SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for SAP NetWeaver or Microsoft: How They Differ

  • by Dr. Marco Sisfontes-Monge, Managing Partner, Arellius Enterprises, Inc.
  • June 20, 2011
Compare the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for Microsoft and the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver environments, and examine the strategies associated with this technology. Review the concept of the platform as the main issue behind a company’s reason for implementing one of these versions because of data integration issues, connectivity, and support of the long-term investment strategy for each type of technology.
Key Concept

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for Microsoft works with the Microsoft SQL Server database and does not connect by default to a transactional system. It is based on flat file uploads and does not have any direct connectivity with SAP or any other transactional systems. In comparison, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver uses SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) technology as the database. It thus supports SAP ERP and any other SAP technologies owing to its direct link and similarities with the different systems .

I’ve seen a lot of confusion with regard to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.x, version for SAP NetWeaver and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.x, version for Microsoft. Some companies started with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 5.1, and now they do not know where to go next. Others have brand-new implementations where there is an overall idea, but a manager is against one technology or the other because he or she is averse to learning anything new or wants to protect his or her team from becoming obsolete.

In more serious situations, I’ve seen users who have completely disregarded the recommended practices and procedures from SAP and substituted best practices based on absolutely nothing. In worst-case scenarios, millions of dollars have been invested and the system does not deliver the performance expectations of its users. I recommend you make a decision between these two versions of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation around four business decisions: modify your design, invest in more hardware, invest in more software, or some combination of the preceding three. Investing in more software includes migrating from one version to another based on the long-term IT strategy of the company, and depending on the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation version currently installed in your company, might also involve additional hardware.

I’ll describe the differences, including technology and risks, between the currently available SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation versions. I’ll also answer a few common questions.

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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