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Thought Leadership

IT Best Practices for EPM Implementation Success

Posted by Tony DeStefanis on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 14:03 PM

If you follow best practices for SAP implementation and use, whether it be BPC, Disclosure Management, ECC,
HANA, ABAP, or many others, you will be successful in quantifying the benefits from the suite of products you choose.  Our perspective is that there are no inherently “bad” SAP products, just poor implementation that can make your product use more stressful than it needs to be.

Topics: Excel, EPM Maturity, Performance, Implementation, best practices for epm

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

Column5 Launches the “Close Cycle Rankings 2014” in North America

Posted by David Jones on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Column5 is pleased to be sponsoring the North American edition of the “Close Cycle Rankings 2014” in conjunction with our research partners EPM International. This research is now available to our clients.

For the last 10 years EPM International (EPMi) has compiled information from publicly available sources on the elapsed days taken to report Q4/year-end results and obtain the annual audit report sign-off for over 1,000 of the world’s largest companies, including the New York Stock Exchange Top 100.

Topics: Best Practices, Thought Leadership, EPM Maturity, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Financial Close, Forecasting

Are You Mature Enough for EPM - Part II

Posted by Peter Bull on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 08:10 AM

In the last article we looked at a pragmatic approach to assessing EPM Maturity using a Maturity Matrix. In this article we’ll expand on the matrix and also develop the ideas of what this can be used for in developing an EPM approach in an organization.

Topics: EPM Maturity, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Performance, Roadmap, Implementation, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

A Second Set of Eyes: Benefits of an SAP EPM Center of Excellence

Posted by Rick Bryant on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 @ 11:06 AM
What is a Center or Excellence?

That is a very good question and one that we get a lot from our customers. The generally accepted definition of a Center of Excellence (CoE from here on out) is a team, a shared facility or an entity that provides leadership, evangelization, best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus area. In the case of Column5 that focus area is the successful implementation of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions.So how does this team help our customers?

Topics: Center of Excellence, Best Practices, Thought Leadership, EPM Maturity, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

Part 2 What’s new for EPM? A look at the latest EPM roadmap from SAP

Posted by Rick Bryant on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

In part one of this two part blog I reviewed the upcoming enhancements and new features coming to the Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) product. In this blog I will cover the remaining products in SAP’s EPM portfolio.

Topics: EPM Maturity, Roadmap

Turning Your EPM Data Into a Real Crystal Ball

Posted by Jamison Chochrek on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

If you listen to the world's largest vendors of storage systems, the amount of data on the planet is doubling every few hours or every few weeks. Regardless of who you believe, by the time you are finished reading this article, there will be significantly more data on the planet than when you started reading. Retailers are creating sales and shipping data. Healthcare organizations are creating patient data and staffing records. Banks are producing financial transaction data and managing foreign currency fluctuations. Scientific organizations are creating test data in the lab. You get the point: More data is inevitable. There are two major aspects any organization must consider. First, you have to get the data. It needs to be collected, stored, managed, and backed up. Second, you have to use the data. This is where analytics comes in, and has been a "top of the house" information technology discipline since the dawn of computing.

Topics: EPM Maturity, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Roadmap, Data


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