Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

OBIEE Security with Oracle Access Management Webinar: Jan 2015

January 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM CET to 5:00 PM CET - Register Here!

With in-depth technical detail and demos, this live session will help you learn about integrating OBI EE with Oracle Access Manager (OAM).  This integration allows a user to login once and access the various BI components without getting challenged again, allowing the BI dashboards to participate in Single Sign on with other OAM-protected applications. This session will explore the process & steps required to integrate OBI 11.1.1.7 with OAM 11gR2 PS2 (11.1.2.2).  A presentation will explain the technical details along with the demo.

Oracle Identity Management and Access Manager enables organizations to effectively manage the end-to-end life-cycle of user identities across all enterprise resources, both within and beyond the firewall and into the cloud. The Oracle Identity Management platform delivers scalable solutions for identity governance, access management and directory services.

Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

OBI Foundation Demonstration Systems for Partners

If you need to get access to a demonstration environment, hosted by Oracle, then the current version of OBI Foundation is available for partners to book and use to show to your clients. This demonstration covers all the modules in the OBIEE Sample Application v406 which provides a comprehensive out-of-the-box collection of examples and integrations designed to demonstrate Oracle BI capabilities, product integrations, and design best practice. 

Highlights of SampleApp v406 include:

  • Showcases mapviewer HTML 5 Integration examples
  • Showcases latest Mobile Application Designer (MAD) v2
  • Internet Accessible – VPN is NOT required to demonstrate SampleApp functionality (although VPN is required for the native Mobile HD client).
  • Showcases ADF visualization & dense visualization examples
  • Essbase integration
  • Advanced Analytics (R and Data mining) integration
  • Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 with integration to OBI11g

OPN Member Partners can Learn more and Apply for Access to GSE, and once approved can access the link to book and run demos @ Access Demonstration Systems. 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. 

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Rules of the Road for Enterprise Data Discovery

The challenge many companies face today is that insights remain elusive, even though data and the tools to handle it have proliferated. In response, as discussed in the Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms (Publication: February 2014), data discovery capabilities are dominating new purchasing requirements, even for larger deployments, as alternatives to traditional BI tools. But "governed data discovery" - the ability to meet the dual demands of enterprise IT and business users – “remains a challenge unmet by any one vendor” {as seen at the time of the report}.

Some customers have been tempted to go with more departmental solutions (as opposed to a more “Enterprise-class” product) to meet business demands for greater self-service analytics, but are often still frustrated by continuing needs to get access to the right data sources: ultimately finding they have selected a limited product solution which does not deliver on the promised business value.

However, partners familiar with Endeca Information Discovery, especially with version 3.1+, will appreciate that its integration to OBI Foundation, coupled with ease of use and the ability to mash-up disparate data and text sources, give Oracle a pretty good response to this client need for governed enterprise data discovery.

To help you navigate this discussion with your key clients, can I suggest you use this white paper (@ The 5 Rules of the Road for Enterprise Data Discovery) to help clarify the agenda, and to help you to guide them towards a sound strategy which will deliver to them real value.

We do not see this as diminishing the need for a solid BI foundation: indeed this is the pre-requisite for sound data discovery. Enterprise data discovery is a natural complement to existing business intelligence practices and platforms, offering analytic agility without compromising quality. Our suggested rules are:

Monday Jul 21, 2014

Automated OBI Testing Improves Client Satisfaction

A challenge for BI partners and their clients stems from normal business change over time.  BI requirements are continually flexing to maintain relevance with changing business conditions, and so data models that support BI undergo continual revisions as the systems that create and modify data are upgraded and customised.

These revisions can sometimes “break” existing reports and dashboards, and so you need to check that these are all still working after any changes.  Oracle partner Acrotrend (www.acrotrend.com) has developed a utility “Xpress Validator” which automates this scanning, and helps you to foresee and fix disruptions to OBI before production roll-outs and thus enhances the user experience, without the need for a lot of costly, time-consuming manual testing.

For an Oracle Partner this means more cost effective delivery, improved margins, and improved client satisfaction.  Xpress Validator can be licensed from Acrotrend for use at your clients: for more information, please contact michelle.pallis@acrotrend.com, and you can register here for a webinar and demo onWednesday 6th August at 13.00 UK time / 14.00 CET.

See here for:

· Information on Xpress Validator for OBIEE

· When a great BI infrastructure becomes a victim of its own success…

· Register here for webinar and demo

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

Try It Live Oracle BI Demonstration SampleApp V406

Further to the previous Blog post Oracle BI Demonstration with BIMAD2 SampleApp V406 on OTN which provides information for downloading the Sample App, you can now access this software hosted on an Oracle server via the "TRY IT LIVE" option.

This is a great resource if you just need quick and easy access across the internet to OBI11g and all the great examples in the SampleApp.

To access the OBIEE Sample App V406, visit Oracle Technology Network (OTN) @ OBIEE Samples and select the "Try It Live" icon.... then enter the User ID and Password as detailed on the OBI log-In screen. Note that the SampleApp contents, its code and the Try It Live are distributed free for demonstration purposes only: it is neither maintained nor supported by Oracle as a licensed product or service.

Monday Jul 14, 2014

Managing Hierarchies in Financial Applications with DRM

Hierarchies and related links are fundamental to using financial, and indeed many other applications, for example:

  • When a new Chart of accounts is designed, linking an account to its parent is key for future aggregation of data.
  • When legal entities have to be sorted, hierarchies can be built according to dimensions such as geography or organizations.
  • In a General Ledger, every accounting flexible field is a potential analytical dimension.
  • Respecting relationships is also very important when reorganizing sales territories taking into account geography dimension, human resources, client or product information.

That’s why partners have a great opportunity to help their clients to better manage these hierarchies and relationships which are often used in EPM (Enterprise performance management) and Business intelligence. Financial Applications share entire or partial hierarchies with different levels of detail, different points of view. So, “Financial MDM” helps companies to be more efficient because hierarchies and their relationships are managed in a single place. Every modification impacts all applications at the same time. This increases consistency and data quality among all hierarchies.

Financial MDM has got the same DNA as other MDM domains and is a key tool to help partners implement new systems, upgrades and migrations for their clients because it accelerates deployment based on these coordinated and validated hierarchies. Financial MDM manages specific types of master data, such as:

  • Charts of accounts: consolidated, corporate or local. They can be different depending on application type. For instance, granularity is not the same for actual accounting or forecasting. They can be designed to meet different regulatory requirements: local, IFRS, GRI sustainability reporting or Solvency II in the insurance industry
  • Legal entities including different dimensions: geography, activities
  • Organizational dimensions : departments, business units, cost and profit centers
  • Analysis dimensions: using general ledger accounting flexible fields such as sales channels or projects
  • Reference data: time, currencies, taxes.

Financial master data needs to be quickly and easily adapted to business changes at the fast pace of business. Financial MDM is essential not only for minor modifications in day to day business, when creating a new cost centre or modifying an existing attribute for a legal entity, but also when making major changes such as mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations or regulatory changes.

Flexibility is the key to allow business users to easily make their own updates, plus these changes have to be part of a data governance process. A workflow is required to define roles and responsibilities.

Five reasons to invest in a Financial MDM

  1. Empower financial business users
  2. Ensure consistency in business hierarchies and related links
  3. Link local needs to corporate standards and consolidate all lines of business
  4. Accelerate Mergers & Acquisitions
  5. Analyze your master data across heterogeneous environments

See more at:

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

FY15 BI Modernisation Sales Campaign

Oracle partners have a great opportunity to help their customers to modernise their reporting systems. We propose you work with your clients and engage to help them on this journey to migrate or re-implement their analytic reporting and dashboard needs using our modern strategic BI Foundation Suite tools such as OBI, Essbase, BI-Publisher, Mobile-BI and Scorecards.

Some customers still use older Oracle reporting software tools, such as Discoverer, Oracle-Reports, and Hyperion-Interactive-Reporting (as was BRIO), as well as legacy products from other suppliers. These customers are missing out on the value of the Oracle R&D investment of recent years in Oracle’s strategic BI products. Also, with the rise of Big Data, In-memory Analytics, Cloud and Mobile, the world has changed since customers purchased these older solutions: they need a modern BI technology that can help them meet the challenges of this new world.

If customers retire the older systems, then they can save on higher administration and maintenance costs and support fees, which can be invested in a modern solution delivering much more value to the business.

Tools and Resources for Partners

See on Oracle.com the materials for Better Decisions and Better Productivity.

Being more specific, you can download a guide on why and how to Migrate Reports to BI Publisher, and here is a 3-minute video-demo on the advantages of BIP.

The following conversion tools are available:

  • Oracle Report to BI Publisher Conversion Assistant
  • Actuate Report to BI Publisher Conversion Assistant
  • And the following white paper describes a step by step approach on how to convert a Crystal Report to BIP

Please find the documentation on downloading and using the above tools @ the BI Publisher OTN page.

For the full Oracle BI Foundation Suite, you can download this excellent in-depth Technical White Paper.

You might like to see, as an example, how Oracle Consulting positions its services at:

You might also like to check our current Oracle Lifetime Support Policies, and specifically the Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Fusion Middleware Products (PDF).

For some specific areas of modernisation see for example these short explanations @

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Oracle BI Mobile App Designer v2 is Now Available

Oracle BI Mobile App Designer (BIMAD) v2 is a major release that incorporates significant new capabilities, including new map visualization and better navigation and contextual awareness:

· New Map Visualization

It is designed from the ground up for business users to easily visualize their data with Maps and to interact on mobile devices to zoom, filter, and drill down.

· New Custom Map

On top of the pre-seeded map types for countries, states, & counties, etc, it allows customers to add their own regions and maps by simply uploading their own geoJSON files for polygon boundaries. Flexible custom keyword matching is also included as well as support for native interaction and filtering.

· Completely Redesigned Authoring UI

Redesigned, modern and easy to use property pane, simplified toolbar, consistency across various components and support for multiple component selection to set and update configuration all at once.

· Application Level Calculated Fields and Filters

Filters and Calculated Fields can now be created and managed centrally at App level. Users can drag and drop to assign Calculated Fields to any component and assign Filers from the newly re-designed Property.

And much more....

For more information:

Oracle BI Demonstration with BIMAD2 SampleApp V406 on OTN

The latest new version “SampleApp” V406 BI VM is now available for download by partners from OTN here. This includes a wealth of examples and how-to demonstrations, as well as examples for the new BI Mobile Application Designer V2.

This server image is based on the standard OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1 install within a VirtualBox image and will run on a 64 bit pc/laptop with => 8Gb Ram, and ~ 90 Gb disk. There is also an optional download for users who require a full standalone EPM and BI-Apps deployment.

The SampleApp V406 R2 image includes following preconfigured and integrated software:

· Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.5 x64

· Oracle Business Intelligence EE 11.1.1.7.1401527

· Mobile Application Designer V2

· Essbase Server 11.1.2.3, Essbase Studio,FR

· Sample Application Content

· Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

· Endeca Server 7.6.1,Studio 3.1

· Oracle MapViewer Version 11g ps6 (11.1.1.7.2)

· Oracle Database 12c 12.1.0.1.0

· R 3.0 & ORE 1.4

· Oracle APEX 4.2.0.0.27, Listener 2.0.1

· SQL Developer 4.0.2

· TimesTen 11.2.2.6

· Standalone EPM 11.1.2.3 Suite (plug and play add-on)

· BIApps 11g (plug and play add-on)

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

UPDATED Demonstration VM for BI Partners (BIC2g 2014-03 Download)

Most of this Demo VM is now very similar to the OTN SampleApp V309, but BIC2g has BI-Apps (with ODI) with all the extra Vision-demo data, plus it has Endeca v3.1 (the SampleApp is still v3.0 Endeca), and it includes the standard Test-Drive kits.

Compared to the prior version, the new BIC2g 2014-03 has:

Ø Updates to the Executive Vision Demo (EVD).

Ø Merged SampleApp content with both EVD and BI Apps 11g rpd/webcats.

Ø Test-drive customer workshops:

o BI Apps

o BI Foundation

o Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

Ø Updates to BI Apps 11g Demos

o New OM and Projects Mobile demo scripts

o New 11g DW for future demo script development

Ø Updated demo process control features

The OBIEE installed is 11.1.1.7.1. with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.

The “BIC2g” demo VM is downloadable from our BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners.

The access details, for OPN member partners only, to get added to the BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

This Oracle Business Intelligence Linux VM virtual appliance (“BIC2g”) was developed to support Oracle OBI, BI-Apps and Essbase sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities.  If you do not need BI-Apps, or everything combined, then there is a smaller VM OBI Sample-App you can get from OTN: see @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.

  • Join this live WEBCAST to learn more about the BIC2G 2014-03 Partner Edition – on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 5.0 pm UK / 6.0 pm CET @ WebConference URL    ( Meeting Number: 597 781 081 / Passcode: Oracle123 ).

For Endeca 3.1 only, you can also get this @ Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download

While for a “Big Data” demo setup including Hadoop, see @ Demonstration VM “BigDataLite 2.4.1” Available on OTN

If you are new to them, the Test-drive customer workshops use a ‘seeing is believing’ approach with real world data that everyone can related to, and provide an opportunity for partners to invite their customers to interact with the solutions and with you, the BI experts. See here for more on Test Drives.


Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Get OPN Specialized in Business Intelligence & Hyperion EPM

Get yourself and your company recognised and branded as an “Oracle BI / EPM Specialized Partner”. This will bring more business to you, because being OPN Specialised means your prospective clients can find you at Oracle.com by searching for a Specialized Partner. You can also enhance your profile here by Managing your Partner profile in the Solutions Catalog.

Consultants from Oracle partners can become Certified Implementation Specialists by passing the proctored (supervised) exams for OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion and BI-Apps. These exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centres and some Oracle University training locations, which are located in most EMEA major cities: see the links below for more details.

We also have on-line tests for “Sales” and “Pre-sales” knowledge, which also provide these levels of specialisation certificate.

To get certified as Specialised, check the Business and Competency Criteria linked below for each specialisation area and take the Assessment Tests:

Friday Apr 04, 2014

OBI11g and BI-Apps Partner Training Bootcamps

In UK, but open to all EMEA OPN member partners, OBIEE 11g and BI Apps OPN bootcamps will take place in May, in Reading, UK. These are run by Oracle OPN, through our VAD Avnet, and are chargeable at £750 per student. These provide skills to pass the OPN Specialisation exams, and to implement projects for your clients.

For more information and to register:

Plus - Oracle Exalytics Hands-on Workshop - June 18-20, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK

This 3-day training is only available to EMEA OPN member partners, and is free of charge. To find out more about the Exalytics training, and to Register for this, click here.

Plus - Oracle ENDECA 3.1 Hands-on Workshop - June 24-26, 2014: Oracle Reading, UK

This 3-day training is only available to EMEA OPN member partners, and is free of charge. To find out more about the ENDECA training, and to Register for this, click here.

Monday Mar 10, 2014

Partner Business Analytics Webinar Series on BI-Modernisation, CFO-Analytics and CX

We invite you to download the presentations and replay this series of Webinars for Oracle BI Partners so you can better advise your existing clients on how and why they should modernize, upgrade and expand what they can achieve with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation, and discuss the benefits of combining analytics integrated with ERP, EPM and finance systems to provide a complete view of forecasts, plans and actuals accessible by Finance and all lines of business managers. We will also look at the full spectrum of analytics that clients can deploy to better service and sell to their customers; providing a 360 customer view, predictive analytics, social sentiment analysis, and pro-active real-time decisioning for an optimized multi-channel customer experience.

Webinar

Date & Time

Links

BI MODERNIZATION

Replay from MARCH 19 2014

Replay Webinar

BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE INSIGHT (CX)

Replay from MARCH 26 2014

Replay Webinar

BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOR THE OFFICE OF FINANCE (CFO)

Replay from APRIL 02 2014

Replay Webinar



BI Modernization (March 19)

Help Your Customers Stay Competitive with the Latest Business Analytics

Join us to learn how you can help your customers outmanoeuvre their competition by embracing modern business intelligence to gain alignment, understand their data, and more accurately forecast outcomes.

· Drastically improve your client’s ability to make data-driven decisions

· Keep decision-makers informed even on the go with rich visualizations and mobile BI

· Learn how Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g and Oracle Exalytics can modernize your company’s business intelligence


Business Analytics for Customer Experience Insight (CX) (March 26)

As Oracle Partners you need to talk with our Customers about solutions and not single products, so you need a consistent and comprehensive story about the Role of Business Analytics in Customer Experience (CX).

We want to share with you our partners, our current market and product positioning and presentation material that you can re-use whenever you go to meet your Customers:

· who are interested in Business Analytics, but also want to have an integrated view of all Oracle’s CX product portfolio and architecture,

· and to present Business Analytics as a key component of any CX opportunity.


Oracle Business Analytics for the office of Finance and the CFO (April 2)

The Oracle Hyperion installed customer base represents a major opportunity to sell complementary Oracle Business Analytics solutions. We explain the customer the benefits of an integrated BA+EPM platform and how to engage them in transformational projects.

This webcast will introduce a customer facing presentation, to help you deliver the messages to your clients with confidence.

For existing Oracle Hyperion Customers the benefits can be summarized as:

· The Connected Enterprise - Performance Management support, wall to wall

· In-Memory / Engineered Systems - More Agility and Speed at Lower TCO

· BI Mobile - Critical information at your fingertips wherever you are

· Real-Time Finance - Find hidden Insights to complement your Financial view

· Cloud - Flexible, cost-controlled Planning deployments


Tuesday Dec 03, 2013

Oracle BIEE and BI-Apps Bootcamps

Kick off your New Year by attending one or both of the forthcoming Oracle BI Boot-camps taking place in February 2014 in Oracle TVP, Reading, UK: open to all EMEA OPN member partners.

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g Boot-camp: 11th to 14th February 2014

Business Intelligence Applications offer out-of-the-box integration to provide pre-built operational BI with Fusion Applications, Siebel CRM and Oracle eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, and SAP. This training will provide attendees with an in-depth working understanding of the architecture, the technical and the functional content of the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, whilst also providing an understanding of their installation, configuration and extension. Find out more details about this Boot-camp including the agenda and how to register here+

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 11g Boot-camp: 24th to 28th February 2014

This 5-day boot-camp highlights the strengths of OBIEE11g by providing attendees a hands-on experience with the product and is for Oracle Partner consultants to gain familiarity and be able to implement OBIEE11g projects for their clients. This Boot-camp provides opportunities to practice with an environment in hands on activities, and participants will gain in-depth understanding of the architecture of OBIEE11g, security modes, installation, configuration as well as reporting aspects like new ROLAP/MOLAP style hierarchical browsing, new chart types, Action Framework and Visualization. Find out more details about this Boot-camp including the agenda and how to register here+

Each of these in-depth 4 to 5 day Technical Boot-camps are available to our partners at a special OPN member price of £750 per person excluding VAT. They are arranged with our VAD Avnet.

Wednesday Nov 27, 2013

Exalytics and OBI 3-Day Technical Partner Training

This hands-on partner workshop highlights both the hardware and software components that are engineered to work together to deliver Oracle Exalytics - an optimized version of the industry-leading Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database with analytic extensions, a highly scalable Oracle server designed specifically for in-memory business intelligence, and Oracle’s proven Business Intelligence Foundation with enhanced visualization capabilities and performance optimizations.

After taking this course, you will be well prepared to architect, build, demo, and implement an end-to-end Exalytics solution. You will also be able to extend your current OBI, Essbase and Hyperion Planning implementations to take advantage of the compute capacity and in-memory capabilities of Oracle Exalytics.

Prerequisites - Experience and understanding of OBI11g is required, and priority will be given to those with OPN Specialisation in OBI11g. This training is only available to OPN member partners in EMEA and is free of charge.

Oracle Exalytics and Business Intelligence (OBIEE) Workshop

January 21-23, 2014 at Oracle Partner hub - Linkplus Bilgisayar A.S. - Istanbul, TURKEY

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