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Reconciling data—What is the Best Approach?

By on July 27th, 2011

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. Getting Started The first step…

Vote Juan Porter for Hyperion SIG Board

By on July 26th, 2011

The Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) is currently holding its election for the Hyperion SIG Board. TopDown Consulting’s founder and president, Juan Porter is one of the candidates. To help Juan win, we need to get out the vote. How YOU Can Help To vote, you must have a full (paid) ODTUG membership. TopDown…

Essbase Training – the Little Things

By on July 12th, 2011

I just came back from a two week, around-the-world training engagement where I was part of a team that presented a class on how to use SmartView and Financial Reports to retrieve information from Essbase. The class was a success, and the users all appeared to understand the material we covered. However, as I listened…

Kscope11 – Day 3

By on June 29th, 2011

This update is provided by Josh Berger, Vice President of Sales for TopDown Consulting. As Kscope11 comes to a close, the biggest takeaway for the TopDown team is the interesting and varied content presented over the last several days. And, according to the record breaking number of participants (over 1000 this year), the conference content keeps…

Kscope11 – Day 2

By on June 28th, 2011

This update is provided by Josh Berger, Vice President of Sales for TopDown Consulting. Please check back tomorrow for the day 3 update. The Kscope Day two standouts hands down were the sessions: strong content, great takeaway information, and direct and to the point answers to the often loaded questions from the audience. Attendees consistently…

Kscope11 – Opening Day

By on June 27th, 2011

  This update is provided by Josh Berger, Vice President of Sales for TopDown Consulting. Please check back tomorrow for the Day 2 update. The biggest news from the Kscope11 kickoff is that Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is the fastest growing application suite within Oracle apps. Data Relationship Management (DRM) is the fastest growing within…

Visit TopDown at Kaleidoscope 2011

By on June 23rd, 2011

TopDown Consulting will be at ODTUG Kscope11, June 26-30 at the Long Beach, CA Convention Center, and we hope you will be too. Visit us in booth 313 and chat with Mark Wilson, vice president of services and known EPM and BI expert, and Michael Smith, solutions architect at TopDown Consulting with 20+ years experience…

Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1 migration features and hiccups

By on June 21st, 2011

Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1 includes new tools that will ease migration, cutting down on the number of steps needed in many cases. However, there are still some issues, such as with Essbase Studio, that should be fixed in future versions….[more] This article first appeared in SearchOracle.com. To view the full article, visit http://bit.ly/jFA3nK (requires free membership…

How to Get Your Data into the Correct Intersection

By on June 15th, 2011

As companies migrate from Enterprise to Financial Management, they face some new challenges with regard to data integrity. Financial Management, with its account and custom dimensions, creates millions of valid intersections—how many of you really want product detail for your cash accounts? Ensuring that data goes into the correct intersection out of all of these…

Using Planning Currency Conversion Feature to Manage Foreign Currency Exposure

By on June 1st, 2011

A typical challenge for any company that transacts business in a number of currencies is how to reduce the impact of foreign currency fluctuation on its bottom line. Overcoming this challenge requires maximum insight into a company’s FX needs and timing of such needs. Gaining such insight is less of a challenge if a company…

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