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Storytelling Dashboards: The Benefits & Best Practices

We all know the old saying: a picture is worth a thousand words. But why does that matter when you’re talking numbers? There’s always a story behind your raw data, dashboards and analytics. And the more quickly you understand it, the more you can make the most out of every click and every campaign. If […]

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Reflections on Hosting Multiple Oracle Analytics Cloud Workshops

Our team has been partnering with Oracle on running Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) Workshops all across North America. To date we have partnered in running more than 10 workshops, the most recent one was held yesterday in Houston, TX. We had a record number of attendees, more than double the capacity we had planned for. […]

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How to Create an OAC Data Replication from Oracle SaaS?

Oracle Analytics Cloud offer several options when it comes to loading data from Oracle SaaS (such as Financials, HCM, Sales, etc…). Using OAC against Oracle SaaS has several advantages, and most importantly being able to perform analytics on data that is not part of the SaaS application. You may be familiar with using Data Sync […]

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How to Integrate Oracle SaaS Data into Oracle Analytics Cloud?

Reporting on Oracle Fusion and non-Fusion SaaS Apps from Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) is a common solution to performing cross-functional reporting from one or more Cloud and non-Cloud applications. The BI capabilities within each of the transaction systems, whether Financials, HCM, Sales or other, are limited when it comes to integrated reporting with external data […]

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Visualization Tools Help Put Data to Work

Researchers with the U.S. Army claim that clinical data visualization is a key component in the usage and delivery of EHRs because it: Presents data in a pleasing, easy-to-understand manner Makes digesting and sharing data faster and simpler Reduces the time needed to interpret and understand data points Increases the user’s ability to see trends […]

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How to Create Advanced Tableau WOW Charts – BUMP Charts

Bump chart is used to effectively visualize ranking of dimension members across different measures over time. It is very easy to interpret from bump chart, how ranking of dimensions with respect to any measures varies over time. Steps to create BUMP charts in Tableau: I have used Tableau Superstore dataset for creating this BUMP charts. […]

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3 Easy Ways to do ML with Oracle Analytics Cloud

Over the past couple years several Machine Learning (ML) capabilities have made their way into Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). If you are using OBIEE or OAC and wanting to apply ML to your data, there is no need to look for an additional software to do that. There are several ways in which ML capabilities […]

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Perficient Expands Analytics Expertise with Southport Acquisition

We’re excited to announce the acquisition of Southport Services Group, an award-winning MicroStrategy consulting firm specializing in the development, implementation, integration and support of analytics, business intelligence and data warehousing solutions. Southport deepens Perficient’s analytics expertise and enables us to provide more powerful data-driven digital transformation solutions for our customers. Additionally, this acquisition increases Perficient’s […]

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From OBIEE or OBIA to OAC: The Fundamentals at #C18LV

Oracle Cloud BI solutions have been available for a few years now and have evolved significantly over the past couple years. If you have been using OBIEE or OBIA (Oracle BI Applications), you are in a pretty good position to start migrating to Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). The reason: OAC relies on a similar underlying […]

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5 Oracle Analytics Trends to Watch Out for Starting Now

“Catching up” is the term that came to mind when I used to check out what’s new with Oracle Analytics in previous years. This year, however, I frankly say I was impressed with what I saw at Oracle Open World last week. The rules of the analytics platform game have changed, tremendously. This is after […]

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Cross-Industry Success with Tableau

Organizations are turning to self-service data visualization and analytics tools like Tableau to explore enterprise data without limiting users to pre-defined questions or IT requests. We’ve helped many companies across a variety of industries implement these data discovery solutions with great results. The following high-level overviews are a sample of these implementations, highlighting the power […]

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Day by Day: An Oracle Personal Assistant for Enterprise Analytics

You are in a hurry and away from your office desk but really need an important piece of information before your next call or meeting. If only Siri or Google Voice can help. These personal assistants can’t answer questions related to your secure enterprise data, at least not without some serious amount of programming. Last […]

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Business Analytics Cloud at Collaborate 17 #C17LV

At the Collaborate 17 conference, I attended the official announcement of the release of Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), delivered by John Hagerty, VP of Product Management. It was a clear message from Oracle BI Product Management that Oracle’s Cloud BI offerings are positioned to provide a solution for “Everyone”. “Everyone” here is primarily twofold: First, BI […]

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Oracle Analytics Cloud: Essbase and Many Other Interesting Things

A couple weeks ago, Oracle released Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). But there was already Oracle Cloud offerings for BI, mainly Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) and Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS), so why is this new? And how is it different? Simply, OAC doesn’t abolish its predecessor Cloud BI services, but it makes them more […]

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Thoughts on the Tableau Conference Keynote

I recently attended the annual Tableau user conference in Austin, TX. They had record attendance this year with over 13,000 attendees. This highlights Tableau’s popularity and its reception in the marketplace. The big news was the keynote, which reviewed Tableau’s Three-Year Roadmap. Highlights included: A new data engine for faster analysis Project Maestro: A self-service […]

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Latest Version of OBIEE 12C further improves Data Visualization

Oracle has recently introduced a new version of OBIEE 12c, 12.2.1.1 (not to be confused with the original 12.2.1.0) This is the first point release of the 12c platform and contains a host of changes.  The biggest changes are in the Data Visualization side of the house where the platform has seen significant functionality additions in […]

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Every OBIEE user can evaluate Oracle Data Visualization for free

In my last post I detailed the features of Oracle Data Visualization Desktop, which is an added feature that comes with the Data Visualization Cloud Service, Business Intelligence Cloud Service and is part of the Data Visualization add-on to OBIEE 12c.  Even if you don’t have a production license, an evaluation copy can be found on […]

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Gain Business Insights with Oracle Data Visualization Desktop

Oracle has expanded its Data Visualization capabilities by releasing Data Visualization Desktop (DVD).  The underlying “Visual Analyzer” technology has been part of the Oracle BI Cloud Service for over a year but is now available as a feature-rich desktop tool.  As of right now, it is included with Data Visualization Cloud Service, Business Intelligence Cloud […]

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9 Ways Oracle BI Cloud Positioned to Offer Governance & Agility

When it comes to choosing the right Cloud BI platform, there is usually a trade off between governance and centralization on one hand and agility on the other. BI software vendors like Tableau and Qlik, that are relatively newer to the game than traditional BI platforms, have changed the rules of what defines a better BI […]

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Why is Oracle’s OBIEE 12c Important?

Last week, Oracle released version 12c of OBIEE (Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition). There are several features that are new to 12c, among which is the UI which has now been updated to become more modern compared to the prior 11g interface. The most interesting feature that has been added is the new Data Visualization […]

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