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Kaleidoscope 2011—Details and Discount

By on April 4th, 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. Tip: Use TopDown Consulting’s special code TDC and receive a $100 discount off the registration price. If you are not an ODTUG member, your registration will give you a FREE nine-month ODTUG…

Rapid Data Prototyping Using a Relational Database

By on March 30th, 2011

Most companies implementing an EPM, consolidation or reporting system will need to bring together metadata and data from several different sources. These sources will likely have been developed at different times using different technologies with different intentions. Each of these factors will have contributed to there being differences in the hierarchies available in each system,…

Webcast—Achieving Exceptional Reporting with MDM and Oracle Hyperion DRM

By on March 24th, 2011

Achieving Exceptional Reporting with MDM and Oracle Hyperion DRM Webcast presented by Mark Wilson, TopDown Consulting Vice President of Services In this webcast, you will learn how optimal use of Oracle Hyperion DRM and an Analytical MDM strategy allows for dramatic operational efficiencies, including:

Offline Adjustments—the EPM Project Timesuck

By on March 22nd, 2011

You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and when it comes to financial reporting, the weakest link is often offline adjustments—the forgotten piece of financial data and often the unplanned ‘gotcha’ when it comes to implementing an EPM solution.

Oracle Hyperion Almost Here

By on March 15th, 2011

The latest buzz is that Oracle Hyperion will be released this week, and there is a long list of people anxiously awaiting it. The release is supposed to include the conversion tools that allow you to upgrade from prior releases, and this fact coupled with support for Windows 2008 makes a hot topic.…

Currency Translations in Financial Management — Historical Rates versus Dollar Overrides

By on March 9th, 2011

One of the best times to look for improvements in your Financial Management application is during an upgrade. A good place for global companies to start is how the application is handling translations for multiple local currencies. Recent experience has shown me that companies can realize immediate benefits by taking a second look at currency…

Justifying Your MDM Strategy

By on March 2nd, 2011

Why is getting your organization’s management to recognize the value of creating and using a Master Data Management (MDM) strategy so difficult? It seems that the concept of trying to create a strategy that would reduce errors, cleanse data and, in general, improve the organization’s ability to make their data much more useable would be…

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…

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