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EPM and the Wisdom of Sun Tzu

Posted by David Den Boer on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 14:05 PM

Inspired by my colleague from Column5 EMEA’s use of a military reference, I’d like to discuss some of the parallels of 2500 year old military tactics to EPM strategic objectives.

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Want to be a European “Black Belt” in SAP BPC?

Posted by Martin Lloyd on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 13:05 PM

Access to Advanced Training

Before being allowed to drive a vehicle unaccompanied, we are required to undergo training on both the theory (stopping distances, speed restrictions, road signs, etc.) and practice (actually handling a car) of driving, as well as passing a number of tests.

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Would Napoleon have Won Waterloo if he had Used SAP BPC?

Posted by David Jones on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

The SAP EPM value liberation army is on the march!

18th June 1815 was a historic day in the history of Europe. It’s the day that two great armies lined up to determine Europe’s future. Who would win? Napoleon and his magnificent “Armée du Nord”, or the armies of the Seventh Coalition and the Prussians, under the Duke of Wellington and von Blücher?

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5 Things You Can Do to Get the Best Performance from Your BPC MS 10/10.1 Server Environment, Part 2

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 08:05 AM

If you have not read part one of this blog, read it here!

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5 Things You Can Do to Get the Best Performance from Your BPC MS 10/10.1 Server Environment, Part 1

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

1. Landscape Design

I have been working with the BPC product since its inception in 2000. I am always surprised when clients have skipped or are not interested in what we refer to as a System Landscape Design. We take the functional design and/or what you are currently doing in the product to properly size the servers and client machines for the future use of BPC. If you skip this step, I believe there is no way you will get good performance!

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Column5 Through the Years

Posted by David Den Boer on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

This month marks Column5’s 10th anniversary, and we are excited to be celebrating so many years of providing top-notch consulting services to our customers.  In the end, there are two groups who enable Column5 to have such a rich history of success.

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Tales of an Englishman Abroad Part II – or “What I Learnt at the APJ EPM Summit”

Posted by David Jones on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 14:03 PM

After the outlandish but ultimately very successful experience of our EPM Summit in Las Vegas, it was time to move on to the next event in our round of bringing together the SAP BPC user community across the globe. This time I travelled to Makati, one of the cities making up metropolitan Manila in the Philippines, for our APJ EPM Summit.

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Intro to SAP EPM

Posted by Jason Glaser on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 @ 15:03 PM

What exactly is SAP EPM? It’s much more than a few random letters to be sure. Let’s first understand what the second set of letters is before we understand all of them as a whole.

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OutlookSoft History: The Start of BPC and Column5

Posted by Craig Bodington on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

OutlookSoft Corporation was founded in 1999 and developed products for the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) arena. The company’s first software release was called “Everest”, and was developed on the Microsoft platform.  Everest provided new planning, forecasting, reporting and dashboarding solutions for clients, and was the stepping stone for the current SAP product called BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation). 

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Tales of an Englishman Abroad – or “What I Learnt at the EPM Leadership Summit”

Posted by David Jones on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @ 08:03 AM

The beauty of being an Englishman and being invited to present at a conference in Las Vegas is that you get a chance to indulge in all the stereotypical views of the worst excesses of the USA. Yes, Las Vegas is big, brash, and bold. There is glamour and sparkle everywhere you turn.  There are one-arm bandit machines everywhere (at the airport, at the car rental centre and even at the garage - sorry gas station), and yes, food portions are huge and the toll it takes on some US residents is clear to see. But, for all that, you just love the place because of its excesses; your senses are bombarded every minute and just for a few days it really is fun, even if, like me, you don’t gamble.

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