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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…

Oracle Hyperion—Now It Looks Like Summer

By on April 4th, 2011

The word on the street now is the Oracle Hyperion has been pushed out another 60 days. Also, Hyperion EPM Info page on Facebook answered, “We aren’t able to provide an exact date, but the release should be available during the summer months in North America (May – July),” in response to a query…

Technology Services World Silicon Valley Conference

By on April 4th, 2011

Josh Berger, Vice President Sales, will be speaking at the Technology Services World Silicon Valley Conference in the SERVICE SALES session.

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…

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