Thursday May 02, 2013

Exadata and Exalytics Proof of Concept Facilities for UK Partners

Avnet has recently extended its Oracle Engineered Systems resources for UK partners and their customers, by providing access to localised Exadata and Exalytics Proof of Concept facilities either on site, off site or remotely via The Resource centre in Avnet’s Bracknell office.

So if your customers are considering migrating to an Oracle appliance or looking to consolidate their environments onto a shared service, why not propose a POC to help move a decision along?

Lee Davies, Oracle Business Unit Manager at Avnet commented “In light of Oracle seeing huge growth and strong pipeline around Oracle’s Engineered Systems offering the new Exadata and Exalytics POC facility will help our Oracle partners in the UK close more engineered systems business with their customers and generate help drive incremental revenues”

Click here for more information

Friday Feb 22, 2013

Customer Case Study Presentations from London Business Analytics Summit February 2013

Please take a look at this rich set of Customer Case Studies that were presented at the Oracle Business Analytics Summit on 12th February 2013 in London: click here to see all of the customer presentations from the day that we are able to share with you:

Track I: Don’t let Regulation Stifle Innovation


Chris Tabb, Data Management and Reporting Technical Architect, WorldPay


Liaquat Khan, Head of Business Intelligence Services
RBS Markets and International Banking, Finance Technology

Man Investments (Case Study)

David Marriage, Ex Head of Group Performance Management, Man Investments

Track II: Balancing Cost Management with Business Efficiency

London Borough of Havering

Andrew Blake-Herbert, Group Director Finance and Commerce
London Borough of Havering

John Lewis Partnership

Amy Balmain, Application Architect, John Lewis Partnership

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Steve Marshall, Assistant Director of Finance
Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Canadian Department of National Defence (Case Study)

Mike Kampman, Former Director General Defence Force Structure Review, Canadian Department of National Defence

Track III: Driving Competitive Advantage

Network Rail

Anthony Brown, Head of Finance Systems, Network Rail

Motability Operations

Jon Secker, MI Manager, Motability Operations

JD Williams

Colin Kelly, Supplier Integration Commercial Manager, JD Williams

Thursday Feb 21, 2013

Business Intelligence Master-class for Partners

Wednesday 6th March 2013, Reading, UK

Business Intelligence projects are consistently top priority and are seen by many organisations as the key driver of transformational change.

Join our Business Intelligence Master-class for Partners on 6th March 2013, where you'll learn how Oracle's reference architecture can address key issues in a timely, pragmatic and reliable way.

Due to the great success of previous Master Classes on this subject, your presenters will follow a "free format" agenda using Whiteboards rather than formal presentations to allow as much interaction with you as possible.

Who should attend?

This session is aimed at Oracle partners who are IT Architects and BI & Data Warehouse specialists.
Please note: This workshop is highly interactive, and as such does not involve slide presentations or product feature details, it addresses Architectural issues and considerations for the Architect Community. Please come prepared to take your own notes.

To prepare for the workshop, it will be useful to read the paper on Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture.

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

TVP510 - Room: Henley Suite

Oracle Parkway
Thames Valley Park
Berkshire RG6 1RA

Registrations: 9:45 am for 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Price: FREE to OPN Partners)

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Partner Training for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 4-Day Bootcamp

Partners 4-Day training from 15th - 18th October 2012, at Oracle Reading (UK)

The Oracle Business Intelligence Applications provide pre-built Operational BI solutions for eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, Siebel, JDE and SAP; offering out-of-the-box integration.

This FREE for Partners 4-Day 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.

The course will cover the following topics:

Overview of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications

Oracle BI Applications Fundamentals and Features

Configuring BI Applications for Oracle E-Business Suite

Understanding BI Applications Architecture

Fundamentals of BI Applications Security


REGISTER HERE NOW    (acceptance is subject to availability and your place will be confirmed within two weeks: for help see the Partner Registration Guide)

Location: Bray Room, at Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Oracle Parkway

Thames Valley Park

Reading, Berkshire RG6 1RA

15th - 18th October 2012, 4-Days :  9:30 am – 5:00 pm BST


The seminar is aimed at BI Consultants and Implementation Consultants within Oracle's Gold and Platinum Partners.

  • Good understanding of basic data warehousing concepts
  • Hands on experience in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Hands on experience in Informatica
  • Some understanding of  Oracle BI Applications is required (See Sales & Technical Tutorials for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM
  • Good understanding of any of the following Oracle EBS modules: General Ledger, Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables

Please note that attendees are required to bring a laptop:

  • 4GB RAM Windows 64 bits
  • 80GB free space in Hard drive or External Device
  • CPU Core 2 Duo or Higher
  • Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2003
  • NOT ALLOWED with Windows Vista
  • An Administrator User

For more information please contact

Friday Sep 14, 2012

EPM Planning (Hyperion) V11.1.2 Implementation Hands-On Boot-camp

  • 5-Day Training for Partners: 29th October - 2nd November 2012, London (UK): REGISTER Here

For more upcoming classes, check back here as the registration links get updated for:

This for Partners 5-day workshop is designed to provide implementation instruction on Oracle Hyperion EPM Planning.  This boot-camp is intended for prospective implementers of the Planning and Budgeting functionality of Oracle EPM or implementers that are currently familiar with the basics of EPM Planning and looking to strengthen their base of knowledge in the product.

The class begins with an overview of Essbase, the foundation of Hyperion Planning. It provides a general overview of Planning and Planning terms, the architecture of all the Planning components, and how they are commonly used. The course goes over all the steps to create an application from scratch. This involves some preparation work outside of Planning and leads to developing the application in both the Planning Windows and Web clients. Participants will modify existing dimensions and build out the hierarchies using the Web client.

Topics Covered

The boot-camp shows developers how to build out dimensions using Classic Planning and by using EPMA. It covers the mechanics and cover strategies for automating the build process such as interface tables. It reviews data loads using Load Rules to load the Planning database. The course focuses on tasks that end-users must perform during the planning cycle. It walks students through creating and modifying forms, working with forms to enter data, adding annotations, and the rest of the form features such as running business rules and managing task lists. It covers how to use the forms in the Smart View client and finishes up the end-user perspective by going through Workflow Management and the process of submitting a plan for review. The final section of the course covers Security and other administration topics such as automation and deployment.


Ideal participants are Oracle partners (SIs and resellers) with a background in business information systems and a clientele of customers with ongoing or prospective EPM initiatives. Alternatively, partners with the background described above and an interest in evolving their practice to a similar profile are suitable participants. Further online OPN guided learning path information and webinars are available at: Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Essentials.

Please note that attendees are required to bring a laptop. View here laptop requirements and detailed agenda.

· REGISTER Here : acceptance is subject to availability and your place will be confirmed within two weeks ( and for help see the Partner Registration Guide ).

Training Location: Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Columbus Room

Customer Visit Center

1 South Place



Training Dates: 29th October - 2nd November 9:30 am – 5:00 pm BST

For more information please contact

Thursday Sep 06, 2012

UK Partner Briefing – Business Analytics - 24 Sept 2012

Monday 24th September 2012 - Oracle City Office, London

Register Here for this important, free briefing

Oracle Partners are invited to attend this Business Analytics Partner Briefing on 24th September 2012 in Oracle’s London Moorgate Offices with Particular focus on Exalytics, Endeca and, BI Mobile.

Who should attend?

Oracle Business Analytics is one of our fastest growing product lines, hence this briefing will be of value to any executives looking for new business opportunities or extending their existing Analytics line of business

This half day event will inform you of Oracle's Business Analytics strategy, how your organisation can gain commercial advantage from reselling and deploying Oracle's BI portfolio, and the tools and resources to support your sales engagements.


13:45 – Registration, Coffee, and iPad set up

14:30 – Briefing Commences: Welcome & Introduction to the Business Analytics FY13

Strategy from Mike Pell, VP UK Business Analytics Sales

15:15 – Exalytics: Speed of Thought Analytics

16:00 – Mobile BI & Endeca

16:45 – Event Wrap-up and Q&A

17:00 – Meet the UK BI Sales Team: Networking

Please note – If you have an iPad please bring it with you to the session, as we will be helping to set these up with BI Mobile from 13:45 onwards.

Click here to register now for this briefing for Oracle Partners.

Best regards,

Mike Pell                                  Duncan Fitter                           Mike Thompson

VP UK Analytics Sales             BA Business Development       Alliances & Channels

Thursday May 03, 2012

Oracle UK BI Customer Marketing Events Summer 2012

Below are some examples of Oracle UK BI customer marketing events scheduled for the near future.  These are open to Partners to attend, and indeed you can run similar events to these to your customers in your country by accessing the marketing event kits (available in multiple European languages) that we provide to OPN Partners such as the BI Applications Test Drive: Joint Partner+Oracle Go To Market Initiatives.

Event Name

& Date



BI Architecture


14 June 2012



The session is aimed at Architects and Infrastructure managers facing the challenges associated with managing complex multi-tier enterprise information architectures who wish to gain an understanding of reference architectures.


Financial Analytics

- BI Applications

19 June 2012

16 October 2012


Take a ‘Test drive’ on Oracle Financial Analytics, explore its prebuilt business metrics and reports, and see how it can help you to get the insight your organization needs to make better, informed decisions.


Procurement Analytics

- BI Applications

19 June 2012

16 October 2012


Take a ‘Test drive’ on Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics, explore its prebuilt business metrics and reports, and see how it can help you to get the insight your organization needs to make better, informed decisions.


HR Analytics

- BI Applications

20 June 2012

17 October 2012


Take a ‘Test drive’ on Oracle HR Analytics, explore its prebuilt business metrics and reports, and see how it can help you to get the insight your organization needs to make better, informed decisions.


CRM Analytics

- BI Applications

20 June 2012

17 October 2012


Take a ‘Test drive’ on Oracle CRM Analytics, explore its prebuilt business metrics and reports, and see how it can help you to get the insight your organization needs to make better, informed decisions.


Project Analytics

- BI Applications

(run by Projected Consulting)

21 June 2012

18 October 2012


Take a ‘Test drive’ on Oracle Project Analytics, explore its prebuilt business metrics and reports, and see how it can help you to get the insight your organization needs to make better, informed decisions.

Wednesday Feb 22, 2012

Rittman Mead: First UK partner to buy Exalytics

Rittman Mead is one of the leading Oracle Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing partners providing consulting, training and support services.  Specialised in Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation, Rittman Mead have successfully delivered game-changing analytics to many organisations across the globe.

Rittman Mead will be working closely with Oracle to deliver BI solutions to a range of customers and other partners.  Rittman Mead will be hosting their Exalytics machine in a dedicated high-speed datacenter, and providing demonstrations and proof of concepts in the UK, London and at their new offices in Brighton.

See their service offerings here @


Monday Feb 20, 2012

2-Day Workshop: Endeca Information Discovery Training: 22 March 2012 UK

To help Oracle EMEA partners to get started with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (EID, as was Endeca Latitude) we are providing an intensive two-day training course. It encompasses an introduction to the concepts of EID data exploration and ingest, a hands-on interaction in developing a EID sample business application using EID Data Integrator and EID Studio, and some proven practices in scoping, sizing, and planning a successful EID project.

Through the hands-on lessons, you will learn the details of how to work with and load different data in the context of a sample Endeca application. You will start with an overview of the technology and how it relates to the overall Business Intelligence space.  You will then review ingesting data using the EID Data Integrator. You will then build a basic results page, using search, breadcrumbs, guided navigation and result list components in EID Studio. Participants will also discuss proven practices in customizing the interface and working with various data sources and types of analytics.

What you will learn?

  • Learn how EID is a unique approach to business intelligence; reducing the BI Backlog
  • Explore the Oracle EID solution, including its core components, tools, and the agile delivery methodology used to deploy it
  • See how EID Studio provides a powerful, yet easy-to-use tool for harnessing and conveying your business intelligence data
  • Loading data and configuration using EID Data Integrator
  • Manipulating data in a EID Data Integrator graph
  • Access EID Studio components, add them to a sample application and configure various preferences in them.
  • Configuring Guided Navigation
  • Configuring and enhancing search through features such as search interfaces
  • Create enhanced visualizations writing a variety of analytic statements
  • Submit analytic statements by using analytics-enabled EID Studio components
  • Understand the aspects of data modelling using EID
  • Understand proven practices in performance optimisation and hardware sizing
  • Understand typical project activities, iteration plans, and roles for effective planning


  • You must bring a laptop with you for the Hands-on labs.  Minimum requirements:

    • Windows and Linux on x64
    • x64 processor, minimum 1.8 GHz
    • At least 2 GB of RAM, depending on the size of the application data set
    • 80 GB hard drive, depending on the size of the application data set

Schedule - March 22nd and 23rd, 2012 : Oracle TVP510, Reading RG6 1RA, UK - This workshop duration is 2 days

Space is limited, so reserve your seats today!

For more information

To register to this event

Note: We will confirm your registration within two weeks of the event.  This training is free to Oracle Gold+ partners.

Wednesday Feb 08, 2012

Partner Sales Briefing – OBI-Applications - 23rd March 2012, UK

This briefing will provide an understanding of the OBI-Applications and how such an approach means consultancies can be seen and trusted to deliver success more rapidly, and earn higher margins doing so. Customers are requiring a faster return on their IT investments and the OBI-Applications are able to deliver insightful, pre-built, best-practice, operational BI, quickly.

Audience:   This event will be of interest to Oracle partner individuals in Client Management, Sales, Pre-sales, BI Consultants and Applications Consultants who deal with clients who have Oracle (e-Bus, Peoplesoft, Siebel, JDE, Hyperion) or SAP applications.


  • Why Customers like OBI-Applications, with Reference Case Studies

  • The BI Applications: content areas (Financials, Procurement, HR, Supply Chain, CRM)

  • Live Demonstration

  • High Level Architecture

  • Pricing, Packaging, and Partner Service Opportunity

  • BI Applications and the route to Fusion

Date:  Friday 23rd March 2012.   

Time:  9.00 Registration opens - 9.30 Start - 15.30 Close.

Where: Oracle Office, Level 6, One South Place, London, EC2M 2RB.

Tuesday Feb 07, 2012

OBI-Applications Bootcamp Training on 28th February 2012 Oracle UK

We are delivering a FREE to partners, 4-day Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Bootcamp on the 28th February 2012 at the Oracle Office, Reading, UKThe 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

 Click for More information and to Register


 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.

A working knowledge of OBIEE and some understanding of the BI Applications is required. (See here for online Sales & Technical Tutorials for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM).

For the hands-on sessions attendees should bring a laptop (Windows XP pro or VISTA) with 4GB memory minimum. We do not provide laptops for this event.

Target Audience

The seminar is aimed at BI Consultants and Implementation Consultants within Oracle's Gold and Platinum Partners.

Venues and Dates - Duration: 4 days, starting:
28th February 2012, Oracle Reading Office


Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

Advanced Analytics Training for Oracle Partners - March 1st 2012 in UK

Hands-on Training for Oracle Data-Mining and Oracle R-Enterprise

Where is the knowledge that is lost in information?

Where is the wisdom that is lost in knowledge? - T.S.Eliot

2-day Workshop - March 1st 2012 : Oracle London, UK

Workshop Description

“Big data”, without deep analytics, is just “data”. Data doesn’t become useful, actionable information until data analysis and interpretation are performed. Advanced Analytics is needed to extract meaning from data, creating valuable information that helps companies and organizations to:

  • Better understand customers, their behaviour and their needs

  • Perform a wide range of basic and statistical analyses

  • Build predictive models

  • Detect anomalies, potential fraud and rare events

  • Develop greater insight and understanding

Oracle's Advanced Analytics tools transform the Oracle Database into a powerful data mining, predictive analytics, statistics and advanced analytics platform. The Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, which bundles both Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise together, enables companies to bring the algorithms to the data as compared to the traditional approach of extracting data to specialized and expensive dedicated statistical/data mining servers.

With the Oracle Advanced Analytics Option, data movement is eliminated, or dramatically reduced, while analytical and compute intensive operations are performed within the database where the data resides; significantly improving performance and reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of analytics.

The Oracle Advanced Analytics Option integrates a comprehensive array of predictive analytics, data mining, text mining, basic and advanced statistical functions and analytics into the database.

  1. Oracle Data Mining provides powerful machine learning techniques that run as SQL functions for in-database data preparation, model build and model deployment.

  2. Oracle R Enterprise integrates the popular R statistical programming environment with the Database to further extend the Database’s analytical capabilities. Oracle R Enterprise can be used to address an extensive variety of data driven problems.


This 2-day Hands on Training for Oracle Data Mining (ODM) and Oracle R Enterprise (ORE) is designed for Oracle Partners’ Consultants to gain an overview of ODM, ODM value proposition(s), competitive advantages and differentiators, and example customer use cases, as well as some proficiency in using these software tools.

During this training course, you will learn:

  • Data Mining, Predictive Analytics and Advanced Analytics Overview

  • How to use the SQL Developer/Oracle Data Miner GUI to mine demo data

  • Ideas for integration of ODM results into OBIEE dashboards and Applications

  • Basic concepts and most common Oracle R Enterprise command, functionality and demo scripts

  • We will also introduce you to Oracle RTD (Real Time Decisions) to position this compared to ODM and ORE.

Training Goals:

  • Students should understand the basics of Oracle Data Mining and will be able to use the Oracle Data Miner GUI

  • Students should become familiar with Oracle R Enterprise and do simple "Hello world" examples

  • Students will understand resources to self-study and learn more after this course.


Students must come to the class with their own laptops with the following:

  • Oracle Database 11g Release, including Sample Examples data installed
  • SQL Developer 3.1 with Oracle Data Mining Extension installed - download 3.1 EA3
  • Oracle R Enterprise installed + open source R

Additional pointers to pre-course resources and study aides will be available before the class. For more info goto ODM on OTN And ODM Examples E-Tutorials.


· Oracle Partners in EMEA:

o Consultants familiar with Oracle BI or Oracle Essbase

o Consultants familiar with other advanced analytics and statistical tools

Schedule - March 1st and 2nd 2012

Places are limited, and we will confirm your registration within two weeks of the event. This training is free to Oracle Gold or Platinum partners.

Thursday Jan 12, 2012

OBI 11g Hands-on “Partner Developer Day” 23 January 2012 in UK

You can come to our FREE half-day Developer Day covering Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g on the 23rd January 2012 at the Oracle Offices, Reading, UK.

This is NOT a in-depth training session: the intention is to provide developers and architects with an introductory hands-on overview of Oracle BI EE 11g and its various components.

  • Discover how through ease-of-use, you can unlock IT resources from report and dashboard development and put the power back in the hands of the business.
  • Learn how the toolset delivers "a single version of the truth", for complete, trustworthy and relevant insight - regardless of where or how information is used.
  • Experience how to empower decision-making processes with greater business insight. Increase productivity, drive agility, and provide a complete perspective on your past, current and future business performance.
  • Attain true self-service BI through intuitive and consistent and productive tools.

After an introductory presentation, Oracle experts will guide you through a hands-on tutorial where you can:

  • Construct dashboards and reports
  • See how information can be visualised, analyzed and consumed to suit your needs
  • Add interactive maps to the dashboards and experience advanced visualisation

In addition, gain an understanding of the architectural components of BI EE, how to build and maintain metadata in the BI Server, and see the new Oracle Strategy and Scorecard tool.

Note:  Please bring your own laptops.

Duration: half-day - 23rd January 2012

09.00 am Registration & Start
13.30 pm Finish

Oracle Customer Visit Center
Oracle Parkway
510 Thames Valley Park
Berkshire RG6 1RA


Please register using your email address provided by your company. Personal email addresses such as gmail, hotmail etc. are no longer accepted for free Partner Enablement courses.

To register, please click on the link below. This will direct you to our online registration system. You will be prompted to log on to OPN with your usual partner login and password.

PLEASE NOTE : In order to complete the registration you will need your OPN agreement name. If you do not have this information contact the Oracle University Partner Education Hotline at: 0118 92 40700.

REGISTER HERE: 23rd January 2012, Oracle Reading

Thursday Dec 22, 2011

Endeca Training: Getting Started with Latitude in UK - Jan 4th

You can get a jump start in being prepared for Oracle's acquisition of Endeca by going on this 3-day hands-on in-class Getting Started with Latitude 2 training that will be held at the UK Endeca Training Center in Richmond, from Jan 4th 2012.


Friday Nov 04, 2011

EMEA BI & EPM Partner Executive Briefing - Thursday December 1, 2011 - London UK

Register Here!

This 1-day event will give all EMEA BI & EPM Hyperion Partners an opportunity for insight into Oracle’s latest product releases for Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management, an update on our overall BI and EPM products strategy, and strategic product roadmaps and directions.

Attendees can also interact and have open dialogue with the Oracle BI and EPM Product Development Senior Management team on new product releases, product roadmap plans, and how you can partner to drive more revenue and success with your clients.


  • Come and learn about the newest releases of Oracle BI and EPM, including the recently announced engineered system, the Oracle Exalytics in-memory machine, and how these solutions are enabling enterprises to improve timely and accurate role-based insight, and drive business strategy and performance.
  • Learn first-hand from Oracle Product Development where Oracle will be taking Business Intelligence, BI Applications, and Enterprise Performance Management over the next 12 to 18 months – via dedicated breakout sessions -- so that you can confidently guide and advise your clients.
  • Learn how the next generation of enterprise applications, Oracle Fusion Applications, is leveraging Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, BI Applications, and integration with Enterprise Performance Management.


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