EPM Business Content

EPM Business Content at the ODTUG Kscope17 Conference

At Kscope17, we have the world’s best EPM experts joining forces to bring you the most actionable insights in one conference. From budgeting and planning to real-world case studies, strategies, and best practices in the EPM world. 

Budgeting and Planning Process:  

You’ll attend sessions about using Oracle EPM products for Planning and Budgeting from a functional and business benefit perspective. 

Case Studies:  

We’ll show you case studies covering real-world implementation stories, tips, tricks, and strategy on how to deliver the best performance for reporting with confidence using the entire EPM suite of products.

EPM/BI Strategies:  

Employee Performance Management and Business Intelligence Strategy best practices, and how to integrate multiple products. We’ll cover the latest trends in enterprise data governance along with the newest cloud features.   

Financial Close Processes:  

What products carry the keys to your success? You’ll take a look at Financial Close products such as HFM, FCCS, Close Manager, Account Reconciliation Manager, and Supplemental Data Manager from a functional and business-benefit perspective.

Check out the presentations listed below.



Is Your EPM Implementation Falling Behind? The Top 11 Signs
Joe Aultman , interRel Consulting
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

In the EPM world, there is a constant need to keep moving forward to better and better practices. Applications and processes that used to be sufficient become outdated and stale. There are many reasons implementations at different companies may begin to lag, and environments that were once cutting-edge become antiquated. Come to this session to find out how to recognize when you are falling behind so you can take action. Find out how to make certain your EPM and BI practices are up to today's standards so you can keep the competition at bay.

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Why IoT and Big Data Need Data Relationship Management
Greg Briscoe , Razza Solutions
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: Other EPM Business Content

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to offer advanced connectivity of many different kinds of devices, systems, and services that go well beyond just machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. IoT covers a variety of communication protocols, industry domains, and business applications. The interconnection of these devices and other smart objects is expected to make an impact in automation and integration for almost all types of business. Both the private and public sector will benefit from the IoT, and we should see further enabling of more advanced decision-making applications.

In this session, we will learn how Oracle's Data Relationship Management can help you transform and report on the large volume and velocity of data that is streaming through the IoT into the enterprise. This is big data, and we will help you understand how and why Data Relationship Management is a critical part of making data collected from IoT useful.

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Trends and Hot Topics in Finance for the EPM Professional
Natalie Delemar , Ernst & Young
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: Budgeting and Planning Processes

According to CFO Magazine, “As much as technology influences the CFO role today, it may define the job in five years.” The office of the CFO has been accused of lagging behind other functional areas in leveraging technology and innovation in their operations. This session will focus on the trends and innovations specifically in FP&A and how technology can be an enabler to your client or company becoming a leading finance organization. Hot topics in FP&A will be covered including drivers, predictive analytics/machine learning, role-based reporting, visualizations, and zero-based budgeting.

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Did You Know Your Local Grocer Uses Essbase?
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

Kroger is scaling Oracle Hyperion Essbase to 25,000 users and putting timely data in the hands of the tactical resources in thousands of stores. Stores can drill through to invoices, write back their labor estimates, and manage allocation factors that are critical to corporate through the Dodeca interface.

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Unbiased Comparison: Evaluating All Deployment Options for Hyperion EPM: SaaS vs. IaaS vs. On-Prem
Eric Helmer , Mercury Technology Group
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

Unbiased Comparison: Evaluating All Deployment Options for Hyperion EPM: SaaS vs. IaaS vs. On-Prem

Today, the word "cloud" is everywhere, and it's causing a lot of confusion. Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are completely different solutions but are all considered "Cloud."

This session will compare and contrast the different available options Oracle customers have to deploy Oracle EPM. It will break down all Oracles’ Cloud offerings, Infrastructure as a Service, 3rd party hosting, traditional on-premise deployments including Exalytics, and Hybrid Approaches.

This session will read between all marketing lines and discuss what’s possible and what’s a bit overstated. It will cover differences in functionality, data integration, security, flexibility, and scalability. Finally we will evaluate the differences in costs including hardware, software licensing, and on-going maintenance.

If you are looking to make a decision on how best to deploy, upgrade, or outsource Oracle EPM this is a don’t miss session.

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Hybrid Cloud – A Solution for a Business Problem
Paul Hoch , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Steve Davis, TopDown Consulting
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

Moving EPM applications to the Cloud is the most significant market direction to date. The reality is that finance and IT teams don’t move as fast as the applications, which means companies need a solution that accommodates a mix of on-premise and Cloud EPM applications (Hybrid Cloud). That solution is Hybrid Cloud.

A Hybrid Cloud implementation is not without its challenges, and because of this, companies find themselves asking: “What is the right the right approach and how do I make sure all my applications are seamlessly integrated?” In this session, Paul Hoch and Steve Davis, TopDown Consulting Principal Architects, will answer this question. They will discuss–

• How Cloud offers compelling value to EPM owners–e.g., beyond the obvious economic benefits
• How to successful do a Hybrid implementation–i.e., strategy for companies to combine on-premise and Cloud-based EPM systems
• Review implementation considerations to ensure a powerful “hybrid” deployment
• Integration and how it is critical to success
• Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
• Common scenarios where there is synergy for a “hybrid” deployment
• Real-world examples of companies that are using a Hybrid approach–what’s working and what isn’t
• And more…

This session is useful for anyone considering a Hybrid approach or those already with a hybrid approach.

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Current Trends and Best Practices for Improving User Adoption and Productivity for EPM and BI
D.J. Hoelscher , Oracle Corporation
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

In this session we will cover the current trends in learning and best practices for user training including similarities as well as differences between On-Premise and Cloud Users. We will also discuss how to overcome potential challenges and associated risks with user adoption. In addition the session will explore approaches to accelerating the development and deployment of effective User Training by leveraging available development tools or guided learning approaches.
• User Training Best Practices
• Cloud User Adoption Best Practices
• User Adoption Challenges and Risks
• End User Training Options
• Explore approaches to accelerate development and deployment of training

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GE’s EPM Shared Service Cattle Drive
Paul Husak , GE
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

See how GE organically built one of the largest EPM Shared Service teams. Long before building our Exalytics/Exadata PaaS supporting 500+ applications our team had much to round up. Follow the journey west, dreaming under the stars of an EPM sky, building a vision, rustling businesses, corralling Oracle and multiple consultant teams, building platforms, processes and growing to meet demand.

Join me, Paul Husak Director of Architecture, through the forming, storming, norming and performing of an EPM Shared Service for one of the world’s largest company’s. I’ll share the risks and rewards associated with building a center of excellence, from building and all-star team, dealing with multiple vendors, establishing processes and absorbing new technology while keeping an eye on the Oracle cloud.

Technologies Highlighted: HFM, Planning, Essbase, CM, ARM, FDMEE, ODI, DRM, Automic, Accelatis, Exalytics, Exadata

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If You Build It, They Will Come: Transforming Our Close Process with Dashboard Reporting
Teresa Kress , Summit Materials
Co-presenter(s): Tiffany Briseno, Summit Materials
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

Have you always dreamed of a dashboard reporting tool that had the slickest charts, graphs and trend lines to visualize your company’s data? In your dream, was your executive team (yes even your CFO and CEO) using this tool on their tablets or mobile devices with ease, drilling and clicking through regions and business units without bugging you for answers? Were your analysts using this tool to input commentary explaining deviations, not in Excel but directly in this web-based tool? In this dream, were you hailed as a hero with confetti reigning down on you for actually making mobile dashboard reporting work at your company? Does this sound too good to be true? Come listen to how a couple accountants made this happen at Summit Materials in less than a few months’ time. No, really. Don’t believe us come listen to how we mobile-enabled our HFM and Essbase data with CXO-Cockpit.

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A Case Study: Implementing EPBCS at Children’s Health Colorado
Bill Mowle , Children's Hospital Colorado
Co-presenter(s): Tracy McMullen, interRel Consulting
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: Budgeting and Planning Processes

Join us for this informative session where we will review our implementation of Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS). Learn how we implemented the pre-built Financials framework of EPBCS in just weeks, implementing driver, and trend-based forecasting for the entire hospital along with initiative planning. We’ll demo our solution, show you what we used out of the box and what we customized, and share lessons learned when implementing EPBCS. We’ll also share how we integrated EPBCS Cloud data with on-premise Essbase and OBIEE. Don’t miss the success story of the first ever EPBCS implementation!

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Finding the Forest Among the Trees - Designing and Implementing an Analytic System
Michael Nader , Huron Consulting Group
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: EPM/BI Strategies

Business Intelligence is about three things – analysis, access, and visibility. Increasingly, business analysts are demanding insight into ever-more detailed data. A well designed BI system should not just tell you what happened, but why it happened. It should help you find the needle in the haystack.

This session presents both a case study and tips and tricks around implementing an analytic system and strategy. During the session participants will see live demonstrations of prototype environment as well as discuss design principles and implementation processes.

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Agile/Scrum, a new way to manage your project development and delivery
Michael Smith , TopDown Consulting
Co-presenter(s): Steven Densford, Starbucks
Topic: EPM Business Content - Subtopic: Other EPM Business Content

Scrum, one form of Agile software development, has been used successfully at Starbucks on many projects. Scrum and Agile Software Development are topics that continue to be discussed but very few people can actually put their real world experiences on display like we can. This session will look at the process from the initial design discussions through the development of the product backlog and on into the bi-weekly sprints for development. The key roles will be discussed which include the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and team members (developers). Some tools will be discussed as well. Our team has found ways to adapt our past experiences successfully into Scrum and make it successful. It's not all roses, we will also share our challenges with Scrum and how we have overcome them.

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