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Hardware Selection Criteria
Software Selection Criteria
In addition to these hardware and software selection criteria, StratVantage will evaluate the proposed vendors on several criteria, including:
Stability — Vendor's attributes such as length of operations, size of customer base, size of income and revenue, company size, leadership, stock history and more can affect a technology purchasing decision
Proven Track Record — A vendor's experience not only in the broader market but in your business' specific industry can be key
Business Model Fit — If the vendor is offering, for example, software as a service, but your business isn't always Internet-connected, this business model mismatch could rule out the vendor
Mature Technology — You want to see continuity in the vendor's offerings. If the vendor has been through a series of acquisitions and is just now integrating new technology with an old line of business, you may want to obtain assurances on the longevity of the vendor's solution.
Service Level Agreements — Unfortunately, most vendor Service Level Agreements (SLAs) aren't worth the paper they are printed on. We'll help you understand the vendor's SLA and negotiate a service level partnership instead.
An example hardware and software need for Oracle products -
For the most current list of hardware requirements, check the OracleMetaLink site https://metalink.oracle.com.
Oracle Business Intelligence has the following minimum hardware requirements.
Oracle Business Intelligence on Windows has the following hardware requirements for the machine hosting the middle tier:
Table 2-1 Minimum Hardware Requirements
900 MHz Intel Itanium Processor (500 MHz recommended)
Space in TEMP directory
256 color display
For a user to run Discoverer Plus on a client machine:
there must be at least 30 MB of Users Personal Profile Space for the Oracle Jar Cache
to install a Java Virtual Machine:
the user must have Administrative privileges on the client machine
there must be a minimum of between 25 MB and 50 MB of available disk space
For the most current list of hardware requirements, check the OracleMetaLink site (https://metalink.oracle.com).
You can install Oracle Business Intelligence:
On a computer that is not on a network. You must configure the computer to use either a static IP address or a loopback IP address. Configure the computer to resolve the hostname of the computer to either the static IP address or the loopback IP address.
On a computer on a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) network. You must use a loopback configuration. Configure the computer to resolve the hostname of the computer to the loopback IP address.
For Oracle Business Intelligence, the operating system requirement for the computer hosting the middle tier is Microsoft Windows 2003 (64 bit) with Service Pack 1 or later.
Oracle Business Intelligence has the following operating system requirements for client computers.
Table 2-2 Operating System Requirements for Client Computers
Microsoft Windows 2000
Service Pack 4 or later
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
Microsoft Windows 2003 (64 bit)
Service Pack 1 or later
For the most current list of operating system requirements, check the OracleMetaLink site https://metalink.oracle.com.
Oracle Business Intelligence 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) is supported with the following database versions:
Oracle9i Release 2 Database (126.96.36.199 and higher)
Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release 1 (10.1.0.4 and higher)
Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release 2 (10.2.0.1 and higher); certification is planned
The latest information on supported versions is available on the Certify application on https://metalink.oracle.com.
When querying a multidimensional data source, only particular database releases and patches are supported. Use the following procedure to access the latest OLAP patches:
Log into OracleMetalink at https://metalink.oracle.com.
Click Advanced Search.
In the Advanced Search screen, fill in the fields as follows:
Product or Product Family: Click the Search icon, and from the Search In field, choose Database & Tools. Click View All. From the resulting list, click Oracle OLAP.
Release: Select the appropriate release number from the drop-down list.
Patch Type: Choose Any.
Platform or Language: Select the platform for your site.
Leave the remaining fields blank.
Click Go to display a list of patches. You can identify the OLAP patches because they include "OLAP" in the patch name.
If you recently upgraded the Oracle database, then you might have set the OPTIMIZER_FEATURES_ENABLE initialization parameter to a value that enabled you to maintain the optimizer behavior of a previous release.
OracleBI Discoverer Plus OLAP takes advantage of the latest database features for optimal performance. OracleBI Discoverer Plus OLAP requires that the OPTIMIZER_FEATURES_ENABLE parameter be left at its default value for the respective database release (the default value is the database release number, such as 9.2.0.). Any other settings can lead to unexpected behavior.
Oracle does not recommend explicitly setting the OPTIMIZER_FEATURES_ENABLE parameter to an earlier release. Instead, resolve execution plan or query performance issues on a case-by-case basis.
Oracle Business Intelligence has the following browser requirements for client computers:
Table 2-3 Browser Requirements for Client Computers
Microsoft Internet Explorer
5.5, 6.0 and higher
1.5 and higher
For the most current list of supported browsers, check the OracleMetaLink site (https://metalink.oracle.com).
Oracle Business Intelligence has the following software requirements not described previously.
Table 2-4 Other Software Requirements
To export to Microsoft Excel using Discoverer Plus Relational, Excel 97 (or later) is required. Note that Excel 2000 (or later) is required when exporting worksheets to Microsoft Excel Web Query format.
To export to Microsoft Excel using Discoverer Plus OLAP, Excel 2000 (or later) is required.
To run Discoverer Plus, one of the following JREs must be used:
Sun Java Plug-in 1.4.2_06 (recommended)
Oracle JInitiator 188.8.131.52