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How to Evaluate the Best Opportunities Without a Magic Mirror

Toby Hatch
Senior Product Marketing Director for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

Your business is dynamic. Opportunities are all around you, but you have parameters you have to consider. What if you could break into a new market, or a new country? Should you do that now, or wait? What if you could launch two of five new products this year, but not all of them? What if you had the chance to open a new factory in a great geographic area with lots of talent, but you have to do it quickly? Or what if your most fierce competitor was up for sale? Could you acquire them to silence them?

What if you could look into the future to figure out the best way forward for your company?

Sound too good to be true? Well, it is too good to be true—but here’s the next best thing. How about the ability to evaluate different opportunities quickly and look at the long term and short term impact on your business?

With this information, you could figure out the best case, worst case, and most likely case to move forward. It’s as close to a magic mirror as you can get for business.

Strategic Modeling in the Cloud

We are proud to announce that Oracle’s new strategic modeling capabilities can do all this and more. The new module within Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service is designed to address these very issues.

To truly evaluate the best way forward, long range financial models reveal the impact of strategic decisions on your bottom line, balance sheet, cash flow, and shareholder value. You can model for impact on capital, debt, and investment options, ensuring that the new opportunity—whatever it is—is in line with your strategic plan.

Some of the useful out-of-the-box features, available in the cloud today, include:

  • Scenario Modeling
  • Account Forecasting
  • Goal Seeking
  • Analyze Trail (an elegant and intuitive way to view assumptions)
  • Funding Options (to optimize capital structure and treasury strategies)
  • Debt Scheduler (to create rate debt instruments and update statements easily)
  • Consolidation (to combine entities and scenarios for entities as desired, following rules)
  • Free Form Reporting

Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service provides strategic modeling capabilities out of the box to handle all aspects of long-range financial modeling—replacing the current, multi-spreadsheet systems used by many companies, which can get them into trouble. When trying to model many variables with sophisticated, financial logic, it’s easy to corrupt a spreadsheet formula or break a link. Strategic modeling is built within the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud suite so users can work within the familiar Smart View and web interface—which feels like a spreadsheet, but is much safer and has built-in logic and “what-if” capabilities.

Want to try it? Request a demo of Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud.

In addition to opportunities, life can throw potential threats into the ring too. BREXIT, emerging competitors, regulatory changes, stock market variations, and even weather and environment-related issues can be modeled to show the impact on your opportunities and plans. In our rapidly changing world, it makes sense to model your various what-if scenarios before you start your forecast cycles. When you’re ready, you can create professional quality reports and graphs with the user-friendly reporting environment—helping you compare across scenarios and make the best decisions.

Put the closest thing to a business magic mirror in your corner with the strategic modeling capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service.

Learn more about Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud's new strategic modeling capabilities. Read the brief or visit our web site.


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