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Oracle BI Mobile Application Designer (MAD)

Oracle introduced another great application called “Oracle BI Mobile App Designer (MAD)” in Release 11.1.1.7.1 of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (Oracle BI EE).

The Oracle BI Mobile App Designer (MAD) is a new design tool for business users to easily create stunning and interactive analytical applications for use on any major mobile device.  With Oracle BI Mobile, businesses have been able to deploy full interactive dashboards with no additional development using Oracle BI Mobile HD on iOS devices. Now, you can create purpose-built mobile analytic applications for any smartphones and tablets with drag-and-drop simplicity using Oracle BI Mobile App Designer. BI Mobile App Designer complements BI Mobile HD and is packaged with Oracle BI Foundation Suite and the BI Mobile option to OBIEE.  Some of the MAD highlights include:

Mobile-first Business Apps – BI Mobile App Designer is the ideal solution for users that want targeted, business-specific mobile apps that are easy and fast to build, require no programming expertise, and can be delivered to users across all the major mobile platforms and devices. Apps are built with support for touch and gestural interactions built in.

Intuitive App Design Interface – BI Mobile App Designer has a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows business users to select their data visualizations, including: tables, charts, navigation panels, repeating grids, images, text narrative, etc. These elements can then be dropped onto a palette to create mobile apps within minutes. Third-party plug-ins like Google Maps, Sunburst Visualizer, etc., can be incorporated and used in a similar manner. A preview function allows users to see their apps within a computer’s browser, or on a mobile device by scanning a QR code, without requiring any installation or configuration.

Portable Device, Platform, Screen-size Design  – BI Mobile App Designer is certified to support iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile Smartphones and Tablets. Since it supports HTML5, most mobile browsers can run BI Mobile App Designer apps. No plug-in, installation, or download from a third-party app store, is required.

Enterprise Integration – Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is a part of and is fully integrated with the Oracle BI Foundation. Users can create mobile apps with enterprise data from the BI Semantic Layer (RPD), with data from BI Publisher data models, or Excel data files with seamless support for, and the benefits of, role-based data-level security that the Oracle BI Foundation suite provides.

Drag and Drop – The easiest way to create UI is to drag and drop. MAD has beautifully incorporated this feature where one can build the entire BI Mobile Application just by dragging and dropping components and data fields as required.

Oracle Mobile Application Designer Drag n Drop

Interactive  – MAD is based on the “gestural” principal of touch and swipe. As most mobile apps use this technology for interaction, MAD has followed suit to adapt gesture interactivity for all the components in its libraries.

App Library – Users can share their new mobile apps across organizations using the publish feature. They can subscribe to these apps and receive updates when changes are being propagated to their subscribed apps.

Security – As MAD is integrated with Oracle BI Foundation Suite, the BI content has proven enterprise level security and performance capabilities.

HTML5 – The complete BI Mobile Application Designer output is generated in HTML5 including the data visualization charts. It can run on any platform device or operating system without any glitches. MAD follows the philosophy of “Build once, distribute anywhere.”

A sample Mobile App Designer Screen:

The result in iPad:

Other features include…

  • Supports drill down charts.
  • MAD comes with a separate filter component.
  • Multiple types of data visualization supported such as; Line, Bar, Area, Bubble, Pie, 3D graphs, Circular and Funnel.
  • Simple tables as well as complex pivot tables can be built.
  • Images can be added by uploading them, using the URL link, or inserting them from a database field.
  • MAD’s greatest strength is its repeater components! (ex: Tile and Accordion.)
  • Complex frame sets can be created by including frames for laying out the components to make them aesthetically appealing.
  • Choice of many Black and White themes.
  • MAD applications can be built using three types of data sources: subject area, data sources, and external excel files.
  • Drag and drop feature of the data fields from data source into the visual components.
  • Clean layout, perfectly aligned component sets and toolbars help in building complex dashboards using few clicks.

Limitations of MAD include…

  • Have to build support dashboards for Mobile and Tablet devices
  • Theme change effect is not being applied to all the properties of components (you can see the black text on chart labels in the black theme). These kinds of glitches can also be seen on the tables
  • Backspace does not work
  • Deleting a column from a table is not user friendly
  • Cannot add columns if there is no space

How do you get this?

  • BI Mobile App Designer is available now as a patch to Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition, version 11.1.1.7.1. (patch number 17220944 at support.oracle.com)
  • BI Mobile App Designer is licensed at no extra charge with Oracle BI Foundation Suite and Oracle BI Mobile

eVerge Group is an Oracle Platinum Partner with extensive Oracle implementation experience in Oracle Business Intelligence. For more information about our business solutions, contact us at our website. http://www.evergegroup.com/contact.php

About the author: Garrett is Director of EPM Solutions who has worked with eVerge Group since 2005.

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BI Success Checklist

It goes without saying that there are many reasons why BI implementations fail or succeed.  However, my experience over the years has taught me that some are more important than others.  My top ten are….

  1. Choose the right tools
  2. Obtain buy-in from stakeholders (business support is paramount)
  3. Agile implementations win
  4. Bring the right competence on-board (the right skill sets make a world of difference)
  5. Set goals, make plans and follow through
  6. Set up routines for data quality (your data is likely worse than you think)
  7. Set up and maintain meta-data (think re-usability)
  8. Do not forget about scale and performance
  9. Ensure organization is mature
  10. Make it last  –> BI is a journey

eVerge Group is an Oracle Platinum Partner with extensive Oracle implementation experience in Oracle Business Intelligence. For more information about our business solutions, contact us at our website. http://www.evergegroup.com/contact.php

About the author: Garrett is Director of EPM Solutions who has worked with eVerge Group since 2005.

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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.

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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.

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