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Friday, July 23, 2010

Impressions of the Oracle BI 11g Launch in New York

Hats off to Oracle for doing a great job on the much anticipated launch of OBIEE 11g. Dennis Busby (BICG) and I were fortunate enough to attend the launch event in New York on July 20 with approximately 300 other people.

The session started with Tony Fernicola kicking off the launch from one of the buildings that make up the Lincoln Center campus. The theater featured an amazing view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Tony set the stage discussing the history of BI at Oracle as well as Oracle’s vision for business intelligence in the future.

The OBIEE 11G release is instrumental to Oracle’s BI vision as it does a great job of integrating OBIEE with additional Oracle technologies including Hyperion Essbase, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle WebCenter and WebLogic (to name a few).

Paul Rodwick and David Granholm then served as co-presenters for the North American release of OBIEE 11g. They grouped the content into 4 different categories that included ROLAP, MOLAP, BI Publishing, and Collaboration. During the presentation, Rodwick and Granholm provided views of the interface design and of the enterprise approach to the architecture. Both presenters did a very nice job showing off Oracle's new business intelligence suite in a way that I felt highlighted the cababilities around OBIEE 11g.

BI Consulting Group has been an integral part of the beta process. BICG's OBIEE 11g Task Force members, consisting of 15 BICG consultants and managers, are working daily on dissecting the OBIEE 11g beta release to ensure we continue to be the most knowledgeable Oracle Business Intelligence experts in the world. Our OBIEE 11g Task Force has been doing a great job on providing beta feedback to Oracle as well as paving the way for BICG to guide and help our customers who plan on embarking on their own OBIEE 11g initiatives.

To ensure we are continually providing proper guidance to our customers and partners around Oracle BI 11g, BICG will be announcing new topics for our BICG Webinar Series that will feature BICG's OBIEE 11g Task Force and focus on the key questions our customers are asking about 11g. Our OBIEE 11g Task Force is also in the process of scheduling Free OBIEE 11g Hands-On Workshops across North America to allow customers and prospects an important hands on experience!

I truly believe the new capabilities of Oracle Business Intelligence 11g will allow organizations to better meet their strategic enterprise business intelligence-related goals . I am most excited to start thinking creatively around best practice usage of collaboration, action framework and the Hyperion Essbase integration as these new features will be game-changers throughout the entire BI space.

Upcoming BICG Webinar Series Events

Leveraging XOLAP and Hybrid Analysis for Increase Performance and Real-time Analytics
July 27, 2010, 1pm-2pm ET

The first chapter of many BICG Webinar Series chapters to focus on Oracle BI 11g. BICG's OBIEE 11g Task Force will simplify the 100's of enhancements and new functionality in the new release.
August 31st, 2010, 1pm-2pm ET