Friday, August 18, 2017

Smart View Release 11.1.2.5.710

Ah, yes, another version of Smart View for Office released .. 11.1.2.5.710

I tweeted about it the other day.. the zip file here that downloads from OTN is nice enough to tell you which version you are downloading



but unfortunately after the unzip the installer still leaves you unsure as it is still the SmartView.exe



Well, onto other news.

The documentation for this version can be found here -> https://docs.oracle.com/applications/smartview/710/index.html

And let's see what new features there are

  • Change the Solve Order of Members in a Calculation
  • Calculation Trace
  • Audit Trail


Well then, all new features for OAC! Guess I know what this guy with a broken foot recovering from surgery and still not able to walk is going to be spending time doing this weekend ;)

.. a song starts playing in my head .. Are you down with OAC .. yeah you know me... might have dated myself. ENJOY!

https://youtu.be/qdeH7QhGiRg















More posts to come about this version, OAC and the Cube Designer!!
And maybe even a little DV and more


Friday, August 4, 2017

Kscope17 Gary Interviews Gary About "The SV++ Utility Ribbon"

I still enjoy being able to look back at how much Kscope each year has to offer!


This year I was asked to be interviewed at the Social Media Lounge by none other then Oracle ACE Gary Crisci, ODTUG Board Treasurer. And at the time of the interview I was not, but while at Kscope17 in San Antonio I was honored to be accepted into the Oracle ACE program! I too also volunteer with ODTUG as the EPM Community Leader. Gary C. and I talk about the Smart View ribbon utility SV++.
  • Why the ribbon/toolbar came to be
  • Where did it start from
  • What are a few features, functions, etc.
  • How can you build your own?
  • Or just download a fully developed solution here


YouTube video
https://youtu.be/B8v8KMBN8Dk
....

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Oracle Cloud ERP and Maxl?

Lately, working on being able to directly connect FDMEE to an Oracle Cloud ERP! Fun, new, different and exciting. Or nerdy geeky, you decide. But I do know that it means it is time to learn more. And post along the way to be able to help others that are also taking this journey...

Facts in this case:

-   Oracle Cloud ERP R11 (soon upgrading to R12) and we already know that there is an Essbase cube prior post
-   FDMEE on-prem 11.1.2.4.210



After finally getting the FDMEE .210 on-prem connection to our Oracle Cloud ERP source!!









I was hit with the fact that the connection type was EPM-to-EPM. What did that mean? It meant that the connection being made was to the Essbase GL cube in the Cloud ERP! Perfect!

But not so fast.


There is still work to do. Future posts on this, but I wanted to prove that it really is Essbase. And what is driving Calculations, Allocations, etc. in the ERP are being done in the cube. Those mentioned are being created via the EPM Workspace ;) and the Rule Designer! But keep in mind that these are being done against an Essbase ASO cube. There is no EAS, or as told to me (the names are [hidden]), ".. there is no outline ..". And by stated by a friend, "..if there is no outline, then it isn't Essbase.."



Now, that first statement by the unnamed makes me scrunch my face, tilt my head and shake sort of like the way that my beloved Boxer named Zeus used to do. (pictured left)

RIP buddy. I miss you and your mom misses you but not all of your dog hair .. which she said she is still finding to this day! 

How did you think that eating 11 baby pacifiers was a good idea?! 







I know, don't tell me, but I have a hunch that your furry sister Athena had something to do with it .. (pictured left)











Back to Oracle Cloud ERP.


In needing to get not only the Values and Hierarchies PUBLISHED in the ERP.
It was apparent that more of a true and full hierarchy was needed.
Similar to what we see in our EPM applications-cubes, etc.
And so, now it is time to attempt to add that to the Cloud ERP.

Once the desired hierarchy(s) are PUBLISHED in the ERP, they also need to be DEPLOYED in the GL cube as well. After the job-task to deploy is executed. This is what we see in the log.

---log#.log---------------------------------------
.
creating am with: Name: oracle.apps.financials.generalLedger.ledgers.essbase.publicModel.applicationModule.LedgerEssbaseAM Config: LedgerEssbaseAMLocal

Created Application module instance
.
PublishHierarchyVersions: Independent request for Publishing tree versions fro cubes, given COA ....
getParameterValue: Start
Trying to retrieve param key submit.argument1
Retrieved value for param submit.argument1 as: #
getParameterValue: End
PublishHierarchyVersions: COA ID : #
getParameterValue: Start
Trying to retrieve param key submit.argument2
Retrieved value for param submit.argument2 as: {name here}
getParameterValue: End
PublishHierarchyVersions: COA Name : {name here}
getParameterValue: Start
Trying to retrieve param key submit.argument3
Retrieved value for param submit.argument3 as: <Seg#>
getParameterValue: End
PublishHierarchyVersions: Segment Code : <Seg#>
getParameterValue: Start
Trying to retrieve param key submit.argument4
Retrieved value for param submit.argument4 as: <Seg#>
getParameterValue: End
PublishHierarchyVersions: Segment Name : <Seg#>
getParameterValue: Start
Trying to retrieve param key submit.argument5
Retrieved value for param submit.argument5 as: <Val>
getParameterValue: End
.
publishTreeVersions(): start
publishTreeVersions(): *******valueSetId= #    *****segmentCode=  <Seg#>  *******coaId=  #
publishTreeVersions(): *****valueSetCode= <Val>  *****SegmentName=  {name}  *****coaName=  {name}  ****** listOfInsertVersionIds=,  ****** listOfDeleteVersionIds=,<Val>,  ****** detailedValuesOnly=null

publishTreeVersions()No. of  cubes to be updated 1
.

 ++++++++++++++++++++ publishTreeVersions():::  Application / Cube being updated: [App] / [db]
publishTreeVersions():::  Building Gen2 node :all dimension Values for dimension/valusetid/segmentSeq <Seg>
####################### publishTreeVersions()::: Maxl Command execution Start at Dt Mo Da HH:MM:SS UTC YYYY########
publishTreeVersions(): Executing cmd:alter application 'App' disable connects
publishTreeVersions(): Result:true
publishTreeVersions(): Executing cmd:alter application 'App' disable commands
publishTreeVersions(): Result:true
publishTreeVersions(): Executing cmd:alter system kill request on database 'App'.DB
publishTreeVersions(): Result:true
publishTreeVersions(): Waiting for requests to reach safe point.... 
publishTreeVersions(): Executing cmd:alter system logout session on database 'App'.DB
publishTreeVersions(): Result:true
publishTreeVersions(): Executing cmd:alter application  'App'  enable commands
publishTreeVersions(): Result:true
publishTreeVersions(): Executing cmd:alter database 'App'.db  unlock all objects
publishTreeVersions(): Result:true
publishTreeVersions(): Connecting to Cube now .... 
####################### publishTreeVersions()::: Maxl Command execution Finished and took 123.299 Seconds. ########
replaceAliasTableName() : cube outline is opened :: otl
.
 buildGen2DetailedlevelNode() : SQL string :
SELECT  ... 
FROM
WHERE
ORDER BY
.
 buildGen2DetailedlevelNode() : Building rulesfile for dimension ...:: <Dim>
#################################### 
buildGen2DetailedlevelNode() :Building rulesfile for dimension ...:: <Dim>
End and took 0.104 Seconds############################
 buildGen2DetailedlevelNode() : Rule file name  ... :: /tmp/SEGMENT.rul
.
 ####################################
.
buildGen2DetailedlevelNode(): START Building dimension  ... :: <Dim>
#################################### buildGen2DetailedlevelNode() :Dimenstion building for <Dim> Start
############################
buildGen2DetailedlevelNode() :Dimenstion building for <Dim> End and took 3.143 Seconds############################

<CUBE>App</CUBE>
    <DIMENSION>
        <DIMENSIONNAME>
        <OBJECT_ID></OBJECT_ID>
            <VALUESETCODE></VALUESETCODE>
.
.
buildGen2DetailedlevelNode()::: Building this  version completed.
 #################################### 
publishTreeVersions():: # ::Setting the dimension : <Dim> to MULTIPLE_HIERARCHY....
publishTreeVersions():: 2 ::Setting the dimension : <Dim> as LABEL ONLY....
publishTreeVersions():  Version details ::  Tree Code: <HIER>, Version Name: <VER> , Version ID : #
publishTreeVersions(): Updating/Creating Tree-Version :: <VER>
.
Clear the Generation Names - START
Clear the Generation Names - END
Setting the dimension Generation Name as : <Dim>
Gen2 as : Tree Filter
Gen3 as : Level Code
######################## publishTreeVersions(): end incremental build for dimension start at Dt Mo Da HH:MM:SS UTC YYYY  ###########################
######################## publishTreeVersions():  end incremental build for dimension <Dim>  END and took 15.625 Seconds ###########################
publishTreeVersions() : cube outline is opened :: otl6
publishTreeVersions() : cube outline is closed :: otl6
publishTreeVersions(): Executing cmd:alter database 'App'.DB  unlock all objects
publishTreeVersions(): Result:true
publishTreeVersions(): Executing cmd:alter application  'App'  enable connects
publishTreeVersions(): Result:true
publishTreeVersions():::  Building/deleting versions completed successfully for the cube
#################################### publishHierarchyVersions() :publishTreeVerCall End and took 178.933 Seconds############################
PublishHierarchyVersions: Versions published successfully for Chart Of Account : [COA] and Segment <Dim>
Publishing versions for the [COA]  completed

Releasing Root AM...
.
---log#.log---------------------------------end---


Yes, there are many typos in the actual log file itself. i.e. fro, Dimenstion

And yes, there IS an outline!!
It says so in the log .. "cube outline is opened :: otl" and many more references of an outline. There is a rule file! .rul and the Maxl to open, edit. Set the dimension as Multiple, Label Only, etc.

Make sure to check the checkbox to Deploy and be able to see your desired hierarchy(s) in your Cloud ERP Essbase cubes.

More posts on this subject.
Stay tuned.



DOUG - Detroit Oracle User Group

After going to Kscope17 this year I came back & started a Meetup group.

The name of the Meetup is DOUG - Detroit Oracle User Group!

https://www.meetup.com/DOUG-Detroit-Oracle-User-Group-Meetup/

















This is a group for anyone interested in anything and all things Oracle, EPM, Hyperion, OBIEE, Database, Big Data, Cloud & more. All experience levels are welcome. This group was started to meet other technology enthusiasts!

If you are in the metro-Detroit area, or even just in town for any reason and we are having a Meetup. Come and join us!

...
Are you ready to #GetInvolved with ODTUG? Want to start a Meetup near you?

Learn more here -> http://www.odtug.com/page/meetup




Friday, July 7, 2017

PSA - Microsoft Add-Ins Don't Load

- PSA -

This is a Public Service Announcement to all of you with Add-Ins in Microsoft Office products. More specifically 2016 and Add-Ins that don't or will not load when opening the program application (Excel, Word, etc).

It came to my attention that the add-in utility SV ++ that is available on this blog was not loading for some users 
- thank you Kyle B. & Peter.

Seems that there was an update issued by Microsoft. It was a security related patch and the fix can be found here but the curious part is that this was issued over a year ago, and then there was another update about 6-months ago. So, not really sure why no impact then .. and now all of a sudden. But no worries, hope this fixes the issue now if you run into it.

Below is the way to solve the issue per the superuser blog:

"With this update, we changed the behavior of Excel so that it will not load certain file types (including .xlam) when they are untrusted. The easiest workaround is to find the add-in that is causing you trouble, right-clicking on it in Windows Explorer, and checking Unblock"

"An easier approach is to simply place the add-in in a Trusted Location (in Excel, go to File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Trusted Locations), such as the following folder, and load it from there:
C:\Users\%USER NAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART"


Hope this PSA helps if you run into the issue.


Again, to learn more, you can visit here

This is a message from the cloud.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lowest Supported OAC Smart View Version

I was very excited to start to working with OAC .. Oracle Analytics Cloud - Essbase the other day!

In a prior blog post here I mentioned that the documentation had been updated in 11.2.5.700 with a section called -> 'Smart View and Oracle Analytics Cloud - Essbase'.

I was wondering what was the minimum version of Smart View that could be used (supported) for OAC. In doing research on a slightly different topic I happened to find out the answer. That answer is OAC is supported per the documentation on an earlier version of Smart View for Office, that being 11.1.2.5.620.

Good to know that 11.1.2.5.620 is the lowest version of Smart View that Oracle supports for OAC.

Have a great weekend!

New Features
https://docs.oracle.com/applications/smartview/620/SVSTW/toc.htm#smart_view_11125620_readme_145

Friday, June 9, 2017

Getting Ready For Kscope17

I CAN'T WAIT! I CAN'T WAIT! FOR KSCOPE17

According to my countdown app or the Kscope17 app, as of today we are only 15 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and a handful of seconds away. Or rounding up to the day, only 16 days away! Or rounded down, 15! :)

In preparation, required documents have been loaded to the site. My slides, are approximately ~77.7% done to date plus or minus a few percent ;)

Not sure I am going to have a ton of time, but excited to get deeper into OAC - Essbase Cloud Service!




I already connected and was able to connect via Smart View and 'Install'ed the Cube Designer Extension!



There is now a static fixed Ribbon that always shows when Excel opens. I have submitted an Enhancement Request to make a slight edit to this feature and turn this into a contextual ribbon, similar to the other products (Essbase, HFM, Planning, OBIEE, etc.).




This is what the actual Cube Designer ribbon itself contains




And of course, @GaryCrisci created The Beverage Company (TBC) application everyone knows and loves, Sample Basic!

Also had to add the ASOSamp to the mix and there they are below.




More to come. I have visions of OAC and posts to follow this summer and beyond!

See you in San Antonio! @Kscope17