Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Patch Set Update .700 - IE11 Support Comes To EPM 11.1.2.3

Oracle seems to be in the process of releasing patches belonging to Patch Set Update 11.1.2.3.700. 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
11.1.2.3.700 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 11.1.2.3.700 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 11.1.2.4 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 11.1.2.4 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 11.1.2.4 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 11.1.2.4

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 11.1.2.4 - Proven Performance?

Since EPM 11.1.2.4 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 11.1.2.4 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 11.1.2.4 - Real Performance Improvements

Personally I have installed two EPM 11.1.2.4 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!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Steps To Completely Uninstall EPM 11.1.2.x + Greetings From Top Gun 2015


I returned from the Infratects Top Gun conference on Sunday. The event, this time held in London, was once again a great opportunity to get insights on the latest EPM release (straight from Oracle Product Development of course) and meet lots of like-minded people. The presentations (except the ones from Oracle devs, I assume) will be published on the event's web site soon. See http://www.infratects.com/topgun

Opening speech by Soner Bekir


To get back into blogging I thought I'd start with an easy post. Oracle has published an article yesterday that helps in case you need to get rid of all EPM products installed on a server. There are quite a few tasks to carry out so the list acts as a useful reminder even if you already know all the bits you need to clean up.




And a couple more photos from Top Gun to wrap things up properly:

Francisco giving a presentation on FDMEE


Traditional transport to the social event


Dinner served high on the Tower Bridge walkway


The mandatory tourist photo

Thursday, February 5, 2015

HFM 11.1.2.4 Running On Commodity Linux

HFM 11.1.2.4 was released by Oracle last week. The talks about platform independency got many EPM professionals excited - and then disappointed when they learned that besides Windows Server you can only run HFM on Oracle Exalytics. But some Exalytics servers run on Oracle Linux, right? Could HFM be installed and configured to run on a commodity Linux box? Just for the fun of it I tried and managed to get it working!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Say Hello To HFM 11.1.2.4

As many of you may already have heard, the Oracle EPM release 11.1.2.4 was made available on Oracle Technology Network earlier this week. Social media has been abuzz with activity since and many bloggers have already written posts about all the new features. Instead of making another set of installation screenshots I wanted to take a closer look at Hyperion Financial Management as HFM is the product that has gone through most changes in this version.