitive. Join us for a hands-on workshop to experience how Oracle Big Data Discovery unlocks your Data Capital.

Unleashing the Business User

BI Cloud Service Hands-on Workshop

11 November 2015 - London

Join us for a hands-on workshop looking at Oracle BI Cloud Service. Discover how your organisation can simplify operations with a comprehensive solution that decreases the number of analytics tools in use, deliver more value faster with a 100% cloud based platform and also reduce risk with a secure solution.

Financial Analytics & Procurement Analytics Hands-on Workshop

17 November 2015 - London

Experience Oracle’s Financial Analytics and Procurement & Spend Analytics hands-on, explore their prebuilt business metrics and reports, and see how they can help you to get the insight your organization needs to make better, informed decisions. Now also including information on the road to Fusion.

HR Analytics Workshop

Driving Return on Human Capital Investment

18 November 2015 - London

This hands-on event will introduce you to the power of Oracle’s Human Resources Analytics. Hear how HR Analytics can drive return on human capital investment through real time reporting on your organisation’s most valuable asset – its people. See for yourself how HR Analytics (available on premise or on cloud) can deliver dashboards, KPI’s and alerts for the business and HR. Find out how multiple HR data sources can be consolidated and reported upon.

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

Predictive and Advanced Analytics with Oracle BI

Partners can differentiate their services by adding extra smart predictive and advanced analytics to Oracle BI deployment projects.  Indeed OBI 12c now includes some capabilities integrated into OBI: but there are many additional techniques and tools to provide “data science” integrating Oracle Database, OBI and Hadoop with Advanced Analytics.

The core database Oracle Advanced Analytics product consists of two components, and you can learn more of these from a series of on-demand free of charge tutorials:

And there is a more general introduction @ Video Lecture Series Data Science Boot-Camp Tutorials. To get some practice on getting this all to work together, you can download pre-packaged VMs from OTN all set up ready to work:

Oracle University also offers Data Mining Techniques, available as Training on Demand, which includes access to labs to do the practical - you can see a demo on this course hereThere is also the Oracle R Enterprise Essentials course available as a scheduled Live Virtual Class.

There are many more aspects to “Advanced Analytics” with Oracle, for example you can follow some articles @ advanced and @ https://blogs.oracle.com/R/ and https://blogs.oracle.com/datamining/. Among the other components critical to specific types of analytical problems are the Spatial and the RDF-Graph options which run in the Database and we now have Big Data Spatial and Graph Analytics for Hadoop.

Oracle can even provide Real-Time Decisions using machine learning to make optimal decisions in the circa 100ms timeframe; reacting to events such as fraud detection, machine failure or to increase revenue by improving the probability of click-to-buy on a web-commerce shopping cart.

Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

New Data Visualization Cloud Service

Powerful, Easy-to-Use Visual Analytics Now Accessible to Every Business User

Oracle Data Visualization is now available to your clients in three forms:

  1. As an integrated add-on module to OBI 12c on-premise (OBI 12c Major Release is Available)
  2. Within BICS (BI Cloud Service)
  3. And now in DVCS (Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service)

This makes rich, powerful visual analytics accessible to every business user. People at all levels of an organization can blend and analyze enterprise, personal or big data in just a few clicks, effectively sifting through data clutter to quickly uncover and share hidden patterns and actionable insights. All of this can be done without the need for expert IT resources, resulting in faster time to value and significant increases in ROI.

“Adoption and usage patterns at our 400+ Business Intelligence Cloud Service customers confirm that fast, easy-to-use data visualization is critical to their businesses,” said Hari Sankar, group vice president, Business Analytics, Oracle. “Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service makes data visualization 100 percent self-service, empowering business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes. This new service delivers rich visual analysis, rapid discovery of insights and secure collaboration, enabling fact-based decisions at every level of the organization.”

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service eliminates the complexity typically associated with blending and correlating data sets. Easy, automatic data blending allows users to combine data from a variety of sources—Oracle and other SaaS applications, on-premises systems, external sources and personal files—and immediately gain new insights using visual analysis. They can enrich the analysis with narratives to create stories that can be shared across the organization in a scalable, secure fashion. The creation and sharing of analytic insights is supported on mobile, tablet and desktop devices, enabling complete flexibility and unlimited access.

“Skanska implemented Oracle as a common BI solution for all users around the globe, for easy mobile access, self-service tools, and improved decision-making—and it reduced costs,” said Peter Bjork, vice president of information systems strategies, Skanska AB. Conny Bjorling, the senior business analyst driving the BI project on Bjork’s team, added, “Now with Data Visualization, we have something that is as visually compelling as it is easy to use. The storytelling functionality is a pivot point in terms of being able to explain your insights effectively.”

For more information see:

Monday Oct 26, 2015

OBI 12c Major Release is Available

BI 12c is the strategic foundation of Oracle’s analytics platform, delivering significant new value and lower total cost of ownership to the many existing Oracle BI customers, as well as being a compelling analytics platform for new customers.  BI 12c is critical to Oracle’s hybrid strategy, complementing BI Cloud capabilities by making fast, friendly data visualization and managed, scalable enterprise-class analytics available on-premises.

The new Data Visualization offering appeals to a large set of existing Oracle BI users, as well as opening up expansion opportunities with new users.

What’s New

BI 12c delivers a major update to the Oracle BI platform, with enhancements across the entire platform, as well as new Data Visualization capabilities.  Highlights and benefits include:

Easy to upgrade:  BI 12c offers a radically simple and robust upgrade from 11g, saving customers time and effort in moving to the new version.  BI 12c includes a free utility to automate regression testing, the Baseline Validation Tool, which verifies data, visuals, catalog object metadata, and system-generated SQL across 11g and 12c releases.

More Visual:  A consistent set of Data Visualization capabilities are now available across Oracle BI Cloud Service and Oracle BI 12c, as well as the upcoming Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, offering customers a continuity of visual experience unmatched by our competitors.  Business users can point and click to upload personal data and blend it with IT-managed data in BI 12c, which automatically infers connections between data sets.  Visualizing data is as easy as dragging attributes onto the screen, with optimal visualizations automatically displayed – no modeling or upfront configuration required.  Related data is automatically connected, so highlighting data in one visual, highlights correlated data in every other visual, immediately showing patterns and revealing new insights.  These insights, along with narrative comments, can be shared as interactive visual stories, enabling seamless collaboration that drives fact-based decisions.

More Advanced Analytics:  Predictive analysis is more tightly integrated, enabling customers to more easily forecast future conditions based on existing data points, group elements that are statistically similar, and expose outliers.  BI 12c includes the ability to run the free Oracle R distribution on BI Server, and extend existing analytics with custom R scripts, which can point to any engine (R, Oracle Database, Spark, etc.) without needing to change the BI RPD to deliver results.

More Mobile:  Keyword search (“BI Ask”) empowers users to literally talk to their data, asking questions and having visualizations automatically created as responses, opening up an easy entry point for authoring.  Additionally, the interface for iOS has been completely redesigned; and Mobile BI for Android offers sharing and following for nearby devices, as well as the ability to project any dashboard or story to GoogleCast-enabled devices.

Faster:  Sophisticated in-memory processing includes BI Server optimizations and support for multiple in-memory data stores, while in-memory Essbase on Exalytics offers enhanced concurrency and scalability, as well as significant performance gains.

Friendlier:  Usability updates throughout BI 12c demonstrate Oracle’s continued commitment to making analytics as fast, flexible, and friendly as they are powerful and robust.  A new user interface simplifies the layout for the homepage, Answers, and Dashboards, making it easier for users to quickly see what’s important; HTML-5 graphics improve view rendering; and it’s easier for users to create new groups, calculations, and measures, for simpler, more direct interaction with results.

Bigger Data:  BI 12c enables customers to use new data, from local, Oracle, and Big Data sources, including personal files uploaded by users; direct access to data in Hyperion Financial Management and Hyperion Planning applications; and ODBC access to Cloudera Impala.

Higher ROI, Lower TCO:  Streamlined administration and life cycle management reduce the time and resources required to manage BI 12c, decreasing costs and increasing value for this and future releases.  Enhancements include separating metadata from configuration; simpler, more robust security; easier backup, restore, and disaster recovery; hot patching of metadata; and many more.

Oracle BI 12c is available for download from OTN

 

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