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David Den Boer

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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

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

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

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: Executive, EPM events, Implementation

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: EPM, BPC, Executive, Thought Leadership

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: Capital planning, BPC, Best Practices

5 Lessons I Learned from My 5-year-old Daughter about EPM

Posted by David Den Boer on Thu, Dec 01, 2016 @ 08:12 AM

This past weekend, my daughter turned 5. Everyone knows how important daughters are to their fathers, and I couldn’t be happier with my daughter’s “mermaid & unicorn phase”. However, at her birthday party, dark clouds began to gather as she invited her “boyfriend” from school. She held hands with this little guy and even thinking about it now, it makes me slightly crazy. I can only imagine where I will be in 10 years. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers, please.

Topics: EPM

11 Dirty Secrets of EPM Projects Part 2

Posted by David Den Boer on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

 

This is the second part of the original post of 11 Dirty Secrets of EPM Projects.

"I thought for Column5's 11th birthday, I'd give our more than 1000 blog readers a gift! I’ve wrapped it up and called in the 11 'dirty secrets' of EPM projects. I know this is heresy to disclose some of these EPM professional services insider secrets, but I care more about you being successful than I worry about the flak I will inevitably get by letting you in on these secrets."

Let’s continue:

Dirty Secret #6: Systems inadvertently create dependency on 3rd party 

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Implementation, best practices for epm

11 Dirty Secrets of EPM Projects

Posted by David Den Boer on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

Though the actual market size may vary, a reasonable estimation states that throughout the world more than $4 billion is spent annually on EPM consulting alone. Yet, EPM projects often fail to return positive value to those investing in them. Why is this outcome so prevalent with this technology solution in particular? I thought for Column5's 11th birthday, I'd give our more than 1000 blog readers a gift! I’ve wrapped it up and called in the 11 'dirty secrets' of EPM projects.

I know this is heresy to disclose some of these EPM professional services insider secrets, but I care more about you being successful than I worry about the flak I will inevitably get by letting you in on these secrets. Let’s begin:

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Implementation, best practices for epm

Top 3 Reasons to Join Us at the EPM Leadership Summit

Posted by David Den Boer on Mon, Feb 08, 2016 @ 11:02 AM


On Wednesday, February 22 I will be giving the keynote formally launching the 2017 EPM Leadership Summit focusing on SAP’s EPM portfolio – with a special emphasis on BPC. To keep the focus on what it will take to make the event highly valuable for all attendees, I will be summarizing the desired conference outcomes in three simple points.

Reason #1: Stabilize - First, many EPM customers struggle with stabilizing their system. We hear this far too often. We know intimately that the solution can absolutely be configured in a successful way, however, for a variety of reasons, usability is not where it needs to be to give users a positive experience. Maybe performance isn’t quite up to par, maybe stability is erratic, perhaps data quality is not reliable enough that users are reluctant to rely on the output of the system. This is understandable, and has to be the first order of business to address. Clearly, no value can be achieved from investments in SAP BPC and other EPM technologies if these complaints aren’t resolved.

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

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