Administration Duties are Modern and Flexible in Planning and Consolidation 10.0

  • by Charles “Tim” Soper, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • February 16, 2012
Get a brief overview of the new administration setup in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver, including updated features that affect models, dimensions, properties, hierarchies, script logic, transports, and more.
Key Concept

The Script Logic Editor is a new feature in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver that increases flexibility for developers who need to adjust script code or comment on it.

You can perform administration activities more efficiently thanks to the new, modern aspects of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver.

This article addresses only SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver, and is based on Service Pack 3, except where noted. Also, additional features may be available by the time of the software’s general availability, which is scheduled for February 2012. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for Microsoft has already been released.

Let’s look at the following updated administration functions in detail:

  • General: The user interface consists of Adobe Flex screens. Navigation is faster via hypertext. There is a “Do you want to save?” prompt when leaving a screen, which helps prevent the unintentional loss of data.
  • Models: You can use the SAP-delivered consolidation and ownership models for quick-start scenarios. You can manage Web parameters administration and SAP NetWeaver BW configuration, which makes them easier to maintain. There is instantaneous notification if you don’t have the right dimensions in the model, making the creation of models easier.
  • Dimensions: Member IDs can now be 32 characters long, providing more flexible naming conventions. You can maintain the dimension members without a Microsoft Excel member sheet. This eliminates conflicts that result from multiple Excel sessions. You can sort members and search on the ID or property value, making master data maintenance easier.
  • Properties: A property has an ID and now can also have a name (Figure 1). This allows for more flexible naming conventions and easier identification. When you create or maintain a dimension, the system proposes properties for the dimension, depending on whether it is used for consolidation or ownership purposes (Figure 2). This approach takes the guess work out of determining what properties to use.

Figure 1
Add New Property screen

Figure 2
Specify the purpose of the property

Charles “Tim” Soper

Charles “Tim” Soper is a senior education consultant at SAP. For the last 17 years, he has been teaching SAP classes on a variety of topics in financial and managerial accounting, business warehouse, business consolidations, and planning. He is the planning and consolidation curriculum architect and has written SAP course manuals. He also works as an SAP Senior Educational Consultant. Early in his career, he worked for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY, as a senior financial analyst. He has an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester.

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