Monday, December 9, 2013

Free Webinar: Best Practices for Footing Your HFM Reports

Join us for our free monthly webinar! 

When: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 
Time: Noon - 1 pm EST 
Where: GoToWebinar 
Presenter: Jessica Gulliver, senior HFM consultant

Description: During the Financial Close Process many companies need the ability to present Financial Reports scaled to Thousands or Millions. HFM Reports provide the functionality to easily change the scaling for values within the report, however, this can frequently cause reports to not foot or cross-foot appropriately. During this session we will discuss a solution to create consistently scaled reports that appropriately foot and cross-foot.  This dynamic process can help shorten the close cycle and limit manual intervention when preparing the Financial Statement thereby creating a more controlled environment.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Free Webinar:Got Real-time? Streaming Analytics is transforming the way we do business!

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See the Future First! SQLstream and Streaming Analytics gives you real-time analysis and decision making at the speed of thought. Learn how businesses will never sell, build, buy, or operate anything the same way again.

Join the award-winning team of MindStream Analytics and SQLStream for a one hour webcast and learn how Streaming Analytics is changing not what we know, but how fast we know it - and how quickly we're able to respond.

When: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Time: 1 pm - 2 pm EST
Where: GoToWebinar

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Central States Fall 2013

MindStream will be attending the Central States OAUG Fall Conference on Wednesday, November 13th at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

The Central States OAUG (CSOAUG) was founded in year 2000 as the official OAUG Geo group for Missouri and Kansas. The group strives to provide exceptional educational content on all Oracle products, services and solutions; provide exceptional networking opportunities within the regional business and Oracle user community; and host at least two regional events per calendar year to provide education and networking free of charge to Oracle users.

Set up your 15-minute meeting with our EPM strategist right now to enter into our drawing for a $100 MasterCard giveaway! 

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Monday, August 26, 2013

A Mobile Strategy for Oracle EPM Webinar

Click here to download the free PDF version and recording of the webinar!

Webinar description – This session will focus on Oracle's current mobile strategy with a review of what exists today from Oracle as well as an update on Oracle's current mobile strategy and roadmap.  In addition, we will explore a few third party software options that are built to work with Oracle's EPM tools on a mobile platform. 


Monday, August 19, 2013

Enterprise Transformation Methodology (ETM) Strategic Roadmap

Take a long-term, strategic view of Enterprise Transformation Methodology (ETM), including
enterprise performance management, process improvement, systems integration and data management, but attack the problem with targeted, well-coordinated initiatives focused on delivering value rapidly.

Think Big: Develop a Roadmap that supports your long-term business objectives and ties in existing, related quick hits. This Roadmap is the compass that steers your systems integration and data management initiatives as you incrementally build the vision over time.

Start Small: Define and prioritize initiatives and carve out meaningful Phases to deliver the highest value in the shortest amount of time. This builds ongoing support and momentum in the organization. A Proof-of-Concept can be effectively structured around one of the earlier phases to gain confidence and internal support.

Deliver Quickly in a Phased Approach: Develop and execute the Roadmap with 45-90 day projects, typically grouped into phases of no longer than 12 months. This methodology allows you to  incrementally build toward the vision, while providing interim benefits to the business along the way.

Transformation are relative to where each organization starting point. Transformations follow a basic three stage process. Initial objectives are foundational. They include a standard definition of terms, a  global Chart of Accounts and transparency of data and financial results. These are key building blocks upon which further transformation is made possible. The second stage is referred to as the Process Improvement stage. Here, companies need to focus on simplifying and standardizing policies and processes. They use GAP analysis to identify and adopt process improvement leading practices. They implement alternative delivery models such as Shared Services or BTO. The final stage is value creation in a leadership position. In this stage, companies deploy effective financial reporting with key performance metrics. Systems are in place to effectively measure product costing and pricing / margin management. Companies in this phase can perform predictive “What if” scenario analysis. They manage real time event and activity monitoring on operational performance. They maintain  predictability and insight on risks and controls.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Oracle Annual Conference: OpenWorld 2013

Join MindStream Analytics at one of the biggest conferences of the year: Oracle OpenWorld 2013 at San Francisco, CA from September 22-26th!

Be sure to visit our booth at #3320 in Moscone West.

You're sure to discover new ways to optimize your systems, new solutions that will help you take your business to the next level, and new practices that will make you more successful in your job and in your industry.

Set up a 15-minute meeting with one of our Hyperion experts and be entered automatically into our drawing for an iPad!

For more information on Oracle OpenWorld, visit

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free Webinar: What's New in Planning

If you missed the webinar, you can click to view the webinar presentation slides and the webinar recording.

Title: What's New in Planning
Category: Oracle Hyperion Planning 

When: Friday, August 2, 2013
Time: Noon - 1 pm EST
Where: Online at GoToWebinar 

Objective: To review new features and enhancements in the Planning application delivered in the release.

Abstract:  This webinar will discuss what new features and enhancements Oracle has brought to its Planning product in the  Additionally, the webinar will include some information on Oracle's road map for planning including the current mobile strategy, a discussion of EPMA and Classic Planning administration, a discussion of the new Planning in the Cloud offering from Oracle and how that impacts customers who have Planning "On Premise".  Some of the new features to be discussed are the following: new ways to update metadata, LCM updates, Dynamic Member additions, ASO integration, and more. This is a webinar you don't want to miss!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Trends in Oracle Business Intelligence & Enterprise Performance Management

Hyperion’s 2007 survey (2007 Business Finance Hyperion Mid-Enterprise Survey) of requirements for business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions revealed the differences in requirements, evaluation criteria, and purchase influencers between midsize companies and large enterprises. With a heavy reliance on spreadsheets to support EPM processes, top investment areas for midsize companies include budgeting and planning as well as management reporting solutions. Executive influence plays a significant role in selecting software, and ease-of-use and pricing are key evaluation criteria.

The notion that midsize companies have the same BI and EPM requirements as large enterprises is partly true. However, the survey makes clear that these requirements evolve as companies grow from  single locations to multiple locations, expand internationally, or change from private to public ownership.

The first few questions in the survey focused on BI and EPM usage and investment plans. In terms of current BI and EPM deployments, the areas most often cited as being currently deployed by midsize companies were budgeting and planning and management reporting. These were followed by financial modeling, query and reporting, dashboards, and performance scorecards. More-advanced functions such as statutory reporting and advanced analysis were less-frequently mentioned. The BI and EPM usage trends for midsize companies were very similar to those for large enterprises surveyed. The results differed more when respondents were asked about future deployment plans.

When asked about the tools currently being used to support BI and EPM processes, spreadsheets were the most of ten used tool, followed by a combination of spreadsheets and general ledger (GL) or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The number of companies relying mainly on  packaged applications and tools to support their BI and EPM processes is much lower in the emerging business segment (8%) than in large organizations (24%). A large percentage of respondents (25%) rely on a combination of packaged applications, GL or ERP solutions, and spreadsheet.

For the full survey report, please visit MindStream Analytics.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Oracle Data Relationship Management - What is DRM?

Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM) helps proactively manage changes in master data across operational, analytical, and enterprise performance management silos. Users may make changes in their departmental perspectives while ensuring conformance to enterprise standards. Whether processing financial or analytical information, Oracle Data Relationship Management delivers timely, accurate, and consistent master data to drive ongoing operational execution, business intelligence, and performance management.

Below are some key benefits of DRM:
  • Save time and resources spent reconciling reports and measure across business units
  • Perform reliable what-if scenarios and impact analyses
  • Maintain data integrity across divisions and systems
  • Ensure consistent corporate definitions and metrics
  • Reduce/eliminate errors in data flow between operational and analytical systems
 For more information about DRM, please visit MindStream Analytics' website at to download our presentation on "Unwinding the Mysteries of DRM."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

AICPA Financial Planning & Analysis Conference!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Day 1 Interview at Kscope 13 New Orleans, LA

Check out marketing director of MindStream Analytics Monica Hasebi interviewing Senior Partner Alex Ladd on his experiences at Kscope in New Orleans, LA!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pre-Kscope 13 Video from the Social Media Lounge

Watch this video with a message from Kscope 13 social media lounge sponsor MindStream Analytics!

You can click on the link below to set up a free 15-minute meeting with a Hyperion expert at MindStream Analytics for Kscope 13 and be automatically entered to win an iPad!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Webinar: Mapping Applications for Reporting in Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.x

Join us on Friday, June 21, 2013 at noon for our free monthly webinar series on "Mapping Applications for Reporting in Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.x."

Seats are limited - so be sure to REGISTER NOW!

When: Friday, June 21, 2013 @ Noon - 1 pm
Where: GoToMeeting
Presenter: Jonathan Johnson, MindStream Analytics

Webinar Description:
Hyperion Planning now includes the capability to directly map dimensions between source Planning applications and target reporting applications.  This relatively new functionality allows Planning applications the flexibility to link data to multiple reporting applications, as well as the ability to map Smart Lists from Planning to a target reporting application.  The audience will learn when Aggregate Storage Option is best used as well as advantages of this under-utilized functionality.

Presentation Objectives:
1.  Walk through the relatively new feature of mapping applications for reporting.
2.  Discuss the advantages and potential design considerations of this newer feature.
3.  Stress the importance of "Planning vs. Reporting" and when Aggregate Storage Option should be used.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

MindStream Analytics Wins Inaugural RevJen Awards

MindStream Analytics wins the Inaugural RevJen Awards for 2013 for the Most Successful Pilot!

LeadJen, a B2B lead generation company that helps corporate sales and marketing teams drive more revenue and better understand their market, announced the winners of its first annual RevJen Awards, which recognize outstanding lead generation campaigns.

Companies were nominated by lead generation experts at LeadJen and judged by independent sales and marketing professionals. They were assessed based on return on investment, sustainability of results, and innovation.

The Most Successful Pilot category described MindStream Analytics as a leading consulting firm focused on helping clients improve business understanding and decision making, which generated $600,000 in revenue from appointments set during a 90-day pilot period.

The awards were announced at LeadJen’s annual two-day user group conference in Indianapolis.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ODTUG Kaleidoscope 13 Conference - New Orleans, LA

Join MindStream at Kscope 13 on June 23-27th at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, LA. MindStream will be hosting interviews with some of the biggest names of the Oracle space in the social media lounge throughout the week.

Pre-register here for your chance to win our iPad giveaway: Be sure to visit us at booth #212 to see if you've won our iPad giveaway! 

The smartest people on the planet working in the Oracle stack know that Kscope is the best conference to attend. Kscope offers great content from developers, administrators, architects, and business users. More than that, it provides a vehicle for sharing that content—Kscope13. If you want to get better at what you do, or help others get better at what they do, Kscope13 is the place for you.

Don't miss our fantastic sessions at Kscope 13:
1. 6/24/13 @ 8:30 AM - Unwind the Mysteries of DRM presented by Alexander Ladd
2. 6/24/13 @ 11:30 AM - The NEW Process Management for Hyperion Planning 11.1.2x presented. by Jonathan Johnson
3. 6/24/13 @ 3:00 PM - How Windstream Leverages Essbase Analytic Link to Increase Their Analytic Capabilities Presented by Alexander Ladd
4. 6/25/13 @ 6:00 PM - Hyperion 101: An Introduction to the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Suite Presented by Andrew Jorgensen
5. 6/27/13 @ 9:45 AM - Mapping Applications for Reporting in Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.x Presented by Jonathan Johnson

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

EPM/BI Mobile Strategy Survey

We want your to know what you think!

Help us out with our market research on EPM/BI mobile strategy by taking our short survey online. This will only take 3 minutes - TAKE SURVEY NOW!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What is Enterprise Transformation Methodology (ETM)?

ETM is a vendor neutral process that places the importance of corporate culture, process maturity and readiness ahead of software tools. It is an efficient and repeatable methodology developed from years of implementing best practices and understanding what works and doesn’t work in implementing EPM and BI reporting solutions.

For more information on ETM, click here!

Friday, April 26, 2013

MindStream Presenting at Central States OAUG in St. Louis, MO

2013 Oracle Business & Technology Summit

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
Tuesday, April 30 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

MindStream Session Details
Presentation Title :  Unwind the Mysteries of DRM
Presenter: Alexander Ladd, Senior Partner at MindStream

Presentation Abstract : This session will build from a brief Data Relationship Manager (DRM) introduction into a discussion around the benefits to DRM and how it unlocks value for organizations who use it correctly. Answer questions such as: Where does DRM fit in our company? What is the true value of DRM? Is DRM an administrative tool? How hard is DRM to implement?

"The Central States OAUG meetings are always quality events with good Oracle content. I would recommend attendance to anyone interested in Oracle Business and Technology solutions.” - Pam Bateman, Program Management Office, Emerson

Monday, April 22, 2013

FREE Webinar: How to Use Hyperion Training to Effectively Handle Change Management

Sign up for our FREE webinar this Friday on "How to Use Hyperion Training to Effectively Handle Change Management" - Space is limited! 
To register, please click here!
When: Friday, April 26th, 2013
Time: 1 -2 pm Eastern Standard Time
Presenter: Seth Landau

Description:  Come learn how a global financial services company  managed the change to their organization that was enabled by implementing Hyperion Planning.  See how they utilized the Oracle User Productivity Kit  (UPK) to keep users up to date about the Planning applications.

Objectives of this session include: 
  • Share best practice process for training end users in a global Hyperion Planning deployment
  • Explore the role that Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) has on training strategy
  • Lessons learned from the Global training implementation
To register, please click here!