Oracle updates all
Planning & Budgeting Cloud
environments (PBCS/EPBCS) monthly to address defects and introduce new features. These updates are
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, May 4th
and to production environments on
Friday, May 18th
, starting at 10 p.m. 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 this update with a new command:
. This allows Service Administrators to run the daily service maintenance process
, as opposed to having to change the schedule from the Daily Maintenance window. Keeping your EPM Automate version up to date is
; not only to receive the latest enhancements but to avoid potential issues with your existing automation scripts (we've seen scripts that have stopped working for using too old of a version). Updating
EPM Automate is a
but easy process: you must manually download and re-install it as you did in the original setup.
is one of my favorite Planning cloud features. It is automatically generated every day, chock-full of charts that help Service Administrators understand application usage and proactively identify potential
performance issues. With this release, the Activity Report has been enhanced to include
versions in use and the number of users who use them. This can help identify Smart View users with unsupported Excel versions.
You can now schedule a job that will limit use of an application during backups or during a database refresh. The
job lets you enable use of the application for Administrators only or for all users while the application is in Administration Mode. This allows Administrators to schedule a "maintenance mode" from the
PBCS job console itself, similar to how the disable connects command works in MAXL for on-premise, which doesn't currently have an equivalent command in EPM Automate.
I got excited for a second when I saw this one. You can now export and import level zero data from an ASO cube in Calc Manager. Which I thought meant you could now export select intersections from an
ASO cube a la DATAEXPORT (a girl can dream?). No, this new Calc Manager export is manual and still of the whole database. Not a big difference from the existing data export job.
Additional features released in this update include:
You can now set your preference for how you want your tasks displayed-in a flat view or tree (hierarchical) view.
When working with cards in navigation flows that have multiple tabs or sub-tabs, the last tab accessed by a user will be retained the next time the user accesses the card in the same session.
There are four new enhancements to dashboard including a more streamlined look, options for chart formatting and currency value scaling.
Calculation Manager now displays the Average Fragmentation Quotient in the statistics for Block Storage Applications.
EPM Cloud source subscriptions can now customize navigation flows to access Oracle Account Reconciliation Cloud clusters and cards.
EPBCS may sometimes require a content update to accommodate the changes introduced during the monthly maintenance. The content update job start time can now be scheduled in EPBCS subscriptions provisioned
after March 16, 2018. For subscriptions that were provisioned prior to March 16, 2018, content update is performed immediately after completing daily maintenance. These subscriptions will be updated for
the new feature soon.
You can now integrate Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud metadata to use in the Workforce business process of Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud and Oracle Strategic Workforce Planning
In the Strategic Modeling Smart View extension, users can now create a copy of an input scenario available in the existing scenarios list.
More details including a full list of defects fixed on the
Planning & Budgeting Cloud update can be found