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What’s New: Oracle Finally Clarifies Direction for Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics (OBIA)

What’s New: Oracle Finally Clarifies Direction for Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics (OBIA)
Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics or Applications (OBIA) is favored by many clients. The secret of this romance may lie behind its quick time to market, or maybe because it allows users to quickly implement a robust dashboarding/reporting tool without the hassle of building a full set of datamart or datawarehouse and the extract-transform-load or extract-load-transform. This post from what ITC has done with BI Applications from 2011, depict our expertise in the area. 

Since the introduction of the first version of OBIA 11g (currently on 11.1.1.8.1, released in May 2014 https://blogs.oracle.com/biapps/entry/bi_apps_11_1_11 ) Oracle had left us a bit adrift to answer questions from existing customers regarding roadmaps, recommendations and timelines. 

The introduction of the 11g version brought the power of Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), but didn’t provide an upgrade option for those migrating from Informatica. Rumors started flying as to a new version which would support Informatica coming out soon, but it was never confirmed. So down in the trenches, the only options for OBIA projects coming from Informatica were to reimplement or set the project on hold until Oracle issued an official word.

Luckily, Oracle has finally spoken. In the document “Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics (OBIA) Statement of Direction (Doc ID 1937481.1)” dated October 21th, Oracle has put those Informatica support rumors to rest. To cut to the chase, here’s what you need to know:

– Organizations running OBIA 7.9.6.X will have to build a separate instance of OBIA 11g and have a partner, such as IT Convergence, help them support the migration.

– If a company wants to continue working with Informatica, (whether because they are unwilling to have a new tool or migrate their investment) they can continue with 7.9.6.x, which will have the following support timeline:

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– Last but not least is the option of moving BI to the cloud. This would allow organizations running on-premise or cloud applications to connect data to the Oracle BI in the cloud.

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