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What is the difference between Oracle Analytics Server and Oracle OBIEE?


I'm looking at Oracle Analytics Server and Oracle OBIEE and am trying to understand the difference between the two of them.

I've heard that Oracle Analytics Server and Oracle Analytics Cloud have almost the same features. The difference is that Oracle Analytics Server is on-premise and Oracle Analytics Cloud is a cloud version. But, I also know that Oracle OBIEE is on-premise too.

Peers, can you please assist and clarify it for me?

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Manager - Metrics & Analytics at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Jun 9, 2021

Oracle Analytics Server (OAS) is the latest Oracle release to supersede Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). Current OBIEE customers can upgrade to OAS at no additional licensing cost. Whether you are on OBIEE 11g or 12c, upgrading to OAS has the following main advantages:

  • Business users benefit from enhanced Data Visualization and Data Preparation features.

  • Augmented analytics with machine learning capabilities become available to end-users.

  • Analytics platform remains Oracle supported so you get the latest features and remain certified against updates to related Oracle and 3rd Party software.

  • With OAS, it becomes more viable to deploy both OAS and OAC in a hybrid manner.

The majority of OBIEE features, besides a few specific capabilities, continue to be available after the upgrade to OAS. Whether its data visualization projects, classic BI dashboards, or BI Publisher pixel-perfect report bursting, all these capabilities may be upgraded to OAS.

The OAS topology is similar to that of OBIEE: OAS components are hosted on a WebLogic domain. This includes an Admin server and a managed server. Also, the system schemas (RCU) are deployed in a database.

OAS basically covers all the features that already existed in OBIEE, except for the following, which are deprecated with OAS. These same features are also deprecated from Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC):

  • Mobile App Designer

  • Scorecards

  • Marketing Segmentation

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Dinesh Murugappan - PeerSpot reviewer
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Jun 8, 2021

Hey Husein,

Oracle Analytics Server or OAS is an advanced enterprise analytics platform with self-service features and machine learning capabilities. Everything is used almost in with drag-and-drop actions.

On the other hand, Oracle OBIEE is a traditional BI tool. In terms of features, it lacks a lot behind OAS. Further, it is not self-service friendly. Many companies using OBIEE are connecting Tableau or Power BI to OBIEE via BI Connector (which connects to OAC and OAS as well).

Though OAS is far advanced than OBIEE, some features like flash templates, scorecard management etc, that are available in OBIEE are deprecated in OAS.

Companies using OBIEE have the option to migrate to OAS at no additional cost, and experience its advanced features.

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Why would you choose one over the other?
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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 is a program which is best equipped to serve larger companies that require a more expensive, higher-level, and more versatile type of solution. Companies of the type that seek out Oracle’s OBIEE network are going to want to minimize costs in the setup. Its straightforwardness is definitely something that large organizations are going to insist upon in such an important aspect of their business. Once that has been achieved, it would be in their best interests to have a dedicated team to help troubleshoot problems should it be necessary. Even though the support team is a separate cost. their quality of service may well be worth it. They work quickly and are able to tackle most problems that arise. OBIEE has a high level of flexibility because it can operate on the cloud. Additionally, it is relatively user-friendly. There are fewer log-in requirements in place here than there are with other similar systems. This allows for users to have greater ease of access to the system at all times. Manipulation of the system can be done with a certain ease that may not necessarily be true of something like Oracle’s Analytics Cloud. Users have the ability to create new dashboards for monitoring data without a high level of hassle. It is significant that this system can be wielded so easily. Oracle’s Analytics Cloud possesses many tools and dashboards that aid in the analysis of business-related data. Couple this with its affordability and Oracle’s Analytics Cloud is an excellent system. However, the program’s interfaces require improvement. Additionally, Analytics Cloud lacks built-in memory operations like cookies, which can make using it a bit more difficult. Conclusion: If you are a large company with a budget to match, then OBIEE will probably be a better choice for you than Analytics Cloud. However, overall Analytics Cloud offers an excellent program for a lesser cost than OBIEE. I would say that Analytics Cloud is the more easily accessible and useful product for the majority of companies.
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How does Oracle OBIEE compare with Microsoft BI? Which one is better?
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When comparing Power BI with OBIEE, it is evident that OBIEE emerges as the winner in the data management aspect, while Power BI scores drastically above OBIEE in the self-service and data visualization aspects.  Power BI and OBIEE make a strong pair in the Analytics landscape by complementing the weaknesses of one with the strengths of the other! Therefore, it is good to leverage the best of both OBIEE and Power BI, by connecting them seamlessly and securely through BI Connector.
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