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David Dixon, BPC Seminar speaker, presents at SAPPHIRENOW 2013 on Mars' SAP BPC implementation

by Allison Martin

May 16, 2013

It’s Thursday afternoon and slowly but surely things are starting to quiet down at the annual Sapphire event in Orlando. It’s been a full week of keynotes, educational sessions, product announcements, and tons upon tons of product demonstrations.

One of my big priorities for attending the event this week is to find out more about SAP BPC, especially what other customers are doing with the tool and what successes and/or challenges have been encountered.

I’ve attended product demonstrations, SAP presentations, case studies, and microforums, but I think the most valuable session I attended was this past Monday during the pre-conference day.

David Dixon, who also happens to be presenting at our BPC Seminar starting in June, delivered a session titled, “Mars’ Big-Bet ROI Pay-Off using SAP BPC for real-time global integrated planning told by an IT Executive”.

David detailed Mars’ ROI case study, and how the company integrated the SAP BPC tool with its current SAP Trade and Promotion Management system, as well as its legacy SAP NetWeaver BW reporting environment. The goal of the project was to provide its sales community with quicker access to real-time planning data. He showed a great demo that details both!

Since implementing BPC Mars’ has been able to add real-time calculation and integration, process automation, more usability, and new analysis capabilities to both its annual and rolling plans. Mars has received such high ROI from its implementation; they now have plans to roll the tool out enterprise-wide.

David has definitely worked on his fair share of BPC projects, but from what I could tell, this one seemed more complex than most. It’s reassuring to know that even the most complex and intricate projects can have such outstanding results!

I’m looking forward to a couple more sessions today to wrap up a great week in Orlando!

If you were at Sapphire and happened to attend David's sessions, definitely check him out at our BPC Seminar in Washington DC in June.

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