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Java Embedded Development

Anshu Sharma - Wed, 2013-10-02 17:41

Internet of Things offers exciting possibilities to come up with new enterprise applications. Once you have figured out what functionality you are going to offer and what devices your application has to interact with, you will have to get familiar with embedded java development to get data out from the devices and into the Datacenter for Analytics, integration etc. Also, increasingly a lot of Analytics and processing is happening at the device or near the device, in gateways, for faster response and network usage optimization.

For partners who have traditionally developed applications completely running in Datacenters, the good news is that Java Embedded has mostly the same syntax as Java SE (used in Datacenters) but APIs are a bit different as they are constrained and optimized to run in devices which have restricted processing capabilities and memory. The main Java Embedded products are -  Java Card, Java ME Embedded, Java SE Embedded, Java Embedded Suite & Oracle Event Processing for Java Embedded. As you can guess these separate SKUs are offering more functionality in exchange for increasing footprint. Here are some links for you to explore further -

Java Embedded OTN page - http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/java/embedded/overview/index.html

Java Embedded community on java.net -  https://community.java.net/community/embedded

In Java SE 8 there are plans to unify some of different SKUs of Java. Please see Java One Keynote to get better idea http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/2685497644001 

Install APEX’s Sample Packaged Application by Importing its SQL Script

Ittichai Chammavanijakul - Wed, 2013-10-02 15:11

If for some reason, you could not install the APEX sample packaged application via Application Builder > Packaged Applications interface, you have an option of installing it by importing the SQL script (fxxxx.sql).

In my case, when installing via the Packaged Applications interface, I got the following error:

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 12.06.48 PM

While working with DBA and Oracle support to resolve the root cause of this issue, I’ve found that the installation script (like export file) of the packaged applications comes with the APEX installation files under apex/core/packaged_apps

ICHAMMA1:packaged_apps$ pwd
/Users/ichamma1/Downloads/apex/core/packaged_apps

ICHAMMA1:packaged_apps$ grep "prompt  APPLICATION" *.sql
f7000.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7000 - Online Marketing Campaign Calendar
f7010.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7010 - Decision Manager***
f7020.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7020 - Asset Manager*
f7050.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7050 - Opportunity Tracker ***
f7060.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7060 - Bug Tracking***
f7090.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7090 - Group Calendar ***
f7100.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7100 - Artwork Catalog***
f7120.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7120 - Expertise Tracker***
f7130.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7130 - Community Requests ***
f7140.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7140 - Incident Tracking***
f7150.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7150 - Systems Catalog***
f7170.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7170 - Customer Tracker***
f7190.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7190 - Issue Tracker***
f7220.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7220 - P-Track***
f7230.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7230 - Data Model Repository Viewer*
f7240.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7240 - Checklist Manager***
f7250.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7250 - Data Reporter***
f7270.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7270 - APEX Application Archive***
f7280.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7280 - Survey Builder ***
f7290.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7290 - Meeting Minutes***
f7300.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7300 - Use Case Status***
f7600.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7600 - Sample Access Control*
f7610.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7610 - Sample Build Options*
f7650.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7650 - Go Live Check List***
f7800.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7800 - Brookstrut Sample Application ***
f7810.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7810 - Sample Reporting***
f7820.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7820 - Sample Calendar***
f7830.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7830 - Sample Charts***
f7840.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7840 - Sample Dynamic Actions***
f7850.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7850 - Sample Data Loading***
f7860.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7860 - Sample Master Detail***
f7870.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7870 - Sample Forms and Grid Layout***
f7880.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7880 - Sample Search***
f7890.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7890 - Feedback ***
f7900.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7900 - Sample Dialog***
f7910.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7910 - Sample Trees***
f7920.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7920 - Sample Lists***
f7930.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7930 - Sample Wizards***
f7940.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7940 - Sample Collections***
f7950.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7950 - Sample Time Zones*
f7960.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7960 - Sample File Upload and Download***
f7980.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 7980 - Sample RESTful Services***
f8950.sql:prompt  APPLICATION 8950 - Sample Database Application

The installation is just simple as importing this script file (Application Builder > Import) or run from the SQL Plus (with proper security setup).

Categories: DBA Blogs

Oracle Linux 6 on Microsoft Azure

Wim Coekaerts - Wed, 2013-10-02 13:57
One of the great keynotes at Oracle OpenWorld last week, was from Microsoft. You can watch the replay here. I think Brad did an awesome job, very engaging and a very positive partner message. There was a lot of Oracle Linux talk in the Microsoft session, just awesome.

We have worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that we can deploy Oracle Linux inside their Azure platform (and also just in general on Hyper-v). Part of the work is to provide templates that include Oracle products such as Oracle RDBMS and Oracle WebLogic on Oracle Linux in Azure. This is a similar concept as Oracle VM templates. You can go through the catalog on Azure, select a template and a few minutes later you end up with a complete running Virtual Machine. These templates with Oracle products are available for both Windows and Oracle Linux environments.

Microsoft has a free trial offering which I tried out last night (with my personal account) and within a few minutes and no prior knowledge of how their environment works, I had an Oracle Linux 6 update 4 instance up and running. Logged in using ssh. They have a very easy to navigate portal. We have configured Oracle Linux out of the box with public-yum for updates. So if you need an enterprise grade Linux distribution on Azure that comes with free updates/errata and fast connectivity to the update servers, go use Oracle Linux. And the nice thing is, if you need support for some of those VM's deployed, you just pay for those VM's you want support for.

This is also nice for ISVs that want to provide their own application solutions in Azure, they can use Oracle Linux and embed it in their VM with their app and, again, an enterprise grade solution that can be freely used without signing contracts with us, and be current with updates and errata. If the ISV then wants support, they can resell Oracle Linux subscriptions. This is a very simple, open, hassle-free solution.

Modernizing Forms Talk

Gerd Volberg - Wed, 2013-10-02 03:27
The interview, I wrote about two days ago, was made in cooperation with my presentation "How to modernize Oracle Forms". And here is the video (50 minutes in german):





The link to the slides, used in the presentation, is here. It's german too, but I hope, that chapters like "Installation Look and Feel" are so easy to understand, that nobody has language problems in most parts of the presentation.

Try it
Gerd

Pagination with Couchbase

Tugdual Grall - Tue, 2013-10-01 03:00
If you have to deal with a large number of documents when doing queries against a Couchbase cluster it is important to use pagination to get rows by page. You can find some information in the documentation in the chapter "Pagination", but I want to go in more details and sample code in this article. For this example I will start by creating a simple view based on the beer-sample dataset, the Tugdual Grallhttps://plus.google.com/103667961621022786141noreply@blogger.com6

My Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Presentations

Chen Shapira - Mon, 2013-09-30 16:47

Oracle OpenWorld was fantastic, as usual. The best show in San Francisco. This is the seventh year in a row that I’m attending – 3 times as HP employee, 3 times as Pythian employee, and now as a Clouderan. My life changes, but the event and people are always fantastic.

There will be a separate blogpost about what I learned at the event, new exciting products and my thoughts of them. But first, let me follow up on what I taught.

On Sunday afternoon, and then again on Thursday afternoon, I presented “Data Wrangling with Oracle Connectors for Hadoop”. I presented it twice because both Oracle and IOUG liked my abstract. I was surprised to discover that both audiences had no idea what “Data Wrangling” is! I appreciate the attendees, they trusted me enough to attend without even being sure what I’m planning to talk about. In both sessions I had people come up with excellent questions, mentioning that they are current or future Cloudera customers. I absolutely loved it, what a great opportunity to connect with Hadoopers from all industries.

You can find the slides here: Data Wrangling with Oracle Connectors for Hadoop

On Monday, at OakTable World, I presented ETL on Hadoop. I presented it at Surge earlier this year, but this time I think I misjudged the fit of the content to the audience – I gave pretty technical tips of how to implement ETL on Hadoop to an audience with very little experience with Hadoop. They were smart people and mostly followed along, but I should have kept my content to more introductory level.

You can find the slides here: Scaling ETL with Hadoop

On Wednesday, I was fortunate to present with my former colleague Marc Fielding on SSDs and their use in Exadata. The topic is not very Hadoop related, but I love SSDs regardless and presenting with Marc was fun and the audience was highly engaged. I did get a lot of questions on SSDs and Hadoop, so I’ll consider writing about the topic in the future.

Marc has the latest version of the slides, but you can find an approximation here: Databases in a Solid State World.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, to all the customers who stopped to say hello and to everyone who was friendly and made the event fun. I hope to see you again next year.


Categories: DBA Blogs

SOA Upgrade 11.1.1.3 -> 11.1.1.6

Dave Best - Mon, 2013-09-30 14:50
We upgraded our SOA install from 11.1.1.3 to 11.1.1.6 and hit a few issues.   One of the main issues was that after upgrading DEV our inflight processes disappeared.    We talked back and forth with Oracle and it was supposed to be supported but for some reason it wasn't working for us.    I know that from SOA 10g to SOA 11g in-flight processes are not supported as part of the upgrade. One of

Openworld 2013

Dave Best - Mon, 2013-09-30 09:14
Another Openworld has come and gone.  With all the keynotes, sessions and parti^H^H^H networking events yet to happen, its almost unimmaginable that it could go by so quickly.  Yet here I am typing up the summary of my trip. I arrived the Saturday before the conference and shortly after checking in I went down to Moscone West to register.  This is the first time in a couple of years that I

Oracle JHeadstart 11.1.1.5 Now Available

JHeadstart - Mon, 2013-09-30 05:15

Oracle JHeadstart 11.1.1.5 is now available. This is a maintenance release for JDeveloper 11g R1. Oracle JHeadstart 12c, a new release that will be compatible with JDeveloper 12c is currently planned to become general available later this calendar year. 

This 11.1.1.5 release contains the following new features:

  • UI Tree Checked for Pending Changes: Prior to this release, pending changes were only detected in the model, after the JSF lifecycle phase "Update Model" was executed to update the underlying ADF model bindings. This implied that for menu item commands the immediate property had to be set to false to detect the last changes made by the user that were not yet sent to the server, otherwise the "Update Model" phase was skipped. However, with immediate=false, the end user could not abandon pages with invalid or incomplete data as validation errors occurred before the menu navigation could take place. So, the choice was to either limit the navigation freedom of the end user, or accept the fact that the pending changes alert was not always shown. With this new release this problem is solved. All menu items have immediate=false allowing complete freedom to navigate away, while the latest changes are also detected because JHeadstart now inspects the UI Components in the page UI tree for any changes. The UI Components are always updated with the latest value, also when immediate is set to true because the UI components are updated in JSF lifecycle phase "Apply Request Values" which is always executed, regardless of the setting of the immediate property. The inspection of the UI tree is performed in a new managed bean class PendingChangesVisitCallBack. This class is generated as managed bean in JhsCommon-beans.xml. If for some reason you want to keep the old behavior, and not inspect the UI tree for pending changes, you can add the following property to the ApplicationDefinition.xml file:
      checkUITreePendingChanges="false"
    
    Note that you need to set this property directly in the xml file, it is not visible in the JHeadstart Application Definition editor. If this property is set to false, the PendingChangesVisitCallBack bean is not generated and the menu item commands are generated again with immediate=false.
  • Ability to override generated item properties: The item-level property "Additional Properties" has been renamed to "Additional / Overriding Properties" can now be used as well to override standard generated properties. If you specify a property in "Additional / Overriding Properties" then this property always 'wins', it will override a property by the same name that was generated by the same item template. This signifcantly reduces the need for custom item templates.
  • Support for Skyros Skin: If you wan to use the new Skyros skin introduced in JDeveloper 11.1.1.7, you should change the JHS_PAGE_TEMPLATE setting at application level from default/misc/file/jhsPageTemplate.vm to default/misc/file/jhsPageTemplateSkyros.vm. This new template is optmized for the Skyros skin, and also uses the new af:panelGridLayout component.

See the JHeadstart 11.1.1.5 Release Notes for a list of bugs fixed in this release.

See the support matrix for supported JDeveloper releases.
Customers who own a JHeadstart supplement option license can download it from the Consulting Supplement Option portal. 

For a complete list of all JHeadstart features, use this link. For detailed information on all the features, check out the comprehensive JHeadstart Developer's guide. Want to try JHeadstart yourself? Do the tutorial using the JHeadstart evaluation version that you can install using Help -> Check for Updates functionality in JDeveloper.


Categories: Development

DOAG interview

Gerd Volberg - Mon, 2013-09-30 04:06
After my last conference-presentation I was interviewed by the DOAG. The interview is in german only and the topic is "Modernizing Forms".



Content of the interview + YouTube-Info:

Manysay about the appearance of Oracle Forms, this is no longer appropriate. Gerd Volberg from Opitz Consulting has looked at the open-source environment and found frameworks with which the Forms world can be spiced up. In an interview with the Head of Development SIG Christian Schwitalla Volberg presents the "Forms Look and Feel Project" by the Oracle Ace Francois Degrelle and the framework "OraFormsFaces" of Wilfred van der Deijl that combines the Forms and ADF world.

Have fun
Gerd

The New AppliedOLAP.com / Free Tools Access

Tim Tow - Sat, 2013-09-28 18:53
My team has been hard at work getting our new website out the door, and we feel that it will make for a better experience all-around for our users and the users of the free OLAPUnderground utilities.  To help make the experience better, we have implemented a new download process.  Previously, users who wished to download files selected the files they wished to download and then provided their email address.  Our server then sent an email with temporary links for the download.  The email process sometimes caused issues with email filters or incorrect emails, so we decided to work to provide a better experience by using an off-the-shelf software release component.  As a result of this change, we are now requiring users to have a user account to download software.  Fortunately, the user account is free and you can create your own account in about a minute.

On the new site, all of the free downloads are available from the 'Downloads' section under 'Resources.'


If you are not logged in and you attempt to access the 'Downloads' section of the site, you will be prompted to login or register:


If you already have a www.appliedolap.com account, you can go ahead and login using your existing credentials, but if you don't, simply click the 'Register' button and fill out the registration form that pops up.


Once you have filled out the required information and pressed 'Register', a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the address provided on the registration form.


Click 'OK' and check your inbox for the confirmation e-mail.  Once you click the activation link, all you need to do is login to the site and you will have full access to the 'Downloads' section.  If you are a Dodeca user, we will provide you access to the 'Dodeca' downloads page, but as a free registered user, you will have access to the OLAPUnderground tools, as well as the Next Generation Outline Extractor.

Note:  Your Applied OLAP account username will always be the
e-mail address you used when you registered your account.


Go back to the 'Downloads' section after you log in to access the OLAPUnderground Utilities, as well as the Next Generation Outline Extractor.


We hope you find the new Applied OLAP website informative and easy-to-use.  While you are there, be sure to check out all of the new information about the Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System and sign up for a free, personalized web demo so you can learn how Dodeca can help you.
Categories: BI & Warehousing

Open World 2013 - Wednesday: Focus on a bunch of things

Hans Forbrich - Thu, 2013-09-26 19:10
Even though I spent my prime time with RAC Attack, I ended up involved in a variety of discussions.

Licensing:

I am still amazed at how people and companies increase the cost of Oracle to themselves. 

One discussion was with a one-man company, and how Oracle Enterprise Edition is so expensive. This former employee, now entrepreneur, was still under the impression that Personal Edition has no capabilities.  A quick glance in the licensing document would have told him that the $400 + 22% annual fee would have served his purposes, since Personal Edition is for developers and includes all features of the Enterprise Edition (except RAC) at no extra charge.

Another discussion effectively was an acknowledgement that companies do not bother to understand and use the features they have bought - resource management, scheduler, email, etc.  Instead they buy additional product from other companies, attempt to shoehorn all these things together, incur additional license costs both from Oracle (because they now have additional s/w using up cores, therefore they need additional cores of DB license) and the added product they buy, as well as the cost of integrating it. 

And they wonder why Oracle seems expensive.

Spatial:

We had a wonderful discussion with the IOUG Spatial and Graph SIG executive and a number of SIG members.

I'd love feedback one idea: is to create a MAP Attack - a hands-on workshop similar to RAC Attack, with extremely fine-grained detail on installing and loading database and spatial, through installing and configuring Map Viewer and Map Editor, that we could play back at conferences.

RAC:

As usual, we had a lot of people interested in RAC Attack.  And as usual, the attendees found that the difficulty is in getting the networking and shared storage right.  The bulk of the problems arose from network mis-configuration.

Cloud:

Again we had a number of discussions on "X as a Service".  I think it is very important that DBAs start to embrace that - OracleVM, Cloud Control and DB Templates are in their future.

DBAs may still be able to push back for a while, but I am increasingly seeing CIOs and CTOs be convinced of the cost savings.  And if DBAs are not familiar with the technologies, they are being pushed aside and viewed as roadblocks to progress.  This can be a scary position to be in.  Learn the Cloud Control ...

Training:

One of the best courses I've taught in a while is the Oracle Virtualization (OracleVM for x86) course.  Well worth the time.
Categories: DBA Blogs

Enterprise Deployment Presentation at OpenWorld

Antony Reynolds - Thu, 2013-09-26 12:51
Presentation Today Thursday 26 September 2013 Today Matt & I together with Ram from Oracle Product Management and Craig from Rubicon Red will be talking about building a highly available, highly scalable enterprise deployment. We will go through Oracles Enterprise Deployment Guide and explain why it recommends what is does and also identify alternatives to its recommendations. Come along to Moscone West 2020 at 2pm today. it would be great see you there. Update Thanks to all who attended, we were gratified to see around 100 people turn out on Thursday afternoon. I know I am usually presentationed out by then! I have uploaded the presentation here.

OWB - Making the Move to ODI

Antonio Romero - Thu, 2013-09-26 12:10

Yesterday's session on Making the Move to Oracle Data Integrator at OOW13 after the America's Cup finale was a great way to round off the day (the garlic at the Stinking Rose was even better but we will stick with the technology here), the session was hosted by Julien Testut from product management and was under the Oracle safe harbor statement below. There was an overview by Jyotin Gautam the ODI development director and then some demonstrations from Oracle partners Stewart Bryson and Holger Friedrich.

The session lay down the options for OWB customers moving forward; 

  • execute and monitor OWB jobs within ODI
  • migrate all or parts of OWB mappings with the migration utility
  • develop new ETL in ODI

...or a mixture of all of these. Stewart demonstrated the execution of OWB jobs from within ODI and highlighted the immediate value-add of doing this. ODI load plans provide a restartability capability that is a key part of an ETL infrastructure (this had to be manually constructed in OWB). Its great hearing the genuine excitement and enthusiasm Stewart presents with and using words like 'beautiful' are icing on the cake (I can still hear his comments a few years ago of 'all I want is a mapper' ringing in my ears). Holger demonstrated the migration utility that migrates the OWB design metadata into ODI, migrating a complex mapping with many operators and multiple targets into a ODI 12c mapping and like many was surprised with the simplicity of the solution and the maintainability of the new design in ODI.

There was a bunch of tweeting going on in the session and Mark Rittman quick succinctly summarized the session below;

It was a well attended session with a mix of OWB and ODI customers and customers looking to move to ODI in general. The guys in development were happy to see this finally getting their. Sure and steadfast ;-)

The session was under Oracle's safe harbor statement...'The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.'

OWB - Making the Move to ODI

Antonio Romero - Thu, 2013-09-26 12:10

Yesterday's session on Making the Move to Oracle Data Integrator at OOW13 after the America's Cup finale was a great way to round off the day (the garlic at the Stinking Rose was even better but we will stick with the technology here), the session was hosted by Julien Testut from product management and was under the Oracle safe harbor statement below. There was an overview by Jyotin Gautam the ODI development director and then some demonstrations from Oracle partners Stewart Bryson and Holger Friedrich.

The session lay down the options for OWB customers moving forward; 

  • execute and monitor OWB jobs within ODI
  • migrate all or parts of OWB mappings with the migration utility
  • develop new ETL in ODI

...or a mixture of all of these. Stewart demonstrated the execution of OWB jobs from within ODI and highlighted the immediate value-add of doing this. ODI load plans provide a restartability capability that is a key part of an ETL infrastructure (this had to be manually constructed in OWB). Its great hearing the genuine excitement and enthusiasm Stewart presents with and using words like 'beautiful' are icing on the cake (I can still hear his comments a few years ago of 'all I want is a mapper' ringing in my ears). Holger demonstrated the migration utility that migrates the OWB design metadata into ODI, migrating a complex mapping with many operators and multiple targets into a ODI 12c mapping and like many was surprised with the simplicity of the solution and the maintainability of the new design in ODI.

There was a bunch of tweeting going on in the session and Mark Rittman quick succinctly summarized the session below;

It was a well attended session with a mix of OWB and ODI customers and customers looking to move to ODI in general. The guys in development were happy to see this finally getting their. Sure and steadfast ;-)

The session was under Oracle's safe harbor statement...'The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.'

Oracle Open World 2013 General Session: Empowering Modern Enterprise Performance Management

Tim Tow - Wed, 2013-09-25 16:23
Here at Oracle Open World 2013, I attended the general session entitled "Empowering Modern Enterprise Performance Management" which was led by Balaji Yelamanchili, Oracle Senior Vice President for Analytics and Performance Management Products.  His keynote focused on the development priorities within the Oracle EPM group.  Those priorities are:

  • Continued Investment in Existing Modules
  • EPM Applications in the Cloud
  • Continued Innovation in New Modules

There are a number of things planned in the area of continued investment in existing modules.  The investment areas include:

  • HFM platform work to make HFM cross platform and to improve performance.  In addition, these changes allow HFM to run on Exalytics which puts massive computing power under HFM.  For example, testing of HFM on Exalytics has shown that virtual close becomes a possibility even in complex consolidations.  One test that had 31,000 accounts, 2,000 legal entities and 66 currencies showed a reduction of consolidation time from 7+ hours down to less than 30 minutes.  This type of performance increase, if borne out in the real world, could have a real effect on how and when companies do their consolidations.
  • Optimization of Hyperion Planning and Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management for Exalytics.  This scalability allows for implementations that spread further in the company (i.e. more users), but also allow companies to consolidate their applications onto fewer physical machines.
  • Packaged OBI Analytics for Hyperion Planning.  The packaged analytics make it easier and faster to deploy Hyperion Planning with an added benefit of reduced consulting costs.

Oracle is continuing its move into the cloud arena with 2 services.

  • The Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service ("OPBCS") has been in customer and partner preview for a few months now and is nearly general availability.  Oracle is stressing that this isn't just moving the software to a managed service running on the cloud, but rather is a fundamental new paradigm for planning that focuses on self-serve models that have not existing since the inception of the classic, on-premise Hyperion Planning.  Because OPBCS must run without the need for IT interaction, users must be able to quickly and easily configure what they need from the service.  That being said, Oracle is taking a very conservative strategic approach with their Cloud Planning application as they are not trying to displace traditional on-premise Planning applications and move them to the cloud.  Rather, they are emphasizing the cloud for use in quick-to-deploy departmental applications or as a development platform that can be used to build an application for on-premise deployment.  Oracle expects to make the OPBCS available later this calendar year.
  • A new service that was announced at Open World 2013 is the new Financial Reporting Cloud Service.  Based on the slides and the comments made during the presentation, this isn't simply moving the classic Hyperion Financial Reporting application to the cloud, but rather they have imagined and created an application that appears to be targeted for statutory reporting.  How it appears to work is that the developer/administrator creates a framework for the reporting package which may be, for example, a corporate annual report and can assign responsibilities for different parts of the report to team members.  The editing of different components can be completed either via refreshing of data from the corporate data stores for items like a balance sheet or income statement, or edited in Word for things like the management discussion.  The product tracks workflow and approvals and, when complete, produces a PDF of the completed document.  It looks quite different than what we see today in HFR.
For innovation in new modules, Oracle is focused pretty heavily on mobile.  As of now, the focus on mobile has been on information consumption but Oracle plans to work towards full user functionality in the future.  They are using the 90/90 rule as a guide for their mobile effort by focusing on the functionality used by 90% of users 90% of the time.  In addition, they have created some purpose-specific applications such as the new EPM Workflow Mobile App that was created specifically for approval workflows for Planning and Financial Close.

Oracle has been working hard on the EPM Suite, but notice I didn't really say anything about my beloved Essbase.  Balaji did not say much about Essbase in his session, but rather left that for the Essbase Roadmap session that I also attended.  I will work on a blog post on that session soon.

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