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Get Schooled (Twice!) on New Business Models

This is the time of year when college campuses across the United States come alive with activity. Students swarm the grounds, faculty impart their knowledge—and...

This is the time of year when college campuses across the United States come alive with activity. Students swarm the grounds, faculty impart their knowledge—and university and college business officers wrestle with ever-shrinking budgets. For decades, U.S. institutions have been faced with cutbacks in public funding. To succeed in this environment of constant belt-tightening, business officers need to develop revenue models that cast the widest net possible—whether it’s...

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Predict Tomorrow: Business As Unusual

I’m sure you’ve noticed this already, but there’s been a generational shift in computing. The cloud enables Oracle to deliver a constant stream of innovation to...

I’m sure you’ve noticed this already, but there’s been a generational shift in computing. The cloud enables Oracle to deliver a constant stream of innovation to our customers, allowing them to take advantage of the convergence of transformational technologies including mobile, analytics, social, big data, the internet of things, machine learning, blockchain, intelligent process automation, autonomous computing, and new human interfaces. It’s clear that in today’s business,...

Financial Planning & Analysis

How to Lead in Higher Education: Learn Creativity

Business acumen. Financial skills. Creativity. These are the skills required today of a chief business officer in the field of higher education. Wait —...

Business acumen. Financial skills. Creativity. These are the skills required today of a chief business officer in the field of higher education. Wait — creativity? Isn’t that for poets and conceptual artists? Not anymore. Faced with falling levels of public funding and declining student enrollment, college and university business officers are getting creative to find new sources of revenue. Some are partnering with corporations, providing training that is specific to what a...

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Delivering on a Vision of Fair Trade in the Cloud

Tony's Chocolonely has a vision: to produce and sell 100-percent slave-free chocolate. But delivering on that vision means keeping a watchful eye on every part...

Tony's Chocolonely has a vision: to produce and sell 100-percent slave-free chocolate. But delivering on that vision means keeping a watchful eye on every part of its supply chain, from farm to customer. The majority of the world's cocoa beans are grown and harvested in western Africa, and the chocolate produced is sold on the open market. In anonymous situations like these, it's difficult to tell whether the producer used forced labor during harvesting or production. So,...

Financial Management & Reporting

How to Start Your Move to EPM in the Cloud

By Bobby Ellis, Global Practice Lead – EPM, Datavail Last month, Oracle published its annual EPM Top Trends Report. Among the major findings: organizations are...

By Bobby Ellis, Global Practice Lead – EPM, Datavail Last month, Oracle published its annual EPM Top Trends Report. Among the major findings: organizations are moving enterprise performance management to the cloud in record numbers—in large part to avoid upgrading their on-premises systems. In fact, “Avoiding on-premises upgrades” is now the top reason for moving EPM to the cloud, cited by 48% of respondents. Organizations that make the move are realizing significant...

Financial Management & Reporting

How to Move EPM to the Cloud, and Why Now is the Time

  By Jennifer Toomey, Senior Director, Cloud Business Group, Oracle What is a top motivating factor for moving enterprise performance management (EPM) to the...

  By Jennifer Toomey, Senior Director, Cloud Business Group, Oracle What is a top motivating factor for moving enterprise performance management (EPM) to the cloud? When asked why they decided to move EPM to the cloud, 48% of respondents to our EPM Top Trends survey cited the desire to avoid on-premises upgrades. With systems starting to age, organizations are looking more closely at what’s involved with upgrades, and the cloud offers a compelling alternative. That’s just one...

Finance Topics & Trends

The 9 EPM Trends You Need to Know for 2018

By Jennifer Toomey, Senior Director, Cloud Business Group, Oracle Cloud technology has reached an inflection point within the office of finance. In our fifth...

By Jennifer Toomey, Senior Director, Cloud Business Group, Oracle Cloud technology has reached an inflection point within the office of finance. In our fifth annual Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Trends Report, more than half the respondents have moved or will move their EPM processes to the cloud within the next year.  But more striking were the findings around why respondents moved to the cloud vs. the benefits they received. In our survey of more than 400 finance...

Financial Planning & Analysis

How to Improve Costing, Planning and Reporting in Healthcare

Whether you’re a payer or provider, every healthcare organization needs to manage profit and loss—especially in this era of value-based care. If you want to...

Whether you’re a payer or provider, every healthcare organization needs to manage profit and loss—especially in this era of value-based care. If you want to demonstrate value, you need to know how much you’re spending on patient care and how well that care is working. Healthcare payers need to understand costs to serve different plans, groups, and members. Getting an accurate understanding of profitability by member segment, healthcare plan, and distribution channel is where...

Financial Planning & Analysis

The Ultimate Question for Financial Planning & Analysis

By Malcolm Brock, Managing Director, Brovanture Watching the recent launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket got me thinking. (Well, the part that revealed Elon...

By Malcolm Brock, Managing Director, Brovanture Watching the recent launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket got me thinking. (Well, the part that revealed Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with the iconic words “Don’t Panic” on the sat nav.)  It brought back memories of listening to Douglas Adams’s famous story, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, on BBC Radio 4 back in the 1970s. One of the key plot points in the story is the calculation of the Answer to the Ultimate Question of...

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