Safeguard Your SAP SEM Balanced Scorecard Data When Migrating to SAP Strategy Management

  • by Dr. Karol Bliznak, Vice President, SAP AG
  • May 15, 2008
Learn about the migration path for scorecard data from SAP Strategic Enterprise Management Balanced Scorecard to SAP Strategy Management. Navigate around the pitfalls of a migration process and safeguard valuable scorecard data, such as strategic objectives and key performance indicators.
Key Concept

The Strategic Enterprise Management Balanced Scorecard (SEM BSC) data that you need to convert for use in SAP Strategy Management (SSM) primarily includes quantitative metrics data and scorecard metadata.

Quantitative metrics data includes strategy-relevant performance metrics in actual and target value types. These are available across different dimensions such as organization unit, product, customer, and time.

Scorecard metadata (also called customizing data) includes text labels, long-text definitions, properties, hierarchies, and assignments among the objects of a scorecard, such as strategic objectives, initiatives, and key performance indicators.

CFOs and financial experts have many strategic responsibilities in addition to traditional duties such as financial planning, reporting, and governance. SAP Strategy Management (SSM) version 7.0, available since March 2008, is a comprehensive offering for scorecarding, strategy maps, strategic initiative tracking, and key performance indicators (KPIs) management. SSM has replaced many functions of SAP Strategic Enterprise Management Balanced Scorecard (SEM BSC), which is now in maintenance mode, meaning that SAP supports it but no longer updates it.

By combining delivered technology features and consulting best practices, you’ll be able to safeguard your company’s previous investment in SEM BSC data during your migration to SSM. I’ll show you a cross- application scenario describing the procedure in an end-to-end fashion that is previously undocumented.

In addition to new capabilities, including integration with SAP GRC Risk Management as well as user-driven and architectural enhancements, SSM 7.0 provides a built-in data connector to SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI). Thus, SSM 7.0 can use the SEM BSC quantitative metrics data in SAP NetWeaver BI almost out of the box. However, you still need to transfer the extensive scorecard metadata between the two installations. This is where a new migration utility for scorecard metadata can help you.

Dr. Karol Bliznak

Dr. Karol Bliznak is vice president of the Rapid Innovation Group (RIG) within the mobility division at SAP. He focuses on converging SAP’s strategic innovation categories, such as mobile solutions, SAP HANA, business analytics, and the cloud. He works at the SAP AG headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. He has more than 14 years of SAP experience in business intelligence, mobility and in-memory technologies, enterprise performance management, financial accounting, controlling, governance, risk, and compliance.

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