Evaluating the EPM Landscape

Oracle Cloud EPM vs OneStream

 

When evaluating and comparing EPM solutions, what should an organization consider? Oracle Cloud EPM and OneStream both offer a platform that addresses needs across accounting and finance. Therefore, the EPMIcast found it important to take a closer look at what differentiates the two solutions. In this article, you will learn about the platforms, implementation efforts, upgrades, user communities, and more.

Cloud Competitors

When looking at the EPM SaaS marketplace, there are two categories of products to consider: discrete single lines of business solutions and a broader platform solution. Vendors like Blackline, Anaplan, and Adaptive Insights deliver value in either Financial Close or FP&A. Vendors including Oracle and OneStream offer a platform that addresses needs across accounting and finance. EPMI chooses to work with Oracle Cloud EPM because of the breadth, depth, and ability Oracle Cloud provides to execute across both actuals and forecast-related business processes.

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Oracle Cloud vs Competitor Platforms

As an organization scales, maintaining consistent data integrations is critical to glean insights from your transactional activity. Oracle Cloud EPM enables a central source of truth, starting with your consolidated financials as a baseline to forecast various what-if scenarios. Cloud EPM can integrate data from any source system and normalize those hierarchies into a standardized format to feed predictive analytics. In today’s dynamic M&A landscape, automating data integration from subsidiary ERPs eliminates much of the manual effort required in close, reporting, and forecasting.

Outside of core finance and accounting functionality, Oracle Cloud EPM also includes a data hierarchy management system, Enterprise Data Management (EDM). EDM allows businesses to maintain consistent data hierarchies across all applications (ERP, HCM, CRM, etc.) as the company evolves over time. For example, after M&A activity, reconciling a new merged product structure or workforce hierarchy can be a tedious task. EDM enables self-service data hierarchy management to avoid duplicate, redundant, and incorrect data points.

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Oracle Cloud vs OneStream: Implementation Efforts

Implementation timelines have been drastically reduced as we shift to a Cloud-first approach. This is largely due to Oracle’s investment in Cloud EPM preconfigured templates that leverage decades of best practices dating back to the original Hyperion days. For Cloud EPM, most of the projects we see fall between 12-24 weeks, while OneStream, for example, is typically 9 months or longer. Oracle’s emphasis on configuration over customization means that our consulting teams can focus on Business User requirements and preferences. Rather than relying on a technical IT resource, Oracle’s solutions enable users to build and maintain the application with VB Net code and a Windows Server.

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Oracle Cloud's Implementation Duration

OneStream's Implementation Duration

Oracle Cloud vs OneStream: Platform Upgrades

OneStream still operates under a similar implementation model to Hyperion on-premise. OneStream is hosted on Microsoft Azure, IT is still largely involved in maintaining the application and upgrading the tool as an organization evolves across time. On the other hand, Oracle offloads the complexity of installing hardware and servers enabling the business to focus on the task at hand. Automatic monthly updates continually invest in the pre-configured frameworks native to the tool. Therefore, your team can think less about the pipes and more about the faucet.

“Our close process will be much more automated with the implementation of Oracle EPM Cloud. It will save us a lot of time each month.”

Wade Bitter

Chief Accounting Officer, NCS Multistage

Organizations Upgrading From Hyperion

Oracle’s ownership of Essbase technology creates the simplest path forward for Hyperion customers to migrate to Cloud EPM. The best practice frameworks included in the application have been intentionally designed to migrate common customizations from Hyperion applications. For legacy Hyperion users – the same multi-dimensionality functionality still exists today both in the Cloud tool and storied Smart View plugin. At EPMI, we like to say Cloud EPM is “flexible in the right places.” The tool gives finance and accounting teams the ability to report their consolidated financials and forecast data in alternate data hierarchies.

The Benefits of Upgrading to Oracle Cloud EPM

Oracle's Value of EPM Survey 2020 stats
Oracle's Value of EPM Survey 2020 HFM to EPM

Customer Community & User Feedback

The Oracle user community is the most active group of finance and accounting professionals out of any SaaS vendor in the marketplace today. With over 220,000 members on Cloud Customer Connect, the public brain trust available to all Oracle users dwarfs the rest of the players in the space. The product management team at Oracle regularly reviews user feedback to drive product direction. Additionally, all of Oracle’s technical documentation is public-facing, so, with Oracle Cloud EPM, “you can just google it.”

Conclusion: The Premier EPM Solution

For customers deciding between Oracle Cloud EPM and OneStream, there are key considerations. Oracle Cloud EPM’s time to value is much shorter due to its streamlined implementation timeline. Additionally, Oracle’s platform upgrades and feature releases are iterative, frequent, and user-focused giving organizations more flexibility with the tool. For current Hyperion customers, Oracle forges the easiest path forward to upgrading to the Cloud. From Oracle’s data hierarchy management system to its user community, Oracle Cloud EPM is the premier solution in the EPM marketplace. Across all industries, Oracle’s impact on the office of the CFO dominates the competition in their niche EPM offerings.