Continuing its strategy to reduce the cost and complexity of building and deploying business intelligence (BI) solutions, Oracle  introduced Oracle Business Intelligence 10g. Oracle Business Intelligence 10g is a comprehensive, standalone product designed to address the entire spectrum of analytical requirements facing businesses including information access, analysis and reporting, data integration and management.

"Oracle provides a full spectrum of operational, tactical and strategic, reporting and analysis software with both historical analysis and predictive functionality," said Henry Morris, group vice president for Applications and Information Access software research, IDC. "Supporting all steps of the decision-centric BI model, Oracle is well positioned to enable decision process automation."

Building a traditional BI solution typically requires companies to undertake the time consuming and costly approach of purchasing and integrating multiple tools from various vendors. Oracle Business Intelligence 10g removes the headache of piecing together point solutions by delivering a comprehensive product.

Oracle Business Intelligence 10g includes the following integrated components:

  • Oracle Discoverer - query, reporting and analysis with dashboard features;
  • Oracle Spreadsheet Add-In - direct access to Oracle OLAP from within Microsoft Excel spreadsheets;
  •  Oracle Warehouse Builder - robust data quality and ETL functionality; and
  • Oracle BI Beans - custom BI application development.

Oracle Discoverer provides access to both relational (SQL) and online analytical processing (OLAP) data within a single reporting environment, accomplishing tasks that typically require two tools to perform. The product also includes improved reporting and publishing functionality as well as new customization capabilities that enable users to personalize their reporting views.
A key component of the new product is Oracle Spreadsheet Add-In, which is designed to assist customers that rely heavily on spreadsheets. With the Oracle Spreadsheet Add-In, end users can query, display and navigate Oracle OLAP data directly from within Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. All data and calculations are centrally stored in the Oracle Database. As a result, all analysis is performed directly against the database allowing the users to benefit from the performance and security features of the database, while ensuring that the analysis performed takes advantage of the very latest information.

Previously, Oracle Business Intelligence tools were available only with Oracle Application Server. While BI tools will continue to be included with Oracle Application Server 10g Enterprise Edition, customers will have the option of purchasing Oracle Business Intelligence 10g as a standalone product. With this new release, Oracle is making it easier for customers to purchase and deploy enterprise-class BI solutions.

Oracle Business Intelligence 10g is scheduled to be generally available in the first quarter of 2005. For more information about Oracle Business Intelligence 10g, visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com/bi .

Oracle Business Intelligence 10g is designed to reduce the cost and complexity associated with building and deploying BI solutions. It features award-winning BI tools from ad-hoc query, reporting and analysis to extract, transform and load (ETL) to BI application development, and more, in a single, affordable and comprehensive package. With Oracle Business Intelligence 10g, customers can leverage existing BI infrastructures to extend intelligence to users enterprise-wide to support accurate business decisions and improve business performance.