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Oracle EPM Cloud

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Likelihood to Recommend

BlackLine

BlackLine is well suited for an organization dealing with high volumes of data or with multiple divisions seeking for integrated reporting and more dynamic analysis and data tracking. It may not be as appropriate for smaller companies with manageable data requirements. Much of the functionality that BlackLine offers may be found as part of a company's existing software packages, though perhaps not with as much functionality or customizability.
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Oracle EPM Cloud

It is well suited in a geographically distributed environment where you have various key participants in multiple time zones providing input and necessary explanations on performance and measured successIt is less appropriate where you have a single office environment with a single finance department working together.It is also less suited when the GL is NOT an Oracle product and the interface between the GL and the reporting software needs to be implemented with utmost care and handling.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
6.5
Pixel Perfect reports
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.1
Customizable dashboards
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
5.7
Report Formatting Templates
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
5.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.0
Drill-down analysis
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.0
Formatting capabilities
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.2
Publish to Web
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.0
Publish to PDF
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.8
Report Versioning
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
5.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
5.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
5.3
Predictive Analytics
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
5.7

Access Control and Security

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
6.2
Dedicated Android Application
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.2

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.4
Long-term financial planning
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.6
Financial budgeting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.6
Forecasting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.1
Scenario modeling
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.4
Management reporting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.5

Consolidation and Close

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.7
Financial data consolidation
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.8
Journal entries and reports
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.3
Multi-currency management
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.6
Intercompany Eliminations
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.8
Minority Ownership
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.5
Local and consolidated reporting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.4
Detailed Audit Trails
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.1

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.1
Financial Statement Reporting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.4
Management Reporting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.4
Excel-based Reporting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.3
Automated board and financial reporting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.1
XBRL support for regulatory filing
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.3

Analytics

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.2
Personalized dashboards
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.1
Color-coded scorecards
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
6.7
KPIs
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.4
Cost and profitability analysis
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
5.8
Key Performance Indicator setting
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.6
Benchmarking with external data
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.5

Integration

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.0
Flat file integration
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.1
Excel data integration
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.7
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.3

Pros

BlackLine

  • Task Management is straightforward. Ownership, review, and approval are straightforward and pretty easy to configure and follow.
  • Account Reconciliation works similarly. Supporting documents can be attached to a given rec to ease the audit. If balances change after approved, the approval is peeled back.
  • Integration with our financial system works seamlessly. Configured to run every 4 hours each day, it's helpful to know even when balances change, BlackLine is up-to-date.
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Oracle EPM Cloud

  • Account Reconciliation CLoud Services provides tight integration with Oracle R12 and 11i . Provides drillback capability. It is flexible and provides rich functionality to users.
  • We have implemented ARCS on cloud and migrated planning and budgeting from On premise to PBCS and EPBCS. Functionality is onpar with onpremise. Provides regular updates monthly
  • We don't need to upgrades every year and saved a lot on Hardware.
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Cons

BlackLine

  • Workflow tracking capability in the Compliance module.
  • The worksheet that is a UDF in the Compliance module could have better functionality. It doesn't have all the capabilities of true Excel, so we don't currently use it. It would be great if we could copy information (including formulas and formatting) into the worksheet.
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Oracle EPM Cloud

  • The limitation of constrained out of the box dimensions that requires ripping the initial implementation to add the new dimensions is a major drawback.
  • Smartview interface is cumbersome for many.
  • The only financial adapter is available for integration for other modules we have to go with file-based uploads which is cumbersome and not real-time.
  • It is very costly in terms of licensing unlike other Oracle products.
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Likelihood to Renew

BlackLine

BlackLine 8.6
Based on 6 answers
The Blackline team is very innovative and allows coming out with new releases and finding ways to keep up with technology. They really listen to their customers for product improvements.
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Oracle EPM Cloud

Oracle EPM Cloud 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The product has made a difference in the way we run our operations
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Usability

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.1
Based on 3 answers
This product is so user friendly. The support staff is so easy to work back & forth with on the blackline community site. The journal module is very easy to master & start using immediately. The account recon module is as well and very user friendly. I would recommend this product to anyone
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Oracle EPM Cloud

Oracle EPM Cloud 8.0
Based on 1 answer
EPM usability is good in some modules but needs some improvement in others
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Reliability and Availability

BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle EPM Cloud

Oracle EPM Cloud 10.0
Based on 1 answer
EPM has been so far available all the time
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Performance

BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle EPM Cloud

Oracle EPM Cloud 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The product performance is so far very good
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Support

BlackLine

BlackLine 8.0
Based on 65 answers
I have not had to use support directly outside of Blackline U and the community (which is very effective!). I have been told by our main administrator who directed the implementation that he is extremely pleased with the support provided - especially as compared to other companies we have support contracts with.
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Oracle EPM Cloud

Oracle EPM Cloud 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Support from our implementation partner is a 10/10, but support from Oracle is awful. Case in point: recently over a 2-day period, there were a series of intermittent outages. Oracle actually asked US for the outage time-stamps. I would have thought that, since we were paying them, they should probably be able to tell us!
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Implementation

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Change is something you deal with on any new implementation. Users were already experienced with SAP Gen template. This was a new way of doing things so education of everyone was critical to success. Selling folks on this was an easier way to do their job was the key to success
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Oracle EPM Cloud

Oracle EPM Cloud 7.8
Based on 16 answers
I suggest doubling the time to implement from the initial quote you get from the Sales team. That's always been the case for me for multiple EPMs now. The out-of-the-box functionality of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud is pretty robust so I appreciate that and it really helped us get the ball rolling quickly.
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Alternatives Considered

BlackLine

BlackLine showed a commitment to continuous innovation and improvement of their product. We are on this accounting transformation journey for the long-haul and we need a business partner that is committed to finding solutions to our problems - Including our problems today and our problems next year. BlackLine has a deep support team and an extensive online training resource that assists with onboarding.
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Oracle EPM Cloud

We used to use Prophix before we switched over to Oracle EPM Cloud. In general, Oracle EPM Cloud and Prophix have similar feature offerings, but Oracle EPM takes advantage of the current major leading technologies. We chose EPM Cloud since we needed to access the Cloud through a web-based client. However, I would say that Prophix out performs Oracle EPM Cloud in terms of it's customer support service and abundance of integrations
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Scalability

BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle EPM Cloud

Oracle EPM Cloud 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The product is scalable
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Return on Investment

BlackLine

  • Matching for bank recs had the biggest impact, as it provided time savings of over 500 hours a month for a total of 30 accountants.
  • It improved our internal controls by having all accounts tracked, properly approved, all supporting documents attached, which helped to get them reconciled timely.
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Oracle EPM Cloud

  • Our users currently finds the product cumbersome to use and don't like the UI & webforms
  • eliminated the need to manual consolidate excel templates, thereby reducing risk.
  • Smartview allows FPA team to pull data out of the system very easily & perform their own analyses
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Pricing Details

BlackLine

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Oracle EPM Cloud

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BlackLine
8.9
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

BlackLine
8.6
Oracle EPM Cloud
9.0

Usability

BlackLine
9.1
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.0

Reliability and Availability

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
10.0

Performance

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
9.0

Support

BlackLine
8.0
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.0

Implementation

BlackLine
9.1
Oracle EPM Cloud
7.8

Scalability

BlackLine
Oracle EPM Cloud
8.0

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