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OBIEE Tutorial: Preventing Write Back When Using Act As

Posted by Matthew Walding   |   Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE

Recently, I was presented with a unique client requirement. They needed to prevent write back functionality when acting as users who have write back capabilities. They also wanted to be able to turn it on or off depending on the situation, since there are some scenarios where using Write Back in conjunction with Act As is needed. This created a few challenges because of how Act As and Write Back are configured in OBI.

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Is Your Data Strategy Defensive or Offensive?

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   OBIEE,   |   Process & Advisory,   |   Oracle Analytics Cloud

Organizations have more data to manage than ever before, and it’s critical to the success of your business to manage that data strategically. But even with data management tools and new roles created to manage that data — most companies have fallen behind, according to a recent article published in the Harvard Business Review.

The numbers to support that claim are even more shocking. Various studies have found that 70 percent of employees can access data that they shouldn’t have access to, and 80 percent of analysts’ time is spent finding and preparing data.

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PBCS and EPBCS Updates (April 2018): Schedule Jobs to Run Hourly and by the Minute, Simplified Merit-Based Planning in EPBCS & More

The March updates for Oracle's Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) and Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) have arrived! This blog post outlines several new features for both applications.

The monthly update for PBCS and EPBCS will occur on Friday, April 20 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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EPRCS Updates (April 2018): New Features in Disclosure Management, Management Reporting & Enhancements for Reporting in Smart View

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Oracle EPM Cloud,   |   Oracle EPRCS

In this blog, we'll cover the April updates for Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS) including new features for disclosure management, management reporting, and enhancements for reporting in Smart View.

The monthly update for EPRCS will occur on Friday, April 20 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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FCCS Updates (April 2018): Event Monitoring Integrations, Financial Reporting Explore Repository, Configurable Consolidations & More

The April updates for Oracle's Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS) have arrived! This blog post outlines multiple new features, including configurable consolidations, a new financial reporting repository, event monitoring integrations, and much more.

The monthly update for FCCS will occur on Friday, April 20 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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ARCS Updates (April 2018): Additional Charts in Activity Report, Reporting in .XLSX Format, Considerations & More

The April updates for Oracle's Account Reconciliation Cloud Service (ARCS) are here. In this blog post, we’ll outline new features in ARCS, including additional charts in activity report, outputting reports in .XLSX as well as considerations and removal of support.

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 20 during your normal daily maintenance window.

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OAC Tutorial: Setting Up Active Directory

In this OAC tutorial, we’ll go through how to install and configure Microsoft Active Directory. 

If you’re looking for other tutorials to help you get started with OAC, check out the Two-Minute Tutorials for Setting up a Database for OAC and Creating an OAC Instance. We also offer an OAC Boot Camp for those who want to become OAC experts.

In our next Two-Minute Tutorial, we'll cover how to set up single sign-on.

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How Financial Controllers Can Add Value

As the financial controller, you’re focused on managing the accounting department while ensuring transactions are collected or paid. You also must ensure financial reporting is accurately completed, and that your organization is compliant with reporting requirements.

These are the responsibilities you knew when you took the job and the responsibilities that you’ve grown used to completing. But you’re in the position to make valuable changes and improve processes for you, your team, and even the entire organization. In this blog post, we’ll cover five ways in which you can add value.

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Getting Started with Strategic Modeling in EPBCS

What’s your biggest problem when it comes to financial modeling? The answer we typically hear is spreadsheets. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using a spreadsheet — Excel is a great tool that can assist with many of your processes. However, only using a customized spreadsheet for financial modeling can create data inconsistency and lacks transparency.

Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service’s (EPBCS) Strategic Modeling module was created to help you solve all the problems caused by using a spreadsheet for financial modeling and impact analysis.

In line with EPBCS’s out-of-the-box features and functions, Strategic Modeling comes with out-of-the-box capabilities. In this blog post, we’ll cover those capabilities, how Strategic Modeling works, and why you should use it.

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The Value of Adding Commentary to OBIEE

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Oracle Business Intelligence,   |   OBIEE,   |   CollaborateBI

As you probably already know, OBIEE does not have a commentary function built in.

So, you and your team are probably using manual workarounds — taking screenshots, adding text descriptions, referencing documents in email attachments — to discuss insights.

But what if you could add comments and documents directly to OBIEE dashboards and reports? How much time and effort would that feature save you?

In this blog post, we’ll share how you can implement that functionality with one simple tool and — more importantly — how it will help your team.

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