Oracle OpenWorld Europe 2020 - Key Analytics Takeaways
- 21st February 2020
- Oracle BI - General
- Tony Heljulia
Greetings from the Excel centre in London! Our team certainly left the event with positive feelings. The presentations and customer speaker content was high quality and we gained some interesting insights on Oracle's direction and innovations. We also greatly appreciated the opportunity to speak directly with the Oracle Product Management teams and our friends within the Oracle Partner Network.
Oracle Analytics Cloud.....and the Gartner MQ
Just as the event was starting, news arrived from Gartner that Oracle had made a big leap into the "Visionary" quadrant of this year's Analytics and BI Magic Quadrant. It was the biggest move out of all the vendors and reflects the huge investment and effort Oracle has put into analytics over the last few years.
This MQ is really all about self-service analytics and therefore Gartner's eyes focus predominantly on Oracle Data Visualization. With Data Viz being a relatively young product, the latest Gartner MQ results should be considered a great achievement.
The following graphic shows the 2019 MQ and highlights the significance of Oracle's move:
We asked why Oracle just missed out being in the Leaders quadrant. One of the the feelings was that Gartner consider Data Viz as being sold mainly through being bundled up as part of a wider opportunity, rather than Data Viz being sold standalone based on its own merit and market reach.
The downside (if there is one) of the Gartner MQ is that there is seemingly little investment now in the BI Dashboards part of the OAC platform (it is the dashboarding component that has delivered enterprise/governed analytics for almost 20 years). Whilst we understand the need to focus strongly on self-service, we are hoping Oracle will be willing to put some renewed energy into enhancing the dashboards component so that it doesn't get left behind.
Oracle Analytics Roadmap
The roadmap from Oracle is probably the clearest it has ever been and eliminates confusion between the cloud and on-prem versions of the product. Going forward there will be 3 main product categories:
Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC)
The full stack of analytics capability delivered via SaaS. The platform consists of Data Viz, Dashboards, BI Publisher, Delivers, Mobile (incl. Day-by-Day), Action Framework, Natural Language Generation (NLG). Upgrades every quarter.
Oracle Analytics Server (OAS)
The on-premise version of OAC, existing OBIEE customers can freely upgrade to OAS and even make use of Data Viz (assuming they have a support agreement in place). The upgrade to OAS will introduce a minimum of 190 enhancements on top of OBIEE 12c.
Further OAS upgrades will be released on an annual basis, the only real exceptions are that OAS will not ship with the Day-by-Day mobile app and it won't provide the NLG feature within Data Viz.
Oracle Analytics for Applications (OAX)
The cloud version of the legacy BI Applications product. At the beginning, this will be for Cloud ERP customers only with plans to deliver content for HCM and CX customers as well. The "out-of-the-box" content will be pretty fixed but a wizard will enable customers to introduce additional subject areas with customised content (including content from external data sources)
The Admin Tool
The Oracle BI Administration utility (aka "the admin tool") that has been largely untouched for 15+ years is being migrated/upgraded to a new web version.
A positive start to 2020 for Oracle Analytics. Combined with the elastic scalability and performance of the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW) we believe the OAC+ODW offering will strongly compete with the big rivals.