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How to create and user Alternate hierarchies in BPC 10


This document explains how to create an alternate hierarchy and then use it in reports.


There is a requirement that business wants to look at the data in a different hierarchy than the one

that is coming from ECC. So, this means, that business needs an alternate hierarchy on which they can

view reports.

Introduction to Alternate Hierarchies

Two types of hierarchies exist in the system namely, Standard and alternate hierarchy. Standard

hierarchies represent the organizational structure of an organization. On the contrary, alternate

hierarchies is a grouping created only for reporting purpose. So, according to these user defined

groupings we can create an alternate hierarchy and report on that.

How to create an alternate hierarchy in BPC web interface

Here we will create an alternate hierarchy in profit center dimension.

Step1: Add hierarchy in web

Go to interface   Edit Structure ”Add” in the hierarchy panel

Step 2: Hierarchy name

Give the hierarchy name  OK


Step3: Maintain members

Go to  maintain members and firstly create parent text nodes.

A sample parent PCG_H2 is created in this case.

Assign this as a parent for some base nodes as shown below:

Now in the hierarchy view you will be able to view 2 hierarchies H1 and H2 as shown below:

Select H2 and you will be able to see hierarchy that you have just created by assigning PCG_H2 as


How to select this Hierarchy in Report:

Login to EPM excel interface  and create a report using profit center

Go to EPM member selector and there you will able to select your hierarchy H2and view reports on

the basis of an alternate hierarchy.


Alternate hierarchies are very helpful for business when they want to analyze reports on the basis of

some user defined or functional groups. This can be achieved using alternate hierarchies.

Author: Dolly Katyal

SAP BI/BPC Analyst with Wipro Technologies

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      Author's profile photo Abhishek Mandlik
      Abhishek Mandlik

      Hello Dolly,

      1. Do we have any limitation on the number alternate hierarchies that can be supported?

      2. We expect 400 to 500 dimension members at base level which will be used with 50 to 60 alternate hierarchies. Is this count acceptable to not cause any performance issues?

      3. Do you have project experience and if there are any learning that can be shared would be of great help.

      4. Is there any advantage of having BW on HANA assuming it will be BW OLAP engine handling the hierarchy rollup than anything on HANA DB.