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Another Look at Reconciling Data

By on November 7th, 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. The best way to make sure data reconciliation is smooth and mostly uneventful is to take a planned and considered approach.

Considering a Move to Essbase in the Cloud?

By on November 1st, 2017

One of the major benefits of an OAC and Essbase cloud platform is that there are no hardware capital and direct operating costs and no software maintenance fees. Instead, you pay a monthly subscription fee based on the performance you require. Another cloud benefit is the patching and update process.

Are Your Oracle EPM Systems Out of Support Without You Knowing It?

By on October 24th, 2017

The good news is that Oracle has extended support to 2020 for on-premise EPM applications but what you may not realize is that you are likely still not fully supported. The policy is vague about the version numbers, making it seem like any number after 11.1.2.x is supported. The missing piece is the Error Correction Policy, which indicates only specific versions and patches are fully supported.

The EPM Report from Oracle OpenWorld 2017

By on October 11th, 2017

Oracle’s annual get together for 60,000+ people who want to learn about the latest and greatest innovations on the horizon. We heard a lot of big announcements of cool things like Autonomous Database, emerging technologies, and new releases for EPM.

Oracle Analytics and Essbase in the Cloud

By on October 4th, 2017

Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) is Oracle’s first Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering in the EPM space. This is where you’ll find Essbase in the Cloud.  The main differences between a PaaS and a Software as a Service (SaaS), such as ePBCS, is that you “own” the platform and have server level access and control. Maintenance, such as backups and patches and upgrades, is controlled by the customer. Patches are released by Oracle on a regular basis, but you decide when to apply them.

What Do Oracle Top 10 Cloud Predictions Mean for EPM?

By on September 11th, 2017

Oracle recently released their 2017 Top 10 cloud predictions for the broader information technology space, so, what do they mean for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)? In this Blog Series, we’ll take a closer look at some of Oracle’s predictions, including what they mean and how they might affect your business.

Data Validations Leading Practices

By on August 9th, 2017

Over my 15 plus years of consulting, one of the great constants in working with Oracle Hyperion EPM is that you cannot hide from data validations.  It must be done.  One of the eternal questions is:  “Does the data tie out?”  And of course, we know that the answer must always be an affirmative.  In…

DRG – The Key to Effective Master Data Management in DRM

By on August 3rd, 2017

Regardless of the company size, at some point, the growing organization decides to implement workflow in order to capture the changes that you need to make to the master data. This is where Data Relationship Governance (DRG) comes in. Data Relationship Governance is native to Data Relationship Management with versions later than 11.1.2.3. It is a tool that allows you to do workflow in order to manage master data in DRM.

An Alternative Solution for Dynamic Organization Roll-up

By on July 14th, 2017

Clients often ask for the ability to report historical data the way it was reported organizationally at that previous point in time as well as to report current data in a different organizational view at the current point in time. I call this a dynamic organization roll-up when you need to freeze history in its own view(s) and see current period(s) in a different view.

Kscope17 – It’s a Wrap

By on June 28th, 2017

The last day of sessions did not disappoint. The word at the conference is people are very happy with “Quite a few eye-opening sessions.” TopDown presented 9 of those sessions, with final 4 taking place today.

Initial takeaways continue to be…

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