BI & Analytics – Agile BI and / or Enterprise Reporting?

As I wrote in my last blogpost, Gartner’s latest version of the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms () caused a lot of noise in the Analytics Market. Gartner and Oracle have different views of this market. Gartner sees a difference; “between a modern BI and Analytics Platform and a traditional, IT-centric Reporting and Analysis Platform”. I think this; ‘Behind the Scenes‘ gives some more background about how Gartner has put this Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms together. Find Part 2 of the story in the Market Guide for Enterprise-Reporting-Based Platforms.

It’s clear that Oracle and Gartner have a different view on the Analytics Market. It seems that also the different Analysts see things differently. To get a more complete view of the Analytics Market, it is good to evaluate the Value Index from Ventana and the Forrester Wave™ as well.

If you are on Twitter, you should check the following hashtags; #BalancedBI, , There are some interesting discussions going on.

Daan Bakboord

So Oracle did not make it to the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms?

MQ for BI & Analytics - 2016Earlier this month Gartner released a new version of the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. This release has caused a lot of noise in the Analytics Market. Vendors have changed quadrants or even disappeared completely (eg. Oracle).

Traditionally, the Analytics Market is characterized by IT-led buying. Over the last years there is a transition ongoing towards Business-led buying. IT-led buying focusses on governance, consistency and scalability. Business-led buying on the other hand has a focus on speed and discovery.

So why did Oracle disappear from the Magic Quadrant? Oracle and Gartner have a different view / opinion when it comes to Business Intelligence & Analytics.

Gartner writes the following in their Summary; “The BI and analytics platform market’s multiyear shift from IT-led enterprise reporting to business-led self-service analytics has passed the tipping point. Most new buying is of modern, business-user-centric platforms forcing a new market perspective, significantly reordering the vendor landscape.” 

Oracle’s Business Analytics Product offering focusses on IT as well as the Business. It’s Oracle’s vision to support both to be able to realize the full potential of Analytics.

Since Oracle acquired Siebel, Oracle offers a platform; OBIEE, which supports the IT-led buying. Over the last years Oracle experienced a lot of competition from companies like QlikView and Tableau. These companies have successfully targeted the Agile / Self-Service preferences of the Business. Oracle was not able to compete with these companies. Last year Oracle has launched their Oracle Data Visualization (Visual Analyzer) product. Visual Analyzer is Oracle’s answer to QlikView and Tableau. Now Oracle is able to service both IT as well as the Business.

This is the difference between the view / opinion of Gartner versus Oracle. Gartner focusses in its Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms on the Business and Self-Service. Oracle focusses both on IT and the Business. Oracle offers OBIEE (IT) and Visual Analyzer (Business) On Premise or BICS (IT) and Visual Analyzer (Business) in the Cloud. 

The confusing thing might be that Gartner shifted its focus to solely Business Intelligence and Analytics for the Business, while the name of the Magic Quadrant still is the same as last year.

For me it is not a matter of right or wrong, but I think it is good to see things in context.

I believe in Oracle’s strategy when it comes to Business Intelligence and Analytics. If necessary or desired, I would be happy to put things in context.

Daan Bakboord

Het bestaande hoeft zich nooit te verdedigen en het nieuwe moet zich constant verantwoorden.

Een keer in het jaar sta ik samen met Eric van ‘t Zelfde op een hockeyveld in Schiedam. Wij maken beiden deel uit van een illuster gezelschap; Semper Stultior ’96. Elk laatste weekend van augustus komen wij samen om te strijden om de Japie Cup. Naast het feit dat we een hoop lol maken biedt dit ons de kans om Japie (een gezamenlijke vriend) te herdenken.

Afgelopen weekend heb ik de tijd genomen om Eric’s boek; Superschool te lezen. In Superschool vertelt Eric zijn levensgeschiedenis en beschrijft hij hoe hij en zijn team binnen vijf jaar een slechte school in Rotterdam Zuid promoveren naar een van de beste scholen van Nederland.

Superschool is een boek voor iedereen. Iedereen heeft in welke vorm dan ook ‘iets’ met het onderwijs te maken. Voor mezelf als vader is het leerzaam om te lezen hoe het onderwijs eruit kan zien vanaf de andere kant. Gek genoeg heeft het boek ook raakvlakken met mijn professionele leven als Oracle Business Analytics Consultant. Zaken als leiderschap, passie en ondernemerschap zijn onmisbaar in mijn werk. Ook met IQ, EQ en accu kom ik een heel end.

Een zin uit het Superschool is mij bijgebleven. Het is wellicht niet de kern van het verhaal, maar voor mij wel heel herkenbaar;  

“Het bestaande hoeft zich nooit te verdedigen en het nieuwe moet zich constant verantwoorden.”

Bij de veel van onze klanten waar ik binnenkom, wordt een bestaande Analytics omgeving vervangen door een nieuwe. Uiteraard heb ik een gekleurde mening. Ik ben besmet met het rode Oracle virus. Uiteindelijk maakt het niet uit voor welke oplossing of toepassing gekozen wordt. Als de keuze eenmaal gemaakt is, moet je er het maximale uit halen. Technisch is wat mij betreft alles mogelijk. De uitdaging zit hem vaak in de verandering. Het slagen van een nieuwe Analytics omgeving wordt bepaald door het gebruik ervan. De bestaande omgeving heeft zich al bewezen. De waarde van het nieuwe moet nog blijken.

De Oracle Business Analytics strategie is gericht op 3 pijlers

  • See the Signals –> Visual Analytics in every solution 
  • Sprint to Innovation  –> Cloud first
  • Scale the Insights –> One integrated platform

Deze strategie vertaalt zich in de volgende producten (On-Premise en in de Cloud)

Uw bestaande Analytics omgeving heeft zich wellicht al bewezen. Toch ben ik ervan overtuigd dat Oracle’s nieuwe aanbod waarde kan toevoegen. Ik kom graag met u de mogelijkheden van het Oracle Business Analytics aanbod doornemen.

Extracting Data from BICS / Apex via RESTful Webservice

A few days ago, I read the following post; Extracting Data from BICS / Apex via RESTful Webservice on the Oracle A-Team Chronicles website. I tried the example to see how things work.

Cocoa Rest Client

In the blogpost is referred to cURL to test the REST-endpoints. I have been testing this out on a Mac and used; Cocoa Rest Client.

If you test the created RESTful Service Handler, you get a window with a JSON formatted result set. You can copy the url.

Test_SQLWorkshop

Enter the copied url in the Cocoa Client.

Test_Cocoa

You will find the result in the Response Body of the CocoaClient. Don’t forget to enter your credentials to your BICS environment.

Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) – Planned Upgrade for 10-July-2015

As from the 10th of July the Oracle BI Cloud Service environment will be upgraded. Looking forward to the new features and enhancements to the Oracle BI Cloud Service. Find below a list of things we can expect.

Fresh new look to Oracle BI Cloud Service

Improved design that’s simple to navigate and easy to use. Includes a brand new Academy to help you get the most out of Oracle BI Cloud Service.

View your data in a heat matrix

Use a heat matrix view to see a two-dimensional depiction of data where values are represented by a gradient of colors.

Visualize geographical data on maps

Use a map view to display data on a map in several different formats and to interact with the data.

Manage your data files

Review, download, and delete the data files you’ve uploaded for analysis. Quickly see whether you’re close to reaching your quota.

Enhancements to Data Modeler

  • Let Oracle BI Cloud Service recommend fact and dimension tables when you first start building the data model.
  • Override the aggregation set for a measure for one or more dimensions.
  • Sort attribute values by a different column.
  • Define variables that return multiple values.
  • Programmatically clear data cached for your model through new REST APIs.
  • A copy of your data model saves automatically when you publish changes to the model. This makes it easy to recover to a previous version if something goes wrong.

Enjoy.

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Data Sync is out on OTN

A typical Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) flow looks like the following:

  • Load your data to the Cloud
  • Model and Secure your data
  • Author Analyzes,Visualizations and Interactive Dashboards
  • Use and Share BICS content

In the current version of BICS you have to upload your data into the Cloud. There are several ways to load the data:

The BICS Data Sync is a client utility to schedule and load data into the Cloud. If you are familiar with the Informatica version of Oracle BI Applications, you will see the similarities between BICS Data Sync and the DAC. BICS Data Sync has become GA on OTN recently.

For more details about BICS Data Sync check the following:

In the first BICS version the only database option for BICS was the Oracle Schema-as-a-Service. This had its limitations. Oracle recently release the option to run BICS on a Oracle Database-as-a-Service. Check here for the differences between the two. One of the benefits of the Database-as-a-Service option that you can use any ETL tool to load data into the Cloud. Consider the BICS Data Sync option as a light option for ETL to the Cloud.

Handouts – Introducing Oracle’s Information Management Reference Architecture

One of the great things of working in the Oracle Business Analytics industry is the fact that there is a very active community. Both online as well as offline. Oracle supports these activities where possible. Last week I attended an offline session at Oracle HQ in the Netherlands. This session was a event organized by the oGH and the OBUG (the SIG BIWA). Marti Koppelmans provided an Introduction into Oracle’s Information Management Reference Architecture. As promised he has posted some of his material on the oGH side. If you are interested, have a look at the following;

Although the titles are in Dutch, the contents are in English.

I will try to leave my notes here whit in a few days