Oracle updates all
Planning & Budgeting Cloud
environments (PBCS / EPBCS) on a monthly basis to address defects and introduce new features. These
on specific dates scheduled by Oracle, during the mandatory daily maintenance window. Keep in mind that while you can configure your daily maintenance window time, you can't change the dates these updates
are applied. Oracle announces next month's update dates via newsletter at the end of each month.
April 2018 updates are currently scheduled to be deployed in test environments on
Friday, April 6th
and to production environments on
Friday, April 20th
, starting at 10PM UTC. Any schedule changes are also announced via the newsletter, which is automatically sent to all cloud administrators (keep an eye out for Oracle emails with
Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Services
in the subject).
These are the highlights of the April 2018 Planning & Budgeting Cloud update:
Starting with what I think is one of the most important pieces of info in this update,
composite forms will not be available
to new subscriptions effective
June of this year
. Net new cloud clients won't know the difference since they'll be able to use the dashboard functionality instead, but I'm curious to see how existing on-premise clients will migrate their composite
forms to the cloud. Will
reject composites flat out starting in June? For clients with a considerable amount of composite forms, how much longer will their migrations be if these need to be rebuilt as dashboards from scratch?
We will soon find out!
Two new options for
row and column suppression
will be introduced in
with this release: Legacy and Standard. These can be configured as an application default or from Smart View itself. When both suppress missing/no data AND zero are enabled,
will only suppress rows/columns that are either
ALL missing/no data OR ALL zero. Standard
will suppress any rows or columns containing
missing OR zeros
(if both options are selected).
are automatically generated every day and enable administrators to understand application usage over a period.
reports will be added with this new release: Number of user interface requests by hour, Number of Essbase operations by hour, Duration of Essbase operations by hour, CPU usage, Memory usage. It is very
interesting to get a peek into
in a SaaS platform, however, I'm not sure how much the CPU and memory usage reports will be of service, when administrators are still not allowed to edit cache settings of their planning cloud applications.
Additional features released in this update include:
Migration (lifecycle management)
are being from the Application to the Tools cluster.
You can now
to run in 15-minute, 30-minute and hourly increments.
repository is being released for new subscriptions. Existing subscriptions will be migrated to the new repository in an upcoming release. The new repository is supposed to be very similar to the existing
one. It remains to be seen if it'll be as intuitive as it is now.
There is a new
Calculation Manager design-time
prompt, @PlanDimMember, that will "return a member if it is valid for the specified dimension in the specified plan type". However, there is no other documentation available at the time of writing this
Service Administrators can now add
after the infolet header
. Infolets are new dashboard artifacts in the shape of a "small interactive box", introduced in the March 2018 update.
Smart View extension, the
now includes an
To button for freeform formulas. Apply To enables you to apply the freeform formula to selected subaccounts and children.
module, you can now set default percentage rates for merit increases. The merit increase for the year is included in the base salary calculations of that year and carried forward into the base salary
for subsequent years.
More details including a full list of defects fixed on the April 2018 Planning & Budgeting Cloud update can be found