The founders of Absolute EPM have over
20 years of experience in providing
performance management solutions
Who We Are...
The founders of Absolute EPM have over 20 years of experience in providing performance management solutions. The founders started their careers in finance roles, where they were usually the drivers for improvements in financial processes, which eventually led to their involvement in the delivery of Enterprise Performance Management solutions. From starting out as clients, the founders have then moved on to developing best practices in the implementation of Oracle Hyperion EPM by working directly as implementation consultants for Hyperion and then Oracle.
As well as being highly experienced & vendor certified implementation experts in the software that they deliver, our consultants are also qualified finance professionals.
They are therefore able to provide a strong mix of both technical and functional expertise that maximises the effectiveness of our client engagements.
Our consultants have experience of delivering budgeting and planning solutions in a wide range of industries including, retail, pharmaceuticals, travel, health care services, financial services, engineering, entertainment, media, publishing, professional services, manufacturing and government. We also have experience of delivering projects across the UK, Europe and the US.
The Management Team
Andrew is a highly experienced EPM consultant and is a Chartered Management Accountant. He undertook various finance roles in financial services before joining Hyperion Solutions in 2000.
At Hyperion and then Oracle following its acquisition of Hyperion, he worked as an implementation consultant advising, assisting and leading client engagements and providing subject matter leadership to partners.
At Hyperion he was a pioneer in the early days of Hyperion Planning. As a Principal Consultant and the UK domain lead for Hyperion Planning, he was responsible for establishing and disseminating best practice as well as developing and mentoring colleagues.
After 9 years at Hyperion and Oracle he then worked as the Hyperion Capability Lead at a Global SI before founding Absolute EPM.
Anthony is a highly skilled Oracle EPM Professional and Chartered Management Accountant, with a high level of experience in leading and implementing Oracle Hyperion Planning and Essbase in a variety of industries and roles.
Anthony started out within finance and has worked his way up through various finance roles before joining Oracle in 2008. During this time he has on a number of occasions been a driving force behind implementing more streamlined financial management processes.
Within Oracle he worked in the EPM Consulting team as an implementation consultant during which time he established an impressive track record in delivering large EPM solutions into global organisations. Anthony has since worked within one of the big 4 accounting firms and an Oracle Platinum partner before joining Absolute EPM.
With his background as a Chartered Management Accountant he brings together extensive functional and commercial experience and deep technical knowledge of Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Essbase.
We believe that having the same core team engaged throughout
the project is essential to avoid the unnecessary miscommunications
and inefficiencies that can arise from an ever changing team.
Delivering a sustainable solution
Our aim is deliver a solution that delivers real business benefit and a solution that is sustainable, low maintenance and performs to your expectations.
Most importantly we aim to deliver a solution that allows you to focus on your business.
The most important commitments from us to you is that we will only provide fully certified implementation experts for your engagement. All of our consultants on joining Absolute EPM are required to pass the required Implementation Certification exams prior to being deployed on site.
Also another important factor is that our lead consultants are required to come from a Finance background and are either qualified Chartered Management Accountants, or come with a vast amount of finance experience and especially in the areas of FP&A.
We won’t over commit & under deliver
Our extensive experience in Oracle Hyperion Planning means that we usually know what works and what doesn’t work, so we are not scared to say no when a particular requirement may risk the success of the overall project.
There will be times when we are not the experts in a particular area, but we will likely be able to approach one of our partners and work with you to find a solution. By taking this approach you will always have the experts on the ground who knows exactly what they doing.
Absolute EPM have a proven delivery methodology derived from our experiences of delivering EPM solutions which bring together what we consider to be the best practice framework that can be applied to any implementation.
We also take the approach that on larger projects it is better to deliver in phases, rather than trying to take on the world. This approach realises business benefits earlier and also gets buy in from key stakeholders and budget holders
Absolute EPM's 5D Methodology
The primary objectives of the define phase is to successfully set out the project roadmap, scope, business/technical requirements and key business objectives of the new solution. A proven approach will be used to capture the information with the end goal being that both the business and project implementation team understand both the functional and technical requirements prior to moving into the design phase.
This phase matches the technology features and capabilities to the detailed business requirements through prototyping and design workshops. The key output from this phase is the Technical Design Specification and the Application Setup Documentation, there will also be a prototype developed that the users would have seen and accepted prior to starting build
This phase is where the development of the application as per the system design takes place. One of the key components though is that throughout the phase there is regular business review and acceptance back to the agreed requirements.
This is where the users are delivered an application ready for them to train on, test and accept based on the business core objectives. This is carried out by the execution of the test plan such that the application matches the business requirements and objectives.
This phase is where the application is finally released into production and post-project support is provided to enable a smooth user transition.