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Commonly Asked Questions from New SAP BPC Customers

Posted by Scott Kolka on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

New SAP BPC customers often have a plethora of questions – and that’s what we’re here for! Consultants at Column5 answer a variety of questions every day, constantly taking note of which ones come up repeatedly over time.

Whether you’re considering a BPC implementation or are already using BPC, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions asked by inexperienced users to help you better understand the software and its available benefits.

1.  “How long will my project take?”

Project timing is dependent on many factors, including the project’s functionality scope, its impact on change management and the organization’s size. A correlation also seems to exist between organizational size, complexity and project duration. That said, here are some general rules of thumb when it comes to timing:

Topics: best practices for epm, Functional, sap bpc

How To: Drill Through from SAP BPC

Posted by Mike Sullivan on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 08:08 AM

The ability to drill through from BPC to more detailed information is a high value exercise for a relatively low investment - yet it continues to be one of BPC’s most overlooked features. 

The typical use cases are as follows:

  • Lower level connection with details
    • Exact, accurate actuals for run rates, deconstructing numbersDetails necessary to calculate drivers that drive the accurate plan
    • Ability to link to transactional systems at the lowest level of detail for drill through
    • Time definition is the frequent axis for alignment
  • Automate time to explain variances & identify anomalies
    • Understand exactly what transaction drives variance (if applicable)
    • For close, audits, and other reconciliation exercises, spot suspect numbers
  • Convenience builds user adoption Adds functionality like drill through to details, even possibly images
    • “One stop shopping” user experience
    • No need to switch tools wholesale as data gets lower in details

Topics: Data, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation), BPC, Functional, reporting

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