A SAPPHIRE NOW Visit from Gerhard Oswald

On Wednesday, May 16 at noon, Gerhard Oswald, member of the SAP Executive Board, visited the SAP Runs SAP area of SAPPHIRE NOW. In an informal presentation, he reviewed progress on SAP’s usage of key analytic and planning applications.

David Poisson, BI Manager within SAP Global IT, demonstrated how SAP Visual Intelligence enables SAP business analysts to autonomously perform all the transformations needed on raw data, and to display actionable information in aesthetically pleasing visualizations – without any technical skill or IT support. The demo coincided with Vishal Sikka’s announcement of the rollout of this new tool in his morning SAPPHIRE NOW keynote address.

In addition, Holger Faber, IT Controlling Manager at SAP Global IT, demonstrated how SAP uses SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) on the SAP HANA platform to enable high performance, scalable planning solutions. Holger presented the user interface for the acquisition of the planning data, along with possible visualizations of the overall planning figures. At the end of the demo, Holger briefly presented the first previews of a BPC iPad app.

 Author: Bill Kozel


The Best of Two Worlds: A 21st Century Planning Tool

Planning applications are essential to corporate operations, enabling senior executives to streamline their planning, forecasting, budgeting, and consolidation processes.

Currently, SAP offers two planning instruments: SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Integrated Planning – each with its own strengths and focus. 

But recently SAP Global IT has combined the best features of both – and added a very valuable third ingredient – to create an optimized, end-to-end planning solution that is already being put to the test by SAP planning community.


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