Protect Your SAP BPC Data in Just 4 Steps

  • by Uday Gupta, Business Intelligence Lead, J. Crew
  • January 1, 2009
To ensure that only authorized users have access to sensitive data and that system administrators have the access they need to SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC), follow these four simple steps within the SAP BPC security console.
Key Concept
SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) security enables you to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. The goal of Sarbanes-Oxley is to have Segregation of Duties (SoD) and SAP BPC security address this with the task profile (what the user can do — SoD) and the member access profile (what data the user can access).
At my company's current SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) implementation, my team needed to create BPC security objects and organize the security so that only certain end users can access revenue data. We also needed to ensure that administrators and people supporting the SAP BPC system would have different security than the end users.

You can create SAP BPC security in a few simple steps. Based on my recent experience, I will show you how to expedite the security setup by using teams to assign security rather than giving individual security objects to each user. I'll also offer tips about what to watch out for as you follow the process. Although these processes were developed in SAP BPC 5.1, they apply to newer releases as well. You should be able to complete this setup quickly, in two days or fewer.

Uday Gupta

Uday Gupta has more than eight years of experience with SAP, including SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, SAP R/3, and system analysis. He is also knowledgeable in software design and implementation methodologies, including SAP’s ASAP methodology. He has completed more than eight full life cycle SAP R/3, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation implementations. He has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM in North America and Australia. Uday has worked in various industry sectors including media, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, high tech, utilities, public sector, banking, telecommunications, and advertising. He is currently working with one of the largest retail organizations as a business intelligence lead responsible for the SAP NetWeaver BW system.

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