Revision History

This document will continue to evolve as existing sections change and new information is added. All updates appear in the following table:

The new functionality referenced in this document may not be immediately available to you if your organization has chosen not to receive optional monthly updates.  Rest assured you will receive the new functionality in the next quarterly update which is required and cumulative. Quarterly updates are applied in February, May, August, and November. As a one-off exception the February 2017 Quarterly update will be applied in March 2017.

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Date

Feature

Notes

02 FEB 2018

Oracle HCM Security: Regenerate Multiple HCM Data Roles

Delivered new feature in Update 11 the November Quarterly.

05 JAN 2018

Oracle HCM Data Loader: User Deletion with HCM Data Loader

Delivered new feature in Update 13 (January), which will also be included in the February Quarterly update.

03 NOV 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Ability to Load Multiple Owners for an External Bank Account

Updated document. Added feature delivered in update 10 (October).

The following features are included in the August Quarterly update.

07 JUL 2017

Oracle HCM Security: Manage Role Mappings Search Results Enhancement

Delivered new feature in update 7 (July), which will also be included in the August quarterly update.

07 JUL 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Automatic Calculation of the Optimal Load Group Size

Delivered new feature in update 7 (July), which will also be included in the August quarterly update.

07 JUL 2017

Oracle HCM Security: User Accounts No Longer Created Automatically for Users Loaded in Bulk

Removed feature.

The following features are included in the May Quarterly update.

02 JUN 2017

HCM Common Features: Initiate Tasks Quickly from The Quick Actions Page

Updated document. Revised feature delivery from March to May.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: New Tasks to Access HCM Spreadsheet Data Loader

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Value Set Validation Supported for Spreadsheet Columns

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Additional Options for Specifying Default Values

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Updating First Start Date and Last End Date

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Loading Translation Data with the Base Object

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Ability to Bulk Load Bank, Bank Branch and External Bank Account

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Extracts: Capture Required Delivery Options

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Extracts: Manage Changes Only Extracts Efficiently

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Extracts: Display Hidden Parameters Easily

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Extracts: Improve Performance and Use Less Storage by Running Baseline Extract

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Oracle HCM Extracts: Improve Performance and Use Less Storage by Deleting Archives

Delivered new feature in the May quarterly update.

The following features were included in the March Quarterly update.

07 APR 2017

HCM Common Features: Initiate Tasks Quickly from The Quick Actions Page

Delivered new feature in the March quarterly update.

07 APR 2017

Oracle HCM Extracts: Use WebCenter Content Delivery Option

Delivered new feature in the March quarterly update.

17 MAR 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Automated Post-Load Processing for Worker

Delivered new feature in the March quarterly update.

The following features were delivered via monthly updates.

14 FEB 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: New Source Key Object to Enable Update of Source Keys

Delivered new feature in update 1 (February), which will also be included in the March quarterly update.

14 FEB 2017

Oracle HCM Data Loader: Job Family Code Attribute Added to the Job Family Object

Delivered new feature in update 1 (February), which will also be included in the March quarterly update.

14 FEB 2017

HCM Common Features: Deep Links

Delivered new feature in update 1 (February), which will also be included in the March quarterly update.

14 FEB 2017

Oracle HCM Security: Include Related Contacts Option No Longer on Person Security Profiles

Updated document. Added feature to the base release.

05 DEC 2016

Created initial document.

Overview

Oracle HCM Cloud release documents are delivered in five functional groupings:

Suggested Reading for all HCM Products:

NOTE: Not all Global Human Resource features are available for the base Talent and Compensation stand alone applications.

Optional Reading for HCM Products (Depending on what products are in your cloud service):

Additional Optional Reading:

NOTE: All of these documents can be found on the Oracle Help Center at: https://cloud.oracle.com/saasreadiness/hcm under Human Capital Management Release Readiness.

Disclaimer

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HCM Common Features

Applications Security

Oracle Fusion Applications Security provides a single console where IT Security Managers and Administrators can perform various functions including user lifecycle management, role definition, security policy management(both functional and data), role hierarchy maintenance, username and password policy administration, and certificate management. The console also enables users to simulate the effect of security changes, to run security reports, and download a connector for integration with Microsoft Active Directory.

In Release 12, Oracle Fusion Applications Security offers several new capabilities that offer customers the following benefits:

Administrators can also tailor username and password generation by choosing from a list of shipped policies.

User Account Management

Create, manage, and assign user accounts using the Security Console. You can also search, retrieve, and manage user accounts automatically created for employees, contingent workers, supplier contacts, or partner contacts.

Securing Oracle HCM Cloud Administrator Password Management

Manage passwords of other user accounts as an administrator. You can auto-generate or manually enter a password for a user account. You can also define password lifecycle and complexity policies. Passwords will be automatically validated against these policies.

User Password Management (Self-Service)

Manage your own user account password. Your password will be automatically validated against the defined password lifecycle and complexity policies.

User Account Locking

Lock user accounts as an administrator. If you lock a user account, you will be temporarily preventing the user from logging in with that user account. You can also unlock a locked user account.

Enhanced Role Visualization

View only certain components of a role in the graphic visualizer. You can view only the privileges, aggregate privileges or roles assigned to a role. You can also view the graphic visualizer in full screen mode and pan over a specific region in the graph.

For complex roles, these features enable you to reduce the amount of information visualized and to focus on the area within the role hierarchy that requires your attention.

Tabular Role Hierarchy View

View role hierarchies in a tabular view. You can switch between the graphic visualizer view and the tabular view. You can also export the data you view in the tabular view.

Search in Role Hierarchy Visualization

Search and quickly locate security artifacts (nodes) in the role hierarchy visualization. You can search for privileges, roles or users in the visualization.

User Name Generation Rules

Define user name generation rules that will be used to auto-generate the user name when a user is created. You can define user name generation rules to be based on the user’s first and last names, first initial plus last name, e-mail or person or party number. You can also choose to use a system generated user name if the rule fails to generate a user name.

Password Policies

Define policies for password management. These policies can define the duration for various password lifecycle events like password expiration and password warning generation. You can also set the complexity of generated passwords by choosing from a pre-defined list of rules.

Notification Templates

Define custom notification templates for your user account life cycle events. You can also use pre-defined notification templates. These templates will be used to generate notifications for events like user account created, user password reset and user password expiry warning.

Upgrade-Safe Management of Factory Shipped Roles

Identify a predefined (factory shipped) Oracle role when viewing the role. Predefined Oracle roles are locked and you cannot customize the Oracle delivered functional and data security policies associated with these roles. You can, however, add data security policies to these roles.

Bridge for Microsoft Active Directory

Simplify Single Sign-On with Microsoft Active Directory by downloading and installing the Active Directory Bridge from the Security Console. Automatically synchronize user account information between Oracle Fusion Applications Security and Microsoft Active Directory.

User Password Changes Audit Report

Generate a report that lists password changes made by users. The report can be generated for changes made by specific users or for all changes made during a specific period.

Integrate Custom Identity Management Solution

Integrate optionally with your Identity Management solution for user and role management using industry standard System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) REST APIs and ATOM feeds.

Password Reset

Enhance password reset flow. Now a notification email will be sent to the user who requests a password reset. The user will be required to click on this link within a specific period of time to change the password. This replaces the previous flow where users were required to answer a series of challenge questions to reset the password.

Security Console

Streamline use of some of the functionality that you have used in the past with the Security Console. The Security Console now includes the following functionality:

Regenerate Multiple HCM Data Roles

Save time and effort by regenerating HCM data roles in bulk. Run or schedule the Process Grants Regeneration process to regenerate specified HCM data roles.

HCM Security

HCM Security includes enhancements to person security profiles, new-person task flows, role mappings, the Retrieve Latest LDAP Changes process, predefined job and abstract roles, and security setup.

Person Security Profiles Support Areas of Responsibility

Improve performance by securing person records in person security profiles based on areas of responsibility, without having to write custom SQL. The Person Security Profiles pages are redesigned to accommodate areas of responsibility, and a Description field is added. A new Preview page is provided where you can test the access provided by the security profile and review the SQL predicate generated by the selected security criteria. Related import and export services and audit of person security profiles support areas of responsibility. Existing person security profiles are unaffected by these enhancements.

HCM Data Roles Support Areas of Responsibility

Secure access to person records based on areas of responsibility while creating HCM Data Roles. The new Area of Responsibility section appears on the Assign Security Profiles to Role: Person Security Profile page when you create or edit an HCM data role that accesses person records.

Role Provisioning Supports Areas of Responsibility

Manage base autoprovisioning of roles on assigned areas of responsibility. Role mappings now include a Responsibility Type condition. The Autoprovision Roles for All Users process can now create requests to add and remove roles based on a user’s areas of responsibility.

Access to Future-Dated Person Records

Control user access to future-dated person records using the new Include Future People option in person security profiles, which is deselected by default. Select the option to enable user access to future-dated person records that satisfy all other criteria in the security profile.

Include Related Contacts Option No Longer on Person Security Profiles

Simplify management of person security profiles with the removal of the Include Related Contacts option. You no longer need to select this option to allow access to a worker’s contacts. Access to a worker’s record generally includes access to the worker’s contacts.

New Location for Roles Information in New-Hire Task Flows

Streamline new-person task flows with the removal of the Roles page. Information about roles for new hires now appears in the Roles section on the Compensation and Other Information page.

Provision Roles Automatically to Oracle Service Cloud External Contacts

Automate provisioning of roles to Oracle Service Cloud external contacts with the addition of the Contact Role attribute to role mappings. This enhancement is specific to Oracle Sales Cloud customers.

Reduced Frequency for the Retrieve Latest LDAP Changes Process

Run the Retrieve Latest LDAP Changes Process only to correct data integrity issues or synchronize data among security components. For example, you run the process if you perform an LDIF (LDAP Data Interchange Format) load for new users. You no longer need to schedule the process to run daily.

Redundant Privileges Removed from Predefined Job and Abstract Roles

Streamline security administration with the removal of the Copy Personal Data to LDAP and Send User Name Request to LDAP function security privileges from the Line Manager and Human Resource Specialist roles. Both roles continue to inherit these privileges from the Manage User Account and Link User Name to Person aggregate privileges. Therefore, their removal causes no loss of access.

User and Role Provisioning Options Moved to the Security Console

Control the default format of user names by setting User Preferences on the Security Console Administration tab. Specify whether users receive their sign-in details by setting Notification Preferences on the Security Console Administration tab. The enterprise-level options Default User Name Format and Send User Name and Password no longer appear on the Manage Enterprise HCM Information page.

Default User Notification Preferences Managed on the Security Console

Control the default behavior of User Notification Preferences on the Create User page from the Security Console. If notification preferences are enabled on the Security Console and an appropriate notification template exists, then the Send User Name and Password option on the Create User page can be selected. If notification preferences are not enabled on the Security Console, then the Send User Name and Password option on the Create User page is disabled and cannot be selected.

Reset Password Link Replaces Generated Temporary Passwords

Simplify user access to accounts by including a reset password link rather than a generated temporary password in user account notifications that require a password change.

Changed Behavior of the Credentials Sent Indicator

Enforce accurate setting of the Credentials Sent indicator, which can be set once only for any user. The Credentials Sent indicator is now set whenever an attempt is made to send a user name and password to a user, regardless of whether the attempt succeeds. Ensure that all attempts succeed by confirming that notification preferences are enabled on the Security Console and that appropriate notification templates exist whenever user credentials are to be sent.

Alternate Contact E-Mail Address No Longer on the User Interface

Specify an alternate contact e-mail address for users loaded in bulk by setting the CredentailsEmailAddress attribute of the Worker object. You can no longer specify an alternate contact e-mail address for the enterprise on the Manage Enterprise HCM Information page.

Manage Role Mappings Search Results Enhancement

See all search results on the Manage Role Mappings page regardless of their number. The limit of 16 results has been removed.

HCM Data Loader

HCM Data Loader provides a flexible and efficient method of bulk loading business object data for data-migration and on-going incremental updates to Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud.

Estimated Time to Complete Load

Streamline the loading of large data volumes by monitoring the progress of the load and the estimated time for the load to complete. The Import and Load Data page includes a load progress icon for each business object. When you click the icon, a progress dialog box now opens. Here you can see the percentage of objects processed so far and, for in-progress loads, the estimated time to complete loading. This information is refreshed automatically every 15 seconds until load processing is complete.

Spreadsheet Data Loading

Simplify bulk data loading using HCM Data Loader spreadsheets for all business objects that HCM Data Loader supports. Use the predelivered spreadsheet templates, copy and edit the templates, or create your own templates from scratch to include just the attributes needed for your use case. The spreadsheet templates are fully configurable. You can specify your own column order, column headings, help tips, attribute validation, and default values. You can enter your data in the spreadsheet generated from the template and upload it directly from there. Any errors are reported in the spreadsheet, where you can correct and reprocess failed records.

New Source Key Object to Enable Update of Source Keys

Update existing source key values, including default source keys, using the new Source Key object from HCM Data Loader.

Job Family Code Attribute Added to the Job Family Object

Specify a non-translatable job family code to identify a job family uniquely.

Automated Post-Load Processing for Worker

Automate post-load processing when you load workers using HCM Data Loader. The Refresh Manager Hierarchy and Update Person Search Keywords processes are now initiated automatically.

Ability to Bulk Load Bank, Bank Branch, and External Bank Account

Load bank, bank branch, and external bank account objects using HCM Data Loader.

Automatic Calculation of the Optimal Load Group Size

Simplify data loading with the removal of the Load Group Size parameter from the Schedule Request page. When you load data, HCM Data Loader now calculates the optimal size of the load group based on the number of objects to process and the available concurrent threads.

Ability to Load Multiple Owners for an External Bank Account

Manage external bank accounts more effectively using HCM Data Loader. You can now create multiple owners for the same external bank account either when you load the account or when you update it subsequently.

User Deletion with HCM Data Loader

Maintain test and production environments by deleting unwanted user accounts. Use the DELETE instruction in the User.dat file to bulk delete user accounts created in error, for example.

HCM Spreadsheet Data Loader

HCM Spreadsheet Data Loader provides a flexible and efficient method of bulk loading business object data for data-migration and on-going incremental updates to Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud.

New Tasks to Access HCM Spreadsheet Data Loader

Manage and use HCM Spreadsheet Data Loader using two new tasks, Manage Spreadsheet Templates and Run Spreadsheet Data Loader. Access these tasks in the Data Exchange work area when the HCM Data Loader Scope parameter is set to Full.

Value Set Validation Supported for Spreadsheet Columns

Configure attributes in HCM Spreadsheet Data Loader spreadsheets to provide a choice list or searchable list of values based on a value set.

Additional Options for Specifying Default Values

Enhance the specification of default values for selected attributes when designing spreadsheet templates to support bulk data loading. For date attributes, the default value can now be the load date of the spreadsheet row. For all attribute types, you can specify a groovy expression to derive the attribute value.

Updating First Start Date and Last End Date

Change the start and end dates of an existing object when providing bulk updates using HCM Spreadsheet Data Loader.

Loading Translation Data with the Base Object

Improve the efficiency of bulk data loading using HCM Spreadsheet Data Loader by including attributes from the associated translation objects in spreadsheets designed for the base-language objects.

HCM Common Features

This section contains features delivered across all applications.

Deep Links

Open pages immediately without navigating through the menu structure using the Deep Links feature. This capability is most useful if you have corporate internal portals and you want to enable direct navigation from the portals into the Fusion HCM Application for your employees. For example, you can enable direct navigation to the Payslips, Personal Information, Absence Entry, Directory Search, My Team page and other pages.

Initiate Tasks Quickly from The Quick Actions Page

Initiate actions quickly for yourself or a person within your person security profile, without having to be familiar with the different work areas. The Quick Actions page is available for the predefined employee and contingent worker roles where you can view and access actions available to you according to all your roles (for example, employee, line manager, and human resource specialist). This means that if you are an employee and an HR specialist the quick actions will include actions for both roles. Using this feature, you can quickly edit your own personal information or promote a direct report.

HCM Extracts

Use WebCenter Content Delivery Option

Use the updated delivery option name of WebCenter Content which replaces HCM Connect to create extracts with encrypted or non-encrypted data and transmit them to Oracle WebCenter Content.

Capture Required Delivery Options

Capture the delivery options you require to run successfully in order for the extract run to succeed. Also capture the delivery options that are not required for the successful completion of the extract run. If a delivery option is not critical, then you have the option to mark it as not required.

Manage Changes Only Extracts Efficiently

Manage your extracts in a more efficient way by using the Include Changes from Last Successful Run option. Selecting this option excludes the extract runs that did not complete successfully when you ran a changes only extract.

Display Hidden Parameters Easily

Display parameters that are automatically hidden using a new option for extract definitions.

Improve Performance and Use Less Storage by Running Baseline Extract

Improve the performance of your extract runs by using the new Baseline Only parameter. It creates a full extract in less time and uses less storage in your application.

Improve Performance and Use Less Storage by Deleting Archives

Free up storage space in your application and improve performance by using the new Delete Archive parameter. Discard archive data and XML files after the application delivers them to their destination in order to use less storage space.

HCM Common Transactional Business Intelligence

Oracle Fusion Transactional Business Intelligence is a real time, self-service reporting solution offered to all Oracle Fusion application users to create ad hoc reports and analyze them for daily decision-making. Oracle Fusion Transactional Business Intelligence provides human resources managers and specialists, business executives, and line managers the critical workforce information to analyze workforce costs, staffing, compensation, performance management, talent management, succession planning, and employee benefits.

OBIEE Answers Enhancement: Subject Area Search

Enhance your ability to search for columns within the subject areas with the new search option. With this enhancement you can enter a value with wildcards to search for columns that match with the entered value.

OBIEE Answers Enhancement: Save a Column

Enhance your reporting capabilities with create, save and re-use of the calculated metrics in Answers.

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