Oracle Tax Reporting
What's New
  1. February 2019 Update
  1. Revision History
  2. Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud, February Update
        1. Monthly Update Schedule
        2. Please Join Oracle Cloud Customer Connect
        3. Give Us Documentation Feedback
    1. Announcements
        1. View Size and Last Modified Date of Snapshot
        2. Close Manager Renamed to EPM Task Manager
        3. Rollover CbCR Automation Rules
        4. Embedded Template Information in Task Manager Templates
    2. Upcoming Changes
        1. Removal of Support for Transport Layer Security Protocol 1.0 and 1.1
        2. Ability to Create New Composite Forms
        3. Classic Dimension Editor
    3. Defects Fixed

February 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
24 JAN 2019   Created initial document.

Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud, February Update

This document outlines the upcoming Oracle Tax Reporting 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, February 1, 2019 and to your production environment on Friday, February 15, 2019, also starting at 23:00 UTC. 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 February 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

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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.

Announcements

View Size and Last Modified Date of Snapshot

The Snapshots tab in Migration has been modified to include the size and last modified date and time of available snapshots.

Snapshots Tab Displaying Snapshot Size and Last Modified Time

The last modified time is displayed based on the time zone specified in User Preferences. If it is not set, the last modified time is displayed based on the browser time zone.

To access the Snapshots tab, open Migration and then click Snapshots.

Key Resources

  • About Snapshots in Administering Migration for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

Close Manager Renamed to EPM Task Manager

The term “Close Manager” has been renamed to “Task Manager” in all places in the UI.  This includes Tasks, Task Types, Templates, Schedules, Teams, System Settings, Attributes, Alerts, and Reports.  For example, under Application, you now select “Task Manager”,

Key Resources

  • Task Manager sections in Administering Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud
  • Task Manager sections in Working with Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud

Rollover CbCR Automation Rules

After closing a period, the Rollover process is used to copy relevant data from the previous period to use as a starting point for the tax provision process with the new period. The prior period is considered to be the Source period. Data must be populated in the selected POV (Source Scenario, Year and Period).

With this release, you can now roll over the CbCR Automation Rules to the selected target POV. After the rules are rolled over, you still need to run Consolidation on the Consol cube, and then on the CbCR cube to pull the associated data.

Key Resources

Embedded Template Information in Task Manager Templates

In Task Manager, the Manage Templates screen has been enhanced with these new columns to identify embedded templates:

  • Embedded: a list of templates that are embedded in the current template
  • Embedded In:a list of templates that the current template is embedded in

In addition, when you create a task template, a new option is available on the Properties tab to set a template as “Embedded Only”. If the option is enabled, the template is not allowed to be deployed.  This will prevent supporting templates from being deployed by mistake.

Key Resources

Upcoming Changes

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 documents 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.

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 March 2019 update to the service (March 01, 2019 for test environments and March 15, 2019 for production environments). After the March 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.

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.

Defects Fixed

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