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3 Money-Saving Steps for Any Planning or PBCS Implementation

Whether it’s an on-premises Hyperion Planning application or Oracle PBCS cloud application, implementing a sophisticated planning, budgeting, and forecasting solution can be exciting and sometimes daunting. How do you start preparing?

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3 Steps to Faster Financial Forecasting with Oracle Planning Tools

 

In today’s fast-paced environment, organizations can no longer rely on outdated financial data systems — quick responses to changes in the market and business are integral to success. Plus, relying on Excel is a headache.

Instead, companies need to understand what their data tells them and how to react accordingly and quickly. One way this can be achieved is through an agile planning, budgeting, and forecasting system. This advanced technology saves time and yields more accurate results to keep pace with the speed of business.

The fast track to better financial forecasting involves three basic steps...

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What Drives Your Business? Planning Software Can Reveal Surprising Answers

Do you know what drives your business? You may think you do, but often the numbers tell a different story. We encounter this scenario frequently when implementing planning, budgeting, and forecasting systems at some of the world’s largest companies. It can be a humbling revelation, but one that is essential to confront for business success.

For example, we recently worked with a billion-dollar healthcare company focused on pharmaceuticals and long-term care for individuals with chronic illness. Their planning systems were largely Excel-based — a common setup that creates a decentralized view of data, one where analysts churn through budgeting and forecasting without much visibility into what financials reveal about business.

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The Oracle Program that Makes Cloud Adoption a No-Brainer

Global popularity of the Oracle Cloud has skyrocketed in recent months, with more than 70 million users now logging into Oracle Cloud applications per day.

This is due in part to an innovative Oracle program called the Customer 2 Cloud program, which helps organizations quickly and easily convert on-premises applications to Oracle Cloud. 

Available to existing Oracle customers of EPM solutions (as well as ERP, HCM, and CRM solutions), the program is designed to overcome common barriers that prevent organizations from transitioning to the newer software-as-a-service model.

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All of Our Systems Are On-Premises — Does It Make Sense to Send Everything to the Cloud?

 

Everyone is moving to the cloud these days, and Oracle is no exception. In fact, as the leader of the Enterprise Performance Management vendors, they were the first to begin migrating their suite of products to the exciting realm of software-as-a-service with their Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) offering. Even more compelling, Oracle recently announced that all updates will be applied to cloud-based applications first, giving them priority over on-premises solutions.

All of this begs the question — if the cloud is the future, does it make sense to forgo an on-premises application? It depends on your corporate direction.

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How to Get Buy-In for Planning Software

 

You know enterprise planning software will make your life easier, but you don’t have buy-in from management — what do you do? Here are some tips for getting the green light.

The "Issue Sell"

Companies thrive when everyone in the organization feels they can speak up, especially highly valuable employees that are acutely aware of day-to-day operations. So, speak up!

Researchers Jane Dutton and Susan Ashford pioneered the concept of “issue selling” decades ago as an effective method to gain buy-in. Outline specific pain points you have witnessed and their impact on overall business goals, involve your peers and their experiences, and don’t forget to anticipate questions that may arise regarding timing of implementation or product capabilities.

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US-Analytics to Present at Oracle EPM Innovation Day: Capital Spend Modeling Success

US-Analytics is excited to announce that we will be participating in Oracle EPM Innovation Day next week in Houston, Texas. At this annual event, thought leaders share findings on how they've driven business transformation using innovative Oracle EPM solutions. This year, Oracle's latest research will reveal how the office of the CFO can be a catalyst for change across an organization through effective enterprise collaboration.

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How Fast Can Oracle PBCS Be Deployed?

 

The answer is, of course, it depends.

Because Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) is a pre-built application with powerful features like Hyperion Planning, Smart View, Financial Reports, Predictive Planning, Financial Data Management, and Essbase (ASO) Reporting Cubes that come out-of-the box, it is tempting to expect a lightning-fast implementation.

Just like building a house, neglecting a methodical and carefully prepared approach while hiring unskilled contractors can save money in the short run but end up costing significantly more in the long term. A fast PBCS implementation in comparison to traditional on-premise deployments is expected, but remember — quality should trump speed. 

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Your Questions Answered: Oracle PBCS Migrations, Upgrades, and Maintenance

With companies looking to reduce their capital expenditures, moving technology to the cloud with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model makes solid business sense — one way this can be achieved is directly in the finance department with a hosted planning and budgeting technology suite. Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) provides a pre-packaged, hosted solution for best-in-class financial planning and analysis.

How do you get started with this application and how do you maintain it? Let’s take a look at common questions we answer.

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Is Oracle PBCS the Right Fit for Your Organization? 4 Factors to Consider

 

Ranked a Corporate Performance Management technology leader in Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant” for nearly two decades, Oracle Hyperion Planning is one of the go-to platforms, touted for its ability to reduce planning cycles, eliminate errors associated with Excel, centralize data, and utilize best practices with drivers, modeling, and scenarios.

Oracle Hyperion Planning has further expanded its offering with a cloud-based, hosted solution: Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS). In the past, implementations have been strictly focused on on-premises solutions, requiring a significant up-front investment. By eliminating the capital investment and offering a low cost of ownership, Oracle PBCS presents an alternative for organizations of all sizes.

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