Oracle releases EPM On-Premise version 11.2.5

  • Date: April 29, 2021
  • Article by: Mike Turner

Oracle dropped 11.2.5 this week and its chock full of EPM goodness. The big news is the upgrade of the middleware stack.

Oracle has upgraded to Fusion Middleware 12.2.1.4 which includes newer versions of: Oracle HTTP Server, Oracle WebLogic Server. and Java 1.8.0_251. They have also added support for MsSQL 2017.

While 11.2.5 as a new install offers upgrade paths from 11.1.2.4 and 11.1.2.3, it’s also a complete patch to the 11.2 family of code. You can apply the new 11.2.5 patch directly to 11.2.3 and 11.2.4. Previous versions of 11.2 require a patch to 11.2.3 at a minimum and then you can apply 11.2.5. Like the previous 11.2 patches, the patch is applied directly to the already installed software and then the config tool is used to update the instance.

Some new features in the app stack include a configurable Content Management system for FCM, a legacy feature missing in previous 11.2 releases, and for Planning, SmartView gets extended dynamic members or “on-the-fly” members through the use of business rules.

Huge for Financial Reporting migrations, the read me now provides guidance on how to migrate Financial Reporting roles and Provisioning from 11.1.2.4 which until now has been a complete rebuild in 11.2. The readme provides details how to use LCM for the migration and how to edit the export file for 11.2 including role Maps for the new “Document Repository Roles”

Another big win for EPM is the Certification of Essbase 21c. While not support for Planning yet, Shared Services, SmartView, and Financial Reporting are now supported with Essbase 21C.

Over the next few days, I will be kicking the tires on the install and config so check back to see my take on how this new version works and if I run into any “gotchas” along the way….

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11.2.6 – FR Repository quirk

  • Date: Oct 05, 2021
  • Article by: Mike Turner
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Getting the SmartView .MSI

  • Date: Aug 10, 2021
  • Article by: Jeff Henkel
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April Snow Brings…Oracle Critical Patch Update

  • Date: April 21, 2021
  • Article by: Jeff Henkel

Well folks, it’s that time of year again.  No, I’m not talking about the snow outside at the end of April.  I’m talking about the Oracle Critical Patch Update for the first quarter of 2021.

As always, full details of the patch can be found right here

For this particular release, there are a couple of items for EPM and the general updates to both Java and WebLogic for security purposes.  For EPM, the focus is on Analytic Provider Services (APS) and Financial Management (HFM).

Analytic Provider Services has a high-rated vulnerability:

HFM has one of lesser concern:

Oracle Fusion Middleware (which includes OHS and WebLogic) contains a number of vulnerabilities:

Patch Availability for any of the issues defined is tracked here.

Analytic Provider Services 11.1.2.4.043 PSU resolves the security concern and the HFM issues is addressed in the new 11.2.x code-line and is not being addressed in EPM 11.1.2.4 (as it’s end-of-premeir support in December 2021).  If the HFM issue is a concern, we recommend upgrading and would be happy to assist in any conversations around that process.

Lastly, Oracle has released the standard Java updates.  Depending on your version, these can be applied to EPM systems, but the 11.1.2.4 and earlier code-lines do not suppore Java 8 or higher.

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11.2.6 – FR Repository quirk

  • Date: Oct 05, 2021
  • Article by: Mike Turner
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Getting the SmartView .MSI

  • Date: Aug 10, 2021
  • Article by: Jeff Henkel
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