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Oracle Financial Services Reporting Administration Guide
Release 12.1
Part Number E13529-03
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Enterprise Performance Foundation (EPF) in Discoverer

This chapter gives you an overview of the Oracle Financial Services reporting architecture.

This chapter covers the following topics:

Overview of the Oracle Financial Services Reporting Structure

Overview

Reports are necessary to analyze business profitability and risk management. Whether you want to perform analysis on past activities or forecast future activities, you need efficient and logical access to your data. In addition, you may need to support broad distribution, remote users, or your own custom reports. The Oracle Financial Services Applications (OFSA) reporting solution provides you with the tools to meet these needs.

The reporting solution contains a Discoverer-based architecture that presents processed data stored in Enterprise Performance Foundation (EPF) tables, as well as the seeded reports for specific reporting activity. This chapter covers:

Features of the OFSA Reporting Architecture

Most of the OFSA data is stored in the Enterprise Performance Foundation (EPF) tables. The EPF tables store process related metadata such as dimensions, hierarchies, rules, as well as the majority of the processed fact data. This data is required for OFSA reporting and thus the EPF tables must be accessible by the reporting solution.

To satisfy various reporting needs, Discoverer is the tool to provide reporting capabilities for the OFSA applications. When you use Discoverer for reporting, all reporting data needs to be represented in one or more business areas and reports are built upon them.

The OFSA reporting architecture consists of two core business areas, EPF – Core Business Area and FTP - Core Business Area, and related programs to convert some EPF data into Discoverer required format. The core EPF business area contains all necessary joins between EPF dimension members, hierarchies and fact tables to support the following activities:

Data Available in the Architecture and Required Transformation

The core EPF business area includes the following entities from EPF. Some of these entities need to go through programmatic transformation before they can be used in Discoverer for reporting.

Dimensions

Definition information, such as dimension name and description, and all non-personal members are available in the business area. This information does not require transformation.

Note: For list of EPF dimensions included in the business area, see Core EPF Business Area and its Components.

Dimension Hierarchies

All non-personal hierarchy structures from key OFSA dimensions are available in the business area.

Note: For the list of EPF dimensions whose hierarchies are represented, see Core EPF Business Area and its Components.

Run the Enterprise Performance Foundation Discoverer Hierarchy Transformation Engine program before you use the structures in Discoverer. This program will transform the parent-child relationships of each hierarchy into Discoverer compatible format. The transformed data supports up to twenty levels in each hierarchy.

Note: This program is available from the Enterprise Performance Foundation Administrator responsibility and the FTP Supervisor responsibility.

The EPF Object Catalog and Object Definitions

The EPF object catalog, that stores information such as processing rule information, and all version information for each object, are available in the business area. This information does not require transformation.

Data Tables

FEM data tables used by the OFSA applications are available in the business area. This information does not require transformation.

Note: For the list of EPF data tables represented, see Core EPF Business Area and its Components.

Moreover, additional calculated items, custom views linking multiple data tables, and various PL/SQL functions are available in the business area to facilitate reporting activities.

Relationship Between EPF Data Entities and Its Presentation in the Architecture

The following physical data model represents the relationship between fact tables, dimension hierarchy tables, dimension member tables, and value set mapping views using these tables and views:

FEM_BALANCES Fact Table Relationships

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The EPF data entities are related as follows:

In an Oracle Discoverer business area, each database object is represented as a folder. The figure below illustrates folder relationships in the business area based on the physical data model described in the FEM_BALANCES fact table relationships figure.

FEM Balances Folder Relationship

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The EPF Balances folder is based on the FEM_BALANCES table, the EPF Natural Accounts Dimension Hierarchy folder is based on the FEM_DIS_NAT_ACCTS_HIER_VL view, and the Dimension Value Set Map folder is based on the FEM_DIS_LDGR_DIM_VS_MAP view.

The FEM_DIS_NAT_ACCTS_HIER_VL view is a hierarchy transformation view based on the FEM_NAT_ACCTS_HIER table. LEVEL1 to LEVEL20 columns in FEM_DIS_NAT_ACCTS_HIER_VL view represent hierarchy levels 1 through 20.

The EPF Balances and the EPF Natural Accounts Dimension Hierarchy folders are joined with the Natural Account ID item from the EPF Balances folder and the Level20 ID item from the EPF Natural Accounts Dimension Hierarchy folder.

The Dimension Value Set Map folder contains mapping information between ledger ID and dimension value set IDs. The mapping information is used to join the fact folder (EPF Balances) and the dimension hierarchy folder (EPF Natural Accounts Dimension Hierarchy folder) using value set IDs. The mapping information is also used to join fact folders and dimension member folders. Since the Discoverer Workbook does not allow pulling data if joins exist on all three folders (fact folder, dimension hierarchy folder, and the mapping folder), a workbook condition is used. The workbook condition uses a worksheet that is based on a Dimension Value Set Map folder to create the additional joins.

This folder relationship represents all facts tables with dimension hierarchy tables and dimension member table relationships in the business area.

If you add new columns to seeded fact tables or add new tables, you must manually add items for the new columns or create folders for the new tables using Discoverer Administration Edition. See:

The item names for the fact table folders are based on the seeded FEM configuration. If you change these names in FEM, you must manually make the changes in Discoverer Administrator.