A little background before I jump to Enterprise Performance Management– one day when I returned home from a business trip when my son was about 6 months old, I noticed that he had lined up all his toys that had wheels in a straight line across the floor of our family room. It was therefore no shock that as he has grown into a teenager, his love for cars has grown in equal measure. He earned his driver’s license on his 16th birthday, and my admiration, when he used money earned from his landscaping job to buy his first car.
Like many first cars, the vehicle he bought for $1,400 is a 12-year-old high mileage hatchback. So, he has learned the necessary skills to maintain it and is obsessed with getting every bit of performance out of it - that his limited budget allows. He continues to save more money to put toward incremental improvements to the suspension and steering, and to increase the power of the engine. I asked him recently when he will be satisfied and his answer was, “When it runs like new.”
That got me thinking in a different direction.
In the Oracle Hyperion consulting business, we often run into cases where organizations have a planning or reporting solution that no longer runs like new. They often get frustrated because they can still remember when the system’s reports refreshed quickly, calculations ran faster, and, like a new car, everything else was just smoother. The horsepower just isn’t there anymore.Read More