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Zero-Based Budgeting: Pros, Cons & What to Know Before Getting Started

Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) is less common than traditional budgeting and rolling forecasts. However, it’s been getting some attention in the last few years. Whereas traditional budgeting allows you to include items from the previous year, ZBB requires organizations to justify every dollar in detail.

Building a budget from zero might seem like a tedious process, but it can help you make the best decisions for your company in the long run. In this blog post, we’ll cover some of the pros and cons of zero-based budgeting. And, we’ll look at some questions you need to ask before getting started with ZBB in Hyperion Planning.

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Tips & Tricks: Oracle EPM Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting

Performance tuning and troubleshooting is no one’s favorite topic, but it’s one of the most important topics when it comes to Oracle EPM. No one wants a system that lags or — even worse — crashes during an integral time.

In this blog post, we’ll cover some tips and tricks for EPM tuning and troubleshooting so you can make sure your Oracle EPM tools are always working, especially during those vital times.

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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.

OR

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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The Hyperion Admin Resume: Technical, Functional & Soft Skills

Hiring a new employee for any open position is a major task, but it can be extremely difficult to find a Hyperion administrator who’s both qualified and a good fit for your organization.

If you’re currently searching for a Hyperion admin, you probably realize that you can’t make exceptions to the qualifications you’re looking for — this is not a job organizations have the time and resources to provide additional training for. Your ideal candidate profile also depends on several factors, like which tools you need managed, the number of applications, and much more.

In this blog post, we’ll outline the skills and qualities your recruiter should be looking for because, let’s face it, their job is hard enough. So what exactly makes an outstanding Hyperion administrator?

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Is the End Nigh? What's Really Going On With Hyperion On-Prem Support

Oracle has announced that premier support for Oracle’s suite of on-premises Hyperion tools will end in 2030.

Most everyone in the EPM space is aware of Oracle’s push to the cloud, with several EPM cloud-based tools being released over several months/years. With many customers still reluctant to migrate to the cloud, Oracle’s solution is to release a new version in 2019, make changes the customers want, and extend support for that version for a little over a decade.

In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know if you've missed Oracle's recent announcements explaining the future of their on-prem Hyperion suite.

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Your Hyperion Administrator is About to Leave... Now What? [Free Checklist]


It’s a fact of corporate life that Hyperion administrators come and go — and it often seems like they’re going more often than they come. In fact, the average tenure of a Hyperion admin is approximately 12–18 months.

Here are some tips to help finance and IT managers minimize the negative impact when a Hyperion admin leaves.

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Hyperion Infrastructure Worst Practices, Part 3: Security

When it comes to Hyperion security, there are quite a few things you can mess up. You probably already have a list of things you should be doing, or “best practices.” In this blog post, we’ll cover what you shouldn’t do — the “worst practices” — when it comes to Hyperion security.

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Hyperion Infrastructure Worst Practices, Part 2: HFM


Whether you’ve been using Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) from its advent or you’re new to the Hyperion product, you’ve probably seen a lot of “best practices” guides. But it's just as important to know common “worst practices” that hurt HFM’s performance.

In my last blog post, I covered mistakes I frequently see organizations make with Hyperion Planning and Essbase. Now it’s time to talk about HFM.

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Hyperion Infrastructure Worst Practices, Part 1: Planning and Essbase


You’ve probably read your fair share of “best practices” guides for maintaining Hyperion applications. But what about “worst practices”— the most common culprits of slowdowns and even crashes?

Below are six infrastructure mistakes we frequently see organizations make with their Planning and Essbase applications and easy ways to avoid them.

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