Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

BI, EPM & Big Data in Focus November 2015


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


Tutorials -

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 Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com 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) https://demo.oracle.com.

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 @ https://demo.oracle.com.

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 Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.

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 Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com 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.



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