Tag Archives: Ron Woodlock

When to Run a Financial Report in Oracle BI Cloud Service (BICS) versus Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)

June 1, 2016

Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects Many organizations have more than one system that can be used to run financial reports because both the enterprise performance management (EPM) and business intelligence (BI) application markets are fairly mature and “grew up” separately. This is often a point of discussion during requirements and design as there isn’t one…   Read More


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Recap of Performance Architects’ “Top Five Budgeting and Forecasting Trends: Prepare for 2016 and Beyond” Webinar

October 14, 2015

Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects During last week’s webinar, we discussed the Performance Architects ’ team’s perspective on the top five budgeting and forecasting trends coming in 2016 in an attempt to prepare the audience for what’s changing in terms of process and technology. We primed the discussion with a brief review of how planning applications and…   Read More


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Sign Up Now for Performance Architects “Top Five Budgeting and Forecasting Trends: Prepare for 2016 and Beyond” Webinar

October 1, 2015

Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects On October 7th, 2015, I’m hosting a webinar for Performance Architects entitled The Top Five Budgeting and Forecasting Trends: Prepare for 2016 and Beyond . Finance leaders are continually challenged to stay ahead of the latest budgeting and forecasting trends. Knowing what the trends are is great…and knowing how these trends may impact your organization’s budgeting and forecasting processes is better! During this webinar,…   Read More


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OAUG Best of COLLABORATE15 eLearning Webinar Preview: Implementing an Integrated Planning and Consolidation Process Solution

August 7, 2015

Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects I presented “Implementing an Integrated Planning and Consolidation Process Solution” at the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) COLLABORATE 2015 conference in Las Vegas this April. I am honored that this session was voted one of the highest rated sessions of the conference by the conference attendees. As a result of this ranking, the OAUG’s team asked me…   Read More


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Choosing the Right Oracle EPM (Hyperion) Tool for Financial Modeling

October 2, 2014

Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management suite of products includes three tools for building financial models: Hyperion Planning (Planning), Oracle Essbase (Essbase) and Hyperion Strategic Finance (HSF). Understanding each product’s capabilities and limitations can help ensure successful project outcomes. To quickly determine the right tool for a given situation I evaluate four characteristics of a proposed financial model: time to value, inherent control, the number of users, and…   Read More


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Why a Financial Consolidation Application Should Not Be Used for Budgeting and Forecasting (AKA: Don’t Use HFM for Planning!)

June 4, 2014

Already using Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) for consolidations? If you are, it may seem economical to use it for budgeting and forecasting as well. But, before you spend the savings, consider the total cost of squeezing your planning and financial close processes into one application. Any organization large enough to need HFM likely has separate departments for controllership and…   Read More


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The Case for Financial Close and Consolidation Solutions in the Higher Education Market: Why Your Institution Should Evaluate Hyperion Financial Management (HFM)

February 25, 2014

Increased scrutiny of the expensive cost of higher education has administrators asking tough questions.  Answering those questions requires quality data and the analytic tools to access answers to this information.   Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) can be a smart choice for colleges and universities for many of the same reasons commercial companies use financial close and consolidation solutions. HFM…   Read More


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An Analysis of Improved Microsoft Office Integration in Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance (HSF) Version 11.1.2.3

February 19, 2014

Beginning with the 11.1.2.2 release of Hyperion Strategic Finance (HSF), we saw a greater emphasis on integration with Microsoft’s Office products.  The migration from legacy client applications to Smart View has been bumpy for other Hyperion products, but the good news is that in the move to HSF Version 11.1.2.3, we didn’t witness this same rough road! Additional…   Read More


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Strange Bedfellows – Oracle’s New Partnerships

June 27, 2013

in Shakespeare’s Tempest, Trinculo is forced to shelter from a storm with someone he scorns and says of it “misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” The storm facing today’s technology titans is cloud computing. Oracle has announced a number of cloud computing related deals with bedfellows recently scorned. Strange bedfellows #1: Oracle and Dell…   Read More


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Oracle Exalytics Evaluation Metrics

June 10, 2013

It is self-evident that porting an existing application onto an Exalytics server will improve performance. However, anecdotal evidence of a possible performance improvement is generally not enough to justify an organization’s adoption of new technology. What is needed is a comparative set of metrics on performance and cost between Exalytics and the legacy platform. As a…   Read More


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