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3 Signs You Need to Automate Your Account Reconciliation Process

For most organizations, the account reconciliation process is manual, time consuming, and a major bottleneck in the financial close process. Medium to large companies commonly reconcile thousands of accounts during the quarter-end or month-end close, yet 65 percent rely on manual methods to determine whether adjustments are required

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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 EPM Support 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 Support Services: Nightmare or Dream Team?

When it comes to support 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 support 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 support 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

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Comparing Business Analytics Products: OBIEE 12c vs. BICS vs. Data Visualization vs. OAC

Looking for an enterprise-wide business analytics solution? Oracle has an app for that. Want cost-effective dashboards and reporting for departmental use? Oracle has an app for that. Or do you want an advanced data discovery and visualization tool? Yep, Oracle's got that too. 

You get the picture — Oracle has an app for almost every business intelligence need. 

But how do you find the right app? The quadrants on the right provide one way to think about Oracle’s range of business analytics offerings. Does your organization want control in the hands of functional users or IT? Do you prefer an on-premises or cloud environment? This blog post will help you decide which product is the best fit for your company by showing you what each product brings to the table.

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