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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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EPM Maturity Model - What is it?

Organizations need to plan, measure and manage across Strategy, Operations and Finance. Isn’t that what Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is all about? It seems like a simple formula. But what about if we change the question to ask what makes successful EPM and successful organizations? If we start with the definition that “Successful EPM drives organizations that dramatically outperform their competitors in terms of both financial and non-financial results” – this gives a very different perspective on the importance and value of EPM. It also means that you need to have a mechanism and framework to objectively review your EPM capabilities and relative maturity.

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How to be a BPC Capital Planning Jedi Master - from Darwin EPM

At Column5 we always advocate the approach to EPM that yields the highest value returned to our clients and EPM users in general. One emerging best practice in EPM is adopting packaged content in lieu of custom developed solutions for your EPM functionality. The advantages are legion: faster time to value, more robust functionality, enhanced performance, improved supportability, lower project cost and total cost of ownership over time. Packaged content is most applicable when facing standard requirements that are consistent across customers.

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Troubleshooting Techniques for SAP BPC Reports Created w/ the EPM Add-In

Whether I am in a development role or supporting a solution I am often faced with the task of identifying why an EPM report or input form is not behaving as expected.  Regardless of who originally created the content and whether or not you have any background information on how it was configured there are many transferable troubleshooting techniques that can be executed in order to uncover the root cause of a problem.  I will cover what areas you should consider investigating to uncover common issues.

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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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