SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: Gain a Better Understanding of Application 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
  • September 14, 2009
When a user creates an application, much of what happens in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is hidden from the user. Take an in-depth look at how applications are created and see how InfoCubes and applications differ. This information can help you quickly troubleshoot any issues your users may encounter.
Key Concept
The term application has several meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is considered application software, so the term application refers to whole product. However, the term could also refer to the client applications, which are the actual software installed on the end users’ machines (e.g., SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Excel). Application can also refer to the underlying application server (e.g., SAP NetWeaver Application Server). Finally, you can also create an application in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, which you can think of as mapping one-to-one to an InfoCube in the back-end SAP NetWeaver BW system, where all transactional data is stored.

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is designed to empower the business by reducing its dependency on the IT department for making system changes. Application administration is an area that is usually in the hands of the IT department. With SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, business users can directly configure many objects, such as dimensions, applications, users, and security. This allows them to help themselves and avoid having the IT department become a bottleneck in setting up, or making changes to, the system. (See the article “SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: An Overview of How It Works with SAP NetWeaver BW” for a more detailed discussion on this topic.)  

Throughout this article, we will call out much of the complexity that has been hidden from the user in the interest of supporting business user configuration. For example, when you are creating an application in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver, you never need to think about data modeling, line item dimensions, or any such IT-specific concerns because the system takes care of all of it.

Although someone working in the Admin client doesn’t need to know what goes on behind the scenes, it can be very helpful to understand what is really going on when a new application is created. You can use this knowledge for better error tracking, debugging, custom developments, tuning performance, and understanding what can and can’t be changed in SAP NetWeaver BW directly. 

The user experience is almost identical (even for administration) between SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for the Microsoft platform, and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver. However, the back-end implementations are quite different. All the content and behavior we describe in this article applies just to the version for SAP NetWeaver.

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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