Oracle Business Intelligence Management Pack - license - 1 processor

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This Business Intelligence Management Pack provides an integrated solution for ensuring the performance and availability of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. Using the pack, you can receive proactive alerts on impending problems for the application, examine run-time statistics to troubleshoot and tune performance, compare configurations across different environments, keep track of configuration changes, and proactively enforce configuration policies to avoid configuration-related problems. You can use the pack with other Oracle Enterprise Manager management packs and plug-ins to achieve end-to-end management of the entire application environment, including both Oracle and non-Oracle databases, operating systems, storage, and network devices.

Oracle Business Intelligence Management Pack - license is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lack of in-memory data and calculations negatively affect performance Primary Use CaseThe primary use case is for our various financial products. One is a trading platform called MarkitSERV. All the world-leading financial institutes are on-boarded to that client. They use the platform for trading. On the backend, we have the data warehouse of that trading platform, which helps produce quick analyses of the trading data and prepare reports on demand. For that purpose, we are using the OBIEE. We have defined a lot of trends in OBIEE so you can compare year-on-year and month-on-month data. We have various ways you can measure your numbers.Performance is just okay. It doesn't have in-memory data. For every new analysis we prepare, it will go to the database and query the SQL. That takes a long time. That is the main challenge we are facing. People nowadays are very demanding. They want their analysis to come up very quickly, at the click of a button.Valuable FeaturesThe most valuable feature of Oracle OBIEE, for me, would be the Web Catalog. From a development perspective, I do not need any client or any software to be installed on my laptop or desktop. Everything is browser-based, so I just open the browser and start development.Similarly, for the end-user, it provides self-analytics services where the end user can drag and drop various fields, facts, and dimensions and prepare their reports. They can have them in the form of charts, etc. Then they can save them in the Web Catalog.I have not seen this Web Catalog in any other tool. Web Catalog is kind of like Windows Explorer, where you can define your own folder and whatever analysis you are doing and you can save the analysis for future reference.Room for ImprovementOne feature I would definitely like to see is the ability to provide the in-memory data. Oracle might have some plugins but, as of now, that feature isn't available out-of-the-box. You might have to purchase that feature. This is the feature that is most lacking, which we would like to have in the next release.Also, the overall architecture. Currently, it comes in an Oracle suite. We want to have it come as a separate product and which is very easy to install, migrate, deploy etc.Use of SolutionThree to five years.Stability IssuesI wouldn't say it's that stable. We are using it in production and we used to have one failure per month. When we're not able to figure out the reason, we just restart the services to sort it out. That might be an environmental issue, we're not sure. It could also be a tool issue. When we approached Oracle support, we could not find out exactly what caused the instability.Scalability IssuesIt's fairly scalable. It doesn't have its own engine, so everything depends on how much data your database can process.Customer Service and Technical SupportWe have used technical support. We didn't find it very useful. The responses are very slow. As the tool is very, very complex, there are a lot of scenarios that we need to go through with them. Most of the time we are not able to simulate the issues with them. Depending on the application-side logs that we provide to support, they start their investigation, but most of the time it is not that useful.Initial SetupI wasn not involved in the initial setup. When I joined the organization, it was already set up. I would say that we're using only 20 to 25 percent of the features of OBI.Setup and migration are very complex. Technically, Oracle accessory is extremely complex. These days, the industry demands a kind of Excel analysis, which is very easy to install, set up, and it's very developer-friendly as well as end-user friendly. OBIEE lacks all those features. We had to migrate from 11g to 12c and it took around six months because of the extreme complexity of the tool.Other Solutions ConsideredWe are planning to move away from Oracle OBIEE, and to move to another tool that has in-memory data processing capabilities. Oracle doesn't provide that capability very easily, so we have performance challenges, etc. We are exploring Tableau and QlikView. They provide in-memory calculations and in-memory processing, which results in very fast throughput so that the data updates into the dashboard.In terms of choosing a vendor, the most important criteria for me is the ability to create near real-time analysis, which OBIEE is lacking at the moment. Another is very good performance, which means it should have its own engine to process the data or even to do some small ETL operations on the data. In addition, it's the simplicity to develop and architect the solution.Other AdviceAll the drawbacks which I mentioned above, I would like to have all of those resolved in OBIEE. First of all, its installation, configuration, and setup should be very easy. It comes with its own application server and that creates a lot of conflict files on the server side. You have to be very careful while configuring all those files.Technical support is another issue, where we generally do not get adequate support. And on Google, there is a lack of good material for OBIEE 12c. If you compare it with other tools like Tableau and QlikView, they have excellent community sites where you post your question and you'll immediately get a reply.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from With its ability to integrate with database sources, our customers can build dashboards and use visual components. Valuable Features:The easy integration with database sources.Improvements to My Organization:Before using OBIEE, my customer had difficulties building a dashboard and use visual components to show information, and now they can do it faster. After selecting the data and organizing the physical model, they just have to connect and begin the work. The solution has some limitations, but there's always a way to adapt and show a good work.Room for Improvement:I think there are some issues to be solved, and it needs some visual improvements, especially the charts, but it is still the best solution in my opinion.Use of Solution:I've used this solution since 2012. I am not focused on building dashboards, I just give data support to developers, and sometimes I use it to present my data products.Deployment Issues:Sometimes is hard to make a drilldown without refreshing the page.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:When the number of projects on the repository increases, updates and new deployments get slower.Customer Service:I have never used it.Technical Support:I have never used it.Previous Solutions:I had aready used Microsoft reporting services when I began to use OBIEE. I switched because my customer doesn´t use Microsoft tools for BI.Initial Setup:It was straightforward in the begining, but became complex later.Other Solutions Considered:When my customer found some issues, I evaluated other solutions like Tableau, Cognos, MicroStrategy. They are more attractive visually, but in my opinion they are not better.Other Advice:Most of my customers want a tool that connects any data source, and does all the jobs for them. It doesn´t exist. People have to know their data, and know what they want to do with it. My customer had the illusion that OBIEE would do everything for them, and they were frustrated, so we had to learn to work togheter in the right way with the tool.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We've been able to create reports for monitoring our business trends and retail KPIs, although we've come across deployment issues when moving from one version to another. Valuable Features:* Data accessibility* Easy to create ad hoc reporting ( http://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/reporting-tools ) for different solutions* Excellent tool for defining and creating Executive and Operative DashboardImprovements to My Organization:I’ve used this product especially in the retail field. It’s been a huge initial effort creating reporting for monitoring business trends and retail KPIs, but once we did it we had a great return in terms of data reliability, time response and information sharing between internals and externals.Room for Improvement:Retail, Finance, WholesaleUse of Solution:I've used if for about four years in the fashion industry.Deployment Issues:Yes, especially when we’ve moved from one version to another. Most of the problems encountered have been solved quickly.Stability Issues:No broad impactScalability Issues:NoCustomer Service:8/10Technical Support:8/10Initial Setup:Designing and building the entire set up of Data Warehousing and Dashboard Reporting implementation has been challenging in terms of resources and time. It took at least six months to a year to see the first results of our hard work.Other Solutions Considered:I can make a comparison with Business Objects and MicroStrategy. Even though these are excellent tools for business analysis, Oracle OBIEE has allowed the company to approach data analysis in a structured and shared way favoring the growth of analytical expertise across the entire company.Other Advice:From my experience as Retail Planner and Business Analyst in fast paced companies, I would suggest this solution to anyone who wants to improve data analysis in terms of data read, performance, analytical culture throughout the company.I think it's a great tool for the retail, finance, and commercial industries.ABC Sell Out AnalysisDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from With the analytics and inter-process communication functions, we can generate KPI and other analytical reports for the operations team. Valuable Features:* Data Warehouse Application Console* Analytics* Inter Process CommunicationImprovements to My Organization:Several KPI reports and different analytical reports can be generated for the operations team.I have developed datamarts from scratch using OBIEE and ODI as well for a government department in charge of agriculture and food throughout Mexico.Additionally, it was used to generate several KPIs for a nation-wide logistics company who were distributing all the medicines for government-provided social security insurance.Room for Improvement:* DAC* Siebel Analytics* BI ServerUse of Solution:I've used it for four years.Stability Issues:There is an issue with the handling of the cache in the BI server.Scalability Issues:There was an issue upgrading from 10g to 11g.Customer Service:9/10.Technical Support:9/10.Previous Solutions:I haven't used another solution.Initial Setup:It was complex because the installation of the product presented some problems, and there was not much information about it. The issues were with security for the BI server and the middleware.Implementation Team:We did it in-house.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:It is high.Other Solutions Considered:No other options were evaluated.Other Advice:Be well prepared with the product details from installation to implementation. Be sure you have a support account.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We've been able to integrate different sources into one dashboard and it's given us better RMDB and browser support. Valuable Features:It's easy to create fully-functional Dashboards.Improvements to My Organization:We have been able to integrate different sources into one dashboard.Room for Improvement:Essbase integration needs to be worked on.Use of Solution:I've used it for around five years.Deployment Issues:No issues with the current version.Stability Issues:When using Essbase, queries accumulated in the BI server and degraded its performance.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:It's satisfactory.Technical Support:It's satisfactory.Previous Solutions:We previously used Hyperion WebAnalysis, and we needed better RMDB and browser support.Initial Setup:It was straightforward.Implementation Team:We used a mixed team, and when the vendor team implemented it, they had satisfactory skills to do it.ROI:It's ok.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:It´s expensive.Other Solutions Considered:* QlikView* TableauOther Advice:Requires some database tuning and an expertise in OBIEE to perform as expected.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The reporting is a good feature. Sometimes there is an issue of font size during the deployment. Valuable Features:* Dashboards* KPIs* Scorecards* Analysis* Reporting ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/reporting-tools )Improvements to My Organization:Working as a BI ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/bi-and-performance-management-service-providers ) Consultant, I have to develop different analyses, reports and dashboard documents to analyze the status of different business measures. We are using OBIEE and MicroStrategy ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/microstrategy ) for the purpose of enterprise performance management by defining and describing different business perspectives and objectives, Initiatives and results are analyzed on the basis of these defined attributes.Use of Solution:I've been using it for six months to a year.Deployment Issues:Sometimes there is an issue of font size, spacing and other related formatting document issues.Stability Issues:We've experienced no issues with performance. However, the larger amount of number of selectors, filters etc. you have, the longer it will take to display an analysis.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Customer Service:7/10Technical Support:8/10Previous Solutions:I started with OBIEE, and I am still using it for References.Initial Setup:It was straightforward.Implementation Team:We implemented it in-house.Other Solutions Considered:We're also using MicroStrategy.Other Advice:If you are looking for Purely Performance Management of a whole Enterprise, then you should choose OBIEEE, otherwise choose MicroStrategy.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Data mash-up provides the ability to look at different data, join them on the fly and look at the key indicators. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are what you can do with it. It's the insight of the data that really gives the management the capability of looking beyond what they probably currently have within the transaction system.Now with 12c, there’s also data mash-up, which gives them the capability to look at different data, join them on the fly and look at the key indicators, which can probably give them insight into the business.Room for Improvement:Performance is a key point, but it's always a give and take with performance: What do you really want to achieve versus what you can really get, and what does that cost? That's the key, I think, from a performance perspective.Use of Solution:I have been using it for 10 years.Stability Issues:It is a stable solution. We have been using it since it was Siebel; since before Oracle acquired Siebel. It has been almost 15-16 years. It's pretty old. Now, with the new release, they're adding on more and more capabilities.Scalability Issues:It's pretty scalable. You can scale it differently; you can scale it horizontally or vertically. With the new upgrades, it's pretty amazing the things that you can do with it.Technical Support:Technical support are very knowledgeable because this product has matured a lot from where it was initially.Initial Setup:With every release, the setup is getting easier and easier. When we started out, it was more complex; now it's getting more and more easy.Other Advice:Based on what I have seen, based on different implementations, it's one of the tools that is pretty reliable in the market, that is pretty stable. As long as it meets your requirements, you should be fine. I don't see any issues with it.When I’m deciding to work with a vendor like Oracle, I think about how much they are willing to collaborate and make their product succeed. It's more about partnership; it's more about reliability, but it's also about dependency. You often get stuck with products you're implementing and the solution might not be available onboard, so you have to go and reach out and get the solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use the OBIEE Repository to join multiple physical sources and combine their data into a single business model. Valuable Features:* Ad hoc analysis* Dashboarding* Dimensional modeling (Administration tool)* Security and permissionsFor me as a consultant, these are the most valuable features of the product. By using the Analytics feature, users (and consultants) are able to build both simple and complex reports / graphs. The user is able to add complex calculations and to create almost any column he desires.The Administration tool is the workbench for the implementation consultant; this is where the data warehouse is called, and facts and dimensions are defined and joined. Here we transform data into a business model and make it accessible to the end user. It is possible to join multiple physical sources and combine their data into a single business model. So, if sales are recorded in a sales application and inventory is recorded in a different system, it can be combined right here.Security and permissions are important when, within a company, specific roles are defined that are (not) allowed to certain areas of data. OBIEE provides roles and groups and data shielding by role or even user-level to cope with almost any business requirement at this point.Room for Improvement:Users find it difficult to understand which combinations of facts and dimensions are ‘allowed’ in a single report. The application does not provide feedback up front, but gives an error afterwards.The user interface provides subject areas where the user can choose columns for a report. A column can be either a fact (measure) or a dimension (like company, or date).It is not uncommon to have two measures that cannot be compared by the same dimension. The report will show a blank column, or give an error message saying something like ‘incomparable measures at this level’.Most of the times, this is a design flaw in the underlying dimensional model, but this does not have to be the case. If a user could see the unavailable columns based on their selection - by greying out options that are not available - this would greatly help the user understand the underlying data model and prevent frustration.Use of Solution:I have used it for five years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent; there are many companies specialized in delivering technical support for OBIEE.Initial Setup:For the end user, the product runs inside the web browser; technical setup requires a specialist.Cost and Licensing Advice:Contact a reseller (such as Ordina) to negotiate the best price. Oracle list prices are always negotiable.Other Advice:Seriously consider a cloud implementation. Cut back on implementation and maintenance / upgrade costs and very little time-to-market.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My company is an Oracle partner.
Date published: 2016-10-04
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