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Kscope 18 – It’s a Wrap

By on June 14th, 2018

Thank you ODTUG and attendees for another year jam-packed with information and fun. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the conference.

Monday at Kscope18

By on June 11th, 2018

The first day of sessions at Kscope18 had a lot to offer. Focusing on the Oracle session on “What’s New and Coming in Planning Cloud,” Marc Seewald from Oracle talked a lot about Groovy.

Kscope18 – Opening Day Highlights

By on June 11th, 2018

The product marketing and product development team from Oracle, including Mark Seewald, Shankar Viswanathan, Matt Bradley, Rich Wilkie, and Rajesh Bhatia kicked of Kscope18 with a lot of information about what’s next for Oracle EPM. The Cloud is getting a lot of love, but Oracle has not forgotten the on-premise apps.

Loading Data into FCCS

By on May 2nd, 2018

Migrating from HFM to FCCS? To make sure everything goes smoothly and take advantage of all the out of the box features and enhancements available, you need to have a firm understanding of the Movement, Data Source dimensions, and built-in calculations in FCCS.

The Evolution of the batch file from ESSCMD to EPM Automate

By on March 29th, 2018

Dating back to the Essbase days and ESSCMD, batch files have been key to automating Hyperion EPM processes. The future has now arrived with EPBCS and PBCS and EPM Automate. This blog post explores how.

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.

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