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Customer Spotlight: How Williamson-Dickie Supports Hyperion Planning

Posted by Craig Kee   |   Managed Services,   |   Hyperion Planning


When an employee decides to leave, it’s tough on any organization. It’s particularly difficult when that employee is a Hyperion administrator — suddenly you’re left without support for complex applications that are essential to your financial operations.

This is what happened to Williamson-Dickie, a Fort Worth-based work wear outfitter, when their admin decided to leave. But what began as a tough situation ended up benefitting the organization. They realized they didn’t have enough work for a full-time admin — instead, they could save time and money by outsourcing Hyperion support to an experienced managed services provider.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the ways Williamson-Dickie uses Hyperion managed services to support Hyperion Planning.

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Every time a cloud update comes up for FCCS, or any other Oracle EPM cloud products, we’ll update it here on the US-Analytics Oracle EPM & BI Blog.

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(If you want to stay informed of monthly updates for Oracle EPM cloud products, be sure to subscribe to our blog.)

The monthly update for PBCS and EPBCS will occur on Monday, April 17 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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Hyperion Planning Documentation: Tips for Getting Started


Organizations face high Hyperion administrator turnover, so it’s understandable if your Hyperion Planning documentation isn’t up to date. Documentation is tedious and time consuming. If you’re the new Hyperion admin or filling in until a replacement comes along, you’re probably overwhelmed with where to start.

In this blog post, we’ll go over several tips to help you get started with your Hyperion Planning documentation.

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