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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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Oracle BI Commentary Tools: Open Source or Enterprise?

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   OBIEE,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud,   |   CollaborateBI

Commentary support in Oracle BI tools has been a commonly requested feature for many years. As with many absent features in our beloved tools, the community has come together to develop methods to implement this functionality themselves. Some of these approaches, such as leveraging Writeback, implement out-of-the-box Oracle BI features.

More commonly you’ll find custom-built software extensions or free “open source” applications that provide commentary extensions.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the difference between custom-built extensions and open-source applications. We’ll also consider two different tools — one open source, another a custom-built extension.

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UnifyBI Community Edition: Free OBIEE-Tableau Connector

Posted by Nicholas Padgett   |   OBIEE,   |   Tableau,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud,   |   UnifyBI

Typically, issues that arise with your enterprise software require costly solutions, but occasionally you’ll find something that’s both helpful and affordable.

UnifyBI, the connector for Oracle BI and Tableau, is now available in a community edition and free to download. That’s right, free. So, what’s the catch? It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistle of the paid versions, but it will still help the community of Tableau and Oracle BI users solve their biggest problems.

This blog post will cover the issues the Community Edition helps solve, installation, as well as how its features stack up to the UnifyBI Professional Edition and Server Edition.

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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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Is Your Data Strategy Defensive or Offensive?

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   OBIEE,   |   Process & Advisory,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud

Organizations have more data to manage than ever before, and it’s critical to the success of your business to manage that data strategically. But even with data management tools and new roles created to manage that data — most companies have fallen behind, according to a recent article published in the Harvard Business Review.

The numbers to support that claim are even more shocking. Various studies have found that 70 percent of employees can access data that they shouldn’t have access to, and 80 percent of analysts’ time is spent finding and preparing data.

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The Value of Adding Commentary to OBIEE

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Oracle Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE,   |   CollaborateBI

As you probably already know, OBIEE does not have a commentary function built in.

So, you and your team are probably using manual workarounds — taking screenshots, adding text descriptions, referencing documents in email attachments — to discuss insights.

But what if you could add comments and documents directly to OBIEE dashboards and reports? How much time and effort would that feature save you?

In this blog post, we’ll share how you can implement that functionality with one simple tool and — more importantly — how it will help your team.

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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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