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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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VBA Object Declarations in the EPM Plug-In for Analysis for Office

One of the key features for the SAP BPC EPM Add-in for Excel has been the ability to write VBA to extend and customize the capabilities of the Add-in. The new EPM Plug-in for Analysis for Office (AO), which replaces the EPM Add-in, offers similar and in most cases compatible VBA support as the original EPM Add-in. However, there are some important distinctions between the two which this article covers.

The new EPM Plug-in for Analysis for Office (AO) requires a different method of declaring the specific API class used to access the library of VBA methods that SAP BPC supports.  The latest version as of this writing, AO 2.4 SP1, made some but not all the old FPMXL Client methods compatible with the EPM Plug-in.  To be safe, it’s recommended to start coding using the new standards for AO, as there’s no clear indication of whether all methods will be made compatible using the old object declaration standards.

To illustrate, here is a direct comparison of the differences between the two declaration methods.

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Kill Bill Volume 1: Memory Consumption and the White Screen of Death

Google “EPM Performance or Memory issues” and you will receive millions of hits from your search results.  When it comes to performance and especially memory consumption, not only is the “magic bullet” fix rare but the resolution is potentially complex and multifaceted in nature.  On a recent project, we started to see symptoms that became issues including long refresh times.  For one user, we saw an Input Schedule consume so much memory it resulted in the “White Screen of Death (WSoD) and Excel crashing.  In this article, I wanted to look at the challenges we faced and strategies employed to resolve the issues.

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Warning – SAP BPC Embedded Projects are not just “BPC Standard Projects with a bit more BW Resource!”

The number of SAP BPC users evaluating SAP BPC Embedded and SAP BPC Optimized is growing. In many ways SAP BPC Embedded is an exciting option because it is fast performing and highly integrated with core SAP financials (S/4HANA Finance). We think Embedded is an option well worth exploring for all SAP BPC users, but we also want those users to be well informed, particularly if they don’t have a strong SAP BW and SAP BW-IP background. This article is the first in a series of blogs where we take our experiences of all flavours of SAP BPC and apply the learnings for those looking at Embedded.

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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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