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We performed a comparison between Oracle Essbase and Oracle OBIEE based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"Essbase is extremely stable and low-maintenance.""Unlike relational, where you're linking together multiple tables, with Essbase, you basically define what the dimensions are beforehand, and you define the hierarchy, and then load the data. This allows you to do a pretty sophisticated analysis so that you can drill into it and slice and dice the data.""The solution can handle a large volume of data.""The solution is stable and reliable.""I have found the most valuable aspect is the user-friendly environment and current features.""It is highly efficient and easily scalable, particularly for handling large databases.""The solution is scalable.""It helps us fetch specific data sets per users' requirements."

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"Both the vertical and horizontal scalability of the solution is good. In terms of scalability, I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.""The dashboard and analysis are the most valuable features of this solution.""It is easy to use...I rate the scalability of the solution a nine out of ten.""It provides excellent stability.""A great feature of the solution is its stability.""The most valuable feature of Oracle OBIEE is the security of the solution.""Oracle OBIEE is very easy to use. Looking at analytics, I think they have come a long way by adding new features like visualization, which is really cool.""The solution is user-friendly."

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"The initial setup could be simplified.""It's an expensive product to use.""The ability to drive external reporting out for development could be improved.""I would like to see an integration with application performance management and a version control management tool.""The initial setup is pretty complex.""There is room for improvement in terms of cost-effectiveness.""They should improve the solution's performance.""Essbase has a programming language, and it has a couple of functions to do forecasting, however, their feature set for that is not that good."

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"There should be more integration in the solution. For example, there should be one solution with multiple functionalities so that other solutions are not needed. Having one solution with all the needed functionality would be helpful.""Oracle OBIEEE's performance and licensing costs could be improved.""In our organization, we feel that data visualization for APIs is an area in which the solution lacks.""The ability to migrate from one version to another, such as doing so from version 11 to an upgraded 12 of Oracle business environment, can be difficult.""There are times we have slowness when processing the reports with Oracle OBIEE. Improving the performance would be beneficial.""The documentation in Oracle OBIEE can be more user-friendly.""The functionality to customize and modify reports has been removed, and it would be beneficial to reinstall it, as it allows greater customization and flexibility in creating reports.""The drawback with the tool is that though it is well-created, its users are under-trained to use it."

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  • "Essbase is competitively priced."
  • "I believe the licensing is on a monthly base."
  • "It is a costly solution."
  • "The solution is expensive."
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  • "Simplifying the data integration process would save our clients considerable costs."
  • "Pricing is an area that could be improved."
  • "This is a very costly product."
  • "Its licensing is yearly."
  • "If you compare Qlik Sense and Oracle OBIEE licensing, then Oracle products are much better. With Qlik Sense, you have to pay per client and per use. But we get Oracle OBIEE along with the Oracle database, making it much more cost-effective in the long term."
  • "The licensing cost is based on the number of users using it."
  • "Power BI is less expensive than Oracle OBIEE. A benefit to Power BI is having the option to work with concurrent licensing."
  • "I would rate it a 4 out of 5 in terms of pricing."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is a costly solution. This is because we require high-performance servers with substantial CPU and RAM capacities to handle our extensive datasets effectively.
    Top Answer:There is room for improvement in terms of cost-effectiveness.
    Top Answer:We are a telecommunications company operating in Iran, and we manage a vast amount of data related to our network infrastructure. We have hundreds of data points specifically pertaining to our network… more »
    Top Answer:Oracle OBIEE is great in allowing design and creativity per the individual needs of the organization. Dashboards are fully customizable and very user-friendly. This solution is very stable. Oracle… more »
    Top Answer:Oracle OBIEE is designed to be relatively easy to set up and has a helpful customer support staff at the ready to assist customers. These are two attributes that make this system quite valuable. OBIEE… more »
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    Also Known As
    OBIEE, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle BI, Oracle BI EE 11g
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    Oracle Essbase is an OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) Server that provides an environment for deploying pre-packaged applications or developing custom analytic and enterprise performance management applications.

    Oracle OBIEE (Oracle Business Information Enterprise Edition) is a business intelligence (BI) tool developed by Oracle. OBIEE will gather, store and analyze an organization's network data and compile the information to create reports, dashboard graphs, and performance analysis. OBIEE’s unique platform allows clients to discover new awareness and improve the speed of completing important business decisions by providing robust visual tools and intuitive realization coupled with the latest unmatched enterprise analytics available. OBIEE helps IT enterprise organizations to experience an intelligent view of all enterprise data from across all sources and empowers trusted users with increased levels of reliable, dependable access, interaction, and the ability to utilize the data to increase the overall effectiveness and productivity of the organization.

    OBIEE provides unique immediate mobile access, intuitive dashboards, robust reporting, real-time alerts, metadata search, procedure management, direct access to Big Data resources, enlightened in-memory computing, and seamless systems management processes. These features seamlessly combine to make Oracle OBIEE a complete, top-of-the-line broad solution that is cost-effective, minimizes TCO, and provides a competitive, quick ROI for the entire organization.

    Oracle OBIEE Top Features 

    • Complete comprehension: Oracle OBIEE offers a full range of BI strategies, including intuitive smart dashboards, dynamic alerts and detection, efficient workflows, enterprise reporting, MS Office integration, real-time predictive analysis, and more. OBIEE also includes many next-generation options, including mission critical scalability and performance, diverse data access and integration, and a modern, robust, service-oriented architecture.
    • Hot-pluggable: OBIEE will take advantage of existing IT relationships, both Oracle and non-Oracle databases, solutions, and applications. Organizations that partner with OBIEE have access to an entire library of analytic tools that are immediately deployable and provide an improved TCO and a super-fast ROI. Additionally, in an outstanding collaboration with Hyperion, OBIEE incorporates BI tools that integrate well with the current suite to supply the grandest selection of BI tools available on the market today.
    • Extensive: OBIEE is very user-friendly and extremely intuitive, and the 100% Web UI brings robust and dynamic BI from diverse sources to any audience, distributing awareness when and where users require it to manage activities, decisions, and processes. 

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sandeep V., Process System Engineer at a comms service provider, tells us, “This solution is very easy for people who are building ad-hoc things. It's an enterprise solution so it can be deployed for a lot of users. There are some great new features that come with the 12c like data visualization, desktop BI Publisher, automation, and interactive dashboards. The product has good features. “ 

    A user who is a CEO at a consultancy relates, “The most valuable feature is the visualization. The data warehousing, data storage, and data wrangling are all features that are in there, and it's one of the better products out there. A good thing is that for large datasets, it's very stable, especially when you have an Oracle database.”

    A user who is a Principal Business Intelligence Architect at a computer software company suggests, "It is very biased towards Oracle infrastructure. One of the major red flags we have at the moment against Oracle is that it doesn't support deployment on other cloud providers. We're quite heavily vested in AWS as our infrastructure, and Oracle is yet to formally support deploying on those virtual infrastructure instances. That's quite disappointing, and it also cuts them out of over 70% of the market."

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    Sample Customers
    CHU de Rennes, Bellco Credit Union, Akindo Sushiro Co. Ltd, Deutsche Telekom AG, Samarco MineraÊo S.A., PCCW Ltd., QDQ media S.A.U., Boiron Italia, Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., Akindo Sushiro Co. Ltd., Air Canada, Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd.
    Banca Transilvania, BeckmanCoulter, Hong Kong Housing Society, HealthShare, Ivanhoe Cambridge Unifies, and Home Credit, and Finance Bank.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm50%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business27%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
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    November 2023
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    Oracle Essbase is ranked 9th in Database Development and Management with 9 reviews while Oracle OBIEE is ranked 1st in Legacy BI Tools with 28 reviews. Oracle Essbase is rated 8.4, while Oracle OBIEE is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Oracle Essbase writes "Everybody uses it for financial purposes, but it can also be used for other analytic purposes, such as mathematical models, statistical models, and so on". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle OBIEE writes "Rock solid, handles massive amounts of data quickly, and has a user-friendly interface for self-service BI". Oracle Essbase is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, Oracle Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud and Tableau, whereas Oracle OBIEE is most compared with Microsoft BI, Oracle Analytics Cloud, Tableau, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and SAP Crystal Reports.

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