Oracle announced another milestone in the growth of Oracle Fusion Middleware, the next release of its open, standards-based suite of enterprise business intelligence (BI) products: Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition 10g Release 3. Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition (Oracle Business Intelligence Suite EE) enables organizations to distill intelligence from existing applications and data sources and distribute it pervasively across the enterprise to optimize business processes, decisions, and actions.

The next release of Oracle Business Intelligence Suite EE focuses on three key areas:

  • new components and enhancements to enable pervasive, enterprise-wide intelligence;
  • strategic integration with Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Database; and,
  • expanded "hot-pluggable" support for third-party data sources and systems.

Enabling pervasive intelligence demands a new class of BI capabilities - information must be relevant to all users, delivered in time to affect business results, be accessible through a broad range of mediums such as dashboards, alerts, and reports, and be integrated seamlessly into business processes and workflow. The BI architecture must also provide a foundation that can scale economically over time to handle nearly limitless data growth and user demands. The next release of Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition plans to extend Oracle's unique capabilities across all of these dimensions.
Intelligent Workflow through SOA and Oracle BPEL Process Manager - Virtually seamless integration of intelligence with workflow processes should enable organizations to link insight to action, a large opportunity for value realization as organizations expand BI more broadly. Oracle Business Intelligence Suite EE plans to leverage Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) techniques and integration with Oracle BPEL Process Manager to support multiple modes of analytics-driven workflow. This includes invocation of a Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) process from the BI environment, either through automated BI alerts or directed by BI users; BI that directs a BPEL process with intelligent decision points and conditional process steps based on analytics; and BPEL processes invoking analytic workflows through Web services.

Financial Reporting, Portals, and RSS Feeds - Oracle Business Intelligence Suite EE offers users access to information through a wide range of options, including interactive dashboards, reports, ad hoc analysis, real-time alerts, mobile disconnected analytics, integration with Microsoft Office and Excel, and more. The next release plans to enhance existing capabilities and extend the accessibility of information to new mediums. For example, improved layout capabilities in Oracle Interactive Dashboards should provide financial style reporting within the context of live and interactive Web dashboards. With support for JSR-168, organizations can expect to embed BI portlets into any JSR-168 compliant portal, while Really Simple Syndication (RSS) capabilities intend to allow access to BI information and Alerts via RSS-aware applications.

Integrated Enterprise Reporting - The next release plans to include full integration of Oracle XML Publisher, now named Oracle BI Publisher, to provide advanced, pixel-perfect reporting and publishing capabilities within Oracle Business Intelligence Suite EE. As a result, organizations can plan to generate a broad range of documents such as sales orders, invoices, purchase orders, high-fidelity reports, financial statements, government forms, checks, labels, and electronic documents (EFT/EDI) - leveraging the same unified metadata model and Oracle BI Server infrastructure in addition to operational databases and Web services. The new release plans to allow customers to schedule and deliver documents to printer, fax, email, WebDAV, or include them in interactive dashboards.

Enterprise Scalability and Manageability - Oracle Business Intelligence Suite EE plans to include enhancements to speed performance and ease administration. For example, new data mart automation capabilities should enable organizations to do "model first" development, starting with the business model and leveraging new capabilities in the Oracle BI Server to automatically generate, persist, and transparently utilize aggregate tables in a database.

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