SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: A Sneak Peek at the Starter Kit for Liquidity Planning

  • by William Newman, Managing Principal, Newport Consulting Group
  • September 9, 2010
SAP recently announced the starter kit for liquidity planning with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. With the starter kit, you can create multiple liquidity scenarios and select them to fund operations and strategic initiatives across the enterprise.
Key Concept
The starter kit for liquidity planning available for SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation helps organizatons get up and running faster with a solution that streamlines the liquidity planning process. The starter kit is applicable for both SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver and for the Microsoft platform.

As an outcome of the recession that began in 2008, companies increasingly plan for sources of funding and other liquidity instruments. Increased hedging against financial risk and a renewed interest by regulators and oversight commissions on the reporting of financial instruments provide even more catalyst for sound liquidity planning. You can use SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation to include planning and management of liquidity instruments as a part of business planning and forecasting activities by using its starter kit for liquidity planning. The starter kit is available for companies already using SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.0 at no additional charge.

The starter kit for liquidity planning brings companies using SAP systems best-in-class management capabilities for their liquidity forecasting and observation needs. For more information on how the best-in-class companies stand out, see the sidebar, “Best-in-Class Liquidity Forecasting.” I’ll give you a sneak peek at the starter kit and talk about some of the key features important for cash management and liquidity planning.

The liquidity planning starter kit described in this article is a joint initiative from SAP and Deloitte with both parties bringing it to market based on a tool set and accompanied professional services. This initiative resulted from close cooperation among SAP, Deloitte treasury management and finance consultants, and members of the Deloitte SAP BusinessObjects Performance Management Tools team.
William’s SAP PRESS book Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management covers this and other topics.

William Newman

William Newman, MBA, CMC is managing principal of Newport Consulting Group, LLC, an SAP partner focused on EPM and GRC solutions. He has over 25 years of experience in the development and management of strategy, process, and technology solutions spanning Fortune 1000, public-sector, midsized and not-for-profit organizations. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) since 1995, qualified trainer by the American Society of Quality (ASQ) since 2000, and a trained Social Fingerprint consultant in social accountability since 2012. William is a recognized ASUG BusinessObjects influencer and a member of SAP’s Influencer Relations program. He holds a BS degree in aerospace engineering from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA and an MBA in management and international business from the Conrad L. Hilton School of Management at Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at both Northwood University and the University of Oregon with a focus on management studies and sustainability, respectively.

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