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

UPDATE
The document is currently being updated
and is not available for review at this time.
We will advise accordingly once available
.


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:

Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

Oracle Disclosure Management Financial Reporting Data Source Tagging Statement of Direction

The Product Management team have published a Statement of Direction regarding the Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting XBRL data source tagging functionality in Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management.

For those that create and use XBRL tags - ensure to review the Statement of Direction (PDF) and additional details available in:

 Oracle Disclosure Management Financial Reporting Data Source Tagging
Statement of Direction
[Doc ID 1609059.1]



Information on the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy and the services offered under the Premier, Extended and Sustaining Support stages is available here (PDF).

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

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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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