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Self-Service Data Transformation: Intro to Oracle Data Flow & Tableau Prep

In the world of self-service analytics, Tableau and Oracle Data Visualization are two tools that are often put on the same discussion platform. In the last year, the conversations surrounding these two tools have increased dramatically — with most of our clients using self-service analytics. In this blog, I am not going to do a comparison rundown between Tableau and Oracle DV. What I do want to show you is two similar tools which introduce exciting new possibilities: Tableau Prep and Oracle Data Flow.

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Oracle Analytics Roadmap: OBIEE & OAC

After attending Kscope18, one thing is still extremely clear — Oracle continues and will continue to be all about the cloud. For example, the title of the Kscope presentation detailing what’s coming to OBIEE is “Oracle Analytics: How to Get to the Cloud and the Future of On-Premises.”

While that does tell you there’s still a future in on-prem Oracle BI, it's also clear that all the innovation will be put into the cloud. In this blog post, we’ll look at…

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Fixing Oracle BI Performance Issues: A Non-Technical Guide

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE

Nearly all Oracle BI customers we speak with have noticeable performance issues. Business users complain about having to wait too long for their reports, and developers are at a loss as to what their options are. And, no one wants to spend time tuning an environment instead of implementing direct business requirements. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts or quick-fixes to improving the performance of an Oracle BI environment. Normal approaches involve either outsourcing the efforts to a consultancy or attempting to wade through the difficult process on your own. While both options initially seem fine, they’re not maintainable.

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OBIEE Tutorial: Preventing Write Back When Using Act As

Posted by Matthew Walding   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE

Recently, I was presented with a unique client requirement. They needed to prevent write back functionality when acting as users who have write back capabilities. They also wanted to be able to turn it on or off depending on the situation, since there are some scenarios where using Write Back in conjunction with Act As is needed. This created a few challenges because of how Act As and Write Back are configured in OBI.

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Oracle Analytics Cloud: Metered vs. Non-Metered Services

You’ve been sifting through all the cloud jargon to understand things like the difference between SaaS and PaaS. And, if you’ve found yourself reading this blog post, you’ve most likely already visited Oracle’s Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) page.

There are probably several questions that pop into your head — “Isn’t Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service a SaaS offering? Do I really need all these services in one platform? What’s the difference between non-metered and universal credit services?”

The answer to the first question is that BICS used to be a SaaS offering, until the OAC platform came out. The second question is pretty subjective, but it seems more strategic to have all of your analytics tools on one platform.

The third question is what we’ll be focusing on in this blog post. You’ll get an overview of the differences between metered and non-metered, what’s meant by “universal credit services,” as well as the pricing and what comes with each offering.

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12 OBIEE Performance Tips You Need to Know

If your users are complaining about performance issues, you know you have problems. But, what are they? How do you solve them?

As the administrator, you want to be on top of these performance issues, solving them before they affect your users. These 12 performance tips can help you become a more proactive administrator.

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Why You Should Connect EBS to OBIEE

The Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) of applications include a variety of capabilities across your enterprise, including customer relationship management, financial management, supply chain management, and more.

Though the applications give you a view of these processes, EBS isn’t organized in a way that makes it easy to evaluate the data and identify trends. Organizations that previously relied on Discoverer for this type of data analysis now need a new solution after the loss of support for the tool. This is where OBIEE comes in. In this blog post, we’ll look at why OBIEE should become a part of your experience with EBS.

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4 Factors Affecting Your OBIEE Performance

Poor performance tends to come up a lot when people talk about OBIEE. It’s a definite source of frustration, especially when finding the root cause of performance issues is no simple task. But things can get better — you just have to know where to start.

This blog post can act as a starting point to solving your performance issues. In it, we’ll tell you about several factors that might be affecting your OBIEE performance and we’ll even offer you several solutions.

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5 Tips and Tricks for OBIEE Power Users

Needless to say, you won’t become an OBIEE power user overnight. If you’re new to the tool, you have a lot to learn. If you’ve been using the tool for a few years, you still have a lot to learn. With OBIEE, the learning never stops.

The great news is there are a lot of cool tricks out there that can help you become a better OBIEE user. In this blog post, we’ll cover 5 tips and tricks — and then show you where you can find even more.

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How Do I Increase BI User Adoption? 5 Ways to Ensure Successful BI Training

So, you have this great business intelligence tool that came with many promises. The promise to give you valuable insight to grow your organization. The promise to ease and automate your processes. The promise to improve visibility into your operations. The list goes on. But none of that means anything without user adoption.

People get set in their ways and tend to dislike change — making user adoption a tricky situation. The solution to this problem is training, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. There are several steps you must take to ensure your BI training is effective and enacts user adoption throughout your organization.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about how you can ensure successful training that will, in turn, increase user adoption.

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