I realize that it has already been a few weeks since Oracle officially announced the availability of the new Oracle BI 11g, but today was the launch event in the Toronto area and was it ever well attended. This is the version of a BI suite which will allow Oracle to compete in a mature market and I was not surprised to see so much interest in it from today’s capacity audience.
We have been waiting for quite a while to see the final release of the software (which is now available from Oracle) which has been much anticipated. We in the BI and data warehousing space have seen so many products over the years, such as Cognos, MicroStrategy among others, but Oracle never really had a great answer and Answers to these vendors, that is why this release is so important.
The latest incarnation of the OBIEE stack includes many new functions and features. It has a solid approach to dashboards, scorecards and reporting and provide it all from a common interface, which is a nice change. The software will still need to prove itself but at this point things look very promising. As I begin to work with the product I will be sharing my experiences. I will also be at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few weeks and I excited to see more on BI and all of the other DW technologies, and hope to meet some of you there to exchange even greater ideas.