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Richard Hynes

Richard Hynes

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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

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

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

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: Technical, Performance, Darwin EPM

SAP BPC 10.1 NetWeaver at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority - 10 Keys to EPM Project Success

Posted by Richard Hynes on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

From November 2015 to November 2016, with 9 months on site, Column5 worked at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), which acts as the central bank for the KSA, to implement a Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting system using SAP BPC 10.1 NW on BW 7.4. This is the story of that implementation and the key factors behind the success of the project.

Topics: Executive, Upgrade, Training, Case Study, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

Why We Love SAP BPC Language Customisation in 10.1 NW and You Will Too! (Especially in Arabic)

Posted by Richard Hynes on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

Language customisation of SAP BPC for NetWeaver can be wrongly viewed as a challenge and an unnecessary effort. There are obvious advantages to presenting the software and the models in the user’s mother tongue. Although some customising needs to be done in the areas laid out below, the time spent is not excessive, and should be amply rewarded by improved accessibility for your international users.

Column5 is currently carrying out an implementation using SAP BPC 10.1 NW in Arabic for a major Middle Eastern bank. We believe this is the first full implementation in Arabic so we would like to share some of the insights regarding language localization.

Topics: NetWeaver, EPM 10, best practices for epm

EPM vs Analysis Office

Posted by Richard Hynes on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 15:05 PM

Many of you will have heard that the EPM Add-In is being replaced with Analysis Office. This is not quite true: the EPM Add-In is being replaced by the EPM Plug-In which is a part of the new Analysis Office Add-In which also contains a Plug-In called Analysis. I hope that is clear.

If not, let me explain further.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), EPM 10, EPM Landscape, Analysis Office

SAP BW-IP, SAP BPC NW 10.1 Standard and SAP BPC NW 10.1 Embedded Compared

Posted by Richard Hynes on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 15:05 PM

This blog will present a comparison of BW-IP, BPC NW 10.1 Standard and BPC NW 10.1 Embedded. Each of these products is currently offered by SAP as planning solutions, but each has characteristics and functionality which will influence the decision to use one rather than another. This article aims to clarify the differences between each of the products and aid in the decision as to which of them to implement.  Each product will be better suited to a given company’s needs according to certain criteria, and this blog will set out to identify which product is best in each case.

Topics: BPC, sap

Integrated Planning with SAP BPC 10.1 Standard

Posted by Richard Hynes on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 08:04 AM


SAP BPC is a tool that can be customised to facilitate planning, budgeting and forecasting processes for different
 functional areas such as Revenue, Human Capital Management, Operating Expenses, and Capital Expenditure. In this blog we will talk about how to integrate these functional areas into one unified BPC reporting model, for fully integrated planning.

The different functional areas require different data structures and consequently we  will need to use a separate BPC model for each area. To give some common examples:

The Revenue model may, depending on the modelling requirements, need to have Product dimensionality in order to plan the sales volumes and calculate planned revenue according to the price by product, and a Customer dimension to plan sales and analyse the outstanding payments by customer or channel.

The Labour planning, or HCM model may need to include a role dimension, in order to plan the salary by role or grade, or an Employee dimension to enable planning by employee or job grade.

The Operating Expenses or OPEX model should enable the user to plan the expense related General Ledger accounts at the required level of detail, for example, by collecting the number of flights and hotel nights and using forecast unit costs to calculate travel expenses.

The Capital Expenditure or CAPEX model should include an asset dimension which will include the company’s asset list and allow the user to plan new asset purchases and the corresponding depreciation for the planning period.

Topics: Thought Leadership, Financial Information Management, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation), Forecasting, sap

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