Hello all, it’s been quite some time since my last post.   I’m going to share some recent things and also talk about Kscope14.   This post is a bit different than my typical keep it technical. We’ll see if I get into trouble from anyone or everyone ;).

What’s been going on with me? At the end of this month it will have been 9 months at Huron – it’s been very busy since joining.   We usually see a slow-down in CY Q4 for EPM work where we can catch up.   For whatever reason: recovering economy, growing practice, great people we’ve not had the luxury to catch our breath.

We have an Exalytics X3-4 implementation we’ve been working on with another partner, Oracle, and HP on – going live soon.

At another client it’s a bigger deployment using the Exalytics T5-8’s – you need all your fingers to count their environments from dev, test, stage, train, reg, and prod to red, yellow, blue, and green.   On an Oracle call we mentioned we had 10 environments and they said, “you have 10 servers”.   No we have about 60 servers which host the 10 environments….was an amusing conversation.

What’s the future hold for the blog:

  • EPM Test Drive III (a bit late)
  • EPM Test Drive IV (hopefully right on time – II was out within 24 hours of 2.2)
  • Performance Testing with JMeter (Essbase MDX to begin with)
  • Playing with WebLogic Enterprise Manager plugins

On to Kscope14.   The title Falling in Seattle is true. Monday night of the conference a sidewalk decided to disagree with me and I received a minor sprain from the spat. This happened to be the same leg I broke a few years ago so it was a bit concerning.   Mike Nader joined me for a 3 hour tour of a local hospital interrupting our crashing of an Oracle client event (Mike I very much appreciated the company – Debb says I should get you a fruit basket or something).

Shout outs to those helping during my time of mobile impairment:

Susan of our marketing team, Jesus one of our planning leads (funny story one of my clients referred to him as a higher power during an email exchange I had while doing the work thing during the conference thing), Reg and Tim of Qubix, Venkat from Canada (thanks for the assist leaving the conference), Cameron who I shamelessly asked for assistance a few mornings and last but not least Natalie for her moral support (she would have been at the hospital however Mike had my back there).

So what about Kscope14 John?   You get all chatty, go off the normal topic, enough on to this Hyperion mastery thing!

Some very cool things coming down the pipe (or pike?).   I tend to think of it as pipe personally vs. a fish or water device.

PS4 or PS4 as the Oracle folks refer to it is coming in Winter. Makes you wonder if they are watching Game of Thrones….(the books are decent up through #3 by the way). My guess is December 15th, 2014.

BI on the Cloud

BI on the cloud looks very intriguing – they’ve build some nice training content that leads you through configuration and setup.   You’ll get 5 GB of DB space (gmail gives me 15 GB of free email by the way and my iPhone is rocking with more flash than that) and it sounds like you will be able to license Oracle DB on the cloud for additional space.   I’m positive on the product and am looking to convince my practice we should sign up for this guy.

Essbase (and Essbase on EXA)

Some very compelling statistics were shown for Essbase both on commodity and Exalytics.

Commodity was shown to be faster than Exalytics on 000 (realize commodity in this context is the exact Oracle Hardware)

On Exalytics with .500 we are now seeing linear increases as the number of threads (cores) are increased for applicable calculations.   We now have the analytic power we were promised – it’s very encouraging how the platform has been steadily improved at a rapid pace.

We also heard mention of a new X designated Exalytics.   Had some conversations on X vs T – my take on that is pick the OS your IT team is most comfortable with Linux for X or Solaris for T.   Both systems perform exceptionally well on


We are going to see EPMA ported to the Unix platforms at some future time – my guess is it doesn’t hit the cloud though (although I could be wrong).   Datasync is going away from EPMA (see FDM EE)


I called this one a few years ago – FDM EE is going to be all things data/metadata for the EPM Suite.   Source adaptors for EPM products will be coming and this will replace the Datasync feature being obsoleted in EPMA.   As an aside — one of my colleagues Leo Bichon has implemented metadata and data on FDM EE from an EBS system and it’s pretty slick. I also finished up a deployment of FDM EE on SAP late last year. I’m becoming quite the fan of Jython as a scripting language too.

Hyperion Financial Management

It’s coming to Unix specifically the Exalytics platform first. We’ve heard this for a while and they really sound confident it will come out in Word is this thing will be pretty fast.   It will be nice to be able to have a full unix stack when this and EPMA hits.

Oracle Data Integrator

One of the few unhappy things I heard about (I was happy about Datasync going away – go Classic) was it appears the Planning and HFM Knowledge Modules are going to no longer be produced staring with ODI 12c.   Apparently not enough companies use these for it to make sense to continue them.   Flat files using either the HFM API or Planning Outline loader.


Some very cool stuff coming to planning. My hat is off to the Planning Product teams (Management and Development) for invigorating the platform.

The Essbase Hybrid engine along with an updated ADF control for grid entry turbocharges Planning.   With the new web grid control the web blows Smart View performance away.   Several grids were demonstrated going up to and over 100,000 cells which rendered in less than 10 seconds without bring the client machine to it’s knees.

A note about Hybrid – this will require one of the following licenses to make use of:

Planning Plus + Essbase Full Use

Planning Plus + BI Foundation Suite

Enterprise Planning Suite (I think since it allows limited use ASO it should also confer the limited use Hybrid) – the Suite license also give you a ton of other products from Planning Modules to HSF to FDM EE.

We also see some cool new web/tablet interfaces (coming in and PS4 rumor says) as well as valid combinations ala PeopleSoft.

Infrastructure Deep Dive

This year Thursday was changed up a bit – I had an early (delayed) flight out so didn’t stick around for the closing ceremony however our (Rob Donahue, Eric Helmer, and myself) 9:00 – 11:00 session was well attended even with it being last day and America and Germany squaring off at the World Cup.

Download the presentation EPM Infrastrucure Deep Dive.

Well that’s all for now and hopefully this makes up for my lack of content over the last year.

John A. Booth