Oracle Common Technologies and User Experience
New Feature Summary
  1. Update 19A
  1. Revision History
  2. Overview
    1. Applications Security
        1. Location Based Access Control
        2. Updated Chooser Sign-in Page
        3. Self-Service External Identity Provider Setup
    2. BI Cloud Connector
        1. Inactive and Unavailable BI View Objects (BIVOs) and BIVO Columns for Exclusion from Extraction in BI Cloud Connector
        2. Email Delivery Will Use Cloud Notification Service (CNS) for OCI Based SaaS Pods
    3. Extensibility
        1. Configure the Availability of Work Area Page Entries in Mobile Devices
        2. Enhancements to the Appearance Work Area
    4. Reporting and Analytics
        1. Armor Flag to Encrypt File in ASCII Armor Format During SFTP Delivery
        2. Support for FSM Based Export/Import of Custom Role Hierarchy
        3. Audit and Performance Monitoring Now Available and Turned On by Default
        4. Include Images and Charts in Your Report for Offline Viewing Using Auto Option
        5. New MAC Algorithm Support for SFTP Delivery Channel
        6. OTBI Direct Database Query Privilege is Disabled by Default for Authenticated Users
        7. Restrict Printer Access by Security Role
        8. Set a Default Printer for a User
        9. Upload Center to Upload Configuration-Specific Files

Update 19A

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
12 APR 2019 Audit and Performance Monitoring Now Available and Turned On by Default Updated document. Revised feature information.
11 FEB 2019 OTBI Direct Database Query Privilege is Disabled by Default for Authenticated Users Updated document. Delivered feature in update 19A.
05 FEB 2019 Support for FSM Based Export/Import of Custom Role Hierarchy Updated document. Delivered feature in update 19A.
07 DEC 2018   Created initial document.

Overview

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

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Applications Security

Location Based Access Control

Role based access control is enhanced with an additional functionality of permitting whitelisted Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. It is referred to as Location Based Access.

Updated Chooser Sign-in Page

Chooser Sign- in Page layout has been updated.

Self-Service External Identity Provider Setup

Security Console UI has been enhanced to support external identity provider for SAML 2.0 Federation.

BI Cloud Connector

Inactive and Unavailable BI View Objects (BIVOs) and BIVO Columns for Exclusion from Extraction in BI Cloud Connector

Beginning with Update 18B, there are BI View Objects and BI View Object columns that are unavailable or marked inactive in Oracle Applications Cloud. These objects are unavailable for extraction using BICC in Oracle Applications Cloud.

Email Delivery Will Use Cloud Notification Service (CNS) for OCI Based SaaS Pods

All your scheduled Jobs that uses SMTP to deliver reports using Email Delivery channel will now use Cloud Notification Service (CNS). CNS server will be configured as a default for all OCI based SaaS Pods. For Non OCI Pods, the SMTP option will be available same as before.

Extensibility

Configure the Availability of Work Area Page Entries in Mobile Devices

You can now use the Structure work area to specify whether a page entry for opening a work area will be available for mobile devices when the home page layout is set to News Feed.

Enhancements to the Appearance Work Area

You can now use the Appearance work area to configure the icon color of the landing pages for all work areas related to employees, for example Personal Information. More options are now available for you to choose from if you want to configure the background shape, color, and opacity of home page icons for the News Feed home page layout.

Reporting and Analytics

Armor Flag to Encrypt File in ASCII Armor Format During SFTP Delivery

You can now chose Armor flag option for armored PGP Key to deliver a file in ASCII armor format when selecting PGP Encryption for SFTP delivery.

Support for FSM Based Export/Import of Custom Role Hierarchy

The Manage Job Roles and Manage Duties tasks in the Functional Setup Manager are enhanced with the capability to export and import custom role hierarchy using the existing CSV based export and import functionality.

Audit and Performance Monitoring Now Available and Turned On by Default

Audit and Performance Monitoring will be turned on by default for all Fusion Application Pillars. You can un-select the checkbox from BI Publisher Administration page to turn off Audit and Monitoring. You can as well turn off Audit ONLY by selecting Audit Level as NONE. So if Audit is turned ON (by selecting Audit Level as MEDIUM), performance monitoring will always be ON.

Henceforth you do not require to make any change to Enterprise Manager Console or restart of any services for Audit and Performance Monitoring. The following changes to Audit tables have been introduced to improve Audit Report Details:

  • Report request and schedule request events have been enhanced to record start and end of events
  • Request ID attribute has been added to keep track of relationship between request start, report execution events and request end for a report request event.
  • For each event, more attributes are added to capture additional data related to performance monitoring and diagnostic.
  • User session events (user login and user logout) are temporarily not being logged due to technical constraint

Include Images and Charts in Your Report for Offline Viewing Using Auto Option

Now you can select a third option as "Auto" for runtime property "Embed images and charts in HTML for offline viewing" which enables display of images and charts as included in the Layout Template by the report author. This property can be set at server level under Runtime properties or at report level by Report Author. When this property is set to True, all charts and images in the HTML output are embedded, i.e. they are included as streamed binary data. When this property is set to False, all charts and images in the HTML output are URL links in the HTML output. Now when this property is set to Auto, the charts and images in the HTML output are included the way it is defined in the layout template.

New MAC Algorithm Support for SFTP Delivery Channel

Following new Message Authentication Code (MAC) algorithms have been added to configure SSH for FTP delivery channel

  • hmac-sha1
  • hmac-sha2-256
  • hmac-sha2

OTBI Direct Database Query Privilege is Disabled by Default for Authenticated Users

Prior to update 19A, BI Administrator has the privilege to create and run Direct Database Query in BI Answers.  In update 19A, this feature has been disabled by default.  Two privileges that control direct database query access, namely ‘Edit Direct Database Analysis’ and ‘Execute Direct Database Analysis’, have been denied for authenticated users.

Reports created with ‘Direct Database Query’ option prior to update 19A will receive a system error when executed in update 19A.  To prevent the system error, customers can revert the update 19A privilege changes by granting BI Administrator privilege to both ‘Edit Direct Database Analysis and ‘Execute Direct Database Analysis’.

Restrict Printer Access by Security Role

BI Service Administrator can now restrict access to a printer by role. A user can be given access to the printer by adding him to the role.

Set a Default Printer for a User

User can now select a default printer for his profile under "My Account". As a pre-requisite, the Printer needs to be configured and tested in the BI Publisher Administration page under Delivery Channel section by a BI Service Administrator.

Upload Center to Upload Configuration-Specific Files

Now BI Service Administrator can upload configuration specific files listed below from BI Publisher Administration page.

  • Custom Fonts
  • Digital Certificate
  • ICC Profile
  • SSH Private Key
  • SSL Certificate