A Boost to the Web Client Simplifies Planning and Consolidation 10.0

  • by Charles “Tim” Soper, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • January 17, 2012
Take a tour of the new and enhanced Web client features of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver. Find out how improvements to the Web client functions can change your planning and consolidation and reporting activities.
Key Concept

In SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver, a new module called Consolidation Central allows you to perform most, if not all, of your closing tasks from one interface.

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0, version for SAP NetWeaver is a new release due in mid-February 2012 that provides many new features. One of the new features, the Web client, enables you to easily access your activities and Web reports. You can create workspaces to customize your work environment for ease of use and greater productivity. The Web client includes the new Consolidation Central module, which allows you to run and monitor consolidation tasks from just one area. Another new feature is incremental processing for consolidation and currency translation. With this feature, you can use timestamps that allow the system to skip records that have already been processed, dramatically improving run times.

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0’s Web client, which is installed with the planning and consolidation server, is more important to end users than it was in the previous version (7.5) primarily because the Web client is where you execute consolidation tasks. When you open the Web client, the Home workspace opens. The Home workspace provides the user with a launchpad to all planning and consolidation applications.

The Home workspace provides an easy-to-use, more intuitive launchpad. You can access activities in your business process flows, run the process monitor to keep tabs on all running processes, open your library of reports and input forms, access documents and Web sites, perform monthly closes via Consolidation Central, and run audits and security reports. In prior releases, you can perform all of the activities, although the navigation steps are not as straightforward.

With version 10.0, the concept of workspaces is completely new. Workspaces offer customizable tabs in the Web client with user-defined collections of reports and input forms for the monthly close or annual planning cycle, for example.

Charles “Tim” Soper

Charles “Tim” Soper is a senior education consultant at SAP. For the last 17 years, he has been teaching SAP classes on a variety of topics in financial and managerial accounting, business warehouse, business consolidations, and planning. He is the planning and consolidation curriculum architect and has written SAP course manuals. He also works as an SAP Senior Educational Consultant. Early in his career, he worked for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY, as a senior financial analyst. He has an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester.

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