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SAP BusinessObjects Business Analytics :

And enter, "SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation" in the search box under, "see all uploads"

Note, there are a host of other BPC videos on SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) TV:

In the near future we will migrate the relevant content from BPC TV to BA TV and decommission the BPC TV Channel as we'd like to drive all eyeballs to BA TV which has a bigger audience and can drive better cross-sell opportunities.


Dear partners,

I am very excited to share the important news that SAP is today announcing general availability for SAP HANA™ appliance software. With SAP HANA, you get game-changing innovations in hardware and software, enabling you to manage and analyze massive volumes of data instantly and cost effectively while reducing IT complexity.

By now, I am sure that you have heard a great deal about SAP HANA from your customers and your contacts at SAP. This is a very exciting product for all of us. The interest among customers and partners is overwhelming, and we continue to experience tremendous demand for information and enablement opportunities. We are deeply humbled and thank you for the amazing interest level.

SAP HANA is a game changer product for the entire SAP community and a fantastic opportunity for our partners. From supporting services, to implementation, to delivering a hardware platform and innovative new applications, SAP HANA is designed to embrace the full capabilities of the SAP ecosystem.

What does general availability mean for you? Starting today, SAP will expand our market focus to reach beyond our initial 25 ramp-up customers and we are inviting partners to join us. To support your efforts we have updated the SAP Partner Portal with the latest sales and technical enablement material, and other resources designed to help support your business efforts. Visit often, as we will provide updates in the coming months to help partners meet their specific business needs. I encourage you to harness this new opportunity and plan your next move now!


Best regards,

Eric Duffaut
President, Global Ecosystem and Channels


Undoubtedly, in a tough and difficult economy, executives are challenged more than ever to strike the right balance between reducing costs and Making the targeted investments that will ensure future success and the continued uncertainty in the economic forecasts makes this balancing act even more challenging..

  •  Cost Control in Difficult Economy.
  •  Many technology alternatives.
  •  Supporting business agility with information solutions.
  •  Extend and leverage current investments.
  •  Risk mitigation and demonstrated chain of control.
  •  Mobile Workforce.
  •  Security of access

SAP BusinessObjects EPM Solutions :

SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management solutions offer comprehensive functionality for:

  • Strategy management – Set your goals, map your strategies, and then monitor and manage performance from high-level objectives down to operational metrics.
  • Business planning and consolidation – Increase accuracy in planning at every level in your organization, while reducing budget cycles and associated costs. Accelerate and improve your statutory and management reporting and decision making.
  • Financial consolidation – Complete your financial consolidation and reporting cycles faster – with complete confidence in your data.
  • Financial information management – Leverage powerful connectivity, mapping, and loading functionality designed for business users.
  • Intercompany – Accelerate your close by enabling your business units to debate and reconcile balances directly with one another and eliminate delays at the corporate and divisional levels.
  • Profitability and cost management – Identify the causes of underperformance, and take action to reduce costs and optimize profitability across dimensions such as product, customer, and channel.
  • Spend analytics – Realize measurable cost savings, and align sourcing goals with corporate goals by rationalizing and strategizing on supplier relationships.

Improved Effectiveness and Performance Control

Better Control Performance

  •  Understand how your strategies will be impacted by risk and adjust plans and expectations accordingly
  •  Reduce costs and increase working capital by closely monitoring and understanding company spending
  •  Increase profitability by gaining insight into your best  and worst customers, channels and products.

Increase Organizational Agility

  • Improve the quality and speed  of decisions by closing your books faster and more accurately.
  • Create what-if scenarios and plan versions so you can compare alternatives and act with confidence.
  • Understand the impact of changes so you can align operational capacity and support functions with demand

Greater Context for Decision Making

  • Empower every stakeholder to communicate, collaborate and execute on a defined plan of action in context and real-time.



FASB chairman Robert Herz announces that a public forum, slated for June, will kick off an effort to move American companies to international accounting standards.

Mark June 16 down in your BlackBerry. It's the day the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Financial Accounting Foundation will host a public forum to discuss a new national blueprint for moving the United States to international financial reporting standards.


Learn about the announcement that SAP BusinessObjects, one of the world's leading provider of solutions that optimize business performance, has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the leaders quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Suites" report.

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Monday, 12 April 2004

When Applications Don't Deliver -- Getting to the Root Cause

Consider this scenario. It’s 12 months after the ‘go-live’ of your new ERP system. The management team invested to cut costs, bring products to market sooner, comply with regulations, and improve core end-to-end processes, like the order-to-cash process.

So, what do you say when the CEO is asking why your company didn’t reduce the “order-to-cash” cycle time by 10 percent,as planned? Even if your company has an effective, integrated ERP system, chances are you won't have a good answer. Because, even the ‘best of breed’ ERP systems don’t give the business stakeholders sufficient visibility into what’s actually happening to ensure performance improvements.

  • Are employees actually using the right transactions to execute the business process?
  • Are system problems and slow performance impacting productivity?
  • Are the employees efficient, or are they making significant errors?
  • Are the transactions effective, or are they cumbersome, requiring employee-invented workarounds?

There's a new type of software solution that can give you those answers and not leave you hanging: end-user experience and performance management(EPM). EPM solutions give organizations a global perspective on the performance an application delivers to the end-users and then go beyond that to monitor end-user adoption, utilization and performance. This complete picture of the end-user experience and behavior is catching CIO's attention because it can simultaneous improve both application and end-user performance.

ROI isn’t real, until it’s realized.

It's the end-users of the enterprise applications who execute the transactions that drive the processes that drive the business. The most critical factor determining your long-term business results from an ERP application is the ability of your end-users to effectively execute your business processes. This means that each of your end-users must:

  • Adopt and use the application
  • Be able to effectively execute the key functions for their specific role
  • Reach a level of proficiency where they can execute efficiently

There's a new generation of solutions that can give you those answers and not leave your CEO hanging: end-user experience and performance management (EPM). EPM solutions give organizations a new focus on end-user adoption, utilization and performance, uniquely capturing a complete picture of the end-user experience and behavior, including:

  • Comprehensive application utilization metrics: which transactions are used, in what sequence and for how long?
  • Actual user-experienced response time metrics: which transactions are slow and inefficient leading to unproductive employees?
  • Comprehensive system, application and end-user error metrics: What critical errors do users encounter? Where are users having specific issues, and what training is required? Which individual users need specific assistance?

To understand the impact of this insight, consider the following scenario concerning a billion-dollar heavy equipment manufacturer in Georgia. One core priority for this manufacturer was to improve the order-to-cash (OTC) process. This process comprises a number of unique business processes, from order entry to cash receipt. Because most companies are functionally managed, the order-to-cash process usually touches multiple enterprise applications and departments including sales, order entry, order fulfillment and accounting. Therefore, it is important for each department to complete its part of the overall process error free and transfer correct information across functional boundaries.

Eighteen months after this company had implemented a new ERP application to improve process efficiency, the order-to-cash cycle had not improved. And no one could really pinpoint the root cause of the performance shortfall. The company implemented an End User Experience and Performance Management solution to "take the guess work” out of managing the ERP application. Executives discovered, within weeks, that the OTC process was compromised by ineffective and inefficient transactional execution.

Tripping through the potential points of failure

The sales reps weren't using the Sales Force Automation (SFA) functionality

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