Monday Sep 23, 2013

Fusion and EPM lifetime extended

Monday, eh?

I'll make this post a quick and easy one:

Good news: one less thing to worry about.

We extended the lifetime support for
Fusion and EPM

So what exactly happened?
Oracle extended the three dates for the life cycle of Fusion and EPM to be


(please be aware that this only goes for some defined versions, usually the latest ones. Older releases may still carry the previous announced dates. Make sure to download and save a copy of the current lifetime policy for your reference)

So what do the terms "Premier", "Extended" and "Sustaining" Support mean? Let us have a look at the definition:


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    For a more detailed overview of what is included in the lifetime support policy you should visit this site.


    Wednesday Sep 18, 2013

    EPM / OBIEE certification general

    (in via Ian)

    We just had a series of post that talked about certification, and I hope that you liked the breakdown and the pointers that I did there.

    Now, one of the issues that we face with certification and supported versions is that we live in a world of ever evolving and changing hard- and software. So while Oracle can test and clarify what versions work together, it might be the case that the same version soon is outdated or superseded by a later patch or product update. (We had a post about how to  read supported update versions earlier)

    As Oracle does not know the patchdates, -versions or-contents of all third party products, and as we can not test products that do not exist yet, there usually is a time gap between the release of a patch and Oracle stating that this patch is supported/certified. And for legal reasons Oracle can not and will not announce the support of future versions.

    As far as we CAN say anything towards third party patching, we have tried to get a few statements from Product Management.

    Ian got a clarification in a  community thread for BI where Gerald wrote:

    "We "test" the versions that are available at the time that we release, but we "support" much more than we certify and are documented.
    If we test a base version of a 3rd party datasource and the 3rd party vendor releases a Service Pack/Patch/Release Update that addresses a product defect (functionality/security/other), we would not know about the 3rd party patching timeframe but would support the update because we tested the base version as well as cover it under the 'Generic ODBC support' (that we document).
    We have tested the configuration, the configuration passed our test, we support higher releases, and service packs.
    The Support team will address SR's on those configurations and file bugs where the defect is shown to occur with Oracle BI.
    Although we support more than we document, we only document what we tested.
    "

    I also went out and spoke to Product Management if there was any input they could give us on the topic. Bill pointed me to the second Tab of the supported Platform matrices (EPM) that states:

    "Oracle's Backward Compatibility Policy:
    Oracle acknowledges and supports the backward compatibility assertions for platform software as provided by its vendor. Therefore when vendors assert backward compatibility, subsequent maintenance releases and service packs may be used. If an incompatibility is identified, Oracle will specify a patch release on which EPM System should be deployed (and remove the incompatible version from the supported matrix) or provide a maintenance release or service fix to the EPM System product software."

    This does not only applyto Operating Systems, but all third party products that are used in combination with EPM.

    I hope this sheds some light on Oracle policies and what can and can not be said about support of updates and patches. And of course I cannot finish this post without advertising our certification matrices again ; ) , in case you still have a question.



    Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

    EPM September patch set released

    (in via Greg)

    Greg just informed us of the release of the September patch set (11.1.2.2.104, 11.1.2.1.601, 11.1.2.2.401 and 11.1.2.3.001) for the EPM System. 

    The detailed list of released patches is:

    The list of defects fixed and the installation documentation can be found in the readme for the patches.

    You find the readme if you follow the links to the patch(es), click on your chosen patch and select "readme" in the pop up in MOS.

    The list is a little too long to be posted here, and I will not go into detail of it. But I would like to mention that this patch (11.1.2.2.104) is cumulative, and contains all fixes from the patches 11.1.2.2.101, 11.1.2.2.102, 11.1.2.2.103, so there is no need to install these once you have installed the latest one.

    The same goes for the patches to R&A (11.1.2.2.401 - cumulative) and BR (11.1.2.1.601 - cumulative).

    HSS (11.1.2.3.001 - LCM fix only) fixes only one issue and there was no previous patch to that code line.


    Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

    EPM / OBIEE certification with Java 7

    the final part 4 of our little series about compatibility will deal with :

    • Internet Explorer 10 compatibility
    • Windows 2008 support
    • Office 2013 compatibility
    • Java 7 support

    So here we go

    "Java 7 compatibility" 

    Before we begin talking about Java compatibility, we need to understand a few specifics about our products and Java, that are a little more complex than e.g. the OS the products run on.

    First of all, Java is more a technology than a product - there are multiple JDKs (Java Development Kits) and JREs (Java Runtime Environments) out from various vendors, and only specific parts of the EPM System and OBIEE make use of these in their server and client components.

    One way to get into the topic is to check the download site for "Java 7" as it shows up in e.g a google search:
    Here we get some of the common aliases that Java uses:
    "Java software for your computer, or the Java Runtime Environment, is also referred to as the Java Runtime, Runtime Environment, Runtime, JRE, Java Virtual Machine, Virtual Machine, Java VM, JVM, VM, Java plug-in, Java plugin, Java add-on or Java download."

    This makes answering the question "Is EPM (or OBIEE) compatible with Java 7" close to impossible.The question is simply not specific enough as an EPM Systems usually consist of a multitude of servers and clients, all running different parts of the System, and all of them in need of different aspects of Java.

    A more specific question would need to include the version, the component, the OS and e.g the Application Server.

    For example: "If our 11.1.2.3.0 Essbase Administration Services Server runs on Oracle Weblogic 10.3.5 (11g R1) on Windows 2008 R2 (64-bit), can we install Oracle JRE 1.7.0_21 on that machine without a problem?". And the answer as it comes from the support matrix is - yes, this is a supported version (stated is: JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_07+).


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    The additional information section of this also gives us an idea of what modules/parts of the EPM System actually make use of the JRE version mentioned, and we can work backwards from there to find out which parts actually do NOT make use of it and simply ignore it.

    Another example: the Excel Add In and SmartView are not mentioned and therefore do not need or use the installed JRE on a client.

    Likewise will the EAS Server ignore the installed JRE on the server box, as it simply does not use it, while the JDK that is used by weblogic 10.3.5 can only be of version 1.6.0_35+ (as of certification tab). So - yes, you can install the JRE 1.7.0_21 and will not run into trouble - as the EAS Server component does not use it anyway.

    So much for the introduction. Java 7 seems not to be easy to tackle. But let us give it a shot:


    EPM and Java 7

    A search for "EPM Java 7" on KM gives us a good hit:

    KM Doc "Java 7 Compatibility With Hyperion EPM Products (Doc ID 1546957.1)"
    (last update August 13 2013)

    This states:

    "Currently Java 7 is not supported with any Hyperion EPM products, so it should not be upgraded to this release on EPM servers. Java version that is shipped by default with EPM System should be used."

    This seems to be rather clear, but does not say anything about the JRE on the clients (where potentially nothing gets installed by the system, if we access EAS Console via a Web Browser).

    So second stop - the certification tab - with the result:


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    We see that no JRE is mentioned at all, but at least we now have an idea about the JDKs that we can choose from on the server side.

    Next stop is the  compatibility matrix. We get the information as above on the "EPM System Basic Platform" Tab of the sheet. And see that indeed JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_07+ may be used on the client.

    So - this is EPM pretty much covered. On to:


    OBIEE and Java 7

    A search on KM for "OBIEE Java 7" and for "OBIEE "Java 7"" does return a number of Documents but none of then appear helpful.

    So second stop - compatibility matrices:


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    in which we see the Oracle JDK 1.7.0_0.7 listed along with e.g HP 7.0.3- an indicator that Java 7 is on the list for this one

    and


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    again, we see a number of JDKs with a "7" in them (HP, IBM, Oracle) so based on this we can conclude that OBIEE is (at least partially) certified with Java 7.

    Having said that - we better check back to the compatibility matrices, to see if we can find more details:


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    Surprisingly enough we find that the only supported JRE version for the client part of OBIEE (11.1.1.7.0) is 1.6.0_35+ !
    So from a client perspective Java 7 is a no-go, while the server part seems to be fine with it.


    General Certification Information

    I would like to close today's post with a definite - maybe !

    The question of Java 7 compatibility is simply not specific enough for a System like EPM or OBIEE. Some modules do support some brands and versions of Java 7 while others do not. I have tried to get you closer to an answer with this, but chances are, that your specific issue at hand may not correlate to what I outlined above.

    My ideal post would have included a clear Yes or No answer to the Java 7 support question. Eventually I can only give you a starting point for your research, and an idea about the complexity of the system architecture.

    Overall it can be said that the Java 7 issue is something that needs a closer look about the architecture in question, the versions used and what part/module of the software is touched.

    So here is where you find the answers:

    A word to the wise

    Keep in mind, that not being in these lists does not necessary mean, that things do not work.
    It just means that it has not been tested, is not certified, and Oracle does not say anything about it working or not, and therefore does not guarantee its behaviour.
    Chances are - it might just work anyway, but do not come running if it does not.
    Oh and - a lot of people post their findings in the comment section here or in the Communities - so make sure to check there for real-life experience.

    Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

    OBIEE and EPM search helpers are online

    (in via Mel, Tara, Lia)

    In order to make finding information easier, Oracle Support has created a series of what we call search helpers (aka Resolution Wizards, Task Assistant, Troubleshooting Assistant, Installation and Configuration Assistant or Integration Assistant depending on what it is each of them does : ) ).

    One of the problems that our customers face when working with KM is digging up the information they need to overcome a problem.

    This is rather easy when you have an error message to start with. Error messages are great for classifying the type of problem that you have, and you also instantly note if a KM Doc deals with your problem, or not.

    So - what if you do not have an error message? There are many reasons for that. From How to questions, product configuration questions or any other proactive task (like - best backup practice etc.).

    The wording people may use when they write a KM note, may simply not match how you would describe the issue (we see that on a daily basis where people search for "compatibility" while throughout KM "certification" is used) so it might be difficult for the search to match your issue with existing KM notes.

    Would it not be nice if you could run through a kind of interactive checklist that filters down the available KM notes based on your input?

    That's what the search helpers are.

    They are in NO way related to this little chap


    I would describe them as "hand picked, engineer selected, automatically updated, classifying filters to KM".

    With the right search terms you can locate any KM Doc that they display. Alas - that is the trick! You do not need to come up with your own search terms. This is what the search helpers provide.

    Now - where do you find them?

    You can find them via the KM Doc 1378677.2 ( Resolution Wizard ). I have also put a list of available search helpers at the bottom of this post. As this list is constantly growing the question remains: how to keep track of these?

    Good news: You do not need to.

    The search helpers appear automatically when you log an SR.


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    Notice in the above picture, that the search helper comes up as the first KM note offered during the SR logging process (step 2). As the helper is using JQuery for its content, loading the selections happens without opening a new KM Doc - all you see is already pre-loaded. It now offers a choice of search topics that it can assist with.

    When following the selections in this one, it eventually give you a list of KM notes directly related to your issue.


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    So - yay! 

    Search helpers are created as another layer within MOS KM that tries to make information more accessible for you as a customer. Let us know what you think of them. We have a community thread about them ( here for OBIEE ) and are waiting for your feedback.

    Oh, one last remark: search helpers are a work in progress and they do not exist for all our products yet. As we add more, you will encounter them more often, but for now the list below is all we have live.



    List of KM search helpers (as of Sept 09.2013)

    1545233.2 - Troubleshooting Assistant: Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
    1560184.2 - Installation and Configuration Assistant for Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE)
    1558400.2 - Integration Assistant with Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE)
    1563079.2 - Server Related Issues - Task Assistant for Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE)
    1558378.2 - Security/Access Control Assistant for Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE)
    1562668.2 - Administration Task Assistant for Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE)
    1562361.2 - Presentation Service Task Assistant with Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE)
    1562934.2 - Delivers and Schedulers Task Assistant for Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE)

    1550461.2 - Troubleshooting Assistant: Hyperion Financial Management Technical Issues 11.1x
    1548628.2 - Task Assistant: Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.x
    1566812.2 - Task Assistant: Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle Data Integrator Issues
    1566505.2 - Task Assistant: Hyperion Financial Management and EPMA Issues
    1553294.2 - Troubleshooting Assistant: Financial Data Quality Management (FDM)

    Wednesday Sep 04, 2013

    SmartView 11.1.2.5 released

    (in via Henri ; ) )

    Sometimes it pays off to visit the other blogs of the EPM universe. If I had not checked my RSS feeds, I probably would have missed the release of SmartView 11.1.2.5. So thanks to Henri for blogging about it. Some details I would like to mention here:

    It is available as  patch 17322826 via MOS, or via OTN

    This version adds support for the following:

    • Microsoft Windows 8
    • Microsoft Office 2013 (32- and 64-bit)
    • Microsoft Surface Pro tablet

    You can upgrade to this release directly from Smart View 11.1.2.x and 11.1.1.4.x.
    When upgrading from release 11.1.1.3.x and earlier, Oracle recommends uninstalling Smart View before installing release 11.1.2.5.

    I will not go into detail about what this version can do and where the known issues are with it.
    You can find all that information in the  readme here. I just re-posted this, to spread the word.

    Welcome SmartView 11.1.2.5

    Note:

    SmartView is the only part of EPM / OBIEE that runs under 11.1.2.5. There is no EPM version 11.1.2.5 yet, so don't be too surprised not to find it on eDelivery.


    Tuesday Sep 03, 2013

    EPM / OBIEE certification with MS Office 2013

    Part 3 of our little series about compatibility will deal with :

    • Internet Explorer 10 compatibility
    • Windows 2008 support
    • Office 2013 compatibility
    • Java 7 support

    So here we go

    "Office 2013 compatibility" 

    EPM and Office 2013

    As searching the certification for SmartView did not bring back any results, I used a simple MOS search for "SmartView Office 2013" and instantly got the  KM Doc 1564743.1 back that states:

    "SmartView is now independent of the EPM portfolio release schedule and has targeted Office 2013 support for later this summer in the next PSU release, 11.1.2.5.000. (modified June 2013)"

    Now - that seemed rather easy - so how about the other one?

    OBIEE and Office 2013

    For OBIEE the answer was more difficult to find via MOS.
    A direct search for "OBIEE Office 2013" returned a series of documents, but none of them seemed directly related to the question at hand.

    So what to do now? I fell back on the good old compatibility matrix. Lucky as I am, during that search a doc came up titled: "Oracle Business Intelligence Support Matrix - Product Compatibility Information (Doc ID 1526630.1)" which most likely would contain what I was looking for.

    Having a closer look at that one, I found a link in it:  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-enterprise-edition/bi-11gr1certmatrix-166168.html


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    Of course it would have been easier to simply use the certification tab again, as that one DOES actually include the compatibility for OBIEE with Office:


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    Both ways are consistent in telling us:

    Office 2013 is not yet supported by OBIEE (or by SmartView with OBIEE).


    General Certification Information

    So what did we learn by this? The compatibility matrix is always a way to find out about compatibility of products - next to a MOS search, the certification tab and the communities.The results might be more difficult to read and are hidden deep within technet and the documentation, but they do exist and provide answers.

    So here are a few links that might come in handy when looking for certification information via platform matrices:

    • Links to all Fusion Middleware compatibility matrices can be found here
    • All EPM Compatibility matrices can be found here
    • (more specifically) the one for EPM 11.1.2.x is here.

    And for Business Intelligence you find the compatibility matrix

    Thursday Aug 29, 2013

    EPM / OBIEE certification with Windows 2008

    When working in Support, there are some questions that are asked over and over again.
    One typical type among these are questions of compatibility or certification.
    With every release of a new OS, a new patch to an OS a new browser, a new Java version etc. users are worried, confused, irritated and most of all in need to find out:
    • Does this new version of X work with my existing version Z?
    • If we want to use the new version X of this program - what version does Z need to be to cater for that?
    • Is X certified (supported) with Z?
    • Where do I find information for the compatibility?
    Over the next week(s) I will bring out a number of posts that deal with this kind of thing with regards to EPM / OBIEE
    • Internet Explorer 10 compatibility
    • Windows 2008 support
    • Office 2013 compatibility
    • Java 7 support

    So let us continue with the second

    "Windows 2008 compatibility" 

    EPM and Windows 2008

    Answer as of the certification Tab in MOS:
     "Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System 11.1.2.2.0 is certified on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 2008 R2"

     Actually - here is a screenshot of what OSses are supported as of the latest version of EPM:


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    OBIEE and Windows 2008

    Answer as of the certification Tab in MOS:
    "Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11.1.1.7.0 is certified on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 2008 R2"

    And as above another screenshot of what OSses are supported by OBIEE right now:


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    Please note:
    Windows 8 is not mentioned on either of these (EPM or OBIEE) so it is not currently certified/supported.
    (There may be versions or parts of the software that already supports Windows 8, but either they are not visible in certification yet, or I simply did not find them.)


    General Certification Information

    As opposed to the post from Tuesday I will not go through the Certification Tab in MOS again. You should understand how that works by now and I will not insult you by further bragging about it. Instead I will make use of your attention and mention our Certification Communities. We do have several:

    The bad thing about these Communities is, that you need to log in to actually post in them (just as you would for a support call).

    The good thing about them is, that there are multiple people watching the threads and it is likely that you get your answer within a day or even faster. And it is not only ONE person viewing these, but any customer or consultant or support engineer can monitor and post in the communities. So chances are, that your answer is even quicker compared to a support call.


    Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

    EPM / OBIEE certification with Internet Explorer 10

    When working in Support, there are some questions that are asked over and over again.
    One typical type among these are questions of compatibility or certification.
    With every release of a new OS, a new patch to an OS a new browser, a new Java version etc. users are worried, confused, irritated and most of all in need to find out:
    • Does this new version of X work with my existing version Z?
    • If we want to use the new version X of this program - what version does Z need to be to cater for that?
    • Is X certified (supported) with Z?
    • Where do I find information for the compatibility?
    Over the next week(s) I will bring out a number of posts that deal with this kind of thing with regards to EPM / OBIEE
    • Internet Explorer 10 compatibility
    • Windows 2008 support
    • Office 2013 compatibility
    • Java 7 support

    So let us start with the first

    "Internet Explorer 10 compatibility" 

    EPM and IE 10

    The answer if Enterprise Performance Management is compatible with MS Internet Explorer 10 can easily be found in  KM Doc 1492671.1

    So here is the plain answer as it currently stands:

    "Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 are both planned for EPM 11.1.2.3.x
    Availability is currently planned for the end of CY 2013."

    Make sure to check back on that note, as any future announcement like this is subject to change.

    OBIEE and IE 10

    For OBIEE the answer is given in the KM Doc 1567907.1 and reads:

    "The cause of this issue [... as described in 1567907.1...] is due to the fact that Internet Explorer 10 is not currently certified or supported except for with OBIEE version 10.1.3.4.2" (<-updated see section below)

    It also links out to the  OBIEE certification documentation on OTN. The compatibility for OBIEE with various browsers can be found in the documentation there.

    General Certification Information

    Apart from the obvious way of opening the knowledge base and punching in your product name and the words "IE 10" and hitting enter, there is also a more sophisticated way of dealing with the above questions:

    Check the certification tab in MOS.

    In our case for the Internet Explorer question we get the following answers for the two products:

    and

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    UPDATE:

    My boss pointed out that we did have an earlier blogpost about the IE 10 compatibility with OBIEE:
    https://blogs.oracle.com/proactivesupportEPM/entry/obiee10g_ie10

    So for the version 10.1.3.4.2 (only!) we have to acknowledge that this version is indeed certified with IE 10.

    Unfortunately that one is not yet listed in the compatibility tab in MOS but a KM Doc exists:

    OBIEE 10g: Support for Internet Explorer 10 (Doc ID 1569828.1)

    And while you are at it, you might as well bookmark this one, which lists the IE support/certification in a nice overview:

    OBIEE 10g and 11g: Support and Certification of Internet Explorer Browser Versions (Doc ID 1347987.1)

    (We will make sure that KM Doc 1567907.1 gets corrected/updated and apologize for the confusion :-) )

    Tuesday Aug 20, 2013

    Advisor Webcast: Oracle Hyperion EPM Preinstall Health Check Validation Engine

    Another Advisor Webcast is about to happen tomorrow. Maurice is going to talk about:

    Oracle Hyperion EPM Preinstall Health Check Validation Engine

    August 21 , 2013 at 3:00 pm, GMT Summer Time

    As of Wikipedia:
    "Within RDA, the HCVE (Health Check Validation Engine) can verify and isolate host system environmental issues that may affect the performance of Oracle software."

    CONTENT:
    This one-hour session is recommended for technical users who are responsible for the installation of Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) software. The session will provide 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 WILL INCLUDE:

    • 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

    You can find more details of this session in  MOS Doc ID 1568168.1

    For registration you can simply go to the webex page directly via 

    https://oracleaw.webex.com/oracleaw/onstage/g.php?d=592104933&t=a

    Read more about HCVE here:




    Post Event Update: The recording of this session is available. Refer to the following My Oracle Support document for Recording and PDF copy of the presentation:

    Oracle Hyperion EPM Preinstall Health Check Validation Engine [Video]
    Doc ID 1568168.1

    Visit the related Community Thread for additional discussion on this Advisor Webcast


    Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is Now Available

    (in via Lia)

    This went out as a newsletter, so not much we can add to the information, but we want this to be recognized, so here is the release information for the BI Mobile Apps Designer as a blogpost:

    The News
    Now generally available, Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is a new design tool for business users easily to create stunning and interactive analytical applications for use on any major mobile device.  With Oracle BI Mobile, businesses have been able to deploy full interactive dashboards with zero additional development using Oracle BI Mobile HD on iOS devices, and now can create purpose-built mobile analytic applications for smartphones and tablets with drag-and-drop simplicity using Oracle BI Mobile App Designer.  BI Mobile App Designer complements BI Mobile HD and is packaged with BI Foundation Suite and the BI Mobile option to OBIEE at no additional cost.

    Example Screenshot

    App Designer
    result

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    What’s New

    • Mobile-first Business Apps – BI Mobile App Designer is the ideal solution for users that want targeted, business-specific mobile apps that are easy and fast to build, require no programming expertise, and can be delivered to users across all the major mobile platforms and devices. Apps are built with support for touch and gestural interactions built in.

    • Intuitive App Design Interface – BI Mobile App Designer has a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows business users to select their data visualizations—including tables, charts, navigation panels, repeating grids, images, text narrative, etc.—and then drop these elements onto a palette to create mobile apps within minutes. Third-party plug-ins like Google Maps, Sunburst visualizer, etc., can be incorporated and used in a similar manner. A preview function allows users to preview their apps within a computer’s browser, or on a mobile device by scanning a QR code – without requiring any installation or configuration.

    • Portable Device, Platform, Screen-size Design – BI Mobile App Designer is certified to support iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile smartphones and tablets.  Since it supports HTML5, most mobile browsers can run BI Mobile App Designer apps; it requires no plug-in, no installation, and no download from a third-party app store.

    • Enterprise Integration - Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is a part of and fully integrated with the Oracle BI Foundation. Users can create mobile apps with enterprise data from the BI Semantic layer (RPD), with data from BI Publisher data models, or even Excel data files, with seamless support for and the benefits of role-based data-level security that the Oracle BI Foundation suite provides.

    Product Availability & Licensing

    • BI Mobile App Designer is available now as a patch to Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition, version 11.1.1.7.1. [patch number 17220944 at support.oracle.com]

    • BI Mobile App Designer is licensed at no extra charge with Oracle BI Foundation Suite and Oracle BI Mobile.

    Where can I find more information?


    Thursday Aug 15, 2013

    Fusion Applications Reporting and Analytics Learning Center is live on OTN

    (in via Lia)

    A new KM note (  KM Doc ID 1576427.1 ) has been created to point you to the

    Applications Reporting and Analytics Learning Center

    However, this one does not contain much more than a link to the original (so it is useful for bookmarking :) ) but you can as well just go directly to where it points to:

    http://docs.oracle.com/cloud/otbi11116/index.html

    There is no need to log in to consume the contents of this Learning Center which include video-answers to questions like:

    • How do I create a new report?
    • How do I print a report?
    • How do I schedule a report for distribution?
    • How do I embed a report in a sales dashboard?
    • How can I view analytics with a mobile device?
    • How do I export a report to Microsoft Excel?

    We hope you find this valuable.
    If you are missing anything or have suggestions for more content, let us know, and we can let the makers of this Learning Center know your feedback.

    MOS Community

    Want to know more or share information relating to this and other EPM topics?
    Join our community today.


    Monday Aug 05, 2013

    EPM Patch Releases July 2013

    (in via Ian)

    The following provides a listing of the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Patch Set Updates (PSU) that were released during the last month (July 2013):

    EPM 11.1.2.2

    • PSU 14558930: 11.1.2.2.400 for Oracle Hyperion Reporting and Analysis for Workspace
    • PSU 16901797: 11.1.2.2.308 for Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management
    • PSU 17250880: 11.1.2.2.305 for Oracle Hyperion Financial Management
    • PSU 16992252: 11.1.2.2.301 for Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management

    EPM 11.1.2.1

    • PSU 15883303: 11.1.2.1.601 for Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect
    • PSU 16906210: 11.1.2.1.601 for Oracle Hyperion Planning 

    Keep up to-date with the latest EPM Patch Sets and Patch Set Updates for current releases by visiting:

    • Available Patch Sets and Patch Set Updates for Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Products [Doc ID 1400559.1]
    • Available Patch Sets and Patch Set Updates for Oracle Crystal Ball, DRM, FCM, HPCM and HSF [Doc ID 1525518.1]

    Want to share or seeking further information relating to EPM Patches - why not visit the My Oracle Support Community:

    Hyperion Patch Reviews

    Did you know - adding a comment on the My Oracle Support | "Patch & Updates" page for a specific patch generates a discussion thread in the "Hyperion Patch Reviews" community

    Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

    New Look for the Business Analytics Communities

    (in via Mel)

    Breaking News!

    The Business Analytics Communities are transforming into Community Information Centers!

    What does this mean for you?

    Most importantly, nothing changes to the way you post your questions to our Communities.

    Did you know that questions are not the only thing you can post?

    If you want to share some product experiences, workarounds and other features why not start a discussion in the Community and let others learn from it?

    A great way to 'Meet and Learn'.

    So, what are the changes?

    It's the layout. A new 'Look and Feel'.

    If you check out the Hyperion Certifications for EPM Community you will see what you can expect from your Community once it has been transformed.

    You will find your 'Welcome Message' followed by expandable blue widgets containing: Webcasts, Top Knowledge Documents, Links to documentation, etc.

    Under this section (which is completely collapsible in the top left corner) you will find the featured discussions, discussions and documents.

    If you have posted in either of these 3 section you will still find it here.

    We hope to see you soon in our My Oracle Support Communities with your questions.

    Oracle Hyperion EPM  /  Business Intelligence


    Friday Jul 12, 2013

    Advisor Webcast: Oracle Hyperion EPM Preinstall Health Check Validation Engine

    This Advisor Webcast is being presented Senior Proactive Support Engineer - Maurice Bauhahn.  It is recommended for those technical users responsible for the installation of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). 

    The one-hour session will provide pre-install guidance for EPM to ensure pre-requisites are met, scaleability is enabled, requirements are anticipated, and context in which "Health Check Validation Engine" (HCVE) is operating.

    Topics will include:

    •  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

    You can register for this free live Webcast through My Oracle Support:

    To register visit "Oracle Business Analytics Advisor Webcast Schedule and Archive Recordings" Document 1456233.1 and follow the registration links.



    Post Event Update: The recording of this session is available. Refer to the following My Oracle Support document for Recording and PDF copy of the presentation:

    Oracle Hyperion EPM Preinstall Health Check Validation Engine [Video]
    Doc ID 1568168.1

    Visit the related Community Thread for additional discussion on this Advisor Webcast


    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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