By TopDown Team
October 1st, 2015
Oracle Hyperion Workforce Planning (WFP) is advertised as an out-of the box solution to integrate with other plan types in the Hyperion Planning architecture. The expectation is that the application is plug-and-play—you initialize it, add employee records, and you’re ready to roll. The reality is that the application has some deficiencies that extend beyond the usual 80/20 rule—i.e., you start with the framework already at 80% and expect the rest to be a matter of customizing the application to suit the company’s business model.
The only way to successfully navigate the road to success with WFP is to identify the deficiencies and gotchas in the application before they get in the way of managing operating plans. Sounds great, but how do you go about doing that if you’re just getting started with the application?
- Identify product shortcomings—e.g., multi-year budgeting and forecasting, built-in calculations—and review and demonstrate workarounds.
- Discuss how to improve upon the built-in calculations.
- Show you how to create dynamic calculations for flexibility and growth
- Review how to reorganize a Planning outline to make it more dynamic and efficient
- Prototype a rapid solution that really works
- Help you to navigate the built in calculation manager rules to determine which rules are really necessary.
In addition, they will point out the product weaknesses and gotchas, and discuss detailed workarounds and other enhancements. They will share their experiences on how you can make WFP work faster from an implementation perspective. And they will show some real world scenarios and a live demo where they will add formulas, Calc Manager rules, outlines, and custom dimensions among other things.
In one hour you will have a clearer understanding on how to work within the Workforce Planning framework to enhance the application so that you can have a better end result and a better out-of-the-box experience with Workforce Planning.