Jake Porway, data scientist and founder of DataKind™, challenges us to use big data to change—and maybe even save—the world. Don’t miss his presentation at Kscope14’s Keynote Session on Monday, June 23, where he will explain what big data is, how it’s being used around the world—and why we should care.
I’m looking forward to attending and presenting on “Delivering Actionable Insight” as part of the EPM Business Content track.
My presentation will look at how reporting analysts often spend more time creating reports, rather than analyzing the data.
We’ll look at how data is presented, which with the correct use of visualization and perception techniques can aid users understanding.
And finally I’ll share techniques to create reporting which delivers actionable insight faster to users.
Register for Kscope14 here.
Several of the updates to the Hyperion 220.127.116.11 suite are behind the scenes, not noticeable for users, except for users of Planning – with new predictive and chart functionality and Smart View users – who don’t have to upgrade the back end (server services) to take advantage of some:
- Support for 64-bit Microsoft Office 2010
- Planning Enhancements for: cell history – so you can review changes to a cell or range of cells and reverse changes, master composite forms (a new type of form), attachment of multiple comments to data cells, customized confirmation messages and support for approvals security
- Smart View supports Financial Management configurable dimensions
- New VBA features for: HypGetMemberInformationEx, HypGetActiveMember, HypSetActiveMember, HypGetDimensions, HypSetDimensions, HypGetMembers, HypSetMembers, HypGetBackgroundPOV
- New Logging Levels: Extended and Profile
- Excel Formatting enhancements to maintain formats when zooming in and pivoting
- New Extensions for Predictive Planning and Strategic Finance
- Smart Query – which is a new reporting tool which allows users to construct report sets from members and filters. these sets can be combined to create complex queries with joins and intersections of data from the defined data sets
- Changes to the Smart View ribbon to include Panel and Connection buttons for easier, more intuitive access (According to Oracle) to Smart View connections
I’ll spend some more time reviewing the new Smart Query feature next time, so stay tuned.
For more info, check out the Smart View documentation on the Oracle Doc Library:
Bootnote: As with any software upgrade, this one is not necessarily a slam dunk – in that it should always be installed. Please review the Readme paying particular attention to the known issues list – while Oracle have fixed 46 issues in this release, there are 104 known issues across all smart view components.
There has also been the following identified as an unknown issue:
BUG 14055582: When selecting a range of cells, then attempting to use the right click range menu, the right click deselects the range and only the last cell is highlighted. A work around is to select whole rows or columns to perform right click selections.
So review the docs and test, test and test again making sure the enhancements don’t take away any functionality key for your users.
After attending the recent Oracle update on their business analytics strategy, including the latest Hyperion release and Exa-everything supercharged hardware and software stacks I had expected the usual follow up emails asking me to buy and sell to clients.
However, along with the links to the recorded presentations and content (in pdf), there was also link to download in ibook format.
That just goes to show how ubiquitous the iphone/ipad has become in the corporate world.
Interesting to see that it’s not just a pdf converted, there are links as well as video embedded (see image below).
Now I only need an exalytics box to play around with …. 😉
Almost a year since 18.104.22.168 was released, Oracle have had a big event in Tokyo to announce the release of 22.214.171.124 (among other things).
Great to see our president and founder Robin Ranzal quoted in the release:
“Organizations that lack visibility into cost and profitability will find the expanded features of Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management attractive,” said Robin Ranzal, president of Edgewater Ranzal. “These features allow revenues and costs to be allocated at a very granular level. Executives gain improved insight into how customer-driven interactions across any channel impact profitability and allow for improved decision-making about company offerings.”
It will probably take a few days for the downloads to be released and the new readmes and known issues fully read and understood. Then there should be a flood of information on the internet tubes 😉
The one interesting note is that Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager has replaced Oracle Hyperion Business Rules as the mechanism for designing and managing business rules, therefore, Business Rules is no longer released with EPM System Release 126.96.36.199. If you are applying 188.8.131.52 as a maintenance release, or upgrading to Release 184.108.40.206, and have been using Business Rules in an earlier release, you must migrate to Calculation Manager rules in Release 220.127.116.11.
My abstract has been selected for the Kscope EPM Business Content – Subtopic: Product Demos topic, so I’ll be in San Antonio, Texas in late June presenting:
How data visualization can give you an extra edge in bringing and maintaining happy users.
While previous presentations have covered mostly stand-alone data visualization, this one also looks at how it can help in creating a reporting ecosystem to understand how to bring components (including visual ones) together to enable users to get to the answers faster and easier. So users spend time on decisions, not on compiling reports.
I’ll post some information leading up to the event, but in the meantime, you can head over to the Ranzal blog, where I’m also posting a series on using data visualization and usability to enhance end user reporting.
I’m looking forward to Kscope to catch up with colleagues, industry thought leaders and immerse myself in a great learning experience. Hope to see some of you there!
Ever thought that it would be nice once in a while that you could actually reach out to the folks that make products to really tell them how you use their products?
Well, the Oracle Business Intelligence User Experience (BIUX) Team are doing just that, wanting to know what and how you use various Business Intelligence to do reporting. They ask several questions about what you use and how you use it and also cover the topic of mobile reporting.
Click this link to have your say.
It’s listed as being able to complete in 10 minutes, although you should be able to do it in 5, I reckon 😉
The survey remains open until May 31, 2011. So get cracking.
I don’t normally repost someone else’s blog, but this is a good occasion. Think Thin (no relation) shows the quickness and speed of the latest Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in a 5 minute demo.
He demonstrates how easy it is to login and run different clients using Oracle VDI 3.2 from his mac using the same software that I use to connect to internal Sun Ray servers for work. Scott was right, the network is the computer these days.
There was also a very interesting webcast by John Fowler and Edward Screven recently, you can catch the replay here: (registration required) and also catch up all the Virtualization news at the main Oracle site.
Happy viewing 😉
An email came across my screen last week about the CFO Central site from Oracle, which I had looked at a long time ago, but forgotten about. The site has lots of resources and articles about how to work smarter especially targeted at finance folks and you don’t have to be a CFO to understand what’s going on.
Some examples are:
- best practice for financial reporting
- industry and analyst reports discussing current market influences
- case studies showing how other organisations have improved process or driven down times spent or increased ROI
- highlights from the 2010 CFO summit held in April
- top 12 questions CFOs can ask their CIOs today to accelerate technology-driven business transformation
Check it out today and bookmark for future use.
(Note: free, registration is required to download content).
This is my last Sun post, as the Sun Oracle integration takes another step forward tomorrow with the Legal Entity Combination of the UK entities. In the coming weeks there’s new systems to learn and integrate with as well as finding out what the longer term goals are and how I fit in.
This road has been long, with the initial Sun-IBM rumours breaking a year ago and the eventual Oracle offer in April. Having seen other Oracle acquisitions I know that it takes 12 to 18 months for real change and development to occur, so expect that to be the same in this case – although I hope that the last 9 months of planning were used very productively 😉
I’m excited that Oracle has a large marketing presence and hope that the Sun technology, innovation and engineers get more than their fair share of deserved exposure.
I also hope that Sun Ray technology is shown to more users and business buyers. Others think so too. Just image what Oracle could do with this internally for the 85,000 employees (pre Sun) in terms of power savings – as units use just 5% of what a normal desktop computer uses.
Although you don’t have to run just Oracle Solaris on them, as these success stories from ResMed, Screwfix and Microsoft demonstrate. In the ResMed example, they had a return on investment within 12 months and saved an estimated $270,000 all while providing a variety of users with a highly flexible, highly secure virtual desktop environment. There are many more Sun Ray stories here.
Even better still if the Oracle users were migrated off Windows imagine the savings in licence fees!
I’m proud to have been part of the blogs.sun.com community and grow what has undoubtedly been one of the foremost blogging sites. I’m also both excited and a little nervous about the future. Not sure if I’ll continue to blog here or move elsewhere as others have done.
To misquote The Bard: “Alas poor Sun Microsystems! I knew him “.