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Michael De Sousa
Real User
Head of IT at Obegi Chemicals Group
Feb 12 2019

What is most valuable?

Flexibility, scalability, and the speed that you can pull these reports are the most valuable features. Accuracy is also a huge factor because if it's junk in, it's junk out. I'm leading a big data… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use AWF and we can plug in various data into artificial intelligence. The benefit side of that is that you can actually start to predict trends, see things that you haven't ever seen before. We've… more»

What needs improvement?

They should develop greater visualization because their visualization isn't industry leading at the moment. The way you pull the data and see the data compared to other platforms, they're lagging a… more»

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

We switched to OBIEE because Discoverer was very old and outdated. We migrated from Oracle databases 11G to 12C, and they found that Discoverer was not compatible with the Oracle database 12C. They… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a great product if the business requires it, but for our business and the environment that we're in, I'd give it a three out of ten because it just doesn't meet the criteria that we need. I'm… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at IBM and SAP.
VishalGoyal
Real User
Vice President (BI Delivery) at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Oracle OBIEE, for me, would be the Web Catalog. From a development perspective, I do not need any client or any software to be installed on my laptop or desktop. Everything is browser-based, so I just open the browser and start development. Similarly, for the end-user… more»

What needs improvement?

One feature I would definitely like to see is the ability to provide the in-memory data. Oracle might have some plugins but, as of now, that feature isn't available out-of-the-box. You might have to purchase that feature. This is the feature that is most lacking, which we would like to have in the… more»

What other advice do I have?

All the drawbacks which I mentioned above, I would like to have all of those resolved in OBIEE. First of all, its installation, configuration, and setup should be very easy. It comes with its own application server and that creates a lot of conflict files on the server side. You have to be very… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are planning to move away from Oracle OBIEE, and to move to another tool that has in-memory data processing capabilities. Oracle doesn't provide that capability very easily, so we have performance challenges, etc. We are exploring Tableau and QlikView. They provide in-memory calculations and… more»
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Real User
Data Integration and Business Intelligence Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Aug 08 2018

What is most valuable?

The performance can issue queries to work in the Oracle database in Oracle's native language. There are a lot of visualizations which suit our business. It shares quite a lot of features which suit… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been using the Oracle stack for a long time. So, it was a natural choice to use Oracle BI.

What needs improvement?

Now, we have more demands to load data somewhere quickly, not seeped into a model, like data warehouse model. We need to load it somewhere like a data lake and have a tool which can analyze the… more»

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

We previously didn't have a BI solution.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good tool for plain Enterprise BI reporting and usual BI reporting. It's not a tool for data discovery. If you want to do old-fashioned plain BI reporting and have a large company where… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had more than one quotation, then we chose the product based on a type of questionnaire with scoring. I think Oracle made the high score at that time (2010). It was between Oracle and Cognos at… more»
Ricardo Giampaoli
Consultant
EPM/BI certified Consultant, Oracle ACE and TeraCorp Consulting CEO at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 05 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped 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… more»

What needs 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… more»

What's my experience with 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… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Robin Saikat Chatterjee
Consultant
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to run it in Exalytics within memory coupled to a Repository on Exadata is where it flies. So it's not meant for mom and pop… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle OBIEE has improved our organization by providing business intelligence tools and solutions as advertised. We get the dashboard reports, email blasts, and dynamic… more»

What needs improvement?

One significant improvement is the need for simplification. The set up could be more intuitive. An enterprise setup with HA and DR are pretty complex and to get a robust… more»

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

Setup cost, pricing, and licensing for OBIEE are all geared towards more substantial enterprises. A full blown HA - Dr setup can have many moving parts.

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

No we mostly concentrate on the opracel technology stack though there are other groups within my company that look at other vendor solutons.

What other advice do I have?

OBIEE is a powerful BI tool, but it is not as agile as some of the newer PaaS based solutions, eg, Oracle Analytics Cloud. On a scale of one to ten with ten being the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluate solutions on a case by case basis based on the specific implementation as we implement BI solutions for different clients.
Leonardo Salvino
Consultant
Business Intelligence Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The easy integration with different database sources and the strength when working with complex data. It’s possible to integrate different data sources and show the information in the same place with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before using OBIEE, my customer had difficulties building Dashboards and usine visual components to show information. Now they can do it fast and easily selecting the data and organizing the physical… more»

What needs improvement?

I think there are some issues to be solved, and it needs some visual improvements, especially on the charts, but it is still the best solution in my opinion.

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

I had aready used Microsoft reporting services. I migrated to OBIEE because my customer doesn´t use Microsoft tools for BI.

What other advice do I have?

My customers want a solution that connects any data source, and does all the jobs for them. It doesn´t exist. People have to know their data, and know what they want to do with it. My customer had the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated other solutions like Tableau, Cognos, MicroStrategy. They are more attractive visually, but in my opinion OBIEE has a stronger platform.
Real User
Strategic Management Office Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Oracle OBIEE is the reporting.

How has it helped my organization?

Generally, with Oracle OBIEE we can see near real-time performance in our operations. When there is a problem, it is easy to escalate it to top management and the time for management to make a decision about it is much shorter than it would be using a manual process.

What needs improvement?

From the point of view of strategic management, I would like to have a feature, perhaps a form after we get to the KPI dashboard, to be used to note if something unusual happens in the operations. That way we could record extreme KPI situations, and track why a number is very low or too high.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution but it depends on the needs of the company, of course. Important criteria when selecting a vendor include local support and the most important is the capability of the solution to meet my requirements. It should also be compatible with our current system. I would rate… more»
Alan Yves
Consultant
Big Data / Business Intelligence / Datawarehousing at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 21 2020

What is most valuable?

OBIEE is an enterprise Business Intelligence tool, the semantic layer is very organized which helps to provide the subject areas and how the end-user visualize the data.

How has it helped my organization?

End-users can cross the data from dimensional models with external Excel spreadsheets, while from a BI strategy point of view this is not ideal since that Excel data should be incorporated in the DW, but from the end-user perspective, they gain some empowerment to explore and integrate the data

What needs improvement?

The WebLogic administration could be more intuitive or simplified especially when you are focused on OBIEE

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

not cheap but it is worth it
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What is Oracle OBIEE?

OBIEE is a multifaceted network of tools that can create a more fluid and better-integrated data flow for your business. This service is actually a platform that is made up of six individual elements, rather than a single tool with multiple features. These services include: presentation catalog, BI presentation service, BI scheduler service, BI server service,administration client, and metadata repository.

The purpose of the OBIEE is to have an entire system for all of your enterprising needs. The various tools within the suite can take your data, organize it, analyze it and then glean the pertinent information from it, sending it on to the relevant parties who can then use it for metrics, pattern analysis, and future projections. The essence of the platform is to integrate your current IT together with their tools in order to give you the overall best return on investment with minimal fiscal obligations.

Also known as
OBIEE, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle BI, Oracle BI EE 11g
Oracle OBIEE customers

Banca Transilvania, BeckmanCoulter, Hong Kong Housing Society, HealthShare, Ivanhoe Cambridge Unifies, and Home Credit, and Finance Bank.

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