Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

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December 19th, 2016


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As the year comes to a close, we’d like to take the opportunity to showcase the most popular topics selected by all the visitors to the TopDown website by listing the Top 10 blog posts of 2016. Some of these topics remain evergreen, making the list for multiple years. Other topics are more recent. In addition, this year our experts are weighing in on how each of these topics fits in with the maturing of EPM in the cloud. Be sure to check back each day between now and December 31, 2016, to find out what our experts have to say this year’s Top 10.


Adding Custom Dimensions to HFM
With the release of HFM 11.1.2.2, HFM supports more than four custom dimensions. It will also allow the addition of custom dimensions to an existing application. Why add dimensions to your application? How do you add dimensions to an application and what are some considerations?
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Enhancing Hyperion Planning with Text Data Type Members
The ability to assign text data type has been available since Hyperion Planning version 11.1.1; albeit, text data type assignment is limited to the Account dimension members. Nonetheless, this feature allows one to include non-numeric information in Planning Web Forms and Reports—information that can enhance your Planning application.
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FDM – Map One Source Account to Multiple Target Accounts
What do you do when one line item provides more information than only one destination Point of View? For instance, assume that all of the trial balance accounts from an extract will load to a custom dimension member of “END”. However further assume that the trial balance has multiple members, typically in a custom dimension, for the balance sheet accounts that record movement.
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Automate Smart View Reports in 2 Steps
Smart View reports often rely heavily on the appropriate option settings. Luckily, you can automate them in two steps using VBA. This blog post walks you through how.
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Hyperion Financial Management Architecture
Discover the key things you need to know about Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) when considering it as a reporting and/or consolidation tool.
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Automating Calc Manager Rules for Planning
Oracle’s Calculation Manager has a host of features for creating business rules across the Hyperion suite of products. Today I want to focus on how to automate those rules in a Hyperion Planning environment. If you have Calculation Manager rules that you would like to schedule to run on a periodic basis, including rules with run-time prompts, this post is for you.
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What is Oracle Hyperion’s DRM Tool?
There appears to be a lot misconception about what the DRM tool really is and where and how it can be used.  Client’s tend initially to narrowly focus on how they are going to use the product and use that information to develop an initial impression of exactly what the tool really is. This blog posts discusses how to take a broader view and discover the true power of DRM.
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FDM/FDMEE mapping
Let’s discuss the basic fundamental purpose of FDMEE. That is to say mappings. FDMEE has come a long way since its origins, and is at this stage is an ETL-like tool (Extract Transform Load). Mapping is the “T”, Transform, part of this acronym. This is where source system, typically General Ledgers, metadata members are transformed to a destination EPM application dimension member. Think of these as accounts, entities, cost centers, product members, and so on.
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Getting Started with DRM Parts 1-4
A multi-part blog series that walks you through how to create a DRM application and configure it with the intent of managing & loading metadata for Essbase.
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Reconciling Data What is the Best Approach?
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.
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