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DRG – The Key to Effective Master Data Management in DRM

By on August 3rd, 2017

Regardless of the company size, at some point, the growing organization decides to implement workflow in order to capture the changes that you need to make to the master data. This is where Data Relationship Governance (DRG) comes in. Data Relationship Governance is native to Data Relationship Management with versions later than 11.1.2.3. It is a tool that allows you to do workflow in order to manage master data in DRM.

An Alternative Solution for Dynamic Organization Roll-up

By on July 14th, 2017

Clients often ask for the ability to report historical data the way it was reported organizationally at that previous point in time as well as to report current data in a different organizational view at the current point in time. I call this a dynamic organization roll-up when you need to freeze history in its own view(s) and see current period(s) in a different view.

Kscope17 – It’s a Wrap

By on June 28th, 2017

The last day of sessions did not disappoint. The word at the conference is people are very happy with “Quite a few eye-opening sessions.” TopDown presented 9 of those sessions, with final 4 taking place today.

Initial takeaways continue to be…

Kscope17 – Day 3 (Time to Consider Hybrid Cloud?)

By on June 27th, 2017

With all the details, new features, problem solving, tips & tricks for getting more out of the applications, and then some, the most important piece of information at Kscope17 thus far is on-premise is not gone yet….

Kscope17 – Day 2 (FCCS Takes the Day)

By on June 26th, 2017

FCCS takes the day. The news about this close and consolidation application in the cloud was by far the highlight of the first day of sessions. We also learned about some new features slated for the early 2019 release of v11.2.0 Simplified User Interface (SUI). And more…

Kscope17 Opening Day

By on June 25th, 2017

Great start to Kscope17 taking place this year in San Antonio, Texas. This year the TopDown Booth is a white board. And people are stopping by to discuss the EPM/Hyperion Challenges that keep them up at night.

How to Get the Most Out of Essbase in the Cloud

By on June 21st, 2017

Essbase in the Cloud has been eagerly anticipated and now that it is finally here we will explore how Essbase in the Cloud can replace, enhance or serve the same role as your current on-premise Essbase environment.

Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase—A Starbucks Case Study

By on June 20th, 2017

Handling text data in a Hyperion Planning application is relatively easy and straightforward. Managing and reporting on text data is not quite as simple in the Essbase technology. But it can be done. Find out how.

Extreme Essbase Calcs: What-if, Goal Seeking and Sensitivity Analysis

By on June 8th, 2017

Today more and more companies are using driver-based designs and recent improvements such as Hybrid Aggregation, new calculation functions, and bigger hardware mean that there are new possibilities. Profit opportunities don’t usually follow simple linear patterns.

Hybrid Cloud – A Solution to a Business Problem

By on June 5th, 2017

Moving EPM applications to the Cloud is the most significant market direction to date. The reality is that finance and IT teams don’t move as fast as the applications, which means companies need a solution that accommodates a mix of on-premise and Cloud EPM applications (Hybrid Cloud). That solution is Hybrid Cloud.

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