Monday Jan 27, 2014

Announcing the General Availability of PeopleSoft In-Memory Real-Time Bottom Line – Revolutionary Solutions for the CFO

Oracle has launched a revolutionary new suite of applications to help the CFO drive enterprise profitability with timely well-informed decisions. Say goodbye to spreadsheet extracts and guess work based on highly summarized outdated information. Now you can continuously adapt to changes in the business environment and make decisions with confidence using real time simulation and analysis to inform your decisions. The PeopleSoft In-Memory Real-Time Bottom Line suite is initially focused on PeopleSoft In-Memory Financial Position Analyzer and PeopleSoft In-Memory Financial Allocations Analyzer.

Architected for Oracle Engineered System, this suite is a true example of hardware and software working together to provide superior value.

The Executive Suite and every management level demand constant information on the health of the financial position while expecting Finance to continue tracking daily activities, supporting the period close and automating regulatory and control imperatives. ERP automation has made it possible to provide a more comprehensive view of where the business is at today. In today’s economy and global reach, the CFO’s office needs much more than this. They need to easily and quickly evaluate the effect of the ever changing market trends, business conditions and organization directives.

What would happen, for example, if the following events occurred?

  • Revenue expectations are not materializing in the current period 
  • Sales revenue mix between product lines shift significantly 
  • Regulatory changes that bring higher or lower operating expenses 
  • A re-organization is being contemplated 
  • A major acquisition is in process 
  • Expansion of IT Projects

Imagine if all these happened all at once and you have the perfect storm. Finance needs to accurately assess the effect of the perfect storm on the financial position earlier within the current period. Historically, Finance has pulled data out of the production environment and used spreadsheets for simulations. They have also utilized spin-off instances of the production environment to manage simulation of business and organizational changes. With this new suite of applications you can do what could not be done before – real time simulations and analysis of production data. The Finance team puts more focus on forward looking strategic tasks providing highly relevant decision support to the C-Level suite.

PeopleSoft In-Memory Financial Position Analyzer allows Finance to support the CFO in making decisions before the financial close. The office of the CFO can now utilize the actual financial position instead of outdated spreadsheets to support comparative analysis of ‘what if’ business simulations in memory such as material transactions that may or may not occur, changes to the financial structure or reorganization of specific departments or businesses.

PeopleSoft In-Memory Financial Allocations Analyzer allows Finance to simulate additions or changes to large and complex allocation rules that support business activities such as a reorganization of sales, an implementation of a merger or acquisition or a shift of costs and revenues for products, services or capital or IT projects. The executive suite can now truly uncover potential risks and make business course changes as necessary.


Figure 1. Discovering opportunities and mitigating risk through In-Memory simulations based on real time data

Both solutions allow Finance to share real time result comparisons with business stakeholders and make faster decisions that can greatly improve the bottom line in the same financial period. Finance also gains efficiencies by automatically applying configuration changes, such as ‘what if’ reorganizations, from memory to production.

The applications are engineered for Oracle Exadata and SPARC SuperCluster to allow organizations to simulate the financial position in-memory with capabilities like Flash Cache, Smart Scan and InfiniBand to dramatically increase the speed of processing and communication between production and the simulation space.

The solution makes the Finance team highly efficient through a step by step walk through of simulations as follows: 

  • Create a scenario, easily select configurations and version them so they can individually model out different possibilities
  • Through the power of in-memory technology, graphically view & execute the many steps chosen for the model
  • Simulate the hundreds of rules with lightning speed
  • Review and compare scenario results in real time
  • Deploy configuration changes with full control and security to production

If you’d like to learn more about the new applications and how they can give the CFO a strategic advantage in driving business performance, please take a look at the whitepaper, datasheets (linked below), and the Video Feature Overview, consider contacting your Oracle Application Sales Manager, or contact us by emailing amira.morcos@oracle.com.


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Monday Jul 30, 2012

IASB and FASB Agree on Lease Accounting Approach

Almost a year after their decision to re-expose proposals for a common leasing standard, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) have reached a key decision regarding the recognition of lease expenses. At their June 13, 2012 meeting, the IASB and FASB agreed that leases over 12 months should be recognized on the balance sheet, while leases with terms under 12 months should be treated similar to current operating leases.

With that major decision in place, the timeline for issuance of the final standard seems to be a bit more stabilized. The IASB and FASB expect to publish the second exposure draft in the fourth quarter of this year, and issue the final lease accounting guidance late in 2013. It is anticipated that the new lease accounting standard will be effective in 2017, with retroactive reporting beginning in 2015.

Oracle remains committed to helping customers transition to the new lease accounting standard. The Applications Unlimited teams continue to work closely together to monitor the convergence project and analyze the impact to our products so that we can design and build consistent solutions.

We anticipate that the new lease accounting rules will introduce functional overlap between the two products primarily impacted by the lease convergence – PeopleSoft Asset Management and Real Estate Management, both part of the PeopleSoft Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite of products. PeopleSoft plans to evaluate the lease administration features and functions of each product to deliver a foundational framework for the new capabilities the final accounting standard will require.

We invite customers to participate in providing feedback on our design enhancements for lease accounting. If you are interested, please send an email to howard.shaw@oracle.com or loida.mcdearis@oracle.com. For more information on the June 2012 IASB and FASB meeting, see the press release here.

Tuesday Aug 02, 2011

IASB and FASB to re-expose proposal on upcoming lease accounting changes

On July 21, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the US-based Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced they would re-expose their revised proposals for a common leasing standard. This standard is being developed as a joint convergence project for IAS 17/ASC 840 (formerly FAS 13).

While re-exposure for the Boards can be somewhat atypical, the decision to do so in this case was not surprising considering the vast scope of the proposed changes. In a sense, introducing a new comment period seemed unavoidable as there have been significant revisions to the initial exposure draft since it was first published back in August 2010.

What does this mean in terms of timing? A revised exposure draft is expected in the fourth quarter of 2011, with the final standard sometime around mid-2012.  From an adoption standpoint, there is no official effective date (as of yet), however the Boards have previously communicated that it likely would not be any earlier than 2014. There’s a good chance that their decision to re-expose may push that out even further, although that is purely speculation at this point.

Some of the causes for the delays have been a much larger than expected number of responses, significant concern over the cost of reassessing all leases, and comments that the complexity of measurement could spiral to unsustainable levels. The biggest gray area, however, centers on the lessor accounting model. The original overarching goal was to have a single lease standard for both lessee and lessor accounting. The Boards have been discussing whether to have one or two lessor accounting models – the FASB has been leaning towards two (as proposed in the exposure draft), while the IASB seems to prefer a single model. It’s possible that this difference of opinion could result in the Boards breaking down the lease standard, which may allow them to issue the lessee accounting standard (somewhat on time), while delaying the lessor accounting standard to an unknown future date.

So what does all this mean for PeopleSoft customers? As always, Oracle has been monitoring the development of the new standards and our Applications Unlimited and Fusion Development teams have been working closely together to analyze the changes and craft a consistent solution. We are also providing feedback to the Boards from a software vendor perspective to ensure they allow the industry a reasonable timeframe to accommodate the new standards, as well as provide customers enough of a window for implementation and conversion.

From a product perspective, the lease accounting changes primarily impact the PeopleSoft Asset Management and Real Estate Management products, part of the PeopleSoft Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite. The new standards introduce significant functional overlap between our products, which is good in that it will allow us to better leverage our shared feature set (and vast integrations across the FSCM environment) as we add new capabilities.

We invite customers to participate in providing feedback on our design enhancements for lease accounting. If you are interested, please send an email to mailto:howard.shaw@oracle.com or mailto:loida.mcdearis@oracle.com. Stay tuned, as we will continue to comment as more developments arise.

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