Over the last few months the Old Day Job (ODJ) has lead me into the murky depths of real-world implementation of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Plus Suite (what a mouthful = OBIEE+).
It is a marriage of convenience between the Oracle incarnation of the wildly lauded (by whom?) Siebel Analytics (a demo-pretty web -delivered dashboarding and adhoc querying tool) hitched to the oh-so-flexible BI Publisher (xml-based pixel perfect web reporting). I am ignoring the recent Hyperion gate-crasher (aka plus) for now.
The main issues for us have been
So setting aside the usual corporate jaw-wagging, the bottom line was continued moves to integrate, combining the schedulers/delivers (possibly more of Publisher optionally delegating to external services I bet), no plans for a db based repository but the ability to install multiply on a single server (this one did not seem so vehement).
And what of poor old Disco (Oracle Discoverer) - well it will get some integration crumbs from the table - Disco queries on the dashboard (already inside Publisher), delivery via the Delivers and (ultimately?) a migration tool for those ditching for a move into Answers.