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Data governance

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Data governance is not a technology or a system but a set of processes and the organizational structure that governs the usage of all data assets of an enterprise.

Data governance represents the convergence of data quality, data management, data policies,business process management, and risk management surrounding the handling of information as an asset within the enterprise. Through data governance, organizations can exercise positive control over the processes and methods used by their data stewards and data custodians to handle
data.

A data governance framework has the following characteristics around the data:

  • Includes definitions of term, metrics, items, customers and related elements (Structure)
  • Distinguishes dimension values from the analytics of hierarchy definition (Structure)
  • Makes/collects/aligns rules (Process)
  • Assigns accountabilities to resolve issues (Process)
  • Organizes data stewards and governance bodies (People)
  • Monitors/enforces compliance while providing ongoing support to and change management for broad stakeholders (Architecture)

A Data Governance program does the following:

  • Provide a framework for definition of enterprise business entities that must be shared across various business units.
  • Define the process and workflow for identification, reporting, escalation, and resolution of data related issues.
  • Providing a forum for all communication related to data across the enterprise

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About BYOE – Bring Your Own Encryption

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

BYOE aka Bring your own encryption is a security model that gives cloud customers complete control over the encryption of their data by allowing them to deploy a visualized instance of their own encryption software in tandem with the application they are hosting in the cloud.

BYOE can help an organization that wishes to take advantage of cloud services to address both regulatory compliance and data privacy concerns in a third-party multi-tenant environment. This approach allows a customer to use the encryption technology that best suits the customer's needs, regardless of the cloud provider's underlying IT infrastructure.

Bring-Your-Own-Encryption (BYOE) Allows Full Confidence and Control Over Sensitive Data and Security

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Introduction to Oracle MAF (Mobile Application Framework)

Posted on July 27th, 2014 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

In June 2014, Oracle unveiled Oracle Mobile Application Framework.

Oracle Mobile Application Framework is a hybrid mobile framework that enables developers to rapidly develop single-source applications and deploy to both Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms.

Features include support for multiple integrated development environments, including Oracle JDeveloper and Eclipse (through Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse); support for multiple development languages, support for Apache Cordova plug-ins; and support for applications developed under Oracle ADF Mobile.

Oracle recommends that new mobile application development be done with the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework. Some Key Highlights Includes:

  • Build Once, Run on Multiple-Platforms
  • Simpler UI development
  • Java, JavaScript, and HTML5-based application development
  • Choice of development tools
  • Offline-capable: SQLite with Encryption
  • Full Access to Native Device Features
  • Modular, Reusable Components

Oracle MAF – Business Benefits

  • Increase mobile development speed
  • Eliminate mobile skills shortage – use existing skill sets
  • Complete solu)on out of the box
  • Extensible

Here is Oracle Mobile Application Framework Architecture [ Adopted from www.Oracle.com ]

Oracle Mobile ApplicationFrameworkArchitecture

Here is YouTube lesson, for More insights.

Additionl Note

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10 common causes of IT project failure

Posted on April 29th, 2013 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

IT projects frequently fail. Depending upon which industry you belong to , the failure rate of large projects is reported as being between 70%-80%. Because of the natural human tendency to hide bad news, the real statistic may be even higher. This is a catastrophe.

Many of the reasons have less to do with technology and more to do with failures to communicate and accept accountability, this reports Dennis McCafferty at CIO Insight in his intresting post .Some of key causes are..

  1. Leaving users out of discussions regarding prototyping and application design.
  2. Leaving infrastructure poorly defined and allowing IT workers to come up with their own approach to tools and programs.
  3. Letting users delay projects by constantly requesting tweaks.
  4. Getting wedded to a platform and refusing to ensure necessary training and support to transition to new ones.
  5. Getting stuck in the weeds of a project rather than leading the team through it.
  6. Allowing incomplete or poor documentation.
  7. Ignoring poor data quality.
  8. Falling back on jargon rather than communicating clearly with stakeholders.
  9. Agreeing to unreasonable deadlines.
  10. Letting interpersonal skills slip.

Check it out for Dennis McCafferty's article at CIO Insight

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Planning for the Big Data challenge

Posted on April 27th, 2013 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Honest review of challenges and advantages on Big Data.

Big data: What’s your plan?” brings together learnings from actual analytics projects to show you how to get started. They’ve then produced 3 easy-viewing videos that:

  • Explain the Big Data challenge
  • Outline the human elements of implementing your Big Data plan, and
  • Present the business case for such a profound data transformation

Should focus will still remain on 3 core elements: data, analytic models & tools?

Enjoy!

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What is Oracle Endeca Information Discovery?

Posted on February 6th, 2013 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle with Endeca plans to create a comprehensive technology platform to process, store, manage, search and analyze structured and unstructured information together enabling businesses to make stronger and more profitable decisions.

Therefore, Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (Formerly Endeca Latitude) is an enterprise data discovery platform for rapid, intuitive exploration and analysis of data from any combination of structured and unstructured sources.

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery enables organizations to extend their existing business analytics investments to unstructured sources – including social media, websites, content systems, email, and
database text - providing unprecedented visibility into data and business processes, saving time and cost, and leading to better business decisions.

1 With Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, users can:

  • Easily combine structured and unstructured data and metadata to understand key metrics in their relevant context and evaluate new business situations.
  • Ask unanticipated questions of any data through intuitive, flexible, and highly interactive online discovery applications.
  • Mash up and recombine data and visualizations to compose discovery applications.
  • Leverage all of the rich metadata of existing Business Intelligence data models and semantic layers as a basis upon which to build discovery applications.
  • Unburden IT from the constant chasing of new requirements and non-traditional data sources for incorporation into the data warehouse, enabling them to deliver fast access to relevant data and selfservice to business users while maintaining security, governance, and quality.

1The Architecture for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

Let’s start by briefly reviewing the Endeca Information Discovery architecture. The architecture consists of 3 main components:

  • Oracle Endeca Server. This hybrid, search/analytical database provides unprecedented flexibility in combining diverse and changing data as well as extreme performance in analyzing that data. Oracle Endeca Server has the performance characteristics of in-memory architecture however is not memory bound. Oracle Endeca Server is also used extensively as an interactive search engine on many major e-commerce and media websites.
  • Studio is a Discovery application composition environment for the Oracle Endeca Server. Studio provides drag and drop authoring to create highly interactive, visually-rich, enterprise- class information discovery applications.
  • Integration Suite. Oracle Endeca Information Discovery includes a set of tools used for loading and optionally enriching diverse information—including structured and unstructured content—into Oracle Endeca Server.

This can be best understood as fig 1 below:

Endeca Information Discovery architecture

 

Apart from this there are Extensible Value-Added Modules are

  • Oracle Endeca Content Management System Connectors- This add-on module allows for integration of content stored in various enterprise content management systems.This is currently supported systems include: EMC Documentum, EMC Documentum eRoom, FileNet P8, FileNet Document & Image Services, Interwoven TeamSite, Lotus Notes/Domino, Microsoft SharePoint, and OpenText LiveLink.
  • Oracle Endeca Text Enrichment. This add-on module includes text analysis capabilities for extraction of people, places, organizations, quotes, and themes as well as core summarization capabilities for automatic creation of abstracts or topical summaries.
  • Oracle Endeca Text Enrichment with Sentiment Analysis. This add-on module includes all of the Text Enrichment capabilities as well as advanced text analysis for extraction of aggregate sentiment related to each extracted concept. Sentiment is extracted with a score indicating the positive and negative nature of a document or an entity in the document. These scores can be used within the faceted search experience by varying ranges of
    positivity and negativity.

1 What type of analysis is Oracle Endeca Information Discovery designed for?

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery is in supporting a users’ need to better understand the data. In expanding analysis inputs beyond structured content to unstructured sources, users can better understand the color and qualitative insights which support quantitative results.

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery enables this type of analysis through Oracle Endeca Server, a hybrid search/analytical database that is specifically optimized for discovery, not reporting or online transaction processing.

Highly scalable, column-oriented, and in-memory - without being memory bound - Oracle Endeca Server supports navigation, search, and analysis of any kind of information including structured, semi-structured, and unstructured content.

This also provide a broad suite of packaged analytic applications to extend corporate business processes to include unstructured data

  • Integrate unstructured data into ERP, Supply Chain, Human Capital, CRM and EPM applications
  • Integrate unstructured data into specialized edge applications – PLM, MDM, Web Commerce, Analytic applications
  • Extend industry specific business processes and vertical applications to include unstructured data

1 Search capabilities of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery provide

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery provides two different, and complementary, types of search:

  1. Value – or dimension – search provides type-ahead autocompletion that enables users to find attribute values and help disambiguate queries by identifying which attributes contain the search terms.
  2. Record search provides advanced full text search across any single or combination of fields, leveraging a variety of configurable term matching and relevancy ranking algorithms to retrieve results for display and analysis.

1 Know the facts and dependecy with other Prducts

  1. Oracle Endeca Information Discovery part of Not of Oracle BI Foundation Suite, this is a separate licensed product.
  2. If you don’t run Oracle BI. You can still benefit from Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, beacuse the diversity of supported data sources is a strength of this product.
  3. Oracle Endeca Server exposes web services for querying existing BI tools.
  4. Oracle Endeca Information Discovery enhances existing business intelligence applications by extending analysis to unstructured sources and supporting exploratory data analysis.
  5. Oracle Endeca Information Discovery is certified on Exalytics.
  6. Oracle Endeca Information Discovery’s primary benefit with respect to Big Data (Read the previous post on Big data) is in solving the problem of Big Variety – relevant data sources for business analysis have never been more diverse, and an increasing share of this information is unstructured.
  7. Oracle Endeca Information Discovery and Hadoop are highly complementary technologies

1 Resources for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID)

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A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS!!

Posted on December 31st, 2012 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Wishing all my readers, followers, friends a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2013. May 2013 be all you wish it to be !!!

Here is wishing you a healthy, happy and rewarding 2013!

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Salesforce.com

Posted on December 7th, 2012 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Salesforce is originally a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software and is the most innovative company in America according to Forbes magazine.

It was founded in March 1999 by former Oracle executive Marc Benioff. CRM is originally software for managing customer interaction, such as scheduling tasks, emailing, texting, and many more tasks.

Salesforce.com has its services translated into 16 different languages.

Salesforce CRM provides a complete solution for that includes feature-rich solutions for marketing, sales, services, partner management and community management

Salesforce grew into a cloud software solution and acquired several other companies for Paas and Saas.

  • Platform as a Service Platform as a service (PaaS) is a category of cloud computing services that provides a computing platform and a solution stack as a service. The provider provides the networks, servers, storage, and other services that are required to host the consumer's application.
  • Software as a Service Software as a service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet.

SALESFORCE PRODUCTS

Salesforce is divided into different sets of tools referred to as "clouds”

  • Sales Cloud :Sales Cloud helps to sell products and Services, manage connection withcustomer, and close more deals. Sales Cloud include Chatter, Social Contact,Marketing and Leads, Data.com, Opportunities and quotes, Approval and Workprocess, Files and Libraries, Analytics and Forecasting, Partner Management,AppExchange, Email and calendaring
  • Service Cloud :Service cloud increase agent productivity, reduces servicecosts, and gain better visibility into Service Organization. It includes CustomerPortal, Live Agent, Contract and entitlement
  • Collaboration Cloud :Collabration cloud consist of Salesforce Chatter andRadian6 service cloud which helps to connect with co-workers, customers,and partners to share experience and information across.

 

SFDC

Custom Cloud - Custom Cloud is infrastructure used to for building customized cloudapplication development for automation, analytics and approval processes

MODULES OF SALESFORCE

There are different and variety of modules in salesforce. The explanations about the widely used modules are described below.

Account and Contact Management :The Account and Contact Management module gives

  • End-to-End Customer View
  • 360-degree view of each of its customers with online contact management.
  • Deep knowledge of every account and contact.
  • Facilitates collaboration and communication across the entire organization.
  • Build and maintain strong, lasting customer relationships.

Opportunity Management

  • Opportunity provides a single place for updating deal information, tracking opportunity milestones, and recording all opportunity-related interactions.
  • Product tracking can be done here. It enables to track product-level information on each sales opportunity, including quantity, standard price, quoted price, and product codes. Automatic notifications can be sent when a product is added to an opportunity or when the discount threshold is violated.
  • Opportunity Update reminders are used to schedule email reminders to ensure sales teams keep opportunity information up to date. Managers can set up automatic, recurring emails for themselves and their teams.

Most of the company who enabled this Module , can take advantage in managing these

  • Track tasks and activities
  • schedule joint meetings
  • assign tasks to other users
  • Set up activity templates for frequently or automatically assigned tasks.
  • Schedule and set reminders for appointments.

Lead Management
The lead module helps to capture sales lead from any source like websites, trade shows, and seminars and bring them directly into salesforce CRM without any manual data entry.

Forecast Management

  • Forecasting provides a revenue projection of sales over a specific period.
  • Customizable Forecasts allow you to forecast your sales based on opportunity, product, or schedule dates, as well as view and override forecasts in many different ways.
  • Opportunities roll up into a forecast.
  • As opportunities progress through the Sales Process and each sales stage, a forecast category is automatically associated to the sales stage selected.
  • In addition, based on the selected Sales Stage, a Probability (%) to close is associated with the opportunity.

Report Management

  • Salesforce delivers Standard Report Folders containing Reports for each Record Type (Accounts, Opportunities, Leads, etc.)
  • The Data Security and Data Sharing Rules extend to reporting as well.

TYPICAL 3-TIER ARCHITECTURE

Salesforce is also 3-tier, but many of the internals are handled through abstraction.

There are:

  1. Out-of-box interfaces , which include security, dashboards, workflow, and user interfaces. Coding is optional.
  2. VisualForce is an editor for customization of User Interfaces if not out-of-box.
    • Visualforce is a framework that allows developers to build sophisticated, custom user interfaces that can be hosted natively on the Force.com platform.
    • The Visualforce framework includes a tag-based markup language, similar to HTML, and a set of server-side “standard controllers” that make basic database operations, such as queries and saves, very simple to perform.
  3. Apex, using the developer console, is for writing code to the Salesforce API, for example a SOAP or batch application for importing custom data.
    • Apex is a strongly typed, object-oriented programming language that allows developers to execute flow and transaction control statements on the Force.com platform server in conjunction with calls to the Force.com API.
    • Using syntax that looks like Java and acts like database stored procedures, Apex enables developers to add business logic.

COST

Salesforce CRM is pay as-you-go.

Differentpricing edition plans are available

  • .Contact Manager $5 /user/Month
  • Group $15 /user/Month
  • Professional $65 /user/Month
  • Unlimited $250 /user/Month

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What “big data” is really about.

Posted on September 28th, 2012 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

BigData

 

“Big Data” is an emerging & continues to be the topic of much discussion and hype.There are some staunch believers of this and there are some who dismiss this as a bubble destined to subside. Companies such as facebook and amazon are already using this. Lets try to understand this whole thing.

dgreybarrow WHY BIG DATA?

Take a look on statistics first for Big Data

Web Scale

  • 50 billion web pages
  • 800 million Facebook users
  • 1000 million Facebook pages
  • 200 million Twitter accounts
  • 100 million tweets per day
  • 5 billion Google queries per day
  • Millions of servers, Petabytes of data

Varieties of Data

  • Video / Audio
  • Images / Pictures
  • Diverse internal and external data

Sources of Data

  • News / Feeds / Blogs / forums
  • Groups / Polls / Chats / Wiki

That means world today is generating data at a frenetic pace. Statistics are available on the net that the data is doubled in every X days. The good thing about this data is that it is available and potentially contains useful information. What’s not so good is how to process this information and use it effectively.

The market place has become competitive and will be becoming more in years to come. The key to growth (and survival) is innovation. Big Data can help in uncover the strategies which can help in making the difference. Big Data though, is not a “magic wand” or “one size fits all” approach, rather it will require careful strategising and planning to achieve something tangible. The following sections will discuss the various facets.

Big data can be defined as data which has:(Four V’s of Big Data Consideration)

  1. velocity
  2. volume
  3. variety and
  4. value.

The world is producing data with great velocity.Fact reported by IDC is Worldwide digital content will double in 18 months, and every 18 months thereafter.

We heard nowadays that petabytes do not amaze us anymore. As per The Economist In 2005, humankind created 150 exabytes of information. In 2011, 1,200 exabytes were be created

The data is varied today, as well, e.g. structured, semi structured and complex. As Gartner, 80% of enterprise data will be unstructured, spanning traditional and non traditional sources

The fourth one, value, is not so straightforward. The value is something whose unlocking is important.

dgreybarrowTHE BIG DATA DIFFERENCE

Big data is like traditional data in many ways: It must be captured, stored, organized, and analyzed, and the results of the analysis need to be integrated into established processes and influence how the business operates.

But because big data comes from relatively new types of data sources that previously weren’t mined for insight, companies aren’t accustomed to collecting information from these sources, nor are they used to dealing with such large volumes of unstructured data. Therefore, much of the information available to enterprises isn’t captured or stored for long-term analysis, and opportunities for gaining insight are missed.

dgreybarrow USES OF BIG DATA

Typical Example of Big data usage are :

  • Log Analytics & Storage
  • Smart Grid / Smarter Utilities
  • RFID Tracking & Analytics
  • Fraud / Risk Management & Modeling
  • 360° View of the Customer
  • Warehouse Extension
  • Email / Call Center Transcript Analysis
  • Call Detail Record Analysis

dgreybarrow WHICH KIND OF INDUSTRY IS DRIVERS FOR BIG DATA

  • Finance
  • Telecommunication
  • Media
  • Life science
  • Retail
  • Govt

dgreybarrow CHALLENGE & OPPORTUNITY

Analysis of big data including new types of data that haven’t been analyzed before , challange is to provides a deeper level of insight into what customers are thinking and how the business operates. The potential payoffs are improving customer retention, selling individual customers more products, and producing items with higher quality and lower rates of return. Studies show that, with proper use, big data can really improve the bottom line to make an impact on overall profitability.

Organizations can well today with Big Data if they succeed in defining

  1. What they want
  2. They understand about the data they need
  3. They understand the data that they have which can be used.
  4. They know where to look for the data which they need.

The first and foremost on the list is defining the problem. Once you have this then the next stage of understanding and getting data can be achieved. This requires investment, intellectual, financial and time.

The next stage is analysis once you have your data with you. This analysis should be something which can aid you invgetting what you want and help you with the business.

dgreybarrow BIG DATA VENDORS

Big Data is a $70 billion industry and growing at a rapid rate of 15% to 20% a year. In our view, this helps put to rest the notion that ‘Big Data’ is just a fanciful marketing term. Big Data developments will be perhaps the most critical new marketplace for storage solutions providers in the coming decade. [Reference EMC]

Big Data file and Database

Appistry,Basho, Google, Hadoop (Hartonworks,Cloudera,MapR) ,LexisNexis,VMware, Microsoft, Aster Data

Big data Analytics Appistry,Aster Data, Hadoop (Hartonworks,Cloudera,MapR),IBM, LexisNexis,Karmasphere
Big Data Integration Appistry,Aster Data,Composite,Hadoop Pig and Hive, informatica, LexisNexis
DW applicance with big data Integration EMC/Greenplum, IBM/Netezza,TeraData/Aster Data
Trandational BI with Big data Integration Options Eddeca, Pentaho,MicroStrategy, Tableau software
Stream processing and analysis Apache S4, IBM, SAP, Tibco , Progress

dgreybarrow ORACLE & BIG DATA

Oracle offers integrated enterprise-ready big data platform, which includes the Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle Big Data Connectors, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. By integrating and optimizing the technologies needed to acquire, organize, analyze and decide on big data, Oracle has made it very easy to jumpstart and maintain big data projects.

dgreybarrow AT LAST

The World Economic Forum recently declared big data as an asset class.

What are the implications of making better sense of large amounts of unstructured data to uncover business opportunities, strategies, and more.

Is it really an emerging market with lots of innovation, startups, job creation? Or hype. The facts show penetration within the largest FMCG Consumer companies and Social Networks.

Why is it suddenly possible? What are the technical and organizational obstacles, and the most promising areas of opportunity?

What is Oracle doing?

How could we link Oracle Oracle Advanced Analytics BI with HADOOP?

Herewith look forward to start a discussion about BIG DATA .

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Review :Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Financials Cookbook

Posted on October 11th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

I was recently asked by Packt Publishing to review Yemi Onigbode's "Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Financials Cookbook”. I just finished few Chapters reading the book, and wanted to share some thoughts.

oracle-e-business-suite-12-1-financials-cookbook-yemi-onigbodeThis is a good resource for EBS users and Financial consultant. The format of a “recipe book” is a wonderful idea, and is perfect for folks who are looking to become effective with EBS skill very quickly, looking for a point solution to an immediate problem, or just needing some creative inspiration when working on their user support or identifying key functionalities of the Oracle modules, to demonstrate a pilot to obtain the core requirements

The book’s 9 main chapters successfully provide more than 50 recipes to demonstrate the EBS R12 Financials core modules and their functionality. This book will give readers a step-by-step tour of the EBS R12 Financials core modules. The receivables process from billing to collection, including revenue accounting will be shown along with how to handle cash, create bank accounts, reconcile bank accounts, and create cash forecasts. Readers will not only learn how to create customers and manage sales orders, including shipping, pricing, and creating invoices, but also administer the general ledger, accounting setup, sub-ledger accounting, e-business tax, and create journals.

The authors have done a good job in selecting their recipes to cover common use cases most of support staff/consultant will face. This allows readers with a specific issue to skim through the Table of Contents for a relevant recipe and then work through the provided example.

Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Financials Cookbook is a good resource for a wide range of users specially for support staff who is working from end user side. This book is for EBS Financials specialists who want a broader understanding of particular areas of the financials modules.

You can read more about here: http://www.packtpub.com/oracle-ebusiness-suite-12-financials-cookbook/book

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