enterprise performance management

2015 – Year of the Wood Sheep and a New Generation of EPM in the Cloud

Hard to believe it’s 2015 already. Time seems to blur between the years and, much like the best practice of continuous planning, we’re always looking ahead – there’s no wall or finish line in business. That being said, we do need to reflect back from time to time and it’s important to celebrate success. And there’s no better time to do it than the start of a brand new year. (more…)

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Why All the Buzz Around SAP Cloud for Planning?

by David Williams, Head of EPM Product Marketing, SAP       @daveswilliams

As I write this blog, a thunderstorm is overhead. The ground shakes with each clasp of thunder, and electricity fills the air – a fitting setting for the topic at hand.

It’s been three weeks since we announced SAP Cloud for Planning, our new public cloud planning and analysis solution, and the amount of buzz generated around the announcement has been electrifying. As expected, many questions have arisen around what will exactly be available, when; and a number of competitors have responded – attempting to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) around the offering. (more…)

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SAP Cloud for Planning – We Changed the Old Rules

by Gerrit Simon Kazmaier, Vice President and Head of Engineering, SAP Cloud for Planning

In our last blog, Ivo Bauermann asked me about “Why design isn’t just for designers, but also engineers for whom “Code is law.”

We changed the rules when we designed SAP Cloud for Planning. SAP Cloud for Planning is truly a designed application, and I would like to share with you what that means for us. (more…)

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See The Beauty in Your Plans

by Ivo Bauermann, Global Vice President and General Manager, EPM Solutions, SAP

The famous industrial designer Dieter Rams knew good design, dating back to the 1960s when he had major success at Braun. Even today, Apple’s products are heavily influenced by Mr. Rams’ designs (see this comparison). One of his key principles is that designers should eliminate the unnecessary, that good design emphasizes usefulness and disregards anything that detracts from it.

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Realizing a Tipping Point for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

By Gary Cokins, Founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC 

When should an organization decide to implement one or more components of an enterprise performance management (EPM) system? To answer this we can learn a lesson from Malcolm Gladwell, a social scientist and author of the best-selling book The Tipping Point, who describes how changes in mindset and perception can attain a critical mass and then quickly create an entirely different position of opinion. (more…)

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