02 April 2015

Write Back Setting in OBIEE 11G

Write Back is the ability to enter values directly into a report and have those values written in the database & used in calculations and charts in the report.
Please follow the steps listed below to configure Write Back in OBIEE 11g.

A- Repository Level Changes in all 3 layers to set Write Back Column :

Step 1:Physical Layer - From Physical Table Properties Go to-> General tab dialog box. Uncheck Cacheable

Step 2: Business Model & Mapping Layer -  Logical Column Properties Go to-> General tab. Check Writable option.

Step 3: Presentation Layer - Presentation Column Properties Go to-> General tab -> Permissions -> Set permission -> Read / Write (Radio Button), on the User / Application Role which you want to authenticate for WriteBack feature.

Step 4Presentation Layer - Go to -> Manage-> Identity Manager -> Identity Management (Left pane) -> Select Application Role (to which you need Write Back Permission) -> Permission -> Query Limits (tab) -> Select Database (to which you need direct database execution rights) -> Change option from ignore to allow to the field named "Execute Direct Database Requests".

Now we are done with Repository level changes for WriteBack column. Let us proceed with other changes.

B- Changes in the File Level :

Step 1: Enable Write Back. Add the LightWriteback tag within  the serverinstance tag of instanceconfig.xml file  ( file path - $ORACLE_INSTANCE/config/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1 )


If this entry already exists then no modifications required, else restart OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent for this change to be effective.

Step 2: WriteBack Template. You may give any name for the writeback.xml file. Here for example i am using the file name as writeback_sample.xml

Things to do before you start the Template:

  • Identify the columns that are to be referenced. 
  • We can use the column position or by column id in the XML definition. 
  • We must include both insert and update statements in the template.
Template to be placed in the path:

Write-Back Template example: Name - eg. writeback_sample.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<WebMessageTables xmlns:sawm="com.siebel.analytics.web/message/v1">
<WebMessageTable lang="en-us" system="WriteBack" table="Messages">
   <WebMessage name="WriteBack_Template_Name">
         <writeBack connectionPool="Connection_pool_name">
            <insert>INSERT INTO Customer VALUES('@1','@2',@3,'@4',@5)</insert>
            <update>UPDATE Customer set Address='@2' where Name='@1'</update>
<!-- Identify the columns that are to be referenced. We can use the column position like @1 for first column, or by column id as you see them in the XML definition. -->
<WebMessage name="Template_Name">
         <writeBack connectionPool="ConnectionPool_Name">
            <update>UPDATE Product set Prod_Description='@2' where Name='@1'</update>
<WebMessage name="Template_Name">
         <writeBack connectionPool="ConnectionPool_Purchase">
            <insert>INSERT INTO Supplier VALUES('@1','@2',@3,@4)</insert>
<!-- We may also use multiple insert / update commands for same or different connection pools as well based on our need -->
[ Note - We need to mention insert & update statements based on our requirement. Above insert & update code is only for sample purpose & content within <!-- #### --> are comments. If we do not want to include SQL commands within the elements, then we must insert a blank space between the opening and closing tags. eg. <insert> </insert> rather than <insert></insert>]

In the above xml file...
Important Tags -

  • WebMessage name - The name here will be used as WriteBack template name in analysis -> Table Properties -> Write Back.
  • Write Back connectionPool - Connection pool name for Write Back.
  • insert - Based on your requirement or leave blank ( if not required)
  • update - Based on your requirement or leave blank ( if not required)
Now we are done with changes in the files. Lets proceed further & know what changes we need to make in analysis for the writeback report...

C- Changes in Analytics :

Step 1Give Privilege to the Role for Write Back ( Administration -> Manage Privilege -> Write Back & add the role for writeback privilege). 

Step 2Now you need to edit Column Properties -> writeback -> Check 'Enable Write Back' of the field needed for writeback, from criteria tab.

Step 3: Now edit Table Properties view -> writeback & check 'Enable Write Back' & mention Template Name as mentioned in writeback file ( WebMessage name="WriteBack_Template_Name). You may also rename Apply, Revert & Done Button & change Button Position if required.

You are now done with all WriteBack settings. You may test the report for set writeback features.