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What's New for EPM - A Look at the Latest EPM Roadmap from SAP

Posted by Rick Bryant on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 09:03 AM

SAP released the latest update to the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) roadmap on March 19th.  Although I won’t go into great detail on the roadmap or discuss every new feature, I will provide high level overview of the highlights as I see them. 

Topics: HANA, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Innovation, Roadmap, Value, Data, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

Adding Value Through the Consolidation Process - Part One

Posted by Mike Sullivan on Wed, Feb 06, 2013 @ 09:02 AM

If you have recently evaluated replacing your consolidation system, you were undoubtedly faced with justifying the value of the solution. While a new solution will have a plenty of new features and performance benefits, at the end of the day, the accounting rules that need to be followed and the results being generated are the same. Today, we are seeing more consolidation system evaluations based not only on adding value, but more importantly their ability to integrate with and add value to the overall enterprise performance management (EPM) processes. Implementing SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) is one way of accomplishing that, particularly through the use of business process flows (BPFs).

Topics: Process Improvement, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Consolidation, Value, Data, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

Retail Analytics: Understanding The Weather

Posted by Jamison Chochrek on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 @ 09:12 AM

In a previous post, I discussed how top storage vendors believe that global data stores are doubling every few hours or weeks, and how this problem can be turned into an opportunity in almost every vertical or field of work. Today, let's focus on one of the retail sector's larger data opportunities, and how this data can increase profitability for organizations who deploy retail analytics.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Performance, Implementation, Data

Unwind the Compromise to Unlock the Promise of EPM

Posted by David Den Boer on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

In two of my previous blog posts, I've discussed the problems with Excel Hell and the compromises that can result from using spreadsheets as an enterprise performance management (EPM) tool. Now, let's get positive: How can you unwind the layers of compromise in your current solution to unlock the promise of EPM?

Topics: Excel, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Performance, Value, Data, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

You Might Be in Excel Hell If...

Posted by David Den Boer on Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 05:05 AM


There’s a lot of hype about Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) these days, and its time to clear up some common misconceptions. The most common disconnect I see is that companies buy an EPM solution to replace Excel, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, that is often all the inspiration they can muster when implementing…a decidedly bad thing.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Business Intelligence (BI), Performance, Implementation, Data

BPC User Data Collection Checklist

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @ 10:04 AM


When testing and enhancing BusinessObjects Planning & Consulting (BPC) performance, it's essential that users provide the correct information about what they are doing. The following checklist can help you ensure you are comparing apples to apples—in other words, that users that are performing the same processes (reports, input schedules, etc.) when determining user performance of that specific process.

Topics: Business Intelligence (BI), Innovation, Performance, Data


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