Business Rule Security

What's going on with my business rule security?

Author: Mike Falconer


So, I was providing support to one of our customers earlier using Planning on premise when we were stuck with a peculiar problem. It started fairly normally: a user couldn’t see or launch the business rule attached to a form.

“Quite the standard issue”, I hear you cry in contempt while looking for a new Hyperion blog. I thought so too, snorting with derision as I worked through my standard checklist for such issues:

  • Rule attached to the form? Check
  • Security group has launch access to the rule? Check
  • User in the security group? Check
  • Security filters up to date? Check

Oh dear. All my standard checks came up empty. In desperation I turned to another cheap support trick, creating a user with similar access. Lo and behold, this user was able to run the rule successfully. Colour me confused.



At this point I should give some background. The customer in question was running four separate security groups: UK, EU (presumably foreseeing Brexit), USA and Asia. The user was trying to access her EU rules, but they weren’t appearing for her. My test user had EU access and they were appearing correctly for me. Both users were in the appropriate EU Security group, with launch access to all of the EU business rules. What on earth is going wrong?

If you’d like a hint, here’s a redacted screenshot of their EU Business rule security:



Here’s where it gets fun

As any Hyperion newbie knows, the security groups in Shared Services work in a very simple way – if you are in two security groups, one with read access to a member and one with write access to a member, then you will receive the greater access i.e. write access to that member. Guess what – that logic doesn’t work for business rule security.

If you have a user in both the UK and EU groups, with launch access to UK and EU business rules respectively, and No Launch access to every other group’s rules, then No Launch will overwrite Launch. This is the complete opposite of the way security works in the rest of the Hyperion suite, but it makes some kind of sense.

After all – if you give a Planner Launch access to their own rules, that’s all they will see. There’s no point using No Launch unless you need to lock down certain rules when users will have combinations of both. I can’t personally think of a useful situation for this, but I’m sure the good people of the internet will manage to!


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