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Oracle Analytics and Essbase in the Cloud

By on October 4th, 2017

Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) is Oracle’s first Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering in the EPM space. This is where you’ll find Essbase in the Cloud.  The main differences between a PaaS and a Software as a Service (SaaS), such as ePBCS, is that you “own” the platform and have server level access and control. Maintenance, such as backups and patches and upgrades, is controlled by the customer. Patches are released by Oracle on a regular basis, but you decide when to apply them.

What Do Oracle Top 10 Cloud Predictions Mean for EPM?

By on September 11th, 2017

Oracle recently released their 2017 Top 10 cloud predictions for the broader information technology space, so, what do they mean for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)? In this Blog Series, we’ll take a closer look at some of Oracle’s predictions, including what they mean and how they might affect your business.

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 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…

Consolidations in ERP or Oracle FCCS?

By on February 14th, 2017

If your ERP systems will do consolidations, you may be asking the question: How would I benefit from spending the extra money to implement a separate EPM application for Financial Consolidation and Reporting? An EPM solution such as Oracle’s FCCS helps companies address challenges that come with doing consolidations in an ERP system.

FCCS & HFM – Similarities & Differences

By on January 16th, 2017

At first glance, FCCS would seem substantially different from HFM. The Simplified interface looks nothing like the traditional HFM workspace interface. When taking a closer look, however, especially when considering the design of the dimensionality, you’ll see that FCCS is a very close relative of HFM. As Oracle continues to increase the features and functions of FCCS, the two seemingly different applications will move closer and closer in comparison.

2016 Top 10 Topics & EPM in the Cloud

By on January 4th, 2017

Every year TopDown showcases our top content for the year with the Top 10 most popular blog posts. Some of these topics remain evergreen, making the list for multiple years. Other topics are more recent. To make things more interesting, this year our experts have looked at the content and weighed in on how the topic at hand fits in with the maturing of EPM in the cloud. Read on to find out what they have to say.

FCCS Dimensions: You Look Familiar (for the Most Part)

By on December 19th, 2016

With the release of FCCS, Oracle has shifted focus from its on premise-based consolidation solution, HFM, to a cloud-focused solution. FCCS isn’t quite “HFM in the cloud”, however, it is a great option for organizations looking for a cloud-focused consolidation solution. Almost all the tried and true features of HFM are present in FCCS. One of the attributes of FCCS that bears a striking resemblance to HFM is the dimensionality offered. This parallel in dimensions provides a comfort for long-time users of HFM when transitioning to FCCS.

Oracle Releases Financial Close Consolidation Cloud Service

By on May 12th, 2016

Oracle Financial Close Consolidation Cloud Service (FCCS) released today. Some may think of Financial Close and Consolidation Cloud Service (FCCS) as HFM in the cloud, but, in fact, it is a brand new close and consolidations product. FCCS is not just HFM “light” either.

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