SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: Analyze Financial Scenarios for Enhanced Relationship Management

  • by William Newman, Managing Principal, Newport Consulting Group
  • April 27, 2010
As part of its positioning for the corporate boardroom set of enterprise performance management applications, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver, allows for the transparency and flexibility to create predictive financial scenarios that can anticipate changes in the cost and corresponding investor relationship model. Learn how to increase performance by predicting capital asset ratings and enhance relationship management for effective governance using SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management.
Key Concept
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management, as part of the enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions suite, allow you to quickly determine real-time changes to the key predictive indicators that ratings firms use to establish access to capital and liquidity instruments, as well as corporate and individual performance management target achievement.

The investor relationship model used by many publicly traded organizations relies on results and projections taken from financial models and operational roll-ups that correspond to actual performance versus planned performance. The accurate monitoring of key performance indicator (KPI) and strategic goal achievement in the organization are at the heart of this monitoring process. In addition, many individual performance management elements linked to executive reward and recognition systems use these results to determine both direct and indirect compensation models.

The handover to operational planning and financial execution has also been a source of greater examination of both financial executives and fund portfolio managers who seek returns for their investors in publicly traded enterprises. How the enterprise performs against predicted targets, viewed from both internal and external perspectives, can have a profound impact on the availability and cost of capital to execute operations and the perceived relationship of the organization in the marketplace.

The Increased Use of Governance Ratings

To determine the relative health of organizations, particularly publicly traded companies, several financial services firms and organizations offer products designed to provide financial and governance ratings for organizations. These ratings affect the cost of capital for organizations, the ease of obtaining working capital lines of credit, and other financial instruments required to fund business growth and company operations.

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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