Host Analytics has released their 3rd Quarter 2014 Feature Release, with new features and functionality enhancements. Below is the summary of those included features and descriptions.
A new artifact located in the File Cabinet, provides report bursting and distribution capabilities for a collection of Dynamic Reports. Available on an “opt-in” basis.
Time Sets allow budget input at a selected time period frequency in a budget template for each budget input year. This flexibility allows you to create templates with accurate operational plans and provide a means for long term strategic planning.
Expedited Template Loading
This feature enhances template loading performance so that you can carry on with budgeting tasks while template data is processed in the cloud and ultimately populated in your template structure.
A new feature that provides functionality to run data loads at a scheduled date and time and much more!
Important! Box Data Load Rule integration is enabled in the Cloud Scheduler. More Cloud Scheduler capabilities coming soon!
The Schedule Manager menu item located under Maintenance is renamed to Cloud Scheduler. If Box integration is turned off, you will see Cloud Scheduler in the Maintenance menu and when clicked Job Manager will be available. If Box is turned on, Cloud Scheduler BETA is available in the Maintenance menu, which includes Process Flows and Job Manager tabs.
Business Analytics OLAP Cube Integration
New cube-based reporting from Business Analytics on Financial and Scorecard reporting allows you to build better dashboards for your financial / operational metrics.
Workforce Planning Enhancements
The following workforce planning enhancements are included in this release:
- Reliability and performance improvements for employee processing
- Improved employee list page performance
- Other employee list screen improvements
Host Analytics – Box Integration
Host Analytics Data Load Rule functionality is fully integrated with Box. This means that you can place a file on Box and schedule a data load rule in Host Analytics to load the file (and all contents) to the Host Analytics application.
Important! Box Data Load Rule integration is enabled in the Cloud Scheduler. More functionality will be integrated with Cloud Scheduler in the near future.
Advanced Drill-Down and Drill-Through Capabilities in Dynamic Reports
Enhanced Dynamic Report drill-down and drill-through capabilities. Now, you can drill-down/drill-through when:
- Single members of multiple dimensions are added to the Rule.
- Multiple members of a single dimension are added to the Rule.
- Multiple substitution variables from single or multiple dimensions are used in a Rule.
- A combination of substitution variables and dimension members are used in a Rule.
A new and standard security practice has been introduced within the Host Analytics application to ensure that all email addresses are valid. This will require all email addresses used to access the Host Analytics application to be validated before the Host Analytics application can be accessed.
Email Validation impacts both new and existing users. After this feature is enabled, there will be a simple process of clicking on a link that will be sent to each user’s email address the next time they log in to Host Analytics. The application will guide you through the process.
Offline Planning Single Sign On (SSO)
You may now use your SSO to login and download Offline Planning templates. Set your password through Maintenance, My Settings.
Windows 8.1 Support
Host Analytics now supports Windows 8.1 with Internet Explorer 11.
New Print Option in Dynamic Reports
We’ve added a new print option in the Dynamic Report Output sub-menu. If selected, the report is printed with all applicable report settings (i.e. header/footer, variables, alignment, etc.). In order to avoid overlapping of headers with report lines, the default top margin in Print Setup is set to 3.5 inches. The print option is available for new and existing Dynamic Reports.
Currency Conversion via Data Load Rules Enhancement
In the past, currency conversions with currency exceptions were calculated by executing the Consolidation process or saving the currency exchange rate via the Currency Exchange Rate application page. Now, currency conversion with currency exceptions are calculated when loading data via Data Load Rules.
When Currency Type is set to not translated (NT) or the exchange rate is not up-to-date for a currency type that is an exception, the conversion process does not result in the correct calculations.
Make sure you enter an exchange rate. If NT is required, create a currency type with NT (on the Currency Type page) AND enter zero (0) as the exchange rate (on the Exchange Rates page).
Functional currency conversion has not yet been addressed.
IE 8 Vulnerability
A new vulnerability was recently identified that effects users of Internet Explorer 8. At this point in time Microsoft has not released a patch for this issue. Details of the vulnerability can be read here.
“We build and thoroughly test every security fix as quickly as possible. Some fixes are more complex than others, and we must test every one against a huge number of programs, applications and different configurations. We continue working to address this issue and will release a security update when ready in order to help protect customers. We encourage customers to upgrade to a modern operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8.1, and run the latest version of Internet Explorer which include further protections.”
Depending on your own internal policies we would also encourage you to update to a Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11. If you choose to upgrade your version of Internet Explorer please use review our Client Requirements Document and our “Internet Explorer Diagnosis Tool”, both available from the front page of our Customer Portal, to ensure that it’s setup correctly. Please note that this vulnerability is not with the Host Analytics application but with Internet Explorer specifically.
New User Guides:
- Administrative Guide
- Excel Query Add-In User Guide
Known & Resolved Issues
Known application issues we are working to resolve and resolved application issues are located in the Knowledge Base Announcements. (Requires user authentication)
For more information, find all the details on the Host Analytics Website.