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.