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Over the years we have featured numerous posts on technical how-tos, tips & tricks and insights from our consultants out in the field. Going into 2018 we are looking forward to expanding on our topics and will include more business-process articles, client successes, event presentations and more! And in case you missed some of these, we thought you might like to see what the most popular technical posts have been to date:

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A quick look around the software industry today will show even the most casual observer of trends that things have changed, and changed quickly. Not so long ago most software projects were complex entities that required the involvement of both the business and IT resources. Many large implementations were driven by IT as most projects required large hardware and software investments. There was a requirement for significant IT investments, in both time and resources, to get the systems installed, tuned, and to keep them running and functioning. The move to Software-as-a-Service has allowed many departments to deploy software in a much quicker, and less IT driven process. So from a business perspective, the good news is that IT is gone, right? You no longer have a need to open tickets, wait on the server guy, or even worry about what the hardware is doing…or do you?

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Regular readers of my blog posts will know that I like to spend a fair amount of space talking about the ‘how’s’ of owning and managing an EPM system. In all honesty, anyone can purchase a software solution, and many companies do, but the real test comes during implementation and support. Over my many years of consulting I’ve noticed that clients who enter the implementation stage with a support and maintenance plan already in mind tend to be more successful. The same success also follows clients who start a project with some sort of future product lifecycle in mind.  But what happens when your company hasn’t had the luxury of time to be proactive, or if you have inherited a system that is out of date through an acquisition, or being used for cross-purposes? Now is the time to have an open conversation around these intricacies. The following article, and a Q&A panel I am hosting next week hope to answer some of those questions. So here are some opening thoughts to get the dialogue rolling:

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It’s not uncommon these days to load balance the HTTP layer for the EPM Stack. This includes using a virtual ip address or ‘VIP’. Many of our clients are also implementing SSL offloading at the VIP.  When using SSL, sometimes EAS will fail to load the EAS Console correctly. It will usually show an error with three possible bad URLs.

  • a URL that is not SSL
  • or the URL may not use the correct VIP address
  • or the URL may even be pointed to the default 10080 port

To force EAS to always call back to the correct SSL address, you can add a java argument for EAS “-DEAS_FE_URL.”

In Unix Environments:

The java argument should be added to the set CustomParamatersEssbaseAdminServices.sh (or bat). The file is found in the EPM_INSTANCE/bin/deploymentScripts/ directory. The argument can be added directly into “JAVA_OPTIONS” section of the file, or as its own entry. I prefer a separate entry so I can better see it has actually been applied.

I add these lines in the file:

They can be added at the top or the bottom of the file.

In Windows Environments:

The java argument should be added appropriately in the Windows Registry.

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In the previous part of this blog series we shared three little known points around Exalytics. These discoveries were learned while implementing some of the largest North American deployments of Exalytics. These blogs are meant to be the precursor for a webinar around the entire topic of Exalytics. You can find the first blog here, the following four points are the second part of our open discussion.

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We’ve seen remarkable change in the last two years. For example, 2015 was a record year for mergers and acquisitions. Altogether M&A volume hit an all-time high of over $5 trillion, surpassing 2007’s record of $4.6 trillion. 

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In a few weeks time Ill be delivering a webinar about Oracle Exalytics.  The goal of the webinar won’t be to encourage you to run out and buy an Exalytics server, but rather to educate the public on the pros and cons of Exalytics.  As the EPM Infrastructure Practice Manager at CheckPoint, I and my team have been engaged with two of the largest ongoing Exalytics implementations in North America. We have a number of lessons learned about Exalytics and its surrounding technologies, such as ZFS and Exadata. 

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Since the release of HFM 11.1.2.4, and its change in architecture, many of the utilities that HFM administrators had come to know and love were deprecated from the product. One of the most popular of these utilities was the standalone Copy Application utility. This utility allowed you to do a direct, DB level copy of an HFM application from one environment to another, regardless of the version (you could upgrade the application after the copy) and DB type (in the most recent versions of the utility). It copied all application table contents between the environments, without a need to reload or re-consolidate data. All you needed were two UDLs created on the server that contained the utility, one pointing to the source HFM DB server and one pointing to the destination HFM DB server.

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In the first part of this blog I discussed the dilemma facing decision makers as they look to the future of EPM within their environments.   I discussed the myriad of choices the modern CIO faces with ‘how’ and ‘where’ to deploy a Hyperion EPM solution.   I covered the ideas of TPS (Time, Place, Source) and gave same insight into the value of delivering more within each of those categories than has been traditional.  Today I’m here to talk about how we go about achieving that.

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Running a business of any size has many challenges and rewards. When we founded CheckPoint Consulting ten years ago, the market that we served and the general business landscape looked very different than it does today. As we were building the company we experienced the explosive growth of social media, the economic meltdown in 2008, the advent of big data, the ever-increasing demand for cloud-based solutions and many more factors that dramatically changed our service portfolio and also how we ran the company. While, as a growing consultancy, we experienced these challenges and opportunities in our own way, we reminded ourselves that our customers were also experiencing them. This awareness is at the core of our success – we understand that how we experience the market impacts the solutions we provide to our customers.

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