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    What's New in 19.06?
    Topic posted June 6, 2019 by Mark RinaldiSilver Crown: 22,500+ Points, last edited June 28, 2019, tagged Financial Planning, Integration, PBCS, Planning, Projects, Reports, Security, SmartView, Strategic Modeling, Tip, Workforce 
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    Title:
    What's New in 19.06?
    Summary:
    ... some big changes!
    Content:

    It's been a busy week with our big announcement, so here goes with this month's What's New post.  As always, please be sure to read the What's New documentation every month.  Here is June's update.

    I'll jump right to the big news first:

    1. We have created 2 new EPM Cloud Services:  EPM Standard Cloud and EPM Enterprise Cloud to replace almost ALL of the old SKUs for the individual services (i.e. PBCS, EPBCS, FCCS, TRCS, ARCS, PCMCS, EPRCS).  EDMCS remains a standalone SKU but is also included in the EPM Enterprise Cloud product.
    2. Existing customers on the old SKUs can remain there and can renew them and add additional user licenses, so rest easy if you don't like (fabulous) change.
    3. EPM Standard Cloud allows you to create one application from one of the following Business Processes:  Planning, Financial Consolidation and Close, Narrative Reporting, and Account Reconciliation
      1. Yes, only one application from any of those Business Processes but still with the 2 (Prod and Test) environments
      2. You can purchase additional Business Processes for a nominal, flat, monthly fee
      3. Planning includes the Modules (i.e. Financials, Workforce, Capital, Projects, & Strategic Modeling) PLUS one custom Hybrid BSO cube and one custom reporting (ASO) cube.
      4. Yes, I did say write Hybrid BSO.  (more on this later)
      5. EPM Standard is aligning more correctly to a SaaS model in the Cloud and there are some premium features and customization options that are not available in the Business Processes (e.g. creating/modifying Groovy in Planning, no Transaction Matching in Account Reconciliation, etc.) in EPM Standard Cloud.
      6. Notice we aren't calling the Business Processes by their former names (e.g. PBCS and EPBCS are now just "Planning", FCCS is now "Financial Consolidation & Close," EPRCS is now "Narrative Reporting," etc.).  These old names are not independent products now as you purchase EPM Cloud not individual services.
    4. EPM Enterprise Cloud includes all Business Processes (i.e. same as EPM Standard PLUS Tax Reporting, Profitability, and Enterprise Data Management*
      1. You can create as MANY applications of EACH Business Process as you need.
      2. Yes, if you want 10 Planning, 2 Financial Consolidation & Close, 3 Tax Reporting, 5 Narrative Reporting, 2 Account Reconciliation, and 4 Profitability applications... no issues.  Go for it... all included in the pricing for EPM Enterprise Cloud
      3. What, six months later you realize you need 5 more Planning and 2 more Narrative Reporting?  Contact us and we'll give them to you... all still included in the base price of EPM Enterprise Cloud. 
      4. Want Disaster Recovery environments... they are also included with same terms and conditions as the additional, old SKU for this service.  You want them... you got them.
      5. All advanced/premium features are included in the EPM Enterprise Cloud product.  For example, create and customize Groovy rules, advanced consolidations, transaction matching, disclosure management, Intelligent Performance Management, etc.
      6. Since this is a "Planning" forum (note the name of the forum is no longer "Planning and Budgeting), I'll focus on the Planning Business Process and defer to the other forums for their great news (otherwise, I'd be here all day - and I just missed the start of a call since I was so focused on writing this post!).
      7. With EPM Enterprise Cloud, the Planning Business Process supports 3 application types:
        1. Custom:  6 custom Hybrid BSO cube AND 6 custom Reporting (ASO) cubes are available for your planning pleasure
        2. Free Form:  Import an Essbase outline file (*.otl) and use Planning for forms, rules, security, etc.  Yes, I really did write that you can directly import an .otl file and it does NOT need any of the standard, required Planning dimensions.  You don't have Account, Entity, Version, Scenario, Version, etc.... no problem.  You have a Measures dimension and combined Period and Year in one dimension, no problem.  Enjoy!
        3. Modules:  enable the 5 modules and/or use the 3 custom Hybrid BSO cubes or 4 custom reporting (ASO) cubes.  Basically, the same exact set up as EPBCS but with Hybrid BSO enabled for all of the input (old BSO) cubes.
        4. Since EPM Enterprise Cloud allows you to create as many Planning applications as you want, you can have 5 Custom, 50 Modules, and 30 Free Form.  Again, have fun and enjoy your EPM Cloud freedom!
      8. EPM Enterprise Cloud has 2 pricing options;
        1. Hosted Named User (HNU) same as old way but not on an application-basis since you are buying EPM Cloud with as many Business Processes as you need.
        2. Hosted Employee Metric - this is for larger companies that don't want to pay on a HNU basis and want to be able to add any Employee to any Business Process at any time
        3. * The asterisk on Enterprise Data Management relates to these 2 pricing options.  With the HNU option, there is a limit of 5,000 records but is unlimited with the Hosted Employee Metric.
    5. Refer to cloud.Oracle.com for more information on the new, simplified EPM Cloud offering
    6. Something tells me this new offering will generate a lot of excitement and responses!

    Okay, that is the big news, now on to the rest of What's New:

    1. Wait... I mentioned Hybrid BSO and you aren't on the new product yet but still want it... you got it.  If you want to enable Hybrid BSO in your existing EPBCS environment, please log a Support Request AFTER 19.06 is applied to your Test environment this week/weekend, take a full LCM Backup and download it locally.  We will update the environment to leverage the new feature but it will blow away the existing application, which is why you need to have a full LCM Backup but this Backup MUST be a 19.06 LCM.  Earlier versions of LCM will NOT import back into 19.06 with Hybrid BSO enabled.  Once we inform you that the environment has been updated with Hybrid, you can import your 19.06 Backup and go to Application\Overview\Actions\Enable Hybrid.  Voila... you now have Hybrid BSO enabled for your input cubes!
    2. There are 13 new Videos available this month (e.g. Tour of EPM Cloud, Customizing Actions to Improve Performance Using Groovy Templates, a bunch on Groovy Rules such as Validating Data Entry Values, Adding Dimension Members, etc.  I think we need to check the caffeine levels of the Video team this month.
    3. Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol 1.2 Support for outbound EPM cloud emails
    4. As announced last month, EPM Cloud only supports TLC protocol 1.2.  We discontinued support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1.  Apparently, some of you didn't take my "Sleep well" comment last month to heart or else we wouldn't be repeating this notification.  Relax, we're in good hands with TLS 1.2 only.  :-)
    5. A new version of EPM Automate is available (probably next week) with mergeDataSlices and restructureCube new commands.  Merge all incremental data slices in ASO cubes to improve a cube's performance and, optionally, remove cells that have a value of zero.  Schedule dense restructures for BSO cubes to eliminate or reduce fragmentation.  Restructuring also removes empty blocks and will not push any changes from the application to the cube.  It is not a database Refresh just a restructure, which is very important to schedule for performance purposes.
    6. I like this one... there is now an EPM Automate script to maintain your archived LCM Snapshots.  As you know, we only support LCM import from one version in arrears.  For example, you can only import 19.05 LCM into 19.06 but you can't import 18.10 or 19.04 into 19.06, etc.  For auditing purposes, some customers need to restore an old LCM.  This new EPM Automate script will automatically update your snapshots to maintain an up-to-date library of snapshots. 
    7. In conjunction with the new EPM Standard Cloud and EPM Enterprise Cloud products, all EPM Cloud Service instance URLs will use "epmcloud" as the context for accessing environments.  Existing customers may continue using the current URLs or update them with this new application context.  For example, the /HyperionPlanning can be replaced with /epmcloud.  This is more for the FCCS URLs that used to still have the /HyperionPlanning reference.
    8. We now have Smart View for Office for MacOS and browser-based deployment of Microsoft Excel.  The initial release includes:
      1. Ad Hoc analysis operations such as:  Zoom, Pivot, Keep/Remove Only, as well as Submit, Range Operations, Analyze/Free Form, and Formula Preservation
      2. Form operations such as:  Form Open and Refresh, Submit from Forms, Expand/Collapse, Supporting Details, Mass Allocate, Job Console, Copy Version, Business Rules, and Analyze
      3. Options and Styles
      4. Member Selection and POV
      5. Drill Through
    9. The REST APIs have been updated to allow you to now override some of the job parameters when importing or exporting data and metadata.  Also, when you import security with REST APIs, you can now use a CSV file for import (this is HUGE - think old secfile.txt), and you can clear existing access permissions when importing new access permissions.
    10. As I have been warning, we have now implemented the Faster Daily Maintenance option relative to Smart List data extracts/backup.  The default value of "Export Planning Smart List textual data during daily maintenance for incremental data import" application setting has been changed to "No."  The previous default setting (Yes)  impacts the performance of the daily maintenance process by also exporting text data associated with Smart Lists.  The exporting of text data during daily maintenance is required only if you plan to sue the daily maintenance snapshot to perform incremental or selective data imports.  Because this is not a common customer scenario, Oracle will not, by default, include Smart List text data in the maintenance snapshot.  Note, with this new, default setting of "No," you can still take a full LCM import to include all of your textual data associated with Smart Lists.  The only limitation with this daily maintenance snapshot is you can't just load the data or pieces of the data from it.  Please refer to my previous post, To Speed up AMW (Daily Maintenance) or Not, with more information on this topic.
    11. New Connection Type and Advanced Options for External Connections now allow Service Administrators the ability to create connections to external Web services and specify optional query or header parameters while defining external connections.  These connections can be referenced or used in a Groovy script to create a communications link between the Groovy script and the external Web resource.  Groovy Geek antennae are up!
    12. Updates to the Connections interface include grouping all EPM service providers into a single provider called Oracle Enterprise Management Cloud (fits with our big announcement at the top of this post).  On the Connection Details page, based on the URL provided, the Application Type will be automatically identified and displayed.  On the Manage Connections page, the name and description will be grouped together under one column called Name, and the application type and provider will be grouped together under one column called Application.
    13. The Data Export to File option in Data Management (DM) enables you to export data form an EPM application to a data file.  You can use the data file to load data into an ERP application or external system.  The new Data Export to File option provides several enhancements over the existing Custom Application option and will provide performance improvement when using the Simple workflow mode option. 

      Both the Data Export to File option and custom target application options are supported in this release.  Eventually, the Data Export to File option will supersede the custom target application option due to its enhanced functions and capabilities.

      Starting with this release, you can migrate your existing custom target applications to Data Export to File application using a new Upgrade Custom Application script.  The new script is available under the System Maintenance and it can be run for an individual or all scripts.

    14. Use the new Purge All Imported Data script, available in DM, to clear all imported data from your data tables for a selected LOV.  Purging data may increase system performance and enables you to start over when loading data.  Note that there is no backup or utility to recover any purged data when this option is executed.  For this reason, use extreme caution before executing this script.

    15. In the simplified user interface, when running a Financial Reporting (FR) report in HTML preview, you can now select to either show or hide annotations.  This functionality was previously only available when running a report form the Explore Repository.

    16. Improve forecast accuracy using Simulations.  Simulations allow you to perform automated what-if analysis on your Strategic Modeling models, optimizing your decision making. Simulation allows you to assign a range of possible values to inputs that are uncertain and analyze how that uncertainty affects related accounts. You can:

      1. Quickly calculate and review hundreds of possible outcomes and the likelihood they will occur
      2. Analyze best and worst case scenarios
      3. Assess the likelihood of meeting target goals
      4. See how key uncertain inputs affect your bottom line
    1. You can integrate data between models in Strategic Modeling and income statements in Financials using the provided template and data maps.  Both Strategic Modeling and Financials must be enabled.  Income Statement must be enabled in Financials.

      Create the Strategic Modeling model from the provided Financial template. When you create the model, two data maps are created:

      • <Model_Name>_SMtoPLDatamap pushes data from Strategic Modeling to the Target version in Financials.
      • <Model_Name>_PLtoSMDatamap pushes data from the Working version in Financials to Strategic Modeling.

    The data maps' detailed mappings are automatically populated between the dimension members in Strategic Modeling and in Financials.

    Upcoming Changes:

    1. In a future update, there will be a revised interface with enhanced navigation and a new theme called Sky Blue (in line Fusion Cloud Applications)
    2. Removal of instance name from predefined role names.  Currently, the predefined role names displayed in the Access Control screens of EPM Cloud environments prefix the instance name to the role name in INSTANCE_NAME ROLE_NAME format. They are also stored in this format in the snapshots making it difficult to migrate snapshots from one instance to another.

      To facilitate the migration of security across EPM Cloud environments, Oracle plans to rename predefined role names displayed within EPM Cloud applications by removing the instance name prefix in the August update. For example, if the instance name is Planning1, predefined role names are Planning1 Service Administrator, Planning1 Power User, Planning1 User and Planning1 Viewer. The new role names will be Service Administrator, Power User, User, and Viewer.

      NOTE: This change does not affect how the role names are displayed in the MyServices customer portal.

      This change will affect customers who use the predefined roles for managing application-level provisioning and access to artifacts; you will need to reassign such assignments using the updated role name after the roles are renamed. This change makes it easy to migrate EPM Cloud artifacts across environments.

      Additionally, all predefined role names; Domain Administrator, Service Administrator, Power User, User, and Viewer will be treated as EPM Cloud keywords, which should not be used in the name of any custom artifacts that you create; for example, group name in Access Control. If you have any group with these keywords, rename them before this change comes into effect.

      This change is being implemented to address customer feedback. If you have any concerns about this change, please contact Oracle Support.

    3. Starting with the July updated (release 19.07), Service Administrators will be able to specify the content update start time for all Oracle EPBCS and SWPCS environments. Content update propagates the changes introduced to out-of-the-box functionality during the daily maintenance of an environment.Currently, content update start time modification is supported only for new Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting and Oracle Strategic Workforce Planning subscriptions that were provisioned after March 16, 2018. For Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud and Strategic Workforce Planning subscriptions that were provisioned prior to March 16, 2018, content update is performed immediately after completing daily maintenance.

    4. Classic Dimension Editor is eventually going away at some point in 2019. Please begin using the Simplified Dimension Editor to familiarize yourself with it and log any enhancement requests needed.

    Okay, once again, there is a lot going on with this release.  June is the start of Oracle's fiscal year, so the new pricing and EPM Standard Cloud and EPM Enterprise Cloud offerings align with our new fiscal year.

    Let me know what you think of all these new features.

    Happy Planning.

    Comment

    • Anthony Manfredi

      WOW!

    • Marta Rauch

      Lots of great features!

    • Anthony Dodds

      Hi Mark

      Big list. One question...

      So are you saying that Planning Standard Cloud now forces you to use the Modules except the 1 BSO cube?? So if a customer doesnt want to use the modules and wants to be bespoke - their entry price into the cloud is the Enterprise Option?

      Thanks

      Anthony

      • Mark Rinaldi

        So for net-new customers who purchase EPM Standard Cloud, the Planning Business Process will include the 5 modules and 1 custom Hybrid BSO and 1 custom reporting (ASO) cube.  We don't force them to use the modules, so they don't have to enable them and they'll have the custom cube to do as they wish.

        We feel strongly that the modules provide best practices with built-in configurability to meet customers' needs.  If a customer needs more than 1 custom Hybrid BSO and 1 custom ASO cube, then they could consider adding another Business Process for the flat monthly rate or consider EPM Enterprise Cloud.

        • Anthony Dodds
          Thanks Mark I think the problem comes with customers who want to upgrade from on premise to cloud. A customer who is using 3 BSO plan types today who don't map in any way to the modules, it makes moving to the cloud an expensive option. Not saying there won't be people that won't want to use the modules, but reality is they have existing good models already, adopting the modules is likely to be a too big a change in process adoption and also integration to other systems.
    • Anthony Dodds
      PS. Not saying the Enterprise license isn't good value. It's great value for what you get. But it's more about the price point for a customer that doesn't want all that extra stuff (there are still customers that just want a good Planning product).
      • Mark Rinaldi

        We think the "Smaller" customers can still leverage the modules but the use case for smaller custom work is typically only 1 cube.  That's why we still offer the one custom input cube and one custom reporting cube with EPM Standard Cloud.

    • Luis Autrique

      Mark,

      Wow! That's an impressive set of updates/improvements.

      EPM Standard Cloud allows you to create one application from any of the following Business Processes:  Planning, Financial Consolidation and Close, Narrative Reporting, and Account Reconciliation

      That means one Planning app, one FCCS app, One ARCs, right? Or you have to chose just one?

      Thanks in advance,

       

      Luis

      • Mark Rinaldi

        For EPM Standard Cloud, you have to choose one.  So only 1 Planning or 1 Financial Consol or 1 Narrative Reporting or 1 Account Reconciliation.  If you need another one or more you can add those for the flat, monthly fee (not based on HNU).  Or, I haven't done the math or the breakpoint, but at some point buying additional Business Processes would be better served to purchase EPM Enterprise Cloud.

    • Mark Rinaldi

      Another note about both EPM Standard Cloud and EPM Enterprise Cloud, the 150GB storage limit is removed.

    • Mark Rinaldi

      Another advantage to the EPM Enterprise Cloud... you can create Workforce in a separate application to control Admin access that might be different for the other Modules, all included in the same price.

      • Anthony Dodds
        No doubt - for larger customers and enterprise ones looking for cross EPM requirements. It's very good.
      • Matt Treml

        Does this mean at some point in the near future we may see smartpushes between instances? Otherwise in this use case you'd be moving files between instances. 

      • Dishant Dalal

        Hi- 

        Is there some documentation you can point me to regarding this. Just wondering how data can move between modules if they are in different applications(Instances). As we discussed on a call, this is one of the major challenges we have at Southern. We will be implementing Planning for the entire enterprise and would like to explore this functionality, if Cube specific security is not on Oracle's Roadmap for the near future. 

        • Mark Rinaldi

          Hi Dishant,

          The cross pod/application Data Map/Smart Push, Safe Harbor, is on our near-term roadmap.  Data Management is still the current, recommended method to move data across pods/applications and can be automated.  Keep an eye on these "What's New" posts in the near term for the announcement of when the feature may be available.  :-)

          Thanks.

    • Arun Raj

      Love the features.

      Excited about the following:

      EPM Automate script to maintain your archived LCM Snapshots

      This is awesome!! Shouldn't it be "HEADERS" instead of "DEADER" laugh

      New Connection Type and Advanced Options for External Connections now allow Service Administrators the ability to
      create connections to external Web services and specify optional query or deader parameters while defining external connections.  
      These connections can be referenced or used in a Groovy script to create a communications link between the Groovy script and the external Web resource.  
      Groovy Geek antennae are up!

      Interested to know if we can nvoke a BI Report using the Web Service?

      Thanks,
      Arun

      • Mark Rinaldi

        Good catch on the "Deader" typo... my bad... corrected.

        Agree with the EPM Automate script to update archived LCM Snapshots. 

        As for the Web service, we're stretching my technical knowledge but if it is a Web service, we should be able to connect to it.

        • Arun Raj

          Thanks Mark. I will be sure to try out invoking the BI WS from Groovy :-D

          Have a great weekend.

          Regards,
          Arun

    • Jash Joshi
      So, In the standard cloud, even if you have EPBCS modules enabled, you will not get groovy. You will have to get the Enterprise license to get that. Thank You. Regards, Jash Joshi
      • Mark Rinaldi

        All of our pre-delivered Groovy content will be available in EPM Standard Cloud for any enabled Modules.  In EPM Standard Cloud, we are expecting more of a true SaaS usage with reduced modifications.  As such, EPM Standard Cloud does not support creating or modifying Groovy Rules or Templates. 

        EPM Enterprise Cloud supports the creation and modification of Groovy Rules or Templates in all 3 of the application types (i.e. Custom, Free Form, and Modules).  So, for those that have been asking for "PBCS" to support Groovy, EPM Enterprise Cloud provides this feature.

    • srinivas bobbala

      Hello Mark!
      The Data Export to File option in Data Management (DM) enables you to export data form an EPM application to a data file.  You can use the data file to load data into an ERP application or external system.  The new Data Export to File option provides several enhancements over the existing Custom Application option and will provide performance improvement when using the Simple workflow mode option. 

      Both the Data Export to File option and custom target application options are supported in this release.  Eventually, the Data Export to File option will supersede the custom target application option due to its enhanced functions and capabilities.

      This is going to add more capability in the downstream integrations. I am impressed with this.

      • Mark Rinaldi

        I'm glad you found something you like in 19.06.  There certainly is a lot to choose from!

      • Jash Joshi
        What can be the cases where one will require to upload a file from Planning
        to ERP?
        
        • srinivas bobbala

          One classic example is budget upload into ERP for the purpose of budgetary control. 

          And, we need budget and analytic data from EPM applications to Datamarts to feed the BI Applications.

    • Jash Joshi
      In the enterprise version if we create more than one planning application
      than an instance for each planning application will be different? Also,
      Sales Planning and Strategic Workforce will still be an individual product
      and not part of these bundles?
      
      • Mark Rinaldi

        Not sure I follow your question about creating more than one Planning application (now known as a Business Process).... if you create 2 then you be able to access them from a common landing page and leverage the Integrated Business Process to link clusters, cards, forms in the desired Navigation Flows.

        Sales Planning Cloud is still sold by the CX team and Strategic Workforce Planning Cloud is still sold by the HCM team and remain separate products exclusive of the EPM Standard Cloud and EPM Enterprise Cloud.  That being said, they still share the same DNA, so it is very easy to connect them via Integrated Business Process.

    • David Ambler

      Thanks for the update Mark,

      When you mentioned "Existing customers on the old SKUs can remain there and can renew them and add additional purchases, so rest easy if you don't like (fabulous) change."

      My understanding of this statement is that an existing PBCS customer can remain on this when renewing (or purchasing additional licenses) - and they will not be forced to migrate to either Standard or Enterprise Cloud. Is this the correct as I have heard that this is not the case and will have to migrate to the new SKU's?

      Cheers

      David

      • Mark Rinaldi

        Your understanding is correct.  Existing customers do NOT have to migrate to the new SKUs.  As I mentioned in the post, "Rest easy!"  Where did you hear that they will be forced to migrate?  We need to dispel that notion or competitive FUD from nosy neighbors reacting to our news.

        However, there is a lot (a really, really, really lot) of value with the new SKUs, so don't be shy.  :-)

    • Joel Bittick

      Mark, appreciate these updates.   Certainly large steps forward.  With the Standard bundle, if we have a client using Planning that also wants to turn on Narrative Reporting at a later date, is there any additional cost to do so?

      • Mark Rinaldi

        Hi Joel,

        Yes, EPM Standard Cloud only includes 1 Business Process from the 4 available at the base price per Hosted Named User (HNU).  If you want to add another Business Process, it is a flat rate of $2,500/month for the additional environments.

        See you at KScope?

        • Joel Bittick

          Absolutely will see you in Seattle!  Thanks for the quick reply.

          That $2500/month for an additional Business Process (BP) is equivalent to another 10 users at List Price or really.....equivalent to the Enterprise Bundle at $500/month/user.

          So really, if you want 2 business processes, you need to get the Enterprise Bundle.  Might be a shock to the system for a client with requirements for 2 BP's (in the old SKU file at $120 (PBCS) + $120 (Narrative Reporting) to know the now have to spend $500 for the same.  Please tell me I'm misunderstanding. :)

          • Mark Rinaldi

            Remember, EPM Enterprise Cloud has a 25 user minimum compared to the 10 user minimum for EPM Standard Cloud.  If you go purely on list prices and minimum users, the breakpoint is 4 additional Business Processes (5 total) on EPM Standard Cloud with 10 users equals EPM Entrprise Cloud with 25 users.

            EPM Standard Cloud ($250 * 10 Users) + (4 Addt BPs * $2,500) = $12,500/month

            EPM Enterprise Cloud ($500 * 25 Users) + (0) = $12,500/month

            For equal money, you would surely go with EPM Enterprise for the significant, additional value and access to additional Business Processes like Tax Reporting, Profitability & Cost Management, EDM, etc.

            Your example isn't apples-to-apples as EPM Standard Cloud comes with all the Planning Modules, no 150GB storage limit, and Hybrid BSO.  Also, if you go with EPM Enterprise Cloud, you are set for all your EPM needs at the same price point.  You can add any of the Business Processes over time, as you need them.  In your example, you only have the 2 albeit at a lower list price but a la carte instead off all-you-can-eat.  No one should be thinking about the old products but, instead, think about EPM Cloud as a full-featured solution.

    • Joel Bittick

      Mark, you're a trooper hanging this late talking EPM pricing with me.   If a client bought 10 users of Standard Cloud, used the 1 BP of Planning (which compared to the old is EPBCS with the Hybrid BSO Cube) and wanted to add Narrative Reporting (1 additional BP) in a year for 50 people, is the $2500/month regardless of user count?  And would the client be required to increased total users from 10 to 50 for the Bundle? 

      We can pick this up in the am.  Perhaps we can discuss further by phone.  

      Appreciate you.

    • Irina Feldesh, CPA, CGA

      Hi Mark,

      If we are currently on EPBCS, my understanding is that we can do an SR to get the new Hybrid BSO cubes. What about the other features mentioned such as:

      Free Form:  Import an Essbase outline file (*.otl) and use Planning for forms, rules, security, etc.  Yes, I really did write that you can directly import an .otl file and it does NOT need any of the standard, required Planning dimensions.  You don't have Account, Entity, Version, Scenario, Version, etc.... no problem.  You have a Measures dimension and combined Period and Year in one dimension, no problem.

       

      Additionally, for current EPBCS customers are there any differences between the functionality/application we have and what is possible in the Planning business process available as part of the new EPM Cloud Enterprise subscription?

       

      Thanks,
      Irina

      • Mark Rinaldi

        Hi Irina,

        Hybrid BSO is available to customers on the old, EPBCS SKU via the SR process, as you mention.  It is the default for ALL Planning Business Process Types (AKA applications) in the new EPM Standard Cloud and EPM Enterprise Cloud SKUs for the input cubes as we still have and support ASO, as well.

        Free Form is a Planning Business Process Type in the EPM Enterprise Cloud product only.  So, in order to leverage Free Form, you will need EPM Enterprise Cloud.

        Regarding your last question, EPBCS aligns with the EPM Enterprise Cloud Planning Business Process Type = Modules.  "Modules" matches functionality with EPBCS exactly plus default to Hybrid BSO.  There is no difference in functionality.  Safe Harbor applies but any feature we add to "Modules" in EPM Enterprise Cloud will also be added to EPBCS existing customers.  For example, if I enhance Workforce to support configuration of the default drivers, that enhancement would be available in EPBCS and EPM Cloud.