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8 Reasons Oracle BI Apps is likely to have a Lower TCO than home-grown BI environments

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, aka Oracle BI Apps or OBIA, is a set of pre-built BI solutions, that provide information to business stakeholders that they use to make more informed decisions and improve business outcomes.
Oracle provides BI Analytics Applications for ERP – which include Financials, HR, Procurement & Spend, Projects, Supply Chain management, Order management, Logistics; and for CRM functions – which include Sales, Marketing, Service, Call Center, Price, and Loyalty.
The pre-built solutions include Source adaptors, ETL, data warehouse data models, metadata repository, dashboards and reports – the entire BI/DW value chain.  The platform also allows for customizations.

This short article shares some reasons why implementing Oracle BI Apps will likely have a much lower TCO than traditional home-grown BI environments.

(1) Implementation of Oracle BI Apps is faster and requires a smaller implementation team. There will be much less design effort, far less redo’s, much less waiting between team members, and a lot less risk.

(2) After implementing one or more Oracle BI Apps, the platform can be extended to add additional Applications as needed by the business. And since all applications share conformed dimensions (including standardized codes), they will integrate easily for cross-functional area analysis.

(3) Maintenance of Oracle BI Apps is standardized and has a proven recommended methodology.  If the appropriate steps are followed, maintenance of the solution is smooth, and requires less team members when compared to a traditional BI platform.

(4) A great base of a solution on which your company can grow. Having such a solid starting point for the Apps that you implement will lead to quick user adoption and early generation of many more high-value ideas about the data that they would like to see, manipulate, analyze, etc. This is a much higher value activity than scrambling to come up with ALL the reporting requirements and definitions when starting a project from scratch.

(5) Since the Oracle BI Apps are performance and administration optimized, a BI team will spend less time working on performance and adminsitration tasks.

(6) The features of the DAC and the overall BI Apps design lead to faster ETL run times resulting in more effective batch windows.

(7) Although all companies are different and have different needs for business analytics, Oracle BI Apps are created from tremendous research and feedback from hundreds of companies.  What you get out-the-box will undoubtedly be of tremendous value, as your company will benefit from all those ideas and best practices developed from working with hundreds of customers over many years. You will be getting and benefitting from metrics that you would not have though about.

(8) Since OBIA is built on top of OBIEE, the applications are easily customizable.  With the existing framework built using best practices, an implementation team can follow that framework to add custom objects throughout the BI value chain – from the source through to the presentation layer.

Despite these benefits, each business is different and must be analyzed carefully to determine if the Oracle BI Apps is an appropriate solution.  Good luck with your BI/DW plans!

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