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Welcome to the TopDown Consulting Blog, the top resource for EPM professionals. Find in-depth guides and thought leadership on topics relevant to Oracle EPM, Essbase, OneStream EPM, Business Intelligence and Financial Reporting and Analysis.

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 speakers Ludovic De Paz and San Antonio native Nicholas Blazosky highlight the details of their Kscope17 session in this blog post.

Extreme Calc Manager

By on April 25th, 2017

Calc Manager is at the center of Oracle’s EPM suite. It’s the place to develop logic for Essbase, HFM, and Planning on-premise or in the Cloud.  At Kscope17, Ludovic De Paz and Ron Moore focus on the Calc Manager features that save time and/or allow you to do things you can’t otherwise do and/or explore. This blog post highlights the details of that session and more.

Thoughts on Life in the Cloud

By on March 31st, 2017

Technology is always moving quickly and more businesses are discovering that their EPM applications can’t keep up with business objectives. The solution is moving to the Cloud. Transitioning to the cloud is a big topic for all our EPM customers. This blog post highlights what to consider when transitioning from on-premise to EPM Cloud.

Getting the Most Out of FDMEE Using SQL

By on March 21st, 2017

When companies integrate FDMEE with an ERP system, they often find that they can no longer massage data using scripting in an import format. The good news is Oracle added SQL in FDMEE. It allows you to do more than just mapping, and as a result you can use it to solve the data scrubbing problem that comes with the FDMEE and ERP integration. In this blog post, I will walk through a scenario where I did just that.

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