By TopDown Team on August 9th, 2017
Over my 15 plus years of consulting, one of the great constants in working with Oracle Hyperion EPM is that you cannot hide from data validations. It must be done. One of the eternal questions is: “Does the data tie out?” And of course, we know that the answer must always be an affirmative. In…
By TopDown Team on April 27th, 2016
Many people are looking for a way to get their Hyperion consolidation application to permanently store data. The commonality in this situation is they have a consolidation process that involves using the HFM application to make topside adjustments in the form of journals. This blog post discusses how the the use of the “Data Type” custom dimension mitigates the loss of traceability of source system data, enhancing the HFM application to store permanent data.
By TopDown Team on December 30th, 2015
While it was created specifically to manage hierarchies for applications like Essbase, Hyperion Planning, and Hyperion Financial Management, you can also use DRM to manage master data in other systems like General Ledgers, Data Warehouses, Human Capital Management, etc. DRM is also system agnostic, so it is not tied down to any particular system. And these are just two of the many reasons DRM is an industry favorite Hierarchy Management Tool.
By TopDown Team on November 24th, 2015
Hyperion has three reporting methods: Hyperion Reports, Hyperion Smart View, and standard reports within Hyperion Financial Management (“HFM”). I will address each of these reporting methods in this blog. I will also discuss XBRL reporting at the end of this blog post.
By TopDown Team on November 9th, 2015
Application security is the security within an application. Security prevents two types of errors: intentional and accidental. Intentional errors are rare, the majority of errors are unintentional or accidental. A large public corporation normally consists of several small entities. The accounting numbers will more likely be correct if accountants are prevented from making unintentional errors by only having the minimum access needed to do their job.
By TopDown Team on October 1st, 2015
Join Juan Porter, Chief Solutions Architect & Founder, and Paul Hoch, Principal Architect, on Friday, October 9 at 1p.m. EST, and in one hour you will have a clearer understanding on how to work within the Workforce Planning framework to enhance the application so that you can have a better end result and a better out-of-the-box experience with Workforce Planning.
By TopDown Team on September 8th, 2015
When it comes to allocating data, most users tend to use HCPM, which begs the question: Is this always the right tool for the job? The short answer is no. Although we have been told that allocations can be handled in HPCM, there are most certainly situations when Planning and Essbase can provide the upper hand when creating an allocation engine. So how do you know when Planning and Essbase are the right tools for the job?
By Mike Arnoldy on August 27th, 2015
Most people view HFM as just a financial consolidation tool (and it is an excellent tool for combining data from disparate sources and then consolidating it to produce financial statements), putting HFM into this “consolidation tool-only box” and never think about how to use its capabilities to solve other reporting challenges. Well, guess what? You…
By TopDown Team on August 12th, 2015
Introduced in EPM v188.8.131.52, Smart Query, a feature of Hyperion Smart View, still doesn’t get a lot of attention; and it should because it’s the key to a number of analytical capabilities that Essbase users never had before.
Smart Query goes beyond the capabilities of standard Smart View. To put it more simply, Smart Query is an analysis type like the Essbasse Ad Hoc query tool or Smart View forms, but the cool difference is that Smart Query focuses on “set-based analysis.”
By Steve Davis on July 29th, 2015