Oracle has launched the new version of its Business Intelligence suite, promising it is the “most integrated” and scalable version of the product so far.
At today’s official launch in London, Oracle president Charles Phillips said businesses wanted a more integrated stack of applications to increase speed and effectiveness, and give competitive advantage.
While Oracle had developed a well-known product range from applications to middleware, databases, servers and storage, Phillips said, the company was “standards driven”. Oracle BI 11g provided effective integration with popular products including SAP enterprise resource planning software, he said.
Until now, details of the new BI suite remained sketchy. But Oracle claimed today that the product offered the “only unified environment” for accessing and analysing data in relational, OLAP and XML sources.
Oracle Business Intelligence 11g is the first solution to unify Relational OLAP (online analytical processing), Multidimensional OLAP and enterprise reporting on a common technology foundation, the supplier said.
In addition, Oracle said the product offered simplified system management, through a “deep integration” with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g, which system administrators can use to manage and monitor BI performance through their entire IT stack. BI 11g also offers an integrated scorecard application.
Telecoms firm BT, which tried a beta version of the product, told delegates at the launch that it saw speed of reporting and analytics as particularly “important”. Mike Blackmore, enterprise architect at BT, which already uses BI 10g, said: “We have thousands of systems, so managing information is a big challenge. We employ Agile methodology and speed is crucial.”
The new scorecard and KPI facilities in 11g, and “the ability to embed BI within business processes” are features “drawing interest within BT”, he said.