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SAP BW/4HANA – The NEXT GENERATION OF DATA WAREHOUSE – has been available since September 2016.   Most are aware of the benefits of SAP BW/4HANA by now= you may have noticed that with all the benefits of the new data warehouse platform, there was no mention of a very important piece of functionality – planning and consolidation

The good NEWS is that a new release of SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (aka SAP BPC) is now available on this state of the art data warehouse – SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 11.0, version for SAP BW/4HANA!

Some important points about this new release of SAP BPC:

  1. SAP BPC, version for SAP BW/4HANA (will be referred as BPC BW/4HANA for the rest of this blog) is a brand new release of SAP BPC, it is not a successor to BPC, version for SAP NetWeaver or BPC, version for the Microsoft platform
  2. The 11.0 release offers Planning and Consolidation capabilities via the standard and embedded model. Much of it is based on functionality from BPC NW. There are some additional enhancements to be discussed later
  3. Due to the fact that it’s BW/4HANA platform which leverages the SAP HANA database, BW-IP is no longer supported, and the BPC Standard model requires the SAP HANA platform

Timeline

Initial release of SAP BPC 11.0, version for SAP BW/4HANA was planned for June 20th 2017 and it will be followed by another three support packages until the end of 2017 (subject to change). Incremental changes can be expected within those SPs.

 

What’s the relation to S/4HANA?

A frequently asked question is, how does BPC for BW/4HANA relate to S/4HANA and BPC optimized for S/4HANA? Let’s start with below diagram

  • The left grey box is S/4HANA with an ‘Embedded BW’ which include BPC 10.1 NW as planning and consolidation engine. It’s based on BW 7.5x(BW 7.51 for S/4HANA 1610 and BW 7.52 for S/4HANA 1709) which on SAP NetWeaver platform.
  • The right blue box is SAP BW/4HANA with add-on SAP BPC version for BW/4HANA installed.
  • BPC for BW/4HANA and S/4HANA  are on separate platforms – BPC for BW/4HANA is ideal for customers looking for a standalone deployment of BPC, leveraging BW4HANA, that can integrate with S/4HANA and other systems/data and BPC NW embedded within S/4HANA is for S/4HANA customers seeking real-time planning and consolidations on their S/4HANA data

What are the main new Features and Benefits of BPC for BW/4HANA?

Simplification

  • Following the trend of BW/HANA, BPC for BW/4HANA focuses on simplifying the backend core as well as frontend
  • Simplify the ad-hoc reporting with query enhancements in SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Office
  • New web worksheet concept is introduced to simplify web reporting/planning objects. Within one worksheet, you can have multiple grids and charts for reporting and data input
  • Simplified data integration to reduce the effort and time it takes to load data from external sources into BPC

Modern Interface

  • Deeper integration with SAP Analytics Cloud allows business users to quickly sync data back and forth between SAP Analytics Cloud and BPC. This also enables BPC BW/4HANA customers to leverage SAP Analytics Cloud web client as an alternative option for both planning and analysis with BPC data.

  • Beautiful, brand new  HTML5 web interface provides a fresh new look and feel. new menu and bread crumb navigation  helps user to jump between different features with fewest clicks
  • Brand new home page including nicely pinned  tiles for charts, quick access to any object and page via ‘Favorites’ and personal activities ordered by time. In additional, users can personalize the home page by re-ordering and re-sizing.

  • New concept of web worksheet allows having multiple reports, input forms and charts.
  • Re-signed ‘My Activities’ and BPF workspace design time.

 

Performance

  • Push down query formula operations to SAP HANA
  • Further push down of FOX formulas to SAP HANA
  • Using advanced Data Store Objects (aDSO) and composite providers and no longer InfoCubes and classic DSO’s

 

Which Excel client shall I use?

SAP Analysis for Office 2.4 SP03(onwards) is the Excel add-in for BPC for BW/4HANA.

  • EPM Plug-in used for BPC Standard models
  • AO Plug-in e used for BPC Embedded models
  • Note, the EPM Add-in 10.0 is no longer supported on BPC BW/4HANA

 

Regarding how  to move an existing BPC NW deployment to BPC BW/4, we are currently investigating a conversion tool. More info to follow in a later blog..

 

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  1. Jim Kuczo

    The link provided doesn’t seem to be working….also searches on help.sap.com do not provide.  Can you please provide new links?

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  2. Rajarshi Muhuri

    Classic BPC and Embedded BPC is quite different from each other though the end results is same . so I really hope that both planning and consolidation is available for Embedded version .

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  3. JingJing Zhao

    Hi William,,

    Is the BPC embedded on BPC 11.0 still based on BI-IP? Or a similar planning engine that is specific to BW/4.

    Many thanks

    Jingjing

     

     

     

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    1. William Yu Post author

      Hi Jingjing,

      BPC embedded is more based on BW-PAK the HANA accelerated vesion of BW-IP.  And it’s still the case for BPC 11.0. Means existing BPC embedded customer of BPC NW can be easily converted to BPC 11.0 for BW/4HANA.

      Best regards, William

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  4. Mel Calucin

    Hi William,

    Thanks for the great blog!

    Will there be BI content similar to “SAP Business Planning & Consolidation for S/4HANA” on “SAP Business Planning & Consolidation for BW/4HANA” ?

    Thanks.

    Regards,

    Mel Calucin

     

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    1. William Yu Post author

      Hi Mel Calucin,

      As stated in the blog, the BW under S/4HANA is the embedded BW coming together with NW underneath. While BPC 11.0 is built on BW/4HANA which is on different platform. So far, on similar content will be delivered on BPC 11.0 as there is no S/4 integration there yet.

      Best regards, William

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    1. William Yu Post author

      Hi Andrea,

      In fact, it’s already there for download, probably you need proper software license for that.

      Best regards, William

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  5. Jay Gandhi

    For Hybrid Scenarios (BPC 11 and SAC) what are the licensing  implications?

     

    License for BW/4, BPC 11 (or original NW?), SAC and then I assume BPC licenses will include use of SAP Analysis?

     

    Am I missing anything or is the above accurate?

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  6. Mel Calucin

    Hi William,

    BPC 11.0 has end of maintenance of 09/30/2019.  I assume between now and 09/30/2019 there will be a new version of BPC.  What will it be?  BPC 11.1?  BPC 12.0?  When will this new version be out?

    Thanks.

    Regards,

    Mel Calucin

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  7. William Yu Post author

    Hi Mel,

    Current EOM is based on underlying platform BW/4HANA 1.0 which is also maintained until end of 2019.  But there will be future release of BW/4HANA( for example 2.0 planned). And based on current plan, BPC 11.0 will also support that new BW/4HANA version, and EOM of BPC 11.0 will extended by then accordingly.

    Best regards, William

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  8. ni Liu

    Hi William,

    Thank you for your share.I have a question on the relation between BPC for BW/4HANA and S/4  . Our company just as you mentioned above,S/4  and BPC for BW/4HANA are standlone platform,they share one common hana datastore.The question is how can i get data from s/4,such as account charts、entities and so on?I have configured the connection bw/4hana to s/4 using [rsa1] adminstration source system ,the connection is ok,but i still have no data in bpc.Need i use BPC For S/4 in order to integeration?I puzzled the master data acquisition,hope for your reply,thanks.

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  9. SAPEPM Con

     

    Hello,

    I want to know if my customer has data sources from ECC (oracle), ECC (on HANA) and S4 HANA- can we have real time data from all of these with BPC 11?

    Regards,

    S

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    1. William Yu Post author

      Hi Tanya,

      NO, only BPC 11.0 supports BW/4HANA, BPC 10.1 is still on BW 740/750. License for BPC 11.0 is different from license for BPC 10.1.

      Best regards, William

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  10. ANUP KULKARNI

    Hi WIlliam,

     

    What are the features of BPC 11 that are not supported in BPC 10.1? I understand that BPC 11 can be installed only on top of BW/4 HANA.

    You have mentioned three advantages but I don’t see them as an advantage over BPC 10.1 as such.  BPC 11 seems to be a replica of BPC 10.1 on BW 7.5 On HAHA exclusively for customers having BW/4HANA

    Simplification

    The points you mentioned are also valid for BPC 10.1 on BW 7.5 On HAHA. So what is the advantage here?

    Modern Interface

    SAC can very well connect to BW 7.5. What are the SAC features (specific to planning) that work on BW/4HANA but not on BW 7.5 on HANA?

    Is there any improvement in UI5 interface here compared to BPC 10.1?

    Performance

    The points you mentioned are also valid for BPC 10.1 on BW 7.5 On HAHA. Advanced DSOs are available in BW 7.5.  So what is the advantage here?

     

    Could you please clarify on this points?

     

    Thanks,

    Anup

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    1. William Yu Post author

      Hi Anup,

      From Ux perspective, we renewed the entire UX with new design language, that’s unique in  BPC 11.

      Regarding performance, it comes naturally with BW/4HANA itself comparing to BW 7.50(or lower). n addition, BW/4HANA is much more powerful at data integration area.

      One thing important for BPC standard is, with BPC11.0 on BW/4HANA, we can leverage BW archiving framework including NLS natively thanks to BW/4HANA enhancements.

       

      Best regards, William

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  11. Ahmed Salam

    Dear William,

     

    1st of all great Blog as usual,

     

    Now i need to ask about the Upgrade Path from BW on NW 7.50 with BPC 10.1 Standard  to BW4hana BPC 11.0

     

    Many Thanks In Advance.

    Regards.

    Ahmad

     

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    1. William Yu Post author

      Hi Ahmad,

      For upgrade/conversion, please refer to my another blog https://blogs.sap.com/2017/09/11/remote-conversion-of-standard-model-to-sap-bpc-11.0-version-for-sap-bw4hana/

      Cheers!

      Best regards, William

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