Thursday, September 4, 2008

New Browsers and Oracle EPM

Whenever there are new browser technologies I am interested to see how our existing EPM products will do in them.  Right now there are 2 large browser betas first IE8 and second Google Chrome.  Both are nice browsers with rich application support but they are both betas so there are plenty of bugs.  I tried IE8 first because IE is the most popular browser and it usually does a nice job with our EPM products.

imageI was able to open Oracle EPM workspace in IE8 and logged in just fine.  The explorer screen showed up and I was able to select and open a report.  Opening the report caused a Java script error that messed up my navigation from that point on.  The script errors caused frustration but it was useable.

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clip_image002[5]I tried the same thing with Chrome and got nowhere fast.  I got a gray screen when trying to load the logon page and it just kept trying to load...  I tried 9.3.1 to see if the older stuff was any better and it let me login and get to the explorer screen but I could not navigate.

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So the only conclusion I can come to is that for EPM products stick to supported browsers and use the betas to play with other web sites. 

10 comments:

Edward Roske said...

For what it's worth, I tried Hyperion Planning 9.3.1 in Google Chrome, and it worked wonderfully. The form transition times were 1-2 seconds vs. 5-10 seconds under IE7. I'm now using Chrome as my primary interface to Planning (outside of Workspace).

I had the same problems you did trying to get Chrome to open up Workspace 9.3.1. It's like the ability to click on items in the Explorer part of Chrome isn't working.

Matt Milella said...

Good to know. As I get time I will also try other products in these beta browsers and will post how it goes.

pansy said...

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Matt Milella said...

Thanks,

We have not had much time to blog lately, hopefully we will add more entries in the new year..

sanjayabalasuriya said...

Hi, I think by "Oracle EPM Workspace" you mean only the product which was as "Hyperion Workspace".
But it seems to be by EPM workspace Oracle refers to a wide range of methods that users can iteract with Oracle BI EE and EPM applications. (http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/bi/epm/images/bi-foundation-large.gif)
In this acpect the product you refer is just a part of "Oracle EPM Workspace".
I like to know your idea on this.

Matt Milella said...

You are correct the only thing I tested was the Hyperion Workspace product.

westamastaflash said...

It seems to me that the Hyperion EPM workspace (and related applications that run in the workspace) have been over-ajaxified to the point that sometimes the browser just hangs in limbo.

My business users have been complaining since we recently implemented Planning 9.3.1, and EPMA to manage outlines. How did we manage to take several steps backwards in usability and speed of the interface? Even if they had to manage similar dimensions in multiple cubes before, they were able to do it much faster...

I'm confused as to why the client was implemented as a web app at all. Since planning apps are internal, wouldn't a pure java client have made more sense since you only support a few browsers anyway?

Dermott said...

Hi, Do you know if there is a fix planned for making workspace version 11.1.1.* work with Chrome? I don't want to stray away from using Chrome if at all possible?

Matt Milella said...

I am not aware of Chrome support plans, either way. The is an IE tab extension for chrome that my help you but I have tried it...

DermottB said...

Thanks Matt, the IE Tab extension works a treat :)