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Spend Performance Management Architecture

Spend Performance Management is a SAP’s next generation analytical application covering the procurement analytics and performance management space. It has been built with proven SAP technologies. The backend of the application resides on top of standard BW, that’s where the data model gets deployed. The user experience is managed through the Adobe Flash based rich client user interface.

The reliance of the application on standard BW allows our customer to leverage the in-house IT investments or implementation partner expertise on the long standing BW technologies.

Here is an overview architecture diagram:

The BW content is structured is depicted in the diagram below. There are three “data layers”, the inbound layer, which is more of a staging layer, the detail layer which stores data with source system transactional granularity and with some data enhancements through BW transformations and the reporting layer which has all of the Spend specific cubes.

The source of the diagram above is SAP help site, BI Content Documentation. Pls visit for additional details.

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      Very Nice explanation!

      What I come to know from my peers who are exploring SPM, SPM has used BO ( or SDK or some other option ) for reporting capability.

      Is that true ? And why we are calling sometimes SAP Business Objects SPM ?

      Could you please show me some light on this architecture?

      Best Regards

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      Thankyou Gowtham!

      Here is the link to the article you requested:

      This integration with BO is especially useful when there is a need to expose the SPM data model to different clients, including device UI.

      Because it is an analytical app, SPM is part of the BOBJ org within SAP and hence the standardized naming convention.

      Author's profile photo jorge velasquez
      jorge velasquez


      How I can Install it? How I can find the software.

      I am going to install BO 4.0 soon and need to install SPM too.


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      Its available on the Service Market Place for licensed customers.

      Here is a blog that explains the version 2.1 download path, now you will also find the 3.0 version:



      Author's profile photo jorge velasquez
      jorge velasquez

      Thank you Rajesh,

      I have BW NW 701 so I think it has to be SPM 2.1 and not 3.0 version.

      On the other hand Do I have to install a software client for the SPM consultant?

      Where I can find it?

      How I can connect to SPM after Installed?


      Author's profile photo jorge velasquez
      jorge velasquez


      I am in Set Up FTP Folders Phase,

      I have doubts about this...

      I just need to create 2 directories at opertive system level like

      Import folder = /usr/sap/EBI/SYS/global/xsa_import/ 

      Export folder = /usr/sap/EBI/SYS/global/xsa_export/

      Or there is something more with this..because the guide talks about a hosting partner and a service user.

      On the other hand I can access to Data manager UI? This has to be download it as a client?

      I am starting a SPM 2.1 implementantion.


      Author's profile photo Ashok Babu Kumili
      Ashok Babu Kumili

      - Very well documented and good point of view. Thank you.