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Perficient Recognized as a Cloud Excellence Implementer for EPBCS

On January 11, 2018 Perficient’s Oracle Enterprise Performance Management business unit was recognized by Oracle as a Cloud Excellence Implementer (CEI) for Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS). Perficient was recognized for its outstanding work delivering EPBCS solutions for new and legacy Oracle/Hyperion customers across North America. “We struggled with reporting and analysis […]

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Modern Finance with Oracle EPBCS

Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) is a significant differentiator for Oracle. Lacking the challenges inherent in on-premises software and building on best practices in the industry, EPBCS offers companies a head start on finance transformation like no other. One clear lesson from the field is that a good financial planning process is […]

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EPBCS Deployment Considerations [Part 2]

In Part 1 of this blog post series on Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) deployment considerations, I covered key topics such as change management, education and training as well as upgrades and maintenance.  I’ll pick up where I left off and share my thoughts on support and migrations. Support In the event an […]

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EPBCS Deployment Considerations [Part 1]

Implementing a new financial planning suite introduces unfamiliar technologies and tools, and often significant changes to the planning processes as well. A solid change program is needed to ensure all stakeholders are engaged and capable of a smooth transition. Change management starts with executive sponsorship, but other key components are user training, communication plans, governance […]

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EPBCS Administration – Key Areas of Interest

With regard to Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS), topics such as master data, data management, security, and workflow are key areas of interest to administrators. Master Data EPBCS provides no less than four methods for administrators to add, modify, and delete master data (dimension members, attributes, hierarchies) in the applications. From a web […]

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3 Main Oracle EPBCS Presentation Components

Oracle/Hyperion has long been the standard-bearer for ease-of-use with financial reporting and analytics. Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) carries on this legacy with three main presentation components: Reports Print-quality reports are designed using Financial Reporting (FR) Web Studio. It is a web-based design tool that looks much like the current Financial Reporting […]

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EPBCS Business Process Module: Projects

The Project module of Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) is designed to support financial planning and forecasting for contract, capital, and indirect projects. The platform integrates project management systems and financial planning to support the complete project planning lifecycle. It has four components: Projects Summary Provides a full project view – both […]

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EPBCS Business Process Module: Capital

Capital planning is an integral part of an organization’s annual planning and forecasting process and a key module in Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS). Capital planning considers the capacity of existing resources to support operations and the capital assets needed for expansion. The process flow is as follows: Existing Assets Recognize and […]

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EPBCS Business Process Module: Workforce

Labor-related expenses are often the largest variable expense on the P&L, and consequently labor planning deserves its own detailed module on the Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) platform. Oracle’s Workforce module addresses four facets of the labor planning process: 1. Compensation Planning Configurable framework for compensation and benefits Plan by employee, by job […]

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EPBCS Business Process Module: Financials

The Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) best practice planning framework begins with the Financials module. Recognizing that customers need flexibility when developing a bottoms-up plan/forecast, Oracle provides three methods for P&L planning: driver based, trend-based, or manual input. By selecting a few options for Balance Sheet and Cash Flow planning, customers can have […]

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What is Oracle EPBCS?

The choice for larger organizations needing detailed, specialized models and real-time integration, Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) extends the Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) platform. As the name suggests, it is a perfect fit for both corporate finance as well as operational planners. It enables operational planners to budget via several […]

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Setup Cross-Pod Integration for Seamless User Experience

Oracle has announced some exciting changes coming to the EPM Cloud in the July to August time frame. If you are headed to Kscope 17 in San Antonio, Texas, be sure to attend the Sunday Symposium to catch Oracle’s live demo of cross-pod integration. What Is Cross-Pod Integration? When I use the term “pod,” I […]

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Why Oracle Cloud for Enterprise Planning and Budgeting

Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) is a subscription-based service released in May 2016. There are numerous reasons why you should consider EPBCS, but I’ve outlined my top five reasons below. Value Out-of-the-Box: Oracle’s R&D spend is second to none as it competes with other SaaS vendors in this space. Customers are benefiting […]

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EPBCS — Beyond Accounting and Finance

Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) can be used to address needs beyond financial planning and analysis. Typical use cases in other corporate functions are: Sales: Sales and growth margins by customer, product line, and territory; collection and tracking of sales plans; price case modeling; compensation plans HR: Employee-related expense planning, integration with […]

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Challenges in Financial Planning

It’s well known that many organizations invest a tremendous amount of time and energy preparing the annual operating plan. Mature finance organizations have moved beyond the annual plan to more useful monthly forecasts, rolling plans, and predictive analysis. Regardless of frequency, the budget and forecast cycle is often beset with the same issues: Errors manipulating […]

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Finance Transformation — What Does it Mean?

Finance Transformation has been a catchphrase in the enterprise performance management (EPM) industry for several years. But what does finance transformation mean exactly? From our perspective, it begins with the marriage of modern, digital technologies with a strong governance philosophy. When this occurs, a finance organization is transformed into a prescient voice shaping business strategy. […]

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Sneak Preview: Financial Consolidation Cloud Service

If you’ve attended a recent Oracle EPM conference, you are likely aware that Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) has been the most successful cloud launch in Oracle’s history. That success has been fueled by many factors, including perceived difficulties with the predecessor to PBCS, Hyperion Planning. As of this writing, Oracle claims over […]

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