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Michelle Heath

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ODTUG Kscope17: Must-See Essbase & Planning Sessions

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Hyperion Planning,   |   Kscope,   |   Oracle Essbase
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5 Barriers That Slow Your Planning Cycle [Free Checklist]


If you’re an FP&A professional at a large company, chances are you’re faced with a long budget cycle that takes several months to complete. In this blog post, we’ll talk about five common culprits of a slow planning cycle and the steps you can take to get to faster (and more accurate) results.

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So, You Implemented Hyperion Planning… Now What?

So, your organization has finally implemented a robust planning, budgeting, and forecasting solution. You’re all set, right? Unfortunately, the implementation is just the first step in getting the most out of your Hyperion Planning application.

To ensure you spend more time on high-value work than things like user errors and system slowdowns, you’ll want to:

  • Ensure your users move beyond Excel
  • Maximize user adoption with training
  • Plan for ongoing support

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PBCS and EPBCS Updates (May): Simplified Dimension Editor, One-Click Financial Reporting, and More

Next week, Oracle will roll out its May updates for Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) and Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS). This blog post outlines the new functionality that will become available, as well as improvements and fixed defects.

(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 Friday, May 19 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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FCCS Updates (May): Enhanced User Interface, New Smart View Extensions, and More

Next week, Oracle will update Financial Close and Consolidation Cloud Service (FCCS). In this blog post, we’ll outline changes, new functionality, and fixed defects for May.

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.

The monthly update for Oracle FCCS will occur on Friday, May 19 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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ARCS Product Update (May): Support for Variance Analysis, New Transaction Matching Features, and More

Next week, Oracle will update Account Reconciliation Cloud Service (ARCS). In this blog post, we’ll outline changes, updates, and considerations for May.

We’ll let you know any time there are updates to ARCS or any other Oracle EPM cloud products. Check the US-Analytics Oracle EPM & BI Blog every month.

The monthly update for Oracle ARCS will occur on Friday, May 19 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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ARCS Product Update (April): New Transaction Matching Module, Single Sign-on with NetSuite, and More

Next week, Oracle will update Account Reconciliation Cloud Service (ARCS). In this blog post, we’ll outline changes, updates, and considerations for April.

We’ll let you know any time there are updates to ARCS or any other Oracle EPM cloud products. Check the US-Analytics Oracle EPM & BI Blog every month.

The monthly update for Oracle ARCS will occur on Friday, April 21 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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FCCS Updates (April): Working with Metadata, New EPM Automate Utility Version, and More

Next week, Oracle will update Financial Close and Consolidation Cloud Service (FCCS). In this blog post, we’ll outline changes, updates, and fixed defects for April.

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.

The monthly update for Oracle FCCS will occur on Friday, April 21 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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PBCS and EPBCS Updates (April): What-If Planning, New Smart View for Office Version, and More

Next week, Oracle will roll out its April updates for Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) and Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS). This blog post outlines the new and improved functionality that will become available.

(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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Scenario Planning: What, Why, and How to Get Started


There’s a huge problem with traditional planning methods — they don’t fit in the modern world. Markets can change quickly while trends can have many different implications for the future. If you’ve worked in FP&A for a while and still use spreadsheet-driven processes, you’ve probably asked yourself, “why doesn’t my planning process consider various outcomes?”

Scenario planning allows you to better understand the future by identifying trends and exploring the implications of projecting them forward. You get to answer the question, “What if…?” and explore a whole spectrum of possibilities.

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