Hyperion: the EPM solution of Oracle
Hyperion is the market leader when it comes to Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) software. It is by far the largest and leading solution in this area. But Hyperion is more than just a performance management tool. With the acquisition of Brio in 2003 and Essbase in 2005 it has actually become a BI solution, but is focused on a specific area of interest. In 2007, the tool was acquired by Oracle, and therefore it is now part of the Oracle BI suite.
Hyperion is a separate product
The Oracle Hyperion suite includes several components such as Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Financial Close Management, Disclosure Management, Planning, Profitability & Cost Management and Hyperion Strategic Finance. Other Oracle suites can also be found in various parts of Hyperion.
Oracle Hyperion performs as a separate product, but it has a strong integration with Oracle Database and many other applications from Oracle. For this reason, the tool is categorized as: databases and packaged products. Other BI tools in this category are Microsoft BI and OBIEE.
Hyperion Software now also available from the cloud
In 2014, Oracle began providing Hyperion from the Cloud. The advantage for the customer is that the implementation and technical maintenance part is taken care of. The tool is known for the complexity of the implementation and commissioning of the product and that much technical knowledge is needed to set up the correct environment.
Hyperion EPM has a good ecosystem of software add-ons and consulting companies that can support Hyperion in your organization.
What benefits does Oracle Hyperion Financial Management have?
The main benefits of Hyperion Financial Management are:
- It is the leader in Enterprise Performance Management and thus has a very good track record in the market.
- Oracle Hyperion has an extensive ecosystem of complementary software and a large number of consultants familiar with the BI tool.
- Hyperion is fully functional from the cloud, and can also be used in hybrid form. Some of the data is in the cloud and part in the organization itself.
- The latest version of Oracle Hyperion went a big step forward by extending functionality, an improved user interface and better support of mobile platforms
What should you look for with Oracle Hyperion Financial Management?
Hyperion is the market leader, but that does not mean that there are no concerns. The most important are:
- The initial investment to get it up and running is higher than that of other providers of EPM solutions.
- Implementation projects are difficult and it is sometimes difficult to get Hyperion from development to production, especially in a cloud environment.
- Initially, a lot of technical and functional expertise is needed for Hyperion to work properly for an organization.
Oracle as a supplier
Oracle was founded in 1977 and acquired Hyperion in 2007. Oracle offers several BI solutions that are summarized under the name OBIEE, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. Hyperion is covered by OBIEE, but also stands apart from this because it focuses on the EPM market.
Oracle is a major ICT player with 130,000 employees delivering a wide range of products. They say they’re active in 145 countries.
Three-quarters of sales of Oracle consists of the sale of licenses. This is the lifeblood of Oracle and a very important KPI. A common complaint from customers of Oracle is that the licensing structure ‘vague’ and there is ‘always discussion’ about the compliance of licenses.
Strategic positioning of Oracle Hyperion Planning
Oracle Hyperion Planning is a separate suite within Oracle, but parts of the suite are also provided in other Oracle suites. With the Oracle Hyperion suite, the focus is on the Enterprise Performance Management Market and much less on the BI market. There are other products available.
Oracle is in the EPM market an undisputed leader. However, there are new players emerging which will threaten the position of Oracle in the market over time. If you want to see how Hyperion compares to other BI solutions, then the Parabola BI & Analytics from Passionned Group can be a great starting point.
Hyperion compared to other products
Hyperion operates a specific market, but it is good to consider other solutions. In the fully independent Business Intelligence Tools Survey 2017, the various BI solutions compared. You will see quickly where products overlap or where there are gaps in your functionality needs.
The Business Intelligence Tools Survey can be ordered through this site.
Oracle Hyperion expertise
The choice of Hyperion or another, more generic BI solution is different for every organization. Often the choice is made for many years and specific software selection expertise is not available within an organization.
Many consulting firms have focused on (the implementation of) Hyperion. The question is whether these companies can advise organization in a truly independent way and if they have a broad view of the BI market?
The Passionned Group consultants are fully supplier independent and can provide you with the right advice. It is also possible to ask for a ‘second opinion’.
Learn more about Hyperion and performance management
Passionned Group offers specific BI services in the form of Business Intelligence training and a knowledge base that is available to you. But Passionned Group also has extensive consulting in the area of performance management, PDCA cycle, Lean and continuous improvement.
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