Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Data Sync is out on OTN

A typical Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) flow looks like the following:

  • Load your data to the Cloud
  • Model and Secure your data
  • Author Analyzes,Visualizations and Interactive Dashboards
  • Use and Share BICS content

In the current version of BICS you have to upload your data into the Cloud. There are several ways to load the data:

The BICS Data Sync is a client utility to schedule and load data into the Cloud. If you are familiar with the Informatica version of Oracle BI Applications, you will see the similarities between BICS Data Sync and the DAC. BICS Data Sync has become GA on OTN recently.

For more details about BICS Data Sync check the following:

In the first BICS version the only database option for BICS was the Oracle Schema-as-a-Service. This had its limitations. Oracle recently release the option to run BICS on a Oracle Database-as-a-Service. Check here for the differences between the two. One of the benefits of the Database-as-a-Service option that you can use any ETL tool to load data into the Cloud. Consider the BICS Data Sync option as a light option for ETL to the Cloud.

Expert Status on OTN

Kranthi K has been kind enough to create a special OTN Forum item because of the fact I have reached the ‘Expert’-level status. Thanks Kranthi for doing this. It’s nice to see when people are appreciating the things you do.

Unfortunately I had to change my email-address lately. I thought that wouldn’t be a problem. Wrong!! When you change your email-address, Oracle creates a new profile for you. So my old ‘Expert’-profile looks like this:

I used to be a person, but I am a number now………….

As from now on I have a second profile. I am a name again…….but a ‘Newbie’.

Hopefully those two profiles can be merged. Otherwise I will have a long way to go, to reach the ‘Expert’-level status again. I might be the first one reaching this level twice.

Connect to the Database from Oracle BI 11g

I ran into the following issue when I upgraded from Oracle BI 10g to Oracle BI 11g. Although the upgrade went smoothly, all of a sudden I was not able to reach the database anymore. After doing some research on the internet I stumbled upon the following thread on OTN.

The main difference between Oracle BI 10g and Oracle BI 11g is the fact that Oracle BI 11g has it’s own Oracle_Home.

Thanks to Dirk and Venkat for the possible solutions:


navigate to; {ORACLE_INSTANCE}\bifoundation\OracleBIApplication\coreapplication\setup,

alter user.cmd or depending on your OS,

set your TNS_ADMIN location to point to; {MIDDLEWARE_HOME}\Oracle_BI1\network\admin


Copy your tnsnames.ora to {MIDDLEWARE_HOME}\Oracle_BI1\network\admin directory


Use the full expanded tnsnames as shown below and use this one as the datasource name in your Connection Pool:

(DESCRIPTION =(ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = host_name/ip_address)(PORT = port_number))(CONNECT_DATA =(SERVER = DEDICATED)(SERVICE_NAME = service_name)))