extracting data from Oracle Fusion cloud for Oracle BI Applications with BICC

the data extract from Oracle Fusion cloud is managed by the Fusion BI Cloud Connector (BICC). This console can be access by the following typical URL: https://customername.fa.datacenterregion.oraclecloud.com/biacm/

For the login a dedicated user is recommended e.g. BICC_ADMIN, since this user will be used to create the extract. According to the documentation, this user must be assigned with the following application roles in order  to inherit the required permissions for running the extract:

  • ORA_ASM_APPLICATION_IMPLEMENTATION_ADMIN_ABSTRACT
  • OBIA_EXTRACTTRANSFORMLOAD_RWD

This user is typically created by the Fusion team and given to the BI team. The BI team can validate the assigned roles by logging in to the following url:
https://customername.fa.datacenterregion.oraclecloud.com/cs/

and clicking on the user name in the top right corner. This will list all the assigned application roles to the user:

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After validating the user, the Oracle BI Application modules need to be selected within BICC for extraction. This can be done by clicking on the calender icon of the top right menu and clicking on Global Data Store List.

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This opens the page to enable the Oracle BI Application product offerings / modules within BICC for Fusion cloud extract. The offering must be selected from the drop down list and then be enabled for extract.

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After all required modules have been selected, the modules can be extracted to UCM (this is the bundled file storage of any Fusion Cloud instance and may be used by multiple Fusion modules e.g. the data import to Fusion Cloud itself). The extract can be configured by clicking on Manage Extract Schedules on the top right menu.

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This opens the schedule of extracts pane. A extract job can be created from this pane:

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A new extract can be created by clicking the plus icon on the top pane. This will open a guided workflow, which allows to select the modules which should be extracted. E.g. in an initial project phase you may only choose to extract (run) a single module extract, while you have actived multiple modules. For example the project consists of Financials, Supply Chain, Procurement, but only the Procurement module is scheduled for extract.)

imageThen selecting immediate as recurrence setting the job will be run after saving it.

In case of errors with the extract, the log can be downloaded by clicking the help icon in the top right area of the screen:

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and by clicking download latest log:

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The log file may then provide further insight into any issues with the extract:

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For further reference, please check:

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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))

)

<code>

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

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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 .

Translation of multi-lingual attributes within Oracle Fusion Cloud and OTBI

Oracle Fusion Cloud allows to enable text fields as multi lingual enabled attributes. As part of the batch upload process e.g. from Fusion Product Hub, these enabled attributes can be specified within different languages:

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Within Oracle Fusion Cloud, these attributes are displayed in  the respective Language of the logged in User. These is also true for OTBI. E.g. for US the respective item description is displayed in US:

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If a user logges into OTBI with RUS language, the item description is automatically displayed with RUS description:

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Link

Link to information about business questions and answers for Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence (OTBI) Embedded Analytics Cloud, HCM Subject areas:  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/documentation/otbi-hcm-2225528.html

And for OTBI-E subject areas. The advantage of this is, that it is indeed very similar to Oracle BI Applications (OBIA) and can easily be applied for the same:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/documentation/otbi-e-2247768.htm

Oracle Cloud go lives put in perspective with current Application Landscape

While current Cloud go lives have only a estimated timeline of six Month, these Go-Lives need to be put in perspective with a currently in use on-Premise Application Landscape by a given Company. The below Table tries to list the Clouds advantage over current on-Premise Application Landscape. After the typical six Month Go-live period from start of Development, the Cloud system may not be able to provide the same Functionality, but is already advantageous in other areas like simplicity or cost. Within a typical on-Premise scenario a Customer might needed to perform high level of customization in order to facilitate the business requirements. Going forward this customized functionality may become available within the Cloud as part of the standard coverage and development Roadmap. Below is a summary using certain criteria to compare a On-Premise Application and a new Cloud Application.

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Link

Oracle recently announced that it will enhance the EU Cloud in Germany/Frankfurt with additional services for PaaS and IaaS. This additional services are expected to be available during the second half of the calendar year and are enhancing the current SaaS services which are already available within the EU Cloud in Germany.

This expansion of the Oracle Cloud EU Region in Germany will consist of three high bandwidth/ low latency sites providing the required levels of failure protection and availability. As part of the EU Cloud Region, this will also ensure a single data jurisdiction (together with other sites in the UK and Amsterdam).

The full press release can be found here.

Thoughts on the Cloud, IT Vendors and Enterprises

IT Vendors and Enterprises are in a middle of a generational change, as computing moves from On-Premise (from lots of customer data centers) to a smaller number of “super” Data Centers of IT Vendors: the Cloud.

This means that the IT as an Industry has caught up with other Network services e.g. Water or Electricity Networks where the production happens at the utility and else taps into the Network to consume the service. This allows taking advantage of the Economy of scale, commercialized labor leading to a better service at a lower price.

At the end of this change Enterprises will consume the data and IT from Utility Computing providers where all the complexity of running servers etc. is hidden behind a simple device such as the desktop Browser (similar to other Network providers using a water tap or power socket).

The Cloud provides all three layers: Applications (SaaS), Platform and Infrastructure as a service for consumption and more and more Enterprises are moving from buying on-Premise and Hardware to buying Cloud. This has been pioneered by Amazons.com’s AWS which provided basic computing services like storage and Servers in the beginning.

However, basic computing/storage (excl. Security and Reliability)has become a commodity like electricity. When buying commodities cost is one of the most important decision factors since there is no much differentiation. The major differentiation of Clouds is on the Platform and Application layer where the cost of these services can be looked at two days: the acquisition costs on day 1 or a more complex calculation of the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) which is the cost of owning & running for a certain period of years. E.g. the TCO would also include estimated costs for the required integration of two or more Cloud applications.

A decade of Coexistence and a Unique differentiator for Oracle

For many of the Enterprise customers, the journey to the Cloud is increasingly combining on-Premise and Cloud Solutions and Oracles ability to promote a long term co-existence Strategy is a unique differentiator in the marketplace.

Digital Transformation and the Cloud

Many markets currently see a movement towards digital services offered by Start-ups Companies. While this is not a new shift e.g. eBay for second hand /Used articles, it now also arrives at less elastic markets like the Financial Services. Since this also means a shift of revenue streams, the current market incumbents (like Deutsche Bank) try to react  by introducing Digital Labs within their Company to offer the same kind of service to their customer base.

However, there are a few Pre-requisites for offering good & competitive digital services:

  • Agile culture & development methods
  • Networking capabilities within the markets and required suppliers (digital supply chain)
  • Data-driven decisions

The above pre-requisites are probably best supported by a Cloud solution rather then a on-Premise Solution. For Cloud Applications the customer does not need to take care of all the layers below, since HW, OS, Virtualization etc. are provided as a service. Also the deployment off a new Application version is much faster. Given that most data is now generated by devices or interactions of the User many surrounding entities such as Twitter or Facebook are available from the Cloud via a interface, Channel or Cloud Adapter. This data can also be analysed directly within the Cloud making data-driven decision much easier.

Companies who are reacting quickly to this change and execute this change along their customers might be able to become the new platform in a more and more automated exchange of data between different participating parties.