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This guide introduces readers to Oracle Business Intelligence. It provides an overview of what you can do with Oracle Business Intelligence, and it explains concepts that you need to understand as you plan to implement a business intelligence solution.


Oracle Business Intelligence Concepts Guide is intended for information consumers, report creators, analysts, data providers, DBAs, and application developers who perform the following tasks:

To use this document, you need no prior experience with business intelligence software.

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This guide is structured as follows:

Chapter 1, "The Oracle Business Intelligence Solution"

This chapter provides a general introduction to business intelligence and shows you how Oracle Business Intelligence helps you answer business questions. It is written for business users and IT professionals.

Chapter 2, "Technical Fundamentals for Implementation"

This chapter describes fundamental concepts for building a business intelligence solution with Oracle Business Intelligence. It focuses on data structures and metadata for reporting and describes options for reporting tools and delivery mechanisms. This chapter is written primarily for IT professionals.

Chapter 3, "Example Implementations"

This chapter provides sample scenarios for two different Oracle Business Intelligence solutions. It is written primarily for IT professionals.

Appendix A, "Oracle Business Intelligence Packaging"

This appendix lists the components of different Oracle Business Intelligence packages.

Related Documents

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The OTN Web site for Business Intelligence is at

Oracle By Example Series

The Oracle By Example (OBE) series provides hands-on, step-by-step instructions on how to implement various technology solutions to business problems. OBE contains numerous lessons on Business Intelligence from its Web site at:

Following is a list of some of these lessons.

OracleBI Discoverer

The OracleBI Discoverer area includes these and other lessons:

OracleBI Spreadsheet Add-In

The OracleBI Spreadsheet Add-In are includes this lesson:

OracleBI Beans

The OracleBI Beans area include these lessons:

Oracle Reports

The Oracle Reports area includes these and other lessons:

Oracle Warehouse Builder

The Oracle Warehouse Builder area these and other lessons:

Oracle Database: Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

The Oracle Business Intelligence platform area includes these and other lessons:


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