Tuesday May 19, 2015

Statement of Direction: Oracle Quantitative Management and Reporting for Solvency II

Oracle Product Management have released a Statement of Direction for Oracle Quantitative Management and Reporting for Solvency II (QMR).

This document is available from My Oracle Support (MOS) Knowledge Article:

Oracle Quantitative Management and Reporting for Solvency II
Statement of Direction

Doc ID 2010045.1


ADDITIONAL PRODUCT INFORMATION:

Friday May 08, 2015

Premier Support for EPM Release 11.1.2.x Ends April 30, 2015 for IR, PR, WA, HPS, IMP, SOP

Please be advised that Premier Support for the following 11.1.1.2.x EPM products:
  • Hyperion BI+ (Interactive Reporting, Web Analysis and Production Reporting)
        -   See the appropriate SOD documents for other pertinent details; an exception applies for Web Analysis when used with an EPM application product
        -   Timelines for Financial Reporting follow the timelines of the related application product
  • Hyperion Performance Scorecard
  • Oracle Integrated Margin Planning
  • Oracle Strategic Operational Planning

ended on April 30, 2015 as documented in the Lifetime Support Policy.  This marks the first time that Oracle’s Hyperion customers have the opportunity to purchase Extended Support for a product release.

Beginning May 1, 2015 new bugs and fixes for the products listed above will only be created for those customers that have purchased Extended Support.

Sustaining Support is available for those customers that do not purchase Extended Support. 

Please see the Lifetime Support Policy for further information about the Lifetime Support stages.

Reference Materials

Doc ID 1617238.1 Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Software Error Correction Policy

Doc ID 1590676.1 Oracle Enterprise Performance Management 11g Grace Periods for Error Correction

Doc ID 1901891.1 Hyperion Performance Scorecard Statement of Direction 

Doc 1907819.1 Oracle Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting Statement of Direction

Doc 1932533.1 Oracle Hyperion BI+ Production Reporting Statement of Direction

Doc 1932177.1  Oracle Hyperion BI+ Web Analysis Statement of Direction

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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

MORE INFORMATION:

  • Oracle Premier Support - Overview

  • Oracle Advanced Customer Support - Overview

  • Enterprise Performance Management Error Correction Policy - Blog post

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.

MORE INFORMATION:

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)

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Essbase Integration Services - Statement of Direction

(in via Susan)

The Essbase Integration Services product has reached its final stage.

Starting out as Arbor Integration Server (AIS) the product quickly became known as Hyperion Integration Server (HIS) after the Arbor/Hyperion merge in 1998.  The product was then also known as Essbase Integration Server (EIS), Analytic Integration Services (AIS) and finally as Essbase Integration Services (EIS).

EIS has mapped many a relational Database into Essbase and made seamless integration and drill through easy to achieve and maintain.

The Statement of Direction for the Essbase Integration Services has now been released:

Oracle Essbase Integration Services Statement of Direction
Doc ID 1921432.1

The details state that EIS 11.1.2.3 is the final release of EIS and it will not be shipped from version 11.1.2.4 on.

Oracle will continue to support Hyperion Essbase Integration Services in accordance with the  Lifetime Support Policy .

It does not come as a surprise that the evolution of Enterprise Performance Management System (EPM) required a new and more powerful system. It was now necessary to also tie in Planning and HFM databases, so a new technology emerged:

Essbase Studio - released in 11.1.1.x, it was soon announced to be the new strategic platform to use for RDBMS to Essbase integration.

Now that Essbase Studio has been on the market for some time and has been well adopted by a larger customer base, it is time to move from EIS to Studio within the next few releases.

As luck would have it, there is an import wizard in Essbase Studio that should make the import of older EIS models and metaoutlines easy.

Yet -  be aware that the way that Studio works is different than EIS, so it is recommended prior use to review the Essbase Studio User Guide.



Friday Jul 18, 2014

Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting - Statement of Direction

Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting
Statement of Direction

June 2014

Oracle Product Management have released the Statement of Direction for Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting (IR). This document is available to download from My Oracle Support (MOS) Knowledge Article:

Oracle Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting Statement of Direction
Doc ID 1907819.1

For customers who are currently using Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting we highly recommend reviewing this document as it contains vital information about:

  • Oracle’s Product Strategy
  • Oracle’s Support Policy
  • Oracle’s Recommendations to Customers

Please be advised that Oracle BI+ Hyperion Interactive Reporting release 11.1.2.4 will be the terminal release of this product. The supported platforms will remain at the 11.1.2.3 level.

MORE INFORMATION:

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Hyperion Performance Scorecard - Statement of Direction

Hyperion Performance Scorecard
Statement of Direction

July 2014

Oracle Product Management have released the Statement of Direction for Hyperion Performance Scorecard (HPS). This document is available to download from My Oracle Support (MOS) Knowledge Article:

Hyperion Performance Scorecard Statement of Direction
Doc ID 1901891.1

For customers who are currently using HPS we highly recommend reviewing this document as it contains vital information about:

  • Oracle’s Product Strategy
  • Oracle’s Support Policy
  • Oracle’s Recommendations to Customers

Please be advised that Oracle Hyperion Performance Scorecard release 11.1.2 is the terminal (final) release of this product. Oracle will support and maintain Hyperion Performance Scorecard in accordance with the Lifetime Support and Technical Support Policies.

MORE INFORMATION:

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Important! Discoverer Statement of Direction


Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer
Statement of Direction

March 2014

Product Management have released the Statement of Direction for Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Tools.  This document is available to download from My Oracle Support (MOS) Knowledge article:


Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Statement of Direction - March 2014
Doc ID 1634827.1


If you are using Discoverer please ensure to read this document as it contains vital information about:

  • Oracle’s Product Strategy
  • Oracle’s Support Policy
  • Oracle’s Recommendations to Customers

NOTE: Oracle recommends migrating to our strategic business intelligence offering by June 2015. Please contact Oracle Sales Account teams for details.

Friday May 31, 2013

OBIEE predicts: xls is dead - long live xlsX

(in via Martin)

To the observant reader of Microsofts own Lifecycle policy it is not new that the file format for Excel 2003 (xls) is about to be de-continued with the end of extended support for Office 2003 in April 2014
(see  http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/default.aspx?LN=en-us&x=13&y=10&p1=2488)

Hence, it is only reasonable that OBIEE also discontinues the Office 2003 products and formats after a certain grace period.

To quote the announcement made in
KM Doc - Support of Microsoft Office 2003 with Oracle Business Intelligence Answers, Dashboards and Publisher OBIEE 11g [ID 1558215.1]:

"Over the past several releases, Oracle Business Intelligence has supported Office 2007, Office 2010 and the newer Office XML file formats (*.xlsx, pptx, *.docx). Customers are strongly encouraged to use the Office XML formats and the Microsoft Office versions that support those formats. Starting with Oracle Business Intelligence 11.1.1.8, Oracle will begin removing functionality that supports Office 2003 products and file formats."

Having said that, a closer look at the attached PDF shows that not all hope is lost on your old spreadsheets. Some functionality will be carried over and continued to be supported for some time. e.g:

  • Excel Templates will continue to support *.xls as the template type and the output type
  • RTF Templates and XPT templates will continue to support *.rtf output
  • Excel binary *.xls files will continue to be supported as a data source type

Reassuringly this means, that you still have time to adjust your projects and processes and get used to using xlsX where possible.

So far, we did not get an announcement when the xls format will be finally buried, but thinking ahead it is likely a wise move to start using xlsX as your new standard.

Monday Apr 08, 2013

FDM & ERPI to be combined into FDMEE starting with 11.1.2.3.x

(in via Lia)

Starting with release 11.1.2.3,

Oracle Financial Data Quality Management (FDM)
and
Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management ERP Integration Adapter for Oracle Applications (ERPI)

are being combined into a single product named

Oracle Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (FDMEE)

built on the Oracle Fusion Middleware platform.
Pricing and related adapters remain unchanged, and there is no fee for existing FDM customers to migrate to FDMEE.

Existing customers may:

  • upgrade to FDM version 11.1.2.3,
  • migrate to FDMEE 11.1.2.3,
  • or run both in parallel.

New customers may license FDMEE 11.1.2.3 only.

Please note that starting with EPM 11.1.2.4, existing FDM customers will be required to migrate to FDMEE if they chose to upgrade other EPM products to release 11.1.2.4. (Release 11.1.2.3 is the last release of FDM as it is currently offered.)

Please note that enhancements will not be provided for the current FDM and ERPI products after the 11.1.2.3 release.
Customers who wish to take advantage of enhanced features and functionality should plan to migrate to FDMEE.

Support for these products follows the published  Oracle Lifetime Support Policy Guidelines.

Any questions related to this announcement should be directed to your Oracle account manager.

This information was also announced in the Oracle Knowledgebase
under  KM Doc ID 1542470.1

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 11.1.2.2.x 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 11.1.2.1.102 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.
Still.
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".

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Authors:

italia.nowodworska(€)oracle.com
torben.hein(€)oracle.com
paul.anderson(€)oracle.com
julie.foster(€)oracle.com





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