In this blog we want to give you a collection of noteworthy resources regarding business planning in SAP BW. Most of these can be found as blogs in the current SDN space, others can be found on various ‘external’ sites.
General Product Information
Unifying BPC NW and BW-IP (PAK)
We have a number of blogs here in SDN covering this topic. Please have a look at Uwe Fischer‘s excellent blog giving you an introduction into the topic and containing links to screen cams showing an example of an end to end scenario:
In addition,for those who come from the ‘BPC standard’ world and are venturing into the realms of ‘BPC embedded’ there is a comparision between he script logic and the Fox Formulas:
An interesting comparison of the concepts of BPC embedded and BPC classic can be found in:
If you want to learn more about the necessary (minimum) authorizations you need for using BPC Embedded please have a look at:
Blog Series about BPC Embedded
In this blog series we are publishing a number of blogs concerning BPC 10.1 Embedded. Currently there is a new blog featured in this series every week.
Everything you always wanted to know about BPC Embedded
Special Topics in BPC Embedded
Here we collect some special topics in BPC Embedded. We start with a blog explaining the use of DAPs on Composite Providers.
In addition, there is a new blog regarding Data Access Profiles in BPC embedded:
And we have a link to another blog showing how BPC Embedded with Analysis for Office enables you also to create reports without spending much time on modelling a query first.
Keep in mind that BPC Embedded uses PAK technology as a technical basis so also check the links we have gathered under the topic ‘In Memory Planning PAK’.
In addition there is a nice series of blogs by Noel Munday regarding the usage of fox formulas in BPC Planning for S/4HANA – all of this information naturally also applies the BPC Embedded (and PAK, BW-IP):
In BPC Embedded you can also use the BRF+ framework to define custom planning logic. There is a how to paper explaining how this can be done:
In addition it is possible to define advanced data slices in BRF+. This is described in SAP note 2686429 – BW-IP: Dataslices with BRFplus Exit.
In Memory Planning PAK
There is again a blog done by Uwe Fischer explaining the fundamentals of the move from BW-IP to PAK:
We have a number of blogs showing the evolution of the in memory features and the new features delivered in 2014:
And here are two blogs regarding the new features delivered in BW 7.5. The first blog gives an overview of the new features in BW 7.5, the second blogs gives an update on the new features that have been added with our support pack SP4. This second blog also contains a number of short videos demonstrating the new functionality.
In addition we have a number of more ‘technical’ blogs showing how to analyze the execution of a planning function/disaggregation in HANA and concerning the debugging of SQL-Script and FOX formulas (with videos):
If you need more technical information about PAK like a list of supported features please have a look at our central note
BW/4HANA and BPC11
As we have startet the journey with a new BW (BW/4HANA) we also have launched our new version of BPC which is called BPC11. In the following blog you can get some information about the improvements in the Embedded model.
Another blog shows how you can migrate from BPC 10.1 or BW-IP/PAK to BPC11:
As we continue our journey with BPC11 on BW/4HANA we are shipping new features with our support pack 8. Please have a look at the following post for the new feature in the Analytical Engine:
The more planning related features are described in the blog
As we are venturing into BW/4HANA 2.0 we also have some improvements in the Analytical Engine as well as in BPC:
List of How to Papers
In this list we have collected a important How to Papers usable for BPC 10.1 Embedded Model as well as for PAK/BW IP. Also papers regarding planning in Analysis for Office are mentioned in this list.
The list and a collection of additional papers regarding BPC Optimized can also be found under
In case you are looking for How ot Papers regarding BPC standard you should have a look at
Wiki on BW-IP/PAK
In this wiki we collect more technical information regarding the different features of BW-IP/PAK.
External References Regarding PAK
We would also like to add some external view on our product:
Please have a look at an amazing success story of a PAK implementation at our customer Siemens Energy done by GF-Partners
PAK in a real-case scenario at our customer Siemens Energy
We also want to mention a comparision of BCP Embedded and BPC standard with a focus on real-time consolidation done by Stamps Partners
And last but not least we would like to mention a very nice introduction into PAK (with some reference to BPC and the unification of PAK and BPC) done by our partner MHP: