Thursday Mar 26, 2015

Hyperion Essbase Family PSU post updated


Our blogpost about Patch for the Essbase Family lacked the two Hyperion Essbase Studio patches for Server and Console.

These have been added to the original post from march 18th 2015.

We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this has caused.

Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

Documentation for OBIA - Important Information Please Read.

Please be aware that the documentation for OBIA
only includes the  Release Notes and Installation Guide

Except where noted in the release notes, please use the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g Release 1 ( Documentation Library for all other product tasks and information.

Key Points to Consider:

There are a few key items in the Release Notes that we must point out to you:

1. Section, "Upgrade is not supported in this release"
2. Section 1.3.20, "Localization is not supported in this release"

For more information please read the release notes.

Please also note:

When using the MOS Certifications tab for OBIA the current listing only shows, this is a Fusion Apps release only.

Release is currently not showing but will be made available soon.

Until that time please use note: Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Certification Matrix (  Doc ID 1109255.1)

Also it is worth referencing the following articles:

  • OBIA 11g Where is the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications  Data Model Reference Guide?
    Doc ID 1990064.1)
  • OBIA 11g: Where is the Data Lineage Documentation for OBIA All Modules
    ( Doc ID 1988357.1)

Oracle BI Applications now available for download!

(via Paul Rodwick)

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, This release is certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation

What’s New

This new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications adds:
  1. New support for Oracle Cloud Application Sources to enable Hybrid Analytics from on-premise and cloud Applications
  2. Expanded functional content coverage across existing Oracle BI Applications

New Oracle Cloud Application Sources for Hybrid Analytics
With the continued move to the Cloud, Oracle BI Applications has introduced support for the following Oracle Application Cloud sources: Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Financial Cloud, Oracle Procurement Cloud, and Oracle Project Cloud.

New Content Enhancements: Additional content improves existing Oracle BI Applications including:

Oracle Financial Analytics provides a new Essbase GL Balances model for improved EBS Financial Service Generator (FSG) Reporting and Hierarchy navigation, including support of ragged hierarchies for GL segment dimensions.

Oracle Project Analytics expands project-based insight with new Construction in Process (CIP) support, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into in-progress costs, expensed costs since project inception and across organizations.

Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics delivers new capabilities for Fusion Procurement, including Supply Chain Financial orchestration, negotiation and award approvals, and Buyer assignment controls.

Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces new Inventory module support for PeopleSoft, including visibility into inventory balances, aging, transactions and valuation.

Oracle Student Information Analytics provides new subject area coverage for Student Financials Billing Summary and Transactions, with visibility to billing and transaction information by student or external organization.

Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance for Fusion HCM with support of Talent Management Analysis.

Oracle Sales Analytics introduces new subject areas for Activity Analytics, with support for Activity contact, resource and sales subject areas from Fusion Sales.

Friday Mar 13, 2015

Feedback request from the Oracle BI Doc Team

(in via Ian)

Fresh from the UK OUG SIG for Business Analytics in London, Andy Page, Director of BI Documentation, has asked Proactive Support to spread the news and we gladly comply:

The BI Documentation team is asking for your feedback on how to make the documentation even better.

Of course, we from Proactive Support wholeheartedly support this request and therefore endorse his call for survey participation.

OBIEE User Assistance - Moving Beyond Documentation:
What's new, what's coming and how you can help shape the future

If you haven't visited in a while, check out to see the changes that have been made.
More products, more releases, better search - all in one place like never before.

The doc team want to go even further, and they need your help.

How can we improve the product information we provide?

  • More detail? 
  • Less detail? 
  • Fewer concepts, more tasks?
  • Videos?
  • eBooks?
  • ePages?
  • QuickStart Guides?

Together, let's shape the future of BI EE User Assistance!

Click on this link ( ) to complete the brief BI Documentation Survey. 

And if you'd be willing to help even more, include your contact info so the team can follow up directly.

So now its on you to participate and let the doc team know what you need.

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

Thursday Mar 12, 2015

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos

(in via Jan)

A series of 7 new videos have been released for PBCS:

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

These tutorials have been made available via YouTube videos, and provide an overview that demonstrate specific features and how-to scenarios.

To help get started a viewing playlist has been provided ...

Playlist: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud

Reviewing Scripts

"This tutorial demonstrates features you can use to review scripts in Calculation Manager with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud. Learn how to switch view modes and navigate within the script editor using the new search options, go-to line number feature, text-wrapping, and code-folding. You can also compare your scripts with the previously saved version."

Duration: 2:40 minutes

Importing and Exporting Data (Simplified Interface)

"This tutorial demonstrates how to import and export data in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud using the simplified interface. You learn how to import data using a flat file structured based on your Planning application. You also learn how to export data for selected members into a flat file."

Duration: 4:29 minutes

Integrating Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud

"This tutorial demonstrates how to use Data Management to perform the following tasks: extract data from Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service – Fusion General Ledger, and import it into Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud. With importing, you configure a source system, source connection, import format, location, period mapping, data load mapping, and data load rule."

Duration: 6:46 minutes

Writing Budget Data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Back to Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service

"This tutorial demonstrates how to use Data Management to write budget data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud back into Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service. You perform the following tasks to complete this process: identify required ledger information, create a custom target application, configure the source system and source connection, add an import format, add a location, add period mappings, define data load mappings, create a data load rule, and execute the import and export process."

Duration: 9:00 minutes

Extracting Data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud using Data Management

"This tutorial demonstrates how to use Data Management to extract data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud into a flat file. You create a custom application, add an import format, location, and mapping information to complete the configuration. You create and execute a data load rule to run the import and export process. You can also create a batch file to automate this process using the file transfer utility EPM Copy and EPM Automate."

Duration: 6:55 minutes

Overview: Getting Started with EPM Automate in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud

"This overview for service administrators highlights the capabilities of the EPM Automate command line interface for Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud, and describes how it can automate common administrative tasks. It describes common scenarios for using EPM Automate and shows you how to get started."

Duration: 2:19 minutes

Overview: Using a Tablet to Go Through the Approvals Process

"This overview shows the highlights of going through the approvals process on a tablet using Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service."

Duration: 3:18 minutes

 Access to these videos has also been provided via the following Channels:

Tuesday Mar 10, 2015

Tips and Tricks on Using this Blog

To those customers migrating from our legacy newsletters ... Welcome.

The Proactive Support - Business Analytics team provide regular up to-date information via this very Oracle Support Blog. This includes new product, patch and patch set update release information, scheduled Oracle Advisor Webcasts, new white paper releases and much more.

The Blog posts are displayed in chronological order. To assist with finding relevant information "Categories" are available. These categories allow the content to be filtered relevent to the content.

- All general items (not in other categories).

- Details of "other' links of interest.

Monthly Index
- Summary of posts during previous months.

Patch Releases
- All patch related information, also includes end of month summary of patches released.

- Details of Advisor Webcasts scheduled.

The category links are located in the Categories Section - menu on the right ...

To return to the full listing after viewing via any of the Categories or individual Blog posts
- select the Main link at the top of the screen.

Staying Informed:

Keeping up todate is made easy using various available Social Media avenues. The Proactive Support team advise of the Blog updates by posting to various relevant avenues available which includes:

Twitter: Oracle PSD EPM BI (Oracle_EPMBI)
Linked In: Official Oracle Business Analytics group (Link)

The Business Analytics - Proactive Support Blog posts can also be viewed via the RSS and Atom . The "Feeds" section within this Blog provides the RSS and Atom URL's.

Business Analytics - Support News:

The Proactive Support team were producing a quarterly Support News within My Oracle Support. By utlising the Blog and other Social Media avenues, the EPM and BI information is being provided as it comes to hand. With this in mind, the Business Analytics - Support News was retired.

To view archived Support News editions April 2014 and prior visit:

My Oracle Support Community - New Rewards and Recognition Program

My Oracle Support Community recently introduced the:

NEW Rewards and Recognition Program.

Using the My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) is a great way to get answers to your questions, collaborate with others and share your product knowledge.

If you've ever been part of an online community, you are likely to have experience with a content rating, or user rating system. When a community member posts something meaningful or highly relevant, other users can flag or mark the content as such.

The Oracle Community has had a content and user rating system for some time. With the My Oracle Support (MOS) 15.1 release, an enhanced Rewards and Recognition program was implemented, that includes new user levels, visual perks, badges, and achievements. The changes increase the visibility of quality contributors, giving participants a more flexible, fun way to share knowledge and work within the community while increasing the value of content.

We highly recommend checking out the new program ...

To learn more:

If you would like to provide feedback on the new program, visit the MOSC Thread:
New Reward & Recognition program!

My Oracle Support Community - Business Analytics (BI & EPM)

MOSC - Business Intelligence MOSC - Oracle Hyperion EPM

Monday Mar 09, 2015

OBIA 11g: Migrate Configurations & Customizations between environments

(in via Julie)

Wanting to migrate Business Intelligence Applications (BIAPPS) configurations and customizations between two environments?

The Oracle Business Intelligence Application (OBIA) Support team have provided a new document that outlines the process:

OBIA 11g How to Migrate Configurations and Customizations
from Development to a Test or a Production Environment

Doc ID 1984269.1

The document is applicable for Oracle BI Applications 11g ( or higher) and describes how to move OBIA 11g configurations and customization from one BIAPPS source environment to an alternate environment..

Starting with a brief overview, the document then provides detailed steps to guide you through the process. The term “source environment” is used to refer to the BIAPPS installation from which to migrate the contents, being typically a development environment.

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 Install
    Doc ID 1672298.1

  • Oracle BI Applications to 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

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


  • 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 Install
    Doc ID 1672298.1

  • Oracle BI Applications to 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

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
Doc ID 1981899.1

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.


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


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


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




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