What You Need to Know About BW-BPS

  • by Karen Comer, BI Product Manager, SAP Labs, LLC
  • June 1, 2005
Learn about SAP's Business Planning and Simulation (BPS) and why it now is a part of SAP Business Intelligence (SAP BI). In addition, find out what has changed in BW-BPS from SEM-BPS and get an overview of your upgrade options.
Key Concept
SAP’s Strategic Enterprise Management (SAP SEM) is a module that provides strategic planning capabilities. It consists of five components: Business Planning and Simulation (SEM-BPS), Stakeholder Relationship Management (SEM-SRM), Corporate Performance Monitor (SEM-CPM), Business Information Collection (BIC), and Business Consolidation (SEM-BCS). Although BPS is moving from SAP SEM to SAP BI, SAP SEM continues to offer all five tools, which are part of mySAP Financials (and thus mySAP ERP).

The growing need of companies to integrate global strategy with operational planning has led to the transition of Business Planning and Simulation (BPS) from SAP Strategic Enterprise Management (SAP SEM) to SAP Business Intelligence (SAP BI). The resulting generic planning tool, BW-BPS, can plan on various areas within an enterprise, not just financials.

Prior to SAP NetWeaver ’04, the BPS functionality was delivered as SEM-BPS — one of the SAP SEM modules. However, the planning engine of BPS is now delivered with SAP BW 3.5 (a component of SAP NetWeaver ’04) and is known as BW-BPS. I’ll answer several questions that you may have about this technology.

What Is BPS?

BPS is a module that allows businesses to plan for different scenarios. Traditionally, planning referred to various financial planning scenarios such as cost planning or investment planning. With the increasing need for planning in non-traditional areas such as sales, marketing, and human resources, SAP has moved BPS to SAP BW 3.5 to accommodate all types of planning.

Karen Comer

Karen Comer is a US SAP NetWeaver product manger for SAP Business Intelligence. After several years as a business analyst, programmer, and consultant, Karen joined SAP as a BI solutions architect. Her current responsibilities in product management include being the US contact for Business Planning and Simulation; the SAP BI partner liaison, and working with SAP BI front-end features (BI Suite), including the BEx Analyzer and the Query Designer.

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