Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.9.1 now available for download!

(via Paul Rodwick)

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications 11.1.1.9.1 is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, This release is certified with the latest version of Oracle BI Foundation 11.1.1.7

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.

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 (11.1.1.7.1 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 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

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

Monday Jan 26, 2015

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11.1.1.8.1 patch bundle 6 has been released

The following Patch has been released for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11.1.1.8.1 .

This patch download is available from the
My Oracle Support | Patches & Updates section.

Patch 20246197: BIAPPS 11.1.1.8.1 PATCH BUNDLE 6 - OBIA
Patch 20246197


Versions required:
- BI Applications 11.1.1.8.1 or previous 8.1 PBs
- BI Technology 11.1.1.7.131017 or more recent

Application Unlimited Adapters are supported per the published matrix for BI Applications 11.1.1.8.1


To share your experience about installing this patch ...

In the MOS | Patches & Updates screen for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Patch 20246197
- 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 BI patch reviews (MOSC) sub-space:

BI Patch Reviews

Have a question for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications specificially ....

The My Oracle Support Community " OBIA (MOSC) " is the ideal first stop to seek & find product specific answers:

OBIA (MOSC)


(info: Lia; layout and Text: Torben; authorized: Lia)

Thursday Jan 22, 2015

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Version 11g Performance Recommendations

The following technical white paper (linked in the given KM note) was written by the OBIEE Performance Development team. It is intended for experienced Oracle BI Administrators, DBAs and Applications implementers:

 Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Version 11g Performance Recommendations (Doc ID 1963225.1)

It discusses performance topics for Oracle BI Applications 11g (11.1.1.7.1 and higher) using Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) 11g 11.1.1.7.1, and using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11.1.1.x., such as:

  • Hardware Recommendations for Implementing Oracle BI Applications
  • Application Server Sizing and Capacity Planning Source Environments
  • Recommendations for Better Performance Oracle Warehouse
  • Recommendations for Better Performance Oracle BI Applications Best
  • Practices for Oracle Exadata Oracle BI Applications High Availability

Most of the recommendations are generic for BI Applications 11g contents and its BI techstack.

The document covers advanced performance tuning techniques in ODI, OBIEE and Oracle RDBMS, so all recommendations must be carefully verified in a test environment before applied to a production instance.

Customers are encouraged to engage  Oracle Expert Services to review their configurations prior to implementing the recommendations to their BI Applications environments.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

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.

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)


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)

Friday Jun 06, 2014

High Availability documents for OBIA

There are 2 white papers that have been created by Product Management and Advanced Resolution team (thanks Rajesh, Archana).

These documents describe how to deploy a high‐availability environment for the Weblogic components of BI Applications 11.1.1.8.1 and 11.1.1.7.1 including the Oracle Data Integrator.

New

 Configuring High Availability for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Version 11.1.1.8.1 (Doc ID 1679319.1

Updated

Configuring High Availability for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Version 11.1.1.7.1 (Doc ID 1587873.1

When implementing OBIA please take some time to review one or both of the papers.


Do you still have a quick question that you want an expert to have a look at:
check in the OBIA Community:


Friday May 09, 2014

OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 - What's New

Further to our previous Blog post "OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Now Available" ...

A summary review to highlight the What's New in this latest Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) 11g - 11.1.1.8.1 release.

WHATS NEW

This new release of OBIA 11g adds:

  • Prebuilt Connector for Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics with Oracle JD Edwards
  • Expanded functional content coverage across existing OBIA
  • New utilities and enhancements to increase productivity and further drive down Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

New Prebuilt Connector for BI Applications

  • Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics introduces a new adapter that provides out-of-box integration between Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, enabling purchasing and sourcing organizations quickly identify savings opportunities and improve operational performance through decision-ready, best practice analytics.

New Content Enhancements: Significant expansion of content improves existing OBIA including:

  • Oracle Human Resources Analytics expands analysis on HR programs and workforce performance with the introduction of Talent Management Analysis, to help HR and business managers assess talent strengths and build potential leaders by delivering greater insight into job profiles. Improvements to Absence Management, new support for Workforce Frozen Snapshots and Workforce Flex Fields are also available.
  • Oracle Financial Analytics improves company Financial Performance with the new Subledger Accounting Module, providing complete account balance analysis, including supporting reference balances and drill down to accounting transactions. Aging Snapshot restoration for Receivables and Payables, drilldown from Payables to Purchase Orders, and Fixed Assets support for GL Posting Status are features also included in the release.
  • Oracle Project Analytics expands insight into project-based data with new Earned Value Management Analysis, providing visibility for Project Stakeholders into Planned Value, Earned Value, and Actual Cost. Analysis of variances and indices, derived from Cost and Schedule Variance, CPI, TCPI, SPI and TSPI, is also available.
  • Oracle Supply Chain & Order Management Analytics introduces Costing and Inventory Turn support for Oracle JDE EnterpriseOne. In addition, the ability to save and restore the Inventory Snapshot when executing a full load is now supported.
  • Oracle Student Information Analytics introduces new Financial Aid Analysis, containing term-based detail information associated with a student award such as amount, status, disbursement, and aid type.
  • Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Enterprise Asset Management Analytics have been re-introduced into the BI Applications data model. Although new with ODI, both modules provide now the same broad functionality available with BI Applications 7.9.6.4
  • Unstructured Data for Information Discovery - The BI Applications Data Model has been extended to include unstructured CRM and ERP text fields. Sample Information Discovery templates - including ODI interfaces and runtime security definitions - provide the ability to quickly create sample Information Discovery Applications from combined structured and unstructured data.

New Utilities and Enhancements to increase productivity and drive down TCO

  • New Data Lineage Tool allows customers and implementers to track lineage from source to target - improving information transparency across their enterprise 
  • Configuration Management expands System Setup and Load Plan definition capabilities, including the registration of multiple instances for the same Product Line Version, UI enhancements to support DW connection configuration and Load Plan definition, and Load Plan definition migration.
  • Fact Partitioning IKMs and Parallel Index Builds are key performance Innovations introduced with this release. The former enables a feature that tags partitions so that only the indexes that need to be re-built during incremental loads are executed. The latter uses ODI parallel process so that Indexes can be built using multiple session (faster than and in addition to DB parallel).

DOWNLOAD

The OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 is available for download from:

Oracle Technology Network (OTN)
Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

For full download details visit previous Blog post:

OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Now Available

DOCUMENTS

The OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 documentation is available via the Oracle Documentation Library:

OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Documentation

MORE INFORMATION

If you encounter an issue installing this patch or any other OBIA patch please post to the BI Patch Review Community:

Want to share or collaborate with others on an OBIA issue? Why not speak to the OBIA Community as a first step on your way to a solution:

  • My Oracle Support Community - OBIA

 


 

POST UPDATE (21-May-2014): An upgrade document has been made available to assist in the upgrade of BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 to version 11.1.1.8.1. Refer to Blog Post:

OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Upgrade Guide & Documentation.


Thursday May 08, 2014

OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Is Now Available

The Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) version 11.1.1.8.1 is now available for download from Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

DOWNLOAD

To download from Oracle Technology Network (OTN):

OTN > Oracle BI 11g Downloads
  1. Review the OTN License Agreement - choose relevant option
  2. Select the All Supported Platforms link in section:
    "Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (11.1.1.8.1)"
  3. The download links will be available on the next page.

To download from Oracle Delivery Cloud:

  1. Login to Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Select Product Pack: "Oracle Business Intelligence"
  3. Choose the required Platform
  4. Click the "Go" button
  5. Select the OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 from Results section and Continue

BENEFITS

The OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 release introduces compatibility with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID). OEID is an enterprise discovery platform for the analysis of information from both structured and unstructured sources, providing the ability to visualize data in many different ways, including tag clouds.

OBIA integration of OEID leverages its ability to analyze unstructured data. OEID includes ODI maps that can be run to load Endeca applications, covers more than 100 OBIA subject areas, and grants some OBIA access to unstructured text fields from source systems, which enables users to examine their structured BI data in new ways.

For additional information visit Blog Post "OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 - What's New"

DOCUMENTS

The OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 documentation is available via the Oracle Documentation Library:

OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Documentation

To download the full OBIA product documentation (65Mb zip) visit Oracle Technology Network (OTN):

OTN > OBIA > Documention

MORE INFORMATION

If you encounter an issue installing this patch or any other OBIA patch please post to the BI Patch Review Community:

Want to share or collaborate with others on an OBIA issue? Why not speak to the OBIA Community as a first step on your way to a solution:

  • My Oracle Support Community - OBIA


POST UPDATE (21-May-2014): An upgrade document has been made available to assist in the upgrade of BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 to version 11.1.1.8.1. Refer to Blog Post:

OBIA 11.1.1.8.1 Upgrade Guide & Documentation.


Friday Feb 28, 2014

BIApps 11.1.1.7.1 ODI Cumulative Patch 1 Now Available


The BIApps 11.1.1.7.1 ODI Cumulative Patch 1 has been released.  This is available for download via  My Oracle Support | Patches & Updates.


BIAPPS 11.1.1.7.1 ODI CUMULATIVE PATCH 1
Patch 17546336


Be sure to review the related Readme file for important pre-requisites and post installation details.  This is available via the "Read Me" button on the "Patches & Updates" download screen.


For a summary list of Bugs resolved in this patch visit:

OBIA 11g: BIAPPS 11.1.1.7.1 ODI CUMULATIVE PATCH 1 Released
Doc ID 1629879.1



For information on BIApps 11.1.1.7.1 release visit our previous Blog Post
"BIApps 11.1.1.7.1 is ready for download".


Friday Jan 31, 2014

Installation of BI Applications 7.9.6.4 with Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1

Update 4-Feb-2014: The Informatica .rep file for BI Applications 7.9.6.4 in INFA 9.5.1 has been made available via Login Required Patch 18104144.

For updated information refer to:

NOTICE: Installation of BI Applications 7.9.6.4 with Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1"
Login Required
Doc ID 1615994.1


The following notice has been made for customers who are in the process of either installing or upgrading to Oracle BI Applications 7.9.6.4 with Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2.

Included in the Business Intelligence 11g media pack is the Informatica .rep file for Oracle BI Applications V7.9.6.4 in Informatica PowerCenter V9.5.1 format. The part is titled 'Informatica Repository 9.5.1 for BI Applications 7.9.6.4' (part # V41981-01).

The Informatica .rep file provided is an incorrect development version. Do not use this file to restore the Informatica repository for BI Applications 7.9.6.4. Drop this repository if you have already restored it.

For more information and details on how to restore the correct repository please read:

NOTICE: Installation of BI Applications 7.9.6.4 with Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1
Doc ID 1615994.1

Latest Cumulative Patch for DAC

If you are ever needing to know what the latest cumulative patches are for DAC look no further than the following articles:

What is the latest Cumulative Patch for DAC 10.1.3.4.1?
Doc ID 1365152.1

and

What is the latest Cumulative Patch for DAC 11.1.1.6.4?
Doc ID 1616861.1

Being cumulative means you can apply them without needing to apply previous patches, all fixes from previous patches are incorporated.

Direct links for the January 2014 Cumulative Patches:




Instructions for obtaining the January patches from within My Oracle Support:

   1. Log into https://support.oracle.com
   2. Navigate to "Patches and Updates" tab

  • For the 11.1.1.6.4 January Patch
    - Enter 18125904 for "Patch Name Or Number" in the Patch Search section and click Search
    - It should find "DAC 11.1.1.6.4 STANDALONE CUMULATIVE PATCH - JAN 2014" patch

  • For the 10.1.3.4.1 January Patch
    - Enter 18119302 for "Patch Name Or Number" in the Patch Search section and click Search
    - It should find "DAC 10.1.3.4.1 CUMULATIVE PATCH FOR BI APPS - JAN 2014" patch



Be sure to review the related Readme files
available via "Patches and Updates"


Thursday Jan 09, 2014

OBIA: Upgrading to Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2

Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2 is now available in the Business Intelligence (BI) 11g media pack for download and use with BI Applications 7.9.x

By upgrading to Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2, customers can avail of support for Informatica PowerCenter on higher versions of operating systems, support for the Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse on higher versions of database platforms, and bug and security fixes.

To assist with the upgrade a New Whitepaper has been made available. This document covers information on downloading, the upgrading and configuring.  The Whitepaper is available via the "My Oracle Support" Knowledge article:

"Oracle BI Applications: Upgrading to Informatica PowerCenter 9.5.1 Hot Fix 2"
[Doc ID 1610752.1]



Ref: OracleBIApps_UpgradeINFAPowerCenter_9.5.1HotFix2_Doc_ID_1610752.1.docx

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