(PRWEB) October 08, 2012
Column5 Consulting, a global leader in enterprise performance management (EPM) products and consulting, today announced that it has achieved gold channel partner status from SAP through its participation in the SAP® PartnerEdge™ program. Column5 attained the prestigious designation by meeting SAP's stringent criteria for product quality, proven industry expertise and high levels of customer satisfaction and sales proficiency.
"We are very proud to have achieved SAP gold channel partner status, which reflects our role in helping more companies select SAP's powerful solutions for enterprise performance management and business intelligence (BI),” said Column5 CEO David Den Boer. “Just as SAP's clear priority has been market-leading innovation in its products, our objective has been to parallel their efforts by driving new services that unleash tremendous value from EPM initiatives. Attaining gold partner status validates our current capabilities and underscores how our strategy and approach resonate in the North American market."
Column5 was founded in 2005 by key players of the OutlookSoft team during that company’s acquisition by SAP. In subsequent years, Column5 has remained exclusively dedicated to its SAP partnership and collaborates actively to create tailored solutions that address EPM needs across a wide range of industries and client types. SAP gold channel partner status illustrates the depth and breadth of Column5's consulting and implementation experience, as well as the company's strategic investments and alignment within the EPM solutions market.
“Skullcandy’s selection of the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application as our EPM solution was as a result of Column5’s ability to effectively demonstrate the value of the product to our team,” said Joy Banducci, finance director at Skullcandy. “The purchase was also done through Column5, and we are quite pleased with the service we received in all phases of the transaction. Column5 continues to impress us with their experience and depth of EPM knowledge.”
Under the SAP PartnerEdge guidelines, SAP gold channel partners receive value points for achievements in core competencies and standout performances in the areas of customer training and satisfaction. By accumulating value points, Column5 moved vertically through designated performance levels from bronze to silver to gold. The partnership also provides Column5 with access to the newest SAP technologies, allowing it and its customers to be at the forefront of SAP solution-based advances.
“We congratulate Column5 on its achievement of gold status in the SAP PartnerEdge program,” said Mark Milford, national vice president, North America Ecosystem Group, SAP America, Inc. “Column5 has demonstrated its commitment to the SAP partnership by building key competencies and efforts in support of SAP solutions. It’s helping customers to adopt innovation easily, gain results rapidly, grow sustainably and ultimately run better with SAP solutions.”
"Our sales team works very closely with SAP to provide companies evaluating EPM solutions with all the necessary data points to make the most informed decisions,” said Steve Sussman, Column5 Vice President of sales. “Column5 has led the way with customer success stories with SAP solutions for EPM, the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application and other aspects of the portfolio. As a result, more prospective customers have relied on our team to fully demonstrate how an EPM initiative can have a transformational impact on any company's bottom line."
About Column5 Consulting: Column5 Consulting is a full-service EPM implementation provider that significantly improves how finance managers and CFOs plan and manage their businesses. Column5’s extensive experience and exclusive tools allow us to marry process improvement and technology to deliver enhanced value to our customers. Column5 is an SAP channel and services partner, supporting SAP solutions for enterprise performance management (EPM), including the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, SAP Profitability and Cost Management and SAP Strategy Management applications; as well as the SAP BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence (BI) suite and SAP enterprise information management (EIM) solutions. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Column5 serves customers throughout the Americas, EMEA and APJ with regional operations located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Manila, Mexico City, London, Paris, and Singapore. Additional information is available at http://www.column5.com.
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