Monday, August 10, 2009

BI Challenge 2 Go Image Results

A few months back, I made a blog entry about the availability of the 'BI Challenge To Go', or BIC2G image that is available to Oracle partners from fellow Oracle partner Vlamis Software Solutions. We bought the 'Microsoft VHD Image with Evaluation License' edition of BIC2G and have been using it for several months. This edition of the BIC2G comes with a Windows evaluation license that expires after 30 days. My first concern was "What do I do after 3o days? Do I have to buy another image?". The answer to that is absolutely not. You can copy the evaluation version onto any number of computers and it doesn't violate the Vlamis, Oracle or Microsoft license agreements.

Our first use for BIC2G was to provide a base image for the Hyperion Hands-On Labs at Kaleidoscope 2009. This Using BIC2G, we were able to configure 25 laptops with the full Hyperion suite and sample applications in a matter of a few hours. Without the BIC2G image, it may have taken hundreds of hours to configure the laps for the class.

We are also now using the image internally to test our Dodeca product with the full Oracle suite of products. It has saved us, again, hundreds of hours of setup and configuration especially with the applications we don't use often.

Oracle is still restricting the BIC2G image to Oracle partners but I am continuing to lobby for this image to be made available to all customers.

4 comments:

Rob said...

Tim, the issue is around licensing of the OS from Microsoft, thus the distribution through Valmis (who is a MS partner) and the restrictions.

-rr

Tim Tow said...

Hi Rob,

That is not the sense I got. After all, the evaluation license for Windows is essentially free (but expires after 30 days) and the other option includes a licensed copy of Windows Server.

If the parties can work it out, it would be a terrific thing for Oracle customers.

Tim

wv said...

Tim, for what its worth the OELinux version of BIC2go is available Free for anyone.

Tim Tow said...

It looks like there is a version of BIC2G discussed at http://bic2g.oracle.com that does not require Oracle Partner Network membership. That being said, it doesn't include 'Performance Management Applications' (i.e. Hyperion apps) and requires you to contact your Oracle rep.

Tim