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Aissam Drai | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 05, 2019

Oracle BI Foundation in the Media Industry

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Oracle BI Foundation is used in our procurement and human resources departments. We also use a custom interface using Oracle BI DW and ODI to report on key metrics for the management to gain visibility to enterprise data. The main goal behind using BI is to gain visibility to data for better decision making.
  • Data Security - Who should see what
  • Seamlessly integrates with Oracle Applications
  • Built in Analytics (OBIA) based on best practices
  • User Interface could be improved to provide the user with a better user experience and better visuals
Oracle BI Foundation is well suited for enterprise data visibility in the format of dashboards. Oracle BI Foundation is less suited for operational reporting that needs to be generated instantly to manage the day-to-day operations in an enterprise.
Oracle BI Foundation is suited to report across platforms and bringing information from different sources.
The data source connectivity is facilitated through adapters and is seamless.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 04, 2019

Oracle BI Foundation Suite Review

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We use OBIEE with Oracle EBS. Our Finance department uses our OBIEE reports. Our problem is that our EBS data models for the database are not smooth.
  • Proactive detection and alerts.
  • Interactive dashboards.
  • Office integration.
  • User-friendly.
  • Difficulty of use.
  • Data blending.
  • Speed of change.
Adding a new column or a new calculated field or a new table in OBIEE could take several days to months depending on each company’s processes.
Combining data from OBIEE with other external data is not possible for an end-user or superuser.
Real-time is very important for our ERP system. But we must do data modeling for reporting.
Not yet, but I'm interested in Oracle user groups - I think it would be very beneficial to share experiences in such groups.
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Johnson Munene | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 19, 2019

BI Unchained

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The solution is targeted for use across the whole organization. It addresses revenue collection trends, analyses areas of improvement where revenues could be developed further. It also assists management in decision making with regards to expenditure.
  • Being a web based application that runs on an active production environment, it is amazingly light on network utilization and overall resources consumption on the server running it.
  • It has thousands of customizations to generate literally any dataset. This makes it overwhelmingly robust and adaptable.
  • The cloud option cuts acquisition costs by more than half in terms of overheads as compared to on-premise installations.
  • You now don't need to be an Oracle forms developer to be able to customize this powerful tool.
  • It has a fantastic and user friendly GUI.
  • For extremely large databases, data pulling tends to take awhile longer than expected.
  • It is already affordable but we could all use better discounts for the complete edition.
It is best suited for ALL reporting and analytic scenarios really. I can't think of a scenario where it less appropriate or not appropriate to the best of my knowledge. It is simply to die for. It is especially best suited for customer facing scenarios especially.
Easiest to use.
Not yet, but I'm interested in Oracle user groups - Database, security and utilities user groups.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 18, 2019

Oracle BI Foundation Suite is robust

Score 7 out of 10
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Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, which I will refer from hereon as OBIEE has been heavily used by my current company. We have been using OBIEE for a while but in a limited area. In 2015 thru the 1ADM project, JDE was implemented as an ERP system in ADM. Then OBIEE and its suite of products were chosen for the reporting, data and analytics portion. OBIEE is being used by the whole organization. Some are heavy users and others are moderate. Adhoc query, robust dashboards and enterprise-level reporting are some of the most used features in our company. OBIEE has helped us to solve many business issue and concerns but the main area where it brings value is in operation thru the timely supply of vital information.
  • OBIEE does the ad-hoc query very well. as long as the data is governed, the ad-hoc query is a robust and heavily used feature.
  • OBIEE has one of the best dashboard feature in enterprise level reporting.
  • It has a robust feature for the analytics and data analysis.
  • If scorecards are designed and implemented properly, OBIEE can become every department's go-to tool for reporting.
  • It is expensive to implement.
  • It is time consuming to implement.
  • The learning curve is not as flat as some of the other products in the market for general users.
For a larger sized company that is very process-oriented, this tool can be a blessing. Governed data will give good results, otherwise, it can be a waste of time and money. Compared to the cost and time of implementation and training, participation and buy-in from all departments are important to see the ROI.
One of the best thing that I loved about OBIEE is its flexibility to connect to various data sources. As a 115-year-old company, we have more data sources than agencies in the federal government. Of course, not all data sources are plug and play and need a bit of work, but from an architectural perspective, the data source connectivity is impressive.
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Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 26, 2018

Oracle BI Foundation Suite is nice, moving in the right direction

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The Oracle BI Foundation Suite is used by my Department. The Oracle BI Foundation Suite has two main purposes. First, for real-time data visualization. Second, for analytics on questions individuals may have.
  • The visualizations produced by Oracle BI Foundation are fairly good.
  • Oracle BI Foundation Suites is easy to use.
  • The software is relatively straight-forward is collaborating with others.
  • Although the visualizations are decent, they are nowhere near as nice as the charts produced by Tableau and other BI software tools.
  • Because Oracle BI Foundation Suite is relatively less well-known, finding help online is not as easy as other BI tools.
  • The BI Foundation Suite offers some analytics but is not as advanced as other tools in machine learning, and other analytics processes.
I would recommend Oracle BI Foundation Suite for two reasons. First, if you already use other Oracle tools, BI Foundation Suite will fit in nicely. Second, Oracle BI is relatively easy to learn and the collaborative ability with co-workers is quite nice.
Perhaps one of the strong advantages of Oracle BI is its ability to very easily connect to multiple data sources. I think it might be the best tool out there for this part of the data analytics process. The software also works well with real-time data and merging with various other sources.
Not yet, but I'm interested in Oracle user groups - I am not a member of a user group, but now that it is mentioned, I think I'll join one.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 21, 2019

Oracle BI Foundation Suite Review

Score 8 out of 10
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Oracle BI is being used by the majority of our organization if not by all. It helps address gaps in our organization through data analysis on dashboards. It helps in understanding the progress of different departments across the organization and gives real-time updates on the performance of various reports that were customized and created using this tool.
  • Oracle helps with easy customization of reports.
  • It helps with the creation of dashboards and the integration of different data sources.
  • Oracle BI was a package used for multiple users across our organization - publishing and distributing reports was a breeze.
  • The tool requires coding and training.
  • The UI is not as intuitive as it should be - there can be improvements to make the reports sharp.
  • The mobile experience should be in-built and automated. The plugins should be available so that the primary focus will be left on reports.
The tool is still very good considering the complexities in data that can be modified within the tool using SQL queries. It can be used with advanced coding to integrate data from non-coherent sources. The only place where it is slightly less appropriate is where there is not a crisp UI. The UI and mobile experience could be more intuitive.
The real-time analysis of reports, integration with different sources of data, customization of reports and SQL queries are the main reasons for rating this product high. Also, this product is very useful for large data, integrating with Java API and others. Drill down analysis and GAP analysis is very well taken care of.
Not yet, but I'm interested in Oracle user groups - I'm not a member of any of these groups but I intend to become one.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 24, 2018

Comprehensive BI suite

Score 8 out of 10
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We have been using a number of Oracle products at our company and recently purchased the BI Foundation Suite to address our analytics and reporting needs. Presently we are on version 12 of the software product. We use it in our IT department to generate monthly reports for our marketing and sales teams.
  • Can create pixel-perfect reports for mobile phone usage as well.
  • It has best in its class integration capabilities with a wide multitude of software tools and middleware components.
  • Oracle BI has support for intelligent dashboards that can be customized for individual users.
  • Real-time report collaboration features are lacking in this software.
  • Due to the complexity of the software product and insufficient community user support groups, a vendor implementation became necessary for our case.
Oracle BI Foundation is well suited for serving reporting and analytics needs for mid-size and large companies. It features scheduled reporting and robust security architecture.
Oracle offers lots of data connectivity capabilities and software drivers for easy integration with a wide variety of data sources like LDAP, IBM DB2 etc.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 26, 2018

Great BI Software

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At our cyber services consulting firm we have been long-term customers of Oracle Enterprise products. We purchased the Oracle BI Foundations module to address the analytics and reporting needs of our firm. This software is used by our IT development office and is used for report generation from our backend data warehouse.
  • One of the best features of this new software tool is its ability to generate pixel-perfect reports and data visualizations.
  • We also have fully customizable, dynamic dashboards that can be quickly shared or embedded in different reports as well.
  • The product is fairly expensive and due to its complexity, a vendor supported implementation is generally necessitated, thereby driving the costs even higher.
  • Collaboration and version controlling features require more work.
I think its been a great tool for us and has added value to our data analytics and reporting functionalities.
The software boasts complete integration with numerous back-end data systems.
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Vineet Rai | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 28, 2017

Stable and very useful product for enterprise reporting needs

Score 7 out of 10
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Oracle BI is being used for pretty long time now for addressing our reporting and analytics needs. We have been upgrading the suite appropriately as the versions are available and are currently on v 12. This is one of the key reporting tools for our organization. It addresses number of daily, monthly and ad-how reporting solutions.
  • Ease of development and quick turnouts as the build is easier compared to some other BI tools for both reporting developers as well as the power users. The RPD development is comparatively easier to build for star schemas and also the subject areas are easier to use by the power users.
  • Easy integration of Mobile BI interface and sharing features in the same layer.
  • Easy integration of other functionality like MapViewer. Multi database type integration is enabled which is not really a distinctive feature in market, but has been improved a lot in OBIEE now.
  • Oracle BI suite needs to overhaul the visualization features as well as the look and feel to improve the ease of use for audience which is familiar with new java based tools.
  • The knowledge base available on Oracle repository or forum needs to be more relevant and updated .
  • They need to keep updating their drivers list or integration with other databases or blending tools/ MDX sources. This is one of the difficulties we faced, causing development cost and time to market impacted.
Well suited for standard reporting or enterprise reporting requirements. Scheduled reports or ad-hoc prompt based /power user report builder capabilities are very good. It has an excellent integration model with Essbase and Oracle Exadata kind of relational back ends. No doubt of it’s strength on end to end enterprise reporting capabilities.

Less appropriate for cool visualization or dynamic interactive dashboards or analytics, D3 kind of capabilities. I found other tools or java based open sources much better in market.
Good capability for database connectivity across most of the relational sources. Even for MDX , Essbase and SSAS are the very useful plugins. For some of blending tools or MDX sources like TM1 or 3rd party tools it’s not very easy or straight forward. Overall serves the purpose very well.
Yes - I am a member of the Independent Oracle User Group and Oracle Academy.

I get good insights and problem solving suggestions
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Federico Shortrede | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 07, 2017

OBI, a good tool with room for improvements

Score 6 out of 10
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We are using OBI to solve needs from different departments, such as supply, logistics, production and IT itself. It helps us to obtain statistics from our different processes and to help with making decisions. We also have a control panel for logistics, so the mills can know in advance about arriving trucks.
  • Analyze information at different levels of aggregation.
  • Graphs and charts are easily produced.
  • It is very nice to organize the screen with different views of the same information, all with common parameters. So you can analyze related information from many point of view, all in the same page.
  • It is very flexible to add fields to the report, to change orders, to transform a column into a parameter and vice versa.
  • I think it should evolve in its graphic capabilities to compete more strongly with other market tools.
  • It has good capabilities to integrate maps with information. However, this feature is sold separately, and is quite expensive. That's why, even when we need it, we decided not to use it.
  • In South America there are many resources that really dominate the tool. For this reason, or you end up paying very expensive values ​​for resources, or you end up working with consultants with knowledge of other tools. This in general allows us to develop the models that are needed, but we are definitely not making the most of all the capabilities.
I would use it with solutions that are already running with Oracle databases. And complemented with Oracle Desktop Integrator (ODI) it is really easy to integrate it with other data sources. However, if most of my main applications had a database I would seriously evaluate before deciding on OBI.
Before buying it, I saw great dashboards developed with OBI, full of functionality, very easy to use, with great map integration, and easy deployment for mobile. However, I can’t rate OBI with higher numbers mainly because of the lack of resources we have here in South America. That is why we could not take advantage of many features and exploit the tool to its full potential.
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Sumeet Saraf | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 02, 2017

Oracle BI Foundation Suit - Good or bad

Score 9 out of 10
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Oracle BI Foundation Suite is implemented for an automobile industry in Sydney and has been used by its major departments. The main purpose of the tool is to manage, load and extract data from its DB to its own BI tool which makes it faster, reliable and easy to manage. It mainly addresses the problem of extensions of existing reports to major reports or dashboards, SQL based reports with complex outputs, etc.
  • It allows easy extension of reports from simple to complex dashboards
  • The tool goes well with Oracle DB and has great performance
  • Since the base is built on Java, it is supported to run on different platforms and portable devices
  • The tool does not support all the external databases, just works perfect with Oracle DB and few others
  • Since it is based to run on JVM, there are few new systems that has stopped using JVM and has switched to ajax and other platforms. Hence the right plugins are required to be installed in addition
  • The tool is not easy to use. A new user can not work on it unless trained or is highly techy person.
If the client is using Oracle based tools like the DB, ETL and application, Oracle BI Foundation Suite is one of the best fit for the client.
For e.g. The automobile industry where we had implemented OBI, there was a cube built at the ETL level for calculating aggregations of their financial data. The client was using one another non-oracle tool to extract data from this cube to get their financial data but they were facing a lot of performance issues. We switched this reporting from the non-oracle to Oracle BI suit and the performance came down from 6 min to 40 seconds. That was just amazing what the client was looking for.
It does not support all the external data sources but does support commonly used external databases. They do not support merging of data from different data sources completely but does allow you to use other Oracle tools to do the job and get the data in the reports. The tool also supports Real Time data but you need to consider the performance base of the amount of data you are trying to retrieve and the server bandwidth.
Yes - I am a member of the Independent Oracle User Group.

This user group allows reliability and acts as a forum for all your questions. The group allows you to get a solution if you are stuck somewhere or if you are looking for a solution. There are experts in the group who would consider your problem as theirs and will help you dig into the solution.
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Juan Osegueda | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 30, 2017

Oracle BI Foundation Suite is simply stellar - can do so much with it!

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At Hostmark the Oracle BI Suite is the included reporting segment of UltiPro. Using Oracle Business Intelligence allows me to extract data then write or modify reports to use with all sorts of data analysis. Currently all managers are assigned access to BI to run common payroll, human resource, and benefit reports to help them make decisions. These reports are specialized or formatted to pull the information that our managers need whenever the default reports included with UltiPro don't exactly match the formatting or reporting requirements our managers are looking for.
  • With a little guidance, ease of use
  • Great database management system with just the right amount of options (scalability)
  • Create dashboards for various types of users
  • Can be overwhelming to use at first, but any report-writer would suggest to download data dictionaries first to locate fields and prompts that would ordinarily be hard to find

It doesn't matter what sector you are in. You can use Oracle Business Intelligence to extract whatever data you need for decision making. Our managers use it for all sorts of things: in payroll, to report how many hours their employees are working and to track overtime, in human resources to validate all new hire information and to audit hours worked for full-time/part-time employee classification, and in benefits to find out if any employee vs. employer-paid premiums are in balance and determine benefits eligibility, to name a few.

For the normal user (which we do not give BI access to), having access to this data would be overkill.

UtliPro offers many different packages, or databases, where I can report from. With that being said, Business Intelligence allows me to connect to various databases to report against. If I want to report on payroll data only, then I select the Payroll History package in UltiPro, and if I need to report against benefits data then I access the Benefits Admin package to report against. Business Intelligence provides connectivity to over 30 different reporting segments in UltiPro and the possibilities to extract data using Business Intelligence is limitless.
Not yet, but I'm interested in Oracle user groups - 

I am not a member of any Oracle BI Foundation user groups, but would certainly be interested in joining one. Within UltiPro for instance, all UltiPro customers can share their Business Intelligence reports using the BI Exchange portal, and they can communicate with one another using the Customer Success Portal newswires and communities that all UltiPro customers have access to.

I had never considered joining a user group in the Chicagoland area but I will look into that soon!

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Ashwini Chandorkar | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 29, 2017

Oracle BI Foundation Suite: A Big Data capable tool

Score 8 out of 10
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We are using Oracle BI Foundation Suite Enterprise edition to meet our day to day analytical needs. We have been using Oracle BI in different departments like logistics, IT, etc. The important thing about the tool which makes it faster and reliable is to manage, load and extract data from its DB to its own DB tool.
  • Oracle BI Foundation suite is an overall package of enterprise reporting, multi-dimensional analytical processing, and real-time quick reporting.
  • Oracle BI Foundation has Exalytics, which delivers fast performance reports.
  • It has the flexibility to run on different platforms as it is built on Java.
  • The tool is not easy to use.
  • Oracle BI reporting of administration needs to be simplified for better administration and maintenance.
Oracle Business Intelligence allows me to extract data to write and modify reports to use with all sorts of data analytics. It did not prepare dashboards, it mostly prepares data to Excel.
It supports real-time data but we need to consider the amount of data [we are] trying to retrieve. It is compatible with a wide number of data sources and easy to merge data from discrete sources.
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Hemant Prabhakar Patil | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 07, 2017

Best Packaged Enterprise Wide Reporting - Oracle BI Foundation Suite

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We are using the Oracle BI Foundation across the organization for different departments like sales, marketing, finance, and renewal contracts. It helps various business departments to analyse the data for making better business decisions.
  • We can use the pre-built Oracle BI Apps model & dashboard/reports in OBIEE. This provides real ease to analyze the data for every business areas of organization with pre-defined KPIs.
  • Oracle BI Foundation includes BI Publisher which supports varied options for delivering the reports via email, printer, shared location, fax. BI Publisher also provides all language compatibility support.
  • Oracle BI Foundation has Exalytics, which delivers amazingly fast performance reports in combination with the Times Ten Database.
  • It's easy to integrate OBIEE & BI Publisher and that provides the flexibility to use BI Publisher for report template building based out of OBIEE Model.
  • OBIEE can provide some changes in the user interface, which has been carried out with the same look and feel almost from version 10 to 12c.
Oracle BI Foundation Suite becomes perfect to use when organizations are also using Oracle EBS for order management, service contracts, install base modules and all other modules of EBS. OBIEE pre-built BI apps and reports/dashboards can be used easily. Oracle BI Foundation Suite is best suited for enterprise-wide reporting. OBIEE requires understanding on the subject area model to create better reports when compared to other simple tools out in the market to build the reports.
It makes it possible to merge the data from different sources but is still limited to some other sources like Salesforce.
Yes - Definitely, the user groups help me to know different challenges and new features on Oracle BI Tools.
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Yoganand Shinde | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 06, 2017

Oracle BI Foundation comprehensive product for all BI needs

Score 9 out of 10
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Oracle BI Foundation was used to make a middle layer for ad-hoc reports and analysis by users. It can connect various sources and can model DW for BI reports and analysis. Then it has its own powerful tool for report and dashboard development. I have also worked with the Oracle Strategy Management tool which is a very great way to present strategy management budgeted vs. actual KPI values.
  • Middle layer where we can model data for any complex requirement. On presentation layer, we can make it very business friendly.
  • Very powerful capability and even customization by languages/scripts is available.
  • Data Security and Object security are very strong. It is provided various [types of] granularity.
  • Formatting and look & feel is not so great for default development unless you make efforts on it.
  • For simple things or quick developments, it takes considerable efforts to bring it completion from end to end.
Oracle BI Foundation is a very effective and proven tool for ad-hoc analysis. The latest versions like OBI12c and BICS are cloud-based - keeping the future in mind.
Oracle BI connects to almost all types of data sources available.
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Krishan Mohil | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 27, 2017

Oracle BI Suite Review

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I am helping customers in my organization implement Oracle BI Foundation Suite. It helps customers integrate their online application with the Oracle BI tool to help them understand how their business is performing and helps identify the gaps or advance the features of business to grow their business lines. It is used by specific departments. It helps businesses to resolve their accounting and marketing applications.
  • It helps integrate with online applications and provide the complete data warehouse solution.
  • It provides features of adhoc and customized reporting.
  • It has strong visual features to help business needs and supporting integration with different tools like Microsoft Office etc.
  • It is easy to learn by business user to create their own adhoc reports.
  • It should help migration BI solution using other tools with in itself rather creation from start as solution.
  • It should have some feature of in memory data capture for slicing and dicing of data
It should have answer from its infrastructure needs, to installation, to implement existing application or new application, easy to use and help business to design their requirements.
It is widely compatible with a number of data sources and it's easy to merge data from disparate sources.
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Mary O'Basuyi | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 24, 2017

Oracle BI Foundation Review

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Oracle’s Business Intelligence Foundation Suite has a wide variety of features, some of which are indicated below. However, we want to note that Oracle is one of the few vendors that supports big data capability. Big data refers to a collection of large data sets that are complicated to analyze by traditional software. One of the benefits of Oracle’s Exalytics component is that it can analyze large sets of data in a short time.
  • Ad Hoc Analysis, Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), Predictive Analysis, Profit Analysis, Trend Indicators
  • Ad Hoc Reporting, Automatic Scheduled Reporting, and Customizable Dashboard
  • Ad Hoc Analysis
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)
  • Automatic Scheduled Reporting
  • Profit Analysis
  • Trend Indicators
Office Integration – Office Integration allows users to merge their reports and analyses into their Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.) and can even run analyses via Excel.
Other benefits of this suite include low cost of ownership, as companies can save money by not having more than one software up and running. Another benefit is that users can also run analyses and reports themselves without having to rely on IT.
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Dan Hotka | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 23, 2017

A Close Look at Oracle' OBIEE product (a part of Oracle BI Foundation)

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I am a trainer for the OBIEE part of Oracle BI Foundation Suite. I find the suite of tools to be a great way to analyze and present data to end user teams and upper management. I find the interface rather easy to use. The OBIEE product allows you to make very comprehensive dashboards, where, the end users and/or management teams can quickly see at a high level what is going on, then drill to the supporting detail with the click of a mouse. I find the alerts to be of particular value as OBIEE can monitor and alert you when certain data conditions exist. You can use the score card software to automate some or all of your business decision processes, based on data in your data stores.
  • I like the drag and drop feature of building reports. Tables show up as folders and columns as items within the folder. Most of the reports can be built with a simple drag and drop operation.
  • If you are familiar with the SQL query language, you can definitely use these skills to enhance the reports and information on the reports.
  • I think the alerts is a major useful component of can monitor your data and let you know when certain conditions exist. No surprises, no missing useful and timely information.
  • It is all web-based development and deployment. You don't need to install any software at your workstation at all.
  • I suppose OBIEE could directly access more data sources but this is also easily accomplished via the underlying Oracle RDBMS and their gateway technologies.
This product is well suited for anyone doing data analysis. It is all web-based. The deployment is a snap. I can say this is a great solution for companies with a sales force that needs up to the minute information on their mobile devices. Sure, lots of products can do this too...but OBIEE makes deployment to both workstations and mobile devices a snap. The dashboards present the information easily and the most important information can easily be featured in the center. A click can drill to the related supporting information.
OBIEE works well with the Oracle environment. Including other data sources involves IT and additional Oracle software behind the scenes. Honestly...I have only worked with OBIEE in an Oracle environment. It could easily support other data stores...check with your Oracle sales staff for other data stores that OBIEE supports. Being web-based, the underlying technology is all hidden from the person developing the reports.
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Jude Odu | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 06, 2016

Comparing Oracle BI Suite to More Modern BI Platforms

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The Oracle BI Suite was an enterprise-wide implementation at two of my previous places of employment. It was used primarily for business intelligence reporting and analysis. My first use of it was within a 12 hospital health system with millions of rows of data and a user base of around 150 end users.
  • Oracle BI Suite is a comprehensive suite able to handle any size of data as well as complex analytical requirements.
  • With proper training, most end users can be taught to use the front-end in a relatively short period of time.
  • It plays very well with Oracle databases, obviously, so for companies that are an Oracle shop already, it can be implemented as a logical next step for business intelligence.
  • Oracle BI is a very bulky and, to a large extent, unwieldy application. It almost invariably requires a dedicated, full-time technical resource to manage it on an ongoing basis.
  • The dashboard visuals could use a lot of improvement, especially when compared to more modern BI applications that sell well largely due to their impressive visuals.
  • The resulting reports could be a bit more user-friendly and more intuitive. Again, this is one area where more modern BI platforms have a distinct advantage over Oracle BI.
Oracle BI Suite is better suited for very large organizations or multi-national corporations with massive amounts of data. Smaller organizations or situations where only a few million rows of data are available would be better served to go with smaller, nimbler BI applications that can be deployed much quicker and much more cost effectively.
Unlike more modern BI tools, connecting to disparate data sources from within Oracle BI is a much more cumbersome process. Also, the ability to do data mash-ups across disparate data sources might not be ideal from within Oracle BI. More modern tools give you the ability to integrate data from dedicated data sources as well as data files in Excel and other file formats in an easier and more seamless manner.
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Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 05, 2016

Neo; choose a pill...Oracle!!

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At the time we used the software it was being utilized by a specific department, account management and technology consulting. The information/data is passed down through all departments (the reporting) but management uses it to determine where time is spent for clients, employees, reoccurring issues, etc. This product is nice so we from an IT prospective can pass off ownership and utilization of the actual product to other members of the team/department so we can continue to manage backend reporting. Once in-house members and clients are taught how to use the software, IT can take a step back and not have to run needed reports.
  • Reporting, for our company and when recommending it to our clients its a huge selling point.
  • Especially the granular graphs, they can be adjusted for what each needed person (CFO, CEO, Managers) specifically requires.
  • It's also helpful to determine where the "bottlenecking" could be occurring within workflow.
  • Although after a quick tutorial or testing from an IT end, some users struggle with learning the software.
  • This is not uncommon for a learning curve but having quicker resources to point users to for learning would be beneficial. Something such as a direct video less than 5 minutes on how to complete specific functions will help the training.
Honestly, IT appreciates the product however pricing is a huge concern when pitching new incentives to clients or internally. We know this going into these meetings and having a proper presentation helps secure a better foundation when pitching to the team. We've been very detailed and straight to the point at the same time which helps. However a small/medium size company has been difficult to pull off. Having a plan that will work overtime for these companies will help get the product in use for clients to see the full potential and consider long term usage.
It's been very reliable and stable. We would typically configure to one database however this database was replicated for DR and in the event of an issue the fail-over was smooth. Meaning, it would reference the offsite (cloud or data center) location for the most part with minimal configuration depending on the overall network configuration of course.
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Brijesh Rao, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 23, 2016

Stacking up Oracle BI Foundation Suite with the rest

Score 8 out of 10
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It is being used across the enterprise. Cross functional reporting issues are well addressed using Oracle BI.
  • Better integration with Oracle R12
  • Ease of Use and scalability
  • Customizations for complex requirements
  • Performance is a bit slow and needs improvement
  • Better visualizations are needed to compete with other competitive tools.
well suited for enterprise wide cross functional reporting. But less suited for fast easy deployments and AD hoc usage with business
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Carlos Sanz Porro | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 05, 2016

Great and Complete BI Solution

Score 9 out of 10
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Oracle covers all the technological needs of a company. Reporting requirements are covered with BI Publisher, and ad-hoc reports can be distributed to all of the strategic line. I love Oracle Answer. Users can create their own reports and share them with the rest of the organization. Oracle has an intermediate layer where dimensions and metrics that will be used are defined. This allows for greater control by the IT department. Other tools allow you to connect faster data, but there are risks involved in not being in control of the data.

I have worked with many end customers which have used this technology, and the key to success is the use. It is important to be involved at all stages: analysis, development and implementation. Oracle BI is not a simple deployment tool as it has very powerful features and it’s hard to see that all are used in all companies. For example, I have seen rarely seen the Oracle scorecard implemented, because it occurs at a very advanced stage of understanding business data.Overall, I have seen very good satisfaction with the Oracle solution.

  • Self Service - Oracle answer keeps the multi-language fields with custom tooltips in dimensions and measures to facilitate their use. We can even assign security dimensions and measures that can be used by users who want them.
  • Complete solution - reporting, analytics, scorecard.
  • Unification of data, the architecture makes the solution on that can leverage the same information for reporting, analytics and dashboarding.
  • BI Publisher - it is the best tool for customized reports with Microsoft Word. Users can distribute these reports to the entire organization by applying rules shipments.
  • Our customers say that the technical documentation is extensive and difficult to understand.
  • Data Integration - difficult integration with origins that are not database, but does allows some.
Data integration is not very good with Oracle BI Foundation, so you should have other solutions such as Oracle Data Integrator. Other BI solutions allow better integration with disparate data sources. Oracle BI Foundation is not a departmental solution, it is an enterprise solution.
Oracle BI foundation has a very big problem with data source integration. It can be connected to Excel, but must be defined one by one. You can connect to any database, but integrity between them is simply not possible.
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Ashish Kabra | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 11, 2016

Best analytical Tool in Industry

Score 10 out of 10
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Oracle BI Foundation Suite is used to provide various business questions related to the banking industry. It is helping management to make correct decisions and get the data they require delivered to them in an efficient manner. It could help them to get summary information and detailed information whenever needed. It also provides them with required alerts, analyzes trends and tracks the action correction action.
  • Efficient access to data
  • Can handle large volumes of data
  • Support and services
  • Visualization
  • Cost
An analytical solution is required.
It has support for virtually all data sources.
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Satyendra Yenugula | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 29, 2015

Today's Enterprise Reporting

Score 8 out of 10
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We are in process of re-building the entire BI for our organization and we've selected Oracle Business Intelligence as our Enterprise Reporting platform which we can use for our day to day Analytical and Operational reporting needs. I've personally led, managed and implemented many large scale transformations using this product and seen great results. In my current role, I am in the process of shifting all the existing reporting landscape to Oracle Business Intelligence platform for all the departments
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Reporting platform is well enhanced with many advanced features like Visualization Recommendation for Power users when building the dashboards and Reports like which view to use based on the type of data that we are presenting to the end users.
  • Oracle BI Mobile APP Designer is very rich and has useful functionality to develop the dashboards and reports and display them on the mobile devices via Apps
  • Oracle Essbase, multi-dimensional Online Analytical processing system which uses the advanced calculation engine for financial forecasting, planning and management reporting.
  • Oracle BI Publisher Reporting capabilities caters to the needs of real time pixel perfect reporting with out lot of development time.
  • Overall Oracle BI Foundation Suite is a conglomeration of Enterprise Reporting, Real time quick reporting, multi-dimensional analytical processing, BI Mobile, Geo-spatial capabilities which every organization needs today for Analytical and Reporting needs
  • Oracle BI Reporting Administration needs to be simplified for easier Administration and maintenance. Today Admins need to deal at different levels (Enterprise Manager, Weblogic Console, BI Admin Tool) to handle the day to day Admin and Maintenance operations
  • In order to take advantage of the Geo-Spatial (maps) capabilities you need to have Oracle Database at place as the pre-built maps related data is developed and available only in Oracle Database. Organization who doesn't use Oracle Database have to struggle to get this feature work.
  • BI Mobile APP Designer configuration and set up needs to be simplified when upgrading from previous versions
With Oracle Business Intelligence, we can do quick reporting using BI publisher as well as build huge enterprise reporting capability for the entire organization. When one reporting platform is built with the required subject areas then power users and analysts can build their own reports and dashboards with out IT team involvement and this makes the business groups happy as the turn around time to build reports will be in minutes to hours.
It connects pretty well with different source systems like SQL Server, Teradata etc. Currently we connect to SQL Server 2014 and 2012 sources fine and use it.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 13, 2017

Powerful - recommended for large businesses

Score 9 out of 10
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The Oracle BI Foundation Suite is primarily used by the data analytics team of my organization. In particular, OBIEE 11g is used. Although the tool is primarily used and managed by the data analytics team, the use cases of OBIEE 11g apply to various departments and pillars across the entire organization. Reports generated by OBIEE are the primary source of actionable insights for most business decisions on a much higher level.
  • Can be used by business folk as well, without any in-depth knowledge of writing queries.
  • Automation of a lot of functions makes it very handy to avoid heavy mechanical tasks.
  • Offers great level of control in terms of data access and restrictions.
  • Provides diverse scheduling options - time triggered, event triggered, data dependent, etc.
  • Some issues that require the assistance of support at Oracle can be time-consuming and difficult to solve.
  • Upgrade from 10g to 11g has made the OBI Foundation Suite very performance intensive. Requires much better hardware support now.
  • Initial setup is not as straightforward as that of previous versions.
For an organization that deals with a wide range of reporting needs and also has to handle huge volumes of data that are required for sourcing these reports, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite provides a great tool in terms of both performance and usage. The layered approach to usage allows both data analysts as well as business analysts to be able to use OBIEE comfortably. However, the premium licensing cost of OBIEE makes it difficult for most startups and low-budget business to afford.
Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g (and 10g as well) allows reports to source data from multiple data sources and combine them to form aggregate tables seamlessly. Businesses that deal with data in large volumes, as well as velocity, can leverage this feature of OBIEE as well. Reports can be updated in an almost real-time manner.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (28)
Customizable dashboards (31)
Report Formatting Templates (32)
Drill-down analysis (31)
Formatting capabilities (32)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (19)
Report sharing and collaboration (31)
Publish to Web (26)
Publish to PDF (32)
Report Versioning (25)
Report Delivery Scheduling (30)
Delivery to Remote Servers (12)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (31)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (26)
Predictive Analytics (21)
Multi-User Support (named login) (32)
Role-Based Security Model (32)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (31)
Single Sign-On (SSO) (16)
Responsive Design for Web Access (24)
Dedicated iOS Application (20)
Dedicated Android Application (18)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (23)
Javascript API (11)
iFrames (9)
Java API (11)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (9)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (8)

About Oracle Analytics Server

Oracle Analytics Server (OAS) supersedes the Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Foundation Suite. It is an on-premises self-service visualization and augmented AI analytics platform. It provides a full range of capabilities including AI that surfaces key insights in datasets, data enrichment features that automatically recommend new elements for analysis, machine learning capabilities for both traditional and citizen data scientists, data visualizations for dashboards and reporting.

Customers that choose this self-managed on-premises or private cloud deployment can manage upgrades on their schedule and implement customization options such as custom skins/styles, metadata, messaging and more.

Key features

  • Easy to use ad-hoc query and analysis
  • Comprehensive suite of data visualizations
  • High quality enterprise reporting
  • Scalable multidimensional OLAP server for forward-looking analysis
  • Mobile app optimized for touch interactions
  • Geospatial mapping and visualization
  • Integrated scorecard and strategy management
  • Ability to act on insight by invoking business processes from within BI
  • Common Enterprise Information Model
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Query

Oracle Analytics Server Competitors

Microsoft BI (MSBI), MicroStrategy Analytics, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Oracle Analytics Server Technical Details

Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No