Oracle Planning
What's New
  1. March 2019 Update
  1. Revision History
  2. Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud, March Update
        1. Monthly Update Schedule
        2. Please Join Oracle Cloud Customer Connect
        3. Give Us Documentation Feedback
        4. New Videos and Learning Paths
    1. Planning and Budgeting Cloud and Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud
        1. No New Features in This Update
    2. Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Only
        1. Discontinued Rules
    3. Upcoming Changes
        1. EPM Cloud's New Look and Feel
        2. Changes to Default Setting for Exporting Smart List Textual Data
        3. Removal of Support for Transport Layer Security Protocol 1.0 and 1.1
        4. Classic Dimension Editor
        5. Ability to Create New Composite Forms
    4. Defects Fixed

March 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
21 FEB 2019   Created initial document.

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud, March Update

This document outlines the upcoming Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud update.

Monthly Update Schedule

Oracle will apply the latest updates to your test environments starting at 23:00 UTC (15:00 PST) on Friday, March 1, 2019 and to your production environment on Friday, March 15, 2019, starting at 22:00 UTC (15:00 PDT). 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 March 1, 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

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.

New Videos and Learning Paths

Video

Many customers want to know more about the methods underlying Predictive Planning so they can be more confident of their forecasts.  This video takes a look behind the scenes at the statistical forecasting methods that are applied to the variety of historical patterns found in Planning data.

Learning Paths

Learn which options are available to you for integrating with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud.

Learn which options are available to you for integrating with Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud.

Planning and Budgeting Cloud and Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud

No New Features in This Update

The March 2019 update (19.03) to the service contains only the software issues that were addressed after the February 2019 (19.02) update. Some fixes to reported software issues may have resulted in code changes, which will be reflected after the update is applied to your environments. Descriptions of the issues that are addressed in this update are posted to My Oracle Support.

The March 2019 update does not contain any new features.

Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Only

Discontinued Rules

In the Capital business process of Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud, the following rules have been discontinued and replaced with updated rules:

  • Calculate All Existing Intangible Assets (OCX_ Calculate All Existing Intangible Assets) – This rule is now obsolete. Use this rule instead: OCX_Calculate Intangible Asset
  • Calculate All Existing Tangible Assets (OCX_ Calculate All Existing Tangible Assets) – This rule is now obsolete. Use this rule instead: OCX_Calculate Tangible Assets

Upcoming Changes

EPM Cloud's New Look and Feel

In a future update, there will be a revised interface with enhanced navigation and a new theme called Sky Blue.

New Interface of Planning and Budgeting Cloud

The following services will adopt this new theme as their default interface:

  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud
  • Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud
  • Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud
  • Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud
  • Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud
  • Oracle Account Reconciliation Cloud
  • Oracle Strategic Workforce Planning Cloud
  • Oracle Sales Planning Cloud

The revised interface retains existing functionality and enhances your Home page experience with a more responsive design. The Welcome panel and the global header readjust after resizing, which means less scrolling. Clearer announcements and notification areas are added to the Welcome panel, as are arrows to help you navigate easily between the Home page and your infolets. A bigger Navigator menu has improved usability, more themes for customization are included, and a bigger work area has more space to maneuver and provide better visibility. The interface is more consistent with other Oracle products, such as Fusion Applications.

After the interface is released, all new customers will use the new lighter-colored Sky Blue theme, and existing customers will keep their current theme. You can switch themes using Tools, and then Appearance.

Changes to Default Setting for Exporting Smart List Textual Data

Starting with the June update to the service (release 19.06), the default value of Export Planning Smart List textual data during daily maintenance for incremental data import application setting will be changed to No.

The current default value of this setting (Yes) impacts the performance of the daily maintenance process by also exporting text data associated with Smart Lists. The exporting of text data during daily maintenance is required only if you plan to use the daily maintenance snapshot to perform incremental or selective data imports. Because this is not a common customer scenario, Oracle will not, by default, include Smart List text data in the maintenance snapshot. This change ensures improved performance of the daily maintenance process.

NOTE: The snapshot that is created with the Export Planning Smart List textual data during daily maintenance for incremental data import option set to No is a fully contained snapshot that includes all metadata and data required to recreate your application.

If you have a requirement to include Smart List data in the maintenance snapshot for incremental data imports, you must change value of Export Planning Smart List textual data during daily maintenance for incremental data import application setting to Yes.

Key Resources

Removal of Support for Transport Layer Security Protocol 1.0 and 1.1

Starting with the May 2019 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 the 19.05 update on May 3, 2015, 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:

Oracle will provide you a temporary test environment if you want to test your custom code. To initiate a request for a temporary test environment, please submit a service request from My Oracle Support.

Classic Dimension Editor

With a view to allowing customers more time to familiarize themselves with the Simplified Dimension Editor, Oracle has decided to defer the removal of support for Classic Dimension Editor to a future update in 2019. Oracle will notify you at least two months prior to the removal of the feature.

Ability to Create New Composite Forms

Oracle will remove the ability to create new composite forms (forms that comprise multiple simple forms) starting with the April 2019 update to the service (April 05, 2019 for test environments and April 19, 2019 for production environments). After the April update, all existing composite forms can still be edited and used. Removal of the ability to create composite forms impacts only the creation of new composite forms in the service.

All customers are advised to use dashboards in place of composite forms. No more enhancements will be made to the composite forms functionality.

Previous announcements stated that this change will be effective starting with the March update.

Defects Fixed

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