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EPM Cloud – Where Art and Technology Converge

By on March 14th, 2018

It’s National Pi Day, the day of the year where we honor mathematics. Let’s talk about how the best EPM solution brings together math and art to socialize the change in a consumable manner so that users will and do embrace the change that comes with a migration to the cloud.

Let’s Talk About Driver-Based Planning

By on February 22nd, 2018

The “Classic” budget process, on average it takes 4-5 months to complete. Using a driver-based approach allows companies to adjust numbers more quickly when conditions change, react to current events and twist a few dials in the plan to see the impact. So let’s talk about what is keeping companies from adopting a driver-based approach.

EPM Cloud in 2018

By on January 10th, 2018

Every year TopDown showcases our top blog posts for the year. These are topics that most interest clients, referral sources, editors, Oracle, and even competitors recognize who all recognize us as one of the foremost authorities on, and the go-to organization for, Enterprise Performance Management solutions on-premise and in the cloud. To kick off 2018, our experts have looked at the Top 10 Blog Posts for 2017 and weighed in on what these topics will mean in 2018.

Oracle FCCS in 2018

By on January 4th, 2018

Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS) is an evolution of the consolidation solutions that Oracle/Hyperion have developed, as market-leading solutions from IMRS Micro Control to Hyperion Enterprise to Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), for the past 3 decades. Since FCCS was introduced to the market about 2 years ago, there has been a steady growth of its capabilities. 2018 brings great news in terms of major FCCS enhancements that have arrived or will be arriving soon.

Integration and the Cloud

By on December 29th, 2017

While the push toward the cloud most certainly gained steam in 2017, some applications are not yet robust enough to accommodate the needs of the business. As a result, the most popular topic in 2017 was data integration and FDMEE  (a topic that will no doubt remain a hot one in 2018). This new blog post discusses integration and a Hybrid Approach to help companies decide which option best accommodates the goals and needs of the business.

Reconciling Data in Oracle EPM or OneStream CM

By on December 28th, 2017

Most organizations severely underestimate what it takes to reconcile data. They often don’t consider how much historical data is needed and other items that need to be accounted for. Whether you are working with Oracle EPM or OneStream CM applications, the best way to make sure data reconciliation is smooth and mostly uneventful is to take a planned and considered approach. 


By on December 27th, 2017

In 2017, readers jumped ahead and were seeking ways to work with two of the most popular EPM Cloud applications: PBCS and EPBCS. However, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “What is the difference between EPBCS and PBCS?”  To best understand the answer, this blog post takes a look at the features and functionality in both applications.


By on December 26th, 2017

Oracle’s Enterprise Data Management Cloud Service (EDMCS) is another master data management tool much like DRM (Data Relationship Management), however, EDMCS is in the cloud. EDMCS offers a different take on data/hierarchy management: it moves away from the notion of a single version of the truth and instead EDMCS focuses on bringing source data “as is” from the individual applications and leaves off the cleansing and mastering. Finance teams need to pivot quickly when potential challenges or opportunities arise. EDMCS is designed to accommodate this need.

FCCS: Where Are We Now?

By on December 25th, 2017

It’s been almost a year since we first took a look at FCCS. A lot has changed in that time. FCCS functionality and performance continues to move closer to parity with HFM. As a result, we are seeing increased interest from clients who eager to know more about FCCS. It’s time to take a deeper look at FCCS and embrace it as the consolidation solution for the new era of cloud computing. 

FDMEE – Map One Source Account to Multiple Target Accounts

By on December 22nd, 2017

Managing data integration between different applications is a common challenge many companies face and this is FDMEE comes in handy. The fundamental purpose of this applications is mapping. As more applications move to the cloud, understanding how to correctly map one source to account to multiple targets is key to successful integration.  

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