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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The Best Part of the Annual Budget is When it is Over!

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

Jeremy Hope (1948 – 2011) was a special type of management consultant and colleague who I highly respected. He started a revolutionary movement when he co-authored with Robin Fraser the book, Beyond Budgeting: How Managers Can Break Free from the Annual Performance Trap (Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing, 2003). Their basic message was that the annual budgeting process is so broken and dysfunctional that the best solution is not to reform it but rather to abandon the process altogether. (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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