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TopDown Consulting has joined Archetype

By on November 8th, 2018

When I founded TopDown Consulting in 2000, I knew we unlocked something special. Over the last two decades, we experienced tremendous growth and faced significant challenges. I’ve learned a lot, including things from many of you and from watching other companies and their decisions in the space. That’s why I’m excited to share with you…

Consolidation Applications – The Path Forward

By on August 2nd, 2018

When it comes to consolidations, it’s time to start looking at what your consolidation tool will be after 2020, and the consolidation tool evaluation does need to include HFM, FCCS, and OneStream.

Loading Metadata with Cloud Data Management

By on July 26th, 2018

Let’s take a look at a recent Oracle EPBCS project where we used this relatively new feature in Data Management to automate the load of three large dimensions from flat files sourced from a data warehouse. The setup is straightforward, and Oracle has made it easy to add the new target dimensions.

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.

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