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Transitioning, Mapping, Validation – Make Your Database Work for You

By on February 22nd, 2011

Every company that moves between systems in an effort to modernize—e.g., moving from Hyperion Enterprise to Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM)—must validate their data. This process is often made more complicated by differences in hierarchies, the inclusion of additional data sources, changes required to utilize additional capabilities in the new tool. In addition, transitioning from…

Smart View and Financial Reporting—Frenemies?

By on February 14th, 2011

Companies implementing Financial Management always get excited about Smart View. Most of the users are accountants after all. Excel is their answer to everything, it is a spreadsheet, word processor, database, so they see Smart View and think, “Now Excel can be my report writer for Financial Management.” Everybody knows how to use Excel, so…

The MDM Struggle

By on February 8th, 2011

A number of companies are struggling with the issues surrounding their management of their master data.  The traditional walls of location and time have been eliminated by today’s 24/7 economy.  Companies have worldwide locations and at any given time someone, somewhere within the organization is entering information into a transactional system.  All of this diversity…

Coming Soon-Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.1

By on January 31st, 2011

It looks like Oracle is releasing Hyperion 11.1.2.1 in the coming weeks. And not a moment too soon because people have been waiting a long time for this. I’ll get to what’s in release 11.1.2.1 and why people want it, in a minute, but first I’m going to talk a bit about previous versions: Systems…

Remote EPM development—Managing a Global Development Effort

By on January 24th, 2011

I spend most of my time these days on engagements with multi-national organizations that, of course, are implementing a global enterprise performance management system. One very common challenge is how to include system administrators from other regions, continents, and time zones. At TopDown we stress knowledge sharing by having our clients work alongside our consultants…

How to Leverage Existing Database Technologies for Successful EPM Implementations

By on January 18th, 2011

In planning for an EPM project, companies need to consider many different factors, the first being the tool selection process. Now many companies know they must go through a tool selection process when undergoing a project addressing a business problem as important as EPM. This often involves a careful review of what tools are out…

Hyperion Financial Management Implementations–How Long Will It Take?

By on January 10th, 2011

When a company begins looking at a Hyperion Financial Management implementation, one of the first questions they ask is how long it will take. Well, I don’t have a crystal ball that will tell me how long there implementation will take, but I can give them some insight into what I have seen during numerous…

What is Oracle Hyperion’s Data Relationship Management (DRM) Tool?

By on December 20th, 2010

There appears to be a lot misconception about what the DRM tool really is and where and how it can be used.  Client’s tend initially to narrowly focus on how they are going to use the product and use that information to develop an initial impression of exactly  what the tool really is. Some say…

Leverage All Your Assets: How a Relational Database Complements the Oracle Hyperion EPM Suite

By on December 14th, 2010

Many companies are now adding an EPM platform to their enterprise architecture by implementing components of the Oracle Hyperion Suite.  These components are often selected to address specific needs not met by their current applications.  Unfortunately, these companies often overlook one of their most valuable assets when building out the EPM solution, the relational database…

EPM Architecture and the Effective Use of Consolidation Tools

By on December 6th, 2010

As a Solutions Architect I get to do quite a bit of presales work, often spending time with companies who are looking to optimize their consolidation system and run their calculations faster, or provide some other reporting that they currently cannot produce.  This gives me a unique opportunity to look into their systems and see…

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