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.

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.


 

Monday Mar 31, 2014

Live Virtual Class for Implementation of OBI Applications 11g using ODI

If you have a near-term project for your clients to implement OBI Applications version 11g using ODI (the current version), then this 3-day Live Virtual Class should help to fill any skills gaps. It is scheduled to run from the 09-Apr-2014, 28-May-2014, and 18-Jun-2014 in English from 3:00 PM.

This course will train partners in skills to implement the OBI Applications version 11g using ODI, delivered by Oracle University; providing step-by-step procedures for installing, configuring, managing, and customizing Oracle Business Intelligence Applications and Oracle Business Intelligence Warehouse with Oracle Data Integrator and perform post-installation set up. Students will need to pay for this course, but OPN member partners can claim their normal OU discount.

For more information see the Course Description, View the Schedule, and Register at this Link.

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Big Data Analytics is Big News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interconnect the complete platform

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

Find out more @ Oracle's Information Management Masterclass Tutorials

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

Oracle BI Partners Get to Grips with Big Data Analytics

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

@ Rittman Mead - http://www.rittmanmead.com/category/big-data/

Tuesday Dec 31, 2013

New Version Oracle Data Integrator and GoldenGate 12c

Oracle recently announced Major Updates to its Data Integration Portfolio. Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c were both released, plus the availability of the Oracle Warehouse Builder to Oracle Data Integrator Migration Utility, all tightly integrated with Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Applications.

See here this interview with Mark Rittman commenting on these updates in a video: Rittman Mead Evaluates Oracle Data Integrator 12c

We are also delighted to invite EMEA OPN partners to the first Oracle Data Integration (“DIS”) EMEA Partner Community Forum on 11th - 12th February 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Oracle DIS is easy to position, learn and implement. Existing and new partners have experienced quick returns very soon after investing into our products and solutions. Within DIS projects, there is traditionally a high ratio of services revenue vs. license revenue.

REGISTER here NOW

· Hear about the latest news on Oracle DIS v 12c and benefit from gaining insight into Oracle’s business and technology strategy.

· Meet and interact with the Oracle EMEA DIS field operations and corporate product management executives and explore more on a strategic partnership for joint go-to-market. This event also provides dedicated time for one-to-one meetings.

Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Small Steps to Big Data BI&EPM Partner Community Forum January 2014

Open to all OPN partners in EMEA, we are running the Business Analytics Partner Community Forum over two days in London, on 16th and 17th January 2014 - Register Now Here.

This forum entitled “Small Steps to Big Data” will focus on discussing with Partners, how best to exploit the tremendous interest in “Big Data Analytics” and to clarify under what circumstances “R” and “Hadoop” are best deployed, and how these co-exist, integrate with, and extend the capabilities of tools you are already familiar with such as Oracle BI, ODI, Endeca and the Oracle Database. We will consider guidelines to hardware deployments, but the main focus of the forum will be how the software inter-operates: with guest speakers from Cloudera, and other partners who have experience in this field.

On the one hand, I do not think “Big Data=Hadoop”. While on the other, Oracle whole-heartedly embraces useful Open Source innovations such as “R” and “Hadoop”: we are, after all, a big player in Open Source with for example JAVA, NoSql and MySql.

You can download the agenda here.  We will seek to answer questions such as:

· How Big is “Big” ? ... at what size is Hadoop’s MPP approach beneficial ?

· What about “Variety” ? ... how do we digest “Any Data” ?

· Who uses this analytics ? ... a few “Data Scientists” or 100s of “Business Users” ?

· How do you spot a “Big Data Analytics” opportunity ?

· If someone is already using Hadoop, do they want to talk to Oracle ?

· What is NEW, and what is Business-as-Usual ?

Audience: This forum will appeal to CTOs, Solution architects and consultants in Oracle Partners familiar with Oracle’s Business Analytics solutions. We will examine the economics and business cases driving “Big Data Analytics” projects, and dive into the pros-and-cons of technology options available to your customers.

· Day 1 – Thursday 16th Jan. 2014: Starts 11.0 am – Sales and Executive briefing.

o Networking Dinner in Evening

· Day 2 – Friday 17th Jan. 2014: Ends 4.0 pm – Deeper dive technical discussions.

Register Now Here

Monday Oct 28, 2013

Demonstration VM BIC2g 2013-10 Partner Edition for Download

UPDATED ! The “BIC2g” demo VM (now version 2013-10) is downloadable from our BIC2g Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners. Compared to the prior version, Bic2g 2013-04, the new Bic2g 2013-10 has:

  • OBIEE was upgraded from 11.1.1.7.0 to 11.1.1.7.1. with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.
  • TimesTen was upgraded from 11.2.2.3.0 to 11.2.2.5.0
  • ODI Client 11.1.1.7.0 was installed, including a Standalone agent and empty repositories, and the BI Applications 11g ODI Repositories were included (BIAPPS_11g)
  • Informatica and DAC were removed from image
  • There are additional demos for BI-Apps and for Endeca.
  • The compact deployment of EPM is installed and configured, including: Hyperion Foundation, Essbase, Essbase Studio, Essbase Administration Services, Provider Services, Calculation Manager, Planning, Reporting and Analysis, Financial Reporting, Web Analysis, and Workspace.

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 EPM Hyperion sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities.  If you do not need BI-Apps, then there is a slightly smaller VM OBI Sample-App you can get from OTN: see @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.

Monday May 13, 2013

Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 With ODI now Available

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications 11.1.1.7.1 (also known as 11g PS1) is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery) and on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) along with OBI v 11.1.1.7.0.

This is the first major release on the 11g code line leveraging the power of ODI, and certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.7.

This major new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g adds:

1. New in-memory analytic applications

2. Significantly expands functional content across existing CRM and ERP Oracle BI Applications

3. Re-designed to leverage the power of Oracle Data Integrator and, optionally, GoldenGate; providing near-real-time reporting

4. New out-of-the-box utilities to increase productivity and further drive down Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

New Oracle BI Applications Modules:

· Oracle Student Information Analytics enables academic institutions to improve recruitment, lower dropout rate by tracking student attendance in real-time, monitor graduation rate, manage student financial transactions, and match up school resources with student needs more effectively.

· Oracle Indirect Spend Planning – a prebuilt planning application that teams with Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics to enable businesses to optimize spend through what-if modeling

New Content Enhancements: Significant expansion of content improves existing front and back-office Oracle BI Applications including:

· Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with new Time and Labor Analysis, global Payroll Analysis and Headcount Gain and Loss.

· Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with new Fixed Assets Analysis, providing complete lifecycle of assets from acquisitions, capitalization to retirements. Budgetary Control Analysis, ideal for public sector, delivers insight into expense & revenue budgets including analysis of budgeted amounts, encumbrances, expenditures, funds available, overspending, and recognized revenues.

· Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Resource Management Analysis, providing visibility into project requirements, trending, utilization, competencies and alignment. Reconciliation of project sub-ledger and General Ledger assist project accountants in reconciling differences between the two ledgers for cost and revenue transactions. Perspective based dashboards provide an optimized Project Analytics user interface that orients the content around specific user perspectives.

· Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces new Enhanced Inventory Analysis, providing deep insight into Inventory Cycle Count, Inventory Aging, Inventory Expiration/Obsolescence tracking and Inventory balances and transaction details at lot level. Item Cost History Analysis allows insight into historical cost of Supply Chain related items.

· Oracle Procurement & Spend Analytics introduces new Sourcing Analysis, providing a new comprehensive Sourcing Business Process that includes negotiations, awards, savings and performance. Award decisions will help identify trends and check if there is a margin for any savings opportunity.

· Oracle CRM Analytics expands insight into front office Analytics with Indirect Forecasting and Service Contracts support. Forecasting Analysis is now possible when submissions are made up a forecast hierarchy that is outside of the reporting hierarchy. Oracle Price Analytics has added E-Business Suite to the list of supported sources. Customers now have a ready means to assess pricing performance and arrest revenue and margin leakage.  Robust price waterfall analysis possible with the new Waterfall view.

Using New Oracle BI Foundation Suite 11.1.1.7 Features:

· Visualization Enhancements, and User Interaction Improvements

· BI Mobile HD Enhancements: BI Applications available on mobile without additional development

New Oracle Data Integration: BI Apps are completely re-architected to leverage Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate. 

· BI Applications is now available with next-generation Data Integration. Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) delivers unique next-generation, Extract Load and Transform (E-LT) technology that improves performance and reduces data integration costs, even across heterogeneous systems, and improves productivity.

· Functional Setup Manager provides a Web based Administrative User Interface to track and manage implementation projects and their required functional setup steps

· Configuration Manager provides a centralized Web based administrative user interface to simplify the setup and maintenance of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications.

· A new optional pre-packaged solution, that leverages GoldenGate, eliminates the need for an ETL batch window and minimizes the impact on OLTP systems, while providing near real-time reporting and enabling more reliable change data capture and delete support.

You can find more information on this download on OTN.

Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Register to Participate in Oracle Data Integrator ODI Specialisation OPN Beta Testing

Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) is Oracle’s strategic product for high performance, flexible, heterogeneous data integration. ODI is our strategic ELT product within the BI-Apps solution, and is the ideal tool for any data warehouse or big data projects.

Download the latest (March 2013) Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Warehouse Builder statement of direction document.


OPN is preparing the launch of the ODI specialization to match the existing one for Golden Gate. You can participate in this ODI specialization exam beta testing to be in the first group of partners to gain this strategic certificate.

To register please go to this page and click the “Register Now” button.

After we approve your registration (a couple of days) you will get access to the ODI Partner Community Workspace, and we will invite you to participate in the specialization exam beta testing programme.

If you have any questions, please contact directly Milomir Vojvodic, Data Integration, Senior Business Development Manager ( milomir.vojvodic@oracle.com +42 0608 28 32 65 ).

Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

EMEA Analytics & Data Integration Oracle Partner Forum

MONDAY 12TH NOVEMBER, 2012 IN LONDON (UK)

For Oracle Partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa: come to hear the latest news from Oracle OpenWorld about Oracle BI & Data Integration, and propel your business growth as an Oracle partner. This event should appeal to BI or Data Integration specialised partners, Executives, Sales, Pre-sales and Solution architects: with a choice of participation in the plenary day and then a set of special interest (technical) sessions.

The follow on breakout sessions from the 13th November provide deeper dives and technical training for those of you who wish to stay for more detailed and hands-on workshops.

Keynote: Andrew Sutherland, SVP Oracle Technology

  • Hot agenda items will include:
    • The Fusion Middleware Stack: Engineered to work together
    • A complete Analytics and Data Integration Solution Architecture: Big Data and Little Data combined
    • In-Memory Analytics for Extreme Insight
    • Latest Product Development Roadmap for Data Integration and Analytics

Venue:  Oracles London CITY Moorgate Offices

Places are limited, Register from this Link {see Register button at bottom right of page}.

Note: Registration for the conference and the deeper dives and technical training is free of charge to OPN member Partners, but you will be responsible for your own travel and hotel expenses.

Event Schedule

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 panel discussion.

Nov. 12th  : Day 1

Main Plenary Session : Full day, starting 10.30 am. 

   Oracle Hosted Dinner in the Evening

Nov. 13th  onwards

Architecture Masterclass :

IM Reference Architecture – Big Data and Little Data combined

(1 day)

BI-Apps Bootcamp

 (4-days)

Oracle GoldenGate workshop

(1 day)

Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Enterprise Data Quality workshop

(1 day)

 

For further information and detail download the Agenda (pdf) or contact Michael Hallett at Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.

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