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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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