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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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Keeping up with HFM and Essbase Performance Tuning

Just like a car, you know your Hyperion products need regular tuning — but there’s not an odometer to tell you exactly when to do it.

Hyperion products install under the assumption you’re going to tune it, and it’s a necessity for regular users in order to fully optimize your system's performance.

So when should your revisit performance tuning? In most cases, once a month, but it depends on how often your using an application or module and what your using it for.

This blog will overview when you should conduct performance tuning based on what system you’re using, and what could have if you don’t keep up with regular tuning.

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EPM Project Management: 7 Essentials of a Good Status Report

 

You are now the sponsor of a new EPM project at your organization. This project is transformational for your department and affects a lot of company stakeholders. And, adding further pressure, the project has a lot of visibility with senior executive leadership within your organization. While you’ve chosen what you believe is a good implementation partner… you’ll need to know what and how to report on project status for both the tactical project and strategic executive team.

How will you know what information makes a good status report? How will you present information to the project team that establishes credibility and sets a tone for leadership? How will you know what the leadership team needs to judge that the project is a success? A lot is riding on this project’s success!

This blog post will give you the knowledge to keep your project on track and report effectively to your leadership team. It’s going to arm you for success — prepare to climb that ladder.

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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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The Secret to a Successful Project, Part 2: Closing the Complexity Gap by Understanding People, Process, and Technology

 

We’ve talked about the first key to a successful project: understanding your project’s unique complexity gap.

The next step focuses on analyzing the current maturity of your organization (using the EPM maturity model) against the goals of the project. The outcome is a gap analysis, which measures the effort required to close those gaps and achieve a successful outcome. The gap analysis is the starting point to minimizing risk and maximizing the benefits of the project.

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The Secret to a Successful Project, Part 1: The Complexity Gap

 

Customers often ask, “What can we do to make sure our project will be a success?” Sometimes this question is so important to a client that they will go the extra mile to pay for advisory services (from, say, the Big 4 consulting firms) to help them answer the question. Well, from my experience in Big 4 and answering just this sort of question, there are three key areas that determine whether your project will be a success.

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PSA: Have You Planned Your Oracle Hyperion Upgrade?

For finance leaders, the array of new features in Oracle EPM 11.1.2.4 are reason enough to proactively upgrade. But there are also time-sensitive factors when upgrading to 11.1.2.4 that finance may not be aware of — the operating system changes and policies that will soon come from IT.

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How Support Services Can Help Stabilize Your Hyperion Environment

Managing and maintaining complex enterprise IT platforms such as Hyperion and Oracle Business Intelligence suites can tax even the best IT departments, stretching resources thin and often causing administrators to “make do” instead of committing precious time and effort to performing every upgrade. The result can be steadily decreasing efficiency and a diminishing return on investment.

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5 Tips on Choosing the Right Hyperion Managed Services Provider

Posted by Craig Kee   |   All,   |   Managed Services,   |   Hyperion Infrastructure

Strategies for managing large-enterprise IT environments have been rapidly evolving over the past few years, with growing numbers of companies outsourcing IT support to highly skilled managed services providers. For enterprises running an Oracle Hyperion environment, choosing a Hyperion managed services provider can be a daunting task. There are countless IT managed services providers — including many who claim Hyperion expertise — but few have the depth and breadth of Hyperion knowledge and experience to truly qualify as Hyperion experts.

Here are some tips for choosing the right Hyperion managed services provider:

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Danger, Will Robinson: How a Good Managed Services Provider Identifies Issues

Oracle Hyperion is a sophisticated suite of enterprise performance management (EPM) tools that has expanded over time to include several modules purchased from other companies that were created using different architectures. The result is a complex system that interacts through application programming interfaces (APIs), creating a number of places where trouble can pop up.

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