Wednesday Mar 04, 2015

EPM Cumulative Feature Overview Tool - New Web-Based Interface

(in via Jan)

The Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Information Development team are pleased to announce the availability of the new web-based version for the Cumulative Feature Overview tool.

The Cumulative Feature Overview tool provides details of the new and enhanced features and functionality available between EPM product releases.

Enterprise Performance Management
Cumulative Feature Overview Tool


A few simple steps are all that is required, from selecting the EPM Product name/s, and the from/to release versions. Along with the concise descriptions, the tool provides the release version the specific feature or functionality was implemented in, and where applicable a Video Feature Overviews link is provided.

Previously provided as an XLS file, this new HTML web-based interface can be viewed on all devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. The results can be downloaded as a report output in various formats such as PDF and Excel.

Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy - Document Update

Oracle Product Management have advised the Fusion Middleware - Lifetime Support Policy was recently updated.

This document contains the Lifetime Support details relating to the Oracle's Hyperion software releases, and now includes information pertaining to:

Business Intelligence
Real Time Decisions Applications 3.2

The document is available from Oracle website (PDF direct link):

Lifetime Support Policy:
Oracle Fusion Middleware Products

To learn about the Oracle Lifetime Support Stages, Lifetime Support Exclusive Benefits and to access the related Oracle Lifetime Support documentation visit the Oracle webpage:

Oracle Lifetime Support Policies

MORE INFORMATION:

  • Oracle Premier Support - Overview

  • Oracle Advanced Customer Support - Overview

  • Enterprise Performance Management Error Correction Policy - Blog post

Friday Feb 27, 2015

OBIA 11g: Configuring BIAPPs with External LDAP Authentication

(in via Julie)

Wanting to configure Business Intelligence Applications (BIAPPS) with External Authentication?

The Oracle Business Intelligence Application (OBIA) Support team have provided a new document to assist:

OBIA 11g How to Configure BIAPPs with External LDAP Authentication
Doc ID 1984267.1

This document provides steps to configure BI Applications 11g with External Authentication, and is available from the My Oracle Support (MOS) - Knowledge section.

Prior to implementing the steps outlined in this document, BI Applications should be installed and set up as detailed in the BI Applications 11g Installation Guide. Once that is completed it can be configured to use an external LDAP for authentication.

Seeking assistance for OBIA ...

Some of the available links that you may be interested to visit include:

  • Information Center: OBIA Release 7.9.6.x and Later
    Doc ID 1406496.2


  • Troubleshooting Assistant: Product Information for OBIA
    Doc ID 1318707.2


  • OBIA: Getting Started with an OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Install
    Doc ID 1672298.1


  • Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 to 11.1.1.8.1 Upgrade Guide
    Doc ID 1673221.1

  • Oracle Technology Network (OTN):
    Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations [Link]

Questions specific to OBIA ...

For questions or an issue that you can not identify - visit the OBIA Community as a first step on your way to a solution: :

My Oracle Support Community
OBIA

Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

OAUG eLearning - Overview of Resources For EPM System Certification & Maintenance

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) have scheduled an eLearning session for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM):

Overview of Resources Available to Help You with
Oracle Hyperion EPM System Certification and Maintenance

Tuesday 10th March 2015 2:00PM ET

This is one hour session is being presented by Oracle Proactive Support - Business Analytics (EPM/BI) engineer Grzegorz (Greg) Reizer.

Greg will go through key resources that will enable you to keep your EPM System up-to-date and avoid unnecessary downtime.

The session will cover:

  • Certification - making sure your system is supported now and in the future
  • Patching - recommendations, tools and resources
  • Instrumentation - useful tools for EPM system maintenance


"This OAUG eLearning program is co-hosted by the OAUG Education Committee and the OAUG Customer Support Council exclusively for OAUG members."
- Oracle Applications Users Group


Visit the OAUG website for more details and OAUG eLearning recordings.

OAUG | Education & Events


DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in referenced social media and third party websites are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

Thursday Feb 19, 2015

Statement of Direction: EPM and Oracle Data Integrator


Oracle Enterprise Performance Management and Oracle Data Integrator
Statement of Direction

February 2015


Oracle Product Management have released the Statement of Direction for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). This document is available from My Oracle Support (MOS) Knowledge Article:


Oracle Enterprise Performance Management and
Oracle Data Integrator Statement of Direction

UPDATE
The document is currently being updated
and is not available for review at this time.
We will advise accordingly once available
.


This document provides an overview of the strategic plans related to the use of Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) with the Knowledge Modules (KM’s) provided for the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) products. 

It is intended solely to help you with licensing questions related to current versions of EPM and ODI, and to plan your data integration strategy for future releases of the Oracle EPM products.  

This document explains the future plans for the Hyperion Planning (Planning) and Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) Knowledge Modules.

MORE INFORMATION:

Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

Business Intelligence Cloud Service - General Information

(In via Tanya)

Are you new to Business Intelligence Cloud Services (BICS)?

If so, are you looking for some design tips regarding write-back and cache; implementing dashboard comments and BICS Visits Tracking?

The following My Oracle Support (MOS) Knowledge Documents contain presentations from Product Management; providing information and easy to follow demo slides.

Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS)
Write Back and Cache Design Tricks

Doc ID 1965192.1


How to Implement Dashboard Comments on
Business Intelligence Cloud Services (BICS) Using APEX

Doc ID 1965205.1


Business Intelligence Cloud Services (BICS) Visits Tracking
- Model Design Overview

Doc ID 1965207.1


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The Oracle Help Center - Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service section contains informtion for Getting Started, details on How To Perform Top Tasks, along with Videos, Tutorials and Documentation in HTML, PDF, Mobi and ePub formats:

Oracle Help Center - Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service


Sunday Feb 15, 2015

OBIEE 11g: Troubleshooting Crash Issues

(In via Debbie)

We are pleased to advise the following NEW Knowledge Document for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)  which is now available in My Oracle Support:


OBIEE 11g: Troubleshooting Crash Issues
Doc ID 1964727.2


This Knowledge Document guides you through a series of steps to assist in investigating a crash in an OBIEE 11g environment.

Along with the Overview and Getting Started sections, details are provided for Investigating a Crash and Common Crash Symptoms. If an issue is not resolved, the important information to provide within a Service Request are also outlined.

Where more information is required, the References section provides links to related documents, and a useful list of the Log & Configuration File Locations.

Additional Information:

If encountering Stuck Threads or Hang Issues, refer to our previous Blog post:

OBIEE 11g: Troubleshooting Stuck Threads or Hangs

Before proceeding to troubleshoot any issues Oracle highly recommends the latest Bundle Patch Set available be installed. For more information on the latest releases please refer to the following Knowledge Document:

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

Questions specific to OBIEE ...

For questions or an issue that you can not identify - visit the OBIEE Community as a first step on your way to a solution: :

My Oracle Support Community
OBIEE

Friday Feb 13, 2015

OBIA 11g - Bundle Patches

(In via Julie)

The Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics (OBIA) 11g series recently initiated the use of Bundle Patches to release error corrections, performance optimizations, and incremental features.

Information relating to the OBIA Bundle Patches release cycles and versioning has been made available in the My Oracle Support (MOS) Knowledge Document:


OBIA 11g Bundle Patches
Doc ID 1937898.1


The Bundle Patches are made available to download from MOS via a patch number. In addition to the timing and numbering information, the "OBIA 11g Bundle Patches" Document provides direct links to the MOS | Patches & Updates section for each of the patch numbers, along with the related Knowledge Document for that release.

Questions specific to OBIA ...

For questions or an issue that you can not identify - visit the OBIA Community as a first step on your way to a solution: :

My Oracle Support Community
OBIA

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

OBIEE 11g: Troubleshooting Stuck Threads or Hangs

(In via Debbie)

We are pleased to advise the following NEW Knowledge Document for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)  which is now available in My Oracle Support:

OBIEE 11g: Troubleshooting Stuck Threads or Hangs
Doc ID 1962112.2

Please note this document replaces the article mentioned in this previous announcement

This Knowledge Document describes the steps and methods to assist with troubleshooting Stuck Thread Issues in an OBIEE 11g installation.

The Getting Started section describes Stuck Threads and how to check for them. This is followed on by details on how to troubleshoot and avoid Stuck Threads. Links to examples of Stuck Thread Issues and Stuck Thread Log File entries are also provided.

Before proceeding to troubleshoot a Stuck Thread Issue Oracle highly recommends you install the latest Bundle Patch Set available. For more information on the latest releases please refer to the following Knowledge Document:

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

Questions specific to OBIEE ...

For questions or an issue that you can not identify - visit the OBIEE Community as a first step on your way to a solution: :

My Oracle Support Community
OBIEE

Friday Feb 06, 2015

error 1030830 - need to recompile Essbase API clients in EPM 11.1.2.4

(in via Nancy)

We were just informed that there might be an issue when migrating API clients to the latest 11.1.2.4 release of Essbase.

Situation:
An API client executable was written in Java or C (remember the VB-API is not supported any more) and compiled using the 11.1.2.3.x RTC.

If you then try to use that client on a new installation of 11.1.2.4 with RTC 11.1.2.4 you may see the error:

Error 1030830
(with no additional text)

Searching for this Error in the  Error message Guide will not assist, as it is not documented yet.

However, you can find it in the esserror.h file:

"Error 1030830 The client was compiled using an earlier version of Essbase runtime client (RTC). Recompile your executable with the RTC that you are currently using. "

So that is what needs to be done - recompile the client executable with the latest RTC 11.1.2.4.

We also have created a KM note about this known issue (  Doc ID 1967479.1 )

(info: Nancy; Text and Layout: Torben; authorized: Lia)

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Oracle BI Mobile Security Toolkit 11.1.1.7.0 (11.6.20) for iOS is now Available

Following on from  the announcement earlier this week that Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile HD Version is available, we'd like to inform you that the

Oracle BI Mobile Security Toolkit
11.1.1.7.0 (11.6.20) for iOS

is now also available to download from OTN .


For more information on Oracle BI Mobile Security Toolkit and how to use it with third-party device management applications and Oracle Mobile HD, see
KM Doc ID 1672436.1.

Also see the Security Toolkit FAQ for questions like:

  • What is the Oracle BI Mobile Security Toolkit?
  • Who can use the Oracle BI Mobile Security Toolkit?
  • What happens when a new BI Mobile HD Client is Available?
  • Do I have to be an Apple Developer to use the BI Mobile Security Toolkit?
  • What is a Signing Certificate and why is it important?

(info: Lia; text and layout: Torben, Lia; authorized: Lia)



easy error tackling - new Error Message Guides in EPM 11.1.2.4

A lot has been done to make it easier for you to tackle errors in EPM.

With the release of version 11.1.2.4 we see a great number of Error Message Guides released for the various EPM products.
Some of these existed in earlier releases and have been updated, but a good number of them are new.
So if you hit an error on your product - it might be worth checking if there is a known solution/reason for it.

We recommend to download the guides and open with an installed PDF reader, as the Firefox online reader sometimes displays the PDF's as blank documents.

Installation:
Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Troubleshooting Guide

Hyperion Shared Services:
Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager Error Message Guide
Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Workspace Error Message Reference

Essbase:
Oracle Essbase Error Message Reference

Reporting:
Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting Error Message Reference
Reporting and Analysis Framework Error Message Reference

Financial Applications:
Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management Error Message Guide
Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management Error Message Guide
Oracle Hyperion Financial Management Error Message Guide
Oracle Financial Management Analytics Error Message Guide
Oracle Hyperion Planning Release 11.1.2.4 Error Message Reference
Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management Error Message Guide
Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance Error Message Guide
Oracle Hyperion Tax Governance Error Message Reference Guide


Most (if not all) are also available in HTML, ePub and mobi Format for download via the
EPM 11.1.2.4 Documentation

And just because I know that you would ask for it if it was not included
- here is the latest compatibility matrix (XLS) Compatibility Matrix

(info, text, layout: Torben; authorized: Lia)

Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

EPM 11.1.2.4 is certified with Internet Explorer 11

(in via Greg)

Internet Explorer 11 is now fully certified with EPM System 11.1.2.4.

In this release it is supported with all EPM products.

Exception:
In Interactive Reporting it can only be used with the iHTML client.


There is also limited support for IE 11 in releases 11.1.2.2.500 and 11.1.2.3.500.
To find out more about support in these releases please review the KM note :
 Policy for Supporting EPM System 11.1.2.2.500 and 11.1.2.3.500 with Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) (Doc ID 1920566.1)

For full overview of IE certification with EPM System products please see

Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Products Support Status for Internet Explorer ( IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10 and IE11) (Doc ID 1355681.1)

From January 12 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates from Microsoft.
See  Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/Microsoft-Internet-Explorer

(Info: Ian; text and layout: Torben; authorized: Lia)

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) 11.1.2.4

(in via Product Management)


Oracle have announced the official release of:

Enterprise Performance Management 11.1.2.4

This new release is available for download from the

Oracle Software Delivery Cloud


Ensure you download the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) release from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud for production environments.  The EPM downloads are located within Oracle Software Delivery Cloud Product Pack: "Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System".

If you obtained the software from Oracle Technology Network (OTN), please download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud for the installation & upgrading of production environments.  Be aware the OTN download is provided for non-production environments such as developing, testing and demonstrating, etc.  For more information refer to the Oracle license agreement made available prior downloading within Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and OTN.  The OTN license is also made available for review via Oracle Technology Network License Agreement.

DOCUMENTATION:

The Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) 11.1.2.4 documentation can be viewed at the Oracle Help Center:

Enterprise Performance Management System
Documentation Release 11.1.2.4

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:


  • EPM Oracle Premier Support, including Oracle Technical Support Policies and Oracle Lifetime Support Policies:
    Oracle Premier Support
  • Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Software Error Correction Policy:
    Doc ID 1617238.1
  • Oracle Enterprise Performance Management 11g Grace Periods for Error Correction:
    Doc ID 1590676.1


Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile HD Version 11.1.1.7.0 (11.6.20)

(in via Ian)

This morning we were informed that a new iteration of the OBI mobile App was released to iTunes:


Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile HD Version 11.1.1.7.0 (11.6.20)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oracle-business-intelligence/id534035015?mt=8



Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 7.1 or later.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.


What's New in Version 11.1.1.7.0 (11.6.20):

  • iOS 8 Support
  • Immersive Mode. Changes and improvements including Show/Hide options for the Prompts bar, the Page bar, and the title bar
  • Local iOS Notification for Alerts. Receive your Oracle BI Mobile alerts in the iOS Notification Center, from which your alerts take you directly to the app
  • iPhone: Improvement to First-Time Help. Now you can reset the first-time help so that it shows again whenever you like
  • iPad: Improvements to UI. Simplified welcome dialog allows you to quickly choose the demo, the server configuration screen, or offline mode. Simplified sharing options in the Settings screen
  • Translation Update

Find more Apps for the iPhone/Ipad from Oracle on iTunes


(Info: Ian; text and layout: Torben; authorized: Lia)

(Disclaimer: Mac, Mac OS, GarageBand, Logic, iTunes, iPad, iPod, iPod touch, iPad, iOS and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)


About


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

Authors:

italia.nowodworska@oracle.com
torben.hein@oracle.com
paul.anderson@oracle.com
julie.foster@oracle.com





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