BI Services and Strategy

Getting Lost in Big Data?

By | Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SAP HANA, SQL Server, Sybase
Let’s talk a little bit about big data. This is such an important buzz word in technology and data management circles these days. I think, however, that sometimes the nuances get lost. Big data is great, and has amazing potential applications for improving business processes, marketing opportunities, and customer identification, among others. Big data facilitates AI and machine learning, giving us unprecedented insights into patterns of behavior and process improvement opportunities. But the flip side of this is that big data also gives us massive amounts of ‘stuff’ to store and sift. I don’t mean to say that this data isn’t valuable. But without a solid strategy for utilizing and extracting meaning from this data, it can become costly clutter. Big Data has A Big History – Big data is a concept that has been around for a while. Data storage and processing machines were created throughout the 20th century to handle increases in record-keeping needs corresponding to cryptography and security efforts, as well as governmental programs like Social Security and tax management. The British developed Colossus in 1943 to filter through Nazi transmissions and identify patterns for code-breaking. This is essentially the first data processor of the modern era. (more…)

Oracle EBS – Improving Performance with Analyzers

By | Oracle
Oracle E-Business Suite is a fantastic suite of applications designed for the enterprise client to facilitate data management and analytics. The group of tools brings exciting possibilities to the Oracle client. But there’s more. The introduction of Analyzers as proactive tools improves performance and reduces troubleshooting headaches for the EBS client. If you’re using Oracle EBS, it’s time to check out the available Analyzers. What are Analyzers? These tools are essentially diagnostic support tools that can help not only identify issues but also suggest corrective action. They are designed to work alongside your current maintenance program to boost its effectiveness and your productivity. If your current diagnostics tools aren’t offering you suggested solutions, then you’re not using analyzers. The analyzers can also help if you need to open a service request with Oracle. They will gather important data to speed the diagnostic process and get a quick resolution. How do They Work? These tools can be scheduled ahead or run on demand by authorized users. They analyze your environment for known issues and create assessment reports with findings and recommended actions. The analyzers improve the health of your environments and significantly speed time to resolution for service requests. If you (more…)

Oracle 19C Available on Linux!

By | Oracle
If you are a fan of open source operating systems, you’re not alone. These robust systems are gaining popularity as the era of proprietary restriction putters to a close. These resources have a lot going for them, from high compatibility to high security and flexibility. Industry leading database providers are taking notice and incorporating Linux compatibility into their products. Now Oracle has announced the exciting news that their Oracle 19c database is available on Linux, one of the most well-known open source operating systems. This opens up an exciting host of possibilities and brings the Oracle database to a whole new client base. 19c Focus on The Client, Adds Linux to Boost Compatibility Oracle 19C is the newest release of the 12c database line, continuing to contribute to the continuous release schedule established in 2018. This release schedule means more flexibility and stability of the database created by eliminating the major and minor release pattern. This newest release features fewer new additions than last year’s 18c, but has many enhancements designed to continue improving the user’s experience and ease of use (for more on new features, check out our blog post What’s New in Oracle’s Database 19c)To that end, offering (more…)

Oracle EBS Gets a Boost with New Features from Enterprise Command Center

By | Oracle
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is a fantastic suite of applications to enable management of enterprise level operations. This comprehensive application suite does just that, providing clients with an end-to-end solution to accounting, HR, inventory and process management, and much more. With such a robust suite of tools, concerns about navigation and data visibility are always at the forefront. That is not an issue for Oracle EBS. With the addition of the Enterprise Command Center, this suite is more accessible than ever. Introduction of the Enterprise Command Center – In October last year, Oracle announced the release of the Enterprise Command Center (ECC) to improve reporting and navigation for their E-Business Suite. The ECC improves visibility and data navigation through tools and drill down dashboards that go to the transactional level. This represents the most comprehensive reporting tool to date, and significantly improves utilization of the application suite. Some of the best news about this release is that it comes without additional licensing fees. Anyone with an EBS license can begin using ECC free of charge. It is compatible with versions 12.2.4 and above. Additional Enhancements to ECC – As part of the ECC rollout plan, Oracle announced several enhancements due to (more…)

Why OCI is the Perfect Platform for Oracle EBS

By | Blog, Oracle
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is a fantastic compilation of tools for consolidating your enterprise functionality, management, and analytics. But what platform should you use to make the most out of your Oracle EBS? On-prem or third-party cloud infrastructure may not be making the most out of your Oracle applications. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) you will enjoy the fastest, most efficient, most optimized platform to get the maximum benefit from Oracle EBS. What is Oracle EBS? This suite of applications handles everything you need to run your enterprise level business functionality, including customer relationship management (CRM), human resources management (HRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and supply-chain management (SCM). The EBS collection is one of Oracle’s major product offerings with robust capabilities to consolidate your business management under one roof. With tools covering logistics, financials, order management, marketing, HR, and many more, Oracle EBS is an industry leading, comprehensive solution. Is On-Prem a Problem? If you are a current or future owner of Oracle EBS you may be wondering what infrastructure will best compliment this powerhouse of tools. More and more companies are moving away from in-house data centers because of the high cost of implementation and maintenance. These data centers (more…)
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What’s New in Oracle’s Database 19c

By | Oracle
Oracle is one of the leading providers of database services with decades of experience at the top of the pack. Their new product releases are always exciting to watch, improving upon their legacy of client-focused products and services. Last year they released database 18c, the first of a new annual release schedule, that featured the revolutionary Autonomous Cloud database along with Multitenant Architecture, In-Memory Columnar Architecture, and Native Database Sharding. This year’s database 19c continues to build on the foundations set in previous years with a focus on stability and efficiency. If you are thinking about upgrading or migrating to Oracle’s database 19c, here are a few special features to expect in this newest version. New Features in 19c This database version comes with some exciting enhancements to make your job faster and easier. While the main focus of this development cycle has been on stability, there are a few new features focused on automating and optimizing for the client. Let’s look at a few of these enhancements. Automatic Indexing – Indexing items takes time and can mean a lot of busywork for your IT team. With Automatic Indexing, Oracle’s 19c uses machine learning algorithms to identify items, map and (more…)

Integrating Oracle Cloud Mobile Apps into Your Workload

By | Oracle
As the digital world continues to expand, the demand for mobility solutions is increasing. The good news is that the prevalence of cloud migrations is making the transition much smoother. Oracle recommends you move any on-premise Oracle application to the cloud. As a leader, knowing your enterprise’s data and applications are accessible regardless of your physical location can do wonders for your peace of mind. Consider Oracle Mobile Hub If you are interested in enterprise mobility for your organization, consider the Oracle Mobile Hub. It provides a comprehensive platform that simplifies application development for your developers and business owners. It focuses on extending your back-end systems so you can take advantage of applications you already use in a secure mobile environment. You also have the option of using your own developers to build and deploy new apps that will integrate seamlessly onto the platform. What Other Capabilities Does Oracle Offer to Enhance Enterprise Mobile Strategies? Using Oracle’s mobile development framework, you can create a single application that will run on multiple devices, phones and tablets, and operating systems. Android and iOS are both compatible. Oracle’s service bus manages interactions between services and applications throughout the network. This includes both newly (more…)

What You Need to Know to Migrate Your Oracle Database to the Cloud

By | Oracle
Many organizations are making the switch from on-prem to cloud databases. These cloud native warehouses can provide more reliable and timely access, cost-efficiency, and automated backup and recovery. If you are using any on-premises version of Oracle Database, you might want to consider whether moving to the Oracle Database Cloud is right for your company. There are numerous migration methods, and the process can be very simple when you work with an expert. Try reviewing these key factors prior to selecting a migration method and save yourself some additional time. Know Your On-Premises Operating System/Platform and Version – Ensure you have a full understanding of the platform your company is currently working on along with the version. Are you using Windows, Mac OS, or Linux? There are some operating requirements that will be applicable depending on the migration method you are interested in adopting. Know Your On-Premises Database Version & Cloud Database Version – Are you currently using Oracle Database 11g, 12c CDB, or 12c Non-CDB? Depending on your response and the cloud version you are transferring to, Oracle has multiple migration options for you to choose from. For example, a move from on-premises Oracle Database 11g to Oracle Database (more…)

3 Top Analytics Tools To Boost Your Productivity

By | Azure, Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SQL Server
Data analytics have become a major focus for companies determined to be competitive in the market. Leaders need to be able to access and analyze timely data quickly to help drive business decisions that will sustain their companies’ competitive advantage. Thankfully, the growing technology market continues to make this possible. Companies already have numerous analytics tools to choose from, and the options will continue to grow. We will now discuss three of the top analytics tools you should consider before making your next strategic move. 1. Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) – SSAS is an innovative processing and data mining tool within the Microsoft SQL Server. It analyzes large amounts of data, provides business intelligence reports, and can be used to create business models to support business decisions. All data is stored within a data warehouse, and users can access to create cubes that allow faster analysis. These cubes are multi-dimensional and can be viewed in various ways. Imagine the data as a pivot table that can be modified using certain dimensions and attributes. Multi-dimensional expression (MDX) is the language used to query a cube. Compared to other leading analytics tools, Microsoft SSAS is less complex and much easier (more…)

5 Tips for Managing Multiple Cloud Providers

By | Azure, Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SAP HANA, SQL Server, Sybase
Cloud adoption continues to rise and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. As companies become more comfortable with the cloud platform as a tool, they are moving farther from on-prem setups. The newest trend shows many groups now using multi-cloud solutions. RightScale 201 State of the Cloud Report found that 81% of respondents have a multi-cloud environment. The organizational average was just under 5 clouds, including production and test environments. Why Multi-Cloud? – Each cloud provider has different strengths and weaknesses to offer. Using multiple clouds lets you take advantage of the best tools and applications for your workloads without limiting your resources. It can also be strategic as companies can shift workloads to their various platforms depending on current prices and availability parameters. Adopting a multi-cloud environment can help take your workload management to the next level, but it can also come with some challenges to prepare for. Here are 5 tips to help you manage multiple cloud providers. Choose Wisely – Don’t be suckered in by low rates and storage fees. Those numbers can (and will) change. The more important factor is to select the clouds that have key features you need. Look at the applications and (more…)