PBCS vs. EPBCS: 3 Factors to Consider

Ask anyone: it’s difficult to track all the latest technology updates. With new releases of PBCS (Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service) and EPBCS (Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service) coming to market regularly, Planning and Budgeting teams are left scrambling to see which tool better suits their current and future needs. We could go into details comparing the two but frankly, most of the more technical features are very similar and should not be on top of your evaluation criteria list when making a purchasing decision.

Both have ASO and BSO plan types, offering one application and two environments per subscription. Both use EPM automate utility for data integration with the outside world and both have Data Management adapters for connecting to EBS or Oracle Financials via open URL.

Basically, everything you find in PBCS you will find in EPBCS. So, then, what are the main deciding factors should be especially for someone who does not want to investigate all the features and functionality given to EPBCS which do not exist in PBCS out-of-the-box?

In my opinion, the three main deciding factors for any organization looking to be in the cloud with Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting offering should be:

  1. Migrating or starting fresh
  2. Resources
  3. Price

Let’s go and briefly elaborate on these criteria:

  • If you are currently using Hyperion Planning and looking or being forced to migrate to the cloud, then go with PBCS. Most likely you will use LCM (Life Cycle) utility to migrate most of your existing objects into the cloud. You will not end up utilizing most of EPBCS add-ons and pre-built objects because most of them will be migrated from your current on-premise environment. On the other hand, if you do not have Oracle Planning and Budgeting solution to migrate and starting fresh, that may be a good excuse to go with EPBCS and save some time and possibly money on developing forms and reports which prepackaged with EPBCS framework.
  • Sometimes having a one skillful Hyperion administrator is not going to cut it to migrate an outdated application to the cloud and then develop new forms and reports in PBCS. On the other hand, if you have several people with the right skillset to develop Planning and Budgeting applications along with forms and reports and outline modifications, you may want to save some money and get on board with PBCS and dedicate those resources for building your fully custom application in the cloud.
  • Speaking of cost, PBCS subscription will cost you around $120 per month per user while EPBCS subscription will be double that. It is important to do the math to see which option is a better fit in terms of your company’s budget allocated for such a project. It is not uncommon when after performing a thorough cost-benefit analysis, companies decide to stay on-premise as long as they can as total cost of all user licenses, migration projects expenses, training and add-on components outweigh the costs of continuing with on-premise system, well at least while Oracle continues to support it.

A major system upgrade can have lasting effects if you don’t take into consideration your current and future state needs. If you have questions, our team can always assist in your decision process.

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