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SAP BPC & EPM
Thought Leadership

Key Lessons From Our Webcast Series with DNB ASA: "Achieving Excellence and Efficiency in EPM with SAP"

Posted by Paul Coleman on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 12:04 PM

During November and December, Column5, in conjunction with our client DNB, three interesting and informative webcasts ran on the exciting and rewarding journey taken by DNB ASA, Norway’s largest financial services group.

This series of webcasts focused on the following specific and important elements of Enterprise Performance Management:

  • Financial Consolidation for Statutory and Regulatory Reporting
  • Intercompany Reconciliation
  • The Last Mile of Financial Reporting

Each topic was underpinned by informing the attendees how SAP EPM solutions help companies achieve excellence and efficiency based on this real life DNB example.

Topics: Best Practices, Case Study, sap, EPM, webcast

How to: Create Conditional Logic in SAP BPC, version for NetWeaver

Posted by Will Leonard on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 09:04 AM

Applicable Releases:

Software Component Version  Support Package       
  • CPMBPC 800 SP18+
  •  CPMBPC 801 SP11+
  •  CPMBPC 810 SP07+

1. Business Scenario

Business logic is often dependent on which process is being performed.  For example, during Budget season, an EPM application will execute one set of logic over many different time periods.  However, during a monthly Consolidation process, a different set of logic will be executed to prepare data for financial reporting.

Analysis for Office and the BPC Plug-in – everything you need to know!

Posted by Adam Hess on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 09:04 AM

Long term BPC customers know that one of the tool’s key strengths, its powerful and easy to use reporting  interface, can also be a challenge at inconvenient times. Over
the history of BPC’s reporting interface, dating back to OutlookSoft with venerable EvGet functions, relatively few changes have been made to the system.

Topics: BPC, Analysis Office

EPM Maturity Model - How do I use it?

Posted by Peter Bull on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

In the last article we looked at the definition and content of the EPM Maturity Model.

In this article we’ll look at how to gauge EPM Maturity and how to identify areas to improve. At the core of the Maturity Model is the definition of:

  • Right Model
  • Right Audience
  • Right Time

Across these definitions we lay a scale that moves from low levels of maturity to high levels of maturity:

Topics: Best Practices, Process Improvement, Thought Leadership, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

EPM Maturity Model - What is it?

Posted by Peter Bull on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

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.

Topics: Best Practices, Thought Leadership, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

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

Posted by David Den Boer on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

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.

Topics: Best Practices, BPC, Capital planning

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

Posted by Lorelle Gibson on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

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.

Top 5 Tips for Writing SAP BPC Script Logic

Posted by Jessica Christophersen on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

When considering tradeoffs between performance, ease of maintenance, and integration with platform functionality, choosing the “language” to author business rules in BPC is a key decision. Of the many options available to BPC administrators & developers, BPC Script Logic is often selected as a reasonable compromise to access the power of database calculations without the high bar of outright code development. Promising a good balance between functionality, maintainability and performance, Script Logic is a set of functions that simplify the calculations most often needed in EPM processes.

BPC script logic provides powerful and flexible functionality, but if you don’t have previous SQL or coding experience, it may seem unapproachable.

Topics: BPC logic

Upgrading from SAP BPC Standard to SAP BPC Embedded – Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Surya Tamada on Mon, Feb 06, 2017 @ 08:02 AM

The recipe to successfully execute a project is to have a right mixture of skills within the team and a desire to deliver success shared by all members of the team. An EPM upgrade project is no exception. However, as the technology is changing so fast, there are various challenges, lessons learned, unlearned, and relearned. These contribute to extra layers of complexity when executing EPM projects successfully and this is particularly true when running projects to upgrade from SAP BPC Standard to SAP BPC Embedded.

Topics: BPC NW – Embedded, Upgrade

SAP BPC 10.1 NetWeaver at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority - 10 Keys to EPM Project Success

Posted by Richard Hynes on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

From November 2015 to November 2016, with 9 months on site, Column5 worked at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), which acts as the central bank for the KSA, to implement a Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting system using SAP BPC 10.1 NW on BW 7.4. This is the story of that implementation and the key factors behind the success of the project.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Training, Case Study, Executive, Upgrade

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