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What to Choose? OBIEE or BIP

 

What to Choose? OBIEE or BIP

When in Confusion use Comparison

While making an investment into Business Intelligence (BI), organization wants to make best use of the technology available in the interest of organization. A lack of technical capability / understanding of functionality provided by BI tools, it is most likely to use the wrong tool and meet the needs partially /inefficiently. In this blog, I would like to talk about the key functionalities that OBIEE or BIP can provide and pointers that will help to decide whether one should use OBIEE (Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition)  or BIP (Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher).

 

Using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g one can deliver the most vigorous set of reporting, dashboard and scorecard functionality. It provides rich end-user experience and is easier for adhoc query and analysis. There are many key features of OBIEE 11g e.g. Map visualization, integrated search, actionable data that can be used by organizations effectively. OBIEE 11g supports the highest workloads and complex deployments as is built on a modern technological foundation. The total cost of ownership for an enterprise is overall low.

 

If you are looking for a single, Web-based platform for authoring, managing, delivering interactive reports and dashboards

Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher (BI Publisher) is the right pick. It allows formatted documents completely of all types. Using Oracle's Business Intelligence Publisher report layouts can be designed by end users in a Web browser. This reduces the time and cost needed to develop and maintain reports.BI Publisher is highly scalable and extremely efficient and can generate tens of thousands of documents per hour having minimum impact on transactional systems.

 

High level classification criteria's that should be used for decision making whether a report should be built using OBIEE or BIP for effective use of tools available are listed below :

 

Matrix for categorizing in OBIEE/ BI Publisher Report:

Criteria

BI Publisher

OBIEE

If the Report needs Analysis / Historical Analysis, is Analytical in nature

 

ü

If the Report is Static in nature and is needed in Real time

ü

 

If the Report is needed for Operational Reporting with some lag

 

ü

If the Report is Operational in nature and expected with no lag

ü

 

If the Report needs to show some trends

 

ü

If the Report is Static in natures 

ü

 

If the Report needs graphs

 

ü

If the Report is having fixed formats

ü

 

If the Report needs drill down

 

ü

If the Report needs Pixel Perfect Formats and complex layouts

ü

 

If the Report is expected to show aggregated data

 

ü

If the  Report is Transactional in nature and needs to be prepared Real time

ü

 

If the Report is dynamic in nature

 

ü

Ad-hoc Reporting is needed

 

ü

 

 While there are no set rules for selecting the tool for Business Intelligence Reporting above criteria's to decide the tool will help using the best available functionality from OBIEE / BIP.

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