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Performance Tuning for SAP BPC 10.0 for NetWeaver

Posted by Vishal Goradia on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 16:01 PM

Performance of a system is crucial to every implementation. System monitoring and administration help towards efficiently running a SAP system. Performing some proactive monitoring and configuration can help in avoiding SAP system issues. Let’s talk about a few approaches to troubleshoot performance issues while working on SAP BPC 10.0 for NetWeaver system.

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Introduction to SAP HANA

Posted by Darko Kavazovic on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

As an IT professional, I was very interested in HANA when the product first came out to the market two plus years ago.  Initially getting started on HAHA involved buying all physical hardware, which put smaller companies on the sidelines due to high start-up cost.  Over time, HANA has truly transformed by getting more and more features added with the new service packs.  It was not just the features, but also the support expansion that enables you to run HANA on the various vendor’s hardware and the ability to run it on virtualized hardware such as VMWare and AWS (Amazon Web Service).  The best part from an IT perspective, is that while it used to take weeks or even months to setup HANA, now you can be up and running in matter of hours if you utilize providers such as AWS. 

I have worked with HANA on physical, virtualized, and cloud platforms, and they all offer a wide range of performance and memory levels.  HANA can currently be installed as standalone or scale-out (aka multi-server configuration).  When it comes to HANA memory size capacity, you can scale up to 6TB of the memory for a single system, and the scale-out cluster can have up to 112TB+.  When it comes to cloud offerings, they are not currently available with such a large memory capacity, but their offerings change for the better all the time.  In my opinion, the fastest way to test HANA in your own environment would be to utilize virtualized hardware that most organizations already have in place.  I know that some shops are mostly Microsoft, and since HANA runs on Linux they are hesitant about having to support a different operating system; but, to put this in perspective, more than 70% of all websites in the world run on some Unix operating system, and that is due to their flexibility and high reliability.  Having to support multiple operating systems is inevitable.  HANA was initially only offered on SUSE aka SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server), and due to demand it is now also offered on Red Hat Linux.  In my opinion, unlike Windows, Linux requires a lot less maintenance. 

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Success Stories, Guest Speakers, and BPC Tricks: EPM Leadership Summit Agenda Announced!

Posted by Staci Matt on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

Column5 is no stranger to providing the best EPM resources.  From our renowned EPM Academy, to our previous Leadership Summits, we have always prided ourselves on providing the most specialized, up-to-date, and helpful training opportunities.  Taking this philosophy further led to the development of our EPM Education Series, including the much anticipated return of our EPM Leadership Summit!

With the EPM Leadership Summit rapidly approaching, Column5 is happy to present its full agenda (see press release)!  From February 24-27, our experts, your peers, and SAP speakers will be providing the best EPM learning opportunities.

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Ready for the Year-End Close? Conduct the Orchestra and Make Beautiful Music

Posted by David Jones on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

Christmas is almost here and some of you have no doubt already started your Q4/year-end close processes. The question for today’s blog is, are you really ready for your year end? For many, the close process is still tough and painful, while others ease through the year end with a well-rehearsed, automated, finely tuned and well-managed process. That’s pretty clear from our Close Cycle Rankings Research for 2014, where the fastest of the 500 largest companies in the world to report global consolidated results managed to consolidate, close and report in just 12 elapsed days after the year end, while the slowest took an astonishing 120 elapsed days.

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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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