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An Open Letter to Discoverer Users…

An Open Letter to Discoverer Users…

Dear Discoverer User, As you know, Oracle has now placed Oracle Discoverer into Sustaining Support this month. Oracle defines Sustaining Support as a service which, “maximizes your investment protection by providing maintenance for as long as you use your Oracle software. Features include access to Oracle online support tools, upgrade rights, pre-existing fixes and assistance from technical support experts.” However, what they don’t tell you are the following implications of how this change can affect your business. Technology Risks Oracle…

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Discoverer Discussion: EBS Support Implications for Discoverer 11G in June 2017

Discoverer Discussion: EBS Support Implications for Discoverer 11G in June 2017

https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenchan/ebs-support-implications-for-discoverer-11gr1-in-june-2017 This article on Oracle’s website goes over the implications of the Discoverer de support in June 2017. It has a lot of great information on what that entails, what they recommend next (OBIEE of course), and some Q&A. For those who didn’t read it though, here is the TLDR (too long, didn’t read): No new patches for Discoverer 11gR1 or its E-Business Suite (EBS) Discoverer-based content will be created after June 30, 2017.  EBS customers will continue to have…

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BI TRENDS IN MY EXPERIENCE

BI TRENDS IN MY EXPERIENCE

Lots of experts continually publish reports and predictions about the trends for Business Intelligence in the coming years.   Now, I don’t profess to be an expert, but I do have experience. I have worked with BI (DSS, MIS, EIS, BI&DW, BA, etc) since 1980, initially in a development role, then moving into sales. If you look at most lists of BI trends for 2016, you will mostly see those listed below, or at least headings that can be interpreted in…

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THE EVOLUTION OF BI

THE EVOLUTION OF BI

There is a lot of talk about Mode 1, Mode 2 and Bimodal BI So, what is BI?  When I started in the 80s, despite the term BI not being invented, there were many companies that were using true BI solutions to derive business benefits.  In those days, measuring the benefit was quite simple: improvement on the bottom line.  Companies that were leading the way came from the Consumer Packaged Goods and Pharmaceutical industries, companies like Unilever, Proctor & Gamble,…

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THE NEED FOR AGNOSTIC REPORTING

THE NEED FOR AGNOSTIC REPORTING

The evolution of business systems and data have really changed how people approach business intelligence and analytics today. Meaningful and valuable data no longer just comes from a single application, nor is it solely managed by IT. Organizations now have applications in the cloud that they subscribe to one day then switch off the next. Other sources of data, such as on premise legacy systems and ERP Systems, are pushing data volumes and velocity at a much greater scale, playing a big part in…

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FIVE THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A REPORTING SOLUTION TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AT MONTH-END!

FIVE THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A REPORTING SOLUTION TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AT MONTH-END!

During a software DEMO, many users know what to ask, many don’t know what to ask, and many get overwhelmed with every detail that the software can offer. What really matters is how the solution will solve pain points. The following are the most common basic questions one should ask during a demonstration of a software designed to enhance month-end process for your functional users: 1. Are there integration or connection capabilities to my ERP system? – There are many…

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A LESSON IN BUSINESS FROM THE MODERN DAY GREEKS

A LESSON IN BUSINESS FROM THE MODERN DAY GREEKS

I recently returned from a 2-week Mediterranean cruise to celebrate my youngest daughter’s graduation from high school.  It was an amazing cruise that allowed us to visit Italy, Greece and Turkey.  Each one was more beautiful than the last and I am hopeful that we made memories that will last a lifetime. But there I was in Greece – a country that is on the verge of bankruptcy, in a place that certainly at this time would have the excuse…

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