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Administrators of Hyperion Essbase who are attempting to patch their applications may encounter an error similar to:

Platform ID needed is : 215
Platform IDs supported by patch are: 233 912
ApplySession failed during prerequisite checks: Prerequisite check "CheckPatchAp
plicableOnCurrentPlatform" failed.
System intact, OPatch will not attempt to restore the system

OPatch failed with error code = 74

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EPM server administrators may have noticed that log files sizes have been growing lot faster in 11.1.2.3.x than in many of the recent releases. A lot of these log messages reference the JVM’s usage of the Oracle Wallet file. You’ll see messages like these:

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Oracle EPM “mega-patches” like 11.1.2.3.500 are large patch bundles that incorporate fixes for multiple products, and are meant to be applied across an entire environment at once. The patches are not meant to be applied to any one product or server individually. If there is a single product within the patch whose fix your organization needs badly, you must either ask Oracle Support for a PSE for just that product and issue, or apply the mega-patch across the environment and risk breaking multiple products.

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Gain Insight on Infrastructure Administrator and the Essbase Application Creators

Essbase is a complex tool that requires a well-tuned environment to perform at peak efficiency. Unfortunately, it’s this tuning that is hardest to achieve. This entry won’t delve into specific tuning strategies, but instead will describe the level of cooperation needed between the infrastructure administrator and the Essbase application creators.

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Recently, Advisory Services Partner, Ron Dimon, was featured on Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management Blog discussing why organizations spend too much time arguing about whose numbers are right, where they came from, and what they mean rather than spending time debating what to do about them. Enterprise Performance Management enables us to have confidence in the data, uncover new insights, and figure out what to do next to improve performance and get better results. Read this latest blog post with Ron giving his point of view on why people are still muttering, “Why are my numbers different from yours?” http://bit.ly/1m2wK3T

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Left to right: Jim Kromer, Partner, Technical Services; Ron Dimon, Partner, Advisory Services; Jeff Henkel, Practice Leader, Infrastructure; Doug Correa, Practice Leader, Financial Consolidation & Reporting; Eric Wagner, Practice Leader, Data Integration; Dan Knipscher, Practice Leader, Planning & Forecasting

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In a previous installment, I discussed backups and the importance of ensuring they are taking place both locally (scripted jobs using LCM) and externally (scheduled backup jobs by the IT organization). While the earlier piece focused on taking local backups for our own use, this installment will discuss some of the pitfalls encountered when trying to restore from external backups.

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Ever since the introduction of Lifecycle Management from the Shared Services GUI, in EPM v11, there has always been the problem of users needing to have access to the file system/SAN on the Shared Services server. Needless to say, this has always caused a contentious relationship between IT and business users.

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Taking regular backups of a Development Oracle EPM environment is a task many companies neglect to perform, yet is a critical step towards insuring the investment in time and money an EPM implementation requires.

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Hyperion applications are based in general on the precept of multidimensionality, the idea that information is more than flat two-dimensional grids. Dimensions are natural groupings of information such as accounts, customers, locations, but they need to have a balance of art and science to function optimally and to give you the best insight into the information you have collected at your organization.

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