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

EPM Report Writing 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 EPM Report Writing (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

Welcome + Opening Remarks

David Jones, EMEA Managing Director & Ian Thurbon, CEO, Column5 Consulting

Corporate Case Study: How Atlas Copco Used BPC 10.1 HANA For Next Generation Reporting

Find out how Atlas Copco, a world-leading global provider of sustainable productivity solutions, rolled out SAP BPC v10.1 on Hana to gear up for the Next Generation reporting. The implementation of the Next Generation Group Performance System heavily impacted the entire finance community, with the aim to further streamline the...
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10:15-10:30

Coffee

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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What is Darwin EPM and How Does it Revolutionise Your BPC Investment?

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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Understanding the 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.

Analysis for Office Reporting: The Latest in SAP EPM 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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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.

High Performance BPC Calculations: Ditch BADI, ABAP and Script Logic for 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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SAP S/4HANA Cloud, A New Solution for Group Reporting in Multinational Corporations

Ulrich Schlueter, Senior Development Manager, Financial Consolidation (Products & Innovation), SAP AG Waldorf Consolidation and Group Reporting with S/4HANA (Cloud) • Get an insight into SAP’s next generation of group reporting solutions: overview, product vision, availability • Advantages and use cases for a close integration between operational accounting and group...
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13:00-14:00

Lunch

Corporate Case Study: How GlaxoSmithKline Built Project Bison – a Flexible and Comprehensive SAP FC Solution

GlaxoSmithKline Project Bison – Building a comprehensive and flexible SAP FC consolidation and reporting solution for 2020 in a science-led global healthcare company that aims to deliver growth through the development of innovative pharmaceutical, vaccine and consumer healthcare products, from project inception to business as usual, including challenges, achievements and...
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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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SAP Analytics Cloud and Predictive Analytics Capabilities

Damien Fribourg, Director of Solution Management at SAP AG 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...
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10 Key Things to Know About SAP BPC Embedded

In this session, led by our Embedded Centre of Excellence Manager, we introduce you to SAP BPC Embedded and the 10 key things you need to know about it. This will include the positioning of SAP BPC 10.1 Embedded and a comparison with BPC 10.1 Standard and BPC 11, SAP...
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15:40-16:00

Coffee

Corporate Case Study: How Telefónica UK (O2) Took Back Control of BPC, Improved Performance by 95% and More!

Don’t invite your System Integrator to this case study! Telefónica UK (O2) will explain their BPC journey and how they took back control of their BPC applications, ditched complex BADIs and improved performance by 95%. Unbelievable? No true!

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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Integrating SAP Analytics Cloud & BPC to Enhance End-User Adoption and Facilitate Collaborative Planning

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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How to Avoid Excel EPM Add-in Crashes with 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.
17:45-18:30

Networking Drinks Reception

18:45

Thames Riverboat Experience

08:00-08:30

Breakfast, Networking and Registration

SAP EPM Consolidation: Comparing SAP FC and BPC With the Consolidation Solution Decision Tree

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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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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Corporate Case Study: How Dentsu Aegis Network Uses SAP BPC for Timely Global Reporting

How Dentsu Aegis Network, the marketing and communications company, addresses the challenges of timely reporting using SAP BPC in a global multi-national organisation.
10:05-10:30

Coffee

The Latest SAP BPC Roadmap

Chris Newdick ERP S/4 HANA Presales Manager at SAP What does the world’s leading business software vendor have in the works for its EPM products? Attend this session to hear directly from SAP on their EPM and Analytics roadmap, including plans for products like BPC, FC, and Analytics Cloud. The...
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The Latest SAP FC Roadmap

Fabrice Giraudin Global VP Business Development for EPM & Finance Solutions at SAP

Corporate Case Study: British American Tobacco Plc. Uses BPC 10.0 HANA To Enable Standardised Integrated Business Planning and Performance Management (IBPM)

The Project Strauss Journey at British American Tobacco Plc: How BPC 10.0 on Hana became the essential enabler for standardised Integrated Business Planning and Performance Management (IBPM) across 180 markets at BAT. IBPM is the overarching process that draws together month end close, financial planning, management and IFRS reporting and...
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12:20-13:15

Lunch

Corporate Case Study: How New Balance Athletics Leverages BPC to Meet Evolving Financial and Management Needs

Todd Paulaskas , Financial Information Systems Manager at New Balance Athletics Inc. New Balance uses BPC across its financial consolidations, monthly forecasting, annual budget and management reporting processes. As the company grows, so does the need for a robust and dynamic EPM solution to support increasingly complex business requirements. Attend...
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IFB Presents Reporting to IBCS®Standards with SAP Solutions

The adoption of IBCS standards for stakeholder communication is accelerating quickly. Here we explain what it is and why it matters.

Corporate Case Study: How Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T) Exploited SAP BPC NW for Management Reporting, Consolidation and Planning Zandes Burger, EPM & Analytics Process Integration Lead, Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gazprom group of companies, the world’s largest gas producer and one of the world’s largest energy companies. GM&T aims to build a unique environment of excellence, providing the world with innovative energy solutions.  Listen to how GM&T have...
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15:40-16:00

Coffee

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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