RE: Reporting and Data Analysis Tools

From: Freeman, Donald <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 10:06:37 -0400
Message-ID: <55264C4C0484A547B34C0B1A28E219EA38E9B164A7_at_ENHBGMBX01.PA.LCL>

You sure about Business Objects? I think SAP owns that.

Donald Freeman
Database Administrator II
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Health
Bureau of Information Technology
2150 Herr Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103<>

From: [] On Behalf Of Goulet, Richard Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 9:53 AM
To:; Subject: RE: Reporting and Data Analysis Tools


    The Oracle BI/Hyperion solution is "not bad". There is a meta data layer that really can become a full time job maintaining if so allowed. It can support pre-built reports that are generated based on time, events, etc.. It also allows "power users" to build their own reports and allows for "easy" access to the data by general users for adhoc requests without their being SQL knowledgeable. Warning, this last part can get out of hand pretty quick so I recommend reasonable profiles inside the database.

    A second product that comes to mind is Business Objects, also owned by Oracle. It's very versatile, but you need a developer to set the reports up. After that it's just a matter of the end user subscribing to the report or scheduling it.

    I believe both products can present reports as either e-mail or web based retrieval.

Dick Goulet
Senior Oracle DBA
PAREXEL International

From: [] On Behalf Of Robertson Lee - lerobe Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 8:03 AM
Subject: Reporting and Data Analysis Tools


We have a requirement to supply a customer with a Reporting and Data Analysis Tool recommendation and I have absolutely no experience in this field whatsoever....

Some examples put up for consideration were Crystal Enterprise Server, Oracle BI/Hyperion, Alterian DDV but this list was obviously not exhaustive. Has anyone gone through anything similar and can point me to best practices, documentations, case studies, previous implementations etc.

I could just go through each products glossies/white papers etc but I am not sure that would be of any use initially as I wouldn't know which was better than the others.

The Data Warehouse will be built on Oracle 10g on AIX and will have Mart(s) generated from it for reporting purposes.

Sorry for the vagueness of the request but I really am a newcomer to this sort of stuff.

Regards and TIA.


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