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FCCS Updates (October 2017): Simplified Dimension Editor, Advanced Consolidation Capabilities, and More

The October updates for Oracle's Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS) are here. This blog post outlines the latest features, fixed defects, considerations, and future functionality you should prepare for. 

The monthly update for FCCS will occur on Friday, October 20 during your normal daily maintenance window.

Video: Take a Tour of FCCS

NOTE: You can migrate maintenance snapshots from the current version of the service instance to the preceding version or to the next version. For example, snapshots from 17.08 can be imported into 17.07 and 17.09 service instances. Migration between the same versions is always supported.

New EPM Automate Utility Version

A new version of the EPM Automate Utility is now available. This version includes updates to the login command, which now accepts internet proxy server domain, user name, and password as optional parameters. The enhancement allows you to use the EPM Automate utility in corporate network environments with internet proxy server configuration that require users to authenticate with the proxy server before establishing communication with resources outside the corporate network.

Enhanced HsGetValue Function

The HsGetValue function now supports the use of attribute dimensions and members with FCCS as a source.


Display Localized Labels in Referenced Navigation Flow Cards, Tabs, and Clusters

When referencing cards, tabs, and clusters from another navigation flow or from another subscription, the system now displays the localized labels that were specified while defining the source navigation flow. To update the card, tab, and cluster labels in your navigation flow — got to the Home page, click Tools, and then click Artifact Labels.

Valid Intersections in Dashboard POVs

The POVs in dashboards now honor valid intersections by hiding invalid Page members.

Ability to Set All Dimensions for a Point of View at One Time

In Financial Reporting Web Studio, you can now set all the dimensions for a point of view at one time without having to open and close multiple windows.

New Simplified Dimension Editor

The new Simplified Dimension Editor displays dimensions and members in a grid format. With the grid format, dimensions and members are editable on a single page. You can edit and validate member properties directly on the grid and you can perform ad hoc operations such as zooming in, zooming out, keep selected, remove selected, and freeze.

To access the Simplified Dimension Editor:

  1. From the Home page, click Application, and then click Overview.
  2. Click Dimensions.
  3. Click the name of the dimension that you want to view.
  4. Click the Edit Member Properties tab to view the dimension editor grid.
Note: In the Simplified Dimension Editor, the member formula for the consol cube is not available. Please use the Classic Dimension Editor or Smart View.


Removal of Support

Classic Dimension Editor

Effective the February 2018 (18.02) update, the Dimensions link in the Navigator will link to the Simplified Dimension Editor. Consequently, the Classic Dimension Editor will not be supported starting with the February 2018 update to the service (February 2, 2018 for test and February 16, 2018 for production instances).

File-based Integration of Data Management with Oracle Fusions Financials Cloud

Oracle Fusion Financial Cloud Budgetary Control and Encumbrance Accounting is now fully integrated with Data Management.

This enhancement brings the integration of Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud with Oracle EPM Cloud on par with the current, out of the box, file-based integration. As a result, the file-based integration is being phased out starting the September update to the service.

If you are using file-based integration between Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud, Oracle recommends that you adopt this new integration as soon as possible.

Updates to Plan For

Advanced Consolidation Capabilites

Advanced Consolidation features will be included in future updates. If the Ownership Management feature (which allows you to use Advanced Consolidation) is enabled, you will need to reconsolidate all existing data in order to re-populate the Proportion Consolidation dimension.

Limits on Dimension Members

For optimal performance, FCCS will begin providing limits on the maximum number of dimension members allowed in each dimension. Starting in a future update, FCCS will stop you from saving non-compliant metadata with error messages explaining that you have exceeded the acceptable number of dimension members.

 

Fixed Defects

Defect Number

Description

26422363

In Financial Reporting Cloud and FCCS, a close manager task with a rule, now provides the exact comment from the Close Manager task list screen.

26546351

If a user has added attachments to cells and that user is deprovisioned, FCCS now removes the user's cell attachments when the user is removed.

26520777

Supporting Detail now prevents you from incorrectly trying to add a child to a column.

26738135

When you upload data using Data Management, the system now correctly replaces the data according to the user’s security access.

26496813

When you restructure shared entities and refresh the database, the data is now retained.

26802092

Batches that include a point of view member that has a ~ character in the member name now render correctly.

26393289

You no longer receive an error when selecting the members of each dimension in Financial Reporting Web Studio.

26784648

Access logs now correctly identify the screens that users accessed, user action in the screen, and object value.

26718035

Dashboards in the Oracle Cloud My Services portal now correctly display the size of the service instance data in the database.

25559995

The error, "Member does not exist for the specified cube," no longer occurs when performing drill-through to Data Management sources.

 

Considerations

Known Microsoft Excel Issue That Affects Smart View for Office

Due to an issue with Microsoft Office, using the copy and paste functionality in Excel and then performing any Smart View operation (such as Refresh, Zoom In, or Submit) causes Smart View to stop responding in the following cases (bug number 26796966):

  • Copying a column to multiple columns if the column copied contains a Smart List or the database to which you’re connected supports duplicate member names.
  • Copying one Smart List cell to multiple cells
  • Copying one member cell to multiple cells if the database to which you’re connected supports duplicate member names

Microsoft has not provided the fix for Excel 2010. Workarounds:

  • While designing the ad hoc grid and copying and pasting columns or cells, ensure that the Member Name Display option is set to "Distinct Member Name Only." The Member Name Display option is in the Member Options tab of the Options dialog box.
  • After pasting, save the workbook and reopen it, then perform the refresh.

CICTA Redirection Account Settings Not Retained After Upgrade

If you assigned an account as a CICTA Redirection Account, after you upgrade, the Redirection account attribute that you selected may be missing.


Copying Managed Data

When you run the Copy Data process and select Managed Data as the Data Source, the data may not display correctly.

To work around this issue, enter data for the Data Input member of the Data Source dimension. Copy data by selecting Data Input as the Data Source. Make sure that data is copied successfully, and then copy data by selecting Managed Data as the Data Source.

Self Service Upgrade

It is strongly recommended that you do not use the Upgrade Application Content settings in this update. Although a new Upgrade screen is available in Daily Maintenance, this feature is not fully functional.

FCCS Amount Override and Rate Override Accounts

If your application does not have any historical accounts defined, there will be no shared members under the seeded FCCS_Amount Override and FCCS_Rate_Override Accounts, which results in errors when refreshing the database.

A workaround is to add placeholder accounts. Under FCCS_Balance Sheet add FCCS_AmountOverride_Placeholder_Account and/or add FCCS_RateOverride_Placeholder_Account. Assign the exchange rate of Historical Amount Override for FCCS_AmountOverride Placeholder Account and Historical Rate Override for FCCS_RateOverride Placeholder Account.

Editing Dates in a Data Collection Period

In a Data Collection Period in Supplemental Data, editing Start, End, and Close Dates may result in an error that the date is outside the valid range.

Entity Member Names/Aliases with ICP Property

When you create an Entity with the ICP property enabled, the maximum length of the member name is 76 characters instead of 80, to allow for the ICP suffix.

Working with Metadata

Be aware of the following considerations:

  • You should not make metadata changes that result in the following:
    • Changing a base member to which a journal has been posted into a parent member (other than in the Entity dimension in which journals are valid at a parent entity)
    • Deleting a member

If there are journals or Supplemental Data posted to those members, these changes can cause problems when accessing Journals or importing existing journals.

  • When you use ad hoc grids in Smart View with FCCS, do not add a root “Period” member on the grid. Make sure the root “Period” member is removed by either clicking “Remove Only” or selecting periods that are in the application and selecting “Keep Only”. If a Period member is left on the grid, then any changes to data that you make will fail to properly set the impact status of the Entities.

Video: Take a Tour of FCCS