ODTUG Aggregator ODTUG Blogs http://localhost:8080 Thu, 25 May 2017 17:58:13 +0000 http://aggrssgator.com/ Three Big BI Market Drivers to Watch for The Rest of 2017 and Beyond @PerfArchitects http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2017/05/24/three-big-bi-market-drivers-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-2017-and-beyond/ <p>Author: Tony Tauro, Performance Architects</p> <p>In 2017, we’ve seen an expansion of business intelligence’s (BI’s) scope, changes in consumption, and shifts in the roles of BI consumers and creators. Traditional and fundamental BI practices and processes, however, remain more important than ever.</p> <p>As a result, the three major market drivers of BI trends so far in 2017 include:</p> <ol> <li>Get more from your data</li> <li>Do it faster and cheaper</li> <li>Make your data better</li> </ol> <p>These are not mutually exclusive, but instead tend to reinforce each other and the general direction of BI trends.</p> <h3>1. Get more from your data</h3> <p>Data is just bytes (or even bits) till someone can process it into information. Ideally, all the data sitting in our data warehouses has already been processed into information…of course, there is always better information if only we could read the data correctly. Data discovery and visualization are currently the hot tools to help us achieve more complete and better analysis of our data.</p> <p>These tools are especially relevant because of the advent of another hot trend: big data. An easy way to understand big data is to think of the progression from to-do list to contact list to spreadsheet to relational database, and try to fill in what comes next: a solution that can handle data sets that are too big for traditional databases. And we are seeing more and more of such data sets now.</p> <p>Once upon a time, manual data entry was the primary way to build data sets. Now data is introduced to data storage solutions automatically. Transactions are mostly electronic, and we have sensors producing data as well. It’s no wonder that our datasets are doubling in size every 2-3 years!  Big data tools are getting more and more prominent as companies realize the need to harness the power of this data.</p> <p>Data discovery at its core is about interacting with your data the way you would with a search engine: ask a question and get an answer. Unlike a search engine, your data discovery solution gives you an appropriate (contextual) answer, considering items such as your role and permissions inside your company.</p> <p>Visualization is about&#8230;visualizing your data, but it’s also about moving beyond the traditional graphs and charts that have always been used for BI. If data discovery is like using a search engine, visualization is a little like <a href="https://www.wolframalpha.com/">Wolfram Alpha</a>, where you can query on a general topic, get in-depth information and find answers to questions you did not even know to ask.</p> <p>Essentially data discovery and visualization techniques and solutions allow the consumer to create and discover the information needed, which brings us to the next topic.</p> <h3>2. Do it faster and cheaper</h3> <p>Since the days when humans fought velociraptors to win the evolutionary wars, &#8220;business people&#8221; have fought &#8220;IT people&#8221; for control of the reporting and analysis (BI) environment. Actually, one of those two things is pure hyperbole, but that is not the point.</p> <p>“Self-service BI,” while not a new concept, is getting more traction now. While a diverse group, &#8220;business people,” are getting more savvy with BI solutions. At the same time, BI environments are getting more complex, making it even more important to get architecture and processes right.</p> <p>Self-service BI is the concept that BI can be centrally managed, while also allowing &#8220;business people&#8221; to create their own set of reports, charts, graphs: basically, have their own BI and let IT manage it, too.</p> <p>The savvy reader will note that data discovery and visualization are also forms of self-service BI, though that is not what is usually implied in general usage of the term “self-service.”</p> <h3>3. Make your data better</h3> <p>Data discovery pushes the boundaries for how we source data, going beyond the limits of the traditional data warehouses and bringing in data from more and newer sources (hence the search engine analogy earlier). this introduces questions about how to control data quality and how to improve data context.</p> <p>Sometime after the Dark Ages, we came to the realization that the shiniest of dashboards get their credibility from boring old data quality and master data management processes. Transactions (e.g., sales orders, invoices, material movements, accounting documents) are great. They represent action and contain numbers that can be put into reports (like financial statements) and (gasp) glorious visualizations! However, without tying back to master data, the transactions are just business data (not information), and certainly do not provide context.</p> <p>Ultimately data quality and management is about ensuring that the consumers of the data have a solid set of assumptions to use while translating that data into information. Keeping those assumptions true in the light of growing data sets and sources is a challenge (or opportunity&#8230; which one is it?), but is essential for the data discovery, visualization and self-service capabilities to stay relevant.</p> Melanie Mathews http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/?p=2036 Wed May 24 2017 05:52:20 GMT-0400 (EDT) Three Big BI Market Drivers to Watch for The Rest of 2017 and Beyond http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2017/05/24/three-big-bi-market-drivers-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-2017-and-beyond/ <p>Author: Tony Tauro, Performance Architects</p> <p>In 2017, we’ve seen an expansion of business intelligence’s (BI’s) scope, changes in consumption, and shifts in the roles of BI consumers and creators. Traditional and fundamental BI practices and processes, however, remain more important than ever.</p> <p>As a result, the three major market drivers of BI trends so far in 2017 include:</p> <ol> <li>Get more from your data</li> <li>Do it faster and cheaper</li> <li>Make your data better</li> </ol> <p>These are not mutually exclusive, but instead tend to reinforce each other and the general direction of BI trends.</p> <h3>1. Get more from your data</h3> <p>Data is just bytes (or even bits) till someone can process it into information. Ideally, all the data sitting in our data warehouses has already been processed into information…of course, there is always better information if only we could read the data correctly. Data discovery and visualization are currently the hot tools to help us achieve more complete and better analysis of our data.</p> <p>These tools are especially relevant because of the advent of another hot trend: big data. An easy way to understand big data is to think of the progression from to-do list to contact list to spreadsheet to relational database, and try to fill in what comes next: a solution that can handle data sets that are too big for traditional databases. And we are seeing more and more of such data sets now.</p> <p>Once upon a time, manual data entry was the primary way to build data sets. Now data is introduced to data storage solutions automatically. Transactions are mostly electronic, and we have sensors producing data as well. It’s no wonder that our datasets are doubling in size every 2-3 years!  Big data tools are getting more and more prominent as companies realize the need to harness the power of this data.</p> <p>Data discovery at its core is about interacting with your data the way you would with a search engine: ask a question and get an answer. Unlike a search engine, your data discovery solution gives you an appropriate (contextual) answer, considering items such as your role and permissions inside your company.</p> <p>Visualization is about&#8230;visualizing your data, but it’s also about moving beyond the traditional graphs and charts that have always been used for BI. If data discovery is like using a search engine, visualization is a little like <a href="https://www.wolframalpha.com/">Wolfram Alpha</a>, where you can query on a general topic, get in-depth information and find answers to questions you did not even know to ask.</p> <p>Essentially data discovery and visualization techniques and solutions allow the consumer to create and discover the information needed, which brings us to the next topic.</p> <h3>2. Do it faster and cheaper</h3> <p>Since the days when humans fought velociraptors to win the evolutionary wars, &#8220;business people&#8221; have fought &#8220;IT people&#8221; for control of the reporting and analysis (BI) environment. Actually, one of those two things is pure hyperbole, but that is not the point.</p> <p>“Self-service BI,” while not a new concept, is getting more traction now. While a diverse group, &#8220;business people,” are getting more savvy with BI solutions. At the same time, BI environments are getting more complex, making it even more important to get architecture and processes right.</p> <p>Self-service BI is the concept that BI can be centrally managed, while also allowing &#8220;business people&#8221; to create their own set of reports, charts, graphs: basically, have their own BI and let IT manage it, too.</p> <p>The savvy reader will note that data discovery and visualization are also forms of self-service BI, though that is not what is usually implied in general usage of the term “self-service.”</p> <h3>3. Make your data better</h3> <p>Data discovery pushes the boundaries for how we source data, going beyond the limits of the traditional data warehouses and bringing in data from more and newer sources (hence the search engine analogy earlier). this introduces questions about how to control data quality and how to improve data context.</p> <p>Sometime after the Dark Ages, we came to the realization that the shiniest of dashboards get their credibility from boring old data quality and master data management processes. Transactions (e.g., sales orders, invoices, material movements, accounting documents) are great. They represent action and contain numbers that can be put into reports (like financial statements) and (gasp) glorious visualizations! However, without tying back to master data, the transactions are just business data (not information), and certainly do not provide context.</p> <p>Ultimately data quality and management is about ensuring that the consumers of the data have a solid set of assumptions to use while translating that data into information. Keeping those assumptions true in the light of growing data sets and sources is a challenge (or opportunity&#8230; which one is it?), but is essential for the data discovery, visualization and self-service capabilities to stay relevant.</p> Melanie Mathews http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/?p=2036 Wed May 24 2017 05:52:20 GMT-0400 (EDT) ACE Alumni http://timtows-hyperion-blog.blogspot.com/2017/05/ace-alumni.html Today, I asked Oracle to move me from Oracle ACE Director status to Oracle ACE Alumni status. &nbsp;There are a number of reasons why I decided to change status. &nbsp;When I started answering questions on internet forums <i><b>years </b></i>ago, I did it to share what I had learned in order to help others. &nbsp;The same goes for this blog which I originally started so that I could give better and more complete answers to questions on the forums. <br /><br />After the Hyperion acquisition by Oracle, I was contacted by Oracle who asked if I would be interested in becoming an "Oracle ACE". &nbsp;It was an honor. &nbsp;But over time, things have changed. &nbsp;As more people found out about the ACE program, more people wanted to become an ACE. &nbsp;If you have ever monitored the OTN Essbase and Smart View forums, they have become cluttered with copy and paste posts from people obviously trying to increase their points. &nbsp;As the ACE program grew, it also become harder for the OTN team to manage and now require a formal activity reporting - a time report if you will - to track contributions to the community. &nbsp;As I am already extremely pressed for time, I decided that tracking my contributions to the community - in exchange for a free pass to Open World, just didn't make sense.<br /><br />All of that being said, just because I have moved to Oracle ACE Alumni status doesn't mean that I will stop contributing to the community. &nbsp;My company will continue to provide free downloads and support for the Next Generation (Essbase) Outline Extractor and the Outline Viewer along with free downloads of Drillbridge Community Edition. &nbsp;And maybe, just maybe, I will finally have time to write some new blog posts (maybe even some posts on some new Dodeca features inspired by our work with Oracle Analytics Cloud / Essbase Cloud!)<br /><br /> Tim Tow tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4019598559914347729.post-8718741137574528446 Wed May 24 2017 00:08:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) ACE Alumni @timtow @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://timtows-hyperion-blog.blogspot.com/2017/05/ace-alumni.html Today, I asked Oracle to move me from Oracle ACE Director status to Oracle ACE Alumni status. &nbsp;There are a number of reasons why I decided to change status. &nbsp;When I started answering questions on internet forums <i><b>years </b></i>ago, I did it to share what I had learned in order to help others. &nbsp;The same goes for this blog which I originally started so that I could give better and more complete answers to questions on the forums. <br /><br />After the Hyperion acquisition by Oracle, I was contacted by Oracle who asked if I would be interested in becoming an "Oracle ACE". &nbsp;It was an honor. &nbsp;But over time, things have changed. &nbsp;As more people found out about the ACE program, more people wanted to become an ACE. &nbsp;If you have ever monitored the OTN Essbase and Smart View forums, they have become cluttered with copy and paste posts from people obviously trying to increase their points. &nbsp;As the ACE program grew, it also become harder for the OTN team to manage and now require a formal activity reporting - a time report if you will - to track contributions to the community. &nbsp;As I am already extremely pressed for time, I decided that tracking my contributions to the community - in exchange for a free pass to Open World, just didn't make sense.<br /><br />All of that being said, just because I have moved to Oracle ACE Alumni status doesn't mean that I will stop contributing to the community. &nbsp;My company will continue to provide free downloads and support for the Next Generation (Essbase) Outline Extractor and the Outline Viewer along with free downloads of Drillbridge Community Edition. &nbsp;And maybe, just maybe, I will finally have time to write some new blog posts (maybe even some posts on some new Dodeca features inspired by our work with Oracle Analytics Cloud / Essbase Cloud!)<br /><br /> Tim Tow tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4019598559914347729.post-8718741137574528446 Wed May 24 2017 00:08:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) ODTUG Kscope17 Women in Technology Event & 2017 Women in Technology Scholar @odtug http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=720&source=1 Attend one of the hottest gatherings of the year – the ODTUG Kscope17 Women in Technology Event. Join men and women on Wednesday, June 28, at 12:15 PM for lunch, networking, and conversations surrounding workplace gender equality, workplace perception, work/life balance, and more. ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=720&source=1 Tue May 23 2017 10:51:57 GMT-0400 (EDT) ODTUG Kscope17 Women in Technology Event & 2017 Women in Technology Scholar http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=720&source=1 Attend one of the hottest gatherings of the year – the ODTUG Kscope17 Women in Technology Event. Join men and women on Wednesday, June 28, at 12:15 PM for lunch, networking, and conversations surrounding workplace gender equality, workplace perception, work/life balance, and more. ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=720&source=1 Tue May 23 2017 10:51:57 GMT-0400 (EDT) Webinar Tomorrow: One Stop Data Shop with Dodeca http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/webinar-tomorrow-one-stop-data-shop-with-dodeca/ I just wanted to plug a webinar that I am conducting tomorrow on Dodeca. I&#8217;m excited to do this webinar for a few reasons. Usually on our monthly webinar series we look at a specific feature and do a technical walkthrough. The focus of this webinar is a little different, though. This is more of [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1849 Mon May 22 2017 15:11:51 GMT-0400 (EDT) Webinar Tomorrow: One Stop Data Shop with Dodeca @jwj @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/webinar-tomorrow-one-stop-data-shop-with-dodeca/ I just wanted to plug a webinar that I am conducting tomorrow on Dodeca. I&#8217;m excited to do this webinar for a few reasons. Usually on our monthly webinar series we look at a specific feature and do a technical walkthrough. The focus of this webinar is a little different, though. This is more of [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1849 Mon May 22 2017 15:11:51 GMT-0400 (EDT) FDMEE/Data Management – All data types in Planning File Format – Part 1 http://john-goodwin.blogspot.com/2017/05/fdmeedata-management-all-data-types-in_21.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Recently a new load method was added to Data Management in EPM Cloud, there was no mention of it in the announcements and new features monthly updates document so I thought I would put together a post to look at the functionality.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ogYmAmsQnxI/WSBUwWEW4OI/AAAAAAAAI18/tlD5FMdNlTg6SlTGZW0D0o6f0JuFNaepQCLcB/s1600/image001.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ogYmAmsQnxI/WSBUwWEW4OI/AAAAAAAAI18/tlD5FMdNlTg6SlTGZW0D0o6f0JuFNaepQCLcB/s1600/image001.png" /></a></div><br />The new load method is called “<b>All data types in Planning File Format</b>” which may be new for Data Management but the core functionality has been available in the Outline Load Utility since 11.1.2.0 of on-premise planning.<br /><br />The cloud documentation provides the following information:<br /><br /><i><b class="yellow">“You can include line item detail using a LINEITEM flag in the data load file to perform incremental data loads for a child of the data load dimension based on unique driver dimension identifiers to a Oracle Hyperion Planning application. This load method specifies that data should be overwritten if a row with the specified unique identifiers already exists on the form. If the row does not exist, data is entered as long as enough child members exist under the data load dimension parent member.”</b></i><br /><br />I must admit that in the past when I first read the same information in the planning documentation it wasn't clear to me how the functionality worked.<br /><br />It looks like the above statement in the cloud documentation has been copied from on-premise and is a little misleading as in Data Management you don’t have to include the flag in the source file because it can be handled by data load mappings.<br /><br />Before jumping into the cloud I thought it was worth covering an example with the on-premise Outline Load Utility because behind the scenes Data Management will be using the OLU.<br /><br />As usual I am going to try and keep it as simple as possible and in my example I am going to load the following set of employee benefits data.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ooV_WWaPcM0/WSBUwRtzOjI/AAAAAAAAI14/pQwbGy3PhVM6f4OWvWBZxU9W60MW3p4bwCLcB/s1600/image002.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ooV_WWaPcM0/WSBUwRtzOjI/AAAAAAAAI14/pQwbGy3PhVM6f4OWvWBZxU9W60MW3p4bwCLcB/s1600/image002.png" /></a></div><br />Using the LINEITEM flag method with the OLU it is possible to load the data to child members of a defined parent without having to include each member in the file, so say you need to load data to placeholders this method should make it much simpler.<br /><br />You can also define unique identifiers for the data so in the above example I am going to set the identifiers as Grade and Benefit Type, this means if there is data in the source file which matches data in the planning application against both the identifiers the data will be overwritten, if not the data will be loaded against the next available child member where no data exists for the given point of view.<br /><br />It should hopefully become clearer after going through the example.<br /><br />I have the following placeholder members in the Account dimension where the data will be loaded to, the Account dimension will be set as the data load dimension and the member “Total Benefits” will be set as the parent in the LINEITEM flag.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VbceLGXakJg/WSBUwa7iV-I/AAAAAAAAI10/rsWTvJEe0KQMk240J7L8yk6huTzjAUp6ACLcB/s1600/image003.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VbceLGXakJg/WSBUwa7iV-I/AAAAAAAAI10/rsWTvJEe0KQMk240J7L8yk6huTzjAUp6ACLcB/s1600/image003.png" /></a></div><br />The data in the source file will be loaded against the following matching members in the Property dimension, these will be defined as the driver members.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lprB3AS1_Po/WSBUw1PY4jI/AAAAAAAAI2A/5O2TUrv94bA8k66tuA7qH4vs_0eF13cQQCLcB/s1600/image004.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lprB3AS1_Po/WSBUw1PY4jI/AAAAAAAAI2A/5O2TUrv94bA8k66tuA7qH4vs_0eF13cQQCLcB/s1600/image004.png" /></a></div><br />The members are a combination of Smart List, Date and numeric data types.<br /><br />I created a form to display the data after it has been loaded.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n-IE-erdmyw/WSBUxBTHhmI/AAAAAAAAI2I/r4Os6-2itH0f25iWt8GwD2Z1Y4IXb7K0wCLcB/s1600/image005.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n-IE-erdmyw/WSBUxBTHhmI/AAAAAAAAI2I/r4Os6-2itH0f25iWt8GwD2Z1Y4IXb7K0wCLcB/s1600/image005.png" /></a></div><br />Before creating the source file, there are data load settings that need to be defined within Data Load Administration in the planning application.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OlpUKLnaW9s/WSBUxIz2ddI/AAAAAAAAI2E/rv7OsFLpQ6MtEsnqpvYYwT4KsbgVgVzwQCLcB/s1600/image006.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OlpUKLnaW9s/WSBUxIz2ddI/AAAAAAAAI2E/rv7OsFLpQ6MtEsnqpvYYwT4KsbgVgVzwQCLcB/s1600/image006.png" /></a></div><br />The Data Load Dimension is set as Account and the parent member where the data will be loaded to is set as “Total Benefits”<br /><br />The Driver Dimension is set as Property and the members that match the source data are defined as Benefit Type, Grade, Start Date, Active and Value.<br /><br />The Unique Identifiers in the property dimension are defined as Benefit Type and Grade.<br /><br />Now on to creating the source file, if you have ever used the OLU to load data you will know that the source file will need to include the data load dimension member which in this case will the line item flag, driver members, cube name and the point of view containing the remaining members to load the data to.<br /><br />The format for the line item flag is:<b><br /><lineitem ata="" dimension="" load="" member="" parent=""></lineitem></b><br /><b class="yellow">&lt;LINEITEM(“Data Load Dimension Parent Member”)&gt;</b><br /><br />So based on the data set that was shown earlier the source file would look something like:<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4M-Kvw_TPQo/WSBUxWSSnWI/AAAAAAAAI2U/jKXSZ00ByDYpi1QaoXEkyCifCXPqcEslACLcB/s1600/image007.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="72" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4M-Kvw_TPQo/WSBUxWSSnWI/AAAAAAAAI2U/jKXSZ00ByDYpi1QaoXEkyCifCXPqcEslACLcB/s640/image007.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />You may ask why does the line item flag need to be on every record when it could just be included in the parameters when calling the OLU, this would make sense if loading data to children of only one member but it is possible to load to multiple members so it needs to be included in the source file.<br /><br />The final step is to load the data file using the OLU and the parameters are the same as loading any type of data file.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sNd69P2Jh38/WSBUxVV2LyI/AAAAAAAAI2M/8dh0Mj6siRg4Xed32YTadrrlAObPiIqkQCLcB/s1600/image008.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="82" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sNd69P2Jh38/WSBUxVV2LyI/AAAAAAAAI2M/8dh0Mj6siRg4Xed32YTadrrlAObPiIqkQCLcB/s640/image008.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />The parameter definitions are available in the <b><a href="http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E57185_01/AGOHP/ch05s02s07.html">documentation </a></b>but in summary:<br /><br /><b class="yellow">/A: = Application name</b><br /><b class="yellow">/U: = Planning application administrator username</b><br /><b class="yellow">/D: = Data load dimension</b><br /><b class="yellow">/M: = Generate data load fields from header record in file.</b><br /><b class="yellow">/I: = Source file</b><br /><b class="yellow">/L: = Log file</b><br /><b class="yellow">/X: = Error file</b><br /><br />You could also include the <b>-f:</b> parameter to set the location of an encrypted password file to remove the requirement of entering the password manually at runtime.<br /><br />After running the script the output log should confirm the status of the data load.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">Planning Outline data store load process finished. 4 data records were read, 4 data records were processed, 4 were accepted for loading (verify actual load with Essbase log files), 0 were rejected.</b><br /><br />In my example four records were successfully loaded which is what I was hoping for.<br /><br />Opening the form I created earlier confirms the data has been loaded correctly.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZ9RxH5msco/WSBUxgLmWBI/AAAAAAAAI2Q/CovFiManN-0RFuWvLSHhEqxX8KUbeFxLACLcB/s1600/image009.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZ9RxH5msco/WSBUxgLmWBI/AAAAAAAAI2Q/CovFiManN-0RFuWvLSHhEqxX8KUbeFxLACLcB/s1600/image009.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">As no data previously existed for the POV the data was loaded to the first four children of “Total Benefits” and the unique identifier members would not apply in this case.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Let us load a record of data for the same POV and to matching unique identifiers, the unique identifier has been defined as a combination of members Grade and Benefit Type&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-evP-Orrmx_I/WSBUx7Vd8BI/AAAAAAAAI2g/sDxSdfAAqvkMNYL-FEwxfymNzWm71-9CQCLcB/s1600/image010.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="39" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-evP-Orrmx_I/WSBUx7Vd8BI/AAAAAAAAI2g/sDxSdfAAqvkMNYL-FEwxfymNzWm71-9CQCLcB/s640/image010.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />As matching data values already exist for “Grade 1” and “Health Insurance” under “Total Benefits”, this means the data should be updated instead of data being loaded to the next available child member.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rmkLs4YWPvQ/WSBUyBY2EuI/AAAAAAAAI2Y/e0GW8qwg4U0YRtccJA02_TLM6vQb2VvfgCLcB/s1600/image011.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rmkLs4YWPvQ/WSBUyBY2EuI/AAAAAAAAI2Y/e0GW8qwg4U0YRtccJA02_TLM6vQb2VvfgCLcB/s1600/image011.png" /></a></div><br />The data has been updated where the identifier data values match and in this case the Active member data has changed from Yes to No.<br /><br />Now let us load a new record of data where data values don’t match for the identifier members.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o22pC6P5sfU/WSBUyARzqlI/AAAAAAAAI2c/bohiicqlhhEnr3xdm9N0Z5pE5ZosAC55wCLcB/s1600/image012.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="36" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o22pC6P5sfU/WSBUyARzqlI/AAAAAAAAI2c/bohiicqlhhEnr3xdm9N0Z5pE5ZosAC55wCLcB/s640/image012.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />In the above example there is currently no matching data values of “Grade 3” and “Health Insurance” so the data should be loaded to the next available child member of “Total Benefits” where no data exists for that POV.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K9clOfLYGmE/WSBUyYaUDaI/AAAAAAAAI2k/7-0ELypnOBc-hNReEKmm3tKlkv0EB629wCLcB/s1600/image013.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K9clOfLYGmE/WSBUyYaUDaI/AAAAAAAAI2k/7-0ELypnOBc-hNReEKmm3tKlkv0EB629wCLcB/s1600/image013.png" /></a></div><br />The data has been loaded against next available member which is “Benefit 5” as no data previously existed for the given POV.<br /><br />So what happens when you try to load data and there are no available members left.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7oVtbBBxMYg/WSBUyqLZOGI/AAAAAAAAI2o/2Y1OBwCNhWgokSU2ctYiHQHTpj1sSFcggCLcB/s1600/image014.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="42" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7oVtbBBxMYg/WSBUyqLZOGI/AAAAAAAAI2o/2Y1OBwCNhWgokSU2ctYiHQHTpj1sSFcggCLcB/s640/image014.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />All five child members of “Total Benefits” have data against the above POV and as there is no matching data for the unique identifier combination the load fails with the following messages.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">There is no uniquely identifying child member available for this member defined in Data Load Dimension Parent. Add more child members if needed.:&nbsp;</b><br /><b class="yellow"><lineitem benefits="" otal="">,Plan1,"Jan,No Year,Forecast,Working,110,P_000",Grade 3,Car Allowance,01-05-2017,Yes,18000</lineitem></b><br /><b class="yellow"><br />Outline data store load process finished. 1 data record was read, 1 data record was processed, 0 were accepted for loading (verify actual load with Essbase log files), 1 was rejected.</b><br /><br />At least the log provides exactly what the issue is and how to resolve.<br /><br />I am going to leave it there for this post and in the next part I will look at how the same functionality has been built into FDMEE/Data Management and go through similar examples.<br /><div><br /></div></div> John Goodwin tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6575283218005807475.post-1541597304549733107 Sun May 21 2017 14:33:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) FDMEE/Data Management – All data types in Planning File Format – Part 1 @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://john-goodwin.blogspot.com/2017/05/fdmeedata-management-all-data-types-in_21.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Recently a new load method was added to Data Management in EPM Cloud, there was no mention of it in the announcements and new features monthly updates document so I thought I would put together a post to look at the functionality.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ogYmAmsQnxI/WSBUwWEW4OI/AAAAAAAAI18/tlD5FMdNlTg6SlTGZW0D0o6f0JuFNaepQCLcB/s1600/image001.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ogYmAmsQnxI/WSBUwWEW4OI/AAAAAAAAI18/tlD5FMdNlTg6SlTGZW0D0o6f0JuFNaepQCLcB/s1600/image001.png" /></a></div><br />The new load method is called “<b>All data types in Planning File Format</b>” which may be new for Data Management but the core functionality has been available in the Outline Load Utility since 11.1.2.0 of on-premise planning.<br /><br />The cloud documentation provides the following information:<br /><br /><i><b class="yellow">“You can include line item detail using a LINEITEM flag in the data load file to perform incremental data loads for a child of the data load dimension based on unique driver dimension identifiers to a Oracle Hyperion Planning application. This load method specifies that data should be overwritten if a row with the specified unique identifiers already exists on the form. If the row does not exist, data is entered as long as enough child members exist under the data load dimension parent member.”</b></i><br /><br />I must admit that in the past when I first read the same information in the planning documentation it wasn't clear to me how the functionality worked.<br /><br />It looks like the above statement in the cloud documentation has been copied from on-premise and is a little misleading as in Data Management you don’t have to include the flag in the source file because it can be handled by data load mappings.<br /><br />Before jumping into the cloud I thought it was worth covering an example with the on-premise Outline Load Utility because behind the scenes Data Management will be using the OLU.<br /><br />As usual I am going to try and keep it as simple as possible and in my example I am going to load the following set of employee benefits data.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ooV_WWaPcM0/WSBUwRtzOjI/AAAAAAAAI14/pQwbGy3PhVM6f4OWvWBZxU9W60MW3p4bwCLcB/s1600/image002.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ooV_WWaPcM0/WSBUwRtzOjI/AAAAAAAAI14/pQwbGy3PhVM6f4OWvWBZxU9W60MW3p4bwCLcB/s1600/image002.png" /></a></div><br />Using the LINEITEM flag method with the OLU it is possible to load the data to child members of a defined parent without having to include each member in the file, so say you need to load data to placeholders this method should make it much simpler.<br /><br />You can also define unique identifiers for the data so in the above example I am going to set the identifiers as Grade and Benefit Type, this means if there is data in the source file which matches data in the planning application against both the identifiers the data will be overwritten, if not the data will be loaded against the next available child member where no data exists for the given point of view.<br /><br />It should hopefully become clearer after going through the example.<br /><br />I have the following placeholder members in the Account dimension where the data will be loaded to, the Account dimension will be set as the data load dimension and the member “Total Benefits” will be set as the parent in the LINEITEM flag.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VbceLGXakJg/WSBUwa7iV-I/AAAAAAAAI10/rsWTvJEe0KQMk240J7L8yk6huTzjAUp6ACLcB/s1600/image003.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VbceLGXakJg/WSBUwa7iV-I/AAAAAAAAI10/rsWTvJEe0KQMk240J7L8yk6huTzjAUp6ACLcB/s1600/image003.png" /></a></div><br />The data in the source file will be loaded against the following matching members in the Property dimension, these will be defined as the driver members.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lprB3AS1_Po/WSBUw1PY4jI/AAAAAAAAI2A/5O2TUrv94bA8k66tuA7qH4vs_0eF13cQQCLcB/s1600/image004.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lprB3AS1_Po/WSBUw1PY4jI/AAAAAAAAI2A/5O2TUrv94bA8k66tuA7qH4vs_0eF13cQQCLcB/s1600/image004.png" /></a></div><br />The members are a combination of Smart List, Date and numeric data types.<br /><br />I created a form to display the data after it has been loaded.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n-IE-erdmyw/WSBUxBTHhmI/AAAAAAAAI2I/r4Os6-2itH0f25iWt8GwD2Z1Y4IXb7K0wCLcB/s1600/image005.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n-IE-erdmyw/WSBUxBTHhmI/AAAAAAAAI2I/r4Os6-2itH0f25iWt8GwD2Z1Y4IXb7K0wCLcB/s1600/image005.png" /></a></div><br />Before creating the source file, there are data load settings that need to be defined within Data Load Administration in the planning application.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OlpUKLnaW9s/WSBUxIz2ddI/AAAAAAAAI2E/rv7OsFLpQ6MtEsnqpvYYwT4KsbgVgVzwQCLcB/s1600/image006.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OlpUKLnaW9s/WSBUxIz2ddI/AAAAAAAAI2E/rv7OsFLpQ6MtEsnqpvYYwT4KsbgVgVzwQCLcB/s1600/image006.png" /></a></div><br />The Data Load Dimension is set as Account and the parent member where the data will be loaded to is set as “Total Benefits”<br /><br />The Driver Dimension is set as Property and the members that match the source data are defined as Benefit Type, Grade, Start Date, Active and Value.<br /><br />The Unique Identifiers in the property dimension are defined as Benefit Type and Grade.<br /><br />Now on to creating the source file, if you have ever used the OLU to load data you will know that the source file will need to include the data load dimension member which in this case will the line item flag, driver members, cube name and the point of view containing the remaining members to load the data to.<br /><br />The format for the line item flag is:<b><br /><lineitem ata="" dimension="" load="" member="" parent=""></lineitem></b><br /><b class="yellow">&lt;LINEITEM(“Data Load Dimension Parent Member”)&gt;</b><br /><br />So based on the data set that was shown earlier the source file would look something like:<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4M-Kvw_TPQo/WSBUxWSSnWI/AAAAAAAAI2U/jKXSZ00ByDYpi1QaoXEkyCifCXPqcEslACLcB/s1600/image007.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="72" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4M-Kvw_TPQo/WSBUxWSSnWI/AAAAAAAAI2U/jKXSZ00ByDYpi1QaoXEkyCifCXPqcEslACLcB/s640/image007.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />You may ask why does the line item flag need to be on every record when it could just be included in the parameters when calling the OLU, this would make sense if loading data to children of only one member but it is possible to load to multiple members so it needs to be included in the source file.<br /><br />The final step is to load the data file using the OLU and the parameters are the same as loading any type of data file.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sNd69P2Jh38/WSBUxVV2LyI/AAAAAAAAI2M/8dh0Mj6siRg4Xed32YTadrrlAObPiIqkQCLcB/s1600/image008.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="82" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sNd69P2Jh38/WSBUxVV2LyI/AAAAAAAAI2M/8dh0Mj6siRg4Xed32YTadrrlAObPiIqkQCLcB/s640/image008.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />The parameter definitions are available in the <b><a href="http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E57185_01/AGOHP/ch05s02s07.html">documentation </a></b>but in summary:<br /><br /><b class="yellow">/A: = Application name</b><br /><b class="yellow">/U: = Planning application administrator username</b><br /><b class="yellow">/D: = Data load dimension</b><br /><b class="yellow">/M: = Generate data load fields from header record in file.</b><br /><b class="yellow">/I: = Source file</b><br /><b class="yellow">/L: = Log file</b><br /><b class="yellow">/X: = Error file</b><br /><br />You could also include the <b>-f:</b> parameter to set the location of an encrypted password file to remove the requirement of entering the password manually at runtime.<br /><br />After running the script the output log should confirm the status of the data load.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">Planning Outline data store load process finished. 4 data records were read, 4 data records were processed, 4 were accepted for loading (verify actual load with Essbase log files), 0 were rejected.</b><br /><br />In my example four records were successfully loaded which is what I was hoping for.<br /><br />Opening the form I created earlier confirms the data has been loaded correctly.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZ9RxH5msco/WSBUxgLmWBI/AAAAAAAAI2Q/CovFiManN-0RFuWvLSHhEqxX8KUbeFxLACLcB/s1600/image009.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZ9RxH5msco/WSBUxgLmWBI/AAAAAAAAI2Q/CovFiManN-0RFuWvLSHhEqxX8KUbeFxLACLcB/s1600/image009.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">As no data previously existed for the POV the data was loaded to the first four children of “Total Benefits” and the unique identifier members would not apply in this case.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Let us load a record of data for the same POV and to matching unique identifiers, the unique identifier has been defined as a combination of members Grade and Benefit Type&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-evP-Orrmx_I/WSBUx7Vd8BI/AAAAAAAAI2g/sDxSdfAAqvkMNYL-FEwxfymNzWm71-9CQCLcB/s1600/image010.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="39" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-evP-Orrmx_I/WSBUx7Vd8BI/AAAAAAAAI2g/sDxSdfAAqvkMNYL-FEwxfymNzWm71-9CQCLcB/s640/image010.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />As matching data values already exist for “Grade 1” and “Health Insurance” under “Total Benefits”, this means the data should be updated instead of data being loaded to the next available child member.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rmkLs4YWPvQ/WSBUyBY2EuI/AAAAAAAAI2Y/e0GW8qwg4U0YRtccJA02_TLM6vQb2VvfgCLcB/s1600/image011.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rmkLs4YWPvQ/WSBUyBY2EuI/AAAAAAAAI2Y/e0GW8qwg4U0YRtccJA02_TLM6vQb2VvfgCLcB/s1600/image011.png" /></a></div><br />The data has been updated where the identifier data values match and in this case the Active member data has changed from Yes to No.<br /><br />Now let us load a new record of data where data values don’t match for the identifier members.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o22pC6P5sfU/WSBUyARzqlI/AAAAAAAAI2c/bohiicqlhhEnr3xdm9N0Z5pE5ZosAC55wCLcB/s1600/image012.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="36" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o22pC6P5sfU/WSBUyARzqlI/AAAAAAAAI2c/bohiicqlhhEnr3xdm9N0Z5pE5ZosAC55wCLcB/s640/image012.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />In the above example there is currently no matching data values of “Grade 3” and “Health Insurance” so the data should be loaded to the next available child member of “Total Benefits” where no data exists for that POV.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K9clOfLYGmE/WSBUyYaUDaI/AAAAAAAAI2k/7-0ELypnOBc-hNReEKmm3tKlkv0EB629wCLcB/s1600/image013.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K9clOfLYGmE/WSBUyYaUDaI/AAAAAAAAI2k/7-0ELypnOBc-hNReEKmm3tKlkv0EB629wCLcB/s1600/image013.png" /></a></div><br />The data has been loaded against next available member which is “Benefit 5” as no data previously existed for the given POV.<br /><br />So what happens when you try to load data and there are no available members left.<br /><br /><div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7oVtbBBxMYg/WSBUyqLZOGI/AAAAAAAAI2o/2Y1OBwCNhWgokSU2ctYiHQHTpj1sSFcggCLcB/s1600/image014.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="42" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7oVtbBBxMYg/WSBUyqLZOGI/AAAAAAAAI2o/2Y1OBwCNhWgokSU2ctYiHQHTpj1sSFcggCLcB/s640/image014.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />All five child members of “Total Benefits” have data against the above POV and as there is no matching data for the unique identifier combination the load fails with the following messages.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">There is no uniquely identifying child member available for this member defined in Data Load Dimension Parent. Add more child members if needed.:&nbsp;</b><br /><b class="yellow"><lineitem benefits="" otal="">,Plan1,"Jan,No Year,Forecast,Working,110,P_000",Grade 3,Car Allowance,01-05-2017,Yes,18000</lineitem></b><br /><b class="yellow"><br />Outline data store load process finished. 1 data record was read, 1 data record was processed, 0 were accepted for loading (verify actual load with Essbase log files), 1 was rejected.</b><br /><br />At least the log provides exactly what the issue is and how to resolve.<br /><br />I am going to leave it there for this post and in the next part I will look at how the same functionality has been built into FDMEE/Data Management and go through similar examples.<br /><div><br /></div></div> John Goodwin tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6575283218005807475.post-1541597304549733107 Sun May 21 2017 14:33:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) NEW ODTUG Kscope17 Content http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=719&source=1 Stay up to date on all things Kscope17: Introducing the Lunch and Learn, New Oracle Professional Tracks, In the Cloud sessions, On-Prem sessions, and the Kscope17 Schedule at a Glance. 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ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=719&source=1 Thu May 18 2017 16:37:23 GMT-0400 (EDT) Head in the Essbase Cloud No. 3 -- Costing the Essbase Cloud http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CameronsBlogForEssbaseHackers/~3/ZT1v5RGV0ZI/head-in-essbase-cloud-no-3-costing.html <h1 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-c65a2ee8-1cb5-c2d1-e483-f0b67c88fd05" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/What-Price-Glory-James-Cagney/dp/B0001NBMIA" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">What price Essbase?</span></a></h1><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Can_Get_It_for_You_Wholesale_(film)" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">I can(‘t) get it for you wholesale</span></a></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oft times when I set pen to paper, I endeavor to get the geeky part of whatever I write just as accurately as I can manage to do. &nbsp;Yes, I get bits wrong – Hah! &nbsp;You’ll never, probably, know ‘cos I have a legion of </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: line-through; vertical-align: baseline;">haters</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> fans who read my missives to you, Gentle Reader, with the zeal of </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Nation" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Carrie Nation</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> coming across </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry%27s_New_York_Bar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Harry’s New York Bar</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> whilst travelling </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Europe-Dollars-Reproduction-Original-Printing/dp/0470165642" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Europe on $5</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> a day (‘natch, back home the 18</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 6.6pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: super;">th</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> Amendment has shut down the honest whistle-wetting establishments so she’s got to go overseas) and, upon finding a teensy-weensy error on my part (</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbHtzqCge_8&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=66" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase is a very large egg that has gone off? &nbsp;Planning is a color that reminds me of love? &nbsp;I am a genius as yet undiscovered? &nbsp;Non sequiturs are my chosen </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">métier</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">?</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> ) point it out to me most lickety-split so that I may thus correct it </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">before you even know it</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. – but they’re generally fixed just as soon as I can mutter </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">culpa mea culpa</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> and try to atone for the error of my ways.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Whew. &nbsp;Did I lose you? &nbsp;I know I lost myself but, through advanced navigation skills, have found myself again.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Unhappily, this post finds me (sorry, could not resist) in the unenviable position of </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">an almost certainty of being corrected</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> because: &nbsp;none of this is technical, some of the information came to me secondhand, I’m making wild </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_wild-ass_guess" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">SWAGs</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> about the mix of products, and, as </span><a href="https://www.wired.com/2011/12/math-class-is-tough/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Barbie once infamously said</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">, “Math class is hard”</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> &nbsp;</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sor9GzivGbk" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Money makes the world go round</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">On my laptop resides a Windows VM. &nbsp;On that VM runs Windows 2008 Server (legally purchased I might note). &nbsp;On that Windows install runs (most of) EPM 11.1.2.4. &nbsp;You almost certainly have access to something like this. &nbsp;You’ve paid for it (you’d better, Oracle customers, or an audit from Hell aka Oracle Contracts is almost certainly on its way), or you’re using it to evangelize the glories of Oracle software for free (Hah!, a second time because we all know I am far too lazy and stupid to ever profit from this blog.) and thus can use it for educational purposes which I fervently hope is tickety-boo with Oracle. &nbsp;No matter how you’re here, you have a server(s), and someone installed Essbase and EPM and everything that goes with that.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">If you’re using it in a commercial on-premises context, you’re paying for it. &nbsp;There’s an upfront license fee and then a yearly maintenance charge equivalent to 22% of Essbase’s (or EPM-whatever’s) list price. &nbsp;The server you run it on, the OS that surrounds Essbase, the relational database that supports EPM repositories, the backup software your firm buys, the antivirus package, the data center, etc., etc., etc., belong to your employer. &nbsp;You (or your company) get to choose Linux over Windows, the Oracle Database over SQL Server, and so on down the line as you configure what makes Essbase your Essbase. &nbsp;The choices and the costs are yours.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase aka Oracle Analytics Cloud is totally different.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">In the OAC cloud there are no: &nbsp;local installs, VMs that you can see, payments to infrastructure consultants, patches, supporting software, or data centers and their server farms. &nbsp;Other than the choice of buying Essbase in the cloud, there simply aren’t any choices to make; that’s all in Oracle’s bailiwick because Essbase Cloud is a PaaS product. &nbsp;There are however monthly payments. &nbsp;Some of these we can tease out but others Remain A Mystery that only an Oracle sales representative can answer.</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Can’t means won’t and won’t means jail</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">No prison pallor is on the menu, but I can’t really know what you pay for on-premises Essbase nor can I tell you what Oracle will actually sell Essbase Cloud for. &nbsp;The former is unknown because I haven’t (and don’t want to – there’s a reason I never got that JD) read your firm’s contract. &nbsp;The latter is because, as my very first real world boss said, “Everything’s negotiable.” &nbsp;I can say that </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">generally</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> there’s a 30% to 35% discount from list price on many of Oracle’s products but what you’ll actually pay is known only to you, your Oracle sales representative, and God. &nbsp;Good luck.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">What can I do through this post? &nbsp;Break down all of the bits and bobs that actually comprise an Essbase Cloud instance because it’s not as clear as you might think. &nbsp;With that information, </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">you</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> can berate/beseech/bargain with your Oracle sales representative when it comes down to cash on the proverbial barrelhead. &nbsp;At least you’ll be forearmed when the reality distortion field known as a Sales Call envelops you.</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UYvsk6_foc" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">What does it take to get to the cost of an Essbase Cloud instance?</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I am, alas, not a wise old owl although with my glasses I do look a bit owlish so there’s that.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So just what are the components of an Essbase Cloud instance? &nbsp;I’m not at all sure how one would figure that out based on OAC’s </span><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/oac/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">pricing page</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> which really doesn’t list what it takes to truly run OAC. &nbsp;</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I’m not a lawyer but I play one on TV</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">OMG, the documents you’ll read to figure out what really and truly makes up and how much an Essbase Cloud instance costs.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">To start with, take a look at </span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/contracts/cloud-services/index.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Cloud Services home page</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">, specifically the Oracle Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service – Public Cloud Service Descriptions-Metered &amp; Non-Metered </span><a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/contracts/paas-iaas-public-cloud-2140609.pdf" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">pdf</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. &nbsp;This link is as of the date of writing, 17 May 2017 so be aware that it will change.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/oac/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud pricing</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/database/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Cloud Service pricing</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/database-backup/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service pricing</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/compute/compute/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service pricing</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/storage/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Storage Cloud Service pricing</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/compute/compute/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Block Storage pricing</span></a></div></li></ul><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">What you see below is my </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">best guess</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> as to what a customer actually needs to buy to get OAC at his company. &nbsp;I could be – maybe am – wrong on this but as noted, this is what I can suss out. &nbsp;I’ll correct this as I get corrections. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">There’s nothing secret here; your sales representative tell you all of this anyway (and as noted may correct some bits). &nbsp;Regardless of the final validity of this information, my naiveté re just what makes up a cloud product appears to be without end: &nbsp;I had no idea it took this many components. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Non-metered</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">For non-metered usage, Essbase Cloud is comprised of:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: -5.4pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="96"></col><col width="208"></col><col width="156"></col><col width="179"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Part</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Description</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Service type</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Purpose</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87390 </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87389 </span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud– Standard – Non-Metered – OCPU</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">-- or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud - Enterprise- Non-Metered – OCPU</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83531</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Cloud Service - Standard Edition - General Purpose - Non-metered- Hosted Environment</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Database, Oracle, metadata, for the use of</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83543</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Backup of Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B85643</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Compute Capacity - 1 OCPU - Non-Metered</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">CPU support for the Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83456</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Storage Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage </span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83455</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Block Storage - Non-metered -TB of Storage</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Capacity</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">There are two paths to non-metered Essbase aka Oracle Analytic Cloud. &nbsp;I </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">believe</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> but am not sure that the Enterprise product has full fat BICS as well as everything else in OAC. &nbsp;See, I lied (again) when I wrote that this post would be uncorrectable.</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87390 Oracle Analytics Cloud– Standard – Non-Metered – OCPU which includes: &nbsp;Essbase, BICS Mobile, 50 named users of Data Visualizer desktop per OCPU, Smart View for all users, and however many OCPUs you buy.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87389 Oracle Analytics Cloud - Enterprise- Non-Metered – OCPU which includes: &nbsp;BICS Mobile, 50 named users of Data Visualizer desktop per OCPU, Smart View for all users, one BICS administrator (I believe the significance of this is that Enterprise OAC is full BICS), and however many OCPUs you buy.. &nbsp;</span></div></li></ul><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Metered</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">NB – It’s not clear to me if metered and non-metered services can be combined, e.g. could a customer buy non-metered OAC but metered Storage? &nbsp;OMG, have I mentioned who has the answer to this? &nbsp;I have, haven’t I?</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">NB yet again – Although the OAC pricing page notes both metered and non-metered OAC, I can’t find OAC’s metered product numbers in Oracle’s Public Cloud Service Descriptions as of the writing of this post. &nbsp;It’ll likely be there soon.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">My bestest and most awesomest and quite likely wrongest</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #c00000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">guess</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> as to what makes up metered OAC:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: -5.4pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="96"></col><col width="208"></col><col width="156"></col><col width="179"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Part</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Description</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Service type</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Purpose</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B????? </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B8???? </span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud– Standard – Metered – OCPU</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">-- or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud - Enterprise- Metered – OCPU</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78521 </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or – &nbsp;</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78522</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Cloud Service-Standard Edition One Virtual Image-General Purpose OCPU per month </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or –</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> OCPU per hour</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Database, Oracle, metadata, for the use of</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B77079, B77476,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B77477,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B77478</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service – Metered</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Backup of Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78516,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78517,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78518,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78519,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78520,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B85644,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87082, </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87608,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87285,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87286</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service –Compute Capacity - Instance – Metered</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">CPU support for the Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83456</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Storage Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage </span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83455</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Block Storage - Non-metered -TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #365f91; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Pricing</span></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">These are </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">list</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> prices. &nbsp;Prices you can find, publicly, across all of those Read The Whole Thing™ links above. &nbsp;What will you really pay? &nbsp;As noted, it’s all negotiable and the only person that can really say is that Oracle sales rep I keep on referring to. &nbsp;I am so far removed from the sales process I might as well be on another planet. &nbsp;Come to think of it, I likely am on another planet (Vulcan? &nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Places_in_The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy#Ursa_Minor_Beta" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Usra Minor Beta</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">?) which explains all kinds of goofiness in my life both professional and personal.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">A caveat re metered pricing: &nbsp;I can’t even begin to understand it. &nbsp;Read the docs, talk to your internal IT pricing analysts, talk to Oracle, but importantly, don’t bother asking me. &nbsp;Non-metered is far easier although not necessarily a better fit for you. &nbsp;Have I mentioned that you ought to talk to Oracle? &nbsp;I have. &nbsp;Again.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">This example is for a two OCPU server (roughly four CPUs) with two terabytes of storage so a midsized Essbase server.</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">OCPUs explained</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Just what is an OCPU? &nbsp;Per Oracle’s, “Oracle Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service – Public Cloud &nbsp;Service Descriptions-Metered &amp; Non-Metered” document:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Unit (OCPU) is defined as the CPU capacity equivalent of one physical core of an Intel Xeon processor with hyper threading enabled. Each OCPU corresponds to two hardware execution threads, known as vCPUs.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">What kind of Xeon chip at what speed isn’t spelt out in the Service Descriptions document. &nbsp;Shall I repeat the “you should talk to” statement? &nbsp;Good, there’s no need.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: -5.4pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="96"></col><col width="208"></col><col width="156"></col><col width="179"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Part</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Description</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Quantity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Purpose</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87390 </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87389 </span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud– Standard – Non-Metered – OCPU</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">-- or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud - Enterprise- Non-Metered – OCPU</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83531</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Cloud Service - Standard Edition - General Purpose - Non-metered- Hosted Environment</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Database, Oracle, metadata, for the use of</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83543</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Backup of Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B85643</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Compute Capacity - 1 OCPU - Non-Metered</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">CPU support for the Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83456</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Storage Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage </span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83455</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Block Storage - Non-metered -TB of Storage</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Capacity</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">List pricing</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The below numbers are straight from Oracle’s web pages. &nbsp;Again, what you will pay for may very well be less.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="362" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/4YDy7E1JguHGSzqYG7MPHl_e2jMLShbjqUnapXu5XdJS4EI3sWgHY5hnBx0Cyj2OAbc5jpYVpXbxjWe9gY3yU-c5IvR4RgLIMYGDztEhq89jCVmvT0YLpNa8fhKgB-BNcsBtyaeaQQMZfYA7GA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #365f91; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Is it worth it?</span></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Only you can answer that. &nbsp;What you see in the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">list</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> prices above is the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">full</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> cost of the product.&nbsp; This is <i>all</i> you pay for non-metered Oracle Analytics Cloud.&nbsp; No servers, no installs, no <strike>fighting</strike> working with IT.&nbsp; You have the <i>whole</i> kit and kaboodle.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So what are license costs for on-premises? &nbsp;Were you to buy Oracle Essbase Plus from </span><a href="https://shop.oracle.com/apex/f?p=700:6:::NO:::&amp;success_msg=QWRkZWQgdG8gQ2FydA..%2FSGQ3S-he_hKDzgoPtGR22cihevPhQjguRsbqAeuyXM2wKsf4HrFNPI6VmOx_aFKdb6qFgHouiAlMule0dBB6WA" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">shop.oracle.com</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> for four unlimited CPUs for one year the price is…</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="282" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/OKgy6LfqVkZ3k9kjaX0wggZobOXKaC-NQOVFq5dhbBpKePa26GHc_hcQu8lhnGmfr39m4gWjcTaZ4coCNyeaSVQa8HVygKxMX2RuG0vCfZXRtLsz8o-aSNAj-Fqb6WgectHXMphuw1yR5PTt1A" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfHbpbv8Lvc" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Wowzers</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #365f91; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">That almost $200,000 (this number is a bit high because the first year’s support is a one-time charge that differs from the 22% yearly maintenance fee but still) doesn’t include any of the infrastructure or internal support: &nbsp;servers, relational databases, installs, OS license fees, etc. without mentioning Data Visualizer.&nbsp; OAC beats Essbase Plus when comparing list to discounted cost </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">and</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> it includes all of the things that PaaS brings to the table.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud isn’t just a good deal, it’s a </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">fantastic</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> deal. &nbsp;Perhaps you should talk to your Oracle sales rep? &nbsp;Probably.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Be seeing you.</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Don’t be afraid to correct me</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I don’t think there’s anyone afraid of that. &nbsp;Fire away and I’ll correct accordingly, especially around metered products.</span></div> Cameron Lackpour tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7650953985627040991.post-6489615164237639801 Thu May 18 2017 14:02:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Head in the Essbase Cloud No. 3 -- Costing the Essbase Cloud @CameronLackpour @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CameronsBlogForEssbaseHackers/~3/ZT1v5RGV0ZI/head-in-essbase-cloud-no-3-costing.html <h1 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-c65a2ee8-1cb5-c2d1-e483-f0b67c88fd05" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/What-Price-Glory-James-Cagney/dp/B0001NBMIA" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">What price Essbase?</span></a></h1><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Can_Get_It_for_You_Wholesale_(film)" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">I can(‘t) get it for you wholesale</span></a></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oft times when I set pen to paper, I endeavor to get the geeky part of whatever I write just as accurately as I can manage to do. &nbsp;Yes, I get bits wrong – Hah! &nbsp;You’ll never, probably, know ‘cos I have a legion of </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: line-through; vertical-align: baseline;">haters</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> fans who read my missives to you, Gentle Reader, with the zeal of </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Nation" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Carrie Nation</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> coming across </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry%27s_New_York_Bar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Harry’s New York Bar</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> whilst travelling </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Europe-Dollars-Reproduction-Original-Printing/dp/0470165642" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Europe on $5</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> a day (‘natch, back home the 18</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 6.6pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: super;">th</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> Amendment has shut down the honest whistle-wetting establishments so she’s got to go overseas) and, upon finding a teensy-weensy error on my part (</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbHtzqCge_8&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=66" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase is a very large egg that has gone off? &nbsp;Planning is a color that reminds me of love? &nbsp;I am a genius as yet undiscovered? &nbsp;Non sequiturs are my chosen </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">métier</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">?</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> ) point it out to me most lickety-split so that I may thus correct it </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">before you even know it</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. – but they’re generally fixed just as soon as I can mutter </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">culpa mea culpa</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> and try to atone for the error of my ways.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Whew. &nbsp;Did I lose you? &nbsp;I know I lost myself but, through advanced navigation skills, have found myself again.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Unhappily, this post finds me (sorry, could not resist) in the unenviable position of </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">an almost certainty of being corrected</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> because: &nbsp;none of this is technical, some of the information came to me secondhand, I’m making wild </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_wild-ass_guess" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">SWAGs</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> about the mix of products, and, as </span><a href="https://www.wired.com/2011/12/math-class-is-tough/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Barbie once infamously said</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">, “Math class is hard”</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> &nbsp;</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sor9GzivGbk" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Money makes the world go round</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">On my laptop resides a Windows VM. &nbsp;On that VM runs Windows 2008 Server (legally purchased I might note). &nbsp;On that Windows install runs (most of) EPM 11.1.2.4. &nbsp;You almost certainly have access to something like this. &nbsp;You’ve paid for it (you’d better, Oracle customers, or an audit from Hell aka Oracle Contracts is almost certainly on its way), or you’re using it to evangelize the glories of Oracle software for free (Hah!, a second time because we all know I am far too lazy and stupid to ever profit from this blog.) and thus can use it for educational purposes which I fervently hope is tickety-boo with Oracle. &nbsp;No matter how you’re here, you have a server(s), and someone installed Essbase and EPM and everything that goes with that.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">If you’re using it in a commercial on-premises context, you’re paying for it. &nbsp;There’s an upfront license fee and then a yearly maintenance charge equivalent to 22% of Essbase’s (or EPM-whatever’s) list price. &nbsp;The server you run it on, the OS that surrounds Essbase, the relational database that supports EPM repositories, the backup software your firm buys, the antivirus package, the data center, etc., etc., etc., belong to your employer. &nbsp;You (or your company) get to choose Linux over Windows, the Oracle Database over SQL Server, and so on down the line as you configure what makes Essbase your Essbase. &nbsp;The choices and the costs are yours.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase aka Oracle Analytics Cloud is totally different.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">In the OAC cloud there are no: &nbsp;local installs, VMs that you can see, payments to infrastructure consultants, patches, supporting software, or data centers and their server farms. &nbsp;Other than the choice of buying Essbase in the cloud, there simply aren’t any choices to make; that’s all in Oracle’s bailiwick because Essbase Cloud is a PaaS product. &nbsp;There are however monthly payments. &nbsp;Some of these we can tease out but others Remain A Mystery that only an Oracle sales representative can answer.</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Can’t means won’t and won’t means jail</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">No prison pallor is on the menu, but I can’t really know what you pay for on-premises Essbase nor can I tell you what Oracle will actually sell Essbase Cloud for. &nbsp;The former is unknown because I haven’t (and don’t want to – there’s a reason I never got that JD) read your firm’s contract. &nbsp;The latter is because, as my very first real world boss said, “Everything’s negotiable.” &nbsp;I can say that </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">generally</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> there’s a 30% to 35% discount from list price on many of Oracle’s products but what you’ll actually pay is known only to you, your Oracle sales representative, and God. &nbsp;Good luck.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">What can I do through this post? &nbsp;Break down all of the bits and bobs that actually comprise an Essbase Cloud instance because it’s not as clear as you might think. &nbsp;With that information, </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">you</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> can berate/beseech/bargain with your Oracle sales representative when it comes down to cash on the proverbial barrelhead. &nbsp;At least you’ll be forearmed when the reality distortion field known as a Sales Call envelops you.</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UYvsk6_foc" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">What does it take to get to the cost of an Essbase Cloud instance?</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I am, alas, not a wise old owl although with my glasses I do look a bit owlish so there’s that.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So just what are the components of an Essbase Cloud instance? &nbsp;I’m not at all sure how one would figure that out based on OAC’s </span><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/oac/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">pricing page</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> which really doesn’t list what it takes to truly run OAC. &nbsp;</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I’m not a lawyer but I play one on TV</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">OMG, the documents you’ll read to figure out what really and truly makes up and how much an Essbase Cloud instance costs.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">To start with, take a look at </span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/contracts/cloud-services/index.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Cloud Services home page</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">, specifically the Oracle Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service – Public Cloud Service Descriptions-Metered &amp; Non-Metered </span><a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/contracts/paas-iaas-public-cloud-2140609.pdf" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">pdf</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. &nbsp;This link is as of the date of writing, 17 May 2017 so be aware that it will change.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/oac/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud pricing</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/database/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Cloud Service pricing</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/database-backup/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service pricing</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/compute/compute/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service pricing</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/storage/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Storage Cloud Service pricing</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/compute/compute/pricing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Block Storage pricing</span></a></div></li></ul><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">What you see below is my </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">best guess</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> as to what a customer actually needs to buy to get OAC at his company. &nbsp;I could be – maybe am – wrong on this but as noted, this is what I can suss out. &nbsp;I’ll correct this as I get corrections. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">There’s nothing secret here; your sales representative tell you all of this anyway (and as noted may correct some bits). &nbsp;Regardless of the final validity of this information, my naiveté re just what makes up a cloud product appears to be without end: &nbsp;I had no idea it took this many components. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Non-metered</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">For non-metered usage, Essbase Cloud is comprised of:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: -5.4pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="96"></col><col width="208"></col><col width="156"></col><col width="179"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Part</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Description</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Service type</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Purpose</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87390 </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87389 </span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud– Standard – Non-Metered – OCPU</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">-- or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud - Enterprise- Non-Metered – OCPU</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83531</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Cloud Service - Standard Edition - General Purpose - Non-metered- Hosted Environment</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Database, Oracle, metadata, for the use of</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83543</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Backup of Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B85643</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Compute Capacity - 1 OCPU - Non-Metered</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">CPU support for the Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83456</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Storage Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage </span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83455</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Block Storage - Non-metered -TB of Storage</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Capacity</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">There are two paths to non-metered Essbase aka Oracle Analytic Cloud. &nbsp;I </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">believe</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> but am not sure that the Enterprise product has full fat BICS as well as everything else in OAC. &nbsp;See, I lied (again) when I wrote that this post would be uncorrectable.</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87390 Oracle Analytics Cloud– Standard – Non-Metered – OCPU which includes: &nbsp;Essbase, BICS Mobile, 50 named users of Data Visualizer desktop per OCPU, Smart View for all users, and however many OCPUs you buy.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87389 Oracle Analytics Cloud - Enterprise- Non-Metered – OCPU which includes: &nbsp;BICS Mobile, 50 named users of Data Visualizer desktop per OCPU, Smart View for all users, one BICS administrator (I believe the significance of this is that Enterprise OAC is full BICS), and however many OCPUs you buy.. &nbsp;</span></div></li></ul><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Metered</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">NB – It’s not clear to me if metered and non-metered services can be combined, e.g. could a customer buy non-metered OAC but metered Storage? &nbsp;OMG, have I mentioned who has the answer to this? &nbsp;I have, haven’t I?</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">NB yet again – Although the OAC pricing page notes both metered and non-metered OAC, I can’t find OAC’s metered product numbers in Oracle’s Public Cloud Service Descriptions as of the writing of this post. &nbsp;It’ll likely be there soon.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">My bestest and most awesomest and quite likely wrongest</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #c00000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">guess</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> as to what makes up metered OAC:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: -5.4pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="96"></col><col width="208"></col><col width="156"></col><col width="179"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Part</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Description</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Service type</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Purpose</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B????? </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B8???? </span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud– Standard – Metered – OCPU</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">-- or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud - Enterprise- Metered – OCPU</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78521 </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or – &nbsp;</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78522</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Cloud Service-Standard Edition One Virtual Image-General Purpose OCPU per month </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or –</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> OCPU per hour</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Database, Oracle, metadata, for the use of</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B77079, B77476,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B77477,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B77478</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service – Metered</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Backup of Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78516,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78517,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78518,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78519,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B78520,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B85644,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87082, </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87608,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87285,</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87286</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service –Compute Capacity - Instance – Metered</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">CPU support for the Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83456</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Storage Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage </span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83455</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Block Storage - Non-metered -TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #365f91; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Pricing</span></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">These are </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">list</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> prices. &nbsp;Prices you can find, publicly, across all of those Read The Whole Thing™ links above. &nbsp;What will you really pay? &nbsp;As noted, it’s all negotiable and the only person that can really say is that Oracle sales rep I keep on referring to. &nbsp;I am so far removed from the sales process I might as well be on another planet. &nbsp;Come to think of it, I likely am on another planet (Vulcan? &nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Places_in_The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy#Ursa_Minor_Beta" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Usra Minor Beta</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">?) which explains all kinds of goofiness in my life both professional and personal.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">A caveat re metered pricing: &nbsp;I can’t even begin to understand it. &nbsp;Read the docs, talk to your internal IT pricing analysts, talk to Oracle, but importantly, don’t bother asking me. &nbsp;Non-metered is far easier although not necessarily a better fit for you. &nbsp;Have I mentioned that you ought to talk to Oracle? &nbsp;I have. &nbsp;Again.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">This example is for a two OCPU server (roughly four CPUs) with two terabytes of storage so a midsized Essbase server.</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">OCPUs explained</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Just what is an OCPU? &nbsp;Per Oracle’s, “Oracle Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service – Public Cloud &nbsp;Service Descriptions-Metered &amp; Non-Metered” document:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Unit (OCPU) is defined as the CPU capacity equivalent of one physical core of an Intel Xeon processor with hyper threading enabled. Each OCPU corresponds to two hardware execution threads, known as vCPUs.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">What kind of Xeon chip at what speed isn’t spelt out in the Service Descriptions document. &nbsp;Shall I repeat the “you should talk to” statement? &nbsp;Good, there’s no need.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: -5.4pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="96"></col><col width="208"></col><col width="156"></col><col width="179"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Part</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Description</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Quantity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #4f81bd; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: white; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Purpose</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87390 </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">– or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B87389 </span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud– Standard – Non-Metered – OCPU</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">-- or –</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud - Enterprise- Non-Metered – OCPU</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essbase</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83531</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Cloud Service - Standard Edition - General Purpose - Non-metered- Hosted Environment</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Database, Oracle, metadata, for the use of</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83543</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Backup of Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B85643</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Compute Capacity - 1 OCPU - Non-Metered</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">CPU support for the Oracle database</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83456</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Storage Cloud Service – Non-metered - TB of Storage Capacity</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #d3dfee; border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage </span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0pt;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-left: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">B83455</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Compute Cloud Service - Block Storage - Non-metered -TB of Storage</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Capacity</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">IaaS</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-right: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; border-top: solid #7ba0cd 1pt; padding: 0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; vertical-align: top;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Data storage</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">List pricing</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The below numbers are straight from Oracle’s web pages. &nbsp;Again, what you will pay for may very well be less.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="362" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/4YDy7E1JguHGSzqYG7MPHl_e2jMLShbjqUnapXu5XdJS4EI3sWgHY5hnBx0Cyj2OAbc5jpYVpXbxjWe9gY3yU-c5IvR4RgLIMYGDztEhq89jCVmvT0YLpNa8fhKgB-BNcsBtyaeaQQMZfYA7GA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #365f91; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Is it worth it?</span></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Only you can answer that. &nbsp;What you see in the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">list</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> prices above is the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">full</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> cost of the product.&nbsp; This is <i>all</i> you pay for non-metered Oracle Analytics Cloud.&nbsp; No servers, no installs, no <strike>fighting</strike> working with IT.&nbsp; You have the <i>whole</i> kit and kaboodle.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So what are license costs for on-premises? &nbsp;Were you to buy Oracle Essbase Plus from </span><a href="https://shop.oracle.com/apex/f?p=700:6:::NO:::&amp;success_msg=QWRkZWQgdG8gQ2FydA..%2FSGQ3S-he_hKDzgoPtGR22cihevPhQjguRsbqAeuyXM2wKsf4HrFNPI6VmOx_aFKdb6qFgHouiAlMule0dBB6WA" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">shop.oracle.com</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> for four unlimited CPUs for one year the price is…</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="282" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/OKgy6LfqVkZ3k9kjaX0wggZobOXKaC-NQOVFq5dhbBpKePa26GHc_hcQu8lhnGmfr39m4gWjcTaZ4coCNyeaSVQa8HVygKxMX2RuG0vCfZXRtLsz8o-aSNAj-Fqb6WgectHXMphuw1yR5PTt1A" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfHbpbv8Lvc" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Wowzers</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #365f91; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">That almost $200,000 (this number is a bit high because the first year’s support is a one-time charge that differs from the 22% yearly maintenance fee but still) doesn’t include any of the infrastructure or internal support: &nbsp;servers, relational databases, installs, OS license fees, etc. without mentioning Data Visualizer.&nbsp; OAC beats Essbase Plus when comparing list to discounted cost </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">and</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> it includes all of the things that PaaS brings to the table.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle Analytics Cloud isn’t just a good deal, it’s a </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">fantastic</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> deal. &nbsp;Perhaps you should talk to your Oracle sales rep? &nbsp;Probably.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Be seeing you.</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Don’t be afraid to correct me</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I don’t think there’s anyone afraid of that. &nbsp;Fire away and I’ll correct accordingly, especially around metered products.</span></div> Cameron Lackpour tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7650953985627040991.post-6489615164237639801 Thu May 18 2017 14:02:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Did you know... Provisioning can impact HFM and Reporting performance times http://blog.checkpointllc.com/did-you-know...-provisioning-can-impact-hfm-and-reporting-performance-times <p>When comparing two roughly-equivalent environments, UAT and Staging, we kept running into a performance discrepancy we were unable to account for. We had the same data, rules, etc. in each HFM application, the same tuning parameters applied, and similar server host capabilities. We could not run a complex Task Scheduler instruction set in the same amount of time in each environment. UAT would take 90 minutes longer to complete the few dozen steps in the Task than Staging would.Examination of the log entries showed that for nearly every task in the list, it was taking approximately 150 seconds longer to perform each step in UAT than in Staging! We recreated the task list from scratch in Staging and found this extra time between steps was reduced to almost nothing. The same list was recreate in UAT and still ran 150 seconds longer between steps. The 11.1.2.4 Task Flow was being run by the same users in each environment, but was set to RUN AS a different user. When we ran as a simple ‘admin’-type user instead, as was used in the Staging environment, the extra time between steps vanished.</p> <p>Review of the differences between the simple ‘admin’ user account and the LDAP user account being leveraged for the job in UAT showed the LDAP account had 7 PAGES, or about 3500 Native Group rules, being applied for provisioning. We advised the client of the cause of the issue, and saved them 90+ minutes by their provisioning a user with more straight-forward security.</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=297092&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.checkpointllc.com%2Fdid-you-know...-provisioning-can-impact-hfm-and-reporting-performance-times&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fblog.checkpointllc.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> CheckPoint http://blog.checkpointllc.com/did-you-know...-provisioning-can-impact-hfm-and-reporting-performance-times Thu May 18 2017 09:05:17 GMT-0400 (EDT) Did you know... Provisioning can impact HFM and Reporting performance times @CheckPointllc @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://blog.checkpointllc.com/did-you-know...-provisioning-can-impact-hfm-and-reporting-performance-times <p>When comparing two roughly-equivalent environments, UAT and Staging, we kept running into a performance discrepancy we were unable to account for. We had the same data, rules, etc. in each HFM application, the same tuning parameters applied, and similar server host capabilities. We could not run a complex Task Scheduler instruction set in the same amount of time in each environment. UAT would take 90 minutes longer to complete the few dozen steps in the Task than Staging would.Examination of the log entries showed that for nearly every task in the list, it was taking approximately 150 seconds longer to perform each step in UAT than in Staging! We recreated the task list from scratch in Staging and found this extra time between steps was reduced to almost nothing. The same list was recreate in UAT and still ran 150 seconds longer between steps. The 11.1.2.4 Task Flow was being run by the same users in each environment, but was set to RUN AS a different user. When we ran as a simple ‘admin’-type user instead, as was used in the Staging environment, the extra time between steps vanished.</p> <p>Review of the differences between the simple ‘admin’ user account and the LDAP user account being leveraged for the job in UAT showed the LDAP account had 7 PAGES, or about 3500 Native Group rules, being applied for provisioning. We advised the client of the cause of the issue, and saved them 90+ minutes by their provisioning a user with more straight-forward security.</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=297092&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.checkpointllc.com%2Fdid-you-know...-provisioning-can-impact-hfm-and-reporting-performance-times&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fblog.checkpointllc.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> CheckPoint http://blog.checkpointllc.com/did-you-know...-provisioning-can-impact-hfm-and-reporting-performance-times Thu May 18 2017 09:05:17 GMT-0400 (EDT) New Substitution Variable Methods/CLI in PBJ http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/new-substitution-variable-methodscli-in-pbj/ Just a few additions to the PBJ (PBCS REST API Java Library) regarding substitution variables. All of the new functionality is added to the PbcsApplication interface, for now. Since variables can exist in a specific plan type, it may make sense in the future to add a new interface/implementation that models a specific plan type. [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1845 Wed May 17 2017 10:56:19 GMT-0400 (EDT) New Substitution Variable Methods/CLI in PBJ @jwj @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/new-substitution-variable-methodscli-in-pbj/ Just a few additions to the PBJ (PBCS REST API Java Library) regarding substitution variables. All of the new functionality is added to the PbcsApplication interface, for now. Since variables can exist in a specific plan type, it may make sense in the future to add a new interface/implementation that models a specific plan type. [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1845 Wed May 17 2017 10:56:19 GMT-0400 (EDT) How to Use the Row Expander Visualization Plugin with Oracle Data Visualization Desktop (DVD) http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2017/05/17/how-to-use-the-row-expander-visualization-plugin-with-oracle-data-visualization-desktop-dvd/ <p>Author: Margaret Motsi, Performance Architects</p> <p>One of the ways to enhance data visualization is by enabling a fully interactive drill up and down experience in the data hierarchy. Oracle’s <a href="https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/bidv1221/desktop/index.html">Data Visualization Desktop (DVD)</a> uses the<br /> “Row Expander” custom visualization plugin, available at the <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/oraclebipublicstore/">Oracle Public Store</a>, to offer the capability to dynamically drill up and down attributes that may not necessarily belong to a hierarchical column.  This means that a user can switch back and forth between summary and detail data to form intermediate subtotals and quickly analyze data.  This blog post provides instructions on how to get started with this plugin.</p> <p>From the Oracle BI Public Store, find the “Row Expander Viz” plugin box and click to download.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm1.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2009" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm1-300x89.png" alt="" width="300" height="89" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm1-300x89.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm1.png 588w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>This action will create the following notification:</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2008" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2-300x154.png" alt="" width="300" height="154" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2-300x154.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2-624x321.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2.png 702w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Click the “Download” link and copy content into the “plugins” folder; if your installation doesn’t offer  “plugins” folder, simply create one. Additional plugins should also go into this folder.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2007" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3-300x104.png" alt="" width="300" height="104" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3-300x104.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3-768x267.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3-624x217.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3.png 771w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Restart DVD. Once restarted, you can view the plugin in the visualization options.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm4.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2006" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm4-183x300.png" alt="" width="183" height="300" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm4-183x300.png 183w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm4.png 281w" sizes="(max-width: 183px) 100vw, 183px" /></a></p> <p>Select desired columns and then right-click on “Pick Visualization.”</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm5.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2005" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm5-230x300.png" alt="" width="230" height="300" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm5-230x300.png 230w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm5.png 303w" sizes="(max-width: 230px) 100vw, 230px" /></a></p> <p>Select the “Row Expander” plugin</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm6.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2004" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm6-300x226.png" alt="" width="300" height="226" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm6-300x226.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm6.png 331w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>The attributes display as rows in the canvas along with the selected metrics. The default view shows the summary data.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2003" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-300x138.png" alt="" width="300" height="138" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-300x138.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-768x352.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-1024x470.png 1024w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-624x286.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7.png 1040w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>You can click on each attribute to drill up/down to the next level.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2002" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8-300x175.png" alt="" width="300" height="175" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8-300x175.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8-768x449.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8-624x365.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8.png 919w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>You can also add or remove attributes as you go. The number of attributes is equal to the number of levels you can drill up and down.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2001" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9-300x180.png" alt="" width="300" height="180" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9-300x180.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9-624x374.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9.png 766w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>You can also create a filter on an attribute by right-clicking the attribute and selecting “Create Filter.”</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2000" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10-300x125.png" alt="" width="300" height="125" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10-300x125.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10-768x321.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10-624x261.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10.png 840w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>The plugin will filter accordingly.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1999" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11-300x46.png" alt="" width="300" height="46" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11-300x46.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11-768x119.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11-624x97.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11.png 872w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>You can drill up and down on the filtered data.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1998" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12-300x132.png" alt="" width="300" height="132" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12-300x132.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12-768x338.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12-624x274.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12.png 869w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>When it comes to measures, this first version of the plugin has a couple of limitations.  First, the plugin is only capable of performing the “Sum Aggregation” function on metric values. It will be able to perform other calculations in future releases of DVD.  Second, the input dataset is limited to 500 rows for the plugin to perform accurately.</p> <p>Need help or advice on data visualization plugins?  Contact Performance Architects at <a href="mailto:sales@performancearchitects.com">sales@performancearchitects.com</a> and we’d be happy to help.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Melanie Mathews http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/?p=1997 Wed May 17 2017 05:26:47 GMT-0400 (EDT) How to Use the Row Expander Visualization Plugin with Oracle Data Visualization Desktop (DVD) @PerfArchitects @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2017/05/17/how-to-use-the-row-expander-visualization-plugin-with-oracle-data-visualization-desktop-dvd/ <p>Author: Margaret Motsi, Performance Architects</p> <p>One of the ways to enhance data visualization is by enabling a fully interactive drill up and down experience in the data hierarchy. Oracle’s <a href="https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/bidv1221/desktop/index.html">Data Visualization Desktop (DVD)</a> uses the<br /> “Row Expander” custom visualization plugin, available at the <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/oraclebipublicstore/">Oracle Public Store</a>, to offer the capability to dynamically drill up and down attributes that may not necessarily belong to a hierarchical column.  This means that a user can switch back and forth between summary and detail data to form intermediate subtotals and quickly analyze data.  This blog post provides instructions on how to get started with this plugin.</p> <p>From the Oracle BI Public Store, find the “Row Expander Viz” plugin box and click to download.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm1.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2009" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm1-300x89.png" alt="" width="300" height="89" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm1-300x89.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm1.png 588w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>This action will create the following notification:</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2008" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2-300x154.png" alt="" width="300" height="154" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2-300x154.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2-624x321.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm2.png 702w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Click the “Download” link and copy content into the “plugins” folder; if your installation doesn’t offer  “plugins” folder, simply create one. Additional plugins should also go into this folder.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2007" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3-300x104.png" alt="" width="300" height="104" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3-300x104.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3-768x267.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3-624x217.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm3.png 771w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Restart DVD. Once restarted, you can view the plugin in the visualization options.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm4.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2006" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm4-183x300.png" alt="" width="183" height="300" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm4-183x300.png 183w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm4.png 281w" sizes="(max-width: 183px) 100vw, 183px" /></a></p> <p>Select desired columns and then right-click on “Pick Visualization.”</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm5.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2005" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm5-230x300.png" alt="" width="230" height="300" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm5-230x300.png 230w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm5.png 303w" sizes="(max-width: 230px) 100vw, 230px" /></a></p> <p>Select the “Row Expander” plugin</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm6.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2004" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm6-300x226.png" alt="" width="300" height="226" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm6-300x226.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm6.png 331w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>The attributes display as rows in the canvas along with the selected metrics. The default view shows the summary data.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2003" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-300x138.png" alt="" width="300" height="138" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-300x138.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-768x352.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-1024x470.png 1024w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7-624x286.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm7.png 1040w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>You can click on each attribute to drill up/down to the next level.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2002" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8-300x175.png" alt="" width="300" height="175" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8-300x175.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8-768x449.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8-624x365.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm8.png 919w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>You can also add or remove attributes as you go. The number of attributes is equal to the number of levels you can drill up and down.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2001" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9-300x180.png" alt="" width="300" height="180" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9-300x180.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9-624x374.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm9.png 766w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>You can also create a filter on an attribute by right-clicking the attribute and selecting “Create Filter.”</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2000" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10-300x125.png" alt="" width="300" height="125" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10-300x125.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10-768x321.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10-624x261.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm10.png 840w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>The plugin will filter accordingly.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1999" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11-300x46.png" alt="" width="300" height="46" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11-300x46.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11-768x119.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11-624x97.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm11.png 872w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>You can drill up and down on the filtered data.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1998" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12-300x132.png" alt="" width="300" height="132" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12-300x132.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12-768x338.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12-624x274.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/mm12.png 869w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>When it comes to measures, this first version of the plugin has a couple of limitations.  First, the plugin is only capable of performing the “Sum Aggregation” function on metric values. It will be able to perform other calculations in future releases of DVD.  Second, the input dataset is limited to 500 rows for the plugin to perform accurately.</p> <p>Need help or advice on data visualization plugins?  Contact Performance Architects at <a href="mailto:sales@performancearchitects.com">sales@performancearchitects.com</a> and we’d be happy to help.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Melanie Mathews http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/?p=1997 Wed May 17 2017 05:26:47 GMT-0400 (EDT) Understanding the Outline Extractor Relational Extraction Tables http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/understanding-the-outline-extractor-relational-extraction-tables/ I was going to do a nice in-depth post to follow up on my discussion of the relational cache outline extraction method/improvements on the Next Generation Outline Extractor, but someone already beat me to the punch. It turns out that the tool&#8217;s primary author, Tim Tow, blogged about the technique and the tables for ODTUG [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1843 Tue May 16 2017 13:22:51 GMT-0400 (EDT) Understanding the Outline Extractor Relational Extraction Tables @jwj @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/understanding-the-outline-extractor-relational-extraction-tables/ I was going to do a nice in-depth post to follow up on my discussion of the relational cache outline extraction method/improvements on the Next Generation Outline Extractor, but someone already beat me to the punch. It turns out that the tool&#8217;s primary author, Tim Tow, blogged about the technique and the tables for ODTUG [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1843 Tue May 16 2017 13:22:51 GMT-0400 (EDT) Connecting the Value of IT: A Disciplined Solution for Service Costing and Chargeback https://ranzal.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/connecting-the-value-of-it-a-disciplined-solution-for-service-costing-and-chargeback/ <p><strong><em>This post corresponds to the webinar “<a href="http://www.ranzal.com/events/webinars/connecting-the-value-of-it-the-discipline-of-service-costing-and-chargeback-with-pcmcs">Connecting the Value of IT: A Disciplined Solution for Service Costing and Chargeback</a>,” </em></strong><strong><em>the last in our “<a href="http://www.ranzal.com/events/webinars/pcm-webinar-series">Let Your Profitability Soar</a>” webinar series. You can access the recording <u><a href="http://www.ranzal.com/events/webinars/connecting-the-value-of-it-the-discipline-of-service-costing-and-chargeback-with-pcmcs">here</a></u>. </em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Within an organization, technology is mission-critical to most business strategies, and IT costs represent a significant portion of back office spend.</p> <p><strong>Among their many responsibilities, the CFO and the CIO must make sure that:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Technology spending is <strong>aligned</strong> with business strategy</li> <li>Business applications and end-user services are <strong>delivered</strong> efficiently and cost-effectively</li> <li>Coherent project portfolios that <strong>grow and transform</strong> the business are created and nurtured</li> </ul> <p>Within this new economy, a key ongoing goal of the CIO is to make sure that IT is aligned with business strategy.</p> <p><strong>Generally, this IT-to-Business Strategy alignment is achieved in two ways:</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong> Running the business:</strong> Providing a cost-effective level of internal services necessary for sustaining business activity.</li> <li><strong>Building the business: </strong>Managing and delivering portfolio development projects that are prioritized and aligned with all key business initiatives aiming to improve efficiency and aid in gaining competitive advantages.</li> </ol> <p><strong>The Nature of the Problem</strong></p> <p>One challenging pattern we see time and again is the ongoing disconnect between the CIO and the CFO.</p> <p>Some might say this disconnect is an inevitable result of the fact that technology is moving so fast and we don’t always have the time to stop and assess its value. Understandably, it can be difficult for a CFO to get away from all the checks and balances just to get the financial books closed, let alone turn attention to the books that measure performance at greater depths, like line of business.</p> <p>In general, as a function of the role, the CFO does not talk servers, desktop deployments, applications or other semantics of the technology business. Conversely, with many companies establishing Technology Shared Service Centers, pressure is placed on the CIO to operate the business of IT with the same financial disciplines the CFO requires of all lines of business. The CIO must connect the value of IT services and capabilities to internal business partners. To achieve this, IT Finance teams require performance management solutions that are IT-specific, yet are connected to Finance, to ensure efficient allocation of resources and effective delivery of internal services.</p> <p>Part of the CFO’s role is to look at the technology projects and initiatives and think about how all of this technology is adding value. CIOs have to fill information voids, while also having to build their own financial models and performance management book of record using their own resources.</p> <p><strong>Two seemingly differing views of value can be hard to navigate and leverage.</strong> If two divergent approaches are not connected in a common view among the key stakeholders, then—more often than not—there is ongoing value-related confusion. Ultimately, the dissonance between the line of business owners can stall or even paralyze decision-making.</p> <p><strong>A Better Language Is Needed</strong></p> <p>For the good of your organization, it’s imperative that the CIO and the CFO speak the same shared language of value and that they connect in an effort to move forward in the most aligned and productive manner possible.</p> <p>Speaking a shared language—one that offers a unified financial model view and is based on shared definition of value—is a key to finding a solution. The disciplines of <strong>ITFM (IT Financial Management) </strong>is about equipping both of these executive-level offices and their teams with a better language.</p> <p><strong>With an ITFM solution, you are able to:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Reduce</strong> the time that IT Finance spends on managing the business processes, providing more time for value-added analytical activities</li> <li><strong>Give</strong> IT Managers more detailed, timely, accurate data to better understand the cost &amp; effectiveness of the services and projects they are delivering</li> <li><strong>Provide </strong>Line-of-Business managers with cost transparency into IT allocations and chargebacks, allowing them to better align their consumption of services with their business goals</li> </ul> <p><strong>ITFM focuses on these finance business processes:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>IT Planning:</strong> Budgeting &amp; forecasting of IT Operating and Capital Spend</li> <li><strong>IT Costing:</strong> Linking supply side financial cost structures with demand side consumption for services and projects</li> <li><strong>IT Chargebacks:</strong> Equitably charging lines of business for internal services and projects performed (or Showback)</li> </ul> <p>IT Finance Organizations typically manage these processes through a series of multiple systems and offline spreadsheets. These processes are not ideal, as they create pain as far as inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in terms of results.</p> <p>Our preferred solution for IT Service Costing—co-developed with Oracle—is based on <strong>PCMCS (Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service</strong>). <a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/business-intelligence/profitability-cost-cloud-service-3253161.pdf">Oracle’s PCMCS</a> is a cloud-based, packaged performance management application. It offers, in one package, a rules engine for cost allocations, embedded analytics and data management platform.</p> <p><strong>When developing the solution with PCMCS, the following were top priorities for our team:</strong></p> <ul> <li>That it required no large initial investment</li> <li>That it was accessible to all</li> <li>That it was always updated/up-to-date</li> <li>That limited IT involvement was needed</li> </ul> <p><strong>Oracle IT Financial Management Solution Overview</strong></p> <p><img data-attachment-id="1859" data-permalink="https://ranzal.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/connecting-the-value-of-it-a-disciplined-solution-for-service-costing-and-chargeback/connecting-value-of-it-image-1/" data-orig-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584" data-orig-size="1568,1064" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Connecting Value of IT Image 1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584?w=300" data-large-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584?w=584" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1859" src="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584" alt="Connecting Value of IT Image 1" srcset="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584 584w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=1168 1168w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px" /></p> <p>The ITFM solution, a joint development effort with Oracle and based on valuable feedback and results from multiple Ranzal customer implementations, offers all of the following in one package:</p> <ul> <li>Pre-Packaged Content for Cloud or On-Premise</li> <li>Pre-Built Data Model</li> <li>Pre-Built Costing Model &amp; Reporting Content</li> <li>Pre-Built Interface Specifications</li> </ul> <p>A key component of the PCMCS IT Costing &amp; Chargeback Template is its approach to modeling IT Like a Service Business, which includes the following modules:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Model Financials &amp; Projects: </strong>This first step is focused on modeling financial projects, allowing you to combine multiple data sources, perform cost center allocations and, for those customers without an existing project costing system in place, to perform basic project costing and project allocation functions.</li> <li><strong>Complete Costing of IT Operations:</strong> This second pillar of the solution provides a flexible framework that allows you to combine data from multiple sources, perform resource costing and perform service costing.</li> <li><strong>IT as a Business Service Provider</strong>: This third leg of the solution service considers catalogue &amp; bill rates, contribution cost trace, consumer showbacks and consumer chargebacks.</li> </ul> <p><strong> </strong><strong>We Have Options, You Have Options</strong></p> <p>Our Flexible Maturity Model allows customers to start where they feel most comfortable, and progress in a way that is focused on maximum flexibility for maximum effectiveness. No one size fits all, and we believe in starting right where you are.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="1855" data-permalink="https://ranzal.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/connecting-the-value-of-it-a-disciplined-solution-for-service-costing-and-chargeback/connecting-value-of-it-image-2/" data-orig-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584" data-orig-size="1594,1056" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Connecting Value of IT Image 2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584?w=300" data-large-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584?w=584" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1855" src="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584" alt="Connecting Value of IT Image 2" srcset="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584 584w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=1168 1168w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>For more information or to request a demo, </em></strong><a href="mailto:info@ranzal.com"><strong><em>email</em></strong></a><strong><em> us. Be sure to ask if your </em></strong><strong><em>company qualifies for our one-day complimentary PCMCS assessment of your IT Service Costing needs.</em></strong></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/ranzal.wordpress.com/1838/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/ranzal.wordpress.com/1838/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ranzal.wordpress.com&#038;blog=3955384&#038;post=1838&#038;subd=ranzal&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> jalaimojr http://ranzal.wordpress.com/?p=1838 Tue May 16 2017 12:53:20 GMT-0400 (EDT) Connecting the Value of IT: A Disciplined Solution for Service Costing and Chargeback @ranzal @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs https://ranzal.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/connecting-the-value-of-it-a-disciplined-solution-for-service-costing-and-chargeback/ <p><strong><em>This post corresponds to the webinar “<a href="http://www.ranzal.com/events/webinars/connecting-the-value-of-it-the-discipline-of-service-costing-and-chargeback-with-pcmcs">Connecting the Value of IT: A Disciplined Solution for Service Costing and Chargeback</a>,” </em></strong><strong><em>the last in our “<a href="http://www.ranzal.com/events/webinars/pcm-webinar-series">Let Your Profitability Soar</a>” webinar series. You can access the recording <u><a href="http://www.ranzal.com/events/webinars/connecting-the-value-of-it-the-discipline-of-service-costing-and-chargeback-with-pcmcs">here</a></u>. </em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Within an organization, technology is mission-critical to most business strategies, and IT costs represent a significant portion of back office spend.</p> <p><strong>Among their many responsibilities, the CFO and the CIO must make sure that:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Technology spending is <strong>aligned</strong> with business strategy</li> <li>Business applications and end-user services are <strong>delivered</strong> efficiently and cost-effectively</li> <li>Coherent project portfolios that <strong>grow and transform</strong> the business are created and nurtured</li> </ul> <p>Within this new economy, a key ongoing goal of the CIO is to make sure that IT is aligned with business strategy.</p> <p><strong>Generally, this IT-to-Business Strategy alignment is achieved in two ways:</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong> Running the business:</strong> Providing a cost-effective level of internal services necessary for sustaining business activity.</li> <li><strong>Building the business: </strong>Managing and delivering portfolio development projects that are prioritized and aligned with all key business initiatives aiming to improve efficiency and aid in gaining competitive advantages.</li> </ol> <p><strong>The Nature of the Problem</strong></p> <p>One challenging pattern we see time and again is the ongoing disconnect between the CIO and the CFO.</p> <p>Some might say this disconnect is an inevitable result of the fact that technology is moving so fast and we don’t always have the time to stop and assess its value. Understandably, it can be difficult for a CFO to get away from all the checks and balances just to get the financial books closed, let alone turn attention to the books that measure performance at greater depths, like line of business.</p> <p>In general, as a function of the role, the CFO does not talk servers, desktop deployments, applications or other semantics of the technology business. Conversely, with many companies establishing Technology Shared Service Centers, pressure is placed on the CIO to operate the business of IT with the same financial disciplines the CFO requires of all lines of business. The CIO must connect the value of IT services and capabilities to internal business partners. To achieve this, IT Finance teams require performance management solutions that are IT-specific, yet are connected to Finance, to ensure efficient allocation of resources and effective delivery of internal services.</p> <p>Part of the CFO’s role is to look at the technology projects and initiatives and think about how all of this technology is adding value. CIOs have to fill information voids, while also having to build their own financial models and performance management book of record using their own resources.</p> <p><strong>Two seemingly differing views of value can be hard to navigate and leverage.</strong> If two divergent approaches are not connected in a common view among the key stakeholders, then—more often than not—there is ongoing value-related confusion. Ultimately, the dissonance between the line of business owners can stall or even paralyze decision-making.</p> <p><strong>A Better Language Is Needed</strong></p> <p>For the good of your organization, it’s imperative that the CIO and the CFO speak the same shared language of value and that they connect in an effort to move forward in the most aligned and productive manner possible.</p> <p>Speaking a shared language—one that offers a unified financial model view and is based on shared definition of value—is a key to finding a solution. The disciplines of <strong>ITFM (IT Financial Management) </strong>is about equipping both of these executive-level offices and their teams with a better language.</p> <p><strong>With an ITFM solution, you are able to:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Reduce</strong> the time that IT Finance spends on managing the business processes, providing more time for value-added analytical activities</li> <li><strong>Give</strong> IT Managers more detailed, timely, accurate data to better understand the cost &amp; effectiveness of the services and projects they are delivering</li> <li><strong>Provide </strong>Line-of-Business managers with cost transparency into IT allocations and chargebacks, allowing them to better align their consumption of services with their business goals</li> </ul> <p><strong>ITFM focuses on these finance business processes:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>IT Planning:</strong> Budgeting &amp; forecasting of IT Operating and Capital Spend</li> <li><strong>IT Costing:</strong> Linking supply side financial cost structures with demand side consumption for services and projects</li> <li><strong>IT Chargebacks:</strong> Equitably charging lines of business for internal services and projects performed (or Showback)</li> </ul> <p>IT Finance Organizations typically manage these processes through a series of multiple systems and offline spreadsheets. These processes are not ideal, as they create pain as far as inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in terms of results.</p> <p>Our preferred solution for IT Service Costing—co-developed with Oracle—is based on <strong>PCMCS (Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service</strong>). <a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/business-intelligence/profitability-cost-cloud-service-3253161.pdf">Oracle’s PCMCS</a> is a cloud-based, packaged performance management application. It offers, in one package, a rules engine for cost allocations, embedded analytics and data management platform.</p> <p><strong>When developing the solution with PCMCS, the following were top priorities for our team:</strong></p> <ul> <li>That it required no large initial investment</li> <li>That it was accessible to all</li> <li>That it was always updated/up-to-date</li> <li>That limited IT involvement was needed</li> </ul> <p><strong>Oracle IT Financial Management Solution Overview</strong></p> <p><img data-attachment-id="1859" data-permalink="https://ranzal.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/connecting-the-value-of-it-a-disciplined-solution-for-service-costing-and-chargeback/connecting-value-of-it-image-1/" data-orig-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584" data-orig-size="1568,1064" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Connecting Value of IT Image 1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584?w=300" data-large-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584?w=584" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1859" src="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584" alt="Connecting Value of IT Image 1" srcset="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=584 584w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=1168 1168w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-1.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px" /></p> <p>The ITFM solution, a joint development effort with Oracle and based on valuable feedback and results from multiple Ranzal customer implementations, offers all of the following in one package:</p> <ul> <li>Pre-Packaged Content for Cloud or On-Premise</li> <li>Pre-Built Data Model</li> <li>Pre-Built Costing Model &amp; Reporting Content</li> <li>Pre-Built Interface Specifications</li> </ul> <p>A key component of the PCMCS IT Costing &amp; Chargeback Template is its approach to modeling IT Like a Service Business, which includes the following modules:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Model Financials &amp; Projects: </strong>This first step is focused on modeling financial projects, allowing you to combine multiple data sources, perform cost center allocations and, for those customers without an existing project costing system in place, to perform basic project costing and project allocation functions.</li> <li><strong>Complete Costing of IT Operations:</strong> This second pillar of the solution provides a flexible framework that allows you to combine data from multiple sources, perform resource costing and perform service costing.</li> <li><strong>IT as a Business Service Provider</strong>: This third leg of the solution service considers catalogue &amp; bill rates, contribution cost trace, consumer showbacks and consumer chargebacks.</li> </ul> <p><strong> </strong><strong>We Have Options, You Have Options</strong></p> <p>Our Flexible Maturity Model allows customers to start where they feel most comfortable, and progress in a way that is focused on maximum flexibility for maximum effectiveness. No one size fits all, and we believe in starting right where you are.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="1855" data-permalink="https://ranzal.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/connecting-the-value-of-it-a-disciplined-solution-for-service-costing-and-chargeback/connecting-value-of-it-image-2/" data-orig-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584" data-orig-size="1594,1056" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Connecting Value of IT Image 2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584?w=300" data-large-file="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584?w=584" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1855" src="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584" alt="Connecting Value of IT Image 2" srcset="https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=584 584w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=1168 1168w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ranzal.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/connecting-value-of-it-image-2.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>For more information or to request a demo, </em></strong><a href="mailto:info@ranzal.com"><strong><em>email</em></strong></a><strong><em> us. Be sure to ask if your </em></strong><strong><em>company qualifies for our one-day complimentary PCMCS assessment of your IT Service Costing needs.</em></strong></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/ranzal.wordpress.com/1838/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/ranzal.wordpress.com/1838/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ranzal.wordpress.com&#038;blog=3955384&#038;post=1838&#038;subd=ranzal&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> jalaimojr http://ranzal.wordpress.com/?p=1838 Tue May 16 2017 12:53:20 GMT-0400 (EDT) Appearing in Oracle Magazine http://ericerikson.blogspot.com/2017/05/appearing-in-oracle-magazine.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Normally I keep a low profile, which is probably not a good idea for a consultant. But thought I'd share that I'm in the current issue of Oracle Magazine in the Peer to Peer column. Here's the link (I'm #3 in the column).<br /><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/issue-archive/2017/17-may/o37peer-3708336.html">http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/issue-archive/2017/17-may/o37peer-3708336.html</a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div> ericerikson tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6544753899810698939.post-3639816961131991304 Tue May 16 2017 09:36:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Appearing in Oracle Magazine @ericerikson @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://ericerikson.blogspot.com/2017/05/appearing-in-oracle-magazine.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Normally I keep a low profile, which is probably not a good idea for a consultant. But thought I'd share that I'm in the current issue of Oracle Magazine in the Peer to Peer column. Here's the link (I'm #3 in the column).<br /><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/issue-archive/2017/17-may/o37peer-3708336.html">http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/issue-archive/2017/17-may/o37peer-3708336.html</a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div> ericerikson tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6544753899810698939.post-3639816961131991304 Tue May 16 2017 09:36:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Intercompany Eliminations in PBCS http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/?p=862 <p>As part of a recent PBCS implementation, I had to design an Intercompany Elimination solution within a BSO plan type.  This is a relatively uncommon and somewhat complex requirement in a PBCS implementation, and as such, I was pretty excited to blog about it.  Unfortunately, the whole post nearly ended up in the garbage.</p> <p>Every once in a while, you write a great post, only to find that someone else has covered the topic <em>sooner</em> than you, and <em>better</em> than you.  In my case, that person was <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-neuliep-014aa2b/" target="_blank">Martin Neuliep</a>.  In <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Developing-Essbase-Applications-Techniques-Practices/dp/1498723284/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1494873432&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=developing+essbase+applications" target="_blank">Developing Essbase Applications:  Hybrid Techniques and Practices</a>, Martin shared a single formula that elegantly calculated Intercompany Eliminations in a BSO cube.  In addition, Martin was scheduled to discuss the topic of eliminations at <a href="http://kscope17.com/" target="_blank">Kscope</a> in his presentation on June 28<sup>th</sup>, titled <a href="http://kscope17.com/component/seminar/seminarslist#Eliminating%20the%20Eliminations%20Problem%20in%20Essbase" target="_blank">Eliminating the Eliminations Problem in Essbase</a>.</p> <p>Luckily, I had an ASO solution in addition to my BSO approach.  As it turns out, Martin was planning on sharing several elimination calculation methods in his presentation (some developed by him, and some developed by others).  Perhaps my ASO solution will make the cut?  (hint, hint)  Either way, you should check out his presentation – I will definitely be there.</p> <p>With all of that said, here’s my approach to intercompany eliminations in an ASO plan type.</p> <h2>Why Eliminate Intercompany Transactions?</h2> <p>Most of my clients create their Budgets and Forecasts in a “fully eliminated” manner.  Within their financial plans, they <strong><em>pretend</em></strong> that certain transactions don’t occur, because these transactions don’t affect the company’s bottom line.  If one subsidiary has a planned (future) transaction with another subsidiary, these clients may not bother recording the transaction in their Budget or Forecast at all.  While this approach simplifies the planning process, it leaves out financial details that <em>may</em> be useful.</p> <p>When a client’s requirements indicate that these transactions are relevant to the planning process, we need to build <strong>Intercompany Elimination</strong> logic into our PBCS applications.  The accounting behind these transactions can get pretty complex, but what we’re going to focus on today are the technical mechanics that facilitate these eliminations in PBCS, specifically in an ASO plan type.</p> <p>So why do we eliminate these transactions?  Because depending on where we’re looking in the Entity dimension, we need to pretend that they never occurred.  As far as most investors are concerned, these intercompany transactions don’t count on a consolidated basis.  Imagine selling a car to your spouse . . . this transaction doesn’t change your combined income or net worth.  This leads us to an interesting question.  <strong><em>When</em></strong> and <strong><em>where</em></strong> do we eliminate these transactions?</p> <h2>The Land of Make Believe</h2> <p>Let’s start with a simple example &#8211; an imaginary company that mines raw materials and sells those materials to its manufacturing units.  These plants then sell finished goods to a distribution company.  All of these entities are part of the same vertically integrated company.  The Entity dimension in such a company might looks like this:</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_1.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-863" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_1.png" alt="Image_1" width="187" height="225" data-id="863" /></a></p> <p>To facilitate transactions between two entities in an OLAP database, it is generally beneficial to have separate <strong>Entity</strong> and <strong>Customer</strong> Dimensions.  The only unusual thing about this design is that many of the “Customers” are <strong><em>internal</em></strong> customers.  As such, our Customer dimension might look something like this:</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_13.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-864" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_13.png" alt="Image_13" width="255" height="334" data-id="864" /></a></p> <p>Note that all members under <strong>Intercompany Trading Partners</strong> correspond with a member from the Entity dimension exactly, but with an “ICP_” prefix.  This ASO solution will not work if there are discrepancies between <strong>Entity</strong> dimension members and the members underneath <strong>Intercompany Trading Partners</strong>.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <h2>Planning Intercompany Transactions</h2> <p>Intercompany transactions can occur across a variety of accounts within the Income Statement and Balance Sheet.  The simplest example is one subsidiary selling something to another subsidiary within the same company.  Let’s assume that <strong>US Mine 1</strong> sells something to <strong>Plant 1</strong> for $100.  Our level zero data would look something like this in PBCS:</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_3.png"><img class="alignnone wp-image-865" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_3.png" alt="Image_3" width="708" height="86" data-id="865" /></a></p> <p>If we were to look at <strong>Total Sales</strong> for <strong>US_Mine_1</strong>, we would want to see $100 in sales.  But what if we wanted to see <strong>Total Sales</strong> for <strong>Total_Company</strong>?  Assuming that this was the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">only</span> sale, we would want to see $0.  This is because the transaction must be eliminated at the <strong><em>first common ancestor</em></strong> between the Entity and the Intercompany Trading Partner.  <strong>Total_Company</strong> is the first common ancestor between <strong>US_Mine_1</strong> and <strong>Plant_1</strong>.  What makes this calculation interesting is that the transaction should NOT be eliminated at ancestors <em>before</em> we arrive at the first common ancestor.  So we would definitely expect to see that $100 in sales to show up in the parent member <strong>Mining</strong>.</p> <h2>The Dreaded “E-Company”</h2> <p>The ins-and-outs of these transactions can get tricky, especially when mixing many transactions together with both internal and external customers.  Developers will likely have multiple sets of accounts being eliminated.  (E.g., Sales &amp; Cost of Sales, Receivables &amp; Payables, etc.)  Ragged hierarchies and alternate hierarchies can add additional complexity.  For this reason, it can be helpful to introduce “E-Companies” into the Entity dimension.  These are basically fake companies where we <span style="text-decoration: underline;">only</span> calculate and store elimination data.</p> <p>Adding E-Companies to the Entity dimension might look something like this:</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_4.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-866" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_4.png" alt="Image_4" width="191" height="299" data-id="866" /></a></p> <p>Unfortunately, E-Companies can make an Entity dimension convoluted.  If your company structure is particularly large or volatile, E-Companies can create a significant amount of maintenance.  They can also be confusing to end-users who might not understand their purpose.</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>** NOTE</strong></span> – Most intercompany elimination solutions in <span style="text-decoration: underline;">BSO</span> databases require E-Companies!<strong><br /> </strong></p> <h2>ASO to the Rescue!</h2> <p>One of the nice things about PBCS implementations is that they often include an ASO reporting database.  In fact, some clients never consolidate their BSO databases at all, and instead, simply map their data to an ASO cube that rolls everything up on the fly – no business rule required!  And here’s where things get really awesome – in an ASO database, we can calculate intercompany eliminations <span style="text-decoration: underline;">without the need for E-Companies</span>.</p> <p>Here are some things to consider when designing your ASO plan type:</p> <ul> <li>Both an <strong>Entity</strong> dimension and a <strong>Customer</strong> dimension are required.</li> <li>The Intercompany Trading Partner hierarchy (within the Customer dimension) must match the Entity dimension <span style="text-decoration: underline;">exactly</span>, with the exception of “ICP_” prefixes. This includes intermediate parents.</li> <li>A “Data Source” dimension of some type is required to separate regular data from eliminations.</li> <li>Account dimensions in ASO databases are automatically set to Dynamic. The Data Source dimension will also need to be dynamic to support member formulas.</li> </ul> <h2>The Data Source Dimension</h2> <p>In this solution, all of the logic associated with eliminations lives in a dimension called <strong>Data Source</strong> (or something similar).  In this dimension, all base (non-eliminated) data is loaded into a member called <strong>Amount</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Data_Source.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-867" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Data_Source.png" alt="Data_Source" width="214" height="110" data-id="867" /></a></p> <p>This dimension also includes a special “Do Not Use” system-only type of member.  Here, it is called <strong>Do_Not_Use_Elim</strong>.  We generally do not want users querying this member.  It’s just a temporary holding spot for storing the inverse balance for any intercompany accounts.  This member can be populated with a procedural calculation.</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_142.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-877" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_142.png" alt="Image_14" width="1061" height="197" data-id="877" /></a></p> <p>It is important to note that the “Do Not Use” member should be populated in the same member combinations as the original budgeted amount, with the exception of the <strong>Data Source</strong> dimension.  Remember – this “Do Not Use” member is simply a holding spot.  Users should not query this member.</p> <h2>Abracadabra</h2> <p>The “real” magic happens in the member above called <strong>Elim</strong>.  In this member, a formula is added that <strong>filters</strong> when eliminations (stored in the “Do Not Use” member) are displayed and subsequently added to the base data.</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_15.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-869" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_15.png" alt="Image_15" width="751" height="216" data-id="869" /></a></p> <p>When the <strong>Elim</strong> member above rolls up to the <strong>Consolidated_Amount</strong> member, we see that the intercompany sales amount goes to zero.  In other words, it is eliminated.  (See row 15 below)</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_16.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-870" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_16.png" alt="Image_16" width="1334" height="452" data-id="870" /></a></p> <p>The example above shows our original sale (row 3) and the inverse amount stored in the “Do Not Use” member (row 4).  Rows 7-10 show our original Entity and its ancestors.  We can see that the eliminations are only displayed at the first common ancestor and above (row 9 – 10).  Finally, in rows 13 &#8211; 16, we see the view that most users will retrieve, using the member <strong>Consolidated_Amount</strong>.  This member takes the base data in the <strong>Amount</strong> member and layers in the data in the <strong>Elim</strong> member.  As such, we can see that the sale exists in rows 13 &amp; 14, but is eliminated in rows 15 and above.</p> <h2>Wrap-Up</h2> <p>Like most calculations in PBCS (and Essbase in general), there are multiple options for solutions, each with its own pro’s and con’s.  This solution works well against very large databases and has the added benefit of not requiring E-Companies.  Happy Eliminating!</p> jturrell http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/?p=862 Mon May 15 2017 19:03:04 GMT-0400 (EDT) Intercompany Eliminations in PBCS @HyperionNerd @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/?p=862 <p>As part of a recent PBCS implementation, I had to design an Intercompany Elimination solution within a BSO plan type.  This is a relatively uncommon and somewhat complex requirement in a PBCS implementation, and as such, I was pretty excited to blog about it.  Unfortunately, the whole post nearly ended up in the garbage.</p> <p>Every once in a while, you write a great post, only to find that someone else has covered the topic <em>sooner</em> than you, and <em>better</em> than you.  In my case, that person was <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-neuliep-014aa2b/" target="_blank">Martin Neuliep</a>.  In <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Developing-Essbase-Applications-Techniques-Practices/dp/1498723284/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1494873432&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=developing+essbase+applications" target="_blank">Developing Essbase Applications:  Hybrid Techniques and Practices</a>, Martin shared a single formula that elegantly calculated Intercompany Eliminations in a BSO cube.  In addition, Martin was scheduled to discuss the topic of eliminations at <a href="http://kscope17.com/" target="_blank">Kscope</a> in his presentation on June 28<sup>th</sup>, titled <a href="http://kscope17.com/component/seminar/seminarslist#Eliminating%20the%20Eliminations%20Problem%20in%20Essbase" target="_blank">Eliminating the Eliminations Problem in Essbase</a>.</p> <p>Luckily, I had an ASO solution in addition to my BSO approach.  As it turns out, Martin was planning on sharing several elimination calculation methods in his presentation (some developed by him, and some developed by others).  Perhaps my ASO solution will make the cut?  (hint, hint)  Either way, you should check out his presentation – I will definitely be there.</p> <p>With all of that said, here’s my approach to intercompany eliminations in an ASO plan type.</p> <h2>Why Eliminate Intercompany Transactions?</h2> <p>Most of my clients create their Budgets and Forecasts in a “fully eliminated” manner.  Within their financial plans, they <strong><em>pretend</em></strong> that certain transactions don’t occur, because these transactions don’t affect the company’s bottom line.  If one subsidiary has a planned (future) transaction with another subsidiary, these clients may not bother recording the transaction in their Budget or Forecast at all.  While this approach simplifies the planning process, it leaves out financial details that <em>may</em> be useful.</p> <p>When a client’s requirements indicate that these transactions are relevant to the planning process, we need to build <strong>Intercompany Elimination</strong> logic into our PBCS applications.  The accounting behind these transactions can get pretty complex, but what we’re going to focus on today are the technical mechanics that facilitate these eliminations in PBCS, specifically in an ASO plan type.</p> <p>So why do we eliminate these transactions?  Because depending on where we’re looking in the Entity dimension, we need to pretend that they never occurred.  As far as most investors are concerned, these intercompany transactions don’t count on a consolidated basis.  Imagine selling a car to your spouse . . . this transaction doesn’t change your combined income or net worth.  This leads us to an interesting question.  <strong><em>When</em></strong> and <strong><em>where</em></strong> do we eliminate these transactions?</p> <h2>The Land of Make Believe</h2> <p>Let’s start with a simple example &#8211; an imaginary company that mines raw materials and sells those materials to its manufacturing units.  These plants then sell finished goods to a distribution company.  All of these entities are part of the same vertically integrated company.  The Entity dimension in such a company might looks like this:</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_1.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-863" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_1.png" alt="Image_1" width="187" height="225" data-id="863" /></a></p> <p>To facilitate transactions between two entities in an OLAP database, it is generally beneficial to have separate <strong>Entity</strong> and <strong>Customer</strong> Dimensions.  The only unusual thing about this design is that many of the “Customers” are <strong><em>internal</em></strong> customers.  As such, our Customer dimension might look something like this:</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_13.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-864" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_13.png" alt="Image_13" width="255" height="334" data-id="864" /></a></p> <p>Note that all members under <strong>Intercompany Trading Partners</strong> correspond with a member from the Entity dimension exactly, but with an “ICP_” prefix.  This ASO solution will not work if there are discrepancies between <strong>Entity</strong> dimension members and the members underneath <strong>Intercompany Trading Partners</strong>.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <h2>Planning Intercompany Transactions</h2> <p>Intercompany transactions can occur across a variety of accounts within the Income Statement and Balance Sheet.  The simplest example is one subsidiary selling something to another subsidiary within the same company.  Let’s assume that <strong>US Mine 1</strong> sells something to <strong>Plant 1</strong> for $100.  Our level zero data would look something like this in PBCS:</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_3.png"><img class="alignnone wp-image-865" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_3.png" alt="Image_3" width="708" height="86" data-id="865" /></a></p> <p>If we were to look at <strong>Total Sales</strong> for <strong>US_Mine_1</strong>, we would want to see $100 in sales.  But what if we wanted to see <strong>Total Sales</strong> for <strong>Total_Company</strong>?  Assuming that this was the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">only</span> sale, we would want to see $0.  This is because the transaction must be eliminated at the <strong><em>first common ancestor</em></strong> between the Entity and the Intercompany Trading Partner.  <strong>Total_Company</strong> is the first common ancestor between <strong>US_Mine_1</strong> and <strong>Plant_1</strong>.  What makes this calculation interesting is that the transaction should NOT be eliminated at ancestors <em>before</em> we arrive at the first common ancestor.  So we would definitely expect to see that $100 in sales to show up in the parent member <strong>Mining</strong>.</p> <h2>The Dreaded “E-Company”</h2> <p>The ins-and-outs of these transactions can get tricky, especially when mixing many transactions together with both internal and external customers.  Developers will likely have multiple sets of accounts being eliminated.  (E.g., Sales &amp; Cost of Sales, Receivables &amp; Payables, etc.)  Ragged hierarchies and alternate hierarchies can add additional complexity.  For this reason, it can be helpful to introduce “E-Companies” into the Entity dimension.  These are basically fake companies where we <span style="text-decoration: underline;">only</span> calculate and store elimination data.</p> <p>Adding E-Companies to the Entity dimension might look something like this:</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_4.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-866" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_4.png" alt="Image_4" width="191" height="299" data-id="866" /></a></p> <p>Unfortunately, E-Companies can make an Entity dimension convoluted.  If your company structure is particularly large or volatile, E-Companies can create a significant amount of maintenance.  They can also be confusing to end-users who might not understand their purpose.</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>** NOTE</strong></span> – Most intercompany elimination solutions in <span style="text-decoration: underline;">BSO</span> databases require E-Companies!<strong><br /> </strong></p> <h2>ASO to the Rescue!</h2> <p>One of the nice things about PBCS implementations is that they often include an ASO reporting database.  In fact, some clients never consolidate their BSO databases at all, and instead, simply map their data to an ASO cube that rolls everything up on the fly – no business rule required!  And here’s where things get really awesome – in an ASO database, we can calculate intercompany eliminations <span style="text-decoration: underline;">without the need for E-Companies</span>.</p> <p>Here are some things to consider when designing your ASO plan type:</p> <ul> <li>Both an <strong>Entity</strong> dimension and a <strong>Customer</strong> dimension are required.</li> <li>The Intercompany Trading Partner hierarchy (within the Customer dimension) must match the Entity dimension <span style="text-decoration: underline;">exactly</span>, with the exception of “ICP_” prefixes. This includes intermediate parents.</li> <li>A “Data Source” dimension of some type is required to separate regular data from eliminations.</li> <li>Account dimensions in ASO databases are automatically set to Dynamic. The Data Source dimension will also need to be dynamic to support member formulas.</li> </ul> <h2>The Data Source Dimension</h2> <p>In this solution, all of the logic associated with eliminations lives in a dimension called <strong>Data Source</strong> (or something similar).  In this dimension, all base (non-eliminated) data is loaded into a member called <strong>Amount</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Data_Source.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-867" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Data_Source.png" alt="Data_Source" width="214" height="110" data-id="867" /></a></p> <p>This dimension also includes a special “Do Not Use” system-only type of member.  Here, it is called <strong>Do_Not_Use_Elim</strong>.  We generally do not want users querying this member.  It’s just a temporary holding spot for storing the inverse balance for any intercompany accounts.  This member can be populated with a procedural calculation.</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_142.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-877" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_142.png" alt="Image_14" width="1061" height="197" data-id="877" /></a></p> <p>It is important to note that the “Do Not Use” member should be populated in the same member combinations as the original budgeted amount, with the exception of the <strong>Data Source</strong> dimension.  Remember – this “Do Not Use” member is simply a holding spot.  Users should not query this member.</p> <h2>Abracadabra</h2> <p>The “real” magic happens in the member above called <strong>Elim</strong>.  In this member, a formula is added that <strong>filters</strong> when eliminations (stored in the “Do Not Use” member) are displayed and subsequently added to the base data.</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_15.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-869" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_15.png" alt="Image_15" width="751" height="216" data-id="869" /></a></p> <p>When the <strong>Elim</strong> member above rolls up to the <strong>Consolidated_Amount</strong> member, we see that the intercompany sales amount goes to zero.  In other words, it is eliminated.  (See row 15 below)</p> <p><a href="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_16.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-870" src="http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image_16.png" alt="Image_16" width="1334" height="452" data-id="870" /></a></p> <p>The example above shows our original sale (row 3) and the inverse amount stored in the “Do Not Use” member (row 4).  Rows 7-10 show our original Entity and its ancestors.  We can see that the eliminations are only displayed at the first common ancestor and above (row 9 – 10).  Finally, in rows 13 &#8211; 16, we see the view that most users will retrieve, using the member <strong>Consolidated_Amount</strong>.  This member takes the base data in the <strong>Amount</strong> member and layers in the data in the <strong>Elim</strong> member.  As such, we can see that the sale exists in rows 13 &amp; 14, but is eliminated in rows 15 and above.</p> <h2>Wrap-Up</h2> <p>Like most calculations in PBCS (and Essbase in general), there are multiple options for solutions, each with its own pro’s and con’s.  This solution works well against very large databases and has the added benefit of not requiring E-Companies.  Happy Eliminating!</p> jturrell http://turrellconsulting.com/blog/?p=862 Mon May 15 2017 19:03:04 GMT-0400 (EDT) HFM Command Line Automation http://ericerikson.blogspot.com/2017/05/hfm-command-line-automation.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Happy May to everyone. I got the idea for this blog post from a client who wanted to maintain and manage HFM from CA-7 jobs; basically where you do things from a command line on a scheduled basis. HFM isn't really geared for that; but, there is a legendary, mythical way to do pretty much everything!<br /><br />For versions prior to 11.1.2.4 there is a third party utility called HFM Batch that can be used to do this, but it doesn't work with 11.1.2.4. Fortunately there is a solution - from Oracle and included with HFM - and it goes all the way back to the early, early days of HFM. Some documentation I have on the technique is dated circa 2003.<br /><br />So, what you do, is .....<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />ATTEND KSCOPE17! &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.kscope17.com/">www.kscope17.com</a><br /><br /><br />Seriously, at KScope17 there is a presentation that covers this specific topic (Monday, 10:30am). I don't want to steal Beatrice's thunder, especially since she recently helped me with the topic, but she's going to cover it all then.<br /><br />And to save $100 when registering, use code 123OLAP - you'll see a field where you can enter this.<br /><br />Hope to see you in San Antonio!<br /><br />P.S. Here's a sneak peek:<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0OYb_kKsVCs/WRnFO5VtPCI/AAAAAAAAAb4/N8z2-NdLPGMehae44NqrdjUOhCzo9c0UwCLcB/s1600/Untitled.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="105" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0OYb_kKsVCs/WRnFO5VtPCI/AAAAAAAAAb4/N8z2-NdLPGMehae44NqrdjUOhCzo9c0UwCLcB/s320/Untitled.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div> ericerikson tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6544753899810698939.post-8281754466267696312 Mon May 15 2017 11:17:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) HFM Command Line Automation @ericerikson @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://ericerikson.blogspot.com/2017/05/hfm-command-line-automation.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Happy May to everyone. I got the idea for this blog post from a client who wanted to maintain and manage HFM from CA-7 jobs; basically where you do things from a command line on a scheduled basis. HFM isn't really geared for that; but, there is a legendary, mythical way to do pretty much everything!<br /><br />For versions prior to 11.1.2.4 there is a third party utility called HFM Batch that can be used to do this, but it doesn't work with 11.1.2.4. Fortunately there is a solution - from Oracle and included with HFM - and it goes all the way back to the early, early days of HFM. Some documentation I have on the technique is dated circa 2003.<br /><br />So, what you do, is .....<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />ATTEND KSCOPE17! &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.kscope17.com/">www.kscope17.com</a><br /><br /><br />Seriously, at KScope17 there is a presentation that covers this specific topic (Monday, 10:30am). I don't want to steal Beatrice's thunder, especially since she recently helped me with the topic, but she's going to cover it all then.<br /><br />And to save $100 when registering, use code 123OLAP - you'll see a field where you can enter this.<br /><br />Hope to see you in San Antonio!<br /><br />P.S. Here's a sneak peek:<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0OYb_kKsVCs/WRnFO5VtPCI/AAAAAAAAAb4/N8z2-NdLPGMehae44NqrdjUOhCzo9c0UwCLcB/s1600/Untitled.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="105" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0OYb_kKsVCs/WRnFO5VtPCI/AAAAAAAAAb4/N8z2-NdLPGMehae44NqrdjUOhCzo9c0UwCLcB/s320/Untitled.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div> ericerikson tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6544753899810698939.post-8281754466267696312 Mon May 15 2017 11:17:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) DRG – Creating Workflows in DRM https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/drg-creating-workflows-in-drm/ <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2013/04/oracle-data-relationship-governance-hyperion-11-1-2-3/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Data Governance</a> continues to be a big topic. Regardless of the company size, at some point, a growing organization decides to implement workflow in order to capture the changes that you need to make to the <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2010/12/what-is-oracle-hyperion%e2%80%99s-data-relationship-management-drm-tool/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">master data</a>. This is where Oracle Data Relationship Governance (<a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/epm-solutions/governance-integration/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DRG</a>) comes in.<a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/epm-solutions/governance-integration/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DRG</a> provides essential change management and data quality remediation workflows, capturing business changes and applying them with consistency and accuracy across transactional and analytical system silos.</p> <p>To discover more about <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/epm-solutions/governance-integration/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DRG</a>, join me, Steve Davis, at Kscope17 on Tuesday, June 27, at 4:30. I&#8217;ll show you how to create collaborative workflows in DRG. The session will include real-world examples as well as tips, tricks, and best practices for working collaboratively with DRG to make sure all users have the necessary change management and data quality remediation workflows to do effectively do their jobs. Specifically—</p> <ul> <li>Create models and tasks</li> <li>Build workflow objects</li> <li>Auto number your new accounts and create validations on the workflow</li> <li>Assign security to the users and to the hierarchies</li> <li>Separate duties and do conditional workflows</li> <li>Filter Nodes</li> <li>And more…</li> </ul> <p>NOTE: Attendees should have a good understanding of DRM.  They should understand what workflow is and how it is used.</p> <p>I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 27 at 4:30 pm.</p> <p>Don’t forget that TopDown’s experts are presenting seven other sessions at <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Kscope17</a>. We’re covering the gamut of topics:</p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/04/extreme-calc-manager/">Extreme Calc Manager</a> – <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ron-moore/">Ron Moore</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/1754/" data-toggle="collapse">Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/nick-blazosky/">Nick Blazosky</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase—A Starbucks Case Study</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/jordan-wilcox/">Jordan Wilcox</a> and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks</p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Case Study: How Suez slashed cycle times and improved service levels with Hybrid Aggregation  &#8211; Ron Moore and Brian Brockway, Suez</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Hybrid Cloud – A Solution for a Business Problem</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/paul-h/">Paul Hoch</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/Steve-davis/">Steve Davis</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Agile/Scrum, a new way to manage your project development and delivery</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/michaels/">R. Michael Smith</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud</a> &#8211; John Maloney and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/paul-h/">Paul Hoch</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/drg-creating-workflows-in-drm/">DRG – Creating Workflows in DRM</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com">TopDown Consulting Blog</a>.</p> Steve Davis https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/?p=1763 Mon May 15 2017 04:38:20 GMT-0400 (EDT) DRG – Creating Workflows in DRM @TopDownInc @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/drg-creating-workflows-in-drm/ <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2013/04/oracle-data-relationship-governance-hyperion-11-1-2-3/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Data Governance</a> continues to be a big topic. Regardless of the company size, at some point, a growing organization decides to implement workflow in order to capture the changes that you need to make to the <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2010/12/what-is-oracle-hyperion%e2%80%99s-data-relationship-management-drm-tool/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">master data</a>. This is where Oracle Data Relationship Governance (<a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/epm-solutions/governance-integration/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DRG</a>) comes in.<a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/epm-solutions/governance-integration/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DRG</a> provides essential change management and data quality remediation workflows, capturing business changes and applying them with consistency and accuracy across transactional and analytical system silos.</p> <p>To discover more about <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/epm-solutions/governance-integration/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DRG</a>, join me, Steve Davis, at Kscope17 on Tuesday, June 27, at 4:30. I&#8217;ll show you how to create collaborative workflows in DRG. The session will include real-world examples as well as tips, tricks, and best practices for working collaboratively with DRG to make sure all users have the necessary change management and data quality remediation workflows to do effectively do their jobs. Specifically—</p> <ul> <li>Create models and tasks</li> <li>Build workflow objects</li> <li>Auto number your new accounts and create validations on the workflow</li> <li>Assign security to the users and to the hierarchies</li> <li>Separate duties and do conditional workflows</li> <li>Filter Nodes</li> <li>And more…</li> </ul> <p>NOTE: Attendees should have a good understanding of DRM.  They should understand what workflow is and how it is used.</p> <p>I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 27 at 4:30 pm.</p> <p>Don’t forget that TopDown’s experts are presenting seven other sessions at <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Kscope17</a>. We’re covering the gamut of topics:</p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/04/extreme-calc-manager/">Extreme Calc Manager</a> – <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ron-moore/">Ron Moore</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/1754/" data-toggle="collapse">Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/nick-blazosky/">Nick Blazosky</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase—A Starbucks Case Study</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/jordan-wilcox/">Jordan Wilcox</a> and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks</p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Case Study: How Suez slashed cycle times and improved service levels with Hybrid Aggregation  &#8211; Ron Moore and Brian Brockway, Suez</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Hybrid Cloud – A Solution for a Business Problem</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/paul-h/">Paul Hoch</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/Steve-davis/">Steve Davis</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Agile/Scrum, a new way to manage your project development and delivery</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/michaels/">R. Michael Smith</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud</a> &#8211; John Maloney and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/paul-h/">Paul Hoch</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/drg-creating-workflows-in-drm/">DRG – Creating Workflows in DRM</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com">TopDown Consulting Blog</a>.</p> Steve Davis https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/?p=1763 Mon May 15 2017 04:38:20 GMT-0400 (EDT) Oracle EPM 11g Grace Periods for Error Correction (Doc ID 1590676.1) http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/05/oracle-epm-11g-grace-periods-for-error.html <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br />Actions Index - <a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?id=1590676.1" target="_blank">Document 1590676.1</a><br /></span><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Analytic Provider Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Financial Reporting</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Foundation Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Production Reporting</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Web Analysis</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Workspace</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Business Rules</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Calculation Manager</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Data Relationship Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Disclosure Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21956650031270&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_752#ESB" target="_blank">Hyperion Essbase</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Essbase Administration Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Essbase Integration Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Essbase Studio</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Financial Close Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21956650031270&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_752#ERPI" target="_blank">Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (formerly FDM + ERPI Adaptor)</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21956650031270&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_752#HFM" target="_blank">Hyperion Financial Management</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Installation Technology</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Performance Scorecard</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21956650031270&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_752#HPLAN" target="_blank">Hyperion Planning</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Shared Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Strategic Finance</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Crystal Ball</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Essbase Analytics for HFM&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Financial Management Analytics</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Quantitative Management and Reporting for Solvency II</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21059133012341&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_470#HSV" target="_blank">Oracle Smart View for Office</a></span></li></ul><br /><br /> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-4035070812260934464 Sat May 13 2017 09:26:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Oracle EPM 11g Grace Periods for Error Correction (Doc ID 1590676.1) @gadashek @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/05/oracle-epm-11g-grace-periods-for-error.html <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br />Actions Index - <a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?id=1590676.1" target="_blank">Document 1590676.1</a><br /></span><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Analytic Provider Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Financial Reporting</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Foundation Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Interactive Reporting</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Production Reporting</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Web Analysis</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion BI+ Workspace</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Business Rules</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Calculation Manager</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Data Relationship Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Disclosure Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21956650031270&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_752#ESB" target="_blank">Hyperion Essbase</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Essbase Administration Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Essbase Integration Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Essbase Studio</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Financial Close Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21956650031270&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_752#ERPI" target="_blank">Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (formerly FDM + ERPI Adaptor)</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21956650031270&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_752#HFM" target="_blank">Hyperion Financial Management</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Installation Technology</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Performance Scorecard</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21956650031270&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_752#HPLAN" target="_blank">Hyperion Planning</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Shared Services</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hyperion Strategic Finance</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Crystal Ball</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Essbase Analytics for HFM&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Financial Management Analytics</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oracle Quantitative Management and Reporting for Solvency II</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocContentDisplay?_afrLoop=21059133012341&amp;id=1590676.1&amp;_afrWindowMode=0&amp;_adf.ctrl-state=14i5lul6x4_470#HSV" target="_blank">Oracle Smart View for Office</a></span></li></ul><br /><br /> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-4035070812260934464 Sat May 13 2017 09:26:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Smart View 11.1.2.5.710 coming soon per Bug 25908011 http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/05/smart-view-11125710-coming-soon-per-bug.html <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Smart View 11.1.2.5.710 coming soon - <a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/ui/km/BugDisplay.jspx?id=25908011&amp;parent=BUG_MATRIX" target="_blank">Bug 25908011</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Bug 25908011 : SMART VIEW OBIEE PIVOT REFRESH FAILED<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Bug Attributes</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Type<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>B - Defect<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Fixed in Product Version<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>11.1.2.5.710</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Severity<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>3 - Minimal Loss of Service<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Product Version<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>11.1.2.5.700</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Status<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>80 - Development to QA/Fix Delivered Internal<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Platform<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>233 - Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Created<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>18-Apr-2017<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Platform Version<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>2008 R2</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Updated<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>25-Apr-2017<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Base Bug<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>N/A</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Database Version<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>N/A<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Affects Platforms<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Generic</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Product Source<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Oracle<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Knowledge, Patches and Bugs related to this bug</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Related Products</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Line<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Family<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Enterprise Performance Management</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Area<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Common Products<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Product<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>4407 - Oracle Smart View for Office</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Hdr: 25908011 N/A OBIEE 11.1.2.5.700 PRODID-4407 PORTID-233</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Abstract: SMART VIEW OBIEE PIVOT REFRESH FAILED</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 12:31 am ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Issue:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">======</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">[Insert as Excel Table] with OBIEE Pivot or table view, which created from&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Japanese subjectarea name.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">When press the smart view [refresh] button, the following error occured.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">"OBIEE:Analysis View definition has changed on the server. Please try Replace&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">View option". &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">But if use English subjectarea name create pivot is OK.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">And If use [Insert] is OK.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Product Version:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">================</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">OBIEE version:12.2.1.1.0 (also 12.2.1.2.0)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Smart View version: 11.1.2.5.700</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Excel 2010,2007</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reproduce steps:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">================</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">1.Create a connection with Oracle BIEE using the following URL:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">http://celvpvm06089.us.oracle.com:9502/analytics/jbips</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">2.Using [Insert as Excel Table] insert the following pivot to Excel.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Shared folders/test/pivot/pivot1</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">3.Click [Refresh] button</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Related Bug:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">=============</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Bug 25770431</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 12:31 am ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 12:34 am ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 07:18 pm ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 08:24 pm *** (CHG: Sta-&gt;60)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/20/17 11:23 am ***&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/20/17 11:23 am *** (CHG: Sta-&gt;80)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/20/17 11:23 am ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/24/17 07:23 pm ***&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/24/17 07:23 pm ***&nbsp;</span><br /><div><br /></div> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-7242999073346036398 Sat May 13 2017 09:14:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Smart View 11.1.2.5.710 coming soon per Bug 25908011 @gadashek @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/05/smart-view-11125710-coming-soon-per-bug.html <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Smart View 11.1.2.5.710 coming soon - <a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/ui/km/BugDisplay.jspx?id=25908011&amp;parent=BUG_MATRIX" target="_blank">Bug 25908011</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Bug 25908011 : SMART VIEW OBIEE PIVOT REFRESH FAILED<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Bug Attributes</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Type<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>B - Defect<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Fixed in Product Version<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>11.1.2.5.710</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Severity<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>3 - Minimal Loss of Service<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Product Version<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>11.1.2.5.700</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Status<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>80 - Development to QA/Fix Delivered Internal<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Platform<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>233 - Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Created<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>18-Apr-2017<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Platform Version<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>2008 R2</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Updated<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>25-Apr-2017<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Base Bug<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>N/A</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Database Version<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>N/A<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Affects Platforms<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Generic</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Product Source<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Oracle<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Knowledge, Patches and Bugs related to this bug</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Related Products</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Line<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Family<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Enterprise Performance Management</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Area<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Common Products<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Product<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>4407 - Oracle Smart View for Office</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Hdr: 25908011 N/A OBIEE 11.1.2.5.700 PRODID-4407 PORTID-233</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Abstract: SMART VIEW OBIEE PIVOT REFRESH FAILED</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 12:31 am ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Issue:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">======</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">[Insert as Excel Table] with OBIEE Pivot or table view, which created from&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Japanese subjectarea name.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">When press the smart view [refresh] button, the following error occured.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">"OBIEE:Analysis View definition has changed on the server. Please try Replace&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">View option". &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">But if use English subjectarea name create pivot is OK.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">And If use [Insert] is OK.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Product Version:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">================</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">OBIEE version:12.2.1.1.0 (also 12.2.1.2.0)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Smart View version: 11.1.2.5.700</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Excel 2010,2007</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Reproduce steps:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">================</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">1.Create a connection with Oracle BIEE using the following URL:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">http://celvpvm06089.us.oracle.com:9502/analytics/jbips</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">2.Using [Insert as Excel Table] insert the following pivot to Excel.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Shared folders/test/pivot/pivot1</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">3.Click [Refresh] button</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Related Bug:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">=============</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Bug 25770431</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 12:31 am ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 12:34 am ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 07:18 pm ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/18/17 08:24 pm *** (CHG: Sta-&gt;60)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/20/17 11:23 am ***&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/20/17 11:23 am *** (CHG: Sta-&gt;80)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/20/17 11:23 am ***</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/24/17 07:23 pm ***&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">*** 04/24/17 07:23 pm ***&nbsp;</span><br /><div><br /></div> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-7242999073346036398 Sat May 13 2017 09:14:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Smart View PSU 11.1.2.5.701 http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/05/smart-view-psu-11125701.html Interesting to me that there is another new version of Smart View available in such a short amount of time; 10-MAY-2017. Only a few bugs fixed in this release and no new features.<br /><br /><b>Patch 25886581: Patch Set Update: 11.1.2.5.701 Oracle Smart View for Office</b><br /><br />The next release was slated to be 11.1.2.5.710 so wondering why this made it in between.<br /><br />These are the bugs fixed:<br /><br />Defects Fixed in This Patch - <a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/ui/patch/PatchDetail.jspx?parent=DOCUMENT&amp;sourceId=2220997.1&amp;patchId=25886581" target="_blank">Patch 25886581</a><br /><br /><b><u>Defect Number | Defect Fixed</u></b><br /><br /><br /><ul><li>25851994 | After upgrading Smart View, Financial Reporting reports now import correctly.</li><li>25886581 | Oracle EPM Cloud. Smart View now supports single signon across Office applications for cloud products within the same domain.</li><li>22835235 | In Smart View, when the Planning User Preferences Display Setting option, Indentation of Members on Page, is set to “Indent Level Zero Members Only,” hierarchy members in the form POV are now properly indented.</li><li>24483712 | The Smart View add-in no longer causes Excel to terminate abnormally when closing.</li><li>25655219 | On Windows Surface Pro, Smart View no longer stops responding when right-clicking in succession on members after several zoom in operations.</li><li>25740683 | Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud. Excel and Word no longer randomly terminate when uploading or checking in a doclet.</li></ul><br /><br />From the list of the bugs fixed above in this PSU, I am going with Defects 24483712 &amp; 25740683 being fixed being the main reason for this PSU.<br /><br /><br /> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-644033669676355962 Sat May 13 2017 09:05:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Smart View PSU 11.1.2.5.701 @gadashek http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/05/smart-view-psu-11125701.html Interesting to me that there is another new version of Smart View available in such a short amount of time; 10-MAY-2017. Only a few bugs fixed in this release and no new features.<br /><br /><b>Patch 25886581: Patch Set Update: 11.1.2.5.701 Oracle Smart View for Office</b><br /><br />The next release was slated to be 11.1.2.5.710 so wondering why this made it in between.<br /><br />These are the bugs fixed:<br /><br />Defects Fixed in This Patch - <a href="https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/ui/patch/PatchDetail.jspx?parent=DOCUMENT&amp;sourceId=2220997.1&amp;patchId=25886581" target="_blank">Patch 25886581</a><br /><br /><b><u>Defect Number | Defect Fixed</u></b><br /><br /><br /><ul><li>25851994 | After upgrading Smart View, Financial Reporting reports now import correctly.</li><li>25886581 | Oracle EPM Cloud. Smart View now supports single signon across Office applications for cloud products within the same domain.</li><li>22835235 | In Smart View, when the Planning User Preferences Display Setting option, Indentation of Members on Page, is set to “Indent Level Zero Members Only,” hierarchy members in the form POV are now properly indented.</li><li>24483712 | The Smart View add-in no longer causes Excel to terminate abnormally when closing.</li><li>25655219 | On Windows Surface Pro, Smart View no longer stops responding when right-clicking in succession on members after several zoom in operations.</li><li>25740683 | Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud. Excel and Word no longer randomly terminate when uploading or checking in a doclet.</li></ul><br /><br />From the list of the bugs fixed above in this PSU, I am going with Defects 24483712 &amp; 25740683 being fixed being the main reason for this PSU.<br /><br /><br /> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-644033669676355962 Sat May 13 2017 09:05:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) ASO Query Tracking Trivia http://www.cubecoder.com/aso-query-tracking-trivia/ <p>A Network54 Essbase board user <a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/58296/thread/1494524140/last-1494611879/%28View+Thread+and+Replies%21%29" target="_blank">asked a question</a> today that I&#8217;ve heard a few times without ever being sure of the answer:</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;If the MDX report run after query tracking is enabled returns no data&#8230; &#8230;.does it still aggregate?&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>In other words, if you turn on query tracking in ASO and then run queries, but those queries only return #Missing instead of finding some data, will the queries still affect the aggregate views that Essbase chooses?</p> <p><span id="more-838"></span></p> <p>Spoiler Alert: Yup.</p> <p>If you aren&#8217;t familiar with the use of query tracking to optimize the selection of aggregate views, I would modestly recommend <a href="http://www.odtug.com/p/do/sd/topic=33&amp;sid=709" target="_blank">my own presentation from Kscope11</a> (free associate ODTUG membership required). This is one presentation I&#8217;ve given that really hasn&#8217;t aged at all, and that I still refer to myself frequently. A gratifying fringe benefit of speaking at conferences is that it leads me to document things I&#8217;ve learned but would otherwise soon forget.</p> <p>In hindsight, this is so straightforward to test that I&#8217;m kicking myself for not having tried it sooner. I fired up ASOsamp.Sample, made sure query tracking was off, and asked for the recommended aggregate views:</p> <div id="attachment_840" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views.png" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-840 size-large" src="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-785x1024.png" alt="Default ASOsamp.Sample Aggregate Views" width="640" height="835" srcset="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-785x1024.png 785w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-230x300.png 230w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-768x1002.png 768w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Default ASOsamp.Sample Aggregate Views</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I cancelled out of the Aggregation Design Wizard and found an MDX query that happened to return #Missing with the standard ASOsamp.Sample dataset. Then I turned query tracking <em>on</em> and ran the query:</p> <pre>SELECT {[Units]} ON COLUMNS,        {[1st Half]} ON ROWS FROM ASOsamp.Sample WHERE ([Curr Year], [High End Merchandise], [IL])</pre> <p>I went back into the Aggregation Design Wizard and asked for recommended views again, this time checking the box for &#8220;User query tracking data during view selection&#8221;. The results this time:</p> <div id="attachment_841" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views.png"><img class="size-large wp-image-841" src="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-793x1024.png" alt="Query Tracking ASOsamp.Sample Aggregate Views" width="640" height="826" srcset="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-793x1024.png 793w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-232x300.png 232w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-768x992.png 768w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views.png 1034w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Query Tracking ASOsamp.Sample Aggregate Views</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is, obviously, a very different list &#8211; and the only difference is that I have query tracked one single query, and one which only returned a #Missing result. A nice quick answer to the question!</p> TimG http://www.cubecoder.com/?p=838 Fri May 12 2017 18:49:47 GMT-0400 (EDT) ASO Query Tracking Trivia @CubeCoderDotCom http://www.cubecoder.com/aso-query-tracking-trivia/ <p>A Network54 Essbase board user <a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/58296/thread/1494524140/last-1494611879/%28View+Thread+and+Replies%21%29" target="_blank">asked a question</a> today that I&#8217;ve heard a few times without ever being sure of the answer:</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;If the MDX report run after query tracking is enabled returns no data&#8230; &#8230;.does it still aggregate?&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>In other words, if you turn on query tracking in ASO and then run queries, but those queries only return #Missing instead of finding some data, will the queries still affect the aggregate views that Essbase chooses?</p> <p><span id="more-838"></span></p> <p>Spoiler Alert: Yup.</p> <p>If you aren&#8217;t familiar with the use of query tracking to optimize the selection of aggregate views, I would modestly recommend <a href="http://www.odtug.com/p/do/sd/topic=33&amp;sid=709" target="_blank">my own presentation from Kscope11</a> (free associate ODTUG membership required). This is one presentation I&#8217;ve given that really hasn&#8217;t aged at all, and that I still refer to myself frequently. A gratifying fringe benefit of speaking at conferences is that it leads me to document things I&#8217;ve learned but would otherwise soon forget.</p> <p>In hindsight, this is so straightforward to test that I&#8217;m kicking myself for not having tried it sooner. I fired up ASOsamp.Sample, made sure query tracking was off, and asked for the recommended aggregate views:</p> <div id="attachment_840" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views.png" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-840 size-large" src="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-785x1024.png" alt="Default ASOsamp.Sample Aggregate Views" width="640" height="835" srcset="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-785x1024.png 785w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-230x300.png 230w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-768x1002.png 768w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Default-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Default ASOsamp.Sample Aggregate Views</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I cancelled out of the Aggregation Design Wizard and found an MDX query that happened to return #Missing with the standard ASOsamp.Sample dataset. Then I turned query tracking <em>on</em> and ran the query:</p> <pre>SELECT {[Units]} ON COLUMNS,        {[1st Half]} ON ROWS FROM ASOsamp.Sample WHERE ([Curr Year], [High End Merchandise], [IL])</pre> <p>I went back into the Aggregation Design Wizard and asked for recommended views again, this time checking the box for &#8220;User query tracking data during view selection&#8221;. The results this time:</p> <div id="attachment_841" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views.png"><img class="size-large wp-image-841" src="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-793x1024.png" alt="Query Tracking ASOsamp.Sample Aggregate Views" width="640" height="826" srcset="http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-793x1024.png 793w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-232x300.png 232w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views-768x992.png 768w, http://www.cubecoder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Query-Tracking-ASOsamp.Sample-Aggregate-Views.png 1034w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Query Tracking ASOsamp.Sample Aggregate Views</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is, obviously, a very different list &#8211; and the only difference is that I have query tracked one single query, and one which only returned a #Missing result. A nice quick answer to the question!</p> TimG http://www.cubecoder.com/?p=838 Fri May 12 2017 18:49:47 GMT-0400 (EDT) Essterm: Terminal-based ad hoc client for Essbase http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/essterm-terminal-based-ad-hoc-client-for-essbase/ Remember the last time you thought, &#8220;You know, Excel is just a little too modern, I wish I could do multi-dimensional analysis using my keyboard, in a terminal, the way the Pilgrims did it.&#8221; Me neither. Yet, here we are. I was going to originally throw this over the fence release this as a bit of [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1826 Thu May 11 2017 14:10:13 GMT-0400 (EDT) Essterm: Terminal-based ad hoc client for Essbase @jwj @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/essterm-terminal-based-ad-hoc-client-for-essbase/ Remember the last time you thought, &#8220;You know, Excel is just a little too modern, I wish I could do multi-dimensional analysis using my keyboard, in a terminal, the way the Pilgrims did it.&#8221; Me neither. Yet, here we are. I was going to originally throw this over the fence release this as a bit of [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1826 Thu May 11 2017 14:10:13 GMT-0400 (EDT) Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) RPD Management Changes in Version 11g Versus 12c http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2017/05/10/oracle-business-intelligence-enterprise-edition-obiee-rpd-management-changes-in-version-11g-versus-12c/ <p>Author: Jordan Adams, Performance Architects</p> <p>One of the first significant changes you will notice as a developer when upgrading from <a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/business-analytics/business-intelligence/enterprise-edition/overview/index.html">OBIEE 11g</a> to <a href="http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-enterprise-edition/overview/index.html">12c</a> is <a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2013/03/29/rpd-vs-the-data-warehouse/">RPD management capabilities</a>, including uploading or downloading new or existing RPD models.  In the past, loads were always handled through Enterprise Manager (EM) and required a restart of the server when uploading a new RPD, but with a new tool called <em>data-model-cmd, </em>this is no longer necessary.</p> <p>With this new functionality, we can run an “Upload a New RPD” or “Download the Existing RPD” command. In order to run these commands, first locate the tool on the server at &lt;Oracle_Home&gt;/user_projects/domains/bi/bitools/bin. The file extension depends on the environment you’re using. For Windows, the extension is “.cmd” and for UNIX it is “.sh.”</p> <p>Next, write a command to execute one of the two scripts. When uploading an RPD, you need to specify the command “<em>uploadrpd</em>,” which is followed by a set of parameters for RPD location and name (you may also enter the password in this command, and if you do not you will be prompted for the RPD password upon execution); admin username/password; and the OBIEE server instance.  This is an example of the command:</p> <p>&lt;Oracle_Home&gt;/user_projects/domains/bi/bitools/bin/data-model-cmd.sh uploadrpd -I home/rpd/New_RPD_Upload.rpd -W Admin123 -U weblogic -P Admin123 -SI ssi.  The difference when downloading the RPD is that you’re renaming the RPD to a name of your choice, and the parameter name is slightly altered to as follows: &lt;Oracle_Home&gt;/user_projects/domains/bi/bitools/bin/data-model-cmd.sh downloadrpd -O existing_model.rpd -W Admin123 -U weblogic -P Admin123 -SI ssi.</p> <p>What are the benefits of these changes?  These changes allow developers an opportunity to make smaller changes and see the impact right away, without having to bring down the environment for all users.  Also, when uploading an RPD, it is much quicker, with one simple command which takes a few moments to complete.  Second, there’s no need to restart services to see changes to the model (unless you’re in “Presentation Services,” in which case you have to log out and back in to see the changes).</p> <p>Need help with your OBIEE 11g to 12c upgrade?  The Performance Architects team has partnered with several clients on upgrade projects.  Please contact us at <a href="mailto:sales@performancearchitects.com">sales@performancearchitects.com</a> and we would be happy to explore in more detail with you.</p> Melanie Mathews http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/?p=2011 Wed May 10 2017 05:37:42 GMT-0400 (EDT) Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) RPD Management Changes in Version 11g Versus 12c @PerfArchitects @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2017/05/10/oracle-business-intelligence-enterprise-edition-obiee-rpd-management-changes-in-version-11g-versus-12c/ <p>Author: Jordan Adams, Performance Architects</p> <p>One of the first significant changes you will notice as a developer when upgrading from <a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/business-analytics/business-intelligence/enterprise-edition/overview/index.html">OBIEE 11g</a> to <a href="http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-enterprise-edition/overview/index.html">12c</a> is <a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2013/03/29/rpd-vs-the-data-warehouse/">RPD management capabilities</a>, including uploading or downloading new or existing RPD models.  In the past, loads were always handled through Enterprise Manager (EM) and required a restart of the server when uploading a new RPD, but with a new tool called <em>data-model-cmd, </em>this is no longer necessary.</p> <p>With this new functionality, we can run an “Upload a New RPD” or “Download the Existing RPD” command. In order to run these commands, first locate the tool on the server at &lt;Oracle_Home&gt;/user_projects/domains/bi/bitools/bin. The file extension depends on the environment you’re using. For Windows, the extension is “.cmd” and for UNIX it is “.sh.”</p> <p>Next, write a command to execute one of the two scripts. When uploading an RPD, you need to specify the command “<em>uploadrpd</em>,” which is followed by a set of parameters for RPD location and name (you may also enter the password in this command, and if you do not you will be prompted for the RPD password upon execution); admin username/password; and the OBIEE server instance.  This is an example of the command:</p> <p>&lt;Oracle_Home&gt;/user_projects/domains/bi/bitools/bin/data-model-cmd.sh uploadrpd -I home/rpd/New_RPD_Upload.rpd -W Admin123 -U weblogic -P Admin123 -SI ssi.  The difference when downloading the RPD is that you’re renaming the RPD to a name of your choice, and the parameter name is slightly altered to as follows: &lt;Oracle_Home&gt;/user_projects/domains/bi/bitools/bin/data-model-cmd.sh downloadrpd -O existing_model.rpd -W Admin123 -U weblogic -P Admin123 -SI ssi.</p> <p>What are the benefits of these changes?  These changes allow developers an opportunity to make smaller changes and see the impact right away, without having to bring down the environment for all users.  Also, when uploading an RPD, it is much quicker, with one simple command which takes a few moments to complete.  Second, there’s no need to restart services to see changes to the model (unless you’re in “Presentation Services,” in which case you have to log out and back in to see the changes).</p> <p>Need help with your OBIEE 11g to 12c upgrade?  The Performance Architects team has partnered with several clients on upgrade projects.  Please contact us at <a href="mailto:sales@performancearchitects.com">sales@performancearchitects.com</a> and we would be happy to explore in more detail with you.</p> Melanie Mathews http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/?p=2011 Wed May 10 2017 05:37:42 GMT-0400 (EDT) Part 2 – Where is my import/export security utility? How to Import Security https://anthonymanfredi73.com/2017/05/10/extracting-security-is-fine-but-now-we-want-to-import-the-security-back-into-our-system/ <p dir="auto">This is part two of the import/export utility for PBCS. <a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/how-can-i-export-epbcs-security-to-a-csv-file/" target="_blank" title="Part1 ">Extracting security</a> is fine, but now we want to import the security back into our system. As you may remember we extracted all of the group security and placed it all into one comma separated file using the Powershell utility in the last post. </p> <p>We are going to utilize LCM to import the security back but we have to get the files and the archive in the correct format. Some key points to remember with the import:</p> <ul> <li>LCM will import all of the user security from the file. &nbsp;So even though the export creates a&nbsp;file for each group you can import it all in one file.</li> <li>There does not seem to be a way to clear the security before you load it. &nbsp;This was possible in the utility. &nbsp;(I will keep playing with this.)</li> <li>So based on the last point it is a merge of the security in the system.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>CONVERT CSV TO XML</h3> <p dir="ltr">PBCS requires a very basic but specific XML format. I have written a Powershell Script to convert the CSV into the correct format for planning to accept. To utilize the solution you will need two files located here <a href="https://www.evernote.com/l/ACMH3wL-YBJOCaXEsEHTFqpi7k0z5KWdjeg" target="_blank">SEC2XML</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The download has two files. Please place these files in the same directory.</p> <ul> <li>listing.xml &#8211; is a file that will be used to build an archive file that can be loaded to your PBCS environment.&nbsp;</li> <li>sec2xml.ps1 &#8211; is the Powershell script that will convert your csv file into the correct xml format and build an archive based on your original download that can be loaded back into PBCS.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">This script will accept two parameters. The first is the path and name of the csv file. The second is the path to the original archive that you extracted application folder. A bit more detail on that parameter below:</p> <p dir="ltr">This is an example of an unzipped lcm extract of just my security groups. The second parameter is looking for the path of the application folder in this structure in the below screenshot is HP-TOYS. TOYS is the name of my planning application.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/unziplcm_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/unziplcm.png?w=746&#038;h=347" align="middle" width="746" height="347" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Below is an example of the syntax to run the script:</p> <p dir="ltr">/sec2xml.ps1 /Users/anthonymanfredi/Dropbox/POWERSHELL/SECURITY/securitymac.txt /Users/anthonymanfredi/Dropbox/POWERSHELL/BLOG/ZIP/HP-TOYS</p> <ul> <li>/sec2xml.ps1 = The name of the script</li> <li>/Users/anthonymanfredi/Dropbox/POWERSHELL/SECURITY/securitymac.txt = The path and name of my security csv file.</li> <li>/Users/anthonymanfredi/Dropbox/POWERSHELL/BLOG/ZIP/HP-TOYS = Unzipped application folder.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The script does quite a bit of magic but here is a flow chart highlighting the steps:</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/image_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/image.png?w=442&#038;h=1779" align="middle" width="442" height="1779" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">The script will convert the csv file back into the proper xml format. Next it utilize your original zip extract to build a zip file to load your new security upload. I would recommend just using the groups export to simplify the process. The script will delete any existing xml security files in the groups folder and then place the newly created XML file in the directory. I deleted the other files so that there would be no contention on load and the latest updates will come from the new csv file.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/groupsdir_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/groupsdir.png?w=494&#038;h=231" align="middle" width="494" height="231" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">The next step will copy the listing.xml in the info folder. This file will let planning know about the new export that you want to load.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/listing_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/listing.png?w=417&#038;h=298" align="middle" width="417" height="298" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Once that is complete it will zip the structure and put the file security_update.zip in the same directory you executed the Powershell from.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/zipfile_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/zipfile.png?w=337&#038;h=167" align="middle" width="337" height="167" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>IMPORT THE SECURITY</h3> <p dir="ltr">Now that the archive is built you can login to the PBCS application and navigate to the Migration section. <br />Once you are there select the Snapshots tab and upload your Archive.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/upload_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/upload.png?w=1860&#038;h=646" align="middle" width="1860" height="646" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Now that its uploaded you should be able to navigate the archive and see the security like below:</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/securityexmpand_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/securityexmpand.png?w=1920&#038;h=1011" align="middle" width="1920" height="1011" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Import the snapshot when your ready and the application security will be updated</p> <p dir="ltr">Couple of notes:</p> <ul> <li>You will need to delete the snapshot in PBCS or rename it when you run the process again. You can’t have the same archive twice.</li> <li>When you extract the original archive place it in its own folder so the Powershell script will not&nbsp;accidentally&nbsp;zip up extra files. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>CONCLUSION</h3> <p dir="ltr">I hope this helps everyone with their security in PBCS. Please don’t try this for the first time in PROD!! Run it in test first. If you have any questions or problems let me know!!</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/111/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/111/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=anthonymanfredi73.com&#038;blog=85657949&#038;post=111&#038;subd=anthonymanfredi73&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Anthony Manfredi http://anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/?p=111 Wed May 10 2017 00:08:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Part 2 – Where is my import/export security utility? How to Import Security @TheManfredi https://anthonymanfredi73.com/2017/05/10/extracting-security-is-fine-but-now-we-want-to-import-the-security-back-into-our-system/ <p dir="auto">This is part two of the import/export utility for PBCS. <a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/how-can-i-export-epbcs-security-to-a-csv-file/" target="_blank" title="Part1 ">Extracting security</a> is fine, but now we want to import the security back into our system. As you may remember we extracted all of the group security and placed it all into one comma separated file using the Powershell utility in the last post. </p> <p>We are going to utilize LCM to import the security back but we have to get the files and the archive in the correct format. Some key points to remember with the import:</p> <ul> <li>LCM will import all of the user security from the file. &nbsp;So even though the export creates a&nbsp;file for each group you can import it all in one file.</li> <li>There does not seem to be a way to clear the security before you load it. &nbsp;This was possible in the utility. &nbsp;(I will keep playing with this.)</li> <li>So based on the last point it is a merge of the security in the system.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>CONVERT CSV TO XML</h3> <p dir="ltr">PBCS requires a very basic but specific XML format. I have written a Powershell Script to convert the CSV into the correct format for planning to accept. To utilize the solution you will need two files located here <a href="https://www.evernote.com/l/ACMH3wL-YBJOCaXEsEHTFqpi7k0z5KWdjeg" target="_blank">SEC2XML</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The download has two files. Please place these files in the same directory.</p> <ul> <li>listing.xml &#8211; is a file that will be used to build an archive file that can be loaded to your PBCS environment.&nbsp;</li> <li>sec2xml.ps1 &#8211; is the Powershell script that will convert your csv file into the correct xml format and build an archive based on your original download that can be loaded back into PBCS.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">This script will accept two parameters. The first is the path and name of the csv file. The second is the path to the original archive that you extracted application folder. A bit more detail on that parameter below:</p> <p dir="ltr">This is an example of an unzipped lcm extract of just my security groups. The second parameter is looking for the path of the application folder in this structure in the below screenshot is HP-TOYS. TOYS is the name of my planning application.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/unziplcm_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/unziplcm.png?w=746&#038;h=347" align="middle" width="746" height="347" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Below is an example of the syntax to run the script:</p> <p dir="ltr">/sec2xml.ps1 /Users/anthonymanfredi/Dropbox/POWERSHELL/SECURITY/securitymac.txt /Users/anthonymanfredi/Dropbox/POWERSHELL/BLOG/ZIP/HP-TOYS</p> <ul> <li>/sec2xml.ps1 = The name of the script</li> <li>/Users/anthonymanfredi/Dropbox/POWERSHELL/SECURITY/securitymac.txt = The path and name of my security csv file.</li> <li>/Users/anthonymanfredi/Dropbox/POWERSHELL/BLOG/ZIP/HP-TOYS = Unzipped application folder.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The script does quite a bit of magic but here is a flow chart highlighting the steps:</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/image_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/image.png?w=442&#038;h=1779" align="middle" width="442" height="1779" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">The script will convert the csv file back into the proper xml format. Next it utilize your original zip extract to build a zip file to load your new security upload. I would recommend just using the groups export to simplify the process. The script will delete any existing xml security files in the groups folder and then place the newly created XML file in the directory. I deleted the other files so that there would be no contention on load and the latest updates will come from the new csv file.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/groupsdir_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/groupsdir.png?w=494&#038;h=231" align="middle" width="494" height="231" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">The next step will copy the listing.xml in the info folder. This file will let planning know about the new export that you want to load.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/listing_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/listing.png?w=417&#038;h=298" align="middle" width="417" height="298" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Once that is complete it will zip the structure and put the file security_update.zip in the same directory you executed the Powershell from.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/zipfile_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/zipfile.png?w=337&#038;h=167" align="middle" width="337" height="167" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>IMPORT THE SECURITY</h3> <p dir="ltr">Now that the archive is built you can login to the PBCS application and navigate to the Migration section. <br />Once you are there select the Snapshots tab and upload your Archive.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/upload_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/upload.png?w=1860&#038;h=646" align="middle" width="1860" height="646" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Now that its uploaded you should be able to navigate the archive and see the security like below:</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/securityexmpand_full.png"><img src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/securityexmpand.png?w=1920&#038;h=1011" align="middle" width="1920" height="1011" class="aligncenter"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Import the snapshot when your ready and the application security will be updated</p> <p dir="ltr">Couple of notes:</p> <ul> <li>You will need to delete the snapshot in PBCS or rename it when you run the process again. You can’t have the same archive twice.</li> <li>When you extract the original archive place it in its own folder so the Powershell script will not&nbsp;accidentally&nbsp;zip up extra files. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>CONCLUSION</h3> <p dir="ltr">I hope this helps everyone with their security in PBCS. Please don’t try this for the first time in PROD!! Run it in test first. If you have any questions or problems let me know!!</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/111/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/111/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=anthonymanfredi73.com&#038;blog=85657949&#038;post=111&#038;subd=anthonymanfredi73&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Anthony Manfredi http://anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/?p=111 Wed May 10 2017 00:08:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) The DRM Batch Client II http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/the-drm-batch-client-ii/ <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/the-drm-batch-client-ii/">The DRM Batch Client II</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/vijay/">Vijay Kurian</a>.</p> <p>I thought today, I would do a little follow-up post, based on a question from one of our commenters. The question was, “How do we automate blends and backups using the batch client?”. As we saw from an earlier post, configuration files allow some flexibility when setting up DRM automations. Let&#8217;s walk through a simple scenario……</p> <p> <a class="continue-reading-link" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/the-drm-batch-client-ii/"><span>Continue reading</span><i class="icon-right-dir"></i></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/the-drm-batch-client-ii/">The DRM Batch Client II</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/vijay/">Vijay Kurian</a>.</p> Vijay Kurian http://theunlockedcube.com/?p=1360 Tue May 09 2017 23:26:02 GMT-0400 (EDT) The DRM Batch Client II @theunlockedcube @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/the-drm-batch-client-ii/ <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/the-drm-batch-client-ii/">The DRM Batch Client II</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/vijay/">Vijay Kurian</a>.</p> <p>I thought today, I would do a little follow-up post, based on a question from one of our commenters. The question was, “How do we automate blends and backups using the batch client?”. As we saw from an earlier post, configuration files allow some flexibility when setting up DRM automations. Let&#8217;s walk through a simple scenario……</p> <p> <a class="continue-reading-link" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/the-drm-batch-client-ii/"><span>Continue reading</span><i class="icon-right-dir"></i></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/the-drm-batch-client-ii/">The DRM Batch Client II</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/vijay/">Vijay Kurian</a>.</p> Vijay Kurian http://theunlockedcube.com/?p=1360 Tue May 09 2017 23:26:02 GMT-0400 (EDT) Next Generation Outline Extractor version 2.1.3: Relational extraction enhancements http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/next-generation-outline-extractor-version-2-1-3-relational-extraction-enhancements/ We&#8217;ve made some enhancements to the Next Generation Outline Extractor to incorporate user feedback and requests. The main improvement to this newest release, version 2.1.3, is with the way that relational database extractions are handled. More specifically, the storing of relational credentials has been improved so that they are no longer stored in cleartext. This will lead [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1821 Tue May 09 2017 15:58:03 GMT-0400 (EDT) Next Generation Outline Extractor version 2.1.3: Relational extraction enhancements @jwj @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/next-generation-outline-extractor-version-2-1-3-relational-extraction-enhancements/ We&#8217;ve made some enhancements to the Next Generation Outline Extractor to incorporate user feedback and requests. The main improvement to this newest release, version 2.1.3, is with the way that relational database extractions are handled. More specifically, the storing of relational credentials has been improved so that they are no longer stored in cleartext. This will lead [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1821 Tue May 09 2017 15:58:03 GMT-0400 (EDT) May ODTUG News http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=717&source=1 Stay up to date on all things ODTUG: Read about the ODTUG Innovation Award, Kscope17 Updates, ODTUG Community News and Upcoming ODTUG Webinars. ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=717&source=1 Tue May 09 2017 14:15:07 GMT-0400 (EDT) May ODTUG News @odtug @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=717&source=1 Stay up to date on all things ODTUG: Read about the ODTUG Innovation Award, Kscope17 Updates, ODTUG Community News and Upcoming ODTUG Webinars. ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=717&source=1 Tue May 09 2017 14:15:07 GMT-0400 (EDT) Cut Cycle Times and Improve Service Levels w/ Hybrid Aggregation https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/cut-cycle-times-improve-service-levels-w-hybrid-aggregation/ <p>Suez owns and operates 16 water and waste utilities and operates 90 municipal water and wastewater systems. They had a very large Planning cube and aggregations could take three hours or more. They had to choose carefully which aggregations they did and when. Administration was arduous. This put severe limits on what Suez could do to improve service levels to users.</p> <p>Suez partnered with TopDown Consulting to optimize the application. TopDown performed a series of tests on more than a dozen optimization techniques. The results provided two good options. FixParralel could reduce aggregation times to about 20 minutes. And even though Suez was on 11.1.2.3.500, the application appeared to be a good candidate for Hybrid Aggregation which would eliminate the aggregation.</p> <p>Brian Brockway, Manager &#8211; IT Applications and Support at Suez and Ron Moore, Solution Architect, described this case study in their blog post, <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/02/transforming-planning-at-suez-with-hybrid-aggregatio/">Transforming Planning at Suez with Hybrid Aggregation</a>.</p> <p>In this session, Brian and Ron will present the case study, including details such as:</p> <ul> <li>the tests performed to identify the best optimization options</li> <li>the steps to determine if the cube was a candidate for Hybrid Aggregation</li> <li>the trade-offs between FixParallel and Hybrid Aggregation and how Suez decided which option to pursue</li> <li>the step by step process (including code samples) of converting the cube to hybrid, including cross-dimensional operators, time balances, MDX WITH clauses, and other challenges</li> <li>how Suez addressed the effects of some of Hybrid’s disadvantages</li> </ul> <p>Finally, we will describe how Hybrid transformed service levels for users and list the benefits of the conversion.</p> <p id="aGJUEJf">We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 27 at 8:30 am.</p> <p>Don’t forget that TopDown’s experts are presenting seven other sessions at <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Kscope17</a>. We’re covering the gamut of topics:</p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/04/extreme-calc-manager/">Extreme Calc Manager</a> – <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ron-moore/">Ron Moore</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/1754/" data-toggle="collapse">Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/nick-blazosky/">Nick Blazosky</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Case Study: How Suez slashed cycle times and improved service levels with Hybrid Aggregation  &#8211; Ron Moore and Brian Brockway, Suez</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase—A Starbucks Case Study</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/jordan-wilcox/">Jordan Wilcox</a> and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks</p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Hybrid Cloud – A Solution for a Business Problem</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/paul-h/">Paul Hoch</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/Steve-davis/">Steve Davis</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Agile/Scrum, a new way to manage your project development and delivery</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/michaels/">R. Michael Smith</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud</a> &#8211; John Maloney and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/paul-h/">Paul Hoch</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/cut-cycle-times-improve-service-levels-w-hybrid-aggregation/">Cut Cycle Times and Improve Service Levels w/ Hybrid Aggregation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com">TopDown Consulting Blog</a>.</p> Ron Moore and Brian Brockway https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/?p=1768 Mon May 08 2017 04:57:26 GMT-0400 (EDT) Cut Cycle Times and Improve Service Levels w/ Hybrid Aggregation @TopDownInc @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/cut-cycle-times-improve-service-levels-w-hybrid-aggregation/ <p>Suez owns and operates 16 water and waste utilities and operates 90 municipal water and wastewater systems. They had a very large Planning cube and aggregations could take three hours or more. They had to choose carefully which aggregations they did and when. Administration was arduous. This put severe limits on what Suez could do to improve service levels to users.</p> <p>Suez partnered with TopDown Consulting to optimize the application. TopDown performed a series of tests on more than a dozen optimization techniques. The results provided two good options. FixParralel could reduce aggregation times to about 20 minutes. And even though Suez was on 11.1.2.3.500, the application appeared to be a good candidate for Hybrid Aggregation which would eliminate the aggregation.</p> <p>Brian Brockway, Manager &#8211; IT Applications and Support at Suez and Ron Moore, Solution Architect, described this case study in their blog post, <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/02/transforming-planning-at-suez-with-hybrid-aggregatio/">Transforming Planning at Suez with Hybrid Aggregation</a>.</p> <p>In this session, Brian and Ron will present the case study, including details such as:</p> <ul> <li>the tests performed to identify the best optimization options</li> <li>the steps to determine if the cube was a candidate for Hybrid Aggregation</li> <li>the trade-offs between FixParallel and Hybrid Aggregation and how Suez decided which option to pursue</li> <li>the step by step process (including code samples) of converting the cube to hybrid, including cross-dimensional operators, time balances, MDX WITH clauses, and other challenges</li> <li>how Suez addressed the effects of some of Hybrid’s disadvantages</li> </ul> <p>Finally, we will describe how Hybrid transformed service levels for users and list the benefits of the conversion.</p> <p id="aGJUEJf">We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 27 at 8:30 am.</p> <p>Don’t forget that TopDown’s experts are presenting seven other sessions at <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Kscope17</a>. We’re covering the gamut of topics:</p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/04/extreme-calc-manager/">Extreme Calc Manager</a> – <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ron-moore/">Ron Moore</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/1754/" data-toggle="collapse">Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/nick-blazosky/">Nick Blazosky</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Case Study: How Suez slashed cycle times and improved service levels with Hybrid Aggregation  &#8211; Ron Moore and Brian Brockway, Suez</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase—A Starbucks Case Study</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/jordan-wilcox/">Jordan Wilcox</a> and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks</p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Hybrid Cloud – A Solution for a Business Problem</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/paul-h/">Paul Hoch</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/Steve-davis/">Steve Davis</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">Agile/Scrum, a new way to manage your project development and delivery</a> &#8211; <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/michaels/">R. Michael Smith</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/">How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud</a> &#8211; John Maloney and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/paul-h/">Paul Hoch</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/cut-cycle-times-improve-service-levels-w-hybrid-aggregation/">Cut Cycle Times and Improve Service Levels w/ Hybrid Aggregation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com">TopDown Consulting Blog</a>.</p> Ron Moore and Brian Brockway https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/?p=1768 Mon May 08 2017 04:57:26 GMT-0400 (EDT) Oracle DRM, External Lookup Properties and Filtered Lists http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/oracle-drm-external-lookup-properties-and-filtered-lists/ <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/oracle-drm-external-lookup-properties-and-filtered-lists/">Oracle DRM, External Lookup Properties and Filtered Lists</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/pete/">Pete Strayer</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever created a list-type property in DRM and wished you could contextually filter the list? Do you have a DRG Workflow model that includes a property update that you wish you could restrict users from selecting an inappropriate entry? In this post, we’ll discover the use of external lookups that leverage the selected……</p> <p> <a class="continue-reading-link" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/oracle-drm-external-lookup-properties-and-filtered-lists/"><span>Continue reading</span><i class="icon-right-dir"></i></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/oracle-drm-external-lookup-properties-and-filtered-lists/">Oracle DRM, External Lookup Properties and Filtered Lists</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/pete/">Pete Strayer</a>.</p> Pete Strayer http://theunlockedcube.com/?p=1333 Sun May 07 2017 13:24:19 GMT-0400 (EDT) Oracle DRM, External Lookup Properties and Filtered Lists @theunlockedcube @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/oracle-drm-external-lookup-properties-and-filtered-lists/ <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/oracle-drm-external-lookup-properties-and-filtered-lists/">Oracle DRM, External Lookup Properties and Filtered Lists</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/pete/">Pete Strayer</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever created a list-type property in DRM and wished you could contextually filter the list? Do you have a DRG Workflow model that includes a property update that you wish you could restrict users from selecting an inappropriate entry? In this post, we’ll discover the use of external lookups that leverage the selected……</p> <p> <a class="continue-reading-link" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/oracle-drm-external-lookup-properties-and-filtered-lists/"><span>Continue reading</span><i class="icon-right-dir"></i></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/oracle-drm-external-lookup-properties-and-filtered-lists/">Oracle DRM, External Lookup Properties and Filtered Lists</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/pete/">Pete Strayer</a>.</p> Pete Strayer http://theunlockedcube.com/?p=1333 Sun May 07 2017 13:24:19 GMT-0400 (EDT) You Should Rethink Your Essbase/VBA Spreadsheets http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/you-should-rethink-your-essbasevba-spreadsheets/ Essbase is often described as getting its start in finance departments. It was finance&#8217;s secret weapon. There are a number of ways that Essbase tends to have evolved organically from this foothold. One common evolution is for the tool to gain critical importance to a company, and need to be more robustly managed by the IT [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1801 Fri May 05 2017 11:51:06 GMT-0400 (EDT) You Should Rethink Your Essbase/VBA Spreadsheets @jwj @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/05/you-should-rethink-your-essbasevba-spreadsheets/ Essbase is often described as getting its start in finance departments. It was finance&#8217;s secret weapon. There are a number of ways that Essbase tends to have evolved organically from this foothold. One common evolution is for the tool to gain critical importance to a company, and need to be more robustly managed by the IT [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1801 Fri May 05 2017 11:51:06 GMT-0400 (EDT) Full Circle Planning, Cost Management, & Profitability in the Manufacturing Industry https://ranzal.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/full-circle-planning-cost-management-profitability-in-the-manufacturing-industry/ <h3><strong><em>This post corresponds to the webinar “</em></strong><strong><em>Full Circle Planning, Cost Management &amp; Profitability in the Manufacturing Industry</em></strong><strong><em>.” </em></strong><strong><em>You can access the recording <u><a href="http://ranzal2016.web.edgewater.com/events/webinars/full-circle-planning-cost-management-and-profitability-in-the-manufacturing-industry-2?_ga=2.255426511.639036385.1493759226-885613392.1423762238">here</a></u>. </em></strong></h3> <p>As we are all aware, today’s manufacturing industry faces multiple ongoing challenges, including:</p> <ul> <li>Changing customer/consumer demands</li> <li>Shrinking operating margins</li> <li>Ever-changing compliance and regulatory pressures</li> <li>Increasingly globalizing economy</li> <li>Lowered availability and visibility of detailed information</li> </ul> <p>Now more than ever, manufacturers&#8217; focus is not just on growth, but, more specifically, on <strong>profitable growth</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Managing Profitable Growth</strong></h2> <p>When it comes to profitable growth and insight into profitability, the first place to start is the consolidated P&amp;L.</p> <p>But while the P&amp;L offers information on profitable growth, it does not help manage profitable growth. The financial P&amp;L provides limited insight into costs, profits and their underlying drivers, from the perspective of their lines of business, products, customers, markets and channels. Cost bases are imperfect and are limited to legacy standard costing and unstructured cost extracts. Results lack a matching of costs and revenue to manage margins at the same strategic view as revenue.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>The Need to Focus on Strategic P&amp;Ls</strong></h2> <p>To address and contend with these challenges, we recommend a greater focus on more strategic P&amp;Ls for the manufacturing industry.</p> <p>Strategic P&amp;Ls provide insight into both <strong>direct costs</strong> and <strong>indirect costs</strong>.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Direct Costs</strong> include costs directly associated with: <ul> <li>The making of a product or delivery of a service</li> <li>Parts for the product</li> <li>Labor for Service Delivery</li> <li>Costs directly attributed to the selling to a customer or client</li> <li>Shipping and handling expenses</li> <li>Customer processing expenses</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Indirect Costs</strong> include costs that are not directly attributable to the making of a product, delivery of a service, or the selling to a customer: <ul> <li>Operating costs (e.g., Call Center, Distribution)</li> <li>Selling costs (e.g., Sales &amp; Marketing)</li> <li>Investment costs (e.g., R&amp;D, Initiatives)</li> <li>G&amp;A costs (e.g., IT, HR, Finance, Admin)</li> <li>Finance charges for Cost of Capital Employed</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Measurement of indirect costs in particular can be difficult.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>What Would A Solution for the Manufacturing Industry Look Like?</strong></h2> <p>With all of this in mind, it’s important to look at the big picture when determining what manufacturers can do to attain strategic P&amp;Ls and overcome their challenges?</p> <h3><strong><em>The ideal solution for the manufacturing industry would:</em></strong></h3> <ul> <li>Design, support and evolve to an integrated financial process</li> <li>Leverage operating metrics and key assumptions to: <ul> <li>Link business drivers behind financial performance</li> <li>Modify drivers and assumptions to plan future performance and attain strategic P&amp;Ls</li> <li>Drive accountability to Lines of Business</li> </ul> </li> <li>Offer a consistent and transparent framework to support indirect cost attribution</li> <li>Use integrated applications and tools to support and adapt to changing business processes</li> <li>Provide robust reporting to business for transparency into causal factors</li> </ul> <h3><strong><em>A true full-circle planning, costing and reporting solution that aligns and adapts to an integrated financial process includes the following:</em></strong></h3> <ul> <li>Driver-based revenue planning and departmental expenses leveraging the actual financial data, operational metrics</li> <li>Integrated costing capabilities that can allocate indirect expenses to lines of business by leveraging the same actuals, plans and drivers used in the planning process</li> <li>Robust and real-time reporting to surface strategic P&amp;Ls by Customer, Product and other Lines of Business</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Some Solutions are Ineffective and Unsustainable</strong></h2> <p>Our team at Ranzal has seen many manufacturers attempt to piece together a solution using various combinations of spreadsheets, ERP, custom and packaged applications.</p> <p>Typically, spreadsheets are the most common ingredient given their flexibility and accessibility. But spreadsheets tend to be error-prone, highly manual/labor-intensive and prone also to risk regarding controls and governance. We’ve also seen customizing the ERP as a common solution-oriented approach, but this can be too expensive, overly IT-centric and can also be somewhat of a “black box.” And lastly, custom applications are slow to adapt, can promote high effort and cost and also function like a “black box.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Oracle’s EPM as the Foundation for Full-Circle Planning</strong></h2> <p>We recommend Oracle EPM’s packaged applications to be the foundation to configuring the right full-circle planning, costing and reporting solution that avoids the constraints and risks other avenues bring on.</p> <h3><strong>The specific Oracle EPM offerings that support a full-circle planning, costing and reporting solution involve:</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Planning &amp; Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) <ul> <li>Best-in class solution for financial planning, budgeting and forecasting</li> <li>Align top-down and bottom-up processes</li> <li>Consistency of assumptions, calculations and methodologies</li> <li>And many more features <a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/cloud/planning-budgeting-cloud-service-1851924.pdf">here</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Profitability &amp; Cost Management Cloud Service (PCMCS) <ul> <li>Computes Profitability for Units, Segments and Services</li> <li>Pre-Built Framework for profitability modeling: Dimensions, Support for Multiple Cost Allocation methodologies, Validation reporting</li> <li>Graphical Interactive Traceability Maps &amp; Dashboards</li> <li>Measures, Allocates and Assigns Cost and Revenues via User-defined Rules</li> <li>And many more features <a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/business-intelligence/profitability-cost-cloud-service-3253161.pdf">here</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Tightly integrated with the Oracle EPM Cloud <ul> <li>Consistent Administration with EPM Cloud Offerings</li> <li>Shared Reporting Tools like Financial Reports &amp; Smart View for Office</li> <li>Proven Technology Stack</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>We believe a comprehensive solution focused on a “Technology Trio” of Integrated Business Analytics, or the convergence of: EPM, BI and BD solutions. Experience and results have shown us that this combination provides the tools and answers needed for improved business performance, increased innovation, better vision, and increased business value.</p> <h3><strong><em>For more information or to request a demo, </em></strong><a href="mailto:info@ranzal.com"><strong><em>email</em></strong></a><strong><em> us. Be sure to ask about </em></strong><strong><em>our complimentary one-day <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://ranzal2016.web.edgewater.com/Documents/Ranzal%20SS%202016%20-%20PCMCS%20Assessment%20Workshop.pdf">Profitability and Cost Management assessment</a></span> and how the newly-released <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://ranzal2016.web.edgewater.com/Documents/Ranzal%20SS%202016%20-%20PCMCS.pdf">Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service</a></span> (PCMCS) can help modernize your solution.</em></strong></h3><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/ranzal.wordpress.com/1806/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/ranzal.wordpress.com/1806/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ranzal.wordpress.com&#038;blog=3955384&#038;post=1806&#038;subd=ranzal&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> jalaimojr http://ranzal.wordpress.com/?p=1806 Fri May 05 2017 11:38:16 GMT-0400 (EDT) Full Circle Planning, Cost Management, & Profitability in the Manufacturing Industry @ranzal @orclEPMblogs https://ranzal.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/full-circle-planning-cost-management-profitability-in-the-manufacturing-industry/ <h3><strong><em>This post corresponds to the webinar “</em></strong><strong><em>Full Circle Planning, Cost Management &amp; Profitability in the Manufacturing Industry</em></strong><strong><em>.” </em></strong><strong><em>You can access the recording <u><a href="http://ranzal2016.web.edgewater.com/events/webinars/full-circle-planning-cost-management-and-profitability-in-the-manufacturing-industry-2?_ga=2.255426511.639036385.1493759226-885613392.1423762238">here</a></u>. </em></strong></h3> <p>As we are all aware, today’s manufacturing industry faces multiple ongoing challenges, including:</p> <ul> <li>Changing customer/consumer demands</li> <li>Shrinking operating margins</li> <li>Ever-changing compliance and regulatory pressures</li> <li>Increasingly globalizing economy</li> <li>Lowered availability and visibility of detailed information</li> </ul> <p>Now more than ever, manufacturers&#8217; focus is not just on growth, but, more specifically, on <strong>profitable growth</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Managing Profitable Growth</strong></h2> <p>When it comes to profitable growth and insight into profitability, the first place to start is the consolidated P&amp;L.</p> <p>But while the P&amp;L offers information on profitable growth, it does not help manage profitable growth. The financial P&amp;L provides limited insight into costs, profits and their underlying drivers, from the perspective of their lines of business, products, customers, markets and channels. Cost bases are imperfect and are limited to legacy standard costing and unstructured cost extracts. Results lack a matching of costs and revenue to manage margins at the same strategic view as revenue.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>The Need to Focus on Strategic P&amp;Ls</strong></h2> <p>To address and contend with these challenges, we recommend a greater focus on more strategic P&amp;Ls for the manufacturing industry.</p> <p>Strategic P&amp;Ls provide insight into both <strong>direct costs</strong> and <strong>indirect costs</strong>.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Direct Costs</strong> include costs directly associated with: <ul> <li>The making of a product or delivery of a service</li> <li>Parts for the product</li> <li>Labor for Service Delivery</li> <li>Costs directly attributed to the selling to a customer or client</li> <li>Shipping and handling expenses</li> <li>Customer processing expenses</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Indirect Costs</strong> include costs that are not directly attributable to the making of a product, delivery of a service, or the selling to a customer: <ul> <li>Operating costs (e.g., Call Center, Distribution)</li> <li>Selling costs (e.g., Sales &amp; Marketing)</li> <li>Investment costs (e.g., R&amp;D, Initiatives)</li> <li>G&amp;A costs (e.g., IT, HR, Finance, Admin)</li> <li>Finance charges for Cost of Capital Employed</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Measurement of indirect costs in particular can be difficult.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>What Would A Solution for the Manufacturing Industry Look Like?</strong></h2> <p>With all of this in mind, it’s important to look at the big picture when determining what manufacturers can do to attain strategic P&amp;Ls and overcome their challenges?</p> <h3><strong><em>The ideal solution for the manufacturing industry would:</em></strong></h3> <ul> <li>Design, support and evolve to an integrated financial process</li> <li>Leverage operating metrics and key assumptions to: <ul> <li>Link business drivers behind financial performance</li> <li>Modify drivers and assumptions to plan future performance and attain strategic P&amp;Ls</li> <li>Drive accountability to Lines of Business</li> </ul> </li> <li>Offer a consistent and transparent framework to support indirect cost attribution</li> <li>Use integrated applications and tools to support and adapt to changing business processes</li> <li>Provide robust reporting to business for transparency into causal factors</li> </ul> <h3><strong><em>A true full-circle planning, costing and reporting solution that aligns and adapts to an integrated financial process includes the following:</em></strong></h3> <ul> <li>Driver-based revenue planning and departmental expenses leveraging the actual financial data, operational metrics</li> <li>Integrated costing capabilities that can allocate indirect expenses to lines of business by leveraging the same actuals, plans and drivers used in the planning process</li> <li>Robust and real-time reporting to surface strategic P&amp;Ls by Customer, Product and other Lines of Business</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Some Solutions are Ineffective and Unsustainable</strong></h2> <p>Our team at Ranzal has seen many manufacturers attempt to piece together a solution using various combinations of spreadsheets, ERP, custom and packaged applications.</p> <p>Typically, spreadsheets are the most common ingredient given their flexibility and accessibility. But spreadsheets tend to be error-prone, highly manual/labor-intensive and prone also to risk regarding controls and governance. We’ve also seen customizing the ERP as a common solution-oriented approach, but this can be too expensive, overly IT-centric and can also be somewhat of a “black box.” And lastly, custom applications are slow to adapt, can promote high effort and cost and also function like a “black box.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Oracle’s EPM as the Foundation for Full-Circle Planning</strong></h2> <p>We recommend Oracle EPM’s packaged applications to be the foundation to configuring the right full-circle planning, costing and reporting solution that avoids the constraints and risks other avenues bring on.</p> <h3><strong>The specific Oracle EPM offerings that support a full-circle planning, costing and reporting solution involve:</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Planning &amp; Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) <ul> <li>Best-in class solution for financial planning, budgeting and forecasting</li> <li>Align top-down and bottom-up processes</li> <li>Consistency of assumptions, calculations and methodologies</li> <li>And many more features <a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/cloud/planning-budgeting-cloud-service-1851924.pdf">here</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Profitability &amp; Cost Management Cloud Service (PCMCS) <ul> <li>Computes Profitability for Units, Segments and Services</li> <li>Pre-Built Framework for profitability modeling: Dimensions, Support for Multiple Cost Allocation methodologies, Validation reporting</li> <li>Graphical Interactive Traceability Maps &amp; Dashboards</li> <li>Measures, Allocates and Assigns Cost and Revenues via User-defined Rules</li> <li>And many more features <a href="http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/business-intelligence/profitability-cost-cloud-service-3253161.pdf">here</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Tightly integrated with the Oracle EPM Cloud <ul> <li>Consistent Administration with EPM Cloud Offerings</li> <li>Shared Reporting Tools like Financial Reports &amp; Smart View for Office</li> <li>Proven Technology Stack</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>We believe a comprehensive solution focused on a “Technology Trio” of Integrated Business Analytics, or the convergence of: EPM, BI and BD solutions. Experience and results have shown us that this combination provides the tools and answers needed for improved business performance, increased innovation, better vision, and increased business value.</p> <h3><strong><em>For more information or to request a demo, </em></strong><a href="mailto:info@ranzal.com"><strong><em>email</em></strong></a><strong><em> us. Be sure to ask about </em></strong><strong><em>our complimentary one-day <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://ranzal2016.web.edgewater.com/Documents/Ranzal%20SS%202016%20-%20PCMCS%20Assessment%20Workshop.pdf">Profitability and Cost Management assessment</a></span> and how the newly-released <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://ranzal2016.web.edgewater.com/Documents/Ranzal%20SS%202016%20-%20PCMCS.pdf">Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service</a></span> (PCMCS) can help modernize your solution.</em></strong></h3><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/ranzal.wordpress.com/1806/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/ranzal.wordpress.com/1806/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ranzal.wordpress.com&#038;blog=3955384&#038;post=1806&#038;subd=ranzal&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> jalaimojr http://ranzal.wordpress.com/?p=1806 Fri May 05 2017 11:38:16 GMT-0400 (EDT) BI and Reporting Kscope17 Track Highlights – Tracy McMullen http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=716&source=1 Tracy McMullen, BI and Reporting Track Lead for ODTUG Kscope17, shares her top five BI and Reporting Track Sessions with reasons why they are her "don't miss sessions" at Kscope17: ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=716&source=1 Fri May 05 2017 09:54:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) BI and Reporting Kscope17 Track Highlights – Tracy McMullen @odtug @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=716&source=1 Tracy McMullen, BI and Reporting Track Lead for ODTUG Kscope17, shares her top five BI and Reporting Track Sessions with reasons why they are her "don't miss sessions" at Kscope17: ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=716&source=1 Fri May 05 2017 09:54:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) The Compleat Idiot's Guide to PBCS No. 21 -- Change is the only constant http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CameronsBlogForEssbaseHackers/~3/xeldK-q3PT0/the-compleat-idiots-guide-to-pbcs-no-21.html <h1 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-461ec333-d6ff-f5db-b0e8-d8d94f98d9c7" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/plus_%C3%A7a_change,_plus_c'est_la_m%C3%AAme_chose" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I use a lot of Oracle EPM products: &nbsp;Essbase (all the time), Planning (some of the time), Essbase Cloud (more and more of the time), PBCS (some of the time), FDMEE (never of the time but I need to do more (some?) of it), HFM (even looking at the export file gives me the hives) etc., etc., etc. &nbsp;Does this make me an expert? &nbsp;A generalist? &nbsp;A dilettante? &nbsp;Jack of all trades, master of none? &nbsp;You decide as I certainly can’t.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">That’s a lot of products, regardless. </span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Do I need to relearn them every six months? &nbsp;Nope. &nbsp;EAS is EAS is EAS </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Patri" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">world without end</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> or at least since 2005-ish. &nbsp;Good, bad, or indifferent (although you’d have to be willfully deaf not to know about the direction Oracle is taking wrt on-premises EPM), the UI has stayed the same.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">If a static tool is a dead one, I fear that on-premises is at least in God’s waiting room.</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr97MQiqW38" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Nothing’s Gonna Change</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Don’t believe me? &nbsp;Cast your eyes downwards.</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">9.3.1</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Did I see this first in (I think) 2006? &nbsp;Is that possible? &nbsp;Probably.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="221" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/6-9VIpohD-KLrGwN_qA4z0oM7hoodSh68t3KzWfPg73UeIXm6F1n3UPx4uiJUvil6AR4ZsAhn5HGc6ezV576gXH3enJHVXvdkMDi07Kiy0o24Yrfy8on1A8qQk0XMaIBhKMFvIpaCG-7-7ALAQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="466" /></span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">11.1.1.3</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">It’s pretty much the same with that stupid ship’s wheel – Wheel of a ship = navigator which is not nearly as clever as someone in Hyperion’s product management group thought it was. &nbsp;Can you even see it? &nbsp;I just thought of it as a poor man’s Start menu.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="429" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/yVg6uIvmrcn4ddnPAmbIPCjMxx3wCISyymhQSp7kSNVOsCmORPO2VoCfOHDwxyvR5p2lXaFLRooqBO01Jd8ff-ccapCZLUAl12F7tS8hDKDBXL6pormxF737dzyunq7IQNiNBUrthCTh3NRzfw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">11.1.2.3, 11.1.2.3.500, and 11.1.2.4</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now things are looking a bit more modern. &nbsp;NB – This may actually have changed in 11.1.2.2 but I never implemented that release so I just don’t remember. &nbsp;In any case, there is not much (none, actually) functionality change and just a tweak of the colors.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="514" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Zdi4cv1-V6XTrdTEl-alUHgcUDuFz7us6FINj_L5C4cLJHOt5KOkj0XsJzpTgiIuLojHo-WFY1Z_zY9ZYZFehJ9ybfpPqv-to2OWNVOt8qc2C137ZJHu3LcrZ1NwH9OxGUc6ecP5BIrzGuPj2Q" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">AFAIK, only the colors have changed. &nbsp;And oh yeah, it works </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">much</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> better in Firefox than it does in IE, a 180 degree change. &nbsp;Gah, I </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">hate</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> IE so that’s a good thing.</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Same as it (n)Ever Was</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">In light of </span><a href="http://ashbrook.org/publications/oped-owens-03-warplan/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle’s channeling of Patton channeling</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span><a href="https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Georges_Danton" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">(mistakenly apparently)</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span><a href="https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Frederick_II_of_Prussia" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Frederick The Great</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> (What, you come to this blog for just EPM geekiness?) when it comes to Cloud, Cloud, Cloud, Oracle’s motto is </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">“</span><a href="https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/de%20l%27audace,%20encore%20de%20l%27audace,%20et%20toujours%20de%20l%27audace" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace.</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">“</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;And what </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">that </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">means is that the UI (and quite a bit of the rest of the toolset) </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">changes</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. &nbsp;In the example I’m going to give below, I hadn’t seriously looked at PBCS’ UI in about seven months and upon return was…confused.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The first set of screenshots are from approximately a year ago (so early 2016) that I used for a </span><a href="http://www.kscope17.com/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Kscope</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> presentation. &nbsp;There’s no other way (well, I guess if you work at Oracle and can get someone to cough up an old VM) to see what PBCS used to look like other than someone else’s screenshots. &nbsp;And no, I won’t be able to (and don’t want to) examine each and every change. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Instead I’ll focus on three use cases: &nbsp;application management, inbox/outbox, running a job</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">LCM</span></h2><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Old</span></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Not just old, </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Workspace</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> old. &nbsp;Yes, big icons, but Workspace all the way after that. &nbsp;Workspace was the to access Application Management aka LCM.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="350" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/TWU9raPfkEX5RIqwNTeyBWjEmc_9f2vqXqAwgSZtRJI7AOXeTrEClBrJ5s_ewH6GIQYumgRxJSKa-RQRTZZiyHbxJfo0xYWRPkCT6cdjv7PN7O50an1WYc_uGU8p-CW72dfLNiVqZzDoSJf6rg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">As noted, there was </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">no</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> way to do this in the Simplified User Interface or as </span><a href="http://www.jasonwjones.com/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Jason Jones</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> noted, the Candy Crush UI. &nbsp;What do we like: &nbsp;SUI or CCUI? &nbsp;You decide.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/xnFIgQIXONPdLNBPj7Y50iUQlq6hqcUbF9oR0fOpGKK8639Pkk8iMcZLEwOD4WWiqNXPiHJyegD2hLT0PzxyDRCEuCpoODXWi9eSOhVGzUtxNwdwYq6UJ9IaJ80Nwg00YvlzUWOYgouq7BkX3w" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">This is typical Workspace design: &nbsp;it looks like Windows Explorer and there’s an awful lot of information that way. &nbsp;I actually prefer this approach as busy as it looks. &nbsp;It’s a PC/Mac paradigm, not an iPhone/iPad interface.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/8Fq1H5y2ULgoP9D8eVnYJ0e1TnRcR_ptI4Ly2nMTKE_8peIxTjwVlM_78f-ATTqw70Nyo50JDCbh1hJlbtvJrc1kpRORalm7UXEP9zmwTlNfLWC96m6IaR_0MXXIg70MuHjRf8ad4oRcimf1_g" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Yeah, it’s hard to read.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="356" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/zk0ZCOoemUGXSvfvU5f3_2wtXQEbhuDy158IFBLMYr7tada8tFXgagJD0k4PnBq6a-tfYZZTjARyzDIKbV_TU_11r7jmVBzC8DmixeTc_uTWePuQEaiy6cP_tP5-u012509SMBNDLtkkniVkBw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">But, given that I like to keep my Windows 7 looking as close as I can to Windows NT 4.0 that shouldn’t be all that surprising.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="468" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/41E4p-sMJtJggc_1OAorzbSRIfreWBm5Rof-c-wjBKefILKOdWiJ0X6PbtKsJtNpKX_TzfwJBGzL-heuudL6rHxl9mJR59XWNdQJP5cOAIXkE27raZs93t0GeU8GD4JZ1SFqVl7cmHuRW7W3tg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><br class="kix-line-break" /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">And yes, a screenshot of my desktop while writing this post is a bit of an </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity_mirror" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Infinity Mirror</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span></div><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oFdFdcXKb4" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Things Change</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTA2buWlNyM" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Remember Workspace</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">? &nbsp;Note that Workspace is </span><a href="http://www.oracle.com/webfolder/technetwork/tutorials/tutorial/cloud/pbcs/1612-pbcs-wn.htm" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">gone</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> and it ain’t never coming back.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now go either to the pretty buttons to get to Migration:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="352" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/ae7uJVZ_9o1bFtsrD8zczep-LlMsD2rJwMuh-tWyQMddm5KlhlKiYVWqHHxI9DdQiiWZYWdA8ZlcllPpw4KklWs5J8sh6JYgy_hfEke8qE2zoIw53JCeOnHq2tlB3xLQa-cuwhfQK-n-bi3AQQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Or use the navigator. &nbsp;Yes, it’s back. &nbsp;That unnamed and unknown product manager has had his revenge. &nbsp;What’s nice (I am capable of a very small amount of grace) about the new navigator is that I can access </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">everything</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> from anywhere. &nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> I like the concept of a navigator. &nbsp;I still don’t miss the graphic.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="352" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Q__t7iqtIYjsGaPyUaF2mJ3sYcXPDaX0S5silcdwlyk7vq_P3WMuok4PjXSfG0krZQ7J6jaPsJX-xongqzbcP1fs3yiM8fSA-dAK88pMeN1StVnOkBDCZUbSe3MJpYF_wpGGeJ1vbyWXVEfqlg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Once into Migration aka used-to-be-Application Management-aka-used-to-be-LCM the UI is a lot easier to read but has way less information per screen.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/KuStiCneddvAIkZ1GHuzMdZ3EXyLB_mufFm9Rp08eOXF6yD_rtHTlTpr1n4jTTjDXU_8w1UocCdC0kR9DMzZUZolRoWtC9fwLecm55nIcNxA0-VOPALu-bCLJcakIN7vQwerAmLwiAkUXlbF3Q" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">But oh yeah, prettier.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/Ok88dCnDEakwabBpFPJqy1LLDQ0jcIPz6dJ9pilwiuYGEFTf6mT3pTK1O49CsZaW_Jv5cJXjVZlY7kwMGRF-jKGW8k9kM6-OjaLSIY1ijZMzo0DjbVOFAbLYF9rOqMHOaIrsmTZDVnwvIaZAsA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="http://www.in-n-out.com/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">In-N-Out</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> with the old inbox</span></h2><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFNqTStUDYk" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">What a difference a year makes</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">What about changes between versions of the SUI? &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Note again how this version of the Navigator (which doesn’t have a link to Application Management):</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="355" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/7oUkeWf8OLvRORTzgGmQHNtSS72ci_Q16UCqsQL1vuy2ILUrmFJwoCwWbjZOh2h0iVG-jBt-mrJLs7yLTGI3Uxv2OI1VrLyMchyeyeyQT6VrX-SYsIyeaRKbyRaYqcTbZhY4DWTAmhRlEhv3xw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Differs from today’s Navigator:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="352" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/xmrs_OMuKK9Krw_FWeWSsVWr7sZ0Xb2qWAbFG9L3LmpkuEB5sbGIbZIOSKsNOLUPhdlnDSmWllYrXkjtAEkAs5QxzqaKKjO5uXqD8tTHzafIIhhd5kQ_y-vKjzEhJ71j9tlVY3fW_3qK0Xd0bQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Back to 2016: &nbsp;Navigator? &nbsp;Wassthat? &nbsp;Nope, we go to the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Console</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> to get at the Inbox via the Application screen. &nbsp;NB – Today PBCS doesn’t have a Console.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/V5Or39zqCranme99-GhioL-5sbMq3j-5IqV1lByXFJKjVr27Cmmx6Z0uqxw5kwq5PfL3BqmV82vcS6t9Rbpn0JYQQ7CtxBjJxWBBNRvqwZCNfWmQ67raAje08jjhXqv9ZYE8TzviQjmh09F3pA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now we’re at the Inbox/Outbox Explorer.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="352" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/cW9Myl4i8UBuq39vS61FjovaK-8dCLeYI6kTy7M9vLZJepalDF4rO0Gv0BfJjqqpRHDBdHHKj4rhD8xiK7QcSAAIKqxTmgHVdcmJzKo-nV_yw6tEpVz3Asv0memE_o9NbF1lErLYXTQBuhBeuw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Upload that file from your local box. &nbsp;Yes, I’d script the whole thing but I am reviewing the UI.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/nS5RPTAMcThLL0JK2KuROAjXVL91t-V8oKNiAoOO6yRJpWQbvYoq7ArKyfaIaHDyJ3S9zPB1flSok9PruXumiLx-J4xLDpFdEK1fglPHVzB085jyamHZ0cb4wdZvWv0j7hFXR0o8rIjFU1AALA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJQ6G7Z_II" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">New Explorer Revue</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">That was then, but as noted there is no longer a Console. &nbsp;How then do we get to the Inbox/Outbox Explorer? &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Either through the front page’s Overview…</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/HvDS0cDfl0-aIzPHvgUPsZdGX7wUvtWnerp0ktfngDh9ZW3mDcCqYC-jcG7L1wZFtNEhxCSC2F6czWSu3u0tCg8Ocj32-ut2V0v8qdJPb4g25VA06CVTVRJtXTlsdjz99XZNahP2ZLLD0He9Xg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Or via Navigator’s Application/Overview link. &nbsp;Choice is good.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/AfaUX6FXgMZBO22REQej95jgKQfqc93_nuWreIVA4_mxgHPxvGo8oEhPE__GS655Dr8kaY2CTXGbpgrjYzLmaqZOVKbKBYMKoZiDaBKQr9eGE8vr4rLUOs4SC6cPEDVUKuvzNFi8ubWmWWk2gw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">It isn’t much of a change, but the Overview, Cubes, Dimensions, and Activity Reports are no longer on the side but are now tabs on the top of the Application pane are written out instead of icons. &nbsp;These are minor differences but can be a bit confusing after a long absence.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="350" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/wJKa7X2wi9Ljzj7QZ3y0g3bKVcOfbttmv4NXVuVyGh_ONuJ5P1JHFqNdbY6ImR97SjZK00ux0ddAQsgrubmPUopH0JBHwvuAJ6wgHNjxLx1u7ZB6GMQGdoozAKU29uUJzMqgEb2m_ywdIiaq-A" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Explorer looks much the same as before.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/2_da_-nFh4RB9X6wcQXpy95FWEwhrR-n4H5Us00wnI9QJ14pnWlHpw6q9fXO0mYlZXf8azPrXsbjw_98JXmO5r9Da85mli0TYWi__8E6MMZ6t7blpQmleCLaYte3OI8VCwhqksxVCsC_rvQy3w" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysKhbaLyIFw" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Get a job</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span></h2><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://youtu.be/0RRxqg4G-G4?t=123" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">The UI of the past</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Here we back to the beginning of 2016. &nbsp;Schedule the job with a run-it-right-now property via the sadly-no-longer-with-us Console. &nbsp;Click on the calendar icon (second from the top) on the left hand side and then “Schedule Jobs”.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/h14tgybyn_3HXsGOl9XqSVfStxgQqI3fxhgNPV1iOJHn-Qb0syjimDPOdKb2QwsqaFYEnhym7mvv9tEwvcTIlqDftoRTzoKKDrc3O1_XybMePblyivvaHPNVZL5DPKf5m6IWVRIc2EWZb6t5gQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Run it now, now, now.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/Ly19bjoUn9sT-IwasDdTqUKkRP4Ael8-z4rm0UbApQ0FuJxYrTNsPUnf9tWpmkhjXmLX3N2M3Uynj0xlzT0oJ5p76o0GQ4gA78iHBit2rpHCCYlDLPMKTLDYQzeVEsTQYpu595Lo2okPDpCg8g" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Pick the job.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/aBe0zs8UNqjukIeKFh08FCkZ06CDMmdWP4pnoHX1CInMVRQ1YjP_X3AHer7eUscUMmD3QiI8vHpwgnPmOB4lVIt6zQLns8FKHrDlSj6Vo50Da2lcn40-9IBcGGjBnFsFQnghkiUut48TKXCLHQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Confirm that it’s to be run.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="356" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/tUyZRxqvUSDntXHXLoh_Lx_4TimF1zILxfbmUJDaGnyqPJPojF57wucCZNMezdvaDfrn11GvzVr5V6UrATgz7AILqVXXzEd9IkcY6RujJdA94JKwQXJq0Osbn2rfhtxiMbkj72ntgWBhj6eNqw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">And here it is a-runnin’.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/y_E_-SypmRtQDtdcjcIcCHU03r9Z7D-kps9b05fWinmP9czAGpC1LS61ixukw-Y922aHZicykR6dUm8HWuEoy-ILYrmEI3NTcX_bXxH9j3xVCaHDPNghY0TnXzArAp4k9zhFbSvAgxaQ9UgoQA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYMD_W_r3Fg" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Meet the new boss, same as the old one.</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">In 2017, go to the Navigator and then pick Jobs.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Ko9L-B6QS3ExaPaAJmUuo3A8-dxw_4UCJWHWz-J-zJksLRjQkMCLmQ0cGHbeU86DBn7OB3RyWlsXnEgaNYMVtcSdxZ0THHqSFL7ZadvDfSKXyHh-ygI__XfTqyKBGR7htqF2uQMyh7iauPWKkg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Getting into the Scheduler is a bit of a different path.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="350" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/5OVhkWN29leMQynRrbo-pzGoPJoS8-p8FiEh1cT7W6K4p6U0thL7uNv_b9pVSIGNdQF2GKEUFMz0N3QGPQ9Re1rVWMjp6XL-ne8C4z2eFKq3WNUCgf10Do1WwpUjwI_w3dcoIcZlRRv6hQZ-xw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">But once in, the scheduler looks and acts the same.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="350" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/ZP6g8nkTnhq37PQYfcr2JOFPvRwP_vEKm5gPwyLalyOQhsTWO4hhI54nx-lg_he9agYre-dxWkVu27x2Ey2OS4atCC6Fe_dql67vvoQQ2Z4r2zSTsKkME_hQswTV44--qUiXZPSpoGTCiIgxpQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So no real change for the rest of the process.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/S8fZby6ZWm90JNpE_eUALQgz_mquwurFAj2R1wa5LaXIstaWwSDLK0KIG6W0Rpr1X2veBCi8F6Q7aFZu853kTbcg4Qo9zujNQTFkoHnddN2fTsCbUtSdE67JYsiPOnwpDcymbo1C9O_XWRRX9g" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Yup, it’s the same.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/VFctM8vdVnJwQD8aEOSS5VOBvq-dr1-Vwu-OU3n31LVFi78ZogCGBKIczQ5gS-V5ypP4nizsWXmrPVmzSZ64uEZmOKb7mDyUMcBeCGMhv01m0mzVEVusyGqfzxkU3VlWTnyGigN2k6ajZbyufg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Whew, so at least one bit that’s the same. &nbsp;For now.</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #365f91; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Planned obsolescence</span></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Talk about perishable goods. &nbsp;I’ve documented the change between a fraction of PBCS’s administrative UI in 2016 and 2017. &nbsp;I like to pretend that while I’m not writing for the ages, at least my posts are good for a year or two. &nbsp;Given what I’ve shown you, that isn’t likely.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">My whining aside, why belabor all of this? &nbsp;Simply that </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">your</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> skills, skills that could once be mastered and then left on the figurative shelf, are going to go stale. &nbsp;Stale means obsolescent, and obsolescence &nbsp;means unemployment. &nbsp;It’s always been this way but we’ve had time to adjust during that gap from 11.1.1.3 to 11.1.2.4. &nbsp;No longer.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">And there are a lot of changes across far more than the UI. &nbsp;A </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">lot </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">and something that you’re not all that likely to keep up. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So what to do? &nbsp;RTM. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle and their documentation team very kindly (perhaps they take pity upon us?) </span><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/saas/readiness?offering=planning-and-budgeting&amp;version=2016#EnterprisePerformanceManagementReadiness-4" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">provide a complete (compleat?) list of all of the changes from 2015 through the present</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> month by month. &nbsp;A feature changes? &nbsp;It’s there. &nbsp;But wait, you get more: &nbsp;readmes, documentation links, and even videos. &nbsp;I know I write a lot about Oracle’s documentation (eh, I write this blog, such as it is, books, presentations, etc. so why wouldn’t I be in favor of documentation?) but my point here is that they spend lots of $,¥, €, and £ to make this all happen. &nbsp;And they need to ‘cos the product changes all the time; the UI is a minor component of the constant change of the Cloud.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PBCS and EPM are but a subset of the other cloud products Oracle has on offer. &nbsp;Gentle Reader, I encourage you in the strongest terms to explore. &nbsp;It’s the only way we can survive.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="444" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/y21LguUvbQ2kOaTCSZt2dI8b8AJIVW32uuU_rwWtlIHWwECkKN6ebQkk4DCNu9lO3BQEJXHXn1jtKCU9YQpnP-O-HxwB0ubAqSroxs5yGjUkc_n6nqa0CW-Rxl7qzUm0U776Vciq5o7LN35t4g" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="623" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Be seeing you.</span></div> Cameron Lackpour tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7650953985627040991.post-9080129112149708281 Fri May 05 2017 01:08:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) The Compleat Idiot's Guide to PBCS No. 21 -- Change is the only constant @CameronLackpour @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CameronsBlogForEssbaseHackers/~3/xeldK-q3PT0/the-compleat-idiots-guide-to-pbcs-no-21.html <h1 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-461ec333-d6ff-f5db-b0e8-d8d94f98d9c7" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/plus_%C3%A7a_change,_plus_c'est_la_m%C3%AAme_chose" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I use a lot of Oracle EPM products: &nbsp;Essbase (all the time), Planning (some of the time), Essbase Cloud (more and more of the time), PBCS (some of the time), FDMEE (never of the time but I need to do more (some?) of it), HFM (even looking at the export file gives me the hives) etc., etc., etc. &nbsp;Does this make me an expert? &nbsp;A generalist? &nbsp;A dilettante? &nbsp;Jack of all trades, master of none? &nbsp;You decide as I certainly can’t.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">That’s a lot of products, regardless. </span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Do I need to relearn them every six months? &nbsp;Nope. &nbsp;EAS is EAS is EAS </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Patri" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">world without end</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> or at least since 2005-ish. &nbsp;Good, bad, or indifferent (although you’d have to be willfully deaf not to know about the direction Oracle is taking wrt on-premises EPM), the UI has stayed the same.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">If a static tool is a dead one, I fear that on-premises is at least in God’s waiting room.</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr97MQiqW38" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Nothing’s Gonna Change</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Don’t believe me? &nbsp;Cast your eyes downwards.</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">9.3.1</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Did I see this first in (I think) 2006? &nbsp;Is that possible? &nbsp;Probably.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="221" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/6-9VIpohD-KLrGwN_qA4z0oM7hoodSh68t3KzWfPg73UeIXm6F1n3UPx4uiJUvil6AR4ZsAhn5HGc6ezV576gXH3enJHVXvdkMDi07Kiy0o24Yrfy8on1A8qQk0XMaIBhKMFvIpaCG-7-7ALAQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="466" /></span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">11.1.1.3</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">It’s pretty much the same with that stupid ship’s wheel – Wheel of a ship = navigator which is not nearly as clever as someone in Hyperion’s product management group thought it was. &nbsp;Can you even see it? &nbsp;I just thought of it as a poor man’s Start menu.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="429" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/yVg6uIvmrcn4ddnPAmbIPCjMxx3wCISyymhQSp7kSNVOsCmORPO2VoCfOHDwxyvR5p2lXaFLRooqBO01Jd8ff-ccapCZLUAl12F7tS8hDKDBXL6pormxF737dzyunq7IQNiNBUrthCTh3NRzfw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">11.1.2.3, 11.1.2.3.500, and 11.1.2.4</span></h2><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now things are looking a bit more modern. &nbsp;NB – This may actually have changed in 11.1.2.2 but I never implemented that release so I just don’t remember. &nbsp;In any case, there is not much (none, actually) functionality change and just a tweak of the colors.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="514" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Zdi4cv1-V6XTrdTEl-alUHgcUDuFz7us6FINj_L5C4cLJHOt5KOkj0XsJzpTgiIuLojHo-WFY1Z_zY9ZYZFehJ9ybfpPqv-to2OWNVOt8qc2C137ZJHu3LcrZ1NwH9OxGUc6ecP5BIrzGuPj2Q" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">AFAIK, only the colors have changed. &nbsp;And oh yeah, it works </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">much</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> better in Firefox than it does in IE, a 180 degree change. &nbsp;Gah, I </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">hate</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> IE so that’s a good thing.</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Same as it (n)Ever Was</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">In light of </span><a href="http://ashbrook.org/publications/oped-owens-03-warplan/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle’s channeling of Patton channeling</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span><a href="https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Georges_Danton" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">(mistakenly apparently)</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span><a href="https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Frederick_II_of_Prussia" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Frederick The Great</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> (What, you come to this blog for just EPM geekiness?) when it comes to Cloud, Cloud, Cloud, Oracle’s motto is </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">“</span><a href="https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/de%20l%27audace,%20encore%20de%20l%27audace,%20et%20toujours%20de%20l%27audace" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace.</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">“</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;And what </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">that </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">means is that the UI (and quite a bit of the rest of the toolset) </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">changes</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. &nbsp;In the example I’m going to give below, I hadn’t seriously looked at PBCS’ UI in about seven months and upon return was…confused.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The first set of screenshots are from approximately a year ago (so early 2016) that I used for a </span><a href="http://www.kscope17.com/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Kscope</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> presentation. &nbsp;There’s no other way (well, I guess if you work at Oracle and can get someone to cough up an old VM) to see what PBCS used to look like other than someone else’s screenshots. &nbsp;And no, I won’t be able to (and don’t want to) examine each and every change. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Instead I’ll focus on three use cases: &nbsp;application management, inbox/outbox, running a job</span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">LCM</span></h2><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Old</span></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Not just old, </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Workspace</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> old. &nbsp;Yes, big icons, but Workspace all the way after that. &nbsp;Workspace was the to access Application Management aka LCM.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="350" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/TWU9raPfkEX5RIqwNTeyBWjEmc_9f2vqXqAwgSZtRJI7AOXeTrEClBrJ5s_ewH6GIQYumgRxJSKa-RQRTZZiyHbxJfo0xYWRPkCT6cdjv7PN7O50an1WYc_uGU8p-CW72dfLNiVqZzDoSJf6rg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">As noted, there was </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">no</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> way to do this in the Simplified User Interface or as </span><a href="http://www.jasonwjones.com/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Jason Jones</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> noted, the Candy Crush UI. &nbsp;What do we like: &nbsp;SUI or CCUI? &nbsp;You decide.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/xnFIgQIXONPdLNBPj7Y50iUQlq6hqcUbF9oR0fOpGKK8639Pkk8iMcZLEwOD4WWiqNXPiHJyegD2hLT0PzxyDRCEuCpoODXWi9eSOhVGzUtxNwdwYq6UJ9IaJ80Nwg00YvlzUWOYgouq7BkX3w" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">This is typical Workspace design: &nbsp;it looks like Windows Explorer and there’s an awful lot of information that way. &nbsp;I actually prefer this approach as busy as it looks. &nbsp;It’s a PC/Mac paradigm, not an iPhone/iPad interface.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/8Fq1H5y2ULgoP9D8eVnYJ0e1TnRcR_ptI4Ly2nMTKE_8peIxTjwVlM_78f-ATTqw70Nyo50JDCbh1hJlbtvJrc1kpRORalm7UXEP9zmwTlNfLWC96m6IaR_0MXXIg70MuHjRf8ad4oRcimf1_g" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Yeah, it’s hard to read.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="356" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/zk0ZCOoemUGXSvfvU5f3_2wtXQEbhuDy158IFBLMYr7tada8tFXgagJD0k4PnBq6a-tfYZZTjARyzDIKbV_TU_11r7jmVBzC8DmixeTc_uTWePuQEaiy6cP_tP5-u012509SMBNDLtkkniVkBw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">But, given that I like to keep my Windows 7 looking as close as I can to Windows NT 4.0 that shouldn’t be all that surprising.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="468" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/41E4p-sMJtJggc_1OAorzbSRIfreWBm5Rof-c-wjBKefILKOdWiJ0X6PbtKsJtNpKX_TzfwJBGzL-heuudL6rHxl9mJR59XWNdQJP5cOAIXkE27raZs93t0GeU8GD4JZ1SFqVl7cmHuRW7W3tg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><br class="kix-line-break" /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">And yes, a screenshot of my desktop while writing this post is a bit of an </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity_mirror" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Infinity Mirror</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span></div><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oFdFdcXKb4" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Things Change</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTA2buWlNyM" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Remember Workspace</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">? &nbsp;Note that Workspace is </span><a href="http://www.oracle.com/webfolder/technetwork/tutorials/tutorial/cloud/pbcs/1612-pbcs-wn.htm" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">gone</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> and it ain’t never coming back.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now go either to the pretty buttons to get to Migration:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="352" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/ae7uJVZ_9o1bFtsrD8zczep-LlMsD2rJwMuh-tWyQMddm5KlhlKiYVWqHHxI9DdQiiWZYWdA8ZlcllPpw4KklWs5J8sh6JYgy_hfEke8qE2zoIw53JCeOnHq2tlB3xLQa-cuwhfQK-n-bi3AQQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Or use the navigator. &nbsp;Yes, it’s back. &nbsp;That unnamed and unknown product manager has had his revenge. &nbsp;What’s nice (I am capable of a very small amount of grace) about the new navigator is that I can access </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">everything</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> from anywhere. &nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> I like the concept of a navigator. &nbsp;I still don’t miss the graphic.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="352" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Q__t7iqtIYjsGaPyUaF2mJ3sYcXPDaX0S5silcdwlyk7vq_P3WMuok4PjXSfG0krZQ7J6jaPsJX-xongqzbcP1fs3yiM8fSA-dAK88pMeN1StVnOkBDCZUbSe3MJpYF_wpGGeJ1vbyWXVEfqlg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Once into Migration aka used-to-be-Application Management-aka-used-to-be-LCM the UI is a lot easier to read but has way less information per screen.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/KuStiCneddvAIkZ1GHuzMdZ3EXyLB_mufFm9Rp08eOXF6yD_rtHTlTpr1n4jTTjDXU_8w1UocCdC0kR9DMzZUZolRoWtC9fwLecm55nIcNxA0-VOPALu-bCLJcakIN7vQwerAmLwiAkUXlbF3Q" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">But oh yeah, prettier.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/Ok88dCnDEakwabBpFPJqy1LLDQ0jcIPz6dJ9pilwiuYGEFTf6mT3pTK1O49CsZaW_Jv5cJXjVZlY7kwMGRF-jKGW8k9kM6-OjaLSIY1ijZMzo0DjbVOFAbLYF9rOqMHOaIrsmTZDVnwvIaZAsA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="http://www.in-n-out.com/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">In-N-Out</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> with the old inbox</span></h2><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFNqTStUDYk" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">What a difference a year makes</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">What about changes between versions of the SUI? &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Note again how this version of the Navigator (which doesn’t have a link to Application Management):</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="355" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/7oUkeWf8OLvRORTzgGmQHNtSS72ci_Q16UCqsQL1vuy2ILUrmFJwoCwWbjZOh2h0iVG-jBt-mrJLs7yLTGI3Uxv2OI1VrLyMchyeyeyQT6VrX-SYsIyeaRKbyRaYqcTbZhY4DWTAmhRlEhv3xw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Differs from today’s Navigator:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="352" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/xmrs_OMuKK9Krw_FWeWSsVWr7sZ0Xb2qWAbFG9L3LmpkuEB5sbGIbZIOSKsNOLUPhdlnDSmWllYrXkjtAEkAs5QxzqaKKjO5uXqD8tTHzafIIhhd5kQ_y-vKjzEhJ71j9tlVY3fW_3qK0Xd0bQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Back to 2016: &nbsp;Navigator? &nbsp;Wassthat? &nbsp;Nope, we go to the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Console</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> to get at the Inbox via the Application screen. &nbsp;NB – Today PBCS doesn’t have a Console.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/V5Or39zqCranme99-GhioL-5sbMq3j-5IqV1lByXFJKjVr27Cmmx6Z0uqxw5kwq5PfL3BqmV82vcS6t9Rbpn0JYQQ7CtxBjJxWBBNRvqwZCNfWmQ67raAje08jjhXqv9ZYE8TzviQjmh09F3pA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now we’re at the Inbox/Outbox Explorer.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="352" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/cW9Myl4i8UBuq39vS61FjovaK-8dCLeYI6kTy7M9vLZJepalDF4rO0Gv0BfJjqqpRHDBdHHKj4rhD8xiK7QcSAAIKqxTmgHVdcmJzKo-nV_yw6tEpVz3Asv0memE_o9NbF1lErLYXTQBuhBeuw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Upload that file from your local box. &nbsp;Yes, I’d script the whole thing but I am reviewing the UI.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/nS5RPTAMcThLL0JK2KuROAjXVL91t-V8oKNiAoOO6yRJpWQbvYoq7ArKyfaIaHDyJ3S9zPB1flSok9PruXumiLx-J4xLDpFdEK1fglPHVzB085jyamHZ0cb4wdZvWv0j7hFXR0o8rIjFU1AALA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJQ6G7Z_II" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">New Explorer Revue</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">That was then, but as noted there is no longer a Console. &nbsp;How then do we get to the Inbox/Outbox Explorer? &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Either through the front page’s Overview…</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/HvDS0cDfl0-aIzPHvgUPsZdGX7wUvtWnerp0ktfngDh9ZW3mDcCqYC-jcG7L1wZFtNEhxCSC2F6czWSu3u0tCg8Ocj32-ut2V0v8qdJPb4g25VA06CVTVRJtXTlsdjz99XZNahP2ZLLD0He9Xg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Or via Navigator’s Application/Overview link. &nbsp;Choice is good.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/AfaUX6FXgMZBO22REQej95jgKQfqc93_nuWreIVA4_mxgHPxvGo8oEhPE__GS655Dr8kaY2CTXGbpgrjYzLmaqZOVKbKBYMKoZiDaBKQr9eGE8vr4rLUOs4SC6cPEDVUKuvzNFi8ubWmWWk2gw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">It isn’t much of a change, but the Overview, Cubes, Dimensions, and Activity Reports are no longer on the side but are now tabs on the top of the Application pane are written out instead of icons. &nbsp;These are minor differences but can be a bit confusing after a long absence.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="350" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/wJKa7X2wi9Ljzj7QZ3y0g3bKVcOfbttmv4NXVuVyGh_ONuJ5P1JHFqNdbY6ImR97SjZK00ux0ddAQsgrubmPUopH0JBHwvuAJ6wgHNjxLx1u7ZB6GMQGdoozAKU29uUJzMqgEb2m_ywdIiaq-A" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Explorer looks much the same as before.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/2_da_-nFh4RB9X6wcQXpy95FWEwhrR-n4H5Us00wnI9QJ14pnWlHpw6q9fXO0mYlZXf8azPrXsbjw_98JXmO5r9Da85mli0TYWi__8E6MMZ6t7blpQmleCLaYte3OI8VCwhqksxVCsC_rvQy3w" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysKhbaLyIFw" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Get a job</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #4f81bd; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 13pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span></h2><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://youtu.be/0RRxqg4G-G4?t=123" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">The UI of the past</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Here we back to the beginning of 2016. &nbsp;Schedule the job with a run-it-right-now property via the sadly-no-longer-with-us Console. &nbsp;Click on the calendar icon (second from the top) on the left hand side and then “Schedule Jobs”.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/h14tgybyn_3HXsGOl9XqSVfStxgQqI3fxhgNPV1iOJHn-Qb0syjimDPOdKb2QwsqaFYEnhym7mvv9tEwvcTIlqDftoRTzoKKDrc3O1_XybMePblyivvaHPNVZL5DPKf5m6IWVRIc2EWZb6t5gQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Run it now, now, now.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/Ly19bjoUn9sT-IwasDdTqUKkRP4Ael8-z4rm0UbApQ0FuJxYrTNsPUnf9tWpmkhjXmLX3N2M3Uynj0xlzT0oJ5p76o0GQ4gA78iHBit2rpHCCYlDLPMKTLDYQzeVEsTQYpu595Lo2okPDpCg8g" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Pick the job.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/aBe0zs8UNqjukIeKFh08FCkZ06CDMmdWP4pnoHX1CInMVRQ1YjP_X3AHer7eUscUMmD3QiI8vHpwgnPmOB4lVIt6zQLns8FKHrDlSj6Vo50Da2lcn40-9IBcGGjBnFsFQnghkiUut48TKXCLHQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Confirm that it’s to be run.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="356" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/tUyZRxqvUSDntXHXLoh_Lx_4TimF1zILxfbmUJDaGnyqPJPojF57wucCZNMezdvaDfrn11GvzVr5V6UrATgz7AILqVXXzEd9IkcY6RujJdA94JKwQXJq0Osbn2rfhtxiMbkj72ntgWBhj6eNqw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">And here it is a-runnin’.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/y_E_-SypmRtQDtdcjcIcCHU03r9Z7D-kps9b05fWinmP9czAGpC1LS61ixukw-Y922aHZicykR6dUm8HWuEoy-ILYrmEI3NTcX_bXxH9j3xVCaHDPNghY0TnXzArAp4k9zhFbSvAgxaQ9UgoQA" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYMD_W_r3Fg" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Meet the new boss, same as the old one.</span></a></h3><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">In 2017, go to the Navigator and then pick Jobs.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="351" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Ko9L-B6QS3ExaPaAJmUuo3A8-dxw_4UCJWHWz-J-zJksLRjQkMCLmQ0cGHbeU86DBn7OB3RyWlsXnEgaNYMVtcSdxZ0THHqSFL7ZadvDfSKXyHh-ygI__XfTqyKBGR7htqF2uQMyh7iauPWKkg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Getting into the Scheduler is a bit of a different path.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="350" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/5OVhkWN29leMQynRrbo-pzGoPJoS8-p8FiEh1cT7W6K4p6U0thL7uNv_b9pVSIGNdQF2GKEUFMz0N3QGPQ9Re1rVWMjp6XL-ne8C4z2eFKq3WNUCgf10Do1WwpUjwI_w3dcoIcZlRRv6hQZ-xw" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">But once in, the scheduler looks and acts the same.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="350" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/ZP6g8nkTnhq37PQYfcr2JOFPvRwP_vEKm5gPwyLalyOQhsTWO4hhI54nx-lg_he9agYre-dxWkVu27x2Ey2OS4atCC6Fe_dql67vvoQQ2Z4r2zSTsKkME_hQswTV44--qUiXZPSpoGTCiIgxpQ" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So no real change for the rest of the process.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/S8fZby6ZWm90JNpE_eUALQgz_mquwurFAj2R1wa5LaXIstaWwSDLK0KIG6W0Rpr1X2veBCi8F6Q7aFZu853kTbcg4Qo9zujNQTFkoHnddN2fTsCbUtSdE67JYsiPOnwpDcymbo1C9O_XWRRX9g" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Yup, it’s the same.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="353" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/VFctM8vdVnJwQD8aEOSS5VOBvq-dr1-Vwu-OU3n31LVFi78ZogCGBKIczQ5gS-V5ypP4nizsWXmrPVmzSZ64uEZmOKb7mDyUMcBeCGMhv01m0mzVEVusyGqfzxkU3VlWTnyGigN2k6ajZbyufg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Whew, so at least one bit that’s the same. &nbsp;For now.</span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 24pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #365f91; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 700; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Planned obsolescence</span></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Talk about perishable goods. &nbsp;I’ve documented the change between a fraction of PBCS’s administrative UI in 2016 and 2017. &nbsp;I like to pretend that while I’m not writing for the ages, at least my posts are good for a year or two. &nbsp;Given what I’ve shown you, that isn’t likely.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">My whining aside, why belabor all of this? &nbsp;Simply that </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">your</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> skills, skills that could once be mastered and then left on the figurative shelf, are going to go stale. &nbsp;Stale means obsolescent, and obsolescence &nbsp;means unemployment. &nbsp;It’s always been this way but we’ve had time to adjust during that gap from 11.1.1.3 to 11.1.2.4. &nbsp;No longer.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">And there are a lot of changes across far more than the UI. &nbsp;A </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">lot </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">and something that you’re not all that likely to keep up. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So what to do? &nbsp;RTM. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Oracle and their documentation team very kindly (perhaps they take pity upon us?) </span><a href="https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/saas/readiness?offering=planning-and-budgeting&amp;version=2016#EnterprisePerformanceManagementReadiness-4" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">provide a complete (compleat?) list of all of the changes from 2015 through the present</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> month by month. &nbsp;A feature changes? &nbsp;It’s there. &nbsp;But wait, you get more: &nbsp;readmes, documentation links, and even videos. &nbsp;I know I write a lot about Oracle’s documentation (eh, I write this blog, such as it is, books, presentations, etc. so why wouldn’t I be in favor of documentation?) but my point here is that they spend lots of $,¥, €, and £ to make this all happen. &nbsp;And they need to ‘cos the product changes all the time; the UI is a minor component of the constant change of the Cloud.</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">PBCS and EPM are but a subset of the other cloud products Oracle has on offer. &nbsp;Gentle Reader, I encourage you in the strongest terms to explore. &nbsp;It’s the only way we can survive.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img height="444" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/y21LguUvbQ2kOaTCSZt2dI8b8AJIVW32uuU_rwWtlIHWwECkKN6ebQkk4DCNu9lO3BQEJXHXn1jtKCU9YQpnP-O-HxwB0ubAqSroxs5yGjUkc_n6nqa0CW-Rxl7qzUm0U776Vciq5o7LN35t4g" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="623" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Be seeing you.</span></div> Cameron Lackpour tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7650953985627040991.post-9080129112149708281 Fri May 05 2017 01:08:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) FDMEE Export to Custom Flat File Using a Hyperion Application as a Data Source http://blog.checkpointllc.com/fdmee-export-to-custom-flat-file-using-a-hyperion-application-as-a-data-source <p>This blog is to illustrate and walk you through the process of creating a CSV extract file from your Hyperion applications.&nbsp; For this example, I’m using Oracle’s COMMA4DIM sample application.&nbsp; Additionally, this is also useful for those who wish to use their Hyperion applications as a data source.</p> <p><strong>Step 1: Create your Custom Application</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<span><span><strong><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J1.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=388&amp;name=J1.png" alt="J1.png" style="width: 388px;" width="388"></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J2.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=265&amp;name=J2.png" alt="J2.png" style="width: 265px;" width="265"></span><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J3.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=243&amp;name=J3.png" alt="J3.png" width="730" height="243"></p> <p><strong>Step 2: Create import format and assign the dimensions</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J4.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=232&amp;name=J4.png" alt="J4.png" width="730" height="232"></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Now assign the dimensions …</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J5.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=232&amp;name=J5.png" alt="J5.png" width="730" height="232"></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Step 3: Configuring Application Options for your output file</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J6.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=185&amp;name=J6.png" alt="J6.png" width="730" height="185"> <br></strong></p> <p><strong>Step 4: Create a Location</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J7.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=202&amp;name=J7.png" alt="J7.png" width="730" height="202"></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J8.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=204&amp;name=J8.png" alt="J8.png" width="730" height="204"></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Step 5: Create maps for your new location</strong></p> <p>For this step, I chose to use a SQL mapping script since I’m using sample data and just needed for it to pass-through.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J9.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=270&amp;name=J9.png" alt="J9.png" width="730" height="270">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Step 6: Create a Data Load Rule</strong></p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J10.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=265&amp;name=J10.png" alt="J10.png" width="730" height="265">&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J11.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=344&amp;name=J11.png" alt="J11.png" width="730" height="344"></p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J12.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=307&amp;name=J12.png" alt="J12.png" width="730" height="307"></p> <p><strong>Step 7: Customize the Output File (Optional)</strong></p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J13.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=504&amp;name=J13.png" alt="J13.png" width="730" height="504"></p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J14.png?t=1495551921556&amp;width=730&amp;height=509&amp;name=J14.png" alt="J14.png" width="730" height="509"></p> <p>This step is completely optional.&nbsp; I put this in here for those of you that want to make advanced changes to the output file.&nbsp; Maybe you don’t want the header row or perhaps you want to change the order of the columns on the output file.&nbsp; The code snippet below shows you how to control the details written to the file while retaining the “Download” link from the “Process Details” screen by overwriting the system generated output.</p> <p>That’s all folks! Questions?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=297092&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.checkpointllc.com%2Ffdmee-export-to-custom-flat-file-using-a-hyperion-application-as-a-data-source&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fblog.checkpointllc.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> James Liaskos http://blog.checkpointllc.com/fdmee-export-to-custom-flat-file-using-a-hyperion-application-as-a-data-source Thu May 04 2017 10:04:52 GMT-0400 (EDT) FDMEE Export to Custom Flat File Using a Hyperion Application as a Data Source @CheckPointllc @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://blog.checkpointllc.com/fdmee-export-to-custom-flat-file-using-a-hyperion-application-as-a-data-source <p>This blog is to illustrate and walk you through the process of creating a CSV extract file from your Hyperion applications.&nbsp; For this example, I’m using Oracle’s COMMA4DIM sample application.&nbsp; Additionally, this is also useful for those who wish to use their Hyperion applications as a data source.</p> <p><strong>Step 1: Create your Custom Application</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<span><span><strong><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J1.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=388&amp;name=J1.png" alt="J1.png" style="width: 388px;" width="388"></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J2.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=265&amp;name=J2.png" alt="J2.png" style="width: 265px;" width="265"></span><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J3.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=243&amp;name=J3.png" alt="J3.png" width="730" height="243"></p> <p><strong>Step 2: Create import format and assign the dimensions</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J4.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=232&amp;name=J4.png" alt="J4.png" width="730" height="232"></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Now assign the dimensions …</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J5.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=232&amp;name=J5.png" alt="J5.png" width="730" height="232"></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Step 3: Configuring Application Options for your output file</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J6.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=185&amp;name=J6.png" alt="J6.png" width="730" height="185"> <br></strong></p> <p><strong>Step 4: Create a Location</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J7.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=202&amp;name=J7.png" alt="J7.png" width="730" height="202"></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J8.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=204&amp;name=J8.png" alt="J8.png" width="730" height="204"></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Step 5: Create maps for your new location</strong></p> <p>For this step, I chose to use a SQL mapping script since I’m using sample data and just needed for it to pass-through.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J9.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=270&amp;name=J9.png" alt="J9.png" width="730" height="270">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Step 6: Create a Data Load Rule</strong></p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J10.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=265&amp;name=J10.png" alt="J10.png" width="730" height="265">&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J11.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=344&amp;name=J11.png" alt="J11.png" width="730" height="344"></p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J12.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=307&amp;name=J12.png" alt="J12.png" width="730" height="307"></p> <p><strong>Step 7: Customize the Output File (Optional)</strong></p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J13.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=504&amp;name=J13.png" alt="J13.png" width="730" height="504"></p> <p><img src="http://blog.checkpointllc.com/hs-fs/hubfs/J14.png?t=1495489589801&amp;width=730&amp;height=509&amp;name=J14.png" alt="J14.png" width="730" height="509"></p> <p>This step is completely optional.&nbsp; I put this in here for those of you that want to make advanced changes to the output file.&nbsp; Maybe you don’t want the header row or perhaps you want to change the order of the columns on the output file.&nbsp; The code snippet below shows you how to control the details written to the file while retaining the “Download” link from the “Process Details” screen by overwriting the system generated output.</p> <p>That’s all folks! Questions?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=297092&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.checkpointllc.com%2Ffdmee-export-to-custom-flat-file-using-a-hyperion-application-as-a-data-source&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fblog.checkpointllc.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> James Liaskos http://blog.checkpointllc.com/fdmee-export-to-custom-flat-file-using-a-hyperion-application-as-a-data-source Thu May 04 2017 10:04:52 GMT-0400 (EDT) How to Configure the Gantt Chart Plugin from Oracle’s BI Public Store for Oracle Data Visualization Desktop (DVD) @PerfArchitects http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2017/05/03/how-to-configure-the-gantt-chart-plugin-from-oracles-bi-public-store-for-oracle-data-visualization-desktop-dvd/ <p>Author: Astha Patni, Performance Architects</p> <p><a href="https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/bidv1221/desktop/index.html">Oracle’s Data Visualization Desktop (DVD)</a> supports custom visualizations to satisfy the requirements of developers and end users. These plugins are available on <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/oraclebipublicstore/downloads">Oracle’s BI Public Store</a>. Within this website, Oracle provides a variety of data analysis and visualization plugins that can be installed on a user’s local client installation.  Once installed, these plugins are immediately visible within DV Desktop.</p> <p><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/oraclebipublicstore/downloads">Oracle BI Public Store</a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2027" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-300x134.png" alt="" width="300" height="134" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-300x134.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-768x343.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-1024x458.png 1024w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-624x279.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1.png 1166w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>In this example, we will add a new visualization called “Gantt Chart” into DV Desktop and demonstrate its features and options.  The Gantt chart visualization is a type of chart that illustrates the breakdown of a project into its tasks and sub-tasks. This chart illustrates the start, end, and duration of tasks within a project. The Gantt chart is one of most commonly used visualization to depict the timeline for tracking projects.</p> <p>The process of installing the plugin begins by clicking on the “Gantt Chart” icon in the Oracle BI Public Store.  This will display a brief description of the plugin and a link to download the zip file.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2026" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2-300x99.png" alt="" width="300" height="99" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2-300x99.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2-624x206.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2.png 702w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>After the download completes, the zip file is copied to a plugin directory under the user’s DV Desktop local application directory.   For example, for the Administrator user, the directory would be:</p> <p>C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\DVDesktop\plugins</p> <p>Once the plugin zip file has been copied to the above directory, start or restart DV Desktop and the “Gantt Chart” visualization will be immediately available for use in new or existing DV Projects.</p> <p>To demonstrate the Gantt chart, we will use a sample “Project Management” Excel sheet as a data source. The spreadsheet has information about the different projects implemented in an organization. Below is the sample data:</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2025" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3-300x121.png" alt="" width="300" height="121" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3-300x121.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3-624x252.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3.png 755w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>The first step is to import the data source into DVD. Create a new data source and browse the Excel spreadsheet using the “File” option.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-4.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2024" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-4-123x300.png" alt="" width="123" height="300" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-4-123x300.png 123w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-4.png 218w" sizes="(max-width: 123px) 100vw, 123px" /></a> <a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2023" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5-300x211.png" alt="" width="300" height="211" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5-300x211.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5-624x438.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5.png 706w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Before accepting the data set, validate the data type of all the fields. In this case, “Resource” and “Cost” were coming as attributes, so they are changed to “Measure” for aggregation purposes. You can also change the metadata after import in case it is missed in this step. Click “OK” to accept the below data set.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2022" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6-300x251.png" alt="" width="300" height="251" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6-300x251.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6-768x643.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6-624x522.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6.png 891w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Create a new project using the “Project Management” data source. Select these three fields: “Start Date,” “End Date” and “Project Name.”  It is important to select three fields including two dates and one attribute to prevent display issues with the “Gantt Chart” visualization.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-7.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2021" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-7-300x207.png" alt="" width="300" height="207" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-7-300x207.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-7.png 311w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a> <a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-8.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2020" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-8-300x253.png" alt="" width="300" height="253" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-8-300x253.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-8.png 405w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>The resulting visualization shows the attribute field spans across the start date and end date.  In this example, Project 1 is extended across the duration of 116 days, which the difference between the minimum start date of the task “Development” and the maximum end date of the task “Testing” against Project 1. Also, “Task” is not yet included in the chart so only a single bar can be seen against each project.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2019" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-300x70.png" alt="" width="300" height="70" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-300x70.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-768x178.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-1024x238.png 1024w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-624x145.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9.png 1278w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Add the metrics in the “Values” section. In the example below, the two metrics are “Resource” and “Cost.” Measures at the “Task” level as per the data set are summed up to the “Project” level. To show the summed-up value, metrics are identified with “**sum.”</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2018" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10-300x116.png" alt="" width="300" height="116" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10-300x116.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10-624x242.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10.png 722w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Validation with the data source confirms that “Resources” involved in Project 1 are 37 and “Cost” is $44,000.</p> <p>The only properties that can be changed on the “Gantt Chart” view are the major axis and minor axis. These can be changed to years, quarters, months, weeks, or days. Other properties are common to all the other visualizations like auto fit, canvas properties, etc.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-11.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2017" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-11.png" alt="" width="243" height="262" /></a></p> <p>Next add the “Task Name” to the “Color” section. This splits all of the projects into their respective tasks showing that each project has multiple tasks. Each task under a project is represented by a bar with metrics on it. For example, one of the bars for Project 1 shows “** sum” for the metrics as the same task “Development” has two rows in the datasource.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2016" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-300x112.png" alt="" width="300" height="112" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-300x112.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-768x287.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-1024x382.png 1024w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-624x233.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12.png 1435w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>In conclusion, it can be useful to study the different type of visualizations available in the Oracle BI Public Store to determine which ones are best suited to view a certain data set. No complex configuration is required for these visual images, and these display the data in constructive ways.  It is worthwhile to have a weekly glance at the Oracle BI Public Store to be up-to-date on the different visualizations introduced in the Oracle BI world.</p> Melanie Mathews http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/?p=2015 Wed May 03 2017 05:57:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) How to Configure the Gantt Chart Plugin from Oracle’s BI Public Store for Oracle Data Visualization Desktop (DVD) http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/2017/05/03/how-to-configure-the-gantt-chart-plugin-from-oracles-bi-public-store-for-oracle-data-visualization-desktop-dvd/ <p>Author: Astha Patni, Performance Architects</p> <p><a href="https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/bidv1221/desktop/index.html">Oracle’s Data Visualization Desktop (DVD)</a> supports custom visualizations to satisfy the requirements of developers and end users. These plugins are available on <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/oraclebipublicstore/downloads">Oracle’s BI Public Store</a>. Within this website, Oracle provides a variety of data analysis and visualization plugins that can be installed on a user’s local client installation.  Once installed, these plugins are immediately visible within DV Desktop.</p> <p><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/oraclebipublicstore/downloads">Oracle BI Public Store</a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2027" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-300x134.png" alt="" width="300" height="134" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-300x134.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-768x343.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-1024x458.png 1024w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1-624x279.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-1.png 1166w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>In this example, we will add a new visualization called “Gantt Chart” into DV Desktop and demonstrate its features and options.  The Gantt chart visualization is a type of chart that illustrates the breakdown of a project into its tasks and sub-tasks. This chart illustrates the start, end, and duration of tasks within a project. The Gantt chart is one of most commonly used visualization to depict the timeline for tracking projects.</p> <p>The process of installing the plugin begins by clicking on the “Gantt Chart” icon in the Oracle BI Public Store.  This will display a brief description of the plugin and a link to download the zip file.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2026" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2-300x99.png" alt="" width="300" height="99" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2-300x99.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2-624x206.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-2.png 702w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>After the download completes, the zip file is copied to a plugin directory under the user’s DV Desktop local application directory.   For example, for the Administrator user, the directory would be:</p> <p>C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\DVDesktop\plugins</p> <p>Once the plugin zip file has been copied to the above directory, start or restart DV Desktop and the “Gantt Chart” visualization will be immediately available for use in new or existing DV Projects.</p> <p>To demonstrate the Gantt chart, we will use a sample “Project Management” Excel sheet as a data source. The spreadsheet has information about the different projects implemented in an organization. Below is the sample data:</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2025" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3-300x121.png" alt="" width="300" height="121" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3-300x121.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3-624x252.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-3.png 755w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>The first step is to import the data source into DVD. Create a new data source and browse the Excel spreadsheet using the “File” option.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-4.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2024" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-4-123x300.png" alt="" width="123" height="300" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-4-123x300.png 123w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-4.png 218w" sizes="(max-width: 123px) 100vw, 123px" /></a> <a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2023" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5-300x211.png" alt="" width="300" height="211" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5-300x211.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5-624x438.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-5.png 706w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Before accepting the data set, validate the data type of all the fields. In this case, “Resource” and “Cost” were coming as attributes, so they are changed to “Measure” for aggregation purposes. You can also change the metadata after import in case it is missed in this step. Click “OK” to accept the below data set.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2022" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6-300x251.png" alt="" width="300" height="251" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6-300x251.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6-768x643.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6-624x522.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-6.png 891w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Create a new project using the “Project Management” data source. Select these three fields: “Start Date,” “End Date” and “Project Name.”  It is important to select three fields including two dates and one attribute to prevent display issues with the “Gantt Chart” visualization.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-7.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2021" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-7-300x207.png" alt="" width="300" height="207" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-7-300x207.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-7.png 311w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a> <a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-8.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2020" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-8-300x253.png" alt="" width="300" height="253" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-8-300x253.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-8.png 405w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>The resulting visualization shows the attribute field spans across the start date and end date.  In this example, Project 1 is extended across the duration of 116 days, which the difference between the minimum start date of the task “Development” and the maximum end date of the task “Testing” against Project 1. Also, “Task” is not yet included in the chart so only a single bar can be seen against each project.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2019" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-300x70.png" alt="" width="300" height="70" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-300x70.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-768x178.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-1024x238.png 1024w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9-624x145.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-9.png 1278w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Add the metrics in the “Values” section. In the example below, the two metrics are “Resource” and “Cost.” Measures at the “Task” level as per the data set are summed up to the “Project” level. To show the summed-up value, metrics are identified with “**sum.”</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2018" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10-300x116.png" alt="" width="300" height="116" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10-300x116.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10-624x242.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-10.png 722w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Validation with the data source confirms that “Resources” involved in Project 1 are 37 and “Cost” is $44,000.</p> <p>The only properties that can be changed on the “Gantt Chart” view are the major axis and minor axis. These can be changed to years, quarters, months, weeks, or days. Other properties are common to all the other visualizations like auto fit, canvas properties, etc.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-11.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2017" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-11.png" alt="" width="243" height="262" /></a></p> <p>Next add the “Task Name” to the “Color” section. This splits all of the projects into their respective tasks showing that each project has multiple tasks. Each task under a project is represented by a bar with metrics on it. For example, one of the bars for Project 1 shows “** sum” for the metrics as the same task “Development” has two rows in the datasource.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2016" src="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-300x112.png" alt="" width="300" height="112" srcset="http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-300x112.png 300w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-768x287.png 768w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-1024x382.png 1024w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12-624x233.png 624w, http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/astha-12.png 1435w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>In conclusion, it can be useful to study the different type of visualizations available in the Oracle BI Public Store to determine which ones are best suited to view a certain data set. No complex configuration is required for these visual images, and these display the data in constructive ways.  It is worthwhile to have a weekly glance at the Oracle BI Public Store to be up-to-date on the different visualizations introduced in the Oracle BI world.</p> Melanie Mathews http://blog.performancearchitects.com/wp/?p=2015 Wed May 03 2017 05:57:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) SV ++ Has At Least a Few Fans http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/05/sv-has-at-least-few-fans.html <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So, I wasn't sure how to take the email that I received late last week on Friday, it was a great email.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Let me share the heart of it</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">"...&nbsp;Your ribbon is fantastic by the way!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I was wondering whether this ribbon is available to purchase on a per seat license..."</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The email made think, yes, that did just a little bit, to think ;)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Seriously, I was excited to know that the utility that I originally created so many years back at least had a few people out there, that (1) use it, and, (2) enjoy using it at that. That was the main reason and the purpose of WHY I created it. So that not only did I have a utility to use but that others could use it as well. I too was a Classic Add-In user and wanted to enhance&nbsp;the experience for any and all users, period.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When I first developed</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;the ribbon, which was a toolbar by the way in MS Excel 2000, the Msg Box at that time stated, <i>"This toolbar was developed with the end user in mind. The intention was to enhance the currently available Smartview functionality and ultimately the end user experience!"</i></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Now you notice that back then I didn't know any better and spelled Smartview as 1 word, not 2. The proper way is Smart View and if you follow me on twitter&nbsp;@gadashek you will notice from time to time that I use the hash tag&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">#LotsOfSmartView2Words</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Back to the email. Yes, it was a very nice, flattering and humbling email&nbsp;to receive. I never would have thought that about 7 years ago I would develop something that someday someone would offer to pay me to buy on a per seat basis .. and a few hundred of them at that!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I did reply back to the sender after a few days. I let them know that as much as I enjoyed the email, the offer, etc.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The SV&nbsp;++ utility is currently available to <a href="http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_24.html" target="_blank">download</a> for FREE.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It still is available to download here -&gt;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_24.html</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So please, please .. please! Download the utility, use it and by all means, enjoy using it and I hope that it enahnces your Smart View experience!</span><br /><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><i><br /></i></b><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><i>Side note: The SV&nbsp;++ utility still works on the latest version available in GA today 11.1.2.5.700! :)</i></b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Calibri} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} </style> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-4474671663993323488 Tue May 02 2017 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) EPM Update: The New Reporting Buffet @opal_epm https://womaninepm.com/2017/05/02/epm-update-the-new-reporting-buffet/ Did you miss it? There is a big shift happening in the Oracle EPM reporting world. Are you paying attention? This is not another blog post about how you need Cloud. It might seem like it, but it&#8217;s not. Keep reading&#8230; Back in February 2017, Oracle made a couple of formal reporting announcements which generated &#8230; <a href="https://womaninepm.com/2017/05/02/epm-update-the-new-reporting-buffet/" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">EPM Update: The New Reporting&#160;Buffet</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=womaninepm.com&#038;blog=86936629&#038;post=9430&#038;subd=womaninepm&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> OpaL http://womaninepm.com/?p=9430 Tue May 02 2017 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) SV ++ Has At Least a Few Fans @gadashek @orclEPMblogs http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/05/sv-has-at-least-few-fans.html <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So, I wasn't sure how to take the email that I received late last week on Friday, it was a great email.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Let me share the heart of it</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">"...&nbsp;Your ribbon is fantastic by the way!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I was wondering whether this ribbon is available to purchase on a per seat license..."</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The email made think, yes, that did just a little bit, to think ;)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Seriously, I was excited to know that the utility that I originally created so many years back at least had a few people out there, that (1) use it, and, (2) enjoy using it at that. That was the main reason and the purpose of WHY I created it. So that not only did I have a utility to use but that others could use it as well. I too was a Classic Add-In user and wanted to enhance&nbsp;the experience for any and all users, period.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When I first developed</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;the ribbon, which was a toolbar by the way in MS Excel 2000, the Msg Box at that time stated, <i>"This toolbar was developed with the end user in mind. The intention was to enhance the currently available Smartview functionality and ultimately the end user experience!"</i></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Now you notice that back then I didn't know any better and spelled Smartview as 1 word, not 2. The proper way is Smart View and if you follow me on twitter&nbsp;@gadashek you will notice from time to time that I use the hash tag&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">#LotsOfSmartView2Words</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Back to the email. Yes, it was a very nice, flattering and humbling email&nbsp;to receive. I never would have thought that about 7 years ago I would develop something that someday someone would offer to pay me to buy on a per seat basis .. and a few hundred of them at that!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I did reply back to the sender after a few days. I let them know that as much as I enjoyed the email, the offer, etc.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The SV&nbsp;++ utility is currently available to <a href="http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_24.html" target="_blank">download</a> for FREE.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It still is available to download here -&gt;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_24.html</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So please, please .. please! Download the utility, use it and by all means, enjoy using it and I hope that it enahnces your Smart View experience!</span><br /><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><i><br /></i></b><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><i>Side note: The SV&nbsp;++ utility still works on the latest version available in GA today 11.1.2.5.700! :)</i></b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Calibri} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} </style> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-4474671663993323488 Tue May 02 2017 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) EPM Update: The New Reporting Buffet https://womaninepm.com/2017/05/02/epm-update-the-new-reporting-buffet/ Did you miss it? There is a big shift happening in the Oracle EPM reporting world. Are you paying attention? This is not another blog post about how you need Cloud. It might seem like it, but it&#8217;s not. Keep reading&#8230; Back in February 2017, Oracle made a couple of formal reporting announcements which generated &#8230; <a href="https://womaninepm.com/2017/05/02/epm-update-the-new-reporting-buffet/" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">EPM Update: The New Reporting&#160;Buffet</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=womaninepm.com&#038;blog=86936629&#038;post=9430&#038;subd=womaninepm&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> OpaL http://womaninepm.com/?p=9430 Tue May 02 2017 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/1754/ <p>Thinking about elevating your organization’s <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2015/10/workforce-planning-making-the-out-of-the-box-solution-work-in-the-real-world/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Workforce Planning Solution</a> (WFP)? Want to see a detailed demo of the capabilities of the latest version Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) SWP (Strategic Workforce Planning) and Workforce planning modules? Want to understand what has changed since the days of on-premise deployment and how you can leverage the enhanced functionality for your organization? Want to learn the differences between an on-premise deployment and strategies for getting you to the <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/resources/by-topic/oracle-epm-cloud/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cloud</a> in no time? Join seasoned WFP architects and <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">KSCOPE</a> speakers <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ludovic De Paz</a> and San Antonio native <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/nick-blazosky/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nicholas Blazosky</a> on Monday, June 26, 2017, at 4:45 pm &#8211; 5:45 pm for this informative deep dive into the newly enhanced word of Workforce.</p> <p>The key to this session is to show you how to leverage their on-premise WFP experience when implementing <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2015/10/workforce-planning-making-the-out-of-the-box-solution-work-in-the-real-world/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">WFP</a> in the Cloud. We will focus on the two main difference between Cloud and on-premise WFP by doing a side-by-side comparison, including what feature sets you get when moving to the cloud and why this move may be advantageous for your organization,  even if you have one of the most recent on-premise versions. We will support this part of the discussion with real-world examples from our experience in the field and a demo with a unique San Antonio twist to get you in the spirit of being in the heart of South Texas.</p> <p>We believe there is no good Kscope session without a demo, and ours will include:</p> <ol> <li>How to configure the WFP module the first time to quickly get the application up and running in the Cloud</li> <li>Overview of the new Strategic Workforce module</li> </ol> <p>We look forward to seeing you on Monday, June 26 at 4:45 pm.</p> <p>Don’t forget that TopDown’s experts are presenting seven other sessions at Kscope17. We’re covering the gamut of topics:</p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/04/extreme-calc-manager/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Extreme Calc Manager</a> – <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ron-moore/">Ron Moore</a></p> <p>DRG – Creating Workflows in DRM &#8211; Steve Davis</p> <p>Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase—A Starbucks Case Study &#8211; Jordan Wilcox and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks</p> <p>Case Study: How Suez slashed cycle times and improved service levels with Hybrid Aggregation  &#8211; Ron Moore and Brian Brockway, Suez</p> <p>Hybrid Cloud – A Solution for a Business Problem &#8211; Paul Hoch and Steve Davis</p> <p>Agile/Scrum, a new way to manage your project development and delivery &#8211; R. Michael Smith</p> <p>How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud &#8211; John Maloney and Paul Hoch</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/1754/">Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com">TopDown Consulting Blog</a>.</p> Nick Blazosky https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/?p=1754 Mon May 01 2017 13:55:37 GMT-0400 (EDT) Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud @TopDownInc @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/1754/ <p>Thinking about elevating your organization’s <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2015/10/workforce-planning-making-the-out-of-the-box-solution-work-in-the-real-world/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Workforce Planning Solution</a> (WFP)? Want to see a detailed demo of the capabilities of the latest version Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) SWP (Strategic Workforce Planning) and Workforce planning modules? Want to understand what has changed since the days of on-premise deployment and how you can leverage the enhanced functionality for your organization? Want to learn the differences between an on-premise deployment and strategies for getting you to the <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/resources/by-topic/oracle-epm-cloud/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cloud</a> in no time? Join seasoned WFP architects and <a href="https://www.topdownconsulting.com/2017/06/kscope17/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">KSCOPE</a> speakers <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ludovic De Paz</a> and San Antonio native <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/nick-blazosky/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nicholas Blazosky</a> on Monday, June 26, 2017, at 4:45 pm &#8211; 5:45 pm for this informative deep dive into the newly enhanced word of Workforce.</p> <p>The key to this session is to show you how to leverage their on-premise WFP experience when implementing <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2015/10/workforce-planning-making-the-out-of-the-box-solution-work-in-the-real-world/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">WFP</a> in the Cloud. We will focus on the two main difference between Cloud and on-premise WFP by doing a side-by-side comparison, including what feature sets you get when moving to the cloud and why this move may be advantageous for your organization,  even if you have one of the most recent on-premise versions. We will support this part of the discussion with real-world examples from our experience in the field and a demo with a unique San Antonio twist to get you in the spirit of being in the heart of South Texas.</p> <p>We believe there is no good Kscope session without a demo, and ours will include:</p> <ol> <li>How to configure the WFP module the first time to quickly get the application up and running in the Cloud</li> <li>Overview of the new Strategic Workforce module</li> </ol> <p>We look forward to seeing you on Monday, June 26 at 4:45 pm.</p> <p>Don’t forget that TopDown’s experts are presenting seven other sessions at Kscope17. We’re covering the gamut of topics:</p> <p><a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/04/extreme-calc-manager/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Extreme Calc Manager</a> – <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ludovic-de-paz/">Ludovic De Paz</a> and <a href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/author/ron-moore/">Ron Moore</a></p> <p>DRG – Creating Workflows in DRM &#8211; Steve Davis</p> <p>Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase—A Starbucks Case Study &#8211; Jordan Wilcox and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks</p> <p>Case Study: How Suez slashed cycle times and improved service levels with Hybrid Aggregation  &#8211; Ron Moore and Brian Brockway, Suez</p> <p>Hybrid Cloud – A Solution for a Business Problem &#8211; Paul Hoch and Steve Davis</p> <p>Agile/Scrum, a new way to manage your project development and delivery &#8211; R. Michael Smith</p> <p>How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud &#8211; John Maloney and Paul Hoch</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/2017/05/1754/">Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://blog.topdownconsulting.com">TopDown Consulting Blog</a>.</p> Nick Blazosky https://blog.topdownconsulting.com/?p=1754 Mon May 01 2017 13:55:37 GMT-0400 (EDT) Top 5 Quotes from Oracle’s 2017 Modern Finance Experience http://looksmarter.blogspot.com/2017/05/top-5-quotes-from-oracles-2017-modern.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Three days of Oracle’s Modern Finance Experience set my personal new record for “Most Consecutive Days Wearing a Suit.” Surrounded by finance professionals (mostly CFOs, VPs of FP&amp;A, and people who make money from Finance execs), I came prepared to learn nothing… yet found myself quoting the content for days to come.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The event featured top notch speakers on cutting edge concepts: the opening keynote with Mark Hurd, a panel on the changing world of finance with Matt Bradley &amp; Rondy Ng, Hari Sankar on Hybrid in the world of Oracle EPM, and even one of my competitors (more on that in a second).<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">For those of you who couldn’t be there (or didn’t want to pay a lot of money to dress up for three days), I thought I’d share my top five quotes as best as I could transcribe them.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">“IT currently spends 80% of its budget on maintenance.&nbsp;Boards are demanding increased security, compliance, and regulatory investment. All these new investments come from the innovation budget, not maintenance.”</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Mark Hurd, Oracle, Co-Chief Executive Officer</span></span></div></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Mark Hurd was pulling double duty: he gave the opening keynote at Oracle HCM World (held at a nearby hotel) and then bolted over to Oracle Modern Finance Experience to deliver our keynote. He primarily talked Oracle strategy for the next few years which – to badly paraphrase <i>The Graduate</i> – can be summed up in one word: Cloud.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">He gave a compelling argument for why the Cloud is right for Oracle and businesses (though server vendors and hosting providers should be terrified). Now let me be clear: much of this conference was focused around the Cloud, so many of these quotes will be too, but what I liked about Mark’s presentation was it gave clear, concise, and practically irrefutable arguments of the benefits of the Cloud.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The reason I liked the quote above is it answers the concerns from all those IT departments: what happens to my job if I don’t spend 80% of our resources on maintaining existing systems? You’ll get to spend your time on actually improving systems. Increased innovation, greater security, better compliance … the things you’ve been wanting to get to but never have time or budget to address.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="color: blue;">“The focus is not on adding lots of new features to on-premises applications. Our priority is less on adding to the functional richness and more on simplifying the process of doing an upgrade.”</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Hari Sankar, Oracle, GVP of Product Management</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">I went to a session on the hybrid world of Oracle EPM. I knew Hari would be introducing a customer who had both on-premises Hyperion applications and Cloud applications. What I didn’t know is that he would be addressing the future of Oracle EPM on-premises. As most of you know, the current version for the on-premises Oracle EPM products is 11.1.2.4.x. What many of you do not know is that Oracle has taken future major versions (11.1.2.5 and 12c) of those products off the roadmap.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Hari spoke surprisingly directly to the audience about why Oracle is not abandoning EPM on-prem, but why they will not be pushing the Cloud versions and all their cool new functionality back down to the historical user base. To sum up his eight+ minute monologue, the user base is not requesting new functionality. They want simplicity and an easy path to transition to the Cloud eventually, and that’s why Oracle will be focusing on PSUs (Patch Set Updates) for the EPM products and not on “functional richness.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Or to put it another way: Hyperion Planning and other Hyperion product users who want impressive new features? Go to the Cloud because they’re probably never coming to on-premises. To quote Hari once more, “create a 1-3 year roadmap for moving to a Cloud environment” or find your applications increasingly obsolete.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;“Hackers are in your network: they’re just waiting to pull the trigger.”</span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: blue; text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="color: blue; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="color: blue; text-indent: -0.25in;">Rondy Ng, Oracle, SVP of Applications Development</span></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">There was an entertaining Oracle panel led by Jeff Jacoby (Master Principal Sales Consultant and a really nice guy no matter what his family says) that included Rondy Ng (he’s over ERP development), Matt Bradley (he’s over EPM development), and Michael Gobbo (also a lofty Master Principal Sales Consultant). While I expected to be entertained (and Gobbo’s integrated ERP/HCM/EPM demo was one for the ages), I didn’t expect them to tackle the key question on everyone’s mind: what about security in the Cloud?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Mark Hurd did address this in his keynote and he gave a fun fact: if someone finds a security flaw in Oracle’s software on a Tuesday, Oracle will patch in by Wednesday, and <i>it will take an average of 18 months until that security patch gets installed in the majority of their client base</i>. Rondy addressed it even more directly: if you think hackers haven’t infiltrated your network, you’re sticking your head in the sand.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Without going into all of Rondy’s points, his basic argument was that Oracle is better at running a data center than any of their customers out there. He pointed out that Oracle now has 90 data centers around the world and that security overrides everything else they do. He also said, “security is in our DNA” which is almost the exact opposite of “Danger is my middle name,” but while Rondy’s line won’t be getting him any dates, it should make the customer base feel a lot safer about letting Oracle host their Cloud applications.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;<span style="color: blue;">“Cloud is </span></span><span style="color: blue;"><b style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">when </b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">not </span><b style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">if</b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">.”</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">David Axson, Accenture, Managing Director</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">I have to admit, I have developed a man crush on one of my competitors. I wrote down more quotes from him than from every other speaker at the event put together. His take on the future of Finance and Planning so closely paralleled my thoughts that I almost felt like he had read the State of Business Analytics <a href="http://www.interrel.com/soba">white paper</a> we wrote. For instance, in that white paper, we wrote about Analysis Inversion: that the responsibility for analyzing the report should be in the hands of the provider of the report, not the receiver of the report. David Axson put it this way: “The reporting and analysis is only as good as the business decisions made from it. In finance, your job <i>starts</i> when you deliver the report and analysis. Most people think that's when it ends.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The reason I picked the quote above is because it really sums up the whole theme of the conference: the Cloud is not doing battle with on-premises. The Cloud did that battle, won with a single sucker punch while on-prem was thinking it had it made, and Cloud currently dancing on the still unconscious body of on-prem who right now is having a bad nightmare involving losing its Blackberry while walking from Blockbuster to RadioShack.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">David is right: the Cloud is coming to every company and the only question is when you’ll start that journey.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="color: blue;">“Change and Certainty are the new normal. Combat with agility.”</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Rod Johnson, Oracle, SVP North America ERP, EPM, SCM Enterprise Business</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">So, what can we do about all these changes coming to Finance? And for that matter, all the changes coming to every facet of every industry in every country on Earth? Rod Johnson (which he assures me is his not his “stage” name) said it best: don’t fight the change but rather embrace it and make sure you can change faster than everyone else.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="color: blue;">"Change comes to those who wait, but it’s the ones bringing the change who are in control."</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Edward Roske, interRel, CEO</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">To read more about some of those disruptive changes coming to the world of Finance, <a href="http://www.interrel.com/soba">download the white paper</a> I mentioned above.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></div></div> Tek-E tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6610245918564732307.post-6729020481630640686 Mon May 01 2017 13:40:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Top 5 Quotes from Oracle’s 2017 Modern Finance Experience @ERoske @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://looksmarter.blogspot.com/2017/05/top-5-quotes-from-oracles-2017-modern.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Three days of Oracle’s Modern Finance Experience set my personal new record for “Most Consecutive Days Wearing a Suit.” Surrounded by finance professionals (mostly CFOs, VPs of FP&amp;A, and people who make money from Finance execs), I came prepared to learn nothing… yet found myself quoting the content for days to come.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The event featured top notch speakers on cutting edge concepts: the opening keynote with Mark Hurd, a panel on the changing world of finance with Matt Bradley &amp; Rondy Ng, Hari Sankar on Hybrid in the world of Oracle EPM, and even one of my competitors (more on that in a second).<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">For those of you who couldn’t be there (or didn’t want to pay a lot of money to dress up for three days), I thought I’d share my top five quotes as best as I could transcribe them.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">“IT currently spends 80% of its budget on maintenance.&nbsp;Boards are demanding increased security, compliance, and regulatory investment. All these new investments come from the innovation budget, not maintenance.”</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Mark Hurd, Oracle, Co-Chief Executive Officer</span></span></div></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Mark Hurd was pulling double duty: he gave the opening keynote at Oracle HCM World (held at a nearby hotel) and then bolted over to Oracle Modern Finance Experience to deliver our keynote. He primarily talked Oracle strategy for the next few years which – to badly paraphrase <i>The Graduate</i> – can be summed up in one word: Cloud.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">He gave a compelling argument for why the Cloud is right for Oracle and businesses (though server vendors and hosting providers should be terrified). Now let me be clear: much of this conference was focused around the Cloud, so many of these quotes will be too, but what I liked about Mark’s presentation was it gave clear, concise, and practically irrefutable arguments of the benefits of the Cloud.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The reason I liked the quote above is it answers the concerns from all those IT departments: what happens to my job if I don’t spend 80% of our resources on maintaining existing systems? You’ll get to spend your time on actually improving systems. Increased innovation, greater security, better compliance … the things you’ve been wanting to get to but never have time or budget to address.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="color: blue;">“The focus is not on adding lots of new features to on-premises applications. Our priority is less on adding to the functional richness and more on simplifying the process of doing an upgrade.”</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Hari Sankar, Oracle, GVP of Product Management</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">I went to a session on the hybrid world of Oracle EPM. I knew Hari would be introducing a customer who had both on-premises Hyperion applications and Cloud applications. What I didn’t know is that he would be addressing the future of Oracle EPM on-premises. As most of you know, the current version for the on-premises Oracle EPM products is 11.1.2.4.x. What many of you do not know is that Oracle has taken future major versions (11.1.2.5 and 12c) of those products off the roadmap.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Hari spoke surprisingly directly to the audience about why Oracle is not abandoning EPM on-prem, but why they will not be pushing the Cloud versions and all their cool new functionality back down to the historical user base. To sum up his eight+ minute monologue, the user base is not requesting new functionality. They want simplicity and an easy path to transition to the Cloud eventually, and that’s why Oracle will be focusing on PSUs (Patch Set Updates) for the EPM products and not on “functional richness.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Or to put it another way: Hyperion Planning and other Hyperion product users who want impressive new features? Go to the Cloud because they’re probably never coming to on-premises. To quote Hari once more, “create a 1-3 year roadmap for moving to a Cloud environment” or find your applications increasingly obsolete.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;“Hackers are in your network: they’re just waiting to pull the trigger.”</span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: blue; text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="color: blue; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="color: blue; text-indent: -0.25in;">Rondy Ng, Oracle, SVP of Applications Development</span></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">There was an entertaining Oracle panel led by Jeff Jacoby (Master Principal Sales Consultant and a really nice guy no matter what his family says) that included Rondy Ng (he’s over ERP development), Matt Bradley (he’s over EPM development), and Michael Gobbo (also a lofty Master Principal Sales Consultant). While I expected to be entertained (and Gobbo’s integrated ERP/HCM/EPM demo was one for the ages), I didn’t expect them to tackle the key question on everyone’s mind: what about security in the Cloud?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Mark Hurd did address this in his keynote and he gave a fun fact: if someone finds a security flaw in Oracle’s software on a Tuesday, Oracle will patch in by Wednesday, and <i>it will take an average of 18 months until that security patch gets installed in the majority of their client base</i>. Rondy addressed it even more directly: if you think hackers haven’t infiltrated your network, you’re sticking your head in the sand.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Without going into all of Rondy’s points, his basic argument was that Oracle is better at running a data center than any of their customers out there. He pointed out that Oracle now has 90 data centers around the world and that security overrides everything else they do. He also said, “security is in our DNA” which is almost the exact opposite of “Danger is my middle name,” but while Rondy’s line won’t be getting him any dates, it should make the customer base feel a lot safer about letting Oracle host their Cloud applications.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;<span style="color: blue;">“Cloud is </span></span><span style="color: blue;"><b style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">when </b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">not </span><b style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">if</b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;">.”</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">David Axson, Accenture, Managing Director</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">I have to admit, I have developed a man crush on one of my competitors. I wrote down more quotes from him than from every other speaker at the event put together. His take on the future of Finance and Planning so closely paralleled my thoughts that I almost felt like he had read the State of Business Analytics <a href="http://www.interrel.com/soba">white paper</a> we wrote. For instance, in that white paper, we wrote about Analysis Inversion: that the responsibility for analyzing the report should be in the hands of the provider of the report, not the receiver of the report. David Axson put it this way: “The reporting and analysis is only as good as the business decisions made from it. In finance, your job <i>starts</i> when you deliver the report and analysis. Most people think that's when it ends.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The reason I picked the quote above is because it really sums up the whole theme of the conference: the Cloud is not doing battle with on-premises. The Cloud did that battle, won with a single sucker punch while on-prem was thinking it had it made, and Cloud currently dancing on the still unconscious body of on-prem who right now is having a bad nightmare involving losing its Blackberry while walking from Blockbuster to RadioShack.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">David is right: the Cloud is coming to every company and the only question is when you’ll start that journey.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="color: blue;">“Change and Certainty are the new normal. Combat with agility.”</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Rod Johnson, Oracle, SVP North America ERP, EPM, SCM Enterprise Business</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">So, what can we do about all these changes coming to Finance? And for that matter, all the changes coming to every facet of every industry in every country on Earth? Rod Johnson (which he assures me is his not his “stage” name) said it best: don’t fight the change but rather embrace it and make sure you can change faster than everyone else.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq" style="margin-left: 0.85in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="color: blue;">"Change comes to those who wait, but it’s the ones bringing the change who are in control."</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">-</span><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in;">Edward Roske, interRel, CEO</span></span></div><span style="color: blue; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></blockquote><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">To read more about some of those disruptive changes coming to the world of Finance, <a href="http://www.interrel.com/soba">download the white paper</a> I mentioned above.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></div></div> Tek-E tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6610245918564732307.post-6729020481630640686 Mon May 01 2017 13:40:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Big Data and Data Warehousing Kscope17 Track Highlights – Michael Rainey http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=715&source=1 Here is an overview of Big Data and Data Warehousing sessions Track Lead Michael Rainey is most looking forward to at Kscope17 with reasons why he thinks you should attend them: ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=715&source=1 Mon May 01 2017 09:55:08 GMT-0400 (EDT) Big Data and Data Warehousing Kscope17 Track Highlights – Michael Rainey @odtug @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=715&source=1 Here is an overview of Big Data and Data Warehousing sessions Track Lead Michael Rainey is most looking forward to at Kscope17 with reasons why he thinks you should attend them: ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=715&source=1 Mon May 01 2017 09:55:08 GMT-0400 (EDT) Export Essbase Substitution variables to SQL http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/export-essbase-substitution-variables-to-sql/ <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/export-essbase-substitution-variables-to-sql/">Export Essbase Substitution variables to SQL</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/will/">Will Oscar Andreelli</a>.</p> <p>When I started working on Hyperion, most my projects were relatively small compared to the projects I have been doing the past 3 years. Now projects are over a year long with 2, 3, 4 phases and most of the times include Essbase, Planning, DRM, ODI to name a few of those tools. The bigger……</p> <p> <a class="continue-reading-link" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/export-essbase-substitution-variables-to-sql/"><span>Continue reading</span><i class="icon-right-dir"></i></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/export-essbase-substitution-variables-to-sql/">Export Essbase Substitution variables to SQL</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/will/">Will Oscar Andreelli</a>.</p> Will Oscar Andreelli http://theunlockedcube.com/?p=1323 Mon May 01 2017 09:32:20 GMT-0400 (EDT) Export Essbase Substitution variables to SQL @theunlockedcube @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/export-essbase-substitution-variables-to-sql/ <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/export-essbase-substitution-variables-to-sql/">Export Essbase Substitution variables to SQL</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/will/">Will Oscar Andreelli</a>.</p> <p>When I started working on Hyperion, most my projects were relatively small compared to the projects I have been doing the past 3 years. Now projects are over a year long with 2, 3, 4 phases and most of the times include Essbase, Planning, DRM, ODI to name a few of those tools. The bigger……</p> <p> <a class="continue-reading-link" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/export-essbase-substitution-variables-to-sql/"><span>Continue reading</span><i class="icon-right-dir"></i></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/hyperion/export-essbase-substitution-variables-to-sql/">Export Essbase Substitution variables to SQL</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com">The Unlocked Cube</a> and created by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://theunlockedcube.com/author/will/">Will Oscar Andreelli</a>.</p> Will Oscar Andreelli http://theunlockedcube.com/?p=1323 Mon May 01 2017 09:32:20 GMT-0400 (EDT) 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=711&source=1 ODTUG is excited to announce the 2nd annual ODTUG Innovation Award. The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG's supported communities - ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career. ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=711&source=1 Mon May 01 2017 08:32:18 GMT-0400 (EDT) 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award @odtug @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=711&source=1 ODTUG is excited to announce the 2nd annual ODTUG Innovation Award. The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG's supported communities - ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career. ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=711&source=1 Mon May 01 2017 08:32:18 GMT-0400 (EDT) FDMEE – diving into the Essbase and Planning security mystery – Update http://john-goodwin.blogspot.com/2017/04/fdmee-diving-into-essbase-and-planning.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I wanted to provide an update to the last post I wrote on the mystery around security with on-premise FDMEE and Data Management in the cloud, in the post I went through how data is loaded when the load method is set to “All data types with security” in Data Management, I was interested in understanding the limitations and performance when using this method so I thought it was worth putting a post together on the subject.<br /><br />If you have not read the previous post I recommend you do so as I will be assuming you understand the background to this topic, the posts are available at:<br /><br /><b><a href="http://john-goodwin.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/fdmee-diving-into-essbase-and-planning.html">FDMEE – diving into the Essbase and Planning security mystery – Part 1</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://john-goodwin.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/fdmee-diving-into-essbase-and-planning_30.html">FDMEE – diving into the Essbase and Planning security mystery – Part 2</a></b><br /><br />Just to recap if you select the load method “All data types with security” with a non-administrator and are loading to a target BSO cube then the REST API will come into play to load the data, this is only currently available in EPM Cloud and on-premise FDMEE will still load using the Outline Load utility as an administrator.<br /><br />On a side note it is now possible to set the load method in data load rule instead of just at the target application level.<br /><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QPRuT7eVAbw/WQWjiO0FBKI/AAAAAAAAIxs/IZh0zothEQgRbt3EuBYHuygspKcpw2W7wCLcB/s1600/image001.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QPRuT7eVAbw/WQWjiO0FBKI/AAAAAAAAIxs/IZh0zothEQgRbt3EuBYHuygspKcpw2W7wCLcB/s1600/image001.png" /></a></div><br />You will also notice that another new type of method has been snuck in which is “<b>All data types in Planning File Format</b>”, I didn’t see this mentioned in the announcements and new features document but I am going to cover this in a future post.<br /><br />At the moment there is a slight bug with setting the load methods in the data rule.<br /><br />When you create a rule the default option is “<b>Numeric Data Only</b>”, say you change this to “All data types with security”<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Jgzit6McxX8/WQWjiMUiGmI/AAAAAAAAIxw/Gh_ufVED8RwTRNOLJkEFaw3a1UgvibwzQCLcB/s1600/image002.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Jgzit6McxX8/WQWjiMUiGmI/AAAAAAAAIxw/Gh_ufVED8RwTRNOLJkEFaw3a1UgvibwzQCLcB/s1600/image002.png" /></a></div><br />Now if you want to change it back to “Numeric Data Only” it is not possible because it is not in the list of values.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rDeKWERBeNU/WQWjiJPU2zI/AAAAAAAAIx0/eYo9mj0w3k0fbvbLBtX4rtOMGF3-RxxnACLcB/s1600/image003.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rDeKWERBeNU/WQWjiJPU2zI/AAAAAAAAIx0/eYo9mj0w3k0fbvbLBtX4rtOMGF3-RxxnACLcB/s1600/image003.png" /></a></div><br />If you manually type “Numeric Data Only” and try and save the rule then you will be hit with an error message.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tdw4l-9aIJk/WQWjiV1tZhI/AAAAAAAAIx4/jZTrnO7Ad8UCwZ38jL6FSJKtafunpumOACLcB/s1600/image004.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tdw4l-9aIJk/WQWjiV1tZhI/AAAAAAAAIx4/jZTrnO7Ad8UCwZ38jL6FSJKtafunpumOACLcB/s1600/image004.png" /></a></div><br />I am sure it will be fixed at some point in the future and probably without being informed that it has been.<br /><br />Anyway, back to the main topic of this post and if you load data as a non-administrator with the “<b>All data types with security</b>” method the REST resource that is being called is “<b>importdataslice</b>”.<br /><br />The documentation provides the following details on the REST resource:<br /><br /><i><b class="yellow">“Can be used to import data given a JSON data grid with a point of view, columns, and one or more data rows. Data will be imported only for cells that the user has read-write access to. Imports data of types Text, Date and Smart List along with numeric data. Returns JSON with details on the number of cells that were accepted, the number of cells that were rejected, and the first 100 cells that were rejected.”</b></i><br /><br />The URL format for the REST resource is:<br /><br /><b class="yellow">https://&lt;cloudinstance&gt;/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/&lt;app&gt;/plantypes/&lt;cube&gt;/importdataslice</b><br /><br />As explained in the previous post the user’s security will be honoured with this method of loading data.<br /><br />When exporting data from Data Management to the target planning application cube a file is created, the file contains JSON and a grid based on the data which is being loaded, this file is then read and forms the body of the post to the “importdataslice” REST resource.<br /><br />Say I have a cube which has seven dimensions and I am loading the following data set.<br /><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1VwLrNo0q98/WQWjigOYrLI/AAAAAAAAIx8/cmHkRplOUAQTYBvjt4T4Rx1iCuZyJ985gCLcB/s1600/image005.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1VwLrNo0q98/WQWjigOYrLI/AAAAAAAAIx8/cmHkRplOUAQTYBvjt4T4Rx1iCuZyJ985gCLcB/s1600/image005.png" /></a></div><br />Data Management will create the following JSON which contains a grid based on the above data.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YJiIUw24KHE/WQWjitwf3XI/AAAAAAAAIyA/oOUx46xQc0QpvZJOJd4FnWs42udd4Zy4ACLcB/s1600/image006.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YJiIUw24KHE/WQWjitwf3XI/AAAAAAAAIyA/oOUx46xQc0QpvZJOJd4FnWs42udd4Zy4ACLcB/s1600/image006.png" /></a></div><br />The scenario member will be in the column and the rows will contain members for the remaining dimensions.<br /><br />In terms of planning this will be the equivalent of the following form:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7Zq3ztRq1I/WQWjiyq7VYI/AAAAAAAAIyE/OB-V-QGT0DUtXxliKA-hpeb2B8YwygVfgCLcB/s1600/image007.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7Zq3ztRq1I/WQWjiyq7VYI/AAAAAAAAIyE/OB-V-QGT0DUtXxliKA-hpeb2B8YwygVfgCLcB/s1600/image007.png" /></a></div><br />So what about restrictions and performance, well this is the cloud so there are restrictions and if you have ever built a large form you will know it has performance implications.<br /><br />In the cloud if you try to build a form which has more than 500,000 cells when you open the form you will receive an error message.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qaOR9H06pRM/WQWji0yKvmI/AAAAAAAAIyI/2jPLGazbhsoyujwjaXvBP8ufzjrJ90Y8gCLcB/s1600/image008.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qaOR9H06pRM/WQWji0yKvmI/AAAAAAAAIyI/2jPLGazbhsoyujwjaXvBP8ufzjrJ90Y8gCLcB/s1600/image008.png" /></a></div><br />The threshold seems to be the total number of cells in the data grid and not just data cells, as the REST resource is built on top a data grid then the following threshold should also apply to Data Management.<br /><br />Now 500,000 cells may sound like a lot but with Data Management you will be used to loading data in rows and not thinking about total cell counts.<br /><br />The total possible number of rows of data will also depend on how dimensions are in the cube you are loading data to.<br /><br />I calculated that with the cube I am loading data to it should be theoretically possible to load to 71,426 rows before hitting the threshold limit.<br /><br />Just to make sure I added an extra row of data to see what the output from Data Management would be.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1EH5l9C31R4/WQWjjBtVGwI/AAAAAAAAIyM/QfOERw03T7U7UP9RmH2JUX5XAIEJ8IvPwCLcB/s1600/image009.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="249" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1EH5l9C31R4/WQWjjBtVGwI/AAAAAAAAIyM/QfOERw03T7U7UP9RmH2JUX5XAIEJ8IvPwCLcB/s640/image009.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />The export process failed and checking the log confirmed the reason behind it.<br /><b><br /></b><b>11:38:02,593 DEBUG [AIF]: Overrode info.loadMethod for the non-admin user: REST</b><br /><b>11:38:02,688 DEBUG [AIF]: EssbaseService.performLoadRest - START</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>11:38:02,728 DEBUG [AIF]: requestUrl: http://localhost:9000/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/REF/plantypes/Plan1/importdataslice</b><br /><b>11:56:41,651 ERROR [AIF]: The rest service request has failed: 400 Bad Request - {"detail":"</b><b class="yellow">Unable to load the data entry form as the number of data entry cells exceeded the threshold.\n\nCriteria: Number of cells\nError Threshold: 500000\nWarning Threshold: 250000\nCurrent Value: 500003</b><b>","status":400,"message":"com.hyperion.planning.governor.HspGovernorThresholdException: Unable to load the data entry form as the number of data entry cells exceeded the threshold.\n\nCriteria: Number of cells\nError Threshold: 500000\nWarning Threshold: 250000\nCurrent Value: 500003","localizedMessage":"com.hyperion.planning.governor.HspGovernorThresholdException: Unable to load the data entry form as the number of data entry cells exceeded the threshold.\n\nCriteria: Number of cells\nError Threshold: 500000\nWarning Threshold: 250000\nCurrent Value: 500003"}</b><br /><br /><b>11:56:41,655 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: EssbaseService.loadData - END (false)</b><br /><br />As expected the threshold limit error appears in the JSON response from the REST resource, what is concerning is that the error was not generated straight away, if you open a planning form the threshold error message will be generated straight away, with the REST resource it took 18 minutes before erroring out, you also get an idea of the performance implications of using the REST resource, 18 minutes to load 71,427 rows of data is certainly not performant and just to be clear that no data is loaded if the threshold limit is hit.<br /><br />Now that I know the limit is the same as with data forms I can reduce the number of records.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u50IF5azw60/WQWjjS1ZibI/AAAAAAAAIyU/YLBllM7r6CEKXYKyb82TgSrcBAAaN9feACLcB/s1600/image010.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u50IF5azw60/WQWjjS1ZibI/AAAAAAAAIyU/YLBllM7r6CEKXYKyb82TgSrcBAAaN9feACLcB/s1600/image010.png" /></a></div><br />This time the number of records should equate to just less than the 500,000 cell limit.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eEmtjGKjWV4/WQWjjex5o3I/AAAAAAAAIyQ/wGHHo5YVnScclcPiMhhVdqZ-vfucp8YogCLcB/s1600/image011.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eEmtjGKjWV4/WQWjjex5o3I/AAAAAAAAIyQ/wGHHo5YVnScclcPiMhhVdqZ-vfucp8YogCLcB/s1600/image011.png" /></a></div><br />Failed again, time to look in the process logs.<br /><br /><b>12:40:25,072 DEBUG [AIF]: EssbaseService.performLoadRest – START</b><br /><b>12:40:25,103 DEBUG [AIF]: requestUrl: http://localhost:9000/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/REF/plantypes/Plan1/importdataslice</b><br /><br /><b>12:58:48,362 ERROR [AIF]: The rest service request has failed: 400 Bad Request - {"detail":"</b><b class="yellow">The form RestDataGrid_1493383281849 is very large and could take considerable time to load. Do you wish to continue?</b><b>","status":400,"message":"com.hyperion.planning.FormWarningException: The form RestDataGrid_1493383281849 is very large and could take considerable time to load. Do you wish to continue?","localizedMessage":"com.hyperion.planning.FormWarningException: The form RestDataGrid_1493383281849 is very large and could take considerable time to load. Do you wish to continue?"}</b><br /><br />This time the error seems a little ridiculous because it looks like a generic error related to opening large forms and has little relevance to the data load I am trying to perform, If I open a data form in planning which is just below the threshold the same message is not generated.<br /><br />I tried reducing the number of rows by 10,000 and then another 10,000 but still the same error was being generated, then I remembered seeing the error message when opening large forms in planning before version 11.1.2.2<br /><br />I went back to trying to open a large form in 11.1.2.1 and this confirmed it is the same message.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MuMgPNyMj-E/WQWjjsFtcSI/AAAAAAAAIyY/Ag-9SqtN7nMvwpDam1_P6zWHQNpvB9ixwCLcB/s1600/image012.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MuMgPNyMj-E/WQWjjsFtcSI/AAAAAAAAIyY/Ag-9SqtN7nMvwpDam1_P6zWHQNpvB9ixwCLcB/s1600/image012.png" /></a></div><br />So it looks like the REST resource is using the same data grid functionality that existed in older versions of planning.<br /><br />In the versions of planning where this message was generated it was possible to set a threshold in the display options of the application.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xs3Kgv8Q13Y/WQWjj5i6_HI/AAAAAAAAIyc/YCJ9mbUnKvsWsYcfZZjyslC9wQPp7hfzgCLcB/s1600/image013.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xs3Kgv8Q13Y/WQWjj5i6_HI/AAAAAAAAIyc/YCJ9mbUnKvsWsYcfZZjyslC9wQPp7hfzgCLcB/s1600/image013.png" /></a></div><br />If you look at the display options in the cloud or on-premise versions from 11.1.2.2 then the setting is not available.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xbTBt2Ni8_8/WQWjj5g1VaI/AAAAAAAAIyg/ygMcvSurWNcoab7Ph2w8nhRRJNt5dcCqgCLcB/s1600/image014.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xbTBt2Ni8_8/WQWjj5g1VaI/AAAAAAAAIyg/ygMcvSurWNcoab7Ph2w8nhRRJNt5dcCqgCLcB/s1600/image014.png" /></a></div><br />I had a look around for the setting in the UI but unless I have missed it hidden somewhere I couldn’t find where to set it.<br /><br />Before looking any further I wanted to be sure that it was the same setting and in 11.1.2.1 where the default value was 5000.<br /><br />I thought the setting meant total cells in the grid but from testing it looks like it is the number of data entry cells, I tested by loading 5000 records from Data Management.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jtV4d0AGLPA/WQWjkPir4WI/AAAAAAAAIyk/B7IZft2qjwMaUO5tTHln_qps7-uZyWRCQCLcB/s1600/image015.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jtV4d0AGLPA/WQWjkPir4WI/AAAAAAAAIyk/B7IZft2qjwMaUO5tTHln_qps7-uZyWRCQCLcB/s1600/image015.png" /></a></div><br />This time the export was successful.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KdqhI9E20K8/WQWjkPjHhHI/AAAAAAAAIyo/u0ivV0SYLv8j8zzKLTwwGaeXlbOd41n8ACLcB/s1600/image016.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KdqhI9E20K8/WQWjkPjHhHI/AAAAAAAAIyo/u0ivV0SYLv8j8zzKLTwwGaeXlbOd41n8ACLcB/s1600/image016.png" /></a></div><br />The process log shows that the REST resource was successful and confirms the number of rows of data that were loaded.<br /><br /><b>14:50:22,865 DEBUG [AIF]: EssbaseService.performLoadRest - START</b><br /><b>14:50:22,869 DEBUG [AIF]: requestUrl: http://localhost:9000/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/REF/plantypes/Plan1/importdataslice</b><br /><b class="yellow">14:51:07,384 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: Number of rows loaded: 5000, Number of rows rejected: 0</b><br /><br />I tested again with 5001 records and the load failed.<br /><br /><b>2017-04-28 15:01:07,458 DEBUG [AIF]: requestUrl: http://localhost:9000/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/REF/plantypes/Plan1/importdataslice</b><br /><b class="yellow">2017-04-28 15:01:47,192 ERROR [AIF]: The rest service request has failed: 400 Bad Request - {"detail":"The form RestDataGrid_1493391668666 is very large and could take considerable time to load. Do you wish to continue?</b><br /><br />So it looks like it is picking up the setting of 5000 that used to be around in planning in the past.<br /><br />I then went to see if I could find the setting and ended up exporting the application settings using migration in the planning UI.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GlKdUOToSPM/WQWjkKuyUgI/AAAAAAAAIys/MOuwfTuRb6grvXD4QWHyWQ_Q9qQDJ_ZRgCLcB/s1600/image017.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GlKdUOToSPM/WQWjkKuyUgI/AAAAAAAAIys/MOuwfTuRb6grvXD4QWHyWQ_Q9qQDJ_ZRgCLcB/s1600/image017.png" /></a></div><br />This exports an XML file named “Application Setting.xml” and in that file there is a reference to a form warning setting with a value of 5000.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PLTeZbavUN4/WQWjkdH1o0I/AAAAAAAAIyw/r4BOZxaXvx8ZDmcBZu2HjFV06_upskVKwCLcB/s1600/image018.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PLTeZbavUN4/WQWjkdH1o0I/AAAAAAAAIyw/r4BOZxaXvx8ZDmcBZu2HjFV06_upskVKwCLcB/s1600/image018.png" /></a></div><br />This looks promising so I updated the value to one that would be higher than the number of records that would be loaded through Data Management.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nCChrjNzLUg/WQWjkqbYNcI/AAAAAAAAIy0/nWbPfX5dkx0KPAW6T3VD88wrVrHCXKOmwCLcB/s1600/image019.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nCChrjNzLUg/WQWjkqbYNcI/AAAAAAAAIy0/nWbPfX5dkx0KPAW6T3VD88wrVrHCXKOmwCLcB/s1600/image019.png" /></a></div><br />I Imported the application settings back into the application using migration.<br /><br />Now to try the data load again with a total number of records just less than the main threshold.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PIyQ2674680/WQWjkhQN7jI/AAAAAAAAIy4/m9YjO4BFD5YYq05vdIJosM1E-ivvaMVTQCLcB/s1600/image020.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PIyQ2674680/WQWjkhQN7jI/AAAAAAAAIy4/m9YjO4BFD5YYq05vdIJosM1E-ivvaMVTQCLcB/s1600/image020.png" /></a></div><br />Finally, I am able to successfully load the data.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MMmrJfEwlJc/WQWjk6qhrXI/AAAAAAAAIy8/PrZs_hVO88YparcILrfu164b93_DZhVgwCLcB/s1600/image021.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MMmrJfEwlJc/WQWjk6qhrXI/AAAAAAAAIy8/PrZs_hVO88YparcILrfu164b93_DZhVgwCLcB/s1600/image021.png" /></a></div><br />The process log confirms the total number of rows loaded.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: Number of rows loaded: 71426, Number of rows rejected: 0</b><br /><br />Well what about performance, let us compare the timings for the different load methods with the same amount of records as above.<br /><br />Setting the load method to “Numeric Data Only” which means a data load file is produced and then loaded using an Essbase data load rule.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">20:38:45,064 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: Loading data into cube using data file...</b><br /><b class="yellow">20:38:45,936 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: The data has been loaded by the rule file.</b><br /><br />The data load time was just under a second.<br /><br />Now for “All data types with security” with an administrator which means the Outline Load utility be the method for loading.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">20:42:40 Successfully located and opened input file.</b><br /><b class="yellow">20:42:49 Outline data store load process finished. 71426 data records were read, 71427 data records were processed, 71427 were accepted for loading (verify actual load with Essbase log files), 0 were rejected.</b><br /><br />This data load took a similar time of just under a second.<br /><br />Time for the REST method with a non-administrator.<br /><b><br /></b><b class="yellow">20:54:46,385 DEBUG [AIF]: EssbaseService.performLoadRest - START</b><br /><b class="yellow">21:14:43,146 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: Number of rows loaded: 71426, Number of rows rejected: 0</b><br /><br />A data load time of just under 20 minutes.<br /><br />So using the REST method takes a massive amount of time compared to the other two methods, as this is EPM cloud it is not possible to see the system resources being used by this method but I can imagine it is heavy compared to the other two.<br /><br />If you are thinking of using this method to load data then consider the limitations and performance impact it has, it is probably only advisable for small data sets.<br /><div><br /></div><br /></div> John Goodwin tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6575283218005807475.post-1089398721480296227 Sun Apr 30 2017 14:26:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) FDMEE – diving into the Essbase and Planning security mystery – Update @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://john-goodwin.blogspot.com/2017/04/fdmee-diving-into-essbase-and-planning.html <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I wanted to provide an update to the last post I wrote on the mystery around security with on-premise FDMEE and Data Management in the cloud, in the post I went through how data is loaded when the load method is set to “All data types with security” in Data Management, I was interested in understanding the limitations and performance when using this method so I thought it was worth putting a post together on the subject.<br /><br />If you have not read the previous post I recommend you do so as I will be assuming you understand the background to this topic, the posts are available at:<br /><br /><b><a href="http://john-goodwin.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/fdmee-diving-into-essbase-and-planning.html">FDMEE – diving into the Essbase and Planning security mystery – Part 1</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://john-goodwin.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/fdmee-diving-into-essbase-and-planning_30.html">FDMEE – diving into the Essbase and Planning security mystery – Part 2</a></b><br /><br />Just to recap if you select the load method “All data types with security” with a non-administrator and are loading to a target BSO cube then the REST API will come into play to load the data, this is only currently available in EPM Cloud and on-premise FDMEE will still load using the Outline Load utility as an administrator.<br /><br />On a side note it is now possible to set the load method in data load rule instead of just at the target application level.<br /><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QPRuT7eVAbw/WQWjiO0FBKI/AAAAAAAAIxs/IZh0zothEQgRbt3EuBYHuygspKcpw2W7wCLcB/s1600/image001.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QPRuT7eVAbw/WQWjiO0FBKI/AAAAAAAAIxs/IZh0zothEQgRbt3EuBYHuygspKcpw2W7wCLcB/s1600/image001.png" /></a></div><br />You will also notice that another new type of method has been snuck in which is “<b>All data types in Planning File Format</b>”, I didn’t see this mentioned in the announcements and new features document but I am going to cover this in a future post.<br /><br />At the moment there is a slight bug with setting the load methods in the data rule.<br /><br />When you create a rule the default option is “<b>Numeric Data Only</b>”, say you change this to “All data types with security”<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Jgzit6McxX8/WQWjiMUiGmI/AAAAAAAAIxw/Gh_ufVED8RwTRNOLJkEFaw3a1UgvibwzQCLcB/s1600/image002.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Jgzit6McxX8/WQWjiMUiGmI/AAAAAAAAIxw/Gh_ufVED8RwTRNOLJkEFaw3a1UgvibwzQCLcB/s1600/image002.png" /></a></div><br />Now if you want to change it back to “Numeric Data Only” it is not possible because it is not in the list of values.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rDeKWERBeNU/WQWjiJPU2zI/AAAAAAAAIx0/eYo9mj0w3k0fbvbLBtX4rtOMGF3-RxxnACLcB/s1600/image003.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rDeKWERBeNU/WQWjiJPU2zI/AAAAAAAAIx0/eYo9mj0w3k0fbvbLBtX4rtOMGF3-RxxnACLcB/s1600/image003.png" /></a></div><br />If you manually type “Numeric Data Only” and try and save the rule then you will be hit with an error message.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tdw4l-9aIJk/WQWjiV1tZhI/AAAAAAAAIx4/jZTrnO7Ad8UCwZ38jL6FSJKtafunpumOACLcB/s1600/image004.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tdw4l-9aIJk/WQWjiV1tZhI/AAAAAAAAIx4/jZTrnO7Ad8UCwZ38jL6FSJKtafunpumOACLcB/s1600/image004.png" /></a></div><br />I am sure it will be fixed at some point in the future and probably without being informed that it has been.<br /><br />Anyway, back to the main topic of this post and if you load data as a non-administrator with the “<b>All data types with security</b>” method the REST resource that is being called is “<b>importdataslice</b>”.<br /><br />The documentation provides the following details on the REST resource:<br /><br /><i><b class="yellow">“Can be used to import data given a JSON data grid with a point of view, columns, and one or more data rows. Data will be imported only for cells that the user has read-write access to. Imports data of types Text, Date and Smart List along with numeric data. Returns JSON with details on the number of cells that were accepted, the number of cells that were rejected, and the first 100 cells that were rejected.”</b></i><br /><br />The URL format for the REST resource is:<br /><br /><b class="yellow">https://&lt;cloudinstance&gt;/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/&lt;app&gt;/plantypes/&lt;cube&gt;/importdataslice</b><br /><br />As explained in the previous post the user’s security will be honoured with this method of loading data.<br /><br />When exporting data from Data Management to the target planning application cube a file is created, the file contains JSON and a grid based on the data which is being loaded, this file is then read and forms the body of the post to the “importdataslice” REST resource.<br /><br />Say I have a cube which has seven dimensions and I am loading the following data set.<br /><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1VwLrNo0q98/WQWjigOYrLI/AAAAAAAAIx8/cmHkRplOUAQTYBvjt4T4Rx1iCuZyJ985gCLcB/s1600/image005.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1VwLrNo0q98/WQWjigOYrLI/AAAAAAAAIx8/cmHkRplOUAQTYBvjt4T4Rx1iCuZyJ985gCLcB/s1600/image005.png" /></a></div><br />Data Management will create the following JSON which contains a grid based on the above data.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YJiIUw24KHE/WQWjitwf3XI/AAAAAAAAIyA/oOUx46xQc0QpvZJOJd4FnWs42udd4Zy4ACLcB/s1600/image006.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YJiIUw24KHE/WQWjitwf3XI/AAAAAAAAIyA/oOUx46xQc0QpvZJOJd4FnWs42udd4Zy4ACLcB/s1600/image006.png" /></a></div><br />The scenario member will be in the column and the rows will contain members for the remaining dimensions.<br /><br />In terms of planning this will be the equivalent of the following form:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7Zq3ztRq1I/WQWjiyq7VYI/AAAAAAAAIyE/OB-V-QGT0DUtXxliKA-hpeb2B8YwygVfgCLcB/s1600/image007.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7Zq3ztRq1I/WQWjiyq7VYI/AAAAAAAAIyE/OB-V-QGT0DUtXxliKA-hpeb2B8YwygVfgCLcB/s1600/image007.png" /></a></div><br />So what about restrictions and performance, well this is the cloud so there are restrictions and if you have ever built a large form you will know it has performance implications.<br /><br />In the cloud if you try to build a form which has more than 500,000 cells when you open the form you will receive an error message.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qaOR9H06pRM/WQWji0yKvmI/AAAAAAAAIyI/2jPLGazbhsoyujwjaXvBP8ufzjrJ90Y8gCLcB/s1600/image008.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qaOR9H06pRM/WQWji0yKvmI/AAAAAAAAIyI/2jPLGazbhsoyujwjaXvBP8ufzjrJ90Y8gCLcB/s1600/image008.png" /></a></div><br />The threshold seems to be the total number of cells in the data grid and not just data cells, as the REST resource is built on top a data grid then the following threshold should also apply to Data Management.<br /><br />Now 500,000 cells may sound like a lot but with Data Management you will be used to loading data in rows and not thinking about total cell counts.<br /><br />The total possible number of rows of data will also depend on how dimensions are in the cube you are loading data to.<br /><br />I calculated that with the cube I am loading data to it should be theoretically possible to load to 71,426 rows before hitting the threshold limit.<br /><br />Just to make sure I added an extra row of data to see what the output from Data Management would be.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1EH5l9C31R4/WQWjjBtVGwI/AAAAAAAAIyM/QfOERw03T7U7UP9RmH2JUX5XAIEJ8IvPwCLcB/s1600/image009.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="249" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1EH5l9C31R4/WQWjjBtVGwI/AAAAAAAAIyM/QfOERw03T7U7UP9RmH2JUX5XAIEJ8IvPwCLcB/s640/image009.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />The export process failed and checking the log confirmed the reason behind it.<br /><b><br /></b><b>11:38:02,593 DEBUG [AIF]: Overrode info.loadMethod for the non-admin user: REST</b><br /><b>11:38:02,688 DEBUG [AIF]: EssbaseService.performLoadRest - START</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>11:38:02,728 DEBUG [AIF]: requestUrl: http://localhost:9000/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/REF/plantypes/Plan1/importdataslice</b><br /><b>11:56:41,651 ERROR [AIF]: The rest service request has failed: 400 Bad Request - {"detail":"</b><b class="yellow">Unable to load the data entry form as the number of data entry cells exceeded the threshold.\n\nCriteria: Number of cells\nError Threshold: 500000\nWarning Threshold: 250000\nCurrent Value: 500003</b><b>","status":400,"message":"com.hyperion.planning.governor.HspGovernorThresholdException: Unable to load the data entry form as the number of data entry cells exceeded the threshold.\n\nCriteria: Number of cells\nError Threshold: 500000\nWarning Threshold: 250000\nCurrent Value: 500003","localizedMessage":"com.hyperion.planning.governor.HspGovernorThresholdException: Unable to load the data entry form as the number of data entry cells exceeded the threshold.\n\nCriteria: Number of cells\nError Threshold: 500000\nWarning Threshold: 250000\nCurrent Value: 500003"}</b><br /><br /><b>11:56:41,655 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: EssbaseService.loadData - END (false)</b><br /><br />As expected the threshold limit error appears in the JSON response from the REST resource, what is concerning is that the error was not generated straight away, if you open a planning form the threshold error message will be generated straight away, with the REST resource it took 18 minutes before erroring out, you also get an idea of the performance implications of using the REST resource, 18 minutes to load 71,427 rows of data is certainly not performant and just to be clear that no data is loaded if the threshold limit is hit.<br /><br />Now that I know the limit is the same as with data forms I can reduce the number of records.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u50IF5azw60/WQWjjS1ZibI/AAAAAAAAIyU/YLBllM7r6CEKXYKyb82TgSrcBAAaN9feACLcB/s1600/image010.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u50IF5azw60/WQWjjS1ZibI/AAAAAAAAIyU/YLBllM7r6CEKXYKyb82TgSrcBAAaN9feACLcB/s1600/image010.png" /></a></div><br />This time the number of records should equate to just less than the 500,000 cell limit.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eEmtjGKjWV4/WQWjjex5o3I/AAAAAAAAIyQ/wGHHo5YVnScclcPiMhhVdqZ-vfucp8YogCLcB/s1600/image011.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eEmtjGKjWV4/WQWjjex5o3I/AAAAAAAAIyQ/wGHHo5YVnScclcPiMhhVdqZ-vfucp8YogCLcB/s1600/image011.png" /></a></div><br />Failed again, time to look in the process logs.<br /><br /><b>12:40:25,072 DEBUG [AIF]: EssbaseService.performLoadRest – START</b><br /><b>12:40:25,103 DEBUG [AIF]: requestUrl: http://localhost:9000/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/REF/plantypes/Plan1/importdataslice</b><br /><br /><b>12:58:48,362 ERROR [AIF]: The rest service request has failed: 400 Bad Request - {"detail":"</b><b class="yellow">The form RestDataGrid_1493383281849 is very large and could take considerable time to load. Do you wish to continue?</b><b>","status":400,"message":"com.hyperion.planning.FormWarningException: The form RestDataGrid_1493383281849 is very large and could take considerable time to load. Do you wish to continue?","localizedMessage":"com.hyperion.planning.FormWarningException: The form RestDataGrid_1493383281849 is very large and could take considerable time to load. Do you wish to continue?"}</b><br /><br />This time the error seems a little ridiculous because it looks like a generic error related to opening large forms and has little relevance to the data load I am trying to perform, If I open a data form in planning which is just below the threshold the same message is not generated.<br /><br />I tried reducing the number of rows by 10,000 and then another 10,000 but still the same error was being generated, then I remembered seeing the error message when opening large forms in planning before version 11.1.2.2<br /><br />I went back to trying to open a large form in 11.1.2.1 and this confirmed it is the same message.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MuMgPNyMj-E/WQWjjsFtcSI/AAAAAAAAIyY/Ag-9SqtN7nMvwpDam1_P6zWHQNpvB9ixwCLcB/s1600/image012.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MuMgPNyMj-E/WQWjjsFtcSI/AAAAAAAAIyY/Ag-9SqtN7nMvwpDam1_P6zWHQNpvB9ixwCLcB/s1600/image012.png" /></a></div><br />So it looks like the REST resource is using the same data grid functionality that existed in older versions of planning.<br /><br />In the versions of planning where this message was generated it was possible to set a threshold in the display options of the application.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xs3Kgv8Q13Y/WQWjj5i6_HI/AAAAAAAAIyc/YCJ9mbUnKvsWsYcfZZjyslC9wQPp7hfzgCLcB/s1600/image013.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xs3Kgv8Q13Y/WQWjj5i6_HI/AAAAAAAAIyc/YCJ9mbUnKvsWsYcfZZjyslC9wQPp7hfzgCLcB/s1600/image013.png" /></a></div><br />If you look at the display options in the cloud or on-premise versions from 11.1.2.2 then the setting is not available.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xbTBt2Ni8_8/WQWjj5g1VaI/AAAAAAAAIyg/ygMcvSurWNcoab7Ph2w8nhRRJNt5dcCqgCLcB/s1600/image014.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xbTBt2Ni8_8/WQWjj5g1VaI/AAAAAAAAIyg/ygMcvSurWNcoab7Ph2w8nhRRJNt5dcCqgCLcB/s1600/image014.png" /></a></div><br />I had a look around for the setting in the UI but unless I have missed it hidden somewhere I couldn’t find where to set it.<br /><br />Before looking any further I wanted to be sure that it was the same setting and in 11.1.2.1 where the default value was 5000.<br /><br />I thought the setting meant total cells in the grid but from testing it looks like it is the number of data entry cells, I tested by loading 5000 records from Data Management.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jtV4d0AGLPA/WQWjkPir4WI/AAAAAAAAIyk/B7IZft2qjwMaUO5tTHln_qps7-uZyWRCQCLcB/s1600/image015.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jtV4d0AGLPA/WQWjkPir4WI/AAAAAAAAIyk/B7IZft2qjwMaUO5tTHln_qps7-uZyWRCQCLcB/s1600/image015.png" /></a></div><br />This time the export was successful.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KdqhI9E20K8/WQWjkPjHhHI/AAAAAAAAIyo/u0ivV0SYLv8j8zzKLTwwGaeXlbOd41n8ACLcB/s1600/image016.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KdqhI9E20K8/WQWjkPjHhHI/AAAAAAAAIyo/u0ivV0SYLv8j8zzKLTwwGaeXlbOd41n8ACLcB/s1600/image016.png" /></a></div><br />The process log shows that the REST resource was successful and confirms the number of rows of data that were loaded.<br /><br /><b>14:50:22,865 DEBUG [AIF]: EssbaseService.performLoadRest - START</b><br /><b>14:50:22,869 DEBUG [AIF]: requestUrl: http://localhost:9000/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/REF/plantypes/Plan1/importdataslice</b><br /><b class="yellow">14:51:07,384 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: Number of rows loaded: 5000, Number of rows rejected: 0</b><br /><br />I tested again with 5001 records and the load failed.<br /><br /><b>2017-04-28 15:01:07,458 DEBUG [AIF]: requestUrl: http://localhost:9000/HyperionPlanning/rest/v3/applications/REF/plantypes/Plan1/importdataslice</b><br /><b class="yellow">2017-04-28 15:01:47,192 ERROR [AIF]: The rest service request has failed: 400 Bad Request - {"detail":"The form RestDataGrid_1493391668666 is very large and could take considerable time to load. Do you wish to continue?</b><br /><br />So it looks like it is picking up the setting of 5000 that used to be around in planning in the past.<br /><br />I then went to see if I could find the setting and ended up exporting the application settings using migration in the planning UI.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GlKdUOToSPM/WQWjkKuyUgI/AAAAAAAAIys/MOuwfTuRb6grvXD4QWHyWQ_Q9qQDJ_ZRgCLcB/s1600/image017.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GlKdUOToSPM/WQWjkKuyUgI/AAAAAAAAIys/MOuwfTuRb6grvXD4QWHyWQ_Q9qQDJ_ZRgCLcB/s1600/image017.png" /></a></div><br />This exports an XML file named “Application Setting.xml” and in that file there is a reference to a form warning setting with a value of 5000.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PLTeZbavUN4/WQWjkdH1o0I/AAAAAAAAIyw/r4BOZxaXvx8ZDmcBZu2HjFV06_upskVKwCLcB/s1600/image018.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PLTeZbavUN4/WQWjkdH1o0I/AAAAAAAAIyw/r4BOZxaXvx8ZDmcBZu2HjFV06_upskVKwCLcB/s1600/image018.png" /></a></div><br />This looks promising so I updated the value to one that would be higher than the number of records that would be loaded through Data Management.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nCChrjNzLUg/WQWjkqbYNcI/AAAAAAAAIy0/nWbPfX5dkx0KPAW6T3VD88wrVrHCXKOmwCLcB/s1600/image019.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nCChrjNzLUg/WQWjkqbYNcI/AAAAAAAAIy0/nWbPfX5dkx0KPAW6T3VD88wrVrHCXKOmwCLcB/s1600/image019.png" /></a></div><br />I Imported the application settings back into the application using migration.<br /><br />Now to try the data load again with a total number of records just less than the main threshold.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PIyQ2674680/WQWjkhQN7jI/AAAAAAAAIy4/m9YjO4BFD5YYq05vdIJosM1E-ivvaMVTQCLcB/s1600/image020.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PIyQ2674680/WQWjkhQN7jI/AAAAAAAAIy4/m9YjO4BFD5YYq05vdIJosM1E-ivvaMVTQCLcB/s1600/image020.png" /></a></div><br />Finally, I am able to successfully load the data.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MMmrJfEwlJc/WQWjk6qhrXI/AAAAAAAAIy8/PrZs_hVO88YparcILrfu164b93_DZhVgwCLcB/s1600/image021.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MMmrJfEwlJc/WQWjk6qhrXI/AAAAAAAAIy8/PrZs_hVO88YparcILrfu164b93_DZhVgwCLcB/s1600/image021.png" /></a></div><br />The process log confirms the total number of rows loaded.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: Number of rows loaded: 71426, Number of rows rejected: 0</b><br /><br />Well what about performance, let us compare the timings for the different load methods with the same amount of records as above.<br /><br />Setting the load method to “Numeric Data Only” which means a data load file is produced and then loaded using an Essbase data load rule.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">20:38:45,064 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: Loading data into cube using data file...</b><br /><b class="yellow">20:38:45,936 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: The data has been loaded by the rule file.</b><br /><br />The data load time was just under a second.<br /><br />Now for “All data types with security” with an administrator which means the Outline Load utility be the method for loading.<br /><br /><b class="yellow">20:42:40 Successfully located and opened input file.</b><br /><b class="yellow">20:42:49 Outline data store load process finished. 71426 data records were read, 71427 data records were processed, 71427 were accepted for loading (verify actual load with Essbase log files), 0 were rejected.</b><br /><br />This data load took a similar time of just under a second.<br /><br />Time for the REST method with a non-administrator.<br /><b><br /></b><b class="yellow">20:54:46,385 DEBUG [AIF]: EssbaseService.performLoadRest - START</b><br /><b class="yellow">21:14:43,146 INFO &nbsp;[AIF]: Number of rows loaded: 71426, Number of rows rejected: 0</b><br /><br />A data load time of just under 20 minutes.<br /><br />So using the REST method takes a massive amount of time compared to the other two methods, as this is EPM cloud it is not possible to see the system resources being used by this method but I can imagine it is heavy compared to the other two.<br /><br />If you are thinking of using this method to load data then consider the limitations and performance impact it has, it is probably only advisable for small data sets.<br /><div><br /></div><br /></div> John Goodwin tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6575283218005807475.post-1089398721480296227 Sun Apr 30 2017 14:26:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Essbase Was Invented by Who? When? http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/04/essbase-was-invented-by-who-when.html <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">With a filing date of April 5, 1990 - <a href="https://www.google.com/patents/US5212639?dq=ininventor:%22Wesley+C.+Sampson%22&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjJxfPq_snTAhWI_iwKHWFQB54Q6AEINTAC" target="_blank">Google Patent listing</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">It appears that there were co-inventors:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Wesley C. Sampson &amp; Michael J. Olan</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Take a look at a few of the images!&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Looks like a cube to me!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JU6skSVbgB4/WQUuVOiVimI/AAAAAAAABYA/QeFRqmbXpPQrAyB_7t2lOzpNIBIBgQPaACLcB/s1600/imgf0001.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JU6skSVbgB4/WQUuVOiVimI/AAAAAAAABYA/QeFRqmbXpPQrAyB_7t2lOzpNIBIBgQPaACLcB/s320/imgf0001.png" width="197" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q8TaJZ2j_eA/WQUuVCZkzkI/AAAAAAAABX8/R4K9_qS5Sp4m6ySGM9ypgqmOi-SBh4HQQCLcB/s1600/imgf0002.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q8TaJZ2j_eA/WQUuVCZkzkI/AAAAAAAABX8/R4K9_qS5Sp4m6ySGM9ypgqmOi-SBh4HQQCLcB/s320/imgf0002.png" width="229" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6xEfkRwT384/WQUuVJgMcHI/AAAAAAAABYE/SnlsL-CmS6g8KUa6WHYHEyxIhMUkpIXvwCLcB/s1600/imgf0003.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6xEfkRwT384/WQUuVJgMcHI/AAAAAAAABYE/SnlsL-CmS6g8KUa6WHYHEyxIhMUkpIXvwCLcB/s320/imgf0003.png" width="188" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-etJLJCL1b6U/WQUuVdCLkZI/AAAAAAAABYI/ALxxQ_wmFcImcaNW6aFQ2REqpmgLUBrzgCLcB/s1600/imgf0004.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-etJLJCL1b6U/WQUuVdCLkZI/AAAAAAAABYI/ALxxQ_wmFcImcaNW6aFQ2REqpmgLUBrzgCLcB/s320/imgf0004.png" width="202" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h91PaA772xM/WQUuVWhHGkI/AAAAAAAABYM/gs-B6wdwbvMquz4E1R0x1Wx2GfMK2Py_gCLcB/s1600/imgf0005.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h91PaA772xM/WQUuVWhHGkI/AAAAAAAABYM/gs-B6wdwbvMquz4E1R0x1Wx2GfMK2Py_gCLcB/s320/imgf0005.png" width="198" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Let me clear with this post. In my mind there is a difference between who invented Essbase versus who founded/established Arbor Software Corporation.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The Arbor co-founders were Bob Earle and Jim Dorian in 1991. Their company shipped the first version of Essbase (or eSSbase) Online Analytical processing OLAP software. Their company became publicly held on the NASDAQ by 1995. In 1997, Arbor acquired Orlando, Florida-based Appsource. In 1998, Hyperion Software merged with Arbor and combined the company, and renamed it Hyperion Solutions. They sold products called Essbase, Hyperion Enterprise and Hyperion Pillar. In 1999, Hyperion acquired Sapling Corporation, and added products called Hyperion Performance Scorecard and Hyperion Business Modeling. In 2000, Hyperion introduced 2 web based packaged products, Hyperion Planning (same name as today) and Hyperion Financial Management (same as today HFM) and also partnered with WebTrends Corporation along the way. In 2002, Hyperion introduced a new product called Hyperion Business Performance Management Suite. In 2003, Hyperion acquired Brio Technology (which started with DataPivot on the Apple Macintosh.. why has "Hyperion" not given love to the Mac community yet!), Data Prism as well as The Alcar Group. In 2005, Hyperion acquired Razza Solutions (today we call it DRM). In 2006, Hyperion acquired UpStream (today we call it FDMEE). In 2007, Hyperion acquired Decisioneering (Crystal Ball). And also in 2007, Oracle announced the agreement to acquire Hyperion for $3.3B.</span> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-3715426035101601338 Sat Apr 29 2017 11:43:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Essbase Was Invented by Who? When? @gadashek @orclEPMblogs http://adashek-epm.blogspot.com/2017/04/essbase-was-invented-by-who-when.html <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">With a filing date of April 5, 1990 - <a href="https://www.google.com/patents/US5212639?dq=ininventor:%22Wesley+C.+Sampson%22&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjJxfPq_snTAhWI_iwKHWFQB54Q6AEINTAC" target="_blank">Google Patent listing</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">It appears that there were co-inventors:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Wesley C. Sampson &amp; Michael J. Olan</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Take a look at a few of the images!&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Looks like a cube to me!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JU6skSVbgB4/WQUuVOiVimI/AAAAAAAABYA/QeFRqmbXpPQrAyB_7t2lOzpNIBIBgQPaACLcB/s1600/imgf0001.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JU6skSVbgB4/WQUuVOiVimI/AAAAAAAABYA/QeFRqmbXpPQrAyB_7t2lOzpNIBIBgQPaACLcB/s320/imgf0001.png" width="197" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q8TaJZ2j_eA/WQUuVCZkzkI/AAAAAAAABX8/R4K9_qS5Sp4m6ySGM9ypgqmOi-SBh4HQQCLcB/s1600/imgf0002.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q8TaJZ2j_eA/WQUuVCZkzkI/AAAAAAAABX8/R4K9_qS5Sp4m6ySGM9ypgqmOi-SBh4HQQCLcB/s320/imgf0002.png" width="229" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6xEfkRwT384/WQUuVJgMcHI/AAAAAAAABYE/SnlsL-CmS6g8KUa6WHYHEyxIhMUkpIXvwCLcB/s1600/imgf0003.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6xEfkRwT384/WQUuVJgMcHI/AAAAAAAABYE/SnlsL-CmS6g8KUa6WHYHEyxIhMUkpIXvwCLcB/s320/imgf0003.png" width="188" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-etJLJCL1b6U/WQUuVdCLkZI/AAAAAAAABYI/ALxxQ_wmFcImcaNW6aFQ2REqpmgLUBrzgCLcB/s1600/imgf0004.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-etJLJCL1b6U/WQUuVdCLkZI/AAAAAAAABYI/ALxxQ_wmFcImcaNW6aFQ2REqpmgLUBrzgCLcB/s320/imgf0004.png" width="202" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h91PaA772xM/WQUuVWhHGkI/AAAAAAAABYM/gs-B6wdwbvMquz4E1R0x1Wx2GfMK2Py_gCLcB/s1600/imgf0005.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h91PaA772xM/WQUuVWhHGkI/AAAAAAAABYM/gs-B6wdwbvMquz4E1R0x1Wx2GfMK2Py_gCLcB/s320/imgf0005.png" width="198" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Let me clear with this post. In my mind there is a difference between who invented Essbase versus who founded/established Arbor Software Corporation.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The Arbor co-founders were Bob Earle and Jim Dorian in 1991. Their company shipped the first version of Essbase (or eSSbase) Online Analytical processing OLAP software. Their company became publicly held on the NASDAQ by 1995. In 1997, Arbor acquired Orlando, Florida-based Appsource. In 1998, Hyperion Software merged with Arbor and combined the company, and renamed it Hyperion Solutions. They sold products called Essbase, Hyperion Enterprise and Hyperion Pillar. In 1999, Hyperion acquired Sapling Corporation, and added products called Hyperion Performance Scorecard and Hyperion Business Modeling. In 2000, Hyperion introduced 2 web based packaged products, Hyperion Planning (same name as today) and Hyperion Financial Management (same as today HFM) and also partnered with WebTrends Corporation along the way. In 2002, Hyperion introduced a new product called Hyperion Business Performance Management Suite. In 2003, Hyperion acquired Brio Technology (which started with DataPivot on the Apple Macintosh.. why has "Hyperion" not given love to the Mac community yet!), Data Prism as well as The Alcar Group. In 2005, Hyperion acquired Razza Solutions (today we call it DRM). In 2006, Hyperion acquired UpStream (today we call it FDMEE). In 2007, Hyperion acquired Decisioneering (Crystal Ball). And also in 2007, Oracle announced the agreement to acquire Hyperion for $3.3B.</span> G Adashek tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1699540956788037380.post-3715426035101601338 Sat Apr 29 2017 11:43:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Where is my import/export security utility??? https://anthonymanfredi73.com/2017/04/28/how-can-i-export-epbcs-security-to-a-csv-file/ <p dir="auto">When I first started working on Hyperion Planning, clients and consultants would call the hotline and ask how they could see their existing security because back in the 1.0 days it was not available. So I dove into the database and wrote a Microsoft Access database that enabled consultants and clients the ability to see their security. We distributed the database and instructions if people asked nicely or loudly until the feature was written into the tool.</p> <p dir="auto">The Oracle EPBCS/FCCS platform does not come with a nice way of exporting and importing object security the way the on-prem version of Hyperion Planning had with its command line utilities. I decided to take a stab at hopefully making it easier.</p> <h3>EXPORTING SECURITY</h3> <p dir="auto">This entry will focus on exporting the current security of an application and formatting it into a csv file so you can easily edit the security or view its contents.</p> <p dir="auto">I am going to focus on group security since it is a best practice to apply security at a group level. You can follow this process for users as well.</p> <p dir="auto">The first step is to extract the current application security using the migration component of EPBCS. You can use a complete application extract or just extract the security. Below I am just extracting the group security.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/migration-pick_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/migration-pick.png?w=995&#038;h=453" width="995" height="453" align="middle" /></a></p> <p>Once the migration is executed download it to your machine. Unzip the file and you will find your currently assigned security in super fun XML files for each group.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/groups-folder_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/groups-folder.png?w=671&#038;h=457" width="671" height="457" align="middle" /></a></p> <p>Here is what it looks like in XML.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/blogxmlfile_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/blogxmlfile.png?w=438&#038;h=687" width="438" height="687" align="middle" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Its pretty simple XML but not great to edit. Now that you have the files I have written a Powershell script that will convert all of the files in a directory to a combined csv file. By no means am I a Powershell master but I like it because its extremely quick, and handles XML, JSON, and CSV formats extremely well. Generally you will find it installed on most new servers or clients. Here is some documentation to enable it on <a href="https://windowsinstructed.com/powershell-in-windows-10/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">windows</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">It can also run on your <a href="https://www.howtogeek.com/267858/how-to-install-microsoft-powershell-on-linux-or-os-x/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mac or linux</a> environment.</p> <p dir="ltr">You can download the script <a href="https://www.evernote.com/l/ACOACC6RtIdF75b3YQRTaJ5VwgTOf2UxNQo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>. Once you download it place it in a directory where you plan to execute it from.</p> <p dir="ltr">The script accepts two parameters. The first is the directory where the XML files are stored and the second is the name of the file you want to create. If you don’t put a path the file will be saved in the same directory as where you execute the script. The parameters should be separated with a space.</p> <p dir="ltr">Once you launch the shell navigate to the directory you have saved the script in.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/psnavigate_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/psnavigate.png?w=779&#038;h=365" width="779" height="365" align="middle" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Here is the command :</p> <p dir="ltr">./sec2csv.ps1 &#8220;V:\POWERSHELL\BLOG\HP-TOYS\resource\Security\Access Permissions\Groups\&#8221; security.csv</p> <p dir="ltr"> Place quotes around the directory if you have spaces in it.</p> <p dir="ltr">It will look like this in the shell.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/ps-command_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/ps-command.png?w=961&#038;h=56" width="961" height="56" align="middle" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Once the script runs it will generate your export.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has now combined all of your group files into one csv file that will look like this.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/csv_excel_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/csv_excel.png?w=614&#038;h=372" width="614" height="372" align="middle" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr">The information in this file will be very similar to what was required for the import and export utility in planning. The definition of these fields can be found <a href="https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E12825_01/epm.111/hp_admin/frameset.htm?ch03s07.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>. The only one that is really different is the IsUser field. For group security this will always be N.</p> <h3>CONCLUSION</h3> <p dir="ltr">I hope you find this first part of this conversion helpful. I am testing the CSV to XML script now, it has been working great and I should have that up soon. I hope this helps you manage security in the cloud!!</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/77/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/77/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=anthonymanfredi73.com&#038;blog=85657949&#038;post=77&#038;subd=anthonymanfredi73&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Anthony Manfredi http://anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/?p=77 Fri Apr 28 2017 14:41:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Where is my import/export security utility??? @TheManfredi @orclEPMblogs https://anthonymanfredi73.com/2017/04/28/how-can-i-export-epbcs-security-to-a-csv-file/ <p dir="auto">When I first started working on Hyperion Planning, clients and consultants would call the hotline and ask how they could see their existing security because back in the 1.0 days it was not available. So I dove into the database and wrote a Microsoft Access database that enabled consultants and clients the ability to see their security. We distributed the database and instructions if people asked nicely or loudly until the feature was written into the tool.</p> <p dir="auto">The Oracle EPBCS/FCCS platform does not come with a nice way of exporting and importing object security the way the on-prem version of Hyperion Planning had with its command line utilities. I decided to take a stab at hopefully making it easier.</p> <h3>EXPORTING SECURITY</h3> <p dir="auto">This entry will focus on exporting the current security of an application and formatting it into a csv file so you can easily edit the security or view its contents.</p> <p dir="auto">I am going to focus on group security since it is a best practice to apply security at a group level. You can follow this process for users as well.</p> <p dir="auto">The first step is to extract the current application security using the migration component of EPBCS. You can use a complete application extract or just extract the security. Below I am just extracting the group security.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/migration-pick_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/migration-pick.png?w=995&#038;h=453" width="995" height="453" align="middle" /></a></p> <p>Once the migration is executed download it to your machine. Unzip the file and you will find your currently assigned security in super fun XML files for each group.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/groups-folder_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/groups-folder.png?w=671&#038;h=457" width="671" height="457" align="middle" /></a></p> <p>Here is what it looks like in XML.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/blogxmlfile_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/blogxmlfile.png?w=438&#038;h=687" width="438" height="687" align="middle" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Its pretty simple XML but not great to edit. Now that you have the files I have written a Powershell script that will convert all of the files in a directory to a combined csv file. By no means am I a Powershell master but I like it because its extremely quick, and handles XML, JSON, and CSV formats extremely well. Generally you will find it installed on most new servers or clients. Here is some documentation to enable it on <a href="https://windowsinstructed.com/powershell-in-windows-10/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">windows</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">It can also run on your <a href="https://www.howtogeek.com/267858/how-to-install-microsoft-powershell-on-linux-or-os-x/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mac or linux</a> environment.</p> <p dir="ltr">You can download the script <a href="https://www.evernote.com/l/ACOACC6RtIdF75b3YQRTaJ5VwgTOf2UxNQo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>. Once you download it place it in a directory where you plan to execute it from.</p> <p dir="ltr">The script accepts two parameters. The first is the directory where the XML files are stored and the second is the name of the file you want to create. If you don’t put a path the file will be saved in the same directory as where you execute the script. The parameters should be separated with a space.</p> <p dir="ltr">Once you launch the shell navigate to the directory you have saved the script in.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/psnavigate_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/psnavigate.png?w=779&#038;h=365" width="779" height="365" align="middle" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Here is the command :</p> <p dir="ltr">./sec2csv.ps1 &#8220;V:\POWERSHELL\BLOG\HP-TOYS\resource\Security\Access Permissions\Groups\&#8221; security.csv</p> <p dir="ltr"> Place quotes around the directory if you have spaces in it.</p> <p dir="ltr">It will look like this in the shell.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/ps-command_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/ps-command.png?w=961&#038;h=56" width="961" height="56" align="middle" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Once the script runs it will generate your export.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has now combined all of your group files into one csv file that will look like this.</p> <p><a href="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/csv_excel_full.png"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://anthonymanfredi73.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/csv_excel.png?w=614&#038;h=372" width="614" height="372" align="middle" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr">The information in this file will be very similar to what was required for the import and export utility in planning. The definition of these fields can be found <a href="https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E12825_01/epm.111/hp_admin/frameset.htm?ch03s07.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>. The only one that is really different is the IsUser field. For group security this will always be N.</p> <h3>CONCLUSION</h3> <p dir="ltr">I hope you find this first part of this conversion helpful. I am testing the CSV to XML script now, it has been working great and I should have that up soon. I hope this helps you manage security in the cloud!!</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/77/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/77/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=anthonymanfredi73.com&#038;blog=85657949&#038;post=77&#038;subd=anthonymanfredi73&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Anthony Manfredi http://anthonymanfredi73.wordpress.com/?p=77 Fri Apr 28 2017 14:41:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) PBJ 1.0.4 – New password options and start of CLI http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/04/pbj-1-0-4-new-password-options-and-start-of-cli/ The PBJ library has been getting a lot of attention lately from various developers using it to integrate with their own software and projects. Francisco Amores did a great blog post about using PBJ to help with data loading in an FDMEE project. Probably the coolest thing about his efforts is that it&#8217;s  use-case I never [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1797 Fri Apr 28 2017 11:24:58 GMT-0400 (EDT) PBJ 1.0.4 – New password options and start of CLI @jwj @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/04/pbj-1-0-4-new-password-options-and-start-of-cli/ The PBJ library has been getting a lot of attention lately from various developers using it to integrate with their own software and projects. Francisco Amores did a great blog post about using PBJ to help with data loading in an FDMEE project. Probably the coolest thing about his efforts is that it&#8217;s  use-case I never [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1797 Fri Apr 28 2017 11:24:58 GMT-0400 (EDT) Join me for some East cost events on the second week of May https://theitside.net/2017/04/27/join-me-for-some-east-cost-events-on-the-second-week-of-may/ <p><img data-attachment-id="2326" data-permalink="https://theitside.net/2017/04/27/join-me-for-some-east-cost-events-on-the-second-week-of-may/tech-days/" data-orig-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=497" data-orig-size="341,319" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Tech Days" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=497?w=300" data-large-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=497?w=341" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2326" src="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=497" alt="Tech Days" srcset="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png 341w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=150 150w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 341px) 100vw, 341px" /></p> <p>GAOUG will be hosting their Tech Days conference in Atlanta on May 9<sup>th</sup>. This is a TWO DAY event full of hands-on training and training across database, big data, middleware, and applications. It will be at the <a href="https://loudermilkcenter.com/">Loudermilk Conference Center</a></p> <p>Come hear my session</p> <p>Title:  Maintaining, Monitoring, Administering, and Patching Oracle EPM Systems</p> <p>Time: Wednesday May 10<sup>th</sup>, 4-5pm Anna Cablik room.</p> <p>Content for Tech days is <a href="https://www.technicalconferencesolutions.com/pls/caat/caat_abstract_reports.schedule?conference_id=174">here</a></p> <p>Register <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaoug-tech-days-2017-registration-28290002158">here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="2338" data-permalink="https://theitside.net/2017/04/27/join-me-for-some-east-cost-events-on-the-second-week-of-may/logo-white/" data-orig-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497" data-orig-size="705,111" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Logo white" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497?w=300" data-large-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497?w=497" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2338" src="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497" alt="Logo white" srcset="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497 497w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=150 150w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=300 300w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png 705w" sizes="(max-width: 497px) 100vw, 497px" /></p> <p>INNOVATE17 is a collaborative initiative of the <strong>Northeast PeopleSoft and New York – New Jersey JD Edwards User Group</strong> (NERUG), the <strong>Greater Philly PeopleSoft and JD Edwards User Group</strong> (PHRUG), the <strong>Oracle Human Capital Management Users Group</strong> (OHUG) and the <strong>Oracle Applications Users Groups of New Jersey, Metro New York</strong> City and the <strong>Mid-Atlantic</strong> (OAUGNJ, OAUGNYC and MAOAUG) in partnership with Oracle</p> <p>This event will be held Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, NJ 08830</p> <p>Come to my session on comparing cloud options for Hyperion/EPM customers:</p> <p><em>Showdown: SaaS vs. IaaS vs. Cloud vs. On-premise. A detailed comparison of all Oracle EPM Deployment Scenario</em></p> <p>Time: 12:50 &#8211; 1:40</p> <p><em>This session will qualify for 1 CPA CPE Credit.</em></p> <p>Registration and details <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovate17-a-joint-oracle-user-group-event-registration-31597298370?discount=speccust51117">here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/erichelmer.wordpress.com/2322/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/erichelmer.wordpress.com/2322/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=theitside.net&#038;blog=5115467&#038;post=2322&#038;subd=erichelmer&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Eric Helmer http://theitside.net/?p=2322 Thu Apr 27 2017 11:30:42 GMT-0400 (EDT) Join me for some East cost events on the second week of May @erichelmer @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs https://theitside.net/2017/04/27/join-me-for-some-east-cost-events-on-the-second-week-of-may/ <p><img data-attachment-id="2326" data-permalink="https://theitside.net/2017/04/27/join-me-for-some-east-cost-events-on-the-second-week-of-may/tech-days/" data-orig-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=497" data-orig-size="341,319" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Tech Days" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=497?w=300" data-large-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=497?w=341" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2326" src="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=497" alt="Tech Days" srcset="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png 341w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=150 150w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tech-days.png?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 341px) 100vw, 341px" /></p> <p>GAOUG will be hosting their Tech Days conference in Atlanta on May 9<sup>th</sup>. This is a TWO DAY event full of hands-on training and training across database, big data, middleware, and applications. It will be at the <a href="https://loudermilkcenter.com/">Loudermilk Conference Center</a></p> <p>Come hear my session</p> <p>Title:  Maintaining, Monitoring, Administering, and Patching Oracle EPM Systems</p> <p>Time: Wednesday May 10<sup>th</sup>, 4-5pm Anna Cablik room.</p> <p>Content for Tech days is <a href="https://www.technicalconferencesolutions.com/pls/caat/caat_abstract_reports.schedule?conference_id=174">here</a></p> <p>Register <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaoug-tech-days-2017-registration-28290002158">here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="2338" data-permalink="https://theitside.net/2017/04/27/join-me-for-some-east-cost-events-on-the-second-week-of-may/logo-white/" data-orig-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497" data-orig-size="705,111" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Logo white" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497?w=300" data-large-file="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497?w=497" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2338" src="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497" alt="Logo white" srcset="https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=497 497w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=150 150w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png?w=300 300w, https://erichelmer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/logo-white.png 705w" sizes="(max-width: 497px) 100vw, 497px" /></p> <p>INNOVATE17 is a collaborative initiative of the <strong>Northeast PeopleSoft and New York – New Jersey JD Edwards User Group</strong> (NERUG), the <strong>Greater Philly PeopleSoft and JD Edwards User Group</strong> (PHRUG), the <strong>Oracle Human Capital Management Users Group</strong> (OHUG) and the <strong>Oracle Applications Users Groups of New Jersey, Metro New York</strong> City and the <strong>Mid-Atlantic</strong> (OAUGNJ, OAUGNYC and MAOAUG) in partnership with Oracle</p> <p>This event will be held Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, NJ 08830</p> <p>Come to my session on comparing cloud options for Hyperion/EPM customers:</p> <p><em>Showdown: SaaS vs. IaaS vs. Cloud vs. On-premise. A detailed comparison of all Oracle EPM Deployment Scenario</em></p> <p>Time: 12:50 &#8211; 1:40</p> <p><em>This session will qualify for 1 CPA CPE Credit.</em></p> <p>Registration and details <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovate17-a-joint-oracle-user-group-event-registration-31597298370?discount=speccust51117">here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/erichelmer.wordpress.com/2322/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/erichelmer.wordpress.com/2322/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=theitside.net&#038;blog=5115467&#038;post=2322&#038;subd=erichelmer&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Eric Helmer http://theitside.net/?p=2322 Thu Apr 27 2017 11:30:42 GMT-0400 (EDT) The Importance of User Groups! https://devepm.com/2017/04/27/the-importance-of-user-groups/ Hi guys, this is just a quick post about the coming seminar The Importance of User Groups. In the modern, digital world in which we now live, what is the value of a user group? Can we not get the content from Google, YouTube or Oracle direct? Join Debra and Natalie as they discuss where [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=devepm.com&#038;blog=33318620&#038;post=1431&#038;subd=devepm&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> RZGiampaoli http://devepm.com/?p=1431 Thu Apr 27 2017 11:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) The Importance of User Groups! @devepm @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs https://devepm.com/2017/04/27/the-importance-of-user-groups/ Hi guys, this is just a quick post about the coming seminar The Importance of User Groups. In the modern, digital world in which we now live, what is the value of a user group? Can we not get the content from Google, YouTube or Oracle direct? Join Debra and Natalie as they discuss where [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=devepm.com&#038;blog=33318620&#038;post=1431&#038;subd=devepm&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> RZGiampaoli http://devepm.com/?p=1431 Thu Apr 27 2017 11:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Firewall Blocks Weblogic Install in EPM 11.1.2.4 http://blog.checkpointllc.com/firewall-blocks-weblogic-install-in-epm-11.1.2.4 <p>Oracle bundles an installer for WebLogic with their Oracle EPM suite of products, that ‘phones home’ to Oracle for more information. Many of us deal with clients who have firewalls that may block all attempts to communicate from the installation server to Oracle.com or other outside Internet addresses. In these cases, the installer for Oracle EPM informs us of the communication error and asks us to provide proxy information for the installer to communicate with Oracle.com. Refusal to grant the proxy information results in another nag screen after which we can move on with our installation.</p> <p>In some cases, the client firewall may allow communication but blocks content from lb-ccr.oracle.com to the installer. The installer appears to ‘hang’ during the WebLogic installation portion of the Foundation common install, and won’t allow you to continue. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the log files to indicate what content is being blocked, and Oracle does not willingly admit this call-back occurs. The client was unable or unwilling to share what specific content was being blocked by their firewall rules.</p> <p>Steps we took to attempt to resolve the issue from the server were unsuccessful. The Windows server ‘HOSTS’ file modification to re-point lb-ccr.oracle.com to another address only resulted in the installer attempting to connect using the IP address for the actual lb-ccr.oracle.com server, and another hung state. Attempts to install a stand-alone WebLogic instance to the server failed for similar reasons.</p> <p>The short-term solution was to request the client create a rule to block access to lb-ccr.oracle.com via Doman Name Resolution and via direct IP addressing. As this would have caused the client issues with other Oracle product activities, we limited the rule to only apply to our specific Oracle EPM servers.</p> The longer-term solution will be for a packet-sniffing software client to be installed on an Oracle EPM server to determine the content of the response from lb-ccr.oracle.com after the initial confirmation of connection by that host. That information will be shared with the client to assist them in determining which of their firewall rules is interfering with the pre-packaged WebLogic installer. <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=297092&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.checkpointllc.com%2Ffirewall-blocks-weblogic-install-in-epm-11.1.2.4&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fblog.checkpointllc.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> CheckPoint Consulting http://blog.checkpointllc.com/firewall-blocks-weblogic-install-in-epm-11.1.2.4 Thu Apr 27 2017 09:48:33 GMT-0400 (EDT) Firewall Blocks Weblogic Install in EPM 11.1.2.4 @CheckPointllc @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://blog.checkpointllc.com/firewall-blocks-weblogic-install-in-epm-11.1.2.4 <p>Oracle bundles an installer for WebLogic with their Oracle EPM suite of products, that ‘phones home’ to Oracle for more information. Many of us deal with clients who have firewalls that may block all attempts to communicate from the installation server to Oracle.com or other outside Internet addresses. In these cases, the installer for Oracle EPM informs us of the communication error and asks us to provide proxy information for the installer to communicate with Oracle.com. Refusal to grant the proxy information results in another nag screen after which we can move on with our installation.</p> <p>In some cases, the client firewall may allow communication but blocks content from lb-ccr.oracle.com to the installer. The installer appears to ‘hang’ during the WebLogic installation portion of the Foundation common install, and won’t allow you to continue. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the log files to indicate what content is being blocked, and Oracle does not willingly admit this call-back occurs. The client was unable or unwilling to share what specific content was being blocked by their firewall rules.</p> <p>Steps we took to attempt to resolve the issue from the server were unsuccessful. The Windows server ‘HOSTS’ file modification to re-point lb-ccr.oracle.com to another address only resulted in the installer attempting to connect using the IP address for the actual lb-ccr.oracle.com server, and another hung state. Attempts to install a stand-alone WebLogic instance to the server failed for similar reasons.</p> <p>The short-term solution was to request the client create a rule to block access to lb-ccr.oracle.com via Doman Name Resolution and via direct IP addressing. As this would have caused the client issues with other Oracle product activities, we limited the rule to only apply to our specific Oracle EPM servers.</p> The longer-term solution will be for a packet-sniffing software client to be installed on an Oracle EPM server to determine the content of the response from lb-ccr.oracle.com after the initial confirmation of connection by that host. That information will be shared with the client to assist them in determining which of their firewall rules is interfering with the pre-packaged WebLogic installer. <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=297092&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.checkpointllc.com%2Ffirewall-blocks-weblogic-install-in-epm-11.1.2.4&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fblog.checkpointllc.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> CheckPoint Consulting http://blog.checkpointllc.com/firewall-blocks-weblogic-install-in-epm-11.1.2.4 Thu Apr 27 2017 09:48:33 GMT-0400 (EDT) EPM Business Content Track Kscope17 Session Highlights – Tiffany Briseno http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=714&source=1 Here is an overview of a few sessions Track Lead Tiffany Briseno is most looking forward to at ODTUG Kscope17 and why she will be attending them: ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=714&source=1 Thu Apr 27 2017 08:52:01 GMT-0400 (EDT) EPM Business Content Track Kscope17 Session Highlights – Tiffany Briseno @odtug @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=714&source=1 Here is an overview of a few sessions Track Lead Tiffany Briseno is most looking forward to at ODTUG Kscope17 and why she will be attending them: ODTUG http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogaid=714&source=1 Thu Apr 27 2017 08:52:01 GMT-0400 (EDT) My Top 10 Favorite Drillbridge Features http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/04/my-top-10-favorite-drillbridge-features/ Drillbridge is a tool with an ostensibly narrow focus – drill from Essbase/Hyperion data to somewhere else. Typically that &#8220;somewhere else&#8221; is the relational data that has been summarized to load into the cube. While the concept of drill-through is very simple in principle, Drillbridge has been extensively engineered to make take this simple process and [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1778 Wed Apr 26 2017 15:32:44 GMT-0400 (EDT) My Top 10 Favorite Drillbridge Features @jwj @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs @orclEPMblogs http://www.jasonwjones.com/2017/04/my-top-10-favorite-drillbridge-features/ Drillbridge is a tool with an ostensibly narrow focus – drill from Essbase/Hyperion data to somewhere else. Typically that &#8220;somewhere else&#8221; is the relational data that has been summarized to load into the cube. While the concept of drill-through is very simple in principle, Drillbridge has been extensively engineered to make take this simple process and [&#8230;] jason http://www.jasonwjones.com/?p=1778 Wed Apr 26 2017 15:32:44 GMT-0400 (EDT)