A n00b’s OneStream Journey No. 3 — OneStream XF Relational Blending 101, part 1

Introduction

This post is proof that my quite meager salesmanship skills are sometimes successful in convincing others to do my work. This time round, that means that my colleague Mike Gialanella agreed to write a guest post on XF’s relational blending. Thanks, Mike, for giving me the week off. And oh yeah, Gentle Reader, you too should thank Mike for writing about a really exciting and unique tool bit of functionality.

And with that, heeeeeerrrreeee’s Mike.

XF Relational Blending 101

When Cameron Lackpour asks you to write a guest blog post, the answer is yes. It is one of those things that you just can’t say no to. If Santa Claus asked you to deliver Christmas presents to kids-in-need, you would need an incredibly good reason to decline such a request.

XF networking event Nov 2017. Me on the right, Santa on the left.

So, for all you technical and finance experts that are attracted to Cameron’s wit and wisdom this blog, here’s my best-most-humble effort to deliver, by request of the man Cameron himself…. here you go:

OneStream XF is a unified SmartCPMTM platform solution, it is not a siloed set of solutions that are fused together.

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A n00b’s OneStream Journey No. 1 – Dr OneStream or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Infrastructure

Infrastructure and Me

Yr. Evr. Lyl. & Fthfl. Svt. and infrastructure have a relationship: I must be able to install the software I work with else I take up ditch digging and yet at the same time I’m pretty dire at it and I hate it. Do I hate it because I’m bad at it or am I bad at it because I hate it? Does the reason even matter? It’s complicated.

However, I’ve moved on to a new CPM platform so perhaps things will be better. I was told this week that anyone (the actual example was: anything aka a can of soda pop) can install. And yet I know that installing Office 2016 just the way I wanted literally took me a weekend. Talk about complicated.

And yet, and yet…a new release of OneStream came out on the 18th of October and by the 19th of the same month and year I simply had to have it, cf. my aversion to manual trench excavation. Buoyed by what might be wildly misplaced optimism on my part, I decided to try the 4.1 to 4.2 install. How hard could it be? After all, the upgrade instructions

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This blog’s introduction

History

 

Can it be Cameron? Can it?

Without beating about the bush, I practised in the Oracle Essbase/Planning/ODI world for more years than I really care to remember. 1994 doesn’t seem all that long ago but I’ve had conversations with many who look at me aghast when they figure out how long that’s been till date: for those of you who struggle with math, that’s 24 years and counting as of this writing. In technology terms, that’s several lifetimes. It was, and has been, time for me to move on and I have, to OneStream Software.

As I noted before, you may be hearing pins drop. But it’s true, I promise you that.

The ground rules

As I’ve done in the past, I’m going to write about technology, problems, and how the former fixes the latter. I’ve been told that I have a…unique style. Or something. I certainly have a voice (ooh, if only my Faulkner professors would read this), and definitely have a point of view. With that, here’s what this blog will and won’t be.

The will

Information

Knowledge sharing is the only point to this blog for you or for me. I’m new to OneStream XF …

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