In a long anticipated move among both Fusion Intelligence and Oracle BI Apps customers, Oracle has released the first versions of its packaged business intelligence solution that replaces the third party tools of previous versions (IBM DataStage or Informatica Power Center) with Oracle Data Integrator as the back end ETL tool. You can find detailed install and configuration instructions in the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 18.104.22.168 Documentation Library.
It is important to note that this is a controlled availability release that mainly means the only data source supported is Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10, marts available in this release are:
- Financial Analytics
- HR Analytics
- SCM and Order Managment Analytics
- Procurement and Spend Analytics
Limitations notwithstanding, this is a key move that signals a long term strategy for BI Apps that will require customers and partners to develop additional skills and an important upgrade consideration for EBS customers. I personally hope that we will see Oracle implement Golden Gate at some point down the road in order to provide real time operational intelligence for a limited set of KPIs that lend themselves to be used in BAM applications.