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Business Intelligence Discoverer is a business intelligence software offering from Oracle.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/99/UN/O3D473MNSAHT.pngDiscoverer: Your Gateway to Database ManagementAt my previous company, I was one of only two people who knew how to manage and work with databases as we were primarily using SQL in Access. Our organization had a need for deeper database integration with the amount of data we were pulling in and so they had opted to go with Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer as it did not require each user to know how to use or work in a database. This way, each member of the team could access the data and generate reports without needing to access the actual database.,SQL friendly which allows for fast adoption for those users who know how to write in SQL. This makes integration with other programs much easier. Accessing data is very fast even with larger data sets. The layout is clean and organized similar to a spreadsheet which allows for easier viewing and analyzing of the data.,Sometimes it can be a bit too rudimentary and rigid, not allowing users who can manage databases to customize other reports. Necessary to have a "Discoverer manager" who organizes the data and allots access to Discoverer, which requires a company to have someone on staff who is database savvy.,7,Sisense,6,8,Boston Area Oracle Service Cloud User Group,SisenseUsing Oracle DiscovererWe use Discoverer as a way to provide self-service reporting and analytic services to our organization. It provides a graphical interface for simplifying data access.,Discoverer allows drop and drag for data elements onto reports. All technical aspects, like joins, are handled in the administration section and away from the end users. This makes it easier for them. Discoverer allows for the registering of PL/SQL functions for easily adding functionality to the reporting abilities.,The creation of calculations can be difficult for end users. SQL creation skills are needed to understand complex additions. When multiple joins are added between reporting objects, it does not give enough details regarding what the differences might make.,2,Tableau Desktop and Argos,3,1,Discover the benefits of DiscovererBusiness Intelligence Discoverer has been the key user self-service reporting tool against Oracle E-Business Suite. Empowering the application users to create and run their own reports by developing a robust reporting structure has enabled application users to get the data they need when they need it without waiting on requests to the IT department. Discoverer is also used by Audit and Tax to pull data to support filings and respond to data requests.,Discoverer is a good tool for providing customer ad hoc reporting. The UI is clean and easy to use. Built in interfaces to Oracle applications seamlessly integrate reporting with application security and data access restrictions. Having a reporting environment that matches the OLTP system security simplifies compliance with various legal, regulatory, and business data access requirements. The ability to link data from one report to another and drill to detail provides detailed data analysis from high-level reports with exception reporting.,Discoverer needs better data visualization options. I would like to see built in integration with SharePoint so published management reports can more easily be delivered to users. Mobile tools for both report delivery and system maintenance would enhance usability.,8,We have used Discoverer to respond to state sales and use tax audits and saved the company more than the cost of the product. Discoverer has thus assisted in our objective of managing costs. Discoverer is used to provide reports for EEOC reporting assisting our goal of complying with all government requirements.,,SAP Business Objects, Tableau Online
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February 14, 2018

Business Intelligence Discoverer Review: "Discoverer: Your Gateway to Database Management"

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At my previous company, I was one of only two people who knew how to manage and work with databases as we were primarily using SQL in Access. Our organization had a need for deeper database integration with the amount of data we were pulling in and so they had opted to go with Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer as it did not require each user to know how to use or work in a database. This way, each member of the team could access the data and generate reports without needing to access the actual database.
  • SQL friendly which allows for fast adoption for those users who know how to write in SQL. This makes integration with other programs much easier.
  • Accessing data is very fast even with larger data sets.
  • The layout is clean and organized similar to a spreadsheet which allows for easier viewing and analyzing of the data.
  • Sometimes it can be a bit too rudimentary and rigid, not allowing users who can manage databases to customize other reports.
  • Necessary to have a "Discoverer manager" who organizes the data and allots access to Discoverer, which requires a company to have someone on staff who is database savvy.
Discoverer is definitely well suited for a company that is working with a lot of data but does not have a large database knowledgeable team. It allows for basic database management while permitting users to access the data in a simple and efficient way. Reporting is easy to do and, again, does not require a lot of database know-how. If you are looking for more in-depth customization and multiple data sources from various vendors, though, you may want to look into a more robust platform.
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October 31, 2017

Business Intelligence Discoverer Review: "Using Oracle Discoverer"

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We use Discoverer as a way to provide self-service reporting and analytic services to our organization. It provides a graphical interface for simplifying data access.
  • Discoverer allows drop and drag for data elements onto reports. All technical aspects, like joins, are handled in the administration section and away from the end users. This makes it easier for them.
  • Discoverer allows for the registering of PL/SQL functions for easily adding functionality to the reporting abilities.
  • The creation of calculations can be difficult for end users. SQL creation skills are needed to understand complex additions.
  • When multiple joins are added between reporting objects, it does not give enough details regarding what the differences might make.
It is a good product, however it has been discontinued.
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October 18, 2016

Business Intelligence Discoverer Review: "Discover the benefits of Discoverer"

Score 8 out of 10
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Business Intelligence Discoverer has been the key user self-service reporting tool against Oracle E-Business Suite. Empowering the application users to create and run their own reports by developing a robust reporting structure has enabled application users to get the data they need when they need it without waiting on requests to the IT department. Discoverer is also used by Audit and Tax to pull data to support filings and respond to data requests.

  • Discoverer is a good tool for providing customer ad hoc reporting. The UI is clean and easy to use.
  • Built in interfaces to Oracle applications seamlessly integrate reporting with application security and data access restrictions. Having a reporting environment that matches the OLTP system security simplifies compliance with various legal, regulatory, and business data access requirements.
  • The ability to link data from one report to another and drill to detail provides detailed data analysis from high-level reports with exception reporting.
  • Discoverer needs better data visualization options.
  • I would like to see built in integration with SharePoint so published management reports can more easily be delivered to users.
  • Mobile tools for both report delivery and system maintenance would enhance usability.
For a company using Oracle EBS this is a very good product that quickly provides value.
For non-Oracle EBS environments, building out the data definitions is no better than any other product and may therefore be hard to justify over another tool that provides the same types of reporting features.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (1)
7.3
Customizable dashboards (2)
4.2
Report Formatting Templates (2)
5.5
Drill-down analysis (3)
6.4
Formatting capabilities (3)
5.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages (1)
4.5
Report sharing and collaboration (3)
6.8
Publish to Web (3)
5.0
Publish to PDF (3)
6.4
Report Versioning (2)
3.7
Report Delivery Scheduling (3)
3.5
Delivery to Remote Servers (1)
5.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (2)
6.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (2)
6.1
Predictive Analytics (2)
6.1
Multi-User Support (named login) (3)
7.0
Role-Based Security Model (3)
6.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (3)
6.3
Single Sign-On (SSO) (2)
3.8
Responsive Design for Web Access (2)
5.3
Dedicated iOS Application (1)
3.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (1)
5.5
REST API (1)
4.5
Javascript API (1)
4.5
iFrames (1)
4.5

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Business Intelligence Discoverer is a business intelligence software offering from Oracle.