The most valuable feature for us is the flexibility for somebody who's not in IT to be able to create a report. They can change fields around or add or remove things, customize the information that we get.
In our company, we've got finance, HR, operations, and then CRM, which is what I represent, all using it. They're all able to use BI in a non-technical way.
Improvements to My Organization:
The biggest organizational benefit is having data or information at your fingertips for all the different subject areas that we cover. I think it makes the data readily available and easily available for the people that need it, when they need it. That's really important.
Room for Improvement:
I feel like sometimes it can be slow. It doesn't have the flexibility as some other BI tools like Tableau. There are other ones out there that have more flexibility. Its main area of weakness are the graphical aspects that it doesn't have.
Use of Solution:
We just implemented it last year.
It took a long time to implement, over half a year.
It's a stable product. We haven't really had issues with any instability.
We have a lot of users, I think close to 300 users in our company. QA, engineering, supply chain, and other departments use OBIEE as well.
It was complex because we had views built for discovery and we had to transfer the reports and views over to OBIEE. We had a third-party contractor that was helping us do that. It just took a long time.
We implemented with the help of a third-party contractor.
Other Solutions Considered:
Compared to Tableau, I think it's mostly useful for more tabular reports where we are just exporting transactions and things like that. Typically, we will take that information and pull it into Excel to create a chart or graph, and then throw it into a presentation. It's good for that. It's good for getting the data dumps that you need, I mean, at least for us because it replaced our discovery tool.
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Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
May 09 2016