How to Install Interactive Reporting 11
Don’t be dismayed by the rumor mill! The Brio technology – gobbled up by Hyperion in 2003 and evolved into Hyperion Interactive Reporting before being assimilated into the Oracle hive in 2007 – is alive and kicking within the Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) suite.
While I am not sure where the wide-spread rumor began, I can certainly understand why it continues to be propagated. Oracle’s seemingly illogical technique of burying information about Hyperion Interactive Reporting in the deepest recesses of its site does suggest that IR is on the chopping block. Couple that with how impossible the Interactive Reporting Studio installation has become for a business user to hack through, and I don’t see the rumors calming down anytime soon. Since the release of 11 (formally 9.5), the process for locating, downloading, and installing the Hyperion Interactive Reporting Studio has become so confusing, it makes me feel self-conscious and inadequate every time I have to do it. Considering how many times I have done this (a gazillion), the difficulty is concerning.
Contrary to the signs, though, Oracle’s official statement is that Hyperion Interactive Reporting will continue to play a strong role in Oracle’s future BI offerings. While this is a huge relief to me, it is also an enormous relief to the countless public and private organizations who use Interactive Reporting in their day-to-day business operations.
Hello? Anybody there?
Finding information on Interactive Reporting within any of Oracle’s sites is so painful, I’d suspect the people responsible like to make sadistic scavenger hunts where Interactive Reporting is placed on the list right next to the 25-lb. ball of dryer lint and a penny struck in 1492. Finding Interactive Reporting information and documentation these days is a serious challenge, so enjoy the quick links below.
- One of Oracle’s IR information pages; I am sure there are more, somewhere.
- Mark Ostroff’s Tips and Tricks Cookbook, while last updated in 2007, is an incredible resource for developers and prototype-rs.
- Edward J. Cody’s book The Business Analyst’s Guide to Oracle Hyperion Interactive Reporting 11, which targets new Interactive Reporting Users.
- My upcoming book, partnered with Ed Cody, the Oracle Hyperion Interactive Reporting 11 Expert Guide, which targets advanced business users and developers who want to take Interactive Reporting to the next level.
Surprisingly, Oracle’s search works much better than it used to. The phrases ‘Interactive Reporting download‘ and ‘Foundation Services download‘ will get you to the files you need to download and install Interactive Reporting Studio.
Don’t know which files to ones to download? Not surprising, especially if you are a business user who is intimidated about downloading server components you don’t need and which would sap the resources of your computer if you were to accidentally install them. Anyone who installed the studio client prior to version 11 remembers that it used to be a single .exe file that you would download and run. Now, thanks to the partial homogenization of Hyperion 11 into the Oracle cluster, 6 zip files are needed. To boot, you’d better have 11.5 gigs of space free to download and extract them (!). The specific files to be downloaded are:
- Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Installer, Fusion Edition
- Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Foundation Services (1 of 4)
- Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Foundation Services (2 of 4)
- Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Foundation Services ( 3 of 4)
- Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System Foundation Services (4 of 4)
- Hyperion Interactive Reporting
Either Oracle has yet to document how to install the Hyperion Interactive Reporting Studio for business users, or it has yet put the document somewhere that someone could find. The void for Studio installation documentation has been neglected for so long that when ”how to install interactive reporting 11” is searched in Google, the highest ranking site is currently a post I made to IT Toolbox in February of 2009 asking for help. Perhaps it is just me who doesn’t find the installation process intuitive, but I hope that’s not the case. Regardless, below are instructions on how to install Interactive Reporting 18.104.22.168.
- Create a new folder in the C: directory of your computer. It can be named anything as long as it does not have any spaces.
- Extract all 6 files into the newly created folder.
- Double click installTool-auto. Windows will likely prompt that the file could be dangerous and yadda yadda, but select Run to continue.
- A command prompt will open and the scripts will check that all prerequisites have been met before launching the installer. A few times I have run into errors here, but both were related to spaces within the directory structure of the extracted files. If you cannot overcome any encountered errors, open the installTool-debug file to get more information about them.
- When prompted by the Hyperion EPM System Installer Release 22.214.171.124 to select a language, do so.
- Welcome: This screen isn’t really a welcome, it is legal mumbo jumbo. Click Next.
- Destination: Select a Hyperion home. The default is C:Hyperion and there typically isn’t a reason to change this. Click Next.
- Installation Type: By default, the installation type ‘New Installation‘ and ’Choose components by tier‘ are selected. Change ”Choose components by tier‘ to ‘Choose components individually‘ and then click Next.
- Product Selection: By default, there are checkboxes next to Foundation and Interactive Reporting. Expand the Interactive Reporting components and uncheck Interactive Reporting Services. This will also uncheck the box next to Foundation. Click Next.
- Confirmation: This screen should show ‘Install‘ under the column ‘Install Type‘ for only Interactive Reporting Development Studio Client and Interactive Reporting Studio Client. Click Next.
- Progress: This screen shows the progress of the installation of the two components. The ‘Status‘ column will show “Completed” for other products during the initialization phase of the download. This does not mean those products are installed – only the Interactive Reporting Dashboard Development Studio Client and the Interactive Reporting Studio Client will actually be installed.
- Summary: Hopefully everything went well! Since no server components were installed that need to be configured, click Finish to close the installer.
To access the software, find it in the Programs folder of the Start menu under Oracle EPM System.
The first time I attempted to access the sample database installed automatically with Interactive Reporting, I was so frustrated over pawing through documentation to find the user name and password that I was beside myself. As it turns out, there is no user name or password for the sample.oce – just click OK when prompted.