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Optimizing OBIEE Performance: How the Experts Do It

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud,   |   OptimizeBI

 OBIEE performance tuning guides are abundant these days. It seems any developer with a passing knowledge of OBIEE can make suggestions on how to make your reports run faster... "change this variable, disable logging, check this box." But what do the experts say?

Hogwash. "OBIEE performance tuning" implies performance issues can be solved with specific suggestions and solutions. But all customers are different, and thus the solutions are unique. 

So instead of tuning, we optimize. Instead of dictating what must be changed, we work with the business to investigate solutions.

The simplest way to distinguish between tuning and optimizing is to look at the tasks. If the tasks are generalized and boilerplate, we're tuning. If the tasks include environment analysis and comparison of approaches, we're optimizing. Optimization provides true business value, where tuning only provides a facade of improvement.

How do we start optimizing? The best starting place is to have an understanding of where to start looking. Let's begin with best practices.

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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 Oracle BI and Tableau [Free Tool]

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE,   |   Tableau,   |   Unify

If you have Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), you’ve  spent a lot of time honing either of these solutions. Whichever tool you currently use, we can probably agree that they're two of the most powerful BI tools for large enterprises.

After all the time and work spent optimizing your Oracle BI solution, 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 Oracle BI 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 UnifyBI, the Tableau to OBIEE connector, can connect them with relative ease.

Psst, want to skip the explanation and download the free OBIEE-Tableau connector? Go ahead:

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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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The Secret to a Successful Project, Part 3: What to Expect From an Implementation Partner

 

We’ve talked about the first key to a successful EPM or business analytics project: understanding your project’s unique complexity gap. And we’ve talked about how to create a gap analysis and assess the potential effort that your project will require.

Once these two items are complete, the next step in this process is to select an Oracle Hyperion implementation partner. To help you evaluate prospective implementation partners, this blog post will detail the three most important selection criteria and how to predict success in those areas.

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