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Chris Grundy, Manager, Solution Marketing

Bikes, Dykes, Cheese and Tulips – yes, where else could I be but in Amsterdam at the SAP Insider BPC Bootcamp! It’s been a long day, but worth it. I started at 330am at home in Manchester, careful to tiptoe out of the house so I wouldn’t wake the wife and kids. A short and uneventful hop across to the continent and I’m walking through the door of the seminar room to an event that started a few minutes earlier. Yes, respectfully late, but eager to learn! Jens Koerner is in the middle of his run down of the SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management solutions and outlining just where BPC (SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation) fits into this solutions landscape. His is the first of the day’s six sessions, with contributions from Scott Cairncross and David Dixon. With much information shared during the sessions there’s a lot to take in, but it’s sufficiently broad in scope to give a really good outline of what BPC is all about – whether it’s a discussion of the Microsoft or NetWeaver platforms, starter kits, the merits of a unified planning and consolidations suite, or a peak at what’s to come in the form of the solutions roadmap. I counted over 100 attendees today, from customer and partner organizations and was interested to learn some implementation experiences from two customers over lunch. Audience questions today ranged from interest around the NetWeaver solution roadmap to requests for more details of consolidations functionality. There’s interesting news about Intercompany functionality available to BPC customers through the SAP BusinessObjects Intercompany application as well as the availability of last mile of finance capabilities now available through use of another application, SAP BusinessObjects Disclosure Management. Tomorrow we’re going deeper into the BPC application – and I’m looking forward to it. After a good night’s sleep of course!

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