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EPM Cloud in 2018

By on January 10th, 2018

Every year TopDown showcases our top blog posts for the year. 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. To kick off 2018, our experts have looked at the Top 10 Blog Posts for 2017 and weighed in on what these topics will mean in 2018.

Oracle FCCS in 2018

By on January 4th, 2018

Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS) is an evolution of the consolidation solutions that Oracle/Hyperion have developed, as market-leading solutions from IMRS Micro Control to Hyperion Enterprise to Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), for the past 3 decades. Since FCCS was introduced to the market about 2 years ago, there has been a steady growth of its capabilities. 2018 brings great news in terms of major FCCS enhancements that have arrived or will be arriving soon.

PBCS vs. EPBCS

By on December 27th, 2017

In 2017, readers jumped ahead and were seeking ways to work with two of the most popular EPM Cloud applications: PBCS and EPBCS. However, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “What is the difference between EPBCS and PBCS?”  To best understand the answer, this blog post takes a look at the features and functionality in both applications.

FCCS: Where Are We Now?

By on December 25th, 2017

It’s been almost a year since we first took a look at FCCS. A lot has changed in that time. FCCS functionality and performance continues to move closer to parity with HFM. As a result, we are seeing increased interest from clients who eager to know more about FCCS. It’s time to take a deeper look at FCCS and embrace it as the consolidation solution for the new era of cloud computing. 

Top Five Essbase/Planning Calculation Trends for 2018

By on December 20th, 2017

Calc Manager is a reliable tool that has been around for a long time. As companies shift more of their planning and forecasting to PBCS and ePBCS, readers want to have at their fingertips ways to make the applications work for them. This new blog post kicks off a series on Intelligent Performance Management and five key innovations in PBCS and ePBCS that will accelerate analysis and decision making.

Consolidations and Oracle FCCS?

By on December 19th, 2017

Finance teams are increasingly looking to technology for more agility, scalability, and deeper insights into the business partnering role. In 2017, readers were seeking new ways to get better reporting out of their financial systems. Now we’ll extend the discussion to Oracle FCCS.

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.

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.

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