Essbase data loss and data shifting due to IMPLIED_SHARE setting

Per the Oracle technical reference for IMPLIED_SHARE the following steps must be performed any time the IMPLIED_SHARE setting is changed in essbase.cfg: Add IMPLIED_SHARE FALSE to essbase.cfg. Restart Essbase Server. Create a new application and database, with the IMPLIED_SHARE setting in place. Rebuild the outline, with the IMPLIED_SHARE setting in place. Reload the data. Run aggregation or calculation scripts. Restart the application. However, the technical reference does not say what would happen if the above … Read More

Pass Planning Calc Manager variable run time prompt values to an Essbase Partition

I had a requirement to pass planning calc manager variable run time prompt values to an Essbase Partition to refresh a partition for a specific scenario and version. We know we can run a MaxL file from a planning business rule using CDF. Can we extend this further and pass on run time prompt values to the MaxL file as well so they can be used in a partition definition? Say for example that we … Read More

Oracle PBCS December 2016 release updates

Here is a quick update on Oracle PBCS December 2016 proposed updates. More details can be found on Oracle’s release control document New REST API’s You can now use REST APIs to get and set substitution variables. Access logs that list user activity You can now download a daily access log, a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file, which provides detailed information on the resources that users accessed, duration of user activity, the IP addresses from … Read More

Setting up FDMEE Source Accounting Entity Group to extract data from multiple accounting entities in a single data load rule

An accounting entity group is a grouping of multiple accounting entities and is used to extract data from multiple source accounting entities using a single data load rule. The snapshots and content used in this post relate to Oracle EBS. The same concept would apply when using other source systems or ERP’s. On a recent project, I came across a requirement to load multiple accounting entities. The source system was Oracle EBS and FDMEE had … Read More

Oracle PBCS June release updates

Per Oracle’s RCD for June 2016, the Oracle PBCS release is expected to have the following updates. Some of these updates are a huge improvement over the current version. New User Interface: A new feature that allows current customers to switch the default user interface for all end users to the improved Simplified Interface. Smart View release This release contains new features such as support for attribute calculation across planning dimensions, attribute based dynamic … Read More

Quick Tip – Encrypt Oracle PBCS password using epm automate encrypt command

Epm Automate provides an encrypt command to encrypt Oracle PBCS password used in epm automate batch files. This can be very handy when using parameters files containing Oracle PBCS passwords. The syntax of the ‘encrypt’ command is: epmautomate encrypt password key <password file> Double click on the epmautomate.bat file found in C:\Oracle\EPM Automate\bin directory to start epm automate. At the command prompt you can type in epmautomate encrypt help to see information regarding the command. … Read More

Quick Tip – Launching Financial Reporting Web Studio from Oracle PBCS

Financial Reporting Web Studio is now available on Oracle PBCS Test Instances. This will be released on Production instances 2 weeks from now. Launch the Financial Reporting Web Studio from Oracle PBCS Workspace by navigating to Tools->Launch Reporting Web Studio. Please note that per Oracle release document, currently only a Service Administrator can save new report designs using this release of the Financial Reporting Web Studio.

Oracle PBCS February Updates

Per Oracle’s RCD for February 2016, the Oracle PBCS release will have the following updates: New Financial Reporting Web Studio: The March update of the service will include the new Financial Reporting Web Studio. This release includes about 85% of the functionality currently available in the Windows Financial Reporting Studio. The existing Windows Financial Reporting Studio will still be available. Because the report definitions remain the same, you can edit existing reports using the Windows … Read More

Oracle PBCS EPM Automate utility fails when password contains ‘^’ or ‘!’ special character

On a recent PBCS project, I happened to run into an issue when using EPM Automate available with PBCS version 16.01.49. My EPM Automate batch failed, returning an’ EPMAT-9: Invalid credentials’ error. The same credentials worked fine when logging in PBCS Workspace. After a few iterations playing around with passwords with special characters, I found out that EPM Automate fails when the password contains ‘^’ or ‘!’ special character. It works fine with other special … Read More

Setting up Valid Intersections in Oracle PBCS

If you have been implementing on-premise Hyperion Planning applications, you would have a missed a very good feature, that of putting in a rule to mark certain member intersections as valid combinations for data entry. Oracle has provided this feature in Oracle PBCS called as Valid Intersections. However this feature is limited to the ‘Simplified’ interface within Oracle PBCS. After valid intersections are defined, cells containing invalid data are made read-only. On a recent PBCS … Read More

Quick Tip – Login format for Financial Reporting Studio on Oracle PBCS

The login format for Financial Reporting Studio on Oracle PBCS is slightly different compared to the on-premise one. Here is the format: User Name is in identitydomain.userid format. For example, if the identity domain is usxyzcorp and user id is then the user id should be entered as If the service instance URL is, you should use the following server URL format: in FR Studio.

Using Smart Push to synchronize plan types in Oracle PBCS

Oracle PBCS offers a feature called Smart Push that allows you to push data i.e. synchronize data between plan types when a form is saved. For example, you can setup Smart Push so that data from the BSO plan type is pushed to the ASO plan type whenever a form is saved thus ensuring that the ASO reporting plan type is always consistent with the BSO plan type. Please note that by default only the … Read More