Export Substitution Variables, The PBCS Edition I

These days, I find myself working with on-premises applications quite a bit. So, once in a while, it is refreshing to look at what Planning’s cloud counterpart can do. One of my absolute favorite features that Oracle has rolled out over the last few years is the advent of the REST APIs. I thought I’d do a “cloud” take on William’s excellent post on extracting substitution variables from Essbase (on-premises). The documentation shows us the available methods, particular to substitution variables.

If we look back at an earlier post, we can see some of the commonalities that Oracle is trying to apply across applications. For instance, for Planning, we need the following components to make a REST call:

  1. The base PBCS URL, something along the lines of:


  1. Specify the application we are trying to call, i.e., “HyperionPlanning”.
  2. “REST” and the version of the API. As of writing this post, PBCS is on version 3.

Add all of those together, and we get something like:


We can now go about adding further levels based on our intent. In our case, trying to get substitution variables out of an application.

Here as well, we will be using Groovy scripting, to handle the REST submission and response. I’ve added the following authentication code on the Groovy Console (check the earlier post for reasons):

Further, our completed URI to “GET” substitution variables, based on the REST documentation would look like:

The URI can be opened with the code below.

That variable “json” will allow us to capture the result of our “GET”. And also, to see the results when we run the script.

The application has a lot of variables…and there is no need to panic when you see that blob of text. If we look at the results in an editor, it will make more sense.

All we care about, from the JSON response are the plantype name (or “ALL” for global variables), the name and the value fields. To get those results in a more palatable fashion, we can add one more bit of code which will iterate and give us a nice comma-delimited list.

Run the script again…

Much better. The whole script looks like this.

I haven’t bothered with variablize-ing things or doing error checks, as the main purpose of this post is just to show how simple your PBCS automation needs can become with the use of REST and Groovy. It’s not a black box and it doesn’t need to be. Cheers.

About Vijay Kurian

Known as the Clem Fandango of EPM consulting, Vijay Kurian has been developing enterprise solutions for companies for the last 12 years (increment years if reading post-2015). Having worked with Essbase, Planning, DRM and other assorted technologies during that time, he’s made the frankly, average decision, to write about them. He hopes to contribute frequently to US Weekly, People and Sensible Chuckle magazines on improving reporting solutions, creating master data management systems and zzz…

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