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A challenge that is commonly overlooked when upgrading EPM is keeping your upgraded application in sync with your Legacy application after the initial upgrade, prior to go-live. The challenge comes from the requirement to continue day-to-day operations in the Legacy environment during the upgrade project time line. At some point, the Legacy application must be "upgraded." The upgraded application then becomes a snapshot, or a "Point in Time" of the Legacy application; any changes made in the Legacy environment beyond that point must be accounted for in some form or fashion in the new, or upgraded environment and application.

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Sometimes finding the solution to an EPM problem is tricky. This is true for the hardened EPM professionals, and for those folks newer to EPM. I was recently reminded of this when trying a migration of Essbase/Planning, all to resolve an issue with some forms not opening and throwing an ‘Invalid Form’ error.

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FCCS is the next generation Oracle Hyperion Financial Consolidation Application. There are several fundamental differences in the technical aspect of the FCCS.

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Happy New Year – 2018!

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Over the years we have featured numerous posts on technical how-tos, tips & tricks and insights from our consultants out in the field. Going into 2018 we are looking forward to expanding on our topics and will include more business-process articles, client successes, event presentations and more! And in case you missed some of these, we thought you might like to see what the most popular technical posts have been to date:

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Recently Oracle published an article on performance concerns in PBCS titled “EPM Cloud - Can the Capacity of an EPM Cloud Service be Increased?” In the article Kash Mohammadi, VP of EPM Cloud says the underlying compute resources in the cloud are designed for “elastic stability” and memory or CPU issues are very unlikely the cause of any performance issues. Instead customers should look at application design as the most likely cause of performance issues. Oracle provides a tool for reviewing an application’s design call the “Application Activity Report.”  This very useful tool provides a wealth of metrics which can be used to identify performance issues and provide a starting point for improving your application's design and performance. 

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With the latest Oracle Cloud Updates the EPM Automate utility now supports proxy authentication. The EPM Automate utility is the tool used for automating many of the maintenance activities in the EPM cloud. With the 17.10 Oracle Cloud updates released in October the utility has been updated to allow for additional login functionality that support Internet Proxies which require authentication. For more information administrators should check out the latest documentation available from Oracle. New login command information for EPM Automate can be found here EPM Automate Login Commands.

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A frequent issue With FDMEE processing is the time it takes to load data into a target system. One issue that significantly slows FDMEE processing is the use of LIKE mapping. If the number of LIKE Mappings gets large then the response time can be overly burdensome and may lead the user to wonder if there is an issue and the system has stopped processing.

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Post-upgrade migration of security from one version of Hyperion to another can be challenging. Ideally, security is migrated as part of the upgrade as documented in the upgrade steps, however there are times between the initial upgrade and go-live that requires a second migration, with a large amount of security changing and parallel maintenance either not practical or simply neglected.

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