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  • Date: July 7, 2020
  • Article by: Elysha Daly

iArch Solutions President, Joe Malewicki, Jr., has become an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 Certified Associate. This certification is given to individuals by Oracle with a knowledge of public cloud services provided by OCI. iArch Solutions is a leader in cloud services with expertise in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Azure and AWS cloud solutions. Contact us today to discuss your migration to cloud infrastructure.

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  • Date: May 8, 2020
  • Article by: Joe Malewicki

Taking regular backups of a Development Oracle EPM environment is a task many companies neglect to perform, yet is a critical step towards insuring the investment in time and money an EPM implementation requires. In a new Hyperion environment, we assume server and relational database backups are being taken, however we do find businesses in which Development servers are not regularly backed up, as they are deemed to be non-essential by the IT portion of the business. Failure of these servers would mean losing not just the Development data, but the Oracle EPM infrastructure would have to be re-built as well! At later stages of the Oracle EPM application creation and deployment process, the assumption that Development is not critical may be true – you have copies of applications, data and objects in Production, QA or Stage you may recover from. However, the early development stages of Oracle EPM applications can be the most costly in terms of consultant time and dollars. Perhaps Production is not yet built, or there may be a new application that is not yet ready for promotion to the Stage environment.  A loss of Development data in this case would mean a substantial set-back for the team. 

There will be two types of backups discussed in this article: external storage and local storage. External storage is defined as a backup that is taken by a 3rd party such as a NetBackup group, that is stored outside of the Oracle EPM server environment. Often, operating system backups are regularly scheduled but exclude the application disk drives. Generally, the Oracle EPM application/infrastructure groups are not in control of these backups directly, but may give directions regarding what to include and exclude from these regularly-scheduled backups.

Local storage is defined as those stored backups that the Oracle EPM application/infrastructure teams create themselves, and are normally located on one or more servers within the Oracle EPM environment. The Oracle EPM team is able to schedule or run these backups at will, and has control over what is backed up and where those backups will be moved to within the Oracle EPM server environment. These backups include exports of Reports, Level0 exports of Essbase, LCM extracts of security, among others. 

iArch Solutions strongly recommends both external and local storage backups be implemented in all environments, including the Development environment, as a critical safety net to keep your investment in Oracle EPM applications safe.

The most common backup sequence looks like this:

  1. Local storage backups are taken by the Hyperion apps/infrastructure team – Essbase Level0 backups are taken while the apps are running, and stored in another local folder. Essbase is then taken down and the remainder of the Essbase-specific files are copied to the same local folder as the Level0 backups. Essbase is then restarted.
  2. Essbase backup files are zipped and moved to a location on another server for safekeeping. This location may be in the same environment or in a different datacenter, depending on the needs of the business.
  3. A weekly full backup, or a daily incremental/differential backup is taken of the Essbase local backup directory, as well as the Essbase /app/epm/Oracle filesystem, with the exclusion of the Essbase /app and /bin directories.

After this procedure completes, there will be three locations from which to retrieve Essbase application backups (local storage, the remote server, and external storage) that are no older than 24 hours. With the current scripts we would have yesterday’s backup, as well as the backup taken the day before that. Should one need Essbase application files from a date prior to those stored by local storage backups, they are available via the external storage backups.

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  • Date: April 7, 2020
  • Article by: Joe Malewicki

There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. For most company’s day to day operations have completely changed and priorities have shifted. To help relieve some stress iArch Solutions would like to offer free* critical Production Support to any Oracle EPM/Hyperion companies in need during these uncertain times. 

Our experienced managed services practice is skilled at providing support services remotely. Obviously, we cannot anticipate demand, but we can guarantee we will assist as quickly as possible. As part of this support you can open a support ticket with iArch Solutions and our team of experts will assist with your production needs. 

Areas we specialize and can offer assistance in:

  • Infrastructure
    • SQL Server
    • AWS
    • OCI
    • Azure
  • Oracle Hyperion On Premise Applications
    • Essbase
    • Planning 
    • HFM 
    • FDMEE
    • DRM
  • Oracle EPM Cloud Applications
    • PBCS
    • FCCS
    • OAC

In these trying times we are all in this together as part of a global community. This is our way of letting you know that we at iArch are here for you. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the other side. 

Contact us at 203.880.4268 x100 or email us at support@iarchsolutions.com

Looking for superb integrated IT support? Ready to accelerate to the cloud? iArch Solutions is ready to make the most of your existing systems and guide you into tomorrow’s infrastructure.

*Priority will be given to existing Managed Services and Production Support customers. We have 24×7 on-shore staff to assist on a first come, first serve basis. Any hands on/remote work will require an approved client employee to be present. All liability and risk to be assumed by the client requesting service and or assistance. Free support assistance program does not include any guaranteed SLA or resolution timeframe. Offer expires on June 30th, 2020.

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  • Date: April 6, 2020
  • Article by: Joe Malewicki

The new Oracle EPM 11.2 update has officially dropped and with it, a new support matrix.  The newest update, dubbed 11.2.1, covers support for some items that were points of concern for a lot of people in the initial December 2019 release.

Among the items addressed are:

  • Windows 2016 support is now included for the 11.2.1 update only 
  • Increased browser support: Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are now supported

So, while it is good to see a patch/update already in the 11.2 code-line, the update still does not address a lot of ‘needs’ in the Oracle EPM suite.  The chief component lacking is support for a LINUX/UNIX OS and expanded SQL DB support.

Also, if this is your first time installing the suite, you may not even realize anything might have changed.  The online Oracle documentation references the following:

Note that files are listed on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud as 11.2.0.0.0 (for example Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System – Part 1 11.2.0.0.0) but the downloaded ZIP files contain Release 11.2.1 files.

So, nothing seems to have changed with the installation/configuration process, and the Oracle EPM suite now has some expanded coverage for Windows OS and end-user browser configuration. 

Watch here closely for anything else we find on the new version, and for those folks awaiting a new UNIX/LINUX release, sit tight.

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  • Date: February 12, 2020
  • Article by: Elysha Daly

iArch Solutions is excited to welcome Brad Spelman as the newest member of the iArch Solutions team! Brad is an Indiana native that joins us with a strong background in Oracle EPM and Hyperion infrastructure. He began his career at UNISYS, where he specialized in UNIX Production Support. He then moved into consulting, focusing on installations, configurations and support for Oracle EPM and Hyperion. When away from the computer, you’ll find Brad working on his collection of antique arcade games.

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  • Date: February 6, 2020
  • Article by: Elysha Daly

iArch Solutions is happy to announce that Joe Malewicki, Jr. has been recognized as an Oracle ACE Associate. He was nominated by other industry leaders for his expertise in Cloud, Applications/Apps Technology and Business Intelligence. 

Joe Malewicki, Jr., who’s been working with Oracle products since 1997, has experience implementing, supporting and training customers on Oracle EPM Hyperion. He has also expanded his expertise into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure by becoming a certified OCI Architect. 

What is the Oracle ACE Program?

The Oracle ACE Program highlights excellence within the global Oracle community by recognizing and rewarding members of the Oracle Technology and Applications communities for their contributions. These individuals are technically proficient and willingly share their knowledge and experiences through presentations, blog posts, articles, social media posts, community forum support and more. The Oracle ACE Program award is given for a one year term.

Read the Oracle announcement here.

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  • Date: January 23, 2020
  • Article by: Elysha Daly

In case you haven’t heard Microsoft is finally ending support for Windows 7.  That’s right folks, if you’re stilling running a 10-year-old operating system, you’re out of support now.  

This means Microsoft won’t be answering technical calls, offering patches or security fixes/updates.

Your path forward should probably be a quick upgrade to Windows 10.  Of course, it’s probably best that you install Windows 10 on a new set of hardware, since the hardware running Windows 7 is also outdated.

If you’re running legacy software that requires Windows 7 and some of its components, please reach out to us for upgrade advise.  IArch Solutions offers Advisory Services available to help you find the best solution for your company.  We can guide your forward to a new home, whether that’s in the cloud, on-premise, or in a hybrid environment.

So, if you find yourself running an OS that was released back when cost looked like the list below, call us:

Cost of Living 2009

Average Cost of new house:  $232,880.00
Average Income per year:  $39,423.00
Average Monthly Rent:  $675.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas:  $2.73
US Postage Stamp: 42 cents
1 LB of Bacon:  $3.19
Movie Ticket:  $7.50
Loaf of Bread:  $1.77
In-state College Tuition:  $6,585.00
Price Of Gold Per Ounce ( September 1st 2009 ):  $958.00
Price Barrel Of Oil:  $53.56 per barrel

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  • Date: January 15, 2020
  • Article by: Joe Malewicki

In case you missed it, this month’s edition of Oracle Critical Updates dropped, and it has updates pertaining to EPM.  In this case, it’s both Hyperion Planning and Hyperion Financial Close Manager that are on the list:

In the case of Planning, the verbiage relates to the application development framework used to build the product, which has a network vulnerability:

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The Financial Close Manager product also has a vulnerability, though it sounds like it’s much less likely to be exploited:

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The patch set details are found in Oracle Document:  Critical Patch Update (CPU) Program Jan 2020 Patch Availability Document (PAD) (Doc ID 2602410.1)

For both products the update is to patch Fusion Middleware.  If you’re at all concerned about the updates, please let us know and we’ll be here to help keep you secure and up-to-date.

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  • Date: December 19, 2019
  • Article by: Joe Malewicki

Well, it’s finally here.  After a prolonged wait, we’ve finally got an upgrade to on-premise EPM 11.1.2.4.  Oracle dropped 11.2, the “last official on-premise release” on December 18, 2019.

As all of the EPM blog writers and reviewers on-line scramble to provide you the “latest and greatest information” (i.e. their day old opinions), You can find loads of accurate information from the Oracle official blog here.

With that said, here are some initial thoughts:

  • There is new support for the latest OS versions and DB versions, as expected. (Windows only for now)
  • There is a move to Java 1.8 for the EPM code, removing and/or alleviating a number of security risks.
  • The upgrade requires a net-new process, and no in-place upgrade is provided for.
  • LCM will be the tool de jour for migrating from 11.1.2.4 into 11.2 (keep in mind the migration procedures were literally being written in the last few weeks so standby for changes/updates).
  • The following products have been sunset:
    • EPMA
    • IR and PR Reporting
    • Web Analysis
    • HFM Extended Analytics and Essbase Analytic Link
    • Disclosure Management
    • Hyperion Strategic Finance
    • Hyperion Planning modules (see the above Oracle blog for the whole list)

Our next steps at iArch Solutions will be installing the new product suite in a number of lab environments (OCI, Azure, AWS and GCP), across various combinations of the supported operating system and database versions.  Santa’s elves just finished one project, but this year we’ll be moving right on to another.  Stay tuned to this blog for more exciting 11.2 news.

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  • Date: September 10, 2019
  • Article by: Elysha Daly

iArch Solutions LLC, an Oracle Gold Partner specializing in Oracle Cloud solutions, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), and Business Intelligence (BI) announced today the acquisition of FinWeb Solutions Consulting Practice, a Microsoft Gold Partner consulting firm specializing in Enterprise Performance Managed (EPM) Infrastructure solutions.

The acquisition of FinWeb Solutions Consulting Practice is part of iArch Solutions’ continued growth strategy to build on core capabilities in providing superior infrastructure, cloud solutions and end to end support services for clients.

As a Gold-level member of the Microsoft Partner Network, FinWeb Solutions has a deep-rooted working knowledge, proven hands-on infrastructure competencies and specialized technical skills with the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management suite of products. FinWeb’s services include implementation, migration, managed services as well as infrastructure support and span industries including retail, life sciences and construction industries. 

“iArch Solutions has collaborated with FinWeb Solutions Consulting Practice over the years in successfully implementing projects” said Joe Malewicki, President of iArch Solutions.“With a proven track record in the EPM space and core goals that align with iArch Solutions’ mission and growth plan, we enthusiastically welcome the FinWeb team.”

Michael Fredericks, Founder of FinWeb Solutions, now joins iArch Solutions as the Director of Infrastructure Consulting. “I am excited to see the strengths and success of FinWeb Solutions Consulting Practice join together with our long-time partner iArch Solutions,” said Fredericks. “The growing iArch Solutions team will continue our commitment to providing our clients unrivaled services and industry best practice solutions.”

“This is the first acquisition for iArch Solutions as part of our impressive plans to grow and market our best in class services,” said Malewicki. 

About iArch Solutions

iArch Solutions delivers premier infrastructure solutions to Oracle clients and partners. We field flexible, scalable, best-in-class teams that are created to meet the specific demands of each unique project. Our 100% on-shore expert consultants boast decades of real-world industry experience offering unparalleled technical and client management skills.

From finance to manufacturing and everything in between, we ensure that you are running the most secure, stable and best performing environment possible. We serve global organizations, both large and small, including dozens of the top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. We believe in individualizing every implementation, solution, and customer interaction. Our customized service and close relations leave our clients with the utmost confidence and satisfaction in the delivery of our work.

With Corporate offices in CT, FL, IN, MA and RI servicing the United States, Canada and Europe, iArch Solutions is a Certified Oracle Gold Partner with expertise in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. For more information, call 203-880-4268, email sales@iarchsolutions.comor visit the website at www.iarchsolutions.com

About FinWeb Solutions Consulting Practice

FinWeb Solutions Consulting Practice is in the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) services space, offering a combination of financial and technical expertise to maximize end-to-end process improvements. Their services include implementation, migration, managed services, as well as application and infrastructure support. With leadership having 20 years of direct Fortune 500 experience, FinWeb Solutions Consulting Practice focuses on implementation services and consulting. They also specialize in transitioning from a legacy platform and/or moving to the cloud.


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Elysha Daly, 203-880-4268
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