The latest upgrade for BICS happened last week and, while there are no new end user features, it is now easier to integrate data. New to this version is the ability to connect to JDBC data sources through the Data Sync tool. This allows customers to set up automated data pulls from Salesforce, Redshift, and Hive among others. In addition to these connections, Oracle RightNow CRM customers have the ability to pull directly from RightNow reports using Oracle Data Sync. Finally, connections to on premise databases and BICS can be secured using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certifications.
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Chess as a metaphor for strategic competition is not a novel concept, and it remains one of the most respected due to the intellectual and strategic demand it places on competitors. The sheer combination of moves in a chess game (estimated to be more than the number of atoms in the universe) means that it is entirely possible that no two people have unintentionally played the same game. Of course, many of these combinations result in a draw and many more set a player down the path of an inevitable loss after only a few moves. It is no surprise that chess has pushed the limits of computational analytics which in turn has pushed the limits of players. Claude Shannon, the father of information theory, was the first to state the advantages of the human and computer competitor attempting to wrest control of opposing kings from each other:
As mentioned in the previous post, Dynamic Report Grouping with Oracle BI Publisher, Edgewater Ranzal is working with a client to convert XML Publisher reports to BI Publisher reports. As part of Ranzal’s initiative, we began looking for opportunities to improve the user interface as well as create a standard methodology that report developers could utilize in the future. One of the initial areas we focused on was to improve the prompting feature. To this effort, we concentrated on:
Edgewater Ranzal is working with a client to convert XML Publisher and nVision reports to BI Publisher as part of a larger initiative to consolidate reporting under the Oracle Business Intelligence solution. The client currently does not use the BI Publisher Layout Editor, but rather relies on RTF templates to display results to the user. One nVision report in particular presented a challenge because of the grouping requirements.
Healthcare providers are always seeking innovations and evaluating strategic alternatives to meet growing demand while healthcare legislation is adding challenges to an already complex industry. As the population continues to age and development increases the demand for high quality healthcare, providers must put themselves in the optimal financial position to deliver the best care to the communities that depend on them.
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Oracle has been busy focusing on improved consolidation of their BI applications this past year. This next offering within Oracle's arsenal of BI apps will allow for enhanced integrations between the multi-dimensional and relational worlds of Essbase and OBIEE. The new application is called Oracle Business Intelligence Essbase Cube Builder (OECB) previously referenced as Oracle Essbase Integrator (OEI) during beta testing and its purpose will help refine and make for more consistent binary integrations. OECB will permit OBI apps to push metadata and data into Essbase cubes, a significant advancement for OBIEE users where leveraging in-depth ad hoc and what-if scenarios can be available. You can download OECB on the Oracle e-delivery site:
One of the commonly used measures in the retail industry is “comps” – comparisons of actual sales for this year versus last year. The goal of reporting comparable store is to provide information on what portion of a company’s sales comes from increasing sales growth in existing stores versus opening new stores. This metric is used to measure whether a company’s sales will continue to grow when store base reaches a saturation point, or the company slows expansion.
During the recent COLLABORATE 2009 Conference, Ranzal was selected to present a session designed around showing how to use the reporting tools from either traditional Hyperion or Oracle (formerly Siebel Analytics) and deliver content to smart phones. The session started off with an overview of smart phones, methods of delivery to those phones and some potential pitfalls and considerations, such as what if a user loses their phone? What kind of security policies need to be in place? Then a couple quick demonstrations in Hyperion were given which included a few tips and tricks on formatting. This was all done using Interactive Reporting and Workspace. Lastly, a couple quick demos in OBIEE Answers were provided to the attendees.