As one of the tech industry’s oldest and biggest companies, Oracle Corp. is known for pushing its customers to their limits. Many of these customers see Oracle as Silicon Valley’s biggest bully. It recently used an ugly “nuclear option” to boost cloud sales, which earned the company the memorable headline, “’I felt like we were being extorted’: Customer says Oracle tried to strong-arm him into a cloud sale.”
Four reasons to stop being bullied by Oracle BI
October happens to be National Bullying Prevention Month, which aims to stop bullying by raising awareness and encouraging kids to stand up for others they see bullied. This is a fantastic movement. We at Birst think it applies beyond the schoolyard, into the CIO’s office. We’re doing our part, giving customers using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) four good reasons to leave this legacy solution for Birst’s native cloud-based BI.
- Self-service: Oracle OBIEE offers weak self-service capabilities and had the lowest ease-of-use scores, based on customer surveys, according to the May 12, 2015 Gartner report,“Critical Capabilities for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.” Enterprise IT organizations can spend an additional $1.1 million annually to generate OBIEE reports – a tremendous sum that could be saved by giving business users the ability to create their own reports. Birst, on the other hand, received among the highest marks for ease-of-use in the 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities report.
- Customer service: Oracle’s legendary poor customer service is perhaps most apparent in its aggressive customer auditing. The average Oracle true-up fee is $1.6 million, according to the IDC 2013-2014 Key Trends in Software Pricing & Licensing Survey, an extreme sum that many customers characterize as “extortionate.” In comparison, Birst received the highest scores of any vendor in the 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities report for its customer service.
- Architecture: Oracle’s enterprise business intelligence solution is a legacy environment based on an antiquated single-tenant architecture. This can cost the average enterprise customer an additional $1.5 million in full-time support employees when compared to other, more modern platforms. Birst is cloud architected and also is available on-premises, featuring a modern, multi-tenant architecture.
- Agility: OBIEE’s dis-integrated application stack exacerbates every customer’s data silo challenges by creating more of them. Birst delivers “Networked BI” that empowers users to work freely with data while delivering trust, governance and agility at scale.
In summary, as you think about running OBIEE for another year, consider the fact that you could be spending an additional $4.2 million over the next 12 months, beyond Oracle’s license and support fees. What does that buy you? For most OBIEE users, it’s a backlog of reports and overall low business value. Meanwhile, customers surveyed for the 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities report rank Birst highly for user satisfaction and IT efficiency, which deliver far greater value to your business.
Beyond the wonders of Oracle OpenWorld 2015 this week, there’s still time to celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month. Come back on Thursday, when I’ll blog about Birst’s 14-week migration from OBIEE to Birst. In the meantime, you can speak to a Birst Migration Specialist and schedule a free POC (proof of concept) by clicking here. Join the conversation on Twitter @BirstBI. Thanks.