Michele Morrill

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Join Strafford Technology at COLLABORATE 15 in Las Vegas

Posted by Michele Morrill

Mar 12, 2015 2:55:22 PM

Strafford Technology is excited to participate in COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, April 12-16. We would love to see you there, too! Here are five reasons you should register now for this exciting conference.

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Topics: Shamless Marketing, Oracle Products

Upgrade Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) to the Cloud

Posted by Michele Morrill

Jan 12, 2015 9:51:00 AM

You currently have a physical instance of Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) and you want to upgrade and possibly move your environment to the cloud. Firstly, do a little research and determine if moving to the cloud is right for your business - we offer a cloud readiness assessment. After some research, you may decide moving to the cloud is a great option for you and your company. If so, Strafford provides an HFM environment

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Topics: Consolidation and Close, Cloud Hosting, Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Finance Best Practices, Managed Application Services (MAH), Oracle Products

Hyperion Enterprise Security: Native vs Active Directory

Posted by Michele Morrill

Nov 6, 2014 9:12:40 AM

Regardless of your industry or size, enterprise security is an important concern for any business running an enterprise software solutions. Oracle Hyperion Enterprise has always had security built into its infrastructure—but did you know there’s more than one option?

If you’ve been using the native (built-in) security function until now, you can benefit from taking a closer look. Although the native security is useful, it requires the administrator to manually manage it within enterprise. Your data is protected, but your time is not, so it can be inefficient and tedious for Hyperion admins to add users, update settings, and reset passwords.

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Topics: Cloud Hosting, Hyperion Enterprise, Cloud ERP

Get Enhanced Office Integration with Hyperion Smart View

Posted by Michele Morrill

Nov 3, 2014 9:28:00 AM

Most longtime users of Hyperion Enterprise are familiar with the Retrieve function. Retrieve allows you to integrate Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with Hyperion Enterprise databases. Working from within an Excel spreadsheet, you can easily access data from your Hyperion application and have the ability to analyze, manipulate, and report data in a widely used office tool.

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Topics: Financial Reporting, EPM Support, Cloud Hosting, Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Hyperion Planning, Oracle Products

Hadoop is Not a New Dance Craze

Posted by Michele Morrill

Oct 29, 2014 3:58:22 PM

No, Hadoop is not a new dance craze that your teen or pre-teen will be performing at the next school dance. Neither is it a totally new concept to technology.

Hadoop is not a database nor is it the place to learn Java programming concepts or Unix/Linux administration. 

Hadoop is an open source software brought to us by the same software group that brought us the Java based open source web server software, Tomcat. Yes, Apache Hadoop™ is a large scale data storage and management software.

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Topics: Technology Insights

Data Loading In Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management vs Ledger Link

Posted by Michele Morrill

Oct 22, 2014 9:00:00 AM

For Hyperion Enterprise users, loading data into the Hyperion applications is an essential component of effective information management. But did you know there are two very distinct ways to accomplish this integral task? Longtime users are probably more familiar with Ledger Link, Enterprise’s original proprietary data import tool. Although Ledger Link is

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Topics: Hyperion Enterprise, Data Quality Management, Oracle Products

Preparing for your EPM Implementation

Posted by Michele Morrill

Oct 15, 2014 11:39:04 AM

New enterprise performance management (EPM) implementations (e.g., Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, Essbase, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation) typically start off with a bang. There's a big kick-off meeting with lots of questions and explanations. Some start off well and some start off more slowly. 

How can we make sure the momentum continues after the kick-off? How can we make sure the finance project finishes on time and on budget? We know consultants have the responsibility but what role can clients take in making it a success? Very often clients don’t know how to help the consulting team so here's a look at which common activities contribute the most in preparing for a successful EPM implementation.

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Priceless Peace of Mind: Hyperion Enterprise’s Native Backup Scheduler

Posted by Michele Morrill

Oct 9, 2014 4:39:05 PM


There’s no denying the staggering cost of data loss. In a survey of small- and medium-sized businesses, IT professionals reported an average revenue loss of nearly $470,000 in the event of a widespread data loss. Above and beyond the monetary hit, losing files can also wreak non-financial havoc, resulting in sagging employee morale, staff firings, and staff resignations.

The solution may seem simple: regular data backups to prevent potentially devastating loss. But for users of Hyperion Enterprise, the conventional backup process may not be enough—in fact, it could even do more harm than good. A traditional backup process could corrupt your entire database, wipe out your essential files, and leave you with the daunting task of rebuilding the entire database manually.

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Topics: Cloud Hosting, Hyperion Enterprise, Oracle Products

Data Security on the Cloud

Posted by Michele Morrill

Sep 18, 2014 12:52:00 PM

Securing Data with AWS

Data security is important to us at Strafford. We leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create a secure hosting environment for our clients’ Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) applications and storage of their sensitive financial data.

Many Enterprise clients are concerned about data security for regulatory or compliance reasons. As an AWS Consulting Partner, we’ve designed our EPM hosting solutions to meet or exceed these requirements.

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Topics: EPM Support, Cloud Hosting

Managing User Authentication with EPM Hosting

Posted by Michele Morrill

Aug 27, 2014 11:43:00 AM

Managed EPM Hosting with Microsoft Active Directory Integration

A common challenge with cloud hosting is managing user authentication. Most cloud services require the creation of a new database of usernames and passwords that needs to be managed independently of the existing corporate user database.

Strafford Technology's Managed EPM Cloud service does not require this added level of complexity or aggravation for your staff. In most enterprise IT environments, user logins are already being centrally managed by a Microsoft® Active Directory database. Strafford integrates our hosted servers with our clients’ existing Microsoft Active-Directory implementations, allowing for seamless, single-sign-on access to hosted enterprise performance management applications.

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Topics: EPM Support, Cloud Hosting, Cloud EPM, Managed Services, Managed Application Services (MAH)