Overcoming Memory (Usage) Issues with Oracle Smart View Add-In for Microsoft Office

January 8, 2015

We recently came across a whitepaper from Oracle that shines light on the fact that some of its clients have been seeing some performance issues while using the Oracle Smart View for Microsoft Office Add-in. This add-in is very popular among our clients (long gone are the days of its problematic integration with Microsoft Excel with lengthy opening times and workbook crashes;…   Read More


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Strategic versus Operational Planning: Tale of a Tug-of-War

December 23, 2014

Have you ever been in a situation where your CFO asks you to tweak a few assumptions on your operational forecasts and wonders why it takes many hours or even a few days to review an updated operational forecast? Or asks you to convert the operational forecast just by rolling up numbers at a parent…   Read More


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Put Down That Eight Ball and Pick Up Predictive Planning

December 17, 2014

Introduction Within the past few years, Oracle developed a simplified version of Crystal Ball to integrate predictive analytics with Oracle Hyperion Planning . The software that makes everything tick is an Excel add-on called “ Predictive Planning .” In short, Predictive Planning gives existing Hyperion Planning users the ability to automatically create forecasts and to perform predictive analytics based on historical actual data….   Read More


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The Shift to the Cloud: A Recap of Oracle CloudWorld Boston

December 12, 2014

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending Oracle CloudWorld in Boston. Besides the monsoon-like weather, it was a great day and an interesting event. As the Inside Sales and Marketing Manager for Performance Architects, I wasn’t really attending the event to learn about the technical aspects of Oracle’s products, but to learn more…   Read More


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Why You Should Consider a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) BI Solution

December 10, 2014

2014 shaped up to be the tipping point for business intelligence (BI) solutions offered in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Although SaaS BI only accounted for 3% of software revenue in 2013, by 2016 one out of every four new BI initiatives will include SaaS deployments, according to a recent Gartner analysis (Gartner, 2014). We’re seeing…   Read More


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Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM): Goodbye Black Box!

December 3, 2014

Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM) is an Oracle enterprise performance management (EPM or Hyperion) application that allows users to understand the true cost and profitability drivers within their business.  HPCM offers many interesting capabilities, chief among them the tool’s functionality that provides visibility into allocation models.  I’d like to highlight three features in particular that help facilitate this visibility do:…   Read More


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Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) versus On Premise Oracle BI (OBIEE)

November 26, 2014

Oracle recently unveiled its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business intelligence offering called Business Intelligence Cloud Service , or BICS. The Performance Architects team is very excited about the introduction of this solution, as we believe BICS takes a big first step towards bridging the gap between departmental BI solutions that don’t scale well and those behemoth, legacy enterprise-wide BI solutions that offer reporting…   Read More


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Status and Type as Attribute Dimension Names in Oracle Hyperion Planning

November 6, 2014

The Performance Architects team recently upgraded Oracle Hyperion Planning from 11.1.2.2 to 11.1.2.3.500 at several clients. One of these upgrades was supposed to be a simple and quick engagement…and it almost was…until we discovered an issue with Attribute dimension names that slowed us down!   The purpose of this blog post is to highlight what we learned so that…   Read More


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Fall Full of Events!

October 29, 2014

Our 2014 events calendar has been full all year so it’s no surprise that the trend is continuing through the fall. Take a look at what we have planned for November! 2014 East Coast Oracle Users Conference (ECO) Tuesday, November 4th – Wednesday, November 5th Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center, Raleigh/Durham, NC 2014 Fall Kansas City CSOAUG Oracle Summit Wednesday,…   Read More


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What is Oracle Essbase?

October 23, 2014

When I start a new project, it’s always an exciting time for me (and I’m sure my previous clients are excited to get rid of me too!). In some cases, these new clients are seasoned veterans when it comes to Oracle Essbase , with existing solutions spanning multiple cubes, technologies and environments. At other clients, we are…   Read More


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