I was at Oracle Open World last week and have some notes to share on the upcoming EssCS (Essbase Cloud Service) product and on Essbase in general.
EssCS will be Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) product and will be priced on the number of cores and memory. I believe there will be a metered and an unmetered pricing as well (metered meaning pay per cycle or some other usage measure). According to presentations at Open (more...)
I have always liked MDX as it exposes very powerful operations for creating member sets. It has this amazing ability to take a set of members, union it with another set of members, intersect it with yet another set of members, and then exclude members from yet another set. This is very
Recently, I was talking with a customer about some creative uses for MDX and they told me about some cool things they (more...)
As many of you know, I have spent many years helping the Hyperion community in many ways. I have wrote this blog for quite some time, have taken on the OlapUnderground Utilities and provided free support through my company, In other words, I have worked hard to give back to the community and, in return, have had many kind words from people we have helped.
As a result of this spirit of giving back, I (more...)
After 18 months of hard work, Applied OLAP is proud to announce the general availability of the Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System, version 7, and the all-new Dodeca Excel Add-In for Essbase.
The Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System provides customers the ability to automate spreadsheet functionality, reducing the risk of spreadsheet errors while increasing productivity. It combines unprecedented ease-of-use for business users using spreadsheets for planning, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and analysis tasks. It also provides a robust, (more...)
In the last week or so, we placed an updated version of the Next Generation Outline Extractor on our website. This version provides support for some updated Essbase versions, including 18.104.22.168.002, 22.214.171.124.003, and 126.96.36.199.005. More importantly, it addresses a bug where alias names were improperly associated with parent members when using the MaxL extraction source.. This bug was reported to us by a (more...)
One of the features of Dodeca is read-write functionality to SQL databases. We often get questions as to how to write data back to a relational database, so I thought I would post a quick blog entry for our customers to reference.
This example will use a simple table structure in SQL Server though the concepts are the same when using Oracle, DB2, and most other relational databases. The example will use a simple Dodeca (more...)
We recently released an updated version of the Next Generation Outline Extractor. This new version, 188.8.131.527, addresses three issues:
- Fixed an issue where the username and password passed via the command line were improperly logged
- Fixed an issue reading MaxL XML data sources when the alias or UDA contained xml encoded characters such as the ampersand (&) character.
- Updated labels on the Input Source tab of the user interface to clarify their (more...)
Have you ever wanted your users to see an Essbase database outline structure, but had trouble giving them access to Essbase Administrative Services ("EAS") for fear that they may have access to change things they shouldn't change? Maybe you didn't want to give them EAS and have to deal with the version of Java installed on their machine? We have the solution to your problems. After a bit of fits and starts, we have finally (more...)
Today we released a new version of the Next Generation Outline Extractor, version 184.108.40.2069. Here are the release notes from this new version:
Version 220.127.116.119 supports the following Essbase versions:
The issue that has plagued a number of Essbase customers over the years related to running out of available ports has finally been fixed!
This issue, which often manifested itself with errors in the Essbase error 10420xx range, was caused by how the Essbase Java API communicated with the server. In essence, whenever a piece of information was needed, the Essbase Java API grabbed a port from the pool of available ports, did its business, (more...)
It is with a sad heart that bring you the news that, as of Essbase 18.104.22.168, the Essbase VB API is officially dead. I cut my teeth in Essbase working with that API way back in the mid-1990's, but the writing had been on the wall for some time. Microsoft stopped supporting VB years ago, so it was only a matter of time before this time would come. That being said, I (more...)
We had a couple of issues reported with the output of the Next Generation Outline Extractor where the exported file did not work properly as a load file. After some investigation, we found that the file encoding was incorrect. We were encoding the files using the Unicode/UTF-8 format. We chose this encoding so that we could write all characters in all languages, but we did not consider that UTF-8 is only valid for loading Unicode (more...)
Microsoft recently released it first preview version of their next desktop operating system, Windows 10. In our business, we have seen many large companies just migrate to Windows 7 and the general consensus seems to be that Windows 8 is a 'consumer' operating system. In other words, it will be a while before you have to think about Windows 10, but it is our
business to be thinking about this now. We have the Windows (more...)
Kscope15 abstract submission will close in just a few days and the ODTUG content teams want you
I am sure there are many of you who have never done a presentation at a conference and may not feel comfortable speaking in public. Well, I have a secret for you, despite the fact that I won the Best Speaker Award at Kscope14, I share your discomfort with speaking. What works for me, however, is that I (more...)
I am doing a repeat of my Kscope15 'Best Speaker' award-winning presentation as part of the ODTUG webcast series. Here is the official announcement from ODTUG:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Next Generation Essbase Outline Extractor Tips and Tricks
Tim Tow, Applied OLAP
The Next Generation Outline Extractor is the follow-up to the classic OlapUnderground Essbase Outline Extractor used by thousands of Essbase customers. This session, which was the highest-rated (more...)
Last week, we released Dodeca version 22.214.171.12440 which focuses on some new relational functionality. The major new features in 6.7.1 are:
- Concurrent SQL Query Execution
- Detailed SQL Timed Logging
- Query and Display PDF format
- Ability to Launch Local External Processes from Within Dodeca
Concurrent SQL Query Execution
Dodeca has a built-in SQLPassthroughDataSet object that supports queries to a relational database. The SQLPassthroughDataSet functionality was engineered such that a SQLPassthroughDataSet object (more...)
I will be in Seattle on Thursday, January 9th for the Meet the Oracle ACE Directors Panel. It is at the Sheraton Seattle from 4 - 6 pm and will feature several other ACE Directors including Martin D'Souza, Kellyn Pot'Vin, Tim Gorman, and my longtime friend and collaborator, Cameron Lackpour.
Ever wonder how Smart View stores the information it needs inside an Excel file? I thought I would take a look to see what I could learn. First, I created this simple multi-grid retrieve in Smart View.
Note that the file was saved in the Excel 2007 and higher format (more...)
This past Friday, November 22nd, we completed our work on the newest version of the Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System and made Dodeca 126.96.36.19994 available for download from our website. This blog entry is a sneak peek at some of the new features in version 6.6, as (more...)
If you work in the Essbase, Oracle EPM, or Oracle BI world, *the*
place to be every June is the annual Kscope conference. Registration is open for the next conference, Kscope14, coming next June in Seattle, WA. If you are not currently a full ODTUG member, let me tell you (more...)