Finance owned and managed SAP CPM – Part I
Business changes rapidly and the systems are not able to cope with the business change. Also in many organizations people change and the new business users wants different reporting, different analysis , and different insights into planning. So the software needs to be flexible enough to easily model these changes. See an earlier Empowering the business user to implement business change with CPM on this topic. Here we start to look at detailed capabilities that facilitate the solutions to be finance owned and managed.
Explorer view administration environment:
The SAP Business Planning and Consolidation allows one composite explorer view of the data model and administration, that is required to manage the system. It provides a framework that allows finance users to manage the dimensions, applications, security and business rules from one common, flexible and easy to use environment. The finance users can have an aerial view of all the elements to model business planning or consolidation from a single area.
Context sensitive action panes
The action pane provides an effective guide for the finance owner to manage the elements in the model. The SAP BPC software provides guided tasks based on the elements the finance user wants to manage. If the user wants to manage a new dimension, then based on the selection in the explorer view, the corresponding tasks such as add new dimension, process dimension etc are provided in the action pane. Similarly if the finance user wants to create a new planning application, the tasks for creating or managing applications shows up in the action panes.
Going forward we will discuss more capabilities that will facilitate finance users to own and manage CPM solutions, in future blogs.
We can see the excitement that finance users are going to derive by using SAP CPM solutions, as they are going to no longer depend on IT for their needs to change..