Flash forward to last week when I was on a demo of an upcoming product with a couple of old Hyperion friends who have recently returned to Oracle. The product, the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (“OBIA”) Essbase Integrator, turns the OBIEE/Essbase development effort to date on its head. The purpose of the product is open the data in the pre-packaged OBIA products, such as Oracle Financial Analytics and Oracle Spend and Procurement Analytics, to Essbase. At its heart, the Essbase Integrator will take data from those applications, which is currently available in OBIEE, and spin off Essbase cubes from them. The new product will maintain bi-directional metadata on both the OBIA side and the Essbase side to minimize maintenance efforts.
Obviously, the benefit for Essbase focused people is that this product has the potential to greatly expand the footprint of Essbase throughout the Oracle customer base. The benefit for OBI customers is that they can extend the capabilities of their applications to add some of the things that Essbase does very well. Some of those capabilities include:
- What-if and scenario modeling
- Multiple hierarchy rollups