Discoverer: Your Gateway to Database Management
Joseph R. Sweeney | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 14, 2018

Discoverer: Your Gateway to Database Management

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Business Intelligence Discoverer

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.
Before our team grew to incorporate more database savvy members, Discoverer was an easy and efficient tool for reporting and analyzing data. As our team added more database members, though, we quickly outgrew the need for a simpler program and expanded into one where we could customize everything as well as add external vendors' data to pull in from multiple sources.
My previous company actually had different sources of data from different vendors that were always accessed separately and then manually put together. This was due to a lack of database knowledge and so, by the time that we had developed a team to integrate these sources, we had already moved on to another program. That said, I think that Discoverer would be well suited to merging various data sources.
One of the features I really liked about Discoverer is that it allowed for very easy data sharing and report distribution. Since the software is made to work for those with little database knowledge, it makes the sharing of information and files very simple and straightforward. There are easy walk-throughs as well that will get you started on whatever it is you are trying to collaborate.
Yes - I am a member of the Boston Area Oracle Service Cloud User Group.

Being able to share best practices and data integrity review with other user group members had been crucial to our business intelligence team. We were able to meet with other members as well as collaborate inline with questions we had with the software, as well as ideas for different types of data organization and reporting features as well.
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.

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued) Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
8
Customizable dashboards
6
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
6
Formatting capabilities
6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
5
Report sharing and collaboration
6
Publish to Web
5
Publish to PDF
6
Report Versioning
6
Report Delivery Scheduling
6
Delivery to Remote Servers
6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
7
Predictive Analytics
7
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
7
Responsive Design for Web Access
6
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
6
REST API
5
Javascript API
5
iFrames
5
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated