Thursday, March 24, 2022

March 2022 Update

March 2022 is shaping up to be an interesting month, and the show isn't over yet!

One customer went live a few weeks ago on Hyperion / Oracle EPM 11.2.7.  It was a complex upgrade from EPM but we got it done on time.

This week I upgraded another customer's EPM from 11.2.3 to 11.2.8.  The in-place upgrade wasn't easy and posed challenges... mostly due to many references on the back-end to jdk1.8_181, which no longer exists as a folder starting in 11.2.5.  Now it is simply Oracle\Middleware\jdk\.  Some of my NTT colleagues have hit similar issues, so I'm helping them troubleshoot.

A very fun little project was helping one of the co-founders of EPMware by installing Essbase 21.3 on one of his AWS images.  He wants to test if his software works against the Essbase 21c Java APIs.  He gave me full admin access and I turned it around in 1 day because he didn't need to integrate it with EPM, so it was a very simple install.  I'm anxious to hear the results of his testing!

I've been working on my own sandbox and am attempting to integrate Essbase 21.3 with EPM 11.2.8.  The 11.2.8 README says this type of configuration is certified now.  So far I've managed to get Planning to talk to Essbase 21c and successfully deploy the sample "Vision" application.

When integrated with EPM's 11.2.8 Shared Services, Essbase 21.3 registers itself smoothly so we have a familiar interface to provision users and groups to it.  The problem is you can't use LCM in EPM to work with Essbase 21.3 applications... you have to use the Essbase 21c migration tools instead.  One caveat is if you want to migrate a pre-existing Essbase / 11.2.x app into 21c, it must come over as Unicode.  So some folks who want to attempt this may have some conversions to do.

Another weird thing I'm seeing in 21c is I can create Essbase apps just fine in the 21c EAS Console (it is the thin web client), but you cannot see the Planning apps in it!  I'm rebuilding my sandbox a slightly different way to see if I can figure it out.... the 21c online guides on Oracle's documentation site don't really address this topic.

Finally, I've got an upcoming project on my calendar to move a customer from OBIEE to OBIEE  This version of OBIEE isn't available on eDelivery when I last checked (Oracle says they're working on tightening up a few things), and I believe know why.  It is possible to get it, though.  Just do a web search for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.  With a bit of clicking, you can make your way to the OBIEE download page.

One thing I'm unhappy about is OBIEE requires an out-of-date Fusion Middleware Infrastructure: FMW instead of  I hope this gets fixed soon.

My head is spinning!  Be well,


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Catch-Up Post for February 2022

Have I been slacking on updating this blog?

Yes.  Yes I have.  👎

Here's a quick few updates about what I've been working on.

1. Went live with Hyperion / Oracle EPM 11.2.7 for a customer.  Hypercare ends in a few days.  Things are really looking great!  We've got end-to-end SSL, Okta SSO, standalone ODI, load balancing... the works!

2. Installed EPM 11.2.8 and integrated it with Essbase 21.3.  Crazy stuff.  This experiment is worthy of its own blog post.

3. Oracle Business Intelligence  Not yet on Oracle eDelivery and I believe I know why this is so.  It just isn't ready for prime-time.  The thing wants us to install Oracle Fusion Middleware  Why????  I started pounding my face to my desk.
(Disclaimer:  this blog post was originally written on March 2, 2022.  The above paragraph will eventually be invalidated once Oracle corrects the issue.)

4. Log4J.  The Oracle KB article concerning the Log4J vulnerability was updated just this week.  Here's how to find it.  You need an active Oracle Support subscription to access this:

Apache Log4j Security Alert CVE-2021-44228 also referencing CVE-2021-45046 Mitigation on Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (Doc ID 2828262.1)

I think this is just about enough.  And today's just Wednesday.....