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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 - Platform - Microsoft, SO - BPC v10.x, SO - BPC v11.x

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

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: Roadmap, BPC v10 upgrade, BPC, Product Focused, reporting, sap bpc, SO - BPC v7.x, SO - BPC v10.x, SO - BPC v11.x, SAP Analytics Cloud, User Experience, 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: Product Focused, Darwin EPM, User Experience

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

Commonly Asked Questions from New SAP BPC Customers

Posted by Scott Kolka on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

New SAP BPC customers often have a plethora of questions – and that’s what we’re here for! Consultants at Column5 answer a variety of questions every day, constantly taking note of which ones come up repeatedly over time.

Whether you’re considering a BPC implementation or are already using BPC, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions asked by inexperienced users to help you better understand the software and its available benefits.

1.  “How long will my project take?”

Project timing is dependent on many factors, including the project’s functionality scope, its impact on change management and the organization’s size. A correlation also seems to exist between organizational size, complexity and project duration. That said, here are some general rules of thumb when it comes to timing:

Topics: best practices for epm, Functional, sap bpc

[TECH ALERT] Current Performance Issues with SAP BPC 10 and 10.1 MS

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 @ 09:02 AM

Our tech team has noticed a pattern of SAP BPC performance issues with certain SAP BPC 10 and SAP BPC 10.1 systems on Microsoft. Dimension indexes are becoming fragmented, which seems to relate to dimension processing. The addition of even a single member to a dimension, with the same processing, fragments the first index (clustered) in the list. In turn, Analysis Services is unable to read from the dimension table efficiently, which in turn kills retrieval of data (reports / schedules) performance.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Performance, Technical

An Insider’s View: Comparing EPM Industry Events

Posted by David Den Boer on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 @ 09:02 AM

Knowledge is power - but where you acquire that powerful knowledge can make all the difference! When looking for an industry conference, innumerable options make the process quickly overwhelming.

Most conference attendees are looking for three things:

  • Valuable content in an environment conducive for learning
  • Access to knowledgeable experts
  • The opportunity to connect with peers faced with similar tasks and challenges

Topics: EPM events, EPM

How to (really) speed up your ABAP code

Posted by Richard Hynes on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 @ 09:02 AM

Have you ever wondered if there’s a straightforward way to make your SAP BPC system perform better? The Darwin Calculation Engine (DarCE) might be just the trick you need!

Topics: Performance, Technical, Darwin EPM

Is your EPM Solution Case Study Material?

Posted by David Den Boer on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

Diverse case study presentations add to the rich content tapestry of the EMEA EPM Leadership Summit. In fact, attendees are clamoring for more customer-driven content each year. Is your company’s SAP BPC implementation case study material? Here’s a guide to help you answer that question.

Topics: Implementation, EPM events, Executive

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