Planning leverages Oracle Essbase analytic and calculation capabilities, security filters, APIs, pre-built financial intelligence, calculation functions, and multi-database application support. Planning stores the application definition in a relational database, and creates Essbase databases and security privileges for applications.

Data sources are used to link the relational database and the Essbase server, and are associated with each Planning application. For information on creating data sources for Classic Planning applications, see Managing Data Sources. For information on data sources for Planning applications created in Performance Management Architect, see the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator’s Guide.