Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

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December 18th, 2017


Top Ten Blogs of 2017

Every year TopDown showcases our top content for the year with the Top 10 most popular blog posts. 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.

Some of these topics remain evergreen, making the list for multiple years. Other topics are more recent. To make things more interesting, this year our experts have looked at the content and weighed in on how the topic at hand fits in with the maturing of EPM in the cloud. Read on to find out what they have to say.


Consolidations in ERP or Oracle FCCS?
by Mike Arnoldy
If your ERP systems will do consolidations, you may be asking the question: How would I benefit from spending the extra money to implement a separate EPM application for Financial Consolidation and Reporting?
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Consolidations in Oracle Hyperion Financial Management
by Hoa Pham
In the world of corporate financial reporting, what are consolidations? And what is Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM)? This case study answers these questions and demonstrates how HFM is the best solution for providing Profit & Loss statements, Balance Sheet reports, Cash Flow statements, and other related company financial reports.
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Getting Started with Calculations in PBCS
by Ron Moore
Like most other components of PBCS, calculations are pretty much the same whether it’s on-premise or in the cloud. But there are a few differences.  Here are a few things you need to know, including what is going to change and when is the best time to move your Hyperion Planning environment to PBCS.
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On-Premise to Cloud FDMEE Integration
by Thomas Thuresson
At a recent engagement, we needed to load Actuals from a Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) application to a new Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) application. We were able to take advantage of the newly released PSU for FDMEE (11.1.2.4 PSU 200), which introduced some exciting new features, including the ability to add a Cloud application as a target application.
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FDMEE/FDM –Map One Source Account to Multiple Target Accounts
by Patrick Kiernan
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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FCCS & HFM –Similarities & Differences
by Brian Willson
At first glance, FCCS would seem substantially different from HFM. The Simplified interface looks nothing like the traditional HFM workspace interface. When taking a closer look, however, especially when considering the design of the dimensionality, you’ll see that FCCS is a very close relative of HFM. As Oracle continues to increase the features and functions of FCCS, the two seemingly different applications will move closer and closer in comparison.
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What is Oracle Hyperion’s Data RelationshipManagement (DRM) Tool? 
by Steve Davis
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.
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Datatype Features in Oracle PBCS & EPBCS
by Paul Hoch
If you’re working with Hyperion Planning, the good news is that the cloud versions —PBCS and EPBCS—offer the same data type features. The key thing to know is that the configuration is slightly different. This post will show you how to enhance your Planning cloud application with non-financial data such as Text or Dates.
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Reconciling Data – What is the Best Approach?
by Mike Arnoldy
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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FDM/FDMEE Mapping – General Principles
by Patrick Kiernan
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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