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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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PBCS vs. EPBCS: Comparing Oracle's Cloud Planning Applications

If you’re thinking about migrating on-prem Hyperion Planning to the cloudyou have to make a big decision: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) or Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS)?

Whether you choose PBCS or EPBCS, the overall benefits of an Oracle cloud application are the same: no upfront cost for hardware or software, less IT involvement, and no annual maintenance costs.

In this blog post, you'll get a high-level comparison of Oracle’s cloud planning applications to help you navigate your options. 

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Kscope18: To Infinity & Beyond

Now that we’ve had time to sleep and rest our feet, it’s time to reflect on Kscope18. A few things stick out right off the bat — Disney, puppies, and (of course) our people.

This year had a real Buzz Lightyear “to infinity and beyond” feel to it — and not just because we were at Disney. Our team members made some huge strides (like becoming an Oracle ACE Associate), which we’ll brag about below. In this blog post, we’ll cover what we did, what we loved, and what we hope to see at Kscope19.

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EPM Roadmap: The Future of Hyperion Planning vs. PBCS

Kscope18 has ended — which means those who didn’t attend (or missed this particular session) are eager to hear about the changes to Oracle’s plans for the future of on-premises EPM solutions.

It’s no secret that Oracle is putting all the innovation in the cloud, but users can still look forward to the release of the last on-prem version announced last year at Kscope17.

In this blog post, we’ll specifically look at Hyperion Planning and how the roadmap has changed for Planning since last year. We’ll also talk about versions that have lost support from Oracle, as well as the disparity of features between PBCS vs. Hyperion Planning.

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Kscope18: Must-See EPM Sessions & Events

Can you believe? It’s already time to start planning your trip to another ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference. This year, Kscope18 will be held at Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort, which includes five pools, a white sand beach, three golf courses, 17 restaurants, and much more.

Kscope18 will host a variety of Oracle experts delivering more than 300 presentations, including hands-on training and lunch-and-learn sessions. You won’t want to miss Oracle ACE Associate Brian Marshall’s sessions — one of which was named a “don’t-miss session” by Kscope18’s Planning track lead.

In this blog post, we’ll help you make the most of your time at Kscope:

  • Swing by our EPM & BI happy hour
  • Vote on what giveaways and swag you want to pick up at our booth
  • Add notable EPM sessions to your agenda
  • Revisit past Kscope presentations

Don’t forget to use the promo code USA to get $100 off Kscope registration.

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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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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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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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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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Cheat Sheet: Migrating On-Prem Hyperion Planning to the Cloud

You’ve heard it since the advent of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS). Migrating your Hyperion Planning environment to the cloud means no initial upfront cost for hardware or software, less IT involvement, and no annual maintenance costs. It’s an attractive offer — but, for many, migrating to the cloud is an unknown process.

The migration may not be as tasking as you think, and it gives you a great opportunity to clean your environment and streamline your processes. In this blog post, we’ll go over what needs to be consolidated and streamlined versus what stays the same during your migration. (For a deeper dive into cloud migration best practices, you can jump straight to the video.)

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