Oracle OBIEE Room for Improvement

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Senior Professional Services Consultant Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The IT developers for this client have struggled in two areas, setting up the repository and fine tuning the report formatting. The repository in OBIEE provides a huge capability for bringing in table structures from a database, linking them together, mapping hierarchies, adding custom calculations and so on. However, to do much of the complex mapping they needed is very difficult without considerable experience. There is very little within the repository administration tool to guide you on how to achieve complex tasks and the documentation is quite brief. Improvements in this area would certainly help. For the reports, the requirement was to replicate highly formatted reports in Excel and despite the cell-level formatting in Excel that obviously cannot be replicated within a reporting tool, we’ve gotten extremely close. However, as with the repository, experience has been key – the analytic report-building screen provides a wide range of functionality, but without someone with experience on hand to provide ‘tricks of the trade’, they would have struggled. Simplifying the interface to provide easier access to all of the functions would help greatly here. View full review »
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Satyendra Yenugula
Director Of Business Intelligence at Enlivant
The tool has everything I need right now, including mobile, geo-spatial, and data visualization. I would like to see better licensing in terms of data visualization. Maybe they could include it as a part of the Oracle E-Business Suite, which would allow product users to take advantage of it. Otherwise, it's going to be an expensive product. View full review »
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Peter Cseh
Senior BI/DWH Developer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Of course, there is some room for improvement, because a perfect BI platform does not exist in IT. The following things would be welcomed: * Detailed editing of dashboard prompts: By this, I mean the appearance and localization. If I create a dashboard prompt, I cannot edit freely the columns and texts on the user interface of dashboard prompts. For example, I cannot insert individual text fields that are independent from columns; I cannot use CSS to emphasize my texts of columns and the localization is quite limited as well. * Smarter BI navigation using hierarchical columns: By this, I mean the navigation from a measure is quite difficult when I use hierarchical columns. When I use a hierarchical column in an analysis and expand the levels and click on a measure on the second level, for example, the BI does not know the appropriate level using navigation and it will result in wrong amounts. This is a known issue, according to the BI documentation, and there are other solutions, alternative ways to use navigation. Nonetheless, for hierarchical columns, it could be smarter. View full review »
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Consultant at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
When we went from version 10 to 11, Oracle changed some of the functionality for us, and ultimately for those few customers that use it. For example, with filters, it was like, "Okay, give me a filter. I want this and I want this." Now it's more like five or six clicks to do the same thing to get to where you're actually defining what the filter is going to do. In my opinion, we lost a little functionality there. We lost some of the streamlining, efficiency, and speed. We've had some issues with one of the subject areas, in particular, where somehow, somewhere this analysis was built off of this subject area. That subject area got removed. The result was that this analysis still runs properly as it should, but we can't make any changes to it because it says I have an invalid subject area. You can create a new one with the same name, but the internal workings of OBIEE, it knows that it didn't come from here. I've asked several of the experts, and even Oracle, the product manager, and the technical side, they're like, "Wow, really?" That's an unsolved problem. View full review »
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Global Business Intelligence - Technical Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would say the biggest need for us is non-structured data. Most of the time, our users come up with an Excel file they want to integrate. It's pretty much impossible in OBIEE. I'll put it that way. When it comes to the BI world, maybe you can do that in SAP Business Objects, and as a company, we have OBIEE and Business Objects as parallel tools people use. That is always one of the things that we always lag behind and maybe people think Excel, but that is not one of the most powerful things businesses use. If you cannot satisfy the Excel needs, it doesn't matter how cool or how technically focused, consistent, compliant data you have; you can't use that if you can’t integrate it. There are a few things, like variables and other stuff. Maybe they could allow the editing of reports. Those are the basic features. You cannot copy and paste a report, a particular section, which a lot of people said to us that they have to go through. A focus on the user experience is what OBIEE needs. As a technical guy, I understand why it works and why, but if it doesn’t sell the business? Make it more user friendly. I'll put it that way. I rate a product based on how it allows me to help the organization and my role is to provide reports. Success comes only when my customer accepts it. Right now, it's unidirectional and the other piece; there are some things, which are a pushback. It could be a lot of factors, not specifically OBIEE, but OBIEE plays a major role. Most of the time, we have issues we are facing. View full review »
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Josh Kragness
Director of Statistics and Analysis at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
In today’s business intelligence environment, nimbleness and flexibility are valued on par with scalability and dependability. Historically, Excel was perfectly aligned with the former two while enterprise solutions held firmly to the latter two. It was the business analyst’s conundrum to work seamlessly between the micro- and macro-solutions. Now, BI entrants into the market are challenging that paradigm, providing tools that span all four characteristics and this is where OBIEE is looking somewhat dated. OBIEE requires a lot of metadata customization that can only be achieved by individuals with very specific skill sets. This includes Oracle developers, web developers (including XML), Siebel, and more. These skill sets may even reside in different departments yet the business user depends on each to ensure that their KPI dashboard is updated with the latest segmentations and that the drill-down reports open up quickly. These challenges may ease somewhat with the introduction of Oracle's Visual Analyzer, however it is too young a product to tell how fast it will move up the development curve. As the BI space continues to evolve, many business analysts are focusing more on complementary solutions that, although they may not be as enterprise-worthy in scope, are extremely flexible, easy to customize, and can get the analyst the needed insight without having to overcome some of the development hurdles in OBIEE. View full review »
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Vijay Maddipoti
Cloud Architect at IEEE
They should focus more on performance. Basically, no one has the time. They also have to compete with big data analytics. They ought to keep that in mind and see how this product could eventually, down the line, be replaced. They should take some measures to actually make it stay. View full review »
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Ricardo Giampaoli
EPM/BI certified Consultant, Oracle ACE and TeraCorp Consulting CEO at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
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Senior IT Manager, HR Legal Payroll and GRC at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I’d like to see an easier way to go ahead and allow users to access other data, maybe to query it and so forth; maybe from a user, UI perspective. I've noticed, as I’ve mentioned, other tools that are out there. It's very much about the user experience, and I don't know if the current look and feel is lending towards that. View full review »
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Wayne Harpenau
IT Project Manager at Sony DADC
Some of the new products they have with the mobile version and Day by Day look extremely good. I would like their mobile version to incorporate HTML5, and also go through some accessibility testing, which would incorporate new web standard features. View full review »
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Oracle BIEE Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had a lot of users before that wanted customized user interfaces. This was one of the hardest things to customize in OBIEE. You had to have knowledge in other areas to provide user requirements. With the popularity of self-service systems, our power users wanted more ad-hoc reports. We couldn’t provide this because that meant giving them administrator access, which was against the security guidelines of the company. One requirement we also had was the ability for users to change passwords. Again, this meant that we had to give the users administrator access, which was against company protocol. View full review »
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Rashid Ramzan
Vp at Ifusion solution inc
I think Oracle has already come up with a couple of data visualization pieces, instead of just reporting. Today, I saw from a couple of versions of what they are coming out with. I think it's pretty cool. I think it satisfies all the business needs that we have. View full review »
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Ramesh Nalem
Global Supply Chain Manager at Cisco
Some of the additional features required are that it should be more user-friendly. Sometimes, when we use the drag-and-drop feature it does not drag the object and needs to be user-friendly. It's not available today. If it would be more flexible, that would be helpful. View full review »
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Rikaz Moin
Systems Engineer at DMS
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. View full review »
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Sridhar Busani
Sr Software Engineer BI at IGT
The web services are pretty weak. There are so many bugs in it and it doesn’t support that many features. That's weird. I think other kinds of solutions are meeting the market. If they improve it, then it would be really good. They could move into new companies in new markets. Other than that, lots of open-source tools are coming up, which are competing. The licensing part is an issue. Open-source products are free. This tools is mostly used for non-revenue-generating functions, so its reports do not generate any revenue. People are always asking why they should pay a license fee. Why use a licensed tool when it does not make any money. View full review »
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Manager of Oracle Technology/DevOpsManager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Some of the main disadvantages of Oracle would be they don't give the whole privilege for the end user to customize the way they want. Some things can only be done by an admin or a business analyst, and then really only someone familiar with OBIEE would be able to do it. But unlike other product, like Domo or Tableau, irrespective of the database, you can write run-time reports by an end user. The interface is going to take care of it and, depending on the variables that they change, they would get the data. Data remains the same, but you are giving more to the end user to handle. View full review »
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Toon Van Der Ploeg
Business Intelligence Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Users find it difficult to understand which combinations of facts and dimensions are ‘allowed’ in a single report. The application does not provide feedback up front, but gives an error afterwards. The user interface provides subject areas where the user can choose columns for a report. A column can be either a fact (measure) or a dimension (like company, or date). It is not uncommon to have two measures that cannot be compared by the same dimension. The report will show a blank column, or give an error message saying something like ‘incomparable measures at this level’. Most of the times, this is a design flaw in the underlying dimensional model, but this does not have to be the case. If a user could see the unavailable columns based on their selection - by greying out options that are not available - this would greatly help the user understand the underlying data model and prevent frustration. View full review »
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Duane Ward
Manager, Database and Security at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
It seems to be a little bit complex for an everyday user to grasp and get ahold of if they want to build their own reports. I think it takes a little bit more training for the users to get on board. It's not as intuitive as I think they would expect it to be. A lot of users like spreadsheets. I think if you give them a fancy tool, it will give them a little bit to adapt to that. View full review »
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Programmer/Analyst at Lidestri Foods
I wish there was a way you could implement real-time data easier rather than through the ETL process. I know that Oracle's got their own ETL process that does have that feature, though. View full review »
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Sr. Analyst - Business Applications at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The only thing is: Upgrades are critical. They are migrating their business intelligence systems. They have introduced cloud-based analytical solutions. I like where it is going, but with what we have been using, we are facing difficulties in upgrading and so on. View full review »
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Manager Of Capital Improvement Program at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see a little more flexibility in the configuration. View full review »
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Data Analyst at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
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Roshan Hajare
Lead Business Intelligence Analyst at Jade Global
The big data visualization can be improved. View full review »
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Senior Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Performance is a key point, but it's always a give and take with performance: What do you really want to achieve versus what you can really get, and what does that cost? That's the key, I think, from a performance perspective. View full review »
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Business Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think in the older version, 11g versus 12c, Oracle has thought through so many things. I think the installation is a lot simpler. I think they have improved a lot. If you asked about the older one, maybe I would have given you many reasons, but not with the new one. View full review »
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Gokul Patel
Director, Application Development & Business Intelligence at BE Aerospace
In the next release, I would like to them to add or include data visualization and mobile, which right now is a separate product. If it were up to me, I would merge them together. It has some shortcomings, but overall it's a good, stable product. View full review »
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Oracle Service Area Manager, India Delivery Centre at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I just saw somewhere, OBIEE on cloud: that could be the good thing. Right now, what we have is OBIEE on premise. Certainly, I cannot currently check the reports on my mobile. But that could be one advantage OBIEE would have on cloud, once they move. Certainly the look and feel of the user interface is something should be improved further. View full review »
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HRIS Development Manager at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Data integration itself needs to be improved. We use ODI along with OBIEE for data integration. We find it very hard to go through this whole process. Once the data is there, it's very easy to report it on the OBIEE front end. However, just getting the data into data warehousing is difficult. View full review »
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Director at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The user interface is rather clumsy, so to speak, compared to other reporting tools on the market where you have drag and drop, drilldown and all these nice user interface features. This product is more textual based. View full review »
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Sr. Technology Engineer at a renewables & environment company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It would be beneficial to allow the user to further personalize their own page a little bit more instead of just being presented with data. I think the user interface still needs more fine-tuning. It needs to be easier to create user reports. People who first use it don't know where to get what they need as there are so many tabs and so many things you can do. It would be nice for it to be made more intuitive. View full review »
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Yogev Kanizo
BI Team Leader & Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
They could improve the connection with the ASCP base. The integration is not so good. There are a lot of bugs, hangs and freezes. If the ASCP base goes down or hangs, the OBIEE server is down, and we have to restart the VI server for the whole company. View full review »
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Rachit Goel
Consultant at Infosys Ltd.
The ease of building reports can be improved in the product. In an era where strong visualization tools like Tableau and QlikView are becoming popular, it is very important that Oracle looks into this aspect. View full review »
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Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* OBIEE visualizations are still behind compared to Tableau and QlikView * Visualizations, such as Gantt charts, are not available in OBIEE out-of-the-box: Needs a workaround to enable them View full review »
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Alessi Gianluca
Business Analysis Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Retail, Finance, Wholesale View full review »
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Sr Director Enterprise Business Systems at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Interacting with other non-Oracle applications and sources is a little difficult right now. It needs to be easier, such as interactions with cloud resources. View full review »
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Senior Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I'd like to see easier paths for upgrades. We also have some technical difficulties that we are trying to work around. View full review »
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Senior Software Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think that the system catalog. The system catalog is metadata not only for the OBIEE; it can also be communicated with other incoming sources. It doesn't matter what the source is that it's coming from, maybe from EBS, maybe from PeopleSoft. Then you can interface with the other source’s system metadata to complete the integration. I think that in the data warehouse, you need to have an ETL layer for imported data, ODS layer, warehouse layer, an information layer. I would prefer that you could extract it complete from the source into the database, and stage it there. View full review »
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Adrian Ward
OBIEE Technical Lead at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Right now, there's no ability to add comments to the dashboards. We'd like to be able to do that. View full review »
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Programmer at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
There should be additional features like planning and budgeting. It is pretty complex without having to run any additional ad hoc reports, so having built in reports like that would be nice. View full review »
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Oscar Zayas
Oracle Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
* DAC * Siebel Analytics * BI Server View full review »
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RM at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
From a business perspective, it's not user-friendly. View full review »
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Oracle Apps Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think for ease of use, right now, OBIEE is a nice tool. Business users can use the reports nicely, but with a lot of the new reports, some IT guys are still required. If they could make that easier, because the business users don't understand the SQLs. If that could be some kind of GUI drag and drop for those fields, it would be quite awesome. View full review »
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Vice President, Business Intelligence and Analytics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The visualizations and usability aspects in this product can be improved a lot. Even now, I constantly hear people comparing Tableau to OBIEE and how Tableau has a better UI and is easier to use compared to OBIEE, which is a bit difficult. View full review »
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Robert Gideon
Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
There is some room for improvement on the development side, older versions use a 32-bit administration studio. Some of the controls in this older studio are a little clunky and it can be easy to get lost as a new developer in the various wizards and windows. View full review »
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IT Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think there should be a few more features like the other BI tools in the market, kind of like the self-service approach of gathering data and then integrating the information. View full review »
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SSS3 at Caltrans
I would probably just like to see more integration with big data sources. View full review »
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Director Of New Media at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
They can always improve on the user interface, and the publisher could get some new features. View full review »
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Luiz L. C. Braz
Oracle Hyperion Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Essbase integration needs to be worked on. View full review »
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Solutions Architect Hyperion at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dashboard reporting could be more dynamic and easier to drill down into. View full review »
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Cesar Advincula
BI Team Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Supply chain and finance. View full review »
Shyamkant Matondkar PMP®
Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Particularly on the Cloud, a lot of functionality has yet to be ported. View full review »
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Jp Hoedenaeken
BI Manager at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our actual needs are covered. View full review »
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Alan Yves
Big Data / Business Intelligence / Datawarehousing at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The WebLogic administration could be more intuitive or simplified. View full review »
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Consultant at a tech services company
The development effort takes longer than other BI tools currently on the market. View full review »

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