COLLABORATE ’17: Our Session on Successful Analytics for Oracle BI Applications

One of the Oracle Community’s largest annual events is just around the corner–COLLABORATE 17. Thousands of our peers are getting ready to visit Las Vegas from April 2-6, 2017. The Vortex Consulting team is not only attending, but we’ll also have a booth on the exhibition floor. Even better, we’re hosting a session on successful analytics for Oracle BI applications.

COLLABORATE 17 Oracle Event Logo

Here’s the information you’ll need to find us:

Booth #1241 (You’ll find Christine, Matt, Dave, or Gary here, Monday through Wednesday during open exhibition floor hours)

Session ID #10337: “Oracle BI Applications – Keys to Successful Analytics”
Wednesday, April 5 at 1:30pm
“Jasmine E” Conference Room

Abstract: To reap the full benefits of an Oracle BI Applications (OBIA) implementation, additional configuration changes are required to meet an organization’s data, reporting and analytical demands. The range of changes can run from data model and ETL augmentation to RPD and presentation layer changes. Minimally, each organization will need to add specific data model elements and corresponding RPD enhancements along with individual presentation elements. Each scenario presents different challenges, but common threads are found that will help an organization provide valuable analytics to its users.

Objective 1: Identify the benefits of an Oracle BI Applications (OBIA) installation on e-Business Suite

Objective 2: Identify useful changes to Data Model, ETL, RPD, and Presentation layer

Objective 3: Lesson learned and gotcha from past OBIA implementations

For those gathering credits at COLLABORATE 17, you’ll earn one CPE credit for attending our session on analytics for Oracle BI applications.

Back to the main event–COLLABORATE 17 promises to appeal to everyone who works with the Oracle platform. There are 17 educational tracks to follow, allowing you to focus your learning in areas that most affect your day-to-day. Attendees also have the chance to connect one-on-one with Oracle’s own development and management teams who are behind the products we use every day.

Info for Session on Successful Analytics for Oracle BI Applications
Join us for our COLLABORATE 17 session on Successful Analytics for Oracle BI Applications

We encourage you to check out the official COLLABORATE 17 website to get more information about this annual event. And if you’ve already signed up to attend, visit the Agenda Builder to browse through hundreds of available keynotes, sessions, and networking events. Finally, here’s the page where you can sign up to attend our session, ID #10337, on successful analytics for Oracle BI applications.

Drop us a line if you’ll be at COLLABORATE 17 and want to connect. You can contact Gary directly at or at 585.394.8756.

COLLABORATE 16 – It’s all about Oracle Cloud

Last week, I attended COLLABORATE 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. COLLABORATE 16 is Oracle’s annual technology conference that pulls together users, SMEs, and decision makers of Oracle technology and business applications, including EBS, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Hyperion, and more. People come from all over the world to share their experiences, solutions, and strategies with the rest of the Oracle community.

This year’s theme and discussion was all about the cloud. Everywhere you turned throughout the event, from classroom sessions and keynote speakers, to vendor booths and marketing materials, the message was consistent: Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and more Oracle Cloud.

Oracle Cloud was the unofficial theme at COLLABORATE 16
There was no doubt about it–Oracle Cloud was the hot topic at COLLABORATE 16.

What is cloud computing? By definition, cloud computing is using a network of remote servers hosted on the Web to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Yet, if you ask 10 people the question, “What is cloud computing?” you will likely get 10 different answers. That is because the meaning of cloud computing varies by individual depending on their current use and interaction with Oracle.

What does this mean to Vortex’s customers and users of Oracle ERP systems? Oracle wants you to migrate from on-premise ERP systems to the cloud–or at least start thinking about it and discussing it at your next IT strategy meeting. This is an interesting twist of fate, because it was only 5 years ago that Oracle senior executives questioned the viability and long-term business model of cloud computing and services. Now Oracle has fully embraced the cloud and wants to be recognized as your go-to vendor for everything cloud-related. Oracle offers a full suite of cloud services, including Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Oracle Platform as a Service, and Oracle Software as a Service, which includes Oracle ERP Cloud.

Oracle Cloud stand at COLLABORATE 16
The view on the floor at COLLABORATE 16.

At COLLABORATE 16, I had the opportunity to meet members of the Oracle ERP Cloud Team and see a demo of Oracle’s Procurement Cloud application. The product has a modern design, with a dashboard that feels similar to many of today’s Business Intelligence tools. Oracle Procurement Cloud has all the features and functionality of its existing on-premise procurement applications: requisitioning, punchouts, simplified shopping, auto-create, supplier management, purchasing agreements/contracts, and receiving, among others, plus some new features that I saw on the product’s dashboard that provide the ability to collaborate with your suppliers in real time.

Oracle is definitely generating a lot of excitement with its ERP Cloud Applications and is putting forth a large effort to increase product awareness. For customers who are new to Oracle Applications and want to minimize infrastructure costs or resource costs, Oracle ERP Cloud may be the right solution. For existing Oracle ERP customers who are considering Cloud Applications, there are many questions that come to mind: How does an organization migrate from its on-premise ERP system to Cloud ERP? How is data migrated to the cloud? What tools and connectors are available? Can it be done securely and cost effectively? How does Cloud ERP handle existing customizations? These are some initial questions, and certainly there are more to come.

Are you interested in learning more about what Oracle Cloud Applications can do for your organization? If your IT team is positioned to start talking about what a transition to the Oracle Cloud platform will look like, be sure to contact us at Vortex Consulting. We’re ready to help you make the move to a cloud-based future.