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Posted by Michael Sheard on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 09:11 AM

Column5 is the leading edge of Enterprise Performance Management and strives to provide technical tools which enable personal growth to benefit you and your organization. This blog will provide users high level functional help using dimension properties to automatically display related members

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Training

Adding Value through the BPC Consolidation Process – Part II

Posted by Mike Sullivan on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 08:10 AM

In part one of this post we explored some of the areas where SAP Business Planning and Consolidation has added significant value to the Consolidation process through the use of Business Process Flows. The Business Process Flow not only aided in guiding a user through the steps in a process but served as a mechanism to allow once time consuming centralized tasks to be pushed upstream and distributed across the user base.  This post will dive into some key model considerations that need to be addressed in order to achieve this value.

Topics: Training, Value, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

Are You Mature Enough for EPM - Part I

Posted by Peter Bull on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

The ultimate goal in any competitive pursuit is to achieve peak performance—and in the enterprise performance management world, that means reaching "column five" in the EPM Maturity Model.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Training, EPM ROI, Value

Searching the Web for SAP EPM and BPC Answers - Part II

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 07:09 AM

In the first part of this blog, I discussed how to obtain some helpful and resourceful information around the SAP EPM space on the web.  My main emphasis focused around several SAP websites including the SAP Service Market Place, SAP’s Help Center and the EPM Forum.  Though I know most sequels don’t do as well as the original, I would like to now share with you some very supportive sites that revolve around the database layer of BPC.

Topics: Training, Microsoft

Useful Tips of Advanced Functionality in EPM10 Dynamic Formatting

Posted by Michael Sheard on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 07:09 AM


Column5 is the leading edge of Enterprise Performance Management and strives to provide technical tools which enable personal growth to benefit you and your organization. This blog will provide users who are familiar with dynamic formatting tips and how to use the full functionality to refine formatting.

Topics: Excel, Training, Performance

Column5 eLearning to the Rescue!

Posted by Sandra McCormack on Wed, Sep 04, 2013 @ 08:09 AM

You arrive to work after dealing with traffic during the 45 minute morning commute. After opening your online calendar the queasy and immediate reminder of the back to back meetings that begin your day. Suddenly,  the familiar ding of the new email notification. You open the email to read that, despite your looming project deadline, your boss wants the team to attend an 8 hour mandatory training session held by the ACME training company on the new widget software application...tomorrow.

Topics: Training, Innovation, Value

Transitioning From EPM Client to Consultant?

Posted by Keith Roberts on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Six years ago, after being in an EPM client role for a few years, I decided to transition to a EPM10 & BPC consultant role. There are pro’s and con’s to every professional choice.  If you are thinking about making the switch into a consultant role, this may help your decision process. This is not a comprehensive list just a personal perspective. For many this may seem like a lateral move, but it was much more of an upgrade.

Topics: Training, Performance

EPM & BPC Training: Addressing the Needs of Adult Learners

Posted by Jennifer Harlan on Thu, Mar 07, 2013 @ 11:03 AM

No single model of training will be the best for all situations, and different learners have different learning styles. Many educators have only recently started to recognize using multiple learning styles when developing educational materials.

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

New Year's Resolutions for EPM - Happy 2013!

Posted by David Den Boer on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:01 AM
It's the time of year when many of us make New Year's resolutions--and commit to improving specific aspects of our lives. Just for fun, let's apply the same assessment to your company's EPM processes. Continuous improvement is the theme, starting with a quick comparison to common goals we hear this time of year:
  1. Lose weight/get fit. Diet and exercise works to achieve and maintain a trim waistline for people, but what's the EPM equivalent? Well, one of the most common measurements for EPM effectiveness is cycle time. A bloated planning or consolidation process can leave participants feeling demotivated and fatigued. Why not commit to automating the EPM cycle as much as possible...shedding unwanted steps and promoting maximum efficiency?
  2. Spend more time with family and friends. One of the most rewarding aspects of a career in consulting is seeing firsthand the human impact you can make in project after project. When you see a customer with a team burning the midnight oil to manage linked workbooks or overcome a slow-running process...what that really means is their lives are on hold. Sometimes it means coming home late during the monthly close process; for others, it's being cooped up in the office till the wee hours getting voluminous data aligned during your annual budget. We often hear customers tell us that, with the changes our projects deliver, they "get their life back." We can't promise every project will improve the quality of marriages and friendships, or enable parents to participate more in their children's lives, but it has happened!
  3. Learn something new. On a personal level, this may mean returning to school, taking a class you've always wanted to take, or somehow enriching your base of knowledge. Applying that aspiration to your company, EPM can be enhanced to gain new insights about the cause and effect relationships about your business's drivers. Historical data can be analyzed to expose relationships that give you a new ability to predict future outcomes with more accuracy. Better use of EPM can help all decision makers in your organization learn something new about what makes your business operate. (And if you want to take learning literally, Column5's EPM Academy offers a wide array of EPM training options.)
  4. Get more organized. Most of us know our personal lives could be a little more organized, and that we could do a better job of managing the details. One of the most effective tools we can apply to do so personally is technology; and the same can be leveraged in business. Organizing an EPM process is easy when workflows are designed to enable reporting on each process. Don't just control the process in an organized way, but use reporting to monitor the process to encourage faster and faster process throughput. Know where you are in the process in real time.
  5. Help others. A lot of people make commitments to be more charitable and giving with their time to help those less fortunate. At work, being able to help decision makers improve their performances, potentially earning bigger bonuses, and enhancing their careers is one way to make a more beneficial contribution to others' lives. Bolstering the bottom line of the company through effective EPM can also improve the bottom lines of company leadership--and Column5 can help. Leveraging our proven processes to drive improved profitability to your company is a great way to make life a little brighter for others in your organization!
As 2013 kicks off, the Column5 team resolves to supporting the very peak of SAP EPM solutions for our customers. Happy New Year to all our current and future customers!

Topics: Thought Leadership, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Business Intelligence (BI), Training, Value, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

EPM Training: From Strategy to Execution

Posted by Jennifer Harlan on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 @ 09:12 AM

To transform your organization into a performance-driven one, you need Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions that link your processes and data together to provide a common view of your business. You also need to ensure these software solutions are properly installed and tuned on the back end, as well as making sure they are optimally configured to meet your business needs on the front end. Those needs being met, and -- depending on the size of your implementation -- hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars later, the success of your implementation still hangs in the balance. Are your finance and IT departments equipped to maintain the solution moving forward? Are your users knowledgeable and enthusiastic about using the new tools in which you've invested so much time and money?

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


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