Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

The New Get Proactive Dynamic Events Calendar

(in via Alison)

Want to know more about upcoming events such as Advisor Webcasts or user group meetings?
Now you can find all these events in our new

Get Proactive Dynamic Events Calendar.

  • You can display events for multiple product areas and limit the events based upon the event's language.
  • Use the checkboxes to wrap/unwrap the text and remove/add colors.
  • You can also adjust the layout from a monthly calendar view to a list of events.

After registering for webcasts you will receive an email containing the details and an .ics file to add to your calendar.

Mobile MOS provides functionality such as the ability to update and view SRs, access the knowledge base including Get Proactive material, view Cloud Requests for Changes and Customer User Administrators (CUA) can manage user requests for MOS access.

Check out the new Proactive Support Events Calendar by clicking the icon below or viewing
KM Note 125716.1.


Access to the Events Calendar is also available via Mobile My Oracle Support (MOS), KM Note 1683083.2.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

Oracle Smart View and Microsoft Excel Memory Usage Considerations

A new concise White Paper has been released for Oracle Smart View and Microsoft Excel Memory Usage Considerations For Excel 32-bit and 64-bit.
We recommend that you take a look at this White Paper if you are using Oracle Smart View.

This White Paper  can be downloaded from the My Oracle Support knowledge article:

Doc ID 1954963.1 contains the Whitepaper (PDF) to deal with some of the common errors.

If you have any questions, please contact us via:

The My Oracle Support Community "HPCM, HSF, DRM & Other Products" is the ideal first stop to seek & find product specific answers:

HPCM, HSF, DRM & Other Products

Updated for OBIA: FMW Lifetime Support Policy Document

The latest version of Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy Document, has been posted on oracle.com.

The following products have been added to the document:

  • Business Intelligence Applications 11.1.1.7.1
  • Business Intelligence Applications 11.1.1.8.1
  • Please take some time to review the dates for future reference.


NOTE: The above screen shot shows the timeline as of 17 December 2014, please always refer to the Lifetime Support Policy document directly  as dates could change over time.

Monday Dec 15, 2014

Patch 19604695 for BI Mobile App Designer 11.1.1.7

The following patch has been released for BI Mobile App Designer (BIMAD) 11.1.1.7.

Download is available from the My Oracle Support | Patches & Updates section.

BI Mobile App Designer (BIMAD) 11.1.1.7
Patch 19604695

This is a one off patch for this version which fixes a couple of issues that happen on Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browsers.
  • BI MAD V2 EDITOR GETS ERRORS LOADING CROSSTAB PAGE
  • BI MAD NAVIGATING BETWEEN PAGES USING IE8 ERROR:TYPEERROR: L[Q].FORMULA IS NULL
  • BI MAD USING IE8 GET ERROR FAILED TO LOAD XDO.MAPVIEWER.GEOCODER
  • 11.1.1.9.0:MAD:IE11:CAN'T ADD FUNCTION TO CALCULATION BOX BY DOUBLE CLICK ON IT

Latest information for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile App Designer can be found at Oracle Technology Network. ( http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-foundation/bi-mobile-app-designer-1983915.html)


To share your experience about installing this patch ...

In the MOS | Patches & Updates screen for Patch 19604695- click the "Start a Discussion" and submit your review.

The patch install reviews and other patch related information is available within the My Oracle Support Communities. Visit the Oracle BI sub-space:

BI Patch Reviews





Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

EPM Webcasts: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Simplified Interface

A series of vidoes has been released for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) via the Oracle EPM Webcasts YouTube Channel

There are 6 new videos for the PBCS 11.1.2.3.601 release that illustrate the new Simplified Interface, which is an easy-to-use, intuitive, mobile-ready interface. The videos are accessed via the playlist named Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Simplified Interface.

Oracle EPM Webcasts - Playlist:
Planning and Budgeting Cloud Simplified Interface

Playlist: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Simplified Interface

Introducing the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Demo Application
- This overview uses sample application demonstrating on desktop application to help show how to use Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service to better plan, forecast, and track the financial performance of your business.

Duration: 4:33 minutes

Enter and Work with Data in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud (Simplified Interface)
- This overview shows you how to create and customize dashboards in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

Duration: 3:39 minutes

Creating Dashboards in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud (Simplified Interface)
-This overview shows you how to create and customize dashboards in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

Duration: 2:50 minutes

Using Task Lists in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud (Simplified Interface)
-This video shows you how to work with tasks and task lists in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

Duration: 2:01 minutes

Creating an Application in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud (Simplified Interface)
- This overview describes the two types of applications that you can create to best meet your planning needs, and showcases the optimized application wizard.

Duration: 2:30 minutes

Using Administration Console in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud (Simplified Interface)
- This overview showcases the new centralized administration console that lets administrators manage plan types, dimensions, and jobs from one place.

Duration: 3:24 minutes



Want to know more on PBCS - visit the Oracle Help Center for tutorials, videos and books at:

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud - Get Started

For previous PBCS Blog posts visit:

  • Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos [ Link]
  • Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service books, videos and tutorials [ Link]

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - New Features (11.1.2.3.601)

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service is a flexible planning application based on Oracle Hyperion Planning that supports enterprise-wide planning, budgeting, and forecasting in a cloud-based deployment model.


Product Management have advised Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) release 11.1.2.3.601 has been implemented.

This release includes internal performance improvements in addition to defect fixes. It also introduces many new features for Planning and Calculation Manager, along with additional browser support.

Summary of the New Features ...

Planning

  • New Simplified Interface:
    In addition to the standard Planning interface, this release provides a new, simplified interface to create, manage and work with the Planning application.

Users access Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service in the simplified interface by clicking Simplified Interface from the Landing page or by accessing the Simplified URL URL (i.e. /HyperionPlanning).

The Simplified Interface features the following:

  • A new application creation wizard that helps you easily create a sample, simple, or advanced application
  • Customizable application look and feel
  • A console in which to view and manage the application
  • A scheduler for recurring jobs
  • Easy access to import/export operations
  • Visual support for the planning process
  • Resources that help you get started with administering and using Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
  • Support for dynamic dimension members:
    If a parent member is enabled to add dynamic children, you can create members by entering their names in the runtime prompt.

Calculation Manager

  • List location aliases for a block storage database and application
  • Track queries to select the most appropriate set of aggregate views to materialize for an aggregate storage database
  • Compact database outline to remove the records of deleted members, reduce the outline file size, and improve performance
  • Merge incremental data slices into the main database slice
  • Aggregate system generated views to calculate aggregations for an aggregate storage database.
  • Select a compression dimension to improve performance
  • Display level information of each dimension of the application if you are working with an aggregate storage database
  • Manage user sessions to view and terminate user requests
  • Switch between desktop and classic modes

General

  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service now supports Internet Explorer Versions 10 and 11, and Firefox ESR release 31.
    • The simplified interface of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service is certified on Internet Explorer 11 standard mode.
    • The standard interface of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service is supported, but not certified, on Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise mode.

Additionally, you can use Google Chrome on Android devices and Apple Safari on Apple iPad to access the simplified interface of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

For additional information refer to Oracle Help Center - Using Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Supported Browsers.

Want to know more about PBCS -

  • Key Features and Benefits by reviewinng the Oracle PBCS Data Sheet PDF
  • Visit the Oracle Help Center for tutorials, videos and books at:

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud - Get Started

Tuesday Nov 04, 2014

The QMR (Solvency II) Community is moving to a new Home

(in via Mel)

Are you using QMR (Solvency II) and make use of the QMR (Solvency II) Community?

Please note that the QMR (Solvency II) will be moving to a new Home:

Mid November 2014.

The new address will be: 

HPCM, HSF, DRM & Other Products

All discussions, documents and other important information will be forwarded to the new Home.

It's a busy area, so ensure to add QMR at the beginning of the subject line when posting your question.

Just a reminder of all products covered in the HPCM, HSF, DRM & Other Products Community:

  • Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM)
  • Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Architect (EPMA)
  • Oracle Hyperion Shared Services (HSS)
  • Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management (DRM)
  • Oracle Hyperion Crystal Ball (CB)
  • Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance (HSF)
  • Oracle Hyperion Data Integration Management (DIM)
  • Oracle Hyperion Enterprise & Hyperion Enterprise Reporting (HE/HER)
  • Oracle Hyperion Performance Scorecard (HPS)
  • Smart View
  • Oracle Data Integrator (ODI)
  • New: QMR - Solvency II


We look forward to seeing you in the HPCM, HSF, DRM & Other Products Community with your questions.

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

Friday Oct 31, 2014

OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Bundle Patch 3 is now Available

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Release 11.1.1.8.1 Bundle Patch 3 (BP3)
was released on Oct 11. Patch 19771201


This is the first bundle patch created for OBIA.
For more information about OBIA release cycles and versioning please read

 OBIA 11g Bundle Patches (Doc ID 1937898.1)

Before installing BP3 we would strongly suggest reading the following article:

OBIA 11g 11.1.1.8.1 Bundle Patch 3 is Available for Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics (Doc ID 1939701.1)

which gives clear instructions on the scope of the patch and pre-requisites for installing.

update Nov 6:

  • KM note 1939701 is currently under review. Please be patient while it's content is updated. Please check back regularly. Thank you

Want to share your experience about installing this patch ...

In the MOS | Patches & Updates screen for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications
Patch 19771201 - click the "Start a Discussion" and submit your review.

The patch install reviews and other patch related information can viewed within the My Oracle Support Communities. Visit the sub-space:

BI Patch Reviews

For other Oracle Business Intelligence Applications questions and assistance visit the My Oracle Support Community:

OBIA (MOSC)


Sunday Oct 26, 2014

Interactive Reporting support on MS Windows 2008 R2

Product Management have released an announcement on the Oracle Support position for Interactive Reporting (IR) on Microsoft Windows 2008 R2.

This announcement is available via the My Oracle Support (MOS) article:

Support Position for Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting on Windows 2008 R2
Doc ID 1927881.1


The Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Supported Platform information is available at the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) website:

OTN EPM System - Support Platforms


Additional Interactive Reporting product information:

For BI+ Interactive Reporting Statement of Direction (June 2014) details visit the previous blog post at:

Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting - Statement of Direction

The latest EPM Patch Sets and Patch Set Updates information for IR is available via the MOS Knowledge article.

Doc ID 1360962.1 - Available Patch Sets and Patch Set Updates for Oracle Hyperion Reporting and Analysis, Financial Reporting and Interactive Reporting.

For BI+ Interactive Reporting specific product questions visit the My Oracle Support Community (MOSC):

Hyperion Reporting Products



Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Statement of Direction: Oracle Business Intelligence Analytics (OBIA)

(in via Jagdish)

We have been asked to publish the latest Statement of Direction for our OBIA Customers, to spread the product strategy that Oracle pursues.

scope:

As part of its Business Intelligence and Applications Unlimited strategy, Oracle continues its long-term strategy investing in BI Applications in an on-going basis and building new capabilities across the product suite. The linked  KM Doc 1937481.1 provides a statement of direction for the BI Applications products over the next period highlighting the types of investments, planned enhancements, and delivery methods, including delivery packs, releases, and connector updates.

some key points:

  • BI Applications will adopt the latest versions of enabling technologies such as updates to OBIEE, the Oracle Database, browsers and operating systems as they become available.
  • Oracle will continue to support the 7.9.6.x product series according to the Oracle Lifetime Support policy located at  http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-middleware-069163.pdf including certifications of databases, operating systems, and enabling 3rd party technologies. However, Oracle will no longer develop new content for this series, nor extend the 7.9.6.x support or any series based on an ETL architecture with Informatica.

for more details, please see KM Doc 1937481.1

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

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Announcement: Virtual Technology Summit - Nov 26 2014

(in via James A-A.)

We are happy to announce the next

Virtual Technology Summit

for EMEA on 26th November

Four times a year the Oracle Technology Network will be producing a Virtual Technology Summit. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts as they share their insight and experience in meeting today’s IT challenges.

This interactive, online event offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips. There will be 7 tracks across 4 content areas:

  • Java – Java SE 8, Java EE 7, Java Mission Control
  • Systems – OpenStack, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, KSplice, Oracle Clusterware, DBaaS, Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Database – Oracle NoSQL, MySQL, Oracle In-Memory, Oracle Multitenant, RESTful APIs, MySQL Monitoring
  • Middleware - Mobile Application Framework, Oracle SOA, Oracle Service Bus, Mobile Architecture, BYOD, MBaaS, OEPE

please find:

We hope to see you at the summit, so remember to mark the calendar for Nov 26th.

(info: James A-A.;text and layout: Torben; authorized: Lia) 


Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Automating the OBIEE patching process from EM Cloud Control 12c

(in via Senthil)

With Software patching being one of the more work intensive and error prone tasks in your daily business, it is nice to see that there are people constantly working to make this easier, more reliable and less demanding.

OBIEE Development has taken the time to lay out steps to automate the patching process of OBIEE by using Deployment Procedures (DP) that are already available in Enterprise Manager 12c.

A Deployment Procedure (DP) is a sequence of steps and phases, where each phase can contain sequence of steps. The steps can be scripts or commands to be run on any BI host where patch has to be applied. The DP once created can be used to:

  • Apply a patch on multiple BI environments.
  • Apply multiple patches if the steps to patch are the same.
  • Apply multiple patches having different patching instructions by customizing the DP (adding new steps and enabling/disabling certain steps).

The complete article including detailed explanations, steps and screenshots can be found in:

Automate Patching of OBIEE using EM Cloud Control (Doc ID 1919956.1)

Apart from the obvious work to create this detailed guide and the simplicity of the idea to use what already exists, what I personally like about this is that these Deployment Procedures carry the potential to work for other software that runs on a Weblogic Server just as well. 

  • They are pointed at any Weblogic Server that are managed by Enterprise Manager 12c
  • They call opatch with a user defined set of instructions

so unless we hear different, it is fairly safe to assume that the same technique can be applied to any other Weblogic based Application that uses opatch for patching.

To prevent anyone from thinking that I am are jumping to conclusions here: there is a KM note indicating this:

Master Index for Provisioning and Patching through Deployment Procedures (a Generic Note specific to a Target Type) (Doc ID 1305014.1)

definitely one to keep bookmarked to ease the troubleshooting of DPs:

Tips and Tricks on Debugging Deployment Procedures (Doc ID 463355.1)

And finally the detailed steps to use Deployment Procedures in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide (  Chapter 42 "Customizing Deployment Procedures") along with the instructions how to create them in the first place ( Chapter 41.6 "Creating, Saving, and Launching User Defined Deployment Procedure (UDDP)")

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


Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

Statement of Direction: BI+ Production Reporting and BI+ Web Analysis

(in via Susan)

Two new statements of direction were issued yesterday by Product Management, that both relate to the BI+ Bundle:

Oracle Hyperion BI+ Web Analysis Statement of Direction (Doc ID 1932177.1) and

Oracle Hyperion BI+ Production Reporting Statement of Direction (Doc ID 1932533.1)

Both Products have reached an age of maturity and will meet their terminal releases with the 11.1.2.# version (details in the KM notes).

They will not be part of future Enterprise Performance Management or Fusion Middleware 12c portfolio releases.

The strategic direction for enterprise business analytics for multidimensional data sources continues to be with the Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE, part of the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite).

Oracle believes Production Reporting customers will see the additional value that Oracle BI Publisher and Oracle BI Enterprise Edition offer and over time will migrate their reporting infrastructure to this platform.


Note:


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

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

Free OBIEE webcasts from Oracle Education

(in via Mike)

Mike Durran from BI Product Management has been busy creating 3 webcasts for Oracle University covering some of the basic concepts of the OBIEE Lifecycle:

Oracle BI Architecture
(10 mins)

Installation
(20 mins)


Managing the Oracle BI System

(20 mins)

All three can be found via the

The webcasts are free of charge and do not require a login or booking.

(info: Mike D. ; layout: Torben; authorized: Lia)

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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