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The Top 10 EPM Downloads of 2018

This year was all about thinking strategically — what is going to help your team, your business, and your career more forward? We created a lot of content to help get you in a strategic mindset, and this blog post will help you continue that outlook into the new year.

These are the top 10 downloads of 2018...

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4 Factors CFOs Should Consider for a Successful EPM Implementation

In 2018, the CFO role has changed tremendously. A recent study found that traditional skills like compliance and controllership account for less than 10 percent skills critical to success. Today, skills like general management and strategy are most important to a CFO’s success.

CFO’s must be more creative in how they formulate their strategy and measure success. Other factors important to the finance team, like efficiency and performance, will fall into place once a successful strategy is put into place.

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5 OpenWorld Takeaways for EPM & BI

If you didn’t make it to OpenWorld this year, we’ve got you covered with the key takeaways from the EPM and BI sessions.

In this blog post, we’ll first look at the EPM highlights, including…

  • An updated roadmap for on-prem EPM Hyperion solutions
  • Moving from Hyperion to the Oracle EPM Cloud

Then we’ll talk about BI highlights, including…

  • Getting started with OAC
  • OAC Essbase Capabilities and Roadmap
  • Active Directory & Single Sign-On with OAC
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EPM Consulting: How to Save Time, Energy & Money

Before getting started, you know your EPM project will be costly, take time, and tie up valuable resources. However, whether you’re upgrading, implementing a new solution, or moving to the cloud, there are steps you can take to ensure your projects are successful and money is well spent.

Your EPM tools are an important investment that will help optimize your processes and improve data consistency. The following tips will help you get the most out of that investment and ensure that you’re fully using your EPM tools.

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The Top 10 EPM Downloads of 2017

This year, we created more content than ever before to help you get the most out of your EPM investment. We looked back at all the eBooks, tools, webinars, and checklists to see what you loved most.

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Canned Reports vs. Ad-hoc Analysis: Which to Use and When [Infographic]

Different stakeholders demand different information in different formats and with different delivery requirements — a reality that can translate into a nightmare if you’ve been tasked with preparing reports to distribute the information.

So how can you keep up with increasing demands (and stay sane)? The key to saving your time and energy is determining which reports can be "canned," or automatically generated based on pre-set specifications. 

Either way, you can maximize efficiency:

  • For insights that can be canned, you can automate pre-built reports.
  • For all other use cases, give business users the ability to perform quick and easy ad-hoc analysis.

So, how do you know which reporting requests are good candidates for canned reports? And which requests are better suited for spontaneous ad-hoc analysis? You can view the flow chart to get a quick answer! In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at each type of reporting and how to maximize efficiency.

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The 5 Best Resources for Planning Your Next EPM Project

Whether it’s your first EPM project, fifth project, or even your tenth — it won’t be a walk in the park. Implementations, upgrades, and migrations of comprehensive tools like Oracle Hyperion take time and strategic planning. If you’re an EPM project veteran, you already know this, and your experience probably has you better prepared for what’s ahead. But, for all the novices out there, you might not know what to expect.

Whatever your situation — jaded veteran, wide-eyed newbie, or somewhere in between — you could undoubtedly use some resources. In this blog post, we’ll cover the five best resources for planning your next EPM project. (Added bonus: they’re free to download).

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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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6 Reasons EPM Projects Fail

Let’s be honest, EPM projects are expensive. It’s even more expensive when a project fails. These projects are intricate and require expertise that you can only get from an implementation partner. So, when the project fails, who’s to blame?

You probably want to place all the blame on the implementation partner. That might seem fair, especially if this is your first time venturing into the world of EPM. But, remember — you entered into a contract — so if certain parameters weren’t laid out, the partner can take your money and run.

But how can you tell when an implementation partner won’t live up to your expectations if you haven’t even started the project? In this blog post, we’ll cover the top six reasons EPM projects fail and the warning signs to look for while evaluating implementation partners.

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The Top 10 EPM & BI Downloads of 2016

We had a big year producing tools, white papers, videos, and more so that you can get the most return from your EPM and BI investment. This blog post counts down our 10 most popular downloads.

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