New Normal

Cloud and Business Intelligence

The cloud is changing business intelligence, data warehousing, and analytics, and people are talking.

By Jeff Erickson

March/April 2017

The Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) special interest group (SIG) is part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), and the annual BIWA SIG conference started as you might expect a SIG conference to start: small. But the conference has grown as data analytics has moved to the center of more business initiatives and processes—from recruiting to manufacturing to logistics. Now the annual BIWA SIG conference is a don’t-miss event for companies that want to learn the latest in big data, spatial, Internet of Things (IoT), and other analytics technologies.

Oracle Magazine covered the 2017 BIWA SIG conference, spoke to three BIWA SIG conference veterans, and asked them this question: How has Oracle Cloud affected your business?

Arthur Dayton

Senior Consultant, Vlamis Software Solutions
On using Oracle Ravello Cloud Service for teaching BI

“Here at the BIWA Summit, we’re teaching 25 to 30 students how to deploy maps in Oracle Business Intelligence, and we have 25 VMs [virtual machines] in the lab for those students. In the past we had to do that on top of AWS and have several people involved to go through a bunch of iterations to get a VM up there that would work and that we could deploy. With Oracle Ravello Cloud Service, I get my VM how I want it and drag it into an upload interface and it goes up into the Oracle Cloud . . . and then I just push a button and start those 25 instances all by myself without needing to get anybody else involved.”

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GV Rao

Product Strategy, L&T Infotech
On bringing cloud IoT to engineering

“Cloud allows us to converge the physical and digital world. For example, we brought in sensor devices onto the filters [on a large water filtration project], which are connected into the Oracle IoT Cloud [Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service], which in turn pings into the Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, so on our customers’ device they can see what is happening in real time and respond to it. . . . IT connects into the ERP [enterprise resource planning] software, and every KPI [key performance indicator] is then available for you to build more and more intelligence on.”

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Mat Vranicar

Business Intelligence Practice, AST Corporation
On Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service changing customer engagements

“Before [the availability of Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service] we had to craft solutions that had multiple technologies, with software, hardware components, multiple servers, all the costs involved, all the effort of pricing it out, and configuring it for the initial implementation, but also for the next 5 or 10 years. Now with the cloud . . . we can design a working system, build a prototype, deploy it for a small set of users, only pay for a small set of users initially . . . and ramp up the production environment later. It gives us much more flexibility.”

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