Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

Oracle OBI11g, BI Apps and Hyperion Planning Bootcamps

Kick off FY14 with a fantastic hat-trick of training events by attending one, two or all three of the forthcoming Oracle Bootcamps. Each of these hands-on 4 to 5 day technical Bootcamps are available to partners at a special price to OPN members of only £750 per person ex VAT.

These are open to partner from any country, but will take place in the UK at Oracle Corporation, Thames Valley Park, Building 510, Customer Briefing Centre, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1RA
For directions please see the location map

Oracle Hyperion Planning Implementation Bootcamp: 9th to 13th September 2013
The Oracle Hyperion Planning Implementation Boot Camp will provide implementation instruction on Oracle Hyperion's System products Planning functionality. This 5 day bootcamp will be a fast-paced, five-day class, teaching students what they need to know in order to implement and manage Oracle Hyperion Planning applications.

· Find out more details about this Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 11g Bootcamp: 16th to 20th September 2013
This 5 day hands-on bootcamp highlights the strengths of OBIEE 11g by providing attendees a hands-on experience with the BI 11g product and is for Oracle Partner consultants to gain familiarity and be able to implement OBI11g projects for their clients. After taking this course, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Foundation, you will gain insight into OBIEE11g technology, reporting solutions and new features. This Bootcamp provides opportunities to practice with OBIEE11g environment as hands on activities and participants will gain in-depth understanding of new architecture of OBIEE 11g, security mode, 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 Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g Bootcamp: 1st to 4th October 2013
The Oracle Business Intelligence Applications offer out-of-the-box integration with Siebel CRM and Oracle eBusiness Suite and provide pre-built Operational BI solutions for eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, Siebel, 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 Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+

Upon registration you will then receive a link to an external booking site where you can confirm your place and pay the £750.00 course fee by credit card. Please note the places are very limited on these Bootcamps and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis in terms of confirmed booking through payment.

These training bootcamps are OPN certified, and are designed to prepare you for OPN Specialisation exams, and are being managed for Oracle by Avnet Technology Solutions, UK.

Thursday Jun 27, 2013

Advanced Exalytics, Endeca and OBI Training for Partners

In Sweden and in Saudi Arabia there will be the next set of hands-on advanced Exalytics, Endeca and OBI Training workshops for Partners: partners from any country may attend these.

These are free of charge to OPN Specialised member partners, but are subject to availability (please do not attend unless you have received a confirmation from Oracle to do so). Check the workshop agendas and pre-requisites, and register from the links below:

  1. Exalytics and Business Intelligence Hands-on Workshop (3-days)

  2. Endeca Information Discovery Hands-on Workshop (3-days)

  3. Advanced Oracle Business Intelligence Hands-on Workshop (3-days)

Wednesday Jun 26, 2013

OBI10g will be Non-Qualifying for OPN Specialisation in September 2013

Just to alert you, that OPN Specialisation is software version-specific: so as we bring out new product versions, so the specialisation crtiteria and exam needs to keep updated to the new version. Specifically for our analytics partners, be aware that your “OBI10g Specialisation” credentials will be Non-Qualifying for OPN Specialisation in September 2013.

Therefore to keep your profile up to date please start now to take the latest OBI11g exams and apply to OPN to upgrade to “OBI11g Specialisation”.

Find out more about the new version OBI11g Exams to update your OPN Specialisation @ OPN Exam for OBI Suite 11g is Now LIVE, and more generally the Update on BI & EPM Specializations and Knowledge Zones.

And to help you pass, see the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11 Essentials Exam Study Guide.

Also check the documents on OPN for Frequently Asked Questions for Product Version Specialization and the latest Specializations Catalog.

New Version Demonstration VM BIC2g 2013-04 Partner Edition

This Oracle Business Intelligence Linux VM virtual appliance (“BIC2g”) was developed to support Oracle OBI & BI-Apps sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities. It is now available through our BIC2g Beehive Online Workspace portal (see the deployment guide and “BIC2g 2013-04 Partner Edition Readme” pdf from the link below) and is available for OPN member partners.

This BIC2g image is based on OBIEE v. with Essbase and Essbase Studio Server started when starting BI. It also contains:

  • Updated BI-Apps Cross Functional Demo (date advanced from 2011 to 2013), including DAC, Informatica 9.0.1 and is configured for a load against EBS R12. Both the rpd/catalog and the rpd/catalog versions of BI-Apps are provided.
  • Updated integrated Essbase - BI Apps - EBS Demo (date advanced from 2009 to 2013.
  • Re-configured BI Apps Data Sets to remove VPD (simplification) and greatly improved performance.
  • Hyperion EPM
  • Endeca 3.0

The access details are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

New Oracle BI Mobile Demonstration and SampleApp V305 on OTN

There is a new version of the Oracle BI Mobile HD app for iPhones and iPad. So download / update your App now.

Then we have also changed the public server for hosting the Oracle BI Mobile Demonstration. This server image is based on the standard OBIEE Sample Application (V305) which you can also download as a VirtualBox Image (this is a turnkey virtual environment with full SampleAppV305 preconfigured) from OTN here.

When your App is on your iPad, go into the “Settings” and “Add Server” to fill in the host location and access details as shown below:

· Host =

· Port = 7780

· Username = Prodney

· Password = Admin123

· Note: SSL and SSO = OFF

This same SampleApp V305 Demonstration server can also be accessed from your PC browser @

Thursday May 09, 2013

Call for OpenWorld Nominations: Business Analytics Innovation Awards by June 18

Partner may work with their clients to submit a nomination for the “Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards”, in the “Business Analytics (Oracle BI, Oracle EPM, and Oracle Exalytics)” category.

The awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (September 22-September 26) in San Francisco. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture.

Nomination Criteria and Instructions

· Nomination deadline: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5pm Pacific Time

· This solution should be in production or in active development

· To submit a nomination, please send an email (to: attaching the supplied form for Business Analytics (Oracle BI, Oracle EPM, and Oracle Exalytics) with as much detail as possible. Please do not leave any information blank.

Winners will be notified on the week of August 5th 2013.

Benefit to Award Winners

· A complimentary pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco

· An Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation trophy

· Consideration for placement in an Oracle press release

· Consideration for placement in Profit magazine and/or Oracle Magazine

· Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation logo for inclusion on your own Website and/or press release

For more information Click here

Thursday Apr 25, 2013

How much faster is the Oracle R implementation compared to “Normal” R ?

For those of you just getting interested in “Advanced Analytics”, you may still be wondering “What is R ?”… R is an open-source language and environment for statistical computing and data visualization: and it works with OBI to enrich the graphics and predictive capabilities: see here a quick preview on YouTube.

It is being taught in colleges and universities in courses on statistics and advanced analytics – often in preference to more traditional statistical software tools – and so skills in R are readily available among younger graduates.

For you experts in the field who use R anyway, the key question is why use “Oracle’s version” ?

The tight integration between R, Oracle Database 11g, and Hadoop enables R users to write one R script that can run in three different environments: a laptop running open source R, Hadoop running with Oracle Big Data Connectors, and Oracle Database 11g.

For large analyses on large Oracle data-sets, it is much faster and easier to do this “inside” the database, than exporting the data into another specialised external data format.  Some of the benchmarks below, show 4x ~ 20x + faster for various operations, and even 100x + for some data scoring algorithms.

For Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, Oracle R Enterprise in-DB functionality, the performance gains come through the R-to-SQL transparency layer for native SQL performance and the OAA/ORE “mapping” to the OAA/Oracle Data Mining SQL based hi-performance data mining algorithms and statistical functions that are native in-DB parallelized implementations of the algorithms. 

Also, besides the simpler and more scalable architecture, the majority of the performance gains stem from eliminating the extract, mine, apply models, import outer loop which can take weeks to months, largely due to “human time” sinks to manually translate the data transformations and model logic to native SQL for in-DB deployment.  That conversion process is tedious, time consuming and error prone.  The OAA in-DB performance therefore cuts that latency time down to secs / mins / hours.

Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Oracle Business Analytics EMEA Partner Community Forum 2013

11th June - 14th June, 2013 in Milan, Italy  -  Partners from all countries are welcome to attend.

Let’s get ready for the up-turn. The market buzz is around “Big Data”, “Cloud & SaaS”, “in-memory” and “Customer Experience”. So, who has the priority budget in 2013? We need to “sell” to the CFO and to the Marketing, Sales and Service Directors....

At this year’s EMEA Partner Forum we have sessions from our global product development team (Rich Clayton will do the keynote), and many partners presenting their experiences, including Accenture, Deloitte, Tech Edge, iConsulting, RealDecoy, Rittman-Mead, and Aorta.

We are going through a busy time for new version releases, so come along to learn the latest news about Hyperion (v and Hyperion on the cloud in the detailed second day Hyperion breakout, and the follow-on 2-day technical session.

Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) v, and Endeca v3 have also just been released and the new Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) based BI-Applications v11 is due soon: more on these in the second day Business Intelligence breakout.

We also have three specialist deep-dive technical workshops covering, Exalytics (3-days), Endeca (3-days and Times-Ten for Exalytics (2-days) as optional parts of this Forum.

For details on the agenda and multi-day breakout sessions see the REGISTER NOW link and download here the Agenda.pdf

This event should appeal to BI or 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. The follow-on breakout sessions on the 12th, 13th and 14th June provide deeper dives and technical training for those of you who wish to stay for intensive sales, pre-sales and hands-on workshops.

Keynote: Rich Clayton, VP Business Analytics Strategy

Hot agenda items will include:

  • · 21st Century Business Analytics
  • · The 21st Century CFO
  • · Driving Profitability through Customer Experience
  • · Exalytics Case Studies

Place: Cosmo Hotel Palace Via De Sanctis, 5 - 20092 Cinisello Balsamo (MI)

Dates: 11th June - 14th June, 2013

You can find out more information about the conference hotel venue at Cosmo Hotel PalaceMilan.

During this event you can learn about partner success stories, participate in an array of break-out sessions, exchange information with other partners and enjoy a vibrant discussion.

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

Note: There is no registration fee for OPN member partners 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.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Mike Hallett
Alliances & Channels Director - Business Analytics, Oracle EMEA

Olivier Bernard
EPM Business Solutions Director, Oracle EMEA

Alexandra von Sondern
Partner Events Manager
Oracle EMEA

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Preview OBIEE on YouTube

You may be interested to get a brief preview of what is coming in the new release of OBIEE version by watching some short (4 to 6 minutes) videos on YouTube:

  • SampleApp V303 - What's New in OBIEE Overview on YouTube
  • SmartView Interacting with OBIEE in “SampleApp V303” on YouTube
  • OBIEE + ORE "R" Advanced Statistical Analytics Integration & Interaction in “SampleApp V303” on YouTube

Note that the Oracle BI SampleApp that you can download at OTN, is not yet posted for this “V303: so, sorry, but you will have to wait a while before you can get your hands on it. I will post an update here as soon as I hear it is available.

However, you can download the install image on OTN, as well as the current version of BI-Apps:

Friday Mar 08, 2013

Sucaba Exalytics Center of Excellence in Nordics

Sucaba’s Center of Excellence is dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of Oracle Exalytics and performing Proof of Concepts.

Sucaba, a leading certified provider of professional services in Oracle Business Intelligence and Hyperion, recently unveiled its new Nordic Center of Excellence (CoE) for Oracle Exalytics, an Engineered System for Extreme Analytics. Oracle Exalytics is the industry's first in-memory BI machine that delivers the fastest performance for business intelligence and planning applications.

The Center of Excellence is dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of Oracle Exalytics and performing Exalytics Proof of Concepts, Exalytics Test Drives, Exalytics Installation/Configuration/Setup for customers.

Stefan Toth, CEO at Sucaba, said: “With our Center of Excellence for Oracle Exalytics, we are unveiling a valuable resource for our customers who want to see first-hand the impact that Oracle Exalytics can have on their business, today and in the future.”

To find out more, visit

Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Joint Partner and Oracle Marketing For Analytics Events

If you are running your own to-customer marketing events, and would like to make sure the Oracle BI sales team knows about this and can invite their customers to your event, then tell us about it.

In each country we have our business development manager ready to work with you on joint Partner+Oracle marketing. If you need to make contact with the right person, just let me know ( ) and I can set this up for you. For instance, in the UK, please alert our for any analytics events you are scheduling.

Monday Mar 04, 2013

New Exalytics OBI11g Test Drive Marketing Event Kit for Partners

“Seeing is believing”. Just as you would always test-drive the car you want to buy, then so too, our prospects for Oracle Analytics can get to appreciate the ease of use and productivity of Oracle BI by experiencing the tools hands-on, all hosted on an Oracle Exalytics.

This hosted Test Drive system is available at no cost to OPN specialist partners to run their own marketing events to excite their clients about the great usability and advanced visualisations from in-memory OBI11g on Exalytics.

We are keen to help you to build your pipeline, to find new sales opportunities by running your own lead generation and marketing campaigns - for some ideas and how to apply for joint funding from Oracle - look here - and below are two Event Kits with presentation material and hosted demonstration environments to accelerate your business development.

  1. Exalytics OBI11g Test Drive Workshop Marketing Event Kit to help you set up a Customer-facing OBI 11g Test Drive event to generate new business for your firm. This Partner event kit is downloadable from OPN, Click here to access the kit,
  2. And, there is a version of the test drive for a series of the BI-Applications: BI Applications Test Drive: Joint Partner+Oracle Go To Market Initiatives.

Upgrade Your Skills and Customers from OBI v10 to OBI11g

To keep your partner services competitive, you need to prove to our customers that you have the skills and capability to work with the latest version of Oracle OBI11g. Many partners have already upgraded their OPN Certificates from OBI v10 to the new OBI11g Specialisation. If you have not yet done so, then now is the perfect time to get this done over the next few months in preparation for increased demand from clients for partner services to upgrade them from their old v10 systems.

Because standard Oracle support for v10 expires in July 2013, all customers will have even more incentive to upgrade to OBI11g: make sure you are ready to service this demand. For more information see -

There is also a step-by-step hands-on tutorial on the procedures for using Oracle Fusion Middleware Upgrade Assistant to upgrade an existing Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Enterprise Edition 10g Release 3 ( or later) environment to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g in a Windows environment on a single machine. Access this here @ Upgrading Oracle Business Intelligence from 10g to 11g.

Remember ! ... Oracle does not charge any licence fee to upgrade from OBI 10 to OBI 11g. The OBI 11g version has many improvements over the OBI 10 version, which the customer gets for no additional cost (as long as they have a current Oracle Support agreement). There are additional new modules (such as the Mobile BI add-on), which a customer may choose to licence after they have done the upgrade: this is entirely optional.

Wednesday Feb 27, 2013

Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Hands-on 5-day Bootcamp

22nd to 26th April 2013 - In the UK, but open to all EMEA Partners.

This is a Hands-on 5-day Bootcamp for Oracle Partner consultants to gain familiarity and be able to implement OBI11g projects for their clients. Participants will gain in-depth understanding of new architecture of OBIEE 11g, security mode, installation/configuration as well as reporting aspects like new ROLAP/MOLAP style hierarchical browsing, new chart types, Action Framework and Visualization.

If your company is not yet OBI11g Specialized then this is the perfect time to get skilled up on the latest version.

Download the full details about the course including the agenda, system requirements and lab outline here: and more details on this specific event here at Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 11g Hands-On Bootcamp: 22nd to 26th April 2013.

Register here or contact our Oracle events team on 01925 856999

This 5 day hands-on bootcamp provides attendees a hands-on experience with the OBI 11g product, at a special OPN price of £750 per person.

Upon registration you will then receive a link to an external booking site where you can confirm your place and pay the £750.00 course fee by credit card. Please note this Bootcamp is limited to a maximum of ten places and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis in terms of confirmed booking through payment.

This training is being managed by Avnet Technology Solutions, UK.

Friday Feb 22, 2013

Gartner MQ Ranked Oracle EPM Ahead Of All Vendors in Leaders Quadrant

Oracle is a Leader in the recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Corporate Performance Management Suites, 2013. Oracle is ranked ahead of all the other vendors in the Leaders Quadrant on both the Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision Axes.

Oracle also remains as a Leader in the recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, 2013. Oracle has maintained its standing as a leader, in part, from continued customer validation as having the largest average customer deployment, standardization on OBIEE and Exalytics and, the product vision of Endeca OEID.

To download any of these analyst reports see the latest available reprints here.






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