What is Oracle PBCS and why you should be using it to manage your performance?
Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS) and its Enterprise variation (EPBCS) are Oracle solutions made to help companies reach world-class Planning and Budgeting Processes. They bring a full set of tools and functionalities to enable business users to be in control of data and reduce overheads and risk, while lowering traditional IT demands like change requests and SLAs.
It solves very painful everyday problems
It all starts with a simple assumption: the Planning and Budgeting process cycle involves keeping your money in actions that are inherently aligned with corporate strategy but to reach that goal “The Budget” piece should be a commitment from each manager with that very strategy. It also means that this goal should be feasible, frequently revised and adjusted according to the ever-dynamic market or even political changes; therefore most business models will need information that enables visibility and commitment from management level and also empowered driver/assumption-based simulations.
#1 Volume of information
Consequently, when you factor in all the necessary variations you end up with an enormous amount of data – i.e. main budget, monthly forecasts, actuals and variation reports, varying on different company levels, custom aggregations and classifications – some of them simply do not exist in source systems or ERP. After all, this detail must be structured in a way that is easy to query and build reports, incorporate all the manual input levels and classifications to generate a comprehensive summary and a highly detailed analysis. A traditional solution would also call for a BI or Data Mart structure to be built.
#2 The Standardisation Vs Flexibility Trade-off
On the other hand, the time frame between a good decision and a bad decision is shrinking every day due to the ever-changing market tendency and having in mind your detailed data, you need flexibility to create complete new types, classifications, rules and/or even small changes in the logic to get simulations and answers in a timely fashion. As a fully structured process tends to remove this flexibility and potentially competitive advantage, a company might feel like there is no great choice and for this reason, so few companies try to adopt traditional systems approach to their Planning and Budgeting processes.
The easy way out: Excel Spreadsheets
At the end of the day, the business still needs answers and simulations and the budget team will find a way to get it done. The simple solution: Excel Spreadsheets, and yes, I mean a whole bunch of them. That is the beginning of the solution, but also the beginning of a whole level of reference checking, formula integrity checking across files, and then re-checking numbers again…
Using Oracle PBCS:
Other features that will help you remove your workload are:
Oracle Performance Management solution can bring many proven benefits since it acquired Hyperion but deploying and maintaining it on-premise can also reveal itself to be relatively expensive for mid-sized companies. Hence you would only find such a solution in big corporations for decades.
The cloud can help make it possible
With PBCS it is more and more common to find mid-sized companies adopting modern approaches to their budget process and being able to get all its benefits. For the same reason the cloud is becoming a trend everywhere, Oracle PBCS makes it way simpler – you don’t have to worry about it, just use it. Oracle is responsible for all the hard work and platform support, if you need support tailored for your users and your implementation, Codec can help you.
If you already have Hyperion Planning in-house; moving to the cloud makes sense.
Some customer studies show positive returns in the first 12 months of investment. Of course, it will always depend on your current solution size, the infrastructure you have and how it is maintained. Also, in almost every implementation over 2 years old, when you move to the cloud is a good time to review designs and optimise your solution – in some cases, that means to consolidate applications and save even more on subscriptions.
If you are not sure, Codec’s specialised team can help you with a tailored cost analysis and the return on investment. And if you have plans to renew your local infrastructure soon, you should definitely look into it now.
What the E brings to the table in EPBCS?
EPBCS is PBCS + Oracle standard logic built-in. Today those modules are:
EPBCS is more expensive than PBCS, but you also get an Oracle team working on new features and evolutions for those modules every day; therefore, going for a pre-built model will only bring you the benefits if you are willing to go for a more standard budget best practices according to Oracle experience. You should study Oracle pre-built modules and roadmap and conduct a compliance study against your expectations.
We will cover EPBCS modules in more detail in future articles, if you are interested in a demonstration or a cost analysis please contact us today and we will put you in contact with one of our specialists.
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