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Kscope17 – Day 3 (Time to Consider Hybrid Cloud?)

By on June 27th, 2017

With all the details, new features, problem solving, tips & tricks for getting more out of the applications, and then some, the most important piece of information at Kscope17 thus far is on-premise is not gone yet….

Kscope17 – Day 2 (FCCS Takes the Day)

By on June 26th, 2017

FCCS takes the day. The news about this close and consolidation application in the cloud was by far the highlight of the first day of sessions. We also learned about some new features slated for the early 2019 release of v11.2.0 Simplified User Interface (SUI). And more…

Kscope17 Opening Day

By on June 25th, 2017

Great start to Kscope17 taking place this year in San Antonio, Texas. This year the TopDown Booth is a white board. And people are stopping by to discuss the EPM/Hyperion Challenges that keep them up at night.

How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud

By on June 21st, 2017

Essbase in the Cloud has been eagerly anticipated and now that it is finally here we will explore how Essbase in the Cloud can replace, enhance or serve the same role as your current on-premise Essbase environment.

Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase—A Starbucks Case Study

By on June 20th, 2017

Handling text data in a Hyperion Planning application is relatively easy and straightforward. Managing and reporting on text data is not quite as simple in the Essbase technology. But it can be done. Find out how.

Extreme Essbase Calcs: What-if, Goal Seeking and Sensitivity Analysis

By on June 8th, 2017

Today more and more companies are using driver-based designs and recent improvements such as Hybrid Aggregation, new calculation functions, and bigger hardware mean that there are new possibilities. Profit opportunities don’t usually follow simple linear patterns.

Hybrid Cloud – A Solution to a Business Problem

By on June 5th, 2017

Moving EPM applications to the Cloud is the most significant market direction to date. The reality is that finance and IT teams don’t move as fast as the applications, which means companies need a solution that accommodates a mix of on-premise and Cloud EPM applications (Hybrid Cloud). That solution is Hybrid Cloud.

DRG – Creating Workflows in DRM

By on May 15th, 2017

Data Governance continues to be a big topic. Regardless of the company size, at some point, a growing organization decides to implement workflow in order to capture the changes that you need to make to the master data. This is where Oracle Data Relationship Governance (DRG) comes in. DRG provides essential change management and data quality remediation workflows, capturing business changes and applying them with consistency and accuracy across transactional and analytical system silos.

Cut Cycle Times and Improve Service Levels w/ Hybrid Aggregation

By on May 8th, 2017

Suez administrators had to carefully plan when to execute aggregations to avoid taking the application offline and disrupting users. Backup and other administrative tasks were also very time-consuming. To solve this problem, Suez collaborated with TopDown to optimize the aggregation process through a Hybrid aggregation approach.

Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud

By on May 1st, 2017

Thinking about elevating your organization’s Workforce Planning Solution (WFP)? Want to see a detailed demo of the capabilities of the latest version Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) SWP (Strategic Workforce Planning) and Workforce planning modules? Seasoned WFP architects and KSCOPE speaker Juan Porter highlights the details of their Kscope17 session in this blog post.

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