Over the years one of the more challenging things about FDM Classic and FDMEE is that both require a source data file to have one amount value per row. To address this limitation we had to develop some custom solution to pivot the data. See the example below.
Finally, we can do away with this custom stuff. In a recent release of FDMEE Cloud – the version of FDMEE that comes with EPM cloud apps such as Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud (FCCS) and Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) – FDMEE can now handle multi-column data loads out of the box.
FDMEE Cloud has several new file type formats, including 2 multi-column format options (see the image below).
In this blog post we’re going to use the multi-column numeric data format option. Note: The following integration exercise was done using FCCS.
First, here’s our multi-column data file with Accounts in the rows and Programs in the columns. We only want to load values for 4 of the eight data columns, those highlighted in red.
To start, we want to define our import format, selecting file type: Multi Column – Numeric Data.
Now, we go to the import mapping details and map the source columns to target dimensions. On the Amount field, we want to select the Expression Type of Driver. The Add Import Format Mapping Expression dialog box appears. In the dialog box we do the following:
- Specify the driver dimension: Program.
- Select the Program dimension members that correspond with each of the data columns we’re pulling data for.
- Use the Column(s) text box to identify the column numbers for our driver dimension values.
Once saved, you can go to the import format detail grid. Notice the contents of the Amount Expression field based on our setup.
To complete the integration build, we build the data load mappings and a data load rule. That’s it! We’re now ready to import our multi-column data file.
Below is a screenshot of data load workbench after the multi-column data was imported using our new multi-column import format. You can see a row for each Account/Program combination in the file.
Enhanced File Type Formats and On-premises FDMEE – As of October 2016, the new file type formats only exist for FDMEE Cloud. We can expect this feature to debut in the next 220.127.116.11 patch release of on-premises FDMEE, which we anticipate to arrive by year’s end. (Safe Harbor applies, of course.)