Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Get OPN Specialized in Business Intelligence & Hyperion EPM

Get yourself and your company recognised and branded as an “Oracle BI / EPM Specialized Partner”. This will bring more business to you, because being OPN Specialised means your prospective clients can find you at Oracle.com by searching for a Specialized Partner. You can also enhance your profile here by Managing your Partner profile in the Solutions Catalog.

Consultants from Oracle partners can become Certified Implementation Specialists by passing the proctored (supervised) exams for OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion and BI-Apps. These exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centres and some Oracle University training locations, which are located in most EMEA major cities: see the links below for more details.

We also have on-line tests for “Sales” and “Pre-sales” knowledge, which also provide these levels of specialisation certificate.

To get certified as Specialised, check the Business and Competency Criteria linked below for each specialisation area and take the Assessment Tests:

Introducing Mobile App for Oracle EPM

Play this short video ~ 3 minutes ~ to get an Introduction to Mobile for Oracle EPM.

This video gives you a quick introduction to Oracle's EPM Mobile App using sample data. EPM Mobile enables on-the-go approvals and workflow across Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, and Hyperion Tax Provision.

To check out the App, you can download EPM Mobile on your phone with these links:

- Android at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=oracle.epm.mobile.OracleEPM
- Apple app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oracle-enterprise-performance/id845082117

After downloading the App, you can view the video, the overview tour and the sample application.

Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

Oracle is #1 in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites

Leading on both Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute axes, Oracle Hyperion is again #1 in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites.

Cited strengths included:

  • “During 2013, Oracle's suite received a number of significant additions, including embedded OBIEE and mobile delivery capabilities in Hyperion Planning, improved visual rule capability in HFM, support for Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, a new module for tax provisioning and new account reconciliation functions.
  • Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service {PBCS now available} will provide a viable hybrid cloud and on-premises planning option intended for use with Hyperion Planning or stand-alone. Oracle announced a collaborative reporting cloud service to be available in late 2014. Oracle's on-premises solution can be hosted on Oracle Managed Cloud Services.”

Download copy of Gartner Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites report

Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting

World-Class Planning with the Simplicity of the Cloud

Partners can now resell and implement the live, and generally available, first enterprise performance management (EPM Hyperion) solution offered in the cloud, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

As the most robust financial planning application in the cloud, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service opens up opportunities for organizations of all sizes to quickly adopt a world-class planning and budgeting solution with no CAPEX infrastructure investments, driving alignment beyond finance across the enterprise, with flexible deployment options and virtually no learning curve.

See the Press Release: Hyperion Planning and Budgeting on Oracle Cloud Service (link)

And for help to get started, see the Support Blog: Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service books, videos and tutorials (link), as well as the EPM Blog: Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud (link).

You can also REPLAY THE WEBCAST of the Partner Deep-Dive on Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. This 105 minutes webinar provides a technical and functional deep-dive into the live PBCS offering. Topics include:

  • Changing the game: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
    • Introduction and latest news
    • Guided live demo tour with focus on
    • How to create an application in minutes
    • Access the Cloud via familiar Excel Interface? Yes, please!
    • Application Life-Cycle Management
    • Data Management options
    • Rock-solid Security and reliability
  • Resources for Partners
  • Live Q&A

REPLAY or DOWNLOAD THE WEBCAST

Supporting Resources

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Demos

For Finance executives who are drowning in spreadsheets or strapped to legacy applications, a cloud-based performance management solution offers an easy on-ramp, lower IT resource requirements and accelerated time to value.

You can now see this set of Enterprise Planning Demos and Videos on cloud.oracle.com

On 30 January 2014, at 14:00 h GMT/ 15:00 h CET we will also be starting a series of webcasts on “Profitable Growth with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service – for this you can Register Now.

Otherwise, right now you can see the Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Partner Webcast Replay.

For more information see on Oracle.com @

Monday Jan 13, 2014

Finance Webcast Series for Spring 2014

Partners are invited to attend this live Finance Webcast Series focused on EPM solutions. This is a new Q3 integrated campaign to create awareness, educate existing customers and prospects, drive demand generation and build pipeline: so please invite your clients to attend these too.

The series will cover these topics to be introduced one per week:

CALENDAR

Event Date

Event Time

Event Name

More information

16 January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Oracle’s EPM innovation hub

More information

23  January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Finance in the Cloud, ‘where’ is the risk?

More information

30 January

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Plan for Profitable Growth with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

More information

6 February

14 h GMT

15 h CET

Financial Close and Tax Provisioning – a common DNA

More information

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Hyperion Tax Provision Partner Webinar

WATCH AND LISTEN to the Hyperion Tax Provision Partner Webcast: Access Replay.

Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision is a first-of-its-kind tax provisioning solution that integrates directly with the broader financial reporting process and Oracle HFM.

One of the key components for building an effective, efficient, and transparent tax function is proper access to financial data and processes. In fact, financial data is at the root of all major tax functions - tax reporting, tax planning, compliance, & audit management. Therefore, a tax provision solution that is closely aligned with the broader financial reporting process can make a powerful difference in a tax function’s ability to meet its deliverables.

To get a direct update from Oracle Product Management, please listen to this 90 minute webcast on “Tax Provision” presented by Marc Seewald, Senior Director Product Managementthat took place on November 8th 2013: Access Replay.

Friday Nov 08, 2013

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service - Partner Webcast

Please find here the Replay is now available of the 90 minutes Partner Webcast overview of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS, recorded on 26th November, 2013).

Topics include:

  • Latest news from Product Management; live demo; overview of assets and collaterals; Q&A session
  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) offers organizations the market-leading Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting solution delivered via Oracle’s public cloud service.

For more information download this Whitepaper: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (link).

And see this 2-minute Video: World-Class Planning with Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud (link).

 

Friday Nov 01, 2013

EPM and Business Analytics Talking-head Videos from Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Here is a selection of 2 to 3 minute video interviews at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld:

1. George Somogyi, Solutions Architect, New Edge Group, talks about the importance of having their integrated Oracle Hyperion Platform consisting of Oracle Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and Oracle Business Intelligence Extended Edition plus their use of Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Speaker: George Somogyi @ http://youtu.be/kWn0dQxCUy8

2. Gregg Thompson, Director of Financial Systems for ADT, talks about using Oracle Data Relationship Management prior to implementing an Enterprise Performance Management solution. Gregg confirmed that there are big benefits to bringing the full Oracle Hyperion Financial Close suite online with Oracle DRM as the metadata source. Reduced maintenance time and use of external consultants translates into significant time and cost savings and faster implementation times. Speaker: Gregg Thompson @ http://youtu.be/XnFrR9Uk4xk

3. Jeff Spangler, Director Financial Planning and Analysis for Speedy Cash Holdings Corp, talked to us about the benefits achieved through implementing Oracle Hyperion Planning and financial reporting solutions. He also describes how the use of Data Relationship Management will keep the process running smoothly now and in the future. Speaker: Jeff Spangler @ http://youtu.be/kkkuMkgJ22U

4. Marc Seewald, Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision at Oracle, talks about Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision, how it is an integral part of the financial close process and that it provides better internal controls and automation of this task. Marc talks about Oracle Partners and customers alike who are seeing great value. Speaker: Marc Seewald @ http://youtu.be/lM_nfvACGuA

5. Matt Bradley, SVP of Product Development for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Applications at Oracle, talked to us about different deployment options for Oracle EPM. Cloud services (SaaS), managed services, on-premise, off-premise all have their merits, and organizations need flexibility to easily move between them as their companies evolve. Speaker: Matt Bradley @ http://youtu.be/ATO7Z9dbE-o

6. Neil Sellers, Partner, Qubix International talks about their experience with previewing Oracle’s new Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. He describes the benefits of the step-by-step task lists, the speed of getting the application up and running, and the huge benefits of not having to manage the software and hardware side of the planning process. Speaker: Neil Sellers @ http://youtu.be/xmosO28e4_I

7. Praveen Pasupuleti, Senior Business Intelligence Development Manager of Citrix Systems Inc., talks about their Oracle Hyperion Planning upgrade and the huge performance improvement now experienced in forecasting. He also talked about the benefits of Oracle Hyperion Workforce Planning achieved by Citrix. Speaker: Praveen Pasupuleti @ http://youtu.be/d1e_4hLqw8c

8. CheckPoint Consulting, talked to us about how Enterprise Performance Management should be viewed as an entire solution, rather than as a bunch of applications in silos, to provide significant benefits; and how Data Relationship Management can tie it all together effectively. Speaker: Ron Dimon @ http://youtu.be/sRwbdbbXvUE

9. Sonal Kulkarni, Enterprise Performance Management Leader, Cummins Inc., talks about their use of Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management (Account Reconciliation Manager), Oracle Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management and how this is providing efficiency, visibility and compliance benefits. Speaker: Sonal Kulkarni @ http://youtu.be/OEgup5dKyVc

10. Todd Renard, Manager Financial Planning and Business Analytics for B/E Aerospace Inc., talks about the huge benefits that B/E Aerospace is experiencing from Oracle Financial Close Suite. He was extremely excited about Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management and how this helps them integrate a new business in as little as three weeks. Speaker: Todd Renard @ http://youtu.be/nIfqK46uVI8

11. Peter Smolianski, Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia Courts, talked to us about how D.C. Courts is using Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management to push their 5 year plan forward, to report results to their constituents, and take accountability for process changes to become more efficient. Speaker: Peter Smolianski @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-DtB5pl-uk

12. Rich Wilkie, Senior Director of Product Management for Financial Close Suite at Oracle, talked to us about Oracle Financial Management Analytics. He told us how the prebuilt dashboards on top of Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite make it easy for everyone to see the numbers and understand where they are in the close process, and if there is an issue, they can see where it is. Executives are excited to get this information on mobile devices too. Speaker: Rich Wilkie @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UHuHgx74Yg

13. Dinesh Balebail, Senior Director of Software Development for Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, talked to us about the power and speed of Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management and how it is being used to do deep costing for Telecoms, Hospitals, Banks and other high transaction volume organizations effectively. Speaker: Dinesh Balebail @ http://youtu.be/ivx5AZCXAfs

Monday Oct 28, 2013

Demonstration VM BIC2g 2013-10 Partner Edition for Download

UPDATED ! The “BIC2g” demo VM (now version 2013-10) is downloadable from our BIC2g Beehive Online Workspace portal for OPN member partners. Compared to the prior version, Bic2g 2013-04, the new Bic2g 2013-10 has:

  • OBIEE was upgraded from 11.1.1.7.0 to 11.1.1.7.1. with BI Mobile Application Designer (BIMAD) added.
  • TimesTen was upgraded from 11.2.2.3.0 to 11.2.2.5.0
  • ODI Client 11.1.1.7.0 was installed, including a Standalone agent and empty repositories, and the BI Applications 11g ODI Repositories were included (BIAPPS_11g)
  • Informatica and DAC were removed from image
  • There are additional demos for BI-Apps and for Endeca.
  • The compact deployment of EPM is installed and configured, including: Hyperion Foundation, Essbase, Essbase Studio, Essbase Administration Services, Provider Services, Calculation Manager, Planning, Reporting and Analysis, Financial Reporting, Web Analysis, and Workspace.

The access details, for OPN member partners only, to get added to the BIC2G Beehive Online Workspace portal are shown from this page @ BI Solutions Engineering Partner Portal.

This Oracle Business Intelligence Linux VM virtual appliance (“BIC2g”) was developed to support Oracle OBI, BI-Apps and EPM Hyperion sales and Oracle partners in product demonstrations, training activities and POC activities.  If you do not need BI-Apps, then there is a slightly smaller VM OBI Sample-App you can get from OTN: see @ Oracle BI and EPM Demonstration SampleApp V309 on OTN.

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Oracle Hyperion Essbase 3-day Training Workshop

This 3-day hands-on bootcamp will help you towards the Essbase implementation Specialisation exam. It is free of charge to OPN member partners only, and is available to partners in any EMEA country who can travel to the UK.

  • Design, customize and configure Oracle’s Hyperion Essbase by employing recommended methodology and leading practices for successful implementations
  • Understand the process of building an Essbase BSO cube using Essbase Studio
  • Simplify cube construction by delivering a single environment for performing tasks related to data modelling, cube designing, and analytic application construction
  • Understand the process of building an Essbase ASO cube using Essbase Administration Services (EAS) and Load Rules

Click here to read more about this training.


Event Details:
Oct 22 - Oct 24, 2013
09:00 AM – 05:30 PM

Oracle Office in Reading
Building 510, Oracle Parkway Thames Valley Park,
Reading, RG6 1RA
United Kingdom

Register Here Now


Tuesday Sep 03, 2013

New Version of Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management

We are pleased to announce the immediate general availability of Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Enterprise Edition (FDMEE) 11.1.2.3 Patch Set Update 1 (PSU1 – 11.1.2.3.100)  available on “My Oracle Support” for partners and customers at http://support.oracle.com (Search for patch 16681929).

This is a significant release for the product because it now provides scripting that allows you to extend and customize the product for implementation specific business rules related to the processing of source data.  A high level description of the new features is provided below, with a detailed description provided in the user documentation.

Scripting

  • Jython based import, mapping and event scripting
  • Visual Basic event scripting

Financial Management

  • Support for journal loading via excel templates
  • Additional application options
  • New intersection check reports

Custom Target Applications

  • Provides the ability to export data from FDMEE into a user defined flat file format
  • Replaces the data mart and tax adapter features from the legacy FDM product

Additional Features

  • File append and replace methods
  • Load data and mapping rules from an excel formatted file.  Prior releases only supported files in csv formats.
  • Execution of custom calculation scripts for Planning or Essbase
  • Open Batches
  • Batch report execution

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld Focus on Business Analytics

To help you to plan your schedule at this year’s OOW, below are a few suggestions with a focus on Business Analytics (EPM, BI, Analytics, Big Data, Exalytics):-

Friday 20/Sept/2013

· Business Analytics Oracle Partner Advisory Councils 2013, for BI and for EPM. Register here, and see the note for more information at Business Analytics Oracle Partner Advisory Council 2013.

Wednesday 25/Sept/2013

· BI&EPM Partner Networking Lunch – this is an informal gathering of EMEA OPN member partners and Oracle Execs to meet and discuss business opportunities over lunch. If you wish to attend, just let me know by emailing Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com, and I will confirm place and time with you.

Monday 23/Sept/2013 to Thursday 26/Sept/2013

· See the details of Business Analytics (EPM, BI, Analytics, Big Data, Exalytics) sessions and keynotes at this link.

Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

Oracle OBI11g, BI Apps and Hyperion Planning Bootcamps

Kick off FY14 with a fantastic hat-trick of training events by attending one, two or all three of the forthcoming Oracle Bootcamps. Each of these hands-on 4 to 5 day technical Bootcamps are available to partners at a special price to OPN members of only £750 per person ex VAT.

These are open to partner from any country, but will take place in the UK at Oracle Corporation, Thames Valley Park, Building 510, Customer Briefing Centre, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1RA
For directions please see the location map

Oracle Hyperion Planning Implementation Bootcamp: 9th to 13th September 2013
The Oracle Hyperion Planning Implementation Boot Camp will provide implementation instruction on Oracle Hyperion's System products Planning functionality. This 5 day bootcamp will be a fast-paced, five-day class, teaching students what they need to know in order to implement and manage Oracle Hyperion Planning applications.

· Find out more details about this Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 11g Bootcamp: 16th to 20th September 2013
This 5 day hands-on bootcamp highlights the strengths of OBIEE 11g by providing attendees a hands-on experience with the BI 11g product and is for Oracle Partner consultants to gain familiarity and be able to implement OBI11g projects for their clients. After taking this course, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Foundation, you will gain insight into OBIEE11g technology, reporting solutions and new features. This Bootcamp provides opportunities to practice with OBIEE11g environment as hands on activities and participants will gain in-depth understanding of new architecture of OBIEE 11g, security mode, installation/configuration as well as reporting aspects like new ROLAP/MOLAP style hierarchical browsing, new chart types, Action Framework and Visualization.

· Find out more details about this Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 11g Bootcamp: 1st to 4th October 2013
The Oracle Business Intelligence Applications offer out-of-the-box integration with Siebel CRM and Oracle eBusiness Suite and provide pre-built Operational BI solutions for eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, Siebel, and SAP. This training will provide attendees with an in-depth working understanding of the architecture, the technical and the functional content of the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, whilst also providing an understanding of their installation, configuration and extension.

· Find out more details about this Bootcamp including the agenda and how to register here+


Upon registration you will then receive a link to an external booking site where you can confirm your place and pay the £750.00 course fee by credit card. Please note the places are very limited on these Bootcamps and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis in terms of confirmed booking through payment.

These training bootcamps are OPN certified, and are designed to prepare you for OPN Specialisation exams, and are being managed for Oracle by Avnet Technology Solutions, UK.

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