Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations

Implement Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Provide actionable business intelligence across the enterprise to enable informed decision-making and streamlined business processes. Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations shows how to justify, configure, customize, and extend this complete package of BI solutions. You’ll get a technical walkthrough of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications architecture–from the dashboard to the data source–followed by best practices for maximizing the powerful features of each application. You will also find out about stakeholders critical to project approval and success.

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  1. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dive rapidly into this book, September 22, 2013
    By 
    Erik P. George (Louisville, KY United States) –

    This review is from: Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations (Paperback)

    As far as I know, this is the first book publication focused on Oracle’s Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), and it’s welcome given the time the product has been on the market. In my view, having been an Oracle BI customer and now as an implementation partner, I don’t know that you would find more qualified folks to write on this subject than the authors.

    I should disclaim now that I know one of the authors, Simon Miller, fairly well, having worked closely with him while I was an employee at one of his large customers. It’s great to now see his insights in black & white.

    So let’s dive in to see whether we get the best of what the authors have to offer …

    The first impression is right on the cover in the form of the subtitle, “Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations.” Terms like `rapid’, `lean’, and `agile’ are thrown around a lot these days, increasingly in corporate settings, when it comes to software development and project implementation methodologies. Do the contents justify the title? I believe so, even if you simply compare the time to market for OBIA vs custom BI solutions for ERP. I believe there are some things around the edges to make an OBIA implementation even more `rapid,’ but I’ll save those comments for later.

    In my mind, the book can be broken down into four sections:
    – Build vs Buy (~25%)
    – Oracle BI architecture (~10%)
    – OBIA functional deep dives (~50%)
    – Implementing and governing OBIA (~15%)

    This is an appropriate allocation of content, with ~65% dedicated to OBIA functional content and implementation considerations. This allocation makes the book useful to a wide array of stakeholders, from those deciding on a BI solution to project managers to developers trying to get business context.

    There are loads of practical advice throughout, which comes from the authors’ experience with pre-OBIA data warehouse projects as well as OBIA implementations.

    BUILD VS BUY
    The value of this section depends upon your implementation and/or perspective. As a customer, I can see value in this content if you’re faced with a considerable integration or customization. There might be some IT folks who think they can build something cheaper than OBIA, and this is good evidence to debate those claims. As a former customer and implementer, I was a bit anxious to get through this section, but it’s good reinforcement for those on the fence.

    ORACLE BI ARCHITECTURE
    An overview of the technical moving parts is certainly worthy coverage from any perspective. This edition specifically covers OBIA release 7.9.6.x, which includes Informatica (ETL tool) and Data Warehouse Administrative Console (ETL admin). These components are replaced by Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and OBIA Configuration Manager in the latest release of OBIA, 11.1.1.7.1. However, this does not take away from the book whatsoever. Oracle says it’s committed to Informatica for the foreseeable future, and the latest release has yet to mature. Also, the content dedicated to 7.9.6.x specific components is a small fraction of the book.

    The book also addresses Oracle Exalytics as part of an OBIA solution. Mixing Exalytics or other engineered systems with OBIA probably doesn’t result in a rapid, nor economical, implementation for most companies. It deserves a mention, but this isn’t where most customers start. That said, it’s only ~5% of the (Oracle Press) book so we’ll let it slide.

    OBIA FUNCTIONAL DEEP DIVES
    I really like the format of these sections. The authors take us through a high-level review of each OBIA module: content, key stakeholders, business benefits, typical customizations, and what to look out for.

    I’d love to see Oracle Product Development survey its customers in terms of typical customizations, and then make this information available for books like these. This gives people, across a variety of roles, the ability to gauge the overall effort and TCO for their project, possibly in phases or sprints. It also helps the delivery team get ahead of their users’ needs from a discovery perspective, if nothing else.

    Again, this section is about 50% of the book, and a worthy review for just about any stakeholder, even those with past experience with OBIA because of the tips & tricks.

    IMPLEMENTING AND GOVERNING OBIA
    While the OBIA product, by nature, has significant advantages over custom solutions in terms of time to market, the authors take a fairly conventional approach to a `rapid’ implementation. The traditional steps of defining requirements, design, develop, test, rollout are laid out. A more rapid, and potentially time-saving approach, would be to rollout out of the box, and then let the users decide the most important configurations & customizations through hands-on use with production data.

    I’m glad the authors dedicated content to governance…

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Timely and insightful!, September 13, 2013
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    This review is from: Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations (Paperback)
    This book couldn’t have come at a better time. Simon and Hutchinson mix their formidable experience with the factual capabilities of the Oracle BI Apps. I particularly liked the “What to watch out for” sections of the book. Overall a very solid and useful read.

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent book for the right audience, September 4, 2013
    By 
    K. McGinley
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    This review is from: Oracle Business Intelligence Applications: Deliver Value Through Rapid Implementations (Paperback)
    Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of the book to review. Please read my full review here: […]

    I think this is an excellent book, as long as you buy it with the understanding that it’s not your average technical book. What’s important to state quickly is that you won’t get any “how-to” information from this book. There are no step-by-step implementations of any of the packaged applications or any other configuration. Instead, this is a book that talks to you realistically and intelligently about the purpose and value of data warehousing, why a pre-built application is more useful in today’s world, and why Oracle’s pre-built applications are an excellent choice. From there, both authors provide useful bits of information for each individual application, along with valuable tips across the entire BI Applications stack that can only be provided after years and years of experience implementing them. While the lack of “how-to’s” makes this book different than your average technical book, it also allows the book to shine for what and whom it was intended: the person in an organization tasked with making a recommendation on the future direction of ERP-driven analysis for end users.

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