If you’ve been shopping around for an EPM solution or stay relatively informed of the goings-on in the industry, chances are you’ve heard about OneStream XF. This corporate performance management solution was created by Bob Powers, the inventor of Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), and Tom Shea, the founder and inventor of Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management (FDM).
If you didn’t know about the founders already, or if that’s the only thing you know, then this is the blog post for you. We’ll explain why the OneStream platform was developed and what’s different about it. Spoiler alert: core CPM capabilities, including financial consolidation, planning, and account reconciliations, live in one application for a simplified user experience.
You already know about Tom Shea, OneStream’s president, and Bob Powers, the company’s VP and CTO. Shea is the visionary behind OneStream XF — he wanted to create a user-friendly yet powerful platform that is easy to deploy, maintain, and supports the entire finance office.
But it’s not just Shea and Powers with years of great experience. Each member of the team has delivered CPM solutions for more than 15 years. The entire leadership team, from the CFO to the VP of Sales, has experience with Oracle Hyperion.
With experience in developing some of the most widely used EPM applications, the OneStream team understands the complex issues that customers face. It was with this knowledge that OneStream originated — the software seeks to eliminate any complications with a unified platform that can meet all your external as well as your internal finance organization needs. OneStream was founded under the principle that organizations would no longer have to choose between a single purpose application that only meets their planning needs or an application that only meets their financial consolidation needs. With OneStream, it’s all in one place, on one platform.
Financial Consolidation and Reporting
At the core of the OneStream software is financial consolidation and reporting. The platform promises to simplify financial reporting to support the most complex organizations.
Instead of having various applications across the office of finance — a siloed structure that is vulnerable to data inconsistencies — a unified performance management platform, like OneStream's XF product, successfully creates a single source of truth.
OneStream’s financial consolidation and reporting promises to deliver several things, including:
- A more complete system with true multi-GAAP, multi-entity, multi-currency, automated IC eliminations, minority interest, and partial ownership
- Increased automation with the capability to automate cash flow reporting and a better understanding of the movement of accounts with a packaged Flow Dimension
- Improvement of controls with embedded data quality adds the additional power of guided workflows and complete audit controls to ensure accuracy
- A faster close with the ability to immediately identify errors and increased transparency for more expedient resolutions
Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting
Planning and budgeting teams remain separate from financial consolidation and reporting teams largely because their systems don’t integrate. Unfortunately, both teams need the data in the other’s systems to compare actual versus budget. Rather than getting the job done quickly and smoothly, the office of finance is left with data inconsistency.
The planning, budgeting, and forecasting capabilities of OneStream XF promise guided and controlled processes that allow you to quickly adapt and learn as your business changes. The platform guarantees you'll improve your planning processes in these four ways:
- Simplified use through the familiarity of Microsoft Excel and workflow
- Unified reporting with combined operational and planning processes
- Improved agility with one rational system where actual, budget, and forecast all live together
- Reduced budget cycles with seed budgets or rolling forecasts through an automated data copy between scenarios
The OneStream platform also includes specialty planning solutions that can be added to further customize your user experience.
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