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Business Intelligence means different things to different people in different situations. We define "business intelligence" to mean the process of presenting information to develop business understanding and insight. Typically this is done through reports, dashboards, alerts, and other communication methodologies. The field of business intelligence is a vast space and often includes such topics analytics, OLAP, data mining, enterprise performance management (EPM), data mining, analysis, CRM, number crunching, enterprise decision management, operations research, predictive analytics, statistics, and enterprise resource planning to name a few.

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) is Oracle main middleware platform for Business Intelligence and analytics and according to Oracle’s Road Map for BI and EPM will continue to be the main platform for many years to come. Vlamis is one of the leading organizations with expertise in OBIEE. Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition is the organizing platform for medium to large scale implementations. OBIEE was formerly called Siebel Analytics prior to Oracle’s acquisition of Siebel in 2006.

OBIEE 11g The latest release of OBIEE. While the administration interface is very similar to the previous release, the user interface includes several major upgrades and differences. Vlamis was one of a handful of firms that participated in the OBIEE 11g Beta evaluation and was instrumental in resolving technical issues with the release. We’re at the top of the heap in OBIEE 11g technical knowledge. Read more about OBIEE 11g in Oracle’s Data Sheet.

OBIEE 10g The most prevalent release of OBIEE. Oracle BI Apps are currently based on OBIEE 10g (October 2010) and most of the active OBIEE installations are OBIEE 10g. There are significant advantages to upgrading from 10g to 11g. Call us to review the specific advantages for your organization.

Oracle Business Intelligence Standard Edition One (OBI SE One) is a stripped down version of OBIEE 10g that costs less and is designed for smaller deployments of 5 to 50 users. Oracle did not release OBI SE One 11g and essentially eliminated it as an option for the future.

Oracle Business Intelligence Standard Edition is part of the Fusion Middleware stack and is comprised of Oracle Business intelligence Discoverer and Oracle Reports. However, there is not an easy migration path from OBI SE to OBIEE as they have different "parent" product lines. While OBI SE One is a "child" of OBIEE, OBI SE is different. This can have profound implications for choosing future BI migration strategies.

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBI Apps) are complete, prebuilt BI solutions. Basically, these are "fully loaded" BI systems that have large libraries of prebuilt definitions, dashboards, reports, and analyses. They are not cheap, but provide tremendous value to those firms who want a "leg up" on implementations.