What You Should Know About SAP BPC

  • by Prasad Mavuduri, Principal Consultant — SAP Practice, TekYogi, LLC, Cupertino, CA
  • September 1, 2008
SAPexperets/BI
With the recent acquisitions of Business Objects and OutlookSoft, many companies are wondering what SAP’s strategy is for business planning and consolidation. Find out how SAP is assimilating the OutlookSoft technology into SAP Business Planning and Consolidation and see how these applications compare to existing SAP and Business Objects applications.
Key Concept

SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) is a tool that is part of SAP Enterprise Performance Management. SAP BPC is one of several components focused on financial performance management to help companies manage their financial planning, consolidation, and strategic reporting needs. SAP BPC, in its current release 7.0, comes in two versions — one integrated to SAP NetWeaver and one that is a standalone Microsoft version to accommodate the current OutlookSoft customers.

SAP Enterprise Performance Management (SAP EPM) is a new module that enhances the integration between financial performance management tools and other SAP applications, such as SAP NetWeaver BI and SAP Governance, Risk, and Compliance (SAP GRC). As part of this initiative, SAP introduced SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) — formerly OutlookSoft — as the application of choice going forward for budgeting, planning, forecasting, and financial consolidation. (For more information about SAP EPM, see the sidebar.)

After the acquisition of Business Objects and OutlookSoft, SAP found an overlap of products and decided to place duplicate products in maintenance mode wherever possible, with clearly articulated maintenance rules, migration kits, and declarations of functional parity for most of the solutions. This article is an effort to give a clear picture about SAP BPC, based on currently available information.

Prasad Mavuduri

Prasad Mavuduri is the principal consultant at TekYogi, LLC, which is an SAP services company based out of Cupertino, CA. With more than 12 years of experience with SAP technologies, Prasad holds several certifications from SAP, including one in SAP-SEM (Planning & Consolidation). Prasad holds an M.S. degree in engineering and is currently pursuing his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

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