Friday, October 30, 2015

Copy Application Utility For HFM - Well, sort of...

Oracle has just released a new patch for Financial Management The patch delivers what many (if not all) customers who have adopted the latest HFM release have been asking for: a version of the Copy Application utility that works with HFM The following actions are possible using the updated utility:
  • Copy HFM applications between different environments (both need to have minimum patch level of
  • Copy HFM applications from older release (11.1.2.x) to The Upgrade Applications taks must be performed in EPM System Configurator afterwards.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Smart View Released

Oracle has released Smart View version yesterday. I haven't had a chance to test the release yet but according to the documentation the biggest changes in this release are:
  • Support for HFM journals: view journal properties, create, edit, submit, approve, post, unpost, and delete journals. HFM version is required to use this new functionality.
  • Extended support for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE): multiple connections now supported. OBIEE patch is required.
Read full details and download the patch from Oracle Support: Patch 21635725: Patch Set Update: for Oracle Smart View for Office. When upgrading from SV 11.1.2.x you can simply run the installer to upgrade the add-in (no need to uninstall the older version first). And as usual, please share your experiences if you try this version in your EPM environments!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

HFM PSU 100 - Fixes And New Features

EPM version was released in February and as you probably already know it brought a lot of changes to Hyperion Financial Management. Application performance is promised to be better and the new simplified HFM architecture has other benefits as well. Still it's common for many customers to be careful after major changes like this and to wait for at least one Patch Set Update to become available before picking up the new version. After a long wait, HFM PSU was released on Friday last week. You can download PSU .100 (patch nr. 20455650) on Oracle Support. Let's have a look at the list of changes in this update.

New Features

The following new features are introduced in the PSU.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Patch Set Update .700 - IE11 Support Comes To EPM

Oracle seems to be in the process of releasing patches belonging to Patch Set Update There is a handy list of all .700 patches in the readme file for the Financial Reporting patch that is already downloadable. Note that all of the packages mentioned in the list are not yet available as I'm writing this post and I'm also not sure whether or not PSUs will also be issued for Essbase.

Update on July 2nd: Added the patches for Shared Services and Workspace that were missing from the original list

Product Name PSU Patch Number
Oracle Data Relationship Management
Oracle Financial Reporting
Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager
Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management
Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management
Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management Enterprise Edition
Oracle Hyperion Financial Management
Oracle Hyperion Performance Management Architect
Oracle Hyperion Planning
Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management
Oracle Hyperion Reporting and Analysis Framework
Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision
Oracle Hyperion Web Analysis
Oracle Hyperion Shared Services
Oracle EPM Workspace

The most important update in this PSU is native support for Internet Explorer 11:
"Apply this patch to use Internet Explorer release 11 in standards mode instead of in Enterprise Mode. After you apply this patch, you can no longer use Enterprise Mode. You must apply the PSU for all EPM products in your deployment."
The EPM System Certification Matrix document will undoubtedly be updated to match this information soon. The .700 patches must be applied to all EPM products in each environment so you have to be patient and wait for all of them to become available. Have a look at the readme files for each individual patch as there are numerous fixes made to the products. Also note the prerequisites as some of the patches seem to rely on newly released ADF patches.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

No More Remote XUL Manager!

This is a quick post to point out a cool feature in EPM that I have somehow overlooked (thanks to Nicklas Englund for the tip!). In previous EPM versions you had to install an extension called Remote XUL Manager in order to use EPM web applications with the Firefox browser. The EPM System certification matrix document also included a note about this: "Firefox 17+ ESR and 24+ ESR requires Remote XUL Manager 1.0.1 Add-on". In this requirement has suddenly been removed without so much as a word in the readme file!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The HFM Upgrade Diaries Part 1 - Known Issues

Lately I have been busy installing HFM environments for several local customers. In this series of blog posts I will share my experiences about these upgrades - hopefully making life a bit easier for other early adopters.

Known Issues In HFM

In this first post I will list the most notable problems I (and my colleagues) have ran into so far.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HFM - Proven Performance?

Since EPM was released in February, we have been busy testing the new release on the Infratects lab servers. It seems that Oracle was not bluffing when they showed us some very promising performance figures in Kscope14... HFM indeed seems to give a nice boost to most of the customer's applications we have tested so far. I did a 2 Minute Tech Tip session with Bob Rhubart of OTN ArchBeat in March in which I shared some of our initial findings. See the video below for this bite-size introduction into what makes the new HFM version so fast.

My colleague Kieron Cassidy from our Netherlands office has collected the consolidation test results into a nice white paper which you can download from the Infratects website:  White Paper: Hyperion Financial Management - Real Performance Improvements

Personally I have installed two EPM environments for different customers so far. These are Development/Test environments, with first Production ones scheduled to be implemented in May. There are plenty of upgrade projects in the pipeline and it's nice to see that customers are willing to give this version a try. Watch this space as I'm planning to post new stuff about the release soon!