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Yasmin Morrison

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US-Analytics Acquires Atlanta-based Rittman Mead America Inc.

US-Analytics, a leader in EPM consulting and services, acquired Atlanta-based BI firm Rittman Mead America (RMA) for an undisclosed amount this week to better serve the needs of customers nationwide. Both companies bring decades of experience in the development and support of business analytics systems. Their leaders share a singular mission: help organizations harness the power of their data.

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5 Misconceptions About Managed Services

When we talk to finance and IT teams that don’t outsource support for Hyperion or Oracle EPM Cloud applications, it’s typically because:

1) They had a bad experience with a subpar managed services provider, and they aren’t sure a different MSP will be better.


2) They haven’t tried managed services yet because they assume it costs too much, they won’t get the custom support they need, or other misconceptions.

It’s time to clear the air! In this blog post, we’ll cover the biggest misconceptions we’ve heard about managed services for EPM tools.

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Hyperion Managed Services: Nightmare or Dream Team?

When it comes to managed services horror stories, we’ve heard it all. Organizations have approached us looking for a new provider because they’ve waited weeks for a ticket to resolve. Or they’re unable to get a hold of their managed services team. An admin recently told us that she finally gave up and closed a ticket because the provider didn’t have the expertise to resolve it.

Often, customers are disappointed with their current provider but are still hesitant to make a change. Either they aren’t sure what expectations are realistic, or they’re skeptical that better providers exist. How can you tell if your situation is as bad as you think?

In this blog post, we’ll compare three nightmare situations with the support you should be getting from a managed services dream team.

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5 Ways EPM Is Changing [2016 Forrester Report]

Last month, Forrester released a report on the 10 EPM providers that “matter most” and how they stack up. The key takeaways weren’t just the leaders in the field (Oracle Hyperion came out on top) but also Forrester’s research into how EPM technology is evolving.

The following five trends will show you what's on the horizon for your EPM applications.

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US-Analytics Brings New Leadership to Expand Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) and Governance (DRG) Capabilities

US-Analytics is pleased to announce new leadership changes within our data governance and master data management (MDM) practice. Greg Briscoe, an accomplished and well-known leader in the Oracle DRM field, has joined our firm as Senior Director of Data Relationship Management and Governance.

“We have long recognized the critical importance of MDM and data governance to clients and to growing our business,” says US-Analytics President Wayne Conrad, “and adding Greg to the team is a major step in the execution of our growth strategy.”

The need for enterprise data governance continues to be a critical issue for today’s leading organizations. Increasing competition and business complexities — along with the massive push toward cloud-based solutions — underscore the importance of process control and interoperability between mission-critical applications. Any company relying on fast and accurate reporting must have a sound strategy in place for enterprise data governance.

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The Secret to a Successful Project, Part 3: What to Expect From an Implementation Partner


We’ve talked about the first key to a successful EPM or business analytics project: understanding your project’s unique complexity gap. And we’ve talked about how to create a gap analysis and assess the potential effort that your project will require.

Once these two items are complete, the next step in this process is to select an Oracle Hyperion implementation partner. To help you evaluate prospective implementation partners, this blog post will detail the three most important selection criteria and how to predict success in those areas.

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Kscope16: Registration Savings & Must-See Events

Another ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference is fast approaching! Kicking off on June 26, Kscope will be held just steps from the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park in Chicago. The 5-day event features over 300 sessions and boasts more BI and EPM presentations than any other conference.

Don't forget to register by March 25 (the deadline for early bird registration) and use code USA to save a total of $400 on your Kscope pass.

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New Hyperion Resources Library: 70+ Videos, White Papers, Toolkits, and More

Posted by Yasmin Morrison

US-Analytics Welcomes Al Moreno as Delivery Manager of Oracle DRM Solutions

US-Analytics is pleased to announce that Al Moreno has joined our firm's Dallas office as Delivery Manager overseeing the implementation of Data Governance and Master Data Management solutions

“To meet our growing customer demand for EPM system integrations, we’re expanding our delivery team with the best DRM and DRG experts in the country,” says Wayne Conrad, President of US-Analytics. “Al Moreno is an essential part of our efforts, having been involved in more than 50 DRM implementations across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia Pacific.”

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The Secret to a Successful Project, Part 2: Closing the Complexity Gap by Understanding People, Process, and Technology


We’ve talked about the first key to a successful project: understanding your project’s unique complexity gap.

The next step focuses on analyzing the current maturity of your organization (using the EPM maturity model) against the goals of the project. The outcome is a gap analysis, which measures the effort required to close those gaps and achieve a successful outcome. The gap analysis is the starting point to minimizing risk and maximizing the benefits of the project.

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