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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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Waltzing with Columns in the EPM Add-in for SAP BPC

We all encounter game-changing challenges, so here’s my story of how a simple task we do every day has taught me that things are not always as easy as they seem. 

When using overrides with rows, the column keys sometimes shift around.  We all have our strategies, however I discovered an issue with an EPM tab containing multiple reports (000, 001, 002 +...) not sharing a column axis. Typically, local members are positioned or anchored and methodically built with the expectation they’ll stick.  I hit a wall and was lucky a colleague was sitting nearby to share ideas on how to fix this issue. 
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BPC 11, version for BW/4HANA: FAQs

On the surface, BPC 11, version for BW/4HANA appears to have many of the same features as the previous version, BPC 10.1.  However, the most meaningful upgrade in BPC 11 lies in the database platform, BW/4HANA.

To appreciate the new foundation for BPC 11, we have to explore the underlying database platform.  BW/4HANA may share a similar name with its predecessor, however, this all-new platform represents SAP’s rearchitected, next generation data warehouse.

Let’s explore this new platform by directly addressing five key commonly asked questions:

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Understanding Solutions for SAP BPC Consolidations

Consolidations in SAP BPC are all the same out of the box, right? That may be a customer’s initial perspective when considering a BPC solution for consolidations, however, this is far from the case.  Consolidation approaches are customizable to meet needs ranging from simple to very complex.  The consolidation approach is a crucial decision in the BPC solution design that can be either beneficial or detrimental to your project.

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"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."

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"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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