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Oracle® Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management System

Oracle® Hyperion Strategic Finance, Fusion Edition

New Features Guide

Release 11.1.1


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Table of Contents:

Integration

New Modeling Features

Ease-of-Use Enhancements

Administrator Utility Enhancements

Integration

Data Integration Through FDM

Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Fusion Edition (FDM) is an out-of-the-box data transformation tool providing source-level financial data to consolidation, reporting, planning, and analytical applications. By providing an audit trail to source financial data, helping to ensure data integrity and mapping consistency that enables easy reconciliation of financial data.

Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance, Fusion Edition uses FDM as a data-import source—so you can create Strategic Finance financial models based on any data source open to FDM:

  • ERP systems

  • Flat files

  • Relational database systems

  • Microsoft Excel

FDM provides a systematic process for loading source data from disparate systems into target analytical applications. The process provides data visibility, integrity, and verification.

FDM benefits:

  • Acting central repository of all source financial data

  • Drill-down audit trail

  • Ability to archive source files, error logs, and load files

  • Internal control assessment and certification feature aids in compliance with sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

  • Corporate-wide process monitoring

  • Ability to import source data from any formatted text file or data source

  • Ability to map and validate multiple dimensions

  • Data validation and quality checking

  • Error identification and notification

  • Validation and reporting on target systems

  • Load adjustment capability through Excel journals

  • Budget data loading for multiple periods

  • Advanced reporting and audit functions

  • Quick batch loading

  • Support for unlimited concurrent users

  • Zero footprint Web deployment

  • SQL Server and Oracle database support

FDM Drill-Back Analysis

You can right-click a cell containing data imported through FDM and use the Audit Intersection option to find the data source. Cells with data imported through FDM are marked with a magenta tick mark in the lower-right corner. Audit Intersection launches a web browser accessing FDM, where you can find details about the data load, data mapping, and drill into the source.

FDM Settings in Strategic Finance Administrator

To enable Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, Fusion Edition integration on the Strategic Finance server, the Administrator utility provides the FDM Settings dialog box.

Link Indicators

In the Accounts spreadsheet, links to imported data are represented by a tick mark in the lower-right corner of a linked cell. The tick-mark colors vary, depending on the source:

  • Hot Link: Blue

  • Model link: Green

  • Global assumption: Red

  • FDM import: Magenta

  • Excel import: Black

New Modeling Features

Monte Carlo Simulations with Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball, a suite of Microsoft® Excel-based applications, harnesses and extends the analytical power of spreadsheets. With Crystal Ball, you can run Monte Carlo simulations on Strategic Finance financial models. Monte Carlo simulations apply statistical sampling techniques to data, applying random numbers within a defined level of tolerance to simulate unknown business risks. Monte Carlo simulation is available only for implementations using both Strategic Finance and Crystal Ball.

In Excel, you access the HSF-Crystal Ball plug-in by selecting Run/Tools > Strategic Finance Setup to start a wizard, which you use to selectStrategic Finance entities and accounts for randomizing:

When the process completes, Crystal Ball loads the Strategic Finance data into a worksheet, from which you perform Monte Carlo simulations:

The results are stored in result files and made available for use in Crystal Ball reporting tools. Result files can also be accessed through the Strategic Finance client.

New Freeform Formula Function

The @isfirstforeyr function is available in Formula Builder:

@isfirstforeyr

@isfirstforeyr accepts a time period reference as an argument and returns a boolean.

Returns
  • True—If this period is contained in the first forecast year, or the first year is, even partially, in the forecast period.

  • False—If not.

Where Used Audit Trail

Where Used is a forward audit trail to help you understand the potential model modifications. You select accounts and calculate all scenarios, and Where Used tracks which other accounts use the selected accounts.

Cell Text

You use Cell Text to create notes on cells or accounts. Cell Text notes are specific to a selected cell-scenario or account-scenario combination. Notes are indicated by red tick marks in the upper-right corner of cells. Cell Text in reports.

Scenario Manager—Sorting Scenarios

The Scenario Manager—Sort tab enables you to reorder the scenarios listed in the Scenarios list of the Accounts tab.

Entity Change Manager—Adding Multiple Years

In Entity Change Manager, the Add Time Structure dialog box selects multiple years in the Required Years box.

Assumptions Change Manager

These enhancement have been made to Assumptions Change Manager.

Support for Cell Text

The Change Account Attributes dialog box enables copying Cell Text notes between entities.

Support for Scalar Values

Assumption Change Manager supports the copying of scalar, or global, values.

Ease-of-Use Enhancements

Background Entity Check In

The Strategic Finance server now performs all check-in processing in the background, enabling you to continue working on other models.

Note:

With the background check-in process, the Calculation process bar no longer appears, but all calculations are still performed, and a dialog appears to confirm calculation when check-in is complete.

Multiple Scenario Consolidations

For consolidations with multiple scenarios, you use the Run Multiple option to access the Consolidation Scenarios dialog box and run consolidator for multiple target scenarios, simultaneously. A dialog box appears to report when the consolidation is complete.

Shortcut to Report Properties

You can double-click a reports tab as a shortcut to the Report Properties dialog box.

Separators in Account Group Lists

The Type of New Group dialog box provides the Separator option, which creates lines to distinguish between groups in a list.

Administrator Utility Enhancements

Automatic Export to Essbase and Planning

For implementations exporting fromStrategic Finance to Oracle Essbase or Oracle Hyperion Planning, Fusion Edition, there is an option for triggering the export whenever an exported entity is checked in to the Strategic Finance server. To use automatic export, batches and maps must be set up for export.

Automatic Purge of Entity Archives

Automatic purge of entity archives enables an administrator to configure theOracle Hyperion Strategic Finance, Fusion Edition server to purge older archives stored on the server. On the Manage Archive Entity Files dialog box, the “Apply this rule every time the entity is checked in option” enables the automatic purging of entity archives according to the selected policy.

Run Consolidation Access Option

On the Edit Access—Consolidation tab, the Run Consolidation option enables administrators to specify that a user can run consolidations, but cannot perform other consolidation functionality.