Oracle and Drive BI Targets SAP

January 17, 2011

Search is in the Oracle enterprise products and services. Search is just not where the action is at either Oracle or SAP. As more agile competitors like Exalead erase the boundaries between traditional big iron business intelligence and petascale unstructured information, the solution is go after established competitors. My view is that this approach will be good for those who are working in open source business intelligence and in the next generation business intelligence solutions from outfits like Digital Reasoning.

A good example of dinosaurs snorting appears in “Introduction of Oracle Financial Analytics for SAP Extends Intelligence to SAP Financial Accounting.” Oracle’s initiative is a product and service package laser sited on SAP’s ageing system. Now “ageing” is relative. Oracle’s technology is no spring chicken either. Here’s what Oracle says about the business intelligence offering for the Bob Crachits of industry:

“Organizations that rely on SAP Financial Accounting can now turn to Oracle Financial Analytics for SAP to further improve business visibility and align decision-making,” said Paul Rodwick, vice president of Product Management, Oracle Business Intelligence. “For years, SAP customers have used Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to deliver complete, relevant insight across their organizations. Having prebuilt analytic applications to support the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle’s Siebel CRM and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, it was natural to extend that support to SAP with Oracle Financial Analytics for SAP.”

Will this work? Sure. Oracle has won its recent legal tussle with SAP and Oracle gets interest on the judgment. SAP is juicy target. The problem is that new players in business intelligence are getting more attention. Even SAS is upping its game. IBM continues to move in erratic ways but may get its act together in business intelligence.

My view is that fixation on SAP is good and bad. SAP is an outfit with some challenges. The bad is that Oracle’s concentration may leave it vulnerable for some lateral pressure.

Stephen E Arnold, January 17, 2011

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2 Responses to “Oracle and Drive BI Targets SAP”

  1. Calandra on January 17th, 2011 1:01 pm

    This is a really interesting post and I especially agree with your statement “that Oracle’s concentration may leave it vulnerable for some lateral pressure”.

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