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Author's profile photo Shakeel Ahmed

Planning in SAP S/4 HANA and Optimised BPC 10.1

# Purpose of This Blog

There is drastic change on various planning front in S/4 HANA; many SAP Consultant are not able to conclude this change and not able to understand the holistic view of the SAP S/4 HANA Planning.


# Overview of the Planning in SAP

Planning in SAP has been majorly moved SAP BPC Optimised for S/4 HANA. SAP BPC Optimized for SAP S/4HANA is part of the SAP S/4HANA business suite. It is delivered with BW content and planning structures, along with analysis office planning workbooks.


# Planning in S/4 HANA

Cost Center Data, Internal Order Data, and Project Data planning is possible in SAP ERP (S/4 HANA). Profit Center planning is no more supported in the SAP S/4HANA (SAP ERP). Below table illustrate the planning possibilities in S/4 HANA and Optimised BPC.

Planning For BPC CO FI CO-PA
Balance Sheet Yes Yes*
Profit & Loss Yes Yes*
Profit Center (and GL) Yes Yes*
Cost Center Yes# Yes#
Internal Order Yes# Yes#
Project Yes# Yes#
Functional Areas Yes
Market Segment (Account Based) Yes Yes
Market Segment (Cost Based) Customised Yes
Free Dimensions Customised Yes
Plan Data Processing Yes Yes* Yes
Y* = It is deactivated by default, but can be re-activated in S/4 HANA System
Y# = Communication between S/4 HANA and BPC possible

Pictorial View of the above data


Note: Plan data recorded prior to the S/4 HANA migrate in GL (BS/P&L/PrCtr/BusArea) cannot be accessed after the migrate, as the planning transactions are deactivated during the upgrade. So, please pay special attention to this during S/4 HANA migration.


# key Capabilities of SAP BPC Optimized for SAP S/4HANA

  • Single planning solution with the strengths of current solutions.
  • Real-time access to master and transactional data, for modeling and variance analysis.
  • Flexible drill-down on drivers of profitability, including customer, product, geography, and channel.
  • Identification of trends and forecasts, using predictive analysis.
  • Seamless integration of planning screens into SAP S/4HANA workflows.
  • End-to-end simulation capabilities.
  • Pre-built planning models for accelerated adoption.
  • Elimination of Data Replication
  • It provides end to end simulation capabilities


# BPC Content Analysis Workbooks are SAP FIORI Compliant

# Other Understanding

  • BPC required a separate license
  • BPC 10.1 version for SAP NetWeaver is compatible with SAP S/4 HANA



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      Author's profile photo Kishore Marodia
      Kishore Marodia

      Excellent post.. hope we will see sequels on same with Examples of NEWER POSSIBILITIES. Keep it up 🙂

      Author's profile photo Shakeel Ahmed
      Shakeel Ahmed
      Blog Post Author



      Author's profile photo Swamy Madduluri
      Swamy Madduluri

      excellent summary.



      Author's profile photo Laks Yelugoti
      Laks Yelugoti

      Shakeel - Excellent blog. You have nicely put together a vital piece information.

      I think this type of drastic change and taking out the certain portion of functionality is totally unnecessary. This is a major warning for folks going to S/4HANA.

      How to re-activate SAP ERP profit center planning in S/4HANA and Can I still use BPC for S/4HANA after reactivating SAP ERP planning.



      Author's profile photo Swamy Madduluri
      Swamy Madduluri

      Excellent summary for BPC in S/4HANA



      Author's profile photo Suprapto Suprapto
      Suprapto Suprapto


      I have two questions

      1. With this Planning in SAP S/4 HANA and Optimised BPC 10.1 , do we need to install the BPC in the same server of ECC SAP S/4 HANA ? or we can install in separately server ?
      2. How we can have pre defined BPC Content Analysis Workbooks  ? Is it comes with SAP BPC Installer or it has separated licence ?


      Author's profile photo Warren Nash
      Warren Nash

      Does the BPC planning models that replace the old planning in SAP "directly" come with no license ?fee?

      My understanding is that the models cannot change.





      Author's profile photo Mel Calucin
      Mel Calucin

      Hi Shakeel,

      In S/4HANA on premise 1809, does SAP Analytics Cloud replace BPC optimized for S/4HANA?



      Mel Calucin


      Author's profile photo Ameer Adil
      Ameer Adil



      Is SAP ANALYTICS CLOUD replace the  BPC optimized for S/4HANA?

      Author's profile photo Vikrant Sharma
      Vikrant Sharma

      Hi Shakeel,


      I am looking for the licensing cost of SAP BPC optimized for S4/HANA on 1809 update. Do we have to buy a separate license for it or  it included in the 1809 package.

      Author's profile photo vishal parmar
      vishal parmar

      Hi Shakeel,

      Can we do any operational planning in BPC Optimized? like. Production Planning for a manufacturing industry?




      Author's profile photo Alejandro Muñoz Roldan
      Alejandro Muñoz Roldan


      Cash Flows plans is posible in BPC Optimized for S4?


      Author's profile photo Alejandro Muñoz Roldan
      Alejandro Muñoz Roldan

      Hello experts,

      I have a client with BPC Optimized in S4, and I have a couple of questions that I wish you could help me:

      • Can I plan data from the IS-U or any other satellite system using a standard automatic connection?
      • Can I plan companies or cost centers that are not in SAP?
      • Can I combined master data for S4 with fictitious master data in the same dimensión? For example: Non SAP society, cost center, etc.
      • Is there a cash flow planning model?
      • Can models be related to each other? For example: Cash flow model with budget model
      • Can business end users manage the solution?

      I appreciate your help.

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Vadim Kalinin
      Vadim Kalinin

      You can use BPC standard models even on BPC Optimized in S4


      Author's profile photo Alejandro Muñoz Roldan
      Alejandro Muñoz Roldan

      Hello Vadim,

      It's the first news I have, I haven't found anything about it. All the information I have found is that it is embedded. Can you please send me a link with information about it?

      Thank you!!

      Author's profile photo Ahmed Ibrahim
      Ahmed Ibrahim

      thanks for your blog , but is planning copa with product cost not available as normal from ecc by use tcode kepm or what ?



      Author's profile photo Akeem Larrys
      Akeem Larrys



      Thanks for the write up.

      My team and I we are planning to move our client SAP BPC to S/4 Hana with an Embedded version.  We have a bit of concern and I will need some assistance from the BPC expert.

      Here's what come up:

      • The solution should be clearly based on the embedded S/4 solution. If any load times are applicable these should be clearly documented. How do we ensure the solution is an embedded version?


      • It is expected the BPC solution from SAP has as a reference model for a cost-center / cost element (GL acct) planning. This model has to be examined on its use for the client.


      • When the planning is finalized the data are to be uploaded to Funds Management. How do we execute this step.?

      Appreciate you response.