Raiffeisen Bank International

Raiffeisen Bank International phase out their dependency on Oracle Discoverer with Blitz Report™

About RBI

Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) regards Austria, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank, as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. 13 markets of the region are covered by subsidiary banks. Additionally, the RBI Group comprises numerous other financial service providers, for instance in leasing, asset management or M&A.

Around 47,000 employees service 16.8 million customers through 2,000 business outlets, the by far largest part thereof in CEE. RBI’s shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. The Austrian Regional Raiffeisen Banks own around 58.8 per cent of the shares, the remainder is in free float. Within the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, RBI is the central institute of the Regional Raiffeisen Banks and other affiliated credit institutions.

The Challenge

RBI is a large Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) customer using a wide range of Oracle modules, such as accounts payables, iProcurement and human resource management. Their business users relied on Oracle Discoverer to export data directly to Excel worksheets for their reporting needs.
However, in June 2017 Oracle ended support for Discoverer, forcing RBI to look into alternative solutions. They selected a third-party reporting tool as a replacement, but this product was unable to produce a small number of valuable, but highly complex reports. This meant they had to continue using Discoverer despite the increased costs.

Raiffeisen Bank International phase out their dependency on Oracle Discoverer with Blitz Report™

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Why Blitz Report?

RBI evaluated several solutions in their quest for a more comprehensive tool and challenged Enginatics to demonstrate how Blitz Report could replace their remaining Discoverer reports and improve overall reporting speed.
The Blitz Report migration utility automatically imported the complex Discoverer workbook SQLs together with the assignments, security and parameter settings, ready to run in minutes.

“Blitz Report allowed us to completely phase out Oracle Discoverer with a much faster and easier to use reporting tool.”

Armin Maier, RBI, HR Data Management & Analysis

Blitz Report runs directly within EBS and uses the standard reporting concurrent process mechanism. Whenever a report is run, it automatically opens a formatted Excel file. Blitz Report is significantly faster than other EBS reporting solutions and has no data limitations. For example, a data extract with greater than one million records will create further sheets in the Excel file allowing exports of unlimited data size.
Enginatics’ comprehensive Blitz Report library also includes reports to validate the existing Discoverer report relevance, for example: the last time the report was used and the active user assignments. This helps in rationalizing reports for the migration to Blitz Report.

The Results

  • Reporting performance is significantly faster than Discoverer or BI Publisher; both can be imported and converted to Blitz Reports.
  • New reports can be added in minutes with individual user assignments via Oracle security, including Site and Responsibility.
  • Importing Discoverer reports is straightforward, completely eliminating the restrictions RBI experienced with their previous third-party reporting tool.
  • Robust, high quality software, backed up by exceptional support services.
  • Running reports through the concurrent manager provides a secure and simple way to monitor requests including audit tracking; all in one central place.
  • Having unlimited data output is vital for RBI, and the speed of data to Excel output has saved them considerable time and costs.
  • The performance tuning toolkit provided with Blitz Report was a real benefit to monitor overall system health and ongoing EBS performance.

“Enginatics have also helped us to optimize our EBS system performance via their Database Tuning Toolkit reports, which have totally simplified issue finding and resolution. They remain in daily usage alerting our DBA team of critical events”

Peter Böhm, Agile Delivery Accounting & HR

“The support from Enginatics was and still is exceptional. They respond to all inquiries on short notice, and unlike other suppliers, they always provide the resolutions directly and promptly.”

Armin Maier, HR RBI Data Management & Analysis

RBI has already expanded the use of Blitz Report to more users and are planning to extend usage to other banking units in their network.

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