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SAP BPC & EPM
Thought Leadership

Using SAP Analytics Cloud as a Client to BPC

Posted by Steve Sussman on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 08:08 AM

SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is delivered as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.  SAC combines multiple EPM, BI and Analytics features/benefits into one product.  This allows users to plan with robust collaboration features while using Predictive Analytics as well as Business Intelligence, and robust, state of the art Analytics. Currently, SAP BPC remains the default approach for Enterprise-wide Planning, Forecasting and Consolidations, while SAP Analytics Cloud fulfills relatively straightforward requirements from a planning and forecasting perspective.  

Topics: HANA, Analytics, Cloud, BPC, SAP HANA, Analytics Cloud, SaaS, SAC

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

The Cloud – Big Bucks, No Whammies

Posted by Mike Smayrabunya on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

In the early to mid 1980s there was a popular TV game show that had a catch phrase, “Big bucks, no whammies!”…meaning contestants would risk their earnings to date for a chance to earn even more returns. Getting a dreaded ‘whammy’ meant you would lose everything you had.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Cloud, Value

Introduction to SAP HANA

Posted by Darko Kavazovic on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

As an IT professional, I was very interested in HANA when the product first came out to the market two plus years ago.  Initially getting started on HAHA involved buying all physical hardware, which put smaller companies on the sidelines due to high start-up cost.  Over time, HANA has truly transformed by getting more and more features added with the new service packs.  It was not just the features, but also the support expansion that enables you to run HANA on the various vendor’s hardware and the ability to run it on virtualized hardware such as VMWare and AWS (Amazon Web Service).  The best part from an IT perspective, is that while it used to take weeks or even months to setup HANA, now you can be up and running in matter of hours if you utilize providers such as AWS. 

I have worked with HANA on physical, virtualized, and cloud platforms, and they all offer a wide range of performance and memory levels.  HANA can currently be installed as standalone or scale-out (aka multi-server configuration).  When it comes to HANA memory size capacity, you can scale up to 6TB of the memory for a single system, and the scale-out cluster can have up to 112TB+.  When it comes to cloud offerings, they are not currently available with such a large memory capacity, but their offerings change for the better all the time.  In my opinion, the fastest way to test HANA in your own environment would be to utilize virtualized hardware that most organizations already have in place.  I know that some shops are mostly Microsoft, and since HANA runs on Linux they are hesitant about having to support a different operating system; but, to put this in perspective, more than 70% of all websites in the world run on some Unix operating system, and that is due to their flexibility and high reliability.  Having to support multiple operating systems is inevitable.  HANA was initially only offered on SUSE aka SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server), and due to demand it is now also offered on Red Hat Linux.  In my opinion, unlike Windows, Linux requires a lot less maintenance. 

Topics: HANA, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Cloud, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

Live from #SAPEPM2014 - New Cloud Planning from SAP

Posted by Mike Sullivan on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Column5 is at the SAP Conference for EPM, and was there to witness SAP’s recent announcement of SAP Cloud for Planning!

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Cloud, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

EPM Controversy: Just Hype or Real Value?

Posted by David Den Boer on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

As a young college student in Arizona, my favorite DJ on local radio was a woman who went by the moniker: “The Bone Mama”. Where she got the name from, I never knew, but she was great. She had a colorful sense of humor and poked fun at the distinct ‘personalities’ of the local Phoenix suburbs while she played popular music. She never missed an opportunity to spice up her broadcast by invoking her 3 favorite words: “Controversy, controversy, controversy”.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Cloud, Value, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

3 Reasons Why EPM Unwired Will Add Value to Your Organization

Posted by Will Leonard on Fri, May 31, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

The SAP EPM Mobility suite continues to gain momentum, most recently with the addition of Planning and Consolidation (BPC) to the SAP EPM Unwired app. SAP announced a mobile version of BPC in October 2012, and demonstrated the mobile app at SAP Financials 2013 in Las Vegas. 

Topics: HANA, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Cloud, Value, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

HANA: Improving SAP One Customer At A Time

Posted by Martin Lloyd on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

If you’ve read anything which has come from SAP in the last few months you will have heard of HANA. I understood that SAP thought it was very important but didn’t really understand what it was and how it was going to affect me. After some reading, attending a couple of courses and being involved in some discussions with SAP I know a little more and would like to share it with you.

Topics: HANA, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Consolidation, Cloud, Roadmap, Value, Data, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

EPM Integration:Financial Information Management -Pt. 2 Configuration

Posted by John Kam on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

This is Part 2 of 2 dealing with EPM Integration and Financial Information Management. If you have not read Part 1 discussing Installation, please read it first. For me, there are two components to configuration.  First there are systematic configurations to bring the environment up and running.  And then there is usability configuration to setup user & groups (although it’s part of environment configuration...), but most importantly creating and configuring data store connections.

Topics: Process Improvement, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Cloud, Financial Information Management, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

Zen and the Art of Converting Buzzwords to Business Value

Posted by David Den Boer on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 @ 09:12 AM

If you have registered on any site having to do with business technology, you've no doubt been inundated daily with emails touting the latest "big data"/mobility/cloud (fill in the blank) solution. While all the buzzwords about the latest must-have solutions are shaking loose some investments from large corporations, at Column5 we believe a more measured approach returns the most business value. Let's take them one concept at a time.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Cloud, Roadmap

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