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Thursday, August 24, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Extreme Calc Manager
Ron Moore, TopDown Consulting

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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Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 HFM to FCCS – A Customer Success Story
Doga Pamir, Perficient

Finally it is out and ready to play… Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS) is one of the latest cloud solutions offered by Oracle. It is offering several best practices with an out-of-the-box approach to address some of the most required business needs. 

CPI Card Group adds FCCS to its Oracle Cloud products family (PBCS, BICS, etc.) and completes the transformation from on-prem to cloud. 

In this session we will focus on the migration from HFM to FCCS and how CPI Card Group benefits from FCCS’s best practice out-of-the-box offerings such as pre-built cash flow, equity overrides, and more. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 The EPBCS Workforce Cookbook
Drew Rushford, Accelytics

In this webinar you will gain a greater understanding of the out-of-the-box EBPCS Workforce Module by going through a deep dive of its configuration options and available features. We will cover how to customize EPBCS workforce and make changes to its calculations to preserve functionality while getting what you really need out of the module.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
 Agile Testing with The APEX Test Automation Framework
Simon Hunt, MOD

Delivering working, tested APEX applications frequently, can only be achieved with automated browser tests that often require specialist programming skills. Augmenting an Agile team with specialist automation testers reduces the flexibility of the team and increases the cost and time of development. APEX by its very nature, contains an up-to-date user interface map that documents all the components of an application, which when combined with an action and data can be used to generate an automated test script. The APEX Test Automation Framework (ATAF) is an open source APEX project that requires no specialist knowledge and can be used to build highly maintainable automated browser scripts. ATAF uses only documented and supported APIs and best of all, it’s written in APEX! so, it can be adapted, supported and maintained by the development team adopting it. 
This Webinar covers the theory, installation, real world examples and basic use of ATAF and provides an opportunity to ask questions directly to the creator and developer of ATAF. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Managing Hybrid Oracle Environments
Jonathan Berry, Accelatis

Whether you have Oracle Hyperion deployed in the cloud, on premise or you're taking a hybrid approach with both, this webinar is for you! Join Accelatis as we dive into our Cloud offering for Oracle Hyperion On Premise and Cloud environments. We’ll detail how to simplify management of both environments from a single location. Want better information on your systems and better system performance? We’ll help you coordinate internal and external teams more efficiently. No matter where you are deployed, ensure your deadlines are met and disruptions are minimal with Accelatis in the cloud.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Handling Textual Data in Planning and Essbase: A Starbucks Case 
Juan Porter, TopDown Consulting and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks

Handling text data in a Hyperion Planning application is relatively easy and straightforward. Planning metadata is stored in a relational database. This textual information is accessible via web forms, HFR, and Smart View out-of-the-box. On the other hand, managing and reporting on text data is not quite as simple in the Essbase technology. Essbase handles dates and smart lists but can’t handles freeform text values. The situation is further complicated by the fact that your smart lists need to be synchronized between Planning and Essbase for the data transfer to be accurate. In this session Juan Porter, TopDown Consulting, and Rhonda Brigham, Starbucks, will discuss how they used a creative approach to get text data in three different forms–smart lists, dates and freeform text data–to flow from Planning to Essbase. They will discuss the overall project goals, technologies, POCs, and the reason for choosing the solution they did, including design and results. 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Variance Analysis in ARCS
Greg Giles, Accelytics Consulting

Account Reconciliation Cloud Service (ARCS) is a great solution for traditional balance sheet reconciliations, but did you know a growing number of customers are using it to automate their variance reporting? Learn how organizations are simplifying their management reporting to quickly identify differences among their actual, budget, and forecast data.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Cash Flow in FCCS
Greg Giles, Accelytics Consulting

Cash flow is often the last piece of the financial reporting puzzle and is often manual and time consuming.  Learn how Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service (FCCS) solves cash flow automation and reporting, leveraging out-of-the box functionality and configuration to meet your company’s needs.  

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Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Elevating Your Workforce Planning Solution to the Cloud
Nicholas Blazosky and Juan Porter, Top Down Consulting

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. Join seasoned WFP architects and Kscope speakers Juan Porter and Nicholas Blazosky for this informative deep dive into the newly enhanced world of Workforce. 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
 Data Integration Options for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
Deanna Sunde, Key Performance Ideas

Explore the data integration and automation options available for EPBCS/PBCS. Use cases and pros and cons for the methods will be discussed, as well as the file format requirements, options, and code examples. Use cases include ad hoc and automated/scheduled data loads, moving data from/to BSO and ASO cubes, importing/exporting text accounts and smart list values, migration, and disaster recovery. Included will be data management, EPM Automate and FDMEE, as well as business rule data exports, export/import data, export/import metadata, Data Sync, and Smart Push. 
Attendees will understand how the EPBCS/PBCS tools replace the functionality of on premise bat and maxl scripts. Example EPM Automate scripts will be reviewed. Tips and tricks will be provided as to when to use which tool and how to automate these tools with EPM Automate. 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
 Leverage a Competitive Advantage with EPBCS Workforce Planning Module
Vince Tran, Vertical Edge Consulting  Group

Workforce enables planners to align critical corporate resources—people and dollars—with the strategies that best leverage a competitive advantage. Using Workforce, departments collaborate to plan headcount and related expenses such as salaries, health care, bonuses, and taxes. Planners can see up-to-date graphics that show expenses and trends. 
In this session, we will take a close look at Workforce Planning and how it enables planners to manage and track headcount expenses by analyzing, calculating, and reporting on salary, bonuses, taxes, and health care expense; planning for new hires, transfers, promotions, terminations; and defining country appropriate taxes and benefits.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
 Mastering MDX for Analytics and Reporting
Jennifer Hanks, 

MDX is often used in ASO cube member formulas, but did you know you can also use MDX to write reports and Smart View queries? Did you know that these reports and queries can be written against both BSO and ASO cubes? 
MDX can seem daunting, but with a basic understanding of syntax and functions, MDX is not that difficult. Join us for our webinar and learn what you need to get started writing MDX reports and queries that can supplement your reporting and add a new tool to your reporting tool set. 
Presented by Jennifer Hanks at Kscope 17 and awarded best presentation of the BI & Reporting Track, Jennifer will share: 

  • Best practices for building formulas, including examples to visualize the appropriate approach 

• A comparison of MDX to BSO formulas and the conversion of BSO to ASO, specifically instances where very distinct differences can occur, and how to make the process run smoothly
• How to use MDX editor to write queries and reports against both BSO and ASO cubes

The goal of this webinar is to help attendees brainstorm new formulas their leadership might find useful, particularly when reviewing how other companies have built and leverage MDX on a daily basis for trend analysis, salary projections, turnover analysis, forecasting, and budgeting purposes using KPIs, and more. 

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