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EPM Implementations: The Cost of Buying on Price Alone

Posted by Rick Bryant on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

"The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory."-Aldo Gucci

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

The Cloud: EPM Bust or Solution?

Posted by David Den Boer on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

A cloud buster is a device invented by Austrian Wilhelm Reich, who claimed to be able to produce rain by draining energy from the cloud--effectively "busting a cloud." This far-fetched claim reminds me of some of the outlandish claims being made about how revolutionary cloud technology is these days. The fact is, the cloud has its place for some customers, but it is not quite the ultimate enterprise performance management (EPM)solution as it may be billed. The goal of this post is to discuss the realities, pros, and cons of the cloud deployment model that is becoming more popular in the market.

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

The Easy Way to Increase EPM ROI - Part 1

Posted by Jonathon Pause on Thu, Nov 08, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Like it or not, we are a business society of metrics and when it comes to enterprise performance management (EPM), few are more important than return on investment (ROI). You have two ways to increase your EPM ROI: increase the gain from investment or reduce the cost of investment. We are steadfast believers that partnering with Column5 is the best way to optimize your gains, but today I want to discuss how you can control your costs, no matter the size of your company. The easiest way to reduce costs is to focus on reducing your cost per model (application BPC 7.5 and earlier).

Topics: Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), EPM ROI, Rapid Deployment Systems, Performance, Value, Implementation, BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation)

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)

Technology vs. Process?

Posted by Connie Folk on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 09:10 AM

It's not uncommon for business stakeholders to start forming a mental image of the solution once there is a high-level understanding of the features a new technology provides. But is understanding the sizzle the new tool brings to your current business challenges enough to have a winning project? Perhaps not!

Topics: Process Improvement, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), EPM ROI, Value


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