Cornell University Completes its Hyperion Migration in Record Time

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Cornell University plans to utilize Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and OBIEE to increase reporting satisfaction.

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Cornell University announced the successful completion of its migration from Oracle Hyperion Version 8 to Oracle EPM 11. The migration was managed and conducted by Velaris, Cornell’s selected partner, who worked with Cornell’s internal IT team to complete the migration in seven weeks!

Tony Damiani, Assistant Director, Data Operations at Cornell, noted that, “By using Velaris and their proven migration methodology, our project was never in jeopardy. The process started with a Health Check Assessment which provided an in depth review of Cornell’s current architecture. Once the strategy was agreed upon, Velaris executed the migration and conducted knowledge transfer sessions with the technical staff.”

Tony had this to say about the effort: “I wanted to say thank you to everyone for pulling this off in a seven week window. It took a lot of teamwork to make this happen so smoothly. It has been quiet since go-live, and so we can declare this project a success! We will have continued support from Velaris for the next few months if we encounter any issues, so I am confident that with Velaris Support and our support team we can chase down any challenges.”

Doug Scheidig, Senior Systems Engineer at Velaris, pointed out the value of a strong partnership with Tony Damiani and his team. “Working with the team of Cornell was terrific. We were able to provide technical requirements and suggest Best Practices, and Cornell was able to execute each item in their own environment in a very timely manner,” he said. “One of the keys to this successful project was the Health Check Assessment because it provided insight into Cornell’s current reporting environment. We were able to take the results and create a project plan to ensure success.”

David Koehler, Director Information Systems at Cornell, stated that, “This was an impressive amount of quality work in a compressed time frame.”

Velaris Support Services were developed for Oracle/Hyperion BI clients to assist with the support and administration of a constantly evolving BI environment. As clients migrate from Version 8 to System 9 or 11 and eventually to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Plus (OBIEE+), many do not have the in-house resources with the experience and skill set required to maintain the new environment. Velaris provides a support team with the necessary skill set at a fraction of the investment of adding additional head-count or an onsite consultant.

The project with Cornell University marks the eighth Higher Education institution that has engaged with Velaris in the past 12 months. As Higher Education continues to deal with budget constraints, they are searching for new and innovative ways to achieve their goals. Velaris’ services offering provides cost-effective and flexible options that help institutions advance their technology environments during challenging times.

Velaris provides Business Intelligence consulting services for commercial, government, and higher education clients. Leveraging more than 15 years’ experience as a leading IT consulting organization, Velaris has established partnerships with top BI vendors and led hundreds of engagements with top-tier organizations. Velaris delivers a comprehensive suite of capabilities that help clients migrate to new product releases, effectively maintain and administer their system, create more sophisticated reports, and provide end-user training.

Velaris has implemented over 200 data warehouses, created over 10,000 reports for more than 50,000 users, and has trained over 20,000 users in the last 10 years. Velaris is committed to client satisfaction, with a focus on exceeding client expectations and building long-term relationships. Velaris has delivered an annual repeat business rate of 94% for over 15 years.

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Once called "the first American university" by educational historian Frederick Rudolph, Cornell University represents a distinctive mix of eminent scholarship and democratic ideals. Adding practical subjects to the classics and admitting qualified students regardless of nationality, race, social circumstance, gender, or religion was quite a departure when Cornell was founded in 1865.

Today's Cornell reflects this heritage of egalitarian excellence. It is home to the nation's first colleges devoted to hotel administration, industrial and labor relations, and veterinary medicine. Both a private university and the land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University is the most educationally diverse member of the Ivy League.

On the Ithaca campus alone nearly 20,000 students representing every state and 120 countries choose from among 4,000 courses in 11 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. Many undergraduates participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary programs, play meaningful roles in original research, and study in Cornell programs in Washington, New York City, and the world over.

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