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Oracle OBIEE Review
It's easy to manipulate and to create new dashboards.

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Valuable Features:

It's a great tool for the businesses as it's easy to manipulate and to create new dashboards. For the development side, it requires a good datamart to make things easier. It's very robust with a lot of resources.

Improvements to My Organization:

With a good model implemented, businesses can easily take decisions to improve anything they want. 

An example I like to give is a retail company for which we developed online BI for sales. With this model, the managers follow the sales in real-time and can make decision like when, how much, and where to start a sales campaign during the day. This helps all managers to fulfill their quotas easily.

Room for Improvement:

It needs better parent-child dimension options that don't need to pass through OBIEE to build it. It's an easier way to update the model in case of a change of dimension size or sources. 

Also, it needs better and more dynamic graphics. There are a lot of tools with better graphics and big part of BI is about this.

Use of Solution:

I've been using it for over 12 years.

Deployment Issues:

We have had no issues with the deployment.

Stability Issues:

There were issues mainly because of a Java memory leak.

Scalability Issues:

The scalability is limited because of WebLogic.

Technical Support:

The technical support for EPM is bad. I don't remember anytime that the service support help me in something. The problem is bigger when you have a environment with more than one product like Hyperion Planning and ODI. This happens because the products have different owners within Oracle and then different supports and because this if, you open a trouble ticket of loading data to planning and you say the words ODI, you'll be pushed around the two separate support teams indefinitely, even if your company has an Oracle support director just for you.

Initial Setup:

EPM is an enterprise suit that is made of some independent tools and to have all working together it makes it complex no matter your level of knowledge. The bigger the environment the bigger is the challenge you need to face. Maybe one day Oracle will integrate all their tools. It'll be easier and the good thing is that I saw a lot of improvements over the years.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:

Always talk with a Oracle representative and negotiate a discount. I already saw 99% of discounts and a free licence once. 

Some times is cheaper if you get a hardware together (helps to negotiate a discount)

Other Solutions Considered:

I'm a consultant and my only evaluation was on the database. I decided on Oracle because of the database and, during my career, their other tools are starting to come naturally.

Other Advice:

Because Oracle products are development frameworks, your final results are as good as the people who implemented it. Make sure that your implementation team is the best it could be, at least for the first implementation. If something is implemented incorrectly at the start, it'll cost you a lot more to fix than to build a new system from scratch. Sometimes it can be so badly designed that it is impossible to fix.

I've been working on implementation for 19 years and I have seen bad implementations everywhere. In fact, I have seen the same tools implemented in the same team by two different people, with one being a success and the other a failure. In the same company, one department says that the tool does not work for them and another says that the tool is the best. The only difference was the implementer. Make sure you get a good team to implement it. The tool has its flaws, but most of time (99%) it is the implementer's fault that you have a bad or slow model.

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're platinum partners.

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Carlos Mardinotto JuniorConsultantTOP 5POPULAR

Oracle OBIEE, came from the old versions of Brio Intelligence, acquirided by Hyperion and later by Oracle. The accessibility of Brio was light and powerful because it was developed all in Java, which didn't require the construction of a semantic layer, leaving the application fast, allowing the Dashoboard fastly

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