What do you like best?
Once you are comfortable using Hyperion Essbase, it is an extremely simple and useful tool to use to obtain needed data. I like that you are able to suppress items such as missing rows or rows with no data present. You can tailor a spreadsheet to easily see only the data you need.
What do you dislike?
Depending on the size of the data set, Essbase often takes a considerable amount of time to run.
Recommendations to others considering the product
It is a great tool for housing a large set of data. Also easy to use once learned and can access particular data in a quick way.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We are solving a number of issues with Plan data for next year, correctly billing the correct accounting units for services used, etc. The primary benefit is that all of our data is in one centralized location for easy access.