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, July 6th
and to production environments on
Friday, July 20th
, 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
Planning & Budgeting Cloud update:
A new version of
is available with a new command,
, which allows you to copy files between environments. At the time of this blog post, the documentation was not updated with the new command, so I'll be interested to know if files can be copied across
different identity domains. My thought is probably no due to having to handle different logins. There are also updates to two existing commands:
, which will now list/delete migration snapshots as well as files in the inbox/outbox folders.
Note: Keeping your EPM Automate version up to date is
; not only to receive the latest enhancements but also to avoid potential issues with your existing automation scripts (we've seen scripts that have stopped working for using a version that is too old.)
Updating EPM Automate is a
but easy process: you must manually download and re-install it as you did in the original setup.
Clone and Incremental Export
. I don't quite get this update. From what I'm seeing in the DEV pods, splitting the Migration screen into Backups and Exports has only made it so that relational artifacts (such as cell text, etc.)
can no longer be exported by themselves
, only with a full snapshot backup including data. I've had to migrate cell text by itself before so this would make my job a lot harder depending on the size of the application.
There is a new "simplified" interface for
, which is just called
. This interface is supposed to streamline the basic Data Management operations, but it is being referred to as a
"preview version only"
, so it doesn't appear as it will be fully functional as of yet. No word on if the new interface will eventually replace the existing one yet, but I suspect that might be the case in maybe a year's time?
A very simple but exciting update: you will no longer need to click the
to select a member under
!!! Selecting the member will be enough!!!
There are several enhancements to
in this release. Please note that additional work may be needed to fully implement these changes depending on how your environment is set up. Refer to the
Important Information for Current Workforce Customers
section in the July updates link (at the bottom of this document) for specific instructions:
Updates to what
benefit and taxes assumptions can be stored in and replicated across, including a
new pre-packaged rule
to copy assumptions across entities. This minimizes the need to customize artifacts to
avoid the burden of setting assumptions for each and every single entity
. I would still like to see the ability to set assumptions at the No Entity level out of the box instead of having to replicate data.
The Benefits and Taxes wizard has a new component type called Custom, which allows you to create custom logic components without having to go through the "backend".
There are new
payment frequency options
to define when certain benefits, additional earnings or taxes are paid.
There are now
three options to define salary for TBHs
, as opposed to using only entity salary defaults. Direct entry and picking from salary grades are now available.
There are options now to define
end date for temporary worker
Additional features released in this update include:
for certain activity reports for underperforming artifacts has been lowered to 2 seconds. For example
Percentage of UI Requests over 2 Seconds
Data Maps card
will be moving under the Data Exchange card in the Application cluster.
can be unhidden directly from Financial Reporting Web Studio.
More details including a full list of defects fixed on the
Planning & Budgeting Cloud update can be found