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Oracle® Hyperion Planning
Administrator's Guide
Release 11.1.2.3.500
Updated: May 2015
Planning Administrator's Guide, 11.1.2.3.500
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Contents
Documentation Accessibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Documentation Feedback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Chapter 1. Using Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
About Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Planning Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Important Information on New Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Planning Web Client . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Performance Management Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
EPM Workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Lifecycle Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Essbase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Financial Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Business Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Web Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Predictive Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
User Licensing for Third-Party Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Planning Usage Scenario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Setting Up Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Building Plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Launching Business Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Starting the Budget Review Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Post-Planning Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Chapter 2. Getting Started with Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Starting Essbase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Considerations for Working with Essbase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Understanding Implied Sharing in Planning Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Connecting to Multiple Instances of Essbase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
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Starting the Relational Database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Optimizing SQL Relational Databases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Setting Application and System Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Changing the JDBC Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Configuring JDBC Connection Pooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Configuring Data Synchronization on UNIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Setting Offline Compression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Controlling Smart View Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Showing New Planning Members in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Setting the Application Home Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Setting Background Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Setting Business Rules Launch Logging Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Setting Data Validation Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Setting the Maximum Length for Text Values and Comments in Cells . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Managing Dimensions from Within Deployed Planning Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Controlling Smart View Cell Formatting in Planning Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Using the Planning Release 11.1.2.1 User Interface and Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Setting the Maximum Number of Members Displayed in the Tablet-Friendly User
Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Logging On to EPM Workspace and Accessing Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Using the Tablet-Friendly User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Logging On to the Tablet-Friendly User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Enabling Tablet Access to Planning Artifacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Considerations When Using the Tablet-Friendly User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
About Cell Formatting When Using the Tablet-Friendly User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Copying and Pasting Data Between Microsoft Excel and Planning Web Forms . . . . . . 52
Working with Planning Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
About Text Files for Planning Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Running Planning Utilities on UNIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
About EPM Oracle Instance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Using Application Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
About Updating Instances and Clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Closing Planning and Essbase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Chapter 3. Setting Up Access Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Levels of Access Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Planning Artifacts That Can Be Assigned Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Types of Access Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Enabling Access Permissions for Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
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Assigning Access to Members and Business Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Adding Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Editing Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Deleting Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
About Effective Access Permissions to Shared Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Managing Access to Forms and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Assigning Access to Forms and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Adding Access to Forms and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Changing Access to Forms and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Importing Access Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Improving Performance When Importing Access Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Exporting Access Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Reporting on Access Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Selecting Reporting Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Selecting Reporting Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Working With Access Permissions Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Setting up Audit Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Examples of Tracked Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Viewing and Clearing Audit Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Managing Security Filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Synchronizing Users With the Provision Users Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Migrating User and Group Identities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Migrating Business Rule Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Removing Stale User Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Setting Up Access Permissions in Financial Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Chapter 4. Managing Planning Databases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Unlocking Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Using Broadcast Messaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Viewing Usage Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Creating and Refreshing Application Databases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Managing Exchange Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Creating Exchange Rate Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Editing Exchange Rate Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Deleting Exchange Rate Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Managing Currency Conversions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Working with Currency Conversion Calc Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Optimizing Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
About Reordering Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
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Allocating Memory for Supporting Detail Cache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Configuring the Data and Index Cache Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Other Performance Optimization Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Backing Up Applications and Application Databases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Chapter 5. Loading Data and Metadata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
About Loading Dynamic Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Loading Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Working with the Outline Load Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Command Properties File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Generating Load Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Importing Data and Metadata Using a Flat File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Importing Data and Metadata from a Relational Data Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Exporting Data and Metadata from a Planning Application to a Flat File . . . . . . . . . 113
Exporting Metadata from a Planning Application to a Relational Data Source . . . . . . 115
Command Line Parameters for the Outline Load Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Dimension Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Working with Planning Import and Export . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Running Planning Import and Export . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Importing from a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Exporting Metadata to a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Exporting Data to a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Data Integrator Adapter for Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Using DIM Adapter for Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Enabling Data Load of Essbase Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Loading from Administration Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
File Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Loading with Performance Management Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Loading with FDM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Chapter 6. Managing Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
About Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Forms and Plan Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Forms and Access Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Forms and Currencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Forms and Versions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Forms and Attributes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Forms and Shared Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Forms and Calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
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Form Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Point of View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Page Axis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Rows and Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Designing Specific Types of Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Designing Forms for Multiple Currencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Designing Forms for Drill-Through Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Designing Forms with Formula Rows and Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Designing Forms with Data Validation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Transferring Global Assumptions from a Test to a Production Environment . . . . . . 155
Designing Forms for Rolling Forecasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Working with Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Previewing Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Printing Form Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Searching for Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Moving Forms and Ad Hoc Grids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Deleting Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Renaming Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Importing and Exporting Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Specifying How Many Forms Users Can Simultaneously Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Creating Simple Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Setting Form Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Setting Other Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Creating Asymmetric Rows and Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Adding Formula Rows and Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Defining Simple Form Page and Point of View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Editing Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Creating Composite Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Setting Composite Form Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Setting Composite Form Section Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Setting Composite Form Point of View and Page Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Creating Master Composite Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Embedding Charts in Composite Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Using Grid Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Using Business Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Selecting Business Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Setting Business Rule Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
About Runtime Prompts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
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Understanding Runtime Prompts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
About Runtime Prompts and Approvals Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Designing Secure Runtime Prompts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Launching Business Rules With a Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Customizing Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Working with User Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
About User Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Managing User Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Creating User Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Deleting User Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Working with Substitution Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
About Substitution Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Creating and Assigning Values to Substitution Variables Using Planning . . . . . . . . . 198
Deleting Substitution Variables Using Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Importing Form Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Preparing Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Preparing Data Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Importing Form Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
ImportFormDefinition Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Planning Offline Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
About Offline Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Offline Form Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Offline User Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Business Rule Considerations for Offline Calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
How Cell Formatting in Smart View Persists in Planning Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Chapter 7. Using the Member Selector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
About Working With Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Selecting Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Using Wildcards in Searches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
About Selecting Attribute Values as Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
About Selecting Members for Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
About Selecting Substitution Variables as Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
About Selecting User Variables as Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Chapter 8. Managing Data Validation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Creating and Updating Data Validation Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Formatting Cells and Setting the Promotional Path . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Viewing Data Validation Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Order of Evaluation and Execution for Data Validation Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
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Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
If Condition Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Then Condition Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Range Condition Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Data Validation Conditional Operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Data Validation Rule Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Scenario 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Scenario 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Scenario 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Scenario 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Scenario 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Chapter 9. Managing the Budgeting Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
About the Budgeting Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Planning Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Review Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Planning Unit Hierarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Data Validation Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Setting Up Email for Approvals Notification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Defining the Budgeting Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Approvals Roles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Approvals Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Approval Operations and Data Validations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Starting and Supporting the Review Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Printing Planning Unit Annotations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Managing Planning Unit Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
Creating Planning Unit Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Assigning Planning Unit Hierarchy Scenario and Version Combinations . . . . . . . . . 253
Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Scenario and Version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
Editing Planning Unit Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
Deleting Planning Unit Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Viewing Planning Unit Hierarchy Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Renaming Planning Unit Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Synchronizing Planning Unit Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Exporting Planning Unit Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Importing Planning Unit Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Planning Unit Promotional Path . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Modifying the Planning Unit Promotional Path . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
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Design Considerations for Planning Unit Promotional Path Data Validation Rules . . 261
Managing Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Creating Task List Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Renaming Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Renaming Task List Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
Moving Task List Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
Deleting Task List Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
Creating Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Adding Instructions to Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Adding and Defining Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Adding Tasks to Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Editing Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Linking Tasks to Planning Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270
Assigning Access to Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270
Importing and Exporting Task Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272
Copying Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Clearing Cell Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Chapter 10. Working With an Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Managing Forms and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Creating Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Moving Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
Deleting Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
Renaming Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
About Setting Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
Setting Personal Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Setting Application Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Specifying System Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Assigning Applications to Shared Services Application Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Limiting Use of an Application During Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Using the MaintenanceMode Utility to Limit Application Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Specifying Custom Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Setting Display Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Setting Printing Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Mapping an Application for Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
About the Reporting Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Creating a Reporting Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Mapping a Planning Application to a Reporting Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Defining Application Mappings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
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Defining Dimension Mappings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
Setting the Point of View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
Validation Rules for Default Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Pushing Data to a Reporting Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Pushing Data with a Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291
Unsupported Features with Mapping Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Mapping Applications and Substitution Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Adding an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Editing an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Removing an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Deleting Application Information Using SQL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Deleting Account Annotations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Deleting Supporting Detail Associated With a Scenario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
Chapter 11. Working with Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
Creating and Updating Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
Working with Menu Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
Adding or Changing Menu Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
Chapter 12. Working with Planning Application Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
About Creating Applications with Performance Management Architect and Planning
Application Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
Managing Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
Managing Data Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
Managing Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
Working with Alias Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
About Alias Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
Creating Alias Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 314
Editing or Renaming Alias Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 314
Deleting Alias Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
Clearing Alias Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
Copying Alias Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
Specifying a Default Alias Table, and Setting Member and Alias Display Options . . . 315
Working with Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Dimension Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Working with Dimension Hierarchies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 318
Viewing a Member’s Ancestors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
Determining Where Members Are Used in an Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
About Custom Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322
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About Entities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324
Base Currency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324
About Accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324
Accounts, Entities, and Plan Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328
About User-Defined Custom Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328
Adding or Editing User-Defined Custom Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
Working with Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331
Working with Attributes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
Working with Attribute Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
Customizing Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341
Setting Up Currencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
Enabling Multiple Currencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
Specifying Exchange Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
Setting Up Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352
Specifying Versions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355
Sorting Version and Scenario Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358
Moving Scenario and Version Members in the Dimension Hierarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . 358
Adding an Aggregate Storage Outline to a Planning Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
About Aggregate Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Aggregate Storage Outline Plan Type Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Process for Adding an Aggregate Storage Database to a Planning Application . . . . . . 360
Working with Plan Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Setting up Dynamic Time Series Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361
Additional Supported Planning Application Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
Considerations for Alternate Hierarchies in Period Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
Working with Applications that Use Planning Application Administration . . . . . . . . . . . 364
Refreshing Application Databases Using a Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364
Refreshing Databases with Level 0 Members Set to Dynamic Calc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
Working With Essbase Partitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
Sorting Members Using a Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 366
Deleting Shared Descendants Using a Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
Using Smart Lists, UDAs, and Member Formulas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
Working with Smart Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
Working with UDAs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
Working with Member Formulas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373
Chapter 13. Customizing Planning Web Client . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379
Customizing Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379
Customizing the Planning Tools Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 381
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Customizing Cascading Style Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 382
Location of Cascading Style Sheet Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 383
Modifying Cascading Style Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 383
Customization Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 384
Customizing the Style of Row and Column Members in Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Customizing the Style of Header Cells in Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386
Applying Bolding to All Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386
Applying Bolding to One Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386
Customizing Skins to Add Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386
Registering Customized Skins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
About Customizing ADF Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
About Customizing Text, Color, and Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 388
Customizing Text, Color, and Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 388
Customizing Text in Non-Latin Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 389
Restricted Characters in Customized Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391
Customizing Colors, States, and Actions for Process Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391
Customizing Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391
Customizing States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 392
Customizing Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 393
Creating Spreading Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 393
Examples of Spreading Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 394
Creating Instructions for Planners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395
Chapter 14. Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 397
Calculation Script is Too Long or Complex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 398
Cannot Find Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 398
Cannot Process Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399
Conflicting Change by Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399
Copy Version Error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399
Currency Conversion Calc Script Failed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400
Form Error Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400
Database Locked by Another Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 401
FDM Drill Through Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 401
500 Error Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 402
Implied Sharing Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 402
Invalid Value When Entering Date Value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 403
Manage Database Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 404
Maximum Number of Applications Already Connected or Database is Locked . . . . . . . . 405
Optimizing WebLogic Server Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405
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Optimizing Windows Network Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 406
Registering a Restored Application with Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407
Session Timeout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407
Slow Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 408
Slow Performance When Opening Forms Using a Dial-Up Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . 408
Slow Performance When Opening Large Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 409
Unable to Create Application Error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410
Unable to Refresh Application Error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410
Unsuccessful Log On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411
Appendix A. Customizing Forms with JavaScript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 413
About Customizing Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 413
Modifying JavaScript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 413
customCellEnterPre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414
customCellEnterPost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414
customCellValidatePre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
customCellValidatePost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 416
customOnLoad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 417
drawCustomButtons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 417
validateForm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 417
Deploying Custom JavaScript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 418
Appendix B. Naming Restrictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419
Restrictions for Applications and Databases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419
Restrictions for Dimensions, Members, Aliases, and Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 420
Dimension and Member Names in Calc Scripts, Report Scripts, Formulas, Filters, and
Substitution Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423
Restrictions for User Names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 424
Appendix C. Form Formula Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 425
Using Formulas and Formula Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 425
Creating Formulas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 425
Editing Formulas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 425
Deleting Formulas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 426
Formula Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 426
Arguments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 427
Abs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 431
Average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432
AverageA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432
Count . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 433
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CountA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 434
Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 434
Eval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
IfThen, If . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 436
Max . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 439
Min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 439
Mod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440
PercentOfTotal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440
Pi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441
Product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441
Random . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 442
Rank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 442
Round . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 444
Sqrt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 445
Sum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 445
Truncate / Trunc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 446
Variance / Var . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 447
VariancePercent / VarPer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 449
Appendix D. Using Smart View to Import and Edit Planning Metadata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 451
Importing Planning Dimensions in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 451
Importing Dimensions in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 452
Using Smart View Grids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 452
Editing Members in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454
Adding Planning Members in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454
Selecting the Add Mode within Planning Application Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454
Adding Members in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 455
Guidelines for Adding Members in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 456
Moving Members in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 456
Guidelines for Moving Members in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 457
Designating Shared Members in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 457
Refreshing and Creating Cubes in Smart View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 458
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 459
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Using Planning
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In This Chapter
About Planning .............................................................................................21
Planning Features ..........................................................................................21
Important Information on New Features .................................................................22
Smart View..................................................................................................22
Planning Web Client .......................................................................................22
Performance Management Architect .....................................................................22
EPM Workspace ............................................................................................23
Lifecycle Management.....................................................................................23
Essbase .....................................................................................................24
Financial Reporting ........................................................................................24
Business Rules .............................................................................................24
Web Analysis ...............................................................................................24
Predictive Planning.........................................................................................24
User Licensing for Third-Party Software ..................................................................25
Planning Usage Scenario..................................................................................25
About Planning
Oracle Hyperion Planning is a budgeting and planning solution that drives collaborative, eventbased operational planning processes throughout the organization for a wide range of financial
and operational needs. It enables a complete and closed-loop planning process that drives
continuous business improvement. Decision makers and managers can communicate the course
of action and collaborate with budget holders to optimize the planning process. Planners have
the flexibility to adapt rapidly, ensuring plans are relevant and useful.
Planning Features
Planning:
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enterprises
Provides a framework for perpetual planning, to manage volatility and frequent planning
cycles
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Provides ease of use and deployment through the Web or Oracle Smart View for Office
Lowers the total cost of ownership through a shorter roll out and implementation phase,
and easier maintenance for an application
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Promotes modeling with complex business rules and allocations
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Integrates with other systems to load data
Important Information on New Features
For important information on using Planning new features, see Oracle Hyperion Planning New
Features for the current release.
Smart View
Smart View is the Microsoft Office interface to Planning, where users can perform their planning
and forecasting activities. Smart View also enables users to work offline in disconnect mode.
They can analyze Planning data in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Ad hoc
grids in Smart View enable Planning users to personalize focused data slices that they frequently
access and share them with others through Smart View or Planning. See the “Working with Ad
Hoc Grids” chapter in the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide and the Oracle Smart View for
Office User's Guide.
Planning Web Client
Planning provides complete functionality for Web users. Use the Web interface to roll out
applications to large, distributed organizations without installing software on client computers.
All software resides on the server. Many administrative features that were formerly in the
Planning Desktop are now available through Planning Web. Other administrative features, such
as creating and administering applications and dimensions, are now available through Oracle
Hyperion EPM Architect.
Performance Management Architect
Performance Management Architect is a component of Planning installation and configuration.
You use it to create and work with Planning applications and dimensions, Smart Lists, UDAs,
member formulas, and other features. You can also create business rules.
With Performance Management Architect, you can view, create, and validate Performance
Management Architect applications, and deploy them to create Planning applications.
Deploying applications from Performance Management Architect to Planning is a long-running
operation. The initial deployment may take more time than subsequent re-deployments.
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Performance Management Architect applications can contain business rules created using the
Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager module in Performance Management Architect. For
assistance on tasks performed in Performance Management Architect, see the Oracle Hyperion
Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide. For information on
installing and configuring Performance Management Architect, see the Oracle Enterprise
Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Guide.
EPM Workspace
Planning is available within Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Workspace.
For information on EPM Workspace features, such as EPM Workspace preferences, see the
Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Workspace User's Guide or Oracle Hyperion
Enterprise Performance Management Workspace Administrator's Guide. To log on to EPM
Workspace, see “Logging On to EPM Workspace and Accessing Planning” on page 49.
Lifecycle Management
Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Lifecycle Management provides
a consistent way for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System products to migrate
an application, a repository, or individual artifacts across product environments and operating
systems. Generally, the Lifecycle Management interface in Oracle Hyperion Shared Services
Console is consistent for all EPM System products that support Lifecycle Management. However,
EPM System products display different artifact listings and export and import options in the
Lifecycle Management interface.
Lifecycle Management features:
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Viewing applications and folders
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Searching for artifacts
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Migrating directly from one application to another
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Migrating to and from the file system
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Saving and loading migration definition files
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Viewing selected artifacts
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Auditing migrations
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Viewing the status of migrations
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Importing and exporting individual artifacts for quick changes on the file system
In addition to providing the Lifecycle Management interface in Shared Services Console, there
is a command-line utility called Lifecycle Management Utility that provides an alternate way to
migrate artifacts from source to destination. The Lifecycle Management Utility can be used with
a third-party scheduling service such as Windows Task Scheduler or Oracle Enterprise Manager.
Lastly, there is a Lifecycle Management Application Programming Interface (API) that enables
users to customize and extend the Lifecycle Management functionality.
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For detailed information about Lifecycle Management, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance
Management System Lifecycle Management Guide.
Essbase
Planning leverages Oracle Essbase analytic and calculation capabilities, security filters, APIs, prebuilt financial intelligence, calculation functions, and multi-database application support.
Planning stores the application definition in a relational database, and creates Essbase databases
and security privileges for applications.
Data sources are used to link the relational database and the Essbase server, and are associated
with each Planning application. For information on creating data sources for Planning
application administration, see “Managing Data Sources” on page 307. For information on data
sources for Planning applications created in Performance Management Architect, see the Oracle
Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
Financial Reporting
Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting is a management reporting tool that transforms data into
meaningful business information through highly formatted reports. Planning users can use
Financial Reporting to manage reporting tasks and implement plan review and analysis. Users
can create reports featuring text, grids of data, charts, graphs, and images. They can use realtime, ad hoc variance reporting, and produce a variety of sophisticated financial reports that can
be viewed online or printed with production-quality formatting.
Business Rules
Business rules perform complicated calculations through predefined formulas, variables,
calculation scripts, macros, rulesets, and templates. See “Using Business Rules” on page 186.
Web Analysis
Oracle Hyperion Web Analysis is an analysis, presentation, and reporting solution. It allows
organizations to deliver information to large user communities at a low cost.
Predictive Planning
With Predictive Planning, users can work in Planning forms to predict performance based on
historical data. Predictive Planning uses sophisticated time-series and autoregressive integrated
moving average (ARIMA) statistical techniques to confirm and validate predictions entered into
Planning based on other prediction methods. To use this feature, administrators must design
forms as described in the Oracle Hyperion Planning Predictive Planning User's Guide. Then, if a
valid Planning form is loaded in Smart View, users can access Predictive Planning functionality
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from the Planning menu or ribbon. (For installation instructions, see the Oracle Enterprise
Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Guide.)
User Licensing for Third-Party Software
To use Planning, you must purchase licenses from third-party vendors, for example, for a
relational database and Web application server.
Planning Usage Scenario
You create applications using Performance Management Architect application administration,
and deploy them to create Planning applications. Applications contain dimensions and
dimension attributes designed to meet Planning needs, such as accounts, entities, scenarios, and
other dimension elements. You can create an unlimited number of applications. For information
about Performance Management Architect, see the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance
Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
These topics outline how Planning is used:
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“Deployment” on page 25
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“Setting Up Applications” on page 26
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“Building Plans” on page 31
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“Launching Business Rules” on page 31
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“Starting the Budget Review Process” on page 31
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“Post-Planning Activities” on page 33
Deployment
An IT professional installs and configures Planning on server computers and client workstations.
The IT professional should have experience administering relational databases, installing client/
server and Web server software, and configuring user directories.
Table 1
Server Installation
User
Task
IT professional
Installs Planning system requirements, including operating systems, relational database, Web server, application server,
and Web browser
IT professional
Installs Essbase
IT professional
Sets up the data source name (DSN) for the OLAP and relational databases
IT professional
Installs Planning and Financial Reporting
IT professional
Creates relational databases and connections
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User
Task
IT professional
Configures the Web server
IT professional
Sets up users in an external user directory
IT professional
Optional: Creates a test application with users
IT professional
Tests installation and configuration
Table 2
Client Installation Users and Tasks
User
Task
IT professional
Installs the Planning remote Windows client, Smart View, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Reporting
IT professional
Installs a Web browser
IT professional
Tests connections to the Web and network
Setting Up Applications
Subtopics
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Creating Metadata
Defining Users and Access Permissions
Creating and Refreshing Applications
Designing Forms
Designing Worksheets
Populating Applications with Data
Creating Business Rules
Setting Targets
Creating Tasks Lists
Reporting
Initializing Planning Cycles
Setting up applications includes the tasks listed in this section. Administrators can also set up
applications using Performance Management Architect application administration, and deploy
them to Planning. See the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect
Administrator's Guide.
Creating Metadata
Consulting partners and the Planning administrator design applications and create an
application framework with Performance Management Architect application administration.
There is only one application owner per application. The owner can grant ownership to another
administrator. The application framework includes:
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Application name
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Number and names of plan types
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Calendar structure
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Whether the application is a multicurrency application
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Default currency
After the application framework is created, dimensions and members are added to the
application and assigned to the plan type in Performance Management Architect. There are up
to eight required dimensions in an application:
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Currency (for multicurrency applications)
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HSP_Rates (for multicurrency applications)
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Account
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Entity
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Scenario
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Version
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Period
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Year
Table 3
Creating Metadata
User
Task
Administrator
Designs and creates applications
Administrator
Defines metadata (currencies, scenarios, versions, calendar)
Administrator
Enters exchange rates
Administrator
Defines attributes and attribute values
Administrator
Loads custom dimensions
Defining Users and Access Permissions
An IT professional defines users and groups and configures a user directory before users can
access Planning applications. For detailed information, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance
Management System User Security Administration Guide. Within Planning, you assign users or
groups to secured objects.
Table 4
Setting Up Users and Access Permissions
User
Task
IT professional
Sets up Planning users with a supported user directory
Administrator
Synchronizes users in the user directory with a Planning application
Administrator
Assigns access permissions to users and groups
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User
Task
Administrator
Assigns access permissions to dimensions, members, forms, folders, and task lists in Planning (see Chapter 3, “Setting
Up Access Permissions”)
Creating and Refreshing Applications
Administrators create and periodically refresh the Essbase outline and security structure for the
Planning application. The outline and security structure are created based on metadata stored
in the Planning application’s relational database. Planning creates:
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Multiple Essbase databases (one per plan type)
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Essbase access permissions filters
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Essbase outlines (all metadata):
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Members
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Shared members
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User-defined attributes and attribute values
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Exchange rates
Table 5
Generating Databases
User
Task
Administrator
Creates and refreshes Planning applications based on metadata stored in the application’s relational database
Designing Forms
Table 6
Designing Forms
User
Task
Administrator and interactive user
Creates and maintains forms in Planning
Administrator and interactive user
Creates and manages folders in Planning for form management
Administrator
Assigns access permissions to forms and folders
Designing Worksheets
Planning users can install Smart View to work with forms in Excel to leverage Excel worksheet
models, build custom formulas, format reports, and work disconnected from Planning.
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Populating Applications with Data
Administrators and interactive users use Performance Management Architect application
administration to pre-populate Planning applications with data. See the Oracle Hyperion
Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
Table 7
Populating Applications with Data
User
Task
Administrator
Use Copy Data to copy plans from one dimensional intersection to another, including relational data
and supporting detail
Administrator and interactive user
Performs bulk loads
Any user
Enters values for global saved assumptions referenced in business rules
Any user
Enters data into the Planning application through forms or Smart View
Any user
Calculates and creates data using business rules or Copy Version
Creating Business Rules
Table 8
Creating Business Rules
User
Task
Administrator
Assigns users access permissions to business rules
Administrator and interactive user
Creates business rules. See theOracle Enterprise Performance Management
System User Security Administration Guide for information on Calculation
Manager roles and rights.
Administrator, interactive user, and planners who are
assigned launch access permissions by an
administrator
Launches business rules for Planning applications
For information on administering business rules, see the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance
Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
See also “Using Business Rules” on page 186.
Setting Targets
Administrators set target type versions for Planning applications. User access to target data is
determined by access permissions. Typically, target data is stored in the upper levels of metadata,
such as Business Unit. Administrators configure the Essbase database so target data is not
replaced by lower-level #MISSING values.
Target data is typically used as guidance for data entry and analysis. Create it, for example,
though:
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Pushing targets down to lower-level members using business rules
Table 9
Setting Targets
User Type
Task
Administrator
Adds a standard target-type version
Administrator
Assigns users access permissions (typically, read-only) to the target version
Administrator
Configures the Essbase database so target data is not replaced by lower-level #MISSING values
Any user
Creates target data
Administrator
Publishes targets using Financial Reporting
Any user
Displays targets on forms for guidance or input
Creating Tasks Lists
Table 10
Task Lists
User Type
Task
Administrator
Creates task lists that structure the budgeting process for users
Administrator
Assigns access permissions to task lists and tasks
Reporting
Use Financial Reporting to create reports for Windows or Web-enabled clients. Financial
Reporting uses Essbase databases and adheres to Essbase access permissions filters generated by
Planning.
Table 11
Reporting
User Type
Task
Administrator and interactive user
Creates and launches reports using Financial Reporting
Any user
Prints reports
Any user
Views reports throughout the planning cycle
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Initializing Planning Cycles
Table 12
Initializing Planning Cycles
User Type
Task
Administrator
Selects planning units for iterative review, analysis, and approval
Any user
Specifies whether to receive email after becoming planning unit owners
Building Plans
Administrators define task lists to guide users through the planning process. Planning users start
the planning cycle by logging into an application and opening forms. Users read form
instructions and review historical or target data for guidance when preparing plans. For
additional user tasks, see the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
Users can save data in forms, and can refresh currently stored data values in forms before saving.
Users can restore data to the last saved version, and save a personal version using Copy Version.
When users save:
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Subtotals on forms are calculated and stored if the Calculate Form business rule is selected
to run on save when forms are created. (By default, this business rule is not selected to run
on save.)
Business rules are launched to calculate data.
Launching Business Rules
The business rules available to users depend on access permissions. Administrators can assign
launch access permissions to business rules from within Planning (see Chapter 3, “Setting Up
Access Permissions”). For more information on business rule access permissions, also see the
Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System User Security Administration Guide.
Users with launch permissions can launch business rules from Planning or Smart View.
Starting the Budget Review Process
The administrator initializes review processes by placing planning units in the First Pass state.
Data is typically promoted for review after users enter data, calculate, and save. When users
promote planning units, they enter annotations that record assumptions and select the next
owners or reviewers. Promoting planning units:
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Assigns ownership to the selected user
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Overrides access permissions on the planning unit to read-only for non-owners
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Changes planning unit status from First Pass to Under Review
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Updates status for upper-level (or lower-level) planning units to Under Review as necessary
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Records an audit entry in the process history
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Optionally sends email notifications to the application owner and new planning unit owner
Reviewers can make modifications and annotations. Read-only users can enter planning unit
annotations and account annotations, but cannot enter data values. Users can keep a personal
copy of the original data to track modified data. When planning units are promoted, the reviewer
is the new owner and typically:
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Receives email notifications and is directed to the Process Definition page
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Sorts the status page by entity, process state, or current owner
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Reviews annotations and planning unit history
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Opens forms and reviews, analyzes, modifies, and calculates data
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Makes annotations (including account annotations)
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Promotes or rejects the planning unit, with iterations until the planning unit is approved
After planning units are approved, the application owner becomes the planning unit owner.
Only administrators can reject planning units. To close the review cycle, the application owner
or administrator changes the scenario or version to read-only for all users.
Table 13
Starting the Budget Review Process
Users
Tasks
Administrators
Starts the planning unit for the planning cycle
Users with access
Enters data
Users with access
Calculates data
Users with access
Optionally, creates a copy of submissions
Users with access
Promotes data for review
Users with access
Enters annotations to support the review process. Until an owner is established for a planning unit,
multiple users can update it. Access permissions for non-owners are changed to read-only when
the planning unit is promoted to the next reviewer.
Users with access
Notifies reviewers that the planning unit is ready for review
Users with access
Reviews data in the promoted planning unit
Users with access
Reads and modifies promoted data through forms
Users with access
Runs business rules
Users with access
Reads promoted data using Financial Reporting, Oracle Hyperion Web Analysis, Smart View, or thirdparty reporting tools
Users with access
Modifies data values, enters annotations, signs off on planning units, and promotes, rejects, and
approves planning units
Administrators
Checks the planning process status
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Users
Tasks
Administrators
Reads supporting annotations
Administrators
Views the audit trail
Administrators
Completes the planning cycle
Administrators
Changes user access of scenarios and versions in Essbase to read-only
Administrators and interactive users
Publishes reports using Financial Reporting
Post-Planning Activities
Table 14
Post-Planning Activities
Users
Tasks
Administrators and interactive
users
Upload planning data by scenario to other applications, a general ledger, or an ERP
Users with access
Copies a version of the completed plan to a new version or copies data from one dimensional
intersection to another
Administrator and interactive
user
Performs bulk loads of the latest actuals data to report on actual performance versus plan
Users with access
Accesses forms, Financial Reporting, Smart View, Oracle Hyperion Performance Scorecard, or thirdparty reporting tools to read updates to actuals and analyze performance to plan
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Getting Started with Planning
In This Chapter
Overview ....................................................................................................35
Starting Essbase ...........................................................................................36
Considerations for Working with Essbase................................................................36
Understanding Implied Sharing in Planning Forms .....................................................37
Connecting to Multiple Instances of Essbase ...........................................................38
Starting the Relational Database.........................................................................38
Optimizing SQL Relational Databases ...................................................................38
Setting Application and System Properties..............................................................39
Logging On to EPM Workspace and Accessing Planning ...............................................49
Using the Tablet-Friendly User Interface .................................................................50
Working with Planning Utilities............................................................................52
Using Application Servers .................................................................................56
About Updating Instances and Clusters .................................................................56
Closing Planning and Essbase............................................................................56
Overview
A Planning application is a related set of dimensions and dimension members used to meet a
set of planning needs. Each application has its own accounts, entities, scenarios, and other data
elements.
You can work with applications using Performance Management Architect and Planning
application administration. See the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management
Architect Administrator's Guide for these Performance Management Architect application
administration tasks:
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Create an application in Performance Management Architect and deploy it to create a
Planning application.
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Create entities to reflect your organization’s budget structure.
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Create accounts and dimensions for gathering planning data.
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Create scenarios and versions.
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Modify the calendar with any custom summary time periods needed by your organization.
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For multicurrency applications, specify the base currency, currency code and symbol,
triangulation currency, reporting currency, and exchange rate type.
Create business rules in Calculation Manager.
See this guide for Planning application administration tasks, including:
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Create forms, task lists, and menus.
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Assign access permissions for dimension members, task lists, forms, and form folders. See
Chapter 3, “Setting Up Access Permissions” and theOracle Enterprise Performance
Management System User Security Administration Guide and its information on Planning.
Manage currency conversion and exchange rate tables.
Identify the review and approval process, requirements, and participants, and manage the
budgeting process.
For information on installing and configuring Planning and Performance Management
Architect, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and
Configuration Guide.
Starting Essbase
The data for Planning applications resides on the Essbase server. Essbase must be running before
you can open Planning applications. After Essbase is started, it can be minimized and run in the
background or as a service.
Considerations for Working with Essbase
Creating and refreshing on the Manage Database page affects data in the Essbase database. When
you click Create, data is erased and Planning plan types are rebuilt. When you click Refresh, data
might be replaced. For important information, see “Creating and Refreshing Application
Databases” on page 85.
If you are not using Performance Management Architect, you work with applications using
Planning application administration. If you upgrade an application created in Planning
application administration to Performance Management Architect, you cannot return to
working with that application in Planning application administration. Modifying Essbase
outlines directly through Oracle Essbase Administration Services is not supported.
When you refresh Planning applications, the Essbase database makes these changes:
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If a member does not exist in the Planning relational database, the member and its properties,
attributes, and User-Defined Attributes (UDAs) are not retained in Essbase on Refresh.
Planning first retrieves member properties from any existing member in Essbase, then sets
and overrides any member property definable in Planning.
This behavior is different from prior releases, where the refresh process was incremental and
retained modifications made directly to the outline in Essbase, even where those members,
attributes, and UDAs did not exist in Planning.
The HSP_UDF UDA preserves member formulas defined outside of Planning. You can assign
this UDA to members from within Planning. Unassigning them through Planning refresh does
not unassign the UDAs from members in the Essbase outline. If a member with the HSP_UDF
UDA is added directly in Essbase, refreshing the database preserves any formula on this member
in Essbase, and does not generate a formula placeholder (;) on members that are level zero and
dynamic calc. Other UDAs, such as custom UDAs and the HSP_NOLINK UDA, are retained only
if defined in Performance Management Architect or in Planning (for Planning application
administration). To create and update UDAs, see “Working with UDAs” on page 371.
Because member formula support is available in Performance Management Architect and
Planning (for Planning application administration), there is less need for the HSP_UDF UDA.
Every effort should be made to define UDAs in Performance Management Architect or in
Planning (for Planning application administration).
The @XREF function looks up a data value from another database to calculate a value from the
current database. You can add the HSP_NOLINK UDA to members to prevent the @XREF function
from being created on all plan types that are not the source plan type selected for that member.
For more information on UDAs and functions, see the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's
Guide.
It is not necessary to modify Essbase outlines for the most commonly used Essbase member
properties. Performance Management Architect and Planning support Dynamic Time Series in
the Period dimension, alternate hierarchy in the Period dimension, hierarchies in Scenario and
Version dimensions, and hierarchy and aliases for attribute dimensions.
Use these guidelines for working in Essbase while logged on as a supervisor or application
administrator:
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Do not change the Time Balance default settings. The defaults are Ending for Balance and
None for Flow.
Do not change the Variance Reporting settings. These are preset for all account types except
Saved Assumptions. For Saved Assumptions account types, Expense and Non-Expense are
valid settings.
Back up the database before refreshing. See “Backing Up Applications and Application
Databases” on page 93.
Understanding Implied Sharing in Planning Forms
With Essbase implied sharing, some members are shared even if you do not explicitly set them
as shared. These members are implied shared members.
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When an implied share relationship is created, each implied member assumes the other
member’s value. Planning assumes (or implies) a shared member relationship in these situations:
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The data type of the parent is Label Only (in this case, the parent inherits the value of the
first child, regardless of the aggregation settings used for the child)
In a Planning form that contains members with an implied sharing relationship, when a value
is added for the parent, the child assumes the same value after the form is saved. Likewise, if a
value is added for the child, the parent usually assumes the same value after a form is saved.
For example, when a calculation script or load rule populates an implied share member, the
other implied share member assumes the value of the member populated by the calculation
script or load rule. The last value calculated or imported takes precedence. The result is the same
whether you refer to the parent or the child as a variable in a calculation script.
When necessary, you can avoid implied sharing on Planning forms. See “Implied Sharing Issues”
on page 402.
Connecting to Multiple Instances of Essbase
You can connect to multiple instances of Essbase simultaneously from the Planning application
by specifying the port number:
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Performance Management Architect (repeat for every data source name).
As the value for the property ESS_SERVER in the HSPSYS_DATASOURCE database table.
For instructions on installing multiple instances of Essbase on the same computer, see the Oracle
Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.
Starting the Relational Database
A relational database must be running before you can open Planning applications. After the
relational database is started, it can be minimized and run in the background or as a service.
Optimizing SQL Relational Databases
You can configure the timeout value through the Timeout registry key setting. Depending on
the size of your database records, some SQL queries issued by Planning could take longer to
execute than the default ADO timeout of 30 seconds. This could lead to failure when refreshing
the application database. You can increase the timeout value (for example, to 180 seconds) to
decrease the likelihood of refresh failure.
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ä To optimize the timeout value:
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Open the Registry Editor.
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Navigate to this location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/HyperionSolutions/Planning
If the Timeout registry key exists in the right pane, the timeout value is set to a corresponding
value. If the key does not exist, the value is set to the default. Its type must be DWORD.
Setting Application and System Properties
You can add or change application or system properties to customize such aspects as the path
to the external authentication configuration file.
Table 15
Examples of Configurable Properties
PROPERTY_NAME Column
Description
RDB_DRIVER
See “Changing the JDBC Driver” on page 41.
RDB_SERVER_URL
JDBC_MIN_CONNECTIONS
See “Configuring JDBC Connection Pooling” on page 41.
JDCB_MAX_CONNECTIONS
OFFLINE_COMPRESSION_THRESHOLD
See “Setting Offline Compression” on page 42.
SUPPORTING_DETAIL_CACHE_SIZE
See “Allocating Memory for Supporting Detail Cache” on page 92.
SUBST_VAR_CACHE_LIFETIME
See “About Selecting Substitution Variables as Members” on page 212.
DIRECT_DATA_LOAD
See “Loading Data” on page 103.
DATA_LOAD_FILE_PATH
OLAP_PATH_SEPARATOR
See “Configuring Data Synchronization on UNIX” on page 42.
OLAP_MAX_CONNECTIONS
See “Optimizing Performance” on page 91.
ENABLE_FOR_OFFLINE
See “Setting Other Options” on page 171.
SMART_VIEW_DISPLAY_WARNING
See “Controlling Smart View Messages” on page 43.
SMART_VIEW_MD_NEW_MEMBER_SUFFIX
See “Selecting the Add Mode within Planning Application Properties” on page
454.
SMART_VIEW_MERGE_FORMATTING
See “Controlling Smart View Cell Formatting in Planning Forms” on page 48.
HOME_PAGE
See “Setting the Application Home Page” on page 43.
RULE_MAX_WAIT, RULE_MONITOR_DELAY, CLR_
CELL_MAX_WAIT, CLR_CELL_MONITOR_DELAY,
COPY_DATA_MAX_WAIT, COPY_DATA_MONITOR_
DELAY, PUSH_DATA_MONITOR_DELAY, PUSH_
DATA_MAX_WAIT JOB_STATUS_MAX_AGE
See “Setting Background Processing” on page 44.
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PROPERTY_NAME Column
Description
BUSINESS_RULE_LAUNCH_LOG_ENABLED
See “Setting Business Rules Launch Logging Properties” on page 45.
BUSINESS_RULE_LAUNCH_LOG_RTP_VALUES
BUSINESS_RULE_LAUNCH_LOG_CALC_SCRIPT
CAPTURE_RTP_ON_JOB_CONSOLE
See “About Runtime Prompts” on page 188.
MAX_VALIDATION_RECORDS
See “Setting Data Validation Properties” on page 46.
VALIDATION_CACHE_SIZE
MAX_CELL_TEXT, MAX_CELL_NOTE
See “Setting the Maximum Length for Text Values and Comments in Cells” on page
47.
EDIT_DIM_ENABLED
See “Managing Dimensions from Within Deployed Planning Applications” on page
48.
ORACLE_ADF_UI
See “Using the Planning Release 11.1.2.1 User Interface and Features” on page
48.
DATA_GRID_CACHE_SIZE
See “Specifying How Many Forms Users Can Simultaneously Use” on page 163.
FUSE_MEMBERS_THRESHOLD
See “Setting the Maximum Number of Members Displayed in the Tablet-Friendly User
Interface” on page 49.
Note: In some cases, additional properties may be visible in the Properties page. Because the
following properties are required by Planning, they should not be changed even if they
are visible: SYSTEM_DB_RELEASE and SYSTEM_DB_VERSION.
ä To set Planning application or system properties:
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Select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
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Select:
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System Properties: Set properties for all Planning applications.
To:
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Change a property, change its value under Property Value.
Add a property, click Add. Enter a name (avoid using spaces) and value for the property
in the blank row.
If you enter a property already on the tab, its name turns red to indicate that it is a
duplicate. You can duplicate properties between the application and system tabs.
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Click Save and confirm your changes.
5
Stop and then restart the application server.
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Properties are saved in the HSPSYS_PROPERTIES system database table, which by default is
located in the relational database that you create when selecting the Configure Database task
under Planning in Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Configurator.
Changing the JDBC Driver
By default, Planning uses the embedded Oracle JDBC driver. To change the JDBC driver, update
the JDBC property using these values:
Table 16
JDBC Property Values
JDBC Driver
RDB_SERVER_URL
RDB_DRIVER
Oracle Thin
jdbc:oracle:thin:@%SERVER_NAME%:1521:%DB_
NAME%
oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver
DB2 native
jdbc:db2:%DB_NAME%
COM.ibm.db2.jdbc.app.DB2Driver
DB2 native for remote
DB2 server
jdbc:db2://myhost.mydomain.com:6789/%DB_
NAME"
COM.ibm.db2.jdbc.net.DB2Driver
Database driver names and URLs are stored in the HSPSYS_DATASOURCE database table.
ä After changing JDBC properties, to make the necessary third-party files accessible to the
Planning server:
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Locate the .jar file (for Oracle) or .zip file (for DB2):
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For Oracle, find classes12.jar in the OraHome/jdbc/lib directory.
For DB2, find db2java.jar or db2java.zip in the /Program Files/sqllib/
java directory.
Copy the .jar or .zip file from the previous step to the Web application server destination directory.
For example:
a. Extract the .ear file.
b. Copy the .jar or .zip file to the HPDomain/applications directory.
c. Add the file to the CLASSPATH in startHPServer.cmd.
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Stop and restart the Web application server.
Configuring JDBC Connection Pooling
You can set the minimum and maximum number of JDBC connection pools. How you configure
these depends largely on the number of Planning users accessing the relational database. For
example, you can specify the minimum connection number in the JDBC connection pool as one
and the maximum as five. Doing so creates one connection when a user logs on to Planning. An
additional connection is created for the next four users who log on to Planning, resulting in a
total of five connections. Additional users who log on share the five connections.
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The JDBC connection settings are set by default to a minimum of two and a maximum of ten.
The Planning application does not function correctly if you reduce the maximum
JDBC_MAX_CONNECTIONS to fewer than two.
To reconfigure JDBC connection pool parameters, change the minimum and maximum
property values:
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To optimize performance, Oracle recommends these settings:
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Configuring Data Synchronization on UNIX
When you work with Planning applications in Performance Management Architect, running
integrations in Data Synchronization fails if Essbase is installed on a UNIX computer. To resolve
this issue, in Planning, select Administration, then Application, and then Manage Properties. Click
Application Properties and add the value OLAP_PATH_SEPARATOR=/. (The default value is \,
which is for the Windows environment.) Click Save and restart the Planning server.
Setting Offline Compression
You can set up compression for applications taken offline by adding the
OFFLINE_COMPRESSION_THRESHOLD property and setting the threshold, in bytes, for when to
start using compression. Compression is enabled when the server’s response to offline client
requests is greater than the Offline Compression Threshold number.
ä To set offline compression:
1
Select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
2
Select System Properties to set properties for all Planning applications.
3
Update the Offline Compression Threshold setting:
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To add the property, click Add. In the blank row, enter
OFFLINE_COMPRESSION_THRESHOLD (avoid using spaces). Under Property Value, enter
the number of bytes to use for the threshold for when to compress offline applications.
To change the property, change its value under Property Value. To disable compression,
enter 0.
To delete the property, select its name, and press Delete.
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Click Save and confirm your changes.
5
Stop and then restart the application server.
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Controlling Smart View Messages
If you use different releases of Smart View and Planning, a message is displayed when users start
Smart View. To prevent the message from displaying, you can add the system property
SMART_VIEW_DISPLAY_WARNING.
ä To control Smart View messages:
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Select Administration, then Application, then Properties.
2
Select System Properties to set properties for all Planning applications.
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Click Add, and enter this property in the blank row:
SMART_VIEW_DISPLAY_WARNING
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Enter a value in Property Value:
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No: Do not display messages.
Click Save and confirm your changes.
Showing New Planning Members in Smart View
You can import and edit Planning metadata in Smart View. (See “Importing Planning
Dimensions in Smart View” on page 451.) New members created in the Smart View grid are,
by default, marked with an asterisk or star(*) in the grid. You can use a different sign by editing
the Application Properties.
ä To show new Planning members with a sign other than an asterisk or star(*) in the Smart
View grid:
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Select Administration, then Application, then Properties.
2
Select System Properties to set properties for all Planning applications.
3
Click the SMART_VIEW_MD_NEW_MEMBER_SUFFIX.
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Enter a value in Property Value:
5
Click Save and confirm your changes.
Setting the Application Home Page
You can specify the page that users see when they log in to a Planning application so that they
go directly to forms, task lists, or the Manage Approvals page. To do so, set the HOME_PAGE
application property.
ä To set the application home page:
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Select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
2
Select Application Properties to set properties and values for a Planning application.
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Add the property by clicking Add, entering the property in the blank row, and entering a value in Property
Value:
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Approvals
Click Save and confirm your changes.
Setting Background Processing
You can set jobs—for business rules, Clear Cell Details, Copy Data, and Push Data—to switch
to background processing after a threshold that you configure. After the specified period, jobs
execute in the background. You can also set how often Planning checks job status, displayed on
the Job Console (see the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide).
ä To set background processing and the frequency of status checks:
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Select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
2
Select Application Properties to set properties and values for a Planning application.
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Add the property by clicking Add, entering the property in the blank row, and then entering a value in
Property Value:
Table 17
Job Property Names and Values
PROPERTY_NAME
Column
Property Value
Description
RULE_MAX_WAIT
The default and minimum value is 180,000
milliseconds (3 minutes). If you set a lower value,
that value is ignored, and the property is set to the
default value.
The interval in milliseconds to wait before running
business rules in the background. If this property is
not set, the feature does not work, and business rules
do not run in the background.
Note: Business rules that are set to automatically
run when a form is loaded or saved never run in the
background.
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RULE_MONITOR_
DELAY
The default and minimum value is 180,000
milliseconds (3 minutes). If you set a lower value,
that value is ignored, and the property is set to the
default value.
The interval in milliseconds for checking the status of
business rules.
CLR_CELL_MAX_
WAIT
The default and minimum value is 180,000
milliseconds (3 minutes). If you set a lower value,
that value is ignored, and the property is set to the
default value.
The interval in milliseconds to wait before running
Clear Cell Details jobs in the background. If this
property is not set, Clear Cell Details jobs do not run
in the background.
CLR_CELL_
MONITOR_DELAY
The default and minimum value is 180,000
milliseconds (3 minutes). If you set a lower value,
that value is ignored, and the property is set to the
default value.
The interval in milliseconds for checking the status of
Clear Cell Detail operations.
PROPERTY_NAME
Column
Property Value
Description
COPY_DATA_MAX_
WAIT
The default and minimum value is 180000
milliseconds (3 minutes). If you set a lower value,
that value is ignored, and the property is set to the
default value.
The interval in milliseconds to wait before running
Copy Data jobs in the background. If this property is
not set, Copy Data jobs do not run in the
background.
COPY_DATA_
MONITOR_DELAY
The default and minimum value is 180,000
milliseconds (3 minutes). If you set a lower value,
that value is ignored, and the property is set to the
default value.
The interval in milliseconds for checking the status of
Copy Data jobs.
PUSH_DATA_
MONITOR_DELAY
The default and minimum value is 180,000
milliseconds (3 minutes). If you set a lower value,
that value is ignored, and the property is set to the
default value.
The interval in milliseconds for checking the status of
Push Data jobs.
PUSH_DATA_MAX_
WAIT
The default and minimum value is 180,000
milliseconds (3 minutes). If you set a lower value,
that value is ignored, and the property is set to the
default value.
The interval in milliseconds to wait before running
Push Data jobs in the background. If this property is
not set, Push Data jobs do not run in the
background.
JOB_STATUS_
MAX_AGE
Specify the value in milliseconds. The default value
is 4 days (set in milliseconds).There is no minimum
value.
The maximum age of a completed job record before
Planning deletes it from the database table, HSP_
JOB_STATUS. Planning checks the job records every
30 minutes.
For example, if you set the property value to 60,000
(1 minute), a job completes at 3:00, and Planning
checks the job records at 3:01, then Planning would
delete the completed job record.
Removing completed job records can improve
performance.
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Click Save and confirm your changes.
Setting Business Rules Launch Logging Properties
You can set application properties to enable logging when Calculation Manager business rules
are launched.
Note: The logging levels specified in the ODL logging.xml file determine the level of messages
that will be written to the logs. For information about ODL message types and logging
levels, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and
Configuration Troubleshooting Guide.
These are the application properties that can be set to enable logging:
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BUSINESS_RULE_LAUNCH_LOG_ENABLED: Enables logging when Calculation Manager
business rules are run and checks whether the next two properties are set to true. The default
setting for this property is false.
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BUSINESS_RULE_LAUNCH_LOG_RTP_VALUES: If set to true, runtime prompt values are
logged. The default setting for this property is false.
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BUSINESS_RULE_LAUNCH_LOG_CALC_SCRIPT: If set to true, the calculation script sent to
Essbase is logged. The default setting for this property is false.
ä To set Calculation Manager business rules launch logging properties:
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Select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
2
Select Application Properties to set properties and values for a Planning application.
3
Add the property by clicking Add, entering the property in the blank row, and entering a value (True or
False) in Property Value:
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Click Save and confirm your changes.
When these properties are set to enable logging, you will see the following files written to the log
file directory:
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business rule launch, the user, runtime prompt values, and the calculation script.
The Planning_CalcExecution.log file logs other exceptions that occur during
execution of a business rule.
The Planning_CalcDeploy.log file logs errors that occur during rule deployment.
Setting Data Validation Properties
You can set application properties for data validation rules in the application. With
MAX_VALIDATION_RECORDS, you can specify the maximum number of validation failure entries
to display in the Data Validation Messages pane that displays in forms. When the number of
errors exceeds this limit, the entries for lower-priority rules are removed. Higher-priority errors
remain, such as rules set to Do Not Promote. With VALIDATION_CACHE_SIZE, you can specify
the maximum number of data validation rules that are cached to improve performance. For
information on creating data validation rules, see Chapter 8, “Managing Data Validation.”
ä To set data validation properties:
1
Select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
2
Select Application Properties to set properties and values for a Planning application.
3
Add the property by clicking Add, entering the property in the blank row, and entering a value in Property
Value:
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MAX_VALIDATION_RECORDS: The maximum number of records to display in the Data
Validation Messages pane. The default setting is 100.
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VALIDATION_CACHE_SIZE: The maximum number of data validation rules that can
be cached. The default setting is 10,000.
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Click Save and confirm your changes.
Setting the Maximum Length for Text Values and Comments
in Cells
Users can add cell text values and comments to form cells as described in the Oracle Hyperion
Planning User's Guide. By default, the maximum number of single-byte characters allowed for
text in each cell is 255, and the maximum number for comments is 1,500.
Note: In the database, the column data type is set to varchar(255) and varchar(2,000) by default.
If you need to display additional characters in cell text or comments, you can set these Planning
application properties to the maximum length required by your application:
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MAX_CELL_NOTE_SIZE: Comments added to cells
Updating these settings to more than 2,000 requires that you make a corresponding change to
the database. If you increase the maximum number of characters allowed for cell text, you must
alter the database column size or type to support the changed size. (Changing the column type
to CLOB, NCLOB, TEXT, or NTEXT to accommodate large cell text size can affect performance.
Do so only if your application requires large cell text entries.) For additional information, see
the documentation for your database.
ä To set the maximum length for text values and comments in cells:
1
Select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
2
Select Application Properties to set properties and values for a Planning application.
3
Add the property by clicking Add, and enter one of these properties in the blank row:
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Enter a value in Property Value to represent the maximum number of single-byte characters allowed for
text values or comments in each cell.
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Optional: If you are updating both of these properties, repeat step 3 and step 4 for the other property.
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Click Save and confirm your changes.
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Stop, and then restart the Planning server.
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Back up the database, and then update the database column size or type to support the changed size
specified in this property. For additional information, see the documentation for your database.
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Managing Dimensions from Within Deployed Planning
Applications
By default, administrators manage dimensions and members in Performance Management
Architect. However, adding and enabling the EDIT_DIM_ENABLED property enables
administrators to manage dimensions only from deployed Planning applications, not from
within Performance Management Architect.
To use the EDIT_DIM_ENABLED property, add it using the instructions in “Setting Application
and System Properties” on page 39 and set its value to true.
Caution!
If you add and set this property, change dimensions and members, and then redeploy
the application from Performance Management Architect, all your changes will be
overwritten by the content deployed from Performance Management Architect.
Controlling Smart View Cell Formatting in Planning Forms
Administrators can set the SMART_VIEW_MERGE_FORMATTING property to control whether cell
formatting that administrators set in Smart View merges with the cell formatting that nonadministrators set in Smart View.
To use the SMART_VIEW_MERGE_FORMATTING property, add it using the instructions in “Setting
Application and System Properties” on page 39 and set its value:
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Smart View is merged with the formatting that an administrator saved.
If set to false (the default), in a Planning form, the cell formatting that a non-administrator
saved in Smart View persists, even if an administrator changes the formatting of those cells.
For more information on how cell formatting applied in Smart View is applied to the same cells
in Planning forms, see “How Cell Formatting in Smart View Persists in Planning Forms” on
page 203.
Using the Planning Release 11.1.2.1 User Interface and
Features
After upgrading to the current release, if you prefer the user interface and features from Planning
Release 11.1.2.1, you can add the ORACLE_ADF_UI application property to use that release's
interface and functionality. To revert to the Planning release 11.1.2.1 user interface and features,
add the application property ORACLE_ADF_UI (described in “Setting Application and System
Properties” on page 39), and set its value to false. To revert to the user interface and features
for the current release, change the property setting to true or delete the property.
Note: Keep in mind that new features for the current release are available only if
ORACLE_ADF_UI is set to true. Setting ORACLE_ADF_UI to false enables features from
Planning Release 11.1.2.1.
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You can access the documentation for Planning Release 11.1.2.1 here:
http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E17236_01/index.htm
Caution!
Oracle recommends that, if you plan to use this property, you set it before you make
changes in your Planning application; if you work with the new functionality in the
current release and then revert to the earlier interface, you may lose your changes.
Oracle also recommends against repeatedly changing this property.
Setting the Maximum Number of Members Displayed in the
Tablet-Friendly User Interface
If performance slows when you launch the Edit Member page in the tablet-friendly user interface,
Oracle recommends you add the FUSE_MEMBERS_THRESHOLD system parameter to limit the
maximum number of members displayed during page member lookup. The default value is set
to 500. If this property is defined, the maximum number of members displayed will not exceed
the value defined for the FUSE_MEMBERS_THRESHOLD property.
Note: Planning displays the members based on the order in which members were selected by
the administrator during form design. For example, if there are a total of 650 members
and the administrator sets the FUSE_MEMBERS_THRESHOLD value to 450, the first 450
members that were added by the administrator during form design will be displayed in
the tablet-friendly user interface. The other 200 members would only be displayed outside
of the tablet-friendly user interface.
ä To set the maximum number of members displayed in the tablet-friendly user interface:
1
Select Administration, then Application, then Properties.
2
Select System Properties to set properties for all Planning applications.
3
Add the property by clicking Add, and entering the FUSE_MEMBERS_THRESHOLD property in the
blank row.
4
Enter a value in Property Value to represent the maximum number of members displayed during page
member lookup.
5
Click Save and confirm your changes.
Logging On to EPM Workspace and Accessing Planning
You work with Planning in the EPM Workspace environment. The default EPM Workspace
URL is http://web server:port/workspace/, where web server is the Web server
machine hostname and port is the Web server port number, for example, 19000, if using the
Oracle HTTP server instance configured by EPM System Configurator. Communicate the URL
to all Planning users to enable them to log on to EPM Workspace and access Planning.
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For information on installing and configuring EPM Workspace, see the Oracle Enterprise
Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Guide.
ä To log on to EPM Workspace and access Planning:
1
Ensure that the Web server is started and the Web application server is running in the Services panel.
2
In your browser, enter the URL for the EPM Workspace Log On page.
3
Enter your user name.
4
Enter your password.
5
Click Log On.
6
In EPM Workspace, select Navigate, then Applications, and then Planning. Select a Planning
application. If prompted, enter your logon information. Planning does not support non-ASCII characters
for passwords.
You can log on to several Planning applications simultaneously, and navigate among them
in the EPM Workspace tabs. The application names display as tabs at the top of the window,
and you can click the tabs to move between applications. You can also have two views of the
same application in the EPM Workspace tabs. If you want to open two or more instances
of the browser to log on to EPM Workspace, you must append the EPM Workspace URL
as described in the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Workspace User's
Guide.
For information on Performance Management Architect application administration tasks, see
the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
Planning supports users on a variety of network bandwidths. The performance on a 56K dialup
connection can be enhanced by using HTTP compression on the Planning server.
Note: Access Planning only through the EPM Workspace URL, as described in this procedure.
Using the Tablet-Friendly User Interface
Subtopics
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Enabling Tablet Access to Planning Artifacts
Considerations When Using the Tablet-Friendly User Interface
About Cell Formatting When Using the Tablet-Friendly User Interface
Copying and Pasting Data Between Microsoft Excel and Planning Web Forms
Administrators can make available to planners a tablet-friendly user interface for accessing
common planning tasks. For example, using the tablet-friendly user interface, planners can
access their task lists, work with data, approve budgets, view reports, and control settings.
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Logging On to the Tablet-Friendly User Interface
To enable planners to log on to the tablet-friendly user interface, communicate this URL:
http://web server:port/HyperionPlanning/where web server is the web server
machine hostname and port is the web server port number, for example, 8300, as configured by
EPM System Configurator for Planning.
Enabling Tablet Access to Planning Artifacts
To work with artifacts such as forms, task lists, and business rules using the tablet-friendly user
interface, administrators must enable tablet access to those artifacts for users.
To enable tablet access to selected artifacts, select Administration, then Manage, and then Tablet
Access.
Considerations When Using the Tablet-Friendly User
Interface
Note the following considerations when using the tablet-friendly user interface:
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A PDF viewer is required to view reports on the tablet. Oracle recommends the Adobe PDF
viewer, but it can be opened in Kindle or Polaris Office on Android devices or a similar
application on the iPad.
Reports are snapshots of data. You can also make book snapshots which contain several
reports and report snapshots. To view a new set of data, you must create a new snapshot of
the reports. Snapshots are static and show all pages in the report. Reports cannot be changed
to show Page/POV or row and column size limitations.
Performance may slow if there are a large number of dimension members present when you
invoke the Edit Members page. If this occurs, Oracle recommends you define a system
parameter called FUSE_MEMBERS_THRESHOLD to set the maximum number of
members displayed on a page. To define this system parameter, see “Setting the Maximum
Number of Members Displayed in the Tablet-Friendly User Interface” on page 49.
For information on formatting saved in Smart View, see “Controlling Smart View Cell
Formatting in Planning Forms” on page 48 and “About Cell Formatting When Using the
Tablet-Friendly User Interface” on page 52.
For information on copying and pasting data between Microsoft Excel and Planning Web
forms, see “Copying and Pasting Data Between Microsoft Excel and Planning Web Forms”
on page 52.
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About Cell Formatting When Using the Tablet-Friendly User
Interface
You can apply either the formatting saved in Smart View or the formatting set up in Planning
for the form.
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In the form, click or tap Actions, and then Apply.
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Click or tap:
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Custom Styles: To use the formatting saved in Smart View
For more information on using Smart View formatting, see “Controlling Smart View Cell
Formatting in Planning Forms” on page 48.
Copying and Pasting Data Between Microsoft Excel and
Planning Web Forms
ä To copy and paste data from Microsoft Excel:
1
In Excel, highlight the data in a single cell or a range of cells and press Ctrl+C to copy the data onto
the clipboard.
2
Highlight and select the target cell or cells in the Planning Web form, and press Ctrl+V.
3
When the Clipboard helper displays, press Ctrl+V again. The data is pasted to the Clipboard helper.
4
Click or tap Paste to paste the data into the Planning Web form.
The following features are supported in Internet Explorer browser only:
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Working with Planning Utilities
Subtopics
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About Text Files for Planning Utilities
Running Planning Utilities on UNIX
About EPM Oracle Instance
Administrators can use the following utilities with Planning.
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Note: Because these utilities require files that are on the Planning server, you must run the
utilities from the Planning server, not from a client.
Table 18
Planning Utilities
Utility
Description
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BroadcastMessage
Use broadcast
messaging to
communicate a text
message to all
Planning users
currently logged on to
an application.
“Using Broadcast Messaging” on page 84
CalcMgrCmdLineLauncher
Launch business rules
or rulesets created
with Calculation
Manager.
“Launching Business Rules With a Utility” on page 194
CubeRefresh
Create and refresh
application
databases used to
store data in Essbase
for each plan type in
the application.
“Working with Applications that Use Planning Application Administration” on page
364
DeleteSharedDescendant
Delete shared
dimension members
that are descendants
of a given member.
“Working with Applications that Use Planning Application Administration” on page
364
ExportSecurity
Export Planning
access permissions to
a file, enabling you to
export and import
access permissions
across applications.
“Exporting Access Permissions” on page 70
FormDefUtil
Move form definitions
between Planning
applications by
exporting or importing
to or from an XML
file.
“Importing and Exporting Forms” on page 162
HBRMigrateSecurity
Migrate launch
access permissions
on business rules and
their projects from
Oracle Hyperion
Business Rules to
Calculation Manager
business rules in
Planning.
“Migrating Business Rule Security” on page 79
HspUnlockApp
Clear all records in the
HSP_LOCK table.
“Unlocking Applications” on page 83
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Utility
Description
See
ImportFormDefinition
Import a form
definition from a text
file into a Planning
form.
“Importing Form Definitions” on page 199
ImportSecurity
Load access
permissions for users
or groups from a text
file into Planning.
“Importing Access Permissions” on page 67
MaintenanceMode
Grant and withdraw
access to Planning
applications during
maintenance.
“Using the MaintenanceMode Utility to Limit Application Access” on page 283
Outline Load
Load metadata and
data for Planning
applications.
“Working with the Outline Load Utility” on page 97
PasswordEncryption
Enable suppressing
password prompts
when running
Planning utilities that
prompt for
passwords.
“Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55
ProvisionUsers
Synchronize Planning
users, groups, and
roles in the Shared
Services Console with
a Planning
application and with
Essbase.
“Synchronizing Users With the Provision Users Utility” on page 78
PushData
Schedule pushing
data to a reporting
application.
“Pushing Data with a Utility” on page 291
SortMember
Sort dimension
members for Entity,
Account, Scenario,
Versions, and userdefined custom
dimensions.
“Working with Applications that Use Planning Application Administration” on page
364
TaskListDefUtil
Move task list
definitions between
Planning applications
by exporting or
importing task list
definitions to or from
an XML file.
“Importing and Exporting Task Lists” on page 272
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Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities
When running Planning utilities that prompt for passwords, administrators can use an option
to suppress password prompts, for example, when running utilities in batch mode. To enable
suppressing password prompts, use the PasswordEncryption utility to create a file that stores
a password in encrypted form. After the file is set up, you can run Planning utilities with the [f:passwordFile] option as the first parameter in the command line to skip the password
prompt and use the password from the encrypted file. Each password file contains one password,
and is stored in the location that you specify when running the utility.
The PasswordEncryption utility uses a command line interface. By default, the utility is
installed in the /planning1 directory (for the full path, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on
page 56).
ä To enable suppressing password prompts in Planning utilities:
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Enter this command from the planning1 directory, where passwordFile is the full file path and
file name for the password file:
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Windows: PasswordEncryption.cmd passwordFile
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UNIX: PasswordEncryption.sh passwordFile
When prompted, enter your password.
The masked password is encrypted and stored in the file and location specified in
passwordFile. For other Planning utilities with password prompts, you can use [f:passwordFile] as the first parameter in the command line to skip the prompt and use
the encrypted password from the password file specified in passwordFile.
About Text Files for Planning Utilities
These Planning utilities use text files that must be saved in UTF-8 format: FormDefUtil,
SampleApp_Data, and TaskListDefUtil. Other utilities do not use text files or do not require
specific encoding.
For example, if you update the text file for the FormDefUtil utility in Notepad, the file is saved
in the correct encoding format by default. If you change the Encoding option or create a text
file with a different encoding format, such as ANSI or Unicode, the utility does not work
correctly. When saving the text file, ensure that UTF-8 encoding is selected.
Running Planning Utilities on UNIX
To run Planning utilities on UNIX, users must have appropriate privileges. For example, they
need execution privileges for the directory from which utilities are run, and read and write access
to the log directory.
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About EPM Oracle Instance
The EPM Oracle instance is defined when Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System
products are configured. This guide refers to the EPM Oracle instance location as
EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE. The default location for the EPM Oracle instance is
MIDDLEWARE_HOME/user_projects/epmsystem1. By default, Planning utilities are installed
in the EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE/Planning/planning1 directory, and Planning .log files are
written to the EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE/diagnostics/logs/planning directory.
Debug messages for Planning utilities are logged to a log file called PlanningCLU.log that is
generated under EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE/diagnostics/logs/planning. The debug level
can be modified in the loggingCLU.xml file located under EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE
\Planning\planning1.
Using Application Servers
You can access Planning applications through application servers. You must register application
servers on your workstation.
About Updating Instances and Clusters
When creating applications, you select a data source that is associated with an instance (also
called a cluster). If necessary, you can update clusters using the EPM System Configurator. See
“Planning Cluster Management” in the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System
Installation and Configuration Guide.
Closing Planning and Essbase
ä To close Essbase Server:
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Maximize the Essbase window.
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Enter Quit.
To log off Planning Web pages select File, then Log Off. You return to the Logon page.
To close Planning on the Web, select File, then Exit.
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Setting Up Access Permissions
In This Chapter
Levels of Access Permissions .............................................................................57
Planning Artifacts That Can Be Assigned Access .......................................................58
Types of Access Permissions..............................................................................58
Enabling Access Permissions for Dimensions ...........................................................60
Assigning Access to Members and Business Rules.....................................................60
Managing Access to Forms and Folders .................................................................64
Importing Access Permissions ............................................................................67
Improving Performance When Importing Access Permissions .........................................70
Exporting Access Permissions ............................................................................70
Reporting on Access Permissions ........................................................................73
Managing Security Filters..................................................................................77
Synchronizing Users With the Provision Users Utility ...................................................78
Migrating User and Group Identities .....................................................................79
Migrating Business Rule Security.........................................................................79
Removing Stale User Records ............................................................................80
Setting Up Access Permissions in Financial Reporting .................................................81
Levels of Access Permissions
Setting access permissions to Planning application elements prevents unauthorized users from
viewing or changing data. You can set access permissions at these levels:
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Authentication of provisioned users and groups by an external user directory. See the Oracle
Enterprise Performance Management System User Security Administration Guide and its
information on Planning.
Oracle Hyperion Shared Services roles that set access permissions for managing application
groups, applications, dimensions, users, and groups. For example, users must have these
Shared Services roles to perform the specified tasks:
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Project Manager: Creates and manages application groups in Shared Services.
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Provisioning Manager: Provisions users and groups to applications.
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Dimension Editor: Required for Performance Management Architect and Planning
application administration. For Performance Management Architect, allows access to
application administration options for Planning. For Planning application
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administration, allows access to the Planning application administration options for
Planning (in combination with the Planning Application Creator role).
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Planning Application Creator: Required for Performance Management Architect and
Planning application administration. For Performance Management Architect, allows
users to create Planning applications and Performance Management Architect Generic
applications. For Planning application administration, allows access to the Planning
Application Administration options for Planning (in combination with the Dimension
Editor role). For detailed information on these roles, see the Oracle Enterprise
Performance Management System User Security Administration Guide.
Dimensions, including user-defined dimensions. Assign access permissions to members by
selecting the dimension property Apply Security. If you omit or clear the Apply Security setting,
all users can access the dimension's members.
By default, the Account, Entity, Scenario, Version, Year, Period, and Currency dimensions
are enabled for access permissions.
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Users and groups, which can vary among applications. Assign access to Planning application
artifacts by using Assign Access.
After updating access permissions, refresh the application to update Essbase security filters.
Planning Artifacts That Can Be Assigned Access
You can assign access permissions to:
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Scenario members
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Version members
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Account members
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Entity members
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User-defined custom dimension members
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Launch privileges to business rules
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Forms
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Form folders and business rule folders
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Task lists
When you change the user type for a user, the user has full read/write access to the application
through third-party tools until you refresh the Essbase database. After the database is refreshed,
appropriate access permissions are applied to the user.
Types of Access Permissions
Access permissions for the specified user or group to the dimension member, form, or task list
include:
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Read: Allow view access
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Write: Allow view and modify access
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None: Prohibit access; the default access is None
You can also set who can launch which Calculation Manager business rules as:
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Launch: Allow launch privileges
Note: View user types have no write access to dimension members, so cannot launch
business rules having runtime prompts that include members, dimensions, member
ranges, or cross-dimension runtime prompt types. They can, however, launch
business rules having runtime prompts of other types (for example, date type).
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No Launch: Disallow launch privileges.
Note: If a user inherits Launch access permission to a business rule by belonging to a group,
and is also assigned No Launch permissions by belonging to another group, the more
restrictive No Launch assignment takes precedence.
You can specify access permission for individual users and each group. When you assign a user
to a group, that user acquires the group's access permissions. If an individual's access permissions
conflict with those of a group the user belongs to, user access permissions take precedence.
Inheriting Access Permissions
Inheritance determines the user or group’s access permissions. You can specify an attribute that
causes the children or descendants of that member to inherit its access permissions. Access
permissions assigned to members take precedence over inherited access permissions. You can
include or exclude the member from the access permissions setting.
Table 19
Options for Inheriting Access Permissions
Inheritance Option
Access Permission Assignment
Member
Only to the currently selected member.
Children
To all children members in the level below the currently selected member.
iChildren
To the currently selected member and all children members in the level below it.
Descendant
To all descendant members below the currently selected member.
iDescendant
To the currently selected member and all descendant members below it.
How access permissions are evaluated
When evaluating access permissions, Planning gives precedence in this order:
1. Role-level security. Users with the Administrator role have access to all application elements
(except the Mass Allocate role, which must be assigned to use the Mass Allocate feature).
2. Role-level security. Users with the Administrator role have access to all application elements.
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3. For interactive users and planner user types, access permissions that are specifically assigned
to users.
4. Access assignments that are acquired by belonging to a group.
5. Parent-level assignments (for example, to parent members or folders).
Enabling Access Permissions for Dimensions
Use the Dimensions Property tab to set access permissions to user-defined custom dimension
members.
ä To enable access permissions for dimensions:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select the dimension to change.
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Select Actions, and then select Edit.
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In Dimension Properties, select Apply Security to allow access permissions to be set on its members.
Note: If you do not select this option, there is no security on the dimension, and users can
access its members without restriction. See “Enabling Access Permissions for
Dimensions” on page 60.
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Click Save.
Click Reset to revert to previously saved values.
Assigning Access to Members and Business Rules
Before you can assign access to members of user-defined custom dimensions, you must select
the Apply Security check box on the dimension’s Property tab. See “Enabling Access Permissions
for Dimensions” on page 60.
ä To assign access to members or business rules:
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Select the member or business rule:
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dimension and member.
For business rules: Select Administration, then Business Rule Security. Select the folder
containing the business rules, then select the business rules.
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Select Actions, and then select Assign Access.
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Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
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Note: Do not use the Migrate Identities button to migrate a user or group's changed identity
or their position in the user directory from Shared Services Console to Planning.
Instead, you must run the UpdateUsers command line utility.
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Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
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Add, edit, or remove access.
See “Adding Access” on page 61, “Editing Access” on page 62, and “Deleting Access” on
page 62.
Adding Access
You can specify which users and groups can access the selected member or business rule.
ä To assign access permissions to members or business rules:
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Select the member or business rule:
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dimension and member.
For Calculation Manager business rules: Select Administration, then Business Rule
Security. Select the folder containing the business rules, then select the business rules.
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Select Actions, and then select Assign Access.
3
Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
4
Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
5
Click Add Access.
6
Select the users and groups to access the selected member or business rule.
Click Users to display all user names; click Groups to display all groups.
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If there are multiple pages of users or groups, type the page number to go to in Page,
and click Go.
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Click Start or End to navigate to the first or last page.
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Click Prev or Next to move to the previous or next page.
Optional for members: Select a relationship.
For example, select Children to assign access to the children of the selected member.
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Select an option:
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Click Launch to allow the selected users and groups to launch the selected business rules.
Click No Launch to prevent the selected users and groups from launching the selected
business rules.
For the selected users or groups, select the access type and click Add.
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10 Click Close.
Editing Access
You can access the Assign Access page for a member by selecting Assign Access on Dimensions
tab
ä To modify access permissions for members or Calculation Manager business rules:
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Select the member or business rule:
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dimension and member.
For Calculation Manager business rules: Select Administration, then Business Rule
Security. Select the folder containing the business rules, then select the business rules.
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Select Actions, and then select Assign Access.
3
Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
4
Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
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Click Edit Access.
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For the selected member or business rule, select the access type for the displayed users or groups.
Click Users to display all user names; click Groups to display all groups.
For business rules only:
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Click Launch to allow the selected users and groups to launch the selected business rules.
Click No Launch to prevent the selected users and groups from launching the selected
business rules.
Optional for members: Select a relationship.
For example, select Children to assign access to children of the selected member.
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Click Set.
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Click Close.
Deleting Access
ä To remove access permissions for members or Calculation Manager business rules:
1
Select the member or business rule:
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For members: Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions, then select the
dimension and member.
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For Calculation Manager business rules: Select Administration, then Business Rule
Security. Select the folder containing the business rules, then select the business rules.
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Select Actions, and then select Assign Access.
3
Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
4
Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
5
Select the users and groups for whom to remove access to the selected member or business rule.
Click Users to display all user names; click Groups to display all groups.
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Click Remove Access.
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Click OK.
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Click Close.
About Effective Access Permissions to Shared Members
You cannot assign access directly to a shared member. A shared member inherits access
permissions from its base member, parent, or ancestor.
Planning checks access permissions at each level, first by user, then by group, based on the
member’s access permissions inheritance relationship. If multiple access permissions exist, the
least restrictive access permission is applied (for example, Write access takes precedence over
Read access).
This example shows how effective access to base members and their shared members are
determined if the database is refreshed or created with the Security Filters and Shared Members
options selected in the Refresh Database or Create Database page (see “Creating and Refreshing
Application Databases” on page 85).
Sample Entity Members
Parent Entity
Child Entities
United States
CA (base)
NY
West
CA (shared)
NV
Sales Region 1
CA (shared)
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Table 20
Example of Inherited Access to Shared Members
Case
Access Permission
Effective Access
for Base and
Shared Member
CA
Case 1
CA (base) = None
Read
CA inherits Read access from its West parent because Read is
less restrictive than None.
Write
CA inherits Write access from its Sales Region 1 parent because
Write is less restrictive than Read or None.
Write
CA inherits Write access from its United States parent because
Write is less restrictive than Read or None.
iDescendants (West) = Read
Case 2
iDescendants (United States) = None
iDescendants (West) = Read
Explanation
iDescendants (Sales Region 1) = Write
Case 3
iDescendants (United States) = Write
iDescendants (West) = None
iDescendants (Sales Region 1) = Read
Managing Access to Forms and Folders
Subtopics
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Assigning Access to Forms and Folders
Adding Access to Forms and Folders
Changing Access to Forms and Folders
Assigning Access to Forms and Folders
Administrators can assign access to forms, form folders, and Calculation Manager business rule
folders. (For information on assigning access to business rules and members, see “Types of Access
Permissions” on page 58 and “Assigning Access to Members and Business Rules” on page 60.)
Principles:
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Planners and interactive users can view or enter data only into forms to which they have
access (and can work only with members to which they have access).
Administrators and interactive users can design forms.
Interactive users can access forms they created or to which an administrator assigned
them access.
Administrators have write access to all dimension members and to all forms.
Business rules: Planners can see and launch only business rules to which they are assigned
Launch access.
Form folders and business rule folders:
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Planners who are assigned access to a form folder can access the forms in that folder,
unless they are assigned more specific access. Likewise, planners have Launch access to
the Calculation Manager business rules in folders to which they are assigned access,
unless they are assigned more specific access.
When you assign access to a folder, all folders under it inherit that access.
If you assign specific access (for example, None or Write) to a form folder, that access
permission takes precedence over its parent folder's access permissions. For example, if
a user has Write access to Folder1 that contains Folder2 to which the user has None
access, the user can open Folder1, but does not see Folder2.
If you assign specific access (for example, Launch) to a Calculation Manager folder, that
access permission takes precedence over its parent folder's access permissions. For
example, if a user has Launch access to RulesFolder1 that contains RulesFolder2 to which
the user has No Launch access, the user can open RulesFolder1, but does not see
RulesFolder2.
If a user has None access to a form folder called Folder1 that contains a form called
Form1 to which the user has Write access, the user can see Folder1 and Form1.
If a user has No Launch access to a Calculation Manager folder called RulesFolder1 that
contains a business rule called Rule1 to which the user has Launch access, the user can
see RulesFolder1 and Rule1.
For procedures, see “Adding Access to Forms and Folders” on page 65.
Adding Access to Forms and Folders
ä To assign access to forms, form folders, and Calculation Manager business rule folders:
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Select the form or folder.
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For forms and folders, see “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
For business rule folders, select Administration, then Manage, then Business Rule
Security.
For business rules, select Administration, then Manage, then Business Rule Security. Open
the business rule folder containing the business rules and select the rules.
You can assign access to only one form, business rule, or folder at a time.
2
Select Actions, and then select Assign Access.
3
Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
4
Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
5
Click Add Access, and select the users or groups to access the form or folder.
Click Users to display all user names; click Groups to display all groups.
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If there are multiple pages of users and groups, type the page number to go to in Page,
and click Go.
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Click Start or End to navigate to the first or last page.
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Click Prev or Next to move to the previous or next page.
For Type of Access, select the kind of access users or groups have to the form or folder.
For business rules or their folders only:
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Click Launch to allow the selected users and groups to launch the selected business rules.
Click No Launch to prevent the selected users and groups from launching the selected
business rules.
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Click Add.
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Click Close.
Changing Access to Forms and Folders
ä To change which users can use or change forms or folders:
1
Select the form or folder.
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For forms and folders, see “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
For Calculation Manager business rule folders, select Administration, then Manage, then
Business Rule Security.
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Click Assign Access.
3
Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
4
Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
5
Select the users or groups for which to change access, and click Edit Access.
Click Users to display all user names; click Groups to display all groups.
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For Type of Access, select the kind of access users or groups have to the form or folder.
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Click Set.
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Click Close.
ä To remove access from forms or folders:
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Select the form or folder.
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For forms and folders, see “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
For Calculation Manager business rule folders, select Administration, then Manage, then
Business Rule Security.
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For Calculation Manager business rules, select Administration, then Manage, then
Business Rule Security. Open the business rule folder containing the business rules and
select the rules.
2
Click Assign Access.
3
Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
4
Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
5
Select the users or groups for which to remove access, and click Remove Access.
Click Users to display all user names; click Groups to display all groups.
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Click OK.
Importing Access Permissions
The ImportSecurity utility loads access permissions for users or groups from a text file into
Planning. (To add users or groups, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System
User Security Administration Guide.) Importing access permissions overwrites existing access
assignments only for imported members, forms, form folders, task lists, Calculation Manager
business rules, and Calculation Manager business rule folders. All other existing access
permissions remain intact. The SL_CLEARALL parameter clears all existing access permissions;
you can use it with other parameters to replace existing access permissions. See also “Exporting
Access Permissions” on page 70.
The ImportSecurity utility requires users to be provisioned to the Planning application before
it assigns access. For example:
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If user mrauch is provisioned to the TotPlan application, this record will assign access
permissions to mrauch successfully using the utility:
mrauch,member1,READWRITE,MEMBER
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If user ehennings is not already provisioned to the application, this record will fail to load:
ehennings,member1,READWRITE,MEMBER
The ExportSecurity utility automatically creates the SecFile.txt file, from which you can
import access permissions. If you prefer, you can also manually create the SecFile.txt file
using these guidelines:
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You must name the text file SecFile.txt and save it in the planning1 directory (for the
full path, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56).
All users, groups, and artifacts must be defined in the application.
Before importing access permissions on a user-defined custom dimension, you must allow
access permissions to be set on it by selecting Apply Security (see “Enabling Access
Permissions for Dimensions” on page 60).
Each line in the SecFile.txt file must specify access permissions information.
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Each line must contain these items, separated by one of these delimiters: comma (,) Tab, semicolon (;), pipe (|), colon (:), space ( ). Comma is the default.
Item
Description
username or
group name
The name of a user or group defined in Shared Services Console.
To import access permissions information into a group with the same name as a user, append this information to
the line in the SecFile.txt file that pertains to the group: sl_group
For example:
admin,member1,READ,MEMBER
admin,member1,READ,MEMBER,SL_GROUP
artifact name
The named artifact for the imported access permissions (for example the member, form, task list, folder, or Calculation
Manager business rule). Example: Account1.
If an artifact name contains a character that you are using as the delimiter, enclose the name in double quotes. For
example, if you are using a space as the delimiter, enclose the name South America in double quotes: “South
America”.
access
permissions
READ, READWRITE, or NONE. If there are duplicate lines for a user/member combination, the line with READWRITE
access takes precedence. For example, for these lines:
User1,Member1,READ,@ICHILDREN
User1,Member1,READWRITE,@ICHILDREN
Access permissions for User1 to Member1 are applied as READWRITE.
For Calculation Manager business rules and folders only: specify launch access permissions as either NONE or
LAUNCH.
Essbase access
flags
@CHILDREN, @ICHILDREN, @DESCENDANTS, @IDESCENDANTS and MEMBER.
Security implementation for these functions is identical to Essbase.
Note: For task lists, only MEMBER can be used. For folders, only @IDESCENDANTS can be used.
artifact type
For artifacts other than members, distinguish which artifact you are importing security for with artifact type
identifier:
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Note: The ExportSecurity utility automatically adds the required artifact type identifiers in the
SecFile.txt file. If you manually create the SecFile.txt file, you must add the artifact type
identifiers.
Note: The ExportSecurity utility does not support exporting access permissions to task lists for administrators,
so you must manually add such records to the SecFile.txt file before you can import them.
Sample lines from a file:
User1,Account1,READ,@CHILDREN
Group2,DataForm08,READWRITE,MEMBER,SL_FORM
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User3,TaskList09,READWRITE,MEMBER,SL_TASKLIST
NorthAmericaGroup,Sales,READWRITE,@IDESCENDANTS,SL_FORMFOLDER
ä To import access permissions into Planning:
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Locate the ImportSecurity utility by navigating to the planning1 directory (for the full path, see
“About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56).
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From the Command Prompt, enter this case-sensitive command, one space, and the parameters,
separating each with a comma. Enclose the parameters with double quotation marks:
ImportSecurity [-f:passwordFile] “appname,username,[delimiter],
[RUN_SILENT],[SL_CLEARALL]”
where:
Parameter
Description
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the first parameter in the command line to read
the password from the full file path and name specified in passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password
Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55.
appname
Name of the Planning application to which you are importing access permissions.
username
Planning administrator user name.
delimiter
Optional: SL_TAB, SL_COMMA, SL_PIPE, SL_SPACE, SL_COLON, SL_SEMI-COLON. If no delimiter is
specified, comma is the default.
RUN_SILENT
Optional: Execute the utility silently (the default) or with progress messages. Specify 0 for messages, or
1 for no messages.
[SL_CLEARALL]
Optional: Clear existing access permissions when importing new access permissions. Must be in
uppercase.
For example:
ImportSecurity “app1,admin,SL_TAB,1”
To clear all access permissions, enter:
ImportSecurity “app1,admin,,,SL_CLEARALL”
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If prompted, enter your password.
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After you execute the utility, check the log file importsecurity.log in the
EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE/diagnostics/logs/planning directory to verify the results. For
the full path, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
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Improving Performance When Importing Access
Permissions
ä To import access for many users, improve performance by not using full names:
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On Planning Web, select Administration, then Application, then Settings.
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Select Advanced Settings, click Go, and then System Settings.
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Clear Display Users’ Full Names.
Exporting Access Permissions
The ExportSecurity utility exports Planning access permissions to the SecFile.txt file,
enabling you to export and import access permissions across applications (see “Importing Access
Permissions” on page 67). For the specified user or group (or for all users and groups if you use
only the mandatory parameters), the ExportSecurity utility exports access permissions to
these artifacts: members, forms, form folders, task lists, business rules, and business rule folders.
ExportSecurity appends an artifact type flag that specifies whether the exported artifact
security is for a form, composite form, form folder, task list, business rule, or business rule folder.
Notes:
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If you specify only mandatory (not optional) parameters, all access permissions to all
artifacts for all users and groups are exported. You can limit the export by specifying a
member parameter (but only one member-based parameter).
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Running the utility creates a file named SecFile.txt, which contains the exported access
permissions.
ä To export access permissions from Planning to a text file:
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Navigate to the planning1 directory (for the full path, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page
56).
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From the Command Prompt, enter this case-sensitive command, one space, and the parameters.
Separate each parameter with a comma:
ExportSecurity [-f:passwordFile] /A=appname,/U=username, [/
S=searchCriteria|/S_USER=user|/S_GROUP=group], [/
S_MEMBER=memberName|/S_MEMBER_ID=memberName |/
S_MEMBER_D=memberName|/S_MEMBER_IC=memberName|/
S_MEMBER_C=memberName],[/DELIM=delim] , [/DEBUG=true|false],[/
TO_FILE=fileName],[/HELP=Y]
where:
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Parameter
Description
Mandatory?
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the first parameter in the
command line to read the password from the full file path and name specified in
passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on
page 55.
No
/A=appname
The name of the Planning application from which you are exporting access
permissions.
Yes
/U=username
The administrator's ID for logging into the application.
Yes
/S=searchCriteria
The user or group name.
No
You cannot use this option with /S_USER or /S_GROUP.
/S_USER=user
A specified user name.
No
You cannot specify multiple users or use this option with /S_GROUP or /
S=searchCriteria.
/S_GROUP=group
A specified group. Only matching groups, not matching user names, are
exported.
No
You cannot specify multiple groups or use this option with /S_USER or /S=
search criteria.
/S_MEMBER=MemberName
A specified member.
No
You can specify only one member-based parameter.
/S_MEMBER_ID=MemberName
A specified member and its descendants.
No
/S_MEMBER_D=MemberName
A specified member's descendants.
No
/S_MEMBER_IC=MemberName
A specified member and its children.
No
/S_MEMBER_C=MemberName
A specified member's children.
No
/DELIM=delim
SL_TAB, SL_COMMA, SL_PIPE, SL_SPACE, SL_COLON, SL_SEMI-COLON. If no
delimiter is specified, comma is the default.
No
/DEBUG=
Specify true to display the utility's performed steps. false is the default.
No
/TO_FILE=
Specify the path to the SecFile.txt file. By default, the file is in the
planning1 directory (for the full path, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page
56).
No
If you specify another path, use double backslashes, for example: C:\\Oracle
\\SecFile.txt.
/HELP=Y
Specify as the only parameter to display the syntax and options for
ExportSecurity.
No
For example, to export access permissions for a user and group named Sales, enter:
ExportSecurity /A=app1,/U=admin,/S=Sales
To export for a member named Account100 and its descendants, with the colon delimiter
to a file named Account100.txt in a specific path (in this example, to Planning
\planning1):
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ExportSecurity /A=planapp1,/U=admin,/TO_FILE=D:\\EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE
\\Planning\\planning1\\Account100,/S_MEMBER_ID=Account100,/
DELIM=SL_COLON
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If prompted, enter your password.
Also note:
If a member, user, or group name contains a character used as the delimiter, the name is
enclosed in double quotes. For example, if a space is the delimiter, the name South
America is enclosed in double quotes: “South America”.
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Because commas are used to separate parameters, if a parameter contains commas (for
example, Kravets, Diana), precede it with a backslash. Also use backslash to escape the
backslash from the command prompt. In this example, use two backslashes: /A=Kravets
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The ExportSecurity utility does not support exporting access permissions to task lists for
administrators, so you must manually add such records to the SecFile.txt file before you
can import them.
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Item
Description
user or group
The name of a user or group defined in Shared Services Console.
memName
A member in the application.
access
permissions
READ, READWRITE, or NONE. If there are duplicate lines for a user name/member name combination, the line
with READWRITE access takes precedence.
For Calculation Manager business rules and folders only: Access permissions are specified as either NONE or
LAUNCH.
Essbase access
flags
artifact type
@CHILDREN, @ICHILDREN, @DESCENDANTS, @IDESCENDANTS, and MEMBER.
Security implementation for these functions is identical to Essbase.
After each line, the utility appends the artifact type:
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SL_FORM—for forms
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SL_CALCRULE—for business rules
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SL_FORMFOLDER—for form folders
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SL_CALCFOLDER—for folders containing business rules
Note: If you manually create the SecFile.txt file, you must add the artifact type identifiers.
For example, an exported file might contain these lines:
User1,DataForm2,READ,MEMBER,SL_COMPOSITE
User2,Folder3,READWRITE,MEMBER,SL_FORMFOLDER
User3,DataForm4,READWRITE,MEMBER,SL_FORM
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”North America”,Account101,READWRITE,MEMBER,SL_CALCFOLDER
Reporting on Access Permissions
Subtopics
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Selecting Reporting Objects
Selecting Reporting Options
Working With Access Permissions Reports
Setting up Audit Trails
Examples of Tracked Actions
Viewing and Clearing Audit Reports
You can view current access permissions and print reports.
ä To report on current access permissions for users and groups in Planning:
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In Shared Services Console, select a Planning application under Application Groups. Select
Administration, then Access Control Report.
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On Select User or Group, select options:
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Available Users
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Available Groups
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Available Users and Groups
From the left Available panel, select and move users or groups to report on to the Selected panel:
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To move all users or groups, click
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To remove all users and groups, click
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If you enter a user or group name instead of browsing to it, you must enter the full name.
For names with commas, enclose the name in quotation marks.
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Click Next.
Selecting Reporting Objects
You can report on these objects: Accounts, Scenarios, Versions, Entities, user-defined custom
dimensions, and forms.
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Start the Access Control Report.
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See “Reporting on Access Permissions” on page 73.
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On Select Objects, select the Planning objects on which to report:
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To move all objects, click
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To remove all objects, click
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Click Next.
Selecting Reporting Options
ä To specify options for access reports:
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Start the Access Control Report.
See “Reporting on Access Permissions” on page 73.
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On Report Options, for Show Matching Access of Type, select the access to view: Read, Write, or None.
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For Group the Results By, select how to view the report: Users or Objects.
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From the Report Type sections, select Assigned Access or Effective Access:
Table 21
Access Report Types
Report Type
Description
Options
Assigned Access
Summarizes access permissions
that administrators assign
Specify whether access is assigned by member selection relation or group
membership:
Effective Access
Note: Effective
Access reports
cannot be
generated for
groups.
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Summarizes access assignments
as Planning evaluates them (for
example, by member selection
relation, such as children, or
group membership). This is useful
if there are conflicts in access
permissions.
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Show Matching Access of Relation: Member, Children, Children
(inclusive), Descendants, or Descendants (inclusive).
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Show Inherited From Group: Show access permissions inherited by
users in a group.
Describe the origin of the effective access by selecting Show Effective
Access Origin. For example, a user named JSomebody may be assigned
Write access to Entity1 and belong to a group named Sales that is assigned
Read access to Entity1. This setting would show that JSomebody has Write
access to Entity1 because individual assigned access supersedes access
inherited by group membership.
Click Finish.
Adobe Acrobat launches, displaying the report online.
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Working With Access Permissions Reports
The report on access permissions displays in Adobe Acrobat. You can use the Adobe Acrobat
toolbar to work with the report.
Setting up Audit Trails
Administrators can select aspects of the application for change tracking. For example, you can
track changes to metadata, such as when users change a member property or add a currency.
You can also track changes in forms, business rules, approvals, users, access permissions, and so
on. To view audits, administrators create and run reports using RDBMS report writers.
Access assignments imported with the ImportSecurity utility are not reflected in audit reports.
Table 22
Actions That Can be Audited
Audit Options
Tracked Changes
Dimension
Administration
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member or dimension
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Performance settings: resetting a dimension's dense or sparse setting, changing the order of dimensions
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Currencies: adding or deleting currencies, setting a triangulation or reporting currency
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Updates by utilities that affect Planning (such as importing form designs with the
ImportFormDefinition utility)
Alias Table
Administration
Data
Changes to alias tables: creating, copying, renaming, deleting, and clearing
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Cell values
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Supporting detail
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Account annotations
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Cell-level documents
Launch Business Rules
Updates from calc scripts and business rules (including runtime prompts)
Form Definition
Forms: creating, modifying, adding rows. (The audit record does not record how the design changed.)
Form Folder
Administration
Folders: created, moved, or deleted
Approvals
Approvals: planning unit owners, status, and status (started or excluded)
Copy Version
Versions copied, including supporting detail and annotations. The audit record does not record details (such
as data, supporting detail, and annotations) of the copied version.
Security
Access permissions to dimension members, forms, form folders, business rules, and task lists
Users Administration
Users added, changed, or deleted
Groups Administration
Groups added, changed, or deleted; users added or removed
Offline
Forms taken offline or synchronized back to the server
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Audit Options
Tracked Changes
Task List
Task lists: created, copied, saved, moved, and deleted
Copy Data
Users' selections for Static Dimensions, Source Dimension, and Destination Dimension
Clear Cell Details
Users' selections for clearing supporting detail, cell text, and account annotations
ä To specify aspects of the application for which Planning records changes:
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Select Tools, and then Reports.
2
Select Auditing.
3
Select the actions Planning tracks.
To avoid affecting performance, be selective in which application elements you audit.
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Click Save Selections.
Depending on selected audit options, application changes are recorded in a
HSP_AUDIT_RECORDS table, stored in the relational database.
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Restart the application server.
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View results in the HSP_AUDIT_RECORDS table using a RDBMS report writer.
If anyone resets audit options, those changes are recorded.
Examples of Tracked Actions
For each recorded action, Planning tracks:
Tracked Changes
Examples
The type of change
Metadata, data, form, access permissions, planning
units
The affected object (The columns ID_1 and ID_2 in the audit report help define
the object that changed.)
Form: Expenses 04 Group: Marketing
User
VHennings
Time Posted
08/22/2013 8:17
Action
Add
Property
Currency
Old value
Default
New value
USD
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Viewing and Clearing Audit Reports
Audit results are recorded in the HSP_AUDIT_RECORDS table, stored in the relational database.
To clear the audit report, use the SQL DELETE command on the HSP_AUDIT_RECORDS table.
To clear entries that are a certain number of days old, compare them against the
time_posted field. For example, to delete all entries from the table:
DELETE FROM HSP_AUDIT_RECORDS
To view audit records, sorted by the time they were posted:
SELECT * FROM HSP_AUDIT_RECORDS ORDER BY TIME_POSTED
Managing Security Filters
Access permissions in Planning are stored in the relational database.
If you use other products outside of Planning, such as Financial Reporting or third-party tools,
to access Planning data directly in Essbase, you must push Planning access permissions to Essbase
by generating security filters.
To update security filters for selected users, select Administration, then Manage, and then Security
Filters. To update security filters simultaneously for all users, select Administration, then
Application, then Create Database or Refresh Database, and then Security Filters (see “Creating
and Refreshing Application Databases” on page 85).
First validate that the size of security filters does not exceed the Essbase limit of 64 KB per row.
Note: Oracle recommends that you perform a database refresh with the Security Filters option
selected each time a change is made to the outline, including when dynamic child members
are added or members are renamed and security is assigned to the new members.
For read and write security filters to be generated in Essbase, users must have read or write access
permissions to at least to one member from each secured Planning dimension, including userdefined dimensions. If access is not assigned in these dimensions, the security filter for the user
in Essbase is set to None.
ä To create or update individual security filters:
1
From Planning, select Administration, then Manage, then Security Filters.
2
Select the users whose security filters you want updated.
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Click Create.
Essbase creates an encrypted file (essbase.sec) to store access permissions information.
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If you want planners and interactive user types to have write access directly to Planning data
in Essbase, assign them the role “Essbase Write Access” in Shared Services.
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After creating or refreshing security filters for a user who has access to dynamic members,
the Essbase bucket name is displayed in the filter line for dynamic members instead of the
actual member name.
Synchronizing Users With the Provision Users Utility
The ProvisionUsers utility—run by administrators through a command line interface—
synchronizes Planning users, groups, and roles in Shared Services Console with a Planning
application and with Essbase.
ä To use the utility:
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Launch the ProvisionUsers.cmd file from the planning1 directory, using the following syntax:
ProvisionUsers [-f:passwordFile] /ADMIN:adminName /A:appName [/
U:user1[;user2;user3]] [/R:n]
For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
Table 23
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ProvisionUsers Syntax
Parameter
Description
Required?
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the first parameter in the
command line to read the password from the full file path and name specified in
passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on
page 55.
No
/ADMIN:adminName
The administrator's name for logging on to the Planning application.
Yes
/A:appName
The Planning application to synchronize (must be on the server on which the utility
is run).
Yes
[/U:user1[;user2;user3]]
Specifies users to synchronize. For example, to synchronize users Planner1 and
Planner2, use /U:Planner1;Planner2. Omitting this argument synchronizes
all users.
No
[/R:n]
Specifies an interval, in minutes, in which synchronization is run. For example, to
synchronize every 30 minutes, use /R:30. Omitting this argument performs the
synchronization once.
No
/?
Specified by itself, prints the syntax and options for ProvisionUsers.
No
If prompted, enter your password.
Example 1
Entering:
ProvisionUsers /ADMIN:admin /A:App1
Synchronizes all users in the App1 application.
Example 2
Entering:
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ProvisionUsers /ADMIN:admin /A:App2 /U:Planner1 /R:60
Synchronizes user Planner1 in the App2 application every 60 minutes.
Migrating User and Group Identities
When you change a user or group's identity or their position in the user directory hierarchy,
you must update—or migrate—this information to Planning.
ä To migrate changed user and group identities from Shared Services Console to Planning:
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Take an action:
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member.
Select Administration, then Manage, then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids, and then select a form.
If using Calculation Manager: Select Administration, then Business Rule Security, and
then select a business rule folder or business rule.
Select Administration, then Manage, then Task Lists, and then select a task list.
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Click Assign Access.
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Click Migrate Identities.
Migrating Business Rule Security
If your upgraded application used Business Rules, administrators can migrate launch access
permissions on business rules and their projects from Business Rules to Calculation Manager
business rules in Planning using the HBRMigrateSecurity.cmd utility.
The HBRMigrateSecurity.cmd utility:
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Overwrites launch access permissions that are already assigned to business rules in the
specified Planning application.
Migrates access permissions only for users and groups that are provisioned for the specified
Planning application in Shared Services Console.
ä To migrate access permissions on business rules and their folders:
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Before running HBRMigrateSecurity.cmd:
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Migrate business rules from Oracle Hyperion Business Rules to Calculation Manager.
See the Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager Designer's Guide.
Deploy the business rules to Planning.
At the command line, from the planning1 directory, enter this command and its parameters,
separating each by a space:
HBRMigrateSecurity.cmd [-f:passwordFile] /A:appname /U:admin /F:output
file
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For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
Table 24
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HBRMigrateSecurity Parameters
Parameter
Purpose
Required?
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the first parameter in the command
line to read the password from the full file path and name specified in passwordFile.
See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55.
No
/A:appname
Specify the Planning application to which to migrate launch access permissions for business
rules
Yes
/U:admin
Specify the administrator's user name
Yes
/F:output file
Specify the name of the XML output file, including its full path if it is not in the
planning1 directory (for the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance”
on page 56). This file contains a log of the transaction, and helps with troubleshooting.
Yes
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Print the syntax and options for HBRMigrateSecurity.cmd
No
If prompted, enter your password.
For example:
HBRMigrateSecurity.cmd /A:appname /U:admin /F:C:\temp
\HBRExportedSecurity.xml
For information on the Security setting in Calculation Manager for migrated business rules, see
“About Runtime Prompts and Approvals Security” on page 192.
Removing Stale User Records
When you deprovision or delete users or groups in Shared Services, you can conserve disk space
by updating the user and group tables in the Planning relational database to remove stale records.
ä To remove stale user records from the Planning database tables:
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Take an action:
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member.
Select Administration, then Manage, then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids, and then select a form
folder or form.
If using Calculation Manager: Select Administration, then Business Rule Security, and
then select a business rule folder or business rule.
Select Administration, then Manage, then Task Lists, and then select a task list.
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Click Assign Access.
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Click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
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Setting Up Access Permissions in Financial Reporting
Financial Reporting supports these access permissions:
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User authentication
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Logon access permissions
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Access to Financial Reporting and data source
Application permissions
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Access to tasks within Financial Reporting
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Permissions to design or view reports
Data Rights
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Access to data source data such as members and values
m
Access to Financial Reporting objects such as reports
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Managing Planning Databases
In This Chapter
Unlocking Applications ....................................................................................83
Using Broadcast Messaging ..............................................................................84
Viewing Usage Statistics ..................................................................................85
Creating and Refreshing Application Databases ........................................................85
Managing Exchange Rates ................................................................................88
Managing Currency Conversions..........................................................................90
Working with Currency Conversion Calc Scripts .........................................................91
Optimizing Performance ...................................................................................91
Backing Up Applications and Application Databases ..................................................93
For applications using Planning application administration, databases are created and
maintained within Planning. For Performance Management Architect applications, applications
are created in Performance Management Architect and deployed to Planning. For information
on tasks performed in Performance Management Architect, see the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise
Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
Unlocking Applications
Occasionally Planning applications can become locked, for example, if users abnormally exit the
application and Planning. The Unlock Application utility clears all records in the HSP_LOCK
table. You must run the utility from the Planning application server.
Ensure there are no users connected to the Planning application before running the utility. To
confirm this, launch the task manager on the Planning server and ensure there are no processes
called hsxser~1 (hsxserver) or hspds.
ä To unlock Planning applications:
1
Locate the HspUnlockApp.cmd utility by navigating to the planning1 directory using the
command line.
For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
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Enter HspUnlockApp.cmd[-f:passwordFile] SERVER_NAME USER_NAME PASSWORD
APPLICATION_NAME, where application name is the application to unlock.
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Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use [-f:passwordFile] as the first
parameter in the command line to read the password from the full file path and name
specified in passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on
page 55.
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If prompted, enter your password.
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Check the application event logs using the Event Viewer in the console application log to determine
whether a success or failure event is reported. For information about logs, see the Oracle Enterprise
Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Troubleshooting Guide.
Using Broadcast Messaging
Use broadcast messaging to communicate a text message to all Planning users currently logged
on to an application. For example, you can send messages about system availability or periodic
maintenance. You should also send broadcast messages to request that users log out before
upgrading or migrating applications.
You can send broadcast messages using the Web client. If you send them using the Web, they
are sent to users of your current application. You can also schedule messages using standard
operating system mechanisms. You can also send broadcast messages using a command line
utility. If you send them using the command line, you can specify any application, without being
logged on to it.
For users logged on to the application, the broadcast message displays in their browser the next
time they refresh the page or go to a different page. Only users who are currently logged on to
the Planning application see broadcast messages.
Users who are logged on to the application through other products or third-party reporting tools
do not receive broadcast messages.
ä To send broadcast messages:
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Select Administration, then Application, then Broadcast Messages.
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In Create Message, enter the message to broadcast.
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Click Send.
ä To send broadcast messages using a command line:
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Locate the BroadcastMessage.cmd utility by navigating to the planning1 directory with a
command prompt.
For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
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Launch the utility, using this syntax at the command line:
broadcastmessage.cmd ([SERVER_NAME], APPLICATION_NAME, USER_NAME,
MESSAGE)
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use [-f:passwordFile] as the first
parameter in the command line to read the password from the full file path and name
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specified in passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on
page 55.
SERVER_NAME: the localhost name.
APPLICATION_NAME: the name of the application to whose users you send messages.
USER_NAME: the administrator who has rights to send broadcast messages.
MESSAGE: a text message of up to 127 characters to send to application users.
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If prompted, enter your password.
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You can view status, errors, or information for broadcasting messaging in the console.
For example:
Broadcastmessage.cmd ABCserver, testapp, VHennings001, Please log off
the application for routine maintenance.
Viewing Usage Statistics
You can determine which Planning users are logged on to the current application, and how long
since they accessed the application. Users are not listed if they log on through other applications
such as Financial Reporting, Smart View, or third-party reporting tools.
You can view the percentage of supporting detail detection cache being used, to determine
whether an appropriate amount of RAM is allocated. If the number is very low or high, consider
allocating less or more RAM. A default value of 20 is stored as a Planning property (see
“Allocating Memory for Supporting Detail Cache” on page 92).
ä To view usage statistics:
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From Planning Web, log on to an application.
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Select Administration, then Application, then Statistics.
Usage statistics display for each server.
Creating and Refreshing Application Databases
On the Manage Database page, you can create and refresh application databases, which are used
to store data in Planning for each plan type in the application. Databases are structured according
to dimensions, hierarchical members, attributes, and other data specified in an application.
Essbase creates an encrypted data file (essbase.sec) to store access permission information.
When you create an application, select Create to update the Planning multidimensional
databases that store application data. While building your outline, you can transfer database
changes and access permissions separately to improve performance and make changes quickly
available to users. When the outline is complete, Oracle recommends that you include access
permissions when refreshing database information.
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You must refresh the application database whenever you change the application structure.
Changes made to an application are not reflected to users performing data entry and approvals
tasks until you refresh the Planning databases for the application. For example, when you modify
properties of an Entity member, add a Scenario, or change access permissions, these changes are
stored in the Planning relational database until you refresh the application database.
During refresh:
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Members and associated properties are propagated from the relational database to the
multidimensional database.
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Custom attributes are added, modified, or deleted in the multidimensional database.
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Exchange rate values are repopulated in the Planning outline.
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Member formulas for certain accounts are dynamically generated or updated.
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Additions or changes to alias tables and their associations to dimensions or members are
updated.
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UDAs are added to the Planning application.
Caution!
Oracle recommends backing up the application before creating or refreshing. See
“Backing Up Applications and Application Databases” on page 93. Following these
steps affects data in the database. When you click Create, data is erased and Planning
plan types are rebuilt. When you click Refresh, data might be replaced. For important
information, see “Considerations for Working with Essbase” on page 36.
When an administrator uses Create Database or Refresh Database, all other tasks are unavailable
to other users, including the application owner.
All users must be logged off from the Planning application before Planning databases can be
refreshed. Oracle recommends that administrators send a broadcast message to all users, asking
them to save their work and close the application before the Planning application is refreshed.
Planning does not log out users during refresh. See “Limiting Use of an Application During
Maintenance” on page 282.
Application refresh time depends on factors such as the number of entities and users in the
application, and many users and security filters lengthens refresh time. To maximize system
availability, you can transfer access permissions information during nonpeak hours.
ä To create or refresh the application database:
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Back up the application. See “Backing Up Applications and Application Databases” on page 93.
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Select Administration, and then Application.
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Select Create Database or Refresh Database.
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Select options:
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Update custom-defined functions: Updates Planning custom-defined functions for the
application when creating or refreshing the application database.
For information about working with custom-defined functions, see the Oracle Essbase
Database Administrator's Guide.
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Security Filters: Generates security filters for use by third-party applications. To generate
security filters for all users in the application, select Security Filters, but do not select
Validate Limit. To generate security filters for selected users, see “Managing Security
Filters” on page 77.
Access permissions are stored in an encrypted data file (essbase.sec).
Tip: Before you generate security filters for all users, limit user access to the application
by setting the Enable Use of the Application For option to Administrator. After
generating security filters, change the setting back to All Users. See “Limiting Use
of an Application During Maintenance” on page 282.
Note: After creating or refreshing security filters for a user who has access to dynamic
members, the Essbase bucket name is displayed in the filter line for dynamic
members instead of the actual member name.
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(base and shared) and applies the least restrictive access permission to them all. For
example, if a shared member's parent has Write access assigned to all its children, and
another shared member under another parent has Read access assigned to all its children,
the base member and all its shared members are given Write access (for examples, see
“About Effective Access Permissions to Shared Members” on page 63).
Note: If your application does not depend on shared member security, consider clearing
this option to improve performance.
If this option is cleared, shared members inherit the security assigned to the base
member.
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64 KB per row. This option validates filter size to ensure it does not exceed the size limit
before building Essbase security filters.
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To create or refresh data in the Planning database, click Create or Refresh.
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Review the confirmation message. To continue, click Create or Refresh. After the update completes,
click Finish.
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Optional: If the create or refresh process takes some time, you can click Run in Background to run the
process in the background without displaying the status.
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To view the results of running Create or Refresh in the background, view the Planning logs.
For information about logs, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System
Installation and Configuration Troubleshooting Guide.
Managing Exchange Rates
Exchange rate tables enable budget preparers to create plans in different currencies. For example,
you can specify Yen as the base currency for the Japan entity and US dollars for the United States
entity. When you display a form with values for the Japan entity and display currency set to US
dollars, the Yen exchange rate is used to convert values for Japan to US dollars. If the display
currency is set to Yen, the exchange rate for US dollars converts values for the United States
entity to Yen.
To use exchange rates, you must select Multiple Currencies when creating an application. You
can set up exchange rates using the procedure in “Creating Exchange Rate Tables” on page
88 and “Editing Exchange Rate Tables” on page 89.
Note: Use Performance Management Architect to specify the base currency, currency code and
symbol, triangulation currency, reporting currency, and exchange rate type. See the Oracle
Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
A multiple currency application stores exchange rates with the HSP_Rates dimension, which
includes these members and others that store currency rates:
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When generating reports or loading data, you must refer to the HSP_InputValue member. When
loading data, you must load data against the local currency. You need not refer to the
HSP_InputCurrency member. By default, the HSP_Rates dimension is set to Sparse.
Note: You can change the density of the HSP_Rates dimension in Performance Management
Architect. Planning supports currency conversion by triangulation through the
triangulation currency set in Performance Management Architect.
Creating Exchange Rate Tables
You can create multiple exchange rate tables, each representing a different business scenario.
Each scenario can be associated with only one exchange rate table.
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Exchange Rates.
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Specify information for the Exchange Rate table:
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Editing Exchange Rate Tables
The default currency and triangulation currencies are available as destination currencies. You
can enter exchange rates from source currencies to the default or triangulation currencies. You
enter conversion values between the default currency and all the currencies defined in the
Exchange Rates page. Exchange rate tables span all application time periods, so you can apply
exchange rates to all scenarios. When creating or modifying exchange rate tables, you must
refresh the application to store them in the plan types.
If you modify a currency’s triangulation currency, you must re-enter exchange rates for the
triangulation currency property and refresh the application to transfer and store the exchange
rates. You cannot select the application’s default currency as a triangulation currency.
When you input exchange rates for converting from one currency to another, you can select
Multiply or Divide as the calculation method.
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Option
Description
To Currency
The currency for which to enter conversion rates (the default currency or a triangulation currency).
Show Years
The time periods displayed (by default, the current application year).
Rate Table Name
The name of the exchange rate table (display only).
Method
Multiply or Divide, the mathematical operator that determines how values are calculated between the source
and destination currencies.
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Option
Description
Historical
For all time periods, the exchange rate for accounts whose Exchange Rate Type is set to Historical. The account’s
Data Type must be set to Currency. Historical is typically used for balance sheet account types. A historical
exchange rate may reflect a calculated rate over time, a rate for a point in time before the application’s calendar,
or a rate that was in effect when an event occurred.
BegBalance
The value of balance sheet accounts. There is one beginning balance time period, the first time period in the
application. Rates for the Beginning Balance time period are populated for each year in the application. Scenarios
that do not include the first year of the application can include a Beginning Balance time period.
Avg
For time periods, the exchange rate for accounts whose Exchange Rate Type is set to Avg, or Average. Avg is
typically used for Revenue and Expense account types, or for Saved Assumption account types whose Time
Balance is set to Flow. The account’s Data Type must be Currency.
End
For time periods, the exchange rate for accounts whose Exchange Rate Type is set to Ending. Ending is typically
used for Asset and Liability account types, or for Saved Assumption account types whose Time Balance is set
to Balance. The account’s Data Type must be Currency.
Tip: After entering values, fill in the value throughout the current year or all years in the
table. For example, if you enter a value for Avg in the Jan11 cell and select Fill Year, the
value is spread to all the months in 2011. If you select Fill Table, the value is spread to
the months for all the years included in this exchange rate table. To fill in values, enter
a value for Avg or End, right-click the cell, and select Fill Year or Fill Table.
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Deleting Exchange Rate Tables
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Currency Conversion.
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Select the exchange rate table to delete.
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Click Delete.
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At the prompt, click OK.
Managing Currency Conversions
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Currency Conversions.
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Click Create.
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Working with Currency Conversion Calc Scripts
If multiple currencies are enabled for the Planning application when you create a currency
conversion, a currency conversion calc script is created, based on selected scenarios, versions,
and currencies. A second calc script is generated by Planning, which copies appropriate exchange
rates to the account, based on account rate types. For currency conversion, the Account type
always takes precedence. Data type evaluation order is not considered. The copy calc script is
named HspCrtB.csc for bottom-up versions and HspCrtT.csc for target versions. Running
the copy calc script enables the currency conversion calc script to run in BLOCK mode, which
is more efficient than CELL mode.
The selected scenarios, versions, and currencies must be able to store data in the database outline.
Dynamic Calc, Dynamic Calc and Store, and Label Only are virtual members that do not store
data. There is no benefit to running the copy of the currency conversion calc script if the target
version has virtual members because Planning discards the results of the calculation for these
members.
To convert currencies correctly, the first time a currency conversion is launched, administrators
must run the copy currency rates calc script and the currency conversion calc script. After
launching the HSPCrtB.csc or HspCrtT.csc copy calc script, you must launch them again if
you change the database outline (for example, by adding or changing exchange rates, account
rate types, versions, scenarios, accounts, or user-defined dimension members).
To create the copy currency calc script for calc scripts, you must regenerate currency conversion
calc scripts.
Optimizing Performance
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Allocating Memory for Supporting Detail Cache
Configuring the Data and Index Cache Sizes
Other Performance Optimization Tips
Use these methods to optimize performance:
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Strategically assign dimensions as dense or sparse and order them from most to least dense
(see “About Sparse and Dense Dimensions” on page 317, “About Reordering Dimensions”
on page 92, and “Setting Dimension Density and Order” on page 330).
Design business rules to execute within two minutes. Schedule longer-running business rules
to execute in the background (see “Setting Background Processing” on page 44).
Set the Suppress Missing Blocks option (see “Setting Form Grid Properties” on page 167).
Set the Planning property OLAP_MAX_CONNECTIONS to 20 if you have 100 users. If you need
to after careful testing, increase the setting to 100 for 500 users (see “Setting Application and
System Properties” on page 39).
Optimize the JDBC connection pool settings (see “Configuring JDBC Connection Pooling”
on page 41).
Increase the timeout value for SQL queries (see “Optimizing SQL Relational Databases” on
page 38).
If you use the WebLogic Server, check its performance settings (see “Optimizing WebLogic
Server Parameters” on page 405).
Tune Java Virtual Machine (JVM) parameters (see “500 Error Message” on page 402).
Optimize Windows network parameters (see “Optimizing Windows Network Parameters”
on page 406).
About Reordering Dimensions
The order of dimensions is critical for the structure and performance of a Planning application.
Optimize performance when ordering dimensions:
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most dense is usually Period, followed by Account. Dense dimensions calculate faster than
sparse dimensions.
Separate sparse dimensions into aggregating and nonaggregating dimensions. Place
aggregating dimensions before nonaggregating dimensions. Order sparse dimensions from
most to least dense. Aggregating dimensions, such as Entity, consolidate children into the
parent to create new data. Nonaggregating dimensions, such as Scenario, do not consolidate
children to create data.
You can also use Performance Management Architect to change the order for calculating
dimensions. See the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect
Administrator's Guide.
Allocating Memory for Supporting Detail Cache
To improve performance when users change planning unit status, you can specify the amount
of memory for the supporting detail cache. To change the default memory allocation for
supporting detail cache, increase the SUPPORTING_DETAIL_CACHE_SIZE property from the
default of 20.
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Tip: If the Supporting Detail Detection Cache reaches 75% or greater, Oracle recommends that
you decrease its size to 60%.
To view supporting detail cache usage, see “Viewing Usage Statistics” on page 85. To change its
value, see “Setting Application and System Properties” on page 39.
Configuring the Data and Index Cache Sizes
If your system has enough memory, before you create an application, to improve performance,
you may want to configure the essbase.cfg file to increase the index cache to 256 MB or more
and increase the data cache to 2 GB or more. Changing these settings does not affect existing
applications. You can increase the index and data cache for each application using either
Administration Services or manually using MaxL statements. For example, using MaxL:
alter databaseName planType set data_cache_size 20000MB
alter databaseName planType set index_cache_size 256MB
Note: Ensure that your system has enough memory for these suggested settings. If it does not,
lower the settings. For more information, see Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's
Guide.
Other Performance Optimization Tips
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Clear unnecessary or historical data. For example, move historical data to a separate plan
type to reduce the database size in your current plan type.
Routinely defragment the Essbase database.
Split large forms into multiple smaller forms having fewer rows and columns. Organize
related forms into folders.
Using account annotations impacts performance, so use them sparingly.
The first time Planning is launched and forms are opened, caches are loaded, which takes
more time than in subsequent sessions. So, before your users start using Planning, launch
Planning and open the most commonly used forms to reduce the loading time for your
users.
Backing Up Applications and Application Databases
Back up your applications and application databases on a daily basis. Also back up before:
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Backing up applications and their related application databases consists of:
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For detailed instructions, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Backup and
Recovery Guide.
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Loading Data and Metadata
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In This Chapter
Overview ....................................................................................................95
Working with the Outline Load Utility.....................................................................97
Working with Planning Import and Export.............................................................. 142
Data Integrator Adapter for Planning................................................................... 146
Using DIM Adapter for Planning ........................................................................ 146
Enabling Data Load of Essbase Data .................................................................. 146
Loading with Performance Management Architect.................................................... 149
Loading with FDM ........................................................................................ 149
Overview
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Loading Tools
About Loading Dynamic Members
Child members that you load using either of the Outline Load utilities or Lifecycle Management
under parent members enabled for dynamic children, are added as dynamic child members if
there are dynamic member placeholders in Essbase. Once the placeholders are full, any remaining
children are added as normal members, and cannot be used until the database is refreshed.
Note: If you import a parent member that is enabled for dynamic children and its child members
simultaneously, during the same import, the child members are loaded as normal
members. This is because the database must be refreshed to create the placeholders in
Essbase. For more information about dynamic members, see “About Dynamic Members ”
on page 331.
Loading Tools
You can use the tools identified in the following tables to load metadata and data.
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Metadata Load Tools
Metadata Load Tool
For Planning
Application
Administration
For Performance
Management
Architect
Comments
Outline Load utility
X
See “Working with the Outline Load Utility” on page
97.
Planning Import and Export
X
See “Working with Planning Import and Export” on page
142.
Oracle Data Integrator (ODI)
Adapter for Planning
X
See the Oracle Hyperion Data Integration Management
Adapter for Planning User's Guide.
Data Integration Management
(DIM) Adapter for Planning
X
See the Oracle Data Integrator Adapter for Planning
Online Help.
Oracle Hyperion Financial Data
Quality Management, Enterprise
Edition
X
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Loads from supported FDMEE source systems. See the
Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management,
Enterprise Edition Administrator's Guide.
Performance Management
Architect flat files
X
See the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance
Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
Performance Management
Architect interface tables
X
See the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance
Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
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Data Load Tools
Data Load Tool
For Planning
Application
Administration
Outline Load utility
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Loads numeric, date, and text data values. See “Working with
the Outline Load Utility” on page 97.
Import and Export
X
See “Working with Planning Import and Export” on page
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Performance Management
Architect data
synchronization
For Performance
Management
Architect
Comments
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Loads data for Planning. See the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise
Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
Essbase flat file load
X
X
Loads numeric data for Planning. See the Oracle Hyperion
Enterprise Performance Management Architect
Administrator's Guide.
FDMEE
X
X
Loads from supported FDMEE source systems. See the Oracle
Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise
Edition Administrator's Guide.
Oracle Hyperion Financial
Data Quality Management
Adapter for Planning (FDM)
X
X
Loads numeric data for Planning. See the Oracle Hyperion
Financial Data Quality Management Administrator's Guide.
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Working with the Outline Load Utility
The Outline Load utility can be used to import metadata and data for Account, Period, Year,
Scenario, Version, Currency, Entity, user-defined dimensions, attributes, UDAs, exchange rates,
Smart Lists, and planning unit hierarchies from a flat file or a relational data source. You can
also export metadata and data to a flat file or export metadata to a relational data source using
the Outline Load utility.
Note: To import or export data or metadata without using a command line, see “Working with
Planning Import and Export” on page 142. Planning Import and Export supports only
imports or exports to or from a flat file.
Use these general steps to load information with the Outline Load utility:
1. When loading data, set the DIRECT_DATA_LOAD and DATA_LOAD_FILE_PATH system
properties.
2. Optional: Create a command properties file (.properties) that contains command line
arguments.
3. Create a load file for each dimension or set of data that you want to load.
4. Test the load files, and then run the utility.
For detailed instructions, see these topics:
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Command Properties File
You can optimize command lines by storing command line arguments in a command properties
file (.properties), then use the /CP: parameter in the command line to refer to that file when
you execute the Outline Load utility. For example, you can use a command properties file to
run the same commands on multiple applications. You would only need to change the /A
parameter in the command line for each import.
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The Java .properties file contains entries that are key-value pairs. The key value pairs are
separated with a colon (:) or an equals sign (=); for example:
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Entries in the properties file are used as command switches for the utility. For arguments that
appear in both the properties file and in the command line, command line arguments take
precedence. The command line and properties file switches are merged at run time and the
results of the parsing are displayed in the log.
For example, the following command line:
/A:tr2 /U:admin /M /K /8 /DF:mm-dd-yyyy /I:c:/tmp/loadAccounts.csv /D:Account /CP:c:/
tmp/myProps.properties
And the myProps.properties file containing the following arguments:
/DF:yyyy-mm-dd
/D:Entity
/T
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myProps.properties
Note: An asterisk denotes that the command switch was found in both the properties file and
in the command line and that the command line version has superseded the command
property file version.
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Generating Load Files
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Generating a Metadata Load File
Comments in Load Files
Load File Considerations
Generating a Data Load File
When loading data with the Outline Load utility, you can specify driver members in the .CSV
load file and run the utility with the /TR option.
Note: You can also load to driver members that are specified on the Planning Data Load
Administration page.
Generate a comma-separated data load file containing these columns:
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per load. Multiple members can be defined for the driver dimension. The value is passed as
a string representing a numeric value, or, if a Smart List is bound to the member, as a Smart
List value.
Point-of-View: All other dimensions required to determine the intersection for which to
load the data. (If you are using /TR, include all of the members except the driver member.)
The data load automatically performs cross-product record creations based on the
dimension parameters in the point of view (POV). The load file creates and loads the data
record for each relevant cell intersection. The value is passed as a string. The POV accepts a
comma-separated list of members, including member functions. For example,
children(Q1) is expanded to Jan, Feb, Mar during the load. The corresponding records
are generated based on the cross product of all member combinations and the data value.
Data Load Cube Name: The name of the plan type to which data is being loaded. The value
is passed as a string. Values include any plan types specified in the application, such as Plan1.
Example 1: In this example, Account was selected as the Data Load dimension on the
application's Data Load Administration page. Period was selected as the Driver Dimension, and
Jan was selected as the Driver member.
Account,Jan,Point-of-View,Data Load Cube Name
acct1,12,”Local,ent1,Current,Ver1,FY08”,Plan1
Example 2: In this example, Entity was selected as the Data Load dimension on the application's
Data Load Administration page. Account was selected as the Driver Dimension, and Account
members aUnspec, aSmart, aDate, and aText were selected as the driver members. This .CSV
load file loads data into the intersection of e1, the point of view, and the Account driver members,
aUnspec, aSmart, aDate, and aText.
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Entity,Operation,Data Load Cube Name,aUnspec,aSmart,aDate,aText,Point-of-View
e1, ,Plan1,77,smart1,12-22-2008,textValue,"USD,Jan,Current, BUVersion_1, FY07"
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If DIRECT_DATA_LOAD is set to False, the example would generate this data load file:
Currency
77
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USD
USD
BUVersion_1
BUVersion_1
20081222
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USD
Version
USD
Scenario
Current
Current
BUVersion_1
BUVersion_1
Year
FY07
FY07
Current
Current
FY07
Entity
e1
e1
Jan
Jan
FY07
e1
aUnspec
aText
e1
Jan
Period
Jan
aSmart
Account
HSP_Rates
HSP_InputValue
HSP_InputValue
Date
HSP_InputValue
HSP_InputValue
Example 3: Specify drivers directly in the .CSV load file.
Value,Driver Member,Point-of-View,Data Load Cube Name
14,a1,"Jan,Local,e1,Current,Version1,FY08",Plan1
sl1_value2,a2,"Jan,Local,e1,Current,Version1,FY08",Plan1
OutlineLoad /A:acpt1 /U:admin /M /I:c:\outline1data.csv /TR /L:c:/OutlineLogs/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/OutlineLogs/outlineLoad.exc
To add comments to a .CSV load file, see “Comments in Load Files” on page 101.
Generating a Metadata Load File
When loading metadata, the load file must contain a header record that lists the dimension, such
as Account, and the member properties used by subsequent metadata records. For example, for
Account, you can specify which account to load, a default alias, the operation to perform, and
so on. Header records are case sensitive. They can appear in any order.
The next lines in the .CSV load file contain metadata records, listed in the order designated by
the header record. Each metadata record contains a comma-separated list of property values
that correspond to the header record entries. For detailed information on the properties available
for each Planning member, see “Dimension Properties” on page 127.
Example: This load file loads an Entity dimension with the required header record and three
data records. The header record specifies the member to be loaded (Entity), the parent member
(Parent) into which to load the member, and the Data Storage property to assign to the member.
Entity, Parent, Data Storage
e1, Entity,
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e1, e2, Shared
Using this load file would result in this outline, assuming that no other members exist:
Entity
e1
e2
e1(Shared)
The first data record (e1, Entity) loads Entity member e1 as a child under the root member
Entity. Unspecified values assume the default. For example, if data storage is not specified, it
assumes the default value, Never Share. The next data record (e2, ,) loads Entity member e2
under the dimension root member because no parent is specified, and sets data storage to Never
Share. The last data record (e1, e2, Shared) loads a shared member of e1 under member e2, and
sets data storage to Shared.
When loading the Currency dimension with the Default Currency Symbol, if a currency is added
without a symbol specified, the symbol is set to that of a pre-defined currency of the same name
(or, if the name does not match a pre-defined currency, to the currency code of the currency
being added).
To add comments to a .CSV load file, see “Comments in Load Files” on page 101.
Comments in Load Files
Comments are supported in Outline Load utility input .CSV files.
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example, # comment.
Blank lines are ignored.
Block comments are delineated by a start comment block indicator:#!— and terminated on
a separate line with an end block indicator: #--! Intervening lines need not be commented.
For example:
#!—start of comment block
Comment within block
Another comment within block
#--! End of comment block
Note: Comment blocks cannot be nested. In addition, #!-- HEADERBLOCK is a reserved,
Planning internal, comment block header.
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Load File Considerations
Consider these points when working with load files:
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export/import in Microsoft Excel, be aware that Excel does not properly handle some
formatting features in the .csv file. For example, Outline Load utility places the POV
member information in double quotes and treats it as one column, while Excel treats the
POV members as separate columns. Saving the file in Excel will place an additional set of
quotes around the POV members and will add commas to the top header row. Outline Load
utility will not recognize this as a valid format when the file is imported back. Oracle
recommends editing and saving .csv export files in Notepad, Wordpad, or another text
editor.
For each dimension in the application, you create a load file with fields corresponding to
the dimension properties. Each load file can contain members for only one dimension. You
can define multiple members for each dimension.
The required fields are different for each dimension being loaded. See “Dimension
Properties” on page 127.
The member name must be included as a field in the load file. If the member property value
is not specified, the application default value for the property is used.
When adding new members, unspecified values assume a default value or are inherited from
the parent member's property value as appropriate. If the member exists and no value is
specified, it is left as is.
When you load a member that already exists in the Planning application (for example, to
change a property), if the member already exists in the application and a parent is not
specified in the load file, the member is left under the existing parent. If a new parent is
specified, the member is moved under the new parent.
The planning unit hierarchy load behavior differs from other dimension loads in that the
import file specifies a complete replacement of the hierarchy instead of incremental changes,
as is the case when loading other dimensions. Loading planning unit hierarchies first deletes
all members of the planning unit hierarchy, and then adds each member specified in the
input file as a new member. It is important to keep in mind that a planning unit hierarchy
load deletes an existing member and its children from the hierarchy if the member is not
specified in the input file.
To specify a null value, you can use the reserved value, <none>, for example, to delete an
attribute assignment.
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The records are loaded one by one. If a record fails to load, its associated exception is written
to the exception file and the load process resumes with the next record.
If errors are logged when loading a year, and the year was loaded into the application, its
properties may not be what was specified for it in the load file. Correct the load file record
and reload the year to set its properties correctly.
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file must be sorted in parent-child order, either explicitly or by using /H.
Data values containing commas and quotation marks must be enclosed in quotation marks.
These examples show how commas and quotation marks are interpreted.
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Examples of Data Values Containing Commas and Quotation Marks
Value
Interpretation
"quote""quote"
quote"quote
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Importing Data and Metadata Using a Flat File
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Loading Data
Loading Metadata
Loading Data
When loading data with the Outline Load utility, there are two ways to specify driver members.
You can load to driver members that are specified on the Planning Data Load Administration
page, or you can specify driver members in the .CSV load file and run the utility with the /TR
option.
If you load data with the /TR option, the .CSV file must list the driver member and all other
members under the Point-of-View column, regardless of their location on the form. For
example, if Jan or Descendants (YearTotal) are columns in a form, they must be specified in the
Point-of-View column. When using /TR, you can load one value per row in the .CSV file. You
can include multiple rows, but you can specify only one data value per row. See “Generating
Load Files” on page 99.
Caution!
Following these steps can affect data in the database. The Planning
DIRECT_DATA_LOAD system property enables data to be loaded directly to Essbase.
In the current release, this property is set to true by default, and data is loaded directly
into Essbase. To prevent data from being loaded directly into Essbase, set
DIRECT_DATA_LOAD to false.
ä To load data with the Outline Load utility:
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Back up the application and application databases before loading information. See the Oracle
Enterprise Performance Management System Backup and Recovery Guide.
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Set Planning System properties.
a. Log in to the Planning application.
b. Select Administration, then Application, then Properties, then click the System
Properties tab.
c. Set the DIRECT_DATA_LOAD and DATA_LOAD_FILE_PATH properties:
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If DIRECT_DATA_LOAD is set to True, or if you do not specify a value for this
property, information is loaded directly into Essbase while the load file records are
processed. For this method to work correctly, the outlines maintained in Planning
and Essbase must be synchronized. The .CSV load file must not specify any
Planning outline changes unless they have already been refreshed to Essbase.
If DIRECT_DATA_LOAD is set to False, the Outline Load utility processes
the .CSV load file that you created to generate a data file (.TXT) and rule file
(.RUL). This way, the Planning and Essbase outlines do not need to be
synchronized because data is not loaded at this time. You can refresh the changes
at a convenient time to propagate the metadata changes to Essbase, and then load
data directly into Essbase (for example, using Administration Services).
In most cases, set DIRECT_DATA_LOAD to False, and set DATA_LOAD_PATH to the
location and name that will be used for the generated data and rules files, for
example, C:/myDirectory/App1.txt. Ensure that these properties are set in the
System Properties tab in the Manage Properties page.
d. Restart the Planning application server.
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If you want to load to driver members that are specified in Planning, set the driver members as described
in this step. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
a. Log on to the Planning application for which data will be loaded.
b. Select Administration, and then Data Load Settings.
c. Select a dimension from the Data Load Dimension list (such as Account). This is the
dimension for which you want to load data. For example, it may appear as a row in a
Planning form.
d. Select a dimension from the Driver Dimension list (such as Period).
e. Click the member selection icon to select members of the Driver Dimension (such as Jan,
Feb, March). For example, these members may appear as columns in a Planning form.
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Generate a comma-separated load file. See “Generating a Data Load File” on page 99.
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Test the load file and run the utility.
a. Locate the utility, installed in the planning1 directory.
For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
b. To confirm that the load file parses without any errors, run the utility using the /N
parameter, and check the outline log file to be sure no error messages were generated.
Running the utility with /N does not load data or metadata, but ensures that the .CSV
load file parses successfully. For example, you could use this command line to check the
load file for a Planning application called test:
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C:EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE\Planning\planning1>OutlineLoad /A:test /
U:admin /M /N /I:c:\outline1data3.csv /D:Entity /L:c:/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/outlineLoad.exc
c. You can then run the utility from the command prompt without /N, using the casesensitive command, one space, and the appropriate parameters. For example:
C:\EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE\Planning\planning1>OutlineLoad /A:test /
U:admin /M /I:c:\outline1data3.csv /D:Entity /L:c:/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/outlineLoad.exc
If you are loading data without specifying driver members within Planning, you can run
the utility including /TR. For example:
C:\EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE\Planning\planning1>OutlineLoad /A:test /
U:admin /M /N /I:c:\outline1data3.csv /TR /D:Entity /L:c:/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/outlineLoad.exc
For detailed information on the parameters available for use with the Outline Load
utility, see “Dimension Properties” on page 127.
Loading Metadata
Metadata for applications using Planning application administration can be loaded for Account,
Period, Year, Scenario, Version, Currency, Entity, user-defined dimensions, attributes, UDAs,
and Smart Lists. Values can also be loaded for exchange rates. However, because exchange rate
values are loaded into the Planning relational tables, not directly into Essbase, the procedure for
loading metadata still applies.
The utility loads one record at a time. If a record fails to load, a message is written to the exception
file, and the load process resumes with the next record. When new members are added,
unspecified properties assume the default value or inherit the parent member's property as
appropriate. If a member exists and no property value is specified, the property is left as is.
ä To load metadata:
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Generate the load file. See “Generating a Metadata Load File” on page 100.
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Test the load file and run the utility.
a. Locate the Outline Load utility, installed in the planning1 directory.
For the full path to the planning1 directory, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page
56.
b. To confirm that the load file parses without any errors, run the utility using /N, and
check the log file to be sure no error messages were generated. For example:
C:\EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE\Planning\planning1>OutlineLoad /A:test /
U:admin /M /N /I:c:\outline1_ent.csv /D:Entity /L:c:/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/outlineLoad.exc
c. You can then run the utility from the command prompt, using the case-sensitive
command, one space, and the appropriate parameters.
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For detailed information on the parameters available for the Outline Load utility, see
“Dimension Properties” on page 127.
Importing Data and Metadata from a Relational Data Source
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Importing Metadata
Importing Data
You can also import metadata and data from a relational database source. The import of
metadata and data contained in a relational database is achieved by supplying a query on the
external database that returns a result set equivalent to the flat file input format. A query and
database connection information needs to be provided.
Oracle recommends that users employing this functionality are familiar with relational
databases, the SQL query language, and JDBC connection properties. For Planning applications,
examples of these properties can be found in the HSPSYS_DATASOURCE table in the system
database, which by default is located in the relational database that you create when selecting
the Configure Database task under Planning in EPM System Configurator.
These command line parameters are available for users using the Outline Load utility to import
from a relational data source:
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/RIP:password
Note: The /IR and /RIQ parameters are exclusive.
For descriptions of these parameters, see “Command Line Parameters for the Outline Load
Utility” on page 117.
Caution!
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Before performing an import operation, ensure you back up the Planning relational
store and the Essbase data. See the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System
Backup and Recovery Guide.
Importing Metadata
The following is an example command line for running the Outline Load utility using the
myprop_relational.properties file (detailed below) as input:
OutlineLoad /CP:c:/myprop_relational.properties
The file will import Account members from the PS2ORAU application shown in the JDBC
connection parameters into an application named Test_300. The properties file can contain
several relational queries. The /RIQ parameter determines which query will be executed by the
Outline Load utility.
For a description of /RIQ, see “Command Line Parameters for the Outline Load Utility” on page
117.
Example: The myprop_relational.properties File
/A:Test_300
/U:admin
/RIQ: ACCOUNT_QUERY
/D:Account
#
ACCOUNT_QUERY=SELECT O.OBJECT_NAME as Account, (select object_name from hsp_object where
object_id = O.PARENT_ID) as Parent from HSP_ACCOUNT A, HSP_MEMBER M, HSP_OBJECT O LEFT
OUTER JOIN HSP_STRINGS S ON O.DESCRIPTION = S.STRING_SEQ WHERE O.OBJECT_ID=M.MEMBER_ID
AND M.MEMBER_ID = A.ACCOUNT_ID AND M.MEMBER_ID <> M.DIM_ID ORDER BY O.POSITION
#
ENTITY_QUERY=SELECT O.OBJECT_NAME as Entity, (select object_name from hsp_object where
object_id = O.PARENT_ID) as Parent from HSP_ENTITY E, HSP_MEMBER M, HSP_OBJECT O LEFT
OUTER JOIN HSP_STRINGS S ON O.DESCRIPTION = S.STRING_SEQ WHERE O.OBJECT_ID=M.MEMBER_ID
AND M.MEMBER_ID = E.ENTITY_ID AND M.MEMBER_ID <> M.DIM_ID ORDER BY O.POSITION
## jdbc connection
/RIC:PS2ORAU
/RIR:jdbc:oracle:thin:@[scl34390]:1521:orcl
/RID:oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver
/RIU:PS2ORAU
/RIP:password
#end myprop_relational.properties file
In the following example, an attribute dimension in both source and target applications has a
name with more than 30 characters, Size012345678901234567890123456789, which exceeds the
Oracle column header limit. The query in the following example is used to create a result set
from the source to be imported into the target application. The long dimension name must be
aliased to column O.OBJECT_NAME to allow OLU to use this column as the attribute
dimension name.
Example: Properties File for Importing from a Relational Data Source to a Planning Application
/A:TARGET
/U:admin
/IR
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/DA:Size012345678901234567890123456789:Entity
/C2A:(OBJECT_NAME,Size012345678901234567890123456789)
ATTRIB_DIM_VAL_QUERY_ORACLE1=SELECT O.OBJECT_NAME, (select object_name from
PS3ORA.hsp_object where object_id = O.PARENT_ID) as Parent from PS3ORA.HSP_OBJECT O WHERE
O.OBJECT_ID IN (select AM.ATTR_MEM_ID from PS3ORA.hsp_attribute_member AM,
PS3ORA.HSP_OBJECT O where AM.ATTR_ID =(select OBJECT_ID from PS3ORA.hsp_object where
OBJECT_NAME='Size012345678901234567890123456789')) ORDER BY O.POSITION
Example: Properties File for Importing with Alias from a Relational Data Source to a Planning Application
/A:expe
/U:admin
/IRA
/D:Entity
/C2A:(Member as
Entity,anotherReallyLongAliasForAColumnNameItsForEntityThisTimeDifferentFromExport),
(Parent, anotherAliasForParent)
/RIQ:select anotherReallyLongAliasForAColumnNameItsForEntityThisTimeDifferentFromExport,
Parent from test
Assume the following with regards to the previous example:
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The 'Test' table has two columns, Member and Parent, and it has one entry:
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The Entity dimension has one member, e1, under the root (Entity).
After running the previous query, the member Ex is added to or updated in the Entity dimension.
On import, the aliases for columns are handled as a straight string replacement which is why the
“as” clause can work in this case. If the Member column was named Entity, you would drop the
'Member as.'
Example: Using the /C2A Parameter for Importing Aliases into an Alias Table
/A:TARGET
/U:admin
/IR
/D:Entity
/RIQ:ENT_ALIAS_ASSIGNMENT_QUERY
/C2A:(AliasTableName, Alias: LongAliasTableName012345678901234567890123)
ENT_ALIAS_ASSIGNMENT_QUERY=SELECT O.OBJECT_NAME as Entity, (select object_name from
hsp_object where OBJECT_ID=O.PARENT_ID) as Parent, (select OBJECT_NAME from HSP_OBJECT
where OBJECT_ID = AL.ALIAS_ID) as AliasTableName from hsp_object O, HSP_ALIAS AL where
(AL.ALIASTBL_ID = (select OBJECT_ID from HSP_OBJECT where OBJECT_NAME ='
LongAliasTableName012345678901234567890123') AND O.OBJECT_ID=AL.MEMBER_ID)
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Note: In the previous example, both the target Planning application and the source contain a
long alias table name.
Example: Using the/C2A Parameter to Map Column Names to Property Names
/RIQ:select
c1,c2,c3,c4,c5,c6,c7,c8,c9,c10,c11,c12,c13,c14,c15,c16,c17,c18,c19,c20,c21,c22,c23,c24,c
25,c26,c27 from table28
/c2a:(c1, Account), \
(c2, Parent), \
(c3, Alias: Default), \
(c4, Valid For Consolidations), \
(c5, Data Storage), \
(c6, Two Pass Calculation), \
(c7, Description), \
(c8, Formula), \
(c9, UDA), \
(c10, Smart List), \
(c11, Data Type), \
(c12, Hierarchy Type), \
(c13, Enable for Dynamic Children), \
(c14, Number of Possible Dynamic Children), \
(c15, Access Granted to Member Creator), \
(c16, Account Type), \
(c17, Time Balance), \
(c18, Skip Value), \
(c19, Exchange Rate Type), \
(c20, Variance Reporting), \
(c21, Source Plan Type), \
(c22, Plan Type (Plan1)), \
(c23, Aggregation (Plan1)), \
(c24, Plan Type (Plan2)), \
(c25, Aggregation (Plan2)), \
(c26, Plan Type (Plan3)), \
(c27, Aggregation (Plan3))
Importing Data
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Clearing an Essbase Block Using the /ICB Parameter
Setting Outline Load Utility Drivers Using the /SDM Parameter
Note the following important information when performing data import operations:
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The data types of the driver members must be the same as the imported value data types or
data errors will occur. Date fields must specify the format with a /DF switch and the data
type of the driver member must be type date. Similarly, a Smartlist member must be of type
smartlist if the Smartlist value exists in the application and in the specified Smartlist. Text
values must be bound to driver members of type text.
In addition to driver member types, the evaluation order of dimensions must be set so that
the driver member values are evaluated correctly.
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Outline Load utility data import does not import #missing values. To ensure the correct
Essbase cells will contain #missing values, clear the block (which sets all cells in the block to
#missing) to be loaded with the /ICB command on all data imports. See “Clearing an Essbase
Block Using the /ICB Parameter” on page 111.
ä To import data from a relational database:
1
Back up the Planning relational store and the Essbase data. See the Oracle Enterprise Performance
Management System Backup and Recovery Guide.
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Create a relational table in an application.
The following graphic is an example of a relational table named Data_Table1 located in
database Test_300A:
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Create a Planning application form.
The following graphic is an example of a Planning form named Test_300:
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Create a .properties file.
Note: Effective column heading names are obtained from the column name on the select
statement, which can be overridden with the “as” clause.
The following is an example of a properties file named
myprop_relational.properties:
/A:TEST_300
/U:admin
/IR
/RIQ:DATA_QUERY2
/D:Entity
DATA_IMPORT_QUERY3 = SELECT Entity ,"DATA LOAD CUBE NAME" as 'Data Load Cube
Name',"AUNSPEC" as "aUnspec","ACUR" as "Salary_aCur","ANONCUR" as "aNonCur","APER" as
"aPer","ASL" as "aSL","ADATE" as "aDate","ATEXT" as "aText","POINT-OF-VIEW" as "Pointof-View" from Data_Table1
/RIC:Test_300A
/RIR:jdbc:weblogic:sqlserver://[scl34390]:1433;DatabaseName=Test_300A
/RID:weblogic.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver
/RIU:sa
/RIP:password
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Run the Outline Load utility with the .properties file created in the previous step.
For example, running the following command line will import data from the relational table
Data_Table1 located in database Test_300A into the Planning form in Planning
application Test_300:
OutlineLoad /CP:c:/myprop_relational.properties
The resulting Planning application form:
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Check Essbase log files and validate the results of the import operation.
Clearing an Essbase Block Using the /ICB Parameter
Outline Load utility data import does not import #missing values. To ensure the correct Essbase
cells will contain #missing values, clear the block (which sets all cells in the block to #missing)
to be loaded with the /ICB command on all data imports.
For example, the value for ACUR in the following graphic is blank or #missing:
And the value for aCur in the resulting Planning form will be blank or #missing:
The following is an example of a properties file named my_prop.properties which includes
the /ICB parameter:
Command line: OutlineLoad /CP:c:/my_prop.properties
Properties file:
/A:DB2APP
/U:admin
/ICB:e1,"aUnspec,aCur,aNonCur,aPer,aSL,aDate,aText","FY12,Current, BU Version_1,
Local,Jan",Plan1
#Use /IRA switch if relational table from which data is imported is in the same relational
database as the Planning app (e.g. DB2APP)
/IRA
/RIQ:DATA_IMPORT_QUERY3
/D:Entity
#/C
#/M
DATA_IMPORT_QUERY3 = SELECT "ENTITY" as "Entity" ,"DATA LOAD CUBE NAME" as "Data Load Cube
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Name","AUNSPEC" as "aUnspec","ACUR" as "aCur","ANONCUR" as "aNonCur","APER" as
"aPer","ASL" as "aSL","ADATE" as "aDate","ATEXT" as "aText","POINT-OF-VIEW" as "Point-ofView" from DataTable1
Setting Outline Load Utility Drivers Using the /SDM Parameter
Before importing data, you can use the /SDM parameter to set Load Dimension and Driver
Members through Outline Load utility. You can do this instead of using the Administration/
Data Load Settings user interface in the Planning application.
The following is an example of a properties file named my_prop.properties which includes
the /SDM parameter:
Command line: OutlineLoad /CP:c:/my_prop.properties
Properties file:
/A:Test_300
/U:admin
/ICB:"aUnspec,aPer","Jan,Feb,Mar","FY12,Current, BU Version_1, Local,e1,Ron",Plan1
#Use /IRA switch if relational table from which data is imported is in the same relational
database as the Planning app (e.g. Test_300)
/IRA
/SDM:Account,"Jan,Feb,Mar",Plan1
/RIQ:DATA_IMPORT_QUERY5
/D:Account
DATA_IMPORT_QUERY5 = SELECT Account ,"Data Load Cube Name", Jan,Feb,Mar,"Point-of-View"
from Data_Table2
The following example is a relational table:
The resulting Planning application form:
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Exporting Data and Metadata from a Planning Application to
a Flat File
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Exporting Data with the Outline Load Utility
Exporting Metadata with the Outline Load Utility
Exporting Data with the Outline Load Utility
Running the Outline Load utility with the myprop_dataexport.properties file exports data
contained in the intersection specified by the /EDD parameter in the Test_300 Planning
application into a flat file called output_file.1-1.csv on the c:\ drive as specified by the /
ED parameter.
The myprop_dataexport.properties file:
/A:Test_300
/U:admin
/ED:c:/output_file
/EDD:aUnspec, "Jan,Feb,Mar","FY12,Current,Local,e1,BU Version_1,Ron",Plan1
For descriptions of the /ED and /EDD parameters, see “Command Line Parameters for the
Outline Load Utility” on page 117.
If the Test_300 application contains the following form, running the Outline Load utility with
the myprop_dataexport.properties file will export data into files of the form
output_file.1-1.csv through output_file.n-n.csv where n is the number of files
generated.
The following is an example command line for running the Outline Load utility using the
myprop_dataexport.properties file as input:
OutlineLoad /CP:c:/myprop_dataexport.properties
The output_file.1-1.csv file:
Account, Jan, Feb, Mar, Point-of-View, Data Load Cube Name
aUnspec,10, 250, 300, "FY12, Current, BU Version_1, Local, e1, Ron", Plan1
Member functions can be used with the /EDD parameter.
If the load dimension is Employee and the driver dimension is Account, the following statement
can be used to export data:
/EDD:Ilvl0Descendants(John), Ilvl0Descendants(Accounts),"FY12,Current,Local,e1,BU
Version_1,Jan",Plan1
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Exporting Metadata with the Outline Load Utility
You can use the Outline Load utility to export metadata for a dimension to a .CSV file for
Account, Period, Year, Scenario, Version, Currency, Entity, user-defined dimensions, attributes,
UDAs, exchange rates, Smart Lists, and planning unit hierarchies. For information about the
parameters used with this utility, see “Command Line Parameters for the Outline Load Utility”
on page 117.
To export metadata with the Outline Load utility, specify the dimension name and provide the
name of the file to which you are exporting. For example, you could use the following command
to export metadata for the Entity dimension to a file called ent_export.csv:
OutlineLoad /A:Acpt1 /U:admin
X:c:/outlineLoad.exc
/-M /E:c:/ent_export.csv /D:Entity /L:c:/outlineLoad.log /
Example: Exporting user-defined dimensions with a space in the name
When exporting user-defined dimensions with a space in the name, enclose the name in
quotation marks (" "). For example, you could use the following command to export metadata
for the user-defined Line Item dimension:
OutlineLoad /A:pln1dv /U:admin /-M /E:c:/LineItemUserDim_export.csv /D:"Line Item" /
L:c:/outlineLoad.log /X:c:/outlineLoad.exc
Example: Exporting attribute dimensions
When exporting attribute dimensions, use the /D switch with the name of the attribute
dimension without specifying attribute dimension type, as shown in the following example:
OutlineLoad /A:pln1dv /U:admin /E:c:/AttribTextColor_export.csv /D:Color /L:c:/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/outlineLoad.exc
Example: Exporting with new line characters in the Description text field.
New line characters are supported in text fields for Description and Formula. A field that contains
new line characters must be enclosed by quotation marks, as shown in the following example:
Currency, Description, Data Storage
USD,
“Description Line 1
Description Line 2
Description Line 3”, Store
EUR,
“description for EUR”, Store
Considerations for exporting metadata:
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UDAs cannot be exported as a separate dimension. They are exported with the members to
which they are assigned, similar to formulas.
The DTS Period type is recognized, but is not supported by the Outline Load utility. If you
try to export DTS information, the utility displays an error in the log file.
If exported members have aliases in an alias table other than Default and these members are
imported into another application, the alias table must be created manually in the
application before the members are imported.
Exporting Metadata from a Planning Application to a
Relational Data Source
You can use the Outline Load utility to export metadata to a relational data source.
Note: You cannot export data to a relational data source using the Outline Load utility.
Oracle recommends that users employing this functionality are familiar with relational
databases, the SQL query language, and JDBC connection properties. For Planning applications,
examples of these properties can be found in the HSPSYS_DATASOURCE table in the system
database, which by default is located in the relational database that you create when selecting
the Configure Database task under Planning in EPM System Configurator.
These command line parameters are available for users using the Outline Load utility to export
to a relational data source:
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/REQ:exportQueryOrKey
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/REC:catalog
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/RED:driver
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/REU:userName
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/REP:password
Note: The /ER and /REQ parameters are exclusive.
For descriptions of these parameters, see “Command Line Parameters for the Outline Load
Utility” on page 117.
The export query takes the form: INSERT INTO<tableName>[ (column1,
column2, ...)] VALUES (property1, property2,...)
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(column1, column2, …) is an optional list of column names and the values (properties)
will be inserted into the table
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(property1, property2, …) are not strictly values, but member property names (as in
the column headers)
Note: Unlike header records, the member name is specified with ‘Member’, not the
dimension name.
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For example:
Assume Planning has two members in its Entity dimension ‘e1’ with description ‘e1’s description’
and ‘e11’ with description ‘e11’s description.’ E1 resides under entity, e11 resides under e1. So
the planning dimension looks like:
Entity
e1
e11
Assume the destination table my_table has three columns: column1, column2, column3
Insert into my_table values (Member, Parent, Description) results in
my_table having the following rows added:
E1
e1's description
Entity
E11
e2's description
e1
Which is the same as:
Insert into my_table (column1, column2, column3) values (Member, Parent, Description)
Note: The table must contain as many or more columns as properties specified.
There are two special operators that can be specified in the query: <columns> and
<properties>. <columns> expands to all of the column names in the table. <properties>
expands to all of the properties of the exported dimension, as shown with the /M switch.
Insert into my_table values (<properties>)
Which loads all entity properties into my_table.
Which is the same as:
Insert into my_table (column1, column2, ….. column23) values (<properties>)
If my_table contained exactly the number of columns as properties, the following query would
produce the same result:
Insert into my_table (<columns>) values (<properties>)
You could also use the names of table columns to extract the member properties. For example,
sample_table, with columns: Member, Parent, and Description. The following queries
would produce the same result as the first example:
Insert into sample_table values (<columns>)
Insert into sample_table (<columns>) values (<columns>)
Example: Properties File for Exporting Metadata to a Relational Data Source
/A:App1
/U:admin
/ERA
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/D:Entity
/REQ:ENTITY_EXPORT_QUERY1
ENTITY_EXPORT_QUERY1=INSERT INTO DataTable_Entity1 VALUES (Member, Parent, Description,
Color)
#ENTITY_EXPORT_QUERY1=Insert into PS3ORA.DataTable_Entity1 (Member, Parent, Description,
Color) values (Member, Parent, Description, Color)
Example: Properties File for Exporting with an Alias from an Outline to a Relational Data Source
/A:expe
/U:admin
/ERA
/D:Entity
/REQ:ENTITY_EXPORT_QUERY1
/C2A:AliasLabel
AliasLabel:(AliasTableName, Alias: reallyLongAliasTableName30Char)
ENTITY_EXPORT_QUERY1=Insert into Test(Member, Parent, AliasTableName) values (Member,
Parent, Alias: reallyLongAliasTableName30Char)
Assume the following with regards to the previous example:
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After running the previous query, the 'Test' table will have one entry:
Note: The /C2A and/or Label switches may be used to work around the thirty character
column name limit restriction in Oracle relational tables; for example, Alias:
reallyLongAliasTableName30Char is longer than thirty characters and not allowed
as a column name in Oracle relational tables.
Command Line Parameters for the Outline Load Utility
The following command line parameters are available for the Outline Load utility. After running
the utility, you can verify the results by reviewing the exception file and log file. If no errors are
reported in the log file, you can then access the imported metadata and data in the application.
It is not necessary to restart the application server.
HspOutlineLoad [-f:passwordFile] /A:application /U:userName [/
CP:commandPropertieFileName] [/M] [ [/I:inputFileName|/
IR[:RDBConnectionPropertiesFileName]|/IRA|/E:outputFileName|/
ED:outputFileNameStem] [/EDD:dataExportSpecification] [/
ICB:blockSpecification] [/SDM:driverMemberSpecification] /
D[U]:loadDimensionName|/DA:attributeDimensionName:baseDimensionName|TR]
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[/N] [[/R] [/DPU]] [/C] [/F] [/K] [/8] [/DF:datePattern] [/
RIQ:inputQueryOrKey] [/RIC:catalog /RID:driver /RIR:url /RIU:userName [/
RIP:password]] [/X:exceptionFileName] [L:logFileName] [/?]
Parameter
Description
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the
first parameter in the command line to read the password from
the full file path and name specified in passwordFile.
/S:server
This parameter is obsolete and values specified with it are
ignored. If used, the system checks that the server name
specified is not null and that it is greater than 0 characters in
length. This parameter is still available to provide backward
compatibility. The (default) server for the Outline Load Utility
is always localhost.
/A:application
Name of the Planning application to which you are
importing.
/U:userName
User name with which to log on to the application.
/CP:commandPropertieFileName
Specifies a file that contains command line arguments that,
in conjunction with command line arguments, constitutes the
options for execution. For arguments that appear in both the
command properties file and the command line, the command
line arguments take precedence.
See “Command Properties File” on page 97.
/M
Generate fully qualified header records for loadable
dimensions in the application. Use /-M if you do not want to
display this information (default).
/I:inputFileName
Specifies the data load input file which contains a header
record and data records in .CSV format. You must also specify
a data load dimension (/D option or /TR option). The /ICB
switch can be specified to clear Essbase data.
/IR[:RDBConnectionPropertiesFileName]
Specifies that the input records will come from a relational
database source. Specifying the optional properties file
designates that some or all of the required relational
connection switch properties (/RIQ, /RIC, /RID, /RIR, /
RIU, /RIP) can be found within the properties file. A data
load dimension (/D option) must be specified as well. The /
ICB switch can be specified to clear Essbase data.
/IRA
Identical to the /IR switch except that the required RDB JDBC
connection properties (/RIQ, /RIC, /RID, /RIR, /RIU, /
RIP switch values) are obtained from the currently connected
application's RDB data source. A data load dimension (/D
option) must be specified as well. The /ICB switch can be
specified to clear Essbase data.
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Parameter
Description
/ICB:blockSpecification
Clears an Essbase block before performing an import
operation (/I, /IR, /IRA). (A string of the form
\"<loadDimensionMembers,...>,
\"<driverMembers,...>, \"<point-of-view
members,...>, <dataLoadCubeName>\"").
/ALS
Create alias tables on import if they do not exist (default).
Use /-ALS to error out if the referenced alias tables do not
exist.
/E:outputFileName
Exports the dimension specified with the /D switch to the
specified output file. (When exporting planning unit
hierarchies, the file is in the format defined for importing
planning unit hierarchies.)
/ED:outputFileNameStem
Exports data to Planning Driver Member formatted data files.
The /EDD switch must also be set. Files are generated in the
form: <fileNameStem>.1-n.csv through
<fileNameStem>.n-n.csv where n is the number of files
generated.
/EDH
Exports a dimension header in Planning internal
HEADERBLOCK format in the output .CSV file. This is used on
import to dynamically create base and attribute dimensions
prior to import.
/ER[:RDBConnectionPropertiesFileName]
Specifies that export records will be written to a relational
database table. Setting the /EDD switch specifies that data
will be exported as well. Specifying the optional properties file
designates that some or all of the required relational
connection switch properties (/REQ, /REC, /RED, /RER, /
REU, and /REP) can be found within the properties file. A data
load dimension must also be specified using the /D switch.
/ERA
Identical to the /ER switch except that the required RDB JDBC
connection properties (/REQ, /REC, /RED, /RER, /REU, /
REP switch values) are obtained from the currently connected
application's RDB data source. Setting the /EDD switch
specifies that data will be exported. A data load dimension
must also be specified using the /D switch.
/EDD:dataExportSpecification
Specifies the format of the exported Planning Driver Member
formatted data files. A string of the form
<loadDimensionMembers,...>, <driverMembers,.
..>, <point-of-view members,...>,
<dataLoadCubeName>.
/SDM:driverMemberSpecification
Sets driver members on the base load dimension for the
application (/A) on import operations only (/I, /IR, /IRA).
(A string of the form \"<baseLoadDimension>,
\"<driverMembers,...>\", <PlanTypeName>")
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Parameter
Description
/D:loadDimensionName
Dimension to be loaded, whose member fields correspond to
the header record in the load file. You must also specify a load
file (/I) or the planning unit hierarchy to be exported with
the /E switch.
See the following rows to load user-defined dimensions and
attributes using /DU, /DA[T], /DAN, /DAB, and /DAD.
/DU:userDefinedLoadDimensionName
User-defined dimension to be loaded; a dimension with this
name will be created if it does not exist.
/DA[T]:attributeLoadDimensionName:baseDimensionName
Text attribute dimension to be loaded; an attribute dimension
with this name, bound to the base dimension, will be created
if it does not exist.
/DAN:attributeLoadDimensionName:baseDimensionName
Numeric attribute dimension to be loaded; an attribute
dimension with this name, bound to the base dimension, will
be created if it does not exist.
/DAB:attributeLoadDimensionName:baseDimensionName
Boolean attribute dimension to be loaded; an attribute
dimension with this name, bound to the base dimension, will
be created if it does not exist.
/DAD:attributeLoadDimensionName:baseDimensionName
Date attribute dimension to be loaded; an attribute dimension
with this name, bound to the base dimension, will be created
if it does not exist.
/DX:HSP_Rates
Load the HSP_Rates dimension and create exchange rate
tables if they do not exist.
/DS:HSP_SMARTLISTS
Load the Smart Lists dimension and Smart List dimension
entries.
/TR
Load data when driver members are specified in the .CSV file
in the Driver Members column. All members except the driver
member must be specified in the Point-of-View column. With /
TR, you can load one value per row in the .CSV file.
/T
Inherit unspecified plan type settings from the parent when
adding new members (default). Use /-T to force explicit
setting of plan type settings for the member.
/N
Perform a “dry run” by parsing the load file without loading
data or metadata. Use /-N (or do not specify the /N
parameter) to parse the load file while loading data and
metadata (default).
/O
Maintain the order of members in the load file when loading,
with the exception of UDAs (default). Use /-O to ignore the
order of members in the load file when loading.
/H
Order input records in parent-child order, with the exception of
UDAs (default). Use /-H to load input records as they appear
in the load file; this option is faster and uses less memory.
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Parameter
Description
/R
Delete all members of the load dimension before performing
the load. Use /-R (or do not specify the /R parameter) to
keep all members of the load dimension (default). See also /
U.
Note: Use caution with /R; this option removes attribute
bindings and approvals states.
/DPU
Delete all planning units with the /R parameter, otherwise
error-out if members in planning units attempt to be deleted.
Use /-DPU to prevent the delete operation from deleting
members in planning units.
/C
Perform a cube refresh after the metadata load. Use /-C if
you do not want to perform a cube refresh (default). See
also /F.
/F
Create security filters when refreshing with the /C option.
Use /-F if you do not want to refresh security filters (default).
(This option does not provision users to the application; it only
creates security filters for users that currently exist. Users can
be provisioned to applications using other methods.) For this
option to take effect, /C must also be specified.
/K
Lock the load dimension before loading (default),
recommended. Use /-K if you do not want to lock the
dimension (not recommended unless you are using /N).
/8
Specifies UTF-8 encoding on input, output, log and exception
files and prepends a UTF-8 BOM marker to the output file
(default). Use /-8 to not set UTF-8 encoding.
/DF:datePattern
Override the default date pattern on date data conversions to
the specified pattern. The pattern must be one of the following:
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MM-DD-YYYY
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DD-MM-YYYY
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YYYY-MM-DD
Use /-DF to use the default date pattern setting (default).
/RIQ:inputQueryOrKey
An SQL query or a key in the command arguments properties
file (/CP switch) in which the value is a SQL query that is
executed to produce input for an import operation. The /IR
switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is used, the /
RIC, /RID, /RIR, /RIU, and /RIP switches must also be
set.
/RIC:catalog
An RDB JDBC catalog name for the input RDB connection.
The /IR switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is
used, the /RIQ, /RID, /RIR, /RIU, and /RIP switches must
also be set. If the /IRA switch is used, this switch does not
need to be specified.
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Parameter
Description
/RID:driver
An RDB JDBC driver name for the input RDB connection. The /
IR switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is used,
the /RIQ, /RIC, /RIR, /RIU, and /RIP switches must also
be set. If the /IRA switch is used, this switch does not need
to be specified.
/RIR:url
An RDB JDBC URL for the input RDB connection. The /IR
switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is used, the /
RIQ, /RIC, /RID, /RIU, and /RIP switches must also be
set. If the /IRA switch is used, this switch does not need to
be specified.
/RIU:userName
An RDB JDBC username for the input RDB connection. The /
IR switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is used,
the /RIQ, /RIC, /RID, /RIR, and /RIP switches must also
be set. If the /IRA switch is used, this switch does not need
to be specified.
/RIP:password
An RDB JDBC password for the input RDB connection. The /
IR switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is used,
the /RIQ, /RIC, /RID, /RIR, and /RIU switches must also
be set. If the /IRA switch is used, the /RIP switch need not
be specified.
Enter the password in its unencrypted form when specifying it
for the first time in the .properties file. When the Outline Load
utility is run, the properties file will be rewritten with an
encrypted value for the /RIP password. If this value is not
specified in the properties file, a command line prompt will be
issued to obtain the password.
/REQ:exportQueryOrKey
A SQL query or a key in the command arguments properties
file (/CP switch) in which the value is a SQL query that
specifies the exported values of the form. 'INSERT
INTO<tableName> (column1, column2, ...)
VALUES (property1, property2, ...)' where
properties are Planning member properties as found in the flat
file column header records. The /ER or /ERA switch must be
set for this to be used, and if it is used, the /REC, /RED, /
RER, /REU, and /REP switches must also be set.
/REC:catalog
An RDB JDBC catalog name for the export RDB connection.
The /ER switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is
used, the /REQ, /RED, /RER, /REU, and /REP switches must
also be set.
/RED:driver
An RDB JDBC driver name for the export RDB connection.
The /ER switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is
used, the /REQ, /REC, /RER, /REU, and /REP switches must
also be set.
/RER:url
An RDB JDBC URL for the export RDB connection. The /ER
switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is used, the /
REQ, /REC, /RED, /REU, and /REP switches must also be
set.
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Parameter
Description
/REU:userName
An RDB JDBC username for the export RDB connection. The /
ER switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is used,
the /REQ, /REC, /RED, /RER, and /REP switches must also
be set.
REP:password
An RDB JDBC password for the export RDB connection. The /
ER switch must be set for this to be used, and if it is used,
the /REQ, /REC, /RED, /RER, and /REU switches must also
be set.
If this value is not specified in the command properties file, a
command line prompt will be issued to obtain the password.
/C2A:(column1, alias1), (column2, alias2), ...
Creates aliases for columns for the /RIQ and /REQ
commands. Use this parameter to get around the lengthy
character column and column alias restrictions on RDBMSs.
Note: An alias specified on the column overrides
assignments made by this command.
/X:exceptionFileName
Specify the file that will contain exceptions that occur during
the load. (If no file name is specified, the information is written
to a file called stderr.)
/L:logFileName
Specify the file that will contain status and informational
messages. (If no file name is specified, the information is
written to a file called stdout.)
/?
Display usage text.
Example: Load numeric attribute dimension and values, and associate them with the Entity
dimension. (An attribute dimension will be created if it does not exist, but no assignment is
made of attribute values to base numbers.)
OutlineLoad /A:Test /U:admin /M /I:c:/outline1_attribvals_text.csv /
DAN:NumericAttrib:Entity /L:c:/outlineLoad.log /X:c:/outlineLoad.exc
NumericAttrib,Parent
One,NumericAttrib
1,One
2,NumericAttrib
Example: Load Exchange Rates, add EUR as a member of the Currency dimension, and change
the year in the .CSV file to match an existing year in the Planning application. The Exchange
Rate table is created in the Planning application if it does not exist.
OutlineLoad /A:Test /U:admin /M /I:c:/outline1_rates.csv /DX:HSP_Rates /L:c:/OutlineLogs/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/OutlineLogs/outlineLoad.exc
Table, To Currency, From Currency, Method, Historical, Beg Balance, Year, Period, Average,
Ending
FX1 , USD, EUR, multiply, 1, 2, FY08, Jan, 3, 4
FX1 , USD, EUR, , , , FY09, Feb, 5, 6
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Example: Set Weekly Distribution to Use 445
Account, Parent, Use 445
a11,a1,1
Example: Load a .CSV file that contains all of the properties available for a UDA. The UDA is
loaded and associated with a dimension, but it is not assigned to any member in the dimension.
OutlineLoad /A:Test /U:admin /M /I:c:/outline1_uda.csv /D:UDA /L:c:/OutlineLogs/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/OutlineLogs/outlineLoad.exc
Dimension,UDA
Account,New2
Example: Load a .CSV file for Currency that does not specify the currency symbol. In this case,
the symbol for this currency in the Planning application is set to the ISO symbol, EUR. The scale
defaults to 1.
Currency,Parent,Symbol,Scale
EUR,,,
Example: Load a .CSV file for Currency that sets the symbol to the name of the new currency.
The symbol is automatically set to NewCurr1 in the Planning application for currency
NewCurr1. Currency names are limited to 8 characters.
Currency,Parent,Symbol,Scale
NewCurr1,,,
Example: Use the -f parameter with an encrypted password
If you have generated an encrypted password file, you can use -f as the first parameter in the
command line to run the Outline Load utility without entering a password. For example, if you
used the PasswordEncryption utility to create a password file called encrypt.txt, you could
use this command line:
OutlineLoad -f:c:\encrypt.txt /A:acpt /U:admin /M /I:c:/outline1_accounts.csv /
D:Account /L:c:/OutlineLogs/outlineLoad.log /X:c:/OutlineLogs/outlineLoad.exc
Example: /O parameter and .CSV load file order
In the following .CSV load file, if Entity members e1 and e2 already exist in the Entity dimension,
e3 could be added as the last sibling, even though it is first in the load file. If /O is used, e3 is
loaded as the first sibling. Because /O is the default, you must specify /-O to have e3 loaded as
the last sibling.
Entity,Parent,Data Storage,TextAttrib
e3,Entity,Store,
e2,Entity,Store,
e1,Entity,Store,
Example: /H parameter and parent/child order
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Assume that member e1 already exists, and A and B are new members being loaded. Without /
H, an error would display because member B does not exist. With /H, members are sorted
internally, so B is loaded first as child of e1, and then A is loaded successfully as child of B.
Entity,Parent,Data Storage
A,B,Store
B,e1,Store
Example: /R parameter
If some members already exist in the dimension, only the members in the input load file should
exist in the dimension after the load. If an error occurs during the load after the delete operation,
all members of the dimension may be deleted, and the dimension may be empty. Attribute
dimensions are not deleted. If a planning unit is started, no Entity members are deleted because
the Entity member in the planning unit cannot be deleted.
Entity,Parent,Data Storage,TextAttrib
e1,Entity,Store,
e11,e1,Store,orange
e2,Entity,Store,
e21,e2,Store,
e11,e2,shared,yellow
Example: /T parameter
Load the Account dimension with /T to inherit plan types not explicitly specified in the load file
from the parent when adding new members. Assume that member a1 already exists in the
application and is valid for all three plan types. After the load completes, member a11 is valid
for all three plan types, even though only Plan1 and Plan3 are specified in the load file.
Account, Parent, Source Plan Type, Plan Type (Plan1), Plan Type (Plan2), Plan Type
(Plan3)
a11,a1,Plan1,1,,1
Example: /-T parameter
Load the Account dimension with /-T to force explicit setting of plan types for new members.
Assume that member a1 already exists in the application and is valid for all three plan types.
After the load, member a11 will be valid only for the Plan1 and Plan3 plan types specified in the
load file, and not for Plan2.
Example: /TR parameter
OutlineLoad /A:acpt1 /U:admin /M /I:c:\outline1data.csv /TR /L:c:/OutlineLogs/
outlineLoad.log /X:c:/OutlineLogs/outlineLoad.exc
Value,Driver Member,Point-of-View,Data Load Cube Name
14,a1,"Jan,Local,e1,Current,Version1,FY08",Plan1
sl1_value2,a2,"Jan,Local,e1,Current,Version1,FY08",Plan1
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Example: Load Smart List dimensions and Smart List dimension entries using the /
DS:HSP_SMARTLISTS parameter.
OutlineLoad /A:acpt /U:admin /M /I:c:/smartlist_create1.csv /DS:HSP_SMARTLISTS /L:c:/
OutlineLogs/outlineLoad.log /X:c:/OutlineLogs/outlineLoad.exc
SmartList Name, Operation, Label, Display Order, Missing Label, Use Form Missing Label,
Entry ID, Entry Name, Entry Label
SL1,addsmartlist,SL1Label,,,,,,
SL1,addEntry,,,,,,entry1,entrylabel1
SL1,addEntry,,,,,,entry2,entrylabel2
Example: Perform incremental data loads using the LINEITEM flag.
You can include a LINEITEM flag in the data load file to perform incremental data loads for a
child of the data load dimension based on unique driver dimension identifiers. This specifies
that data should be overwritten if a row with the specified unique identifiers already exists on
the form. If the row does not exist, data is entered as long as enough child members exist under
the Data Load Dimension Parent member.
For example, when loading employee data, you can load budget line item detail for predefined
Salary Grades. This example shows a command that could be used with a data load file that
includes the LINEITEM flag.
OutlineLoad /A:pln1dv /U:admin
/M /I:c:\dataload_file.csv /D:”Budget Item”
This sample data load file loads data for the Budget Item dimension for children of Grade
Changes.
"Budget Item","Data Load Cube Name","Point-of-View","Grade Step","Option Value","Start
Date","End Date"
"<LINEITEM("Grade Changes">","HCP","POVMembers","Step1","31721","7/1/09",""
"<LINEITEM("Grade Changes">","HCP","POVMembers","Step2","32673","7/1/09",""
"<LINEITEM("Grade Changes">","HCP","POVMembers","Step3","33654","7/1/09",""
"<LINEITEM("Grade Changes">","HCP","POVMembers","Step4","33654","7/1/09",""
In this case, <LINEITEM("Grade Changes")> finds the first available member from Budget
Item that is a child of the Grade Changes member, based on these unique identifiers selected in
the Data Load Settings page: Grade Step, Option Value, Start Date, and End Date.
During data load, if any child members of Grade Changes already have data for Step1 and 7/
1/09, the corresponding member is used to update the remaining data values. If not, the next
available empty data row is assigned to Step1 and 7/1/09.
When the first data row is processed, the member Grade1 is assigned. Similarly, the next two
members, Grade2 and Grade3 are assigned to the second and third data rows. When the fourth
data row is processed, Step1 and 7/1/09 are already assigned to the member Grade1, so that
row is used to update the value of the remaining fields.
Example: Import a planning unit hierarchy using the /D parameter.
OutlineLoad /A:acpt /U:admin /I:c:\puh1.csv /D:PUH1
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When using /D to import a planning unit hierarchy, you must specify the name of a planning
unit hierarchy (not a dimension). The planning unit hierarchy must already exist in a Planning
application before new members can be loaded into it.
Example: Export a planning unit hierarchy using the /E parameter.
OutlineLoad /A:acpt_580 /U:admin /M /E:puh_test2.csv /D:test2
Primary Member, Primary Enabled, Secondary Dimension, Secondary Parent, Relative
Generation, Auto Include, Secondary Member, Include, Owner, Reviewers, Notifiees
e1, true, <none>, <none>, <none>, false, , true, <none>, admin, planner
e11, true, <none>, <none>, <none>, false, , true, <none>, <none>, <none>
e2, true, <none>, <none>, <none>, false, , true, <none>, <none>, <none>
e21, true, Account, a1, 1, false, , true, <none>, <none>, <none>
e21, true, Account, a1, 1, false, a11, true, <none>, <none>, <none>
e21, true, Account, a1, 1, false, a12, true, admin, <none>, "admin,admin"
e21, true, Account, a1, 1, false, a13, true, planner, "planner2,admin", admin
e21, true, Account, a1, 1, false, a14, true, <none>, <none>, <none>
e21, true, Account, a1, 1, false, a15, true, <none>, <none>, <none>
e21, true, Account, a1, 1, false, a16, true, <none>, <none>, <none>
e21, true, Account, a1, 1-2, false, a111, true, <none>, <none>, <none>
Note: Secondary members for the first four records are not specified.
Dimension Properties
See the following sections for common member properties, and properties specific to Account,
Entity, Periods, user-defined dimensions, Year, Scenario, Version, Currency, attribute
dimensions, UDAs, exchange rates, Smart Lists, and planning unit hierarchies.
Common Member Properties
Member properties common to several dimensions are described in this section. For properties
specific to certain dimensions, see the following sections.
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Parent: The parent of the member being loaded to create the dimension hierarchy. When
you load a member and specify a parent member that is different than the parent member
in the application, the member is updated with the new parent value you specified. For
example, if Member 1 has a parent value of Member A in your Planning application and
you load Member 1 with a parent value of Member B, the system updates your application,
making Member B the parent of Member 1. Member 1 and its descendants are moved from
Member A to Member B. If you do not specify Parent, it is ignored during the load. The
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record is rejected if the specified parent is a descendant of the member being loaded, or does
not exist in the application.
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Alias: Default: Alias defined for the member in the Default Alias table. If you do not specify
a value, the alias is not changed in the application. If you specify <none> as the value, the
alias in the application is deleted.
Valid For Consolidations: Not used by Planning.
Hierarchy Type: Dimensions that are bound to an aggregate storage plan type are
automatically enabled to support multiple hierarchies. Specify whether the hierarchy is
Stored (default), Dynamic, or None.
Data Storage: The storage attribute for the member being loaded. This value is passed as a
string. Default: Never Share. Valid values:
m
Store
m
Dynamic Calc
m
Dynamic Calc and Store
m
Shared
m
Never Share
m
Label Only
Two Pass Calculation: A Boolean value to indicate whether this attribute is associated with
the member being loaded. Use 0 for False and any other number for True. Default: False.
For Account members, the Two Pass Calculation property can be set regardless of the Data
Storage setting. For members of dimensions other than Account, the Two Pass Calculation
property is valid only when the Data Storage value is Dynamic Calc or Dynamic Calc and
Store. Otherwise, the record is rejected.
Description: Description for the member being loaded. If you do not enter a value, new
members are loaded without descriptions, and descriptions of existing members are
unchanged. If you use <none> as the value, any existing description for that member is
deleted.
Formula: Specifies a member formula for the member. By default, there is no member
formula associated with a dimension or member. You cannot load member formulas for
members that are Shared or Label Only.
UDA: Specifies the value of the user-defined attributes to bind to the member. Undefined
UDAs are added to the dimension. You can add UDAs only to those dimensions that are
already created in Planning.
Smart List: Takes the name of a user-defined Smart List that is defined in the application.
This value is passed as a string. The default for Smart List is <none>. Only one Smart List
can be associated with a member.
Data Type: The data storage value. Valid values:
m
Currency: Stores and displays the member value in the default currency.
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Non-currency: Stores and displays the member value as a numeric value.
m
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Percentage: Stores values as numeric values and displays the member value as a
percentage.
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Smart List: Stores values as numeric values and displays the member value as a string.
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Date: Stores and displays the member value in the format mm/dd/yyyy or dd/mm/yyyy.
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Text: Stores and displays the member's value as text.
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Unspecified: Stores and displays the member value as Unspecified.
Operation: Takes these values:
m
Update: Adds, updates, or moves the member being loaded.
m
Delete Level 0: Deletes the member being loaded if it has no children.
m
Delete Idescendants: Deletes the member being loaded and all of its descendants.
m
Delete Descendants: Deletes the descendants of the member being loaded, but does not
delete the member itself.
Use caution when deleting members; this deletes the member, its data, and any
associated planning units.
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Approvals Enabled: Enable for approvals. By default, True.
Plan Type (for example, Plan1, Plan2, Plan3): A Boolean value that indicates whether the
member being loaded is used in the specified plan. Valid values: 0 for False, or any other
number for True. Default: True. The name depends on the name of the plan type in the
application.
Aggregation (Plan1, Plan2, Plan3): The aggregation option for the member being loaded,
as related to the specified plan. This is available only if the application is valid for this plan
type. This value is passed as a string. Valid values:
m
+ (Addition)
m
- (Subtraction)
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* (Multiplication)
m
/ (Division)
m
% (Percent)
m
~ (Ignore during consolidation)
m
Never (Do not aggregate, regardless of hierarchy)
UDA: The value of the UDA being loaded. You can associate UDAs only with dimensions
that exist in the application. If a UDA exists, its properties are modified; otherwise, the record
is added.
Account Dimension Properties
Account load files can include these properties:
Account, Parent, Alias: Default, Alias: T1, Valid For Consolidations,
Data Storage, Two Pass Calculation, Description, Formula, UDA, Smart
List, Data Type, Operation, Account Type, Time Balance, Use 445, Use 544,
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Use 554, Skip Value, Exchange Rate Type, Variance Reporting, Source Plan
Type, Plan Type (Plan1), Aggregation (Plan1), Plan Type (Plan2),
Aggregation (Plan2), Plan Type (Plan3), Aggregation (Plan3), AttribDim1,
AttribDim2
For details on these properties, see the following table and “Common Member Properties” on
page 127.
Notes:
Time Balance specifies how account data flows over time. It takes a type only for members
with an account type of Saved Assumption, or if the record is rejected.
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When Time Balance is Flow, records with any valid skip values are loaded, but Skip Value
is disabled for all Account types.
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Skip Value can be set when Time Balance is First, Balance, or Average. These options set
which values to skip when the parent value is calculated: none, #MISSING, zeros, or
#MISSING and zeros.
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Plan type names and numbers depend on what is defined in the application. Base time
periods cannot be added with the utility. Year, base time periods, and exchange rates cannot
be deleted.
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YearTotal and BegBalance time periods cannot be modified with the utility.
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Exchange Rate Type depends on the value specified for Data Type. Valid values: Average,
Ending, and Historical when Data Type is Currency, or None when Data Type is anything
other than Currency.
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Variance Reporting loads account members with an account type of Saved Assumption or
if the record is rejected. Expense designates the saved assumption as an expense. The actual
amount is subtracted from the budgeted amount to determine the variance. Non-Expense
designates the Account as not an Expense. The budgeted amount is subtracted from the
actual amount to determine the variance. Values for Account types: Revenue: Non-Expense,
Expense: Expense, Asset: Non-Expense, Liability: Non-Expense, Equity: Non-Expense.
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When you update or save the parent of a member, the system verifies if the Source Plan Type
associated with the member being loaded is valid for the new parent. If the source plan type
of a member is valid for the parent member but not for the member itself, the member is
saved, but its source plan type is set to the first valid plan type. If a Source Plan Type is
specified but is not valid for the parent, the record is rejected.
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Table 29
Account Dimension Properties
Column Header
in .CSV Load File
Planning
Property
Value
Default
Required
Account
Member
Name
Text, subject to member naming restrictions
None
Yes
Parent
Member
Name
Text, subject to member naming restrictions.
None; the name of an existing
member, or, if empty, the
member is placed as a child
under the dimension root
No
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(Need to specify
for most Period
members)
Column Header
in .CSV Load File
Planning
Property
Value
Default
Required
Alias:Alias_
Table_Name
Alias
Text, subject to Planning member naming
restrictions and aliases already defined in the
alias table specified in the column header;
<none> removes any alias binding for the
member from the specified table.
None
No
Valid For
Consolidations
Not Used
N/A
N/A
No
Data Storage
Data Storage
Text: Store, Dynamic Calc and Store,
Dynamic Calc, Never Share, Shared,
Label Only
Inherited from the parent. If the
parent is the root member, the
default is Never Share
No
Two Pass
Calculation
Two Pass
Calculation
True, False, or an integer: non-zero is true;
Inherited from the parent
No
Description
Description
Text, subject to Planning maximum character
restrictions; <none> removes a description
None
No
Formula
Formula
Text, subject to Essbase restrictions for valid
formula syntax; <none>removes a formula
None
No
UDA
UDA
A single UDA text value, or a quoted, commaseparated list of UDA text values; non-existing
UDAs are added to the dimension; existing
UDA bindings are removed on subsequent
saves if not re-specified; nothing specified
leaves bindings as is; <none> removes all
existing UDA bindings.
None
No
Smart List
Smart Lists
Text, restricted to names of Smart Lists that
are already defined for the application.
Should be specified only if Data Type is set to
Smart List; <none> removes any existing
Smart List binding
None
No
Data Type
Data Type
Text: Unspecified, Currency, NonCurrency, Percentage, Smart List,
Date, Text
Inherited from the Parent;
Currency if the member is
added under the root
dimension
No
Text: update; delete level 0; delete
idescendants; delete descendants
Update
No
Text: Expense, Revenue, Asset,
Liability, Equity, Saved
Inherited from the parent;
Revenue if the member is
added under the root
dimension.
No
Operation
Account Type
Account Type
One column
header for each
alias table
defined on the
dimension is
displayed.
Default is a predefined alias
table defined for
every
dimension.
zero is false
Assumption
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Column Header
in .CSV Load File
Planning
Property
Value
Default
Required
Time Balance
Time Balance
Text: Flow, First, Balance, Average,
avg_actual, avg_365, fill
Inherited from the parent
(default Time Balance values
for Account types: Expense:
FlowRevenue: Flow, ,
Asset: Balance,
Liability: Balance,
Equity: Balance)
No
Use 445 Use 544
Use 554 (Only
one column
header appears,
depending on
system settings. If
weekly
distribution is not
defined for the
application, no
column header
displays.)
Weekly
Distribution (If
Weekly
Distribution is
set to Even for
the
application,
no distribution
option
displays.)
True, False, or an integer: nonzero is true;
None
No
Text: None, Missing, Zeros, Missing
and Zeros; must be None if Account Type
is Expense or Revenue
Inherited from the parent
No
Skip Value
zero is false
Exchange Rate
Type
Exchange
Rate Type
Text: None, Average, Ending,
Historical (None should not be specified
if Data Type is set to Currency; otherwise,
it should be specified)
Inherited from the parent;
Average if member is added
under root dimension.
No
Variance
Reporting
Variance
Reporting
Text: Non-Expense, Expense. (Must be
Expense if Account Type is Expense; must
be Non-Expense for all other Account
types.
Inherited from the parent;
Non-Expense if the member
is added under the root
dimension.
No
Source Plan Type
Source Plan
Type
Text: Plan Type names defined in the
application (for example, Plan1 or Plan2)
Plan1 or the name of the first
No
Plan Type
True, False, or an integer: non-zero is true;
Inherited from the parent
No
Plan Type (Plan1)
plan type defined in the
application
zero is false
Aggregation
(Plan1)
Aggregation
Text: +, -, *, /, %, ~, Never
Inherited from the parent. If the
parent is a root member, the
default is +; for Year, the
default is ~ (ignore)
No
Plan Type (Plan2)
Plan Type
True, False, or an integer: non-zero is true;
Inherited from the parent
No
Inherited from the parent; if the
parent is the root member, the
default is +; for Year, the
default is ~ (ignore)
No
zero is false
Aggregation
(Plan2)
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Aggregation
Text: +, -, */%~, Never
Column Header
in .CSV Load File
Planning
Property
Value
Default
Required
Plan Type (Plan3)
Plan Type
True, False, or an integer: non-zero is true;
Inherited from the parent
No
zero is false
Aggregation
(Plan3)
Aggregation
Text: +, -*/%, ~, Never
Inherited from the parent; if the
parent is a root member, the
default is +; for Year, the
default is ~ (ignore)
No
Attribute
Dimension Name
(this property is
available for
sparse Account,
Entity, or userdefined
dimensions)
Attributes
The name of an attribute defined in the
attribute dimension: existing attribute
bindings are removed on subsequent saves if
not re-specified; nothing specified leaves
bindings as is; <none> removes all existing
attribute bindings for the member; one
column header is displayed for each Attribute
dimension defined on the dimension.
None
No
Entity Dimension Properties
Entity, Parent, Alias: Default, Alias: T1, Valid For Consolidations,
Data Storage, Two Pass Calculation, Description, Formula, UDA, Smart
List, Data Type, Operation, Base Currency, Plan Type (Plan1),
Aggregation (Plan1), Plan Type (Plan2), Aggregation (Plan2), Plan Type
(Plan3), Aggregation (Plan3), AttribDim1, AttribDim2
Notes:
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Entity: The Entity information being loaded.
Base Currency: Displayed only for multicurrency applications. Takes the code of the
currency for the Entity being loaded, as defined in the application.
Plan type names and numbers depend on what is defined in the application.
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Entity Dimension Properties
Column Header
in .CSV Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Entity
Member Name
Text, subject to Planning member naming restrictions.
None
Two Pass
Calculation
Two Pass
Calculation
True, False, or an integer: non-zero is true; zero is false (should be
set to 1 only if Data Type is Dynamic Calc or Dynamic Calc and
Store)
Inherited from the
parent
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Column Header
in .CSV Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Base Currency
Base Currency
Text, restricted to currency names already defined in the application
Inherited from the
parent; if the
member is shared,
the default is the
base member's
currency; if the
member is added
under the root
dimension, the
base currency is
the default
currency defined
when the
application was
created.
Period Dimension Properties
Period, Parent, Alias: Default, Alias: T1, Data Storage, Two Pass
Calculation, Description, Formula, UDA, Smart List, Data Type,
Operation, Type, Start Period, End Period, Aggregation (Plan1),
Aggregation (Plan2), Aggregation (Plan3)
Notes:
For Period, Parent should be specified for most update operations.
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Type (such as Base or Rollup) cannot be changed for existing members. You can add and
update Rollup and Alternate members. You can update BegBalance and Base time periods
(for example, to add an alias). You cannot add or modify YearTotal time period. The DTS
Period type is recognized, but is not supported by the Outline Load utility. If you try to load
DTS information, the utility displays an error in the log file.
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Plan type names and numbers depend on what is defined in the application.
For properties common to Period and Account members, see “Account Dimension
Properties” on page 129.
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Period Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV
Load File
Planning Property
Value
Period
Member Name
Text, subject to Planning restrictions on Period
member names.
Type
Not exposed in Planning
Text: base, rollup, year, alternate, DTS; only
Rollup and alternate time periods can be loaded by
the utility; BegBalance and Base periods can be
modified (for example, to add an alias); YearTotal and
DTS time periods cannot be loaded or modified.
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Default
Required
None
Yes
Column Header in .CSV
Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Start Period
Text (only applicable to
summary time periods)
Text, restricted to time periods already defined for the
application.
None
Yes
End Period
Text (only applicable to
summary time periods)
Text, restricted to time periods already defined for the
application.
None
Yes
User-Defined Dimension Properties
User Defined Dimension Name, Parent, Alias: Default, Alias: T1, Valid For
Consolidations, Data Storage, Two Pass Calculation, Description,
Formula, UDA, Smart List, Data Type, Operation, Aggregation (Plan1),
Aggregation (Plan2), Aggregation (Plan3)
Plan type names and numbers depend on what is defined in the application. For properties
common to User-Defined and Account members, see “Account Dimension Properties” on page
129.
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User-Defined Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
User-defined dimension name
Member Name
Text, subject to Planning
member naming
restrictions. Name of the
user-defined member
being added to the
dimension.
None
Yes
Parent
Member Name or root
Dimension Name
Text, subject to Planning
member naming
restrictions.
Root dimension member
Yes
Year Dimension Properties
Year, Parent, Alias: Default, Alias: T1, Data Storage, Two Pass
Calculation, Description, Formula, UDA, Smart List, Data Type, Operation
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The member name for Year must be of the form FYnn.
If the last existing year is less than the year value entered, the intervening years are also
created. For example, if the last defined year is FY08 and you enter FY11, the utility creates
FY09, FY10, and FY11.
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Table 33
Year Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Year
Year member
FYnn
None
Yes
Scenario Dimension Properties
Scenario, Parent, Alias: Default, Alias: T1, Valid For Consolidations,
Data Storage, Two Pass Calculation, Description, Formula, UDA, Smart
List, Data Type, Operation, Start Year, Start Period, End Year, End
Period, Exchange Table, Include BegBal, Approvals Enabled, Aggregation
(Plan1), Aggregation (Plan2), Aggregation (Plan3)
Notes:
No Year cannot be selected as Start Year or End Year. BegBalance cannot be selected as Start
Period or EndPeriod.
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If not specified, Start Year and End Year and Start Period and End Period are set to default
values (first and last year in the application, and first and last base period in the application).
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Plan type names and numbers depend on what is defined in the application.
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Scenario Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV
Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Scenario
Scenario Name
Text
None
Yes
Start Year
First FY year defined in the application
(as determined by position)
First year in the application
No
Start Period
First base time period (as determined
by position)
First base period in the
application
No
End Year
Last FY year defined in the application
(as determined by position)
Last year in the application
No
End Period
Last base time period (as determined
by position)
Last base period in the
application
No
Exchange Table
The name of an exchange rate table
defined in the application.
None
No
Include BegBal
True, False, or an integer: non-zero
False
No
False
No
is true; zero is false
Approvals Enabled
True, False, or an integer: non-zero
is true; zero is false
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Version Dimension Properties
Version, Parent, Alias: Default, Alias: T1, Data Storage, Two Pass
Calculation, Description, Formula, UDA, Smart List, Data Type,
Operation, Version Type, Approvals Enabled, Aggregation (Plan1),
Aggregation (Plan2), Aggregation (Plan3)
Plan type names and numbers depend on what is defined in the application.
Table 35
Version Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV Load
File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Version
Version Name
Text
None
Yes
Version Type
Version Type
Bottom Up or Target
Bottom Up
No
Approvals Enabled
Enabled for Approvals
True, False, or an integer: non-zero is true; zero
False
No
is false
Currency Dimension Properties
Currency, Parent, Alias: Default, Alias: T1, Data Storage, Two Pass
Calculation, Description, Formula, UDA, Smart List, Data Type,
Operation, Symbol, Scale, Triangulation Currency, Reporting Currency,
Thousands Separator, Decimal Separator, Negative Style, Negative Color
If the Currency symbol is not specified, it is set by default to the ISO symbol if the currency being
loaded is defined in Planning.
Table 36
Currency Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV
Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Currency
Currency Name
Text
None
Yes
Symbol
Symbol
Text, subject to Planning currency symbol
naming restrictions
ISO symbol if the
currency being loaded
is defined Planning;
the same as the
currency name if the
currency being loaded
is not defined in
Planning
No
Scale
Scale
An integer value from 0 to 9, where 0
corresponds to 1, 1 corresponds to 10, 2
corresponds to 100, and so on
No scaling
No
Triangulation Currency
Triangulation Currency
A currency defined in the application
None
No
Reporting Currency
Reporting Currency
True, False, or an integer: non-zero is true;
False
No
zero is false
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Column Header in .CSV
Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Thousands Separator
Thousands Separator
default; none; comma; dot; space
None
No
Decimal Separator
Decimal Separator
default; dot; comma
dot
No
Negative Style
Negative Sign
default; prefixed; suffixed;
parentheses
prefixed
No
Negative Color
Negative Color
default; black; red
black
No
Attribute Dimension Properties
Attribute, Parent, Alias: Default, Operation
Notes:
For properties common to Attribute and Account members, see “Account Dimension
Properties” on page 129.
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Custom attributes: You can load attribute values to the attribute dimension for text,
numeric, Boolean, and date attributes. If you modify properties and do not specify a value,
the custom attribute is not changed in the application. To remove a custom attribute, specify
<none> as the value. The value is passed as a string.
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Update: Adds, updates, or moves the member that is being loaded.
m
Delete Level 0: Deletes the member that is being loaded if it has no children.
m
Delete Idescendants: Deletes the member that is being loaded and all of its descendants.
m
Delete Descendants: Deletes the descendants of the member that is being loaded, but
does not delete the member itself.
Use caution when deleting members; this deletes the member, its data, and any
associated planning units.
Table 37
Attribute Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Attribute
Attribute Value Name
Text, subject to Planning member naming
restrictions
None
Yes
UDA Dimension Properties
Dimension, UDA, Operation
For properties common to UDA and Account members, see “Account Dimension Properties”
on page 129.
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Table 38
UDA Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Dimension
Name of base dimension for which
UDA is defined
Text, name of dimension for which the
UDA will be defined; UDAs cannot be
defined for Attribute dimensions
None
Yes
UDA
UDA being defined
Text, subject to Planning member
naming restrictions
None
Yes
Exchange Rate Dimension Properties
Table, Description, To Currency, From Currency, Method, Historical, Beg
Balance, Year, Period, Average, Ending
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Exchange Rate Dimension Properties
Column Header in .CSV
Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Table
fxTblId
Name of the exchange rates table
None
Yes
Description
Description
Description of the exchange rates table
None
No
To Currency
toCur
Currency defined in the application, to which
the conversion will be applied
None
Yes
From Currency
fromCur
Currency defined in the application, from which
the conversion will be computed
None
Yes
Operation
N/A
update (delete operations are not supported:
delete level 0, delete
idescendants, delete descendants)
update
No
Method
method
multiply; divide
multiply
No
Historical
historicalRate
numeric value
0
No
Beg Balance
begBalanceRate
numeric value
0
No
Year
yearId
A year defined in the application, such as FY08
None
Yes, if Average or Ending
is specified
Period
tpId
A base time period defined in the application,
such as Jan
None
Yes, if Average or Ending
is specified
Average
avgVal
numeric value
None
No
Ending
endVal
numeric value
None
No
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Planning Unit Hierarchy Dimension Properties
Primary Member, Primary Enabled, Secondary Dimension, Secondary Parent,
Relative Generation, Auto Include, Secondary Member, Include, Owner,
Reviewers, Notifiees
Table 40
Planning Unit Hierarchy Dimension Properties
Column
Header in .
CSV Load
File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Primary
Member
Primary dimension (Entity) member name.
Text
None
Yes
Primary
Enabled
Enables the Primary Member for Approvals.
True, False, or an
None
No
Secondary
Dimension
Dimension name that specifies the Subhierarchy Dimension to be
associated with the Primary Member.
Text
None
No
Text
None
No
Integers specifying a
range of generations.
None
No
This property corresponds to the Name column of the Primary and
Subhierarchy Selection tab of the Planning Unit Hierarchy page.
This property corresponds to the Enabled column of the Primary and
Subhierarchy Selection tab of the Planning Unit Hierarchy page.
integer: non-zero is true;
zero is false
This property corresponds to the Dimension column of the Primary
and Subhierarchy Selection tab of the Planning Unit Hierarchy
page.
Secondary
Parent
Dimension member name that is referenced in specifying Secondary
Members with the Relative Generation property.
This property corresponds to the Parent Member column of the
Primary and Subhierarchy Selection tab of the Planning Unit
Hierarchy page.
Relative
Generation
A numeric range specifying the descendants of the Secondary Parent
for participation in Approvals depending on the Auto Include and
Include properties.
This property corresponds to the Relative Generation column of the
Primary and Subhierarchy Selection tab of the Planning Unit
Hierarchy page.
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For example, 1-3
designates generations
{1,2,3}; 1,3-5
designates generations
{1,3,4,5}; 0-4,7
designates generations
{0,1,2,3,4,7}, and so
on. Level 0 is equal to
the generation of the
Secondary Parent, level
1 is equal to the
generation of immediate
children of the
Secondary Parent, and
so on.
Column
Header in .
CSV Load
File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
Auto Include
Enables for Approvals the descendant members specified with the
Secondary Parent and Relative Generation properties. This setting
can be overridden on a member-by-member basis with the Include
property.
True, False, or an
None
No
True
No
Text
None
Yes, if these
column
headers are
defined:
Owner,
Reviewers,
Notifiees
Text
None
No
Text
None
No
Text
None
No
integer: non-zero is true;
zero is false
This property corresponds to the Auto Include check box on the
Primary and Subhierarchy Selection tab of the Planning Unit
Hierarchy page.
Include
Enables for Approvals the specified subhierarchy member.
This property corresponds to the check boxes in the Selected
Members pop-up window that displays when the icon on the far right
column of the Primary and Subhierarchy Selection tab of the Planning
Unit Hierarchy page is clicked.
Secondary
Member
Secondary dimension member name that was enabled for Approvals.
The Include, Owner, Reviewers, and Notifiees properties are
dependent on this property.
True, False, or an
integer: non-zero is true;
zero is false
This property corresponds to the Selected Members column of the
Primary and Subhierarchy Selection tab, and the Name column
(where Secondary Members are specified) of the Assign Owners tab,
of the Planning Unit Hierarchy page.
Owner
User name of the owner for the specified member.
This property corresponds to the Owner column of the Assign Owners
tab of the Planning Unit Hierarchy page.
Reviewers
A comma separated list of reviewers for the specified member.
This property corresponds to the Reviewer column of the Assign
Owners tab of the Planning Unit Hierarchy page.
Note: Specify the reviewers in the order you want them to review
the planning unit. The first reviewer in the list is the first user to work
on the planning unit. When the first user promotes the planning unit,
the second reviewer in the list becomes the planning unit owner, and
so on through the list of reviewers you create.
Notifiees
A comma separated list of Notifiees for the specified member.
This property corresponds to the Notify Users column of the Assign
Owners tab of the Planning Unit Hierarchy page.
Smart List Dimension Properties
SmartList Name, Operation, Label, Display Order, Missing Label, Use Form
Setting, Entry ID, Entry Name, Entry Label
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Table 41
Smart List Dimension Properties
Column Header in .
CSV Load File
Planning Property
Value
Default
Required
SmartList Name
Name of the Smart
List
Text, name of the Smart List/enumeration
None
Yes
Operation
Operation
Text, addsmartlist—creates a new Smart List; addEntry—
adds an entry to the Smart List
None
Yes
Label
Label field of Smart
List
Text, label field of Smart List
Empty
No
Display Order
Display Order
Integer or text value for display order of the Smart List: 0
or ID—order by entry id; 1 or Name—order by entry name;
2 or Label—order by entry label
ID
No
Missing Label
#Missing Drop Down
label
Text, Missing Drop Down label
LABEL_NONE
No
Use Form Setting
#Missing Form
True—Form Setting; False—Drop Down Setting
Form Setting
No
Entry ID
Smartlist entry ID
ID for the Smart List entry
Default entry ID
No
Entry Name
Entry Name
N/A
None
Yes
Entry Label
Entry Label
N/A
None
Yes
Working with Planning Import and Export
Subtopics
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Running Planning Import and Export
Importing from a File
Exporting Metadata to a File
Exporting Data to a File
Use Planning Import and Export to perform import and export operations without using a
command line. Administrators can import metadata and data for Account, Period, Year,
Scenario, Version, Currency, Entity, user-defined dimensions, attributes, UDAs, exchange rates,
Smart Lists, and planning unit hierarchies from a flat file. You can also export metadata and
data to a flat file using Planning Import and Export.
Note: Planning Import and Export does not support a relational import or export of data or
metadata. To import or export metadata or data to or from a relational data source, use
the Outline Load utility. See “Working with the Outline Load Utility” on page 97.
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Running Planning Import and Export
ä To import or export data or metadata using Planning Import and Export:
1
Back up the application and application databases before loading information. See the Oracle
Enterprise Performance Management System Backup and Recovery Guide.
2
Optional: If importing, create a command properties file (.properties). See “Command Properties
File” on page 97.
3
If importing, generate a load file for each dimension or set of data that you want to load. See “Generating
Load Files” on page 99.
4
Log in to the Planning application.
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Select Administration, then Import and Export, and then select a task:
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To import data or metadata from a flat file, select Import from File.
For option descriptions, see “Importing from a File” on page 144.
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To export metadata to a flat file, select Export Metadata to File.
For option descriptions, see “Exporting Metadata to a File” on page 145.
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To export data to a flat file, select Export Data to File.
For option descriptions, see “Exporting Data to a File” on page 145.
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Click Run.
When importing data or metadata, you have the option of running the import in the background.
Click Run In Background on the progress bar to enable background processing.
When exporting data, if the data export exceeds three minutes in duration, the following message
will display and the export will automatically run in the background:
“The export has exceeded the maximum configured wait time and will now be performed in the
background. To check export status, open the Import and Export Status page. Note that
exported data files should be downloaded and saved because they may be periodically
removed from temporary locations on the server.”
Once this message displays, clicking View Status or selecting Tools, and then Import and Export
Status will display a Processing status in the Status column. When the data export is complete,
the Status column will display a Complete status. Selecting the Complete status will launch the
View Status window and display a green arrow. Click the green arrow to download the exported
CSV file from a temporary location and save it to a permanent location. If the file in the temporary
location no longer exists, the following message is displayed:
“The file that you tried to download no longer exists on the server. Export your data
again.”
Note: You cannot run the Export Metadata operation in the background.
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Importing from a File
To import an attribute, user defined dimension, Smart List, or exchange rates, select New
Dimension in the Dimension drop down, and then select the type in the Dimension Type field.
To import data, the load dimension must be selected in the Dimension drop down.
In Import from FlatFile, select the following options:
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Import from File Options
Option
Description
Dimension
Dimension to be loaded, whose member fields correspond to the header record in the metadata file. If needed, you
can create a new dimension on import.
User defined dimensions (for example, Product) are listed in the drop down along with the base dimensions. If there
is a user defined dimension in the application and you want to load it’s metadata, then select the user defined dimension
from the drop down. If your file contains metadata for a user defined dimension called, for example, ‘NewProduct’
which does not yet exist in the application, then select New Dimension, then User Defined, and then NewProduct.
Planning Import and Export will create the NewProduct dimension and load it's metadata.
Metadata File
Specify the data load input file which contains a header record and data records in .CSV format. You must also specify
a data load dimension.
See “Loading Metadata” on page 105.
Create Security
Filters
Creates security filters when performing a cube refresh. Deselect this option if you do not want to refresh security filters.
(This option does not provision users to the application; it only creates security filters for users that currently exist.
Users can be provisioned to applications using other methods.)
Cube Refresh
Performs a cube refresh after the metadata load.
Delete All
Planning Units
Deletes all planning units or displays an error if members in planning units would be deleted. Select this option along
with the Delete All Load Dimension Members option to enable deleting started planning units and deleting all members
in the dimension specified in the .CSV load file.
Delete All Load
Dimension
Members
Deletes all members of the load dimension before performing the load. See also Delete All Planning Units. Deselect
this option to keep all members of the load dimension.
Inherit When
Plan Type
Unspecified
Inherits unspecified plan type settings from the parent when adding new members. Deselect this option to force explicit
setting of plan type settings for the member.
Lock Load
Dimension
before Load
Locks the load dimension before loading. Deselect this option if you do not want to lock the dimension (not
recommended unless you are performing a dry run).
Maintain Order
Maintains the order of members in the load file when loading, with the exception of UDAs. Deselect this option to
ignore the order of members in the load file when loading.
Order Input
Records
Orders input records in parent-child order, with the exception of UDAs. Deselect this option to load input records as
they appear in the load file. Deselecting this option is faster and uses less memory.
Dry Run
Performs a “dry run” by parsing the load file without loading data or metadata. Deselect this option to parse the load
file while loading data and metadata.
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Note: Use caution. This option removes attribute bindings and approvals states.
Option
Description
Date Format
Choose an import date format:
Driver Member
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Sets driver members on the base load dimension for the application on import operations only. For example, Entity,
Children(Account_Total), Plan1.
Note: If no values are entered for this field but load and driver dimensions are set in the Administration/Data Load
Settings window, then those settings will be used for data import. Values added to this field will override the values in
the Data Load Settings window.
Clear Essbase
Data
Optional: Clears an Essbase block before performing an import.
Note: If a data value exists in a cell and the imported data does not have value for that cell, the existing data will
not be overwritten. To overwrite existing data with a #missing value, the data block must be cleared first (all cells will
be #missing) and then data should be imported into these cells. For example:
e2,IDescendants(Account_Total),"FY13,Current, BU
Version_1,Jan,Local",Plan1
Exporting Metadata to a File
In Export Metadata to File, select the following options:
Table 43
Export Metadata to File Options
Option
Description
Dimension
The dimension you are exporting
After clicking Run, the browser will prompt you to either open the file or save it to your local
machine.
Exporting Data to a File
Describe the Planning form that contains the data being exported. You must enter the plan type,
row, column, and POV information that was entered during Planning form design.
When entering member names with a comma character in the Export Data to File window, use
double quotation marks to enclose the member names. Each member in a list of multiple
members must be placed in its own set of quotation marks. For example:
"e2,""e,2"""
"Jan,""Feb,2"",Mar"
"FY13,Current,""a,1A"",Local, BU Version_1"
In Export Data to File, select the following options:
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Export Data to File Options
Option
Description
Plan Type
The plan type that was entered during Planning form design
Row Members
The row information that was entered during Planning form design
Example: Idescendants(Ent_Total)
Column Members
The column information that was entered during Planning form design
Example: Idescendants(YearTotal)
POV Members
The Page dimensions and member information
Example: FY13,Current, BU Version_1,account1,Local
Data Integrator Adapter for Planning
Use Oracle Data Integrator Adapter for Planning to connect and integrate Planning with any
database through Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). The adapter provides a set of Oracle Data
Integrator Knowledge Modules (KMs) for loading metadata and data into Planning applications.
For information on using ODI, see the Oracle Hyperion Data Integration Management Adapter
for Planning User's Guide.
Using DIM Adapter for Planning
After installing and configuring Oracle Hyperion Data Integration Management Adapter for
Planning, you can install and configure adapters to retrieve and write data for other Oracle
products. After you configure an adapter, you must configure an application connection in
Workflow Manager before extracting data from sources or writing data into targets. See the
Oracle Data Integrator Adapter for Planning Online Help. Oracle Hyperion Data Integration
Management Adapter for Planning is available only for Planning applications that use Planning
application administration.
Enabling Data Load of Essbase Data
You specify parameters to enable data to be loaded directly into an Essbase database. Optionally,
you can use advanced settings if you want to load details to child members of parent dimension
members based on unique identifiers for the driver dimension.
For example, a company might load the Employee dimension member with account data for
Start Date, Position, Salary Basis, and Pay Type. Because the human resource data includes
placeholders for new and existing employees, the company could set up the following advanced
settings:
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Existing Employees unique identifiers: Salary Basis, Pay Type
During data load, child members of New Employees and Existing Employees are evaluated for
data updates. The unique identifiers Start Date, Position, Salary Basis, and Pay Type determine
if existing data load dimension values are updated, or if new values are added: If the unique
identifier's data values are the same, data is updated. If the data value is different, the next
available child member is used.
ä To specify parameters for loading data:
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Select Administration, then Data Load Settings.
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For Data Load Dimension, select the dimension (such as Employee) for which data is loaded for the
application.
The dimension corresponds to the information to be loaded.
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For Driver Dimension, click
to select the dimension into which data is loaded.
For example, if you are loading data to Employee, the driver dimension might be Account.
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Select the members of the driver dimension.
For example, if the driver dimension is Account, driver dimension members might include
Start Date, Grade, Position, Salary Basis, and Pay Type.
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Optional: To use advanced settings, complete these steps.
a. Add a row by clicking
above Data Load Dimension Parent,
b. To the right of the new field, click
and select a parent member.
For information about selecting members, see Chapter 7, “Using the Member Selector.”
c. To the right of the parent member, under Driver Dimension Unique Identifiers, select one
or more members as unique identifiers. (Members selected for this field must be
included in the list of selected Driver Dimension members at the top of the page.)
Each parent member must include at least one unique identifier member. These
members determine if existing data load dimension values are updated, or if new values
are added.
d. If necessary, continue adding rows by repeating step 5.a through step 5.c.
e. To duplicate or delete a row, select the check box to the left of the row, and click
or
. You can duplicate only one selected row at a time.
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Click Save.
For detailed instructions on loading, see the Planning adapter documentation described in
“Overview ” on page 95.
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Loading from Administration Services
ä To load from Administration Services:
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Open Administration Services Console.
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See the Essbase documentation for instructions on connecting to the server and entering a username
and password.
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Minimize the Administration Services Console.
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Open Windows NT Explorer (Start, then Programs, and then Windows NT Explorer).
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Browse to the directory containing data files to load.
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Select text files to load and drag them onto Administration Services Console on the Windows Task Bar
at the bottom of the screen.
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Continue holding the mouse while dragging files onto the Administration Services Console window, then
release it.
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See the Essbase documentation for instructions on selecting the application to which to load data files.
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Select the database to which to load data files.
Select the database corresponding to the plan type in the Planning application into which
you are loading data.
File Example
This example loads data values for the first quarter of 2008 for the Europe entity and the Gross
Sales account in the Actual scenario and Final version.
EUROPE
GROSS SALES
ACTUAL
FINAL
JAN
2008
150
EUROPE
GROSS SALES
ACTUAL
FINAL
FEB
2008
110
EUROPE
GROSS SALES
ACTUAL
FINAL
MAR
2008
200
If a dimension uses the same value for all rows, you can place it in the header as a page dimension,
as in this example:
ACTUAL
FINAL
EUROPE
GROSS SALES
JAN
2008
150
ASIA
NET INCOME
FEB
2008
150
EUROPE
NET INCOME
FEB
2008
110
ASIA
GROSS SALES
JAN
2008
200
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Loading with Performance Management Architect
You can load data and metadata with these Performance Management Architect features: flat
files, interface tables, and Data Synchronization. For information, see the Oracle Hyperion
Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide
Loading with FDM
You can load data with Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management. For information,
see the Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management Administrator's Guide.
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Managing Forms
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In This Chapter
About Forms .............................................................................................. 151
Form Components ....................................................................................... 153
Designing Specific Types of Forms ..................................................................... 154
Working with Forms ...................................................................................... 159
Creating Simple Forms .................................................................................. 164
Creating Composite Forms .............................................................................. 176
Using Grid Diagnostics .................................................................................. 185
Using Business Rules.................................................................................... 186
Working with User Variables ............................................................................ 196
Working with Substitution Variables.................................................................... 198
Importing Form Definitions .............................................................................. 199
Planning Offline Considerations ........................................................................ 202
How Cell Formatting in Smart View Persists in Planning Forms...................................... 203
About Forms
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Forms and Access Permissions
Forms and Currencies
Forms and Versions
Forms and Attributes
Forms and Shared Members
Forms and Calculations
Forms are grids for entering data. You can create many forms to meet your needs.
Forms and Plan Types
When you create a form, you associate it with a plan type, which determines the form's valid
members. For example, if you assign a form to the Revenue plan type, you can add only accounts
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that are valid for the Revenue plan type. Entered data is saved to the selected plan type's database.
You cannot change the plan type for a form after assigning it.
You can edit form accounts if their source plan type matches the form's plan type. If you add an
account to a form for a plan type other than the account’s source plan type, the account is readonly on that form.
Forms and Access Permissions
By assigning access to a form, you control which users can change its design (for example, its
layout and instructions) and input data. Users can select only members to which they have read
or write access. Users can edit forms only if they have access to at least one member of each
secured dimension. For example, if users have read-only access to the Europe entity, the rows
and columns on forms that include the Europe entity are displayed as read-only. Users can
change data only for members to which they have write access.
Forms and Currencies
For a single-currency application, all entities use the currency selected when the application was
created. For a multicurrency application, the selected Currency member on forms determines
the currency in which values display. When the Currency member Local is selected for rows or
columns, no currency conversion occurs for those rows or columns, and users can enter data
for the entities in their native currency. If a currency member other than Local is selected, data
values are converted to the selected currency for that row or column, and the form is read-only.
You can enter data in rows or columns that have Currency or Local as the selected member. See
“Designing Forms for Multiple Currencies” on page 154.
Forms and Versions
For bottom-up versions, rows and columns with level 0 members allow data entry. Rows or
columns set to a parent member are read-only. The point of view must also be set to the level 0
member to allow data entry on a bottom-up version. Target versions allow data entry in parent
and children members.
Forms and Attributes
You can select members by selecting a shared attribute. For example, select the South attribute
to include members having the South attribute. Values can be entered and saved into rows and
columns that use attributes.
Forms and Shared Members
You cannot select shared members individually; instead, select them using a relationship
function. For example, you could select an alternate functional rollup to include all members
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under that rollup. Values can be entered into rows or columns that display shared members and
are saved to the base members in the database. Shared members display the same as base members
in forms.
Forms and Calculations
To optimize calculations, select row members using relationships (such as Descendants or
Children) instead of selecting children individually. Calculating totals for the parent of
individually selected children could take several passes, depending on the number of hierarchy
levels.
Form Components
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Page Axis
Rows and Columns
Point of View
Select members for the point of view to determine the context for pages, rows, and columns.
For example, if the Scenario dimension is set to Budget in the point of view, all data entered in
pages, rows, and columns goes into the Budget scenario. The point of view is set to one member,
which a user cannot change, for each point of view dimension.
To simplify the form, in the point of view you can specify only relevant members or include user
variables. See “Defining Simple Form Page and Point of View” on page 174 and “Managing
User Variables” on page 197.
Page Axis
Use the page axis to specify combinations of members that may span dimensions so users can
work with data in smaller, logical views. Each item on the page axis can have members selected
from one or more dimensions. Users see only members they can access.
You can specify multiple page drop-down lists, and select members using relationship functions
or attributes. Switch between member sets by selecting them from the page axis.
You display member names or aliases on the page axis. You can specify the number of members
in a page dimension that enables a search drop-down list on the data entry page, useful if
dimensions contain many members. See “Defining Simple Form Page and Point of View” on
page 174.
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Rows and Columns
Rows and columns define the grid into which users enter data. For example, you can assign Unit
Sales to the row axis and January to the column axis. When users access forms, they can enter
data into the cell where the Unit Sales row intersects with the January column.
By default, forms have one set of rows and columns. You can add rows and columns to create
asymmetrical combinations of members. See “Creating Asymmetric Rows and Columns” on
page 173.
Designing Specific Types of Forms
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Designing Forms for Drill-Through Information
Designing Forms with Formula Rows and Columns
Designing Forms with Data Validation
Transferring Global Assumptions from a Test to a Production Environment
Designing Forms for Rolling Forecasts
Designing Forms for Multiple Currencies
To allow users to work with currencies other than entities’ base currencies, perform one task:
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form.
Assign the Currency dimension to the page axis and select reporting currencies as members
to convert currencies for all the members in the form. Users can then select a currency
member from the page axis and launch the Calculate Currencies business rule to view values
in that currency.
Designing Forms for Drill-Through Information
If forms contain members whose data is loaded from a source such as FDM or FDMEE, users
can drill through to view more details for the cell data source. To enable forms for drill through,
complete these tasks when designing forms:
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Within FDM or FDMEE, complete setup tasks, and load data or metadata to Planning. See
theOracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management Administrator's Guide or Oracle
Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition Administrator's Guide. You
do not need to set properties or configure Planning for FDM.
Give appropriate access permissions, for example, to the form and members, as described
in Chapter 3, “Setting Up Access Permissions”. Drill-through is enabled against all
dimensions that are sourced from Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management,
Enterprise Edition. If drill-through is enabled in a cell to which a user has write access, the
drill-through icon continues to display when users update the cell. However, the update
does not tie back to the source data when the user drills through.
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loaded. Exchange rates are loaded into the exchange rate table in Planning, and currency
conversion is completed within Planning.
When users print forms that include cells with drill-through information, a drill-through icon
is displayed in those cells.
Designing Forms with Formula Rows and Columns
Formula rows and columns contain formulas that perform mathematical calculations on grid
members. For example, you might want to rank values in a particular column or calculate
variance between two rows. A formula consists of grid references, arithmetic operators, and
mathematical functions. To define or assign existing formulas to forms, select the appropriate
row or column on the Layout tab and then make selections under Segment Properties.
See “Adding Formula Rows and Columns” on page 173. For information about creating
formulas and using the mathematical functions, see Appendix C, “Form Formula Functions.”
Designing Forms with Data Validation
You can design forms that include predefined data validation rules that help implement business
policies and practices. You can specify cell colors and data validation messages that are generated
on the form if entered data violates a validation rule. Data validation rules are saved as part of
the form. See “Including Data Validation Rules in Forms” on page 170 and Chapter 8,
“Managing Data Validation.”
Transferring Global Assumptions from a Test to a Production
Environment
Form designers typically create a specific-purpose form that stores global assumptions (also
called “drivers” or “driver data”), such as a depreciation value, tax rate, or unit price. This is
useful if you want to migrate the form’s driver data using Lifecycle Management, for example,
from a test environment to a production environment. Such forms are typically small, and are
used as “lookup tables” that drive calculations. To enable transferring global assumptions from
a test to production environment, during form design for a simple form, in the Layout tab select
Grid Properties and Global Assumptions Form. Then update the form to store driver data such as
a tax rate. When migrating with Lifecycle Management, this enables migrating the driver data
contained in the tagged form. Note that global assumptions cannot be used with composite
forms or forms with multiple segments.
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Designing Forms for Rolling Forecasts
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Creating Rolling Forecasts
Modifying Rolling Forecast Variables
About Rolling Forecasts
In a traditional forecast, the forecast cycle is always tied to the fiscal year end, and the months
in the forecast period keep reducing as the months in the fiscal year progress.
Rolling forecasts differ from traditional forecasts in that they are continuous without regard to
the annual fiscal year end period. The periods in a rolling forecast roll along based on the
predefined window for the rolling forecast. The periods are generally defined on a monthly or
quarterly basis. Monthly rolling forecasts are generally in 12-month, 18-month, or 24-month
cycles. In a 12-month cycle, the 12-month period constantly shifts each month, and every month
the forecast is for the next twelve months without regard to the actual fiscal year end.
For example, assume a company has a fiscal calendar for July through June. In the first month
of year (Jul, FY11) the company’s planners fill in the forecast scenario for the periods Jul 11 –
Jun 12. In the next month (Aug 11), the planners again fill in the forecast scenario with numbers
for the next 12 months (Aug 11- Jul 12), even though the period of Jul 12 pertains to the next
fiscal year of Jul FY12-Jun FY13.
Following are some examples of rolling forecasts:
Figure 1
12-Monthly Rolling Forecast
Figure 2
Quarterly Rolling Forecast
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Figure 3
Quarterly Trailing Rolling Forecast (Rolling Quarters with a Cumulative Total)
Figure 4
Rolling Forecast Where There are Additional Segments for Actual and Plan Year
Creating Rolling Forecasts
Note: Only administrators can create and work with rolling forecasts. This includes the ability
to see the rolling forecast option when designing a form, the ability to move a rolling
forecast from the user interface, and the ability to delete or modify substitution variables.
ä To design a form for a rolling forecast:
1
Create a new form.
See “Creating Simple Forms” on page 164.
2
In the Layout tab, drop the Year and Period dimensions in the column axis.
3
Right click the column segment header and select Rolling Forecast Setup.
The Rolling Forecast Setup menu option is only available when the Year and Period are in
the same grid axis (row or column).
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In the Rolling Forecast Setup dialog box, enter the following information:
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substitution variables; for example, 4QRF designates that the forecast is a 4-quarter
rolling forecast.
Reuse existing substitution variables—Select this check box if you wish to specify a
prefix that you have previously used.
Start Year—The year in which the rolling forecast starts; for example, FY11.
Either enter the start year or click
to open the Member Selection dialog box.
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If you entered a prefix that matches the prefix of an existing rolling forecast substitution
variable and selected the Reuse existing substitution variables check box, the Start Year
is automatically filled in with the start year of the existing substitution variable.
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Q1.
Either enter the start period or click
to open the Member Selection dialog box.
If you entered a prefix that matches the prefix of an existing rolling forecast substitution
variable and selected the Reuse existing substitution variables check box, the Start Period
is automatically filled in with the start period of the existing substitution variable.
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Number of Periods—Number of year/period combinations that will be generated as
separate segments.
Click Generate.
The defined substitution variables are created, and additional column segments are created
in the form that contain the substitution variable combinations for the rolling forecast.
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See “About Selecting Substitution Variables as Members” on page 212.
When designing a form, if the Rolling Forecast Setup dialog box is brought up from a row
or column with the Year and Level 0 time period selected (for example,FY12/Jan), the Start
Year and Start Period are automatically filled in. Values are not automatically filled in if
members in the column are selected using functions, variables, or non-level-0 members.
To reuse the rolling forecast variables in a different form, right-click the column header in
the new form to invoke the Member Selector.
Modifying Rolling Forecast Variables
Administrators can revise the values for rolling forecast substitution variables directly in the
form.
ä To modify rolling forecast variables in a form:
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids.
2
Open the rolling forecast form.
3
Right-click any column in the form and select Set Rolling Forecast Variables.
4
In the Set Rolling Forecast Variables dialog box, enter or edit values for the Year and Period dimensions.
You can shift the values up or down by changing the selection next to Shift Values By. When
you change the selection next to Shift Values By, the values for the Year and Period
dimensions are automatically repopulated to show the resulting year and period values after
the shift.
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Click Apply.
The new values flow through to all the forms where these substitution variables are used,
and those forms will reflect the changes.
Working with Forms
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Previewing Forms
Printing Form Definitions
Searching for Forms
Moving Forms and Ad Hoc Grids
Deleting Forms
Renaming Forms
Importing and Exporting Forms
Specifying How Many Forms Users Can Simultaneously Use
Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders
Use these procedures to select and open form folders and the forms they contain. For ease of
editing, administrators can open non-ad hoc forms for editing directly from the end-user
interface.
ä To select and open non-ad hoc forms from within the end-user interface:
1
Open the data form.
2
Click the Form Designer icon
at the top of the page.
The form opens in edit mode in a new tab.
ä To select and open forms or form folders from within the administrator's interface:
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids.
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Perform one of the following steps:
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To open a form, select a form from the list displayed beneath Form when the appropriate
form folder is open.
After you select a form folder, use the buttons next to Form Folders to create, rename, and assign
access to the folder. After displaying a form, use the buttons above Form to create, edit, move,
delete, and assign access to forms. The icon next to the form name indicates the type of form:
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Previewing Forms
While you are designing forms, you can preview the dimensions that are assigned to the Point
of View, columns, rows, and page axes. Previewing displays member attributes, alias, and data
associated with forms, although new data cannot be entered.
Previewing completes regular form design validation checks, and checks for proper evaluation
of any data validation rules included in the form. Data validation rules must be properly
completed before the form can be saved. In addition, data validation rules are saved as part of
the form. If you do not save changes to a form, any data validation rule changes made after the
form was last saved are lost.
ä To preview a form’s design:
1
With a form open, click Preview.
The form opens in edit mode in a new tab.
2
Resolve any issues reported during the design validation checks, including any issues with data
validation rules.
3
Save the form to ensure that updates are saved, including any changes to data validation rules.
Printing Form Definitions
Administrators can print form definition reports that include information on dimension
members, business rules, access permissions, and other form components.
You can also create reports for form definitions, as described in “Customizing Reports” on page
379.
ä To create and print form definition reports:
1
Select Tools, and then Reports.
2
Select Forms.
3
Select the form definitions to print by moving them from Available Forms to Selected Forms:
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Optional: Select Include Member Selection List to include column and row members on the report.
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Optional: Select Include Business Rules to include associated business rules.
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Click Create Report.
Adobe Acrobat generates a consolidated report, including:
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To print the report, select File, and then Print on the Adobe toolbar.
Note: To ensure that multibyte characters display in reports, see “Multibyte Characters” in the
Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration
Troubleshooting Guide. To see the correct language glyph reflected in the reports, you must
also make the fonts available in the java.home directory. The Planning directory points
to the location EPM_ORACLE_HOME\common\JRE\Sun\1.6.0\lib\fonts.
Searching for Forms
ä To search for forms:
1
Select Administration, then Manage, then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids.
2
For Search, enter part or all the form name.
Ignoring capitalization, Search finds the next match.
3
Click
to search forward (down) or
to search backwards (up).
Moving Forms and Ad Hoc Grids
ä To move forms:
1
Select the form.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
You can move multiple forms simultaneously if they are in the same folder.
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Click Move.
3
Select the destination folder.
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Click OK.
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Deleting Forms
ä To delete forms:
1
Select the form.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
2
Click Delete.
3
Click OK.
Renaming Forms
ä To rename forms:
1
Select the form.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
2
Select Rename.
3
Enter the new name and click OK.
Importing and Exporting Forms
Administrators can use FormDefUtil.cmd (Windows) or FormDefUtil.sh (UNIX) to move
form definitions between Planning applications. You can export or import form definitions to
or from an XML file, useful for moving from a development to a production environment.
The utility uses a command line interface and is installed in the planning1 directory. For the
full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
Note: XML files for composite forms that were exported in an earlier release cannot be imported
into the current release. You must re-extract the XML files after the corresponding
Planning applications have been migrated to the current release. XML files for noncomposite forms exported in an earlier release can be imported into the current release.
ä To launch the FormDefUtil utility:
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Enter the command from the planning1 directory, using this syntax:
formdefutil [-f:passwordFile]import|exportfilename|formname|-all
server name user name application
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Parameter
Purpose
Required?
[-f:passwordFile]
If an encrypted password file is set up, you can use this option as the first parameter
in the command line to run the utility with the full file path and name specified in
passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on
page 55.
No
2
Parameter
Purpose
Required?
import|export
Import or export the form definition.
Yes
filename|formname|all
When used with import, specify the XML file containing the form definition. When
used with export, specify the form to export to XML. Use -all with import or
export to import or export all XML files or form definitions in the current
application.
Yes.
server name
Server name on which the Planning application resides.
Yes
user name
Administrator's name.
Yes
application
When used with export, the name of the Planning application containing the form
definitions to export. When used with import, the name of the Planning application
to which to import the form definition.
Yes
-all is
optional.
If prompted, enter your password.
When you export form definitions, the utility creates an XML file in the current directory and
writes errors in a log file. (For information on the location of log files, see “About EPM Oracle
Instance” on page 56.) You can copy the utility to any directory and launch it from there to save
files to another directory.
Examples:
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To import one file:
FormDefUtil.cmd import c:\EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE\Planning
\planning1\form1.xml localhost admin APP1
Note: Replace EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE with the absolute or relative path to the form
file on your system. For more information, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page
56.
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FormDefUtil.cmd export Form1 localhost admin APP1
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FormDefUtil.cmd export -all localhost admin APP1
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To import all form definitions:
FormDefUtil.cmd import -all localhost admin APP1
Specifying How Many Forms Users Can Simultaneously Use
To enable users to work in more than one form at one time, you can update the
DATA_GRID_CACHE_SIZE property, which specifies the number of data grids cached per user
for an application. By default, this property is set to 1, allowing each user to have one form open
and active at a time.
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Caution!
Keep in mind that increasing this property value causes the application server to use
more memory. For example, for an application with 100 users, by default the
application server can cache up to 100 data grids. If this property is set to 3, up to
300 data grids can be cached. The impact on memory usage is greater for applications
having very large forms.
ä To specify how many forms each user can simultaneously work in:
1
Select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
2
To set properties for all Planning applications, select System Properties.
3
Update the setting:
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To add the property, click Add. In the blank row, enter DATA_GRID_CACHE_SIZE (avoid
using spaces). Under Property Value, enter a number to represent the number of forms
that a user can have open and active at one time.
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To change the property, change its value under Property Value.
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To delete the property, select its name, and then click Delete.
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Click Save and confirm your changes.
5
Restart the Planning server.
Creating Simple Forms
To create simple forms, define:
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Form properties. See “Setting Form Grid Properties” on page 167, “Setting Dimension
Properties” on page 167, and “Setting Form Layout” on page 165.
Row and column layout. See “Setting Form Layout” on page 165.
Page and Point of View. See “Defining Simple Form Page and Point of View” on page
174.
Member selection. See Chapter 7, “Using the Member Selector.”
Form precision, context menus associations, and whether to enable dynamic user variables.
See “Setting Other Options” on page 171.
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Business rules selection and properties. See “Using Business Rules” on page 186.
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Access permissions. See Chapter 3, “Setting Up Access Permissions.”
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Formula rows and columns. See “Designing Forms with Formula Rows and Columns” on
page 155.
Data validation rules. See “Designing Forms with Data Validation” on page 155.
You can also create composite forms, which are forms that display several simple forms
simultaneously. See “Creating Composite Forms” on page 176.
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ä To create simple forms:
1
Select Administration, then Manage, and then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids.
2
Click Actions, and then select Create simple form.
3
On the Properties tab, provide a form name of up to 80 characters, and an optional description of up
to 255 characters.
4
Select the Plan Type associated with the form. See “Forms and Plan Types” on page 151.
5
Optional: Provide instructions for working with the form.
6
Click Next to specify the form layout. See “Setting Form Layout” on page 165.
Setting Form Layout
When you create forms, the Layout tab initially contains one row and one column, and all
dimensions are in Point of View. When creating or editing forms, you can add rows and columns
to a form, as necessary.
Use the Layout tab to:
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Add form rows and columns
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Assign dimensions to columns and rows
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Select dimension members for users to work with (see Chapter 7, “Using the Member
Selector”)
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Set grid properties for the form (see “Setting Form Grid Properties” on page 167)
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Set dimension properties (see “Setting Dimension Properties” on page 167))
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Add formula rows and columns (see “Adding Formula Rows and Columns” on page 173)
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Set display properties for the form (see “Setting Display Properties” on page 168)
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Set printing options for the form (see “Setting Printing Options” on page 169)
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Add and update validation rules in forms (see “Including Data Validation Rules in Forms”
on page 170)
When setting row and column layout:
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Assign at least one dimension to the row and column axis.
You cannot select the same dimension for multiple axes. (You can have dimensions on
multiple axes if you set user variables in the point of view.)
Select a dimension from any axis and drag it to the destination axis to move a dimension
from one axis to another.
Select display properties
ä To set or update the form layout:
1
Open the form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
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Optional: Click
column.
to select a dimension, and then drag it to Rows or Columns, or within a row or
Note: Initially, all dimensions are in the form point of view. You can drag dimensions from
point of view to rows, columns, or to page. You can also drag dimensions from any
area in the grid (row, column, point of view, or page) to any other area.
3
Optional: Select another dimension, and then drag it to Rows or Columns, or within a row or column.
4
Select each dimension’s members.
See Chapter 7, “Using the Member Selector.”
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Optional: To rearrange the order of dimensions in rows or columns, click
Dimension Up or Move Dimension Down.
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Select a row header (such as 1 or 2) to set row properties, or a column header (such as A or B) to set
column properties using the information in this table (options are listed on the right under Segment
Properties).
Table 45
Segment Properties
Option
Description
Apply to all rows
Apply settings to all rows; available when there are two or more rows. Clear this option to set different properties
for each row.
Apply to all
columns
Apply settings to all columns; available when there are two or more columns. Clear this option to set different
properties for each column.
Hide
Hides the column or row on the form
Read-only
Creates a read-only row or column, enabling comparison of old, read-only data with new, editable data
Show separator
Creates a bold border before the segment to visually distinguish it
Suppress hierarchy
Suppresses indentation.
Suppress missing
data
Hides rows or columns without data. Clear to display rows or columns with “#MISSING” in cells when data is
missing.
Column width
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Small: Display seven decimal places
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Medium: Display 10 decimal places
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Large: Display 13 decimal places
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Size-to-Fit: Force all column headings to fit in the displayed space
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Custom: Select a custom size to display more than 13 decimal places, up to 999 places
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Medium: Display standard row height
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Size-to-Fit: Force all row headings to fit in the displayed space
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Custom: Select a custom size in pixels for the row height
Row height
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, and then select Move
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Optional: Add formula rows or columns. See “Adding Formula Rows and Columns” on page 173.
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Optional: Add or update data validation rules. See “Including Data Validation Rules in Forms” on page
170.
Setting Form Grid Properties
Form grid properties set the general form row and column display.
ä To set form grid properties:
1
Open the form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
2
In Grid Properties, set general row and column properties using the information in this table:
Table 46
Form Grid Properties
Option
Description
Suppress missing
blocks
(Rows only) Improves the performance of the Suppress missing data setting when suppressing a large number
of rows, for example, 90% or more. The Suppress missing blocks setting can degrade performance if few or
no rows are suppressed. Test forms before and after using this setting to determine whether performance is
improved. Also test forms whenever you make significant changes to your application.
With this setting selected, attributes may not display in forms, certain suppressed blocks may ignore Dynamic
Calc members, and row members do not display as indented.
Suppress missing
data
Hides rows or columns without data. Clear to display rows or columns with “#MISSING” in cells when data is
missing.
Default row
height
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Size-to-Fit: Force all row headings to fit in the displayed space
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Custom: Select a custom size in pixels for the row height
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Small: Display seven decimal places
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Medium: Display 10 decimal places
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Large: Display 13 decimal places
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Size-to-Fit: Force all column headings to fit in the displayed space
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Default column
width
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Click Save to save your work and continue, or click Finish to save your work and close the form.
Setting Dimension Properties
You can set and edit form dimension display properties, including whether to display the
member name or alias in the form, hide the row or column, and permit users to view the member
formula. These properties apply to row, column, page, and point of view dimensions.
ä To set dimension properties:
1
Open the form, and then click Layout.
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See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
2
Click in a point of view, page, row, or column to set dimension properties.
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Select Dimension Properties:
Table 47
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Dimension Properties
Property
Description
Apply to all row dimensions
Applies properties to all row dimensions
Apply to all column dimensions
Applies properties to all column dimensions
Apply to all page dimensions
Applies properties to all page dimensions
Apply to all POV dimensions
Applies properties to all point of view dimensions
Member Name
Displays the member name
Alias
Displays the member alias
Member Formula
Displays member formulas
Hide dimension
Hides the dimension
Show consolidation operators
Displays consolidation operators
Start expanded
Available only for dimensions on row or columns, choosing this option initially displays the
dimension member list expanded.
Enable custom attributes
Available only for dimensions on row or columns, enables custom attributes.
Click Save to save your work and continue, or click Finish to save your work and close the form.
Setting Display Properties
You can set and edit options for form display, such as hiding forms or displaying missing values
as blank, in the Layout tab.
You can also enable account-level annotations. Users can add annotations to accounts in forms
if they have write access to the account, entity, scenario, and version members. Account-level
annotations can vary by different combinations of Scenario, Version, and Entity dimensions.
Notes:
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The Entity dimension can be assigned to the row, page, or Point of View axis.
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Version and Scenario dimensions must be assigned to the page or Point of View axis.
ä To set display properties:
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Open the form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
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Select Display Properties, and then select form options:
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Make form read-only. You cannot set this option for composite forms.
Hide form. For example, hide forms that are part of composite forms or are accessed
from menus or task lists.
Display missing values as blank: Leave form cells empty where data does not exist. If this
option is not selected, empty cells display the text “#MISSING.”
Enable account annotations: This option is available only if the Account dimension is on
the row.
For information about using account annotations, see the Oracle Hyperion Planning
User's Guide.
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Allow multiple currencies per entity: If the application supports multiple currencies, allow
entities to support multiple currencies, regardless of base currency. Users can select
currency for displayed cell values in forms.
Enable Mass Allocate: Users must have the Mass Allocate role to use this option.
For information about using Mass Allocate, see the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's
Guide.
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Enable Grid Spread
For information about using Grid Spread, see Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
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Enable cell-level document: (Default) Enable users to add, edit, and view documents in
cells in the form, depending on access permissions. To prevent users from using
documents in a form, clear this option. To use cell documents, see Oracle Hyperion
Planning User's Guide, Chapter 3, “Setting Up Access Permissions.”
Message for forms with no data: Enter text to display in form rows for queries without
valid rows. Leave blank to display the default text, There are no valid rows of
data for this form.
Click Save to save your work and continue, or click Finish to save your work and close the form.
Setting Printing Options
You can set and edit preferences for printing form information in the Layout tab.
ä To set printing options:
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Open the form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
2
Select Printing Options, and then set preferences for printing form information:
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Table 48
Printing Options
Option
Description
Include supporting
detail
Include supporting detail as extra rows in PDF files. Specify display format:
Normal Order: Prints supporting detail in the same order as on the Supporting Detail page, after the
member it is associated with
Reverse Order: Prints supporting detail in reverse order, before the member associated with it. Supporting
detail for children displays above parents, and the order of siblings is preserved
Show comments
Display text notes associated with cells
Format data
Apply number format settings from the form to the displayed data
Show attribute
members
If attribute members are selected in the form, display them in PDF files
Apply precision
Apply form precision settings (desired number of decimal points) to the displayed data in PDF files
Show currency codes
If the form supports multiple currencies, display currency codes in the form and in PDF files. Whether
currency codes display depends on whether currency codes are present on any member in the form.
If a currency code is present on any member contained in the form, currency codes display in the form
regardless of the selection for this check box. If currency codes are not present on members in the form,
currency codes are not displayed.
Show account
annotations
If account annotations are enabled for the form, select to display account annotations in PDF files
You can also create reports for forms, as described in “Customizing Reports” on page 379.
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Click Save to save your work and continue, or click Finish to save your work and close the form.
Including Data Validation Rules in Forms
In the Layout tab, you can add and update validation rules to the grid, column, row, or cell. When
rules are processed, they can change the color of cells, provide validation messages to users during
data entry, and can change the promotional path for planning units. Validation rules are saved
with the form.
Before adding data validation rules, it is important to consider the function the rule will perform,
and to plan the rule scope. For detailed information and best practices for planning and
implementing validation rules, see Chapter 8, “Managing Data Validation.”
ä To include data validation rules in forms:
1
Open the form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
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Select Validation Rules, and then select an option:
Note: The menu options that display are context-sensitive, and depend on whether rules
have already been added, and if you have previously selected a menu option. For
example, if you right-click a cell that contains a rule and select Copy Validation Rules,
the Paste Validation Rules menu option is displayed when you right-click another cell.
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Add/Edit Validation Rules: Add or edit existing rules in the condition builder area of the
Data Validation Rule Builder dialog box.
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Copy Validation Rules: Copy the selected rules to be pasted to a new location.
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Paste Validation Rules: Paste the previously copied rules to a new location.
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Validate only for users with access to this form: If the currently logged in user does not
have access to the form, do not execute validations associated with the form when
validating the planning unit.
Validate only for pages with existing blocks: When enabled, Planning intelligently figures
out which page combinations have potential blocks and runs the validations only for
those page combinations. There are a few exceptions to this. If a page combination has
any Dynamic Calc, Dynamic Calc and Store, Label only, or Store with one child member,
then that page is always loaded.
Validate only for cells and pages the user has access to: When enabled, validations are
run as the currently logged in user and not as the administrator, which means the user's
security will be applied to the form members.
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Build and validate the rules as described in “Creating and Updating Data Validation Rules” on page
215.
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In the form, click Next to continue building the form, and then validate and save the form.
Setting Other Options
In Other Options, you set data precision, associate context menus with the form, and enable
dynamic user variables.
You control data precision by applying minimum and maximum values for different account
types. For example, you can truncate and round the decimal portion of longer numbers.
ä To set form precision and other options:
1
Open the form, and then click Other Options.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
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In Precision, select options to set the number of decimal positions displayed in a cell for Currency
Values, Non-Currency Values, and Percentage Values.
Specify Minimum values to add zeros to numbers with few decimal places. Specify
Maximum values to truncate and round the decimal portion of longer numbers. For example:
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Table 49
Data Precision Examples
Value
Minimum Precision
Maximum Precision
Displayed Value
100
0
Any
100
100
3
Any number greater than or equal to 3 or None
100.000
100.12345
Any number less than or equal to 5
None
100.12345
100.12345
7
None
100.1234500
100.12345
Any number less than or equal to 3
3
100.123
100.12345
0
0
100
100.12345
2
4
100.1234
100
2
4
100.00
Notes:
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By default, the precisions settings you select here override the precision set for the
currency member (see “Creating Currencies” on page 348). If instead you want the
currency member's precision setting to prevail for the form, select Use Currency member
precision setting.
Precision settings affect only the display of values, not their stored values, which are
more accurate. For example, if Minimum Precision is set to 2, and if Planning spreads the
value 100 from Q1 into the months Jan, Feb, and Mar, the month cells display 33.33
when they are not selected. When they are selected, they display their more accurate
values (for example, 33.33333333333333). Because the number of decimal places for
storing values is finite, when the values for Jan, Feb, and Mar aggregate back to Q1,
33.33333333333333 is multiplied by 3 and Q1's value displays 99.99999999999998 when
you click into Q1.
In Smart View Option, select Enable offline usage if users can work on the form offline.
This setting is applicable when the application is enabled for offline (the default setting).
You can prevent the current application from being used offline by selecting Administration,
then Application, Properties, then the Application Properties tab, and then changing
ENABLE_FOR_OFFLINE to False. See “Setting Application and System Properties” on page
39.
Note: Smart View options are not available for composite forms.
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In Context Menus, associate menus with the form by selecting them from Available Menus and moving
them to Selected Menus:
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moves all
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removes selections
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removes all
If you select multiple menus, click one of the following options to set the order in which they display:
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moves the selection up one spot in the order
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moves the selection down one spot in the order
moves the selection to the bottom of the order
Multiple menus display sequentially, with separators between them.
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Select Enable Dynamic User Variables to allow dynamic user variables in the form (see Oracle Hyperion
Planning User's Guide).
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Click Save.
Creating Asymmetric Rows and Columns
Asymmetric rows and columns contain different sets of members selected across the same
dimensions. For example:
Row/Column A: Scenario = Actual, Time Period = Q1
Row/Column B: Scenario = Budget, Time Period = Q2, Q3, Q4
ä To create asymmetric rows or columns:
1
Open the form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
2
Click
3
to the right of the dimension name, and then modify the members selected for this dimension.
Click
See Chapter 7, “Using the Member Selector.”
4
Click Save to save your work and continue, or click Finish to save your work and close the form.
to select the dimension to modify.
Adding Formula Rows and Columns
Formula rows contain formulas that apply to form rows. Formula columns contain formulas
that apply to form columns. For example, you can create a formula column (column D) that
computes the percentage variance between the January sales (column A) and February sales
(column B). The formula defined for a formula row or column applies to all row or column
dimensions. To define or assign existing formulas to forms, select the appropriate row or column
on the Layout tab and then display formula building options under Segment Properties (see
“Creating Formulas ” on page 425).
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Tip: Consider adding a formula row between two other rows to create a blank row. Blank rows
are useful, for example, for visually separating subtotals and totals within a form.
ä To add formula rows and columns:
1
Open the form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
2
On the Layout tab, right-click Rows or Columns.
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Select Add Formula Row or Add Formula Column.
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Click the new Formula Label that is displayed in the row or column, and then enter the formula name.
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Click the row or column number and specify any of the following displayed in the Segment Properties
pane to the right:
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Show separator displays the row or column separator
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Display formula on form displays the formula on the form when you click
or column header.
in the row
For each dimension in Formula Data Type in the right pane, select a data type for the formula result.
The data types are:
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Non Currency
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Percentage
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If you select SmartList, select a Smart List from the drop-down list next to the data type.
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Define the formula to use for the row or column by entering the formula name in the Formula field, and
then clicking
. See “Editing Formulas ” on page 425.
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Click Validate to ensure that the formula does not contain any errors.
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Click OK to save the formula and to close the Formula window.
Defining Simple Form Page and Point of View
You can select dimensions and members for the page axis and point of view. Point of view
dimensions and members must be valid for the form plan type and not assigned to a page,
column, or row axis. The point of view sets the unique dimension members that define
intersections of data.
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When you set user variables for forms, the variable name displays in point of view. See “Managing
User Variables” on page 197.
ä To define page axis and point of view:
1
Open the form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
2
Click
3
Click
for each page axis dimension and select members. See Chapter 7, “Using the Member
Selector.”
and then drag that dimension to Page to add it to the form page axis.
You can specify the number of members in a page dimension that enables a search option.
Select File, then Preferences. In Display Options, type a value for Allow Search When Number
of Pages Exceeds.
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Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to assign multiple dimensions to the page axis.
Assigning multiple dimensions to the page axis enables planners to select dimensionality
while entering data. Users can select Display Options to specify whether Planning sets the
page selection to the most recently used selection.
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In Dimension Properties, select or clear options for page dimensions. See “Setting Dimension
Properties” on page 167.
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Optional: Click
and then drag that dimension to Point of View to add it to the form point of view.
Repeat this action for each dimension you want to move to Point of View.
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In Point of View, click
for each dimension and then select members.
You can also create members that do not yet exist “on the fly”.
See Chapter 7, “Using the Member Selector.”
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In Dimension Properties, select or clear options for point of view dimensions. See “Setting Dimension
Properties” on page 167.
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Click Save to save your work and continue, or click Finish to save your work and close the form.
Editing Forms
You can edit the layout, members, and properties of both simple and composite forms. For
example, you can add formula rows or columns to a simple form, or add forms to a composite
form.
ä To edit simple forms:
1
Select the form, then click Edit (see “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159).
2
Select:
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a. Properties to edit the form name, description and instructions. See “Creating Simple
Forms” on page 164.
b. Layout to edit form layout. See “Setting Form Layout” on page 165.
c. Other Options to edit form precision and to change which context menus are associated
with the form. See “Setting Other Options” on page 171.
d. Business Rules to change which business rules are associated with the form, or modify
business rule properties. See “Using Business Rules” on page 186.
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Click Finish to save your work and close the form.
ä To edit composite forms:
1
Take one of these actions:
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, and then click Edit.
Select the form, and then click Edit (see “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on
page 159).
Note: When editing a composite form, if this message displays, “Modifications have been
made to one or more included forms; if you want to save changes to common
dimensions, save the composite form,” determine what changes were made to the
common dimensions of the included simple forms before saving changes to the
composite form.
2
Select:
a. Properties to edit the composite form name, description or instructions. See “Creating
Composite Forms” on page 176.
b. Layout to edit form layout and properties. See “Setting Composite Form Layout” on
page 177.
c. Business Rules to change which business rules are associated with the form, or modify
business rule properties. See “Using Business Rules” on page 186.
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Click Finish to save your work and close the form.
Creating Composite Forms
Composite forms display several forms simultaneously, even those associated with different plan
types. Users can enter data and see results aggregated to an upper-level intersection, such as
Total Revenue.
ä To create composite forms:
1
Select Administration, then Manage, and then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids.
2
Select the folder in which to store the form. See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page
159.
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3
Click Create Composite Form above the list of forms.
4
In the Properties tab, enter a form name of up to 80 characters, and an optional description of up to
255 characters.
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Optional: Select Hide Form to hide the form.
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Optional: Enter instructions for the form.
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Set the composite form layout. See “Setting Composite Form Layout” on page 177.
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Set the composite form section properties. See “Setting Composite Form Section Properties” on page
179.
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Set the composite form Point of View and Page display options. See “Setting Composite Form Point of
View and Page Dimensions” on page 181
10 Click Save to save your work and continue, or click Finish to save your work and close the form.
Setting Composite Form Layout
Planning provides tools that allow you to create whatever composite form layout is best for your
application. Each area in the composite form is called a section. Initially, you specify whether to
divide the composite form layout into two side-by-side sections, or two sections that are stacked
one above the other. There is also a custom layout option.
ä To set composite form layout:
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Open the composite form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
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In Select Layout, select an option:
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Custom Layout to create your own composite form layout.
Note: The custom layout option is selected by default.
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2–Row Layout to split the composite form into two sections, one on top of the
other, divided by a horizontal line.
2–Column Layout to split the composite form into two side-by-side sections
divided by a vertical line.
The selected layout is displayed.
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Add, rearrange, or delete simple forms as desired.
See “Adding Simple Forms to a Composite Form Layout” on page 178, “Rearranging Forms
in the Layout” on page 179. and “Deleting Simple Forms from a Composite Form” on page
179.
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Optional: Click
for that section:
in the upper right side of a section to select the following additional layout options
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Split Horizontally to split the section into two sections, one above the other.
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Split Vertically to split the section into two side-by-side sections.
Note: When you split a composite form section that contains simple forms, the simple
forms remain in the original section. For example, if you split a section vertically,
the original section is divided into two side-by-side sections. The simple forms
from the split section are included in the left section, and the right section is
empty.
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Delete to remove a section from the composite form.
When you delete a section from a composite form, the simple forms included in that
section are also deleted from the composite form, unless they are included in other
sections of the composite form.
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Add Form to display the Form Selector dialog box where you can select additional forms
to add to the layout.
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Group as Tabs to display the forms in that section as tabs.
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Ungroup Tabs to clear Group as Tabs.
Click Save to save the Composite Form layout.
Tip: You can edit a simple form from within a composite form. Right-click the simple form,
and then select Form Designer. Edit the form as described in “Editing Forms” on page
175. Access permissions apply as described in “Forms and Access Permissions” on page
152.
Adding Simple Forms to a Composite Form Layout
ä To add a simple form to a section in a composite form, do one of the following:
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Drag a form from the Forms in <Form Folder> pane to the desired section.
Click in the desired section, select
box, select a form and click OK.
, and select Add Form. In the Form Selector dialog
Expand Section Properties and click
click OK.
. In the Form Selector dialog box, select a form and
When you are adding simple forms to a composite form, note the following:
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Composite forms can contain simple forms and ad-hoc forms.
During runtime, the simple forms selected for the composite form display from left to right,
and then from top to bottom within each composite form section.
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You can drag simple forms between sections of a composite form.
Rearranging Forms in the Layout
To rearrange the simple forms in the composite form layout, expand Section Properties, select
a form, can click an arrow key. You can:
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Move the form to the top
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Move the form up
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Move the form down
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Move the form to the bottom
Editing Simple Forms from within a Composite Form
While editing a composite form, you can edit a single form from the Layout tab. This option is
not available for ad hoc forms. Access permissions apply as described in “Forms and Access
Permissions” on page 152.
ä To edit a simple form from a composite form:
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Within the composite form, click the Layout tab.
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Right-click a simple form, and then select Form Designer.
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Edit the simple form as described in “Editing Forms” on page 175.
Deleting Simple Forms from a Composite Form
ä To delete a simple form from a composite form, do one of the following:
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Uncheck the form in the Form Selector dialog box and click OK.
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Setting Composite Form Section Properties
Each section in a composite form is associated with properties set during creation. You can edit
these properties after creating a composite form.
ä To set composite form properties:
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Open the composite form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
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Expand Section Properties.
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Click in a composite form section and set the properties as desired.
Table 50
Composite Form Section Properties
Option
Description
Forms
Displays the simple forms in the section. The following options are available for each form selected:
Name
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Add form
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Remove form
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Edit form label
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Move to top
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Move up
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Move down
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Move to bottom
Section name to be displayed at the top of the section in Preview mode and at runtime.
Select
Height
Width
Forms per Row
to select a text style and color for the section name.
Section height. Select:
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Automatic to have Planning set the height.
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% (percentage sign) to set section height to a percentage of the composite form height.
Width of the section. Select:
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Automatic to have Planning set the width.
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% (percentage sign) to set section width to a percentage of the composite form width.
Select:
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Automatic to have Planning set the number.
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Select a number from 1 to 20.
The default is one form per row. If Forms per Column is set to a value other than Automatic, Forms per
Row is set to Automatic.
Note: If you have grouped the forms as tabs, this option is not available.
Forms per Column
Select:
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Automatic to have Planning set the number.
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Select a number from 1 to 20.
The default is one form per column. If Forms per Row is set to a value other than Automatic, Forms per
Column is set to Automatic.
Note: If you have grouped the forms as tabs, this option is not available.
Set scope for all
common
dimensions as
global
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Sets all the common dimensions across all the sections in the composite form to global and displays a list
of the global dimensions in Page and Point of View in the Global Dimensions properties.
Setting Composite Form Point of View and Page Dimensions
The composite form point of view and page dimensions specify where within a composite form
each Point of View and Page dimension name displays. When you select a section in a composite
form, the right panel displays:
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Global Layout Dimensions, which list the Point of View and Page dimensions that display in
the composite form heading.
Only dimensions that are common to all simple forms in all sections of the composite form
and that contain the same members can be designated as Global.
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Common Dimensions, which list the Point of View and Page dimensions common to all the
simple forms included in the selected composite form section.
You can specify where common dimensions display in composite forms. Common
dimension display choices are:
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Local displays the dimension name in the simple form heading.
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Section displays the section name in the section heading.
Only dimensions that are common to all simple forms in a section and that contain the
same members can be displayed in the section heading.
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Global displays the dimension name in the composite form heading.
Creating Master Composite Forms
You can design composite forms that have one master form and multiple simple forms. When
you do so, the selection of members in the master form automatically filters to the members in
the simple forms, and the simple forms show only the details that are relevant to the members
highlighted in the master form.
For example, assume that a user is looking at a new computer line item in a form and wants to
see the cash flow impact from this line item. In this scenario, you could design a composite form
that includes the following forms:
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A master form called “New Computers” that contains the following dimensions and
members:
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Entity: MA
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Scenario: Plan
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Version: Working
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Currency: Local
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Year: No Year
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Period: Beginning Balance
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Asset Class: Computers
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Line Item: Base SP1
A simple form called “Cash Flow Impact”.
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In the master composite form, the user highlights the row Computers/Base SP1.
Figure 5
Master Composite Form: “New Computers”
The simple form, “Cash Flow Impact” is filtered to show only the data that is relevant for the
members highlighted in the master composite form, “New Computers”: Computers, Base SP1,
Plan, Working, and MA.
Figure 6
Simple Form: “Cash Flow Impact”
ä To designate a form as a master composite form:
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Open the composite form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
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Right-click the form, and the select Tag as Master Composite Form.
indicates that the form is a master composite form.
Note: The master composite form applies to the entire composite form. So, for a composite
form, there can be only one master form across all its sections.
To filter the data in a simple form (or forms) that is relevant to the data in a master composite
form, right-click the master composite form and select Apply Context.
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Embedding Charts in Composite Forms
Administrators can design composite forms to display the data in sections as charts. Planners
can also drill down to the next level by clicking the underlined links or chart areas.
Design suggestions:
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Display the top section as a chart and the bottom section as a grid, so that planners can see
the effect of data they enter in the bottom grid (when saved) as a chart on the top.
Include the same ad hoc grid twice, one to display as a grid and the other to display as a
chart. Users can then perform ad hoc operations (such as Zoom In, Pivot To, and Keep Only)
on the grid and view the changes in the chart.
Create dashboards. For example:
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ä To embed charts in composite forms:
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Create or edit the composite form, and then click Layout.
See “Selecting and Opening Forms and Folders” on page 159.
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Click a composite form section, and then right-click on a form.
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Select Display as Chart.
Display as Chart toggles with Display as Grid, allowing you to switch between them.
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On Chart Properties, select a chart type:
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Bar: The length of each bar proportionally represents a value over an independent
variable (for example, time).
Horizontal Bar: Like the regular bar chart, but turned on its side so that the dependent
variable is displayed on the horizontal axis.
Line: Displays data points (for example, sales of various product lines) over time,
connected by lines.
Area: Like the Line chart, but the area between the axis and the line is emphasized with
color.
Pie: Each slice of the pie chart proportionally represents a class of data in relation to the
whole.
Scatter: Each point represents the distribution of data for two variables.
Read the onscreen text for how advice on selecting a chart type.
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Click OK.
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Optional: To set where the chart displays the values that the chart represents (called the Legend), click
Options, then click Legend, select one of the following, and then click OK:
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Right: To display the legend to the right of the chart (the default).
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Bottom: To display the legend at the bottom of the chart.
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Left: To display the legend to the left of the chart.
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Top: To display the legend at the top of the chart.
Optional: To set where the chart labels (that is, the member names or aliases) are displayed, on
Options, click Label, select one of the following, and then click OK.
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Outside Max: To display the label above bar charts or, for non-bar charts, display the
label above the data point for positive values and below the data point for negative values.
Outside Max is the default.
Center: To display the label centered on bar charts, or for non-bar charts, display the
label above the data point for positive values and below the data point for negative values.
Inside Max: To display the label on the bar, near the top, or for non-bar charts, display
the label below the data point for positive numbers and above the data point for negative
numbers.
Inside Min: To display the label inside on the bar, near the bottom, or for non-bar charts,
display the label above the data point for positive values and below the data point for
negative values.
Max Edge: To display the label on the bar, or for non-bar charts, display the label at the
data point.
Using Grid Diagnostics
Grid diagnostics allow you to view the time it takes to open forms and ad hoc grids. You can
select whether to view the load times in chart form or tabular form, and you can select on which
forms and grids to run the diagnostics. This helps you to identify forms with poor performance
and address design issues in forms.
ä To use grid diagnostics:
1
Log in to a Planning application.
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Select Tools, then Diagnostics, and then Grids.
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Select the forms on which you want to run the diagnostics and click Run Diagnostics.
A pie chart is displayed in Diagnostics Summary that shows the percentage of load times for
forms and ad hoc grids that are greater than five seconds, between one and five seconds, and
less than one second.
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Click on a section of the pie chart to display more detail about a specific load time in the Display area
under Diagnostics Summary
For example, clicking Load Time (Greater than 5s) on the pie chart displays details about
the forms with load times greater than five seconds in the Display area.
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Once you have selected the load time detail to display, select whether to display the information in
Tabular format or as a Chart.
If you select to display the load times as a chart, select the chart type: Area, Horizontal Bar,
Bar, or Line.
Using Business Rules
With appropriate access, users can launch business rules from Planning. Business rules can also
prompt users for input when rules are launched.
For optimum performance, business rules that run in forms should be designed to execute within
three minutes. For business rules with longer execution time, you can schedule batch processing
or run the business rules during non-peak hours.
For information on:
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Guide.
Using runtime prompts, see “About Runtime Prompts” on page 188.
Selecting Business Rules
On the Business Rules tab, you can associate multiple business rules with a form, by plan type.
Users can launch associated business rules from the form to calculate and allocate values. You
can set whether each business rule associated with a form automatically launches when the form
is opened or saved.
ä To select business rules for forms:
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Take an action:
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To update the current form, click Business Rules.
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To open a form for editing, click Edit, and then click Business Rules.
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From the Plan Type drop-down menu, select the plan type.
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From the Business Rules list, select the business rules to associate with the form, and move them to
Selected Business Rules. See Chapter 7, “Using the Member Selector.”
By default, the Calculate Form and Calculate Currencies business rules are selected. Calculate
Form is automatically created for forms to calculate subtotals. Calculate Currencies is
created for forms that include multiple currencies in a row, column, or page, to enable
converting values among the available currencies. You can clear Calculate Currencies if you
use customized calc scripts to calculate currency conversions. You can clear Calculate Form
to prevent planners from calculating data in forms.
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To change the order of selected business rules (the order in which rules display and launch), select a
business rule in Selected Business Rules and click the up or down arrow to move it up or down in the
list. The rule listed first displays and launches first; the rule at the bottom of the list displays and launches
last.
The order in which business rules launch is important and may affect data. For example, it
is important to convert currencies first, before subtotaling.
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To set business rule properties, click Properties. See “Setting Business Rule Properties” on page
187.
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Click Save to save your work and continue creating or editing the form, or click Finish to save your work
and close the form.
Note: When selecting business rules for composite forms, you can select which included forms’
business rules run in composite forms. Business rules from included forms do not run
unless you select them for the composite form itself. For example, to run all the business
rules associated with an included form named “Total Expense Impact”, select“ Business
rules for Total Expense Impact”.
Setting Business Rule Properties
You can specify whether business rules associated with forms launch automatically when users
open or save the form. If business rules have runtime prompts, you can set whether the default
members in the runtime prompt match the members selected in the page and Point of View
axes.
ä To set business rule properties:
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Take an action:
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To open a form for editing, click Edit, and then click Business Rules.
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Click the Business Rules tab.
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Select Run on Load next to a business rule to launch it automatically when the form is opened.
Business rules having runtime prompts cannot launch on load.
4
Select Run on Save next to a business rule to launch it automatically when saving a form.
If business set to Run on Save contain runtime prompts, users are prompted to enter the
runtime prompt value before the form is saved.
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Optional: If a business rule has runtime prompts, select Use Members on Form to match the default
member selection on the runtime prompt window to the current members in the page and Point of View
axes of the open form.
To learn how this option interacts with other settings and conditions, see “Understanding
Runtime Prompts” on page 188.
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Optional: To hide the runtime prompt value from the user, select Hide Prompt, which automatically
selects Use Members on Form.
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After saving the form, the next time you return to this page, Use Members on Form displays
as selected.
You can hide runtime prompts if:
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All runtime prompt member values are filled in (appropriate dimension members can
be read from form's Page/Point of View)
No dimensions are repeated in the runtime prompt
Click OK.
About Runtime Prompts
When launched, business rules can prompt users for such variables as members, text, dates, or
numbers. Prompts should be specific and tell users what type of data is expected. For example:
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What percentage change in earnings do you expect next month?
If you enabled members that are used on forms and in runtime prompts for dynamic children,
users can create additional members if the members that they enter in runtime prompts do not
exist. See “About Dynamic Members ” on page 331.
When launching business rules with runtime prompts, Planning validates the value entered, but
not the business rule. To set the default member selection in a runtime prompt, see “Setting
Business Rule Properties” on page 187. To understand how other settings and conditions affect
runtime prompts, see “Understanding Runtime Prompts” on page 188.
By default, the values for processed runtime prompts in the application are stored in the database
and available for viewing from the Job Console (select Tools, then Job Console). If many users
are running business rules with runtime prompts, tracking these values consumes significant
system resources. To improve performance, you can turn off this function so Planning does not
capture runtime prompt values. To do so, add the CAPTURE_RTP_ON_JOB_CONSOLE property
to the properties table, with the property value of FALSE (to turn it back on again, change its
value to TRUE). See “Setting Application and System Properties” on page 39.
Understanding Runtime Prompts
The display and values of runtime prompts are affected by such aspects as:
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Whether the Use as Override Value property is set at the rule or the ruleset level at designtime
Whether there are valid members on the form's Page/Point of View and whether the Use
Members on Form and Hide Prompt options on the Business Rule Properties tab are selected
(see “Setting Business Rule Properties” on page 187)
Whether the Runtime Prompt option is set during form design or set when designing the
runtime prompt (see Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager Designer's Guide)
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Whether the Use Last Value property is set when designing the business rule
If you enable members that are used on forms and in runtime prompts for dynamic children,
users can define additional members if the members that they enter in runtime prompts do not
exist.
Principles:
1. If the Use as Override Value property is set at the rule or the ruleset level at design-time, the
value overridden at the rule level or the ruleset level will take precedence over the values of
members in the Page/Point of View and the last saved value. This occurs regardless of where
the rule is launched (from the form or the Tools, then Business Rules menu), and regardless
of whether the runtime prompt is hidden during design. The Override Value can be set as a
Planning user variable, in which case the rule will be launched with the current value of the
variable.
2. When launched from a form, the values of members in the Page/Point of View take
precedence over the last saved value if the Use Members on Form option is selected, regardless
of whether the runtime prompt is hidden during design. The business rule is run without
displaying the hidden runtime prompt to users, and the runtime prompt values are taken
from the Page/Point of View members.
This is not the case when business rules associated with composite forms are launched on
save or from the left-hand pane or when business rules are launched from the Tools, then
Business Rules menu. In these cases, the Use Members on Form setting is ignored, hidden
runtime prompts get design-time values, and the last saved value takes precedence.
3. If the Use Last Value option is selected for the runtime prompt at design time, and if any of
these conditions exist:
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Then the precedence of runtime prompt values is determined by:
a. The last saved value takes precedence.
b. If a ruleset is launched, the value overridden at the ruleset level at design-time is used.
c. If a business rule is launched, the value overridden at the rule-level at design-time is
used. If it is not overridden at the rule-level, the runtime prompt value at design-time
is used.
Runtime prompts that are hidden at design time never use the last saved value. In these cases,
the Use Last Value setting is ignored.
4. The Use Members on Form and Hide Prompt options apply only to Member and Cross
Dimension runtime prompt types (Cross Dimension runtime prompt types are available
only for business rules created with Calculation Manager).
The value set at the rule or the ruleset level at design-time when the Use as Override Value
property is set participates in the Hide Prompt behavior.
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5. For Cross Dimension runtime prompts: the runtime prompt is not hidden unless all the
prompts in the runtime prompt can be pre-filled from the Override Value or Page/Point of
View. The runtime prompt is displayed with some values pre-filled from the Override
Value or Page/Point of View and others filled according to Principles 1, 2 and 3.
This table describes the result on runtime prompts of these settings and conditions:
Table 51
How Member Availability and Other Settings Affect Runtime Prompts
Availability of Override
Value and member on the
Page/Point of View
Use Members
on Form
option is
selected
Hide Runtime
Prompt property is
set during runtime
prompt design
Hide Prompt
option is selected
for the form
Result on Runtime Prompt
Use as Override Value is
set and Override Value is
available or the member is
available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
Yes
Yes
Yes or No
The business rule runs without displaying the
runtime prompt to users. Instead, the runtime
prompt value is taken from the Override
Value or Page/Point of View member.
Use as Override Value is
set and Override Value is
available or the member is
available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
Yes
No
Yes
If all runtime prompts can be pre-filled from
the Override Value or Page/Point of View
context and are valid and within limits, the
runtime prompts are not displayed. However,
if even one runtime prompt value cannot be
pre-filled from the Override Value or Page/
Point of View context, then all runtime
prompts display, with values pre-filled
wherever possible. All others follow Principles
1 and 3.
Use as Override Value is
set and Override Value is
available or the member is
available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
Yes
No
No
The runtime prompt is displayed to users,
with values pre-filled from the Override
Value or Page/Point of View.
Use as Override Value is
not set and the member is
not available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
Yes
Yes
Yes or No
The business rule displays the runtime
prompt to users, with values pre-filled
according to Principle 3.
Use as Override Value is
not set and the member is
not available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
Yes
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Setting is ignored
Setting is ignored
For example, the form context cannot be
passed because the dimension of the
runtime prompt is on rows or columns, so the
Hide Prompt setting is ignored and the
runtime prompt displayed.
No
Yes
The runtime prompt is displayed to users,
with values pre-filled according to Principle
3.
Availability of Override
Value and member on the
Page/Point of View
Use Members
on Form
option is
selected
Hide Runtime
Prompt property is
set during runtime
prompt design
Hide Prompt
option is selected
for the form
Result on Runtime Prompt
Use as Override Value is
set and Override Value is
available, and the member
is not available on the
Page/Point of View to use
as the runtime prompt
value.
Yes
No
No
If all runtime prompts can be pre-filled from
the Overide Value and are valid and within
limits, the runtime prompts are not
displayed. However, if even one runtime
prompt value cannot be pre-filled from the
Overide Value, then all runtime prompts
display, with values pre-filled wherever
possible. All others follow Principles 1 and
3.
Use as Override Value is
not set and the member is
not available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
Yes
No
No
The runtime prompt is displayed to users,
with values pre-filled according to Principle
3.
Use as Override Value is
set and Override Value is
available, and the member
is not available on the
Page/Point of View to use
as the runtime prompt
value.
Yes
No
No
The runtime prompt is displayed to users,
with values pre-filled according to Principles
1 and 3.
Use as Override Value is
set and Override Value is
available or the member is
available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
No
Yes
Not available
The business rule runs without displaying the
runtime prompt to users. Instead, the designtime values are used.
Use as Override Value is
set and Override Value is
available or the member is
available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
No
No
Not available
The runtime prompt is displayed to users,
with values pre-filled according to Principle
3.
Use as Override Value is
not set and the member is
not available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
No
Yes
Not available
The business rule runs without displaying the
runtime prompt to users. Instead, the designtime values are used.
Use as Override Value is
not set and the member is
not available on the Page/
Point of View to use as the
runtime prompt value.
No
No
Not available
The runtime prompt is displayed to users,
with values pre-filled according to Principle
3.
When hidden runtime prompt values are ambiguous, note:
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If the form context cannot be passed in (because the dimension is on the row or column,
for example), hidden runtime prompts are displayed.
With hidden Cross Dimension runtime prompt types, if all prompts cannot be passed in
from the Override Value or context, the runtime prompt displays with values pre-filled from
Override Value or context values and design time values. For example, if the Cross Dimension
has runtime prompts for Period, Entity, and Scenario, and Entity is defined on the row and
Scenario has an Override Value set, then the runtime prompt displays with the Override
Scenario, then design time value for Entity, then Page Period.
If the Override Value is present, or context can be passed in for the runtime prompt value
but it is out of limits, then the runtime prompt is displayed with the context value pre-filled.
If there is more than one runtime prompt of type Member or type Cross Dimension
combined, then the runtime prompts are displayed with the Override Value or context values
pre-filled. For example, if there is a member type runtime prompt for the Entity dimension
and a Cross Dimension type runtime prompt with one prompt for the Entity dimension,
then both runtime prompts are displayed. This rule does not apply to Calculation Manager
rulesets.
When launched from the Tools, then Business Rules menu, runtime prompts are hidden and
the design-time value (overridden at the rule or ruleset level) is used to launch the business
rule. If the provided design-time value is out of limits, then the runtime prompt is displayed
with the design-time value pre-filled.
Runtime variables that are hidden during design never use the last saved value. The Use Last
Value property is ignored, and the values are not saved to the database.
About Runtime Prompts and Approvals Security
Administrators can design runtime prompts to honor Approvals security for members. Doing
so prevents planners from changing data in planning units to which they do not have access,
according to Approvals rules. For example, the administrator may not want planners to change
data after they have promoted the related planning unit. In Calculation Manager, administrators
can set runtime Security for a member or members:
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If both conditions are not met, the user cannot change the members' data.
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in Planning) can change its data. The members' Approvals status is ignored.
Read: Users launching the business rule have read access to the members (as assigned in
Planning). Approvals status is ignored.
Use Default: Security is applied to the runtime prompt only if member access is not set to
None (that is, either read or write).
When business rules are migrated from an earlier release, they assume this setting.
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See “Designing Secure Runtime Prompts” on page 193.
Designing Secure Runtime Prompts
Planning supports runtime security on Scenario, Version, Entity, and secondary dimension
intersections by relying on the order in which runtime prompts are designed. For the business
rule to apply Approvals security, the Calculation Manager designer must place runtime prompts
for Scenario and Version with Write or Approvals security before the Entity runtime prompt.
Runtime prompts for Version and Scenario members are filtered by write access when
Security in Calculation Manager is set to either Approvals or Write. Runtime prompts for Entities
with the Security set to Approvals are filtered according to the last Scenario/Version that is
displayed before the Entity runtime prompt. If either the Scenario or Version runtime prompt
does not exist, Entities are filtered by write access.
Runtime prompts for other dimensions with Security set to Approvals are considered to be
secondary dimensions and are filtered according to the last Scenario/Version/Entity that displays
before that runtime prompt.
So, for runtime prompts using Approvals security defined in this order:
Scenario1: Version2: To_Entity1, Scenario2: Version1, To_Entity2, To_Product
Runtime prompts are filtered as follows:
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To_Product is filtered by the combination: Scenario2, Version1, To_Entity2, To_Product
For example:
Fix (FY11, Jan,{EntitySalesByCountry},{MyScenario2},{MyVersion2})
Fix ({MyProduct},{MyCountry})
{ToAccount} = {FromAccount} * 2;
ENDFIX
Endfix
Note: If the business rule designer omits a planning unit dimension from the list of runtime
prompts (for example, the runtime prompt does not include a Scenario or Entity), then
Approvals security is not applied and the hierarchy is filtered by write access.
See “About Runtime Prompts and Approvals Security” on page 192.
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Launching Business Rules With a Utility
Using the CalcMgrCmdLineLauncher.cmd utility, administrators can launch—from the
Command Prompt—business rules or rulesets created with Calculation Manager.
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rule or ruleset.
You cannot launch cross-application rulesets with this utility.
If the launched business rule has a runtime prompt, before running
CalcMgrCmdLineLauncher.cmd, create a file containing the runtime prompt values. You
can either manually create an ASCII file that contains the runtime prompt values, or you
can automatically generate the values file by selecting the Create Runtime Prompt Values
File option on the Runtime Prompts page.
If the launched ruleset has a runtime prompt, default launch values are used, and you do
not specify a runtime prompt values file.
ä To launch a business rule or ruleset with CalcMgrCmdLineLauncher.cmd:
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runtime prompt values by either:
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Runtime Prompts page (see the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide).
Creating a runtime prompt ASCII file that contains, on separate lines, each runtime
prompt name and its value, separated by a double colon (::). For example:
CopyDataFrom::Jan
CopyDataTo::Apr
This file specifies that the value for the runtime prompt named CopyDataFrom is Jan,
and that the value for the runtime prompt named CopyDataTo is Apr.
Save the file in the planning1 directory (for the full path to planning1, see “About
EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56). Alternately, when executing the utility, specify the
full path to the runtime prompt file.
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From the planning1 directory, enter this command at the Command Prompt, one space, and the
parameters, each separated by a space:
CalcMgrCmdLineLauncher.cmd [-f:passwordFile] /A:appname /U:username /
D:database [/R:business rule name | /S:business ruleset name] /F:runtime
prompts file [/validate]
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CalcMgrCmdLineLauncher Parameters
Parameter
Purpose
Required?
[-f:passwordFile]
If an encrypted password file is set up, you can use this option as the
first parameter in the command line to run the utility with the full file
path and name specified in passwordFile. See “Suppressing
Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55.
No
/A:appname
Specify the Planning
Yes
application from which the business rule is launched
/U:username
Specify the administrator's user name
Yes
/D:database
Specify the name of the plan type against which the calculation is
launched
Yes
[/R:business rule
name |/S:business
ruleset name]
Specify the name of the business rule or ruleset to be launched
Yes. Specify either a
business rule or a ruleset,
but not both.
/F:runtime prompts
file
Specify the name of the file containing business rule's runtime prompt
names and values
Yes, when launching a
business rule having a
runtime prompt. When
launching a ruleset, default
launch values are used. If
you specify a runtime
prompts file when
launching a ruleset, the
runtime prompts file is
ignored.
[/validate]
Checks the command syntax only; does not launch the business rule
or ruleset. Any errors are displayed on the console and written to the
Calculation Manager log file. If the CalcMgrLog4j.properties
file is in the Classpath, the log file is generated in the EPM_ORACLE_
INSTANCE/diagnostics/logs/planning directory.
No
Each rule in a ruleset is validated.
/?
Print the syntax and options for CalcMgrCmdLineLauncher.cmd
No
For example to launch the rule named Depreciate, using runtime prompt values in a file
called Values.txt, enter:
CalcMgrCmdLineLauncher.cmd /A:planapp /U:admin /D:plan1 /
R:Depreciate /F:Values.xml
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If prompted, enter your password.
Customizing Error Messages
Administrators can use the Essbase @RETURN function to customize displayed messages when a
business rule calculation is terminated. For example, customize a business rule to display: “You
must specify a maximum value before this calculation can successfully execute.”
The business rule syntax:
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user, the Job Console, and the application log as an error type message.
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You can use the IF...ELSEIF calculation command block to specify logical error
conditions, and use the @RETURN function to exit the calculation with customized error
messages and levels.
You can also use the following syntax to display error message labels defined in the
HspCustomMsgs localized resource file:
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@RETURN(@HspMessage("MESSAGE_LABEL_NAME"), ERROR)
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With parameters:
@RETURN(@HspMessage(@NAME("MESSAGE_LABEL_NAME", "PARAM_NAME1", "PARAM_VALUE1",
"PARAM_NAME2", "PARAM_VALUE")0, ERROR)
For instructions on customizing the HspCustomMsgs file, see “Customizing Text, Color,
and Images” on page 388.
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For more information on the @RETURN function, see the Oracle Essbase Technical Reference.
Working with User Variables
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Managing User Variables
Creating User Variables
Deleting User Variables
About User Variables
User variables act as filters in forms, enabling planners to focus only on certain members, such
as a department. Before you can associate a user variable with a form, you must create the user
variable. When you create forms with user variables, planners must first select values in
preferences for the variable before opening forms. After that, planners can change the variable
on the form only if it is a dynamic user variables. Otherwise, they must continue to set the variable
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in preferences. For example, if you create a user variable called Division, planners must select a
division before working in the form.
The first time planners select a variable for a form, they do so in preferences. After that, they can
update the variable in preferences or in the form. For information about selecting user variables
as members, see “About Selecting User Variables as Members” on page 213.
Managing User Variables
You can set user variables to limit the number of members displayed on a form, helping users
focus on certain members. For example, if you create a user variable called Division for the Entity
dimension, users can select a member for their own division. You can create any number of user
variables for each dimension, and select user variables for any axis in the form. See “Defining
Simple Form Page and Point of View” on page 174.
The typical sequence of steps:
1. If necessary, create the appropriate parent-level members in the dimension outline.
2. Define user variables for each dimension you want users to be able to filter.
See “Creating User Variables” on page 197.
3. When designing the form, associate the user variable with the form.
See “About Selecting User Variables as Members” on page 213.
4. Instruct users to select a member for the user variable associated with the form.
Before users can open forms that have user variables, they must select a member for User
Variable Options in preferences. After selecting an initial value, they can change it in the
form or in preferences. See Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
Creating User Variables
ä To create user variables:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Variables.
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Select the User Variables tab.
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Click Actions, then select Add.
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In the User Variables window, for Dimension Name, select the dimension for which to create a user
variable.
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For User Variable Name, enter the name of the user variable.
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Optional: Select Use Context to allow user variables to be used in the Point of View. With this setting,
the value of the user variable changes dynamically based on the context of the form.
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Click OK.
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You can now associate the user variable with a form. See “About Selecting User Variables
as Members” on page 213. After that, planners can select members for the user variable. See
Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
Deleting User Variables
ä To delete user variables:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Variables.
2
Select the User Variables tab.
3
Select the user variable to delete.
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Click Actions, then select Delete.
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Click Yes.
Working with Substitution Variables
About Substitution Variables
Substitution variables act as global placeholders for information that changes regularly. For
example, you could set the current month member to the substitution variable CurMnth so that
when the month changes, you need not update the month value manually in the form or the
report script. You create and assign values to substitution variables within Planning. These
substitution variables are then available in Planning when you select members for a form.
You can also create and assign values to substitution variables using Administration Services
Console or ESSCMD.
For more information about selecting substitution variables, see “About Selecting Substitution
Variables as Members” on page 212.
Creating and Assigning Values to Substitution Variables
Using Planning
ä To create and assign values to substitution variables using Planning:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Variables.
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Select the Substitution Variables tab.
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Click Actions, then select Add.
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On the Add Substitution Variable page, select the Plan Type.
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For Name, enter the name of the substitution variable.
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For Value, enter a value for the substitution variable.
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Click OK.
Deleting Substitution Variables Using Planning
ä To delete substitution variables using Planning:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Variables.
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Select the Substitution Variables tab.
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Select the substitution variable to delete.
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Click Actions, then select Delete.
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Click Yes.
Importing Form Definitions
Use the ImportFormDefinition utility to import a form definition, but not data, from a textbased file into a Planning form. You can import rows, columns, or both. Planning imports only
rows or columns that contain data. You must run the utility on a Windows system.
To import form definitions:
1. Prepare the form for importing.
See “Preparing Forms” on page 199.
2. Prepare the data file.
See “Preparing Data Files” on page 200.
3. Run the utility.
See “Importing Form Definitions” on page 200 and “ImportFormDefinition Examples” on
page 201.
Preparing Forms
Before importing rows and columns for form definitions, create the form by setting up
dimensions on the row, column, page and Point of View, depending on your requirements.
Typically you define column layout when defining forms and use ImportFormDefinition to
import only rows. The resulting form looks like the form definition.
The rows imported from the data file are based on members specified on the form and import
options, determining which data is imported. See “ImportFormDefinition Examples” on page
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Preparing Data Files
ImportFormDefinition imports data from a text-based file in Essbase Column Export
Format. You can generate the file directly, or, if you have a method for loading data into Essbase,
you can load the data and generate the file.
To create an Essbase Column Export Format file using Essbase, use Administration Services
Console, and select Database, then Export. Specify the Server File Name and select Export in
Column Format. (Oracle recommends that you also select Level 0 Data.) You need not modify
the file after exporting it from Essbase.
If you generate the file yourself:
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one dimension.
Each line after the first line must include a member from every dimension other than the
one representing the column, followed by data.
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The layout of the form, not the format of the data file, determines how the resulting form displays.
You can use the same data file to load different forms.
Importing Form Definitions
The ImportFormDefinition utility is in the planning1 directory. For the full path to
planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
ä To launch ImportFormDefinition:
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From the planning1 directory, enter the command using this syntax:
ImportFormDefinition [-f:passwordFile] /A:appname /U:username /
F:formname /D:filename [/AR] [/AC] [/SR] [/SC] [/KC] [/KR]
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ImportFormDefinition Utility Parameters
Setting
Purpose
Required?
[-f:passwordFile]
If an encrypted password file is set up, you can use this option as the first parameter in the
command line to run the utility with the full file path and name specified in
passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55.
No
/A
Application name.
Yes
/U
Administrator user name.
Yes
/F
Form name.
Yes
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Setting
Purpose
Required?
/D
Name and location of the Essbase Column Export Format data file. The location can be the
full path and file name, or any format required for the operating system to find the file.
Yes
/AR
Add rows from the data file (on by default). Disable by specifying /-AR. For example, you
can define rows in Planning and import only column definitions.
No
/AC
Add columns from the data file (on by default). Disable by specifying /-AC.
No
/KC
Keep member selections for columns in the form (on by default). Clear columns by
specifying /-KC. Forms must have at least one column definition. If you clear columns but
do not add them, the form is not saved, and an error displays.
No
/KR
Keep member selections for rows in the form (on by default). Clear member selections in
rows by specifying /-KR. Forms must have at least one row definition. If you clear rows but
do not add them, the form is not saved, and an error displays.
No
/SR
Sort rows in the form (on by default). Disable by specifying /-SR.
No
/SC
Sort columns in the form (on by default). Disable by specifying /-SC.
No
If prompted, enter your password.
For example:
ImportFormDefinition /A:MyPlan /U:Admin /F: "My Budget" /
D:exportfilename /AR /-AC
Creating the form can take some time, depending on the amount of data in the file.
ImportFormDefinition imports the definition to the Planning form, ensuring that all cells
having data in the data file are represented on the form. For cells in the data file that contain
“#MISSING,” rows or columns are not added to the form.
Notes:
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by rows or columns defined on the form.
If you run ImportFormDefinition more than once, it merges new results with the existing
form definition, and, if you also specify sorting, sorts new and existing rows or columns by
dimension order.
ImportFormDefinition Examples
Define members on each axis of the form appropriately and define import options correctly
because this affects which data is imported.
To import only rows that contain data for the specified columns:
1. In Planning, specify the form columns (for example, Descendants Inclusive of YearTotal).
2. For the dimension for which to import members to the row, add the dimension root to the
form design.
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For example, to load accounts on the row, place the Account dimension root on the form's
row.
3. When you run ImportFormDefinition, use these options: /AR /-AC
Accounts are loaded from the data file if members from each dimension making up a cell match
members on the form columns, pages, and Point of View. The added rows are filtered by
members on the page. For example, if you place some members on the page, only accounts that
contain data for those members are added to the form. Rows are filtered by the members on the
Point of View. If the data file contains data for the salary account for 2008, but only 2009 is on
the Point of View, the salary account is not added to the row although it exists in the data file.
Planning Offline Considerations
Subtopics
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Offline Form Considerations
Offline User Considerations
Business Rule Considerations for Offline Calculations
About Offline Planning
Offline Planning allows users to take forms offline and work while disconnected from the server.
Note these important considerations.
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Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Guide.
For information about using the Install Smart View menu item available from the Tools
menu, see the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Workspace User's
Guide.
Offline Form Considerations
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To ensure that values calculated offline are correct, all necessary dependencies pertinent to
forms taken offline must be available offline. All members, forms, member formulas,
business rules, and dynamic calculations on which a form depends for accurate results offline
must also be taken offline.
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Offline User Considerations
Considerations for users working on offline forms:
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Although offline users can select Sync Back To Server, offline users must have write
permission for a cell to save the changed cell value to the server.
If a form member is deleted on the server while a user is working with that form and member
offline, the offline user's changes to that member are not saved to the server when Sync Back
To Server is selected.
If more than one user modifies the same data, the last values synchronized back are saved.
To prevent data loss or miscalculations, use planning units and approvals on the server to
control data access.
Offline users can enter data in multiple currencies just as online users can. However,
currency conversion is currently not supported when working offline. When users change
currencies offline, values are not recalculated and displayed in the new currency.
Leave the form property Enable Offline Usage set when a form is used offline, which allows
users to save data changed offline back to the server.
Use planning units to prevent two users from working with a form simultaneously. An offline
user can lose access to members taken offline if an online user working with the same form
clears the values in a row or column that has Suppress Missing Data set.
Smart View does not currently support hidden forms; they are not downloaded when users
take forms offline that are associated with hidden forms.
Smart View does not currently support composite forms; they are not listed when users
select forms to take offline.
Business Rule Considerations for Offline Calculations
Considerations for running business rules offline:
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to data or objects stored on the server.
Runtime prompts are not supported for business rules with the Run on Load property set.
Business rules set to Run on Save that require user input for a runtime prompt are not
supported when synchronizing back to the server.
The Run on Load and Run on Save options can use only business rules and dependent data
available offline.
How Cell Formatting in Smart View Persists in Planning
Forms
With the caveats described in this section, the cell formatting that you apply in Smart View is
applied to the same cells in Planning forms.
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controls whether cell formatting that administrators set in Smart View merge with the cell
formatting that non-administrators set in Smart View. See “Controlling Smart View Cell
Formatting in Planning Forms” on page 48.
Formatting rules depend on whether the cell formatter is an administrator or a nonadministrator:
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other administrators. Their formatting is additive. When an administrator applies
different formatting to the same cells, the latest changes are displayed in the Planning
form. If an administrator clears the cell formatting in Smart View, all formatting settings
that non-administrators have saved are also cleared.
Non-administrators: When users format cells and save the formatting in Smart View,
they see their formatting applied in Planning forms. If users do not save formatting in
Smart View, they see the administrators’ formatting in Planning forms. Note that
because of security and other filtering options, the displayed formatting may not exactly
match the administrators’ saved formatting. Users can either modify the administrators'
formatting and save it as their own formatting settings, or clear their own formatting
settings, reverting to the administrators' formatting settings.
ä To select the formatting for a form:
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In the form, right-click, and then select Apply.
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Select:
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For more information:
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On which Excel formatting features are supported in Smart View and Planning, see “About
Smart View Formatting in Planning Forms” in the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
On saving Excel formatting, see the Oracle Smart View for Office User's Guide.
Using the Member Selector
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In This Chapter
About Working With Members .......................................................................... 205
Selecting Members ...................................................................................... 205
Using Wildcards in Searches............................................................................ 208
About Selecting Attribute Values as Members ........................................................ 209
About Selecting Members for Forms ................................................................... 211
About Selecting Substitution Variables as Members ................................................. 212
About Selecting User Variables as Members .......................................................... 213
About Working With Members
Use the Member Selection dialog box to select members and other information for use with
features such as forms and business rule runtime prompts. If variables and attributes are defined,
you can also select variables and attributes. You can display and select members by member
name, alias, or both. The display options that you define for the Member Selection dialog box
override those defined as an application default by an Administrator, and those specified as an
application preference.
Selecting Members
Use the Member Selection dialog box to select members and other information for Planning
features. For example, you can select members for form management, business rule runtime
prompts, and Clear Cell Details. If variables and attributes are defined, you can also select
variables and attributes. You can select members by member name, alias, or both, depending
on the setting for the member in the dimension editor for the current application and member
selection options set by users.
ä To select members:
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From the members list, select members.
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Optional: Select or enter search criteria.
a. In the Search box, select one or more options: Member Name, Member Alias,
Description, or UDA.
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You can also enter all or part of a member name, alias, description, or UDA. Searches
include shared members. To search for an exact match, select Exact and enter the search
string. The search is not case-sensitive. You can search for a word, multiple words, or
wildcard characters. See “Using Wildcards in Searches” on page 208.
b. Click
.
c. Optional: To go to the next or previous item, click
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.
Optional: To set how information displays or filter members in the left pane of the Member Selection
dialog box for the current session, click one of the following icons above the members list. You can
select multiple filters, such as functions and generations.
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Collapse all members
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Expand all members
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Display Properties. Select Member Name, Alias, Member Name: Alias, or Alias: Member
Name. Or, select Additional Display Properties, then Description or Count. The selected
options are displayed in columns in the left and right panes. To remove columns, clear
the selections.
Keep only by Functions. Select Member, Descendants, Descendents (inc), Ancestors,
Ancestors (inc), Siblings, Siblings (inc), Parents, Parents (inc), Children, Children (inc), or
Level 0 Descendants.
Keep only by Attributes. If attributes are defined, select options for Attributes,
Operator, and Value, and then click OK. Multiple attributes can be selected.
Keep only by levels or generations. Select Level or Generation, select the levels or
generations to display, and then click OK.
Refresh the display to remove filters.
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From the members list, make a selection.
Only members to which you have access are displayed.
Notes:
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For runtime prompts only: The displayed hierarchy is for the application and plan type
against which the business rule is launched. For runtime prompts, members are
displayed that satisfy runtime prompt limits.
For business rules or validation rules having Cross Dimension or Member Range
runtime prompts only: From the Select Dimension list, select a dimension that the
business rule designer set for this runtime prompt.
For shared members only: Shared members are displayed in this format:
shared_member.parent_member(shared). When they are selected on the right side
of the dialog box, only the shared member name is displayed.
Optional: Click
or
to collapse or expand the hierarchy.
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Move members to or from the Selected Members list:
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to add selected members.
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to remove selected members.
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to remove all members.
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to add all members.
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in the middle of the dialog box to select a range of members based on hierarchy
relationships.
Table 54
Member Relationships
Relationship
Members Included
Member
The selected member
Descendants
All descendants of the selected member, excluding the selected member
Descendants (inc)
The selected member and its descendants
Ancestors
All members above the selected member, excluding the selected member
Ancestors (inc)
The selected member and its ancestors
Siblings
All members from the same level in the hierarchy as the selected member, excluding the selected member
Siblings (inc)
The selected member and its siblings
Parents
The member in the level above the selected member
Parents (inc)
The selected member and its parent
Children
All members in the level immediately below the selected member
Children (inc)
The selected member and its children
Level 0 Descendants
All descendants of the selected member that have no children
Optional: Click the Function Selector icon
on the right side of the dialog box to
insert functions for the members selected in the right pane.
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If variables or attributes are defined, click the Variables tab to select members for user variables,
substitution variables, and attributes. Members of each category are displayed as children. Only
members to which the user has read access are displayed in forms.
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Members” on page 213.
Substitution Variables: Select members as described in “About Selecting Substitution
Variables as Members” on page 212. The selection depends on the preference setting
for Enable the Display of Substitution Variables, described in “Specifying System Settings”
on page 281.
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Attributes: Select attributes based on the values described in the following table. Selecting
a non-level 0 attribute selects all level 0 descendants and applies the operator to each,
as described in “About Selecting Attribute Values as Members” on page 209.
Optional: To select functions that apply to custom attributes, click
dimension, select an option from the Dimension drop-down list.
Table 55
. To filter by
Attribute Value Selection
Operator
Attribute Values Included
Equal
Equal to the selected attribute
NotEqual
Not equal to the selected attribute
Greater
Greater than the selected attribute
GreaterOrEqual
Greater than or equal to the selected attribute
Less
Less than the selected attribute
LessOrEqual
Less than or equal to the selected attribute
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Be sure the member selection options are appropriate for the context from which you invoked the member
selector dialog box.
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Click OK.
Using Wildcards in Searches
You can use these wildcard characters to search for members.
Table 56
Wildcard Characters
Wildcard
Description
?
Match any single character
*
Match zero or multiple characters. For example, enter “sale*” to find “Sales” and “Sale” because * includes zero or more
characters after the word “sale.”
The default search uses the * wildcard. For example, entering “cash” searches for “*cash*” and returns “Restricted Cash”,
“Cash Equivalents”, “Cash”, and “Noncash Expenses” because the word “cash” appears within each matched item.
#
Match any single number (0-9)
[list]
Match any single character within a specified list of characters. You can list specific characters to use as wildcard. For example,
enter [plan] to use all the letters within the brackets as a single wildcard character. You can use the “-” character to specify
a range, such as [A-Z] or [!0-9]. To use the “-” character as part of the list, enter it at the beginning of the list. For example,
[[email protected]&] uses the characters within the brackets as wildcard characters.
[!list]
Match any single character not found within a specified list of characters. The “-” character can also be used to indicate a
range, such as [!A-Z] or [!0-9].
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About Selecting Attribute Values as Members
If attribute members are defined, you can select attribute values on the Member Selection page.
For attribute members, selecting a non-level 0 attribute selects all level 0 descendants and applies
the operator to each. For attributes of type numeric, date, and Boolean (where false = 0 and true
= 1), evaluation is based on the minimum and maximum values. For text attributes, evaluation
is based on the position from top to bottom in the hierarchy. The top position has the lowest
value, and the bottom position has the highest value.
Example: Numeric attribute
In this example, the selected operator is applied to each level 0 descendant, based on the numeric
value. For example, selecting NotEqual and Small in the Member Selection page includes all
values not equal to 1 and not equal to 2, so the selection includes 3, 4, 5, and 6. Selecting Greater
and Small includes all values greater than 1 or greater than 2, so the selection includes 2, 3, 4, 5,
and 6.
Size
Small
1
2
Medium
3
4
Large
5
6
Table 57
Example: Numeric Attribute Evaluation
Selected Operator
Selected
Attribute Value
Result
Explanation
Equal
Large
5, 6
The Equal operator is applied to all level 0 descendants of Large, which includes
5 and 6.
Less
Medium
1, 2, 3
The Less operator is applied to all level 0 descendants of Medium. This includes
values < 3 OR < 4, which results in 1, 2, and 3.
Greater
Medium
4, 5, 6
The Greater operator is applied to all level 0 descendants of Medium. This includes
values > 3 OR > 4, which results in 4, 5, and 6.
GreaterOrEqual
Medium
3, 4, 5, 6
The GreaterOrEqual operator is applied to all level 0 descendants of Medium. This
includes values >=3 OR >= 4, which results in 3, 4, 5, and 6.
LessOrEqual
Medium
1, 2, 3, 4
The LessOrEqual operator is applied to all level 0 descendants of Medium. This
includes values <=3 OR <=4, which results in 1, 2, 3, and 4.
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Selected Operator
Selected
Attribute Value
Result
Explanation
NotEqual
Medium
1, 2, 5, 6
The NotEqual operator is applied to all level 0 descendants of Medium. This
includes values not equal to 3 AND not equal to 4, which results in 1, 2, 5, and
6.
Example: Text attribute
For text attributes, the selected operator is applied to each level 0 descendant based on its position
in the hierarchy, from top (lowest value) to bottom (highest value).
In this example, Envelope is at the top position and has the lowest value. Packet has the next
higher value, followed by Box, Carton, Barrel and Crate. Crate is at the bottom position and has
the highest value.
For this text attribute, selecting Less and Small includes values that are less than Envelope or less
than Packet. Because Envelope is less than Packet, the resulting selection includes only Envelope.
Likewise, selecting Greater and Large includes values that are greater than Barrel or greater than
Crate, so the resulting selection includes only Crate.
Containers
Small
Envelope
Packet
Medium
Box
Carton
Large
Barrel
Crate
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Example: Text Attribute Evaluation
Selected Operator
Selected Attribute Value
Result
Explanation
Equal
Medium
Box, Carton
The Equal operator is applied to all level 0
descendants of Medium, which includes Box and
Carton.
NotEqual
Medium
Envelope, Packet, Barrel, Crate
The NotEqual operator is applied to all level 0
descendants of Medium. This includes values not
equal to Box AND not equal to Carton, which results
in Envelope, Packet, Barrel, and Crate.
Less
Medium
Box, Packet, Envelope
The Less operator is applied to all level 0
descendants of Medium. This includes everything at
a lower position than Carton OR a lower position than
Box, which results in Box, Packet, and Envelope.
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Selected Operator
Selected Attribute Value
Result
Explanation
LessOrEqual
Medium
Envelope, Packet, Box, Carton
The LessOrEqual operator is applied to all level 0
descendants of Medium. This includes everything at
the same position as Carton OR at a lower position
than Carton, which results in Envelope, Packet, Box,
and Carton.
About Selecting Members for Forms
When selecting members for forms:
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refresh the plan, see “Assigning Access to Members and Business Rules” on page 60.
The order of members in the Selected Members list determines the order on forms. To change
the order, select a member and click the Up or Down Arrow above the selected members
list.
Note: If you select members individually and select their parent first, the parent displays in
the form at the top of its member hierarchy. (Note that depending on the number of
hierarchy levels, calculating totals for the parent of individually selected members
could take several passes, slowing calculations). The parent of members selected by
relationship, for example, by I(Descendants), displays at the bottom of the hierarchy.
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dialog box by clicking the member selection icon, or by right-clicking a row or column and
selecting Select Members.
To select different sets of members across the same dimension, see “Creating Asymmetric
Rows and Columns” on page 173.
For forms with multiple dimensions in a row or column, you can set member selection
options for a dimension by selecting that dimension from the Dimensions drop-down list
that is displayed in the Member Selection dialog box for multiple dimensions in a row or
column.
If you click the member selection icon, an option is displayed for Place Selection in Separate
Rows or Place Selection in Separate Columns. This adds the selection to the rows or columns
after the last existing row or column on the form. For example, for a form that contains
members Acct1, Acct2, and Acct3 in Column A, if you select these members with Place
Selection in Separate Columns selected, Acct1 is selected for column A, Acct2 for column B,
and Acct3 for column C. If you select the members without this option, all of the members
are selected for column A.
This feature is available for single members only, not for members selected with functions,
such as Children (inc). For example, if you select Q/IChildren for Column A and select Place
Selection in Separate Columns, the form layout is not changed.
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members in the Member Selection dialog box are displayed based on user-defined settings.
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Members displayed on the Layout tab do not inherit the display settings defined in Member
Selection dialog box. Instead, they are displayed using the member name.
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Columns” on page 173.
To set display, functionality, and printing options, see “Setting Other Options” on page
171.
To set up reports that include forms or form definitions, see “Customizing Reports” on page
379.
About Selecting Substitution Variables as Members
Substitution variables act as global placeholders for information that changes regularly.
Substitution variables are especially useful for developing and reporting on rolling forecasts.
When you select substitution variables as members on the form, their values are based on
dynamically generated information. For example, you could set the current month member to
the substitution variable CurMnth so that when the month changes, you need not update the
month value manually in the form or the report script.
Each variable has an assigned value that can be changed centrally on the Essbase server.
Notes:
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variables with values assigned to them.
By default, each substitution variable is retrieved and cached from the Essbase server every
five minutes (or 300 seconds). You can change the retrieval interval by adding the
SUBST_VAR_CACHE_LIFETIME application property and setting its value in seconds.
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variables are then available in Planning when you select members for a form. For instructions
on creating and assigning values to substitution variables using Planning, see “Working with
Substitution Variables” on page 198.
You can also create and assign values to substitution variables using Oracle Essbase
Administration Services Console or ESSCMD.
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Substitution variables must be appropriate for the context in forms. For example, you could
select a substitution variable named CurrQtr with a value of Qtr2 as a member of the Time
Period dimension. It is not valid to select a substitution variable named CurrYr for the Year
dimension if its value is Feb. You can set substitution variables at the application or database
level.
You can also set substitution variables at the Essbase server level.
The same substitution variable can exist on multiple levels; Planning uses the first one it
finds as it searches in this order:
1. Database
2. Application
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business rules, and their values match a member set in the runtime prompt for a business
rule.
Planning checks the validity of substitution variables when they are used (for example, when
the form is opened). It does not check when you design forms, so you should test substitution
variables by saving and opening forms.
For information on errors generated when substitution variables are calculated, you can
check several logs. See the Essbase server log for information on attempts to use a substitution
variable that is no longer contained in Essbase. See the Planning log for information on
substitution variables that are not valid in the form. For information about logs, see the
Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration
Troubleshooting Guide.
ä To specify substitution variables in forms:
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Create the form (see “Creating Simple Forms” on page 164).
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On Member Selection, select substitution variables the same way you select members, using the right,
left, and double arrows to move substitution variables to and from Selected Members.
When selected, a substitution variable is preceded by an ampersand (&). For example:
&CurrentScenario
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About Selecting User Variables as Members
User variables act as filters in forms, enabling planners to focus only on certain members, such
as a department. Before you can associate a user variable with a form, you must create the user
variable. See “Managing User Variables” on page 197.
When you create forms with user variables, planners must select values for the variable before
opening forms. For example, if you create a user variable called Division, planners must select
a division before working in the form. The first time planners select a variable for a form, they
do so in preferences. After that, they can update the variable in preferences or in the form.
ä To select user variables for forms:
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Create the form (see “Creating Simple Forms” on page 164).
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On Member Selection, select user variables the same way you select members, using the arrows to
move substitution variables to and from Selected Members.
User variables are displayed for the current dimension. For example, user variables for the
Entity dimension might display as follows:
Division = [User Variable]
When selected, a user variable is preceded by an ampersand. For example:
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Managing Data Validation
In This Chapter
Creating and Updating Data Validation Rules......................................................... 215
Formatting Cells and Setting the Promotional Path................................................... 218
Viewing Data Validation Rules .......................................................................... 219
Order of Evaluation and Execution for Data Validation Rules........................................ 219
Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder............................................................. 220
Data Validation Conditional Operators................................................................. 231
Data Validation Rule Scenarios......................................................................... 233
Creating and Updating Data Validation Rules
To implement business policies and practices, you can build data validation rules that are
checked when conditions are met in forms. Validation messages can be generated if entered data
violates validation rules. You can also build limits on submitted planning unit data using
validation rules, and designate a reviewer, owner, or notifier to review data that meets some
condition.
For example, data validation can ensure that a department’s capital expenses adhere to company
policies by preventing planners from submitting budgets that contain capital expenditures that
fall outside the company’s guidelines. Sample scenarios that can be addressed using data
validation rules are described in “Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233.
Defining data validation rules involves these main tasks:
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Identifying the data cells or location that you want to display with validation messages or in
different colors when conditions are met.
Identifying the cells that need to participate during rule evaluation, and defining the rule
accordingly.
Creating the data validation rule at the location identified, as described in this topic.
ä To create and update validation rules:
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids. Create or edit a form, and
then click the Layout tab in the Form Management page.
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In the Layout tab, right-click the grid, row heading, column heading, or cell for which you want to add
or update the validation rule.
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Note: When you hover the cursor over cells in the Layout tab, a context menu displays if the
cell contains a validation rule. To view the validation message, select Show Data
Validation Messages. The context menu also displays when a single cell is selected.
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Select Add/Edit Validation Rules to create or update rules.
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To add a rule, click Add Rule and enter a name and description for the rule.
If necessary, move the rule to a new location by selecting an option from Location. To create
a rule similar to an existing rule, click Duplicate and then update the rule. To view rules,
click View Rule. See “Viewing Data Validation Rules” on page 219.
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Update the rule.
a. Under Condition, click and select an option to begin the condition statement: If, Else
If, Else, Then, Check Range, or Range.
The first part of a rule must include an If condition. Rules must also contain some form
of Then condition. See “Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder” on page 220.
b. From Source Type, select an option for evaluation by the rule.
The Source Type list displays the appropriate options for the Condition. For example, If
conditions can include Current Cell Value, Cell Value, Column Value, Row Value, Member
Name, Member, Cross-Dim Member, Account Type, Version Type, Var Reporting Type, UDA,
or Attribute. For detailed information about each type of condition, see “Conditions
Supported by the Rule Builder” on page 220.
c. If applicable for the selected Source Type, enter a value in Source Value by clicking
select an option, or
to
to enter a free form value.
d. Select the appropriate operator for the evaluation: =, !=, <, <=, >, >=, Equals, Not
Equals, Contains, Starts With, or Ends With, In, or Not In.
For examples, see “Data Validation Conditional Operators” on page 231.
e. Select an option for the appropriate Target Type for the rule.
f.
Update conditions by clicking an icon in the Actions area on the right side of the
condition builder:
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g. Select one or more conditions or condition blocks to update.
To update condition blocks, click an icon in the Condition area, at the top of the
condition builder:
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Add a condition block within the validation rule starting with If. You can
expand or collapse the condition. See “Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder”
on page 220.
Delete the selected condition block.
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Group the selection within a condition, and add a grouping parenthesis. In
addition to groupings that you set, the If statement in the grouping block is
grouped when a condition is grouped, and the Custom Grouping option is enabled.
Ungroup the selected conditions. The grouping parentheses are removed from
the selected condition. One grouping is removed from the condition each time
Ungroup is selected.
You can also set your own grouping for conditions by selecting Custom Grouping,
then setting up the grouping in the rule definition area.
Selected conditions are displayed as shaded. To clear selected conditions, click once
more to the left of the Condition column.
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Click the Process Cell icon
in the rightmost column to add processing instructions.
See “Formatting Cells and Setting the Promotional Path” on page 218.
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When you are ready to enable the rule to make it available in the form, select Enable Validation Rule.
Tip: While you are building a rule, you can save the rule without enabling it. After any errors
are resolved and the rule is ready to be validated and used, you can enable and save the
rule to make it available in the form. You can temporarily disable a rule by clearing
Enable Validation Rule.
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When you finish updating the rule, validate the rule.
a. Click Validate.
The validation status displays at the top of the dialog box. Any errors found for the rule
must be corrected before you can save changes. If you close the dialog box without
validating rules and fixing errors noted during validation, updates are not saved.
b. After fixing any errors noted during validation, ensure that Enable Validation Rule is
selected above the rule definition area to enable the rule for the application.
c. After the rule is validated, click OK.
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or delete rules by clicking
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To view rules at the current level or higher, click in the Manage Form page, then select
an option from the Validation Rules drop-down list.
If multiple rules are defined at the same location, you can change the order in which
rules are processed when rules have the same precedence. To move a rule up, down, or
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to the top or bottom of the list, select the rule and click ,
, , or
of Evaluation and Execution for Data Validation Rules” on page 219.
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To prevent validations associated with the form from executing when validating the
planning unit if the currently logged in user does not have access to the form, select
Validate only for users with access to this form.
10 In the Form Management page, preview and validate the form, resolve any validation errors, and then
save changes.
For forms that have data validation rules enabled, rules are validated when the form is loaded
or saved. Data validation rules are saved when the form is saved. See “Creating Simple
Forms” on page 164.
When users open the form, they can view and resolve validation messages using the Data
Validation Messages pane. See Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
Formatting Cells and Setting the Promotional Path
After a rule is set up, use the Process Cell dialog box to set how cells display in forms, and update
the promotional path based on data validations.
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In the Data Validation Rule Builder dialog box, click the Process Cell icon
in the rightmost column.
If the icon does not display for a rule, ensure that the rule is valid, and that the rule permits
cell processing instructions. For example, cell processing instructions are included for Else,
Range, and Then conditions. The icon does not display until all required columns are
selected for a rule. See “Creating and Updating Data Validation Rules” on page 215.
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In the Process Cell dialog box, set how the cell should appear in forms if the conditions defined by this
rule are fulfilled.
When the rule is enabled, it does not validate unless you specify at least one of these options:
a cell background color, a validation message, or a promotional path option.
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color, click
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To display a validation message for the cell, type the message in the Validation
Message field. Users see this text when they select Show Data Validation Messages in the
context menu that appears when you hover over the cell in the form. It also appears as
a link in the Data Validation Messages pane if data cells are flagged by the validation rules
and the Display message in the Data Validation Messages pane check box is selected. For
information on viewing and resolving data validation errors, see Oracle Hyperion
Planning User's Guide.
To update the planning unit promotional path based on the data validation rule specified
for the cell, select an Approvals option.
You can leave the option as None to specify no changes to the promotional path, if the
data cell is in a technically valid state and you are only updating the cell background
color or specifying a validation message. You can also select Update Promotional Path or
Do Not Promote (to prevent the planning unit from being promoted if the condition is
fulfilled). See “Modifying the Planning Unit Promotional Path” on page 259.
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Updates for the rule are displayed in the Process column for the rule. If you specified a cell
color, that color is displayed. You can preview a validation message by hovering the cursor
over the Process column.
Viewing Data Validation Rules
After data validation rules are set up with processing instructions, you can use the View Rule
dialog box to view all rules that apply to the selected grid, row, column, or cell.
ä To view data validation rules:
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In the Data Validation Rule Builder dialog box, click View Rule to view all the rules at this level (grid,
row, column, cell) for this location in the form.
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Order of Evaluation and Execution for Data Validation
Rules
For data validation rules in forms, the precedence for rule evaluation depends on condition
priority, location of the rule, and position of the rule in the rule list (if multiple rules exist in the
same location). First, cell-level rules are processed. Next, rules at the column level are processed,
then row level rules are processed. Finally, rules at the grid level are processed. The rules are
evaluated based on their position in the rule list within each level.
Location and position determine the order in which the rule will be processed. However, the
priority of the processing instructions determines which rule is applied to the data cell. So, if a
cell-level rule contains processing instructions with priority 4 and a grid-level rule contains
processing instructions with priority 5, the grid-level rule is applied to the data cell. If all rules
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have processing instructions with the same priority, the first processed rule wins. The priority
is based on whether the cell processing instructions specify a validation message, a color, the Do
Not Promote promotional path option, or a combination of these settings.
Table 59
Priority for Rules in Forms
Default Condition Priority
Validation Message
1 (lowest)
X
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Color
Do Not Promote
X
1
X
X
2
X
3
X
4
5 (highest)
X
X
X
X
X
X
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Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder
Subtopics
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If Condition Values
Then Condition Values
Range Condition Values
These conditions are supported by the data validation rule builder: If, Else, Else If, Then, Check
Range, and Range.
For details and examples of the values supported by these conditions, see these sections:
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If Condition Values
Subtopics
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Current Cell Value
Cell Value
Column Value
Row Value
Cross Dim Member
Member Name
Member
Account Type
Version Type
Variance Reporting Type
UDA
Attribute
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For information on other conditions, see “Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder” on page
220.
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Current Cell Value
Action:
The action is performed only when the value in the current data cell on which the rule is invoked
satisfies this condition.
Operators:
The operators available for this function are: =, !=, <, <=, >, >=, Equals, Not Equals, Contains,
Starts With, or Ends With. These operators act on the selected target value, which can be a free
form value, cell value, column value, row value, or cross-dimension member.
Condition Definition:
Condition Evaluation:
With the condition shown in the previous figure, the cells in Row 1 with member Row_Member1
will turn red when the condition is evaluated.
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Cell Value
Action:
The action is performed only when the value for the specified cell satisfies the condition.
Operators:
The operators available for this function are =, !=, <, <=, >, >=, Equals, Not Equals, Contains,
Starts With, Ends With. These operators act on the target value selected, which can be a free
form value, cell value, column value, row value, or cross-dimension member.
Condition Definition:
Condition Evaluation:
A design-time cell can expand to one or more data cells at data entry time, as shown in the
following figure. The value for the cell is the sum of values in all the expanded data cells. For
example, the value for cell A1 is the sum of the values in the cells outlined in purple
(1+2+5+6+9+10=33), and the value for cell A2 is the sum of the values in the cells outlined in
blue (13+14+17+18=62).
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Column Value
Action:
The action is performed only when the value for the specified column satisfies the condition.
Operators:
The operators available for this function are =, !=, <, <=, >, >=, Equals, Not Equals, Contains,
Starts With, or Ends With. These operators act on the target value selected, which can be a free
form value, cell value, column value, row value or cross dim member.
Condition Definition:
Condition Evaluation:
A design time column can expand to one or more data cells at data entry, as shown in the
following figure. The value for a column is the sum of the values in all the expanded data cells
in that column at the current row location. The current row changes as the current cell for which
the rule is being evaluated changes within the grid.
For example, the value for column A is the sum of the values in the cells outlined in purple
(1+2=3), when the rule is evaluated for any cell in row 1 with member Row_Member1. The
value for column A is the sum of values in cells outlined in blue (9+10=19) when the rule is
evaluated for any cell in row 1 with member Row_Member3. Similarly, the value for column A
is the sum of values in cells outlined in green (17+18=35) when the rule is evaluated for any cell
in row 2 with member Row_Member5, and so on.
Row Value
Action:
The action is performed only when the value for the specified row satisfies the condition.
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Operators:
The operators available for this function are: =, !=, <, <=, >, >=, Equals, Not Equals, Contains,
Starts With, Ends With. These operators act on the target value selected, which can be a free
form value, cell value, column value, row value, or cross-dimension member.
Condition Definition:
Condition Evaluation:
A design time row can expand to one or more data cells at data entry time, as shown in the
following figure. The value for a row is the sum of the values in all of the expanded data cells in
that row at the current column location. The current column changes as the current cell for
which the rule is being evaluated changes within the grid.
For example, the value for row 1 is the sum of the values in the cells outlined in purple
(1+5+9=15), when the rule is evaluated for any cell in column A with member
Column_Member1. Similarly, the value for row 2 is the sum of values in cells outlined in blue
(14+18=32) when the rule is evaluated for any cell in column A with member
Column_Member2, and so on.
Cross Dim Member
Action:
The action is performed only when the value in the data cell referenced by the cross-dimension
member satisfies the condition. The current data cell's members are used to fully qualify the cell
for dimensions whose members are not specified in the cross-dimension. This member name is
a free form entry.
Operators:
The operators available for this function are =, !=, <, <=, >, >=, Equals, Not Equals, Contains,
Starts With, or Ends With. These operators act on the target value selected. The target value can
be a free form value, cell value, column value, row value or cross-dimensional member. It can
include one member only from each dimension, and must include only members for dimensions
on rows or columns.
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Condition Definition:
Condition Evaluation:
When the previous rule is applied at grid level, the rule is invoked on each cell in the form, and
the value in that cell is compared with the value in the cell outlined in purple. Thus, the cell at
Row_Member 5->Column_Member 2 will turn red.
Member Name
Action:
The action is performed only if the current data cell on which the rule is invoked has the specified
dimension member in its intersection. The member name for the selected dimension should be
in the plan type for which the form is created.
Operators:
The operators can be Equals, Not Equals, Contains, Starts With, or Ends With. The target value,
which is the member name, is selected or entered free form.
Condition Definition:
Member
Action:
The action is performed only if the current data cell on which the rule is invoked has the specified
dimension member (or any one of the members that result from evaluating the specified
function) in its intersection.
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Operator:
The available operators are In and Not In. The target value, which is the member, is selected or
entered free form.
Including Attributes
Rules can include attribute values. If Source Type is Attribute, the available operator is Is, and
you can type an attribute value directly in the Target Value field. If Source Type is Member, and
you select the In or Not In operator in the Target Value field, you can select an attribute by
clicking
, and then clicking the Variables tab of the Member Selection dialog box. You can
use the member selection function selector to select functions for the attribute, such as NotEqual
and GreaterOrEqual.
When using attribute values in data validation rules, keep in mind the way attributes are
evaluated. If a rule references one or more attributes from one or more dimensions, they are
evaluated as an OR for attribute values from the same attribute dimension, and as an AND for
attributes from different attribute dimensions. For example, if the rule includes attributes IN
Red, Blue, True, Big, then all members are selected that are either (Red OR Blue) AND True
AND Big. For additional information, see “About Selecting Attribute Values as Members” on
page 209.
Condition Definition for Member Source Type
Condition Definition for Attribute Source Type
Account Type
Action:
The action is performed only if the current data cell on which the rule is invoked has an account
with the specified account type in its intersection. Refers to all the currently supported Account
Types: Expense, Revenue, Asset, Liability, Equity, and Saved Assumption.
Operator:
The available operator is Is.
Condition Definition:
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Version Type
Action:
The action is performed only if the current cell on which the rule is invoked has a version with
the specified version type in its intersection. It refers to the version types currently supported,
standard bottom up and standard top down.
Operator:
The available operator is Is.
Condition Definition:
Variance Reporting Type
Action:
The action is performed only if the current cell on which the rule is invoked has an account with
the specified variance reporting type in its intersection. Refers to the available variance reporting
types, Expense and Non-Expense.
Operator:
The available operator is Is.
Condition Definition:
UDA
Action:
The action is performed only if the current cell on which the rule is invoked has this UDA
associated with the specified dimension’s member in its intersection. The UDA reference is
selected based on the selected dimension. The condition is based on the UDA for this dimension
being equal to the selected value. You must select the UDA value from the drop-down list.
Operator:
The available operator is Is.
Condition Definition:
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Attribute
Action:
The action is performed only if the current cell on which the rule is invoked has this attribute
associated with the specified dimension’s member in its intersection. The attribute reference is
selected based on the selected dimension. The condition is based on the attribute for this
dimension being the selected target value.
Operator:
The available operator is Is.
Condition Definition:
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“Order of Evaluation and Execution for Data Validation Rules” on page 219
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“Formatting Cells and Setting the Promotional Path” on page 218
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“Viewing Data Validation Rules” on page 219
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“Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder” on page 220
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“Data Validation Conditional Operators” on page 231
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“Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233
Then Condition Values
Action:
The Then conditions supported by the data validation rule builder support Process Cell
conditions only. To enter Process Cell Conditions, see “Formatting Cells and Setting the
Promotional Path” on page 218.
Condition Definition:
For information on other conditions, see “Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder” on page
220.
For additional information about data validation, see:
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“Creating and Updating Data Validation Rules” on page 215
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“Order of Evaluation and Execution for Data Validation Rules” on page 219
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“Formatting Cells and Setting the Promotional Path” on page 218
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“Viewing Data Validation Rules” on page 219
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“Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder” on page 220
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“Data Validation Conditional Operators” on page 231
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“Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233
Range Condition Values
Subtopics
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Check Range
Range
The Check Range and Range conditions are used together. These conditions can be used in the
data validation rule builder in a Then clause or standalone.
See:
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“Range” on page 231
For information on other conditions, see “Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder” on page
220.
For additional information about data validation, see:
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“Order of Evaluation and Execution for Data Validation Rules” on page 219
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“Formatting Cells and Setting the Promotional Path” on page 218
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“Viewing Data Validation Rules” on page 219
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“Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder” on page 220
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“Data Validation Conditional Operators” on page 231
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“Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233
Check Range
Action:
Defines the value that needs to be in a specific range.
Value:
This value can be the Current Cell Value or the value in a particular Row, Column or Cell.
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Range
Action:
Defines a valid range for the value defined in the Check Range condition. This range includes
all values that are >= the minimum value and < the maximum value. If the value specified in
the Check Range condition is within this range, then the processing instructions defined by this
condition are applied to the data cell on which the rule is being invoked. You can define multiple
ranges of values and provide different processing instructions for each range.
Value:
The minimum and maximum values for the range can be defined using Cell Value, Current Cell
Value, Row Value, Column Value, Cross-dimension Value, or by entering a free-form value.
For example, the following rule ensures that the current cell value is >= 5 and < 10. If this
condition is met, the cell is turned red.
Condition Definition:
For information on other conditions, see “Conditions Supported by the Rule Builder” on page
220.
Data Validation Conditional Operators
Conditional operators in the data validation rule builder can include these types of comparisons:
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String value comparisons, using these operators: Equals, Not Equals, Contains, Starts With,
Ends With, In, and Not In
Rules can compare cells with different data types, for example, text and Smart List. The data type
of the cell is honored if the referenced value always comes from one cell. This is the case when
using Current Cell Value and Cross Dim Member to refer to a cell value. In cases where the value
being compared comes from multiple cells (such as row value, column value, and cell value),
the data type is defaulted to double.
Note these considerations when comparing values for these data types:
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double is a whole number with no fractional part, such as 123.00, the integer value is used,
for example, “123.”
For Smart Lists, rules use the Smart List name and the numeric value as stored in Essbase.
They do not use the Smart List label because it can change for different users, depending on
the user locale.
For text, rules use only the text value for comparison.
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All other data types (currency, non-currency, percentage, and date) are treated as double.
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user types 12/11/1999, assuming the format is MM/DD/YYYY, the value is stored in Essbase
as 19991211, and this numeric value is used for comparison.
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Examples of Results for Starts With, Ends With, and Contains
Operator
Compare Value
Compare To Value
Starts With
2.0
2
1234.0
12.0
101.0
10
2.0
2.0
2.5
“2.”
“YearTotal”
“Year”
2.0
2.0
2.0
2
2.5
5
2.5
“.5”
“YearTotal”
“al”
“YearTotal”
“Total”
2.0
2.0
2.0
2
2.5
5
2.5
“.5”
2.5
2.5
23.567
3.5
23.567
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23.567
“23.”
23.567
“.56”
“YearTotal”
“al”
Ends With
Contains
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Data Validation Rule Scenarios
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Scenario 1
Scenario 2
Scenario 3
Scenario 4
Scenario 5
These scenarios provide examples of how data validation can help implement business policies.
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“Data Validation Conditional Operators” on page 231
Scenario 1
John is hired by a company called Acme, Inc. as a consultant to design forms and implement
data validation rules that enforce some of the company policies. He is asked to implement a
validation rule that flags Actual amounts in red if the Total Cost in actuals exceeds the budgeted
amount. This test must be repeated for each year and time period in the application. John designs
the form and adds a data validation rule at cell level using a cross-dimension member, as shown
in the following figures.
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Form Layout at Design Time:
Data Validation Rule at Design Time:
Form at Data Entry Time with Data Validations Applied:
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John can split Total Cost into its own segment and apply the data validation rule at that
segment for a slight performance gain. However, this would increase maintenance as new
accounts and scenarios were added to the form.
If the requirements changed such that only the YearTotal Period in Actual had to be flagged
in red, John would have two options. The best option would be to add an IF entry to check
if the Period member is YearTotal. Another option would be to split the YearTotal member
into a separate column for better performance. However, this would break the spreading
logic, the column header for Year would repeat, and the form would be harder to maintain
as new years were added.
For additional scenarios, see “Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233.
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Scenario 2
After reviewing the form designed by John in Scenario 1, Acme decides that they want Budget
on the column instead of the row. To implement this requirement, John can move members
within the axes to change the form layout. However, he does not need to update the data
validation rules. John updates the form as shown in the following figure.
Form Layout at Design Time:
Form at Data Entry Time with Data Validations Applied:
For additional scenarios, see “Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233.
Scenario 3
Following the successful rollout of these forms, John is asked to implement the next policy, which
is to ensure that this year’s Budget amounts are not significantly higher than previous year’s
Actual amounts. If the difference is greater than 5%, then flag the difference in red.
John decides to use a member with a member formula to calculate the variance between this
year’s Budget and the previous year’s Actual amount. He adds this member formula:
@varper(@Prior("Actual", 1, @Relative("Year", 0)), budget)/100;
John designs the form and adds a data validation rule at cell level, as shown in the following
figure. He uses Member Name to apply the validation only to Total Cost.
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Form Layout at Design Time:
Data Validation Rule at Design Time:
Form at Data Entry Time with Data Validations Applied:
Tips:
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to member formulas, he can use a formula column. See “Designing Forms with Formula
Rows and Columns” on page 155.
John defines the rule at the Variance Percent column for these reasons.
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It improves performance. The rule is evaluated only on the cells in the Variance Percent
column. If the rule had been assigned to YearTotal, it would have to be evaluated for all
Time Periods for the current year budget.
It helps users respond to the data validation message. John can add a message to the
Variance Percent column stating that the variance is higher instead of adding it to
YearTotal. This way, users do not have to look for Variance Percent to determine the
difference.
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the requirement.
For additional scenarios, see “Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233.
Scenario 4
In addition to flagging the cell in red, the rule is also required to prevent anyone from promoting
the planning unit if this year’s Budget is significantly higher (> 5%) than the previous year’s
Actual amounts. To implement this requirement, all John needs to do is edit the data validation
rule’s processing instructions and select Do Not Promote, as shown in the following figure.
Data Validation Rule at Design Time:
For additional scenarios, see “Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233.
Scenario 5
Finally, John is asked to design a data validation rule to validate that the total compensation for
employees in a particular department is within the allowed range. The rule evaluates Existing
Employees in the Operations department. It validates that, if Total Compensation is > than Min
allowed, and is <= ¾ of the compensation range for the employee’s grade, no action is needed.
If Total Compensation is greater than ¾ of the compensation range, a validation message is
provided, and the planning units must be approved by a human resource manager. If the value
is less than Min and greater than Max, an error is generated, and users cannot promote their
planning units.
John opens the Employee Expenses Summary form in the Form Management dialog box. The
form has employees and departments on the page, accounts (such as Total Compensation) on
the row, and time period on the column. To make validations easier to build, John adds a
calculated row to calculate ¾ of the compensation range, and adds Min Compensation and Max
Compensation members to the form, as shown in the following figures. Min Compensation and
Max Compensation for the employee’s grade are calculated using member formulas.
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Form Layout at Design Time:
Data Validation Rule to Stop Promotion of Planning Units:
Data Validation Rule to Add the Human Resources Manager as Reviewer:
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Form at Data Entry Time with Data Validations Applied and Validation Messages Shown:
For additional scenarios, see “Data Validation Rule Scenarios” on page 233.
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Managing the Budgeting Process
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In This Chapter
About the Budgeting Process ........................................................................... 241
Defining the Budgeting Process ........................................................................ 243
Starting and Supporting the Review Process .......................................................... 245
Printing Planning Unit Annotations ..................................................................... 245
Managing Planning Unit Hierarchies ................................................................... 246
Planning Unit Promotional Path ........................................................................ 259
Managing Task Lists ..................................................................................... 262
Copying Data ............................................................................................. 273
Clearing Cell Details ..................................................................................... 275
About the Budgeting Process
You can track budgets and review status, process issues, and planning unit ownership using
planning units. Budget cycle time is reduced:
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Planning Units
Planning units are combinations of scenario, version, and entity or part of an entity. Scenarios
and versions are the basis of the review cycle. Planning units submit planning data for a scenario
and version. For example, a planning unit might consist of a version (Best Case), an entity (New
York), and a scenario (Actual). Planning units can also include secondary dimensions within
any entity, refining the granularity of a planning unit.
Review Process
The planning unit moves from one reviewer to another until the budget process is complete.
The review process follows the promotional path you set up when you select the owner and
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reviewers for a planning unit, unless an event triggers a change in the promotional path. Events
that affect the promotional path include:
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Exceeding or not reaching expense boundaries for budget items such as salaries, new hires
or capital equipment
The current owner returning the budget to the previous owner for additional information
The current owner requesting help from an authorized user who is not necessarily on the
promotional path
The selected approvals template determines the first user to review the budget (see “Setting
Planning Unit Hierarchy Name, Scope, and Template” on page 248). The first user completes
the assigned tasks, then promotes (Bottom Up template) or submits (Distribute template) the
budget, which alerts the next owner that the budget requires their attention. Other users may
also be notified whenever the budget passes from one user to another.
Each reviewer must validate the planning unit before sending the budget to the next reviewer.
The validation runs all data validation rules defined for the planning unit with which the reviewer
is working, and reports any data errors or changes in the planning unit promotional path. See
“Modifying the Planning Unit Promotional Path” on page 259.
Tip: To display users' full names (instead of their user IDs) in Approvals, select the option Display
Users' Full Names, as described in “Specifying System Settings” on page 281.
Planning Unit Hierarchy
A planning unit hierarchy contains planning units and entities that are part of the review process.
Parent/child relationships between planning unit hierarchy members affect the review process:
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When the status of all children changes to one status, for example Signed Off, parent status
changes to the same status.
You cannot change the status of a parent if its children have different owners. If the children are
promoted to, submitted to, or signed off by different users, the parent has no owner and only
budget administrators can change its status.
Data Validation Rules
To implement business policies and practices, administrators can build data validation rules that
are checked when conditions are met in forms. Rules can generate validation messages, enforce
limits on submitted planning unit data, and designate a specific reviewer or owner to review
data that meets some condition.
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For example:
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Preventing the promotion of planning units that include invalid data
When you design rules that affect the planning unit promotional path, you need to understand
the order in which these rules are evaluated and applied. For information about designing data
validation rules and expected outcomes, see Chapter 8, “Managing Data Validation.”
Task Lists
Task lists guide users through the planning process by listing tasks, instructions, and due dates.
Administrators and interactive users create and manage tasks and task lists.
Setting Up Email for Approvals Notification
Administrators must specify the email server details before others can enable email notification.
The email server details for approvals notifications come from the EPM Registry, which are set
using the EPM System Configurator under Common Settings.
To specify the email server, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Security
Configuration Guide.
Approvals notification are enabled on the Application Settings page. After email notification is
enabled, users receive email when they become owners of planning units, or are specified as a
user to notify. This feature is available for SMTP email systems only.
To enable approvals notification, see “Setting Application Defaults” on page 280.
Defining the Budgeting Process
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Approvals Process
Approval Operations and Data Validations
Approvals Roles
To administer approvals for Planning, you must be assigned the appropriate roles.
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Approvals Administrator—Approvals Administrators are typically business users in charge
of a region in an organization and need to control the approvals process for their region,
but do not need to be granted the Planning Administrator role. The Approvals Administrator
role comprises the Approvals Ownership Assigner, Approvals Process Designer, and
Approvals Supervisor roles of Planning.
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Approvals Ownership Assigner—Performs the tasks that a Planner role can perform plus,
for any member of the planning unit hierarchy to which they have write access, they can
assign owners, assign reviewers, and specify the users to be notified.
Approvals Process Designer—Performs the tasks that can be performed with the Planner
role and Approvals Ownership Assigner role, plus, for any member of the planning unit
hierarchy to which they have write access, they can change the secondary dimensions and
members for the Entities to which they have write access, change the scenario and version
assignment for a planning unit hierarchy, and edit data validation rules for forms to which
they have access.
Approvals Supervisor—For any member of the planning unit hierarchy to which they have
write access they can, stop and start a planning unit and take any action on a planning unit.
Approvals Supervisors can perform the preceding actions even if they do not own the
planning unit. However, they cannot change any data in a planning unit unless they own it.
For detailed information on these roles, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management
System User Security Administration Guide.
Approvals Process
Planning supports bottom-up, distributed, or free-form budgeting. Typically, high-level users
start the planning units containing loaded data, and then delegate data entry into the lowestlevel members to their direct reports, who distribute to their direct reports, and so on. Until a
budget is distributed, users cannot access it.
To define the budget process, administrators define the:
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Validation rules for evaluating submitted data
When a user submits budget data, the data is subjected to validation rules. If the data passes the
validations, the budget is promoted to the next owner, and the original user cannot edit the data
unless ownership is granted again. The submission process locks the data from being edited by
anyone except the current owner.
Approval Operations and Data Validations
During approvals operations that invoke data validations, user variables and context user
variables on the forms that are present on rows and columns are replaced with the distinct union
of the result sets of all possible inputs. This is done with an efficient static replacement algorithm
that minimizes function execution and requires no actual duplicate removal but guarantees no
duplicates will be present and that all members of the distinct union will be present. User
variables and context user variables on the POV will be treated as a page.
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Note: To view the results of the user variable substitution, navigate to the data validation report
task list. You may need to purposely cause a validation to fail on the form and then run
a validation operation for the planning unit for it to display on the report.
Starting and Supporting the Review Process
After administrators start the review process, the planning unit moves from one reviewer to
another until the budget process is complete. The selected approvals template determines the
first user to review the budget.
ä To start the review process:
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Select Tools, and then Manage Approvals.
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For Scenario, select a scenario.
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For Version, select a version.
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Click Go to display the planning units associated with the selected scenario and version combination.
The planning units listed are enabled for approvals.
If no planning units are started with the selected scenario and version, this message is
displayed: You have not assigned Planning Unit Hierarchy to the selected Scenario and Version
combination.
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Select Tree View and then in Plan Cycle, click Start to begin the review process.
Note: If the planning unit hierarchy uses the Bottom Up template, selecting Start starts the
planning unit and runs the Originate action. These actions set the user defined as the
planning unit owner in the planning unit hierarchy as the current owner, and the
planning unit status changes to Under Review.
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Optional: Select Exclude to remove a planning unit from the planning process or from being tracked in
the system.
Caution!
After you exclude a planning unit, all associated annotations and history are
discarded. Planning unit status is returned to Not Started and the owner is set to
No Owner. Data values are retained.
Printing Planning Unit Annotations
Administrators can check planning unit status by reporting on annotations for a set of scenarios,
versions, and planning unit members. Reports can be based on process status. The planning unit
title, author, date, and annotations are displayed. Annotation text displays chronologically, with
the most recent entry first.
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ä To create and print reports for planning unit annotations:
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Select Tools, and then Reports.
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Select Planning Unit Annotations.
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Under Planning Units, select the Scenario, Version, and Entity combination for which you want to
generate a report. If Custom is selected, click
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Under Approvals Status, select status states.
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Click Create Report.
to select the custom scenarios, versions, and entities.
Adobe Acrobat generates a report with this planning unit information:
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Planning unit title and status
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Annotation content
Click Print
on the Adobe Acrobat toolbar.
Note: To ensure that multibyte characters display in reports, see “Multibyte Characters” in
the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration
Troubleshooting Guide. To see the correct language glyph reflected in the reports, you
must also make the fonts available in the java.home directory. The Planning
directory points to the location EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE_HOME\common\JRE\Sun
\1.6.0\lib\fonts.
Managing Planning Unit Hierarchies
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Creating Planning Unit Hierarchies
Assigning Planning Unit Hierarchy Scenario and Version Combinations
Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Scenario and Version
Editing Planning Unit Hierarchies
Deleting Planning Unit Hierarchies
Viewing Planning Unit Hierarchy Usage
Renaming Planning Unit Hierarchies
Synchronizing Planning Unit Hierarchies
Exporting Planning Unit Hierarchies
Importing Planning Unit Hierarchies
Use planning unit hierarchies to adapt the budgeting process to all types of organizational
requirements.
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Planning units are a combination of the entity and other dimensions. For example, if an
application includes all of a company's products, the planning unit hierarchy for North
America can include dimensions and members appropriate to products sold in North
America. Similarly, the planning unit hierarchy for the European division can include
dimensions and members for products sold in Europe. Within the same approvals hierarchy,
Latin America entities can be enhanced using the Account dimension, creating planning
units such as Entities by HR, Entities by Capital Expenditures, and Entities by Revenue.
Use preset budgeting mode templates to create hierarchies that are bottom up, distributed,
or free form.
Include dynamic links to dimensions based on generation numbers for the entity dimension
and the secondary dimension that is used. For example, automatically add generations 0 to
3 in the entity or segment dimension to the planning unit hierarchy. If a change occurs in
the dimension, the planning unit hierarchy can be easily updated.
Import and export planning unit hierarchies.
Create planning unit hierarchies that differ by scenario and version. For example, the Budget
scenario can have a large planning unit hierarchy consisting of departments, accounts, and
products, while the Forecast has a simpler process organization with fewer levels of approval.
Creating Planning Unit Hierarchies
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Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Members
Assigning Planning Unit Owners and Reviewers
About Group-based Approvals
Entity is the primary dimension for each planning unit hierarchy. As members are added to the
Entity dimension, the inclusion rules you create determine whether a new member is part of the
approval process. An administrator can also add members to the hierarchy as exceptions to the
planning unit hierarchy structure.
ä To create a planning unit hierarchy:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Planning Unit Hierarchy.
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Click Create.
Note: The approvals dimension is set to Entity. There are no other choices.
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Create the generic rule that defines which Entity members are included in the approval process (see
“Setting Planning Unit Hierarchy Name, Scope, and Template” on page 248).
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Select the primary and subhierarchy members to include in the approval process (see “Selecting
Planning Unit Hierarchy Members” on page 249).
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Assign owners and reviewers for each stage of the approval process and create the planning unit
promotional path (see “Assigning Planning Unit Owners and Reviewers” on page 250).
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Click Save.
Setting Planning Unit Hierarchy Name, Scope, and Template
ä To set up a planning unit hierarchy:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Planning Unit Hierarchy.
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Select Approvals Dimension.
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To add planning unit groups or individual planning units to the approval process, see
“Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Members” on page 249.
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Custom to define which planning units to include in the approval process.
You can add individual planning units and planning units based on Parent member and
generation criteria. See “Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Members” on page 249.
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Distribute to use distributed budgeting (see “Distributed Budgeting” on page 249).
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Free Form to use free-form budgeting (see “Free-Form Budgeting” on page 249).
In Plan Type, select the plan type from which aggregated planning unit values are derived.
See “Assigning Planning Unit Owners and Reviewers” on page 250.
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Click Next or select Primary and Subhierarchy Selection to select the planning unit
hierarchy members (see “Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Members” on page 249).
Click Save and then Finish to save changes and close the planning unit hierarchy.
Bottom-Up Budgeting
Data is input at the leaf member level (for example, children of Budget Group) and consolidated
by rolling data up the organizational hierarchy. When the budget is started, data is populated
for each scenario and user independently. The ownership follows the hierarchy of approval in
bottom-up mode. Users can view or edit data based on access permissions defined for the
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planning unit. The topmost Budget Group owner consolidates individually approved budgets
into a final consolidated budget.
Distributed Budgeting
Budget data is entered at the leaf level of the organization, and ownership starts at the top level
of the organization. Ownership is then distributed down the organization hierarchy. After
ownership reaches the lower levels, budgets are submitted back to the top through the approval
process. The top budget group owner reviews, approves, and loads the budgets for budgetary
control, transaction control, and reporting.
Free-Form Budgeting
With free-form budgeting, data is input at the leaf member, and planners select the next owner
from a drop-down list. The free-form budgeting mode allows planners to select the next owner
from a drop-down list. Select this budget template if you are not using the approvals features
described in “Creating Planning Unit Hierarchies” on page 247.
Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Members
ä To select planning unit hierarchy members:
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Take an action:
a. From Approvals Dimension, click Next or select Primary and Subhierarchy Selection to
continue defining a planning unit hierarchy.
b. Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Planning Unit Hierarchy. Select a
planning unit hierarchy, then click Edit, and then select Primary and Subhierarchy
Selection to edit members.
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At any time during planning unit hierarchy member selection, you can click Reset to
Default Hierarchy to reset the planning unit hierarchy to its default membership defined
in the Approvals Dimension page.
Shared members are not displayed in the planning unit hierarchy.
Define how to display the planning unit hierarchy:
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Select All Entities to display all potential planning units.
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Select Planning Units to display only enabled planning units.
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For Search, select Name, Alias, or Both. Enter any part or all of a name in Search to locate
to search forward (down) or
an entity, then click
the planning unit hierarchy.
to search backwards (up) in
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To move from page to page in a multipage planning unit hierarchy, enter a page number
in Page and click Go, or click Start (first page), Prev (previous page), Next, or End (last
page).
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Optional: For planning units not included in the default settings for the approval process, check the box
to the left of the planning unit name to include the planning unit in the approval process.
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Optional: Right-click a planning unit name to define subhierarchy members for the approval process,
and then select one option:
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Include Member to include just the planning unit, but none of its descendants.
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Exclude Member to exclude just the planning unit, but none of its descendants.
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Exclude All Descendants to exclude all descendants of the planning unit.
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Include Generation to include one or more planning unit generations. Specify the
generations to include when prompted.
Exclude Generation to exclude one or more planning unit generations. Specify the
generations to exclude when prompted.
Optional: Add a secondary dimension to a planning unit included in the approval process to provide
finer granularity:
a. Select a dimension from Dimension.
b. In Parent Member, click
to display the member selection window, and then select
one member as the parent member for that dimension.
c. In Relative Generation, specify the parent-member generations to include.
Adding a generation adds all members of that generation to the approval process.
d. Check Auto Include to automatically include newly-added members to the planning unit
hierarchy that meet the selected criteria.
e. Optional: Click
in Selected Members for the planning unit to refine the members it
includes. Clear the check box next to any member you want to remove.
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Take an action:
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Planning Unit Owners and Reviewers” on page 250).
Click Save and then Finish to save changes and close the planning unit hierarchy.
Assigning Planning Unit Owners and Reviewers
Planning unit ownership is inherited from the planning unit parents. Planning unit reviewers
are also inherited. You can, however, override the inheritance and specify different planning
unit owners and reviewers.
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ä To assign planning unit reviewers and owners:
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Take an action:
a. From Primary and Subhierarchy Selection, click Next or select Assign Owners to continue
defining a planning unit hierarchy.
b. Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Planning Unit Hierarchy. Select a
planning unit hierarchy, then click Edit, and then select Assign Owners to specify planning
unit ownership.
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Select a planning unit, and then under Owner, click
to select an owner.
A planning unit can have only one owner. Either a user or a group can be the owner. Select
the Users tab to assign an individual user as the owner. Select the Groups tab to assign a group
as the owner. See “About Group-based Approvals” on page 252.
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Under Reviewer, click
, and then select planning unit reviewers.
Reviewers can be individual users, a single group, or multiple groups. Select the Users tab
to assign individual users as reviewers. Select the Groups tab to assign a single group or
multiple groups as the reviewer. See “About Group-based Approvals” on page 252.
Note: When using the Bottom Up or Distribute template, if the reviewers are individual
users, select the reviewers in the order you want them to review the planning unit.
The first reviewer in the list is the first user to work on the planning unit. When the
first reviewer promotes or submits the planning unit, the second reviewer selected
becomes the planning unit owner, and so on, through the list of reviewers you create.
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To enable viewing the aggregated value of planning units during approvals, under Value Definition
Members, click
to define the intersection of non-planning unit dimensions.
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Member Selection, you must select one member for each non-planning unit dimension
in the plan type selected on the Approvals Dimension tab. If you do not select members
for the non-planning unit dimensions, the aggregated planning unit value is blank.
For planning unit dimensions: Value definition members specified for a parent member
in the planning unit hierarchy are inherited by the descendants of that member. If value
definition members are selected for both a parent and child member of a planning unit
dimension, then the child's selection takes precedence. For example, you select a value
definition member for both the parent US and its child, Western Region; the value
definition member for Western Region takes precedence. At runtime, the Entity,
Scenario, Version, and secondary dimension members specified in the planning unit
hierarchy are selected.
In multicurrency applications: In Preferences, users set the Reporting Currency in which
to display the aggregated planning unit. See the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's
Guide. To ensure that totals are correct, remind users to launch the Currency Conversion
business rule.
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Note: In multicurrency applications, the reporting currency is assumed, so you do not
select a value definition member for currency.
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Under Promotional Path, click
to display the planning unit promotional path, verify that it is
correct, and then correct any errors.
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Under Notify These Users, click
from one user to another.
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Optional: Repeat Steps 2 through 5 for other planning units to change their inherited owners or reviewers.
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Click Save to save your work and continue, or click Finish to save your work and close the planning unit
hierarchy.
to select the users to notify for each move of the planning unit
About Group-based Approvals
When assigning Planning unit owners, you can assign individual users, or you can assign a group.
When assigning Planning unit reviewers, you can assign individual users, a group, or multiple
groups.
Assigning a Group as the Owner
Only one user or one group can be assigned as an owner of a planning unit. Within a group, any
user can become the owner, but only one user can be the owner at a time. Only the user assigned
as an owner can perform actions. Other group members can take ownership away from the
current owner. If no one is assigned as the owner, then anyone in the group can perform actions
on behalf of the group without having to first claim ownership.
Assigning a Group or Groups as the Reviewer
If you select individual users as reviewers, all users must approve, and the approvals must follow
the order in which the users are entered. If you select a group (or groups) as a reviewer, any user
within the group can be the reviewer and can promote to the next level.
The following are some examples of how you can enter multiple reviewers:
Example 1
North America - Bill
USA - Nick, Sandy, Kim
CA - John
The approval path is John, Nick, Sandy, Kim, Bill.
Example 2
North America - Bill
USA – {Group A}
CA - John
The approval path is John, any user in Group A, Bill.
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Example 3
North America – {Group B}, Bill
USA – Susan, {Group A}
CA - John
The approval path is John, Susan, any user in Group A, any user in Group B, Bill.
Example 4
North America – {Group B}, Bill
USA – Susan, {Group A}
CA - John
**A validation rules indicates that if New Hires > 4, then before USA, set {Group HR} as
reviewer.
If the condition is true for the CA Planning unit, then the path is: John, any user in Group HR,
Susan, any user in Group A, any user in Group B, Bill.
Assigning Planning Unit Hierarchy Scenario and Version
Combinations
During the budget process, calculations are run for various scenarios, such as Q1 or FY10. For
each scenario, calculations can be run for various versions, for example Initial or Final. Before
beginning the budget process, assign planning unit hierarchies to the scenario and version
combinations included in the budget process.
ä To assign planning unit hierarchy scenario and version combinations:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Scenario and Version Assignment.
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Optional: Click
next to the planning unit to view what scenarios and versions are assigned to it. Click
to close the list.
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Add a scenario and version assignment.
a. Click
, in the Actions column, for the planning unit.
b. Click Select in the Scenario column, and then select the scenario to associate with the
planning unit hierarchy
c. Click Select in the Version column, and then select one or more versions to associate
with the selected scenario.
d. Click OK.
A new assignment row is displayed.
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Optional: Click
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Click Save to save the scenario and version assignments and continue or click Cancel Changes to undo
any changes made since the last save.
to remove a scenario and version assignment.
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Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Scenario and Version
ä To select the planning unit hierarchy scenario and version:
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Select Tools, and then Manage Approvals.
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From Scenario, select a scenario.
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From Version, select a version.
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Click Go to display the planning unit hierarchy defined for the selected scenario and version.
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In Display, click Tree View to display the planning units as a hierarchy, or click Flat View to display the
planning units as a list.
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Approvals Status, for example, 1st Pass
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In Actions, click Details, to display planning unit details and add or edit planning unit
annotations
Editing Planning Unit Hierarchies
ä To edit a planning unit hierarchy:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Planning Unit Hierarchy.
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Check the planning unit hierarchy with which you want to work.
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Click Edit.
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Select the appropriate tab, depending on the changes you want to make (for example, select Assign
Owners to edit ownership of the planning units in the hierarchy).
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Approvals Dimension
See “Setting Planning Unit Hierarchy Name, Scope, and Template” on page 248 to
modify the planning unit hierarchy description or approvals default scope.
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Primary and Subhierarchy Selection
See “Selecting Planning Unit Hierarchy Members” on page 249 to select or remove
members from approvals.
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Assign Owners
See “Assigning Planning Unit Owners and Reviewers” on page 250 to modify planning
unit owners or reviewers
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Usage
See “Viewing Planning Unit Hierarchy Usage” on page 255 to view the Planning objects
(data validation rules or scenario and version assignments) that reference the planning
unit hierarchy
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Click Save when done.
To select a planning unit hierarchy scenario and version with which to work, see “Selecting
Planning Unit Hierarchy Scenario and Version” on page 254.
Deleting Planning Unit Hierarchies
You can delete a planning unit hierarchy if it is not referenced by other Planning objects such
as data validation rules or scenario and version assignments. The Usage tab displays objects that
reference the selected planning unit hierarchy and links you to the objects so you can disassociate
them from the hierarchy.
ä To delete planning unit hierarchies:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Planning Unit Hierarchy to display the planning unit
hierarchy list.
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Select the planning unit hierarchy to delete, and then click Delete.
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Click OK to verify the deletion.
If you select a planning unit hierarchy that is referenced by other Planning objects, an error
message is displayed. See “Viewing Planning Unit Hierarchy Usage” on page 255 to view and
edit the Planning objects that reference the planning unit hierarchy.
Viewing Planning Unit Hierarchy Usage
Planning unit hierarchies might have dependencies such as scenario and version assignments or
data validation rules which are defined in forms. If dependencies exist for a planning unit
hierarchy, the hierarchy cannot be deleted until the dependencies are removed. The Usage tab
enables you to view planning unit hierarchy dependencies and links you to the forms or scenario
and version assignments so you can remove the dependencies, if needed.
ä To view planning unit hierarchy usage:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Planning Unit Hierarchy.
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Select a planning unit hierarchy, then click Edit, and then select Usage to view planning unit hierarchy
dependencies.
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Select Forms to view associated data validation rules:
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If data validation rules are associated, they are listed by form. Click the rule hyperlink
to display the form in edit mode in a new tab. You can then update or delete the data
validation rule to disassociate it from the planning unit hierarchy. See “Creating and
Updating Data Validation Rules” on page 215.
Select Scenario and Version Assignment to view associated scenario and version assignments:
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If scenario and version assignments are associated, they are listed by scenario. Click the
version hyperlink to display the assignment in a new tab. You can then remove the
scenario and version assignment to disassociate it from the planning unit hierarchy. See
“Assigning Planning Unit Hierarchy Scenario and Version Combinations” on page
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If dependencies are removed during steps 3 or 4, click Refresh on the Usage tab to view the remaining
dependencies.
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If you are deleting a planning unit hierarchy, repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until all dependencies are removed.
Once all dependencies are removed from a planning unit hierarchy, you can delete the hierarchy.
See “Deleting Planning Unit Hierarchies” on page 255.
Renaming Planning Unit Hierarchies
You can change the name of a planning unit hierarchy.
ä To rename planning unit hierarchies:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then Planning Unit Hierarchy to display the planning unit
hierarchy list.
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Select the planning unit hierarchy to rename, and then click Rename.
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Enter the new name for the planning unit hierarchy in the dialog box.
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Click OK to accept the new name.
Synchronizing Planning Unit Hierarchies
When you add, delete, or modify dimension members that are used in planning unit hierarchies,
the affected planning unit hierarchy must be synchronized with the changes. When you display
the list of planning unit hierarchies, the entry for each planning unit hierarchy specifies whether
recent changes are reflected in the planning unit hierarchy. Use this procedure to synchronize
dimension member changes with the planning unit hierarchy.
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Note: When you add dimension members, the new members are added as planning units only
if they meet the criteria specified in the inclusion rules for the planning unit hierarchy.
For example, if the added entity is a fourth-generation entity, and the inclusion rules
specify generations one through three as planning units, the new entity is not added as a
planning unit. If the entity is a third-generation member, however, it is added as a planning
unit the next time the planning unit hierarchy is edited and saved, or synchronized.
ä To synchronize changes to planning unit hierarchies:
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Select Administration, then select Approvals.
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Select Planning Unit Hierarchy. Under the Synchronized column, planning unit hierarchies are labeled
as follows:
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Not Synchronized—Changes are not synchronized with the planning unit hierarchy
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Dependents Not Synchronized—Changes are synchronized with the planning unit
hierarchy, but not in Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting with the
associated Decision Package planning unit hierarchies
Locked Byuser—A user is editing or synchronizing the planning unit hierarchy
Note: If a user begins editing or synchronizing a planning unit hierarchy after you display
the planning unit hierarchy list, the planning unit hierarchy list does not display
“Locked” for the planning unit hierarchy. If you try to synchronize this planning unit
hierarchy, the synchronization does not occur, and an error message states that it is
being edited.
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Select a planning unit hierarchy listed as Not Synchronized in Synchronized, and then click
Synchronize.
Changes are applied to the planning unit hierarchy, and the list of planning units is updated
according to the inclusion rules defined for the planning unit hierarchy.
Note: You cannot synchronize changes to a planning unit hierarchy that another user is
editing or synchronizing.
Exporting Planning Unit Hierarchies
When you export a planning unit hierarchy, you create a file that contains the planning unit
hierarchy information. After you create this file, you can copy its contents to an existing planning
unit hierarchy (see “Importing Planning Unit Hierarchies” on page 258).
See “Generating Load Files” on page 99 for information about the file format.
ä To export planning unit hierarchies:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then File Based Import/Export.
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Select Export Planning Unit Hierarchy.
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From Existing Planning Unit Hierarchy Name, select a planning unit hierarchy to export.
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Click OK.
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When the Save dialog is displayed, save the export file to a location of your choice.
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Click Export or Done. Export performs the action, and Done closes the dialog.
Importing Planning Unit Hierarchies
A planning unit hierarchy can be populated with the contents of a planning unit hierarchy import
file. The import file is the result of exporting an existing planning unit hierarchy. See “Exporting
Planning Unit Hierarchies” on page 257.
Importing the planning unit hierarchy information does not create a planning unit hierarchy.
The planning unit hierarchy populated from the export file must exist and have at least a name
before the import. Loading planning unit hierarchies first deletes all members of the planning
unit hierarchy, and then adds each member specified in the input file as a new member. It is
important to keep in mind that a planning unit hierarchy load deletes an existing member and
its children from the hierarchy if the member is not specified in the input file.
ä To import a planning unit hierarchy:
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Select Administration, then Approvals, and then File Based Import/Export.
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Select Import Planning Unit Hierarchy.
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From Existing Planning Unit Hierarchy Name, select the planning unit hierarchy receiving the exported
information.
Note: The imported planning unit hierarchy includes the defined owner, reviewers, and
rules for determining the promotional path.
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For Planning Unit Hierarchy with Ownership, click Browse to select the exported planning unit hierarchy
file to import.
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Click OK.
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Click Import or Done. Import performs the action, and Done closes the dialog.
If the message Import successful is displayed, the planning unit hierarchy information in the
exported file was successfully copied to the planning unit hierarchy that you selected in
Existing Planning Unit Hierarchy Name.
If the message Import not successful. Some items have not been imported is displayed, click
Details to view the log file. Correct the errors and retry importing the planning unit hierarchy.
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Design Considerations for Planning Unit Promotional Path Data Validation Rules
A planning unit moves from person to person and department to department based on the
owners and reviewers you assign to each planning unit and its parents in the planning unit
hierarchy.
There are two ways to affect the promotional path of a planning unit hierarchy:
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Use data validation rules to determine whether a change in the planning unit promotional
path is necessary
Modifying the Planning Unit Promotional Path
When you select an owner and reviewers for a planning unit and its parents, you set the planning
unit promotional path (see “Planning Unit Promotional Path” on page 259). Sometimes,
however, budget calculation results change the person who reviews the budget next. For example,
if salaries for a sales group are more than 10% over the previous budget year, approval from
someone other than the next reviewer may be required. To automate redirecting the budget in
these cases, add conditions and actions to data validation rules that test for these exceptions, and
then modify the promotional path when necessary. You can also use data validation rules to stop
a planning unit from passing to the next reviewer when data errors exist in the planning unit.
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Create or select a data validation rule (see “Creating and Updating Data Validation Rules” on page
215).
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to create promotional path conditions and specify the
In the Data Validation Rule Builder, click
action taken when a budget calculation does not meet these conditions.
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Select one action:
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Update Promotional Path to create a promotional path condition that adds reviewers or
owners to the promotional path if the condition you set is triggered.
Do Not Promote to prevent promoting a planning unit to the next reviewer. This action
usually indicates invalid data in the budget.
In the Process Cell dialog box, beneath Approvals, click Add to add a promotional path condition.
Promotional path conditions are processed in the order they are listed. Use the
to move them up or down within the list.
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a. Select a promotional path condition, and then click Copy.
b. Select the promotional path condition that will precede the copied one in the list, and
then click Paste to add the copied promotional path condition.
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Optional: Click Delete to remove a promotional path condition.
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In Planning Unit Hierarchy and Planning Units, click
planning units the promotional path condition affects.
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In Promotional Path Condition, specify the promotional path changes for the planning units selected
in Promotional Path Condition. Select:
to select the planning unit hierarchy and
a. In Position, specify where the promotional path changes for the planning units selected
in Planning Units. Select:
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planning units specified in Promotional Path Condition.
After to insert the alternate owner or reviewer after ownership reaches the planning
units specified in Promotional Path Condition.
Before and After to insert the alternate owner or reviewer before and after
ownership reaches the planning units specified in Promotional Path Condition.
Note: After you add promotional path conditions to a data validation rule, the planning
unit promotional path displays the potential changes in planning unit ownership
as an optional path above the defined promotional path. The display indicates
where the path can change and how the alternate path rejoins the defined
promotional path.
b. In the Planning Units column of Promotional Path Condition, click
planning units the action selected in Position affects.
to select the
Note: The selected planning units must be ancestors of the planning units selected in
the previous step. If you select planning units that are not ancestors, the
promotional path condition is not evaluated when the planning unit hierarchy
is validated.
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In the Assign column, specify the role, user type, and the user or UDA for each alternate owner, reviewer,
and user to be notified if the rule exception occurs.
a. In Role, select:
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Reviewer to select the alternate reviewer
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Notified Users to select the user to be notified
b. In Type, select:
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User Name to specify the alternate user
From UDA to select the dimension and to enter the prefix that was assigned to the
UDA
c. In Users, specify:
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For From UDA, the dimension from the Select a Dimension drop down, and then
specify the prefix that was used in the UDA to indicate that the UDA contains a
user name (for example, ProdMgr:)
Note: Ensure the prefix specified is the same as the prefix that was assigned while
creating the UDA, including any spaces. For instance, if there is a space
between the prefix and the username (ProdMgr Kim), ensure there is a space
after ProdMgr.
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a. Click
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Sender Message to enter the email message text sent to the user promoting the
planning unit when the promotional path changes.
In Reviewer Message to enter the email message text sent to the user receiving the
planning unit for review due to the rule exception.
b. Click OK to save the messages.
The text you enter is added to the messages sent when the planning unit changes status.
11 Click OK to save the promotional path conditions, and return to data validation rule creation.
Design Considerations for Planning Unit Promotional Path
Data Validation Rules
When you design rules that affect the planning unit promotional path, you need to understand
the order in which these rules are evaluated and applied. For information about designing data
validation rules and expected outcomes, see Chapter 8, “Managing Data Validation.”
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Creating Task List Folders
Renaming Task Lists
Renaming Task List Folders
Moving Task List Folders
Deleting Task List Folders
Creating Task Lists
Adding Instructions to Task Lists
Adding and Defining Tasks
Adding Tasks to Task Lists
Editing Task Lists
Linking Tasks to Planning Pages
Assigning Access to Task Lists
Importing and Exporting Task Lists
Task lists guide users through the planning process by listing tasks, instructions, and due dates.
Administrators and interactive users create and manage tasks and task lists.
ä To manage task lists:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Task Lists.
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Use the Manage Task Lists page to configure task list folders and create and manage task lists.
If a form contains promotional path rules, you can view validation reports in a Validation
Reports folder.
Creating Task List Folders
ä To create task list folders:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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In the Task List Folders area, select the folder in which to create the task list folder.
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Click Create.
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In the dialog box, enter the name of the task list, and click OK.
Renaming Task Lists
ä To rename task lists:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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In the Task List Folders area, select the folder with the task list to rename.
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Select the task list.
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Select Actions, and then select Rename.
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Enter the new task list name, then click OK.
Renaming Task List Folders
ä To rename task list folders:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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In the Task List Folders area, select the folder to rename.
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Select Actions, and then select Rename.
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Enter the new Task List name, then click OK.
Moving Task List Folders
ä To move task list folders:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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In the Task List Folders area, select the folder to move.
You cannot move the Task Lists folder.
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Above the Task List Folders area, click Move.
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Select the destination folder, and click OK.
Deleting Task List Folders
ä To delete task list folders:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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In the Task List Folders area, select an empty folder to delete.
You cannot delete the Task Lists folder.
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Click Delete.
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Click OK.
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If you select a folder containing additional folders, an error message is displayed.
Creating Task Lists
Task lists organize groups of tasks for users. You must create task lists before creating tasks.
ä To create task lists:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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In the Task List Folders area, select the folder in which to create the task list.
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Above the Task List area, select Actions, and then Create.
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Enter the task list name, and click OK.
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Adding Instructions to Task Lists
ä To add instructions to task lists:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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In the Task List Folders area, select the folder containing the task list to modify, and select the task
list.
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For Task List, select the task list to modify, select Actions, and then Edit.
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For Edit Task List, click Instructions.
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Enter instructions for the task list.
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Click Save and Close.
Adding and Defining Tasks
After creating task lists, you can add and define tasks such as entering data in forms and running
required business rules. See “Adding Tasks to Task Lists ” on page 264
Adding Tasks to Task Lists
You can set completion dates and alerts for tasks that users perform at runtime. You can also
set up email messages, for example, to alert users that a task was not completed by its due date.
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Alert messages are sent after an “alert date” that you set, and are repeated until the due date is
reached for a task. You must configure an email server.
ä To add tasks to task lists:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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Select a task list, select Actions, and then select Edit Task List.
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Select Actions, and then Add Child.
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Under Task Details, for Task, enter a task name.
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Note: You can only select the form associated with the task you are adding. You cannot
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Job Console— Open the Job Console to view a list of jobs for the current user for the
specified job status and job type
Copy Version— Use Copy Version to copy the current form’s data, including supporting
detail, annotation, cell text, and cell documents, for the specified source and destination
versions
Specify the information required for the task type using this table:
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Task Information
Task Type
Action
URL
Perform these tasks:
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In URL, enter a fully qualified URL to associate with this task, such as http://www.company_name.com
Select Use Single Sign On to enable users to open a URL for another product that accepts single sign-on. See
the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Security Configuration Guide). To link to Financial
Reporting in the EPM Workspace, single sign-on is not required. Instead, include the ObjectID to link to (see
the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Workspace Administrator's Guide).
Go to step 7.
Select the form for users to complete, and then go to step 7.
Optional: Select Set Page Member Defaults to select the member from each dimension to display as the default
when the task is first opened. After you select this option, you can select the members for the page dimensions.
The page member defaults apply until a user updates the form and returns to the task in another session. Where
page member defaults are set, they override the most recently used settings in each session.
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Task Type
Action
Business Rule
Perform these tasks:
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Manage
Approvals
Specify the scenario and version in which the user can start the approvals process, and then go to step 7.
Job Console
Perform these tasks:
Copy Version
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Create a task to copy a version of the current form’s data by specifying values for the following, and then go to step
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To enter a due date for the task, select Due Date and then select:
a. The month, day, and year. (You can change the date display format in Planning
preferences. See “Specifying System Settings” on page 281.)
b. The hours, minutes, and AM or PM.
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To send email message for uncompleted tasks, select Due Date, and then:
a. Select Repeat Every, and enter a value.
b. Select the frequency for email reminders.
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To send email messages after the alert date and before the due date, select Alert, and then:
a. Set the date and time to begin sending messages by selecting the month, day, year, hours,
minutes, and AM or PM.
b. In the Alert area, select Repeat Every and enter a value.
c. Select the frequency for email reminders.
10 To make task completion dependent on completing a primary task, select Dependency.
11 Click Instructions to enter information that explains how to complete the task.
12 Click Save and then OK.
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Editing Task Lists
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Editing Tasks
Copying Tasks
Moving Tasks
Moving Task Lists
Reordering Task Lists
Clearing Task Lists
Deleting Tasks
Deleting Task Lists
You can use the Edit Task List dialog box to update task lists.
Editing Tasks
Use the Edit Task dialog box to modify the type of task, its instructions, the due date and alert
date, and email reminder messages.
ä To edit tasks:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
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Select a task list, select Actions, and then select Edit.
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Select a task, select Actions, and then select Edit.
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Select another task type. For a description of all available types, see “Adding Tasks to
Task Lists ” on page 264:
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For Instructions, modify instructions for completing the task.
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Optional: To enter a due date for the task, select Due Date, and enter the date and time by which users
must complete this task.
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Optional: To send email messages if tasks are not completed by the due date, select Due Date.
a. Select Repeat Every and enter a value.
b. Select the frequency for email reminders.
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Optional: To send email messages after the alert date and until the due date, select Alert:
a. Select the month, day, year, time, and AM or PM.
b. Select Repeat Every and enter a value.
c. Select the frequency for email reminders.
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10 Optional: To edit task properties, click Property.
11 Click Save.
12 Click Close.
Copying Tasks
ä To make a copy of a task list:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select a task list, select Actions, and then select Edit.
3
Select the task to copy, then click Save As.
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Enter the name for the new task list, and click OK.
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Click Close.
Moving Tasks
ä To move tasks:
1
Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select a task list, select Actions, and then select Edit Task List.
3
Select a task, select Actions, and then select Edit Tasks.
4
Select the task that will be a child of another task.
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Select Actions, and then select Cut
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Select the task that will be the parent task.
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Select Actions. and then Paste.
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Click Save and Close.
ä To cut and paste tasks:
1
Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select a task list, and click Edit.
3
Select a task, then click Cut.
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To move the task to a new position, select the task to appear above it.
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Click Paste.
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Click OK.
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Moving Task Lists
ä To move task lists:
1
Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select the folder with the task list to move.
3
Select a task list, then click Move.
4
Select the destination folder.
5
Click OK.
Reordering Task Lists
ä To reorder task lists:
1
Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select a task list.
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Click
or
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Clearing Task Lists
After a task list is completed, you can clear the completion status, due dates, and alerts for all
tasks within a selected task list. This allows tasks to be reused for a future planning period.
Alerts are enabled only when task lists contains due dates. Clearing task lists disables alerts by
clearing the check boxes for due dates. It does not delete the dates.
ä To clear task lists:
1
Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select the folder with the task list to clear, select the task list, and then click Edit.
3
From the Clear drop-down list, select an option:
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Due Dates and Alerts: Clears any alerts that are enabled, based on the due date set for
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Both: Clears completion status, due dates, and alerts.
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Click OK.
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Deleting Tasks
ä To delete tasks:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select the folder and task list with the task to delete, then click Edit.
3
Select the tasks to delete, select Actions, and then select Delete.
4
Click OK.
Deleting Task Lists
ä To delete task lists:
1
Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select the folder with the task list to delete, and select the task list.
3
Select Actions, and then select Delete.
4
Click OK.
Linking Tasks to Planning Pages
Use Copy Link to link tasks to Planning pages. You can copy and paste the URL address from a
page in the Planning application to the instructions for a task. The task list user can then access
the Planning page from that location.
ä To copy a URL to a task:
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Access the page in the Planning application to which to link a task.
2
Select Tools, then Copy Link.
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Select a task list, then select Edit Task List.
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Select a task, then select Edit Task.
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Under Task - Instructions, use the browser to paste the URL link. For example, in the Microsoft Internet
Explorer menu, select Edit, then Paste.
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Click Save.
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Click OK.
Assigning Access to Task Lists
You can determine who can view and modify task lists. By default, administrators can manage
and assign access permissions for task lists.
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Note: Being assigned to a task list means being able to access and complete tasks in the task list.
It does not mean being able to assign tasks to someone else.
Adding Access to Task Lists
ä To assign access to task lists:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select the task list to modify.
3
In the Task List area, select Actions, and then select Assign Access.
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Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
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Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
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Click Add Access.
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Select the users or groups to access the task list.
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If there are multiple pages of users and groups, type the page number to go to in Page,
and click Go.
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Changing Access to Task Lists
ä To change access to task lists:
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Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select the task list to modify, then click Assign Access.
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Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Shared
Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
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Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
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Click Close.
Removing Access to Task Lists
ä To remove access to task lists:
1
Open the Manage Task Lists page.
See “Managing Task Lists” on page 262.
2
Select the folder and task list to modify, then click Assign Access.
3
Optional: To migrate a user or group's changed identity or their position in the user directory from Oracle
Hyperion Shared Services Console to Planning, click Migrate Identities.
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Optional: To remove deprovisioned or deleted users or groups from the Planning database to conserve
space, click Remove Nonprovisioned Users/Groups.
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Select the user or group, and click Remove Access.
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Click OK.
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Click Close.
Importing and Exporting Task Lists
Administrators can use TaskListDefUtil.cmd (Windows) or TaskListDefUtil.sh
(UNIX) to move task list definitions between Planning applications. You can export or import
task list definitions to or from an XML file.
TaskListDefUtil uses a command line interface and is installed in the planning1 directory.
For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
ä To launch the TaskListDefUtil utility:
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Enter the command from the planning1 directory, using this syntax:
TaskListDefUtil [-f:passwordFile] import|exportFILE_NAME|
TASK_LIST_NAME|-all SERVER_NAME USER_NAME APPLICATION
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Parameter
Purpose
Required?
[-f:passwordFile]
If an encrypted password file is set up, you can use this option as the first
parameter in the command line to run the utility with the full file path and name
specified in passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning
Utilities” on page 55.
No
import|export
Import or export the task list definition.
Yes
FILE_NAME|TASK_LIST_
NAME|-all
When used with import, specify the XML file containing the task list definition.
When used with export, specify the task list to export to XML. Use -all with
import or export to import or export all XML files or task list definitions in the
current application.
Yes (-all is
optional)
SERVER_NAME
Server name on which the Planning application resides.
Yes
USER_NAME
Administrator's name.
Yes
APPLICATION
When used with export, the name of the Planning application containing the
task list definitions to export. When used with import, the name of the Planning
application to which to import the task list definition.
Yes
If prompted, enter your password.
When you export task list definitions, the utility creates an XML file in the current directory and
logs errors in TaskListDefUtil.log in the EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE/diagnostics/logs/
planning directory. You can copy the utility to any directory and launch it from there to save
files to another directory.
Examples:
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TaskListDefUtil.cmd import c:\EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE\Planning
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TaskListDefUtil.cmd import -all localhost admin APP1
Copying Data
You can copy plans from one dimensional intersection to another, including relational data and
supporting detail. For example, you can copy Budget, FY10, Final to Forecast, FY11, First Draft.
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read-only or dynamic cells.
You can copy account annotations, supporting detail, and cell text. You cannot copy
planning unit annotations.
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you copy. You are not prevented from copying to planning units that are approved.
This feature does not calculate data. To perform calculations, such as increasing the forecast
by 5%, apply the business rule after copying data.
For Copy Data to be successful, you must select at least one member for Scenario, Account,
Entity, Period, and Version dimensions.
ä To copy data:
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Copy Data.
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For Plan Type, select a plan type, and click Go.
You can copy from one plan type at a time. When you click Go, dimensions are displayed
for this plan type.
3
For Static Dimensions, enter the members for the data intersections:
a. For Dimension, select a dimension from which to copy.
b. For Members, click Member Selection to make a selection from which to copy. You can
select multiple members. You must select at least one member for Scenario, Account,
Entity, Period, and Version dimensions.
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Optional: To add another static dimension to the list, click Add Dimension and enter dimension
members. (To remove a dimension, select None - Select a Dimension. The dimension moves to the
Dimensions with Source and Destination area.)
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For Dimensions with Source and Destination, enter dimensions into which to copy data:
a. For Source, click Member Selection
b. For Destination, click Member Selection.
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Click Copy Data.
Data is copied from one intersection to the other. If data is not copied successfully, a message
displays. You can also check the log file.
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To copy data for another plan type, select another plan type in step 2, and repeat the procedure.
Tip: To view the execution status of Copy Data, see “Checking Job Status” in the Oracle Hyperion
Planning User's Guide.
Clearing Cell Details
You can clear these cell details for a plan type: account annotations, supporting detail, cell text,
and cell-level documents. For information on creating and viewing account annotations,
supporting detail, cell text, and cell-level documents, see Oracle Hyperion Planning User's
Guide.
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Because this function is for administrators and interactive users, Planning assumes you have
full access to details you delete.
Oracle recommends that you back up the application before performing this procedure. See
the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Backup and Recovery Guide.
You can also clear cell details with SQL scripts. See “Deleting Application Information Using
SQL” on page 294.
ä To clear cell details:
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Select Administration, then Manage, the Clear Cell Details.
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For Plan Type, select a plan type, and click Go.
When you click Go, dimensions are selectable for this plan type.
3
Select members for the data intersections:
a. For Dimension, select at least one dimension with details to delete.
b. For displayed dimensions, click
that includes the details to delete.
. On the Member Selection page, make a selection
Note: For every dimension selected, you must select at least one member. If a dimension is
not selected, Planning includes all its members when clearing cell details.
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Select members for the displayed dimensions.
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Click Clear.
A Confirmation page displays your selections.
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Click Finish to proceed, or Back to change your selections.
If Clear Cell Details is successful, data is deleted from the plan type. If data is not deleted
successfully, a message displays. You can also check the log file.
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Optional: To view the execution status of Clear Cell Details and review the information that was deleted,
select Tools, then Job Console.
See “Checking Job Status” in the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
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Working With an Application
In This Chapter
Managing Forms and Folders ........................................................................... 277
About Setting Preferences............................................................................... 279
Mapping an Application for Reporting ................................................................. 285
Deleting Application Information Using SQL........................................................... 294
Managing Forms and Folders
Use the Form Management and the Business Rule Folders pages to manage folders and forms.
Task
Topic
Create folders
See “Creating Folders” on page 277
Move folders
See “Moving Folders” on page 278
Delete folders
See “Deleting Folders” on page 278
Create forms
See “Creating Simple Forms” on page 164
Assign access to forms and folders
See “Assigning Access to Forms and Folders” on page 64
Move forms
See “Moving Forms and Ad Hoc Grids” on page 161
Delete forms
See “Deleting Forms” on page 162
Rename folders
See “Renaming Folders” on page 279
To view all forms or business rules in a Calculation Manager folder, click the folder’s name in
the lefthand folders area. To select all the forms, select the check box at the top of the forms list.
Creating Folders
Use folders to hierarchically organize forms and Calculation Manager business rule security.
You can move folders within the hierarchy, and give folders the same name if they are on different
hierarchical levels. You cannot:
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For Calculation Manager business rule folders: Select Administration, then Manage, and
then Business Rule Security.
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Select the folder under which to create the folder.
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Above the folders list, click Create.
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Enter the folder name.
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Click OK.
Moving Folders
When you move folders, all nested folders, forms, and Calculation Manager business rules within
them are also moved.
ä To move folders:
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For form folders: Select Administration, then Manage, then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids.
For business rule folders: Select Administration, then Business Rule Security.
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Select the folder to move.
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Click Move.
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Select the destination folder to which to move the selected folder.
5
Click OK.
Deleting Folders
ä To delete folders:
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For form folders: Select Administration, then Manage, then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids.
For Calculation Manager business rule folders: Select Administration, then Business Rule
Security.
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Select the folder to delete.
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Click Delete.
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Click OK.
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Renaming Folders
ä To rename folders:
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For form folders: Select Administration, then Manage, and then Forms and Ad Hoc Grids.
For Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager business rule folders: Select Administration, then
Business Rule Security.
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Select the folder to rename.
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Click Rename.
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Click OK.
About Setting Preferences
On the Preferences page, all users can set individual preferences.
Administrators and application owners can specify global settings. Preference selections affect
only the current application.
Preference options depend on user type. Planners and interactive user types can access
Application Settings and Display Options. See Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
See:
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“Setting Application Defaults” on page 280
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“Specifying System Settings” on page 281
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“Limiting Use of an Application During Maintenance” on page 282
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“Specifying Custom Tools” on page 284
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“Setting Display Options” on page 284
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“Setting Printing Options” on page 285
Administrators can control which tabs display for setting personal preferences, application
defaults, and system settings.
Show Option
Description
Current Application
Defaults
Accesses the Application Settings tab and Display Options tab. The values set on these tabs become application
defaults. Users can override defaults, and can revert to defaults by selecting Use Application Defaults on
preference tabs. See Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
Advanced Settings
Accesses the System Settings tab. See “Specifying System Settings” on page 281.
Access the Custom Tools tab. See “Specifying Custom Tools” on page 284.
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Setting Personal Preferences
All users can set personal preferences in the current application. For Application settings, Display
Options, and Printing Options, see Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
ä To set personal preferences:
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Select Preferences in the left hand pane, or select File, then Preferences.
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Click Planning, then perform an action:
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member selection and approvals.
Select Display Options to set options for number formatting, page selection, warnings
for large forms, and the number of dimensions to show on a page.
Select Printing Options to specify how pages are printed.
Select User Variables Options to limit the number of members that display on a form by
setting a user variable. See “Managing User Variables” on page 197.
Selecting Use Application Default resets the value to the current application default.
Setting Application Defaults
Administrators can specify defaults for the current application. Although users can override
these application defaults by setting preferences, they can restore application defaults by selecting
Use Application Default where available. For information about the individual application
settings and display option defaults outlined below, see Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
ä To set application defaults:
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Select Administration, then Application, then Settings.
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Select Current Application Defaults.
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The kind of member and alias data to display, such as both name and alias, on the
Member Selector dialog box
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Show planning units as aliases
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Show planning units that are not started
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The attribute dimension date format.
Select Display Options to specify defaults such as
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Number formatting
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Remember selected page members
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Allow search when pages exceed a certain number
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Member indentation
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The number of grid rows and columns fetched to populate forms
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UI themes
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Date formats
Click Save.
Specifying System Settings
Only administrators can specify system-wide settings.
Only the application owner can set the Email Server and Password for Synchronizing With
Essbase.
ä To specify system settings:
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Select Administration, then Application, then Settings.
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Select Advanced Settings.
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Select System Settings.
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Set options:
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System Settings
Option
Description
Email Character Set
The character set for email messages:
UTF-8: Unicode encoding format
Regional Setting: The system's regional setting
Shared Services URL
The URL for the Shared Services server. Click Register Shared Services and assign the application to
an application group (see “Assigning Applications to Shared Services Application Groups” on page
282).
Enable Use of the
Application for
Determine whether users can access the application in maintenance mode, such as during backups.
See “Limiting Use of an Application During Maintenance” on page 282.
Enable Display of
Substitution Variables
Set how substitution variables display in the Member Selection dialog box when users respond to runtime
prompts in business rules:
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Yes: Show full names (such as Victoria Hennings).
No: Do not display full names. Only user IDs will be shown (such as VHennings).
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Option
Description
Calculation Module
The module used to create, validate, deploy, and administer business rules. (Calculation Manager is the
only option.)
Select User
Assign an administrator as the application owner. (By default, the person who creates the application
is the application owner. The owner may grant ownership to another administrator.)
To specify system settings for each application, repeat these steps, then click Save.
Assigning Applications to Shared Services Application
Groups
ä To assign a Planning application to a Shared Services application group:
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Select Administration, then Application, then Settings.
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For Show, select Advanced Settings.
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Click Go.
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Select System Settings.
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only if you have the Project Manager role in Shared Services).
Existing Application Groups. Select the application group to which to assign the current
application.
Click Submit and Save.
Limiting Use of an Application During Maintenance
Administrators can withdraw and grant access to an application during maintenance. If users
are logged on to the application and administrators withdraw their access, users are forced off
the system.
ä To limit use of an application:
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Select Administration, then Application, and then Settings.
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Select Advanced Settings, then select System Settings.
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with the application.
Administrators: Only administrators can log on. Other users are forced off and prevented
from logging on until the option is reset to All Users.
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on. If they are currently logged on, they are forced off the system until the option is reset
to All Users or Administrators. Only the application owner can restrict other
administrators from using the application.
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If your selection is more restrictive than the current setting, click OK.
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Click Save.
See also “Using the MaintenanceMode Utility to Limit Application Access” on page 283.
Using the MaintenanceMode Utility to Limit Application
Access
Administrators can use the utility MaintenanceMode.cmd (Windows) or
MaintenanceMode.sh (UNIX) to temporarily withdraw access to applications during
maintenance.
ä To use the MaintenanceMode utility:
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At the command line, navigate to the planning1 directory.
For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page 56.
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Enter this command, one space, and the parameters, each separated by a space:
MaintenanceMode [-f:passwordFile], /A=app, /U=user, /P=password,
/LL=loginLevel [ALL_USERS|ADMINISTRATORS|OWNER], [/DEBUG=[true|false]],
[/HELP=Y]
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Parameter
Description
Required?
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the first parameter in the
command line to read the password from the full file path and name specified in
passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page
55.
No
/A=app
Application name
Yes
/U=user
Name of the administrator executing the utility
Yes
/P=password
The administrator’s password
Yes
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Parameter
Description
Required?
/LL=loginLevel [ALL_
USERS|
ADMINISTRATORS|
OWNER]
Specify which users the utility affects:
Yes
ALL_USERS - All users can log on or continue working with the application.
ADMINISTRATORS - Only other administrators can log on. Other users are forced off
and prevented from logging on until the parameter is reset to ALL_USERS.
OWNER - Only the application owner can log on. All other users are prevented from
logging on. If they are currently logged on, they are forced off the system until the
option is reset to ALL_USERS or ADMINISTRATORS. Only the application owner can
restrict other administrators from using the application.
/DEBUG=[true|false]
Specify whether to run the utility in debug mode. The default is false.
No
/HELP=Y
View the utility syntax online.
No
For example, on a Windows system, to force all users except administrators off an application
named “planapp”, enter:
MaintenanceMode.cmd /A=planapp, /U=admin, /P=password,
/LL=ADMINISTRATORS
Specifying Custom Tools
Administrators can specify custom tools, or links, for users on the Tools page. Users having access
to links can click links from the Tools menu to open pages in secondary browser windows.
ä To specify custom tools:
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Select Administration, then Application, then Settings.
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For Show, select Advanced Settings.
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Click Go.
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Select Custom Tools.
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For each link:
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For URL, enter a fully qualified URL, including the http:// prefix
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For User Type, select which users can access the link.
Click Save.
Setting Display Options
Administrators can set the number of items that display on the dimensions page and Add Access
pages.
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Select File, then Preferences, and then Display Options.
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Enter values:
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Show the Specified Members on Each Dimensions Page
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Show the Specified Records on Each Assign Access Page
Click Save.
Setting Printing Options
To set printing options, see “Setting Other Options” on page 171.
Mapping an Application for Reporting
Subtopics
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About the Reporting Application
Creating a Reporting Application
Mapping a Planning Application to a Reporting Application
Defining Application Mappings
Defining Dimension Mappings
Setting the Point of View
Validation Rules for Default Members
Pushing Data to a Reporting Application
Pushing Data with a Utility
Unsupported Features with Mapping Applications
Mapping Applications and Substitution Variables
Adding an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications
Editing an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications
Removing an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications
About the Reporting Application
A reporting application is a target application on which you can report on and aggregate Planning
data. The primary use cases:
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want to push new Planning data to it and report on the data.
You want to report on Smart Lists in Planning, which you cannot do in Planning.
You can map dimensions between a source Planning application and a reporting application to
enable:
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Reporting on Planning data in a reporting application
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Aggregating and querying on Smart Lists, which are converted to regular dimensions in the
reporting application
Linking Planning data to multiple reporting applications for various consolidations
Creating a Reporting Application
ä To create a reporting application:
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If it does not exist, create the target reporting application.
A reporting application can be either block storage or aggregate storage.
For the characteristics of each, see the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.
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In the reporting application, create the dimensions on which you want to report or aggregate.
When you later map the application, Planning automatically maps same-named
dimensions. To report or query on Smart Lists, create dimensions in the reporting
application that map to the Smart Lists in the source Planning application.
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Into the reporting application, load members on which you want to report or aggregate.
See Chapter 5, “Loading Data and Metadata.”
Next:
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Map the source Planning application to the target reporting application.
See “Mapping a Planning Application to a Reporting Application” on page 286.
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Push data from the source to the target application.
See “Pushing Data to a Reporting Application” on page 289.
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Report on the data in the reporting application.
Mapping a Planning Application to a Reporting Application
ä To map a Planning application to a reporting application:
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Create the reporting application.
See “Creating a Reporting Application” on page 286.
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In Planning, select Administration, then Map Reporting Applications.
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On the Reporting Application Mapping page, select an option:
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To create a mapping, click New.
To update a mapping, select the mapping and click Edit, Delete, or Rename. See “Defining
Application Mappings” on page 287.
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To refresh dimensions and members from the reporting application, click Refresh.
When you are defining an application mapping, Refresh ensures that the dimensionality
in the member selector for the target application reflects its actual dimensionality.
To push the data to the reporting application, click Push Data. See “Pushing Data to a
Reporting Application” on page 289.
To update the mapping for Smart Lists, see “Synchronizing Smart Lists in Reporting
Applications” on page 369.
Defining Application Mappings
ä To define an application mapping:
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For new mappings: Type a name and description.
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Under Source Application, select a Plan Type from the available plan types for the current application.
The plan type drives the information that is pushed to the reporting application.
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Under Reporting Application, select the Essbase server on which the reporting application resides, and
then select the target reporting application.
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Optional: To add, edit, or remove displayed Essbase servers, see “Adding an Essbase Server for Reporting
Applications” on page 293, “Editing an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications” on page 293, or
“Removing an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications” on page 294.
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Click Next.
See “Defining Dimension Mappings” on page 287.
Defining Dimension Mappings
On the Map Dimensions tab, you map the Planning dimensions on the left to the reporting
application members on the right. If mappings are correct, data can be pushed when dimensions
in both applications are mapped or have valid default members for storing data in the reporting
application (see “Setting the Point of View” on page 288).
Note: If parent members were enabled for dynamic members, and the resulting placeholders
for dynamic member exist in the aggregate storage cube, Planning member names need
not exist in aggregate storage cube. However, if only Planning member names exists in
aggregate storage cube, the Push Data operation will fail because the system requires the
placeholder names generated for dynamic members.
ä To define dimension mappings:
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For each Planning dimension, select a Mapping Type:
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Dimension to dimension: Displays the available unmapped dimensions in the Planning
application. In order to push data, the dimension and all of its members must reside in
both the source and target applications.
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Dimensions that are identical between the Planning and reporting applications (for
example, Scenario to Scenario) are automatically mapped.
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Smart List to Dimension: Displays the available Smart Lists. When a Smart List is selected,
the account members associated with it are displayed. If there is only one member, it is
automatically selected.
Note: Smart List labels are used for mapping to member names or member aliases in
the reporting application.
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For Dimension / Smart List name, select the name of the dimension or Smart List.
With Smart List to dimension mapping, the source plan type must contain a dense Account
dimension with at least one member associated with a Smart List.
Note: When mapping Smart Lists to dimensions, you can synchronize Smart Lists to identify
dimensions in reporting applications to which Smart Lists are mapped. This also adds
level 0 members of the selected dimensions as new Smart List entries to the selected
Smart Lists. See “Synchronizing Smart Lists in Reporting Applications” on page
369.
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For Member Selection, select the member name by clicking
.
By default, Lev0Descendants is selected. You can select only level 0 members. If there is
only one member, this member is automatically selected.
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Click either:
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Next to display the Point of View. See “Setting the Point of View” on page 288.
Save if all dimensions are mapped and there is no need for a POV. (If so, the Next button
is grayed out.)
You can click Save As to save the application mapping with a new name, and then click
Save in the Save As dialog box.
Setting the Point of View
The Point of View tab displays, for each application, dimensions that are not already mapped
or that are missing from either application so that you can specify a POV. All POV dimensions
must have only one member selected.
ä To set the point of view:
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On the top section of the Point of View page, specify a member for each unmapped Planning dimension.
Either:
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For rules on valid default members, see “Validation Rules for Default Members” on page
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In the bottom section, select a member for each unmapped reporting application POV member. Either:
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Type the POV member name.
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To select members that are not displayed, click
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Click Save.
You can click Save As to save the application mapping with a new name, and then click
Save in the Save As dialog box.
The members are checked for validity. See “Validation Rules for Default Members” on page
289.
Validation Rules for Default Members
Default members in the reporting application store the data that is pushed from the source
Planning application. If any of the following constraints are not met, or if a dimension in either
application is not mapped and has no valid default member, then a mapping is not valid and an
error message is displayed.
Rules:
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must be level 0 members.
For information on block versus aggregate storage application databases, see the Oracle
Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.
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If the reporting application is a block storage database, then the default members can be any
members with the Store Data property.
If the Planning application has only dimension to dimension mappings, then the default
members can be any level or data storage type.
If the Planning application has Smart List to dimension mappings, then default members
must be only level 0. In addition, the source plan type must contain a dense Account
dimension with at least one member associated with a Smart List.
If Descendants (Acct_Default) is selected in a mapping, the Acct_Default member must exist
in the reporting application.
Note: Mappings that were once valid can become invalid if dimensions, members, or Smart
Lists are renamed, removed, or added.
Pushing Data to a Reporting Application
After setting up application mappings, you can push data to a reporting application. Planning
validates the selected application mappings, and then pushes the mapped Planning dimension
data to the reporting application dimensions. A progress bar indicates the transfer status. You
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can also check the Job Console for the job status. See “Mapping a Planning Application to a
Reporting Application” on page 286.
Note: If you enabled parent members for dynamic on-the-fly member creation, and
placeholders consequently exist for dynamic members in Essbase, the Push Data
operation fails if only Planning member name exists in the aggregate storage application.
If only planning member name exists in aggregate storage application, Push Data fails because
it is looking for the bucket name.
ä To push data to a reporting application:
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Create the reporting application.
See “Creating a Reporting Application” on page 286.
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In Planning, select Administration, and then Map Reporting Applications.
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On the Reporting Application Mapping page, click Push Data.
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Select an option:
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Clear data on destination and push data: Clears the data in the target reporting application
before pushing data to it.
When the target is an aggregate storage reporting application, note the following when
using the Clear data on destination and push data option:
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Members with nonmatching names in the target reporting application are ignored.
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This option works only with member names, not with member aliases.
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Use caution when using member relationships (such as Children) when selecting
members for the application mapping, because using this option can cause the
calculation script to exceed its length limit.
If you use member relationships, this option expands the level 0 member list in the
source Planning application. If at least one member name in the source application
matches a member in the reporting application, this option proceeds without error.
If at least one member does not match, the option cannot proceed.
When the target is a block storage reporting application, to proceed successfully, the
Clear data on destination and push data option requires these conditions:
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If you use member relationships, all member names in the source application must
match all member names in the reporting application.
If you map Smart Lists to dimensions, all Smart List entries in the source application
must match all member names in the reporting application.
If you map Smart Lists to dimensions, the Smart List entry label in the source
Planning application must match the member name in the reporting application.
If a Smart List entry label does not match a member name in the reporting
application, then the Smart List entry name must match the reporting application
member name.
If the previous conditions are not met, the Clear data on destination and push data option
cannot proceed.
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the target reporting application.
If you map Smart Lists to dimensions, Smart List labels must match either member
names or aliases in the reporting application. Push data does not work with Smart List
entry names.
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Pushing Data with a Utility
Pushing data to a reporting application can take some time, so administrators may want to
schedule the data push during non-peak hours using the PushData utility. The utility is installed
in the planning1 directory. For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM Oracle Instance”
on page 56.
ä To launch the PushData utility:
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From the planning1 directory on the server where Planning is installed, enter this syntax at the
Command Prompt:
PushData [-f:passwordFile] /U:username /A:sourceApplication /
M:applicationMapping [/C]
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Parameter
Description
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the first parameter in the command line to
read the password from the full file path and name specified in passwordFile. See “Suppressing
Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55.
/U:username
The name of the Planning administrator
/A:sourceApplication
The name of the source Planning application from which to push data
/M:applicationMapping
The name of the application mapping that defines the push data range (see “Mapping an Application
for Reporting” on page 285)
[/C]
Optional: Clears the data range in the target reporting application before pushing data
If you are prompted, enter the password.
Note: You can check the Job Console for the execution status. You can also view the results in
the PushData log in the Planning logs directory. For the full path, see “About EPM
Oracle Instance” on page 56.
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Examples:
PushData /U:admin /A:plnapp /M:LineItemsToExpenses /C
PushData -f: password.txt /U:admin /A:plnapp /M:LineItemsToExpenses /C
PushData /U:admin /A:plnapp /M:LineItemsToExpenses
Unsupported Features with Mapping Applications
Mapping an application to a reporting application does not support:
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selected
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Mapping Applications and Substitution Variables
When mapping an application that contains substitution variables, note:
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mappings are defined.
For dimension-to-dimension mappings on the Map Dimensions tab:
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For the Planning application, the variable name that is selected or typed is passed and
evaluated when you click Push Data.
For the reporting application, the variable name is evaluated against the Planning
application, and then the value is used in the Clear Data operation.
For Point of View fields on the Point of View tab:
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Planning application and for all Essbase applications.
For the Planning application, the member selector displays the Essbase substitution
variables defined only for the Planning application and for all Essbase applications. The
variable names that are selected or typed are passed and evaluated by Essbase when you
click Push Data.
For the reporting application, the member selector displays the substitution variables
defined only for the reporting application and for all Essbase applications. It is evaluated
against the reporting application, and the evaluated value is validated against the
respective reporting dimension for the single member and no member function.
If metadata in a reporting application has been modified, click Refresh before editing or
pushing data to synchronize reporting dimensions and members with Planning. For
example, if a dimension or member was added to a reporting application, clicking Refresh
makes the member visible in Planning. Refreshing changes from reporting application
metadata may cause mappings to become invalid.
Adding an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications
ä To add an Essbase server on which reporting application databases reside, on the Add Essbase
Server dialog box:
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In Essbase Server, type the server name.
To configure a data source to support Essbase failover in active-passive clustering mode,
replace the Essbase Server name value with the APS URL followed by the Essbase cluster
name; for example, if the APS URL is http://hostname:13090/aps and the Essbase
cluster name is EssbaseCluster-1, then the value in the Essbase Server name field would
be:
http://hostname:13090/aps/Essbase?clusterName=EssbaseCluster-1
Entering the Essbase cluster name without the APS URL in the Essbase Server name field is
not supported in this release.
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In User Name, type your user name.
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In Password, type your password.
Your name and password are stored so you do not retype them in future sessions.
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Optional: To test the connection to the Essbase server, click Validate Connection.
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Click OK.
Editing an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications
You can use the Edit Essbase Server dialog box to change logon credentials and connectivity
details such as server name and port numbers. For the default Essbase server, you can make
updates in the Manage Data Source dialog box for the application’s associated data source.
Note: If you use the EPM System Configurator to change the Essbase server, you must update
the server name within Planning.
Tip: Using the Planning Upgrade Wizard, you can update Essbase server information for
multiple reporting applications (see “Updating References to Reporting Essbase Servers”
on page 312).
ä To edit an Essbase server displayed for reporting application databases, on the Edit Essbase
Server dialog box:
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In Essbase Server, select the server from the list of available servers.
To configure a data source to support Essbase failover in active-passive clustering mode,
replace the Essbase Server name value with the APS URL followed by the Essbase cluster
name; for example, if the APS URL is http://hostname:13090/aps and the Essbase
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cluster name is EssbaseCluster-1, then the value in the Essbase Server name field would
be:
http://hostname:13090/aps/Essbase?clusterName=EssbaseCluster-1
Entering the Essbase cluster name without the APS URL in the Essbase Server name field is
not supported in this release.
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In Server Name, type the server name.
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In User Name, type your user name.
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In Password, type your password.
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Optional: To test the connection to the Essbase server, click Validate Connection.
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Removing an Essbase Server for Reporting Applications
ä To remove an Essbase server displayed for reporting application databases, on the Delete
Essbase Server dialog box:
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Select the server.
You cannot remove the default server, on which the current Planning application resides.
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Click Delete.
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At the prompt, if you are sure you want to delete, click OK.
Deleting Application Information Using SQL
Planning provides SQL files to delete this information:
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Supporting detail associated with scenarios. See “Deleting Supporting Detail Associated
With a Scenario” on page 295.
You can use the Clear Cell Detail feature to clear account annotations, supporting detail,
cell text, and cell-level documents. See “Clearing Cell Details” on page 275.
Deleting Account Annotations
Use the aadelete.sql file, installed in the sql directory, to delete account annotations. It
includes SQL queries that delete annotations for selected account names. To use the Clear Cell
Detail feature to clear account annotations, see “Clearing Cell Details” on page 275.
ä To delete account annotations associated with account names:
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Stop the Web application server.
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Update the SQL queries section of the aadelete.sql file corresponding to your type of relational
database by substituting the name of the account whose annotations to delete.
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Run queries in the aadelete.sql file appropriate for your relational database.
Example: deleting account annotations for Account1:
DELETE
FROM HSP_ACCOUNT_DESC
WHERE ACCOUNT_ID=(SELECT OBJECT_ID FROM HSP_OBJECT
WHERE OBJECT_NAME='ACCOUNT1')
INSERT INTO HSP_ACTION
(FROM_ID, TO_ID, ACTION_ID, OBJECT_TYPE, MESSAGE, ACTION_TIME,
PRIMARY_KEY) VALUES (0,0,2,18,NULL,GETDATE(),NULL)
Deleting Supporting Detail Associated With a Scenario
You can use the sddelete.sql file, installed in the sql directory, to delete supporting detail
associated with scenarios. It includes SQL queries that delete supporting detail for selected
scenarios. To use the Clear Cell Detail feature to clear supporting detail, see “Clearing Cell
Details” on page 275.
ä To delete supporting detail associated with scenarios:
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Stop the Web application server.
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Update the SQL queries section of the sddelete.sql file corresponding to your type of relational
database by substituting the scenario name with the supporting detail to delete.
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Run queries in the sddelete.sql file appropriate for your relational database.
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Start the Web application server.
Example: Deleting supporting detail associated with a scenario
Supporting detail for the Actual scenario is deleted:
DELETE
FROM HSP_COLUMN_DETAIL_ITEM
WHERE DETAIL_ID IN
(SELECT DETAIL_ID
FROM HSP_COLUMN_DETAIL
WHERE DIM1 =
(SELECT OBJECT_ID
FROM HSP_OBJECT
WHERE OBJECT_NAME ='ACTUAL'));
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DELETE
FROM HSP_COLUMN_DETAIL
WHERE DIM1 =
(SELECT OBJECT_ID
FROM HSP_OBJECT
WHERE object_name ='Actual');
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Working with Menus
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Working with Menu Items ............................................................................... 298
Adding or Changing Menu Items ....................................................................... 298
Creating and Updating Menus
Administrators can create right-click menus and associate them with forms, enabling users to
click rows or columns in forms and select menu items to:
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Open Job Console or Copy Version
The context of the right-click is relayed to the next action: the POV and the Page, the member
the user clicked on, the members to the left (for rows), or above (for columns).
When designing forms, use Other Options to select menus available for Form menu item types.
As you update an application, update the appropriate menus. For example, if you delete a
business rule referenced by a menu, remove it from the menu.
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Menus.
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Perform one action:
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Working with Menu Items
Edit Menu displays menu items on the current menu, including names, labels, required
dimensions, icon, and type, such as URL, Form, Business Rule, Manage Approvals, Menu
Header, Form, Job Console, and Copy Version.
ä To work with menu items:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Menus.
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Select a menu and click Edit.
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First time only: To add the first item to the menu, click Add Child and Save.
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Select a menu item and:
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menu types).
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To edit menu items, click Edit.
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To delete menu items, click Delete.
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To change the order of menu items within the same level, click the Up or Down Arrow.
You can move multiple items.
Use Edit Menu Item to define the menu item properties.
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Click Save.
Click Save As to save the current selections under a new menu name.
Adding or Changing Menu Items
ä To define menu items:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Menus.
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Select a menu and then click Edit.
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Select the menu item and then click Edit or Add Sibling.
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Define the menu item:
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Item
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Menu Item
Enter a unique name containing only alphanumeric and underscore characters, with no special characters or spaces
Label
Enter text to display when the menu is selected. Spaces and special characters are allowed. Menu labels display in
the user interface. Labels can be text or can reference a resource variable by name. For example, to set a menu’s
label to File, set it to File directly or to the name of a resource, such as LABEL_FILE, which can be localized.
Item
Description
Icon
Optional: In context of the Planning server, enter the path and filename to a graphic to display by the menu. (In
other words, the graphic or image referenced must be within the Planning Web application root folder.) For example:
Images\green.gif
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Select the menu item type to determine available Properties. No properties are available for Menu Header.
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Parameter
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Form: Launch a selected form. The member selection context for the member, page, and POV is retained when
users right-click in the source form. If the target form contains these dimension members on the page, its page
is set to match the context.
Menu Header: Create a menu under which you can create children menu items. To display a separator bar on
the menu at this item, enter one hyphen as the Label. In this case, the Required Dimension list is not
available.
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Job Console: Create a menu that opens the Job Console to view jobs for the current user for the specified Job
Type and Status.
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Select a dimension, or select an option for where the menu item displays: Point of View, Page, Row, Column, Members
Only, Cell Only. For example, if you select Account, users can right-click Account members on a form to open the
menu. If you select Row, the menu is available when users right-click a row. Selecting None makes the menu available
whenever the user right-clicks in the form.
Define menu item properties, which differ for menu item types:
Type
Options
Form
a. From Form Folder, select the folder containing the destination form.
b. From Form, select the form.
URL
a. For URL, enter the complete URL to which to direct the user. For example: http://server name/HFM/
Logon/HsvLogon.asp.
b. Select Use Single Sign-on to append the SSO token to the URL.
c. Select Include Context in URL to include the context.
Business
Rule
a. For Plan Type, select the plan type for which the business rule is available.
b. For Business Rules, select the business rule to launch.
c. From View Type, select how to display runtime prompt pages:
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Streamline View: Display each runtime prompt on a different line
d. Optional: For Window Title, enter a title to display instead of Runtime Prompts.
e. Optional: For OK Button Label, enter the text to display for the OK button.
f. Optional: For Cancel Button Label, enter the text to display for the Cancel button.
g. Optional: For Launch Confirmation Message, enter text to display when the business rule is invoked, but before
it is launched. This option enables administrators to provide meaningful messages to planners about the
consequences of launching business rules.
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Type
Options
Manage
Approvals
Specify the planning unit to which the user is directed by selecting a scenario and a version.
Previous
Form
Enter the name of the menu item that will return the user to the previous form.
Copy Version
Enable end users to use Copy Version to copy form data for the current form, including supporting details, annotations,
cell text, and cell documents to another version. Select the following default values:
a. From Scenario, select the scenario from which to copy.
b. From Copy From, select the version that contains the data to copy.
c. From Copy To, select the version to which to copy the data.
Job Console
Enable end users to view the Job Console for the specified job type and job. Select the following default values:
a. From Job Type, select one:
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Business Rule
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Ruleset
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Sequence
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Clear Cell Details
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Copy Data
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Push Data
b. From Status, select one:
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Click Save.
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Select Run Status
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Status Processing
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Status Completed
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Status Error
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Working with Planning
Application Administration
In This Chapter
About Creating Applications with Performance Management Architect and Planning Application
Administration............................................................................................ 301
Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration ................................ 301
Working with Alias Tables ............................................................................... 313
Working with Dimensions ............................................................................... 317
Adding an Aggregate Storage Outline to a Planning Application .................................... 359
Setting up Dynamic Time Series Members ............................................................ 361
Working with Applications that Use Planning Application Administration .......................... 364
Using Smart Lists, UDAs, and Member Formulas ..................................................... 368
About Creating Applications with Performance
Management Architect and Planning Application
Administration
You can create applications using Performance Management Architect or Planning application
administration. Different menus and options are available for each type of application. For
example, for applications created with Performance Management Architect application
administration, you manage Smart Lists within Performance Management Architect. For
applications created with Planning application administration, you can select Administration,
then Manage, then Smart Lists to use the feature within Planning. Planning application
administration tasks are described in this chapter. To use Planning application administration,
you must be assigned the appropriate roles, as described in the Oracle Enterprise Performance
Management System User Security Administration Guide.
For information on setting up applications for Planning modules, see their respective guides.
Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application
Administration
If you are using Planning application administration, use the Planning Application Wizard to
create and delete applications, and register with Shared Services.
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ä To set up applications using Planning application administration:
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Perform one task:
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From Planning, select Administration, then Application, and then Manage Applications.
From EPM Workspace, select Navigate, then Administer, and then Planning
Administration.
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“Managing Applications” on page 302
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“Managing Data Sources” on page 307
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“Managing Upgrades” on page 311
Managing Applications
To use Planning application administration to create, delete, and registerPlanning applications,
see:
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“Creating Applications” on page 302
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“Deleting Applications” on page 306
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“Registering Applications” on page 307
Creating Applications
ä To create and update applications using Planning application administration:
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Start the Planning Application Wizard (see “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application
Administration” on page 301).
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In Manage Applications, click Actions, and then select Create.
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Define the application by completing information in the tabs. See:
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“Selecting Application Information” on page 302
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“Setting up the Calendar” on page 303
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“Setting up Currencies” on page 305
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“Specifying Plan Types” on page 305
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“Reviewing Application Information” on page 306
Selecting Application Information
Specify the application name and description, register the application with Shared Services and
select the data source.
A default instance (cluster) is set up when you install and configure Planning. To update clusters
with the EPM System Configurator, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System
Installation and Configuration Guide.
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ä To select application information:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, select Manage Applications, and then under Actions, select
Create.
See “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration” on page 301.
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Click Select.
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Select a data source.
See “Managing Data Sources” on page 307.
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Enter the name of the application.
The name can contain up to eight characters. It must not be the same as an existing Essbase
application.
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Enter a description of the application.
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For Application Type, select which type of application you are creating. For Planning applications, select
General.
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Select a Shared Services application group.
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Click Next.
Setting up the Calendar
The calendar establishes the application’s base time periods, first fiscal year and month, and total
number of years. Select the base time period and monthly distribution pattern based on the
number of fiscal weeks in a month. The base time period options are the bottom-level time
periods in the application. You can create a custom base time period, such as weeks or days. Use
monthly distribution patterns to determine how data entered into a summary time period is
distributed or spread among the base time period that you select. Users can enter data into
summary time periods, such as years or quarters. Planning distributes these values over the base
time periods that constitute the summary time period.
For the fiscal year, you can set the fiscal year first month and specify whether the fiscal year starts
from the same calendar year or the previous calendar year. You can later set up calculations
based on the calendar year, for example, using formula expressions. When setting up formulas
for Planning applications, keep in mind that formula expressions such as [TPDate] and
[FirstDate] produce different results if the application starts in the same calendar year or previous
calendar year. See “Working with Formula Expressions” on page 374.
The following table provides examples of how the Fiscal Year First Month and the Fiscal Start
Year options affect the calendar for the application, assuming the Fiscal Start Year is 2012.
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Examples of Fiscal Year First Month and Fiscal Start Year Calendar Options
Fiscal Year First Month
Fiscal Start Year
Period - Year
Years Dimension
January
Same Calendar Year
Jan-12 to Dec-12
FY12
July
Same Calendar Year
Jul-12 to Jun-13
FY12
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Fiscal Year First Month
Fiscal Start Year
Period - Year
Years Dimension
July
Previous Calendar Year
Jul-11 to Jun-12
FY12
February
Same Calendar Year
Feb-12 to Jan-13
FY12
February
Previous Calendar Year
Feb-11 to Jan-12
FY12
December
Same Calendar Year
Dec-12 to Nov-13
FY12
December
Previous Calendar Year
Dec-11 to Nov-12
FY12
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Calendar.
See “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration” on page 301.
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To set how calendars roll up, select a Base Time Period option:
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Select the First Fiscal Year.
This selection defines the starting fiscal year for the application. You cannot change it after
creating the application. Before specifying the first fiscal year, consider how much historical
data your organization needs and wants in the application.
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Select the Number of Fiscal Years for the application.
This selection defines the number of years in the calendar. You can add more years to the
calendar after the application is created.
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Select the Fiscal Year First Month.
This selection is the first month in the fiscal year for the application, which depends on the
First Fiscal Year option.
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Select the Fiscal Year Start Date:
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example, selecting the year 2014 with a starting period of Jun creates the starting year
as FY14, defined as Jun-14 to May-15.
Previous Calendar Year. Set the year to start with the previous calendar year. For example,
selecting the year 2013 with a starting period of Jun creates the starting year as FY13,
defined as Jun-12 to May-13.
For an application starting in January, only the Same Calendar Year option is available.
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If you set the base time period as 12 Months, select a Weekly Distribution option: Even, 445, 454, or
544.
Weekly distribution sets the monthly distribution pattern, based on the number of fiscal
weeks in a month. This selection determines how data in summary time periods spreads
within the base time period. When users enter data into summary time periods, such as
quarters, the value is distributed over base time periods in the summary time period.
If you select a weekly distribution pattern other than Even, Planning treats quarterly values
as if they were divided into 13 weeks and distributes weeks according to the selected pattern.
For example, if you select 5-4-4, the first month in a quarter has five weeks, and the last two
months in the quarter have four weeks.
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To create an All Years parent member that includes all years, select Yes for All Years parent.
The All Years parent member enables users to view the accumulated data across multiple
years, for example, a project's total cost up to its end date. The parent member does not
include the No Year member, if one is defined for the application.
Note: All Years is available only for applications created for Planning modules, not for
generic Planning applications.
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Click Next.
Setting up Currencies
Specify the default currency for entities in the application, and establish if the application
supports currency conversions. Multiple currency support (also called currency overrides) is
available for level 0 members, regardless of their base currency.
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Currencies.
See “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration” on page 301.
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Select the default currency for entities in the application.
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Specify if the application supports multiple currencies by selecting Yes for multicurrency applications
or No for single-currency applications.
After the application is created, you cannot change this option. Multiple currency support
is available for level 0 members, regardless of base currency. If you select Yes, two additional
dimensions are created, Currency and HSP_Rates.
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Click Next.
Specifying Plan Types
Specify one to three plan types for the application. A separate Essbase database is created for
each plan type. You cannot change the name or number of plan types after creating an
application.
As you create accounts, entities, and other elements of the application, you associate them with
plan types, so the database for each plan type contains only information relevant to the plan
type. This optimizes application design, size, and performance.
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Note: You can specify up to three generic plan types for an application. If you select one block
storage plan type during application creation, then you are allowed to add two more from
the plan type editor for a total of three. Public Sector Planning and Budgeting and Oracle
Project Financial Planning users will need to use Oracle Hyperion Workforce Planning
and/or Oracle Hyperion Capital Asset Planning plan types and should ensure those plan
types are tagged as such so they will not count towards the three generic total. Planning
allows up to three generic plan types total and one aggregate storage database for each
block storage database plus one additional aggregate storage database for consolidation
purposes.
ä To select plan types:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Plan Types.
See “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration” on page 301.
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For each plan type in the application, select the Plan Type and specify a plan name.
You must select least one Planning plan type. You can have up to three Planning plan types,
and names can contain up to eight characters. (Although it is possible to enter more than
eight bytes using single-byte and double-byte characters, an error message displays when
the Essbase database is created.)
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If you are creating an aggregate storage plan type, select ASO1, and then specify an application name.
Note: Essbase requires a separate application for each aggregate storage database.
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Click Next to review application information and create the application.
Reviewing Application Information
ä To review application information before creating or updating the application:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Finish.
See “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration” on page 301.
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Review the selected settings. Some settings cannot be changed after the application is created.
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Optional: To modify application settings, click Previous, update the application information, and click
Finish to check the updated settings.
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To create the application, click Create.
Deleting Applications
You can use the Planning Application Wizard to delete applications that use Planning application
administration.
Caution!
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Oracle recommends backing up the application before deleting. See “Backing Up
Applications and Application Databases” on page 93.
ä To delete applications:
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Back up the application.
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Start the Planning Application Wizard (see “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application
Administration” on page 301).
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In Manage Applications, select an application, click Actions, and then select Delete.
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At the confirmation message, click OK to proceed with the deletion.
Registering Applications
You can use the Planning Application Wizard to reregister the Shared Services application group
for an application.
ä To register applications:
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Start the Planning Application Wizard (see “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application
Administration” on page 301).
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In Manage Applications, select an application, then click Actions, and then select Register.
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In Register, select the Shared Services Project, and then click OK.
Managing Data Sources
Each Planning application must be associated with its own data source, which links the relational
database and the Essbase server. To use the Planning Application Wizard to create, update, test,
and delete data sources, see:
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“Checking Connections” on page 310
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“Deleting Data Sources” on page 310
For Planning applications created in Performance Management Architect, you manage data
sources in Performance Management Architect. See the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance
Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
Data sources must be associated with instances, also called clusters. To update clusters, see the
Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide.
Note: If you use the EPM System Configurator to change the Essbase server, update the server
name within Planning.
Creating Data Sources
Each Planning application requires its own data source that points to a separate relational
database.
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Caution!
If you create a new data source and associate it with an existing relational schema
that is used by another application, the application creation process will overwrite
the relational tables for the previously created application.
To create data sources for application administration, enter the data source name and
description, select a relational database, and specify details for the relational database and Essbase
server. The relational database and Essbase server password information is stored as encrypted.
You can also set the application to Unicode mode. Unicode-mode applications support multiple
character sets. When Essbase works with Unicode-mode applications, it uses the UTF-8
encoding form to interpret and store character text. Character-based artifacts in Unicode-mode
applications, such as member and alias names, can include characters from different languages.
For more information, see the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.
ä To create data sources for application administration:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Manage Data Source, and then under Actions, select
Create. See “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration” on page 301. Within
Planning, you can also select Administration, then Manage Data Source, then click Actions, and then
select Create.
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Enter the data source name and description.
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Specify these application database details:
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Server—Server hosting the database
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Port—Port (for default ports, see Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management
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User—Database username
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Password—Database password
For advanced users only: Optionally, create the data source using a custom URL instead of the
information in the Server and Port fields. Click Custom, and then enter the URL for the data source in
Connection URL.
For detailed information on configuring the database with the EPM System Configurator
and examples of URLs, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation
and Configuration Guide.
Entering a custom URL overrides previous connection settings for server and port. To
remove the custom URL and return to the previous server and port settings, clear the
Custom check box. If Oracle RAC configuration is being used, the RAC details must be
provided in Custom URL during Planning data source creation.
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Click Validate, and fix any issues that are noted.
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Specify these Essbase server details:
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Server—Server name (If the default port number Essbase Agent port was changed to
another number during configuration, the Oracle Essbase server must have the format
ServerName:newPortNumber. For example, if the port number was set to 1400 during
configuration and the server is run locally, the server name uses this format,
ServerName:1400.)
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For more information, see the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.
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Click Validate, and fix any issues that are noted.
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Click Save.
Editing Data Sources
For Planning application administration, you can use the wizard to update the data source name,
description, relational database, and details for the relational database and Essbase server.
ä To edit data sources:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Manage Data Source. See “Setting Up Applications Using
Planning Application Administration” on page 301. Within Planning, you can also select
Administration, and then select Manage Data Source.
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Select a data source, click Actions, and then select Edit.
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Update the data source name and description.
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Specify the application database details:
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Port: Port. For information about default ports and how to change them, see Oracle
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Password: Database password
For advanced users only: Optionally, create the data source using a custom URL instead of the
information in the Server and Port fields. Click Custom, and then enter the URL for the data source in
Connection URL.
For detailed information on configuring the database with the EPM System Configurator
and examples of URLs, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation
and Configuration Guide.
Entering a custom URL overrides previous connection settings for server and port. To
remove the custom URL and return to the previous server and port settings, clear the
Custom check box.
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Click Validate, and fix any issues that are noted.
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Specify Essbase server details:
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Optional: To set the application to Unicode mode, select Unicode Mode.
For more information, see the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.
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Click Validate, and fix any issues that are noted.
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11 At the message that the data source was updated successfully, click the X to close the message.
12 Use the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Configurator to select an instance
(cluster) to use for the application. See the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management
Architect Administrator's Guide.
Checking Connections
You can test the connections to the database or Essbase.
ä To check connections:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Manage Data Source.
See “Setting Up Applications Using Planning Application Administration” on page 301.
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To test the connection, click Validate.
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At the message that the connection is successful, click the X to close the message.
Deleting Data Sources
For Planning application administration, you can use the Planning Application Wizard to delete
data sources that are not associated with an application.
ä To delete data sources:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Manage Data Source. See “Setting Up Applications Using
Planning Application Administration” on page 301. Within Planning, you can also select
Administration, and then select Manage Data Source.
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Select the data source to delete, click Actions, and then select Delete.
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At the message that the data source was deleted successfully, click the X to close the message.
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Managing Upgrades
Use the Planning Upgrade Wizard to update references to rehosted data sources and to upgrade
Planning applications. For example, if the Essbase Server host and port have changed since the
earlier release, you must update data sources and update mappings from Planning applications
to reporting applications. If the relational data source has changed, you must update data source
connections. The Planning Upgrade Wizard enables you to update multiple data sources and
reporting applications simultaneously. The Upgrade Wizard also upgrades applications created
in Performance Management Architect or applications using Planning application
administration.
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References to Data Sources” on page 311.
For updating references to rehosted Essbase servers that have reporting applications, see
“Updating References to Reporting Essbase Servers” on page 312.
For upgrading Planning applications created in Performance Management Architect or
Planning application administration, see “Upgrading Applications” on page 312.
Updating References to Data Sources
Use the Planning Upgrade Wizard to update references to rehosted relational databases and
Essbase servers.
Note: Before updating references to data sources, ensure that the Essbase server and the
relational database are running.
ä To update references to data sources:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Upgrade Wizard.
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On the Update Data Sources tab, review the relational database information and the Essbase server
information for each Planning data source. If the Essbase server host and port have changed during
upgrade, or if the relational database has moved to a new host, update the information.
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To update multiple relational databases with the same information:
a. On the bottom of the page, select the data sources to which to apply relational
database updates.
b. Under Update Relational Information, enter the new database information.
c. Click Apply to Selected.
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To update multiple Essbase servers with the same information:
a. On the bottom of the page, select the data sources to which to apply Essbase
information updates.
b. Under Update Essbase Information, enter the new Essbase server information.
When using Essbase failover in active-passive clustering mode, note that you can
specify the APS URL followed by the Essbase cluster name; for example, if the APS
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URL is http://<hostname>:13090/aps and the Essbase cluster name is
EssbaseCluster-1, then the value in the Essbase Server name field would be:
http://<hostname>:13090/aps/Essbase?
clusterName=EssbaseCluster-1
Entering the Essbase cluster name without the APS URL is not supported in this
release.
c. Click Apply to Selected.
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To update each data source individually:
a. On the bottom of the page, select the data sources to which to apply the updates.
b. Enter the new information for each data source.
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Click Reset to undo the updates.
Click Validate to test the connections to the selected data sources, and fix any issues that
are noted.
Click Save to save the updates to the selected data sources.
Click Next to proceed to the Upgrade Applications tab (see “Upgrading Applications” on page 312).
Note: If you do not see the updates reflected in the Planning application, stop and then restart
the Planning server.
Upgrading Applications
Use the Planning Upgrade Wizard to upgrade Planning applications created using Performance
Management Architect or Planning application administration. Instructions for this procedure
are available in the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and
Configuration Guide.
Note: You must update references to rehosted data sources before you upgrade applications.
See “Updating References to Data Sources” on page 311 and “Updating References to
Reporting Essbase Servers” on page 312.
Public Sector Planning and Budgeting users must perform additional data migration tasks after
an upgrade. Instructions for migrating existing application metadata and artifacts are provided
in Appendix B of the Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting User's Guide.
Updating References to Reporting Essbase Servers
Use the Planning Upgrade Wizard to update references to Essbase servers that are used in
reporting applications.
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Note: Before updating references to reporting Essbase servers, ensure that the Essbase server
and the relational database are running.
ä To update references to Essbase servers that have reporting applications:
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In the Planning Application Wizard, click Upgrade Wizard.
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On the Update Reporting Essbase Servers tab, review or update the Essbase server information for
reporting applications.
Only applications that have already been upgraded and that have reporting applications
created on an Essbase server (other than the default Essbase server) are listed.
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a. On the bottom of the page, select the applications to which to apply the updates.
b. Under Update Reporting Essbase Information, enter the new Essbase server
information.
c. Click Apply to Selected.
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a. On the bottom of the page, select the reporting applications to which to apply the
updates.
b. Enter the new Essbase server information for each application.
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Click Reset to undo the updates.
Click Validate to test the connections to the selected Essbase servers, and fix any issues
that are noted.
Click Save to save the updates to the selected Essbase servers.
Click Back to switch to the Upgrade Applications tab (see “Upgrading Applications” on page 312).
Note: If you do not see the updates reflected in the Planning application, stop and then restart
the Planning server.
Working with Alias Tables
You can create and update alias tables, and set a default alias table for the application. Follow
naming conventions in Appendix B, “Naming Restrictions .”
About Alias Tables
You can assign alternate names, or aliases, to Planning Account, Currency, Entity, Scenario,
Period, Version, Years, and user-defined dimension members. Planning allows up to 10 aliases
per dimension member, including the default alias.
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When creating a Planning application, Essbase creates an empty default alias table in the database
outline. If you do not create other alias tables, all aliases are stored in this default table. You
cannot delete the default table.
You can create up to nine alias tables in Essbase. If you add or change aliases or alias tables, you
must refresh the application. Changes are not in effect until the database is updated. To view
the database outline, open Administration Services Console, select Outline, then Aliases, then
Set Table, and select an alias table. You can use only alias tables created from within Planning.
Alias tables created outside Planning are deleted during application refresh.
Multiple alias tables support these language combinations:
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You can set alias tables to display members in an application. Planners can set alias tables in
preferences.
Creating Alias Tables
ä To create alias tables:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Alias Tables.
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Click Add.
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In Add - Alias Table, enter a name.
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Click OK.
Editing or Renaming Alias Tables
ä To edit or rename alias tables:
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Administration, then Manage, then Alias Tables.
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Select the alias table.
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Click Edit.
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For Edit - Alias Table, enter a name.
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Deleting Alias Tables
ä To delete alias tables:
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Administration, then Manage, then Alias Tables.
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Select the alias table.
You cannot delete the default alias table.
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Click Delete.
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Click OK.
Clearing Alias Tables
You can clear the contents of alias tables.
ä To clear alias tables:
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Administration, then Manage, then Alias Tables.
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Select the alias table to clear.
Clearing the alias table removes the contents of the table but does not remove the table.
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Click Clear Values.
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Click OK.
Copying Alias Tables
ä To copy alias tables:
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Administration, then Manage, then Alias Tables.
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Select the alias table.
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Click Copy.
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Select the destination alias table.
The destination alias table must exist. Copying does not create tables.
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Click Copy.
Specifying a Default Alias Table, and Setting Member and
Alias Display Options
If you create alias tables with aliases for Account, Currency, Entity, Scenario, Period, Version,
Years, and user-defined dimensions and members, you can select a default alias table for the
application. Users can set preferences for which set of aliases (stored in an alias table) to use for
displaying member and dimension names.
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ä To select the application’s default alias table:
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Select Administration, then Application, then Settings.
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Select Current Application Defaults, and then select Application Settings.
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In Alias Table, select a default alias table.
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In Member Name\Alias Display, select the option that enables the kind of member data to be displayed
on the Member Selector throughout your application:
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Click Save or Reset.
Working with Dimensions
Subtopics
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Dimension Overview
Working with Dimension Hierarchies
Viewing a Member’s Ancestors
Determining Where Members Are Used in an Application
About Custom Dimensions
About Entities
Base Currency
About Accounts
Accounts, Entities, and Plan Types
About User-Defined Custom Dimensions
Adding or Editing User-Defined Custom Dimensions
Working with Members
Working with Attributes
Working with Attribute Values
Customizing Calendars
Setting Up Currencies
Enabling Multiple Currencies
Specifying Exchange Rates
Setting Up Scenarios
Specifying Versions
Sorting Version and Scenario Members
Moving Scenario and Version Members in the Dimension Hierarchy
Dimension Overview
Dimensions categorize data values. Seven dimensions are included with Planning: Account,
Entity, Scenario, Version, Period, Years, and Currency. You can create up to 13 user-defined
custom dimensions.
About Dimensions and Members
Members are components of dimensions.
About Sparse and Dense Dimensions
Sparse dimensions lack data values for the majority of member combinations. Dense dimensions
have data values for the majority of member combinations. At least one dense dimension is
required. Custom attributes cannot be assigned to dense dimensions. Planning designates the
Account and Period dimensions as dense, and the remaining dimensions as sparse. To optimize
performance for sparse dimensions, Planning searches for and calculates only occupied data
values in each dimension combination, reducing calculation time and disk usage. You can
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modify these settings. See “About Reordering Dimensions” on page 92 and “Setting Dimension
Density and Order” on page 330.
About Dimension Hierarchies
Dimension hierarchies define structural and mathematical relationships, and consolidations
between members in the database. Relationships are represented graphically in a collapsible
hierarchy diagram. The levels below the database name are dimensions, and the levels below
each dimension are members.
The Period dimension can contain the member YearTotal, which contains members Q1, Q2,
Q3, and Q4. Members Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 contain their own members for the corresponding
months in the year. To consolidate data values in the Period dimension, roll up monthly data
values to get quarterly data values, and quarterly data values to get yearly data values.
Members of the same level that belong to the same dimension or member are called siblings.
For example, Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 are siblings because they are at the same level in the hierarchy,
and are members of the same member, YearTotal.
The members of a dimension are called children of the dimension. Members that belong to a
member are called children of that member. The member YearTotal is a child of Period, the
members of Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 are children of YearTotal, and Jan, Feb, and Mar are children
of Q1. Q1 is the parent of Jan, Feb, and Mar, YearTotal is the parent of Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4, and
Period is the parent of YearTotal.
Working with Dimension Hierarchies
Task
Topic
Specify or change dimension properties.
Click Edit.
Add a dimension.
Click Add Dimension.
Search for a dimension member.
See “Finding Dimensions or Members” on page 320.
Expand or collapse the dimension hierarchy.
Click Expand or Collapse.
Add or edit a dimension member.
Click Add Child or Add Sibling.
Move a dimension member.
See “Moving Members Within the Dimension Hierarchy” on page 320.
Delete a dimension member.
See “Deleting Members” on page 334.
Assign access to a dimension member.
See “Assigning Access to Members and Business Rules” on page 60.
View a member’s ancestors.
Click Show Ancestors.
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Expanding and Collapsing Dimension Hierarchies
ä To expand dimensions or members:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select the dimension and member to expand.
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Perform one action:
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Click the closed folder.
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ä To collapse dimensions or members:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select the dimension to collapse.
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Perform one action:
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Click Collapse.
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Press the Left Arrow.
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Click .
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Click the open folders.
Navigating Dimension Hierarchies
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Press Up Arrow to move to the previous member.
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Press Down Arrow to move to the next member.
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In Page, enter the page to view and click Go or press Enter.
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Click Start, Prev, Next, or End to view other pages.
By default, 14 members are displayed per page. You can change this by setting preferences for
Show the Specified Members on Each Dimensions Page.
Filtering the Dimension View by Plan Type
You can filter the dimension view by plan type. When you select a plan type, only members used
in that plan type are displayed on the Dimensions page.
ä To filter the dimension view by plan type:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Plan Types, select the plan type.
Planning displays only the members used in the selected plan type.
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Finding Dimensions or Members
ä To find dimension members in dimension hierarchies:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select the dimension for the member.
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For Search, select name, alias, or both.
4
Enter the member name, alias, or partial string for which to search.
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Click Search Down
or Search Up
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Sorting Members
You can sort members in ascending or descending order, by children or descendants. Sorting
members affects the outline.
ä To sort members:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select the dimension for the members.
3
On Dimensions, select the members whose children or descendants you want to sort.
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For Sort, select children or descendants.
Sorting by children affects only members in the level immediately below the selected
member. Sorting by descendants affects all descendants of the selected member.
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Click
6
Click OK.
to sort by ascending order or
to sort by descending order.
The next time you create or refresh the database, the outline is generated with members in
the order that is displayed.
Moving Members Within the Dimension Hierarchy
You can move one member or a group of members in the same branch. If you move Account
members whose Valid For Plan Type settings differ from their new parent, the moved member
settings change to match the setting of the new parents. If you move members whose Source
Plan Type settings differ from their new parent, the moved member Source Plan Type is reset
to match the first valid plan type.
ä To move members or branches among siblings:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
2
For Dimension, select the dimension for the members to move.
3
Select the member or branch to move.
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Perform one action:
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to move the member up one position.
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to move the member down one position.
ä To move members, including parents and children:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select the dimension with the members to move.
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Select the member or branch to move.
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Click Cut.
You cannot Cut members after adding or editing dimensions, navigating to different pages,
deleting members, or logging off Planning. Not available for root dimension members.
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Click the destination level under which to move the members.
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Click Paste.
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Click OK.
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Update and validate business rules and reports.
Viewing a Member’s Ancestors
ä To view a member’s ancestors:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select a dimension.
3
Select the member in the dimension hierarchy.
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Click Show Ancestors.
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Click Close.
Determining Where Members Are Used in an Application
ä To view where members are used in an application:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
2
Select the dimension whose member’s usage you want to view.
3
Click Show Usage.
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At the bottom of the Member Usage window, select where in the application to view the member's
usage.
Options are appropriate for the selected dimension member.
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Click Go.
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Click Close.
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About Custom Dimensions
Planning includes two custom dimensions: Account and Entity. You can edit the names of these
dimensions, and create up to 13 user-defined dimensions. Use Account and user-defined
dimensions to specify data to gather from planners. Use Entity to model the flow of planning
information in the organization and establish the plan review path.
Aggregation Options
You can define calculations within dimension hierarchies using aggregation options.
Aggregation options determine how child member values aggregate to parent members:
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Storage Options
Table 66
Storage Options
Option
Impact
Dynamic Calc and Store
Calculates data values of members, and stores values.
Store
Stores data values of members.
Dynamic Calc
Calculates data values of members, and disregards the values.
Never Share
Prohibits members in the same dimension from sharing data values.
Shared
Allows members in the same dimension to share data values.
Label Only
Has no data associated with the member.
About Dynamic Calc
With dynamically calculated members, Planning calculates data values of members, and
disregards these values. The limit is 100 children under a Dynamic Calc parent. Changing a
member's storage to Dynamic Calc may result in loss of data, depending on how the data was
originally derived. You may need to update outlines, calculations, or both to get the dynamically
calculated value.
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Dynamic Calc Versus Dynamic Calc and Store
In most cases, you can optimize calculations and lower disk usage by using Dynamic Calc instead
of Dynamic Calc and Store when calculating members of sparse dimensions. Use Dynamic Calc
and Store for members of sparse dimensions with complex formulas, or that users retrieve
frequently.
For members of dense dimensions, use Dynamic Calc. Dynamic Calc and Store provides only a
small decrease in retrieval time and regular calculation time, and does not significantly lower
disk usage. For data values accessed concurrently by many users, use Dynamic Calc. Retrieval
time may be significantly lower than for Dynamic Calc and Store.
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Do not use Dynamic Calc for a parent member if you enter data for that member in a target
version. Parent members set to Dynamic Calc are read-only in target versions.
Data values are not saved for Dynamic Calc members.
About Store Data Storage
Do not set parent members to Store if their children are set to Dynamic Calc. With this
combination, new totals for parents are not calculated when users save and refresh forms.
About Shared Data Storage
Use Shared to allow alternate rollup structures in the application.
About Never Share Data Storage
The default data storage type is Never Share when you add user-defined custom dimensions.
You can use Never Share for parent members with only one child member that aggregates to the
parent, to apply access to the child member.
About Label Only Data Storage
Label-only members are virtual members; they are typically used for navigation and have no
associated data. Note:
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dimensions: Entity, Versions, Currencies, and user-defined custom dimensions. To store
exchange rates, use Never Share.
Data Storage for children of label-only parents is set to Never Share by default.
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Caution!
Do not design forms in which label-only parents follow their first child member,
as you cannot save data in the first child member. Instead, create forms with
label-only parents selected before their children, or do not select label-only
parents for forms.
About Entities
Entities typically match your organization’s structure, such as geographical regions,
departments, or divisions. Create entity members for groups that submit plans for approval.
Entity members help define budget review, or approvals (see “Managing the Budgeting Process”
on page 241).
For example, you may have regional centers preparing budgets for country headquarters. The
country headquarters may prepare plans for corporate headquarters. To match this structure,
create members for the regions, countries and headquarters. Specify regions as children of
country members, and country members as children of headquarters.
Forms support multiple currencies per entity, enabling data entry for multiple currencies and
reporting against one currency. However, Planning supports a base entity for each entity. You
can set the currency for entered values, which are converted to other currencies having defined
exchange rates.
Base Currency
For a multicurrency application, specify each entity member’s base currency. The default base
currency for entity members is the currency specified when creating the application. For
example, if U.S. Dollars is the default currency, you may specify Yen as the base currency for the
Japan entity and U.S. Dollars for the United States entity. When using forms having values for
the Japan entity, if the display currency is set to U.S. Dollars, values are converted to U.S. Dollars
using the rates in the exchange rate table (assuming Yen is the local currency and U.S. Dollars
is the reporting currency).
About Accounts
Account dimension members specify the information needed from budget planners. Create an
account structure that lets budget preparers input data for budget items. You can define
calculations in the account structure.
Account Types
Account type defines accounts’ time balance (how values flow over time) and determines
accounts’ sign behavior for variance reporting with member formulas.
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Examples of Using Account Types
Table 67
Using Account Types
Account Type
Purpose
Expense
Cost of doing business
Revenue
Source of income
Asset
Company resource
Liability and Equity
Residual interest or obligation to creditors
Saved assumption
Centralized planning assumptions ensuring consistency across the application
Summary of Account Types
Table 68
Summary of Account Types
Account Type
Time Balance
Variance Reporting
Revenue
Flow
Non-Expense
Expense
Flow
Expense
Asset
Balance
Non-Expense
Liability
Balance
Non-Expense
Equity
Balance
Non-Expense
Saved Assumption
User-defined
User-defined
Variance reporting and time balance settings are system-defined; only Saved Assumption is userdefined.
Time Balance Property
Time balance specifies how Planning calculates the value of summary time periods.
Table 69
Time Balance Properties
Time Balance
Property
Description
Example
Flow
Aggregate of all values for a summary time period as a period total.
Jan: 10 Feb: 15 Mar: 20
Q1: 45
First
Beginning value in a summary time period as the period total.
Jan: 10 Feb: 15 Mar: 20
Q1: 10
Balance
Ending value in a summary time period as the period total.
Jan: 10 Feb: 15 Mar: 20
Q1: 20
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Time Balance
Property
Description
Example
Average
Average for all the child values in a summary time period as the period total.
Jan: 10 Feb: 15 Mar: 20
Q1: 15
Fill
The value set at the parent is filled into all its descendents. If a child value changes, the
default aggregation logic applies up to its parent.
Jan: 10; Feb: 10; Mar:
10; Q1: 30
Consolidation operators and member formulas overwrite Fill values when the members are
recalculated.
Weighted
Average Actual_Actual
Weighted daily average, based on the actual number of days in a year; accounts for leap
year, in which February has 29 days. In the example, the average for Q1 is calculated: (1)
Multiply each month’s value in Q1 by the number of days in the month, (2) Sum these
values, (3) Divide the total by the number of days in Q1. Assuming it is a leap year, the
result is calculated: (10 * 31 + 15 * 29 + 20 * 31) / 91 = 15
Jan: 10 Feb: 15 Mar: 20
Q1: 15
Weighted
Average Actual_365
Weighted daily average, based on 365 days in a year, assuming that February has 28 days;
does not account for leap years. In the example, the average for Q1 is calculated: (1)
Multiply each month’s value in Q1 by the number of days in the month, (2) Sum these
values, (3) Divide the total by the number of days in Q1. Assuming it is not a leap year,
the result is calculated: (10 * 31 + 15 * 28 + 20 * 31) / 90 = 15
Jan: 10 Feb: 15 Mar: 20
Q1: 15
You can use the Weighted Average - Actual_Actual and Weighted Average - Actual_365 time
balance properties only with a standard monthly calendar that rolls up to four quarters. For
information on how Planning calculates and spreads data with the different Time Balance
settings, see Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
Account Types and Variance Reporting
An account’s variance reporting property determines whether it is treated as an expense when
used in member formulas:
Expense: The actual value is subtracted from the budgeted value to determine the variance
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With time balance properties First, Balance, and Average, specify how database calculations treat
zeros and missing values with the Skip options.
Table 70
Effect of Skip Options When Time Balance is Set to First
Skip Option
Description
Example
None
Zeros and #MISSING values are considered when calculating parent values (the default). In
the example, the value of the first child (Jan) is 0, and zeros are considered when calculating
the parent value, so Q1 = 0.
Jan: 0 Feb: 20 Mar: 25 Q1:
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Skip Option
Description
Example
Missing
Excludes #MISSING values when calculating parent values. In the example, the value of the
first child (Jan) is #MISSING, and #MISSING values are not considered when the calculating
parent values, so Q1 = second child (Feb), or 20.
Jan: #MISSING Feb: 20
Mar: 25 Q1: 20
Zeros
Excludes zero values when calculating parent values. In the example, the value of the first
child (Jan) is 0, and zero values are not considered when calculating parent values, so Q1 =
the second child (Feb), or 20.
Jan: 0 Feb: 20 Mar: 25 Q1:
20
Missing
and Zeros
Excludes #MISSING and zero values when calculating parent values. In the example, the value
of the first child (Jan) is zero, and the value of the second child (Feb) is missing. Because
missing and zero values are not considered when calculating parent values, Q1 = the third
child (Mar), or 25.
Jan: 0 Feb: #MISSING Mar:
25 Q1: 25
Saved Assumptions
Use saved assumptions to centralize planning assumptions, identifying key business drivers and
ensuring application consistency. You select time balance and variance reporting properties.
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or non-expense.
Time balance determines the ending value for summary time periods.
Examples of how time balance and variance reporting properties are used with saved assumption
account members:
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actual amount spent on headcount is less than the amount budgeted. To determine the
variance, Planning subtracts the actual amount from the budgeted amount.
Determine the value for office floor space by using the time period’s last value.
Make an assumption about the number of product units sold at the end of the time period.
Determine the final value for the summary time period by aggregating the number of units
sold across time periods.
Data Type and Exchange Rate Type
Data type and exchange rate type determine how values are stored in account members, and the
exchange rates used to calculate values. Available data type for account members’ values:
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Percentage - Stores a numeric value and displays as a percent.
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For accounts with the Currency data type, available Exchange Rate types (valid for any time
period):
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Average - Average exchange rate
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Historical - Exchange rate in effect when, for example, earnings for a Retained Earnings
account were earned or assets for a Fixed Assets account were purchased.
Accounts, Entities, and Plan Types
By assigning plan types for Entity and Account members, you set to which plan types the
members’ children have access. For example, Total Sales Account may be valid for Revenue and
P&L, but Fixed Assets Account may be valid for only Balance Sheet. Not assigning a plan type
to a member prevents that member’s children from accessing that plan type.
When moving members, if the new parent is valid for different plan types, members remain
valid only for plan types they have in common with the new parent. If the new parent of an
account member has another source plan type, the member’s source plan type is set to the first
new valid plan type of that member.
Entities and Plan Types
Typically entity members prepare different plans. When defining entity members, specify plan
types for which they are valid. Because forms are associated with plan types, you can control
which entity members can enter data for each plan type.
Accounts and Plan Types
If accounts are valid for multiple plan types, specify the source plan type to determine which
plan type’s database stores the account value for them.
About User-Defined Custom Dimensions
You can add up to 13 user-defined custom dimensions. For example, you could add a dimension
called Project to budget operating expenses for each project. You define properties, including
name, alias, plan type, security, attributes, and attribute values.
Caution!
You cannot delete custom dimensions after you create them.
User-defined custom dimensions differ from the Entity and Account dimensions in that you
assign valid plan types at the dimension level, not at the member level. All members of a userdefined custom dimension are valid for plan types assigned at the dimension level.
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Adding or Editing User-Defined Custom Dimensions
User-defined custom dimensions must conform to guidelines listed in Appendix B, “Naming
Restrictions .”
Table 71
Properties for User-Defined Custom Dimensions
Property
Value
Dimension
Enter a name that is unique across all dimensions.
Alias
Optional: Select an alias table. Enter a unique alternate name for the dimension.
Description
Optional: Enter a description.
Valid for Plan Types
Select plan types for which the dimension is valid. Clearing this option makes all members of the dimension invalid
for the deselected plan type.
Apply Security
Allow security to be set on the dimension members; must be selected before assigning access rights to dimension
members. Otherwise, dimensions have no security and users can access members without restriction.
Data Storage
Select a data storage option. The default is Never Share.
ä To add or change user-defined dimensions:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Click
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Specify any of the properties listed above.
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Click Save.
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Click OK.
or select an existing dimension and click
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Click Refresh to revert to the previous values and keep the page open.
Setting Dimension Properties
Dimension properties must conform to guidelines listed in Appendix B, “Naming Restrictions .”
Table 72
Dimension Properties
Property
Value
Dimension
Enter a dimension name.
Alias
Optional: Select an alias table and enter an alternate name of up to 80 characters. Follow the dimension naming
restrictions.
Description
Optional: Enter a description.
Valid for Plan Types
Select plan types for which the dimension is valid. Not available for Entity or Account dimensions.
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Property
Value
Apply Security
Allow security to be set on dimension members. If you do not select this option, there is no security on the
dimension, and users can access its members without restriction. Must be selected before assigning access
rights to dimension members.
Data Storage
Select data storage options.
Display Option
Set application default display options for the Member Selection dialog box. Select Member Name or Alias to
display members or aliases. Member Name:Alias displays members on the left and aliases on the right.
Alias:Member Name displays aliases on the left and members on the right.
Enable custom
attribute display
Display available and selected attributes for dimensions with associated attributes. Enable custom attribute
display for dimensions with attributes.
Setting Dimension Density and Order
The Performance Settings tab enables you to set dimensions as sparse or dense and set their
order of precedence.
ä To manage performance settings:
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Dimensions.
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Select Performance Settings.
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For each dimension, set its Density as Dense or Sparse.
See “About Sparse and Dense Dimensions” on page 317.
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Set the order of precedence by selecting a dimension and clicking
or
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See “About Reordering Dimensions” on page 92.
Setting the Evaluation Order
The Evaluation Order tab enables you to specify which data type prevails when a data intersection
has conflicting data types. For example, if Account members are set to the Currency data type,
and Product members are set to the Smart List data type, you can set whether the Currency or
Smart List data type prevails at an intersection.
ä To set evaluation order:
1
Select Administration, then Manage, and then Dimensions.
2
Select Evaluation Order.
3
Select the plan type and click Go.
4
From Available Dimensions, select dimensions and move them to Selected Dimensions:
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moves all dimensions
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removes selected dimensions
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removes all dimensions
You need select only dimensions whose members have specific data types (that is, their data
type is not “Unspecified”). The data type “Unspecified” does not conflict with another data
type.
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If you select multiple dimensions, set the order of precedence by clicking
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Click Save.
or
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Working with Members
Subtopics
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Adding or Editing Members
Deleting Members
Deleting Parent Members
Viewing Member Properties from Forms
Working with Shared Members
Creating Shared Members
You can assign access rights to members, rearrange the dimension member hierarchy, and share
members of the Entity, Account, and user-defined custom dimensions.
About Dynamic Members
Dynamic members are those that users can create when working with business rules if prompted
that insufficient members exist, and that an administrator must refresh the database to recreate
the required placeholders in Essbase. For information about working with business rules and
dynamic members, see the Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager Administrator Features.
Note: The ability to create dynamic members is only available in initialized module applications
such as Workforce Planning, Public Sector Planning and Budgeting, Capital Asset
Planning, and Project Financial Planning.
To configure dimensional member parents to support dynamic members:
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Specify the last three properties in Table 73.
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Refresh the database to create the placeholders for dynamic members in Essbase.
Child members that you load (using either of the Outline Load utilities or Oracle Hyperion
Enterprise Performance Management System Lifecycle Management) under parent members
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enabled for dynamic children, are added as dynamic child members if there are dynamic member
placeholders in Essbase. Once the placeholders are full, any remaining children are added as
normal members, and cannot be used until the database is refreshed.
Note: If you import a parent member that is enabled for dynamic children and its child members
simultaneously, during the same import, the child members are loaded as normal
members. This is because the database must be refreshed to create the placeholders in
Essbase.
Adding or Editing Members
Members must conform to guidelines listed in Appendix B, “Naming Restrictions .” Shared
members must be consistent with “Working with Shared Members” on page 336.
Table 73
Member Properties
Property
Value
Name
Enter a name that is unique across all dimension members.
Description
Optional: Enter a description.
Alias Table
Optional: Select the alias table to store the alias name. Enter an alternate name for the member.
For Account members
only: Account Type
Select the account type.
For Account members
only: Variance
Reporting
If the account type is Saved Assumptions, for Variance Reporting, select Expense or Non-Expense. Designate
the saved assumption as a revenue, asset, liability, or equity account.
For Account members
only: Time Balance
For Time Balance, select Flow, First, Balance, Average, Fill, Weighted Average - Actual_Actual, or Weighted
Average - Actual_365. For descriptions, see “Time Balance Property” on page 325.
For Account members
only: Skip
If the account type is Asset, Equity and Liability, select None, Missing, Zeros, or Missing and Zeros. For
descriptions, see “Setting Account Calculations for Zeros and Missing Values” on page 326.
For Account members
only: Exchange Rate
Type
For Exchange Rate Type, select an option.
For Account members
only: Data Type
For Data Type, select a data type.
Distribution
Sets the weekly distribution. Available for leaf Account members if the option was selected when creating the
application and the base time period is 12 months.
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Property
Value
Hierarchy Type
Hierarchy Type is available for dimensions bound to an aggregate storage plan type. Aggregate storage
dimensions are automatically enabled to support multiple hierarchies. The first hierarchy in a multiple hierarchy
dimension must be stored.
Note: For members with a stored hierarchy type, the only valid plan type aggregation options are Addition or
Ignore. In a stored hierarchy, the first member must be set to Addition. For members with a dynamic hierarchy
type, all plan type aggregation options are valid. Stored hierarchy members that are not children of Label Only
members must have Addition set as the consolidation operator. Children of Label Only members can be set to
Ignore.
Data Storage
Select a data storage property. The default is Never Share for new custom dimension members (except root
members).
Two Pass Calculation
Recalculate values of members based on values of parent members or other members. Available for Account
and Entity members with Dynamic Calc or Dynamic Calc and Store properties.
For Entity members only:
Base Currency
Select the Entity member’s base currency.
Display Option
Set application default display options for the Member Selection dialog box. Select Member Name or Alias to
display members or aliases. Member Name:Alias displays members on the left and aliases on the right.
Alias:Member Name displays aliases on the left and members on the right.
Plan Type
Select plan types for which the member is valid.
Note: A member can belong to both aggregate storage and block storage plan types.
Select an aggregation option for each selected plan type. You can select a source plan only if multiple plan
types are valid for the member. Only plan types and aggregation options for which the member’s parent is valid
are available. If the parent is not valid for a plan type or aggregation option, neither is the child member.
Deselecting a plan type for an account or entity parent member deselects it for all descendents of that parent.
For members with a stored hierarchy type, the only valid aggregation options are Addition or Ignore.
Caution! Deselecting a plan type for dimension members after data is entered into an application may result
in loss of data when an application is refreshed. For account members, data is lost if the deselected plan type
is the source plan type.
Members of a custom dimension can set usage by plan type, similar to the Account and Entity dimensions.
For Entity members only:
Base Currency
Select the base currency for the Entity member.
For Account members
only: Source Plan Type
Select the source plan type for the member. A shared member is a pointer to the base member and is not
stored; this is disabled for shared members. The Source Plan Type of a shared Account member matches the
source plan type of the base member, even though Source Plan field is unavailable because it does not apply
to shared members.
Smart Lists
Optional: Select a Smart List to associate with the member.
Enable for Dynamic
Children
Allows users to create additional children for this member using business rules.
Number of Possible
Dynamic Children
Enter the maximum number of members that users can create as needed or as prompted.
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Property
Value
Access Granted to
Member Creator
Determines the access that users will have if they dynamically create members when launching business rules:
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Write—They can modify new, dynamically created, members
ä To add or edit members:
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Dimensions.
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Select the dimension.
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Perform one action:
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add a member and click Add Child.
To add a sibling, select the level of the dimension hierarchy to which to add a sibling
and click Add Sibling.
To edit a member, select that member from the dimension hierarchy and press Enter or
click Edit.
Note: To add an All Years parent member that includes all year members, select the Years
dimension and then click All Years. The All Years parent member enables users to
view the accumulated data across multiple years, for example, a project's total cost
up to its end date. The All Years member does not include the No Year member, if
one is defined for the application.
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On Member Properties, set or change member properties described in the table above.
If you do not see the new member on the page, click Next.
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Click Save to save information to the relational database and see changes in the dimension hierarchy.
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Refresh the database so edited members are visible to planners entering data.
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After creating a dimension member, you typically complete these tasks:
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Specify attributes.
Deleting Members
Each data value is identified by a set of dimension member values and a plan type. Deleting
dimension members or deselecting the plan type results in data loss when refreshing an
application. Deleting entity members deletes all planning units (including data) associated with
them.
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Caution!
Before beginning this procedure, perform a backup. See “Backing Up Applications
and Application Databases” on page 93 and the Oracle Enterprise Performance
Management System Backup and Recovery Guide.
Before deleting members, understand where in the application they are used (in which forms,
planning units, exchange rates, and so on) by using Show Usage.
You must delete the entity member throughout Planning before deleting it from Dimensions.
For example, if the entity member is used in a form, you must delete it from the form before
deleting it from Dimensions.
When deleting a large subtree of entities, you can improve performance if you first exclude
planning units for the subtree (by excluding the root member) for all scenarios and versions.
See “Review Process” on page 241.
ä To delete members:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the dimension whose member you want to delete.
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From the dimension hierarchy, select the entity member to delete.
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Click Delete.
Deleting a base member also deletes its shared members.
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Deleting Parent Members
Data values are identified by a set of dimension member values and a plan type. Deleting
dimension members or deselecting the plan type results in data loss when refreshing the
application.
Caution!
Before beginning this procedure, perform a backup. See “Backing Up Applications
and Application Databases” on page 93 and the Oracle Enterprise Performance
Management System Backup and Recovery Guide.
ä To delete a parent member and all its descendants from the dimension hierarchy:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the dimension whose member and descendants to delete.
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Select the member whose branch to delete.
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Click Delete.
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Click OK.
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Viewing Member Properties from Forms
ä To view member properties from forms:
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In the form, select a row or column member and right-click.
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Select Show properties in outline.
The Dimensions page displays the member highlighted in the hierarchy.
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Optional: Select Edit to view the member's properties, then click Cancel.
Working with Shared Members
Sharing members allow alternate rollup structures within a Planning application. A base member
must exist before you can create a shared member. You can create multiple shared members for
the base member. A base member must display before its shared members in position from top
to bottom.
Shared members are available for Entity, Account, and user-defined custom dimensions. Shared
member values can be ignored to avoid double-counting values when you roll up the outline.
Shared members share some property definitions with base members, such as member name,
alias name, base currency, and plan types for which members are valid. Shared members must
have unique parent members and different rollup aggregation settings. Custom attributes,
custom attribute values, and member formulas are not allowed for shared members. Renaming
base members renames all shared members.
Shared members cannot be moved to another parent member. You must delete shared members
and recreate them under different parent members. Shared members must be at the lowest level
(level zero) in the hierarchy and cannot have children. The base member need not be level zero.
You can enter data in shared members, and values are stored with base members.
Shared members are displayed similarly to base members in the dimension hierarchy for member
selection in Smart View.
Creating Shared Members
You create shared members the same way as other members, with these differences:
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You must give the shared member the same name as its base member. It can have a different
description.
You must select Shared as the Data Storage for the shared member.
Working with Attributes
Use attributes to group members using the same criterion. You can assign attributes to sparse
dimensions only. You cannot assign attributes to label-only members. Attribute dimensions do
not have aggregation properties because parents are dynamically calculated.
The Account dimension is usually defined as dense, so you cannot assign attributes to it unless
it is changed to sparse for all plan types. If you change a dimension from sparse to dense, all
attributes and attribute values for that dimension are automatically deleted.
Attributes can have data types of text, date, Boolean, and numeric, as described in
“Understanding Attribute Data Types” on page 338. Attribute names must conform to
guidelines listed in Appendix B, “Naming Restrictions .” When attributes are defined, you can
use the Member Selection dialog box to select attribute functions, such as Equal and
GreaterOrEqual.
ä To create and change attributes, attribute values, and aliases:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select a sparse dimension for which to define an attribute, attribute value, or alias.
Only sparse dimensions can contain attributes.
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Select the top level in the dimension hierarchy, and click Edit.
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In the Dimension Properties dialog box, click Custom Attributes.
If the dimension is not sparse, Custom Attributes is not available.
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Select options.
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Date, Boolean, or Numeric. See “Understanding Attribute Data Types” on page 338. You
cannot modify the data type after the attribute is created.
Plan type options are available for Entity dimension attributes only. You cannot change
this setting after the attribute is created.
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To modify attributes, click Modify, and update the attribute name.
To set aliases for attributes, select an attribute and an attribute value, click Alias. Select
an alias table, type an alias name, and click Close.
Click Close.
When you click Close, the hierarchy is validated and an error displays if issues are detected.
For example, date attribute values must be entered in the correct format, and numeric and
date attribute dimensions must have at least one attribute value defined.
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Understanding Attribute Data Types
Attribute dimensions can have a data type of text, numeric, Boolean, or date that enables different
functions for grouping, selecting, or calculating data. The attribute type applies only to level 0
members of the attribute dimension.
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calculations. When you perform such comparisons, characters are compared. For example,
a package type Bottle is less than a package type Can because B precedes C in the alphabet.
Numeric attribute dimensions use numeric values for the names of level 0 members. You
can include the names (values) of numeric attribute dimension members in calculations.
For example, you can use the number of ounces specified in an Ounces attribute to calculate
profit per ounce for each product. You can also associate numeric attributes with ranges of
base dimension values, for example, to analyze product sales by market population
groupings.
Boolean attribute dimensions in a database contain only two members. When a Boolean
attribute dimension is added in Planning, two attribute values, True and False, are created
for this attribute dimension by default. A base dimension, such as Account or Entity, can
be associated with only one attribute dimension that has the Boolean data type.
Date attributes can specify the date format as month-day-year or day-month-year, and
sequence information accordingly. You can use date attributes in calculations, for example,
comparing dates in a calculation that selects product sales since 12-22-1998. Users can set
the date format by selecting an option in Attribute Dimension Date Format in Application
Settings preferences.
For detailed information about attributes and attribute values, see the Oracle Essbase Database
Administrator's Guide.
Deleting Attributes
When you delete an attribute, all attribute values associated with the attribute are also deleted.
Attribute values are removed from members to which they had been assigned, and the attribute
is removed from dimensions to which it was assigned.
ä To delete attributes:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the sparse dimension for which to delete an attribute, and click Edit.
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Click Custom Attributes.
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Select the attribute to delete.
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Above the Attributes column, click Delete.
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Working with Attribute Values
Attribute values provide users with another way of selecting dimensions members when using
forms. Data values for attribute values are dynamically calculated but not stored.
Creating Attribute Values
You can define attribute values for sparse dimensions, which are typically the Entity and userdefined custom dimensions. After you define an attribute value for a dimension, you can assign
it to members of that dimension.
ä To create attribute values:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the sparse dimension for which to create an attribute value.
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Select the top level in the dimension hierarchy.
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Click Custom Attributes.
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On the Manage Attributes and Values page, select the attribute for which to specify a value.
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Above the Attribute Values column, click Create. If the options are available, you can click Add Child
or Add Sibling.
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Press Enter or Save.
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Click Cancel.
Assigning Attribute Values to Members
You can assign attribute values members of a dimension that are defined as sparse for all plan
types. Attribute values must be assigned to the same-level sparse dimension members.
Otherwise, errors display during refresh.
ä To assign attribute values to members:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the sparse dimension for whose member you want to assign an attribute value.
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In the Dimension hierarchy, select a member to which to assign an attribute value.
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Click Edit.
For members assigned attribute values: Click View to change a member’s attribute value.
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Select Attribute Values.
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Select attribute values to assign to the member.
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Modifying Attribute Values
ä To modify attribute values:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the sparse dimension for which to modify an attribute value.
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Select the top level in the dimension hierarchy.
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Click Custom Attributes.
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For Attributes, select the attribute containing the value to modify.
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For Attribute Values, select the attribute value.
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Above Attribute Values, click Modify.
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On Modify Attribute Value, in Name, enter a name.
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Click Save.
Deleting Attribute Values
When you delete an attribute value, it is removed from custom dimension members to which
it is assigned.
ä To delete attribute values:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
2
Select the sparse dimension containing the attribute for which to delete a value.
3
Select the top level in the dimension hierarchy.
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Click Custom Attributes.
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For Attributes, select the attribute containing attribute values to delete.
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For Attribute Values, select attribute values to delete.
To select all attribute values for deletion, select Attribute Values.
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Customizing Calendars
Use the Period dimension to work with the yearly calendar rollup structure. When creating the
application, the administrator specifies the base time periods that span the Planning database.
Use the Years dimension to add years to the calendar.
Table 74
Calendar Tasks
Task
See Topic
Define how years roll up.
“Defining How Calendars Roll Up” on page 341.
Create and edit Summary Time Periods.
“Creating and Editing Summary Time Periods” on page 341.
Delete Summary Time Periods.
“Deleting Summary Time Periods” on page 342.
Work with the fiscal year and period hierarchy.
“Working with the Years Dimension” on page 343.
Defining How Calendars Roll Up
Table 75
Calendar Roll Up
Base Time Period
Roll Up
12 Months
Four quarters are created per year. Months roll up into parent quarters and quarters roll up into years.
Quarters
Quarters roll up into years.
Custom
No default rollup structures. A flat list of the custom base time periods displays.
After the application calendar is created, you cannot change the base time period or reduce the
number of years in the calendar. Administrators can change the names, descriptions, aliases,
and ranges of the summary time periods in the hierarchy.
You can have up to 100 calendar years and 500 time periods in an application. Actual limits are
a function of calendar years and time periods. How many time periods and years you can set
also depends on whether your application uses multiple currencies. Oracle recommends these
practical limits for an application:.
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Creating and Editing Summary Time Periods
You can change such aspects as name, description, alias, starting period, and ending period.
However, you cannot change the order of base time periods or skip base time periods. The range
cannot extend beyond the current fiscal year.
You must work from the top of the hierarchy to the bottom when creating summary time periods.
(Otherwise, Planning views the rollup structure as asymmetrical and you cannot continue.) The
summary time period displays in the hierarchy as a parent of the selected item. To enforce a
balanced hierarchy, all base members must be the same number of levels from the root.
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ä To create or edit summary time periods:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Period.
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Perform one action:
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and click Add.
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For Name, enter or change the name for the summary time period.
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Optional: For Description, enter a description.
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Optional: For Alias, select an alias table to use. Enter an alias.
The default table is used if you do not select one.
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For Start Period, select the starting period.
The range cannot extend beyond the current fiscal year. For summary time periods, Start
Period displays the first child, or all children except the first child of the sibling above it.
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For End Period, select the ending period.
For summary time periods, End Period displays the last child, or all children from the Start
Period through the next sibling’s children, except the last child.
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Deleting Summary Time Periods
When you remove a summary time period from the hierarchy, its children are moved into
another summary time period:
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summary time period.
If you delete the last summary time period, children are moved into the previous sibling of
the summary time period.
If you delete a summary time period from the middle of a hierarchy, children are moved
into the previous sibling of the summary time period.
ä To delete summary time periods:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Period.
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For Period hierarchy, select the summary time period to delete.
You cannot delete base time periods.
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Working with the Years Dimension
Use the Years dimension to work with calendar years.
Table 76
Years Tasks
Task
See Topic
Add years to the calendar.
“Adding Years to the Calendar” on page 343.
Add or update the description and alias for a year.
“Editing Year Information” on page 344.
Set the fiscal year and work with years.
“Setting the Fiscal Year” on page 343.
Add an All Years parent member that includes all Years members (except No Year, if that
member exists).
“Adding or Editing Members” on page 332
Adding Years to the Calendar
You can add years to the calendar, but you cannot reduce the number of calendar years without
creating a database.
ä To add years to the calendar:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Years.
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Click Add Years.
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For Number of Years to Add, enter the number of years to add to the calendar.
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Click Add Years.
Note: To add an All Years parent member that includes all years members, click All Years.
The All Years parent member enables users to view the accumulated data across
multiple years, for example, a project's total cost up to its end date. (This parent
member does not include the No Year member, if one exists.)
Setting the Fiscal Year
You can change the time period or current year.
ä To change the current year or time period:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Years or Period.
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Click Options.
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On Set Current Period and Year, from Current Year, select the current year.
Current Month and Current Year set defaults for the Month and Year when scenarios are
created. For example, if Current Year is set to FY08 and Current Month is set to Aug, when
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users create scenarios, these values display as defaults in the Start Yr, Start Period, End Yr,
End Period fields.
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Editing Year Information
You can add or update the description and alias for a year.
ä To edit years:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Years.
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Click Edit.
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Enter a description for the year.
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For Alias Table, select the alias table to use, and then enter an alias name.
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Click Save.
Renaming Time Periods
You can rename root-level, base time periods, and user-defined summary time periods.
Assigning Aliases to Summary Time Periods
You can assign and change aliases to base time periods and summary time periods.
ä To assign or change the alias:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Period.
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Select the summary time period.
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Click Edit.
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For Alias Table, select the alias table to use.
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Enter an alias name.
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Editing the BegBalance Member
You can edit the BegBalance member of the Period dimension. As the first time period in the
application, the BegBalance member is useful for entering beginning data when you start a new
application, fiscal year, or calendar year. You can rename and describe BegBalance and give it
an alias.
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ä To edit the BegBalance member:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimensions, select Period.
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Select the first member, BegBalance.
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Click Edit.
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Click Save.
Setting Up Currencies
You can plan, forecast, and analyze financial information in one or more currencies. You can
create, edit, and delete currencies. Administrators control:
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Enabling Multiple Currencies
If an application supports multiple currencies, you can enable multiple currencies per entity on
forms. See “Setting Form Layout” on page 165. When selecting business rules for forms, you can
select the Calculate Currencies business rule to convert values among the available currencies.
See “Selecting Business Rules” on page 186.
Working with Multiple Currencies
If multiple currencies are enabled, users can see values converted from the local currency to a
reporting currency and can override a cell’s base currency.
Note:
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cells is the entity’s base currency (which you specify). Users can enter data values only into
local currency members. If the local currency member is selected, all currencies specified
for the application are available as input types.
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You can set dimension properties for each currency in the Edit Currency dialog box. In
preferences, users can select different display options, and can select Currency Setting to
apply the properties set by the administrator.
Currencies can be converted only to reporting currencies. Users cannot enter data into cells
displayed in reporting currencies. The application’s main currency is by default a reporting
currency. You can change which currencies are reporting currencies.
You can load values into a reporting currency by using Essbase Adapter to populate values
directly into Essbase.
Currencies defined for the application are valid currencies for data entry. Valid currencies
for data entry are displayed in a list that users access by clicking the Currency link during
data entry.
To get meaningful results, roll up values in one common reporting currency. If members of
a subtotal have mixed currencies, the currency type is blank and the currency symbol does
not display. For example, adding 10 US dollars and 10 Japanese yen to a value of 20 makes
no sense.
An application with 500 time periods can successfully run currency conversion calc scripts
only if the time periods have default names, TP 1 through 500. Otherwise, the conversion
calc script you try to create exceeds the 64K limit.
User-defined currency conversion calc scripts created when a database is created or refreshed
may be available in Smart View, depending on user access. When using user-defined
currency conversion calc scripts, Oracle recommends changing the order so the currency
conversion calc script is first, before Calculate Form.
Currency codes associated with input values are stored as numeric values. These codes are
calculated in dimension formulas, calc scripts, and business rules. The calculated values of
these currency codes may translate to currency codes that are incorrect or invalid. Where
there are children with mixed currencies, review calculated results on the upper levels.
If a parent has multiple children, of whom only one child has an overridden currency, the
parent inherits the overridden currency code (which is not displayed on forms).
In certain cases, parent entities display #MISSING when trying to convert to a selected
currency. Ensure that a currency rate is entered for each combination of local currencies
and selected currencies on forms or reports. Currency combinations must exist for all mixedcurrency children entities and parent members.
Input of multiple currencies to one entity is not supported in Smart View. If worksheets
include mixed currency types, users could inadvertently enter values in the wrong currency.
About the Calculate Currencies Business Rule
The Calculate Currencies business rule is based on the dimensions and members on the form.
It converts data from the local currency to the reporting currency specified on the form, applying
the exchange rate conversions. It:
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customized business rule that includes aggregation) after converting currencies.
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Exchange Rate Types
These exchange rates are associated with currencies: Historical, Average, and Ending. The
exchange rate type for each account is specified in the Member Property dialog box. For average
and ending rate types, enter values for all time periods. For historical rate types, enter one rate
value that is used for all time periods, including the Beginning Balance period. For the Beginning
Balance period, enter one rate value used for that time period for average and ending rate types.
Planning supports currency conversion by triangulation through a triangulation currency.
Scaling
You can specify scaling data values when displayed in certain currencies. For example, you can
set the scaling for Yen to Thousands, then enter 10,000 as a value for the Japan entity on a form
with the Local member selected for the Currency dimension. When you select Yen as the currency
member for the form, the scaling is applied and 10 displays as the value for Japan.
Number Formatting
You can determine the initial display of numerical values for non-currency and currency data
types in forms:
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Decimal separator:
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Reporting Currencies
A reporting currency is the currency in which your company prepares financial statements.
Planning supports currency conversion from local currencies to one or more reporting
currencies. Converted reporting currency values are stored and read-only for all users. An
application’s default currency is the default reporting currency. You can disable a currency as a
reporting currency.
Checking How Currencies are Used
You can view how an application uses currency: whether a currency is the default, is used for
triangulation currency or by an entity, or has a conversion or exchange relationship with other
currencies.
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Currencies.
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Select the currency for which you want information.
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Click Show Usage.
Creating Currencies
Select from a predefined list or create your own. You can specify:
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Number formatting, including thousands separator, decimal separator, negative sign, and
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Whether it is a reporting currency
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Currency.
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Click Add.
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yen represents 3000 yen if scaling is set to thousands.
Optional: For Triangulation Currency, select the currency to use as the common third
currency for conversion.
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the decimal separator).
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the thousands separator).
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Optional: For Negative Color, select the display color.
10 Optional: Select the type of Data Storage.
11 Optional: Select Two Pass Calculation.
12 Optional: Select the Data Type.
13 Optional: Select a Smart List.
14 Click Save.
Editing Currencies
ä To edit currencies:
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Dimensions.
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Select Currency.
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Select the currency to edit.
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Click Edit.
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Symbols drop-down list.
To change the currency’s symbol, for Symbol, enter or select the symbol.
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For set currency precision (the number of digits to the right of the decimal place), select
a number from 1 to 10 from the Precision drop-down list.
None is the default.
Note: Administrators can override this setting for forms. See “Setting Other Options”
on page 171.
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from the decimal separator).
For Decimal Separator, select how to display numbers with decimal values (it must differ
from the thousands separator).
For Negative Sign, select how to display negative numbers:
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For Negative Color, select the display color.
Click Save.
Deleting Currencies
You cannot delete the default currency.
ä To delete currencies:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select Currencies.
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For Currency, select the currency to delete.
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Click Show Usage to determine if the currency is the default currency, a triangulation currency, or
associated with an entity. You cannot delete a currency that meets these criteria.
If you delete a currency defined in the exchange rate table, it is deleted from the table.
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Specifying Exchange Rates
Use exchange rates to convert values from one currency to another. You can:
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For example, you might specify yen as the base currency for the Japan entity and US dollars for
the United States entity. When you display a form having values for the Japan entity and the
form’s display currency is set to US dollars, the exchange rates for the yen is used to convert the
values for Japan to US dollars. If the display currency is set to yen, the exchange rates for US
dollars converts values for the United States entity to yen.
To specify exchange rates, you must set up multiple currencies when creating an application.
About Exchange Rate Tables
Each application has a default currency specified when the application is created. When you
specify exchange rate tables, only the default currency and triangulation currencies are available
as destination currencies. You can enter exchange rates from source currencies to default or
triangulation currencies.
You can create multiple exchange rate tables. Each table is typically associated with multiple
scenarios, but each scenario can be associated with only one exchange rate table. When creating
scenarios, select the exchange rate table for converting currencies.
Enter conversion values between the default currency and currencies defined in the Exchange
Rates page. Exchange rate tables span all application time periods, so you can apply exchange
rates to all scenarios. When creating or modifying exchange rate tables, you must refresh the
application to store them in the plan types. See “Creating and Refreshing Application Databases”
on page 85.
Hsp_Rates Dimension
A multiple currency application includes the Hsp_Rates dimension for storing exchange rates.
It includes these members and others that store currency rates:
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Hsp_InputCurrency: Stores currency types for data values
When generating reports or loading data, refer to the Hsp_InputValue member. When loading
data, you must load data against the local currency. You need not refer to the
Hsp_InputCurrency member.
By default, the Hsp_Rates dimension is set to Sparse. You can change this (see “Setting
Dimension Density and Order” on page 330).
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Triangulation
Planning supports currency conversion by triangulation through an interim currency called the
triangulation currency. If you modify a currency’s triangulation currency, you must re-enter
exchange rates for the triangulation currency property and refresh the application to transfer
and store the exchange rates. You cannot select the application’s default currency as a
triangulation currency.
Calculation Method
When you input exchange rates for converting between currencies, you can select Multiply or
Divide as the calculation method. For example, if you select 1.5 as the rate for converting British
Pounds to US dollars, and select multiply as the calculation method, 1 British Pound is converted
to 1.5 US dollars.
Setting Up Scenarios
Each scenario/version combination contains data for accounts and other dimensions of each
entity. After users enter data for an entity for a scenario and version, they can submit or promote
the data for the entity to other users for review and approval.
Task
Topic
Create a scenario.
See “Creating Scenarios” on page 353.
Edit a scenario.
See “Editing Scenarios” on page 354.
Delete a scenario.
See “Deleting Scenarios” on page 354.
Copy a scenario.
See “Copying Scenarios” on page 354.
Delete supporting detail associated with a scenario.
See “Deleting Supporting Detail Associated With a Scenario” on page 295.
About Scenarios
Use scenarios to:
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Enter data into scenarios.
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Associate scenarios with different time periods or exchange rates.
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Assign user access rights by scenario.
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Report on scenarios.
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Compare and analyze scenarios.
You can group applications into multiple plans with individual review cycles. Scenarios can
cover different time spans.
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Time Periods
Assign each scenario a range of years and time periods, and specify the Beginning Balance time
period. When users access forms, they can enter into that scenario only years and periods within
the range. Years and periods outside of the range display as read-only. You can modify the time
range.
Exchange Rate Table
If an application converts currencies, assign an exchange rate table to the scenario. By assigning
different exchange rate tables to scenarios, you can model the effects of currency rate
assumptions.
Access Permissions
Specify access permissions to Scenario dimension members for groups or users to determine
who can view or modify data. A user or group can have only one of these access permissions:
Read, Write, or None. Access permissions for a user can be combined based on groups to which
the user belongs.
Creating Scenarios
ä To create scenarios:
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Select Administration, then Manage, and then Dimensions.
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Select Scenarios.
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Click Add Child.
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For Scenario, enter a name.
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Optional: For Description, enter a description.
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For Start Yr., Start Period, End Yr., and End Period, select the time period to associate with the scenario.
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Optional: For Exchange Rate Table, select an exchange rate table to associate with the scenario.
If an application uses multiple currencies, associate a scenario with an exchange rate table
to enable currency conversions.
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Optional: For Alias, select an alias table to associate with the scenario, and enter a description.
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Optional: Select Include BegBal as Time Period to include the BegBalance time period in this scenario
for currency conversion.
10 Optional: Select Enabled for Process Management to include this scenario in approvals.
11 Click Save.
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Editing Scenarios
ä To modify scenarios:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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For Dimension, select Scenario.
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Select the scenario to edit.
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Click Edit.
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Optional: For Scenario, enter a name.
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Optional: For Description, enter a description.
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For Start Yr., Start Period, End Yr., and End Period, select the time period to associate with the scenario.
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Optional: For Exchange Rate Table, select an exchange rate table to associate with the scenario.
If an application uses multiple currencies, associate a scenario with an exchange rate table
to enable currency conversion.
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Optional: For Alias, select an alias table to associate with the scenario, and enter the description.
10 Optional: Select Include BegBal as Time Period to include the BegBalance time period in this scenario
for currency conversion.
11 Optional: Select Enabled for Process Management to use this scenario in approvals.
12 Click Save.
Deleting Scenarios
When you delete scenarios, all planning units that use the scenario (including data) are deleted.
You cannot delete scenarios used in planning units that are started, or assigned to an axis on a
form. You must first remove references to scenarios from forms and assign different scenarios.
ä To delete scenarios:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select Scenarios.
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Select the scenarios to delete. At least one scenario must remain in the application.
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Click Delete.
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Click OK.
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Update and validate business rules and reports.
Copying Scenarios
Only scenario properties are copied. Data values and access rights associated with the original
scenario are not copied to the new scenario.
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ä To copy scenarios:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
2
Select Scenarios.
3
Select the scenario to copy.
4
Click Copy Scenario.
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For Copy to Scenario, enter a name.
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Optional: For Description, enter a description.
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For Start Yr., Start Period, End Yr., and End Period, select the time period to associate with the scenario.
8
Optional: For Exchange Rate Table, select an exchange rate table to associate with the scenario.
If an application uses multiple currencies, associate a scenario with an exchange rate table
to enable currency conversion.
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Optional: For Alias Table, select an alias table to associate with the scenario, and enter a description.
10 Optional: Select Include BegBal as Time Period to include the BegBalance time period in this scenario
for currency conversion.
11 Optional: Select Enabled for Process Management to include this scenario in approvals.
12 Click Save.
Specifying Versions
Use versions to group data used by an application.
Task
Topic
Create a version.
See “Creating Versions” on page 356.
Edit a version.
See “Editing a Version” on page 356.
Delete a version.
See “Deleting Versions” on page 357.
About Versions
Use the Scenario and Version dimensions to create plans to be reviewed and approved. Each
scenario/version combination contains data for accounts and other dimensions of each entity.
After users enter data for an entity for a scenario and version, they can submit or promote the
data for the entity to other users for review and approval. Use versions to:
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Facilitate target settings
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Target and Bottom Up Versions
You can create target and bottom up versions. With bottom up versions, you enter data into
bottom level members; parent level members are display-only and do not permit data entry.
Parent member values are aggregated from bottom level members.
For target versions, you can enter data for members at any level in the hierarchy. You can use
business rules to distribute values from parent members to their descendants. Use target versions
to set high-level targets for your plan. Planners working with bottom up versions can reference
these targets when they enter plan data.
Target versions use top-down budgeting. Manage Approvals Tasks are not allowed, and children
of target members must be blank (for example, #MISSING) to enable data input at the top level.
Target members must be set to Store (Dynamic Calc overrides data input with sum of children).
Creating Versions
ä To create versions:
1
Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
2
Select Version.
3
Click Add Child.
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For Version, enter the name of the version you are adding to the application.
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For Type, select the type of version to display for the application:
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Standard Bottom Up - Values are entered at the lowest member level and aggregated
upward.
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Optional: For Description, enter a description.
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Optional: For Alias Table, select an alias table to associate with the version, and enter a description.
8
Optional: Select Enabled for Process Management to include this version in approvals.
This option is not available for target versions.
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Click Save.
Editing a Version
You can change the version name and access rights.
ä To modify versions:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
2
Select Version.
3
Select the version to edit.
4
Click Edit.
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Optional: For Version, modify the name of the version.
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Optional: For Typelist, modify the type of version to display for the application:
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Standard Target - Values are entered from the parent level down.
Standard Bottom Up - Values are entered at the lowest member level and aggregated
upward.
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Optional: For Description, enter a description.
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Optional: For Alias Table, select an alias table to associate with the version, and enter a description.
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Optional: Select Enabled for Process Management to include this version in approvals.
This option is not available for target versions.
10 Click Save.
11 Update and validate business rules and reports.
Deleting Versions
You cannot delete versions that are used in planning units that are started or are assigned to axes
on forms. You must remove references to versions from forms and assign another version to
axes. At least one version must remain in the application.
ä To delete versions:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
2
Select Version.
3
Select the versions to delete.
4
Click Delete.
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Click OK.
If planning units are started, you cannot delete versions associated with them.
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Update and validate business rules and reports.
Displaying Versions
ä To display versions:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
2
Select Version.
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For Display, select the version types to display.
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Standard Bottom Up: Values are entered at the lowest member level and aggregated up.
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Sorting Version and Scenario Members
You can sort version and scenario members in ascending or descending order. Sorting members
affects the outline itself.
ä To sort version and scenario members:
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On Dimensions, select the Scenario or Version dimension.
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For Sort:
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To sort by ascending order, click
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To sort by descending order, click
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Click OK.
The next time you create or refresh the database, the outline is generated with members
placed in the same order as on the Dimensions tab.
Moving Scenario and Version Members in the Dimension
Hierarchy
You can change the order of scenario and version members in the dimension hierarchy.
ä To move a member's position in the dimension hierarchy:
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On Dimensions, select the scenario or version to move.
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Perform one action:
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To move the member up, click
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To move the member down, click
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Click OK.
The next time you create or refresh the database, the outline is generated with members
placed in the same order as displayed on the Dimensions tab.
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Adding an Aggregate Storage Outline to a Planning
Application
Subtopics
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Aggregate Storage Outline Plan Type Characteristics
Process for Adding an Aggregate Storage Database to a Planning Application
Working with Plan Types
Planning administrators can add an aggregate storage outline using Planning Application
Administration.
Note: Aggregate storage outlines are not supported using Performance Management Architect.
About Aggregate Storage
Aggregate storage is the database storage model that supports large-scale, sparsely distributed
data that is categorized into many, potentially large dimensions. Selected data values are
aggregated and stored, typically with improvements in aggregation time. Aggregate storage is an
alternative to block storage (dense-sparse configuration).
A key difference between aggregate storage and block storage is that Planning requires a separate
application for each aggregate storage database. Contrast that with a block storage outline
application, which can have multiple databases in each application.
For detailed information about aggregate storage, see “Managing Aggregate Storage” in the
Oracle Essbase Administration Services Online Help.
Aggregate Storage Outline Plan Type Characteristics
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Aggregate storage outlines are not supported using Performance Management Architect.
This includes using Data Synchronization and any other Performance Management
Architect activity.
Planning does not generate XREFs on aggregate storage databases. XREFs can only be
generated on block storage databases.
Because Planning does not require all base dimensions on an aggregate storage database,
approvals may not apply to the aggregate storage database if an approvals dimension is
missing. If this is the case, normal security would apply.
Dynamic time series members are not applicable for the Period dimension in an aggregate
storage application.
Creating and refreshing security filters are not applicable for aggregate storage databases.
Use of the aggregate storage feature within Planning requires the customer to have the
appropriate license for its use.
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Process for Adding an Aggregate Storage Database to a
Planning Application
To add an aggregate storage database to a Planning Application:
1. Create an aggregate storage plan type. Perform one task:
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Create an aggregate storage plan type during application creation.
See “Creating Applications” on page 302.
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Add a new plan type using the plan type editor.
2. Add dimensions to the aggregate storage plan type. See “Working with Dimensions” on page
317.
Note: If a Currency, Years, Scenario, or Version dimension is valid for an aggregate storage
plan type, the dimension members are also valid for an aggregate storage plan type.
3. Add dimension members. See “Working with Members” on page 331.
4. Refresh the outline for the Planning application. See “Creating and Refreshing Application
Databases” on page 85.
5. Create a form using the dimensions associated with the aggregate storage database. See
Chapter 6, “Managing Forms.”
Working with Plan Types
You can add a plan type by selecting Administration, then Manage, and then Plan Types. The plan
type editor enables administrators to add or delete plan types.
The number of plan types you can add will depend on which Planning modules are used.
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Number of Plan Types Allowed
Application
Generic Block Storage
Plan Types
Module Block Storage
Plan Types
Aggregate Storage Plan Types1
Total Plan Types
Core Planning
3
NA
4
7
Oracle Project Financial
Planning
3
3
7
13
Capital Asset Planning
3
1
5
9
Workforce Planning
3
1
5
9
Oracle Hyperion Capital
Asset Planning and Oracle
Hyperion Workforce
Planning
3
2
6
11
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Application
Generic Block Storage
Plan Types
Module Block Storage
Plan Types
Aggregate Storage Plan Types1
Total Plan Types
Oracle Hyperion Public
Sector Planning and
Budgeting
3
1
5
9
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aggregate storage plan type for each block storage plan type, plus one consolidating aggregate storage plan type
After a plan type is added, it behaves like any other Planning plan type. If the plan type maps to
an aggregate storage database, then aggregate storage limitations apply.
ä To add or delete a plan type using the plan type editor:
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From Planning, select Administration, then Manage, and then Plan Types.
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Perform one task:
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To add a plan type, click Add Plan Type, and then complete the plan type details.
Note: For an aggregate storage plan type, you must specify an application name to
contain the database since an aggregate storage database must reside in its own
application. Administrators creating aggregate storage plan types must ensure
that all aggregate storage applications are unique across the enterprise.
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To delete a plan type, select a plan type, and then click Delete Plan Type.
Click Save Plan Type.
Once the plan type is saved, you cannot modify the database type, database name, or
application name. To modify a saved plan type, you must delete it and then create a new
plan type with the corrected information.
Setting up Dynamic Time Series Members
You can use Dynamic Time Series (DTS) members to create reports that show period-to-date
data, such as quarter-to-date expenses. DTS members are created automatically during
application creation, and can be used with members of the Period dimension. To set up DTS,
you enable a predefined DTS member and associate it with a generation number (and, optionally,
an alias table and alias name). For example, to calculate quarter-to-date values, you can enable
the Q-T-D member and associate it with generation number 2. You can then use the Q-T-D
DTS member to calculate monthly values up to the current month in the quarter.
Note: DTS is not supported for the Period dimension in an aggregate storage application.
Planning provides eight predefined DTS members:
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P-T-D: Period-to-date
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Q-T-D: Quarter-to-date
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M-T-D: Month-to-date
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W-T-D: Week-to-date
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D-T-D: Day-to-date
Caution!
Oracle recommends that you perform a backup before using the DTS feature. See
“Backing Up Applications and Application Databases” on page 93. If you are using
the Y-T-D or P-T-D member, you must rename the Years or Period dimension so
it does not conflict with the reserved Dynamic Time Series generation names, Years
and Period. Before using Y-T-D, rename the Years dimension; before using P-T-D,
rename Period. After doing so, you must update all application artifacts affected by
these changes, such as member formulas and business rules, and any reports that
reference the dimension by name.
The DTS members provide up to eight levels of period-to-date reporting. Your data and database
outline determine which members you can use. For example, if the database contains hourly,
daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly data, you can report day-to date (D-T-D), weekto-date (W-T-D), month-to-date (M-T-D), quarter-to-date (Q-T-D), and year-to-date (Y-TD) information. If the database contains monthly data for the past 5 years, you can report yearto-date (Y-T-D) and history-to-date (H-T-D) information, up to a specific year. If the database
tracks data for seasonal time periods, you can report period-to-date (P-T-D) or season-to-date
(S-T-D) information.
Oracle recommends that you avoid assigning time balance properties (such as First and Average)
to members set for dynamic calculations if you plan to use the members in Dynamic Time Series
calculations. Doing so may retrieve incorrect values for parent members in your accounts
dimension.
For detailed information, see the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.
ä To set up Dynamic Time Series members:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the Period dimension, and click DTS.
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Select Enabled for the DTS series to use: H-T-D, Y-T-D, S-T-D, P-T-D, Q-T-D, M-T-D, W-T-D, or D-T-D.
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Select a generation.
The number of generations displayed depends on the number of generations in the time
dimension. You cannot associate DTS members with the highest generation (the dimension
root).
Note: Essbase considers the Period dimension in Planning as Generation 1, so take that into
account when you set up Dynamic Time Series members.
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Optional: Select an alias table and type an alias name. (If necessary, resize the window to view the
fields.)
See “Working with Alias Tables” on page 313.
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Click Save.
Additional Supported Planning Application Features
Additional Planning application features are supported for Planning dimensions. You can add
children and siblings to Scenario, Version, and Period dimensions, and you can use the cut,
paste, expand, and collapse features to work with their dimension hierarchies (see “Working
with Dimension Hierarchies” on page 318). You can also use shared members for these
dimensions, and can set two pass calculations at the root level for all dimensions. For example,
you can:
Feature
More Information
In Scenario and Version dimensions, create hierarchies and use shared members. If you
assign children to bottom-up versions, these versions display as read-only parents on
forms.
See “Setting Up Scenarios” on page 352
and “Specifying Versions” on page 355.
In the Period dimension, create alternate hierarchies and use shared descendants. Data
Storage for all time periods can be set to any valid Data Storage value. The Consolidation
operator for all time periods, including BegBalance, can be set to any valid consolidation
operator. For example, it can be set to + instead of ~ (ignore).
See “Working with the Years Dimension” on
page 343, “Editing the BegBalance
Member” on page 344, and “Editing
Exchange Rate Tables” on page 89.
Turn on two pass calculation at the root level, for example, for Account.
See “Adding or Editing Members” on page
332.
Caution! Two pass calculation is ignored on any non-Account member not set to Dynamic
Calc. When using this setting, consider the impact on currency conversion scripts.
For attributes, create hierarchies and assign aliases.
See “Working with Attributes” on page
337.
Note: For a multicurrency application, the pre-built currency conversion calc scripts does not
function properly if you change data storage to dynamic for any Scenario, Version, Period,
or Years member, or for certain dimension roots (such as Entity, Version, Currency, and
custom dimensions). When changing data storage, consider the impact on currency
conversion scripts.
Considerations for Alternate Hierarchies in Period
Dimensions
When using alternate hierarchies, the parent for an alternate hierarchy member can either be
the root member of the Period dimension, such as Periods, or another alternate hierarchy
member.
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Working with Applications that Use Planning
Application Administration
You can create and update applications that use Planning application administration if you are
assigned the Shared Services Dimension Editor and Planning Application Creator roles. For
information, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System User Security
Administration Guide.
Refreshing Application Databases Using a Utility
The CubeRefresh utility creates or refreshes the database. Before it runs, it ensures that the
application is not locked. While it runs, the application is locked when metadata is updated in
the database. For example, if users are assigning access, this message displays: “Cannot process
your request because the application is being refreshed.” This utility must be run on the same
machine as the Planning server, not on a remote server.
Caution!
Oracle recommends that you back up the application before creating or refreshing.
See “Backing Up Applications and Application Databases” on page 93. Following
these steps affects data in the database. When you use the create or refresh options,
data might be replaced or erased, and Planning plan types rebuilt. For important
information, see “Considerations for Working with Essbase” on page 36.
ä To refresh the application database using a utility:
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Back up the application. See “Backing Up Applications and Application Databases” on page 93.
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Locate the CubeRefresh utility.
The utility is in the planning1 directory. For the full path to planning1, see “About EPM
Oracle Instance” on page 56.
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Launch CubeRefresh from the planning1 directory by entering the command and its parameters
in the command line:
Windows: CubeRefresh.cmd [-f:passwordFile] /A:application_name /
U:user_name [/C|/R] /D [/F[S|V]][/RMIPORT:rmi_port] [/L] [/DEBUG]
UNIX: CubeRefresh.sh [-f:passwordFile] /A:application_name /
U:user_name [/C|/R] /D [/F[S|V]][/RMIPORT:rmi_port] [/L] [/DEBUG]
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Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, you can specify [f:passwordFile] as the first parameter in the command line, where
passwordFile is the full file path and name for the password file. See “Suppressing
Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55.
application_name: The name of the Planning application on which to run the create
or refresh.
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user_name: The administrative user who has rights to create or refresh the application.
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/FSV: Validate the shared member security filters.
/RMIPORT: Specify an RMI port number different from the preset value of 11333.
/-L: Default option, to create or refresh by connecting to an application server on a
local or remote machine. (You can use /L to create or refresh without connecting to an
application server, for example, if the application server is not running.)
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/DEBUG: Specify detailed error messages.
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If prompted, enter your password.
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View the result of the application refresh, including errors. Completion status is shown on the console.
This example shows a command line used to refresh a database for all users logged on to the
specified application. It uses the default RMI port and includes shared member security
filters:
Windows:CubeRefresh.cmd /A:app1 /U:admin /R /D /FS
UNIX:CubeRefresh.sh /A:app1 /U:admin /R /D /FS
Refreshing Databases with Level 0 Members Set to Dynamic
Calc
If a level 0 member in the database outline is set to Dynamic Calc or Dynamic Calc and Store,
Planning successfully creates or refreshes, even if the members are not associated with a member
formula. Planning adds a placeholder formula for members that do not currently have a member
formula.
Working With Essbase Partitions
If you use Essbase Partitioning, partitions can access data shared between databases on different
applications or servers. For information on partitions, see the Oracle Essbase Database
Administrator's Guide.
Before refreshing application databases in Planning, remove the Essbase partition definitions.
This prevents overwriting the Essbase partitions or corrupting the Essbase database. After
refreshing, you can redefine the Essbase partitions.
If you use replicated partitions, you can create the partition definition at replication time, run
the partition, and drop the partition definition. You need not remove the partition definition
during refresh because it is created when the partition is run.
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Sorting Members Using a Utility
You can use the Planning Sort Member utility to sort dimension members. SortMember.cmd
is similar to sorting on the Dimensions tab in Planning. You can sort Entity, Account, Scenario,
Versions, and user-defined custom dimensions. You cannot sort Period, Years, or Currency
dimension members. The utility is useful for sorting dimension members after loading members
into Planning. The SortMember.cmd utility uses a command line interface. Only administrators
can run it.
ä To launch the SortMember.cmd utility:
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From the planning1 directory on the server where Planning is installed, enter this syntax:
SortMember [-f:passwordFile] servername username application member
children|descendants ascend|descend
For the full path to the planning1 directory, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page
56.
Table 78
SortMember Utility Parameters
Parameter
Description
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the first parameter in the command line to
read the password from the full file path and name specified in passwordFile. See “Suppressing
Password Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55.
servername
The server name where the Planning application resides
username
The name of the Planning administrator
application
The name of the Planning application containing the dimension members to sort
member
The parent member whose children or descendants to sort
children|descendants
Whether to sort by children or descendants: sorting by children affects only members in the level
immediately below the specified member; sorting by descendants affects all descendants of the
specified member
ascend|descend
Whether to sort by ascending order or by descending order
For example:
SortMember localhost admin BUDGET account200 descendants ascend
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If prompted, enter your password.
If the application server or RMI service is running when the SortMember utility is launched,
you might see some java.rmi or “Port already in use” errors. They do not affect the functionality
of this utility.
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Deleting Shared Descendants Using a Utility
Use the DeleteSharedDescendant utility to delete shared dimension members that are
descendants of a given member. You can delete shared Entity, Account, and user-defined
dimension members. All shared descendant members are deleted, not just immediate children
of the specified member.
Administrators run this utility using a command line interface. If the application server or Oracle
RMI service is running when the utility is launched, you may see java.rmi or “Port already in
use” errors. They do not affect the functionality of the utility.
ä To use the DeleteSharedDescendants utility:
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Launch the DeleteSharedDescendants.cmd file from the planning1 directory on the server
where Planning is installed, using this syntax:
DeleteSharedDescendants [-f:passwordFile] servername username
application member
For the full path to the planning1 directory, see “About EPM Oracle Instance” on page
56.
Table 79
DeleteSharedDescendants Utility Parameters
Variable
Description
[-f:passwordFile]
Optional: If an encrypted password file is set up, use as the first parameter in the command line to read
the password from the full file path and name specified in passwordFile. See “Suppressing Password
Prompts in Planning Utilities” on page 55.
servername
The server name on which the Planning application resides.
username
The name of the Planning administrator
application
The name of the Planning application containing the shared dimension members to delete.
member
The member whose shared descendants to delete. If a member name contains a space, surround it by
quotation marks (for example, “Member One”). If the shared member itself is specified in the command
line, the message “No shared descendants of member_namewere found” is displayed.
For example:
DeleteSharedDescendants localhost admin BUDGET account200
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If prompted, enter your password.
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To see the results of running the utility, check the log files that are generated in the
EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE/diagnostics/logs/planning directory:
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If you run this utility while the Manage Database task is open, no error message is displayed, but
the member is not deleted. The LOG and CMD files in the EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE/
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shared members were deleted.
Using Smart Lists, UDAs, and Member Formulas
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Working with UDAs
Working with Member Formulas
For applications that use Planning application administration, you can create and update Smart
Lists, UDAs, and member formulas.
Working with Smart Lists
Administrators use Smart Lists to create custom drop-down lists that users access from form
cells. When clicking in cells whose members are associated with a Smart List (as a member
property), users select items from drop-down lists instead of entering data. Users cannot type
in cells that contain Smart Lists. Smart Lists display in cells as down arrows that expand when
users click into the cells.
Perform these tasks to create and administer Smart Lists:
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Define Smart Lists, described here.
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Associate Smart Lists with members.
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Select dimensions for which Smart Lists are displayed.
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Use Smart List values in member formulas.
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Set how #MISSING cells associated with Smart Lists display in forms.
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Synchronize Smart Lists in reporting applications
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Smart Lists.
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To change a Smart List, select it and click Edit.
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To delete Smart Lists, select them, click Delete and OK. Deleting Smart lists also deletes
any associated mappings with dimension members and reporting applications.
Data cells can display only one Smart List. If multiple Smart Lists intersect at cells, set
which one takes precedence.
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Optional: Click Synchronize to synchronize Smart Lists between an application that uses
Planning application administration and a reporting application. See “Synchronizing
Smart Lists in Reporting Applications” on page 369.
Synchronizing Smart Lists in Reporting Applications
For applications that use Planning application administration that map Smart Lists to
dimensions in reporting applications, you can synchronize Smart Lists in the Planning
application. This identifies dimensions in reporting applications to which Smart Lists are
mapped, and adds level 0 members of the selected dimensions as new Smart List entries to the
selected Smart Lists. See “Mapping a Planning Application to a Reporting Application” on page
286.
ä To synchronize Smart Lists in reporting applications:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Smart Lists.
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Click Synchronize, then click OK.
During synchronization, values from reporting applications in all existing mappings are
appended after the last Smart List item in the appropriate Smart list. If a Smart List is mapped
to two dimensions, all members from the first mapping are inserted first, and then members
from the second mapping are inserted. If a member already exists in a Smart List, it is not
added again. Smart List members in the Planning Smart Lists are not deleted, even if the
corresponding dimension members on the reporting application are deleted.
Note: If Account is mapped as Smart List to Dimension, all of the level 0 members in the
Account dimension are brought in as Smart List entries when the Smart List is
synchronized. For example, Smart Lists may include entries such as HSP_Average
and HSP_Ending. If this occurs, delete the extra entries from the Smart List. See
“Adding or Changing Smart List Entries” on page 370.
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If Smart List items are mapped to more than one dimension, create a new Smart List with a new name,
and then manually transfer related data.
Adding or Changing Smart List Properties
Use the Edit Smart List Properties tab to set Smart List properties.
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Smart Lists.
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Select a Smart List and click Edit.
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Define Smart List properties on Properties:
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Table 80
Smart List Properties
Property
Description
Smart List
Enter a unique name containing only alphanumeric and underscore characters (for example: Position) and no
special characters or spaces. Smart List names can be referenced in formula expressions.
Label
Enter the text to display when the Smart List is selected. Spaces and special characters are allowed.
Smart List labels can reference a resource, which can be translated into different languages. See “About
Customizing Text, Color, and Images” on page 388.
Display Order
How Smart Lists are sorted in the drop-down list: by ID, Name, or Label
#MISSING DropDown Label
Enter a label (for example, “No Justification”) to be displayed as an entry in the Smart List whose value is
#MISSING.
Notes:
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#MISSING Form
Label
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Click Save.
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Select Entries.
When the cell is not in focus, this label displays only if Drop-Down Setting is selected in the next option.
Otherwise, #MISSING or a blank cell is displayed, depending on the Display Missing Values As Blank
selection for the form.
#MISSING labels determine only the display of cells with #MISSING data; #MISSING remains the stored
value.
Determines how #MISSING values are represented in cells associated with Smart Lists. Options:
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Automatically
Generate ID
It displays as the first selection in the Smart List drop-down, allowing #MISSING as a selection in the
form.
Drop-Down Setting: Displays the label set in #MISSING Drop-Down Label.
Form Setting: Displays #MISSING or leaves cells blank, depending on the Display Missing Values As Blank
selection for the form. This selection determines what is displayed in the cell when it is not the focus. When
the cell is in focus, the Smart List item that is selected from the drop-down is displayed.
Generate a numeric ID for each Smart List entry. If you do not select this option, you can customize Smart List
ID values.
Use the Entries tab to define selections on Smart Lists.
Adding or Changing Smart List Entries
Use the Edit /Add Smart Lists Entries tab to define the selections in the Smart List.
ä To define Smart List entries:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Smart Lists.
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Select a Smart List and click Edit.
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On Entries, define drop-down list items:
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For first items only: enter information into the first row.
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To add an item, click Add and enter the information.
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To delete an item, select it and click Delete.
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To edit an item, change the information in its row:
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Smart List Entries
Entry Property
Description
ID
Unique number that sets the order for the displayed entry. Customizable only if Automatically Generate ID is
not selected on the Properties tab.
Name
Unique alphanumeric name containing alphanumeric and underscore characters (for example: Customer_
Feedback) and no special characters or spaces
Label
Displayed text for the Smart List entry on the drop-down list (for example: Customer Feedback).
Items highlighted in red are duplicates.
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Perform one action:
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Select Preview.
Previewing Smart Lists
Preview the defined Smart List on the Preview tab. The tab shows the Smart List as displayed in
a drop-down list or a table.
Displaying #MISSING with Smart Lists
Administrators set values displayed in Smart Lists and data cells, including the display when no
data is in the cell. Cells can display no value, #MISSING, or (for cells associated with Smart Lists)
a specified value.
Use these options to control the display of #MISSING when cells are not in focus:
Option
Guideline
Blank
When designing forms, select Display Missing Values as Blank.
When setting Smart List properties, select Form Setting.
#MISSING
When designing forms, do not select Display Missing Values as Blank.
When setting Smart List properties, select Form Setting.
A custom label, such as
“No Change”
When setting Smart List properties, enter the custom label in the #MISSING Drop-Down Label field (for
example, No Change). Select Drop-Down Setting.
Working with UDAs
You can use user-defined attributes (UDAs), descriptive words or phrases, within calc scripts,
member formulas, and reports. UDAs return lists of members associated with the UDA. For
example:
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You can use the HSP_UDF UDA to prevent a formula from being overwritten when the
application is refreshed. You must log on to each database associated with the Planning
application and create the member formula with a UDA. The syntax for this UDA is: (UDAs:
HSP_UDF).
If you use the @XREF function to look up a data value in another database to calculate a value
from the current database, you can add the HSP_NOLINK UDA to members to prevent the
@XREF function from being created on all plan types that are not the source plan type selected
for that member.
For a Product dimension with several product members, you can create a UDA called New
Products and assign this UDA to the new products in the Product dimension hierarchy.
Then you can base certain calculations on the designation New Products.
For the budget review process, rather than creating a data validation rule for each owner in
a product line (some product lines can have hundreds of owners), you can create a UDA
containing the user names that apply to members using the planning unit hierarchy. Then
in the data validation rule, you can enter a lookup function which will return the user names
stored in the UDA for the current member. For example, create a UDA for each user in the
promotional path and assign a prefix to the UDA name (for example, ProdMgr:Kim).
For more information on creating and using UDAs, see “Considerations for Working with
Essbase” on page 36 and the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.
UDAs are specific to dimensions. For example, creating a UDA for an Account member makes
it available for non-shared Account members. Deleting it removes it for all Account members.
To make UDAs available for multiple dimensions, create the same UDA for multiple dimensions.
For example, create a UDA named New for Account and Entity dimensions to make the UDA
named New available for Account and Entity members.
ä To select UDAs for members:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the dimension for whose members to associate the UDA.
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From the dimension hierarchy, select a member and click Edit.
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Select UDA.
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Optional: To create a UDA, click Create.
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Select UDAs for the member by moving them to Selected UDA and clicking Save:
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move selected UDAs
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remove selected UDAs
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remove all UDAs
Creating UDAs
ä To create UDAs:
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Navigate to the UDA tab.
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On UDA, click Create.
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Enter a name and click Save.
Note: If creating a UDA for approvals, assign a prefix to the beginning of the name (for
example, ProdMgr:Name). A prefix indicates that the UDA contains a user name and
enables the data validation rule to look up the user. Use the same prefix for all
approvals UDAs.
Changing UDAs
ä To change UDAs:
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Navigate to the UDA tab.
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On UDA, select a UDA and click Edit.
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Change the name and click Save.
Deleting UDAs
Deleting a UDA removes it for the whole dimension.
ä To delete UDAs:
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Navigate to the UDA tab.
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Select the UDA and click Delete.
If you delete UDAs, you must update all member formulas, calc scripts, and reports that
reference them.
Working with Member Formulas
You can define member formulas to combine operators, calculation functions, dimension and
member names, and numeric constants to perform calculations on members. Member formulas
can also include:
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Predefined formula expressions, including Smart List values, that expand into a formula or
value upon database refresh.
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ä To define member formulas:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the dimension for whose member to add or change a formula.
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Select the member and click Edit.
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Select the Member Formula tab.
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Select options for the following fields:
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Plan Type
Note: A formula entered for the default plan type will be applied to all plan types unless
it is overridden by a different formula entered for a specific plan type.
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Data Storage—Select a data storage option. The default is Store.
Note: The plan type specific data storage field will not display the Shared or Label
Only options. This is because a member cannot be set to Shared or Label Only in
one plan type and not another.
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Solve Order—For aggregate storage plan types only, solve order specifies the order in
which formulas are evaluated. Enter a whole number between 0 and 100000 (or use
arrows to increase or decrease the number). The formulas for members that have a
specified solve order are calculated in order from the lowest solve order to the highest.
The default is 0.
In the text box, define formulas for the member.
See the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide for syntax, rules, and usage on Essbase
formulas.
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Optional: To check the validity of the member formula, click Validate.
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Click Save.
Before you click Save, clicking Reset restores the previous member formula information.
Viewing Details of Formula Validation
ä To view details of the member formula validation:
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On Member Formula, click Validate.
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If the member formula is not valid, click Show Details.
If the member formula is valid, Show Details is not selectable.
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Click Save.
Working with Formula Expressions
Planning member formulas support Essbase native formulas and Planning formula expressions
that are evaluated and expanded into Essbase code blocks when the database is refreshed. In
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these expressions, you can address Smart Lists by name, which Planning replaces with their
numerical values in calculations.
In the text box on the Member Formula tab, you can include predefined formula expressions in
member formulas, and test them with the Validate button. You can also load them.
You can update the dimension outline without updating the business rules and calc scripts that
depend on the outline. Calculations become more independent of specifics in the outline. You
can use Smart Lists as objects in calculations. Performance is not decreased when you use formula
expressions because they are run only when you refresh the database.
ä To use a formula expression in a member formula:
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Select Administration, then Manage, then Dimensions.
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Select the dimension for whose member to add or change a formula.
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Select the member and click Edit.
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Select Member Formula.
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Select options for the following fields:
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Note: A formula entered for the default plan type will be applied to all plan types unless
it is overridden by a different formula entered for a specific plan type.
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Data Storage—Select a data storage option. The default is Store.
Note: The plan type specific data storage field will not display the Shared or Label
Only options. This is because a member cannot be set to Shared or Label Only in
one plan type and not another.
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Solve Order—For aggregate storage plan types only, solve order specifies the order in
which formulas are evaluated. Enter a whole number between 0 and 100000 (or use
arrows to increase or decrease the number). The formulas for members that have a
specified solve order are calculated in order from the lowest solve order to the highest.
The default is 0.
In the text box, define formulas for the member.
You can include Planning formula expressions and Essbase native formulas in the member
formula. See the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide for syntax, rules, and usage
on Essbase native formulas.
Planning provides predefined formula expressions that you can use in member formulas.
You cannot edit or create your own formula expressions.
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Optional: To check the validity of the member formula, click Validate.
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Optional: If there are errors in the member formula, click Show Details to view a description.
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Optional: Click Reset to restore the previous member formula if you do not want to save the changes
you made to the member formula.
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Prerequisites
Before using formula expressions in member formulas, you should understand Essbase formulas
and calculation and the application outline. See the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's
Guide.
Syntax
Member formula expressions support functions and variables. Follow these syntax rules for
functions and variables when you create formula expressions:
Enclose variables or properties with square brackets, [ ]. If you omit square brackets, the
variable is treated as a native variable.
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Characters in variables are case-insensitive, but cannot have extra spaces or characters such
underscore ( _ ).
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Do not enter text where a number is required.
The order of the outline is important in a member formula. For example, do not reference
a value that has not been calculated yet.
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Including Smart List Values as Variables
You can include a Smart List as a variable in a formula expression, such as the formula expression,
“Status”= [Status.Departed]
“Status” is the member name, Status is the Smart List name, and Departed is a Smart List entry.
If the Smart List ID for Departed is 2, Status.Departed is replaced with a 2 in the member formula
(Planning treats Smart Lists as numbers). If the Smart List ID for Departed is 2, 2 is put in the
calculation and 2 is stored in the database.
Write Smart Lists in this format: [SmartListName.SmartListEntry]
Formula Expressions
Planning formula expressions can include these predefined variables and functions.
Table 82
Variables in Formula Expressions
Variable
Description
OpenInputValueBlock
Generates an IF statement if the Planning application is a multicurrency application, or an empty string if it is
one currency application. Used with ClosedInputValueBlock.
CloseInputValueBlock
Generates an End IF statement if the Planning application is a multicurrency application, or an empty string if
it is one currency application. Used with OpenInputValueBlock.
NumberOfPeriodsInYear
Returns the number of time periods in the year
NumberOfYears
Returns the number of years in the application
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Functions in Formula Expressions
Function
Description
Dimension(dimTag)
Returns the name of a predefined dimension. The dimtags are:
Period(periodName)
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DIM_NAME_CURRENCY
Returns the specified period. The periodName options are:
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LAST_PERIOD
CrossRef(accountName)
Generates a cross reference for the account
CrossRef(accountName, prefix)
Generates a cross-reference for the account. The account name contains a prefix that you define. The
default prefix is No, followed by a blank space and the account name, for example, No Salary.
getCalendarTPIndex()
Generates a member formula that returns an index for the time period; the index is based on the
calendar year.
getFiscalTPIndex()
Generates a member formula that returns an index for the time period; the index is based on the fiscal
year.
CYTD(memberName)
Generates a calendar year-to-date formula for the member
CYTD(memberName,
calTpIndexName,
fiscalTpIndexName)
Generates a calendar year-to-date formula for the member, and the time period index based on the
calendar year and fiscal year. Use when members are renamed. The default member names are “Cal
TP-Index” and “Fiscal TP-Index.”
Understanding Common Errors
Follow the rules of syntax carefully. If formula expression syntax contains errors, error messages
are returned after you validate the member formula. To get information about error messages,
click Show Details on the Member Formula tab. The most common error message is “Failed to
execute.” This occurs when you use parameters in the expression incorrectly. These actions cause
“Failed to execute” error messages:
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Customizing Planning Web
Client
In This Chapter
Customizing Reports ..................................................................................... 379
Customizing the Planning Tools Page .................................................................. 381
Customizing Cascading Style Sheets................................................................... 382
Customizing the Style of Row and Column Members in Forms ...................................... 385
Customizing the Style of Header Cells in Forms....................................................... 386
Customizing Skins to Add Components................................................................ 386
Registering Customized Skins........................................................................... 387
About Customizing ADF Components .................................................................. 387
About Customizing Text, Color, and Images ........................................................... 388
Customizing Colors, States, and Actions for Process Status......................................... 391
Creating Spreading Patterns ............................................................................ 393
Examples of Spreading Patterns........................................................................ 394
Creating Instructions for Planners ...................................................................... 395
Customizing Reports
Planning includes templates that control the layout and content of PDF reports of forms, form
definitions, task lists, and planning units. You can use the templates as is. You can also customize
the templates to add company logos, and special formatting for features such as shading, page
size, orientation, font, font size, headers, percentage of page used for headers, number of data
columns per page, and precision.
To customize reports, you must install and configure Microsoft Office Word 2000 or later and
Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Desktop. You can then use Word's BI Publisher menu to
update information in the report using a sample .XML file. You can also use Word features to
customize formatting. You make the template available by saving the .RTF file with the
appropriate name, and placing it in the classpath or in the HspJS.jar file.
You can customize four report types, using the corresponding sample and template files. For
information on creating the reports, see the related topics.
Report Type
Sample File Name
Template Name
Related Topics
Form
PlanningFormSample.xml
PlanningFormTemplate.rtf
See “Creating Simple
Forms” on page 164.
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Report Type
Sample File Name
Template Name
Related Topics
Form Definition
PlanningFormDefSample.xml
PlanningFormDefTemplate.rtf
See “Printing Form
Definitions” on page
160.
Task List
PlanningTaskListSample.xml
PlanningTaskListTemplate.rtf
See the Oracle Hyperion
Planning User's Guide.
Planning Unit
Annotations
PlanningPUAnnotationSample.xml
PlanningPUAnnotationTemplate.rtf
See “Printing Planning
Unit Annotations” on
page 245.
This topic gives general customization instructions. For detailed procedures, see the
documentation installed with Word and BI Publisher. The BI Publisher install guide and user's
guide are also available here:
http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E10091_01/welcome.html
ä To install BI Publisher Desktop:
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Download the most recent version of BI Publisher Desktop from this location:
http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/publishing/
index.html
To customize reports, you only need to install BI Publisher Desktop. BI Publisher is not
required.
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Save the zip file to your drive, and extract it with Use Folder Names selected.
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Close all Microsoft Office applications.
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Navigate to the directory where you extracted the zip file, and double-click the setup.exe application.
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Follow the instructions in the BI Publisher installation wizard to perform a basic installation, accepting
the default settings.
ä To customize reports:
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Open the Planning HspJS.jar file, installed by default in /products/Planning/lib, and
extract the sample file and corresponding template file.
For example, to customize the task list report, extract these files:
PlanningTaskListSample.xml and PlanningTaskListTemplate.rtf.
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Save the sample and template files to a location where you can open them later.
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In Microsoft Word, open the .RTF template file for the report to customize.
For example, for task list reports, open the PlanningTaskListTemplate.rtf template
file.
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From Microsoft Word's Oracle BI Publisher menu, select Data, then Load Sample XML Data, and open
the sample file for the report.
For example, for task list reports, open the PlanningTaskListSample.xml sample file.
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If Word does not display the BI Publisher menu, select the Template Builder toolbar. (For
example, select View, then Toolbars, and then Template Builder. See the Oracle Business
Intelligence Publisher User's Guide.
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Use the Word menus to customize the template.
For example, you can insert graphics and update fonts. For assistance with these tasks, see
the Word documentation.
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Optional: To update fields in the report, use Word's BI Publisher menus to add fields from the sample
file.
For example, select Oracle BI Publisher, then Insert, and then Field, click a field in the Field
dialog box, and drag the field into the template.
For assistance with these tasks, see the BI Publisher documentation. (In Word, select Oracle
BI Publisher, then Help. In Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher, click Help to view online
help.)
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When you finish customizing, select Oracle BI Publisher, then Preview Template, and select a format
for previewing your changes. You can preview in any format. Click the close box to close the preview file.
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In the template file, select Save As, and save the template as an .RTF file with the appropriate file name
from the table.
For example, if you are customizing task list reports, save the file as
PlanningTaskListTemplate_Custom.rtf.
Type of Template
File Name
All forms
PlanningFormTemplate_Custom.rtf
Specific form
PlanningFormTemplate_Data_Form_Name
For example, to apply the template to a form called Income, save the template as
PlanningFormTemplate_Income.rtf.
Form definition
PlanningFormDefTemplate_Custom.rtf
Task list status reports
PlanningTaskListTemplate_Custom.rtf
Planning unit annotation reports
PlanningPUAnnotationTemplate_Custom.rtf
You must save the template file in a location on the classpath so it is available to the Web
application server. Insert the template file in the HspJS.jar file at the root level (the same
level as the template files).
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Restart the application server to make the custom template available when users create PDF reports in
Planning.
Customizing the Planning Tools Page
Administrators can customize the Planning Tools page by adding links to commonly used tools
for analyzing, tracking, and reporting on planning data. Planning users can then open Planning
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links from the Tools menu and click links to open pages in secondary windows in their browser.
See “Specifying Custom Tools” on page 284.
Customizing Cascading Style Sheets
In Planning, cascading style sheets help define user interface (UI) themes, which control the
appearance of Planning. You can customize a Planning cascading style sheet to meet your needs.
Some common style sheet customizations include:
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Inserting your organization’s logo
Before customizing cascading style sheets, ensure that you have basic knowledge of cascading
style sheets and are familiar with style sheet editor tools. Some settings are necessary for
displaying portions of the product.
Changes to cascading style sheets are made on the Web application server, so they affect all
connected users. Style sheets are not located in a default directory, rather the Web application
server extracts the files to a temporary location at runtime. For information on where to find
these files on the Web application server, see “Location of Cascading Style Sheet Files” on page
383.
Planning primarily uses two cascading style sheets: a global sheet that defines Web UI elements
common to multiple Oracle products, and one specific to Planning. The global cascading style
sheet is called global.css. This table lists the major sections in the global.css file, and shows
the sections that Oracle strongly recommends against customizing.
Table 84
Major Sections in the global.css File
Customizable Sections
Sections Not Recommended for Customizing
Non-Navigation Styles
Tadpole Menubar
Tadpole Menuitem
Menu Styles (order is important)
Tadpole Masthead
Tadpole Minimized Masthead
Tadpole Content Area
Tadpole Toolbar
Tadpole Logon Styles
Tadpole Viewpane
Tabs
Tadpole Tree
Tab Anchor Tags
Tab Body
TaskTabs
Task Tab Body
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Customizable Sections
Sections Not Recommended for Customizing
Groupbox
Groupbox Anchor Tabs
Buttons
When Drawing Buttons in HTML
When Using Button Tag
When Using Input Tag
ä To customize a cascading style sheet:
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Extract the HyperionPlanning.ear file and then the HyperionPlanning.war file to a
temporary location.
See “Location of Cascading Style Sheet Files” on page 383.
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Locate the HspCustom.css file (under the custom directory in the temporary location where the
HyperionPlanning.war was extracted).
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Customize HspCustom.css and save it to HyperionPlanning.ear.
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You must redeploy for the changes to be picked up.
All Planning Web pages refer to the HspCustom.css file, and settings made here override those
in global.css and planning.css.
To customize styles in forms to reflect members’ hierarchical positions within the row or column
axis, see “Customizing the Style of Row and Column Members in Forms” on page 385.
Location of Cascading Style Sheet Files
The cascading style sheets for Planning are extracted by WebLogic to a temporary location at
runtime. Users wanting to make changes to these files must extract the
HyperionPlanning.ear file and then the HyperionPlanning.war file to a temporary
location before making any updates. Any changes made to the style sheets must be re-added to
the HyperionPlanning.war file (which is part of HyperionPlanning.ear), and then
HyperionPlanning.ear must be redeployed.
Modifying Cascading Style Sheets
When working with Oracle cascading style sheets:
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Before making changes, copy the original version and make it easily accessible.
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Styles common across multiple products are in global.css.
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Styles for products requiring unique styles are in productname.css.
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Some user interface controls are components of third-party technologies. Changing styles
of third-party controls requires changing all associated files.
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Avoid making changes to styles that affect layout, including Padding, Borders, Text and
Vertical Align, Position, and White-space.
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Changing color affects font color. Changing background affects the color of elements such
as buttons.
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To change hyperlink text color, use the hyperlink style (a:link, a:hover, and
a:visited).
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Toolbar button changes may require changes to all buttons in the product.
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Toolbar buttons rely on a dark-blue background to display properly.
Customization Examples
Subtopics
Changing the Color of the Content Area Background
Changing the Color of Hyperlinks and Visited Hyperlinks
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This section provides topics on common customizations.
Changing the Color of the Content Area Background
You can change the background color of the content area on the right side of the page by editing
the Tadpole Logon Styles section of the global.css file. This table shows how to edit files to
change the default color to white.
Table 85
Changing the Color of the Content Area Background
Default Content Area Background
White Content Area Background
.content table.content {
.content table.content {
background: #e5eaef;
background: #ffffff;
}
}
Changing the Color of Hyperlinks and Visited Hyperlinks
You can change hyperlink color by editing the Non-Navigation Styles section of the
global.css file. This table shows how to edit the file to change the default color to red.
Table 86
Changing the Color of Hyperlinks and Visited Hyperlinks
Black Hyperlinks and Visited Hyperlinks
Red Hyperlinks and Visited Hyperlinks
a:link, a:visited {
.content table.content {
color: #000000;
background: #ff0000;
}
}
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Customizing the Style of Row and Column Members in
Forms
You can customize Planning cascading style sheets to display forms with different styles for the
levels of members in rows and columns, depending on their hierarchical position in the form.
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Modify the planning.css file using the instructions in “Customizing Cascading Style Sheets” on
page 382.
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In the planning.css file, customize these header tags:
Table 87
Header Tags in Planning.css File
Rows
Columns
rowHeader_0
columnHeader_0
rowHeader_1
columnHeader_1
rowHeader_2
columnHeader_2
rowHeader_3
columnHeader_3
rowHeader_4
columnHeader_4
The tags rowHeader_0 and columnHeader_0 affect the lowest-level class. The tags
rowHeader_4 and columnHeader_4 affect the highest-level class. Members above level 4
display with the level 4 style.
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Customizing the Style of Header Cells in Forms
Subtopics
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Applying Bolding to All Forms
Applying Bolding to One Form
Applying Bolding to All Forms
ä To apply a bold style to all forms:
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From HyperionPlanning.war\custom, open HspCustom.css.
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Insert this class code:customheaderStyleFont-family:<font>;Fontsize:<size>;Font-weight:bold;
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You can also change the font and the font size in the same portion of code.
For example, to use bolded garamond 14 as the style for header cells you would specify:
customheaderStyleFont-family:garamond;Font-size:14;Font-weight:bold;
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Perform the tasks in “Registering Customized Skins” on page 387.
Applying Bolding to One Form
ä To apply bolding to a single form:
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Determine the ID of the form to customize by running this query in which <FORM_NAME> is the name
of the form:Select object_id AS FORM_ID,object_name AS FORM_NAME from
hsp_object where object_name like ‘<FORM_NAME>‘
For example, to modify a form called "1.30 Per Payor – Metrics”, you would run this query:
Select object_id AS FORM_ID,object_name AS FORM_NAME from hsp_object
where object_name like "1.30 Per Payor-Metrics"
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When the ID is returned, create a css class in HspCustom.css using the following format.
“customheaderStyle_<FORM_ID>"
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Set font-weight in customheaderStyle as bold as shown below. You can also change the font and the
font size in the same portion of code. customheaderStyle Font-family:customheaderStyleFontfamily:<font>;Font-size:<size>;Font-weight:bold;
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To use different styles on individual forms, create a css class for each form.
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Perform the tasks in “Registering Customized Skins” on page 387.
Customizing Skins to Add Components
To customize an existing skin to add components:
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1. Create a file called trinidad-skins.xml, and insert this code: <skins xmlns="http://
myfaces.apache.org/trinidad/skin><skin><id>HspCustom.desktop/
<id><family>HspCustom</family><extends>blafplus-rich.desktop</
extends><render-kit-id>org.apache.myfaces.trinidad.desktop</renderkit-id><style-sheet-name>custom/HspCustom.css</style-sheet-name></
skin></skins>
2. Specify the following in the code:
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3. Override the desired style selectors.
4. Perform the tasks in “Registering Customized Skins” on page 387.
Registering Customized Skins
ä To register modified skins in applications:
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Add the updated skin files to HyperionPlanning.ear.
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Put trinidad-skins.xml in HyperionPlanning.war\“WEB-INF\.
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Copy the new HspCustom.css to HyperionPlanning.war\custom to replace the existing css file.
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Copy the updated .ear file to EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE_HOME\products\Planning\AppServer
\InstallableApps.
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Redeploy to the application server.
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Restart the application server and clear the browser cache.
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In Planning, select Administration, then Application, and then Properties.
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Create a new application property called SKIN_FAMILY.
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Set the property value to reference the custom skins, such as HspCustom.
10 Log out, and then log back in.
About Customizing ADF Components
Components Skin style selectors in ADF enable you to customize the appearance of UI
components. Style sheet rules include a style selector, which identifies an element, and a set of
style properties, that specify the appearance of the components. ADF Faces components include
these categories of skin style selectors:
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Component selectors: Component-specific selectors are selectors that can apply a skin to a
particular ADF Faces component
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About Customizing Text, Color, and Images
You can customize text, colors, and images in the Planning Web interface, and you can localize
text.
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“Customizing Text in Non-Latin Languages” on page 389
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“Restricted Characters in Customized Messages” on page 391
Customizing Text, Color, and Images
You can customize text, color, and images for these items in the Planning Web interface:
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Customizable colors and images, using HspCustomImgs_en.template
Whenever you add labels, you must add them to the HspCustomMsgs resource file. For example,
when you add Smart List entries or menu items, include labels in the resource file. When your
application is localized, update the corresponding resource file. For example, to localize an
application into three languages, add labels to all three localized HspCustomMsg files (each with
their language code in the filename) and include the translated words. Note:
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You must avoid certain characters when customizing text or messages. See “Restricted
Characters in Customized Messages” on page 391.
Some colors are named, and others are given as hex or RGB values.
Image file names and the Images directory are case-sensitive on some Web application
servers and operating systems.
You must store images added to the Web interface using
HspCustomImgs_en.properties in the Images directory.
The silent deployment implemented by WebLogic 8.1 does not extract files from EAR and
WAR archives. You must manually extract, modify, and archive the customization files.
To customize other types of images, see “Customizing Cascading Style Sheets” on page
382.
The procedure describes customizing English messages in the HspCustomMsgs_en file. To
localize the application, update the file for the appropriate language.
ä To customize text, color, and images:
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After extracting the HyperionPlanning.ear file to a temporary location, locate these files:
HspCustomMsgs_en.template and HspCustomImgs_en.template.
These template files are in the custom directory where the HyperionPlanning.war file
was extracted.
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Copy and paste HspCustomMsgs_en.template and HspCustomImgs_en.template to a
temporary location.
3
Rename the files HspCustomMsgs_en.properties and
HspCustomImgs_en.properties.
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Update the content of HspCustomMsgs_en.properties and
HspCustomImgs_en.properties.
Each line in HspCustomMsgs_en.properties represents a customizable text resource.
Each line in HspCustomImgs_en.properties represents a customizable color or image
resource.
The lines start with the name of the resource, an equal sign, and the customizable resource.
You need not include punctuation at the end of lines. Carriage returns signal the end of the
resource.
For example, you can change the Tools menu label from “Tools: Analyze and Report” to
“Tools: Additional Resources” by changing this line in the
HspCustomMsgs_en.properties file:
LABEL_HOME_TOOLS=Tools: Analyze and Report
to:
LABEL_HOME_TOOLS=Tools: Additional Resources
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Save and add the updated files to HyperionPlanning.ear, copy the file to the following location,
and then perform a redeploy for the changes to be picked up:
EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE_HOME\products\Planning\AppServer\InstallableApps
\Common\HyperionPlanning.ear\HyperionPlanning.war\WEB-INF\classes\
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Stop and restart the Web application server.
For information on customizing error messages for business rule calculations in the
HspCustomMsgs file, see “Customizing Error Messages” on page 195.
Customizing Text in Non-Latin Languages
You can customize text in the Planning Web interface for non-Latin languages by updating the
HspCustomMsgs_en.template file. This example shows how to update the file for the Russian
language.
ä To customize HspCustomMsgs_en.template:
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Locate HspCustomMsgs_en.template in the /custom directory.
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If you are customizing the labels for a specific language, such as Russian, rename the template file to
use a .source extension, such as HspCustomMsgs_ru.source.
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Review the source file for the language, such as HspCustomMsgs_ru.source, to determine which
labels in the file need to be customized. Add the translation for the labels to the .source file, remove
all other labels, and save the file. (You need only customize the labels in this file.)
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Perform one action:
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For languages such as Russian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, and
Traditional Chinese, continue to step 5 to create the Java property file.
For Latin1 languages, such as Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian
Portuguese, and Swedish, create the property file manually by saving the .source file
(such as HspCustomMsgs_ru.source) with a .properties extension, such as
HspCustomMsgs_ru.properties.
Complete this step to use the native2ascii program to convert source strings to Unicode strings
to create a custom property file for the language, such as HspCustomMsgs_ru.properties. To
use this program, you must enter the encoding for the language, such as Cp1251 for Russian. The usage
is as follows:
native2ascii [-encoding language_encoding]
[inputfile_name[outputfile_name]]
Table 88
Examples of Language Encoding Parameters
Language
Encoding Parameter
Russian
Cp1251
Turkish
Cp1254
Japanese
SJIS
Simplified Chinese
EUC_CN
Traditional Chinese
Big5
Korean
EUC_KR
a. Ensure that the native2ascii program included with the Sun JDK is installed, and
note the installation path to this program. Some application servers install this program
for you. If it is not installed, you can install the JDK.
b. Open a command prompt.
c. Type the path to the native2ascii program, followed by the language encoding
parameter and the names of the source and target files to be created. For example:
C:\j2sdk1.4.2_15\bin\native2ascii —encoding Cp1251
HspCustomMsgs_ru.source HspCustomMsgs_ru.properties
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Extract the HyperionPlanning.ear file to a temporary location.
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Copy the properties file (such as HspCustomMsgs_ru.properties) to the custom directory
where HyperionPlanning.war was extracted.
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Re-create HyperionPlanning.ear and place the ear file in the following location:
EPM_ORACLE_INSTANCE_HOME\products\Planning\AppServer\InstallableApps
\Common
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Remove the extracted \HyperionPlanning from the temporary location.
10 Restart Planning.
11 Restart the Web application server.
Restricted Characters in Customized Messages
You can modify text strings to meet your business needs. Avoid using characters that can cause
errors in custom messages, depending on how the text string is used and whether the string is
generated by Java or JavaScript. (In most cases, text messages are generated by Java, and popup boxes and some buttons are generated by JavaScript.) For example, errors occur if you add
this string inside a JavaScript call because JavaScript cannot parse double quotation marks:
someJavaScript(“<%= HspMsgs.SOME_RESOURCE %>”);
The best practice is to avoid using these characters in custom messages:
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Forward slashes
Customizing Colors, States, and Actions for Process
Status
These procedures require knowledge of how to maintain and manipulate your relational
database:
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“Customizing Actions” on page 393
Customizing Colors
By default, planning unit status (for example, Under Review or First Pass) is displayed in black.
You can customize each state to display in another color. Valid colors include all named colors
that browsers recognize. See the Microsoft Web site for supported named colors.
The information for process status state colors is stored in the HSP_PM_STATES table in the
COLOR column. You must run statements for your relational database to change the color value.
After you customize the colors, restart the Web application server.
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Example: SQL Relational Database
Run this query to list all available process status states and their current color settings: select *
from hsp_pm_states
This returns the state_id, the name of the process status state, and the color. By default, the
color value is <NULL>, which converts to black.
Note the state_id of the process status state you want to change, and then run this query:
UPDATE HSP_PM_STATES SET COLOR = 'new color' WHERE STATE_ID = state_id
Run this SQL statement to change the First Pass process status state color to green:
UPDATE HSP_PM_STATES SET COLOR='GREEN' WHERE STATE_ID=1
Note: For Oracle relational databases, issue a COMMIT; command to commit the transaction.
Customizing States
You can customize these preset process status states:
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First Pass
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Under Review
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Distributed
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Not Signed Off
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Approved
The process status state information is stored in the HSP_PM_STATES table in the NAME column.
You must run statements for your relational database to change the state value.
Example: SQL Relational Database
Run this query to list all available process status states and their current names:
select * from hsp_pm_states
This returns the state_id, the name of the process status state, and the color.
Note the state_id of the process status state you want to change, and then run this query:
UPDATE HSP_PM_STATES SET NAME = 'NewName' WHERE STATE_ID = state_id
Run this SQL statement to change the Approved process status state name to Promoted:
UPDATE HSP_PM_STATES SET NAME='PROMOTED' WHERE STATE_ID=1
Note: For Oracle relational databases, issue a COMMIT; command to commit the transaction.
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Customizing Actions
You can customize these preset process status actions:
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Start
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Promote
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The process status action information is stored in the HSP_PM_ACTIONS table in the NAME
column. You must run statements for your relational database to change the action value.
Example: SQL Relational Database
Run this query to list all available process status actions and their current names:
select * from hsp_pm_actions
This returns the action_id and the name of the process status action.
Note the state_id of the process status action you want to change, and then run this query:
UPDATE HSP_PM_ACTIONS SET NAME = 'NewName' WHERE ACTION_ID = action_id
Run this SQL statement to change the Approve process status action name to Accept:
UPDATE HSP_PM_ACTIONS SET NAME='ACCEPT' WHERE ACTION_ID=1
Note: For Oracle relational databases, issue a COMMIT; command to commit the transaction.
Creating Spreading Patterns
Administrators who understand SQL can create custom spreading patterns, accessible from the
Grid Spread and Mass Allocate dialog boxes, by adding them to the HSP_SPREAD_PATTERN
database table.
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Open the HSP_SPREAD_PATTERN database table.
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Enter row values to name and represent how values are spread from a parent cell:
Table 89
HSP_SPREAD_PATTERN Table
Column
Description
NAME — VARCHAR
(80)
Internal name (not displayed)
UNIQUE NOT NULL
LABEL — VARCHAR
(80)
Reference to a string ID in the resource file, which displays in the user interface. If a string resource is not
created, the LABEL string identifier displays instead (for example “Label_Spread_445”).
NOT NULL
PATTERN
Space delimited; one or more elements, up to 255 characters:
VARCHAR (255)
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NOT NULL
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*: Repeat the element that follows. Use 1* to repeat 1 for every cell, to take up the rest of the space
in the applied pattern. If no * exists as part of an element within a pattern, the entire pattern repeats
itself instead of a specific element. A pattern cannot contain only the * character, and can have only
one element with the * character. For example, 1 2* 3 is allowed, but 1 2* 3* is not.
Save and close the table.
The new patterns display as spreading options on the Grid Spread and Mass Allocate dialog
boxes.
See also the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide and “Examples of Spreading Patterns” on
page 394.
Examples of Spreading Patterns
Assume a form cell having three children cells is affected by a spread. Examples of how patterns
are applied to the three child values:
Table 90
Examples of Applied Spreading Patterns
Cells
Pattern
Cell 1
Cell 2
Cell 3
Explanation
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4
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The new value is spread to level zero members using the 4 4 5 pattern. For example, if you set Q1
to 13, its value is spread as:
Jan = 4
Feb = 4
Mar = 5
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Cells
1
1
1
1
1 is the same as 1*. This FLOW spread type shows how FLOW works if no values exist to make the
spread proportional. The parent's value is divided by 3, the number of children cells, and spread
equally to each of its three children.
P
P
P
P
Each child cell receives the parent's value. This is more a copy pattern than a spread.
!* P
!
!
P
Equivalent to a BALANCE type of spread.
P !*
P
!
!
Equivalent to a FIRST type of spread.
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1
2
1
Similar to a bell-curve type of spread.
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0
1
0
The beginning and ending children cells receive no spread values, and the middle child member
receives the parent's value.
Creating Instructions for Planners
Using Planning features, administrators can create customized instructions to guide planners
in their work:
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“Select this form to forecast revenue income.” See “Editing Forms” on page 175.
Provide clear instructions for task lists and individual tasks, such as, “Use this task list to
allocate general expenses” or “Select this task to allocate phone expenses.” .
When setting options for forms, select the Enable Cell-level Document option (see “Setting
Form Layout” on page 165), and then link cells to documents in EPM Workspace. These
documents can be a Web site or any file type (for example, an .XLS or .PDF file). For example,
you could associate a cell with a document that explains the organization's assumptions for
January's telephone expenses. See the Oracle Hyperion Planning User's Guide.
Create tasks of type:
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site that provides assumptions for the latest forecast.
Descriptive—to display instructions. For example, “If you travel during this period,
leave a contact number with your Finance representative.”
Create descriptive text for runtime prompts that are specific and tell users what type of data
is expected. For example: “Select the project,” “Enter the expected number of customer visits
per quarter,” and “What percentage change in revenue do you expect next month?” See
“Setting Business Rule Properties” on page 187.
Use broadcast messaging to send instructions to all planners who are currently logged on
to an application. For example, broadcast a message, “Remember that all forecast revisions
are due by the end of the week.” See “Using Broadcast Messaging” on page 84.
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Troubleshooting
In This Chapter
Calculation Script is Too Long or Complex ............................................................ 398
Cannot Find Member .................................................................................... 398
Cannot Process Request ................................................................................ 399
Conflicting Change by Users ............................................................................ 399
Copy Version Error ....................................................................................... 399
Currency Conversion Calc Script Failed ................................................................ 400
Form Error Message...................................................................................... 400
Database Locked by Another Administrator .......................................................... 401
FDM Drill Through Issues ................................................................................ 401
500 Error Message ...................................................................................... 402
Implied Sharing Issues .................................................................................. 402
Invalid Value When Entering Date Value............................................................... 403
Manage Database Errors ................................................................................ 404
Maximum Number of Applications Already Connected or Database is Locked .................... 405
Optimizing WebLogic Server Parameters............................................................... 405
Optimizing Windows Network Parameters ............................................................. 406
Registering a Restored Application with Planning .................................................... 407
Session Timeout.......................................................................................... 407
Slow Performance........................................................................................ 408
Slow Performance When Opening Forms Using a Dial-Up Connection ............................. 408
Slow Performance When Opening Large Forms ....................................................... 409
Unable to Create Application Error ..................................................................... 410
Unable to Refresh Application Error .................................................................... 410
Unsuccessful Log On .................................................................................... 411
For detailed troubleshooting information, see the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management
System Installation and Configuration Troubleshooting Guide.
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Calculation Script is Too Long or Complex
Scenario:
Use the Manage Currency Conversion page to generate application-wide calc scripts that you can
launch from the Web to convert currencies. When generating calc scripts, if the following error
displays, the calc script exceeds the 64K limit.
Calculation script is too long or complex
This can occur if an application has many periods (such as 500) included in a currency conversion
calc script.
Solution:
ä To resolve this issue:
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Limit the calc script to one scenario.
If the calc script generates successfully, skip to the last step.
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If the error still displays, limit the calc script to one reporting currency.
If the calc script generates successfully, try selecting two reporting currencies. If that works,
continue adding reporting currencies until the error displays. Then skip to the last step. If
the calc script does not generate with one reporting currency, remove some currencies from
the application.
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Use the Manage Currency Conversion page to generate as many other, smaller currency conversion
calc scripts as necessary to include your scenarios, reporting currencies, and versions.
You can also give periods very short names.
Cannot Find Member
Scenario:
During database refresh, this error displays: “Cannot Find Member x.”
Solution:
Perform a full database refresh (instead of an incremental refresh) from the Refresh Database
page.
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Cannot Process Request
Scenario:
This error displays to application users: “Cannot process your request because the application
is being refreshed.” While application databases are created or refreshed, aspects of the
application are locked, and users cannot change:
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Solution:
Wait until the database is created or refreshed.
Conflicting Change by Users
Scenario:
When changing data, this error displays: “You are trying to change data that has been changed
by a user on another server.”
Solution:
The data is currently being changed by a user on another server. Wait a few seconds and try
again. If the message continues to display, try closing the page and reopening it. If the error
continues, restart the Web application server.
Copy Version Error
Scenario:
After using Copy Version with a large number of members selected, this error displays: An error
occurred when running specified calc script, please check logs for
details. The log for the Web application server contains this message:
com.hyperion.planning.olap.HspOlapException: The length of the calc
script exceeds the maximum allowed length.
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Solution:
Copy Version uses a calculation script, and Essbase limits the size of calculation scripts to 64K.
If the limit is reached while copying a large number of members, Copy Version can fail. To avoid
this, select fewer members to copy with Copy Version. See theOracle Hyperion Planning User's
Guide and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration
Troubleshooting Guide.
To prevent a failed Copy Version, estimate how many members you can successfully copy. The
script uses member names, so you must consider the number of members and the length of
member names. If each member is an average of 10 characters, fewer than 6,400 members can
be copied. The script also includes syntax characters, such as the calc script command and a
comma for each member name. Assuming a calc script command length of 500 characters, you
can use this formula:
(Number of members * Average length of member names) + Number of members + 500 <=
64,000
Currency Conversion Calc Script Failed
Scenario:
When verifying calculation scripts, this error displays if scenarios, versions, or currencies in the
calculation script are Dynamic Calc members or all Account members are dynamic: “The FIX
statement cannot contain a Dynamic Calc member.”
Solution:
When selecting scenarios, versions, and currencies for currency conversion calc scripts on the
Manage Database page, do not select Dynamic Calc members. In addition, at least one account
must be set to Store.
Form Error Message
Scenario:
The first person to use Planning after an Essbase timeout may receive an error that the form
failed to open.
Solution:
The user should click Refresh to restore the connection between Planning and Essbase.
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Database Locked by Another Administrator
Scenario:
Occasionally, Planning applications may become locked. This can be caused by events such as
abnormally exiting the application.
Solution:
See “Unlocking Applications” on page 83.
FDM Drill Through Issues
Scenario:
If you are using FDM for drill through, and you deploy FDM using a non-standard context path,
users cannot drill through to FDM in forms.
Solution:
Specify the new FDM path in a Planning application property. The context path is the part of
the URL that accesses the deployed Web application. For example, in this URL, HyperionFDM
is the context path: http://host:port/HyperionFDM/AuthorizedPages/. If you are using
the standard context path of HyperionFDM, you do not need to add or change this property.
ä To resolve FDM drill-through issues if FDM is deployed to a non-standard context path:
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In the Planning application, select Administration, then Application, and then Manage Properties.
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Select Application Properties.
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Click Add, and enter this property name (avoid using spaces):
ADD_HSP_RATES_DTURL_PATTERN
The value for this property is a regular expression enclosed by slashes and asterisks: /*
*/. For example, the default value for FDM is /*HyperionFDM*/. To specify a different
context path, substitute the new information for HyperionFDM.
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In the blank row, enter the new context path for Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management,
enclosed by a forward slash and asterisk /* */, as in this hypothetical example:
/*NewPath*/
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Click Save and confirm your changes.
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Stop and then restart the application server.
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500 Error Message
Scenario:
You may receive a 500 ERROR message on a form when the number of members on the page
(the cross-product combination of dimensions after security filters are applied) causes Java to
run out of memory.
Solution:
Oracle recommends reducing the number of cross-product dimension combinations on the
page as much as possible. By default, Java is allocated 128 MB of memory, but if your server has
more memory available, you should increase the amount that Java can use. As a general rule, if
the server is dedicated to Planning, allocate 75% of the server’s RAM to Java; if the server is not
dedicated, allocate 25% to 50% of the RAM to Java. The minimum memory setting should be 128
MB.
For instructions, see the “Increasing the JVM Memory Allocation” section of the Oracle
Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Guide.
Implied Sharing Issues
Scenario:
For members that have an implied sharing relationship, if a parent and child are displayed on
the same Planning form, only values entered for the parent are retained. In the following
examples, Planning creates an implied share relationship between Parent A and Child 1 because
the values of the parent and child are always the same. These examples assume that all of the
members are set to the Store data type.
Example 1:
Parent A
Child 1 (+)
Example 2:
Parent A
Child 1 (+)
Child 2 (~)
Child 3 (~)
Because most Planning applications are bottom-up applications, data is usually entered for the
child because the parent is read only. The typical sequence of events:
1. The form displays the child, usually above the parent.
2. New data is entered for the child.
3. The form is saved. The save operation reads the form from left-to-right and top-to-bottom,
so the child is saved first.
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4. The save operation then takes the last occurrence of the value in the grid (the bottommost,
rightmost value), which, because of the implied share, overwrites the value of the child. The
data entered for the child is discarded.
Solution:
Depending on the requirements for your Planning forms, you can use these methods to avoid
implied shares.
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For a parent and child on the same form: Add a dummy member as an aggregating child.
The dummy member is included in the outline but is not used on forms. Implied sharing is
disabled when the parent has only one aggregating child.
For a Label Only parent: An implied share exists with the first child member regardless of
how many aggregating children are present. To disable implied sharing in this situation,
change the Label Only storage type or avoid including the parent and child on the same
form.
For a parent that can be set to Never Share: If necessary for your application, you can set the
parent member to the Never Share storage setting. The Never Share parent functions
similarly to a Store parent with multiple aggregating children. However, unlike a Store
parent, a Never Share parent displays only the aggregated value of its children after an
aggregation is run.
Note: For parents with single children, using the default storage type of Store (keeping the
implied share relationship) is usually advantageous, because doing so reduces the number
of blocks that are created, the database size, and the calculation and aggregation times.
Use Never Share only when necessary.
For detailed information on implied sharing, see the Oracle Essbase Database
Administrator's Guide.
Invalid Value When Entering Date Value
Scenario:
When trying to enter a value into a form cell, you get the error, “You have entered an invalid
value. Please try again.” For example, you try to enter a formatted date value (for example,
12/8/2010) into a cell whose Data Type is Date and get this error.
Solution:
Depending on the type of data users want to enter in a cell, in Oracle Hyperion EPM Architect,
set the dimension of the member with this data type as the first in the Data Type Evaluation
Order.
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Manage Database Errors
Scenario:
Manage database errors can occur when the 8.3 naming convention is not used. When the
application database is created or refreshed, the error may display as: “Manage Database Errors
detected (Start 1060044): Could not open outline -2147218904.”
Solution:
To resolve Manage Database errors, you may need to redirect the operating system environment
variables. Essbase requires an 8.3 character-naming convention for the Temp and Tmp
environment variables in the operating system. Use this procedure to check the naming
convention and reassign these variables if needed.
File Naming Convention
Ensure that you are logged on to the Planning server before making changes.
ä To check the environment variables for Windows 2000:
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Close Planning.
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Close Essbase.
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On the Windows desktop, right-click My Computer.
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Select Properties.
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Select Advanced.
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Select Environment Variables.
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Change the settings for Temp and Tmp in the user variable to the 8.3 naming convention.
For example, C:\Temp
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Open, and open the outline.
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Close, and restart Planning.
10 Try creating or refreshing the database on the Manage Database page. If the error recurs, repeat the
previous steps, but this time also create a folder called C:\tmp and set the System Environment
variables Temp and Tmp to C:\tmp.
If the error persists, create a Temp folder under C:\temp. Repeat the previous steps,
redirecting first the user variables then the system variables to C:\temp\temp. If the error
continues, redirect the environment variables to C:\temp.
Note: The settings for Temp and Tmp in the user and system variables must be unique. Do
not set the user and system variables to the same folder.
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Maximum Number of Applications Already Connected
or Database is Locked
Scenario:
You are using DB2 as your relational database, and you receive either of these messages when
you try to create or refresh the database:
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… maximum number of applications already connected
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Database is locked …
By default, the MAXAPPLS parameter is set to 40.
Solution:
Increase the number of applications allowed by increasing the MAXAPPLS parameter.
ä To increase the MAXAPPLS parameter:
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In Control Center, right-click the database and select Configure Parameters.
Alternately, you can set the parameter from the DB2 window.
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Set the MAXAPPLS parameter, using this format:
db2 -v update db cfg for database name using MAXAPPLS n
db2 -v terminate
where database name is the name of the relational database and n is the number of
applications that can be connected simultaneously. For example, to increase the number of
maximum number of applications that can be connected simultaneously to 100 for a
database named Business, specify:
db2 -v update db cfg for Business using MAXAPPLS 100
db2 -v terminate
Optimizing WebLogic Server Parameters
Scenario:
If the following conditions apply to your environment, then check the WebLogic Server settings
described in the Solution.
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Your application's performance is slow.
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Your application uses WebLogic Server.
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Solution:
ä To tune WebLogic Server performance settings:
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Open the WebLogic Server Administration Console.
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Select the deployed Planning application, the Configuration tab, the Tuning tab, and then set these
values:
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Servlet Reload Check: -1
This option sets the number of seconds that WebLogic Server waits to check whether a
servlet was modified and needs to be reloaded. The value -1 means to never check.
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Resource Reload Check: -1
This option sets the number of seconds that WebLogic Server waits to check whether a
resource was modified and needs to be reloaded.
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JSP Page Check: -1
This option sets the number of seconds that WebLogic Server waits to check whether
JSP files have changed and needs to be recompiled.
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Open the properties of the server, select the Tuning tab, and then select Enable Native IO.
Selecting this option ensures that WebLogic Server uses native performance packs. By
default, when you are in Production mode, using native performance packs is enabled in
config.xml.
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To turn off HTTP access logging, open the server properties, select the Logging tab, the HTTP tab, and
then clear HTTP access log file enabled.
By default, WebLogic Server enables HTTP access logging. Because the Web Server already
creates an HTTP access log, this step turns it off.
Caution!
HTTP access log files grow proportionally with the number of requests. If you
do not configure log rotation properly, the access log file can grow very large and
potentially fill up the disk, causing the application and the operating system to
stop working. When this condition occurs, to remove the log files, you must stop
and then restart the application server.
Optimizing Windows Network Parameters
Scenario
Network performance is slow on Windows systems.
Solution
Tune the Windows operating system to optimize network performance.
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ä To optimize Windows performance:
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Open the Windows registry and set the TcpTimedWaitDelay parameter to 30.
This step decreases the time that the operating system waits to reclaim a closed port from
its default setting of 4 minutes (240 seconds). The parameter is at HKLM\System
\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters
Parameter Name: TcpTimedWaitDelay
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Set the MaxUserPort parameter to 65534.
This step increases the number of ports that can be opened on an application from its default
of 5,000. The parameter is at HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip
\Parameters
Parameter Name: MaxUserPort
Registering a Restored Application with Planning
Scenario:
You have restored a Planning application, but it is not available for selecting in EPM Workspace.
Solution:
Register the application with Shared Services from within Planning.
ä To register a restored Planning application with Shared Services from Planning:
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In your browser, enter the URL for the EPM Workspace Log On page
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In Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Workspace, select Navigate, then
Applications, then Planning. Select a Planning application. If prompted, enter your logon information.
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Select Administration, then Application, then Settings.
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From Show, select Advanced Settings, then click Go.
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Click Register Shared Services.
Session Timeout
Scenario:
If a user quits a session by closing the browser instead of logging off, the session times out after
a period of time, and the user name is removed from the Statistics page. You can change the
number of minutes before the session times out by modifying timeout settings for your Web
application server. Modify the web.xml file in HyperionPlanning.ear or
HyperionPlanning.war.
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Solution:
ä To change the session timeout setting:
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Open the web.xml file in HyperionPlanning.ear or HyperionPlanning.war.
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Modify the timeout setting and save your changes.
For example, change the number 60 in the session-timeout setting to the number of
minutes to use.
To modify timeout settings, see the documentation for your Web application server.
Slow Performance
Scenario:
Performance is generally slow.
Solution:
Ensure that you are using the recommended configuration for optimizing performance
described in the Planning Release 11.1.2.2 Oracle Hyperion Planning New Features and Readme.
Slow Performance When Opening Forms Using a DialUp Connection
Scenario:
Opening a form using a slow network connection (for example, with a modem) is slow.
Solution:
You can increase the network bandwidth when opening forms by modifying the web.xml file.
This compresses by approximately 90% the data stream sent from the Planning server to the
client.
Note: If you use a WebLogic (all supported versions) Web application server, complete the
second procedure, specific to WebLogic. If you use another Web application server,
complete the first procedure.
ä To improve performance for a Web application server other than WebLogic:
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With a text editor, open the web.xml file in HyperionPlanning.ear or
HyperionPlanning.war.
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After the tag </description> and before the tag <listener>, insert these lines:
<filter>
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<filter-name>HspCompressionFilter</filter-name> <filterclass>com.hyperion.planning.HspCompressionFilter</filter-class>
<init-param>
<param-name>compressionThreshold</param-name>
<param-value>2048</param-value>
</init-param>
<init-param>
<param-name>debug</param-name>
<param-value>1</param-
value>
</init-param>
</filter>
<filter-mapping>
<filter-name>HspCompressionFilter</filter-name>
<url-pattern>/EnterData.jsp</url-pattern>
</filter-mapping>
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Save the web.xml file.
If you use WebLogic, you must manually modify the .ear file and redeploy it for the Web
application server.
ä To improve performance with a WebLogic application server:
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Unzip the HyperionPlanning.ear file to /ear, for example.
2
Unzip Hyperion.war under /ear to /war.
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With a text editor, open /war/WEB-INF/web.xml and modify it using the instructions in step 2 in
the preceding procedure.
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Compress the content in /war to /ear/HyperionPlanning.war.
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Compress the content in /ear into /ear/HyperionPlanning.ear.
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Deploy the new HyperionPlanning.ear for the WebLogic Web application server.
Slow Performance When Opening Large Forms
Scenario:
Unusually large forms with many cells may require significant time to open.
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Solution:
You can display a warning when users try to open forms that are larger than a specified number
of cells. The default value for the number of cells that trigger the warning is 5,000. Administrators
can change the default value.
ä To set the number of form cells that trigger a warning message upon opening:
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In Planning, select File, then Preferences.
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Select Display Options.
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In Warn If Form Larger Than Cells Specified, enter a value.
Unable to Create Application Error
Scenario:
When you try to create an application in Planning, this error might display: Unable to create
application application name. Error number: -2147160060.
Solution:
There may be several causes. To resolve this, ensure that these conditions are met:
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Advanced User Rights must be configured on the local machine.
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The Administrator user must be configured for HsxServer and HspDataSource.
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If the Essbase supervisor user name matches the Planning administrator user name, the
passwords must be identical.
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If you use local authentication, the machine name must be different from the user name.
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If you are using DB2, a error message might state that the database is not configured correctly.
This can result from various causes, such as incorrect configuration for auditing tables.
Unable to Refresh Application Error
Scenario:
When using a DB2 database and refreshing an application in Planning, an error displays.
Solution:
DB2 could not refresh or correctly generate its transaction log because insufficient space was
allocated for log files. (See the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation
and Configuration Troubleshooting Guide.) To resolve this issue, use these procedures.
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ä Allocate more space for the DB2 transaction log:
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In DB2 Command Center, select Tools, then Wizard, and then Configure Database Logging Wizard.
2
Connect to the database and ensure that Circular Logging is selected.
3
On the next screen, increase the number of primary (for example, 20) and secondary log files (for
example, 10).
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Increase the size of each log file (for example, 2000).
5
Click Next to accept all defaults.
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At Summary, enter the user name and password.
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Click Finish.
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Restart DB2.
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Refresh the database.
Perform a database refresh more frequently, after a few changes instead of waiting for all changes
to the application.
Unsuccessful Log On
Scenario:
When logging on to Planning Web client, this error displays: “Unsuccessful login. Please try
again.”
Solutions:
Ensure that you are using a valid username and password.
Ensure that Essbase server and Oracle Hyperion Shared Services are running.
Review the error log. (See Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and
Configuration Troubleshooting Guide.)
If the Log On button does not appear at logon, adjust the security settings in your Web browser,
and add the Planning server name as a Trusted Site. For example, in Internet Explorer, select
Tools, then Internet Options, then Security, then Trusted Sites, and then Sites and add http://
servername to the trusted sites zone.
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Customizing Forms with
JavaScript
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In This Appendix
About Customizing Forms ............................................................................... 413
Modifying JavaScript..................................................................................... 413
Deploying Custom JavaScript ........................................................................... 418
About Customizing Forms
Note: All of the customization information in this section is applicable only if the application
is using the Planning Release 11.1.2.1 user interface and features, as described in “Using
the Planning Release 11.1.2.1 User Interface and Features” on page 48.
This section describes using JavaScript to customize forms. If you are a programmer familiar
with JavaScript, you can customize the look and behavior of Planning forms by writing custom
JavaScript and including it in applications.
You can customize forms in these ways:
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Modify application behavior when users save forms.
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Modify application behavior when the focus enters or leaves a cell.
There are no additional requirements for users when including custom JavaScript in your
Planning application. Administrators need not take special steps to enable custom JavaScript
for applications.
Modifying JavaScript
To add custom JavaScript to a Planning application, modify the code in ValidateData.js,
which is located in the \custom subdirectory wherever the .war file is extracted. For examples
of customizing forms, see the sample code and comments in SampleValidateData.js. (All
of the customization information in this section is applicable only if the application is using the
Planning Release 11.1.2.1 user interface and features, as described in “Using the Planning Release
11.1.2.1 User Interface and Features” on page 48.)
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customCellEnterPre
Description
Use customCellEnterPre to change the behavior when users click in cells, before default
Planning logic runs. For example, when users click in cells, a message can indicate the acceptable
range of values to enter. When users click in certain types of cells, such as accounts, a message
can prompt users to enter supporting detail.
After customCellEnterPre runs, if it returns True, the default Planning logic runs. If it returns
False, no additional logic follows the custom code. SampleValidateData.js includes an
example that displays a message prompting users to enter supporting detail when clicking in
certain cells.
Arguments
Argument Description
Row
An integer that defines the row for the cell.
Col
An integer that defines the column for the cell.
Cell
A handle for the HTML input artifact.
Returns
Return Value Description
True
The Planning default logic runs after this code completes.
False
No further logic (Planning default logic or customCellEnterPost) runs after this completes.
See Also
customCellEnterPost
customCellEnterPost
Description
Use customCellEnterPost for custom behavior when focus comes into a cell, after the default
Planning logic runs. This code runs when users click in a cell, after the Planning default logic if
customCellEnterPre and the default logic return True. If they return False, this function is
disabled.
SampleValidateData.js includes an example for customCellEnterPre that you can use
for customCellEnterPost. The example displays a message prompting the user to enter
supporting detail clicking in specific cells.
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Arguments
Argument Description
Row
An integer that defines the row for the cell.
Col
An integer that defines the column for the cell.
Cell
A handle for the HTML input artifact.
Returns
Return Value Description
True
The Planning default logic runs after this code completes.
False
No further logic runs after this completes.
See Also
customCellEnterPre
customCellValidatePre
Description
Use customCellValidatePre for custom behavior when focus leaves a cell, before default
Planning logic runs. For example, you can compare the value a user entered for the cell to another
value and display an alert if the variance is too great or out of range. You can define a spreading
algorithm that occurs when the focus leaves a cell, replacing the default spreading algorithm.
For example, Planning usually spreads by time period, but you can write custom JavaScript that
pre-aggregates the data on the client side before writing values back to Essbase.
After this function runs, if customCellValidatePre returns True, Planning default logic runs.
If it returns False, no additional logic follows the custom code. Forms use your custom code and
skip the default Planning logic, which could cause users to submit invalid data.
SampleValidateData.js includes an example that executes additional validation when the
focus leaves a cell. When the focus leaves a cell, the code compares the value the user entered for
the current year to last year’s value. If the current year value is over 10% larger than the previous
year, a message is displayed.
Arguments
Argument Description
Row
An integer that defines the row for the cell.
Col
An integer that defines the column for the cell.
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Argument Description
Cell
A handle for the HTML input artifact.
Returns
Argument Description
True
The Planning default logic runs after this code completes.
False
No further logic runs after this code completes.
See Also
customCellValidatePost
customCellValidatePost
Description
Use customCellValidatePost for custom behavior when focus leaves a cell, after the default
Planning logic runs. This is similar to customCellValidatePre, which runs when the focus
leaves a cell, after the Planning default logic if this function and the Planning default logic return
True. If they return False, this function is disabled. Return values have no effect.
SampleValidateData.js includes an example for customCellValidatePre that you can
use for this code. The example executes additional validation when the focus leaves a cell. The
JavaScript code compares the value entered for the current year to the value for last year. If the
current year value is over 10% larger than the previous year value, a message is displayed.
Arguments
Argument Description
Row
An integer that defines the row for the cell.
Col
An integer that defines the column for the cell.
Cell
A handle for the HTML input artifact.
Returns
Return Value Description
True
The Planning default logic runs after this code completes.
False
No further logic runs after this completes.
See Also
customCellValidatePre
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customOnLoad
Description
Use customOnLoad for custom behavior when forms are loaded or reloaded. A JavaScript
variable called savedData indicates whether Save has been completed. For example, when users
open forms, you could display instructions or determine if they match tolerances and inform
users of any corrective actions.
Arguments
No arguments.
Returns
No return values.
drawCustomButtons
Description
Use drawCustomButton to add custom buttons to forms. Buttons can link to any data entry
page or launch custom JavaScript code included in ValidateData.js. For example, you can
add buttons to validate forms or run reports.
SampleValidateData.js includes an example that adds a button labeled Validate to a form.
When a user clicks the button, the JavaScript code compares the values entered for the current
year to last year’s values. If the current year’s values are more than 10% larger than the previous
year's values, a message is displayed.
Arguments
No arguments.
Returns
No return values.
validateForm
Description
Use validateForm to provide form-level behavior that is launched when users click Save. With
default Planning behavior, when users click Save on forms, the validateForm function submits
the grid. For example, you can calculate a variance between budget and actuals by comparing
values in two columns, displaying an alert when users click Save if the variance is too high.
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SampleValidateData.js includes an example that executes additional validation when users
click Save. The values entered for the current year tare compared to last year’s values. If the
current year values are more than 10% larger than previous year values, a message displays.
Arguments
No arguments.
Returns
Return Value Description
True
Saves the grid.
False
Cancels the save.
Deploying Custom JavaScript
When using custom JavaScript in Planning applications:
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Specify which forms the code applies to, as shown in SampleValidateData.js.
Maintain custom JavaScripts when upgrading Planning. When upgrading or modifying
standard Planning JavaScript files, you must merge your code with the updated version of
ValidateData.js. (If there are no changes to ValidateData.js, you can back up the
file before upgrading Planning and copy your version of the file.)
The default Planning calc scripts can run after forms are saved, so default calc scripts could
overwrite the actions of custom JavaScript. If custom calc scripts run automatically after
forms are saved, calc scripts could overwrite actions of custom JavaScripts. If custom
JavaScript determines how values are propagated throughout the hierarchy, be aware of
possible conflicts with calc scripts.
Custom JavaScript can modify cells that are not visible on forms. For example, if a quarter
is collapsed, custom JavaScript can still affect values for individual months.
Custom JavaScript cannot affect suppressed rows or columns.
Depending on the complexity of code, cell-level JavaScript functions can have an adverse
effect on application performance. For complex JavaScript, consider using the form-level
function (validateForm) or custom buttons to launch JavaScript code.
Utility functions are included in validateDataHelper.js.
If custom JavaScript overrides default Planning behavior, you are responsible for ensuring
that data is valid. You can verify data after running custom JavaScript using
enterData.js. For examples, see LeaveCell.
All of the customization information in this section is applicable only if the application is
using the Planning Release 11.1.2.1 user interface and features, as described in “Using the
Planning Release 11.1.2.1 User Interface and Features” on page 48.
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Naming Restrictions
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In This Appendix
Restrictions for Applications and Databases .......................................................... 419
Restrictions for Dimensions, Members, Aliases, and Forms ......................................... 420
Dimension and Member Names in Calc Scripts, Report Scripts, Formulas, Filters, and Substitution
Variables .................................................................................................. 423
Restrictions for User Names ............................................................................ 424
Restrictions for Applications and Databases
When naming an application, follow these rules:
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For non-Unicode mode applications and databases, use no more than 8 bytes; for Unicodemode applications and databases, use no more than 30 characters.
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Do not use spaces.
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Do not use these special characters:
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asterisks
m
backslashes
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brackets
m
colons
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commas
m
equal signs
m
greater than signs
m
less than signs
m
periods
m
plus signs
m
question marks
m
quotation marks (double and single)
m
semicolons
m
slashes
m
tabs
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m
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vertical bars
For application names in relational database environments, do not use extended characters
(except for underscores).
For aggregate storage databases, do not use DEFAULT, LOG, METADATA, or TEMP as
application names.
Enter names in the preferred case. Application names are created exactly as entered.
For detailed information on creating Essbase applications and databases, see the Essbase product
documentation.
Restrictions for Dimensions, Members, Aliases, and
Forms
When naming dimensions, members, and aliases, follow these rules:
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For non-Unicode mode dimensions, members, or aliases, use no more than 80 bytes. For
Unicode-mode dimensions, members, or aliases, use no more than 80 characters.
Do not use HTML tags in member names, dimension names, aliases, and descriptions.
Do not use quotation marks, brackets, backslashes, or tabs. Brackets are permitted but not
recommended in block storage outlines. They cause errors when converting to aggregate
storage outlines.
To begin dimension or member names, do not use these characters:
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at signs
m
backslashes
m
brackets
m
commas
m
dashes, hyphens, or minus signs
m
equal signs
m
less than signs
m
parentheses
m
periods
m
plus signs
m
quotation marks
m
underscores
m
vertical bars
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Do not place spaces at the beginning or end of names. Such spaces are ignored.
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Do not use forward slashes in member names.
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For time periods in custom calendars, do not use spaces in prefixes.
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Do not use these words as dimension or member names:
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Calculation script commands, operators, and keywords.
For a list of commands, see the Essbase product documentation.
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Report Writer commands; see the Oracle Essbase Technical Reference.
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Function names and function arguments.
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m
m
Names of other dimensions and members (unless the member is shared), and generation
names, level names, and aliases in the database.
If Dynamic Time Series is enabled, do not use History, Year, Season, Period, Quarter,
Month, Week, or Day.
These words:
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ALL
o
AND
o
ASSIGN
o
AVERAGE
o
CALC
o
CALCMBR
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COPYFORWARD
o
CROSSDIM
o
CURMBRNAME
o
DIM
o
DIMNAME
o
DIV
o
DYNAMIC
o
EMPTYPARM
o
EQ
o
EQOP
o
EXCEPT
o
EXP
o
EXPERROR
o
FLOAT
o
FUNCTION
o
GE
o
GEN
o
GENRANGE
o
GROUP
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422
o
GT
o
ID
o
IDERROR
o
INTEGER
o
LE
o
LEVELRANGE
o
LOCAL
o
LOOPBLOCK
o
LOOPPARMS
o
LT
o
MBR
o
MBRNAME
o
MBRONLY
o
MINUS
o
MISSING
o
MUL
o
MULOP
o
NE
o
NON
o
NONINPUT
o
NOT
o
OR
o
PAREN
o
PARENPARM
o
PERCENT
o
PLUS
o
RELOP
o
SET
o
SKIPBOTH
o
SKIPMISSING
o
SKIPNONE
o
SKIPZERO
o
STATUS
o
TO
o
TOLOCALRATE
o
TRAILMISSING
o
TRAILSUM
o
TYPE
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UMINUS
o
UPPER
o
VARORXMBR
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XMBRONLY
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#MISSING
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Dimension and Member Names in Calc Scripts, Report
Scripts, Formulas, Filters, and Substitution Variables
In substitution variable values, calc scripts, report scripts, filter definitions, partition definitions,
or formulas, you must enclose member names in brackets ([]) when used within MDX
statements and in quotation marks (" ") for block storage databases, in these situations:
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The name starts with one or more numerals (for example, 100).
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The name contains spaces or these characters:
&
ampersand
>
greater than sign
*
asterisk
<
less than sign
@
at sign
()
parentheses
\
backslash
%
percent sign
{}
braces
.
period
:
colon
+
plus sign
,
comma
;
semicolon
-
dash, hyphen, or minus
/
slash
!
exclamation point
~
tilde
=
equal sign
In calculation scripts and formulas, enclose member names that are also Essbase keywords in
quotation marks (" ") for block storage databases, and in brackets ([]) for aggregate storage
databases including these member names:
BEGIN DOUBLE ELSE END FUNCTION GLOBAL IF MACRO MEMBER RANGE
RETURN STRING THEN
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Enclose in quotation marks names, in calculation scripts, report scripts, or formulas, that contain
or start with spaces or these characters: + - * / ( ) : , @ ; ) { } [ ] <
Also enclose in quotation marks names that start with numbers. For example:
@SUM(ac1, "12345");
Restrictions for User Names
User names can have up to 80 characters.
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Form Formula Functions
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In This Appendix
Using Formulas and Formula Functions ............................................................... 425
Creating Formulas ....................................................................................... 425
Formula Functions ....................................................................................... 426
Using Formulas and Formula Functions
After you create a formula row or column, define the formula using the Segment Properties pane.
Formulas include grid references, mathematical operators, and, optionally, mathematical
functions . For a complete list, see “Formula Functions” on page 426.
Note: Planning requires level 0 members that are Dynamic Calc to have a member formula. For
Dynamic Calc members that do not have a formula, Planning inserts a semicolon (;) when
refreshed; the semicolon is visible in the Formula field in Essbase.
Creating Formulas
ä To create formulas:
1
Select the row or column for which to associate the formula.
2
If it does not automatically expand, select Segment Properties.
3
In Formula, enter the name for the formula and then click
4
In the Formula box that is displayed, select the operation or function that the formula will perform, such
as COUNT(), MAX(), and IfThen(). See “Formula Functions” on page 426.
5
Click Validate to ensure that the formula does not contain any errors.
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Editing Formulas
ä To edit formulas:
1
Open a form with a formula row or column.
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2
On Layout, select a numbered formula row or column.
3
Use Segment Properties to modify the formula properties.
4
Click
5
Save the form.
to change the operation or function performed.
Deleting Formulas
ä To delete a formula:
1
Select the appropriate formula row or column.
2
Click the Delete button.
3
To verify formula deletion:
a. Click the checkmark in the formula bar.
b. Click another cell within the grid to reset the formula bar.
c. Click the cell from which you deleted the formula to verify deletion.
Formula Functions
This section defines the mathematical functions available for creating formulas for form formula
rows and columns. To insert formula rows and columns in forms, see “Adding Formula Rows
and Columns” on page 173.
The syntax for mathematical functions is:
FunctionName(arguments)
Table 91
Mathematical Function Syntax
Variable
Description
FunctionName
The name of a mathematical function.
arguments
A numeric value, a row, column, or cell reference, or an embedded function.
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Mathematical Functions
Function
Description
Abs
Returns the absolute value of numeric values or references.
Average
Returns the average of a group of numeric values or references.
AverageA
Returns the average of a group of numeric values or references. The calculation includes #MISSING cells only
for rows or columns that are not suppressed.
Count
Returns the number of values in a group of numeric values or references.
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Function
Description
CountA
Returns the number of values in a group of numeric values or references. The calculation includes #MISSING
cells only for rows or columns that are not suppressed.
Difference
Returns the absolute value of a numeric value or reference subtracted from another numeric value or
reference.
Eval
Evaluates an expression. Eval is useful for embedding expressions as function arguments.
IfThen, If
Returns one value if a condition equals true, and another value if a specified condition equals false.
Max
Returns the maximum value from a group of numeric values or references.
Min
Returns the minimum value from a group of numeric values or references.
Mod
Returns the remainder, modulus, from a division formula.
PercentOfTotal
Returns the result of a numeric value or reference divided by another numeric value or reference, multiplied
by 100.
Pi
Returns the number 3.14159265358979, to 15 digits.
Product
Multiplies all numbers or references and returns the product.
Random
Returns a random number between 0.0 and 1.0.
Rank
Returns the highest or lowest value of a specified column or row.
Round
Rounds a number up or down by specified digits.
Sqrt
Returns the square root of a numeric value, row, column, or cell.
Sum
Returns the sum of a group of numeric values or references.
Truncate / Trunc
Removes the specified number of digits from numeric values.
Variance / Var
Evaluates the difference between the specified values based on the account type for the current account.
VariancePercent / VarPer
Evaluates the percentage difference between the specified values based on account type for the current
account.
Arguments
Mathematical functions accept numeric values, row, column, or cell references, or embedded
functions as arguments. There are four argument types:
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Numeric
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Property
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Row, column, or cell reference
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Embedded Functions
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Numeric Arguments
The syntax for a numeric argument is
(numeral1, numeral2,...numeraln)
where numerals 1 through n are any numbers including decimals and negative values. For
example, the expression Average(10,20,30) returns the value 20.
Row, Column, or Cell Reference Arguments
The row, column, or cell argument identifies a row, column, or cell in a grid. The syntax is:
FunctionName(GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property)
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Argument Components
Argument
Description
GridName
The form name. For example:
Difference (grid1.row[5], grid1.row[6]) returns the difference of two rows on form grid1.
Optional. If GridName is not specified, the default is the name of the current form.
GridElement
One of the following keywords: row, col, column, or cell.
For example, Max(row[1], row[2], row[3]) returns the maximum value of three rows. GridElement is optional. However, a
cell reference requires row and column segment identifiers. For example, cell[2, A] and [2, A] both refer to the cell that is
the intersection between row 2 and column A. The keyword cell is optional. Cell references can use the [row, col] syntax or
[col, row] syntax.
Optional. If GridElement is not specified, letters represent columns and numbers represent rows; for example: Max ([1, A],
[2, A], [3, A]) refers to rows 1, 2 and 3 of column A.
segment
A row, column, or cell reference number. For an expanded row or column, you must specify the segment. For example,
row[2] addresses row segment 2. Segments are enclosed in square brackets [ ].
Required.
range
The rows, columns, or cell that are expanded from the specified segment. If range is specified, the system calculates the
formula using only the specified range. For example, row[2(3:5)] uses only the 3rd through 5th rows of expanded segment
2.
Optional. When range is not provided, all expanded cells are used.
Note: If a segment expands to only one row or column, do not use the range argument.
property
One of these keywords: average, averageA, count, countA, max, min, product, or sum. The property specifies how to
aggregate the specified expanded rows, columns, or cells.
Oracle recommends that property is not specified when a reference is an argument. By not specifying the property, the
function calculates the reference in the most appropriate way. For example, the following expression returns the average
of the cells within rows 1 and 2:
Average(row[1], row[2])
In contrast, the following example first calculates the average of row[1], then the average of row[2], adds these two results,
then divides by 2:
Average(row[1].average, row[2].average)
The default property for a row, column, or cell reference is sum . For example, row[2] is equivalent to Sum(row[2]).
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Because segment is the only required part of a reference, the following references are the same:
Grid1.row[1].sum
[1]
AverageA and CountA include #MISSING cells in the calculation. For example, if row 1 is a
segment row that expands to Qtr1 = 100, Qtr2 = 200, Qtr3 = #MISSING, and Qtr4 = 400, the
following function returns the value four (4):
row[1].CountA
All other functions exclude #MISSING data cells. For example, the previous example of row 1
that expands to Qtr1 = 100, Qtr2 = 200, Qtr3 = #MISSING, and Qtr4 = 400, returns three in
this example:
row[1].Count
Property Arguments
Property arguments consolidate expanded references to a single value that is then used in the
calculation. Use property arguments to perform calculations on an aggregate row, column, or
cell. The two types of property arguments are:
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Aggregate Property Argument (see “Aggregate Property Argument” on page 429)
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Reference Property Argument (see “Reference Property Argument” on page 430)
Aggregate Property Argument
An aggregate row, column, or cell contains multiple rows, columns, or cells, respectively.
The aggregate property argument is the last argument in the following mathematical function
syntax:
FunctionName(GridName.Gridelement[segment(range)].property)
You apply the following aggregate properties to a row, column, or cell reference.
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Aggregate Properties
Properties
Description
Average
Returns the average of a row, column, or cell. The calculation excludes #MISSING and #ERROR values.
AverageA
Returns the average of a row, column, or cell. The calculation includes #MISSING and #ERROR values.
Count
Returns the number of values in a row, column, or cell. The calculation excludes #MISSING and #ERROR values.
CountA
Returns the number of values in a row, column, or cell. The calculation treats #MISSING and #ERROR values as zero (0).
Max
Returns the maximum value of a row, column, or cell.
Min
Returns the minimum value of a row, column, or cell.
Product
Returns the product of rows or columns.
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Properties
Description
Sum
Returns the sum of a row, column, or cell.
When used as a mathematical function argument, the default for property is the same as the
function. In the following example the default property is Average:
Average(row[2])
When not used as a mathematical function argument, the default for property is sum. In the
following example the default property is the sum of an aggregate row:
row[2]
Reference Property Argument
A reference property argument specifies how to treat formula reference results and is used in
conjunction with the other properties.
There is one reference property argument: IfNonNumber/IFFN.
IfNonNumber specifies a replacement of #MISSING and #ERROR values with a specific numeric
value. The syntax is:
AXIS[segment(range)].IfNonNumber(arg).AggregateProperty
Argument
Description
AXIS
One of these keywords: row, column, or cell.
Optional.
Segment(range)
Indicates any valid axis reference, such as a row number, column letter.
IfNonNumber
Indicates how to treat missing or error data within the Axis Ref.
(arg)
Indicates what number to use if missing or error data is encountered within the AxisRef.
AggregateProperty
The aggregate function is used for aggregate segments.
Optional.
For example:
If cell[1,A] = 3 and
cell[1,B] = #MISSING,
The expression:
cell[1,A] / cell[1,B]
returns #ERROR.
The expression:
cell[1,A] / cell[1,B].ifNonnumber(1)
replaces cell[1,B] with 1 and returns a 3.
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Note: If you use suppression for #MISSING in a grid, and the grid contains a formula row or
column that uses the IfNonNumber property, #MISSING remains suppressed.
Embedded Functions as Arguments
You can embed functions as arguments within a function.
Example:
In this example, the function Average is embedded in the function Sum:
sum(row[3:5], avg(row[4:6], 40, 50), row[7; 9], 70, 80)
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Row segments 3, 4 and 5
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The average of row segments 4, 5 and 6, with the numbers 40 and 50
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Row segments 7 and 9
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The numbers 70 and 80
Abs
Abs is a mathematical function that returns the absolute value of a numeric value, row, column,
or cell. The absolute value of a number is that number without regard to sign. A negative number
becomes positive, while a positive number does not change. The function syntax is:
Abs (argument)
where argument is one of the following:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Abs (- 20) returns the value 20. Numeric values can include decimals and negative
values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property.
function
An embedded function.
Examples:
The following expression includes a numeric argument and returns the value 30:
Abs ( -30 )
The following example returns the absolute value of the value in row 1:
Abs(row[1])
The following example calculates the absolute value of the sum of column E:
Abs( column[E].sum )
The following example points to expanded rows 1 through 3 within design segment 3 of the
form Grid1:
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Abs( Grid1.row[3(1:3)])
Average
Average is a mathematical function that returns the average of a group of numeric values, rows,
columns, or cells. Average excludes #MISSING and #ERROR cells when obtaining the average.
Note: The calculation does not include missing values regardless of whether they are suppressed
or not.
The function syntax is:
Average(arguments) or Avg(arguments)
where arguments is one or more of the following:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Average (10, 20, 30) returns the value 20. Numeric values can include decimals and
negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property
For example Avg(Grid1.row[4(3:5)]) returns the average of form grid1, row 4, range 3 through 5.
function
An embedded function.
Examples:
The following expression returns the value 20:
Avg( 10, 30, 20)
The following example returns the average of all numbers that are part of three aggregate rows:
Average( row[1], row[6], row[8] )
The following example calculates the average of three aggregate columns; E, G, and I. The
calculation produces three numbers, then calculates the average of the three numbers:
Avg(column[E].avg, column[G].avg,column[I].avg)
The following example calculates the average of aggregate row 3 and divides the average by 100:
Avg(row[3])/100
AverageA
AverageA is a mathematical function that returns the average of a group of numeric values, rows,
columns, or cells. AverageA includes #MISSING and #ERROR cells, which are treated as zero
values when obtaining the average.
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Note: #MISSING and #ERROR are included only for rows or columns that are not suppressed.
The function syntax is:
AverageA(arguments) or AvgA(arguments)
where arguments is one or more of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, AverageA (10, 20, 30) returns the value 20. Numeric values can include decimals
and negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax is: GridName.
GridElement[segment(range)]. Property.
For example, AvgA(Grid1.row[4(3:5)] returns the average of form grid1, row segment 4, range 3 through 5.
function
An embedded function.
Example
In the following example, if a grid has 4 rows with the values 10, 20, 30, and, #ERROR. The
following formula in the 5th row returns the value 15:
AverageA([1:4])
Count
Count is a mathematical function that returns the number of values in a group of numeric values,
rows, columns, or cells. Count excludes #MISSING and #ERROR when obtaining the count.
The function syntax is:
Count (arguments)
where arguments is one or more of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Count (10, 20, 30) returns the value 3. Numeric values can include decimals and
negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property
function
An embedded function.
Examples:
The following example returns the count of three rows, 1, 6, and 8:
Count(row[1], row[6], row[8])
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The following example returns the count of 3 columns:
Count( column[E], column[G], column[I] )
The following example calculates the count of the cell located at row 4, column D:
Count(cell[D,4])
The following example calculates the count of aggregate row 3 in grid 5:
Count(grid1.row[3])
CountA
CountA is a mathematical function that returns the number of values in a group of numeric
values, rows, columns, or cells. CountA includes #MISSING and #ERROR cells when obtaining
the count only for rows or columns that are not suppressed. The function syntax is:
CountA(arguments)
where arguments is one or more of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, CountA(10,20,30,50) returns the value 4. Numeric values can include decimals
and negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: CountA(GridName.GridElement[segment(range)]).property
function
An embedded function.
Example
In the following example, if a grid has 4 rows with the values 10, 20, 30, and, #ERROR. The
following formula in the 5th row returns the count of four rows:
CountA([1:4])
The following example returns the count of four rows:
CountA(row[1], row[6], row[8] row[where data yields #ERROR])
Difference
Difference is a mathematical function that returns the absolute value of the difference of a
numeric value, row, or column subtracted from another numeric value, row, or column. This
is also known as the variance. The function syntax is:
Difference(arg1, arg2)
where arg2 is subtracted from arg1 and are one or more of the following arguments:
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Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Difference (3, 5) returns the absolute value 2. Numeric values can include decimals
and negative values.
row, column, or
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax is:
GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property
The following example returns the difference of two rows in form grid1:
Difference( grid1.row[1], grid1.row[6] )
function
An embedded function.
Note: The Difference function returns the absolute value of arg2 subtracted from arg1, whereas
the minus sign in subtraction negates a number.
Examples:
The following example returns the absolute value of 8:
Difference(3, -5)
The following example calculates the difference of two aggregate columns:
Difference( column[E], column[G] )
Note: You can type the text label “Difference” or “Variance.”
Eval
Eval is a mathematical function that evaluates an expression. You use Eval as an embedded
function argument to consolidate multiple expressions into one expression. The function syntax
is:
Eval(expression)
where expression is one or more of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. Numeric values can include decimals and negative values.
row, column, or
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property
function
An embedded function.
operators
Use any of the supported arithmetic operators (+, -, *, /, ^, %, and so on).
Example
The following example divides row 1 by row 2 and then rounds the data to 4 places:
Round(Eval([1]/[2]),4)
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IfThen, If
IfThen is a conditional function that returns a value when the condition equals True, and another
value when the condition equals False.
The function syntax is as follows:
IfThen(Condition, TrueParameter, FalseParameter)
Condition is a logical expression that evaluates to true or false. Full conditional logic can
be used as well as complex Boolean operators (And, Not, and Or). A condition can also
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test for #MISSING and #ERROR values. See the following table for a list of valid conditional
operators.
TrueParameter and FalseParameter are any valid expression that are evaluated based
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on the outcome of the condition.
The following table describes the conditional operators that are fully supported. Alternate syntax
is listed wherever it is supported by a conditional operator.
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Conditional Operators
Conditional
Operator
Equal To
Syntax
Logic
expression =
expression
Tests if the left expression is equal to the right expression.
Note: The routine that evaluates the condition does not consider any rounding. If
rounding is required, use the Round function.
Example:
1= 4
Returns false
Greater Than
expression >
expression
Tests if the left expression is greater than the right expression.
Example:
1 > 4
Returns false
Greater Than or
Equal To
expression >=
expression
Tests if the left expression is greater than or equal to the right expression.
Note: The correct syntax is “>=”. The syntax “=>” is not supported.
Example:
1 >= 4
Returns false
Less Than
expression <
expression
Tests if the left expression is less than the right expression.
Example:
1 < 4
Returns true
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Conditional
Operator
Less Than or
Equal To
Syntax
Logic
expression <=
expression
Tests if the left expression is less than or equal to the right expression.
Note: The correct syntax is “<=”. The syntax “=<” is not supported.
Example:
1 <= 4
Returns true
Not Equal To
expression <>
expression
expression !=
expression
Tests if the left expression is not equal to the right expression.
Note: The routine that evaluates the condition does not consider any rounding. If
rounding is required, use the Round function.
Example:
1 <> 4
Returns true
1 != 4
Returns true
IsMissing
IsMissing
(reference)
IsMiss
(reference)
Tests if the reference contains a #MISSING result.
Note: If the reference is an expanded row or column, then all resulting cells must be
#MISSING in order for the condition to be true.
Example:
IsMissing([1])
Returns true if row 1 has a #MISSING value.
IsError
IsError
(reference)
IsErr (reference)
Tests if the reference contains an #ERROR result.
Note: If the reference is an expanded row or column, all resulting cells must be #ERROR
in order for the condition to be true. Only formula rows and columns can result in
#ERROR.
Example:
IsError([2])
Returns true if row 2 has a #ERROR value.
IsNonNumeric
IsNN (reference)
Tests if the reference contains a #MISSING or #ERROR results.
IsNonNumerid
(reference)
Note: If the reference is an expanded row or column, all resulting cells must be #MISSING
and/or #ERROR in order for the condition to be true.
IfNN (reference)
Example:
IfNonNumber
(reference)
Parenthesis
(condition)
IsNN([3])
Returns true if row 3 has a #MISSING or #ERROR value.
Used to group a condition. Mostly used for visual clarity.
Example:
(1 > 4)
Returns false
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Conditional Operators
Complex
Conditions
And
Syntax
Logic
(condition AND
condition)
Complex condition used to compare two conditions. Returns true if all conditions
result in true.
(condition & condition)
Example:
(1 > 4 AND 5 > 2)
Returns false
Not
NOT (condition)
Used to negate the result by reversing the result of the condition.
! (condition)
Example:
Not (1 > 4)
Returns true
Or
(condition OR
condition)
Complex condition used to compare two conditions. Returns true if any of the
conditions result in true.
(condition | condition)
Example:
(1 > 4 OR 5 > 2)
Returns true
Notes on Conditions
Expression can be any valid formula expression. The expression can be any combination
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of a constant (integer or real number), a reference, or another function.
Reference can be any valid reference; thus the IFNN reference property can be utilized as
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part of the reference.
Condition can be any valid condition applied to the complex conditions And, Not, and
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Or. Those operators can have embedded conditions.
Note: And, Not, and Or operators require surrounding parentheses.
When any expression within the condition returns an #ERROR or #MISSING value, the
If function returns #MISSING or #ERROR. This does not apply when you use the IsMissing,
IsError, or IsNonNumeric conditions.
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Complex Conditions
Complex conditions And, Or, and Not are fully supported. However, they must be surrounded
by parentheses.
Valid example:
If ( ([A] > [B] and [A] > 1000), [A], [B])
Invalid example:
If ( [A] > [B] and [A] > 1000, [A], [B])
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Max
Max function is a mathematical function that returns the maximum value in a group of numeric
values, rows, columns, or cells. The function syntax is:
Max (arguments)
where arguments is one or more of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Max (10, 20, 30) returns the value 30. Numeric values can include decimals and
negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property.
function
An embedded function.
Examples:
The following example returns the maximum value in rows 1, 6, and 8:
Max(row[1], row[6], row[8])
The following example calculates the maximum of the sums of aggregate rows:
Max(row[1].sum, row[2].sum, row[3].sum)
Min
Min is a mathematical function that returns the minimum value in a group of numeric values,
rows, columns, or cells. The function syntax is as follows:
Min (arguments)
where arguments is one or more of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Min (10, 20, 30) returns the value 10. Numeric values can include decimals and
negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property
function
An embedded function.
Examples:
The following example returns the minimum value in rows 1, 6, and 8:
Min (row[1], row[6], row[8])
The following example calculates the minimum of the sums of aggregate rows:
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Min(row[1].sum, row[2].sum, row[3].sum)
Mod
Mod is a mathematical function that returns the remainder, or modulus, from a division. The
function syntax is:
Mod (arg1, arg2)
where arg2 is the divisor and arg1 and arg2 are one of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Mod (6, 4) returns the value 2. Numeric values can include decimals and negative
values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property
function
An embedded function.
Example:
The following example divides 10 by 5 and returns the remainder of 0:
Mod (10,5) = 0
PercentOfTotal
PercentOfTotal is a mathematical function that returns the result of a numeric value, row,
column, or cell divided by another numeric value, row, column, or cell which is multiplied by
100. The function syntax is:
PercentOfTotal (arg1, arg2)
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where arg1 is a component of the running total (arg2). Normally, this is a row or column
reference.
where arg2 is the running total relative to arg1. Normally this is a cell reference containing
the grand total.
arg1 is divided by arg2, with the result multiplied by 100. Arg1 and arg2 are one or more
of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, PercentofTotal (100, 20) returns the value 500.
Numeric values can include decimals and negative values.
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row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference
syntax is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].Property
function
An embedded function.
Note: This function requires two arguments.
Examples:
The following example returns the value of 5 percent.
PercentofTotal(20, 400)
The following example divides the value of each cell in column A by the Total Mkt value in cell
A5, multiplies the result by 100, and displays the resulting PercentOfTotal in column B. The
formula:
PercentOfTotal ([A], [A,5]),
Using the above example, the following table shows the PercentOfTotal results in column B:
1
A
B
Sales
% Total
2
Mkt1
60
20%
3
Mkt2
120
40%
4
Mkt3
120
40%
5
Total Mkt
300
100%
Tip: You enter the formula by clicking on the header for Column B and using the formula bar.
Pi
Pi is a mathematical function that returns the number 3.14159265358979, the mathematical
constant, accurate to 15 digits. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The
function syntax is:
PI()
Example:
The following example returns row 3 divided by the product of Pi and 2:
row[3] / (PI() * 2)
Product
Product is a mathematical function that multiplies all numbers or references and returns the
product. The function syntax is:
Product(arguments)
where arguments is one or more of these arguments:
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Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Product(2, 20) returns the value 40. Numeric values can include decimals and
negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].property
function
An embedded function.
Example:
The following example returns 40:
Product(2,20)
Random
Random is a mathematical function that returns a random number between 0.0 and 1.0. The
function syntax is:
Random()
Example:
The following example returns a random number between 0.0 and 1.0 and multiplies it by 1000:
Random() * 1000
Rank
Rank is a financial function that provides a rank value for a value in a specified range. The Rank
function is processed by Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting and does not depend on the
database connection. The function syntax is as follows:
Rank([Reference], Order)
Rank([Reference], Order, Unique)
Argument
Description
Reference
The range of cells, rows, or columns to rank, with letters identifying columns and numbers identifying rows. For example,
specify [A,1:5] to rank the values for rows 1 through 5 in column A.
You can use the .ifNN property with a range of cells to assign numbers to any cells with nonnumeric values so that those
cells can be ranked. For example, you can use .ifNN(-1) to assign the value -1 to any cell with a missing value.
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Argument
Description
Order
Indicates the order by which the values are ranked. The lowest value ranked in ascending order receives a rank result of 1.
The largest value ranked in descending order receives a rank result of 1. The order can be indicated by any of the following
keywords or values:
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Ascending
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Descending
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Asc
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Des
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Desc
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1 (the number 1 is the same as "ascending")
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0 (zero is the same as "descending")
The keywords are not case-sensitive.
Note: Do not enclose the number or keyword indicating order in quotation marks.
Unique
(optional)
Optional. A Boolean keyword indicating how to treat equal values in the Reference parameter where:
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false (or omitted) — equal values receive the same ranking ; ranked results may be duplicated
true — equal values receive a unique ranking; there are no duplicate rankings. Values in the Reference parameter are
ranked on a first come, first ranked basis. For example, if values in rows 2 and 5 are equal, the value in row 2 is ranked
before that of row 5.
Examples
This formula in column B ranks the values in rows 1 through 5 in column A in descending order:
Rank([A,1:5], descending)
The result might be as follows:
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Rank
Cola
16
2
Fruit Drinks
23
1
Beer
16
2
Diet
missing
missing
Root Beer
0
4
When two values are equal, they receive the same rank value. In the example above, Cola and
Beer have the same value and therefore the same rank.
This formula in column B assigns the value of -1 to any nonnumeric value so it can be ranked:
Rank([A,1:5].ifNN(-1), descending)
In the following result, the missing value now has a rank of 5:
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East
Rank
Cola
16
2
Fruit Drinks
23
1
Beer
16
2
Diet
missing
5
Root Beer
0
4
Example:
The following example builds on the previous example explaining how the unique parameter
affects the results:
This formula in column B assigns the value of -1 to any nonnumeric value so it can be ranked,
and also indicates that each ranking should be unique:
Rank([A,1:5].ifNN(-1), descending, true)
In the following result, the missing value now has a rank of 5, and Beer has a value of 3 (even
though it has the same data value as Cola):
East
Rank
Cola
16
2
Fruit Drinks
23
1
Beer
16
3
Diet
missing
5
Root Beer
0
4
Round
Round is a mathematical function that rounds a number up or down by the specified digits. The
function syntax is:
Round (arg1, integer)
where arg1 is one or more of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Round(81.3987,3) returns the value 81.399. Numeric values can include decimals
and negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].property
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Argument
Description
function
An embedded function.
Integer specifies the number of digits to which you want to round the number:
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If integer is greater than zero, the number rounds to the specified number of decimal places.
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If integer is zero, the number rounds to the nearest integer.
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If integer is less than zero, the number is rounded to the left of the decimal point.
Examples:
The following example rounds to 3 decimals:
Round(3594.5567,3) = 3594.557
The following example rounds to the nearest integer:
Round(3594.5567,0) = 3595
The following example rounds to the thousands. This is also known as scaling:
Round(3594.5567,-3) = 4000
Sqrt
Sqrt is a mathematical function that returns the square root of a numeric value, row, column,
or cell. The syntax for the Sqrt function is:
Sqrt (argument)
where argument is one of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Sqrt(100) returns the value 10. Numeric values can include decimals and negative
values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].property
function
An embedded function.
Example
The following example returns the value of 4:
Sqrt(16)
Sum
Sum is a mathematical function that returns the summation of a group of numeric values, rows,
columns, or cells.
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The syntax for the Sum function is:
Sum (arguments)
where arguments is one or more of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, Sum(10, 20, 30) returns the value 60. Numeric values can include decimals and
negative values.
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference syntax
is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].property
function
An embedded function.
Examples:
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The following example returns the value 30:
sum(10,20)
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The following example returns the sum of three rows:
sum(row[1],row[6],row[8])
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The following example calculates the sum of three aggregate columns:
sum(column[E], column[G], column[I])
When a formula row includes IDESC, the sum includes all of the parents and their descendants.
For example, a form is created with the following rows (and each member has children):
IDESC("Mem1"), IDESC("Mem2"), IDESC("Mem3"), IDESC("Mem4")
If a formula row is added with the following formula:
SUM(ROW[1],ROW[2],ROW[3],ROW[4])
When the form is opened for data entry, the formula row will return the sum of all the parents
and their children.
Truncate / Trunc
Truncate is a mathematical function that removes the specified number of digits from numeric
values.
Syntax:
Trunc (arg1, integer)
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where arg1 is one of these arguments:
Argument
Description
numeric
A numeric value. For example, 234.567.
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Argument
Description
row, column, or cell
reference
A pointer to a row, column, or cell within a grid. References can be specified in several ways. The reference
syntax is: GridName.GridElement[segment(range)].property
function
An embedded function.
where integer specifies the number of digits you want to remove:
A positive integer determines the number of significant digits that remain to the right
of the decimal point.
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A zero (0) integer returns the integer located to the left of the decimal point.
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A negative integer indicates the number of significant digits that are truncated to the left
of the decimal point.
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Examples:
The following statement uses a positive integer of 2. The first two digits to the right of the decimal
point remain, and the following digit is removed:
Trunc(234.567, 2) = 234.56
The following statement uses a zero (0) integer. All digits to the right of the decimal point are
removed:
Trunc(234.567, 0) = 234
The following statement uses a negative integer of -2. All digits to the right of the decimal point
are removed and the last 2 digits of the integer are truncated.
Trunc(234.567, -2) = 200
Note: Formatting previously applied to a cell, column, or row is maintained when you use the
Trunc function. The following example shows the results of a Trunc function where the
cell value was previously formatted to display three decimal places: Trunc(234.567, 0)
= 234.000
Variance / Var
Variance is a financial function that evaluates the difference between the specified values based
on account type for the current account. For example, for Expense or Liability accounts, a
positive result represents a decrease, so the result appears as a negative number. You can use this
function with these UDA account types: Asset, Liability, Equity, Revenue, and Expense.
Syntax:
Var (reference1, reference2)
where reference1 and reference2 are references to a row, column, or cell that correspond
to members of the same Account dimension whose variance results are to be calculated.
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Expected Results
The following table describes the expected results when using the Variance function with
Accounts.
Table 97
Expected Results when Using the Variance Function
Column A
Column B
Var ([A] , [B])=0
Var ([A] , [B])>0
Var ([A] , [B])<0
Asset
Asset
0
Returns a positive value
Returns a negative value
Liability
Liability
0
Returns a positive value
Returns a negative value
Equity
Equity
0
Returns a positive value
Returns a negative value
Revenue
Revenue
0
Returns a positive value
Returns a negative value
Expense
Expense
0
Returns a negative value
Returns a positive value
Variance Behavior
The Variance function expects comparison of the same account type. When you compare
two different account types, like Sales & Expense, the Variance function performs the straight
math without applying the logic of the account type. For example:
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Sales
Expense
Result
-400
100
-500
When the Variance function is applied to a dimension that is not tagged as an Accounts
type, an #ERROR results at runtime.
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#MISSING is treated as zero (0), unless specified differently using the ifnonnumber
property.
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Examples
The Variance function accepts cell, column, or row references only.
Syntax
Example
Sample syntax referencing a column:
Var ([A], [B])
Sample syntax referencing a row:
Var ([3], [4])
Sample syntax referencing a cell:
Var (Cell [3,A], [3,B])
In this example, the variance between column A (Actual) and column B (Budget) is calculated
as:
Var([A],[B])
This example produces the following report:
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Sales(Income)
COGS (Expense)
Year
Product Market
Actual
Budget Variance
======== ======== ========
400,855 373,080
27,775
179,336 158,940
-20,396
VariancePercent / VarPer
VariancePercent is a financial function that evaluates the difference, in percent, between the
specified values based on account type for the current account. For example, for an Income,
Flow, Asset, or Balance account, a positive result represents an increase, so the result appears as
a positive number. For Expense or Liability accounts, a positive result represents a decrease, so
the result appears as a negative number.
Syntax:
VarPer (reference1, reference2)
where reference1 and reference2 are references to a row, column, or cell that correspond
to members of the same Account dimension whose VariancePercent results are to be calculated.
Expected Results
The following table describes the expected results when using the VariancePercent function with
Accounts tagged with the below UDAs.
Table 98
Expected Results when Using the VariancePercent Function
Col A
Col B
VarPer ([A] , [B])=0
VarPer ([A] , [B])>0
VaPer ([A] , [B])<0
Asset
Asset
0
Returns a positive value
Returns a negative value
Liability
Liability
0
Returns a negative value
Returns a positive value
Equity
Equity
0
Returns a positive value
Returns a negative value
Revenue
Revenue
0
Returns a positive value
Returns a negative value
Expense
Expense
0
Returns a negative value
Returns a positive value
VariancePercent Behavior
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The VariancePercent function expects comparison of the same account type. When you
compare two different account types, like Sales & Expense, the VariancePercent function
performs the straight math without applying the logic of the account type. For example:
Sales
Expense
Result
-400
100
-5.
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When the VariancePercent function is applied to a dimension that is not of type Accounts,
an #ERROR results at runtime.
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#MISSING is treated as zero (0), unless specified differently using ifnonnumber property.
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Examples:
The VariancePercent function accepts, cell, column, or row references only.
Syntax
Example
Sample syntax referencing a column:
VarPer ([A], [B])
Sample syntax referencing a row:
VarPer ([3], [4])
Sample syntax referencing a cell:
VarPer (Cell [3,A], [3,B])
In this example, the VariancePercent between column A (Actual) and column B (Budget) is
calculated as follows:
VarPer([A],[B])
This example produces the following report:
Sales(Income)
COGS (Expense)
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Year Product Market
Actual
Budget VariancePercent
======== ======== ========
400,855 373,080
7%
179,336 158,940
-13%
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Using Smart View to Import and
Edit Planning Metadata
In This Appendix
Importing Planning Dimensions in Smart View........................................................ 451
Editing Members in Smart View ........................................................................ 454
Adding Planning Members in Smart View.............................................................. 454
Moving Members in Smart View ........................................................................ 456
Guidelines for Moving Members in Smart View ....................................................... 457
Designating Shared Members in Smart View.......................................................... 457
Refreshing and Creating Cubes in Smart View ........................................................ 458
Note: All procedures described in this appendix are performed within the Smart View
application. To work with this feature, install the Planning Admin Extension. To install
the Planning Admin Extension, see “Installing EPM System Clients from EPM
Workspace” in Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and
Configuration Guide.
You can use the Smart View application to quickly perform several tasks with your Planning
metadata:
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“Importing Planning Dimensions in Smart View” on page 451
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“Editing Members in Smart View” on page 454
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“Adding Planning Members in Smart View” on page 454
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“Moving Members in Smart View” on page 456
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“Designating Shared Members in Smart View” on page 457
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“Refreshing and Creating Cubes in Smart View” on page 458
For additional information on accessing Smart View and understanding Smart View
functionality and commands, see Oracle Smart View for Office User's Guide.
Importing Planning Dimensions in Smart View
Importing a Planning dimension into Smart View allows you to rapidly add, edit, and move the
members of the dimension.
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For detailed information on the use of dimensions and members in Smart View, see “Dimensions
and Members” in the Oracle Smart View for Office User's Guide.
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“Importing Dimensions in Smart View” on page 452
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“Using Smart View Grids” on page 452
Importing Dimensions in Smart View
Note: You must have administrator privileges to import dimensions in Smart View.
ä To import a Planning dimension into a Smart View grid:
1
From the Smart View ribbon, click Panel.
2
From the Smart View Panel, select Planning.
3
Right-click Dimensions in a folder. The Planning dimensions in the folder are displayed.
Note: The Time Period and Attributes dimensions are not displayed.
4
Double-click a dimension name or right-click the dimension name and select Edit Dimension. A Smart
View grid listing the dimension members is displayed.
Using Smart View Grids
The Smart View grid allows you to rapidly add, edit, and move the members of a Planning
dimension.
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“Overview of the Smart View Grid” on page 452
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“The Smart View Grid Display” on page 453
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“Guidelines for Using the Smart View Grid” on page 453
Overview of the Smart View Grid
A Smart View grid consists of two dimensions:
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A Planning dimension on one axis
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A metadata dimension on another axis
A metadata dimension represents a flat list of metadata members. Each member in a metadata
dimensions corresponds to a specific member property valid for the corresponding Planning
dimension. Instead of containing numeric values, the metadata grid data cells hold the specific,
corresponding property values.
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The Smart View Grid Display
The Smart View grid displays the Planning dimension with member names in rows and member
properties in columns.
For guidelines on performing operations in the Smart View grid, see “Guidelines for Using the
Smart View Grid” on page 453.
The ribbon displayed here is similar to the ribbon in a conventional (non-Planning) Smart View
grid but contains fewer options. The enabled buttons include:
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Zoom In
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Zoom Out
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Keep Only
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Remove Only
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Member Selection
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Refresh
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Submit Data
For detailed information on using the Smart View ribbon, see “Ad Hoc Analysis” in the Oracle
Smart View for Office User's Guide.
Guidelines for Using the Smart View Grid
The following guidelines will assist you in using the Smart View grid to edit Planning metadata:
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The following functionality is not available in Smart View grids with Planning metadata:
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Pivot
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Pivot to POV
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Cell Text
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Cell Notes
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Supporting Details
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Data cell values can be textual or enumeration or numerical.
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The Parent Member is used to specify or modify the parent/child relationship.
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The position of a member in a grid does not necessarily represent the actual position of
siblings in the outline.
Each metadata grid must be linked to a corresponding Planning dimension.
Columns for each Planning dimension are based on the corresponding set of member
properties available in the Planning dimension editor.
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Once a metadata grid is opened, it cannot be re-linked with a different dimension.
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The corresponding valid set of metadata members is specific to each dimension.
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Planning dimension members are valid for corresponding dimensions only.
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Editing Members in Smart View
The Smart View grid allows you to rapidly edit the properties of members of a Planning
dimension.
Note: Metadata grids queries are executed against the Planning business layer without
interaction with Oracle Essbase.
For detailed information on the use of dimensions and members in Smart View, see “Dimensions
and Members” in the Oracle Smart View for Office User's Guide.
ä To edit member properties in Smart View:
1
Within Smart View, import a Planning dimension into a Smart View grid (see “Importing Dimensions in
Smart View” on page 452).
2
Highlight a member property in the grid.
3
In the drop-down menu, select a value.
Note: Modified cells are displayed in a different color.
4
Click Submit Data to save the grid.
Note: You can save changes to multiple members and properties in the same Submit
Data operation. If Submit Data fails for one member, the Planning server will stop
the operation and not save any changes.
Adding Planning Members in Smart View
The Smart View grid allows you to rapidly add members to a Planning dimension.
For detailed information on the use of dimensions and members in Smart View, see “Dimensions
and Members” in the Oracle Smart View for Office User's Guide.
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“Selecting the Add Mode within Planning Application Properties” on page 454
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“Adding Members in Smart View” on page 455
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“Guidelines for Adding Members in Smart View” on page 456
Selecting the Add Mode within Planning Application
Properties
There are two different modes for adding new members in the Smart View grid:
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Dimension Editor Mode
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Submit without Refresh Mode
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The Dimension Editor Mode requires that users perform a Refresh each time a member is added
to a dimension but usually offers faster performance than the Submit without Refresh mode.
Also, if the Dimension Editor Mode is used, new members are marked with an asterisk or star
(*) in the grid after you perform the Refresh. The Submit without Refresh Mode does not require
a Refresh but is generally slower in performance and does not mark new members.
Note: By default, new members are marked with an asterisk or star (*) in the grid after you
perform the Refresh. You can use a different sign by adding
SMART_VIEW_DIMENSION_EDITOR_NEW_MEMBER_SUFFIX in Planning
Application Properties.
The specific mode employed is controlled by the Smart View administrator. The mode choice
is determined in Planning Application Properties.
ä To select the mode in Planning Application Properties by which members are added in the
Smart View grid:
1
Log on to EPM Workspace and access Planning.
(See “Logging On to EPM Workspace and Accessing Planning” on page 49.)
2
Access the Planning Web UI Application Properties page.
3
Set the value of SMART_VIEW_DIMENSION_EDITOR_PARITY_MODE to “False”.
“False” is the default value of SMART_VIEW_DIMENSION_EDITOR_PARITY_MODE.
If the value is changed to “True”, the mode is Submit without Refresh.
4
Log out of Planning.
5
Log back into Planning.
Note: It is not necessary to restart the Planning server after changing the value of
SMART_VIEW_DIMENSION_EDITOR_PARITY_MODE; however, you must log
out and then log in again for the change to take effect.
Adding Members in Smart View
The Smart View grid allows you to rapidly add members to a Planning dimension.
For detailed information on the use of dimensions and members in Smart View, see “Dimensions
and Members” in the Oracle Smart View for Office User's Guide.
ä To add members in Smart View:
1
Within Smart View, import a Planning dimension into a Smart View grid (see “Importing Dimensions in
Smart View” on page 452).
2
Enter the name of a new member in the name column.
3
Click Refresh.
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Note: If your administrator has set the member add mode to Dimension Editor, you must
perform a Refresh after you add a member. If the member add mode is Submit
without Refresh, you are not required to perform a Refresh. If you are not certain
which mode your Smart View application is using, check with your administrator.
New members are marked by an asterisk or star (*) in the grid after you perform the Refresh.
A default set of properties is automatically applied to the new member. The default Parent
Member is the root member of the dimension.
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Optional: To change any property from the default value (the root member), highlight the appropriate
cell in the grid, and then from the drop-down menu, select another value. (See “Editing Members in
Smart View” on page 454.)
Note: Perform a Refresh before you modify any properties in your new member. The
Refresh operation will replace any changed values with default values from server.
5
Click Submit Data to save the grid.
Note: To modify the properties of the new member, see “Editing Members in Smart View” on
page 454.
Note: Member properties, including member names, can be localized based on the particular
Locale set by the Smart View application.
Guidelines for Adding Members in Smart View
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A new member is added as the last sibling under the specified parent.
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Parent-child relationships are determined by the Parent Name column property.
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The relative position of a new member in the grid is of no significance.
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The relative position of a new member in the grid will not be changed after performing the
Submit Data operation. To see the actual position of a new member in the outline reflected
in the ad hoc grid, perform Zoom Out, then Zoom In.
A full validity check of a new member name, including a check for invalid characters and a
check for duplicate names, is performed during the Submit Data operation.
Default properties are automatically applied by Planning to a new member. The specific
default properties are based upon those of the dimension.
Moving Members in Smart View
The Smart View grid allows you to rapidly move members from one parent to another within a
dimension.
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For detailed information on the use of dimensions and members in Smart View, see “Dimensions
and Members” in the Oracle Smart View for Office User's Guide.
ä To move a member in Smart View:
1
Within Smart View, import a Planning dimension into a Smart View grid (see “Importing Dimensions in
Smart View” on page 452.)
2
Highlight the member in the Parent Member column in the grid.
Note: An empty Parent Member property will cause the value of the Parent Member to
default to the root member.
3
Enter a parent name at the intersection of the member name and Parent column.
4
Click Submit Data to save the grid.
Note: You can save moves of multiple members or sub trees in the same Submit Data
operation. If the Submit Data operation fails for one member, the Planning server
will stop the operation and not save any changes.
Guidelines for Moving Members in Smart View
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An empty Parent Member in the grid denotes a root member in the dimension.
The value of a Parent Member follows the rules applicable to the corresponding value in the
metadata load file used by Smart View.
Designating Shared Members in Smart View
The Smart View grid allows you to rapidly designate members for sharing within a dimension.
Note: The Shared data storage option is not available for members of the Currency dimension
in Smart View.
ä To designate a shared member in Smart View:
1
Verify that the base member exists.
2
Highlight the base member in the Parent Member column in the grid.
3
Change the parent name value for the base member.
4
Highlight the base member in the Data Storage column.
5
In the drop-down menu, select Shared.
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Click Submit Data to save the grid.
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The Submit Data operation will refresh the base member with its original Parent Member and
Data Storage properties. The shared member will be added under the specified parent on the
server.
Note: The new shared member will not be automatically added to the Smart View grid. The list
of members displayed in the grid remains unchanged.
Refreshing and Creating Cubes in Smart View
The Smart View grid allows you to quickly refresh a cube or create a new one.
ä To refresh or create a cube in Smart View:
1
From the Smart View ribbon, click Panel.
2
From the Smart View Panel, select Planning.
3
Right-click the folder name and select Dimensions in a folder. The Oracle Hyperion Planning dimensions
in the folder are displayed.
Note: The Time Period and Attributes dimensions are not displayed.
4
Right-click the root Dimension and select Refresh Database or Create Database. The Oracle Smart View
for Office Refresh Database dialog box or Create Database dialog box is displayed.
5
Select Refresh or Create. A progress bar is displayed, indicating the percentage of steps completed for
the refresh or create operation.
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Glossary
! See bang character.
#MISSING See missing data.
access permissions A set of operations that a user can
perform on a resource.
account blocking The process by which accounts accept input
data in the consolidated file. Blocked accounts do not
receive their value through the additive consolidation
process.
account eliminations Accounts which have their values set to
zero in the consolidated file during consolidation.
account type A property that determines how an account's
value flows over time and its sign behavior. Account type
options can include expense, income, asset, liability, and
equity.
accountability map A visual, hierarchical representation of
the responsibility, reporting, and dependency structure of
the accountability teams (also known as critical business
areas) in an organization.
active service A service whose Run Type is set to Start rather
ad hoc report An online analytical query that an end user
creates dynamically.
adapter Software that enables a program to integrate with
data and metadata from target and source systems.
adaptive states Interactive Reporting Web Client level of
permission.
adjustment See journal entry.
Advanced Relational Access The integration of a relational
database with an Essbase multidimensional database so that
all data remains in the relational database and is mapped to
summary-level data in the Essbase database.
agent An Essbase server process that starts and stops
applications and databases, manages connections from
users, and handles user-access security. The agent is referred
to as ESSBASE.EXE.
aggregate cell A cell comprising several cells. For example, a
data cell that uses Children(Year) expands to four cells
containing Quarter 1, Quarter 2, Quarter 3, and Quarter 4
data.
than to Hold.
aggregate function A type of function, such as sum or
active-active high availability system A system in which all the
calculation of an average, that summarizes or performs
analysis on data.
available members can service requests, and no member is
idle. An active-active system generally provides more
scalability options than an active-passive system. Contrast
with active-passive high availability system.
active-passive high availability system A system with active
members, which are always servicing requests, and passive
members that are activated only when an active member
fails. Contrast with active-active high availability system.
activity-level authorization Defines user access to applications
and the types of activities they can perform on applications,
independent of the data that will be operated on.
aggregate limit A limit placed on an aggregated request line
item or aggregated metatopic item.
aggregate storage database The database storage model
designed to support large-scale, sparsely distributed data
which is categorized into many, potentially large
dimensions. Upper level members and formulas are
dynamically calculated, and selected data values are
aggregated and stored, typically with improvements in
overall aggregation time.
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aggregate view A collection of aggregate cells based on the
arithmetic data load A data load that performs operations on
levels of the members within each dimension. To reduce
calculation time, values are pre-aggregated and stored as
aggregate views. Retrievals start from aggregate view totals
and add up from there.
values in the database, such as adding 10 to each value.
aggregation The process of rolling up and storing values in
an aggregate storage database; the stored result of the
aggregation process.
aggregation script In aggregate storage databases only, a file
that defines a selection of aggregate views to be built into an
aggregation.
alias table A table that contains alternate names for
members.
alternate hierarchy A hierarchy of shared members. An
alternate hierarchy is based upon an existing hierarchy in a
database outline, but has alternate levels in the dimension.
An alternate hierarchy allows the same data to be seen from
different points of view.
ancestor A branch member that has members below it. For
artifact An individual application or repository item; for
example, scripts, forms, rules files, Interactive Reporting
documents, and financial reports. Also known as an object.
assemblies Installation files for EPM System products or
components.
asset account An account type that stores values that
represent a company's assets.
assignment The association of a source and destination in
the allocation model that controls the direction of allocated
costs or revenue flow.
asymmetric topology An Oracle Fusion Middleware Disaster
Recovery configuration that is different across tiers on the
production site and standby site. For example, an
asymmetric topology can include a standby site with fewer
hosts and instances than the production site.
attribute A characteristic of a dimension member. For
appender A Log4j term for destination.
example, Employee dimension members may have
attributes of Name, Age, or Address. Product dimension
members can have several attributes, such as a size and
flavor.
application 1) A software program designed to run a specific
attribute association A relationship in a database outline
task or group of tasks such as a spreadsheet program or
database management system; 2) A related set of dimensions
and dimension members that are used to meet a specific set
of analytical requirements, reporting requirements, or both.
whereby a member in an attribute dimension describes a
characteristic of a member of its base dimension. For
example, if product 100-10 has a grape flavor, the product
100-10 has the Flavor attribute association of grape. Thus,
the 100-10 member of the Product dimension is associated
with the Grape member of the Flavor attribute dimension.
example, the members Qtr2 and 2006 are ancestors of the
member April.
application administrator A person responsible for setting up,
configuring, maintaining, and controlling an application.
Has all application privileges and data access permissions.
application currency The default reporting currency for the
application.
Application Migration Utility A command-line utility for
migrating applications and artifacts.
application server cluster A loosely joined group of
application servers running simultaneously, working
together for reliability and scalability, and appearing to
users as one application server instance. See also vertical
application cluster and horizontal application cluster.
area A predefined set of members and values that makes up
a partition.
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Attribute Calculations dimension A system-defined dimension
that performs these calculation operations on groups of
members: Sum, Count, Avg, Min, and Max. This dimension
is calculated dynamically and is not visible in the database
outline. For example, using the Avg member, you can
calculate the average sales value for Red products in New
York in January.
attribute dimension A type of dimension that enables analysis
based on the attributes or qualities of dimension members.
attribute reporting A reporting process based on the attributes
of the base dimension members. See also base dimension.
attribute type A text, numeric, Boolean, date, or linked-
base entity An entity at the bottom of the organization
attribute type that enables different functions for grouping,
selecting, or calculating data. For example, because the
Ounces attribute dimension has the type numeric, the
number of ounces specified as the attribute of each product
can be used to calculate the profit per ounce for that
product.
structure that does not own other entities.
authentication Verification of identity as a security measure.
Authentication is typically based on a user name and
password. Passwords and digital signatures are forms of
authentication.
authentication service A core service that manages one
authentication system.
auto-reversing journal A journal for entering adjustments that
you want to reverse in the next period.
automated stage A stage that does not require human
intervention; for example, a data load.
axis 1) A straight line that passes through a graphic used for
measurement and categorization; 2) A report aspect used to
arrange and relate multidimensional data, such as filters,
pages, rows, and columns. For example, for a data query in
Simple Basic, an axis can define columns for values for Qtr1,
Qtr2, Qtr3, and Qtr4. Row data would be retrieved with
totals in the following hierarchy: Market, Product.
batch calculation Any calculation on a database that is done
in batch; for example, a calculation script or a full database
calculation. Dynamic calculations are not considered to be
batch calculations.
batch file An operating system file that can call multiple
ESSCMD scripts and run multiple sessions of ESSCMD. On
Windows-based systems, batch files have BAT file
extensions. On UNIX, batch files are written as a shell script.
Batch Loader An FDM component that enables the
processing of multiple files.
batch POV A collection of all dimensions on the user POV of
every report and book in the batch. While scheduling the
batch, you can set the members selected on the batch POV.
batch processing mode A method of using ESSCMD to write
a batch or script file that can be used to automate routine
server maintenance and diagnostic tasks. ESSCMD script
files can execute multiple commands and can be run from
the operating system command line or from within
operating system batch files. Batch files can be used to call
multiple ESSCMD scripts or run multiple instances of
ESSCMD.
block The primary storage unit which is a multidimensional
backup A duplicate copy of an application instance.
array representing the cells of all dense dimensions.
balance account An account type that stores unsigned values
block storage database The Essbase database storage model
that relate to a particular time.
categorizing and storing data based on the sparsity of data
values defined in sparse dimensions. Data values are stored
in blocks, which exist only for sparse dimension members
for which there are values.
balanced journal A journal in which the total debits equal the
total credits.
bang character (!) A character that terminates a series of
report commands and requests information from the
database. A report script must be terminated with a bang
character; several bang characters can be used within a
report script.
base currency The currency in which daily business
transactions are performed.
base dimension A standard dimension that is associated with
one or more attribute dimensions. For example, assuming
products have flavors, the Product dimension is the base
dimension for the Flavors attribute dimension.
Blocked Account An account that you do not want calculated
in the consolidated file because you want to enter it
manually.
book 1) In Financial Reporting, a container that holds a
group of similar documents. Books may specify dimension
sections or dimension changes; 2) In Data Relationship
Management, a collection of exports that can be run
together as a group. Export results can be combined
together or output separately.
book POV The dimension members for which a book is run.
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bookmark A link to a reporting document or a Web site,
calculation status A consolidation status that indicates that
displayed on a personal page of a user. The types of
bookmarks are My Bookmarks and image bookmarks.
some values or formula calculations have changed. You
must reconsolidate to get the correct values for the affected
entity.
bounding rectangle The required perimeter that encapsulates
the Interactive Reporting document content when
embedding Interactive Reporting document sections in a
personal page, specified in pixels for height and width or
row per page.
calendar User-defined time periods and their relationship
broadcast message A simple text message sent by an
of member values.
administrator to a user who is logged on to a Planning
application. The message details information such as system
availability, notification of application refresh, or
application backups.
build method A method used to modify database outlines.
Choice of a build method is based on the format of data in
data source files.
business process A set of activities that collectively
accomplish a business objective.
business rules Logical expressions or formulas that are
created within an application to produce a desired set of
resulting values.
cache A buffer in memory that holds data temporarily.
calc script A set of commands that define how a database is
consolidated or aggregated. A calculation script may also
contain commands that specify allocation and other
calculation rules separate from the consolidation process.
Calculated Accounts Accounts with formulas that you cannot
alter. These formulas are fixed to maintain the accounting
integrity of the model that you are building. For example,
the formula for Net Income, a Calculated Account, is
modeled into Strategic Finance and cannot be changed in
historical or forecast periods.
calculated member in MaxL DML A member designed for
to each other. Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 comprise a calendar or
fiscal year.
cascade The process of creating multiple reports for a subset
Catalog pane An area that displays a list of elements available
to the active section. If Query is the active section, a list of
database tables is displayed. If Pivot is the active section, a
list of results columns is displayed. If Dashboard is the active
section, a list of embeddable sections, graphic tools, and
control tools are displayed.
categories Groupings by which data is organized. For
example, Month.
cause and effect map A map that depicts how the elements
that form your corporate strategy relate and how they work
together to meet your organization's strategic goals. A Cause
and Effect map tab is automatically created for each Strategy
map.
CDF See custom-defined function.
CDM See custom-defined macro.
cell 1) The data value at the intersection of dimensions in a
multidimensional database; the intersection of a row and a
column in a worksheet; 2) A logical group of nodes
belonging to one administrative domain.
cell note A text annotation for a cell in an Essbase database.
Cell notes are a type of LRO.
CHANGED status Consolidation status that indicates data for
an entity has changed.
analytical purposes and defined in the optional WITH
section of a MaxL DML query.
chart template A template that defines the metrics to display
Calculation Manager A module of Enterprise Performance
child A member with a parent above it in the database
Management Architecture (EPMA) that Planning and
Financial Management users can use to design, validate, and
administrate business rules in a graphical environment. c
outline.
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in Workspace charts.
choice list A list of members that a report designer can
computed item A virtual column (as opposed to a column
specify for each dimension when defining the report's point
of view. A user who wants to change the point of view for a
dimension that uses a choice list can select only the members
specified in that defined member list or those members that
meet the criteria defined in the function for the dynamic list.
that is physically stored in the database or cube) that can be
calculated by the database during a query, or by Interactive
Reporting Studio in the Results section. Computed items
are calculations of data based on functions, data items, and
operators provided in the dialog box and can be included in
reports or reused to calculate other data.
clean block A data block in which the database is fully
calculated, if a calculation script calculates all dimensions at
once, or if the SET CLEARUPDATESTATUS command is
used in a calculation script.
connection file See Interactive Reporting connection file
cluster An array of servers or databases that behave as a
unit files are consolidated; contains the definition of the
consolidation.
single resource which share task loads and provide failover
support; eliminates one server or database as a single point
of failure in a system.
(.oce)
consolidated file (Parent) A file into which all of the business
consolidation The process of aggregating data from
for heartbeat information, to detect node failure.
dependent entities to parent entities. For example, if the
dimension Year consists of the members Qtr1, Qtr2, Qtr3,
and Qtr4, its consolidation is Year.
cluster services Software that manages cluster member
consolidation file (*.cns) A graphical interface that enables
operations as a system. With cluster services, you can define
a set of resources and services to monitor through a
heartbeat mechanism between cluster members and to
move these resources and services to a different cluster
member as efficiently and transparently as possible.
you to add, delete, or move Strategic Finance files in the
consolidation process using either a Chart or Tree view. It
also enables you to define and modify the consolidation.
cluster interconnect A private link used by a hardware cluster
clustered bar charts Charts in which categories are viewed
side-by-side; used only with vertical bar charts.
code page A mapping of bit combinations to a set of text
characters. Different code pages support different sets of
characters. Each computer contains a code page setting for
the character set requirements of the language of the
computer user. In the context of this document, code pages
map characters to bit combinations for non-Unicode
encodings. See also encoding.
column In Data Relationship Management, a field of data
consolidation rule The rule that is executed during the
consolidation of the node of the hierarchy. This rule can
contain customer-specific formulas appropriate for the
correct consolidation of parent balances. Elimination
processing can be controlled within these rules.
content Information stored in the repository for any type of
file.
content browser A component that eanbles users to browse
and select content to be placed on a Workspace Page.
context variable A variable that is defined for a particular task
flow to identify the context of the taskflow instance.
associated with an import source or the results of a query,
compare, validation, or export.
contribution The value added to a parent from a child entity.
committed access An Essbase Kernel Isolation Level setting
controls groups Groupings used in FDM to maintain and
that affects how Essbase handles transactions. Under
committed access, concurrent transactions hold long-term
write locks and yield predictable results.
organize certification and assessment information,
especially helpful for meeting Sarbanes-Oxley
requirements.
Each child has a contribution to its parent.
conversion rate See exchange rate.
cookie A segment of data placed on your computer by a Web
site.
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correlated subqueries Subqueries that are evaluated once for
custom calendar Any calendar created by an administrator.
every row in the parent query; created by joining a topic item
in the subquery with a topic in the parent query.
custom dimension A dimension created and defined by users.
critical business area (CBA) An individual or a group
organized into a division, region, plant, cost center, profit
center, project team, or process; also called accountability
team or business area.
critical success factor (CSF) A capability that must be
established and sustained to achieve a strategic objective;
owned by a strategic objective or a critical process and is a
parent to one or more actions.
crosstab reporting Reporting that categorizes and
summarizes data in table format. The table cells contain
summaries of the data that fit within the intersecting
categories. For example, a crosstab report of product sales
information could show size attributes, such as Small and
Large, as column headings and color attributes, such as Blue
and Yellow, as row headings. The cell in the table where
Large and Blue intersect could contain the total sales of all
Blue products that are sized Large.
cube A block of data that contains three or more
dimensions. An Essbase database is a cube.
cube deployment In Essbase Studio, the process of setting load
Channel, product, department, project, or region could be
custom dimensions.
custom property A property of a dimension or dimension
member that is created by a user.
custom report A complex report from the Design Report
module, composed of any combination of components.
custom-defined function (CDF) Essbase calculation functions
developed in Java and added to the standard Essbase
calculation scripting language using MaxL. See also customdefined macro.
custom-defined macro (CDM) Essbase macros written with
Essbase calculator functions and special macro functions.
Custom-defined macros use an internal Essbase macro
language that enables the combination of calculation
functions and they operate on multiple input parameters.
See also custom-defined function.
cycle through Perform multiple passes through a database
while calculating it.
dashboard A collection of metrics and indicators that
options for a model to build an outline and load data into
an Essbase application and database.
provide an interactive summary of your business.
Dashboards enable you to build and deploy analytic
applications.
cube schema In Essbase Studio, the metadata elements, such
data cache A buffer in memory that holds uncompressed
as measures and hierarchies, representing the logical model
of a cube.
data blocks.
currency conversion A process that converts currency values
in a database from one currency into another. For example,
to convert one U. S. dollar into the European euro, the
exchange rate (for example, 0.923702) is multiplied by the
dollar (1* 0.923702). After conversion, the European euro
amount is .92.
data cell See cell.
data file cache A buffer in memory that holds compressed
data (PAG) files.
data function Function that computes aggregate values,
including averages, maximums, counts, and other statistics
that summarize groupings of data.
Currency Overrides A feature allowing the selected input
data load location In FDM, a reporting unit responsible for
method for any input period to be overridden to enable
input of that period's value as Default Currency/Items. To
override the input method, enter a pound sign (#) before or
after the number.
submitting source data into the target system. Typically, one
FDM data load location exists for each source file loaded to
the target system.
currency partition A dimension type that separates local
data from a text-based file, a spreadsheet, or a relational data
set into a database.
currency members from a base currency, as defined in an
application. Identifies currency types, such as Actual,
Budget, and Forecast.
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data load rules A set of criteria that determines how to load
data lock A feature that prevents changes to data according
destination 1) In Business Rules, a block of the database
to specified criteria, such as a period or scenario.
data value See cell.
where calculated values are stored; 2) In Profitability and
Cost Management, the association of a source and
destination in the allocation model that controls the
direction of allocated costs or revenue flow.
database connection A file that stores definitions and
destination currency The currency to which balances are
properties used to connect to data sources and enables
database references to be portable and widely used.
converted. You enter exchange rates and convert from the
source currency to the destination currency. For example,
when you convert from EUR to USD, the destination
currency is USD.
data model A representation of a subset of database tables.
date measure In Essbase, a member tagged as Date in the
dimension where measures are represented. The cell values
are displayed as formatted dates. Dates as measures can be
useful for analysis types that are difficult to represent using
the Time dimension. For example, an application may need
to track acquisition dates for a series of capital assets, but
the acquisition dates span too large a period to allow for
feasible Time dimension modeling. See also typed measure.
Default Currency Units The unit scale of data. For example, If
you select to define your analysis in thousands and enter 10,
this unit is interpreted as 10,000.
dense dimension In block storage databases, a dimension
likely to contain data for every combination of dimension
members. For example, time dimensions are often dense
because they can contain all combinations of all members.
Contrast with sparse dimension.
dependent entity An entity that is owned by another entity in
the organization.
derived text measure In Essbase Studio, a text measure whose
values are governed by a predefined rule expressed as a
range. For example, a derived text measure, called Sales
Performance Index, based on a measure Sales, could consist
of the values High, Medium, and Low. This derived text
measure is defined to display High, Medium, and Low,
depending on the range in which the corresponding sales
values fall. See also text measure.
descendant Any member below a parent in the database
outline. In a dimension that includes years, quarters, and
months, the members Qtr2 and April are descendants of the
member Year.
Design Report An interface in Web Analysis Studio for
designing custom reports, from a library of components.
detail chart A chart that provides the detailed information
that you see in a Summary chart. Detail charts appear in the
Investigate Section in columns below the Summary charts.
If the Summary chart shows a Pie chart, then the Detail
charts below represent each piece of the pie.
dimension A data category used to organize business data for
the retrieval and preservation of values. Dimensions usually
contain hierarchies of related members grouped within
them. For example, a Year dimension often includes
members for each time period, such as quarters and months.
dimension build The process of adding dimensions and
members to an Essbase outline.
dimension build rules Specifications, similar to data load rules,
that Essbase uses to modify an outline. The modification is
based on data in an external data source file.
dimension tab In the Pivot section, the tab that enables you
to pivot data between rows and columns.
dimension table 1) A table that includes numerous attributes
about a specific business process; 2) In Essbase Integration
Services, a container in the OLAP model for one or more
relational tables that define a potential dimension in
Essbase.
dimension type A dimension property that enables the use of
predefined functionality. Dimensions tagged as time have a
predefined calendar functionality.
dimensionality In MaxL DML, the represented dimensions
(and the order in which they are represented) in a set. For
example, the following set consists of two tuples of the same
dimensionality, because they both reflect the dimensions
(Region, Year): { (West, Feb), (East, Mar) }
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direct rate A currency rate that you enter in the exchange-
Dynamic Calc and Store members Members in a block storage
rate table. The direct rate is used for currency conversion.
For example, to convert balances from JPY to USD, in the
exchange-rate table, enter a rate for the period/scenario
where the source currency is JPY and the destination
currency is USD.
outline that Essbase calculates only upon the first retrieval
of the value. Essbase then stores the calculated value in the
database. Subsequent retrievals do not require calculating.
dirty block A data block containing cells that have been
changed since the last calculation. Upper-level blocks are
marked as dirty if their child blocks are dirty (that is, if they
have been updated).
Disaster Recovery The ability to safeguard against natural or
unplanned outages at a production site by having a recovery
strategy for applications and data to a geographically
separate standby site.
display type One of three Web Analysis formats saved to the
Dynamic Calc members Members in a block storage outline
that Essbase calculates only at retrieval time. Essbase
discards calculated values after completing the retrieval
request.
dynamic calculation In Essbase, a calculation that occurs only
when you retrieve data on a member that is tagged as
Dynamic Calc or Dynamic Calc and Store. The member's
values are calculated at retrieval time instead of being
precalculated during batch calculation.
dynamic hierarchy In aggregate storage database outlines
repository: spreadsheet, chart, and pinboard.
only, a hierarchy in which members are calculated at
retrieval time.
dog-ear The flipped page corner in the upper-right corner
dynamic member list A system-created named member set
of the chart header area.
that is based on user-defined criteria. The list is refreshed
automatically whenever it is referenced in the application.
As dimension members are added and deleted, the list
automatically reapplies the criteria to reflect the changes.
drill-down Navigation through the query result set using the
dimensional hierarchy. Drilling down moves the user
perspective from aggregated data to detail. For example,
drilling down can reveal hierarchical relationships between
years and quarters or quarters and months.
dynamic reference A pointer in the rules file to header records
in a data source.
drill-through The navigation from a value in one data source
dynamic report A report containing data that is updated when
to corresponding data in another source.
you run the report.
driver In Profitability and Cost Management, an allocation
Dynamic Time Series A process that performs period-to-date
method that describes the mathematical relationship
between the sources that use the driver and the destinations
to which those sources allocate cost or revenue. For Business
Modeling, see also cost driver and activity driver.
reporting in block storage databases.
duplicate alias name A name that occurs more than once in
an alias table and can be associated with more than one
member in a database outline. Duplicate alias names can be
used with duplicate member outlines only.
duplicate member name Multiple occurrences of a member
name in a database, with each occurrence representing a
different member. For example, a database has two
members named New York. One member represents New
York state and the other member represents New York city.
duplicate member outline A database outline containing
duplicate member names.
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dynamic view account An account type indicating that
account values are calculated dynamically from the data that
is displayed.
Eliminated Account An account that does not appear in the
consolidated file.
elimination The process of zeroing out (eliminating)
transactions between entities within an organization.
employee A user responsible for, or associated with, specific
business objects. Employees need not work for an
organization; for example, they can be consultants.
Employees must be associated with user accounts, for
authorization purposes.
encoding A method for mapping bit combinations to
ESSLANG The Essbase environment variable that defines the
characters for creating, storing, and displaying text. Each
encoding has a name; for example, UTF-8. Within an
encoding, each character maps to a specific bit combination;
for example, in UTF-8, uppercase A maps to HEX41. See
also code page, locale.
encoding used to interpret text characters. See also
encoding.
ending period A period enabling you to adjust the date range
in a chart. For example, an ending period of "month"
produces a chart showing information through the end of
the current month.
Enterprise View An Administration Services feature that
enables management of the Essbase environment from a
graphical tree view. From Enterprise View, you can operate
directly on Essbase artifacts.
entity A dimension representing organizational units.
Examples: divisions, subsidiaries, plants, regions, products,
or other financial reporting units.
EPM Oracle home A subdirectory of Middleware home
containing the files required by EPM System products. The
EPM Oracle home location is specified during installation
with EPM System Installer.
EPM Oracle instance A directory containing active, dynamic
components of EPM System products (components that
can change during runtime). You define the EPM Oracle
instance directory location during configuration with EPM
System Configurator.
Equity Beta The riskiness of a stock, measured by the
variance between its return and the market return, indicated
by an index called "beta." For example, if a stock's return
normally moves up or down 1.2% when the market moves
up or down 1%, the stock has a beta of 1.2.
essbase.cfg An optional configuration file for Essbase.
ESSMSH See MaxL Shell.
exceptions Values that satisfy predefined conditions. You
can define formatting indicators or notify subscribing users
when exceptions are generated.
exchange rate type An identifier for an exchange rate.
Different rate types are used because there may be multiple
rates for a period and year. Users traditionally define rates
at period end for the average rate of the period and for the
end of the period. Additional rate types are historical rates,
budget rates, forecast rates, and so on. A rate type applies to
a specific time.
expense account An account that stores periodic and year-
to-date values that decrease net worth if they are positive.
Extensible Markup Language (XML) A language comprising a set
of tags used to assign attributes to data that can be
interpreted between applications according to a schema.
external authentication Logging on to Oracle EPM System
products with user information stored outside the
application. The user account is maintained by the EPM
System, but password administration and user
authentication are performed by an external service, using
a corporate directory such as Oracle Internet Directory
(OID) or Microsoft Active Directory (MSAD).
externally triggered events Non-time-based events for
scheduling job runs.
Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) Data-source-specific
programs for extracting data and migrating it to
applications.
Administrators may edit this file to customize Essbase
Server functionality. Some configuration settings may also
be used with Essbase clients to override Essbase Server
settings.
extraction command An Essbase reporting command that
EssCell A function entered into a cell in Essbase Spreadsheet
fact table The central table in a star join schema,
Add-in to retrieve a value representing an intersection of
specific Essbase database members.
characterized by a foreign key and elements drawn from a
dimension table. This table typically contains numeric data
that can be related to all other tables in the schema.
ESSCMD A command-line interface for performing Essbase
handles the selection, orientation, grouping, and ordering
of raw data extracted from a database; begins with the lessthan (<) character.
operations interactively or through batch script files.
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failover The ability to switch automatically to a redundant
function In Data Relationship Management, a syntactic
standby database, server, or network if the primary
database, server, or network fails or is shut down. A system
that is clustered for failover provides high availability and
fault tolerance through server redundancy and faulttolerant hardware, such as shared disks.
element of a derived property formula that accepts
parameters and returns dynamic values.
Favorites gadget A gadget that contains links to Reporting
and Analysis documents and URLs. See also gadget.
gadget A simple, specialized, lightweight application that
provides easy viewing of EPM content and enables access to
core Reporting and Analysis functionality.
geneology data Additional data that is optionally generated
separates fields in a data source.
after allocation calculations. This data enables reporting on
all cost or revenue flows from start to finish through all
allocation steps.
filter A constraint on data sets that restricts values to specific
generation A layer in a hierarchical tree structure that defines
criteria; for example, to exclude certain tables, metadata, or
values, or to control access.
member relationships in a database. Generations are
ordered incrementally from the top member of the
dimension (generation 1) down to the child members. Use
the unique generation name to identify a layer in the
hierarchical tree structure.
file delimiter A character, such as a comma or tab, that
flow account An unsigned account that stores periodic and
year-to-date values.
footer Text or images at the bottom of report pages,
containing dynamic functions or static text such as page
numbers, dates, logos, titles or file names, and author
names.
form A grid display that enables users to enter data into the
database from an interface such as a Web browser, and to
view and analyze data or related text. Certain dimension
member values are fixed, giving users a specific view into
the data.
format string 1) In Essbase, a method for transforming the
way cell values are displayed; 2) In Data Relationship
Management, a parameter of a Format or Formatted Date
derived property that indicates the format in which a
property value should be returned.
generic jobs Non-SQR Production Reporting or non-
Interactive Reporting jobs.
global report command A command in a running report script
that is effective until it is replaced by another global
command or the file ends.
grid POV A means for specifying dimension members on a
grid without placing dimensions in rows, columns, or page
intersections. A report designer can set POV values at the
grid level, preventing user POVs from affecting the grid. If
a dimension has one grid value, you put the dimension into
the grid POV instead of the row, column, or page.
group A container for assigning similar access permissions
to multiple users.
formula In Data Relationship Management, business logic
GUI Graphical user interface
used by a derived property to dynamically calculate a
property value.
hardware cluster A collection of computers that provides a
frame An area on the desktop. Two main areas: the
navigation and workspace frames.
free-form grid An object for presenting, entering, and
integrating data from different sources for dynamic
calculations.
free-form reporting Creating reports by entering dimension
members or report script commands in worksheets.
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single view of network services (for example, an IP address)
or application services (such as databases and Web servers)
to clients of these services. Each node in a hardware cluster
is a standalone server that runs its own processes. These
processes can communicate with one another to form what
looks like a single system that cooperatively provides
applications, system resources, and data to users.
high availability A system attribute that enables an
INACTIVE status A status that indicates entities deactivated
application to continue to provide services in the presence
of failures. This is achieved through removal of single points
of failure, with fault-tolerant hardware, as well as server
clusters; if one server fails, processing requests are routed to
another server.
from consolidation for the current period.
Historical Average An average for an account over a number
inactive user A user whose account was deactivated by an
administrator.
income account An account storing periodic and year-to-
date values that, if positive, increase net worth.
of historical periods.
index 1) A method where Essbase uses sparse-data
holding company An entity that is part of a legal entity group,
combinations to retrieve data in block storage databases. 2)
The index file.
with direct or indirect investments in all entities in the
group.
index cache A buffer containing index pages.
horizontal application server cluster A cluster with application
index entry A pointer to an intersection of sparse dimensions.
server instances on different machines.
Index entries point to data blocks on disk and use offsets to
locate cells.
host A server on which applications and services are
installed.
host properties Properties pertaining to a host, or if the host
has multiple Oracle EPM homes, to an Oracle EPM home.
Hybrid Analysis An analysis mapping low-level data stored in
a relational database to summary-level data stored in
Essbase, combining the mass scalability of relational systems
with multidimensional data.
hyperlink A link to a file, a Web page, or an intranet HTML
page.
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) A programming language
specifying how Web browsers display data.
identity A unique identification for a user or group in
external authentication.
image bookmarks Graphic links to Web pages or repository
items.
IMPACTED status A status that indicates changes in child
index file An Essbase file storing block storage data retrieval
information, residing on disk, and containing index pages.
index page A subdivision in an index file. An index page
contains pointers to data blocks.
input data Data loaded from a source rather than calculated.
installation assemblies Product installation files that plug in
to EPM System Installer.
integration A process that is run to move data between
Oracle's Hyperion applications using Shared Services. Data
integration definitions specify the data moving between a
source application and a destination application, and they
enable the data movements to be grouped, ordered, and
scheduled.
intelligent calculation A calculation method tracking updated
data blocks since the last calculation.
Interactive Reporting connection file (.oce) Files encapsulating
one that is consolidated, so the parent and child share a
value.
database connection information, including the database
API (ODBC, SQL*Net, and so on), database software, the
database server network address, and database user name.
Administrators create and publish Interactive Reporting
connection (.oce) files.
import format In FDM, the definition of the structure of the
intercompany elimination See elimination.
entities consolidating into parent entities.
implied share A member with one or more children but only
source file that enables the loading of a source data file to
an FDM data-load location.
inactive group A group for which an administrator has
deactivated system access.
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intercompany matching The process of comparing balances
join A link between two relational database tables or topics
for pairs of intercompany accounts within an application.
Intercompany receivables are compared to intercompany
payables for matches. Matching accounts are used to
eliminate intercompany transactions from an
organization's consolidated totals.
based on common content in a column or row. A join
typically occurs between identical or similar items within
different tables or topics. For example, a record in the
Customer table is joined to a record in the Orders table
because the Customer ID value is the same in each table.
intercompany matching report A report that compares
journal entry (JE) A set of debit-credit adjustments to account
intercompany account balances and indicates whether the
accounts are in balance.
balances for a scenario and period.
interdimensional irrelevance A situation in which a dimension
does not intersect with other dimensions. Because the data
in the dimension cannot be accessed from the
nonintersecting dimensions, the nonintersecting
dimensions are not relevant to that dimension.
intersection A unit of data representing the intersection of
dimensions in a multidimensional database; also, a
worksheet cell.
intrastage assignment An assignment in the financial flow to
an object within the same stage.
introspection A deep inspection of a data source to discover
hierarchies based on the inherent relationships in the
database. Contrast with scraping.
Investigation See drill-through.
isolation level An Essbase Kernel setting that determines the
lock and commit behavior of database operations. Choices
are: committed access and uncommitted access.
iteration A pass of the budget or planning cycle in which the
same version of data is revised and promoted.
Java application server cluster An active-active application
server cluster of Java Virtual Machines (JVMs).
Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) A client-server
communication protocol used by Java-based clients and
relational databases. The JDBC interface provides a calllevel API for SQL-based database access.
job output Files or reports produced from running a job.
jobs Documents with special properties that can be
launched to generate output. A job can contain Interactive
Reporting, SQR Production Reporting, or generic
documents.
JSP Java Server Page.
KeyContacts gadget A gadget that contains a group of Smart
Space users and provides access to Smart Space
Collaborator. For example, you can have a KeyContacts
gadget for your marketing team and another for your
development team. See also gadget.
latest A spreadsheet keyword used to extract data values
from the member defined as the latest time period.
layer 1) The horizontal location of members in a
hierarchical structure, specified by generation (top down)
or level (bottom up); 2) Position of objects relative to other
objects. For example, in the Sample Basic database, Qtr1 and
Qtr4 are in the same layer, so they are also in the same
generation, but in a database with a ragged hierarchy, Qtr1
and Qtr4 might not be in same layer, though they are in the
same generation.
layout area An area on a Workspace Page where content can
be placed.
legend box A box containing labels that identify the data
categories of a dimension.
level A layer in a hierarchical tree structure that defines
database member relationships. Levels are ordered from the
bottom dimension member (level 0) up to the parent
members.
level 0 block A data block for combinations of sparse, level 0
members.
level 0 member A member that has no children.
liability account An account type that stores "point in time"
balances of a company's liabilities. Examples: accrued
expenses, accounts payable, and long-term debt.
lifecycle management The process of migrating an
application, a repository, or individual artifacts across
product environments.
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line item detail The lowest level of detail in an account.
lineage The relationship between different metadata
elements showing how one metadata element is derived
from one or more other metadata elements, ultimately
tracing the metadata element to its physical source. In
Essbase Studio, a lineage viewer displays the relationships
graphically. See also traceability.
link 1) A reference to a repository object. Links can reference
folders, files, shortcuts, and other links; 2) In a taskflow, the
point where the activity in one stage ends and another
begins.
link condition A logical expression evaluated by the taskflow
engine to determine the sequence of launching taskflow
stages.
linked data model Documents that are linked to a master copy
in a repository
linked partition A shared partition that enables you to use a
data cell to link two databases. When a user clicks a linked
cell in a worksheet, Essbase opens a new sheet displaying the
dimensions in the linked database. The user can then drill
down those dimensions.
linked reporting object (LRO) A cell-based link to an external
file such as cell notes, URLs, or files with text, audio, video,
or pictures. (Only cell notes are supported for Essbase LROs
in Financial Reporting.) Contrast with local report object.
load balancer Hardware or software that directs the requests
locale A computer setting that specifies a location's
language, currency and date formatting, data sort order, and
the character set encoding used on the computer. Essbase
uses only the encoding portion. See also encoding,
ESSLANG.
locale header record A text record at the beginning of some
non-Unicode-encoded text files, such as scripts, that
identifies the encoding locale.
location alias A descriptor that identifies a data source. The
location alias specifies a server, application, database, user
name, and password. Location aliases are set by DBAs at the
database level using Administration Services Console,
ESSCMD, or the API.
locked A user-invoked process that prevents users and
processes from modifying data.
locked data model A data model that cannot be modified by
a user.
LOCKED status A consolidation status indicating that an
entity contains data that cannot be modified.
Log Analyzer An Administration Services feature that enables
filtering, searching, and analysis of Essbase logs.
logic group In FDM, one or more logic accounts generated
after a source file is loaded into FDM. Logic accounts are
calculated accounts derived from the source data.
logical Web application An aliased reference used to identify
servers, which helps to ensure optimal end user
performance.
the internal host name, port, and context of a Web
application. In a clustered or high-availability environment,
this is the alias name that establishes a single internal
reference for the distributed components. In EPM System,
a nonclustered logical Web application defaults to the
physical host running the Web application.
local currency An input currency type. When an input
LRO See linked reporting object.
currency type is not specified, the local currency matches
the entity's base currency.
managed server An application server process running in its
to individual application servers in a cluster and is the only
point of entry into the system.
load balancing Distribution of requests across a group of
local report object A report object that is not linked to a
Financial Reporting report object in Explorer. Contrast with
linked reporting object.
local results A data model's query results. Results can be used
in local joins by dragging them into the data model. Local
results are displayed in the catalog when requested.
own Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
manual stage A stage that requires human intervention.
Map File A file that stores the definition for sending data to
or retrieving data from an external database. Map files have
different extensions (.mps to send data; .mpr to retrieve
data).
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Map Navigator A feature that displays your current position
MaxL Shell An interface for passing MaxL statements to
on a Strategy, Accountability, or Cause and Effect map,
indicated by a red outline.
Essbase Server. The MaxL Shell executable file is located in
the Essbase bin directory (UNIX: essmsh; Windows:
essmsh.exe).
Marginal Tax Rate The rate used to calculate the after-tax cost
of debt; represents the tax rate applied to the last earned
income dollar (the rate from the highest tax bracket into
which income falls) and includes federal, state, and local
taxes. Based on current level of taxable income and tax
bracket, you can predict marginal tax rate.
Market Risk Premium The additional rate of return paid over
the risk-free rate to persuade investors to hold "riskier"
investments than government securities. Calculated by
subtracting the risk-free rate from the expected market
return. These figures should closely model future market
conditions.
master data model An independent data model that is
referenced as a source by multiple queries. When used,
"Locked Data Model" is displayed in the Query section's
Content pane; the data model is linked to the master data
model displayed in the Data Model section, which an
administrator may hide.
mathematical operator A symbol that defines how data is
MDX (multidimensional expression) A language used for
querying and calculation in multidimensional-compliant
databases.
measures Numeric values in an OLAP database cube that are
available for analysis. Measures are margin, cost of goods
sold, unit sales, budget amount, and so on. See also fact
table.
member A discrete component within a dimension. A
member identifies and differentiates the organization of
similar units. For example, a time dimension might include
members Jan, Feb, and Qtr1.
member list A named system- or user-defined group that
references members, functions, or member lists within a
dimension.
member load In Essbase Integration Services, the process of
adding dimensions and members (without data) to Essbase
outlines.
calculated in formulas and outlines. Can be any of the
standard mathematical or Boolean operators; for example,
+, -, *, /, and %.
member selection report command A type of Report Writer
MaxL The multidimensional database access language for
member-specific report command A type of Report Writer
Essbase, consisting of a data definition language (MaxL
DDL) and a data manipulation language (MaxL DML). See
also MaxL DDL, MaxL DML, and MaxL Shell
formatting command that is executed as it is encountered
in a report script. The command affects only its associated
member and executes the format command before
processing the member.
MaxL DDL The data definition language used by Essbase for
command that selects member ranges based on outline
relationships, such as sibling, generation, and level.
batch or interactive system-administration tasks.
merge A data load option that clears values only from the
MaxL DML The data manipulation language used in Essbase
accounts specified in the data load file and replaces them
with values in the data load file.
for data query and extraction.
MaxL Perl Module A Perl module (essbase.pm) that is part of
Essbase MaxL DDL. This module can be added to the Perl
package to provide access to Essbase databases from Perl
programs.
MaxL Script Editor A script-development environment in
Administration Services Console. MaxL Script Editor is an
alternative to using a text editor and the MaxL Shell for
administering Essbase with MaxL scripts.
metadata A set of data that defines and describes the
properties and attributes of the data stored in a database or
used by an application. Examples of metadata are
dimension names, member names, properties, time
periods, and security.
metadata elements Metadata derived from data sources and
other metadata that is stored and cataloged for Essbase
Studio use.
metadata sampling The process of retrieving a sample of
members in a dimension in a drill-down operation.
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metadata security Security set at the member level to restrict
model 1) A file or content string containing an application-
users from accessing certain outline members.
specific representation of data. Models are the basic data
managed by Shared Services, of two major types:
dimensional and nondimensional application objects; 2) In
Business Modeling, a network of boxes connected to
represent and calculate the operational and financial flow
through the area being examined.
metaoutline In Essbase Integration Services, a template
containing the structure and rules for Essbase outline from
an OLAP model.
Middleware home A directory that includes the Oracle
WebLogic Server home and can also include the EPM Oracle
home and other Oracle homes. A Middleware home can
reside on a local file system or on a remote shared disk that
is accessible through NFS.
migration audit report A report generated from the migration
log that provides tracking information for an application
migration.
migration definition file (.mdf) A file that contains migration
parameters for an application migration, enabling batch
script processing.
migration log A log file that captures all application migration
actions and messages.
migration snapshot A snapshot of an application migration
that is captured in the migration log.
MIME Type An attribute that describes the data format of an
item, so that the system knows which application should
open the object. A file's MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail
Extension) type is determined by the file extension or HTTP
header. Plug-ins tell browsers which MIME types they
support and which file extensions correspond to each
MIME type.
minireport A report component that includes layout,
content, hyperlinks, and the query or queries to load the
report. Each report can include one or more minireports.
minischema A graphical representation of a subset of tables
from a data source that represents a data modeling context.
missing data (#MISSING) A marker indicating that data in the
labeled location does not exist, contains no value, or was
never entered or loaded. For example, missing data exists
when an account contains data for a previous or future
period but not for the current period.
multidimensional database A method of organizing, storing,
and referencing data through three or more dimensions. An
individual value is the intersection point for a set of
dimensions. Contrast with relational database.
Multiload An FDM feature that allows the simultaneous
loading of multiple periods, categories, and locations.
My Workspace Page Customizable Workspace Pages created
by users. They are marked specially so that they can be easily
accessed from one single place without having to navigate
the repository.
named set In MaxL DML, a set with its logic defined in the
optional WITH section of a MaxL DML query. The named
set can be referenced multiple times in the query.
native authentication The process of authenticating a user
name and password from within the server or application.
nested column headings A report column heading format that
displays data from multiple dimensions. For example, a
column heading that contains Year and Scenario members
is a nested column. The nested column heading shows Q1
(from the Year dimension) in the top line of the heading,
qualified by Actual and Budget (from the Scenario
dimension) in the bottom line of the heading.
NO DATA status A consolidation status indicating that this
entity contains no data for the specified period and account.
non-dimensional model A Shared Services model type that
includes application objects such as security files, member
lists, calculation scripts, and Web forms.
non-unique member name See duplicate member name.
null value A value that is absent of data. Null values are not
equal to zero.
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numeric attribute range A feature used to associate a base
outline The database structure of a multidimensional
dimension member that has a discrete numeric value with
an attribute that represents a value range. For example, to
classify customers by age, an Age Group attribute dimension
can contain members for the following age ranges: 0-20,
21-40, 41-60, and 61-80. Each Customer dimension
member can be associated with an Age Group range. Data
can be retrieved based on the age ranges rather than on
individual age values.
database, including all dimensions, members, tags, types,
consolidations, and mathematical relationships. Data is
stored in the database according to the structure defined in
the outline.
ODBC Open Database Connectivity. A database access
method used from any application regardless of how the
database management system (DBMS) processes the
information.
OK status A consolidation status indicating that an entity has
already been consolidated, and that data has not changed
below it in the organization structure.
outline synchronization For partitioned databases, the process
of propagating outline changes from one database to
another database.
P&L accounts (P&L) Profit and loss accounts. P&L refers to a
typical grouping of expense and income accounts that
comprise a company's income statement.
page A display of information in a grid or table often
represented by the Z-axis. A page can contain data from one
field, derived data from a calculation, or text.
page file An Essbase data file.
OLAP Metadata Catalog In Essbase Integration Services, a
page heading A report heading type that lists members
relational database containing metadata describing the
nature, source, location, and type of data that is pulled from
the relational data source.
represented on the current page of the report. All data values
on the page have the members in the page heading as a
common attribute.
OLAP model In Essbase Integration Services, a logical model
page member A member that determines the page axis.
(star schema) that is created from tables and columns in a
relational database. The OLAP model is then used to
generate the structure of a multidimensional database. See
also online analytical processing (OLAP).
online analytical processing (OLAP) A multidimensional,
multiuser, client-server computing environment for users
who analyze consolidated enterprise data in real time. OLAP
systems feature drill-down, data pivoting, complex
calculations, trend analysis, and modeling.
palette A JASC-compliant file with a .PAL extension. Each
palette contains 16 colors that complement each other and
can be used to set the dashboard color elements.
parallel calculation A calculation option. Essbase divides a
calculation into tasks and calculates some tasks
simultaneously.
parallel data load In Essbase, the concurrent execution of
data load stages by multiple process threads.
Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Standardized application
parallel export The ability to export Essbase data to multiple
programming interface (API) technology that allows
applications to access multiple third-party databases.
files. This may be faster than exporting to a single file, and
it may resolve problems caused by a single data file
becoming too large for the operating system to handle.
Oracle home A directory containing the installed files
required by a specific product, and residing within the
directory structure of Middleware home. See also
Middleware home.
parent adjustments The journal entries that are posted to a
organization An entity hierarchy that defines each entity and
entities that report directly to them. Because parents are
entities associated with at least one node, they have entity,
node, and parent information associated with them.
their relationship to others in the hierarchy.
origin The intersection of two axes.
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child in relation to its parent.
parents The entities that contain one or more dependent
partition area A subcube within a database. A partition is
personal recurring time events Reusable time events that are
composed of one or more areas of cells from a portion of
the database. For replicated and transparent partitions, the
number of cells within an area must be the same for the data
source and target to ensure that the two partitions have the
same shape. If the data source area contains 18 cells, the data
target area must also contain 18 cells to accommodate the
number of values.
accessible only to the user who created them.
partitioning The process of defining areas of data that are
shared or linked between data models. Partitioning can
affect the performance and scalability of Essbase
applications.
pattern matching The ability to match a value with any or all
characters of an item entered as a criterion. Missing
characters may be represented by wild-card values such as
a question mark (?) or an asterisk (*). For example, "Find
all instances of apple" returns apple, but "Find all instances
of apple*" returns apple, applesauce, applecranberry, and so
on.
percent consolidation The portion of a child's values that is
consolidated to its parent.
percent control The extent to which an entity is controlled
within the context of its group.
percent ownership The extent to which an entity is owned by
its parent.
performance indicator An image file used to represent
measure and scorecard performance based on a range you
specify; also called a status symbol. You can use the default
performance indicators or create an unlimited number of
your own.
periodic value method (PVA) A process of currency conversion
that applies the periodic exchange rate values over time to
derive converted results.
permission A level of access granted to users and groups for
managing data or other users and groups.
persistence The continuance or longevity of effect for any
personal variable A named selection statement of complex
member selections.
perspective A category used to group measures on a
scorecard or strategic objectives within an application. A
perspective can represent a key stakeholder (such as a
customer, employee, or shareholder/financial) or a key
competency area (such as time, cost, or quality).
pinboard One of the three data object display types.
Pinboards are graphics composed of backgrounds and
interactive icons called pins. Pinboards require traffic
lighting definitions.
pins Interactive icons placed on graphic reports called
pinboards. Pins are dynamic. They can change images and
traffic lighting color based on the underlying data values and
analysis tools criteria.
pivot Alter the perspective of retrieved data. When Essbase
first retrieves a dimension, it expands data into rows. You
can then pivot or rearrange the data to obtain a different
viewpoint.
planner A user who can input and submit data, use reports
that others create, execute business rules, use task lists,
enable email notification for themselves, and use Smart
View. Planners comprise the majority of users.
planning unit A data slice at the intersection of a scenario,
version, and entity; the basic unit for preparing, reviewing,
annotating, and approving plan data.
plot area The area bounded by X, Y, and Z axes; for pie
charts, the rectangular area surrounding the pie.
plug account An account in which the system stores any out-
of-balance differences between intercompany account pairs
during the elimination process.
post stage assignment Assignments in the allocation model
that are assigned to locations in a subsequent model stage.
Essbase operation or setting. For example, an Essbase
administrator may limit the persistence of user name and
password validity.
personal pages A personal window to repository
information. You select what information to display and its
layout and colors.
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POV (point of view) A feature for setting data focus by selecting
public recurring time events Reusable time events created by
members that are not already assigned to row, column, or
page axes. For example, selectable POVs in FDM could
include location, period, category, and target category. In
another example, using POV as a filter in Smart View, you
could assign the Currency dimension to the POV and select
the Euro member. Selecting this POV in forms displays data
in Euro values.
administrators and accessible through the access control
system.
precalculation Calculating the database before user retrieval.
precision Number of decimal places displayed in numbers.
predefined drill paths Paths used to drill to the next level of
detail, as defined in the data model.
presentation A playlist of Web Analysis documents, enabling
reports to be grouped, organized, ordered, distributed, and
reviewed. Includes pointers referencing reports in the
repository.
preserve formulas User-created formulas kept within a
worksheet while retrieving data.
primary measure A high-priority measure important to your
company and business needs. Displayed in the Contents
frame.
Process Monitor Report A list of locations and their positions
within the FDM data conversion process. You can use the
process monitor report to monitor the status of the closing
process. The report is time-stamped. Therefore, it can be
used to determine to which locations at which time data was
loaded.
PVA See periodic value method.
qualified name A member name in a qualified format that
differentiates duplicate member names in a duplicate
member outline. For example, [Market].[East].[State].
[New York] or [Market].[East].[City].[New York].
query governor An Essbase Integration Server parameter or
Essbase Server configuration setting that controls the
duration and size of queries made to data sources.
reciprocal assignment An assignment in the financial flow
that also has the source as one of its destinations.
reconfigure URL A URL that is used to reload servlet
configuration settings dynamically when users are already
logged on to the Workspace.
record In a database, a group of fields making up one
complete entry. For example, a customer record may
contain fields for name, address, telephone number, and
sales data.
recurring template A journal template for making identical
adjustments in every period.
recurring time event An event specifying a starting point and
the frequency for running a job.
redundant data Duplicate data blocks that Essbase retains
during transactions until Essbase commits updated blocks.
product In Shared Services, an application type, such as
regular journal A feature for entering one-time adjustments
Planning or Performance Scorecard.
for a period. A regular journal can be balanced, balanced by
entity, or unbalanced.
Production Reporting See SQR Production Reporting.
project An instance of Oracle's Hyperion products grouped
together in an implementation. For example, a Planning
project may consist of a Planning application, an Essbase
cube, and a Financial Reporting Server instance.
provisioning The process of granting users and groups
specific access permissions to resources.
proxy server A server acting as an intermediary between
workstation users and the Internet to ensure security.
public job parameters Reusable named job parameters created
by administrators and accessible to users with requisite
access privileges.
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Related Accounts Accounts related to the main account and
grouped under the same main account number. The
account structure groups all main and related accounts
under the same main account number. The main account
is distinguished from related accounts by the first suffix of
the account number.
relational database A type of database that stores data in
related two-dimensional tables. Contrast with
multidimensional database.
replace A data load option that clears existing values from
role The means by which access permissions are granted to
all accounts for periods specified in the data load file and
loads values from the data load file. If an account is not
specified in the load file, its values for the specified periods
are cleared.
users and groups for resources.
replicated partition A portion of a database, defined through
runtime prompt A variable that users enter or select before a
Partition Manager, used to propagate an update to data
mastered at one site to a copy of data stored at another site.
Users can access the data as though it were part of their local
database.
business rule is run.
Report Extractor An Essbase component that retrieves report
data from the Essbase database when report scripts are run.
report object In report designs, a basic element with
properties defining behavior or appearance, such as text
boxes, grids, images, and charts.
report script A text file containing Essbase Report Writer
commands that generate one or more production reports.
Report Viewer An Essbase component that displays complete
reports after report scripts are run.
reporting currency The currency used to prepare financial
statements, and converted from local currencies to
reporting currencies.
repository Storage location for metadata, formatting, and
annotation information for views and queries.
resources Objects or services managed by the system, such
as roles, users, groups, files, and jobs.
restore An operation to reload data and structural
information after a database has been damaged or
destroyed, typically performed after shutting down and
restarting the database.
restructure An operation to regenerate or rebuild the
database index and, in some cases, data files.
result frequency The algorithm used to create a set of dates to
collect and display results.
review level A Process Management review status indicator
representing the process unit level, such as Not Started, First
Pass, Submitted, Approved, and Published.
Risk Free Rate The rate of return expected from "safer"
investments such as long-term U.S. government securities.
roll-up See consolidation.
root member The highest member in a dimension branch.
sampling The process of selecting a representative portion
of an entity to determine the entity's characteristics. See also
metadata sampling.
saved assumptions User-defined Planning assumptions that
drive key business calculations (for example, the cost per
square foot of office floor space).
scaling Scaling determines the display of values in whole
numbers, tens, hundreds, thousands, millions, and so on.
scenario A dimension for classifying data; for example,
Actuals, Budget, Forecast1, or Forecast2.
schema In relational databases, a logical model that
represents the data and the relationships between the data.
scope The area of data encompassed by any Essbase
operation or setting; for example, the area of data affected
by a security setting. Most commonly, scope refers to three
levels of granularity, where higher levels encompass lower
levels. The levels, from highest to lowest: the entire system
(Essbase Server), applications on Essbase Server, or
databases within Essbase Server applications. See also
persistence.
score The level at which targets are achieved, usually
expressed as a percentage of the target.
scorecard A business object that represents the progress of
an employee, strategy element, or accountability element
toward goals. Scorecards ascertain this progress based on
data collected for each measure and child scorecard added
to the scorecard.
scraping An inspection of a data source to derive the most
basic metadata elements from it. Contrast with
introspection.
secondary measure A low-priority measure, less important
than primary measures. Secondary measures do not have
Performance reports but can be used on scorecards and to
create dimension measure templates.
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security agent A Web access management provider (for
single sign-on (SSO) The ability to log on once and then access
example, Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Single Sign-On, or
CA SiteMinder) that protects corporate Web resources.
multiple applications without being prompted again for
authentication.
security platform A framework enabling Oracle EPM System
smart tags Keywords in Microsoft Office applications that
products to use external authentication and single sign-on.
are associated with predefined actions available from the
Smart Tag menu. In Oracle EPM System products, smart
tags can also be used to import Reporting and Analysis
content and to access Financial Management and Essbase
functions.
serial calculation The default calculation setting. Divides a
calculation pass into tasks and calculates one task at a time.
services Resources that enable business items to be
retrieved, changed, added, or deleted. Examples:
Authorization and Authentication.
servlet A piece of compiled code executable by a Web server.
shared disks See shared storage.
shared member A member that shares storage space with
another member of the same name, preventing duplicate
calculation of members that occur multiple times in an
Essbase outline.
Shared Services Registry The part of the Shared Services
repository that manages EPM System deployment
information for most EPM System products, including
installation directories, database settings, computer names,
ports, servers, URLs, and dependent service data.
shared storage A set of disks containing data that must be
available to all nodes of a failover cluster; also called shared
disks.
Shared Workspace Pages Workspace Pages shared across an
organization that are stored in a special System folder and
can be accessed by authorized users from the Shared
Workspace Pages Navigate menu.
sibling A child member at the same generation as another
child member and having the same immediate parent. For
example, the members Florida and New York are children
of East and each other's siblings.
silent response files Files providing data that an installation
administrator would otherwise be required to provide.
Response files enable EPM System Installer or EPM System
Configurator to run without user intervention or input.
single point of failure Any component in a system that, if it
fails, prevents users from accessing the normal
functionality.
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SmartCut A link to a repository item, in URL form.
snapshot Read-only data from a specific time.
source currency The currency from which values originate
and are converted through exchange rates to the destination
currency.
sparse dimension In block storage databases, a dimension
unlikely to contain data for all member combinations when
compared to other dimensions. Contrast with dense
dimension. For example, not all customers have data for all
products.
SPF files Printer-independent files created by an SQR
Production Reporting server, containing a representation
of the actual formatted report output, including fonts,
spacing, headers, footers, and so on.
Spotlighter A tool that enables color coding based on selected
conditions.
SQL spreadsheet A data object that displays the result set of
a SQL query.
SQR Production Reporting A specialized programming
language for data access, data manipulation, and creating
SQR Production Reporting documents.
stage 1) A task description that forms one logical step
within a taskflow, usually performed by an individual. A
stage can be manual or automated; 2) For Profitability,
logical divisions within the model that represent the steps
in the allocation process within your organization.
stage action For automated stages, the invoked action that
executes the stage.
staging area A database that you create to meet the needs of
a specific application. A staging area is a snapshot or
restructured version of one or more RDBMS.
staging table A database that you create to meet the needs of
supporting detail Calculations and assumptions from which
a specific application. A staging area is a snapshot or
restructured version of one or more RDBMSs.
the values of cells are derived.
standard dimension A dimension that is not an attribute
dimension.
missing values and underscores characters from spreadsheet
reports.
standard journal template A journal function used to post
symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) A server architecture that
adjustments that have common adjustment information for
each period. For example, you can create a standard
template that contains the common account IDs, entity IDs,
or amounts, and then use the template as the basis for many
regular journals.
enables multiprocessing and multithreading. Performance
is not significantly degraded when a large number of users
simultaneously connect to an single instance.
Status bar The bar at the bottom of the screen that displays
helpful information about commands, accounts, and the
current status of your data file.
stored hierarchy In aggregate storage databases outlines only,
a hierarchy in which the members are aggregated according
to the outline structure. Stored hierarchy members have
certain restrictions; for example, they cannot contain
formulas.
suppress rows A setting that excludes rows containing
symmetric topology An Oracle Fusion Middleware Disaster
Recovery configuration that is identical across tiers on the
production site and standby site. In a symmetric topology,
the production site and standby site have the identical
number of hosts, load balancers, instances, and
applications. The same ports are used for both sites. The
systems are configured identically and the applications
access the same data.
sync Synchronization of Shared Services and application
models.
strategic objective (SO) A long-term goal defined by
synchronized The condition that exists when the latest
measurable results. Each strategic objective is associated
with one perspective in the application, has one parent, the
entity, and is a parent to critical success factors or other
strategic objectives.
version of a model resides in both the application and in
Shared Services. See also model.
Strategy map Represents how the organization implements
high-level mission and vision statements into lower-level,
constituent strategic goals and objectives.
structure view Displays a topic as a simple list of component
data items.
Structured Query Language A language used to process
system extract A feature that transfers data from application
metadata into an ASCII file.
tabs Navigable views of accounts and reports in Strategic
Finance.
target Expected results of a measure for a specified period
of time (day, quarter, and so on).
task list A detailed status list of tasks for a particular user.
instructions to relational databases.
taskflow The automation of a business process in which
Subaccount Numbering A system for numbering subaccounts
tasks are passed from one taskflow participant to another
according to procedural rules.
using nonsequential whole numbers.
subscribe Flags an item or folder to receive automatic
taskflow definition Business processes in the taskflow
up detail charts shown below in the same column, plotting
metrics at the summary level at the top of each chart column.
management system that consist of a network of stages and
their relationships; criteria indicating the start and end of
the taskflow; and information about individual stages, such
as participants, associated applications, associated activities,
and so on.
supervisor A user with full access to all applications,
taskflow instance A single instance of a taskflow including its
databases, related files, and security mechanisms for a
server.
state and associated data.
notification whenever the item or folder is updated.
Summary chart In the Investigates Section, a chart that rolls
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taskflow management system A system that defines, creates,
top-level member A dimension member at the top of the tree
and manages the execution of a taskflow, including
definitions, user or application interactions, and
application executables.
in a dimension outline hierarchy, or the first member of the
dimension in sort order if there is no hierarchical
relationship among dimension members. If a hierarchical
relationship exists, the top-level member name is generally
the same as the dimension name.
taskflow participant The resource that performs the task
associated with the taskflow stage instance for both manual
and automated stages.
Taxes - Initial Balances Strategic Finance assumes that the
Initial Loss Balance, Initial Gain Balance, and Initial Balance
of Taxes Paid entries have taken place in the period before
the first Strategic Finance time period.
trace allocations A Profitability feature that enables you to
visually follow the flow of financial data, either forwards or
backwards, from a single intersection throughout the
model.
trace level The level of detail captured in a log file.
TCP/IP See Transmission Control Protocol/Internet
traceability The ability to track a metadata element to its
Protocol.
physical source. For example, in Essbase Studio, a cube
schema can be traced from its hierarchies and measure
hierarchies to its dimension elements, date/time elements,
measures, and, ultimately, to its physical source elements.
See also lineage.
text list In Essbase, an object that stores text values mapped
to numeric identifiers. Text lists enable the use of text
measures.
text measure In Essbase, a member tagged as Text in the
dimension where measures are represented. The cell values
are displayed as predefined text. For example, the text
measure Satisfaction Index may have the values Low,
Medium, and High. See also typed measure, text list, derived
text measure.
time dimension The time period that the data represents, such
as fiscal or calendar periods.
time events Triggers for job execution.
time scale A scale that displays metrics by a specific time
span, such as monthly or quarterly.
time series reporting A process for reporting data based on a
calendar date (for example, year, quarter, month, or week).
traffic lighting Color-coding of report cells, or pins based on
a comparison of two dimension members, or on fixed limits.
transformation A process that transforms artifacts so that
they function properly in the destination environment after
application migration.
translation See currency conversion.
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) A
standard set of communication protocols linking
computers with different operating systems and internal
architectures. TCP/IP utilities are used to exchange files,
send mail, and store data to various computers that are
connected to local and wide area networks.
transparent login A process that logs in authenticated users
Timeline Viewer An FDM feature that enables users to view
without launching the login screen.
dates and times of completed process flow steps for specific
locations.
transparent partition A shared partition that enables users to
Title bar A bar that displays the Strategic Finance name, the
file name, and the scenario name Version box.
toast message A message that fades in the lower-right corner
of the screen.
token An encrypted identification of one valid user or group
on an external authentication system.
top and side labels Column and row headings on the top and
sides of a Pivot report.
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access and change data in a remote database as though it is
part of a local database.
triangulation A means of converting balances from one
currency to another through a third common currency. For
example, to convert balances from the Danish krone to the
British pound, balances could be converted from the krone
to the euro and from the euro to the pound.
triggers An Essbase feature whereby data is monitored
according to user-specified criteria that, when met, cause
Essbase to alert the user or system administrator.
trusted user Authenticated user.
tuple MDX syntax element that references a cell as an
intersection of a member from each dimension. If a
dimension is omitted, its top member is implied. Examples:
(Jan); (Jan, Sales); ( [Jan], [Sales], [Cola], [Texas],
[Actual] ).
user-defined attribute (UDA) An attribute, associated with
members of an outline to describe a characteristic of the
members, that can be used to return lists of members that
have the specified associated UDA.
user-defined member list A named, static set of members
within a dimension defined by the user.
two-pass An Essbase property that is used to recalculate
validation The process of checking a business rule, report
members that are dependent on the calculated values of
other members. Two-pass members are calculated during a
second pass through the outline.
script, or partition definition against the outline to ensure
that the object being checked is valid.
typed measure In Essbase, a member tagged as Text or Date
in the dimension where measures are represented. The cell
values are displayed as predefined text or dates.
For example, in FDM, validation rules ensure that certain
conditions are met after data is loaded from FDM to the
target application.
unary operator A mathematical indicator (+, -, *, /, %)
value dimension A dimension that is used to define input
associated with an outline member. The unary operator
defines how the member is calculated during a database rollup.
value, translated value, and consolidation detail.
Unicode-mode application An Essbase application wherein
character text is encoded in UTF-8, enabling users with
computers set up for different languages to share
application data.
unique member name A nonshared member name that exists
only once in a database outline.
unique member outline A database outline that is not enabled
for duplicate member names.
upgrade The process of deploying a new software release and
moving applications, data, and provisioning information
from an earlier deployment to the new deployment.
upper-level block A type of data block wherein at least one of
the sparse members is a parent-level member.
user directory A centralized location for user and group
information, also known as a repository or provider.
Popular user directories include Oracle Internet Directory
(OID), Microsoft Active Directory (MSAD), and Sun Java
System Directory Server.
user variable A variable that dynamically renders forms
based on a user's member selection, displaying only the
specified entity. For example, a user variable named
Department displays specific departments and employees.
validation rules Rules used in FDM to enforce data integrity.
variance The difference between two values (for example,
between planned and actual values).
version A possible outcome used within the context of a
scenario of data. For example, Budget - Best Case and
Budget - Worst Case where Budget is scenario and Best Case
and Worst Case are versions.
vertical application server cluster A cluster with multiple
application server instances on the same machine.
view A year-to-date or periodic display of data.
visual cue A formatted style, such as a font or a color, that
highlights specific data value types. Data values may be
dimension members; parent, child, or shared members;
dynamic calculations; members containing a formula; readonly data cells; read-and-write data cells; or linked objects.
WebLogic Server home A subdirectory of Middleware home
containing installed files required by a WebLogic Server
instance. WebLogic Server home is a peer of Oracle homes.
weight A value assigned to an item on a scorecard that
indicates the relative importance of that item in the
calculation of the overall scorecard score. The weighting of
all items on a scorecard accumulates to 100%. For example,
to recognize the importance of developing new features for
a product, the measure for New Features Coded on a
developer's scorecard would be assigned a higher weighting
than a measure for Number of Minor Defect Fixes.
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wild card Character that represents any single character (?)
or group of characters (*) in a search string.
WITH section In MaxL DML, an optional section of the query
used for creating reusable logic to define sets or members.
Sets or custom members can be defined once in the WITH
section and then referenced multiple times during a query.
workbook An entire spreadsheet file with many worksheets.
workflow The steps required to process data from start to
finish in FDM. The workflow consists of Import (loading
data from the GL file), Validate (ensures that all members
are mapped to a valid account), Export (loads the mapped
members to the target application), and Check (verifies
accuracy of data by processing data with user-defined
validation rules).
Workspace Page A page created with content from multiple
sources including documents, URL, and other content
types. Enables a user to aggregate content from Oracle and
non-Oracle sources.
write-back The ability for a retrieval client, such as a
spreadsheet, to update a database value.
ws.conf A configuration file for Windows platforms.
wsconf_platform A configuration file for UNIX platforms.
XML See Extensible Markup Language.
XOLAP An Essbase multidimensional database that stores
only the outline metadata and retrieves all data from a
relational database at query time. XOLAP supports
aggregate storage databases and applications that contain
duplicate member names.
Y axis scale A range of values on Y axis of charts displayed
in Investigate Section. For example, use a unique Y axis scale
for each chart, the same Y axis scale for all Detail charts, or
the same Y axis scale for all charts in the column. Often,
using a common Y axis improves your ability to compare
charts at a glance.
Zero Administration A software tool that identifies version
number of the most up-to-date plug-in on the server.
ZoomChart A tool for viewing detailed information by
enlarging a chart. A ZoomChart enables you to see detailed
numeric information on the metric that is displayed in the
chart.
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