Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS): Data Sync Utility Overview

July 29, 2015

Author: Michael Bender, Performance Architects Late last year, Oracle released its Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) business intelligence offering called Business Intelligence Cloud Service , or BICS. One of the requirements for using this tool is that all relational database data must be first uploaded to a cloud version of the Oracle database: The next obvious question is, “What are the ways in which…   Read More


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Updating Data Forms in Oracle Hyperion Planning with the FormDefUtil.cmd Utility

July 21, 2015

Author: Ben Snawder, Performance Architects Making changes to a single data form in Oracle Hyperion Workspace (Workspace ) is easy. When you have to make changes to ten data forms, the process starts to become tedious. What if you need to make changes to fifty or even one hundred data forms? That’s essentially torture, especially if you’re using version 11.1.1.3.0…   Read More


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Business Intelligence and Institutional Research: A Shotgun Wedding, or Marriage Made in Heaven?

July 8, 2015

By Hank Childers, University of Arizona At The University of Arizona we decided to combine our Business Intelligence (BI) team (which includes ETL , Data Warehouse, and Reporting) with our Institutional Research (IR) team (which includes Ad Hoc Requests along with External Reporting).  This made good sense to us, and we chose to act on it.  But it isn’t all…   Read More


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The Top Three Focus Areas to Streamline the Oracle EPM (Hyperion) User Experience

June 24, 2015

The Oracle Enterprise Performance Management ( EPM ) suite offers generous flexibility for each individual user to control settings based on how each user would like to see data. However, there eventually comes a time when this flexibility can actually be more inconvenient if all users are expected to use the same settings. Do you have a section at the beginning of…   Read More


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Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS): Simplified Interface Features Overview

June 17, 2015

During most of 2014, Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) operated with a similar interface to the classic Oracle Hyperion Planning “Workspace” with some minor differences (mainly the introduction of a new landing page). Starting in November 2014, Oracle made a drastic change to the PBCS offering by introducing the “simplified interface” as an additional way to access the solution. However, with the latest…   Read More


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How to Address the Top Three Trends in Gartner’s “BI and Analytics Platforms 2015 Magic Quadrant”

June 10, 2015

Gartner’s BI and Analytics Platforms 2015 Magic Quadrant was released back in February 2015, so it’s hardly “new news” any more…except that our current and prospective clients and partners keep asking us for feedback on how to address the top trends highlighted in the report, especially given that the key players on the report and the trends represented a major change from…   Read More


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Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS): The “Simplified” Interface Becomes the “Standard” Interface in November 2015

June 2, 2015

For most of the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) product lifetime, customers could use PBCS with either the traditional Oracle Hyperion Planning interface or the newer simplified interface, with the latter providing a more streamlined and mobile-friendly experience. While this newer “simplified” interface offers a “modern” look and feel, not all functions of PBCS were included in the PBCS simplified interface at product…   Read More


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Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM): The Value Dimension Explained!

May 27, 2015

Oracle’s consolidation tool, Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) , offers a number of system-generated dimensions.  Perhaps the most important of these dimensions is the “Value” dimension.  You’ll really do yourself a favor if you can understand how the Value dimension works in HFM, as this dimension drives the consolidations performed by the system. The Value dimension can seem complex, especially when…   Read More


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Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) Load Parameters for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA)

May 22, 2015

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) use substitution variables which control the way data is loaded.  These variables must always be configured during an implementation of BI Applications.  The most important of these are the extract dates – which control the timeframe of data to be loaded into the system. During the initial phases of a BI Apps project you would…   Read More


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Four Ways to Better Incorporate Functional Requirements in a Planning Solution Implementation

May 20, 2015

During the requirements and design phases (pre-implementation) in an Oracle Hyperion Planning implementation project, the idea of improving the actual planning process often gets lost, recreating process issues in the new solution.  The steps below demonstrate some important functional items to consider during requirements and design for a planning solution. Consolidate Data Entry and Calculations Most of the…   Read More


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