Last time, in the Wonderful World of Enterprise Data Management Cloud Service (EDMCS), we discussed initial impressions of this exciting new Oracle Cloud product and highlighted some early functionality enhancements.
But do you realize how much functionality has been added to EDMCS since its initial release in January 2018? The short list is impressive:
- Enhanced node alignment/location in side-by-side viewpoint compares
- Exposed REST API operations including dimension imports/exports and request creation/submission
- Enhanced searching across members (name and descriptions) and data objects
- Lifecycle management of data objects
- Incremental imports
- Viewpoint download from selected node
Furthermore, in the areas of REST API and metadata integrations, Tony Scalese, Vice President at Edgewater Ranzal and Oracle ACE, has written several blogs. These posts were written from the perspective of hands-on, real-world experience by working with one of three customers accepted into the Oracle EDMCS Early Adopter program. The blog posts include:
- Case Study of Cloud Data Management, EDMCS, and FDMEE Working Together
- Exploration of the EDMCS REST API
- Troubleshooting Cloud Data Management Metadata Load Errors
In this post, I’d like to highlight another feature that was recently added to EDMCS: enhanced request load files.
Enhanced Request Load Files
In the initial release, EDMCS provides a mechanism to perform bulk updates to EDMCS hierarchies – the Excel request load file. While the feature immediately had some advantages over its distant cousin in Data Relationship Manager (DRM) (action scripts), there were limitations. Primarily, EDMCS would only recognize the first tab or worksheet in an Excel file.
Well that has been fixed! Request load files can now contain multiple worksheets, and EDMCS will recognize all of them (provided the worksheet names match your viewpoint names of course). Additionally, EDMCS will automatically select all valid worksheets to load into EDMCS when loading a request file. This makes it very easy to download viewpoints to Excel and build a request file containing updates for multiple viewpoints to bulk upload at one time.
This also means you need to be careful! Since EDMCS auto-selects any matching worksheet name, if you were not paying attention, you could accidentally load outdated requests from a worksheet. But you can still delete any unwanted request items prior to submitting the request, if you catch them first.
While you could always load multiple request files in a single request since the initial release of EDMCS, this feature is a nice usability and productivity enhancement. It works great for situations such as adding a node to a primary hierarchy/viewpoint and inserting it into an alternate hierarchy/viewpoint, all from the same request.
Conclusion (and a teaser)
While EDMCS is the new kid on the block in the Oracle EPM cloud space, it’s exciting to see how it’s quickly closing the gap with new functionality being added regularly! REST API operations, enhanced request files, and the other enhancements mentioned above show how far EDMCS has come in just 6 months.
But wait, there’s more!
The 18.07 release of EDMCS looks to be a HUGE release chock full of new features, including one I am especially excited for: subscriptions!
Look for more blog posts coming soon to discuss the subscription functionality and utilizing EDMCS for a Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service (PCMCS) implementation.