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Posted on May 6, 2013
Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects

Five characteristics seem to have the greatest impact on the success of a project.  The table below summarizes the results of the 2012 Standish Group “CHAOS Report” representing each of the five characteristics as continuum moving from successful outcomes on the left to failed outcomes on the right. The results of this study might seem obvious; …

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Posted on May 1, 2013
Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects

In parts one and two, we discussed the first two process steps associated with the Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM). This post reviews the final two process steps in the RTM methodology. tracibilitymatrixpart3a Solution Design. In the RTM spreadsheet, for each item that has been accepted an evaluation a determination of whether the requirement can be …

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Posted on April 29, 2013
Author: Andy Tauro, Performance Architects

With Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) systems easier to install and maintain, we are seeing our customers try their hand at installations or upgrades of systems like Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) or Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) environments on their own. While the installation and setup of sophisticated software …

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Posted on April 25, 2013
Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects

I generally think of the Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) as a document as well as an associated process. Process steps are tied to groups of columns in the matrix. In this post, we’ll explore the first two steps in the process. Capture Business Requirements. In this section, requirements are catalogued during discovery sessions. The table …

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Posted on April 24, 2013
Author: Andy Tauro, Performance Architects

Many organizations maintain a host of disparate enterprise performance management (EPM) and business intelligence (BI) solutions, in addition to various transactional systems. Since these systems are disparate, they often handle information differently, and the output of information from them is also different. Furthermore, such systems are often handled by different teams, such as Finance for …

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Posted on April 23, 2013
Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects

A requirements traceability matrix (RTM) is a single document where business requirements are linked to the solution design and the testing strategy. Some of the benefits of using a RTM include: Bi-directional tracing (e.g., requirements to solution elements and testing bugs to solution design) Reduces project risk by systematically cataloging requirements Encourages greater precision in …

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Posted on April 17, 2013
Author: Andy Tauro, Performance Architects

Increasingly, we see clients embracing virtual machines (VM) as the hardware platform of choice. The reasons for this could be many: Consolidating small machines onto a large machine for reduced hardware maintenance costs Reduced time to set up the environment High-availability (aka: if the host machine fails, the VM can be moved to another host …

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Posted on April 15, 2013
Author: John McGale, Performance Architects

Last week we saw the release of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11.1.1.7, which includes an incredible amount of new features and functions. During several sessions at COLLABORATE 13, Oracle highlighted the following new and improved visualization options: • Performance Tiles. A new type of report that you can imbed in a dashboard. Performance tiles are …

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Posted on April 11, 2013
Author: Ron Woodlock, Performance Architects

Business intelligence tools can be used to shorten the monthly accounting close. As anyone that has been involved in closing the books can attest, much of the hard work begins after the journal entries are posted. Traditionally, accountants and analysts build spreadsheets or run reports to identify variances and try to make sense of them. …

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Posted on April 10, 2013
Author: Andy Tauro, Performance Architects

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) systems house critical financial data for the consolidation, budgeting and forecasting processes, and therefore need to be regularly backed up both to restore the system not just in case of system hardware failure, but also to address data corruption caused by human error. For these reasons, it is necessary not only …

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