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How to Face Oracle Discoverer De-Support

How to Face Oracle Discoverer De-Support
Oracle’s Discoverer has been a vital reporting tool for years, allowing non-technical users to access information from data warehouses and transposing it into a useful and customized report. Although the tool is an essential component to running an effective business, there are many limitations to relying on Discoverer in 2015.

The last update to Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer product was R11.1.1.7.0 in 2013 which only provided bug fixes and no major features.  Premier support of Discover ended in June of 2014 and Extended Support ends in June of 2017.

Limitations of Discoverer

Discoverer is comprised of two main tools, Oracle BI Discoverer Plus, a web tool that allows users to build reports, and Oracle BI Discoverer Viewer where those reports can be viewed. One of the main reasoning for this two-point system is optimizing efficiency, which makes Discoverer Viewer a more agile platform and reduces network traffic. However, the system as a whole is rather cumbersome and requires multiple logins, page navigations, mouse clicks and overall redundancy. Discoverer also does not support any dashboard functionality and can only be used on a desktop platform.

Today’s industry standards require much more than what Discoverer has to offer. A reporting tool needs to be agile, intuitive, and easily customizable to suit all business needs. Now is a productive time to consider the next step in your company’s reporting.

New Generation Reporting Solution

CloudIO is a modern, agile business application platform that optimizes the native Enterprise System APIS, web services and interfaces to optimize your business functions. The platform is built to be fully customized to fit all business needs. From CloudIO a user can migrate Discoverer reports, build new reports, and view such reports from a single source. All of the necessary features like filters, sorting, advance search, saved search, personalized views, excel export/import, NLS & MLS support and Standard Oracle security are all standard functions of the platform. Dashboards can be created in a manner of minutes with all of the essential functionalities a user would need.

FEATURE / FUNCTION
DISCOVERER
CLOUDIO
Create / Edit Query
Yes
Yes
View Query with Dynamic Data
Yes
Yes
View Query with Snapshot Data
No
Yes
Drill down capability
Yes
Yes
Create pivot tables
Yes
Yes
Conditional Formatting
Yes
Yes
Create and Edit Calculations
Yes
Yes
Reports on data sources, other than Oracle
Yes
Yes
Able to schedule reports
Yes
Yes
Auto email schedules reports for sharing
Yes
Yes
Auto save filters & sort state
Yes
Yes
User customization
Yes
Yes
Display list of most recent reports
Yes
Yes
Create Graphic Charts
Yes
Yes
Report wizard
Yes
Yes
Export to Excel
Yes
Yes
Alerts – monitor a condition and send email when matched
No
Yes
Ability to open multiple reports concurrently
Yes
Yes
Auto-distribute reports via email
Yes
Yes
Integrated with EBS Responsibilities
Yes
Yes
Role Based Security
No
Yes
Dashboards
Yes
Yes
Enterprise Portal (Internal)
Yes
Yes
Supplier Portal (External)
No
Yes
Customize the look and feel
Yes
Yes

The platform is accessible from any modern browser (IE, Chrome, Firefox, etc), tablet or mobile device, and there’s also the possibility of creating a native mobile app. CloudIO is metadata-driven and can be implemented in a manner of weeks.

There is more to CloudIO than just reporting and dashboards: the platform has the capability of migrating your company’s entire ERP system, creating a seamless and streamlined user experience. CloudIO can integrate all of your modules that suffer from a cumbersome UI and optimize it into a fully customized, agile, and powerful platform.

For more information and to set up a demo of the platform, please contact our team.