Sierra-Cedar’s highly informative BI-EPM Webinar Series discusses best practice solutions with Oracle BI and EPM. From this three-part series, you will learn about the latest Oracle BI Applications release, Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, and current insights on Oracle Data Integrator for Hyperion and Oracle BI Apps. The sessions focus on deployment and user best practices, solution architecture, implementation strategies and the benefits of the latest features and enhancements.

Oracle BI Applications Overview

The Oracle BI Applications (OBIA) roadmap is stronger than ever with Oracle’s newest breed of pre-built analytical applications based on its well-proven star schema design, reports, and dashboards. Join our Oracle BI experts to take a look at the latest advancements within the pre-packaged data warehousing and analytics solution from Oracle. Explore several new pre-built analytical application modules such as Student Information Analytics for university systems such as Campus Solutions and Banner. Discover new extended subject area content such as Payroll Analytics for HR Analytics, Asset Management for Financial Analytics, and others. Learn how Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) has supplanted the Informatica ETL solution found in legacy versions of OBIA and what you need to know about it. Attend this webinar to learn about the newest offerings in the latest release of OBIA, how you can prepare for it, things you should consider if upgrading from a previous release, and how you can achieve real-time analytics through the Oracle GoldenGate option.

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service

The Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service is all about lowering deployment costs, faster implementation timeframes, reducing complexity, ease of use, and significantly lower up-front and ongoing maintenance costs. During this interactive session learn about benefits and best practices when deploying budgeting and reporting Cloud applications and the differences between Hyperion Planning/Essbase Cloud Services and traditional Hyperion Planning/Essbase On-Premise or Hosted Applications. The session will highlight new user administration and maintenance techniques and Excel-based admin capabilities, as well as features such as guided demo applications, built-in starter kits with training videos and tutorials, office integration, and the ability to separate planning and Essbase reporting needs. We will also discuss data integration strategies for managing plan type dimensions, hierarchies, and calculations and you will see a live demo of the Budgeting Cloud Service in action both from a user and developer perspective.

Oracle Data Integrator for Hyperion and OBIA

Data integration is a key facet to data warehousing and enterprise performance management (EPM) technologies. Whether pulling data from flat file extracts, an ERP system, or the Cloud, cleansing the data and moving the data into the target system is a key goal for achieving the promise of providing better decision making within an organization. Join us for this webinar as we discuss the latest Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) releases and how they align with Oracle Hyperion products such as Essbase and Hyperion Planning. We will also explore ODI for the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), the go forward direction from Oracle on ODI and OBIA, and how users of other data migration products such as Informatica can upgrade or segue to successfully incorporating ODI in their organization.

Presenter Bios

Greg Vlahos

General Manager — Oracle BI-EPM Consulting Practice

Greg is the General Manager of Sierra-Cedar’s Oracle BI-EPM consulting practice. Greg leads a team of implementation consulting specialists who design, develop, automate, and deploy Oracle BI-Hyperion based solutions that include data warehousing, ODI, OBIEE, prebuilt OBIA Applications, and Hyperion EPM solutions in a variety of business and industry settings. Greg has been designing and developing Oracle-BI based solutions for nearly 20 years, and has been in consulting for more than 25 years. Greg’s specialties include data warehouse/BI design and Hyperion integration in OBIEE.

Carlos Fox

Vice President, Sales – Oracle BI-EPM Consulting Practice

Carlos is the Vice President – Sales of Sierra-Cedar’s BI-EPM consulting practice. Carlos engages prospective customers in the areas of needs analysis, architecture, and design across the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence Solution Offerings. Carlos has been working with the Oracle/Hyperion BI-EPM products since their early releases and has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of financial consolidation, strategic planning, reporting, and analytics. Carlos’s specialties include enterprise-wide performance management solution architecture.

Jason Little

Vice President – Oracle BI-EPM Consulting Practice

Jason is the Vice President of Sierra-Cedar’s Oracle BI-EPM consulting practice. Jason has spent more than 20 years in EPM and BI industry and is a functional and technical expert with Hyperion On-Premise, Hosted, and Cloud architectures. Jason specializes in best practice EPM solution design and implementation strategies with forecasting, budgeting, profitability, and management reporting applications. He is a frequent speaker and thought leader on Hyperion implementation, training, managed services, hosting, cloud solutions, systems development, systems integration, and business process automation topics.

Christian Screen

Practice Director, Oracle ACE – Oracle BI-EPM Consulting Practice

Christian is the Oracle BI Practice Director for Sierra-Cedar, Inc. He is a Business Intelligence expert with over 13 years of experience in technology ranging from programming, e-commerce, Data Warehousing, Enterprise Performance Management, and of course, Business Intelligence. He is an Oracle ACE, an Oracle Deputy CTO, and holds several technology and project management certifications. He co-authored the first book published on Oracle BI 11g in 2012.