Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting (FR) Web Studio: FR Studio with a Fresh Coat of Paint

Back in October of 2016, the announcement was made that the traditional Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting (FR) Studio desktop client that we all loved (or loathed), was going to be replaced by a new Web based report developer called the.. wait for it… Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting (FR) Web Studio. While the name itself isn’t the most original, I’ve had the chance to use this new interface significantly over the last few months.

Since that announcement and over the last few months, Oracle has made a concerted effort to completely retire the old FR Studio desktop client and replace it with the brand-new FR Web Studio.

In our opinion here at Performance Architects, this is all good news and it’s been a long time coming. The traditional FR Studio user interface hasn’t had a makeover in a long time and I’ve always felt that it was due an overhaul.

So, let’s discuss the improvements in more detail.

Easy Access

FR Web Studio can be accessed directly from the Planning user interface. I’m very familiar with how to access the solution, having used this functionality in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) implementations. Access is available by clicking on the “Navigator” icon and clicking on the FR Web Studio link as shown below:

Improved User Interface

The best news about the new user interface in FR Web Studio is its quick response time. Traditional FR Studio response time was always slow and cumbersome by comparison. However, in the new UI, the clicks and general navigation is fast and responsive.

Enhanced Report Structure

While the overall report design has stayed the same, the report structure has massively changed. Previously, you had to work with a single report screen where you had to drag or insert the header, the footer as well as the main body (or grid) of the report. This was sometimes ungainly to work with and additionally, anytime a header or footer had to be resized, the only option was the drag the screen to the required size.

The good news is that in the new interface, these three components are now separated into three sections and can be worked on independently. The resizing option has changed as well, and rather than dragging the screen size, it can be changed in the right-hand side properties period getting used to the navigation, it’s a pretty easy transition, as most of the solution capabilities should be familiar to experienced FR Studio users.

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