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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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PBCS Crash Course for Planning Admins (Free Training)

If you’re moving from Hyperion Planning to Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS), you’ll find that being on the cloud is just one of several major differences. If you bought PBCS after August 1, 2016, then you’re on the new simplified interface rather than what was previously referred to as “workspace.” If you purchased PBCS before then, you’ll be forced to adopt the simplified interface in December.

Because of the differences between the simplified interface and workspace, we often get questions from admins and users who are unfamiliar with where to click to accomplish the same thing. It may be a task, a setting, or how to see the result of the operation you just ran.

In this blog post, we’ll cover four examples of changes between the simplified interface and workspace.

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Resources for Hyperion Planning Administrators: Top 5 Tools, Tips, and Tricks


As a Hyperion Planning admin, you have a lot on your plate — supporting users, gathering financial reports, completing scheduled tasks, and much more. With so much expected from you, it helps to have several tools in your back pocket. 

In this blog post, we'll cover the top five resources for Hyperion Planning administrators that will hopefully help simplify your life and make your day go smoother. 

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ODTUG Kscope17: Must-See Essbase & Planning Sessions

Posted by Michelle Heath   |   Hyperion Planning,   |   Kscope,   |   Oracle Essbase
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5 Barriers That Slow Your Planning Cycle [Free Checklist]


If you’re an FP&A professional at a large company, chances are you’re faced with a long budget cycle that takes several months to complete. In this blog post, we’ll talk about five common culprits of a slow planning cycle and the steps you can take to get to faster (and more accurate) results.

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So, You Implemented Hyperion Planning… Now What?

So, your organization has finally implemented a robust planning, budgeting, and forecasting solution. You’re all set, right? Unfortunately, the implementation is just the first step in getting the most out of your Hyperion Planning application.

To ensure you spend more time on high-value work than things like user errors and system slowdowns, you’ll want to:

  • Ensure your users move beyond Excel
  • Maximize user adoption with training
  • Plan for ongoing support

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