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Finance Leaders: Solve your Tribal Knowledge Problem

There’s been a lot written about tribal knowledge and how it can stunt your organization’s growth and progress. Most recently, Oracle published a post in their Modern Finance Leader blog about how tribal knowledge can leave your growing company “floundering.”

One thing all these articles have in common is pointing out the issues caused by tribal knowledge — that it creates dependency and inaccuracies. This can be especially true and dangerous for the finance office. So, what specific actions can finance leaders take to solve their tribal knowledge problem? That’s what we’ll be exploring in this blog post.

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How Financial Controllers 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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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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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 Roadmap: The Future of HFM, FCM & FCCS

So, you didn’t make it to Kscope18 or, if you did, you missed the part about the financial close roadmap. No worries — we’ll cover the timeline and new features coming to on-prem financial close tools in this blog post. We’ll even give you an update of what’s coming to Oracle’s Financial Consolidation and Close Service (FCCS). With the release date for the new version (11.2) right around the corner, we understand how important it is for your organization to get the full picture, so decision-makers can make the best next step.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the timeline for 11.2 and previous versions, features coming to HFM and FCM, as well as how FCCS stacks up.

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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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Hyperion On-Prem: Current, Next & Future

After Kscope17, we talked about what’s going on with Hyperion on-prem support and Oracle’s roadmap for future releases of on-prem products.

This month at OpenWorld, Oracle made their plans for what’s coming to Hyperion a little more concrete. In this blog post, we’ll look at the 11.2 plans for Hyperion Planning, HFM, Financial Close Management, and EPMA. You’ll also see a helpful graphic comparing current, next, and future functionality for the EPM suite.

But first, we’ll give you a refresher of Oracle’s on-prem strategy and important dates to know.

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How Hyperion Helps with Year-End Close

It’s the beginning of the fourth quarter. You’ve just finished yet another quarter-end close — the last thing you want to think about is year-end.

But it’s there, looming over your head, just like all the Christmas shopping that’s coming up fast. But, what if year-end close didn’t have to be so similar to the hellish nightmare that is shopping at the mall in December? What if year-end close could be peaceful?

Fortunately, there are tools to help — not just with year-end, but month-end and quarter-end close as well. If you’re shopping for a solution to help you speed up your close process, there are several Oracle tools (on-prem and in the cloud) that you should consider.

The Oracle on-prem financial close tools include:

The cloud-based Oracle financial close tools include:

In this blog post, you’ll get a brief overview of each tool, telling you how they can help you have a stress-free close process. You’ll also find free resources to dive deeper into each tool.

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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 Future of Oracle Financial Close Tools

There are a lot of possibilities for the future of your Oracle Financial Close tools. You could upgrade to 11.1.2.4, move to the cloud, or wait until 2019 to upgrade when 11.2 comes out. With so many different options, you’re bound to get overwhelmed, especially when you’re talking about tools to help with your integral finance operations.

In this blog post, we’ll cover new functionality and features as well as what’s coming soon to on-premises Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) and Oracle’s Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS).

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