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What’s New in Oracle Data Visualization? (Update on V4 Desktop Version)

The recent release of Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) V4 comes with many changes to Oracle Data Visualization (DV) Desktop version.  The latest version of DV expands upon the current features — visual data storytelling, end user self-service, and mobile accessibility — to give you an even better user experience.

In this blog post we’ll give you an overview of several new features made to…

  • Your Homepage
  • Data actions
  • The storytelling interface
  • Data flows

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Optimizing OBIEE Performance: How the Experts Do It

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE

When you clicked on this blog, you might’ve thought, “…another tutorial about performance tuning.” Well, if you’re looking for an OBIEE tuning guide, this isn’t it.

The word “tuning” gets thrown around as a catchall phrase to describe correcting a tool’s performance. We use that same approach when we talk about tuning a car — an action that can refer to a simple oil change or a complete engine overhaul. But, as you can see by that example, tuning doesn’t account for the scope of the task.

In our world, it’s important to differentiate tuning from redesigning. Tuning refers to fixing performance issues while the overall design of your tool remains the same. If you must redevelop something in your system that’s going to take a lot of time, you’re definitely not tuning.

Why should you make this distinction? It ensures that your team or project manager understands the scope of the project you’re working on. If you make something sound less significant than it is, you’re doing a disservice to yourself and your team.

Now that we have the semantics out of the way, we can move on to the meatier stuff — showing you how to optimize (not tune) the design of OBIEE for the best performance.

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Oracle Unveils Data Lake Edition for OAC

Oracle recently announced the Data Lake Edition for Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). The Data Lake Edition comes with everything that you get in the standard edition of OAC with the added benefit of utilizing data lakes.

In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about data lakes, including the standard features of OAC and the new features you get with this edition.

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Canned Reports vs. Ad-hoc Analysis: Which to Use and When [Infographic]

Different stakeholders demand different information in different formats and with different delivery requirements — a reality that can translate into a nightmare if you’ve been tasked with preparing reports to distribute the information.

So how can you keep up with increasing demands (and stay sane)? The key to saving your time and energy is determining which reports can be "canned," or automatically generated based on pre-set specifications. 

Either way, you can maximize efficiency:

  • For insights that can be canned, you can automate pre-built reports.
  • For all other use cases, give business users the ability to perform quick and easy ad-hoc analysis.

So, how do you know which reporting requests are good candidates for canned reports? And which requests are better suited for spontaneous ad-hoc analysis? You can view the flow chart to get a quick answer! In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at each type of reporting and how to maximize efficiency.

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How to Connect OBIEE and Tableau

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE,   |   Tableau,   |   Unify

If you have Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), you’ve probably spent a lot of time honing this tool — and we can probably agree that it’s one of the most powerful BI tools for large enterprises.

After all the time and work spent optimizing this tool, it’s frustrating when end users in various departments start using Tableau to build your reports. Tableau is a great, user-friendly tool, but OBIEE has something Tableau doesn’t (we’ll get to that a little further down).

The feuding between OBIEE and Tableau doesn’t need to go on — you can use these tools in harmony. In this blog post, we’ll explain the differences between these tools, why you should connect them, and how you can connect them with relative ease.

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US-Analytics Acquires Atlanta-based Rittman Mead America Inc.

US-Analytics, a leader in EPM consulting and services, acquired Atlanta-based BI firm Rittman Mead America (RMA) for an undisclosed amount this week to better serve the needs of customers nationwide. Both companies bring decades of experience in the development and support of business analytics systems. Their leaders share a singular mission: help organizations harness the power of their data.

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FAQ: Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS)

Moving to the cloud? It’s a big step. Though the deployment is typically faster and the overhead cost is usually cheaper, you should still do all the research you would do with an on-premises tool.

Whether you’re looking for a quick business intelligence solution or you’re thinking of switching to Oracle’s Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS), this is the blog post for you. We’ll cover the questions we’re asked most often to give you an overview of this cloud-based tool.

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US-GeoMarket Files U.S. Patent for New Visual Data Discovery Technology

US-GeoMarket’s new software, Geo-Discover, combines Esri, the market leader in geographic information system technology, and Qlik, the industry leader in data discovery. With the power of Qlik and Esri, US-GeoMarket offers best-in-class solutions to visualize and interpret large amounts of geospatial data to make highly informed business decisions. See how rapidly these solutions are built in this YouTube video, How to Build an Esri Map in Qlik in Less Than 5.

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Kscope16: Download the EPM Presentations

Another ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference has wrapped up. If you didn't attend or missed a few sessions — don't worry, you haven't completely missed out. This blog post will  recap US-Analytics' part in the 5-day event that featured over 300 sessions and more BI and EPM presentations than any other conference. 

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EPM Project Management: 7 Essentials of a Good Status Report


You are now the sponsor of a new EPM project at your organization. This project is transformational for your department and affects a lot of company stakeholders. And, adding further pressure, the project has a lot of visibility with senior executive leadership within your organization. While you’ve chosen what you believe is a good implementation partner… you’ll need to know what and how to report on project status for both the tactical project and strategic executive team.

How will you know what information makes a good status report? How will you present information to the project team that establishes credibility and sets a tone for leadership? How will you know what the leadership team needs to judge that the project is a success? A lot is riding on this project’s success!

This blog post will give you the knowledge to keep your project on track and report effectively to your leadership team. It’s going to arm you for success — prepare to climb that ladder.

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