Advantages of an OBIEE 11g Upgrade

An OBIEE 11g upgrade offers several advantages to organizations who are updating their Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition software. Integrated analytics, superior scalability, best of breed reliability, improved performance, robust security, and a more powerful user experience are just some of the benefits that result in decreased cost and increased productivity.

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7 Fundamentals for Business Intelligence Success

Written by Garrett Carey

Is your Business Intelligence strategy set up for success? After working extensively on Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, here are 7 strategic fundamentals to keep in mind:

1. Identify problem and business process to be improved – What is BI going to solve?  How is success defined? What are the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)?

2. Provide a system designed and capable to support analysis and reporting – Performance, scalability, usability, and data accessibility are key elements to every successful BI project. Deploy a system that is designed for analysis, aggregation, and data consolidation.

3. Establish data definition, data representation, and data integration standards – This includes data definitions, table structures, data model, business rules, and data movement standards.  Consistency reduces users’ confusion and builds trust in results.

4. Establish a plan for ensuring high quality data – Identify areas of concern, collect quality requirements, define quality rules, measure quality, continuously monitor, use tools to improve processes.

5. Provide platform for the delivery and presentation of actionable data – Different audiences have different needs.  Reports and analyses need to be delivered to support all needs.  The BI platform should include reports, dashboards, scorecards, data visualization, ad hoc capabilities and support mobility.

6. Incorporate the right kinds of analytics to address increased appetite for BI – Business and user requirements constantly change as will the desire for more actionable intelligence. Consider advanced analytics and be proactive to find new ways to help the business.

7. Continuously monitor key performance measures – Review KPIs and success measures identified in #1 above to determine whether or not objectives in your Business Intelligence strategy are being achieved.  Focus on areas where improvements are increasing value to the business.

For more information about Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition or eVerge’s other business solutions, contact eVerge Group at our website www.evergegroup.com.

 About the author: Garrett Carey is a Senior BI/EPM Solution Architect who has worked with eVerge Group since 2005.

Considerations before an OBIEE 11g Upgrade

Oracle is one of the leading business intelligence software vendors for medium and large enterprises, serving them with its Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) software. Before reaching a decision on an OBIEE 11g upgrade from 10g as part of your business intelligence strategy, you will want to evaluate the following value points and considerations.

Value points

OBIEE 11g has an integrated analytics foundation with a common infrastructure for developing enterprise reporting, scorecards, dashboards, ad hoc analysis, performance management, mobile BI, and full integration with Oracle’s Fusion Middleware Stack. This integration allows for cost reduction and increased productivity over 10g.

OBIEE 11g also provides improved performance, high availability, superior scalability, and a robust security model through its integrated systems management console. The console also makes upgrades and system management easier. Taken together, it gives 11g best of breed status in the areas of scalability, reliability and performance.

A powerful, task-oriented framework enables organizations to improve user adoption through an enhanced user experience. Providing rich visualization and charting options, interactive dashboards, and unique search and actionable collaboration capabilities delivers an unmatched user experience.

Considerations

With all these value points, you may want to expedite your decision to upgrade. But before making that decision, it is important to have a good understanding of

  • The hardware changes necessary to support the upgrade
  • Common issues associated with upgrading the metadata and web components
  • Resource requirements and milestones
  • How the security model converts and scales versus 10g
  • Impact of the upgrade on customizations in the metadata, XML messages, or skins and styles

Working with a partner that possesses the domain and technical expertise to provide valuable insight and guidance for your business intelligence strategy will ease your OBIEE 11g upgrade experience. eVerge Group is an Oracle Platinum Partner with extensive Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition implementation experience. Contact us to ensure your upgrade experience is successful.

Business Intelligence Defined: What is it and what can it do for Me?

Written by Garrett Carey

When working with clients or prospective clients, the question is often asked, “What is Business Intelligence and  what can a business intelligence strategy do for me?”  While there are varying technical definitions of Business Intelligence, I have always believed that BI is not an IT topic, but primarily a business topic.  In fact, a BI project with software like Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition is not a technical project; it is a business project with a heavy technical aspect.

The end user for BI is always an analyst, a manager, a field sales rep, a controller, etc. They have complex analytical requirements, business problems to solve, and data pain points to ease.  Generally speaking, they don’t know anything about the technical implementation and do not care.  That being said, the definition of the BI scope should not pertain to the technical environment but to the business area and challenges.   This would include areas of operations such as sales, accounting, HR, finance, or procurement.  Focusing on these business functions, business intelligence software vendors provide the means by which organizations learn about their environment and operations so as to increase the probability of their future success in business.  In short, a Business Intelligence strategy brings meaning to data and aims to support better business decision-making.

With improved decision-making capabilities, organizations can find the following benefits from Business Intelligence:

  • Drive operational efficiencies
  • Improve data quality
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Increase sales
  • Understand customer trends and improve customer satisfaction
  • Identify market changes quickly
  • Understand geographical influences
  • Increase overall  business efficiency
  • Increase market share
  • Increase profitability

In summary, organizations should not be asking what is Business Intelligence, but instead, ask what is happening, what has happened, why it is happening, what will happen, and what do we want to have happen again.  When leveraged to the fullest extent, Business Intelligence helps organizations answer all of these questions.

For more information about Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition or our other business solutions, contact eVerge at our website.

About the author: Garrett is a Senior BI/EPM Solution Architect who has worked with eVerge Group since 2005.