Thought Leadership

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 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

SAP BPC Training In the Digital Age

Posted by Adam Hess on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

It’s obvious.  We are constantly bombarded with alerts, texts, emails, and ads every single day.  In fact, you probably received an e-mail or two as you read that last sentence.  We have grown used to accessing information whenever and wherever we need to – from the moment we wake up and start scrolling through new emails and checking the weather while brushing our teeth to reading the latest headlines while standing in line at Starbucks (and then quickly refreshing our Instagram feed to see how many new likes we got on our latest post.)  We are all used to interacting with and consuming information in a shorter timeframe. Believe it or not, the same is true for how we want to learn.  Whether that’s Googling how to cook a hard-boiled egg, or watching a quick YouTube on publishing a set of books in BPC – we want to learn it, and we want to learn it NOW! 

Topics: Training

Do You Need an SAP BPC Insurance Policy?

Posted by David Den Boer on Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 14:02 PM

Two things are certain in life: death and taxes. An EPM user might add “struggling with EPM software” to the list of unavoidable challenges. In the case of taxes, one could (and absolutely should) hire an experienced tax services provider to craft a tax minimizing strategy. You will still pay taxes, but the difference between paying a lot, or a little, lies in the expertise of who you hire.

Topics: Thought Leadership, BPC, Executive, EPM

Waltzing with Columns in the EPM Add-in for SAP BPC

Posted by Deb Silverman on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 08:01 AM

We all encounter game-changing challenges, so here’s my story of how a simple task we do every day has taught me that things are not always as easy as they seem. 

When using overrides with rows, the column keys sometimes shift around.  We all have our strategies, however I discovered an issue with an EPM tab containing multiple reports (000, 001, 002 +...) not sharing a column axis. Typically, local members are positioned or anchored and methodically built with the expectation they’ll stick.  I hit a wall and was lucky a colleague was sitting nearby to share ideas on how to fix this issue. 

Topics: Product Focused, EPM Add-in

BPC 11, version for BW/4HANA: FAQs

Posted by Steve Sussman on Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 10:01 AM
On the surface, BPC 11, version for BW/4HANA appears to have many of the same features as the previous version, BPC 10.1.  However, the most meaningful upgrade in BPC 11 lies in the database platform, BW/4HANA.

To appreciate the new foundation for BPC 11, we have to explore the underlying database platform.  BW/4HANA may share a similar name with its predecessor, however, this all-new platform represents SAP’s rearchitected, next generation data warehouse.

Let’s explore this new platform by directly addressing five key commonly asked questions:

Topics: Product Focused, BPC 11, Version for BW/4HANA

Understanding Solutions for SAP BPC Consolidations

Posted by Chris Montoya on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Consolidations in SAP BPC are all the same out of the box, right? That may be a customer’s initial perspective when considering a BPC solution for consolidations, however, this is far from the case.  Consolidation approaches are customizable to meet needs ranging from simple to very complex.  The consolidation approach is a crucial decision in the BPC solution design that can be either beneficial or detrimental to your project.

Topics: Consolidation


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