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Marc Hadd

Marc Hadd is the Director of Performance & Program Management at US-Analytics, specializing in process transformation through the utilization of EPM and BI technologies.

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6 Reasons EPM Projects Fail

Let’s be honest, EPM projects are expensive. It’s even more expensive when a project fails. These projects are intricate and require expertise that you can only get from an implementation partner. So, when the project fails, who’s to blame?

You probably want to place all the blame on the implementation partner. That might seem fair, especially if this is your first time venturing into the world of EPM. But, remember — you entered into a contract — so if certain parameters weren’t laid out, the partner can take your money and run.

But how can you tell when an implementation partner won’t live up to your expectations if you haven’t even started the project? In this blog post, we’ll cover the top six reasons EPM projects fail and the warning signs to look for while evaluating implementation partners.

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How to Build an EPM/BI Roadmap [5 Free Templates]

At this point, you should have already established a vision of how analytics — enterprise performance management and business intelligence — can help achieve your organization’s business objectives.

You may have decomposed big topics (e.g. “reduce manufacturing waste of Product X by 10 percent”) into tighter areas (e.g. “vendor and supply chain quality,” “manufacturing specifications,” and “financial controls”). Each subtopic has associated initiatives or projects. Taken in total, you have a portfolio of projects to be organized, evaluated, scheduled, and lastly funded.

Now, the task at hand is evaluating the collection of initiatives and preparing a rationalized list of projects. This project matrix is the basis for the deliverable document — the roadmap. The EPM/BI roadmap is the visualization of the initiative matrix.

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6 Fundamentals of Successful Planning [Oilfield Services Playbook]

Posted by Marc Hadd   |   Business Intelligence


Oilfield services firms are the workhorses of the oil & gas industry, carrying out the drilling, completion, and workover tasks in addition to designing and manufacturing specialty tools and producing or procuring chemicals and silica sands.

For these dynamic organizations, specialization and segmentation is the economic trend, with two overarching goals:

  • Increase well productivity
  • Decrease well operating costs
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