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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



Courtesy: SAP

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  • 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.



  • Hi,

    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 ?


  • 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.





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  • 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.

  • 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,