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  1. 1. Richard Byrom Consultant RPC Data 9 th June 2002
  2. 2. Discoverer Overview
  3. 3. Presentation Purpose <ul><li>Provide you with an understanding of what Oracle Discover is and what it is capable of. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the capabilities of the product on a test system. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Discoverer? <ul><li>Market leading end-user ad hoc query, analysis and reporting tool that is also web enabled. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What does it do? <ul><li>Enables users at any level in an organization to gain rapid access to information stored in their transactional databases, data warehouses or data marts. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides powerful navigation and analytical capabilities such as pivoting, drilling, aggregations and calculations. </li></ul><ul><li>In an Oracle Applications environment, it provides and intuitive way for non technical end users (like execs and business analysts) to get rapid answers to business questions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Discoverer Strengths <ul><li>Ease of Use </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical Power </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability and Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Integration and Customization </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ease of Use
  8. 8. Business View of Database Information Hiding the complexity Database User’s View cl_addr1||','|| cl_addr2|','|| cl_addr3||', '|| cl_twn||', '|| cl_zipcode sum(nvl(qty* unit_price,0))
  9. 9. Strong Focus on Customer Usability One Click Operations <ul><li>Wizard Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced Learning Curve </li></ul>Drag & Drop Layout Interactive Dialogs
  10. 10. Single User Interface Discoverer for Windows Desktop Edition (c/s) Discoverer 3i User Edition Plus (java) Discoverer 3i Viewer Viewer (HTML)
  11. 11. <ul><li>Drill Down </li></ul>Drill Everywhere Europe France Paris
  12. 12. <ul><li>Drill Down </li></ul>Drill Everywhere Europe France Paris External Data <ul><li>Drill Out </li></ul>
  13. 13. Analytic Power
  14. 14. Power and Simplicity You Demand <ul><li>Answers to Analytical Questions </li></ul><ul><li>“ What are my top ten products...” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What is the 3 month moving average ...” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What is the cumulative sum of my sales by Region...” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What is the ranking of my sales this year compared to sales last year?” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Analytical Power at your fingertips !... <ul><li>Calculator functions (+ - * / ) </li></ul><ul><li>Intelligent (Sub)Totals & Percentages </li></ul><ul><li>SQL functions: Financial, Arithmetic, Logical, Analytic </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced Data Aggregation </li></ul><ul><li>Custom functions - PL/SQL registered </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage Analytical Calculations: use with Conditions, Sort, Pivot and nesting </li></ul>
  16. 16. Empower your users Ratios Subtotals Rank
  17. 17. Nesting Analytic Power Nested Calculations: 1 sales yr ago : lag(sales, 4) 2 growth : sales yr ago/sales this yr 3 rank growth : rank(growth)
  18. 18. Performance & Scalability
  19. 19. Discoverer Architecture Application Server(s) Clients Internet users Metadata in DB Database Server (s) Database EUL Metadata Oracle9 i Application Server Oracle9 i Web Cache Oracle9 i Application Server Oracle9 i Application Server DMZ Load Balancing Firewall Support Multiple Servers internet
  20. 20. Cubic Client Cache Performance Client Oracle9 i Application Server Discoverer Services Client Session Database <ul><li>Re-using cache </li></ul><ul><li>OLAP type access </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid drill & rotate </li></ul>EUL
  21. 21. <ul><li>Re-using cache </li></ul><ul><li>OLAP type access </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid drill & rotate </li></ul><ul><li>Incremental Drill </li></ul>Client Database Oracle9 i Application Server Discoverer Services Client Session Cubic Client Cache Performance EUL ?
  22. 22. Advanced Query Prediction Performance <ul><li>Uses the resources without showing results! </li></ul>Reactive Query Governor <ul><li>Stops queries after a pre-set time </li></ul>Predictive Query Governor <ul><li>Predicts time a query takes before execution </li></ul><ul><li>Does not waste valuable resources! </li></ul>
  23. 23. Batch Scheduling <ul><li>Wizard Driven </li></ul><ul><li>User friendly scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Easy management </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic notice when result set is ready or to expire </li></ul>
  24. 24. Detail Rows Summary Table Summary Redirection Select Store, Period, Product, sum(video_sales) From video_details Group by Store, Period, Product <ul><li>Slow Table Scans </li></ul><ul><li>Machine Intensive Aggregation </li></ul>
  25. 25. Automatic!! Detail Rows Summary Table Summary Redirection Select Store, Period, Product, Sales From video_summary
  26. 26. Ease of Administration
  27. 27. Discoverer Administrator Easy End User Layer Management Easy Administration Bulk Load Wizard EUL Management Wizard Tutorial Installation <ul><li>Oracle9i Discoverer Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Populate Business Area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hierarchies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Default Aggregates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LOVs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create/Delete EULs </li></ul><ul><li>Sample schema and EUL for </li></ul><ul><li>training </li></ul>
  28. 28. Administrative Reporting <ul><li>Which Folders are users querying most? Which Items? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are my long running queries? </li></ul><ul><li>Who owns what workbooks? When were they last used? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my users privileges? </li></ul>
  29. 29. Simplified Deployment Database Application X Application Application Application Application Application Application Oracle9 i AS Discoverer Services Application Browser Browser Java
  30. 30. Centralized Metadata Reports Metadata X Database Reports Metadata Reports Metadata Reports Metadata Reports Metadata Oracle9 i AS Discoverer Services
  31. 31. Discoverer Automated Summary Management <ul><li>Discoverer Summary Wizard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>recommends summary policies, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create summary tables with a single click, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>allow users to view and fine tune policies as needed. </li></ul></ul>Evolutionary solution for optimizing query performance!
  32. 32. Discoverer Automated Summary Management <ul><li>100% </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Customize </li></ul><ul><li>Graphical </li></ul>: automated - summary policies : don’t need to be a DBA : the algorithm - tune for different policies : performance gain estimate
  33. 33. Customization & Integration
  34. 34. Discoverer Viewer Custom Look and Feel Standard Custom
  35. 37. Complete and Integrated BI <ul><li>Oracle9 i AS OEM </li></ul><ul><li>Oracle9 i AS Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Oracle9 i AS Portal </li></ul><ul><li>Oracle9 i AS Web Cache </li></ul><ul><li>Oracle Single Sign On Server </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oracle Internet Directory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Oracle9 i Warehouse Builder </li></ul><ul><li>Oracle e-Business Suite </li></ul>
  36. 38. Discoverer integration with Portal Worksheet Portlet: Graph Worksheet Portlet: Crosstab List of Workbooks Portlet
  37. 39. Oracle e-Business Suite Business Intelligence Solution Financial Applications Query/Reporting Tools Manufacturing Applications Business Intelligence System OLAP Applications Application Product Tables Logical Data Model Business Views Discoverer EUL
  38. 40. “Out of the Box” Oracle e-Business Suite Integration <ul><li>Native Oracle Application Security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respecting 100% Apps user accounts /responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No extra setup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The same level of multi-org access control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting on cross organizations w/ users Apps grants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applications Key and Descriptive Flexfields </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting on full apps data inc. customized flexfields </li></ul></ul>
  39. 41. Meeting Requirements... Requirements Ease of Use Analytic Power Central Administration & Security Integration Customization Price Oracle9 i AS Discoverer Single UI Instant Web Deployment Free SQL Analytics Centralized Metadata Single Sign On (SSO) Database, OWB, Reports, Portal, Web Cache, SSO, e-Business Suite XSL Style Sheet 4 Times Less
  40. 42. Benefits... Yes Benefits Empowered Users Reduced Administrative Costs Reduced Deployment Costs Reduced IT Dependency Competitive Advantage Better Decision Making Oracle9iAS Discoverer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
  41. 43. Demonstration - Query <ul><li>Description of how to build an end user layer specific to user requirements and security specifications – different views for different people </li></ul>
  42. 44. Demonstration - Analysis <ul><li>Tables, page detail reports and cross tabs </li></ul><ul><li>Show the use of conditions, exceptions and calculations and drag and drop </li></ul><ul><li>Show a graph with a drill through </li></ul>
  43. 45. Demonstration - Reporting <ul><li>Show how you can export the data to excel and express </li></ul>
  44. 46. A Q & Q U E S T I O N S A N S W E R S