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Oracle BI EE – Integration between BI EE & Hyperion Financial Reporting(HFR) – Drilling from HFR to BI EE by passing parameters – Part 2

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on January 30, 2009

If you had read my blog entry here, i would have shown you how to drill from BI EE to HFR by passing the parameters from BI EE to HFR. I had written that blog entry first since that integration was a bit easier than what we would be doing today. Today, our aim is to achieve drilling from HFR to BI EE by passing parameters from HFR to BI EE. We shall be using the same reports that we used in the last blog entry. So, our HFR and BI EE reports over which we would achieving the drills is given in the below screenshots



So, our aim is when we drill from HFR to BI EE, the target BI EE report should automatically get the “Feb” filter since we are looking at Feb data in HFR. The major challenge in getting this integration to work is that HFR does not allow direct HTML formatted dynamic links in the report layout. One can only pass dynamic parameters. For HFR the URL parameters would look like the one shown below


For BI EE the URL parameters(GO URL) would look as shown below


As you see, the parameters above are very different. In the previous case, we were able to do it since we can hardcode the other parts of the workspace URL within the report itself using HTML formatters. But this is not available in HFR. So, in order to achieve the integration we would need an external jsp page which would accept the CONTEXT parameters from HFR and will dynamically generate a BI EE URL. Once the URL is generated, the jsp page will automatically do the redirection. So, the integration can be summarized as shown below


So, lets start with creating the jsp page in JDeveloper. The below code is a sample jsp code that i created for passing the month from HFR to the BI EE report.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
<%@ page contentType="text/html;charset=windows-1252"%>
<%@ page import="*" %>
<%@ page import="java.util.Map" %>
<%@ page import="java.util.Map.Entry" %>
<%@ page import="java.util.jar.Attributes" %>
<%@ page import="java.util.Iterator" %>

    Attributes attribs = new Attributes();
    String BIEEGoURL = "http://localhost:9704/analytics/saw.dll?Go&nquser=Administrator&nqpassword=Administrator&Path=/shared/Paint%20Demo/HFR%20BI%20EE%20Integration/Drill%20Report&Action=Navigate&P0=1&P1=eq&P2=TIMES.MONTH_NAME&P3=";

    Map map = request.getParameterMap();
    Iterator iter = map.entrySet().iterator();
    while (iter.hasNext()) {
    Entry n = (Entry);
    String key = n.getKey().toString();
    String values&#91;&#93; = (String&#91;&#93;) n.getValue();
    int i = 0;
    while(i < values.length)
    if (values&#91;i&#93;.indexOf("") == 0 )
    BIEEGoURL = BIEEGoURL + values&#91;i&#93;.substring(8,values&#91;i&#93;.length());
     i = i + 1;



The jsp above basically does the following

1. Accepts the CONTEXT parameter from jsp which would be of the form &attribute=<dimension name>.id.<dimension value>
2. Parses the CONTEXT parameter and extracts the dimension value for the Year dimension.
3. Then it appends the extracted dimension value to a string which in turn is a BI EE Go URL.
4. Once the Go URL is completely generated, the jsp redirects the page to the BI EE Go URL.

Now, copy the above jsp over to the {OracleBI}\oc4j_bi\j2ee\home\applications\analytics\analytics directory so that we can access the jsp over the OC4J BI EE URL. This jsp can basically be deployed on any java app server. Test this jsp using the below URL


Now, the above URL should automatically filter our target BI EE report for the Feb month (it is assumed that the BI EE report has the proper is prompted filters).


Once the above check is completed, the next step is to include the below link in the related content link in HFR.



Now, once you click on a HFR measure, you would notice that the filters get passed from the HFR report to the target BI EE report.

Posted in All Posts, EPM, Hyperion Financial Reporting, Hyperion Workspace, OBI EE Plus | 2 Comments »

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.


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!!!

Posted in All Posts, EPM, General, Hyperion Essbase, Hyperion Financial Reporting, Hyperion Workspace | 3 Comments »

Oracle BI EE – Integration into Hyperion Workspace

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on July 7, 2008

One of the common challenges in working with the current release of BI EE plus is that there is no out of the box integration available between BI E and the plus(Hyperion) components. I believe the coming releases would address that. But if you are working on the current release and if you want to integrate both Hyperion and BI EE components then the coming blog entries should provide you with some methodologies to achieve that. The plus part of our BI EE plus bundle has the following components.

1. Hyperion Workspace
2. Hyperion Interactive Reporting
3. Hyperion Production Reporting
4. Hyperion Financial Reporting
5. Hyperion Web Analysis

The integration methodology of BI EE into each of the above components is different since all of them are different reporting toolsets and each work differently. But the idea is to use BI EE GO URL to enable integration into BI EE. Lets start with Hyperion Workspace and BI EE integration. This kind of integration is pretty straightforward to achieve. This is achieved using a simple HTML page. Workspace can load HTML documents and can open them in a seperate tab within the workspace. So, the first step is to open up workspace and then import a URL.


Then enter the dashboard GO URL (http://localhost:9704/analytics/saw.dll?Dashboard&nquser=Administrator&nqpassword=Administrator). For now, passwords would have to be embedded in the URL. If you do not like the passwords to be embedded, use the Public pages approach that i have used here.


Now, you would have dashbords page link in your workspace.


If you try opening this HTML page, you would notice that the entire BI EE Dashboards page would be embedded within the workspace.


The other advantage is that, the above BI EE Dashboards tab in workspace also has its own URL.


Once SSO release of BI EE and Plus products come out, there is no need to even pass the passwords into the URL.

Posted in All Posts, Hyperion Financial Reporting, Hyperion Workspace, OBI EE Plus | 3 Comments »