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1 OBIEE INTEGRATION WITH ESSBASE FOR FINANCIAL ANALYSIS Forces Conference 2013 Session: OBIEE ESSBASE Integration Co-Presented by Pinellas County And Vertical Edge Consulting Group

2 Agenda  Introductions  Pinellas County Overview  Vertical Edge Overview  Customer Opportunities  OBIEE Essbase Solution Benefits  Architecture  OBIEE Essbase Configuration Steps  Pinellas County Use Case  Lessons Learned  OBIEE Essbase Features  Questions

3 Introductions Gautham Sampath Chief Technologist at Pinellas County Government  16 years of ERP and BI implementation experience  Presented at Oracle Open World 2011, 2012 on OBIEE, Essbase, Exalytics  Presented at Forces 2011, 2012 on OBIEE and Hyperion  Presented at BIWA Summit 2013  Presented at OAUG 2013  Oracle BI Customer Advisory Board member  Implemented Oracle ERP, Hyperion Planning, OBIEE and OBIA

4 Introductions Corey Cain OBIEE Practice Director - VECG  15 Years experience with Business Intelligence Applications (includes 6+ OBIEE, 5+ Essbase)  HEUG Presenter 2008, 2011  Previous BI public sector customers include State of Minnesota, University of Minnesota, Bellevue University and Nevada System of Higher Education

5 Pinellas County Overview  Located in Florida  Largest city is St. Petersburg  2012 Population of 921,319  Oracle Footprint  Oracle E-Business Suite12.1.3  Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (“OBIEE”) 11g  Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics – HR, Finance, Procure & Spend and Projects  Hyperion Public Sector Planning & Budgeting

6 Vertical Edge Corporate Overview  HQ out of Tampa, FL  Midwest Regional Office, Indianapolis, IN  West Regional Office, Denver, CO  Oracle Gold Partner with over 70 years of combined BI & EPM experience  Staffed with resources that posses 6-15 years hands on architect & implementation experience  Product focus on Oracle BI & EPM solutions  Hyperion Essbase Certified  Hyperion Planning Certified  Hyperion HFM Certified

7 Vertical Edge Technical Capabilities  OBIEE  OBIA  BI Publisher  Oracle BI Infrastructure  Oracle|Hyperion Essbase  Oracle|Hyperion Planning  Oracle|Hyperion HFM  Oracle|Hyperion FDM  Oracle|Hyperion Reporting & Analysis (Financial Reporting, Web Analysis, Smart View)  Oracle EPM Infrastructure  Oracle Data Integrator  Oracle DRM  Informatica Oracle Hyperion Oracle Business Intelligence Oracle Data Integration

8 Vertical Industry Experience  Utilities (Electric, Gas, Water)  Insurance  Financial Services  Manufacturing  Retail  Professional Services  Healthcare  Telecom  High Technology  Public Sector  Energy  Media/Communicati ons  Defense

9 Customer Opportunities  Availability  Data is not readily available for reporting and analysis.  Visibility  Lacking visibility into entire organization limits ability to make accurate strategic decisions.  Strategy  Lacking clearly defined reporting and analysis strategy leads to multiple reporting silos and/or abnormally large Excel portfolio.  Reliability  Manual report reconciliation process is time consuming  Performance  Reports take to long

10 Oracle Exalytics  Built for high volume processing associated with Essbase and OBIEE  Robust hardware and network  One vendor to support entire technology stack  Time 10 (in memory database) stores commonly accessed aggregates to facilitate faster response times

11 Hyperion Planning on Oracle Exalytics  Provides ability to consolidate hardware  Provides faster processing for calculations, restructure and import/export  Provides parallel processing  Patches specific for using Exalytics  Oracle certified both products together

12 OBIEE on Oracle Exalytics  Provides ability to consolidate hardware  Time 10 (in memory database) stores commonly accessed aggregates to facilitate faster response times  Built to support Business Intelligence (“BI”) foundation suite  Summary Advisor provides recommendations for more efficient aggregates  Utilizing data from usage tracking and statistical data  Utilizes iterative algorithms  Can store up to 1TB of in-memory cache for faster query performance

13 OBIEE Essbase Solution Benefits  Exalytics built for efficient and fast performance  Common platform to integrate multiple data sources (Essbase, HFM, Data Warehouse).  Provides ability to federate Essbase with data warehouse data for further drill-through capability.  OLAP query functionality to maximize Essbase performance capabilities.  Simplified configuration steps for seamless importing of Essbase cubes.  Essbase Studio can utilize OBIEE as a data source to further enhance Essbase user experience.  Easily converts multidimensional data sources to relational data sources.  Continue to utilize key features of OBIEE (ex. Scorecards, KPIs, Interactive Dashboards, Mobile, etc.)

14 Architecture OLTP & ODS Systems Data Warehouse Data Mart Packaged Applications (Oracle, SAP, Others) Excel XML/Office Business Process OLAP Sources Exadata Unstructured & Semi-Structured Interactive Dashboards Reporting & Publishing Ad-hoc Analysis Detect & Alert Office Integration SearchEmbedded Data Integration Mobile Scorecards Collaborate Common Enterprise Information Model Common Metadata Foundation across all Data Sources Common Security, Access Control, Authorization, Auditing Common Request Generation and Optimized Data Access Services Common Clustering, Workload Management, & Deployment Common Systems & Operational Lifecycle Management

15 OBIEE Essbase Configuration  Select File>Import Metadata

16  Select Essbase as source OBIEE Essbase Configuration

17 OBIEEEssbase Configuration OBIEE Essbase Configuration  Enter connection information.

18 OBIEE Essbase Configuration  Select desired Essbase Application(s) and Database

19 OBIEE Essbase Configuration  Move selection using arrows into Repository View

20 OBIEE Essbase Configuration  Click checkbox for ‘Import UDAs’. Click Finish

21 OBIEE Essbase Configuration  Essbase Cube is ready for modeling into OBIEE

22  UDAs can be used as filters  Essbase outlines are imported as defined in Essbase to provide OLAP type drill down functionality  Essbase cubes use hierarchal columns by default  Utilize Essbase structures to produce Financial Statements  Select members based on hierarchy  Actions can be used to launch Hyperion product functions  Utilize smart lists as dimensions  Federate data across data sources OBIEE Essbase Features

23 What Did Pinellas County Implement?  What?  OBIEE and BI publisher as Enterprise Wide Dashboard and reporting tool including Hyperion  Converted Multidimensional Online Analytical Processing (“OLAP”) data into Relational Online Analytical Processing (“ROLAP”)

24 Why Did Pinellas County Implement?  Why?  Essbase data was needed to provide complete organizational view  Increased ad-hoc reporting requirements  OBIEE provided quicker user adoption  Need for dynamic or interactive type analysis (actionable intelligence)  Provided richer content and visualization  Provided common enterprise informational model  Reduce IT Hardware costs by implementing Exalytics

25 How Did Pinellas County Implement?  Used Oracle Data Integrator (“ODI”) to reverse engineer the metadata  Flattened the data to facilitate level based measures  Massaged the metadata to fit the dimensional modeling  Used data export command to extract fact from the cube  Created necessary indexes

26 Pinellas County Benefits Cost ManagementImproved ProductivityEnhanced Decision Making Hardware From 32 Servers to 2 Exalytics Recurring Costs: 100k Net Savings Customer Satisfaction Increased Credibility Performance Improved all around performance Software S/w installed and configured by ACS. Competitive Enhanced Performance Calculations from 7hrs to less than an hour Efficiency in Backup,restructuring,cloning timing Pluggable Devices Flexible and easy integration with various devices Maintenance Cost Consolidated Patch Management Totally supported by Oracle Federation Federated Data from various data sources Applications Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management, OBIEE and Planning Operating Costs No Additional Cost Improved performance Faster turnaround/Response time Integrated systems OBIEE and Hyperion Network & Communication Costs IGB to 40GB Incident Management Decreased Issues/Problems Parallel processing times 10 In-Memory DB, faster calculations, restructure, faster planning cycle & reporting Infrastructure Support Costs Facilities, heating & Cooling etc. SLA High system availability High Density Visualization Trellis charts Security Costs Integrated Security Faster Budget/planning cycle Optimal Budgeting and Planning

27 Pinellas County Dashboards

28 Cost Recovery Dashboard




32 Pinellas BI Publisher Report


34 Lessons Learned  It is not enough to just know the tool, must also know data modeling concepts.  Large amount of selection steps may be added when utilizing Essbase which could hinder performance.  Business Intelligence is ever evolving, strategic planning for business rollouts will enhance chances of success.  Rethink reports. Do not just ‘recreate’ reports in OBIEE. Oracle BI Toolset and Data Warehouse Training prior to the implementation is highly recommended  Clearly define achievable and measurable project success goals.  Leverage OOTB functionality where possible.  OBIEE and BI Publisher can produce financial reports. However, Hyperion Financial Reporting is probably better suited to full fill this need.

35 Project Team  Data Architect & ETL  ODI or Informatica Training  Data Modeling Skillset  OBIEE Administrator  Attend Oracle OBIEE Administration Classes  OBIEE Report Developer  Attend Oracle OBIEE Dashboard and Report Classes  Attend BI Publisher Classes  Essbase/Planning Architects  Attend Oracle Hyperion Planning and/or Essbase Classes

36 New OBIEE Essbase Features   Essbase can be installed in conjunction with OBIEE server products through OBIEE installer.  Certified with Exalytics PS3.  Shared provisioning between Essbase and OBIEE utilizing application roles and policies  Execute OBIEE from within EPM Workspace using single sign on  Improved MS Office add-in for OBIEE with ability to author reports and execute existing authored reports.  ODI as primary data integration tool

37 Questions and Answers

38 Vertical Edge Not just another vendor, but an experienced Partner.

39 Thank You Gautham Sampath | Chief Technologist Pinellas County Government Contact Number: 727.403.3861 Corey Cain | OBIEE Practice Director Vertical Edge Consulting Group Contact Number: 952.381.5746

40 Thank You For copies of this presentation, please contact: Dean Collura (Director of Sales) at 813.404.7527 or

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