Oracle Enterprise Data Management
What's New
  1. May 2019 Update
  1. Revision History
  2. Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud, May Update
        1. Monthly Update Schedule
        2. Please Join Oracle Cloud Customer Connect
        3. Give Us Documentation Feedback
        4. Follow Us on Social Media
        5. New Videos
    1. Announcements
        1. Hyperlinks in Request Comments
        2. Formulas in Request Load File
        3. Workflow Actions in Request Inspector
        4. New Request Activity Filters
        5. Application Validations in Viewpoints
        6. Filter List of Target Node Types in a Node Type Converter
        7. Display Selected Properties in Grid and Tree Columns for Viewpoints
        8. Extended Binding Indicator on Viewpoints and Data Chain Objects
        9. Reorder Ability from Request Load File
        10. Top Node Filters for Subscriptions
        11. Restricted Access During Migration Import and Export
        12. New Version of the EPM Automate Utility
        13. Removal of Support for Transport Layer Security Protocol 1.0 and 1.1
    2. Defects Fixed
    3. Considerations
        1. Default Values for Node, Date, and Timestamp Display with Red Border
        2. Subscription Notifications
        3. User with No Email Address
        4. Invalid Top Node Filter Reason Missing from Email Notification
        5. Subscription Request Generated with No Items

May 2019 Update

Revision History

Date Feature Notes
25 APR 2019   Created initial document.

Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud, May Update

This document outlines the upcoming Oracle Account Enterprise Data Management Cloud update.

Monthly Update Schedule

Oracle will apply the latest updates to your test environments starting at 22:00 UTC (15:00 PDT) on Friday, May 3, 2019 and to your production environment on Friday, May 17, 2019, also starting at 22:00 UTC. The updates will be applied to your environments during the first subsequent daily maintenance.

The Oracle Help Center provides access to updated documentation. The updates will be available in the Help Center on May 3, 2019. Some of the links to new feature documentation included in this 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

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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.

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New Videos

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

Author, approve and commit changes using collaborative workflows and granular data permissions to govern enterprise data assets in Enterprise Data Management Cloud.

Configure approval policies to govern data changes in Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud.

Incorporate subscriptions into approval workflows to orchestrate consistent change across applications in Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud.

Provide users with the right level of  access to application functions, enterprise data, and resources such as applications, views, and data within them.

Security, which ensures each user has the right level of access to application functions and enterprise data and resources such as applications, views, and data within them are managed through four security components:Predefined Role, Application specific Roles, Data Permissions, and Approval Policies in Enterprise Data Management Cloud.

Many customer want to know how to use the Enterprise Performance Management Help Center more effectively. This video shows you how to find answers quickly and easily using the Help Center.

Announcements

Hyperlinks in Request Comments

You can add hyperlinks in request or item comments to direct participants to relevant web resources. You can add a hyperlink by typing the URL or copying and pasting it into the comment field. Or, you can use the toolbar button to add a hyperlink with a user-friendly label. You can also remove hyperlinks when editing a comment.

Key Resources

Formulas in Request Load File

When you load request items from a file, you can use formulas in your spreadsheet to derive property values including values for application-specific properties (PLN or FCGL) or custom properties.

Key Resources

Workflow Actions in Request Inspector

You can perform the workflow actions of Approve, Push Back, and Reject while inspecting a request. This allows you to act on a request directly from Request Activity instead of opening the request to visualize the changes in the view. This is useful when a request is being approved from a summary point of view, when an approver’s permissions do not allow access to the view where it was submitted, or when an approver is responsible for approving the node type but not the hierarchy.

Key Resources

  • Inspecting Requests in Administering and Working with Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud

New Request Activity Filters

Two additional filters are available in Request Activity: Request ID and Time Frame. You can filter request activity by request ID and the time frame in which requests were last modified. These filters can be used along with other request activity filters.

Key Resources

Application Validations in Viewpoints

Application validations are enabled in viewpoints which are not directly bound to the dimension for the application. This allows validations to run in alternate viewpoints used for maintenance purposes which share data chain objects with bound viewpoints. The validations run on all data chain objects in the viewpoint.

Filter List of Target Node Types in a Node Type Converter

The configured Allowed Actions and Editable Properties for node types in a target viewpoint can be used to filter the possible target node types for the target viewpoint. If a node type does not have any Allowed Actions or Editable Properties in the target viewpoint, then that node type is excluded from the list of available target node types. This enables the view owner to control which node type converters should be used for a given target viewpoint. 

Display Selected Properties in Grid and Tree Columns for Viewpoints

Properties can be selected for display as columns in the grid or tree for a viewpoint. Each node in the viewpoint displays the values of the selected properties at the same time. Up to 10 properties can be displayed in columns. The property pane can also be hidden to provide more horizontal space to display properties in a columnar format. View Owners control which properties are displayed as columns for viewpoints in their views. 

Extended Binding Indicator on Viewpoints and Data Chain Objects

The Binding indicator has been extended to identify data chain objects which are not directly bound but are shared with viewpoints which are bound to a dimension of an application. 

The Binding indicator includes the following types: 

  • Bound - directly used by the external application
  • Node Set Bound - related node set is used by the external application 
  • Hierarchy Set Bound - related hierarchy set is used by the external application 
  • Node Type Bound - related node type(s) are used by the external application 
  • Unbound - not used by the external application 

The Binding indicator is available for displayed viewpoints in an open view and in the inspector for each data chain object. 

Reorder Ability from Request Load File

You can use a request load file to reorder nodes in hierarchy viewpoints. The Reorder action can be used to reorder a node after a specified sibling under a specified parent in the hierarchy. Reordering nodes is available in subscription requests and when you download a request to a file. 

Top Node Filters for Subscriptions

Top node filters can be added to a subscription configured for a target viewpoint to control the subset of data propagated from a source viewpoint. One or more top node filters can be defined for a source viewpoint in a subscription. Changes which occur in the source viewpoint for the top nodes or their descendants will get added to the subscription request for the target viewpoint. Changes to other nodes will be excluded and not propagated to the target viewpoint. 

Restricted Access During Migration Import and Export

Access to features is restricted during migration import and export tasks. When a migration import or export is running, Service Administrator users are limited to monitoring the migration task while the remaining users are restricted from performing any operations. 

Key Resources

  • Using Migration in Administering and Working with Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud

New Version of the EPM Automate Utility

A new version of the EPM Automate Utility is available with this update. This version includes support for Mac OS and the ability to run multiple sessions of the utility from the same directory. This version also includes new commands (ApplicationAdminMode and SortMember) and updates to the replay command to support Lagtime parameter and to the ProvisionReport command, which now, by default, generates the simplified version of the Provisioning report instead of the classic version. You must install this version of the utility to use these enhancements.

  • Support for Mac OS

The EPM Automate Utility can now be installed on Mas OS computers.

  • Ability to run multiple instances of the utility from the same directory

The EPM Automate utility now supports the execution of multiple instances of the utility against an environment from the same directory. You can now 

  • Run multiple instances of the utility from the same directory
  • Execute the utility from separate directories

In both these scenarios, each instance of the utility works independently; logging out of one instance does not log you out of other instances.

  • New ApplicationAdminMode command

This command places the application in administration mode so that access to the application is limited to Service Administrators only. This command is useful to prevent users from working on the application when Service Administrators are performing administrative operations.

  • New sortMember command

This command sorts members of Entity, Account, Scenario, and Versions dimensions and of custom dimensions. This command is useful for sorting dimension members after loading members into Planning.

  • New lagTime parameter for replay command

lagTime, an optional parameter, allows you to set the number of seconds that the replay command should wait between the execution of each HAR file included in the replay file. Because user activities are not usually initiated simultaneously, setting this parameter helps to create a more realistic simulation of load on an environment.

  • The provisionReport command now produces a simplified version of the report by default

The provisionreport command now, by default, generates the simplified version of the Provisioning Report identical to the report that is displayed on the Provisioning Report tab of the Access Control screen. You can generate the classic version of the report, which lists the component roles that are subsumed into the pre-defined roles to which users are assigned and the application roles assigned to the user (directly or through groups), by using the format=classic parameter.

Key Resources

Removal of Support for Transport Layer Security Protocol 1.0 and 1.1

As announced in previous readiness documents, starting with this update (Release 19.05) to EPM Services, Oracle will support only Transport Layer Security protocol version 1.2 (TLS 1.2) to communicate with EPM Cloud. To ensure the highest level of authentication and data encryption security, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 will no longer be supported after your environments are updated on May 3, 2019.

NOTE: Support for TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1 will be removed for both your Test and Production environments on May 3, 2019.

Because most modern operating systems and browsers support TLS 1.2; users of such systems and browsers will not be affected by the deprecation of TLS 1.0 and 1.1. EPM Automate and Smart View are also not affected by this change.

After TLS 1.1 is deprecated,  you cannot use client operating systems that do not support TLS 1.2 (for example, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Microsoft Windows 2002) to run operating system-specific commands (for example, code to run cURL tools to transfer data and custom code that integrates with the Rest APIs) against EPM Cloud. Additionally, Smart View installed on such systems will also fail to communicate with EPM Cloud. Similarly, you cannot use browsers that do not support TLS 1.2 protocol to access EPM Cloud environments.

If you are using on-premises FDMEE to integrate with EPM Cloud you must update your on-premises EPM 11.1.2.4 deployment to support TLS 1.2. Refer to the following Oracle Support document to enable TLS 1.2 support:

Defects Fixed

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

Considerations

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.

Subscription Notifications

Email notifications for subscriptions are displayed in English only.

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.

Invalid Top Node Filter Reason Missing from Email Notification

When a top node filter is configured and the node is removed or deleted, the email generated for the subscription does not provide the appropriate reason why the subscription was not processed.

Subscription Request Generated with No Items

When a subscription request is processed, a top node filter may cause a generated request to contain no items.