Planning

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Hyperion and Workforce Planning at the ODTUG Kscope17 Conference

Make a plan, work a plan! Attending Planning presentations at the ODTUG Kscope17 conference sounds like the best plan to soak up expert Planning knowledge from the most talented Oracle subject matter experts. Whether it’s Oracle cloud or on-premises products, you’ll learn from the best about essentials to budgeting and forecasting to achieve organizational success. 

Administration:  

Dive into design with Planning applications including calculation methodologies and best practices for satisfying specific business requirements. 

Design:  

Dive into design with Planning applications including calculation methodologies and best practices to satisfy all the requirements that business demands.

Emerging Technologies:  

Check out emerging Hybrid ASO/BSO technologies, new products in the Planning family such as EPBCS, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management using ASO plan types, and other new technologies in Planning.

Optimization:  

Optimization is often what can set things apart from the pack. You’ll hear tips and tricks in performance tuning and how to design for performance using on-premises and cloud Planning products.

Planning Modules:  

We’ll show you Workforce, Capex, Project Planning, and other modules.

Cloud Technologies:

We’ll walk you through planning and budgeting with the flexibility of the cloud across the enterprise and all the newest features, tips, tricks, and best practices with PBCS and EPBCS.

Check out the presentations listed below.



Don't Worry, You Can Still Get Geeky with Planning Cloud
Joe Aultman , interRel Consulting
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

As with all of their cloud products, Oracle wants EPBCS to be friendly to users and administrators in the business community, reducing the level of technical expertise required to implement and maintain the application. Techies everywhere are left to wonder what role is left for them. This session provides the answer. From new techniques for creating custom functions to tweaking the user interface to automating processes and data flows, you'll see there is still plenty for the geeky among us to do.

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Looking After the Pennies: Unlocking the Detail Behind the Data
Philip Benz , Peloton Group
Co-presenter(s): Paul Hurley, Cumberland Farms
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Drill through capabilities unlock endless opportunities for analysis to the lowest grain of detail. Clients have been clamoring for this capability ever since its introduction into PBCS. Come see how Cumberland Farms is able to use drill through capabilities to perform more robust analysis than ever before.

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Diagnosis Close: How Vertex Pharma Uses Planning, Essbase, and OBIEE to Close the Books
Thomas Blakeley , Performance Architects
Co-presenter(s): Michael Bender, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Design

Planning isn't just for budgets anymore!

Hear how Vertex Pharmaceuticals used Planning, ASO native Essbase Cubes, and OBIEE to assist with revenue accounting and the tracking of adjustments such as fee calculations and revenue recognition in a single place. Utilizing Hyperion Planning, ASO Essbase, and OBIEE, accounting users are able to review invoicing and sales data fed directly from third-party logistics companies located around the world before adjusting revenue dates, inputting fees, and making custom entries – all through Planning. After working through the Revenue Task List, users can initiate data warehouse jobs directly from Planning Task Lists that push data to a reporting application and OBIEE for review across additional dimensions and currencies.

This all follows a workflow built using Task Lists that guide users through the revenue accounting process. This entire process supports the final revenue numbers booked directly into EBS and also supports revenue analytics for the entire organization.

So, come to our session!

Hear about an end-to-end solution involving more that just one Oracle EPM and BI product – and hear about a solution that actually integrates them.

Hear about how OBIEE can report directly on data found within Planning and Essbase.

Hear about a Planning cube with seven dimensions getting transformed into an ASO Essbase application with 16 dimensions – and an OBIEE model with even more columns for reporting.

Hear how end users are able to get access to summary revenue numbers and then drill down to the detail if they feel the need. Hear the process by which we made it happen – from stakeholder meetings at the beginning through to our production rollout at the end.

Finally, don't just hear it from the consultant but also hear from the customer, as we both share our tips and tricks and what went well.

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Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud
Nicholas Blazosky , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Ludovic De Paz, TopDown Consulting
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Thinking about elevating your organization’s Workforce Planning Solution? Want to see a detailed demo of the capabilities of the latest version of Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) SWP (Strategic Workforce Planning) and Workforce planning modules? What has changed since the days of deployment in on-premise, and how can you be leveraging the enhanced functionality for your organization? Learn the differences between an on-premise deployment and strategies for getting you to the cloud in no time. The demo will have a unique San Antonio twist to get you in the spirit of being in the heart of South Texas. Join seasoned WFP architects and Kscope speakers Ludovic De Paz and San Antonio native Nicholas Blazosky for this informative deep dive into the newly enhanced world of Workforce. 

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From Bogeys to Birdies: All You Need Is Drivers
Ryan Burghauser , SC&H Group
Co-presenter(s): Nick Scott, SC&H Group
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Optimization

When a Fortune 500 hospitality company wanted improved forecasting and budgeting accuracy, it turned to a customizable driver-based approach. The hard part was coming up with a model that suited a 2,400-person user base. We had to tap into the creativity bank to allow users the ability to update their calculation methods on demand and already have the related drivers populated in the application. The reliance upon drivers shifted users away from focusing on the end revenue and expense dollar figures and turned the attention toward how did we get there.

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Cloudy with a Chance of PBCS: Tips and Tricks for Migrating On-Premise Oracle Hyperion Planning to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)
Mohan Chanila , Performance Architects
Co-presenter(s): Chuck Persky, Performance Architects
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Many organizations have made the switch from an on-premise Oracle Hyperion Planning solution to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS). This move allows them to take advantage of the benefits that exist in an Oracle SaaS model and some of the newer features available in PBCS. However, many other organizations, while very interested, are hesitant to make this leap, in fear of the unknown and the potential process involved in migrating to this model. In this session, you will learn from industry experts about a variety of considerations, tips, and methodologies utilized in planning and executing this type of change. Specifically, this session will explore the dynamics of this migration through real-life examples, including the steps for assessing the current application(s), decisions surrounding a "lift and shift" versus a "rebuild" approach, the process for executing the migration, and how to acclimate system administrators and users to a PBCS (cloud) methodology and interface. Additionally, this session will explore the facets of data integration and security; how these capabilities may be the same or different than the current on-premise model; and how to build a strategy to successfully create these capabilities in PBCS. Please join us in navigating from the ground to the cloud.

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Cloud2Cloud – IoT and EPM: Connecting GE’s Predix Industrial Internet Cloud Platform to Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)
Gary Crisci , General Electric
Co-presenter(s): Shyam Nath, General Electric
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

The Internet of Things (IoT), also known as the Industrial Internet, is changing the way industries work. By combining machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, industrial big data analytics, technology, cybersecurity, and automation, it’s driving new levels of efficiency and productivity.

What if you could predict events before they happened? By connecting machines, gaining operational visibility, and leveraging analytics, you can drive operations to their fullest potential and predict what will happen before it occurs.

GE’s Predix platform is a cloud-based solution that can capture industrial data. Now that you have this valuable information, how do you get it in the hands of the people who need it and in a tool that allows them to use the information to make better decisions?

In this presentation, Gary Crisci, Principal Data & Information Architect, Shyam Nath, Partner Account Director, and Venkat Kailasam, Senior Data & Information Architect, will walk you through the Internet of things (IoT). We will illustrate how we capture industrial data from sensors using GE’s Asset Performance Management SaaS cloud solution to determine leading indicators of when large maintenance events are likely to be due and what the nature of the maintenance required will be. Lastly, we will demonstrate how to transfer the data into an Oracle PBCS cloud application for Planning and Budgeting purposes.

Come learn about the next great frontier in information technology and how we are leveraging EPM and IoT to drive better business decisions. 

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Configuring EPBCS for Operational Planning Requirements
Manish Daga , Oracle Corporation
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

This session will talk about the challenges/requirements for Operational Planning and how you can configure EPBCS to address these challenges/requirements.

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Extreme Calc Manager
Ludovic De Paz , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Optimization

Calc Manager is at the center of Oracle’s EPM suite. It’s the place to develop logic for Essbase, HFM, and Planning on-premise or in the cloud. It’s chock full of advanced features, and it’s quite a task to master all of them. That’s where we come in. Join Ludovic De Paz, TopDown Consulting Senior Manager, and Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting Solutions Architect, for a deep dive into some of the more advanced features of Calc Manager.

We will focus on features that save time and/or allow developers to do things they otherwise couldn’t do and explore:
• How to take advantage of Calc Manager’s modular nature to develop rules and rule sets quickly and benefit from reusability
• All types of variables and some advanced variable tricks
• How to troubleshoot using the debugger, error messages, and logs (especially with the cloud)
• How to use Custom Defined Templates to adapt your rules to different outlines and applications
• How to use Custom Defined Functions

This session promises to satisfy the most geeky of you, and with several real-life stories and demos you will be able to take your Business Rules to the next level.

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Discover a Brave New World of Key Metric Analytics: Unlocking the Power of Planning and Reporting Through ASO
Brian Deegan , Peloton Group
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Other Planning

Industry-leading organizations analyze key metrics on a daily basis to assess company performance. For many organizations, reporting these key performance indicators can be time-consuming, require manually aggregating data from multiple sources, and possess the real concern of data accuracy. By unlocking the power of ASO, companies now have dynamic access to their company’s key metrics that were previously challenging to analyze. Critical financial planning processes such as daily sales reporting and workforce expense analysis are some of the specific examples that will be demonstrated to show how these ASO reporting solutions were integrated with the planning process to provide a wealth of analytics. In this presentation, we will provide examples of the innovative ways companies have leveraged the capabilities of ASO to directly support their financial planning processes, increase reporting performance, and provide greater insights into their important operational metrics.

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Fluctuating Exchange Rates Causing Heartburn in the Planning Process?
Cindy Eichner , Finit Solutions
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Design

Exchange rates movement can significantly impact budgets and forecasts. Let’s explore currency translation in Hyperion Planning, including out-of-the-box multicurrency applications, custom currency translation options, and different ways to quantify and analyze the impact of exchange rate movement during the budgeting and forecasting processes. We will examine several solutions being used in production environments and examine why and how they were built to provide for a positive user experience while minimizing administration complexity. Leave this session knowing about other design options available for currency translation and quantifying the impact of exchange rates movement in Hyperion Planning applications.

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Minimizing Hyperion Planning and PBCS Administration Tasks by Design
Cindy Eichner , Finit Solutions
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Is your Planning administrator taking an inordinate amount of time to switch from one planning cycle to another? Are there just too many forms in your application? Do users have to wait for a process to be run to complete their tasks? Learn about different ways to reduce the time needed to administer applications, including Valid Intersections, form and business rule design with substitution variables, Smart Push, and other time-saving design options. Leave this session knowing how to implement these options in Hyperion Planning and PBCS applications.

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Jumpstarting Your Cost Allocations with Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service (PCMCS)
Courtney Foster , interRel Consulting
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Come learn how Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service gives you a clear and definitive look into your business health. One of Oracle’s newest cloud services takes its sister on-premises product, HPCM (Management Ledger applications), and launches it into the cloud with new and improved features. PCMCS provides a complete graphical interface to simplify the build and execution of complicated allocation rules all in the common EPM Cloud SUI (no scripting required!). Some beloved HPCM features come over, such as the traceability interface and rules balancing report, along with new pre-built dashboards. PCMCS sits entirely on top of Essbase and supports any costing methodology. There is no black box with PCMCS, as this cloud solution allows users to get an inside look at the drivers of costs as they “audit” the profitability of their organization. Learn how PCMCS can help you allocate expenses and get a better understanding of profit and costs at any level in your organization in less than two months.

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ASO Plan Type: The Final Frontier
Michael Hansen , Leidos
Co-presenter(s): Trina Nguyen, Leidos, Inc.
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Other Planning

Seat backs in an upright position and buckle up! In this session, you will embark on a voyage from academic theory to a real-world deployment of an ASO Plan Type Solution. There will be a brief overview of use case and how a self-service approach for Planning led Leidos to select an ASO Plan Type Solution. Discover how Leidos tackled the challenges of an ASO Plan Type, enabling users to do all their planning directly in an ASO cube. Learn how Leidos overcame the obstacle of an Essbase data connection and finally satisfy the Vulcan in you with tips to take calculations to warp speed. ASO Planning can be an exciting new frontier for an enterprise in the real world.

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What's New and Coming in Planning
Prasad Kulkarni , Oracle Corporation
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Other Planning

In this session you will hear Oracle's strategy for on-premise offering in the Planning domain.

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Taking Your Hyperion Culture from Good to Great!
Steve Light , TransUnion
Co-presenter(s): Robert Kocur, TransUnion
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Other Planning

Financial planning for a billion dollar companies like TransUnion can feel like a daunting task, but Hyperion provides businesses the right tools to be successful. Hyperion can make it significantly easier to be good at planning, but you really need the right team and culture to be great! Fortunately for TransUnion, the new Global Hyperion Solutions Team and the Hyperion Community of Interest are on the job. Hyperion, as a tool, has been part of TransUnion since 2010 and has proven to be very successful with over 200 Finance and Accounting associates utilizing 19 applications across a truly global organization. The environment has grown to include Hyperion Planning (BSO & ASO), Essbase (BSO & ASO), Workforce Planning, Capex, PFP, Hyperion Strategic Finance, FDM, and Financial Reports. The applications quickly evolved from a few departmental tools to a set of strategic world-wide applications that support all aspects of the business in the US, Canada, Latin America, Africa, India, and Asia. For years, the system was maintained via some heroic individual efforts and a rotating stable of consultants, but in 2016 TransUnion decided to create a dedicated Hyperion team and the Hyperion CoI. This support is a demonstration of the dedication TransUnion has to making sure our end users on the finance team have the best experience possible. In just a few short months, we’ve moved from good to great, and we’re just getting started!

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True Power of Oracle’s Enterprise Planning Suite Unleashed at POET
Ryan Meester , Edgewater Ranzal
Co-presenter(s): Lezlee Herdina, POET
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Other Planning

To quote Lezlee Herdina, Director of FP&A at POET, “POET’s mission is to live in a world with natural balance. Where we no longer take from the earth, but rather use its enormous ability to regenerate. We will use this tool (Hyperion) to model strategic opportunities to achieve that goal.”

POET, a leading biofuel company specializing in the production of ethanol and ethanol co-products, needed a platform to support its performance management initiatives and ultimately the company mission, which required generating fully integrated Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow projections over a 5 year planning horizon. It needed a system that could provide short-term detailed operational budgeting capabilities for various aspects of the business (i.e. SG&A, Capital Planning, Project Planning) while also delivering a flexible solution to allow for higher level long-range planning. In search of these overall process improvements and efficiencies related to the budgeting and long-range planning processes, POET turned to Oracle and Ranzal to deliver a best in-class solution using Oracle’s suite of EPM applications. During this session Lezlee Herdina and Ryan Meester, Director at Edgewater Ranzal, will guide the audience through the process in which POET and Ranzal worked together, using the “Right tool for the right job” mantra, to unleash the true power of Oracle’s Enterprise Planning suite including Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance, Hyperion Planning (Including Workforce, Capital and Project Financial Planning!), Essbase, and Financial Data Management Enterprise Edition.

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Case Study: How Suez Slashed Cycle Times and Improved Service Levels with Hybrid Aggregation
Ron Moore , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Brian Brockway, Suez
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Optimization

Suez owns and operates 16 water and waste utilities and operates 90 municipal water and waste water systems. They had a very large Planning cube and aggregations could take three hours or more. They had to choose carefully which aggregations they did and when. Administration was arduous. This put severe limits on what Suez could do to improve service levels to users.

Suez partnered with TopDown Consulting to optimize the application. TopDown performed a series of tests on more than a dozen optimization techniques. The results provided two good options. FixParralel could reduce aggregation times to about 20 minutes. And even though Suez was on 11.1.2.3.500, the application appeared to be a good candidate for Hybrid Aggregation which would eliminate the aggregation.

In this session Brian Brockway, Manager - IT Applications and Support at Suez and Ron Moore, Solution Architect at TopDown Consulting will describe:
• the tests performed to identify the best optimization options
• the steps to determine if the cube was a candidate for Hybrid Aggregation
• the trade-offs between FixParallel and Hybrid Aggregation and how Suez decided which option to pursue
• the step by step process (including code samples) of converting the cube to hybrid, including cross-dimensional operators, time balances, MDX WITH clauses, and other challenges
• how Suez addressed the effects of some of Hybrid’s disadvantages

Finally, we will describe how Hybrid transformed service levels for users and list the benefits of the conversion.

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Moving The University of Pennsylvania Hyperion Planning On-Prem to the PBCS Cloud: A Journey of Consolidation, Migration, and Enhancements
Chuck Persky , Performance Architects
Co-presenter(s): Belen Ortiz, Mindstream Analytics LLC
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

The University of Pennsylvania has been using On-Prem Hyperion Planning and Hyperion Essbase for more than 11 years to manage their financial planning and reporting. The original solution design necessitated multiple Planning and Essbase applications to address performance constraints back in 2005. While the solution has been successful in providing planning and reporting capabilities, the challenges of supporting the complexity of this solution have yielded several pain points to the system users.

This session details how The University of Pennsylvania was able to port their solution from 5 traditional On-Prem applications to a single PBCS application enabling real-time enterprise level reporting. This session shows the steps and the results of a system consolidation & migration, and details how new enhancements in PBCS functionality enabled a more integrated and efficient solution. We will also explore design trade offs that produced more real-time reporting for users during the day against initially longer processing times overnight and other lessons learned during the process.

Attendees of this presentation will learn about:
• Introduction of SmartPush the ’push-on-save’ functionality to instantly apply changes in data in the new planning application
• Detail EPM Automate data integration tool
• Enhanced ability to allow users to enter and report on “commentary”
• Expand the capabilities of the calculated forecast
• Lessons learned with migration of on-prem Hyperion Planning applications to the Oracle PBCS Cloud

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How to Win Friends and Influence People … with an Integrated Planning-Based Forecast Process
Greg Ramirez , Pepperdine University
Co-presenter(s): Chase Ross, Pepperdine University
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Other Planning

In this session, you will learn how Pepperdine University transformed an outdated forecast process into one that is forward-looking and engages all areas of the organization by leveraging Hyperion Planning. From a functional standpoint, we will explore the integration of data forms, business rules, and calculation scripts, and how results are delivered to organizational leadership through financial reports.

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EPBCS Workforce and Strategic Workforce Planning In Action
Mark Rinaldi , Oracle Corporation
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Learn how customers are leveraging EPBCS Workforce Planning and Strategic Workforce Planning to complete their Headcount Planning based on Supply and Demand Planning.

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End to End Automation for Oracle PBCS Using EPM Automate
Amit Sahasrabudhe , ADI Strategies
Co-presenter(s): Sumit Deo, Huron Consulting Group
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

This one hour session on PBCS automation aims to cover all automation aspects that one would encounter in a PBCS implementation. We will discuss the different options available within PBCS to automate tasks such as data loading, running calculations, and archiving application artifacts. We will start the session with a brief overview of the EPM Automate utility that will be used to perform a majority of the automation tasks. Next, we will shift focus to Data Management (FDMEE) and learn how the EPM Automate utility can be used to automate tasks for Data Management like uploading a file to Inbox/Outbox folder of Data Management and running a rule to load data from Data Management to PBCS application. In the second half, we will discuss the automation aspects of the PBCS application to cover native data load processes being used and see how metadata can be updated and refreshed. We will also cover automating map reporting application processes. In the end, we will walk through automating the back-up process so that your PBCS application can be backed up daily to an archive folder. This one hour session will cover end to end automation including logging into PBCS, uploading files, running rules, uploading data and metadata files, refreshing metadata and finally automating backups. We will share some code examples with you so it can serve as a quick start for your PBCS automation.

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World-Class Marketing Planning with Oracle Cloud
Marc Seewald , Oracle Corporation
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

In this session, learn how combining Oracle Enterprise Planning Cloud for marketing financial planning with your current customer experience (CX) investment can help align your marketing and finance plans. The solution enables you to plan the financial impact of marketing campaigns, ensure that the actual marketing spend is aligned with the budget, and calculate the return on marketing investment. The solution gives marketing leaders confidence in driving their business forward because it integrates with your current CX system to provide a strategic and seamless marketing platform.

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Going Beyond Finance into Operations with Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) at the Largest Oracle EPM Cloud Deployment to Date for Nearly 3,000 Users Worldwide
Luke Sinnen , SC&H Group
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

At the enterprise level, cloud computing is transforming operational effectiveness, creating strategic value, and helping today’s global businesses to gain a true competitive advantage. In this session, you will see how the largest Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) deployment to date changed how the organization manages it budgeting and forecasting capabilities. Specifically, this presentation will focus on how the PBCS application became a budgeting and forecasting tool that is intuitive, easy to use, scalable and fast on a modern technology (PBCS). Ultimately, this case study showcases how any large global organization can benefit from Oracle EPM Cloud solutions in ways that create long-term operational efficiencies and competitive advantage.

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What’s New, What’s Next: Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
Shankar Viswanathan , Oracle Corporation
Co-presenter(s): Prasad Kulkarni, Oracle
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) is one of Oracle’s broad selection of enterprise-grade cloud solutions delivered via software as a service. This session provides an overview of this solution and an update on new and planned functionality.

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Enterprise PBCS Enables Integrated Planning for the Merger of Citrix’s GoTo and LogMeIn
Matt Ward , Peloton Group
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Cloud Technologies - PBCS & EPBCS focused

For many organizations, financial and business planning is a complex process facilitated by time consuming spreadsheet activities including preparation, data input, performing calculations, producing reports, and executing reviews. This process is repeated monthly, quarterly, and annually such that the effort consumed by the disparate offline processes, and ultimately the costs of these tasks, are compounded over time. And for organizations going through a merger these inefficiencies and costs are multiplied further, as planning processes are typically required for the combined entity in addition to the legacy standalone entities. But it does not have to be that way...
Oracle’s Enterprise PBCS solution provides a path for the rapid deployment of integrated planning business processes in the most common functional areas including Financials, Workforce, Capital, and Projects. Using the configurable features of these out-of-the-box capabilities, organizations are presented with an opportunity to dramatically reduce the effort and cycle time of planning processes, while doing so at lower overall cost.
The session will share the story of the merger of Citrix’s GoTo division with LogMeIn. Enterprise PBCS was implemented in just 10 weeks to facilitate combined planning and reporting for the new organization, leveraging all four business processes within the product suite. This session will be co-presented with Oracle Product Management.

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How To Succeed in Planning Without Really Trying: Practical Application of Past KScope Sessions
Tim Young , Walmart
Topic: Planning - Subtopic: Administration

As we attend sessions and webinars, we pick up some great ideas from our fellow ODTUGers. But often we end up with as many questions as answers. We see cool Planning utilities, but the syntax looks like gibberish. Error trapping is cool, but what good is it? Can I update my Planning outline without blowing up my application? Can I test my load file without actually touching the repository tables? What’s the point of being able to save an LCM Migration definition? Member formula development in Planning is cumbersome, can I speed it up? How can I add 300 users across a dozen domains to a Security group without taking all week? My on premises cube won’t load and recycling services didn’t fix it, can I get it moving without bringing down the Windows server?

There has to be an easier way! There is, and we show the way by attacking these questions and more, showing you the path to making the system speak to us instead of screaming at it in the wee hours.

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