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Financial Planning is great start for Enterprise Business Planning

One of Henri Fayol still very relevant 14 principles of management was “Unity of Direction” which articulated the value of an aligned plan across the enterprise. This is super critical for business to have aligned plan.

Technologies have evolved essentially to make this alignment happen more and more seemless. ERP was one of the key innovations that helped getting the process aligned. Next wave is to see performance management and planning facilitate the alignment for quick decision making.

I am always fascinated about moving towards a real “Enterprise Business Planning” architecture. The tip of the iceberg is financial planning. Like what happened around ERP which also started with financial ledger, the planning process is centered around financial planning as great starting point.

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Extend the investment in SAP New GL

Any ERP implementation involves a lot of thought process is crafting the business model into the ERP, whether it’s the structure of accounts, or the identification of profit/cost centers or configure the various companies – with necessary relationship built between these to reflect the right business model, in order to get the data available in a useful way to understand the business. Now when such an effort is invested and reinvested, lot of our SAP customers would like to extend this intelligence into the Analytics and Business Planning. So essentially customers would like to take this model into the planning system, and use it for reporting, analysis and forward forecasts in a familiar and flexible environment.

This is essentially what we have done with the new Rapid deployment solutions –for New GL financial planning

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Key Capabilities of this new solution:

Best-practice financial planning model – Rapidly incorporate purpose-built SAP Best Practice Data Model when building your financial planning solution

– this facilitates rapid insights into actual information, quick analysis of plan vs actuals or period on period

   -Quick reforecast by adjusting plans

   – Analyze based on key financial and business attributes already modeled into ERP

Best-practice data integration model – Access best practice data integration to accelerate creation of financial statements. Best practice data integration objects and process steps enable SAP New G/L customers to rapidly report financial data in SAP® BusinessObjects™ Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver®

Best-practice templates for financial planning and analysis – Rapidly implement and extend financial plans and reports, based on best-practice templates, for reporting and analyzing SAP New G/L data in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

With the SAP Business Objects Planning and Consolidations NW 10.0 going generally available, this RDS solutions is going to be a huge value for existing SAP ERP New GL customers.Its likely to provide quick value by ability to get this solution running in 5 weeks.

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    1. Ron Keshet

      Hi Evans,

      My company is in the midst of trying to implement the BPC RDS these days, and as you, I came to a stop point, as I am unsure right now about where to download the PLANNING_SHELL.zip file from.

      I see you posted your comment above some time in April 2012, and since the RDS actually became availabel around October 2012, I wonder if you by now have found where to find that PLANNING_SHELL.zip file and if you can let me know that.

      Also, when unzipping the 50115045 RDS, all I get is an RDS Step By Step guide documentation, but I am not sure where are all the files / packages that should be downloaded in order to actually implement the BPC RDS and, once dowloaded, how are they to be processed to perform that implementation. If you could shed some light on that aspect too, that would be great !

      Thanks,

      Ron.

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  1. Mark P Burke

    An upgraded RDS package will be released on October 1, 2012 including:   1) BPC HANA support 2) Balance Sheet planning & analysis 3) upgraded templates.

    Please bookmark this link to get to the upgrade on October 1, 2012.  This RDS integrates to the SAP G/L out-of-the-box.   If you need to know how to integrate to SAP G/L, this is your place!

    RDS Name: SAP rapid-deployment solution for new G/L financial planning
    https:/service.sap.com/rds-bpcplanningecc

    Also, please take a look at the alternate BPC RDS for Public Sector Budgeting and Planning, which also leverages BPC 10 NW and integrates to SAP Funds Management out-of-the-box:

    RDS Name:  SAP rapid-deployment solution for public sector budgeting and planning
    https:/service.sap.com/rds-bpcplanningecc

    All this RDS content is FREE to licensed customers of BPC NW !  Yes.  Free!

    Questions to mark.p.burke@sap.com

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    1. Ron Keshet

      Hi Gnaneesh,

      Similar to the inquiry I sent to Evans above, my company is in the midst of trying to implement the BPC RDS these days, and as you, I came to a stop point, as I am unsure right now about where to download the PLANNING_SHELL.zip file from.

      I see you posted your comment above some time in December 2012, I wonder if you by now have found where to find that PLANNING_SHELL.zip file and if you can let me know that.

      Also, when unzipping the 50115045 RDS, all I get is an RDS Step By Step guide documentation, but I am not sure where are all the files / packages that should be downloaded in order to actually implement the BPC RDS and, once dowloaded, how are they to be processed to perform that implementation. If you could shed some light on that aspect too, that would be great !

      Thanks,

      Ron.

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      1. Gnaneesh Reddy

        You can search for a source file….

        https://service.sap.com/swdc

        Search term

        BPCCONTENT00_0-10012075.ZIP

        Unzip that file locally and in the directory you will find Planning_Shell.zip

        Or, you can navigate there……

        Please go to SMP link for the RDS

        https://service.sap.com/rds-bpcplanningecc

        ·         Select “Solution Deployment”

        ·         At the top of that page, select “SAP Software Download Center”

        ·         Select “SAP RDS for new G/L financial planning”

        o   From this list of selections, select “SAP RDS BPC CONTENT V2”

        §  SAP RDS for new G/L financial planning

        ·         SAP GL PLAN RDS V2.105

        ·         SAP GL PLAN RDS V1.105

        ·         SAP RDS BPC CONTENT V2

        ·         ST-RDS 100

        o   Select “# OS Independent”

        ·         Download BPCCONTENT00_0-10012075.ZIP

        ·         Unzip that file locally and in the directory you will find Planning_Shell.zip

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