What is most valuable?
The best feature of this product is the reporting capability and customization. It lets the users do their own reporting, slicing and dicing, and getting the visual outputs rather than depending on a partner or developer to get reports or produce management reports.
It's much easier to get different outputs rather than relying on a partner or another developer who has some experience in development, but with this product you don't need that as such.
What needs improvement?
The product can definitely improve. It is a good product compared to Microsoft Power BI or other Microsoft products, the SAP BIs and other small BIs in the market. In comparison with the others, the Oracle BI product is much more advanced; it's a heavy product. However, the issue is the cost factor. If Oracle decides to improve the cost factor and provide facilities to the user where the user can benefit, then it will be good.
Apart from the cost factor, it is a good product. Now, they are moving to the Cloud with the BICS model and adding visualization features. They are heading the right way. For us, the mobile and visualization features are more beneficial; plus with the Big Data coming in, it will really benefit us on that scale.
For how long have I used the solution?
I've been using it for around four years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It is a stable product. It depends for downtime. For the repository and repository refresh, you don't need that. It has both online and offline options but you can do the online repository upload as well.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
It is a scalable product. It should meet our future needs.
It is a product where you have to initially set it up and position it for the future requirements so that the analysis part takes place properly. Based on that, you can get proper outputs. You can build it upon your stack, scheme, marks and dimensions.
How is customer service and technical support?
I would give the technical support a 60/100 rating.
At times, it is difficult for us to get support, especially at the skill levels and due to the regions to which we have been allocated to in terms of support; that is also an issue. The expertise is in that particular domain like for the BI, ETLs, etc. For the modeling-related technical skills, they are lacking a little bit, as opposed to the ERP and the other domains.
How was the initial setup?
The setup is straightforward but it needs expertise. The normal IT guys cannot do this. In other words, for the setup, BOMs, scaling ups and other supporting requirements, you need to have proper domain expertise and product knowledge individuals for carrying out the setup properly. Otherwise, you will not get the proper output. It is very resource intensive. If you get the wrong output, then all your assumptions and forecasts goes wrong; so it's very sensitive.
What other advice do I have?
I have used both the on-premises and the cloud module.
The cloud module is still in a premature state, so it has to get mature.