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Reconciling Data in Oracle EPM or OneStream CM

By on December 28th, 2017

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. Whether you are working with Oracle EPM or OneStream CM applications, the best way to make sure data reconciliation is smooth and mostly uneventful is to take a planned and considered approach. 

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.

EDMCS or DRM?

By on December 26th, 2017

Oracle’s Enterprise Data Management Cloud Service (EDMCS) is another master data management tool much like DRM (Data Relationship Management), however, EDMCS is in the cloud. EDMCS offers a different take on data/hierarchy management: it moves away from the notion of a single version of the truth and instead EDMCS focuses on bringing source data “as is” from the individual applications and leaves off the cleansing and mastering. Finance teams need to pivot quickly when potential challenges or opportunities arise. EDMCS is designed to accommodate this need.

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. 

FDMEE – Map One Source Account to Multiple Target Accounts

By on December 22nd, 2017

Managing data integration between different applications is a common challenge many companies face and this is FDMEE comes in handy. The fundamental purpose of this applications is mapping. As more applications move to the cloud, understanding how to correctly map one source to account to multiple targets is key to successful integration.  

NEW Data Load Possibilities in Cloud Data Management & FDMEE

By on December 21st, 2017

As the number of cloud applications increases, many companies still find themselves in a position where they need to integrate data between on-premise and cloud applications. FDMEE offers a number of different features, including Hybrid Implementation Support, which lets you extract data from your on-premise HFM application and load it to the cloud. This new blog post goes over additional data load possibilities in FDMEE.

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.

Consolidations in ERP or OneStream

By on December 18th, 2017

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 CPM application for Financial Consolidation and Reporting?

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

By on December 18th, 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.

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