Thursday Feb 21, 2013

EPM Hyperion Planning V11.1.2.2 Implementation Hands-On 5-Day Boot-camp

18th - 22nd March 2013 in Colombes, France - Register here

This 5-day for Partners workshop is designed to provide implementation instruction on Oracle Hyperion EPM Planning. This boot-camp is intended for prospective implementers of the Planning and Budgeting functionality of Oracle EPM or implementers that are currently familiar with the basics of EPM Planning and looking to strengthen their base of knowledge in the product.

The class begins with an overview of Essbase, the foundation of Hyperion Planning. It provides a general overview of Planning and Planning terms, the architecture of all the Planning components, and how they are commonly used.

The course goes over all the steps to create an application from scratch. This involves some preparation work outside of Planning and leads to developing the application in both the Planning Windows and Web clients. Participants will modify existing dimensions and build out the hierarchies using the Web client.

The course focuses on tasks that end-users must perform during the planning cycle. It walks students through creating and modifying forms, working with forms to enter data, adding annotations, and the rest of the form features such as running business rules and managing task lists. It covers how to use the forms in the Smart View client and finishes up the end-user perspective by going through Workflow Management and the process of submitting a plan for review. The final section of the course covers Security and other administration topics such as automation and deployment.


  • Participants must be Oracle OPN member partners with a background in business information systems and a clientele of customers with ongoing or prospective EPM initiatives.
  • Further online OPN guided learning path information and webinars are available at: Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Essentials.
  • Please note that attendees are required to bring a laptop: View here laptop requirements and detailed agenda. Free to OPN Partners - Register here

BI&EPM in Focus February 2013

  • Reminder: For your diary - the 2013 EMEA BI&EPM Partner Forum is scheduled to take place in Milan from Tuesday 11/06/2013 through to Friday 14/06/2013 (4 days).
  • Oracle Business Analytics Facebook Page Reaches 20,000 Fans (link)
  • February 2013 Edition of the Business Analytics Customer Newsletter: Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision, Forrester TEI Study, Endeca for Employee Sentiment Analysis, and more (link)
  • The Business Analytics Proactive Support Team Introduces 3 New Communities.  Please share with your Customers. (Patch Reviews for BI | Certifications for BI | Certifications for Hyperion)


Enterprise Performance Management

  • New Video: Transforming a day in the life of a CFO (link)
  • New Demo: Shared Services Allocation with Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (link)
  • Support: Available Patch Sets and Patch Set Updates for Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Products (link)
  • Support: Hyperion Business Rules (HBR) to Calculation Manager Migration Support White Paper (link)
  • Support Blog: Retired Business Rules and the migration to Calculation Manager (link)
  • Mar 6: The New Finance Frontier: Integrated Financial Modelling and Management (performance architects) (link)
  • Six HPCM Customer Stories now available on see panel on right for “Customer Stories” (link)
  • Blog: Profitability - the Proof is Deep Inside the Pudding (link)
  • Blog: Not your Father's Scorecard (link)
  • Blog: How Corporate Culture Affects Performance Management (link)
  • Strategic Finance Magazine Article - How Corporate Culture Affects Performance Management (link)

Business  Intelligence

  • Endeca OEID Solution Pages Now Available with Webcasts, Briefs, Demos, & flash movie for Warranty Discovery solution | the Workforce | and healthcare Clinical Trials
  • You Tube 6-Minute Endeca Workforce Discovery Video Now Available (link)
  • Feb 28: What Makes Your Workforce Tick? Hear What Social Media and Big Data Have to Say (link)
  • Mar 20: Solve the Mystery of Employee Sentiment (link)
  • Webcast Replay: How Do Smart Companies Innovate ? With Thomson Reuters & the Economist Intelligence Unit (link)
  • Oracle Exalytics – “Analytics without Limits” - interactive eBook (link)
  • Support Blog: OBIEE 11g Available for BI Enterprise and Exalytics (link)
  • Support Blog: Where are your questions now  (link)
  • Support: OBIEE 11g: Required and Recommended Patches and Patch Sets (link)
  • Support: Business Analytics Instrumentation Index – including Video (link)
  • Support: OBIEE 11g: How To Provide an Oracle Business Intelligence Edition (OBIEE) 11g Test Case to Oracle Support (link
  • Support: How To Install and Use OBIEE 11g SampleApp Or SampleAppLite Repositories  (link)

Oracle Announces New Hyperion Tax Provision Module

Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision allows customers to collect, calculate and report on the consolidated tax provision and more closely align tax with financial reporting.

Built on the Hyperion Financial Close Suite, Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision is a web-based tax application that addresses the full scope of the global tax provision process.

Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision replaces the highly manual methods used by most organizations with an automated and standardized process that increases efficiency. Furthermore, it integrates with tax compliance software and improves the overall compliance process by providing a more streamlined book-to-tax process.

Integrated with Oracle Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision is based on the same technology trusted by thousands of finance organizations to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting.

“We believe that a corporate tax provision process that is not closely aligned with the financial reporting process may expose companies to unnecessary risk and inefficiencies. Aligning corporate tax and finance systems may greatly enhance the ability of tax departments to execute their responsibilities more effectively,” said Michael J. Johnson, performance management technology leader for Deloitte’s Tax Management Consulting Practice.

FSN article: “New Oracle tax provisioning product aligns corporate tax functions with HFM users” (link).   And join the FSN LinkedIn discussion in Tax Provisioning (link)

Oracle Hyperion Tax Provisioning : see press | blog | o.comwhitepaper | datasheet

Business Intelligence Master-class for Partners

Wednesday 6th March 2013, Reading, UK

Business Intelligence projects are consistently top priority and are seen by many organisations as the key driver of transformational change.

Join our Business Intelligence Master-class for Partners on 6th March 2013, where you'll learn how Oracle's reference architecture can address key issues in a timely, pragmatic and reliable way.

Due to the great success of previous Master Classes on this subject, your presenters will follow a "free format" agenda using Whiteboards rather than formal presentations to allow as much interaction with you as possible.

Who should attend?

This session is aimed at Oracle partners who are IT Architects and BI & Data Warehouse specialists.
Please note: This workshop is highly interactive, and as such does not involve slide presentations or product feature details, it addresses Architectural issues and considerations for the Architect Community. Please come prepared to take your own notes.

To prepare for the workshop, it will be useful to read the paper on Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture.

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

TVP510 - Room: Henley Suite

Oracle Parkway
Thames Valley Park
Berkshire RG6 1RA

Registrations: 9:45 am for 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Price: FREE to OPN Partners)

Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture

This is essential reading for all Oracle Analytics partners, and something you can share with your customers. Here is the latest February 2013 version of the “Information Management and Big Data Reference Architecture” Oracle White Paper from our Doug Cackett and Andrew Bond.

“In our original white paper on Information Management Reference Architecture we described how information was at the heart of every successful, profitable and transparent business in the world – something that’s as true today as it was then.

What has changed in the last few years is the emergence of “Big Data”, both as a means of managing the vast volumes of unstructured and semi-structured data stored but not exploited in many organizations, as well as the potential to tap into new sources of insight such as social-media web sites to gain a market edge.

There is a pressing need for organizations to align analytical and execution capabilities with ‘Big Data’ in order to fully benefit from the additional insight that can be gained. Received wisdom suggests that more than 80% of current IT budgets is consumed just keeping the lights on rather than enabling business to innovate or differentiate themselves in the market. Economic realities are squeezing budgets still further. For organizations looking to add some element of Big Data to their IT portfolio, they will need to do so in a way that complements existing solutions and does not add to the cost burden in years to come.”

Partner Resell Exams for Exalytics In-Memory Machine

The examinations are now available for Oracle Partners to take on-line, so that they can add Exalytics resell rights to their OPN distribution agreements.

Check the criteria and apply now to distribute Exalytics In-Memory Machine Knowledge Zone products.

In order to apply to distribute Exalytics In-Memory Machine Knowledge Zone products, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an active member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork in good standing with a valid OPN Agreement.
  • Have confirmed acceptance from Oracle into the Exalytics In-Memory Machine Knowledge Zone.
  • Have a valid Full Use Program Distribution Agreement (FUDA) with Oracle, or be in the process of applying for one.
  • Have met the resale competency criteria set forth below, by passing these on-line exams:

Exalytics In-Memory Machine X2-4 Sales Specialist


Exalytics In-Memory Machine X2-4 Presales Specialist


Exalytics In-Memory Machine X2-4 Support Specialist


Getting Started with Endeca Information Discovery – Free Online Technical Tutorials

Many partners are still asking me about Endeca training and how to get started quickly with this fantastic product. The most simple way is to help yourselves by downloading the software, and going through this very good set of introduction tutorials step by step. You only need a laptop to install Endeca on (although this does need to be 64-bit and best with ~ 8Gb Ram). Version 2.4 of Endeca OID is now out.

See it in action on YouTube "Getting Started with Endeca Information Discovery v2.3" @

If you are still looking for the “sales story” on why Endeca is causing so much excitement in the market, then check these quick-plays here at Great new Million Dollar Question videos for ENDECA.

And for your next step, look at the "Guided Learning Path" with training courses offered by specialist Partner Aorta here at "Endeca".



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