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There are plenty of resources out there about BPC 10.0 and older releases and this blog aims to bring the most important sources of information together. We will cover where to find coveted items such as

  • EPM roadmap and BPC on HANA
  • Ramp-up end dates for EPM 10.0 (see direct links to the PAM)
  • Customer references and video testimonials
  • Demos including BPC 10.0
  • Performance and sizing
  • Documentation, How-to Guides, Tips & Tricks
  • Training
  • Migration services from BPC MS to NW and to BPC 10.0

Note: there are similar blogs for SAP Mobile and Profitability & Cost Management (PCM).

EPM and BPC Roadmap

For the first time ever the EPM roadmap can be found online at http://service.sap.com/roadmap. The roadmap contains forward looking statements on what’s to come in EPM.

EPM Roadmap
SAP EPM roadmap on the Service Market Place

Details about BPC on HANA are at: http://scn.sap.com/community/epm/blog/2012/03/09/bpc-on-hana-true-innovation-without-disruption

You can influence the roadmap by submitting development suggestions at the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation for SAP NW Idea place or by rating ideas already submitted by others.

Idea Place
SAP Idea Place where you can submit product enhancements

Customer references and video testimonials

You can find many customer case studies and references online.

There are over 70 customer reference studies by industry at http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/large/enterprise-performance-management/customers/index.epx

Customer References
72 customer case studies at your finger tips on www.sap.com/epm

Amongst those 72 references there 20+ customer video testimonials.

CKE Video Testimonial
Customer video testimonial by CKE Restaurants

You can find additional video testimonials on the SAP youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/SAPBPC

Zions Testimonial
Customer Zionsbank speaks about their BPC implementation

For even more SAP customer success stories check out the insiderProfiles magazine http://insiderprofiles.wispubs.com/. An insiderProfiles iPad application is available to view the magazine on the go.

insider profiles
SAPinsider Profiles magazine portraits customer Celestica

A great way to meet with customers in person and to hear their stories, is to attend a conference. The ASUG customer conference (http://www.asug.com/) is a great conference to do so. The ASUG local chapter meetings near you, are a great and cost-effective alternative. SAP SAPPHIRENOW (http://www.sapphirenow.com/) and SAP TechEd (http://www.sapteched.com) are great options as well.

Also, SAPinsider has a lot of customers presenting at their conferences. The schedule of upcoming conferences can be found at http://www.wispubs.com/sap/conferences.html

Demos including BPC 10.0

There are tons of demos out there on the internet. I would highly recommend 3 sources:

The SAP youtube channel contains many demos including overview of planning and consolidation processes, BPC 10.0 feature demos such as reporting with the new EPM10 client and many starter kit demos including CAPEX starter kit, liquidity planning etc.

For a detailed listing of available starter kits and content on top of BPC see http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/CPM/SAP+BusinessObjects+Planning+and+Consolidation+Content+Solutions

The SAP.com demos show a high level business process overview – oftentimes leveraging multiple EPM solutions to show end-to-end integration.

The SDN demos are older demos but are very insightful from a business process perspective. Here is a detailed listing.

Title

Description

Duration

Direct Link

Budgeting – Demo 1- Developing an Initial Budget

Learn how to develop an initial budget

Time: 00:13:17

Budgeting – Demo 1- Developing an Initial Budget

Budgeting – Demo 2 – How to Input Revenue and COS into Your Budgeting Process

See how to input revenue and COS into your budgeting process.

Time: 00:05:36

Budgeting – Demo 2 – How to Input Revenue and COS into Your Budgeting Process

Budgeting – Demo 3 – How to Build Your HR Budget

This demo shows how to build your HR budget.

Time: 00:09:46

Budgeting – Demo 3 – How to Build Your HR Budget

Budgeting – Demo 4 – Planning Your Expense Budget

See this demo for an example of planning your expense budget.

Time: 00:04:26

Budgeting – Demo 4 – Planning Your Expense Budget

Budgeting – Demo 5 – Building a CapEx Budget

See an example of building a capex budget

Time: 00:05:29

Budgeting – Demo 5 – Building a CapEx Budget

Budgeting – Demo 7 – How to Consolidate Your Budget

Learn from this demo how to consolidate your budget.

Time: 00:06:13

Budgeting – Demo 7 – How to Consolidate Your Budget

Business Process Flows Capabilities

See this demo for an overview of the capabilities of Business Process Flows (BPF).

Time: 00:05:01

Business Process Flows Capabilities

Consolidation – Demo 1 – Consolidation Functionality for Initial Close

This demo gives you an overview of consolidation functionality for the initial close.

Time: 00:08:24

Consolidation – Demo 1 – Consolidation Functionality for Initial Close

Consolidation – Demo 2 – Consolidation Functionality to Enter Monthly Data

Get an overview of consolidation functionality to enter monthly data.

Time: 00:12:11

Consolidation – Demo 2 – Consolidation Functionality to Enter Monthly Data

Consolidation – Demo 3 – Checking Intercompany Balance

See how to check if the intercompany is in balance.

Time: 00:08:34

Consolidation – Demo 3 – Checking Intercompany Balance

Consolidation – Demo 4 – Adjustments and Eliminations in SAP BPC 5.0

See how to do adjustments and eliminations in SAP BPC 5.0.

Time: 00:04:09

Consolidation – Demo 4 – Adjustments and Eliminations in SAP BPC 5.0

Consolidation – Demo 5 – Allocations within SAP BPC 5.0

This is a demonstration of allocations within SAP BPC 5.0.

Time: 00:04:21

Consolidation – Demo 5 – Allocations within SAP BPC 5.0

Consolidation – Demo 6 – How to Review a Consolidation Process

Learn from this demo how to do a review of your consolidation process.

Time: 00:07:52

Consolidation – Demo 6 – How to Review a Consolidation Process

How to Create Adhoc Reports in SAP BPC 5.0

This demo provides an overview of how adhoc reports are created, opened, and saved in SAP BPC 5.0.

Time: 00:02:01

How to Create Adhoc Reports in SAP BPC 5.0

Product Deep Dive – Section 1 – Financial Planning in BPC 5.0

Take a deep dive into the rich functionality in SAP BPC 5.0 and see the capabilities for financial planning.

Time: 00:15:56

Product Deep Dive – Section 1 – Financial Planning in BPC 5.0

Product Deep Dive – Section 4 – Summarized Reporting Capabilities of SAP BPC

This demo deep dives into the summarized reporting capabilities of SAP BPC.

Time: 00:19:01

Product Deep Dive – Section 4 – Summarized Reporting Capabilities of SAP BPC

Performance and sizing information

Information on performance and sizing are two of the most requested items. Here is an overview of useful material.

Sizing information and guides can be found at http://service.sap.com/sizing

Sizing information
SAP sizing guidance ind information

The BPC sizing guides for MS and NW are located here as well.

BPC sizing guides
BPC sizing guide

There are many RIG/CSA performance guides there were put out on the RIG how-to guide page at https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/BPX/Enterprise+Performance+Management+%28EPM%29+How-to+Guides

RIG how-to guides page
RIG how-to guides page with over 100 guides that give step-by-step instructions for many challenges

Below are some highlights of performance related how-to guides

To facilitate your performance testing and to spot bottlenecks early you might want to leverage automated testing tools such as LoadRunner and generate the production volume of data. The following guides can help:

In the EPM Academy you will find videos, blogs and example workbooks that help you accomplish some of the nicest and slickest reporting in BPC 10.0 NW and MS using the new EPM Add-in Excel client: http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/CPM/EPM+Add-in+Academy

Another question that we get asked a lot is about landscape strategy for BPC NW: Should we install BPC on the same server as our enterprise BW or is it advisable to install it on a separate instance. The following blog gives guidance: Installation Options for Business Objects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for Netweaver

In addition to the SAP provided information there is a Wintercorp analyst paper about BPC NW performance available. Please ask your SAP account executive for a copy.

Documentation, How-to Guides, Tips & Tricks

There are many sources for documentation so the following listing gives an overview.

Help.sap.com is the standard SAP documentation website. The direct links for BPC 10.0 NW and MS are:

help.sap.com
SAP standard help documentation at help.sap.com

Installation and operation guides can be found at service.sap.com/instguidesepm-bpc.

installation guides
Overview of all installation, operations, master and upgrade guides as well as the IFRS starter kit documentation

This page contains information about the IFRS starter kit best practices for consolidation and also connection information for  BI on top of BPC (see master guide for details). The EPM add-in front-end install guide can be found in the same location.

BPC 10.0 ramp up knowledge transfer materials (ramp-up participants only) can be accessed at service.sap.com/rkt-epm. The material contains demos, guides, and detailed instructions about what’s new in BPC 10.0 MS and NW.

RKT material
Ramp-Up Knowledge Transfer – RKT material with demos and detailed instructions

Another great source of information are the official release notes for BPC.

For more information of how to get help from SAP check out this webinar:

BPC Information Resources. The link contains the slide deck, the webinar recording and additional resources.

Also, the before mentioned RIG how-to guides page contains a lot of guides with step by step instructions – including but not limited to:

It’s worth checking out the RIG blog website at: http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/CPM/BPC+Blogs

For questions around how long a product is supported you should consult the Product Availability Matrix (PAM) at http://service.sap.com/pam. The PAM will also tell you when ramp-up is scheduled to end. The direct links are

Other useful links BPC links

Any product issues can be raised at http://service.sap.com/message. Information about the process and for setting up an S-user see http://service.sap.com/oss.

You can also call the Global Support Customer Interaction (GSCI). Phone (USA): +1 866-890-7686 Phone (Canada): +1 800-887-2340.

Training

SAP Education offers training and official certifications. See https://training.sap.com/us/en/courses-and-curricula/businessobjects-enterprise-performance-management for details.

SAP Education
Official SAP Education training website for EPM and BPC

In addition to that you can check http://www.bpcbootcamp.com for upcoming BPC bootcamps around best implementation practices and www.elite-enablement.com to see if there are any hands-on “Elite” trainings scheduled.

Also you can follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/jenskoerner. I tweet about upcoming events and seminars.

Migration services from BPC MS to NW and to BPC 10.0

SAP Field Services offers upgrade and migration tools and services to ensure your migration from BPC MS to NW or to BPC 10.0 works smoothly. For details contact Jason Bradley at j.bradley@sap.com.

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  1. Jens Koerner Post author
    Since i received multiple questions around the Ramp-Up exit dates – especially for BPC 10.0, I added a comment pointing the readers of this blog to the direct links to the PAM that contains the Ramp-Up exit dates.
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  2. Eleonore Gossart

    Hello,

    Is there, for the EPM10, an equivalent of the document:” ELITE_7.5NW_EVDRE.pdf” which explains how MDX/RSDRI ect.. queries function in the 10.0, gives recommendations about the EPM reports structures and gives Best Practices for performance optimization?

    Thanks,

    Eleonore

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  3. Luc Widmer

    Hi,

    this blog is really useful. But i cannot find a lot of documentation to the new BPC 10. I am looking for an overview that points out all the changes from 7.0/7.5 to 10, and some documentation that gives some good insight into the all new appearance of BPC 10 on the user’s side regarding the EPM Add-in for Office.

    Thanks,

    Melanie

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  4. abilash n

    Jens thanks for wonderful and pain taking blog with complete guides to start in to BPC. I think my footsteps in to BPC will start from today 😉 .

    Really Hats off to this excellent blog.

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