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
Coming soon
  • Why to move from BW IP to BPC
  • Outside in view from Column5
 


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  1. Michael Mkpadi

    This is an excellent article on the difference between standard and embedded BPC. A topic that sometimes eludes experienced practitioners of SAP Business Planning and Consolidation.

    At the heart of it embedded BPC is about reducing semantic layers and increasing internal system data flow and data transformation efficiency.

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