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Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud, February Update

This document outlines the announcements and known issues in the upcoming Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service update. Oracle applies the monthly service update to your test environment on the first Friday of every month and to your production environment on the third Friday of every month.

Announcements and Known Issues

Monthly Update Schedule

We would like to inform you of the upcoming monthly update for your Oracle Cloud environments. We will apply the latest updates to your test environment on Friday, February 3, 2017 and to your production environment on Friday, February 17, 2017. The update will be applied during your normal daily one-hour maintenance window.

Translation Updates

This release includes the user interface translated into Danish, German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

Use Native Groups with Data Grants

Native (user-defined) groups are now enabled for use with Data Grants. See Chapter 2 of Administering Profitability and Cost Management Cloud for details.

Use Expanded Custom Calculation Rule Functionality

Formula syntax is changed in these ways:

See Chapter 5 of Administering Profitability and Cost Management Cloud for details.

Use New Dimension Member Text Entry to Simplify Calculation Rule Creation

You can now paste dimension-member combinations from Microsoft Excel into the Dimensions area of the following Rule Definition screen tabs: Source, Destination, and Driver Basis. This feature reduces the keystrokes needed to create new rules or modify existing rules. It is helpful for cases where users manually generate rules, for example, by using a spreadsheet.

To use this feature, click Text Entry in the Dimensions area. Then, copy and paste dimension-member combinations for that tab into the Dimension Member Editor box using the following format:

"DimensionName", "MemberName"

Use one row per member. You can include combinations for multiple dimensions in the same box. When entries are complete, click OK.

If you try to input a dimension or member that does not exist or one that is not available for that tab, an error message is displayed.

Note that you must use the Member Selection area to remove dimension-member combinations created by pasting.

Include or Exclude Attributes in Query Definitions

Profitability and Cost Management Cloud query results display in Smart View grids. In the following cases, users may not want to include attribute dimensions:

By default, attribute dimensions are excluded from query results. To include them, select Include Attribute Dimensions on the Dimensions tab of the Queries Definition screen. (See “Creating Custom Queries in Applications” in Chapter 11 of Administering Profitability and Cost Management Cloud.)

Set Rounding Precision for Allocation Calculation Results

You can set decimal precision for allocation calculations, from +7 to -6 places. The default is 2. For details, see “Editing an Application’s Description and Default Dimension Settings” in Chapter 4 of Administering Profitability and Cost Management Cloud.

Set Member Solve Order When Updating Dimension Properties by Importing Files

In Essbase, the solve order number determines the order by which members are evaluated in the dimension. You can now include the MEMBER SOLVE ORDER property in flat files for updating dimensions. For details, see “About Flat File Properties” in Chapter 4 of Administering Profitability and Cost Management Cloud.

Single Sign-On with Oracle Fusion Applications

Starting this update, you can configure single sign-on access between Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud and Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud. Configuring SSO requires you to configure SAML 2.0 Identity Provider (IdP) between Oracle EPM Cloud and Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud.

See Managing Single Sign-On in Administering Oracle Cloud Identity Management for information on configuring the SSO process to work with Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud.

New EPM Automate Utility Version

A new version of the EPM Automate Utility is available with this update. This version enhances the importsnapshot command to allow the import of identity domain artifacts from application snapshots. This enhancement simplifies the cloning of a service instance by avoiding the step of manually importing users and roles into the identity domain.

The activities that you can complete using importsnapshot command depend on your role.

You must install this version of the utility to use the enhanced command. See these sections in Working with EPM Automate for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud:

New Smart View Version with Support for Alternate Hierarchy

Smart View for Office Release is now available. This release contains new features such as Smart Form support for some Smart View functions, qualified name support for alternate hierarchies, Excel filter retention during ad hoc analysis, selectively deleting connections, and the ability to sort files and folders in the Smart View Panel, among other features. The Smart View Readme, available on the Help Center, contains a complete list of new features in this release.

You must install this release to ensure compatibility with the February 2017 update features and to access the new functionalities. See “Installing Clients” in Getting Started with Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud for Administrators or Getting Started with Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud for Users for instructions.

Indicator in Grid Cells for Related Content

Starting with this release, reports opened in Financial Reporting Web Studio now display a red indicator at the top right corner of cells that have related content.

Removal of Support for Financial Reporting Studio Desktop Client

Oracle is committed to providing a simple and intuitive experience to the users of the service. To achieve this goal, Financial Reporting Web Studio will be established as the only tool for designing and building reports. In this update, Financial Reporting Web Studio will achieve parity with most of the functional capabilities provided with Financial Reporting Studio desktop client. You will be able to create new reports and modify existing reports using Financial Reporting Web Studio.

Support for Financial Reporting Studio desktop client will tentatively be stopped in the May 2017 update. Oracle will not distribute Financial Reporting Studio desktop client after May 2017. Please send questions and concerns to Oracle using the Provide Feedback option in the service.

Oracle recommends that you transition to using Financial Reporting Web Studio at the earliest opportunity.


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