After Kscope17, we talked about what’s going on with Hyperion on-prem support and Oracle’s roadmap for future releases of on-prem products.
This month at OpenWorld, Oracle made their plans for what’s coming to Hyperion a little more concrete. In this blog post, we’ll look at the 11.2 plans for Hyperion Planning, HFM, Financial Close Management, and EPMA. You’ll also see a helpful graphic comparing current, next, and future functionality for the EPM suite.
But first, we’ll give you a refresher of Oracle’s on-prem strategy and important dates to know.
Strategy & Dates
At this point, all of us are very familiar with Oracle’s inevitable shift to the cloud. But, as with most things, there was some resistance to change — and Oracle heard you. Oracle isn’t giving up on-premises products yet and announced during Kscope17 that a new version would be coming out in 2019.
Here’s what we know:
- The new version, 11.2, will include customer-driven enhancements. They’re making the changes that their current customers want to see, rather than focusing on expanding their on-prem market.
- Included in this on-premises strategy is a shift to make release cycles smaller and easier to adopt.
- S1 defect fixing for 1.2.3 will only continue until March 2018. For 126.96.36.199, defect fixing, third party certifications, and enhancements will be made through December 2020.
- The release of 11.2 is scheduled for early 2019. With that, Oracle will include an uplift to FMW 12g release.
- Oracle is also planning a Repository Simplification to be released in early 2018. That will include the removal of foundation services with a content migration for Financial Reporting and Workspace to the RDBMS repository.
- Defect fixing, third party certification updates, and enhancements will be made to 2 through December 2030.
- Oracle’s on-prem strategy also includes premier support for EPM applications through 2030.
Future & Upcoming On-Prem Features
Deciding whether to upgrade to 188.8.131.52 now, wait until 11.2 comes out, or even move to the cloud can be a little overwhelming. Naturally, a big part of that is the cost. There’s also factoring in when support will end for some of these tools. Of course, knowing what features will be included in these tools can help you in making this decision.
Fortunately, we have a lot more details now after OpenWorld.
Hyperion Planning 11.2 Features
Use Excel’s Formula Editor to Write Calculations
- Formulas are persisted with member reference
- Ability to write calculations using familiar Excel syntax
- Business users can drive calculations
- Ability to create user-defined versions on the fly
- Calculate and aggregate instantaneously
- Will honor security and access rights
- Independent what-if analysis, iterative modeling, dynamic scenario comparisons, collaborative modeling
Essbase Hybrid Support
- Sparse Dimension Dynamic calc
- Block size reduction
- Data size reduction
- Define valid and invalid data intersections
- Show only products pertinent to my region
- End users only interact with valid data intersections
- Users see only relevant information
- Speeds planning process
- Optimizes information rendered to users
- Associate Data Map Rules to Forms
- Move data on save of form
- Option to associate relational data as part of move
- Move data from BSO to ASO/BSO
- Immediate update of full Planning data for reporting
- Instant feedback loop for reporting and analysis
Essbase Hybrid Support — Block Count Reduction
Essbase Hybrid Support — Page Size Reduction
- Statistics on data tables
- Sorted by Scenario and Year
- Number of records with…
- Invalid data
- Zero value
- Foreign currency data
- Input data
- Calculated data
- Size of the data tables
- Monitor application and system
- Take action before issues arise
- Utilize hardware during non-peak hours
- Can turn it off
- When to consolidate
- Where to consolidate
- Multiple POV
- Configurable hardware allocation
- Data is always consolidated
- Consolidation is triggered by impacted data
- In the Auto Consol window, system keeps checking impacted data and consolidates
- Automatically checks for other activities and suspends
- Round robin execution to consolidate dependent point of views
Archiving/Deleting unwanted data
- SV, DB batch processing, etc.
Integration with FCCS (Close Manager)
Financial Close Management 184.108.40.206.250
Account Reconciliation Manager (ARM)
- Variance Analysis
- Reconciliation Archive
- Bulk Submit/Approve
Close Manager (CM)
- Excel add-in to interact with Tasks
Supplemental Data Manager (SDM)
- Team assignments
- Configurable column width
- Change import file delimiter
- Allow negative state date offset
Oracle will also remove SOA in FCM, which drove workflow in CM and ARM. The architecture will be simplified going forward to resolve this issue for FCM users.
Enterprise Performance Management Architect (EPMA)
Oracle also clarified rumors about EPMA, from it being sold to SAP to hearing that Apple or Google had a better version.
EPMA is still valid for on-prem customers who want to share dimensions. They also clarified that…
- The rumors aren’t true
- Data sharing should be in FDMEE
- EPMA is not being moved to the cloud; Enterprise Data Management Cloud Service (EDMCS) will be available for data management in the cloud soon