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What is Enterprise Performance
Management?

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is the business process by which resources are allocated, efforts are aligned, and progress is measured to produce optimized results for stakeholders. A superior EPM capability will be a competitive differentiator for an organization. SAP EPM solutions include:

BusinessObjects Planning & Consolidation (BPC)
Business Intelligence (BI)
Disclosure Management (DM)
Enterprise Information Management (EIM)
Strategy Management (SSM)
Profitability & Cost Management (PCM)
BusinessObjects Cloud and more!

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5 Lessons I Learned from My 5-year-old Daughter about EPM

This past weekend, my daughter turned 5. Everyone knows how important daughters are to their fathers, and I couldn’t be happier with my daughter’s “mermaid & unicorn phase”. However, at her birthday party, dark clouds began to gather as she invited her “boyfriend” from school. She held hands with this little guy and even thinking about it now, it makes me slightly crazy. I can only imagine where I will be in 10 years. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers, please.

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Helping DNB ASA Achieve Excellence and Efficiency in Financial Consolidation and Reporting

At Column5 our mission is to work closely with our clients to achieve excellence in Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). A core business process embraced by EPM is financial consolidation and external regulatory reporting. Every listed company has to perform this process at least once a year and many perform it quarterly if local regulation requires or even monthly (assuming they have integrated their financial and management reporting, one of our key recommended best practices).

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Reporting Bank Balances and Overdrafts in BPC

I was recently asked about reporting Bank Balances and Overdrafts in BPC, particularly when the status can vary from month to month. The initial discussion concerned reporting a Bank Account balance as a Short Term Asset - Cash balance or a Short Term Liability - Overdraft but it led on to some more complex scenarios.

If you are using BPC for financial reporting and consolidation this is an issue almost every client has so its worthy of considering the options.

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Read some of the kind things they’ve had to say about working with us.

"There is no doubt that implementing our new SAP EPM solution and improved performance management processes, with Column5's help, has enabled us to innovate and drive performance improvement across the company.  We are now more profitable, more responsive, more agile, and finance understands our total business better."

Director of Planning Global Sporting Goods Company

"Our EPM project has been a great success, not only by enhancing the way we plan and forecast but also through integrating these plans and forecasts with our actual data flows, enhancing our ability to prepare insightful management information, and a better analysis of future options.  Moving our planners off their legacy system was tough but now everyone sees the benefits."

VP Finance International Natural Resources Company

"Through tranformation of our reporting process we have introduced simplicity and accountability around a single set of numbers while improving the quality and speed of the information we report to the board and our external stakeholders.  We have used the time-saving made in preparation of the numbers to reduce our external reporting timetable and improve the quality and depth of our internal analysis."

Global Consumer Goods Company

"We originally  planned to take on BPC project management internally, but it was a smart decision that we used Column5 Project Management instead.  It freed up project resources to better focus on design, build & implementation while Column5 managed the detailed project plan and kept us on track with deliverables."

Varian.png2.png Director, Global Financial Systems Varian Medical Systems

"Before Column5 came in, certain reports and data manager packages were running much slower than they ever had.  With the work Column5 did, we were able to increase performance in most of the reports by up to 50-75% and in most of the packages by 100-300%.  Our users have been extremely happy with the performance increase and it's showing in our budgeting and forecasting processes."

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