Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Qubix are World’s first Certified Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS) Specialist

Qubix International announced that they are the world’s first Oracle Partner to achieve OPN-Specialization for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS).

Qubix, an Oracle Platinum Partner, are making this new Cloud product available in a packaged offering that includes Software-as-a-Service, implementation services, training and support, all for one low monthly fee.

“We’re excited to be the first to offer customers this service that combines the power of Oracle’s enterprise planning in the Cloud solution with all the services customers need included for one low monthly fee,” said Paul Johnston, General Manager of Qubix. “Yes, there are other cloud offerings, but these typically don't include the implementation services, the training, ongoing support and consulting customers need, so we’ve re-imagined how service should be delivered in the Cloud world and simplified everything.” he went on to add that the new Qubix service includes:

A subscription to the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services

A choice of Express, Professional or Enterprise implementation packages

Training to maximize user engagement and productivity

On-going Support and managed services

Qubix packaged subscriptions start at £12 per user per day for an entry-level budgeting, planning and forecasting solution, increasing to £29 per user per day for an enterprise-grade solution.

Using this cloud based service; companies can reduce costs and complexity while accelerating the speed of delivery without compromising any features or capabilities.

Neil Sellers, Director of Qubix, added, “We want to make planning, budgeting and forecasting simple and affordable for all businesses, no matter what their size or complexity.”

By tapping into the benefits of the Cloud, businesses no longer need to purchase and set up hardware and software, which greatly accelerates the deployment time and significantly reduces costs. Qubix estimates that the total cost of ownership savings for a typical customer will be between 30% - 40% over a three year period.

The new service means businesses can take advantage of all the benefits of Cloud SaaS, providing an enterprise-wide, multidimensional planning, reporting and analysis solution, without compromise. This has been proven, in some instances, to reduce planning and budgeting cycle times by up to 90%, thus promoting faster & better business decisions.

For more details, including pricing please visit: http://www.qubix.com/qubix-enterprise-cloud-planning

For Oracle partners also wishing to take advantage of this new Cloud service see New Guided Learning Paths for Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Specialists, and an introductory webinar at Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting.

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 @

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).

 

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.

Thursday May 30, 2013

Business Analytics, and Planning on the Cloud Webcasts July 1st 2013

For OPN Partners, you can join these Webcasts with live Q&A on Monday, July 1, 2013 ( TIME: 15:00 BST UK / 16:00 CET ):

Analytics to Drive Customer Experience Success. Business Analytics for Marketing, Sales and Service organisations to help them really Know their Customers and so enable decisions and processes to improve and sustain the best Customer Experience.

Mike Hallett, EMEA A&C Director for Business Analytics

Please click here

Drive Predictable Performance with Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. Get the latest news about Oracle strategy for Enterprise Performance Management in the Cloud and understand how Oracle Partners can leverage this new SaaS-based Planning & Budgeting solution to grow their business and extend their footprint with existing customers or reach new ones that have not yet invested in a Planning & Forecasting solution.

Olivier Bernard, EMEA Solution Director EPM

Please click here

These Webinars are part of our Innovations in Applications program to present new functions and features of Oracle Products including sales positioning. The key objectives of these webcasts are to inspire Partner’s personnel to conduct successful sales, after sales and delivery at their Customer. Moreover, we aim to inspire you to conduct further Product Training and Certifications.

Previous Webinars in this series that you can Replay include:

Oracle BI-Applications for Value Driven Partner Services. Oracle BI Applications are a must-have addition for all Oracle applications customers; giving them business analytics pre-built for rapid implementation on top of their existing eBusiness suite, JDE, Siebel and Peoplesoft systems. For partners who know how to correctly position and implement these unique packages, they provide a competitive win over both less adroit service providers, and products competitive to Oracle BI. Partners gain on-going service and resell revenues from clients who see high value from rapid and low risk deliverables.

Mike Hallett, EMEA A&C Director for Business Analytics

Please click here

Hyperion Project Financial Planning, Measure the full financial impacts of your Projects.

Olivier Bernard, EPM Business Solutions Director, EMEA

Please click here

For a complete list, click here for theINNOVATIONS IN APPLICATIONS” PARTNER WEBCAST SERIES.

And for even more on-line tutorial see Sales & Technical Tutorials for OBI, BI-Apps and Hyperion EPM.

Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Oracle CloudWorld Event in London May 14th and Munich May 15th

Mark Hurd, President and Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development are the keynote speakers at Oracle CloudWorld London (14th May 2013) and on the 15th May 2013 in Munich.

For example, Oracle’s public cloud offering of Fusion Applications embeds (OBI) business analytics, and you can hear how you can Drive Predictable Performance with our (Hyperion) Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

Discover your next steps at Oracle CloudWorld, a premier executive event series hosted by Oracle. . Experience insightful keynotes, real-world case studies, hands-on demos, face-to-face networking, and in-depth tracks on how mobile, social, and cloud are redefining how business gets done for:

  • Sales – Customer Experience – Empowering People, Powering Brands
  • Customer Service and Support – Customer Experience: Empowering People, Powering Brands
  • Human Resources – Power HR's Business Contribution
  • Finance and Operations
  • – Run a Back Office that Puts You in Front
  • Application Developers – Transform Developer Experience with a Powerful and Flexible Platform
  • Applications IT - Sessions for Security and Integration

London : Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 08:15 – 18:30, ExCel Center, agenda and registration
Munich : Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 9:00 – 19:00, The Westin Grand München, agenda and registration

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.

Prerequisites

  • 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

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

BI&EPM Partner Training and Specialisation Update

1.     Just a reminder for you to take the New Version OBI11g Exams to update your OPN Specialisation @ OPN Exam for OBI Suite 11g is Now LIVE

2.     Check for places on free / subsidised Partner specific Bootcamps which are being run in several countries (and you can always fly there... it is still lower cost than alternatives !) :

a.     Exalytics OBI11g Partner Training 3-day hands-on Workshops

b.     EPM Planning (Hyperion) V11.1.2 Implementation Hands-On Boot-camp

c.     Endeca Information Discovery 3-Day Hands-on Training Boot-Camp

3.     Other Partner Events

a.     Frankfurt, Dreieich, November 15: Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

b.     Utrecht, November 14: Oracle Bi Test Drives

c.     Vilvoorde, November 16: Oracle Bi Test Drives

d.     London, November 20: Delivering Insight Across Your Business - Oracle Business Intelligence Workshop

e.     Milano, November 13: Oracle Drive Better Business Outcomes with Big Data and Analytics

You can also selectively filter search for courses via the Partner Events Calendar @ http://events.oracle.com/search/search?group=Events&keyword=OPN+Only

Otherwise, it is worth checking the Oracle Partner Enablement BLOG for any BI / EPM news, especially the sub-Blogs on the right for each country.  And there are many Self-Paced Tutorials for BI&EPM Partners available on demand at any time

There is also a monthly Partner Enablement Update (PDF) to find out the latest partner training on Oracle's new products and new releases.

Why Do Spreadsheets Not Work in an Enterprise Planning Environment ?

“Around 93% of managers gather or analyze information in spreadsheets and 54% spend more time gathering information than analyzing it....”  Find answers in this Whitepaper: some extracts below:

“Traditional budgeting and planning is a straight jacketed and hierarchical exercise.... how many businesses have planning and reporting processes that are smart, agile and aligned? The networked economy challenges the fundamentals of business organization, for example, where does the front-office stop and does the back-office start?  Is it still meaningful to plan for customer, channel, or product profitability, or is transaction profitability the only measure that counts?

“Although conceptually, the idea of enterprise business planning is relatively straightforward it has proven to be illusive, because of over reliance on spreadsheet-bound processes, a lack of control over data quality/management, limited use of advanced planning tools and the cultural impediments that afflict many planning processes.

“In the absence of specialist tools, businesses tend to opt for ‘broad brush’ assumptions in financial plans which merely approximate the more granular assumptions used in operational plans.

“Most businesses are familiar with the relationship between risk and reward but in assessing potential opportunities and developing business plans rarely acknowledge risks and probability in a formal way.

Get your customer to see how they do against the “Enterprise Business Planning Checklist”: get them to read the Whitepaper.

Friday Sep 14, 2012

EPM Planning (Hyperion) V11.1.2 Implementation Hands-On Boot-camp

  • 5-Day Training for Partners: 29th October - 2nd November 2012, London (UK): REGISTER Here

For more upcoming classes, check back here as the registration links get updated for:

This for Partners 5-day 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.

Topics Covered

The boot-camp shows developers how to build out dimensions using Classic Planning and by using EPMA. It covers the mechanics and cover strategies for automating the build process such as interface tables. It reviews data loads using Load Rules to load the Planning database. 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.

Prerequisites

Ideal participants are Oracle partners (SIs and resellers) with a background in business information systems and a clientele of customers with ongoing or prospective EPM initiatives. Alternatively, partners with the background described above and an interest in evolving their practice to a similar profile are suitable participants. 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.

· REGISTER Here : acceptance is subject to availability and your place will be confirmed within two weeks ( and for help see the Partner Registration Guide ).

Training Location: Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Columbus Room

Customer Visit Center

1 South Place

London

EC2M 2RB

Training Dates: 29th October - 2nd November 9:30 am – 5:00 pm BST

For more information please contact opnboot-camp_ww@oracle.com.

Friday Feb 24, 2012

Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Government Budget Planning Products

Here is another fresh report from Gartner which is very positive about Oracle Hyperion: I urge you to share it with customers and prospects @  Critical Capabilities for Government Budget Planning Products

Key Findings

  • Oracle Hyperion Performance Management is rated #1 ahead of all competitors on both "Product Rating" and on "Overall Use Cases".
  • "Budget constraints provide a burning platform to apply more managerial approaches to budgeting processes, such as strategic mapping, what-if scenario analysis, management dashboards and collaborative planning.
  • The majority of government budget officers still rely primarily on Excel for their budgeting activities, but more comprehensive products have emerged to provide suites of capabilities, such as budget preparation, forecasting analysis and modeling, scorecards and dashboards, financial consolidation, publishing of budget documents, and financial reporting. "

 

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