Business Intelligence – Oracle

Oracle BI EE – New release – New Features

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on October 22, 2007

Well, i picked this up from Abhinav’s blog here. Looks like the is out for download. One of the things that i do after any Oracle Software release is to go through the list of new features. I see that 3 new features for BI EE and 3 new features for BI Publisher have been added. But keep in mind that this is not a major release. This is only an add-on, if i may put it that way, release to the earlier release. Following are the list of new features in BI EE. I will quote it from the docs here

1. Oracle Business Intelligence Installer Now Deploys BI Components into One OC4J Container – If you had gone through Advanced installation of BI EE earlier, you would have noticed that all the components got deployed into the root container without creating a seperate OC4J container for all of the components. Now, in this release all the components will be deployed into a new OC4J container called as home.

2. DataDirect Connect ODBC Drivers for Linux and UNIX Operating Systems Bundled with Oracle BI EE – Well, now one does not have to go on the look out for ODBC drivers for various databases. Oracle BI EE provides ODBC drivers for Informix, MS SQL Server, and Sybase ASE databases(for linux and UNIX OS).

3. Support for Charts in Oracle BI EE for Arabic, Thai, and Hebrew – This looks to me more like a workaround since BI EE charting engine has a limitation in terms of its rendering capability for Arabic, Thai and Hebrew. Now, in BI EE you would have to use BI Publisher to render these charts. Use BI Answers report as the data source and use the BIP translation to do the rendering for you in Arabic, Thai and Hebrew.

BI Publisher New Features in

1. Time Out Value for Web Service Data Sources – One can now set the time out value for Web Service data sources.

2. Bidirectional Function for eText Data Fields

3. Default Repository – There is now a default repository location that has been added to xmlp-server-config.xml. One can set it to the file path desired. It is also set by default during installation.

6 Responses to “Oracle BI EE – New release – New Features”

  1. markrittman said

    I did do a quick install to see if it came with Essbase support, as this was supposed to be the major new feature in (at least according to recent roadmap presentations). However I can’t see that this is there – it’s not mentioned in any of the new features docs, and it’s not one of the options when importing a database via XML/A using the Admin tool (MS AS 2000 and 2005, together with SAP B/W are the only ones listed).

    I wonder if this feature got skipped for this release? I’ve asked a few people, if this is the case it’d be a shame as I was looking forward to plugging Essbase cubes into my metadata layer.

    regards, Mark

  2. Venkatakrishnan J said

    Hi Mark,

    Yes. It does look like it has got skipped in this release. It might come out as a patch release later on. But not sure though. Would have been such a wonderful addition to OBI EE.


  3. markrittman said

    Hi Venkat,

    I’ve asked a few other people and it does appear to have been left out of this release – a shame. I know of a few Essbase customers who have been waiting for this feature, for it just to “not appear” is a bit of a disappointment. Hopefully we’ll hear some news on this in the next few days, if only to say it’s coming in a new release later this year…



  4. Bryan Wise said

    Another new feature for BI Publisher is a web service API for the BI Publisher Server. Previously, there has been a good Java API for BIP, but it did not interface with the BIP server. Now you can authenticate, run reports and schedule reports using web services. I guess it didn’t make the new features chapter of the documentation, because they gave the topic a chapter of its own.

  5. Venkatakrishnan J said

    Thanks Bryan. I never noticed that. Now both BI EE and BIP have WSDL APIs which is really good.


  6. […] Venkat and Abhinav posted the news earlier today; Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition is now on general release on OTN, I’ve downloaded it and it’s a straightforward upgrade that can be applied on top of (not sure about earlier releases). Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to come with the Essbase integration that was mentioned in the various Oracle BI roadmap presentations, hopefully this won’t be too long coming as it’ll be interesting to see what new possibilities there are plugging an XML/A-compliant OLAP server into the Oracle BI Suite EE foundation layer. […]

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