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Financial Close Manager

FCM

What is Financial Close Manager?

Financial Close Manager is one of two modules that make up the Oracle / Hyperion Financial Close Management Suite

  • Financial Close Manager (FCM) is a web-based tool that centralizes activities that make up an organization's financial close cycle
  • FCM streamlines the process of managing all of these close tasks
  • Allows direct access to the application(s) required to complete the tasks (via an interactive list or calendar)
  • Provides workflow processing to validate that the tasks have been completed properly
  • The interface is comprised of easy to use and filter schedules, dashboards, and calendars

These activities include, but are not limited to: Transactional (General or Sub-Ledger), Consolidation (i.e. - HFM), and Reporting

Key Features of Financial Close Manager

  • Task Scheduling and Management Feature for prioritizing and monitoring close tasks
  • Pre-built dashboards (via Web Interface) with customized views for managing and tracking the financial close
  • Interactive Calendars and task lists that can be used to launch applications (such as HFM, FDM) for task management
  • Security based on user task (via Calendar, Task List, Gantt Chart)
  • Task Automation to schedule various tasks without user interaction (via Integrations)
  • Calendars roll-forward to keep continuity with prior year reporting
  • Integration with Microsoft Outlook

Process Setup Components

  • Setup Security, Periods, Years, Custom Attributes, Alert Types
  • Setup Integrations for Links to External Applications
  • Define Tasks for a Close Process - setup Task Types
  • Define Dashboard views
  • Create / Update Templates (and Validate) with repeatable close tasks
  • Setup / Update Schedule by pulling from a template and assigning Calendar dates - the Administrator changes schedule status from "Pending" to "Open"
  • Process begins - shown on following slides
  • Once a task is complete and submission is completed - notification sent to approver for review. Once approved, status is set to "Closed" automatically and next Task begins
  • If various alerts are required, the User will activate the alert and proper assignee for resolution is notified
  • Report Binder is generated for descriptions of completed tasks and audit information

User Process Scenario - via E-mail

The user receives an email notification of an outstanding task

  • The user receives an email notification of an outstanding task
  • From the email, the user selects the link for the page where the required process is documented
  • The user reviews the instructions for the task and selects the Go to Task link in the Task Actions page to launch Financial Data Management
  • The user extracts data through Financial Data Management and loads it to Financial Management
  • When the task is completed, the user returns to the Task Actions page in Financial Close Management
  • The user enters a comment about the task, answers any required questions before submitting and submits it for approval

User Process Scenario - via FCM

The user receives an email notification of an outstanding task

  • The user logs on to Financial Close Management and reviews the tasks displayed in the Dashboard in the My Worklist portlet
  • The user clicks the link for an assigned task
  • The Task Actions page is launched with instructions for the task, and a reference document (any attached document)
  • The user reviews the instructions and the reference document, processes the updates, enters a comment about the task, and submits it for approval
  • The system automatically updates the task status and sends a notification to the assigned approver
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