What’s new in Release 12 for OTBI

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There’s a lot to like about the improvements in the imminent release 12 applications, however one of the largest jumps forwards is with OTBI – the ad-hoc analysis tool within the Oracle Cloud. Last week I attended a great webinar from Oracle on the enhancements that R12 introduces.

New Subject Areas

As with every release, Oracle have introduced some new subject areas:

Workforce Learning – Learning Management Real Time

For the new learning application you can see which is the most popular learning item, or which is the toughest to complete or who produces the most learning content.

Payroll – Payroll Balances Real Time

Reporting on payroll balances (also back-ported to R11). This enables access to all elements and deductions, and can report on all payroll runs.

Workforce Talent Review – Talent Review Tasks Real Time

Allows reporting on tasks during the talent review cycle, to track the progress of tasks eg. what percentage of workers have completed certain tasks.

Human Capital Management – Approval Notification Archival Real Time

Allows reporting on task approvals that have been completed. There is a time dimension so this is ideal for tracking the number of approvals within certain periods.

Enhancements to existing Subject Areas

Reporting on Managers of Terminated Workers

This is something that has been an issue for one of Cedar’s clients, and this fix will be warmly received by them.

Work Relationship Real Time – Non Primary Work Relationships

Non-primary work relationships now show.

New Dimension – Parent Manager

Within the worker dimension within all subject areas, we now have a number of parent manager name and number fields, allowing us to see the complete manager hierarchy.

New Dimension – Person Schedule Assignment

Allows reporting on an employee’s Work Schedule. This will also be warmly received as we’ve had to create BIP reports for this previously.

New Dimension – Person Schedule Assignment Exception

Allows reporting on exceptions to schedules.

New Dimension – Review Period

Under Performance and Goals, we can now report on the periods associated with performance review.

New Dimension – Criticality

Allows reporting on how critical a job or position is.

New Dimension – Previous Employment

Can contain the worker’s previous employer and the details of that employment.

New Dimension – Talent Score

Exposes the rating scores awarded during a Talent Review meeting.

New Dimension – Technical Post

Report on an employee’s technical posts.

New Dimension – Benefit Legal Disclaimer

Report on Benefits Enrollments that have happened with or without legal disclaimers.

New Dimension – Benefit Person Habits

Tobacco type usage, disability status, medical plan.

New Dimensions – Qualification Plan Participation, Certifications

Enhanced Dimensions – Person Profile Real Time

Added attributes within Licences and Certs, Risk of Loss and Special Projects.

Enhanced Dimensions – Person Names

Additional attributes to allow more names for a worker.

OBI EE Enhancements

Subject Area Search

This is going to save a fair amount of time for those getting up to speed with what’s in each Subject Area.

Save Column As

Easily clone a column. Formatting and formulae are preserved.

New Print and Export Options

HTML 5 style

The default graph style has changed from Flash to HTML5.