Mazen just previewed What to Expect Next on BICS and now it is in the process of being released. The first thing you’ll notice is the new clean and concise consumer-style user experience. Site navigation and the Home page has changed dramatically as you can see in the screen shot below (the compass next to the user’s name brings up the navigation icons)
In addition to the Home Page change, there are now Tabs for each of the main components of BICS.
A. VA Projects Tab: Allows a user to open and Create new Visual Analyzer Data Discovery projects:
B. Dashboards Tab: Create or Open Dashboards:
C. Analyses Tab: Create or Open Analyses:
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D. Catalog Tab: Gone is the small link in the tool bar, it now has its own tab:
The Modeler UX is the same as before, but now there are two additional pages:
1) Console: Consolidates all Administrative functions in one place, including the ability for users to manage the spreadsheets they upload to BICS:
2) Academy: Contains excellent video tutorials and user guides:
Beyond the Navigation changes, the UX for Dashboard and Analyses creation has changed, but will be familiar to anyone used to the previous OBIEE 11g style interface.
There are also some key improvements to functionality, like a much needed Heat Matrix chart and improved visuals for Dashboards:
As Mazen pointed out in his blog, there are more changes on the horizon, including the expansion of Data Integration options and Federated Sign On. We’ll have more details when they are closer to being released.