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Back to the Future - Oracle Essbase - Then and Now

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Join Edgewater Ranzal for a whimsical look at the history of Oracle Essbase. Take a walk down memory lane to the days of Arbor Software, where all that was required was a “server under the desk”, and tools such as Application Manager and the Excel Add-In. We will show historical artifacts, and share examples of “alternative” applications from days gone by, in addition to the traditional triad of management reporting, planning and profitability analysis that so many of our customers leverage today. Come for a breakfast treat, take home a few souvenirs, and reminisce with like-minded peers regarding the amazing Essbase!

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Back to the Future - Oracle Essbase - Then and Now

  1. 1. Edgewater Ranzal Vendor Presentation Back to the Future: Oracle Essbase Then & Now June 27, 2017 Mike Killeen, SVP Technology, Oracle Ace
  2. 2. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Agenda • About Edgewater Ranzal and Mike Killeen • A Timeline of Essbase • Major Milestones by Era • Early 1990s – The Birth of OLAP • Late 1990s – Analytics Consolidation • Early 2000s – The OLAP Wars • 2005 – 2010 – The Oracle Acquisition • 2010-2015 – Essbase Inside • Today – Oracle Analytic Cloud • Closing 20+ Years 1000+ Clients 2000+ Projects
  3. 3. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies About Edgewater Ranzal 1,000+ Oracle/Hyperion Customers 2,000+ Oracle/Hyperion Projects Proven Project Methodology and Implementation Approach Planning Suite Fin Close Suite HPCM BI Suite Big DataEngineered Systems Integration Workflow Master Data On-PremiseCloud (SaaS/PaaS/IaaS) Edgewater Ranzal is a global full-service Oracle Platinum Consulting Partner providing premier services across the entire EPM / BI / Big Data platforms Since 1996 Healthcare Financial Services/Insurance Retail CPG / MFG High Tech Oil & Gas Entertainment Planning Cloud Fin Close Cloud Profitability Cloud Advisory Services Implementation Services Technical Services Hosting & Support Big Data Cloud Analytic CloudCloud Infrastructure Training Services Operational ERP Intellectual Property
  4. 4. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Mike Killeen, Edgewater Ranzal Sr. Vice President, Oracle Ace 20+ Years EPM & BI Experience with Ranzal 5 Years – Strategic Initiatives & Advisory 2 Years – VP, UK Division 6 Years – Planning & Analytics Practice Director 8 Years – Implementation Consultant Expertise across Multiple Domains Cost Allocations & Profitability Analysis Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting Financial Consolidation & Reporting Business Intelligence & OLAP Master Data Management 4 Today’s Presenter
  5. 5. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies My Qualifications…
  6. 6. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Essbase….History of Innovation
  7. 7. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Major Milestones in the Evolution of Essbase 2017 Oracle Analytic Cloud “Essbase Inside” 2013 Hybrid Essbase 11.1.2.3 2008 BI Foundation Suite System 9 2004 Essbase ASO 7.X 1992 Essbase BSO v 1.0 2001 Partitioning, Dyn. Calcs & Attributes 5.X
  8. 8. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies The Early 1990s – The Rise of OLAP • In 1985 E.F. Codd Defined the 12 Rules of Relational Database Management Systems, which became known as OLTP – On-Line Transaction Processing • In 1992, Arbor Software – a Silicon Valley start-up based in Sunnyvale, CA was born, and gave us the original Essbase multi-dimensional database • In 1993, commissioned by Arbor software to help define the market, Codd gave us his 12 rules of a new form of database – OLAP – or On-Line Analytical Processing 1. Multi-dimensional view 5. Client/Server Architecture 9. Unrestricted Multi-Dimensional Calculation References 2. Transparency 6. Generic Dimensionality 10. Intuitive Drill in & Out 3. Accessibility 7. Optimize Sparse Matrixes 11. Flexible Reporting 4. Consistent Reporting Performance 8. Multi-User Support 12. Unlimited Dims & Agg Levels
  9. 9. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Management Reporting with Essbase • Essbase, or Extended Spreadsheet Database, was intended to get folks out of “Spreadsheet heck”. • The #1 use case for Essbase became the spreadsheets of FP&A for management reporting. • Essbase enriched data with hierarchies & calculations, integrated multiple sources, & provided speed of thought response in queries • Tools partners & consultants created packaged & custom solutions to get data out, a trend that continues to this day
  10. 10. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Product Focus – Excel Add In & Essbase API • The original Essbase did not have a true spreadsheet add in – Check out Demo:Basic (not Sample) for examples of “complex” report scripts • Arbor relied on partners and consultants to build applications with its engine – Wired for OLAP, the precursor to Analyzer & Web Analysis, was written with Delphi (Object Oriented Pascal) • The open Essbase C and VB API’s, along side with the extended Spreadsheet Macro Toolkit , were the primary programming languages of choice
  11. 11. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies The Late 90s – Analytics Space Consolidation • Arbor Software had great technology, and an open API that allowed tools vendors & consulting firms to write applications on top of it – A number of products that today are written on MS Analysis Services were originally written on Essbase • Hyperion Software had great user managed business applications (Pillar, Enterprise) that used “non-Enterprise” grade software • Faced with Microsoft’s pending entrance into the OLAP market-place (MS Analysis Services), Arbor bought Hyperion, and Hyperion Solutions was born.
  12. 12. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Custom Budgeting with Essbase • Consultants configured user input templates with spreadsheet macros that referenced the API & macro toolkits • Code was created to execute parameterized calc scripts, the precursor to Business Rules • Essbase “Support” outlines contained all manner of meta- data to drive the code, such as version checks, combination edits, and user access • Planning & Planning Cloud leverage Essbase today as their key enabling technology Custom Financial System – Delivered Summer of 1997 by Mike Killeen, Ranzal & Associates
  13. 13. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Product Focus – Essbase 4.x • A Server Under the Desk…installed with a CD in minutes – Early Essbase required a locked workstation for WinNT as it didn’t run as a service until later on. • Application Manager was a GUI Client Server Tool replaced by Essbase Admin Services in 7.x – I still use it today. I get laughed at a lot until people see how quickly I get things done. • EssCmd is used for automation in lieu of MaxL • Features such as Dynamic Calc & Partitioning did not yet exist – Tuning & calc performance was the #1 issue that Consultants aspired to solve. Essbase Application Manager & Printed DBA Guide
  14. 14. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Industry Impact – Financial Close vs. FP&A • Ever wonder why HFM was NOT built on Essbase? • Ever wonder why in the early days of System 9, things seemed to require duck tape, and bailing wire? • Ever wonder why most consultancies trace their roots to Planning & Essbase, or Consolidations, but very few have organically grown both? • Interesting Article (give me your business card for a copy)…
  15. 15. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies The Early 2000s – The OLAP Wars & Web • The OLAP marketplace, like the larger BI market- place exploded as vendors raced to capture market share – Vendors formed the OLAP council in the late 90s, with a governing benchmark for performance, and definitions for interoperability called XMLA (XML for Analysis) • Nigel Pendse of the OLAP Report introduced the FASMI definition of OLAP – Fast Analysis of Shared Multidimensional Information • Hyperion started investing in co-development with SAP at this time, and front end tools such as Web Analysis consumed content from SAP B/W • Focus on all things web based – as a replacement to client server, and including Web Log Analytical models, were hot. • The first new EPM app post merger – Hyperion Planning 1.0 – was introduced in 2001.
  16. 16. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Profitability Analysis with Essbase • Profitability Analysis has been one of the top use cases for Essbase since the beginning • Consultants configure calc scripts to perform the complex allocations these solutions require • The introduction of ASO with 7.x allowed for 2-cube calc/reporting cube architectures, increasing the size of the data sets • The BSO/ASO architecture was the basis for the first HPCM product line, which is now totally ASO with PCM Cloud Service
  17. 17. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Product Focus – Essbase XTD (2003) • With the 6.5.x release, Essbase received a technological face lift to meet enterprise IT standards • Parallel Load & Calc, & Essbase Clustering/n-Tier Spreadsheet access (precursor to SmartView) enabled by APS were introduced at this time • Integration Services replaced SQL drill through, which is ultimately replaced by today’s Essbase Studio as of 11.1.2.4
  18. 18. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Industry Impact – Essbase 7.x & ASO • Prior to the release of Essbase 7.x, and ASO, some customers used HyperRoll as a real time aggregation engine for Essbase BSO cubes (as well as other OLAP engines) – An Essbase outline had a “transparent partition” (really a Java CDF that did the same thing) into the HyperRoll data store • Project Ukraine created the Essbase ASO option, which was released with version 7.x in 2004 – This largely eliminated the need for HyperRoll and they filed suit • In 2009, post Hyperion acquisition, Oracle acquired HyperRoll – Today, what was the HyperRoll engine is the basis for Essbase Application Link (EAL), providing near real time reporting from on-premise HFM solutions to Essbase
  19. 19. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Late 2000s – Oracle Acquisition • Oracle’s history with BI was fragmented & included Express, Discoverer, Oracle OLAP, & their previous Siebel Analytics acquisition, rebranded as OBIEE. OBIEE’s value prop was a semantic layer, something Hyperion was working on themselves prior to the acquisition. • In 2007 Oracle acquired Hyperion for their EPM solutions & access to their SAP install base • With overlap in functionality, Hyperion’s prior Brio Acquisition (IR & PR/SQR), plus Web Analysis, were deemed non strategic. But what about Essbase? Where did Essbase fit? Was a nice to have – Prior to the Oracle Acquisition, Ranzal’s business was 75% BI, 25% EPM. By 2010, those numbers had flipped. • Oracle BI Sales teams focused heavily on pre-packaged BI Apps, vs. the traditional custom build found within Essbase projects.
  20. 20. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Workforce Audit Analytics with BIFS + EPM Workforce Audit Analytics Analytics across programs, projects, divisions, and departments Integrated EPM Workforce planning analytics with Work Force management, and various relational data sources Ability to report on part-time workforce headcount, hiring cycle processes, and ongoing engagements Alerts and reports on part time workforce with long term or multiple simultaneous engagements across programs and projects Ability to report employee survey responses and measure risks across facilities and departments Employee expense analytics across programs, projects, and credit card transactions
  21. 21. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Product Focus: Essbase & BI Integration • OBIEE vs Essbase positioning was simplified with BI Foundation Suite (BIFS), and EPM reps who were compensated for selling it • OBIEE as a ROLAP tool has matured in supporting Essbase MOLAP structures, including ragged hierarchies & Essbase attributes – Gaps in functionality still exist, and cubes that interact with OBIEE should be designed with OBIEE in mind – Data Access for Combination of Essbase & RDBMS is challenging • Today, OBIEE 12 has even greater support for Essbase, BIFS is the basis for Oracle Analytic Cloud Enterprise Edition, & Smart View is Oracle’s standard office add in across all product lines, replacing the BI Plug In
  22. 22. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies 2010 – 2016 – “Essbase Inside” • 2001 – 2007 – Hyperion Software – Hyperion Planning written with Essbase • 2008 – 2016 – Oracle On Premise – HPCM Standard Profitability – HPCM Management Ledger – Essbase HFM Application Link – Oracle Fusion G/L • 2014-2016 – Ports from On-Premise – PBCS – Planning Cloud – EPBCS – Enterprise Planning Cloud – PCMCS – Profitability Cloud – Oracle Cloud G/L • 2014-2016 – New Cloud Applications – EPRCS – Narrative Reporting (Hybrid Essbase) – FCCS – Financial Close (rewrite of HFM)
  23. 23. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies 2017 - OAC – The Power of Custom Analytics • Essbase Administration – With the “server under the desk”, Essbase was a FINANCE tool, not an IT Tool – Early Consultants came out of finance, and did reporting & wrote calculations. Excel experts became Essbase experts. – Along the way, IT departments invested in Essbase as part of broader BI initiatives - suddenly Essbase became an IT Tool. – Essbase Training classes were one of the only places you could see Finance & IT sitting together • On-Premise Challenges – As Essbase became the “engine” behind EPM, deployments became more complex, and IT had to manage the environments – Risk Management & Controls prevented Finance from “spinning up cubes” whenever they wanted – Essbase deployments dwindled to what IT budgets could afford Core Reporting, Planning, & Profitability Analysis – Custom Use Cases & Analytics for smaller user subsets became difficult to fund, and difficult to manage • The Promise of Cloud – Custom Analytics! – OAC has a Standard (Essbase Only) & Enterprise (+ BI) option – OAC provides new features such as sandboxing & auto cube deployment making it easier for finance to work with – IT can manage centralized deployments, giving business users the power to control “sandbox” & custom analytics – If you can do it in a pivot table, you can do it in OAC “I Don’t always use Excel Pivot Tables, but when I do, I always make sure to use Oracle Analytic Cloud”.
  24. 24. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Common Essbase & OAC Use Cases • Custom Reporting – Operational GL Reporting – Management Reporting – Operational Subledger Reporting • Projects Reporting • Billing & Collections Reporting (Revenue/AR) • Expense & Payables Reporting (Expense/AP) • Manufacturing Reporting • Investment Reporting – KPI Capture & Delivery – Daily Sales Flash • Custom Forecasting (or EPBCS) – Line of Business Forecasting – Cash Flow Forecasting – Line Item Models that integrate with Planning • Custom Financial Close – Accounting Entry Calc Engine • Lease/Loan Amortization • Accruals Generation – Simple Consolidations (or FCCS) • Core Analytics – Profitability Analysis (or PCMCS) – F/X Transparency – Price/Volume/Mix Analysis – M&A Information Factory • Custom Analytics – Billings, Bookings & Backlog – IT Analytics (or ITFM) – Marketing Analytics – Sales Analytics – Custom Vertical Analytics (e.g. Claims Analysis) • Other Oddities – Auto Reconciliation – Employee Skills Matrix – Log Analysis Database – Fantasy Sports Optimization Mike’s Favorites are in Bold
  25. 25. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies In Memoriam • Development Platforms – Hyperion Essbase Objects – Hyperion Application Builder – Essbase Web Gateway – IBM DB2 OLAP Server (RDBMS Option) – Personal Essbase • Capabilities – Combination Aliases – Hybrid Analysis (not Hybrid Essbase) – XOLAP • User Applications – The Classic Spreadsheet Add-In – Allocations Manager – Essbase Adjustment Module – Smart Space – Crystal Reporting for Essbase • Integration Tools – DIM (Informatica OEM) – HAL (Vignette OEM) – Lawson Analytic Architect – Peoplesoft Cube Builder – FDM Classic – Hub (precursor to EPMA) • Admin Tools – Essbase Application Manager – Essbase Integration Services – Essbase Spreadsheet Services (now APS) – Essbase Deployment Services – Essbase SQL Drill Through – Analytic Data Mining Services • Classic Names – Analytic Services (it’s back in cloud!) – Essbase XTD – Essbase Classic
  26. 26. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Why Essbase?
  27. 27. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Closing Thoughts “EPM is my job but Essbase is my passion”, Cameron L. “I agree”, Mike K.
  28. 28. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies It won’t be hard to find us at Kscope17! #ranzalpinwins – Pick-up at pin at booth #301 – Win throughout the week! 5 Conference Sessions Tuesday, 6/27: • 9:45am – 10:45am - Back to the Future: Oracle Essbase - Then and Now • 11:15am- 12:15pm - True Power of Oracle's EPS Unleashed at POET • 2:00pm- 3:00pm - Ask the Experts - An Informal Panel for the FDMEE Integrations Wednesday, 6/28: • 11:15am - 12:15pm - FDMEE Scripting - Cloud and On-Premises - It Ain't Groovy, But It's My Bread and Butter • 1:45 - 2:45pm - Supplementing the Close Process at UHS
  29. 29. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Give us $.02 and we will give you $5 Do you know your PCMII? • Take part in our study to learn how organizations navigate and manage Profitability & Cost Management (PCM) processes. • Bring your results email to booth #301 for a $5 Starbuck’s gift card • Mobile friendly: www.ranz.al/kscope2017
  30. 30. Business Analytics Solutions Provider: EPM, BI, and BD Technologies Questions

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