9 Hyperion System Changes You Didn’t Know You Could See
Author: Chuck Czajkowski | | October 2, 2019
Far too many companies treat their Oracle Hyperion deployment as a “black box”: a technology that provides very little visibility into what’s going on below the surface. This is especially problematic when it comes to tracking down unauthorized changes in your IT environment that can incur fines and penalties during an audit.
Yet the truth is that Oracle Hyperion actually has a great deal of insight to show you—as long as you have the ability to see it.
That’s why Datavail’s Accelatis platform for application performance management (APM) was created. Accelatis is custom-built to view and track changes in Hyperion so that you always stay on top of what’s happening in your deployment.
Below, we’ll discuss 9 ways that Accelatis can keep you informed about what’s going on in Oracle Hyperion.
1. Automatic notifications
Some files and data in your system are just too important or too sensitive for users to be modifying them on a regular basis. With Accelatis, you can automatically send email notifications to the appropriate people (such as system administrators) whenever a given file is altered, so that they can inspect the changes and take action if necessary.
2. Detecting baseline changes
In the world of IT, the “baseline” is a static snapshot of a codebase at a specific point in time. Baseline source code may change for many reasons—both good reasons (such as software patches) and bad reasons (such as tampering with the codebase). No matter why the baseline is modified, Accelatis can detect these changes and let you know about them.
3. Tracking changes to file content and artifacts
Auxiliary file types like configuration files, control files, and database artifacts also need to be monitored for unauthorized changes. Accelatis can alert you when users make edits to these files and highlight the specific differences between versions.
4. Point-in-time artifact comparisons
One of Accelatis’ most useful features is the ability to revert to a file’s past state at a given point in time. Whenever users change a file that Accelatis is tracking, the software makes an archive of the file’s previous version in a historical database that you can peruse at your convenience.
5. Time-based comparisons
Accelatis can compare not only multiple versions of the same file, but also multiple versions of your entire Hyperion environment between two given points in time. This gives you insight into both changes that shouldn’t have occurred and also changes that didn’t occur (but should have).
6. Change authorship
Finding the user responsible for a given change in Oracle Hyperion (and understanding why they did it in the first place) can require a great deal of effort—unless you have the right tools for the job. With Accelatis, you can easily see who is responsible for the modifications you’re interested in, which improves accountability and transparency.
7. Change authorization
Knowing who’s responsible for modifying a file is one thing; knowing whether they were allowed to do it is something else entirely. Fortunately, Accelatis gives you insight into both of these concerns. By comparing the population of changes in your financial systems to the corresponding data in your change control systems, you can make sure that a given change has actually been authorized.
8. Enhanced root cause analysis
Root cause analysis (RCA) is a crucial IT troubleshooting practice that helps you find the underlying source of a problem in your environment. Accelatis simultaneously keeps track of CPU usage, memory usage, log data, and user activities. By viewing these graphs side-by-side, it’s easier to discover if certain actions have led to your recent performance issues.
9. Reporting and real-time alerting
Using Accelatis, you can decide which changes to your Hyperion environment merit a real-time notification, and which ones should simply be cataloged for later examination. Key stakeholders can view a summary of these changes in reports that are automatically generated at weekly, monthly, or quarterly intervals.
Want to learn more about how Accelatis can dramatically improve your IT visibility and accountability? Download our white paper, You Did What?? See Changes in Your FP&A and Close Systems (Before the Auditors Do).
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