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Using Essbase API, Excel VBA, and ODBC to Get Transaction Level Data

By on May 18th, 2011

  Hyperion Essbase has this cool tool called Drill-Through Reports that allows you to drill into leaf level data in the cube. The tool comes standard with Version 9 and above. Users love drill-through because it is a natural extension of the process of analysis. After a balance has been identified, drill-through allows the user…

Falling in Love with Oracle Hyperion Calculation Manager

By on May 4th, 2011

The recent release of Hyperion 11.1.2.1 means that it is once again time to consider an upgrade of your current Hyperion application (s). For companies using older versions of Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), the EPMA and Calculation Manager platforms are topics that come up during the consideration process. Many years ago when I first heard…

Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1 Features and Gotchas

By on April 28th, 2011

Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1 features and gotchas.* *This is a SearchOracle.com article.

An EPM Solution Using Oracle Hyperion Tools – Part II

By on April 28th, 2011

This discussion is presented in two parts. Part I covered the components of a sample EPM solution for financial monitoring. Part II discusses the deployment of the sample EPM solution.

An EPM Solution Using Oracle Hyperion Tools–Part I

By on April 27th, 2011

This discussion is presented in two parts. Part I discuses the components of a sample EPM solution for financial monitoring. Part II will discuss the deployment of the sample EPM solution. Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions are getting a lot of attention these days. Planning cycles are no longer stagnant pieces of corporate information; rather…

The Evolution of EPM Part II

By on April 20th, 2011

A TopDown Team interview with Josh Jankowski, vice president of operations for TopDown Consulting. This interview is presented in two parts. Part Icovered the catalyst of the EPM movement and the subsequent permutations the EPM space has undergone in the last 10 years. Part II discusses a single version of the truth and how organizations…

Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1 Notes

By on April 19th, 2011

My team and I are deep in the Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1 release and I expect to have a lot to say about this once it’s installed and up and running. In the meantime, I’ve culled the key bits from the documentation notes and provided them below. Also included be low is the link to the…

The Evolution of EPM

By on April 13th, 2011

A TopDown Team interview with Josh Jankowski, Vice President of Operations for TopDown Consulting. This interview is presented in two parts. Part I covers the catalyst of the EPM movement and the subsequent permutations the EPM space has undergone in the last 10 years. Part II discusses a single version of the truth and how…

It’s Here: Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1 Released

By on April 8th, 2011

The wait is over…Oracle’s EPM Hyperion 11.1.2.1 release is now available. I’ll be installing and reviewing it over the next couple days and will relay my overall impressions, itemize new features and search for any ‘gotchas.’ For now, here are two biggies for you: 11.1.2.1 focuses on upgrading prior releases. ERPI now supports SQL Server.…

ODI—What Now?

By on April 6th, 2011

Have ODI, will…   Many companies are struggling to embrace the new Hyperion software products Oracle releases each year. The current “Information Now” age has created a need for supporting technologies, and Oracle has been quick to respond. Oracle Data Integrator (a.k.a. “ODI”) is one of these technologies. Introduced a few years ago, Oracle acquired…

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