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How to find excellence in your BPC planning Master Data and Data Structure

Posted by Richard Hynes on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 23:11 PM

This blog continues our series on how to find excellence in your BPC planning processes by looking at the area of Master Data and Data structure. This might seem like a dry subject, but getting it right is an essential part of an EPM system that delivers on your investment. Excellence in this area can make the difference.

Topics: BPC planning Master Data and Data Structure, BPC11, BPCv10 embedded, sap bpc

EPM and Analysis plug-ins Compared – critical information for the BPC 11 user

Posted by Richard Hynes on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 23:11 PM

Since the last blog published on the differences between the EPM and Analysis plug-ins here (https://www.column5.com/blog/epm-vs-analysis-office), SAP has carried out much development activity on the Analysis for Office add-in, which is currently (October 2018) at version 2.7. As many clients are moving along the SAP roadmap towards SAP BPC 11, the necessity to review and understand the functionality offered by the Analysis for Office Add-in and its two components, the EPM and Analysis plug-ins, has become more urgent.

Topics: Analysis plug-in v2.7 for Office, sap bpc plugins

Is SAP BPC a BI Tool? Can SAP BPC be used as a BI Tool?

Posted by Aj Vaughn on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 23:11 PM

The BPC in “SAP BPC” stands for “Business Objects Planning and Consolidation”.

Topics: BPC11, FUTURE OF SAP BPC, Business Intelligence (BI)

Matrix consolidations in SAP BPC NW

Posted by Ivo Bauermann on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 23:11 PM

Matrix consolidations in SAP BPC NWWhen determining your consolidation requirements, one of the key points of discussion should be whether you need statutory or management consolidation.

SAP BPC EPM and Analysis plug-ins for Office Compared

Posted by Richard Hynes on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

EPM and Analysis plug-ins Compared – Critical information for the BPC v10.1 embedded, v10.1 and v11x user.

Topics: FUTURE OF SAP BPC, BPC PLUG-INS, EPM & Analysis plug-ins, BPC 11, Version for BW/4HANA, SO - BPC v11.x, SO - BPC v10.x, BPCv10 embedded, Analysis plug-in v2.7 for Office

SAP BPC v7,v10 Microsoft Tech Alert!

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

We have had a number of BPC Windows customers calling regarding non responsive server after installing updates .

Topics: SO - BPC v7.x, SO - BPC v10.x, SO - BPC v11.x, SO - Platform - Microsoft

How to integrate SAP ECC and external non-SAP data sources in BPC

Posted by Richard Hynes on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 @ 23:07 PM

How to integrate SAP ECC and external non-SAP data sources in BPC, How to integrate SAP and non-SAP data sources in BPC, Anatomy of an acquisition: Integrating data sources in BPC

Topics: tuneup, SO - BPC v11.x, analytics tune up, SO - BPC v10.x

5 EPM System prep steps to take before budget season

Posted by David Den Boer on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 13:07 PM

Summer brings days at the beach and the inevitable sunburn, while winter delivers snow and shoveling. Budget season? Well, that can mean a scramble to make sure your EPM software is 100% ready when entering a planning cycle. If your organization is like most, updating your EPM system is a priority during the off-season—especially if major improvements are on the punch list. The following five steps can ensure the smoothest possible experience—and keep the drama to a minimum:  

Topics: User Experience, Product Focused, SAP Analytics Cloud, sap bpc, SO - BPC v11.x, SO - BPC v10.x, SO - BPC v7.x, reporting, BPC, BPC v10 upgrade, Roadmap, tuneup, analytics tune up

How to Improve the BPC User Experience, Part One: Without a Developer - from Darwin EPM

Posted by Jennifer Breier on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 08:04 AM

SAP BPC users know that its user interface is built on the Excel platform – making it user-friendly for accounting and finance professionals who already work in Excel for financial statements and other reporting.  But how can you improve the Excel experience, either with or without a developer?

Topics: Darwin EPM, User Experience, Product Focused

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

Posted by David Den Boer on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 08:04 AM

We have all overcome mistakes in life, using the rearview mirror to observe how easy it would have been to sidestep the pitfall, commenting, “If only I knew then what I know now.” This thought crosses my mind almost daily.

What do you do when you feel this way about the EPM process, BPC or your consultants? Do you ever wonder how they became experts, or how qualified they truly are? How do they define best practice? Recently, I worked with a customer who started their BPC journey with an early version of BPC for NetWeaver. They sought out highly talented consultants, assuming their talent and experience based on their reputation within the industry.

Topics: Services Focused, Executive, Implementation, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Best Practices, Thought Leadership

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