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Oracle Analytics Server to Replace OBIEE


Oracle Analytics Server (OAS) is the latest Oracle release to supersede Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). Current OBIEE customers can upgrade to OAS at no additional licensing cost. Whether you are on OBIEE 11g or 12c, upgrading to OAS has the following main advantages:

  • Business users benefit from enhanced Data Visualization and Data Preparation features.
  • Augmented analytics with machine learning capabilities become available to end-users.
  • Analytics platform remains Oracle supported so you get the latest features and remain certified against updates to related Oracle and 3rd Party software.
  • With OAS, it becomes more viable to deploy both OAS and OAC in a hybrid manner.

How is Oracle Analytics Server different from OBIEE?

The majority of OBIEE features, besides a few specific capabilities, continue to be available after the upgrade to OAS. Whether its data visualization projects, classic BI dashboards, or BI Publisher pixel-perfect report bursting, all these capabilities may be upgraded to OAS.

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The OAS topology is similar to that of OBIEE: OAS components are hosted on a WebLogic domain. This includes an Admin server and a managed server. Also, the system schemas (RCU) are deployed in a database.

OAS basically covers all the features that already existed in OBIEE, except for the following, which are deprecated with OAS. These same features are also deprecated from Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC):

  • Mobile App Designer
  • Scorecards
  • Marketing Segmentation

The first release of OAS (v 5.5), made available earlier this month, is only supported on Linux 6 and 7 and with Oracle Database (11.2, 12.1, 12.2, 18c, 19c) for the RCU schemas. Support for other operating systems and databases such as Windows and SQL Server are planned for future releases of OAS, expected later this year. For more information on the current certification of OAS, you can reference the certification info here.

Two Upgrade Options

A couple of upgrade paths are possible:

  1. In-place upgrade from OBIEE (latest release of OBIEE)
    • Allows installing OAS on existing OBIEE host
    • Installation of OAS generates a new Oracle home within the same host
    • The existing domain is over-written
    • The existing system schemas in the database are upgraded
  2. Out of place upgrade for OBIEE and 12.2.1.x
    • Requires installation on fresh hardware/virtual machine
    • When upgrading from OBIEE 11g, migration can be done directly to the OAS instance using the migration utility to generate the export bundle. The migration bundle includes the repository (rpd), catalog and security metadata, and several configuration files.
    • When upgrading from OBIEE 12c, migration happens through an export/import of a bar file.

For more information on Oracle Analytics Server, you can reference the documentation here.
OAS Install Files on OTN are available here.

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Mazen Manasseh, Director of Business Analytics

Mazen is a Director of Business Analytics at Perficient and an accomplished professional services leader with 20 years of being a customer advocate. An analytics solutions delivery expert in functional domains covering Supply Chain, Financials, HCM, Projects and Customer Experience. Being a thought leader in the business analytics space, he conducted numerous business training sessions and spoke at technology conferences around analytics and machine learning.

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