Friday Sep 20, 2013

OCS Analytics Sessions at OOW13

Just a quick reminder of our Oracle Consulting Analytics sessions at Openworld next week - hope to see you there!

How to Deploy and Manage Your Oracle Business Analytics

Session ID: CON8408
Content Catalog Link: https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2013/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=8408

How do you architect an Oracle Business Analytics solution to drive more-strategic business decisions? What products and processes enable you to gain a comprehensive view of your data in the fastest, most reliable, and most cost-effective way?In this session, gain valuable insight into Oracle Reference Architectures, proven methodologies, best practices, and lessons learned from helping customers implement best-in-class Oracle Business Analytics solutions.

Best Practices in Delivering Analytics with Oracle Technology

Session ID: CON4444
Content Catalog Link: https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2013/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=4444

With today's budget constraints, higher education must have instant access to data to ensure efficiencies in educational administration. In this session, Columbus State University (CSU) and Oracle discuss best practices in leveraging Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle Data Integrator, and Oracle Database technologies for data access. CSU provides insight into lessons learned, the implementation approach, and value realized through analytics to meet strategic goals, including the recently deployed Student Retention, Progression and Graduation reporting solution. CSU shares how it partnered with Oracle Consulting to help provide BI expertise and implementation experience for faster results.

Best Practices for Deploying Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Solutions

Session ID: CON5909
Content Catalog Link: https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2013/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=5909

Are you deploying Oracle Hyperion enterprise performance management solutions? In this session, the City of Atlanta shares best practices and lessons learned in deploying them. The City of Atlanta provides municipal services to nearly 600,000 citizens and manages the world's busiest airport. To integrate and simplify budget preparation, publication, and processes, it deployed Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting. To rapidly consolidate and report financial results, including its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), it deployed Oracle Hyperion Financial Management. In the session, a speaker from the City of Atlanta discusses how Oracle Consulting provided implementation guidance and expertise for quickly deploying this solution.

The complete list of Oracle Consulting sessions, demo's & events can be found here.

Wednesday Sep 04, 2013

Webcast: Modernizing Business Analytics

Join us on Tuesday, September 10 at 1pm EST / 10am PST to learn about the latest innovations in business analytics and how to modernize your current BI environment.


Find out how to:

  • Drastically improve your organization’s ability to make data-driven decisions
  • Keep decision-makers informed even on the go with rich visualization and mobile BI
  • Learn how Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g and Oracles Exalytics can modernize your company’s business intelligence


Register today.


Thursday Aug 29, 2013

Oracle Analytics Consulting at OOW 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 is just around the corner.  Here's my yearly guide to meet & interact with Oracle Consulting's Analytics experts while at the conference. 

The Oracle Consulting Solution Center is again in Moscone West, Lobby Level 3.  You can stop by and to schedule one-on-one's with Oracle Consultants and Architects to discuss any variety of topics. Please stop by and schedule an appointment if you would like to discuss specific  Analytics topic with me or one of our architects.

Consulting Center Hours
Mon, 9/20, 9:45 am - 5:30 pm
Tues, 9/21, 9:45 am - 5:30 pm
Wed, 9/22, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

I will be presenting in 1 session this year and we have several of our top architects & OCS customers presenting as well.  Here are the sessions:

How to Deploy and Manage Your Oracle Business Analytics

Session ID: CON8408
Content Catalog Link: https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2013/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=8408

How do you architect an Oracle Business Analytics solution to drive more-strategic business decisions? What products and processes enable you to gain a comprehensive view of your data in the fastest, most reliable, and most cost-effective way?In this session, gain valuable insight into Oracle Reference Architectures, proven methodologies, best practices, and lessons learned from helping customers implement best-in-class Oracle Business Analytics solutions.

Best Practices in Delivering Analytics with Oracle Technology

Session ID: CON4444
Content Catalog Link: https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2013/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=4444 With today's budget constraints, higher education must have instant access to data to ensure efficiencies in educational administration. In this session, Columbus State University (CSU) and Oracle discuss best practices in leveraging Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle Data Integrator, and Oracle Database technologies for data access. CSU provides insight into lessons learned, the implementation approach, and value realized through analytics to meet strategic goals, including the recently deployed Student Retention, Progression and Graduation reporting solution. CSU shares how it partnered with Oracle Consulting to help provide BI expertise and implementation experience for faster results.

Best Practices for Deploying Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Solutions

Session ID: CON5909
Content Catalog Link: https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2013/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=5909

Are you deploying Oracle Hyperion enterprise performance management solutions? In this session, the City of Atlanta shares best practices and lessons learned in deploying them. The City of Atlanta provides municipal services to nearly 600,000 citizens and manages the world's busiest airport. To integrate and simplify budget preparation, publication, and processes, it deployed Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting. To rapidly consolidate and report financial results, including its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), it deployed Oracle Hyperion Financial Management. In the session, a speaker from the City of Atlanta discusses how Oracle Consulting provided implementation guidance and expertise for quickly deploying this solution.

The complete list of Oracle Consulting sessions, demo's & events can be found here.


Monday Aug 26, 2013

OOW 2013 - Focus on Analytics

If you are headed to Openworld this year, be sure to check out the Openworld 2013 Focus on Analytics before you go.  This guide shows all the Keynotes, General Sessions, and Demos available for Oracle's Analytics products, including BI, EPM, Big Data and Data Warehousing.

Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

New BI Mobile App Designer Released

 This is a very exciting and cool new product that I have been beta testing for a few months now.  The Mobile BI Application Designer lets business users easily create interactive, mobile BI apps that work on any mobile device.  This new feature of OBIEE requires an upgrade to 11.1.1.7 and then 3 additional patches.  Full docs of the installation process are on the OTN link above.


Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

New Exalytics X3-4 Available

The new Exalytics X3-4 engineered system is now available for order.  
The new X3-4 system features 2 TB of main memory, 2.4 TB of flash storage, and 5.4 TB of hard disk.   System upgrades to increase memory capacity for existing Exalytics X2-4 customers are also available.

Oracle Exalytics X3-4 enables:

  • Deeper Analysis: The new system has increased main memory to 2 TB, plus compression, for analyzing larger data sets and more aggregates at various levels of granularity in-memory. Exalytics users can access unlimited amounts of data, unconstrained by in-memory capacity because Oracle Business Intelligence software automatically and transparently manages queries across the Exalytics in-memory cache and all underlying data sources, such as data warehouses and Hadoop. With Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite as the core software component of Oracle Exalytics, customers will be able to analyze critical information and get the intelligence they need to optimize their business.
  • Faster Calculations: Flash memory in the new Oracle Exalytics powers faster calculations, restructuring, load and export for Planning applications, what-if analysis and scenario modeling with Oracle Essbase. The increased storage capacity enables performance improvements of up to 25X in load times and 9X in calculation times when running multiple Oracle Essbase cubes concurrently. The increased storage capacity for running multiple cubes enables more dynamic forecasts through faster aggregates – giving business users key information to make more informed decisions as they advance their strategic objectives.
  • Greater Mobility: Oracle Exalytics X3-4 works seamlessly with Oracle’s leading mobile solution, BI Mobile HD, with no additional development required. The performance acceleration and scalability of Oracle Exalytics is ideal for large mobile deployments, and users can enjoy enhanced gestural interactivity and access to all visualization capabilities. End-users will have near instantaneous responses on mobile devices, optimizing productivity while away from the office. 

Read more about the new Exalytics X3-4 at the Exaltyics Resource Page on Oracle.com.


Monday May 13, 2013

BI Apps 11.1.1.7.1 Released

Update: new doc Cookbook: Installing and Configuring Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 now available on OTN.

The latest version of the Oracle BI Applications is now available for download on OTN.  This new release uses Oracle Data Integration for the ETL tool as well as 2 new modules -  Student Information Analytics, and Indirect Spend Planning.

This major new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g adds:

1. New in-memory analytic applications

2. Significantly expand functional content across existing CRM and ERP Oracle BI Applications

3. Re-design to leverage the power of Oracle Data Integrator and, optionally, GoldenGate

4. New out-of-the-box utilities to increase productivity and further drive down Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

New Oracle BI Applications:

· Oracle Student Information Analytics enables academic institutions to improve recruitment, lower dropout rate by tracking student attendance in real-time, monitor graduation rate, manage student financial transactions, and match up school resources with student needs more effectively.

· Oracle Indirect Spend Planning – a prebuilt planning application that teams with Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics to enable businesses to optimize spend through what-if modeling

New Content Enhancements: Significant expansion of content improves existing front and back-office Oracle BI Applications including:

· Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with new

Time and Labor Analysis, global Payroll Analysis and Headcount Gain and Loss.

· Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with new Fixed Assets Analysis, providing complete lifecycle of assets from acquisitions, capitalization to retirements. Budgetary Control Analysis, ideal for public sector, delivers insight into expense & revenue budgets including analysis of budgeted amounts, encumbrances, expenditures, funds available, overspending, and recognized revenues.

· Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Resource Management Analysis, providing visibility into project requirements, trending, utilization, competencies and alignment. Reconciliation of project sub-ledger and General Ledger assist project accountants in reconciling differences between the two ledgers for cost and revenue transactions. Perspective based dashboards provide an optimized Project Analytics user interface that orients the content around specific user perspectives.

· Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces new Enhanced Inventory Analysis, providing deep insight into Inventory Cycle Count, Inventory Aging, Inventory Expiration/Obsolescence tracking and Inventory balances and transaction details at lot level. Item Cost History Analysis allows insight into historical cost of Supply Chain related items.

· Oracle Procurement & Spend Analytics introduces new Sourcing Analysis, providing a new comprehensive Sourcing Business Process that includes negotiations, awards, savings and performance. Award decisions will help identify trends and check if there is a margin for any savings opportunity.

· Oracle CRM Analytics expands insight into front office Analytics with Indirect Forecasting and Service Contracts support. Forecasting Analysis is now possible when submissions are made up a forecast hierarchy that is outside of the reporting hierarchy. Oracle Price Analytics has added E-Business Suite to the list of supported sources. Customers now have a ready means to assess pricing performance and arrest revenue and margin leakage.  Robust price waterfall analysis possible with the new Waterfall view.

Check out the docs on OTN for more details.


Monday Jan 14, 2013

Webcast: Next Generation Analytics

We will be hosting our monthly Oracle Consulting Analytics webcast on Tuesday, January 29 12 at 9am PSt, 12pm EST.  This month's topic is Next Generation Analytics.  Hear how customers are using Oracle technology to delivery the Next Generation of Analytics to their users. 

 You can access the replay here:


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Friday Nov 30, 2012

Webcast: Value of BI Applications



The Total Economic Impact of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications

Event Date: December 11, 2012
Event Time: 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET
Results are in: Oracle Business Intelligence Applications delivers high ROI, improving operations across the enterprise according to study by leading independent research firm.

Forrester’s recent Total Economic Impact study of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications validates key customer benefits, including:

  • Significant ROI—97% ROI with a 20-month payback period*
  • Lower procurement spend—5% lower procurement costs in year 1 and an increase to 7% in year 2
  • Accounts payable savings—Savings of more than $1 million per year by the third year
  • Lower inventory working capital—15% reduction in inventory for the affected product categories
  • Increased gross sales and prices—0.3% increase in average sales price and 0.4% lift in sales at affected parts of the organization
Register for this Webcast to learn more and get complimentary access to Forrester’s Total Economic Impact study of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications.

Thursday Nov 15, 2012

Oracle Spacial & BI Webcast - 11/29/2012

Join us for an interactive webcast on using Spacial Analysis with Oracle BI.  Oracle experts will show how to perform predictive analytics, network analytics and spatial analysis – combined together, in real-world scenarios.

This webinar is appropriate for anyone involved in the design and management of analytic applications and solutions where spatial analysis can add insight and value to business processes.

 Date:  Thursday, November 29th, 2012, 2PM EST/11am PST

Register here.

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