Oracle announces enhancements to Business Intelligence portfolio

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Oracle announces enhancements to Business Intelligence portfolio

Simon Quicke

Oracle has made a couple of moves to enhance its business intelligence offering after releasing the next generation of its management system as well as outlining the road map of post acquisition Hyperion products.

The vendor took the wraps off its Enterprise Performance management system which is designed to help customers drill down into their business data and improve efficiencies and cut costs.

The products is also designed on SOA standards appealing to users that are rolling out upgrades to application infrastructure on a rolling basis.

In a statement, Robert Gersten, senior vice president, Oracle EPM Development, said that it was throwing down a challenge to rivals selling traditional ERP systems.

"Current ERP systems provide organisations the tools to excel from an operational standpoint, but lack the holistic view needed across operational systems to evaluate market opportunities and align with the interests of external stakeholders," he said.

The vendor produced a number of customers that were bubbling over with excitement about the launch including Mandeep Hansra, Head of BI Strategy and Systems, BT Group Finance.

"Oracle BI and Performance Management software, which is integral to our performance management strategy, has successfully established strong operational control and management reporting foundations," she said.

Speaking about the move customers were making towards SOA David Kirby, managing director of Compel Business Solutions, said that there were more people that were upgrading almost by stealth.

"The IT department has to almost do it by stealth because if they present SOA as a big project then the response will be fairly negative. Bit by bit they are re-engineering the architecture," he said,.

Meanwhile, for those wondering what the future roadmap would look like for Hyperion products after its acquisition by Oracle the approach seems to be concentrating on cost management.

The vendor unveiled the Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management product that is designed to deliver what it says on the tin and help customers work out where the money is being spent in their business.

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