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EPM Maturity Model - How do I use it?

Posted by Peter Bull on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

In the last article we looked at the definition and content of the EPM Maturity Model.

In this article we’ll look at how to gauge EPM Maturity and how to identify areas to improve. At the core of the Maturity Model is the definition of:

  • Right Model
  • Right Audience
  • Right Time

Across these definitions we lay a scale that moves from low levels of maturity to high levels of maturity:

Topics: Best Practices, Process Improvement, Thought Leadership, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

EPM Maturity Model - What is it?

Posted by Peter Bull on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

Organizations need to plan, measure and manage across Strategy, Operations and Finance. Isn’t that what Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is all about? It seems like a simple formula. But what about if we change the question to ask what makes successful EPM and successful organizations? If we start with the definition that “Successful EPM drives organizations that dramatically outperform their competitors in terms of both financial and non-financial results” – this gives a very different perspective on the importance and value of EPM. It also means that you need to have a mechanism and framework to objectively review your EPM capabilities and relative maturity.

Topics: Best Practices, Thought Leadership, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

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

Tax Reporting Just Got a Whole Lot Tougher! (Thanks to the OECD)

Posted by Ciaron Kulczycki on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

You may have noticed in the news recently that many large multinationals have been the subject of some rather intense media and public scrutiny regarding the amount of tax they pay in certain countries.  As media pressure and public anger has escalated, governments and regulators have been compelled to take action to improve the visibility of where companies make their profits and where they pay their taxes to help ensure that they pay a fair share to the coffers of the national governments.

It had become obvious to governments that the underlying issues could not be addressed by unilateral regulation and instead need a cohesive joined up approach to tackle tax base erosion and profit shifting through transfer pricing arrangements between multinational subsidiaries.  The OECD in conjunction with the G20 countries devised an action plan which includes the need for greater levels of disclosure from multinational enterprises (MNEs) in relation to the countries where their economic activities occur and amounts of tax they pay in each jurisdiction.   This has resulted in the creation of the Country by Country (CbC) reporting standards by the OECD that are being implemented through the local tax governing bodies of all OECD members.

The OECD CbC regime requires the following reporting on a country by country basis;

Aggregate country wide information relating to the global allocation of

* Income;

* Taxes paid;

* and; other indicators of economic activity (stated capital, accumulated earnings, tangible assets, no of employees)

Topics: Center of Excellence, Process Improvement, Thought Leadership, best

HOW TO: Suppress Send Dialog Box in SAP BPC

Posted by Deb Silverman on Fri, Mar 04, 2016 @ 09:03 AM


BPC has always been a flexible tool with many “hooks” through Excel and the database layer enabling all manner of customizations to increase usability to customers’ exact specifications. The risk of customizing is the potential of that customization being an impediment to an upgrade. One popular access point provided by SAP/OutlookSoft was the “MNU_Commands” hook.

Topics: Thought Leadership, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation), best

Top 3 Reasons to Join Us at the EPM Leadership Summit

Posted by David Den Boer on Mon, Feb 08, 2016 @ 11:02 AM


On Wednesday, February 22 I will be giving the keynote formally launching the 2017 EPM Leadership Summit focusing on SAP’s EPM portfolio – with a special emphasis on BPC. To keep the focus on what it will take to make the event highly valuable for all attendees, I will be summarizing the desired conference outcomes in three simple points.

Reason #1: Stabilize - First, many EPM customers struggle with stabilizing their system. We hear this far too often. We know intimately that the solution can absolutely be configured in a successful way, however, for a variety of reasons, usability is not where it needs to be to give users a positive experience. Maybe performance isn’t quite up to par, maybe stability is erratic, perhaps data quality is not reliable enough that users are reluctant to rely on the output of the system. This is understandable, and has to be the first order of business to address. Clearly, no value can be achieved from investments in SAP BPC and other EPM technologies if these complaints aren’t resolved.

Topics: Best Practices, Excel, Thought Leadership, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

How to Calculate Return on Investment for SAP BPC Projects

Posted by Richard Hynes on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

We know that EPM (and specifically SAP BPC) implementations have the potential to be very profitable, more so than other IT projects like ERP implementations. But how do you prove that?

This blog takes a step by step approach to building a solid business case for a SAP BPC implementation. There are many intangible benefits to an EPM project which are difficult to put a value to, but we can set out all the costs and calculate a large part of the benefits. Even without adding in the intangible benefits, such as improved data quality, higher management efficiency and faster decision making, BPC projects can still be very profitable projects, so let’s go through the business case elements step by step.

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

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)

EPM Project Management Success: The 3 Lines of Defense to Reducing Risk on an SAP BPC EPM Project

Posted by Sebastien Verstraet on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

A risk is the possibility of an event or a condition that could negatively impact a project. There are many events or conditions in any EPM BPC implementation that can derail the project, because BPC is a complex tool that touches many areas of your organization. This article is intended to help mitigate risk.

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

The Top 5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Consulting Partner

Posted by Staci Matt on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @ 08:10 AM

As with most specialized software programs, it is usually not suggested to implement SAP BPC without the assistance of a consulting partner.  Many projects require expertise that most EPM administrators do not have, and so it is recommended to find a partner that can ensure success.  Choosing this partner is an important decision.  Here are a few of the top things a company should look at when deciding on an appropriate organization. 

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

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