Meet Complex Business Requirements with User Exits in SEM-BPS

  • by Matt Christensen, Director of Enterprise Performance Management, PRAGMATEK Consulting Group
  • April 15, 2005
You can easily customize SAP's Business Planning and Simulation (SEM-BPS) module with user-defined functional enhancements to achieve specific or advanced business requirements.
Key Concept
You can optimize standard business planning functionality through the introduction of custom code. This custom code uses SAP-provided user exit points to minimize risk.

SAP provides several useful opportunities to insert custom code within SAP Strategic Enterprise Management, Business Planning and Simulation (SEM-BPS). For example, it might be useful to populate the object currency characteristic automatically based on the value of a cost center variable. Documentation is available for most of these opportunities for custom code, but it is scattered and does not necessarily address when to use each type of exit. The examples I discuss here illustrate how you might use variables, exit functions, Status Tracker sequences, and characteristic relationships (Table 1).

 

Requirement

BW-based SEM-BCS or R/3 EC-CS?

 

Why?

Consolidating accounting data from many accounting systems, both SAP and non-SAP

BW-based SEM-BCS

SEM-BCS can take advantage of the Extraction, Transformation, and Loading (ETL) toolset in BW to gather and standardize the base accounting data

Standardized enterprise-wide reporting tool

BW-based SEM-BCS

Use of the BW reporting toolset can be deployed across the enterprise, for both SAP and non-SAP data sources and across all application areas

Enhanced reporting attributes associated with the consolidated financial statements

BW-based SEM-BCS

Virtually unlimited number of reporting attributes can be assigned to the data model of SEM-BCS

Significant number of companies/units that need to be proportionately consolidated

R/3-based EC-CS

Proportionate consolidation process is standard in EC-CS

Consolidate planned financial statement data based on the same rules as actual data

BW-based SEM-BCS

Integration with the SEM- BPS (Business Planning Solution)

Monitor and report financial performance measures on the Balanced Scorecard or Executive Dashboards

BW-based SEM-BCS

Integration with SEM-CPM (Corporate Performance Monitor)

Table 1 A summary of consolidation requirements and options

 

Matt Christensen

Matt Christensen is the director of Enterprise Performance Management at PRAGMATEK Consulting Group in Minneapolis. He has more than seven years of experience implementing a broad set of SAP financial modules, including configuration and development in R/3, Business Information Warehouse, and Strategic Enterprise Management. Matt holds an undergraduate degree in computer science and an MBA in finance.

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