During the last week of October, TriCore Solutions celebrated our partnership with and expanded our knowledge of Oracle at Oracle OpenWorld 2015, their annual conference in San Francisco. The week was packed with technology sessions, demos, networking, labs, customer events, and keynote speakers. Our Oracle experts were exposed to a huge amount of information throughout the week and they wanted to share their key takeaways from Oracle OpenWorld 2015:
- Oracle is “All In” when moving to the Cloud. A major theme within all the Key Note Presentations and Product Strategy & Roadmap sessions was moving toward cloud services and every service level (PaaS, IaaS, SaaS);
- SaaS (Software as a Service) All software based solutions are currently being engineered to be supported for both on premise and as SaaS applications. References to 12c versions anywhere are “cloud-enabled”. Learn more about SaaS enablement.
- PaaS (Platform as a Service) Includes components such as Databases, Middleware, Data Analytics, Integration; All areas are of interest to Business Intelligence.
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) Includes components such Storage, Computing and Network Services. Learn more about managed infrastructure services.
- The future is the cloud. They predicted that cloud computing will become the vast majority of all computing in 10 years. This includes on premise cloud (private) and offsite.
- Apps: Oracle is going to continue offering and improving mobile applications for the cloud.
- With regards to cloud offerings, Oracle intends that both on premise and offsite configurations will be the same. Demonstrations showed that you can relocate a piece of your enterprise (example: Order Entry pluggable database) to an offsite cloud and back easily and within a few minutes.
- Open Source Application Languages can be developed on the Oracle Cloud, applications can be deployed on cloud or on premise.
- SQL Updates: Oracle is providing insight to the next-generation NoSQL systems. It is already part of the cloud, but was unseen. It will be a formal ‘cloud’ offering next year.
- Enhancements to the building of Histograms for performance and in-flight change of the SQL plan will be very helpful. This should help get a more accurate prediction of the frequency distribution of data, which will lead to better execution plans. This should help reduce SQL performance irregularities.
Customer appreciation night - Food, drinks and music with over 500 Oracle fans.
- Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Services - Recent Updates:
- Introduced Visual Analyzer - Drastically improved visualization engine which automates suggestions to graph types transparently to the user. It includes many traditional and advanced analytical graph types (binning, clustering, outlier analysis)
- Self-Service - not so much in the traditional sense – this feature allows an easy way for a BI user to perform routine data wrangling, data binning, data blending, data mashups! Users traditionally don’t get to do this, which sets this apart.
- Future Proof the Application - On premise to Cloud, cloud to on premise, cloud to cloud, etc. Build once, deploy wherever.
- Mobile and smart device ready - Access where you need it, when you need it.
- New DBaaS Integration for the Cloud DW - Which expands data source integration capabilities
- Migrate on premise apps to the cloud -“Lift and Shift” for customers who have on premise apps but wish to move to a cloud environment.
- Data Sync FRAMEWORK - to enable scheduled data uploads to service via REST interfaces;
- NOTE: All of these scenarios require assistance from professional services. What's the value of Business Intelligence to your organization?
- Data Visualization Cloud Services (New) - Targeted to users that do not have access to the Data Warehouse (or have one). Services allow users to upload their Excel or Flat File data, perform data wrangling / mash-ups, and view their data in a sophisticated analytical way on the cloud, mobile device or MS Office. Access with any browser!
- BI in the Cloud Creates Other Challenges / Opportunities:
- Background - Over the last 10 years alone, Oracle has over 90+ corporate mergers and acquisitions in effort to become a solution marketplace – applications, middleware, hardware, infrastructure, etc. The goal being to establish ownership over the end-to-end complete stack. From a BI perspective, many of the applications have complete “pre-built analytics” solutions which extend ERP, CRM, HCM, and LCM applications by providing a full end-to-end BI solution complete with data warehouse, data integration and BI content. Oracle’s earlier support for cloud based applications began with concentrated applications. However, they have not yet introduced a full cloud version replacement for ERP module support (modules offered as an on premise pre-built BI app).
- Opportunity - Business Intelligence Content in the Cloud requires versatile and sometimes complex data integration scenarios – getting data into and out of the cloud, transforming data, managing storage of data, development environments, etc. By moving BI content into the cloud and not having a “pre-built BI application” invites as sorts of Data Integration Services. Oracle has cloud versions of Oracle Data Integrator (under 12c version) platform to provide the wide variety of data level services, services typically performed and managed by TriCore.
The Moscone Center between North and South where Oracle had many tents and events. Check out the beautiful San Francisco weather!
- Oracle ALTA UI Design. Oracle is primarily designing all their recent cloud software with a UI Development Platform called “Alta UI”. This is an attempt to standardize the “look and feel” of Oracle products. You can imagine the varied UI presentations from acquiring so many products and solutions over the years. Oracle took the opportunity to standardize the interactions, navigations and behavioral look and feel of the application!
- Oracle Started Using the Term “Departmental Solutions” in BI. Many of the new emergent technologies to Business Intelligence have departmental selling models, meaning these vendors are perfectly willing to sell software at the departmental level with hopes consumers will love their software so much it I will spread like wildfire. Oracle was always traditionally big bang – lots on licenses, larger acquisition SW fees, CAPEX, longer sales cycles, etc. For the first time Oracle started using messaging to promote departmental selling model! The Oracle BI Cloud Service (Oracle BICS) is comparable to a departmental vs. enterprise solution currently.
- Oracle delivering systems with security ON. The intent is that it will be the default and not to be turned off. There is a new M7 Sparc chip that contains security at the chip (silicon) level. Encryption will be on by default.
- Data Discovery Services and BI Cloud Services will remain separate platforms. While there is more presence of statistical functions (R statistical scripting language) and more advanced analytics, the platforms which manage big data scenarios versus traditional BI scenarios are very different. These services remain as separate at every component level right from the database, data acquisition method to the dashboard. You will notice a big component of “self-service” (see above) which is introduced at the user level (vs. developers or data modelers) and is quite easy to use! Bottom line - the intersection of these two usage types may begin overlapping in terms of functionality more and more, but service platforms are currently non-integrated.
- Event Fun Facts:
- 60,000 attendees from 141 different countries
- 70% from North America; 20% Europe, Middle East, Africa; 7% APAC, 3% Latin America
- Economic Impact to the Bay Area: $128m
- Total Hotel Room Nights: 113,000+
- Number of Sessions offered: 2,508 over 18 venues
- Digital Content: 13.4m (interactions, views, followers)
- 404 Partner Exhibitors & 401 Demos
Oracle OpenWorld15 was a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of some of the strategic shifts in cloud-based services, big data, and business intelligence. We also got the chance to look under the hood and see where the product maturity is currently. As integrated solutions, many of the solution areas are blended or overlapping. For example, business intelligence and big data platforms are built for both on premise or the cloud. Thank you to Oracle for yet another successful conference and to everyone who attended our annual customer reception event. Here’s to OpenWorld 2016!
TriCore Solutions is an Oracle Partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and we are recognized for our in-depth expertise and excellence in delivering a broad range of Oracle products and technology. Our company has certified and dedicated Oracle Consultants who specialize in all Oracle solutions, has met Oracle's most stringent requirements for skills and expertise in each product area. Also as a Platinum Partner, we have greater access to the latest technology, training and product initiatives than other partner levels. TriCore and our customers benefit from our breadth of Oracle knowledge and capability to deliver the right Oracle solutions for your business. We are Oracle EBS Accelerator Certified, a three time Titan Award winner and a one- time Oracle Partner of The Year.