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When it comes to financial software, Darwin has a point!

Organisations did, and still do, approach software purchase and implementation on the basis they will ‘adapt the software’, but if Darwin is right could it be that this is totally the wrong way round?

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Retailers – Do you Need to Adjust your Financial Plans, Budgets and Forecasts Quickly?

UK Inflation figures for September and October were 3%. The highest since April 2012.Any higher and Mark Carney would be writing to the government and likely be called in front of the Parliamentary.

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FDMEE Tips: Using Factors in Import Formats

This week, I focus on using the ‘Factor’ import expression, which allows you to multiply your data by any whole number or decimal factor.

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Graduates - an opportunity with a BIG difference

Looking for your next move? Over the past 7 years Brovanture has recruited a new graduate every year and they ALL still work for us today! We're recruiting!

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Agile Planning and Forecasting for NetSuite ERP Users

When we look at the end-to-end planning and forecasting process there are other areas where, experience shows, considerable time can be lost through delays and inefficient processes...

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FDMEE Automation – Automatically Identifying the process ID

Welcome to the third part of my series on automatically loading data from source systems into PBCS.

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When it comes to agile planning and forecasting, seconds count

Since I last wrote, there have again been unexpected major events that introduce even more turmoil into our already unpredictable lives...

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How to use NetSuite email plug-in scripts

Karl shares his experience with using email plug-in scripts to approve consulting engagement emails

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UKOUG EPM & Hyperion 2017

We're there next week - are you? We're pleased to be the key sponsor of next week's UKOUG EPM & Hyperion Conference - come and see us!

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FDMEE Automation – automatically identifying the load period

Welcome to the second part of my series on automatically loading data from source systems into PBCS using FDMEE.

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PBCS workflow approvals via iPhone and Android

Here Lydia talks you through the how-to of using PBCS workflow approvals on the go.

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2017 - the year non-financial reporting takes centre stage

New legislation means you're required to include a non-financial information statement in your annual strategic report - taking a different, strategic and forward looking approach to reporting...

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FDMEE Automation – send email notification reports automagically!

Welcome to the first of a multi-part series exploring techniques you can use in an automated data load into PBCS using FDMEE.

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Brovanture - on G-Cloud 9!

We're on cloud 9, literally, with the approval of eight of the services it provides, covering hosting, software and support through the UK Government G-Cloud 9 framework.

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SharePoint quietly shifts to OneDrive for a week

Admins of the world briefly rejoice!

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How confident are you in your plans?

Despite all the uncertainty of Brexit and the upcoming UK general election, business confidence in the UK has increased from -8.7 in Q1 to 6.7 in Q2 - some good news when all seems to be gloom!

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Oracle EPM Cloud Partner Briefing

Sarah highlights some of the exciting news that came out of this weeks Oracle Partner Briefing.

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PBCS Stealth Update – reports won’t prompt for input

As we all know, PBCS is being updated all the time. This adaptability is one of PBCS’s greatest strengths but can also be a weakness. This is an example of the latter..

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Announcing automated integration between NetSuite & Oracle’s PBCS

The world’s #1 Cloud ERP connected to the world’s #1 EPM Cloud is a very powerful combination...

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An introduction to Predictive Planning

Sarah delves into the world of Predictive Planning - the extension to Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office. It links with Oracle Planning and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS).

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What’s going on with my business rule security?

Colour me confused. All my standard checks came up empty... what's going on with my business rule security?

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Using SQL to map null values to ignore

If you've ever experimented with FDMEE mappings then you’ll know that this isn’t as simple as just creating a mapping from ‘Null’ to ‘Ignore’. Lydia shows you how to with SQL.

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Oracle Hyperion Smart View Cascade Feature

Do you know about the Smart View Cascade Feature? Sarah provides you with an overview and how-to!

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Branding your Cloud and FCCS

Branding the interface is a powerful and useful PBCS and FCCS feature, which allows you to add your own flair to your system.

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Loading valid intersections in bulk to Oracle PBCS

Mike shares the very useful feature of PBCS over traditional Hyperion Planning, which is the ability to define Valid Intersections of your dimension members.

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Sneaky new PBCS features

Jazmin discovers some of these new features, which we believe have snuck in unannounced and that we suspect could be the result of numerous enhancement requests...

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Essbase Cloud Service (OAC): It's PaaS not SaaS. How does that affect me?

There's been a lot of buzz about the Oracle Analytics Cloud and rightly so. What's not to like about a combination of Essbase 12c, DVCS and BICS all wrapped up in a cuddly cloud service bundle?

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Data copy in an ASO Application

One of the main problems with ASO databases in the past was finding a way to perform calculations such as a standard data copy from one member to another – Lydia shows you how...

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NetSuite awarded ERP Product of the Year!

NetSuite cements itself as leader in the Cloud ERP market.

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Top five technology trends for growing businesses

We're constantly hearing about technology mega-trends, but what should be top of mind for growing businesses that don't have mega-budgets?

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To host or not to host...

Whether to host or not depends on multiple factors. Generally the decision centres around the specific needs, goals and constraints affecting the client company.

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NetSuite and two-tier ERP for Oracle EBS, JD Edwards, SAP and Microsoft Dynamics AX

Global enterprises can run subsidiaries with NetSuite Cloud ERP while preserving their Headquarters' Oracle EBS, JD Edwards or Microsoft Dynamics AX investments.

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Outsourcing vs. multi-sourcing with Brovanture Cloud

“Stop outsourcing and start multi-sourcing” says Gartner. Outsourcing and multi-sourcing are two fundamentally very different strategies for businesses...

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Integrating (E)PBCS with Office 365

Both the Office 2016 and 2013 solutions that come with Office 365 are supported with Smart View connectivity, which means there hasn’t been a better time to move to the Cloud...

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Five trends destined to impact software companies in 2017

Every year brings change to the software industry but 2017 promises to be especially challenging.

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Oracle Hyperion Financial Management Roadshow

Sarah uncovers some exciting developments coming for both HFM & FCCS!

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Retail trends in 2017

2017, the year of evolution. Are you in a position to deliver engaging and consistent brand experiences to your customers, and on the path to omnichannel evolution?

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Oracle PBCS

Don't believe everything you hear...

We hear a lot, but our unrivalled experience and expertise allows us to dispel a lot of the rumours put out there by our competitors!

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Using EPM Automate to back up your PBCS application

Lydia tells you all about EPM Automate, the utility which enables you to perform a selection of routine tasks remotely on your PBCS system.

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Key trends impacting healthcare organisations in 2017

These trends stand to make navigating the healthcare landscape quite challenging in the coming years.

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It’s new & it works!

Enhanced Data Integration with Fusion Financials Cloud - truly seamless!

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Top trends for media, publishing & entertainment in 2017

No industry has been affected so deeply, so rapidly by the Cloud economy as media, publishing and entertainment

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ISO 9001

We're pleased to announce that we're now ISO 9001 certified! This means that you can have confidence that we're committed to quality and outstanding customer service.

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Is your legacy ERP system costing you?

The limitations and headaches that come with legacy, on-premise ERP systems become clearer every day...

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5 Myths of EPM Managed Services

With IT running increasingly lean and EPM administrators hard to find maybe it's time you considered the benefits of EPM managed services to help safeguard your financial applications...

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PBCS product news

Each month, PBCS sees new developments that improve its technical and functional ability. I've started this blog to summarise them all for you, as well as any other product gossip!

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Oh, but I thought...?

We dispel the five most common myths surrounding Oracle Cloud...

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Launching Brovanture Cloud

We've developed and launched our own Brovanture Cloud Service!

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When is the right time to switch to full Cloud ERP?

Choosing when to invest in an ERP suite can be a challenge for many organisations. Do you find yourself at the crossroads like so many small businesses face?

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Hello World!

We’re here! This month we went live with our brand new website, reflecting not only Oracle's 180 pivot to the cloud, but a fresh and dynamic view on us, reflecting our culture and our people.

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Three reasons why billing has become a strategic function

Find out what's causing business model innovation, and why an alarmingly large proportion of a businesses attempts are met with failure...

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Survey Feedback

Thank you to all our customers who took part in our very first customer-satisfaction survey last month. We have already incorporated your ideas into some of the changes that we are making in 2017.

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We're now providing you with ERP

On November 7, 2016 Oracle stunned the market with the outright purchase of NetSuite, the very first cloud company.

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Are you using HFM 11.1.2.4?

Did you know about the Journal Wizard available in 11.1.2.4? Make your life easier working with journals in Excel…

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Becoming a Cloud Champion with Brovanture

Jazmin shares her story on her journey from graduate to PBCS champion: "I remember that dreary rainy evening in February 2012, sitting in a damp student house in Guildford..."

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Hyperion EPM... is it really all Cloud?!

Cloud is clearly the way most software development is heading. Launching Brovanture Cloud...

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HFMA

HFMA Annual Conference 2016 - Step Up!

Come and see us on Stand D11! We'll be there, at this year’s Annual Healthcare Financial Management Association Conference 2016 (the most important event in NHS Finance).

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The FCCS Roadmap

It's just a quick post, but i thought you'd like to see Oracle's general product direction for their Financial Consolidation and Close Service (FCCS)...

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The Brovanture Adventure

I couldn’t have thought of a better introduction back into full time work at Brovanture than our adventure weekend in the Brecon Beacons...

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Business Rule Security

I was providing support to one of our customers earlier using Planning on premise when we were stuck with a peculiar problem...

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HFM - more than four customs

I recently discovered whilst implementing a HFM 11.1.2.4 solution, a five custom dimensions application, that some HFM rules do not function when an application has more than four custom dimensions.

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Loading Valid Combinations

A very useful new feature of the Simplified Interface in PBCS is the ability to define valid intersections of your dimension members...

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Fun and Games with FDMEE

This is a lessons-learned type post where we recently upgrade a FDM application from 11.1.2.2 to 11.1.2.4. The FDM app used the old FDM EBS adapters (not the ERPi ones) and we hit some challenges...

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New features in Oracle PBCS

PBCS is always being updated with new features and bug fixes. We've summarised the best new features in PBCS and how best to utilise them!

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Branding your PBCS

Branding the Simplified Interface is a powerful and useful new PBCS feature. Here i take you through your options with a how-to guide.

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OBIEE 12c and HFM

I had some teething troubles configuring this on Windows, so i though i'd share my configuration for OBIEE on HFM on Windows.

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OBIEE 12c and Planning

Following on from my last post about configuring OBIEE 12c with HFM I thought I'd give EPM Hyperion Planning a bash...

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Top Gun Update

OBIEE 12c - Look Under the Bonnet and Take it for a Test Drive: this was the title of the OBIEE 12c presentation I gave at the Infratects Top Gun conference in Berlin a couple of weeks ago.

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EPM Patch 11.1.2.2.500 breaks EPMA

EPMA can be frustrating at the best of times but this was the first time I've had an issue with patching.

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The Return of the Burst

In the final part of the Agent Bursting series, we will piece all of this together using a batch script.

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Oracle BI has stopped working

I've been playing with a new install of OBIEE 12c on Windows 2012 and I couldn't get the bi server to start correctly! Here's why and how to fix it...

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The Empire Bursts Back

In part two, we create a new analysis which will define which regions we want to burst, create a new agent which will save our regions as a list in a text file and use the SaSchinvoke command.

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Bursting using OBIEE Agents

How can we burst OBIEE reports using OBIEE agents?

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Brovanture Celebrate 10 Years!

To mark our milestone, we're running a series of special events and competitions, which will include some exciting giveaways.

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EPM 11.1.2.4 Financial Reporting Error

I was working on a new install of 11.1.2.4 and everything seemed to be functioning correctly until it came to testing a Financial Reporting report which used the Planning Connector.

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ICAEW Financial Controllers Conference 2015

We're pleased to announce that we'll be supporting the ICAEW once again at their Annual Financial Controllers Conference on 17th September 2015, London.

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Brovanture awarded Government G-Cloud Supplier for SaaS

We are proud to announce confirmation as a Government G-Cloud Supplier for SaaS - this means we're able to provide Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Service to Governmental departments!

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Innovation Enterprise Financial Planning & Analysis Summit

This year's Summit will be held on 16-17th April 2015, with the theme: “Bridging Financial Control, Technology, Strategy and Performance”. Come along and see us!

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Launching Oracle PBCS

We're pleased to announce the release of Oracle's Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service!

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Upload large Snapshot files to PBCS using EPM Automate

Upload large Snapshot files to PBCS using EPM Automate

How to deal with a large Application Shapshot file when uploading it from a Test to Production Environment in PBCS

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