Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) September Update

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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.

A Comparison of Oracle Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, and Visual Analyzer

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The Role of Oracle Data Visualizer in the Modern Enterprise

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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:

Upgrading Oracle Business Intelligence to 12c

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Ranzal was recently invited to participate in a number of chalk talks for the Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) in San Antonio, TX. One of these chalk talks covered how an organization should prepare for and execute an upgrade to Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) 12c.  Since the technical steps are already covered in numerous blog posts as well as Oracle documentation, our conversation focused on a strategic approach to the upgrade.  Our conversation essentially came down to four topics:

Oracle Business Intelligence – Synchronizing Hierarchical Structures to Enable Federation

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More and more Oracle customers are finding value in federating their EPM cubes with existing relational data stores such as data marts and data warehouses (for brevity, data warehouse will refer to all relational data stores). This post explains the concept of federation, explores the consequences of allowing hierarchical structures to get out of synchronization, and shares options to enable this synchronization.

Using Data Visualization and Usability to enhance end user reporting – Part 4: Tying it all together

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Now that the foundations have been set in my last three posts, in this final post I’ll share how we can create reports, leveraging:

Using Data Visualization and Usability to Enhance End User Reporting – Part 3: The Balance between Data and Visual Appeal

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In part three of my blog series, I’ll provide an overview of the important balance between data and visual appeal when creating reports, including some of the latest research and findings.

Using Data Visualization and Usability to Enhance End User Reporting – Part 2: Usability

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In this second part of my blog series, I’ll be looking at usability and what it really means for report design.

Using Data Visualization and Usability to Enhance End User Reporting – Part 1: Introduction

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Throughout my experience on client engagements, I’ve encountered a common issue: reports. In Part 1 of my blog I will address the reporting challenge, highlight some key benefits of standardized reporting, and outline an approach for implementing a standard enterprise reporting system.

Come See Edgewater Ranzal at Kscope11

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ODTUG Kscope11 is right around the corner. Kscope11 offers the chance for a full day EPM Symposium on Sunday, plus the opportunity to learn from experts in the EPM and BI fields on a wide range of topics.

About Edgewater Ranzal

Edgewater Ranzal is an integrated Business Analytics solution provider deeply rooted in Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). Coupled with our Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data (BD) expertise, we provide holistic solutions that help organizations define, measure, and innovate their business, provide a clear vision, and drive business value.

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