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EPM 11.1.0 – Its out & available for download – Fusion Edition of Essbase, Hyperion BI Plus

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on July 15, 2008

I picked this up from Mark’s blog here. Actually, i was expecting this to be released only by the end of this week. But yes, always sooner the better. The new release of the entire EPM is available for download in edelivery. There are loads of new features in this release. I will list some of the interesting new features one by one for the BI Components in this release.

Essbase:

1. A new UI called Essbase studio has been release which supersedes the Integration Console & the Administration Console of Essbase. But both of them are still available in this release.
2. Support for JDBC connection to extract data.
3. Support for a concept called as XOLAP(Extended Online Analytical Processing). One can now completely model Multi Dimensional cubes with Outlines sitting in Essbase and the data coming in from relational sources.
4. Supports typed measures. Measures need not be numeric anymore.
5. Inbuilt Lifecycle management for migration.
6. Support for use of Environment Variables in Calculation scripts. Now, one can have system level parameters in Calculation Scripts.
7. Parallel load of SQL data into Essbase Databases. In this version one can run upto 8 rule files in parallel using the same authentication.
8. New Report level Calculation functions have been added.
9. New MDX Functions – This has more relevance since BI EE using MDX over an XMLA connection.
10. New MaxL statements.

Hyperion Workspace:

1. The most important addition here is that one can now add BI EE reports, dashboards, Delivers & BI Publisher within the workspace out of the box.
2. Performance Scorecards is now integrated into Workspace
3. A new searching feature that can now search for all Workspace related documents.
4. The search feature now can integrate with Google OneBox as well as Oracle Secure Enterprise Search.
5. Support of new high definition pixel perfect themes. This, i believe, is to bring a common Fusion UI across all the components.
6. Copy pasting of documents is now supported.
7. Portlets for the Hyperion BI Plus components to Oracle Portal, Web Center Suite & Sharepoint are now available.
8. Support for Oracle Proxy user authentication.

Hyperion Financial Reporting:

1. One can do annotations/comments from HFR now. An excellent feature which is currently lacking in BI EE. I believe this feature will also see its way in some form to BI EE in future.
2. Rank function enhancement – From a performance standpoint and also from a functionality standpoint.
3. External files can now be added to Books.

Hyperion Interactive Reporting:

1. Support for Oracle Proxy user authentication
2. New connectivity to Oracle BI Server. One can now create reports directly using OBI EE Server ODBC connection.
3. New Dashboard Gauges have been added.
4. Enhanced drill through from a multi-dimensional data source to a relational data source.
5. Dashboard specific enhancements

Hyperion Production Reporting:

1. Support for Oracle Proxy user authentication
2. BI EE Semantic layer integration – This is something i need to test out as it says that the semantic layer for production reporting is now integrated with BI EE.

Web Analysis:

1. One can do dynamic row and column references.
2. New calculation functions have been added. Some changes in the calculation dialog box.
3. Multiple report objects import into Smartview

Now, that i have worked on almost all the above reporting toolsets, one thing that i am noticing is that all the tools are converging in terms of functionality. I can see new features that were planned for BI EE also getting added to these product sets. So, no tool is left behind which is very good for existing customers. Also, each of these toolsets are getting integrated. For example, now we have connectivity to BI EE, BIP from Workspace. Also, we have portlets for the hyperion components to connect to Oracle Portal, Webcenter suite etc. The probable next integration is to enable the out of the box drilling from one reporting tool to another. Lots of things to test in the coming weeks!!!

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