Seattle…home to Starbucks, Microsoft, and the famous Pike Place Market. And for this past week, it was also home to Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG)’s annual Kscope14 conference.
Amongst other things, Kscope has traditionally been the flagship conference for EPM (Hyperion) specialists. This year has been no exception. The conference was packed with great EPM content from industry experts, Oracle product managers, customers, and service providers. During the EPM Sunday Symposium, Oracle product managers detailed clear priorities for additional capabilities in the EPM space. Oracle’s team announced that they will continue to invest in current EPM application functionality in upcoming releases, as well as to develop new offerings; to introduce more EPM in the cloud applications; and to expand the Oracle EPM mobile presence.
This blog post focuses specifically on enhancements and changes to the Oracle Hyperion Planning and Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) solutions. During the conference, we learned Oracle will be working on the following:
- New User Interface (UI) Launch
Tired of the clunky look and feel of Planning data forms and the EPM Workspace? Well, prepare yourself for a whole new Planning interface. The new interface brings the Planning interface into today’s familiar mobile device UI, compatible for tablets and other mobile devices. This UI will be available for the PBCS platform as early as this fall, and then will be rolled out for the traditional on premise Planning solution shortly thereafter.
- Web-Based Financial Reporting Studio (FR) Launch
Say goodbye to the desktop Financial Reporting Studio (and good riddance). The future brings a web-enabled version of this reporting design tool, allowing your client machines to be free of the current, resource-consuming reports designer.
- Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Management Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) To Source Data From EPM (Hyperion) Applications
The Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Management Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) data integration tool will be enhanced to allow data to be sourced from an EPM application. To date, this product only sourced data from upstream ERP systems or from system extracts. It will soon have the ability to source from other EPM applications, allowing for seamless data integration and transfer from one EPM application to another. This item is so big that I am dedicating a specific, later blog post to this topic – stay tuned!
- Valid Combinations Feature Launch
Similar to combination rules in ERP systems, this feature will allow Hyperion Planning to provide valid combinations between dimensions. Let’s look at an example using the “Geography” and “Product” dimensions. If there are five geographies and 100 products, Planning would historically allow a user to enter data across any combination of these items (500 combinations), assuming application security allows for this. This new feature will allow the administrator to set up valid combinations amongst these dimensions. So, if a user chose the “China” geography, then only products relevant for China would be available for data entry. This is a long-awaited feature that will provide far more flexibility in designing viable data entry forms and that will provide high-integrity data.
- Personal Planning Sand Box Version Launch
Users will be provided with a “personal sandbox” version in Planning. It is not clear yet if and how this version feature will actually exist in Essbase, and how this will avoid data explosion.
- Hybrid ASO/BSO Planning Launch
A hybrid Planning model that utilizes both Block Storage Option (BSO) and Aggregate Storage Option (ASO) technologies is on the way. The concept is to use both flavors of Essbase in a solution that uses the best of what each can offer. While this hybrid version exists today in Version 126.96.36.199, we don’t really think it’s “ready for show time.” However, Oracle’s EPM team envisions significant enhancements to make this a truly viable option as part of a Planning solution, and we remain hopeful!
As I mentioned earlier in this post, a further blog entry on FDMEE enhancements is coming…stay tuned!
Author: Chuck Persky, Performance Architects