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BI Apps

1 Architecture Overview
09 May

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications are complete, prebuilt BI solutions that deliver
intuitive, role-based intelligence throughout an organization. These solutions enable
organizations to gain more insight and greater value from a range of data sources and
applications including Oracle E Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel, and third party
Oracle BI Applications are built on the Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive and
market leading BI platform. This enables organizations to realize the value of a packaged BI
application, such as rapid deployment, lower TCO, and built-in best practices, or to build custom
BI applicationsall on one common BI foundation.
The new BI Applications has been completely re-architected to leverage the power of
ODI with its E-L-T architecture, and has new Out of box tools to increase the productivity and
lower down the TCO. The BI Apps has significantly expanded with new analytical
The BI Apps components:

Source Systems: The Oracle or non-oracle OLTP systems that holds the data for ETL
into the Oracle Business analytics warehouse. This data becomes the underlying data for
your analyses and includes customer information, inventory, sales, marketing, accounts,
and other types of data you collect about your business.

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition: Oracle Business Intelligence

Enterprise Edition (Oracle BI EE) is a business intelligence platform that is used to
access and present data in easy-to-understand formats, such as tables, graphs and

Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse: The Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse is a

modular enterprise-wide data warehouse data model with conformed dimensions for data
integrated from multiple sources. The Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse supports the
analytical requirements of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications.

Oracle BI Applications Configuration Manager (BIACM) and Functional Setup

Manager (FSM): This is similar to DAC tool. But unlike DAC, The BIACM and FSM
have great features and functionality in BI APPS to simplify the configurations
process, minimize the manual steps and configurations, and to have a guided list of
configurations steps and checklists. That reduces the dependency on documentation.
Oracle BI Applications Configuration Manager (BIACM): The BIACM is a
web based UI application for setting up and maintaining an Oracle Business
Intelligence Applications environment. Oracle BI Applications Configuration

Manager works in conjunction with Functional Setup Manager to provide guided

Tasks to configure Offerings and Functional Areas.
Functional Setup Manager (FSM): The FSM is also a web based UI application
which enables you to manage and perform functional configuration tasks and to
deploy the Offering and Functional Areas that were selected. Functional Setup
Manager generates a list of configuration tasks for the deployed areas, which you
can assign to different functional developers and monitor the implementation

Oracle Data Integrator: Oracle BI Applications uses Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) as its
data integration platform. Oracle Data Integrator is a comprehensive data integration
platform that covers all data integration requirements: from high-volume, highperformance batch loads, to event-driven, trickle-feed integration processes, to SOAenabled data services with its innovative E-LT Architecture.
E-LT is an innovative approach to extracting, loading and Transforming data. Typically
ETL application vendors have relied on costly heavyweight; mid-tier server to perform
the transformations required when moving large volumes of data around the
enterprise. ODI delivers unique next-generation, Extract Load and Transform (E-LT)
technology that improves performance and reduces data integration costs, even across
heterogeneous systems by pushing the processing required down to the typically large
and powerful database servers already in place within the enterprise.
In an Oracle BI Applications environment, ODI works in conjunction with Oracle BI
Applications Configuration Manager, which provides a user interface for managing load
plans as well as access to ODI Console, the web-based console that enables you to view
objects in the ODI repository.

Oracle GoldenGate: Oracle GoldenGate is an optional product. Oracle GoldenGate is a

data replication tool leveraged to create a replicated OLTP schema. This replicated OLTP
schema is used as a Source- Dependent Schema during ETL.

A logical Overview of BI Apps

Oracle BI Applications use all of the components depicted in above figure to deliver information
specific to your business needs. The source system (OLTP) data is loaded into the Business
Analytics Warehouse Database (OLAP) and it is transformed using the ODI mappings that are
stored in the BI Applications Repository Database. This database contains the repository
information for BI Applications ODI repository and the BI Applications Components
Optionally, you can leverage Oracle GoldenGate to replicate your OLTPs data and then to do
Source Dependent load. This helps us to least dependent on the source system availability for
ELT operations.

Shiva Molabanti