How to Plan for an SAP BPC Implementation

  • by Uday Gupta, Business Intelligence Lead, J. Crew
  • September 1, 2008
See how to approach an SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) implementation, including acquiring the software and setting up the project team. Then find out how to manage it, from assigning security access to users, to developing applications sets and areas.

I am working on a project implementing SAP BPC 5.1 at a company that has R/3 Release 4.6C and SAP BW Release 3.1/3.3. The company wanted a better revenue and staff planning system that caters to the needs of making more accurate planning decisions in less time. The company is already using an Excel-based system and an online system, but both systems consume large amounts of time and don’t provide accurate information.

I will cover how to approach an SAP BPC 5.1 project from creating the project team, to downloading the software, to the implementation of the software. Implementing SAP BPC either on a single or multi-tier server requires you to complete certain prerequisites, especially on the Windows server environment. Although I am referring to an older version of SAP BW and R/3, many of the processes in this article also apply to SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) and SAP NetWeaver BI.

Uday Gupta

Uday Gupta has more than eight years of experience with SAP, including SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, SAP R/3, and system analysis. He is also knowledgeable in software design and implementation methodologies, including SAP’s ASAP methodology. He has completed more than eight full life cycle SAP R/3, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation implementations. He has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM in North America and Australia. Uday has worked in various industry sectors including media, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, high tech, utilities, public sector, banking, telecommunications, and advertising. He is currently working with one of the largest retail organizations as a business intelligence lead responsible for the SAP NetWeaver BW system.

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