Wednesday Sep 05, 2012

Oracle's Business Analytics Strategy Webcast

Join Mark Hurd and Balaji Yelamanchili as they unveil the latest advances in Oracle’s strategy for placing analytics into the hands of every one of your decision-makers—so that they can see more, think smarter, and act faster.

Learn about the latest developments in business intelligence technology and applications, advanced analytics, performance management applications, and engineered systems. You’ll find out how you can harness the exploding volumes of data being generated inside your organization—and beyond the firewall—to:

  • Deliver real-time intelligence to your mobile workforce globally
  • Forecast and plan at the speed of business
  • Accelerate your financial close and reporting process
Discover how Oracle business analytics can change the way you do business.

Register today for this on demand event.

New Business Analytics Newsletter Available

Check out the August edition of the Oracle Business Analytics Newsletter.

 One of my favorites in this edition is the link to the Land O' Lakes video with Barry Lebenson, CIO, where he describes their use case for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery.  Its about half way down the page, or just click here.

Thursday Aug 23, 2012

Introduction to Big Data: Turning Data into Insight

We just published the first in series of resources on Oracle expanding capabilities in Big Data.

Learn how to start turning your data into insight by reading the Introduction to Big Data Guide. This quick read by big data experts covers how to:

  • Acquire, organize, and analyze big data
  • Uncover hidden relationships that lead to new perspectives
  • Turn analytics into better decision-making

Read the guide today. And stay tuned for more resources in our three-part big data series that will help you keep your treasure trove of data from simply turning into digital exhaust.

Wednesday Aug 08, 2012

Webcast: Analytics at the Speed of Thought

Event Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Event Time: 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET

Join this Webcast and learn how you can manage your business smarter and faster with the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine – an industry first. In this briefing, you’ll hear how organizations like yours are embracing Oracle Exalytics to plan, monitor and make decisions at unprecedented speed.

You’ll gain valuable information and practical tips on how to:

  • Support exponentially growing data volumes and user populations
  • Run business intelligence and analytic applications faster than ever before
  • Enable business users to interact with data, visualize it, and discover new insights
  • Forecast and plan more frequently, and at greater levels of detail
  • Enable mobile intelligence across your organization

Balaji Yelamanchili – Senior Vice President of Analytics and Performance Management, Oracle
Paul Rodwick – Vice President, Product Management, Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle

 Click here to register.

Friday Jul 27, 2012

New OBIEE Sample App Available (

A new version of the OBIEE Sample Application is now available on the Oracle Technology Network. The Sample Application (SampleApp) for Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus (EE) is a comprehensive collection of examples designed to demonstrate Oracle BI capabilities and design best practices.

As with the previous version, this release is available as a Virtual Box image, providing a turnkey environment for testing and exploring OBIEE. 

Key new features of the sample app include:

  1. Exalytics Features - Exalytics configurations, aggregate navigation, Summary Advisor, & advanced visualizations are enabled in this stand-alone VM environment.  This allows you to test and evaluate the advanced features available in Exalytics.
  2. Lifecycle & Administration Examples - Enhanced examples for Webcat monitoring and maintenance, enhance user testing, query analysis & database monitoring examples.
  3. New Content & Visualization Examples - New visualization examples, a new BIP example application, and a new example dataset and application for analyzing US Flight Delay information.

You can see the scale of the changes and new content in following graphic shows the Index of the new Sample app, with all the new content highlighted in Red.  A full list of changes is available on the OTN site link below.

You can download the new sample app from

The SampleApp contents and its code are distributed free for demonstrative purposes only. It is neither maintained nor supported by Oracle as a licensed product.

Thursday Jul 19, 2012

Custom Styles & Skins for OBIEE 11g

This is a topic that has been coming up more and more in conversations with customers.  Mainly, customers looking to define a lightweight style for mobile specific dashboards.  There is a detailed whitepaper that was released a while back with specifics on the modification and customization of your OBIEE 11g deployment.

Another excellent resource is this Oracle by Example tutorial - Creating and Deploying Custom Styles, Skin, and Messages in Oracle BI EE 11g

Both resources should get you going, but if you need additional assistance, Oracle Consulting is always ready to assist!

Saturday Jun 30, 2012

OBIEE Released!

As of last night,  Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite BP1 is now generally available via

What’s New?

  • Oracle BI Mobile HD.  New iPad client and accompanying server support.
  • Quick Access User Experience: The Oracle BI Mobile app has been completely redesigned to make it easier for users to quickly access information they most often need. Live thumbnails enable faster discoverability of content, while a re-designed search interface searches across offline and online content.
  • Greater Interactivity: Touch and gestures are the primary way of interacting with content on tablets like the Apple iPad. The new release of the Oracle BI Mobile app makes it easier than ever before to use touch and multi-gestural interactions to work with BI content. With this release, users can take advantage of new gestures to interact with business intelligence information, including using the one-finger swipe, two-finger pinch, tap-and-hold, and tap-and-drag gestures.
  • Offline Access: In this version, Oracle BI Mobile enables always-available analytics to users.  Content can be saved for offline viewing and consumption and refreshed when back online.  A fine-grained security privilege allows administrators to grant or revoke the ability to save offline content for specific users or roles or groups.

The new Oracle BI Mobile HD client is compatible only with this new server release, and is available at

Although there are significant features in this release, it is delivered as a bundled patch set exclusively from  Install BI Foundation Suite first, then follow the instructions in knowledge article “How To Apply The OBIEE Roll-Up Patches [ID 1459232.1]”.

Thursday May 17, 2012

Webcast: Building Next Gen Big Data Architecture

Here's a great upcoming webcast we are sponsoring with InformationWeek on building next gen Big Data architectures on Thursday, May 24th. 

How to Build a Next-Generation Big Data Architecture

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET
60 minutes

You may have heard enough about big data to know what it is, but what does a big data solution architecture really look like? In this webcast we will take a closer look at a real big data use case and examine the architecture, data sources and various software components required to actually implement the solution. We'll show you what your infrastructure needs to look like to acquire, organize and analyze big data, so that you can make business decisions that maximize the value of big data.

Be sure to pre-register for this free event here.

Friday Jan 13, 2012

Big Data Appliance Now Available

Earlier this week the Oracle Big Data Appliance and Oracle Big Data Connectors were made generally available.  This means you customers can start placing orders for these great new products.  We also announced a new a partnership with Cloudera.

Head over to the Oracle Data Warehouse blog for more details. 

Press Release: Oracle Announces Availability of Oracle Big Data Appliance

Press Release: Oracle Selects Cloudera for Apache Hadoop Integration Into Oracle Big Data Appliance

Thursday Oct 27, 2011

Reducing the Pain of Budgeting - Free Webcast on November 3rd.

In today's volatile economy, many organizations are seeking to reduce the pain of the annual budget process and develop more dynamic, flexible planning processes that enable them to increase business agility. Strategic, financial, workforce, capital and operational planning all need to be aligned to deliver the expected results. Without the right planning tools, many organizations find their plans can struggle to keep pace with rapidly changing market conditions.

Join our Free Live Webcast on Thursday, November 3rd , to discover how Oracle’s Hyperion Planning Suite delivers World-Class Enterprise Planning through Web-based planning, budgeting, and forecasting and hear how Boston Scientific streamlined their planning processes.

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time: 9 a.m. PT /12 p.m. ET

Who should attend?  CFOs, VPs, Directors, and Managers with responsibility for Finance & Operations

Register Now


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