Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

OBIEE 11.1.1.7.140114 bundle patch for Linux 64-bit

OBIEE 11.1.1.7.140114 bundle patch is not currently available on Linux 64-bit.

The patch has been withdrawn.

If you have already downloaded and applied it to Linux 64-bit, you might experience that OBIEE will not start or will generate core dump.

More information can be found in note 1616208.1 - OBIEE 11.1.1.7.140114 on Linux 64-bit Might Generate Core Dump or Not Start.

 A new patch will be made available in the near future and we'll update the blog at that time.


Update (29-Jan-2014): The OBIEE 11.1.1.7.140114 bundle patch for Linux 64-bit is now available refer: Blog Post

Monday Jan 20, 2014

My Oracle Support - IE7 Browser Certification

Important information for those using Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

My Oracle Support

On April 4th, 2014 Oracle Support will remove Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) from the My Oracle Support (MOS) and Cloud Support portal certified browser list.

It is important that you make the transition to a more current version of Internet Explorer prior to this.

For questions relating to this change please use the  MOS "Contact Us" link located in the upper right hand corner.

For more information ...  Read Me

Friday Jan 17, 2014

ADVISOR WEBCAST: Embedding OBIEE Content in WebCenter Portal

Now Scheduled

Advisor Webcast

Embedding OBIEE Content in WebCenter Portal

19th March 2014
2:00 PM UTC/GMT


This one hour session is recommended for technical users who are interested in integrating OBIEE with WebCenter Portal. The objective is to provide an overview of the system requirements and the steps required to perform a basic integration.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

  • Understand what is required in order to integrate OBIEE with WebCenter Portal
  • Have an idea of what issues may occur, how to debug them and what log files may be required

Register Now - visit:

Embedding OBIEE Content in WebCenter Portal [Doc ID 1613815.1]

Register



To view scheduled & archived recordings of previous Business Analytics Advisor Webcasts visit:

Oracle Business Analytics Advisor Webcast [Doc ID 1456233.1]



CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION :

Attendees using recent Chrome or Firefox browser versions maybe required to activate the WebEx plug-in before joining a WebEx meeting.

For up to-date information ensure to review the WebEx Support page:
https://support.webex.com/webex/meetings/en_US/chrome-firefox-join-faq.htm


Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

Oracle BI Mobile HD 11.1.1.7.0.2365 Now Available

A NEW version of the Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile HD app has been released.

The Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile is designed for Apple iPhone and iPad. It is a mobile analytics app that allows you to view, analyze and act on Oracle Business Intelligence 11g content.

  • Using Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile, you can view, analyze and act on all your analyses, dashboards, scorecards, reports, alerts and notifications on the go.

  • Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile allows you to drill down reports, apply prompts to filter your data, view interactive formats on geo-spatial visualizations, view and interact with Dashboards, KPIs and Scorecards.

  • You can save your analyses and Dashboards for offline viewing, and refresh them when online again; thus providing always-available access to the data you need.

  • This app is compatible with Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, version 11.1.1.6.2BP1 and above.


Now available for download via Apple store [ Link]



Version: 11.1.1.7.0.2365
Updated: Jan 14, 2014
Size: 17.0 MB

OBIEE Version 11.1.1.7.140114 Now Released

(in via Ian)

The Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11.1.1.7.140114 is now available to download via My Oracle Support | Patches & Updates. 

This is provided as single Bundle Patch:  Patch 17886497 and comprises of the following:

  • Patch 16913445 - 1 of 8: Oracle BI Installer (BIINST)
  • Patch 17922352 - 2 of 8: Oracle BI Publisher (BIP)
  • Patch 17300417 - 3 of 8: EPM Components Installed from BI Installer 11.1.1.7.0 (BIFNDNEPM)
  • Patch 17922552 - 4 of 8: OBI Server (BIS)
  • Patch 17922596 - 5 of 8: Oracle BI Presentation Services (BIPS)
  • Patch 17300045 - 6 of 8: Oracle Real-Time Decisions (RTD)
  • Patch 16997936 - 7 of 8: Oracle BI ADF Components (BIADFCOMPS)
  • Patch 17922577 - 8 of 8: Oracle BI Platform Client Installers and MapViewer

NOTE: Also required to be downloaded:

This patch set is available for all customers who are using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11.1.1.7.0, 11.1.1.7.1 and 11.1.1.7.131017.  It is also available for Exalytics customers who have applied the Exalytics PS3 patch.

For more information refer to:

 OBIEE 11g 11.1.1.7.140114 Bundle Patch is Available for OBIEE and Exalytics
[Doc ID 1614076.1]

The OBIEE Suite Bundle Patches are cumulative - the content of the previous 11.1.1.7.x bundle patches are included in this latest bundle patch.

Ensure to review the Readme documentation for further important patch information.  This available via the My Oracle Support | Patches & Updates screen when downloading.



Keep up to-date with the latest OBIEE Patches and Patch Set Updates by visiting

OBIEE 11g: Required and Recommended Patches and Patch Sets
[Doc ID 1488475.1]


Monday Jan 13, 2014

HowTo Videos: Using Smart View to access data in OBIEE

A series of "How To" videos are available via the Oracle BI TechDemo YouTube Channel

The collections covers various topics detailing how to use Oracle Smart View to access data in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) and display it in Microsoft (MS) Office (Excel, Power Point). The examples used were built using the Sample App v309.

Oracle BI TechDemo - OBIEE Samples

How To Videos: Smart View with OBIEE Link

Smart View with OBIEE - Managing Connections
- How to create and maintain connections between Oracle Smart View (MS Excel) and OBIEE.

Duration: 2:34 minutes

Smart View with OBIEE - Accessing Reports on the Web Catalog
- How to find and select reports on the OBIEE Web Catalog through Smart View.

Duration: 5:31 minutes

Smart View with OBIEE - Reporting through MS Power Point
- Selecting and delivering reports and graphics through MS Power Point using Smart View with OBIEE.

Duration: 2:45 minutes

Smart View with OBIEE - How to use View Designer
- How to use the View Designer to create reports and graphics in Smart View

Duration: 3:52 minutes

Smart View with OBIEE - Federating multiple data sources
- How to populate an Excel worksheet with data from multiple sources (in his example OBIEE and Oracle Essbase).

Duration: 3:54 minutes

Stay Tuned for New Upcoming Videos at:

Oracle BI TechDemo - OBIEE Samples

OBIEE 11g: Testing Using Oracle Load Testing 12.x

(in via Ahmed

Now available - NEW whitepaper for Load Testing Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g Using Oracle Load Testing (OLT) 12.x.

This whitepaper produced via "Customer Engineering & Advocacy Lab" (CEAL) contains information to provide a quick start for performance / load testing of the OBIEE 11g infrastructure using Oracle Application Testing Suite (OATS).  The contents include:

  • Oracle Application Testing Suite (OATS) Overview
  • OBIEE Load / Performance Testing Process Using OATS

The PDF document is available for download from the "My Oracle Support" Knowledge document:

OBIEE 11g: Load Testing OBIEE Using Oracle Load Testing (OLT) 12.x
[Doc ID 1611188.1]


Thursday Jan 09, 2014

OBIA: Upgrading to Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2

Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2 is now available in the Business Intelligence (BI) 11g media pack for download and use with BI Applications 7.9.x

By upgrading to Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2, customers can avail of support for Informatica PowerCenter on higher versions of operating systems, support for the Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse on higher versions of database platforms, and bug and security fixes.

To assist with the upgrade a New Whitepaper has been made available. This document covers information on downloading, the upgrading and configuring.  The Whitepaper is available via the "My Oracle Support" Knowledge article:

"Oracle BI Applications: Upgrading to Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2"
[Doc ID 1610752.1]



Ref: OracleBIApps_UpgradeINFAPowerCenter_9.5.1HotFix2_Doc_ID_1610752.1.docx

Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

Remote Diagnostic Agent 8.02 is now available

(in via Maurice)

The Remote Diagnostic Agent 8.02 was released on 15 December 2013.

This version has five new Hyperion modules within the RDA profiles:

  • Collects Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Management Information (BI.FDM module)
  • Collects Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management Information (BI.HDM module)
  • Collects Oracle Hyperion Profitability & Cost Management Information (BI.HPC module)
  • Collects Oracle Hyperion Performance Scorecard Information (BI.HPS module)
  • Collects Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance Information (BI.HSF module)

Note that Remote Diagnostic Agent requires the run of Hyperion profiles (not individual modules).  A Hyperion profile name begins 'Hyperion1112_' and concludes with the key module abbreviation in capitals.

It is recommended that the ORACLE_HOME of the Oracle database client be defined (set ORACLE_HOME=C:\Oracle\Middleware\jdk160_21) for the EPM Server hcve Tool (rda.cmd -T hcve) and Hyperion profiles which collect information from the Hyperion Oracle database registry.

Download the newest version via the Knowledge article:

 "Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) - Getting Started"
[Doc ID 314422.1].

For details on how to use RDA specifically for the EPM and BI products refer to:

"Business Analytics Instrumentation Index [Video]"
[Doc ID 1514548.1]


Oracle Disclosure Management Financial Reporting Data Source Tagging Statement of Direction

The Product Management team have published a Statement of Direction regarding the Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting XBRL data source tagging functionality in Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management.

For those that create and use XBRL tags - ensure to review the Statement of Direction (PDF) and additional details available in:

 Oracle Disclosure Management Financial Reporting Data Source Tagging
Statement of Direction
[Doc ID 1609059.1]



Information on the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy and the services offered under the Premier, Extended and Sustaining Support stages is available here (PDF).

December EPM "Patch Set Updates" released (updated)

(in via Stefanie)

The following provides a listing of all Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Patch Set Updates (PSU) that were released last month (December 2013). This list also includes the PSU's that were referenced on an earlier Blog post.

Refer to the "Doc ID" for each of the products for additional information.  These KM documents also provide a link to each of the PSU Patches.  The "Patch" ID links will access the patch directly for download.


Hyperion Shared Services 11.1.2.3.002 [Doc ID 1606225.1]
     - Patch 17735854

Hyperion Essbase 11.1.2.2.105 [Doc ID 1603891.1]
     - Patch 17608117: Server
     - Patch 17608120: Client (Windows):
     - Patch 17608110: Client (Non-Windows):
     - Patch 17608114: Runtime Client
     - Patch 17608122: Spreadsheet Add-In

Hyperion Essbase 11.1.2.1.107 [Doc ID 1609805.1]
    - 17545111: Server
    - 17545113: Runtime Client

Hyperion Essbase Studio 11.1.2.1.107 [Doc ID 1609860.1]
     - 17545104: Studio Server
     - 17545096: Studio Console

Hyperion Analytic Provider Services 11.1.2.2.105 [Doc ID 1603937.1]
     - Patch 17595830

Hyperion Analytic Provider Services 11.1.2.1.107 [Doc ID 1609861.1]
     - Patch 17545091

Hyperion Essbase Administration Services 11.1.2.1.107 [Doc ID 1609889.1]
     - Patch 17545122: Administration Server
     - Patch 17545124: Administration Console

Hyperion Strategic Finance 11.1.2.3.100 [Doc ID 1603155.1]
     - Patch 16942313

Hyperion Strategic Finance 11.1.2.2.303 [Doc ID 1609555.1]
     - Patch 17800039

Hyperion Data Relationship Management 11.1.2.3.304 [Doc ID 1603155.1]
     - Patch 17844222

Hyperion Data Relationship Management 11.1.2.2.310 [Doc ID 1606660.1]
     - Patch 17889411

Hyperion Data Relationship Management 11.1.2.2.309 [Doc ID 1603376.1]
     - Patch 17456597

Hyperion Data Relationship Management 11.1.1.4.102 [Doc ID 1606266.1]
     - Patch 17860886

Hyperion Calculation Manager 11.1.2.2.304 [Doc ID 1603907.1]
     - Patch 17649127

Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.2.306 [Doc ID 1611323.1]
     - Patch 17919873

Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2.2.306 [Doc ID 1612782.1]
     - Patch 1740222


Be sure to review the related Readme files
available per Patch Set Update
.

... for the latest EPM & BI Patch Sets & Patch Set Updates visit:

Doc ID 1400559.1 - Oracle Hyperion EPM Products
Doc ID 1525518.1 - Oracle Crystal Ball, DRM, FCM, HPCM and HSF
Doc ID 1488475.1 - OBIEE 11g

Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

Business Analytics Monthly Index - December 2013

Wishing all a very Happy New Year for 2014. To "kickstart" the month off here is a quick review of the Proactive Support Blog postings from the previous month.

Welcome to the Monthly Index posting for December 2013.

Within each section the items are shown in chronological order.


Oracle Business Analytics - Blog

Monthly Index - December 2013
General Summary Link
November 2013 Index Posting
- Review the previous months Index page.
Business Intelligence (BI) Summary Link
OBIEE Version Name Change
- Summary outlining the recent version number change.
Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Summary Link
December EPM Patch Setup Updates released
- Listing of EPM Patches released since previous Blog post advisory.
Financial Close Management 11.1.2.3 Online Tutorials
- Listing of available tutorials available for for FCM 11.1.2.3.
Patch Release: Financial Data Quality Management Enterprise Edition 11.1.2.3.200
- Summary details of the PSU for FDMEE.
Advisor Webcast Summary Link
Advisor Webcast: OBIEE 11g Diagnostic Tools and How to Use Them
- AW: Discussing the available OBIEE diagnostic tools & how to use them to resolve problems & errors.
  (the post presentation recording is available via Doc ID 1599274.1)
Advisor Webcasts Recap For 2013
- Summary of all EPM & BI Advisor Webcasts hosted during 2013.
For more information on future webcasts and archived recordings
visit Doc ID 1456233.1.

Friday Dec 20, 2013

OBIEE Version Name Change

With the Oracle Business Intelligences Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) Suite Bundle Patch released in October 2013 a change in the format of the version naming convention was introduced.

- The OBIEE bundle patches have moved to a calendar based numbering scheme -

Some details to assist in clarifying how this works:

OBIEE bundle patch version numbers contain five places, where the fifth place is used to denote the bundle patch version. This numbering will now reflect the release date in a ‘YYMMDD’ format.

For example: 11.1.1.7.131017 is the bundle patch for 17-Oct-2013.

This enables customers to easily determine the latest bundle patch by its version name.

The OBIEE Suite Bundle Patches are cumulative, with the content including all previous [11.1.1.7.x] bundle patches. 

In the case of Suite Bundle Patch 11.1.1.7.131017, it includes all bug fixes released in the previous version 11.1.1.7.1.  This also means it can be installed on 11.1.1.7.1 and 11.1.1.7.0.  Full details are provided within the Readme note for each release.


For additional information it is highly recommended reviewing:

"OBIEE Suite Bundle Patches"
Doc ID 1591422.1

This article explains the new version naming convention, the strategy behind bundle patches and other interesting facts about OBIEE patching. 


Thursday Dec 19, 2013

Advisor Webcasts Recap For 2013

A quick recap of the Oracle Advisor Webcasts for Business Analytics that were presented during 2013. If you happened to have missed any ... the recordings are available for download along with a PDF copy of the presentation.

Oracle Business Analytics Advisor Webcast Schedule and Archive Recordings
Doc ID 1456233.1

The Oracle Advisor Webcast Program brings interactive expertise straight to your desktop using Oracle Web Conferencing technology, at no cost. This technology brings you and Oracle experts together to access information about support services, products, technologies, best practices and more.


Business Intelligence (BI)

OBIEE 11g Diagnostics Tools and How to Use Them

    Recommended for technical and functional users to learn more about the different diagnostic tools available with OBIEE and how to use them to resolve problems and errors in OBIEE.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • Know all the diagnostic tools available
    • Where to find their output
    • How to use them to troubleshoot problems

OBIEE 11g New Features

    Recommended for technical and functional users who want to know what are the latest features with OBIEE 11.1.1.7.0 and 11.1.1.7.1.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • Enhancements to Dashboards, Views, Graphs and Prompts
    • Recommended Visualization Feature
    • New BI Desktop Tools
    • Assorted other enhancements
    • Only if released - new features in 11.1.1.7.1.

OBIEE 11g Using and Troubleshooting on Mobile Devices

    Recommended for technical and functional users who want to use OBIEE's capabilities but not be tied to a wired network. That is anyone needing reports on a smartphone or tablet. That could be a CEO, or a someone working out in the field. This presentation describes the functionality available on mobile and how to set it up and which mobile devices are supported.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • Functionality compared to browser
    • Security options
    • How to troubleshoot problems
    • New features in 11.1.1.7.1
      (only those released at time of presentation)

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

EPM 11.1.2.3 - New Features in Financial Applications Products: HFM, FR, FCM, FDM

    Wondering what’s in the latest release of Hyperion Financial Management (HFM)? Wondering how much work it will be for you to upgrade and get there? This webcast walks you through all the new technical and functional enhancements in the 11.1.2.3 release of HFM, Financial Reporting, Financial Data Quality Management and Smart View with a focus on HFM. Through a combination of discussion, slides and demonstration we discuss what is new, how much work it is to get there and discuss some examples of customers who have already made the move. Watch this interactive session led by our product management experts as we drill into everything you need to know about FM 11.1.2.3.

    TOPICS INLUDED:

    • New technical and functional enhancements Information related to upgrading
    • Provide real customer examples who already upgraded
    • Provide some additional general information about FR, FDM and Smart View
    • Interactive session led by product management experts

Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision - Features and Overview with Demo

    This presentation discusses the growing trend of “automation of the tax provision” in today’s globalized economy where corporations require more agility and transparency in financial reporting. As the newest product in the Hyperion Financial Close domain, Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision represents the first solution to integrate tax reporting with the broader financial reporting process. The presentation highlights the benefits of an integrated approach as well as address the challenges of the current methods in calculating tax provision. This new approach can prepare group finance and tax leaders to manage the ever-growing data landscape necessary to calculate the tax provision and can best position the group tax to efficiently meet its obligations.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • General Overview of Oracle Hyperion Tax Module - Key Features and Demo
    • Address Challenges of Current Methods in Calculating Tax Provision
    • Highlight the Benefits of an Integrated Approach
    • Interactive Session led by Product Management Exports

Oracle Hyperion EPM Preinstall Health Check Validation Engine

    Recommended for technical users who are responsible for the installation of Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) software. The session provides pre-install guidance for EPM to ensure pre-requisites are met, scaleability is enabled, requirements are anticipated, and context in which HCVE is operating.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • HCVE pre-install testing for EPM Server on Linux and Microsoft Windows
    • HCVE pre-install testing for EPM Client on Microsoft Windows
    • Implementing pre-install EPM environment requirements

Preparing EPM 11.1.2.3 in an Linux VirtualBox Environment

    Recommended for technical and functional Enterprise Performance Management users who are unfamiliar with Unix/Linux installs. It illustrates an integration of multiple software hierarchies, especially those based on cost effective strategies in a virtual environment.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • Installation and setup of Virtual Box (Oracle virtual machine software)
    • Installation and configuration of Oracle Linux in Virtual Box (setting up 'yum' for library updates)
    • Installation and configuration of Oracle database 12.0.1 on
    • Linux Installation and run of RDA hcve pre-install check (with updates as appropriate)
    • Installation and Configuration of EPM 11.1.2.3
    • Validation of EPM 11.1.2.3

Financial Reporting Report Troubleshooting

    Recommended for technical and functional users who are experiencing an issue with a Financial Reporting report. The focus is on a FR report(s) that is not working as expected.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • How to determine who is affected by the issue.
    • How to determine if the issue is report design related.
    • How to triage which components are to be investigated.
    • How to create a small test report.

EPM Log Hide and Seek (with generic Oracle tools)

    Recommended for technical and functional users investigating EPM-related applications who need to find logs, process logs, analyze environments, access hidden values, and avoid wasting time by using tools written by Oracle developers. Attendees watch the setup of Remote Diagnostic Agent, Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware, Oracle Diagnostic Framework, and JRockit Mission Control.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • Access obscure logs and use tools to slice and dice them
    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each instrumentation tool
    • Pinpoint resources you may cross-reference after forgetting this presentation!
    • Customize broad tools to target narrow issues

EPM Log Hide and Seek (with Hyperion tools)

    Recommended for technical and functional users investigating EPM-related applications who need to find logs, process logs, analyze environments, access hidden values, and avoid wasting time by using tools written by Hyperion developers. Attendees watch the setup of EPM System Diagnostic, EPM Registry Editor, Deployment Report, Registry Cleanup Utility, Reset Configuration Tool, Ziplogs, and EPMSYS Hostname Checker.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • Access obscure logs and use tools to slice and dice them
    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each instrumentation tool
    • Pinpoint resources you may cross-reference after forgetting this presentation!
    • Identify application specific troubleshooting resources

Migrating Business Rules to Calc Manager

    Recommended for technical Planning administrators. The focus is around migrating the business rules from EAS to Calculation Manager. There is additional information provided regarding how to approach troubleshooting in the event something were to go wrong.

    TOPICS INCLUDED:

    • Calculation Manager in 11.1.2.2
    • Migration Consideration
    • How to migrate the the HBR rules from 11.1.2.1 to Calculation Manager 11.1.2.2
    • How to migrate the security of the Business Rules.
    • How to approach troubleshooting and known issues with migration.

Oracle Business Analytics Advisor Webcast Schedule and Archive Recordings
Doc ID 1456233.1

Monday Dec 16, 2013

December EPM Patch Set Updates released

(in via Greg)

Following Patch Set Updates (PSU) were recently released in December 2013. 

17844222 - Oracle Data Relationship Management - PSU 11.1.2.3.304
17889411 - Oracle Data Relationship Management - PSU 11.1.2.2.310
17860886 - Oracle Data Relationship Management - PSU 11.1.1.4.102
17649127 - Hyperion Calculation Manager - PSU 11.1.2.2.304

The Oracle Data Relationship Management PSU 11.1.2.3.304 release provides the following new features:

  • Indexes for Defined Properties
  • Version Deletion in Background Process
  • Enhanced Password Security

Further details are provided on these new features within the ReadMe documentation.




Be sure to review the related Readme files
available per Patch Set Update
.

... for the latest EPM & BI Patch Sets & Patch Set Updates visit:

Doc ID 1400559.1 - Oracle Hyperion EPM Products
Doc ID 1525518.1 - Oracle Crystal Ball, DRM, FCM, HPCM and HSF
Doc ID 1488475.1 - OBIEE 11g

About


This blog talks about the latest news and upcoming events initiated by the EPM/BI Proactive Support Team.

Authors:

italia.nowodworska@oracle.com
paul.anderson@oracle.com





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