Oracle OBIEE Review

Exalytics and OBIEE, size does matter

What is most valuable?

Exalytics combined with Exadata server makes it possible to query ~ 50TB of datamart data (uncompressed size), that's really great and ~ 1000 of simultaneous requests.

How has it helped my organization?

In the past it was not possible to join data from so many different sources due to the performance limitations imposed by the size of the data

What needs improvement?

Self service BI. It's clear that Endeca tends to be integrated into BIFS and probably self-service functionality will be covered by Endeca.

For how long have I used the solution?

3 years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Sometime copy-paste of report metadata is quite complicated.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?


What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, scalability is a big positive for the product.

How are customer service and technical support?

We didn't get into contact with support. From previous projects I have very various experience with Oracle support. It happened to me to get very helpful solutions almost immediately, in other cases, we were just ping-ponging emails, but no breakthrough.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?


How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty complex due to the fact that very complicated aggregation rules were defined, but I think this would have even more complicated to be implemented with other BI tools.

What about the implementation team?

I was part of a vendor team.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?


Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are not involved in this phase.

What other advice do I have?

Oracle BI combined with Exadata/Exalytics is a perfect tool for ROLAP/HOLAP type reports especially for extreme data sizes. I don't know any other tool suitable for that.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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