The Business Objects Enterprise Management suite is comprised of multiple products for strategy, planning/budgeting, consolidation and profitability/cost management. The Profitability & Cost Management (PCM) product, sometimes referred to as the Profitability product, was acquired from ALG Software in late 2006. ALG had two main products, Enterprise Performance Optimization (EPO) and Metify. EPO is now PCM. Metify is still available, but not marketed.
PCM is a profitability and cost modeling application with a multidimensional calculation and reporting engine. Customers use this solution to provide product/customer/channel profitability, cost to serve, and shared services (e.g. IT) costing/charge-back information. The solution competes with Acorn Systems’ EPS, SAS Institute’s ABM & Profitability Management, Oracle’s old ABM solutions and it’s new Cost & Profitability Management solution, and several other activity based costing solutions. Learn more at http://www.pcsconsulting.com/index.php/services/software/abcvendors
The Profitability product was not pushed much by Business Objects the first year. As a result, outside consulting skills with the PCM solution have waned. However, the SAP acquisition now places a stronger emphasis on the product, which is good and bad news. Bad in that it is stressing the PCM skills within Business Objects. Good in that it provides consulting opportunities for those of us with these unique skills and knowledge.
I invite anyone with questions about the Profitability solution to participate in this topic. I will try to answer your questions. I invite other consultants and practitioners with PCM (aka EPO) experience to also participate in this topic. Collectively, we can help each other be successful.
Look forward to hearing from you.
PCS Consulting, Inc.
mstevens (BOB member since 2008-08-04)