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  • August 28, 2019

Learn why Publisher in Oracle Analytics Cloud now makes most sense for your business documents

Greetings to you all !!

As most of you must be aware by now, Oracle has embarked its Analytics offering under a single brand - Oracle Analytics, consolidating a variety of offerings into three key offerings:

  1. Oracle Analytics Cloud
  2. Oracle Analytics Server
  3. Oracle Analytics for Applications

You can get more insight to these offerings in this blog article titled "Welcome to a new Era of Analytics" by Michael Singer and also at Oracle Analytics website. Oracle has taken a big leap in defining the next wave in business analytics boosted by AI, Augmented Analytics, NLP, while continuing to modernize the core strength of enterprise reporting. Oracle has recently been named a Leader by Forrester Wave. You can find the details here in the article by John Haggerty. And if you like to know how Oracle Analytics is placed against its competitors, then please check this comparison link.  


So what is happening with BI Publisher? As you all know BI Publisher has been part of Oracle Analytics Cloud Enterprise Edition version 4.0 onward. With recent re-branding exercise, BI Publisher will be available as Oracle Analytics Publisher


So why Oracle Analytics Publisher in OAC makes most sense for your enterprise for your business documents?

Well, when it comes to creating pixel perfect reports, invoices, purchase orders, shipping labels, collateral, etc. for your enterprise, Oracle Analytics Publisher has had an excellence all these years. Now it brings additional benefits for you on the cloud that makes it the right choice for all your business documents:

  1. No Upfront Infrastructure Cost: This is no-brainer, a big reason why you want to switch your application to cloud is because you can just get started with no investment for server infrastructure. This stands out in case of enterprise reporting because many a times the size of data and report is extremely large and there is a huge infrastructure cost to process such large reports using high performing servers.
  2. Simplified pricing models: You can pick from a simplified pricing model that works for your enterprise - Per Named User basis or OCPU per hour usage basis (Pay as you go & Universal Credits Monthly Flex) for both New User Subscription and BYOL subscription. You can find out the details here.
  3. Scale Up/Scale Down on Demand: Many reports see a spike in usage during month ends, quarter ends, year ends etc (such as reports uploaded by dealerships, combined monthly or yearly statements, tax statements etc.). Now you can scale up/down on demand and only pay by usage. To plan your service, check for the processing limits by compute shape here.
  4. High Availability: All Oracle Cloud Infrastructure environments are built with high availability architecture to provide zero down time and also ensures complete data backup and recovery.
  5. Data Security: Data Security is paramount on Cloud and therefore, data sources and delivery channels are secured with SSL enablement. 
  6. Patching & Upgrade: For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and Oracle Managed OCI-Classic, Oracle manages your cloud environments that includes patching and upgrade, thereby taking away all the worry of frequent patching and upgrade and allowing customer to focus on its business. 
  7. Integrated with other components in Analytics Cloud: Publisher in OAC can leverage Self Service Data Sources (DV Data sets and data flows), Subject Areas, Semantic Layer data sources etc. You can connect to over 40 data sources that includes several cloud based data sources and Big Data Sources. You can even directly connect to Semantic Layer using BIJDBC, BI Analysis and OAC Esssbase.
  8. Application Integration Options: You can use REST APIs to integrate reports in your application. The Publisher REST API information can be found here for now. The REST API for Scheduled Jobs will be available soon with the next release that would include Normal and Bursting Jobs.  
  9. Easy to Migrate reports from On-prem: You can migrate reports from your on-premise environment (11g or 12c) to OAC using snapshots. You can find the details here.
  10. Connect to On-Prem Data: In OCI-Classic, one can connect to on-prem data sources by use of VPN. In OCI, You can leverage the OAC data sources (data sets and data flows) from Publisher Data model to connect to on-prem data sources. OAC data connections in turn can use Data Gateway/Remote Data Connector (RDC v1). Although this would mean extra effort to update to your existing data models and also there can be limitations. There are ongoing efforts to improve this ability for OCI, till that time you can plan to stay on OCI-Classic if you have many reports to connect to on-prem data source.
  11. Ease of Managing Reports: With several new features to help with self service ability, you will find authoring and managing reports much easier. You can upload custom fonts, SSL certificates, Public Keys, digital certificates and apply them in few clicks.You can enable Audit to log user activities, define mandatory parameters to impede run-away report executions, compress output before sending through delivery channels and many more such new features. You can check the new features list here.

So, if you have not tried yet, or are using BI Publisher in your On-Prem environment, you can quickly create a trial account and get started. You can migrate your reports from on-prem These reports can be your production reports, operation reports, financial statements, Invoices, Purchase Orders, Bill Of Material, Shipping Labels, Collaterals or any business document.

Have a great day !!

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