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De-Obfuscating SAP BPC: 5 things you need to know

Emily Kucukalic Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Blog

By Dean Kelly

The recent release of SAP BPC 11.0 for SAP BW/4HANA brings the total of SAP planning solutions to five:

  • SAP BPC 10.1 MS
  • SAP BPC 10.1 NW
  • SAP BPC 11.0 BW/4HANA
  • SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP)
  • Cloud for Planning (C4P)

On top of that, Both BPC 11.0 BW/4HANA and BPC 10.1 NW come with 2 modelling options, Embedded and Standard.  That brings the total to seven! If you are in the public sector, then you can throw in SAP Budgeting and Planning for the Public Sector (SBP) into the mix.

In a bid to be as agile as possible, SAP has confounded us all!

Whilst there is no simple answer there are several considerations that can help whittle down the choices.

Your core SAP system

If you are not considering HANA then the decision gets easier as 10.1NW is the only version that runs on any DBMS but you will still need to choose between Standard, Embedded or a mix of both.

If you are implementing or plan on implementing S/4HANA Finance (on-premise) and are essentially only interested in summarised planning (Cost Centre, Project, Internal Order) then the obvious choice is BPC Optimised for S/4HANA.

If you are running your SAP ECC on HANA, then the choice widens and the decision matrix gets rather complicated. However, all things being equal BPC 11.0 BW/4HANA would be the best option (check out this great blog from Debra Hamilton for the reasons why)

User Experience

No worries here at all – the newer planning solutions have been developed with state of the art user experience in mind, which can greatly assist with user adoption.

IT Led vs Business-Led Solution

The Embedded option in BPC 10.1 NW and 11.0 BW/4HANA is more suited to IT-led implementations with deep integration with ECC/BW.

The Standard option lends itself to more flexible business led implementations, particularly where data used in the planning process is sourced from non-SAP systems (in which case BPC 10.1 MS may also be a consideration).

Line of Business Solution

One of the challenges when implementing an enterprise planning tool is that it is very expensive and sometimes impossible to cater for the diverse planning needs across all the business. In these cases, the central planning tool may simply be used to consolidate the plans of the various divisions and quite often most of the value is realised by the central finance team.

This is where C4P can play a role. The individual businesses can leverage easy to use, driver-based planning capabilities of C4P to formulate their plans, the results of which can be integrated into the enterprise planning solution for consolidation.

SAP IBP is a cloud solution that provides a state-of-the-art platform for real-time, integrated supply chain planning that requires HANA. Like C4P, the IBP plans can also be integrated into the enterprise planning solution for consolidation.

And of course, just ask us to help if it all gets too much!

Think BPC. Think Plaut. Think.

By Dean Kelly, Solution Lead – BPC Consultant, Plaut Australia

For the past 10 years, Dean has specialised in implementing SAP BPC software and is a leader in this field in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Plaut in 2014, Dean spent 7 years at SAP as a Principal Consultant and BPC Lead. 

Click here to contact Dean.

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