Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud
What's New
  1. December 2019 Update
  1. Revision History
  2. Enterprise Data Management Cloud, December Update
        1. Monthly Update Schedule
        2. Please Join Oracle Cloud Customer Connect
        3. Give Us Documentation Feedback
        4. Follow Us on Social Media
    1. Features
        1. New Videos
        2. E-Business Suite General Ledger Application Type
        3. Incremental Import Using Requests - Merge Mode
        4. Custom Validations for Node Types and Hierarchy Sets
        5. New String and Comparison Methods in Expressions
        6. Access to Children and Ancestors in Expressions
        7. Copy and Paste Expression Terms
        8. Node Type Overrides for Property Parameters
        9. Mass Delete of Draft Requests
        10. Node Transaction History
    2. Upcoming Changes
        1. Predefined Role Names as EPM Cloud Key Words
        2. Removal of Instance Name from Predefined Role Names
    3. Considerations
        1. Property Pane Doesn't Update in Firefox
        2. Validate Viewpoint Results Show No Failures
        3. Default Values for Node, Date, and Timestamp Display with Red Border
        4. Email Notifications in English
        5. Reverting Property Parameters
        6. User with No Email Address
        7. Clarifications on addUsers EPM Automate Command Behavior
        8. Clarifications to addUsers REST API Behavior
    4. Defects Fixed

December 2019 Update

Revision History

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

Date Feature Notes
27 NOV 2019   Created initial document.

Enterprise Data Management Cloud, December Update

This document outlines the upcoming Enterprise Data Management Cloud update.

Monthly Update Schedule

Oracle will apply the latest monthly updates to your Test environments during the first daily maintenance that occurs at or after 23:00 UTC (15:00 PST) on Friday, December 6, 2019. Oracle will apply the latest monthly updates to your Production environments during the first daily maintenance that occurs at or after 23:00 UTC (15:00 PST) on Friday, December 20,  2019.

The Oracle Help Center provides access to updated documentation. The updates will be available in the Help Center on Friday, December 6, 2019. Some of the links to new feature documentation included in this readiness document will not work until after the Oracle Help Center update is complete.

NOTE: Backing up the daily maintenance snapshot and restoring the environment as needed are self-service operations. Oracle recommends that you download the maintenance snapshot every day to a local server.

Please Join Oracle Cloud Customer Connect

Please take a moment to join the Cloud Customer Connect forums for EPM Cloud services. Oracle Cloud Customer Connect is a community gathering place for members to interact and collaborate on common goals and objectives. This is where you will find the latest release information, upcoming events, or answers to use-case questions. Joining takes just a few minutes. Join now!

https://cloud.oracle.com/community

NOTE: The Settings and Actions menu now contains a link to Cloud Customer Connect. To access this link, from the Home page, click the down arrow next to the user name (in the upper right-hand corner of the screen), and select Cloud Customer Connect.

Give Us Documentation Feedback

We welcome your comments and suggestions to improve the content of the What's New document and the product documentation. Please send us your feedback at EPMdoc_ww@oracle.com. In the body or title of the email, state that you are inquiring or providing feedback, and indicate for which EPM Cloud service and the monthly update cycle.

Follow Us on Social Media

For the latest updates and information about EPM Cloud, follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn at Hyperion EPM Info.

Features

New Videos

Watch videos and learn about service capabilities, benefits and how to use key features.

Overview: Learn more about all of the value in the comprehensive EPM Cloud: EPM Standard Cloud and EPM Enterprise Cloud.

Getting help for Oracle EPM Cloud is easy. Access videos, tutorials, new feature updates, forums, documentation, translated Information, and more on our help center.

E-Business Suite General Ledger Application Type

A new E-Business Suite General Ledger application type is available to manage segment values and hierarchies for GL charts of accounts in Enterprise Data Management Cloud.

The application type includes:

  • Registration of settings and Segments for an application
  • General Ledger properties and validations
  • Import segment values and hierarchies from files
  • Export segment values and hierarchies to files

Key Resources

Incremental Import Using Requests - Merge Mode

The Merge import mode can be used to incrementally import data into an application using a request.

Source data being imported is compared to existing data in bound viewpoints and differences are captured as request items in an Import type request. Import requests are validated and automatically submitted if the request items are valid. After being submitted, an import request bypasses approvals and is immediately committed.

Changes from an import request can be synchronized to other viewpoints using subscriptions and are recorded in transaction history for audit purposes.

Key Resources

Custom Validations for Node Types and Hierarchy Sets

Custom validations can be defined for node types and hierarchy sets to enforce business rules which are not covered by standard system and application validations. Custom validations use an expression to define custom logic and return a Boolean value to indicate success or failure of the validation. Owners can create and manage custom validations for their applications and dimensions. Custom validations are run for requests and when you validate viewpoints.

Key Resources

New String and Comparison Methods in Expressions

In Expressions, additional methods have been added.

To evaluate and manipulate string values, these methods have been added for String data types:

  • Matches
  • StartsWith
  • EndsWith
  • ToLowercase
  • ToUppercase.

Also, comparison methods are available for Integer, Float, Date, and Timestamp data types to evaluate values of those types:

  • Equals
  • LessThan
  • LessThanOrEqual
  • GreaterThan
  • GreaterThanOrEqual
  • Before
  • After

Key Resources

Access to Children and Ancestors in Expressions

You can access child and ancestor nodes in an expression to evaluate their data for derived properties, property transformations, and custom validations.

The Children and Ancestors expression fields are available for the Node object. The following methods can be used to iterate through the list of children/ancestors and return a value:

  • Any
  • Count
  • Find

Key Resources

Copy and Paste Expression Terms

You can copy and paste expression terms within the same expression in the Expression Builder. This enables terms to be moved and reorganized as expressions are defined and altered.

Key Resources

Copying and Pasting Expression Terms in Building Expressions in Administering and Working with Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud

Node Type Overrides for Property Parameters

Default, common, data type, and allowed value parameters for properties can be configured at the node type level in the Property inspector. Application owners can use custom settings for individual node types instead of using base or application level parameters for a specific property.

The following property parameters can be edited at the node type level:

  • Default Type
  • Default Value
  • Editable
  • Inheritance
  • Case
  • Invalid Characters
  • Max and Min Length
  • Boolean Display Type
  • Decimal Places
  • Allowed Values

Key Resources

Mass Delete of Draft Requests

To clean up obsolete requests that were never submitted, a Service Administrator can delete multiple draft requests at one time. Multiple requests can be selected in Request Activity and deleted together in a single operation.

Key Resources

Node Transaction History

History can be viewed for a selected node in a viewpoint to quickly identify changes that happened to the node. Node history includes past transactions recorded from previous requests as well as visualized actions performed in the current request. You can search for a particular change to the node and download all history for it.

Key Resources

Upcoming Changes

Predefined Role Names as EPM Cloud Key Words

Starting with an update in the near future, Oracle plans to treat the following predefined role names as EPM Cloud key words, which should not be used in the name of any custom artifacts that you create; for example, as a group name in Access Control.

  • Service Administrator
  • Power User
  • User
  • Viewer
  • Planner
  • System Administrator
  • Application Administrator
  • Library Administrator
  • Reports Administrator

If you have any groups or artifacts named using these keywords, Oracle requests that you rename or delete them; else Oracle will rename them to ensure that there is no impact because of this change. For example, a group named Power User will be renamed as Power User1 without affecting the current role assignments. If you do not want Oracle to automatically rename such groups, you must rename them.

This change is being implemented to address customer feedback. If you have any concerns about this change, please contact Oracle Support.

Key Resources

  • Modifying Groups in Administering Access Control for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

Removal of Instance Name from Predefined Role Names

Currently, the predefined role names displayed in the Access Control screens of EPM Cloud environments prefix the instance name to the role name in INSTANCE_NAME ROLE_NAME format. They are also stored in this format in the snapshots, making it difficult to migrate snapshots from one instance to another.

To facilitate the migration of security across EPM Cloud environments, Oracle plans to rename predefined role names displayed within EPM Cloud applications by removing the instance name prefix. For example, if the instance name is Planning1, predefined role names are Planning1 Service Administrator, Planning1 Power User, Planning1 User, and Planning1 Viewer, the new role names will be Service Administrator, Power User, User, and Viewer.

NOTE: This change does not affect how the role names are displayed in the MyServices customer portal.

This change won't impact customers who currently use predefined roles for managing application-level provisioning and access to artifacts. Oracle will ensure that all application role assignments and artifact security assignments are automatically updated after the roles are renamed. This change makes it easy to migrate EPM Cloud artifacts across environments.

This change is being implemented to address customer feedback. If you have any concerns about this change, please contact Oracle Support.

Considerations

Property Pane Doesn't Update in Firefox

In Firefox, the property pane may not be populated with values after a request is submitted.

Workaround:  Select a different node and then select the node that had the issue and the properties are populated.

Validate Viewpoint Results Show No Failures

If an enabled validation has a trigger action and Date trigger property and evaluates the Date property, validation errors occur in the context of a request. However if you validate the viewpoint no validation errors are displayed.

Default Values for Node, Date, and Timestamp Display with Red Border

Valid default values for node, date, and timestamp properties may display a red border in the property pane indicating that the values are invalid. When this occurs you can still submit the request successfully.

Email Notifications in English

Subscription and workflow email notifications are displayed in English only.

Reverting Property Parameters

After reverting overridden property parameters back to base parameter, the icon next to the parameter indicates that the property is still overridden or overridden values are reverted to blank instead of base values. When this happens, there is no way to change the values back to base values.

User with No Email Address

If an approval policy is set up for a user who does not have an email address specified, when that user is invited to approve a request, the email is not sent to that user or to the user who submitted the request. Use Access Control to assign email addresses to users.

Clarifications on addUsers EPM Automate Command Behavior

Enhanced EPM Automate documentation on the addUsers command is now available. The updated document details command usage and behavior in SSO and non-SSO configurations. 

Clarifications to addUsers REST API Behavior

Enhanced REST API documentation on the addUsers API is now available. The updated REST API documentation details API usage and behavior in SSO and non-SSO configurations.

Key Resources

Role Information

  • System Administrator

Defects Fixed

Software issues addressed each month will be posted to My Oracle Support.