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What is Enterprise Performance Management

What is Enterprise Performance Management

When we’re immersed in an area of expertise, it’s all too common to assume everyone knows what the acronyms mean—ERP, CRM, or EPM for example. BI (Business Intelligence) is another one. So I was intrigued by a colleague’s recent blog, What Is Business Intelligence, that provides a variety of definitions for this commonplace term.

Often, it’s good to take a step back and ask ourselves how we define the acronyms that categorize our field of specialty. Quite a few people visited our EPM booths at SAPPHIRE NOW and asked this very question—“What exactly is EPM?” So what then …

Herding Chaotic Spreadsheets

Herding Chaotic Spreadsheets

Surprisingly, after more than a decade working with business intelligence (BI), I still hear customers complain about spreadsheets proliferation and the information chaos they create. Yes, even after several generations of BI tools we seem to be unable to solve the issue—we can’t get rid of spreadsheets!

Data manipulation nightmares related to the use of spreadsheets may happen in your businesses and could lead to lasting repercussions (a recent example of that is the London Whale scandal). Luckily, there are many ways in which your IT department can help keep that chaos under some level of …