OBICS - Standard for many companies
Gabriel Chiararia | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 22, 2018

OBICS - Standard for many companies

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

I used Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service both at P&G and at Whirlpool. At P&G: it started being a tool to track shipments related data from SAP. Then they started using to track POS data. It was being used by Supply Chain, Marketing, IT, Sales and Finance. At Whirlpool: They conglomerate most of their business data there from different sources. It's great because you can joint different databases in the same place and have an outcome table fast and easy.
  • 1: Data Integration: I love that at Whirlpool we have several different databases in the same place and we can extract and combine data easily.
  • 2: Connection with multiple systems: A lot of companies use Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service, so it means that they are seeing a lot of different use cases and improving the tool constantly.
  • 3: Data extraction: Extracting data is much easier than writing a SQL code. So many different types of users can take advantage of that.
  • 1: User-friendliness: As I said, you don't need to write a SQL code to extract data, but I've seen some other tools (the previous Oracle Cloud system for example) that were easier than this new one.
  • 2: Speed: The tool is not slow, but when multiple users are trying to query information in the same database, it might get pretty slow. It's very common for people to run queries during the night since it's faster at that period once no one is using the tool
  • 3: Data visualization: The main output is basically a table, if you want to get fancy graphs or other types of output, you might want to export it to Tableau/Power BI/Spotfire.
Better:
Easy integration with different systems (internal, such as SAP; or external, such as data coming from tables from your vendors). Many companies use it and it's a good tool to learn. In my case, I learned at P&G and when I moved to Whirlpool I already learned how to use it! And I use it very often in my role.

Worse:
Well, if I need to do anything beyond a table, line or bar chart, I export the data and use a different tool.
As I said before, Whirlpool connects a lot of different sources to Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service. I was surprised! It seems that 80%+ of the data I need is seating on this platform. I'm not sure how easy it is to set up to different data sources, I remember that at P&G they were struggling with it.
I liked the fact that you can set up reports to be sent out on a daily basis. I was able to automate a few reports and save tens of thousands of dollars in third-party labor by creating automated Oracle Business Intelligence reports. You can also save and share your reports pretty easily - but it feels like an old type of software.
Well suited:
Perfect for organizations where they have multiple databases and they have to damp everything in a single tool. This is helpful not only to joint databases together (shipments with POS data for example) but also for employees to learn only ONE tool to get all the data they from different sources.

Less appropriate:
If you need to go deep into analyzing the data beyond a table. The data visualization properties are pretty limited compared to Tableau/Power BI/Spotfire.

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
7
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
4
Formatting capabilities
4
Report sharing and collaboration
4
Publish to Web
6
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
6
Report Delivery Scheduling
6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
2
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
6
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
3
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated