You’ve heard with FDMEE Oracle has combined the architecture of ERPi (Enterprise Resource Planning Integrator) and the functionality of FDM Classic. Now, you’re wondering, What’s it look like?
If you’ve used ERPi in Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System 18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124 – interface-wise – FDMEE will be very familiar. If you’ve never used ERPi, or you’ve had some exposure to ERPi release 126.96.36.199, then the look-and-feel of FDMEE will be new, but easy to grasp. Under the hood FDMEE is a revolutionary step forward. However, when it comes to the user experience, the Oracle development team wanted to make it more of an evolutionary step.
Let’s take a look.
The most obvious difference between FDM Classic and FDMEE is the user interface (UI). FDM Classic has it’s own web address (URL) and opens in an entirely separate window from Oracle EPM Workspace. FDMEE, on the hand, is fully integrated in Workspace.
So, how do I launch FDMEE?
Once you’re in Workspace, you might be inclined to search for a menu item labeled “FDMEE”. Lose that inclination. Instead look for “Data Management”. You launch FDMEE from the Navigation menu – Navigation > Administer > Data Management.
The FDM Classic Web interface consists of a number of drop-down menu lists. (There’s an alternate menu pane, as well.) FDMEE has a more simplified interface with just two task panes: Workflow and Setup.
- Administrators are the primary users of tasks on the Setup pane. Power users may also have access to some Setup pane tasks, for instance, to create new locations.
- End users will spend all of their time in the Workflow pane. In the Workflow pane, users can integrate data and metadata from various source systems.
Like FDM Classic, you still have a common Windows directory structure in FDMEE. In fact, it looks very similar.
Now, if you’re a FDM administrator, you’re probably wondering, What about Workbench and FDM Task Manger? What are the FDMEE equivalent to these tools? You can stop wondering now. They’re gone. Forever.
In FDM Classic administrators primarily use Workbench to configure adapters (software objects) to integrate with a specific target application, e.g. HFM and Essbase. Also, in FDM Classic, administrators use FDM Task Manager to schedule the execution of tasks defined in custom scripts.
In FDMEE a FDM administrator can perform nearly all setup tasks in the Setup pane of the FDMEE application. (Note: Some ODI configuration is required for non file-based data loads, i.e. direct integrations with ERP systems.)
This is a good start, for now. In a future post I’ll dig in deeper and identify those FDM Classic tasks that are very similar in FDMEE. In the mean-time, if you have questions, please comment on this post or send me an e-mail.