SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: Business-Owned Administration: AppSet and Dimension Management

  • by Ryan Leask, Senior Director, Solution Strategy for SAP’s Business User and Line of Business Sales Organization
  • Prakash Darji, Vice President and General Manager, Data Warehousing Solutions and SAP HANA Platform, SAP
  • May 19, 2009
Look at how administration works from a business perspective in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver. Learn about application set management and dimension management and see how they relate to SAP NetWeaver BW.
Key Concept

Administration refers to the configuration of functionality to meet business requirements. Technical and system administration is 100% in the realm of IT at almost every organization, but responsibility for software administration to meet business requirements can vary greatly between IT and the business. Responsibility is determined by a number of factors, including organization policies and culture, level of expertise required in the software, level of technical competence within the business, and many other considerations. Ultimately, IT and the business both have roles to play to ensure successful SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation administration.

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is predicated on the assumption that the business, not IT, is the system owner. That means it is the business that goes into the system to create and change its own reports and input schedules, loading data from other systems, and even administering the system. Therefore, usability and simplicity are paramount.

To explain how administration works in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, we cover two key areas of administration:

  • Application set (AppSet) management: Create and delete AppSets, AppSet status, template version and cache, and user activity

  • Dimension management: Create, change, and delete dimensions, as well as maintain master data

System administrators perform all these activities in the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation Admin client. The look and feel as well as features and functions in the Admin client of both the version for the Microsoft platform and the version for SAP NetWeaver are very similar, with some subtle differences. However, what is going on behind the scenes in the back end (i.e., in SQL Server and Analysis Services for the version for the Microsoft platform and SAP NetWeaver BW in the version for SAP NetWeaver) can be quite different.

All content and behavior we describe applies just to the version for SAP NetWeaver, but the user experience in the Admin client is almost the same for the version for the Microsoft platform.

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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Prakash Darji

Prakash Darji is an experienced professional with more than 10 years of end-to-end experience in enterprise software. He has a broad depth of experience including corporate strategy, sales, product management, architecture, and development. He has experience in product launch activities, including positioning, packaging, and pricing. He has delivered numerous product releases in a variety of capacities through his career. He thrives on building high-performing, scalable teams to achieve strategic deliverables, whether they close strategic sales deals, roll in product features, or roll out new releases. He is a recurring author for several publications and a speaker at SAP conferences around the world. Prakash is on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/prakashdarji.

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