The new Planning Modeler
With release 730 the new Planning Modeler is born! You will see that it is not only new but also different from the old release.
First of all, what is the Planning Modeler? It is the central tool for customizing Planning Applications within SAP BW Integrated Planning. The new release comes with all the central features you know in the old version. But unlike the old Java Web Dynpro based Modeler, the new release is SAP GUI based. Additionally, the new Modeler allows a better integration into the modeling of SAP BW. The planning customization is based on objects like transactional InfoCubes and InfoObjects with their hierarchies and master data. These objects are maintained in the Data Warehousing Workbench (Transaction RSA1). It was a top goal of the new development to have a strong integration here. As the result of fulfilling this key goal, you can from now on see all planning objects within the Data Warehousing Workbench and navigate from there into the Planning Modeler.
The real time InfoProviders as well as the filters and planning functions can be found under the corresponding Aggregation Level and be maintained there. This makes it easy to find planning objects connected to each other.
The Planning Sequences have their own area in the Data Warehousing Workbench with a brand new feature: You can arrange your Planning Sequences now in InfoAreas which enables you to do an entire semantic grouping of your Planning Applications. At one glimpse you can see all planning objects which are used in the Planning Sequence.
By just double clicking on the sequence name you can display details of the sequence and execute it afterwards in the test framework.
Moreover transaction RSPLAN gives you a standalone design time tool for your Planning Objects. This view is leaned towards the look and feel of the InfoProvider maintenance.
Especially the AggregationLevel maintenance was adapted to the provider maintenance so that the InfoObjects can now be taken to the AggregationLevel by just using drag & drop.
As a conclusion one can say:
If you want to build up a Planning Application, the new release can save you time and effort. There is no need to install a Java stack. All can be done in the SAP GUI! This means lower TCO and an easy start for your planning project!
What is even better for those who already run Planning Applications within SAP BW Integrated Planning: You don’t need to do any migration of your current planning objects!
Just call transaction RSPLAN or the Data Warehousing Workbench (Transaction RSA1) and try out the New Planning Modeler.