SaaS or Cloud? Which Is Better?

Posted by Steve Berry

Jun 20, 2019 1:26:19 PM

Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, there is a big difference between software as a service and cloud. The difference is especially important for finance.

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Topics: Technology Insights, Backup and Recovery, Managed Services, Risk and Compliance, Finance Best Practices, Finance Operations

Leverage the Cloud for Regulatory Compliance

Posted by Steve Berry

Oct 12, 2018 5:28:48 PM

Do-it-yourself might not be the best way to comply with regulations like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) — not when you can use an environment already tested and approved.

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Topics: Managed Services, Risk and Compliance, Finance Best Practices, Managed Application Services (MAH)

Should you use OpEx or CapEx for your EPM App Investment?

Posted by Deborah Jelley

Mar 15, 2018 9:22:00 AM

The recent passage of the 2017 Tax overhaul bill has brought this question back to the forefront for companies looking to invest in EPM solutions. We recommend that using Managed Application Hosting (MAH) in the cloud, which is funded, via operating expenses (OpEx) through a monthly subscription, is the right direction. Trying to develop and maintain an on premises EPM application, like Oracle’s Hyperion Planning and HFM, despite having faster write-down Capital Expense (CapEx) options available would cost more in

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Topics: Cloud Hosting, Cloud EPM, Managed Services, Finance Best Practices

10 Questions to Ask an Oracle EPM Cloud Provider

Posted by Steve Berry

Mar 7, 2018 9:17:28 AM

Given all the Oracle EPM Cloud providers you might partner with, developing a short list could seem like a daunting task. These 10 questions will speed things up considerably.

For almost any type provider, the selection process usually starts by asking the right questions to filter out less qualified candidates and save the time of qualifying them further. That’s certainly true when selecting the company that will implement and support

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Topics: Cloud Hosting, Cloud EPM, Managed Services

How SMBs Find EPM Implementation Happiness

Posted by Steve Berry

Mar 1, 2018 1:18:00 PM

If you are an SMB that’s put off implementing EPM because you think the task would just be too costly and overwhelming, you may actually be taking a big and unnecessary risk.  

When it comes to orchestrating successful enterprise performance management (EPM) implementations, small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) face challenges that larger organizations don’t — like smaller budgets and smaller staffs. SMBs are more vulnerable to

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Topics: Cloud Hosting, Managed Services, Implementation or Upgrade

Why not let the Cloud manage Hyperion too?

Posted by Steve Berry

Feb 7, 2018 12:49:41 PM

Lower capex is why many companies move applications to the cloud. But did you know you might also sharply lower opex by moving application management to the cloud too?

The economics of moving applications to the cloud are well known. You avoid large “forklift” infrastructure investments while always making sure the technology running your applications stays up to date. In addition, a cloud-based infrastructure is almost infinitely

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

What is Managed Application Hosting?

Posted by Deborah Jelley

Oct 25, 2017 9:48:39 AM

What is Managed Application Hosting (MAH) and why would you want to consider using MAH for your Oracle Hyperion products?

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Topics: Cloud Hosting, Oracle PBCS, Oracle FCCS, Managed Services, Managed Application Services (MAH)

5 More Reasons to Move Oracle HFM to Our Managed Hosting Service

Posted by Michele Morrill

Sep 15, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Not to be confused with a generic cloud hosting service or even a SaaS solution, Strafford offers a private fully managed cloud hosting service that provides IT Departments confidence in its security while providing the Finance Department a completely supported turnkey application.

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Topics: EPM Support, Cloud Hosting, Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Cloud EPM, Managed Services, Managed Application Services (MAH), Oracle Products

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)