OBI, a good tool with room for improvements
Federico Shortrede | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 07, 2017

OBI, a good tool with room for improvements

Score 6 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g
  • Mobile BI

Overall Satisfaction with Oracle BI Foundation Suite

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.
At the time we made the decision, we also evaluated other tools such as QlikView and SAP Power BI. But since our main solutions are Oracle (ERP, planning, consolidation), it was natural to adopt OBI. And it was also less expensive than the others.
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.
We have a fairly complex structure, with many areas and many levels of responsibility, and must ensure that each user has access to all the information he requires, and only to it. However, with this tool we were able to solve these needs quite well.
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.

Oracle Analytics Server Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
6
Customizable dashboards
7
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
6
Publish to PDF
6
Report Versioning
4
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
8
Predictive Analytics
7
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
7
Dedicated iOS Application
7
Dedicated Android Application
7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
6
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
6
iFrames
6
Java API
7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated