How to improve the system performance of Spend Performance Management is a common question. I have created an article which lists out all the different pieces involved.

Here is the link to he article.

Pls post your questions, comments, requests for changes/additions for the first article right here. I intend to keep the article fresh, by updating it with your suggestions.

New to Spend Performance Management application and dont know exactly how to go about blueprinting the implementation? Dont worry, its a fairly common scenario for customers and first time implementation partners.

I have created a quick-read article (the first of two part series) which will help you get a jump start with Requirements Gathering phase of the Blueprinting Exercise. Link: http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/index?rid=/library/uuid/d09be88e-8974-2d10-f2b9-fe162df9a6d1

Pls stay tuned for part two, which will deal with the next phase of blueprinting, planning and general implementation recommendations.

Pls post your questions, comments, requests for changes/additions for the first article right here. I intend to keep the article fresh, by updating it with your suggestions.

Spend Performance Management is a SAP’s next generation analytical application covering the procurement analytics and performance management space. It has been built with proven SAP technologies. The backend of the application resides on top of standard BW, that’s where the data model gets deployed. The user experience is managed through the Adobe Flash based rich client user interface.

The reliance of the application on standard BW allows our customer to leverage the in-house IT investments or implementation partner expertise on the long standing BW technologies.

Here is an overview architecture diagram:


The BW content is structured is depicted in the diagram below. There are three “data layers”, the inbound layer, which is more of a staging layer, the detail layer which stores data with source system transactional granularity and with some data enhancements through BW transformations and the reporting layer which has all of the Spend specific cubes.

The source of the diagram above is SAP help site, BI Content Documentation. Pls visit for additional details.

Over time I realized that I was responding to the same questions and queries on the Spend extractor starter kit. 

Questions like:
* What source systems does the extractor starter kit support?
* What are the different options for transferring data from source systems?
* Where can I download this starter kit?
* Where can I find additional documentation?
... 

So I collated the most commonly asked and posted their answers at the following wiki location:
http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/CPM/FAQ+-+Data+Extraction+for+Spend+Performance+Managementhttp://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/stage/FAQ+-+Data+Extraction+for+Spend+Performance+Management

I will refresh the wiki with additional questions and answers as we go along.

Your suggestions/comments/questions are welcome.