Monday Nov 02, 2015

BICS Partner Training 2-day Workshops

We are running more “BI Cloud Service” BICS workshops which are 2 or 3 days in-class, or alternatively can be remotely attended as a web-class; consisting of presentations, live demos, and hands-on laboratory exercises with the objective to help BI consultants learn how to implement BICS for their clients.

Start Dates

Week days


Country Contact



ES, Madrid



UAE, Dubai




GE, Munich



SE, Stockholm

To register, please provide the following information for all people from your company wishing to attend, to your local Oracle A&C channel manager contact: Workshop, Workshop date, Partner Company, Participant's name, Participant's Corporate Email. Participation instructions will be provided together with the confirmation email. If you do not know your local contact, then please address your registration request to the above country contact. More information is here @ Details.

Prerequisites - This workshop requires attendees to provide their own laptop. Students are expected to know the following before attending the training:

Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

New Data Visualization Cloud Service

Powerful, Easy-to-Use Visual Analytics Now Accessible to Every Business User

Oracle Data Visualization is now available to your clients in three forms:

  1. As an integrated add-on module to OBI 12c on-premise (OBI 12c Major Release is Available)
  2. Within BICS (BI Cloud Service)
  3. And now in DVCS (Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service)

This makes rich, powerful visual analytics accessible to every business user. People at all levels of an organization can blend and analyze enterprise, personal or big data in just a few clicks, effectively sifting through data clutter to quickly uncover and share hidden patterns and actionable insights. All of this can be done without the need for expert IT resources, resulting in faster time to value and significant increases in ROI.

“Adoption and usage patterns at our 400+ Business Intelligence Cloud Service customers confirm that fast, easy-to-use data visualization is critical to their businesses,” said Hari Sankar, group vice president, Business Analytics, Oracle. “Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service makes data visualization 100 percent self-service, empowering business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes. This new service delivers rich visual analysis, rapid discovery of insights and secure collaboration, enabling fact-based decisions at every level of the organization.”

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service eliminates the complexity typically associated with blending and correlating data sets. Easy, automatic data blending allows users to combine data from a variety of sources—Oracle and other SaaS applications, on-premises systems, external sources and personal files—and immediately gain new insights using visual analysis. They can enrich the analysis with narratives to create stories that can be shared across the organization in a scalable, secure fashion. The creation and sharing of analytic insights is supported on mobile, tablet and desktop devices, enabling complete flexibility and unlimited access.

“Skanska implemented Oracle as a common BI solution for all users around the globe, for easy mobile access, self-service tools, and improved decision-making—and it reduced costs,” said Peter Bjork, vice president of information systems strategies, Skanska AB. Conny Bjorling, the senior business analyst driving the BI project on Bjork’s team, added, “Now with Data Visualization, we have something that is as visually compelling as it is easy to use. The storytelling functionality is a pivot point in terms of being able to explain your insights effectively.”

For more information see:

Monday Oct 26, 2015

OBI 12c Major Release is Available

BI 12c is the strategic foundation of Oracle’s analytics platform, delivering significant new value and lower total cost of ownership to the many existing Oracle BI customers, as well as being a compelling analytics platform for new customers.  BI 12c is critical to Oracle’s hybrid strategy, complementing BI Cloud capabilities by making fast, friendly data visualization and managed, scalable enterprise-class analytics available on-premises.

The new Data Visualization offering appeals to a large set of existing Oracle BI users, as well as opening up expansion opportunities with new users.

What’s New

BI 12c delivers a major update to the Oracle BI platform, with enhancements across the entire platform, as well as new Data Visualization capabilities.  Highlights and benefits include:

Easy to upgrade:  BI 12c offers a radically simple and robust upgrade from 11g, saving customers time and effort in moving to the new version.  BI 12c includes a free utility to automate regression testing, the Baseline Validation Tool, which verifies data, visuals, catalog object metadata, and system-generated SQL across 11g and 12c releases.

More Visual:  A consistent set of Data Visualization capabilities are now available across Oracle BI Cloud Service and Oracle BI 12c, as well as the upcoming Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, offering customers a continuity of visual experience unmatched by our competitors.  Business users can point and click to upload personal data and blend it with IT-managed data in BI 12c, which automatically infers connections between data sets.  Visualizing data is as easy as dragging attributes onto the screen, with optimal visualizations automatically displayed – no modeling or upfront configuration required.  Related data is automatically connected, so highlighting data in one visual, highlights correlated data in every other visual, immediately showing patterns and revealing new insights.  These insights, along with narrative comments, can be shared as interactive visual stories, enabling seamless collaboration that drives fact-based decisions.

More Advanced Analytics:  Predictive analysis is more tightly integrated, enabling customers to more easily forecast future conditions based on existing data points, group elements that are statistically similar, and expose outliers.  BI 12c includes the ability to run the free Oracle R distribution on BI Server, and extend existing analytics with custom R scripts, which can point to any engine (R, Oracle Database, Spark, etc.) without needing to change the BI RPD to deliver results.

More Mobile:  Keyword search (“BI Ask”) empowers users to literally talk to their data, asking questions and having visualizations automatically created as responses, opening up an easy entry point for authoring.  Additionally, the interface for iOS has been completely redesigned; and Mobile BI for Android offers sharing and following for nearby devices, as well as the ability to project any dashboard or story to GoogleCast-enabled devices.

Faster:  Sophisticated in-memory processing includes BI Server optimizations and support for multiple in-memory data stores, while in-memory Essbase on Exalytics offers enhanced concurrency and scalability, as well as significant performance gains.

Friendlier:  Usability updates throughout BI 12c demonstrate Oracle’s continued commitment to making analytics as fast, flexible, and friendly as they are powerful and robust.  A new user interface simplifies the layout for the homepage, Answers, and Dashboards, making it easier for users to quickly see what’s important; HTML-5 graphics improve view rendering; and it’s easier for users to create new groups, calculations, and measures, for simpler, more direct interaction with results.

Bigger Data:  BI 12c enables customers to use new data, from local, Oracle, and Big Data sources, including personal files uploaded by users; direct access to data in Hyperion Financial Management and Hyperion Planning applications; and ODBC access to Cloudera Impala.

Higher ROI, Lower TCO:  Streamlined administration and life cycle management reduce the time and resources required to manage BI 12c, decreasing costs and increasing value for this and future releases.  Enhancements include separating metadata from configuration; simpler, more robust security; easier backup, restore, and disaster recovery; hot patching of metadata; and many more.

Oracle BI 12c is available for download from OTN


Tutorials -

Oracle Big Data Discovery 2-day Training Workshop

Nov 18 - Nov 19, 2015 - Register Now

This 2-days workshop, FREE to OPN member partners in EMEA, provides attendees with hands-on experience using Big Data Discovery version 1.1

In this workshop, you will start with a visual catalog of data in Hadoop to quickly see data sets, then explore it visually to understand its shape, quality and overall potential. You will be able to transform and enrich data in Hadoop, without complicated modeling or programming, simplifying prep and making the data better for future projects. And of course the discovery interface will make it easy for you to combine data sets and search, navigate and visualize new insights, then share results by collaborating within the tool and also publishing results back to Hadoop.

Nov 18 - Nov 19, 2015 – For more information and to Register Click Here

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Friday Feb 20, 2015

Oracle Big Data Discovery Now Available - The Visual Face of Hadoop

There has been a lot of excitement about Oracle Big Data Discovery, and it is now generally available to customers and partners and can be sold and installed now.

This is a stunningly visual, intuitive tool that enables you to leverage the power of Hadoop and turn raw data into business insight in minutes — without learning complex products or relying only on specialists.

From a partner perspective it is perfect for proof of concept work with your clients to reveal the value they can find in their large information reservoirs combining a variety of data and text sources; potentially leading to much more and deeper analysis as part of an overall big data information architecture.

To find out more see these videos:

Check out the Capabilities of Big Data Discovery to

  1. Easily find relevant data by browsing a rich, interactive catalog of all data in hadoop using familiar keyword search and guided navigation.
  2. Explore data to understand its’ potential by visualizing the shape and quality of unfamiliar data and combining attributes to uncover interesting relationships.
  3. Transform and enrich to make data better with intuitive, user-driven data wrangling.
  4. See rich, interactive visualizations that reveal new patterns by blending diverse data sets for deeper perspectives.

More Resources:

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.



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