Tax Reporting
What's New
  1. August 2019 Update
  1. Revision History
  2. Tax Reporting, August Update
        1. Monthly Update Schedule
        2. Give Us Documentation Feedback
        3. Please Join Oracle Cloud Customer Connect
        4. Follow Us on Social Media
        5. New Videos
    1. Features
        1. New Version of EPM Automate
        2. New Server Setting in Financial Reporting Web Studio
        3. Task Manager Limits on Object Instances
        4. Event Monitoring Integrations for Oracle Fusion General Ledger
    2. Upcoming Changes
        1. Future New Connection Type and Advanced Options for External Connections for Tax Reporting
        2. EPM Cloud's New Look and Feel
        3. Classic Dimension Editor
        4. Removal of Instance Name from Predefined Role Names
        5. Query Governor on BSO and ASO Cubes
    3. Defects Fixed
    4. Considerations
        1. Migrating a Snapshot from an Existing Tax Reporting Cloud Application to the Next Level Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Service
        2. Errors When Importing Accounting

August 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
25 JUL 2019   Created initial document.

Tax Reporting, August Update

This document outlines the upcoming Tax Reporting update.

Monthly Update Schedule

Oracle will apply the latest monthly updates to your Test environments during the first daily maintenance that occurs at or after 22:00 UTC (15:00 PDT) on Friday, August 2,  2019. Oracle will apply the latest monthly updates to your Production environments during the first daily maintenance that occurs at or after 22:00 UTC (15:00 PDT) on Friday, August 16,  2019.

The Oracle Help Center provides access to updated documentation. The updates will be available in the Help Center on Friday, August 2,  2019. Some of the links to new feature documentation included in this readiness 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.

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Features

New Version of EPM Automate

A new version of EPM Automate is available with this update. This version contains updates to the recreate command, which has been enhanced with the removeAll optional parameter. This parameter, when set to true,  removes all user created snapshots as well as the content of the inbox (uploaded files) and outbox (files generated by using the Export capabilities of Migration).

Key Resources

New Server Setting in Financial Reporting Web Studio

A new server setting in Financial Reporting Web Studio, Related Content URL Launch Mode, defines the type of request made for related content URLs. The default launch method is HTTP post. In scenarios where related content URLs do not support a post request, change the server setting to HTTP get.

Key Resources

  • Managing Server Settings in Designing with Financial Reporting Web Studio for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

Task Manager Limits on Object Instances

In Task Manager, maximum limits have been added on the number of templates, schedules, attributes, tasks per template, and tasks per schedule, to improve application performance. The system enforces the maximum limits when these objects are created.

In addition, the system also enforces the maximum number of these objects during the Migration import process.

Key Resources

Event Monitoring Integrations for Oracle Fusion General Ledger

Task Manager now provides out-of-the-box Event Monitoring tasks for Oracle Fusion General Ledger.  These events can be monitored:

  • Accounting Period Closed
  • Accounting Period Opened
  • Accounting Period Re-opened
  • Journal Batch Approved
  • Journal Batch Posting Completed

Key Resources

Upcoming Changes

Future New Connection Type and Advanced Options for External Connections for Tax Reporting

In a future update, Service Administrators for Tax Reporting will be able to use connections created for external Web services, specifying optional query or header parameters. These connections could be referenced or used in a Groovy script to create a communications link between the Groovy script and the external Web resource.

Users will be advised when this new feature is to be supported in Tax Reporting.

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

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

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

The revised interface retains existing functionality and enhances your experience with a more modern look and feel and responsive design. The Welcome Panel and the Global Header readjust after resizing, which means less scrolling. An updated Welcome Panel features Announcements and Notifications. Arrows are available on the Home Page to help you navigate easily between the Springboard and infolet dashboard pages. 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 also 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.

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.

Removal of Instance Name from Predefined Role Names

Currently, the predefined role names displayed in the Access Control screens of EPM Cloud environments prefix the instance name to the role name in INSTANCE_NAME ROLE_NAME format. They are also stored in this format in the snapshots, making it difficult to migrate snapshots from one instance to another.

To facilitate the migration of security across EPM Cloud environments, Oracle plans to rename predefined role names displayed within EPM Cloud applications by removing the instance name prefix. For example, if the instance name is Planning1, predefined role names are Planning1 Service Administrator, Planning1 Power User, Planning1 User and Planning1 Viewer. The new role names will be Service Administrator, Power User, User, and Viewer.

NOTE: This change does not affect how the role names are displayed in the MyServices customer portal.

This change will affect you if you use the predefined roles for managing application-level provisioning and access to artifacts; you will need to reassign such assignments using the updated role name after the roles are renamed. This change makes it easy to migrate EPM Cloud artifacts across environments.

Additionally, all predefined role names; Domain Administrator, Service Administrator, Power User, User, and Viewer will be treated as EPM Cloud keywords, which should not be used in the name of any custom artifacts that you create; for example, as a group name in Access Control. If you have any group with these keywords, rename them before this change comes into effect.

This change is being implemented to address customer feedback. If you have any concerns about this change, please contact Oracle Support.

Query Governor on BSO and ASO Cubes

Currently, there is no query governor on Essbase block storage and aggregate storage cubes. Absence of a query governor can lead to excessive load created unintentionally by running ad hoc queries that take a very long time to complete.

In the September EPM Cloud update (Release 19.09), Oracle will add a query governor that limits all queries to a maximum 15 minutes execution time. After Release 19.09 is applied to your environments (September 6, 2019 for test and September 20, 2019 for production environments), the query governor will terminate queries that exceed the 15 minutes execution limit.

If you have any questions or concerns about the value of the governor (15 minutes), please open a Service Request.

Defects Fixed

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

Considerations

Migrating a Snapshot from an Existing Tax Reporting Cloud Application to the Next Level Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Service

You cannot directly migrate a snapshot from the current release of  Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud (for example, 19.07) into the next release of Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Service (release 19.08) to create a Tax Reporting business process.

To work around this issue, first upgrade your existing application to the next release of Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud (for example, from release 19.07 to 19.08), and then migrate the updated Tax Reporting snapshot (release 19.08) to  the same release of  Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Tax Reporting business process.

Errors When Importing Accounting

Sometimes when importing an account, error messages may be generated because there are several accounts that reference an intercompany account in the Plug Account column but that account has yet to be encountered in the account file.

Workaround: Try to reimport the account.