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Make Your EPM Project Successful By Investing in the Change!

Posted by Connie Folk on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

The nature of projects and project management is change.  Often times, the change brought about by commissioning a project is overlooked, as the focus is placed on the technology.  Just as frequently, the need to assess and address the people-side of the project is initiated separately and often too late in the project lifecycle.  Most projects are managed using a methodology based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which focuses on management of scope change and the potential impact to budget, timeline, or resource allocation. However, PMBOK does not address the human aspects delivered through the project, or how to successfully identify, plan for, and mitigate resistance to the change. 

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What is YOUR BPC Upgrade Strategy?

Posted by Adam Schulang on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 12:12 PM

“What is your BPC upgrade strategy?” or “what is the best plan to migrate BPC?” are the most common questions I am asked by clients looking to upgrade to the latest version of SAP BPC.  Even though clients' landscapes come in all shapes and sizes, the overall strategy for a BPC upgrade is not very different from one client to the next.  

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Get the Most Out of Your BPC Training with Column5’s EPM Academy

Posted by Adam Hess on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

As the world’s leading-edge consulting firm, Column5 Consulting is helping our customers leverage SAP’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) suite, including SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC), through cutting edge and world-class training with Column5’s EPM Academy

With any size implementation of BPC, having relevant and engaging training ensures that you get the most out of your staff and technology.  Here at Column5’s EPM Academy, our goal is to guarantee that all users – no matter their role – are confident and comfortable with their knowledge and skills with BPC.

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The Road to Continuous Improvement is Paved One Good Idea at a Time

Posted by Rick Bryant on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

In one of my previous blogs, “Where do you go to find answers to your BPC questions?” I talked about the how most customers don't know where to find information on BPC. In addition to my own company's website, I pointed to a blog written by a colleague that does a good job of highlighting the various sources of BPC information.  Over the intervening months we've been working on some pretty exciting stuff here at Column5 that I think will do great things for BPC and the greater EPM community. 

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EPM Events are a Big Part of Success Regimen

Posted by David Den Boer on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

It is said that whether you are a pessimist or an optimist will determine how far you go in life.  I believe it is those who look up, aiming for a destination beyond the horizon, that have the best chance for success.  I’ve observed that this same categorization applies to EPM customers.

If you think an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solution is something you implement once and forget about, then don’t bother reading this article.  You’re probably the kind of user to focus on minimizing cost of ownership vs. maximizing returns.  If so, then this is not for you.

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EVDREs Do Not Play Nicely with EPM 10

Posted by Jamison Chochrek on Tue, Nov 04, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

For those of you working EPM 10 and contemplating using EVDREs, this blog should be of help to you and ideally save you time!

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5 Overlooked Features of BPC

Posted by Jamison Chochrek on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 12:10 PM

This exact list is, of course, debatable from one BPC Deployment Expert to the next.  In fact, I am curious to see what other experts think.  Here are my top 5 features that are often overlooked in SAP’s Business Planning and Consolidation & EPM offerings.

 #1: Business Process Flows:  Also known as BPFs.  This is a free feature embedded within BPC that requires minimal consulting expense if the user takes the appropriate training.  How to achieve this:

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What’s the ROI of Your BPC Implementation?

Posted by Rick Bryant on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 14:10 PM

“Is our BPC implementation working well?  How are competitors using the same software?  What are the best practices?  What is the ROI?”

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Live from #SAPEPM2014 - New Cloud Planning from SAP

Posted by Mike Sullivan on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Column5 is at the SAP Conference for EPM, and was there to witness SAP’s recent announcement of SAP Cloud for Planning!

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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: Why Your Focus on "Cheap" is Killing Your Profits

Posted by Jamison Chochrek on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 07:10 AM

Remember the great 1996 classic flick, Jerry Maguire? Do you recall that moment early in the movie when Tom Cruise’s character writes his memo before he got whacked? His coworkers clapped and cheered. They did so because they believed in what he said. Then corporate reality set in and they had to get back to work… back to business as usual!  So did Bob “Business as Usual” Sugar win in the end?

Throughout the movie many characters call the memo a “Mission Statement”.  Well, folks, after 20 years I have had it!  I am writing my “memo” in this blog.  While I am not staying up late and photocopying my “memo” to be hand placed on my colleague’s seats, I hope this has a (somewhat) similar effect. 

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