Best of the EPM Blogs

Rather than highlight individual blog posts, this edition of the Best of the EPM Blogs is going to take a thematic approach. Sometimes an issue, problem, or feature can be addressed in a single blog post. There are also topics that are so big they simply cannot be handled in one post. Look below for this kind of work and consider what this means: a tremendous amount of knowledge freely shared, a tremendous learning opportunity for you, and quite possibly a tremendous amount of obsession on the part of the writers. Salut!

John Goodwin

John Goodwin covers the patchset as only he can. I have actually seen a picture of the elusive John (John, how much begging do I have to do to get you to Kscope? Your fan base awaits.), so I am no longer convinced he is, in fact, a swarm of super-smart killer robots from the future. Unless, of course, the picture is just a ruse to fool us naïve humans.

The basics behind the patch and where to get it:

The new Vision Planning demo app:

The Finnish Hyperion Guy aka Henri Vilminko

I have an unnatural affinity for the Finns, I think mostly because I am a huge Sibelius fan. But my bias towards the composer of Finlandia has nothing to do with the excellent work that Henri Vilminko does. He, too, covered, but what I like about Henri’s blog is how he consistently follows the patching madness that is sometimes our EPM world. Henri is always the first non-Oracle site I turn to when there is a new patch. Here is but a sample:

Summer 2013 patch set:

FDMEE first patch:

Announcement of Smart View

11.1.2.x EPM Oracle Premier Support extension:


December patch o’rama:

Essbase release:

EPM release:

EPM patch notes:


Glenn Schwartzberg

Glenn is (in)famously my older-brother-who-really-isn’t-and-doesn’t-want-to-be, but what I write is not influenced by imaginary familial relations. Instead, Glenn has covered Smart View functionality more than just about anyone. I recently had to put together some Smart View demos for a training class and found myself coming back again and again to Glenn’s blog. You should, too.

Smart View and Studio drill-through:

The weirdness of Smart View member display options:

Undocumented change to Smart View

Nicholas King

I don’t know Nicholas (Nick?) at all, but I have found that he has a humorous (surely humor in the face of seemingly capricious and viscous EPM bugs is the only sane way to live) take on EPM errors. Nick (do you see how we are now simpatico?) really digs into the issues and comes up with solutions. I have enough problems in my life; it is nice to see a few of them resolved.

Rather than give you specific examples, I will use the power of these new-fangled computers and use his blog’s categorization functionality.





I encourage you to read this blog. Mr. King (we are back to formality here) is sharing a lot of very valuable information.

Sarah Zumbrum

Sarah has a newish blog. Her personal obsession seems to be working with EPMA. As someone who has been down that path a few times, I can sympathize. EPMA is an extremely powerful tool that can easily go all wrong if one doesn’t approach it in the right way. Read Sarah’s blog for insight on how to actually use this tool with a variety of EPM targets.

Sarah’s brush with EPMA-sourced insanity:

ASO EPMA deploy issues, part I:

ASO EPMA deploy issues, part II:

EPMA batch script:

Yet another EPMA deploy error:

Tim German

Tim’s blog is an exception to this thematic review. I include it because it is so good. Really good. Good as in “I wish I was half that smart and a quarter that dedicated.” Yes, that good.

Tim has only written two blog posts thus far, but they have footnotes. These really aren’t blog posts; they’re more like very learned white papers. In case you cannot tell, I am huge fan of what he has done, and I have high hopes for his future work. Tim, the gauntlet has been thrown down!

How, exactly, does BSO block density get valued?

Web-launched EAS console with the right Java version:

Yr. obdnt. srvnt.

Yes, finally it’s the idiot writer’s turn to plug his work, but I do, in fact, think I have pretty comprehensively covered Hybrid Essbase, which I believe to simply be the biggest thing to happen to Essbase since ASO. Yes, that big. Of course, because it is a new tool, it has a lovely admixture of pain and pleasure.

Hybrid Essbase has arrived:

Getting started with Hybrid Essbase: patch pain:

Hybrid Essbase limitations:

Happy reading

I think you have enough content above to while away a few afternoons, evenings, or entire weeks. It is sometimes more than a little amazing to reflect how freely and openly valuable information is shared today. For those of you in the business long enough to remember how this worked before the World Wide Wobbly Web, you will reflect that it simply didn’t happen except at user conferences.

Speaking of which, there is this little-known Oracle user group conference called ODTUG Kscope14, and it is coming up fast. If you like the content you see above, most, if not all (except, sob, John Goodwin) will be at Kscope14. Blogs are fantastic ways of sharing information, but nothing, and I mean nothing, beats a live, in-person session. I suspect if you buy the above bloggers a beverage of their choice, you can probably chew the fat with them, too. What a deal, what a conference, and what an awful lot of work on my sessions I still have to do!

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