Stable and very useful product for enterprise reporting needs
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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Modules Used

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

Overall Satisfaction with Oracle BI Foundation Suite

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.
Oracle BI works pretty well and has been well acknowledged and appreciated by the business users and power users who develop reports and dashboards. Compared to other tools, Oracle BI object development is easier and has a quick turnout. Using Oracle BI with Essbase and Oracle Exadata db, we believe the performance rendering data is quite good. We are using MicroStrategy as well almost equally, but for critical reporting needs considering the back end is Oracle and Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications (OFSAA) we have chosen OBIEE.
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.
Good capabilities for access control and rest of the standard security needs. Integration with mobile and its sharing capabilities are good as well. They claim some more advanced sharing and bursting features which should be good but we haven’t used those and would be interested to see the effectiveness.
Yes - I am a member of the Independent Oracle User Group and Oracle Academy.

I get good insights and problem solving suggestions
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.

Oracle Analytics Server Feature Ratings

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