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Jonathon Pause

Jonathon Pause

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Buying Services to Run BPC for You

Posted by Jonathon Pause on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Buying an Adequate Level of Service

Column5 offers many solutions and best practice concepts outlined in numerous blogs and webinars with the intent of supporting clients who wish to cultivate an internal capability to best elicit value from their EPM solutions. While all are recommended for our clients, we understand that for many organizations, being in a confident position to properly support their EPM investment is not easily met immediately after go live. We have found some clients looking for assistance with adhering to these best practices, or a little extra bandwidth to supply additional continued support post go-live. In response to these requests, Column5 has assembled a number of services designed to fill any gaps in your EPM deployment plan.

Topics: Best Practices, Process Improvement, EPM Maturity, Cloud

Building a Competent BPC Team

Posted by Jonathon Pause on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Since its early OutlookSoft days, BPC has always been touted as a tool that enables finance teams to become independent from IT so they can wield control of the system during crunch time.  Fast forward to SAP acquiring BPC, many SAP shops pride themselves on have the internal capabilities to own their systems, period.  It isn’t shocking that many of our clients have come ready to meet the challenge of proper care and usage with an internal team.  Column5 applauds this approach and has created numerous tools to help your team succeed:

Topics: Center of Excellence, Project Management, Training, Innovation, best

SAP BPC Staffing and Support Models

Posted by Jonathon Pause on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Whether you already have an existing BPC environment or are planning a new one, how to appropriately staff and support your EPM environment is a big question to tackle early on. While the number of FTEs will greatly differ based on the size or your organization, the complexities of your planning process, and the level of automation you invest in upfront, there are some basic skillsets you should address.

Topics: Process Improvement, Thought Leadership, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

Analytics, EPM, and Managed Service

Posted by Jonathon Pause on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

Analytics?  Analytics.  Analytics!  Let us simply get it out there – analytics are the newest, hottest technology that everyone is talking about.  “The CFO’s Technology Imperatives for 2015” by Financial Executives International (FEI) and Gartner states, “many IT organizations have made initial investments, but these tend to be tactically focused and do not address the more fundamental issues of data quality and consistency.”  The market is in such a fervor over the promise of analytics that we often lose sight of our greater IT goals, and we do not effectively outline a strategy that can move us toward the new promised land.  

Surveys from Gartner reaffirm these assertions in a study on Top Big Data Challenges.  The top three challenges include how to derive value, how to define strategy, and how to obtain the skills and capabilities needed related to a big data initiative.

Topics: Best Practices, Thought Leadership, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Analytics, Performance, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

Meeting SLAs Before You Start Development

Posted by Jonathon Pause on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

Without fail, every project I have ever worked on includes a requirement for input schedule or report performance. 

Topics: Best Practices, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Analytics, EPM ROI, Performance, Data, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

The Easy Way to Increase EPM ROI - Part 1

Posted by Jonathon Pause on Thu, Nov 08, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Like it or not, we are a business society of metrics and when it comes to enterprise performance management (EPM), few are more important than return on investment (ROI). You have two ways to increase your EPM ROI: increase the gain from investment or reduce the cost of investment. We are steadfast believers that partnering with Column5 is the best way to optimize your gains, but today I want to discuss how you can control your costs, no matter the size of your company. The easiest way to reduce costs is to focus on reducing your cost per model (application BPC 7.5 and earlier).

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), EPM ROI, Rapid Deployment Systems, Performance, Value, Implementation, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

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