Oracle BI

The origins of Oracle date back to 1977 when the company Software Development Laboratories (SDL) was founded in the United States. SDL later changed its name to Oracle. The company’s strategic focus was on developing the relational database management system (RDBMS) called Oracle.

Today, Oracle is one of the world’s largest software companies, with offices in 145 countries. With its purchase of Sun in 2010, Oracle has entered the hardware market as well. In the BI area, Oracle offers various products such as Oracle BI, Oracle Analytics Cloud, Oracle Big Data Discovery and Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management.

Oracle BI is a platform with modules for developing and deploying dashboards, formatted reporting, ad hoc reporting and analysis. Recently the product was enhanced with functionality for explorative data analysis and data discovery. Oracle BI is also the central component of Oracle BI Cloud Service, Oracle’s cloud BI offering.

User & Use Cases

Oracle BI consists of various modules that provide functionality for reporting, ad hoc query, data analysis, dashboarding and scorecarding. The suite is mostly used for standard/enterprise reporting, dashboards and ad hoc querying.

Oracle BI provides good performance optimization, caching, security and other mechanisms to deal with large user numbers and data volumes. The BI Survey results confirm that Oracle BI can support large user numbers and usage scenarios. Consequently, the suite is mostly used by mid-sized and large companies.

Current vs. planned use

N = 43

5 products most often evaluated in competition with Oracle BI

N = 249

Percentage of employees using Oracle BI

N = 40

Licensing models

N = 37

Number of users using Oracle BI

N = 40

Tasks carried out with Oracle BI by business users

N = 39

Company size (number of employees)

N = 41

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Oracle BI

Peer Groups Large enterprise BI platforms, Large international BI vendors
VendorOracle Corporation
Number of responses43
Revenues (2015)$ 38.2 billion