Narrative Reporting
New Feature Summary
  1. July 2019 Update
  1. Revision History
  2. Narrative Reporting, July Update
    1. Announcements
        1. Narrative Reporting Applications
        2. Working with Server Initiated Refresh
        3. Removal of Support for Transport Layer Security Protocol 1.0 and 1.1
        4. Progress Bar for Reporting Operations in Smart View
        5. New EPM Cloud Features Tool

July 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 JUN 2019   Created initial document.

Narrative Reporting, July Update

This guide outlines the information you need to know about new or improved functionality in this update.


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Narrative Reporting Applications

In the 19.07 release, EPM Cloud introduces Free Form Planning, which provides dimensional models without dimension type restrictions as well as fast performance and support for large dimensions. Free Form Planning provides significantly more robust functionality than the legacy Narrative Reporting application and models, including read or write, member formula, and procedural logic capabilities. Because of these new powerful capabilities, the Narrative Reporting application will no longer be available to new EPM Cloud Narrative Reporting customers.  Free Form Planning with its enhanced functionality can be used for custom cubes.

Working with Server Initiated Refresh

With server-initiated refresh, you can easily refresh the Oracle Smart View for Office data queries in all the Excel-based doclets and reference doclets within a report package using the Refresh options in the Narrative Reporting web application. In Smart View, you specify which Excel doclets and reference doclets to refresh. You can choose all sheets within a workbook or select only the sheets you require. From the Narrative Reporting web application, you select to refresh data from all defined data sources or selected data sources.  

Removal of Support for Transport Layer Security Protocol 1.0 and 1.1

Oracle now supports 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 are no longer be supported.

Progress Bar for Reporting Operations in Smart View

In Oracle Smart View for Office, you can specify that a progress bar is displayed in Excel when using these commands in the Reporting group of the Narrative Reporting ribbon: Upload, Upload and Check In, or Check In. This is useful when working with very large workbooks. Enable the progress bar in Excel, Word, or PowerPoint. Go the Smart View Options dialog, Advanced tab, and select the Show Progress Information After (seconds) check box. Narrative Reporting ignores the seconds setting, so there is no need to specify seconds. Restart Office. The next time you start Excel and use the upload or check in commands on a large workbook in Excel, the progress bar will display.

New EPM Cloud Features Tool

Oracle has released an EPM Cloud Features tool. Use this tool to quickly find features released each month for your EPM Cloud business process. Click a link to learn more about each feature in the What’s New document and the EPM Cloud user assistance.