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Author's profile photo Matthias Kraemer

SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) Strategy

In Q4 2021, we introduced a new release of our proven SAP BW/4HANA product line called  

SAP BW/4HANA 2021. 

With this release, we provide our customers with a corresponding SAP BPC Planning add-on for each SAP BW/4HANA version. In addition, we have released the current version of 

SAP BPC 2021 for SAP BW/4HANA. 

Since the start of SAP BW/4HANA product family, planning capabilities have not been a part of the SAP BW/4HANA software component. This changed, however, for SAP BPC 2021 for SAP BW/4HANA 2021. Now you can use the SAP BW-IP/PAK planning model without an SAP BPC Add-On installation.  However, all planning models (SAP BW-IP/PAK, SAP BPC Embedded Model and SAP BPC Standard Model) need an SAP BPC license. 

SAP BPC 11.1– SAP BW-IP/PAK Planning Model not included in SAP BW/4HANA*


SAP BPC 2021 – SAP BW-IP/PAK Planning Model included in SAP BW/4HANA*
*Source: Images above created and owned by SAP HDA Planning & Analytics, Product Management


Here are the combinations of SAP BW on HANA, SAP BW/4HANA and SAP BPC releases available:

Underlying SAP BW release Corresponding SAP BPC release Maintenance until
SAP BW 7.50 SAP BPC 10.1 31.12.2027   PAM*
SAP BW/4HANA 1.0 SAP BPC 11.0 31.12.2021   PAM*
SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 SAP BPC 11.1 31.12.2024   PAM*
SAP BW/4HANA 2021 SAP BPC 2021 31.12.2027   PAM*

*PAM = Product Availability Matrix

In alignment with the announced maintenance extensions of the SAP Business Suite 7 and SAP S/4HANA, SAP will extend the maintenance for SAP BW/4HANA and SAP BW 7.5. We will extend the maintenance of the BPC products accordingly.

The maintenance of SAP BPC 10.1 for SAP BW 7.5 will continue until the end of 2027 followed by an optional period of extended maintenance lasting until the end of 2030.

The latest SAP BPC release, which supports the SAP BW/4HANA product line will be aligned with the SAP S/4HANA maintenance extension and will be maintained until at least 2040. For more information, see my blog on SAP BPC product suite extending maintenance.

The shipment of the new SAP BPC release is a result of our dual strategy of SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BPC. With respect to SAP´s overall cloud strategy, our cloud-based planning solution SAP Analytics Cloud represents our strategic and most innovative business intelligence and planning solution. The SAP BPC product will receive continuous innovations, bug fixes, and investments in infrastructure topics with SAP Analytic Cloud. Please check out our blog about the SAP BPC Live solution.

Source: SAP’s dual SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) and on-premise (SAP BPC) strategy. Image property of SAP

Customers who need to support business requirements on an existing on-premise installation of SAP BPC can rely on the fact that the product will continue to exist and be supported. Future investments for planning will primarily go to SAP Analytics Cloud to enhance the rich features, functions, and to deepen the integration with the SAP Portfolio. With this in mind, we strongly recommend any customer considering future implementations of planning scenarios to consider the innovation of  SAP Analytics Cloud.

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      Author's profile photo Younes Hasba
      Younes Hasba

      Hello Matthias,


      thank you for this very informative Blog.

      i have a question regarding the changes, does this change only means that if we have BW/4HANA 2021 we don't have to install the BPC addons in order to use the IP functionality?

      do we still need then the BPC license to use the IP/PAK, means this has not changed? or do we have the IP now in BW4 as in earlier relases where IP was part of the BW functionality?


      thank you & best regards


      Author's profile photo Detlef Wassmuth
      Detlef Wassmuth

      Hi Younes,

      thanks for reading the blog and your feedback. I am part of Matthias organization and I would like to support your questions.

      If you would like to use only the SAP BW-IP/PAK planning model (the usage of Planning Application Kit is mandatory), the installation of the BPC Add-On is no longer a pre-requisite.
      The SAP BPC planning license does not refer to the usage of the SAP BPC Add-On. The SAP BPC planning license refers to the usage of the SAP BPC Standard-, the SAP BPC Embedded- and / or the SAP BW-IP/PAK planning models. Thus, the SAP BPC Planning license is mandatory for the usage of SAP BW-IP/PAK planning model.
      The usage of planning capabilities without a license fee is not supported in the product combination of SAP BPC and SAP BW/4HANA.

      Best regards, Detlef

      Author's profile photo Vigneswara Rao Vankayala
      Vigneswara Rao Vankayala
      Dear Matthias Kreamer,
      I believe the PAK Development component has moved to BW/4 level due to PAPM, so in the future, PAK needs either BPC or PAPM license.
      Is my assumption correct?
      Frankly, in BPC 2021, I noticed only a couple/decoupled components, and I didn't see any significant features or missed out?
      Thanks & Regards,
      Author's profile photo Detlef Wassmuth
      Detlef Wassmuth

      HI Vigneswara Rao

      thanks for your interest about our SAP BPC product. From the license point of view, the planning models SAP BPC Standard, SAP BPC Embedded and SAP BW-IP/PAK are part of the BPC license. There are no changes on this and there is no relationship between the SAP BPC license and the SAP PAPM license. If you need more details about licenses, please check your question with your responsible SAP Account team.
      With the help the new SAP BPC 2021 release, planning scenarios of our customers in combination with the new SAP BW/4HANA 2021 release will be supported farther.

      All planning related innovations will be part of the SAC product.

      Best regards, Detlef

      Author's profile photo Frank Riesner
      Frank Riesner

      Dear Matthias,

      what is the required Analysis Office version to use BPC2021 for BW/4HANA 2021?
      - in the PAM it says 2.8 SP11
      - in the central Note 3057202 is only says 2.8 and higher, but without specifying the SP-level
      - in the limitation Note 2472541 is says "BPC Plug-in cannot connect to BPC2021 server in the latest support package of Analysis Office"... this latest support package is 2.8 SP11 as far as I know (?)

      Can you please bring some light here, and maybe in the central note as well?

      Thanks Frank

      Author's profile photo Emmanouil Kouvaritakis
      Emmanouil Kouvaritakis

      dear Matthias,

      as we are in a middle of our BW In place conversion program, it will help us a lot and I suppose all customers that are in the same situation like us, if you can reply to Frank question about AFO version and SP. It sounds a blocker to me for lot of customers if there is such a limitation as per PAM.

      Thanks in advance,





      Author's profile photo Steffen Heine
      Steffen Heine

      Dear Frank, Dear Emmanouil,

      the latest SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office SP is 2.8 SP12. The planning capabilities are supported for BPC2021, but the limitation with the BPC Plug-In Activity Pane still remains. We are working together with the BPC team on a solution and will update you once resolved and if a newer AO SP is required.


      Author's profile photo Emmanouil Kouvaritakis
      Emmanouil Kouvaritakis

      Dear Steffen,


      I am afraid I cannot understand your answer. The question is the below:

      What is the required Analysis Office version to use BPC2021 for BW/4HANA 2021?

      Thanks in advance,


      Author's profile photo Steffen Heine
      Steffen Heine

      Dear Manos,

      only the BPC activity plug-in of Analysis for Office is affected. The normal Analysis plug-in works fine with BPC2021 with any 2.8 SP. With 2.8 SP13 planned for end of February 2022 also the BPC activity plug-in is supported again.



      Author's profile photo Emmanouil Kouvaritakis
      Emmanouil Kouvaritakis

      hi Steffen,

      with the term "BPC activity plug-in" are you referring to "EPM plug-in" that supports SAP BPC standard and MDX-based sources? Please clarify.

      Regarding classic BW OLAP Queries and BW OLAP queries planning enabled  ("old BW-IP or Embedded BPC as per SAP product renaming), AFO 2.8 SP0 is enough.

      Please clarify.



      Author's profile photo Roland Kramer
      Roland Kramer

      Hello Matthias Kraemer

      SAP BW/4HANA 2021 has a commitment until 2040 as in sync with SAP S/4HANA
      I have allowed myself to add your Information to the Blog - SAP BW/4 HANA 2021 – 3rd Generation in Sync with SAP S/4
      Best Regards Roland
      Author's profile photo Michael Pertl
      Michael Pertl

      Hello Matthias,

      we want to use SAP Analytics Cloud in a Live-Connection for Planning.

      Do we need BPC2021 as AddOn to BW/4HANA 2021 or is BW/4HANA 2021 only also possible?

      Thanks in advance and best Regards


      Author's profile photo Detlef Wassmuth
      Detlef Wassmuth

      Hi Michael

      thanks, for reading our blog post.

      If you would like to use the so-called SAP BPC LIVE Connection for Planning, so you would like to create a hybrid planning model, where the SAP SAC tool will be connected with a SAP BPC Embedded Planning Model.

      For supporting such kind of scenarios, you need to install the SAP BPC Add-On.

      Best Regards, Detlef

      Author's profile photo Andrzej Jedrzejczyk
      Andrzej Jedrzejczyk

      Hi Matthias

      Could you please explain the difference on your screen shot - it looks like the similar statement but different meaning:




      Part of chart from the blog