OAC: specifying the Connection string within rpd model

The following is a step-by-step guide to determine the Connection string for Oracle Analytics Cloud and Oracle Database Cloud.

When logging into your Oracle Cloud Service using your identity Domain, a similar page is being displayed:

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Click on the Action Menu of the Database Cloud Service and select “Open Service Console”.

This Page shows details about your Cloud Services such as OCPUs, Storage or Memory:

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click on the Database Service Name to get to the Details Page:

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This reveals the Public IP of the Oracle Cloud Database and the required Service Name.

Within the Oracle BI Administration Tool, the connection string needs to be created in the Data Source Name Field:

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Using the following format:

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(
DESCRIPTION=
(ADDRESS=
(PROTOCOL=tcp)
(HOST=xxx)
(PORT=1521)

)
(CONNECT_DATA=(SERVICE_NAME=PDB1.xxx.oraclecloud.xxx))

)

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After modelling the data and saving the .rpd File, the Model can be uploaded to the OAC Cloud:

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Essbase in OAC and Oracle EPM (SaaS) Cloud

The first offerings from Oracle for EPM within the Cloud have been the SaaS Subscriptions for:

  • FCCS (Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud)
  • TRCS (Tax Reporting Cloud)
  • ARCS (Account Reconciliation Cloud)
  • EPBCS (Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service)

Since March 2017, Oracle also Offers a PaaS Cloud Service with Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) which can complement the SaaS Cloud Offering, since it provides a Essbase in the Cloud Service (EssCS).

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The main purpose of OAC is to provide BI as-well as Essbase (EssCS), within a single Cloud Offering (since Essbase was not available with BICS) for Reporting purposes. It is also supported to migrate on-Premise Essbase cubes into EssCS.

Within EPBCS, Essbase (technology) is also used for Planning purposes. To provide these Planning capabilities, EPBCS not only consists of Essbase cubes, but also relational tables and UI Templates for the Business User to enter the planning data. Since, EPBCS is a SaaS service, the underlying Essbase Cube is not accessible directly and can only be accessed with certain exposed interfaces, whereas the Essbase Cubes from EssCS of OAC is completely accessible, since it is a PaaS service on dedicated instance for a particular customer.
Former Hyperion Planning Applications should be migrated into EPBCS, since this is the equivalent Cloud offering for Planning.

For Reporting purposes of Planning cubes, these can be migrated from EPBCS to EssCS of OAC using EPM automate for extraction and importing via the CLI (Command Line interface). The EPM (SaaS) Cloud also offers a Reporting Cloud Service with EPRCS with a focus on narrative Reporting and XBLR Reports for external stakeholders. EPRCS can source data from EPBCS, FCCS, TRCS, ARCS as well as EssCS.

Accessing data in Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud for Analytics

The following diagram shows the high-level options to access data within Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) Cloud for Analytical purposes:

Please note: that this diagram is of April 2018 and may not apply in full in future.

For more details on how to connect to Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) Cloud using Visual Analyzer (VA) and DV Desktop (DVD), please reference the previous article.

The details for connecting to FA using ODI (with BI Applications) or BI Data-sync will be described in future articles.

Connecting to Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) Cloud using Visual Analyzer(VA) and DV Desktop(DVD)

The following Article is written as of April 2018. Since, the Cloud is evolving rapidly, it may not apply in full, in future.

The aim of the Article is to demonstrate the possibilities of connecting to Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) Cloud (via OTBI) without any data extraction (ETL). Thus, only using declarative approaches offered by Visual Analzer (VA) of Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) /  Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) and the downloadable version of VA, the Data Visualization (DV) Desktop (DVD). The following diagram re-iterates the scope of this Article:

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The following Version and respective features are used as baseline for this Article (as available of April 2018)

 

Product Version
Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud / OTBI R13
BICS 18.1.6.0.0
OAC 18.1.3
DVD 12.2.4.2.0

Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) Cloud comes bundled with OTBI, which provides pre-built BI Subject Areas to access the data stored in FA:

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However, OTBI does have some limitations when it comes to extensibility (no access to metadata model) and adding of additional data sources (limited to data connection of respective FA instance).

The Oracle Cloud offering for “stand-alone” analytics are BICS (and in the future OAC). Hence, there maybe the need to connect from BICS/OAC to Fusion Applications. This is possible by two general Options:

This Article only focuses on the latter three options (declaring the connection details without any data movement).

Connecting from DV Desktop to Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) via OTBI

DV Desktop represents a offline Version of Visual Analyzer and can be downloaded from OTN. Once  installed, it can be used to create a Connection to Oracle Fusion Applictions from the top right create Menu:

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One of the Options from the “select connection type” list is “Oracle Application”:

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This “Oracle Application” is the reference to Oracle Fusion Application’s Cloud via the OTBI URL !

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It will not work with only the Oracle Fusion Application Cloud URL e.g. https://<IdentityDomain>.fs.em3.oraclecloud.com/homePage/faces/FuseWelcome , but only the respective OTBI URL e.g.: https://<IdentityDomain>.fa.em3.oraclecloud.com/analytics

If the URL is entered incorrectly, e.g. when using a trailing “/” it will not save the connection:

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Once the correct OTBI URL, Username and Password are entered and saved, the connection is added to the list of available Data Connections:

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As stated before: These “Oracle Applications” connections will only work with the respective OTBI URL, since the metadata (such as subject areas or Report from Catalog) is retrieved from this URL only. Once the connection is created, the Subject areas are available and the Analysis can be created in DVD:

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Connecting from Visual Analyzer (VA) of BICS to Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) via OTBI

The equivalent of DVD for the web is Visual Analyzer (VA), which is part of OBIEE 12c as-well as BICS (and OAC). The same connection to Fusion Applications Cloud can also be created within VA of BICS. To do this, the VA Projects needs to be selected from the BICS (Classic) Home Page:

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Within VA, click on “Add Connection” under the “Add new Data Source”:

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And choose “Oracle Application” as connection type once again:

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For the web version, the list of available data connections is also much smaller (only Oracle Applications and Oracle Database) compared to DVD. The connection details need to be entered in a similar way for VA e.g. as shown below:

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After the Connection was saved successfully, the Connection can be used to create a Visual Analysis. However, VA of BICS will only provide the possibility to access saved Reports, but not the Subject area’s itself (compared to DVD)!

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Connecting from Visual Analyzer (VA) of OAC to Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) via OTBI

The steps for connecting from VA of OAC to Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) are very similar to VA of BICS. Select VA from the OAC Homepage:

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And create the connection in the same way. After successfully creation of the connection, it is listed as Connection in the Data list:

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VA of OAC is not limited to create Analysis on predefined Reports (compared with VA of BICS). It is also possible to create an Analysis based on the subject area (similar to DVD):

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The screenshot shows, the data preview from the Subject areas:

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Important for Reports and Dashboards

(as of April 2018) The possibility of connecting from BICS/OAC to Oracle Fusion Applications (FA) Cloud is only available with VA. This is not (yet) available for Reports and Dashboards:

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For Reports and Dashboards only a Database Connection can be added, but not a Oracle Applications connection.

Conclusion

  • Oracle Oracle Applications connection Type refers to the OTBI URL of Oracle FA
  • The possibility of connecting from BICS/OAC to Oracle FA is limited to VA
  • VA can be used to connect to OTBI, but cannot be used to connect to the underlying database
  • VA (via DVCS) can be used to connect to OBIEE .

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New Features of Oracle Analytics Cloud

The new features of the Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) are listed at the following site:

https://docs.oracle.com/en/cloud/paas/analytics-cloud/acswn/index.html#ACSWN-GUID-CFF90F44-BCEB-49EE-B40B-8D040F02D476

These include enhancements such as, public storage container for data visualizations, enhanced delivers functionality (similar to OBIEE), Oracle Identity Cloud Service integration, Migrate content from Oracle BI Enterprise Edition 11g/12c, Smart View.

BI Publisher now available with OAC

Until today, Oracle BI Publisher was only available as a (SaaS) bundle with Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud and OTBI, see also a previous Article. However, with Oracle Analytics Cloud, Oracle BI Publisher is now also available as a “first degree” Platform Cloud Service (PaaS) giving more flexibility especially in terms of Data Sources. This allows to create highly formatted Reports/Documents such as Invoices, Purchase Orders, Dunning Letters without the context of Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud.

See the full announcement here.