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One of the big questions that comes up when organizations are evaluating and designing an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solution is whether or not the solution can support “mixing and matching” the levels of 'planning vs. forecasting vs. reporting'. The short answer is : ABSOLUTELY! The simple table below shows the typical high level business process mapping requirements for an organization:
A real world example of this is would be Operational Expense (OPEX) planning. Let’s say for example a cost center manager is trying to reforecast her Total Cost Center Travel for GL Account T100 for the remainder of the year. She now has one quarter of Actual data plus she can still see the official plan. At this point, she can see that Actuals are over Plan by $1K (flagged in Red below) for Fuel. She now needs to reforecast the remainder of the year. She also knows this because George in Procurement sent an email out to the team to alert them of a new fuel contract. In that contract, the price increased 25%. That means for the next 3 quarters, she can expect $5k to be the actual cost. Therefore, she reforecasts
In order to accomplish this power, the solution such as SAP’s Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) can store heterogenous data at mixed levels. Further it can blend or “actualize” plan data at the parent level along with actual data at the detail level to provide a much more accurate view of how the rest of the year will end up. In short, the solution is flexible to allow for real world changes to be integrated into the numbers. Having this level of ability means that users will achieve “UNDERSTANDING” of the numbers rather than just seeing numbers. Understanding leads to action; The users can take action with BPC vs. just seeing numbers and trying to put context around that. The solution allows for comments that help support the idea that we really are trying to enable users to take action rather than just read reports.
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