Oracle has entered the data visualisation field with a cloud service that co-CEO Mark Hurd described as “better and more modern than Tableau, which is on-premise”.
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Swedish construction company Skanska has been using the service. Skanska’s vice-president of information systems strategies, Peter Bjork, said: “We implemented Oracle as a common business intelligence solution for all users around the globe, for easy mobile access, self-service tools and improved decision-making – and it reduced costs.”
The Oracle Data Visualisation Cloud Service is said to eliminate the complexity typically associated with blending and correlating datasets. “Easy, automatic data blending allows users to combine data from a variety of sources – Oracle and other SaaS [software-as-a-service] applications, on-premise systems, external sources and personal files, for example – and immediately gain new insights using visual analysis,” Oracle claimed.
“They can enrich the analysis with narratives to create stories that can be shared across the organisation in a scalable, secure fashion. The creation and sharing of analytic insights is supported on mobile, tablet and desktop devices, enabling complete flexibility and unlimited access,” the company said.
Hurd said: “Think of it as Tableau in the cloud.”
Conny Bjorling, the senior business analyst driving the business intelligence (BI) project at Skanska, said: “Now, with data visualisation, we have something that is as visually compelling as it is easy to use. The storytelling functionality is a pivot point in terms of being able to explain your insights effectively.”
Larry Ellison demonstrated the new tool in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld.
Tableau is a popular technology among data analysts. Dave Mariani, the CEO of Californian startup At Scale and a BI veteran with stints at Yahoo and Klout, recently stated that his company was “seeing a lot of Tableau out there”. While At Scale interposes what it calls a “virtualised semantic layer” between Hadoop data stores and the full gamut of BI tools from Microstrategy through Business Objects to Qlik and Tableau, he said the last named was increasingly prominent.
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