Oracle updates all
Planning & Budgeting Cloud
environments (PBCS / EPBCS) monthly 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.
updates are currently scheduled to be deployed in test environments on
Friday, August 3rd
and to production environments on
Friday, August 17th
, starting at 10 PM 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
May 2018 Planning & Budgeting Cloud
Clone and Incremental Export
update I complained about in my July blog post has been
. The July update made it so that certain relational artifacts (such as cell text, etc.) could no longer be exported by themselves; only as part of a full snapshot backup. Apparently, I wasn't the only
one unhappy with this change since Oracle reverted it due to customer demand.
A simple but a good one: dashboards and infolets can now be
organized under folders
making it easier to assign
security access in bulk.
Another simple update that will be welcomed by users: a new setting in Financial Reporting Web Studio can be enabled so that
users don't need to re-enter their credentials
when running a Financial Reporting batch. Note: for this setting to be enabled the environment must be restarted (whether by EPM Automate or by the daily maintenance window).
Speaking of FR Studio, starting on this release the
desktop version will no longer be available for download
by Oracle. And on next month's release, any existing installations of FR Desktop Studio will no longer work with the cloud. We've known this was coming for about a year now, so if you haven't made the
switch to Web Studio yet now is a good time to do it!
I personally like Web Studio a lot better
. It's easy to get to from your cloud console's menu, no install required and no more clunky login window that disappears randomly (a huge pet peeve of mine which never seemed to be fixed through the
Support for the classic dimension editor
through October. If you haven't started using the Simplified Dimension Editor yet you may want to start. I'm torn between the two. I like the copy paste and zoom in/out capabilities of the Simplified
Editor for bulk changes, but for small modifications, I prefer the less cluttered, one-member-at-a-time view of the classic editor.
I commented on the upcoming
removal of support for composite forms
before. This was supposed to happen in June, but it has now been pushed to January. Be advised that the path forward is to use dashboards instead of composites.
Additional features released in this update include:
There is a
that controls how out of the box
behave based on scenario definition.
There is a
new properties panel
to make infolet formatting easier.
There is a
new version of the Vision sample app
that includes recent new features such as infolets, smart forms, etc.
on how to optimize business rules.
More details including a full list of defects fixed on the
Planning & Budgeting Cloud update can be found