SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: An Overview of What to Expect When Upgrading from SAP BPC 5.1
- by Arpan Chowdhury, Manager, Capgemini US LLC
- November 11, 2009
Take a high-level look at the updates in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver. See how the new functionality compares to functionality previously offered in version 5.1 and how these changes affect reporting, data transfer modeling, and data and transport management.
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is a part of the SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions. It helps companies manage their financial planning, consolidation, and strategic reporting needs. The application has undergone considerable changes from its previous releases and is offered in two different versions. The version for SAP NetWeaver is integrated into the SAP NetWeaver stack and resides on top of the SAP NetWeaver BW environment. The version for the Microsoft platform is a standalone Microsoft SQL-based version.
Say a company runs SAP NetWeaver BW for data warehousing and reporting. You also use SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 5.1. In this scenario, it can be challenging to maintain these two systems. Upgrading to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation version 7.0 for SAP NetWeaver provides better integration with the underlying data, simplifies governance, and offers a single support maintenance framework.
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation version 5.1 was based on the Microsoft SQL database platform. This version featured flexibility and could run as a standalone for the supported business processes without much IT support. However, you needed custom development to integrate the application with other SAP applications, such as SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP. Also, you couldn’t use the traditional transport process for SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation object management. Instead, companies had to manage the system life cycle by using custom processes.
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation introduces the concept of SAP transport. Transaction UJBPCTR provides you with a mechanism similar to the former BW-Business Planning and Simulation (BW-BPS) transport process. The new transaction helps you to capture your custom development, and then the standard SAP transport process moves the changes to production.
I’ll go over some of the main updates in version 7.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. I’ll discuss changes in reporting, administration, data transfer modeling, process chain integration, and data and transport management.
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