Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

Essbase Excel Add in - Statement of Direction

sadly another long lasting friend is about to be buried in the wet, cold data void that holds past programs (... and AOL CDs).

The Essbase Excel Add In is about to be de-continued
(see  Doc ID 1466700.1) in January '13.

The (already out) version of the Excel Add In must be considered the last release of this particular program
(Unless the guys from Applied OLAP bring out their own version next to the openOffice Add In that they already sport).

As expected, SmartView achieved parity in functionality with Release and ever since then it was just a question of time when our old buddy would get the shoe.

For all users out there like me that have known and worked with the Excel Add In for the last decade(s) this is a loss.

SmartView may have functionality parity, and may altogether be the stronger, open technology - capable of Planning forms, connection to HFM etc. .
But (from my personal point of view) it will not give the end user the same direct access to his databases, with nothing between him and his Essbase Server. Of course it was to be expected that only one of the two could survive and it was obvious that this would be SmartView, so this does not come as a surprise.
A minute for an old friend . . .

. . .

Thank you, and let us look forward!
Unless you had other plans for the upcoming season, why not spend it investigating SmartView for your Essbase interaction needs.
We hear that the days between Christmas and new year hold unlimited potential to test out new things.
Or take it as a new year resolution: "I will switch to SmartView at the earliest possible moment".

Advisor Webcast: Integrating DRM with EPMA

Leave out your shoes early this year!

On December 5th Saint Nicolas has something to put into them...

Another Advisor Webcast is on:

This time it is Matt Lontchar presenting the setup and use of Data Relationship Modeling ( DRM ) with Hyperion EPMA (to be then used with Planning and or HFM)

In this one-hour session he will demonstrate the setup and configuration of a Data Relationship Management application for chart of accounts management with Oracle General Ledger and dimension management for Oracle EPM System applications such as Hyperion Financial Management and Hyperion Planning.

Key Points will be:

  • Configuring Data Relationship Management for Oracle GL and EPM Architect integration
  • Configuring Hyperion Foundation Services (Weblogic, Web Services Manager, Shared Services)
  • Deploying and configuring the DRM Web Service
  • Setting up Oracle General Ledger for DRM integration
  • Configuring EPM Architect for DRM integration

So - treat yourself for some pre-season "chocolate" and join in on this webcast.

You find all relevant information on Doc ID 1504283.1 or via the Advsior Webcast Schedule Note  Doc ID 740966.1

Or simply go directly to the registration site at Webex:

UPDATE (19.03.14):
The recording is now available under:

Monday Nov 26, 2012

The November OBIEE Bundle Patch has been released

The November Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition - OBIEE Bundle Patch is now available for download from My Oracle Support

For OBIEE on, the plan is to run a monthly bundle patch bundle patch includes 67 bug fixes. bundle patch is cumulative, so it includes everything in,,, and

Please note that this release is only recommended for BI customers i.e. not customers on Fusion Apps

Bundled Patch Details bundle patch is available for the supported platforms :

  • Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX PPC (64-bit)
  • HPUX- IA (64-bit)

Thursday Nov 22, 2012

New MOS Community: Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

Effective November 22, the Oracle Endeca Community has been split into separate communities representing individual Oracle Endeca products. The Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Community will fall under the Business Intelligence (BI) category, and can be found here:

This community will focus on the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) product, formerly known as Endeca Latitude and Endeca Discovery Framework.

The previous Oracle Endeca Community has been renamed to Oracle Endeca Guided Search Community and will focus on discussions around the Oracle Endeca Guided Search product, formerly known as Endeca Infront and Endeca IAP.

The Guided Search Community will continue to be located under the Oracle Commerce Category. Forum threads in the previous Oracle Endeca Community related to Oracle Endeca Information Discovery product have been moved to the new Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Community. We look forward to your continued involvement.

Updated 25-Oct-14:

Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

reminder - HFM Webcast tomorrow

This is the last reminder:

Tomorrow we will have the Advisor Webcast about new features in HFM.

Do not miss this one. Greg and Tanya have put together a nice set of Demonstrations of the new features, so this one will be low on the powerpoint footprint and more about - "look what this new thing does".

You can find more details in this  post or visit the "Advisor Webcast Current Schedule" on  MOS.

Friday Nov 09, 2012

Hyperion Calculation Manager in the Oracle Communities

(guest post by Mel)

Do you use the Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager?

Did you know that an easy way to access the product knowledge of Oracle employees and other customers are the My Oracle Support Communities?

Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager can be used with these Oracle Hyperion products:
  • HFM
  • Hyperion Planning
  • Hyperion Essbase

Please log into the  My Oracle Support Communities and post your question to the relevant community.

I like to encourage you to add Calculation Manager or "Calc Man" at the beginning of the subject field when posting your questions.
This will help the Oracle moderators and other Community member to quickly identify queries about the Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager and assist you with it.

Thank you for your ongoing contributions to our My Oracle Support Community.

initially we had OBIEE and OBIA mentioned, but now upon check had to correct these as not supported with Calculation Manager)

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

Announcement - Advisor Webcast HFM - Calc Manager

Stay tuned for next weeks Advisor Webcast.
Greg and Tanya are going to run a 45 Minute session on HFM and Calc Manager:

Advisor Webcast: New Features and Improvements in HFM and Calculation Manager
on Wednesday, 14.Nov.2012 - 16:00 CET

As of the  Registration Note 1494304.1:

This webcast is intended for people responsible for the operation and maintenance of Oracle Hyperion Financial Management application. This overview of new features and changes in HFM and Calc Manager, as well as upgrade paths and certified products is intended to support decision process for product upgrade.

  • New features and enhancements in Hyperion Financial Management
    • Adding custom dimensions to existing applications
    • Enhancements in Smartview, ICT, Equity Pickup and Taskflows modules
    • Changes in User Interface
    • Enhanced Copy Application Utility
  • New in Calculation Manager
    • Financial Management Script to Graphical Conversion

This blog talks about the latest news and upcoming events regarding Oracle EPM abd BI.
Tanya Heise


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