Financials Implementation Guide
11g Release 1 (11.1.2)
Part Number E20375-02
This chapter contains the following:
Financial Reporting Center Configuration: How It Works
Setting up Your Financial Reporting Center: Critical Choices
The Oracle Fusion Financial Reporting Center provides entry to General Ledger balances financial reporting functions. It provides secure, self-service access to reports that use real time account information.
You can design traditional financial report formats such as balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and cash flow reports. You can also design nontraditional formats for financial or analytic data that include text and graphics.
Financial Reporting Center is comprised of numerous components:
Financial Reporting: Financial users and analysts access live reports and books or published snapshot reports and books from previously scheduled batches in a variety of formats. Other functionality includes:
Refreshing report data using runtime points of view or parameters
Drill through capability from parents to other parents
Drill down to detail balances, journal lines, and subledger transactions.
Smart View: Financial analysts view, import, manipulate, distribute, and share data from your Oracle Fusion General Ledger balances in Microsoft Excel.
Account Monitor and Account Inspector: Financial analysts monitor and track key account balances in real time at every level of your dimensions and hierarchies. These tools provide multidimensional account analysis and drill down capability.
Financial Reporting Workspace: Reporting administrators create, open, save, and delete folders and store report objects, reports, and snapshot reports.
Financial Reporting Studio: Report authors use an object-oriented graphical report layout with report objects, such as text boxes, grids, images, and charts, to design reports.
Oracle Fusion Financial Reporting Center is a powerful tool for accessing, designing, and presenting financial reports and analytic data. The steps needed to configure and install the components in Financial Reporting Center consist of:
Configuring Financial Reporting Center
Configuring Workspace Database Connection
Installing Financial Reporting Studio
Installing Smart View
Users access reports through the folder structure in Workspace. Administrators should define the folder structure in Workspace considering security requirements for both folder and reports, as well as report distribution requirements for financial reporting batches. Security should be set up on folders and reports from Workspace so users can only view the folders and the reports that they can access.
For more information on configuring the Financial Reporting Client including user name, password, server, and report structure, see the following:
Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Installation Start Here for Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management. See especially the following topics:
Installing EPM System Products
Financial Reporting Ports
Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Guide for Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management. See especially the following topics:
Configuring EPM System Products
Performing Post Configuration Tasks
Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting, Fusion Edition Administrator's Guide for Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting
Administrators need to create database connections from Workspace so users can access the cubes from either Workspace or Financial Reporting Studio.
Ledger setup has to be completed before the database connection can be created. Cubes are created as part of ledger setup. There is a separate cube for each combination of chart of accounts and accounting calendar. A database connection is needed for each cube.
Steps to define a database connection are:
From Workspace -> BI Catalog (main tab), select Tools -> Database Connection Manager
Select New button
Enter a user friendly name for the connection
Enter the Essbase server, user and password, and select Application (i.e. cube) and database
For more information on configuring Essbase database connections in Workspace see: Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide for Oracle Essbase
The database connection is available in both Workspace and Financial Reporting Studio. Optionally, it can be setup in Financial Reporting Studio when putting grids on a report. This should only be done by an administrator.
Financial Reporting Studio is client-based software. Report authors need to download the installation files in Workspace from Navigator -> Tools -> Download Desktop Integrator Installer to install Financial Reporting Studio.
After completing the installation, obtain financial reporting server information from your system administrator to connect from the local client to the Oracle Fusion instance.
For more information on configuring Financial Reporting Studio client for users, see the following:
Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Guide for Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management. See especially the following topics:
Installing Financial Reporting Studio and Financial Reporting Print Server
Configuring the Financial Reporting Print Server
Administrative Information for Financial Reporting
Smart View is an Excel add-in that must be loaded to each client. Users need to download the installation files in Workspace from Navigator -> Tools -> Download Desktop Integrator Installer and select to install Smart View.
Since Smart View is an add-in to Microsoft Office products, you can install Smart View only on Windows operating system.
Once Smart View is installed, it must be configured to connect to Oracle Fusion Applications. Obtain the Smart View Shared Connections URL information from your system administrator and enter it in Microsoft Excel using the following navigation path: Smart View -> Options -> Advanced -> Shared Connections URL..
For more information on configuring Smart View client for users, see the following:
Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Installation and Configuration Guide, for Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management, especially the Installing Smart View topic
Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office, Fusion Edition User's Guide for Oracle Hyperion Smart View