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Traditionally planning was regarded as a financial task.  However, because long-range planning can be used in various areas and not just the financial world, there was a need to have planning as an integral part of an organization’s operations.  Therefore BW-BPS was introduced and delivered with SAP NetWeaver 2004.  However there was a need to have planning become a larger part of SAP NetWeaver.  Therefore with SAP NetWeaver 2004s, SAP introduced BI-Integrated Planning.  BI-Integrated Planning is a web-based modeling environment that is used for the creation and use of planning applications.  BI-Integrated Planning boasts the following:  (1)     Empowering the business user with user centric design tools.  BI-Integrated Planning allows for those involved in the planning process to use the Business Explorer tools such as the Query Designer, Web Application Designer and the Analyzer for their planning applications.   (2)     Enhanced User Productivity allowing for a common user interface for planning and analytics.  Since the BEx tools are now available for use with planning applications, they offer the user the same behavior as well as the same look & feel for planning as they do for analytics. (3)     With BW-BPS there were two engines, the OLAP engine and the planning engine.  With BI-Integrated Planning there is only one engine, the analytical engine, that allows for one central processing of logic for both analytics and planning.  Therefore hierarchies, variables, calculated key figures, formulas, drill-down, shared metadata, etc. can now be leveraged by the planning process. (4)     In addition to the web-based modeling environment for BI-Integrated Planning, there is also wizard-based planning available for those who are less familiar with the planning process or who work with planning infrequently.  For more information on planning within SAP NetWeaver BI, please see the following: o     BI-Integrated Planning: http://service.sap.com/bi > SAP NetWeaver 2004s BI > Business Planning and Analytical Services o     BW-BPS: http://service.sap.com/bi > SAP BW 3.5 > SAP BW Business Planning and Simulation o     General SAP NetWeaver Information: http://help.sap.com > Documentation > SAP NetWeaver
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  1. Davide Cavallari
    Hello Karen,

    you say that the analytical engine alone now allows for one central processing of logic for both analytics and planning. As a consequence, e.g. calculated key figures (1) and drill-down (2) can now be leveraged by the planning process.

    Let’s consider these 2 examples:

    (1) So now it’s not necessary anymore to include the calculated key figure as a physical placeholder in the real-time InfoProvider (was transactional InfoCube), is it?

    (2) Does this mean that now it’s possible to drill-down a characteristic in the input-ready query (was planning layout)?

    Thanks, Davide

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    1. Karen Comer Post author
      In response to your first inquiry, you are correct, it is not necessary anymore to include the calculated key figure as a physical placeholder.

      In response to your second inquiry, you have to be at an appropriate level in your planning for it to be input-level.  For example, if you are displaying state and your planning is at the city level, you will need to drill down to the city level before they can enter data.  However you can drill down just as you do in regular queries.

      Thank you to Kathleen Beavers, SAP NetWeaver Product Manager for SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence for assistance with this response.

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    1. Karen Comer Post author
      Integrated Planning is a planning tool that can be leveraged for creating high-level plans, including budgeting.  You can do simulations of your budgeting plans with BI-IP using various flavors of your budgeting data.  Additionally, depending on the type of budgeting data you want to plan against, you can also look at the other planning tools offered by SAP.
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