Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Available

As part of our overall strategy for Comprehensive Analytics in the Cloud, the Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) is now available: read the essentials in this BICS eBook and view this 3-minute video introducing BICS key concepts, features, and benefits. And here is the Press Release.

  • The price of this service to your clients starts at $3,500 per month for 10 users (including the necessary Database service, and before any discounts).  Additional BICS users are $250 per month each.

Also see this great library of online “How to use” Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Videos and Tutorials. And you may like to see what Mark Rittman has to say in his blog @ Introduction to Oracle BI Cloud Service.

Partners may find that some of their client Business users, faced with overwhelming amounts of data and shorter decision cycles, have taken BI into their own hands. These Business users are using cloud technologies with user oriented tools and less reliance on IT to create their own “shadow” BI projects.

Oracle BICS will help LOB Business users remain agile while adhering to corporate strategy and help IT in maintaining security and compliance. Cloud technology will redefine the role of Partners and IT; with BICS strengthening the LOB/IT partnership. Partners can download our summary sales guide, plus two self-playing BICS “demo viewletsfrom 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).

To exploit your partnering opportunity, start at the Oracle Cloud Marketplace Partner Portal, and also review the Oracle Cloud Computing Programs & Specializations FAQ for Partners. In the OPN Knowledge Zone there’s a video in the “What’s New” section: Cloud Resell and Referral program which you can review as well to become familiar with how these programs work.

To resell BICS you must:

a)     Be BICS Specialized

b)     Develop and obtain approval for your BICS Fixed Scope Implementation template

c)     Sign the Partner Contract agreements:

  • FUDA (ORACLE PARTNERNETWORK FULL USE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT), once,
  • CSDA (CLOUD SERVICES DISTRIBUTION ADDENDUM ), once,
  • OCSA (ORACLE CLOUD SERVICES AGREEMENT: between Oracle and each customer).

Until you achieve your Business Intelligence Cloud Service specialization, we encourage you to refer sales leads to Oracle and receive compensation, as explained in the FAQ

The material to prepare for and take the partner specialization exam will be posted soon at the OPN BI Specialization page. For partners that are already specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (on-premises software) you will need to have a minimum of two individuals meet the new “BICS specialist” role:

For partners that aren’t yet specialized in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (on-premises software), you need to complete the OBI specialization set plus the new BICS criteria.

If you have a client to whom you want to propose BICS, please contact either Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com or Gherardo.Infunti@oracle.com for any help you may need.


Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

PBCS Hyperion Planning in the Cloud Implementation Workshop

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) opens up opportunities for organizations of all sizes to streamline planning and forecasting, accelerate deployment, and reduce costs.

This one-day in-person workshop is delivered by Oracle Development (free to OPN member partners), and will cover the handoff from selling-to-implementing of PBCS. Although the basic building blocks are the same as with on-premises Planning, there is a paradigm shift when it comes to selling and implementing a Cloud Service solution. The value proposition behind Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service is all about the deployment model, how it’s sold and how it gets implemented – simplicity, fast adoption and flexible deployment, without sacrificing first-class functionality.

To be successful, the entire cycle from sales to implementation should consistently support this value proposition to your clients. This training event is for OPN member partners whose business roles involve presales, implementation consulting, and support. This workshop briefly reviews the sales approach, as background, with emphasis on partner sales support. The main objective is to learn what is needed to successfully implement Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service once the sales hand off is made – how to leverage your current Hyperion Planning knowledge and use the features designed specifically to build out a Cloud Service solution.

This Workshop is being offered at three locations for partners from all countries in EMEA:

  • June 24, 2014: Kista, Sweden
  • June 26, 2014: Reading, United Kingdom
  • June 29-30, 2014 (split days): Dubaï, United Arab Emirates

To get more information, to check pre-requisites, and to register, click here.

Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting

World-Class Planning with the Simplicity of the Cloud

Partners can now resell and implement the live, and generally available, first enterprise performance management (EPM Hyperion) solution offered in the cloud, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

As the most robust financial planning application in the cloud, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service opens up opportunities for organizations of all sizes to quickly adopt a world-class planning and budgeting solution with no CAPEX infrastructure investments, driving alignment beyond finance across the enterprise, with flexible deployment options and virtually no learning curve.

See the Press Release: Hyperion Planning and Budgeting on Oracle Cloud Service (link)

And for help to get started, see the Support Blog: Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service books, videos and tutorials (link), as well as the EPM Blog: Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link).

You can also REPLAY THE WEBCAST of the Partner Deep-Dive on Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. This 105 minutes webinar provides a technical and functional deep-dive into the live PBCS offering. Topics include:

  • Changing the game: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
    • Introduction and latest news
    • Guided live demo tour with focus on
    • How to create an application in minutes
    • Access the Cloud via familiar Excel Interface? Yes, please!
    • Application Life-Cycle Management
    • Data Management options
    • Rock-solid Security and reliability
  • Resources for Partners
  • Live Q&A

REPLAY or DOWNLOAD THE WEBCAST

Supporting Resources

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Demos

For Finance executives who are drowning in spreadsheets or strapped to legacy applications, a cloud-based performance management solution offers an easy on-ramp, lower IT resource requirements and accelerated time to value.

You can now see this set of Enterprise Planning Demos and Videos on cloud.oracle.com

On 30 January 2014, at 14:00 h GMT/ 15:00 h CET we will also be starting a series of webcasts on “Profitable Growth with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service – for this you can Register Now.

Otherwise, right now you can see the Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Partner Webcast Replay.

For more information see on Oracle.com @

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