You can tune Oracle Business Intelligence to optimize its performance in collecting, presenting, and delivering data.
About Oracle Business Intelligence
Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Enterprise Edition (or Oracle Business Intelligence) provides a full range of business intelligence capabilities that collects up-to-date data from the organization, presents the data in easy-to-understand formats (such as tables and graphs), and delivers the data quickly to the members of the organization.
These capabilities enable the organization to make better decisions, take informed actions, and implement more-efficient business processes.
Tuning Oracle BI Server Query Performance
You can improve query performance by tuning and indexing underlying databases, by using aggregate tables, query caching.
For detailed information on BI performance tuning, see Managing Performance Tuning and Query Caching in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.
The following list summarizes methods that you can use to improve query performance:
Tuning and indexing underlying databases: For Oracle BI Server database queries to return quickly, the underlying databases must be configured, tuned, and indexed correctly. Note that different database products have different tuning considerations.
If there are queries that return slowly from the underlying databases, then you can capture the SQL statements for the queries in the query log and provide them to the database administrator (DBA) for analysis. See Managing the Query Log in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition for more information about configuring query logging on the system.
Aggregate tables: It is extremely important to use aggregate tables to improve query performance. Aggregate tables contain precalculated summarizations of data. It is much faster to retrieve an answer from an aggregate table than to recompute the answer from thousands of rows of detail.
The Oracle BI Server uses aggregate tables automatically, if they have been properly specified in the repository. See Metadata Repository Builder's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition for examples of setting up aggregate navigation.
Query caching: The Oracle BI Server can store query results for reuse by subsequent queries. Query caching can dramatically improve the apparent performance of the system for users, particularly for commonly used dashboards, but it does not improve performance for most ad-hoc analysis.
See About the Oracle BI Server Query Cache in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition for more information about query caching concepts and setup.
Setting parameters in Fusion Middleware Control: You can set various performance configuration parameters by using Fusion Middleware Control to improve system performance. See Setting Performance Parameters in Fusion Middleware Control in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition for more information.
Setting parameters in NQSConfig.INI: The
NQSConfig.INIfile contains additional configuration and tuning parameters for the Oracle BI Server, including parameters to configure disk space for temporary storage, set virtual table page sizes, and several other advanced configuration settings. See NQSConfig.INI File Configuration Settings in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition for more information.
Tuning Oracle BI Server Query Cache Performance
You can configure the Oracle BI Server to maintain a local, disk-based cache of query result sets (query cache).
The query cache allows the Oracle BI Server to satisfy many subsequent query requests without having to access back-end data sources (such as Oracle or DB2). This reduction in communication costs can dramatically decrease query response time. See About the Oracle BI Server Query Cache in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.
Tuning Oracle BI Web Client Performance
You can improve the performance of the Oracle BI web client (UI) by configuring your web server to serve up all static files, as well as enabling compression for both static and dynamic resources.
BI 11g ships with WebLogic Server (WLS) serving as the default HTTP server for the BI web client. By allowing the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) to proxy requests to WLS instead, you may see an improvement in BI Web Client performance. See Improving Oracle BI Web Client Performance in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.