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There are several options that are listed on the next two slides. The options are listed on a continuum of less strategic to more strategic. All the Planning options require an additional license except for the Enterprise Management t/codes. Planning and consolidations has evolved in each release of S/4.

* Needs to leverage BW for the features of: audit trail, workflow & comments.


SAP S/4 HANA Planning & Consolidation t/codes

Even though the former FI-CO planning t/codes are not strategic, there are times when it may be necessary for the t/codes to be re-activated. For example, if the customer needs to use a robust planning allocation solution leveraging their actual allocation build, there is no equivalent feature in BPC; only a simple allocation solution is offered in BPC.


SAP BPC Standard vs. SAP BPC Embedded vs. SAP BPC Optimized for S/4 HANA

BPC model types (for example Standard and Embedded) can be combined and used in the same license.

The embedded BPC, formerly called IBPf was rebranded in release 1610 to BPC Optimized for S/4 HANA and Consolidations were also added. A limited BW is available for S/4 HANA but it is not intended to be an Enterprise Data Warehouse.

SAP BPC Embedded or IBPf is not the same as IBP which is used for Sales Planning and APO planning. With release 1705 of IBP, the component IBP for S&OP provided for Sample Integration Content for Financial Planning.  This would include sample integration content (how-to guide) for bi-directional IBP to BPC integration.  IBP for S&OP will be our main integration point between SCM planning and BPC.

The rule of thumb is to use SAP BPC Optimized for S/4 HANA when 80% of the data is in S/4. A compilation note provides more details and the starting point: 2081400 – SAP BPC Optimized for S/4 HANA Finance”.


BPC Optimized for S/4 HANA and BPC BW/4 HANA are two separate code lines which have different features. In the future, SAP will decide how to achieve parity on features, but as they stand they are different. BPC BW/4HANA takes advantage of the new BW/4HANA architecture.


SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning / SAP Cloud for Consolidations

The cloud products are different from BPC. When an excel – free application with no footprint is needed, this is the recommended product. It can be used as a hybrid solution with BPC.


The right Planning & Consolidation solution is both a technical and functional decision. It depends on where the source data is coming from, which features the customer needs and how much data is required to be consumed.

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  1. Former Member

    Thanks Daniel for clear distinction and comparison between features. This is very useful.

    However, one question that always strikes me is why is SAP not embedding  BW/4HANA  in S/4HANA? Is this because of any licensing challenges or architectural challenges?

    If above is possible, I am sure it would take away so many product combinations to think about and lead to a lot of simplification.




  2. Espen Leknes

    Do you have any details as what options are available for what platforms – on-premise, S4 private option and S4 public option? What about Business by Design?


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