SAP BPC 11.x, version for SAP BW/4HANA End of Maintenance Date
Update 2020 April
As mentioned in last month update, we are now happy to announce that end of maintenance date for BPC 11.x version for SAP BW/4HANA is now extended to end of 2027.
But since BW/4HANA 2.0 is only maintained until end of 2024, BPC 11.1 end of maintenance date is still aligned with underlying platform as it’s reflected in official PAM.
This means, BPC 11.x support will be extended with a newer version of BPC and BW/4HANA, details will be followed in the future.
For more detail about SAP latest maintenance and extension strategy for BPC products, please read Uwe’s blog.
Update 2020 March
With the official release of BPC 11.1, version for SAP BW/4HANA last year, the end of maintenance date of BPC 11.x product is now also extended to end of 2024.
In the meantime, BPC product and development team is also evaluating new product development and maintenance strategy to suit the fast changing market trends and needs. Stay tuned.
Note: blog can’t always be most up to date, please always refer to SAP Product Availability Matrix web page for latest officially information.
Important update 2019 March
You may already found out that BW/4HANA 1.0 End of Maintenance date has again been extended to 31.12.2021. As always, End of Maintenance date for SAP BPC 11.0 will be/is(depending on when you read this blog update) extended to 31.12.2021 accordingly.
You may also noticed that BW/4HANA 2.0 is finally out, slightly different from what we previously expected and communicated(as below), we are going to release SAP BPC 11.1, version for BW/4HANA to support the new BW/4HANA 2.0 platform.
BPC 11.1 has the same BPC feature offering comparing to BPC 11.0, so it’s a pure technical/platform upgrade. No migrated effort is expected from BPC side.
End of Maintenance date of BPC 11.1 will be aligned with BW/4HANA 2.0 which is 31.12.2024.
RTC of BPC 11.1 is currently planned for 2019.Q2, it’s subject to change as always.
Important update 2017.December
BW/4HANA 1.0 End of Maintenance date recently has been extended to 31.12.2020, as a consequence, SAP BPC 11.0, version for SAP BW/4HANA is also now extended to 31.12.2020, you can find the related information in PAM page. Below article about potential further extension of End of Maintenance date is still valid.
Release of SAP BPC 11.0, version for SAP BW/4HANA generated tremendous attentions and interests in the market, a lot of customers start planning go for BPC 11.0 to leverage the latest innovation from SAP. But sometimes they might be confused and worried by reading the Product Availability Matrix (PAM) that BPC 11.0 will be ended for maintenance by 30.09.2019, just less than 2.5 year from initial release.
Ok, that’s really not what it looks like. Let’s see what’s behind that.
End of Maintenance(EOM) date of BPC usually is NOT only decided by product itself, but it’s very much related to the underlying platform – SAP BW/4HANA. Currently, there is only version of BW/4HANA which is BW/4HANA 1.0, and it has EOM set for 30.09.2019 as well. That’s the only reason why BPC 11.0 EOM is set like this.
What will happen after?
According to BW/4HANA FAQ(page 4, question no. 2), BW/4HANA 2.0 is PLANNED for 2018 with a great deal of new functionalities, and End of mainstream Maintenance will be 2023 as planned for now.
SAP BPC 11.0, version for SAP BW/4HANA as the latest strategic innovation product line of course will continue to be supported on planned BW/4HANA 2.0 with no doubt. As the result, BPC 11.0 End of Maintenance will be extended to 2023 together with BW/4HANA 2.0.
With the simple and easy upgrade path from BW/4HANA 1.0 to 2.0, BPC 11.0 customers will be well taken care of to adopt BW/4HANA 2.0 when it’s ready.
So, just a quick summary: 1. EOM of BPC 11.0 is currently set to 30.09.2019 only because of BW/4HANA 1.0. 2. EOM of BPC 11.0 is planned to be extended at least to 2023 with BW/4HANA 2.0.
A customer is asking how it is possible that a newer version of BPC (11.0) has a closer EOM than an older version (10.1).
Which argument would you use in favor of BPC 11.0 as customers may not want to move to BPC 11.0 as it will have an EOM in 2020 (2023 in case of BW/4HANA 2.0)?
As clearly mentioned in the blog, EOM of BPC 11.0 is very much depending on underlying platform, just like EOM of BPC 10.1 NW is depending on underlying NW. BPC can't be maintained if underlying platform is not maintained anymore. So I guess this question is more needed to be asked to BW/4HANA team...
In addition, BPC 11.0 is the latest innovation just like BW/4HANA is the latest innovation of SAP, and all the future investments will mainly go to BW/4HANA and BPC 11.0.
is there any future investment in SAP Real-Time Consolidation? based on what I have heard, it looks like there will be no more improvements for this solution.
When is BPC 11.1 planned for GA? We have our BW/4HANA 2.0 Upgrade waiting :-).
Hello William, Hello All,
BPC4HANA 11.1 is available for download from the SMP since 20.05.19 but its still not displaying in the maintenance planner . Any reasons ?
What I can still find within PAM for BPC 11.1 version for BW/4HANA is End of Maintenance is 2024.
So what would be official info and where have you found info about extension to 2027?
Hope you are doing well. Wanted to ask about BPC 2021 release version? Based on PAM the expected release is in Q42021 SAP Product Availability Matrix.
Also, if you could share some insights on how different is 2021 version from BPC 11.0/11.1 in terms of functionality and what's the expected upgrade effort required from 11.0 to 2021 /11.1 to 2021 ?
Thanks in advance for your comments !
Hi Swakshar Choudhury,
At the moment, we are still aiming the release plan as mentioned in PAM link.
BPC 2021 is technical upgrade version dedicated for BW/4HANA 2021, so there is no new feature planned for initial release, which means the upgrade effort from BPC 11.0/11.1 is trivial. And the conversion path from BW 750 is same as BPC 11.0/11.1.
Best regards, William
Thanks William for the prompt response !