Since SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC), version for SAP NetWeaver 10.1, released about two years ago, BPC exists in two versions: standard and embedded.
We observed that although there is a rich knowledge sharing content available – either from SAP or from our ecosystem – it looks like the overall maturity level on embedded is still lower than standard.
This is how the idea of this blog came out: provide an entry point to the available resources, and maybe elaborate on some aspects.
One product / different flavors
SAP BPC comes in different flavors: BPC version for Microsoft, BPC version for NetWeaver, BPC version for SAP HANA, BPC standard (aka classic), BPC embedded, BPC on HANA, and recently, BPC optimized for S/4 HANA.
It looks cumbersome, but it is actually pretty simple, and extremely well explained in this short article.
Now, as BPC embedded gets more and more traction, we think it’s time to regroup all available material so that partners and customers become more familiar with the standard version and how they can understand when and how to position BPC embedded.
One entry point / two tracks / many bloggers
To provide a 360° view, I’ve asked a set of experts to share their knowledge on BPC embedded through two tracks:
- one strategic / functional track which will focus on the business aspects and detail the strategy of BPC embedded.
- one technical track which will give detailed insights and “how-to” implement BPC embedded.
Both tracks will start during the week of September 26th, and you can expect to read about topics as diverse BW, S/4 HANA, budgeting processes, migration paths, and much more!
Follow this one
I’m happy to share that Kirk Anderson, VP of Solution Management and Uwe Fisher, head of BPC development, will respectively kick-off both tracks next week.
After each new blog post, I will update this one by adding links so that you have a single entry point to the whole series.
|Week of||Strategic track||Technical track|
|September 26th||Embedded model positioning, from Kirk Anderson, VP EPM Solution Management||Solving the planners dilemma, from Uwe Fischer, head of BPC development|
|October 10th||Combining the 2 worlds of BPC standard and BW, from Frank Klingl, head of planning engines development|
|October 17th||Business challenges the embedded model addresses, from Kirk Anderson, VP EPM Solution Management||How to set up a budgeting process, from Gerd Schoeffl, planning expert|
|October 31st||Planning comes home, from Thorsten Jopp, EPM global center of excellence expert||How to Extend BPC 10.1 NW Web UI and How to Customize BPC 10.1 NW Web UI Theme from Gavin Du, BPC product manager|
|November 7th||SAP BPC embedded implementation real cases – part I from Julien Dyon, Regional Implementation Group BPC expert|
|November 14th||SAP BPC embedded implementation real cases – part II||Tranfer local plan data to global InfoProviders from Gerd Schoeffl, BW planning expert|
|November 21st||Unifying BPC NW and BW-IP from Uwe Fischer, head of BPC development||How to efficiently realize a rolling forecast scenario from Gerd Schoeffl, BW planning expert|
|November 28th||An introduction to Planning, from Detlef Wassmuth, BPC product manager||How to validate your data, from Gerd Schoeffl, BW planning expert|
|December 5th||Planning as part of BW, from Detlef Wassmuth, BPC product manager||Mandatory short comments, from Gerd Schoeffl, BW planning expert|
|December 12th||Data Warehousing, SAP Business Warehouse (BW), and Planning, from Brian Wood, BW product manager||Comments with a minimum of modelling, from Gerd Schoeffl, BW planning expert|
|December 19th||Office client strategy, from Jeanne Bigonnet, office clients product manager||Using SQL-script for characteristic relationships, from Gerd Schoeffl, BW planning expert|
|December 26th||Calling a Design Studio application from a BPC10.1 Business Process Flow, from Gerd Schoeffl, BW planning expert|
|January 16th||From BPC standard to BPC embedded: Reverse sign for account type with Key Figure Model, from William Yu, BPC product manager|
|January 23rd||The next generation consolidation solution: Real Time Consolidation, from Roy Jin, BPC product manager and consolidation expert|
|February 6th||Report and input value with YTD in BPC Embedded Model, from William Yu, BPC product manager|
|February 20th||Data volume restriction when leveraging the Embedded BW to store BPC data|
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