As mentioned in my previous blog there is a lot of noise and excitement about SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 10.1, version for SAP NetWeaver, powered by SAP HANA! The Embedded Model brings about a new era in planning, budgeting and forecasting for customers looking for an SAP BW based solution.
With the new Embedded Model, planning models in BW are no longer just centralized as they were with BW-IP/PAK, nor are they locally managed as they were with SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 7.x/10.0. With the Embedded Model, the best of both worlds are combined into one broad based planning environment that provides end user flexibility with the deep integration with your existing SAP investment. The data and masterdata from SAP BW can still be leveraged within the planning model, yet local users can leverage the new HTML5 web client to perform functions such as Audit, Work Status and Business Process Flows and drive them at their leisure.
Previously I invited you to take a tour through the first six of our twelve videos on YouTube. Now I’d invite you to view the next six which highlight user driven functions such as Audit, Work Status and the review and adjustment of the plan. Here are links:
With the new Embedded Model see how Business Process Flows are used to execute the business planning process by first setting the Work Status. Leveraging Work Status which was previously available in the BPC 7.X/10.0 models and now available in the Embedded Model, users can be informed of the planning process status as well as use the function to lock down the process.
Watch how the Embedded Model can initialize a plan by copying data from another version leveraging Analysis for Office.
See how the final piece of the Planning process can be executed, by adjusting the plan and then setting the Work Status “sent for approval”,leveraging the new HTML5 client. Watch how charts can be utilized within the HTML5 client for reporting purposes
Continue executing final steps as a planner within the Unified Model but from a Reviewer’s perspective. Use the HTML5 admin client to adjust the plan as needed and set the Work Status to an approved state.
Review the planning activities within the Process Monitor and see what tasks have been completed and what the status of current tasks are.
Leverage the Audit function available in the new Unified Model to execute a Data Audit report to review results and changes that have been made within the planning process.
I hope you’re even more excited now about the power available in the new Embedded Model within SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 10.1. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the BPC community!