Craig wishes to thank John Van Decker, former Meta Group analyst and now vice president, Strategy at Longview Solutions, for his contribution to sections of this column.

What's in a name? More than you might think. In the performance management world, most consultants, analysts and vendors have settled on calling the category business performance management (BPM), corporate performance management (CPM) or enterprise performance management (EPM). They basically mean the same thing - processes, content and technologies that support budgeting and planning, consolidation, reporting, KPIs, scorecards/dashboards and operational analytics. Although there are perceived subtle differences between the three acronyms, the more important point is that there are significant problems resulting from different acronyms which address the same business issues.

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