After my last blog post, How to Improve the SAP BPC User Experience, Part One: Without a Developer, I’d like to share five ways to improve it WITH the help of a developer!
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Frequently Asked Questions.
Darwin EPM is an integrated suite of quality controlled solution Modules for SAP BPC that enable organizations to:
Darwin EPM Modules encapsulate best practice design and approach based on 100s of BPC and EPM solutions implementations spanning over a decade of experience.
Darwin solutions provide unique, quality assured and tested best design and best functionality EPM Modules across all the important business planning processes The Darwin EPM Modules dramatically lower the cost and provide quicker time to value compared to any other approach for implementing an EPM solution.
Darwin EPM is designed for organizations who are looking to achieve higher quality and dramatically improved planning capabilities for individual business planning processes and across different business functions including Strategy, Operations and Finance.
Darwin EPM is based on SAP BPC which uses Excel as the familiar user experience together with the SAP EPM Add-in to provide additional BPC functionality for users. The native SAP EPM Add-in requires templates, layouts and basic workflows to be designed in Excel. This can lead to a time consuming and poor end user experience. Darwin EPM provides ready-to-go, professionally designed templates with additional functionality and workflows for each Darwin Module together with a Darwin EPM Ribbon for Excel providing an intuitive and appealing experience for users.
SAP’s BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) provides planning, budgeting, financial forecasting, and consolidation tools and platform for modern organizations.
SAP BPC is available on a variety of different SAP core technologies and can be deployed on-premise or on the cloud. Find out more: https://www.sap.com/product/financial-mgmt/bpc.html
SAP BPC provides a tremendous technical and technology platform for EPM solutions. However, out of the box, SAP BPC is a “blank canvas” requiring expert design and technical skills to implement and deploy an EPM solution. This can be a costly, risky project approach highly dependent on the skills and experience of the resources undertaking the project. Darwin EPM uses SAP BPC “under the covers” as the platform engine and technical framework to deliver highly functional EPM Modules which are designed to provide most planning needs for a given business planning process. In this way, Darwin EPM reduces the cost, risk and time for implementing and deploying an EPM solution while ensuring that each implemented Darwin Module can be supported, maintained and upgraded by the Darwin EPM Team.
Darwin EPM is currently available on the following SAP BPC releases and versions - check here (embed link to list of supported releases / versions)
Darwin EPM can be integrated with and leverage an existing BPC application without replacing it. Depending on which Darwin EPM Module or Modules are being deployed will determine the extent of the integration and leverage that is made use of. This can be assessed as part of the requirements and configuration process for deploying a Module.
If you already have BPC installed, Darwin EPM can take advantage of this:
Darwin EPM Modules can be integrated with existing BPC solutions to build out a comprehensive planning approach
Darwin EPM can be deployed on an existing BPC installation subject to the supported releases and versions – check here (embed link to list of supported releases / versions)
A Darwin EPM Module has characteristics similar to a Starter Kit but, whereas, a Starter Kit typically delivers only a fraction of the functionality needed for an organization, a Darwin EPM Module delivers a complete functional solution out of the box. Unlike Starter Kits, all Darwin Modules are configurable and extensible to meet individual customer requirements, while at the same time being supported, maintained and tested against SAP BPC releases by the Darwin EPM team removing potential cost and risk. Additionally, each Darwin module has a roadmap and continued investment to:
The short answer is yes. Since a Darwin EPM Module is developed using SAP BPC functionality, the Module can be configured to support additional, specific customer needs using native SAP BPC features. Extended / customized Darwin EPM Module are still supported, maintained and upgraded as part of Darwin EPM – an approach and offering that is also unique compared to other EPM solution vendors.
Darwin EPM Core is a set of functionality that works with the BPC technical platform to ensure that Darwin EPM Modules make the optimal use of BPC and SAP technologies including SAP HANA. Optimal use includes business calculations; data integration; master data integration; advanced analytical integrations with other SAP technologies.
Although Darwin EPM reduces the cost, effort and time to implement an EPM solution, using a qualified and experienced EPM Partner will provide the best approach for ensuring overall success and providing an approach that can support and incorporate future business and technical needs as they arise. Darwin EPM works very closely with our consulting partners to deliver the highest quality EPM solutions including:
Darwin EPM is a separate company from Column5. Column5 is a close partner and reseller of Darwin software and works very closely with the Darwin EPM team providing input and feedback in to the product roadmap and approach for enabling critical EPM capability for customers. Darwin EPM and Column5 collaborate in developing thought leadership for EPM as a fundament business and organization topic.