Cloud EPM October 2021 Updates

The 21.10 Cloud EPM update has some good stuff, today we’ll highlight the updates we like the most.  These updates will be released to test pods during the October 1st overnight maintenance window, and then to production pods two weeks later.  Since I’m writing this prior to the updates being active, I’m relying on the Oracle document descriptions.  It’s possible that the changes could be different than my initial interpretation.

UPDATES TO THE CLONE ENVIRONMENT SCREEN

Clone Environment has been updated to optionally include data management records.  The 21.09 update added new snapshot export and import tools available in Data Management.  Functionality to clone the Data Management records is now in clone environment making it a more robust option for migrating applications.  Here’s guidance on using Clone Environment.

IMPORTING AND EXPORTING PERIOD MAPPING IN EXCEL

I’m excited for this enhancement.  It’s always been frustrating to add period mappings in Data Management, each one had to be typed in.  I wrote about a way to “hack” an import of mappings, but that won’t be needed going forward.  All period mappings types can be exported/imported using Excel files in Data Integration.  This update will save time and frustration.

SUPPORT FOR CREATING MULTI-CUBE FREEFORM APPS

Here’s the big one, the one that has been hinted at for a while, the one that really takes Planning to a higher level.  Freeform had been limited to one cube per application, meaning you would need multiple instances if you wanted multiple freeform cubes.  This enhancement makes it possible to have 12 freeform cubes in one application.  Check out this post for an overview of freeform.

There are many other enhancements in the 21.10 update, but these are the ones that got me excited.  Especially the freeform change, being able to have up to 12 cubes in one application is a really awesome improvement.  

As always, happy EPM’ng!

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