Comparing Oracle BI Suite to More Modern BI Platforms
May 06, 2016

Comparing Oracle BI Suite to More Modern BI Platforms

Jude Odu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • Enterprise BI Platform
  • Enterprise Reporting

Overall Satisfaction with Oracle BI Foundation Suite

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 is similar to MicroStrategy in their difficulty of implementation and need for technical resources for ongoing management and administration. Both are well-suited for very large corporations with extensive data processing requirements. More modern BI tools such as Tableau, Qlik, Sisense etc. are much easier to deploy and run and do not require as much technical administration as Oracle BI or MicroStrategy. In my case, Oracle BI was already selected as the default choice for enterprise BI before I arrived, so I did not have much influence of the selection process. However, when I founded HDI and after an extensive evaluation period I made the decision to go with Tableau as a more modern BI tool that is easier to manage than Oracle BI.
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.
Oracle BI has very robust, enterprise-level access control capabilities. However, it wasn't really built for use within highly collaborative environments where dashboards and reports need to be easily shared across teams and between individuals. More modem BI tools are better equipped for formatting and sharing analytics. It is possible, of course, that Oracle BI can be enhanced with better sharing features, so it'll be up to the user to determine if those enhancements will stand up to more modern tools developed in the age of sharing and collaboration.
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.

Oracle Analytics Server Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
7
Report Formatting Templates
4
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
8
Report sharing and collaboration
4
Publish to Web
7
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
5
Report Delivery Scheduling
7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
5
Dedicated iOS Application
8
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
5