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.
Master Data Management (MDM), as a concept, has drawn a great deal of interest from departments heavily invested in several Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) applications. MDM promises a utopian management center, a one-stop shop solution for master and metadata of quickly changing BI and EPM systems. Beyond the easier user interface to make numerous changes, MDM, as a purpose built tool, features the ability to create data governance workflows, auditing, and archiving processes. From an information technology (IT) perspective the final idea is that the MDM software will act as a central hub for all application administrators and designated business power users. The tool will seamlessly integrate into a current production process and feed the individual applications based on each systems native format to feed in changes or rebuild structures (think dimension load rules in Essbase).