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Things to Like in Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) 11.1.2.3: Shared Services Console and Life Cycle Management (LCM)
Posted on May 20, 2013
Author: Andy Tauro, Performance Architects

Things to Like in Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) 11.1.2.3: Shared Services Console and Life Cycle Management (LCM)

May 20, 2013

In the previous post about new features in Oracle EPM (Hyperion) 11.1.2.3, we looked at some of the new features in EPM Workspace 11.1.2.3. This post focuses on a few more features worth getting excited about! Some of these features are directly a result of Oracle’s attempt to make this toolset a native cloud resident.

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I am very happy to note that the Shared Services Console now opens up as a tab within the EPM Workspace itself! This used to open as a separate window previously. Trying to access Shared Services through the old direct link will not work – it simply redirects to Workspace. This is good, because in a cloud environment, multiple windows tend to make things messier and difficult to coordinate.

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This is a feature that may take some getting used to.

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Life Cycle Management (LCM) also made huge strides. Previously, in order to import files into the environment, the files needed to be transferred to the server file system. This usually involved folder-mapping, or FTP tools. In other words, direct access to the file system of the server was just another security headache.

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Now you can upload the files via the Web interface itself. That’s right…right-click on the “File System” node and you get an “Upload” option that lets you specify a zip file from your client machine that will be uploaded to the server.

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Uploaded this way, the import is as good as it was in prior versions, if not better.

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Another interesting feature is the “Artifact Change Report.” When auditing is set up, this tool allows for the tracking of the objects that were imported via LCM and have since changed.

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The “Configure Auditing” feature isn’t new to this version, but the use of it this way is a plus and an incentive for using it.

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One scenario that comes to mind for using this is if it is needed to restore one or more applications to a prior state, this will provide with a report showing what exactly was changed. It can then be deleted and re-imported.

Stay tuned as we explore this version, digging into every feature and testing its limits. We will be bringing you some of our findings that make this version worth moving to, and hopefully along the way some best practices and keep-in-minds. See you soon.

Author: Andy Tauro, Performance Architects

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