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Hyperion Planning -- Implementation Pitfalls to Avoid?

What one thing would you have done differently in implementing Hyperion Planning? It might be something technical, or something involving getting buy-in, or how you worked with your vendor... or really anything. But if you could have done just one thing differently, what would it have been?

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Patrick Dunne
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Milk Source
(Chief Financial Officer, Milk Source) |

Don't buy it. I consider Hyperion Planning overpriced.

Shawn DeBoer
Title: Business Technology and Planning Directo..
Company: American Family Insurance
(Business Technology and Planning Director, American Family Insurance) |

Agree with Patrick. Overpriced and architecture is overly complicated. Lots of potential functionality to be sure, but at what TCO vs. benefits realized?

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Karoline Mello
Title: Director, FP&A
Company: Apollo Group
(Director, FP&A, Apollo Group) |

Get out a big marker board and design architecture that supports the end users. Draw it all out. What will be the parent/child hierarchies? What level of detail will you enter? Will every cost center look the same? Form a team of people and get input – which will get you buy in.
The decisions about versions, time, cost center, to forecast W&S by job codes, or head count, or individuals, all should be thought through carefully. My advise – spend three times more than your implementation time line planning out all the details.

Lawrence Serven
Title: Director
Company: KPMG
(Director, KPMG) |

<> Great advice Karoline

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