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2018 Agenda

Day 1
Monday, March 12
Day 2
Tuesday, March 13
Day 3
Wednesday, March 14
Day 4
Thursday, March 15
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast

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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Adam Hess

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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Jennifer Harlan

EPM Transformation Workshop

Achieving success with EPM can be tricky – research shows that nearly 75% of EPM projects fail to return positive value. Why is achieving value so difficult? EPM is comprised of many products, service providers, implementation methods and management processes. These variables complicate the EPM landscape, making it difficult for...
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David Den Boer

BPC Performance Improvement – NetWeaver/HANA (Hands-on Workshop)

Despite a generally positive experience with BPC, most users desire better overall performance. Charles Dagaev, Global Director of Technical Services at Column5, has mastered the fine art of tuning BPC to be both stable and fast. He has helped BPC customers optimize BPC performance for over 15 years. Attend this...
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Darko Kavazovic
Charles Dagaev

SAP Analytics Cloud – Part 1 (Hands-on Workshop)

The SAP Analytics Cloud solution offers all analytics capabilities for all users in one product. In the boardroom, at the office, or in front of a customer, you can discover, analyze, plan, predict, and collaborate in one integrated experience designed expressly for the cloud. Access all data and embed analytics...
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12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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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Adam Hess

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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Jennifer Harlan

EPM Transformation Workshop (Encore)

Please note that this is an encore (repeat) offering of the morning workshop. Achieving success with EPM can be tricky – research shows that nearly 75% of EPM projects fail to return positive value. Why is achieving value so difficult? EPM is comprised of many products, service providers, implementation methods...
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David Den Boer

BPC Performance Improvement – Microsoft (Hands-on Workshop)

Despite a generally positive experience with BPC, most users desire better overall performance. Charles Dagaev, Global Director of Technical Services at Column5, has mastered the fine art of tuning BPC to be both stable and fast. He has helped BPC customers optimize BPC performance for over 15 years. Attend this...
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Charles Dagaev

SAP Analytics Cloud – Part 2 (Hands-on Workshop)

*Please note that attendance to SAP Analytics Cloud – Part 1 is a prerequisite for this session. The SAP Analytics Cloud solution offers all analytics capabilities for all users in one product. In the boardroom, at the office, or in front of a customer, you can discover, analyze, plan, predict,...
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8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast

Keynote 2018

David Den Boer

How to: Drill Through to Detail + Link Documents

While EPM tools are designed to meet specific requirements, have you ever had users question the data in specific cells? Enabling drill through gives you dynamic, real-time access to the supporting numbers directly from their source systems. Drill through links BPC to an external data source, whether it’s a GL,...
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Jennifer Harlan

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...
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Visualizations and Dashboards with BPC and SAP Analytics Cloud

Learn to enhance BPC’s value with BPC-enabled dashboards and visualizations. Attend this session to learn tips, tricks and techniques applicable within your current environment and also review advanced visualization options available within SAP Analytics Cloud, an option many are choosing to enhance their BPC/EPM solutions.
Chris Clay

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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David Den Boer

High Performing & Integrated Analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud, one of SAP’s latest innovations, bundles business intelligence, EPM and advanced analytics into a powerful solution deployed in the cloud on HANA. It boasts an impressive combination of high performance and integrated analytics, and even a deployment option complementary to BPC. Attend this session to learn how...
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Chris Clay

Lionsgate: Using SAP BPC to Supplement Big Data Analytics for Planning/Forecasting and Reporting Optimization

Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and over-the-top platforms reach next-generation audiences worldwide. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed...
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BPC Solutions with S/4HANA

There are many options for integrating BPC with S/4HANA. Learn about the differences between using BPC version 10.1 and version 11, and differences between Optimized, Embedded, Standard, or hybrid models and the role of Central Finance to address your organization’s specific planning, consolidation and financial reporting requirements.
Steve Sussman
Pras Chatterjee
Charles Dagaev

Darwin EPM Bells & Whistles: Excel Interface, Dashboards, Ribbon, DPFs

Each innovative Darwin EPM module includes several core components of the Darwin platform. Tools like Dashboards, the Darwin Ribbon and Darwin Process Flows (DPFs) combine to elevate user experience far beyond that of custom-built EPM solutions. This superior user experience, which relies on properly harnessing BPC’s power through the Excel...
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Will Leonard

Performance Tuning – NetWeaver & HANA

While BPC is extremely powerful, users often complain of poor performance. Monitoring and adjusting performance settings can significantly improve your system’s performance. Don’t accept poor performance from your system – attend this session to learn performance basics, including how to immediately improve your BPC experience. This session focuses on BPC...
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Darko Kavazovic
Charles Dagaev

SAP EPM Roadmap

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.
Pras Chatterjee

Using the Comments Function

Have you expanded your BPC data management from strictly numerical data to include textual data as well? BPC stores textual data in the comments feature parallel to stored numbers and is applicable in a variety of use cases. Attend this session to learn how you can take advantage of this...
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Adam Hess

Performance Tuning – Microsoft

While BPC is extremely powerful, users often complain of poor performance. Monitoring and adjusting performance settings can significantly improve your system’s performance. Don’t accept poor performance from your system – attend this session to learn performance basics, including how to immediately improve your BPC experience. This session focuses on BPC...
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Darko Kavazovic
Charles Dagaev

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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Jennifer Harlan

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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Frank Ruff

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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Steve Sussman

Reallocating Finance after EPM: The New Role of Financial Planning & Analysis

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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David Den Boer

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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Chris Clay

How New Balance Athletics Leverages BPC to Meet Evolving Financial and Management Needs

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 this session to learn how New Balance overcame the challenges of growing...
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Todd Paulauskas
5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Networking Reception

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast

Darwin EPM Module Overview: CapEx & PPM

Advanced EPM solutions should contain both CapEx and PPM modules to unlock maximum value. Darwin EPM now enables organizations to exponentially expand the potential value of these solutions using its unique modules! Attend this session to understand the advantages of choosing Darwin EPM over traditional custom or siloed models for...
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Frank Ruff

EPM as a Bi-Directional Communication Tool for Management

SAP EPM systems are often used by global enterprises, making excellent performance dependent on integrated planning with stakeholders around the world. The disconnect between employees of different nations and languages, however, presents an inherent challenge for management. Attend this session to learn how to configure EPM to facilitate and enhance...
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David Den Boer

How Ensign Transformed its Financial Reporting and Close Process and Automated SEC Reporting with SAP BPC

Ensign provides a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at over 250 healthcare facilities throughout the US. The company has used BPC for over ten years to support various financial and...
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EPM Add-in Performance Improvement

BPC performance stability is essential – yet remains elusive to organizations of all sizes. Sometimes the performance bottleneck occurs in the system’s backend, requiring IT assistance. However, if its in the front-end, users can easily run report configurations and issues on the client without IT involvement! Attend this session to...
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Charles Dagaev
Mike Sullivan

Darwin EPM Module Overview: HCM

OpEx budgets are typically dominated by labor-related expenses. An incorrect hire date, unrecorded employee transfer or missing LOA (leave of absence) can significantly impact budgets and forecasts. Caps and tiers complicate payroll taxes, especially when combined with new and transferred employees. The Darwin HCM module simplifies these headaches, allowing users...
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Frank Ruff

SAP Cloud Offerings

Many organizations are exploring ways to migrate systems to off-prem, cloud-based platforms. Hear about the many options available today to operate BPC and other SAP solutions in the cloud, and the potential benefits. Topics covered include SAP Analytics Cloud, HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC), and BPC on Amazon Web Services or...
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Steve Sussman
Charles Dagaev

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.
Darko Kavazovic

Advanced Planning Concepts

The legacy planning method of inputting numbers into a trial balance is quickly fading away as customers grow to expect things like rolling forecasts, driver-based planning and integrated business planning. How does your organization address advanced planning, and how does BPC enable it? Attend this session to speak directly with...
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David JH Jones
Mike Sullivan
David Den Boer

Core-Mark: Leveraging BPC to Automate Consolidation and Reporting

Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to approximately 45,000 customer locations in the U.S. and Canada through 32 distribution centers....
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11:50 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch

The Consolidation Conundrum

While BPC is short for Business Planning and Consolidation, it is not implemented for consolidation as frequently as planning and forecasting. In addition, organizations that have implemented consolidations in BPC do not consistently receive the full anticipated value. Attend this session to learn the business benefits of BPC’s consolidation capability...
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Mike Sullivan

Making the Case for Ensemble Modeling

You’ve heard of rolling forecasts, predictive analytics and many other approaches to planning – but what about Ensemble Modeling? You’re likely already practicing this method in some manner, but EPM can better enable your planning using this technique. Attend this session to hear how Ensemble Modeling allows the incorporation of...
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David Den Boer

Telefónica UK: From Initial Implementation to Adding “Simple Genius” with DarCE

Telefónica UK (O2), a leading UK digital communications company, has used SAP BPC (NetWeaver) to support management reporting and performance management since 2014. In this session, Benet Gillespie, Senior Finance Manager – Reporting & Planning Systems at Telefónica UK (O2) will talk about their BPC journey, from initial through several...
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Data Integration Strategies

Copying and pasting data is outdated – are you behind the times? Previously manual operations in finance functions can now be automated and accelerated through the use of EPM. One of EPM’s most valuable features is the automation of data integration with source systems for transactional and master data. Attend...
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Jennifer Harlan

Darwin EPM Module Overview: Revenue Planning

The Darwin EPM revenue planning module bridges the gap between finance and operations, enabling the integration of departmental planning. Attend this session for a demonstration of the revenue planning module, as well as an overview of the business benefits it provides.
Will Leonard

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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Chris Clay

Data Validation

The power of BPC is dependent on reliable and timely data input. Is your data qualified to ensure it meets all test and expectations? Attend this session to learn about features that can be enabled to accelerate and improve the data input process, helping your organization to save time and...
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Adam Hess

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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Will Leonard

Performance Roundtable

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.
Charles Dagaev
Mike Sullivan
David Den Boer

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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David JH Jones
Mike Sullivan

Exploring the Book Publishing Functionality

Whether you’re presenting reports in a monthly package or large offline workbooks, book publishing produces reports more efficiently. While few users fully understand this solution, it can be a real reporting game-changer. Attend this session for a walkthrough, led by Column5’s team of expert trainers, teaching you through everything you...
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Jennifer Harlan

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.
Charles Dagaev
8:00 am - 8:50 am

Breakfast

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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Frank Ruff

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.
Charles Dagaev

Customer Panel: Maximizing the Value from Your Investment in BPC – Innovative ideas on How to Improve Planning/Forecasting Processes

This panel consists of existing BPC customers who are using the solution to manage a variety of planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes. Column5 and SAP experts will also be on-hand to discuss how organizations are rethinking how their financial, operational and strategic planning processes help manage growth and complexity in...
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Steve Sussman

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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Charles Dagaev
Mike Sullivan

Heuristic EPM: Automating the Role of Analysts & Expanding Beyond Finance Users

Infrequent EPM users often forget how to use the system during long periods of EPM inactivity, leaving business decision makers unable to navigate templates or apply budgeting principles in planning to balance risk and reward. Attend this session to learn to configure your EPM solution to help business users easily...
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David Den Boer

Improving the BPC User Experience

BPC’s flexible user experience enables a wide range of approaches to user interface, various processes and system feedback. Attend this session to learn how other customers have solved unique challenges, and be inspired to better your system.
Will Leonard
Frank Ruff
Jennifer Harlan

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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Adam Hess

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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David JH Jones
David Den Boer

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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Charles Dagaev
Mike Sullivan
11:50 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch