Agenda

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2018 Agenda

Day 1
14 May 2018
Day 2
15 May 2018
Day 3
16 May 2018
08:30-09:15

Breakfast, Networking, and Registration

BPC Reporting for Beginners (Hands-on Workshop)

Creating reports in BPC is a refined skill, often intimidating new users. It’s essential to equip users with the skill to create their own reports in BPC using EPM Add-in for Excel. Attend this platform-neutral session to gain a better understanding of critical foundational reporting concepts, applicable for organizations running...
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BPC Script Logic: SQL Syntax (Hands-on Workshop)

Understanding and developing SQL syntax scripts (using *WHEN structures) is crucial to writing script logic. Attend this platform-neutral session, applicable for organizations running BPC 10.x for NetWeaver and HANA or Microsoft, to learn the necessary skills for writing your own logic scripts and understanding existing ones. This course will feature...
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Performance Tuning for NetWeaver (Hands-on Workshop)

Despite a generally positive experience with BPC, most users desire better overall performance. Attend this session for practical lessons you can apply to improve your system performance. Exercises will include: • EPM Client Performance tuning o EPM Client Logging • UJStat o Enable Logging o Understanding the logs o Disable...
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12:45-13:25

Lunch

Advanced Reporting in BPC (Hands-on Workshop)

Attend this platform-neutral advanced reporting session, applicable for organizations running BPC 10.x for NetWeaver and HANA or Microsoft, to learn how to build formatted reports with dynamic selection areas using the EPM Add-in for Excel interface. Exercises will include: • Adding multiple reports to a worksheet • Using functions to...
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BPC Script Logic: Allocation Syntax (Hands-on Workshop)

Understanding and developing allocation syntax scripts (using *RUNALLOCATION structures) is crucial to writing script logic. Attend this platform-neutral session, applicable for organizations running BPC 10.x for NetWeaver and HANA or Microsoft, to learn the necessary skills for writing your own logic scripts and understanding existing ones. This course will feature...
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BPC Performance Improvement – Microsoft (Hands-on Workshop)

Despite a generally positive experience with BPC, most users desire better overall performance. Attend this session for practical lessons you can apply to improve your system performance. Exercises will include: • EPM Client Performance tuning o EPM Client Logging • Application Server Performance tuning o Data Collector Sets o IIS...
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08:15-09:00

Breakfast, Networking and Registration

10:15-10:30

Coffee

Reallocating Finance after EPM: The New Role of Financial Planning + Acquisition

Companies typically invest in EPM after hearing the standard value statement – that the technology enables you to better allocate financial resources, usually spending more on analyzing data and less on gathering it. After this investment, what can your team do to add further value to this process, support the...
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Consolidations: Comparing SAP FC + BPC

Are you ready to implement a consolidation solution? SAP’s EPM portfolio features two consolidation solutions – Financial Consolidations (FC) and Business Planning and Consolidations (BPC). Attend this session to explore the differences between the two, including decisive requirement complexities, to help you understand which may be a better fit for...
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What is Darwin EPM?

EPM has become widely recognized as critical to an organization’s success. As such, the need for excellent performance, usability and business value within an EPM solution are at an all-time high. This session will help you understand how Darwin EPM uniquely meets the needs of SAP BPC customers through its...
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Analysis for Office Reporting

Did you know Analysis for Office (AO) can access BPC data in addition to your other SAP data? In fact, it is the primary interface for accessing Embedded and Optimized BPC versions. Attend this session to learn how this reporting interface works, and learn how it compares to alternatives associated...
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Cost of Ownership Reduction

Total Cost of Ownership, or TCO, refers to the monetary requirements associated with supporting and maintaining a BPC solution. While BPC is powerful, it can be implemented in many ways to solve many different problems which often causes this cost to rise. Attend this session to learn how to minimize...
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High Performance Calculations with DarCE

A powerful core platform supports Darwin EPM’s innovative functional modules, and the Darwin Calculation Engine (DarCE) is perhaps its most critical component. DarCE can stabilize any BPC system’s performance, reduce the cost of BPC support and uncover new value! It’s also a slick way to do calculations. Attend this session...
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13:00-14:00

Lunch

The Top 10 Mistakes Made by BPC Customers

As an industry leader in BPC consulting, Column5 has been actively serving the market longer than any other firm. This gives us a wide variety of powerful customer experiences, including projects where a little creativity has yielded amazing results (attend one of the case study sessions to see for yourself)!...
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Predictive Capabilities in SAP Analytics Cloud and Predictive Analytics

Over the past few years, Predictive Analytics has evolved to become a powerful option to help organizations achieve more accurate forecasting and visibility into internal and external trends and drivers which can influence actual results. Learn more about SAP’s solutions leveraging Predictive Analytics, which can be used in conjunction with...
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15:40-16:00

Coffee

Beyond the Hype: Choosing an EPM Deployment Strategy

SaaS and other cloud-based solutions have skyrocketed in popularity recently. Even Gartner has determined that their Magic Quadrant for Strategic and Financial Corporate Performance Management solutions will be limited to cloud-based software, further solidifying this trend. Is this the end of on-premise EPM deployment? Attend this session to hear our...
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Integrating SAP Analytics Cloud & BPC

As of October 2017, SAP Analytics Cloud (formerly known as SAP BusinessObjects Cloud) can now be used as a client to BPC. BPC users who rely on its unmatched Excel interface can now use SAP Analytics Cloud to leverage additional planning features, predictive analytics, smart (machine) discoveries, business intelligence and...
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Latest BPC Service Packs

BPC has a seemingly dizzying spectrum of versions and never-ending updates. Attend this session to learn from our experts about the most recent service packs, and the benefits you can gain by applying the latest BPC updates.
17:45-18:30

Networking Drinks Reception

18:45

Thames Riverboat Experience

08:00-08:30

Breakfast, Networking and Registration

SAP BPC Roadmap

Coming soon!

SAP FC Roadmap

Coming soon!
10:05-10:30

Coffee

Darwin EPM Module Overview: Consolidations

Consolidations are fundamental to an organization’s success, and are a major priority for most finance departments. Their failure may require significant system improvements to avoid being a catalyst for dependent finance processes. The Darwin consolidations module has the potential to significantly accelerate BPC consolidations while simultaneously increasing the usability and...
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EPM Benchmarking: How Good is Your EPM?

EPM solutions may be described by users as too slow, too hard to use or overcomplicated – does this sound familiar? If these complaints ring true, it may be difficult to achieve superior performance or even to know if your performance is good or bad. Attend this session to learn...
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Improve BPC User Experience with the EPM Plug-in and BPC v11

Attend this session for a review of the enhanced web interface features in BPC’s latest version – BPC 11. SAP merged Analysis for Office and the EPM Add-in into Analysis for Office, an Excel add-in. Analysis for Office includes two plug-ins. The Analysis Plug-in is used with Embedded models and...
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12:20-13:15

Lunch

Roundtable: Driving Effective Analytics

Wouldn’t it be nice to get more from your SAP BPC system than just ongoing data collection and report production? Your EPM can, and should, be analyzing this data too! Attend this roundtable session (audience participation is encouraged!) to discuss how organizations have advanced beyond simple data distribution to provide...
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Roundtable: FC

Coming soon!

Roundtable: Optimising Performance

Lingering system performance problems can rapidly alienate users, making EPM widely unpopular. Attend this roundtable session to learn how to overcome these challenges and improve your system performance.

Keys to Sustainable Performance

Has the performance of your BPC system waned since its initial go-live? Attend this session to receive expert advice on how to restore your system’s performance, potentially making it better than ever before.

S4/HANA Finance

Coming soon!
15:40-16:00

Coffee

Darwin EPM Module Overview: OpEx

Large and diverse organizations may encounter challenges when implementing a single OpEx planning solution. Individual groups require various levels of detail as they plan, ranging from granular to top level, to best manage their area of business. Attend this session to observe how the Darwin OpEx module addresses these issues...
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Options for Personalizing Your Dashboards

Dashboard can be a relative term, especially when it comes to EPM reporting. Do you have enough knowledge of the options available to customize a reporting interface for your organization? Attend this session to see examples of various BPC-enabled dashboards, including the use of integrated third-party dashboard tools.

Microsoft Office & BPC Version Stabilization

Microsoft Office, which BPC relies heavily on, is being updated more frequently than ever. These updates can cause frustrating results if various product versions aren’t continuously aligned through a strategic approach. Attend this session to learn techniques for avoiding this notorious instability.