LONDON, April 3, 2017

Column5 Consulting has announced the creation of a new Centre of Excellence for delivery of SAP BPC Embedded solutions. The Centre boasts a lineup of SAP Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) experts, led by Principal Consultant Surya Tamada, with BW Integrated Planning and SAP BusinessObjects Planning & Consolidation (BPC) implementation experience who will model the necessary skills for successful SAP BPC NetWeaver Embedded implementations.

The SAP BPC world is rapidly advancing, requiring users to have a deeper technical skillset, essential EPM business process knowledge and more iterative approaches to development. The SAP BPC Embedded Centre of Excellence will help customers gain these skills and give them access to a support network. Experts at Column5 have successfully implemented over 200 SAP BPC projects across the USA, Europe and the Middle East. Column5’s experience working with the world’s largest corporations and sizeable private businesses provides a unique platform for supporting its clients with the assessment and exploitation of SAP BPC Embedded. With the addition of the Global Centre of Excellence for BPC Embedded, it proves once again that Column5 is ready to deliver success for its clients for the changing demands in the marketplace and fast evolving software vendor solutions.

David Den Boer, CEO of Column5 Consulting, commented, “Implementing effective EPM is widely recognized as a priority for CFOs; however, the technology’s rapid evolution has corporations struggling to evaluate how the myriad EPM solutions SAP offers can best meet their needs. The significant investment SAP AG is developing in world-class EPM solutions, with SAP BPC Embedded and SAP BPC Optimized for S/4HANA Finance, offers a significant opportunity for Column5 clientele – enhancing existing processes and systems built with SAP BPC & BW-IP on the existing infrastructure with the new opportunities created by the HANA-based BPC solutions that exploit the SAP Business Warehouse (BW) architecture.”

Successful EPM requires the right combination of technical and infrastructure skills, and finance and performance management process knowledge. This rare blend of skills makes it challenging for more legacy solution focused professional service providers like systems integrators and the Big Four accounting firms to deliver both successfully and consistently. This gap allows focused specialists with deep investments in SAP EPM technology and supporting processes like Column5 to thrive. Creating the SAP BPC Embedded Centre of Excellence allows Column5 to continue its pattern of excellence around the new SAP BPC Embedded solution set.

Surya Tamada, Principal Consultant at Column5, comments, “The complexity of planning scenarios required by businesses is deepening with rapidly changing markets and the global economy. As data grows exponentially, systems need more processing power and quicker turnaround to transform huge data volumes to information supporting accurate and predictive analysis. This requires deep integration with underlying systems and data, and the support of a powerful technology such as that offered by SAP HANA and SAP BPC Embedded. Our Embedded Centre of Excellence will keep our clients at the forefront of the technology by providing best in class solutions for their enterprise performance management and by helping them judge when to move from current versions of SAP BPC (SAP BPC Standard) to the new platform.”