Monthly Archives: June 2011

The NEW DRM console | Quicker and Cheaper

Some months have passed since the release of DRM v11.1.2.1, the second version of the new web based DRM. For those who know the client based DRM (versions 11.1.1.3 and previous versions), the change is quite important. The two interfaces have been completely rebuilt to include new functionality. So what has changed?

First, the DRM management console is still there. As always, it allows you to control the status of your DRM services and also to configure all your server settings. The first important modification is that you can now have multiple applications running on the same server. So you could have your Development application and your QA application running on the same server. Applications can be turned on and off independently and can be configured independently.

In this example, I only have one application called DEMODRIVE-1. This application is running on my DEMODRIVE machine as shown in the Applications tree. In this case, I am running all the layers of DRM on one machine. But this new interface allows you quickly, by selecting the application and the Host Machines tab to set up your architecture using more than one machine. Additionally, the console will allow me to see the usual logs and application statuses for each application.

When you install your server, you will see that the installation wizard no longer asks you to configure the database. The team had the very good idea to move the database creation wizard from the installation process into the Management Console.

This makes it a lot easier to create new applications and it includes a wizard to upgrade the database of an older DRM version into a database compatible with this version. The same wizard also allows you to make new copies of any existing DRM database. So you can quicky create a new copy from your production database for development purposes.

So this new management console makes the administration of DRM easier by making a lot of the settings visible but in my opinion, this new version will make the development and QA processes a lot quicker and cheaper.

 

 

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Hyperion DRM: The first step to a successful EPM Solution

Sesimi were recently invited by Oracle to present to Oracle’s UK EPM sales team with the aim of helping Oracle understand why, from a services perspective, Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Manager (DRM) is a fundamental component when delivering a strategic EPM solution to complex organisations.

To demonstrate this point of view we used a recent case study of a Oracle Hyperion DRM solution that Seismi had delivered. This solution, termed a “finance hub”, was the FIRST step in a comprehensive remodelling of Seismi’s client’s EPM strategy.  It provided Seismi’s client with governance over a complex general ledger, stored standard reporting structures and mappings between various core financial applications and enforced key business rules to ensure masterdata conformed to the agreed standards.

In summary we see the key benefits of using this approach as follows:

  • Definitions – defining and centralising the core reporting standards and mappings in Oracle Hyperion DRM early in an EPM initiative reduces costs. The standard definitions stored in DRM can be published to any downstream application, in a wide variety of formats, thereby reducing analysis and development time;
  • Standards – using a single standard, stored in a single technology enforces standardisation across any number of reporting applications;
  • Change Management – Oracle Hyperion DRM is a very powerful change management tool.  It is not only very flexible but also importantly scalable and as a result can evolve with your strategy; and
  • Governance – it places control of core master data definitions into the hands of business users, as well as auditing every change that is made. This improves confidence in reports and places control of reports definitions directly in the hands of the users of the implementation, thereby removing the need for specialist technical support.

 

Seismi feel these core benefits provide a compelling rational and business case to using Oracle Hyperion DRM as a principal component, in effect the backbone, in any EPM deployment.

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Our opening post and aims!

Hello and welcome to the first post of Seismi’s blog! Before we start discussing some of the key trends for our clients and partners we wanted to set out the blogs objectives.

Seismi focuses on working with partners to deliver EPM solutions to the world’s leading companies. We are an Oracle Gold Partner and predominantly focus on implementing Oracle’s product set.  However we recognise that our clients use multiple vendors and therefore we recognise the need to understand a wide variety of technologies.

There is a great deal of innovation in the EPM arena and each week our clients and prospects  challenge us to explain complex topics and issues.

We felt it would help all our clients and partners if we captured some of these recurring EPM themes in concise blog articles, published weekly.

If any of our weekly topics are of particular interest to you, or you fell you can contribute to the content then please do get in touch.

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