Friday May 08, 2015

New Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS)

Introducing the new Oracle Hyperion EPM cloud approach for secure, collaborative, and process driven reporting. On the Oracle public cloud customers can now buy the new Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS).

  • You can listen to an explanation of this new service on our live EPRCS Webcast on Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:00 pm UK / 7:00 pm CET.

Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud is a purpose-built solution in the Cloud for management and narrative reporting. It provides a secure, collaborative, process-driven approach for defining, authoring, reviewing, and publishing financial and management report packages for internal and external stakeholders.

Corporate and management reporting is experiencing significant change in today’s digital age. As reported earnings become more volatile, corporate guidance—and the ability of management to clearly explain the quality and sustainability of corporate performance—is more important than ever.

The current integration of narrative into performance-reporting processes is often manual, ad hoc, and highly prone to error. New cloud-based solutions, such as Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud, enable organizations to streamline internal and external reporting processes, combining data plus narrative in a single, secure, collaborative environment.

Read more @ the EPM blog on Enterprise Performance Clearly Explained With a Collaborative, Intuitive, Reporting Solution.

Resources:

 

Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

Enterprise Performance Management Top Trends for 2015

To get the results of the “Enterprise Performance Management Top Trends for 2015” survey, click here. You will also see there, another excellent Report, “Plan and Predict Best Practices”.

After surveying hundreds of customers, we have put together what we see as the top Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) trends for the remainder of 2015. Please download the paper, read it and forward it on to your customers.

Modern CFOs are successfully leveraging digital technologies in their Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) processes to transform their finance organizations and generate value for the business. So, which EPM priorities are at the top of the Finance agenda? What are the most compelling developments in big data, analytics, mobile technology, and cloud computing that motivate Finance leaders to undertake new technology initiatives? - click here.

  • Trend 1: EPM Embraces the Cloud, Speed is Key
  • Trend 2: Mobile Goes Beyond Convenience to Strategic
  • Trend 3: Big Data is Creating a New Signal for Finance
  • Trend 4: Modern Planning Practices are Becoming a Reality
  • Trend 5: Detailed Costing Practices are Needed to Stay in the Game or Get Ahead
  • Trend 6: Finance Departments need Literacy as well as Numeracy
  • Trend 7: Organizations are not Realizing the Wider Benefits of Enterprise Data Governance

Thursday Mar 12, 2015

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos

A series of seven new short video tutorials have been released for PBCS: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

These tutorials have been made available via YouTube videos, and provide overviews that demonstrate specific features and how-to scenarios. For more info see Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Videos.

  1. Importing and Exporting Data (Simplified Interface) - Duration: 4:29 minutes
  2. Integrating Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud - Duration: 6:46 minutes
  3. Writing Budget Data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Back to Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service - Duration: 9:00 minutes
  4. Extracting Data from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud using Data Management - Duration: 6:55 minutes
  5. Overview: Getting Started with EPM Automate in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud - Duration: 2:19 minutes
  6. Overview: Using a Tablet to Go Through the Approvals Process - Duration: 3:18 minutes
  7. Reviewing Scripts - Duration: 2:40 minutes

Access to these videos has also been provided via the following Channels:

Monday Feb 23, 2015

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Partner Hands-on Training

Register here now for Oracle Paris Office, Colombes, on 12-13 March 2015

The Objective of this “PartnerLab” hands-on training is to help partners engage the interest and commitment of their clients for Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service projects.

This 2-day PartnerLab workshop in Paris will enable your team to understand the fundamental concepts of the PBCS Application, the implications of Oracle Public Cloud deployment, and to effectively present and demonstrate PBCS to prospective clients. Participants must already be competent with the on-premise Hyperion Planning application: this training will build on existing expertise to cover SaaS Cloud specific deployment implications and how best to demonstrate this to clients and win services led PBCS implementation engagements.

These 2 days consist of discussions, presentations, demonstration and hands-on exercises. Note: the hands-on exercises are in an already installed environment that you can have access to after the event (see more @ Hyperion Demonstration Systems for Partners). The PartnerLab will be delivered in English.

Preferred profile of a participant: This PartnerLab is designed for your lead Hyperion Planning Implementation architects, presales and implementation consultants. The individual who is attending the PartnerLab must have prior experience implementing a Hyperion Planning solution. We expect your participant to leverage lessons learned onwards in your organization (i.e. a Train the Trainer approach).

Mandatory prerequisites for a participant: Please view material available and complete the assessments before you attend the PartnerLab event. Material and assessments cover foundation information about Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

View material prior to live PartnerLab:

Take and pass these on-line assessments prior to the live PartnerLab training:

The topics covered during the PartnerLab will build on this online material, so it is very important that you complete this pre-work prior to the first day of the PartnerLab. For some online access you will have to have your Oracle account updated with your OPN pin code, read more here, or for more help please contact the Partner Business Center.

  • REGISTRATION: Register here now for Oracle Paris Office, Colombes, on 12 - 13 March 2015

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Hyperion Financial Management and Oracle EPM system New Version 11.1.2.4

A great service opportunity to partners offering upgrades and modernisation to their Hyperion clients, Oracle has just announced the new Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release v 11.1.2.4. This new release incorporates key updates to the entire portfolio of EPM applications that enable organizations to engineer predictable performance, connect the enterprise, and further improve decision-making. See the press release here.

Oracle EPM System Release 11.1.2.4 includes a major update to Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) that delivers significant performance improvements as well as simplicity of administration with an all-unix-based deployment capability. HFM is now also available on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. With this addition, the entire Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite and Oracle Hyperion Planning is available on Oracle Exalytics (along with OBI Foundation, Endeca and In-Memory DB), offering simplified deployment, reduced total cost of ownership, and improved performance.

“With Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2.4 we saw dramatic improvements in financial consolidation times. Executing a consolidation on our main organizational structure went from three hours to 15 minutes,” said Diane Ferry, administrator at Emerson for Oracle Hyperion Financial Management. “As we have many alternate organizational structures, the savings in consolidation times will allow us to have the application ready for our users more quickly. It will also allow our users to more quickly analyze their results.”

For more information:

Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) R13.2 eSeminar

Hyperion Partners can catch up on the latest version of PBCS from the Oracle development PTS team. During this eSeminar we will discuss the proposition for your clients from PBCS, and see how it is sold and implemented; providing flexible deployment and fast adoption. This session will help you to create sales scenarios and identify target customers with example questions for discovery engagements.

We will also talk about how PBCS is “packaged”, with an overview of ordering, activating and provisioning activities for Oracle partners. Other topics will include the partners program, access to PBCS demo environments, and the most common PBCS FAQs will be covered as well as the following:

  • Design best practices
  • Guidelines for "Fixed Scope offering" deliverables
  • "How-to" tips, developed from questions with Oracle user groups
  • Resources for partners
  • eSeminar Schedule - 120 minutes, 29 October 2014 – 16:00 CET / 15:00 UK

Register Here

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Training for Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) and Governance (DRG)

Partner Hands-On 2-Day DRM & DRG Technical Training Event : Partners from all countries welcome.

October 20th – 21st 2014 at the Oracle Utrecht Office

Join Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management Team to learn about selling and implementing the latest Oracle DRM & DRG release, from our Product Management experts Rahul Kamath and Matt Lonchar.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This training is for Partners and Oracle SC staff who are familiar with Oracle Products or Oracle Master Data Management offerings and need to improve their skills based on hands-on training in Oracle Data Relationship Management. This Training is product and implementation-oriented and attendees should have a project or consulting background with a working knowledge of Oracle DRM. This training is a TECHNICAL Hands-On Training which is NOT geared towards pure sales people but rather Lead Consultants and Architects.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS: after the training you will be able to position Oracle DRM, articulate its value proposition in multiple business contexts, and translate business requirements into key configuration and implementation steps – essential to drive proof of concepts and, ultimately, DRM consulting engagements. Based on the implementation considerations discussed here, you will be able to build high-level project and resource plans and deliver tangible DRM working models effectively.

October 20th and 21st 2014

Oracle Nederland, Hertogswetering 163-167, Utrecht 3543, Netherlands

To register, please Send Email including Partner, Attendee Name, Title, Email, Phone to marianne.jelgerhuis@oracle.com.

Monday Aug 04, 2014

Hyperion EPM Training Videos in Learning Library and YouTube

We have these new Oracle-EPM-Webcasts videos on the EPM-YouTube Channel...

For Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS):

And for on-premise EPM, a four-part series on deploying EPM System Products:

  1. Part 1 Overview - demonstrates the standard deployment methodology. It contains links to parts 2, 3 and 4.
  2. Part 2 Preparing for Deployment - demonstrates preparing for standard deployment.
  3. Part 3 Installing and Configuring an Initial Instance - demonstrates installing and configuring an initial instance.
  4. Part 4 Scaling Out and Installing EPM System Clients - demonstrates scaling EPM System components and installing EPM System client software.

In addition to accessing videos from our YouTube channel, you can also access our videos from these Oracle Learning Libraries (OLL):

Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

PBCS Hyperion Planning in the Cloud Implementation Workshop

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) opens up opportunities for organizations of all sizes to streamline planning and forecasting, accelerate deployment, and reduce costs.

This one-day in-person workshop is delivered by Oracle Development (free to OPN member partners), and will cover the handoff from selling-to-implementing of PBCS. Although the basic building blocks are the same as with on-premises Planning, there is a paradigm shift when it comes to selling and implementing a Cloud Service solution. The value proposition behind Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service is all about the deployment model, how it’s sold and how it gets implemented – simplicity, fast adoption and flexible deployment, without sacrificing first-class functionality.

To be successful, the entire cycle from sales to implementation should consistently support this value proposition to your clients. This training event is for OPN member partners whose business roles involve presales, implementation consulting, and support. This workshop briefly reviews the sales approach, as background, with emphasis on partner sales support. The main objective is to learn what is needed to successfully implement Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service once the sales hand off is made – how to leverage your current Hyperion Planning knowledge and use the features designed specifically to build out a Cloud Service solution.

This Workshop is being offered at three locations for partners from all countries in EMEA:

  • June 24, 2014: Kista, Sweden
  • June 26, 2014: Reading, United Kingdom
  • June 29-30, 2014 (split days): Dubaï, United Arab Emirates

To get more information, to check pre-requisites, and to register, click here.

Thursday May 29, 2014

PBCS Hyperion Planning in the Cloud PartnerLab 2-Day Training

Objective of the PartnerLab:  To help partners engage the interest and commitment of their clients for Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service projects. This is your unique opportunity to learn how to expand your business with the PBCS Application.

This 2-day PartnerLab workshop will enable your team to understand the fundamental concepts of the PBCS Application, the implications of Oracle Public Cloud deployment, and to effectively present and demonstrate PBCS to prospective clients. Participants must already be competent with the on-premise Hyperion Planning application: this training will build on existing expertise to cover SaaS Cloud specific deployment implications and how best to demonstrate this to clients and win services led PBCS implementation engagements.

Register here now and see full Agenda for 07-08 July 2014 in Oracle Paris – Colombes

15, bd Charles de Gaulle, 92715 Colombes Cedex France

Register here now and see full Agenda for 15-16 July 2014 in Oracle Italy

via Fulvio Testi 136, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, Italy

This training is free of charge to OPN Member Partners

This PartnerLab is a 2 day in-class workshop event led by Oracle Pre-Sales subject matter experts. These 2 days consist of discussions, presentations, demonstration and hands-on exercises. Note: the hands-on exercises are in an already installed environment that you can have access to after the event (see more @ Hyperion Demonstration Systems for Partners). The PartnerLab will be delivered in English or local language.

Mandatory prerequisites for a participant: Please view material available and complete the assessments before you attend the PartnerLab event. Material and assessments cover foundational information about Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

View material prior to live PartnerLab:

Take and pass these on-line assessments prior to the live PartnerLab training:

Tuesday May 06, 2014

Resell Rights and Specialisation for PBCS (Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service)

Oracle Partners can now apply for PBCS Resell Rights. The Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services now has a dedicated Resell Knowledge Zone where you can Apply to Resell.

To qualify you will need to meet the applicable PBCS Resell criteria.

Note that the “OPN Specialisation” for Hyperion Planning can be separately found in the Hyperion Knowledge Zone, where you can apply to Get Specialized, and this also includes PBCS. The Specialisation criteria can still be found here at Hyperion Planning and now requires partners to take the PBCS examination in addition to the prior criteria.

Friday Apr 25, 2014

Hyperion Demonstration Systems for Partners

If you need to get access to a demonstration environment, hosted by Oracle, then the current version of the Hyperion EPM Applications v11.1.2.3 are available for partners to book and use to show to their clients. This demonstration covers all the modules including HFM, Planning and Tax provisioning: and there is a demo image which is the same as the PBCS Planning in the Cloud version.

These Oracle Demonstration Services are run by the Oracle Global Sales Engineering team (“GSE”).

In summary, OPN Member Partners can Learn more and Apply for Access to GSE ( ... and follow the link CLICK HERE for On Premise Demonstration Environments and CLICK HERE for Cloud Services - PBCS - Demonstration Environments), and once approved, can access the link to book and run “On Premise” EPM and PBCS demos @ https://demo.oracle.com.

GSE provides a platform to demo Oracle products in an enterprise setting in the way Oracle is meant to be used. We provide demos that are easily accessible and fast performing, consistent with product strategy and sales needs.  See specifically the notes for PBCS @ How to Access and Use Planning & Budgeting Cloud Services Environments.

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM) Partner Summit

In UK, but free to all EMEA OPN member partners, you are invited to attend this Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM) Partner Summit:

May 8th, 2014, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

At the Montcalm Hotel, The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SA

This event will give partners the opportunity to understand how HPCM can expand EPM implementations, hear case studies from Oracle customers, and make new contacts in the partner community. See here the agenda for more details, and goto this link to Register.

Topics covered will include:

  • Sales strategy
  • Latest product capabilities
  • Product roadmap
  • Customer speakers presenting case studies of their use of HPCM

This summit will provide those new to HPCM with information required to identify HPCM opportunities, and those with HPCM knowledge, the information to drive new valuable opportunities, especially in existing Hyperion clients. The intended audience for this event is partner Sales Consulting.

Oracle’s Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management is an application pre-built on Essbase to help customers improve their business performance by discovering the drivers of costs and profitability and empowering users to improve resource alignment.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

PBCS How-to Videos

Here is a series of short videos to learn more about Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS), how to enter and analyze data, and how to turn your spreadsheets into powerful applications. PBCS also implements several layers to ensure security, including password protected single sign-on, role based access to features, and access control on forms and other artifacts. The Identity Domain Administrator creates users and assigns roles to them. These videos show you how to create users and assign roles.

This linked series makes it easier for viewers to find exactly the information they need.  (The series replaces the “Create Users and Assign Roles” video previously available, due to UI changes in My Services Dashboard.)

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service helps organizations overcome the challenges of planning in unpredictable operating conditions and enables them to rapidly adopt a world-class planning solution with the simplicity of cloud. Videos include:

Vision Corporation: Demonstration of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

10:10

Enter and Work With Data in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

7:42

Migrate an On-premises Planning Application to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

5:22

Build a Planning Model with Excel in less than 7 Minutes

5:10

Analyze Oracle Hyperion Planning Data Using Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office

6:19

Use Task Lists in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

2:48

Loading Data into Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

7:01

Managing Users in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

1:19

Predefined Roles in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

2:29

Create Users and Assign Roles in Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

2:02

Import a Batch of Users into Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

1:59

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:

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