Saturday, 22 October 2011

Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1 features and gotchas

After a yearlong hold back, Oracle has liberated Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) 11.1.2.1. This is a much friendlier distribute than 11.1.2, with a small number new utilities and a large number of much wanted bug fastens that users should find to be a refreshing change from variety 11.1.2.
The new distribute is more complex than earlier distributes,
and there is a many deal to learn. Definitely take a view at the “Installation and Configuration Guide.” It gives critical knowledge, embracing all prerequisites that you’ll like to recognise before beginning.

Two valued fastens in Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1

Even though this is a support distribute, the number of fastens and modifications is extensive. Two of the most greeted modifications -- both connected to running Hyperion on Microsoft Windows 2008 -- are greatest fastens to outwardly less noteworthy subjects that, in item, produced headaches with variety 11.1.2.
The introduction of Windows 2008 support in Hyperion 11.1.2 fetched with it a manager of new challenges. In augmentation to the new programs, users had to study a new running system. Part of this studying method embraced negotiating the new Windows 2008 security measures. Specifically, Windows 2008 ushered in a new aspect called User Access Control (UAC). UAC impedes performances that actual users can put on on a server. This, aggregated with other new Windows 2008 aspects, produced the Hyperion 11.1.2 putting in to become surprisingly problematic.
Investigating the source was painstaking and time-consuming. The first obstacle of customer entry to go-ahead was answered by incapacitating the assorted restrictive elements and running everything as an administrator. The second
obstacle -- Hyperion services finishing surprisingly -- was answered by updating the registry with a applicable list of directions for the Oracle WebLogic interim storage location.
Oracle has replied to those Windows 2008 subjects in variety 11.1.2.1 by documenting the advantageous steps to disable UAC. The effect is a much smoother putting in process. Oracle in addition rectified the interim storage placement of the services brought ahead for WebLogic in order that they no longer finish unexpectedly.
The 11.1.2.1 distribute in addition embraces new aspects for upgrading from earlier versions. There are numerous new utilities and enhancements to make the redevelopment method easier. You will observe some of these new aspects as long as the configuration of the assorted products.
‘Gotchas’ in Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1
There aren’t more opposing things to declare about the new distribute, but there are a small number subjects that users should watch for as long as installation.
The largest “gotcha” becomes noticeable to be with Financial Reporting. Oracle did not clean up the surviving subject of connecting with Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) as the written knowledge source on a 64-bit Windows platform. This subject days of the year back to the 11.1.1 release. In a nutshell, the change from 32-bit to 64-bit has made HFM a hybrid. The request for paid job jogs on a Windows 64-bit podium, but behind the scenes it still means like a 32-bit application. So the registry knowledge is not preserved where the 64-bit podium looks frontwards to it to be.
Oracle has had adequate time to mend this problem. The putting in should self-acting purpose to the knowledge in spite of of where it is stored. But it does not. Compounding the obstacle is that the workaround found in the 11.1.2.1 distribute documentation is incorrect. However, the manual mend found in the 11.1.1.3 documentation does still work. Basically, to mend this subject you have to depart into the registry and manually purpose the request for paid job to the right place.
The Financial Reporting Print Server putting in in addition has changed. The Financial Reporting Print Server is now joined concurrently with the Financial Reporting Studio putting in package. In the past, the Financial Reporting Print Server was wrapped with the Oracle Universal Installer. In an effort to make the putting in more flexible, Oracle split the Financial Reporting Print Server from the Universal Installer. The effect is what was one time wrapped up through a graphical customer interface is now wrapped up by command-line, establishing the putting in steps more cumbersome and less intuitive. The good journal is that the documentation instructs you on the method of fitting the Financial Reporting Print Server. That said, departing the Financial Reporting Print Server out of the Universal Installer is still a bit confusing.
The Financial Close Management putting in is very large for one product. In a disseminated surroundings, it demands that an SOA suite be fitted on multiple servers.
The 11.1.2.1 putting in, redevelopment and migration is in addition time-consuming and resource-intensive -- the first because the new distribute is more complex than earlier distributes, and there is a many deal to learn.
Future distributes and a hope list
When looking to future distributes, it is sturdy to declare what Oracle should include. Oracle has a repute for retaining population on their toes with without bias very included releases. Most time is paid out countering to what the financial gathering has brought ahead, figuring out what works and finding workarounds for what doesn’t. That said, there are a two population of details on the hope table for the next release:
  1. Package the Financial Print Server Install with the Financial Reporting Server Universal Install.
  2. Add back support for WebSphere. Hyperion proposed support up to 11.1.2. WebSphere has a immense listeners and market share that Oracle is missing out on.