Monday, February 27, 2012 Now Available

Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, version, is now generally available.

Here is information pertinent to the release.

Firstly, the bits. 

You can download it from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, which where you download all licensable Oracle products. Customers should use this site.

You can also download the bits from the Oracle Technology Network from this page ( Note that downloads on the OTN site are provided for evaluators under the OTN License Agreement.

Download Oracle BI from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at

The release is available for download for the following platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows x86 (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x86-64-bit
  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64-bit
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • Sun Solaris x86-64 (64-bit)
  • AIX (64-Bit)

Second, the list of supported system configurations. 
Also known as the SR&SP guide by some. To get the doc, you need to go to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations page at On that page, click the link for "System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition 11gR1", which downloads a spreadsheet file with the required information. You could use this link directly - - but for the sake of getting the most current link, I would advise first going to the web page above, and then clicking the download link.

Third, the documentation.
You can get the documentation for this release from the Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Documentation page at
Specifically, for the release, this is the landing page:

And if you are interested in the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, there are two docs that should be of interest to you:
1. "Owner's Guide for Linux x86-64", which "describes how to set up, install, and commission the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine"
2. "Installation and Administration Guide", which "explains how to install and manage Oracle Business Intelligence products (including Oracle BI Enterprise Edition and Oracle BI Publisher) on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. Includes how to monitor and administer an Oracle Business Intelligence system"

Fourth, the Release Notes.
In general, the Release Notes is of immediate concern and use to most people in any new release. You can find the Release Notes for this release here (

This, then, is a list of links to get you started with the latest and greatest release in the world of business intelligence. The Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, release.

Happy analyzing.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI Platforms 2012

The 2012 edition of the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, published by analyst firm Gartner, has been published, and like earlier years, is authored by Rita L. SallamJames Richardson, and John Hagerty.  Bill Hostmann is not an author this year.

Oracle has the highest "Ability to Execute" rating among all BI vendors in this year's Magic Quadrant.

Some other notable notings from the research report:
"Oracle is deployed most broadly (in respect of global deployment) of any vendor in this Magic Quadrant, with average user populations nearing 3,000 and data volumes of more than 5 TB, and it is considered the BI standard for nearly 70% of firms surveyed."

On Oracle's Endeca acquisition, the notes states "Gartner believes that this is a forward-looking acquisition that will have significant impact on the company's business analytics future (see "Endeca Buy Extends Oracle's Ability to Support and Discover Diverse Data" for a more detailed opinion of the acquisition)."

"Additionally, customers indicated that they valued the products' ability to support large numbers of users."

"In October 2011, the company announced an engineered system — Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine — that leveraged assets across the Oracle stack. The integrated hardware/software analytics solution features a package of OBIEE with new in-memory capabilities (based on Oracle's acquisition of TimesTen), optimized Oracle Essbase to support the range of traditional BI (reporting, dashboards and analysis), and dynamic planning, what-if and scenario analysis, as well as interactive visualization and data discovery capabilities."

It continues to be an exciting time to be in the world of analytics. It continues to be an even more exciting time to be at Oracle, working on analytics. Our customers make us successful, and we strive, every day, to meet those high standards and expectations from our customers.