Automating Enterprise Planning with EPBCS: A Case Study Featuring Sims Metal Management

Cloud Services, Enterprise Performance Management, Oracle, Performance Tools, Planning & Essbase, Enterprise Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service

In using Enterprise Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) to support annual budgeting and forecasting processes, organizations are choosing solutions that allow them to leverage the financials, projects, capital and workforce business processes necessary to provide a driver-based solution that links expected intake to revenues and costs. In turn, they are able to more efficiently produce integrated income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements.

Full Circle Planning, Cost Management, & Profitability in the Manufacturing Industry

EPM, Hyperion, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, Oracle, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Profitability & Cost Management Cloud S, PCMCS, Performance Tools, Uncategorized, manufacturing, profitability

This post corresponds to the webinar “Full Circle Planning, Cost Management & Profitability in the Manufacturing Industry.” You can access the recording here.

As we are all aware, today’s manufacturing industry faces multiple ongoing challenges, including:

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) September Update

BI Reporting, BICS, Business Intelligence, Edgewater Ranzal, Hyperion, hyperion experts, Oracle, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle Hyperion, Performance Tools, ranzal

The latest upgrade for BICS happened last week and, while there are no new end user features, it is now easier to integrate data. New to this version is the ability to connect to JDBC data sources through the Data Sync tool.  This allows customers to set up automated data pulls from Salesforce, Redshift, and Hive among others.  In addition to these connections, Oracle RightNow CRM customers have the ability to pull directly from RightNow reports using Oracle Data Sync.  Finally, connections to on premise databases and BICS can be secured using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certifications.

Announcing PowerDrill for Oracle EID 3.1

Endeca, Geospatial, Integration, Performance Tools

If you had distill what we at Ranzal's Big Data Practice do down to its essence, it's to use technology to make accessing and managing your data more intuitive, more useful.  Often this takes the form of data modeling and integration, data visualization or advice in picking the right technology for the problem at hand.

Sometimes, it's a lot simpler than that.  Sometimes, it's just giving users a shortcut or an easy way to do more with the tools they have.  Our latest offering, the PowerDrill for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1, is the quintessential example of this.

When dealing with large and diverse quantities of data, Oracle Endeca Studio is great for a lot of operations.  It enables open text search, it has data visualization, it enriches data, it surfaces all in-context attributes for slicing and dicing and it helps you find answers both high-level, say "Sales by Region", and low, like "My best/worst performing product".  But what about the middle ground?

For example, on our demo site, we have an application that allows users to explore publicly available data related to Parks and Recreation facilities in Chicago.  I'm able to navigate through the data, filter by the types of facilities available (Pools, Basketball Courts, Mini Golf, etc.), see locations on a map, pretty basic exploration.

The Parks of Chicago

Now, let's say I'm looking for parks that fit a certain set of criteria.  For example, let's say I'm looking to organize a 3-on-3 basketball tournament somewhere in the city.  I can use my discovery application to very easily find parks that have at least 2 basketball courts.

Navigate By Courts


This leaves me with 80 potential parks that might be a candidate for my tournament.  But let's say I live in the suburbs and I'm not all that familiar with the different neighborhoods of Chicago.  Wouldn't it be great to use other data sets to quickly explore the areas surrounding these parks quickly and easily?  Enter the Power Drill.

Fun with Shapefiles: The Two Utahs

Endeca, Geospatial, OEID, Performance Tools

A little midweek enjoyment, courtesy of our Advanced Visualization Framework.  Below, you can see a county-by-county map of Utah and all of its Oil and Gas Fields.

Endeca Performance Optimization

Customer Experience Management, Debugging, Endeca, OEID, Performance Tools, Tips And Tricks, Uncategorized

Ranzal launches the first of our Performance Analysis Tools: Phoenix

So, you’ve got this great Endeca Commerce implementation powering your online sales  and delivering a world-class experience to your customers.  Or you’ve got a terrific Data Discovery application built on the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID, for short) platform and it’s enabling your users to unlock all kinds of value from your structured and unstructured data.  Things are humming along and life is grand.  However, one day, you decide to implement some changes.  Maybe you’re rolling out a second business release or a whole new set of data sources or products.  Maybe you’re enabling record-level-security.  Post-rollout, you start to get the dreaded emails from your users:

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Edgewater Ranzal is an integrated Business Analytics solution provider deeply rooted in Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). Coupled with our Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data (BD) expertise, we provide holistic solutions that help organizations define, measure, and innovate their business, provide a clear vision, and drive business value.

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