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OBIEE 12C New Features

New Features in Presentation Services:

Visual Analyzer: A brand new powerful visualization application in


OBIEE Suite. VA provides greater flexibility to Rapidly create rich
analyses through drag-and-drop configuration of new visual grammar.
Using VA we can build the reports from the sources OBIEE
repository and also from external content.
Views Enhancements: New context menu (Right Click) on all
graphs & other views to sort, drill.
New Heat Matrix view type to represent the two-dimensional data.
This is well suited for analyzing large amounts of data and identifying
outliers.
New Data Format properties Scale for % (x 100): Specify
whether to multiply data by a 100 to display it as a percentage when
setting the properties of a column

New Features in BI Server:

Logical Level Sequence Numbers for Time Dimensions for faster time series calculations.
And to improve the query time.
DISPLAY, SORTKEY Syntax Supported in the SQL ORDER BY Expression
Oracle Database FAN & Connection Failover Supported by Oracle BI Server
Generate Fragmented Aggregates in Aggregate Persistence
Following New Command Line utilities are added
o Download Repository
o Upload Repository
o List Connection Pool
o Update Connection Pool
o Rename Application Role
o Delete Application Role
o Rename Users
o Delete Users
o List Repository Variables
o Update Repository Variables

New Features in Administration:

Installation: Much faster and straight forward. And mostly, the configurations & folders
directories are simple and clean.
NO more OPMN, all services including OBI System & Java services are managed by
WebLogic.
Migrating from OBIEE 11g to 12c: We can migrate the Oracle BI 11g metadata to 12c
is a two step process, and is carried out by using the BI Migration Script (migration-
tool.sh). The catalog and WebLogic Security configurations needs to be
reconfigured/migrated like in OBIEE 11g.
BAR (BI Archive file): A new archive format which contains OBIEE Catalog, RPD and
Security packaged in one file. The file will be created in current environment and
imported in Target environment. The BAR file creation process has following options
while creating it.
o export all: To export everything including users and data sources are the
same between two systems.
o export without user folder content: Migrating the Catalog without the
Users Folders.
o export without connection pool credentials: Migrating the upgraded
RPD from one environment to another without connection Pool
information. When Imported the BAR in Target environment, The RPD
will be updated the new changed by not changing the Target System
Connection Pool Information.
o Syntax:
Creating the BAR File from Current Environment:
exportServiceInstance(domainHome, serviceInstanceKey, workDir,
exportDir, applicationName=None, applicationDesc=None,
applicationVersion=None, includeCatalogRuntimeInfo=false,
includeCredentials=None)
Importing the BAR file in Target environment:
importServiceInstance(domainHome, serviceInstanceKey, barfile)

New Features in Security:

BISystemUser and BISystem Removed, No need to have BISystemUser in LDAP. The


system user concept is now deemed virtual and is represented by the credential
oracle.bi.system/system.user, for which the values are securely randomly generated by
the Configuration Assistant.
User GUIDs Removed: user GUIDs have been removed to make administration easier.
GUIDs are replaced with user names. There is no longer any need to refresh GUIDs as
part of lifecycle operations
Database Security Store: Policy & Credential store is configured in database instead of
the file System-jazn & etc.
Easier SSL Configuration: Configuring SSL is much easier than earlier versions.

Overall this is a great release after OBIEE 11g from Oracle. Best version to start exploring and
do great analysis.

S. OBIEE 11G OBIEE 12C


N0
1 There is no testing and validation tool available after Validation tool provided by oracle after
updating 11g upgrading to 12c
2 Unable to build using external content from the front Report can be built by using external
end source as well

3 Heat matrix view is not present Heat matrix view is present


4 Sorting for graphs/pivot table are not Present Sorting added
5 Have to open the view to edit the Properties Able to open properties of view from
Compound layout only
6 Upload RPD through User Interface No more deployment from Enterprise
Manager
7 OPMNP process control is present OPMN is removed
8 Security GUIDs used Security GUIDs removed
9 Complicated Security Socket Layer (SSL) Simplified Security Socket Layer (SSL)
configuration configuration
10 RPD, Catalog, roles are scattered BAR Archive Process used in 12c

1) OBIEE 11.1.1.9 New Features


1. Look and feel
2. New Calculated Measure
3. Saving Columns
4. Searching & Sorting within Subject Areas
5. Layout Previews
a. Skyros
b. SkyrosCloud
c. blafp
d. Fuse
e. FusionFX
6. New Treemap Visualisation
7. Global Variables
8. Horizontal Layout for Radio Button and Check Box Dashboard Prompts
9. Enhancements in Export & Print Options

2) Look and Feel


3) Saved Column Formulas
It allows you to define columns/calculations within Answers and then save them for re-
use in other reports for the same subject area. This avoids the need to always push all re-
usable logic into the the BI Repository (RPD).
To use this feature, simply define your column formula in Answers and use the "Save
Column As" option
you can edit the Column Formula and also the Column Properties from the catalog:
This ultimately means that if the Saved Column is used in a number of reports, you just
need to alter the formula in one place for the reports to be updated.
4) Searching & Sorting within Subject Areas
There is a new option to search inside the subject area when we create an analysis. If we press
the magnifying glass icon in the Subject Areas pane, a search box appears and OBIEE will return
all the objects that contains the text that we entered. We can also use the % wildcard.

In addition there is also the option to order the objects inside the subject area sorting the folders
and the presentation columns inside them. The default value is showing the objects in the way
that are saved in the repository

5) Layout Previews

When you want to preview an analysis in the Results tab, instead of showing immediately
how the analysis will look, OBIEE offers you different Styles to see your analysis. These
feature was also included since the 11.1.1.7.10 version. In case you want to create a custom
style, Oracle recommends to use the new Skyros style as a starting point.
Layout Previews

Skyros
SkyrosCloud
blafp
Fuse
FusionFX

6) Global Variables
In this version we find a new new type of variables: the Global Variables. Global Variables
can be defined in the context of an analysis and can be used in other analysis. Useful to do
some intermediate reusable calculations.
To create a new global variable, select the Edit Formula option for the required column.
When you press the Variable button in the Formula Editor you will see the new Global
option. The Insert Global Variable dialog appears and you can select an existing global
variable to be used in the formula, or you can create a new one. To create a new one you
need to enter a name, type and value. If you want to use an expression like in the example
(Min(Revenue)) as value, the data type should be Text.
To reference a global variable you need to use the fully qualified name including the
context: @{global.variables.variablename}.
Also to manage global variables you should have the Manage Global Variables privilege.
7) Horizontal Layout for Radio Button and Check Box Dashboard Prompts
Radio button and check box dashboards prompts can be showed horizontally. When you create a
new dashboard prompt using check box or radio button under Options, you can select between
horizontal or Vertical Layout appears under Options.
8) Enhancements in Export & Print Options
In this version, you will find more options in the Print and Export Options dialog. You can select if
you want to include charts, images and formatting or to specify column properties like the column
width and to wrap the text in columns.
In summary, these features are simple but quite useful for business users and front-end
developers, and give more flexibility to create better data visualisations.
9) New Treemap Visualisation
10) OBIEE 12C New features
1. New Features in Presentation Services:

Visual Analyzer:
Views Enhancements:
New Heat Matrix view
New Data Format properties Scale for % (x 100):

2. New Features in BI Server:

Logical Level Sequence Numbers for Time Dimensions for faster time series
calculations. And to improve the query time.
DISPLAY, SORTKEY Syntax Supported in the SQL ORDER BY
Expression
Oracle Database FAN & Connection Failover Supported by Oracle BI Server
Generate Fragmented Aggregates in Aggregate Persistence
Following New Command Line utilities are added

Download Repository
Upload Repository
List Connection Pool
Update Connection Pool
Rename Application Role
Delete Application Role
Rename Users
Delete Users
List Repository Variables
Update Repository Variables

3. New Features in Administration:

o Installation:
o NO more OPMN,
o Migrating from OBIEE 11g to 12c:
o BAR (BI Archive file):
export all:
export without user folder content:
export without connection pool credentials:
Creating the BAR File from Current Environment:
exportServiceInstance(domainHome, serviceInstanceKey, workDir,
exportDir, applicationName=None, applicationDesc=None,
applicationVersion=None, includeCatalogRuntimeInfo=false,
includeCredentials=None)
Importing the BAR file in Target environment:
importServiceInstance(domainHome, serviceInstanceKey, barfile)

New Features in Security:


BISystemUser and BISystem Removed,
User GUIDs Removed:
Database Security Store:
Easier SSL Configuration:

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