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Upgrade Old nested folders using the Convert Presentation Folders Utility in OBIEE RPD

Starting in Release, you can designate child presentation tables using the Child Presentation Tables tab in the Presentation Table dialog to give the appearance of nested folders in Answers and BI Composer. However, in previous releases, repository developers could achieve one level of nesting in Answers by adding a hyphen at the beginning of a presentation table name, or by adding an arrow (->) at the beginning of a presentation table description.

For e.g.: In previous versions, if you wanted to move the “more Time Objects” to the table/folder, then we will place the ‘->’ in description as shown below.

Convert to Nested folders

If you used these methods to achieve nesting, it is recommended that you run the Convert Presentation Folders utility to convert your metadata to the new structure.


Achieving nesting by adding hyphens at the beginning of presentation table names or adding arrows at the beginning of presentation table descriptions is deprecated for this release and will be removed in a future release.

To use the Convert Presentation Folders utility:

  1. Open your repository in the Administration Tool in offline mode.

Note: Do not run the Convert Presentation Folders utility in online mode.

  1. Select Tools, and then select Utilities.
  2. Select Convert Presentation Folders and click Execute.

The hyphens and arrows disappear from presentation table names and descriptions, and the affected tables are listed as child tables for the appropriate parent object.

Once you converted, the above example will be converted to the new definition as follows:

Convert to Nested folders2

There are no limits on nested folders depth. For more information on nested folders, visit



Posted by on April 24, 2013 in BI Publisher, OBI EE, OBIEE 11g, Weblogic


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SmartView – OBIEE 11G Integration: Create Reports from Excel and save in OBIEE catalog

Create an analysis in Excel using SmartView and save in OBIEE catalog

Using SmartView add-in, we can create OBIEE reports from Excel/Word and save in OBIEE catalog.And we can see those reports within OBI Presentation services and can use it for further analysis.

To create an OBIEE report from excel, follow these steps.

To create a new analysis from SmartView,  Open Excel and connect to Oracle BIEE.

Navigate to Oracle BI EE tab.

And then click on “View Designer” button.


The View Designer button will open the Oracle BI EE presentation services Subject Areas. Expand the Subject Areas of your choice and drag the columns of analysis into the areas of report layout.

The SmartView has variety of View types, for demonstration purpose I am using Pivot table.

The Available Report View types are:


In my example I am creating a pivot table, so dragged the Order type in Rows, Order Status in Columns, and Revenue in Measure block. And I am grouping the result set by year, so moved the Per Name Year in Section part.


The wizard will generate a report like this in Spreadsheet:


Now to save this report in OBIEE catalog, click on publish View button.


It will open the OBIEE catalog folders. You can save the report into a folder of your choice that created in OBIEE catalog.


Select the Folder in OBIEE catalog and give a name to report and click save.



Now the report is saved in OBIEE catalog like the analysis we normally save in OBIEE Catalog:


See how the report is rendered in OBIEE Presentation services.


There are many scenarios where we could use this powerful SmartView Add-in for a great flexible usage of OBIEE reports.



Posted by on April 18, 2013 in BI Publisher, OBI EE, OBIEE 11g, Weblogic


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OBIEE11G and SmartView integration – A great Oracle BI Office Add-in

Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office Integration. SmartView is much more powerful than its well-known predecessor, the Hyperion Excel Add-In. It not only connects to Essbase, Hyperion Planning, and now to Oracle BI EE. The Smart View Add-in replaces the Oracle BI Office Add-in as the primary Office application for Oracle BI Foundation. For benefit of the users, both are still available with OBI

Smart View allows users to connect to Oracle BI EE server and utilize the content created in Oracle Business Intelligence Answers dashboards and analyses. In addition to working with pre-created content, Smart View users can create ad hoc queries in the form of simple views with the View Designer, using Oracle BI EE Presentation Server as the data source. The views created can then be published to the Oracle BI EE Presentation Catalog, where they can be edited further.

SmartView Features

When connected to an Oracle BI EE data source in Smart View, you can:

  • Connect to Oracle BI EE Presentation Server.
  • Navigate through the Oracle BI EE Presentation Catalog.
  • Import pre-created BI Answers views from Presentation Catalog into Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. For example, you can:
    • Insert Oracle Business Intelligence tables, BI pivot tables, and BI graphs into Excel as refreshable, editable objects.
    • Apply Excel formatting to BI data; formats are retained when you refresh.
  • Copy Oracle BI EE Dashboard content and paste it into Smart View client documents. The data, metadata, and view layout are copied.
  • Create simple views in Excel using Oracle BI EE Presentation Server as the source for metadata and data.
  • Interact with content imported into Smart View documents, such as prompt selections.
  • Manage the imported content in Smart View; for example, refresh, mask, copy and paste, and document contents.
  • Mask BI data from Oracle BI EE objects in Office so that users must log in to view the data. Masked objects can be viewed upon refresh.
  • You can use Visual Basic to program your own Oracle BI EE interfaces.
    The New VBA Functions to Support Oracle BI EE are:
    • InsertView—Insert an Oracle BI EE object into Smart View
    • EditPrompts—Edit the prompts of a view.
    • EditPagePrompts—Edit the page selections of a view.
    • GetPrompts—Get prompt values of a view.
    • GetPagePrompts—Get page selections of a view.
    • DeleteView—Delete a view in an Office application.
    • DirProperties—Fetch properties of a directory.
    • InvokeMenu—Invoke the Oracle BI EE ribbon in Smart View

Install SmartView Add-in for MS Office

  1. In Oracle BI EE Analytics Home page, click the arrow next to Download BI Desktop Tools, and then select Smart View for MS Office.
  2. Choose an option:
    • Click Run to run the installer directly.
      If the User Account Control dialog box is displayed, click Yes, and then continue to step 3.
    • Click Save to save the Smart View installer file to a directory to which you have access and from which you can run executable files.
      Open the folder where you saved the Smart View executable and double-click it to run it. Then continue to Step 3.
  3. Select the language to use for the installation wizard.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Follow the prompts in the wizard.
  6. When installation is complete, click Finish.
    Smart View is displayed the next time you open Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, or Word.


Examples of SmartView integration:
Connect to OBIEE from Excel spreadsheet with SmartView Add-in
Create an analysis in Excel using SmartView Add-in and save in OBIEE catalog

Shiva Molabanti


Posted by on April 17, 2013 in BI Publisher, OBI EE, OBIEE 11g, Weblogic


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SmartView – OBIEE 11G integration: Access OBIEE reports from MS Office (Excel)

Connect to OBIEE from Excel spreadsheet with SmartView Add-in

This blog post explains how to connect to OBIEE11G Reports from Excel spreadsheet to analyze more with help of Excel native functionality.

I have a year-order Sales report in OBIEE catalog:


Connect to OBIEE from SmartView and insert this report in Excel spreadsheet. Once you imported the OBI Analysis view, you can use all native Excel features (e.g. Cell formatting, Text formatting, Excel functions like Sum,Avg, Min,Max and any other functions etc..).


If we apply any changes to OBI analysis in presentation services, the formats applied in spreadsheet retain same and just the data will be refreshed with respect to the OBI Analysis updates.

In following example I have applied a filter on year = 2008 in OBIEE presentation services.


Now in Excel, The formats are retained the same, but just data is limited to year 2008, since there is a filter in OBIEE Analysis. (If data is not changed immediately, just click the refresh button available in Excel toolbar ribbon)




Posted by on April 17, 2013 in BI Publisher, OBI EE, OBIEE 11g, Weblogic


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