As a long-time Essbase, Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE), and Oracle Business Intelligence Application (OBIA) user or a new Essbase, OBIEE, and OBIA user, are you wondering how your cubes and BI reporting could work in the Cloud? This five-part webinar series will provide Essbase and BI users and administrators the tools necessary to plan and implement your Essbase calculations and reporting and Oracle BI analytics in Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). Each session will focus on financial reporting cubes, allocation cubes, and related operational and management reporting cubes, including OBIEE and OBIA reporting, analytics and data visualizations.

Configure, Provision, and Migrate to
Oracle Analytics Cloud Services

Thursday, March 15  Jason Little, Bob Kaleel

OAC provides everything you need to ask any question of any data, on any device, at any time, so you can get the value you expect from analytics. This session will address configuration, service provisioning, security, and on-premise Essbase cube migration options. Advanced features such as managing users and roles, Single Sign-On (SSO), web browser and security troubleshooting, and working with log files will be covered. The pros and cons of service resource limits and application configuration properties will be addressed, including how to performance-tune your service based on available CPUs, memory, and disk space. Learn how to migrate your Essbase cubes and security filters to OAC Essbase using the Essbase LCM utility and Cube Designer application workbook utility. Lastly, we will discuss how to manage ongoing bulk maintenance of Essbase users and security filters using the Essbase Command Line Interface and MAXL scripting.

Design and Administrate Oracle Analytics Cloud
Essbase Databases

Thursday, March 22  Jason Little, Jay Chapman

OAC Service can deliver lower deployment costs, faster implementation timeframes, reduced complexity, ease of use, and significantly lower up-front and ongoing maintenance costs. Learn about designing and managing your financial reporting, allocations, and related management reporting cubes. We will discuss the pros and cons of using cube designer application workbooks and managing your cube outlines directly within OAC using dimension build rules and data load rules. We will address Essbase calculations, allocation scripts, and the most efficient design method for running calculations and allocations in the Cloud. We will cover Essbase Hybrid Aggregation mode, Drill through reports, and Dynamic Sparse Members so you can take full advantage of both Essbase Block Storage and Essbase Aggregate Storage cubes. Learn how to use the new Essbase Command Line Interface, MAXL, and REST API for batch processing and automation jobs. Lastly, we will cover new Essbase Cloud features for audit trails, partitions, and what-if scenarios.

Migrate Your Essbase Financial Reports, Web Analysis, and Smart View Reports to OAC Essbase

Thursday, March 29  Jason Little, Jay Chapman

Moving to OAC Essbase enhances analytics capabilities, improves performance, enables collaboration, and secures your data. This session addresses end-user financial reporting and management reporting options with Smart View and the Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS). For existing Essbase customers who use Financial Reports (FR), Web Analysis, and Smart View, we will cover how these reports can be migrated using OAC Essbase and EPRCS tools and the pros and cons of management reporting. We will also provide some advanced Smart View training for creating and printing reports, as well advanced EPRCS features for report packages and report distribution. Lastly, we will cover use cases for OAC Data Visualization and OAC BI reporting capabilities over Essbase Cloud.

Drive Better Insights with
Oracle Analytics Cloud

Thursday, April 5  Sean Suskind, Jason Little

Analytical insight and agility is at the forefront of growth strategy for companies across all industries. Defining the appropriate path to the Cloud then leveraging its benefits to gaining meaningful insight from your data can be an overwhelming process. OAC, the breakthrough product for both Essbase and BI, provides integrated analytic capabilities that provide the right information, to the right people, at the right time. We will examine data sources, loading ease, integrating data, developing analytic dashboards, and creating data visualizations to answer questions on the fly. We will discuss the new advanced features included in data visualization—such as machine learning and the “explain” function—and demonstrate how the new mobile tool, “Day by Day,” personalizes analytic insights for individuals.

Assess and Migrate On-Premise OBIEE to Oracle Analytics Cloud Services

Thursday, April 12  Greg Vlahos, Aneel Kanuri

If your organization currently uses On-Premise OBIEE, this webinar will help you assess options for migrating to OAC BI. Our OAC infrastructure team will discuss items such as eligible OBIEE versions and when a pre-requisite upgrade may be required or recommended; review on-premise features still on the roadmap for OAC; discuss benefits to consider by migrating to OAC (automated patches and updates; no hardware capital, direct operating costs, or software maintenance fees); and much more. We will also discuss the location of the target data warehouse and how this can remain on premise or be migrated to the Cloud. We will then walk through the key tasks required to perform the core migration steps and our speakers will be available to take questions specific to your environment.

Presenter Bios

Jason Little

Jason Little

VP of EPM/BI Practice

Jason Little is a functional and technical professional with 25 years of experience working with the Hyperion suite of products, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions, Business Intelligence (BI) tools, and the latest Oracle Cloud Subscriptions, including PBCS, EPBCS, EPRCS, FCCS, PCMCS, and OAC. His corporate background includes Essbase and Hyperion Planning development, administration, and financial systems implementations. He has an accounting and finance background with emphasis on budgeting, forecasting, reporting, consolidations, and implementing best practices within the finance, accounting, and management reporting functions. He provides EPM and BI advisory services for public sector, higher education, healthcare, financial services, retail, manufacturing, and other commercial industries.

Jay Chapman

Jay Chapman

Senior Consultant

Jay Chapman is a functional and technical professional with 15 years of experience working with Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management, PeopleSoft, and Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management Cloud which includes Planning Budgeting Cloud, Enterprise Planning Budgeting Cloud, Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud, and Oracle Analytics Cloud. His industry background comprises of administering Hyperion Planning and Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting, as well as testing, troubleshooting, and migration across environments. He has a finance background in higher education with an emphasis on budgeting, forecasting, and reporting. Jay is an Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.1.1 Implementation Specialist and an Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting 2016 Cloud Service Specialist. He also helped co-write the certification exam for Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud.

Sean Suskind

Sean Suskind

Practice Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics

Sean Suskind is a 20-year professional in Business and IT as an Analytics Strategist, specializing in the Oracle stack. As a multirole Solution Architect accustomed to analytics initiatives, Sean provides a powerful combination of business experience and technical expertise. He is a professional in guiding and directing Assessments, Strategies, Roadmap Development, and Solutions focused on analytics solution roadmaps and implementations. As a business development leader, Sean is experienced in identifying, understanding, and architecting analytics solutions, leading and managing BI projects and related technical correlations, as well as defining requirements for project implementations. Sean has a proven track record of using varied technologies to guide and enable clients to achieve their overall strategic and tactical goals. He is a results-oriented team leader, a strategic thinker, communicator, and implementer with the technical expertise and business experience to deliver great results to clients.

Bob Kaleel

Bob Kaleel

Infrastructure Practice Lead

Bob Kaleel has 25 years of broad IT background with technical and functional experience. He has extensive infrastructure experience with all Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management and Oracle Business Intelligence including installation, configuration, upgrades, testing, performance tuning, troubleshooting, and migration across environments. Bob is a Hyperion Certified designer and developer with emphasis on Essbase, Planning, Workforce Planning, Capital Planning, and Hyperion Financial Management (HFM). Bob has SQL Server programming and administration experience which include data warehouse design and development. He has extensive ETL experience with Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and SSIS development. He has programmed in a variety of languages including VB6, java, python, .NET, and C#. He has excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to provide creative solutions.

Greg Vlahos

Greg Vlahos

General Manager BI-EPM

Greg Vlahos has been consulting for over 30 years, with the majority of this time focused on data warehouse and business intelligence solutions. His experiences have covered the entire process from guiding clients on their strategic BI Roadmaps—designing and developing data warehouse and data load processes for optimal business intelligence solution—through front-end analytics delivery. He has deep, hands-on experience with both Oracle Essbase and the Oracle BI stack. Greg currently runs the Sierra-Cedar Oracle BI and Enterprise Performance Management practice. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family and competing on the tennis courts.

Aneel Kanuri

Aneel Kanuri

BI Architect

Aneel Kanuri is a Business Intelligence Consultant with over 13 years of experience, with his main focus being BI Infrastructure, Data Analysis, Data Integration, BI Security, and BI Administration. Aneel has helped large MNCs set up their Business Intelligence environments with tools like Oracle Discoverer, Informatica, Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 10g/11g, and now helping clients migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (On-Premise and Cloud). He is a certified Oracle BI Implementation Specialist, MapR Certified Hadoop Administrator, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect. He has recently helped clients migrate to Business Intelligence Cloud Service (Oracle’s SaaS solution for BI) and then to Oracle Analytics Cloud (Oracle’s PaaS solution for BI). He is blockchain curious and a BI enthusiast, always exploring new tools like RStudio, Kinesis, etc.