9 Spokes

2 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

16 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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9 Spokes

Good for letting your investors, employees and others know at a glance how your company is doing. The interface is clean and organized well. I just wish more of the app's functionality was available for testing and implementation. "Coming soon" is not really encouraging when we already have been waiting for a year or more.
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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service is well suited for customers who want to move to start their first Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (over the cloud). Also, this is a good option for customers who use Traditional on-premise OBIEE and don't have a use case for iBots and BI Publisher. And, for customers who don't want to upgrade often. Oracle BICS will push the latest updates from backend. BICS is a perfect solution for small companies that don't have a BI Administrator to do patching and updates
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Pros

  • Grouping several apps in one place for easy viewing.
  • Clean dashboard interface that looks uncluttered when viewing several apps at once.
  • Setting up the apps is a breeze when the platform supports them.
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  • Oracle BICS is a first debut of Oracle BI in cloud. BICS is designed to provide lot of flexibility. BICS provides three solutions - 1. Completely deploy all BI services (data model, Catalog and DB) in Cloud using BICS. 2. Deploy Catalog in Cloud. RPD and DB reside on-premise (Hybrid Solution) 3. Deploy Data Model and Catalog in Cloud. DB stays on-premise (Hybrid Solution). No other cloud offers this flexibility. BICS design is centered on BIEE and advantages of Cloud.
  • Oracle BICS provides industry standard security. For on-premise applications, SSL has to be implemented manually but now, it is part of the BICS package. We get SSL encrypted. When implementing BICS Hybrid Solution with DB on-premise, Oracle BICS provides Public Key to deploy in on-premise. BICS, having the private key, is the only authorized tool to access this database and run queries. No spoofing possible.
  • Oracle BICS provides flexibility to Developers. If the data model is simple, they can do the development over the BICS cloud. If the data model is complex and need advance features of RPD, they can do development on-premise using RPD tool and can deploy this RPD to BICS. BICS will then convert that RPD to data model.
  • Oracle BICS is a Cloud Solution. It is very important for many organizations on the location of the data center. It should be, at least, in the same region as the Organization is. This is important for performance as well. Oracle BICS has multiple locations across the world and especially, multiple locations with in the USA. These locations grow based on demand.
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Cons

  • Integration with apps that are listed. Some of them are not supported yet and it seems the wait is taking longer than I'd like.
  • iPhone support. It would be nice to have this in the app store. Not available as of 04/25/2018.
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  • In an implementation where developers do their work on-premise RPD and deploy it to BICS, Oracle BICS will convert that RPD to data model before deployment. Developers can take a snapshot of that data model and download that data model. But, can't convert / extract that data model to RPD. This is one limitation that I would like to see some improvement.
  • Oracle BICS has no BI Publisher integration. BI Publisher is used by many customers and is one of the reasons that they are delaying BICS migration.
  • Oracle BICS lacks iBots (Scheduler). This is one of the most used feature in traditional OBIEE, where we can schedule reports to run and email to us / set of users. Lack of this feature is a major drawback of BICS.
  • Oracle BICS lacks the forward migration path, as of today. If we want to migrate to OAC (Oracle Analytics Cloud), there is no way to extract RPD out of data model. We may have to develop RPD from scratch, if we used BICS solution to develop data model. Oracle is planning to release a fix for this in the future.
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Support

9 Spokes5.0
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Support was helpful in the beginning but no longer needed because I didn't use the software as much. The experience that I did have with support was very friendly but not enough to give a good review. If the support team was called for initial setup, video chat or messenger app was used.
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Alternatives Considered

I actually chose QuickBooks (currently using) and Method (used for a month) before deciding that 9 Spokes is just good for looking at a few apps in one place. I'll keep checking back with them to see if they have improved. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 Spokes improves their product within the next 6-12 months.
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Better:Easy integration with different systems (internal, such as SAP; or external, such as data coming from tables from your vendors). Many companies use it and it's a good tool to learn. In my case, I learned at P&G and when I moved to Whirlpool I already learned how to use it! And I use it very often in my role.Worse:Well, if I need to do anything beyond a table, line or bar chart, I export the data and use a different tool.
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Collaboration and Sharing

9 Spokes7.0
Based on 1 answer
Access control capabilities are OK. Ease of sharing is great because the app design is made special for that purpose. I haven't dove that far into the app enough to generate reports. Formatting is very flexible because 9 Spokes allows the user to customize how the info is displayed. Security or lack thereof is not a factor for me so I am unable to give feedback on security.
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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service7.1
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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service uses IAM (Identity and Access Management) to control security and what each user can do. This is a most comprehensive security model compared to traditional on-premise Business Intelligence because IAM can control both server level and application level access. As Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service is a complete web interface, it comes with all the natural advantages of on-premise Business Intelligence solutions like Sharing Reports easily with their own group. It lacks report distribution via email. But has all on-premise traditional Business Intelligence formatting capabilities.
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Data Integration

9 Spokes5.0
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I gave 9 Spokes a five because the range of data sources is minimal. Ease of merging data from disparate sources is pretty good for the ones they do support. I just want to have more apps available for arranging on their nice looking interface. Perhaps next year my review for 9 Spokes will be better than 5
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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service7.9
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Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition is known for this connectivity to multiple data sources. Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition can connect to any database that supports ODBC and JDBC. Almost all the major databases today support ODBC and JDBC. Visual Analyzer, which is a part of Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service is a game changer as it allows users to generate reports directly from Microsoft Excel / CSV - which is the most used format after relational databases to store data. Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service can connect to all data sources that an on-premise Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition can connect to.
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Pricing Details

9 Spokes

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
9 Spokes is free to use - that’s joining, using the smart dashboard and connecting your apps to it. You'll only pay for any new apps you decide to purchase, but you can trial most of the app recommendations for free! If you want to purchase an app, we'll direct you to the app's website so you can sign up with them. If you sign up to a plan, you'll pay the apps directly and then you can connect the app to your dashboard.

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details