SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: An Overview of How It Works with SAP NetWeaver BW

  • by Prakash Darji, Senior Director of Solution Management in the Enterprise Performance Management Area Within SAP BusinessObjects
  • Ryan Leask, Senior Director, Solution Strategy for SAP’s Business User and Line of Business Sales Organization
  • March 23, 2009
Gain an understanding of what SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is about and the heavy focus on making this a business-user-driven application. Learn about the two different products (the version for SAP NetWeaver and the version for the Microsoft platform) and the different releases of each one. In addition, find out about the various clients that exist, and get a basic grasp of the terminology used in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation.
Key Concept

Performance management is about the methodologies, processes, and systems that companies use to drive and monitor organizational performance. As you would imagine, a topic as broad as organizational performance can become extremely complex in the real world. Organizations have to decide which strategies to pursue; how to make sure their workforces are aligned with established corporate objectives; how to allocate scarce resources to various strategies being pursued; how to track actual performance against the planned objectives; and many other complex decisions. To assist with making these decisions and tracking performance, organizations need to use a mix of business intelligence and analytic applications. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is one such application.

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is dedicated to fulfilling planning, budgeting, and forecasting requirements, as well as enabling legal and management consolidations. It also provides advanced reporting capabilities. Furthermore, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation enables all these functions to operate through a single unified application. What follows is a primer on the basics of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. We assume the reader already has SAP NetWeaver BW knowledge.

Prakash Darji

Prakash Darji is currently director of product management in the Enterprise Performance Management area within SAP Business Objects. In his current role as a director of product management for the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidations product, his responsibilities include inbound product management through working on the short- and longer-term roadmap for SAP's Planning Solutions, managing deliverables for multiple releases, as well as creating product specifications for innovative features and functions to differentiate against key competitors. His full bio is available at: www.linkedin.com/in/prakashdarji.

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Ryan Leask

Ryan Leask currently runs the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation solution management team for SAP, based out of Palo Alto, CA. Prior to this position, he led the EPM solution architecture team with a main focus on the design of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.0, version for SAP NetWeaver. Ryan has also worked on SAP xApp Analytics, SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP SEM, ABAP, SAP CRM, analytics/data mining, and whatever else seemed interesting. He has also co-authored SAP xApp Analytics (SAP PRESS, 2006), written many articles, and presented at numerous conferences.

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