Format : Interview
Today’s Guest: Koti Reddy
Koti Reddy is a Senior Consultant and Corporate trainer in BI Practice.
He holds a Masters in Computer Applications with around 15 years of experience in implementing Hyperion Essbase, HFM and Hyperion Planning in multiple geographical regions.
He is a Subject-Matter-Expert in Hyperion Essbase. He is a trainer and a blogger.
Koti resides in Bangalore with his beautiful family.
He is also the owner of http://www.bitrainingicon.com/
Today we will have a chat with Koti Reddy and learn from him all about Hyperion Essbase and how to become an expert in the application.
Chandraish: Koti, thank you for joining us and sparing some time for us from your busy schedule.
Thanks Chandraish for inviting me for this meet.
Chandraish: First of all, I would like to understand what Hyperion Essbase is all about.
I get this question from many prospective students, so please give us some details on Hyperion Essbase.
Hyperion refers to a suite of enterprise performance management software. It is currently owned and updated by Oracle. Hyperion has 3 key products
- Hyperion Essbase
- Hyperion Planning
- Hyperion Financial management
Chandraish: How is Hyperion different from tools like IBM Cognos?
Both Hyperion and Cognos develop targeted solutions for specific clients.
Hyperion is for Middle-sized Organizations. It is designed to help financial users and managers with financial reporting and analytics, and can be implemented on a single computer or servers with limited support from the IT department. Hyperion tool has built-in features for human resources, finance, sales, marketing, project management and customer service departments.
IBM Cognos has its own dedicated solutions for small to middle size companies. Cognos Express has four specific modules for reporting, analysis, optimization and planning. Cognos Express comes preconfigured to help ease the installation process.
Hyperion is more user friendly compare to Cognos.
Chandraish: What is the advantage of using Hyperion Essbase over other tools?
Hyperion Essbase is a Multi-dimensional database.
Includes more than 300 prebuilt, out-of-the-box functions.
Accelerates complex business model development.
Requires only a single point of maintenance to manage data and business rules.
Gives users an extensive choice of interfaces, including Microsoft Office and Oracle reporting tools.
Quick and easy to develop, an analytic application that can forecast likely business performance levels.
Chandraish: Can we create dashboards and reports in Hyperion?
Yes, we can create dashboards, reports and adhoc reports using Excel add in.
Chandraish: What career option can a person get after learning Hyperion/Essbase?
All Oracle financial applications are converted to Hyperion Essbase. Financial, insurance, sales and health sectors are moving to Hyperion Essbase.
The career options are very bright for the next 15 years.
Chandraish: What are some of the prerequisites to learn Hyperion Essbase?
Basics of Computer science is enough to start in Hyperion Essbase.
Chandraish: Many people have this thought that IT or computer science is very tough. What’s your idea on that?
How hard it is to learn Hyperion Essbase?
Hyperion Essbase is a simple tool, you do not write any complex code. It is almost like creating excel reports. It is easy to learn and all you need is basic knowledge of computers. It is a simple and user friendly tool.
Chandraish: How much time do you think a person will require to become an expert in Hyperion Essbase?
Koti: One month training and two months practice.
Chandraish: You have provided a lot of training, I saw your you-tube videos also, can you please tell us how many students you have trained so far?
I have provided a lot of training for individual consultants and corporate clients.
I have trained more than 600 students and another 500 candidates from corporate organizations.
Chandraish: You provide a lot of corporate training too; can you tell us some of the corporate trainings you have done so far?
I have provided Hyperion Essbase training to Wipro, around 8 times.
For Ford 3 times. I have also trained employees at Dell and HCL, Arbo finance and so on.
Chandraish: What is the mode of these training sessions?Is it classroom, online, audio or video?
I provide trainings online and in classroom.
These trainings are provided online using google hangout or WebEx. I provide all the trainings myself as I love teaching.
These are hands-on training and students do exercises with me.
On-line trainings are preferred for candidates who are not in the same location as me. Online training can be undertaken from any location, anytime zone. You can learn while not leaving the comfort of your home.
Chandraish: Koti, just curious to know why you enrolled your course with Ohio Computer Academy? Tell us something about your association with Ohio Computer Academy.
I always believe in expanding and building relationships. I love to teach and liked the way Ohio Computer Academy is empowering the business community.
I have been following your blogs on QlikView and Tableau for a long time and love what you do.
I liked Ohio Computer Academy’s model of training. It is not just some videos and audios but you provide an actual instructor. Teaching is all about connecting with your students and building relationships. I am glad I registered my course with Ohio Computer Academy.
Chandraish: Thank you Koti. We are glad to have instructors like you in our panel. I have learned a lot from you as well. You have also visited Columbus,OH a few years back, how was your experience? Can you tell us little bit about your stay and experience?
I love the place and enjoyed my stay. I have lot of friends there, and planning to visit very soon.
Thank you very much Chandraish.
Chandraish: Thank you for the useful information Koti. I am sure our audience will find this informative.
What can you offer our readers today?
Koti: Trainings take lot of effort and commitment.
If someone is looking for training in Hyperon/Essbase, and enroll through Ohio Computer Academy, I can offer them 10% discount on the training fee.
Chandraish: Thank you Koti. Now where can readers learn more about you.
You can always find me at
I also write blogs on Hyperion/Essbase, visit my website
If you mention Ohio Computer Academy, you will get 10% discount on the training fee.
Mention coupon code “OHTraining-Hyperion”
Chandraish: There is lot to learn from you Koti. Will connect again later sometimes. Thank you once again for your time.
Thanks to all the readers and thanks to you and Ohio Computer Academy for this opportunity.