A Comparison of the Reporting Capabilities of SAP BPC 10.0 and SAP BPC 7.x Versions

  • by Dr. Marco Sisfontes-Monge, Managing Partner, Arellius Enterprises, Inc.
  • December 28, 2012
The Web-based SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver provides users with menu-driven options instead of the EvDRE functions that SAP BPC 7.x, version for SAP NetWeaver provides. See how these enhancements can improve your financial reporting capability. Learn about the different reporting capabilities in SAP BPC 10.0 versus SAP BPC version 7.x, versions for NetWeaver.
Key Concept

SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver has many enhancements compared with SAP BPC 7.x, such as administration, security, development, master data maintenance, Web development, and reporting. Enhancements in SAP BPC 10.0 for SAP NetWeaver include integration with SAP HANA for big data environments and new reporting options. The result is a more customizable, user-friendly environment.

SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) 10.0 is now part of the SAP Enterprise Performance Management suite of applications. Version 10.0 requires SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse 7.3 (it will not run on SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0). SAP BPC 10.0’s Web-based environment provides users with different functionality than that of the GUI-based SAP BPC 7.x versions. Key differences in functionality include the methods for designing, filtering, navigating, and sorting reports. In SAP BPC 10.0 EvDRE functions have evolved into EPM functions with different names than the corresponding functionality in previous versions. In some cases, the EvDRE functions have been transformed into menu options.

Note
In this article I compare SAP BPC 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver and SAP BPC 7.x, versions for NetWeaver only. SAP BPC also has a version for Microsoft. To review more details of the new functionality available in SAP BPC 10.0, read “An Overview of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, Version for SAP NetWeaver 10.0.”

I focus on three main topics:

  • Environment: The differences in look and feel, and how SAP BPC 7.x versions differ radically from the new Web-based environment of SAP BPC 10.0.
  • Reporting menus and navigation: How the SAP BPC 10.0 add-in environment has changed and been enhanced in comparison with previous versions.

  • Ev functions: Special commands used in SAP BPC 7.x and SAP BPC 5.x versions that use Excel with the EvDRE (Data Rate Exchange) Excel reporting tool, versus similar EPM functions within the SAP BPC 10.0 environment have changed significantly. How the new features available in SAP BPC 10.0 have simplified reporting by using more menus and selections rather than EvDRE functions available in SAP BPC 7.x versions.

Dr. Marco Sisfontes-Monge

Dr. Marco Sisfontes-Monge is managing partner of Arellius Enterprises based in New York City and for more than 15 years has supported SAP implementers, direct clients, and other customers in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa in the following industries automotive, insurance, pharmaceutical, logistics, software, utilities, chemical, oil and gas, exploration and natural resources, discrete and process manufacturing, retail, and financial services. His background includes project management and performance measurement, product- and activity-based costing, design optimization, discrete and process simulation, system dynamics, and structural equations modeling. He also has finance specializations from the London Business School and Said Business School from Oxford University. He wrote the SAP PRESS books CPM and Balanced Scorecard with SAP, Controlling-Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) with SAP, Implementing SAP Business Objects Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC): Volume I: Foundations, and Implementing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) Volume 2: Advanced Concepts.

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