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Smart View Power Tools: Break New Analytical Ground with Smart Query

By on August 12th, 2015

Introduced in EPM v11.1.2.2, 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.”

Adding Custom Dimensions to HFM

By on January 8th, 2015

With the release of HFM, HFM supports more than four custom dimensions. It will also allow the addition of custom dimensions to an existing application. Why add dimensions to your application? How do you add dimensions to an application and what are some considerations?

Top 10 TopDown Consulting Blog Posts of 2014 – #3

By on December 29th, 2014

The countdown of our most viewed blog posts is nearly complete! Starting off the final three is our “Hyperion Planning Security – Managing Filters for Very Large Dimensions” feature from 2011.

This post, which ranks 3rd on our list, covers the task of managing complex security processes within Hyperion Planning – an activity that can become increasingly cumbersome and even daunting very quickly. Be sure to read the original post for our expert tips and share any of your own advice in the comments below.

Top 10 TopDown Consulting Blog Posts of 2014 – #7

By on December 24th, 2014

Number 7 of our 10 most viewed blog posts answers the often asked question about how to install Oracle EPM v11.1.2.2 to a Linux server in graphical mode via an SSH connection from a Windows machine. This post answers the question with details and steps on how to do this.

Getting Started with Oracle DRM v11.1.2.3—Part 3

By on November 6th, 2014

In part 3 of this blog series, we’ll learn how to build properties in bulk using the Migration Utility, and will create six application-specific properties in the Custom.DRM namespace. In the prior post, we learned how to manually manage Versions, Hierarchies, Nodes, and Properties. In this post, we’ll use the Migration Utility to load the properties needed to manage the attributes of an Essbase application. The Migration Utility can also be used to migrate an application from one environment to another, using XML as the data medium.

KPIs and the Pareto Principle

By on October 23rd, 2014

Focusing on the “vital few” is the first step in the strategic planning process, and allows you to identify your KPIs. According to the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule), for most events, roughly 80 percent of the effects come from just 20 percent of the causes. The Pareto Principle is considered a common mode of operation in many business practices today – including driver-based planning.

Poll Your Audience! – Oracle Hyperion Workforce Planning

By on July 22nd, 2014

Project teams often wrestle with the decision to initiate Hyperion Planning’s Workforce module or create a customized salary planning application. Surveying your team, and surveying their requirements can lead to discovery and uncover conversation catalysts to help make the decision clearer. To make sure you get critical information, you should remember some key characteristics when…

Q & A—“It’s Always Sunny With Smart View” Webinar

By on June 10th, 2014

During last week’s webinar, “It’s Always Sunny With Smart View,” there were a number of questions that I didn’t have time to get to. Below you will find answers to most of them. Please check back next week for answers to the remaining questions.

Driver-Based Planning: Why Less is More

By on June 4th, 2014

When it comes to EPM planning, companies have traditionally taken a “more is better” approach. With tighter budgets and competition between departments for budget allocation, it’s easy to go down the path of providing too much information, on the premise that you can’t manage what you can’t measure. So what’s the solution? Driver-based planning….

Oracle EPM EAS RDBMS Tables

By on January 8th, 2014

Oracle EPM Essbase Administration Service’s RDBMS tables not created after performing product’s database configuration task.

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