Oracle OpenWorld 2012 – Monday, October 1

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October 2nd, 2012


Mark Wilson (@MrkWlsn), vice president of services, shares his thoughts some of the EPM sessions offered at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 on Monday, October 1.

Amid an unseasonably hot day in San Francisco, Oracle OpenWorld was busier than ever. Oracle’s Yachting themed uniforms (to tie into the concurrent America’s cup racing) also seemed to go well with the warm weather and elite vibe.

Hearing Oracle’s vision for EPM and BI is one of the biggest opportunities of this event. The focus of both the EPM and BI Executive Briefings was on the 11.1.2.2 release and recent patch updates. The BI session with Balaji centered around the capabilities of Exalytics and related products. The recently acquired Endeca product was highlighted for its capability to blend structured and unstructured data. And no BI executive level session would be complete without a demo of the latest mobile app on an iPad. The latest version of this continues to impress.

The EPM executive briefing started off with a nice discussion on the expanding role of the CFO and how they are becoming the corporate “coach” and what data and Analytics they need to fulfill that role. This session also did a recap of the new features of 11.1.2.2.

Looking more to the future, the Roadmap session for EPM highlighted some exciting new developments, in particular for Hyperion Planning. This calendar year will see a Planning Cloud Service and a new OBIEE Planning Analytics Module.

Oracle also shared its priorities for EPM going forward:

  • EPM Applications in the Cloud
  • Extreme simplicity of configuration
  • Unified application architecture
  • Packaged content and built in best-practices

Also around Mobility we should expect to see a phased delivery:

  1. OFMA (available now)
  2. Planning Analytics (this year)
  3. EPM processes

Lastly, Endeca will also play important part of further bridging BI and EPM.


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