A new support doc was released on Christmas Eve last year (which may be why I missed it at the time!) describing how to implement functionality delivered via an Enhancement Request. This functionality gives us back the ability to hide root folders within OTBI.
First, a bit of history. A couple of years ago (in release 18A) Oracle removed the ability for customers to ‘modify the shipped BI catalogue content’. This meant we were stuck with the root folders for all Oracle products, even if a customer only purchased one of them:
Although end users who aren’t report authors / power users shouldn’t really be browsing around the catalogue (see this post: Surfacing Reports to End-Users) it’s untidy and confusing.
Happily, Enhancement Request 28108026 was implemented with Release 19d which allows us to provide a tidier solution to any of users who have BI Consumer but do need access to all folders:
Details on how to implement this can be found in Doc 2412231.1.
Caveat 1: This only works for BI Consumer. Users who have BI Platform Author and BI Administrator still see the full list.
Caveat 2: I’ve not been able to remove the Extension root folder yet and have an SR raised for assistance.