I was lucky enough to attend and present at this year’s Kaleidoscope 2015 in Hollywood, FL. While the heat/humidity was not my friend; the EPM content at this conference was top notch!

I’m going to discuss some of the trends that really display Oracle’s vision for the tool-set, and how they are closing the gap between the on-prem and cloud offerings in EPM.

As always, remember, Oracle’s safeharbor statement applies here. Though some of the specific features are promised to be coming or were demoed, Oracle and myself are not liable if they are not in a specific release or don’t get released as stated.

Hybrid Deployments

The idea of Hybrid Deployments is something that really struck a cord with me – as companies really evaluate the flexibility and also the limitations of PBCS and the other upcoming EPM-in-the-cloud products on the roadmap, the strategy and transition will have to be evaluated. The decision to (or not to) transition applications transitioned to the cloud (both Oracle Cloud and independent cloud server providers, like Amazon or Microsoft), and how the data and metadata strategy is going to follow the transition is going to be a big consideration for EPM customers.

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Additionally, the integration options between on-prem and cloud is going to have to be expanded, documented, and challenged going forward. Products like FDMEE and DRM have already begun integration considerations so push data from server locations to cloud apps, and vice-versa.

FDMEE – No Limits

Another interesting development in the product paths for EPM would be FDMEE being the sole integration platform for all data and metadata integrations, and seriously expanding on the OOB integrations. Sourcing EPM apps from EPM apps, ERPs from EPM apps, Essbase to Teradata, any possibility of integrations (both on-prem and cloud, data and metadata) is supposedly going to be supported. The roadmap hints at even on-prem FDMEE with a PBCS target (instead of using Data Management in the cloud).

Data Synchronization is now available in 11.1.2.4 to move data between EPM applications. The import formats understand the nuances between products and how the dimensions need to be lined up between the applications.

11.1.2.4 and Beyond: Performance, Performance, Performance

Oracle is listening to their customers, and their need for speed. With the 11.1.2.4 release, the current benchmarks for speed on HFM consolidations alone have caused major excitement. Back-end enhancements for HFM by removing DCOM and IIS components, and embracing Java have decreased calculations, storage, and retrieval times – and is platform independent. HFM now runs on Windows, Linux, and Exaltyics.

DRM is another product making strides with back-end performance improvements – by removing the need for SRO/LRO engines and utilizing multi-processor servers. This decreases load time when switching between tasks in the DRM interface and server processes.

Everyone always wants the faster, flashier, leaner car. Between these re-designs and cloud offerings, Oracle’s making strides to redesign their already flashy Porsche, into a Tesla.

On My Radar

There are a few topics that are on my radar and were highlighted KSCOPE symposiums, and I am looking forward to hearing more of the development effort and strategy on the following in the future:

EPM Mobile

  • Currently available with some on-prem EPM products
  • Supported on iOS and Android
  • Review data and process approvals
  • Current products:
    • Hyperion Planning
    • HFM
    • Tax Provisioning
    • DRG

 Financial Consolidation Cloud Service (FCCS)

  • This is NOT “HFM-in-the-cloud”
  • Cloud Essbase back-end
  • Will it have a value dimension? How does it handle intercompany?
  • There was a high-level demo of the product, but little detail was provided on the similarities and differences to HFM.

What is going to happen to EPMA?

  • No one could really explain with certainty on the support path for EPMA – obviously there is no new development on the product.
  • Is there going to be a support path for customers to move to the new HFM metadata management tool? Convert from EPMA back to Classic?

“Noteworthy” Upcoming Release Features:

  • Hyperion Workspace as we know it is going away; and replaced with the “Simplified Interface” in an effort to streamline the Oracle experience with other Cloud offerings
  • HFM Metadata “fat-client” on the server is finally going away
    • Don’t worry, there is a new metadata management utility coming for HFM to replace it, and hopefully EPMA
  • Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service is now generally available (5 or so clients currently involved)
  • Upcoming direct integration of FDMEE and DRM
    • Load DRM hierarchies to FDMEE to load to applications
    • Load EBS/Fusion/PeopleSoft/SAP/etc. hierarchies to FDMEE to load to DRM
    • Import mappings from DRM to FDMEE directly
  • DRM Analytics – new module in DRM to look for in a few upcoming releases!
    • View workflow metrics for master data management statistics
      • How long are typical workflows from request to commit?
      • Percentage of rejections vs. requests
      • Growth trends in areas of master data
      • Change analysis
    • Report / Analysis on MDM
  • PBCS to support Attributes in 11.1.2.4.400
  • PBCS “Sandbox” look at effects of changes before committing to the application supposedly in version 11.1.2.4.400
  • FDMEE roadmap includes Cloud to Cloud data movement support

Thanks for reading! As always, feel free to leave comments or send me a note to hyperionbarbie@gmail.com