Like me, if you are a big user of Discoverer, you would have been alarmed at the news a few years ago that Oracle was dropping the tool.
Well, once I got over my alarm I started to think about how my clients could maximize their use of the at times millions of dollars of investment.
Oracle Corporation’s statement of direction implies that they will not force you off of Discoverer and on to another tool. It is important for you to understand, however that like all software Discoverer will one day be phased out in order to make way for more modern BI solutions.
You currently have three options: Protect / Extend / Evolve
- Protect your investment by staying with Discoverer, continuing to receive Oracle’s outstanding support until it runs out, after which you will be on your own
- Extend you your investment by continuing to use Discoverer while integrating to other Oracle BI tools such as Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
- Evolve your investment by formulating a strategy to fully migrate to another tool, perhaps one of Oracle's other BI tools such as OBIEE, or to a third party tool such as SplashBI owned by Eis Technilogies