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3 Reasons You Will Be Happy With BPC

Posted by David Den Boer on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 09:09 AM

At the Apollo temple in Delphi (Greece), an ancient quote is carved in stone, alternately translated as "Nothing in excess" or "All things in moderation". This is a great credo to live by as we all know what excess can bring, especially if we think about things that may seem to be good at the outset. In life, we can think of things like food, wine, and even work that - when managed in small quantities are indeed good things, but when taken to excess, they can become destructive.

Topics: Best Practices, Performance, Implementation

Searching the Web for SAP EPM & BPC Answers - Part I

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 12:07 PM
It seems every day we are always searching for something on the Internet. A good recipe for pea soup, the cheapest hotel in Oakland, California or the difference between an Aardvark and an Armadillo. We are creatures of habit.  You most likely get your news or local forecast from the same source on line each morning, the same way you probably go to the same coffee house.  Although there are thousands of similar sites, we find a website that provides us with the information we are looking for and we stick with it. I have found over the years that these habits cover not only one’s personal searches but their professional as well.

Topics: Best Practices, Performance, Implementation, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

Using a Technical Expert When Implementing BPC

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

Many clients want to implement BPC v10 themselves with no input from technical services which affects development time, project time line and overall project success.There is a right and wrong way to implement BPC and ensure overall project success. We want every client to achieve the highest quality installation.

Topics: Best Practices, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Performance, Implementation

Organizational Change Management in EPM and BPC Implementations

Posted by Connie Folk on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

Previously I discussed the top five critical success factors for a project.  Remember the word of caution mentioned in that blog – “slick, leading-edge technology alone will not guarantee project success.”  So what factor from that list must be coupled with the technology to ensure a successful adoption of your EPM or SAP BPC solution?  The Human Factor, or quite simply, the people that will be involved in using the system once deployed can make or break your project.  I’ll discuss in this blog why Organizational Change Management (OCM) should be one of your Top 5 Critical Success Factors for your EPM or SAP implementation.

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Project Management, Value, Implementation, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

EPM Project Management Methodologies Untangled

Posted by Connie Folk on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 08:04 AM

Do you ever wonder if you are keeping up with the plethora of project management methodologies? Waterfall, Scrum, Agile, Lean, ASAP,  Agile Waterfall and Sprints form just a handful of concepts. What is a project management methodology anyway and how do you choose the most appropriate one for your Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Business Planning & Consolidation (BPC) or Business Intelligence (BI) SAP project?

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Business Intelligence (BI), Project Management, Value, Implementation, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

What is an EPM Installation Consultant? – Part 3: Post Implementation

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the differences between installation consultants and technical consultants. In Part 2, we dug into the details of technical landscape design. In this third and final post of the series, I'll outline some of the Column5 Technical Services that can help ensure your project keeps moving forward in the post implementation environment.

Topics: Process Improvement, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Performance, Implementation

What is an Installation Consultant? – Part 2: Landscape Design

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Wed, Jan 09, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the differences between installation consultants and technical consultants. In Part 2, let's dig into the details of technical landscape design.

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

What is an Installation Consultant? – Part 1: Installation vs. Technical Consultants

Posted by Charles Dagaev on Mon, Jan 07, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

Column5 is the premier partner of SAP in the enterprise performance management (EPM) space, and in the Technical Services team, we often come across competitors' proposals and RFPs that refer to installation consultants as distinguished from a technical consultant role.

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

What Should an SAP BPC Implementation Team Look Like?

Posted by Ian Garrington on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

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It seems like another age now, looking back at the various roles I had to play as an OutlookSoft implementation consultant. Often working by myself, or if I was lucky, with the assistance of a another more junior consultant, I was expected to liaise with the client to analyse requirements, produce a design, build, test, and deploy the solution while at the same time providing customer training and technical infrastructure expertise. My evenings were typically spent trawling websites and forums, keeping up with the latest service packs and patches along with findings from other consultants out in the field. The saying 'Jack of all trades, master of none' pretty well sums up what a BPC consultant needed to be in those simpler times.

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

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